Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ring in the New Year!

Well this week has got away from me with the holidays AND this is the first time in many years I'm celebrating Christmas where I work and not taking the whole week off. So I'm a bit discombobulated! I'll have time to post a couple of things this weekend. Until then Hope your Christmas was Merry and Your New Year Bright!!

See you soon...............

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's Dream Scheme Thursday

Hello everyone,
I'm so happy to have my computer back!! I know that I told you I'd be posting my missed weeks, picking up my work area so the computer guy could get to my computer, I've miss placed a few things. I will find them and get them on the blog (hopefully soon!). In the meantime here is this weeks challenge.

We are doing Red and Gold. I did a Red and Gold a couple of weeks ago, so this one had me a bit stumped until I remembered this stencil

I made the card pretty simple since there's a lot going on in the image.

First paste the image with Gold paste on red print paper. Let dry. On one side of wording and line above and below wording, shadow with black permanent pen fine point. Layer on gold striped paper then again on the print paper.
Finally, add Christmas glitter glue (red and gold mix) to the holly berries. Quick and easy!!
Come back next week for more stenciling ideas.
Until then I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's the 8th again!!

Hello everyone,
I finally have my computer back....YAHOO!!!
So I'll be posting each day to catch up. This was the post from the 8th. See you Monday....

This week in celebration of getting the Christmas Tree up AND decorated, I decided to share a card I made for the submission for the DreamTeam 2012. I really had fun doing it and it ended up being easier than I thought.

First I pasted three images in silver paste on green paper, let dry.
Rough cut each one out. Fold two in half and crease. Fold the third with a loose or soft crease. Attach the two that you have made a hard crease in, to the back of the one with the soft crease.
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Attach the three trees to the front of a layered card.

Add glitter glue to highlight areas on the center tree.
Easy!! I shouldn't have said that out loud, my mom has put in her order for next years Christmas cards. I will definitely be starting this project in March!!

I'll be visiting my fellow Dreamteamers tomorrow evening to see what fun things they have come up with. I hope you do the same. Until next week.............
keep creating!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dream Scheme December!!

Happy December! This weeks challenge is Silver and Turquoise. I had this idea pop into my head. Didn't turn out too bad. Especially since several of the things that pop into my head don't come out of my hands right!

I used the Skates LL3016

I pasted them with Silver stencil paste. Then sprinkled Turquoise glitter over them. I didn't do it evenly because I wanted some of the silver paste to show through. I then used silver glitter glue to enhance the blades.
Unfortunately the lighting wasn't the best to capture the colors as well as I would have liked. But, I'm happy with my results!

Please make sure to visit the rest of the design teams blogs. Make sure to leave comments unlike me sometimes. I always visit but sometimes neglect to leave a comment. Don't do as I do, please do as I suggest because I know they love reading the comments as much as I do!!

Till next week......keep on stenciling!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday


In keeping with the feeling of the season I have a thank you card that is made using one of my favorite techniques.

First paste image with gold paste. Remove stencil and while paste is still wet, gentle set jewels in paste.

Let paste dry then reposition stencil over image again. Sponge glue from glue pad over pot only. Remove stencil, heat (just a bit). Lay variegated leafing over pot and set a piece of wax paper over the top. Burnish. Brush away excess leafing.

Position Thank You stencil on card and paste with gold paste. Remove stencil, let dry and voila!

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you will share something you are thankful for this wonderful day. Make sure to visit the other team members blogs for more inspiration!

See you next week.

Oh and don't forget you still have time to submit your artwork for the 2012 Dreamteam!!
Check out Dream it Up! for more details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

It sounds better when Mrs. Doubtfire says it.....

This week we are creating from a sketch that Wendy came up with.

LOTS of ways to use this one. As soon as I saw it, Hark the Heralds Angel's Sing, started going through my head. So this is what came out of it.

I first used the Prince of Peace stencil and pasted it with Glossy Red Paste. Set it aside and let dry.

Then I used the Nativity scene stencil This I pasted in Gold Glossy Paste. Once I removed the stencil I sprinkled a little Gold Halo glitter onto the robes of Joseph and Mary.

This picture shows the dimension a bit better. Even though it came out sideways. Couldn't get it to straighten up! (Working with the technically challenged again!!)

I hope you enjoyed my take on our sketch. Check out the other creative women on the Design team. I know you will be inspired!! Till next time...................

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's "Free" Dream Scheme Thursday

Hello all,
This week is a "free" week - so we can post whatever we feel inclined to.

