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The Dreamweaver team has a challenge each month.  This month it’s Getting Inky with Dreamweaver…you can find the details at the Dream it Up blog.

I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for the past few years and make invites for everyone.  So I thought I’d start getting some ideas together for this years invite…this pumpkin stencil from Dreamweaver was a great place to start!  You can find the stencil at the Stencil With Style website.

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I cut my cardstock down to size first.  I then attached my stencil to the cardstock with some washi tape, spritzed it lightly with some rubbing alcohol and sent it through my cuttlebug to emboss.  After the alcohol dried I took my distress markers and colored everything in…I still had my stencil on.  I then rubbed the image, stencil still on, with my glue pad.  I removed the stencil and sprinkled it with Martha’s ultrafine glitter.  I rubbed the glitter in a little so that it stuck really well to the image.  You can’t see the sparkle real well in the photo, but it shimmers in real life.

I distressed the edges of the image piece as well as my layering piece and added some distress ink to the edges.  I mounted onto some kraft cardstock.  The sentiment is from PTI’s Autumn Acorns set…I die cut the leaf image from the matching dies and then stamped the sentiment.  I wrapped the leaf stem with some twine and attached with foam adhesive.

I think next time I’ll try sponging the ink on.  Using the markers seemed to add some harsh lines to the coloring…since I was doing it through the stencil.  Sponging would soften it up a bit.

So, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!



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I made this bookmark for the JustRite Friday Challenge #23.  I have been seeing these corner bookmarks a lot lately and have wanted to give it a go…so what better opportunity!

I cut two triangular pieces of cardstock, layered on some DP and stitched the whole thing together.  When putting the bookmark on my pages I wanted it to stick out a little so that when the book is closed, I could easily find my page by holding on to the bookmark and flipping it open.  By stitching it together, I was able to accomplish this as it gave a bit of a lip on the edge.  I then cut a slit in the top and threaded my twill ribbon through.  I took a piece of jute twine wrapped it around the twill ribbon a couple of times then threaded a button through and knotted.

For the focal image…I stamped it using Walnut Stain distress ink onto the back side of my DP, which is a lovely shade of green.  The border and letters for the monogram are all from Justrite.  I then used three layers of UTEE and stuck it in the freezer to “chill”.  When it was ready I cracked it and added more Walnut Stain ink to get the cracked glass effect.  The back layer is a cream colored cardstock.  I roughed up the edges and inked with Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain distress inks.

So here it is…click on any image to view larger

So what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!


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