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Dreamweaver Stencils: MOOOO-ving On with Flora and Fauna

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Hay there! It is the final week of the Flora and Fauna challenge for the Dream Team, so I thought I'd take a quick turn at Pun-synlvania for a MOOOO-ving experience. I love black and white with an extra pop of color. I've pasted the Dreamweaver Cow stencil in BOSSY White (I mean Glossy White) on black cardstock, and the Splats stencil in Glossy Black on white. The fun sentiments are from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Hay There set, and add the extra PUNch that this card needed! I hope you've had fun this month playing along with our Flora and Fauna challenge, and are posting your creations to the Dream It Up! blog, or at the end of the Dream Team posts, using the Inlinkz tool. One random winner receives the stencil of their choice! So...MILK it for all it's worth!

Now let's see what FAUNa the rest of the team has been creating...

Dream It Up! Lyn Bernatovich
Lynn Mercurio
Jamie Martin Louise Healy Alison Heikkila
Lea Kimmel Kristine Reynolds Pam Hornschu Kristi Parker Van…

Woodware...On the Move!

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Our Woodware challenge this week is Moving/New Home, so I pulled out this cutie from the past. Despite the fact that it is obviously a rainy day beyond the door, I think it is still inviting and cozy. The white panel beyond the door was pasted in Matte Black Embossing Paste with the Dreamweaver Birds on Bare Branches stencil. The window and frame on the door were die cut. The small red panel was machine embossed with the letter press technique. The Love Bird Heart stencil was covered in red ink before running it through my embossing machine with a small red panel. The framed window was created by paste-embossing in Transparent Embossing Paste the Rain Stencil, and sprinkling with Stampendous Crystal Glitter. A scrap of ruffled ribbon provides the curtain, and an embossed and distressed brad fastener is the door knob. It would be a great addition to the inside of the card to add the new Woodware We're Moving stamp along with the new address.


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Dreamweaver Stencils Flora, Fauna, Surprises, and Prizes!

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The Dream Team is ready to inspire you with some extra fun this week! Not only are we posting with the Flora and Fauna challenge, we are introducing you to our THREE NEWLY RELEASED DESIGNS...our Owl Buddy, the Open Sheep, and the art nouveau-inspired Heron, which you had a sneak peek at two weeks ago on the Dream It Up! blog. Three lucky commenters on the Dream Team's posts will receive one of these designs to be announced on the Dream It Up! blog next week. Tell us in your comment which technique YOU would use with your favorite of these new designs.

Here is what I created this week...

My aim was to post something with each of the new designs, but you'll have to settle for two from me today. My first features the new Open Sheep, which I have filled in with the Swirls stencil using Clearsnap Jasmine White Mixed Media ink. The background was created with the same stencil with black on white, and "clouds" were created by using a portion of the sheep stencil for the fl…

Woodware Father's Day Gifts All Tied Up

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Once again, Woodware has me hopping. This week, we have been challenged to create a gift for Father's Day. As with Mother's Day, this happy day falls earlier in the year in the UK than in the US, so I was unprepared. However, I have step by step directions to demonstrate that you, too, can be on time for this prestigious occasion. All you need are a cheap cotton tie from Primark (try Wal-Mart in the USA), and the supplies shown below: 

See??? Wasn't that simple? And you KNOW that Dad will be off to the offices on Monday, proudly displaying his one-of-a-kind, hand-made-with-love tie to all those jealous barristers! No, you say??? Okay, well maybe just around the house watching aging rock gods on the telly.
Need more Father's Day inspiration? Check the Woodware blog daily all this week!

Dreamweaver's Flora and Fauna Challenge Goes Under the Sea

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Welcome to the merry month of May! The Dream Team are challenging you this month to a "Flora and Fauna" theme! Considering most of the Dreamweaver designs incorporate both of these in the huge variety of stencils, you should have no problem playing along with our challenge this month! As usual, link your creations at the end of the Dream It Up! blog post, or at the end of our posts where it says, "Add Your Link".

My flora and fauna are going under the sea this week...

I created a beautiful inked background using Memories Mists on glossy cardstock with a bit of water spray for movement. The Open Fish design was traced with Sakura Micron pens in .01 and .05, with "Sten-tangling" added, before covering the fish in Glossy Accents and tiny, clear holeless beads. The tiny beads add to the watery effect. Using portions of the Leafless Tree Die in black cardstock as coral, and some soft ink-stenciling of its matching stencil design, I was able to create dimen…

Woodware's Sketch Challenge #34: Keeping It Not-So-Simple!

