Thursday, December 30, 2010

Love in the New Year (Thursday's Dream Schemes)

I like to think that Spring is just around the corner, even though New Year's Day 2011 is only two days away. These beautiful lovebirds (stencil LL3011) were stenciled by Elaine Benedict in the name of Love (stencil LG697). The birds were paste embossed with the regular embossing paste using the hinge technique. After they were dry she repositioned the clean stencil on top of the pasted image and stenciled the lovebirds with a variety of pigment and metallic inks. She started with a yellow green and then shaded with a darker color of kelly green on the lower half of the image. The yellow beaks and black eyes were shielded with the Picasso stencil shield (LL332), so that the the breasts and heads could then be stenciled bright red. The word "love" was paste embossed with the metallic gold paste and while it was still wet just a bit of gold glitter was added.

As we move into 2011 Dreamweaver will be presenting fifteen new designs. These lovebirds and the tole heart I posted a couple of weeks ago are now ready for purchase. Please feel free to play along with our Thursday's Dream Schemes. The sidebar at the right has all of the Dream Team's names so be sure to head out and see what Love in the New Year is posted on their Dream Schemes. And then leave some love in the comments section of their postings, it is what we live for...Love!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Variation on Double Glitter Technique

Welcome to Thursday's Dream Schemes! I can't believe Christmas is in just a couple days. Hallelujah, let's rejoice, give thanks and sing. (Be sure to laugh a bit too.) Every other week or so we will have a free challenge day, you can do whatever moves your soul. So please create and play along with us. You can follow the Dream Team list on my side bar and see what they have done, some marvelous things today and not all Christmas either. Enjoy!

This technique is a bit of a variation on the double glitter technique. I used the technique with Art Institute Microfine Transparent glitter, the color is called Rock Moss, which is a very soft green. Then I did the background in a transparent crystal glitter by Stampendous. Next I stenciled with a Brilliance ink, the color is called Ivy and it is a Pearlescent pigment ink. With the stencil repositioned, I used one of the curves on the Picasso stencil shield (LL332) and stenciled down through the center of each leaf. I also shaded the edges of all the leaves. Yes, you can stencil on glitter. This opens up so many possibilities, because the glitter still shows through the pigment ink. I like using transparent glitters for this technique, because they are pale and this way the ink really creates and shapes the image. The berries at this point are still the green glitter color (but a pale color because it is transparent glitter), so I added the Brilliance Crimson Pearlescent pigment ink by Tsukineko. I used one of the large holes in Picasso to shield off the green areas while I did this red color. The Rejoice stencil (LS1001) was paste-embossed with Metallic Gold Embossing Paste. For the finishing touch I attached the bow with foam mounting tape and then used the gold three inch embellishment pin and affixed it by pushing it down through the foam tape to protect anyone from being stuck with the sharp tip.

Thanks for visiting, please feel free to play along as we continue our weekly Thursday's Dream Schemes. You can do this by signing up on Mr. Linky and also if you are interested in the instructions on the double glitter technique email me at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday's Dream Schemes

This Thursday's Dream Scheme is a color way challenge for anyone who would like to play along. The Dream Team will be using the Glossy Blue Embossing Paste, but you can use any blue you want with some purple added. Have fun with us. Link your post with our Mr. Linky and we'll go to your site to see your beautiful creations, and be sure to visit the blogs of our Dream Team for more inspiration! You'll see their links on the sidebar on your right.

This card is something old, something new and something blue. I started by dry embossing the corner flourish stencil (LJ896) through my embossing machine...(this is something older), then I paste embossed the "new" tole heart stencil (LL3010) with the Glossy Blue Embossing Paste. Also my ribbon also makes it something "purple" too. Then for a finishing touch I added the initial "P" (from the alphabet stencil LJ850) by dry embossing it by hand on a light table with an embossing tool, took all of two minutes. I mounted the card with foam mounting tape and added the embellishment pin through the ribbon and hid it in the foam mounting tape.

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Auto-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
For best results, use HTML mode to edit this section of the post.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday's Dream Schemes

This beautiful "Christmas" script (LL3009) rendition was done by Lee Kellogg. Lee owns Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, which happens to be two things. It is a unique rubber stamp store in Santa Fe, NM and she also produces her own unique stamp line called "StampaFe Art Rubber Stamps". You will need to visit her web site when you get the chance.

I am always telling my students that the stenciling process a translucent layering of paint through the holes of the stencil. This card epitomizes that age old technique. You'll notice she has layered several colors of greens on the holly leaves (LL3005) and yet you can still see the print from her paper background through the stenciled image. The pages she uses for her backgrounds fit into the category of "GOING GREEN". Use old book pages instead of spending mega bucks on expensive papers. (I admit I love the expensive papers too), but this is not a budget buster. I also love the glitter enhancement, it gives this beautiful card a festive twist!

We sure hope you'll join us this week! Sign up and share your creations with us! We would love to have you as a follower. Share the love by leaving us your comments. My design team appreciates the kudos and be sure to share the site with your friends when you get the chance.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

And the Winners ARE....

the following...

#1. Cin
#2. naush
#3. Cherylynn M.

You will each receive the Christmas tree stencil in the post on the left! And I will send you the instructions to do the double glitter technique that Georgia Sommers used on this tree.

You have 24 hours to email me at and give me your address, so I can send you the stencil.

Thanks to everyone who left comments and joined our challenge. We look forward to having you join us again. Tell your friends to become followers too, so they will know when challenges, hops and blog candy are happening here. Join us tomorrow to see what the team is doing for Thursday's Dream Schemes!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Answering the Challenge!

Just a quick note here and then be sure to read my December 1st post: Wendy has given us a sketch challenge and it looked so pretty and simple I couldn't resist playing along. You can play along too! There is a link at the bottom of December 1st post so you can! Create your card, fill out the information in the widget box and have a chance to win a stencil!

This first sketch challenge was fun to do and really quite simple. Don't forget to go to all the designer's blogs and see their creations. They are all really quite amazing! Just look at the Dream Team sidebar at the right and start with our team leader Deborah and march along the Dreamweaver blogging trail.

This simple candy cane (LL555) card was made with the double glitter technique. I know I have told you how to do it before here on the blog, but if you are interested in written instructions, just send me an email with where you want me email it and I will make it so!

P.S. The way I hid the sharp tip of the embellishment pin on the Season's Greetings (LS91) is to use foam mounting tape on my other pieces. Then I can slide the pin's tip down through the foam pieces to keep people safe.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NEW challenge!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a NEW weekly challenge! Every Thursday, we'll bring you ideas, including fresh sketches, colour combination challenges, and occasion challenges, and hope you'll play with the Dream it Up designers.

This week, we have a sketch challenge created by "our Wendy!"

Tomorrow we'll show you the Dream Team's interpretations of the sketch, so DO come back then!

Meanwhile, if you'd like to play, go ahead and show us YOUR interpretation of our sketch by using our "Mister Linky" below.

We can hardly wait to see what you'll create!

For this inaugural challenge, one lucky participant will receive a Dreamweaver stencil! The random draw will be made on Wednesday December 8th...good luck!

From the Dream Team