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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Robin's Nest CHA Page!

I am the first to let you know that I am not a huge scrapbooker.  I use the papers and supplies in altered art, cards, paper crafts etc.  I took some fun photos at CHA and thought I would use some of the cool papers from The Robins Nest to show them off! 

I love black and white!  I printed my photos of me with some fun friends and also wonderful and creative folks at CHA.  I had 5 photos and matted them on solid black card stock from WorldWin.  I also cut a 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 black and silver square and put in the center of the white and black paper with flourishes.  I attached all the photos where I wanted them then the fun began!


Next I added some additional flourishes with a Dreamweaver Stencil.  I used Black Matte paste and then added Crystal Glitter over it for more sparkle.

The flowers were covered with Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) from USArtQuest the dusted with Crystal Glitter.  I added the Dew Drops in Black in all the centers of the flowers and added more glitter!
In the swirls of the stencil flourishes I added a white Dew Drop!
Just a closer look!
And now the finished page...
CHA is great for catching up with folks you only see a couple times a year!  I am glad for facebook and email to keep up with all of them throughout the year!

Happy creating and don't forget to stop back Thursday for the Dreamweaver blog post!
Kristi





Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dreamweaver Thursday - February Challenge GO GREEN

We're changing things up a bit for this year, and YOU can help. The first Thursday of every month will feature our new challenge and will extend through the entire month. This means that YOU have ALL month to play along with the one challenge, as many times as you want. Sometimes it will be a color challenge, sometimes a theme, and sometimes a technique. We are hoping that an entire month will give you plenty of time to be inspired, create, and link to the Dream It Up! blog . Each month we are offering TWO prizes...one for the most creative version of the challenge (does not have to be Dreamweaver Stencils ' product, but we sure are happy when it is!), and the second for the best use of Dreamweaver Stencils ' product in the challenge. This could be stencils (of course), Embossing Pastes , Metallic F/X , the new Color Solutions , etc., anything you find on the Dreamweaver Stencils' web site , or in your local store. Don't know where your local store is? The list can be found on the web site . Not near any of the stores listed? There is also an online site to purchase from, Stencil with Style !  This is the second post for the month of February!  GO GREEN!!!

These are the lovely stencils up for grabs this month!  Good luck!


This was done using the grid stencil, the rolling hills stencil and the spring stencil.  First I used pigment ink and a stencil brush to apply color to the stencil.  I then used sticky powder from stampee foils and heat set.  I then used the heat lamenator to  apply the stampee foil.  Next I traced the grid stencil.  I carfully colored in the lines with a permanent marker.  I finally placed the spring stencil over the top and used green glossy paste to show off the image! I edged the image with gold pen and then layered on dark green paper and edged that and finally layered on a light green card stock.  At the last moment I used a fun charm to add that special touch!

Products Used:
Splendor Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Sharpie black marker
Pale gold Krylon Pen
Card stock from WorldWin papers
Charm by Dove of the East
Stencils used: LJ811 Grid, LJ910 Rolling Hills, LM288 Spring
Stampee Foil Products

Happy Creating,
Kristi




Friday, February 3, 2012

Thrills and Prills with USArtquest!

I am having the best time using USArtquest products!  They are so very versatile and the wonderful pops of color are in all the paint, gilding, mica and more!  I love color and this company stimulates that love! I am scheduling this post ahead of time as I will have just gotten back from CHA and may be loopy or just dead to the world! : ) 

I am going to share with you the business cards I made to hand out at CHA.  As a designer you never know when you will need to have a card to impress.  If I have time I will make some more but for now...here we go!


Supplies Used:
Perfect Pigments (Secondary Colors)*
PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive)*
Duo Adhesive*
Gilding*
Mica Powder*
MINI PRILLS (NEW ITEM)*
Various Ink
Diamond Glaze
Various Stamps
*USArtquest Products
I started by printing off my information on white card stock.  I wanted to add color to them so I used large stipple brush and Ink to add a variety of color to the information strips.
Tap the stipple brush in the ink.


Apply color to paper.




