Monday, August 20, 2018

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

A brand new challenge starts today on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and this time we have a sketch for you to follow.  
I'm kind of a rule follower, and not the most creative with sketch interpretations, but as soon as I saw this one I know I'd be using the exclusive digi set called Lost in the Woods.  I love the little Tomte giving directions to the snail.  The set includes them with a full background as well, but what made it so perfect for this challenge is that BOTH of the floral corners are available separately as part of the set as well, so I had all that I needed right there.  WooHoo!

Here's a closeup of these cuties.  I've colored the with Copics and cut and matted them with Spellbinders Grand Circles popped on some DP from K&Co. The snail shell was a bit of a challenge, and I have to admit, I walked away from it several times and almost started over, but I kept at it and in the end, it turned out to be my favorite part. This is a better color shot than above, as I wanted to shoot the full project outside and couldn't manage to color correct for the lighting. The shade gave everything a bit of a bluish cast but the sun either washed it all out or gave harsh shadows.  The background was done with a combo of Copics, Distress Ink and chalk to get the effect I was going for.  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

I flipped the top floral spray vertically to better work with the sketch.  Again, I've colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped it on a frame I assembled using the Elizabeth Crafts Happy Frame XL die.

The same treatment was done with the bottom floral spray and here you have a little better view of the embossed strips I added to the dimensional frame.  When assembling I decided the dark frame with the dark circular mat wasn't gonna fly but I wasn't about to start over with the frame.  Cutting strips of a lighter green helped immensely, but I still needed some more interest so I ran them through my Cuttlebug with and older leaf folder and inked them lightly with Distress.  I decided I liked the little bit of overhang and finally tied it all together (literally) with some twine at the corners.  This way I still had a bit of the dark frame showing on the edges and also inside to further showcase the lovely images.

I hope you find this inspiring and come join our new challenge.  Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and take a look at the gorgeous work by my Stella teamies as well.

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through September 15th)


  1. Oooh I just love this tomte digi and you have turned her into a masterpiece with your coloring and sooo clever to use the flowers to match the sketch. Wonderful.... Hugz

  2. I love this card and your coloring is fabulous. The snail is my favorite. Thank you for joining us and good luck.
    Hugs, Joy

  3. I am very glad you joined us this week at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. I hope you had a fantastic time!!! See you back very soon to play in another amazing challenge. :)


    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Design Team Member

  4. Such an eye-catching design, Donna! And what a brilliant use of the digi set! I still can't get over how great the snail shell looks with your coloring. It looks natural and absolutely gorgeous! I adore the embossed strips tied with twine - totally reminds me of garden trellis! It's almost like peeking through into a secret garden. Thank you so much for this enchanting inspiration for today's new challenge at Aurora Wings. Mitzi xxx

  5. Its always a real pleasure popping onto your blog and viewing your talent. This is just super gorgeous and I love your creative ideas you come up with. Lovely work. 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

  6. This is so beautiful Donna. Stunning colour and design. Its always a delight to visit.

  7. I love the flowers added and coloured and your colouring of the snail. I also like the ropes on the side of the card, it is very creative. Thank you for this lovely inspiration, lots of hugs, Marion

  8. An Amazing results with your colouring Donna, this is absolutely GORGEOUS. Love the layers and colours and I agree that shell is gorgeous. A Fabulous card, so much to see.

  9. Beautiful!! Great take on the sketch and your flowers are gorgeous!! Thanks for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack.

  10. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely card… Beautiful colouring. Please join us again next time at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck!
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  11. Gorgeous card and amazing coloring! Love your card! Thanks for joining us at the Color Crazy Challenge and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT

  12. 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

  13. Donna, what a stunning card you have made here which fits perfectly the Colour Crazy Challenge this week. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

  14. This is beautiful! How fab that the design itself fit the sketch so perfectly

    Thanks for playing along at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  15. Cute card! Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Maritza DT for

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

    Ania DT

  17. Wonderful project! Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.
    Hugs Natalie

  18. Love all of this- stunning work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Vicki DT for


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