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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!
Kristi

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.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatieCahill

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...
Kristi

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Dreamweaver Stencils

Happy Thanksgiving and hoping you would all remember to be thankful for all you have.  This has been a very hard year for many.  The last almost 4 months have been hard losing 5 friends, teachers, mentors.  I am thankful for my family and my friends and all I do have.  I am thankful for Dreamweaver Stencils, as even on days when I did not feel too creative, because of my dedication to this wonderful company, i.e., Lynell Harlow, I still create any way!  Today some of us are doing a sketch challenge, others of us that missed the sketch are still posting Thanksgiving Cards!  Since I missed the sketch I am posting 3 different cards using the same stencil.  All have different techniques so here we go with card #1.
This card was so fun.  I like a larger card so all my cards today are 5" X 7".  So here is my step out process along with supplies used.

1. On suede paper (sorry folks, this is a scrap I had left from K & Co) I used DEPT Translucent Embossing Paste on the Give Thanks (LJ832).  Set aside and let dry. (5 1/4 X 4 )
2. Cut Petallics Paper 1/4" larger than the suede paper and edge with Pale Gold Krylon Pen. (5 1/2  X 4 1/4)
3. Cut DoubleMates in Creamy Cocoa 1/2" larger than Petallic Layer. (6 X 4 3/4)
4. Edge base card (5 X 7) with Pale Gold Krylon Pen.
5. Lay your CLEAN & DRY stencil back over the embossed image and stencil on Shiva Oil Paints.
6. Let dry and assemble.

Card # 2
1. Cut base card out of DoubleMates Desert Dune to 5 X 7.
2. Cut  next layer 4 1/2 X 6 1/2 using the same paper.  Punch corners with just a slit punch. (EK Success)
3. Cut the card the image will be on out of Treasures Oatmeal 4 X 6.
4. Using my PanPastels I  and stencil brush apply color to Give Thanks (LJ832).
5. Leave the stencil in place and apply Translucent Embossing Paste DEPT and let dry.http://www.panpastel.com/
6. Assemble Card and go around the edge of the top layer with Dries Clear Glue and  Elements by Art Institute. Let Dry!

#3
1. Cut base card to 5 X 7 from Light Brown Card Stock.  (Sorry, not sure of the source)
2. Cut Desert Dune DoubleMate to 6 X 4 3/4 and edge with Pale Gold Krylon.
3. Cut Petallics in Bear Grass to 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.
4. For this card I once again used Stencil LJ832 Give Thanks and I used the sludge technique from Dreamweaver.  This is where you blend several colors together to create cool blended effect. I used mostly DGP Gold Embossing Paste with some DCP Copper Embossing Paste and some DGKP Glossy Black Embossing for this GREAT look.
5. While the paste is still wet carefully apply Crystal Glitter to the words and Ash Glitter to the Cornucopia.
6. Let everything dry and attach to base card set to the left.  Add ribbon of your choice to the right side of the card.

I hope you all ave enjoyed these three cards and even more...Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  Don't forget, you have the opportunity to apply to be part of the wonderful Dreamweaver Design Team
Check it out and visit all my Dreamweaver Friends!











Saturday, November 19, 2011

Etsy Store Now Open

I have just opened an Etsy store...Come check it out!

Some of my stuff and so GREAT abstracts by Lora Brier!  Here is a sample of some of her work!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday - Sketch Challenge


Well, this is our sketch challenge for this week with Dreamweaver Stencils.  I have to admit, I really don't like sketch challenges but I know they are a great tool.  So I am trying to be more positive.  I actually rather like this design, so thank you Wendy Jordan for a cool design with which to work!  Leave me some love, check out the other blogs from the Dream Team listed to the left!

Supply List:
Dreamweaver Stencils - Winter (LM296) & Snowflake Background (LJ819)/ Embossing Paste (DEP) &  Pearlescent Embossing Paste (DPP),/Color Solutions CS104 Thistle, CS206 Iceberg & CS207 Blue Velvet /Metallic F/X 14 Purple Satin
Worldwin Doublemates in Groovy Grape
Offray Ribbon
PanPastels
Misc Snowflake brads in silver - Sorry, not in the package so do not have a source.

