Thursday, November 20, 2014

How do you say THANKS?

As we officially head into the rapidly approaching holiday season, the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team is challenging our followers to be especially "thankful and thoughtful”.

Thanksgiving is next Thursday for those of us in the “States” – a holiday set aside to appreciate and reflect on how much we have to be truly thankful for. I love that we have a special holiday set aside to reflect on something so important. We remember the “first” Thanksgiving where the Pilgrims who came to this unknown land, knew that taking time to give thanks was something that shouldn’t be overlooked and should be celebrated.

Even if you live in a country that isn’t celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s always a good time to give pause and thought about all we are fortunate to have.

My project today is one that I created to send in appreciation for a kindness shown our family. Sure, I could have called on the phone, send an e-mail or text expressing my appreciation, but I’m a cardmaker as well as a person who believes that getting a special note in the mail has a more profound and lasting effect than something sent electronically. It says to the person that you cared enough to spend your personal time to create something just for them.

I started out using silver embossing paste and Dreamweaver’s Quatrefoil Stencil to create a striking background on black cardstock.

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I used matt black embossing past to stencil my Small Thanks Stencil onto silver cardstock and then trimmed the edges, matted it on black cardstock before adhering it to my card.

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I added a bow using some wonderful May Arts Jumbo Dot ribbon along with a trio of sparklets.

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By the way, the Dream Team is very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us nice comments on our posts! Here's the lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff! So off you go to take a look.

Dream It Up! 

Linda Neff (GD)

Leadonna Kimmel 

Louise Healy 

Laura Drahozal 

Lynn Mercurio  (that’s me!)

Pam Hornschu 

Jamie Martin 

That’s it for me today...now it’s your turn to show us what you are thankful for. Be sure to link up your project for your chance to score some Dreamweaver goodies.

Until next time...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Pajama Party–Let’s Go!

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Hello party people. I hope you are comfy and ready for some pajama party fun. Claire has the party all planned and you can get all the details on her blog right here. So if you aren’t already in your pajamas, it’s okay, but if you ARE, then you are in good company!

I have two projects to share, and the first one is for the Scandi Tags challenge where we are challenged to make a tag, or set of tags, featuring simple clean designs in a Scandinavian style. I made a set of three tags to use on Christmas presents this year, all using two sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps: Folk Art Christmas Additions and Nordic Winter with some fun dies from WMS that tag making so easy.

I die cut 3 white tags using the Stitched Tag die. Then I created a mask using the Large Pinking Circles so that I could add a little background interest with ink. I also stamped a strip across each tag using an image from the Nordic Winter set.

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I die cut the stamped dove and reindeer to use on my tags, and used foam dimensional adhesive to pop them up. On my ornament tag, I just stamped them directly onto the tag.

For my snowflake embellishments, I used acetate and die cut them with the Snowflake Two die. Then I added a little Picket Fence Distress Stain to coat the backside of the snowflake and to the front I added a touch of Diamond Stickles. I added a few sequins to my ornament tag to embellish them a bit.

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For my “Old Pajamas” challenge card, I used the wonderful holiday set, Candy Jar Christmas. I placed my die cut candy jar (using the Sweetie Jar Die) and colored with Copic markers on top of a store bought doily that I embellished with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I love the shimmery effect it gave to this background, along with the three strips of May Art ribbon.

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 I popped up the Mrs. Claus image for a little dimension.

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I added some tulle that had sparkles already applied, along with two very old stick pins that I colored red with Copics.  I love the sparkle that this tulle has. It adds a fun and festive flair.

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For my final embellishment I layered a red snowflake that I die cut using my Snowflake Three die along with a round sentiment from the Candy Jar Christmas set.  

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I hope you will play along and have some pajama party fun. You still have time to create and upload if you want to play along. We would love to see your creations! You may even score yourself some free WMS goodies...we will have one overall winner chosen at random from the 4 challenges. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps. Now please note - this is important - if the winning entry uses Waltzingmouse brand stamps or dies the prize will be doubled and the winner will get £60GBP (approx $98USD)! Please note that projects using only free WMS products will not be eligible for the double prize - though you could still qualify for the £30GBP!

Well, that’s it for me today. Until next time...

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