Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dream Weaver Blog Hop

Welcome to my portion of this fun Dream Weaver Stencil blog hop.

I am balloon happy right now. October is balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, which is an hour south of Santa Fe. Hundreds of balloons in the air on a warm fall day is one of the most colorful things I have ever seen!
Here I have created two different examples using the balloon stencil (LL3003).

This first card I created using a balloon stamp as the background. Stamp A Mania makes the balloon stamp (SF6605K). The card has been painted with Twinkling H20 watercolors.  I stenciled the balloon with Vivid inks and stencil brushes -- remember to have a brush for each color group to keep them clean. Cut out the balloon and use dimensional adhesive to place it on the card.


The second balloon creation is a page for an altered book. Using a map from England, I wrapped the page with part of the map to create the background on the page. Trim the corners as you fold them to remove the excess paper. This will allow the paper to lay smoothly on the back and along the edges.

The balloon was stenciled on white card stock with Ranger Distress Inks and cut out.  I then cut a piece of black paper to create shadow and set the balloon from the busy map background.

Next, I played with two stencils on one of my favorite mediums: tags! For these I used thistle (LL3001) and fern (LM2006) with Ranger Distress Inks and stencils brushes. The tag on the left, I stenciled the ferns in first, using varying shades of green to create a bit of depth to the image. Then I added the thistles in the back.  The right tag is three thistles, layered as I stenciled, no masking. The beauty of stencils is that you can see where you have already put ink. This allows you to work around that part, keeping it in the foreground. To finish I added a bit of ribbon by May Arts..

Now on to the next blog: Liz Martin at Black Cat Studios. Have fun and go crazy with all the great ideas we are giving you. Do forget to leave a comment for a chance at a free Dream Weaver Stencil!

25 comments:

  1. Lee, you projects are awesome and I love the background of you blog!!! I hope you have a super day!!

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  2. Lee I like three things you have done I really love your tags. I think I need to start doing them I have a whole box. Thanks for your inspiration

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  3. Lee...you are a Clever one! Wow!..that stenciled balloon among the other hot airs? I never would have thought of doing that. Have a fun weekend quilting and claying!

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  4. I would love to be there and see the balloon festival. I really like your tags. I always forget about them until I see what beautiful things you do with them. I now need to order the thistle!

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  5. Cute idea with the map and balloon.

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  6. Hot-air balloons are my thing, too, so I especially loved the balloon card! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Very cool, Lee! I'd love to see those balloons in the air! Love those thistle stencils as I just was up on the Central Coast of CA and they grow wild along the coastline.

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  8. These balloons are just delightful! It's almost like being there in person to see all the striking colors. Thanks for all the work you put into their creation. My favorite stencil would be LJ849 Bare Trees, Silver Metallic paste and moonstone FX#4. Thanks.

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  9. Hi Lee! Another phenominal job of designing!!! Hot air balloons always make me smile...Yours make me smile from ear-to-ear!!!!!!!!!! You're too creative, but thanks for the marvelous ideas!!
    LL 520 Love Knot would be used in my Ireland scrapbook pages. So-o-o-o many different ways to use it thanks to this blog hop!!!

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  10. Lee, we used to live in Colorado. Every Saturday the local hot air balloons would take off from the field behind our house, they were breathtaking! Love the balloons!

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  11. I absolutely love balloons, and yours are lovely! I need to think more often about cutting out a stenciled and pasted item and offsetting it, my efforts would take on a better look. Thanks for the tip! I'll wave at you next time I'm in Albuquerque :) I would love to win the LJ819 stencil, along with Navajo Sky FX and Glossy Red embossing paste - not necessarily to be used together!

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  12. Love the thistle tag. This is a must-have stencil. Thanks for sharing. I like the Black-eyed Susan stencil and the Branch and Berries, glossy red paste, and Pink Poppy metallic F/X

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  13. Lee,
    Like some of the others have commented, I have a stack of tags that I will now, after seeing your posts, be pulling out to use. I love the cards you have on your blog from August, with the pear and Holly Flourish and the other one using the Branch and berries stencil. I would love to try my hand using the LG 731 Holly Flourish, my choice if selected. It is so delicate and elegant looking when placed over the pear stencil. I'd also select the translucent paste. I'd try pasting the trans. paste over the Holly flourish to give it some sparkle. My F/X choice would be Kimono Red.

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  14. Hi Lee,

    I love the coloring on the balloons and the idea of using it on the map. The tags are great too. If I were to win, my choices would be: LG 663 Peace On Earth Stencil, Glossy White Paste & Metallic FX11 Garden Ivy. This stencil would be used for Christmas or Winter Scenery card. Have a great weekend. Linda E.

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  15. Love the page for the altered book and the clever shadow you created. It gives great dimension!

    If I'm chosen for the blog candy, I'd pick: LM121 Butterfly, FX7 Plum Royale & matte white embossing paste.

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  16. Love the use of tags, which can be incorporated in cards, on scrapbook pages, and in altered books. LG 514 Long pumpkins, orange embossing paste, and FX11 Ivy Garden are what I'd love to receive for blog cand.
    Sheila

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  17. I actually picked the balloon stencils as one of my faves also. I like the royal fx and black paste too.

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  18. Lee, not sure my comment took but I love ballons too. the white paste is a must and love the royal fx. thanks Jane

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  19. I see Candy already commented on the hot air balloons... now I always think of you when I see crafting items with them!!! Such an awesome chance to use multiple colors--and a wonderful card created here with them.

    Makes me wanna glam up some snowflakes like LJ 819 with white matte paste and glacier lake FX12 mica powders!

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  20. Love your stencil techniques, particularly the layered fern with thistles. My favorites here would be: LJ893 Gingko Branch, Pearlescent embossing paste and Amber glow F/X.

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  21. You are so lucky to be near the balloon festival! I love how you put the balloon over the map. If I win I'd love the LL3001 Thistle plate, some metallic silver paste and Navajo sky metallic f/x

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  22. love the tags with the ferns and thistle. Great placement and color selection. I like the tip about being able to see "through" the stencil and thus being able to color in only certain parts to change the depth of the image!! I would like to try the bird and blossom stencil and see if I could do something similar with that one. Would like to try some translucent paste and perhaps some Purple satin mica powder to play around with.

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  23. pretty! love the hot air balloon!

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  24. Love the balloon and the tags are simply gorgeous! My favorites right now are LJ 896 Large Flourish, Silver paste, and Amber Glow fx.

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  25. You mentioned in an earlier post keeping a few tags handy to leave quick note or thank-you, and the fern and thistle tags are just the thing to have on hand. It's such a good idea and a nice thing to do.

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