Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Created by Hand Challenge

So I'm hoping this post works. I set it to post on October 6th, while I'm away enjoying the sights and sounds and tastes of Paris! We left Nova Scotia Sept 26th. After Paris, we're on our way to the south of France, then to Rome...exploring and eating and sipping our way through our travels. Aaahhh, retirement is wonderful!

Sooo...the challenge this week over at Created by Hand is to use stencils...one of my very favourite artsy tools...so I made several! (lol) This first card uses Dreamweaver stencils with Glitter Ritz, double sided tape and one of the brand new stamps over at Quietfire Design. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black Ink, then thermal embossed with Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.

For this next card, I used another new Quietfire stamp also uses a Dreamweaver stencil (Swirl Background), wet embossed with white embossing paste. I first stamped on a scrap of paper, cut a mask, then stamped and thermal embossed the same sentiment on cardstock, masked it, then paste embossed over the masked image. I cut it with one of the new Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Six), then layered it with dimensional foam squares onto black cardstock, previously paste-embossed with a Dreamweaver Thank You stencil.

Here's another one, using the Cypress Tree Dreamweaver stencil with two sided tape and Glitter Ritz again, with the Spellbinders Scallop Ovals and a Quietfire Design sentiment stamp. I posted this one for an earlier TGIF challenge too. :)

This last card was just for fun. The stencil here is the small square Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fleur de Lis pendant die, cut and embossed with gold mirror cardstock, then cut in half and affixed to the top and bottom of a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Six die, paired with another one of Suzanne's beautiful new rubber stamps.

So, that's it for this post. If you'd like to read more about using stencils, here's a link to an article I wrote, which was published in Stamp and Scrap Art last year...also posted on the Quietfire website. Thanks again for visiting today! I wish you a happy and creative week!


Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous cards as always. Love the glittery effect! The diecut/shapes are so pretty. Now about that trip... WOW! Sounds so lovely and enjoy!

Rika said...

These are all beautiful!

froebelsternchen said...

All are so beautiful!
I love this elegant style!

hugs Susi

nise said...

Truly hope your trip is as lovely as your cards!

Lorraine said...

love your stencil work and what a great start to your retirement..I am imagining myself back in Paris sipping coffee by the Seine, or eating ice cream by the Trevi fountain or remembering Tuscany..have a fantastic time and thanks for visiting my blog today

Anonymous said...

Deborah, these are ALL stunning girl!! My jaw is on the floor!! Oh I'm not a glitter person, but you are making me rethink my position.
--Hugs Becca