Friday, July 22, 2016

New Release at Aurora Wings


I'm again thrilled to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team with the new release of Beach Kitty in celebration of 2750+ members in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.



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.




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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hot Colors for The East Wind


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?





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Monday, July 18, 2016

Tic Tac Toe for Aurora Wings


We're playing Tic Tac Toe at Aurora Wings this challenge.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Here's our fabulous board.  You know how this goes, 3 in a row, but OUR board gives you lots and lots of options.  I've chosen the gorgeous Floral Masquerade for this challenge.  I think she's exquisite and was so much fun to color.



I've chosen the top row of purple/red/pink as well as the corresponding elements of string/die cuts/beads.  You may use the colors, the elements, or some combination of both, if you like.  Check out the Challenge blog for examples of the many possibilities.



Here's a close up of the gorgeous Floral Masquerade, colored with Copics.  She's also available in the AW digi shop HERE.  I had a hard time deciding on the color scheme, but finally chose what I thought would be most dramatic.  I'm quite happy with how she turned out, even though photographing this combo was a bit challenging.



Besides the Spellbinders Grand Ovals I used for the image and mat, I also used the Joy Crafts Billie's Flourishes for the die cut element, and a stick pin for the beads.  I layered the flower from my stash and added gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.Art Supplies to further the color scheme. 


The final element of thread, yarn, or string proved to be the most challenging until I found the sweet crocheted butterflies in my stash that helped carry the reds throughout the design.  I hope you're inspired to join our Tic Tac Toe 

And don't forget our July Shades of Summer contest going on in the FB Group. We'll be celebrating  2750+ members the end of the week there, too.  Lots of places to play.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Aurora 'Dark Pixie' from The East Wind


It's another new release day for The East Wind.  Meet Aurora 'Dark Pixie'. She's not so dark today, though.  Maybe another time.  The color scheme came about by accident.  The bubbles (?) in the image reminded me of one of the digi papers from La Isla Bonita digital paper pack from Gecko Galz, so I played with the colors in my Printmaster Platinum Program, et voila!  Most of the newer East Wind images some in a variety of formats, all for one low price, and I often use the NB (no background) png version so I can use my digi paper behind with no fussy cutting.  WooHoo!  I've matted several times, including one I'd sprayed with Dylusions spray and a pink/orange dot from BoBunny.  Just got some fab new dies, too.  This one is the Memory Box Large Ringlets.  The bright double bow is made with crinkle ribbon from the Rainbow and Vintage Vineyard Bundles from DL.Art.  YUM!



Here's a closeup of Aurora 'Dark Pixie'.  She's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to her eyes, lips and "bubbles" for shine.  Be sure to check out the TEW FB Group page for more inspiration from my teamies, our current Mini Coloring contest (Aurora Floral Kiss at discount price HERE) ending TODAY, so HURRY) Here's my version, in case you're not familiar.



Our FB contest, "Make Mine Girly Girl", runs through July 17th).  And we also have a new Blog Challenge, with a photo inspiration, that starts TODAY.  Lots going on, eh?  Hope to see you there.


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Another ATC for Sandra Caldwell's Birthday Swap


Hey guys, short post, but I just had to play again in the Sandra Caldwell birthday ATC swap and challenge on FB with this cutie, #933 Mad Molly. Isn't she a hoot?  I added a party hat and banner from the #862 Birthday This and That set for the birthday theme and little pressies and die cut letters from a discontinued Cuttlebug Alphabet set.  Hope she likes.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art July Linky challenge, the Fresh Brewed Designs July Birthday challenge the Cutie Pie Polka Dots (on her blouse and in the background) and Pastels Challenge, the Get Creative Celebrations Challenge and Aud Sentiments For a Girl + Sentiment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New "American Shorthair" from The East Wind


You know I love me some kitties so I was thrilled when Unky came up with this new digi for The East Wind.  Meet "American Shorthair". The DP on my square card is all about cats, something I've had in my stash and was waiting for just the right moment to use.  I just got a huge order of yummy hand dyed ribbon from DL.Art and couldn't wait to use it.  The fab "leaf green" from the Fall Bundle made marvelous grass and I've used "Turning Leaf" (from the same bundle) on the tag sentiment, cut from an old Cuttlebug Emboss Plus folder.  I added flowers, to join in the SUYP (cat's only challenge) which asks for them this month, also from my stash with glitter and gem centers from JoLees.



