Friday, December 9, 2016

New Cardinal Sprite Gift w/Purchase and a COUPON from Aurora Wings


EEEEK!  Look at this cutie!  It's the new Gift with purchase for ANY order this weekend at Aurora Wings.  This new cardinal Sprite couldn't be cuter, don'tcha think?  I made a little quickie CAS, sort of vintage inspired card using Christmas Photo Frames from Iralamija.   I covered the greeting on the bottom with my own and added a bow and a few red "berries" uptop after inking the rounded corners and cut out.



Here's a closeup of Cardinal Sprite and what fun he was to color.  I Googled pix of cardinals to sort of get the difference in shading and one of the most vibrant birds.  I also went for some variegated holly.  He's colored with Copics in the R32-39 range with some W1-4 for shading.  The "black" is done with the high end of the N grays.  

I hope you can take advantage of this GWP, and to sweeten the deal, there's a Coupon code too!




Don't forget we have an extended Blog challenge, Winter Wonderland, that lasts through January 14th and our FB Group challenge, Happy Holidays runs all month in our FB Group page.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Two-fer for the Outlawz


Okay, I'm still having all kinds of trouble with the pictures and I've barely begun decorating my house, but I managed a quickie to sneak into the Outlawz Festive Fridays under the Santa's Workshop theme and the Wednesday Sketch challenge which just started yesterday, because I missed it last week and who knows how much crafting I'm gonna get done from now on.  (Do I sound like a stress case?  Well, YOU BETCHA!  'Tis the season...) The adorable image is #430 Gift Wrap Class from Sandra Caldwell.  I'm pretty sure when they're not delivering, Santa has them wrapping gifts.  They're colored (very quickly) with Copics according to the DP I chose.  Here's the sketch, too.




I'm also entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, and the  Crafty Addicts ATG/Christmas colors .

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Season's Eatings


Okay, I'm not even going to tell you what it took to upload these pix to my computer from my phone because my camera wouldn't load into my dropbox, but it suffices to say that I got NOTHING done today except for this card.  I'm new to smart phones and the actual phone service is hit or miss in my home because we're in some sort of dead zone, so you can imagine I don't use it much, but seriously?  Am I just too old to figure this stuff out in a timely manner? (End of rant, now on to my card)

Speaking of timely, my plan was to use this adorable image, Turkey Dinner, a freebie from Ike on the Ike's World challenge blog, as a Thanksgiving card but it got a bit lost in the queue so I added a wreath made from some of that Tim Holtz wired greenery, added perfect pearls gold berries and a ribbon and VOILA!, a Christmas card.  As a kid, we always had turkey for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas, so it works for me.  I still managed to keep the color scheme as orange green and brown to just slip this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday color challenge as well, so all was not lost.  Okay, so there's not a lot of orange, but I think the carrots will do here, as had I finished it before Thanksgiving, I would have added DP with a bit more of it.



Turkey Dinner cames as a no background png so I was able to use digital paper from Gecko Galz that reminded me of fancy dining room wallpaper.  I've colored the image with Copics, and added quite a bit of shading and fur detail with Prismacolor pencils and some silver gel pen on the fork.  He looks like my Goliath, don'tcha think?

Of course I'm adding this to the new SUYP (Cats only) Krimbo Kitties Challenge, and also the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Christmas Card Challenge too.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Wonderland for Aurora Wings


It's time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings with the lovely theme of Winter Wonderland.  Gotta say, this time of year I really miss (the idea of, ha!) snow and the very first thing that came to mind was the quote "Snowflakes are winter's butterflies" so I ran with it. Or should I say crawled with it?  I knew I would be using the adorable Butterfly Sprite, but as for the design, well...??  It finally came together (yesterday!) as a card, but I toyed with the idea of a canvas, shadowbox, and even an ornament (which I still might do) but lack of time, and/or supplies forced me to take the easy route and allowed me to use my new Frosty Ice Border embossing folder by Shena Douglass that arrived just in the nick of time and saved the day.  WooHoo!  I LOVE how it looks with vellum, don't you?  



