Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers . . .

Welcome back for another Dream Scheme Thursday.  Today is Designer's Choice and as I was planning this post, it was overcast and gray with a little drizzle so, of course, my thoughts turned to umbrellas and the new release from Dreamweaver Stencils.

I began by dry embossing the umbrella stencil (LJ908) and then added color using soft pastels from the Splendor ink Blossom collection by Tsukineko.   When the ink was dry, I positioned the rain stencil (LJ908) over the image and embossed it using translucent paste, which gives just a hint of a drizzle.  Apologies for the poor photography.  Neither the camera nor Photoshop could reproduce the colors as they are on the card.  The raindrops don't show up well in the photo and look more like bad inking. The sentiment, from the rain word stencil is dry embossed  on pink vellum, cut into a tag shape and adhered under the ribbon.  That's all there is to it. This is another one of those versatile stencils that can be used for a variety of occasions – wedding or baby shower, get well, or just to brighten up an overcast day.

The new stencils are now available and will start showing up in the Dream Team blogs, so be sure to check them out.  And don't forget to stop by Dreamweaver's DREAM it UP bog to see what's new.

Happy crafting,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme Sketch Challenge

Thanks for joining us for another Dream Scheme Sketch Challenge.  This week's sketch is by team member, Lee Kellogg.   
In keeping with the Easter theme, I chose the large bunny stencil (LM2008) and Happy Easter (LM234).  Each line of the sentiment was machine embossed separately on Core'dinations Chocolate Box Berries Jubilee and sanded.  The top and bottom edges were torn to reveal the paper's pink core and to provide the layers in the sketch.  For the bunny, I adhered a piece of double stick paper on to pick cardstock.  After applying Dreamweaver's Handmade Hawaiian Soap to the back of the stencil, I positioned it on the sticky paper and applied bronze Glitter Ritz Microfine glitter and rubbed it in with my finger.  I placed the paper stencil side down on the table and, while holding the stencil to keep it from bending, pulled of the paper.  I then applied Glitter Ritz transparent cool highlight glitter to the rest of the exposed sticky paper and rubbed that in as well.   The transparent glitter allowed the pale pink of the background paper to show through.

Be sure to check the other Dream Team blogs for inspiration and then link your project on the Dreamweaver blog, DREAM it UP!

Happy Easter,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

Welcome back!  This Thursday is designer's choice and I'm taking my cue from my team mates by combining a Dreamweaver Stencil with a sketch challenge.

 I chose the Mojo Monday Sketch #186 

and the Black-Eyed Susan stencil (LJ902)

A portion of the stencil was dry-embossed (the old fashioned way using a stylus and a light box) twice and colored with Splendor Inks by Tsukineko.  The second flower was cut out and adhered with pop dots to add dimension.   Products used:  patterned paper by Die Cuts With a View, Nana's Kitchen; solid paper by Core'dinations; sentiment by Paper Trey Ink; ribbon by Creative Impressions.

Stop by the other Dream Team blogs and then check the web-o-sphere (I just made that up) for a challenge for added inspiration.  There are a lot of them out there and it would be fun to do a different one each week incorporating your favorite Dreamweaver Stencil with that week's sketch. 

But, our Dream Scheme Sketch Challenge is next Thursday, so be sure to save your best work for us!

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

And this week it's a colorway challenge.  The colors are teal and yellow, chosen by Dream Teamer Kristi, so let's get started.

I've been trying to duplicate the lime green/muted violet colors of a hydrangea I saw at the San Francisco Flower Mart without much success until it occurred to me that using yellow matte embossing paste might give me the background I needed to achieve the soft colors I was looking for.  I began by paste embossing the hydrangea stencil (LJ888) with yellow matte embossing paste.  After allowing for drying time, I repositioned the clean stencil and added color with Splendor inks by Tsukineko. 

I've embossed several other floral stencils with the yellow paste – some on colored card stock, others on white or cream and a few on patterned paper – and can't wait to color them. 

After visiting the other Dream Team blogs, get to work and show us your take on the teal and yellow color challenge by linking your creation on the DREAM it UP! blog.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Happy Crafting,