Monday, November 19, 2018

Holiday Spirit at Aurora Wings


Happy Thanksgiving week to all my U.S. blogging friends.  Christmas is fast approaching and what better theme could we possible have for our new challenge at Aurora Wings than



With so many gorgeous Christmas images available at Aurora Wings, I had a hard time making a decision, but finally decided upon this lovely Rose Angel.
The design was a bit of a compromise.  After coloring, I really wanted to inlay the outline of the Peaceful Dove die cut from Poppystamps directly into my coloring, but after cutting it out of the white, with the tiny pieces flying everywhere, I thought it best just to glue it on top.  The Peace sentiment is from Tim Holtz for Sizzix, cut twice in silver and white and the card is bordered with peel off stickers  and a mat of metallic blue card stock.



Here's a closeup of Rose Angel.  She's colored with Copics and I'd say she's mid-way on the difficulty scale of the Aurora Wings angels and easily suitable for multiple cards.  She's available HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy and I chose her because she's praying, which seemed especially appropriate for the sentiment.  Aren't we all?  You can see all of the AuroraWings angels HERE.



The color scheme is my second favorite for Christmas and I was swayed by a new angel outfit for one of my BJD's (ball jointed dolls).  Yup, I collect all kinds of stuff!  This little sweetie is Tuppance, by Rose Bbflocking and I just love her to bits.  Her outfit was done by my friend Rachel Fisher of myownlittleworld bjd.

So I hope you're all in the Holiday Spirit and will visit the AWCB to see the gorgeous inspiration by my Stella DT sisters and will come play along.  The challenge runs through Saturday December 15th, with a mid inspiration post on December 3rd, so there's plenty of time to join in.


Here's how to keep up with what's happening at Aurora Wings.

I'm entering this in the the DL.Art November Linky ChallengeJo's Scrap Shack FFC #260 AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #94 AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme, 613 Avenue Create AG Christmas/Winter, Die Cut Divas November AG (w/die cuts), TTRCD Week of Nov. 13th AG, A Perfect Time to Craft #11 AG, Whoopsie Daisy AG/opt Monochrome, the Classic Design Team Open #11 AG (3/3), the World Wide DT Open Nov 15-Dec 11 (2/3), Your Scrapbook Place November AG, C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Christmas, ...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

"H" is for Home for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers


I'm thrilled to have been crowned "Queen of Snark" at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers which means I have the honor of Guest designing for their new Challenge with the theme "H" is for Home.



Although you only have to follow the theme and not necessarily make your project "snarky",  That's the fun of it, isn't it? I found this theme to be a little tricky but finally came up with a plan. It's an easel card with the home all decked for the holidays.  Die cuts are from Spellbinders and embossing folder from Tim Holtz.




In case you can't quite figure it out, here's the closeup of the pertinent parts.  Don'tcha just love it when guests show up empty handed?  Me neither!

Be sure to visit the SOSS Challenge Blog and check out the fab inspiration by the team. And COME PLAY ALONG!  You KNOW you wanna!

I'm linking this up to the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #260 AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme.



Friday, November 16, 2018

SOSS "F" is for Fantasy


Okay, here's a quickie just under the wire for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "F" is for Fantasy Challenge that ends in a few hours.  Since Fantasy is also my second favorite "F" word (just like Edna), I just couldn't resist.




I've had this idea in my mind for several years and just never got it together.  So sorry that Lisa, of Bloobel Stamps, is no longer in business, because her quirky images are some of my faves.



Here's a closeup since I'm not sure the "sparkle" is all that visible.  Images are colored (rather quickly) with Copics and the "sparkle" is from Stardust Stickles.  
(So THAT's where that stuff comes from.  Who knew?)

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack #260 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w/animal, Crafting From the Heart #228 AG, and the Outlawz Monday Greetings Fantasy Challenge.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

New Images From Aurora Wings


I'm excited to again be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team for the November new release.  These little cuties are called Christmas Wreath Besties, perfect for your animal loving friends.  I decided to go with traditional Christmas colors and cut them with Spellbinders Grands and popped them on a red and white base with a border die by Sue Wilson.



Here's a closeup of Christmas Wreath Besties.  I've colored with Copics and used some white Flower Soft over Glistening Snow Writer on the fur of their caps and Nuvo Drops for ornaments on the wreath.  The hardest part was deciding how to color the adorable kitten and puppy, but also the most fun.  Next time I think I'll try some non traditional pastels for a totally different look.  


