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 AuroraWings.com.  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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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.


On AuroraWing.com 
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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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 AuroraWings.com 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.  











Saturday, July 6, 2019

Remembering Aletha


If you are following the Remembering Aletha Blog Hop, you already know we are celebrating the life of Aletha Jane Williams, an amazingly talented artist and friend who we lost on May 5th, 2019.  A number of her former Design team sisters and friends are honoring her here today in conjunction with the very special remembrance celebration her husband Bob is holding in their home town of Tulsa Oklahoma.

I had the pleasure of working along with Aletha on a number of Design Teams and was always inspired by her amazing coloring ability and sweet and helpful nature.  We shared a passion for AuroraWings right from the get go and Aletha was particularly fond of Mitzi's Sprites.  She brought them to life using the deep rich colors she was know for, until they literally popped off the page.  How fitting for Mitzi to honor her memory with Passion Flower Sprite, available in jpg during the two days of the hop for free.  What a perfect flower choice, as Aletha's passion and joy in life was especially evident in her art.

I used the png version of this digi (available at AuroraWings.com HERE) because I wanted to use her with a celestial digital background.  I chose the purple because Aletha so often used this rich jewel tone.  From now on, when I look at the sky, and see an array of gorgeous colors I will imagine Aletha happily at work.  I'm sure she's one of the brightest stars in the sky.










Donna Mundinger (you are here)



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Aurora Wings June Showcase!

It's another exciting day at the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog where Mitzi continues with the second chapter of her newest theme, Zodiac Sprites.


Here we have Leo Sprite and what a cutie he is! And how much fun to color!  I mainly used Copics with a bit of added fur detail with Prismacolors on is fluffy mane.  I couldn't resist African inspired papers from the ancient DCWV Safari Kids stack and tried to use sentiments that reflected some aspect of each sign's personal characteristics.



And here's the closeup of Leo Sprite

JPG at AuroraWings.com
PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW on Etsy




Next we have Virgo Sprite.  How beautiful and fair she is!  The sheaf of wheat she's carrying brought to mind my favorite song, "Fields of Gold", (as sung by Eva Cassidy, not Sting) so I used a golden background from K&Co and colored her in a light (what you might call a "virginal") palette with Copics and glitzed out her star with Wink of Stella and a gold and white gel pen.  Both her sentiment and Leo Sprite's came from Tim Holtz's Small Talk stickers.


Virgo Sprite

JPG at AuroraWings.com
PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW on Etsy




The next two projects required the png version of the image because they were printed on digital backgrounds, and then colored with Copics.  I personally always use the png version, when available, because they give the most options.  I enjoy merging images, as well.  So here is Libra Sprite, trying hard to keep balance, which is more tough than ever these days, if you ask me.  Again, I've colored with Copics with gold and silver gel pen accents.



Libra Sprite

JPG at AuroraWings.com
PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW on Etsy




One more Zodiac Sprite for this Showcase, here's Scorpio!  I had big plans for a torn paper desert sunset background for him and then realized I had no white core paper. :(   Instead I searched for images and found this free wallpaper.  Okay then, that works, but at first I flipped Scorpio Sprite because it worked better for the placement of the sentiment (also printed right over the background) so I flipped the image.  I went to color and realized OOOPS!  That made the symbol on the star BACKWARDS!  Fortunately, I could flip the background instead, which gave more room in the lighter area for the sentiment,  (a bit of a double entendre, if you're aware of one of the Scorpio traits that wasn't mentioned in the Showcase.)  Tee hee! ;D

  
Scorpio Sprite

JPG at AuroraWings.com
PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW on Etsy



Believe it or not, that's not all!  One more Sprite of the floral variety can now grace your garden.  


