Thursday, February 27, 2014

Final Flutters for February and Exciting News!

Today will be our final post for the February Flutters challenge. If you haven't had a chance to link your own creations, be sure to do so this week. We'll extend the time through next Wednesday, March 5th, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. Just follow the prompts on the linkytool at the end of this post, or for more precise HERE.

This is Pam again, as Lynell has only just returned from her whirlwind trip to the UK, and is a little fuzzy still...that's her story and she's sticking to it!

My card here features the new Sailboat stencil, with a very simple technique. I used a small panel of canvas, quickly brushed the ink colors from my Splendor Circus pad in stripes over the surface, overlapping. The Sailboat stencil was placed over the top and taped down on all sides. A small amount of Glossy White Embossing Paste was applied to my Spreader using a palette knife, and then spread across the stencil and up in a quick motion. Another swipe across to gather the excess paste before replacing in the jar, and carefully removing the tape from three sides, leaving a "hinge piece" to lift the stencil up and away. While the canvas panel was set aside to dry, the stencil was immediately put in water and cleaned with a soft nail brush, rinsed, and dried.

I stamped and embossed a portion of a Clear Magic sentiment set from Woodware on a raised banner to finish the card. My intention for this card was to create a retirement card. Who wouldn't want to retire on a boat with the sails fluttering in the breeze?

Before I provide you with the link list for this week, I'd like to share some exciting news! We have a new call out for our 2014-2015 Dream Team. You can read all the info in the post below this, or click HERE. You only have until March 21st, 2014 to submit your creations and info for a chance to be on this wonderful team!

Here's the "B" Team list for this week's challenge:

Don't forget to link your creations below!



Dreamweaver Stencils’ Design Team Call out:

Beginning: March 1, 2014
Ending: March 21, 2014

New team members will be announced:  April 1, 2014

Term from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015
(First posting will be in April 2014)

Do you dream in color? Do you dream in texture? Do you dream in fun? Then the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team wants YOU! We are looking for someone with an organized mind, but still able to think outside the box…or in this case…the stencil.

Here is what we would require from you:

1)   You must have a blog and be willing to post for Dreamweaver Stencils at least twice per month…on Thursdays usually. These posts must be live on time. We understand that emergencies happen. Please let Pam know if you will not be able to post that week. An inconvenience is not an emergency. If you know in advance that you will be away, pre-schedule your blog. If you need advice regarding this, no problem.
2)   You must be able to link your blog to social network sites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
3)   You must be willing to link your posts to at least one online site each week, such as Split Coast Stampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, etc.
4)   You must be willing to play with the monthly challenges and post regarding them, which will include sketches, colorways, inspirations, dimensional items (boxes, frames, quilts, wall hangings, furniture…anything other than a card), and of course…cards.
5)   You must be willing to submit your creations to online magazines, and print magazines in the industry at least two times per year. We understand that whether you are published is at the whims of the editors, but we would like some effort put forth in this, including emailing a copy of your submitted design to Lynell and Pam.
6)   You will be required to create samples for new release product, and physically send them to Dreamweaver Stencils for use on sample boards, industry and retail shows, sales reps, etc. Occasionally your samples can be photographed and emailed. Many times you can receive your samples back after they have been photographed for use. Please note: Occasionally we will reserve the right to change a portion of your samples…a color, a sentiment, a size, in order to provide continuity for displays, etc. If this will be a problem for you, please advise in advance, and know that your samples may not be used at trade and retail shows. This is not an insult to your work. You would not be chosen for the team if we did not think your design-work is top notch. This is regularly done in the industry where selling our product is more important to us than selling YOU.
7)   You will occasionally be required to take part in collaborations between Dreamweaver and other companies, usually in the form of a blog hop, or a time requirement of promoting their products with Dreamweaver. If any of these companies become a conflict of interest for you in regards to other teams you may be working on, please advise Pam in advance.
8)   Occasionally, you may receive new product for you to test and provide your opinion.
9)   Your samples will be cards, scrap pages, mixed media, and dimensional items. We want crafters to see all the multiple ways stencils can be incorporated into their projects. Your samples will need to demonstrate a variety of techniques and products as well. Patterned papers, stamps, and embellishments from other companies can be added, but the stencil designs MUST be the focus.
10) You must provide supply lists and instructions with each sample.
11) You will be expected to sign a form promising not to share any new product info or new designs before release.
12)  You are free to belong to other design teams as long as they are not direct competitors of Dreamweaver Stencils, and you feel you can still meet your obligations as a Dream Team member.
13)  Beginning in 2014, Dreamweaver Stencils will begin an ongoing weekly tutorial on our own YouTube channel. Team members will be required to post a tutorial on that site at least every other month. These need to be video, with step outs, and must be taught with Dreamweaver techniques unless. New techniques are encouraged, but need to be authorized for the video tutorials on this site. The best way for us to gain more customers, and encourage existing ones is by teaching with enthusiasm.

