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Dreamweaver Stencils: Window on a World That Flutters

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We are now at the grand finale of the February Flutters challenge over on the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream It Up! blog. Hope you've had as much fun with it as we have! We've discovered that anything can flutter given enough wind! LOL.

My card features the newly released Sailboat (and yes, I have another sailboat card on the Dream It Up! blog today), with a bit of a mixed media approach. I wanted to attempt to try the Copic technique of "No lines coloring". With this technique, lines are stamped (in my case daubed) with a light ink (I used Memento London Fog). Then you go in and add coloring and shading with your Copic markers until the final appearance is of a painting or colored drawing. It was quite fun, and I love the result. I also added some clouds in the background by daubing more of the Memento inks in the background, using the Picasso tool's scalloped edge for the subtle shapes.

Recognize the "window"? This window is what happens when you'…

In My Easter Bonnet, With All the Flock Upon It...

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For this week's Woodware challenge, I'm giving you a double dosage of Easter cuteness. Both cards feature the Stampendous Easter Bonnet Birds. The top one has the Feather Bonnet Baby as well as the Floral Bonnet Baby, along with the Spring Greeting. All of these stamps are in Cling form...easy to apply to your clear acrylic blocks and to see precisely where you are stamping, and still have the feel of stamping with rubber. These have been colored with Tombow markers, and Stampendous Fun Flock as been added for some vintagey fluffiness. To apply, just place some glue marker in the appropriate areas, let dry until tacky, and rub the flock into the adhesive. Very faintly in the background, you can tell that I machine embossed the card base with the Dreamweaver Damask design, and brushed lightly over it with an orange inkpad. All of the images have been stamped with brown ink to keep the vintage feel going.

This second card was created by using the Dreamweaver Open Egg stencil as…

February Flutters Goes Mixed Media

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My third post for February Flutters is a fun mixed media project with an inexpensive wood door hanger as the base. I brushed one coat of black acrylic paint over the surface, and when dry, I used a palette knife to apply a layer of Dreamweaver Crackle Paste over the top. Once dry, and crackled, I started to play...I ink-stenciled the new Zen Butterfly randomly in either purple or black, and placed the Crusade Background stencil behind the butterfly stencil, and ink-stenciled that pattern on to it. I added some more of the pattern randomly over the hanger, along with some stamped flowers from one of Woodware's new clear sets, and torn snippets from an old book of poems. I brushed a coat of Beacon Fast Finish over the surface and set it aside to dry.

Meanwhile, I used Pearlescent Embossing Paste to paste the same butterfly onto a piece of thermo acetate. While wet, I sprinkled various Metallic F/X powders over the surface. Heating this creates the Molten Magic technique...bubbles an…

Woodware UK: Flourishes and Swirls and Swirls and Flourishes!

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Perfect challenge to post this card! Dreamweaver recently introduced this beautiful new Swirly Heart design, and I had this very swirly card created for CHA in January. The technique that I used is called "Sludge Paste", which means a mix of colors with embossing pastes. This can be deliberate, or it can be the bits leftover from other projects. You can mix 2-3 paste colors together, or just add acrylic paint, reinkers, alcohol inks, Metallic F/X, etc. The colors are not mixed completely, so the effect is marbled and interesting. In the case of my card, I mixed deliberately a small amount of Cosmo Pink Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (just a drop or two) into a small amount of the Regular Embossing Paste in a separate disposable container. I barely stirred this mix, so when I spread the paste across the stencil, the end result was an ombré appearance. I used a small amount to paste the design over a section of this gorgeous ribbon from May Arts as well. Just tape the ribbon dow…

Woodware UK: Life is a Circus with Sketch 31

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It's sketch time again with the Woodware UK team! Remember, if you play along, and link your creation to the challenge on the Woodware blog, you could win a great prize! Just follow the sketch #31 at left and prompts on the blog! Good luck!

My version of the sketch features a fun Circus sentiment and Carousal themed images from Stampendous, brightly colored with Tombow markers, and popped up slightly. A fun pompom on the top of the carousal matches the trim at the bottom of the card.  Clean and simple!

Check out what the team has been creating with this sketch on the Woodware blog each day this week!


The Heart Flutters But "Love is a Battlefield"!

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Are you ready for the new Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February? It will be a short month of posts for the Dream Team, but we're pretty excited to share with you our versions of "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. So, come along for the ride and link your own "flutterings" to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. Meanwhile, here's my "fluttering" for the week:
 My card is almost an "Un-Valentine" card. With the spatter of red, a war was waged, no one won, and the end result is undecided. Lol. I did this card as a tribute to my two sons, and various other single people that I know, that detest Valentine's Day. To them it is just another reminder that they are expected be lovey-dovey with someone else, and to be spending an entire paycheck to demonstrate this. What happened to the days of those sweet little Valentine…

Woodware UK: Breaking Out My "Kibbles and Bits"!

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This week's challenge on the Woodware UK blog is awesome! Being forced to break into your "stash" not only challenges your creativity, but also cleans up your space...a bit. I have what I have always called, my "Kibbles and Bits" box (named after a brand of dogfood in the USA). In this box are the pieces that were pretty great, just didn't end up on a finished project.

Last month I had been doing some serious playing around with the Dreamweaver Ink Transfer and Letterpress techniques. What is the difference you ask? Well, I did, too, until the Queen of Stencils, Lynell Harlow explained it to me:

Ink Transfer is when you've covered your stencil in ink either by spray mist or directly from an inkpad, and then place a panel of cardstock over the surface, smoothing it out to TRANSFER the ink!

Letterpress is when you've covered your stencil in ink either by spray mist or directly from an inkpad, and then place it on the bottom plate of your embossing mach…

Dreamweaver Stencils: February Flutters...Tangled Style!

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Are you ready for the new Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February? It will be a short month of posts for the Dream Team, but we're pretty excited to share with you our versions of "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. So, come along for the ride and link your own "flutterings" to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. Meanwhile, here's my "fluttering" for the week:

I chose to play with some Zentangle, or as Lynell refers to it...Stentangle! It's awesome to be able to use the terrific open stencil designs to add your own patterns, doodles, or whatever! Just use a fine line pen like Sakura Micron or Copic Multiliners in .05 up to .7 sizes to outline and create designs that are fine and light, to bold and dark. I used the newly released Zen Butterfly stencil for this and added a sentiment from the Bird Words stencil. Coloring and shading…