Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Beautiful Rose from Createful Heart

Since I've been stuck inside for so long I've been practicing coloring when I was feeling up to it.  This image was part of a Progressive Sketch Challenge in the Createful Heart FB Group. It's available in the shop now available now HERE.  I took my time coloring with Copics and used colors and techniques from the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature Class.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  The papers are from Graphic 45 World's Fair 8x8 pad and I've added crochet lace and buttons that seem to be photographing almost black instead of dark green.

I'm adding this Createful Heart April Blog Challenge AG/optional lacethe DL.Art April Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #80 AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC #229 AG, {PIN}spirational Anniverary Challenge #213 AG (3/4) and Craft Rocket #47 Flowers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jo's Daffodils

Nothing says SPRING like daffodils, eh?  In CA, the first miniature clusters appear in our yard January, with various other varieties scattered throughout the season.  This gorgeous bouquet is from SheepSki Designs called Jo's Daffodils (img #50).  I colored with Copics using colors and techniques from the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature Class.  Although I printed it quite small, I was quite pleased at the amount of detail I achieved.  I finished it off rather simply with a rustic plaid and a bit of burlap for texture.  The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker pack.

I'm entering this in the SheepSki Designs Mar/April FB contest, the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #80 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #229 AG, Simon Says Wednesday Add Some Texture, {PIN}spirational Anniverary Challenge #213 AG (3/4) and Craft Rocket #47 Flowers.

Monday, April 16, 2018

New Challenge #66 at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog

A brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the theme of Black and White with or without a Splash of Color.  I decided to go with Harlequinade, available HERE on and HERE on Etsy, because I immediately think black and white for a harlequin pattern, but also because I had several option for adding a "splash" of color.  My first thought was red for the roses, but was afraid they would dominate the piece so I chose the more subtle lilies instead.

Here's a closeup of Harlequinade.  I've colored with Copics and had quite a time getting the detail I wanted in the flowers.  Because I'm still not feeling 100% I thought that printing the image smaller would be quicker and easier, but it was a bit of a struggle since the whole card itself is only 5x7".  It was the pearls, however, that gave me the most grief.

I've found that the only way to use any type of "liquid" pearls (these were done with Nuvo drops) is to apply them in stages, meaning leaving gaps between so they don't run together and waiting until those dry before filling in.  I applied them twice yesterday and again, this morning and then realized this would be a problem if I needed to die cut the image which I hadn't originally planned on.

I was sure I had black and white DP that would work but didn't check for it until after the image was finished.  What I found was that almost ALL of my B&W DP really had an ivory or cream background that looked horrible with the stark white of the image background. The only B&W pad had pretty wimpy prints so I looked for dies and settled for 2 layers from the Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty Five. I knew what was gonna happen when I cut the image but I prayed for a miracle.  NOPE. After cutting and embossing all my beautiful pearls were SQUISHED.  That took two more rounds of Nuvo action to recover.  Note to self, PLAN AHEAD and cut BEFORE, if you need to.

Once I found the right dies I didn't have to think much more.  My first top mat was black, but it sort of minimized the impact of the image so I tried again with gray and used black behind.  Much better.  Had I used the roses as my "splash" I probably would have printed them several times to fussy cut and pop, but the lilies were too small. I did manage to pop the 3 layers with foam and also added a crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art backed by black tulle to finish it off.

Sorry I was so "chatty".  I think I may be reentering the "Land of the Living" so...  Anyway, my Aurora Teamies have done some exceptionally creative work for this challenge so be sure to visit the Challenge Blog and check out their fabulous creations.

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

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through May 19th)
And in case you missed the new Showcase Coupon code.  It's been extended through next Wednesday.  WooHoo!  Good on ALL digi stamps in both shops.

I'm entering the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #80 AG, TTRCD April 10-16 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #229 AG, the {PIN}spirational Anniversary challenge #213 AG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG, Simon Says Wednesday Add Some Texture, Craft Rocket April #47 Flowers A Perfect Time to Craft #4 April AG (3/3), Craft-Dee BowZ April AG w handmade bow, the Classic DT Open April Challenge #4 AG (2/3), the World Wide DT Open (April 15) AG, HLS April AG w/dies

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Aurora Wings New Release Double Showcase April

I'm especially thrilled today to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team for the Double New Release Showcase of a beautiful new mermaid (that I actually named) and the new Summer Sprite based on a baby version of her.  Meet Marisol the Mermaid. I'm so proud!  You can read all about how and why her name was chosen in the Showcase post and as Marisol's Fairy Godmother I received her full body version before she was released to the public.

Here's a closeup of Marisol in all her glory.  She's colored with Copics and I've used clear Wink of Stella to make her scales shine.  You can find her in both shops in the links below.

