Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Fifth Thursday

It is the fifth Thursday of the month, so the whole team is playing this week.  Of course, our theme is still birthdays, but I always prefer a nice, all occasion type card for birthdays.  I feel better when I can write in anything I want.
 
 For this card, I used two different techniques.  First up, I pasted LM2011 Poppy Circle with Metallic Copper Embossing Paste.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled on some Metallic FX in http://www.stencilwithstyle.com/accessories/fxpins.html, FX 10 Kiwi, and FX 17 Navajo Sky.  I let them dry for awhile, but then got a little impatient, and used my heat gun to speed the process.  It caused a few little bubbles on the surface, but I really liked it.  When everything was completely dry, I rubbed off the excess Metallic FX with a Swiffer refill.  Here is a little detail shot:


 While the paste dried, I ran the LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls Stencil through my Cuttlebug with yellow coated aluminum and the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  After the embossing, I simply sanded off a little of the gold color.
     With the addition of some May Arts ribbon and a little card stock, I was finished. 
     Thanks for stopping by today. Try making something yourself and upload it to the Dream It Up! Blog for your chance to win a great prize.  For inspiration, be sure and check out the other team members this week at the following links:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birthday Cards and New Adventures

This month at Dreamweaver, we are celebrating birthdays.  It seems appropriate, then, that the company is celebrating a rebirth of sorts this month as well.  Dreamweaver Stencils has been purchased by Stampendous!  This should open new creative options for our stencils.  It is a very exciting time!  You can learn more about the new plans by visiting the Dreamweaver Stencil Blog.
As for the Dreamweaver Design Team, we are still going strong, so continue joining in on the fun.  You never know what sort of special things are in store during this exciting time.
For my birthday post, I chose to create with a couple of different techniques.  I ran the LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls Stencil  through my Cuttlebug with metal and the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  After the embossing, I colored it with alcohol inks and then sanded it.

I created the gecko using a modified Double Glitter Technique.  First, I soaped the back of the Lizard Stencil LM2004 with Hawaiian Coconut Soap.  Then, I brushed off the excess with a large stencil brush.  I placed the stencil, soap side down, on one side of the Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I pressed red, gold and copper foils in the exposed areas using my fingers and the Small Embossing Tool. Once I had all of the foil I needed, I pressed black flock into all the "wells" of the stencil.  Then, I thoroughly brushed off the excess materials.  I carefully removed the stencil by placing it face down on a table and gently peeling off the paper.  Then, I covered the whole thing in white glitter.
The words are just cheap letter stickers.  Everything else is card stock.


I really enjoy working with this technique.  I hope you were inspired to create a project of your own.  If you do get a chance, link it over to the Dreamweaver Stencils Blog for your chance to win something wonderful!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Birth of a New Year, and a special message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNELL!

Our theme this month, in honor of the birth of a new year, is "Happy Birthday"!  Since Lynell, the Queen of Stencils has a birthday this week, many of us have decided to use our birthday card to wish her a great year on our blogs.  Here is my Lynell Birthday Card:
 
 
 I used three stencils:  LX 7001 Damask, LJ 916 Butterfly, and LM 150 Happy Birthday. I pasted the Happy Birthday with Glossy Black Embossing Paste and the Damask with Silver Metallic Embossing Paste, which I sprinkled with a microfine teal glitter in spots while the paste was still wet.  When pasting, you need to tape the stencil down with the Removable Tape and use the LM 2010 Paste Spreader to move the paste over the stencil.
The butterfly was created with the Double Glitter Technique.  For this technique, you need Double Sided Mounting Paper, a Large Stencil Brush, a stencil, and, of course, lots and lots of glitter!  It is one of my favorite techniques!  (Aside from metal, of course.....)  You can see how glittery this card turned out in this close up.  The Silver Metallic paste is plain on the left side of the picture and glittered on the right.

 
Well,  I hope I could inspire you to get a head start on all of those birthday cards for the year.  If so, be sure to add a link on the Dream It Up! site for your chance to win!  Using Dreamweaver Stencils will give you an extra chance, so give it a try!  You never know what you could do unless to make the effort.
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick and Cute Revisited

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

This is actually a three year old project, but it was very popular in classes, and I don't think I have ever posted it.  This card was so simple, that many of my students used it as their Christmas card! 
It was created with one of my favorite stencils, LL3009 Christmas Script.  I also needed Double Sided Mounting PaperCoconut Soap and a Large Stencil Brush.  I used the Double Glitter Technique with Microfine Opaque Art Glitter in Rouge and Ultrafine Transparent Art Glitter in Lion's Mane.  The striped paper is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection, but you could use any paper that appeals to you.  Also, you could match the glitter and ribbon to that paper.
Thanks for stopping by.  It really isn't too late to make a last minute Double Glitter card for someone special!
Now, check out the other members of the team to see what fun they have been up to.  Here is this week's link list:
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick and Cute Week One

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:


If you follow the blogs regularly, you might wonder if this is REALLY "Quick and Cute".  After all, I have used four different stencils:  LX 7002 Plaid, LL 3005 Holly and Swirls, LL 589 Musical Christmas and LM 139 Happy Holidays.  It also uses a couple of different techniques:  Double Glitter with a pigment ink enhancement, simple die cut machine embossing with the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, metals (copper coated aluminum) and Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (in Crème Brulee and Darkest Brown), and paste embossing with Silver Embossing Paste.  Happily, this actually was very quick for me.  You see, I save all the left over pieces from classes and rejected ideas and cards.  I simply had to sand down the metal on the musical piece and cut it with the Dreamweaver Die Cut DD001 Nesting Frames and then trim things up and assemble.  So, I guess what I am saying is that you, too, should save your rejects and extras.  You never know when you can put them to use.  It is quick and cute.
 
I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "A" team:
 
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful and Thoughtful November

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:
 
Here, I have put together an easy, French themed thank you card.  Aside from some Graphic 45 paper, I used some black coated aluminum, Stencil LS1011 Merci and Stencil LL 447 Fleur De Lis.  I simply ran them through my Cuttlebug with this sandwich:  A Plate, stencil face down, metal colored side down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B Plates.  I then used my Teflon Tool from the Metal Beginner Tool Kit to push the metal out a little on the Fleur De Lis.  I filled the back with Mercart Metal Filling Paste.  I let it dry and then sanded all of the metal and attached it to the card.  Done!  So, this week, I was able to make it thankful AND easy!
 

By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Thankful and Thoughtful November

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:
 
I just love fall, and Dreamweaver Stencils has some gorgeous fall stencils.  Sadly, I don't get to post with them often, because our monthly themes don't always lend themselves to leaves.....so, can we just pretend that this one is Thanksgiving? 
For the background, I ran LG616 Leaf Texture Stencil through my Cuttlebug with the Rubber Embossing Mat and two B Plates.  I used Core'dinations Cardstock and sanded it for added texture.  I had to run it through twice because the stencil was a little small for the area I wanted to cover.
I used the Molten Magic technique on the main image.  First, I used Copper Embossing Paste on the LG754 Oak Leaves Stencil.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled on some Metallic FX Mica Powders in Ivy Garden, Kiwi, Goldfinch, Kimono Red, and Cocoa.  (You know, the fall colors).  Then, I heated the paste until it bubbled up and dried.

 Here is the shimmer from an angle.
I hope you enjoyed this card.  Thanks for letting me pretend that it was a Thanksgiving card.
By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!