Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Orange and Black with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. This week, we are sponsored by Creepy Cute Stamps, and the theme is "Orange and Black."

I used Emily Bones for my ATC, and I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers. Then, I fussy cut her out. I wanted a funky background for her, so I broke out my Zebra Texture stencil from Dreamweaver. I laid it on to my orange cardstock, and sprayed the heck out of it with Diet Cola Memories Mist.

I oversprayed it so that it would bleed under the stencil. I really didn't want it to be a perfect background image, so I got exactly what I wanted. That's it for me today! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over at the Blog. And don't forget!!! Tomorrow is the start of the 7th Annual Smeared Ink 31 Days of Halloween!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pumpkin Pie with Stampendous!

Hello again! Do you like pumpkin pie? I sure do! It's one of my favorite pies, actually. I am really excited that it's pumpkin season here in NY.  The rest of the Stampendous Design Team is pretty excited too. That's why our theme this week is "Pumpkin Pie." We will be featuring all sorts of pumpkins (and there are a lot!) in our projects this week. Today, I am sharing a cute necklace I made.

This is a great necklace for a child. Although, let's be real...I'd wear it too! I used the Cling Create Fall stamp set and the coordinating Die set to create my pumpkin. I stamped him with Staz-On on to a piece of white shrink plastic. I had experimented with clear first, but after I had made my glittery background, he was too tough to see, so I redid him with the white.

I colored the pumpkin (before shrinking) with Sharpies. I punched a hole in the top, and shrunk him down with my heat gun. For the glittery goodness in the background, I applied some glue to a piece of wood, and sprinkled Lime Micro Glitter from the Fall Micro Glitter Mix set. I love this green because it's holographic, and not just a flat green. I attached the shrunken pumpkin head (lol) to a chain, along with a couple of charms and my glittered wood. The I just strung it on to a cord with some pony beads. It was a quick piece to make, and I know my kids really want one of their own. Below are the rest of the gals posting along with me today. Before to check in at the Stampendous Blog each day to see who's posting thoughout the week, and be sure to catch our Spellbinders Quarterly Hop at the end of the week. Oh! And of course do NOT for get to check in starting October 1st for the Smeared Ink's 7th Annual 31 Days of Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!! It's officially my favorite time of year!!! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Friday, September 25, 2015

ADfD #131 and LOC: Rip it Up

Hello again! I have 2 projects to share with you today. The first is for A Day for Daisies and the second is for Left of Center. We have an inspiration board for ADfD, and the team is featuring the Mucha Flowers again. These flowers are so pretty!

What a great inspiration board! I love the colors, the art nouveau flair, all of it. Here's the card that I made featuring Mucha Style Poppy.

I colored my poppy using my Tombow watercolor markers. Then I inked the edges and background of the image. For the layer under the poppy, I used the fantastic Art Nouveau Background from Dreamweaver. I used Gold embossing paste, so it has a beautiful shine.

After the paste dried, I inked the edges. Then, I watercolored my card base, keeping it simple. I glued it all together and voila!

Do you love the inspiration board? Then play along with A Day for Daisies! Now, on to Left of Center.

Left of Center is challenging you to Rip it Up this week! We are sponsored by Oddball Art, and I used Intergalactic Star Jumper. She was also colored with my Tombow watercolor markers.

I added some chalk for the background. Then, I went to town with the ripping. Shredding around my image, and tearing up lots of funky paper scraps.

It's fun to tear things up, so I hope you'll join us at Left of Center! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Feeling Distressed with Dreamweaver and Stampendous

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team has been feeling a little distressed....but in a good way! We are sharing all sorts of projects that share various distressing techniques. I used several techniques on my project. I love the distressed look, so this theme was right up my alley.


I started off with a piece of wood that was pre-cut to my background shape. I used Andy Skinner's Faux Rust Technique along with Deco Art paints. You can check out a video for that HERE. After I completed that step, which by the way, really looks like rust and made me very happy...I started on the oval which is made of chipboard.

