Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holidays in a Hurry

Its Thursday and time for another round of this month's Dreamweaver Stencils' Challenge: Holidays in a Hurry!  In between rushing around and wrapping why not do a bit of doodling while sitting with the family?  Here's a card that can be completed almost anywhere in no time at all:

I used the Jumbo Merry Christmas stencil on green ptterened paper and traced through it with a 0.3 Micron pen.  Then I removed the stencil and colored some letters with my Pitt pens and made some stripes with a 1.0 Micron pen.  Finally I added some accents with a Sharpie white paint pen.   Fast and simple!

Please go check out the rest of A Teams' creations for you today:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Joyeux Noel

Its the first Thursday of the month and time for a new challenge from Dreamweaver Stencils.  No one has a ton of extra time during the holiday season, yet we all find a few minutes here and there to create.  So this month we want to see "Holidays in a Hurry".  It could be a quick gift or gift wrap or even a fast card!

I have a quick card for you today using one of our newest dies, Leafless Tree.  I cut it out in brown cardstock and then gued that over the pre-pasted sister stencil Leafless Tree.  I've also added a touch of glitter to the tops of some of the branches.

Noel was stenciled in brown ink with the Joyeux Noel stencil masked off.

Here's the list of my teammates playing along today:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gift season is almost here...

In the spirit of all the crazy people who will be out shopping on Black Friday this week I thought I'd post a card with this cute little Gifts Kiddo.  He's one of the newest kiddos on the block at Stampendous.

The background was stamped with Holiday Giving and embossed with Red Embossing Tinsel.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils Gifts

 Its still Christmas and Holiday gift time at Dreamweaver Stencils so I created a little corkboard gift.  The Long Stocking was stenciled with Pearlescent Paste and then I added Metallic FX powders and heated it (Molten Magic technique)

Here's a closer look at the stocking:

I also added a small tag using Merry Christmas stencil with Distress ink.  The tag and the old fashioned May Arts bow were added using 3 in 1 adhesive from Beacon.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils with Tim Holtz Distress Paint

Good morning!  Today is the first Thursday of the month and time for a new challenge at Dreamweaver Stencils.  Its all about Holiday gift giving this month.  AND this week we are partnering with Ranger Ink using Tim Hotlz's Distress Paints.  We are also partnering with Beacon all this month.

Today I upcycled a Tazo Tea tin for a ready made gift box.  I painted the top of the tin with the Distress paint then set that aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the tin.

I pulled out my Gelli plate and brayered some Distress paint across that, laid down some stencils and transfered the monoprint onto sticky back canvas.

The ornament die was cut from Tim Holtz tissue paper that was adhered t mixed media paper using Fast Finish from Beacon then painted.

I added part of the Joyeux Noel stencil on top, stenciled onto painted canvas with Red Label paste.  This was then added to the front of the tin after tying some Tim Holtz Crinkle ribbon around the top of the ornament.

Joyeux Noel, Large Flourish, Big Dots stencils (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Red Label embossing Paste (Dreamweaver)
Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany Distress Paint (Ranger)
Claudine Helmuth Sticky back canvas (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments die (Sizzix)
Gelli plate
Tazo tea tin

Here's who's playing today, so be sure to go leave some love:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkin Kiddo

This week is Stampendous' Kiddos showcase week and I have a cute little Pumpkin Kiddo card for you today.  Is she a little doll or what?  I haven't been coloring much lately but the kiddos are always fun to color with copics, speccies, pencils, or whatever you choose.

I colored her with my copics  (E00, E000, YR68, YR16, YR12, YG17, YG23, YG21, E27, E25) then cut her out with a Lifestyle Crafts die and put her aside.

My background was created by filling in a white sheet of cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, and Broken China using a blending tool.  I then stamped the Haunting Background over that in Black archival ink.  She was finished with some layering and a bit of fun chevron ribbon from May Arts.

Be sure to check out what the rest f the team is posting this week on the Stampendous blog.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HAlloween Altered Book

This altered book was one of my favorite projects for Stampendous for July CHA.  It began life as a duplicate hard back book (otherwise I could never bring myself to paint it!)

The cover was painted in Hematite Maya Gold paint and after that dried the fun began!

My focal point is the new Mirror Mirror stamp from Stampendous.  I stamped her in Versamark ink on previously painted paper then embossed her in Aged Black embossing Enamel then set this aside.

On the book itself I added multiple layers of paper (Echo Park), stenciling (Copper Embossing Creme through Ronda Palazzari's Quatrefoil stencil from The Crafter's Workshop), and moe stamping with Haunting Background embossed in Aged Spice.

