Monday, July 16, 2018

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

WooHoo!  A new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with everyone's favorite theme,

I've created an easel card using Steampunk Angel available HERE on and a new die from Crafter's Companion.  My photo box is still packed away in the attic since our July 4th party so I photographed my project in front of a clock my Daddy made that sits on the desk in that guest room.  The wooden casing he made is not evident in the pic and the glass door is ajar to eliminate some of the glare but it's still one of my most treasured possessions from him.  He was an engineer, artist and meticulous craftsman and this was one of the last things he was able to create before Alzheimer's took it's tole.

Here's a closeup of Steampunk Angel.  She's colored with Copics and metallic gold and silver gel pens and also available as a 2-pack with Steampunk Owl HERE on Etsy.  My original plan was to use them both, but the size required to fit them both in was beyond my eyesight capability to color them decently. Oh yeah, I also gave her some fishnet stockings with my fine point pen. Hee, hee! You can also see here the intricacy of the die overlay, which was not the easiest to cut, and the metal gears and clock hands I've added from Tim Holtz.

The sentiment was computer generated and cut and matted using a Spellbinders Labels Four.  All were inked with Distress and popped with foam.  The metal wings and all metal gears are also Tim Holtz.

Please check out the fabulous creations by my Aurora Teammates and come play along.  Up to THREE creations if ALL are Aurora Wings but only ONE if not.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Happy 4th!

Ummm, well...  Apparently I didn't finish all I had planned, nor recover as quickly from our 4th of July party and just managed to sneak in this tag in time for a few challenges.  I'll definitely be ready for next year though, eh?  The American Flag Quilt die is from Gina Marie minus one of the stripes so I could fit in on the triple banner tag die from Sizzix.  The ribbon and sequin cluster is actually a ponytail holder I had bought on sale (when???) for just this kind of crafty project.  WooHoo!  

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, the DL.Art July Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Red White and Blue Challenge, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#241 AG, Shopping Our Stash Geometric Patterns, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #85 AG, Simon Says Wednesday Red, White, and/or Blue, Happy Little Stampers AG/Dies

Monday, July 2, 2018

Mid-Challenge Inspiration for "Once Upon a Time"

We're still reading Fairy Tales on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with our lovely theme of 

I really went to town this time after deciding that I'd try and combine several of Mitzi's images to make a project inspired by "The Elves and the Shoemaker" by the Brothers Grimm.  Sorry that this will be one LOOOONG post but this project grew and grew, so grab a cuppa and relax (or just skip to the end and say nice things, please.)  LOL

Here's a closeup of the combined images.  The boot is from Puppy in a Boot, a Freebie offered exclusively in the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.  Not a member?  Well, why the heck not?  There's more where this came from so come join us!  I've cropped out the puppy in my Printmaster Platinum Program and went on the lookout for some elves.
Little Tomte was easy, she's an exclusive on and converted her to a png file in LunaPic and cropped off the fuzzy part of the dandelion seed she carries to make it look like a needle for sewing the boot.
The other elf is from the Lost in the Woods Stamp set, another Aurora exclusive.  This fabulous set comes with a full background with all the elements, two separate floral corners and the little elf and snail alone, without the background as well.  I closely hand cropped and flipped just the head and arms of the elf so I could pop her in the boot to look like she's a he (she's got a dress on in the original version) and was pointing out where to stitch.

I've colored it all with Copics, with a silver gel pen on the "needle" and I've cut the whole shebang out with my new Antique Frame set by Penny Black and pierced the eye of the needle so I could thread some of the twine I'd wound on the wooden spool through the holes. 

So yeah, what about the dimensional boot?  No, I didn't saw my shoe in half, it all started out with the dealie they stick in the toes of boots so they don't get crushed in the box and some scrap leather I'd purchased at Britex in SF eons ago.  Obviously I used the unprinted side.  Yikes!

I really had no plan as to how this was gonna go.  Here's the stuff I began to assemble.  I began cutting pieces of leather with stitched dies so it would give the appearance of actual sewn pieces.  I stretched and taped the pieces to the form with Sookwang tear tape.  That stuff is strong but still allowed me to re position my pieces if needed.  I punched holes and added eyelets for the shoe laces.  I had a pack of corrugated paper that I taped to two thicknesses of black foam for the sole and used seam binding stapled over fairly heavy wire to go between the sole and boot itself.  As you can see above, that form has quite a curve to it, the sole had to be somewhat flexible.

