Friday, July 22, 2016

Vintage Bird Clock with ADfD

It's "time" for me to share another A Day for Daisies project with you. This week, I used Vintage Bird Clock. We are also at the halfway mark for our current challenge, which is to CASE (copy and steal everything) the Design Team.

I decided to make an ATC with the clock. I colored the digi with my Tombow Dual Brush markers. I made a loose fussy cut around it. On my blue background, I sprinkled some Seasonings and Aged Green Embossing Powders from Stampendous. It gets heated from underneath, since I didn't use any embossing ink to hold the powder in place.

I inked the edges of the ATC with Cocoa Brown Memento Ink. Please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daisies team over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tando Collaboration Finale with Stampendous

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Hello! It's the grand finale for the Tando Creative and Stampendous collaboration. You are in for a real treat today. If you are only just joining the party, please head on over to the Stampendous Blog to see what the scoop is, and to find out how to win one of 3 prize packs. Now, on to my project.

I know you've seen a lot of this guy all through the week, but come on... He's just SO cool! He's called Steam Pumpkin, and this is one of my favorite images released in the new July catalog. I broke out my alcohol markers, which I really haven't done lately....but I needed really great blending, and honestly, my (very very small) Copic collection, as well as my Prismacolors just needed to be used. This was my first attempt at making something look like it's actually metal, rust and all...and I have to say I'm pretty happy with it. Especially considering my limited color supply.

As I was working on coloring the Steam Pumpkin, I was putting layer after layer on Tando Creative's Layered Arch with Cobweb. Where's the cobweb you say? Not here! The kit comes with so many fantastic pieces, I decided to break the pats up so that I can have several Halloween decorations with it. I used lots of Deco Art media for painting, cracking, and antiquing Tando's chipboard.

Once I was happy with the painted and cracked background, I applied the Gears Stencil with Copper Embossing Paste. I sprinkled in black Glass Glitter, bronze micro glitter, and a couple of colors of Metallic F/X powder for added texture, shine, and patina. Many many years ago, my dad (who used to work for Bulova- the watch company) gave me a delightful bag of watch parts. I use them from time to time (Hahaha! Pun intended!) on my projects, and it makes me think about him. He passed away 15 years ago, and I love to include things that remind me of my dad in many of my pieces. But I digress.....so the little actual watch bits that you see are from him. And it makes this project a little more special.


After I fussy cut Mr. Pumpkin from his background, I added Texture Gems by Faber-Castell to his monocle for some shine. I also used a few pieces from Tando's Industrial Elements Nuts and Washers sheet way up at the top of the arch. I painted them with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, and I laid some more watch parts on top. Everything was secured with Beacon Adhesives' Zip Dry Glue, which worked fabulously. So there you have it! I hope you like my projects. I think he's going to be staying out all year round....I mean, what's better than Halloween and Steampunk? Please be sure to visit all of the hoppers listed below. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hair Do with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. This week, the theme is "Hair Do," and our sponsor is SLS Lines.

I used the Celestial Goddess image for my ATC. I used my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers to color her in. I also added a border from Sweet Stamps Shop's Track It set. And I filled it in with Ice Stickles.

That was a lot of hair to color! But, taking it one section at a time made it much easier to do. So take out your big hair images, and make an ATC along with Wicked Wednesday! Please be sure to visit everyone over on the Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cardinal in my Window- Tando and Stampendous Hop


Hello! Welcome to a fun filled week of mixed media with the Stampendous team! We are super excited to be hopping along with Tando and their fantastic chipboard products, perfect for altering and combining with stamps, stencils, etc. There are of course, great prizes! To win, comment (with where you live) on all of the blogs listed, to have a shot at 3 prize packages. Full details are on the Stampendous Blog.

Would you like to see what I made? I worked with Tando's Mini Printer Tray and Stampendous' Cling Winter Tweets stamps and Die sets. Plus lots of Deco Art paints and mediums, as well as inks from Imagine.

I painted a few layers (including a crackle layer) on to the cover of the tray. I used a random piece of cardboard and Fitted Frame "V" for my tag, along with lots more layers of paint and sprays, including turquoise Shimmer Mister from Deco Art. It matches my hair perfectly! If you visit my Instagram, you'll get to see what I mean. Anyway, after I was satisfied with the layers of the tag, I used VersaMark and Detail Gold embossing powder along with the new Quiet Beauty stamp. I added a few small brads just to the tag for decoration. I adhered the tag to the base with foam squares. The pretty shimmery ribbon is from Creative Impressions.

For the inside, I coated the entire thing with a Deco Art glitter paint. There's a 4x4 chipboard piece that goes under the "window" and I used the accompanying stencil that comes with the Winter Tweets set to create the tree and berries. I inked the stencil with VersaMark and used Clear Bark and Ruby Red embossing powders. I stamped the sweet cardinal on watercolor paper and colored it with my Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils.  I also used the Wood Background stamp on the top layer of the"window."

It's hard to tell, but I added some clear acetate between the top and second layer of the window, to make it really look like one. The effect in real life is pretty cool. My family was impressed at least. ;) I also used the Picasso Stencil/Shield to make clouds in the background. I used Summer Sky Memento ink for that. I kept it really soft, as winter skies are often kind of bleak...but I really wanted to add some additional depth to the background. It is so much fun to make pieces like this, and I hope you will check out what I will have in store for the finale on Friday. Please be sure to visit all of the stops that are listed below for your chance to win one of the prizes. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July with Imagine Crafts & Stencil Girl!


