Thursday, January 31, 2013

Look Who's New!


There must have been a wee bit of confusion with the Woodware UK schedule for this week...on one schedule the theme is Baby, and on another the theme was "A Little Birdie Told Me". Fortunately for me, I think I covered both bases (baseball term) on this one!

Ever since I received this new, soon-to-be-released Clear Magic set from Dorothy, I've been excited to play with this darling owl designed by Francoise Read. I loved playing cut-and-paste by paper-piecing this cutie using the "Daydream Ensemble" paper pack from GCD Studios. Each print has a solid color on the back, so everything that I needed was right there. I did add a couple touches of my own...a piece of felt colored with markers for a "blankie", and a tiny plastic baby rattle that I've had in my stash forever. I also added half lids over his eyes for a sleepy effect, and created my own sentiment with the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Retro Alphabet.

This card is a perfect example of taking another look at your crafting collection. Many times you can create a card for an occasion that the product was not obviously designed for. It just takes a bit of stretching the creativity!

Be sure to visit the Woodware UK blog on a regular basis for daily craftiness from the team! Remember, these products can be found at your local stamp and/or craft store as listed on the Woodware UK website.


Each Layer is a New Beginning

I always believe that winter leads to a fresh start with spring, but there is a freshness in winter that is quiet and beautiful all on its own. I think this card that I created captures that feeling rather well. Featuring the new "Leafless Tree" stencil design from Dreamweaver, this card sort of grew organically. Lol. It began as a simply machine-embossed tree and bird on a panel of off-white cardstock. Hmmm. Then it needed something else. I started by using my Copic markers in a couple shades of gray to just add some shading. Hmmm. Still not enough, so I added more background color, some textural accents with a white gel pen, a contrast with the red bird. This is the point where I realized that I should have used more appropriate cardstock for coloring with Copics, as the blending was not as smooth as I would have liked. Hmmm. I covered the entire panel with Versamark ink, and embossed all in Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder. Ooooh...nice and sparkly. Me likey! Now, how do I add a sentiment? Stamping on glitter never looks as crisp and clean as I'd like. But, I could stamp with StazOn on an acetate panel. So, I used the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Friendship Assortment for the perfect message. Of course, to adhere it over the top can be tricky as most adhesives will show through, and will not adhere to the glitter either. I chose to use a couple small pieces of super-sticky double-sided tape. Before applying, I scratched off the glitter where the adhesive would go, and applied the tape, and then the acetate panel.

The lesson learned? Never give up on your project! It may not come together like the vision in your mind, but something just as beautiful can appear, with just a bit of extra creativity!

We'd love to see YOUR creations for our monthly challenges. Please link them to the Dream It Up! blog, or email your creations to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, for a chance to win a fabulous prize of Dreamweaver product. Meanwhile, make the rounds to see what our clever girls have been up to this week:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tutu Much Fun


This week I was on the calendar to provide a project tutorial for 3D Tuesday on Paper Craft Planet. I used this opportunity to finally play with one of my new Stampendous faves...Cling Tutu Toad. Isn't she toadally darling? I had some other fun ingredients to add to the mix, provided by some fab companies...Beacon Adhesives, Ranger, DIY Bangles, etc. I chose to use my wood bangle in a more unique way, and created a hanging nightlight for the little ballerina in all of us. A small flameless tea light was inserted through a hole drilled in the bottom (thanks, Hubs!), so she could be "in the spotlight". For more details on this project, with step-by-step instructions and pics, please visit the Planet Blog.

Have a toadally awesome day!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bubblegum, Bubbles, and Bling

Dorothy Adam thought she was being pretty sneaky for this week's team challenge on the Woodware UK blog. She requested bubblegum pink and bubbles. Yikes!! I really had to put my mojo cap on for this one...and I think I did really well with it.

For this card, I used Francoisé Read's soon-to-be-released 21st Birthday clear set, stamped on a bubblegum pink card, and on a piece of GCD Studios Cloisonné patterned paper. I love their papers...double-sided patterns, perfect weight, and gorgeous colors and prints. I cut out the patterned 21, removed part of the top, and punched holes for bubbles.

The Mark Richards' Crystal Clusters perfectly mimicked bubbles and added some necessary bling for a 21st birthday. I'm not sure if it's the same in the UK, but here in the States, a 21st birthday is a big occasion, as you are now legally allowed to drink alcoholic beverages...in moderation...and not before getting behind the wheel of a car...or just before calling your ex-boyfriend...or your boss.

The card itself was punched (or punchy?) a few times to mimic more bubbles, and a few escaped to the inside of the card as well. So, what do you think? Did I follow the guidelines for the challenge? Let's go check the Woodware UK blog to see what bubbly creations the rest of the team came up with this week...


Remember, you can find these products at your local stamp store listed on the Woodware UK site. Keep a close watch to see when these new designs will hit the market!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

For An Elegant New Beginning


 Last week I posted a wedding card featuring the newly released "Bride" stencil from Dreamweavers. I'm still going with weddings as a fresh start theme with this week's post as well...in an understated, elegant way.

