Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest of the Aurora Wings Marie Antionette digis, Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette. Both Challenge and Showcase DT's have teamed up for this special new release on the Showcase Blog. I was particularly thrilled when Mitzi added this Marie to the collection as Dia de los Muertos is a special celebration in our home. It is a joyous occasion, a celebration of life, not death, and I wanted to keep the true spirit of the day by using the vibrant traditional colors associated with this day in Latin cultures.
Here's a closeup of the fabulous Day of the Dead Marie. She's colored with Copics and I've added pearls and a feather to her lovely hair besides fussy cutting and popping the skull adornment. I've also added a cross charm to her choker as the day is definitely a religious holiday honoring the life of departed loved ones, believing they continue their happy lives, with all things they loved, in heaven.
The sentiments are in Spanish, the first, "Cherish your memories". Celebrations include picnics at grave sites or around home altars honoring the departed. Fond memories are exchanged and stories handed down, which keep the loved ones near and ensure they are not forgotten.
La familia is todo means "Family is everything". Although altars are made for all kinds of people, special to those who remember, including favorite celebrities, etc., it's mainly a day to connect with and honor familial ties. If you are interested in the alters (or ofrendas) I set up in our dining room each year and my personal traditions and more about the day itself, please click HERE.
The gorgeous papers I used came from some older paper stacks from K&Co. In fact, the cut out is from the cover of the Que Sera Sera stack. The colors and feel were perfect. Finally , I added a home made stick pin with a heart pin, metal rose and skull bead. Both the Challenge and Showcase DT's from Aurora Wings have done amazing projects with this fabulous new stamp. I hope you love her as much a I do and visit the Showcase Blog for more inspiration. And you can find more Aurora wings Dia de los Muertos digis HERE.
Monday, October 20, 2014
I stepped outside my comfort zone and decided to tackle coloring fur. Normally I either flock it or sort of blend the colors without much texture, but thought this squirrel deserved better. This free tutorial on Deviant Art was quite helpful. Although it focuses on digital coloring, the general techniques still apply, like the under painting and making sure you follow the direction of the fur when filling in the fine individual hair details. I used a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils and am pretty pleased for a first attempt.
Acorn Sprite was also colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop the frame. I flipped him in my Printmaster program so he'd be facing the squirrel. Aren't they just darling?
The frames were cut with my Spellbinders Grand Labels Four and popped from the card base. The sentiment was computer generated and the gold accents are stickers by Starform and Stampendous. My AW DT sisters have done exquisite work, as always, so please visit the Challenge Blog for amazing inspiration. Our winners for "A Touch of Darkness" are posted below and there's still time to enter our Special "All Gored Up" challenge which runs through October 31st. Be sure to read the rules on this one. We're looking to be terrified! For the more timid, we also have the Colors of Halloween Contest, also running through October 31st on the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.
I'm entering this in Paper Pretties Friendship, Art by Miran ATG, A Gem of a Challenge Create a Scene, Aud Sentiments ATG w/a Sentiment, Great Impressions October Autumnal Elegance, Word Art Wednesdays ATG w/ ODBD, Crafting Musketeers October Autumn Colors and My Sheri Crafts Autumn Abundance.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I LOVE Dia de los Muertos and was thrilled when I found these fun skellies at SCACD. Without going into the full explanation about the holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin cultures, and is a day of honoring and celebrating the life of departed loved ones. It is a happy, not morbid occasion, with bright colors and banners, so I've made a fun greeting card, or perhaps party invitation. (If I get my act together. LOL) Sentiment is done with Alpha Beads on the layered banner and the fab DP is BoBunny.
First meet Mr. Bones. Isn't he fun!? He's new as a digital and can also be found in rubber HERE. He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped. The enlarged head made me think of a bobble head, so you know what's coming, don't you?
But first, may I introduce his lovely wife, Mrs. Bones. In digi she comes with a fun girly sentiment and she is also available in rubber HERE. Also a special deal if you want them BOTH in rubber HERE. Again, she's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to both their eyes to make them shine. Each head was cut separate from the body so I could add an Action Wobble.
I wanted them both to bobble but not butt heads (unlike most married couples, LOL) so I added a piece of foam to Mr. Bones' Action Wobble to pop his head up more. And speaking of married couples, wouldn't they make a great anniversary card?
Here's my attempt to capture them in action. No, I don't have a smart phone, and yes, I know I'm about the only person on earth over the age of 5 who can say that, but you get the idea. They totally crack me up. I suspect you can find me playing with them the rest of the afternoon. And just so you know, there are more fabulous sugar skull stamps by Carmen Medlin also available In the digi section HERE. Also, a number of my UK buddies were commenting on the fab Steampunk Wings die from yesterday's post. Quixotic Paperie is your connection for SCACD Rubber Stamps and Dies in the UK/Europe.