Hello! Have you heard? The Imagine AIRs have been hopping with Stencil Girl! If you have been here before, you know I loooove me some stencils, so this collaboration was very exciting for me! The teams are hopping for 3 consecutive Saturdays, and this is week 2. I have the entire list of hop links at the bottom of the post. Be sure you don't miss anyone!

I decided to to create an extra large gift tag with my new stencils. Using red cardstock, I taped down the Journal Texture #8 Stencil and inked it up with Golden Glitz Delicata ink. I promise you, this is the BEST gold ink you will ever use! The Journal stamp only has 2 diamonds on it (it's a 4x4" stencil), so after I inked up the first pair, I moved over the stencil, lined it up, and inked again.

Next I wanted to do something textural with the Urban Insiders Star. So I took some evergreen cardstock, taped down the star, and slathered on some yummy Iridescent Green Creative Medium. After the medium dried, I gave the stars a loose fussy cut.


Here, you can see how fabulous the Urban Insiders Star looks with the Creative Medium. Look at that sheen! You can also see how glimmery the Delicata ink is. 


I then took a vintage alphabet from Stampendous and stuck the word "joy" on to an acrylic block. I inked that up with White Shimmer Delicata ink and stamped it a few times on my tag. It's subtle on camera, but shows up really nicely in person. I added a large red eyelet to the upper left corner and some red twine to finish off my tag. This could also be a ginormous bookmark, but I like the idea of using it as a tag. To give you an idea about the size, it's approx 4" x 8."

Take a look at the info below to get the scoop on the amazing giveway, and the full hopper list. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!



What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We'll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!
Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.
You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be notified by email and announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Friday, July 15, 2016

CASE the DT with A Day for Dasies

Greetings! It's time for a new A Day for Daisies challenge, and we are sharing some previously released favorites. The challenge for the next 2 weeks is to CASE (copy and steal everything) on of the Design Team member's projects. I decided that I wanted to ply along in the challenge too, so I chose to CASE my fellow teamie's card from June. Here's my version first...

 And this is Tanja's card that I CASEd...

My card features the image Fancy Dress Fairy. The backgrounds for both were done with alcohol inks. I used glossy photo paper for mine.


I colored this fancy fae with Memento markers, and i added a wee bit of Stickles to her wings.

I didn't have a sentiment that I wanted to use like Tanja, so I opted for some white grosgrain ribbon that I had laying around. It kept the fairy grounded too, since it appears that she is actually standing, and not flying. So....who will you be CASEing? Head on over to the A Day for Daisies Blog to see more beautiful projects. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Birdie Trio with Stencils

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous team has been sharing some of our favorite new projects from the July 2016 catalog. The card I'm sharing with you today took a lot of time because it has many layers, but I love it. It features the new Birdie Trio stamp, and lots of fabulous Dreamweaver Stencils. 



Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRP289: Birdie Trio
DWLG610: Bricks Stencil
DWLX7029: Graduated Dot Stencil
LJ909: Cathedral Windows Small
DWDPP: Pearlescent Embossing Paste
EP525: Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder
EK21: Summer Shine Embossing Powder Kit
DCP1006: Fitted Frames Set B
STF082: Onyx Black Versafine Ink
VM001: VersaMark Ink
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
Acrylic Handle
Stencil Brushes: Asst. Sizes
DWDPK: Palette Knife

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Winter Lake, Lilac Mist, Coral Rose, Ocean Side
Imagine Crafts: Memento Markers: 604, 608, 506, 504, 704, 707, 804, 103, 404, 901, 400, 902, Versa Magic Ink: Tea Leaves
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry


Directions:
1. Stamp the Birdie Trio on to Mixed Media Paper using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. Color, using the Memento Markers listed above. Cut out, leaving a thin white border around the image.

2. Using Lilac Mist cardstock, tape the small Cathedral Windows stencil down and apply Pearlescent Embossing Paste with a palette knife. Let this dry completely, and then use the small "P" Fitted frame to die cut the stenciled background. Apply Sparkle Puff to the bottom to create a small snow bank the that birds will sit on. Heat set.

3. Create the card base out of Winter Lake cardstock, and make the dimensions 5 1/2" x 8." Tape the Brick Stencil to one side of the card base, and using a stencil brush, apply some Tea Leaves Versa Magic sporadically on the card base. Don't go for complete coverage. Move the stencil over to do the rest of the card. Repeat until the card has bricks randomly all over it. Sprinkle Clear Lime Embossing Powder from the Summer Shine Kit too the inked bricks. Heat set. Leave off to the side.

4. Cut a 2" x 4" strip of Coral Rose cardstock. Using the Graduated Dot stencil, ink the strip with Versamark ink. Heat emboss with Clear Pink powder from the Summer Shine Kit.

5. Cut a piece of Ocean Side cardstock that is 1 3/4" wide to fit the Large "P" Fitted Frame and die cut. Glue to the right side of the Lilac Mist Layer.

6. Assemble the rest of the card using Zip Dry glue.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Stampendous gals that are posting along with me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!