Monday, January 15, 2018

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

It's a new year and a new challenge at Aurora Wings and we've returned to our roots as a monthly challenge blog beginning each 3rd Monday, but we'll keep you inspired with a mid challenge post as well.  To ease in after our break, our theme this time is the easy peasy

It only took me about 3 tries to finally decide on the images, but I've been in a bit of a kitty mode and was excited to find the fun Ballerina Kitties 3-pack stamp set exclusively at  I used the Accordion Flip Album 3D die from Sizzix to make a thank you card featuring all 3 of the adorable Ballerina Kitties.  Unfortunately the picture of the entire project was done in panorama mode with my camera and this was the largest I could post on my blog without it getting cut off.  You can see a better picture of my project in it's entirety, as well as those of my Aurora Teamies on the Challenge Blog HERE, or click on the pic above to enlarge it.

I did, however, takes individual pictures of each kitty before assembling the accordion card.  Each is colored with Copics and for once, I kept track of colors because I find the BV (and V ranges for that matter) can be rather difficult to use and photograph.

Although I've been "fluffing up" many of the kitties I've recently colored, these little beauties came out better for me with just some subtle shading.  When I tried adding too much texture, it looked a bit more like razor stubble, not the least bit fitting for these girly girls. 

Bodies: BV0000,000,01
Cheeks and nose: V000
Inside ear and slippers: RV91,93,95
Tuts and floral wreaths: V0000,000,01,12
Flowers on tutus: same as bodies

As you can see, the palette is somewhat limited, but I've found that the Violets, and Blue Violets especially, are often affected by the colors around them in photographs.  That's why I actually colored the die cut "Thank you" (Cuttlebug die) with the BV000 I'd used earlier instead of trying to find a colored card stock to match.  In fact, I've found it often helps when choosing design paper to snap a quick pic just to see how the colors (especially purples) photograph together before deciding.  Although it really doesn't matter if you're not planning on posting your project online, it saves a lot of time and frustration with photo editing if you know in advance how the colors work together in front of the camera.  Haven't we all been there?

The die cuts behind the kitties are cut with the Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One die using DP from a old MAMBI pad.  The swirls made me think of the beauty and excitement of the ballet and I've added some texture with my Swiss Dots embossing folder to the solid iridescent pink I've added to the frames.

The corner bouquets include large roses from Kaisercraft as well as small ones I've dyed to match the purples of the kitties using the BV01 reinker and a fair amount of rubbing alcohol to soften the color.  They are tied together with tulle to further the ballet reference.

I hope you'll check out the fabulous inspiration from my Aurora teamies and Guest designers and come join our first challenge of 2018.

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  1. What a gorgeous accordion card, Donna! I adore your coloring of these three kitties. How so very beautiful they look in elegant, high-key limited palette! Looking at your project really transported me back to the days when I taught ballet at a dance studio where all the really young ones were in pale pink leotards and tights and looking precious. I also love how you kept the kitties' fur smooth with your coloring and looking sleek and elegant! Thank you so much for this enchanting inspiration for our ATG challenge at Aurora Wings today! Mitzi xxx

  2. Fantastic - such a lovely creation Donna. I love the kitties and your card design is stunning :-) xxxxx

  3. Well! what a clever gal you are, this is amazingly put together, I love the kitties and such a great sentiment too, a FABULOUS card.

  4. Gorgeous card Donna! The images are adorable and the design is wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  5. Lovely card, all the images are great :-)! Thank you for playing with us at Through The Craftroom Door ATG challenge! Good luck and looking forward to seeing you again!
    Sunila & Aditi- DT
    Dots to Lines

  6. WOW. Those kitties are adorable. I love the sentiment. I have that sizzix die-I think its time to revisit it. Have a great day and Thank you for submitting a gorgeous Thank You card in the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge

  7. This is so pretty Donna I have the die, but not your beautiful image that you have colored sos well.!! I love it.
    Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge # 220 “Winter” or Thank you” for this challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  8. These kitties are so sweet! The soft colors and the sentiment are perfect. This card is an awesome way to be able to use all three of them.

    Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

  9. Lovely card. Defikitely a keeper!

  10. Super card Donna. Love your colourimg of the kitties.

  11. What a beautiful Project !! Thanks for joining us!
    Ana Isabel Dt Coordinator at Corrosive Challenge blog


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