Sunday, October 31, 2010

Snow Silent

     Quickie post today featuring an oldie-but-a-goodie from Stampendous. The birch trees were stamped and embossed in Winter Wonderland embossing powder across the deep blue panel. I created the snow fall using a glue pen and crystal glitter. The focal image was stamped and embossed in silver three times...once on white cardstock, once on navy, and once on light blue. Various parts were cut out and glued on or popped up with dimensional foam tape. All layers were adhered to a silver card. Enjoy your Sunday!

"Silent Night Snowman" from Stampendous (N133, Cling CRN133)
"Birch Buddies" Perfectly Clear from Stampendous (SSC1055)
Winter Wonderland embossing powder from Stampendous (EP171)
Sterling Silver embossing powder from Stampendous (EP101)
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
light and dark blue cardstock from Bazzill Basics
metallic silver cardstock from Paper Adventures
white cardstock
glue pen, double-sided foam adhesive

Saturday, October 30, 2010

STMC30-Festive Face Card

 Going festive with this week's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, week 30! Wow! Can't believe we've done 30 weeks of challenges, and they've been so much fun. This week our sketch was created by Rachel, so hop on over to her blog and check out her vampy version, before heading to Jenn, Cyndi, and Wendy. After all that eye candy, you will just have to feel inspired. So, get stamping and create your own take on this week's sketch, post it online with a link to the Stampendous blog. Remember, two prizes each week are given for the most creative. I chose to use this new image from Stampendous which comes as a cling set, "Cling Family Tree". It has kind of a quirky retro feel to it, so I went with more retro inspired colors, paper, and the pompom fringe at the bottom. I stamped the image twice and colored with Copics. I covered the top one with flock and glitter from one of the new combo packs from Stampendous, "Boughs & Baubles", which is all Christmas colors of glitter and flock. I popped this tree up over the top of the other image after cutting the face portion out.
The sentiment was stamped on a half circle with faux stitching (I was too lazy to break out the sewing machine). I love the fringe, but to get it to dangle properly I adhered it to the card on foam tape. Finally, I added a bow from this yummy polka dot satin ribbon, with a button and twine in the center. I love how all the circles repeat themselves in the paper, fringe, ribbon, sentiment, and the baubles on the tree. Hope you play along!

"Cling Family Tree" from Stampendous (CRS2050)
"Boughs & Baubles" Combo Kit from Stampendous (CK06)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
red, green and white cardstock
Christmas "Button Nose" print from American Crafts
Nestabilities Classic Circles dies
pompom fringe, ribbon, button (Walmart)
piercing tool
double sided foam adhesive

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dreamweaver Design-An-Ornament

On my last Dreamweaver Stencils post, I mentioned the wide variety of uses these stencils promise. One that I did not mention, is the numerous stencils that are a shape only...a vase, a shirt, a leaf, a kimono, etc., and in this case, an ornament. This leaves what you fill in the empty space totally up to you. I chose to use the "Poinsettia" stencil. Yes, this is the same stencil that you've seen me design with already, including the "Pretty in Pink" card that I presented for the Dreamweaver blog hop. In the case of this ornament card, I ran the mirror silver cardstock panel through the Big Shot with the "Oval Ornament" stencil (there is also a round ornament stencil available). I then replaced the stencil over the embossed panel before placing the "Large Poinsettia" stencil on top and taping down the layers with removable tape. I carefully spread the Pearlescent embossing paste over the surface, removed the stencils to clean, and set aside the panel to dry for about 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, I ran the bottom portion of the navy card through the Big Shot with the "Large Lace Border" stencil. I added a light blue edged border across the card, and once the panel was dry, I added a sheer ribbon bow and a metal sentiment. The really cool part of this technique is that you can design your ornament to suit the recipient. You could go elegant as in this case, or fun and whimsical by stenciling flip flops, a penguin, a dog or cat, Santa, Celtic knots, etc. You could even stamp a design on the ornament after running through the Big Shot. Just place the ornament stencil back over the embossed surface to mask off the areas that you don't want stamped, and stamp your design over the raised surface.