Here's a side view.  I'd cut a slit in the card board toe base so I could add the images and matting.  Since it's only the toe of the boot, the eyelet pieces were longer and allowed me to tape the end to the end of the base of my project.  I trimmed the corrugated pieces Starkist tuna in a pouch display packs use for reinforcement and added another mat underneath the boot.  I used another stitched tag die and strung it on the shoe lace which is actually a jewelry bag drawstring I pulled out and dyed with Copic re-inkers to look like those I'd colored the image. 

I thought the whole project had a masculine air about it and might be cute for a birthday or anniversary 'prise for my man which is why I turned that elf in the boot into a boy.  Since the back of the boot is actually open, you can stick a little gifty back there, and I got a kick out the the punny sentiment I used.  (It was late when I finished.  What can I say?)

Okay, then.  This post took me almost as long to write as it did to finish the project.  (JK!)  Hopefully you're not bored to tears. It's been awhile since I did anything this involved and it felt good.  Hope you like.

Be sure to check out the lovely projects by my Stella Sisters and please come play along. This challenge runs through Saturday July 14th.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Oddballs Mermaids from Outer Space

I wish I'd paid attention to the June Blog Challenge at Oddball Art sooner because the fun theme of Mermaids from Outer Space really intrigued me and If I could have lit a fire under my butt, I might have been able to do multiple entries.  I even bought additional mermaid images, but as usual, my inability to make decisions got the better of me.  Here I've used Molly the Mischievous Mermaid available HERE in the new Oddball Art Co. Shop.  Check out the new Oddball Art Co. Community Forum, too.  I've colored with Copics and used Nebula Digi Paper behind her.  Added a mirror planet over the Saturn and sentiment I got from the Oddball Newsletter, Some gem stars and Nuvo Drops over the "bubbles". Better get this posted.  I'm running late.

Sweet Panda from Ike's Art

Next to the last day of the month and here I am trying to finish all I want to get done.  This adorable panda is the June Progressive Freebie on the Ike's Art Fan Page! on FB.  To be honest, I've had him colored for at least a week, but I couldn't decide what to do with him.  I wanted it to be special because I love this guy and took quite awhile coloring him with Copics and doing a little work with a Memento pen.

Here's a closeup.  Ike is so generous with her freebies, also offering one for each challenge on her Ike's World Challenges Blog and SYUP (cats only) Challenge Blog.  Many more fabulous digis in her Ike's Art Zibbet Shop, too.

So I was bummed that I did have a bamboo die or digi or stencil so I Googles panda habitat and there were many pics of just jungles.  Then I remembered my X-Cut Build-a-Scene forest dies and went to town.  There's the side view all popped up.  I also added some vines with my Weeping Willow branches die from Memory Box.  The DP mat is from the DCWV Safari Kids Stack.  The sentiments are Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers.

I'm also adding this to the Ike's World June Challenge #109 AG/optional Inspired by a Song  ("Panda" by Jefferson Airplane), the DL.Art June Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends # 84 AG,  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG, The Outlawz Festive Friday AG, The Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode FramedSimon Says Wednesday AG (4/5), Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#240 AG 2/3, Crafty Gals Corner #168 AG, Scrapy Land Challenge #92 AG w/brands that SL sells TTRCD Week of June 26 AG, Morgan's Art World #06 AG, The World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #6, and Simply Papercraft #59 AG.

An Outlawz Trifecta

So I haven't even started my DT project for Mondays post, started shopping for my July 4th party, nor begun to clean for our house guests but I'm still trying to bang out some challenges I want to enter.  Getting down to the wire so when I found the already cut purple doily when looking for my doily dies for the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge I thought I'd also go for at least the Tuesday Color (and try to remove the Halloween theme the colors have conjured up in my mind, LOL)

I always find great DP with unusual color combos in the K&Co stash and this time was no exception.  I'd just bought a pack of orange flowers at Mike's and added some velvet leaves for more green.  The doily looked sort of lonely so when I found some sprigs of stuff that looked like lavender I checked out Sunday Songs and Rhymes and figured this could work for that too.  I dyed the sprigs with Copic re-inker but them they got lost against the purple doily so I pulled apart some green sprigs and added those as well and tied the bunch with a gorgeous green and orange bow from DL.Art.    I think that addition made this work for Sunday Songs and Rhymes, too.  WooHoo!  I cut down and inked a hang tag from a recent dress purchase and stuck a Graphic sticker on the back.  The twine is also from DL.Art.  Yikes!  Almost forgot the bling twist for Tuesday Color so I added two gems to opposing corners (helped with the sketch, too) and a row on the tag.  YAY, ME!

