Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanks!

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'll be honest, I hurt my hand pretty bad, so I had to put this project off until the last minute. And it's still bothering me, so I couldn't be too extreme with this project. I used the Maple Leaf stencil along with the Gears stencil. First I inked up the leaf, and then the gears. After that, I heat embossed the leaf.

I inked, sketched and striped around the leaf, and I also inked the base card to distress it a bit.

I used a sheet from Graphic 45's steampunk paper, as it was the perfect style and pop of color that the card needed. 
By 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 "A" team lineup for this week, as well as our very special guest designer, Linda Neff!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday post! This week, we are sponsored by Time for Tea. The theme is Warm Winter Wishes.



I went for a hippie kinda feel...I was channeling my inner Jenn B...our fearless leader! So I just HAD to have peace signs!

I colored this cutie with a mix of watercolor markers and alcohol markers. Well, I injured my hand, so no more typing for me right now. I hope you play along with Wicked Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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!