Thursday, May 23, 2019

Aurora Wings New Release Showcase

After a bit of a break, we're back with a fabulous new release on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog with the first installment of a new line of adorable Sprites.  WooHoo!  I'm also thrilled that although I've guested on the Showcase Blog a time or two (wink, wink) I'm now an OFFICIAL member of the Showcase team!  Thank you so much Mitzi and the DT sisters!  Now it's time to meet the newest Zodiac Sprites!

First let's meet Aries Sprite and Taurus Sprite.  Now certainly these cuties will make fabulous celestial or birthday creations, but I decided to think outside the box a bit and combine them for something a little different.  We walk past a farm with a herd of goats each morning (lots of babies now, sooo cute!) and there are cows grazing all over the hills so I created a little farm scene and couldn't resist some puns for a new home card.  The barn die is from Die-Versions, the grassy hill dies are from Lawn Fawn and the cloud is Spellbinders.

Here's a closeup of Aries Sprite.  I've colored with Copics and tried do do a different treatment on each of the different stars.  This one is supposed to look dimensional.  I had a bit of trouble with the light source here, even while holding a dimensional star and turning it several different ways and eventually came to realize that there is such a thing as too many layers of color with Copics.  LOL  

Okay now, here's Taurus Sprite and he's my FAVE because he's my sign.  Had to laugh a bit when reading the Taurus traits Mitzi cited on the Showcase Blog.  Uh, YEAH!  (But it's HER sign too.  LOL)  Again, Copic coloring but my white gel pen was dry so I couldn't put sparkles on the star. :(

Next in line is Gemini Sprites, the Twins.  I love that Mitzi made it a boy and girl, as my hubby has a twin sister.  This could be used a a birthday card for her from him, or could also be used as an Anniversary card or for a late May-June wedding, don'tcha think?  I used the png version against digital paper here with a digital sentiment.

Again, these cuties are colored with Copics with quite a bit of gold gel pen detail.  I'm afraid it made the laurel wreaths in their hair a bit difficult to see with the hair colors I chose, but there's definitely a little sparkle.

Finally, here's Cancer Sprite, the fourth in this first series of Zodiac Sprites.  I had fun creating a beach scene with papers from Graphic 45, Heidi Grace and BoBunny and some dimensional stickers from JoLee's.

Again, I've colored in Copics and realized after that this is the color crabs turn AFTER cooking.  OOPS!  I tried to make this star look a bit like a starfish.

I know you love 'em, so here's a coupon to go and get 'em, along with any other of Mitzi's fabulous images you fancy.  Good through the weekend in both shops.

And if that isn't enough, looky HERE!  Cool gift with purchase star backgrounds FREE with the purchase of 3 or more of the new Zodiac Sprites!  (Be sure to purchase the PNG versions of the Zodiac Sprites for ease of use with these fabulous backgrounds.)  This is graphic coming up rather small, so be sure to click the pic for a larger version to read the details.

One more announcement for those of you who have been missing our challenges.  Although we've closed the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, we will resume challenges in June in our Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.  Hope to see you there.  xx

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Photo Inspiration at Catch the Bug

It's the last April Challenge at Catch the Bug and this week here's the lovely photo to use as inspiration. It's also my last post as Guest Designer and I want to thank Jodie and the Bugaboo DT for having me.  It's been wonderful.

I'm afraid I wasn't exactly creative in my interpretation here, but I loved the colors, beautiful flowers and butterflies so much that my card is quite literal.  I already knew I'd be using DP from the K&Co Specialty pack by Susan Wright because of the colors.  All I had to do was make a choice of image, which proved to be quite difficult since there are so many lovely florals at Bugaboo Stamps.  You can check them all out HERE.  I finally decided on the rectangular image from Floral Set2 and colored with Copics (new eye prescription so I hope to be coloring more soon).  I remembered some sweet butterfly dimensional stickers from Little B and miraculously they fit exactly over the butterfly images in the digi, so WooHoo!  Today happens to be my birthday but couldn't find a birthday sticker so it ended up a "thinking of you" card that can be used for many occasions.

Be sure to stop by Catch the Bug and check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.  You may use anything in the photo as inspiration, so let your creativity go wild.  (If it's not obvious, you might mention it, though.)  So please come and play along.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #104 AG, the Outlaw Twisted Thursdays AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #279 AG, ..

