Friday, October 25, 2019

Broken Hearted-Remembering Goliath for the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop

Today is actually Day 5 of the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden.  You can still enjoy the festivities and friendship that abounds every year at this time, join the daily games for a chance to win a lovely digi set from Ike's Art, be inspired by the enormous talent and possibly add a project or two to the Linky for a chance to win a prize from one of the many fabulous and generous sponsors involved, as there's still another full day of fun to be had and an extra day to hop around and comment.  

The rules are in the above link and be sure to SIGN IN HERE if you haven't already, to be eligible for prizes.  Thank you to everyone involved in this Hop, especially Janis who organizes this wonderful event each year.  It's my 4th year participating, but I wasn't sure I'd have a project to link up.  I was late in even realizing it was Hop time because the death of my sweet Goliath in April was a devastating blow and my crafting and blogging have suffered ever since.

Most people who know me through crafting know that coloring is my "thing", but I have only feebly colored one kitty since Goliath passed and that was for a Guest Design team gig.  I've kept up with my work with AuroraWings, but not much else.  So I'm sorry to say this is my first project for the Hop and may be my only. Of course it's dedicated to my sweet kitty boy, Goliath.  I've got hundreds of digis, regular stamps and cat dies strewn all over my craft room but it wasn't until I saw this project by ValeryAnne that I was able to manage a tribute to my boy.  Thank you so much, ValeryAnne!  Your Jigsaw cat card gave me this inspiration and without it, there may not have been any project at all.

The kitty on this card is from a post it note stack that Goliath gave to his Daddy for Christmas quite a few years ago.  It looks just like him, don'tcha think?Momma got one for herself too and I've used the image on a number of cards given to Daddy from his boy.  It was amazing I found it in this hideous clutter, but it was meant to be.  I also managed to unearth my Puzzle heart and sentiment dies from Elizabeth Craft and my Spellbinders cascading hearts Card Creator background.  The gorgeous red crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.  It's pretty obvious what I did to put this thing together and my post is already WAY longer than intended. 

Besides the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop at Her Peaceful Garden, I'm also adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, the SUYP October Meowloween/Furrything Goes and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #31.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

October New Image Showcase for Aurora Wings

It's an exciting day today with 3 new Sprites debuting on the AuroraWings Showcase blog.  EEEK!  How fun! First off is Kitsune Sprite.  This mischief making fox with multiple tails is from Japanese folklore, a baby here, but she could grow up to be scary indeed.  Be sure to read about her legend in the Showcase post.  

My tree frame background die is by Gina Marie and I've used gold leaf stickers by Little B and gold script puffy alphabet stickers from the Paper Source.

Here's Kitsune Sprite's closeup.  I colored her with Copics as a red fox to compliment the warm fall colors in my scene with a little extra fur detail with Prismacolor pencils.  The sprig of Chinese lanterns adds to the autumn feel.

Kitsune Sprite is available on 
HERE in jpg and HERE in png

Next is Hepatica (or Liverwort) Sprite.  This wildflower grows in the forests of Europe and the Northeastern parts of the US.  Such a funny name for a sweet little flower, eh?  Here I've recycled a pocket envelope from Anthropologie and added a blank pull out tag topped with gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.Art.  I popped Hepatica Sprite on a rectangle of coordinating paper trimmed in silver border stickers.  The lace "Perfect" sticker hides the logo "perfectly" (after coloring it green with my Copics).  LOL

This tiny beauty grows in shades of purples, pinks and blues, but you'll see on the Showcase Blog that she's adorable in any color you choose.  Again, I've colored with Copics and added some tiny Nuvo drops to the stamens.

I'm adding this to the DL.Art October Linky Challenge, A Perfect Time to Craft October AG, ...

Hepatica Sprite is available on 
in jpg HERE and png HERE.
Hepatica Sprite in png only, on AW Etsy HERE.

