Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christmas and the Holidays/Challenge for September

Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new, soon-to-be-released embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:


Well as you can see I am using more of the background papers that I did last month using our Color Solution Alcohol Inks.  However today I am showing you one of the new stencils... the tall poinsettia stencil (LL3046).

The technique is Molten Magic, I love this technique because you can use any of the glossy embossing pastes and because it requires heating it with a heat gun it is dry almost immediately and ready to put into the mail. So this is another Christmas card creation that can be done very quickly. The only time consuming part is tying that crazy bow...never have been able to render a bow like I want it...LOL!

Here is Molten Magic step-by-step:

1. Paste-emboss the poinsettia (LL3046) with the Metallic Gold Embossing Paste.(DGP).

2. While the paste is still wet sprinkle the centers with "Goldfinch" Metallic F/X. Sprinkle the leaves with Forest and Kiwi Metallic F/X and the flower with Purple Satin and Kimono Red Metallic F/X.

3. Tap off the excess powder into a waste basket.

4. Heat with a hot heat gun. The light weight heat guns won't work you will need a higher powered heat gun. Only heat until it starts to bubble and move the gun immediately to an area that hasn't bubbled yet. Keep the gun moving so that it doesn't burn your paper.

5. Repeat the process on the BELIEVE stencil (LM224) using the same gold paste and then sprinkle it with Goldfinch Metallic F/X and heat it until it bubbles. Finer lined stencils like the believe stencil are going to heat up more quickly, be careful that you don't overheat it.

Please take the time to visit the dream team listed below and leave some love in the way of a comment or two. I have the best design team in the whole world. (No brag just fact). And then make a wonderful card and link your creation below.












Thursday, September 11, 2014

Christmas and the Holidays Challenge/Week#2

Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new, soon-to-be-released embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:


Because I am traveling this month, Rebekka B helped me with another design collaboration. Thanks Rebekka! She is making multiples of this one so the retail stores which carry our stencils and dies can have them to show customers....YOU. We did one of my favorite techniques on this one....Double Glitter. Plus, this time around we also used two of our new designs. We have had the stocking design as a stencil for a long time, but now we have it the same stocking as a die (DG692). This stocking comes nested with two other stockings and the largest is the one you see here and is a good size for a card. After doing the double glitter technique with the large dot stencil twice...the first time with red dots and a green background and the second time with green dots and a red background....the glittery decorative paper was die cut with the new stocking die on both papers. Use one paper for the top of the stocking and the other color for the bottom of the stocking.

The other new design is a chevron background stencil (LX7026) and it was paste-embossed onto black cardstock using the Glossy White Embossing Paste (DGWP) then it was set aside to dry. My tip for faster drying time of your paste-embossed pieces is to set the wet items onto a warming pan for food, or an old electric skillet or electric pancake griddle using the lowest heat setting on the appliance.

A final embellishment is the BELIEVE stencil (LM224) paste-embossed onto a black cardstock cut into a ribbon shape and while the paste is still wet it was sprinkled with opaque glitter. One advantage to using opaque glitter is  that you can use any color of embossing paste under the glitter. I happened to have Metallic Gold Embossing Paste (DGP) on hand so that paste was used. A simple 3/8" satin black ribbon added the final touch....elegant yet fun at the same time. 

Click HERE to see a video I did for a television show called Scrapbook Soup showing how to do the double glitter technique.

Now take time to visit the rest of the team, as well as our guest designer for this month, and see what wonderful holiday cards they've created this week. Don't forget to link your challenge creations for a chance to be one of two random winners for September.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Christmas and the Holidays/New Designs...New Challenge/+Winners



My creation for the first week of our September challenge uses one of our classic designs, the poinsettia (LG700) together with our new dual alphabet dies (DD005). I have been having so much fun with the alphabet and the caddie that holds it, that I couldn't resist sharing it with you. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to discover the winners for August as an Adjective. 