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bugaboo Bingo at Catch the Bug

WHAT???   It's the day before Easter and I'm posting Christmas?  To be honest, I did have an Easter image all printed out for this week's challenge at Catch the Bug but some eye issues have impeded my coloring, so I did a little experimenting and went a different route, using the beautiful Snowflake Reindeer Silhouette.  With the png version of the image (both jpg and png are included) you can layer the image any way you want and, in this case, I changed the color of each in my Printmaster Platinum Program.  I was going for the "reindeer really know how to fly" affect.  Kinda cool, don'tcha think, although the colors didn't print exactly as expected, but still...

So here's the Bingo Board.  I chose left row vertical, of Die/Punch, Bugaboo Image, Ribbon.  The reindeer were cut with an Antique Frame from Penny Black and inked with Distress, the Stitched Snowflake dies are Lawn Fawn with Nuvo Drop centers, ribbon from Recollections and DP from MME. Hope you come play with us at Catch the Bug this week and Happy Easter.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, the OUtlawz Festive Fridays Christmas theme, ...

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Back to Nature with Bugaboo Stamps

I'm here guest designing again for Bugaboo Stamps and this week's challenge at Catch the Bug is Back to Nature.  I'm featuring the beautiful  Roses and Butterflies, a gorgeous stamp that can be used for so many different occasions.
Here I've chosen a Thank you card with sweet paper from my stash and a sticker sentiment I colored black with a Sharpie.  I've colored the image with Copics in fresh Spring colors but it's amazing how different this stamp can look in a variety of shades for every season.  Bugaboo has a large selection of gorgeous florals you can find HERE.  Please visit Catch the Bug to see the lovely inspiration from the fab design team and come play along.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #242 Anything SpringLil Patch of Crafty Friends #103 AG, Allsorts week 515/516 Blossoms, Butterflies and Bugs, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Anything Goes, the Outlawz Paper a la Mode Spring, ...

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy Birthday AWCB

If you follow the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog you may already have read the Farewell Post.  We've had a hard time with Facebook not allowing links to the blog in our Stamps by AuroraWings FB Group but you know you can always come here to find out what's up.  Yes, we're celebrating 5 incredible years of challenges and I'm so honored and proud to say that I've been a part of it since Day 1.  I've made many friends through my association with the Aurora Wings family of designers both past and present and I can't even begin to tell you how Mitzi's talent, support and special friendship has inspired me throughout the years. Oh oh!  Here's where I'm getting a little teary eyed so I may have to cut this post short.  Anyway, after careful consideration, we are closing the AW Challenge Blog, but it will be business as usual in the FB Group,, AuroraWings Etsy, etc.

Last Monday, the 3rd Monday in March was our 5th Anniversary of the AWCB and had we continued the challenges, it would have been the ever popular Sprite Delight.  In celebration of those 5 fabulous years, Mitzi is offering this special Birthday Cake Sprite as a freebie in both jpg and png form through the end of the month HERE.  I've colored this cutie in png format with Copics in order to combine her with lovely Birthday Bouquet digital papers from WeAre3.

We also have a coupon goin' on through March 24th (plus the opportunity to guess the SECRET COUPON CODE) so be sure to visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to collect your freebies and maybe get an even bigger discount if you shop.

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Special 8th Birthday Challenge (using sponsor papers from We Are 3), the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #102 AG,  ...

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bugaboo Bingo at Catch the Bug

It's time for Bugaboo Bingo at Catch the Bug and I'm happy to be continuing my Guest Designer position.  Here's the fun Bingo board and you know the drill...

I've chosen the diagonal bottom left to top right (twine, 2 images merged, and Bugaboo image) and used Crabby Dog and the Oh Crap Set (both personal faves).  What can I say?  Both images were colored with Copics and I've also used one of the 3 sentiments included with the Oh Crap Set.  I thought the ancient grass paper from my stash was rather fitting and kept the card masculine with a karft mat and corrugated craft for some texture. 

