Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dreamweaver Challenge : CAS

After the Dreamweaver Stencils' February challenge of St. Pat's or Green, are you a little tired of green? Then this month provides the opportunity of doing any color you wish...including green. However, you have to keep it clean...and simple! Yep. We are challenging you to create with your Dreamweaver products in a CAS style. This is our way of encouraging you to begin your "Spring Cleaning" a little early, and far more fun than sorting cupboards and washing windows!
I have loved this stencil since the moment I saw it. For today post I used The Tall Poppy (LL3023) and I wanted my card to have a soft quality to it so I decided to use Pan Pastels. These are artist grade and ultra soft. First I ran the Tall Poppy through my big kick to emboss it onto the cardstock, then leaving the stencil in place I added color to my poppy using a small stencil brush and the Pan Pastels. The colors I used were : Bright Yellow Green tint, Bright Yellow Green shade, Orange and Orange shade. I used a light orange card stock and used a green layer underneath the image, I punched on side of the green paper using a Martha Stewart border punch, I added a couple of pearl embellishments and I was done. Clean and Simple just my style.

Now you have the opportunity to play along. Create your own Clean and Simple design (preferably with Dreamweaver Stencils' products) and link it to theDream It Up! blog from your own blog, online gallery, or just sent us an email (lynell@...) of your creation for us to show off on the blog. At the end of March, we will select two winners to win a set of these stencils each:

For more inspiration, please visit the Dream Team blogs...and leave comments, we love that!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


This is our last challenge for February and I hope some of you have been playing along. I have to say that as much as I love green and St. Patty's day I will be glad to move on to a new challenge. Next month's challenge is CAS (clean and simple) this is great for me because that's how I like to work. Any way for this last challenge I used LL345 (square knot) and LS58 (shamrock) this celtic knot was one of the first stencils I ever bought. I started out by picking a mossy colored card stock and also a piece of white smooth card stock. There are so many green ink colors out there that this gives you a starting point. I used the shamrock and two colors of green ink to do the background layer. the colors I used were Stampin Up's Mellow Moss and Tim Holtz Distress ink - Iced Spruce. I used a 1/2 inch stenciling brush to apply the color with the shamrock stencil notice I did this in a random way overlapping some of the shamrocks or only using half or trailing some off the edge. When I was done was this I used the brush and the Mellow Moss around the edge of the white card. I also did this around the edge of the mossy colored card stock although it is much more subtle. on a 3x3 piece piece of moss card stock I pasted the square knot with metallic gold paste and set it aside to dry. Around the shamrocks I used a Spica Gold Glitter Pen from Copic and I edged each card with G99 olive green. I added a ribbon which I tied in a square know then popped the square knot off with pop dots. There you go clean and simple. Now go to the Dream It UP! blog and add your creation by using Mr. Linky if you don't have a URL you and e-mail your creation to Lynell and she will get it onto the blog. It had been real hard to stay at my desk this week because the San Francisco bay area has been enjoying extremely beautiful spring like weather. I hope everyone has a great weekend and take a little time to do something creative. See you next week but don't forget to stop by and check out the blogs of my Dream Team sisters and if you have a minute leave us a little love.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dreamweaver Challenge for February: Going Green or St. Patty's Day

For today's post I wanted to keep it simple, because I just got my art room back and I've been busy setting up. I decided to use the Retro Sitting Kitty (LL3020) and the Big Dot Background (LX 7011). I dry embossed the kitty on white card stock by running it through my big shot and I did the Big dots in the same manner on green card stock. I then added color to the kitty by placing the stencil over the embossed image and using a small stenciling brush I brushed in Adirondack's Willow, once done with that I added Citrus in to areas where I wanted shading. Then sliding a cross stitch screen (SC) underneath I added Adirondack Lettuce just on the tummy, the top of the head and the back leg and base of the tail. The big dot background was done the same way with the same colors only using a 1/2 in stencil brush. I added some twine and a button for my embellishments and to green rhinestones for the eyes.
Now don't forget to play along with us this week for the chance to win the challenge. Go to the Dream It Up! blog and use Mr. Linky to link your card to the blog or e-mail your creation to Lynell and she will get it on the blog. Go now and check out the blogs of my sister Dream Team members and see what they came up with this week.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dreamweaver Challenge for February: Going Green or St. Patty's Day

Well it's Thursday again and this month the challenge is st. Patty's Day or green and in this card I used both. I have a lot of paper thatI have been storing for that perfect card or layout and so I went to my stash and found this great paper from Best Creations. It was different shades of green, had shamrocks and glitter on it what more could a girl ask for. So using that as my jumping off point, I then got out my Shamrock Stencil (LS58 ). the paper I used for my shamrocks is from bazzill basics. I rouged in color using a large 1/2 inch stencil brush and Momento New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves ink. Next I pasted the shamrock in White glossy paste towards the top and then I sprinkled it with green glitter while it was still wet. Then I pasted the two stencils at the bottom using regular embossing paste when that was dry I then used Versacolor Sage and Olive , and Ultra Thick embossing powder to do a Faux Cloisonne look.
When I was done I layered it all together and Voila! a beautiful card for and Irish friend. Last month we had a few people play along with out challenge, all those people are winning the 2 stencils shown on the Dream It UP blog go there to find out what they are. If you are having a hard time using Mr. Linky to get us you creations you can also e-mail Lynell your photo and she will get it onto the blog. But just like the lottery you have to play to win. If you have any questions about todays card leave me your question and e-mail address and I will get you the information. Now y'all get out there and create and have fun. We'll see you here again next week.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dreamweaver Challenge for February: Going Green or St. Patty's Day

For my first post I decided to use the new Pointed Celtic Knot (Lg742) that was released at CHA. The first thing I did was to take glossy paper and marble it using Color Solutions Citron, Pine Bough and Blending solution. When it was dry I pasted the Celtic Knot with Silver Metallic Paste and then when that was dry I leafed it with silver leaf. I then layered the green on black card stock. I layered the black on silver card stock and hand wrote the Irish blessing around the outside and the last line in the center of the knot. I layered it all onto a green card. Cha Was a great time of inspiration so check out the rest of the Dream Team blogs to see what they came up with this week. Now Don't forget to join us in this new challenge and put your creation on Mr. Linky, you could be the winner of this new challenge.