Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Fun with Dreamweaver

Hello! I have a Fall themed card to share with you today. I have been inspired by some of the beautiful leaves that Dreamweaver Stencils offers. But make no mistake, I didn't use only stencils today. I used some of the wonderful die cuts that DW offers as well.

I started off by embossing the brand new Oak Leaf (LL 3043) with the beautiful metallic copper embossing paste, also from Dreamweaver. For this card, I didn't smooth out the paste like you normally would. I wanted it very textured. So with my Palette Knife, I added texture by just tapping the surface a bit while the stencil was still in place. I took care to not overwork it, so that I didn't wind up pulling too much paste off.

Look at the pretty sheen on those oak leaves! I had embossed to leaves at a time, on opposite sides of my cardstock. This is because I had to allow for drying time before I laid the stencil on any leaves I had already done. Once the first 2 leaves were dry, I pasted the other 2. Meanwhile, I cut out a few of the Leafy Branch (DD003). I glued them down (after all of the oak leaves were dry), and aplied a bit of brown ink to add some dimension. I also cut out the word "Fall" by using the brand new Dual Alphabet Die (it comes with all letters, numbers, and several punctuation, plus fabulous caddy!) and Core'dinations cardstock, which I sanded to show off the texture.

I felt I needed 1 more thing....so I used the Leafless Tree stencil (LX 7020) to add some interest to my olive green cardstock. There you have it! Have you seen the new Dreamweaver Stencils Enthusiasts Facebook Page? Please join us! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Neon Poinsettias

Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.
Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:

I used the brand new Tall Poinsettia stencil (LL 3046), as well as the sentiment portion of Season's Greetings (LG 677). For the Poinsettia, I used white embossing paste on my black cardstock. After it dried, I used several colors of the totally rad Radiant Neon ink pads from Imagine Crafts, which were applied with daubers. I hope you can see the subtle color changes and shading that I did.

It was quite fun to work with such non-traditional colors for this card. I applied the sentiment in much the same way, but I masked off the holly leaves and berries. And I just used black ink for it. Simple and FUN for the holidays!

Please check out the rest of the team that is posting this week. Thanks for stopping b. Have an inspiring day!

Kristi Parker Van Doren


   

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Looking Gorgeous and a Raven

Greetings! I have 2 projects to share with you today. One is for A Step in the Dark, and the other is for Wicked Wednesday. Anything Goes over at ASitD, and we are sponsored by the creep-tastic Delicious Doodles.

This stunning raven was a must-use for this project. It's got beautiful detail All I had to color was the branch, and I added a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink to dull out the white of my paper. I had a deep eggplant paint chip that happened to have a little moon on it that I thought worked really well.

I used the Stone Wall from Dreamweaver Stencils to add to my background, as well as a few spritzes of irRESISTables spray from Imagine Crafts.

Wicked Wednesday is sponsored by All Dressed Up. The challenge this week is Favorite Color Combo.

This digi is aptly named Looking Gorgeous. I used one of my favorite color combos: purple and teal, with a bit of hot pink, and lime green.

I loved coloring her hair. I used a combination of watercolor markers as well as alcohol markers. I hope you will have a chance to play along with at least one of these challenges. Please visit the A Step in the Dark, and Wicked Wednesday blogs to see more fun creations. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Bombshell Muse Monday: Madonna Woodcut

Hello! It's the first Monday of the month, so I have a new Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday to share with you. I chose the Madonna Woodcut set to be featured this month by the team. Have you seen it? Check it out.

I decided to work with some of the smaller images in the set.

I colored all of the images with my colored pencils. Everything was fussy cut, except for the swirl stamp which was stamped directly on to my gold cardstock.

Remember, each week, different members of the Bombshell team will be sharing projects fearing this set. So please check it out! Visit the Bombshell Blog to see them all. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August as an Adjective: Jellyfish

As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the Inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for. 

Here's my creation for this week:

I used the beautiful, brand-spankin' new Jellyfish stencil. I used Pearlescent Embossing Paste to get this image on to my cardstock. While it was still wet, I dropped several colors of Metallic FX powders on to the jellyfish by dipping a brush into the powders, and tapping it over the image.

