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Dreamweaver Stencils: Oldie But Goodie for August as an Adjective

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If you are here for the Woodware post, please scroll down! Sometimes when life gets hectic, you feel the need to give yourself a break. My post today is just that. I've pulled out an oldie but goodie from 2011 (which feels like just yesterday), that works with our "August as an Adjective" theme for the Dream Team.

This is a card that works for so many occasions, so is great for creating in multiples...for weddings, Valentines, anniversaries, etc. Start with a black card base. Machine emboss* a pink square with the Dreamweaver Large Damask stencil, as well as a panel of black cardstock. Use a Brilliance pink inkpad to swipe shimmery color over the embossed areas on the black panel. Adhere both panels to the card. Now, ink-stencil the Rose Heart design with Versamark ink, and emboss with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder, on a pink panel and a black panel. Cut out, split in half, and adhere to card. Add a sheer ribbon bow, a silver word charm (found in wedding section of…

Woodware UK: Some "Sketching" Up to Do!

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Apparently, I had a brain blip at the beginning of the week, and forgot my post! Fortunately, Dorothy came to my rescue and switched days with me. Whew! Thanks, Dorothy!

For the sketch #37 challenge on the Woodware blog, I chose to break up the six squares into tiles from one image, the Stampendous Sweater Square. I stamped this in Versamark ink, and embossed in plain white embossing powder. I quickly cut the panel into six squares and adhered them to my red card, added an appropriate greeting from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Snowy Short Stack set, and a gingham ribbon bow. The perfect card to do in mass quantities!

If you haven't been checking out the sketch designs from the rest of the team yet, head over to the Woodware UK blog for more inspiration, as well as info on how you can play along with Sketch Challenge 37, for a chance to win!

Dreamweaver: August as an Adjective...and Molten, Too!

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Last week was so much fun playing with the Woodware team, but now we need to get back to focusing on being "August in August", which is our team challenge this month, if you remember. It is your challenge as well, since we love to see your creations. So, be sure to link them using the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Meanwhile, here's what I've created in the elegant and distinguished theme.
Using the Dreamweaver Partridge in a Pear Tree stencil, I paste-embossed this in Metallic Gold. While wet, I sprinkled various colors of Dreamweaver Metallic F/X powders over the surface (Ivy Garden, Goldfinch, Glacier, Cocoa, and Kimono Red). I've found that the easiest trick to applying these powders (first of all...don't sneeze), is to use a small clean stencil brush and pick up a small amount of the powder. Tap the handle on your opposite hand while holding the brush over the wet surface. The closer to the surface you are, the more concentrated the color will be…

Woodware UK: Tools of the Trade

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The Woodware girls are breaking out the tools this week, so you know we take our crafting seriously! And Woodware has an amazing selection of tools to help anything that you envision become a reality. The tools that I played with this week are the Mercart Metalwork tools, of which there are several.

I created a base card, and added sprinkles of Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel over the surface, and heated from underneath to melt (using another great tool...a heat tool!). I also used the Dreamweaver Comfort Words stencil to ink-stencil in Versamark the selected word, and embossed that with the same embossing enamel.

Now for the fun...I cut a panel from a sheet of Woodware Copper and placed it over the top of the Dreamweaver Celtic Cross stencil. Then I used my fingertip to push around the design, slightly indenting the design for the next step. I used a Teflon tool to refine the design a bit before using a larger ball tipped stylus to really work the metal, pushing it to puff ou…

Dreamweaver and Woodware: Christmas in August-Day Six

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Yes! It's been that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there have been prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Dream It Up! Woodware UK Kristine Reynolds
Jamie Martin
Pam Hornschu
Louise Healy 
Alison Heikkila
Debs Frost 
Lyn Bernatovich
Lynn Mercurio
Lea Kimmel
Gill Wilson
Laura Drahozal 
Dorothy Adam


Here's my creatio…

Stampendous and Authentique...an Authentic Pair!

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Welcome to the final day this week of Stampendous featuring Authentique papers! These gorgeous patterned papers for scrapbooking and crafting are just perfect for our October selection of Spring stamp images. But it turns out they’re great for so many of Stampendous' images! We’ll be showcasing the papers Authentique sent us in our October catalog and in a big Blog Hop in October. But we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of this terrific paper, and a chance to win some beautiful sheets of it plus a $20 Stampendous.com reward card this week! (Note: We’re just giving one prize this week.) So, if you haven't been there already, head over to the Stampendous Impressions blog each day this week, and leave comments there as well as those on the link lists each day for a chance to win!

Here's what I've created:

Ever have one of those creative moments where you have an epiphany of what you want to create, with what products, and it all comes together the way you envis…

Dreamweaver and Woodware: Christmas in August-Day Five

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Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:
Dream It Up! Woodware UK Louise Healy Pam Hornschu
Alison Heikkila
Debs Frost  Lynn Mercurio
Gill Wilson 
Siobhan the Recovering Stampaholic

Here's my creation: 
I know that it doesn't look like it, but this p…

Dreamweaver and Woodware: Christmas in August-Day Four

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Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Dream It Up! Woodware UK
Laura Drahozal
Pam Hornschu Kristi Parker Van Doren
Kristine Reynolds 
Lyn Bernatovich
Alison Heikkila
Louise Healy
Gill Wilson
Lea Kimmel
Crafty Debs

Here's my creation: 
Yikes! I'm s…

Dreamweaver and Woodware: Christmas in August-Day Three

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Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Dream It Up! Woodware UK Lynn Mercurio Louise Healy
Debs Frost Pam Hornschu
Gill Wilson 

Here's my creation:  Don't you just LOVE this new Folk Art Heart Clear Magic stamp from Woodware, designed by Jane …

Stampenedous goes Authentique!

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Those of you who know me, know that I've worked for Stampendous on and off for many years. I was missing playing with my design team pals, and all of the wonderful stamps, and yummy accessories that Stampendous is known for. So...they decided to let me play for a few months again. Yippee!

My first post with them also features some beautiful papers from Authentique! These gorgeous patterned papers for scrapbooking and crafting are just perfect for our October selection of Spring stamp images. But it turns out they’re great for so many of Stampendous' images! We’ll be showcasing the papers Authentique sent us in our October catalog and in a big Blog Hop in October. But we thought we’d give you a sneak peek of this terrific paper, and a chance to win some beautiful sheets of it plus a $20 Stampendous.com reward card this week! (Note: We’re just giving one prize this week.) So, if you haven't been there already, head over to the Stampendous Impressions blog each day this…