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Dreamweaver: A Final Happy HallowThanksMas to You!

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With five Thursdays this October, the Dream Team have enjoyed playing with our "Happy HallowThanksMas" challenge.  I thought that I'd squeeze one more Halloween card in for this year...

This card features our "Great Pumpkin" stencil, which I've paper-pieced from scraps left over from some of my favorite paper (not even sure that it's still available) over a machine-embossed panel. Everything has been distressed, and a very simple sentiment of Idea-ology Chit Chat from Tim Holtz completed this very simple card.

Remember to visit the entire Dream Team for more inspiration:

Dream It Up! Leadonna Kimmel Louise Healy Laura Drahozal Lynn Mercurio Pam Hornschu Jamie Martin Gill Wilson Lyn Bernatovich Alison Heikkila Kristine Reynolds Kristi Parker Van Doren  An InLinkz Link-up

Woodware: Sketch 39 For a Hoppy Birthday

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Welcome to the sketch 39 challenge for Woodware. I chose to turn it on it's side as I was determined to incorporate this cute Hoppy Frog image designed by Francoisé Read for Woodware. I think the circles in the design add to the "hoppy" effect, so I used Woodware circle punches with patterned paper and added them randomly in the background. My band across the center was also patterned paper (by the way, this  card is a great way to use up scrap paper), and added a border of buttons across the center, continuing the circle theme. The frog was stamped on striped paper twice, and cut out. A whole frog was adhered to the card, and a head portion adhered with the Action Wobble spring between the layers. Of course, I had to add "googley" eyes, and one of the cute sentiments from this stamp set.

We hope you'll take time to play along with the challenge, and link your own creations to the Woodware blog. Head over there for more details!




Stampendous: OWL Wish You a Happy Birthday!

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This week on the Stampendous blog, the team are OWL posting their own creations with the various owl images that Stampendous carries. I chose to use the Literary Owl, 'cuz he's a bit bookish like I am. I even used a portion of a dictionary page for this occasion. The owl has been stamped on Core'dinations tan cardstock and distressed. A panel of Graphic 45 paper for the background, and I found a chipboard key to add as well. The tricky part was finding a sentiment to fit on the key! This skinny birthday message from the new Perfectly Clear Royal Heart Quotes was perfect! The end result is a masculine birthday card that OWL most likely be giving to my hubby sometime in the future.

Head over to the Stampendous blog to see WHOOOO else is playing today!


31 Days of Halloween with Smeared and Smudged - Day 28

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The Dream Team are dipping their fingers into all things spooky, creepy, and scary, as we play along with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. The team will be taking turns to fill the quota of 31 days on the Dream It Up! blog, and posting on their own blogs as well. Be sure to leave them lots of love as this is truly a challenge for many of them! Here is my post for today:

I'm finishing up this month long Halloween celebration by going out in a box...a Cosmo Cricket Blackboard Photo Box, that is. No photos in this one, just some fun Halloween cards from this past month. Each have been designed to fit this box so that a fun portion of the design shows through the window.

I paste-embossed in Matte Black the Dreamweaver Stone Wall over the box and lid, breaking it up a bit as I went, and smearing extra paste around the edges. When dry, I brushed on some Metallic F/X powders and white ink to highlight the stones. I also paste-embossed the Romantic Rose so that it trailed …

Dreamweaver: 31 Days of Halloween with Smeared and Smudged - Day 25

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The Dream Team are dipping their fingers into all things spooky, creepy, and scary, as we play along with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. The team will be taking turns to fill the quota of 31 days on the Dream It Up! blog, and posting on their own blogs as well. Be sure to leave them lots of love as this is truly a challenge for many of them! Here is my post for today:

 Today's card features the large Tapestry/Damask stencil machine-embossed on Core'dinations cardstock, and sanded to reveal the gray core as the base. The large focal panel is the Mirror Mirror image from Stampendous, stamped in black on white cardstock, and ink and edge distressed. The center of the mirror is the witch profile, but just to channel my inner Disney Haunted Mansion leanings, I embossed in white the Dreamweaver Cameo on Core'dinations vellum, framed in black, and popped up over the top. If you look carefully, you'll see the pretty cameo profile, with the witch silhoue…

Stampendous and HHH Enterprises Jewelry: A CRYPTic Pendant from Beyond

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HHH Enterprises Jewelry pieces were quite a nice surprise for me. I hadn't seen them before, but loved all of the possibilities that my busy brain was thinking of! My favorite in my batch of goodies from them, was this cool box with the glass door on it. I instantly wanted to do something creepy for Halloween...sort of CRYPTic, if you know what I mean.

My first step was to place several drops of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage into the box, enough to cover the bottom. I sprinkled Stampendous Purple Micro Glitter over the wet surface, and set it aside to dry about five minutes. (There's a reason they call this stuff FAST Finish!) While that was drying, I stamped the Cling Tomb Elements image with Tuxedo Black Memento on white tissue paper. I turned the piece over and colored the skeleton on the back with a Pentel White Paint Marker. This kept the skeleton standing out, and the tissue disappearing into the background. I added a few more drops of Fast Finish over the glitter layer, p…

Woodware: A Winter White Wonderland for Christmas

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This week the Woodware team are dreaming of a white Christmas. Living in Southern California doesn't provide much opportunity for this, but I can pretend...

