Monday, May 21, 2018

A Joyous Occasion at Aurora Wings

It's time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this time we're celebrating

We're looking for Birthdays, Holidays, New Baby, Wedding, Mother's, Father's or Grandparent's Day.  WOW!  Loads of happy occasions to choose from, eh?  

Well, since it's the month of May, with Mother's Day just past, my thoughts did turn to my own mother who has been gone for 23 years now.  It's also her birthday month (and she'd be 106 if she were still alive) so I made a card that would honor her for either day using the sweet Lily of the Valley Sprite which is May's birth flower.

Here's a closeup of the adorable Lily of the Valley Sprite available HERE on Aurora and HERE on Etsy.  I've used the png version so I could print her on digital paper and color her with my Copics.  Blue was my Mom's favorite color and the gingham seemed as fresh and sweet as the image.  We had a little patch of lilies of the valley hidden behind my playhouse in my backyard as a child and I loved to pick bouquets and bring them in to smell.  As a matter of fact, Muguet De Bois was the first perfume I ever gave her.

I really wanted to give this project some dimension, but when I considered the intricate fussy cutting I would have to do, I was content to use die cuts for that.  The Spellbinders Grand Oval was popped on the Grand Decorative Oval mat.  The Lily of the Valley Frame die is from Tutti Designs. I cut it in white and colored with my Copics, trimmed off the rest of the thin oval frame because it interfered with the image and popped it ever so carefully with foam as well.  The sentiment label is also Spellbinders and the sentiment is from the Words 2 set by Elizabeth Craft.  Finally I added a few flat back pearls and called it done.  Unfortunately I didn't begin to  make cards until after she was gone.  I think she would have liked it.

Now I invite you to visit the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to see the fabulous inspiration from my Aurora Team sisters and come play along.  Hope to see you there.

Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Aurora Wings Challenge Blog (current challenge runs through June 16th)
I'm entering this in the DL.Art May Thankful Thursday Challenge #228 BirthdayLil Patch of Crafty Friends #82 AGCreates and Makes #21 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #234 AG , the Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 20 AG w/hand colored image613 Avenue Create May AG/optional Mainly Blue, the World Wide Open DT Challenge #05 AG, Scrapy Land Challenge #90 AG w/die brands SL carries, Crafty Friends #84 "B" is for...(blue, birthday), Allsorts Week 468 Happy 9th Birthday Allsorts, the Outlawz Festive Fridays Birthday theme, the Classic DT Open #25 May AG, Simply Papercraft #57 AG, Crafting With Friends #67 AG, Kitty Bee Designs #118 For Mom/Feminine, QKR Stampede #296 AG, Do Al(l) Creative #17 Not Sguare/Rectangle (3/3), As You Like It Pink or Blue (blue, because it was my Mom's favorite color and works for both genders)


Friday, May 18, 2018

Have a Wicked Birthday

Again playing with one of the Faery Ink Unicorn Masquerade Birthday stamps from the FB Group event last weekend and this wicked chick is Ophelia.  I LUUURVE her!  Made it a tag for the Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode challenge and birthday for the Festive Fridays Birthday theme.  She's colored with Copics and I printed her originally without her mask (AFTER coloring, of course) and then realized she needed it for the costume contest so I printed her again, fussy cut the mask and popped it on her face. Used my fave color scheme of Red, Black &White.  The tag was cut and matted with Spellbinders Labels 25 and added a Memory Box Small Spiderweb Frame.  "wicked" was cut with a Tim Holtz Halloween words die and the rest of the sentiment was done with my Dymo label maker.  Cool fibers are from my stash.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #228 Birthday Theme, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, Simply Papercraft #57 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #234 AG , Incy Wincy with Things That Fly, Crafting with an Attitude #39 AG, Do Al(l) Kreatives #17 Not Square or Rectangle, Scrapy Land #80 AG w/dies SL sells, Sheepski Designs Your Favorite Colors, ...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Bugaboo Get Well

One more for the Outlawz Festive Fridays, this time a Get Well theme using the hilarious Bugaboo Oh Crap set combined with the Dollar Flower Bug.  The Oh Crap set comes with some great sentiments but I generated my own to make it fit the Get Well theme.  Super CAS, colored with Copics, one layer with some scores you can't really see.  I imagine I'll be using this set a lot.

I'm adding this to the current Catch the Bug Theme Challenge Say it With Flowers, the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, HLS May CAS One Layer, Simply Papercraft AG, Incy Wincy with Things that Fly and Crafting with an Attitude #39 AG.

