Friday, April 24, 2015

Fun Frights with LOC

Hello! I have a new Left of Center challenge to share with you today. We are sponsored by A Day for Daisies, which is one of my absolute favorite digi stamp companies. The theme this week is "Fun Frights." Here's my creation.

I worked with the Owl of Mine image, which I totally love. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers.

I can see using all sorts of fun color combinations with this image. I used my Scales stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I inked it with gold ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder on top. I love the subtle look it has, due to using Kraft colored cardstock as my base.

See the shimmer? I added a few silver sequins and a bit of ribbon, plus some deep purple cardstock that had some gold overspray from a previous project. It added some additional shimmer, 'cause you can never have enough! I hope you will join in with LOC this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CASE Me!

Greetings! I have an awesome new challenge from Wicked Wednesday to share with you. We are challenging you to CASE a DT member! What's CASE? Copy and Steal Everything! We are sponsored by The East Wind today. Remember to tell us who you are CASEing and how you've CASEd them in your own post.

I used Lucy Loo Over the Rainbow for this ATC. I cropped her a bit to fit better on the ATC. I used one of my favorite ways to color....by using shapes, and only coloring in the shape. I used 2 different sized circles. It's fun to do this technique when you have a specific spot that you want to focus on, or if you may be intimidated by an image. Just color part of it!

For my background, I used my Houndstooth stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I sprayed it with a white spray, but it dried down a bit light. So I inked the stencil and laid it down in the same spot on my cardstock. Then I embossed it in some spots with white embossing powder. I also added some fun chunky glitter for that bit of sparkle and texture. So...are you going to CASE me? If not, perhaps one of the other Wicked Wednesday gals will inspire you! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WW #154: Groovy Chicks

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday challenge. The theme is Groovy Chicks, and we are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

Have you heard about the recent "Gray Hair" color trend? Lots lof younger women are dying their hair beautiful shades of gray. That's what inspired my color choices for my ATC today. This image is called Hippie Chick. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers. I added a small stamp of a daisy to my background, and I used a fun patterned paper for my base.

So grab your Groovy Chicks and play along with us! And be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday blog to see what the rest of the DT has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello...

Have you seen or heard the news? I am part of the Stampendous! Design Team! I am beyond excited about this. Especially since Stampendous! now owns Dreamweaver Stencils. This is a match made in heaven, and I am so happy to be along for the ride. Stampendous! is pretty excited about their new acquisition, and they wanted to do a week of fun stenciling projects to show off some of the many things that they can do. 

So, how many stencils did I use for this card? 1? 2? Actually, I used 5! The beautiful Feather stencil is one, the Scales in my background, and then on the feather, I used the Spiral Dots, the I Beams, and the water from the Frigate stencil (the green portions) too! 


I started off by inking each of the colors on to the feather. Remember that when you do this, you need to mask off each section so that you don't put the wrong color in the wrong spot. After that, and leaving the feather stencil in place, I laid the various design stencils down where I wanted them (one at a time, of course), and inked them all with brown. My brown ink was a pigment ink, so it stays wet for a while, which makes it perfect for embossing. So I used clear embossing powder on top, to give it a nice sheen and some dimension. You can see it really well in the photo above. 


Then, I fussy cut the feather out, and laid it aside while I randomly stenciled my Scales right on to my card base in blue. I inked the edges of the card base, and laid my feather down where I was planning on adhering it. I wrote out the "hello," and then attached the feather (mostly with pop dots for dimension), at the end of the word so it would look as though the feather wrote the hello out. I hope you like my card. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spots and Stripes with LOC

Greetings! Time for the B Team of Left Of Center to share a new challenge with you. This time we want you to use Spots and/or Stripes. We are sponsored by Limited Runs.

I colored this pot o' eyeballs with my watercolor markers. Then I fussy cut the image out. I used a fun chevron stripe washi tape for my background and I made a quickie sentiment. 

I think this is a very funny image...eyeballs strike me as silly, and I love to use them on projects. Be sure to play along with LOC this week! Can't wait to see your Dots and/or Stripes! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Showers of Showers with Dreamweaver

Ever use the expression, "When it rains, it pours"? This does not have to be a bad thing, does it? For the month of April, the Dream Team are featuring "Showers of Showers" as our theme. As usual, we'd love for you to play along. Just link your creation on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...bonus chances for incorporating Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous in your design. Here's what I'm showering you with this week...


We all know the expression, "April showers bring May flowers." I decided to do a play on that. So, here's my Mayflower in the midst of an April shower. 


I started off by inking up the new Frigate stencil with Versamark inks and a couple of small stencil brushes. I also had my Picasso Stencil out so that I can easily mask off the parts that I wasn't inking at the time. I used a couple of different colors for each section, as well as different amounts of ink to keep the image from being too flat. After that, I used my Rain stencil along with Translucent Embossing Paste. I let that dry, tore the bottom edge of my cardstock, and rounded the top 2 corners. 

I inked the edges of my card base, and thankfully found my sentiment in a collection of phrases from DCWV. I inked and clear embossed it, to help it coordinate a bit better, then I added some twine to give it a more nautical feel. I used pop dots for added dimension. It all came together very quickly. Thanks for stopping by today!

For a shower of inspiration, please visit the blogs of the "B" team:
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Use a Fold with WW, plus Create and Inspire

Hello again! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday challenge, as well as a new Create and Inspire challenge. For WW, the challenge is Use a Fold.

We are sponsored by DRS Designs, and I used their sandcastle image. I asked my sister to make me a paper crane or two to use as my "folds," and I think they turned out great! She decided to make 4 so that she could practice.

I colored the image with my new Tombow watercolor markers. Seriously, how cute is that teeny tiny crane?

Create and Inspire's challenge is Anything Goes or Use a Die Cut. We are sponsored by Nikki Burnette.

I used the gorgeous Raven Mask Masquerade image for my card, which has also been colored with my Tombow watercolor markers. My background was done with watercolor paints.

I used a fun metallic copper rub-on in the corner there. It's nice and shiny. Nikki Burnette's image is a stunner, so I didn't want to add too much to the card.

Create and Inspire is having a DT call, so if you're interested in joining, please visit the blog for more info. And be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see what folds the rest of the gals have come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!