Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two winners...plus:A New Design is Coming/Vintage Decor


New Design/Vintage Decor LX7022
I have truly enjoyed working with the wonderful stamps from Quietfire this past week and reading all your wonderful comments on the two team's creations for the blog hop.

Our two winners for the Quietfire blog hop are: 
Crafty Jo and Janis ...so please email me your snail mail address and we will ship your bloglicious winnings! 
lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com

We are continuing our Autumn Awesomeness of working with the Art Glitter design team for one more week. Kristi Parker who is head of their team is our guest designer this month. Thanks to those who have been playing along with our monthly challenge...we will announce that random winner next Thursday, so you have one more week to post on our linky tool below. If you would like to know more about the Awesome Autumn challenge this month click HERE. Remember read carefully because if you order from either Stencil with Style or Art Glitter there is a discount in store for you.

Today I am sharing a new stencil design ....we are calling it Vintage Decor (LX7022). You won't be able to find it for another week or so, because our retailers are just now finding out about it too. I have to admit I really enjoyed doing this card in an Autumn colorway and with Art Institute glitter.

I started by paste-embossing the Vintage Stencil with Dreamweaver Glossy Green Embossing Paste (DGGP). After removing the stencil and while the image was still wet I sprinkled the leaves with Bavarian Forest, a microfine Art Glitter. Next I sprinkled the pod or flower portion with Bordello, another microfine Art Glitter. I set this aside and let it dry...then the real fun began.

I had some citron colored Swarovski crystals and glued them onto the dots...oooooo, so sparkly! Gem tack Glue from Beacon is my fave for attaching crystals.  But it also came in handy for the next part of this design. I squirted dollops of the Gem Tack glue onto the leaves and used a toothpick to move the glue to within a 1/16th of an inch of the design and then sprinkled on Art Glitter's Nutmeg colored glitter. Then repeated on the central leaves using Art Glitter Chartreuse colored glitter....and finally the flower or pod was done with Pumpkin colored glitter.  Adding this glue and glitter embellishing really added triple dimension to the piece. It did take awhile for the glue to dry...maybe two or three hours, but the results were so smashing that it was worth the wait. I tied up a scrumptious May Arts ribbon for a finishing accent and there it is a new design to share. 

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Design, Grand Finale!


Are you ready for the grand finale to our amazing week of Awesome in Autumn? This week we've been playing with the Quietfire Design team, and have been so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:


The cards designed for this week's blog hop with Quietfire have been so much fun. This particular card though, is one that  I can say would be quite easy to do multiples of for Christmas. Sometimes we create and the efforts become masterpieces, but if you have more than 20 cards to do the design needs to be streamlined. The angel stencil (LJ871)was simply dry embossed in the Big Shot machine. Tips to remember when doing this is to sandwich the stencil to protect it from the rollers at the top and bottom of the pass through rollers. 

My layering through the machine from bottom to top is:
1. Thick white plate or platform without the tabs
2. Stencil face down
3. Cardstock ...spray the back of this with rubbing alcohol- it makes the design sharper without warping
4. Thick rubber mat by Stamping Details (sold at Stencil with Style)
5. Two acrylic plates (the Cuttlebug would be two acrylic "B" plates...be sure that if you do die cutting that you have a set of these for dies and a set for dry embossing your stencils. This cuts down on the stencils being warped by the overused die plates.

Once the embossing is done reposition the stencil onto the dry embossing and stencil with small brushes and either dyes or pigment inks. The embellishing touches were done with white glue and glitter from Art Institute Glitter. The lovely sentiment by Quietfire (stamp 5694)was stamped onto cardstock and the edging was rolled in white glue and sprinkled with Art Glitter.

Would like to thank Quietfire for this opportunity to use their beautiful rubber stamps this week. Don't forget to visit the team listed below and leave some love for an opportunity to win some beautiful materials from their company and ours. Hugs! Will be back on my Autumn track next Thursday.


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Design, Day Four


Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:


Nativity stencil (LL554) and Quietfire Blessed Season (5694)
The Quietfire calligraphy sentiment (5694) by Suzanne is so beautiful I couldn't resist stamping it in blue pigment ink on May Arts satin ribbon. Then I mounted it on layers of cardstock inside the card.