"Oval Ornament" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG674)
"Large Poinsettia" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG700)
"Large Lace Border" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL564)
Pearlescent Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils (DPP)
navy, mirror silver, light blue cardstock
metal sentiment
organza ribbon
Big Shot
EK Edger

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Out on a Limb Card

 I love this new image from Stampendous. Okay, so it was intended to be for Valentine's day, but I took it in more of a fall direction. These cuties were stamped a couple of times and colored with Copic markers. I cut out one extra owl and an extra wing and popped them up. The color combination that was used came from coordinating MME papers that I have had forever ( least a couple of years). I cut out an orange circle to mimic the moon, embellished with buttons and twine, and distressed the snot out of this card! Lol. Once you get started, you can't stop! This image has two great sentiments that go with it, the one that I used, and the other is, "Owl always love you". I think I'll save that one for Valentine's day. ;)

"Blockart Owls" from Stampendous (CRV193)
"Out on a Limb" from Stampendous (CRE259)
Rich Cocoa and Sand Dune Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
Bazzill Festive and Java cardstock
white cardstock
MME print
buttons, twine
piercing tool, sanding block
double-sided foam adhesive

Dimensional Poinsettia Card

One of my favorite things about using Dreamweaver stencils, is the large variety of ways to use them. You can stencil with ink, paint, chalk, etc. You can machine emboss, paste emboss, or de-boss (using the opposite side of an embossed image). In the case of this card, I machine-embossed the Poinsettia, and then cut around and popped up various petals/leaves for a more dimensional look. I love using black, white, and red together, so I kept these less traditional colors. I embellished with black rhinestones, doily edging, and fun ribbon. I had a hard time deciding where to add a sentiment until I remembered these epoxy sentiments from Cloud 9 that I had bought a while back. Really a very simple card, and another fun way to use these fabulous stencil designs from Dreamweaver Stencils.

"Poinsettia" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL338)
red linen, black linen, and white cardstock
Cloud 9 epoxy sentiment
ribbon, rhinestones (Michael's)
Doily Edger from Martha Stewart
double sided foam adhesive

Sunday, October 24, 2010

LAD-Way Up North Tent

 This post is all about one of my absolute fave sets of clings stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs called, "Way Up North". It features the most adorable polar bear and snowman, along with cute little sentiments and other frosty images. My favorite color combo is blue and green...actually more in the realm of turquoise and lime. My "studio" is in these colors. I wear these colors. But most of all, I love to create with these colors. In  this case, I created a tent card that features this fun little igloo image with it's tiny little wreath and holiday lights. I colored this very simply with Copics, added a sprinkling of glitter, used this super cute American Crafts paper for the background, and embellished with bows, brads, and jump-rings. The front panel of the card was machine embossed with the Dreamweaver Snowflakes stencil (hard to see in the photo). For a tutorial on creating a tent card, go to Split Coast Stampers. Check back this week as I intend to post another cute holiday card using this great set.

"Way Up North" from Lizzie Anne Designs
"Snowflakes" background from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ819)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Markers from Imagination, Int.
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Wassau and Bazzill cardstock
American Crafts print
American Crafts ribbon
jumpring, snowflake brad

Saturday, October 23, 2010

STMC29-Spider Stalking

Our challenge this week for the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, was to stamp on printed papers. Our own Jenn Dove came up with this great notion, and her version is so, so, so have to go check it out on her blog, Just4FunCrafts! Since we are in the home stretch toward Halloween, I thought I'd do one more spooky card, especially since Stampendous has perfected the art of creepy-cute. I used the "Cling Spider Web Set", which I stamped and embossed across two printed papers. I love the bits of sparkle peeking through the web from the design on the purple paper. I almost feel bad that I covered so much of this darling Cosmo Cricket paper which I got from our own Cyndi Bundy's "Scrappy Chick Boutique". The sentiment on the card begged for several creepy-crawlies hanging from the rafters, and I stamped another which I popped up with foam adhesive tape. For extra texture and color, I ruffled the Creative Impressions ribbon across the card on Terrifically Tacky Tape. A flourish of black holographic Dot Sparklers finished it off. By now you should know the drill, but just in along with us and post your creation to any online site with the link attached to your comment on the Stampendous Impressions blog. For more amazing inspiration, visit the rest of the team blogs as listed to the right. Happy haunting!

