Showing posts from April, 2013

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If you are here for my Dreamweaver post for this week, please scroll down. Enjoy the view along the also happens to be a Dreamweaver design...only for Woodware UK! Aren't I lucky to be able to play with Dreamweaver for so many great teams? Oh, and you'll notice a large smattering of Stampendous goodies on my WW post as well. Fun, fun, fun!

Woodware UK: White on White on White

Who knew there could be so many shades of white? The Woodware UK team are playing with the basic challenge of using white! Kind of tricky to do in order to capture all the nuances of your design (a really annoying to photograph!). I added a little pattern in the form of some mostly white papers from the g•c•d studios "Carnival Ride" paper pad, and some dimension by machine embossing the Dreamweaver Tree Line and the Open Owl. Layering the wings, and popping him up helped to define him as well. I added texture with some Stampendous Shaved Ice, Cotton Ball Fun Flock, and Multi Crystal Glitter, as well as a "branch" coated in ink and with a sprinkling of Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel. I did step over the boundary and add some Mark Richards Adhesive Crystals in green for the eyes. The sentiment? A Class A' Peel in white, of course! Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Woodware team are creating for the challenge. Hopefully, you won't go snowblind…

Dreamweaver Stencils: Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

I've had a bit of figurative rain in my life over the last week. My uncle passed away, and I'm doing a quick post on this before I fly to Minnesota for the service. After losing my father in a car accident in 1973 (I was fifteen), my uncle Lowell was my last tie to my dad. He'd tell me these great stories of he and my dad growing up together. I'll miss that. On a more positive note, this trip back will provide me with the opportunity to see most of my cousins and their families, old family friends, and hear more of the old stories to tuck away into my heart.

Since I have no extra time now to create something new for this week's post with the challenge, "Mists, Drizzles, and Showers", I'm posting one of my favorite cards that fit the challenge. This is my Rainy Day Door card, and I think it's rather clever. The inside panel was paste-embossed in black and features the Birds on Bare Branches stencil. I used a Spellbinder set of Nestabilities dies to …

Woodware UK: Playing With the Crafty Cardmakers

The Woodware UK team are pleased to be playing along with the Crafty Cardmakers this week, the challenge will be open on their blog for two weeks. If you would like to play along with us please check the Crafty Cardmaker rules then use the link on the Crafty Cardmakers Blog to add your card or if you are not a blogger yet you can e-mail your card to Dorothy as usual  and she will post it and add it to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog. My post features the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Tiger Lily stamped over the Woodware Recycled Crafty Bag in dark brown dye ink, and the accompanying flourish image stamped in orange dye ink over scraps of textured and printed paper from Canvas Corp. Tissue paper was stamped to match, and a Super Duper Punched Tag was stamped to match. To jazz the tag up a bit more, a panel of double-sided adhesive was added to the tag, and covered in Stampendous Orange Citrus Fun Flock. The excess was brushed off before stamping the tiger lily once aga…

Dreamweaver Stencils: A Moody Mixed Media Post

This week I literally played with the Dreamweaver monthly challenge of "Mists, Drizzles, and Showers". I hauled out all kinds of goodies...the new Leafless Tree stencil, the Rainy Words, several shades of Metallic F/X and TsukinekoSplendor and Versamark ink pads, Matte Black and Pearlescent Embossing Pastes, stencil brushes, palette knife, spreader and the picture in my head. Scary, huh? I had this idea of trying to recreate the look of a rainy day when the sun just begins to peek through the clouds and creates that gorgeous prismatic rainbow arc. Not the happy-dappy rainbow done by a small child with a box of crayons, but that misty unknown mood...will life get stormy again, or will it be a brighter and shinier, more hopeful vision? Waxing a bit philosophical this week, but life is like that...and sometimes you just have to take a step back and reaccess your life and where it's going. Kwim? To achieve the look I was aiming for, this is what I did:

I coated my white car…

A Quick Sketch and a Get Away!

My turn with this week's Friday sketch over at the Paper Craft Planet, and keeping it simple once again! I have to say that I cheated a bit here. Instead of creating the sketch and then creating the card, I went the opposite way. I had a pretty card that I had created for the Stampendous October 2012 catalog, and I thought that it would make a fun I got out of making a new card when I have absolutely no extra time right now! It's a girl-escape weekend! Woo hoo!

