Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wag the Dog

I knew I forgot something on my doggie card with the Ike's Art FB Progressive Freebie.  There was one more Outlawz challenge I wanted to enter before we left.  Saturday Paper ala Mode asked for an interactive card.  Well, I'd printed the image twice, in case I screwed up so here's another coloring and card and this time he's on an Action Wobble so you can "wag the dog".  HeeHee!  Sorry for the crap coloring.  Started this as 1:30 AM (because travel stresses me out) and my markers were gooky...sigh...  More fun DP from that Pet's Mat stack by DCWV. I tried unsuccessfully to take a video with my phone, or should I say I didn't know how to upload it, but you get the idea, don't you?

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG and Simon Says Wednesday AG.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

You are Purrfect!

Trying to get all my bases covered at The Outlawz Challenges and did this as a final one for Festive Fridays for their Card with a Cat theme using the colors from Tuesday Color (blue + my choices of green, white with use a rubber stamp as my twist).  You know I rarely use rubber but I love these little kitties from Nikoart from back in 2009 (sadly no longer trading). They were cut with a Spellbinders Postage Stamp die.  The sentiment was just sitting on my desk...PURRFECT!  I really wanted to color a kitty for this challenge, but fur takes sooo long and I ran out of time.

I'm also adding this to the SUYP March Furrything Goes (with a cat) challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG.

It's a Dog's Life!

Just trying to sneak in a few challenges since after today I won't be crafting for a few.  This cutie is the first Progressive Freebie over in the Ike's Art FB Group and is still available until the end of the month if you want to join in.  Fortunately he was easy to color (with Copics) and I found the paper and the sentiment in my stash from the old DCWV pet stack.  WooHoo!  It also worked for the Outlawz Monday Greetings Animal theme this week, so there ya go.

I'm also entering this in the Ike's World Movie Challenge inspired by "Marley & Me", Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #226 AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG.

It's Wine Time!

Couldn't miss another of the fab themes for Festive Fridays on the Outlawz Forum this week as it's all about WINE.  Oh, yeah!  I'd actually planned this card for awhile using fun images from Sandra Caldwell.  Love the Sizzix die I used, but it's a bit fiddly to put together (and to photograph).

The first section uses #478 Dozen Roses and #411 Wine Me Up.  The images were colored with Copics and cut and matted with Spellbinders Labels One and Scalloped Labels One.

The sentiment was computer generated and the final image is #141 Too Tipsy.  I'd personally say he's saving the day.  Little speech bubble die is also from Spellbinders.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AGTTRCD Week of March 27th, A Bit More Time to Craft #64 AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG and Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #226 AG

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Egg Decorating with Bloobel

There's a fun contest going on over at the Bloobel Stamps Create and Share FB Group page that I just couldn't pass up.  Lisa has a full page of Egg Decorating goodies available for FREE HERE to join in.  Well, you know I love me some Bloobel so I had to join in, but instead of the free egg I decorated the one (using the stuff from the decorating kit) from Easter Chicken because her expression just "cracks me up", (pun intended).

Here's a little better pic of Easter Chicken.  I figured that that huge egg might be a little worse for wear after being laid by such a little chicken so I used the paint splats, patches and Band-aids from the FREE Easter Egg Painting stamps to decorate it.  I colored with Copics and added some cracks, as well.  My original plan was just to color it so I printed it HUGE. as well, then realized it looked so bare I wanted to make a card with it.  Instead of fussy cutting (because it would have been a GINORMOUS card) I took a pic of my coloring and resized and removed the background so I could add this cute retro Easter Bunnygram from Gecko Galz behind it. Turned out pretty cute, eh?

I'm also adding this to the Outlawz Festive Fridays Here Comes Spring theme, the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG, TTRCD Week of March 27th, Make My Monday Easter Fun, A Bit More Time to Craft #64 AG and Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #226 AG

Friday, March 23, 2018

Let's Cuddle

What's with the snow?  Well, I won some adorable stamps from Oddball Art on Holley Barnhart's Blog celebrating her 8 seizure free years after multiple brain surgeries.  I chose to use img #423 Yeti Love to work with first because of several challenges on the Outlawz Forum, not to mention the March Itsy, Bitsy,Teenie, Weenie challenge on the Oddbal Art Challenge Blog.  They do look pretty "teenie, weenie" in that blizzard, don'tcha think?  My cool new embossing folder is from Apple Blossom from the Craft Stash in the UK.