Since I am still experiencing some technical difficulties (or as it should read, I am having difficulty being technical), I have picked an oldie but goodie..........

This is a stencil on stencil technique. Pretty easy really.
Start by dry embossing the image. Then with stencil in place, add color using pigment ink and stencil brushes. Remove stencil, clean and replace. Set a second stencil over the top of the main stencil image (here the Ginko leaves), and add color. For the design on the leaves I used the large Damask background LX7001 and rust pigment ink.

Try it. Once you start you can't stop. You'll be looking at your stencils to see which ones you can stencil over. Have fun with this, check back next week. I should have concurred my technical issues by then!! Thank you for visiting, check out the rest of the Dreamteams sites for more fun stenciling ideas.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Continuation Friday!!!

You know this only worked this morning because I desperately needed it to work on Wednesday night!!!!

Anyway, here's the card.

I made an extra of each full piece to cut the center bird out of both the white glossy and black glossy pasted images. I wanted it to be the focal point.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Dream Scheme Thursday

Well after several tries, I succeeded in deleting over 2000 pictures on my camera (NOT ON PURPOSE)and not being able to upload my pictures. Tried a different camera..... now I just need to find someone to see if they can recover my pictures.

Anyway....still can't get them to load. Will keep trying. Did take a peek at the other design team sites and there are some really beautiful cards. Will keep trying until I get my card posted.

I'm a bit behind. I have noticed that with the weather getting colder, it takes things a bit longer to dry!!

This week we have a color theme...or should I say a neutral theme.

Black & White

(Unfortunately I am having digital difficulty, PLEASE check back this evening)

I really like the dramatic effect black and white against each other creates. As soon as I heard this was the challenge for the week, I thought of a technique Lynell of Dreamweaver stencils taught some time ago.

Using the same stencil you paste with two different colors of paste on two different pieces of paper. Then when dry, cut them both in half and match the left side of the first color to the right side of the other color. Kinda confusing to explain, but easy once you see the sample.

It looks great with the metallic pastes. Try black paste on copper paper, then copper paste on black paper. Create the same look of my card but using the metallics.

Exciting news!! There is a call out for new Dream Team members. Anyone interested check out the link for the DT call on the Dream It Up! blog:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday


This week we have a sketch from Kim. I immediately knew what I wanted to do when I saw it......I just wasn't sure how I was going to do it. I don't know about you, but sometimes I just can't get the idea in my head to come out of my hands.

This is Kim's sketch...
Kim's sketch lends itself to SSOOOOO many ways to create a card.
I decided to use the new Artist Grade Alcohol Inks "Color Solution" from Dreamweaver. The colors are beautiful. They are like potato can't have just one. I definitely have to have them ALL!

I decided to use the Cathedral Window stencils, both large and small.

I used White Glossy paste and the LM2010 Large Paste Spreader. It works GREAT with the larger stencils to get your paste on even and with one swipe!
After that dried, I replaced the stencil and daubed Winter Red, Pumpkin and Citron over the pasted area.

I put the large design in the small space and the small design in the large places.
Then daubed the same colors on a square of glossy white paper. This shows off the colors really nice. The felt flowers matched so well I decided to use them as my accent. Ta-da....done.

Hope you try this sketch for some of your card designs. Watch for these new inks at your local stamp stores. Don't forget to visit the other members of the Dream Team.
Until next week, happy stenciling!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dreamweaver Free Week

Hello All!
I can't wait for this weekend when I get to play and create. I'll finally have some new creations for you to see on my blog.
But for's a free week this week.
The following is an old card, but one of my favorites.

To do this I used the white matte paste over the pumpkin border stencil. Let dry, place the cleaned stencil back over the image and stenciled color onto it with pigment ink.

Funny thing, as I was taking pictures I noticed I had missed stenciling color over one of the leaves. Never noticed it before (I made this at least a year ago!).

Look close and you'll see it. Looks like I better fix it before I send it out.

Don't miss all the other blogging creations! I'll have something new and fresh for you next week.

Till then................
Stay safe and warm. Thank you all for your continued support of mine and my fellow Dream Team blogs and especially for your support of Lynell and Dreamweaver Stencils!! Make sure you keep stenciling!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

This week is a color challenge from Lee. LOVE the colors - Lime Green and Gray. I can't wait until I can get to my "stuff" again so I can create some of the ideas that are running around in my head!

But until then............

Here is my current creation

First I pasted LJ911 Gears with Dreamweaver white matte paste on dark grey paper and again on off white paper.

