Tuesday, August 30, 2011


We have a winner for this posting who has been chosen using random.org. She was winner #12 of 13.

It is Marijane who made the following comment:  I am thrilled to be getting ideas beyond card-making! All the home-dec art I saw today is really inspiring and with Christmas still a way off, there's time to make some of these darling projects as gifts. You will be remembered long after the Christmas cards are put away! The featured stencil is also one of my favorites.

Please email your snail mail address to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com and I will send your blog winnings.

Our fearless leader, Deborah March, has inspired me with a project she did a few weeks ago! So I CASEd it! Her project was a frame as well and she too, used the Corner Swirls stencil (LJ896). I loved it, but I diverged a bit and used the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP) instead of the white that she chose. I found this frame already painted at a discount store and I couldn't resist the shabby chic finish that was already on the frame. I printed out a photo of my daughter onto just regular copy paper...this gave the picture a grainy appearance. It was only black and white, so to give it a vintage feel I sprayed it with the Memories Mists colors- Pale Ale and Orange Juice. I know there are a lot of mists or sprays out there, but frankly I love these. They dry quickly and they are very saturated in pigment. This sepia toned look was just what I wanted.

Take time to visit the other designers on the hop and don't forget to leave a message or comment...very easy to do. This will give you an opportunity to win some blog candy. In this case it comes in the form of the Dreamweaver Stencils. If you are just starting out here you can even go back to the beginning of the hop and leave comments. Just go to the portion of my blog where the schedule is listed and hop to the blogs that started on Monday. This will increase your opportunity to win a stencil. Your next stop will be to visit Pam Hornschu at: http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Glass fusion by Shirley Parlin owner of www.stencilwithstyle.com
Here are the design teams sites and September 4th they will start to choose the winners, so check back here the 4th and 5th to see if you have won, you can click on your name to take you to the site you have won on and there will be an email address there for you to send us your snail mail addy to, then we can send you your blog winnings:

Monday August 29: 

Tuesday August 30:
Debbie at:http://debfs.blogspot.com/
Winner is Diane
Deborah at: http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/
Winner is #58 of 62 ANN
Kristi at: http://www.kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com/
Winner is Lillian Child

Wednesday August 31:
Siobhan at: http://recoveringstampaholic.blogspot.com/
Winner is Georgina

Thursday September 1:
Dorothy at: https://dorriesdoodles.wordpress.com/
Winner is Kim Reygate
Kristi at: http://www.kristiscreativecafe.blogspot.com/ 
Winner is Marijane
Wendy at: http://www.papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Winner is Karen B

Friday September 2:
Francoise at: http://www.francoisecollection.blogspot.com/
Winner is Junie Moon
Lynell at: http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/
Winner is #12 of 13 Marijane

Saturday September 3:
Georgia at: http://sommrstamping.blogspot.com/
Winner is #7 of 9 SherylH
Terrece at: http://www.made4ubyt.blogspot.com/
Winner is Janine

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday's Dream Schemes/The Last Hurrah!!! +BLOG CANDY in our Future!

Before I get too far into the description of this pretty card...just want you to know that next week Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team will be joining our friends at Woodware Craft Collection in the UK for a fun Blog Hop!  We will be starting on Monday ....so don't forget to leave some comments for a chance to win some yummy blog candy (stencils). Whether you are in the UK or the USA Dreamweaver will find a way to get some goodies to you! Some of us will be posting "anything but a card" and if we do more than one posting we may even sneak a card in there too, so stay connected for the hop.

Today is a free challenge day and since summer is starting to wind down I decided to end with a card I CASEd from my good friend Elaine Benedict. She had done this card with the cherries on regular cardstock and I needed an idea for something to use in a class using the embossing paste on acetate. So mine looks pretty much like hers with that small exception. I first paste embossed the cherry stencil (LM130) on clear acetate with the regular embossing paste (DEP) and set it aside to dry. Next I  stenciled the vertical stripes in the background using the plaid stencil (LX7002) and a cheerful green ink.  Then turned the same stencil ninety degrees and paste embossed the stripes using the new large paste spreader (LM2010). I actually took Elaine's advice and mixed my own metallic yellow paste by mixing a tablespoon of Matte Yellow Embossing Paste (DMYP) into three tablespoons of Pearlescent Embossing Paste (DPP). While this plaid background was drying I took the now dry cherry design and realigned the stencil to add color by stenciling it with brightly colored pigment inks. Remember to start with your lightest color and shade your darker colors on top. I die cut a frame to finish off the raw edges of the acetate and added a bow and bright green embellishment pin (TIPM) for a finishing touch!

Hey by the way...that bow is from Creative Impressions in Colorado. They sell such pretty things for embellishments. Just love them and their products.

