Card Maker and Flower Soft partners

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another Flower Soft post and this week, we are partnering with Card Maker magazine.

I wanted to share a timeless Flower Soft classic – the ever adorable Hedgerow the Hedgehog.

He is a card topper so there was no coloring involved but I did use Nutbrown Flower Soft for his texture and Toffee Flower Soft for shadows. Patterned paper is from Simple Stories.

Hop around to get more animal themed inspirations:

Card Maker

Flower Soft blog

Anya Schrier

Jen Buck

Carolyn King

Cibele Glazer

Colleen Schaan

Dawn Lusk

Glenda J. Wyatt

Deb Felts

Jennie Harper

Jeanne Streiff

Krista Van Winkle

Linda Beeson

Kimberly Crawford

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Trudy Sjolander

Vicki Harper

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Giveaway and a Dreamweaver Tutorial on a layout

Hello all,

I have a Dreamweaver Tutorial to share today – using embossing paste and using a stencil as a template for a scrapbook layout background. This post is also on Paper Craft Planet blog … so leave me a comment there as well for an opportunity to win a brass stencil of your choice!! The quality of Dreamweaver brass stencils are the best I have used.

Before I get to my project, I should say if you have never used embossing paste before, you should definately try it. The raised effect after the paste has dried is reall something now and you can add all kinds of glitter, pigment powders to get this awesome 3D/textured/glittery look to your image. Here is my project.

I am so happy I can use these stencils on my layouts too – not just for the background but also to make my custom embellishments. This is a layout of our very hot summer vacation to Hong Kong this year – it’s really hard for me to find Asian inspired embellishments and Dreamweaver has just the stencils for the job.

Here are the basic Dreamweaver materials I used to create the lantern banner as well as the background of my layout:

I created the background of my layout first so there was time to dry before I added my photos and papers. Also gave me some time to muster up the courage to use the embossing paste.

First, I swiped a couple of stokes of distressed stain on the background; then I inked up the part of the Big Dot stencil with distressed ink along the entire length of the background.

 

After I’m happy with the stenciled background, I spritzed and dribbled a bit of mist randomly around the stenciled image.

 

Let the background dry as I work on the lanterns.

Gather all your supplies for using the embossing paste – as a beginner, I can never work fast enough before the paste start to dry.

Tape your stencil down on all sides with removable tape. (This rookie has discovered why you should be generous with your tape in the next photo)

See the left side of the pink lantern where the paste has oozed beyond the image – that is from not taping the sides of the stencil down.

Back on task – spread your paste on the stencil using the palette knife – like you are icing a cake – about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

Scrap off the excess paste with your spreader like so.

Remove the tape from all 3 sides, leaving the top as a hinge, so you can cleanly remove the stencil from the wet paste.

While the paste is still wet, sprinkle on your metallic F/X as desired. Tap the excess F/X off and let dry. (around 20-30 mins.) Try not to touch it while it’s drying – I did on the 1st piece I did..LOL. (the excess powder does brush off with a dry paint brush once the paste is dried)

I fussy cut my lanterns out and by this time, your background would have been dried and I just assembled my papers and photos as you see on my finished project.

What a fun and easy way to create a layout with embellishments that are just totally customized and unique to my photos.

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me some love!

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Fall into Fall with Flair

Welcome to the Zva Creative/Paper Craft Planet product parade.

All this week, we are showcasing beautiful and elegant bling from Zva Creative. As our weather turns cooler, our designers are using Fall color palettes and including them on our projects. We also also be having a i Heart papers/Zva Creative hop tomorrow with more Fall inspiration.

These rhinestones are so elegant and easy to use, I couldn’t stop at 1 card .. check out both my cards:

Stamp: Stampendous, Rhinestone: Zva Creative, Paper: Basic Grey

Zva Creative produces many beautiful color groupings of high quality pearls, flowers and crystal embellishments that can be used on scrapbooking, card making and mixed media projects. Visit Zva’s gallery or blog for great project ideas and to find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva click HERE.

Want to win some Zva Creative  goodies of your own?  You can win the product featured here by leaving a comment on this post and we will pick one lucky winner at the end of the week.

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Christmas Morning Layout

Hello everyone!

It is very early to be thinking of Christmas, given this sweltering heat! But I wanted to share some amazing BRAND NEW Stampendous stamps again. This is a layout I made for CHA Summer 2012.

These have got to be my favorite Christmas stamps this new release! The yellow poinsettia at the top of the layout – it’s a background stamp that I colored with Copic Markers. So versatile and love how rich it makes everything look. That sentiment up top – hilarious and the cutest EVER! Check it out at your LSS soon! Head on over to the Stampendous project page to see instructions for this layout.

Supplies:
 
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Authentique Paper, Simple Stories, Webster’s Pages, Patterned vellum, Craft Supplies
Stamps: Stampendous Cling Get Socks, Cling Poinsettia Background
Ink: Copic Markers, Tsukineko
Stickers: Echo Park, Authentique Paper
Pearls: Mark Richards
Mist: Tattered Angels
Die: Spellbinders Poinsettia, Circle
Die cut machine: Sizzix Vagabond
 

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