Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Guest Designing for SheepSki Designs FB Challenge


I'm thrilled to be joining the SheepSki Designs FB DT in Guest Designing for the New FB challenge.  The theme is ATG with a SheepSki image /w optional Add Flowers.  I've used the gorgeous Butterfly Girl, #148.  Isn't she just stunning?  I've colored her with Copics and had fun doing her hair (of course red for my first try,  LOL).  The Butterfly Girl image allows for lots of creative interpretation in doing her hair and I'm sure I'll be coloring her again and again.  Check out some more inspiration for her on Etsy HERE.  I tried to color the butterfly as a Swallowtail and added the butterflies behind her in black using the Butterfly Exhibit die from Memory Box.  The added flowers from my stash are from Petaloo.  

If you're not already a member of the SheepSki Designs FB Group, you can check it out HERE.  Andrea offers some amazing freebies for use in her FB challenge and there's also a Sheepski Challenge Blog where any image can be entered (but you get an extra image if it's a SheepSki Design.)  WooHoo!

I'm entering this in the  DL.Art June Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AGSimon Says Wednesday Bright and Cheerful,  The Outlawz Festive Friday AG Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #238 AG 2/3 A Bit More Time to Craft #70 AGSimply Papercraft #58 AG, TTRCD Week of June 19th, Craftaholics R Us, AG, and Inspiration Destination AG (final challenge, sniff sniff) ...

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Challenge at Aurora Wings


A brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the fabulous theme of



(Inspired by a Fairy Tale.)  I've chosen The fairy tale Cinderella and used the gorgeous Rococo Cinderella available HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.  The Disney version we've all come to know and love was based on the original version by Charles Perrault (aka Mother Goose) but the Brothers Grimm had their own version later, as well, and I read some interesting facts about their version HERE. YIKES!



It took me a good while to color this flipped, enlarged and cropped version of Rococo Cinderella.  As you can see here, I printed it pretty big, planning to use a new dimensional frame die that I finally decided was more than I could handle without some practice.  I truly appreciate that Mitzi allows for a lot of creative interpretation when using her images.  This is the third time I've colored a version of this digi.  In this version, you can clearly see and enjoy the amazing detail Mitzi puts into her images.  You can see my other projects HERE and with the full background HERE.  Yup!  Same color scheme.  What can I say?  I'm a traditionalist.  LOL



Here's a closeup of the finished colored version, but not the first attempt.  This image is actually a full body view, so when I enlarged it to this size, it did not lose any resolution, but the outline enlarged as well making the black lines a bit bolder than I wanted, so I opted for a "no lines" version by changing the image color to a lighter gray before printing.

This is one of my first attempt as "no lines" so it took quite awhile to color with my Copics.  The lighter gray made some of the details fade and I made a  mistake by originally outlining her eyes with a black Memento pen, as I was afraid I would not be able to do as fine a line as needed with my Copics.  OMG! How harsh it was compared to the rest of the coloring!  I'd already spent hours on the skin and hair and was about to chuck it all and start over, but instead printed that portion of her face in a bit darker gray, recolored and fussy cut just the eyes and glued them over the offending mistake.  Crisis averted!  YAY!



Here's the dimensional view. I had a bit of a panic attack fussy cutting the image after all that work, but I managed. I used the largest of the Spellbinders Grand Labels One and it's fancy frame counterpart as the base for this project.  The DP is from the DCWV Luxury Stack.  The Dream sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft and clockworks behind and carriage are by Joy Crafts.  This really is too large to be a card, so I'm calling it a home decor piece.  I'll either attach an easel back to stand on a desk or shelf for inspiration or add a ribbon for hanging.  I'll decide another day.  Be sure to check out the AWCB to see the fabulous inspiration from my Aurora Team sisters and come play along.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through July 14th)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Another New Sprite from the AuroraWings Showcase


We're celebrating the arrival of four new Sprites on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and I'm thrilled to be joining the Showcase team today for this fabulous new release.  Here we have the adorable Thistle Sprite.  Don't let those fuzzy tufts fool you.  Her leaves can be prickly if you don't watch out.  I've trimmed a die cut from Find It Trading to add to this design.  The bottom flowers looked like thistle heads to me.  The Dp is from K&Co and the sentiment is a sticker from Tim Holtz Small Talk.



Here's a closeup of Thistle Sprite.  I've colored her with Copics and fussy cut and popped her along with the bottom die cut.



I've also added a touch of texture with some flocking on the tips of her flower tufts.  She may be soft on the surface, but watch out!  This chickie can hold her own.
Thistle Sprite

PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW Etsy

Here's a little peek at the three other Sprites being showcased today.


Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite


See my full project with Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite HERE.


Buttercup Sprite

PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW Etsy

See my full project with Buttercup Sprite HERE.


