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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to school with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday challenge. This week, the theme is Back to School and we are sponsored by Time for Tea.

I don't even want to think about my kids going back to school! I love having them home with me. And now that my daughter is going to kindergarten, I am REALLY sad. But, enough about my woes.....I had fun coloring up this little image. And I happened to have had that fun apple stamp sitting in my stash for a while. I thought it was perfect for the background. It's  from Inkadinkado.

She was colored with alcohol markers. And I thought the button mimicked the apple nicely. Though looking at it now,  probably should have given it a stem! Please be sure to visit the rest of the WW gals over at the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

*I'd like to enter this ATC into the Simon Says Stamp Back to School challenge.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Peace: Day 6 of the Dreamweaver and Woodware Collaboration

Greetings! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of bothDreamweaver 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:
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)
And here's my project for today:

I used the beautiful Pine Cone stencil for this card, and I started off by embossing it with White Embossing Paste. After the image dried, I placed the stencil back on to my image and colored it in using Versa Color inks and a stencil brush. 

You can see how dimensional it is here. I used the "Peace" sentiment from Woodware's Curly Festive Greetings set, and I heat embossed that with an off white. I mounted all of my layers, and then went around the edges with Frosted Lace Stickles. Clean and simple! I hope you have enjoyed the last 6 days of collaborative posts. I know I sure have! Thanks to Dreamweaver Stencils and to Woodware for all of their hard work in making this week happen. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Noel: Dreamweaver and Woodware Collaboration

Greetings! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of bothDreamweaver 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:

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

And here's my project for today:

I started by stamping the Noel sentiment from Woodware's Curly Festive Greetings set on white cardstock with red ink. Then I covered it with a layer of Dreamweaver's Translucent Embossing Paste  and sprinkled some clear glitter on top. I set it aside to dry. The I cut out a few Holly Leaves from the new Holly and Swirls die (DL3005). 

I cut apart several of the leaves so that I could glue them just where I wanted. I added the berries, and a bit of Frosted Lace Stickles to some of the leaves. Just to mimic the clear glitter on the sentiment. This was a nice, simple card, that anyone that is new to stamping or die cutting can do. Or, if you need to make many of the same card. This would be a fairly quick one to do. Thanks for visiting me today. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day 4 of the Dreamweaver & Woodware Collaboration!

Hello again! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of bothDreamweaver 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:

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)
Here's my project for today:

Once again, I started with the sweet little  Patch Frosty from Woodware...but this time, I lobbed off his head! But...he didn't mind. ;) I placed him atop of the new Teacup Die (it's not even up on the web site yet!), where I used some fun holiday paper. I thought it looked very teacup-y. 

I colored the snowman and his scarf with colored pencils. I also added a wee bit of shading to the Dreamweaver Nesting Die that I used for the sentiment. The sentiment, which says "Happy Christmas to you" is from Woodware's Curly Festive Greetings set. I added little faux stitches to the edge of the sentiment to mimic the stitches on the snowman. I shaded the teacup jus a bit with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a cosmetic sponge. 

My pretty ribbon is from Maya Road, and I thought it topped the card off nicely. That's it for this card! Tomorrow I will have another project for this super-fun collaboration. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!