Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Quick Candle Decoration

 Welcome to "Holidays in a Hurry"....of course, I did something a little different, but it could easily be used for a holiday gift.  I was actually thinking about all of those special events in the new year--weddings, anniversaries and parties.  This technique is super easy and would be a perfect party decoration.

Dreamweaver Stencil LL540 Heartweave
Mercart Metal in Black Coated Aluminum
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Manual Die Cut Machine
Heat Tool
Waxed Paper

1)  Run the stencil through the die cut machine with the aluminum and the embossing mat.  The Cuttlebug sandwich is Plate A, stencil face down, metal with the black side down, rubber embossing mat and two B Plates.
2)  Sand the embossed area on the metal to reveal the silver aluminum.
3)  Trim around the image.
4)  Position on the candle.

5)  Heat the metal and the area around it with a heat gun.

6)  Hold the metal in place and push in slightly with your pencil as you heat.  You can also use it to press down any parts that might raise up.

 7)  Place the waxed paper over the top of the metal and gently push down as evenly as possible.

 That is it!  I hope you enjoyed the idea. Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave a little love and stop by the other team members to see more creative ideas for "Holidays in a Hurry."

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dreamweaver Quick Gift Ideas

 This month's theme is Holidays in a Hurry.  My quick "gift wrap" idea is perfect for that gift card or small gift--and it is reusable year after year!  I actually got the idea for a fabric bag as wrapping from a woman who was shopping at Joann.  I just couldn't shake the idea.  Here is the very simple process that I used:

Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 917 Holiday Greetings
2 Stencil Brushes (either gold handled or blue handled)
Removable Tape
Small Canvas Bag (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, and the price tag said it was $1.50)
Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Pearl Scarlet, Velveteen Green and Matte Tropical Green
Cardboard cut to fit inside the bag
Craft Knife
Paper Towel
Scrap Paper


1)  Insert the cardboard into the bag

 2)  Position the stencil over the top of the bag and tape lightly in place with Removable Tape.

3)  Place a little red paint on a plastic lid or piece of scrap paper.

4) Tap the stencil brush into the paint and rub a little off on the paper towel.

5)  Lightly stencil the color over the area that you would like to have red.  You may have to push down lightly on the stencil to make it flat with the canvas.  That is what I had to do here.  You can see how it is raised.  Be careful not to push too hard, or you may bend the stencil.

6)  Once you have finished the areas that you want red, repeat the process with the darker green.  If you overlap some of the green on the red, it just creates a little shadow.

7)  Highlight the leaves a little with the lighter color.  Then remove the stencil and let the paint dry.

 8)  Use the tip of the craft knife to scrape off any paint that may have migrated into an unwanted area.

 9)  You can also use the craft knife to replace a little of the paint in areas that you may not have gotten completely. You could use a paint brush if you prefer.  Of course, even doing these last two steps is your choice.

I hope you enjoyed my easy little project.  Stop by to check out the other blogs this week.

Have a great holiday season.  I will see you next time.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Fun Holiday Ornament

For the month of November, the Dreamweaver Stencil Design Team is featuring Beacon Adhesives. They have an amazing line of products which you can find HERE.
Our challenge this month is Holiday Celebrations...with an emphasis on home decor and gift projects. Here's what I've come up with:
 This project is so simple that you can create many ornaments in different colors and designs.  Here are the instructions:

Dreamweaver Stencil Gothic Snowflake LL 396.  (Any LL stencil would work, though)
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Mercart Metal Medium Blue Coated Aluminum (You can choose any color)
Beacon 3-IN-1 Adhesive
Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive
Manual Die Cut Machine
Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Chipboard (2 pieces, each 3" x 3")
Big Bite
2 Eyelets
3 Oval Jump Rings
Oval Connie Crystal
One Round Jump Ring
1" of Chain
Large Round Ring
May Arts Ribbon


1)  Run the Dreamweaver Stencil and Mercart metal through manual die cut machine.  You will need the embossing mat.  Place the stencil face down, the metal colored side down on top of it and the embossing mat over that.  For the Cuttlebug, the sandwich is A Plate, stencil, metal, embossing mat and 2 B Plates.  Do this twice.

2) Lightly sand the embossed metal on both pieces.

 3)  Put 3-IN-1 Adhesive on one side of one of the 3" x 3" chipboard squares.

 4)  Rub the other square over the top and to smear the glue.

 5)  Place the glue side of the chipboard squares on the back of the metal pieces, centering them within the embossed squares.