Honeysuckle Sprite


Tell me you're not excited about these cuties!  Check out the fabulous inspiration from the Aurora Wings Showcase team on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and then hop to it.  You know you want 'em so here's a Coupon good in both AuroraWings shops through the weekend.  WooHoo!


OMG!  There's MORE!!!!!



Gotta say any of this beauties would be perfect for our current Joyous Occasions Challenge on the AWCB.  It ends at 11:59 PM EDT this Saturday so there's still time.  Hope to see you there.



Four New Sprites at Aurora Wings!


EEEK!  I'm thrilled to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team to introduce 4 new members of the beloved Sprite Family.  Could anything be more exciting?  After a very long cold winter for many of us, it's finally safe to say that summer is here and these four floral beauties are ready to grace your crafty garden.  Here's Buttercup Sprite, as bright and sunny as a summer day.  Is she precious or what?  I've used papers form the Lemon Floral Stack from DCWV and a gorgeous die by Jeanine's Art from Find it Trading.  The sentiment is one from Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers.  The layered flowers in the corner are Prima.



Here's a closeup of Buttercup Sprite.  I've colored her with Copics in the traditional bright yellows normally associated the the flower, but she'd be equally adorable in any color that suits your imagination.  I generally take a look at photos of the actual flower to give me some direction and decided to add the center detail using small punches from my stash  The tiny beads in the center are called Prills and attached with a clear gel glue.  Links to this sweetie are below.


Buttercup Sprite


So are you ready for more?  How about a peek?  Here are the colored samples of the other 3 Sprites being Showcased, but you'll have to visit another post to see the finished projects.

Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite


See my full project with Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite HERE.

Thistle Sprite


See my full project with Thistle Sprite HERE.

Honeysuckle Sprite


Tell me you're not excited about these cuties!  Check out the fabulous inspiration from the Aurora Wings Showcase team on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and then hop to it.  You know you want 'em so here's a Coupon good in both AuroraWings shops through the weekend.  WooHoo!


OMG!  There's MORE!!!!!



Gotta say any of this beauties would be perfect for our current Joyous Occasions Challenge on the AWCB.  It ends at 11:59 PM EDT this Saturday so there's still time.  Hope to see you there.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art June Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC#237 AG 3/3, Simply Papercraft #58 AG, Crafty Calendar 3 of Something (flowers and pearls in corner) 3/3, the Outlawz Festive Fridays AG, Crafty Gals Corner Summer Colors, Inspiration Destination AG, Dragonfly Dreams June AG, A Bit More Time to Craft #69 AG, A Perfect Time to Craft AG, the Classic Design Team Open June 2/3...

Introducing Four New Sprites from Aurora Wings!


It's a happy day on the AuroraWings Showcase Blog where four new Sprites are making their debut.  I'm thrilled to be joining the Showcase team to introduce the newest members of the Sprite family.  Here's the adorable Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite.  Isn't she sweet?  These flowers need some support via trellises or other structures so I've added a trellis die cut across from Spellbinders along with a fancy trellis medallion from Heartfelt Creations. 



Here's a closeup of Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite.  I've colored her with Copics in the colors that a neighbor has covering his mailbox.  Hope the mailman doesn't get stung when delivering the mail there, as these flowers are often teeming with bees.  But I'm sure they're the friendly ones like the brads I've added to my card.  They're a favorite for butterflies and hummingbirds, as well.


Trumpet Honeysuckle Sprite




I've used the new sketch from the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch challenge for the design.  They've helped me out countless times when I've been struggling with a design.  I've substituted a die cut sentiment from Die-versions for the banner up top and added quilling strip streamers at each end, like those I've woven through the trellis.

Now are you ready to see the rest of the adorable new Sprites?  Of course you are!  How about a peek?  Here are the colored samples of the other 3 Sprites being Showcased, but you'll have to visit another post to see the finished projects.


  Buttercup Sprite


See my full project with Buttercup Sprite HERE.

Thistle Sprite


See my full project with Thistle Sprite HERE.

Honeysuckle Sprite


Tell me you're not excited about these cuties!  Check out the fabulous inspiration from the AuroraWings Showcase team on the AuroraWings Showcase Blog and then hop to it.  You know you want 'em so here's a Coupon good in both AuroraWings shops through the weekend.  WooHoo!






Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another for the Outlawz


Today I've one for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge on the Outlawz.  It's funny how I never followed sketches until I joined the Outlawz.  Now I love them, although I'm still pretty literal when following them, but I gotta say, they've saved my butt more than a few times when I've been stuck for a design.  I found the coordinating papers from MAMBI while looking for pink polka dots for the Color Challenge yesterday.  I was going for a two-fer but decided that there were too many other colors here to fit the tic tac toe board so I quickly made another card for a better fit.  The lime doily is Doodlebug, Celebrate is a by Tutti Designs (and comes with two sizes and this is the larger one) and the Heart Balloons is Die-versions, cut 4 times in coordinating colors to layer over the white.  The little hearts at the bottom were punched.



