Aurora Wings March Showcase

Hi!!! What an exciting day it is today! Aurora Wings has a brand new release ….. and I’m proud to say that I’m now a member of the Showcase Team!!! Anyone that knows me, knows how exciting this is for me, as I’ve long been a huge fan of Mitzi’s images!! The showcase blog is full of yummy inspiration, featuring three new adorable Sprites (and if you keep reading….there might even be a little something extra!) These Sprites can be found in the New Release section at the Etsy Store and New Releases at AuroraWings.com, as well as at the individual links mentioned in the card descriptions. All my images were colored with Copics.

First up, I have Peony Sprite (PNG or JPG). I picked the paper before I started coloring her, so she’s a bit different color than what you commonly see in peonies. I had a massive peony crop at an old house of mine, and the blooms were every shade of pink and white…..some rich red ones like this little one would have been nice 🙂 After coloring her, I cut and matted her with some stacking dies, then set to assembling my card in a new to me fold 🙂 When folded up, the Sprite conceals the stamped sentiment, and the whole card is flat and easy to mail 🙂

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2009 ATG

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge – #02 February/March ATG

Crafty Creations Challenge – #407 ATG

Next up is the adorable Dogwood Sprite (PNG or JPG). Although dogwood has a number of different color variations, I used the white with a hint of yellow, which is the provincial flower for my neighboring province, Alberta 🙂 With the pale coloring of the blossoms, I gave the Sprite some rich black hair as contrast. I used some dark printed papers for the layout as well, and embellished my card with a bunch of dogwood blossoms that I printed, colored and fussy cut out before arranging them on die cut branches. To give the edges a bit of interest, I actually used some edging scissors that have been collecting dust!! A die cut sentiment and some black pearls, finished the card off.

I’d like to enter this card in these challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – March 2-16 Hand Colored Images

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #114 ATG

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – March ATG with Pattern Paper

Finally, I have the Agapanthus Sprite to share with you (PNG or JPG). I was not familiar with this beautiful flower, so did a bit of Googling, where I found that another name is Lily of the Nile….still not familiar, lol. How absolutely beautiful she is, and I really wish I lived in a warmer climate so I could grow some!!! After coloring her, I fussy cut her out, so I could pop her on the center part of a shimmery die cut layer. The silver part of the sentiment goes well with the rhinestone embellies on the branches….and I used some tiny alpha stickers to complete the sentiment.

I’d like to enter this card in the following:

Creative Inspirations – March Challenge; Pretty Pastels

A Perfect Time to Craft -#3 March ATG

DL Art – March ATG Linky Challenge

As is always the case on new release weekend, Mitzi has some coupon codes for you to use to go shopping 🙂 These codes are valid the whole weekend on all current digi and PDF listings(not just the new releases!) at the Aurora Wings Etsy Store and AuroraWings.com.

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Oh, wait…what’s this I found???? hehehe

This adorable Popcorn Sprite is a gift with purchase this weekend!!!! This sweetie will be emailed to everyone that makes a qualifying purchase this weekend!! Woohoo!!!

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When I saw this Sprite, I thought of the traditional red and white popcorn box, and decided to create something quite literal, by making a box card!!! Luckily, I had the right red and white striped paper for this, and just had to print of the popcorn logo and color it. I also printed some extra heads and used the popcorn “hair” as some extra pieces in the box, along with the tickets that I printed and the Tim Holtz film strip. The sentiment was printed on my computer 🙂

I would like to participate in these challenges with this card 🙂

Cute Card Thursday – #624 ATG

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #9 ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #3 March ATG

I hope you enjoy these fabulous new images from Aurora Wings, and find some inspiration from the whole teams amazing projects on the Showcase Blog 🙂 I can hardly wait to see what you come up with…..be sure to share with us at our Facebook group challenge 🙂

Ying Yang

Hello 🙂 It’s been a little while since I’ve had time to do a project that wasn’t for a DT!!! I turned to a favorite artist’s image, Mo Manning from Mo’s Digital Pencil. There seems to be an image for every occasion, and every person in her store! I will be needing an anniversary card for 2 cat lovers in a while, and how much more perfect is this Cat Love image?!?!?! I immediately thought of the ying yang symbol when I saw the two of them cuddled up like that, so I colored them with my Copics in black and white.

