Showing posts from May, 2013

Woodware UK: Backgrounds Come Front and Center!

Backgrounds are the challenge for the Woodware girls this week, and mine is all about Fran•táging and Encrusting the Stampendous way!

I love this Vintage Piano Perfectly Clear set, and the opportunity to layer the images and papers, was only made more exciting by the chance to spritz all with coffee (yes, coffee!), and place little piles of Aged Bronze Embossing Enamels, mica flakes, and chunky glass glitter in various areas. You must heat this from underneath to prevent all of it from blowing over your workspace, but once it does, it creates an awesome effect of texture and glam! You can get a kit with all of the Fran•táging elements through Woodware UK, or on the Stampendous website.

Have you seen the other background creations from this week? If not, you definitely need to check them out on the Woodware UK blog!

Paper Craft Planet Sketch: CAS Ombré

This week at Paper Craft Planet, I was in charge of the Friday sketch challenge. I cheated a bit (once again) and created a sketch around a card I already had made, rather than the other way around.

Trending everywhere right now is the ombré effect...a gradient of color, so for this card that's the extra if you're up for the challenge. Layer your squares with an ombré effect. Be sure to post your creation to the Paper Craft Planet gallery with the tag SK053113!

My version features images from Stampendous, and scraps of cardstock from Bazzill!

Dreamweaver Stencils: Tiny Treat for That Special "Bookie"!

Today is the final posting of the "Tiny Treats" challenge for the Dream Team, and for YOU as well. Have you had the opportunity to link a fun little something for a special someone in your life yet? If not, today is your final day to do so! Just add your link to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to, for your opportunity to be the randomly selected winner of the stencil of your choice!

My creation today is a simple bookmark. A perfect little something for the friend who loves to read (and refuses to give up their "real" books in favor of the various tablet readers). I "sten-tangled" two squares with the Plumeria design, and colored with a vibrant red. I also paste-embossed the plumeria and the Dream sentiment with Pearlescent paste on the black cardstock strip. Once dry, I used my Copic markers to add more rich color. All pieces were matted in red, and an Asian-inspired tassel was added to the top.

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A Day of Respect and Remembrance...and Some Family Fun!

In the USA, we honor the service men and women who have given their lives for our country in protection of our freedom and democracy, this time every year with Memorial Day. It's a time where families and friends get together for a relaxing celebration, and between bites of barbeque, fruit salad, and a couple of beers, we try to remember what this day is all about. Because others gave of themselves in the ultimate acts of bravery, we have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of picnics and parties. To some this may seem frivolous, but as the Bible tells us, "There's a time for laughter and a time for tears...", and Memorial Day is a mix of both.

I created a card in memory of these Americans, as a giant Thank You to them all. Featuring Dreamweaver's Bold Thank You and Star Swirl stencils, I did a marbled pasting of both, with a Joseph's Coat technique on the background panel. Something new which I only learned recently in conjunction with the Dreamweaver Te…

Dreamweaver Stencils: The Steampunk Clock is Ticking Towards Father's Day!

It's almost time for Father's Day, and if you're looking for a quick and fun project to show the dads in your life just how talented you are, how about trying something like this?

Once again, I used the Sizzix ScoreBoards Die Box with Scallops, and though it has a more feminine style with the scallops, I think that I succeeded in making this more masculine (or even appealing to the Steampunk crowd! I machine embossed the top flap with the Dreamweaver Steampunk Clock, and the main portion of the box with the Houndstooth pattern. Then I went a bit crazy distressing with ink...Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa Memento. For more dimension, I embossed a piece of the Mercart colored aluminum with the clock, sanded off the colored a  bit, and used some Black StazOn reinker over the surface. I spritzed a small amount of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) on a soft cloth and rubbed away some of the black ink, leaving the clock looking distressed. With layers of Tim Holtz Gears and chipboard ge…

Woodware UK: The Earth Laughs in Flowers!

Our Woodware UK team guru, Dorothy Adam, sometimes has just a little too much fun coming up with our weekly challenges. On the face of it, "Earth" doesn't seem like it should be a problem, but I was a bit confused as to her original intention. Considering Dorothy's quirky sense of humor, it was entirely possible that she could been begging for aliens landing on earth, so I thought that I'd better ask first. Her reply? Earth colors! Yep. Just that simple. Of course, she's pretty exhausted as she and three others of the Woodware UK group  completed the "Moonwalk", of over 26 miles all through the night in "support" of breast cancer warriors, survivors, and researchers. How awe-inspiring!
Back to earth...I thought that I'd post this card that I created a couple of years ago for the Stampendous catalog. Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked that "The earth laughs in flowers", and I think that is fitting for this challenge...and it&#…

Dreamweaver Stencils: A Cameo Appearance!