This card features the Tall Lilies design, with the double-glitter technique, which is a favorite with everyone who picks up Dreamweaver stencils. So simple, yet so...wow!

Step 1: Rub soap over the back of the stencil.
Step 2: Adhere panel of Double-sided Mounting Paper on a cardstock panel. Remove top sheet of liner.
Step 3: Place soaped stencil face up on adhesive panel.
Step 4: Apply silver glitter over open design, rub in with finger for good coverage. Brush away all excess.
Step 5: Carefully pull panel away from stencil.
Step 6: Apply crystal glitter all over remaining areas.

So gorgeous, that the rest of the card can be kept very basic and simple. Perfect card for a wedding invite, wedding gift card holder, an entire set of matching cards for all aspects of an upcoming wedding, or for other occasions that require an elegant statement.

The Dream Team hope to inspire you to create your own versions of a "Fresh Start", and link them on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, for an opportunity to win $25 of your favorite Dreamweaver product (including some of the newest designs!). For more inspiration, please visit the rest of our creative group:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Fresh New Vision


Just returned yesterday from the Craft and Hobby Association international show in Anaheim, California, and I am the most amazing combination of exhausted and creatively stoked! So many wonderful new ideas whirling around in my head. So many cool products to incorporate into my own creations. Since I was at the show for Dreamweaver Stencils, I have to say that we have the most gorgeous stencils out there, with so many wonderful techniques to use with them. I wish that every one of you could have been there to see the Dream Team's booth samples in person. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, you'll have the chance to see them online.

My post today features the new Bride stencil. She is so sweetly elegant, that your mind whirls with all the ways to show her off. I kept mine simple today, using the Ink Transfer technique (or Letterpress). Very similar to the technique from the baby card that I posted last week. For the bride, I spritzed the stencil with Sparkling Silver Memories Mists and placed it face up on the base plate of my embossing machine. Next layer was my cardstock, then the rubber embossing mat, and two clear plates. When this pile is run through the machine, it does two things...it transfers the shimmery ink to the cardstock, and embosses the stencil design into the paper! The small strip on the card base was done with the same technique, but using the Damask stencil. I added a Stampendous stamped sentiment, some pearl swirls, and a few tiny rhinestones. So elegant, and perfect for a wedding card, bridal shower, etc.

If you'd like to see all the new designs, please visit the Stencil with Style site. Any of Dreamweaver products can be purchased there, or at the local stores listed on the Dreamweaver Stencils web site HERE.

For more visual inspiration with Dreamweaver products, follow the Dream It Up! blog, Dreamweaver Tutorial Thursdays on Paper Craft Planet, and like us on Facebook. Now, check out what the rest of our uber-talented team members have been creating this week:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Cherubic Wish from Woodware UK



Since we are now at the Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, California, USA, this week, I am posting a previously made card for the Woodware UK challenge this week...Heartfelt Wishes. This was a card that I created last year, but never had the opportunity to post, so this challenge is perfect.

The card features the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Cherub Wishes stamped over patterned paper, a sweet verse of poetry, a Scherrenschnitte laser cut frame, and a gorgeous glossy black Stampendous Class A' Peel Damask design, all put together in collage form.

Please take the opportunity to visit the Woodware UK blog each day this week, for more Heartfelt Wishes by the rest of the team. For purchasing any of the product seen here, please visit the Woodware UK site.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Preparing for a New Bundle...of Stencils, That Is!



 This week has been an absolute whirlwind! This weekend begins CHA 2013 in Anaheim, California, and boy has the Dream Team been busy preparing for this how. Several new stencil designs will be introduced, as well as new techniques for playing with them. If you are one of the fortunate few who have the opportunity to go to this show, be sure to come by the Dreamweaver Stencils' booth and say, "Hi"! We'd love to meet you, and show you what amazing new ideas we've been creating with. This is not a retail show, it is for trade only, so it provides us with an exciting view of the crafting world as we head toward spring.

Anyway, back to my post for today. No, this is not one of the new stencils, this is actually a card that I posted a couple of years ago, but I think it is perfect for the team challenge this month..."A Fresh Start"! Both the background card, and the focal panel were done with an ink transfer technique. The Leopard Skin stencil was inked with ColorBox Cadmium Yellow Chalk ink, placed face up on the base of my Big Shot. A soft yellow card was placed face down on top of the inked stencil. The rubber embossing mat was the next layer, followed by two clear plates, and then run through the machine. The ink transfers to the card like a stamp would, but bonus...it also embosses or debosses into the cardstock (depending whether you use it up or down). The Baby Bib panel was done the same way, and matted on a Nestie die cut scalloped square in a contrasting color. An epoxy sentiment as well as some bright buttons and the card is complete. Ready to welcome that new little bundle into your world.
Be sure to play along with the team, and link your own Fresh Start creation to the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, for an opportunity to win a wonderful prize package at the end of January. For more inspiration, check out the team:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Feeling the Amore for Woodware UK

Now this was a fun and easy sketch to work with for the Woodware UK team challenge this week. I think this card maybe took me twenty minutes to throw together (which was a good thing as once again I'd forgotten to get my post up! Geeesh!). I know there are plenty of you out there who could throw together a card in five minutes, and now that this card is designed, so could I, but really... twenty minutes is amazing for me! Lol.