Would be great for a co worker perhaps or to make hubby smile at the end of a particularly difficult day, don'tcha think?  So why not give our Bingo board a go and have some fun?  A Bugaboo image is not required, but we'd love to see them.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #24Crafty Animals #24 AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #101 AG and Kitty Bee Designs #138 Animals

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mid-Month Inspiration for Over the Rainbow at Aurora Wings

It's time for the Aurora Team to bring you some additional inspiration for Challenge #75 at Aurora Wings.  Our theme is

and what do you find at the end?  Why a pot of gold, of course.  I've used the adorable Little Leprechaun available exclusively HERE on and paired him with Shamrock Sprite available HERE on and 
HERE on Etsy.

I made a little scene using a variety of dies and some glitter flowers and foam shamrocks from my stash.  I thought the computer generated sentiment would not only be cute for St. Patrick's Day, but also for a March anniversary or birthday, as well.

I've colored these cuties with Copics and fussy cut and popped them for dimension.  Here's a closeup of Shamrock Sprite.  Both images were flipped using my Printmaster Pro program to work with the dies and design.

And here's Little Leprechaun's closeup.  What a sweetheart!

And finally, the dimensional shot.  It's been awhile since I've created a little scene like this, and it was fun.  Be sure to stop by the AW Challenge Blog to see the rest of the Aurora Team's awesome projects and come on Over the Rainbow with us.

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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Anything Goes at Bugaboo

The first challenge at Catch the Bug each month is Anything Goes so here's my Bugaboo Guest DT inspiration featuring the adorable Alice in Wonderland.  I thought it would made a cute belated birthday card so I chose the option where I could add my own sentiment.  There are also versions with "We're all Mad here!" in the 4th box as well as pre colored versions, great when you're in a pinch. Such a deal to have all that included and it happens to be on SALE HERE.

I colored with Copics and added some funky die cut tea cup silhouettes from XCut Build a Scene dies (trimmed a bit).  The flair button is from one of the Wonderland sets at DL.Art.  I always chose the pin back version so it can be removed from my card and worn on a jacket or hat.  The little flower on the Hatter's hat was from my stash.  Come take a look at the fab DT inspiration and join us this week at Catch the Bug.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art March Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #100 AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Birthday, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Crafts Galore Encore #61 AG, the Fairy and the Unicorn March AG/Optional Alice in Wonderland....

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Aurora Wings February Showcase

It's a Happy Day on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog with the release of 4 new Sprites!  I'm thrilled to be joining the Showcase team to introduce the newest of the Baby Animals Sprites.

First off we have Chicken Sprite.  This little cutie took me awhile.  I couldn't decide which breed of chicken to choose.  So many fun options, I know I'll be using her again and again.  I printed this one in a lighter gray for a semi no lines approach but with the black and gray color scheme I finally chose, it's not as evident.  She's colored with Copics and a Memento dual marker for some crisp detail.  People who know me will not be surprised at the sentiment.  ;D

And here is sweet Lamb Sprite.  Animals babies are Springtime's promise of new beginnings.  I've used papers from the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime pack to make a sweet wall hanging.  Flowers are from Recollections and gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.

It's been lovely weather for ducks here lately, so Duckling Sprite fits right in.  I colored this sweetie with Copics in colors that match the adorable ducklings at Blackhawk Center in Danville.  Such a delight!  

And finally, we have Llama Sprite.  Hubby and I wave to her every morning as we pass the herd on our walk.  I couldn't help but use a Spanish sentiment pun and bright papers from K&Co.

Of course it wouldn't be a Showcase without a coupon, so here ya go, good at both shops through Sunday, February 25th.  Be sure to stop by the Showcase Blog to see the fabulous inspiration by the Showcase Designers and guests.

Don't forget our new challenge, Over the Rainbow, now going on at the Aurora Wings Challenge blog.  Hope to see you there.

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

Monday, February 18, 2019

Over the Rainbow with Aurora Wings

Our new challenge #75 begins today at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with the beautiful theme of

With the dismal rainy weather we've been having, a rainbow would be a welcome sight, but coloring in rainbow hues was the next best thing and lifted my spirits immensely.  We always welcome creative interpretations of our themes at Aurora Wings, but since it's been awhile since I've colored in gradations, I thought that's how I'd go.  The beautiful image is Poppies, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.

I've colored Poppies with Copics in more colors than I could count.  The sequence doesn't exactly follow the colors of the rainbow, but more that of the color wheel, as I wanted to go from light to dark.  My craft room has been in even greater disarray than usual, since having company come, so I printed my image before even attempting to find an appropriate die.  But lo and behold, the crafting gods were with me and she fit perfectly into the center of a new and unused Spellbinders frame from the Designer Series Chantilly Paper Lace.  WooHoo!  