This is the pile I had done after adding color.
I wanted to add a bit more interest to the name portion so I used Perfect Medium and stamped over the words.  I then used a very soft brush to apply Interference Gold Mica Powder to the ink.  It left a very subtle shine/glimmer to the cards.  I then set these aside.
Apply ink.


I have loaded more than necessary on the brush.  There is no waste as the excess can be brushed back in to the jar.

Spread around and brush off excess.
I next started on the tags.  I put a small amount of Perfect Pigment on the paper and added PPA.  This made the paint a bit thinner and more transparent.  I covered both sides lightly and let dry.




 Just a note, when setting the tags aside to dry, make sure they don't stick to each other.  Yes, that was a note to self!  Now a really fun part, GILDING!
Add Duo Adhesive to your Cut and Dry Foam and then apply to the stamp of your choice. 
 Stamp the image and let dry completely.
 Apply gilding on the image and cover completely.  Brush off all the excess with a stiff brush to reveal.....
The wonderful stamped design.  Looks great on any color background.


I then tore around the edges of the card information and attached to the non-gilded side of the tag.  I used Perfect Medium again to stamp the pear image in a few places on the printed side and use various Mica Powders.
I wanted to add a final touch and I just received the perfect accent, PRILLS!  Mini Prills are and interesting accent for all your paper crafting projects and more. They are 100% natural, heat resistant, acid-free and non-toxic!  They come in over 40 colors!  I used Diamond Glaze to adhere mine. 
Adhesive is applied to the slight edge.

 Prills are then poured over the adhesive.
 Excess is poured off and placed back in the cool little jar.
And these are the finished tag/business cards!


I hope you have enjoyed these fun tags.  I had a lot of fun making them  And just so you know, I just ordered MORE Mini Prills.  They are just so cool. 

Other thoughts:
Add them to Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Any place you would use Micro Beads
Mixed into paint for texture
Applies on top of Embossing Paste/101 Studio Paste
Mix with your Diamond Glaze/Crystal Lacquer
I am still working on more ideas!
Happy Creating
Kristi



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dreamweaver Thrusday...Going GREEN

Welcome to the first post for the 2nd challenge by Dreamweaver Stencils!  This month is St. Patrick's day or GREEN!  I am already getting ready to send a few Easter cards since all the Valentine's Day cards are done.  I am super excited to post this card as it is done with the new stencil LJ918 Open Cross.  It is also a very Clean and Simple card so bonus there!

I love this card!  First, I love the cross design.  Second, I used supplies from all three companies for whom I now design. Third, I think of the great sacrifice that was made for me and for you as well!   So let me tell you how this card was created. 

1. I cut Black Suede paper from US Artquest to size. (The same size as the stencil.)

2. I used White Glossy Paste to emboss the Cross stencil. (Set aside to dry.)

3. Once dry I used Color Solutions alcohol ink fro Dreamweaver to color the cross.  I used the applicator from Ranger with the felt pad.  I used 3 different greens to get the pretty color blend. (Thank you again Wendy Jordan for the cool photo!)

4. I then layered the design on card stock from WorldWin with the base card being made from card stock from The Robin's Nest.
5. The final touch was to add the rose with a little glitter added to the center of the cross. 

Thanks for joining me for the first post of the new challenge and here is how you can play along for a chance at blog candy!

The first Thursday of every month will feature our new challenge and will extend through the entire month. This means that YOU have ALL month to play along with the one challenge, as many times as you want. Sometimes it will be a color challenge, sometimes a theme, and sometimes a technique. We are hoping that an entire month will give you plenty of time to be inspired, create, and link to the Dream It Up! blog . Each month we are offering TWO prizes...one for the most creative version of the challenge (does not have to be Dreamweaver Stencils ' product, but we sure are happy when it is!), and the second for the best use of Dreamweaver Stencils ' product in the challenge. This could be stencils (of course), Embossing Pastes , Metallic F/X , the new Color Solutions , etc., anything you find on the Dreamweaver Stencils' web site , or in your local store. Don't know where your local store is? The list can be found on the web site . Not near any of the stores listed? There is also an online site to purchase from, Stencil with Style !

Need more inspiration? Please visit the rest of our fabulous team listed here:

Happy Creating!!
Kristi