Monday, October 15, 2018

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

A new challenge starts to day on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with the fabulous new theme...

Take a wild guess which one I chose. I've combined the gorgeous Remembrance with the skull cropped from Memento Mori.  The design idea is sort of a personal one, as I've not been sleeping all that well lately and hope that creating this will be a bit cathartic.  Don't worry, I won't bore you with details, you can use your imagination and come up with nightmares of your own.  LOL  The DP is from the BoBunny Serenade collection and I've used the Sleepy Hollow Oval Frame die, from Memory Box, to nestle the skull and poppies as if they were resting among the roots of a tree.  The Skeleton Hand die is also from Memory Box and the clock embellishment up top is from Recollections.

Here's a closeup, all colored with Copics with the addition of the Colorless Blender and cotton swab technique to blur and texture parts of the background.  I so enjoy combining portions of Mitzi's images to create a totally different vision and thrilled that Mitzi encourages people to be creative and have fun like this with her images.  The skull from Memento Mori, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy is not only cradled by the poppies from Remembrance, but also appears in the background.  When printing this page I lightened this skull to a pale gray give it the dreamlike effect.

Here is Remembrance, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy, as it appears for sale.  As you can see this image would be beautiful for any occasion.  I'd hate for you to discount the image, just because I've creeped it up a bit with skulls and such.

And finally, here's the sentiment from Tim Holtz.  I search and searched for something that was appropriate and almost gave up.  Then I found this.  Perhaps I'll rest easier tonight.

Please be sure to visit the Challenge Blog to see the fabulous inspiration from my Stella team mates.  I promise there are some sweet dreams, as well.

Also, there is an exciting coloring contest in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group with an adorable freebie available to participate.  Coloring only or full project with fabulous prizes!  Not a member?  Just ask to join.

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

I'm adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #255 AG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG/opt Fall holiday Dream in Darkness October AG dark, A Perfect Time to Craft Oct #10 AG, the Classic Design Team Challenge Oct (2/3), Crafts Galore Encore #56 Oct AG, Die Cut Divas Autumn or Halloween, ... and more in a few


  1. Sigh.... this is so darn clever..... I wish I had your creativity. It's an amazing card and the image looks like it was suposed to be like this. Amazing..... and to top it all you are fantastic with your copics. Hugz

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Donna, I love the Remembrance image, and how creative to add the skull, and bones. Beautifully designed and coloured. I hope the process helps you, Kate x

  3. Breathtaking Donna. Such a clever use of the images and stunning colours. I love this!

  4. Such a creative way of using the images, Donna! I love the drama this evokes on so many levels - visually, psychologically, and emotionally. The skeletal hand on the shoulder is oddly visceral - adds an awesome creep factor! Love it! Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration for today's new theme at Aurora Wings. Mitzi xxx

  5. Wow! What an imagination you have Donna, no wonder you have nightmares! This is amazing! Very beautiful and very creepy at the same what you did with the skull and skeleton hand, they look even more sinister embracing the lovely young woman. It's a brilliant make, hope you sleep better now you have it out of your system!
    Thanks for your lovely comments and for all the help you've given me with the challenge.

  6. This is stunning and coloured in so beautifully.

  7. This is gorgeous!! Dark, but gorgeous never-the-less. Your coloring is stunning and I am amazed at how you combined two images together. My digital skills are limited to resizing an image and printing it out. Not sure I would ever be able to combine things as seamlessly as you did. Thanks for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack.

  8. sorry to read you do not sleep well, I hope you sleep like a baby very soon. A good nights rest is so important for the day after, love the idea of combining two completely different images into one, and love the colour red you used, lots of hugs, Marion

  9. Gorgeous card! Your coloring is amazing. Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Maritza DT for

  10. Wow stunning .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 Owner/Admin for

  11. Just stunning .Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for

  12. The image is beautiful and you've done it credit. Marvelous coloring. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  13. A stunning creation, Donna! Love how you combined Remembrance with the skulls and perfectly coloured and blended them onto your background paper. Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” October Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
    pp Carole DT

  14. Donna, this creation is absolutely amazing. I'm stunned at your mastery in combining two very different elements into a cohesive and beautiful piece of artistry. And your background is phenomenal. I'm gobsmacked!!! xo

  15. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!!!
    Dawn DT

  16. Wonderfull wonderfull coloring as always! And image is so dark and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your art at Dream in Darkness.


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