Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunshine and laughter

Welcome to the my final post for Dreamweaver's Bloomin' Spring Challenge! Today also marks the day when we say adieu to some of Dream Team members who are moving on to new opportunities. So to Kristi, Wendy who are off to new adventures and to Lee, Georgia and Liz who are moving on to a new Dreamweaver adventure, this card is my wish for you: "may sunshine & laughter brighten your days". It has been an honor to have worked with you this past year! I can't wait to see what creations your new adventures bring us!

Today's card features the LJ788 Hydrangea stencil. After machine-embossing the stencil, I dabbed Versamark ink over the stenciled image (with stencil still in place) and then brushed on my Pebbles Pearlescent chalks.

This is a great technique for stampers just wanting to get started with stenciling because most stampers are already familiar with this same technique from stamping.

You can also do this technique with Dreamweaver's incredible Metallic F/X metallic powders. I would use Stewart's Glue Pad instead of the Versamark. I think this would gorgeous with the new Wedgewood Blue and Purple Satin!

Please take some time to visit all the Dream Team blogs this week. For additional inspiration, check out this week's Dreamweaver Tutorial over on PaperCraft Planet and remember to LIKE us on Facebook!

If you haven't had time to get your own Bloomin' Spring Challenge done, you still have time. Entries must be posted or emailed to Lynell by Sunday, March 31! You can find all the details here.

May sunshine and laughter fill your days!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Celebrate Spring

Welcome back to my Spring Celebration week! Today, for my last post of the week, I thought I'd share a fun card I made using a Penny Black stamp.

The background was created by rubbing pigment inks over a piece of cardstock and then brushing metallic mica powders over the top.

Then the image was stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with white pigment powder.

I hope you've enjoyed this week's Spring Celebration. I had a lot of fun creating each of the posts.

And, the best part is, I'm not done yet. Please join me next week when I will be posting some more spring inspired creations as well as my final Dreamweaver Bloomin' Spring Challenge!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Congratulations to...

Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! The 2013 Dreamweaver Dream Team is being announced today on the Dreamweaver blog! Congratulations and welcome to all the new team members!

For today's Dreamweaver Bloomin' Spring Challenge, I used the Faux Cloisonne Technique with the CA Popplies stencil (LL521):

Like what you see? Then head on over to my blog post at PaperCraftPlanet for a complete tutorial.

Remember, you only have one week left to get your challenge card submitted to be eligible to win this month's challenge. There are always two winners and all the details can be found on the Dreamweaver blog.

I'm off to play some more. I'm having such a fun time creating spring floral cards!

Welcome to Spring and welcome to the new Dream Team members!

Hugs and happy thoughts,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Think Spring!

Woo Hoo! Spring begins today! Happy is me!!!

For today's celebration creation, I thought I would use Impression Obsessions Dogwood 3 stamp and paint it with Twinkling H2Os. (Ooooh, can you say shimmer!)

The background image is also Impression Obsession. Its one of their Cover-A-Card. I love using those stamps for backgrounds. And the spring sentiment is one of my all-time spring favorites by Amuse and was stamped with Distress Forest Moss.

And the texture on the pink mat is Dreamweaver's Flower Quatrefoil.
Both dies are Spellbinders and the punch is EK Success.

Since tomorrow is Thursday I will be featuring my Dreamweaver Bloomin' Spring challenge so I hope you'll pop on over.

Until then, I hope your day is a wonderful one.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Obsessed with Spring

Welcome back to Day 2 of Celebrate Spring!

Today's card features Impression Obsession's Elegant Tulip stamp that was colored with Copics and then fussy cut out. The sentiment stamp is Penny Black and the die cuts are both Spellbinders.

It is quite grey here today in the Pacific Northwest so I chose some bright colors, instead of traditional Spring pastels. Mood when done: bright and cheery!

Until tomorrow when Day 3 of this celebration continues, happy creating. May you have blue skies today and always!

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Green Kinda Day!

Good Monday Morning!

Spring officially begins at the end of this week so I thought I'd start celebrating a bit early with some spring flower creations!

My first card for the week is one that I created using papers from the Graphic 45 Place in Time collection and the Pansy stamp set from Flourishes A Year in Flowers 1 stamp set.

Flourishes Year in Flowers 1 Pansy
and Graphic 45 Place in Time March Cut-Aparts

Pretty simple but definitely has me thinking about spring and watching everything wake up from its winter's nap.

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow when I have another Spring creation to brighten your day. (Can you tell I actually set some time aside this past weekend to color and play!)

Until then, take some time to enjoy the changing of the season!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Sparkling Spring

Welcome to Week Two of Dreamweaver's Bloomin' Spring Challenge!

For today's post, I thought I'd share an alternate way to do the "Double Glitter" Technique. It is perfect for those who love the sparkle of glitter but also the shading and detail coloring you get with markers. It also adds some dimension to your project which is hard to achieve with the traditional Double Glitter technique.

LG688 Dogwood, Glitter, Translucent Paste and Alcohol Markers
  • I began by first cutting a piece of Dreamweaver's Double-sided Mounting Paper to size and adhering it to a black piece of cardstock cut 1/8" larger than the DSMP. 
  • Next I removed the top liner and adhered Ranger Diamond Dry Stickles Glitter all over the DMSP and burnished it well.
  • Using translucent paste and Dreamweaver's LG688 Dogwood stencil shown here:

  • I pasted embossed the Dogwood over the glittered mat. Once that was dry (and translucent!!!), I realigned the CLEAN stencil back over the pasted image and colored with alcohol markers.
  • Because the paste was translucent, the shimmer of the glitter comes through. I only wish my photography skills were better so you could actually seen how stunning this is in person.

Please take some time to hop on over to the other Dream Team blogs for more spring stenciling inspiration. I am so honored to be part of this team, these girls are truly amazing and their work never ceases to inspire me.

Don't forget to follow us on the Dream It Up! blog, our Facebook page, Pinterest, and Paper Craft Planet's Dreamweaver Thursday Tutorials!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Bloomin' Spring

Welcome to March! And with the start of each new month comes a new Dreamweaver challenge! And I love this month's challenge because its all about flowers!!!

The actual challenge is "A Bloomin' Spring" and for me that means, flowers, flowers, flowers.

So today I thought I'd share with you two very simple cards that ANYONE can do and in whatever color palette that strikes their fancy!

The two flower stencils I am featuring today are: LL514 Torch Ginger and LL549 Tall Daisies, both shown below:

Remember, if you can't find these stencils at your local stamp store, you can always get them at Stencil with Style!

  • Both of the cards were created using the same basic technique:
  • Machine emboss stencil onto white cardstock using personal die cutter (I used my Big Shot)
  • With stencil still in place, using a stencil brush and pigment inks, apply stencil in a circular motion. I always start on the stencil and work my way on to the opening. This technique will give you a smoother transition and less brush marks.
  • Just mat and layer and you're done. So easy and soooo stunning!


I hope these two cards will inspire you to join the Dreamweaver challenge this month. Remember, the cards/projects don't need to be masterpieces or even difficult. Just share with us the ways you like to use Dreamweaver product in connection with the theme of the month! Sooo easy! What have you got to lose?

I'm almost finished with a HUGE project I've been working on so hopefully in the very near future, I'll be posting three times a week instead of the once a week of recent past.

Hope you all find time to go play in the wonderful world of colorful creating.

Until we meet again, think spring thoughts!