Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Little Inspiration!

This April, the Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post TODAY, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Check out what our Guest Designer and the "A" team has been inspired by for this week...
 
 
This was my inspiration.  A beautiful opal cameo.  Mine was fun to make and a lot cheaper.
 
 
This was created using the Dreamweaver Cameo Stencil LL3017.  The edges were created using the Double Glitter Technique.  The silhouette was pasted with Glossy White Embossing Paste and glittered.  The sparkling "opal" like background was created with layers of Art Institute Glitter and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.
 
 
Here is how it sparkles in the sun.  It isn't a real opal, to be sure, but  it is pretty and fun.
 
Now, check out the other links for the week....Did you notice a couple of extra?  They are part of the new Dreamweaver Design Team.  Everyone is listed on the Dream It Up Blog.  I am happy to announce that Dreamweaver has chosen to allow me to stay on the team!  I am very excited to see what sort of inspiration lays in store this year!
 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Inspirations!

We're already into April, and no foolin', the Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post on April 17th, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Check out what our Guest Designer and the "A" team has been inspired by for this week...


Here is my inspiration:
Yes, it is actually a photo that I took at Epcot.  I always look to my pictures to inspire my embellishments, and this time was no exception.  
Here is the embellishment that I created using Dreamweaver Stencils:


See how I tried to match the topiary in the picture?
Here is how it fits on my scrapbook page:


I have a quick (mostly visual) tutorial of the embellishment.

MATERIALS:

Art Glitter Ultrafine Pearlescent 188 Black Vinyl
Ultra Fine Flower Soft in Sage, Pine, and Raspberry Fizz
Flower Soft in Baby Pink
Globecraft Glastique in Matte (or some other finishing glaze)
Pointed Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

1)  Rub the soap on the back of the stencil.  You will see a light filmy coating over the metal.  This will help to get the stencil off of the paper later.

2)  Use the large stencil to brush the "crumblies" of soap off of the stencil.



 3)  "Crack" open one side of the mounting paper covering and peel it off.



 4)  Place the stencil on the paper, soap side down.



5)  Carefully place the embossing powder into place.



 6)  Rub the embossing powder into place with your finger.



7)  Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the powder, glitter (in eyes), and Flower Soft.


8)  Press down all the material one last time.



9)  Brush off the excess material with the large stencil brush.



 10)  Place the project stencil side down on a smooth, flat surface and carefully peel the paper off of the stencil.



 11)  Cover the entire project with Glastique.  (In retrospect, I could have trimmed the project before this step.) Then, let it dry over night.




12)  Trim around the embellishment.  You can get very close and nothing should fall off.  The great thing about this project is that you can still see the textures you created with the Flower Soft.  Also, the embellishment is a sticker!



I hope you enjoyed my "inspired by" project.  I am not sure it is what our Fearless Team Leader Pam had in mind with this challenge, but, honestly, when I scrapbook I take all of my inspiration from the pictures!  Of course, with stencils I can make the perfect embellishment for any situation!  Don't forget to check out the links above to see what inspires the rest of the team.  Here's wishing you a month full of inspiration!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

More March Madness

Welcome to the Dreamweaver "March Madness" challenge! Anything goes, and the more outside-of-the-box, the better. So, break out all of your I-never-quite-knew-what-to-do-with-these-products stash, look at your Dreamweaver stencils in a whole new creative light, and get crafting! Oh, and don't forget to link those creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! blog for one of THREE chances to win the stencil of your choice!
Here is my Mad Creation:

It is a gift for my friend, Georgia, who is currently playing along with our team. I met her as a Dreamweaver Designer and am so glad that I did!  This is a picture of her on the teacup ride at Disneyland.  What is crazier (or harder to get) than a teacup ride frame?  To quote Alice in Wonderland, "We're all mad here", further adding to the March Madness theme.
This is how I created the Madness:

MATERIALS:
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ896 Large Flourish
Dreamweaver Stencil LS96 Hello
Dreamweaver Stencil LL493 Teacups Vertical
Dreamweaver Stencil LL 550 Party Lanterns
Any Small Print Dreamweaver Stencil
Stencil Brush 
Palette Knife
Removable Tape
Dreamweaver Glossy White Embossing Paste
Color Solutions in Aquarius, Red Pepper, Mojito, Cosmo Pink and Lemoncello
Color Solutions Thinner
Art Glitter Ultrafine Transparent in 85 Crystal
Corron Swabs
Blue Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Paintbrush
Plain Wooden Frame

 DIRECTIONS:
1) Paint the frame with your background color.  I used blue.  Let it dry.
2)  Position the Large Flourish Stencil over the corners and paint with the stencil brush.



