Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
This card happened by chance, yes it's a card, not a tag! I had colored in the background and looked at it for days wondering what to do with it. While surfing the web I saw a card using a flourish with a bird on it. The light went on and I borrowed the concept to create this card.
What you need:
Dream Weaver Stencils: LS94- Bird on Branch and LX7001 Damask background
Colorbox Chalk Inks
May Arts ribbon
I stenciled the damask background on white paper using Colorbox Gray Whale Chalk ink. Then I added the bird using Colorbox Berrylicious Chalk ink.
Layer the paper on red card stock. Wrap a length of ribbon along the front. Tie a bow and adhere to ribbon.
It is easy to tie a bow separately and attach it than trying to tie it with a length of ribbon around the paper.
Take a section of ribbon and your scissors. Tie the ribbon around the closed blades of the scissors, pulling the knot and bows tight. With another pair of scissors, trim the ends so they are not too long. Slide it off the scissors and adhere to the ribbon/card.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
It may not be obvious but I am sort of an earthy type. Growing up in Portland, Oregon where it rains a lot, I spent a good portion of my childhood playing outdoors in the mud (much to my mother's dismay). I grew up to have several outdoor jobs that frequently left me muddy! Now, I only get to play in the dirt on my days off when I work in the yard. That's ok. Though Harvey, our pup, manages to bring in enough dirt for all when it is wet enough.
Today's challenge has us using this template:
Here is what I created:
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tear the old page in a random manner. Adhere to the tag. Using Ranger's foam ink applicator, rub on a dark brown color to age the tag and paper.
Tape the tag and stencil down, using your stencil brushes add colors for the flower. I used three shades of pink and purple. For the leaves I used two shades of green.
Add the Stickles on the leaves for a little glitter on the tag.
I love this stencil because it is so easy to use multiple colors and create depth. To me, that is one of the great advantages of stencils, the ability to use many colors and blend them to create looks and layers. In rubber stamping this is a bit more difficult. Check back next Thursday for more ideas on using stencils to create depth.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
For this card I used Dream Weaver Stencils Love Birds LL3011 and Be My Valentine, LM276. Merc Art Pewter and May Arts ribbon were also used. Card stock and hearts are from my stash, so I have no idea where they came from. That's the hazards of being crafty and a collector, you suddenly find things in your boxes a couple of years later with no idea of where it came from!
I embossed the pewter with the Love Birds stencil, using the Sizzix Vagabond die cut machine mounted it on red paper, rounding the corners on both to create an even look. Layered on purple paper with the white doily heart below the red layer.
Be My Valentine is brushed on velum with chalk ink, randomly cut out and layered with the heart and bow.
A trick for the little bow: use a pair of scissors to tie the bow. Huh? you ask. Wrap the ribbon around the tip of your closed scissors and proceed to tie the bow as you normally would. Tighten it when completed and slide off the scissors. Done!
While winter has just started I am back to flowers, so watch for some new ideas there. Chinese New Year is coming and it is the year of the Rabbit. Which has led me to some fun thoughts for cards.
Happy New Year everyone! Mind the snow and ice or just mud where ever you live, be happy, healthy and most of all: have fun!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
First I ran the heart stencil through my new Vagabond die cut machine with Dream Weaver Stencil LL567. Be sure to use a cushion in your sandwich to keep the metal from being squished into bits. I used an older rubber cushion I had from a different die cut machine. Trim the heart and apply adhesive to the back. I used a sheet of red tape or Wonder tape by Ranger so I could trim it to size and get good coverage.
On the tag use Dream Weaver Stencil LJ905, rain drops. Brush in one color then rotate the stencil about 45 degrees and brush on a second color. Use flourish LJ896 in the corner of the tag. For Valentine, I used stencil LM276, taping over the words I did not want to use.
Wrap a red ribbon around the tag, add the heart and ribbon at the top. There you are! The first Valentine's of the season!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
In a couple of days our wonderful winter wonderland will be a mud bog, but that is what old towels and tile floors are for.
