Monday, December 21, 2015

Warm and Fuzzy

Man, I feel like Rip Van Winkle. Like I just woke up
from a long slumber only to find it's Christmas already!!
California is finally getting some much needed rain, 
the Sierra's are filling up with lots of gorgeous snow,
and the chilly temps are making it hard to walk away from the 
space heater under my desk.

I did mange to do some work finally, after being sick for over two months.
I guess the ol' immune system isn't what it used to be.

The new challenge at Aurora Wings is
Warm and Fuzzy.
I always loved this adorable image, and it was the first one 
I thought of using for this challenge. 
Have you ever seen baby penguins? They're so chubby and fluffy!!!   

This image is called, 'Baby Penguin in Santa Hat'.
I colored him up using Copics and a google search reference photo.
I never realized they're fluff was so beautiful, going from jet black, 
to the softest of grays, and then pure white. I rouged his cheeks up
a bit since it is so chilly and all.  

I cut out a TH die using grunge board, painted it white, applied
some Dream Weaver crackle paste, and waited. And waited, and waited
for it to start to crack. It took what seemed life forever, and then I added 
a brown wash to accentuate the cracks. I hated it immediately, so I tried a 
red wash. Still wasn't thrilled, but managed to make it work with the help
of some Diamond Dust on the edges.

I popped some ribbon through the hole and hung him
on the tree. Now I want to make more. Lots more!
There are so many perfect images to use at Aurora Wings
that the possibilities are endless. Now that I've got my technique
(sorta) figured out, I may make some as gifts for friends and family.  

I hope you'll join us over at Aurora Wings challenge blog
where there is never a shortage of beautiful inspiration and
a fun challenge to spark your creativity.

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
and Season's Greetings!! 


Friday, December 4, 2015

Xmasified Morty

Since I have scattered all of my Xmas supplies around the craft room,
I went ahead and made a few more Christmas cards.
I still refuse to put the Halloween schtuff aside yet.
It never really gets put away, but I just can't bring myself to move it
out of sight yet.
This guy is Morty, from the Vera Lane Studio 
Backyard Monsters digi set.
I love this guy!!!

Morty received a hat and sweater via Gimp, for a festive holiday look.
I actually chose my papers first for a change. This helped greatly
in cutting down my color selection time. I spend far too much time 
choosing colors for images. 

I love this version of Morty the best.
Very traditional, yet fun with the pop of lime green. 
And that Liquid Applique is perfect for Santa hat trim.

I popped on some acrylic snowflakes and some Stickles,
in my favorite color, Platinum/Mercury Glass. I'm pretty sure they're
the same color, just with different names.

I have another Morty card to share, but I haven't taken a picture of it yet.
Stay tuned...