Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme's Happy New Year

This has been a busy week for me so I kept my design clean and simple. I started by picking out my paper I used a nice teal color from Coordinations and then I found some handmade paper that had pieces of gold metallic threads. I realized as I started to look at my stencils that I really don't have anything for New Year's so I decided to improvise. I used the Swirl Background stencil (LJ863 ). I used Brillance Galaxy gold. ink with a 1 1/4 stencil brush and brushed in the color on three of the corners. Then I took a piece of my teal card stock and the Celebrate stencil (LS90). I used Gold Metallic paste for the Celebrate and set it aside to dry. While I was waiting for the celebrate to dry I layered the handmade paper onto the teal card stock, wrapped the card with light teal tulle and then I added 2012 by using Thickers "rainboots" glitter stickers. Now I cut the celebrate to the size I wanted and then layered it onto a piece of gold card stock I used foam mounting tape to pop it off the upper left corner. Like I said clean and simple.
Looking forward to a great and creative New Year. Play along with our challenges by going to the Dream It Up blog and linky to Mr. Linky. Don't forget to go to the Dream Teams blogs and check out what they came up with this week. Happy 2012 to everyone!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Burgundy and Gold Dreamweaver Challenge

I really love this card. I love the rich color I was able to get in the background. I started out with the nativity stencil (LL3019) which I pasted in Metallic Gold on burgundy paper. While that was drying I got out the new Color Solutions alcohol inks that Dreamweaver has just released. Using a felt tool and felt from Ranger Industries I put a squeeze of Creme Brulee and Gold on the felt then I put just a drop of Darkest Brown and some of the thinner. I applied this to glossy card stock by twisting and turning the tool as I was applying the color, when I finished putting the color on I then went back with a little more thinner which gives it a marble look. Alcohol ink dries fairly quickly so I was able to use the Prince of Peace stencil (LX7004) right away and that was also pasted with Metallic Gold paste. I then layer everything onto gold card stock. As you can tell by my recent post I tend to be a clean and simple card maker. Congratulations to the new Dream Team members and I hope you have as much fun as the rest of us are. Now everybody check out the rest of the Dream Team creations and dont't forget to come back next week. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sketch Challenge with a Vintage theme.

This week's challenge was a hard one for me, because I really don't do vintage much. I started by picking out a piece of vintage looking paper from Graphic 45. I then decided to use the holly flourish stencil (LG 731) which I pasted on white card stock with Gold Metallic paste. I then pasted Merry Christmas (LS 92) in glossy green paste on a piece of kraft paper. When the green paste was dry I distressed the edges of the paper with Ranger distress ink Walnut Stain. I added some red tulle, and Ivory embellishment pin dipped it gold glitter and a felt flower.
Now go to my sister dream team members and see what they have come up with this week.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dreamweaver Free Challenge week

I love the Christmas season and while I'm just getting started with my decorating our little neighbor hood is in full swing. I don't know why but I always think of snow when the season starts, however the last time it snowed in Castro Valley I was 8 yrs old and that was a very long time ago. For today's post I chose to showcase one of my favorite stencils, the Antelope Snowflake (LL399).
I also used the Swirl background stencil (LJ 863).
The first thing I did was pick out the notecard color I wanted to use, this is a Memory Box notecard and the color is called Thistle, the color is kind of a gray green. After choosing the color I decided on the background stencil because the swirls remind me of how snow might fall. I started by using the Tim Holtz tool with blending foam and rouging in one of his new seasonal distress inks called Iced Spruce then when I had that done I took one of my large stencil brushes and added a little of the other new distress ink call Evergreen Bough. I wanted my snowflake to have that Thistle color so I started with Regular Embossing paste and added Glacier Blue metallic F/X this colors the paste a beautiful turquoise color so then I added just a pinch if Ivy Garden metallic F/X and got just the color I was looking for. You will notice that one side of the snowflake appears lighter then the other and this is because I used a sludge technique. While the paste was still wet I sprinkled a little crystal glitter on it to give the snowflake some sizzle. When the snowflake was dry I used my large stencil brush and just brushed in a little bit of the iced spruce distress ink around the edge of the card. I backed the layered background and the image with a darker card stock and the using mounting tape popped the snowflake off the background. This is a very clean and simple card to do, my very favorite kind of card. I urge you to play with the regular embossing paste and the Metallic F/X and see what colors you can come up with. If you want us to see your creations go to the Dream It Up blog and use Mr. Linky and don't forget to visit the blogs of my Dream Team sisters to see what they have come up with this week.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Turquoise and Silver Dream Scheme Colorway

This colorway was really a challenge for me this week. With this colorway I would have used the snowflake or the ice skates but I've already used them in the last two posts and I really wanted to use a different stencil. So as I was looking through my stencils I found this stencil (LL3019) Nativity. I used the Dreamweaver Silver Metallic Paste on turquoise card stock and then sprinkled it with crystal glitter. I then took a piece of glossy card stock and used Color Solutions, the new artist grade alcohol inks just released, and did a marbling effect for the background layer.
I added silver card stock behind both layers and the layered it all onto a turquoise card. I then add some turquoise tulle to the card. It is a different look for a card I would send for Christmas but I have to say I really like it. Check out the rest of the links to the right to see what my Dream Team sisters have come up with. If you have a creation that you would like to share, go to the Dream It Up blog and link it to Mr. Linky. Hope you are all having a creative holiday season. Come back next week to see our newest creations.