Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dreamweaver Thursdays: Picnic Fun

Greetings! It's Dreamweaver Thursday, and I have a fun new project to share with you. The Stampendous! team is playing with a picnic theme this week, so I decided to go with that in a loose sort of way for my piece.

I took a plain old tag from an office supply store and made it into a fun Host gift tag. I sell Pampered Chef, and my fellow teamie Pam gave me a great idea! I mentioned that I was going to use the Apron die for  my project. She thought it would be fun to tie in the Pampered Chef aspect and perhaps add it to one of the "picnic" products I sell. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

I inked up the small square stamps from the Creative Palette Rectangles set with a red ink from Imagine Crafts. Next, I took the Apron stencil and I lightly inked it on to the tag, so that I could easily place the pieces of the die cut. I cut the apron, and glued it down. The Pampered Chef apron has white dots on black fabric, so I used a white Pentel gel pen to add the dots and company name. I then used embossing ink and Stamp N' Bond to adhere the beautiful holographic red glitter (from the Christmas Glitter Kit) to the edges of my tag. It's a pretty simple (and quick!) project, but that's perfect for a simple addition to a Host gift. Check out what I mean!

This is The Pampered Chef's Insulated Lunch Tote, and this tag really jazzes it up. Perfect present right there! I hope you like my tag. Please be sure to visit the rest of the gals that are posting today. Their blog links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stampendous and Clear Scraps Collaboration: Parrot Party

The Stampendous team has been doing a fun collaboration with Clear Scraps all week long. Since today it Dreamweaver Thursdays, I was sure to infuse a bit of stenciling and die-cut goodness into my project.

I made a scrapbook page featuring not only a fun piece of acrylic from Clear Scraps, but a stencil and die-cut from Dreamweaver as well as a stunning Parrot and a companion leaf. For the acrylic piece, I took the Quatrefoil stencil and applied alcohol inks to it. Here's a closer look.

I love how the various colors of alcohol inks blend together. I used a purple, a cornflower blue, a yellow and a green. I also wrote my title with a Sharpie on the acrylic sheet.

I colored the parrot and large leaves with my Tombow watercolor markers. You can see in the above photo the Leafy Branch die cut that I used with a metallic cardstock.

I used some washi tape to help secure the Clear Scraps piece to my layout. There's also a hidden staple to further keep it attached. How would you like to see more? Please be sure to visit the the links below to see all of the posts for this wonderful collaboration. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Americana Crafts with DW and Stampendous!

Hello! I have a Dreamweaver and Stampendous! project to share with you today. All week long, the Stampendous! team has been sharing projects with a patriotic theme. So here's my take.

I made a scrapbook page of my cute kidlings! They were making Americana themed crafts at Michaels. I was of course inspired by the adorable Patriotic Painters and thought they worked really well with my photo.

I colored the image with my Tombow watercolor markers. Now...how much Dreamweaver do you see in my layout?

I used the Amsterdam Flourish in 2 spots on my page. I applied the image with my white embossing paste, and then I sprinkled on some beautiful holographic silver glitter on top while it was still wet. But wait! There's more! My title was made with Dreamweaver's Dual Alphabet Dies. As you can see, I used both the positive and negative space for the title. I love that this set is so versatile. My title is a spin on a scrapbooking company that I used to sell in my store. Here are some of the team members that are playing along today.

 Thanks for stopping by! Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Polka Dots: Wicked Wednesday #157

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday challenge. The theme this week is Lots of Polka Dots, and we are sponsored by Just Some Lines.

I used Emo Amber- Easter for my ATC. Again, our challenge is Lots of Polka Dots, so I made sure that my background papers had dots, and I added dots to her dress as well. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers.

Isn't she cheery? And who doesn't love polka dots? I hope you'll play along with us this week! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rainy Day Farewell


It's the Dream Teams's last theme for the month of April with our interpretation of "Showers to Showers."  It is also our last post together under the direction of Dreamweaver's founder, Lynell Harlow. We are shedding bittersweet tears as we close one door and open a new one with Stampendous. Lynell has been an enormous inspiration to me over the past 3 years and it has been my privilege to learn the art of stenciling through her.  She's a delightful person and I sure hope we continue to see her and Wayne in the industry.  Their Zendays Wednesdays blog posts are delightful.  Good luck Lynell and we are so happy Dreamweaver has found a new home with Stampendous!

I used several fantastic Dreamweaver Stencils for this card, as well as a couple of Stampendous! stamps to tie in our wonderful new alignment. After I colored the sweet Potted Mouse with alcohol markers, I used the fantastic Picasso Stencil to create the clouds in the background with ink. After that, I applied the Rain stencil with Transparent Embossing Paste. Here's a close up.


I love how the drops look real! Next, I used the Quatrefoil stencil for my pink cardstock. I used 3 shades of brown to ink it, going from dark to light. Then I inked up the Damask stencil in an olive green for my cardstock base. 

My sentiment is also from Stampendous! and it comes from the Life Words set. I photographed it with a glare so that you could see how it looks with the irRESISTables spray that I used on the sentiment. Again, I am truly going to miss working closely with Lynell. She is just incredible, so very knowledgeable, and an awesome person. Thank you for absolutely everything, Lynell! Here are the folks posting today:

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!