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.