Cling "Spider Web" Set from Stampendous (CRS3010)
Cling "Hang Out" Set from Stampendous (CRS2043)
Class A' Peel "Spider Webs" from Stampendous (AC968K)
Class A' Peel "Dot Sparklers" from Stampendous (AC672HSK)
Midnight Black Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP111)
Versamark and Black StazOn inks from Tsukineko
Cosmo Cricket "Haunting: Macabre" paper
purple glitter paper (Target $1 spot)
black cardstock
ribbon (Creative Impressions)
Terrifically Tacky Tape
double-sided foam adhesive

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dreamweaver/Paper Therapy Challenge-Stocking Surprise

 The Dreamweaver Stencil's Design Team in conjunction with our own Wendy Jordan's blog, "Paper Therapy", is challenging all of you to break out your Dreamweaver stencils and get creative. Post your own fun project on the Paper Therapy site and you could have the opportunity of winning FIVE FREE STENCILS! For more info, check out the Paper Therapy blog. For more inspiration, check out the rest of the design team listed at right. Here is mine:
Sometimes you just come up with a clever idea and this was one of mine. I love this "Long Stocking" stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils, and I wanted to experiment with paste-stenciling on velveteen paper. I was quite happy with the result, but then decided it needed something else...maybe a sentiment? Hmmm. Where would I put it? Not much room. Bing! (light bulb going on overhead)...I had it! What if I made a long skinny tag that could slide in and out of the stocking, 'cuz hey, aren't stockings supposed to have surprises? Fortunately, Dreamweaver also had this long sentiment that fit perfectly inside. The background of the card was ink-stenciled using Versamark ink with the "Diamonds" stencil. Some fun retro-inspired ribbon and tiny pompoms were added for whimsy. Yep. The mojo was definitely with me on this day!

"Long Stocking" (LL499), "Vertical Rejoice" (LS1001), and "Diamonds" (LG618) from Dreamweaver Stencils
Glossy Red embossing paste from Dreamweaver Stencils (DGRP)
black velveteen paper from Paper Adventures
Onyx Versafine and Versamark inks from Tsukineko
ribbon from American Crafts
eyelet, brad fastener, pompoms, satin ribbon

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oh Chocolate Trees-Advent Pail and Holiday Card

 Oh happy day! Oh Christmas Tree! Oh chocolate...yummm! What a fun way to start off with the Lizzie Anne Design Team. Our challenge was to create a card and project featuring one of the amazingly cute holiday sets of cling stamps. My take was a twist on the traditional "Advent Calendar". The pail is full of 25 yummy chocolates wrapped in holiday papers stamped using "Oh Christmas Tree", a great set with a variety of trees in various shapes, sizes, and styles. Fun sentiments and extras are included, and all of this comes in one of Lizzie Anne Designs CD style cases. Nice and slim for easy visibility and storage, and soooo easy to work with! Just place the stamp on an acrylic handle and have great visibility for stamping wherever you want, but with the stability of a rubber stamp. The trees were simply stamped on printed papers and cut out, run through my Corrugator, matted and overlapped on the front and back of the pail. A band of paper edged with a lacy border, and wrapped with a jute tie, adds to the homespun and yet contemporary feel of this little gift.
A computer generated tag attached lets the recipient know the purpose of this treat pail is to relieve the stress of those 25 days leading to Christmas. Or better yet, to prevent the stress! Lol. The greeting card at the bottom of this post was also stamped using the "Oh Christmas Tree" set of stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs. Several scraps of the same holiday papers were adhered in strips along a panel and stamped with a few of the tree images. Part of a Nestie cut scalloped circle was the frame for the sentiment which will have you immediately humming that great holiday song. A thin snowy border was added at the bottom, and black & white polka dot ribbon across the middle both pop these great images. Be sure to check out the treats in store for you from the rest of this amazingly creative team by clicking on their names at the right, and paying a visit to the Lizzie Anne blog and website for more info on these sweetly fun images and the women that create them and the ones that create with of them being ME! May you have a joyous, stress free, creative, and chocolate smeared holiday season!

