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 bling it up a bit. centers The panels behind were done by spritzing Dylusions Sprays though a produce bag on 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,...

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, 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Playing with New Goodies

Went to the Scrapbook Expo yesterday and did a little shopping.  When I unpacked, it was actually less than I thought.  WOW!  Such restraint!  You should have seen last year (much of which I've still not even opened.  LOL)

But anyway, today's crap weather kept me in and playing with some of my new goodies.  Look at all that hail!

I made this male birthday card for the Outlawz Sunday CAS and also to fit in 2 of the other Outlawz Challenges, as well.  This is my second for Twisted Thursday Metallics and I finally tried some of the Nuvo Gilding Flakes I'd not opened from last year.  The third Outlawz challenge is for the Festive Fridays Lots of Glitter theme because all of that black in between the clockworks is Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter from Elizabeth Craft, applied through a Tim Holtz Stencil.  (Sorry I couldn't get a glittery shot with my camera.)  I applied some Perfect medium to the back of the stencil so I'd be able to remove it from the tape on the card stock and then burnished silver and gold Gilding Flakes to the pattern that was left.  Then finished it off with a sticker sentiment and black border.  Definitely different than my usual style, but I can't wait to do a bit more experimenting with this technique.

I'm also entering this is the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #223 AG Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #77 AG, TTRCD Week of Feb 27 AG (using Sponsor Sparkle and Sprinkle products) and Simon Says Wednesday AG

Friday, March 2, 2018

You Don't Look 60

It's Janis's Birthday month and she's got a fun celebration going on at Her Peaceful Garden until March 3rd.  It's nearing the end of her celebration but I've got yet ANOTHER kitty ATC for the Week One All Those Cats Challenge.  Of course there are other themes, but you know I love me some KITTIES, so there ya go.  

Besides, I just HAD to color up this cute new kitty from Bloobel called Hunting Felix Cat.  He actually comes as just the  kitty, but I thought it would be fun to have him peeking out of a birthday present so I pasted him over the little kiddle in Bloobel's Peekaboo Present my Printmaster Platinum Program and colored him up with my Copics.  I just couldn't resist some googly eyes to emphasize the computer generated sentiment.

So I was up pretty early today (3:00 am) considering going to the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton, hoping to score some goodies.  We'll see about that.  In the meantime, I'm also adding this to DL.Art March Linky Challenge, SUYP February AG/Kitty LoveLil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AG 2 Crafty Critter Crazies March AG w/critter, and Simon Says Wednesday AG.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Katurday Night Fever!

It's Janis's Birthday month and she's got a fun celebration going on at Her Peaceful Garden until March 3rd.  I'm kind of late to the game, but finally managed my second ATC for the Week One All Those Cats Challenge.  Of course there are other themes, but you know I love me some KITTIES, to there ya go. Besides, this fits a few more challenges I wanted to participate in and today is the last day for the Outlawz Festive Fridays Card with Numbers theme and the new Twisted Thursdays Metallics theme.  See that groovy disco ball?

The hilarious image is #2045 Katurday Night Fever by Sandra Caldwell, colored with Copics with a fair amount of Stickles on his suit and shirt.  The numbers are from the Winnie White Christmas Big Kahuna Download kit from Polkadoodles.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art March Linky Challenge, SUYP February AG/Kitty LoveLil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AG 2 Crafty Critter Crazies March AG w/critter, Simon Says Wednesday AG

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Winter Friends Tag

I went shopping yesterday on Digi Choosday at Polkadoodles and did some major damage.  I love the sweet images and fabulous kits and just couldn't resist the Winnie White Christmas Big Kahuna Download kit.  Not only did it have all of the adorable black and white digis I'd been eyeing, to color at my leisure, but also GOBS of papers, elements, precolored images...the list goes on and on!

I didn't have a whole lot of time, but I wanted to try out my new goodies and join in the Outlawz Festive Friday challenge using the theme Winter Friends so I opened my Printmaster Platinum program and started playing.  I digitally assembled this tag using the tag itself plus the precolored trees, and cute snowman and friends.  Thought that little bird would look cute on a branch, layered some snowflakes and printed it out.  WOW!  I was so impressed with the quality I can't wait to do more.  

