Monday, November 17, 2014

My Guest Spot with Aurora Wings!

Greetings! I am beyond thrilled to share this post with you today. I was asked by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff (owner and artist of Aurora Wings) if I would be the Guest Designer for their latest challenge!!! I was so surprised and totally honored. Aurora Wings is absolutely one of my favorite stamp companies. There was no way I could say no. The challenge is "Anything Goes" so I hope everyone plays along! I created 5 (yes 5!) 6x6" mini pages showcasing some of her magical little Sprites.

First up, is Aster. But, this is actually a Sunflower Sprite. I decided to change it up because, although I love sunflowers, the vibrant purple of asters are really magical.

She is colored with watercolor markers, except for her skin which was done with Spectrum Noirs. All the skins on the Sprites are done with them. You may click on any of my photos to see them bigger.

I will be making a mini album with all of these pages, and adding more as I color more of these sweeties.

Fuschias are one of my favorite flowers. The vibrancy of their color, their unusual color combinations, and the unique shape of the flower makes it easy for me to love. And I just realized that I spelled it wrong on my page. That's gonna have to get fixed!

Paired up with the Fuschia Sprite, is the Fuschia stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I used their white embossing paste to get the raised effect.

Next up is the Marigold Sprite. I LOVE the face of this one.

I just love the Day of the Dead face! This is another flower I really love to grow. It's a staple in our garden.

Just like the 2 previous Sprites, I colored this one with my watercolor markers. The ovals behind the Marigold are Long Nesting Oval dies from Dreamweaver.

I used some Halloween paper for this page, to go with the theme of the image. On to the Poinsettia Sprite!

The leaves on this image was done with Spectrum Noirs, as was the skin. The flower and gift was done with my watercolor markers. I may change the lettering on this one....the marker I used was a little too fat. But I wanted to use gold. I may write it in black, and go over it with Stickles.

I opted to not go with the traditional red for the poinsettia, but instead with the more Victorian mauve. My mom always decorates the house Victorian for Christmas, which is where I got the inspiration.

I used a gold doily to fancy up the page a bit more. Last but certainly not least, the Strawberry Sprite.

I can't even tell you how much I adore this digi. I just love it. And I loved coloring it (well, all of them really!).

I used Spectrum Noirs for the reds and skin. The rest is watercolor markers. I also used my Dual Alphabet Dies from Dreamweaver for the name.

Thank you for making it to the end of my super long post. I hope you have enjoyed my mini pages. I also hope that you will join in with the new Aurora Wings Anything Goes challenge. You have a month to play along! Thank you again to Mitzi for asking me to be a guest. Have an inspiring day, everyone!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanks with Dreamweaver

As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially "Thankful and Thoughtful" during the month of November. We hope that you will link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool. Our "thanks" to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I'm posting this for you today:

I started off with the beautiful Pumpkins stencil, and I used the beautiful Molten Metal technique. I made sure to keep the front pumpkin a different color from the 2 back pumpkins, so that they would be distinct, and not blend together too much. 

I used 6 colors of Metallic FX powders for this technique. As I looked through my stencils, I realized that I didn't have a "thank you" stencil! I'll need to get on that. But in the meantime....I needed some type of "thanks." So I broke out my Open Sheep Die and cut out the "Thank Ewe" sentiment. I know, I know...you're wondering where the "S" came from. Well, I cut out the 2 "e's" and made them into a "s!" Ya gotta experiment sometimes, right? I think it came out pretty good. Although, I should have removed the excess glue a bit better. 

Then I used the Large Quatrefoil for my background, and a bit of ribbon for added dimension and shine. The ribbon is from May ArtsBy the way, the Dream Team are very THANKFUL when our followers are THOUGHTFUL enough to leave us a nice comment on our posts! Here's the "B" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)
  


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Skully Christmas with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! I took a few days off from blogging after the fantastical 31 Days of Halloween. But now it's time to start sharing some fun projects again, and today I've got a Wicked Wednesday project.

We are sponsored by Oddball Art, and the theme is Skully Christmas. I colored this cutie with my alcohol markers. Remeber, we only use ATC's at Wicked Wednesday, so this is only a 2.5x3.5" piece.

I'm not quite ready for Christmas, so I decided to use colors other than red and green. And I think her outfit looks great in these colors! I did channel a little of the Christmas Spirit though with my sentiment. I wrote out, "All I want is you," as in the holiday song. Yeah, the song is stuck in my head now....yours too? Sorry!

I hope you can see my black cardstock. It has a beautiful taffeta look to it. I thought it fancied my ATC up a bit. I hope you will join us this week! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team, and join us! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Madness: Day 31 of 31 Days of Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!!! What a fang-tastic month! I haven't gotten to do much in the gory department, so I decided that today, I should end the month with a bang.

I used Madness from Aurora Wings. Love this crazy fabulous image. I especially love the eyeballs in the grape bunches. I colored the image with alcohol markers and watercolor markers.

I only used some ink for the main part of the card....I would never want to take away from this image. I am entering my card into the Aurora Wings' "All Gored Up" challenge.

I hope you have all had as much fun as I did this month. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, all listed in my side bar. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fang-tastic Halloween!!!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dreamweaver Extra Week of Posts: Day 30 of 31 Days of Halloween

Greetings! I have a super quick card to share today, using a Dilly Beans skull and Dreamweaver Stencils' Nesting Frames. All month long, the Dream Team has been serving up all sorts of holiday goodness. Not just Halloween, but Thanksgiving and Christmas too. I of course, had to stick with Halloween.


I colored her up with colored pencils, and used two of the Nesting Frames dies from Dreamweaver Stencils. Have you been keeping track with who has won this month over at Dreamweaver? Did you win? What stencil did you choose? Are you hooked???


How great is my base card? Scored a pack of them (with different designs) at Michaels. $2.99 for 40! I may need to get anther pack. My fab-u-lous velvet ribbon is from May Arts. That's about it for me today! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, all listed in my side bar. Plus, the whole Dream Team is posting today as well! See their links below and drop by for a visit. Thanks for stopping by. Have an spooktacular day!

 
An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Skull Charm: Day 29 of 31 Days of Halloween

Ack! It is SO close to the end! Today is Day 29 of the Smeared & Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. Today I have a super quick pendant that I made, using one of the Tim Holtz stamps that I won from last year's 31 Days. I used this image once before this month, but it's so cool that I just had to use it again.

Here's a photo of the stamp on my block, and the charm next to it. Yup...I used Shrinky Dinks! I LOVE using them, and it's been a couple of months since I have, so I thought this was a good time to break them out.

Keep in mind, that since this stamp has writing, I'll only be able to wear it with the matte side showing. I like the look, though I prefer the glossy side. If you make these yourself, try to avoid using an image with writing. I stamped the image with Staz-On, and I used just 2 colored pencils. Super quick. Just for fun, here's how cool the glossy side is....it didn't flatten out perfectly, but I'm totally col with that.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Bloggers, all listed in my side bar. Thanks for stopping by. Have a spooktacular day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween: Day 28 of 31 Days of Halloween

Hello there!I have a fun card to share with you today using the Aurora Wings image, "Happy Halloween."

I colored this cutie with a combo of alcohol markers and watercolor markers. I made it for the Aurora Wings challenge of creating a project using Halloween colors.

He's got quite a lot of candy in that Jack O Lantern! I used some fun papers from DCWV and Core'dinations. My 2 oval Long Oval Nesting Dies are from Dreamweaver Stencils. I also used some orange Stickles to add a bit of sparkle.

Thanks for checking out my project today! Please be sure to visit the ret of the Wicked Bloggers, all listed in my side bar. Have a fang-tastic day!