Thursday, July 17, 2014

A July to “DIE” For

July is heating up nicely, and you won’t hear me complain; not one bit. I’m a summer type of gal. It could be due to my formative years; growing up in California, or it could be that I just don’t like being cold!

I love the hot air, and I don’t even mind sweating all that much, as long as I have a nice shower waiting for me at the end of the day.

I love the green of nature...

Feet on grass

and the orange of sunshine.


I adore the longer days and shorter nights. The color of blooming flowers and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn makes me giddy.

I crave the sweet fruits of the season.

Yep, I can’t think of one thing that I don’t love about summer.

BUT, how would I appreciate summer if it weren’t for the long months of winter? That great contrast of cold vs. hot – light vs. dark is what makes me appreciate what is missing. Don’t get me wrong, each season has its own beauty, and I do appreciate them all, but I admit that summer is my favorite.

So, while I bloviate the virtues of summer, why do I have a winter card for you today? Good question. And my answer is my love for the Leafless Tree die from Dreamweaver Stencils.

All of this month, the Dream Team is featuring our newest toys: our DIES! Dreamweaver Stencils has a lot of them, and they make creating a project for ANY season, a breeze – be it a warm summer breeze or the cold blustery winds of winter.

My project today features, as I mentioned before, the Leafless Tree die which I show here die cut from Cherry Wood Veneer Paper.

I began my project with a 5” square piece of white cardstock. I sprinkled white embossing powder on the surface and heated it with my heat gun from the backside, so I didn’t blow off the powder from the top. There is nothing to hold the embossing powder to the card except for gravity. This technique works wonderfully for creating a snowy background, or if you are inclined, it also works great for a starry night scene.

After the powder was heated and cooled, I added blue color using distress inks and an ink blending tool, with the lighter ink shade in the center and the darker color around the edges – right on top of the embossing powder which acted as a resist.

I hand cut two pieces silvery white cardstock in a wavy pattern and used the same technique with the embossing powder but lightly added a hint of blue. I layered the white wavy strips onto my blue background before I added the die cut tree. I glued down the trunk, and some of the branches closest to the trunk, but left the outer branches free to pop up from the card.


I placed the tree slightly off the side of the card for interest, trimming off those that extended past the card, and applied white craft glue to the branches before adding Polar White flower soft. It gave the branches a “kiss” of wintery white.


To finish off my card, I stamped a sentiment from the Fancy Phrases set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Since the sentiment hinted to missing someone, I thought a yellow ribbon around the trunk would be a nice touch.

Seeing this frosty Leafless Tree makes me appreciate the long hot summer even more because I know that before I can say LABOR DAY, my favorite season will fade into the next; the summer leaves will fall and leave the landscape naked to the elements.

Now I hope you will check out the rest of the "A" team, as well as our Guest Designers for the month of July, Terri Sproul. I know they are DIE-ing to show you their creations.

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Lynn Mercurio (that’s me, and you are here)

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin


Terri Sproul (GD)

That’s it for me today. But before I go, I wanted to remind you to join in the fun this month, and link up your DIE CUTTING project to the Dream IT Up! blog. (link below)

Hugs to all!



Monday, July 07, 2014

Mojo Monday

Hello friends. It’s curious how a little time away from the craft room can do wonders for your creativity. Even after my first day back to work after a week off, I was raring to go when I got home and anxious to get some play time in.

I was motivated by Verve’s Mojo Monday today, after seeing Julee’s sketch, and while I was away, my newest July Paper Camellia Everyday Lift Kit arrived, which only enhanced my desire to play.

Here is Julee’s sketch:

And, here is my take on her sketch.

All the patterned papers are from the June and July Everyday Life Kits from Paper Camillia.


I used one of the journaling cards from the kit to stamp my sentiment which is from the Always on My Mind set from Verve. I colored in bits of the sentiment with a Copic marker to give it a little color and punch.


My embellishment cluster contains a stamped butterfly from the Blue Skies set, also from Verve. I die cut the Large Pinking Circle and then used the smaller pinking circle to die cut the center out, which I popped up with foam adhesive before I added the butterfly and flower embellishments from the kit.


I’m pleased with how quickly this card came together. I guess since the sketch was done for me, and all the paper was coordinated from the kit, there was little for me to do but select my stamps. I LOVE an easy creation.

It would do me good to take a week off more often...will you please tell my boss? =)

Thanks for looking in.