Here is what you can expect from us:

1)   We will provide you with a beginning “kit” including several stencil designs, paste, Metallic F/X, Memories Mists, aluminum, tools, etc. Some of these items you will be allowed to select your own designs, colors, etc.
2)   With each new release, we will send you one each of the stencils designs, and extras that we receive from various companies in the industry for you to play with and incorporate into your samples. We will request that you give these companies credit on your blogs, etc. for these items.
3)   We will provide you with Lynell’s Tips and Techniques video as well as a complete assortment of Technique Sheets. We do not expect you to know these techniques from the start, but be willing to learn and expand your creativity.
4)   Occasionally one of your creations may be used for a display board in stores. You will be given the first opportunity to make the amount necessary and be compensated in cash for your work. This is not expected, but gives you the opportunity to be compensated monetarily.
5)   Another reward opportunity will be available to you for being published in any of the main industry magazines such as Paper Crafts, Just Cards, Scrap & Stamps Arts, Stamper’s Sampler, etc. You will receive a “credit” of $25 for each published item, to spend as you would like on Dreamweaver Stencils and product.
6)   You will be welcomed to the Dream Team Yahoo Group site, which will give you an opportunity to learn from the more experienced members of the team, enjoy the fun of our stenciling “family”, and receive updated bulletins regarding team events. You will have your own “album” where you can upload your designs for the rest of the team to see, and for Lynell or Pam to possibly use in the weekly Dream It Up! Posts (yes, you will receive credit).
7)   You will have a wholesale discount of 50% for purchase of other Dreamweaver Stencils’ product for your use. If you are interested in teaching locally, there are other ways that the company will be willing to help you so that your classes are profitable for all. If you would be interested in becoming a certified instructor for Dreamweaver Stencils, you would have a 50% discount for the certification program.
8)   We take great pride in our Dream Team members, so any opportunity that we can help to promote you and your creativity will be made a priority. We will keep an updated list of the latest editorial calendars for magazines on the group site, or other challenges or opportunities you can go for. There will also be a calendar in the Yahoo Group site for you to keep track of upcoming deadlines and assignments.

This is what we need from you by March 21, 2014:

1)   Samples: at least two cards, and a mixed media and/or dimensional item. At least one item must be stenciled. We realize that many do not have much in the way of stencils, so your creations may be completed in another paper-crafting technique (stamping). Your dimensional item does not need to be mailed…just the flat pieces.
2)   Photos of your samples must be emailed as well. This is important as you will be posting for us on a regular basis, and your pictures need to be crisp, clean, clear, and well lit.
3)   Name, address, phone number, email, blog address, and links to any online galleries that you may be featured. Your blog will be the main view of you. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We don’t expect you to be an English teacher, but these items affect how others perceive you and Dreamweaver Stencils as well.
4)   A couple of paragraphs describing you…why you paper-craft, how long have you been crafting, have you stenciled before? Why do you want to be part of the Dream Team? Why would you be a good addition to the team?