Have fun and be creative today!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Back to my sample: I used the Dream Weaver Blue and Black Glossy Pastes, dragonfly stencil LJ56 and flourish stencil LJ896. The dragonfly is stenciled with the black paste on an acetate tag (Hero Arts) and the flourish is on white card stock. While the paste was wet I sprinkled a random selection of the MetalFX powder on the dragonfly to create the speckled look.
Assembling: Trim the white card stock with the flourish to fit the clear tag. Punch a hole in the card stock. Using various ribbons, mostly from May Arts I attached the two layers together. I added adhesive rhinestones to the acetate tag. That's it!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
"Let me show you" I say, pulling out ink pads and stamps. Now where is the paper?
"But how did you do the metal?" the frantic card makers ask.
I pull out the new Vagabond by Sizzix and show them how to use pewter with their Dream Weaver Stencils. Their eyes fill with wonder at the glory of it all.
Yikes! I realize I haven't done my Dream Weaver Stencil card this week. Panic strikes, but our fearless leader Lynell has thought ahead of me and posted an excellent choice on her blog this week.
Thank you all, thank you so much!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I have had success heat embossing vellum using the Ranger heat tool. The Ranger heat tool is a slower heat tool as compared to the Milwaukee heat which is a quick to heat tool. Working slowly with the heat tool several inches above the surface and slowly melt the embossing powder.
I used LJ896 Flourish and LJ819 Snowflakes for the card.
Todays card is a layered blue themed snow flake. I used Dream Weaver blue embossing paste -- which by the way is really fun and a wonderful shade of blue. Use the snowflake stencil on velum, lay down the blue paste. Allow to dry part way and dust with the MetalFX gold pigment powder. It will stick to the damp paste. The gold doesn't show well on the digital image, but it is there and is very cool looking.
While the velum is drying, cut your window, I used a 3/4 inch border around the card. Make sure the window is not larger than your vellum, you will need at least a 1/4 over lap so you have a margin to tape down.
On the next layer I used the flourish stencil. Using embossing ink, I stenciled the pattern on the dark blue paper and sprinkled white embossing powder. Melt the powder.
Adhere the dried velum piece to the back of the window you cut out. I use double sided tape. Then tape the window piece to the solid piece that has the flourish on it.
There you are! You could always make one of the top pieces longer with a score on a short side for an inside area for your sentiments.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I trust you all will have a good meal with loved ones. Here is today's card using Dream Weaver Stencils. Christmas card any other colors except reds and greens. I chose a black and white theme set against purples. Using the branch and berries stencil (LJ900) I did the branches with Dream Weaver's Glossy Black embossing paste. Once the branches were dry, I replaced the stencil and used Dream Weaver's Metallic Silver embossing paste for the berries. Before the berries dried I sprinkled silver glitter on them.
The Merry Christmas is stencil LS92 and is on black paper with silver embossing powder. It has been adhered with dimensional foam. The snowflake is from May Arts Ribbon.
There you have it -- a fresh look for the holidays!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Watch this blog for our weekly Thursday Dream Weaver Stencil posting. Those of us on the Dream Weaver Design Team will all be posting our weekly creations using Dream Weaver Stencils. Now that we are in the Christmas/Holiday mode I am sure that you will see some great ideas tomorrow!
Check back regularly to see what new ideas we have come up with!
Here's a few holiday card ideas:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
It has been awhile since I have posted. I have been to the Norther New Mexico Quilt Fiesta here in Santa Fe, NM. What wonderful quilts that show off the excellent workmanship. Then I went to the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild's annual retreat for some play time.
