Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Inspirations and New Dream Team INSPIRERS!


We're already into the third week of April, and no foolin', the Dream Team has had a spectacular month...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news being announced on the Dream It Up! post today. Each team member has posted what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the bottom of this post.

Check out these posts, including our Guest Designer, after reading the exciting news below:

and our "newbies":
 


For those of you who caught my special prize opportunity in last week's post, the winner is: 
SNAZZY J!
Please email me at lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com with your snail mail addy, and I'll choose a special stencil to send to you! 

This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to some much-loved designers, and say hello to some new. I'm going to let this be my inspiration for this week, as I've found all of my Dream Team(s) to be particularly inspiring...in their creations for Dreamweaver, in their lives, and in the art that moves them to inspire others.  You'll see a mix of both teams as they pass like ships sailing in the night, next week in our collaborative week and hop with Stampendous. Be sure to follow us all of April 21st - 25th, leaving comments, for a chance to win one of THREE prize packages!


And now...a huge welcome and congratulations to our Dream Team 2014:



1. Alison Heikkila:

Alison has been a guest designer for us in the past, and we're thrilled that she submitted for the team this year. She is a very busy and proud Mom of two, but still finds time to design for several companies. She has a cool twist to her art, and will make you see Dreamweaver product in a whole new light...or slightly dark! In her words:

"Being part of this amazing team is such an honor.
I have been paper crafting for as long I can remember. My mom (who is very crafty herself) introduced me to crafts of all types when I was a toddler. I do lots of things, but paper crafts hold a special place in my heart. I owned a scrapbooking store for a few years, and it brought me so much joy. Art of all kinds is in my blood. I think I'm able to bring an -ahem- unusual point of view to Dreamweaver. And I mean that in the best way possible. ;) I love to look at things differently, to experiment, and to push boundaries. I love to make things that are creepy but not gory, though I love to use lots of glitter and make pretty things. I try to make things that are unexpected, roughed up and cool."
Raven in the Rain by Alison Heikkila













2. Jamie Martin:

Jamie has been a friend of our team leader, Pam, for many years, so Pam has been attempting to "nudge" her in the direction of Dreamweaver Stencils. She has a clean and simple approach to design, with always that little "something" to make her creations special. In her words:

"I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and recently moved to Oklahoma where I continue my passion for crafting. I'm married with 2 wonderful children who all support my obsession. I started stamping in 1996 and soon after started teaching classes and formed a stamp club.  I was fortunate enough to be hired by "a favorite stamp company of Dreamweaver", where I worked for 5 years. Shortly after moving to Oklahoma I formed another stamp club with a fun and crafty group of ladies and started designing once again.  I am so happy and honored to now be on the Dreamweaver Stencils Design Team with such a great group of talented people."

Summer Yum by Jamie Martin for Dreamweaver and Stampendous


 









3. Lynn Mercurio:

Yet another designer that Pam has "nudged" over the past year. Lol. Fortunately for us, Lynn enjoyed playing with Dreamweaver as a Super Nova on Paper Craft Planet, and her very creative eye caught ours as well! In her words:

"I live in the St. Louis area with my husband and our Golden Retriever, Allie. I'm a mother of two grown children and 3 precious girls call me Grandma. I'm an avid paper-crafter who loves spending time in my craft room surrounded by paper, ink, stencils, and other crafty supplies when I'm not working my full-time job."
Crackled Forest by Lynn Mercurio















4. Kristine Reynolds:

Yep! Another find by Pam! Kristine lives close to Pam, so they've had the opportunity to play with stamps and, of course, Dreamweaver Stencils! Kristine has found that it can be addictive! Hee hee! In her words:

"I am a 40ish California girl and have been married for 25 years to my best friend and biggest supporter. I have two fabulous kids. My daughter, Tyler is 22 and is working on her teaching credential at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and is getting married in August and my son, Garret, is 19 and is in his second year at the Eastman School of Music in NY. I have been playing with paper for ten years and hope my projects give you some inspiration!"

Metallic Floral by Kristine Reynolds
















5. Gill Wilson:

Gill has been a follower from afar...all the way in West Yorkshire, England! She recently had the opportunity to take the Dreamweaver Teacher Certification course there, sponsored by Woodware UK. In her words:

"I was born in the late 50s, and was an only child. I'm single (and happy to be so).  Both my grandmothers were crafters, one was a tailoress, and the other did embroidery, knitting and crochet.  My crafting experience started as a small child knitting scarves for my dolls.

