Friday, November 17, 2017

New Little Reindeer Sprite Gift With Purchase From Aurora Wings

EEEK!  Tell me he's not the cutest EVER!  This little guy is the newest Sprite from Aurora Wings and he's being offered as a Gift With Purchase this weekend.  More about that later, 'cause there's a coupon, too.  WooHoo!  Meet little Reindeer Sprite.  I couldn't wait to color this little guy.  He looks a little sleepy, or maybe a bit wistful so I made up a story about him while making this tag.

My original thought was to do him (or her) in pastel for a "Baby's First Christmas" card, but then remembered this week's Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge that also calls for "Anything but a Card", so I used the natural browns and red and made a tag instead. 

My story is that this little reindeer is dreaming of "running with the big dogs" (or should I say "flyin' with the big DEER"?) and pulling Santa's sleigh, but he's still too little.  Santa told him to "Believe" and he will surely grow up to be one of the chosen few.  The reindeer clip and embroidered stag ribbon represent the current team and I've also added sleigh bells strung with twine from DL.Art and some punched snowflakes distressed with ink with Nuvo Drops for the centers.  The stitched ribbon has been recycled from old Anthropologie shopping bags (got LOTS of it!) and there's faux stitching on the DP, as well.

Here's a closeup of Reindeer Sprite.  He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped on the tag.  I've used gold gel pen for his bell.

You want him, don't you?  I mean who can resist that face?  Well, as I said earlier, he's a Gift with Purchase for this weekend only with a $5.00 minimum purchase from either OR AW Etsy.  And better yet, there's a Coupon you may use in conjunction with the offer!  So hop to it!  Ya snooze, ya LOSE.

Here's how to keep up with what's happening at Aurora Wings.
Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge ends TOMORROW!)
Aurora Wings FB Group (Nov. FB Challenge runs all month)

Happy Holidays

Here's another cutie called #1909 Egg Penguin, again from Sandra Caldwell.  I took quite a bit of time in coloring this little guy with Copics, using tips from the Kit and Clowder October Markers class to give his flippers some shine and round out his face a bit.  Added texture to his hat and decided to keep the card my fave color scheme of red, white and black.  I've cut him out with a Gina Marie Stitched die and used DP from the DCWV Merry Christmas Stack from a few years back and added snowflakes to match and a chipboard sentiment from Recollections.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas challenge, the Outlawz Monday Greetings Happy Holidays, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w/Critters November #8, Crafty Animals November #8 AG, CHNC November Christmas Challenge Extra, Aud Sentiments #193 AG w/Sentiment (4/5), the Paper Shelter Add SnowflakesInspiration Destination #193 AG, Simon Says Monday It's a Stitch Up (Stitched die) and Crafty Girls Creations November AG.

Santa Head Ornie

I love to recycle empty ribbon Spools and this adorable #1901 Santa Face Ornie by Sandra Caldwell was a natural to turn into an ornie to hang on the tree and keep the children in line. LOL He's colored with Copics and fussy cut to hang on a mini pine branch.  I've covered both side with DP and used marabou feather garland around the spool (for the Outlawz Festive Fridays something with feathers theme) and a wire loop, bow and  computer generated sentiment.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 AG, Aud Sentiments #193 AG w/Sentiment (3/5), Inspiration Destination #193 AG, Crafty Girls Creations November #41 AG... 

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Sharing a Thanksgiving card for the Sandra Caldwell FB challenge that just ended using #1899 Pumpkin Thankful Pie. Personally, I'm thankful that all I really have to make are the pies for Thanksgiving (and a butternut squash lasagna) because it's my friend's fave holiday to cook for.  Yay, Lisa!  Colored the stamp with Copics and fussy cut.  Papers again from some very old DCWV Fall stacks.  Love that the sentiment was right in the paper.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #216 Patriotic or Thank you, Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Thank You/Thanksgiving Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 AG and Aud Sentiments #193 AG+ Sentiment.