The nativity scene stencil (LL554) was used with the ink transfer technique. This involves spraying the actual stencil, and then setting it onto a clean paper towel face up. To do this I placed it onto a clean paper towel (this gives the excess spray somewhere to be absorbed.) Then I used Blue Lagoon colored Memories Mist (MM20) and sprayed two or three times onto the stencil and then used Stormy Water colored Memories Mist (MM13)...I used less of this darker color because it has a tendency to take over the coloring process because of the strength of the pigment color. Now pick up the sprayed stencil and lay it onto another clean paper towel with the sprayed side facing toward the ceiling. Now you will place glossy cardstock over the sprayed stencil, smoothing the back of the paper with your hand and pull it off of the stencil. The results are the smeared image you see behind the nativity that has an ethereal look. While this background area is drying I cleaned the stencil with a dry paper towel and repositioned it and aligned it onto the now dry background and paste-embossed it with Glossy White Embossing Paste (DGWP). Remove the stencil and sprinkle the wet paste with an ultrafine transparent glitter called Glacier (#211) from Art Glitter. Place it onto a warm place to dry...this will take at least 30 minutes.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Design, Day Three


Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:



Flower Stencil (LX7021) and Faery Stamp (#6080)
I have had my Faery Stamp (#6080) for some time and when we designed the Flower Corner Stencil (LX70210) it seemed like an appropriate collaboration. Today is a continuation of our Quietfire Blog Hop and our Awesome Autumn cross promo with Art Glitter. This card was paste-embossed with Copper Metallic Embossing Paste (DCP) and then the following glitters were applied using a straw cut at an angle (this created a small scoop for very specific application):

One of the things that happens when you are putting the glitter onto embossing pastes in a deliberate way with the straw is that it may take five or ten minutes and the paste is drying the whole time, so this is why I used a base of the copper paste. That way if a small area does not attach to the dried paste the copper color shines through for the continued Autumn theme.

The Quietfire faerie sentiment was stamped with pigment ink and a gold embossing powder was sprinkled and then heated for more golden goodness. It is a striking contrast with the black.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Design, Day Two


Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:



Tree Line Stencil LG745 and Quietfire tree stamp #6387
Continuing on with the awesome theme that we started this month is a stamp by Quietfire designs about Trees (stamp#6387)...as you know I have a real large place in my designing heart for trees and I love Suzanne's sentiment regarding them. The tree line stencil (LG745) was dry embossed onto 80# white cardstock using Tim Holt's Vagabond machine. Remember to spray the back of the cardstock with rubbing alcohol for a sharper embossed image. Then I removed the stencil and did the coloring with a technique called StriƩ. This means that I used large stencil brushes and stroked across the image starting with the lightest color and then built the darker colors one at a time. It does give a more toned or grayed look to your coloration, but that is the beauty of this process of not using a stencil while adding the color. I used pigment ink and Tim Holt's distress inks, but dye inks can be used as well. It is a very quick process and I love to do this technique when I am in a hurry for a card.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dreamweaver and Quietfire Design, Day One


Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:




Large tapestry background LX7001 and Morning glories 6179
I know...blue and white is not exactly keeping with our Awesome Autumn colors this month, but Thursday is challenge day and for our Quietfire Designs blog hop and on that day I promise I will post an Autumn themed creation using their rubber stamps. I love this rubber stamp from Suzanne's collection and couldn't resist blue and white in honor of the design. The morning glories (6179) were stamped with blue pigment ink on white cardstock, then I sprayed it with iridescent Memories Mist spray (MM28). I did that because the background was paste-embossed with Glossy White Embossing Paste (DGWP) and then sprinkled with Crystal (#85) Art Glitter. The shimmer of the  spray looks so great with the crystal glitter. And a May Arts ribbon is a perfect finish.



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter

Ready to be sparkly? This month is our annual collaboration between Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter, and we promise double the glitter and double the fun! Follow the trail of bling all of this month on the Art Glitter blog, and the Dream It Up! blog. Play along with the monthly challenge of "Awesome in Autumn" and link your creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! Thursday posts for a chance to win some stupendous stencils and glamorous glitter! As if that wasn't cool enough, Art Glitter is offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code DW20 and...
Stencil with Style is also offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code SWS20!