Once dry, I stenciled silver pigment ink from the Splendor Antique pad onto the image on grey paper. Then I stenciled one gear on the off white paper with the lime green pigment ink from the Splendor Magic pad. This one I cut out. I wanted a small silver brad to attach the lime green gear and the ribbon to the front of the card, but I could only find a white thumb tack. The tack surface was rubbed with the silver pigment also.

This angle makes it easier to see the silver pigment.

Once assembled, the silver half pearls were attached to the center of some of the gears.

I am sure you will find many interesting interpretations of the color theme on my fellow Dream Teamers blogs. Check them out!! See you next week.....

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Winner

The winner that was randomly drawn was a Woodware DT Member, so isn't eligable. So back to and the winner is.....Janine. I have posted on her blog that she won. Hope to hear from her soon!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Across the Pond Blog Hop Winner

My winner from is Siobhan Fyffe who said...

I think this week has been amazing for all the different ideas! If this is your first time using the stencils on wood ...then you have done a pretty good job!! It's amazing how those dots just make the whole thing come together .. it's definately in the detail!
September 2, 2011 11:49 PM

Congratualtions Siobhan!!! We appreciate your input and glad you were able to participate.

Please email your "snail mail" to so we can get you some new stencils to play with. Hopefully you try one of the many fabulous projects the hoppers came up with.

Thanks so much to EVERYONE who commented.
Come back and visit all the blogs again for more fun ideas with Dreamweaver Stencils!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day Six of the Hop Across the Pond and Back!

It's tough to follow so many creative people!

When we were all bouncing the idea of a blog hop with Woodware UK, I immediately thought they were a "wood" crafting distributor. That was the wrong idea. I went to their website (hope you all have too) and found they carry LOTS of fun embellishments. Unfortunately for me, I already had wood in my mind.

So.......since I have never done anything with stencils and wood, I decided to give it a try. I must say, it may not look as polished as many of the other projects, but I LOVED doing it! I just happened to have a set of boxes that fit the bill. I started with the next to smallest size.

When I first got the boxes I had in my mind to paint them in some sort of distressed look. I kept this idea by first painting the box with green acrylic paint. Then painted over the green finish with a fairly dry sponge brush and brown paint.

Now that I had the paint finish like I wanted it, the challenge was which stencils to use and how to do them. I love the large flourish LJ 896 Large flourish. I wanted a rough or distressed look to the stenciled image so I sponged acrylic paint through the stencil directly onto the box. I found that acrylic paint, wet or dry, washes off the stencils very easily.

The flourish looked a bit lonely on my box....this is when I decided to add the butterflies. They were sponged onto the box with acrylic paint also.

Once they dried I thought they looked a bit flat, so I stenciled some gold pigment ink onto the bodies and wings. This made them "pop".

To finish, the dots on the stenciled flourish were highlighted with yellow gold dimensional paint.

Only 5 more boxes to go!!
I really enjoyed participating and hope you all enjoyed the fun ideas everyone came up with. Until next time...............

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


If I don't copy the information Lynell has posted on her blog, I'll miss the whole hop!! The following information is from the Dream It Up! blog:

The Dreamweaver design team is partying with the UK Woodware Craft Collection design team to bring you innovative ways to use our wonderful Dreamweaver stencils and supplies all week long! Woodware is Dreamweaver Stencils' exclusive distributor in the UK. By the end of the week, you'll have seen stencils used in inspirational ways you just couldn't have imagined, and you'll see that, although our stencils are wonderful for paper crafting, they have SO MANY other uses too! We'll have several posts a day for you, from Monday August 29th to Saturday September 3rd. At the end of our celebration, each designer will randomly select a winner from all blog comments to receive a free Dreamweaver stencil. We are looking forward to sweet comments from you and we will send blog candy your direction. We look forward to you partying along with us! Check back here daily if you get lost! This is the schedule of both teams:

Monday August 29:
Caz at:
Lee at:
Laura at:
Pam at:

Tuesday August 30:
Debbie at:
Deborah at:
Kristi at:
Liz at:

Wednesday August 31:
Lynell at:
Pam at :
Siobhan at:
Wendy at:

Thursday September 1:
Dorothy at:
Kristi at:
Laura at:
Louise at:
Wendy at:

Friday September 2:
Francoise at:
Louise at:
Lynell at:
Pam at:

Saturday September 3:
Deborah at:
Georgia at:
Jane at:
Terrece at:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

Hello All!
This week is a color challenge and challenge it was. Since the majority of my supplies (like 25%) is in a storage unit here in Wyoming and the other 78% is still in storage in California, I had a good time improvising!