Just a Little Late for Halloween

Yeah, I totally missed Halloween AND Dia de Los Muertos.  What can I say?  Too much going on these days.  I did, however, manage to use this cutie from Sandra Caldwell called #1905 Frankie Treat for her FB challenge that just ended and I'm ahead for next year, right?  He's colored with Copics and fussy cut.  Dug deep in my stash for old DCWV Fall Glitter stack papers and used my new pumpkin dies from Gina Marie.  Added a couple of glitter crows from Recollections and a computer generated sentiment and called it done. 

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG challenge, DL.Art November Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 AG and Aud Sentiments #193 AG + Sentiment.

Friday, November 10, 2017

General Store

Yes, don't faint, friends.  I'm actually posting on a semi regular basis again after the computer fiasco, the big party I hosted and fun visit with my BFF from college. (Miss you already, Beck!) I participate in the Outlawz Challenges and was thrilled with the Progressive Challenge image from Createful Heart called General Store.  I managed to finish it just under the wire in a rush and forgot to even post it on my blog, so here it is.  I found some pretty Fall paper in my stash and colored the image with my Copics accordingly.  The image was cut with a Spellbinders Labels Seventeen and inked with Distress while still in the die.  Then I simply matted with Kraft because there was already a lot going on there.  Love the nostalgic look of this General StoreCreateful Heart Digis has some fabulous images and especially excels in vintage images (and KITTIES!).  You can check them all out HERE.

P.S. There is also a Createful Heart FB group and Challenge Blog.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Here Come the Holidays!

Are you ready?  Nah, me neither.  The holidays will be quickly upon us and although I love them dearly, sometimes stress gets the better of me.  That's why when I saw this fun #1898 Pumpkin Spice Latte digi from Sandra Caldwell (currently on sale for only $1.50) with a group of others for her current FB challenge HERE, I couldn't resist this sentiment.

I've colored the digi with Copics, fussy cut and put on an action wobble.  The  wreath and blank sign  are digital from Creative Market. The sentiments were added in my printing program and I attached the beverage enhancements directly to the digi.

The design is inspired by the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch (with a few tweaks and additions) and the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge that calls for 3 brads, flowers and pearls.  I wasn't sure if there needed to be 3 of each, but better safe than sorry.  LOL  The crinkle ribbon from DL.Art was added to hide a hole in the paper.

 DL.Art November Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #69 AG,  Inspiration Destination #137 AG, the Color Crazy Challenge #44 AG, and Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #213 AG...

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

Today begins the new challenge at Aurora Wings.  Our theme is 'Recycled' and I've had a ball creating an underwater world for Mitzi's adorable  Little Pirate available exclusively at  I've been saving this Amaretto bottle for just the right project and this is it. 

I liked the shape and texture of the bottle so decided not to alter that, but did fill it with sand and water (tinted blue with Distress reinker) and dropped in some tiny shells, a few skulls and a top hat Monopoly game piece to give the impression of a shipwreck.  "Yo Ho Ho" is done with Alpha Stickers and the fish are from Little B.

Here's a closeup of Little Pirate.  He's colored with Copics and metallic gel pens and I've added a metal skull and crossbones to his hat.  His chest sits on some reindeer moss "seaweed" and the treasure map behind him (a freebie from the internet) was sprayed with water, crinkled and left to dry.

I disguised the writing on the cap with washi and a skull embellie from Recollections.  The compass is Tim Holtz and the chain is from my stash.

The anchor is done in several layers with a Spellbinders die from matte metallic card stock and distressed.  Behind it you can see a real barnacle I picked off a mussel shell.

I wanted each side to have some interest so I wrapped the map around and also added moss and a small starfish.  I really enjoyed this project and I hope you do too.  Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the rest of the Stella team's fabulous makes.

Can't wait to see what you recycle and you can use your entries in the new November Anything Goes FB Challenge, too.  WooHoo!

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy National CAT Day!

Goliath thinks this is him and his tail has miraculous grown for the day.

Well, DUH!  Every cat, cat lover and cat owner knows THAT!

Except maybe Grumpy cat.

But we know better.

YUP!  Just like any other day.