Hopefully we have not scared you off with all these details. You will want to rely on US and we will want to rely on YOU. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Pam at

Please mail your samples by March 21, 2014 to:

Dreamweaver Stencils
Lynell Harlow
Dream Team 2013
1335 Cindee Lane
Colton, CA 92324

Email your personal info and photos to:

Lynell Harlow

Pam Hornschu

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Fluttters, Foil, and Fun!

The Dream Team is still fluttering along, despite our Queen being absent. Pam here, again, and today I'm sharing one of my favorite cards created by Louise Healy. If you ever have the opportunity, and are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend that you take one of her Dreamweaver classes!

As she hasn't written instructions for this card, I'm going to make a studied guess at how this beauty was created. Obviously, Louise has used the large Butterfly stencil. She has paste-embossed it onto white cardstock either with a sludge mix of yellow, orange, and red embossing pastes, or possibly Glossy White paste and then adding Color Solutions inks over the dry pasted surface through the stencil. I do know for sure that she has placed holographic foil over the surface and run it through her laminator...transferring the foil to the pasted surface. This is why you see the reflective hologram effect. Very cool, huh? Once the butterfly was cut out, she popped it up over a panel of cardstock machine-embossed with the Op Art Background, to which the Strié technique was added. A beautiful coordinating patterned paper finishes this card with the feel of being in a wonderful garden. Which is probably just where Louise would love to be, instead of up to her armpits in snow. That's okay, Louise, I'll think of you while in my flowering garden in sunny California. Wink, wink.

Remember...we LOVE it when you play with our challenges, and link them for us to see! Just use the linkytool below, or follow the more explicit directions HERE. For more fluttery inspiration, visit the "A" team below:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fluttery and Swirly for Valentine's Day!

Are you ready for the new Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February? It will be a short month of posts for the Dream Team, but we're pretty excited to share with you our versions of "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. So, come along for the ride and link your own "flutterings" to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. Meanwhile, here's my "fluttering" for the week:

Pam here, posting for Lynell as she is preparing to "flutter" her wings and fly to the UK for a teaching trip with the Woodware UK girls.

This gorgeous card was created by our pal, Elaine Benedict, once again. She has just the best style with stenciling...crisp, clean, pretty, and colorful. She has pasted the newly released Swirly Heart over two panels of cardstock, and covered each with the opposite's color of glitter. A very simple technique, but so wonderful in appearance. As you are using opposite panels, you could easily create at least two cards...paste and glitter one design on one color panel. Do the same with the other color panel. Cut each in half, and you have the makings for two cards! Wouldn't this make a wonderful Valentine, wedding card, invite, anniversary, or just-because card?

Remember, we would love for you to play along with us. Link your own creations to the linkytool at the bottom of this post. If you need more specific directions, click HERE!

Our "B" team has been busy working on creating cards with that "fluttery" feeling. Lea was attempting to make an elephant "flutter"! I wonder... was she able to make that work?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February Flutters/New Challenge and We Have Winners

Are you ready for the new Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February? It will be a short month of posts for the Dream Team, but we're pretty excited to share with you our versions of "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, curtains, sails, etc. So, come along for the ride and link your own "flutterings" to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. At the bottom of this post are two winners for the two contests in January, meanwhile, here's my "fluttering" for the week:

This week I have reposted from Jan 5, 2012. I had one of our readers ask, "how do you add a sentiment onto a background that you have paste embossed"? This is a really detailed post, but hopefully it will address that question, plus inspire you to make a special card for that person in your life that causes your heart to flutter on the upcoming LOVE-ingest day of the year. 