Step 1: I colored the eyelets with the Color Solutions.  I then set them to the side to dry.
Step 2: I sprinkled a little on the Metallix FX on the Pearlescent paste and blended with my palette knife then spread the paste over the snowflake stencil on off white card stock. Let Dry
Step 3: With regular embossing paste on blue grunge paper and let dry.
Step 4: Cut base card and next layer.
Step 5: Attach the snowflake layer to the lighter side of the groovy grape card stock.
Step 6: Attach ribbon at an angle over both layers, wrap around and attach.
Step 7: Attach eyelets
Step 8: Place the stencil back over the "winter" and color with PanPastels.
Step 9: Attach winter to layers and use pop dots to attach to the card front.

So this is what you get if you follow the instructions...




Don't forget, if you Dream of being a Dream Team Member Check this out!!!

Dreamweaver Stencils’ Design Team Call out:
Beginning: November 1st, 2011
Ending: November 30th, 2011
New team members will be announced: December 8th, 2011
Term from January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012
(first posting will be January 5th, 2012)

Do you dream in color? Do you dream in texture? Do you dream in fun? Then the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team wants YOU! We are looking for someone with an organized mind but still able to think outside the box…or in this case…the stencil.

Here is what we would require from you:


1) You must have a blog and be willing to post for Dreamweaver Stencils at least
once per week…on Thursdays usually. These posts must be live on time. We
understand that emergencies happen. Please let Pam know if you will not be
able to post that week. An inconvenience is not an emergency. If you know in
advance that you will be away, pre‐schedule your blog. If you need advice
regarding this, no problem.
2) You must be able to link your blog to a social network site such as FaceBook,
Twitter, etc.
3) You must be willing to link your posts to at least one online site each week,
such as Split Coast Stampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, Paper Craft Planet, etc.
4) You must be willing to play with the once a month challenges (the first
Thursday of each month), which will include sketches, colorways,
inspirations, and dimensional items (boxes, frames, quilts, wall hangings,
furniture…anything other than a card). This challenge week will fulfill your
obligations for that week’s post.
5) You must be willing to submit your creations to online magazines, and paper
magazines in the industry at least two times per year. We understand that
whether you are published is at the whims of the editors, but we would like
some effort put forth in this, including emailing a copy of your submitted
design to Lynell and Pam.
6) You will be required to create samples for new release product, and
physically send them to Dreamweaver Stencils for use on sample boards,
industry and retail shows, sales reps, etc. Occasionally your samples can be
photographed and emailed. Many times you will receive your samples back
after they have been photographed for use.
7) Occasionally, you may receive new product for you to test and provide your
opinion.
8) Your samples will be cards, scrap pages, and dimensional items. We want
crafters to see all the multiple ways stencils can be incorporated into their
projects. Your samples will need to demonstrate a variety of techniques and
products as well. Patterned papers, stamps, and embellishments from other
companies can be added, but the stencil designs MUST be the focus.
9) You must provide supply lists and instructions with each sample.
10) You will be expected to sign a form promising not to share any trade secrets
or new designs before release.
11) You are free to belong to other design teams as long as they are not direct
competitors of Dreamweaver Stencils.