I love playing on the Outlawz Forum as there are 7 new challenges each week plus a monthly Freebie Progressive challenge.  Lots of fun, inspiration and prizes.

So here's the sketch. 

And here's the color board.

And here's the song.  How did I do?

"Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly,
lavender's green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly,
you shall be queen"

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Outlawz Progressive Challenge from We Are 3

I didn't mean to let this go until nearly the end, but I do find that seeing others color an image for a Progressive Challenge I go from wanting to copy everyone's gorgeous takes, to wanting to make sure I don't, so I tend to have a hard time deciding.  The adorable image for the Outlawz June Progressive Challenge is from WeAre3 and is the Color Me Garden-Flower Delight.  Since I've been sort of consumed with party plans for the 4th, I finally decided on red, white and blue.  I've colored with Copics and did add a second bow to her head so I could fussy cut and prop up the edges and found the perfect scrap of a bandana print DP before matting in blue.  Too cute, eh?

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #231 Red, White and Blue Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AG, Shopping Our Stash #369 Red, White & Blue, ...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Paper Piecing at the Outlawz

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday calls for paper piecing with Sandra Caldwell as the sponsor this month so of course I used one of Sandra's new stamps called #2309 Cat on the Moon.  I really love to paper piece and chose a digi paper from the Outlawz sitewide sponsor We Are 3 from the Warm Sand Collection to give visual texture for the moon.  I shrunk the size and printed the digi paper on regular copy paper and then positioned the stamp on top and printed it again to fussy cut.  

I printed Cat on the Moon twice on Copic paper so I could fussy cut the moon's eye to glue on top. I colored with Copics using the resist technique for the background.  This just involves coloring the background with a number of shades and using a Q-tip dipped in Blending solution (or 91% Alcohol which is way cheaper) and dotting the paper.  The only trick is to let the alcohol dry before adding another dot of alcohol or it all blends in to make a big mess.  The image was cut with a Spellbinders large oval and popped with foam.  Just added some sticker stars and corners and a mat of glitter paper.

I'm adding this to the SUYP (cats only) #31 June challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends#84 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #239 AG (3/3), Simply Papercraft #58 AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG ... 

Red and White Christmas

Playing on the Outlawz Forum using the Wednesday Sketch.  Decided to go through my bazillion dies to see what might look nice in the corners and came across this Sizzix Tim Holtz Christmas set with 3 different patterns I'd never used.  The poinsettia one worked best and I thought a simple color scheme with just the red and white would look rather elegant, but the plain red was a bit boring. Only a very tiny pattern really worked with the intricate dies and fortunately there was a piece of card stock with a subtle darker red just laying on top of my Christmas stash.  WooHoo!  The Noel sentiment die is also Tim Holtz for Sizzix and I balanced it out with a few flat backed red pearls.  Found a gorgeous red crinkle ribbon from DL.Art for the bow and called it done.

Here's the sketch.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Be Original

Playing on the Outlawz Forum with this card for Tuesday Color.  The adorable image is # 2305 Meow Mermaid.  She's colored with Copics  in the inspiration colors and popped with foam.  

I saw a die on a card used as a wave and found out that it was unbranded but could be ordered only through a Canadian FB group, so my buddy Susan surprised me and sent it to me.  Thanks so much, Susan!  Doesn't it look cute as a wave?  Anyway, the Color Challenge also had a twist to "add circles" so behind her is a Spellbinders Grand Circle and Stately Grand Circle with some Large Ringlets by Memory Box (bubbles, if you ask me) thrown in for good measure.  The net was cut from a produce bad and the rest of the embellies are by JoLees Boutique.  The sentiment sticker is Tim Holtz Small Talk.

Here's the inspiration pic for the Outlawz Tuesday Color.  I chose green and purple (plus a little hot pink) for my additional colors with the twist explained above.

