Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Seeing Red with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! We on the Wicked Wednesday team are "Seeing Red" this week...and not just for Valentine's Day. We are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread this week.

I used Goth Fairy Witch. I colored her with my Tombow Dual Brush Markers. I created a mix of various red, gold and black embossing powders and glass glitters from Stampendous for the corners of the image. I added some ribbon, and I inked the edges of my red ATC base.

Thanks to Lemon Shortbread for being a great sponsor for Wicked Wednesday again! Please be sure to visit the rest of the WW team over on the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Embossing Techniques with Stampendous!

This is going to be a great week! The Stampendous Design Team will be sharing all sorts of techniques from Fran Seiford's (owner and creator of Stampendous) brand-spankin' new book Embossing Techniques from A-Z. I have been embossing since I was a teenager, and this book had new info for me in it! I couldn't believe how detailed, easy to understand, and chock FULL of inspiration this book has. It is perfect for the novice or long-time crafter. You must get yourself a copy! 

For my project today, I chose to work with Embossing Technique letter "J." You'll need to check out the book for exactly how it was done, but I will tell you that it's simple and really fun. I love the effect.

I used the Queen Annes Lace stamp for my card. Such a pretty stamp. My watercolors are from Strathmore.

I also used some Tear It! tape from Imagine Crafts along with Stampendous' Multi Crystal Glitter Mix for that super-sparkly line I have at the bottom. Below are the rest of the links that will be sharing projects today, but I recommend you check in with the Stampendous Blog each day, because you won't want to miss these ideas! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stampendous and Tombow Hop

Hello there! The Stampendous team is sharing projects using Tombow adhesives along with the new Stencil Duos. I loved using the Balloon Duo Stencil Set so much (see my post from Monday), that I decided to use it again this week!

I laid the pattern stencil on to my Mixed Media paper, taped it down, and then taped the balloon stencil on top of that. I used the fabulous pen that comes in the Stencil Duo set and traced the background image. Next, I removed the stencils, and colored the pattern in with Memento markers from Imagine Crafts.

Then I trimmed the balloon out, but I decided it needed a little sumpin' sumpin'... and hey! We're doing a Tombow Blog Hop, right? I used their cool Glue Pen to outline parts of the pattern on the balloon, and I sprinkled some Lime Micro Glitter from the Halloween Glitter Kit on top. I worked in small sections so that the glue didn't dry before I got the glitter on. It is holding the glitter beautifully! I also used the Glue Pen to adhere my thin twine (from May Arts) to the card. I drew a line directly on the card (this was the last thing I did on the card), and laid the twine down. Again, I worked in small sections. My sentiment was made from the upper portion of the Incredible You stamp.  I embossed it with Shabby White Embossing Enamel.

This card is kind of different from my usual style....very clean and simple, but I love it. I can imagine doing it over and over with all different colors. Hmmmm.....I may need to get on that! Be sure to check out the rest of the Stampendous gals that are posting today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Kristine Reynolds

Serena Bee

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Smitha Katti

Tombow USA Blog

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Touch of Wood with ADfD

Greetings! It's time for a new A Day for Daisies Challenge to go along with the brand new February Club Kit. I used Stick Horse Pink for my card today.

My daughter would love to have this unicorn for sure! I colored it with my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers, and I fussy cut it out.

For my background, I used a wood grain stamp that I've had in my stash for about 9 years. I used clear embossing ink with the Pink powder from the Spring Sparkle Embossing Powder Kit from Stampendous. You can see the glitter better in the photo below.

I also used 2 Fitted Frames dies as little accents, and some washi tape for a border above and below the pink cardstock. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daisies team over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by, Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Head Shots with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! I am super stoked to share my latest ATC for Wicked Wednesday with you. This week, our theme is "Head Shots," and we are sponsored by The East Wind. I used Apple Seed for my ATC, and I LOVED coloring it.

I used my Tombow watercolor markers to color this stunning image. And I really just needed to do a green apple instead of a red one.

For my background, I used a cool stencil from Stencil girl, and faaaaaaabulous Spoonful of Midnight (from Stampendous) in the corners. It is such a cool, kinda goth mix of embossing powders and glitters.

I hope you will join us this week for this cool theme. You may just win some East Wind digis! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over at the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Balloon Stencil Duo

Greetings! This week, there are lots of cool things happening at Stampendous (as usual!), and to start the week off, a few of us are sharing the brand-spankin' new Stencil Duos. You get 2 fab stencils, blank cards, and a wonderful pen all in one kit! There are 6 versions available, and they are all great! I used the Balloon Duo Stencil Set for my card, and it was so much fun to work with!

I started off by taping my stencils down on to watercolor paper, and then I applied embossing ink. I heat embossed the stunning Marcasite embossing powder next. It has beautiful swirls of black, silver, and a touch of glitter.

I also used the bottom half of the Incredible You stamp, and I embossed it with Shabby White embossing powder. I used some lovely black, fiberous cardstock that has glitter embedded in it, which added to the fancy look I was trying to give this card. I also added some gold glitter for the balloon's string.

I edged my card base with Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz Delicata ink from Imagine Crafts. I wish you could see it in person. The whole card shines in a very festive and chic way. Please visit the other blogs listed below, and leave some love! And be sure to check back later this week for lots more with the new Stencil Duos. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Friday, January 29, 2016

All My Love with ADfD

Hello! I have a fun, new challenge with A Day for Daisies today. For the next 2 weeks, our theme is "All My Love." Plus, there's an inspiration board that you can check out on the ADfD Blog. In combining those 2 items, I came up with this...

I used the precious Unicorn Friend image. I decided to not go with a traditional idea of love between 2 people, but rather that between best friends. I have always wanted to befriend a unicorn (yes, it's true), so this image really spoke to me and really shows true love.

I used watercolors to paint in the image, and I added some irRESISTables Pico Embellisher in Shimmer by Imagine Crafts to the unicorn's horn, and the fairy's wings. I also added a wee bit of gold micro glitter from Stampendous to the unicorn's horn.

I stenciled a bit of the Dreamweaver Stencils' Catherdral Windows Small stencil in the background and I added a sweet sentiment from the Love Always set by Stampendous. Then I used 2 of the new Fitted Frames Dies (set A) also from Stampendous, and I went to town with Washi Tape.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daisies team over on the blog to see what else everyone has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!