Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Cloisonne Rose

Good morning,

Disclaimer: This is not the post I intended to put up today however life has a way to always override best intentions. Next week, when I come up for air, I'll post a really fun autumn-themed and inky card.

For today, I'm sharing a quick and easy inky faux cloisonne card that I created with one of the newer Dreamweaver stencils from the May 2012 release, LG744 Rose Tree.

I have to keep this post really quick today but if you would like more info on how to do the faux cloisonne technique, please email me and I'll be glad to send all the details on this card to you.

Hugs, its back to the land of insanity for me!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Textural Autumn

Hello and welcome to another "installment" from my upcoming classes here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As I have mentioned before, I love autumn and this card definitely screams AUTUMN, both in color and in texture.

LJ960 Maple Branch
The background paper is watercolor washed with Twinkling H2Os. I wish the photo did this card justice. It truly is stunning in person!

I'll be back on Thursday with my last take on the Dreamweaver Get Inky Challenge!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Bright Happy Birthday to You!

Hello and welcome!

As promised, here is another sneak peek for my upcoming classes. This particular card is for the Dreamweaver stencil class to be taught at Karen and Friends Creations on September 29 and at Stampin' Cat Studio on October 13. I'd love it if you could join us!

LJ920 Jumbo Happy Birthday
This particular card uses one of the newly released stencils that I fell in love with the minute I saw it! For another take on how to use this stencil, please check out Pam Hornschu's project for the current Dreamweaver "Get Inky" challenge:

Well, I'm off to relax and enjoy the weekend. I hope you all do the same. Please be sure to stop by again on Monday when I'll share with you a sneak peek from myImpression Obsession class!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Fall to One and All

Hi there and Happy Thursday!

Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of fall? Not that I'm complaining, I love fall. I love the colors, the today, in honor of fall's arrival, here is another card celebrating the colors  and textures of fall:

LG686 Scarecrow
If you'd like more details on  how I created this card, please head over to the Papercraft Planet blog where it is the featured post. BONUS, if you leave a comment over there on my post, you'll automatically be entered to win the stencil of your choice.

Speaking of winning the stencil of your choice, did you know that the winners (2) of this month's Dreamweaver Get Inky Challenge gets to choose the stencil they win as their prize. How cool is that! For more details, head on over to the Dreamweaver Dream It Up blog.

And for more inspiration, be sure to check out the other Dream Team members blogs. You can find the links on the right hand column.

I'll be back on Saturday with another reveal from my upcoming September and October classes.

Until then, happy fall to one and all!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

No Hunting Allowed

For me, the hardest cards to design are those for the men in our life. And the feedback I get when I teach is that seems to be everyone else's problem area as well.

So lately when I've been designing for a class, I have tried to incorporate at least one masculine card in each grouping.

Today I am sharing with you one of the cards we will be doing in my upcoming classes later this month and next at both Karen and Friends Creations and at Stampin' Cat Studio.

Impression Obsession
H1863 Hunting Season
I love this card because not only is it a great masculine card but it also comes the warm colors and textures perfect for the fall season.

Please stop by next week when I will share another card from these classes as well as one or two from the Dreamweaver class. Plus on Thursday, September 20, I will again be featured on PaperCraft Planet's blog with another fun, yet easy Dreamweaver tutorial perfect for fall!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Same stencil, different day!

Hello again,

So on Tuesday I shared with you the Maple Branch LJ900 stencil done with Copper Paste and Metallic F/X so today I thought I'd share another version of this card to help show how versatile Dreamweaver stencils truly are.

Some of you may recognize this card, it was one taught in last fall's stencil classes here in Oregon. (Thank you health issues for not letting me create something new!)

Because this is a card we do in classes, I keep the technique very easy and the design very clean so that students of all experience levels can participate and leave feeling accomplished.

Very simply, you machine emboss the Maple Branch stencil onto a sheet of copper and then with the stencil still in place, you dab on various colors of Dreamweaver's Color Solution alcohol inks. NOTE: if you haven't tried these inks yet, you really should. The intensity of the colors is truly amazing. Very brilliant and a little goes a LONG way!

Okay, I'm heading back to bed so please leave me some healthy love and then head on over to the other "Dreamers" blogs and do the same to them.

Hopefully someone's challenge post will click for you and inspire you to create your own Inky Creations. Remember, this month YOU get to choose the stencil of your choosing as your prize. How cool is that?

Hugs until we meet again.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Shimmering Leaves

I love autumn. Growing up I was a spring and summer person but as I gracefully age (LOL!!!), I have come to realize that I truly love autumn. I love the warm colors, the crisp air, the harvest name it, I love everything about autumn.

So it comes as no surprise that I love teaching classes that feature fall colors and themes. This card is another sample from my upcoming classes.

Similar to last week's post, this card also uses Twinkling H2Os to create the background paper and then the Sculpted paste technique on the leaves.

I'll be back on Thursday with another look at Dreamweaver's Get Inky challenge. I hope to see you then!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Get Inky and Win a Stencil!

Welcome to September!

Now that summer is "unofficially over", I can get serious again about blogging! And I am so excited because this month's Dreamweaver's challenge really helps to motivate me.

It's a very wide open challenge so there really is no excuse to participate. Are you ready to:


Yes, that's right, time to get inky! And being a stamper at heart and a lover of techniques, this month's challenge is right up my alley (and hopefully yours as well).

PLUS this month we will have just a bit different twist on our monthly challenge ...we are letting you choose any stencil you would like as your prize if you win. Yep, any Dreamweaver stencil you "so desire". We will still have two winners, one for best interpretation of the challenge and one for best usage of Dreamweaver products.

So to start of my INKY month, I thought I'd share a very easy, CAS card that is really quite stunning.

This is one of the cards we will be creating in my October classes at Stampin' Cat Studio and also at Karen and Friends Creations.

I started by first creating a watercolor wash background using Twinkling H2Os and then using the Faux Letterpress technique, machine-embossed the LG745 Tree Line stencil over the painted background.

I love the way this came out. It reminds me of a end of summer sunset!

Please join along with this month. There really is no excuse not to because the theme can be interpreted in soooo many ways.

For additional inspiration, please check out the Dreamweaver blog and the other Dream Team blogs:

I hope you'll stop by next week when I'll be posting not only on Thursday but also on Tuesday and Saturday as well!

Have a great weekend, happy crafting and may the ink stains on your fingers bring out the child in your heart!!!!