Thursday, April 2, 2020

April New Release Showcase for AuroraWings


So here we are with a new AuroraWings Showcase, even before our FB Challenge starts next Monday!  Nothing like new images to lift the spirits and I dare say our spirits need some lifting, not to mention the additional time most of us have to take our mind off things and enjoy our hobby.  So YAY!  All of my projects have been colored with Copic markers.

Mitzi's first new image, Peony Bridal Bouquet, expands the gorgeous options for these beautiful flowers. With so many colors to choose from, I know I'll be coloring them again and again.  Since I'd just used the original Peony Bouquet last month, to combine with the new Peony Sprite in rich pinks and reds, I went a with a much more muted palette to make a free standing shaped card to look like an actual bridal bouquet.  It's fussy cut and popped atop a base cut with Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles and a ruffle of lace from my stash and only needed a lovely crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art to finish it off.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art April Linky Challenge AG, the {Pin}spirational Challenge#259...



Next up is Peony Corner, another versatile shape with many possibilities for creativity.  Again I went with a palette I'd not used previously and printed it quite small to fit a favor box, using a die from Momenta.  The sentiment and corners are delicate stickers and again, I've used ribbon from DL.Art.

I'm entering this in the Not Just Cards March Challenge, ...



Would you believe there's yet another gorgeous floral image to show?  Isn't this beautiful combination of Spring flowers stunning?  Spring Posy is another image I know I'll be coloring again and again. It's versatility really knows no bounds and pansies come in such a variety of yummy colors.  Here's another 'Thank you' that is supposed to look like the bouquet is being presented in a box that I've done using Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page with corners (remember them?) and scored and folded for dimension.  I filled it with some of the shredded tissue used in my previous pic.

I'm entering this in A Perfect Time to Craft Open April#42020 AG, Simon Says Monday Spring Mood Board, Scor-pal More than one Score Florals April, ...



Now the next image is a personal favorite of mine because Taurus is my sign, (as well as Mitzi's).  Although it's the 2nd sign of the Zodiac, it's the 3rd Mitzi has done in the Zodiac series, along with Gemini and Aries.  But just in case you don't have an earthy, loyal, sensual, determined, strong willed (read stubborn-who, me? ha!) babe in your orbit, Mitzi made a Taurus 2-pack of this lovely so you can color her with or without horns.  ;D  Of course this one I've colored with red hair and California poppies which are currently blooming where we live.

I'm entering this in the LTSCB#132 For the Girls, Morgan's Art World #4 AG, ... 



Here's the softer, gentler version. It's amazing how different this gal looks in another palette, eh? The gorgeous die is by Jeanine's Art and I pulled apart some Recollections flowers and doctored them up with Copics and a gel pen to coordinate with my coloring.  Sentiment on both projects are Small Talk Stickers from Tim Holtz.

I'm entering this in the TTRCD March 31 AG, Coloring in Scrapland March Spring...

All of the above images can easily be accessed using the New Release section HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.


And how about a coupon, good through the weekend? 



But wait!  There's more!



This lovely image, called A Healing Prayer, is a Gift with Purchase, of any amount, through this weekend.  It will be sent via email from Mitzi, with love, to help you through this stressful time.  Enjoy and be well.

Im entering this in the Papercraft Challenges #56 Pastel Colors, ...



Please visit the AuroraWings Showcase Blog for more beautiful inspiration from my DT sisters and connect with us in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group for inspiration, friendship and support.  xxxx

Thursday, March 5, 2020

March New Release Showcase for AuroraWings


We're really on the ball this month, with 3 new Sprites on the AuroraWings Showcase Blog the first week, plus another exciting surprise.  We're gearing up for Spring in the Northern Hemisphere so, of course, our thoughts turned to flowers.  

First of we'll start with Peony Sprite, a flower I ADORE, but have had not much success at growing in my own garden.  That doesn't stop me from having bouquets of these lovelies throughout our house from the Farmer's Market, whenever possible, however.  The hardest part is choosing colors.  So here I decided to add the lovely Peony Bouquet, available HERE, in the Floral Section at AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy, to give me more luscious petals in the mix.



Here's a closeup of the combined images.  Peony Bouquet is available in jpg only, but when given a choice, I always opt for png in case I want to merge images.  I've used a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Oval die and Graphic 45 Floral Shop DP.



Here is what the new Peony Sprite digi looks like all by herself.  Still plenty of gorgeous petals to color.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the Unicorn Challenge Flower Power, ...




