Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birthday Challenge for January! Comment winner too!



It's the last few days for the January challenge and next week we are into frou frou for our next cardmaking saga! So if you'd like to help us celenbrate the birth of the new year, or a birthday card you've made for a friend and/or loved one you have until Sunday night Jan. 31st. Or alternatively you can do what stencil enthusiast Rosemary did and email me your card and we will add your creation to this post and include you in the random drawing for a stencil of your choice to be announced next Thursday as we begin our new challenge for the month of February. My email is lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com
Don't forget to link your creation below:

As many of you know Dreamweaver Stencils has been acquired by Stampendous and today I had the pleasure of presenting several of our techniques to their wonderful employees. Because time is short I have repeated a creation I did awhile back that is one of my favorite techniques. The birdhouse stencil (LM148) was done with the double glitter technique and very pale glitters, then the detail work was stenciled with pigment inks. The frame around the window was stenciled with pigment ink and the happy birthday stencil (LM285) was pasted in a pale blue paste mixture I had leftover from another creation. You can mix your own colors...I believe I used a couple tablespoons of pearlescent embossing paste (DPP) and mixed a small 1/4 teaspoon of the Metallic F/X Navajo Sky (F/X17) into it. Then while it was still wet I sprinkled a turquoise ultrafine glitter on top of it. When it was dry I took the tip of a craft knife and scratched just a bit of the glitter off to expose the light blue paste that was under it. If you would like the instructions for the double glitter technique that has all the details and tips email me at: lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com


And here are three of Rosemary's beautiful submissions for our challenge this month. Thank you Rosemary for the wonderful birthday greetings as well. Remember if you use Dreamweaver Stencils in your creations you get bonus points and will be entered into a second random drawing as well for an opportunity to choose two stencils. By the way thank you for letting us know in the facebook chat how cold it is in Nova Scotia yesterday...brrrr! 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit! -2C!!!

Now here is Pam's sneak peek at the challenge starting next week ...this should give you a head start: (...Break out the frou frou! For the month of February, the Dream Team are going Frilly and Fabulous! Vintage, retro, or modern, adding extra charm with fun Fran•tagĂ© products fromStampendous, ribbons and lace from May Arts, buttons, crystals, charms, or even creating your own dimensional decor! A snippet or a pile, whatever your creative heart desires! Remember to link your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice! Bonus points for using Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous product in your work of heart.)






Last week I challenged my readers to visit my design team's blogs and leave a comment or two for the chance to win the new fairy stencil, I decided to have two randomly choose two winners and they are....

Winner #1 : ionabunny
Winner #2: Katie

So if you would please send me an email with your snail mail addy...I will mail you our new fairy stencil.
New Fairy stencil (LG762) tangled by Wayne
Now please take the opportunity to visit my lovely design team and leave a comment or two for this week:




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zensdays with Lynell and Wayne #13

Well this week there won't be any zentangle creations from me...I've been doing payroll taxes, 1099s, FUTA, end of the year sales tax and traveling and doing workshops for two days (which was actually a nice reprieve from the business "stuff" I'm forced to do and don't have a natural aptitude for anyway)...so the bottom line is that you will have to listen to me "complain" and enjoy Wayne's work instead. He has joined the diva's challenge and to see that creation go to his Flickr site by clicking HERE. Her challenge this week is a duo/tangle...take time to see what others have created too. 

But for our blog he has created a beautiful ZIA (which I will later make into a card) using our new feather stencil (LG760).

Be sure to stop by Thursday to see what our wonderful stencil Dream it UP team have been up to!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to YOU! January's Challenge






































Hey! Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

As far as occasion cards go, I think birthday cards are the ones that I am in need of most often! So I try to have a few extra made and on hand for those special friends and family. This card was actually made by Elaine Benedict and it is sparkly and bright! Elaine happens to love stenciling with ink and the way she made this card was to stencil the butterflies (LL591) with pigment inks and then paste embossed the image with the translucent embossing paste (DEPT). She then removed the stencil and while the paste was still wet she sprinkled it with the Stampendous crystal glitter. Remember that the translucent embossing paste is milky white, but when it dries it is clear and the wonderful thing about the Stampendous crystal glitter is that it is also transparent. The happy birthday stencil (LM285) was paste embossed with the gold embossing paste (DGP) onto a beautiful Japanese paper by Hanko designs.


