Friday, December 12, 2014

Left of Center with Dilly Beans

Hello! Did you know that I am now a part of Left of Center Creative Challenges? I am! And I am stoked about it. This group focuses on dark-themed challenges, which is so up my alley. This challenge theme is Anything Goes, as long as it's dark/creepy/fantasy, etc. And, we are sponsored by Dilly Beans, which is another DT I am on.

I used Dracula's Lollipop for this card. I colored the image with watercolor markers as well as alcohol markers.

Yeesh. I don't know what happened to the color on this photo but he looks reeeeally yellow! Not the case in real life! Anywho, my little teeth in the lower right corner were made with a stamp from Inkadinkado and Shrinky Dinks. I thought they were perfect.

Ahhhh....the color is good here. I kept the card clean and simple. I hope you like it! Please be sure to visit the rest of the "B" Team for LOC HERE. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Quick and Cute with Dreamweaver!

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

I used the beautiful Quatrefoil stencil for my background. I inked it up with 2 shades of blue and a red, all from Imagine Crafts. Then, I pulled out my Nested Ornaments die set. Using my background as inspiration for my paper choices, I cut out 2 of the large ornaments and 1 of the small. I used the same paper for the ornament toppers to keep things a little cohesive. 

I pieced the ornaments together and added a simple sentiment to my red ornament. Definitely a quick, simple and cute card! 

I'd love to receive a comment from you before you head on to the rest of the "B" team:
An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Holidays with Wicked Wednesday

Season's Greetings! Today I have a new Wicked Wednesday challenge to share with you. This week, we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies. I looooove this company, so it's always a joy when I get to work with one of their images. The theme this week is Happy Holidays.

I'm using the super sweet Christmas Light Fairy. I love Christmas lights and fairies of all kinds, so this was the perfect image for me to use. I colored the image with watercolor markers. I gave the fairy a bit of a yellow glow where the bulb is touching her dress....I hope it doesn't come a cross as though the yellow bled.

I added a teeny Noel stamp that I had, and a bit of sparkle. It IS a holiday challenge, right?! Please be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday blog to check out what the rest of the gals created. Thanks for stopping by, Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

You're a Star with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! It's time a brand spankin' new challenge with Wicked Wednesday! This week, we are sponsored by Kenny K, and the theme is, "You're a Star." Here's my ATC.

The WW gals and I used City Star for our projects. I colored her with a combination of alcohol markers and watercolor markers. Then I used a couple of the Nesting Frames Die Cuts from Dreamweaver Stencils.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team, starting at the Challenge Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:

I'll be honest, I hurt my hand pretty bad, so I had to put this project off until the last minute. And it's still bothering me, so I couldn't be too extreme with this project. I used the Maple Leaf stencil along with the Gears stencil. First I inked up the leaf, and then the gears. After that, I heat embossed the leaf.

I inked, sketched and striped around the leaf, and I also inked the base card to distress it a bit.

I used a sheet from Graphic 45's steampunk paper, as it was the perfect style and pop of color that the card needed. 
By the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday post! This week, we are sponsored by Time for Tea. The theme is Warm Winter Wishes.

I went for a hippie kinda feel...I was channeling my inner Jenn B...our fearless leader! So I just HAD to have peace signs!

I colored this cutie with a mix of watercolor markers and alcohol markers. Well, I injured my hand, so no more typing for me right now. I hope you play along with Wicked Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Guest Spot with Aurora Wings!

Greetings! I am beyond thrilled to share this post with you today. I was asked by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff (owner and artist of Aurora Wings) if I would be the Guest Designer for their latest challenge!!! I was so surprised and totally honored. Aurora Wings is absolutely one of my favorite stamp companies. There was no way I could say no. The challenge is "Anything Goes" so I hope everyone plays along! I created 5 (yes 5!) 6x6" mini pages showcasing some of her magical little Sprites.

First up, is Aster. But, this is actually a Sunflower Sprite. I decided to change it up because, although I love sunflowers, the vibrant purple of asters are really magical.

She is colored with watercolor markers, except for her skin which was done with Spectrum Noirs. All the skins on the Sprites are done with them. You may click on any of my photos to see them bigger.

I will be making a mini album with all of these pages, and adding more as I color more of these sweeties.

Fuschias are one of my favorite flowers. The vibrancy of their color, their unusual color combinations, and the unique shape of the flower makes it easy for me to love. And I just realized that I spelled it wrong on my page. That's gonna have to get fixed!

Paired up with the Fuschia Sprite, is the Fuschia stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I used their white embossing paste to get the raised effect.

Next up is the Marigold Sprite. I LOVE the face of this one.

I just love the Day of the Dead face! This is another flower I really love to grow. It's a staple in our garden.

Just like the 2 previous Sprites, I colored this one with my watercolor markers. The ovals behind the Marigold are Long Nesting Oval dies from Dreamweaver.

I used some Halloween paper for this page, to go with the theme of the image. On to the Poinsettia Sprite!

The leaves on this image was done with Spectrum Noirs, as was the skin. The flower and gift was done with my watercolor markers. I may change the lettering on this one....the marker I used was a little too fat. But I wanted to use gold. I may write it in black, and go over it with Stickles.

I opted to not go with the traditional red for the poinsettia, but instead with the more Victorian mauve. My mom always decorates the house Victorian for Christmas, which is where I got the inspiration.

I used a gold doily to fancy up the page a bit more. Last but certainly not least, the Strawberry Sprite.

I can't even tell you how much I adore this digi. I just love it. And I loved coloring it (well, all of them really!).

I used Spectrum Noirs for the reds and skin. The rest is watercolor markers. I also used my Dual Alphabet Dies from Dreamweaver for the name.

Thank you for making it to the end of my super long post. I hope you have enjoyed my mini pages. I also hope that you will join in with the new Aurora Wings Anything Goes challenge. You have a month to play along! Thank you again to Mitzi for asking me to be a guest. Have an inspiring day, everyone!