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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrate With Dreamweaver Thursday!

Today we are sharing cards to celebrate/bring in the New Year.  I was going to use a previous card and then got a burr in my britches to do a new card so I did more simple than usual but fun and with ....wait for it....GLITTER!!!!  What better way to bring in the new year than with glitter?

I started with cool card stock from Worldwin.  They have a line of Caribbean Colors and I used the Coconut (White) & Midnight Surf (Black). This is a texture paper and is just fun.  The base card is 5 X 7 then the first layer is 4 1/4 X 6 1/4. 

I used Glossy White Paste to emboss the Fireworks (LJ 886) on Coconut paper then used several different colors of glitter and let dry.  I then used the same paste and embossed the word "Celebrate" (LS89) and covered with Hot Pink Glitter and let dry.
Of course I had to add the extra bling to the fireworks and the word just because I could and what good is starting a new year without a lot of glam and glitz???  So the final finished card...

Happy New Year to All!

May 2012 be the most creative yet! Make sure and check out the NEW members of the Design Team for Dreamweaver Stencils.  Everyone is listed on my side bar to the left!   Be sure to join me on Tuesdays and Saturdays for The Robin's Nest and US Artquest Design Team Posts!  Yep, 2012 is going to be busy, fun and creative!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to you all on Dreamweaver Thursday!

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday season.   I am getting to spend a lot of time with family and friends and loving every moment.   Today I am going to share a fun card that is a bit different.  I am using the dove stencil and ....wait for it..... GLITTER!!! (I was supposed to use Burgunday and Gold today but missed the boat.  Hoping the rest of the DT will forgive me!)

I started with a really cool pattern paper and traced the stencil on the paper with pencil.  I then carefully applied Glossy Accents carefully around the entire image.  As I got farther away from the image I pulled the Glossy Accents out so there is not a hard line.  Sprinkle on glitter and shake of excess, set aside to dry.  I then cut the layer and edges with in and embossed the small flourish with Pearlescent Paste and let dry.  Now that the Dove is dry carefully tear paper and ink edges.  Attach Dove to card front.  Add charm.

We will be adding 3 new  members to the design team.  Welcome Jesse, Cherylynn and Cyndi!  We will have a GREAT year!

Short and sweet for a Christmas Card!  Thanks for Sharing and don't forget to check out all the other design team blogs listed to the left! 

Happy Creating...

OK, found a previous one with the RIGHT colors! Bonus

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

US Artquest..here I come!

I am so happy to announce that I have been chosen to be part of the US Artquest Design Team!  I wll be doing posts the next six months, participating in blog hops and having a lot of fun!  One of the most exciting things coming up for the company is they will be featured on HSN!!  Look for them on January 17!  Thank you Susan Pickering Rothamel and Terri Sproul for your kind words and support!

Look for my first US ArtQuest post in January!! I will post for my blog and for the US ArtQuest blog the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.  Of course, I love the porducts so much I am sure I will want to just post every Saturday for fun! 

Thanks for sharing in my excitement on this new venture!  2012 is shaping up to be a very funa dn creative year!!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Robin's Nest!

I am so excited and thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be part of The Robin's Nest design team for the next 6 months!!!  I am thrilled with the opportunity to add this great company to my postings.  I will be posting to The Chattering Robin's blog the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month!!
Check it out  HERE
All the members are listed here and will be posted on my blog so you can just hop to visit each of us!
I am so excited to get going with this great group!  I will still be posting every Thursday for Dreamweaver Stencils and will have more exciting news later this week so stay tuned!  Until then...Happy Creating!!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday - Sketch Challenge with US Artquest

This week is a sketch challenge with Dreamweaver.  I have also combined this with some great products from.......US Artquest

Great products to fuel your creativity!

So here is are a few of the steps in this project!!!  READY?
 This is the base card that is 5 X 7 out of Petallics from WorldWin Papers.  I am just adding a hint of color to the edges.  I love to do this to add a bit of age to the project.

 Next I peeled Mica Tiles apart.  These are AWESOME for layers from US Artquest.  You simply pick up a tile and then carefully pull them apart.  I then added some Glossy Accents to one side.
 Now I have sprinkled some mica powder and glitter...YES...GLITTER...on the adhesive.  Dreamweaver has Metallic FX powder and US Artquest has Pearl EX.  I used a mix on these to get the colors I wanted on the tiles.
 The fun part is putting the top tile on the color and smearing it around.  It gives the tiles a very vintage look. 
Next I used a snowflake stencil and the Pearl Embossing Paste to add part of the snowflake on each tile.  I set it all aside to dry.  While it was drying I cut my paper layer and edged it with ink and attached my ribbon to the paper layer.  I then attached that to the base card.