"Oh Christmas Tree" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Black StazOn ink from Tsukineko
Pastel Lime ColorBox Chalk ink from Clearsnap
Short Pail from Stampendous
white cardstock, print scraps
jute (pail), ribbon (card), buttons
Nestabilities Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles
EK Edger, 1/16" hole punch, 1/8" hole punch
mini chocolate bars (Hershey)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Baby Come Back!

Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st are going to be fun, fun, fun! Wednesday will be my first posting with the Lizzie Anne Design Team for their monthly challenge. Thursday I'm posting for a challenge that our own Dreamweaver Stencils' team member, Wendy Jordan threw at us. Cute stuff will be seen by all! Holiday goodies with Lizzie Anne, and opportunities to win FIVE STENCILS from Wendy's Paper Therapy site. So, come back on those days (well...every day would be even better!) and join in the fun!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Gingham Snowflake Card

I went for sweetly simple on this card.The blue panel was run through my Big Shot (love that machine!) with the Dreamweaver Stencil's "Gothic Snowflake", and white ink was brushed over the surface to highlight the embossing and give it a frosty look. The gingham paper has this same brushed white look to it, so I used that at the bottom of the card and in a corrugated strip under the focal panel. Several buttons, a punched border, and one rhinestone complete this card. Happy holiday stenciling!
"Gothic Snowflake" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL396)
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Bazzill Bling Blue cardstock
white cardstock
gingham paper from Sonburn
buttons, rhinestone
Big Shot, corner rounder, EK Edger Punch
double-sided foam adhesive

Saturday, October 16, 2010

STMC28-PWP Love Groove

 It's time to play along with the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge again. This week Wendy challenged us BIG time! She asked us to use a RAINBOW of colors. Sounds easy, right? Not really. I love color, but more like two or three at a time. I decided this would be the perfect occasion to break out all of my great Stampendous embossing powders and the the Painting with Powder Technique again. This Peter Max inspired cling stamp set would be perfect. I popped myself into my time traveling machine, and went back to the 60's and 70's. Groovy! Versamark ink was used to cover a panel of cardstock before adding bands of embossing powder in a rainbow of colors that would make Jerry Garcia proud! (Don't forget to pour the remaining powder back into the jar after each color.)
After the entire panel was covered, I wiped a little talcum powder over the surface to prevent static cling, and then stamped "Cling Love Groove" (don't you love that name? Makes you want to break out your old Isaac Hayes album), and embossed in black to make it pop off of all those colors. Despite trying to be careful with the powder, I still had some that spilled, so I swirled it together and used it on the panel that I stamped "Lovin' You" (now break out your Minnie Riperton album). This was cut out and matted with white before tying to the card with the polka dot ribbon. The rainbow rick rack and the Prima flowers add to the "mod" feel of this far out card!
Be sure to visit the other team members to see what colorful creations they have come up with before posting your own and linking to the Stampendous Impressions blogsite. Have a tripendicular weekend!

Cling "Love Groove" from Stampendous (CRR124)
Cling "Lovin' You" from Stampendous (CRV217)
Stampendous Embossing Powders: EP111, EP113, EP114, 210, 300, 501, 506, 509, 510, and 512
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
black and white cardstock
ribbon, rick rack, twine, button
Prima flowers

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CAS-Spook House

A quickie post with a quickie card. Using Class A' Peel "Cats & Bats" (house and bats) and "Spooky Words" from Stampendous on traditional orange and black. A little corner rounding, a corrugated strip, and a fun polka dot ribbon from Creative Impressions. Super simple with a great pop of color. It would be easy to add a little grunge by brushing edges with black ink, or keep it simple. Easy to make by the bushels!

