Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday class at Scrapbook Territory

Had such a great time on Wednesday with the 9 ladies who took my Faux Cross-stitch class. Everyone was able to finish 4 cards and most left with four or five more images to use to create cards. It was a really warm day but everyone seemed to have fun and they were a extremely creative bunch. I love when you show a technique and everyone takes off and adds there own creative touches. Thanks ladies for a wonderful time, look forward to seeing you all soon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Great Classes at Scrapbook Territory

I had two great classes that I taught on Saturday at SCrapbook Territory. Faux Watercolors and Simple cards. I really had a great group of students and I want to thank them for taking those classes, here are the pictures I promised to put on my blog. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me anytime.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dreamweaver Free Challenge week

I can't believe that it's the Fall Equinox already, that means Halloween is on the way. I love Halloween. So I thought it would be fun to show you all a card that I made with that thought in mind. I started with the OptoCheckerboard background using the double glitter technique. You really want to soap the back of the stencil well with vegetable soap ( Handmade Coconut Soap) I always take a small brush and use it to get any of the soap out of the holes in the stencil. Once this is done I place the stencil on double sided mounting paper then sprinkle black glitter ( Glitter Ritz) over the paper. Once I have done this I then remove the the stencil and sprinkle with crystal glitter. I then used the Jack O' Lantern (LL 531) stencil and used the sludge technique with Matte Orange and Matte Yellow paste. I let everything dry and then I layered it all together.Halloween is so much fun, carving pumpkins, candy and all the fun decorations not to mention the costumes. The picture above is one of my favorite costumes. That's my friend Terrece and I dressed up for Halloween. Don't we look fabulous. Hope you are all having a great 2nd day of Fall play along with us by going to the Dreamweaver Dream It UP blog and posting on Mr. Linky. Don't forget to visit the blogs of the rest of the Dream Team and see what sweet treats they are offering today. See you all next week.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Designer Free Challenge Week

As fall is approaching in many area, the California bay area is just starting to really get some warm weather, it has been in the 80's and 90's this week, sure has felt good. I'm starting to think about the holiday cards now but here is one last tribute to summer that I will be teaching in a class I have coming up. The stencil I used is call the Hibiscus pair (LL478) and one of my favorite stencils. It is great for using with the Faux Crosstitch technique that I will be teaching in class. I started with a plain green notecard and added a couple of papers that coordinated with each other for the background. In this case the papers came from BoBunny's Barefoot and Bliss. I taped my stencil to white cardstock and then added light background colors with a stencil brush in this case light yellow and green, I then gently lifted the stencil and inserted the faux cross stitch screen underneath the stencil. Now I start adding darker color to give it the cross stitch look. I used one of the darker colors around the edge of the card and mounted it to a yellow layer of cardstock and popped it off the card. This card is simple, clean and easy.

Make sure to take a tour of what the other dream team designers have done this week and don't forget to come back next week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Winner of my Blog Goodies

The winner of my blog goodies chosen by is : SherylH. Sheryl please send your address to Lynell Harlow at lynell@dreamweaver Thanks for playing along with us on our HOP.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blog Hop with Woodware UK and Dreamweaver Stencils

This week the Dreamweavers design team is parting with the UK Woodware design team to show you innovative ways to use our wonderful Dreamweaver stencils and supplies. All week long watch as we use our stencils (which are fabulous for paper crafting ) in a whole new way. We have posts all week long starting Monday August 29th to September 3rd. At the end of our celebration each designer will randomly select a winner from all her blog comments to recieve a free Dreamweaver stencil. We look forward to you partying along with us.

Here's my entry for today:

I am definately a California Beach girl so I decided to do this cigar box with a beach theme that I will give to my girlfiend for her birthday. I started by painting the box green, then using Dreamweaver's stencil LJ901 (mosaic background) I covered the top using Adirondaack pigment inks in Juniper, Denim and Eggplant. I used a corner of paper from Seaside Retreat by Webster's pages which I torn and then adhered to the left side of the box using Golden Matte Medium. I also punched out some dictionary pages which I added in the same manner.
I then used Golden's Clear Tar Gel that I mixed with Metallic F/X - Kiwi to make sea grass in the lower right corner, to the sea grass I added three small shells. When this was dry I then taped stencil LM181 (seahorse) to the box and pasted with regular embossing paste. I decided to use the Faux Cloisonne technique for my seahorse, so after the paste was dry I repostioned my stecil over the image and pounced in pigment ink. While the ink was still wet I removed the stencil sprinkled the image with UTEE shook off the excess and heated the image with my heat gun. I repeated the process adding more color until I was happy with the way the color looked. Last I added metal element using stencil LM106 ( scallopped shell) with copper meal from Mercart that I ran through my Big Shot. I also added a trinket pin from the Tim Holtz collection with a piece of twine to which I added some beads and I finished with some tinted glass bubbles and Washi tape aroung the bottom of the box.

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