Christmas Wreath Besties available on AuroraWings.com 
in jpg HERE and png HERE
and on Etsy in jpg HERE and png HERE.


Mitzi has also added another glamorous fairy to her stunning collection of beauties.  Meet Lady Rose, available in two different poses.  (jpg only)

Lady Rose, available HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.

And Lady Rose 2, available HERE on AuroraWing.com and HERE on Etsy.

Be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog to see the stunning inspiration from the Showcase team.




And here's a surprise!  Christmas Mermaid is a Gift with Purchase Special for 4 days only with a minimum purchase of just $7.00 (after discount, digi stamps only) at either AuroraWings.com or AuroraWings Etsy.


Use the coupon below for additional savings!



Monday, November 5, 2018

Mid-Inspiration Post for Aurora Wings Challenge #72


It's mid-inspiration post time for our Once Upon a Dream...or a Nightmare Challenge at Aurora Wings.




And surprise, surprise, I've got a DREAM for you.  Well, maybe more of a nightmare for those of you who had snow in September, but for me, it actually WAS a dream I had.

Hubby and I moved to CA from Michigan in 1980.  Although I love the weather here most of the time, I really was missing the idea of snow at Christmas.  When we went to bed on Christmas Eve, I was wishing for snow so badly that I dreamt that night that I would wake up to snow.  When I actually did wake up,  the curtained window looked so bright I thought my dream had actually come true.  When I was a kid, I could ALWAYS tell when it snowed because of how bright the curtains looked.  Unfortunately it was not the case, but I still think it was a gift from Santa to make me happy, even if for only a minute.  (Yes, I still believe!)

I've used the adorable Snowflake Sprite on one of my rather elaborate shaped card designs I did on my first generation Cricut Expression with my Cricut Design Studio software on my laptop back in 2009.  It was before SVG files or any of the current fancy die cutting machines and was how I became a paper crafter.



Here's a closeup of Snowflake Sprite, available HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped, with Stickles and a variety of Nuvo drops adding detail.



Here's the dimensional view.  With all that going on in her setting, I couldn't just leave her flat, could I?


  
BTW, this cutie just happens to be on sale on AuroraWings.com along with many more of Mitzi's Christmas images HERE, as well as a current 15% off ALL AW digis on AuroraWings Etsy.  Use this coupon for an EXTRA discount through Sunday, November 11.



Here's how to keep up with what's happening at Aurora Wings.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art November Linky ChallengeSimon Says Wednesday AGJo's Scrap Shack #258  AG, the World Wide Design Team Open (Oct 15-Nov 12) AG, Die Cut Divas Nov, AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #93 AG, Papercraft Challenges #23 Inspired by a Song (Let it Snow), TTRCD Week of October 30 AG, the Outlawz PAM Cold Weather, the Classic Design Team Open Nov #11 AG, 613 Avenue Create #215 AG/opt.Christmas/Winter, and A Perfect Time to Craft November #11 AG



Friday, November 2, 2018

"S" is for Skulls


Feliz Dia de los Muertos!  In honor of the Day I've got a last minute quickie card for the SOSS #121 challenge "S" is for Skulls. The fun image is #1865 Old Bones Turned  by Sandra Caldwell.  I colored quickly with Copics, added a computer generated sentiment, some striped washi and little dancing skellie stickers from Recollections.



And inside (unfortunately fitting).  


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

One More for Happy Horrors


Cutting it close again, but here's another entry into the Oddball Art Happy Horrors Challenge using image #424 Cat Lady.  She's colored with Copics, fussy cut and hiding in a dimensional graveyard sticker from JoLee's.  Puffy sentiment sticker is from Momenta and ancient papers from my stash.



I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Wednesday Halloween/Spooky challenge and the Outlawz Festive Fridays AG.

Happy Horrors Meets Wednesday Sketch


I'm trying to sneak in a few challenges before October ends and I'm doing double duty here with an adorable newsletter Freebie from Oddball Art Stamps for their October Happy Horrors Challenge and the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch challenge, both of which end today.  I've colored the cute kitty in the pumpkin with Copics and added a black doily and die cut web.  Ribbon is from Mike's, Flower from Prima and little spider from Fabulous Findings.


Here's the Sketch.



