Monday, July 18, 2016

Aurora Wings Tic Tac Toe Challenge

The new challenge at Aurora Wings is a Tic Tac Toe challenge.

I love these kinds of challenges.
Just choose your three in a row and go for it!
This one is even easier in that you can choose the colors or the elements,
or  if you're feeling extra sporty, go with both!

I chose to go with the gray, white, and pink diagonal row.
I colored up this gorgeous Poppy Elf with Copic markers.

In keeping with the chosen bingo palette, I went ahead and gave her
gray hair so I could give her a pink complexion, and of course pink poppies. 
I used Mitzi's colored version as reference, and pretty much copied it with
all the highlights and dots. I used a silver and a white Posca paint pen for my 
highlights. I love how her eyes turned out. I began with really light gray eyes, but 
added a hint of RV00 for some actual color.

I used a new Gina Marie die for the gray frame, mounted it on some
foam pieces for dimension, and then backed the image with a white linen textured
card stock. I heat embossed a SU flower stamp onto the black card for more
interest and viola! Fini!

I hope you'll join us on the Aurora Wings challenge blog for more inspiration,
and even drop by the Aurora Wings facebook page for lots of coupon codes,
fun contests and giveaways, and even more inspiration from the 
large community we have there.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's Party Time!!!

It's time to celebrate!!
What are we celebrating? Well, this is my very first post
for my new design team term at Stampotique Designer's Challenges.
Sounds like a great reason to party to me!!

What's a party without party guests? 
I've invited quite few of my favorite stamps to this little soiree. 
I made this altered canvas using the backside of it as a shadowbox
to give some depth and extra space for everyone. This canvas is a gift 
for a friend's 50th birthday. She's been a very dear bestie for many years. 
Like over 30 years. We actually went to high school together and have done
a lot of growing up together. I love that crazy chick. So the fact that she's
stuck around for so long means she deserves such an involved project/gift
for her old lady birthday.   

I began by using matte gel medium to adhere old dictionary pages to the frame.
Then, I used watered down brown acrylic paint to age and distress the edges.
Giving the entire a piece an ancient appearance of at least 50 years old. Hee hee.
It also allowed for a more cohesive feel to all the torn edges of the dictionary pages.
Then, I added some of my favorite stamps, 
Moth Fab (one of my very first Stampotique stamps), Schmurfy, Piling Thing,
Barkabe, and a dog from the Dog Cube.
This is Baby Cthulhu. He is one of my favorite Stampotique stamps.
I also managed to place the birthday definition in the background, as well.  

Over on this side we have more favorites, Karin, Batboy, Spider Girl,
more Piling Things, and a pup from the Dog Cube

The distressed and crackled chipboard number 50 is a great place for 
Moon Girl and one of the bat kids from the Halloween Cube #1 
to hang out and enjoy the festivities. 

The spider from the Birds and Bugs cube makes an appearance as well.
He is hanging freely from a web brad and some iridescent floss.
I worked the cake definition into the background up there, too.  

Kitty even decided to come out and see what all of the excitement is about.

Using the party definition in the background, I added the 
Happy, Happy, Happy banner to complete the party decorations.
Also most everyone is wearing party hats compliments of the

All of the coloring was done with Copics, and most of the images were
heat embossed on Paper Trey Ink card stock. My favored paper of choice.

My friend loved her canvas! I had to give it her a little early for fear she'd see this
post before her birthday this Friday, and ruin the surprise.
Happiest of daze to you, Dani!!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and celebrating with all of us. 
Be sure to pop by the Stampotique Designer's Challenge (now a bi-weekly challenge)
and check out all of the other designer's makes for Team 2.
As usual, there are two $30 gift certificates up for grabs this month.
And you don't even need to use Stampotique stamps to enter either. 
But if you have some already, why not break 'em out?    

I'd like to enter this canvas in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Create a Scene

Friday, July 1, 2016

I have an exciting announcement...

Today is the very first day of my new DT term for none other than....
Stampotique Originals!!

I have been perched atop this information for weeks now,
and I finally get to announce the thrilling news.
I have been a fan of Stampotique stamps and their incredible designers 
for years. I still can't believe I made the cut, but I am beyond excited to
 be a part of the new team for the next six months.

Here's a smattering of some of my previous Stampotique creations from years past
to give you a small taste of the fun to come....

Made for my 45 birthday milestone


Wall hanging made for one of my besties

Parisian flair card

Card for a dear friend who moved away

Re-purposed Hallmark box for a DT Throwdown

My very first art journal page

Tag using one of my all time favorite stamps ever
and my first stab at no-lines coloring

Super fun and colorful ATC for last year's Stampotique swap

Xmas card from last year

There's just a taste of what I've done so far using Stampotique Originals 
wood mounted stamps. I have already amassed a collection of over 80 stamps,
so you will be seeing a lot more from me in the coming months using new stamps 
and some old ones who have never even seen ink before.
I am super stoked to begin this journey. I hope you enjoy it as well.

My first official project for the new challenge theme will be on July 13th.
See you then!  


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Butterfly + Sprite = A Wonderful Delight!!

Well, Mitzi of Aurora Wings had been at it again.
This time she has drawn a new insect Sprite.
It's available in her shop today. And there are actually TWO images 
for the price of one! That's right, two butterflies are always better than one.
Mitzi has generously included the fancy version, with more wing detailing,
and a version with less wing details. Nice, right?
The image is available HERE.

As is my usual style, I went with a rather unusual color palette 
for my butterfly. I matched my coloring up with a paper pad from 
KaiserCraft called, 'Violet Crush'. How could I pass up the perfect
 opportunity to use this gorgeous butterfly paper?