I added some black Mesh ribbon from May Arts...

And lots of fall flowers from Petaloo...

Overall a very fun cover to alter!  Plus the insides began to take shape but I of course forgot to take picture of the inside before I mailed it off, LOL.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gelli Printing with Tim Holtz Distress Paints

Good morning!  I'm up today on Paper Craft Planet with a tutorial for you using my Gelli plate and the new Tim Holtz Distress paint colors.  Here's the finished journal page that I did in my Dylusions Mini Journal:

First you need to gather your supplies.  I used my Gelli plate, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Tim Holtz's new layering stencils,  and a brayer.

Even though the Distress Paints have a dauber on top its easier for this technique to open the lid and pour out a few drops.  Be careful, the distress paint is more fluid than most paints you would usually use for Gelli-printing so it pours out quickly!

Next brayer the paint into a thin coat, slightly mixing the colors but not too much.  You still want to see the variegation.  After I brayered it out I used a spatula (that I cut grooves into) to create some texture.

Place your journal or other paper onto the Gelli plate and rub.

Next I cleaned the rest of the greens off and brayered some reds. I added a stencil on top then pressed my page over the gelli again.

This is what it looked like at this point:

Next I added darker greens and a new stencil and transfered that to my page:

Then it looked like this:

I added some background stamping an inked y edges with the dark green paint:

Finally I added some Dylusions images that I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with a waterbrush and distress paint:

Gelli plate (Gelli Arts)
Brayer (Ranger)
Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Bundled Sage Distress Paint (Ranger)
Black Archival pad (Ranger)
Christmas Backgrounds, Christmas Borders, Christmas Words, Day of the Heads Dylusions stamps (Ranger)
Distress Watercolor paper (Ranger)
Dylusions small journal (Ranger)
Copic multi liner

Do you have a gelli plate that you bought and then stashed away?  Pull it out and try it!

Friday, October 18, 2013

3L Scrapbook Adhesives and Stampendous Bog Hop

Welcome to the Stampendous and 3L Scrapbook Adhesives Blog Hop!  I hope you've enjoyed the multitude of adorable samples this week and we have so much more in store for you today!

Today I have a sample I created for the July CHA show for Stampendous.  It started as a little book that I painted in 3D Stamp Paint (from Viva Decor).  

Next I stamped the flourish border from Angel Trumpet in versamark ink and then embossed that in Aged Gold Embossing Enamel from the Gold Encrusted Jewel Kit.  I added more of the powder to the edges and some Gilded Mica and Champagne Glass Glitter.

Angel Sisters was stamped on white cardstock and colored with my copics.  This was then adhered to the book front with Crafty Foam Tape...this stuff sticks to all kinds of fun surfaces including paint!

OK, so don't forget to comment along the way, the more you comment the more chances you have to win one of three prize packs (randomly drawn from US entries)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mysterious and Magical

Its all about the magical and mysterious time of Halloween and Fall at Dreamweaver Stencils this month.   Have you joined our challenge?  You still have 2 weeks to enter to win!

I am pulling one from the archives for you today.  We have had a doozy of a virus go through our house.  I've been feeling better the last few days but I'm still seriously dragging and keep taking long naps after work.  Sigh.

This dragon card is from a long time back and still one of my favs.  And what's more magical than a dragon? I used the Dragon stencil and applied versamark ink then after removing the stencil I added red, orange, and gold embossing powders to him.

Here's today's list of players so go leave everyone some love!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stampendous and 3L Scrapbook Adhesives

Good morning!  This week Stampendous is teaming up with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  I have a card for you peeking one of the newest Jumbo Stamps,  Top Hat Snowman.  Is he the cutest little fat snowman ever or what?

He's been stamped and embossed with Vintage Mahogany Tinsel, colored with my Copics and then cut out and popped up with my favorite ever dimensional adhesive,  Crafty Foam Tape.  It comes in a big roll and I can tear off whatever length I want instead of having to use a million foam squares!

My background was stamped with one of the other stamps in the set, repeating over my entire background in Festve Berries Distress ink.  I also added a touch of Washi Tape and a button on top of that using Dodz (a double sided adhesive like a glue dot).

Jumbo Top Hat Snowman (Stampendous)
Vintage Mahogany Embossing Tinsel (Stampendous)
Festive Berries Distress ink (Ranger)
Versamark Ink (Tsukineko)
Kraft, White cardstock
Dodz, Crafty Foam Tape, My Stik (3L)
Washi tape (Bella Blvd)
Button (stash)
twine (May Arts)
Copics (E79, E74, E71, R89, R59, R29, R27, G24, G21, B21, YR14)

Playing today:

Stampendous Impressions

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog

Jamie Martin

Krissy Fossmeyer

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Good morning!  I am back from a long weekend of fabulous classes from some of the best teachers/designers in the industry and I have photos to share another day.  But today being the first Thursday of the month means a new challenge unfolds at DWS!  This month our challenge at Dreamweaver Stencils is about everything magical and mystical.