A huge thanks to Janis from Her Peaceful Garden and all the wonderful sponsors and participants of the Cat Lovers Hop.  Hate to see it end.

Since my Goliath and Jezebel aren't feeling particularly photogenic at the mo, I thought I'd share the the kitties I've been collecting since the last Hop.  All hand made by artists from around the world.

I may be back with a project, but first...COFFEE!  We'll see...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friends Fur-ever for the Cat Lovers Hop

It's the last day and possibly the last post for the Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  At least for me, anyway.  I have some errands to run and we're going out tonight so...  Besides, I've got my contacts in (because I'm too vain to go out in public with glasses on) and I have all kinds of trouble coloring without my mega strength pair. 

I've had loads of fun on the Hop and decided to experiment with some REALLY OLD stuff from my stash.  Does anyone use rub-ons anymore?  I thought they were cool at one time but had no idea that they can be difficult to use when they're OLD.  This whole floral background is a rub-on by Heidi Grace circa 2009.  Ahem...  I thought it might make a fab background for a bunch of colorful kitty stickers I've had in my stash since before then even.  Not the worst ever, but it took me a half hour trying to decide what color to mat with.  Eiyiyi!  Step AWAY from the crafting table.  Sentiment is STAMPED with a clear sentiment from My Pink Stamper that I had to cut in half to fit the space.  Even with my Misti it's crooked.  (Must be those contacts)  Heart paper is Heidi Grace too.  Of course NOW I've found the Ai stamps I bought at the Scrapbook Expo in February just for this Hop.  Maybe later, or tomorrow for National Cat Day...we'll see.

I'm also adding this to the SYUP Furrything Goes challenge, the DL.Art October Linky challenge and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #68 AG.

Another for the Cat Lovers Hop

It's the last day to link up for the Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden and I still have so many ideas!  Again I will say "So many cats, so little time!)  Well, we'll see how it goes, eh?

This adorable image is from THE EAST WIND called Super Chunky.  Isn't she the cutest kitty EVEH!?!?  I'd colored it previously with Copics and pencils (for fur detail) but it never made it onto a project.  I'd used the png version and placed it on some digital knit paper cropped in a heart in my printing program and then fussy cut.  I need a baby card and thought now was the time to pull it out.  The DP is from the old MAMBI Baby Girl stack.  The pinks don't match exactly, which was my trouble the other day, but I finally inked around the heart with a number of Distress pinks and Hickory Smoke and finally decided it would have to do.  Those metal words from Colorbok are coming in handy these days, eh?

I'm also adding this to the SUYP October Furrything Goes, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies October AG/w critter and Simon Says Wednesday AG.

Another Quickie for the Cat Lovers Hop

Last night as I was about to head downstairs I noticed some scraps on my desk that got me thinking about another quickie for the Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  Today is the last day to link up projects, but you can still comment and play in the daily games through tomorrow which is NATIONAL CAT DAY!  WOOHOO!   I will be so sad to see it all end.  Goliath and Jezebel, however, were quick to point out that EVERY DAY is CAT DAY so there ya go.

Anyway, here's the card.  The frame was the negative from a previous project and I'd already die cut the tree but decided not to use it on something.  I'd been sorting through my Halloween crafting goodies and forgotten about these adorable kitty stickers from Recollections.  I do use embellishment stickers occasionally, but rarely as the main deal on a card (doesn't keep me from buying them though, especially KITTIES!)  Well, the tree (from Memory Box) fit purr-fectly in the frame so I cut a moon and assembled the Halloween kitty stickers for a Meowloween party under the harvest moon.  The sparkly crow and Halloween banner sentiment are from Recollections too.  Purr-ty cute, eh?

I'm also adding this to the SUYP October Furrything Goes/Meowloween challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friend #68 AG.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Love Mew for the Cat Lovers Hop

I'm so irritated!  I spent the better part of the day looking for paper, for an image I'd colored, to no avail.  Since it's so late in the game and it's Friday night, I thought I'd switch gears and do a quickie so here ya go for today's offering for the Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.

