Sunday, June 29, 2014

Number of the Beast

Blog Land! Today, I give to you (almost by the skin of my teeth) a project made for the latest challenge (the Number of the Beast) of Haunted Design House. I know, I know...it's been ages and ages since I have played along. Not because I didn't want to, of course. But time just didn't allow me. Well, this time, I HAD to play. 666 was always a big number in my house...no really! My Dad had always found 666 to be a recurring number in his life. Weird, but true. His parking spot at work, it was on his license plate, and other unusual situations.  None of these things were sought out. In fact, when he had asked his job about the parking spot, they apologized and said they would change it. He insisted that they didn't. So I was excited to see this theme...though ironically, I paid no heed to the number factor of the challenge, only the "beast/devil" aspect of it.. 
 
I worked with As Death from Smeared Ink. I haven't use this set in a while, and I thought it was perfect. 

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers (and 1 Copic!). But did ya check out my trees???

The black die cut tree is a new die from Dreamweaver Stencils. My red trees are the original stencil version, also from Dreamweaver. You can find the Leafless Tree stencil HERE, and the Leafless Tree die HERE. I also sprayed some iRESISTables spray from Imagine Crafts for some texture and shine. 
***I am also entering this 6x6 mini page into this month's Smudgy Antic's Challenge of Anything Goes. 
Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue with Dreamweaver

At Dreamweaver Stencils, we love to make our monthly challenges something for everyone, and not so strict that no one wants to play along. This month our challenge is, "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue", with the obvious thought being a wedding theme...but not necessarily. Add an old embellishment or picture. Use a new stencil design or technique. Borrow, or CASE (copy and say everything) another designers project, and obviously, blue...is blue. Where will YOUR creative process take you for this month? We'd love to see! And remember, linking your creations with the Inklinkz tool at the end of the team posts, provides you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice! Here's what I've created for this week...

I worked with the beautiful Lotus stencil. I worked with a few colors of pigment ink from Color Box, applies with a stencil brush to the entire flower. I then dusted on some glittery embossing powder and heat set it.

You can see the glitter a bit here. I also used a "Hello" from the Birthday Words stencil, using the same techniques as the flower. I also taped off the sentiments that are above and below the "Hello" so that I didn't accidentally ink them up.

I inked the edges of my cardstock, and added a simple border punch. It's kind of a Clean and Simple card, but the glitter really adds something to it. So, my Something Old is the inks (they are like 12 years old!), my Something New is the Lotus stencil, I didn't have a Borrowed, and the Blue...well, I think you can figure that out. ;) Here's the "B" team list...please leave everyone some love! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hump Day Hop with Bombshell and Wicked Wednesday

Hello and welcome to the June 2014 Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop. I also have a new ATC  for Wicked Wednesday. This month, the hop theme was "Red Carpet Ready," and I wanted everyone to glam up their Bombshells as if they were going to walk the red carpet. Here's what I made.

I used Bombshell Angel along with the Evening Bombshell digis for her outfit. I colored her with a combination of watercolor markers and alcohol markers.

I love this dress, and I want it for myself. I was inspired by the dress that Angelina Jolie wore a couple of years ago that was emerald green. It popped so beautifully against the red carpet.


My background was done with my Houndstooth stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I applied Copper Embossing Paste to the stencil and then sprinkled some pretty iridescent glitter on to the wet paste. For the sentiment, I applied the paste with a palette knife, and then the glitter again. Below is the full hop list.

Bombshell Blog: http://bombshellstamps.blogspot.com/
Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Alaine: http://missalaineousmosaics.blogspot.com/
Kelli: http://www.cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com/


For Wicked Wednesday, the theme is Teddy Bears, and we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs. 

Loved this little digi. But I have to be honest...I was (and still am) kinda unsure as to whether or not I like my background with the digi. My WW gals all said that they liked the combo....but I think the styles kinda clash. 

The drips and sprays were doe with iRESISTables from Imagine Crafts. It's textured...so it dries glossy and raised. Super cool. The image was colored with alcohol markers. Unfortunately, you don't see some of my subtle shading. My sentiment is from a Care Bears stamp set. :)  I hope you've enjoyed y projects! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Triple Play!

