Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dreamweaver–Quick & Cute

Who ISN’T in a flurry of a hurry this time of year? Anyone who celebrates Christmas knows that while we love the holidays, it’s one of the most hectic times of the year, filled with parties, traditions, gift buying, baking and a whole slew of other tasks we undertake to make Christmas special.

This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether it be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...the Design Team has sleigh-loads of time-saving ideas for you to make the season just a little less stressful! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, (and at the bottom of this post) for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project!

This card was really quick to put together, with a minimum of supplies too. A few strips of patterned paper, a vellum sentiment and a foil die cut.


I used the Nested Ornaments Die from Dreamweaver Stencils to die cut a shiny metal foil ornament, which I thought went perfectly with my vellum quote. I could have scored fun designs into the foil ornament, but I was trying to be quick, so I opted to leave it plain. To top off the ornament, I used a bit of May Arts ribbon tied in a itty-bitty bow.


I layered the vellum quote over the base angel patterned paper and a layer of paper cut with a scalloped edge and to hid the adhesive behind the vellum, I use a thin strip of the same foil I used for the ornament. This card was done in a jiff, and I’m pleased with the results.


Now, let’s see how the rest of the Dreamweaver team is making good use of their limited time and what quick and cute ideas they have:

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Lynn Mercurio (that’s me!)

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Now it’s your turn. Whip up something quick and cute and link it up for your chance to win.

I’m glad you stopped by today...keep it simple and enjoy your holidays.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

December is the Month for Pajamas

Okay, raise your hand if you get OR give pajamas to at least one person on your Christmas list. Yeah, I thought so. Me too, but hey, they are fun even if they are a bit on the practical side. Everyone loves to have something new to wear during the holidays, even if the only place you are going is to bed.

My post today doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, or holiday sleepwear, but it IS time for the December Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party. So get your PJs on and enjoy.


My project today is a card created to remind someone special that home isn’t a house or a certain location, but rather a place in your heart where love lives. It’s your attitude towards where your heart lives. It implies that your “home” is preferred to all other places you could be. But where are do you feel REALLY at home. It could just be somewhere you feel the most comfortable and at ease, or someplace that you feel loved. No matter where you are currently living, home sweet home can be anywhere love lives.

This card is for the Old PJ part of Claire’s December Pajama Party as it uses an older set, Country Labels 4.

I began by layering bits of patterned paper from the May 2014 Everyday Kit from Paper Camellia Scrapbook Kits. One thing I love about using kits is that all the guesswork is removed about what papers coordinate, because that’s the whole idea about kits...everything works.


I stamped the leaves from the stamp set using Versamark Ink and pierced a line of holes for added interest on the vertical panel of cardstock.

Then I die cut several layers of chipboard using my Labels 4 Nestabilities topping it off with an ivory cardstock layer that I glued together, giving the focal frame a thick and dimensional look. I stamped one of the frame images from the set onto the ivory cardstock using Rose Red ink and added the little birdhouse along with the leafy sprig.


To carry out my birdhouse theme, I used a chipboard bird and applied coordinating patterned paper and added a bit of irRISTible Pico in Tuxedo black for the bird’s eye. I also used four tiny dots of Pico Gold for the chain holding the birdhouse to the branch.


I’ll close out my post today by encouraging you to consider where you are and where you find your “home sweet home”. Be it ever so humble, near or far – home is where your heart is.

Now it’s your turn. Head on over to the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog and I hope you will join us and have a great time as we party the night away.

Thanks for looking in, and until next time...


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Dreaming of Summer–with Dreamweaver Stencils

Hello friends. Welcome to my blog today.

It’s time to forget about winter. Yes, I realize that according to the calendar, we haven’t even hit the winter solstice yet, but it’s been WINTERY cold around these parts the last few days, and being a summertime gal at heart, winter can’t end soon enough for me. If it were up to me, I’d skip winter all together.

If I were independently wealthy, I’d be a snowbird for sure, heading south to my “winter home” somewhere the temperatures never drops below 60. Some place where the grass is always green...

...some place where it’s always warm enough to go for a swim...

Jump in the Water's great

...a location where summer fruit grows right in your backyard year round.

Orange Tree w oranges

Yep, that would be “the life”. But alas, I’m just a working lady, just like the majority of the population who has to endure the cold. That doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about some of these locations – the daydream of lying on a beach when half the country is in frozen isolation. That’s why today’s card brings my mind to the beach where the sand is warm, and the sunshine worthy of a SPF 50 sunscreen!

So without further ado, here’s my card and my homage to warmer weather.

Nothing reminds me of the beach more than seashells. I immediately grabbed the new Shell Wreath stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils.

I first prepared my kraft card base by using my spritzer tool and spritzing turquoise ink onto the card. Then on another piece of kraft cardstock, I stenciled the Shell Wreath using gold embossing paste. While the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled on Aged Teal Embossing Powder from Stampendous.


Once my embossing paste was dry, I tapped off the excess embossing powder and heat set the image. I love the mix of teal and gold and the added dimension the powder give the stenciled image. 

I then glued on a frame of rope twine around the image before adhering it to my card base. I love the way the May Arts Webbed Weave Ribbon looks as an accent.


My sentiment is from a very old stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs called Shore Thoughts. I stamped the sentiment on the blue cardstock using Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set it. Then using Versamark ink I stamped the shell image, which resisted the embossed sentiment.


In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project!

That’s it for me today. While I’m freezing my toes off in the winter weather, I’ll pretend that I’m warming my toes in the warm sand. Won’t you join me in the daydream? It may not make the weather warmer, but it’s nice to dream.

Here's the lineup for this week

Dream It Up!

Leadonna Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Lynn Mercurio  (that’s me!)

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Thanks for looking in, and for your sweet comments.

Until next time...


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks - Blog Hop

Hello friends. Today is a very special blog hop. Today I, along with hundreds of other papercrafters are honoring and remembering the inspiration that we have received from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine.

You may have read this post from Nancy Nally about the closing of our beloved Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine after the February 2015 issue. What a sad announcement.

For years I have been a subscriber to this magazine and have gained inspiration and crafting knowledge from the pages of this publication. I know that you share with me the disappointment at the news of yet another paper crafting publication going away. 

However, today we aren't bemoaning the loss of inspiration, but honoring and remembering the years of inspiration we have received from Susan, Jennifer, Holly, Stacy and Kerri! Oh how we will miss their amazing contributions in furthering the love and creativity of the papercrafting community through Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine.

If you are coming here from Cristina Kowalczyk's blog, then you are right on track with the hop's a long list full of amazing creativity, so sit back, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy.

My card is one of thanks...what else could one say for all the wonderful inspiration this magazine and these contributors have given over the years?

One of the best tips I have ever gotten from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine is about using up scraps. We all have them, but often don't use them. Today my card is made up of bits and pieces of beloved patterned paper along with a few stamped images.

I first began with a green card base and stamped the Grid Pattern from Hero Arts along the bottom third of the card. With layers of patterned paper from Basic Grey, I punched a border and added more coordinating patterned paper.

I added some stitching and a cluster of punched and die cut hearts and added them to the card before I added the stamped THANK YOU from the Life is a Journey stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and added a great banner frame from the Streamers set from Paper Smooches.

A simple "thank you" just didn't seem sufficient, so I added the text, "for everything" along the bottom of my card because there are so many things that I have learned from PC&S magazine that I felt like I needed to encompass ALL my thanks!

That's it for me. Next on the list is Jamie Greene

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.

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