Friday, March 27, 2015

Textured Feather with Dreamweaver

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Teamall of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
(Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announcedTuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.)
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages. Here's my project for today.



I started off with the beautiful Feather stencil, and I used white embossing paste to get the image on to my cardstock. But instead of smoothing it out like you normally would, I used my palette knife to tap at the paste, to give it lots of yummy texture. Then I let it dry. 

Then I used clear adhesive to apply some fun holographic glitter. After that dried, I inked (with my finger) some teal stamping ink, and I sprayed pink irRESISTables as well. More texture! See the watery look to the cardstock? That's the irRESISTables. It's also the pink that's on the feather. I added some watercolors to the feather too, to dull down the white. 

I took some core'dnations cardstock and sanded it to show off the texture. Next, I embossed the Thinking of You sentiment with my silver embossing paste. I tore one edge and glued it, plus I added a corner to the top. I also drew in some faux stitching with a white gel pen. 

I just love working with this feather. I have about 3 projects that I am working on with it right now. If you haven't added it to your collection yet, you should! Now, here is the full hop list for today:

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Asia King

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Siobhan Fyffe

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Lynn Mercurio

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Mermaids with Left of Center Challenges

Hello! There's a new challenge from the B Team of Left of Center Challenges. This week, we challenge you to use Mermaids or a Water Theme for your projects. We are sponsored by Nikki Burnette. I used Mina for my card.
***If you are looking for my newest post in the Dreamweaver Stencils hop, please click HERE.

I just purchased a brand new set of watercolor markers (one of my favorite mediums) and this is the first image I colored with them! I need to get more used to them, as they act differently from my other watercolor markers. But I like how she turned out, except her skin looks super blotchy in my photos, and in real life, she isn't.

I used to of the Long Nesting Oval Dies from Dreamweaver Stencils. Don't you just love that blue glittery cardstock?

I inked and clear embossed my card's edges, and I added a piece of a corner punch from Martha Stewart, and a few pearls. Be sure to play along! It's a simple and fun theme! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Little Cute, A Little Creepy

Hello out there! I have 2 projects to share with you today. The first is for the formerly A Step in the Dark, now known as Create and Inspire. We are sponsored by Stitchy Bear.

Check this chic out! She is mad and ready to take it out on someone! I colored her using my colored pencils and then I spritzed irRESISTables from Imagine Crafts on top for a messy, textured look. Here's a close up.

I enjoyed making her unusual skin color. I used a cool, craggy Martha Stewart punch to frame the image.

My second project is the polar opposite of my first. It's for Wicked Wednesday.

I used Cherry Love Blossom from Lacy Sunshine, who is our sponsor this week. The theme is Cherry Blossoms. I colored the image with watercolor markers. I used a different kind of spritz for this one...glimmery and flat.

She's definitely sweet...and terrified of the chic above her. She's gonna just hang out down here and hope the crazy one doesn't see her. ;) I hope you will join in at least one of these challenges. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Holiday Texture with Dreamweaver

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Teamall of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!
(Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announcedTuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.)
And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages. Here's my project for today.



It may be far from the holidays, but sometimes you never know where the inspiration is going to hit! I started off with the Happy Holiday stencil and some glittery Core-dinations glittery cardstock. I embossed the stencil with silver embossing paste. I tore the bottom of the cardstock for some added texture.


Next, I used one of my favorite stencils, the Houndstooth. I used Core-dinations cardstock for this too, and I ran the it, along with the stencil though my Big Shot machine. Then, I sanded the raised image to show off the houndstooth pattern. I also rubbed a bit of clear embossing ink around the edge of my card and used some bright silver embossing powder for added shine and texture.


Last, I decided to add a big, scrumptious bow to the card by using a gorgeous metallic green ribbon from May Arts. I like using funky colors for the holidays, and this would go really nicely with how I decorate my Christmas tree! I hope you like my offering for today. Here are the rest of the folks with creations to share with you today:

Stampendous Blog

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

 Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Dorothy Adam

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Alison Heikkila (That's me!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring is in the Air with Wicked Wednesday

It's almost Spring!!! I say that as it flurried this very morning here in NY. Ugh. But, my bulbs are starting to pop up from the recently frozen ground. So, on that note, I bring you Wicked Wednesday's newest challenge, Spring is in the Air. And we are sponsored by one of my favorite digi stamp companies, A Day for Daisies.

I used the adorable image "Nothing to Do" which reminds me very much or Karma Wilson's "Bear" series. If you have little ones, you've got to read these delightful stories. So, when I saw this image, and since these stories mean so much to my family, I knew I had to use this digi. I used a combination of alcohol markers and watercolor paints to color up the image.


I had some sweet spring paper that I used for my ATC base, with a little ink around the edge. Simple and sweet is what I wanted, and that's what I've got. Please be sure to visit the rest of the WW DT to see what they've created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Good Luck/Bad Luck? Happy Friday the 13th!

Greetings! Time for a new challenge from the B Team of Left of Center! This week, we are sponsored by Meljen's Designs, and the theme is "Good Luck/Bad Luck."

I used Steampunk Girl and turned her into a leprechaun. I used my watercolor markers and a touch of Spectrum Noir markers (just for her skin) to color the image.

For the base of my card, I used the fantastic Spiral Dots stencil from Dreamweaver. I used to colors of Distress Ink to color the dots.

My kids love St. Patrick's Day, so I'll be giving this card to them next week. Shhhh!!!!!!!!! Don't tell them! ;) Please be sure to stop by the LOC blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with. Thank for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March into Spring with Dreamweaver

Ready for fresh air, sunshine, new leaves, and flowers blooming? Well, the Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for the month of March is...coincidentally...Marching into Spring. Per usual, we'd love to have you play along with us, and link your own creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post. Play as many times as you'd like. Those of you who work Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products into your projects receive bonus points, but everyone has an opportunity to be the winner who receives the stencil of their choice.

Here's my hint of Spring:

I started off by using the new Beams stencil. I inked it up using 5 colors of Ditsress Ink, which I applies by using cosmetic sponges. After that, I applied white Embossing Paste to the Lotus stencil. After it dried, I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers. Then, I dabbed on some Glossy Accents with my finger, and sprinkled glitter on top.

I used the fun Dual Alphabet Cutting Dies for my "Spring" and the smallest of the Long Nesting Oval dies.

So there you have it! Thanks for visiting me today. The "B" team would love to share their interpretations of this theme: