Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day--Virtual Valentine's Day Blog Hop!

Hello, everyone. Today is an addition to our regularly scheduled Dream Scheme Thursday. Dreamweaver, and many other wonderful companies, are sponsors for a Virtual Valentine's Blog Hop. The hop is being organized by Taylor Usry. Her blog is http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/ . There are tons of people in this hop, including Dreamweaver Stencils and my Dream Team sisters Wendy, Kristi, Terrece, Louise and Pam. Taylor's blog should have ALL the links. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win--so warm up that keyboard.

ALSO, as a special BONUS: Lynell of Dreamweaver Stencils says that she will select 3 new followers of ANY Dream Team Member Blogs to receive a free stencil. So, if you have been considering following one of our blogs, now is the time to sign up.

Anyway, here is today's Valentine's offering:
So, kind of surprising, huh? I have been posting every color of red and pink Valentine card for weeks, and now, on the actual day--green, blue and purple? There is a story behind this. Believe me.
I met this wonderful Australian woman at CHA, Julie Makela, who was demonstrating Dreamweaver stencils using an interesting foil product from Stampee Crafts. The process is as follows: emboss the cardstock traditionally or through a machine, stencil using pigment ink, pour their powdered glue on the wet pigment ink and heat, cover with foil (it doesn't matter if the glue cools first), send through a thermal laminator (cheaper than you think) and let the foil cool a little before pulling quickly off of the project. Well, this foil is so beautiful, that I just HAD to try it. It was easier than I thought and completely addicting! The pear, LL 563,was simple to emboss, and the stencilling sponges I could find were already loaded with green, blue and purple--so, I made green, blue and purple pears. They were so pretty, that I took a couple home.

These were done with the clear cracked ice (the green, left hand pear) and the clear water (right hand side pear). I included both of these detail pictures so that you might be able to determine the shiny texture. That cracked ice really turned out nice in the pictures, but the water is easily as lovely in person. They both catch the light just beautifully.

So, when the challenge came up, I must admit that I wanted to use these pears. I thought about it for quite awhile, before I remembered my friend's wedding, where she used the phrase "A Perfect Pear". Of course, I altered it a little. The phrase was printed from my computer. Be My Valentine LM 276, and the brand new Large Damask were both pasted with Pearlescent Paste and glittered with Art Institute Sea Shell Glitter. (Sea Shell is a transparent white glitter that "flashes" with pink and green--it reminds me of a crushed opal). Then, I just adhered everything and, viola, a green, blue and purple Valentine!

Comment for a chance to win-one entry per blog-and don't forget to go back to Taylor's blog at http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/ for more links!

56 comments:

  1. ha ha ha..the pear! LOL...I am LOVING it! HUgs

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  2. Your card is very beautiful, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my brain around the foil techniuque. Is the foil clear? Does the foil just add texture?

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  3. How creative! Love the colors :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. This is stunning I love the pears they are gorgeous! Beth aka BR-T

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  5. Oh, non-traditional Valentine's Day colors. Love it, Laura.

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  6. I am now a new follower of yours.... Cool card,I love those pears!!!

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  7. very original! love the pears!!

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  8. Wow, Laura! This is stunning... love what you did with the pear! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  9. That is so beautiful and elegant, gorgeous work:)
    Happy Valentines Day
    Suzi
    xxx

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  10. Very sweet, Happy Valentines Day!

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  11. Beautiful card! Love the color on the pears!

    Hugs! Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments

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  12. Lovely card. Happy Valentins Day!

    Hugs

    Kiksi

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  13. What a great non-traditional take! Wonderful colors.

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  14. Beautiful colors. ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  15. WOW, this card is AMAZING!!! I love the colors and your pears are the sweetest!
    brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

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  16. This is really beautiful! I love unconventional V-Day cards! Thanks for sharing the how to's!

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  17. Love the pears! Fabulous card!!

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  18. Wow - I did not understand how you made this card but it is real wonderful!

    Best wishes ILo

    From now on I will follow- I am very curioes about your next projects!

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  19. WOW...all I can say. I want to see it in person though, LOL. The colors are just stunning!
    Cyndi

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  20. For those of you who asked, the foil I used on this card is clear, with a shiny, holographic look. This company makes other foils, many of which are opaque metallic colors or opaque colors with holographic looks.

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  22. So sorry if I messed up the hopping part by not including the next person in the hop. It is Louise Healy. You can find her link under Artfully Articulate on my Blogs I like to Visit list.

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  23. Ooh, gorgeous colors! Beautiful!

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  24. WOW! What a gorgeous project! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  25. Cute card, nice change to see something other then pink and red - love it!

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  26. Oh Laura.....FABULOUS....Just like you!! When I first saw your creation, I thought....STAMPEE CRAFTS!!!! Then I read the rest of the post!! I miss you Laura!!! You are such an inspiration to me!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  27. aPEARantly you have been having just too much fun with that Aussie technique! Those pears are just gorgeous, Laura. Nice to see a different color scheme today as well. Happy <3 Day!

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  28. The pears are stunning, and I was getting tired of pink, too!

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  29. Beautiful card, so unique!

    Hop, hop, hop... to the next blog!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

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  30. Gorgeous card, Laura! Love the pears, they are beautiful! Hopping on to Louise's blog, now. :)

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  31. i love the colors and the way that you used!!!!

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  32. Totally gorgeous!! The background is stunning!

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  33. Gorgeous card, bigest blog hop I ever seen, off to hop
    hugs
    Ildiko

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  34. Very cool! I love how it's not a typical valentine's card! Great job!

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  35. I just love the pears and the color combination!

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  36. Wow Laura...did you notice the person that first commented on this creation....hahaha, The Pear lady herself...hehehe! This is such a fun card and I saw another double pear on the hop too, great minds you know....

    Wonderful rendering of the technique from Julie "down under" , can't wait to refer her to some of our recent creations from the Dream Team! And you know me...I am really loving the strong colors!

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  37. i love the non traditional colors you used on your card!

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  38. ooo~ perfect pears! gor~~~geous coloring!

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  39. The vibrant colors are a refreshing change from all the typical reds and pink Valentines! I like the pear pun! :)

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  40. Wowzer! This is a gorgeous card, and I really like seeing the non-traditional colours.

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  41. Your pears are incredible! Lovely work on this nontraditional beauty!

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  42. Wow! Love the non-traditional colors and the artistic approach to this theme! Just beautiful!
    Added myself as a new follower and looking forward to more inspiration!

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  43. Absolutely gorgeous pears! Great job. tfs

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  44. Laura, this is a darling card. I love the design, the pears, and the background. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us:-) I am follower 31 Barbara
    http://www.u-inspire-me.blogspot.com/

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  45. Laura, very adorable!!! What a pear!! TOO CUTE! I must say you stepped outside the box on this one. I am wowed!

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  46. Interesting blend of colors on the pears.

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  47. So PRETTY! Wow I love the blended colors!

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  48. Oh my! Those pears are so beautiful!

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  49. WOW!!! This is so pretty - the colors are wonderful! Thanks so much for hopping with me on Valentine's Day!

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