Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dream On

 Hello! I hope Monday was kind to you and that your Tuesday is great! I'm excited for a short week this week, and have been dreaming of all the things to create on my extra day off coming up! I have a long mental list of all sorts of beautiful scrapbook layouts, cards, and decor pieces, and I hope I at least get to make a few. You know how it is, you plan time to do something, but never get to. So, I'm dreaming of just a little creative time and if I get more, great!
I've been doing a lot of dreaming lately actually, mostly of travels, but of a lot of creative things as well. My creative dreams have landed me on the dream catcher band wagon! I have NEVER been a fan of dream catcher, just something about them didn't appeal to me. But lately I've been seeing monochromatic dream catchers in creams and pale colors, and I am smitten! I've put a dream catcher on my crafting to do list, hopefully I'll get to that on my day off, but I did whip up a dream catcher card the other day. The dream catcher itself is monochromatic of creams and light browns with just a little titch of color, but the card background is loud & fun! I plan to create another card that is fully monochromatic, but for now, I'm loving how the watercolor background turned out.

When creating my card, I started with my background so I could set it aside to dry while I made the dream catcher. I used Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pads and my Aqua Painter to create the watercolor background on the Watercolor Cardstock. I absolutely LOVE how these colors turned out! I had NO idea they would turn out so bright, bold, and vibrant, but they are just perfect for a whimsical, boho feel. 

After I whipped up the background (only took a minute or so), I started on the dream catcher. I used My Digital Studio, the Full Heart Punch Download, and my e-cutter to cut the Gold Foil Paper heart. I layered two together, and cut the outside edges so it would resemble a frame, giving me something to wrap my twine around. Next, I just started wrapping my Gold Baker's Twine around the heart, and adding Glue Dots every now and then to the back to keep it in place. I attached the twine heart onto a Very Vanilla heart cut from the Hearts Collection Framelits. 

Next, I started working on the hanging portion. I used a variety of textures and ribbons, Gold Baker's Twine, Burlap, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, and Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon. I cut a piece of seam binding ribbon into tiny strips, and tied them together in several knots. The burlap is cut into several strips as well, and I just took the weaving out to have more of a twine. I put a couple of singles pieces, and used a few pieces to make a tassel. I tied and strung the tassel with a Linen Thread bow. I also cut a little wider piece, and added triangles from the Wooden Elements embellishments. I also added a cardstock flags matching the colors of the background. 

My sentiment is made with the Alphabet Rotary stamp, and I think it tops off the card perfectly! I love how this turned out, completely different than my usual style, but I think I'll be doing more with dream catchers soon. Have you been dreaming up anything out of the box lately?
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