Friday, October 1, 2010

Dreamweaver Blog Hop...and CANDY!

This marks the first EVER blog hop for the brand new Dreamweaver design team! The hop will run for three days...Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and we promise to show you the most delightful ways to use these créme de la créme metal stencils! In addition, each person to leave a comment on each designer's blog will have the opportunity to win:

~ one stencil of YOUR choice from the fabulous collection over at Dreamweaver Stencils
~ one jar of embossing paste...again, YOUR choice
~ one pot of the brand new glittery yummy Metallic FX, YOUR choice

I've used Dreamweaver stencils for years and years, and never tire of their versatility! Here are some of the goodies I've created for the hop. This first one is a birthday card for a dear friend. I've used this Wisteria stencil, along with a border from Just Rite Stamps and a computer generated sentiment. I stencilled the colours with Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger, then heat set till they were dry. Then I repositioned the stencil and paste embossed with Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, which lets colours shine through. I dry embossed the border with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, and cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8. I used the Card Patterns Sketch # 83 (turned upside-down) for this card, and I used some of the colours of this FABULOUS fabric bag over at Everything but the Kitchen Sink.


For this sympathy card, I simply paste embossed part of this sentiment stencil directly onto a photo taken by a very talented friend of mine (who practices medicine to feed his creative habits). I used black matte embossing paste for the sentiment. The photo (taken right here in Nova Scotia, in the Annapolis Valley) is so beautiful that the card really didn't need anything else as adornment.

This card combines two stencils, the snowflakes background (LJ 819) and the Happy Holidays sentiment (LM 249). The large background stencils are a whopping 4 1/4" by 5 1/2," and perfectly cover a standard A-4 sized card front. For the snowflakes, I paste embossed with white matte embossing paste, let it dry, repositioned the stencil, pounced on a very thin coating of ordinary white PVA glue with a sponge applicator, then sprinkled blue glitter all over. I used white matte embossing paste for the sentiment too. I used a Stampin' Up border punch at the bottom. This one is entered for this week's Craft Challenge over at Charisma Cardz, which is Christmas!


This Christmas card uses two stencils as well. I used the outer border of this stencil (LJ 858). I stencilled it first with Tim Holtz Broken China Ink from Ranger, and after it was completely dry, I repositioned the stencil and paste embossed over it with Translucent Embossing Paste, then removed the stencil and immediately sprinkled clear glitter over the wet paste. Then I used just a part of this Vertical Ornaments stencil (LL 468), which is 3 3/4" by 2 3/4," embossed with gold embossing paste, and again, immediately sprinkled gold glitter over the still wet paste.


This last project is a wooden tray I altered. I painted it first with ordinary black acrylic paint. Then I applied gold leafing to all outside borders, over adhesive. I let that settle a little, then sprayed it with Krylon Matte Finish Spray to protect it the leafing. Then I paste embossed just part of the very large "All That Jazz" stencil LJ 853 on the front and back tray edges with black matte embossing paste. Finally, I stamped and gold embossed this sentiment rubber stamp from Quietfire Design on the inside bottom of the tray.



I know it's difficult to see the stamped sentiment, but if you click on it, you'll see it much more clearly. These "Gentle Thoughts" stamps are manufactured from Suzanne Canon's beautiful hand calligraphy, over at Quietfire Design. So, that's it for my part of the Dreamweaver blog hop. Now, for some VERY important information! So, that's it for my part of the Dreamweaver blog hop. Now, for some VERY important information!

BLOG CANDY... HOW TO GET IT!
For EACH time you comment on all the different blogs, you need to choose a different stencilfrom the Dreamweaver site right here as a favorite, your favorite paste and your favorite Metallic F/X color...just in case you win more than once! At the end of the three days,each member of the Dream Team will choose a random entry to win and post it on their site by midnight of the next day October 4. You may comment ONCE on each designer's blog. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

YET ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR CANDY
If you'd like an additional entry, you're invited to sign up to be followers of the brand new Dream it Up Blog, right here. Just toddle on over, sign up if you like, then be sure to post in the comments section over there that you've signed up. It's really important that you post a comment there so you're certain to get a second entry! So, with eleven designers, this gives you the potential of twenty-two chances to win! All winners will be selected by Random.org, and posted on each designer's blog by midnight Monday. Don't forget to include in your post: the stencil, paste, and Metallix FX powder you'd most like to win, and how you might use the stencil!Your next stop along the hop will be to visit Georgia's blog, right here! Each time you hop along to another blog, you'll get the next site on the hop map. We all hope you'll play along all weekend with us.