I created my version with a tent-fold card, so that the stamped banner could fold slightly around the edge. Don't you love the wavy sentiment from the Thoughtful Wishes Perfectly Clear set? Stampendous has a few of these styled in Fran Seiford's own hand-writing. The layered oval has been stamped with Cling Bluebird Branch, colored with Lyra crayons, but you can watercolor with them! Just use a wet brush over the colored areas to soften the colors. I hope this card provides…

Dreamweaver Stencils: Memories Mists for Mixed Media

If you remember, the Dream Team challenge for the month of April is "Mists, Puddles, and Showers", and any possible spin you can put on that theme. Last week I went quite literal in using the Dreamweaver Umbrella, Rain, and Rain Words stencil designs. This week, I'm thinking in Memories Mists. Yes, I know, every crafting company out there has a mist, so what makes these special? A huge selection of colors available, including some iridescent and metallic, a choice of extremely saturated color, or less vibrant in hue. They don't get sopping wet. They dry fairly quickly, but not so much that you can't work with them first. I've tried several companies' mists, and I still come back to the Memories Mists. I'm done with the sales pitch, now, onto the main info...

I've had the jumbo butterfly stencil out for other projects this week, so I thought that I'd incorporate it into this mixed media card. I layered a few papers from the

Woodware UK: With Vellum, Sometimes Less Really is More!

I love working with vellum in my paper-crafting. It can be annoying to photograph, but the soft, almost misty quality of vellum is just beautiful. That is why I was really looking forward to this week's challenge for the Woodware team...using vellum.

However, for some reason, I really struggled with my creation. I had that vision in my head (you know the one) of exactly how I wanted this card to look, and it just was not happening. So, I took the whole project back a step, and kept it simple. When you are using a stencil design as detailed as this Dreamweaver Butterfly, you really don't need much of anything else. It embossed into the vellum beautifully, as well as the lavender cardstock for the base of the card, so I just showed off those details, and added a beautiful sentiment stamped in purple from the Woodware Clear Magic set designed by Jane Gill, "Modern Spray". The three gingham Card Candi add a bit of dimension and whimsey.

Those of you who really know me, kn…

Dreamweaver Stencils: A Shower of Talent with the Dream Team!

Welcome to a new monthly challenge with the Dream Team, and welcome to our new Dream Team! Today's a big day for all of us, as we introduce the wide variety of creative inspiration from our talented wide in fact that we've divided our team of twelve into two teams, who'll post twice per month each. In addition, we have a guest designer this month to provide a unique take on creating with Dreamweaver, Alison Heikkila!

The Dream Team, as well as Dreamweaver, are heading off to new challenges and new horizons...all aimed at providing more and more crafters the opportunity to learn and share and experience the art of stenciling in its many forms. Paper-crafting, scrapbooking, home decor...there is virtually nothing in life that can't be made a little brighter, and a lot more beautiful with the addition of some wonderful Dreamweaver stencils and products.

Our challenge, and YOURS as well, is to create whatever inspires you with the theme of "Mists, Drizzle…

Woodware UK: No, Not Catch 22...SKETCH 22!

Want another fun sketch challenge to add to your collection this week? How about playing along with the Woodware UK team with Sketch 22? Create your own version, and follow the directions on the Woodware blog for a chance to win for the month of April!

My version features a background of g•c•d studios "Cloisonne" paper, mounted on Core'dinations cardstock, with Core'dinations punched circles. The circles were stamped with the Clear Magic Viva La Plumebackground design by Jane Gill. Then each circle was run through my embossing machine with the Dreamweaver Dragonflies stencil to emboss, and the embossed surface sanded to reveal the design.

I added some fun WW Masking Tape "Stockholm" down the left side, with a sentiment sticker, and a few of Mark Richards Self-adhesive pearls. A bit of ink and edge distressing takes this more to the shabby chic edge of design.

Be sure to follow the rest of the Woodware team as they play with this sketch. It's always fun t…