Blowing Leaves LG728 with Art Glitter

This beautiful card is done by Willi Haslam of Salt Lake City. She used a various colors of ultra-fine opaque glitters from Art Glitter. Willi just finished her final project for Dreamweaver Stencils Teacher Certification and I asked her permission to show this card off to you. Gracious person that she is...she said, "yes, of course!" Thanks Willi!

Art Glitter has the biggest selection of opaque glitters that I think I have ever seen and ...a combination of opaque glitter on the detail work and transparent glitter on the background area is why we call this technique "Double Glitter". 

The steps are simple, but there are several so here is my take on how she accomplished this.

1. Rub our Hawaiian handmade soap (DHHS) all ove the back of the blowing leaves stencil (LG728). This will keep the stencil safe from sticking permanently to the stick mounting paper. 

2. Brush off the excess soap crumbies from the holes of the stencil. Then remove one side of the release paper from the sticky paper (MPDS) and attach it to a piece of cardstock for stability. Next remove the release paper from the other sticky side and attach the stencil firmly with the soap side down against the tack of the paper. Be sure to press firmly and evenly so the glitter won't flare under the stencil. 

3. Next sprinkle a variety of the opaque glitters in fall colors using a straw cut at an angle. This "tool" is inexpensive and allows you to use small amounts. This variety of warm colors adds to the awesomeness of Autumn.

4. This next step is the most important (I think), so that you won't ruin your stencil. Place the colored glitter side face down on a table so that the stencil is hidden from view. Now gently pull the tacky paper away from the soaped stencil, supporting the stencil with one hand while pulling the paper up with the other hand. This way you are bending the paper and not the stencil.

5. The background area is still tacky so sprinkle ultra-fine transparent crystal glitter all over the tack and rub it in a bit.


Repeat this process on the bookmark inside the card using the falling leaves stencil (LL3004). Willi finished the card with a grommet so a ribbon can be tied into it for a her bookmark.




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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter

Ready to be sparkly? This month is our annual collaboration between Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter, and we promise double the glitter and double the fun! Follow the trail of bling all of this month on the Art Glitter blog, and the Dream It Up! blog. Play along with the monthly challenge of "Awesome in Autumn" and link your creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! Thursday posts for a chance to win some stupendous stencils and glamorous glitter! As if that wasn't cool enough, Art Glitter is offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code DW20 and...
Stencil with Style is also offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code SWS20!

Before I get into the description of this card I need to let you know that our October stencil retreat has been cancelled. We didn't have enough interest to make it happen and I am sure we just didn't get started soon enough advertising it...so we are hoping to do it next year perhaps about the same time, however we will start sooner and give lots of information along the way. 

Next... the awesomeness of Art Glitter!
Jack-o-lanterns Stencil LL531 and HappyHowloween Stencil LG749
My only reservation as I blog about this beautiful glitter today...is that it is very hard to see how beautiful it is with the limitations of photography. Every Thursday this month I will blog about an Autumn creation. Today these "edgy" Jacks are fiery as well...read on to see how that works.

The Halloween creation above was done on two stencils (LL531 Jack-o-lanterns and LG749 Doggie words) using the Black Art Glitter (#79) on wet Glossy Black Embossing Paste (DGKP). But I am getting ahead of myself. I first sprayed the jack-o-lanterns stencil with the Memories Mist called Orange Juice (MM12). While it was wet I placed it on a clean paper towel with the inked side facing up and placed the glossy paper on top of the wet stencil. I smoothed it with my hand on the back of the stencil and then removed the paper immediately. Because it is on glossy paper it takes 5-10 minutes to dry. Once dry I repositioned the stencil on the stencil and paste-embossed the pumpkins with the Glossy Black Embossing Paste, and then after removing the stencil I used the Black Glitter. 


The HappyHowloween stencil (LG749) was also paste-embossed with the Glossy Black Paste (DGKP) and this was sprinkled with the Art Glitter called Pumpkin (#56). I have to admit it looks much sharper in person ...or in this case "in pumpkin".

Don't forget to play along with us this month by linking your creation with the linky tool below...remember the challenge is called Awesome Autumn. 

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