Last, but not least, is Indian Corn Sprite and I've gotta say, I had the most fun EVER coloring her.  Those multicolored ears just scream Fall, my favorite time of year and I was lucky to find a printed Autumn wreath in an old Scrapbook pad and frame block to bring it all together.  The sticker sentiment was so tiny that I mounted it on some plaid paper and added a flower to the frame so it didn't get lost in the noise.  The layers are popped and I added a crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art.

I knew I wanted to really do some detail work with the kernels so I printed her at 5 inches.  I actually printed her twice and flipped one for variety a(nd in case I messed up). Again I went with Copics and used this photo as inspiration.

Now I can't wait to color her again.  Just think of the possibilities!

Indian Corn Sprite available on 
in jpg HERE and png HERE.

So are you anxious to nab some of these cuties and perhaps more you've been wanting but maybe missed?  Here's Mitzi's generous Coupon!

EEEK!  Breaking news, there's more!
This mystery gift digi will be emailed to all customers who successfully use the OCT25 code during the promo period between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20. No other action is required. Please allow up to 24 hours for processing as this is not automated. 
  Seriously, too cute for WORDS! 

So go have some fun and be sure to join us in the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group and add it to the October challenge album.  New rules!  Always Anything Goes.  Previous projects and coloring only entries are welcome!

Here's what's happening with AuroraWings.

(inspiration, challenges, special events and freebies)
(new release inspiration)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

September New Release Showcase for Aurora Wings

Our exciting New Release Showcase at Aurora Wings features angels among us.  This first beauty is Angel of Remembrance 1.  Her folded wings and downward gaze seem a bit wistful and reflective, perfect for, yet not limited to, a sympathy or celebration of life, or perhaps a "thinking of you" card for an uplifting message to a friend in need. 

Here's a closeup of Angel of Remembrance 1.  I've colored her with Copics, using initially the traditional reds for the gorgeous poppy blooms, that morph into red violets, purples and blues.  It's amazing the different feelings this beautiful angel evokes in various colorways.  Be sure to check out the Showcase Post for lovely examples from my teamies.

Angel of Remembrance 1 
HERE on and HERE on Etsy.

Angel of Remembrance 2, with outstretched wings, also stands in a glorious bed of poppies like the first, but I chose to crop the image for a circular medallion center for a card I thought initially might be for a new baby or Christening.  I planned on using pastel colors and somehow incorporating a rainbow in the background, but started playing with the 4 Copic colors I'd chosen on her wings,
et voila!

Yes, 4 Copic colors, RV10, Y13, B00, and BV000 overlapping to fill out the whole pastel rainbow spectrum ROYGBIV.  The depth was added with Toner grays and I think the result was quite happy and uplifting, don't you?  

The die cuts were all Grands from Spellbinders with the layers popped for dimension.  The DP was actually from the MAMBI Baby Girl Stack that incorporated all of the colors quite nicely, but I did end up using a "Thinking of you" sentiment instead.

Here's the Angel of Remembrance 2 image in it entirety, that I'm sure I will use  again in the near future, but I appreciate that Mitzi encourages creativity and fun with her images by allowing cropping and merging and the like.

Angel of Remembrance 2
HERE on and HERE on Etsy.

I'm adding this to the World Wide DT Open Challenge (Sept 15-Oct 12), the Outlawz Twisted Thursday (using twist rounding the corners), Crafting by Designs September ATG, ... 

So one more gorgeous image popped into the Showcase that I was unable to color.  Could she be any more beautiful?  
 Lotus Mermaid, available 
 HERE on and HERE (in the New Release section) on Etsy.

As with all of our Showcases, Mitzi has generously provided a coupon to be used with these new and any digital images in both shops through the weekend.

This includes digital bundles and PDF Coloring books (not hard copies), as well.
Check them out HERE on and HERE on Etsy

Here's what's happening with AuroraWings.

