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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Prince Of Peace

Pin It For the month of November our fearless leader Pam has challenged us to do "The Holidays CAS (clean and simple). If you are interested in playing along and winning a stencil of your choice (or our large paste spreader) and a jar of embossing paste (your choice) click HERE to discover the details.

I started by using embossing paste and the wonderful word stencil. (LX 7004 Prince of Peace)  After I spread the paste and while it was still wet, I covered this layer with silver glitter from Art Glitter.

Next, on a scrap piece of paper, I used crackle paste and embossed the nativity. (LL 3019 Joseph / Mary)  Once the crackle was dry I used my fingers to apply some various inks.  To be honest, I don't recall what ink I used to distress the crackle.  I then cut out the various piece and set aside.

I mounted the background on cardstock and attached ribbon to the card front.  I used raised adhesive dots to attach the cut out people.
And here is my finished card...
I hope you all liked this card.  I think the colors and the style were just fun.  Hope everyone is remembering  the "Reason for the Season"

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Merry Christmas...

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I know that we are supposed to be doing CAS Christmas, but I really hate to just skip over Thanksgiving.  I have so much to be thankful for this year.  I have a great family, wonderful jobs and I LOVE what I do.  I get to do a lot of fun and creative things whether it be at my day job at Christopher & Banks, at home designing or working on a project in the woodworking shop!  It has been a year of ups and downs but in the end,God is good and I am thankful. 
So today, I offer a CAS (clean and simple) Thanksgiving Card.  I starts with using several colors of embossing paste (yellow/orange matte and bronze glossy)  And me being me...have to add the accent of Art Glitter!  When you mix the paste it is called "sludge". 

I apply the paste to the stencil using the paste technique. I am going to show you the step outs of paste. I will be using a different then than the final card, just so you can see the process.
 Tape top of stencil
 Tape bottom of stencil
 Tape side of stencil
 Tape other side of stencil
 Apply paste with palette knife or spreader.

 Remove tape in opposite order leaving the top piece of tape in place.
 Use that piece of tape as a hinge.
This is the process used on my Give Thanks (LJ832) Stencil but I used the mix of paste colors.
I applied Crystal glitter o the words while paste was wet.  I then carefully added Twig glitter to the cornucopia being careful to not get glitter on the fruits and veggies coming out of the cornucopia. Then you let it dry and layer to finish.
Finishing touches come in Krylon Pen edging and a bit of velvet ribbon!  Hope you enjoyed this card and more over, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

CAS Just In Time For Christmas

Pin ItAs many of you know I am not really good with CAS (Clean  & Simple)  But I am giving this a shot.    I like to look at things from a different point of view and this is one of my favorites.  I have taken the stencil and used it as a stencil and traced the Dove (LL 594) and the Large Flourish  (LG 896)   

Other supplies used:
Art Glitter
Designer Dries Clear Glue (DDCG)
Pearl Embossing Paste

I chose my background paper an traced the DOVE.  I then used my DDCG around the edge of the DOVE and feathered it out (no pun intended).   I applied my glitter and then tied the charm with a ribbon. Here is the finished card. Let this all dry.  Next I used the embossing paste to add the FLOURISH to the card front and layer and let the paste dry.   Layer the torn out DOVE and you are done.  As for me, I added some inky edges to the entire card for kicks!
HOPE you enjoyed the card today and see you next week!  More CAS (LOL)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Festively Distressed with Ranger & Dreamweaver

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We've now had four weeks of festively distressed fun playing with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Powders along with our wonderful line of Dreamweaver Stencils and products. Huge thanks to Tim Holtz and the fab people at Ranger for sharing these four collaborative weeks with us, and providing the yummy shades of Distress Powders for us to create with. We've been inspired by the process, and we hope you have, too!

If you haven't won one of the prize packages yet, you still have one more opportunity this week as the set below is up for grabs to a random commenter on one of the Dream Team blogs.

If you've been following along each week, you've seen some gorgeous creations with these stencils and powders, so you should be all fired up to get distressed! If you've missed the first three weeks, check them out once you've made the rounds today:


This is the last post for this cross promotion with Ranger Ink. As you can see, I have already soaped the stencil and placed it on the double stick tape. The key is making sure you have the stencil soaped well. Love the nativity stencil! (LL3019)

I did leafing again on this project, but I only used Gold! The background is Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder. On the large word background (LX7004) I used the Fired Brink and some Dusty Concord. I used Soot Black and Weathered Wood on the background!
I just love the look it all gives to heat the powder!

And this is the finished card! Hope you all have enjoyed this cross promotion! I know I have!

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Kristi Van Doren (you are here)
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Festively Distressed with Ranger & Dreamweaver

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Still feeling festive? We hope so! Dreamweaver and Ranger still have two weeks left of our Festively Distressed collaboration, and we are full of distressing ideas...Tim Holtz' Distress Powder ideas, that is. Mixed with our fabulous line of stencil designs and exciting products, your creativity will know no bounds! If you missed the first two weeks, start HERE and HERE!

For our postings this week and next, we are offering you the opportunity to win one of two prize packages, perfectly coordinated for your holiday crafting. Simply leave a comment on each of our Dream Team's posts, and YOU could be one of two randomly selected winners!

The Dream Team have been challenged for the month of November to create something CAS (clean and simple) for the holidays. The extra challenge is mixing the Distress Powders in for the collaboration with Ranger. Think that it's possible? Well...let's see...

Here's what I came up with since you liked the step outs from my first week I tried this again!  So here it goes!
Step 1: Pick your Stencils and Distress Powders.  (LJ 819 Snowflakes & LL 511 NOEL snowflake)
Black Soot, Dusty Concord & Weathered Wood
Step 2: Lay down double stick tape and peel off the back.
Step 3: Soap the back of the stencil.
Step 4: Place stencil on tape soap side down and press to make it firm on the tape.
Step 5: Cover with clear glitter.
Step 6: Remove paper from stencil.  Hint..Lay the stencil flat and pull the paper away carefully so you don't bend your stencil.
Step 7: Pour on Dusty Concord.
Step 8: Add Weathered Wood (pour off the mixed colors in a baggie to use on other projects.)
Step 9: Heat with heat tool.
Step 10: Soap NOEL and put on sticky tape.
Step 11: Add some Silver Leafing.

Step 12: Rub in more Dusty Concord and tap of excess.
Step 13: Peel paper off stencil.
Step 14: Shake on Black Soot Embossing Powder.
Step 15:  Heat set.
Step 16: Stamp background with stamp of your choice.  (I am packing and had to use a stamp that was available!  I love this stamp and it seems to go with the snowflakes!)
A closer look...

 The finished card!!!  I like the way this came out.  I was looking for my stamp that says "snowflakes are winter's butterfly"  But the butterfly is still pretty! LOL

I hope you have enjoyed my post this week.  We will see you next week with the final cards from this fun cross promotion.  Please tell me what you think in your comment below before heading over to the rest of the Dream Team posts:

The Ranger blog is offering another amazing prize opportunity, just for playing along with the Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils and linking your creation on the Ranger blog. You can find more details HERE.

We hope that you have been inspired by our creations, and will continue to follow the Dream Team through the Dream It Up! blog as well as to like us on our Facebook page. We really encourage you to play along with our monthly challenges for more prize opportunities and creative fun!

Dream ON!