I adore this little Butterfly Sprite.  This one has simple wings, but she also comes with fancy wings HERE.  I printed her several times so I could layer her up.  The simple coloring was done with Copics and the wings were then covered with Be Creative Tape and frosted with transparent microfine art glitter.  The main snowflakes surrounding her were cut with Impression Obsession dies and layered with JoLee's beaded centers.  The little glittered ones with gem centers are also JoLee's.  The sentiment is a sticker.



Here's a little closer look at the layering of Butterfly Sprite.  I used Nuvo Crystal drops to the eyes on her head and dropped tiny diamonds on them while they were still wet.  Instead of fussy cutting the antennae, I used silver wire to which I glued little plastic snowflakes I cut from a mini garland and again added little diamonds.  A small layered snowflake was tucked under her chin, and finally she was adhered to a glittered acetate snowflake (from MAMBI) and then to a Spellbinders Grand Butterfly die that I ran through my Xyron and dusted with another type of fine glitter 



And here's the dimensional shot.  Gonna have to make a special box for this one.  Doesn't anyone have any tricks for adhering vellum to cardstock?  I thought I had some vellum tape, but it seemed to have yellowed and dried up. Yuck!  I finally used some 1/8th " red line tape which did show through, but I remedied that by using a white sticker border to cover it.

The Stella Team has outdone themselves with fabulous projects, so I hope you go check out the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and leave them some love. Also, this is our last challenge of the year and both teams will be taking a bit of a break to enjoy the holidays, so this challenge will run through January 14th 2017.  I hope that gives everyone plenty of time to enjoy the holidays yourselves and still come play along.


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I'm entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Christmas Card challenge, 613 Avenue Create ATG/Holiday Happiness, Come and Get it Christmas, Crafting When We Can Bingo (using Top Row Monochrome, Snowflake, Pearl), Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #47 ATG, Crafty Calender December Christmas Time, Dragonfly Dreams Christmas, Creatalicious ATGOpen Minded Crafting Fun #11 Christmas/Hanukkah, Sweet Stampers Christmas, Your Scrapbook Place Sparkles, Sweet Stampin Let it Snow, Crafting With Friends ATG, CHNC Vintage/ATG Christmas, CHNC December Christmas Extra, Creative Fingers Challenge #121 ATG, A Snowflake's Promise #34 Winter,  TTRCD ATG through Dec 5th, Craft Rocket Winter Time, TTPH Winter/Christmas Colors and Crafting with an Attitude December ATG

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Holly Jolly



As I've said in the past, I struggle with CAS cards but I'm trying to overcome my tendencies towards excess by playing in the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge which asks for all white with one (and only one) red embellie.  I did what I was told, squelching my urge to add a teeny red border around the embossed sentiment from Tim Holtz and holly berry gems.  The Holly folder is from Cuttlebug.  I find all white cards soooo elegant, but they sure are a bitch to photograph.  I took a bazillion pix, in every room of the house, before I finally gave up.  Best I could do.

I"m entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge and Simon Says Wednesday ATG.

Friday, December 2, 2016

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree


I've had the sentiment for this card in my mind ever since I saw the adorable Mindy image from SheepSki Designs and I've finally managed to get it done. The look on this kitty's face is priceless, don'tcha think?  Anyway, there's a Christmas Animals challenge for SheepSki designs on the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group as well as an ATG Challenge on the SheepSki Designs FB Group so I get to do double duty with this card.  I really didn't know what I was going for as far as style until I messed with some of the scraps laying around my desk and then found the cute tree mini clothes pin and the teeny box of ornaments so it took on a kind of rustic homespun look with the Kraft paper.



Here's a closeup of Mindy, colored mostly with Copics with added fur detail with my Prismacolor pencils.  I actually got the pine branches green by cropping them out and recoloring them green in my Printmaster Platinum Program and then pasting it over the full image which I'd also lightened to gray, rather than black, as I was going to attempt a sort of "no lines" coloring.  Perhaps not quite light enough, but it worked with the gray I used for the kitty.  He's colored like my dear departed Max who found Christmas balls irresistible.  I cut him with a Spellbinders Deckle edge Rectangle and inked it with distress, as well as taking my scissors the the plaid to rough it up a bit.




