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,


  1. Just lovely Liz! Thanks for all your inspiration these last couple of years and I look forward to working with you on the teaching team! I'm impressed that you took that pruning class, but if any flower is worth it, it's the Wisteria. Have fun raising yours and good luck!

  2. What a lovely card to say good-bye! Fioli is one of my favorite places and definately a good pick for inspiriation. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Excellent card! And welcome to the inaugural teaching team!

  4. Wow! Totally stunning. I love this stencil and your interpretation is just amazing. You will definitely be missed on the DT but I cannot wait to see what adventures the new teaching team brings you!

  5. Sooo very very pretty Liz! Love the layering of the wisteria...I so enjoy this time of year when those go into full regalia!

  6. Gorgeous Wisteria!! They look so realistic... ours here won't bloom probably 'til later in April... so yours really have me wishing for Spring to hurry up and get itself together this year.

  7. Beautiful card! I was on what I considered to be my dream vacation in 2007, and I managed to get to see Fioli gardens...I blogged about it on my blog here...
    I doubt that we would ever be able to go again. but I have such wonderful memories of that place, so now that stencil is on my wish I can do a page in my journal about that special visit to Fioli Gardens...thanks for the memories.

  8. Liz, I think I posted a link that will not open yesterday...I reposted my pics of inspired me...I also gave you a "shout" out on my blog.

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