On the Outlawz the Saturday Paper ala Mode challenge is Cute and Cuddly so I merged the two cuties together so they could cuddle and the Outlawz Twisted Thursday calls for Seasons.  Hard to imagine that some of you guys out there are still shoveling snow.  YIKES!!  They're colored with Copics and fussy cut to add to the scene.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky Challenge,  Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #226 AG, Winter Wonderland Outdoor fun, Craft Rocket Something New (New stamp and embossing folder I just got YESTERDAY!)  WooHoo!, and A Snowflakes Promise #49 AG (using Sponsor image.  

The Outlawz Progressive +

Okay, it's kinda getting down to the wire for our trip and I still have LOTS to do.  I actually colored and created it in the wee hours of this morning because I couldn't sleep.  This cutie is for the Outlawz March Progressive challenge with the adorable "Catch of the Day" image by Ann Fenton of Anne's Digital Art.  Thanks you, Anne!  He's colored with Copics and I've added some clear Wink of Stella ( my new favorite product) to the fish so it sparkles. 

I also managed to loosely follow the new Outlawz Wednesday Sketch so WooHoo for that.  It's not the last day and for once I tried to be a bit creative.  The image and mat is cut with Double Stitched Rectangles from Kat Scrappiness.  The clouds are Spellbinders to which I've added teeny bug brads from Queen and Co. (so fitting for a boy,I think) and sun die is from Verve.  The sticker sentiment is from Carta Bella.

I'm also adding this to the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Seasons challenge (Summer), the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG, QKR Stampede #288 AG, TTRCD Week of March 20th, and the Southern Girls #180 Die Cuts.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sugar Plum Sprite for the Outlawz

I love playing at the Outlawz Festive Fridays because they have 4 themes each week and one of them is always Christmas.  I've used the gorgeous little Sugar Plum Sprite from Aurora Wings, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy for this week to remind everyone that Aurora Wings is celebrating their 4th anniversary of the AW Challenge blog with a special party and "party favor" to join in.  Stop by the Challenge Blog HERE to collect yours and play along with her or ANY AW Sprite.

I've added a beautiful die cut snowflake from Impression Obsession and a die cut sentiment from Tim Holtz for Sizzix. Papers are from the Recollections (Nutcracker inspired) Ballet Stack.

Here's a closeup of Sugar Plum Sprite.  She's colored with Copics with Stardust Stickles for some sparkle and a faceted Jewel Crown.  She really isn't just for Christmas, but for any little girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, don'tcha think?

HOpe you come and join the party at the AWCB.  Current challenge runs through April 14th and prizes are DOUBLED for this challenge.  There's plenty of time to play along, so what are you waiting for?

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through April 14th)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It's All Perspective

Here's one using the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch for last week and the gorgeous image called Hello, from SheepSki Designs who just happens to be sponsoring the challenges there this month.  I definitely wanted to use a SheepSki image, but chose this one specifically because of the sketch.

I did a fair amount of damage at the Scrapbook Expo earlier this month and was dying (HA!) to use one of my new dies from Elizabeth Crafts and thought this particular one would be perfect, not only for the sketch, but also for Andrea's gorgeous image.  I've added adhesive gems and sequins with Nuvo Drop to the centers to bling it up a bit.  The panels behind were done by spritzing Dylusions Sprays though a plastic produce bag onto watercolor paper.  Once dry, I spritzed again with water and blotted. I LOVE recycling produce bags and save all sorts of them both to use as stencils or or trim a bit and use "as is" to add texture to a project.

Hello was colored with Copics with a little Prismacolor pencil detail because I'd printed her out pretty small.  Then I brushed her with some clear Wink of Stella to make her shine.  I couldn't get a good pic of that in my light box, but when I brought her back into my craft room the incandescent overhead light picked it up quite nicely.  The starfish she's reaching for is from JoLee's and the sentiment is a the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

I'm entering this in the SheepSki March/April FB challenge, DL.Art March Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG, 613 Avenue Create #207 Reuse/ Upcycle (produce bag as stencil for background), Aud Sentiments Bingo (middle row across 3D item, Digi or Stamp, Markers or Pencils) and Crafting with an Attitude AG , Pause Dream Enjoy #12 Photo Inspiration, ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Three-fer for the Outlawz Challenges

I've been a busy gal with DT responsibilities but I did have some spare moments to do a few for Challenges on the Outlawz ForumMonday Greetings called for St. Patrick's Day, Twisted Thursday has a Bingo board and I went for the right row down (Wet or dry embossing, Any shade of Green and Polka Dots) and finally one of the Festive Friday themes was also St. Patrick's day so there ya go. This cutie, called #1378 Leprechaun Kitty, is by Sandra Caldwell.  He's colored with Copics and cut with a Spellbinders Labels Four die.  The shamrock behind him was fashioned from 3 Spellbinders hearts and a stem cut with a circle and trimmed, then embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.  

