Welcome newcomers, and old friends!
Today marks the launch of the new, Aurora Wings challenge blog!
Hopefully, you are already familiar with Mitzi's stunning artwork, but
just in case you've been living under a rock,
here are some links to see just what you've been missing.
I am still a bit stunned at being asked to join such a diversely talented
design team. I mean, we have some of the most talented ladies in crafting
on this team. As you peruse the blog, you'll see what I mean.
The first challenge for Aurora Wings is
This theme is a crowd favorite, and you can use any image from any company you wish.
Please be sure to read our rules in the tab marked, "rules" up above,
to make sure you're eligible for the awesome prizes up for grabs for each challenge.
Let me just say, Mitzi is one of the most generous artists,
and offers up the best prizes in blogland. Just sayin'.
So, do ya wanna see what I made for today's special event?
Whoa, right?! Who am I, and what have I done with
I know this isn't my regular "creepy norm", but it felt good to let
my mainstream creativity flow.
I began my project by coloring this gorgeous image called,
I color everything with Copics, and this little lady was no exception.
I mounted her onto an altered Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Square die cut.
I then heat embossed pink and blue Frantage onto the die cut to make it
I used a thrift store frame that I purchased for a dollar,
and gessoed it, and then painted it with various metallic paints.
Lastly, I used some Tim Holtz crackle paint in Picket Fence.
I think the crackle gives the entire frame a "by the sea" feel.
While at the thrift store, I happened upon a huge bag of seashells.
For $5!!! This was a find that no good crafter could walk away from,
so I snatched up the shells before anyone else could "steal me pot o' gold"!
Having such a large quantity of shells, gave my husband free reign to
experiment. He cut a couple of the shells in half for me to use on this project.
I almost think I prefer the shells cut in half. They look so much more interesting this way.
I am pretty proud of how the skeleton leaf turned out, after having a complete
makeover using gesso and periwinkle metallic paint.
You'd never guess it was once bright orange, would you?
Here's a nice shot to show all of the different textures and mediums
I used for this project. I broke out with some burlap and then painted some
gesso on it to soften it a bit. I used up some old stash with the pearls and jewels,
and even used quite a bit of sea glass, which I seem to have an abundance of, as well.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you are inspired to play along with us at