I found two black and white dot print papers, which made up the background. I made up the sentiment on my computer, printing it twice in opposite colors, cutting it in half and placing it on the opposing colors of the background. Everything was matted in red, and I used that same red to die cut a heart background, and use the little heart off cuts to scatter around the sentiment of this card 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Challenge 2009 ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #126 Add a Heart

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Week 9 ATG

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 5 ATG

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – #288 – Love (with a Mo image)

Anniversary Owls

Hi there 🙂 This is my last inspiration card for this month at the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group. Our challenge theme this month is Love/Valentine’s/For Someone Special. I saw this image, Love Barn Owls, in the Etsy store, and immediately thought it would make a great anniversary card!! It’s a greyscale image, so it’s easier to color, as there is guidance with the shading already there!! I did it up in my Copics, then die cut it out so I could frame it with an inlaid die frame.

I found the cute heart print paper that made the perfect background for this card, then cut out some feathers in a blue that matches the feathers in the image (really, they do…..camera/photo is playing nasty tricks again!). After inking up the feathers, I arranged them so that the gold die cut sentiment could be placed on top of them.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper – Feb. ATG with Patterned Paper

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – February ATG with a Critter

Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge – #160 Valentine/Friends/Wedding/Anniversary

Aud Sentiments Challenge – #245 ATG with a Sentiment

Dragonfly Dreams – It’s A Love Thing

Ivy Mermaid

Hi there 🙂 I’m here to share my DT inspiration for the current Creative Fingers challenge (bet you thought it was CCK Challenge, lol). Our fabulous sponsor this time is one of my favorites, Ching-Chou Kuik 🙂 I have used the gorgeous Ivy Mermaid image for my card, and colored her with Copics, adding a few accents and highlights with my white Posca.

I had all these big plans when I started, to use the ivy dies and embellishments that I have. Or should I say, THOUGHT I had, lol. All I could find was the stencil that I used!!!! I inked it with a few different colors of Distress Inks, then used a punch to round the corners to line up with the image shape. After inking the edges, I carefully sprinkled some silver embossing powder to coordinate with the die cut sentiment and flourishes. Some clear Nuvo drops scattered amongst the ivy, and around the image, finish this off 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge Blog – #8 ATG

DL Art – February ATG Linky Challenge

Simon Wednesday – Add a Sentiment

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #126 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Feb. 18

Gladioli

Hi there 🙂 Today, I have some inspiration for the current Sheepski Designs Facebook challenge. All of our challenges are ATG, but if you need a little bit of a nudge to get started, there’s always an optional theme, as well. This time, that option is Ribbons/Bows. I colored up the gorgeous Gladioli image with my Copics, in my very favorite glad color, deep red.

The background paper is some that I’ve had a long time, and it just jumped out at me. After layering things up, I added some thin red ribbon, in the same shade as the glads, then popped a red bow onto a printed, die cut one. To finish things off, I added a few square, red gems 🙂

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafter’s Cafe – #236 Use Pink and/or Red

Incy Wincy Designs – Feb. 17-29 ATG

Dream Valley Challenge – #219 Hand Colored Image

Tuesday Throwdown – #451 Use Your Favorite Color RED!!! 🙂

Crafty Friends Challenge – #129 Gemstones/Pearls

2020 Calendar

Hey there 🙂 It’s Family Day holiday here in Saskatchewan, so I figured I had better use some of this free time to do up this blog post for my inspiration project for this month’s Aurora Wings Facebook challenge. Our challenges are ATG, either a coloring or a finished project…..plus….we love to see your past makes with Aurora Wings images, as well!!

A number of years ago, I started a “tradition” of making my own calendar, and for the last 3, these creations have featured images by Mitzi…the amazing artist behind Aurora Wings <3 As you might be able to guess, this year, I did a Sprite calendar!! There is seriously a Sprite for every occasion and season, and it’s sure to be a great year with these cuties frolicking their way through it 🙂 I do my calendars from February to January, to avoid any extra pressure over the Christmas holidays, but for this post, I’ll go in order and start with January 🙂

January in Saskatchewan is usually snowy and cold, so I chose the adorable Snowflake Sprite (HERE in the digi shop, and HERE on Etsy) to represent this month. The image is colored in Copics and framed with a die cut extended octagon (as are all the images for this year). I added a bit of sparkle and liquid pearl accents on this.

February is the month of hearts, so, of course I used the sweet Valentine’s Sprite (exclusively HERE in the digi shop). I added some faux sparkles on her dress with white Posca, and dressed up the hearts with Glossy Accents and red Stickles 🙂

Besides being my son’s birth month (no Landon Sprites yet, lol), March is St. Patrick’s Day month. I just had to make the adorable Shamrock Sprite (HERE in the digi shop and HERE on Etsy) an Irish beauty with red hair and freckles <3

This year, Easter falls in April, which makes the cuddly little Easter Bunny Sprite (exclusively HERE in the digi shop) the obvious choice 🙂

This Violet Sprite (exclusively HERE in the digi shop) had to be for May. For me, violets bring back special memories. Every year that my mom was alive, I would find some wild violets to give her. The year she passed away was a very late year, but I still was able to find some (the only?) violets to take to her in the hospital. Even though she was in a coma that she wouldn’t come out of, I believe that she knew <3

Like violets on Mother’s Day, lilacs were the bouquet that I would give my mom on her birthday at the beginning of June. So….here is Lilac Sprite (exclusively HERE in the digi shop).

