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: 
Please email me at 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 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


Alison said...

It's wonderful to learn a bit about the new members of the team! I am thrilled to be working with all of them.

Lea said...

Congratulations to our new team members! It's going to be an awesome year, I can feel it! Beautiful projects today, too! You ladies rocked it!

Louise said...

Welcome to the newbies and welcome back to the returning members (I wasn't about to use the term "oldies"!)

Janeen said...

congrats to the new members and I'm going to have to go dig some stencils out for this weeks challenge. an idea is brewing......... :)

Cherylynn said...

I will so miss being on this year's team but can't wait to see all the incredible creations everyone comes up with! Congratulations to the "newbies"! Have fun and never forget to keep "Dreaming"!

Pam Hornschu said...

Congrats to all of our new Dream Team members. It promises to be a fun year!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful dream team. I'm looking forward to seeing all their wonderful creations over the next year.

Janeen said...

Looking forward to much inspiration. Congrats to the new DT

Con said...

Looks like we will be seeing some great projects; I'm looking forward too that;) I'll be sharing projects because I so enjoying sharing techniques with others. thanks, con

Con said...

I uploaded a 'picture' that I found beautiful in hopes that someone could suggest how I could achieve a 'stencil' project that would look like my inspirational picture. I wasn't sure if I could upload just a picture (#13) if I did wrong, I apologize. thank you so much for any positive suggestions. -con

rose s. said...

looking forward to all the ideas and inspiration from the new team! :)

Stampendous said...

This card is so super fabby!! Love the way you've done the flowers, and the reverse of white on black is always so striking! Thanks so much for working with us this week, always a pleasure.

Diane said...

Looks like you have an amazing Design Team..CONGRATS to all...darn I wish I would of known about the DT!!!

Lyn Bernatovich said...

Love your creation is modern art for sure. I love the dimensional feel to it.

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