I'm entering this in Left of Center using the LOC theme, Simply Create Too Halloween or Use Lots of Orange, the Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge, Doodle Pantry Any Digi Goes, the Oddball Art Halloween/Spooky/Creepy challenge, Mema's Crafts October Tic Tac Toe Challenge using Die cut or Punches, Pearls or Bling (her earrings and necklace) and Rubber or Digital Stamp, TTRCD ATG Oct 14-20, Aud Sentiments ATG, and Crafty Little Fairies Only One DP.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I seem to be in a tag mode and found some adorable Steampunk digi stamps at SCACD. I immediately fell in love with Victorian Steampunk Owl by Carmen Medlin and thought she (or he? the owl, not Carmen LOL) would be fun for Halloween. The clockwork DP is from Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells.
I colored Victorian Steampunk Owl with Copics and gel pens and fussy cut and popped her atop a Memory Box Gear Assembly die. Added round epoxy stickers to her eyes and light bulb tummy to make them shine. I can totally see this stamp in other colorways, for various occasions, but if you'e into owls, there is a whole collection of owl digi stamps at SCACD.
Although the Memory Box Gear Assembly is now sold out, SCACD has a bunch of fab dies, even some exclusives, like this Steampunk Wings Pair. Don't they make a great tag topper? I've use my Spellbinders Postage Stamp die and a Tim Holtz metal gear to reinforce the hole on top. Ribbon is from my stash.
Finally, I've added a Tim Holtz monocle and attached it to the die cut with a fastener to capture the sentiment done with stickers from Authentique. Some mini gears complete the Steampunk theme.
I'm entering my tag in the Simon Says Monday "O" is for (owl) Challenge, Crafty Sentiments Things That Start with "G" (gears) Challenge, Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG/Favorite Technique Challenge (fussy cutting and die cuts), Papertake Weekly Superfly, the Fitztown Challenge Halloween using Digital Elements, Melonheadz Friends Lots of Layers, Marker Pop Challenge #54 Halloween, Through the Purple Haze Wings and Bling, and the Corrosive October Halloween Challenge and the Simply Steampunk October Color Challenge Black/Cream/ and Orange.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
We have a new Challenge at The East Wind, The Spooks Come Out at Night. Don'tcha just LOVE Halloween? My project uses the fabulous Lucy Loo 'Spellbound'. I decided to make a tag using papers from last year's Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells. I thought it was fitting and it almost made itself. I cut apart a Memory Box spider web border die and added it to top and bottom opposing corners. The bright little spiders are Favorite Findings.
Lucy Loo is colored with Copics and fussy cut. I decided not to pop her so this could also be used as a bookmark as well. Perhaps for a cook book? There's tons more inspiration on the Challenge Blog, as each of my teamies has chosen a different spooky East Wind stamp for this challenge. We're so excited to see what you come up with. Be sure to scroll down for last challenge's winners and don't forget our Zombies Contest on THeEastWind FB Group. Only 2 more days to enter. And would you like some insight into the artist herself and gorgeous coloring inspiration? Check out the fab weekly videos on the Show Room Blog.
I'm entering this in the Oddball Art Halloween/Spooky/Creepy challenge, TTRCD ATG Oct 14-20, and Doodle Pantry Any Digi Goes.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Time for a new Challenge at Delicious Darkness and our twist this month is Halloween. Remember we're not looking for cute, here. I decided to go with orange and black. Can't get more Halloweenie than that, can ya? The gorgeous image is Corvus Coralyne available HERE at the Delicious Darkness shop. I love the expression on her face. Looks like she's got a secret. I've colored her minimally with Copics and did give her some piercing green eyes. Ancient K&Co DP from my stash, a little web border courtesy of my MS punch and some Halloween twine with a found feather. I think the little birdie is jealous.
Inside I followed the color scheme and printed the sentiment using Halloween Border with a slightly modified Happy Helloween Sentiment to better match the computer generated sentiment on the front. Don't know why my black border photographed kind of navy, but I assure you it's BLACK! Our monthly challenge runs through Nov 13th, so you have plenty of time to scare us silly. Be sure to check out the fab makes by my teamies on the Challenge Blog and don't forget to scroll down to see if you're a WINNER! It's also time to take a look at Delicious Darkness Shop. There are a number of new stamps there including some totally terrifying jack-o-lanterns and a mermaid that is about the darkest EVER! WooHoo! If darkness doesn't float your boat, there are gorgeous mainstream images at the sister shop Delicious Doodles. Please scroll down for my HDH post.