This card couldn't be more simple to do for the upcoming holidays. I cut black linen cardstock and stenciled the poinsettia with Versacraft White ink (by imagine crafts). You can either stipple or rouge the white colored ink using a large stencil brush (NHB 3/4"). It will give you very different results, but both beautiful. Then I squirted a daub of Brilliance from a bottle of re-inker (coral) onto my craft mat. Use the same large stencil brush and load the pink or coral color into it, you may need to rub it into a paper towel a few times to work the color around so that it is all over the tips of the bristles. Also off-load the wet ink just a bit into a dry paper towel. Next stipple this pinkish color onto the now white poinsettia. Doing this will give a speckled looking effect to the design....very similar to some of the recent hybridizations of the red and white poinsettias I have been seeing the past couple of years during the holidays.

Cut out the letters  "J-O-Y" with the dual alpha dies (DD005) and remove the inner alphas out of the rectangular alphabet shape of each letter, set them aside to use on some of your cards. Angle them randomly on the right side of the card. I like to put double sticky paper onto my cardstock before I run the dies through the machine, this way the letters automatically have sticky backing on them. Glue crystals or sequins or brads into the center of the flower. My favorite glue for crystals is Gem-Tac by Beacon Adhesives.

I was so amazed at how quickly this card went together and as it gets closer to the holidays that is something that is essential for making the greeting cards fun to do.

Click HERE to see my post in July...all about different ways to use your dual alphabet and caddie.


The two random winners for our "August as an Adjective" challenge are:

KAREN BALLENTINE
and
GLORIA SHIRR

So send me an email with your favorite stencil request and we will get that to you ASAP! lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com


Now be sure to visit the team that is posting this week ...listed belowl, along with our special Guest Designer for the month of September, Wendy Price. They work hard for Dreamweaver Stencils and we would love to have you leave them some love in the way of a comment or two.






Thursday, August 28, 2014

August as an Adjective: +2 more winners for the Woodware Blog hop



MAY ARTS RIBBON (RA09) wired....+ New stencil jellyfish (LG758)
Well, it is the last week of our August as an Adjective challenge! The team has been doing some very dignified work and some of you have braved the challenge and shared some most "august" cards and scrapbook layouts. THANK YOU! AND...you have a couple more days to post for the challenge. Last week we announced two of our Woodware blog hop winners and told you to check back for the reveal of two more ....chosen by the Woodware team....to see the reveal scroll to the bottom of this post.

Today I am continuing my work with the Color Solution Alcohol Ink backgrounds....inspired by my work a couple of weeks ago (colors used are iceberg, noble fir and a touch of sugarplum)...see my tutorial HERE. Then I am introducing this new stencil which is a MOST "august" sea creature (LG758) extraordinaire....the jellyfish! In creating the card I read up a bit on this miraculous critter and discovered that they aren't always painful to humans. This one isn't dangerous at all!!!

This card was so simply done. Molten Magic is a technique that is one of my favorites when teaching beginners how to work with the embossing pastes. I began by paste-embossing on top of the aquatic colored cardstock using the Pearlescent Embossing Paste (DPP). While this paste is still wet I sprinkled three colors of Metallic F/X (glacier, pixie blush and gold dust). The next step is to tap off the excess powder and while it is still wet (this won't work if it's dry) heat the entire design with a very hot heat gun. ( I have several Ranger heat guns which I absolutely love for most of my heat work, but this needs to be done with a HOT gun like a Marvy or Milwaukee heat gun.) One reason I like the Ranger gun is that it gives an even heat and isn't super LOUD!!! But for this one you need to bring on the "big guns". For the final touch, once the design is dry and bubbled take a Swiffer dust cloth and sweep up the excess powders from your background then you are ready to embellish with the shells, sand, May Arts Ribbon (RA09), etc.




You won't find the jellyfish stencil quite yet in your favorite store, but if you are traveling to Hawaii I will be using this design and technique in a class on Oahu and selling him at the Hawaii Woman Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Center September 5-7. Email if you are wanting more information regarding the class or show hours...hope to see you there: lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com







TWO MORE WINNERS FROM THE WOODWARE BLOG HOP:

Remember I said Dorothy Adam, leader of the Woodware team, would be choosing another winner from their blogs across the pond. Well she chose two just as we did and here they are! 

Julie Staves 
Elena Chamberlain

email me your snail mail addys and we will get your stencil/die packet out to you post haste!

