Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pea Pod Nap with Passionate Paper Creations

Hello! I'd like to invite you to color with the Stampendous Team and the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Group. All you need to do is color a House Mouse and Friends image (no purchase necessary) and post it in the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Page HERE. A random winner will be chosen to win a $20 rewards card. I colored up the sweet Pea Pod Nap.

VersaFine Ink: Tuxedo Black
Acrylic Handle
Mixed Media Paper
Fitted Frames Set B

Tombow: Dual Tip Markers: 158, 126, 173, 133, 850, 990, 942, 761, 942, 947, 977, N75, N89, N79
My Colors Cardstock: Limelight, Sweet Potato
Scrapbook Adehieves: Foam Squares
May Arts Ribbon
Beacon Adheieves: Zip Dry Glue
DCWV: Cork

1. Stamp out and color the image using the colors listed above. Using the small "R" Fitted Frame, die cut the image. Then, using Sweet Potato colored cardstock, die cut the large "R" Fitted Frame. Glue these together and set aside. 

2. Cut out card base using Limelight cardstock to 10" x 6 1/2" and fold in half. 

3. Trim green cork sheet to fit the sides of the card and tear one side. Attach to card base. 

4. Cut and glue one strip of ribbon to either side of the card, on top of the cork. 

5. Glue the House Mouse and mat to the cork, adding a couple of foam squares where the cork doesn't touch the mat. This will keep the mat and image at a level height and adds stability. 

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Song Bird Art Journal Page

Hello! I'm sure you've been loving all of the n* Studio for Stampendous projects this week, and I have another one to share with you today. But first, take a look at the prizes that can be won.

For full details on how to try winning, please visit the Stampendous Blog. Now...on to my project. I decided to have a little fun with art journaling today.

I used the Bird Foam Stamp, Cling Stamp and Stencil Set for this page. I started off with my background, applying some yummy Dylusions paint and using the negative pieces of the stencil. Then I used the main part of the stencil to get the teal laid down. Next I used yellow, and added some detail with the pen that comes with Stampendous' Stencil Duos.

Then I painted the solid foam side of the bird and stamped it on to my page. Next, I stamped the cling stamp on top with some embossing ink. I then sprinkled some Detail White and heat set it. See the pretty sheen on the bird? It has nice texture too. I wrote "I love to hear the birds sing in the Springtime" around the bird. I am always inspired by the song birds that I hear outside my windows when I craft. Want more info on these great sets? HERE is a link to a great video with Nathalie using them. Below is a list of all the hoppers for today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Put a Bow on it with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. This week, we are sponsored by All Dressed Up and the theme is "Put a Bow on it."

I colored the Little Bookworm with my Tombow watercolor markers. I love her hat. I have always wanted one just like it. There's something about the shape of's just so pretty,

I sprayed a little bit of Bahama Blue Fireworks! from Imagine Crafts on my green cardstock for a little bit of shimmer. If you click on my 2nd picture, you'll see it a little bit better. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team over on the blog. And try to play along with us this week too! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fun with Fireworks!

Fireworks! are fun to spritz, but there are other things you can do with them. My project today will give you some examples.


1. I started off with 2 coordinating stencils- a background, patterned stencil, and a singular large image stencil. In this case, it was a heart. I taped down my watercolor paper(only on top, to create a hinge), then the background stencil, and then my heart stencil. 

2. Grab your Fireworks spray and let’s get spritizing! But wait! Don’t spray your stencils. This time, we are going to spray our Craft Mat and use sponge daubers to apply the color. Make sure you shake up your Fireworks! before you spray them on to your craft mat.

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3. Using your sponge daubers, start to apply the colors to the watercolor paper. Fireworks! dry quickly, so you will want to work fast, but you can always go back and apply more to blend the colors better. I had my tape set up as a hinge so that I can peek underneath the stencils to see if I was happy with the coverage. The result is a pretty, shimmery blended rainbow.


4. Next, I added some definition and extra designs to the completed heart by using irRESISTables Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress. I outlined a lot of the areas, but I also doodled a bit. I let the irRESISTables dry, and then I cut out the heart.

5. I took my card base and spritzed the same 3 colors of Fireworks! on to it, spraying from the center out. Those large splotches in the center won’t show. I let this dry. 


