Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas in July with Aurora Wings

Hello! Today I am sharing a 6x6 mini page with you, and i am really excited about it. Aurora Wings issued a Christmas in July challenge, and I really wanted to play. But I didn't want to use a traditional Christmas image (if you follow my blog, you probably know that that isn't really my style). So I went with Masquerade Owl Mask. This image is so beautiful.

Stunning, isn't she? Mitzi draws such incredible images. I colored her with a combination of watercolor markers and alcohol markers.

You can click on any of my photos to see them bigger. I also added some Liquid Pearls and Tiara Stickles for some dimension and sparkle. I went heavy with the shadows to give the image some more drama.

I hope you can see the bit of sparkle here. It's so hard to capture glitter in pictures!

For my background, I went with the beautiful Damask Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils and I embossed with with their Pearlescent Embossing Paste. It worked so well with the Liquid Pearls.

Isn't that a pretty stencil? I use it all the time. I'd like to give a little shout to my daughter for helping. She gave me some great ideas...especially when it came down to paper choices. She loves to help, and I am happy that she loves to be creative like me. :) I hope you liked my project! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:
Aurora Wings: Christmas in July
Crafting From the Heart: #28 Anything Goes
Bloggers Challenge: Christmas in July
Christmas Stampin': Anything Goes (as long as it's Christmas)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Halloween Layout to "Die" For

Greetings! I have a new Dreamweaver Stencils project to show you. This month, out theme is "To Die For," because of the fabulous collection of dies that Dreamweaver has to offer (and that collection keeps expanding!). I decided to go a bit more literal this week, and create a Halloween scrapbook page.

My daughter wanted to be a witch last year, and I have a fun witchy skirt that I made that I wear every October. So, we got all decked out and took some pictures. As far as the die that I used....I went with the BIG and beautiful Leafless Tree, and just used it as a background design.

The trees cut so easily and beautifully. I love using the new dies. I highlighted the trees (with the recommendation from my daughter) to add some silver glitter for some more visual interest. I think she was right.


And of course, I have a ton of wonderful stencils, so I needed to pull out a coupe for this page. I started off with one of my absolute favorites, Houndstooth, and added it to the outer edges. Them with glossy black embossing paste, I added a nice, long line of Crows. I had to do this twice to get the line of crows across the entire page. I just need to add a title, which will probably be on the left side. I hope you like my page! Please be sure to visit the rest of the "B" team, all listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cute as a Button with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! Today I have a new Wicked Wednesday project for you. We are sponsored by Heather Ellis and the theme is "Cute as a Button."

She's adorable! I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers, and my background was done with my Houndstooth Stencil by Dreamweaver.

The background paper is super glittery, so it really pops. Quickie post for the day.....I'm off to go play with my little girl! She's cute a s a button too. Please visit the Wicked Wednesday blog! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 ATC's

Hello out there! Today, I have 3 ATC's to bring you. One for the latest Wicked Wednesday, one for the new A Step in the Dark challenge, and one for Bombshell Stamps.

For Wicked Wednesday, we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies, and the challenge is "On the Farm." I used the image Birds for Bree. I think she makes a very cute farmer girl!

I used alcohol inks for the image, and watercolors for the background. Now, on to ASitD. The challenge is Anything Goes/Use Some Metal.

We are sponsored by the creep-tastic Ike's Art. I used Witchy, becuase let's face it...I can never have too many witch digis. I colored her with my watercolor markers, and used a sentiment stamp that I had on hand. Then, I sprayed Imagine Crafts' irRESISTables on top of the image for that bubbled texture. Love that stuff!


You can really see the texture of the spray here. I used staples for my "metal" aspect of the challenge.

For Bombshell, this ATC was made for the newest Color Challenge. You can see the color palette over at the Bombshell Blog. My color tones may be slightly more vibrant, but they definitely work with the palette I chose for the month.

I used Bombshell Patterns and All my Heart for this ATC. My focal image was colored with watercolor markers. So that's 3 very different ATC's! I hope you will join me in at least 1 of these challenges. Please visit each of the blogs to check out some more great projects from the DT's. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Lovin' with Dilly Beans

Hello! Today I have an ATC I made for the latest Dilly Beans challenge that was introduced last Friday. The theme is Summer Lovin'.

I colored this pretty flower using alcohol markers, and the blue background was chalked.

One of my favorite things about Summer is the beautiful array of flowers that are everywhere. Have you played along with us for this challenge? Come on over to the Dilly Beans blog to do so! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I've Been Die-ing to Share......

Greetings! Welcome to July...the month to DIE for! Yep. All of this month, the Dream Team are featuring our newest toys...our DIES! You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them...especially when used in conjunction with many of their stencil counterparts. They are such a simple way to create an effective card. Here's mine for this week:

I am really in love with the new Tree Line Die. If you have been checking out the Dream it Up! Blog this week, then you will have been seeing some really outstanding projects by Lynell using this very die. I decided to go a different route from Lynell, and use an altered version of the Double Glitter technique on the die cut image itself, instead of the background. 

Here's what I did.
1. Adhered Double Stick Mounting Paper to a piece of black cardstock, slightly larger than the die.
2. Ran the die and paper through my Big Shot machine.
3. Peeled off just the top of the paper from the Double Sided Mounting Tape off, to reveal only where the leaves would be.
4. Sprinkled green glitter to that top portion.
5. Removed the rest of the paper from the Double Sided Mounting Tape and lightly sprinkled some black glitter over part of the tree trunks.
6. Sprinkled silver glitter over the rest of the tree trunks, creating a double-colored effect. 

For my background, I applied 3 colors of Distress Ink (Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon, and Broken China) with a cosmetic sponge, prior to adhering the Tree Line to the card. Then I added my beautiful ribbon (from May Arts) to the bottom. I glued the Tree Line die cut last. 

I love how this turned out, and I plan on doing another version with Autumnal colors for the foliage next time. So, do you have any Dreamweaver Dies yet? If not, you must check them out! If so, please play along with us this month! Also, be sure to check out the rest of the "B" Team. I'm sure they are Die-ing for a visit from you! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cloudy Days with Wicked Wednesday

My fellow Bloggers! Welcome back! It's Wednesday, so I have a new Wicked Wednesday challenge for you. This week, the theme is "Clouds/Cloudy Days." We are sponsored by Oddball Art this week.

I colored my cloud to be puking up a rainbow. The idea was my little sister's, and I thought it was a good one. My background clouds were made with my Picasso Tool from Dreamweaver Stencils.

My sentiment (which got a little botched) says "Blah." I don't think this little cloud is too excited about throwing up his rainbow. Would you like to see more? Then please check out the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team here on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!