Thanks for sharing with me Elaine...hope you are enjoying the warmth of Hawaii! 


Please take the time to see what our design team is up to and don't forget to leave them some nice comments. In fact if you are reading this and leave comments for my team this week I will enter your name for a drawing to win the new fairy stencil that I posted on my blog yesterday! I will announce the winner on my post for next week. I like to do these things once in awhile to see if you are reading...LOL!!! Love that you come to see our posts and comment! Thank you!!!






Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Zensdays with Lynell and Wayne #12

Today the challenge on the diva's site is to tangle a moebius strip. Laura Harms has issued this challenge to support awareness of Moebius Syndrome...Friday Jan. 24 is the day to support these families everywhere. Her son Artoo was born with this and is the most charming, bright and sunshiny child. No, I've never met him or Laura, but Laura is a wonderful blogger and has shared with us his story through the years, and you can see the wonderful sparkle in this child. It is a rare syndrome only 1-2/1,000,000...WOW Artoo you are rare! Click HERE to learn more from Laura about how people's lives are affected and how you can be supportive.

MOEBIUS SYNDROME IN THE SPOTLITE THIS WEEK
Here is my creation and please feel free to join us this week if you are inspired. I used the tangle shattuck and at the base used the tangle spotlite. It seemed appropriate. Purple is the color for the syndrome, if you want to add it to your creations. To know more about the tangles you can go to www.tanglepatterns.com

Here is another moebius creation by Wayne. He did it using the tangle pattern called Akoya....very beautiful beaded looking creation. If you get the chance be sure to go to the diva's site and see some of the other work that people linked....some people did fun things to show you how to draw the skeleton for the work and Heidi Sue showed how to create a moebius strip with tape and a piece of paper click HERE to see that. We're hoping to raise awareness for Moebius Syndrome.






I am also posting another one of our new stencil designs (the fairy LG762) that we presented at CHA. Wayne tangled this one and as per usual did a lovely job.

Wayne also posted another Moebius creation for Moebius Syndrome Awareness day on his Flickr site, so click HERE to see and comment.

Be sure to leave a comment if you have time and come back tomorrow to see what the design team has been stenciling this week.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birthdays....January Challenge!

Hey! Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Today's creation comes from the studio of my friend Marj Marion in the Olympia, WA area. How fortunate to have such a talented friend send me cards and instructions over the years. The card today is a birthday card that she sent me and here is how she created this beauty! Wish you could see it in person because the white speckles in the tree are dimensional and very cool to touch. Thanks Marj!


Marj Marion die cut the DW Tree Line Die DG 745 using the smooth side of #140 water color paper. Next, she tapped Distress inks on a craft sheet, using Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. Spray the ink blotches with water mixed with a little Perfect Pearl mica powder (Perfect Pearl color).
Dip and swirl the leafy part of the die cut into the purple diluted ink, and the tree trunks into the mixed blue diluted ink water.  Rotate the die cut  around a bit on the inky craft sheet to get a mix of blue and purple colors on the die.  You can dry the die with a heat tool in between the steps, and most any combination of colors will be beautiful! You can blot off any excess colored ink water with a paper towel.

When the die cut is dry, sprinkle on some Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel (FREG021) and heat from the bottom with a heat tool until it melts. Attach some foam tape in small bits under the Tree Line die cut, and adhere to decorative scrapbook paper of your choice.  Stamp Impression Obsession (It's Your Day) with Distress Seedless Preserves in the background area.  Add a ribbon bow at the top, attached with a White Decorative Pin (DW TIPW) as a card embellishment. This wonderful tree line die can be used in many different color for the various seasons of the year.