I'm entering this in the Crafting By Designs Boo You Scared Me Challenge, OSAAT ATG with the Color Orange, the Corrosive Challenges Halloween, Simply Create Too Halloween or Use Lots of Orange and the Crafter's Cafe Orange, Black, and One Other Color (green eyes).
So here we go of week 2 of You Wood Do That at HDH. We're looking for wood in your projects this time around. I've taken a wooden plaque from the thrift store, painted it with black gesso, masked a moon, painted in white acrylic, dry brushed with black glitter paint. The gnarly tree branch was found on my daily walk and glued to the plaque. The stamps are both from Smeared Ink. Great Horned Owl from the Eyes in the Dark Set is feeling a bit peevish. He seems to have ripped the heart from an unsuspecting victim with the head still attached. YIKES! The sentiment is an inside joke from the HDH dungeon.
I've printed the owl twice, colored him with Copics, fussy cut and popped for dimension. His victim is the SI Open Bust from the Gross Anatomy set. Please visit HDH to see the wonderful work by my teamies and our special guest, Maureen Scott. I promise not all the makes are this gruesome. LOL
I'm entering this in the Smudgy Antics ATG challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum, the Recycle, Re-Purpose& Re-invent Fall/ Harvest/Halloween challenge, the LOC Altered Art Challenge and Crafting by Designs Boo You Scared Me.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Our new Challenge at Lacy Sunshine is Halloween. WooHoo! There are fabulous new images at the Crafter's Candy Shoppe and I've chose one of the sweetest Ever! Meet Sugi's Hocus Pocus, one of Heather's newest characters. You can see more of her HERE. I know I usually go for the darker images, like Lady Heather's Curiousities or the Melancholy Moppets, but I gotta say I went head over heels for this adorable gal. So Audrey, our team coordinator, chuckled a bit when I said I was using her for the challenge and gave me a personal bit of a challenge to darken her up.
Not the easiest ever, but I went for the monotone Copic W's. I just couldn't add blood, but I think she is a bit spookier this way, don't you? I added a Jolee's Boutique pumpkin to the one in her hand, after darkening that up a bit with my Copics, too. And although I don't usually go in for lots of stickers, I hit the mother lode at Michaels, at 50% off and nabbed the haunted house and sentiment stickers that matched my already colored image perfectly. Cut a frame in the Dp I had already chosen with my Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One and popped the frame to allow for the dimensional house. I gotta say I totally love the way it turned out. My teamies have done an amazing job so be sure and visit the Challenge Blog for more inspiration. There's also the exciting new Confectionary TV which you don't want to miss. And if you haven't already subscribed to the Lacy Sunshine Magazine, there's still time to get the new holiday issue which will be debuting November 1st HERE (please scroll down). You may purchase single issues as well.
I'm entering this in A Gem of a Challenge Create a Scene, the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode Monochromatic, Open Minded Crafting Pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns, Sweet Pea Stampers Halloween, Crafting by Designs Boo You Scared Me, Crafting for All Seasons Too Cute to Spook, Scrapper's Delights Monochrome, Stampavie and More Halloween, Bearly Mine Halloween, PunkYouGirl October ATG/Halloween, Eureka Stamps Delightfully Frightful, 613 Avenue Create ATG, and Ladybug Crafts October Autumn/Halloween.
Friday, October 10, 2014
So here's a brief break from Halloween to bring you today's new release from The East Wind. This beauty is Aurora 'Hair Tree'. Isn't she just gorgeous? Kept the card pretty simple to showcase the fabulous image. New snowflake dies are Oh crap! I'm having a bout of insomnia, it's 2:00 am, and I can't find the darn things, it's too dark in here. Sorry. However, here's my Tip for Top Tip Tuesday. I've run my die cuts through my Xyron to adhere better to the card stock. To avoid the adhesive "strings", I've gone around the cuts both inside and out with my fine tip stylus before peeling off the top layer...no strings. WooHoo! Sentiment is a peel off.
I've colored her with a mixture of Copics, a silver gel pen and pencils. Added some Stickles and tiny stars to her gorgeous 'do and a few white feathers to her top.
Here's a better view of the fabulous shine prior to fussy cutting. There are Glossy accents on her eyes and lips, as well. There are some beautiful alternative colorings on TheEastWind FB page including an amazing one by Unky herself. Go check them out.