Last week I took a great class from Kathi Anderson. We the Black eyed Susan Dream Weaver stencil LJ902 (available from Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps) with pewter to make a little purse. The quick method: cut out your metal first, lay it out on the stencil, run the metal/stencil combo trough the die cut machine - use a pad in the sandwich - you aren't cutting the metal, just embossing it. It will take a couple of passes to get all the metal pieces embossed with the design you want. You may use a small piece of removable tape to hold the metal in place, not too much! The tape can emboss the pewter.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sheryl, contact Lynell at DreamWeaver for your prize. I have posted Lynell's comments below:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I am balloon happy right now. October is balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, which is an hour south of Santa Fe. Hundreds of balloons in the air on a warm fall day is one of the most colorful things I have ever seen!
Here I have created two different examples using the balloon stencil (LL3003).
Stamp A Mania makes the balloon stamp (SF6605K). The card has been painted with Twinkling H20 watercolors. I stenciled the balloon with Vivid inks and stencil brushes -- remember to have a brush for each color group to keep them clean. Cut out the balloon and use dimensional adhesive to place it on the card.
The balloon was stenciled on white card stock with Ranger Distress Inks and cut out. I then cut a piece of black paper to create shadow and set the balloon from the busy map background.
thistle (LL3001) and fern (LM2006) with Ranger Distress Inks and stencils brushes. The tag on the left, I stenciled the ferns in first, using varying shades of green to create a bit of depth to the image. Then I added the thistles in the back. The right tag is three thistles, layered as I stenciled, no masking. The beauty of stencils is that you can see where you have already put ink. This allows you to work around that part, keeping it in the foreground. To finish I added a bit of ribbon by May Arts..
Now on to the next blog: Liz Martin at Black Cat Studios. Have fun and go crazy with all the great ideas we are giving you. Do forget to leave a comment for a chance at a free Dream Weaver Stencil!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Visit Lynell's blog at http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ on September 30 to start the hop and check back here on October 2 to see what fun things I have come up with!
Meantime the photo is a page of an altered book that I did for our last altered book round robin. Just one easy and simple idea to incorporate stencils in your paper crafting.
I would like to introduce Harvey! You will find him at the store with me on most days that I am there. Harvey is a Golden Retriever and is 7 months old. It is fun to see the world through his young eyes. Motorcycles were new along with small humans. I think he has both figured out! Retrieving is his favorite activity.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Happy 4th of July
I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!
This weekend brings fond memories of family trips to visit relatives. While I am not traveling this weekend I often think of travel journaling since many of my customers are traveling when they come in to the store.
We all seem to have a common thread: we to make a travel journal. However, frustration frequently set in when feelings of ineptness set in because our journal do not look like the ones in the many books that are out on the market. I encourage you to over come these feels and to not compare yourself to others. It’s your journal, your art work and most of all: your creation. Be happy about being able to create.
Here are my suggestions for creating a travel journal:
Have your book before you leave home.
Paint a few pages, put a border on them or some color. The goal is to have some color on the page so it is not a naked page staring you in the face when you open the book.
Keep your travel journal kit simple. I carry my on the airplane and frequently use that time to write, paint and draw. Plus, if I have a delay, I have something to do! I carry a small watercolor set, a set of waterproof pens and a water brush that is easy to fill anywhere and fits in the liquids bag at security.
If drawing seems out of reach, try switching hands. I am right handed most of the time, yet I learned in a drawing class that my left hand has a whole lot more fun than the right. Yes, the images look cartoonish, but I don’t practice all the time at it and am happy to put something to the page. Plus it is good for the brain to exercise it by doing something differently.
Try to make time when you are on vacation to record your thoughts and add to your journal. This I find is the hardest part of traveling. I try to do some in the morning over coffee and the newspaper.
Traveling to National Parks? Each park has a unique stamp at a station inside the visitor’s center that you can use to record your visit to the park. They have a passport book that you can buy and then stamp each park in the book. I have never wanted what was in the book the park system produces but wanted to record my visit. I now carry blank ATC sized cards, stamp the park stamp on one then add a small sketch, ticket, or what ever suits the moment. The card then goes in my travel journal. A quick, versatile way to keep track of the National Park visits.
Have fun with your travel journal.