The sentiment idea originally came with last year's March freebie on SUYP from Ike's Art but unfortunately my digi files still aren't accessible since my computer croaked so I had to make my own. (Of course I was in a hurry and having a Sr. moment and didn't think to look at the Fabulous freebies Ike generously provides to enter at SUYP and now I see, there it is!)

I'm entering this in the SUYP March Furrything Goes challenge, the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #224 GreenLil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 AG, Always Fun Challenges Dogs or Cats, Crafty Cardmaker's #207 Go Green, Incy Wincy No More than 3 colors(excluding black and white), Di's Digi Challenge Lots of Green, Crafty Gals Corner #161 Make it Green and 2 Crafty Critter Crazies March AG w/critter.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy 4th Anniversary AWCB! Let's CELEBRATE!

We're celebrating our 4th Anniversary on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with a special party and the extremely popular Challenge theme

We're even offering a little "party favor" to enter the challenge so be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog to collect yours!  BTW, for this challenge we are only allowing AuroraWings Sprites, so don't miss out (hint, hint).

I have made a "Hidden Secrets" box inspired by my friend Sharon Hudson's project I first saw on the Outlawz Forum.  Although I've seen this type of box done before, I thought Sharon's project was particularly beautiful and she offered a link to a tutorial that was by far the easiest to follow HERE (in both cm and INCHES! so no need to convert.  YAY!) and just perfect for the Sprites I had in mind.

First I have Blueberry Sprite available HERE on Aurora and HERE on Etsy.  All these cuties have been colored with Copics.  The lacy strip that circles the box is a large MS punch used on both sides of a 12" strip.

Next is Strawberry Sprite, available HERE on Aurora and HERE on Etsy.  She was the most challenging to color because it was the first time I've attempted the "dimples" from the seeds thanks to the Elements of Nature Class from Kit and Clowder.  That was fun!

In between I've added a computer generated sentiment cut and matted with Spellbinders Labels Four.

Finally, here's Raspberry Sprite, my personal favorite berry to eat.  She is currently available exclusively HERE at  I ran the double  ribbon around the entire box under the punched strip to close.

On top I've added several of the middle size of Spellbinders Delicate Doilies, cut to fill spaces and separate when opening the box, along with velvet leaves, berries from Hobby Lobby and some Prima flowers with Nuvo Drops centers.

And here it is open to reveal 3 drawers for some "hidden secrets".  Isn't this fun?  I strongly recommend HEAVY card stock for this project and STRONG tape or glue to put it together.  Michael's has 110 lb in white, black and color assortments (100 sheet packs)  that are great for projects like this, and also for card bases, under their Recollections brand.   Not so great for intricate metal dies, but they have 65 lb for that.  Thanks to Sharon for her inspiration.  I truly enjoyed making this project.  Now be sure to visit the AW Challenge Blog to see the gorgeous inspiration from my Aurora Teamies, collect your "favor" and join the party.

OOOH!  And just in case you missed the weekend Coupon, it's been EXTENDED through Tuesday March 20th.  WOOHOO!

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through April 14th)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

EEEK! New Sprites on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog!

I'm so excited to be joining the Showcase Team again today to introduce THREE! new Sprites on the AW Showcase Blog.  Who could resist Easter Bunny Sprite, busy at work painting his eggs?  I've made a (sort of) egg shaped easel using Spellbinders Grand ovals and (ancient) pastel papers from Heidi Grace.

Here's a closeup of Easter Bunny Sprite. My first thought was to flock him, but Mitzi added fabulous furry, fluffy detail I didn't want to lose, so I colored him with Copics instead.  Gotta say, I LOVE coloring fur!  You can find Easter Bunny Sprite below on both and AW on Etsy.

JPG at     PNG at

JPG at AW on Etsy     PNG at AW on Etsy

You can also see the tag that pulls from the egg shape behind with an additional message.  The DP I used for the large egg is actually only a border of a 12x12 sheet, so I cut the oval at the corner and then cut the white center out to leave a pocket for a tag.  The lace border to finish it off is a die from Whimsy Stamps.  The stitched tag and grass dies are from Gina Marie.

I'm adding this to Fab 'n' Funky Anything but Square, Addicted to Stamps and More #283 Holiday,  the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Tic Tac Toe using Die Cuts/ FREE/ Any shade of Green, Simon Says Monday Easter/SpringSimon Says Wednesday Easter Inspired, Crafty Sentiments Designs Easter, Do Al(l) Kreatives #15 Spring/Easter, Classic Design Team Open March AG, MAWTT Easter, Brown Sugar Spring/Easter.

