Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thoughtful and Thankful Week 3

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. 

I regret to inform you that I did not get anything new made this week. I have been in snowy MN for a family wedding and reunion and just got back Wednesday. I had time to unpack the car, do some laundry, and repack the car to leave today for the One of a Kind show in Madison. Here are the samples from the classes I will be teaching on Friday and Sunday.

Molten Magic Technique

Double Glitter Technique

Framed Butterflies

In addition to those three Dreamweaver Classes, I will be team teaching the Seasonal Tower Class with Dirk (a wonderful, creative friend of mine!).



By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful and Thoughtful Week 2

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. 

I am very thankful for the opportunity to be working for one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met, Lynell Harlow. She is our queen of stencils and is an amazing woman! Thank you Lynell for your friendship, kindness and generosity and for letting be part of this wonderful team of designers.
I'm also thankful for Pinterest! You can get great inspiration from there! My creation today was inspired by a Starburst card layout I saw, click here to see the Pin. I'm rather addicted to Dreamweaver Stencils, so this layout inspired me to use quite a few of them in by design today. Here's what I'm posting for you today:


Starburst Dreamweaver Style!

Inside LJ832 - Cornucopia 
I embossed all the background designs on white cardstock. Used a large stencil brush to apply color to them, then gently swiped the ink pad over just the embossed areas to make them darker, then cut and place them as described in the Pin. If you watch the video she gives the dimensions for all the layers. But here's a quick list of the stencils I used and the paper dimensions.
Stencils for the star burst pattern: LJ907 Damask, LJ910 Rolling hills, LJ912 Triangle weave, LJ913 Houndstooth, LJ914 Herringbone, LJ915 Opto checkerboard.
LJ906 Maple Branch was pasted with Matte Yellow Embossing Paste, stenciled with color when dry, then cut out and mounted on brown cardstock die cut from DD001 Nesting Frames.
The beautiful ribbon is from May Arts. Click here to see all the wonderful products from Dreamweaver Stencils.

One more note. Next week I will be teaching three Dreamweaver classes at the One of a Kind Show in Madison, WI, plus demoing all day Saturday at the Door County Rubber Stamps booth. Be sure to stop by and say hello if you're at the show. If you want more information click on the show name above.

By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "B" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!
Louise Healy
  
Happy Creating,
Louise
An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful and Thoughtful

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork.

This time of year always reminds me to be thankful for my family and friends. I love creating cards for all the various holidays throughout the year and sending them to the special people in my life. What I have discovered over the years is that people LOVE getting handmade cards and most of them appreciate the time and love we put in to making them. The card I'm posting today has several steps but creates such a serene image perfect for this reflective season. It would be great for fall birthdays, sympathy, or Thanksgiving cards. Here's what I created for you today:


How to:
  • Emboss a piece of smooth cream cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") using the LX7002 Plaid stencil
  • Lightly brush over the embossed image with Distress Ink Vintage Photo ink
  • Mount on the front of a black A2 card
  • Place the LX7027 Quatrefoil stencil on cream cardstock (2" x 4")and stencil on Vintage Photo ink, mat on a piece of black cardstock (2 1/8" x 4")
  • Add a beautiful ribbon from May Arts across the Quatrefoil design
  • Adhere over the Plaid layer
  • Cut a cream mat 2 5/8" x 3 3/8" and a black mat 2 3/4" x 3 1/2"
  • Rouge edge of cream mat with Vintage Photo ink
  • Adhere the cream mat to the black mat, use foam tape to attach over the band of Quatrefoil
  • Use the DD001 Nesting frames die to cut a frame from smooth cream cardstock using the second smallest frame die
  • Rouge edges with Vintage Photo ink
  • Adhere to the cream mat
  • Tape LG754 Oak leaves stencil to smooth cream cardstock using removable tape
  • Apply Matte Black Embossing Paste using a palette knife and paste spreader
  • Sprinkle wet paste with Distress Embossing Powder in a combination of brown tones, press in lightly
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Heat emboss the powder using a heat tool, let paste dry completely
  • Cut out one of the leaves and adhere on the small frame
By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy HallowThanksMas!

Wow, what an amazing month the Dream Team has had! Between the 31 Days of Halloween with Smeared and Smudged, the week-long blog hop with Stampendous and Core'dinations, and our own great monthly challenge of Happy HallowThanksMas, the team has been creating like mad scientists! A little Halloween humor there...ok, very little.
This week I'm taking a page from Facebook (more humor, I'm on a roll today!) and doing a TBT (throw back Thursday for those of you who hate acronyms). Since tomorrow is Halloween, and I just could not find the time to participate in the 31 Days fun, I'm re-posting some of my favorite Dreamweaver Halloween cards I've made over the years. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!

LJ816 Spider web, LL515 Pumpkins, and a spider button with googly eyes


LL515 Pumpkins (tape off the other two pumpkins)

LJ816 Spider web, LS28 Spider, LL531 Jack o lanterns, LG749 Dog Words (with a little improvising)

LL3021 Retro standing cat, LM173 Birdbath & LM183 Ice cream cones (to make the hat)

LJ841 Fleur de lis, LL3017 Cameo, hat same as cat, Wicked is an old A Muse stamp

LL429 Long sunflower, LL514 Long pumpkins, LG686 Scarecrow,  LL432 Crows

LL515 Pumpkins, LG616 Leaf texture
LJ874 Fall borders, LM295 Autumn

LJ832 Cornucopia (I used this last week on the mirror project too!)
Remember to visit the entire Dream Team for more inspiration:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy HallowThanksMas Week 4!

