Friday, November 15, 2013

Quietfire Design November Guest Designer

Happy Friday!!  

I love Susanne's designs from the Silhouette America store.  I think by now, I own them all!!!  The Christmas Tree Calligraphic image available at the Silhouette America Store is also an image from the Christmas is the Day set of nine stamps.

I used a dark card stock and I will explain why in a moment.
The settings I used on the machine were for plain card stock

  • Speed 3
  • Thickness 33
  • Blade 3

With a bit of spray adhesive on the back I placed my die cuts where I wanted them on my card stock.  I them colored the entire sheet with my Copic Air Brush system.  I used an array of greens until I achieved my desired color.

Desired color and airbrushing complete.

To finish the card panel I stated both sizes of trees from the Christmas is the Day set in between my masked trees.  The Merry Christmas is also from the same set.  I stamped and heat embossed on vellum and added a bit of brown ink to the vellum.

The reason I like to use dark card stock as masks is that I can add color over the top, as in this case, I cut black Christmas trees, was able to air brush over the entire top of them with multiple shades of green and I am still able to use them as black trees on a different card.  The sentiment is another Quietfire Design, Hold on to the Spirit of Christmas.

Thank you for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed this post!!
Happy Stamping and cutting!!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils Joins Beacon Adhesives for Holiday Celelbrations.

 This month Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team has collaborated with Beacon Adhesives.

November's challenge is Holiday Celebrations!

  I stared with a new stencil, Vintage Decor LX7022, Gold Metallic Embossing Paste and Beacon Fast Finish.  I taped my stencil down and applied embossing paste.

Set this aside to dry until

it looks like this!!  It is pretty just as it is.

Next I stamped a background image on a piece of white tissue.  

I then placed the stamped tissue on the vase and applied Beacon Fast Finish over the top of the tissue with a paint brush.  I applied Fast Finish until the tissue paper was transparent.

Once dry, this was the result.

For more Dreamweaver Stencil and Beacon Adhesive inspirations, take a looky at these talented ladies….

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils Holiday Celebrations with Ranger Distress Paints

Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger's Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well...paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here's the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer:

This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, "Holiday Celebrations", and for the entire month we will be demonstrating ways to use Beacon Adhesives' entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here's mine:

I couldn't wait to try out the Ranger Distress Paint Mowed Grass!!!   This is my first time trying the paints, so I had to watch Tim's video to see what it could do!!

I liked the idea of wetting down the paint right away.  I used the cool sponge "dauber" and painted the front of a wooden 12 x 12 frame and sprayed it down with a ton a water.  The above photo is a picture of the paint wet .  I love how the water mixes with the paint!!!

After everything was dry, I had done a bit of stenciling with paste, once that was dry, I mixed Chipped Sapphire and Mowed Grass Distress Paint with Stickles Glitter.  Just so you know, mixing the two colors together and the glitter did nothing. 

In the above photo, the holly leaf is so glittery and sparkly because I added extra glitter to the top of the wet paint.

I also pulled out Beacon Gem Tac!  The only way to glue down gems!!

My finished project!  A few fun stencils added and a holiday frame with a tropical photo.

Supplies Used:

Paint: Ranger Distress Paint Mowed Grass, Chipped Sapphire
Glitter: Ranger Dry Stickles

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Quietfire Design November Guest Designer

I am so thrilled to be able to guest design for Quietfire Design this month!!!  

Quietfire Design has beautiful calligraphy word art stamps as well as GREAT cutting files and Silhouette America Cut files.

I started my project with the Snowflake Spray Card cut file that can be found in the Silhouette America cut file store.

The file is designed to cut a spray of snowflakes and the card base with a perforation for folding in one cut.  In my Silhouette software I had to do a few modifications to make the mask I was looking for to achieve my background.  Here are the steps I made…

  •  Ungrouped the image and removed the cut for the card base and the perforation
  •  I duplicated the image, flipped it vertically AND horizontally.  In the below photo, I also added a gray background so you could see what the cut file will look like on your screen. 
My end result  is a mask, so it is important the cut is exactly how I want to place it on my card base.

For this project, I cut removable, clear Contact Paper.

I cut a piece that would be fitting to the size of my project, placed it on the Silhouette cutting mat, with the paper protective backing down.   The contact material was face up on the mat.   My settings for cutting this type of material are:

  1. Speed #1
  2. Thickness #9
  3. Blade #2

With the above settings, I achieved a great cut, that didn't cut through the protective paper backing.  

