House-Mouse Fun and Prizes

House-Mouse Challenge Blog Hop

The House-Mouse and Friends Design Team from the Monday Challenge Blog are having a special blog hop today! This talented team promotes our wonderful mousey friends all year round. If you create anything with the House-Mouse Designs® images you should enter it in their blog challenge. There is always an “anything goes” theme available.

You can check out their blog hop here:

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Many of these designers are offering prizes on their blogs. Definitely check them out!

And our team couldn’t resist playing along with the newest House-Mouse images! Check out their blogs here! They will each have a prize to give to one lucky commenter with a U.S. Address. (They are featured in the above hop, as well).

Janelle Stollfus

Kathi Rerek

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Leadonna Fritts

 

 

Send A Smile 4 Kids With Us!

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Join us for a marvelous way to encourage kids this Valentine’s Day or any day when they are most in need! We are proud to sponsor the Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog and we would love to see these kids showered in love by handmade cards.

PenPattern Love by Kristine Reynolds
Bunny Kiss by Louise Healy

Send a Smile 4 Kids is a volunteer organization made up of folks at children’s hospitals who collect handmade cards and distribute them to the children. Every kid stuck in a hospital bed could use a smile, right?

Heart Duo by Pam Hornschu
Heart Whimsy By Louise Healy

The current challenge is Valentines/Love Cards 4 Kids. You can find out more here to enter the challenge and donate cards as well as upcoming themes on their blog sidebar.

For inspiration for the Valentine theme, stop by our website and look through our project gallery for children style ideas with our stamps and stencils, then create a card or send in some you already have made.

Our design team will be sharing cards they make for the challenge in the days to come, and we’ll be back with an update with their creations!

Dream it Up! Dream Team April Showers Challenge

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It is the final challenge showcase from the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team today as they step out to new adventures. We hope you’ll stop by each of their blogs and give them a thoughtful comment sending them off with a great ovation! We sure do appreciate all the experience and talent from this group of designers. Expect some official news from us in a few days about things changing with our Design Team.

Showers to Showers Challenge Post

We have a new Youtube channel for Dreamweaver Stencils? Subscribe so you can be notified as we upload more videos with tons of knowledgeable tips and techniques with these amazing steel stencils.

We also have a new tutorial to share today because it IS Dreamweaver Thursday!

Embossing with a Light Box

This originally posted on Paper Craft Planet on MAY 31, 2012 by  Wendy Price

We’re kicking it old school this week for Dreamweaver Stencils Tutorial with light boxes. With all the embossing/die cutting machines on the market now, its a snap to run the brass stencils through the Cuttlebug or Big Shot. However, what do you do though when you want to emboss on a larger surface? This is when a light box comes in handy. A light box is simply a box with a glass/translucent plastic surface that holds a light bulb. When lit, it is used for tracing and embossing.

Supplies Used:

1. Begin by gathering up your supplies. You’ll need embossing tools/stylus, a light box, cardstock and wax paper (or white candle). *If you don’t have a light box, try using a window with bright natural sunlight.
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2. Tape  your stencils on the light box surface. Turn on the light and place your cardstock over the stencil. You should be able to see your stencil through the cardstock. If you’re having trouble you may need to darken the room you’re working in. Keep in mind that you are working on the back side of your cardstock, so plan the positioning of your stencils.
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3. Starting with your largest stylus, trace around the edges of your design. Be careful not to rip the paper.
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4. Continue to move your cardstock and dry emboss images. If you’d like to add color, flip the cardstock over, position the stencil over the embossed design and sponge on chalks or ink. If you do this with the stencil positioned over the image, it will help prevent ink from getting where you don’t want it.

Other ideas to note: To create the butterfly, I used the Pearlescent Embossing Paste with the Butterfly Stencil. After removing the stencil, and while the paste was still wet I sprinkled on Glitter.

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Here you can see the finished project. I love how much texture and color those fern leaves add to the layout!

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You can see all the archive tutorials at any time on the Paper Craft Planet blog. Click on Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Tutorial.

Dreamweaver Stencils Challenge Inspiration

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It’s a new blog post on the Dreamweaver Stencil blog with the Dream Team. There’s more inspiration with this month’s

April Showers to Showers Challenge

Add your showers theme project to the challenge gallery found in the Dreamweaver Stencils post today and to whet you whistle we’ve brought over last week’s A-Team challenge samples! Details for each project are linked in last’s week challenge post.

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Lea Kimmel

 

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Louise Healy

 

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Laura Drahozal

 

Jamie Martin
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Creating Frilly and Fabulous Projects?

It’s Thursday and a great day to remind you that Dreamweaver Stencil’s blog is posting about their February Challenge to get frilly and fabulous with your projects and enter submit them to the challenge gallery.

Details are on the Dream It Up! blog.

A few frilly and fabulous samples from last week’s Dream Team, just to get you inspired to join in the fun.

Dreamweaver Butterfly and I-Beams by Louise Healy
Amore Frame and I-Beams card by Lynn Mercurio
Tea Time and I-Beams card by Jamie Martin

Come back and see us tomorrow for more stamps and projects for our Swirls and Flourishes Theme Week.

 

Challenges – Catching Up!

We have just been so busy making new products, introducing you to partner companies, and sharing our terrific samples, that we’ve got a bit behind on our monthly Blog Challenges! Well, time to catch up!

First, we’re thrilled to announce our July Challenge Winner – Darlene Pavlick! You can see her project and Darlene can claim her prize by visiting the

July Challenge Winner Page

Then there’s our August Challenge! Wow! Well, that flew by and we never even got that far! We’re going to give you until September 25th to link your Summer Memories project to our InLinkz tool so that this great theme doesn’t get skipped! You can see all the details on our

August Challenge Page

And finally it’s back to school with our September Challenge where it’s all about the kids! Anything with a kid theme, a theme kids would like, or just a kid like thought is fair game for this one! Babies to Toddlers to Tweens to Teens to Kids of All Ages. Let’s see what makes ’em smile. Enter your project on our

September Challenge Page

Remember that none of your projects HAVE to use Stampendous products (although we’d be lying if we didn’t say we like them better when they do!).  Start making something cool and enter it.