I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Halloween/Spooky 



Monday, October 29, 2018

EEEK! Progressive Challenge from Ike's Art


Sue Eisenhauer of Ike's Art has a number of different challenges to play in and is extremely generous offering fabulous freebies with which to play.  This month on the Ike's Art Fan page on FB she's offered TWO digis for the October Progressive Challenge, just in case Death 2 is too creepy for ya.  I've used both of them for my Halloween trick or treat nightmare.  Bwahahaha!

I removed the backgrounds of Death 2 (currently not in the shop) and KT Trick or Treat (Cute Witch) in Luna Pic and added a digital background in my printing program.  I managed to get over my coloring slump and colored the images with Copics.  The sentiment button is from DL.Art.

I'm also entering this in the Ike's World Challenge #113 AG/Oct-POE-ber, the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Monday Greetings AG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG, Dream in Darkness October AG, Simon Says Wednesday Halloween/Spooky and SOSS #121 S is for Skulls

Saturday, October 27, 2018

2018 Cat Lovers Hop Day 6


Well I'm sorry to say it's the final day for linking up projects in the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  I wish I'd planned in advance and had more projects to share but that's the way it goes.  Thanks so much to Janis for the incredible amount of work that goes into the Hop and the fabulous sponsors and others offering prizes on their blogs.  Gotta say I've had a ball seeing everyone's projects but glad we have another day to comment, since there's always a flurry of activity at the end.

My final project is again real stamping.  I apologize to all my digi artist friends for not managing to color any of your gorgeous images but I'm in desperate need of new glasses and the eye strain is taking it's toll.  Those who know me know that coloring is generally my "thing" so I'm really bummed I couldn't manage any during the Hop.

This cutie is Tabby Cat from Carmen's Veranda and I've stamped him with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. The card is in monochromatic blues to enter the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. Not quite the same, but as close as I could get.


I tried to do an "artsy" background with a number of different mediums but they didn't work out so when hubby was on his way to Home Depot I asked him to nab me some paint swatches.  Trimmed and matted them several times,  fussy cut the image and added a die cut sentiment and there ya go.

Of course I'm also adding this to the Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda Cats and Dogs ChallengeSUYP Furrything Goes/Meowloween Challenge the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, ...

Friday, October 26, 2018

Another for the 2018 Cat Lovers Blog Hop


I'm really enjoying all the the fabulous cat projects being linked up to the 2018 Cat Lovers Blog Hop at Her Peaceful Garden and crawling a bit out of my comfort zone and trying things I don't do often (enough) like real stamping.  Yesterday was my day to stamp but I'm just getting some of the projects finished and blogged today.  Here's a tag, or bookmark, using the beautiful Star Cat rubber stamp by Lost Coast Designs, a sponsor of the Hop.  I stamped on a small scrap of digital paper from another project.  The celestial background seemed purr-fect for this kitty.  I left off any sentiment because although he looks like he's on his way to kitty heaven, I'd prefer to think he's just star gazing.


I'm also entering this in the Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda Cats and Dogs ChallengeSUYP Furrything Goes/Meowloween Challenge Crafty Animals #19 AG w/Animals, the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Festive Friday AG...

Cat Lovers Hop 2018 Day 5 Halloween Pinwheel


It's Day 5 of the Cat Lovers Blog Hop at Her Peaceful Garden and I'm hanging in there.  And looky, looky, it's another project that involves REAL stamping from one of the sponsors of the Hop, Stampendous. WooHoo! I've made a Halloween pinwheel using a discarded piece that I found on one of our walks last year around this time.  Of course it's been laying on my table since then.  I used the kitty face stamp and die from a set by Fran from 2015, sadly no longer in the shop.  I glued a Halloween straw into the pinwheel where, I assume, the original had gone.  One of my artist made felted kitties looks pretty excited to be holding it while I tried to blow on it to take a video, but try as I might, I couldn't manage that to work so you've got to take my word for it that it spins.


Here's a closeup of the pinwheel with the stamped and cut out kitty face from the set and the bow.  I stamped with Memento, colored with Copics, added googly eyes and a little witch hat sticker from JoLee's.  The bow was stamped on patterned paper and cut using the coordinating die.


Thank you Stampendous for sponsoring the 2018 Cat lover's Blog Hop at Her Peaceful Garden!  There's still another day to hop and you can comment through Sunday to win! FAQ HERE and sign in HERE.

I'm also entering this in the  SUYP Furrything Goes/Meowloween Challenge2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG/w Critter (5/5)Crafty Animals #19 AG w/Animals, the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, The Outlawz Twisted Thursday AGSimon Says Monday Halloween/SpookySimon Says Wednesday Halloween/Spooky,