Then I heated the jellyfish with an embossing gun. It started to puff up and bubble, and I was so excited to see that. This is the first time I tried this "Molten Magic" technique, and it was fun! I would imaging that typically, the bubbling isn't something you would strive for...or you may even want to continue to hear it until the bubbling stops, but I used it to my advantage to make this jellyfsh look more "alive."

I jazzed the card up a bit further with a couple of paper punches, some pearls, and beautiful ribbon from May Arts. I hope you have enjoyed my creation. Please be sure to visit the rest of the B Team from Dreamweaver Stencils.

And, check out the new Dreamweaver Enthusiasts page on Facebook. We would love for you to join us! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gilded, Blooms, and Steampunk

Welcome! It's time for another super busy Wednesday! I have 3 projects for you today. The first is for Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. The theme is Beautiful Blooms and we are sponsored by DRS Designs.

I love daffodils. They are always so cheery. I decided to go with the more unusual coloration of white and pink, instead of the more common yellow or orange and white. I have some pink and white daffodils and they are just beautiful. I colored the image with my watercolor markers.

For Bombshell Stamps, this month's Hump Day Hop theme is "Gilded, AKA Metallics." I had fun with this one!

I started off with the Lucky Me horseshoe from the Lucky Bride set. I colored with with watercolor markers, and a couple of metallic markers.

Then, I pawed through my Dreamweaver Stencils to see what would work well with this stamp, as I knew I wanted to use one of their fabulous embossing pastes. I went with Copper Paste and the Art Nouveau Bkg. The stencil is actually much bigger then the small portion I used. And actually, I was originally going to make an ATC, but I was telling my son Phoenix about how I would need to trim it, and he said, "I wouldn't want to waste all of that. It's so nice." I agreed, and he suggested making a card. Ahhhh...my Boy the Designer!

I added some IrRESISTables from Imagine Crafts, then thew some super fabulous glitter on it while it was still wet. Some Stickles on the Diamond from the image added even more sparkle. Id' say this was pretty "gilded," no? Here's the rest of today's Bombshell Hop list.




For my 3rd project, I have another card. It's for the new A Step in the Dark challenge, which is Steampunk. I got to play with a fantastic Rick St. Dennis image. Check it out.

This fancy chap is named Jarrod, and I think he's great. I colored him up with pencils, which didn't photograph as well as I would have liked for some reason.

I know that Steampunk usually has muted toned down colors, but Jarrod was just begging me to be in jewel tones...and I think it suits him. My background was done with the wonderful Gears stencil from Dreamweaver. I used their Gold Embossing Paste this time. You can see the difference in color between the copper in the Bombshell card above versus the gold in this one. There is also a silver paste as well as a lovey pearlescent. You've got to try them!

I know this picture really does Rick's image no justice, but I wanted you to see the dimension and sheen of the paste, as well as the sheen of my background cardstock. It's even better in person. Please be sure to visit all 3 of the team's blogs to see even more wonderful projects. For now, I will bid you adieu. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August as an Adjective with Dreamweaver

As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for. 

Here's my creation for this week:

I find Christmas trees to be rather majestic and stately, so I thought this would work for the current challenge. I started out with the Open Christmas Tree...this is a really fun stencil, and I will be showing you several different projects I made with it over the next few weeks. You can do SO much with it, since it is open. This time, I chose to work with the Scales stencil to fill in the tree. It gives the tree a very traditional feel.

I used a Versa Mark ink from Imagine Crafts, and applied it with a stencil brush with the rouging technique. I had masked off the star and stand, and after the green was down, I colored in those areas with the same technique. For my sentiment, I applied the Happy Holidays stencil by using gold embossing paste. I love the sheen it has and the dimension. I used a texturizer to rough up the edge of my focal cardstock.

I hope you can see....my focal piece of cardstock has shimmery bits throughout it...it's so pretty in real life. Plus, my under layer is a shimmery gold. But I thought the tree needed more...so I used s shimmery pen from Sakura to add a burgundy "garland" to the tree; just by following the scales pattern. I also used a clear version of the pen for the star. This was simple enough to easily recreate quickly, if I wanted to have a batch ready to go for the holidays. My husband really loved this one, and that is always a good thing! Now, why not check out what the rest of B Team has in store? Please visit the Dream it Up! blog to see the link list for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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