My card features a white panel, machine-embossed with the new Dreamweaver Quatrefoil background, and then inked through with Versamark, and embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder. Over the top is another white panel with the new Dreamweaver Nested Ornament Diese cut from it, and then run through my embossing machine with the Dreamweaver Christmas Borders Embossing Folder. This was adhered with dimensional foam adhesive squares to pop it away from the background. A sheer polka dot ribbon bow was added, along with Mark Richards Crystal strips for added bling. All in all, this card is very simple to recreate in multiples, and easily changed with many of the Dreamweaver backgrounds and dies...and even in non-white!

Dreamweaver: Simply Splendid Spares

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Occasionally, it is a great idea to have some simple cards on hand, perfect for those occasions that just "pop" up...birthdays, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, etc. Today's card would be perfect for any of those occasions, as well as the "Thanks" portion of our Dreamweaver challenge this month...Happy HallowThanksMas!

Using a simple background color such as the soft sage as my card base, I then used a contrasting chocolate brown panel to die cut my Leafy Branch. I used the Dreamweaver Deckle Edge Rectangle and the long Friend stencil, to emboss a frame and sentiment on this panel. Using a large stencil brush, and Tsukineko's Gold Delicata ink, I striéd over the surface top to bottom, and side to side, just catching the raised surface with the gold ink.

I marked the area where the leaf window would be placed on the card base, and using the gold inkpad, I directly inked that surface. I added sprinkles of Stampendous Aged Copper, Mica, and Fresh Green Cr…

Woodware: Textured Traditions

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IF YOU ARE HERE FOR THE DREAMWEAVER/STAMPENDOUS/CORE'DINATIONS CHRISTMAS HOP, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.  HAPPY HOPPING!

I love that the Dreamweaver Ornate Tree and Holiday Borders match each other in design, and now there is even a Holiday Borders Embossing Folder from Dreamweaver! This card was done "old-school" though...the front panel was paste-embossed in Glossy Red Embossing Paste with Stampendous Red Embossing Powder over the top, and heated until bubbly and textured. The same technique was done on the Holiday Borders panel, but with Copper Paste and Aged Copper Embossing Enamel over the top. The result is a bit shimmery, a bit rough. A few crystals added for bling, and a soft ribbon bow completes this very traditional card...which happens to be this week's challenge on the Woodware blog! Come play along!


Dreamweaver/Stampendous/Core'dinations: SANDY Claus is Coming to Town - Finale!

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SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!
Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of fun Core'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


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What a jolly way to end this week's hop...with Santa! Specifically the Stampendous Cling Santa Reins, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko, and colored with Copic markers. I added some Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste over his beard, hat, and cuffs, and "fluffed" it a b…

Dreamweaver: Smudged and Smeared's 31 Days of Halloween-Day Seventeen

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The Dream Team are dipping their fingers into all things spooky, creepy, and scary, as we play along with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. The team will be taking turns to fill the quota of 31 days on the Dream It Up! blog, and posting on their own blogs as well. Be sure to leave them lots of love as this is truly a challenge for many of them! Here is my post for today:

It is great when you can use a item in your craft stash for more than just the obvious usage...case in point, this Lock and Key Stencil. Perfect for Valentines, Weddings, and Anniversaries, right? But why not the lock and key to a crypt or a dungeon or a haunted house? All it takes is a change in color scheme to blood red and raven black, with plenty of ink and tool distressing. The design itself was paste-embossed in Gold and sprinkled with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel from Stampendous. While the paste was still wet, it was heated with a heat tool until bubbling, creating the antiqued chunky metal a…

Dreamweaver/Stampendous/Core'dinations: SANDY Claus is Coming to Town - Day Four

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SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!
Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of fun Core'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:

Okay. I am officially in love with Stampendous' new "Spoonful of Snow"! A pre-mix of chunky white embossing powder, crystal glitters, and Shaved Ice, all in its own container to scoop over any pigment or watermark ink. Just heat and watch the magic happen! In the case of my card today, …

Dreamweaver/Stampendous/Core'dinations: SANDY Claus is Coming to Town - Day Three

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SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!
Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of fun Core'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:

"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a MOUSE"! But, who wouldn't love this little House Mouse® Design stirring, or tucked in their Christmas stocking? Especially since little Maxwell brings a message of JOY (from the new Drea…

Dreamweaver/Stampendous/Core'dinations: SANDY Claus is Coming to Town - Day Two

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SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!
Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of fun Core'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:

My card today is all about family. All the love and joy of having a large family together for the holidays...I miss that. Child-like wonder listening to Mom play Christmas carols on the piano, with Dad singing slightly off-key. Grandparents and cousins visiting from afar. My brother running around w…