6. I cut out a large circle of pink cardstock, and I unscrewed the cap of the Bahama Blue Fireworks! You can see in the photo above that I touched the bottom of the “straw” of the nozzle to the circle, and then I dragged it down. I redipped the straw into the liquid fairly frequently and put lots of these shimmery, semi-random lines all over the top of the circle.

7. I then glued the circle to the card base, and then attached the heart using adhesive foam for some dimension. I stamped a fun sentiment using Bahama Blue Memento ink, and then voila! I was done! So that’s 3 fun ways to use Fireworks!

  • Stampendous – Heart Stencil Duo set
  • Inkadinkado – Sentiment Stamp
  • Artist’s Loft – Watercolor Paper
  • Cardstock and card base

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cityscape Card with Nathalie Kalbach & Stampendous

Hello! Who's ready for some fun with Nathalie Kalbach this week? I know I am! Nathalie is an amazing artist who just so happens to have a stamp line with Stampendous. She recently came out with 3 rad sets that not only contain stamps, but a great stencil too. And they just so happen to be the prizes for this week. Take a look....

Wait until you see what these babies can do! You're going to want all 3, and you have the chance to win them all. Just head over to the Stampendous Blog for all of the details. This contest is open to everyone, so be sure to go for it!

I used Urban Scribble for my card. Truth be told, I used it in it's simplest way. Not a crazy amount of layers, no extra doodles.... It was my first time experimenting with these sets, so I wanted to just see what they can do. Needless to say, I now want to draw, scribble, and layer the heck out of them!

I used chalk inks from Color Box, making the most solid layer the lightest color, and working up to the darkest color with the most detailed stamp. I tried it the other way, and that just didn't look so good. I also used the fabulous stencil that comes in the Urban Scribble set (I'll be using this stencil all the time, I am sure!) for the sky. I topped it off with the Not All Wander stamp.

My card base was done with an embossed mini dot cardstock from My Colors. I liked how the texture went with the stenciled background. I also added a wee bit of glitter to a few of the windows. This was a fast card to make, though it looks like it may have taken some time. Nathalie's set made it very easy. HERE is a link to Nathalie's video on her awesome stamps. Check it out. And below is the list of blogs you can visit today. And by the way, I just added all of my social media links to the right side of my blog, near the top. Come and follow me on these various platforms to see what else I'm up to. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Anything but a Card with A Day for Daisies

Happy Friday! It's time for me to share my latest project for A Day for Daises. This week, we have a new challenge for you! It's "Anything but a Card." Not too tough, right? I used Vintage School Girl One and I made an ATC.

I really loved using my new (for me) Kaleidacolor ink pads from Imagine Crafts last week, so I decided to use them again for this week's projects. I used the Spectrum palette on watercolor paper with a brayer. For my image, I colored it with my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers and fussy cut it out.

I inked the edge of my ATC with Tuxedo Black Versafine ink, and I added a "Wonderful" from Technique Tuesday. Ta-da! Finished! Please be sure to visit the rest of the gals at the A Day for Daisies Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

Hello! What a fun week it's been so far with the Stampendous team showing off their makes with Scrapbook Adhesives. As you may already know, but it bears repeating, there are prizes to be won! And you can get all of that info over at the Stampendous Blog. But there's a sneak peek of the prizes below!

For my project today, I have a Steampunk card to share. I love steampunk, and when I found out we were releasing the Hot Air Balloon from Dreamweaver Stencils, I was thrilled. I thought it would be perfect for a steampunk card.

DWLL3003: Hot Air Balloon
EI101: Bloss Gloss Embossing Ink with Dauber
FREG044: Seasonings Embossing Powder
DWLJ911: Gears Stencil
DWDCP: Copper Embossing Paste
EJK07: Bronze Encrusted Jewels Kit
FRG01C: Silver Glass Glitter
FREG026: Aged Black Embossing Enamel
DWDPK: Palette Knife

My Colors Cardstock: Ocean Side
Imagine Crafts: Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst Delicata Ink, Tear It! Tape
Scrapbook Adehsieves: Black Foam Squares
Metallic F/X: Glacier Lake
Beacon Adhesieves: Zip Dry Glue
Prism: Black cardstock
Embossing Gun

1. Tape the Hot Air Balloon Stencil to a piece of black cardstock. Usig the Boss Gloss Dauber bottle, apply embossing ink all over the stencil. Remove stencil, and sprinkle Seasonings Embossing Powder on top, shake off excess, and heat from underneath. Tear around the embossed image, and apply Celestial Copper ink around the edges. Set aside.