I've lived in the same house for the last 40 years and worked in the Civil service for 28 years when I left and began working for Dawn Bibby Craft Designer and TV presenter  for 6 years. I worked as shop manager, and then worked on Dawn's Design team making samples for the TV shows on QVC and more recently Create and Craft.  I have also appeared on Create and Craft demonstrating Jewelery-making."
Fuchsia Party-in-a-Box by Gill Wilson


 In addition to the new members listed above, we welcome back previous Dream Team members:

Lyn Bernatovich

Laura Drahozal
Louise Healy

Pam Hornschu
 
Leadonna Kimmel
Kristi Parker Van Doren
















Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday's Dream Schemes/April Inspirations Challenge Week #2

Another photo inspiration from our Napa Valley trip last week. This week's April inspiration is a Wisteria vine at the gate of one of the vineyards up in the Howell Mt. Road area. This has to be one of my favorite flowers. Always reminds me that Spring is here at last.

This month we are doing a challenge of April Inspirations, your picture or inspiration can be anything that inspires you. Last week our guest designer Janelle mentioned that she is always best inspired by her art materials. Many of us will agree with that, or...it could be a photo you've taken, something from Pinterest, another person or friend's artwork or card creations. ANYTHING!!! Please join us this month. Something new we have going on is a new linking tool powered by inlinkz.com. Some of you are very familiar with working with it...but if you are having a hard time we will have our fearless leader, Pam Hornschu provide a link to an explanation of how to make it work like we did with our last tool. 

Now...just a minute to let you know who our random winner is for the comments on last week's blog as to which embossing paste was the substrate for the Dreamweaver Crackle Embossing Paste (CEP) that was on my card last week. YES...it was the Dreamweaver Matte Black Paste (DMBP). You can actually use any of the acrylic pastes that we manufacture, but my favorite is the matte black. Reasoning...? I like the black to show through the cracks no matter how subtle, it just gives the image a bit more punch. I would love to show a card with the gold sometime.  OK...our winner is....snazzyjj!!! email me your snail mail addy and I will send you your prize! lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com


Wisteria stencil (LG725) card design by Georgia Sommers
The wisteria stencil (LG725) card this week is done by former design team member Georgia Sommers. I have to admit that one of the perks of owning Dreamweaver Stencils is coming in contact with so many talented people sending their creations my way over the years. Again crackle paste was used...can you tell which paste she used as a base for the Dreamweaver Crackle Paste? Yep...again it was the Matte Black Paste. One advantage to the matte pastes is that it has more of a "tooth" or porous surface. Therefore the crackle paste does better "sticking" to this type of paste-embossed surface. When you are using the crackle on a flexible surface like paper it really helps to have one of the other pastes as the base. Acrylic is known for being quite flexible, so this helps the crackle attach and less likely for it to come off the card if the card bends.

Please take the time to visit the rest of the design team and leave a comment to show your appreciation for the time they take to write about Dreamweaver products. And...wonderful designer Janelle Stollfus is our guest this month, be sure to see what she is up to...if I see your name on her comments this week and cross reference it with a comment you left on this post you could be the random winner of a stencil.

Janelle Stollfus (Guest Designer)


Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Inspirations/A New Challenge and We Have Three Winners!

My inspiration...a pix we took this week in the Napa Valley of CA
We're already into April, and no foolin', the Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post on April 17th, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Check out what our Guest Designer and the "A" team have been inspired by for this week...

This past week Wayne and I drove to the Napa Valley to visit family and took several walks. It had rained recently and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. For those of you who know us, we are crazy in love with nature...so this month I will post photos that we've taken. 

The card you see here was created with the Crackle Embossing Paste. This month I will enter all commenters into a random drawing. Your comments can be guesses but I would like to know what other embossing paste you think was used under the crackle paste. 



OUR THREE WINNERS FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE

We have three winners that were randomly drawn this week for our March Madness Challenge...which by the way...it was great fun to see everyone's entry. The winners are Shirley AC1, Kim B and Donna T. So please email me your snail mail addresses and I will send you your prize. lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com

Now please take a minute or three to see what the Dream it UP team has posted for April Inspirations. Our guest designer is Janelle Stollfus and her work is inspiring. Can't wait to check it out myself...I always get up early on Thursdays to see what the team has created! And having a guest designer is icing on the cake. Also be sure to check out Cherylynn Moser's site because on Tuesdays she is doing a DREAMWEAVER GIVEAWAY on her Tuesday posts!






Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Madness Week #4/Thinking Outside the Box

Recently I traveled to the UK and taught a Dreamweaver Stencils teacher's certification course to store owners and teachers. Nina Lavelle (who owns a store called Creativity and Crafts in Eastbourne England) emailed me her final project a few days ago and I was amazed at how "outside the box" her creation was. She used the Molten Magic technique and a stencil design called Vintage Decor (LX7022). Suddenly she had turned this very traditional stencil design into a "bug" for a get well card. I asked her if I could share her tutorial on our March Madness posting and she generously allowed me to do so....here it is:


Along the edge of the card it reads...