Now take time to visit the team listed below to see what August as an Adjective means to them. And come back and join our challenge...this is a good month to give it a try...not too many have joined the challenge, so the odds are in your favor of being our random winner. Sign up with inlinkz before September 1.




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:
Diane
and
arlsmom aka as Lynda

We will send you your package of winnings when you email me your snail mail address to:
lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com

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!






Friday, August 15, 2014

Christmas in August with Woodware: Hop Day Six...Finale!


Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there are prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Dorothy Adam

Here's my creation for the grand finale:


The Baubles on the left of this card are from Woodware's new Christmas Stamp Collection and the "Believe" is a Dreamweaver Stencils classic (LM224).


For most of the week I showed how to use the Dreamweaver Embossing Pastes...the Believe stencil (LM224) which you see here was paste-embossed with Metallic Gold Embossing Paste (DGP), but because it is a slightly different color than the gold embossing powder used on my stamped baubles, I decided to sprinkle the same gold powder onto the wet gold paste and heat it...so they would all be similar. Not exact...but it is close. 

But my tutorial today is about the background paper that I made with our Color Solution Alcohol inks. I used three colors from our winter collection: Noble Fir, Iceberg and Sugarplum.

I dripped these colors onto a piece of glossy digital paper. Our alcohol inks come out one drop at a time, but if you want a steady flow of ink take a pin or paper clip and poke it into the nozzle, this will break the barrier and ink will flow.

You'll notice that the colors are very saturated compared to the final effect. The process evolves by diluting these colors with the thinner or blending solution. 



Drip the thinner all over the alcohol inks. (By the way you could also do the initial drops on a craft mat, but I wanted more papers finished at the and with more vibrant colors.)

 At this point take a second piece of the same glossy cardstock and smear the two pieces together so that you are creating mirror images of the colors.



This is still quite bright for my baubles so I will drip more of the thinner onto the original ink and  use another piece of cardstock to dilute the image.


Now I have two muted images and one very muted image...just where I want it to be for my bauble background. I stamped the three bauble images with Versamark and then sprinkled them with gold embossing powder and heated them.



A few flecks of gold embossing powder on the final creation adds to the fun. To further embellish I also glued on a variety of sequins and flatback crystals. Here's a close-up to get a better idea of how things look.






So don't forget to make some comments on the team's creations. You never know where the random winners will be chosen from...thank you for all of your lovely comments this week and stop back to see who has won: WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MY USUAL THURSDAY POSTING!

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Christmas in August with Woodware: Hop Day Five






Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!





Here at Dreamweaver Rebekka B. has been working on samples of our new dies for our boards which go out to retailers. This beauty was first paste embossed using the tapestry stencil (LX7001) on a piece of velvet white paper using the two pastes you see below. Read on to see how she achieved her results.


The Glossy Blue Paste (DGBP) and the Pearlescent Pastes (DPP) are mixed 1:1. Which means if you use a tablespoon of one then you use a tablespoon of the other to make your mixture.
After she positioned the stencil on top of the white velvet paper she taped all four edges with removable tape. She then applied the mixture to the paste spreader (LM2010). This tool will change your life when it come to being successful with the paste-embossing technique. 



Using this paste spreader (LM2010) she positions the paste at the top of the tapestry stencil (LX7001) and pulls towards her flattening the tool as it fills in the holes. If there are places that are missed you can go across again. Remove the tape leaving one piece at the top to use as a hinge. This hinged technique allows you to flip the stencil back like a door opening and it will keep the stencil positioned so that it doesn't smear your paste-embossed image.




Once the embossing paste is dry she die cut the paste-embossed paper using the two new nested ornament dies (DG674) . I have been pleased that you can die cut through the embossing pastes. These dies match our oval ornament stencil ( LG674 ). She die cut the top pieces of the ornament out of silver cardstock. And also cut another silver ornament to layer underneath the decorative white and blue one as you see below.

The Happy Holidays stencil (LM139) was paste-embossed with silver embossing paste. Then fine silver cording was tied to the top of the design as a final embellishment. I love how this pearlescent blue paste looks on the velvet paper. It actually is affected by the texture of the velvet paper, but it makes it look even more shimmery.

Beautiful creation Rebekka!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Siobhan the Recovering Stampaholic
Debs Frost

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.