I pulled the colors from the Violet and Red Violet Copic families.
Some of my favorite color families, by the way.
They matched perfectly with the papers for a flawless coupling.
Since I never choose conventional flesh tones for my Sprites, and
I had already used the purples and pink tones for the wings and outfit,
I was left with black for my actual skin tone. And when looking at 
actual butterflies (and the ones on the paper) it seemed the right choice.
And I have always been partial to purple and black together.
Must be my inner Goth...   

I used a new stitched circle die to cut out my Sprite,
and layered it onto a scalloped circle die cut and a black
doily. I edged the doily with silver Stickles for my necessary bling,
and to match the Stardust pen I used on the wing details 
(since my white Posca pen took a dirt nap half way through),
and the silver foiling on the strip of background paper.
I also heat embossed "hello" with silver embossing powder to
keep everything matchy matchy.
Lastly, I used a piece of satin lacy trim behind the main image
for more interest and texture.

I had to add some kind of background around the Sprite
for contrast, so I used some Toner Copics in a dotting
technique, and then muted it with a colorless blender pen.
I also added some white dots with my trusty Gellyroll pen,
and few Stardust dots, too.

I am loving how this one turned out! Super cute and in my favorite
color scheme! I may be hanging onto this one for myself.

Be sure to pop by the Aurora Wings Showcase blog to see all of the
stunning samples for this new sweetie.
And maybe even stop by the Aurora Wings Etsy shop to pick up this
gorgeous and versatile image. And remember, it's a two-fer!

  I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Tuesday Taggers - I Believe I Can Fly 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Aurora Wings B+W+ One Color

The new challenge at Aurora Wings begins today.
The new theme is 
Black, White, and One Color.   

I struggled a bit at first because I always think of vibrant colors when 
I think of Aurora Wings images. I ended up going with a color I don't
always use and picked my Blue Violet Copics as my color choice.
I typically reach for Yellow Greens, Violets, and Red Voilets, so this
was a nice departure for me.     

I chose to work with a cropped version of 
Crimson Wings. I love this image, but found it a bit
intimidating with all of her beautiful details. I find a cropped
version to be less intimidating and less difficult to work
into a card design. I usually print out my images quite large (4" x 6")
so I can see them and work with them easier. Then I have a hard time 
making a card smaller than 5" x 7". I'm sure I make it way more 
complicated than it actually is, but I am very happy with how the
cropped versions are working for me. Just another perk to using digi
images. Such versatility in sizing and cropping. 

Once I had chosen my one color, I used my Neutral Grays to 
color in the hair and shade the skin tones. Then, I had to come up
with a complimentary paper. Yikes! I lucked out and pulled out
an older paper pad from Me and My Big Ideas of black and white papers.
I colored the mainly gray scale background paper using BV Copics 
to make it all cohesive. I popped some rarely used Dark Blue Stickles
into the middle of the flowers to add some bling. I have to have some bling
ya know. Then I watched three different You Tube videos on how to use my
Bow Easy before I mastered that bow. Geesh! I feel so dense and 'sausage-fingery'
sometimes! But in the end I persevered and a little bow was born. 

Be sure to pop over to the AW challenge blog and see how the other talented
DT members interpreted this fun and inspiring challenge.      

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

And then the jelly fish said....

I have been dying to play along with one of the 
Lawnscaping challenges. I love the themes and I have had some 
Lawn Fawn stamps on my wish list for ages now.
I finally grabbed a couple of them, the jelly fish set being one of them.
I also go the jack-a-lope, but I'll save him for another time.
The current theme for Lawnscaping is 'Off Kilter!'.
I have always considered myself to be a bit off kilter anyway, 
but they want to see one or more elements set at an angle.

So, this is what I can up with.
Now, the jellies are adorable all by themselves, but I 
wanted to convey a bit of my 'off kilter' personality as well.
Hence, the silly sentiment.
I colored the jellies with Copics, and added some Stickles to the coral
printed on the designer paper from Kaiser Craft. I printed the sentiment
out myself onto some sparkly paper and shazam! We're done! 
This is going out in the mail today for my FIL for Father's Day.
He'll get a kick out of it, I'm sure.  

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lawnscaping Challenges - Off Kilter

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Mixed Media

I have been a fan of the artwork of Sarah aka Star
for quite some time. Like many years ago when I first saw her 
Chibi artwork on the Spesch Designer Stamps site. 
Now she has her own shop selling her awesome artwork directly at
I had to grab the Alice in Wonderland images and make something 
cool with them, so I made a wall hanging that I'm pretty proud of.

I am super happy with how this turned out.
I began with a drawer insert I had that served as a perfect substrate.
I gessoed it and adhered some distressed vintage feeling designer papers. 
Then, I stenciled some diamonds on it using Finnabair platinum crackle paste,
keeping it kind of random. 

I colored up the adorable Alice image in blue greens and beige shades
of Copics. I added in some gold tones and a hint of red, too.
I matted the image onto some distressed background papers to add more texture
and contrast.  

I used some metal embellishments along with various die cuts from Tim Holtz.
I covered the clock and gear die cuts with Golden Pearl Mica Flake and colored it
using TH distress inks. I also used some gold and amber shades of dew drops, 
and some hand colored paper roses in blue greens, as well.  

Then it was the Mad Hatter's turn to get some
color. More beige and blue green shades of Copic coloring.
I added some pops of red to give some nice contrast too.

More die cuts, roses, and dew drops were added to finish it all off
and provide some balance to the entire piece.
I made this for my bestie and she loves it. It now hangs in her craft room.

Thanks for dropping by today.

I'd like to enter this wall hanging in the following challenges:
hope it's not too cute for you guys