"Hear You Have A Bug"...cute idea Nina. 

The Molten Magic technique is quite simple. You can use any of the glossy embossing pastes and Nina used the Glossy Black Embossing Paste (DGKP).

Start by taping off all of the edges of the stencil when you paste-emboss. This ensures that none of the paste will go under of off the edges of the stencil. I like to impress people that the first piece of tape that you put down should be your "hinge" and that way your stencil won't smear the image as you remove the tape.


When I paste a very large stencil I like to use the paste spreader but I use the regular palette knife to pull the paste out of the jar. 







The Metallic F/X powders are kept handy and after the stencil is removed the "bug is sprinkled with two or three different colors of these mica powders.You can apply them with a stencil brush for a fine sprinkling or if you want to be more generous you can use a small scoop to add the colors. Work quickly because the paste needs to be wet for the powders to attach. Next tap off the excess powders. Now take a heat gun that heats very hot and start by heating the image underneath and then on top of the image. The thinner you have pasted the smaller the bubbles. If the paste-embossing is very thick your bubble may need to be tapped down with your fingers once it has cooled a bit. This will keep them from breaking or getting brittle.



Some of the new Dreamweaver die cut leaves (DD003) were cut out of crumpled brown paper and added as an embellishment to the creation on the left side of the card. Then the "bug" was cut out and added as well. It looks like some type of beetle that you would find amongst the leaves of the ground in a forest.





Such a fun card: Here is the final result!
Please join the fun...we have one more week of our March Madness ...anything goes! There will be three random winners chosen this month! If you need to know how to link up with the linky tool click HERE for more information. Don't forget to follow the list below to see what the team has posted this week. Leave them some love in the way of helpful generous comments and you could be our forth random winner this month. These winners are announced the first week of the next month's challenge right here on the Dream it UP blog.








Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday's Dream Schemes: Week #3 of the March Madness Challenge

These foxes come in two sizes LL3030 and small LM2016
Last week I did an extra little challenge, it was for those of you who read to the end of my blog and leave comments for my team.  There are three winners: Amante del Papel, Janis and Rose S. I will be sending you a special stencil of MY choosing....so email me your snail mail addys and I will get your prize stencil to you ASAP! 

Thank you,  Pam Hornschu, (head of our Dream it UP team) for coming up with something new and interesting for challenges each month. I am really enjoying posting this month for the March Madness/Anything Goes Challenge

AND....I have loved seeing so many wonderful creations as each of you are meeting that challenge. Thank you for joining us.

Click HERE to learn how to link up to the linky tool if you need some help.

My post this Thursday is all about a created card from my friend Polly Weed. Polly traveled for many years doing rubber stamp shows and selling my stencils under the business name "Polly's Pals" and she still has an online presence. Polly does wonderful work with our stencils using them with pastels and the regular embossing paste (DEP). We sometimes refer to this paste as the maroon label embossing paste.
This paste is available in an 8oz. DEPL and DEP  4oz.

It is matte white and has two properties that make it perfect for Polly's stenciling style. Number one it is porous and is wonderful to stencil on top of and number two it is porous and is wonderful to stencil under. How does that work? Well, this is how she does it:

The first step is to stencil the paper with pastels. Really important in this first procedure is that after you load the brush ( and don't overdo the loading ) tap the brush onto a paper towel and then with a circular rouging motion stencil off the outer edge of the stencil design moving the pastel a bit at time toward the center. Don't get overzealous...easy does it. Once you have stenciled the fox stencil (LL3030) the next step is to paste-emboss the fox with the aforementioned regular embossing paste (DEP). Once the image is dry the pastels very softly seep through the porous paste for a delightful soft coloration. The next step for Polly is to get out the pastels and intensify anything that she wants to enrich with a bit more color. So you see that the porous aspect of this paste is nice for stenciling with the pastels.  Thank you Polly, for sharing this beautiful card on a MAD MAD Thursday!

Now don't forget to visit the rest of the team to see what MADNESS they have been stirring up! And be sure to leave them some love in the way of comments.







Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thanking "the rose" for playing along!

I love it when someone who doesn't have a blog takes me at my word and sends an email with a creation to join the challenge.

Rose sent this beautiful creation and here is how she created this "March Madness" card in her own words:

"The madness part is using the Grafix rub-on. I’ve had it for years but broke it out for this challenge. 