Next we have Dogwood Sprite, as sweet as can be and carrying a flowering branch from her tree in bloom.  I decided to keep her as "Springy" as possible with basically white blossoms with just tinges of pink and yellowish green.  She's fussy cut and popped atop a mat that was cut using only the lacey interior of the Spellbinders Venice Lace Designer Series set and using a larger Spellbinder's oval to cut the interior.  The added Dogwood Blossoms were cut with Susan's Garden by Sizzix and the branches from Spellbinder's Ivy Die D-Lites.  The interior of both the die cut and image blooms were done with Prills from USArtQuest.


I"m entering this card in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG Challenge, ... 


Finally, we have Agapanthus Sprite, an abundant border flower in our garden, also known as Lily of the Nile.  The flower heads remind me of fireworks and I often use them in arrangements for our party on July 4th along with white hydrangeas and red roses.  I've colored her in the light lavender of the majority of our blooms, as well as the deeper bluish purple of the giant variety. (my favorite!)  What a gorgeous image for a bride or wedding attendant, especially a sweet flower girl.  The lovey die here is from Jeanine's Art.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Something Feminine Challenge, the OUtlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Challenge AG, ...



So are you ready to go shopping?  Don't forget the coupon, available for use in either shop on both new and current images.


All new images can be found in the New Release Section HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy.



But who is this?  Mitzi surprised us with another GWP!  Meet Popcorn Sprite, yours free with a qualifying purchase this weekend after coupon.  Be sure to check out the AW Showcase Blog to see the amazingly creative ways my DT sisters have used this cutie.  I chose buttery goodness and a bit of a pun and drizzled a Viva Pearl Pen in yellow (the best match of all of the goo I have in my stash) over her fluffy kernels to make her irresistibly YUMMY!  I managed to isolate part of her hair and manipulate it behind Popcorn Sprite In my Printmaster Pro program to keep the image, at least, flat (another example of why I choose the png images when they are offered) but I couldn't resist adding 3 blooms that reminded me of popped corn.  Isn't she adorable?  You know you want her, so go!  Mitzi will send the image via email within 24 hours.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Festive Fridays AG challenge, Creatalicious #182 AG w/ optional Monochrome,   ...



So there you have it!  Another fabulous AuroraWings Showcase that I hope inspires you to color and have fun.  And when you do, be sure to pop over to the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group and enter our March FB contest for the opportunity to win free images.  New rules allow coloring only and even past projects, so we'd love to see you there.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New images for AuroraWings Showcase


An exciting new Showcase is happening today on the AuroraWings Showcase Blog featuring 4 new images and a surprise!  First off we have Mouse Sprite, the Sprite version honoring the Year of the Rat that was released in January in time for the Chinese New Year.  He's colored with Copics as are all of my samples, and I had fun furrying up his little hood.  In the browns I thought he was cute for a masculine card and couldn't resist the "cheesy" sentiment.  LOL  That chees in the corner was from an old corner punch I found in my stash.  WooHoo!


Mouse Sprite available on AuroraWings.com HERE in jpg and HERE in png.
Also available in the New Release section on Etsy HERE.




Next we have Phlox Sprite and what a beauty she is!  I adore the way she is clutching that bouquet and the color choices for this flower are amazing!  I thought the pink candy stripe version was especially Springy, but I know I'll be coloring her again and again.  I'll be using this as a Valentine's Day card, although it's not overtly a Valentine, but wouldn't she just be perfect for Mother's Day, as well, or any occasion you want to send loving greetings?


Phlox Sprite available on AuroraWings.com HERE in jpg and HERE in png.
                  Also available in the New Release section on Etsy HERE.
 
I'm entering this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #252 Valentine's Day, Simon Says Wednesday With Love, The Paper Shelter For the One You Love, ...



Tulips are one of my favorite Springtime flowers that bloom in a myriad of colors.  Here Mitzi has created a second version of Tulip Sprite that allows for the mixed bouquet of your choice.  Tell me those pigtails aren't the cutest ever!  I was excited to find gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.Art that matched perfectly.


Tulip Sprite 2 available on AuroraWings.com HERE in jpg and HERE in png.
Also available in the New Release section on Etsy HERE.
You can also find the original Tulip Sprite HERE on AuroraWings.com.


I'm entering this in the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, ...



