Thursday, 31 July 2014

Week five Dreamweaver Dies


Where has July gone, it doesn't seem two minutes since we were planning summer holidays, schools finished and all the other summer things were starting.  never mined crafting is always around.

The month we have been looking at the Dreamweaver toys...........Dies. there are so many and when combined with the stencils the sky is the limit.  I've gone back to my favourite floral theme, and i hope you agree that this card is suitable for all occasions.

This is what you need:-
Dreamweaver Dies  Long Nesting Die DD004
Dreamweaver Die Leafy Branch DD003
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ909 Cathedral Window Large
Cream card
Scraps of blue textured card and 3 scraps of white card
ColorBox ink pad - Farmhouse
Petaloo flowers
Stampendous Crystal embossing powder
Die cutting Machine
Stencil Brushes
Low tack tape
Heat Gun

And this is how I created it

1 Take an A6 piece of white card and attach the Stencil to it using low tack tape.  Use a stencil brush and the purple and green areas of the ink pad rouge through the stencil and create the background.  Remove the stencil and cover the card with Stampendous crystal embossing powder, the powder will hold as the ColorBox pad is a pigment ink.  Remove any excess powder on the card, and using the heat gun heat the powder and card. The result will be a twinkly background which adds interest to the background of your card.

2 Trim the piece down to the size you want to work with and you can select the area of colour you want to use.

3 Take a second piece of white card and run this through you die cutting machine using the stencil and the rubber embossing mat, this will give a textured piece for your next layer.    

4 Once you have the texture on your card remove the stencil and replace with the middle sized Long Nesting Die, and cut with the die cutting machine.  Remove the die and colour the panel.  I used the Strie technique as depth of colour can be achieved by the number of layers applied. 
To give a final blended look I very gently rouged over the top of the panel. 

5 The final piece of card I gently blended with colour from the same ink pad for my leaves. Once I had the coloured card I simply cut 2 of the leafy branches and that was all the components complete.

6 The card was put together, I used 3D foam to give extra dimension.  The final piece was the ribbon which I tied around the spine of the card.

I hope you like my card and it has made you want to have a go.

Heres what the rest of the team have been doing this week:-


Thanks for stopping by


An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, 28 July 2014

Second installment of Holiday


My second installment of my holiday continues in Destin.  The weather was perfect, I couldn't believe the temperature and the humidity. It really was a pleasant change from the weather we can get here in the UK. 

So with the sun shining and the beach calling we spent an afternoon just sitting and savouring the scenery.


On the last photograph you can see what I mean with the green and blues of the sea and of course the white of the sand.

As with all holidays you have short trips to see different areas and for me I loved the Habour Walk,

  with the pretty buildings and the beautiful scenery.

So this is installment 2 of my journey.  I loved it.

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, 27 July 2014

First installment of holiday 2014

I have decided to share one or two of my holiday photos, after having almost 3 weeks in the USA.  I have friends over there and I love going to visit.... which isn't as often as I would like.
My holiday started of in the Blue Grass state of Kentucky........ my friends live in Louisville.  The first couple of days were spent shopping, yes you guessed craft shopping but then we took off for the Lake.  The weather was beautiful, hot and sunny, the first couple of photos were take at Rough River Lake, this is where my friends family have a home.

The scenery is lovely and so relaxing.

Carol and Bob ( my friends ) have a home on a nearby lake ..........Lake Nolin, which is equally scenic.

From the Lake we started a long drive down to Destin in Florida, what should have been a comfortable 9 hour drive turned into a 12 and a half hour journey. We landed in Destin and were joined by another couple of friends Kitty and Corky.  It felt like old times as whenever I have gone to stay we all seem to get together and have a good time. 

This was the view on Destin Beach at about 8.30pm on the first evening.  Stunning!
I had seen photos of Destin and been told how white the sand was and how green the water was but when you see it for real - its breathtaking.  No wonder the area is called the Emerald coast.  

I'm going to stop now and continue later, as I have numerous photos I want to share

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

July the month to DIE for (week 4)


Welcome to week four of our Dreamweaver Stencils July Challenge.  All this month the Dream Team are featuring our newest toys.......our DIES.  You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them..........especially when used in conjunction with their matching stencils.  They are such a simple way to create an effective card. 

Having just returned from my holidays I must admit it feels good to get back to crafting, and using DIES makes card making and crafting so much quicker and in some ways easier.  I decided to use the Stylised Dahlia Die, one of my favourites.  This card is quick and easy, and can be made in a matter of minutes for those emergency cards that creep up on us all.

This is what you will need:-

Dreamweaver Stylised Dahlia DIE -  DG743
Dreamweaver Metallic FX powders -Kiwi, Pixie Blush.
Stencil brushes
Scrap of card that has an embossed resist technique on it
Dreamweaver Double Sided Mounting Paper (DWSTICK)Scrap of Pale Blue fairly plain card or paper
Scrap of Kraft card
C6 Cream card for base card
About 1/2 yard of turquoise velvet ribbon (1/4'' wide)
Versafine ink pads - Blue lagoon, Olive green
Die cutting machine (Mines a Big Shot

This is what you need to do:-
1 Take the stencil brush and lightly colour the scrap of resist paper with Blue lagoon at the top and Olive green at the bottom and in the centre blend the 2 colours.  Remember you can always add colour but you cannot take it away.

2 Take the Stylised Dahlia Die and place centrally on the resist coloured card, run this through your choice of Die Cutting machine.

3 Take the adhesive sheet and remove on layer of protection and stick the die cut flower design to this. Trim any excess adhesive sheet off.  Remove the remaining protection sheet from the back and stick this to the pale blue card.

4 Use a clean dry stencil brush to apply the metallic FX powders to the adhesive sheet this should be done on the front side of the panel.  I used the Pixie Blush which is a delicate pink and the Kiwi for the leaves and stems, and also a small amount around the tips of the outer petals.

5 The rest of the card is put together, the ribbon is threaded through a slit I cut in the centre spine of the card and I wrapped the ribbon around the card twice.

There is your card complete, its really quick and the end result is a subtle design.  I hope you like it and enjoy having a go.

This is what the rest of the B team have been doing

Thanks for stopping by