Holiday key safety

Welcome to week three of my stint as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. We’ve also teamed up with Beacon Adhesives this month to create a variety of holiday projects or gift items.
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Be sure to visit each of our designers below for so many great holiday ideas!

This key holder box has been in my garage for about three years. I picked it up at a dollar store several years ago with good intentions that never materialized. Fast forward several years and I’m in the middle of a Dreamweaver/Beacon Blog Hop for holiday projects and gifts. I remember the box and decide it’s finally time to use it.

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I kept this project very simple. The box was black and it opens to hold keys so bring it out during the holiday and use it to house car keys of your visitors. It has a paper picture of roosters on it so I primed the picture and left it to dry.

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Once dry, I taped down Dreamweaver’s Stencil LX 7003 Ornate Xmas Tree and spread with Dreamweaver’s Embossing Paste. The more I use this stuff the more I’m liking it. I removed the tapes, leaving one to use as a hinge to remove the stencil and placed it in water. I left it to dry for a bit then came back and painted the door and over the stenciled area with a white latex paint and left that to dry.

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I wanted to highlight the tree with gold so used a bit of Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold Paint Dabber; just lightly dabbing the gold onto the tree.

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Then I liked the gold so much that I decided to do a gold paint wash over the entire lid. Loved the way that turned out! I wanted to frame in the tree and did this by slicing some Heidi Swapp’s Believe Peppermint Stix paper into 1/2-inch strips. The edges are inked with Ranger’s black Archival Ink. I simply laid the strips on the lid where I was going to place them and cut the edges at an angle.

I used Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage medium to adhere the strips. I also sealed them with the medium.

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Then I decided to add some gold glaze to the Fast Finish Decoupage medium and brushed it over the entire box cover and lightly wiped it off, leaving a hint of gold shimmer.

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I left a heavier gold color around the inside edges of the lid to help highlight the tree even more. The detail I get with these stencils and paste is amazing!

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Old drawer gets new upcycled look

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I’m having a drawer-full of fun with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon products this month. We’re hopping every Thursday this month so be sure to visit these other designers to see some amazing projects!

Dream It Up!
Linda Neff (Guest Designer – that’s me!)
Lea Kimmel
Louise Healy
Terrece Siddoway
Wendy Jordan
Pam Hornschu
Cherylynn Moser

I’ve been experimenting with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon Adhesives while upcycling some pieces for our shop – Green Door Studio. I found this old drawer at an estate sale for just a few dollars. I thought it would make a cute display holder or a shelf.

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After I gave it a good scrub-down and removed the handle I painted with a coat of cream paint just to give me a clean base to work with. I filled the old handle hole with wood filler and left it all to dry for an hour or so.

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I pulled some old music song sheets out along with some dictionary pages to decoupage onto the front. I cut the pages to the size of the drawer front, inked the edges and adhered them with Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage Glue.
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Once the entire front was covered in papers and dry, I was able to use my Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7022 Vintage Decor. I love this stencil! It turned out so nice. The stencil was taped in place and then Dreamweaver Embossing Paste was spread across it.
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The tape is carefully lifted off all sides but one (that one is left in place to act as a hinge). The stencil is then carefully lifted to reveal a beautiful design underneath.
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While the paste is drying (it takes about an hour or so) I had time to go work on another project. The other project didn’t take as long as I thought so I grabbed my heat tool and helped the paste along so I could continue with the painting. I covered the front – including the stencil – with another coat of cream paint and wiped it off with a damp cloth to expose some of the papers.
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I wanted to add depth to the box so added a copper metallic glaze by Martha Stewart, really squishing it in and around the stenciled area. Using my same damp cloth, wiped most of it off until I got the look I just loved!
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 I  sealed the entire box with a coat of wax and buffed it out. I never imagined this funky little drawer could look this good. I added a copper distressed knob to the front.
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It’s a great little storage and display piece.
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You can bet I’ll be on the lookout for more drawers to transform.
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Remember to visit the other designers on this hop for more great projects!

Framing it up shabby style!

Linda_Neff_mug_shot_2013I’m having a good time this month as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. And to add just a bit more excitement to my first post, we’re also hopping with Ranger and using Beacon Adhesives! So let the fun begin!
 
Ready to be festively distressed once again? The Dream Team have been playing with Ranger’s Distress Paints, and are ready to inspire you to be distressed as well…paint distressed that is! Dreamweaver Stencils are the perfect choice to mix with all things festively distressed, as nothing shows off-color and texture better than great designs. By following our hop and leaving love along the way, you have the opportunity to win a great prize package including five Ranger Distress Paints and five Dreamweaver Stencils! Here’s the lineup for today, including our November Guest Designer: Me!
 
 
This is also our first posting day featuring our new monthly challenge, “Holiday Celebrations,” and for the entire month we will demonstrate ways to use Beacon Adhesives‘ entire line of products with Dreamweaver to create special projects in home decor and gifts of love. Here’s mine:
 
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This is my version of shabby chic. I started with Dreamweaver Stencil LX7001, Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste, Ranger Distress Paints in Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap and Grunge Paper; Beacon’s Gem-Tac, and a basic mirror frame from Ikea.
 
I began by spreading the embossing paste through the Dreamweaver Stencil onto two sheets of the Grunge Paper and let it sit to dry for a bit. While the paste was drying I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso then the Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
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When the embossing paste was dry I sliced the Grunge Paper into random squares and rectangles then painted some with Ranger’s Bundled Sage Distress Paint and the rest with Victorian Velvet. When those were dry I did a glaze effect on the squares by dabbing on the Frayed Burlap then taking a damp cloth and wiping it off.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_2I smeared Ranger’s Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint on each piece and again left them to dry. I loved the way the edges curled up and down from the wet paint and crackle medium and decided that’s how I would apply the pieces to the frame. Beacon’s Gem-Tac adhesive is perfect for this technique because it tacks up quickly. For pieces where the edges curled up I applied the Gem-Tac to the center and where the edges curled down I put a thin line of Gem-Tac along those edges and placed the pieces on the frame.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_4As the Clear Crackle Paint dries it leaves a nice grazing on the pieces. The glaze effect with the Frayed Burlap really highlights the stenciled design.
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It really presents itself as a shabby-chic look with the curled and raised edges.
Dreamweaaver_Beacon_Ranger_Linda_Neff_frame_6Thanks for dropping by and make sure to visit others on this hop to see some fabulous gift and holiday inspirations!