Once the design is cut, remove all of the extra pieces that are unneeded while the paper protective backing is still attached to the Contact Paper.  In this case, I removed all of the cut snowflakes, because I will be applying ink to those areas.  In the photo below is what the mask lookes like after I have removed all the extra snowflakes and removing the paper backing, but before applying it to my card stock.

You will now understand why it is important to be using removable Contact Paper.  Place your mask, sticky side down onto your card stock and trim around the edge of your card stock.  You will want to trim, so ink isn't applied where it isn't wanted.  Apply your ink, chalk, paint or the medium desired to the snowflake area.   Due to the sticky nature of the Contact Paper, you will see that ink is only where the snowflakes will be.  The mask isn't shifting, making unclear images.  Once the desired color and coverage has been achieved remove your contact paper.


I was lucky enough to stamp two gorgeous images from a Quietfire Design new release, Christmas Is The Day, a great set of 9 stamps.  

The sentiment was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with Detail White EP from Stampendous, my fav!!!

The Flourished Holly Circle was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and I used Copic Sketch Markers to color the holly leaves.  (Copic Sketch G40, G43, G46).  The Flourished Holly Circle is accented with Spellbinders Parisian Motifs die cut.

The background, the decorative circle and sentiment were given an extra element of shimmer with Dreamweaver Stencils Iridescent Memory Mist.  The is the best shimmer spray in the market.  

Thanks for taking  peek at my Quietfire Design creation today!!  
See you in a few days for another fun design!!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils Mysterious and Magical October Challenge!!

Those of you that follow my blog regularly have probably seen Halloween posts from previous years and have seen how "non" scary my Halloween creations are, far from mysterious and for sure not MAGICAL. HAHA.  Those words actually make me chuckle to myself.    What I can bring to this challenge is FUN, COLORFUL and CUTE!!!  

Over the years I have collected hundreds of stencils and when I went through them all one by one, looking for something a bit off the cuff for me, I came across  the ONLY Halloween sentiment I have.  How can you use Happy HOWLoween with out a dog in it??  You just can't.

As you can see from the photo below, Dog Words (LG749) is more than a Halloween sentiment stencil, it is everything dog and darling too!!!    Dog (LL3029) is darling as well (and did you know that there is a matching steel rule die) .  I Zentangled the Dog Stencil on gray card stock tracing my black Copic Microliner with white gel pen.  It is a very simple Zentangle but those are my favorite kind.  

The background was spritzed with Vivid Green Memory Mist and set aside to dry.  If you haven't tried Memory Mists from Dreamweaver Stencils yet, I encourage you to try some.  My favorites are the VIVID colors and the Metallic/Iridescent colors.  They have such nice coverage and easy to use.  Check them out!!!

The sentiment for my card was dry embossed and then heat embossed the fabulously VIVID Orange embossing powder from Stampendous.   I love dry embossing with my Big Shot.  If you all don't remember how, here is the "sandwich": Multi Tab Platform (that came with your Big Shot, open to TAB 1.  Place your Stencil face down on the platform, your card stock over that (don't forget the little spritz of rubbing alcohol), Stamping Dimensions rubber mat, then both acrylic plates over that.  I use both plates on the top with keeping in mind that I want the roller in my Big Shot to be as far away from my stencil as possible.  Now, turn your handle and pass the "sandwich" through the machine.

One your card stock is embossed, keep you your stencil over the embossed area and stamp an embossing ink on the embossed area of your card stock.  Remove your stencil and sprinkle embossing powder over the inked area.  Apply heat.  

Thanks for taking a peek today.  There is still alot more Dreamweaver inspiration to go around today.  Please check out my Dream Team Sisters in Craft!!!  Pure eye candy coming up for you all!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Paper Craft Planet Thursday Tutorial for Dreamweaver Stencils

To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post at the Paper Craft Planet Blog

Welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Tutorial and Giveaway.  It's my turn to share my love for Dreamweaver Stencils and Dies, and to offer a FUN way too receive the stencil of your choice!!  All you will need to do get the stencil of  your dreams is to comment on this blog post and PROMISE you will play along with Dreamweaver Stencil monthly challenges.
Those that know me will concur that I am a procrastinator.  I put things off to the last minute.  I forgot important things, even when their written down on my calendar.  For the reasons listed is why all of my blog posts include words like simple, easy, "Quicky".
In true Wendy Jordan fashion here is a tutorial on how to use Dreamweaver Stencils and Dies to create pretty cards simply, easily and quickly.