July is my birth month, and a big reason why I started to make my own calendars. July’s picture is almost always the ugliest picture in a calendar, and I’d had enough of it!!!! Lol I figured that the sweet Ice Cream Sundae Sprite (exclusively HERE in the digi shop) was perfect for this month….I loooove ice cream, and this image is just the cutest!!!

August is just so full of flowers, and my old house was just so overrun with hollyhocks, that this sweetie was the perfect choice for this month!!! Hollyhock Sprite can be found HERE in the digi shop and HERE on Etsy 🙂

September is such a pretty month, with the leaves starting to change – some consolation for the the colder temps, and the knowledge of the long winter ahead!! Being a good Canadian girl, I had to use the playful Maple Sprite (HERE in the digi shop, and HERE on Etsy) for this month, and color her up in glorious autumn colors 🙂

Halloween has taken over the month of October, and everyone is getting their “scary” on. Pumpkin Sprite is way to cute to scare anyone, but still manages to convey the spirit of Halloween! He can be found exclusively HERE in the digi shop 🙂

Well, since there’s no Sprite for my eldest child, Eden, November is a tribute to Remembrance Day, and to all those who have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today. I decided to color Anemone Sprite (HERE in the digi shop and HERE on Etsy) in poppy colors, and looove the end result!!

Well, that brings us to December, and the choices of Sprites for this month had me changing my mind numerous times! I finally settled on the beautiful Trumpet Angel Sprite. I highlighted some of the soft colors with a layer of clear sparkle. She can be found HERE in the digi shop and HERE on Etsy.

I’d like to enter this project in the following challenges :

Dream Valley Challenges – #219 Hand Colored Image

Crafty Calendar Challenge – Use Die cuts/punches (the frames and letters are all die cut)

Creative Moments Challenge – #184 ATG

World Wide Open DT Challenge – #02 February ATG

Let’s Craft and Create – #156 ATG + option Mother’s Day

Dreaming of Scrap – #76 Daily Life 🙂

Crafts Galore Encore – #72 February ATG

Classic Design Challenge – #2 February ATG

Love Animals

Hey there 🙂 Hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day 🙂 As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I was seriously anti-Valentines/love/etc. this year, so had to go with some other interpretations for “Love” themed projects. This is my inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook challenge….with the theme of Love/Valentines/For Someone Special. Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a deep love of animals…..often preferring their company to that of many humans!! With that in mind, I thought that Ching-Chou’s image, “Furever Love“, would be the perfect choice to use for a decor piece. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to print the image on some old parchment like paper I have. OY!!! It was fun coloring and blending, with the old paper soaking the ink up (the back looks almost identical to the front)! I like the final result, though, as it does have a vintage look to it, but I won’t be trying it again in a big hurry!!! I tore the edges and inked them with Distress Ink to add to the look.

I had a wooden “canvas” in my stash that I’ve been waiting to use. I gave it a light coat of green paint, then distressed it with some brown stain. When this was dry, I stenciled some hearts with Distress Inks. Then I moved the stencil off a bit and did some with molding paste. While the molding paste was still wet, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder on parts of it and heated it up. The paw prints were die cut, then inked to give them some definition. They each represent an animal that I have been lucky enough to love <3 I die cut some outline hearts and sprinkled some gold and peach embossing powder on the, then added some Distress Ink after I embossed them. To finish the hearts, I added a layer of Ranger Sepia Accents (do they still make this stuff????). I dry embossed the center part of one of these hearts, then inked and heat embossed it. The piece needed a bit of color, so I punched some blossoms with a MS punch and arranged them on the hearts. The sentiment is one I printed on the computer….perfect for this image, and something I believe strongly! After I had everything attached to the canvas, I sprayed the whole thing with an acrylic fixative. This was so there would be no smudging and smearing when I layered on a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything up. While the Mod Podge was still wet, I sprinkled some gold beads here and there around the image to give a final touch. The Mod Podge gave the image a painted look that I love!!

I attached some eyelet screws to the sides of the piece, then tied on some twine for hanging. Loved getting all inky with this piece!!! I really have to remember to make a mess more often, lol!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog – #24 It’s a Love Thing

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – February ATG with a Critter

Crafty Gals Corner – #204 Add a Heart

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog – #244 Love/Valentine Sentiment

Crafty Catz Challenge – #493 ATG with optional twist of Critters

Double D Challenges – Hearts

All You Need…..