Class A' Peels "Cats & Bats" from Stampendous (AC969K)
Class A' Peels "Spooky Words" from Stampendous (AC1006K)
Festive Orange cardstock from Bazzill
black cardstock
ribbon from Creative Impressions
Corrugator from Marvy-Uchida

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Copper Foiled for Fall

I was playing around the other day with this great stencil image from Dreamweaver Stencils, and came up with what I think is a kind of cool technique. I ran the purple panel through the Big Shot with the "Branch" stencil twice in different directions (doesn't show terribly well in the photo), and then I realligned the stencil over one section and inked with Versamark and embossed with clear powder leaving a raised shiny image. I spritzed it with some alcohol* thinking of possibly running it through the Big Shot one more time, and noticed that the alcohol on the clear EP left it slightly sticky. Hmmmm...let's go in a different direction, I thought. I broke out my copper foils and crumpled up a piece (breaks up the foil a little so it's more interesting), and placed the foil face down on the bottom platten. I reset the stencil over the embossed image on the purple panel before placing face down on top of the foil. The rubber mat and last platten went down on top and the whole thing was run through the Big Shot. The foil adhered in shiny patches to the slightly tacky leaves, but so did tiny bits of fibers and papers that had been embedded in the bottom platten. At first I was annoyed, but the more I looked at it, the more I kind of liked it! It had a kind of natural texture to it. As a matter of fact, I then went out of my way to rub some more fibers into the surface. I layered the panel on a metallic copper panel with a fun print onto my green card. The sentiment is from pad of vellum quotes from JoAnn's.
Just goes to show, there are no accidents, just opportunities for new creations!

*spritzing the cardstock with alcohol before running through the Big Shot ensures a deep emboss.

"Branch" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG642)
Clear Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP020)
Vintage Sepia and Imperial Purple Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill and MME papers
Vellum Quotes "Emotions" from JoAnn's Craft Essentials
copper foil
Big Shot
rubbing alcohol

Saturday, October 9, 2010

STMC27-All I Want for Christmas is Pink Penguin Poop!

 The Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge snowball has rolled back to me again. For this challenge, I'm suggesting a gift/container. Remember years back when everyone was giving or receiving a gift with "snowman poop" or "reindeer poop"? Well, when I saw that Whoppers now came in PINK, my girly heart went pitter-pat (technical term) and I knew I just had to revive the old "poop" gift. I decided to go with "penguin poop" for the alliteration and because I loooooove these Penguins from Stampendous. I stamped and paper pieced this cutie with lots of pink and sparkly papers, added sparkly iridescent Class A' Peel snowflakes, and velvet snowflakes and velvet rick rack borders, and to top it off (literally and figuratively), I added a sparkly pink pom pom on her hat and on the lid. Lots of frilly ribbons tied to the handle along with the computer generated sentiment, "You're so girly, so here's the scoop...all you're getting is PINK PENGUIN POOP!" These pails from Stampendous are sooo much fun to create with, and bonus...they are food safe! So,
fill them up with your favorite holiday goodies, and decorate them with all the yummy stamps and stickers from Stampendous, and give them to your favorite people. You might want to save this one for the girls though. :) Be sure to play along this week, I'm dying to see what you come up with for this challenge. Upload your designs with a link to the Stampendous blog site and you could win one of two great prizes! Meanwhile, check out the cuties and beauties that the rest of the team has come up with!