JPG at     JPG at AW Etsy

PNG at     PNG at AW Etsy

My original plan for her was much simpler as I'd done a Brushos background on watercolor paper I thought would work, but after coloring, it just wasn't right.  Fortunately I'd checked in on The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch this morning and after perusing my Graphic 45 papers, I went to town.  This isn't the first time their sketch saved my butt and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last.  YAY!

And I did say this was a DOUBLE release, didn't I?  Just look at this new little cutie.  Sweet Summer Sprite with Watermelon.  She is as precious as can be!  Unfortunately I'm still battling the cold I caught on my trip and was unable to color her up but you can see wonderful inspiration from the Showcase Team in the Showcase post.  You can find her in both shops below.

JPG at     JPG at AW Etsy
PNG at     PNG at AW Etsy

But wait.  Who's this?

The Summer Sprite with Ice Cream Cone is a BONUS OFFER (BOGO - Buy One Get One FREE - deal) at for one week only (April 12 through April 18, 2018).  After that period, the ice cream cone version will be an exclusive, only available at digi shop.

Click on the links below to go to the BOGO SPECIALS!

And gee, it wouldn't be a New Release Showcase without a Coupon, would it?
Here ya go!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hoppy Easter!

Yeah, I know I'm a little late for Easter, but there were some challenges I wanted to enter with this adorable bunny in a basket image from Ike's Art. It is one of the exclusive new images Ike offers as a freebie in the March/April online issue of TTRCD Magazine.  It's been awhile since I subscribed and when I found out Ike was the featured artist I renewed my subscription. I'm so glad I did.  All sorts of good stuff in there, for sure.

Here's a closeup.  I just LOVE him! I've colored with Copics.  The dies I've used are all Spellbinders with the exception of the little flowers I added to the branches.  They came from a Martha Stewart punch.

Since I've been a bit behind in crafting since our trip and have caught a nasty cold, I wanted to try and cover a few bases for the Outlawz Challenges.  This is my second one for Twisted Thursday which was AG/AG, Saturday Paper ala Mode is Bunnies and Chicks, and I used the new sketch from yesterday's Sketch challenge so WooHoo!

I'm also entering this in the Ike's World April Challenge #107 AG/Photo InspirationGuess I should have put this one first, eh?  Please forgive.

Also, the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #79 AG, TTRCD April 3-10, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies April AG w/critterCreatalicious #136 AG with opt. friendship, Inspiration Destination #147 AG, the Crafty Addicts #47 AG/optional April Showers, CCC Digi Creations Include an Animal and Pause Dream Enjoy #14 Color It.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Party Continues on the AWCB

Well I'm winging my way home from Florida and our nephew's beautiful wedding, probably as you read this, but managed to work ahead for this Mid- Inspiration Post for our special 4th Anniversary Party/Sprite Delight V Challenge.  I hope you've all collected your "party favor" as she is still available until the challenge close on April 14th and look forward to you joining us with ANY of Mitzi's adorable Sprites.

Okay, I'm sure those of you have been experiencing Winter weather far longer than normal are not thrilled to see a snowy card, but I'm fond of doing Christmas year 'round and to be honest, I had a major Copic catastrophe with my original image and plan and this cutie was started for some other challenges. Pretty sure Hot Cocoa Sprite, available HERE on AuroraWings .com and HERE on Etsy could melt even the coldest heart though, don'tcha think?

Here's a closeup of Hot Cocoa Sprite.  He's colored with Copics and fussy cut after gluing him on some light turquoise card stock.  I then glued him to a snowflake ornament and clipped him to a double stitched tag from Gina Marie.  The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.

I thought this turned out so cute that it would be fun to make him removable from the card to hang on your tree, so here he is doing just that.  WooHoo!

If you're more in the mood for Springtime, be sure to visit the Challenge Blog and see the gorgeous makes by my Stella team sisters and don't forget to grab you "party favor" while you're there.  Hope to see you join in our Sprite Delight V/4th Anniversary Celebration.  Double prizes this time.  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)

I'm entering this in the DL.Art April Linky Challenge, Simon Says Wednesday AG, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #79 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #227 AG, 613 Avenue Create AG/optional Use Vellum, the Classic Design Team Open #24 AG, the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge Wk 13 AGA Perfect Time to Craft Open #4 AG, QKR Stampede #289 AG, the World Wide Open DT Challenge #03 AG, Simon Says Monday A Trio of Something (wooden tiles), the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Card with a Bow and Christmas, Creative Fingers #144 AG, Creatalicious #136 AG/opt friendship, Christmas at Sweet Stampin' AG Christmas

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.