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40 Shades of Green? Hmmm...How About Seven?

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The Woodware UK design team was challenged this week to create with "40 Shades of Green". Now, I have a lot of paper, glitter, flock, embossing powders, pastes, inks, etc., but no way do I have forty shades of green. Seven will just have to suffice. Fortunately for me, the Dream Team is also working with green. (*Links for purchasing these products in the USA are listed below the post.)
     For this card, I soaped the back of the Dreamweaver Stencils' Hills design and placed soap-side-down on the double-sided adhesive paper adhered to a panel of cardstock. I "water-falled" five shades of Stampendous glitter (Emerald, Pastel Green, Moss Green, Sea Green, and Mint) in bands across the exposed adhesive, rubbing the glitter in for best coverage. After removing the stencil carefully (hold the stencil down while pulling the paper panel away from the stencil to prevent bending), I filled in the lines with Mahogany glitter. This same glitter covers the Copper Pa…

Goin' Green Again...No Blarney!

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We are already into the third week of the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team monthly challenge. The entire month of February, we have been creating with a St. Pat's theme, and/or the color green. I took this challenge literally by featuring the Go Green stencil for my background, and paste-embossed it with Glossy Green on kraft cardstock. When paste-embossing such a large stencil design, I highly recommend that you use the Dreamweaver Stencils' Spreader. This tool makes it so easy to spread the paste quickly and easily over the entire design in one swipe. As the antidote to all the bare trees we've been staring at for a few months now, I chose to also paste emboss the Tree of Life. Matting and layering is an effective way to make a simple design really pop. Speaking of pop...be sure to pop by the rest of the Dream Team to see how green and/or blarney-filled their creations are before leaving some love at each stop:

Dream It Up! blog
Pam Hornschu Laura Drahozal Louise Healy

Gourmet Rubber Stamps Challenge: Baking Up Some Yummy Recipes

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In between the mad panic of packing for a trip out of the country tomorrow, I needed to take a break to be creative and come up with an answer to the Gourmet Rubber Stamps monthly challenge for February. This time we are to create a 6" square recipe card featuring our favorite recipe. The difficult part was choosing the recipe. I love to bake, but there are so many of our family faves. I chose this one as it's a recipe that I took and changed to make healthier...lower in fat, lower in sugar, lower in calories...and no one ever knows it. I printed this out on my computer for muffins, but the recipe can also be used to make a great loaf of banana nut bread as well, just by changing the baking temp to 325º, and the baking time to 1 hr and 20 min.  The reason I chose to do this for muffins should be rather obvious...I wanted to use these great muffin images and sentiment from the Lizzie Anne Designs line from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. The set is appropriately called, "In the K…

Have a (Paper) Piece of My Heart!

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Are you ready for Valentine's Day? The Woodware UK team are posting with heart-themed designs sure to put you in the mood. My card features the Stampendous Blockart Cutie and the Happy Day Square. Super simple card and super cute! The focal image was water-colored and paper-pieced. Additional flowers were popped up. The sentiment square was stamped as a border across a strip of the same dot-embossed cardstock as the card. Each day this week, the team will be posting a new heart-themed creation. The links can be found on the Woodware UK blog. Hope you have a very sweet Valentine's Day!


Stampendous Fragments of Fun Hop!

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(Blinkie created by Bryan Hornschu, artwork by Stampendous)
     This Saturday the Stampendous team has something extra special planned for you...we have combined our regular monthly challenge with a blog hop showcasing some of the great new products released at CHA last month!  Pull up a chair, grab a warm beverage and yummy snack, and get ready to be wowed!  Be sure to scroll through my whole post; links to other hoppers, prize pack photos, and details on how to win are included below!



     My fragmented creations today feature the new Cling Mermaid, plus her accompanying Cling Spiral Shell, Cling Delicate Conch, and the Cling Heavy Conch. The shells were stamped on a panel of cork. The Mermaid was stamped and embossed in Aged Gold Embossing Enamel on thermo acetate, and layered over a panel covered in the new Frant'age Powder Blue Color Fragments. A sprinkling of dew drops set in Crystal Glitter embedded Glossy Accents, and several Dot Sparkler Class A' Peels add to the &qu…

Dreamweaver Stencils Goes Green for February

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Did you miss me last week? I missed you! As soon as I returned home from CHA last week, I found out that the antenna for our internet had fried, and they couldn't replace it for four days...so frustrating. Amazing how much we rely on the internet now, isn't it?
     The Dreamweaver Stencil's Dream Team monthly challenge for February is to feature St. Patrick's Day and/or the color green. My card highlights the Triangle Knot, a Celtic design which I machine embossed into the Core'dinations' cardstock and sanded lightly to emphasize the design. I further highlighted it by doing a variation of
double-glitter technique. Instead of doing all glitter, I used some of the green Stampee foil on the stencil image, as well as flecks of it here and there in the background. The rest of the areas were filled in with Copper and Multi Crystal Glitter. "Celebrate" was paste-embossed on a scrap of copper metallic cardstock and matched the angels of the other porti…

Woodware UK...A Sketch in Time

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Woodware UK's sketch challenge for this week happened to be fairly close in layout to my Cattus Librum card that I created for the Stampendous catalog. Lucky me! Time seems to be fleeting in the extreme lately. Between the fun of CHA last week, and preparing for an exciting trip to the UK next week, I'm a bit low on creative time. This was one of my favorite cards from the October 2011 catalog, and so many items on this card can be purchased through the stores that purchase from Woodware UK. The Cling Cattus Librum was stamped with Onyx Versafine ink on a lightly sanded panel of Core'dinations cardstock. The sanding helps the face of the cat to be highlighted. A panel of dictionary page was adhered to the card front, and various images and sentiments from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear "Time Flies" set were stamped randomly in black ink. I did a little distressing with the sanding block and file, as well as tearing and inking to show off a panel of embossed canv…

There's Magic in the Air!

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Did you think that I disappeared? Hesto presto, here I am again! I returned from a fabulous six days in Anaheim, CA for CHA, which included a day full of Copic Intermediate classes (now I'm even more certifiable!), a fabulous Dreamweaver Stencils' class taught by Lynell and Louise with help from the Dream Team, hours of walking the show in search of all the latest and greatest in the craft industry...so much inspiration, so many fabulous companies and designers, and so many great friends to meet and greet. Gourmet Rubber Stamps had a tabletop showing in the new exhibitors due to their new company status, which displayed plenty of great samples from the GRS team, as well as new Coveralls designs released. Somehow, I feel that next CHA will be seeing a much larger showing from GRS as they took off in a big way.
Today's post features new images from the Gourmet Rubber Stamps February Diner's Club Set, "Abracadabra". Have you ever seen me do a more CAS card than…

Dreamweaver Stencils' Post...Stay Tuned

Please excuse my lack of a post for the Dream Team monthly challenge. For info on the February St. Patrick's/Green challenge, please visit the rest of the team listed at right, and the Dream It Up! blog. Please check back for my post. Thanks!