Saturday, December 7, 2019

Elf Antics December 7th


Elzabet has been wondering where Olivia, her mentor and lead elf trainer, has been hiding.  She expected at least a chance to introduce her to the new recruits.  Off she went and found Oliva babysitting a little orphan mouseling left in her care by Mrs. Santa.



Although this situation was supposed to be temporary, adoptive parents have yet to be found so Olivia has been given an leave of absence from her normal elf duties.  Although Helo (the mouseling) is adorable, Olivia is hoping she can get some reprieve so she can help assess and assign duties to the new recruits as previously planned.



Elzabet certainly hopes so too and couldn't help but notice Olivia's stunning new boots, since she has been running around in stocking feet since the beginning of this Elf Antics.  "Oh yes, I nabbed them on Black Friday at SleepingElf", replied Olivia. "Hang in there, Elzabet.  You were quite the handful when you started Elf Training, too.  I hope to see you again, soon."

I'm entering this in the 7th Annual Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art.  Grab your elf, take a photo and come play along.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Elf Antics December 6th


So far Mystery has agreed to keep quiet about Erf's misadventures as long as he behaves.  He and Feenix were particularly touched by the altruistic posts they've seen and decided to bring the dire plight of the koalas and other wildlife in Australia, the result of the terrible bushfires, to the attention of the other elves.  Both Erf and Feenix are originally from Australia (doll artist Kerrie-Anne Sawyer).  Many doll artists have auctioned off special collaboration dolls to help.  The most recent auction just ended HERE bringing $2700 in aid.  The direct link to donate directly to the fund is HERE.  Elves were born with giving hearts.  Hopefully we all were.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the 7th Annual Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art.  To join in, just take a snap of your elf doing whatever elves do and link up to the fun.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Elf Antics December 5th


After yesterday's near disaster, Erf suggested he and Mystery stop by the Cocoa Cafe to chat.  Besides being a little sweet on Mystery, Erf explains that all ended well and tries to buy her silence with extra whipped cream, his treat.  Still undecided, Mystery worries a bit about guilt by association.  After all, she didn't stop him and she does love cocoa, especially with extra whipped cream.

Still having fun with the 7th Annual Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art.  Take a pic of your elf or elves and come play along.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Elf Antics December 4th


The cardinal rule for The Elf on the Shelf is to make sure children don't see who moves the elf each day.  

This point was drummed into the recruits heads but Erf could not refrain from returning to the scene just as the little boy Wrascal (that's his name, seriously) walked in and discovered the elf on his shelf.


Erf tried to hide behind the pillows in hopes of not being discovered and fortunately Wrascal was so excited, he failed to notice.


Mystery, however, had followed Erf to try and keep him out of trouble and witnessed the entire incident.  Uh oh!  Will she tell?

This is my third post for the Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art.  Take a photo of your elf and come join the fun!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Elf Antics December 3rd


The elves in training were getting restless so Elzabet decided it was time for a field trip to see if any of yesterday's lectures stuck.  The positioning of the Elf on the Shelf is of utmost importance in a household as is keeping the Christmas countdown up to date.  Erf jumped in wholeheartedly (there may be hope for him yet) while mini Mystery adjusted the calendar.  Feenix stood below to catch anything, or anyone that might fall.



All the while, Elzabet was watching and taking notes.  Safety first with extra points for teamwork.  Not bad!

This is my second post for the Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art.  Take a photo of your elf and come join the fun!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Elf Antics at DL.Art


Yikes!  I'm already a day late for joining in the fun times at my friend Diana Larson's Elf Antics Linky Challenge at DL.Art!  More opportunities to link up pix and this year I've loads of new elves, thanks to my growing obsession with BJD's (ball jointed dolls).

Yes, Elzabet is back but this year she has the added responsibility of teaching new recruits the ropes.  Already a day behind, she is showing Feenix, mini Mystery and Erf the importance of the Christmas Countdown.  The girls listen intently while Erf daydreams.  Not so sure they're all going to make the grade.

Come join in the fun with your Christmas Elf pix or just check out the entries HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

November new image Showcase for AuroraWings

OOOH, goody!  It's the November Aurora Wings Showcase and just in time for the holidays Mitzi, has added four new Angel Sprites.  There are three little guys, each with his own instrument, and a special little girl sure to melt your heart.