(inspiration, challenges, special events and freebies)
(new release inspiration)

Friday, August 23, 2019

#2939 Kitty Wizard from Sandra Caldwell

Today is the second new release of the month from Sandra Caldwell where I'm happily joining in as Guest Designer.  This cute little guy is called #2939 Kitty Wizard, although I can image him making another appearance in different colors as a witch for Halloween.  I removed the background from this jpg image so I could use some magical digital paper and colored him accordingly with Copic markers.  I glued on a toothpick wand colored silver with a Sharpie so he could grant some birthday wishes.  The sentiment die is from Tim Holtz, cut 3 times for depth and adorned with tiny purple pearls.  You can see more inspiration from the DT in the Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans FB Group and find all of Sandra's adorable images in her Etsy Shop, babycakesdnd.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art August Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #112 ATG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies August, Crafty Animals August #29,
Show Us Your Pussycats August Challenge #45Ike's World challenge #123 "H" is for hats/ATG, the Outlawz Thursday Twist favorite embellishment and why

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Aurora Wings FB Challenge Inspiration

Since closing the Aurora Wings Challenge blog we've resumed our Facebook challenges in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group with relaxed rules.  Our theme is always Anything Goes and you need not submit a complete project, coloring only is acceptable. In fact, your project does not even have to be new! 
You may enter with work you done previously, even if you had entered it in our Blog Challenge.  Can't get any easier than that, can you?

My Design Team inspiration, however is new and was quite a challenge for me.  The gorgeous image is La Fee Verte, one I've had for awhile but had been a bit intimidated to try to color.  I took a look at Mitzi's gallery for inspiration and then did sort of a quick color blocking with my lightest Copics so the page did seem as intimidating and went from there.

Here's a close up of La Fee Verte.  She's available exclusively HERE on  After adding layers upon layer of color with my Copics, I decided the central image did not stand out enough so I shaded around the fairy and central roses with a dark umber Prismacolor pencil.  I deepened potions of the black with the bullet tip of a black Memento marker and finally added highlights with a white gel pen.  Ahhh, much better.  The background is a combination of Copics and chalk.  Then matted in black with DP from K&Co.  Although it took me awhile, in the end I was quite pleased.

Here's what's happening with AuroraWings.

(inspiration, challenges, special events and freebies))
AuroraWings Showcase Blog
(new release inspiration)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Guest Designing for Sandra Caldwell

I'm excited to be Guest Designer this month for Sandra Caldwell.  My choice for the new release is #2968 Detangled Hippo, just one of the fun new stamps available in her Etsy Shop, babycakesdnd.  Sandra's hippos are some of my favorites, along with her cats, old ladies...well all of them.  As soon as I saw her I knew I'd be using DP from the All About Girls Mat stack by DCWV.  It took me awhile to find it (ahem) but the bobby pin and other girly stuff was just perfect, don'tcha think?

Here's a closeup of #2968 Detangled Hippo.  She's colored with Copics and fussy cut.  Her hair was especially fun to color and I couldn't resist making it red.  Come join the fun and check out the beautiful work by Sandra's Design team in her FB Group Sandra Caldwell Stamp Fans.

I'm entering this in the August 2 Crafty Critter Crazies ATG with Critter ChallengeCrafty Animals #29 August AG, Cute Card Thursday Add a Quote, DL.Art August Challenge ATG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays ATG.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

More New Releases for Aurora Wings!

As if the final four of the Sweet Zodiac Sprites weren't enough (click HERE in case you missed that post), in conjunction with the exciting new release of 2 new PDF coloring book bundles (find out all about them HERE), Mitzi has added two new Christmas Sprites that are available as individual digis, in both shops through the end of August.  First off we have Jingle Bells Sprite.  Isn't she just precious?

Instead of the traditional red and green I decided a deep rich blue would be fun.  I've colored with Copics and added Wink of Stella in both silver and clear for sparkle on the bells, that doesn't seem to show up in the pix, unfortunately.  You can find her in the new release section, along with all of the newest digis from the Showcase, HERE on and HERE on Etsy.

Finally, we have the adorable Santa's Little Helper.  The sweet toys he's playing with gave me a fit of nostalgia for simpler times, when fun required imagination, not batteries or an online connection, so I turned to some favorite papers from K&Co I've had in my stash forever to create a card with old world feel.

