Monday, April 21, 2014

"Dream-Pendous" Collaboration!

Greetings! This is going to be such an exciting week for Dreamweaver Stencils fans and Stampendous Stamps fans alike. It's going to be a "Dream-Pendous" week of inspiration! The Dreamweaver and Stampendous teams are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in each team's arsenals. Of course, as usual, there will be prizes given out for those who comment throughout the week. In fact, there will be 3 prize packs available! Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampedous dies and images. One being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown in the badge in my sidebar.

I am beyond excited to share my project with you. I made an art journal page, with a....rather altered...version of the fantastic Blossom Beauty image.

Can you tel that I had soooooo much fun with her?!? It was a blast to rework her beautiful face and turn half of her into a sugar skull. The flowers are really what inspired me to do it. They are so big and beautiful. And all 3 flowers are from one stamp! I simple used the Stampendous dies that were made for the flowers to cut out the different versions.

You can see here what the 2 stamps in the set look like. Here's a closer look of the colored images. Feel free to click on any of my pictures to see them even bigger.

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. And did you check out my background? That was all done with Dreamweaver Stencils! I used Houndstooth, Scales, and Amesterdam Flourish. I applied the Houndstooth and the Scales with a cosmetic sponge and Distress Inks in some of the brighter tones that I have. Then I used a bit of gesso on top. Then, using black acrylic paint and a small round stencil brush, I applied the flourish. I had a little bit of paint run under, so after the paint dried, I used a white pen to clean it up a bit. Last, I applied the face and flowers, and used a Martha Stewart border punch to create a choker-style necklace.

I hope you liked my art journal page. Below is the full hop list for today. I will have another piece for this fantastic collaboration later this week. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I'm on the Dream Team!!!

Hello! I can finally tell you!!! I am now officially a part of the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team!!! I am beyond thrilled! I have wanted to be a part of this amazing team for quite some time, and I am so honored that I am now.
This month, the challenge theme is April Inspirations. So you've got to find something that inspires you to make a project. Easy...especially if you are as obsessed with Pinterest as I am. Here's my inspiration photo.

Isn't this beautiful? You can check out the Etsy shop this photo came from HERE. Here's my project.

I used the gorgeous Butterfly stencil to make a Shrinky Dink charm. Let me show you the stencil size with the finished pendant.

I started by using a pre-sanded Shrinky Dink sheet, and I traced the entire butterfly with a skinny Sharpie Marker. It kind of ruined the tip of my marker, so I recommend trying a marker that has a metal tip. But do a test first to be sure it will work on the shrunken Shrinky Dinks.

Then I colored the image using Crayola colored pencils. My daughter was coloring then too, so we shared her pencils. I punched a hole in 1 wing, and then I shrunk the butterfly using my embossing gun. It's a pretty simple process that looks fantastic when the light hits it.
I hope that  you will visit the other posting members of the Dream Team. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
and our "newbies":

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bombshell Color Challenge & Wicked Wednesday Easter or Earth Day

Hello out there! I have 2 ATC's to share with you today. One for the brand new monthly color challenge over at the Bombshell Stamps Blog, and the other is for Wicked Wednesday.

Aren't these colors pretty? I was so inspired by them, so I figured the rest of the Bombshell gals would be too. Here's what I made.

I used the All My Heart set for this ATC. I used watercolor markers to color in the image.

For this week's Wicked Wednesday, the challenge is Easter or Earth Day. I used the sweetest little bunny from Just Some Lines. It's called Egg Hug.

Seriously, don't you want to give this cutie a squeeze??? I colored him with my pencils. My sentiment is a Care Bears (how cool is that?!) senti stamp.

Tomorrow I have an egg-citing announcement to make, so I do hope you will visit me. Meanwhile, please visit the Bombshell Blog and the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see more fab projects and to play along! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DICC #75 with The Stamping Chef

Hello everyone! It's time for a brand new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. This time, we are sponsored by The Stamping Chef, which is a new company for me. How about you? They have some really fab images, as I am sure that you will see from the rest of the DT when you visit the DICC Blog. Here's the itinerary.

1.  Lots of pink 
2.  Sugar skulls
3.  Suckers or sweets (lollipops or candy)
4.  Hearts
5.  Add a feather or wings
6.  Pearls or gemstones
7.  Add a banner or bunting
8.  Stitching (real or faux)
9.  Anything but a card
10.  Spritzes or sprays


For my project, I used #'s 1, 4, 6, 8, and 10. The image is called Demented Beauty

I had such a fun time coloring her! Just enough detail. I guess it may not have as much pink as some of my other teamies....but for this shade of pink, it's kind of a lot for me. 

I used watercolor markers to color in the image. And, I got to play with a new (for me) stencil from Dreamweaver! It's called Gears, and I love it. 

My spray is also from Dreamweaver. It's a fantastic inky blue, isn't it? I thought it went perfectly with her hair. So off you go! Please be sure to visit the DICC blog to see more fun projects. Thanks for stopping by.  Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wicked Wednesday and Bombshell Stamps April Sketch

Greetings bloggy friends! I have 2 projects to share with you today. There is a new Wicked Wednesday challenge, and the April Bombshell Stamps Sketch has been revealed! Let's start with Bombshell. Here's this month's sketch.

Here's my take on it using the Homeward Bound set.

I stamped the ship on old book paper and colored it with Distress Ink. The banner was colored with alcohol markers.

I love coloring with Distress Inks. As I was doing my project, my daughter was watching. She decided to create her own Bombshell project, and used Distress Inks for the first time!

This week's Wicked Wednesday challenge is Crazy Craniums, and we are sponsored by Smeared Ink.

My focal image is from Smeared Ink/Rick St. Dennis' Morte rubber set. My sentiment is from the Creepy Lil Grumpies set, and the tombstone is from Inkadinkado.

I used only a white pen to color the focal image. The other 2 were embossed with a seafoam white embossing powder. I distressed the focal image and the background paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

These are both great challenges! I hope you will play along with me for either (or both!). Please visit the Bombshell Blog and the Wicked Wednesday Blog for more fab projects and rules. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Muse Monday: Man's Ruin

Hello hello! It's the first Monday of the month, so that means it is time for me to share the newest Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday. I chose Man's Ruin, which is such a fun set to work with. The best thing is that it's on sale for the whole month!

I colored the main image from Man's Ruin with my colored pencils. Here's a closer look.

I really enjoy this stamp. She is so much fun to color, and she's easy to work with.

Head on over to the Bombshell Blog today, and every Monday to see lots of great projects featuring this set. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wicked Wednesday #130: Bunnies

Hello! I have a new Wicked Wednesday challenge for you. The theme this week is "Bunnies," and we are sponsored by A Day for Daises, who I adore.

I used Bunny in a Wild Flower. I colored the entire image with watercolor paints. All of my papers were scraps. Don't you love using up scraps? I do!


I love this sweet bunny. The glisten in his eye....I just wanna cuddle him! Come play along, and try to win some images from A Day for Daisies. Visit the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see some more adorable ATC's. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!