Monday, November 20, 2017

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

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

I've recycled a candy box (yeah, I'm still recycling...) into a Winter Wonderland using the adorable Little Santa available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.  I covered the inside with blue glitter paper and the outside front edges with strips of white glitter paper cut with a Tim Holtz On the Edge Snowflake die.  I've added metallic and beaded metallic snowflakes to a few of the front flakes and a metal sentiment from Colorbok to the bottom.

I've made a lamp post by knotting the cord of a metallic lantern from Tim Holtz to the top of a wooden skewer and wrapping it silver and white cording.  A white pompom with silver sparkles tops it off.  Behind Little Santa is an old blank CD, shiny part out.  I thought it sort of looked like a huge full moon (and it hides a surprise).  The glow you see is from the light box I've photographed in, although any light seems to make that fab effect.  Kind of looks like the Northern lights, eh?  The "snow" at the bottom is a used dryer sheet spritzed with hair spray and sprinkle with glitter.

On the back of the CD I've used several disks of adhesive foam and topped with card board and wound a string of mini LED lights between.  Since the lights are not separate from the battery pack I cut a slit at the bottom of the box and pulled the strand through before winding.  The cord for the lantern exits there too.

The sides of the box were covered in metal duct tape and ribbon.  The battery packs fit nicely in a the bottom of a jewelry box (with a small piece cut out for the lantern plug in) and I've fashioned a little pocket of silver card stock for it to fit in.  This also stabilizes the project.

Although you do need to remove the box to turn on the moon light, the box slips easily in and out of the attached pocket.

Here's a closeup of the adorable Little Santa prior to fussy cutting.  I've colored him with Copics and used a nice thick coating of white Flower Soft for the trim on his suit and hat.  The cross hatching on his sack was done with Prismacolor pencils to give a burlap affect.  My original plan was to add another of Mitzi's cute Sprite characters to the front, but for once I decided that more was not necessarily more.  But that's okay.  I've got her all set to pop on another Christmas card or project.  Yay!

So here's the "money shot".  Winter Wonderland all aglow.  BE sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the wonderful inspiration by the rest of the Aurora Team and Guest Designer.  You won't be sorry.

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (New challenge runs through Dec 2nd)
Aurora Wings FB Group (Nov. FB Challenge runs all month)

I'm entering this in the DL.Art November Linky Challenge, the Outlawz Monday Greetings Winter Holiday/Snow, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #70 AG, the World Wide DT Open Challenge #28 AG, The Classic DT Open #19 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #215 AG, TTRCD Week of Nov 14 AG, the Corrosive Challenge #11 AG, Make my Monday Snow Fun, 613 Avenue Create November AG, Creative Fingers #141 AG 2/3, Allsorts #442 Glitter, CHNC #360 AG/Use Something Blue, CHNC Christmas Extra November, AG Christmas, Color Crazy Week 46 AG, Simply Papercraft #52 AG, Morgan's Art World #23 AG, Crafty Creations AG, Coloring in Scrapland November Winter is Coming, Dragonfly Dreams November Winter, We Love to Create AG Mixed Media/Creative Goes, A Snowflakes Promise #46 AG and Creates and Makes #16 AG


  1. Awesome!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Ewa DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  2. OMG, you're a genius! What a brilliant thing to incorporate a blank CD into this gorgeous lighted box. It does shine like the northern lights and gives so much of that special holiday magic whether the lights are on or off. How brilliant! Love the lamp post detail and the fluffy texture on the fur trim of the Little Santa. Your creativity really shines!! Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration for our latest challenge at AW! Mitzi xxx

  3. WOW Brilliant design. Great work.
    Very Clever.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  4. WOW! What a lovely Christmas project. It looks fantastic with the lights on or off! Thanks for sharing this with us at CHNC Extra! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. So creative Donna, and simply amazing!

  6. WoWZA !!! That is just super AWESOME Donna - what a fantastic creation. Your Mojo came back as a Sunami didn't it ?!!!
    Love this little creation sooooo much xxxxxxxxxx

  7. A gorgeous Christmas creation and great card for our Glitter theme at Allsorts, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  8. What a neat idea and such a gorgeous image and design.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge!

  9. This is such a lovely Christmas Decoration thank you for joining into our challenge over at Morgan's Art World
    Michelle DT

  10. He looks very sad LOl, Great card. Thanks for sharing it with us at MMM challenge Janet DT

  11. Beautiful card. Love the elf - so cute. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  12. brilliant recycling love the cute Santa elf and Nothern lights sprang to my mind as soon as I saw it.--Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
    Carol DT x

  13. This is stunning, Donna! Great Holiday decoration.

  14. Hi Donna, an amazing little diorama for Christmas, love the light up effects of the lights and lantern. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.... good luck in the prize draw... have a wonderful weekend... Megan DT LPoCF

  15. Beautiful! Fantastic Christmas decoration. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  16. Wow this is fantastic. Just love it

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Hesters DT for



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