Monday, May 7, 2018

Aurora Wings Mid-Challenge Inspiration

It's mid-challenge inspiration day for our Black and White with or without a Splash of Color Challenge at Aurora Wings.  I've chosen the gorgeous Angel of Sympathy available HERE on Aurora and HERE on Etsy.  I've made an easel card using the Santa's Book die from Precious Marieke.

Here's a closeup of Angel of Sympathy.  I've colored her with Copics using nearly the entire range of Neutral Grays.  The "splash" of blue on her sash is B91,93 and 95.  Although I've made a sympathy card she also works well with all sorts of prayers, Bible verses and words of encouragement.  I've also seen her used as a Guardian Angel door hanger for a new baby with a bedtime prayer.  Isn't she beautiful?

As you can see, she's fussy cut and popped atop the book pages.  The white layer is attached at the center and outer edges to give it a bit more dimension.  I had a bit of trouble deciding on a background.  I couldn't find DP or a stamp that looked appropriate.  I was thinking perhaps just some illegible script and even tried an embossed script background, but the scale was off.  She took up a bit more space than I'd imagined and my placement of her made a sentiment sort of awkward, as well.  I finally found my "Rays" embossing folder from Tim Holtz, which looked to me like heavenly light, so I added a punched dove and die cut swirl from Taylored Expressions.

The sentiment is one I've used before and is one of my favorites.  Have to say it does leave me a bit teary eyed, though.  I added two more doves and a row of blue flat backed pearls to hold the easel.  Although I would say this is not my favorite type of card to make, I don't think there's a more beautiful image available anywhere.

Be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the gorgeous inspiration from the Stella team and come play along.  You'd be surprised to see the many ways we've chosen to add a "splash of color" or not.  Coloring in grayscale is loads of fun and fabulous practice for learning to shadow since you don't have to make so many color choices.  Hope to see you there.

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through May 19th)

I'm entering this in the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, A Gem of a Challenge #218 Get Well OR Sympathy, the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge Shades of Gray with a Pop of Color, Crafty Calendar May Things with Wings, Creative Fingers #146 AG, Simply Papercraft #57 AG, Pause Dream Enjoy #18 Lots of Layers, Word Art Wednesday Weeks #332 and 333, Scrapy Land Challenge #89 AG w/Die Brands SL sells, A Perfect Time to Craft May AG, Dies R Us #96 Flowers, the World Wide Open DT Challenge (April 15-May 12), Your Scrapbook Place May AG, Digi Choosday Wk 18 AG, TTRCD AG Wk starting May 1, 613 Avenue Create May AG, the Corrosive Challenge #5 May AG, Creates and Makes #21 AG, Create and Inspire AG/optional dies or stencils, Jo's Scrap Shack #232 AG, Crafts Galore Encore May AG, Creative Craft Cottage May #107 Dies or punches, Incy Wincy May Things that Fly, Do-Al(l) Creatives May #17 not square/rectangle and the May Classic Design Team Open #25 AG.


  1. So Cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.
    Pause Dream Enjoy

  2. Wow! This is spectacular! Love the angel and the whole effect is gorgeous! This will be a great comfort to someone. Thanks for joining our "Flowers" challenge at Dies R Us!

  3. This truly is so beautiful and elegant Donna. A really stunning project!

  4. Sigh.... This is so amazing. I just love the whole thing... All fits together so perfectly so I don't even now where to begin... I just love your creativity. Hugz

  5. Simply stunning Donna! You've put so much heart into this, the recipient will be moved in more ways than one!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at the Colour Challenge over at the Outlawz!

  6. What a beautiful and serene sympathy card, Donna! I adore your coloring of the image - the soft blue is so soothing and all the details your coloring picks up with grey bring the image to life so elegantly. The book shape's elegant curves and the swirly die cut all add to the grace of this card, and the sentiment is simply beautiful! Thank you so much for this exquisite inspiration for our mid-challenge post today at AWCB, Donna! Mitzi xxx

  7. Just wow ... thank you for sharing it with us at Digi Choosday crafty hugs Julia xx

  8. Absolutely gorgeous Donna! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Flowers’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  9. This is just stunning, Donna. The recipient will treasure it for years to come and will read that sentiment over and over.

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creation with us at Pause Dream Enjoy.


  10. wonderfull splash of colour on your card and awesome colouring of the image, also like the shape of your creation, lots of hugs, Marion

  11. WOW stunning sympathy card love just the hint of colour and shape looks just like a book of rememberance----Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  12. Oh my goodness what a stunning image and it is just perfect with your Sympathy Easel. Just a super gorgeous project. I love it. Great work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for


  13. Back again, and again, stunning work. I love it. 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

  14. A very powerful sympathy card. The verse is touching and the fussy cutting is brilliant! Thanks for sharing at Jo's Scrap Shack! Please return for our month-long birthday celebration!
    DT Member

  15. I agree about the image, so perfect for a sympathy card and the verse is wonderful, I haven't seen that before. This is a truly beautiful and thoughtful card Donna.

  16. This is lovely Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

  17. Beautiful card, love the style you have used. Great colouring the image is just perfect for monochrome, love the bit of blue you have used.
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge this month.

  18. WOW, this is stunning! I LOVE the images and the coloring is perfect and soft. I LOVE everything about this!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at Scrapy Land!
    Sherrie K
    Scrapy Land DT Member

  19. Such a BEAUTIFUL card! I have never come across anything this beautiful before. Thanks so much for gives all of us such an inspiration. Would you mind sharing where that wonderful sentiment came from?
    Thanks Again,

  20. Love the monochromatic feel of your card and it being 3D. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs With Things That Fly. Good luck!-Maria Giselle B.

  21. That angel image is gorgeous and so is your card! I love the shape and the black and white color! Thanks for sharing with us at DL.ART Challenges!

  22. This is stunning! I have the Santa's book die and I'm completely smitten with your card design. I'm so glad you linked up to the DRU "flowers" challenge. Best of luck to you!

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

    Jane DT for

  24. Great Work! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Jenna DT for

  25. Yes, she's really beautiful. Thank You for joining us at Creative Fingers challange. DT Ella.

  26. What a stunning card, it's not easy making sympathy cards but this is just stunning.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Calendar.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  27. Nice
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for

  28. Stunning card Donna, beautifully created!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska (DT)*

  29. Wow very great Card.
    Thanks for joining us at the DAK Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea

  30. OMG.. fabulous! This card is amazing and I wish the recipient exactly what the sentiment say.
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at
    Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#17 – not square / rectangle}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#17 – Party}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#48 – Embellishments}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  31. Wow... this is just amazing! I love the shape and the awesome colouration of the image! Wonderful make!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives (#17– Not square / rectangle)
    *DT* Die Traumfabrik

  32. Wow, this is a wonderful creation! I love design and image! Your colouring is gorgeous!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge May "ATG".


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