Just a note…

20141126_151719Thanks for stopping by on this wonderful Thanksgiving day! This is my last post as guest designer for Dreamweaver Stencils this month. I enjoyed my stint this month and had so much fun playing with Dreamweaver Stencils.

The Dream Team challenge you to be especially “Thankful and Thoughtful” during this month. Link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool and you could win the stencil of your choice. A bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork.
Today I want to share a technique to make another art journal background, but this time we’re going to cut it up and make mini notebooks from it that will fit in your purse or pocket! How cool is that – and just in time for gifting.
I started with Dreamweaver embossing paste, this beautiful Zen Flower Stencil and watercolor paper.
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After my paste dried I colorized the background with Ranger’s Distress Inks, dried and continued to dip and spray until the color was just as I wanted. I added more color by rubbing in some Adirondack Dye Ink using another Dreamweaver Stencil, Tapestry, that is a big favorite of mine.
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After the Tapestry Stencil I used some Aqua ink and rubbed it through Dreamweaver Stencil, Vintage Decor (click here to see how I used this stencil to turn an old drawer into beautiful home decor storage).
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I added some images and text with rubber stamps then more color sprays and blotting to get this final look. This turned into a beautiful art journal page but I’m still cutting it up!
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The art journal page is used to cover salvaged chipboard. I connected the two by running the journal paper through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station, stuck it to the chipboard and used another journal section to cover the inside and the back cover as well.
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Once the covers were covered I punched the binding holes with my Zutter. The inside pages were cut about 1/8″ smaller than the cover on both sides and bottom.
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The covers are so pretty – I really enjoyed this project. I gave no thought as to how they were cut, I just cut them to a size I wanted to use. Once bound they make a perfect little stocking stuffer, thank you gift or something pretty to keep for yourself!
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Super Quick and Easy!

Howdy! Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving. Have a piece of pumpkin pie for me – lots of whip cream!

This is my last post as Guest Designer for Dreamweaver Stencils and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how easy this project was.  But, like many of you this time of year I have more to do and not enough hours in the day so a quick and easy project is just perfect!

This is a cute little holiday decoration and I just am very pleased with the final results.

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I used nothing more than an Ikea .99 cent frame, Dreamweaver Embossing Paste and the Ornate Xmas Tree stencil and just a bit of Christmas papers from the Bundled Up collection from Crate Paper.

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This frame comes with two acrylic sheets that I slid out and peeled the protective layers off before taping the stencil to the acrylic sheet. I taped it so it doesn’t slide on me when I spread the embossing paste.

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I spread the paste across the stencil to fill in all the tiny details of the stencil then carefully peel the tape away and lift the stencil leaving an embossed pattern on the acrylic sheets; repeat on the second acrylic sheet.

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While the paste is still wet I sprinkled with a clear transparent finely ground glitter. I left it sit for an hour or so with the glitter on so the paste would set up and dry.

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When the paste is dry I tapped the access glitter onto a sheet of office paper and slid back into the glitter container. Then I cut two 4X6 -inch sheets of the paper and slid the paper and the two embossed acrylic sheets into the frame – that’s it! They’re double-sided so what a great little table decoration or a piece to sit on a shelf for the holiday.

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Like I said, a bit embarrassed at how quick and easy this was. It took me longer to write this post than to make this!

Make sure to visit these designers for even more great projects and tips! Now go create!

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!

 

Little birdy sings double-glitter praise …

Welcome to the Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Stencil Cross promotion month. We have paired up with this wonderful company to show you how our glitter can be used with these beautiful and detailed stencils. All of our designers will be using the Double Glitter Technique! Make sure and check out Dreamweaver Designers every Thursday!

You can find all their designers  at http://dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/
Play along all month with this fun challenge. Make sure and LINK to the Dreamweaver site to be eligible for 1-of-4 prize packages featuring stencils and glitter! You may even get your creation featured on Art Glitter’s Blog!

Hope everyone will play along with this fun challenge. If you don’t know how to do the Double Glitter Technique please head over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foyo09lKpw4 to see Lynell Harlow demonstrate.

Read on to see how I used the double-glitter technique on this tag –

I’m working through my Dreamweaver Stencils that I ordered for this Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Double-Glitter technique and came to the birdcage. Wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but here’s what I ended up with. I used the double-glitter technique with lots of masking. You can learn more about masking by hopping over to my post on the Art Glitter Blog today. What I’m going to do here is walk through the process of making the completed tag.

After glittering my birdcage using Dreamweaver Stencil LL3012 Birdcage I tried to use it as a card element but it was too stuffy. I debated for about an hour  – or more – whether to cut it out or not and just use it on a tag. I decided to pick up the scissors and have a go at it. I was so happy I did!

I inked a tag with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks from Ranger then mist  it with my homemade concoction of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water mixed in a Mini Mister. Let the colors run a bit and heat set to stop the action.

The flourishes are Clear Art Stamps set No. SM29 Birds at Home from Crafty Secrets and stamped with Ranger’s Sepia Archival Ink. Then I over-stamped with a script stamp from Wendy Vecchi, LCS038 Live and Make Art using a dry pad of Jet Black Archival Ink to get a faint stamping of the words.

To create even more texture and depth (it was still too flat for me), I inked Cuttlebug A2 Victoria embossing folder with the Milled Lavender Distress Ink, placed my tag inside and embossed it. Tell me you don’t love the results!

There’s also a small piece of deep purple cardstock in here that is embossed with Cuttlebug A2 Script Texture embossing folder then inked slightly with a Staz-on Opaque White ink pad. I played around a bit (several hours) with the layout before it finally started to come together. The 1/2 is from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and it’s painted with Ranger’s Adirondack Snow Cap White, Cranberry, Eggplant and Gold paint dabbers to create the nice patina.


Because it’s a birdcage it needed a bird in there somewhere. The bird charms were not working for me so this guy is cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Bird Cage die. His eye is a gem that is glued on first, then to bring in the several colors of glitter on his body I painted sections with Designer Dries Clear and just dipped him into the glitter jars of Tree Bark Microfine Opaque (524), Juicy Fruit Ultrafine Transparent (99) and Nirvana Transparent (97). There is Wisteria (106) and Boysenberry (257) Ultrafine Transparents and Red Velvet (155) Ultrafine Opaque and Iris (710) Microfine Transparent used for the bird cage.

The cage is popped up with dimensional foam squares and hangs from a beaded chain by 7 Gypsies; the words are printed then outlined and inked lightly with Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks. I added some buttons at the bottom and used Karen Foster Floss in them. They’re glued on with Designer Dries Clear. I finished it off with a beautiful piece of gold ribbon. The color in this tag is just amazing and the photo just doesn’t do it justice. Don’t forget to hop on over to my post on Art Glitter’s Blog today to see how the double-glitter technique is done with masking.

Thanks for hanging out with me!