Hi there 🙂 I’m here with my inspiration for this month’s Ching-Chou Kuik Facebook group challenge. Our theme is Love/Valentines/For Someone Special. I’m in an anti-Valentine mode this year…sorta “humbug” on love too, tbh. But the show must go on, and there is so many ways to interpret the Love theme 🙂 I love books, so I got the idea for a bookmark utilizing this sweet image, The Moment. I was going to have the sentiment refer to coffee, as that’s my bevvy of choice, but went with tea, so I could throw this in with a friend’s bday gift (a book, of course!). I printed the image and sentikment on kraft paper, and got my Prismacolor pencils out. Had fun with the tiny little image, but got her done, and cut out a bookmark with a fishtail banner die.

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Aud Sentiments – #244 Love/Valentine sentiment

A Gem of a Challenge – Week 3 ATG

Creative Inspirations – February ATG

Crafts Galore Encore – #72 ATG

The Corrosive Challenge – #2 ATG

Photo Cat

Hey there 🙂 Another ATG challenge has begun over at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog 🙂 As always, we have a fabulous sponsor, and this time, it’s Some Odd Girl! The DT has been provided with images to use in their inspiration projects, and I have used Hipster Photography Cat. I colored it up with my Copics, adding a few small touches with a white Posca, then fussy cut it out.

I knew just the paper I was going to use, as I recently got a pad with all kinds of cool prints, including cameras! I die cut a piece of the stripe print to pop the cat on with foam dots and matted it with a bright pink to go with her bow. I cut a strip of the camera print and chose some of the hashtag words to scatter around the image on the dotty background paper. This cool little kitty is definitely Insta ready!!!!

I’d like to enter this in the following:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – February ATG with Patterned Paper

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Feb. ATG with a Critter

The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge – #235 ATG

Color Crazy Challenge – Week 5 ATG

Cute Card Thursday – #620 ATG

Aurora Wings New Release!

Hi there 🙂 Such an exciting day, as Mitzi has a fabulous new release that is to die for!!! The girls have really outdone themselves for the showcase post this time (ok…..EVERY time!!) I was honored to help out with the showcase this time, and had so much fun working with these amazing new releases, available HERE on Etsy, and HERE in the digi shop 🙂

I started out coloring the beautiful Aries image…..I did some Googling on this sign and came up with the sepia/red color combo that I used, as that seems to be a very “Aries” palette 🙂 I decided on a round easel card for this image, as the shape seemed to call for a round card 🙂 After coloring it with Copics, and adding some gold touches with both gel pen and embossing powders, I assembled the card, using red roses, a shimmery bow and some gold beads as embellishments. The easel stopper is a stamped sentiment that I cut out in a strip and popped up. The finishing touch was some gold stars, arranged in the Aries constellation pattern.

My next project is a card featuring the adorable Tulip Sprite. I colored her up with my Copics, using a pretty spring color palette. I can’t be the only one that is SO ready for spring!!!! I die cut the image out, and matted it with another die cut that coordinated with the background paper. This background paper has been in my stash for a while….it is actually sign paper that we used in a store I used to work at!!!! I added a white picket fence and a die cut sentiment, before finishing this card off with some pearl accents 🙂

The next image that I worked with is the sweet Phlox Sprite. I kept her outfit very neutral, so the vibrant purple and green of the blossoms really popped. I kept the design for this little sweetie’s card very CAS, only adding a stamped sentiment and some coordinating sequins.

For the last of the new releases….the cute little Mouse Sprite, I let my somewhat warped sense of humor take the reign. I colored the little guy with my Copics, then fussy cut him out. I made a door hanger to display this cutie….one that warns a person of what may be waiting on the other side of the door!!! I made up the message on my computer, and die cut the bottom to look like cheese, before gluing the Mouse Sprite on 🙂

As is often the case, Mitzi is offering a special gift with purchase with this new release!!! The generous, and incredibly adorable, gift this time is Koala Sprite. I think I may have squealed a bit when I saw this sweet Sprite <3 I colored this little family up, then fussy cut the image out. I attached them to a gift card holder…..with the die cut hearts and sweet stamped sentiment, it could be a perfect holder for a Valentine’s gift for that person that doesn’t like candy or flowers!

I hope you like my contribution to the new release showcase 🙂 I’d love to see what you come up with using any of these images!!! Here are the applicable codes that you can use 🙂

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

Classic Design Challenge – #2 February ATG

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – #464 ATG

Through the Craft Room Door – ATG for the week of Feb. 4

Lemon Shortbread Challenge – #112 ATG

Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge – Week 5 ATG

Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge – #7 ATG

Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #2005 ATG

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #125 ATG