Thursday, September 4, 2014

Christmas in September?

Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...(coming soon) brand new embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.
 
Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:
I created it using metal and velvet paper, which means that it did not photograph as well as I would like to (the only thing about these two materials that I don't like), but perhaps a couple of closer shots and some more detailed explanation would be helpful.
For the flowers, I started by running green metal through my Cuttlebug with this sandwich:  A Plate, Stencil LL3046 Tall Poinsettia (face up), Green Coated Aluminum (face up), the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat and two B Plates.  You might wonder why I have those little lines through the metal.  Well, true confession time, I was all out of the Mercart Metal, so I used a different brand in the same color.  If you use the metal that I linked, you won't have that problem.  Anyway, I then left the stencil under the metal as I gently pressed the metal against the inside of the stencil with the Teflon Tool in the Basic Metal Kit.  You can skip this step if you want to, it just won't have as crisp of edges.  Then, I used the Color Solutions Remover on a Q Tip to remove the green inside the flower and seeds.  I left just a little in the edges so that it would darken the tips.  I dropped a little Christmas Red Color Solutions inside the wells of the flowers and Lemoncello inside the seeds.  I did not worry too much about it going over the edges because I knew I would sand it later.  I enhanced the colors a little with Q Tips and Paprika Red in the flowers and Gourd Green in the leaves.  I then sanded the top and brushed of the dust with a stencil brush.  I pulled the metal off the stencil, and placed it on Double Stick Mounting Paper, burnishing it down with my fingers.

 
For the background, I repeated the embossing process I explained, except that I put Stencil LX 7027 Quatrefoil face down and the velvet paper face down on top of it.  Other than that, I used the same sandwich.  For the letters, I used the new Dual Alphabet Dies in my Cuttlebug with green metal.  The sandwich for this was A Plate, dies face up, metal face down, C Plate and B Plate.  If you have any trouble cutting all the way through the metal, a slight shim of cardstock should fix it. Then, I sanded just the outside of the letter and reassembled them on Double Stick Mounting Paper.
Finally, I assembled the card, using the other side of the Double Stick Paper to attach the metals.

 
Of course, we have our monthly challenge for you to play along, so post your own holiday creations, and use the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month. We also have our fabulous Guest Designer for the month of September, Wendy Price! Here's the list of our "A" Team with their links for the week:


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to August as an Adjective

After all the blog-hopping excitement of last week, we are back to "August as an Adjective".  Yes, that is right, we are using the term august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up Blog for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for.
Here's my creation for this week:
 
 
All the metal is aluminum with a medium blue coating.  The part that appears black in the picture is actually navy blue suede paper.  I used the Dreamweaver Stencils LX 2001 Damask and LL565 Script Thank You with the Rubber Embossing Mat in my Cuttlebug for super easy embossing.  The background was embossed, with the metal and the stencil face down.  The Thank You was debossed, with the metal and the stencil face up.  Both were sanded.  I attached the Thank You with both Double Sided Mounting Paper and small jeweled brads.  That's it.  Very simple, and, I think, rather august.  Now, check out the other posts for the week and then try your own.
 
   

Friday, August 15, 2014

Christmas in August Blog Hop with Woodware--The Final Day




Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:
Here's my creation: 

 
First, I stamped with a beautiful Woodware stamp on white card stock with Jet Black Archival Ink.  Then, I ran a couple of stencils through my manual die cut machine with the Rubber Embossing Mat.  I ran the Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7002 Plaid through with red velvet paper.  The Dreamweaver Stencil LL557 Long Merry Christmas was used with Red Coated Aluminum.  I put the aluminum red side up over the stencil, which was also right side up.  I enhanced the "debossing" with the Teflon Tool from the Beginner Metal Tool Set.  I used a Qtip with Color Solutions Alcohol Ink Thinner to remove the red in the holly leaves.  I then used a little Color Solutions in Pine Bough to add green to  the leaves.  Finally, a sanding block removed all the color I did not want.  I did all of these steps with the stencil still behind the metal. 
 
The image was colored with Crayola Crayons.  The card was assembled using regular adhesive, Double Stick Mounting Paper behind the metal, 3D Dots and a lovely May Arts Ribbon.
*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Christmas in August Blog Hop with Woodware


 

Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:
Here's my creation: (or shall I say creations)
 


 
 
This is one stamp, two stencils, two Memory Mist Sprays, two Archival Inks, Stickles and crayons four ways..........
 
The stamp is from Woodware.
 
The stencils are Dreamweaver LJ 867 and LX 7002. 
 
