Monday, May 15, 2017

My Secret Garden for Aurora Wings

I can hardly believe it's our 50th challenge at Aurora Wings and I've been there since the beginning.  Well, time certainly flies when you're having fun and I have enjoyed every minute.  Our new theme is My Secret Garden and I've made a (rather large) wall hanging using the gorgeous new(ish) Lady Blossom available HERE on Etsy and HERE on  Believe it or not, I actually chose my Copic colors prior to choosing my DP.  Gotta love that K&Company.  The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.

I was particularly thrilled with the theme of My Secret Garden.  It brought me back to my childhood where I lived across the street from my grade school and part of the playground was an incline wooded area left to nature.  I loved to play there, especially during school breaks, imagining fairies, elves and trolls living among the plants and in tree hollows.  I was particularly fond of the wild Jack in The Pulpit plants, thinking they were great places for magical creatures to live and hide and even dug some up to replant in my own Secret Garden behind my playhouse.  I still remember a little song about them, suggesting that they were actually little men themselves.  OMG, I can't believe I found it.  You can actually listen to it HERE, but I digress...

What I'm really getting at here is my Secret Garden lived (and still lives) in my imagination.  In the closeup of my project you can get a better peek at some of the magical creatures who live among the gorgeous flowers of the mind.  All are colored with Copics.

The garden gates are die cuts by Heartfelt Creations that I've used over and over.  The lock is a resin embellie from Melissa Frances.  Of course the garden is enchanted.  How sad if it were not.

Tucked among the flowers is Hydrangea Fairy 2, available HERE on Etsy and HERE on  I printed a portion of Lady Blossom's floral crown to color and fussy cut to make a pocket for her.  She's also colored with Copics, but in slightly less vibrant shades so she could blend into her surroundings.

Finally, whispering in Lady Blossom's ear is a Pixie, available HERE on Etsy and HERE on  She's fussy cut and popped because at only 1 1/2 inches tall, she really got lost in her surroundings.  She holds the key to the Secret Garden and reminds Lady Blossom she can unlock the gate wherever and whenever she wants to.  The more often the better, I'd say.

Well, I sort of got a bit carried away here, but it's easy when entering the magical fantasy world of Aurora Wings.  Be sure to scoot off to the Challenge Blog to see the lovely inspiration from my Aurora Teamies.  Hope to see you join us in My Secret Garden and also on the FB Group page where the May Contest is in full swing.  If you're not already a member of the Group, please ask to join.  (I happen to know there might be a party coming up very soon... shhh!!)

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I'm entering this in the DL.Art May Linky challenge, Crafts Galore Encore May AG, Classic Design Team Open May #14, TTRCD May 9-15 AG, Craft-Dee BowZ May AG w/Handmade Bow, Create and Inspire #62 AG/optional Flowers, Crafty Calendar May Flowers, World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #22 AG, the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge(choose 3 of the 5, blue, purple and pink), the Corrosive Challenge May AG, Allsorts Week 415 Ring a ring O'Roses, Crafting-With-Friends #43 AG, Morgan's Art World#9 AG, A Perfect Time to Craft May AG, Crafts and Me May AG, Your Scrapbook Place May AG, Crafty Purple Frog May Fabulously Floral, Creatalicious AG, Crafting With Dragonflies #80 Lots of Flowers and/or Mother's Day, the Corrosive Challenge 5 May AG and Fussy and Fancy Friday #187 Pink Pearls and Posies


  1. I would LOVE to have a wall hanging as BEAUTIFUL as this, with fabulous colours and colouring and little fairies inside it too, OH! How WONDERFUL to be transported to the land of Fairies. We didn't have those plants around us when I was growing up, but I did have Fairies living on the mountain opposite our house where I used to play and I'm sure this may be one of the Fairy Queens, ah! escape :) Thank you.

  2. This might be my new favorite of yours, Donna! I ADORE the subdued color palette that creates a beauty with a touch of nostalgia. Such beautiful coloring with attention to detail. I love love LOVE the two little fairies fussy cut to perfection
    and tucked in with care! Can't get any more magical than this! Thank you so much for your stunning inspiration for our latest challenge, Donna! Mitzi xxx

  3. I had to come and take a closer look when I saw that you had used more than one image here. I love that you hid the tiny characters in amongst the flowers...perfect for the 'secret' theme and just a delight to get up close with this beautiful project xx

  4. I didn't even see that tiny second fairy until you showed the close up. Wow, this is beautiful.

    We had fairies in our woods, too. They also lived in our gardens.

    I loved Jack in the Pulpits! Loved finding them. I knew a song but it's not the one you linked to. I googled it and found out it's part of a poem, but it goes:
    Jack in the pulpit preaches today
    Under the green trees right over the way
    Under the green trees right over the way.

    Thanks for bringing back the memory!


  5. Goodness me, so many Roses on that beautiful image, it's just perfect for our theme this week, many thanks for joining in with our 'Roses' theme at Allsorts.

    B x

  6. This is stunning beautifully coloured Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for

  7. LOVE this over and over, the added images into the mind of this gorgeous image is amazing, love how you made this come to life in the land of fairy world...clever.xx ♥[aNNie]

  8. WOW! Your coloring and design are just gorgeous Donna! Love it! Thanks so much for playing in our Fussy and Fancy Challenge! Please come back again soon!

    Fussy and Fancy Girl
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  9. A beautiful card Donna and fantastic colouring of the beautiful digi. Thanks for joining our challenge at Fussy and Fancy. Marlies

  10. Wow - Stunning!!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Angie DT for

  11. Such a gorgeous card design and so much detail. Love your colours. Thanks for joining us over a the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog....Jo xx

  12. Wow, this is stunning. Beautiful colouring, it must have taken you hours. Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge,
    Katrina x

  13. WOW WOW WOW. You have coloured this amazing image to perfection. Lovely design and great work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  14. Back again, and again stunning work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  15. Back again, and again stunning work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  16. What a beauty of a card -- I love it!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creatalicious Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  17. So gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

  18. Another beautiful piece Donna. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.

  19. This is beyond amazing Donna darling! Thank you so much for entering at Creatalicious. Jackie DT member x

  20. Wonderful creation! I love image and choice of colours! Beautiful colouring!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge May "ATG".

  21. WOW this is stunning. What a great job!!Coloring is so pretty.Thanks so much for entering your lovely card into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara

  22. Wow, wow, wow! This is so pretty and perfectly gives the magical garden feel! :D
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog and good luck.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

  23. What a gorgeous make...Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open...And good luck..Hope to see you again soon..

    Caz x
    [Caz DT for World Wide Open DT Challenge]
    My Blog

  24. Beautiful and stunning card! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious
    Tina dt

  25. This is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at YSP
    xx Jan DT

  26. Wonderful card! Your coloring is amazing. Thanks you for joining with us at The Corrosive Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry.
    Maritza DT

  27. Oh my goodness, what a fascinating image you have created, Donna. Your coloring is amazing and those whimsical little fairies you added are wonderful. I could look at this all day and still find something new and interesting. I have a secret garden in my own backyard, and I would love to imagine these beautiful fairies hanging out there.

  28. A fabulous card, such a beautiful image and lovely colours.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  29. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional stencils” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy the past couple of weeks…


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