Sorry I haven't been blogging all that much but I have been coloring, just not a lot of finished projects to show yet. I did just finish this adorable Halloween Witch's Broom Treat Bag for the Summerween competition in the Markers! Papers! Digis! (that ends tomorrow) using the adorable Sabrina Witch from Scrapper's Delights. She and a whole slew of her Halloween Friends are available or only $1, as part of Thrifty Thursday, but only through TOMORROW, so act quickly, if you want to take advantage of the great deals. The broom is made from paper lunch bags, the first intact, and then I cut the next two (I decided a double layer covered the base better) along each folded edge down to the base, and then each section in strips (again to the base) and layered them over the center bag. Gathered the whole bunch at the top around a stick, tied and trimmed, et voila! I've added a sticker sentiment (2 cute 2 spook) a die cut kitty, an epoxy bat and pretty halloween ribbons, along with the adorable Sabrina.
Our new FB contest for TheEastWind Group starts today with the theme of R U Kidding Me? We want to see projects for or about a child. The stamp is an older one called 'girl with cat' (actually little girl with her adorable cat wearing bear hoodie which she made, LOL). It made me think of all the plans I had when I got my first kitty for my 4th birthday. Twinkle was not a'mews'ed, however. She's colored with Copics. The fab crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art and I've added an epoxy sentiment.
I'm joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team again for a double release of fabulous new digis. As you know, there is something for everyone at Aurora Wings, from the cute and whimsical, to the elegant and opulent and even some dramatically dark and mysterious images, all springing from Mitzi's wonderful imagination and amazing artistic talent. Today you'll be seeing two totally different subject matters and styles. I'm sure you're going to love them both, so be sure to visit the Showcase Blog and be inspired.
I have the pleasure of introducing the full version of 'Jellyfish Adventure', an adorable addition to the ever popular Mermaids and Mer-kids. I've used the png version which allows you to print over digital paper and then color the image with your choice of medium. Here I've used Copics in colors inspired by actual photos of jellyfish (gotta love Google). The stamp is also available as a jpg HERE.
'Jellyfish Adventure' is also available in a simple version with no additional jellyfish. It is also available in both jpg and png versions as well.
Now you may have noticed that my project pic looks a little murkier than the first coloring version above. I really wanted the illusion of an underwater scene, so I lightened another digital paper in my Printmaster Platinum program from Gecko Galz and printed it on transparency for an overlay. Bubbles, bubbles EVERYWHERE. LOL
Finally, I printed the same bubble paper in a darker version to frame the piece and trimmed some fab ribbon from May Arts into seaweed strands. The starfish and shell are from JoLee's and the sentiment is a strip from Voyage Beneath the sea from Graphic 45. I'm keeping the second release a total surprise, (okay, one hint, she's called 'Lady of Compassion') but I will tell you she's a limited edition, available for one month only and previously an exclusive to the Gardens & Goddesses coloring book. Be sure to visit the Showcase Blog and see this gorgeous new stamp. Thanks so much to the fabulous Showcase Team for letting me join them again.
This fab new release from The East Wind, is called Aurora 'Helena' and there was something about her expression that made me wanna go "dark" with her. I missed the "quirky/weird" challenge at Left of Center and didn't want to miss this week's too, with the theme "Hip to be Square", so I made a square card using some freebie skull and bone digi paper from Delicious Darkness, which is unfortunately no longer available.
Here's a closeup of Aurora 'Helena'. She's colored with Copics with some additional shading with Prismacolor pencils. I often do "red" hair but use a Combo of YR14, YR18 and E09, but this time I went really RED. (You might say "BLOOD red") using R22,R27 and R29. Wish I had enough nerve to do mine that bright.
The sentiment is from Ginger's House, my "go to" place for fabulous freebies. I've over stamped the blood spatter with Barn Door Distress ink using rubber from the Smeared Ink "Inky Dreams" set and cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Labels Two die.
Here's a pic of the Aurora 'Helena' as she appears in The East Wind shop. As you can see, she's quite versatile, so if "dark" doesn't float your boat, you can color her up all sweetness and light. A little reminder that you have through tomorrow to enter our "Outta this World" challenge on the Challenge Blog our current FB challenge, "Hot Colors" runs through August 17th. Always lots going on at The East Wind.
We're spending the day in Monterey today with friends we haven't seen in quite awhile. Today we're celebrating with the birthday girl and several other couples from our old Gourmet Club. Haven't seen the Dragons since they moved to AZ over 10 years ago. Should be a blast. Joanie's is quite the party girl so I couldn't resist a quirky image from Bloobel Stamps for her card. Meet Carmen.
Here's a closeup of the fabulous Carmen. She's colored with Copics, fussy cut (no mean feat) and popped. Isn't she FUN!?! You gotta LOVE those Bloobel stamps. Can't help but smile when coloring.