First off we have Harp Angel Sprite.  The harp, to me, is the quintessential instrument of the angels so I used the golds and silvers of the heavens to color with Copics and gel pens.  I'm not sure why, but for some reason I flipped him when printing.  The background and sentiment are cut with glitter paper and I used a filigree die from Just Right on the music paper because it reminded me of a harp.  "Joy" is from the Joy Banner from Poppystamps.  The layers are popped with foam and I've used corner stickers and additional stars to round out the design.


Harp Angel Sprite available at AuroraWings.com in jpg HERE and png HERE
and at AuroraWings Etsy in png only HERE in the new release section.





Next we have Trumpet Angel Sprite.  His holly crown led me to choose traditional Christmas colors, papers and motifs for a very different feel.  Again, I've colored with Copics and gold gel pen and fussy cut and popped this cutie.  The lovely holly border die is from Sue Wilson Creative Expressions.  The layers are popped with foam and I've used some flat back beads and corner stickers.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz.


Trumpet Angel Sprite is available at AuroraWings.com 
in jpg HERE and png HERE
and at AuroraWings Etsy in png only HERE in the new release section.





Finally we have Lute Angel Sprite and again I've gone with a different style. I guess the fact that the lute is made of wood made me go with a more rustic theme this time.  The lovely die sentiment is part of the Holiday Shadowbox set from Sizzix.  I've colored Lute Angel Sprite in warm Copic tones to give the feeling of a country Christmas.


Lute Angel Sprite is available at AuroraWings.com in jpg HERE and png HERE
 and at AuroraWings Etsy in png only HERE in the new release section.


I'm entering this in the Double "D" challenges What is your Christmas style?  (I've pretty much got them all covered in this post (and in my house), but this one is "country/rustic",  the Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Rustic Challenge



The original plan, (as far as we knew at the time) was the three musical Sprites, but Mitzi managed one more beauty for this, our last Showcase of 2019.  Here is Peace Angel Sprite with an olive branch crown, holding her precious dove.  I knew immediately that I wanted to color her in serene blues and silvers and set her against a snowy background.  The large oval dies are Spellbinders Grands and I've used the Star Flourish from Memory Box behind her and cut and layered the Peace sentiment from Tim Holtz 4 times.


I've also used clear Wink of Stella on her wings and lace and some silver and clear on the dove itself for sparkle, but it's very hard to photograph.  Can you see it?

Peace Angel Sprite is available on AuroraWing.com in jpg HERE and png HERE
and at AuroraWings Etsy in png only HERE in the new release section.





You'd be amazed at how different and versatile these new Angel Sprites can be depending upon the coloring and style.  Be sure to visit the AW Showcase Blog to check out the beautiful work by my teamies. 


So what's a Showcase without a coupon?  Here ya go!




But EEEK!  Here's one more surprise!  Check out this Gift with Purchase sent to you via email when you use this weekend's discount code "HOLIDAY 30" (or the subscriber's-only code found in the November AW newsletter)!




Nope, I couldn't resist!  Had to color her IMMEDIATELY because she just begged to be a redhead.  LOL  You know you want her!  And remember, the codes are good for all digital stamp listings in both shops.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme


So go have some fun and be sure to join us in the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group and add it to the November Challenge Folder, our last challenge of 2019.  New rules!  Always Anything Goes.  Previous projects and coloring only entries are welcome!

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Broken Hearted-Remembering Goliath for the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop



Today is actually Day 5 of the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  You can still enjoy the festivities and friendship that abounds every year at this time, join the daily games for a chance to win a lovely digi set from Ike's Art, be inspired by the enormous talent and possibly add a project or two to the Linky for a chance to win a prize from one of the many fabulous and generous sponsors involved, as there's still another full day of fun to be had and an extra day to hop around and comment.  

The rules are in the above link and be sure to SIGN IN HERE if you haven't already, to be eligible for prizes.  Thank you to everyone involved in this Hop, especially Janis who organizes this wonderful event each year.  It's my 4th year participating, but I wasn't sure I'd have a project to link up.  I was late in even realizing it was Hop time because the death of my sweet Goliath in April was a devastating blow and my crafting and blogging have suffered ever since.