Can you tell that sometimes Dream Team's "Fearless Leader", Pam Hornschu, has a hard time deciding on monthly challenges? Since the team will be taking turns all month with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween, and we did a Christmas collaboration with Stampendous and Core'dinations the 13th - 17th, the confusion should be understandable. Therefore...happy HallowThanksMas! As usual, we'd love for you to play along with the challenge and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Just in case you are wondering...NO, YOU DO NOT NEED TO POST SOMETHING WITH ALL THREE HOLIDAYS ON IT! However, you get bonus points for actually using Dreamweaver stencils and product on your creations! And bonus points might actually earn you an extra stencil as our monthly winner...just sayin'!

Here's my creation for this week:


LJ832 Give Thanks stencil
LL515 Pumpkins
LL3008  Tall wheat

LJ832 Give Thanks in Matte Black Embossing Paste with
Metallic FX Powders
Several team members have been participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Smeared and Smudged hop, and we just featured a lot of Christmas designs in our hop last week with the Stampendous and Core'dinations teams, so I thought I'd feature the "Thanks" part of our challenge. 

  • Start with a natural square mirror from Ikea
  • Paint across the bottom with some greens and brown acrylic paints (I used Distress Acrylic Paints) 
  • Move up the mirror with yellows, oranges, rust, and little red, blending them together
  • Dry with a heat tool to make sure the paints are dry
  • Lay the Tall wheat stencil (LL3008) in different areas and stencil with the brown paint
  • Paste emboss the Pumpkins stencil (LL515) on green cardstock with Matte Yellow Embossing Paste, let dry (do this twice)
  • When the pumpins are dry, use the paints to stencil on color
  • Tape off the Give Thanks part of LJ832, place the stencil in the lower left corner of the mirror and paste emboss with Matte Black Embossing Paste
  • Remove stencil and let paste dry for about 8-10 minutes
  • Clean and dry stencil, tape off the cornucopia part, leaving just the words
  • Paste emboss the words in the upper right area of the mirror
  • Remove stencil and let paste dry
  • Use a soft brush to brush Metallic FX powders on the almost dry paste
  • When paste is completely dry, use a swiffer cloth to remove any extra powders
  • Cut out the two sets of Pumpkins, adhere one set flat onto the mirror, use foam mounting tape on the second set

Check out more great HallowThanksMas designs on the design team blogs below:
Louise
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dreamweaver-Stampendous-Core'dinations Day 5!


SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!

Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams have been playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. We've sanded our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of funCore'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:

LJ926 Jumbo Happy Hanukkah paste embossed in Glossy White Embossing Paste
Sprinkle wet paste with Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel and Sky Blue embossing powder, then heat set with a heat tool
Mount onto to the beautiful glitter paper from Core'dinations.
Thanks for all the great comments this week, they are my inspiration! For those of you who love the Pine cone folder as much as I do, here are some cards I made a while back using the stencil (LG675).



Leave a comment for me, and head to the next on the list:
Dreamweaver:
*On Stampendous team as well

Core'dinations:
(will not be posting on their company blog, but individual posts only)

Head on over to the Stampendous blog for links to their posts:



Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dreamweaver-Stampendous-Core'dinations Day 4!


SANDY Claus is Coming to Town!

Yes...SANDY Claus! All of this week, the Stampendous and Dreamweaver teams are playing with a mix of their products, along with some wonderful, SAND-ABLE papers from Core'dinations. Join us as we sand our way to the "core" of all things Christmas and the Holiday season. Of course, there will be prizes, and we give away the best...this time with a mix of funCore'dinations products as well. To be one of three prize package winners, follow the posted link lists each day, leave a comment, and winners will be selected from these comments at the beginning of next week. Here is what you might win:


Here's what I'm showing off today:

Core'dinations blue glitter paper in the background, and their white paper for stamping the adorable Paws to Warm stamp from Stampendous with Memento Tuxedo Black, then colored with COPIC markers. The "snow" in Dreamweaver Stencils Regular Embossing paste sculpted on with the tip of a palette knife and sprinkled with clear glitter

AND...because today is Thursday, and we usually post for our monthly challenge on Thursdays, I'm sharing a card that is perfect for this month's theme of Happy HallowThanksMas!

Dreamweaver's Pumpkins stencil (LL515) paste embossed with Regular Embossing Paste, let it dry, then stencil with inks. The leaf embellishments are from LG616 Leaf texture. Paste emboss with Regular on freezer paper, let dry, stencil with inks, then peel them off the freezer paper and glue them on as an embellishment!
Leave a comment for me, and head to the next on the list:

Dreamweaver:
Louise Healy
*On Stampendous team as well

Core'dinations:
(will not be posting on their company blog, but individual posts only)

Head on over to the Stampendous blog for links to their posts:


Happy Creating,
Louise