Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dreamweaver-Stampendous Blog Hop Day 3!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Faces of Art blog hop! The Dream Team always loves incorporating the great products from Stampendous into our creations.


We were challenged to create using Dreamweaver and Stampendous products, and based on the name of the hop, "Faces of Art".   Here's what I created for you today:



 Today's creation has a more modern feel, I think so anyway. It's almost minimalist in that there are only three images used (plus the ric rak), but I really like how it turned out. From a distance, when it's hanging on a wall, it looks like a vase of flowers on a ledge and a couple of flowers have fallen. 









Up close, you see the detail of the Stampendous Blossom Beauty stamp shine through the acetate flowers.  I was going to add a flourish on the edges, but the more I looked at her, the more I liked her just like this!
Here's how I did it:

  • Stamp the Blossom Beauty face with black ink on white cardstock
  • Color her lips and eyes
  • Place the open plastic template the comes with the stamp set over the stamped face and tape down with removable tape
  • Use a 3/4" stencil brush and light green ink to stencil a little color over the whole face
  • Lay the Fan pattern stencil (LJ813) over the face and tape in place with removable tape
  • Use a 3/4" stencil brush to add more of the same color through the Fan stencil, repeat with a slightly darker shade of green
  • Remove the fan stencil and wipe off the ink with a soft cloth
  • Return the fan stencil over the green then shift it up so the openings are now between the first openings
  • Use a clean 3/4" stencil brush to add a pink ink through the stencil
  • Remove and clean the stencil and the plastic mask
  • Stamp the Blossom image on acetate with Black StazOn ink six times
  • Use the three different size dies to cut two flowers of each size
  • Use Dreamweaver Color Solutions inks on the back of the acetate ( I used Lemoncello, Paprika Red, and Cosmo Pink), you can use an applicator to apply the ink or I just dropped some color around and let it spread, let them dry well
  • Coat a 10" x 10" canvas with white Gesso, let dry
  • Ink edges with stencil brush and the same light green ink from the face
  • Draw a black line 2" up from the bottom edge of the canvas
  • Stencil the fan pattern below the line with the light green color, you will have to move your stencil over, but this is an easy design to line back up
  • Add a little of the pink color above the line
  • Stencil the fan pattern on a piece of white cardstock that is slightly larger than the face, edge with a black marker
  • Layer the face on a black mat, then on the larger stenciled piece and glue to the center of the canvas, lining it up along the black line
  • Glue down the flowers (I use a liquid glue that dries clear and brush it all over the acetate, it does not show that way
  • Add black ric rak around the edge
NOTE: when cutting the acetate flowers, I put the acetate flower on a piece of cardstock and die cut it, otherwise the acetate is too thin and doesn't cut cleanly. (but that could be my acetate, so you should experiment with yours first)


Be sure to hop over to the other designer's Faces of Art postings:


Happy Creating,
Louise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dreamweaver-Stampendous Blog Hop Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Faces of Art blog hop! The Dream Team always loves incorporating the great products from Stampendous into our creations.


We were challenged to create using Dreamweaver and Stampendous products, and based on the name of the hop, "Faces or Art", I have decided to incorporate a few different faces.  Here's what I created for you today:
LG706 - Monstera shape, and LS1014 - Kitty face

Yesterday's tropical face was serene and dreamy. Today's face is a little sly, like he's waiting to jump out at you from behind those leaves! The beautiful Monstera shape stencil (LG706) add a jungle feel to the card, and the Kitty face (LS1014) gives a hint of suspense. I used an ink transfer technique to make both leaves, one on the base card and one on a second piece of paper so I could cut it out. Distress inks were rouged into the background, then the Kitty face was paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste. The flower from the Stampendous Blossom Beauty stamp set was stamped with VersaMark in the lower right corner and sprinkled with Stampendous shabby pink embossing enamel, heat set, then colored with Distress markers. The upper left corner was embossed with Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel.  As a final touch, I added some Stampendous taupe Color fragments in the other corners.
Hop on over to see what the other team members have created for you today!
Louise Healy
Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dreamweaver-Stampendous Blog Hop Day 1!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Faces of Art blog hop! The Dream Team always loves incorporating the great products from Stampendous into our creations.