Card embossed with tiny heart Cuttlebug folder.  Red Heart Ribbon die cut from Die-namites.  Yin Yang cats freebie from the net cut and matted with Spellbinders Circles.  Sentiment stamped (yes, don't faint, you heard right, actually  STAMPED) after embossing no less, with the help of my Misti, from the Stampendous clear stamp and cutting die set by Fran Seiford.  YAY, ME!

I'm also adding this to the SUYP October Furrything Goes challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG, the Outlawz Sunday CAS Cats (OF COURSE) or dogs.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Smile for the Cat Lovers Hop

Okay, then.  Here's another for the Cat Lover's Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  At least now I've got 4 projects in 4 days, and considering the fact that any deadlines have recently sent me into a tailspin, I'm doin' good.  (Is it wine o'clock yet?)  Silly me, it's wine o'clock somewhere, eh?  

So as soon as I saw this image, called Smiley Cat from Bloobel Stamps I thought of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland and the wheels started turning.  I remembered an embossing folder I had from Crafts Too and pictured Smiley Cat in the tree, but I didn't want him to be all embossed too, so I cut a hole in the tree after embossing from which he could peek out.  A rectangular card seemed a bit boring and since the majority of it would be white, I decided to cut the top of the tree in a circle (with Spellbinders Grands) and back it with a Scalloped Circle to add some color.  I embossed the tree again, trimmed it to fit and added the trunk and ground to a square card base and lined it up.

Here's a closeup of Smiley Cat. He's colored with Copics in the colors of the more recent Alice in Wonderland movie.  Because he's a digi, I was able to resize him to fit in the hole I'd cut purrfectly.  The sentiment is an old metal sticker from Colorbok.  I'm making this sort of a Thinking of You card so inside it will say "It makes people wonder what you're up to."  Cheers!  

I'm also entering this in the SUYP October Furrything Goes challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG and the Outlawz Festive Fridays for the theme Thinking of You.

An ATC for the Cat Lovers Hop

I'm gonna stop numbering my Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden posts because, as you can see, I already missed Day 3.  Not that you HAVE to post every day.  You can post as much or as little as you want...or even not at all, since you can win prizes just by commenting on the daily posts.

I may try to catch up today, but my mojo took a dive, not for lack of inspiration, but the impossibility of making a decision as to what I want to make.  Too many cats...too little time?  Meah, maybe.

I did just manage a cute ATC from one of the sponsors of the Hop Knitty Kitty.  I even had trouble making a decision on which Knitty Kitty I wanted to use.  I finally decided on Lucky Neko #59, because I had cool Asian inspired trim stickers and tiny sentiment.  Colored with Copics, cut with a Spellbinders Gothic Arch and added a gem. Yay, me!

I'm also adding this to the SUYP #23 Furrything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday AG, and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #68 AG.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cat Lovers Hop Day 2

Welcome my contribution to Day 2 of the Cat Lover's Hop.  Have you checked out this fabulous Hop that Janis from Her Peaceful Garden has put together?  This is the 3rd year and it just keeps getting bigger and better.  If you love cats, you gotta go see.  Great games, prizes and inspiration.  Link up as many projects as you like and get the deets HERE and check out the daily games, too.  This year you'll have all week to participate in them, as well.  WooHoo!

This project was inspired by the Outlawz Tuesday Color challenge photo and greatly influenced by the Cat Lovers Hop.  (Gee, ya think?)

I thought this was a tough challenge until I found holographic paper in my stash and finally my "Peace" die from Sizzix resurfaced from???  Perfect for a sparkly Christmas card, but WAIT!  Peace became "Peaceful" in honor of Her Peaceful Garden with the addition of a few letters from my QuiKutz Alphabet and loads of kitties from my Inspiration Obsession Die joined the scene.  Wishing all cat owners a Peaceful Christmas.  (Is that even possible with all of those fun decorations to play with?)  These kitties look pretty mellow.  Added some sparkly snowflakes from JoLee's and called it done.  PURRFECT!