I then attached the tiles to  the card front and added a rhinestone to the center of each snowflake.
Next I took my Merry Christmas stencil and used a blend of Copper Paste and Pearl Paste on the same card stock as the base card.  I darkened then edges with the ink before adding the embossing.  Once dry I attached this piece to the card front as well. So here again is the finished card!

And now a bonus card using the Mica Tile!
This time I used the Glossy Accents with Color Solutions artist grade alcohol ink and yes.....GLITTER!
 I added some Pale Gold Krylon ink on a charm that was silver.  
Hope you enjoyed my cards today.  I had a blast making them!  What fun it is to create using fun products and in a ocean front house!  Yes, I did these on vacation!!!  Just to make you jealous...here is the view I had while creating.
See you next week with more from Dreamweaver Stencils and who knows what other products will crop up!  Happy Creating....Kristi

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Sorry I am late with posting my winner from the Magical Mixed Media blog hop!

Congratulations to Mary C. Nasser   you have your choice of...

1. A set of 20, handmade "Thank You" notes.
2. Beaded Necklace
3. $15 coupon to my Etsy Shop

Please make sure to email me with your mailing info and which prize you pick!

Thanks to those of you who left comments!  Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday - FREE WEEK

Usually for a FREE week in December I would do a Christmas Card but since my birthday is tomorrow, and my mom always made sure NO Christmas went up before my birthday I think I am just going to post for fun!  We have so many fun things going on with Dreamweaver it is hard to choose, but I must say, I
am rather addicted to the Color Solutions, Artists Grade Alcohol Ink!!!
Thank you Wendy Jordan for such a cool photo of this product!

What makes these different from the others on the market is a longer workable time.  The colors are super intense and just lovely. So I am going to share a couple of cards done with these fabulous inks!
I LOVE the newer GEARS STENCIL (LJ911) I started with DGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste  on Black paper.  
The paste needs to dry 100% before you do anything else to it.
Next I used a felt applicator and applied several colors of ink and gently dabbed it on the now dry paste.
Then I added the scrabble like letters and the clock embellishment.
I edged the black layer with Pale Gold Krylon pen.
It is layered on Groovy Grape DoubleMates from WorldWin.

Pretty quick and easy and fun.

This next card is also done on Black with White paste
Step 1:  LJ910 Background Stencil has white paste applied over black paper and let dry.
Step 2:  Using Aspen Leaf, Pumpkin and Paprika Red apply to felt applicator.  Then apply thinning/cleaning solution over the colors.  This softens the colors a bit.

Step 3:  Adding Thistle and a little more Paprika Red to the applicator and more extending solution go over the next portion of background.
Step 4:  Replace the felt and apply Citron and Pine Bough to the felt and a small amount of the extender and apply to the rest of the image.  Let it all dry well, which does not take very long.
Step 5:  LG711 Tree was then placed over the background and embossed with DMBP Matte Black Embossing Paste.  Let dry
Step 6:  Edge the now colorful piece with Krylon and adhere to Black Base card!

I hope you have enjoyed my installment of NON-Christmas cards this week.  I am also posting this from Dauphin Island in a lovely beach house...te he he.  We are enjoying some time with family and relaxing for my birthday week!  Woo Hoo. 

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend and we will see you next week!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Check out the link The Robin's Nest and Dreamweaver!

Click HERE to go to the Blog!
Today I am posting another frame and hoping the folks at The Robin's Nest like my style so I can use their cool papers and embellishments in some upcoming designs!  You need to follow the link to check out their cool products for yourself!

So as promised yesterday, I am sharing another frame I made using paper, stencils, glitter and MMA (Mixed Media Adhesive)!  I like the frame from yesterday for our color way challenge but these are MY colors so join me as we create a fun autmnal frame!
1. Take your wooden from your local craft store and sand it smooth.
2. Using metallic acrylic pants paint the frame.
3. Pick your paper source and choose several coordinating papers.  This is made with papers from the Autumn Paper pack by K & CO.
4. Using MMA attach papers to frame.  I traced the outline of the frame on the back of the large piece I was going to cover the bulk of the frame with, then tore other pieces to attach to the frame.  I love the layered look.  Do the same on the back of the frame.
5. After all areas are dry and secure pick your stencils.  Since this was more an autumn theme I chose LJ849 Bare Trees & LJ900 Berry Branch along with DGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste.  I pasted the trees in the lower left corner and the branch in the upper right corner.  While the paste was still wet I covered the trees with Ash glitter and the branch with Crystal/Monarch glitter from Art Institute Glitter.  Let Dry.

