Friday, March 27, 2015

By the Sea

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This week the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team is celebrating with the awesome Woodware Design Team, and The Stampendous Design Team, using great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market.

This collaboration is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we are offering prizes and all of our UK friends are eligible to win!! We are offering three prizes for our UK readers and three for our US readers. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!

The deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday afternoon, March 31st. How do you enter? Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave a comment! Each comment will count as one entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that these three talented teams have shared with you this week!

Today I’m sharing a seaside creation using love of texture! I do so with a bit of sadness, as this is my last post as a Dreamweaver Dream Team member. As Dreamweaver Stencils transitions over to Stampendous, I’m stepping down from the team. I’ve had a great time working with all of Dreamweaver’s products and learned so much from the ladies on the team. Thanks go out to them for sharing their stenciling knowledge and for making me feel so much at home.

I actually began this card by stamping my Mermaid onto white cardstock and colored her with Copic markers. I then fussy cut the top part of the image out so that I could layer her onto my Candy Necklace cardstock.

Mermaid-Full

On my card base I added this netting that I’ve had in my stash forever. To adhere it to my base I ran it through my Zyron, which left places of sticky stuff in the openings in the netting, which was perfect to adhere the chunky glitter from Stampendous. I just sprinkled it on and it stuck!

Mermaid-glitter

I added white craft glue to the bottom portion and added some Taupe Stampendous fragments. Love the texture that this stuff gives a project.

This mermaid piece was placed over a die cut using Nesting Frames dies on a piece of cardstock I had lying around that I had colored with an array of acrylic paints. I thought it was the perfect background to help my mermaid stand out from the card base.

For my finishing embellishment, I used some rope and tied a trio of knots and glued it down the length of my card.

Mermaid-sand

That’s all folks, now off you go to check out what the rest of the three teams have to inspire you today. Don’t forget to comment often so you can be entered for your chance to win!

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Asia King

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Siobhan Fyffe

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio

Alison Heikkila

Again, my most heartfelt thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Until next time...

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flowers and Butterflies

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This week the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team is celebrating with the awesome Woodware Design Team, and The Stampendous Design Team, using great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market.

This collaboration is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we are offering prizes and all of our UK friends are eligible to win!! We are offering three prizes for our UK readers and three for our US readers. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!

The deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday afternoon, March 31st. How do you enter? Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave a comment! Each comment will count as one entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that these three talented teams will share with you this week!

Today my texture is achieved with embossing paste, glitter and a popped up butterfly.

I began by stenciling my Corner Flowers Stencil onto white cardstock using White Embossing Paste. I set it aside and let it dry while I stamped and colored my Flowerfly image from Stampendous. This is an older images, but it’s one of my all time favorites because it combines not only a fun butterfly, but it is surrounded by fun spring flowers.

Glitterfly-Full

I stamped it with black ink and then colored in the flowers using Copic Markers and to accent it with more “texture” and dimension, I added dots of color using irRESTible Pico Embellisher in Electric Blue. I then fussy cut the butterfly and bent up the wings before attaching it to my card base.

Glitterfly-Butterfly

To add texture and dimension to my stenciled image, I colored some of the flowers with Copic markers, and others I covered with white glue and sprinkled on some lovely Stampendous glitter. Yummy, right?

Glitterfly-Flowers

That’s my project for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun project. Now off you go...please visit the other designers sharing the projects today:

  Stampendous Blog

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Debs Frost

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Gill Wilson

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio (you are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until tomorrow,

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Madness


Hello lovely people.

I’m downright giddy to see March roll around on the calendar. It’s been an oppressive winter – void of color and warmth – over abundant in cold temperatures and WAY too much snow. The last few days have previewed the weeks to come bringing slightly warmer weather, and even an opportunity to wash the salt off my car, which makes me happy and makes my car run better. (the latter isn’t scientifically proven, but it’s my experience)

March also ushers in a plethora of bright and cheery cards around the blogasphere; full of flowers and springtime images. Oh how I’ve missed these, and it makes my heart sing to see them.

The Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team is also happy to see signs of spring. Our challenge for this month is March into Spring. The entire team would love for you to play along with us, and link your own springtime creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. (or at the bottom of this post)

Play as many times as you want. If you happen to use Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products in your projects will receive bonus points, which will add to your chance of winning a stencil of your choice!

My project today showcases a lovely dimensional flower. (I wish I had a yard full of these)

I began by mixing three coordinating custom colors by mixing white Embossing Paste and Gold Star, Citron and Ice Burg Color Solutions Alcohol inks. Then I taped my I Beams Stencil to a piece of white cardstock, trimmed slightly smaller than my white card base.
Beginning at the top of my stencil, I applied the lightest of the colored paste, then moved down to the stencil and applied the green, and lastly, the blue along the bottom portion of the stencil. I set it aside to dry while I worked on my Dahlia.

Hello-Blooms-Full

For my Dahlia, I began by die cutting, using the Stylized Dahlia Die, three times; once in black, once using blue Glitter Silk Paper from Core’dinations cardstock and once more using Green Glitter Silk Paper.

I glued down my black outline onto white cardstock and then trimmed around the image so that I would have a base to work with.

I filled in the outline by gluing down the various pieces to create my flower. After all the pieces were in place, I took the whole thing and placed it on my stenciled background.

Hello-Blooms-Flower

I used a circle punch for my sentiment, stamped my text on the circle and doodled white dots around the outside and finished it off with a wood veneer star, backing it with a flourish of pearls.

The wonderful sheer iridescent ribbon from May Arts Ribbon was just the right touch for this spring card.

Hello-Blooms-Sentiment

I love the dimension from the popped up outline and leaves that I curled a bit so they would stand up from the card.

Hello-Blooms-Dimension

I trust that you are as excited about the advent of spring as I am...excited enough to create some springtime craftiness of your own. Be sure to link up your project for the March Dreamweaver Stencils’ challenge. If you need a little more inspiration, please take a look at the springtime goodness these ladies have for you.


I’m so pleased that you stopped by today. Until next time...
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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Come March into Spring with me!

Hello crafty friends. Are you ready for fresh air, sunshine, budding leaves, and a little color in the landscape? Silly question, right? It’s especially silly if you live in some of the regions that have had more than their fair share of snow and uber cold temperatures. I’m SO ready for spring!

The Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for this month is March into Spring. The entire team would love for you to play along with us, and link your own springtime creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. (or at the bottom of this post)

Play as many times as you want. If you happen to use Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products in your projects will receive bonus points, which will add to your chance of winning a stencil of your choice.

For my project today, I chose a real springtime icon...the butterfly. You know that it’s officially spring when you begin to see these beautiful creatures emerge onto the scene, and I’m anxious to get a glimpse of them once again.

I began with a white watercolor panel and my Plaid Stencil taped down as I took a variety of Copic markers in a array of spring colors and my air gun to apply the stripes.

Sights-of-Spring-full

My Butterfly Duo stencil was used along with Matt Black Embossing Paste to create the base for my butterfly. I let the black paste dry before I reapplied the stencil over the image and covered the different parts using a variety of Smooch paints. I love the shimmery colors.

To finish off my card I added a springtime sentiment, along with some lovely silk ribbon along with a few die cuts that I made using my all-time-favorite Leafy Branch die.

Sights-of-Spring-cu

I hope it won’t be too much longer before the snow on the ground melts and gives way to a more colorful landscape. Until then I’m counting on your and the other crafty folks I know to provide me with lots of springtime images, so be sure to create your project for the March Dreamweaver Stencils’ challenge. If you need a little more inspiration, please take a look at the springtime goodness these ladies have for you.

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

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