Thursday, July 31, 2014

July is DIE(ing)

Miss me? I’ve been absent from my blog lately. I’ve taken a little time to enjoy other parts of my life...you know, those parts that are spent reading great books, going to movies, seeing family and just living life.

I’m back today with a card using wonderful dies and stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils. For the past month, the Dream Team has featured our newest toys: our DIES! Dreamweaver Stencils has a lot of them, and they make creating a project for ANY season, a dream.

My project today is a fall card. While we are several weeks away from Autumn, it will be here before you know it. The shelves are already filled with fall and Christmas decorations in all the major craft stores because we crafty minded, love to get a jump on the seasons. I thought I should get in on the early business of crafting for the season.

I started this project using Dreamweaver Stencils Gold Embossing paste and the Stone Wall Stencil to create my background for my fall foliage on white cardstock. While that was drying, I moved over to my Big Shot to die cut the leaves.

Fall-Blessings-Full

My two types of leaves were die cut using brown and gold cardstock and the Leafy Branch Die and the Petite Fern Die. Then I spritzed a mixture of red and orange Memories Mist onto the brown leaves, and topped them off with irRESISTible Texture spray which gave the leaves great shine and dimension. I grouped the leaves together and added some great Ivory Twister Burlap from May Arts Ribbon, topped with a glazed brad. I wanted the leaves to look like I picked them up from the yard, so I didn’t adhere them down except for at the bottom.

Fall-Blessings-Leaf-CU

My sentiment is from the Peace and Plenty set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I used Versamark ink and embossing it with gold embossing powder and layered it onto a sponged background using the same Stone Wall stencil.

Fall-Blessings-Sentiment

Now I hope you will check out the rest of the team, as well as our Guest Designers for July, Terri Sproul. Terri has done an amazing job as our guest designer this month! I know the team is DIE-ing to show you their creations for today. Check ‘em out!

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

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

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Gill Wilson

Lyn Bernatovich

Alison Heikkila

Kristine Reynolds

Kristi Parker Van Doren

and

Terri Sproul (GD)

That’s it for me today. But before I go, I want 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 supply list)

Hugs to all!

Lynn

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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.

sunset-hair

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.

Winter-Tree-Full

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.

Winter-Tree-CU

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

and

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!

Lynn

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