3)  Position the hello stencil on the bottom of the frame and tape down with the removable tape.
4)  Using the palette knife, spread the glossy paste across the top of the stencil.
5)  Remove the stencil.
6)  For the Hello Stencil, cover with clear glitter immediately.


 7)  Repeat steps 3-5 with the teacups on the sides and the lanterns across the top.  You won't always be able to get the whole stencil on the frame.  When that is the case, you can use your finger to remove any excess embossing paste.

8)  Let dry.


9)  Brush off excess glitter.
10)  You can test the Color Solutions ink colors.  Use cotton swabs to test the colors on plain paper and see which colors you want to use.


11)  Add color to the glossy paste with cotton swabs.  You can use stencils with simple patterns as masks to put on the Color Solutions Ink.



12)  Use a little of the Color Solutions Ink Thinner on a cotton swab to perfect the inks.



 Need some more crazy ideas? Check our "A" team first, and our very special guest designer and Certified Dreamweaver teacher..

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dreamweaver March Madness Challenge

MAD I tell you! We're all going MAD! That is...MAD for Dreamweaver Stencils! Welcome to our "March Madness" challenge! Anything goes, and the more outside-of-the-box, the better. This year, we're aiming to play with non-traditional challenges whenever possible. So, break out all of your I-never-quite-knew-what-to-do-with-these-products stash, look at your Dreamweaver stencils in a whole new creative light, and get crafting! Oh, and don't forget to link those creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! blog for one of THREE chances to win the stencil of your choice! Need some crazy ideas? Check our "A" team first, and our very special guest designer and Certified Dreamweaver teacher...

 
Here's my personal act of madness:

I used two different stencils to create this embellishment:  LJ844 Dragon and LJ 903 Lg Open Fan.  First, I traced the inside of the fan on Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I cut around the image and set it aside. Then, I soaped up the back of the dragon stencil using Handmade Hawaiian Coconut Soap.  I brushed off the excess soap crumbles with a large stencil brush.  I put the stencil soap side down on the fan shaped Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I used Stampee Foil on the dragon copying the colors from the dragon fan in the photo.  I pressed the foil down with my finger and ran an embossing tool around the edges.  After I had the colors the way I wanted them, poured crystal glitter over the top of the dragon.  I brushed off the excess glitter.  Placing the stencil face down on a flat surface, I carefully peeled off the paper and covered it with black glitter.
Then, it was time to soap up the back of the fan stencil.  I placed it, soap side down, on another piece of Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I positioned the dragon fan paper inside the open fan on the stencil.  I covered it with black glitter.  Then, I placed the project stencil side down on a flat surface and carefully peeled the paper off.  I covered the remaining paper with crystal glitter and cut around the shape.  Viola!  I had an embellishment.
I hope you enjoyed the project today.  I just wanted to show how you could use Dreamweaver Stencils to create a unique scrapbook page.  Don't be afraid to break away from the card and see what you can do!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dreaming of the Tropics

The Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February is "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. Link your creations to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. 
As for myself, I live in Southeast Michigan, where it is the 3rd snowiest year on record so far.  There are mountains of snow on the edges of parking lots and driveways.  We have also struggled with the "Polar Vortex", which has caused extremely low temperatures.  Yet today, the temperature broke above freezing, for the first time in a LONG time.  Spring began to tease us a little.  It had me dreaming of warmth, of summer, and the tropics, which made me think of this simple little card.

Simple, you wonder?  Why, yes it is.  I pasted the Toucan Stencil LG 752 on white card stock (apparently I did this backwards) and the Jungle Leaves Stencil LJ 825 on white card stock.  I used Matte Black Embossing Paste DMBP on both.  Of course, my pasting supplies included the Paste Spreader LM 2010 and the Removable Tape.  I missed a little spot on the bottom left but, in the end, I thought that it added character.
When the paste was dry, I placed the clean stencil over the top of the pasted area and "painted" with Metallic FX Mica Powders.  I used Goldfinch FX05 on the beak and feet, Kimono Red FX15 on the flower and head, Moonstone FX04 on the neck and belly, Cocoa FX18 on the branches and a combination of Kiwi FX10 and Ivy Garden FX11 on the greenery.  I prefer to apply the colors with my fingers.  I think they go on a little more intensely and I don't mind getting a little messy.  If that bothers you, you can easily apply the colors with a stencil brush or even a cotton swab.  The amazing thing is when you use the matte colored paste, the Mica Powders stay on!  The last step is to add a little black rhinestone to the eyes and assemble the card.
Take a look at the way it shimmers when I hold it sideways:
I hope you liked dreaming of tropical climes with me today.  I heard we will be experiencing another "Polar Vortex" again next week......
I would love it if you could leave me a comment.  Check out the other "A" Team players this week when you get the chance: 