Here's a close up of "American Shorthair".  He's colored with Copics in colors my Goliath found appropriate (because they resembled HIM).  I've also added some fur detail with my Prismacolor Pencils.  When Goliath left the room, however, I accidentally colored his eyes yellow, which caused quite the ruckus because Goliath's are green.  OOOps!  No worries.  This guy was so fun to work with, I'm sure I'll be coloring him again and again.  You'd be amazed at how different he can look in different colors so check out the FB Group and see what my teamies came up with.


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Sandra Caldwell Birthday ATC Swap


OMG!  I can't believe I haven't blogged in 11 days.  Well, yes I can.  4th of July party prep and recovery took it's toll and I have been trying to keep abreast of DT projects, but not much time for just for fun stuff, until now.  This is Sandra Caldwell's birthday month and over on her FB Group page she's got a Contest/ ATC swap going and I wanted to play along.  Love the adorable #454 Old Lady Special Birthday  and thought she'd be perfect.  She's colored with Copics and I finally managed to use the Doodlebug sequins I just HAD to have (at least 6 months ago).  Yea, ME!  Sorry, short post.  I'm still gettin' back in the groove.

I'll also be adding this to the DL.Art July Linky Challenge, the Get Creative Celebratons Challenge and the Fresh Brewed Designs July Birthday Challenge.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Butterfly Sprite from Aurora Wings


I'm thrilled to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team to introduce the newest member of the Sprite Family.  Meet Butterfly Sprite.  I've gone a a bit out of my comfort zone making an altered canvas garden for her to play in.



Here's a closeup of this little cutie that I've colored with Copics and fussy cut. I've used the "simple wings" version, but she comes with "fancy wings" as well. Check out the Showcase post to see inspiration using both versions.  You will get both versions and may choose between the jpg or png files in the Aurora Wings Etsy Shop.  The png files have no background, but a white image to color, so they can be used with digital paper or merged with other digital stamps, if you like.  The gorgeous ribbon here is from DL.Art Supplies.



My original plan was to do something pretty CAS with the new butterfly die from Memory Box.  Instead, I went WAY out of my comfort zone with a mixed media extravaganza using paint and inks and frantage and stamping (with real rubber on the canvas, yea, me!) and even some stenciling with modeling paste and had a ball.  Doesn't she look happy among the flowers, dancing with her friends?



Gotta say my inspiration came from Lisa's flower tutorial HERE.  I was so enchanted by her gorgeous floral inspiration and shabby chic style as a DT member for DL.Art month after month, that I just had to try some of my own. Mine look slightly different because I didn't have the same floral die and I added centers I had in my stash and crinkled some leaves, as well.  The light pink flower was made with mottled pink paper, the darker, smaller one started out white and was sprayed with Dylusions sprays.  I had so much fun with them, I decided Butterfly Sprite would love them too, so her magical garden came into bloom.  On the left corner you can see the bit of my stenciling with modeling paste.  My paste was so thick, that most didn't stay on the canvas, but I kind of liked the shabby result.



Finally, there's the dimensional shot.  I hope you like my project as much as I loved making it.  Be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog to see the amazing creations from the Showcase Team and some of my Aurora teamies. You'll also want to check out the June Discount code and special "Christmas in July" giveaway that ends June 30, so hurry!

There's also a few days left for our Black and White Plus One Other Color Challenge which ends at 11:55 pm EDT on Saturday, July 2nd.  Hope to see you there.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Aurora 'Peek'


There's a new image at The East Wind today called Aurora 'Peek'.  Isn't she a stunner?  This was kind of a last minute quicky.  I totally fell in love with her. Papers and flowers from my stash.  Die cut sentiment from Cuttlebug.  Chose a monochromatic scheme to play at Left of Center.



Yeah, red hair again.  What can I say?  The Copics were already on the desk. LOL  Besides, I think it looks nice with the monochrome shades of turquoise, don't you?  Sorry for the short post.  Lots to do getting ready for our 4th of July party.  Do check out all the goings on at The East Wind.