Most people who know me through crafting know that coloring is my "thing", but I have only feebly colored one kitty since Goliath passed and that was for a Guest Design team gig.  I've kept up with my work with AuroraWings, but not much else.  So I'm sorry to say this is my first project for the Hop and may be my only. Of course it's dedicated to my sweet kitty boy, Goliath.  I've got hundreds of digis, regular stamps and cat dies strewn all over my craft room but it wasn't until I saw this project by ValeryAnne that I was able to manage a tribute to my boy.  Thank you so much, ValeryAnne!  Your Jigsaw cat card gave me this inspiration and without it, there may not have been any project at all.



The kitty on this card is from a post it note stack that Goliath gave to his Daddy for Christmas quite a few years ago.  It looks just like him, don'tcha think?Momma got one for herself too and I've used the image on a number of cards given to Daddy from his boy.  It was amazing I found it in this hideous clutter, but it was meant to be.  I also managed to unearth my Puzzle heart and sentiment dies from Elizabeth Craft and my Spellbinders cascading hearts Card Creator background.  The gorgeous red crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.  It's pretty obvious what I did to put this thing together and my post is already WAY longer than intended. 

Besides the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden, I'm also adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the SUYP October Meowloween/Furrything Goes and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #31.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

October New Image Showcase for Aurora Wings


It's an exciting day today with 3 new Sprites debuting on the AuroraWings Showcase blog.  EEEK!  How fun! First off is Kitsune Sprite.  This mischief making fox with multiple tails is from Japanese folklore, a baby here, but she could grow up to be scary indeed.  Be sure to read about her legend in the Showcase post.  

My tree frame background die is by Gina Marie and I've used gold leaf stickers by Little B and gold script puffy alphabet stickers from the Paper Source.



Here's Kitsune Sprite's closeup.  I colored her with Copics as a red fox to compliment the warm fall colors in my scene with a little extra fur detail with Prismacolor pencils.  The sprig of Chinese lanterns adds to the autumn feel.


Kitsune Sprite is available on AuroraWings.com 
HERE in jpg and HERE in png
  


Next is Hepatica (or Liverwort) Sprite.  This wildflower grows in the forests of Europe and the Northeastern parts of the US.  Such a funny name for a sweet little flower, eh?  Here I've recycled a pocket envelope from Anthropologie and added a blank pull out tag topped with gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.Art.  I popped Hepatica Sprite on a rectangle of coordinating paper trimmed in silver border stickers.  The lace "Perfect" sticker hides the logo "perfectly" (after coloring it green with my Copics).  LOL


This tiny beauty grows in shades of purples, pinks and blues, but you'll see on the Showcase Blog that she's adorable in any color you choose.  Again, I've colored with Copics and added some tiny Nuvo drops to the stamens.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, A Perfect Time to Craft October AG, ...

Hepatica Sprite is available on AuroraWings.com 
in jpg HERE and png HERE.
Hepatica Sprite in png only, on AW Etsy HERE.


Last, but not least, is Indian Corn Sprite and I've gotta say, I had the most fun EVER coloring her.  Those multicolored ears just scream Fall, my favorite time of year and I was lucky to find a printed Autumn wreath in an old Scrapbook pad and frame block to bring it all together.  The sticker sentiment was so tiny that I mounted it on some plaid paper and added a flower to the frame so it didn't get lost in the noise.  The layers are popped and I added a crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art.


I knew I wanted to really do some detail work with the kernels so I printed her at 5 inches.  I actually printed her twice and flipped one for variety a(nd in case I messed up). Again I went with Copics and used this photo as inspiration.


Now I can't wait to color her again.  Just think of the possibilities!

Indian Corn Sprite available on AuroraWings.com 
in jpg HERE and png HERE.

So are you anxious to nab some of these cuties and perhaps more you've been wanting but maybe missed?  Here's Mitzi's generous Coupon!


EEEK!  Breaking news, there's more!
This mystery gift digi will be emailed to all customers who successfully use the OCT25 code during the promo period between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20. No other action is required. Please allow up to 24 hours for processing as this is not automated. 
  Seriously, too cute for WORDS! 


So go have some fun and be sure to join us in the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group and add it to the October challenge album.  New rules!  Always Anything Goes.  Previous projects and coloring only entries are welcome!