I cut the tag out, punched a hole at the top and added a punched reinforcement in a coordinating print that was just laying on my table.  Strung some twine from DL.Art and added some Nuvo Drops to the snowflakee centers and Nuvo glitter glue to the snow (which doesn't seem to want to show up) and called it done.  LOVE it!

I'm also adding this to the Digi Choosday Craft Challenge #9 AG, the Friday Wk #8 AG Challenge at Polkadoodles, the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG,...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kitty ATC for Janis's B-day Challenge

It's Janis's Birthday month and she's got a fun celebration going on at Her Peaceful Garden until March 3rd.  I'm kind of late to the game, but finally managed my first ATC for the Week One All Those Cats Challenge.  Adorable image called Fluffball, is from Limited Runs and is the February Progressive challenge Freebie on FB.  If you did not play last month, you can nab it for a mere $1.00 until March 13th HERE.  I've colored with Copics and used paper and a sticker from the Meow stack from Echo Park.

Fluffball reminds me of Jezebel in what I call her "cat pancake" pose.  She is definitely a fluffball and seems to be in a ribbon phase at the mo.

And she looks MAHVELOUS!

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, SUYP February AG/Kitty Love, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AG, and the Outlawz Monday Greetings AG.

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Outlawz Progressive from Beccy's Place

Wow, it's not even the last day and here I've finished the February Outlawz Progressive challenge with a lovely image provided by Beccy's Place.  This beautiful stamp is called Wild Rose and all of Beccy's digital images come with both line drawings and precolored versions if you need a quickie.  WooHoo!  She also has clear stamp sets for those who prefer.  Beccy also offers fabulous inspiration and freebies on her Blog and a huge number of card fold tutorials.  Thank you so much, Beccy!

I really enjoyed coloring this gorgeous image with Copics and even used a bit of white pencil for blending purposes because I gotta say, I layered lots and LOTS of colors here trying to find a pleasing mix.  I also used a white gel pen and some Nuvo drops in the centers.  When I was finally satisfied, I really lucked out in finding this Spellbinders die I'd never used and miraculously, the image fit perfectly inside.  I left the sentiment off because I figured it could work for many occasions and finished the design with 3 punched butterflies (from Martha Stewart) that I shaded with Copics to coordinate and a double bow using crinkle ribbon from DL.Art.

I'm also adding this to the Beccy's Place February ChallengeDL.Art Thankful Thursday AG challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AG, Dragonfly Dreams Flowers, Simon Says Monday In My Garden and the Corrosive Challenge AG.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Lucky Me!

EEEK!  I just could wait to get this cutie on a card and enter a few challenges with her.  It's the last day to get this adorable Shamrock Sprite as a Gift w/Purchase at Aurora or AuroraWings Etsy with only a $5.00 purchase AFTER a Coupon code which also expires at midnight tonight.  Thursday's Showcase features some gorgeous new images so if you haven't checked them out, be sure you do that too.  My card is pretty simple, using Spellbinders Grand Circles and Fancy Circle dies, some peel off stickers for the sentiment, hearts, corners and borders, a few gems and a bow.

The fun part was coloring.  Here's a closeup of Shamrock Sprite.  I've colored her with Copics in rather non traditional shamrock colors but I did take a peek of images on Yahoo and found that they some in a variety of shades, not all of them being green.  Of course she's perfect for St.Patrick's Day, but she's cute for really any time you want to wish someone luck or are feeling lucky, don'tcha think? 

So in case you missed the Coupons, here they are.  Mitzi will email you a copy of Shamrock Sprite within 24 hours of purchase and in the meantime you can have fun with what you bought to get her for free.  WooHoo!

You might want to check out our current Bingo Challenge and see if you might want to enter that too.

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

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

I'll be entering the DL.Art February Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 AGQKR Stampede #284 AG, and the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Wk 8 AG, the Outlawz Saturday Paper ala Mode Lucky Green, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG, TTRCD week of Feb 20 AG, Crafty Gals Corner #159 Add a heart (they're small, but they're there), Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#222 AG, Pile it On #139 Stickers or Washi tape, 613 Avenue Create AG, the Corrosive Challenge AG, ...