Friday, February 27, 2015

Spiders with Left of Center

Hello! Today I have a new project for Left of Center. Our challenge this week is Spiders, and we are sponsored by the wonderful company Sami Stamps. Spiders aren't my favorite creatures, but I really like the way these spiders are drawn.


I colored the sweet Witch and Whiskers image with a combination of watercolor markers and alcohol markers. I loved coloring her dress.

I used a fun star border punch and layered black cardstock underneath. I inked a little blue around the edge as well.

Then, I inked and heat glitter embossed a simple "hello" sentiment using the Birthday Words stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. I have a cool glitter spider web ribbon that I used also for a little extra sparkle. I hope you'll join us at  Left of Center. Please be sure to visit the rest of the DT gals to see even more inspiration. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Susan! Plus Wicked Wednesday

Hello and welcome to a very special post, dedicated to a very special lady. Today is my dear friend Susan Salyer's birthday. Another wonderful friend, Suzi McKenzie, thought it would be a lovely idea to have a birthday hop for her, so I couldn't pass this up. So my first project is for her. My second is my newest ATC for Wicked Wednesday, more details for that below.

I started off with the sweet Little Striped Dress image from A Day for Daisies. I colored it up with my watercolor markers. I paired it with a great sentiment from Create with TLC. Have you seen that blog? LOTS of wonderful FREE sentiments!

I wanted to give the background a little more pop, so I used my new Spiral Dots stencil from Dreamweaver. I focused the center of the stencil on the little girl, so that the dots would spiral out from her. You can see that they graduate in size as they go outward.

I inked up the edge of the card, as well as my sentiment, and I added some fun trim from May Arts. Also, I used some orange Stickles, so I can now use this card in the new A Day for Daisies Challenge which is to "add some glitter." Susan, a VERY happy birthday to you. I know things haven't been so easy lately, but I hope that this day brings you nothing but joy. Love you lots.

Below is the full list of hoppers giving Susan some well-wishes today. Susan is the last stop so please be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday!
Alison Heikkila - http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/ (That's me!)

This week, Wicked Wednesday is sponsored by Squigglefly, and our challenge is Fishing Fun. Squigglefly is sadly no longer in business, but they still offered up a prize to this week's winner. 

I colored this cutie with my alcohol markers. My background was done in watercolors. I am happy with my sky....looks like this guy got up pretty early! 

That fabulous trim is also from May Arts. I just LOVE that stuff! It reminded me (used with this image) of netting for fish. And, I was really happy to find my background paper after I had finished my image. The colors and look of it worked well with my background. I love when a project comes together easily. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team. And don't forget to say hi to Susan! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frilly and Frou Frou with Dreamweaver

Break out the frou frou! For the month of February, the Dream Team are going Frilly and Fabulous! Vintage, retro, or modern, adding extra charm with fun Fran•tagĂ© products from Stampendous, ribbons and lace from May Arts, buttons, crystals, charms, or even creating your own dimensional decor! A snippet or a pile, whatever your creative heart desires! Remember to link your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice! Bonus points for using Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous product in your work of heart.

Here's what I've been playing with:

So allow me to tell you, this is NOT an easy challenge for me. But that's what makes challenges fun, right? Frilly, frou frou and Alison are words never used together. I had to really push myself, and I think I did ok! 


I used the fun, new Spiral Dots stencil from Dreamweaver, and I applied it with Pearlescent embossing paste and a few sprinkles of Metallic F/X powders. I then heated it to make it bubbly. For my main focal point, I used the beautiful flower from the Cling Blossom Beauty set from Stampendous!. I colored it with my watercolor markers and used the matching die cut to cut it out.


I used a sentiment that I had on hand from a paper stack, and some pretty trim from May Arts. Plus a little contrasting paper for a bit of a pop. Whew! That was a tough one! But, I'm happy with it. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Things with Wings with WW

Greetings and salutations! I have a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge to share today. The theme is Things with Wings/Bookworms and we are sponsored by A & T Digital Designs.

Is this not the most joyful fairy and bee ever??? I love them! I colored the Binkie and Buzz digi with my watercolor markers, and for my background I used watercolor paints.

I inked a bit around the edges and wrote a simple, "bee yourself" for my sentiment. You will totally see these cuties on my blog again, because I just love them! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over on the blog. And be sure to play along! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!