Friday, April 29, 2016

Finally! A mushroom I can love!

As far as eating mushrooms go, I am not a fan.
Maybe it's the texture, maybe it's the flavor. 
Either way, I can do without them.

It's a Mushroom Flower Sprite from Aurora Wings!! 
Mitzi has done it again and created an adorable new sprite image.
The very second I saw her, I knew she was destined to adorn my 
Mother's Day cards this year. 
But then I thought, what about foregoing the standard card
and creating a little gift instead?
My family has enough of my handmade cards to last them forever, 
but maybe a small mixed media canvas would be a nice change of pace. 

I began with a 4"x 5" small canvas, painted it using DecoArt chalk paint in 
the Timeless shade, and then used the Tim Holtz Gothic stencil to add some
Finnabair Texture Paste in Platinum Crackle.

I colored this Mushroom Flower Sprite with my Grandma in mind,
using RV Copics. I added some Stickles for sparkle and interest.
I used a Spellbinders oval and Elegant oval to ground my image.
Also decked out in some Stickles magic. Sprites need their sparkle.

Grandma loves flowers, so I broke out my stash of paper
flowers, and even popped a tiny mushroom in for fun.
I added a lovely pearl stick pin and some pearl and gold
dew drops for a bit of fancy decadence. Nothing is too good
for this special lady. I just know she's going to love it.  

I didn't want to start a fight over special gifts, so I made another
canvas for my Mother in Law. This one is a little different in that 
I used a 4" x 4" canvas, but stayed with the same basic background and
textures as the first one. 

I used BG and YG Copics for this color scheme.
I like to mix things up a bit with non-traditional colors.
And so far I have yet to color one of these Aurora Wings Sprites    
using flesh tones on the skin. Just one of my quirks when
it comes to little magical  creatures.

I used a different embellishment for height,
but still popped a sweet little mushy in there to keep everyone happy.  

This adorable little mushy is available today in the 
To see more inspiring Mushroom Sprite projects be sure to stop by the  

Thanks for dropping by today.

I'd love to enter these canvases in the following challenges:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Damn your eyes! Too late."

As soon as I saw the new challenge at Stampotique ,
I immediately knew what movie I was going to choose.

My all time favorite film is 'Young Frankenstein'.
I have seen it over one hundred times in it's entirety, and even 
more in pieces. I know nearly all of the lines by heart and still 
laugh out loud like I'm watching it for the very first time.
It's timeless, in my opinion. Even though I was only four years old
when it was released in 1974, and I am generally not a big black and white
movie fan, this is my very favorite film ever.   

I decided to immortalize it my small Dyan Reaveley art journal.
But it needed a two page spread. There was no way I could fit
all of this awesomeness on only one page.

I used "Jammin'" to perfectly represent The Monster
I added the top hat from the hat cube, and added a satin black bow tie
and a hand drawn cane to mimic the iconic "Puttin' on the Ritz" scene.  

I found a cool movie poster on google and chopped it in half
to go on either side of that awesome YF quote artwork.
I stamped some brains to create a border of sorts and heat embossed them
to make 'em all shiny and for a fun texture.   

I chose "Gonno" to represent Doctor Frankenstein, pronounced, "Fronkensteen". 
It was his crazy mad scientist hair that cemented this choice.
He also received a top hat and bow tie to complete his dapper look.  

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Stampotique Designer's Challenge - SDC241 TV Show/Movie inspired 

Monday, April 18, 2016

April Showers Bring Many Flowers

Now that California has finally gotten a considerable amount of rain
my garden is in full bloom! Sadly, this is the only Iris plant of mine to 
produce flowers so far, but I'll gladly take what I can get.

In keeping with the flowery theme, the new challenge at Aurora Wings is
Say it with Flowers.
You really can't go wrong there. Mitzi's artwork is full of delicious
flowers of all kinds. Take your pick!    

Since I am still working on the wedding album for my Aunt and Uncle, 
I decided to go with the new hibiscus set available in the Aurora Wings Etsy shop

It's almost like Mitzi created these gorgeous flowers especially for this Hawaiian wedding.
They are perfect!  

This border design is probably my favorite of the four images
offered in this set.  

How cool to have a ukulele player and a conch blowing officiant
presiding over your wedding! Can't get much more Hawaiian than that. 

This cluster of three hibiscus is just what this page needed.

Honestly, the hardest part of coloring these flowers was choosing
the color scheme. There were so many options, but I tried to stay true
to the Hawaiian Hibiscus colors. I started off with a hot pink flower with a bright
yellow edge, but was unable to get the blend to work. I'm kind of glad now,
as I'm not sure that combo would have worked well with these photos.
Everything happens for a reason, right?    

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll take a moment to drop by the Aurora Wings challenge blog
and check out the flowery feast the DT have created featuring various
flower inspired projects showcasing Mitzi's gorgeous images. 


Monday, March 21, 2016

Still pluggin' away...

Yup, I'm still working on the wedding album I started last year
for my Aunt and Uncle.
Slow and steady wins the race, right? 
I should have this album finished by their third anniversary if
I keep at it. That's September of this year. 
I had better not put it away or I'll forget I'm working on it, again. 

It's a good thing the new challenge at the Aurora Wings Challenge blog is
Anything Goes.

