Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

Today is designer's choice, so sit with me and have a cup of tea, while we visit the Dream Team blogs!

This card is made with a beautiful piece of fuchsia embossing foil from MercartUSA.  With the colored side up, place the Teacup  (LG683) on the foil, then position the Black-Eyed Susan (LJ902) so that the flower is centered in the open part of the cup.   Carefully turn the stencils over and dry emboss the metal with a paper stump.  Remove the foil and, with a sanding block, gently go over the raised design to remove the color.  Cut out the tea cup and adhere to your card.  I used a piece of paper doily as an embellishment, but there are lovely vintage fabrics that would work as well.  And, a clever crafter could fashion a saucer out of the foil remnants.

If you've finished your tea or coffee, get another cup before moving on to the rest of the blogs, and don't forget to stop at the Dreamweaver blog, DREAM it UP!.  There's more inspiration ahead!

Happy crafting,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's Still Thursday Somewhere in the World .. . . right?

While the plan is to have the blog published by 6 a.m., I'm delighted that by the time this gets out to the world, it will still be Thursday!  It's been one of those weeks . . .

So welcome to Dreamweaver's Thursday Dream Schemes and sketch challenge day.  

This sketch allows for a lot of interpretations.  The first that came to my mind were religious ones like cathedral windows or the Ten Commandments.  But the more I looked at it, I began to think of garden gates, gatefold cards, a shaped card that when folded looked like the top half of a rocket . . . you get the idea.

There's one stencil – well a lot, really –  that I bought with a card style in mind and the Rose Bush (LL3002) fit this sketch challenge perfectly.  I began by dry embossing the stencil and then applying color with stencil brushes and Splendor inks by Tsukineko.  To get the curved top, I used an oval die cut that just happened to be the right size.  I added a ribbon closure because I have a huge stash of it, but metal hook and eye closures would be more appropriate to a garden gate.   To finish the inside of the card, I added a piece of the same pink patterned paper I used on the front.  It is pale enough that you could stencil another rose or two on the inside to keep the rose garden theme going.

Be sure to check the other Design Team blogs and link your project on the Dreamweaver blog, DREAM it UP! so we can see what wonderfulness you've created.

See you next week,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcome back!

It's Dream Scheme Thursday and time for another new release from Dreamweaver Stencils.   Birds are not high on my list of favorites and, it is safe to say, I'm afraid of them when they're flying around.   However, I've seen Hitchcock's movie, The Birds,  numerous times, and I'm fascinated by birds in cages or anywhere where they can't fly at me . . . go figure!    The raven weather vane falls into the latter category – I LOVE it!   My immediate thoughts led to a Halloween or fall theme, but the possibilities are endless, especially using the N-S-E-W part of the weather vane, which I omitted from this card.

I began by adhering the patterned paper to heavier card stock and embossed the raven (LL3015) with glossy black embossing paste, omitting the weather vane portion of the stencil.  On a separate piece of card stock, I embossed the long pumpkin stencil (LL514) with white matte embossing paste.  When dry, I repositioned the clean stencil over the image and applied color using Tsukineko's Splendor inks and a stencil brush.  I cut it out and attached it to the card front.  It's  a little early for Halloween, but it doesn't hurt to get a head start!

Be sure to check out out the other blogs, but first stop on by the Dreamweaver Stencils' blog, DREAM it UP! to see what Lynell has in store for you.  There's lots of inspiration and great ideas in blogland!

Happy crafting,

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

This is a three-in-one post:  it's Dream Scheme Thursday's color challenge week with the blue and orange combo selected by Georgia, combined with Mother's Day, and a newly released stencil.  I am loving this new release and this apron is perfect for Mother's Day.

The apron  (LG736)  was traced on to patterned paper and cut out.  Then, the pockets and shoulder straps were traced on to coordinating paper, cut out and adhered to the apron.  Happy Mother's Day was paste embossed with matte white embossing paste on Core'dination's Gemstone paper and layered on top of two strips of white paper punched with Fiskar's eyelet punch.  And there you have it.  

Take a look at the other Dream Team blogs listed on the right for more inspiration and look at previous posts as well as some of the Design Team posted cards using the apron stencil last week.  And don't forget to stop at the Dreamweaver blog, DREAM it UP!, as I'm sure Lynell has something special to show you.

Happy Crafting,