Dreamweaver Stencils monthly challenge kicks of today with a Mysterious and Magical theme.  The supplies I used are

Start by cutting the Leafless Tree Die with your die cutting machine.  Dreamweaver Stencils new dies are made of thin steel and are compatible with all die cutting machines on the market.
The tree die cut cardstock will act as a mask.  Place the tree mask in the desired area of a dark color of card stock, in my case I am using black.  With your mask in place directly apply embossing ink onto the dark card stock with complete coverage, over the mask.   Remove the mask.  You should be able to see where the tree was.  Using Metallic FX, a Mica Powder, apply over the embossing ink with a stencil brush.  The technique used to apply the Metallix FX is up to you.  You can stipple the powder with direct "plotting" or you can brush it on.  It is important to cover the entire panel of your black card stock.  You can see that were the mask was, Metallic FX isn't sticking.

The original die cut/mask was used to create the second card stock panel.
Place your mask on another piece of dark card stock and spritz with Dreamweaver Stencils Memory Mists (spray into a box or protect the area in which you're spraying).
In the comparison photo you can see how the two products each create a beautiful shimmery background.

A closer look at the Copper Memory Mist on the Dreamweaver Stencil Leafless Tree Die Cut.

My craft room has amazing natural light, unfortunately, I can't always get the best photos.  I was hoping you can see the beautiful shimmer the two products give.

Finished...Simple, Easy and Quick!
Please take the time to join the Dreamweaver Stencil Dream Team by playing along with the Mysterious and Magical October Challenge.  All of the details can be found at the Dream It Up Blog.  You will find links to all of the Dream Team Members blogs with Challenge Inspiration!!  Also join us on Facebook, Dreamweaver Stencils.  Feel free to check out my own blog, Paper Therapy.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Institute Glitter Awesome Autumn Challenge

Ready to be sparkly? This month is our annual collaboration between Dreamweaver Stencils and Art Glitter, and we promise double the glitter and double the fun! Follow the trail of bling all of this month on the Art Glitter blog, and the Dream It Up! blog. Play along with the monthly challenge of "Awesome in Autumn" and link your creations to the linkytool on the Dream It Up! Thursday posts for a chance to win some stupendous stencils and glamorous glitter! As if that wasn't cool enough, Art Glitter is offering a 20% discount this month if you use the code DW20!

Here's what I've created for today's post:

This week I paste embossed Dreamweaver Stencils new Great Pumpkin stencil (LL3036) with Glossy White Embossing Paste.  Once the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil over the dry paste and started adding drops of Color Solutions Alcohol Inks.  The colors I used were Aspen Leaf, Lemoncello and Mojito Green.  I also added Color Solutions Cleaner/Thinner  over the top of the colored drops. The Cleaner/Thinner allowed the colors to thin and I was able to move the colors around with a cotton swab.

Art Institute Glitter was added with a Zig Glue Pen in the areas that paste wasn't present.  Colors used were:  Opaque Leaf, Transparent Ultra fine Gingerbread and Transparent Ultra Summer Tree.

The sparkle doesn't stop here.  The Dreamweaver Dream Team has each created and Awesome Autumn project and trust me, they will be sparkly!!!

Stencils with Style, Dreamweaver Stencil Online Store is offering 20% off when using the code SWS20 while placing your order.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils and Quietfire Designs Blop Hop!!

Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:

Here's what I've created for today's post:

Well, it's that time of year again, my Father's Birthday!!  Thank goodness that this months challenge is Awesome in Autumn!!  I was able to dry emboss Dreamweaver Stencil Tree Line Stencil (LG745) and applied  a few Fall colored Brilliance inks to the embossed areas.  The sentiment from Quietfire Designs Happy Family with Calligraphic Frame which coordinates with Spellbinders Label One dies.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is one of five stamps in this set and was heat embossed with Stampendous Ivory Embossing Powder.
Check out this week's awesomeness which includes...
Saturday, September 21st:
Quietfire Design Members...
Dream Team members...
and the

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils/Quietfire Designs Stamps Collaboration Day Four

Get ready for an amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! This week we are playing with the Quietfire Design team, and are so excited to play with their amazing images and sentiments. In their beautiful calligraphic style, their quotes and thoughts are the perfect addition to our Dreamweaver designs. Follow along with us, and leave your comments for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages:

Here's what I've created for today's post:
I love Dreamweaver Stencils and the beautiful sentiments by Quietfire Designs.  An elegant card can be created very quickly.
I dry embossed the Dreamweaver Stencil Diamond Grid Stencil (LJ882) onto the white card stock.  Chestnut Liquid Pearls was applied at each corner that is shown.
Quietfire Designs A Journey of a Thousand Miles was stamped with Potter's Clay Ink.

Check out this today's awesomeness which includes...

Friday, September 20th:
Quietfire Design Members...
Dream Team members...
and the

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