Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils’ Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hello friends. I’m back today with another Christmas card using new dies and stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils.

It seems that summer flew by in a flash. With cooler than normal temperatures for much of our summer, the normally sweltering heat with overwhelming humidity was held at bay for most of the summer; making it feel more like perpetual spring, rather than summer. I’m not complaining about the beautiful weather, but why did it have to go by so quickly?

Most of you can see from the decorations in the store isles and a good majority of craft blog posts, pins and tweets, that crafting for the holidays is in full swing. This entire month of September the Dream Team is featuring all the new goodies Dreamweavers have for the "Most wonderful time of the year"; the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

I began my project with using the Glossy Red Embossing Paste to stencil the paste onto the Oval Ornament and Small Oval Ornament stencils from Dreamweavers.


Once my paste was dry, I die cut the embossed ornaments out using the Nested Ornaments Die set, new from Dreamweaver Stencils. I also die cut the ornament tops using gold cardstock and glued those into place.

For my NOEL die cuts, I used the same gold cardstock and the new Dual Alphabet Dies and glued each letter onto the ornament before attaching some metallic twine to each ornament top.


To finish off the card, I die cut this lovely Holly & Berries Die, also new from Dreamweavers, from green cardstock, and added a few Red Dot Sparklers Stickers for my berries.


That’s it for me today, but there is more fun, so please read on.

Of course, we have our monthly challenge for you to play along, so post your own holiday creations, and use the Inlinkz tool (seen at the bottom of this post or on the Dream It Up! blog) for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month. We also have our fabulous Guest Designer for the month of September, Wendy Price! Here's the list of our "A" Team with their links for the week:

Dream It Up!

Wendy Price (Guest Designer)

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Lynn Mercurio (that’s me-you are here)

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Thanks for stopping by for a look.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Got Pajamas? Great–Let’s Party


It’s been a while since we have had a WMS pajama party, but we are back and ready to have some fun. Are you with me?

Claire has a party all planned with 4 different challenges to inspire you this evening. You can get all the details on her blog right here.

So if you aren’t already in your pajamas, it’s okay – we’ll wait for you to change, but if you ARE all PJ’d up, then you are in good company! Snuggle on up to your computer or laptop and check this out.

My project for tonight’s party is for the Old Pajamas challenge. I had to giggle at this term because in real life, ALL of my pajamas are old…but I digress. We aren’t talking nightwear here; we’re talking about using some old but beloved WMS stamps such as Seasonal Flourish as well as three other sets I’ve used in my project.

I began with a white card base and using Versamark ink, I stamped the three snowflake images from the Alpine Christmas sets and heat embossed them with white embossing powder, and then using my ink blending tool, I colored over them with Broken China Distress ink. The embossed snowflakes resisted the color and I was left with a panel full of “flakes”


My focal image is an ornament from the Ornate Ornaments stamps set, which I embossed with silver embossing powder. I die cut the image using the 2011 Heirloom Ornaments die before I stamped a little “joy” in the center and surrounded it with an oval of clear crystals.

I then created my little branches which were punched out of vellum and coated each one with a layer of glitter, topping each grouping with a trio of pearls.


My sentiment is from the beloved Seasonal Flourish set, which looks very festive embossed with silver on the vellum. To create the double stripes on each end, I placed two strips of 1/8” double stick tape and added the embossing powder directly to the tape and heat set.


Now it’s your turn. Head on over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog and join the fun as we party the night away...pajamas and all.

Thanks for looking in, and I trust that you will enjoy the party.