I recently visited my folks in Eastern Oregon and the cherries and peaches are in their final stages of being harvested. But this pretty card will live on through the Fall and Winter to remind us that Spring and Summer will be here again. Let's enjoy the warmth while we can!

We would LOVE it if you played along this week...especially since we hope to have lots of activity next week with the blog...you could share your creations with so many more. So sign up with Mr. Linky below and show show show!!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Hi. Pam here this week as Lynell is visiting family. So, I had the fun of creating two things with Wendy's suggested colorway of kraft, red, and ivory. I love this color combo, especially since I'm kind of on a kraft kick right now. For this card I used the newly released "Holiday Greetings" stencil. The ivory panel was run through my embossing machine with the stencil  (remember to spritz the back of the panel with rubbing alcohol for a deeper emboss). Then I replaced the stencil over the embossed areas and rouged gold ink from the Splendor Antique pad over the leaves. Now, see all the tiny red berries? Since I did NOT want to mask off every leaf with tape, I used the uber-perfect Picasso tool to rouge red just in the areas that I wanted. This tool looks odd, but has several areas that are perfect to focus on one area while masking off the others. I highly recommend it! I heat set the ink slightly before applying tiny drops of Copic White ink with the tip of a small stylus tool on the berries and snowy lines on the sentiment. Since my red ended up slightly brick colored, I chose this ribbon with more of a red-brown cast. Actually, this card ends up being quite simple to do, and is easily do-able in multiples for the holidays. Don't you want to know what the Dream Team has come up with for this colorway challenge? I know I do! The list is at right. When you are finished being inspired by them, be sure to link your own creation at the bottom of this post. We'd love to show off YOUR designs as well!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday's Dream Schemes/Free Challenge Today!

This Japanese Maple, four seasons card, is done by Dream Team member, Pam Hornschu. The Japanese Maple stencil (LJ906) was paste-embossed with the regular matte "Dreamweaver Embossing Paste"(DEP) onto an ivory cardstock. Then once it was dry she cut the card into four equal pieces 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" long. She then stenciled one of the leaves  a red/orange Fall color with inks and totally cut out one of the leaves, then mounted it with foam tape. The Summer green was stenciled with a more intense green and the Spring motif was stenciled with a...well...Spring green. To add the shading she used markers and stroked in colors to add a shaded effect. At the bottom of each panel she used a wavy EK edger punch. Then she mounted them all onto a dark brown cardstock. She achieved Winter by not doing any leaves from the branch....as usual a beautiful clever creation Pam!

Follow the sidebar at the right to see what the rest of the design team has posted this week. And if you feel like playing along just add your name to Mr. Linky to link to your blog!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thursday's Dream Schemes/Gearing up for Change

Dreamweaver is gearing up for change. We have 16 new designs that we released to the retail market a couple of weeks ago in Chicago. This sampler represents several of the new background designs. I was inspired by a card that design team member Louise Healy did recently. So I CASEd her creation. Take time to visit the design team's creations by following their names on the sidebar to the right of my post. Here is our sketch for today done by Deborah March (I think...if I am not correct someone please correct me in the comment section.)

To give this card a sharp edginess I cut a two and half inch round out of pewter. I am finding that I love to work with the pewter metal ...it is very soft and malleable. I ran the gear stencil (LJ911) through my die cutting machine with a thin rubber mat and two acrylic plates on top of that. Once through I left the stencil in place and used a paper stump to further emboss the back of the metal by rubbing the stump across the metal and pushing it into the stencil. This serves a dual purpose...not only does it push the metal out to round it a bit more but it also helps to release the metal from the stencil. I then removed the metal and tapped the entire embossed side with a Staz-on ink pad by Tsukineko. I let this ink dry for just a few seconds then took a soft rag made of an old t-shirt and gently rubbed off the excess black ink. I repeated the process on a small piece of metal which I had cut one inch square for the lower right gear. 

The background was stenciled in pigment ink colors on a piece of chipboard. The chipboard gives this steampunk creation a recycled appearance. The stencils used were the stripe stencil (LX7002), the houndstooth (LJ913), the small cathedral window (LJ909), and the optical art (LJ915). The gears were mounted with small pieces of foam mounting tape and then all was backed on a piece of glossy black cardstock.

I have alluded to change, so stay tuned for a different schedule in our blogging. Occasionally the team will all be designing with the exact same stencil and since one of the reasons we love to craft and blog is because we are technique junkies, so we will all be presenting the same technique at the same time. We will also be putting out a challenge for those of you who may want to join the design team. Keep tuned to our blogs and gear up for a wonderful Fall season of crafting with Dreamweaver Stencils. Hope you have fun creating this week. If you are interested in seeing what the team has done follow the sidebar at the right to visit their sites. If you decide to follow the challenge just use Mr. Linky below and we will enjoy having you play along. You can also email me a creation and I will post it here for you. My email is: lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com