I didn't want to detract from the vibrant colors so I matted with white as well but added some texture with my Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder and popped it on a light blue card base that fairly closely matched the subtle chalk background I'd used around the image.  The only embellishment is a tiny yellow dimensional butterfly sticker from Little B.  The sentiment is a sticker from the Tim Holtz Small Talk collection that reads "give out what you want to come back".

Be sure to stop by the AWCB to see the lovely inspiration from my Stella teamies and why not follow us Over the Rainbow and come play along?

OMG!  Hubby just came in to tell me there's a double rainbow outside!

Not the best pic, but before I could even get it uploaded it started to thunder and hail!  Yikes! 

Okay then, here's how to keep up with what's happening at Aurora Wings.

I'm entering this in the DL.Art February Linky Challengethe February Classic Design Team Open Challenge #2, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #100 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #269 AG, the Outlawz Thursday Twist AG/Say it with Flowers, A Perfect Time to Craft February #2, the World Wide Open DT Challenge (2/15), Path of Positivity #66 (opt. twist Love)...

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Guest Designer for Bugaboo Bingo at Catch the Bug

It's Saturday and that means another new challenge at Catch the Bug.  This week we're playing Bugaboo Bingo.

I've chosen the bottom row (charm, sparkle, enamel dots) and Skelekinz Heart Peeker.  I just love these cuties, don't you?  Remember, all new releases are 50% for the week so be sure to check them out the Freebies & Sales tab each week for super deals.  I've colored her with Copics and cut with a stitched oval die.  The glitter DP is from the old DCWV Madly in Love stack.  The sentiment is another punch out from the Authentique Valentine bundle, the enamel dots from Cloud 9 and the skellie key charm is from my stash.

Be sure to stop by Catch the Bug and check out the fabulous inspiration by the team.  Hope to see you there! 

I'm entering this in the DL.Art February Thankful Thursday #240 Pink and/or RedDragonfly Dreams Include a HeartBrown Sugar Feb #287 Love and/or Valentine's Day,  the Outlawz Monday Greetings Love is in the AirSimon Says Wednesday Black, White + One other color, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#269 AG... 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Bugaboo Love is in the Air

I'm so excited to be Guest Designing for Bugaboo Stamps as Winner of the 2018 Holiday Chaos event.  WooHoo!  This is my first post for the Weekly Saturday Challenge at Catch the Bug, Love Is in the Air.  I've used the sweet image Greetings-You Are Beautiful.  It was easy and fun to color with my Copics and I kept the card CAS as well, using the Spellbinders Card Creator Cascading Hearts die.  The sentiment in the upper corner is a punch out from a Valentine bundle from Authentique.  Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from the Bugaboo team at Catch the Bug and come play along.  Hope to see you soon!

I'm entering this in the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #99 AG, Dragonfly Dreams Include a Heart, Brown Sugar Feb #287 Love and/or Valentine's Daythe Outlawz Monday Greetings Love is in the Air, Simon Says Monday Add Some Red.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Mid-Challenge Inspiration for Aurora Wings #74

It's time for a little mid-month inspiration from the Aurora Team for our Anything Goes Challenge #74 at Aurora Wings.  Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I decided to do a Valentine using a non-Valentine image, Kitty Sprite, available exclusively HERE at  Who doesn't love a pile of kitties?  Well, you KNOW I love ME some!  I'd found in my stash some mini conversation hearts that fit purrfectly with the adorable kitties, so there ya go!  The DP is from an ancient K&Company stack and the punch out sentiment and little "smitten" sticker (couldn't resist! it rhymes with kitten) is from a Valentine crafting bundle kit from Authentique.

Here's a closeup of Kitty Sprite, colored with Copics.  Gotta say I get all warm and fuzzy just looking at this purrecious digi!  You've got a better view of the teeny hearts, too.  Pretty sure they're from Mike's, at least a year ago and I loved their smaller size and the cute, more traditional sayings without things like "text me".  Sorry, I don't find that romantic in the least.

Now, you've GOT to go visit the Challenge Blog and see the spectacular projects from my Aurora sisters.  I PROMISE you won't be disappointed!  And hey, why not come play along?  Still lots of time.  Pop on over to our FB Group, too.

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