We were challenged to create using Dreamweaver and Stampendous products, especially two new products from Stampendous, the beautiful Cling Blossom Beauty stamp set that includes the face outline and a large flower, and the matching Blossom Beauty Die Cut Set,  Here's what I created for you today:

LS1003 Dream and LL379 Tall palm trees
This beautiful set from Stampendous was so much fun to work with, and merged perfectly with our wonderful Dreamweaver products! I felt like my girl had a real tropical feel, so I paired her with the Tall Palm Trees stencil (LL379) and the Dream stencil (LS1003). I think this would make a great graduation card. The face and flowers were colored with COPIC markers, and both stencils were paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste. I was a little disappointed in how her cheeks turned out, but for a first try she's not too bad.

Here are our "hoppers"  for Monday:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter!

The Dreamweaver Stencils design team continues with our April Inspirations theme. Be sure to stop over at the DREAM it UP! blog to meet our newest team members and welcome back some returning players!
More BIG news, next week we will be having a blog hop with the Stampendous folks. So be sure to stop back by starting Monday, April 21st to be inspired ALL WEEK!


We are challenged this month to create something based on something that inspired us. Spring has finally started to show its colors here in norther Illinois, so my inspiration came from the daffodils that have started blooming in my garden. Here they are:

And with Easter coming up on Sunday, I knew the perfect stencils to use for my creation.


Here's how it was done:
  • Start with a white window card  and place your Long Daffodil stencil (LL428) on the inside of the card, centered in the window
  • Tape the stencil in place with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Matte Yellow Embossing Paste over the stencil
  • Remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning
  • Let the paste dry
  • Place the clean, dry stencil back over the dry paste, tape in place
  • Use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply pigment inks on the flowers and leaves
  • Remove the stencil and sprinkle the ink with Clear Embossing Powder, tap off excess powder
  • Heat set the powder with a heat tool
  • Let the image cool, then return the stencil and add another coat of inks in slightly deeper tones
  • Remove the stencil and sprinkle the ink with Clear Embossing Powder, tap off excess, heat set
  • Place a piece of printer paper inside the card and close the front
  • Use a 3/4" stencil brush to brush some yellow ink on the front of the card
  • Edge the opening of the window with a gold Krylon pen
  • Tape the Happy Easter stencil (LM234) to a piece of white cardstock
  • Apply a coat of Matte Yellow Embossing Paste
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Let paste dry
  • Mount on a yellow cardstock mat that is edged with Gold Krylon pen
  • Mount it under the daffodils on the front of the card
I hope you've enjoyed learning about my inspiration and take the time to see what the other team members have been inspired by this week!


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Inspirations Week 2!

The Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post on April 17th, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. 
One thing that not many people know about me is that I have a BS in Horticulture and taught high school horticulture for a couple of years. I spent many hours traipsing around the woods in MN looking for various plant materials we were required to learn in our MN Plant Life class. We often would see beautiful mushrooms and shelf fungus during our walks. I still look for them where ever I go. This week I found some beautiful pictures on Pinterest as my inspiration to create this for you:


Here's the Pinterest picture it's based on:




Aren't they both fabulous! Mine was pretty easy to create:

