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Dreamweaver: A Change of Bloomin' Plans

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My original intention for this final week of our "Bloomin' Spring" challenge, was to post completed pictures of a larger project that I started working on this week. Those of you who follow Dreamweaver on Facebook (and LIKE us...you really LIKE us!), have seen a few behind-the-scenes pics (including the one at left) of this process. However, it's taking a bit longer than I expected. For some reason LIFE keeps interrupting my creative time. Geesh! What's with that?

So, I decided to show off a pretty card that I had done with the same Nouveau Wisteria stencil about a year ago, just to show the dramatic difference you can achieve with every Dreamweaver stencil and technique! Now I haven't finished deciding on the final steps of this vase, so I'd appreciate any and all suggestions either in your comments on this post, or on the Dreamweaver Stencil'sFacebook page.

I can pretty much guarantee that the end result will be nothing like this card in color or te…

Woodware UK: Around the World

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I just love it when a plan comes together...quickly. I woke up this morning with a brain flash that I had forgot to create something for the Woodware UK challenge this week. I scrambled out of bed, whizzed up my green smoothie (trying to eat healthier), and rushed upstairs to get to it. Of course, waiting on my computer was a slight hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, from Dorothy...our sweet, wonderful, fearless team leader...um, yeah. "I'm on it", I told her, as I rapidly pulled out a mega pile of Stampendous new travel stamps in both clear and cling format, scooped up several ink pads, sheets of recycled cardstock, and my handy dandy score tool. Oh, yes, by the way...the challenge is Around the World, hence the travel stamps.

I knew exactly what I wanted to create...a travel satchel for holding all the little bits from my trip to London, Birmingham, and Dublin. While I was there I tried each day to send myself a postcard from wherever we were that day, with the Bri…

Dreamweaver: Floral Challenge and Big News!

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Going CAS for this week's challenge card. I created this floral card, but using Memories Mists in Strawberry Daiquiri through the Rose Bush stencil, and the ink left on the surface of the stencil was used as a letter-press on a second panel. Therefore, the positive and negative images of the design were created. Super simple to do. I cut the panels in squares and then triangles, and adhered them to my card. I stamped a wonderful sentiment from Woodware UK's Clear Magic design by Francoíse Read called "A Good Friend" with StazOn ink on an acetate panel, and attached simply with brads.

There is some HUGE news being announced today on the Dream It Up! blog, so head over there to check it out. Then you can see what the team has been up to with flowers for this week:

Dream it UP
Laura Drahozal
Louise Healy
Terrece Siddoway
Georgia Sommers
Lee Kellogg
Liz Martin
Cherylynn Moser
Kristi Van Doren
Pam Hornschu(me)

Woodware UK: A Lacy Impression

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For those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis, this card will seem vaguely familiar. I created this a few years back for a Stampendous catalog. It's always been one of my favorites. I don't usually go all out on ornate and frilly, but for this one I did. So I'm posting this for the Woodware UK "Lavender and Lace" challenge this week. Technically there is no lace on this card, but the overall impression is lacy due to the images used.

This is a tent card, super simple to create. The layered hearts dangling in the oval are the Stampendous Ornate Heart, stamped and embossed with Crystal Embossing Powder...one of my faves as it's clear and sparkly at the same time. The background on the inside is the Petals Nouveau Background cling stamp, and was also used on the lavender/purple panel in front with purple dye ink. Behind this panel are Dot Scallop Border Class A' Peel stickers in mirror finish, to match the mirrorboard on the inside panel, as well a…

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Flowers are Poppy-ing Up at Woodware UK

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Not only is the Dream Team going floral for the month of March, but this week the Woodware UK team is blooming with spring as well. It doesn't matter that they are up to their eyeballs in rain and snow across the pond, they are still charged up for some happy flowers. And who can blame them? Especially, when you have such a wonderful selection of floral supplies as Woodware carries!

It was a tough decision, but I chose to work with this beautiful, whimsical Poppies Field Clear Magic set, designed by Francoisé Read for Woodware UK. It's been a while since I've done any form of watercolor, so I broke out my Aquarel Watercolor Pencils and my Sakura Koi Waterbrush, and colored madly in and out of the lines created by embossing the design with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. I added a bit of a Fran•táge flair with a spattering of Shabby Green Embossing Enamel as well, heated from underneath to not lose all the bits. A wonderful slender sentiment comes with this clear…

Stencil Simplicity for Floral Fun

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The Dream Team is in to their second week of the Bloomin' March challenge, and there are no lack of fabulous blooms to choose from!

For my post today, I chose to use designs with a bit of Celtic flair to them...the Nouveau Rose and Rose Bush tall stencils, and I used them very simply. This card is the perfect technique for a stencil beginner.

Both panels were run through my Big Shot Pro machine (any embossing machine will work), with a specific "sandwich" to protect the stencil:


1. Place stencil face down on base plate.
2. Place cardstock face down on stencil. (Spritz back with rubbing alcohol if available.)
3. Place Embossing Details mat on top of stencil.
4. Place TWO clear flat plates on top of all, and run through machine.

The bottom panel was simply machine embossed. The top panel was cut from Co'ordinations cardstock, and once machine embossed, the surface was sanded to reveal the core color. A pretty ribbon and a beautiful embellishment pin finishes the card …

Sketches and Backgrounds

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Having a "sketchy" week with the Woodware UK team, with number 21 in the lineup of sketches. A nice basic design, leaving plenty of leeway for creativity.

As I just returned from my trip to the UK, and only now am beginning to thaw out, I found on my workspace a pile of products that I was working with before I left. I had designed a short class for the Stitches craft show in Birmingham, England, which included the Dreamweaver Metallic F/X powders, various inks, cork, etc. I had discovered how fun it was to create a background on the cork by applying Versamark ink over the surface, and using large stencil brushes, "rouging" in colors of the mica powders to mimic a sunrise/sunset effect. When stamped over the top with a dark ink, the contrast is quite striking. On my background papers, I stamped Jane Gill's "Gone Fishing" clear stamp to coordinate with her "Casting the Bait" image on the cork, only in softer colors. I had some bits and piece…

My Bloomin' Bits and Pieces!

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The Dream Team is all abloom for the month of March, and who could blame us? Haven't we all seen enough gray, dreary, rainy/snowy days of winter? It's impossible to be depressed when flowers are in abundance, even if it's just a hint sprouting through the snow.

My card today screams warm and tropical sunny days, and was created with leftover bits and pieces from my trip to the UK for the Stitches craft show in Birmingham, England.

Lynell and I were demonstrating stencil techniques, and teaching mini classes in the huge Woodware booth, which also provided the opportunity to play a bit with new or forgotten techniques. Judith had handed us a box of Sakura Cray-Pas...an oily/waxy form of pastels to experiment with. Kind of like crayons for grown-ups. We were creating backgrounds on cardstock by blending various colors of the pastels. Lynell tried to paste-emboss on top of one of these backgrounds, but when she tried to use the Molten Magic technique on it, heating the pasted i…