6)  Lightly sand the embossed edges.

 7)  Trim close to the embossed edges with a pair of scissors.

8)  Glue the back of one piece of chipboard and attach to the other.

9)  Push the edges of the metal down over the exposed edges of the chipboard.

10)  Use the Big Bite to set the eyelets in two opposite corners of the square.

11)  Attach the crystal on one side with two oval jump rings and one round one.

12)  Attach the large ring on the other side with one oval jump ring and the chain.

13)  Use Gem-Tac to securely attach the rhinestones.  Rhinestones will attach without it, but are unlikely to stick to the metal for any length of time.  With Gem-Tac, they will stay in place.

 14)  Use a dot of 3-IN-1 on the opening of the oval jump rings to keep the edges from separating.

 15)  Attach the beautiful May Arts Ribbon to the oval jump ring.

This is what it looks like finished.

Now that you have seen what I have to offer, check out the projects by the rest of the team members, and our special November guest designer, my good friend Linda Neff.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Ranger Distress Ink Blog Hop!

Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger's Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well...paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here's the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer:

This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, "Holiday Celebrations", and for the entire month we will be demonstrating ways to use Beacon Adhesives' entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here's mine:

 For this project, I first coated the small chest with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  I used the dabber end and a paint brush that I dipped in the container.  When it was dry, I dabbed it lightly with Adirondack Metallic Paint in Gold.  The next layer was in Victorian Velvet Distress Paint.  I smeared a little on my craft sheet and picked it up with a stencil brush.  I brushed it through Dreamweaver Stencils LJ 896 and LM 288 to create the light pink swirls.

 The Fleur De Lis was created the same way with Seedless Preserves Distress Paint through the LS 66 Dreamweaver Stencil.
 The top of the box was created with the Large Fleur De Lis Stencil LL 447.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug with yellow coated Mercart aluminum and the Rubber Embossing Mat.  I then enhanced the embossing depth with Mercart Beginner Kit Tools.  When it was the way I liked it, I filled the back with hardening paste and let it dry.  Then, I adhered it with Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.

I used only one ply of a Paris themed beverage napkin to add details and distressing.  I ripped some of the edges against the Dreamweaver Deckle Frame Stencil LL 581 and applied it with Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage.
That was mine.  Now, don't forget to leave a comment here and at the other links that I posted about for your chance to win!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mysterious and Magical October

Are you ready to be spooked, mystified and magically transported to the land of Halloween and holidays? Hop on board the Dream Team train as we journey through all things Mysterious and Magical through the month of October. Our guest "engineer" is Miss Eerie herself, Alison Heikkila. October promises to be a very bumpy ride...

Okay, okay....I DO realize that this was supposed to be the month of spooky creations, but I was experimenting with a new technique and I loved it.  How could I not show you this card?

 I used the new LL3036 Great Pumpkin Stencil and the LM 295 Autumn Stencil.  First, I did the Double Glitter Technique using Handmade Hawaiian Coconut Soap, a large stencil brush, and Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I used Art Glitter for the whole project.  For the Autumn stencil, I used Microfine Opaque Glitter in Monarch.  The Microfine Glitter made the word appear crisp.  When I removed it and applied Ultrafine Transparent Crystal Glitter, I was finished with the word.
 The "new" technique was used with the pumpkin.  I also used the Double Glitter Technique on this one.  I used a much larger glitter first--Dazzlers in Peppa and Clover Leaf.  Before removing the stencil, I added Ultrafine Opaque Glitter in Copper Canyon and Jungle.  Then, I used Microfine in Monarch and Bavarian Forest.  I removed the stencil and added the Crystal Glitter to the background.  Then, I replaced the stencil and pasted it with Translucent Embossing Paste.  I needed the Removable Tape and the Palette Knife for this.  While the paste was still wet, I tossed a little Transparent Ultrafine Glitter in Melone and Ensalada on it.
What makes the new technique interesting?  Layers of colors and depth.  If you have lots of glitter and a little time, you should give it a try.  It is addicting.

Meanwhile, visit the other blogs for today:


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Connie Crystal Boo Banner

Boo!  Today, I am bringing you a not-so-scary Halloween banner, made with Robin's Nest paper and Connie Crystals.  It was simple and fun, and has a little surprise.  For more pictures and a written tutorial, see the Connie Crystal Post HERE.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dreamweaver Howl-o-ween Post

Are you ready to be spooked, mystified and magically transported to the land of Halloween and holidays? Hop on board the Dream Team train as we journey through all things Mysterious and Magical through the month of October. Our guest "engineer" is Miss Eerie herself, Alison Heikkila. October promises to be a very bumpy ride...