Perfectly Clear "Yule Penguins" from Stampendous (SSC1102)
Class A' Peel "Super Snowmen" from Stampendous (AC1008VW)
Class A' Peel "Ric Rac Border" from Stampenodus (AC653VW)
Class A' Peel "Jumbo Snowflakes" from Stampendous (AC1001CC)
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Mini Pail from Stampendous (MINI)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill Blossom and Pink Bling
Heidi Grace, Tinkering Ink print papers
white cardstock
EK Border Punch
Nesties Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles dies
ribbons, rick rack
sparkle pompoms (Michaels)
Strawberry Whoppers
computer font (Curlz MT)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Spooky Vampire Dude

Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but this little vampire dude from Stampendous is just a little too cute. So, I went for spooky on the outside and created a jagged window for him to be seen through. I used the cut out piece from the window as a stencil to sponge white ink on the front for a foggy look. I really love the look of this webby ribbon from Creative Impressions. I cut a hole out of a section of it so that the moon could peek through. My little vampire dude was water-colored, and Class A' Peel bats and sentiment were the finishing touch. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, especially those that are fortunate enough to have a three day weekend. Use that time wisely...paper-craft!

Cling "Give Candy" from Stampendous (CRV211)
Class A' Peel "Bat Chain" from Stampendous (AC692K)
Class A' Peel "Cats & Bats" from Stampendous (AC969K)
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Bazzill cardstock, white cardstock
ribbons from Creative Impressions
water colors

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

STMC26-Killing Two Birds With One Stone?

Okay, cheating a bit here. This week has been a little wild for me, so I'm fudging a bit on the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge from October 2nd. Cyndi challenged us with a recipe of using some black, bling, and ribbon. Be sure to check out what Cyndi, Jenn, and Wendy came up with using this recipe. It just happens that this ornament is in the latest issue of Paper Crafts "Holiday Cards & More", and I kept meaning to post it on my blog. So taking care of both here. The bird was stamped and embossed in black on the red cardstock and one piece of transparency acetate. Then it was stamped and embossed in white on a second piece of acetate. All were cut out, including an additional bird from a print (see pic in magazine) and layered, with the tinsel cording loop trapped in between. The sentiment comes in the form of the ribbon being held in the beak of the bird. The bling is the Diamond Dot stickers in red. Bending the wings out on the ornament adds dimension. A very easy gift to send in an envelope to someone. However, I do have a tip to share with you regarding embossing on the acetate: wipe a small amount of talcum powder on both sides of the acetate before stamping. This helps to prevent the embossing powder from attaching with static to areas that you don't want EP on. Later you can use a damp towel to wipe off the powder residue. I like this trick more than the anti-static pouches and mediums that are out on the market for three reasons. 1) Costs much less. 2) Doesn't scratch the surface. And 3) Usually smells good! You now have a few days left to upload your own version of our recipe. Follow the instructions on the Stampendous Impressions blog, and you could win one of two great prizes! Check back this Saturday for my sketch. This time, no cheating involved...but a very fun project with a sense of humor.

Perfectly Clear "Peace Everywhere" from Stampendous (SSC1019)
Class A' Peel Diamond Dot Ovals from Stampendous (DD102R)
Class A' Peel Diamond Dot Circles from Stampendous (DD101R)
Midnight Black Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP111)
White Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Thermo Acetate from Stampendous (PC75)
red linen cardstock
print cardstock
brad fastener
silver tinsel cording, ribbon (Michaels)

Witch Hang Out

 A quickie post today featuring another card created for the Lizzie Anne Designs team call out. This is such a happy little witch! I decided to go monochromatic with just a touch of orange. Added a little glitter, 'cuz she's probably like Glenda the Good good she sparkles. The sentiment and the spider web are from Stampendous. Hope all of you are enjoying the fall weather and getting into the "spirit" of the season!

Little People "Witch" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Cling "Hang Out" from Stampendous (CRL240)
Class A Peels "Spider Webs" from Stampendous (AC968K)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
DCWV and Kelly cardstock
black velveteen paper (Paper Adventure)
Nostalgiques print from EK Success
web paper (Target)
polka dot ruffle trim (Michaels)
woven ribbon (Creative Impressions)
corner rounder

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's A Banner Day!