2. Attach the Gears Stencil to another piece of black cardstock with tape. Using a palette knife, apply Copper Embossing Paste all over the stencil. Remove (and wash) stencil. Sprinkle Bronze Glass Glitter and Vintage Mahogany Glitter from the Bronze Encrusted Jewels kit in the wet paste. Sprinkle Silver Glass Glitter and Glacier Lake Metallic F/X to the wet paste as well, and heat with embossing gun. Set aside.

3. Create the card base using Ocean Side colored cardstock to 10" x 6 1/2" and fold. Apply Tear It! Tape down the right side and bottom about 1/4" away from the edge. Sprinkle Aged Black Embossing Enamel to the tape, shake off excess and heat. Ink the edges of the card base with Bronze Burst Delicata ink.

4. Glue the Gears background to the card base using Zip Dry Glue. Using black foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives, attach the balloon on a slight angle on to the card.

Here you can see some of the dimension of not only the paste and glass glitters, but also the foam squares, embossing powders and layers.

I loved making this card. All of the fabulous metallics and textures make me happy. A huge thank you to Scrapbook Adhesives for supplying the team with some of their amazing products. I just adore the black foam squares. Below are the folks that are hopping today. Please be sure to visit and leave them some love. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Birthday Girl with Wicked Wednesday

It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge! This week, we are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread, and the theme is, "Birthday Girl."

I used Cute Balloon Girl for my ATC and I colored her with colored pencils. I used some paper scraps for my base and embellishment, and a sentiment from Stampendous. 

I also used some Stickles as a border around the outer edge of the card, because this little girl needed some sparkle for her birthday! That's it for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with a steampunk card I created. Please come back and see it! But until then, go on and check out what the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals did over on the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Create Your Own Sunshine: Scrapbook Adhesives Hop

Greetings! It's time for another fun hop with the Stampendous team. We are featuring fantastic products by Scrapbook Adhesives this week, and you are sure to fall in love with their products if you don't use and love them already.  And yes, there are of course prizes! Check them out in the banner below, and visit the Stampendous Blog for all of the details regarding them. 

So for my project today, I have a card. Sometimes, you see a stamp, and you just fall in love....right? That's no just me, I hope! Well, that's what happened with this stamp from Stampendous. It's called Create Sunshine. There's just some thing...or things...that I absolutely love on this image, so it was one of the first that I worked on for our April catalog. 

1. Stamp the image with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and color using the Tombow colors listed. Die cut the image using the smaller "P" Fitted Frame. Cut the corrugated turquoise cardstock with the larger "P" Fitted Frame. Use foam squares to pop the colored layer up off of the turquoise mat. 

2. Create the card base using Banana Pepper cardstock cut to 8" x 5 1/2" and fold in half. Sprinkle Chunky White Embossing Enamel around the edges of the card base and heat set from underneath. It's good to work with only 2 sides at a time so that the enamel doesn't spill before you heat set it. 

3. Cut cork sheet with Letter "B" and cut in half (on the short side). Affix to the card base with Zip Dry glue. Attach mat and top layer to card base with more foam squares. 

CRP286: Create Sunshine
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
DCP1006: Fitted Frames Set B
FREG021: Chuncky White Embossing Enamel
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
Acrylic Stamp Handle
STF082: Onyx Black VersaFine Ink

Tombow Dual Brush Markers: 947, 879, 133, 177, 062, 055, 985, 942, 856, N15, 990, 443, 526, 451, N79, N89
My Colors Cardstock: Banana Pepper
DCWV: Turquoise Corrugated Cardstock, Red Cork Sheet
Scrapbook Adhesives: Foam Squares
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue

Below you'll see a photo of one of my daughter's dress-up dresses. You may recognize it.... It's Anna's from Frozen Fever. I didn't realize how nicely it coordinated with the dress until I had finished the card. She had been wearing it for days before I made the card, so I guess I was subconsciously influenced by it. 

Below is the list of hoppers that have projects to share with you today. Please be sure to visit them all, ad leave them some love! You don't want to miss out on the chance to win prizes. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Vintage Hats with A Day for Daisies

Hello! This is my second post for today. If you are here to check out the Stampendous and Graphic 45 hop, please scroll down to my next post, but check this one out first! ;) This week the A Day for Daisies team is featuring beautiful images from the Vintage Hats collection. I used Vintage School Girl 4 for today's project.