 I just HAD to use this card.  I made it for CHA, but fell so in love with it, that I knew I wanted to tell you about it.

Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 816 Spider Web
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 896 Large Flourish
Dreamweaver Stencil LG 749 Dog Words
Dreamweaver Stencil LL 525 Bats
Dreamweaver Die DL3029 Dog
Dreamweaver Die Tool DCT
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Dreamweaver Black Glossy Embossing Paste
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Stencil Brush
Removable Tape
Double Stick Mounting Paper
Mercart Metal in Copper, Red, Gold and Black
Manual Die Cut Machine
Card Stock in Black and White
Shrink Plastic
Big Bite
Circle Spellbinders Die
Black Pigment Ink
Heat Gun
Patterned Paper
May Arts Ribbon
Embroidery Floss


1)  Emboss the white card stock with the Spider Web Die through the die cut machine with the Stamping Details Rubber mat.
2)  Leave the stencil in place and use the stencil brush to add a little color in some of the raised areas.  Remove the stencil.
3)  Place the Swirl Stencil on the background and use a stencil brush and pigment ink to add color.
4)  Attach the Double Stick Mounting Paper on the back of the metal you are planning on using.  Run it through the die cut machine with the dies.  You will need one gold moon from the circular die and the dog cut once in black and once in copper.  Also, cut one collar with red metal.
5)  Use the Dreamweaver die tool to dot the "whiskers" into place.
6)  Sand the metal to add further dimension.
7)  Remove the backings from the metals and adhere to black card stock with a little room between each piece.
8)  Cut around the metal dog, leaving a little black edge all the way around.
9)  Paste the Happy Howl-o-ween onto white card stock with black glossy paste.  You will need the palette knife and the removable tape for this part.
10)  Lightly sand the shrink plastic.
11)  Use the bat stencil and the stencil brush to add black pigment.
12)  Use the Big Bite to create the largest hole above the bats.
13)  Cut a little outside of the bats and around the outside of the hole.
14)  Heat and shrink the bats.
15)  Assemble the top of the card.
16)  Use the Big Bite to create small holes for attaching the bats.
17)  Attach the bats with the floss.

Thanks for checking out this card.  I really enjoyed making it.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Blog Hop Final Day

Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:

Here's what I've created for today's post:
One of the little joys of the fall season for me is the frosted autumn leaves in the morning.  The frost on the bright colors is so beautiful!
And here are the instructions:
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 906 Maple Branch
Dreamweaver Stencil Paste Spreader LM 2010
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Dreamweaver Handmade Hawaiian Soap
Dreamweaver Large Stencil Brush
Dreamweaver Double Stick Mounting Paper
Removable Scotch Tape
Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste
Distress Embossing Powder in Broken China
Quietfire Designs Take Time to Delight #6270 sed
Distress Ink in Black Soot
Art Glitter Black Night Embossing Powder
Art Glitter D94 The Big Apple Opaque Art Hexis
Art Glitter Ultrafine Opaque 278 Poppy
Art Glitter Microfine 500 Ruby Red
Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent 85 Crystal
DCWV Patterned Paper
White and Black Card Stock
Heat Gun

1)  Soap the back of the stencil.

2)  See the soap residue around the holes?  Brush it off with the large brush.

3)  Pour the Dazzlers on the stencil and push into place with your finger.

4)  Add additional glitter to fill in the areas left blank by the larger flakes--first ultrafine, then microfine.
5)  Brush off the excess glitter.
6)  Place project stencil side down and carefully remove the paper.
7)  Pour the Distress Embossing Powder over the background and push in with your finger.
8)  Clean and completely dry the stencil.
9)  Replace the stencil and tape in place all the way around the edge with removable tape.
10) Use the palette knife to place the embossing paste on the edge of the paste spreader.
11)  Pull the embossing paste across the stencil.
12)  Remove the stencil.
13)  While the paste is still wet, sprinkle clear glitter across the edges of the leaves.
14)  Let dry.
15)  Stamp the sentiment with Distress Ink on white card stock.
16)  Sprinkle with embossing powder.
17)  Flick off excess powder and heat set.
18)  Assemble the card.
When you see it close up, it is easy to see the dazzlers.

See how the project looks like frosted leaves?
And now, check out all the posts for this wonderful hop.  Don't forget, you have a chance to win!