So take some time to see what the rest of the team is doing this week to inspire us during the birthday month of this new year! Please leave them some encouraging comments as you go....thanks everyone...and don't forget to link in your creation below.





Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Zensdays with Lynell and Wayne #11


Finally...time to do the diva's challenge! This week is her 200th challenge and everyone is doing their "go to" tangle. For me that is difficult because I haven't been tangling long enough to have a favorite "go to" design...and there are soooo many that I like, but I think "paradox" is one that can be really festive. Mine is a bit on the shaky side, so a bit edgy, but I had a good time and zen is what it's all about, relaxing and being in the moment. Be sure to go to Laura's site and see what everyone else is up to...it is really fascinating. AND she is aiming for 200 participants on her blog this week to celebrate her 200th challenge!...so now may be the time for you to give it a try!

If you have time click HERE to see Wayne's creation for the diva challenge! He has a flickr account where he posts his challenge works.

 Wow! This week went by like a  bullet! And I know I am a bit late with our post this morning, but wanted you all to know I have you on my mind! Thank you for all your nice comments and birthday wishes the last couple of weeks. We have been at CHA all week making our announcement regarding the new ownership of Dreamweaver Stencils by Stampendous, so lots of talking and not a lot of resting of the vocal chords. LOL!

Today I am posting one of our new stencils...yes, they are coming in February! It will take awhile for them to be packaged and ready to ship, but it will happen. Hope to show you another design tomorrow too.


Wayne did this one by printing out the artwork and tangling inside the open spaces. The bottom 'pen' is tangled with his "crusade" tangle. You can find out more about it on www.tanglepatterns.com.





Meanwhile hope you'll have a wonderful Zensday!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: Truly Mixed Media!

SUPER EXCITING NEWS!!!
Yes, this was mentioned in yesterday's post, but we just feel the need to shout it out...
Dreamweaver Stencils
 has been purchased by
STAMPENDOUS!
Those of you that have followed us know that we've done some fabulous collaborations with Stampendous over the past few years. Both product lines are amazing together, so it should be no great surprise that this would be the next obvious step. All of us at Dreamweaver are thrilled to have access to all those yummy Stampendous images and accessories, and all of those, including Stampendous Owner Fran Seiford herself, at Stampendous are thrilled to play with Dreamweaver's stencils, embossing pastes, dies, etc. It's a match made in crafter's heaven!
Looking forward to continuing this blog over the next few months...Yours truly, Lynell Harlow!
*More details below post

Our monthly challenge for January is Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Pam here with our wish for this week:
I thought this card would be appropriate as it is a great mix of both companies products, and the sentiment says it all! The background was paste-embossed in Regular Dreamweaver Paste using the Dreamweaver Splats stencil, and many of the wonderful hot colors of Stampendous Color Fragments were sprinkled on top. The background of the sentiment panel was done in the same fashion, and both were set aside to dry. The Stampendous Cling Life is Art sentiment was stamped and embossed in black on acetate (use an anti-static medium on both sides of acetate beforehand), and attached with a colorful paperclip. All panels, and a paint brush were adhered to a bright orange card base.
Those of you who may be new to Dreamweaver products may want to check out previous posts on this blog, as well as the team's links listed on the sidebar. We have always been a technique-driven company, and this will continue on as Stampendous has the same mindset. We've done many tutorials in the past which can be found on the Paper Craft Planet blog, and there will be many more to be found here, on the Stampendous! blog, YouTube, Pinterest, and Facebook!
So, follow along as we begin this new creative path! We'd love for you to join us!
Of course, more inspirations are coming your way from our "B" team:

*There will be a two month transition as the two companies come under the Stampendous name. Purchasing of Dreamweaver products will continue for now as before...through our wonderful stores, as well as the Stencil with Style site.

(Thank you Pam, for the colorful post with products from both Stampendous and Dreamweaver... Lynell here-signing off until next week, please leave a comment for my dream team and then be sure to join the challenge....)