OOOhhh!  And isn't this a magical new Sprite?  This beloved fantasy creature conjures up rainbows, sparkle and shine and that's just what I gave Unicorn Sprite.  I've used a variety of dies from Gina Marie, Mama Elephant, and Echo Park to create this scene and a fair amount of glitter paper, as well.

Here's a closeup of Unicorn Sprite.  I flipped and colored her in soft pastel Copics with a rainbow mane and tail.  I hope you can see the Stardust Stickles I've added to make her all sparkly.  I mean don't ALL unicorns sparkle and shine?  You can find Unicorn Sprite below. 

JPG at     JPG at AW on Etsy

PNG at     PNG at AW on Etsy

I also used Copics to color the die cut rainbow that tucked neatly behind her and into the embossed cloud border.  It shines too, due to an unmentionable mistake with my Xyron.  See?  Guess in the long run it was serendipity.  LOL 

I'm adding this to Crafty Creations #362 AGthe Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Fantasy, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Use a Die Cut, Word Art Wednesday #326/327 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack #224 AG

And finally, the new Anemone Sprite which just may be one of my faves EVER!  I took the liberty of flipping and cropping her to be able to bring a bit more detail to her gorgeous floral crown.  She's colored with Copics with some Black Nuvo Drops in the flower centers.  The hardest part of this one was deciding on which colors to  use.  Anemones come in such a vast array that I know I'll be coloring her again and again.  She's so perfect for just about any occasion, don'tcha think?

Here's what Anemone Sprite looks like in her entirety.  One of my favorite things about Mitzi's images is the resolution is unsurpassed among digi artists, allowing great freedom in sizing.  Mitzi is also open to creative cropping, flipping, merging and coloring, which is loads of fun for any colorist. You can find Anemone Sprite below.

 JPG at     PNG at

JPG at AW on Etsy     PNG at AW on Etsy

And what is a Showcase without a Coupon? (Besides loads of amazing inspiration, of course.)  Looky here!  WooHoo!

Now if you haven't already, I suggest you go check out the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and see what other members of the teams have done with these cuties.  Such inspiration and talent there.  I'm so honored to be a part of the Aurora Wings family.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bingo Continues at Aurora Wings

We're still having loads of fun with the Bingo Challenge at Aurora Wings as we continue with a mid-challenge inspiration from the Stella Team.  Here's the board with tons of possibilities as you can choose colors, elements or both from any row.  

To be honest, I had a hard time deciding on colors (in fact lately, I've had a hard time deciding on ANYTHING) so I asked my Aurora Team buddy Susan what she thought, since she was familiar with what I'd done previously for this challenge.  She suggested the purple, pink and white diagonal and there ya go.  I thought the gorgeous Wings and Petals, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy would be perfect for that Springy palette.  Now I did plan on using the elements for that row as well, but in the end, I managed a full BLACKOUT using ALL of them as the design progressed.  WOOHOO!

Here's a closeup of the divine Wings and Petals.  This is the first time I've colored her, with my Copics, of course but it certainly won't be the last.  I had to print her quite small to fit in the beautiful die cut from the Garden Classics Collection by Janine's Art.  She's slightly cropped to a 3 1/2" circle so I wasn't able to manage as much detail in the coloring as I would have liked but I did add some Stickles to the wings of the butterflies and clear glitter Nuvo Drops to what looked like dew drops scattered about to me.

Wings and Petals is one in a series of gorgeous women in profile representing the 4 Seasons.  Wings and Petals represents Spring, Fins and Pearls is Summer and the new Vines and Berries represents Autumn.  Stay tuned for Winter.  I, for one, can't wait!  However, I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who've had enough of Winter already this year.

Continuing with the elements needed for the BLACKOUT, here we have cheesecloth fabric dyed with Copic reinker, layered with two white flowers, a crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art and a stickpin I layered with beads.  I purchased the gorgeous pink lace at LAST year's Scrapbook Expo and have been hoarding it ever since.  Do ya blame me?  Yumbo!

Here are more die cuts, from the Butterfly Exhibit die by Memory Box.   I cut the die twice and cut it apart and layered several for dimension.  There's more Stickles along the edges of their wings and I used Nuvo drops on their bodies.  You can also see the layers of card stock.  The patterned DP is from K&Co, my favorite to use with Mitzi's magical images.

The final element was a sentiment and I was thrilled to find one that I thought was fitting in the Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker pack.  I layered it twice with scraps on my desk and there ya go!  The final outcome came as a complete surprise but I sure had a ball.  Hope you have fun with our Bingo Board, as well!
Be sure to check out the lovely inspiration from my Stella Teamies and please come play along.

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through March 17th)