I've had to contain my excitement for several days since I received the fab news that I am now a Lizzie Anne Design Team Member! (Lizzie Anne blog announcement) I had so much fun designing with their sweetly cute line of images and sentiments, so I am thrilled to know that I get to continue playing with them along with the rest of this amazingly talented group of women. Congrats to my fellow new team member, Anya Schrier, as well. I chose to post the card above mainly because it seemed appropriate for such an announcement. I've had this printed paper forever and love the color combination, so that was the jumping off point. Don't you just love the tiny little birdies holding the birthday banner? I decided I wanted to add a pocket to the card with a surprise (isn't that what birthdays are all about?), so I Copic-colored this flower and cut it out (yes, around each petal!) and attached the flower to a corrugated stem with a computer-generated sentiment. I would have used a Lizzie Anne sentiment, but when I was created samples for their DT call, I didn't have a huge selection to choose from...I'm sure that will be changing rapidly! Lol. Please come back often to see where this latest fork in my creative journey takes me!

"Banner Birthday" from Lizzie Anne Designs
"Garden Inspirations" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
MME Print
Bazzill cardstock
white cardstock
Making Memories button
Marvy-Uchida Corrugator

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Oops! And a New Winner!

Now I know this sounds incredibly stupid on my part, but it turns out spit out the number for one of own team members, Kim Parkinson. I just didn't recognize the "Just-Kim" on my comments! So, I input the numbers once again, and we have a NEW winner...(#17) Linda E., who said,
"Wow, all three projects are wonderful. I think my favorite is the Poinsettia - very pretty! My choices, if I win, are: LJ831 Ornamental Oval, Metallic Gold Paste & FX01 Gold Dust. I would use this stencil for Christmas using the Gold Paste and possibly Gold Dust FX brushed on while wet, and then maybe some glitter thrown in - all experimental." Linda E.
October 3, 2010 5:49 PM
So, Linda E., I hope you came back for another visit to my blog, so you have the opportunity to do your own happy dance! Please hop back to the Dream It Up! site for info on how to provide your deets to get your goodies! You have until midnight PST, Wednesday, to contact us. Congratulations!

Oh, Hoppy Day! We Have A Winner!

Thank you to all of you who participated in Dreamweaver Stencil's first blog hop, and for all the kind comments that you left. spit out a winner (#9) for my blog:  Just-Kim
I love her enthusiasm! She said:
All of your cards and projects are stunning but I love the look of the poinsettia the most, the look of the debossed side is wonderful!

October 3, 2010 5:07 PM

Thanks, Kim! Be sure to follow the instructions on the Dream It Up! site in order to receive your goodies!

For the rest of you, be sure to check the other Dream Team blogs, as there were multiple opportunities to win! I hope all of you will continue to follow the team blogs, as well as the Dream It Up! blog for more inspiration for your paper crafting. If you haven't already, please click on the "Followers" button to the right, and if desired, sign up at the top right for email notifications of new posts.

For more information on purchasing any of the products used in this hop, please visit the Dreamweaver Stencil's site for local stores in your area. Many of the Dream Team members also teach classes in their local stores, so check their sites for more info.

Go forth and be creative!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hip Hip Hooray! It's Dreamweaver Stencil's First Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first Dreamweaver Stencil's Blog Hop! Here we are at day three of our extravaganza. If you have been hopping along with us on Friday, October 1st, and Saturday, October 2nd, then you know what I mean by extravaganza! Stenciling is an amazing technique that has been in use for centuries. There's good reason for's beautiful and it's fun! Please make sure to follow all the way through this posting as there will be info on how you can possibly win some wonderful products from Dreamweaver Stencils for your own paper-crafting pleasure.