I have created a simple Halloween card for you combing a relatively new stencil destined to become a classic and its matching new die.  I first pasted the Leafless Tree stencil with Matte Black Embossing Paste.  While that was drying I cut the matching Leafless Tree die with patterned paper.

After the paste is totally dry I adhered the tree diecut over the top and slightly off set which gives a wonderful shadow effect.

I also added a quick sentiment by cutting out a piece of coordinating paper.  Both papers are from We R Memory Keepers.

Be sure to see what our other designers on Team A (and our special October guest Alison) have created for you this week:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Gelli printing in my Dylusions Mini Journal

Here's a page for you that I did in my Mini Journal a few weeks ago but never got around to blogging about for some reason. 

I began by playing around with my Gelli plate for the first time...yeah me!!  On top of the Gelli background I stamped a small border in Archival then added some cut outs from new Dylusions sets...This Old House, Day of the Heads, and Pin Up Queen.  I stamped my images on watercolor paper then colored them with Dylusions ink.

Hope you enjoy!  I'm at a weekend of classes with Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, Canvas Corp, Petaloo, Maya Road and more!  Pics to come soon!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Shattered Circles Flowers

A couple of weeks ago I taught my first Pan Pastels class at Betty's.  It was an all day affair and tons of fun.  After we worked in our Visual Journals learning new techniques we put some of those techniques to use in creating this small canvas.

The flowers were created with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Shattered Circles stencils from The Crafter's Workshop.  The larger ones were done with the 12x12 version using Molding Paste and then painted over with the Pan Pastels. The smaller ones were done with the same stencil in the 6x6 version and we painted directly through the stencil.

Inside circles are book text punched out.  Stems were free painted and the leaves were stenciled with Dyan Reaveley's newest Leaf Flourish stencil.

The sentiment on the tag is from a relatively new Tim Holtz set called Way with Words.

Here's a few pics from the class:

I had a fun crowd this day, Lynn, Kathy, Sharon, Judy, Peggy, and Dow.  

That's a lot of Pan Pastel love going on!

If you'd like to schedule a Pan Pastel class, leave me a comment and we'll schedule one on the store.  I can also travel to you if you are in the Carolinas area but not local and can gather some friends.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Quietfire Design Blog Hop

It's blog hop day!  I hope you've enjoyed all the lovely samples this week from the Dreamweaver Stencils and Quietfire Design collaboration.  Don't forget we have prizes to be won as well, so leave tons of comments!

Today in keeping with our Awesome Autumn challenge theme of the month I created a simple card with some fall colors.  I used the Bare Trees Stencil which was sprayed with Amaretto Memories Mist  and then dry embossed onto pattern paper from Prima.

I added a touch of glitter for leaves using Hologram UF glitter from Art Glitter with a glue pen.  My sentiment was stamped with A Journey of a Thousand Miles.

Be sure to hop along today for more chances to win stamps and stencils:

Quietfire Design Members...
Dream Team members...
and the

Friday, September 20, 2013

Stampendous Jumbo Leaves Journal page

Today I have a journal page that I created last week featuring the new Jumbo Leaves from Stampendous.  I wanted to play with mixing Glimmer Mist sprays and my Pan Pastels and the clear FREE masks that come with the new Jumbo stamps were a perfect pairing!

I began by placing the leaf masks over my blank journal page and then spraying Glimmer Mists on top then moving the masks and repeating.

I then swiped some light color Pan Pastels across the page and then sponged more Pan Pastels through the Quatrefoil stencil from The Crafter's Workshop by Ronda Palazzari.  Here's a closer look at the masked effect on the finished page:

I also stamped a few of the Jumbo Leaves on the background in Distress ink:

On the side of the page is a piece of Kraft damask cardstock from Canvas Corp that I sprayed with more Glimmer Mist, glued to my page with Beacon Fast Finish, and continued my Pan Pastel stenciling onto.

Finally for the focal point I stamped a bunch of the leaves onto a text print from Bazzill in Versamark and then added a mix of Aged Spice, Aged Scarlet, and Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel to and heated.

I cut these leaves out and added them as a cluster to my page and added a sentiment cutout from Canvas Corp.

Hope you enjoy!  Be sure to check the Stampendous blog for links to more of our DT's fall peeks this week!