I'm participating in the second Art Journey challenge today too, with this card. Although the challenge isn't related to the blog hop, I usually try to fit all my postings for one particular day into the same space. The challenge (set by Godelieve) is to use tape. I used plumber's foil tape, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug border folder, painted it, then sanded it. I hoped it might mimic waves. :-) For the background, I did a watercolour wash with a couple of Ecoline Inks on watercolour paper, hoping to mimic the sea. I computer generated the sentiment. Isn't this sea urchins stamp just so utterly FABULOUS!? It's a brand new one from Art Journey in the Netherlands, and it's so beautifully detailed that it stamps like a photo!



Thanks so much for stopping by again today. I LOVE reading what you think about what you see here, and I SO appreciate your taking the time visit and to comment! I wish you a wonderful weekend, doing whatever you love!

52 comments:

Kristi said...

very cool samples! Way to start the hop!

Kristi said...

Great way to start the hop! Great cards!

Ladybug said...

Gorgeous projects!! Love that stencilling is still "in"!! :-)

Awesome blog candy. Here are my choices if I were one of the lucky winners:-

LL578 Standing Angel
Gold Embossing Paste
Gold Dust

I am known as giving "angel gifts", so this would be perfect!!

Thanks so much for the chance to win! :-)

Daria said...

Deborah, these are such wonderful projects. That wisteria card is so beautiful, and I love the card with the ornaments. I have the ornament stencil, and I didn't even recognize it here. Thank you for another way to use it. Also, I'm happy to learn that I can use my Distress Inks to stencil under the Translucent Paste.

Barbara said...

Your card examples are a wonderful way to start the Blog Hop off with!
Here are my choices if I win:
LM 199 candles
Translucent embossing paste
Gold Dust
I love making Christmas cards and this would be darling with the window pane stencil!

Wendy said...

Deborah....you did a wonderful job showcasing all the wonderful stencils from Dreamweaver.....Great projects and the altered tray is WONDERFUL!! I can't wait to carry on!!! Thanks for all your help with the hop!

Louise said...

Great start to the hop! Beautiful projects Deborah!

Louise said...

Great projects Deborah! Wonderful start to our hop.

Pam Hornschu said...

Oooh, can't decide which I like the best! All unique, especially the tray. Great use of the stenciling.

Liz Martin said...

I think the wisteria card is my favorite, though it's hard to pick just one, because all your samples are tops!

Terrece said...

LOVE your samples. Glad I have mine all finished or I would probably develop a creative block!! Really like the glitter on the translucent paste. I'm going to give that a try.

Godelieve said...

Great projects Deborah!
I really love the photo card.
Love how you used foil tape on the Art Journey card!! I love the sea urchins stamp too, it stamps great!
Thanks for participating in Art Journey Challenge #2 with such a beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic cards love the sea creatures best. Here's my picks
Palm trees stencil(really into these right now)
white paste
ivy garden fx
thanks Jane S

Vee said...

Fabulous Christmas design. Loved all your projects. Thanks for joining in with my challenge at Charisma this week. Good luck.
xx Vee

Just-Kim said...

Love your cards! And your tray is simply stunning! Thanks for organizing the blog hop!
Kim

Maggie said...

Wow! Nice work! These stencils are so beautiful....

Karen said...

I think these are just about the most gorgeous stencil paste cards I have ever seen. I am in awe. Wow! Love, love, love them. And you are making me jealous with your Art Journey stamps. I agree with you- that sea urchin image is incredible and you have showcased it beautifully. I love all your stencil paste cards, but that holly border is particularly wonderful.

Mimi said...

Hi! Your cards are beautiful! I love what you did to the Wisteria. However, I would have to say that my favorites would be: Lace Border stencil, Glossy Black embossing paste and Kimono Red Metallic F/X.

SherylH said...

Beautiful cards Deborah -- I love the Dreamweaver stencils and am always looking for ways to use mine. I can't see the fourth one for some reason but the description makes it sound wonderful. My choices would be:
LJ902 Black-eyed Susans, Translucent embossing Paste, and Kimono Red. I love the large background stencils and would like to try the Translucent embossing paste as per your examples.

sommrstamping said...

Finally home from SoCal and get to look at the other blogs. You did an over the top job as usual I love them all I don't even know how I could pick just one. but I really like the Sympathy card with the photo. Thnaks again for all your work on the blog hop.

Linda said...

Hi Deborah,

These are wonderful cards, techniques and project. Thanks for sharing your creativity. If I were to win, I would choose the following: LL318 Leaf Heart, Glossy Red Paste & Metallic FX04 Moonstone. I would use this stencil for Valentine's Day, Anniversary & maybe a wedding card.
Linda E.

Joy said...

Deborah, All your samples/cards are wonderful. Thanks for the info about embossing directly onto photos. I'd never thought of that and love the look. If my comment is selected I would love to win the sleigh stencil, translucent paste, and the Goldfinch F/X. I can envision my Christmas cards in my mind....would love the opportunity to put my thoughts to paper!

MD said...