Greetings! I have 3 projects to share with you today. Wednesdays can be super busy, huh? I have a new piece for Wicked Wednesday, A Step in the Dark, and Bombshell Stamps. For Wicked Wednesday, the challenge is Cartoons or Comics, and we are sponsored by Alicia Bell.

I loved coloring this mermaid. I played with some soft colors that I don't always use together.

I colored the image with alcohol markers. I love that she is combing her hair with a fork!

The new challenge for A Step in the Dark is Anything Goes and/or Zombies. We have 3 sponsors...Limited Runs, Oddball Art, and he Stamping Chef. My ATC features an image from Oddball Art.

My little zombie is also colored with alcohol markers.

My last project for the day is for the newest Bombshell Stamps Color Challenge. You can check out the color palate I chose over on the Bombshell Blog. This is a clean and simple card. Honestly, it's only because my mojo decided to run away and I couldn't get anything to work. I used Alter Skulls for this card.

Again, I used alcohol markers. I also grabbed my Spider Web Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils to add a little sumpin' sumpin' to the background. So there are 3 fun challenges that you can play along with! Please visit each of the corresponding blogs to check out the rules and to add your own projects to the mix. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Final Day of the Imagine Crafts & Dreamweaver Stencils Collaboration

Hello and welcome to the final day of the Imagine Crafts & Dreamweaver Stencils collaboration! All week long, members of both Design Teams have been making amazing projects using products from both companies. What an amazing collaboration it has been! And for all of you hoppers out there, Three prize packages are available, each containing one set of each of these inks and stencils/dies. Just leave comments on each post of each day this week (June 9th - June 13th) for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 17th!


And here is my project for today.


I used the fantastic Hot Air Balloon stencil and colored it up using the stunning Radiant Neon collection from Tsukineko. Each color of the neons has been used in the balloon. The Picasso Tool is a MUST have for tackling something like this. It masked off each section so perfectly for me. My sentiment is from the Birthday Words stencil, which is extremely versatile. I think this card would be great for graduation, for example.

The Picasso Tool was used also to create my background clouds. It may appear complicated, but it really isn't. I used Summer Sky Memento Ink and started at the lower right corner. Then I just built my clouds up from there, applying the ink with a finger dauber. I love the effect. I distressed the edge of my light blue cardstock, inked some Electric Purple around the edges, and applied pop dots to my hot air balloon for some dimension. This has been such a fun week! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments, and the amazing eye candy the bloggers have shared! Below is the full hop list for today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sand Castle Card for Imagine Crafts and Dreamweaver Stencils

Hello and welcome to another fun day of the Imagine Crafts and Dreamweaver Stencils collaboration! All week long, the folks on each of the Design Teams have been showcasing fun projects using products from both awesome companies. Here's my creation for today.


I used the Sand Castle for my card. I used several colors of Versa Fine and a Memento ink to color the castle and the background. I used finger daubers for everything. Would you like to see the colors I used?

These colors are fantastic. They are so rich and blend beautifully together. Before I inked my sky, I embossed the sand castle.

I used Imagine Crafts' iRESISTibles spray to create the sand and on my main card. I just love the texture that spray creates!

The fab ribbon I used (look like rippling water, right?) is from May Arts. I adore this ribbon! I didn't glue it down completely so that it had some movement. Below is the full link list for today. I'll have another collaborative project tomorrow. Be sure to leave some love along the way for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Black, White and Another Color with WW

Hello! I have a new Wicked Wednesday challenge to share with you today. This week, we are sponsored by the fantastic Delicious Doodles. The challenge is Black, White, and 1 other color. I chose red.

This is Cranium Caresses. It's a creep-tastic image that I totally love. I colored the image with colored pencils.

My not-so-pleasant sentiment was made with a Just Rite alpha stamper. Please visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over at the challenge Blog. And visit me again tomorrow for the next installment of the Imagine Crafts/Dreamweaver Stencils collaboration!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Day 1 of Imagine Crafts/ Dreamweaver Stencils Collaboration



Welcome to our first ever collaboration week with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko! If you are new to my blog, hello! My name is Alison. We've shared all of our toys on both sides, so be prepared for Endless Possibilities! Three prize packages are available, each containing one set of each of these inks and stencils/dies. Just leave comments on each post of each day this week (June 9th - June 13th) for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 17th!



Here's my first creation for the week.