Yes, I believe in Santa Claus and still collect bears and dolls and even marionettes, not to mention loads of needle felted kitties.  This cutie is again colored with Copics and you can find him in the new release section, along with all of the newest digis from the Showcase, HERE on and HERE on Etsy.  There's also a bonus digi of him in a simpler version, with only the marionette, included in your purchase.

I'm adding this to the Outlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme, Creative Craft Cottage #121 Christmas, the Merry Little Christmas Challenge ATG Christmas

Please visit the Showcase Blog for all of the information about the 2 new PDF Christmas Sprites Coloring books Volumes 1 & 2.  12 images in each book!  What a super stocking stuffer for everyone young, and young at heart, on your list.

Volume 1 HERE, Volume 2 HERE

On Etsy
Volume 1 HERE, Volume 2 HERE

Coupon good through this weekend on ALL digital stamps and PDF files.

EEEK!  Breaking news!  There's now a surprise GWP this weekend, as well.
How fun is this little cutie and friends?  You'll get them automatically with a qualifying purchase in either shop (after coupon) and it will be sent via email within 24 hours.

Gotta say, I had to look up Axolotl and found they are an endangered species.  I was not surprised since Mitzi has always been a champion of animals in trouble.  I say we should flood our blogs and FB groups with colorings of these cuties to increase awareness of their plight.  xxx

August New Release Showcase for Aurora Wings

It's an exciting day on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog as Mitzi releases the remaining 4 Sprites in the Zodiac Sprite series.  We're starting off with Sagittarius Sprite to which I've added one of the Stars 2-pack available exclusively on HERE .  I colored him first with Copics and then unfortunately set him aside.  My plan was to color a night time sky, but because I was a bit concerned about messing up, I then left him for last.  In the end, my eyes gave out, so I recolored a digital background in my Printmaster Platinum Program and added my already colored Copic work on top for the final project. Then I added a bit of chalking to continue the starry glow.

Here's the actual original coloring of these images, before I decided it was too late to color the background manually.  Because I had added the additional star cluster and it was late in the game, the idea of fussy cutting seemed daunting as well, so for the final project, I removed the white background, as printed and colored with Lunapic, added it to the digital background, and printed it with my Printmaster Platinum Program.  Phew!  Although this deepened and blurred some of the Copic strokes on the final project, in the end I was pretty pleased.

You can find all of the new releases on HERE 

Capricorn is my hubby's sign so I decided to make a birthday card using this adorable image.  This time I actually used two digital papers from Gecko Galz together, by cropping one to make more of a rolling sea (with what sort of looks like some jungley land in the background?), adding the png version of Capricorn Sprite and coloring him with Copics after printing.  I finished it off with papers from Graphic 45 and a peel off sticker sentiment.  (Kind of manly, don't you think?)

Here's the closeup for this cutie.  Hope I can still find the card when David's birthday rolls around.  LOL

I'm adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Birthday Theme (Happy Birthday month, Diana!), the August a2z Scrapbooking Birthday Challenge, the Outlawz Festive Friday BirthdaySimon Says Monday Happy Birthday,... 

You can find all of the new releases on HERE 
and on Etsy HERE

Beautiful Aquarius looks lovely and serene in this setting, don't you think?  After coloring with Copics I fussy cut her and added her to papers and sentiment from Heartfelt Creations.

Here is her closeup.
You can find all of the new releases on HERE 

And finally we have Pisces to complete the entire series.  Aren't they just fabulous?  Again I used the png version to print on a digital background from Gecko Galz and then colored with Copics.  The vibrant colors of the background seemed to beg for bright goldfish colors and I was thrilled that additional papers from Graphic 45 added to the look I was going for.

Here is their closeup.  I was hoping the star looked like a starfish to complete the underwater theme.

I'm entering this in the August 2 Crafty Critter Crazies ATG with Critter Challenge, The World Wide Open DT Challenge ATG (July/August), Crafty Animals #29 August AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays ATG...