A Magical Birthday

This gorgeous gal is another of the images I colored for the Birthday celebration at Faery Ink FB Group last weekend.  Meet Aja Unicorn Fairy Masquerade.  She was a Freebie for the party and was so much fun to color up.  I wanted to pop her on a birthday card to enter a number of challenges (one being monochromatic), hence all the yellow.  LOL She's colored with Copic with some gold gel pen accents (and white for the sparkles on her dress) and I wasn't really thinking clearly and added some adhesive gems to her mask which made her impossible to run through a die cut machine without ruining her so I cut a window for her instead.  Used Nuvo drops in the scallops which sticks better to the glitter paper and added gold butterfly stickers and sentiment to the DP from K&Co.

I'm adding this to the Outlawz Festive Fridays Birthday theme, the Outlawz Monday Greetings Monochromatic challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #228 Birthday theme, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC #233 AG (3/3), Art Impressions Playing Dress Up, the Unicorn Challenge #32 Monochrome, Simply Papercraft AG, Incy Wincy with Things that Fly and Double "D" Challenges Bling it Up.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lavender and Lace

Here's another for the Outlawz, this time Twisted Thursday where the optional "twist" is "Lavender and Lace".  Used new layering dies again from Altenew.  This one is Peony Dreams.  Again I cut in white and colored with Copics because I really didn't have enough lavenders to layer.  It was a bit fiddly to glue together, too but all in all, I'm pleased with it.  Found lace in my stash I could thread with ribbon.  It's actually crinkle ribbon from DL.Art (my fave).  DP is K&Co and the sentiment is an old Cuttlebug die.  I'm also happy that the purples ended up photographing pretty true.  You know how difficult purples can be.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, Crafty Gals Corner #165 Add a Flower, and Let's Craft and Create AG/optional Lace, Ribbon, Twine.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Faery Ink Meets the Outlawz Sketch

I really had a fun weekend playing with the Faery Ink FB Group at the Unicorn Masquerade Birthday Ball.  We played games, received lovely freebies and there was a costume contest and inspiration posts galore.  This beauty is Unicorn Masquerade Moon Fairy, one of the costumes I colored over the weekend.  She's colored with Copics with a gold gel pen for the stars and I did the background with the "resist" method of using alcohol and a Q-Tip to create texture in the sky.  Today I added some Stardust Stickles to her wings, mask and horn for more sparkle.

I didn't have time to do a project with her until today, following the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch, last minute as usual.  What can I say?  The DP was on my desk from yesterday's project and looked great with the background I'd colored so YAY!  I cut her out with a Spellbinder's Grand Circle and Used Gold mirror card stock for the scalloped circle mat.  The strip of light blue glitter paper was also on my desk (no, I don't clean up after myself, obviously) so WooHoo for that, too.  I thought I had some gold colored adhesive stars for the swirly part in the corner, but if I do, they were nowhere to be found today, so I used a border punch that happened to have a number of different sized stars  and punched from the gold, as well.  Gluing them on individually was a PITA, but I love how it came out.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, Creates and Makes #21 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #233 AG (3/3), the Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 18 AG w/hand colored image, 613 Avenue Create May AG/optional Mainly Blue, ...

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge

You know I love playing on the Outlawz Forum and I really always try not to miss the Tuesday Color challenge because it often takes me a bit out of my comfort zone and allows me to explore different styles.  Generally, I'm struggling last minute (like today) but it's always fun.  I probably wouldn't have so much trouble if I didn't take things so literally, but that's how I roll.

So here's the swatch and of course I couldn't get the peacock feathers out of my mind.  The dies are old Spellbinders and my first attempt was to cut them in white and color them with Copics.  Hideous!  Second attempt was to cut out of the DCWV Glitzy Glitter stack which is lovely paper with a superfine glitter finish that doesn't shed, but doesn't die cut for crap because of the stuff they use to make that glitter stay put.  It cuts through the glitter and the backing, but that in between just doesn't give up.  I ended up using a craft knife to get some of the intricate pieces free.   After that I decided to use stickers for the sentiment and corners instead of trying my luck again with dies and chose a birthday sentiment because there's gobs of challenges calling for Birthday cards at the mo.  So obviously my other colors are green and gold(ish) and my twist is to add sparkle and shine.  Done before 6:00.  YAY, me!

I'm adding this to the C.R.A.F.T Challenge #467 and Annual Birthday Blog Hop, the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Full of Possibilities

Playing along with two challenges on the Outlawz Forum using the gorgeous Aurora Floral Kiss from TheEastWind. To be honest, I'd colored her awhile ago with Copics but had never put her on a card.  I thought she'd be perfect for the themes.  The new format for Sunday challenges is Songs and Rhymes and this week's Song is "An English Country Garden" (video link HERE).  I'm getting this in just under the wire because I was waiting for my Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe pad and it made it just in time.  

