Thursday, March 29, 2012

CAS Dreamweaver Challenge

I borrowed the front panel from a card done by Elaine Benedict, one of the reps for Dreamweaver stencils. I love the Butterfly Stencil (LJ 916 ) that Lynell released right before CHA in the summer. I was having a hard time figuring out how I would use it, until Elaine did this beautiful card with the butterfly as a background for a fall card with Maple leaves. Any way I borrowed the idea of using the butterfly for the background on this card and then used the Maidenhair Fern (LJ 846) for my pasted image. Using a large stencil brush and Bundled Sage ink from Tim Holtz I first started the background by just laying the butterfly on the paper and rouging in the color. I then secured the fern stencil by taping all four sides with removable tape and the pasted the image with Black Matte Paste, removed and cleaned the stencil and waited for the image to dry. When dry I repositioned the stencil, pounced some glue from my Stamp and Stick glue pad on the image and proceeded to paint on the Metallic F/X powders using Glacier, Kiwi and Goldfinch. I say painting because I use a filbert paintbrush to brush the powders onto the image. I then mounted it on a green card stock to make it pop. This is a journal that I will be giving to one of my Rainbow girls this weekend at convention. I love the butterfly as a symbol of new beginnings, and there will be many for this young lady as she graduates from High School and begins her college journey. It has been wonderful to have so many people playing along with our challenge this month and the cards have been spectacular. I hope that you'all keep submitting those cards it has been fun to see what others do with Dreamweaver Stencils. Don't forget to check out the blogs of the other team members listed to the right and come back next Thursday to see our next Challenge.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dreamweaver Challenge : CAS

This week's card was really fun for me. In october my boss and his wife went to France, he asked me what I wanted from France and I told him a great picture of the Eiffel Tower. Not only is he a great dentist and boss, but a fabulous photographer. He made me sheets of pictures that I could use on cards. So I stared by using the Long Stem Rose stencil (LL 375) I placed it on gray paper, taped it down on all four sides and then I pasted the image with Black Matte Paste (DMBP) removed the stencil cleaned and dried it. When the paste was dry I repositioned the stencil over the image and daubered glue over the image, gently pounce the glue so it won't go under the stencil. I used the Palette Stamp and Stick glue pad for this. Using a filbert paint brush I gently brushed on Metallic F/X Kimono Red for the flower and Kiwi for the leaves. I like using a paint brush because it gives me more control over where the mica powders go and I use the underlying black paste as my shadow.I tore down the edge of my gray card stock and adhered it to a red notecard, on the torn edge I did not use any adhesive so that I could tuck part of the picture underneath. I added a black polka dotted bow and voila a simple and elegant card. Now if I could just take as great a picture of my card as my boss does or better yet maybe I'll start having him take pictures of my cards. Any way you'all still have time to play with us on the challenge until the end of the month. If you are having touble using Mr. Linky send your picture to Lynell's e-mail and she will feature it on her blog. To all of you who having been playing with us, we have seen some great creative works of art. Everyone have a creative week and we will see you next Thursday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CAS Challenge Week 3

This week I needed to make a baby shower card for a friend and I thought what a great way to do the Dreamweaver Challenge - Clean and Simple. I picked my paper which I've had for a while, I knew that with all the nieces and nephews I have someone would be having a baby. The paper is from Cloud 9 and has this nice shade of green so I picked a notecard in that shade of green. I used the Baby rattle stencil (LS 87)
and Regular Embossing Paste. I taped the stencil down on all four sides the used my Paste Spreader to paste the image. I then let the paste dry. When the paste was dry I repositioned the stencil and rouged in two shades of pink pigment ink, I started with the lightest one, then added some of the darker. I punched out the paper with the image with a scolloped oval punch (Marvy Uchida ) and then I used the back side of the print paper to punch out a larger scalloped oval. I added a light pink ribbon around the rattles handle. Pretty simple card. Now you can all play with us on our challenge by either sending your card to Lynell's e-mail or putting your card on Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up blog. Hope you have a great weekend being creative ... I know I will, I will be demonstrating Dreamweaver stencils at SCrapbook Expo this Friday in Pleasanton. See you all next week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dream Team CAS Challenge

Welcome back for week 2 of the CAS (clean and simple) challenge. For the challenge this week I used the Hula Girl (LM 273) and the Thank You's stencil (LJ 894) and Matte Black Paste (DMBP). I found this lovely new paper by Graphic 45 (one of my all time favorite paper companies), this one is from the collection Tropical Travelogue and is call Hibiscus Heaven. I even like the back which as tiny peach and ivory bubbles. I found some card stock that complimented the hibiscus paper to make my card. I then used my Hula Girl stencil and after taping the stencil down on all four sides pasted her with the Matte Black Embossing paste using a small piece of the card stock I pasted just the word Mahalo from the Thank you stencil. You can always use bits and pieces from a stencil by just taping out what you don't want. Now it's your turn to play, and while your at it send an e-mail with a picture to Lynell or link your creation to Mr. Linky on the Dream It Up blog. You have the chance to win these two stencils.
pointed+celtic+knot.jpgframe.jpgWell that 's all for now. See you all next week!