You can find all of the new releases on HERE 
and on Etsy HERE

Here's the fabulous coupon for this weekend, good in both shops on all images and PDF's.

And that's not ALL!  There's an extra special addition to the Showcase that you won't want to miss.  You can get all the the information on the Showcase Blog and please visit my second post showcasing these additional adorable Christmas images HERE.

EEEK!  Breaking news!  There's now a surprise GWP this weekend, as well.
How fun is this little cutie and friends?  You'll get them automatically with a qualifying purchase in either shop (after coupon) and it will be sent via email within 24 hours.

Gotta say, I had to look up Axolotl and found they are an endangered species.  I was not surprised since Mitzi has always been a champion of animals in trouble.  I say we should flood our blogs and FB groups with colorings of these cuties to increase awareness of their plight.  xxx

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Aurora Wings July New Release Showcase

Today's Showcase for Aurora Wings features 2 gorgeous new images that can have as many interpretations as your imagination allows.  The first is Gemini-Abundance Twins, a new take on the Zodiac theme, quite different from adorable Sprites from the last two Showcases.  Hate to say my first thought was not of ethereal beauties enveloped in flowers, but of the "evil twin"...oops!  I printed them in a light grey, my original plan being to color both images in neutrals.  But after I'd finished the one, she looked more haunted and sad than evil, so I decided to treat the two as aspects of the same person instead, coloring the beauty on the right in light and airy pastels.  Again I reached for the Tim Holtz "Small talk" sticker sentiments, and the one I used here sealed the deal.  I truly believe that if you can't learn to love yourself and find happiness within, you will never find it.  It is your own responsibility and no one else's. xxx

I'd bought some faux Yupo paper from Michaels and decided to try and do an alcohol ink  and blender background from dark to light, only to find that the stuff really didn't flow like I'd imagined.  Fortunately, there was enough on the opposing corners to allow me to use one of the Spellbinders Large Decorative ovals for the affect you see.  I found papers in my stash and tore one on the diagonal and finally matted it all with the back of a Restoration Hardware catalog I'd saved.

Here's a closer look at Gemini-Abundance Twins, colored with Copic markers.
Available in jpg only,

On Etsy

The second beautiful image is called Abundantia's Blessings.  Another WOWSER, huh?  Thinking of the bounty of harvest time I went with a Fallish rather than Summer palette.  (My fave season)  You will see on the Showcase Post the many possibilities there are for this image.  My first color choice for the flowers was the deep burgundy red for the peonies but then I had some trouble with the orchids, as the extra detailing I'd done on them made them sort of all blend together.  Hubby helped me with the rose and butterfly color choices but by Tuesday evening (yeah, I tend to cut it close ;D)  I was ready to start over.  Early yesterday morning I was determined to salvage the coloring, or throw it in the bin and start anew.  I began shading with a dark umber Prismacolor pencil to give more depth and definition and fortunately, it did the trick.  Better yet, the cover of the K&Co paper stack had the perfect cut out all ready for me.  The gorgeous crinkle ribbon bow includes 3 colors from DL.Art.  The sentiment is another from Tim Holtz.

Here's a closeup of Abundantia's Blessing.  (Sorry it's a bit cut off, but the photo in size "large" wasn't much bigger than the full project shot.)
Again, available in jpg only,

On Etsy

Last Saturday a number of the Design team sisters and artist friends of Aletha Jane Williams participated in a Blog Hop in conjunction with the Memorial Service held by her husband in Tulsa OK.  Mitzi honored her by creating Passion Flower Sprite, available only at in jpg HERE and png HERE.  That cutie graces today's coupon.

You may use it throughout the weekend, not only for the new images, but any that you desire in both shops.

Now, be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog to oooh and ahhh at the fabulous creations by my DT sisters.  The variety in interpretation is amazing and sure to inspire.

And don't forget our monthly challenges are now on FB (with extremely relaxed rules, check it out!) in the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group.