I'm entering this in the  DL.Art June Linky Challenge, SUYP #31 (Cat's Only) Furrything GoesLil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AGSimon Says Wednesday Bright and Cheerful, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #239 AGSimply Papercraft #58 AG, Always Fun Challenges #64 Fun at the Beach, Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #449 Under the Sea, the Corrosive Challenge June#6 AG 3/3, CCK June Cats or Dogs and Crafting With Friends #70 AG.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Guest Designing for SheepSki Designs FB Challenge

I'm thrilled to be joining the SheepSki Designs FB DT in Guest Designing for the New FB challenge.  The theme is ATG with a SheepSki image /w optional Add Flowers.  I've used the gorgeous Butterfly Girl, #148.  Isn't she just stunning?  I've colored her with Copics and had fun doing her hair (of course red for my first try,  LOL).  The Butterfly Girl image allows for lots of creative interpretation in doing her hair and I'm sure I'll be coloring her again and again.  Check out some more inspiration for her on Etsy HERE.  I tried to color the butterfly as a Swallowtail and added the butterflies behind her in black using the Butterfly Exhibit die from Memory Box.  The added flowers from my stash are from Petaloo.  

If you're not already a member of the SheepSki Designs FB Group, you can check it out HERE.  Andrea offers some amazing freebies for use in her FB challenge and there's also a Sheepski Challenge Blog where any image can be entered (but you get an extra image if it's a SheepSki Design.)  WooHoo!

I've cut and matted the image using Spellbinders circles and the fabulous vertical butterfly die is by Memory Box.  Flowers from my stash are from Petaloo.

I'm entering this in the  DL.Art June Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AGSimon Says Wednesday Bright and Cheerful,  The Outlawz Festive Friday AG Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #238 AG 2/3 A Bit More Time to Craft #70 AGSimply Papercraft #58 AG, TTRCD Week of June 19th, Craftaholics R Us, AG, the Double "D" Butterflies challenge and Inspiration Destination AG (final challenge, sniff sniff), the Butterfly Challenge #102 Spin the Butterfly Wheel with the letter "V" using Vegas Gold and Vertical Pattern (the butterflies set at a slight angle)  Hope that's okay, Scrapy Land Challenge #92 AG w/dies that SL sells ...

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

A brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the fabulous theme of

(Inspired by a Fairy Tale.)  I've chosen The fairy tale Cinderella and used the gorgeous Rococo Cinderella available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.  The Disney version we've all come to know and love was based on the original version by Charles Perrault (aka Mother Goose) but the Brothers Grimm had their own version later, as well, and I read some interesting facts about their version HERE. YIKES!

It took me a good while to color this flipped, enlarged and cropped version of Rococo Cinderella.  As you can see here, I printed it pretty big, planning to use a new dimensional frame die that I finally decided was more than I could handle without some practice.  I truly appreciate that Mitzi allows for a lot of creative interpretation when using her images.  This is the third time I've colored a version of this digi.  In this version, you can clearly see and enjoy the amazing detail Mitzi puts into her images.  You can see my other projects HERE and with the full background HERE.  Yup!  Same color scheme.  What can I say?  I'm a traditionalist.  LOL

Here's a closeup of the finished colored version, but not the first attempt.  This image is actually a full body view, so when I enlarged it to this size, it did not lose any resolution, but the outline enlarged as well making the black lines a bit bolder than I wanted, so I opted for a "no lines" version by changing the image color to a lighter gray before printing.

This is one of my first attempt as "no lines" so it took quite awhile to color with my Copics.  The lighter gray made some of the details fade and I made a  mistake by originally outlining her eyes with a black Memento pen, as I was afraid I would not be able to do as fine a line as needed with my Copics.  OMG! How harsh it was compared to the rest of the coloring!  I'd already spent hours on the skin and hair and was about to chuck it all and start over, but instead printed that portion of her face in a bit darker gray, recolored and fussy cut just the eyes and glued them over the offending mistake.  Crisis averted!  YAY!

Here's the dimensional view. I had a bit of a panic attack fussy cutting the image after all that work, but I managed. I used the largest of the Spellbinders Grand Labels One and it's fancy frame counterpart as the base for this project.  The DP is from the DCWV Luxury Stack.  The Dream sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft and clockworks behind and carriage are by Joy Crafts.  This really is too large to be a card, so I'm calling it a home decor piece.  I'll either attach an easel back to stand on a desk or shelf for inspiration or add a ribbon for hanging.  I'll decide another day.  Be sure to check out the AWCB to see the fabulous inspiration from my Aurora Team sisters and come play along.

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