I have a bit of an obsession with flamingos, and now that I have the super rad Radiant Neon (I love neon as well!) ink colors from Imagine Crafts, I new I had to start the week using those inks, along with Dreamweaver Stencils' Flamingo stencil. 

I used every color in the Neon collection to make my focal piece. I applied the colors with finger daubers, and used my Picasso Tool to block off the areas I didn't want colored at the time. I used clear embossing powder on the parts from the stencil and then I created my background. This was all done with the finger daubers as well. The inks didn't stick to where I embossed, so I didn't have to worry about masking the image again. 

I used the Electric Purple ink to stencil my sentiment, which is from the Birthday Words stencil. I clear embossed on top of that too. Then, it was just a matter of playing with paper. I hope you've liked my creation. Below is the full link list for today. Please be sure to visit everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 


Friday, June 6, 2014

Masculine/For Dad with Dilly Beans

Hello there! I have a new Dilly Beans challenge to share with you today. The new challenge is Masculine/For Dad. Here's my card.

Couldn't you see a guy with lots of ink digging this? I love the Dilly Image I used. It's Sugar Skull Framed # 416. I colored it with alcohol markers. 

My background was a blast to make. I used 3 stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils to sort of re-create the flower and swirl on the Dilly image. 

I used Corner Flowers for the leaves, Amsterdam Flourish, and the Lotus as my focal flower. I used Versa Fine inks from Tsukineko and a couple of inks from Color Box. I applied them with a stencil brush and daubers, and added a layer of clear embossing powder on top. I love the end result of the card. Please be sure to visit the Dilly Beans challenge blog to see what the rest of the team has cooked up. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wicked Wednesday & A Step in the Dark

Hello and welcome to challenge #3 with A Step in the Dark, and the latest challenge for Wicked Wednesday. This time around we ASitD is sponsored by Dilly Beans, which makes me happy because I am on the DT for Dilly and I love the images! For WW, we are sponsored by The Stamping Chef. First up is ASitD.

I used Monster Family Reunion for my card. Aren't they funny? I colored them with alcohol markers.

And here's my ATC for Wicked Wednesday. I used Cogsley Copperpot.

I loved coloring her! I cropped her quite a bit to work with my ATC so that she wouldn't be itty bitty. Steampunk is just so much fun!

She was also colored with alcohol markers, and I used a fun cog punch plus some real watch parts. They make such fun embellishments. So of course, I hope you will play along with both of these great challenges. Please visit the Step in the Dark Blog as well as the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see what the rest of the fabulous teams created! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bombshell Muse Monday and DICC #78

Happy June! I have 2 projects to share with you today. The first is for this month's Bombshell Stamps Muse Monday, and the second is for Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. This month, the Muse Monday set is Homeward Bound. This is a set I was a bit wary about, until I started to use it. I quickly fell in love with it, and it's now one of my favorites.

I decided to go in a new direction and have the ship sailing in the rain. I purposely did not ink up the sun, to add to the bit of gloom I was trying to achieve.

I used a lot of grays and some creams to mute down the colors. It was all colored with alcohol markers. I also clear embossed rain drops on top of the ship, as well as on my background by using the Rain stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils.

The chain is from the Homeward Bound set as well. The set has several smaller images that are so fantastic. It's one of the reasons I love to use it. My fabulous ribbon is from May Arts. I didn't glue it down too much, because I wanted it to flutter and have movement. Like the sails and the rain. Remember, the Homeward Bound set will be on sale for the entire month, so be sure to grab it if you don't already own it.

For DICC, we are sponsored by The Stamping Chef. We will be taking the Summer off after this challenge. You'll have to go to the DICC blog to see the itinerary, but know that I used #'s 2, 6, 8, 9, and 10. My image is called The Big Teese.

I don't know why, but my colors look totally mismatched. They actually look great together in person, so you'll have to take my word for it. I colored the image with watercolor markers, and I broke out another stencil from Dreamweaver. This one is called Gears, and I applied a fabulous copper colored metallic embossing paste, also from Dreamweaver.

She how the paste shines? Again, my ribbon is from May Arts. The dies I used to cut my ovals are also from Dreamweaver....they are really expanding their die selection, and I am thrilled about it. Please be sure to visit both the Bombshell Blog as well as the DICC blog to check out what my teamies have created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!