Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick and Cute Revisited

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

This is actually a three year old project, but it was very popular in classes, and I don't think I have ever posted it.  This card was so simple, that many of my students used it as their Christmas card! 
It was created with one of my favorite stencils, LL3009 Christmas Script.  I also needed Double Sided Mounting PaperCoconut Soap and a Large Stencil Brush.  I used the Double Glitter Technique with Microfine Opaque Art Glitter in Rouge and Ultrafine Transparent Art Glitter in Lion's Mane.  The striped paper is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection, but you could use any paper that appeals to you.  Also, you could match the glitter and ribbon to that paper.
Thanks for stopping by.  It really isn't too late to make a last minute Double Glitter card for someone special!
Now, check out the other members of the team to see what fun they have been up to.  Here is this week's link list:
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick and Cute Week One

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:


If you follow the blogs regularly, you might wonder if this is REALLY "Quick and Cute".  After all, I have used four different stencils:  LX 7002 Plaid, LL 3005 Holly and Swirls, LL 589 Musical Christmas and LM 139 Happy Holidays.  It also uses a couple of different techniques:  Double Glitter with a pigment ink enhancement, simple die cut machine embossing with the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, metals (copper coated aluminum) and Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (in Crème Brulee and Darkest Brown), and paste embossing with Silver Embossing Paste.  Happily, this actually was very quick for me.  You see, I save all the left over pieces from classes and rejected ideas and cards.  I simply had to sand down the metal on the musical piece and cut it with the Dreamweaver Die Cut DD001 Nesting Frames and then trim things up and assemble.  So, I guess what I am saying is that you, too, should save your rejects and extras.  You never know when you can put them to use.  It is quick and cute.
 
I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "A" team:
 
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful and Thoughtful November

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:
 
Here, I have put together an easy, French themed thank you card.  Aside from some Graphic 45 paper, I used some black coated aluminum, Stencil LS1011 Merci and Stencil LL 447 Fleur De Lis.  I simply ran them through my Cuttlebug with this sandwich:  A Plate, stencil face down, metal colored side down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B Plates.  I then used my Teflon Tool from the Metal Beginner Tool Kit to push the metal out a little on the Fleur De Lis.  I filled the back with Mercart Metal Filling Paste.  I let it dry and then sanded all of the metal and attached it to the card.  Done!  So, this week, I was able to make it thankful AND easy!
 

By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Thankful and Thoughtful November

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:
 
I just love fall, and Dreamweaver Stencils has some gorgeous fall stencils.  Sadly, I don't get to post with them often, because our monthly themes don't always lend themselves to leaves.....so, can we just pretend that this one is Thanksgiving? 
For the background, I ran LG616 Leaf Texture Stencil through my Cuttlebug with the Rubber Embossing Mat and two B Plates.  I used Core'dinations Cardstock and sanded it for added texture.  I had to run it through twice because the stencil was a little small for the area I wanted to cover.
I used the Molten Magic technique on the main image.  First, I used Copper Embossing Paste on the LG754 Oak Leaves Stencil.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled on some Metallic FX Mica Powders in Ivy Garden, Kiwi, Goldfinch, Kimono Red, and Cocoa.  (You know, the fall colors).  Then, I heated the paste until it bubbled up and dried.

 Here is the shimmer from an angle.
I hope you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for letting me pretend that it was a Thanksgiving card.
By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

HallowThanksMas Week 5

We are back to the original theme of the month, HallowThanksMas!  Yes, Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas, but not all together, mind you.  As usual, we'd love for you to play along with the challenge and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Just in case you are wondering...NO, YOU DO NOT NEED TO POST SOMETHING WITH ALL THREE HOLIDAYS ON IT! However, you get bonus points for actually using Dreamweaver stencils and product on your creations! And bonus points might actually earn you an extra stencil as our monthly winner...just sayin'!
 
Here's my creation for today: 
 
This is another metal creation.  I used both the green coated aluminum and the red coated aluminum.  I cut the ornaments out first using the DG674 Nested Ornaments Die and my Cuttlebug.  I then placed them on the LX7026 Chevron Background and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the stencil face up, the metal face up on the red and face down on the light green, the Rubber Embossing Mat and two B Plates.  I used the same sandwich with the red metal (face up) and the LM 283 Vertical Celebrate Stencil.  I dripped Color Solutions in Mojito into the "wells" on the lighter green ornament.  I sanded all of the metal projects to remove the coating on the raised portions.
 The background was created much the same way, but with paper in the sandwich and both the LX7025 Crusade Background Stencil and the paper face down.  I left the stencil in place as I sprayed it with Memory Mist MM25 Gold. 
The holly ornament was created with the FJ917 Holiday Greetings Embossing Folder. I put a couple of drops of Winter Red Color Solutions into the berry sections.  I then lightly sanded the whole thing.
I attached the two chevron ornaments and the celebrate word with Double Stick Mounting Paper.  Then, I pasted the LL3045 Small Oval Ornament Stencil with Glossy White Embossing Paste and attached the holly ornament while it was wet.