Thursday, February 6, 2014

February Flutters

Are you ready for the new Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February? It will be a short month of posts for the Dream Team, but we're pretty excited to share with you our versions of "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. So, come along for the ride and link your own "flutterings" to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. Meanwhile, here's my "fluttering" for the week:
Here is how it was done:

MATERIALS:
A Piece of Suede to Work On
May Arts Ribbon
Sanding Block or Sand Paper
Cotton Swab
Card Sock
Adhesive
Manual Die Cut Machine with Cutting Mats

DIRECTIONS:
1)  Run the gold coated aluminum through your manual die cut machine with the background stencil and the rubber embossing mat.  The "sandwich" for the Cuttlebug is A Plate, stencil (face UP), metal (face UP), rubber embossing mat, and two B Plates.  This is technically debossed, because the metal is being pressed into the stencil.  Leave the metal on the stencil.
2)  With the metal still over the stencil, sand lightly to uncover the silver color where the stencil remains.
3)  Remove the stencil.
4)  Run the metal through the manual die cut machine again.  This time, use the butterfly stencil and place the "sandwich" this way:  A Plate, stencil  (face DOWN),  metal (gold side DOWN), rubber embossing mat and to B Plates.  This way, the metal is pushed down into the back of the stencil, as if the color is being pushed out and through.  This is embossing.
5)  Place the metal face down on the suede and use the ball tool to press the metal out and give the butterfly dimension.
6)  When the butterfly is nice and "poufy", place right side up on a hard, smooth surface.  Go around the edges of the design with the Teflon Tool and refine them.  Also make sure to use the "deerfoot" side of the tool to flatten out where the metal bent around the edges of the butterfly stencil.

7)  When you have the effect you want on the butterfly, flip it gold side down and full the cavities with the MercartUSA Filling Paste.  You just squeeze it into the holes and let it dry a couple of hours.
8)  When the butterfly is dry and hard, flip it back to the front and use a cotton swab to gently apply color to the raised area.  I used Blue Velvet and Sugar Plum on the wings and Black Beauty on the body and antennae.
9)  Run the Blue Coated Aluminum through the machine with the words.  You will be debossing, so put the stencil and the metal both face UP before you run it through.  Leave the metal on the stencil.
10)  With the metal still on the stencil, use the Teflon Tool to push the metal into the letters a little further. 
11)  Add a little Sugar Plum Color Solutions in the letters if desired.
12)  With the metal still on the stencil, vigorously sand the blue and purple off of the areas over the stencil.
13)  Remove the stencil.
14)  Assemble the card.


Be sure to leave me some encouragement before flitting over to the "A" team blogs: 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Clean and Simple and NEW Stencil!

The Dreamweaver January monthly challenge, in honor of all those resolutions we hope to achieve, is "Losing the Weight...AKA Clean and Simple (CAS)". If we all try really hard to simplify our design-work without losing our creativity, we can all say at the end of the month that we've lost some weight! Maybe not off of our waistlines, but at least off of our cards! Gotta start somewhere!
Of course, CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association Convention was this past week.  I don't know about my fellow design team members, but I would definitely fall off the resolution wagon at that fun event!  For the purposes of my blog, though, I am going to continue my best efforts to be Clean and Simple.  I am also presenting one of the NEW RELEASES for Dreamweaver, and I couldn't be more excited about this beautiful heart stencil.
Yep, super simple and very clean.  I used two stencils:  the new and gorgeous LJ928 Swirly Hearts and the classic LS22 Congratulations.  The other materials that I needed were Fuschia Coated Mercart Aluminum, the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, a manual die cut machine (I used a Cuttlebug), Mercart Teflon Tool (optional, but from the Beginner Kit), sandpaper, scissors, adhesive and card stock.  How quick was it?  Well, it took me longer to write this post!  First, I ran both stencils through the die cut machine with metal and the embossing mat.  I just switched up the order.  For the heart, I put the stencil face down with the metal pink side down over it, followed by the rubber mat and the usual cutting mats.  The congratulations stencil was placed face up with the metal pink side up on top of it.  I made the word a little "crisper" by pushing the metal down against the stencil with the Teflon Tool.  I sanded it with the stencil still in place.  The stencil was removed from the metal before I sanded the heart.  Then, I simply assembled the card.  Done.  Seriously!
I would appreciate a comment if you get a chance.  Also, be sure and visit the blogs of my fellow team members, as everyone should be posting some new stencils this week (and you don't want to miss out on seeing those!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day.