Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shower of Showers Week 3

Ever use the expression, "When it rains, it pours"? This does not have to be a bad thing, does it? For the month of April, the Dream Team are featuring "Showers of Showers" as our theme. As usual, we'd love for you to play along. Just link your creation on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...bonus chances for incorporating Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous in your design. Here's what I'm showering you with this week...



As you can tell, for this week, I took the showers them quite literally, and went for rain showers. I paste embossed through the LJ 905 Rain stencil with Pearlescent Embossing Paste.  While the paste was still wet, I tossed on a just little Stampendous Fine Crystal Glitter.  The cute little mouse is the Rain Flower Rubber Stamp.  He is colored with Chameleon Pens. 
Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to enter a little something in our monthly contest!

Here's the links for the "A" team that is posting this week:
An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Showers!

Welcome to the Stampendous-Dreamweaver Stencils April challenge of "Showers to Showers!" Our designers have so many choices with this theme, baby, wedding, rain...You'll definitely want to see what we come up with each week of April!
 
Today I chose to interpret the theme this way:
 
 
     This cute baby shower card was created with four stencils:  LJ886 Fireworks, LG756 Open Elephant, LG628 Dogwood Pattern and LS22 Congratulations.  First, all the stencils were run through the Cuttlebug with the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  The fireworks were run through with white card stock.  The congratulations stencil and the elephant and dogwood combo were created using teal coated aluminum
      For the congratulations, I used the following "sandwich": A Plate, stencil face up, metal face up, rubber mat and two B Plates.  This "debossed" the image, pushing the metal down into the word.  I sanded the piece with the stencil still under it. 
     The other piece of teal metal was sent through the Cuttlebug the same way, but with both the dogwood stencil and the metal face down.  I sanded the metal after removing the stencil.  Then,, I sent the textured metal through the machine the same way, but with the elephant stencil.  After I removed the stencil, I added Black Beauty Color Solutions to the eye and Aquarius Color Solutions to the crevices that outlined the elephant.  I used the tip of a cotton swab to add the Color Solutions with precision.  I sanded the image again, paying special attention to the tusk.
 
 
     Finally, I replaced the fireworks stencil and sprayed it with Memory Mists in Silver.  As you can see, when I replaced the stencil, I got it a little off the original embossing.  This was not my intent, but when it was done, I liked the sense of movement it conveyed.
     I added a beautiful May Arts Ribbon and a little teal card stock and I was done.
Our "A Team" wants to "shower" you with lots more ideas, so be sure to visit and leave them "showers" of comments!
Louise Healy

Friday, March 27, 2015

Woodware Blog Hop!

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This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is  Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using  random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

Here is what I have for you today:
 
This project is a little different with regards to texture.  Of course, you see the texture in the card stock, and the texture of the metal, but this project is a little more about implied texture, or the two dimensional rendering of texture.  Let me show you what I mean.
First, I placed the Dreamweaver Sailing Boat Stencil LG763 on a piece of heavy card stock.  I used a pencil to lightly trace the image.  Then, I used watercolor pencils and a little water to create the foggy sky background.  I used Micron Markers to trace and embellish the outlines of the ship.  I added a little more color with the watercolor pencils and created that implied texture.  


The mermaid was one of my favorite Stampendous images, the mermaid.  I sanded some white polyshrink and stamped the image with solvent ink.  Next, I cut around the around the shape and punched a hole in the top of the plastic.  I colored it with colored pencils and shrank it with my heat tool.  The plastic reminded me a little of scrimshaw, which is why I used it with the boat image.
 

Finally, the word was created by running the Imagine, Inspire, Believe Stencil LL 405 through my Cuttlebug with sky blue aluminum.  The "sandwich" was the A Plate, the stencil face up, the metal face up, the Dreamweaver Extra Large Rubber Mat and two B Plates.  I then sanded the image with the stencil still in place behind it. 
 
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.
Here are the designers sharing the projects today —   

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Asia King

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Woodware Craft Collection Blog

 Siobhan Fyffe

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio

Alison Heikkila

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Woodware Blog Hop!

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This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is  Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using  random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

Here is my take on the theme TEXTURE for today:
 


 
For this project, I used LJ 841 Fleur De Lis Stencil,  LG 760 Feather and LS 1001 Merci Stencil.  I simply used a stencil brush to add blue ink through the Fleur De Lis Stencil on light blue card stock.  The Merci Stencil and the Feather Stencil were run through my Cuttlebug die cut machine with brown latte aluminum.  I placed the stencil on the A Plate and covered it with the metal, the Dreamweaver Extra Large Rubber Mat, and two B Plates.  The difference in the look is how the stencil and metal are placed on the A Plate.  The Merci Stencil was placed face down with the metal also placed face down.  The feather stencil and the metal were both placed up.  The additional texture on the feather was created by using an embossing tool on the back of the metal.  All the metal was sanded to enhance the texture.  The ribbon is from May Arts.
 