I'm entering this in the Sweet Stampin' Christmas October Snowflakes Challenge, Nutcrafter's Something New (Stamp and snowflake dies), Scrapper's Delights ATG/Monochrome, C.R.A.F.T. Christmas Challenge, Crafty Little Fairies October Only One DP, Country View October Sparkle and Shine, Mema's Crafts October Tic Tac Toe Challenge using (digital or rubber stamp, pearls or bling, and die cuts or punches), A Random Fan Monochromatic, Deep Ocean Challenge Christmas in October, Top Tip Tuesday Non-Traditional Christmas (see tip above), Crafty Hazelnut's Extra October Christmas ATG, and Crafting from the Heart ATG.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
It's time for a new challenge at A Step in the Dark and this fortnight we're sponsored by Dilly Beans. some of my fave images are Megan's Sugar Skulls, and with Dia de los Muertos fast approaching, I thought I'd use #384 Sugar Skull with Flowers because his big ol' pompadour totally cracks me up. As you know, it's the custom to make an ofrenda (altar) for deceased loved ones, but did you know that many people makes altars for their favorite (dead) stars, as well? Although not exactly an altar, I decided to channel Elvis (tell me he doesn't remind you of him!) and make a tag to honor The King. I've colored the stamp with Copics (after digitally removing his moustache ), Added a die cut crown, used pix from the web (including the records) and layered it all up on a black tag. Added some cool glittered musical notes and strung Alpha Beads on the ribbon hanger.
I had the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers I is for Iconic in mind when I made this so of course, I'm entering it there, as well as Left of Center 3 or more layers, and PunkYouGirl ATG with a Halloween Twist.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Decided to do a little practicing on my coloring and chose Lucy Loo 'Queen of Hearts', one of the fab new Alice in Wonderland Stamps from The East Wind. However, I seem to be stuck in "Zombie Mode" (since we still have a fab FB contest going on) and all of a sudden I couldn't resist skewering Broken Bisque with her scepter. EEEK!!!! Spelled out the sentiment with heart and square Alpha Beads, stringing the square ones with ribbon and adding a MS punched heart border.
Of course the stamp doesn't come that way, but you have to admit, Lucy looks pretty evil so it wasn't a stretch. I've doodled the back of Broken Bisque to look like a brain. HeeHee! Sure was fun to color up with my Copics with a little extra shading from my Prismacolor pencils. Hope to see your creation for our FB Zombie contest and don't forget our current Give Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge through 10/11 on the TEW Challenge Blog.
I'm entering this in the ABC "U" is for Unique Challenge, the Outlawz Friday Coloring Alice in Wonderland Challenge, PunkYouGirl ATG with a Halloween Twist and Left of Center using the LOC theme.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
We've a special challenge debuting today at Aurora Wings, just for our "dark fans". Although our "A Touch of Darkness" Challenge is still going on through October 18th, we thought we'd up the ante, pull out our creepiest selves and get ALL GORED UP!
Now's the time to let your inner demons FLY! Demonic children is one of my favorite horror themes (in movies, and real life LOL) so I couldn't resist making a door hanger using the fabulous new Let Us In and the dark version of Windows to the Soul (with a little help from Ghost Bride and Memento Mori). The majority of the blood spatter is from the Inky Dreams and Prints rubber sets available in the Past Offerings in the Smeared Ink Rubber Club and of course, no gory project is complete without a good dose of the MS Drippy Goo punch. the signs and edges were chewed up with my Distrezz-it-All. This would be fabulous for a Girl's Clubhouse or the bedroom door of a girl plagued by mischievious little brothers. I call it "Fair Warning".
I've use both the characters from Mitzi's fabulous new Let Us In digi. Both are colored with Copics and I've added a knife to big sis's hand just to get her point across. LOL
That'll teach little brother not to trespass. Can't he READ? Well, maybe not so well now.
And here's the ringleader.. YIKES! She's careful not to muss her dress but doesn't mind adding a little red to her nails. She is the Dark Version (DUH!) of Windows to Your Soul However, I've darkened her up quite a bit more by pulling off the flesh of half her face to expose her true soul and it really, really, REALLY be DARK! This nastiness was achieved digitally by cropping the images and adding portions of Ghost Bride and Memento Mori. So there you have it. My teamies and I have enough blood going on to float a yacht. Do you dare join us? For the more timid, our regular challenge "A Touch of Darkness" goes on through October 18th. Perhaps you'd like to work up to total chaos and start there. And a new FB Contest, Halloween Colors also begins today, no darkness required. So many choices, so many places to WIN! Hope to see you all take part. Can't say we don't LOVE Halloween at Aurora Wings.
I'm adding the to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "D" is for Distressing Challenge (on all sorts of levels, wouldn't you say? LOL) Edna is just horrified!