Thursday, September 25, 2014

Week 4 Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Fall has definitely arrived! The days have been sunny and warm with just a cool breeze, and the nights are chilly and crisp. I love it! This, to me, is the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year!". But it also means that we need to get busy with all of our holiday card making.

This week I have used one of Dreamweaver's beautiful new embossing folders, FG675 Pine cones embossing folder, and the new LL3047 Happy Holiday stencil. I have a lot of family who live in northern Minnesota, so this card will be for one of them because it has that "Up North" feel. People who live there know what I'm talking about!  Here it is:



I started by embossing the pine cones on cream colored paper. Used a 1/2" stencil brush to add some color to the needles and pine cones. I didn't worry if some color went on the background, if you would prefer the image to be crisper, lay the matching stencil (LG675) over the embossed image before adding color. Then I tore around the image and added darker ink to the torn edge. The Happy Holiday was stenciled using the same brush, torn and edged with ink. The green checked paper in the background is from Authentique and is called Curiosity from the Wonder collection. Some burgundy burlap ribbon from May Arts added a little pop of color without being too bright and has the perfect texture to match the feel of the card.

Be sure to check out the holiday creations from our team members this week:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Week 3 Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

How can it be the third week of September already???? The weather has definitely turned into fall weather, cool sunny days, chilly, chilly nights. I love it! 

It certainly puts me in the mood for starting all my holiday cards. I love Halloween, so I try to do a card for that (I'll share that with you in early October!). Of course, I can't let Thanksgiving slip by without sending cards for that, though I only send about 30-35 of those. 

Then comes Christmas, THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! Especially this year because we will be welcoming our second grandchild Christmas week we hope. I send around 100 or so cards at Christmas time, so I like to get an early start making them and do a couple of different designs.

Here are three cards I designed for my recent class at Memories and Beyond in Downers Grove:
LL3046 Tall Poinsettia Metallic Silver Embossing Paste
with Blue Leafing 

LL3046 Tall Poinsettia and LX7026 Chevron Bkgd
Glossy White Embossing Paste with Crystal glitter sprinkled on the wet paste

LL3046 Tall Poinsettia Double glitter technique using
Art Glitter True Red, Vine, Fool's Gold, and Crystal
This new Poinsettia stencil (LL3046) is so beautiful and looks great in any technique! The new Chevron Bkgd (LX7026)  is such fun to use, notice how the bottom front of the card is trimmed to follow the pattern.

Don't forget to visit the rest of the team blogs for more great holiday inspiration!


Happy Creating,
Louise

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Wow! September is already flying by! 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, and new dies, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my creation for this week:


Holly and swirls die (DL3005) positive image

Holly and swirls die (DL3005) negative image

This is Dreamweaver's wonderful new Holly and swirls die (DL3005) that matches the Holly and swirls stencil (LL3005). Again, by taking care when cutting the image, you get two cards, the positive and the negative. You can get your holiday cards made twice as fast! I used some beautiful washi paper from Hanko Designs, put some of Dreamweaver's double-sided mounting paper on the back, and carefully centered my die, cutting edge down on the front of the paper, then ran it through my die cut machine. I love the new magnetic platform that Sizzix has, it hold the die in place with no tape. The positive image is a little fragile, so you want to use your Dreamweaver Die-cut tool (DCT) to push the cut image out of the die.  I ran a dark green marker around the edge of the positive image before sticking it down on red cardstock. I also ran dark green marker around the outer edge of the negative image before sticking it down to a red mat. After it was on the red mat, I used a black Micron 01 pen around the edges of all the openings to give them more definition and dimension. Mount them on some coordinating papers and you're finished with two cards!



Of course, we have our monthly challenge for you to play along, so post your own holiday creations, and use the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month. We also have our fabulous Guest Designer for the month of September, Wendy Price! Here's the list of our "A" Team with their links for the week:

Louise Healy
Happy Creating,
Louise


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Well, yes, I think fall is the most wonderful time of the year, but...


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, and new dies, 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:

Dual Alphabet Die (DD005)
Nested Stockings Die (DG692)
I just love the versatility of our new Dual Alphabet Dies (DD005). You can use the negative image for one card, like I did, and use the positive images for a second card, or store the pieces in the great storage caddy that comes with the dies and use them with other pieces you've saved! Endless possibilities!!

Dual Alphabet Dies & Storage Caddy  DD005

Today I've paired the alphabets with the smallest of our new Nested Stockings Die (DG692) to create a fun and colorful Christmas card. Finish it off with a cute white ric rak from May Arts, a little glitter on the stockings and you've got it! This is a #10 size card. the base card is 7 3/4" x 9 1/4" folded to 3 7/8" x 9 1/4", the perfect size for this project.

Of course, we have our monthly challenge for you to play along, so post your own holiday creations, and use the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the prize at the end of the month. We also have our fabulous Guest Designer for the month of September, Wendy Price! Here's the list of our "A" Team with their links for the week:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August as an Adjective Finale!

Well, school has begun in our area so it's been appropriate that we broke out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 

Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". 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. 

This week I'm in Cincinnati to celebrate my darling granddaughter's 2nd birthday! So I'm sharing a couple of oldies but goodies with you for this final posting of August. I think they fit the description of august beautifully, see what you think!

Here are my creations for this week:


LL374 - Long stem iris in Metallic Silver Embossing Paste
on white and silver shimmer papers

LL3010 - Tole Heart dry embossed with the Strie technique applied
LJ907 - Damask in background, also dry embossed and the Strie technique applied

See what the "B" team has deemed august this week:



See you in September!


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August as an Adjective continues!

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", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". 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. 

Here's my creation for this week:

LL3011 - Lovebirds Heart 

LL3011 -Lovebirds Heart in Pearlescent Embossing Paste on cream paper

LL3011 - Lovebirds Heart in Glossy Black Embossing Paste on white paper
Of course, everything looks better embellished with a beautiful ribbon from May Arts!


Put on a straight face for the "A" team this week:



Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, August 15, 2014

Christmas in August Grand Finale!


Well, it has been a whirlwind week of creating for Dreamweaver and Woodware UK teams. We have loved sharing with you and hope you have enjoyed our creations! Our goal was to inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of bothDreamweaver 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:


Here's my grande finale creation:


LX7027 Quatrefoil and LL589 Musical Christmas

I knew I had to do something with this beautiful new background stencil, Quatrefoil LX7027. Isn't it gorgeous!!! But at the holidays, I'm all about cards that are easy to mass produce because I make A LOT of cards. This could not be any easier. Simply tape the background stencil to a piece of purple (yes, it actually is purple, I could not get the light to hit it right so that it would photograph as purple and not blue) and use a 1/2" or 3/4" brush to stencil with the beautiful Delicata Golden Glitz ink from Tsukineko. This is by far the easiest metallic gold ink I have ever worked with and a little heat gun on it sets the color so it won't smudge. It looks wonderful just stenciled, but if you want to add a little more dimension, you could dry emboss your image first. The Musical Christmas, LL589, stencil was done the same way, then after I trimmed it to the size I wanted, I used a piece of cardstock as a ruler and edged around the design with the ink too. Mount the instruments onto another layer of purple and use foam tape to mount them to the background. Add to the front of a base card that you have stenciled or stamped with a sentiment.


LL453 Season's Greetings
The image on the front and the sentiment can easily be changed for whatever occasion you need!  Thanks for all the wonderful comments this week, I have enjoyed reading all of them. They are MY inspiration!

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

Happy Creating,
Louise