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.
Here are the designers sharing the projects today

Stampendous Blog

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Debs Frost

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Gill Wilson

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ready for fresh air, sunshine, new leaves, and flowers blooming? Well, the Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for the month of March is...coincidentally...Marching into Spring. Per usual, we'd love to have you play along with us, and link your own creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post. Play as many times as you'd like. Those of you who work Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products into your projects receive bonus points, but everyone has an opportunity to be the winner who receives the stencil of their choice.

For my post (on the last day of winter), I chose to create something with bright spring colors:

First, I used two different colors of blue pigment ink on blue card stock to create the background.  I used the Design I Beam Stencil.  The first layer that I brushed on was the lightest color, which was very close in hue to the card stock.  It went over the entire card.  Then, with the stencil still in place, I brushed the darker color over the top, focusing on the edges of the paper.  This created a "spotlight effect" in the center of the card.
Next, I used the Stylized Dahlia Cutting Die to cut the textured pink card stock for the flower and the green card stock for the leaves and stem.  I shaded them with a little pigment ink in corresponding colors.  To raise the die cut up and to add another color, I used the Pearlescent Embossing Paste with the Stylized Dahlia Stencil and placed the cut out pieces in place while the paste was wet.  I did place some pieces a little off the paste to create a slight white outline.  


I then let the paste dry, but decided that there was not enough contrast between the green parts and the background.  I remedied this by drawing a line over parts of it with a green Sharpie.  Then I added a little green ribbon and a pink card stock mat and was done!

Thanks for stopping by to see my post.

The "A" team would love to share their interpretations of this theme:


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marching Into Spring

Ready for fresh air, sunshine, new leaves, and flowers blooming? Well, the Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for the month of March is...coincidentally...Marching into Spring. Per usual, we'd love to have you play along with us, and link your own creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post. Play as many times as you'd like. Those of you who work Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products into your projects receive bonus points, but everyone has an opportunity to be the winner who receives the stencil of their choice.

Here's my hint of Spring:


 I have decided to present one of my favorite stencils, LL 3001 Long Thistle, in two different ways.  You might notice that the colors are almost the same--I just love purple and green together!
The top card features the stencil pasted with Glossy Green Embossing Paste on linen material.  Sometimes, when I paste on linen, I get small imperfections like the ones on the upper left side of the image.  I don't mind them, though, because they add to the organic feel of the image.  When the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and brushed on a little glue with my stencil brush.  After the glue was slightly dry, but tacky to the touch, I sprinkled on Metallic FX in Kiwi, Ivy Garden, and Purple Satin.  I could have just as easily sprinkled the Metallic FX on the paste while it was wet, but I felt that applying glue later allowed me a little more control.


For my second card, I used the stencil through my Cuttlebug with green coated aluminum.  The "sandwich" that I used was A plate, stencil face down, metal face down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B plates.  I removed the metal and placed it face down on a piece of suede.  I further embossed the image manually with the tools in my Beginner Metal Kit.  Specifically, the Teflon Tool and the Ball Tool.  Then, I flipped the metal right side up on a smooth, hard surface and used the "deerfoot" side of the Teflon Tool to sharpen the details around the image.  At this point, I could have filled the back of the image with filler paste, but I chose not to on this one.  I did put it face up on the Herringbone Stencil LJ 914 and used a blending stump to create the light texture in the background.  I then gently sanded that area.  Finally, I used Color Solutions Alcohol Ink Thinner on a QTip to remove the green on the flower.  I replaced it with Color Solutions Alcohol Ink in Thistle and Sugar Plum to add in the purple color.

Thanks for stopping by to see my post.

The "A" team would love to share their interpretations of this theme:


  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frou Frou Fairy


Break out the frou frou! For the month of February, the Dream Team are going Frilly and Fabulous! Vintage, retro, or modern, adding extra charm with funFran•tagĂ© products from Stampendous, ribbons and lace from May Arts, buttons, crystals, charms, or even creating your own dimensional decor! A snippet or a pile, whatever your creative heart desires! Remember to link your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice! Bonus points for using Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous product in your work of heart.
Here is my project for the week:
 
I was trying to create something that was definitely frou frou, but not Valentine's Day, as it is past the 14th.  I love this new LG762 Fairy Stencil .  I used it by "debossing" the card stock into the stencil.  The metal of the stencil is the raised outline on the fairy.  I filled the spaces with a variety of materials--Stampendous Glass Glitter in Fresh Green, Stampendous Purple Pearlustre Embossing Powder, Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder, Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder, and Water Soluble Colored Pencils.  The background was created by embossing textured card stock with the LJ849 Bare Trees Stencil and coloring the branches with colored pencil.  The LJ905 Rain Stencil was paste embossed with Pearlescent Embossing Paste on acetate. While the paste was wet, it was sprinkled with Metallic FX Powders in Glacier Lake.  The pink card stock was first stenciled with the LJ899 Petals Background Stencil.  Then it was stamped with the Stampendous Cling Blossom Beauty Stamp and colored with colored pencils.  I made two of them and cut some petals out of one and raised them with foam dots.  The ribbon was, of course, May Arts.