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Look Who's New!

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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 …

Each Layer is a New Beginning

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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, ho…

Tutu Much Fun

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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 toadallydarling? 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 toadallyawesome day!

Bubblegum, Bubbles, and Bling

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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-boyfrien…

For An Elegant New Beginning

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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 a…

A Fresh New Vision

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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 …

A Cherubic Wish from Woodware UK

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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.

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

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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…

Feeling the Amore for Woodware UK

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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 pa…

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A bit of Love for Woodware!

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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 S…

Celebrating a Fresh Start

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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 (willing…