Here are the three projects that I've created for your inspiration:

Snowy Pine Cone Box of Tags


Noel Elegance

Going in a different direction, here is a beautifully simple card for the holidays, that can be quickly made in multiples and guaranteed to elicit a "Wow!" from the recipient! The white cardstock panel is run through the Big Shot machine. (Tip: run several in a row for multiples.) Then place the stencil back over the surface so that the embossed surface fills the openings, and using the Dreamweaver Stencil's palette knife, smooth Metallic Silver Embossing Paste over the surface. (Tip: Place 3M Removable Tape around edges of stencil to hold in place.) Remove the stencil and allow to dry approximately 20-30 minutes. This part is the most time consuming to do in multiples, but lining them up and doing each one and setting aside to dry will allow you the time needed to complete the rest of the card. Cut and fold the white card. Add the navy textured panel, a print on a red panel, and cut panels to mat the focal point. Once the focal panels are dry, adhere to the mat panels and wrap with a ribbon bow. Finish if off with a rhinestone sticker.

Dreamweaver Stencil's "Noel" (LL511)
Dreamweaver Stencil's Metallic Silver Embossing Paste (DSP)
3M Removable Tape available from Dreamweaver Stencil's (RMT)
Palette Knife available from Dreamweaver Stencils
Wassau-Blue "Crinkles" Paper
Canson-White textured cardstock (stenciled panel)
Bazzill-White cardstock
Kelly Paper-red linen, metallic silver
ribbon, rhinestone stickers (Michael's)
Big Shot or other embossing/die-cutting machine

Pretty in Pink Poinsettia

 Taking you in a third direction, I went for just not-so-plain pretty! However, this time I did a, not literally...but I ran a white cardstock panel through the Big Shot with this gorgeous Poinsettia stencil and flipped it over. Now the image is de-bossed, with and impression rather than a raised surface. Then I softly brushed Rocket Red Brilliance ink over the surface and around the edges to transfer the color over the veining of the petals/leaves. I used a very fine-tipped glue pen around the veining and sprinkled with ultra-fine crystal glitter. A few pearl stickers in the center then highlight the shimmery quality of Dreamweaver Stencil's Pearlescent Embossing Paste that has been applied to the pink cardstock panel on the front of the card with the Merry Christmas stencil. A sheer pink bow and
                                                      one of Dreamweaver Stencil's pearl pins finish off the card that will emit dreamy sighs from the friend or family member that receives it. Maybe not for the burly football player in the family, but someone who loves to be "Pretty in Pink"!

Stampendous Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter (GM220U)
Rocket Red Brilliance ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill Bling and DCWV cardstock
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
pearl stickers, organza ribbon

Okay, so you've meandered through the eye candy on my post, now you want to win some blog candy, right? If you have come here from the Dream It Up! blog, then most likely you have read the rules, but in case you haven't, here they are:
1) Hop to each blog, do your ooohing and aaaahing, leave some love (a nice smooches,  please). 
2) Go to the Dreamweaver Stencils online site and select one stencil, one embossing paste, and one Metallic F/X. (Yes, three products...isn't that amazing?)
3) Hop back to the Dream It Up! blog and leave your comment with your selected goodies (along with item numbers, please!) and...
4) Double-check that you have hopped to each blog and followed this procedure (trust me, it'll be worth it!), including the previous two days worth of blogs in case you had something else to do on those days and didn't hop (just what could have been more important? Hmmm? Lol.)
5) Now you wait. Not for long, just until Monday morning when the random spitter will hopefully spit out your name! Then winners will be posted on each of the blogs as well as the Dream It Up! blog so that you can give us the info to send you your fun package! You only have 24 hours to do this before another winner is selected.

Note: In case you are confused, yes you do get to select a different stencil/paste/F/X for EACH blog that you visit! Now I'm no math whiz, but even I can figure that you have a seriously great chance of winning, maybe more than once.

So, let me know what you think of my paper pretties, and follow the directions before hopping to Terrece next, for more ooohing and aaahing! Also, if you have any questions regarding the products and/or techniques that you have seen on any of the Dream Team blogs, please feel free to email us, and we will get right back to you. We love having our brains picked!