SUPER BRAVO MD

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Wow, Deborah! Love the way you added the sparkles on some of the cards...even the photo one your friend did. And that tray is to die for, that was a lot of work girl.I love Quietfire Stamps, what a great idea to do that on wood. Ideas feed my creative soul... thanks for the meal today. And thanks for your unbelievable hard work on this BLOG HOP. Travel safe!

Willy said...

Wonderful pieces, Deborah. Your Art Journey card is fabulous. Great use of the plumber's foil tape! Thanks for joining us at AJC # 2.

Heather Jensen said...

Fabulous works of art! You did an amazing job with all your coloring. Thanks for playing at Card Patterns this week. :)

Anonymous said...

Love all of your work! I would pick the wisteria stencil, black matte paste and ivy green f/x
Thanks
Diane H

candyspiegel said...

Love, love, love the Wisteria card!

candyspiegel said...

love, love, love the Wisteria Card!

Denise Surritt said...

I know I'm late, but at least I made it! I have been a Dreamweaver Stencil junkie for a long time. I just adore stencilling---especially with such gorgeous stencils!!! Thanks, Lynell! Your creations are just beautiful!! Thanks to you, too!!!

If I should win, my choices would be Glossy Black Paste or Glossy White Paste. Thanks again for your inspiration!!!!!

Bev M said...

These are so lovely - I'm crazy about wisteria in any form! I'm really impressed, though, by the card using the paste embossed sentiment on the gorgeous photo. So creative, I would never have thought of it!

Marijane said...

Your cards are all beautiful, but my fav is the blue snowflake card. So delicate and pretty. The gold embellishment makes it really striking. Thanks for the ideas!

LJ896 Large flourish
White matte paste
Ivy garden FX

Denise Surritt said...

Deborah, Gorgeous examples!!! It's really hard to pick a favorite! Thank you for all the creativity & wonderful ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!
My choices would be Amber Glow F/X or LG 668 Dogwood. I would use the stencil on cards, gift bags, cloth, etc. Dogwood is my favorite flower!

Bev M said...

I was so excited about the cards I forgot to add my pick for goodies if I should win! LJ867 Open Christmas Tree, Glossy Green Paste, and Gold Dust FX!

Pamela said...

The sympathy card is lovely. As you say, the photo really speaks for itself, but adding the sentiment using a stencil and paste was genius. Beautiful. If I get picked for blog candy, I'd love to win: LG646 Bird & Blossoms, matte black embossing paste and FX01 Golddust

Thanks for the lovely creations and the opportunity to win blog candy!

Sheila said...

Love the idea of putting embossing paste on photos. LG717 - Let it Snow in glossy white with glitter and or FX13 Sapphire will be a nice combination. Will try shold I win these.
Sheila

Amy said...

Oh wow, the card with the sentiment on top
of the photo... What a great idea!

I would love to play with the LL471 Leaf icons stencil, with the metallic gold embossing paste and the Amber Glow FX02 mica powders.

-AmyShin

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous set of cards as always! Love to come to your blog as you always provide tons of inspiration and lots of beautiful things to look at!

Sija said...

Great projects Deborah!
Love the way you used the tape in the Art Journey card.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Your cards are always fabulous! If I win ... I would love the new Holly Flourish stencil, some translucent paste and some pink blaze metallic fx!

Kandi Phillips said...

These are all so amazing! I haven't ever used these stencils but I can't wait to try! My favorites right now for Halloween would be LJ 816 Spider Web, Black paste, and Moonstone fx.

Pamela said...

Okay... I KNOW I tried to post here yesterday -- know being the operative word as I believe I may be blog challenged! LOL

What I tried to say yesterday is that the sympathy card is beautiful. I never would've thought to stencil directly on a photo -- it's really a stunning picture and a clever use of a stencil!

If I'm picked (and if this post actually works :) ) I'd choose: Large Flourish (LJ896), glossy blue embossing paste & FX13 Sapphire!

Shar said...

Totally gorgeous cards!

Rein said...

Fabulous projects Deborah!

Mogs said...

wow Deborah! I love your cards- the sympathy one is my fave here, although I too can't see number 4! I would never have thought of putting a stencilled sentiment on the photo, but it works so well-like you say no need for anything else!
I would like LG 730 Peacock, and purple satin fx and clear paste if I were lucky enough to win!
Carole x

Gemma said...

what gorgeous creations! Thanks for joining in the challenge this week over at Charisma cardz! Gemma :)

Tina said...

Everything is beautiful! Loving it all! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz Challenge this week!

Hanne said...

Everything you've made is so beautiful!
Hanne

Ann said...

Beautiful creations! Thanks for playing the EBTKS challenge!

craftytrog said...

These are all fabulous projects!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic pieces of art.

Sharon Caudle said...

WOW!!!! Beautiful cards!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly, and hope you join us again soon!
hugs, Sharon