Friday, March 27, 2015

Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Woodware...a Trio of Texture: Grand Finale


We have a different sort of collaboration for you!
All this week we've been celebrating with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’re offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’re offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ve been enjoying the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams have brought you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

Here's the links to the designers that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog


Jamie Martin


Amy Hurley-Purdie


Janelle Stollfus


Pam Hornschu


Kristine Reynolds


Asia King


Wendy Price


Lea Kimmel


Woodware Craft Collection Blog


 Siobhan Fyffe


Dreamweaver Stencils Blog


Lyn Bernatovich


Cindy Groh


Gill Wilson


Laura Drahozal


Louise Healy


Lynn Mercurio


Alison Heikkila

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Woodware...a Trio of Texture: Day Four

If you are here for the Dreamweaver monthly challenge, please scroll down to the end of the post to access the inlinkz tool! This month's winners will be announced on next week's post!
 

We have a different sort of collaboration for you!


This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.


Here's the links to the designers that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog


Pam Hornschu


Kristine Reynolds


Lea Kimmel


Woodware Craft Collection Blog


Debs Frost


Dreamweaver Stencils Blog


Lyn Bernatovich


Gill Wilson


Laura Drahozal


Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio

 

An InLinkz Link-up


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Woodware...a Trio of Texture: Day Three


We have a different sort of collaboration for you!

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

Here's the links to the designers that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog


Amy Hurley-Purdie


Jamie Martin


Asia King


Wendy Price


Woodware Craft Collection Blog


Pam Hornschu


Dreamweaver Stencils Blog


Cindy Groh


Louise Healy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Zensdays: It's a Spiral Kinda Day!

Ok...so I finally finished unpacking from my UK trip and found my pretty tile from Maggiebee! YEAH! I love how this design meanders and has a spiral affect... (And amazingly enough Laura Harm's challenge this week is to tangle in the spiral mode.) Maggie was so generous she let me choose one of her creations and I loved the white shading she had on this tile, there is an interesting tool she uses to shade on dark papers and it appears white. So Maggie if you are reading, could you tell us in the comments section or on your blog the name of this tool, would also love to see a picture of it. Many of the CZTs probably know what I am trying to tell you, but I thought it was such a great look. Thanks again for my tile Maggie!


Here is my tile for the #210 diva challenge. Wayne and I both had appointments today at the chiropractor's and I did the Rixty spiral while he was being seen and he did Copada for me in the center while I was being seen and then this evening I did the Florz to finish it off, so it was definitely a joint effort. But he also posted this week on his Flickr page if you want to see his spiral creation. 



I've also posted one of his sten-tangle pieces he did several months ago. The stencil used is the stylized dahlia (LG743)


I am posting it because I love the tangle he uses inside the blossoms that are spiral called Marasu. The petals remind me of pieces of peppermint candy. OK...so I bet you want to know how the background was done, huh? Me too...and Wayne reminded me that I am the one that did the background and then he did the tangle work. Hmmmm.... I've slept since then, but I think it was a technique that Marj Marion shared with me where she does a batik technique (resist tech.) using stencils. First she stencils the image with clear ink or Watermark ink and then sprinkles on white embossing powder and heats it. This embossed image acts as a resist to the next step where I sprayed the background with several colors of Memories Mist sprays. I also wiped the wet spray off of the flower with a soft cloth to give the streaked shadow you see underneath the design. To remove the white embossing powder you place a clean piece of newsprint or white copy paper on top of the image and use a hot iron to gently press and the embossing powder seeps into the paper and VIOLA you have a blank white image on which to do your tangle work. You may have to move the paper to a clean portion repeatedly until you don't see anymore of the embossing powder on the newsprint paper. But this resist technique gives you the opportunity to create other backgrounds as well, like watercolor washes or the salt on the watercolor too. I haven't tried alcohol inks, but maybe that's a possibility too.

Well, I am off to pack again, Wayne and I will be teaching in Roseville CA in a couple of days at The Stamp Art Shoppe, if we don't see you there perhaps somewhere else soon. 

(By the way I did get my purse knitted but it's still not felted, am hoping to post it while I'm  traveling and have landed somewhere that has an agitating washing machine so I can get the felting done.) Pam Hornschu, head of the Dream it UP team will be doing some posting here on Zensdays. By the way there is a great collaboration with our UK sister team going on and stencils to be won, so if you have the time go to the home page and share some love in the way of a few comments for the chance to win. Enjoy the beauty of the team's creations...it's all about texture and backgrounds.










Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Woodware...a Trio of Texture: Day Two


We have a different sort of collaboration for you!

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

Here's the links to the designers that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog


Pam Hornschu


Woodware Craft Collection Blog


Jane Gill


Dreamweaver Stencils Blog (you are here)


Gill Wilson

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Woodware...A Trio of Texture: Day One


We have a different sort of collaboration for you!

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

Here's the links to the designers that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

 Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Dorothy Adam

Francoise Read

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog (you are here)

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Alison Heikkila

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MARCHing Into Spring: Week Three

Ready for fresh air, sunshine, new leaves, and flowers blooming? Well, the Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for the month of March is...coincidentally...Marching into Spring. Per usual, we'd love to have you play along with us, and link your own creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post. Play as many times as you'd like. Those of you who work Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products into your projects receive bonus points, but everyone has an opportunity to be the winner who receives the stencil of their choice.

Here's my hint of Spring...and a picture of my inspiration. Don't you just love the fresh spring color? I do love Spring... in fact we are having a thunderstorm right now. Yep...even in So. California we get rain occasionally.
Green spider mums have always been one of my favorite flowers. I've always seen them potted and not growing in a garden, but I'll take them in any shape or form.  




This is one of the most simple cards I've ever done. The spider mum stencil (LJ892) is quickly dry embossed through my embossing machine. Remember the stacking method: the thick white plate (if you are using the Big Shot white plate...the two tabs should follow along behind and not be folded under the white plate), the stencil face down, the paper (spray it with rubbing alcohol for more definition), the thick rubber mat (REM), then two acrylic plates (if you are using the Cuttlebug it should be the two "B" acrylic plates). Now send this stack through your Big Shot or Cuttlebug. The paper is Core-dinations- a black with a bright green core. After it's dry embossed I just sanded the embossing to discover the green core. But to give it that little extra something I used a Sakura florescent green pen from their Moonlight set and outlined the design. It took a matter of minutes to create and the actual card construction even less time. So this type of card is wonderful for that last minute occasion that makes a hand crafted creation so special.

Also want to inform those of you that enjoy taking Dreamweaver classes that Wayne and I will be teaching at The Stamp Art Shoppe in Roseville, CA on March 26 and 27. I think the classes there are full, but call or email to see if there is a possible opening.



Then today I took samples to the local store in Redlands, CA called Cracker Jacks. One daytime class on the 23rd of April and one evening class on May 5th. Call the store at 909 793-2200 for availability and details. Here are a couple samples of the class projects.

We will be paste-embossing on background papers, layering stencils, one-step cloisonné and cracked glass with a twist.

Now please take some extra time to leave a comment or two and visit the dream team to see their interpretations of "a hint of spring"!






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