This week I'm multi-tasking once again, and mixing both my Dream Team challenge (Tiny Treats) with my tutorial on Paper Craft Planet. I'm not going to provide many details in this post, because I really want you to go over to the Planet Blog and check out the tutorial. Bonus...those that go over there have the opportunity to win a Dreamweaver stencil just by following the directions on that post. Of course, those of you that play with the Dreamweaver monthly challenge and link their own creations on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics of their "Tiny Treats" to, have yet another opportunity to win, as well as be featured on the Dream It Up! blog and the Dreamweaver Stencils Facebook Page!

Below this post is a picture of all the supplies used for this project, which looks like quite a lot, but probably have most of these items in your craft bins now, and if you haven't, I highly recommend that you purchase them all. T…

Woodware UK: It's OMBRÉ, Hombre! For the Tough Guy!

This is a great time of year to have a stash of masculine cards on hand...for graduations, birthdays, and in the USA, Father's Day in June. This is a great card for each of those occasions, and demonstrates a very trendy look...ombré. The definition of ombré in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, "Having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark".

I was able to achieve the look in the background by first using Dreamweaver's Glossy White Paste with the Houndstooth stencil over a black panel, and setting aside to dry. I also used the same paste with the Men's Tie stencil, and set that aside to dry as well.

Now's the time that I broke out my Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Inks, the blending solution, and the clever applicator that has a dual purpose of storing the felt discs. Each end of the applicator has a hook fastener to apply the disc to. On one end I placed a few drops of …

Dreamweaver Stencils Tiny Treats: A Fun Gift Card Holder for Mum

Yesterday I had this light bulb go on over my head, and not necessarily the earth friendly type, just a cute one flashing pink and lime green and telling me, "It. Could. Work." So I grabbed that light bulb and ran with it.

All of May, the Dream Team are being challenged to create "Tiny Treats" for all the various occasions that come up this time of the year...weddings, showers, graduations, and in the case of this Sunday...Mother's Day. I picked up a Starbucks gift card (because, hey, pretty much everyone loves Starbucks, right?), that could be tucked into a cute gift card holder. This was created with the help of a Sizzix box die that I had bought a couple of years ago and never broke out of the package. How sad is that?

My initial thought was to create the little pouch/box out of cardstock or cute paper, or paper with a stenciled background, or maybe the Mercart colored aluminum, and hey...why not one out of kraft cardstock all distressed and perfect for Fat…

Woodware UK Sketch 23: Hogging the Bed!

It's sketch time again with the Woodware UK team, and we're at number 23 for the month of May! Remember to play along and link your creation on the Woodware blog, or email pics to for an opportunity to win the prize for May!

The sketch design to the left was our jumping off point, so I grabbed an image that suited the squares, along with the perfect papers to go with.

I love paper-piecing (in case you didn't already know that), and the g•c•d studios "Cloisonne" is a pad that I continually go to, especially if I'm in "pink-mode". I stamped Francoise's "Hog Rest" Clear Magic image with black ink on one plain panel, and several scraps from the paper pad. Those were cut out and adhered on top of the plain panel. I added some shading detail with Tombow markers before cutting it out to pop up over the top of the other layers. The reason that I cut her out, was to show off the pretty square design paper that otherwise…

Dreamweaver Stencils: May Challenge...Tiny Treats for Smart Cookies!

Another month, and another challenge for the Dream Team, and all of you who follow along. For the month of May, we are fixated on "Tiny Treats" favors, wedding favors, end of school year treats, teacher appreciation gifts, baby shower favors, co-worker treats, in other words...small tokens of appreciation for those you care about.

My "1 Smart Cookie" treat is perfect for teachers, schoolmates, grads, promotions, etc. I chose to feature the wise Open Owl stencil, and paper pieced him with Cosmo Cricket "Earth Love" patterns, except for the open tummy portion. I created a valley fold in the bottom of the Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock panel, die cut a circle through both sides, and inserted a small cello bag with a couple of cookies inside.

As part of our year-long collaboration with May Arts, I added a twisted burlap bow, wrapped with burlap twine for a rustic touch.

The eyes were just punched circles of paper with cute buttons on top. All in all,…

Woodware UK: ConGRADulations to the Grads!

Nothing makes time seem to by faster than having your child graduate from high school or university. The Woodware UK team has been challenged to post a graduation card this week, and if you hop on board with us, you'll have all of those necessary grad cards ready to go for this month and next.

I obviously went manly, and featured the Stampendous Cling Poised Gent image...stamped twice to layer one on top of the other on a die cut panel. Only a little gray shading was added by marker. This panel was layered over a panel of gray cardstock paste-embossed in Dreamweaver's Matte Black with the Dreamweaver Stencils' Houndstooth pattern. The Art Nouveau Flourish was ink-stenciled using dark gray ink, and highlighted with a Sakura White Gel Pen, on the card base as an additional...well, uh...flourish! A crisp white banner stamped with a sentiment from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear "Time Flies" set is added and the grad card is complete!

This challenge began on Monday, …