Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dreamweaver and Stampendous: Fourth Day of Dream-Pendous Fun!


Welcome to another "Dream-Pendous" week of inspiration! The Stampendous team and the Dreamweaver team are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in both team's arsenal. Of course, as usual, there will be great prizes available for those who comment throughout this week. In face there will be three prize packages available to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and dies...one of which being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge above.



Here is my creation for today:

Yep...still Pam! Today's posts, both here and on my own blog, were where I went a bit peacock crazy...but it's hard to stop when you can mix both the Stampendous and the Dreamweaver peacock designs! For this card, the background was created with the same technique as the focal point on the card on my blog...a variation on the Dreamweaver Molten Magic technique. I paste-embossed in gold the Peacock Feather background stencil over aqua cardstock, and poured Stampendous Aged Teal Embossing Enamel over the surface. After pouring off the excess, I heated the two layers until they bubbled and melded, creating this awesome metal look with great texture and color. Using the same embossing enamel, I stamped and embossed the Cling Peacock Feather image from Stampendous on black cardstock. A large rhinestone bling was the only embellishment, and a Glossy Black paste-embossed sentiment from Dreamweaver on acetate, provided the finishing touch without covering the beautiful background design.


Please visit the team's players for today, and leave comments as you go!

Pam Hornschu
Asia King 
Suzanne Czosek

For those of you who'd love to play with our monthly challenge, "April Inspirations", please link your creations below for a chance to win the stencil of your choice at the end of the month!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dreamweaver and Stampendous: Dream-Pendous Day Three


Welcome to another "Dream-Pendous" week of inspiration! The Stampendous team and the Dreamweaver team are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in both team's arsenal. Of course, as usual, there will be great prizes available for those who comment throughout this week. In face there will be three prize packages available to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and dies...one of which being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge above.



Here is my creation for today:

Pam here again! Today I'm posting a creation with a fabulous mix of all things Dreamweaver and Stampendous! There is a LOT going on on this card. I used a panel of linen fabric which I stamped the Stampendous Old World Map in black ink. Over the top I ink-stenciled the Dreamweaver Toucan and the Fern Frond with a variety of brushes and using the Tsukineko Splendor Circus pad as my palette. This panel of linen was fringed, crumpled, spritzed, and smudged to my heart's content. I even added slits on the side to add a stained wood dowel piece! One of my favorite Stampendous sentiments, a quote from J. R. R. Tolkien, was the "glue" that made all of this actually work together! The last embellies were sprinkles of Stampendous Color Fragments and Mica chips atop all of the layers that were finally adhered to a kraft base card. Whew! The end result reminds me of someone who returned from abroad, and just dropped all the mementoes from their trip onto the table...photos, maps, sticks, stones, and scraps...left there to make them smile...and hopefully, YOU as well!


Please visit the team's players for today, and leave comments as you go!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dreamweaver and Stampendous: Day Two of Our Dream-Pendous Celebration!


Welcome to another "Dream-Pendous" week of inspiration! The Stampendous team and the Dreamweaver team are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in both team's arsenal. Of course, as usual, there will be great prizes available for those who comment throughout this week. In face there will be three prize packages available to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and dies...one of which being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge above.



Here is my creation for today:


Pam here for the second day of our collaboration with Stampendous. Today's card features the flower from the Stampendous Blossom Beauty set, along with it's matching die set. I stamped the image in aqua on a page from an old poetry book, added a light wash of inks, and over-stamped the image again in black ink. I lined up and die cut the flower with my Big Shot machine. A quick note regarding the matching die set...there are three dies in this set, to cut flowers in three sizes from this flower image. You'll see more sizes over the week. Cool concept!

Now for my yummy Dreamweaver details. The black linen panel was embossed by running the Quartefoil stencil through the Big Shot machine, following this sandwich layering:

1. Place stencil face down on base plate only.
2. Place cardstock panel face down on stencil.
3. Place rubber embossing mat on top of cardstock.
4. Place the TWO clear plates on top of all, and run through machine. Having both plates on top protects your metal stencils from the roller inside the machine.

Once embossed, I used a Strie technique...lightly inking a large stencil brush, and brushing from top to bottom over the raised areas, and from side to side. The end result is a linen-like appearance with wonderful highlighting of the design. To finish off the card, I simply paste-embossed in Glossy Black the Vertical Friend stencil on the violet panel. Now I have a great card to have on hand for so many occasions, and it was quick and simple.


Please visit the team's players for today, and leave comments as you go!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dreamweaver and Stampendous: Another Dream-Pendous Event...Day One


Welcome to another "Dream-Pendous" week of inspiration! The Stampendous team and the Dreamweaver team are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in both team's arsenal. Of course, as usual, there will be great prizes available for those who comment throughout this week. In face there will be three prize packages available to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and dies...one of which being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge above.



Here is my creation for today:

Pam here posting for Lynell for this collaboration week with Stampendous. Lynell is super busy preparing for a show and another certification course in Boston. The card that I created for today features the Stampendous Blossom Beauty face, stamped and embossed in white on black cardstock. The panel has been divided for added panaché, lol, and stenciled on the top with Jasmine white Mixed Media ink using the Flower Corner stencil design. This same design was ink-stenciled on the white base card in black ink for a crisp and modern look. Oh, yes, and a bit of bling was added...of course!


Please visit the team's players for today, and leave comments as you go!

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!