I loved coloring this image, which of course isn't unusual for ADfD images. For my crafting process, I always color my images first, well before I even think about my papers and embellishments. This image was colored with my Tombow Dual Brush watercolor markers. I was lucky enough to receive my latest care package from Imagine Crafts (I'm an Artist in Residence for them), which included the Tahiti Kaleidacolor multi-color ink pad. I rolled the colors on to my brayer, rolled the brayer on to my Mixed Media paper, and got the wonderful effect for my background which just so happened to coordinate perfectly with my colored image. 

I also grabbed some lovely (but plain) teal vellum and stamped the Vintage Contract stamp from Stampendous all over it and embossed it with Detail Gold powder.  I added an itty bitty piece of patterned paper in the corner of my image too.

Last, I stamped a sweet sentiment from the Friendship Assortment set, also from Stampendous. This color palette just feels like a breath of fresh air to me. I think I'll be using it again soon. Please be sure to visit the A Day for Daises Blog for more exciting projects from the Vintage Hats collection. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Voyage in the Sea- Graphic 45 & Stampendous Hop

Hello! The Beneath the Sea hop with Graphic 45 is sadly coming to a close. I adore the Voyage Beneath the Sea papers that Graphic 45 so generously gave the team to use. For full hop details and prize info, please visit the Stampendous Blog. I have a layout to share with you today. My husband and I went on a cruise back in February, so I have lots of great photos that are just waiting to be scrapbooked. I decided to go with one of the photos that I took on the first day, when we were exploring the ship.

These papers are so perfect for the album I am making. Not just in the theme of the papers either. Many of my husband's "Hawaiian" shirts (which yes, he wears all year) pick up a lot of the colors in the papers.  I used Mermaid Melody, Deep Blue Dreams, and Ocean Quest for this page.

Stampendous' new Cling Seashells set (and don't forget the coordinating dies!) were perfect embellishments for this page. I stamped them on cream cardstock, and I embossed them with Golden Sand embossing powder from the new Beach embossing powder kit. Using a small Stencil Brush, I added a bit of Antique Linen ink to add some depth to each of the shells.

The page really came together all on it's own because of the fantastic Graphic 45 papers and seashell images. But, I felt it needed a bit of info, so I added a small tag that says, "As we explored the ship on our first day, Gene was happy to find this scale model. Especially since the Allure of the Seas was built in Finland." My husband, being Finnish, was really excited. I hope to share more pages for my cruise album with you soon. And I will definitely be using more of Graphic 45's papers  on many of them. Below is a list of all the folks sharing projects today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Beneath the Sea Hop

Somewhere.....beyond the sea.....Oh. Wait. This is the Beneath the Sea blog hop. Well, I think you get where I'm going with my "singing."Be grateful I am not actually singing to you. This week, the Stampendous team is showing off projects that we've made with Graphic 45's fantastic Voyage Beneath the Sea collection. It's a fantastic blend of the sea and steampunk. I love it! My project today is a tag.

I used the Steampunk Splash paper, Sea Horse stencil, along with the Boss Gloss dauber top embossing ink, and Aged Teal (from the Teal Encrusted Jewels Teal kit) embossing powder on watercolor paper. I thought it looked fantastic with the colors of the Graphic 45 paper I used. When this mixture melts, you see not only teal, but silver and gold as well. And the powders are of different sizes, so the texture created is wonderful. Here's a close up. 

I then tore the edges and inked them with Celestial Copper Delciata Ink from Imagine Crafts. For the tag itself, I used a basic ta from the office supply store, and cut my Graphic 45 paper to fit. I left some room at the top, and messy-spackled (technical term here) Copper Embossing Paste in that area. After it dried, I added a sentiment from the new Stampendous Ocean Wisdom set with White Detail Embossing Powder. It says, "Swim with passion in the Sea of Life."

I topped the tag off with some lovely ribbon from May Arts, and now it's ready to be used in a scrapbook! My husband and I went on a cruise in February, so I have lots of wonderful pictures to add to my album. You'll see one of my pages tomorrow, in fact. Please be sure to come back and visit! But for now, be sure to check out all of the blogs listed below. They've got great things to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)