Monday, December 5, 2016

Peace on Earth

Season's Greetings! Today, I am sharing a new card tutorial featuring some of the wonderful products from Imagine. We were given the themes of "White" and " Shimmer and Sparkle" for the month of December, so I decided to combine the 2 into one card.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Creative Medium: Chartreuse
Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle and Frost

Other:
Stampendous: Peace on Earth Stencil, Palette Knife
Tombow: Foam Tape
White Cardstock: 1 smooth, 1 textured
EK Success: Corner Rounder

Directions:

1. Tape the stencil to smooth white cardstock. Scoop out some Chartreuse Creative Medium and glob it at the top of the stencil. Be sure to have the Creative Medium spanning the entire with of the stencil.

2. Holding the palette knife at a 45 degree angle, spread the Creative Medium in a single, smooth sweep across the entire stencil. If any spots are missed, you can touch them up, but try not to overwork the Creative Medium.

3. Remove the stencil and wash off any excess Creative Medium. Let the paste dry on your cardstock.

4. Trim the dried piece and use a corner rounder punch on each corner.

5. Spray with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. You can see some of the sparkle in the photo above. In real life, it glimmers so beautifully. But it's tough to capture it on camera. You can also see the pretty opalescent green shimmer of the Chartreuse Creative Medium.


6. Create the card base with a textured white cardstock. Cut to 8" x 5 1/2." Spray the card with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. You can see the shine in the above photo. Again, it is much more visible in real life.

7. Using Tombow's foam tape, apply 4 strips across the back of the stenciled layer for rigidity. Press on to card base.

The card is finished! It's subtle, but elegant and full of shimmer ans sparkle. I hope you'll give this white on white look a try!

Friday, December 2, 2016

ADfD Showcase: Add Some Sparkle!

Greetings! It's time for the newest challenge with A Day for Daisies. The theme is "Add Some Sparkle." To give you some inspiration, the Design Team is showcasing Winter Fairies. Here's my project.

I used the Christmas Tree Fairy for my card today, but I went with very non-traditional colors. I made her a bit Victorian, which is the way my mother decorates her house for the holidays.

I colored this beauty with Zig Clean Color Markers and I added sparkle with Kuratake (who makes the Zigs) Wink of Stella in clear. My background, as you can see from the above photo was embossed with Creative Medium in iridescent pink from Imagine along with the Fan Pattern Stencil by Dreamweaver. I also used a sentiment stamp from Stampendous, and spritzed my pink cardstock with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle from Imagine.

Around the edges of the card, I inked Angel Pink Versa Magic and embossed Vintage Pink Embossing Powder as well. Lots of sparkle in that powder! That's it for me today. Please be sure to visit the ADfD Blog to see what the rest of the team has created, as well as to welcome our new permanent DT member. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Light Wrapping

Hello! I have a card today featuring House Mouse. These 2 friends have gotten themselves into a bit of a tangle! 

Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMP51: Light Wrapping
DWLJ896: Large Flourish Stencil
DWDGWP: Glossy White Embossing Paste
SSC1231: Holiday Expressions Perfectly Clear Set
DWDPK: Palette Knife
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
STF082: Onyx Black VersaFine Ink

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Parrot
Tombow: Dual Brush Markers: 850, 990, 942, 856, 885, 055, 062, 535, 493, 636, 603, 195, 277
Imagine Crafts:  Memento Markers: Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy
Copics: E25, E34, YR00, C3, N2
Creative Impressions: Ribbon- #80234- 1/4" Red & Green Gingham
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
EK Success: Corner Rounder
Also, small red brad.

Directions:
1. Stamp Light Wrapping with Onyx Black VersaFine ink on to Mixed Media Paper. Color with markers listed above. Trim, and round the corners. Ink sentiment with Cottage Ivy Memento Marker and stamp in the corner of the trimmed image.


2. Make the card base out of Parrot cardstock, cut to 5 1/2" x 8." Tape Large Flourish stencil to the card base, and using the palette knife, sweep Glossy White Embossing Paste across the top. Remove stencil to wash and let card base dry.

3, Trim a 2" piece of ribbon, fold in half, and apply to upper right corner of the image with a small red brad. Apply a strip of ribbon to both the top and bottom of the card base with Zip Dry glue.

4. Glue image down with Zip Dry to the lower left corner.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Stampendous team that is posting today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Science Geeks with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a scientist. I didn't grow up to become one, but I am definitely still a science geek. That's our theme for this week's Wicked Wednesday! We are sponsored by Polkadoodles. Here's my ATC.

I used the Science Teacher image but I cropped it. The digi is actually is entire body, but I wanted it to be a closer look. I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Markers and I used a Molotow white pen for the highlights of his glasses.