Our colors this week are Red, Kraft and Ivory. The closest I could come up with were Watermelon Red, Kraft paper bag and Ivory cardstock. But I think it came out OK.

I pasted the image with Dreamweaver Original White Matte Paste. Then stenciled color over it.

Matte image as shown. Easy - peasy. Hope you enjoy the color challenge....make sure to check out the rest of the Dreamteams sites for more inspiration! Until next time........have a "cherry" good week.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Dream Scheme Thursday

Today is a "Free" post.
I decided to feature my new favorite stencil.....the Apron.

I traced the image onto fabric, cut it out and layered it. Pretty simple.
It reminded me of a verse my mom gave me, because my Grandmother was never without her apron:
History of APRONS

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect
The dress underneath, because she only had a
Few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses
And they used less material, but along with
That, it served as a potholder for removing
Hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on
Occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying
Eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched
Eggs to be finished in the warming

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding
Places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around
Her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent
Over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in
That apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out
The hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that
Had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was
Surprising how much furniture that old apron
Could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the
Porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was
Time to come in from the fields to

It will be a long time before someone invents something
That will replace that 'old-time apron' that
Served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story
About Grandma's aprons.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the
Window sill to cool.

Her Granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs
Were on that apron.

* I don't think anyone ever caught anything from an apron. *

I hope this brings happy memories to you too!
Check out the other team members blogs for more fun ideas......
till next week.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Yeah! I made it. Just in the nick of time.

This week's theme is a sketch. Since it's been so long since I have been really involved with the group, I have forgotten how to get to the sketches so I could copy the template for you all to see. Please go to the Dream it Up Blog to see the Sketch.
This is my interpretation.

I used white paste on black paper with a new image LL3017 the Woman's Silhouette

Make sure to visit everyone elses blog for more fun ideas using Dreamweaver Stencils and products!!

See you (earlier) next week.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yeah It's Thursday!!

This weeks challenge comes from the following Sketch.

I love to create from a sketch. The sky's the limit. It gives you just enough of an idea to jump start your creativity.

This is what I came up with.

The stenciling was simple, yet I felt the colors made it a bit dramatic.

See what you can come up with!

As always, make sure to visit the rest of the Dream Team for more ideas of how to use the sketch.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's Dream Scheme Thursday

I lost the month of June! Sitting in a classroom (actually several) seemed endless, yet the month went by REALLY fast. I'm finally out of training and into my new job. Now I just have to get into my new routine!

What better way to begin than to be creative!!
I believe this is a free week so........... in honor of my new state of residence, I have decided to use two cards I made in a class that Lynell taught at Stamper's Warehouse a couple of years ago.

I chose these two cards since I have seen Elk in the canyon I drove through to get to SLC, UT for training and a Moose actually ran up my dad's driveway a couple of weeks ago.

This technique is the same as the total glitter and tac paper technique EXCEPT - you use flocking instead of glitter on the main image.

Start with a piece of Tac, double stick tape cut approximately the same size as the stencil you are going to use. Remove one side and attach to a piece of cardstock.
"Soap" the back of your stencil. Remove the other protective cover of the tack paper and set your stencil on top of it.
Cover the stencil area with flocking (I used Dark Brown, Tan and Yellow on my two projects). Tap off excess. Remove stencil and cover remaining Tac paper with ultra fine Prisma glitter.

and "Ta-Da" a woodland creature (or whatever you choose to do).
I had great fun going through my samples. It has inspired me to do new ones! Stay tuned next week for something all new.
Don't forget to visit the rest of the Dream Team Blogs for more inspiring creations!
Until next week........ Happy Stenciling!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dreamweaver Free Week

Sorry I've been MIA. I had a bad cold for 10 days, started a new job AND moved to a whole new state!

Didn't want to miss out on another Thursday, so here's my card. It's been so rainy and snowy here, this seemed appropriate!

Sorry no instructions. Email me if you would like info. But at least I'm back, short and sweet, but back!

Next week I hope to be back in full swing.

Make sure to check out the other Dream Team sites. Also check out Dreamweaver's blog, she'll be posting several different cards all week!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

Lynell introduced several new stencils recently. This is my favorite.......

It fit with Georgia's color scheme this week, Mother's Day with orange and blue.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

This week we have a free theme.

This is one of Lynell's new stencils. I used the Faux Cloisonne technique.
Check out the rest of the Dream Team's blogs....they will definitely get you inspired!