  • Tape your Mushroom stencil (LL3025) to white cardstock with removable tape
  • Apply Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste (DEP) to the image
  • Before removing the stencil, use the edge of your palette knife to make some ridges in the stem areas
  • Remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning
  • Let the paste dry thoroughly
  • Place the clean, dry stencil back over the dry paste, tape in place
  • Use small stencil brushes to apply inks over the image as desired ( I used Memento Inks - Lady Bug and Rhubarb Stalk in the caps, Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa on the stems and grass, and a little Bamboo Leaves on the grass)
  • Remove the stencil and sweep some Rich Cocoa around the edges
  • Use a paintbrush or toothpick to add some small dots of the paste around the caps
  • Let the dots dry 
  • Use a large stencil brush and the Rich Cocoa to stencil some mushrooms around the background of a kraft card base
  • Add some May Arts netted ribbon across the bottom (I cut it in half so it wasn't so wide)
  • Mount the mushrooms on a black mat and use foam tape to add the mushrooms to your card
Be sure to check out what inspired the rest of the team this week:



Happy Creating,
Louise


Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Inspirations

Well we have finally finished with that wintery March and April is showing promises of Spring! My daffodils are about 6" high, and the pansies are starting to perk back up too. The water in my pond is running again and the birds are loving playing in it!

The Dream Team has a spectacular month planned for you...filled with exciting news and inspiration for all of your crafting dreams! The exciting news will be announced in the Dream It Up! post on April 17th, but the "April Inspirations" challenge will run for the entire month. Each team member will post what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. 
I love hats, so one day I did a search on Pinterest for "vintage Easter hats". Wow, there are a LOT of images out there! Here's a few I found:

Sooo sophisticated!
Ok, maybe this one is a little over the top!
Perhaps you prefer the "Downton" look, very classy
The matching purse makes the ensemble!





Ok, these last three are a little more "normal" and really did inspire me to work with Dreamweaver Stencils' Hats stencil (LG671). Here's what I came up with:

LG671 - Hats stencil

Dreamweaver Basics class I will be teaching this weekend up in Door County
at the crafting workshops
Check out what our Guest Designer and the "A" team have been inspired by this week...

Louise Healy


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Madness Final Week!

Well March came in like a lion and it's going out like one too! I thought it was supposed to go out like a lamb, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature! I feel like I WILL go mad if it doesn't warm up soon. Tomorrow is my daughter's first golf match of the spring season...if they can get a tee in the ground!
The project I'm sharing with you this week for the final Dreamweaver Stencils March Madness Anything Goes theme just kind of came to me as I was trying to come up with ideas for samples using the new Dreamweaver Die Cuts.  I had shared my class samples using the new Sailboat stencil (LG755) with you back in February, and I had a couple of extra images left over from the letterpress technique that I had decided not to use for the class, so I decided to use the new Nesting Frames dies (DD001) to create a layered sailboat image and really give it dimension. Here's how it went:
Start with a Letterpress image of the Sailboat stencil . To get that, spray the back of the stencil with Memories Mists inks, I used two shades of blue, and carefully move the stencil to a paper towel on the thick platform of your die cut machine. Place a piece of white paper over the ink, then your rubber embossing mat, and two cutting plates. Run it through the machine and this is what you get!
Place a piece of removable tape face up and line the three smallest frames over the tape, cutting edge up
Carefully pick up the taped dies and place them over the image where you want them, cutting side down, Press the tape
down lightly to prevent the dies from moving during cutting
Sandwich the die and image between two cutting plates, cutting edges up (you won't see the die, just the back of your image) and run it through your die cut machine
Now your layers have been cut into frames
Trim along the edge of the Sailboat design, edge with a dark blue marker, and mount that to a piece of white cardstock that is slightly larger then the trimmed image using double sided adhesive, be sure to put adhesive around the inner edges of the frame openings so this layer stays flat all the way around
Apply one layer of foam tape to the largest frame, two layers to the middle frame, and three layers to the center layer
Go around the edge of each layer with a blue marker, then assemble them back where they belong.  Add them to a matching card embellished with some May Arts white rik rak and you have a beautiful, dimensional card!

I hope you enjoyed being "mad" with me this month, it has been a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who has been playing along with us over at the DREAM it UP! blog, your creations have been wonderful.

Now check out the rest of the team's craziness....oops, creations!

Happy Creating,
Louise