6. After everything is dry tie a ribbon around the frame where the tree line stops.
Now you have a lovely frame for keeping or giving as a gift!  If you like this frame you can purchase it at my Etsy store!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and a special thanks to The Robin's Nest for checking out my blog!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dreamweaver Color Way Challenge! Teal & Silver

I am pretty excited for this weeks color way challenge.  We were to use Teal and Silver!  I decided to add some "sparkle" to a frame I had been working on.  

I started with a frame from a hobby store and this is how it turned out!
This frame is available for purchase at my Etsy Shop!
So now for the step by step!
1. I sanded the frame to get the rough areas smooth and more uniform then I painted the frame with metallic acrylic paints and let dry.
2. While the paint was drying I started looking through my paper collection to see what struck my fancy.  I found the paper I wanted to use, and I am sorry, I believe this paper is either DCWV or K & Co.  I have slept since I made the base for this frame. 
3. I used the wonderful NEW Mixed Media Adhesive by my friend and creative genius Pam Carriker.  This is the best adhesive I have found to work in mixed media.  I started piecing the paper to the frame making sure to cover the areas with the adhesive in between layers.  I LOVE the layered look it created!  Let Dry.
4. Do the same for the back of the frame. As you can see I do a lot of tearing.  Once the piece is completely dry trim the edges.
5. I decided with the bird in the corner on the front that I needed flowing stencils for the design so I chose LJ896 - Flourish & LG713 Small Flourish from Dreamweaver Stencils!  I did the large flourish first in DGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste then used glitter from Art Institute sprinkled over the image while the paste was still wet. 
6. I SHOULD have waited until the corner was dry before attempting to apply paste to the smaller flourish, but I am instant gratification so applied the same paste to the stencil in two areas VERY carefully and sprinkled with two colors of glitter!
7.  I did wipe off the excess paste that sneaked through the stencil on to the frame and set it aside to dry.
8. Once completely dry I sprayed with a coat of clear Krylon paint.

PS.  Tim Holtz has posted his First of 12 Tags of Christmas..without knowing he did our Colorway Challenge!  You could easily use the snowflake stencil featured in Laura's blog to do the same background!  So cool!  BTW...Tim says it is GREAT to share the photo of the finished but click on his name above for the link to his blog and the FAB instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today and tune it tomorrow for a different frame with a link to a fantastic company! 

Happy Creating!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Magicaly Mixed Media Blog/Shop Hop!!

I am so happy to be participating in this GREAT Blog Hop! This is Day 4 and I am the blogger of the day. I hope you have already seen a few awesome blogs and some cool stuff in the Etsy Shops. This is a very talented group of artists!

Thank you Katie Cahill for hosting this and including me!  I love your shop and this is one of my faves.

Tomorrow you will visit Emily Cline

She also has a fabulous Etsy shop as do the other hoppers that are participating in this holiday blog/shop hop! She has a lot of really wonderful Mixed Meda/Collage work and they are very cool!

Some of the items you will find in my store:

Now, on to the important stuff...BLOG CANDY!!! To win my blog candy you need to become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on THIS post. I will pick the winner by random.org. The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 11th after the entire hop is over. Your prize will be your choice of one of the following:

1. A set of 20, handmade "Thank You" notes.
2. Beaded Necklace
3. $15 coupon to my Etsy Shop

Also, once I reach 125 follower I will be giving away the awesome book by Pam Carriker and the Brand New Zentangle book.  I have 3 cards featured in the book so I am super excited!

So here is the entire list of Bloggers/Etsy Owners. Click on their name for their blog. Click on Etsy for their Etsy Shop!  On my Shop you will see a favorite item from each shop!  What an amazing group of talented people!

Katie Cahill  /   Etsy
Wini Dougal  /  Etsy
Nolwenn Petibois  /  Etsy
Kristi Parker VanDoren (you are here)
Emily Cline (Go Here Next)  /    Etsy
Jennifer McGee Urbanek  /   Etsy
Alicia Caudle  /    Etsy
Tracey Verdugo   /  Etsy
Nancy Perennec  /   Etsy
Sun B Lewis  /   Etsy
Angela DiGiovanni Kemp  /   Etsy
Sharon Rowland  /  Etsy
El Tsamp   /   Etsy

If you decide to do some shopping on my Etsy Store...you can enter the code BLOG15 and get 15% off your purchases in my store just for stopping at my blog! Please make sure and check out all the great shops and get some great deals for Christmas! (or just for you!!!)

Happy blogging/shopping...