 The tree is easy to see.  On the first one, I just sprayed through the opening.  On the second and last cards, I sprayed the stencil first and ran it through my die cut machine with the Rubber Embossing Mat.  It worked like a letterpress.  The third card used both of those techniques, first being run through the machine and then being sprayed through the opening.
 You say you can't see where I used the Plaid stencil?  Well, I embossed a piece of white velvet paper through the die cut machine with the stencil and the Rubber Embossing Mat and used it on the second and third cards. Here is a closer look:
 
I used the Memory Mists in Strawberry Daiquiri and Wheatgrass. The Archival Inks are Black and Olive.  I stamped the image first before making the letterpress effect.  The stickles are gold, silver, diamond, eucalyptus and mystery. The crayons added a little extra color here and there. 
 
So there you have it, one card four ways....
*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August the Adjective

As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for. 
Here's my creation for this week:
 
I know.  I used metal again.  When I thought of the word "august", it reminded me of all the grand old buildings in beautiful cities around the world.  Many contain beautiful masonry and carvings and some even have copper work.  So, naturally, my thoughts turned to copper and the old Verdi Gris patinas that come from their aging.  This is what became of that thought.
On this project, I used the following Dreamweaver stencils:  LJ 919 Art Nouveau Flourish, LL 3023 Tall Poppy, and LS 1006 Sm Thanks.  I used both copper and copper coated aluminum.  The copper was used for the flowers and the word.  The flowers were hand embossed with the tools in the Beginners Metal Tool Kit.  When I had it the way I liked it, I filled the back with Mercart Filling Paste.  The words and the background were both debossed with the help of a Cuttlebug machine and the Rubber Embossing Mat.  The words were done with copper and the background with aluminum.  I then sanded the background.  I used Color Solutions in Mojito Green, Aquarius and Pine Bough on the copper.  I dripped the solution and moved it around with Q Tips.  I removed a little of the excess with the Color Solution Thinner.  Then, I sanded over the rest.  It was easy to assemble with my 5" Xyron Machine, 3D Foam Squares and a little chipboard.
This is what the Color Solutions look like:
I am very pleased with the results.  Now, take a look at the other posts for this week, and don't forget to enter your own for a chance to win the stencil of your choice.  Oh, and check back again next week for a Holiday Blog Hop with our UK distributor, Woodware.
It is the "A" team this week:


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Fifth Thursday in a July to Die For!

July is a month with a fifth Thursday.  What does that mean?  Well, in a July to Die For, it means that the entire Dreamweaver Team will get together today to show you one last die cut creation.  Here is mine:
Although it would be a really cute candle shelter, I am planning on using it for pencils.  It was really easy.  Let me tell you how I made it.

MATERIALS:
Dreamweaver Die DG745 Tree Line
Dreamweaver Color Solutions in Pine Bough, Aquarius and Iceberg
Dreamweaver Color Solution Thinner
Copper
Jar
Q Tips
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Glue (although you could use E 600)
May Arts Twine
Manual Die Cut Machine (I used a Cuttlebug)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1)  Run copper through the machine with Dreamweaver Die.  You will be using the thin die setting.  For the Cuttlebug, the sandwich was A Plate, die, metal, B Plate, C Plate and shim (a lightweight piece of chipboard).
2)  Glue the metal to a clean, dry jar.

4)  With the Q Tips, apply the Color Solutions to the glass.  Don't worry if you get some ink on the metal.
5)  With the Color Solutions on a Q Tip, clean off the metal.
6)  Add a bow around the threads.
I particularly like how the shape shows through the back of the glass.  It adds another dimension  to the piece. 
 
Now it is your turn.  Make a little "Something to Die For" and upload it to the link at the end of the post.  You can find additional inspiration at the links for the whole team below:
Pam Hornschu
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A July to Die For

Welcome to July...the month to DIE for! Yep. All of this month, the Dream Team are featuring our newest toys...our DIES! You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them...especially when used in conjunction with many of their stencil counterparts. They are such a simple way to create an effective card. Here's mine for this week:

It is really sort of different for me, I know.   I have been a little obsessed lately with the idea of using the dies to create a window.  I wanted something interesting to show through, but then the plain white top was boring.....so, I added a plaid look to it.  The die cuts that I used were DD001 Nesting Frames and DL 563 Pears.  The back was pasted with Glossy Green Embossing Paste and covered with opaque blue and green glitter while it was still wet.  The stencil I used was LX 7001 Damask.   The plaid was done with pigment inks, a stencil brush and stencil LX 7002 Plaid, which was turned at a 90 degree angle for the second pass.  The metal was the scrap edge of something that I had already embossed with the damask stencil.  I popped up the plaid section.
Now, you should check out the rest of the links for today--and don't forget to link your creation for a chance to win!

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Don't forget to link!