Here is what you can expect from us:

1) We will provide you with a beginning “kit” including several stencil designs,
paste, Metallic F/X, Memories Mists, aluminum, tools, etc. Some of these
items you will be allowed to select your own designs, colors, etc.
2) With each new release, we will send you one each of the stencils designs, and
extras that we receive from various companies in the industry for you to play
with and incorporate into your samples. We will request that you give these
companies credit on your blogs, etc. for these items.
3) We will provide you with Lynell’s Tips and Techniques video as well as a
complete assortment of Technique Sheets. We do not expect you to know
these techniques from the start, but be willing to learn and expand your
creativity.
4) Occasionally one of your creations may be used for a display board in stores.
You will be given the first opportunity to make the amount necessary and be
compensated in cash for your work. This is not expected, but gives you the
chance to earn a little extra.
5) Another reward opportunity will be available to you for being published in
any of the main industry magazines such as Paper Crafts, Just Cards, Scrap &
Stamps Arts, Stamper’s Sampler, etc. You will receive a “credit” to spend as
you would like on Dreamweaver Stencils and product.
6) You will be welcomed to the Dream Team Yahoo Group site which will give
you an opportunity to learn from the more experienced members of the
team, enjoy the fun of our stenciling “family”, and received updated bulletins
regarding team events. You will have your own “album” where you can
upload your designs for the rest of the team to see, and for Lynell or Pam to
possibly use in the weekly Dream It Up! Posts (yes, you will receive credit).
7) You will have a wholesale discount of 50% for purchase of other
Dreamweaver Stencils’ product for your use. If you are interested in teaching
locally, there are other ways that the company will be willing to help you so
that your classes are profitable for all. (See info on the requirements for the
Dreamweaver Stencils’ Teaching Team.)
8) We take great pride in our Dream Team members, so any opportunity that
we can help to promote you and your creativity will be made a priority. We
will keep an updated list of the latest editorial calendars for magazines on the
group site, or other challenges or opportunities you can go for. There will
also be a calendar in the Yahoo Group site for you to keep track of upcoming
deadlines and assignments.

This is what we need from you by December 1st, 2011:

1) Samples: at least two cards, one scrap page, and one dimensional item. At
least one item must be stenciled. We realize that many do not have much in
the way of stencils, so your creations may be completed in another papercrafting
technique (stamping). Your dimensional item does not need to be
mailed…just the flat pieces.
2) Photos of your samples. This is important as you will be posting each week
and your pictures need to be crisp, clean, clear, and well lit.
3) Name, address, phone number, email, and blog address. Your blog will be the
main view of you. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We
don’t expect you to be an English teacher, but these items affect how others
perceive you and the Dreamweaver Stencils company as well.
4) A couple of paragraphs describing you…why you papercraft, how long have
you been crafting, have you stenciled before? Why do you want to be part of
the Dream Team? Why would you be a good addition?
Hopefully we have not scared you off with all these details. You will want to rely on
US and we will want to rely on YOU. If you have any questions, please feel free to
email Pam at phornschu@hotmail.com.

Please mail your samples by November 30th, 2011, to:

Dreamweaver Stencils
Lynell Harlow
Dream Team 2012
1335 Cindee Lane
Colton, CA 92324

Email your personal info and photos to:
Lynell Harlow
lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com
Pam Hornschu
phornschu@hotmail.com





 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sketch Challenge for Thursday!

As you know Thursday is DReamweaver Thursday.  This Thursday is a Sketch Challenge by Wendy Jordan!  Hope some of you will play along and vist all the "Dreamy" blogs. 

Also...Don't forget that Dreamweaver has a call out for some new deisgners.
Dreamweaver Stencils’ Design Team Call out:
Beginning: November 1st, 2011
Ending: November 30th, 2011
New team members will be announced: December 8th, 2011
Term from January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012
(first posting will be January 5th, 2012)

Do you dream in color? Do you dream in texture? Do you dream in fun? Then the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team wants YOU! We are looking for someone with an organized mind but still able to think outside the box…or in this case…the stencil.

