Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Blooming Spring

Here is my Blooming Spring card for this week.  I hadn't used Crackle Paste in a long time, and I was due!  Because I was going for an antique look, I thought it would work well with the Graphic 45 French Country Collection and Distress Inks.  It was simple.  The hardest part was waiting for the paste to dry.  Here is how it goes:
Dreamweaver Stencil LL 3023 Tall Poppy
Dreamweaver Stencil Picasso LL332
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Removable Tape
3 Stencil Brushes (either Blue Handled, Gold Handled, or both)
Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Frayed
Blending Tool
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Graphic 45 French Country Paper
Ivory Card Stock
Brown Card Stock

1)  Distress ivory card stock, if desired with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
2)  Use Removable Tape to tape the Poppy Stencil down over the top of the ivory card stock.  You can tape it directly to the craft sheet.
3)  Use the Palette Knife to spread the Matte Black Embossing Paste over the stencil.  You can use it as if it were a squeegee.  Touch the palette knife directly on the stencil and pull it all the way down.
4)  Remove the stencil to wash it, and set the project aside to dry.

5)  When the embossing paste is dry, put completely dry stencil over the top of it.
6)  Repeat steps 2-4 with Crackle Paste instead of Matte Black Paste.

7)  Let dry.  As it dries, it will crackle and turn opaque white.
8)  Replace stencil.  Use the stencil brushes and Distress Inks to apply color.  You can use the Picasso to help define and refine edges.
9)  Assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enter our monthly competition by making something that means "Blooming Spring" to you.  Send a picture to for your chance to win!  Meanwhile, leave us, the "old" design team, a little bit of love.  It is our last week as a team, so check us out!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

 Here it is, my Graphic 45 Design Team Audition.  My first piece is a two page layout featuring the beautiful Place in Time Collection.

My next piece is a Nutcracker Suite candy plate.  It was featured on the G45 blog last October as part of a cross promotion with Connie Crystal.  At that time, I posted an abbreviated photo tutorial as well.
Next, I have a Fairy Wreath.  It features the Once Upon a Springtime Collection and stamps as well as some stamps from another company.  I made 3D features by stacking fussy cut paper flowers and adhering them to each other with wire and crystals.
A slightly older piece is this rehabbed frame that I purchased from a thrift shop.  I used the By the Sea collection.  I scanned and traced the seahorse from one of the papers in the collection using my Silhouette Machine.
An even older piece (proving that I have been a fan for awhile) is this recipe box.  It uses one of the older Christmas collections.  I was particularly proud of this piece because it was the subject of a highly successful class that I created and taught at the scrapbook store where I used to work.

Although most of my projects are more complicated, I do enjoy making the occasional card, like this one from the Botanica Bella Collection.

And here is a Graphic 45 Staples Box that I decorated with Steampunk Debutante and the Circus Collection.  This was created for an Art Glitter Graphic 45 cross promotion.
Finally (and I know this makes eight), I have a recent scrapbook page that I created using Bird Song.
I hope you enjoyed my audition pieces.  I would just be so honored if I could make the team.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Fan Embellishment

This week, I will be using the "Blooming Spring" theme to bring you a scrapbook embellishment--the flowery fan.  It is so easy to do with stencils.  Let me show you how.
First, flip over stencil LG 644 Cherry Blossoms on a piece of paper towel.  Then, spray it with any of your scrapbook sprays.  I used Creative Imaginations Radiant Rain.  You could even spray a couple of different colors.
Then, place the stencil and paper towel on the base of your manual die cut machine.  Add a piece of white card stock on top of the sprayed stencil.  Follow it with the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat and cover it with the cutting mats for your die cut machine.  I used my Cuttlebug, and the sandwich is: A Plate, paper towel, stencil (spray side up), white card stock, Stamping Details mat, and two B Plates.  Run it through the machine and set aside.

Run a piece of plain card stock through the machine with the LJ 903 Large Open Fan Stencil and the same sandwich you used before (minus the paper towel).  Leave the stencil attached, and use a stencil brush and pigment or distress ink to add a little color to the blades.
Remove the stencil, and place it on the cherry blossom imprinted card stock.  Center it until the fan falls where you like it, and then send it through the machine.
Remove the stencil and card stock from the machine and flip it over.  Use an Embossing Tool to run around the edges of the fan and enhance them a little.  (This step is not entirely necessary, but it does make the cutting easier.
Cut around the embossed fan area.
Adhere to the embossed white card stock and then cut out that fan as well and you are done.  I added letters for a title with a die cut font that I had.  (By the way, I used some of the extra embossed card stock to punch out the Mickey Ears on the bottom of the page.)

I hope you had fun learning how EASY this is to do!  You could make anything.  Speaking of possibilities, try playing alone with our challenge to win some stencils for yourself.  Just make something "Blooming" and send a photograph to and you could win!
In a major announcement, Dreamweaver has selected a new design team.  I am thrilled to say that I am back on.  Check out the Dream It Up blog to see everyone.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Simple Sunflowers

Today's card is a simple one.  That is right--a SIMPLE card.  I used only one stencil--LJ 902 Black Eyed Susan.   I also used the very versatile Matte Paste.  Did you know that it takes paste very well?  Here is how it was done:

 1)  Tape the Stencil LJ 902 Black Eyed Susan with Removable Tape over some slightly printed blue paper.  Make sure that you tape it all the way around.
2)  Use the LM 2010 Paste Spreader to pull Matte Yellow Embossing Paste over the stencil.
3)  Remove the stencil and let dry.
4)  Put glue over the top of the stems and leaves.
5)  Let glue dry until it is tacky.  Then, push green flocking over the top of the glue.  Let dry completely.
6)  Brush off flock.
7)  Place glue through the centers of the flowers and attach brown seed beads.
8)  Use a craft knife to cut on both sides of one of the flowers.
9)  Thread raffia through the flower, tie, and make a bow.

That is it!  Simple, indeed.  It even falls under this month's challenge--A Blooming Spring.  If you make anything that fits this challenge, photograph it and send it to  You could win this month's prize! Give it a try.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Blooming Spring

This month, we introduce a new theme--A Blooming Spring....So, flowers, right?  This one was fairly simple.  I used two different stencils, LM 2011 Poppy Circle and LS 1010 Small Happy Birthday. I taped them down with Removable Tape. Then, I used the DPK Palette Knife to spread the Gold Embossing Paste onto black card stock.  I removed the stencils and then sprinkled Metallic FX in Kiwi, Ivy Garden, and Eye of the Tiger randomly across the paste and let it dry.  Then, a Swiffer refill was used to remove any excess powder.  A little golden card stock, Graphic 45 paper, gold ribbon and a black card, and I was done!
You should take part in the "Blooming Spring" competition!  Just make a flowery card and send a digital picture to  You could win!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Art Glitter St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Today, I present a glittering St. Patrick's Day wreath.  If you want to see how it was made, complete with a photo tutorial, check out the Art Glitter Blog here.  In the meantime, Happy Saint Patrick's Day!