In keeping with the Hawaiian/ocean theme I have used the adorable
I decided to crop the image to keep it small enough to fit into the layout,
and large enough to color it well with my aging eyeballs.
Reader glasses are my saving grace when it comes to coloring images
these days.

Using the same image, I separated the sea turtles and used them 
by themselves for added interest and to make the two pages cohesive.
I added lots of circle punches to give the feeling of bubbles, and some
branch die cuts to mimic coral. I have been collecting a TON of
charms and brads and schtuff for this project, and I finally managed to 
work in one of the fish charms as a cute dangle from the sentiment tag.
I'm trying to keep the dimensions to a minimum or the book will never 
close properly.

That's going to do it for me today. 
I hope you'll pop by the challenge blog and check out all of the 
incredible inspiration pieces my DT sisters have created for this
new Anything Goes challenge.  


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Useless Trinkets Easter Addition

It's that time again! 
Jessa at Useless Trinkets has drawn up some super cute and fun 
Easter themed freebies for you to play with.
I know it's hard to believe that someone with such marketable talent
would be willing to just give her drawings away for free, but that's
precisely what Jessa insists upon doing. 
She's just cool and  generous like that.

First up is Gustav, the Easter Monstah.

Gustav is filling in for the Easter Bunny, who apparently has taken ill....

Jessa has also created some cute sentiments to go along with the new images.
Be sure to grab them while you're visiting her freebie page.

I have been wanting to create a shaker card for months now.
I have been collecting sequins and schtuff to fill my shakers, and
I have been watching various tutorials on how to make simple,
Fuse tool-free shaker cards on YouTube. After all of my preparation
I figured now was as good a time as any to give it a go.

I began by coloring up the Easter version of Cookie Jar, the Unicorn.
I went with a rainbow color palette. I thought it went well with the cute cloud paper. 
And unicorns and rainbows kind of go hand in hand, don't they?

I remember my cherished sticker album as a kid was full of rainbow unicorn stickers.
This was one of my favorites.  

Now I did mention that this is my very first attempt at making a shaker
card, right? It's a little rough, but I think I did okay.

Some key advice would be to use a heavier stock of paper
to go over the shaker part. My paper is super thin, so it really
shows the wrinkles and even tore a bit, too. Still, it's not too shabby
for my first attempt. I'll be trying this technique again now that I have 
figured out some of my mistakes. Practice makes perfect.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
I hope you'll pop by Jessa's blog and grab these awesome new freebies.
Be sure to bunneh hop along with the Freebie DT to see all of the clever
ways we've used these great images and sentiments.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Slow Loris Rescue Fundraiser

One of the things I love the most about Mitzi from Aurora Wings
is her compassion for animals. She has previously raised money for the
protection of the adorable Numbats, offering an exclusive digital image as an incentive
for donations. 
Since she had such a great response to the Numbat fundraiser,
she has turned her efforts towards the plight of the equally adorable and endangered, 

As with the Numbat fundraiser, Mitzi is offering another exclusive digital image
incentive for any donations. With a $10 donation you will receive TWO exclusive
images of these wonderful little creatures. How can you not want to support such
a worthy cause? All proceeds go directly to the Slow Loris Rescue.

And did I forget to mention that this fundraiser also marks the second anniversary
of the Aurora Wings challenge blog? That's right, it's been two years since
we all began this journey with Mitzi and I couldn't be more proud to be a part
of the Aurora Wings family.     

I have created a sample card using the Slow Loris Sprite image, available exclusively
with any donation dollar amount. This image, and the $10 donation image will not be
sold as digis, but can only be obtained by a donation to this worthy cause.

I chose to go with the auburn version of this sweetie
coupled with my favorite blue green contrasting hues.

I took a chance and added Glossy Accents to his eyes to give them
that buggy look of the Loris. I did forget that Glossy Accents usually
leach out some of the Copic color when applied, but I think those eyes
still convey a look of depth and sweetness.    

Super adorable, right?

Be sure to stop by the AW showcase blog and get all of the details
and links to take advantage of the generous gifts for your donations.
Plus, there are lots of inspiration pieces created just for this special event.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Check out this Carnivorous Cutie

It is so cool to see the seed of an idea come to fruition.
From time to time, Mitzi will ask her DTs and fans for ideas
of images they'd like to see. It doesn't mean she'll be able to draw all
of them, but she does manage to create quite a few with wonderful success.

Her newest sprite image is a 
Isn't she just murderously lovely? Well, she does eat flies after all.

I'm still waiting patiently for my idea of a Black Widow Sprite
but I digress... 

I decided to do a day-glo version of this little sprite.
I love neon pink and green. Can't help it. Must be
residual from surviving the 80's.

I colored her up with Copics, my usual go-to coloring medium.
I've tried other mediums like colored pencils and distress inks, but
I never can achieve the level of color saturation that has come to be my
style of coloring. No pastels or watercolor subtly from this chick. 
Since the coloring of the sprite was pretty overwhelming, I decided to 
ground everything with browns and even distressed the dp flags to keep
them subtle, not so neon.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll drop by the AW showcase blog to see 
all the various DT versions of this carnivorous cutie.  
The Venus Flytrap Sprite image is available in the shop here.