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Dreamweaver: Backgrounds for Birthdays

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We are well into the beginning of a new year, and in honor of that, our monthly challenge for January has been Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

Creating your own patterned paper is so simple when you have Dreamweaver stencils! The purple panel was completed in opposite techniques...on the bottom, Memories Mists Grape was sprayed through the Dogwood Pattern stencil, and in an effort to not waste the ink sitting on the stencil, the top portion of the panel was placed on the wet stencil to transfer the ink. The Dreamweaver Apron Die was cut from the center to be used on another card, but I didn't want to waste the rest of my beautiful background. So I sprayed through the

Woodware: Hopping Along for Easter

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This year seems to just be hopping along. Already we are thinking about Easter, and spring flowers, bunnies, and eggs. The Woodware team have been challenged this week to create an "Easter Delight". Mine is something fun that I made for the Dreamweaver team a couple years of ago, and is still one of my faves.

The base is double-sided yellow/orange cardstock, with the top flap only being 3 inches in order to reveal the inside panel. Aqua cardstock was machine embossed with the Dreamweaver Stripes/Plaid stencil, and paste-embossed with the Hoppy Easter sentiment and the small bunny in Regular White Paste. The top flap has a fun patterned paper panel, and a trim of green pompom fringe.

Now, the focal point. I used the Dreamweaver Open Egg stencil as a template to cut the egg shape. I "air-brushed" it using markers and one of those kid's air brush gadgets. Then I paste-embossed in white the Tall Daffodils and, when dry, colored them, as well as the bunny's ear…

Stampendous: Dreaming of Flowers

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Being up to your armpits in snow is the perfect time to dream! Wouldn't you love to trade places with this darling Gruffy Bear from House Mouse Designs®? Warm, sunny day. Green grass. Charming sunflower stalks. Ahhhhhh.

Gruffy has been stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento, and colored with Copic markers. This focal panel has then been adhered over an orange card, which has theBlack Eyed Susans ink-stenciled using a dark orange pigment pad by Tsukineko, with a large stencil brush from Dreamweaver. The other panel is a section of Core'dinations Chalk Core in yellow, machine-embossed with the Dreamweaver Hexagons stencil before being sanded to reveal the yellow core.

The sentiment is one of the many appropriate for all House Mouse Designs® images, the Perfectly Clear Berry Nice Sayings set from Stampendous.


Stampendous is having a bit of a floral celebration all of this week, so if you've missed any so far, be sure to  check the Stampendous blog.

Woodware: A Silver Romance

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The Woodware team is focusing on Silver Weddings this week, and apparently all I read was the word silver...so please pretend that I followed the challenge correctly. Lol. A silver anniversary is close enough, isn't it?

I created this card by first paste-embossing the Dreamweaver Chevron stencil in Silver Embossing Paste on a black cardstock panel, and setting it aside to dry near a small fan in my studio. Meanwhile, I inked the Stampendous Ornate Heart image, stamped, and embossed it in Silver Embossing Powder on another panel of black. A Peel Off sticker sentiment was added on a thin black banner strip, along with embellishments of Mark Richards Self Adhesive Crystals for added bling.

This simple design could easily be a wedding card or a Valentine as well! Don't forget to check the Woodware Team Blog for more silver inspiration all of this week!


Dreamweaver: Birthday Challenge Got You Dragon?

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Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

I thought I'd go a bit more elaborate for this week's birthday card. Using one of my favorite techniques...Molten Magic...along with Stampendous Embossing Enamels and Micro Glitters. The end result is so much texture, dimension, and color.

The Dreamweaver Dragon was paste-embossed in Glossy Red Paste using these steps:
1) Using removable tape around all edges, tape the stencil over the top of the cardstock panel.
2) Slide palette knife into jar of paste, lifting a thick portion of it up the back…

Stampendous: A Spot of Tea, Perhaps?

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Nothing is better for the soul than sharing a lovely cup of tea with a good friend. So, I'm posting this in honor of my good friend from the UK, Dorothy. I always enjoy our chats, sharing thoughts and opinions, and maybe a "biscuit" or two along with that "cuppa".

The card base is created using a large folded panel of WorldWin® DoubleMates paper in two shades of blue. The corners were rounded, along with the corners of the second layer inside of white cardstock. Both were cut straight across the fold at 1 1/4" , and folded back the opposite direction to create the pop-up portion.

I created my teapot by tracing the Dreamweaver Teapot Stencil onto the double-sided paper. After it was cut out, I ran the pieces through my Big Shot along with the Dreamweaver Dogwood Pattern stencil, and brushed White VersaColor ink over the embossed design to highlight it. A stamped sentiment tag was added to mimic a teabag in the pot.

