Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Little Birdie Told Me. . .



 . . .that we're celebrating the Queen's birthday this week.   Well. . .the Queen of Stencils, Lynell Harlow, that is. Actually, her birthday is on Saturday, but we're surprising her by posting birthday cards in her honor today. Nothing like making you feel OLD sooner than necessary, right Lynell? You'll even see a few familiar names in our lineup, as some of us on the teaching team are whooping it up for her as well.
In addition to our birthday party, we are also beginning a new year and a new monthly challenge. In honor of all those resolutions we hope to achieve, our challenge is "Losing the Weight...AKA Clean and Simple (CAS)". If we all try really hard to simplify our design-work without losing our creativity, we can all say at the end of the month that we've lost some weight! Maybe not off of our waistlines, but at least off of our cards! Gotta start somewhere! 

So follow the links below to see what we've created to celebrate Lynell's birthday.


Happy New Year,
Liz




Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays Everyone





Wishing everyone of you the happiest of holidays 
and all the best in the New Year

And for your New Year's resolution:
Remember to set aside some time to create crafty goodness.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn Birthdays

Our family celebrates a lot of birthdays in September and October and I sometimes run short of cards (you know . . . like the shoemaker's kids not having any shoes).   Here's an easy way to stay ahead of the game.  
 Using the power pasting technique, paste as many cards as you think you might need then add the finishing touches and assemble them as time permits.   For example, paste 12 card panels using the Spider Mums (LJ892) stencil and glossy black paste.  Let them dry and then put them aside with a sheet of wax paper between each panel until needed.   To finish the card, reposition the stencil over the image and tape the corners to hold in place.  With a dauber, apply Versamark watermark ink to the exposed paste.  Using a clean paint brush, dust a layer of Metallic F/X powder (I used Peach, Plum Royal, Pink Blaze, Forestry and Kiwi) over the watermark ink in colors that will coordinate with your background paper.  Remove the stencil and dust off any remaining powder with a soft cloth or brush.  (A Swiffer Dry Sweeper also works well for this.)  Stamp the appropriate sentiment and you're done!

We'll be using this stencil and the Molten Magic technique in Saturday's class at Memories Live On.  Register on-line or call the store at 408-446-9910 to save a space in the craft room.

Happy crafting,
Liz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall is in the air . . .

. . . and there are some wonderful Dreamweaver Stencils to translate that feeling into card making or scrapbooking.   I've chosen three for a stencil class at Memories Live On in Cupertino on Saturday, September 28 (1:00-4:00 p.m.; $25 class fee).  Call the store at 408-446-9901 to register.






The new technique we'll be learning is faux ceramic tile (or window pane) and we'll re-visit the Molten Magic technique we learned a few months ago. 

Remember to set aside some time to do something creative this weekend.

Until the next post, happy crafting,

Liz

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's been a while . . .



Time does go by quickly when you get caught in the day to day activities of life.  But I'm back with lots of card making and paper-crafts projects to share. 

Dreamweaver Stencils is till my fave and today's card uses a new release  Shasta Flower (LL3031) and the Faux Cloisonne technique.   I can't share the details now, as it is a card I will be teaching at Memories Live On in Cupertino, CA on August 24.   If you're interested in the class, call 408-446-9901 to register.

And don't forget to check the crafty projects the new design team has created for you.  You'll find the links on the sidebar.

Until next time,

Happy crafting,
Liz

Thursday, March 28, 2013

So Long, Farewell, Ciao . . .

 . . . my time on the fabulous Dreamweaver Design Team is up.  Where most teams offer a year-long adventure at best, I've been very fortunate to have worked with this amazingly talented group for two and a half years.  I'll still be posting projects on a regular basis, though just not on Thursdays – that's still reserved for the Dream Team.  And I'll still be teaching with the fabulous products from Dreamweaver Stencils and will post information about classes on this blog's sidebar. 

For my last post, I've tried to capture on paper the very beautiful wisteria blossoms that adorn the exterior of the Filoli Estate not far from where I live.  It's an amazing display and I've even taken wisteria pruning classes there in the hope that my one plant will aspire to grandeur.


Here's what you'll need:
Wisteria LG725
Translucent Embossing Paste DEPT
Palette Knife DPK
Paste Spreader LM2010
Ink (your choice)
Stencil Brushes
Removable Tape
Ribbon or other embellishment of your choice

Here's what to do:
Position stencil on card stock and apply color in light shades to wisteria blossoms only.   This will create the background and give depth to the image.  Clean stencil and reposition it a little higher and to the right of the wisteria blossoms you just colored.  Apply ink in darker shades to blossoms and leaves.  Remove stencil and clean it.  Reposition stencil over blossoms and leaves and tape on all sides.  Using palette knife, put some translucent paste on paste spreader and spread evenly over stencil.  Remove stencil and set card aside to dry (paste will dry clear).  Return unused paste to jar; wash and dry stencil, palette knife and paste spreader.  Adhere card to mats.  Add ribbon or other embellishment and adhere to card front.

There's still a few days left to enter this month's "Bloomin' Spring" challenge and you can find all the details and mr. linky on the Dream it Up! blog here.   Be sure to visit the rest of the Dream Team blogs for more ideas and inspiration.  Here are the links:
Liz Martin (you're here)
 
The new team begins posting next week so be sure to stop by to see what crafty goodness they have in store for you.   You can find their blog links on the Dream it Up! blog.
 
Happy crafting,
Liz








Thursday, March 21, 2013

Welcome, New Team Members

A warm welcome to the newest members of the Dream Team
Heidi Erickson
Lyn Bernatovich
Caroline Duncan
Stacey Rumsby
Lea Kimmel
Jessica Griffin
You'll be working with the very talented and creative returning members Cyndi Bundy, Laura Drahozal, Cherylynn Moser, Louise Healy, Terrece Siddoway and Pam Hornschu.  The year ahead will be a fun-filled, roller coaster ride as you create amazing projects with the best stencils on the market.   

There are so many great floral stencils to work with that this month's challenge gives me a chance to use some of my old favorites.  
  This is a card I made for a friend's birthday last year, though the tulips (LL377) could easily be replaced by any of the other flower stencils:  iris (LL374), rose (LL375), daffodil (LL428), lilly (LL376), and sunflower (LL429). 

Instructions:
Dry-emboss (I used a BigKick) the Long Tulip stencil (LL377) three times.  With the stencil in place, color each image to coordinate with your patterned paper.  After the ink has dried (you could use a heat tool to speed this up), fussy-cut each flower and then cut away the larger leaves from the flowers.  Position the flowers as you would a bouquet and tuck the leaves in the background for depth and balance.  Attach ribbon to hide the stem ends and three pearls or other embellishment of your choice.  And you're done.

Be sure to hop around to the other Dream Team blogs to see what everyone's been up to.  You'll find lots of ideas and inspiration to create your own project to enter into this month's challenge.  You can find out all the details here, along with the mr. linky widget.  Better get started!

Liz Martin (you're here)
 
Happy crafting,
Liz