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Ever have a challenge in your life that you are determined to make more of a challenge than necessary? Well...that was me this week! See the very simple sketch from Woodware to the left. Could I just leave it simple? Noooooo. I just had to let my mind wander off on a more creative tangent. The end result is cute, and really wouldn't take anyone else any amount of time to create, but for some reason I had to remake it three times!

I started with a basic yellow card, which I stenciled the Dreamweaver Leopard Spots with ink. I did the letterpress technique with the Baby Bib stencil...inking the stencil with ColorBox Chalk ink in Ice Jade, and running it through my embossing machine with a panel of aqua cardstock to emboss and transfer the ink. Here is where I started to ramp things up...

The bib needs yellow of course! So I ink-stenciled yellow ink over the cute giraffe design, and embossed it in Pastel Yellow Embossing Enamel from Stampendous. Then the sentiment die cut had to be e…

Woodware UK: A Manly Mad Hatter

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The Woodware girls are following a Retailer's Challenge once again...this time with The Stamp Pad in Greenfield, Saddleworth, Lancashire in the UK. Gwen from the Stamp Pad has suggested a Mad Hatters theme. Now, I know that no one in the USA can top what the UK does with hats, so I'm taking this challenge a bit more "Yank", with an Indiana Jones twist on it.

Keeping it vintage, I've ink-stenciled the background with the Dreamweaver Leopard Spots stencil and Light Brown ink. Over the top, I've added the Stampendous Vintage World Map in Dark Brown ink. Then I've added some elements from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Air Travel set over a torn piece of cork, as well as the card base. My encouraging sentiment was stamped inblackusing the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Typewriter Alphabet set. And...finally...we get to the hat! The hat is one of three hats on the Dreamweaver Hats stencil, which I ink-stenciled, colored the band, crumpled and distressed, and cu…

Dreamweaver Stencils: More Fun with Flora and Fauna

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Welcome to the merry month of May! The Dream Team are challenging you this month to a "Flora and Fauna" theme! Considering most of the Dreamweaver designs incorporate both of these in the huge variety of stencils, you should have no problem playing along with our challenge this month! As usual, link your creations at the end of the Dream It Up! blog post, or at the end of our posts where it says, "Add Your Link". As the challenge gets underway, you'll see thumbnails of others who are playing along as inspirations for your own creations!

Here is my creation for this week:

Nothing floral about this card, and I'm not sure that this cat qualifies as "fauna". He may be just too cool for that! The Retro Standing Cat has been paste-embossed in Glossy Black on brown cardstock and cut out to be popped up above a very jazzy background. The left panel is black on black with the Pop Squares stencil in Glossy Black again...as was the Guitar and the banner f…

Woodware UK: Breaking Out the Brayers!

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When was the last time your reached for your brayer? Personally, it's been a while for me. The Woodware team were challenged this week to create with a brayer, so I decided to go with the Dreamweaver Joseph's Coat technique for my project. Here's the process:

1. Use brayer to roll on ink from Kaleidacolor ink pad over white cardstock panel.
2. Place selected stencil (Dreamweaver Open Fish) over panel, tape sides, apply Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste over the design, and let dry.
3. Once dry, sponge/daub/brayer black dye ink over surface to cover thoroughly.
4. Place clean stencil over top of design again, and use slightly damp cotton or paper toweling to remove the black ink from the surface of the design, revealing the bright color underneath.

Note: In the case of this card, I used Onyx Versafine as my black ink on top. Because it is a "hybrid" ink, it didn't dry as thoroughly as I would have liked, so I covered the panel with Stampendous Clear Embo…

Dreamweaver Stencils: Flora and Fauna Fun

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Welcome to the merry month of May! The Dream Team are challenging you this month to a "Flora and Fauna" theme! Considering most of the Dreamweaver designs incorporate both of these in the huge variety of stencils, you should have no problem playing along with our challenge this month! As usual, link your creations at the end of the Dream It Up! blog post, or at the end of our posts where it says, "Add Your Link". As the challenge gets underway, you'll see thumbnails of others who are playing along as inspirations for your own creations! Speaking of inspirations...the month of April was our Inspirations month, and we had so many that linked with us! So exciting! Our randomly chosen winner for April is...JULIE STAVES! Check out two of her creations...

Congrats, Julie! Be sure to email lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com with your choice of stencil, and your address!

Here is my creation for this week:
Another one of my fabulous finds on clearance at Home Goods...this …