Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valentine's Treats

Welcome to the first posting of the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team 2012 ! We're changing things up a bit for this year, and YOU can help. The first Thursday of every month will feature our new challenge and will extend through the entire month. This means that YOU have ALL month to play along with the one challenge, as many times as you want. Sometimes it will be a color challenge, sometimes a theme, and sometimes a technique. We are hoping that an entire month will give you plenty of time to be inspired, create, and link to the Dream It Up! blog . Each month we are offering TWO for the most creative version of the challenge (does not have to be Dreamweaver Stencils ' product, but we sure are happy when it is!), and the second for the best use of Dreamweaver Stencils ' product in the challenge. This could be stencils  (of course), Embossing Pastes , Metallic F/X , the new Color Solutions , etc., anything you find on the Dreamweaver Stencils' web site , or in your local store. Don't know where your local store is? The list can be found on the web site . Not near any of the stores listed? There is also an online site to purchase from, Stencil with Style !
For the month of January, we challenge you to create something for Valentine's Day! You have until January 31st, 11:59 PM EST, to post and link your creation(s) to the Dream It Up! Blog   Mr. Linky. The winners will be announced February 2nd, along with the February challenge. Here is my first version of this month's challenge:

I must say that it's rather nice to be working in Pink again, as this is really the only time of year when that colour (Canadian Remember) is truly accepted (try as I might, Pink Christmas Cards have never been a hit as classes go at the store, sigh)

But I didn't want to stick with a traditional card this time, since stencils can be used on many different projects.  So here is my beautiful box of chocolates to give to my Valentine.  Shhh, don't tell Ella...

And as for the "Recipe"...

First I cut out the Acrylic box using a Sizzix XL Die and my BigShot.  Then I embossed the Rose Stencil on the Acrylic piece that would be my lid.  I LOVED how the oval stencil automatically created the oval embossed frame!  Using a Quickie Glue Pen and Microfine Glitter, I coloured in my rose.  I didn't realize the Glue pen would be as precise as it was, so my "depth of colour" isn't blended as much as I would like, but now I know for next time!
I also used my Flourish stencil and the Bamboo Leaves Green Ink Pad to add a design to my Pink Tissue Paper.  After putting the box together, adding the Tissue and of course the Chocolates (Ferrer Rocher are Ella's favorites) I tied it up with a bow matching the colour of the rose.  How lucky was I to have ribbon in my stash with the words "From the Heart" on it!  In all this project only took about 20 minutes, and the hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry between glitter colours!

I hope this projects gets you thinking "outside the box" and inspires you to use your stencils to make your projects extraordinary!  For a more detailed tutorial, please check out my Store Website

Please check out the other Design Team's projects on their Blogs (Links are on the right hand column)  and play along with our challenge.  You have all month to create something in a Valentine's theme and post it to the Dream it Up! Blog, and my plan is to add a new project with this same stencil every week to show how you can get completely different looks with one Stencil, so stay tuned to see what I come up with...

Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!


  1. This is beautiful Jessie! The rose in the oval was perfect for the top of your box. I want it! ( mostly because I love chocolate too!)

  2. This is truly gorgeous! I want one!!

  3. very pretty and welcome again!

  4. Jessie, you did a fabulous job! Love the box. (I so need to buy that Sizzix die!) Beautiful glittering of the stencil and love how the Flourish peeps out from inside the box. BTW (by the way) the blog looks great, and your post was written very well! I'm so proud. Sniff.

  5. All the elements come together beautifully for this box. Your Valentine is very lucky, indeed.

  6. Oh wow! You are very clever--I love the acrylic box idea! (I might have to swipe that one).

  7. Wow, the box is great! I have never played with the oval rose stencil, I like what it does. And that gives me ideas for a few other stencils....

  8. WOW, wow, WOW Jessie!! Fabulous. I want that die that cuts boxes. Cool. Welcome to the team!! I can tell you're going to be a great addition to these fabulous ladies!!!

  9. Love love love that acrylic box Jessie! And the way you colorized with the pens were great too. Looking forward to seeing your blog and creations!