We're going to switch gears a bit here, with this next one, to reveal the second in Mitzi's Zodiac series.  Perhaps you remember the Gemini Abundance Twins from last year HERE.  This regal beauty is Aries, a full size coloring page, suitable for framing, or reducing in size for cards and other projects. Again, the possibilities are endless, as you'll see in the Showcase post.  Aries is a fire sign so I chose my colors accordingly, but she also looks AMAZING in the limited palette chosen by some of my DT sisters so be sure to check it out.

Aries is available on AuroraWings.com HERE, or check out all of the New Releases HERE on AuroraWings.com or HERE on Etsy. 


I'm entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Floral Fantasy, ... 

And what's a Showcase without a coupon, eh?  Here ya go!
You know how this works!  Good through the weekend at either shop




So are you excited yet?  Well, there's one more surprise!  How about a Gift w/Purchase?  Yes, this adorable Koala Sprite is YOURS with a qualifying purchase.  I had this design in mind as soon as I saw these cuties, so I flipped it in my printing program to facilitate the design. Cradling her babies, this image just tugs at my heartstrings.    Tell me they aren't the cutest EVER!?!  In light of the recent fire devastation in Australia, this image is especially precious to us all.  Hugs to all who have been affected by this horrible disaster.

I'm entering this in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends C#125 Challenge AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies February, the Classic Design Challenge Blog Feb, Double Trouble challenge #49 Again and Again (using repeated flowers and Nuvo drops on the letters, ancient DP from my Stash as well as a cut up part from another large flower for the leaves and critters)...


Please remember that the coupons are good for any images in the shop, not just the new ones, so enjoy your shopping time.  

And also don't forget that although we've discontinued our Blog Challenges, we've continued on our Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group with modified rules that now allow not only complete projects, but also coloring only and they don't even have to be new!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Happy Year of the Rat


Happy New Year!  It's officially the beginning of the Year of the Rat, the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac and kicking off the Spring Festival in Asian countries, celebrating family and good fortune for the coming year.  This is the 3rd in the series Mitzi has drawn for AuroraWings, available HERE in png and HERE in jpg at AuroraWings.com.  Also available on Etsy in png HERE.

As soon as I saw this image, though, I thought it would make a fabulous retirement card or congrats on a new job card, using either the sentiment "Congratulations on leaving the rat race. Happy retirement" OR "Congratulations on your new job. You've officially entered the rat race." I really think it's suitable for a male or female and quick and easy to color, too.
I used Copics and a sticker sentiment and corners and kept it CAS for a change.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art January Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #123 AG, Simon Says Wednesday Besotted with our Pets, Classic Design Challenge January 2020 AG, and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies January.

Monday, January 13, 2020

My Wish for 2020


So sorry I haven't been around.  The holidays were a blur and I was late with everything, as usual.  Not a whole lot of crafting being done, either.  However, the FB challenge at the Stamps by Aurora Wings Group page is in full swing and here is my DT inspiration.  We are no longer offering Blog Challenges, but the monthly FB challenge gives you the same opportunities to win prizes, with the exciting twist that you can now enter past projects, as well as coloring only, which we hope will encourage more people to share their beautiful work.  

The gorgeous image I've used is Abundance, available exclusively HERE at AuroraWings.com.  Here is what Mitzi says about the inspiration for this image.

"Abundance" ©Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer Created for the Enchanted Visions Project's monthly theme, "Abundance". Inspired by the ancient Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui, this image incorporates many items deemed auspicious according to Feng Shui -- goldfish for wealth and prosperity, peaches for health and longevity, peonies for beauty and romance, all presented in the shades of red and gold, which are believed to be the colors that activate positive chi.

I've colored in Copics, using the approximate colors in Mitzi's original.  I've wanted to attempt this image for quite awhile and really enjoyed the challenge.  I thought is was perfect for a New Year's Wish, although it would also be perfect for Thanksgiving using a "Thankful" sentiment, or any occasion you want to offer heartfelt wishes.


Here's a closeup of Abundance.  I've cropped the image to focus on the central portion of the design.  After coloring, I decided the fade out I'd done around the edges tended to wash out the important elements so I fussy cut around the fish tails to fit the Spellbinders Grand Oval I used to mat it.  "Wish" is a Tim Holtz die and "my" was done with the "Haunted" alphabet die from QuicKutz.  I backed the textured metallic cuts with a deep red to help them stand out a bit more.  The lovely DP is from K&Co.

Wishing you all Abundant Blessings in 2020!