Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Birthday! Week 4

Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil! Remember, Dreamweaver Stencils is now a part of Stampendous! Click here to read all about it!

Here's my birthday wish for this week using the fun new Fairy (LG762) stencil:

Paste emboss the Fairy stencil with Regular Embossing Paste, remove stencil
Sprinkle the wings with clear glitter, pressing it VERY gently into the wet paste
Let the paste dry, clean your stencil
Do the same for the "Make a Wish" portion of LG704 Birthday words stencil,
no glitter, just let it dry
Place the clean dry stencil back on the Fairy and use stencil brushes to add color,
the Picasso stencil (LL332) is essential when doing details!
(I used Distress inks - tattered rose, worn lipstick, antique linen)
Color the Make a Wish also

I wish I had left the words white and sprinkled them with glitter, but oh well, next time
To make them a little sparkly I went over the words with a Stardust pen 

I added Stardust pen to the "skin" of my Fairy too!
Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from our "B" team:
 
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Week 3!

Welcome to our Birthday celebration for the year 2015! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

My creation this week didn't turn out how I had first envisioned it, but I really like it. I meant for it to have a more Spring-time feel, because we could use a little Spring here in northern IL! Here's my birthday wish for this week:

LX7014 Daisy background - dry embossed on glossy cardstock, colored with Color Solutions Alcohol Inks
LL548 Daisies - paste embossed with Glossy Black, FX Powders sprinkled on then heated, outlined with a fine tip Sharpie

LG704 Birthday words stenciled with black ink
Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from our "A" team:



Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

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In honor of the merger of Dreamweaver Stencils into the Stampendous company, I used the beautiful fuchsia stamp from Stampendous and LS1010 Sm Happy Birthday from Dreamweaver Stencils. 
I used water base markers to color the fuchsia stamp, spritzed it with a fine mist of water, and stamped it on watercolor paper. Using a small paintbrush and water, I moved the color off the lines, picking up more color from my craft mat as needed. After that had dried a little, I cleaned the stamp, re-inked it with Archival Jet Black, and over stamped the colored image to add back the detail. The Happy Birthday stencil was taped in the lower corner and paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste. A beautiful bow from May Arts finished it off!

Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from our "B" team:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

Happy, happy birthday to my dear friend, Lynell. You are an amazing woman, and I am so grateful you have let me be a part of your team. Wishing you a wonderful, happy year.
Alas, I am still in Cincinnati and have no supplies with me, so Ellie helped me create this masterpiece for your birthday. We had a lot of fun making it and we hope you like it!

The other reason I've gotten nothing created is the birth of our second beautiful granddaughter on December 26th. We have been having a great time playing with Ellie and holding Penny, life is good!
Here are a few pictures:




Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from the Dream Team:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your families a Merry, Merry Christmas!
I'm in Cincinnati enjoying the holidays with my family as we await the birth of our second grandchild. I hope you are able to spend time with family this season too.

I'm reposting a mirror I did last year for my daughter-in-law. I know some of you may have seen it already, so sorry for the repeat, but family takes precedence, especially at this time of the year.


I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "B" team:
 

Merry Christmas,
Louise

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick and Cute Week 3!

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

FJ922 Christmas Borders folder, DD001 Nesting frames die, DG692 Nesting Stockings die
This looks more complicated than it is, here are the simple steps:

  • Use a fine mist spritzer to mist the blue paper before putting it in the Christmas Borders embossing folder (the moisture helps get a deeper image and prevents the paper from tearing)
  • Run the blue paper through your die cut machine
  • Use a heat tool to dry or let it air dry
  • Rub a silver metallic ink pad over the raised design
  • Heat set
  • Use the second smallest frame die from the Nesting frame set to cut a "window" in the blue layer
  • Cut small pieces of kraft cardstock and die cut the second smallest frame from the Nesting frame set
  • Emboss the kraft frame with the Christmas borders stencil, lining it up in the folder to match the "window" you cut from the blue layer
  • Brush the edges of the embossed kraft frame with brown ink
  • Use the smallest stocking die from the Nesting stockings set to cut small stockings from the blue piece cut out of the "window", use kraft cardstock to cut the top of the small stocking (edge with brown ink)
  • Attach the stocking to the embossed kraft frame with foam mounting tape, I added a little loop of twine to the left corner of the top before applying the mounting tape
  • Put a small brad in the twine loop
  • Adhere the blue layer to kraft cardstock that has been edged with brown ink
  • Adhere the kraft frame with the stocking in the "window"

I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "A" team:
Louise Healy
Happy Creating,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quick and Cute Challenge!

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

Pine cones embossing folder - FG675, Merry Christmas stencil - LS92
FG675, LS92, LS25, Distress Inks - forest moss & gathered twigs,
Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival Ink, scraps of decorative paper, jingle bells
  Easy steps:

  • Put the top part of the tag in the embossing folder and run it through your die cut machine
  • Use foam applicators to lightly apply color to the pine cones and branch
  • Tape the Merry Christmas stencil near the bottom of the tage
  • Use a stencil brush and ink to add color to the words
  • Rouge more green ink in the background of the tag
  • Apply a small strip of decorative paper above the words (I went through my scrap buckets and found one)
  • Decorate the back too, using the To/From part of LS25
  • Embellish with jingle bells and May Arts ribbon!


The back is as beautiful as the front!
I have LOTS of scraps to choose from!!
I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "B" team:

Happy Creating,
Louise