I'm also adding this to the SUYP October Furrything Goes/optional Meowloween challenge and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies October AG w/critter.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cat Lovers Blog Hop Day 1

YAY!  I'm so excited it's the start of the Cat Lovers Blog Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  You know I love me some kitties and I hope you do, too.  There's gobs of inspiration and fabulous sponsors.  All the info is on the main Hop Post HERE, and you can join in a little or a lot.

I hope to join in A LOT, not only by commenting, but also by crafting, but we'll see how it goes, eh?  I've had some mojo trouble since my old computer went kaput and I lost all of my digis (still trying to retrieve them) so I didn't manage to work ahead at all.  YIKES!

My first project just happens to be for Meowloween using the adorable new digi #1876 Jacko Head Kitty by Sandra Caldwell that happens to be on sale for only $1.50 as part of her FB Challenge.  He's colored with Copics and I used the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch.  Papers are from Graphic 45 and Authentique (alpha stickers, too).  Bats from my stash.

I'm also adding this to the October SUYP #23 Furrything Goes + Meowloween Challenge.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wine Sprite Bottle Topper

Just a few more hours to get this new Wine Sprite from Aurora Wings for FREE with a $5.00 minimum purchase from Aurora or Aurora Wings Etsy.  (OOPS!  Too late for the freebie, but check the *Edit* below.)

I love her so much, I can't stop playing with her.  This time I've made a little bottle topper for the Chardonnay we're bringing to friends.  It's an easy peasy project that really dresses up a bottle, don'tcha think?

Here's the closeup.  I've cropped her and colored with Copics, this time with the colors of Chardonnay grapes.  (See previous project HERE.)  The leaves behind are again from Finedigitalarts.  The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon from DL.Art from the Halloween Bundle, Gold Bundle and Fall Bundle.


Well if you missed the giveaway, she is now available HERE at and HERE on Etsy.  I used the png version on both of my projects and now she's available to you (the freebie was jpg only).  WooHoo!

I'm entering this in the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #211, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG, Your Scrapbook Place AG, The Ribbon Girl October any image challenge, And more, but I've gotta go...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wine Sprite Gift with Purchase from Aurora Wings

I hope you've all had a chance to view the new Double Showcase Release on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog, and see the gorgeous new stamps Mitzi has added to the Aurora Wings family.  I had the pleasure of joining them, not only for this adorable new Gift with Purchase Sprite, but also for the release of 'Queen of the Autumn Forest'.  Please visit my post HERE to see my project with this new beauty.  But who is this cutie?  Meet Wine Sprite, my personal Guardian Angel Sprite that you can get for FREE (see coupon below).

I've used the png version of Wine Sprite (you will receive the jpg version as your freebie) and backed her with watercolor clip art from Finedigitalarts to reflect the bounty of the harvest.  She's colored with Copics, matted with burlap and will have a place of honor on my wine bar.  The sentiment is computer generated  and popped with foam.  I've got about a bazillion other ideas for her since my town of Livermore CA is the heart of this valley's wine culture.  Love, love, LOVE this new little Sprite!

Tell me this isn't the cutest Sprite EVEH!!!!!!  And you can get her for FREE with a minimum $5.00 purchase (after coupon) today through Sunday, October 22nd.

And what's a Showcase without a coupon?  Here ya go!  available at both Aurora and Aurora Wings Etsy.  Can you combine them?  That would be YES!  

I'm entering this in the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC #201 AGLil Patch of Crafty Friends AGPile it On #135 FantasyCrafty Friends #68 AGThe Fairy and the Unicorn Anything Mythical GoesCrafting-With-Friends #52 AGCCC Digi Creations Fantasy, the Classic Design Team Open Challenge Oct AGthe World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #27 AG613 Avenue Create AGGlitter 'N' Sparkle #261 AGTTRCD AG week of Oct. 17th{Pin}spirational Challenge #201Crafty Sentiments Designs LeavesDigi Choosday Wk 42 AGIke's World #99 AG/Autumn, Double D 'Leave it to Me', Simon Says Wednesday Photo Inspiration, Crafty Addicts Challenge #41 Autumn Colors,