So here's the inside.  This sentiment just cracks me up and I'm sure cat owners everywhere can relate.  It was done digitally, while the front is more of the Holiday Talk Stickers and I've added a second ornament that I fussy cut from another printing and cut apart to look broken. Finally, I punched a paw print signature in the right corner of the mat.

Of course I'm also adding this to the SUYP (Cat's only) Furrything Goes Challenge, the Outlawz Saturday Paper a la Mode ATG Challenge, the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Simon Says Monday 'O' Christmas Tree, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and a few more when I'm not too tired to look them up.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Candy Cane Day


Squeaking in with another for the Festive Friday Challenge on the Outlawz, this time with the theme of Candy Cane Day.  Of course I knew I was going to use an image by Sandra Caldwell, the trouble was choosing which one.  Sandra has a whole slew of candy cane images and some are only $1.50.  You can check them out HERE.  I finally decided on the adorable #1249 What Candy Canes. It's a fairly CAS design using scraps from my messy table.  The background is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and I added a strip between the Spellbinders Oval die cut mat and the image.  The candy cane she's holding is from Recollections and the corner canes were punches that I colored.  I added red pearls to the centers of the bows like the one she's holding and balanced the design with larger ones in the left corners.




Here's a closeup  of #1249 What Candy Canes.  She's colored with Copics, except for the doodling I did for her curly hair with a very sharp Prismacolor pencil.  Lots of fun ways to play with hair on Sandra's fun images. 

I'm aso adding this to the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and the CHNC Christmas Extra Challenge for December.

'Tis the Season to be Jolly


What is it about men and the holidays?  Actually, not my hubby, but the majority I know could easily do without and the closer it gets to Christmas, the grumpier they get.  That's why I couldn't resist putting a Santa cap on Bureau of Complaints by Bloobel Stamps.  The Santa hat was flipped, cropped and sized in my Printmaster Platinum program from Jolly Santa.



I colored Bureau of Complaints a bit earlier with Copics with a smidge of additional shading from Prismacolor pencils.  The Outlawz Festive Fridays 25 More Days to Christmas Challenge finally got me to get him on a card.  Just in the nick of time, as usual.  I must have had these papers from the old Mistletoe paper pack from Making Memories in mind when I colored him because he matches pretty well and two of the sheets in the pad worked for the Christmas Countdown theme.


Again I used a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Holiday Talk sticker pack. Unfortunately the gold on black doesn't photograph very well.  I tried to lighten up the pick so you could read " 'Tis the Season to be Jolly ".

I'm aso entering this in the DL.Art December Linky Challenge, the CHNC Challenge 309 Use a Sentiment, the Crafty Hazenut's December Patterned Paper Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG and the CHNC December Christmas Extra ATG.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Baby's First Christmas Tag


Here's one more tag using the adorable Not-So-Helpful Christmas Penguins from Scrap N' Dipity.  She's such a cutie, she had to be pink and I kept thinking how sweet for a Baby's first Christmas.  I made her for the 12 Days of Christmas celebration at the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group but added all the sparkle to join the Scrap N' Group November Glitter Challenge (which happens to start mid-month so you still have 'til Dec 15th to enter).



The various textures I've used on the penguin and background are a little hard to see, so here's another view.  I paper pieced the stocking with digital paper from Gecko Galz (that I've shrunk down to mini size) and added flocking to the toe and Flower Soft to the cuff.  I colored the penguin with Copics and added a sheet of Be Creative Tape so I could then dust her with microfine glitter, but I added her eyes and fussy cut little beak beforehand. She's popped on a panel of glitter lace. 