I love playing in the Outlawz Challenges and just signed up for the Progressive Challenge and received this gorgeous image called "August", by Andrea Norris, at Sheepski Designs. You have all month to complete a project in for this challenge but I couldn't wait to color her up. I've used Copics and another of the gals used her in combination with the Wednesday Sketch challenge and I thought I do the same. How about that? A Twofer! I've used Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles to cut and emboss the image and mat and the beautiful crinkle ribbon is Caribbean Coral from Tropical Summer Bundle at DL.Art.
Here's a closeup of the gorgeous Peacock Masquerade. She's also available HERE in the AW Digi Shop. She's colored with Copics with a bit of feather detail from Prismacolor pencils. I used colors from the actual peacock feather embellie and the digital paper from Quite Possibly Perfect. It's not quite evident in the picture, but the background of the digi paper is not white, but cream, with quite a yellowish cast, so I printed the digi on Neenah 80 lb ivory. This posed a bit of a problem when deciding what to do with the pearls. There were a ton, and I had no perfect pearls that looked right with the paper colors (all white was WAY too white) so I resorted to applying flat backs individually in 7 different colors and 3 sizes (actually 4 if you count the 3 large ones on the side). If I were obsessive I could give you an actual count (there are 267, LOL).
I had a hard time catching the sparkle and shine, so here's another pic highlighting the Glossy Accents on her eyes and lips and the gold Stickles on her mask. The Stickles were sort of an afterthought and I spent a lot of time trying to fill in the gaps between the pearls with the tip of a stickpin so as not to cover them over. Labor of love, what can I say? You can better see the lovely iridescence of the tiny bit of feather on her mask. I'm not sure why the feathers photographed so dark.
I was inspired by Stella DT Julie's fabulous staging of her project this time, so I played around a little with it myself. I'd bought a number of peacock decorations at an after Christmas sale a number of years ago, thinking they would work well for a themed party. (Yeah, I'm one of those types.) The beads are from a previous Mardi Gras bash. Please visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog for more inspiration. This will be a month long challenge so I hope you will have ample time, what with vacations and back to school preparations, to come join in.
Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.
I'm sorry your cards will be a little late, Sandra. I'd like to say I was afraid to mail them too early and spoil the surprise, but...umm...
Anyway, I'm all for prolonging the birthday experience and I know you are too.
Now, are you up for some Blog candy? I know Halloween is one of Sandra's favorite holidays and she has some absolutely ADORABLE Halloween stamps in her Etsy shop. Tell me the name and # of your favorite and you'll be put in the hat to win the stamp of your choice. Winner will be announced Saturday, July 30th, both here and on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB page.
This new one is MY current fave. What's yours? Hint: search Halloween to see ALL of the fabulous Halloween stamps.
Here's a closeup of the adorable Beach Kitty. She's colored with Copics with some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on her frosty glass. "She?", you say. Well, I suppose she could be a little boy, but I find there are far more attractive girls with ginger hair, with the possible exception of Prince Harry, don'tcha think? LOL I've used the png version and flipped her, but she also comes in a full beach background jpg version HERE.
I've made a cutaway card front by printing a non copyrighted beach photo from the internet twice. I positioned Beach Kitty and lightly drew around her to cut the front mat. Then I did the same for the card front with the mat in place. Beach Kitty was printed 3 times, fussy cut and layered. (There are actually 3 layers to the umbrella, which doesn't show from this angle.) The sentiment was computer generated and popped with foam, as well. The little flip flops are embellishments from JoLee's. Aren't they cute?
And here it is open, to reveal her lost sunglasses (also JoLee's) and the rest of the sentiment. Be sure to stop by the Showcase Blog to see more fabulous inspiration from the Showcase Team and there might even be a surprise for you puppy lovers.
Today kicks off our 2750 member celebration in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group, as well. Pop in for games and giveaways, contest and even a Freebie digi plus a super discount code you can use on the new releases. Hope to see you there.
Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.
Our new Facebook challenge begins today in The East Wind Group with the theme of Hot Colors. Conveniently, a hot pink gift bag just happened to be laying on my craft room floor, so I decided to decorate it accordingly. I've been wanting to color the adorable Hanna 'Wildflower' for some time and thought she'd be lovely in and array of colors from the warm side of the color wheel. I've layered the image with mats cut from the Graphic 45 6x6 Voyage Beneath the Sea and found the perfect floral in an ancient MAMBI 8x8 stack (a truly lucky find, since I'd colored her first). The cascade of gorgeous crinkle ribbon came from DL.Art Supplies with two colors from the Vintage Vineyard bundle, one from the Rainbow bundle, and one from Tropical Summer. YUMBO!
Here's a closeup of the adorable Hanna 'Wildflower'. She's colored with Copics with a few highlights done with a white gel pen. I attempted a bit of interest in the background with drops of Copic blender. (Very subtle, as I decided to do this after the entire image was already colored.) I still quite pleased with how it all turned out. I hope you'll come join us on the TEW FB Group page and also check out the new Blog challenge. Also, Unky, the artist behind the fabulous East Wind digis, is off on a meditation retreat until the end of the month, and is offering the gorgeous Aurora 'What Matters' for only $1.00 until she returns. Don't miss it! This is Unky's gorgeous coloring, don't you love it?
I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 40 (!) years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.