What gorgeous pages of flowers!  WOW!  I chose the one that looked best with my coloring and added mats of green to both the image and the floral DP.  Monday Greetings called for Spring Flowers and specified that it must have something green, so there ya go.  I also did a floral die cut from some K&Co Dp and added it under the image for even more flowery goodness.  For some reason the die was just sitting in my box with no packaging and although this was the first time I've actually used it, I have no idea who it is by.  Don'tcha hate when that happens?  The little butterfly and hummingbird are Little B stickers, the sentiment is Tim Holtz Small Talk and the gorgeous triple crinkle ribbon bow is from DL.Art.  I kinda love the way it turned out.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #233 AG, the Colour Crazy Challenge Week 18 AG/w hand colored image, Create and Inspire #74 AG/Springtime, CCC Digi Creations May #92 Flower Power and Your Scrapbook Place May AG.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Miss Gabby's Ready for Spring

I've been playing in the monthly Progressive sketch challenge in the Createful Heart Digis and Design FB Group and this month we're using the adorable Miss Gabby's Ready for Spring.  She's colored with Copics and I've added a bit of white Posca Paint pen to the water.  The corner flowers were cut with a new geranium flower die from Elizabeth Craft, in white and colored with Copics to match her hat.  The centers are Nuvo drops.  The DP is from Julie Nutting and the center strip was embossed with a Darice border folder and sanded.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies May AG w/critter, the Outlawz Festive Fridays AG theme, Incy Wincy with Things that Fly and Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #233 AG.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

OMG, I actually STAMPED!

Yes friends, I'm being polite when I say I suck at stamping.  I mean when the ink hits the rubber, (or acrylic) all bets are off when it's in my hands.  However, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday's optional theme of "something to wear" made me pull out a wood mounted Stampendous stamp I've had for YEARS and try my luck.  (and try, and try, get the picture, don't you?)  This is the best I could do (without starting to throw things) and I figured the stamp is sort of "sketchy" anyway, so...

I've used my new Altenew lower case alphabet dies to cut the word "chic" right from the stamped image.  I've been watching videos on various ways to use the alpha dies and thought this one was cool.  Now that I see the pic here I see that even with the T square hubby bought me they still aren't straight (and neither is the stamp for that matter) but I'm gonna chalk that up to the fact I have multi focal lenses on because it's a bit too early for wine o'clock.  The concept is cool though.  Don'tcha think?

I'm also adding this to Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, HLS May AG with Dies, ...

Peaceful Dove

Got yet another package of new dies yesterday (yes, it's an addiction) and thought I'd do some experimenting with a CAS Christmas card using Peaceful Dove by Poppystamps.  One of the themes for Festive Fridays on the Outlawz Forum is always Christmas and I love playing, there so I was eager to get this going.  Maybe a card that was easily mailed might actually get sent.  That remains to be seen, of course, as "postal phobia" has a tendency to rule my world.  

I centered the die within the mat and cut, then colored the outline with a silver metallic Sharpie.  I thought maybe I could do an inlay with the cut out white pieces but they sort of flew all over the place and many were teeny weenie so I decided to fill the void with ultra fine glitter instead.  

It took me awhile to figure out that I had to apply a large enough piece of transfer tape to cover the die cut to the actual card base and remove the backing and THEN apply tape to the edges of the mat and carefully, VERY CAREFULLY! put the mat in place to get this to work. That left the open area of the dove sticky so I could place the silver outline in the cut and then fill it with the glitter.  I suppose that should be intuitive, but at 4:30 am, not so much.

Here's a better pic of the sparkle.  The sentiment is from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words set and I colored that with the Sharpie as well.  I used a Starform sticker outline and corners and then scattered a few of the leftover stars to fill the void and called it done.  Not too bad considering.  I'll be messing with this again.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art May Linky ChallengeLil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AGJo's Scrap Shack FFC #232 AG, (3/3), the Holly and the Ivy #28 AG Christmas, Scrapy Land Challenge #89 AG w/dies SL sells, the HLS May Christmas Challenge AG with Optional Stars, Incy Wincy Things That Fly and CHNC #384 AG Christmas.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

For You

I played today with some of my new dies by Altenew.  I found these to be very intriguing as each flower has multiple layers that can be cut with different colors of card stock, or, as I did in this case, cut them in white and colored with the medium of your choice.  I've used Copics and tried to get additional dimensional shading  of the layers and more detail to the leaves.  This particular die is the Fantasy Floral, but I've gone a bit overboard and also purchased the Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries Sets so stay tuned. (Still buying b-day 'prises, what can I say?)

I followed the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch and added a Spellbinders doily behind the flower and swirls from Taylored Expressions.  The sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I might have been done a few hours earlier, but got caught up with YouTube videos of various ways to use the sets.  Seriously I could have spent all day.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art May Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 AG, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #232 AG, Papercraft Challenges #11 Flowers, the Unicorn Challenge #32 Monochrome, Create and Inspire AG/optional use dies or stencils, TTRCD AG Week starting May 8, Cupcake Inspirations Challenge#445 and Creative Craft Cottage May #107 Dies or Punches.