The shell (LM104) is done with the molten magic technique using Tim Holtz distress inks and translucent embossing paste. The sentiment is done on the computer and then printed on the rub-on sheet. A glue sheet is applied to the back and then the sentiment is cut out as close as possible the plastic backing is removed, the rub-on applied to the card stock and then the top plastic cover peeled off (and not easily I might add!!). I was pleased with the result. I then mounted it on cardstock which was run through an embossing folder and mounted on the card."

Very clever Rose, I have never hear of the Grafix rub-on material. I love that sentiment too! How true! It's cool to hear that people are digging into their stash and finding time to use it.

We still have time left in our challenge so if you don't have a blog and become inspired I am ready to add your creation right here. Just send me an email with a picture and a brief description (or lengthy if you desire) and I will post it here for you. lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com

If you do have a blog and came by to post for the monthly challenge scroll down to last Thursdays post and link up with the linky tool. More instructions there if you need it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday's Dream Schemes: March Madness Challenge

Yes, March Madness could mean a lot of things!

1. It could mean "thinking outside the box".


2. It could mean using something in your stash that you haven't ever tried before.


3. Try a new medium or substrate. Make a dimensional project instead of a card or a scrapbook page.


4. OR...it could mean using your favorite technique with your favorite stencil or stamp.


Whatever you do for our challenge this month be sure to have a "Maddeningly" good time and if you have never used our linky tool below click HERE to know more.



I have had in my stash for some time now some shrink plastic from Lucky Squirrel. It really is an "Artist's Grade Shrink Plastic"...just like they advertise. It shrinks evenly and doesn't do squirrely annoying things when you work with it. So on this March Madness Thursday I decided to add it to my Celebrate card. I cut an oval slightly larger than my Celebrate stencil (LS90) and sanded it then I stenciled it with Memories ink and a large stencil brush. I then used a traditional paper punch and punched a hole into the end of the oval near the "C" in celebrate. This of course needs to be a good sized hole because when the plastic shrinks this hole will shrink too. Then I placed the oval onto a piece of aluminum foil and set it in the oven (preheated to 325 degrees F.) for three minutes. I like using the oven because it heats so evenly compared to my heat gun. So there it is attached to my stenciled card with ribbon.


The card was a simple and quick technique called "Letterpress" which took less than five minutes to create. Here are the materials and process for the creation:


MATERIALS:


Vintage Decor Stencil (LX7022)

Memories Mists Sprays: Mango Lemonade (MM01) Cherry Smoothie (MM15) Blue Martini (MM21)
Cardstock: 80# (or heavier) white cardstock
Stencil Brush: 3/4" Natural Handle Dreamweaver Stencil Brush (or #18 size)
Cardboard box to use for a spray booth.
Embossing Machine: I use either the Cuttlebug or the Big Shot

PROCESS:

1. Place the thick white plate onto the deck of the embossing machine. The Cuttlebug white plate is referred to as the "A" plate. The Big Shot white plate is referred to as the "Platform" and the two tabs that are added as shims with this plate are not used in this Letterpress technique with stencils.
2. Place a thin piece of scrap paper onto the thick white plate of your embossing machine to protect it from excess ink.
3. Place a paper towel in the bottom of the cardboard box.
4. Position the stencil on top of the paper towel.
5. Shake up the bottle of Mango Madness spray and spritz the stencil two or three times. It doesn't need to be too wet just well moistened.
6. Spritz on top of this spray just a couple of times with the Cherry Smoothie spray.
7. Gently pick up the stencil by the sides and position it on the scrap paper that you pre- pared in step #2 with the inked side facing up.
8. Position the white or light colored cardstock face down onto the inked stencil.
9. Gently place the thick Stamping Details mat onto the back of the cardstock.
10. Now place the two acrylic plates onto the rubber mat and run this sandwich of plates, stencil, paper and rubber mat through the the machine. Remember to follow this stacking method carefully to protect the stencil from being rolled and consequently warped. (Using warped acrylic plates can warp your stencils, so try to have a set just for stencil embossing.)
11. Now remove the plates and rubber mat to reveal the embossed card that you have created. Place it back into the booth and position the clean stencil on top of the design that was just embossed. This time spray the stencil with the Blue Martini color. Only give it one or two spritzes with the spray. There will be excess spray sitting on top of the stencil. Now use your large stencil brush and pull the color into the holes of the stencil in a swiping motion. This will pull the color across the embossed image and use this excess ink to shade and colorize the stencil design.

Hope you'll have as much fun creating as I did and join our March Madness. Below is a list of the design team who have been going crazy creating this past week, please take time to leave them some love. This week I am going to sneak a stencil gifty to someone who takes time to leave a comment for each of the team. Stay tuned and next Thursday I will announce a random winner for this kind hearted stencil enthusiast!