Here's the sketch.  Like I said, I'm not all that creative in interpretation, but it worked.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art June Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC#237 AGSimply Papercraft #58 AGScrapy Land Challenge #91 AG w/ die brands SL sells, Dare 2B Artzy Bright Colors, and Crafty Calendar 3 of Something.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Quickie for the Outlawz


Yikes, it's been a week since I blogged!  Very unlike me, but what can I say?  I took some time to work on some of my pencil classes from Kit and Clowder but haven't finished and this last weekend was the 100th year of the Livermore Rodeo.  YeeHaw!  I've got a BIG post coming up on Thursday so stay tuned.  In the meantime here's a quickie I did for the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge.  It's a tic tac toe board and I chose the top row.



Here's the board.  I had one heck of a time finding pink polka dot paper.  Really?  And the dots aren't white but will have to do.  The "grass is a Martha Stewart icicle punch that I more often use for grass.  The heart is the outside of an elaborate Spellbinders die, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, the cute kids are from Die-versions and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.  I think it makes a sweet anniversary card.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art June Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#237 AG, Simply Papercraft #58 AG, Scrapy Land Challenge #91 AG w/ die brands SL sells.




Monday, June 4, 2018

Another Joyous Occasion for Aurora Wings


It's time for the mid-challenge inspiration on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and we're celebrating Joyous Occasions.  This time my occasion is a little more off-beat, but definitely joyous!  Can you think of anything more fun than getting a NEW PET?  (Preferable a kitty, or two, or three, but maybe that's just me.)  I've used the adorable Can I Keep Them, currently available exclusively HERE at AuroraWings.com and geared it more for a child, using cute paper from an old Heidi Grace stack that reminded me of a child's drawing or book illustration.



Here's a close-up of Can I Keep Them.  I've colored with Copics with a little bit of fur detail from my Prismacolor pencils.  I still remember picking out my first kitty for my 4th birthday and having the hardest time with all those cuties running around.  I finally decided on a little boy I named Twinkle.  I was soooo excited and happy!

The kitties at her feet are Kitten Smitten Shape Sprinkles stickers from Doodlebug.  The colors and expressions seemed to match the image kitties and to be honest, I could only find that scrap of grass on my desk and the dies were nowhere to be found (at least for now) and they helped fill up some space in front of the MS fence I'd punched.  Anyway, the more kitties the merrier, in my book, but the harder to choose, for sure.



Since I'd printed Can I Keep Them so big, I used Spellbinders Grand Oval for the upright scene, but did not have paper large enough to cut the base of the easel with the ovals, as well.  Instead I used Grand Circles but had to trim a bit for the edges not to show from the front.  The fence goes all the way around the oval matting and is attached to the back.



The sentiment is a sticker from Echo Park's Meow Pack.  It's popped on foam to hold the easel upright.  The first line is hard to read because it's so light, but says "I just want you to know".  This could be referring to the chosen kitty, and in fact, my Twinkle was indeed a Siamese, like the one there, but it could also work as a birthday card for a kitty loving little girl.  You could easily add a "Happy Birthday" Sentiment under the little paper clip sun (also Doodlebug) at the top of the oval, if you wish.



Finally the entire card does fold pretty flat as the only popped elements are the mat on the oval and the sentiment on the base.  Both the fence and the sweet girl can be pushed to either side to flatten further for mailing.  (I've fashioned a strip of cardstock into an open rectangle to put behind her head to keep her in line with the fence where she is attached at the bottom.  So there ya go.  Took a bit of unexpected engineering but I'm pleased with the outcome.

Please be sure to check out the Joyous Occasions my fabulous Stella DT sisters are celebrating on the AWCB.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through June 16th)

I'm adding this to the DL.Art June Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG/AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #15 AG w/Critter, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#236 AG (3/3), A Bit More Time to Craft #69 AG (U), World Wide Open DT Challenge May 15 AG 2/3), Classic DT Open June #26 AG, Simply Papercraft #58 AG, Crafting With Friends #68 AG (3/3), KBD #119 AG/optional Congrats, QKR Stampede #298 AG, A Perfect Time to Craft Open #06 AG, CCK Inspiration and Challenge June Cats or Dogs, Crafty Animals June #15 AG/w animals, Crafty Girls Creations June #48 AG (1/3), Colour Crazy Challenge #21 AG/w coloring (2/3), Creative with Stamps #27 Cute Animals, Die Cut Divas June Animals or Pets, Fabrika Fantasy June #21 Animals, Creative Crafters #4 AG, 613 Avenue Create #210 AG, Simon Says Monday All Things Bright and Beautiful, Dare 2B Artzy Bright Colors and SUYP (cats only) challenge #30 Furrything Goes.