Remember to visit the entire Dream Team for more inspiration:

 
An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Creative Blog Hop

My friend, Linda Neff, invited me to participate in a Creative Blog Hop.  Apparently, I have only to answer a few questions and pass along a great name for you to check out next week.  That is all I HAVE to do, but I have been dying to share this project for some time, so bear with me, please.  If you are only here for the answers to my questions, just zip past all the pictures, okay?
So, here is the project that I wanted to share:
It was so much easier than it looks.  I used Dreamweaver Stencils (I am on their Design Team), metals, my Cuttlebug, some alcohol inks, May Arts ribbon and some cardstock and adhesive.  Let me tell you how I did it.
1)  I ran the Dreamweaver Stencil LG758 Jellyfish through my Cuttlebug with the following sandwich:  A Plate, stencil face down, blue coated aluminum face down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B Plates.
2)  I ran the Dreamweaver LM248 Happy Birthday Stencil through the Cuttlebug the same way, except that both the stencil and the metal were face up.  For this one, I temporarily left the stencil attached.
3)  I dripped Color Solutions alcohol ink on both pieces, staying towards the outside on the jellyfish and inside of the letters on the word.  Since the metal was already blue, I didn't worry about covering every singe area.  I used the colors Aquarius and Blue Velvet and just a Q Tip wherever I felt I needed to smear the colors.  I let them dry.

4)  I sanded both pieces.  The words were sanded completely with the stencil still under the piece.  The jellyfish was just lightly sanded.

5)  I used a Q Tip to apply Color Solutions in Pearl White to the top of the jellyfish, blending it with the blues a little.
6) I assembled the card.
Thanks for being patient with me.  I hope you enjoyed it.
Now, on to the questions:

1)  What are you working on at the moment?

Honestly, when I am not working on blog posts or design team work, I never, ever make cards.  I primarily scrapbook.  I also do plenty of things that would be considered home decorating.  I am working on a Halloween place setting for two right now, relying heavily on my Silhouette Cameo.

2)  How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I think my work differs from others because I enjoy using a variety of materials, especially metals.  They are so easy and fun to use that I am surprised the more people don't work with them.  I have always had a soft spot for specialty materials like metal, wood, vellum, fabric, glittered, holographic, mulberry, velvet and handmade papers.
 
3)  Why do you create?

I am inspired by most things that I see.  I can't imagine what life would be like without the creative process.  When I imagine things in my head, I am excited to try and breathe life into the ideas.

4)  How does your creative process work?

Sometimes life inspires the creativity, and sometimes it is a challenge or competition and yet other times it is the materials.  Whatever inspires the ideas, once I get on a roll I fill pages of notebook paper with sketches and scribbles.  Every now and again, I get lucky enough to come up with a fully formed idea, but generally there is a lot of revision before something actually comes to fruition.  I usually have to have a pretty complete idea before I start a project.  Then, of course, it changes, often entirely, as I work.

For your exploration next week, I present Kristi Parker Van Doren of Kristi's Creative Café.  She is absolutely fearless.  She combines various styles and materials in very creative ways.  I hope you enjoy her work.

I am also going to have you take a look at Pam Hornschu, the fearless leader of the Dreamweaver Design Team.  She posts as 1Pampered Stamper.  Her work never fails to astound me with how ingeniously she creates.  I would never think of such creative ways to use stencils and stamps.  She inspires me.

Check those out next week.  You won't be disappointed.  I hope you come back again soon!

Have a great time looking!  I hope to see you back.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sandy Claus is Coming to Town--Day Five


SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!

Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of fun Core'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:
 
This card was much easier than it looks.  The LS 92 Merry Christmas Stencil and the LX7027 Quatrefoil Stencil were run through the Cuttlebug with my Rubber Embossing Mat and sanded.  It took a little effort, but Wow! did I ever love that chalk effects Core'dinations card stock!  It really made everything pop. 
For the flower, I stamped the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Rubber Poinsettia Stamp three times on the alcohol ink friendly variety of  Core'dinations Card Stock with Momento Ink.  I also stamped it once on smooth green card stock.  I cut the leaves out of that and colored them (and the yellow flower insides) with Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The flower itself was colored with Spectrum Markers.  I them fussy cut it and adhered it down, allowing the tips of the petals to overlap the card edges.  I cut additional petals from the second and third image and raised the outside edge of the petal with foam while adhering the insides flat.


 
 
I added a May Arts ribbon and I was done.
 

Leave a comment for me, and head to the next on the list:

Dreamweaver:
*On Stampendous team as well

Core'dinations:
(will not be posting on their company blog, but individual posts only)

Head on over to the Stampendous blog for links to their posts: