Thursday, April 17, 2014

Am I Dreaming?

Hi friends. Last week I alluded to some fun and exciting news that I had to share with you and today I can tell you all about it. I’ve been invited to be a part of the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team.

 -Dream Team logo

Take a look at this creative team who really are a DREAM TEAM:

Returning Designers

Leadonna Kimmel

Lyn Bernatovich

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy 

Pam Hornschu

Lynell Harlow (Owner)

New Designers:

Lynn Mercurio (that’s ME!)

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Kristi Van Doren

Gill Wilson

I’ve been a fan of Dreamweaver Stencils’ metal stencils and embossing paste for a good long while, so when the opportunity came up, I quickly submitted my desire to be a part of this wonderfully creative team.

Today I’ll share one of the project that I submitted for consideration.


I created my own canvas by covering a heavy piece of chipboard with sticky back canvas because I was just too lazy to drive to Michael’s to pick up a premade canvas, and since I had all the makings for one, I decided to use what I had on hand.

I covered my project with a layer of Gesso before adding multiple layers of color using Distress Paint. After letting it dry, I used the Bare Trees Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils and applied their Crackle Paint. I removed the stencil and let it dry and loved the crackle results. I used my ink applicator to darken the edges with ink.


Here is a close up of the crackle and the texture from the canvas.


Along the right side I added lots of fun dimension with multiple types of mulberry flowers, die cut foliage that I die cut in white cardstock using my Cameo and added silver paint with blotchy coverage to add to the distressed look. I took a couple of my white roses and misted them with Mr. Huey’s mist, and finishing off the flower embellishments with pearls, and crystals, with a touch of tulle above the gray taffeta ribbon.

At the very bottom I added more ribbon, a bit of lace, and a lovely scripture verse.

I haven’t decided on a frame for my project yet, because I can’t decide on the color would best highlight the canvas, but when I do, this will make a lovely compliment to one of my walls.

I will link this project up on the DREAM it Up! blog for the April Inspirations Challenge. I was totally inspired by the color in this project, because I ADORE turquoise and when you combine turquoise, white and gray, I swoon. LOL It’s so DREAMY together, in my opinion. There’s still time to play along, if you would like.

Also posting new projects on the DREAM it Up! blog today are the following Dream Team members:

Janelle Stollfus (Guest Designer)

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich

Louise Healy

Pam Hornschu

Thanks for sharing in my excitement over my new Design Team appointment, and I look forward to sharing more projects using my Dreamweaver Stencils and supplies in the future. I appreciate your visit today!



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Sunday, April 13, 2014 Preparation

Hello friends. Today is Palm Sunday, and the beginning of Holy Week for my Christian family. Not only are we preparing our hearts for Easter Sunday, but I’m busy finishing up and preparing cards that I will send to family in celebration of the Resurrection that we remember next Sunday.

I created this card for my sweet uncle, and I know that he will appreciate the reference to the cross. For him, and for many, Easter isn’t about hunting eggs in the dewy grass, or chocolate bunnies with ears bitten off, while they are certainly fun aspects of this spring holiday, his focus will be on the sacrifice of Christ.


I began with a card base of shimmery lavender cardstock (that I’ve had for years from Paper Temptress). On that I took a piece of Good as Gold cardstock and stenciled Tim Holtz’s wood grain stencil onto it using Translucent Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils. After it dried, I had this wonderful subtle wood grain look.


I used a new Spellbinder’s Die, Majestic Label 8 Dies to die cut the matt for my gold embossed cross from Nina Brackett’s Christ is Risen set. I added some lavender satin ribbon around the cross adhering it with glue dots to keep it in the right spot.


The sentiment was also gold embossed which was placed at the foot of the cross.

I hope that your week is a good one! Until next time...stay crafty.



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