Meet beautiful Hollyhock Sprite!  I adore Hollyhocks and there are so many gorgeous shades to color them.  I know I'll be using this beauty again and again!  Here they are in a garden setting I've fashioned from  layered Spellbinders Regular and Decorative Grand Labels One dies. The intricate floral arch is the Garden Arbour die by Tutti that I've adorned with flat back pearls.  The decorative gates were cut with the Pretty Piazza die set by Tonic Studios. I've used this combo of dies before, but it's one of my favorites for a garden or wedding theme.  Here's I've flipped one of the images so I could have them facing each other, one at each level.  


Hollyhock Sprite

JPG at AuroraWings.com
PNG at AuroraWings.com     PNG at AW on Etsy


But who are those cuties on the bottom?


Does anyone besides me remember making little dolls out of the
hollyhock blooms?  These precious girls are a surprise GWP!
See coupon below.


And for any Aurora Wings purchase this weekend, not just the new images...


Be sure to visit the AW Showcase Blog for more fabulous inspiration from my Showcase sisters and interesting information about the Zodiac signs themselves.

And don't forget, you have two more days to join the June FB Challenge in the Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group.  It doesn't have to be a full project, or even a new one!






Thursday, May 23, 2019

Aurora Wings New Release Showcase

After a bit of a break, we're back with a fabulous new release on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog with the first installment of a new line of adorable Sprites.  WooHoo!  I'm also thrilled that although I've guested on the Showcase Blog a time or two (wink, wink) I'm now an OFFICIAL member of the Showcase team!  Thank you so much Mitzi and the DT sisters!  Now it's time to meet the newest Zodiac Sprites!



First let's meet Aries Sprite and Taurus Sprite.  Now certainly these cuties will make fabulous celestial or birthday creations, but I decided to think outside the box a bit and combine them for something a little different.  We walk past a farm with a herd of goats each morning (lots of babies now, sooo cute!) and there are cows grazing all over the hills so I created a little farm scene and couldn't resist some puns for a new home card.  The barn die is from Die-Versions, the grassy hill dies are from Lawn Fawn and the cloud is Spellbinders.



Here's a closeup of Aries Sprite.  I've colored with Copics and tried do do a different treatment on each of the different stars.  This one is supposed to look dimensional.  I had a bit of trouble with the light source here, even while holding a dimensional star and turning it several different ways and eventually came to realize that there is such a thing as too many layers of color with Copics.  LOL  


Okay now, here's Taurus Sprite and he's my FAVE because he's my sign.  Had to laugh a bit when reading the Taurus traits Mitzi cited on the Showcase Blog.  Uh, YEAH!  (But it's HER sign too.  LOL)  Again, Copic coloring but my white gel pen was dry so I couldn't put sparkles on the star. :(




Next in line is Gemini Sprites, the Twins.  I love that Mitzi made it a boy and girl, as my hubby has a twin sister.  This could be used a a birthday card for her from him, or could also be used as an Anniversary card or for a late May-June wedding, don'tcha think?  I used the png version against digital paper here with a digital sentiment.


Again, these cuties are colored with Copics with quite a bit of gold gel pen detail.  I'm afraid it made the laurel wreaths in their hair a bit difficult to see with the hair colors I chose, but there's definitely a little sparkle.




Finally, here's Cancer Sprite, the fourth in this first series of Zodiac Sprites.  I had fun creating a beach scene with papers from Graphic 45, Heidi Grace and BoBunny and some dimensional stickers from JoLee's.


Again, I've colored in Copics and realized after that this is the color crabs turn AFTER cooking.  OOPS!  I tried to make this star look a bit like a starfish.




I know you love 'em, so here's a coupon to go and get 'em, along with any other of Mitzi's fabulous images you fancy.  Good through the weekend in both shops.



And if that isn't enough, looky HERE!  Cool gift with purchase star backgrounds FREE with the purchase of 3 or more of the new Zodiac Sprites!  (Be sure to purchase the PNG versions of the Zodiac Sprites for ease of use with these fabulous backgrounds.)  This is graphic coming up rather small, so be sure to click the pic for a larger version to read the details.



One more announcement for those of you who have been missing our challenges.  Although we've closed the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, we will resume challenges in June in our Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.  Hope to see you there.  xx