I also embossed the Dreamweaver Oval Doily

Dreamweaver: More Birthday Fun

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Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

I'm going to cheat a bit here and post a previous creation, as apparently I totally forgot to create something for this week's post before I'd gone off to play at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show in Anaheim. Anyhoooooo...I kind of love this card, and it's super simple to create. The large focal panel is a piece of Bazzill Basics' Dotted Swiss white cardstock, on which I'd pasted the Stylized Dahlia design in Regular Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver. Once dry, I brushed …

Stampendous: Why Do Hummingbirds Hum?

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Because they love to stamp...that's why! Lol.
This week the Stampendous team are sharing our wonderful hummingbird stamps, templates, and dies. I chose to accentuate them by means of a larger canvas. Prepped in advance with gesso, here are the steps:

1. Mix a small amount of Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste and tube acrylic to achieve desired background color. Spritz small amount of water to thin slightly. Spray canvas with water, and brush-apply mixed paste. Set aside to dry. Brush some over two paper flowers and set aside to dry.
2. When dry, ink various stamps from filigree set and hummingbird set, and stamp over canvas in Gray StazOn ink. Note: place acrylic blocks behind canvas for stability and a clean image.
3. Using stencil/template from Hummingbird set, paste-emboss one hummingbird on canvas with Dreamweaver Crackle Paste. Let dry until crackled. Color over top with Copic markers.
4. Stamp flowers and leaves with gray on tissue paper. Color with Copic markers…

Woodware: Thinking of My Papa...

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This week's Woodware challenge has proved to be a bit emotional for me. We're featuring grandparents this week, and both sets of mine have been gone a long time. However, the memories are never gone. I remember both of my grandfathers loving to fish, and since "Papa" fits better on this card than "Grandpa", I'm pretending this is for my Papa.

The inside is a smaller white card, brayered with Tsukineko Kaleidacolor ink to mimic a nice sunset. You know men...the sun is going down, and it's always, "Just one more cast"! I used a teal ink to stamp the Clear Growing Old sentiment.

The outside is a card made from clear acetate. Acetate can be a bit tricky. It tends to have a mind of its own, and always has a major issue with static cling, which can be  tricky when using embossing powder with it. If you use an anti-static pouch over all of the surface (front and back), you can prevent problems.

The Clear Casting Bait image was stamped on the ins…

Dreamweaver: Dreaming of Birthday Wishes for the New Year

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Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:


For some reason, I seem to  be in a bright yellow, orange, and pink mood lately. Hmmm. Could it have something to do with being tired of doing red and green? At least for now...

This card has a pocket on the side that holds a bookmark and a gift card, but is large enough for a variety of things...maybe even a chocolate bar!

The main card is created from Bazzill Basics cardstock, and ink-stenciled with a large stencil brush and Splendor ink from Tsukineko. These inkpads are like little palettes of color,…

Stampendous: Fluttering By

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How about a bright and sunny card full of butterflies and fun to scare away the winter blues? All of this week the Stampendous team have been letting our  butterflies take flight. I had fun creating beautiful backgrounds with the Creative Palette, by spritzing Dreamweaver Memories Mists in Mango Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, and Iridescent colors, spraying a bit of water, and place several panels of white cardstock onto the surface to transfer the colors and patterns. As the inks began to dry a bit, I used them with the Stack Art Regal Bird cling stamps as ink pads to add patterns to these panels. Then I switched my mist color to Lavender Tea, and used this as an inkpad to stamp one of the beautiful Cling Pen Pattern Butterflies on my favorite panel. Using the medium butterfly die that matches the butterfly stamps, I cut one from the edge of the panel. This butterfly was folded up to add more dimension to the panel. I used dimensional foam tape to adhere the panel over the top of a white …

Woodware: Sketch 41...Simply Fun

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Sketch 41 is a simple and fun one. Less about the layout, and more about what you lay out! I simply created a background by ink-stenciling the Dreamweaver Chevron background with Clearsnap Mixed Media ink in Peridot, using a big fat stencil brush for quick coverage. I used the same ink to "watercolor" the soon-to-be released Stampendous Cling PenPattern Petal a couple of times. These were cut out, the petals rounded, layered, and adhered along with one small white paper flower and a Mark Richards' Self-adhesive crystal. The line going across in the design was perfect for a pretty ribbon, and as I don't ever have enough birthday cards on hand, I used the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Birthday Assortment for my chosen sentiment.
This sketch is great for quick cards for any occasion, so be sure to play along with this month's challenge on the Woodware blog. All the details can be found there!


Dreamweaver: Dreaming of Birthday Wishes for 2015!

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Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

In honor of the Queen of Stencils, Lynell Harlow's birthday coming up on the fourth, the team are joining up this week to wish her the best ever. My card is done in Lynell's favorite colors...shades of blue and green...using the Dreamweaver Stripes/Plaid stencil, and one of the sentiments from the Birthday Combo stencil.
The plaid is achieved by inking the stencil with a darker blue chalk ink, and placing it face up on the base plate of my Big Shot machine. A panel of white cardstock was placed facedo…