Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dreamweaver Free Choice Week AND New Stencils!

Welcome to another Free Choice week! After ALOT of rain here in Michigan, with an occasional nice day thrown in, I felt truly inspired to post this card. I was feeling the saying, which is one of Lynell's newest designs. It is on a stencil with several fun sayings on it.

When designing this one, I was thinking about how that cute new apron stencil would look hanging from a clothesline. I also felt that the apron itself should be plaid, evoking a fresh spring country day, when a sudden rainstorm could ruin the attempt to dry clothes in the sun. Originally, I pictured the apron in pink plaid, but the color was just too pale to hold its own against the blue.

First, I pasted, using the original paste. The words were on brown color core Core'dinations, which was ripped later in the process. The apron was done on a mottled Basic Grey brown, because I wanted the various shades of brown to show up as shading, as if it were blowing in the wind. After the paste was dry, I used the Dreamweaver Stripe stencil to create the plaid. I tried to follow the "flow" lines in the apron, splitting up the top and the bottom. I stencilled these with Distress Inks in a couple of different browns. First I went in one direction, and then I moved the stencil to a 90 degree angle and stencilled in the other direction. I really like how the Distress Inks are so delicate on the paste. The background was the rain stencil, run through my Cuttlebug with Core'dinations color core in blue. Then, I lightly sanded it, to enhance the embossing.

After some assmebly, which included a twine and real tiny clothespins, the card reflects my very mood today. I hope that there is no rain where you are!

Stop in again next week and see what is in store for the Blue and Orange Mother's Day card challenge. In the meantime, check out the other Dream Teamers on this free week.


  1. This definately fits my mood today! This rain needs to stop for a little while! Cute card, the clothesline idea is darling!

  2. Yes....exactly what this apron is doing...blowing in the wind. Fabulous Laura!!! Just fabulous. I recently got some of those darling clothespins also. I may steal your idea!! Have a good week!!

  3. I am loving this card Laura...there are soooo many details to it and opportunities to teach technique. Your cards are amazingly that way and I always come away inspired.

  4. Love the plaid apron. Haven't tried that yet. So fun hanging on the clothesline. Hope you get some sunshine soon. Maybe ours will work it's way over to you and dry you out!

  5. Laura i love the way your apron is blowing in the in the wind and rain. great techniques. Hope the rain stops for all of you soon. As pam said we are enjoying so much needed sunshine.

  6. awesome! that is all!!! AWESOME