LOVE word (LL498) was paste-embossed onto acetate

I have to admit that Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. And I enjoy sending them to friends, family and even my sweetheart either before, on or after the actual date. One year I missed getting my Christmas cards done, so I did Valentine's Day cards instead. Yes, I am a bit of a heart you can tell by our design line-up.
     This card was not difficult to do. First I dry embossed the large open heart stencil (LJ834), then I left the stencil in place and placed the flower lace stencil (LJ820) on top of it. This way the embossed heart is pushed up as close as possible to the flower lace stencil so that when you paste-emboss the design onto the heart there will be very little gap. I used the Glossy Black Embossing Paste (DGKP) to paste-emboss and used the new paste spreader (LM2010). I especially like this paste spreader for wide open designs like the heart or large background stencils like the flower lace stencil. I immediately removed the stencils and cleaned them. Then I sprinkled the dark purple flocking onto the wet embossing paste. These days I dry things quickly by setting them in my large electric skillet on the warm setting. Pasted items will dry in half the time they usually do when I use this skillet. In this case I just left the flocking piled onto the paste while it was drying. While this was drying I mixed 1/4 tsp. of Plum Royale Metallic F/X (FX07) into 1 Tbsp of the Pearlescent Embossing Paste using the smaller palette knife (DPK). Then I used this mixture and paste-embossed the word "Love" from stencil (LL498) onto acetate or transparency film. Also while I was waiting for these pasted pieces to dry I stenciled the flower lace background design onto the lavender paper using pigment ink and a very large 3/4" stencil brush. This particular stencil has a repeat to it so I could move it around on the larger piece of paper to cover the entire area.
     By now the flocked and pasted heart was dry, but to ensure that the flocking was deeply embedded into the Glossy Black Paste  (DGKP) I warmed up my laminator, placed the heart inside a sleeve of glossy card stock (so the flocking wouldn't get sprinkled inside my laminator) and put the entire heart -flocking and all, through the machine. This way the flocking was impressed into the warmed up embossing paste. I cut out the pasted "Love" from the piece of acetate. I placed a piece of double stick mounting tape onto the back of the acetate and adhered it onto the flocked heart. A piece of Creative Impressions' Eggplant colored crepe ribbon, was tied onto the lavender background card then the mauve striped paper was cut 1/8" larger than the flocked heart and mounted behind it. These two hearts were then mounted using foam mounting tape onto the ribboned cardstock. For a finishing touch an ivory embellishment pin was colored using the Sugarplum Color Solution Ink  (CS208) and placed down through the bow of the ribbon adornment. To finish the card I mounted it onto another piece of metallic pin-striped mauve cardstock.

I noticed today that team member Heidi Erickson's POST also had a dry embossed background and she placed a sentiment on top of could also do this with embossing paste backgrounds. Just a little banner that is stamped or stenciled can be placed on top as well. 

Need more inspiration? Please visit the rest of our fabulous team listed here:

We have winners for our January Challenge + we did an extra little "comment challenge" last week for people that left a comments on the team's posts after reading to the end of my blog! YAY...for Disco Queen...she won for commenting on Terrece's blog, you win any stencil you desire from the "Stencil With Style" website. Email me your address and stencil choice at: and we will ship it to you post haste via snail mail! Now our random winner for the January Challenge is HOLLY and here is a picture of the card she posted:

(So again, Holly and Disco Queen, please choose a stencil from the Stencil with Style site mentioned above and email me your address and stencil choice and we will send you your favorite stencil right away.)

If you are not sure how to play along with our challenges or how to link to the linky tool below just click HERE for more information.

Also scroll down to see what the Die-Cut Diva's are up to with our stencils. Follow the links to join their hop for a chance to win some great Dreamweaver Stencils and product. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Die Cut Divas and Dreamweaver...Feeling Thankful

The Die Cut Divas posted again today with Dreamweaver creations. The one above is by Arlene from "A Bit of This and That". Check out their post today as they are thanking those who follow them, and those who've sponsored them over the past year (including us!). Enter their challenge each week for an opportunity to win one of four Dreamweaver prize packages!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Fun with the Die Cut Divas!

If you are here for this week's Dreamweaver post, scroll down to the next post after viewing this:

The Die Cut Divas have been very busy playing with Dreamweaver stencils, dies, and various products for the month of February. I really encourage you to visit their blog, check out the creativity that runs rampant there, and play along with their monthly challenges! Pssst...they're also giving prizes of Dreamweaver goodies four times this month as an extra incentive! 

The above card was created by Diva Dawn, and can be viewed on the Die Cut Divas blog...along with three other beauties by their team! Such a fun and happy mixed media piece featuring our Leafless Tree Die!