Here is what we would require from you:

1) You must have a blog and be willing to post for Dreamweaver Stencils at least
once per week…on Thursdays usually. These posts must be live on time. We
understand that emergencies happen. Please let Pam know if you will not be
able to post that week. An inconvenience is not an emergency. If you know in
advance that you will be away, pre‐schedule your blog. If you need advice
regarding this, no problem.
2) You must be able to link your blog to a social network site such as FaceBook,
Twitter, etc.
3) You must be willing to link your posts to at least one online site each week,
such as Split Coast Stampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, Paper Craft Planet, etc.
4) You must be willing to play with the once a month challenges (the first
Thursday of each month), which will include sketches, colorways,
inspirations, and dimensional items (boxes, frames, quilts, wall hangings,
furniture…anything other than a card). This challenge week will fulfill your
obligations for that week’s post.
5) You must be willing to submit your creations to online magazines, and paper
magazines in the industry at least two times per year. We understand that
whether you are published is at the whims of the editors, but we would like
some effort put forth in this, including emailing a copy of your submitted
design to Lynell and Pam.
6) You will be required to create samples for new release product, and
physically send them to Dreamweaver Stencils for use on sample boards,
industry and retail shows, sales reps, etc. Occasionally your samples can be
photographed and emailed. Many times you will receive your samples back
after they have been photographed for use.
7) Occasionally, you may receive new product for you to test and provide your
opinion.
8) Your samples will be cards, scrap pages, and dimensional items. We want
crafters to see all the multiple ways stencils can be incorporated into their
projects. Your samples will need to demonstrate a variety of techniques and
products as well. Patterned papers, stamps, and embellishments from other
companies can be added, but the stencil designs MUST be the focus.
9) You must provide supply lists and instructions with each sample.
10) You will be expected to sign a form promising not to share any trade secrets
or new designs before release.
11) You are free to belong to other design teams as long as they are not direct
competitors of Dreamweaver Stencils.

Here is what you can expect from us:

1) We will provide you with a beginning “kit” including several stencil designs,
paste, Metallic F/X, Memories Mists, aluminum, tools, etc. Some of these
items you will be allowed to select your own designs, colors, etc.
2) With each new release, we will send you one each of the stencils designs, and
extras that we receive from various companies in the industry for you to play
with and incorporate into your samples. We will request that you give these
companies credit on your blogs, etc. for these items.
3) We will provide you with Lynell’s Tips and Techniques video as well as a
complete assortment of Technique Sheets. We do not expect you to know
these techniques from the start, but be willing to learn and expand your
creativity.
4) Occasionally one of your creations may be used for a display board in stores.
You will be given the first opportunity to make the amount necessary and be
compensated in cash for your work. This is not expected, but gives you the
chance to earn a little extra.
5) Another reward opportunity will be available to you for being published in
any of the main industry magazines such as Paper Crafts, Just Cards, Scrap &
Stamps Arts, Stamper’s Sampler, etc. You will receive a “credit” to spend as
you would like on Dreamweaver Stencils and product.
6) You will be welcomed to the Dream Team Yahoo Group site which will give
you an opportunity to learn from the more experienced members of the
team, enjoy the fun of our stenciling “family”, and received updated bulletins
regarding team events. You will have your own “album” where you can
upload your designs for the rest of the team to see, and for Lynell or Pam to
possibly use in the weekly Dream It Up! Posts (yes, you will receive credit).
7) You will have a wholesale discount of 50% for purchase of other
Dreamweaver Stencils’ product for your use. If you are interested in teaching
locally, there are other ways that the company will be willing to help you so
that your classes are profitable for all. (See info on the requirements for the
Dreamweaver Stencils’ Teaching Team.)
8) We take great pride in our Dream Team members, so any opportunity that
we can help to promote you and your creativity will be made a priority. We
will keep an updated list of the latest editorial calendars for magazines on the
group site, or other challenges or opportunities you can go for. There will
also be a calendar in the Yahoo Group site for you to keep track of upcoming
deadlines and assignments.

