Thursday, July 31, 2014

Extra Week that's to Die For!

Hello! We have a 5th Thursday this month so the entire Dream Team from Dreamweaver Stencils is posting this week. We are sure to have plenty of projects you will love. The challenge all month has been to use any of our fabulous Dies. We have many great options to suit many styles, and there are frequently new styles becoming available. I decided to go with a simple design this week, so as to not intimidate any Dreamweaver newbies.

I went with the adorable Pear dies. Have you ever tasted a red pear? They are unbelievably sweet. They are definitely my favorite type of pears, so I decided to make my pears red. They tend to get these dark brown spots on them, which is why I went with the paper I did for them.

I used a little Peeled Paint Distress Ink to create a shadow on the leaves. I applied the ink with a cosmetic sponge. I also added a few white highlight lines on the pears, and a brown shadow line on the left of the pears. This all just adds a little more dimension and interest to the pears. Easy stuff right? So join us! Play with some of the new dies and show us what you've got! Below are the links to all of the wonderful Dream Team gals. Please be sure to leave everybody a little bit 'o love. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (That's me!)
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stars, Stripes, Sea Life & Dragon Scales

Hello again! It's Wednesday, so that means there's a lot going on i my little corner of Bloggy Land. I've got a new A Step in the Dark project, one for Wicked Wednesday, and of course, since it's the last Wednesday of the month, the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop.

The new A Step in the Dark challenge is sponsored by Smeared Ink, and the challenge is Anything Goes. I used the beautiful Tiamat from the Women of Power set. I had so much fun with her. And not just because she's topless. ;)

I colored Tiamat with my Spectrum Noir markers. My background was made with the Scales stencil from Dreamweaver. The "Praise" is from The Symbology of Angels.

She is so powerful looking.....

Now. For Wicked Wednesday, we are sponsored by Aurora Wings, and the challenge is Mythical Sea Creatures.

This beautiful image was also colored with Spectrum Noir markers, in my 2 favorite colors...teal and purple.

I used 2 different colors of Stickles and Liquid Pearls for added magic and dimension.

This 2nd ATC is of course for the Bombshell Hump Day Hop. My chosen theme this month was Stars and Stripes...completely open to interpretation. I used one of the free digis that newsletter subscribers can score, along with the head from the Pirate Bombshell from Pirate's Life.

I colored the images with colored pencils. So how about doin' some hopping? Be sure to check out the blogs I inked above, but also visit the rest of the Bombshell hoppers...listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July with Aurora Wings

Hello! Today I am sharing a 6x6 mini page with you, and i am really excited about it. Aurora Wings issued a Christmas in July challenge, and I really wanted to play. But I didn't want to use a traditional Christmas image (if you follow my blog, you probably know that that isn't really my style). So I went with Masquerade Owl Mask. This image is so beautiful.

Stunning, isn't she? Mitzi draws such incredible images. I colored her with a combination of watercolor markers and alcohol markers.

You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger. I also added some Liquid Pearls and Tiara Stickles for some dimension and sparkle. I went heavy with the shadows to give the image some more drama.

I hope you can see the bit of sparkle here. It's so hard to capture glitter in pictures!

For my background, I went with the beautiful Damask Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils and I embossed with with their Pearlescent Embossing Paste. It worked so well with the Liquid Pearls.

Isn't that a pretty stencil? I use it all the time. I'd like to give a little shout to my daughter for helping. She gave me some great ideas...especially when it came down to paper choices. She loves to help, and I am happy that she loves to be creative like me. :) I hope you liked my project! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Aurora Wings: Christmas in July
Crafting From the Heart: #28 Anything Goes
Bloggers Challenge: Christmas in July
Christmas Stampin': Anything Goes (as long as it's Christmas)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Halloween Layout to "Die" For

Greetings! I have a new Dreamweaver Stencils project to show you. This month, out theme is "To Die For," because of the fabulous collection of dies that Dreamweaver has to offer (and that collection keeps expanding!). I decided to go a bit more literal this week, and create a Halloween scrapbook page.

My daughter wanted to be a witch last year, and I have a fun witchy skirt that I made that I wear every October. So, we got all decked out and took some pictures. As far as the die that I used....I went with the BIG and beautiful Leafless Tree, and just used it as a background design.

The trees cut so easily and beautifully. I love using the new dies. I highlighted the trees (with the recommendation from my daughter) to add some silver glitter for some more visual interest. I think she was right.


And of course, I have a ton of wonderful stencils, so I needed to pull out a coupe for this page. I started off with one of my absolute favorites, Houndstooth, and added it to the outer edges. Them with glossy black embossing paste, I added a nice, long line of Crows. I had to do this twice to get the line of crows across the entire page. I just need to add a title, which will probably be on the left side. I hope you like my page! Please be sure to visit the rest of the "B" team, all listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cute as a Button with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! Today I have a new Wicked Wednesday project for you. We are sponsored by Heather Ellis and the theme is "Cute as a Button."

She's adorable! I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers, and my background was done with my Houndstooth Stencil by Dreamweaver.

The background paper is super glittery, so it really pops. Quickie post for the day.....I'm off to go play with my little girl! She's cute a s a button too. Please visit the Wicked Wednesday blog! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 ATC's

Hello out there! Today, I have 3 ATC's to bring you. One for the latest Wicked Wednesday, one for the new A Step in the Dark challenge, and one for Bombshell Stamps.

For Wicked Wednesday, we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies, and the challenge is "On the Farm." I used the image Birds for Bree. I think she makes a very cute farmer girl!

I used alcohol inks for the image, and watercolors for the background. Now, on to ASitD. The challenge is Anything Goes/Use Some Metal.

We are sponsored by the creep-tastic Ike's Art. I used Witchy, becuase let's face it...I can never have too many witch digis. I colored her with my watercolor markers, and used a sentiment stamp that I had on hand. Then, I sprayed Imagine Crafts' irRESISTables on top of the image for that bubbled texture. Love that stuff!


You can really see the texture of the spray here. I used staples for my "metal" aspect of the challenge.

For Bombshell, this ATC was made for the newest Color Challenge. You can see the color palette over at the Bombshell Blog. My color tones may be slightly more vibrant, but they definitely work with the palette I chose for the month.

I used Bombshell Patterns and All my Heart for this ATC. My focal image was colored with watercolor markers. So that's 3 very different ATC's! I hope you will join me in at least 1 of these challenges. Please visit each of the blogs to check out some more great projects from the DT's. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Lovin' with Dilly Beans

Hello! Today I have an ATC I made for the latest Dilly Beans challenge that was introduced last Friday. The theme is Summer Lovin'.

I colored this pretty flower using alcohol markers, and the blue background was chalked.

One of my favorite things about Summer is the beautiful array of flowers that are everywhere. Have you played along with us for this challenge? Come on over to the Dilly Beans blog to do so! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!