I painted the oval using various Deco Art paints, and then I used the Gears stencil and Gold Embossing Paste. I used my embossing gun to quicken the drying process and because I wanted it to get bubbly. I painted Prussian Blue paint mixed with the Ultra Matte varnish to give a wash over the whole piece. I wiped it away from the gears, but not completely. Again, adding to the aging process.

Next, I used a second piece of chipboard to make my sentiment piece. I gave it a wash of Payne's Gray and stamped "Follow Your Art" from the Charmed Art Perfectly Clear set. Then I used the Seasonings Embossing Enamel (I love that stuff!) around the edge of the square. Then I sprinkled some on to some thin cardboard (think, gift box) and melted a big puddle of it. I used a hole punch to cut 4 circles which became my nail heads.

I needed something else, so I decided to use the same thin cardboard and I used a rectangular Spellbinders die to make it. Then I used the super cool Spoonful of Rust embossing Plus Kit. I just dumped it all over the cardboard, and heated it from the bottom with my embossing gun. Then I glued everything down with Glue Dots and a couple of foam dots for dimension. I drilled the holes at the top with my drill, and added some bronze colored copper wire. Now I just need to hang it up! Below is the list of gals posting along with me today. Please be sure to give them all a visit. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Furry Friends with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. This week, we are sponsored y Fred, She Said and the theme is "Furry Friends."

I used Halloween Rosey for my ATC. I colored her with my Tombow Recycled Pencils. I used some fun Halloween washi tape for 2 of the corners, and some simple alphabet stamps for my "boo."

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team over on the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tombow and Stampendous Collaboration


Hello! It's time for an exciting hop with Stampendous and Tombow! I am super excited about this because I use Tombow products all the time. I have been featuring their products on my blog all week, so please be sure to scroll back and see what I've made. Tombow was kind enough to send the entire Stampendous team their Recycled Pencils...it's a set of 24 beautiful color. Take a look!

Colored pencils are my favorite medium, so I was thrilled to get this set. And I was not disappointed. I have been using these pencils a lot since I've gotten them, and I will be sure to keep coloring with them! Since you are joining us this weekend.....

There will be 2 prize packages that include:
Tombow Recycled Color Pencils 24 pack tin
A roll of Tombow Foam Tape
A Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle
Your choice from Stampendous Create Fall, Create Christmas, Create Winter or Create a Poinsettia Cling Stamp set and Matching Dies
To win:
Have a US Mailing Address
“Like” TombowUSA on Facebook and Stampendous on Facebook
Follow @tombowusa and @stampendous on Instagram
Follow @tombowusa and @Stampendous
Follow Tombow USA and Stampendous on Pinterest
And comment on all the blog posts from both teams all week. Including our pre-game posts Mon-Thurs and our Weekend hop Fri-Sun.
We’ll give you until Tuesday, September 22 to get all those great comments in, then we’ll choose 2 winners on Sept 23rd.
Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise!


I used the adorable (and apparently hungry!) Mint Nibbler House Mouse today. My new Tombow Recycled pencils were just perfect for coloring this guy up. The tones blend so nicely. And before you ask, I do not use any mineral spirits or other blending medium.Only the colored pencils themselves. Here's a closeup.


I used a simple sentiment from the Holiday Expressions set. The rest of the card is pretty simple, because I really wanted the mouse to be the focus and not have a lot of stuff to detract from him.



There are so many great people that are sharing projects today, so I don't want to keep you here too long. ;) But don't forget to check out my other projects this week, or even do a "Tombow" tag search for my blog. You'll see a ton of projects then! Thank you so much, Tombow, for doing this wonderful hop with us, and for the fantastical pencils. I love 'em! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Mucha Style Flowers with A Day for Daisies

Hello! Today I am sharing my portion of the A Day for Daisies Designer Showcase of the Mucha Style Flowers. I used the Mucha Style Wild Poppy for my card.

I colored this lovely poppy with my Tombow watercolor markers. I decided to go with a hard and soft contrast for my card. So the flower is soft and pretty, while the Chevron stencil that I used from Dreamweaver is hard and graphic. I used a sponge dauber and ink for the stencil.

