Thursday, May 31, 2012

Black & White, One Last Time

Wow, can you believe it is the last day of May?! I know I have a crazy busy life but is it me or does everybody feel like New Years was just a few days ago! Where does the time go?

Well, since it the last of May, today is the last day of the Dreamweaver May Challenge: Black and White with a Pop (of color). So I thought I'd go out with some bold color (and perhaps more than just a pop!)

Dreamweaver LL 3026 Nouveau wisteria

This stencil is one of the brand new stencils JUST RELEASED by Dreamweaver, LL 3026 Nouveau Wisteria. To see all 17 of the new stencils, check out Dreamweaver's website.

One of my favorite things (thanks to Dee Gruenig) is to add color to white cardstock and transform it into whatever color I want it to be. (I read a quote by Dee once that said all we ever need is white cardstock and inks to color it).

Using my Ranger Ink Blending Tool (a stamper's must have), and Adirondack Red Pepper die ink, I sponged on the ink until I was satisfied with the saturation. Then I laid the stencil on top and embossed using Dreamweaver's glossy black paste.

Very simple, but very striking.

I hope you've had fun joining us this month of Black and White with a Pop. It has been a hectic month so I'm glad the theme allowed me to keep my cards clean and simple.

I also hope you all enjoyed the Sculpted Paste technique I did for Paper Craft Planet last week. Remember, you have a few more days to check it out and leave a comment to be eligible to win some free stencils.

And speaking of free stencils, CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBARA DIANE. Her comment:

BloggerWhimcees said...


Thank you for the great tutorial! A few ears ago when the stencils were new and the "In" technique - I made cards with them all of the time! I especially loved stenciling with the paste - I took every class offered at a local store and owned hundreds of dollars in stencils! A couple of years ago I stopped making cards for awhile and gave most of my supplies and stamp sets and my stencils away. That was a mistake of course and on seeing your tutorial I could kick myself that my stencils are gone. I have kept one card which I have on my bulletin board by my workdesk and it is of LG 613 - the gold fish with border stencil. I would dearly love to win that stencil again and I intend to start to build another collection. I also love LL 586 - the butterflies are beautiful.I used a shaded orange on the fish and border against a dark blue paper - one of my favorite cards. Wishing you a happy Sunday and again, thank you for the tutorial - it reminded me of how much I loved this paper art technique and has inspired me to start again!


Barbara Diane

May 27, 2012 8:43 AM

was chosen using a Random Integer Generator:

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as the winning comment from last week's post so I am going to send her a FREE LL559 Horses stencil. (Note to Whimcees, please email me your snail mail address!!!)
I hope you'll all stop by next week when the Dreamweaver Dream Team will be pairing up with the Art Glitter Design  Team for a month of glitter goodness!
Please remember to check out the rest of the Design Team's blogs to see what they created for their final Black and White challenge.
Until next week, have a very colorful life!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Tutorial AND A Giveaway

Instead of a new Black and White post this week, I'd like to share my Sculpted Paste Tutorial that I created for Paper Craft Planet.

After leaving a comment over at PCP, I hope you'll come back here and leave a comment here as well because I'M HAVING A GIVEAWAY!

Yes, you read that right, I'm going to give away one BRAND NEW LL559 Horses stencil to one lucky person who leaves me a comment here before midnight on Tuesday, May 29, 2012!

This is one of my all-time favorite Dreamweaver stencils and one that I think EVERYONE should own so I thought why not give one away to someone kind enough to leave me a comment!

The winner will be chosen from all comments left using a random number generator so don't stress about grammar or punctuation!

Please don't forget to check out the rest of the Dream Team posts this week. You can find links on the right-hand column.

And remember, you only have 1 more week to link your creation to the Dreamweaver blog (or email it to Lynell) to be entered to win this month's challenge. (And here's a little secret, there hasn't been a lot of entries yet this month so your odds are winning are significantly improved!)



Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Quick and Easy Graduation Card

It's a good thing I had an extra card leftover from when my nieces graduated high school in my stash AND tht it fit in perfectly with May's Dreamweaver challenge theme of either Black & White with a Pop of Color and/or Gradudation. Otherwise I would have had to pass on this week's Dreamweaver challenge. My craft room is in total chaos thanks to our move last weekend.

The school colors at my nieces' high school were blue and white so I really lucked out for this challenge! I first paste embossed the LL449 Graduation stencil with black glossy paste and set it aside to dry. (This was before I discovered the magic of using a griddle on a warm setting!!!). The sentiment is from MSE and inked and embossed with black embossing powder. I love how it matches the glossy paste perfectly!

Dreamweaver LL449 Graduation with Black Glossy Paste

Very simple but considering it was either this or nothing, I am happy!

Now, please take a few minutes and go check out the other Dream Team blogs. I am always amazed how everyone inteprets the challenge theme differently!

Queen of Stencils: Lynell Harlow

Team Leader: Pam Hornschu

Georgia Sommers

Lee Kellogg

Liz Martin

Cyndi Bundy

Jessie Hurley

Remember, you only have until the end of the month to link your creation to the Dreamweaver blog to be eligible to win some fantastic Dreamweaver stencils. AND if you don't have an online place to publish your work, just take a picture of it and email it to Lynell. She'll be happy to post it on the Dreamweaver Stencils blog instead!!!

I hope you'll stop on by next week when hopefully I'll have found my stencils and created something NEW!

Hugs and happy creating!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Black and White Pear

Hello and welcome back to installment #2 of Dreamweaver's May Challenge: Black and White with a Pop of Color (and/or) Graduation! I hope you have been working on your own entry for this month's challenge. I'd hate for you to miss out on winning FREE STENCILS!!!

For my challenge post this week, I thought I'd stick with the Black and White theme.

I began my paste embossing the LL563 Pear stencil with Glossy White Paste and set it aside to dry.

I then repositioned the stencil over the dry image and positioned the NEW LX7013 stencil over that and paste embossed using Glossy Black paste. Note that I masked off the leaf with removal tape because I wanted to use that for my "pop" of color.

Once the pear was dry, I once again repositioned the stencil and using Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Ink in Citron and a Ranger Cut-n-Dry nib, I painted the leaf.

Then it was just a matter of cutting out the pasted image and layering it onto alternating layers of white and black.

I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to get working on your own creation. Remember, they don't need to be elaborate to be striking!
After leaving me some love (please!), head on over to the rest of the Dream Team's blogs. You will be amazed at how talented these women are! I know I am!

Hugs and until next week, happy creating! Hopefully soon I'll be back to more than just 1 post per week but it definitely is not this week!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Taking a Zen Moment

It's the very merry month of May now, and the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team are playing with a new challenge, and we're hoping that YOU will play along! All of this month, we'll be creating for graduations and/or using black and white with a pop of color. May and June are typically the time for grads in the US, but to keep things even more interesting, you can choose to play with our colorway challenge instead.

Since my life is quite chaotic right now and my supplies are very limited, I thought taking a Zen Moment through my creating would be quite appropriate.

The Tall Single Bamboo uses the double-glitter technique and the Strength character is paste-embossed with glossy black paste.
Very clean, very simple, very uncluttered, unlike my life for the next few weeks!

Why don't you take a zen moment or two and join along with this month's Dreamweaver challenge. Obviously, to play along with us, you do not have to have a complicated creation, so pull out your supplies and have some fun! Link your creation to the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics of your creation to Lynell@.... We love to post your submissions on the blog as well as the Facebook page. Even more, we love to provide you the opportunity to win one of two sets of two stencils by playing along. You have all of May to link as many creations as you'd like! must be from the US or Canada.

Need inspiration? Take a zen moment or two and hop on over to the Dream Team blogs (links on the right). I am sure their amazing creativity will help spark something within you!

Wishing you each a moment of peace and zen-like tranquility each and every day!