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Lucy Loo 'Welcome Back'



It's Friday and that means another new release at The East Wind.  Meet Lucy Loo 'Welcome Back'.  Talk about some 'TUDE, eh?  Decided to crop her and go a bit grungy with some paper I'd spritzed through a potato sack and then sprayed with water.

Here's the full stamp (shown in the pink).  Isn't she great?



I've used the NB (no background) png version of Lucy and added a digital background (long ago freebie, I think) from Make it Crafty.  Most of the East Wind images come in several forms (for one low price) so you can get creative.  She's colored with Copics, the chain link fence is done with Prismacolor pencils.  We've got lots going on at The East Wind.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Guest Designing for DL.Art


I'm so thrilled to be joining DL.Art for their Thankful Thursday Challenge.  Both Diana, herself and DT member Katie, live in the area and I've had the pleasure to meet them in person at the Scrapbook Expo several times.  The theme for this challenge is "Summertime" (or you can substitute a thank you card), and we're showcasing the new Tropical Summer Bundle available at DL.Art Supplies.



Just take a look at those yummy colors!  They really scream SUMMER to me so I looked for complimentary DP and found this from an old DCWV Stack that seems to be missing it's cover.  The patterned stripes gave me an idea to make a spinner card and I had just the image.  Meet Cartwheel Carrie by Sandra Caldwell.  I actually suggested this image to Sandra because I couldn't for the life of me ever do a decent cartwheel.  But wait 'til you see her go!  She's colored with Copics in the colors to match the gorgeous Tropical Summer Bundle.





Okay, so I'm not the greatest at photographer, but it's hard to hold the camera and make the thing spin at the same time. Plus, it only took me ALL day to figure out where the heck it went on my computer when I uploaded it and publish it on Youtube so you could see it here, so cut me some slack.  LOL Gotta say I'm pretty thrilled that I managed it all by myself, since computer stuff is definitely NOT my forte.

Be sure to check out the gorgeous makes by the DL.Art team.  Thanks so much for letting me join you for this challenge.  Also check out the rest of the fabulous ribbon assortments at DL.Art Supplies.  You'll be glad you did.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Use Patterned Paper Challenge, Crafty Ribbons Summer, Crafting by Designs 3 Patterned Papers, Whoopsie Daisy June Bring on Summer, Inky Impressions June Summertime, Di's Digi Designs Summer and Creative Moments ATG/Summer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sand Globe Hippo


If you're familiar with Sandra Caldwell's adorable images, you'll already know she has a full line of hippos that are cuter than cute.  One of my current faves is the new Sand Globe Hippo, perfect for summer.  She's having a picnic, courtesy of the new Sandwich This and That set and ice cream cone from the new Ice Cream This and That set.  These little extras come in all sorts of themes and are perfect for rounding out a project.  The current contest in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group calls for a combo of regular digi plus "This and That" items, so this is mine.



I've made an easel card and a real "sand globe" by recycling packaging from red line tape (bummer it now only comes in a plastic bag).  After printing the image multiple times on white, as well as yellow and turquoise to paper piece the base, I hand cut the bottom part of the globe and used Nesties Circles to cut the globe insert as well as the border that hides where I've glued the acrylic "globe".  I tore sand printed DP and glued it atop the embossed waves on the bottom to complete the beach scene.



Here's a closer look inside the globe.  I've filled it with actual sand after coloring multiple layers of Sand Globe Hippo and the cone with Copics, fussy cutting and layering the images for dimension and adding some cute sunnies to the beach babe and Glossy accents to the ice cream.



The picnic basket is attached with foam to the sand globe base and the layered sandwich is laying on "sandwich wrap" so as not to get all sandy.  The sentiment was computer generated.  Last day for the contest, so I'm sort of sneaking this in.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art June Linky Challenge, Creative Moments ATG/Summer, Fresh Brewed Designs Life's a Beach, Critters and Creatures June Llinky Party,  Crafty Creations ATG, Crafting from the Heart ATGCraft your Passion ATG, Love to Scrap ATG613 Avenue Create ATG/Optional Tag, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends ATGCorrosive Challenge June Lots of LayersLet's Color Linky Party 10 ATGCrafting with Friends ATG, Creative Fingers ATG, Simply Papercraft ATGCrafting with an Attitude ATGCrafty Girls Creations ATG, Little Claire's Create a Scene and Inspiration Destination ATG.