I did of course want the poppy to stand out, which is why I kept the stenciling soft in color. My sentiment is from the Bouquet for You set from Stampendous.
I used some scrap checkerboard paper and torn black cardstock to finish the card off. Next week, I  will be sharing another project with one of the Mucha Flowers. But for now, please be sure to visit the rest of the A Day for Daisies team over at the Blog. And don't forget to join in our current challenge, which is, "Frame It!" Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Numbers with Wicked Wednesday

Hey out there! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. We are sponsored by That Craft Place, and the theme is "Use Numbers."

I used my Tombow recycled pencils to color this image (I'm keeping the Tombow theme going this week!). It didn't come out as great as I would have liked, but my hands were giving me some trouble today (I have an autoimmune disease), so I had to just leave it be. But she's a cutie! I wonder what spells she is conjuring.

To get the numbers theme in, I used some washi tape. Simple and quick...again, having a little hand trouble. I hope you'll join us this week! Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday over on the Blog to see what the rest of the team came up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jack O Lanterns and Trees

Hello! The Stampendous Design Team is gearing up for a fun blog hop with Tombow.  Today, I am going show a project with the Zero Drawing Technique to you.

You may have seen me use this technique a couple of weeks ago, with the same beautiful Leafless Tree from Dreamweaver, and other pumpkins. But this time, I decided to go a bit spookier and use these Jack O Lanterns.

This is a very simple technique with awesome results, and you can learn how to do it by watching this video HERE. This is perfect if you need a card in a pinch,and just don't feel like coloring. You'll definitely want to pick up the MONO Zero Round Eraser if you decide to try this technique. The eraser is so small and can get into such teeny crevices of your stencils. Plus, you can easily draw with it. It's a great eraser!

I used Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder and Elements around the edge of my card base. I also added a bit of opaque black embossing powder in addition to what's in the Spoonful because I wanted to make sure that the edge had decent coverage. Spoonful of midnight has such beautiful glitter in it!

The Stampendous Blog will be posting a full link list tomorrow, so out all of the folks listed below will be showing their projects today. So please be sure to check in with them on 9/16/15. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Splash Technique with Tombow

Greetings! The Stampendous Design Team is getting ready for a fantastic blog hop with Tombow. I love Tombow products, and I use them in many of my projects. Today, I am using their wonderful watercolor markers to share the Splash Technique with you.

I took a piece of watercolor paper and tore the top. I then stamped my skeleton and his top hat from the super fun Skeleton Style set, and I embossed it with black embossing powder. Then, I stamped and embossed my sentiment and bats, from the Spooky House set. Then I started to really play.

I pulled out a few of my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers and I scribbled on a large acrylic block. The colors I used were 985, 933, 636, 603, 055, and 025. Then I spritzed the block a couple of times with water. Then, I turned my watercolor paper over so that the images were face down, and I swept, dabbed, and tapped the paper across the acrylic block. There's no right or wrong way to do this, it's just a matter of how much coverage of color that you want. So simple!

I added some decorating tape to one side, and that was it! What an easy card to create. Think about all of the color possibilities, since there are 96 markers in the Tombow Dual Brush palette. So many options! Below is the list of ladies that are posting along with me today. Be sure to check them all out and leave some love!


Friday, September 11, 2015

Frame It and Die Cuts with ADfD & LOC

Hello! I have 2 projects to share with you today. The first is for the latest A Day for Daises and the second is for Left of Center. The ADfD team is busy featuring the September Club Kit, and our new challenge is "Frame It!"

I used Fairy Lily Portrait for my card. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers, and I added a wee bit of glitter to her wings. Here's a closer look.

I love the new gray hair trend that women are going lately, so I went with that for this lovely fairy. For my frame, I simply made 2 borders with an EK Success punch, and then a piece of coordinating green cardstock. It took a little engineering to make sure the green didn't show behind the punched areas, but still was big enough to frame the image...but I love how it turned out. Very clean and simple, which I don't often do.

I added a couple of buttons, and that's it. Now, on to Left of Center.....

This week, we are sponsored by Bugaboo, and the challenge theme is "Die Cuts/Punches." I used Skelekinz Birthday for this card. I colored her with my Chameleon Pens. When using the right images, you can color so quickly!