That panel was made with a large piece of open lace was adhered to another piece of Be Creative Tape.  I first applied pink glitter to the openings in the lace, then carefully lifted it off after dusting off the excess.  Then I sprinkled on the microfine clear over the whole piece and it stuck to where the lace had been, leaving the pattern.  It was a larger piece, but it had been on my crafting table for several years so I decided it was time to use it and cut it to fit the tag. The trim was pinched with a MS punch, also left on my table from a previous project and I used silver border stickers and hearts to finish it off.  Although I'm thrilled to have used up some scraps, it doesn't begin to put a dent in the mounds of stuff I have EVERYWHERE.  LOL

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG Challenge, Holly Jolly Christmas Anything but a Card, Tuesday Throwdown Make a Tag, In the Pink Cute and Cuddly and Dream Valley Winter Animals.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Outlawz Progressive and Wednesday Sketch Challenges


So here I am all worried about finishing my card for the November Freebie/Progressive Challenge on the Outlawz Forum when I realize the Wednesday Sketch Challenge ends TODAY!  Yikes!  Change of plans, well, not really because I had no design plan for the coloring of the adorable Micemas Post digi from Di's Digi Stamps.  So here's the sketch.



There's was no way I could have made the center image an oval, but it worked out okay.



Here's a closeup of the sweet image from Di's Digis.  Thanks so much, Di!  I've colored with Copics and a gold gel pen and did a tiny bit of shading with my Prismacolor pencils.  I was thrilled to get this image for free by signing up for the Freebie/Progressive Challenge and then if you finish a project within the month, you get the next month's sent to you automatically. Such a deal!

I'm also entering this in the Craft Your Passion ATG Challenge, Critters and Creatures November Linky Party, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends ATG and A Snowflakes Promise Winter

2 Tags from Scrap N' Dipity




I don't know about you, but I'm WAAAY ADD today.  It's nearing the end of the month and there are lots of challenges I want to enter.  There are still several things going on in conjunction with the 12 Days of Christmas on the Markers! Papers! Digis! FB Group.  Here are 2 of the 3 tags I've made using the Not-So- Helpful Xmas Penguins from Scrap N' Dipity.  (only $1.00 through November 30th so HURRY!)  I printed this first little guy on some Digi paper from Gecko Galz that I sort of compressed into a tag shape in my printing program. Added a little trim on the bottom, some candy cane ribbon and a sticker sentiment from my stash. 



I colored the little guy with Copics and I've used Sparkle Fluff flocking on his ear muffs and some gel pen on the ornament cap.  then I carefully cut away the bulb and added  one of the freebie Christmas Bulbs from Scrap N' Dipity that I sized to fit and covered in Diamond Glaze for shine.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art November Linky Challenge and Creatalicious ATG w/optional sentiment.



The second little penguin is looks like an outdoorsman, so I created a little winter wonderland for him using a background from one of the Gecko Galz "Jewel It's".  I colored him with Copics and used a "Snow Writer" (I had to reconstitute because it was so old) to add dimension to his hat.  I sprinkled glitter on it before it was dry because I also wanted to enter this in the Scrap N' Dipity November Glitter challenge.  I also used some Stickles to highlight the snow in places and some epoxy snowflakes with star centers.



Had one heck of a time getting a "glitter shot" but here ya go.

I'm also entering this in the Creatures and Critters November Linky w/optional create an outdoor scene, the Dream Valley Winter Animals, Glitter and Sparkle Blue and White, Holly Jolly Christmas Anything but a Card, Come and Get it Baby it's Cold Outside and the Outlawz Tuesday Color challenge.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Multicultural Santa Skin Colors


Okay, so it looks like I'm not going to get this done today, but since there were so many FB requests, I'm posting the unfinished coloring of the "Laughing Santa Mandalooney Coloring Page" by Bloobel Stamps with the skin tone color combinations I used.  I was inspired by my friend Cathy Preissing's gorgeous card featuring multicultural skin tones but did not necessarily have the combinations she listed, so mine were a bit of trial and error.  To be honest, I usually have a bazillion markers all over my desk so this was a first for me that I actually wrote them down for each Santa.  Yea, me!

So here goes.  The Santa combinations are listed by the number on their hats.


Santa #1: E11,00,R20
Santa #2:  E25,27,15,13,11
Santa #3:  E30,33,R20
Santa #4:  E50,53,21,Y23,YR00
Santa #5:  E11,34,13

The good news is, those are the Copics colors I used.  The bad news is I'm not sure in which order, or how many times I went over the colors to blend, etc.  I just messed with them until they looked good to me.  Hopefully this helps, though and I appreciated the nice comments.  xxx