Thursday, August 21, 2014

August as an Adjective Challenge/ Week #3 Plus Woodware Blog Hop Winners

This past week we had the pleasure of hopping with our friends at Woodware in the UK! ...such fun. I enjoyed every minute and would like to thank each and everyone of you for the lovely comments. Below are listed the two winners chosen from the blogs on this side of the "pond" and in a couple of days a winner will be chosen from the blogs of the Woodware team as well! Watch the Woodware blog for notice of the third winner!

Our random winners are:
arlsmom aka as Lynda

We will send you your package of winnings when you email me your snail mail address to:

LJ889 Large Thinking of You and LJ919 Flourish

As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur"....there were several other descriptions too and the word elegant also came into play. Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for.

Today I am posting two cards...I did this first one and then former design team member Heidi Erickson did the second one. I thought they were interesting because one is black cardstock with silver paste and the other is white cardstock with silver paste, both very dignified in their own way.

Isn't it amazing how some of the most elegant creations are actually the most simple? This dignified creation was simply paste-embossed with the metallic Silver Embossing Paste (DSP) and sprinkled with silver glitter. The stencils used were the LJ889 Large Thinking of You which has an art nouveau style border, but the second stencil here the LJ919 corner is also considered an art nouveau design. I really feel that the time period in design history considered "art nouveau" is one of the most elegant or August.

LJ909 small cathedral windows with LL3034 Your wedding
This background is done with a stencil even though it looks like an embossing folder design. The stencils are very easily used to dry emboss using the Big Shot or Cuttlebug or other types of embossing machines. The whole trick is the way you stack the stencil with the plates of your machine. Some people have complained that they ruin the stencils, but it is just a simple trick of keeping the stencil away from the rollers on the machine. Here is the formula: 

1.   First place the stencil onto the thick white plate of your embossing machine, face down. 

2.   Next place the paper on the top of the stencil and if you have a small spray bottle with some rubbing alcohol in it..this is the time to spritz a bit onto the back of the paper. 

3.   The last step is to use a thick rubber embossing mat on top of the sprayed paper...followed by two of the acrylic plates that come with the machine. If you are using the Big Shot do NOT put the tabs under the thick white plate, but rather let them follow through behind. 

Please see what our team has been up to this week in the way of "August as an Adjective" designing and give them some encouragement with a comment or two. Please join us and link your creation below for a chance to win that stencil of choice!


Lea said...

Both cards are lovely! Very august!

Memaw said...

Wow your card is awesome great job thank you for sharing

Pam Hornschu said...

Simple and elegant!

Janice K said...

Two beautiful designs and both very elegant.x

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Fabulous projects again today!!! So excited to see my name as a blog hop winner!!!

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