This is what we need from you by December 1st, 2011:

1) Samples: at least two cards, one scrap page, and one dimensional item. At
least one item must be stenciled. We realize that many do not have much in
the way of stencils, so your creations may be completed in another papercrafting
technique (stamping). Your dimensional item does not need to be
mailed…just the flat pieces.
2) Photos of your samples. This is important as you will be posting each week
and your pictures need to be crisp, clean, clear, and well lit.
3) Name, address, phone number, email, and blog address. Your blog will be the
main view of you. Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We
don’t expect you to be an English teacher, but these items affect how others
perceive you and the Dreamweaver Stencils company as well.
4) A couple of paragraphs describing you…why you papercraft, how long have
you been crafting, have you stenciled before? Why do you want to be part of
the Dream Team? Why would you be a good addition?
Hopefully we have not scared you off with all these details. You will want to rely on
US and we will want to rely on YOU. If you have any questions, please feel free to
email Pam at phornschu@hotmail.com.

Please mail your samples by November 30th, 2011, to:

Dreamweaver Stencils
Lynell Harlow
Dream Team 2012
1335 Cindee Lane
Colton, CA 92324

Email your personal info and photos to:
Lynell Harlow
lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com
Pam Hornschu
phornschu@hotmail.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday FREE WEEK!

Well, I am in full fall swing!  I must say, I love the colors of fall the best but I do enjoy my summer days!  But on to the fun fall colors!!! Also, don't forget that Dreamweaver has a call out for New Design Team Member!  So my post this week is...Fall Leaves!

So I am going to start with my supply list! 
Glossy Card Stock
Color Solutions Ink From Dreamweaver in Aspen Leaf, Paprika Red and Pumpkin
Color Solutions Thinner/Cleaner
Application Tool
Krylon Gold Pen
Gold Embossing Paste
White Glossy Embossing Paste
Mirror Card Stock
Decorative Scissors
Exacto Knife
Pop Dots
Black Matte Card Stock

The first step is to use white glossy paste to emboss the leaf image on black matte paper.

Repeat the process with gold paste and let them dry.

While you are waiting for the paste to dry get out your glossy card stock and your Color Solutions.  On the applicator put a few drops of each color.  I wanted the orange/red to show more so put less of the aspen color.  I placed a few drops of the thinning solution on the applicator as well.  Then, right before applying the ink to the paper I pressed the gold pen on the applicator too.  I rubbed the applicator all over the glossy paper.  I used more of an up and down motion on this card.  You can twist it or do streaks,whatever you can dream up.

Once the paste is dry do the same process over the now dry paste.  I love the way the same ink looks different on the two colors of paste.  I also carefully colored over the white paste on the limb with gold.

Next, I cut best as I could around the delicate image with scissors.  Once I had trimmed all I could easily with the scissors I used my Exacto to get all the details.

So now I start to build my card!  first with the base card, then a slightly smaller white layer that I used postage stamp scissors on and trimmed with gold.  On top of that I put my alcohol ink colored glossy paper.  Nest is a small strip of mirror paper.  I then carefully started to layer the leaves on the card front.  The lower branch I kept closer to the card and then as the branches go higher I popped the leaves up at different heights from 1 pop dot to as many as three! 

Here is my finished card!


Thanks for coming by to see my creation this week.  Leave me some love and become a follower for chances at blog candy.  Once I reach 100 followers I will have one give away and then will have one for every additional 25!  Tell your friends and let me know you invited them for extra chances for prizes!

Happy Creating!
Kristi

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dreamweaver Thrusday...Dreaming in Blackand White

This weeks challenge is a color way challenge.  All black and white.  I decided to do a little black and white on the background and then make the Dogwood POP with soft color.   I used PanPastels for the color and just love it.  After I got all the color done and went over the entire image with translucent embossing paste!  This is a fun and easy way to color to your projects!

Have you ever wondered how it is that I get to do the wonderful stuff for Dreamweaver?  Well now is your chance to try out for our awesome design team!  Just Check out Dreamweaver's page, follow the directions for expressing your creativity and apply!  I have designed for several companies and have found this company to be the BEST EVER to be on their creative team.   Check out Dreamweaver Call for Design Team!

Make sure and check out all of the blogs this week.  All of my Dreamweaver friends are listed to the left of this post!  Start at Dreamweaver blog and visit everyone.  Leave us some love and follow us!!

Good luck to those who will try out. 

Kristi