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

September New Release Showcase for Aurora Wings


Our exciting New Release Showcase at Aurora Wings features angels among us.  This first beauty is Angel of Remembrance 1.  Her folded wings and downward gaze seem a bit wistful and reflective, perfect for, yet not limited to, a sympathy or celebration of life, or perhaps a "thinking of you" card for an uplifting message to a friend in need. 


Here's a closeup of Angel of Remembrance 1.  I've colored her with Copics, using initially the traditional reds for the gorgeous poppy blooms, that morph into red violets, purples and blues.  It's amazing the different feelings this beautiful angel evokes in various colorways.  Be sure to check out the Showcase Post for lovely examples from my teamies.


Angel of Remembrance 1 
HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.




Angel of Remembrance 2, with outstretched wings, also stands in a glorious bed of poppies like the first, but I chose to crop the image for a circular medallion center for a card I thought initially might be for a new baby or Christening.  I planned on using pastel colors and somehow incorporating a rainbow in the background, but started playing with the 4 Copic colors I'd chosen on her wings,
et voila!



Yes, 4 Copic colors, RV10, Y13, B00, and BV000 overlapping to fill out the whole pastel rainbow spectrum ROYGBIV.  The depth was added with Toner grays and I think the result was quite happy and uplifting, don't you?  

The die cuts were all Grands from Spellbinders with the layers popped for dimension.  The DP was actually from the MAMBI Baby Girl Stack that incorporated all of the colors quite nicely, but I did end up using a "Thinking of you" sentiment instead.



Here's the Angel of Remembrance 2 image in it entirety, that I'm sure I will use  again in the near future, but I appreciate that Mitzi encourages creativity and fun with her images by allowing cropping and merging and the like.


Angel of Remembrance 2
HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.

I'm adding this to the World Wide DT Open Challenge (Sept 15-Oct 12), the Outlawz Twisted Thursday (using twist rounding the corners), Crafting by Designs September ATG, ... 



So one more gorgeous image popped into the Showcase that I was unable to color.  Could she be any more beautiful?  
 Lotus Mermaid, available 
 HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE (in the New Release section) on Etsy.


As with all of our Showcases, Mitzi has generously provided a coupon to be used with these new and any digital images in both shops through the weekend.


This includes digital bundles and PDF Coloring books (not hard copies), as well.
Check them out HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy


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Friday, August 23, 2019

#2939 Kitty Wizard from Sandra Caldwell


Today is the second new release of the month from Sandra Caldwell where I'm happily joining in as Guest Designer.  This cute little guy is called #2939 Kitty Wizard, although I can image him making another appearance in different colors as a witch for Halloween.  I removed the background from this jpg image so I could use some magical digital paper and colored him accordingly with Copic markers.  I glued on a toothpick wand colored silver with a Sharpie so he could grant some birthday wishes.  The sentiment die is from Tim Holtz, cut 3 times for depth and adorned with tiny purple pearls.  You can see more inspiration from the DT in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group and find all of Sandra's adorable images in her Etsy Shop, babycakesdnd.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #112 ATG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies August, Crafty Animals August #29,
Show Us Your Pussycats August Challenge #45Ike's World challenge #123 "H" is for hats/ATG, the Outlawz Thursday Twist favorite embellishment and why




Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aurora Wings FB Challenge Inspiration


Since closing the Aurora Wings Challenge blog we've resumed our Facebook challenges in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group with relaxed rules.  Our theme is always Anything Goes and you need not submit a complete project, coloring only is acceptable. In fact, your project does not even have to be new! 
You may enter with work you done previously, even if you had entered it in our Blog Challenge.  Can't get any easier than that, can you?

My Design Team inspiration, however is new and was quite a challenge for me.  The gorgeous image is La Fee Verte, one I've had for awhile but had been a bit intimidated to try to color.  I took a look at Mitzi's gallery for inspiration and then did sort of a quick color blocking with my lightest Copics so the page did seem as intimidating and went from there.



Here's a close up of La Fee Verte.  She's available exclusively HERE on AuroraWings.com.  After adding layers upon layer of color with my Copics, I decided the central image did not stand out enough so I shaded around the fairy and central roses with a dark umber Prismacolor pencil.  I deepened potions of the black with the bullet tip of a black Memento marker and finally added highlights with a white gel pen.  Ahhh, much better.  The background is a combination of Copics and chalk.  Then matted in black with DP from K&Co.  Although it took me awhile, in the end I was quite pleased.


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