For my die cuts, I used the Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Mating Basics A. I used a total of 5 dies. It's so easy to create perfect layers with a set like this. I also used a great sentiment stamp from the Stampendous Life Words set. I love this set and I use it a lot. I used a couple of assorted sprays to add color to the sentiment.

I inked my card base with a sky blue, but because of all the layers and colors, I didn't want to add too much "stuff." That's it for me today! Please be sure to visit the ADfD Blog and the LOC blog to see what my fellow teamies have created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cowboys and Cowgirls with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! We at Wicked Wednesday are challenging you to make an ATC featuring a "cowgirl or cowboy." We are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments. I used Mia-Howdy for mine ATC.

I cropped her down so that I could focus in on her upper half. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers and I gave her Liquid Pearl earrings.

I had some cute paper that resembled the print on bandannas, so I thought it worked well with her. I added a couple of cute buttons for some more shine and dimension. How about you mosey on over to see what the other Wicked Wednesday gals created this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

September Club Kit with A Day for Daisies

It's time for the A Day for Daisies team to start showcasing the beautiful September Club Kit. For my project, I worked with Fairy Dandelion Portrait.

I watercolored this lovely fairy and kept the image's background fairly simple. A little Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit in Pink from Stampendous in 2 of the corners was all it really needed.

I used a simple "Believe" stamp and then I started to work on my card base.

I used the Damask Dreamweaver Stencil and some green ink, which was applied with a stencil brush. That's it! The fairy really needed to speak for herself...so I didn't want to go overboard. I'll have another new fairy to share with you next week, as well as a new ADfD challenge. Please be sure to visit the A Day for Daisies Blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

All in Ones with Stampendous and Dreamweaver

Hello! Have you been enjoying the All in Ones from Stampendous this week? Today, we are combining these awesome stamps with Dreamweaver.

I used the Sweater Snowman for my card today. I colored him with Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers.

For the Dreamweaver portion of my card, I used the Christmas Border Embossing Folder. I rolled it through my Sizzix machine with Coredinations cardstock, and then I sanded it to highlight the  design. It works really well with the snowman's background.

I used some fabulous Stampendous Crystal Glitter around the edge and some ink. I like using soft, non-traditional colors for Christmas...how about you? Although, this would be a great card for the folks that don't send out actual Christmas cards....non-secular cards are very important too! Please be sure to visit the rest of the team that is posting today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sprays and Splatters with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! Have I got a post for your today! I have five, that's right, FIVE ATCs to share with you today. I was so beyond inspired by this week's Wicked Wednesday sponsor, that I just couldn't help myself! So who is it? Vera Lane! Now with this many projects, I'm not going to into great detail with what I did for each one. But if you have a question for me, please ask! I'll be happy to answer.

I colored almost all of the images with my Tombow watercolor markers. This first ATC features the Whimsical Mermaid set. My backgrounds were done with a combination of Dylusions, and Memories Mists sprays.

At the bottom of this ATC, I used Green Mica Fragments, from Stampendous.

My next ATC features the focal image from The Little Witch set. My background uses a few of the stamps from the Stampendous Spooky House Perfectly Clear set. Actually, all of my background stamps are from Stampendous.

This cutie is the only one that I used Chameleon Pens for. I thought this bear was perfect for them. I couldn't find him in the shop though. My background uses a few stamps from the Family Home Perfectly Clear set. I also used a few spritzes of irRESISTables from Tsukineko for some added texture and shine.

You can see what the irRESISTables does in the above photo. Love that stuff!

This lovely princess goes with the next ATC I share with you. They're from the Kiss the Frog set. I plan on making a little booklet of all of these, so I'll have them side by side. This sentiment and the next are both from the Life Words set. Now, for my favorite....

How great is this handsome frog??? He makes me giggle. A lot. And isn't that sentiment perfect for him? Whew! That was a lot of ATCs! Thank you SO MUCH to Janet Klein from Vera Lane for your generosity, and your super fantastically fun digis! They are an absolute blast to work with. Please be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see what the rest of the gals created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!