Woodware UK carries these great coordinating papers from GCD Studios, so I chose this one (Cloisonne) which uses the same pattern on both sides, one with a white background and pink design, and the other reversed. For my focal point, I stamped the Stampendous Scroll Heart* with Versamark ink on a Bazzill Dotted Swiss square, and embossed in white. Because of the raised dots, the embossing showed off that texture. I added a pretty sentiment from their Perfectly Clear Amore Frame set, a few Mark Richards Crystal Elements rhinestones, and matted the panel in white cardstock. This was when I realized that on the original sketch, the focal panel was more of a rectangle than a square, so I added a couple "banner" pieces from the reverse side of the paper to fill that space. Cheating a bit, but I was happy with the end result. Hopefully, Dorothy (our team slave-driver) will be happy as well!

Be sure to catch all the versions of this fun sketch from the rest of the team via the Woodware team blog. Remember, you can purchase most of these products from your local stamp stores as listed on the Woodware UK site. For those of you in the USA, you should know that the Scroll Heart is no longer available on the Stampendous site. You should be able to find it still in your local store, or online.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Here for the Dreamweaver post?

Welcome! If you are here for the Dreamweaver challenge post for today, please scroll down, or click HERE.

A bit of Love for Woodware!


Oh, wow! Big goof this week! After two months off from the Woodware Design Team, I felt confident that my life was partially settled in the new home, and I could continue on playing with the Woodware product line and sharing with all of you. This post was supposed to go up yesterday (actually on Tuesday to be in line with the UK time). So...I'm scrambling today!

This week's challenge is Hearts and Love, and this is one of my all time faves that fits the part. It appears to be complicated, but really, it's quite simple.

You use a basic card base (5 1/2") square, tent fold, add a metallic silver panel. Then you'll run another metallic silver panel, a white panel, and a lavender panel through your embossing machine (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc) with the Dreamweaver Damask stencil, and layer all of these onto the card. Tie a beautiful bow around all.

Now here is the fun part. It will make no sense at all, and when I did it, it was strictly by accident, but using a black StazOn ink pad, daub it over the top of the Heart, Lock, and Key stencil. Place the stencil face up on the base plate of your embossing machine. Spritz with isopropyl alcohol (or alcohol ink thinner). Place your cardstock on top, along with the rubber embossing mat, and two clear plates, and run it all through. Something about thinning out that ink on the stencil with the spritz, makes it appear lavender and splotchy and a bit like watercolor. Plus, the embossed heart and key really stand out! Now all that is left to do is to tear around the edges of that panel, apply some pearl stickers, and adhere it to your card. If there is still ink left on the stencil, spritz again, and run another panel through for another card. (When you are finished, clean the stencil immediately with the same product that you spritzed with.)

The sentiment on the inside was simply a small scrap of the metallic cardstock with the Celebrate machine-embossed. Note: Remember when embossing a word, that the stencil needs to be placed upside down on the base plate in order read correctly.

So, did I do a pretty good job of making up for my lack of planning this week? Please say yes! If you haven't yet,  be sure to visit the Woodware blog each day this week for more Hearts and Love!

Celebrating a Fresh Start


Welcome to another great year with the Dream Team! Yes, we are still playing with our monthly challenges, but we're planning on throwing some surprises in along the way. Check the Dream It Up! blog for more info on that, and a teaser for those creative dreamers out there. Hmmm, what could that mean? You'll just have to follow along for yourself. 
As for today's post, our challenge for January is "A Fresh Start". With the new year obviously in mind, it is a great time for some big changes, or small changes.  How about something less obvious? My card was created with the Stars stencil and the Birthday Words combo stencil. I machine-embossed the Stars on Core'dinations cardstock and sanded the surface to reveal the design. A few cutout stars, fun paper, a "candle", and the perfect sentiment complete this card. 

I think birthdays are also a great time for a fresh start.This is the perfect time to take the wisdom you've learned along the way (willingly or unwillingly), and look at life with new eyes. Where did you expect to be at this point? Do you still need to be there? Then make a few changes to get there. Remember, it's not the miles. It's the journey! Make it spectacular!

A spectacular journey is precisely my birthday wish for my bestie, Lynell Harlow, the Queen of Stencils! Her birthday is tomorrow, and the Dream Team are partying in her honor today. Want to help us make her day? Create your own version of a "fresh start", and provide the link to your creation on the mr. linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com. There is an extra special prize waiting for the winner of this month's challenge. Will it be YOU?
 


 
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