I found a fun scrap of paper that had a tech kind of feel to it, so I used it on the bottom. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team to see what science experiments they have concocted for you this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Candy Cane Kiss

Greetings! The Stampendous team is sharing projects this week that has to do with Merry Preparations. The stamps and stencils featured are from our July catalog. I have a super sweet card to share today that have 2 adorable mice from House Mouse. Just look at these sweet babies!

Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMCM14: Candy Cane Kiss
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
DWLX7026: Chevron Background Stencil
MGK02: Christmas Micro Glitter Kit
FRGL01: Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
Fitted Frames: M, W
STF082: Onyx Black Versafine Ink
FX71: Sticky Panels

Others:
My Colors Cardstock: Cloak Grey, Dare Devil
Copic Markers: E34, E25, E37, YR00, E31, E00, E02, R000, C3, E40, N2, R29
Imagine Crafts: Tear It! Tape, Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry

Directions:
1. Stamp Candy Cane Kiss with Onyx Versafine ink and stamp on to Mixed Media Paper. Color using the Copic colors listed above. Die cut the colored image with them smaller "M" Fitted Frame. Using the large "M" frame, die cut a piece of Dare Devil cardstock to mat the image.

2. Using the Double Glitter Technique (click to see a how-to video), use the Sticky Panels with the Chevron Background Stencil plus the Red and Crystal glitter from the Christmas Micro Glitter Kit. I did the red first, and then the Crystal. Die cut the piece with the large "W" Fitted Frame.

3. To make the card base, cut a piece of Cloak Grey cardstock to 6 1/2" x 10." Ink the edges with Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink. Apply 3 rows of Tear It! Tape to the right side of the card. Sprinkle Multi Crystal Glitter mix on top and shake off excess.

4. Glue down the Chevron Background, the mat, and mice using Zip Dry glue.

Below are the rest of the links for today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Imagine and Flourishes Blog Hop

Hello! Today is an exciting day, because the Imagine team is hopping along with Flourishes. I decided to use the My Cup Overflows clear stamp set, because coffee has been a bit of a requirement in my life lately.


I started off by stamping the images with Rich Cocoa Memento ink, and then I colored the mages with a few Memento markers. I die cut the colored images with a Fitted Frame from Stampendous.

I found some deep teal cardstock that I used for a nice layer. I stamped it with the fun coffee beans that come in the stamp set, and i used the Rich Cocoa Memento ink again. Another mat was made from a rich elderberry cardstock to pull out the purple in the coffee cup. I layered everything on a white card base.

A huge thank you to Flourishes for this wonderful blog hop! If you'd like to see more, please visit all of the hoppers by using the links below. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!






Alison Heikkila - http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (that's me!)







Jennifer Vanderbeek - http://www.scrapsoflife.com/





Gloria Hayoung Lee - http://iiroom1004.blogspot.ca/



Martha Lucia Gomez - http://stampartpapel.com/






Friday, November 25, 2016

Holly Pattern Stencil

Hello! This week, it's all about stencils with Stampendous. We have been featuring Fran's Stencil Duos as well as some of her single stencils. Below is my project that features the Holly Pattern Stencil. It's so pretty.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
FMS4043: Holly Pattern Stencil
DWLS92: Merry Christmas Stencil
DWDGP: Gold Embossing Paste
DWDPK: Palette Knife
AC672HSR: Red Holograph Dot Sparklers Class A Peels
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
EP175: Jeweled Gold Sparkly Embossing Powder
VM001: VersaMark Ink

Others:
My Colors Cardstock: Firecracker, Evergreen
Imagine Crafts: Golden Glitz Delicata Ink
Beacon Adhesieves: Zip Dry Glue
Metallic F/X Powder: Forestry

Directions:
1. Using Firecracker cardstock, tape down the Holly Pattern stencil, and apply the Gold Embossing Paste with the Palette Knife. Remove and wash the stencil. Sprinkle Forestry Metallic F/X powder into the wet paste and let dry.

2. Brush off excess Metallic F/X Paste and apply smallest Red Holograph stickers to the berries. Trim cardstock, leaving a small blank border around the pattern.

3. On Evergreen cardstock, tape down the Merry Christmas stencil and apply Gold Embossing Paste with the Palette Knife. Remove and wash the stencil. Let the paste dry.

4. Create the card base out of Evergreen cardstock to the size of 5 1/2" x 8." Ink the edges with Golden Glitz Delicata ink.

5. Die cut the Merry Christmas using the small "L" Fitted Frame. Cut a piece of Firecracker cardstock  and using VersaMark, ink the entire red die cut and sprinkle Jeweled Gold embossing powder on top. Heat set from underneath.Using the Large "L" die cut the embossed piece to create a mat.

6. Glue all layers using Zip Dry Glue.

Below are the rest of the team that has projects to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (Thursday)