Here's one more for the LeighSBDesigns first birthday and Birthday Card Contest which ends TONIGHT at midnight PDT. Still time to grab the FREEBIE HERE and enter for a prize. Yesterday I went for a bit of a macabre approach you can see HERE, but today I went cute and quirky combining the freebie (ONE with cupcake) with the OddLeigh Cupcake set and adding Miss Oddleigh herself (see the whole Oddleigh family HERE) and two cupcakes that are part of the set. I've colored with Copic in sweet yummy colors and inked the edges with Distress. Went CAS since there was already a lot going on using a pretty pastel chevron pattern from Queen & Co. Oh wow, and BTW, in honor of Earth Day Leigh has Just released 2 new stamps!
Sharing another card done for several of the Outlawz challenges using the sweet Virgo (image#49), available both with and without the Zodiac sign, from SheepSki Designs. It's the current offering for monthly Progressive Freebie Challenge. Thank you so much, Andrea! You know I love your kitties! Since I've been practicing with Prismacolor pencils, with help from the Kit and Clowder monthly classes, I printed him a bit lighter on Mi Tientes paper so I could furry him up a bit. Gotta say it took me all day, but I enjoyed every minute and am quite pleased with the outcome.
The colors are from the Outlawz Tuesday Color challenge and for once, I'm not last minute for that one. I'd already started coloring the kitty and wasn't sure if that was black or brown on the swatch, but I think I've got it covered in the DP. However, I got so wrapped up in figuring out a card design, I sort of forgot the twist, although maybe the 3D Stickers from JoLee's will work for that.
One good thing about being sick is when I felt up to it, I could color. Since nothing was really "pressing" at the moment, I decided to practice pencils on kraft using the free members rewards class from Kit and Clowder I received for being a monthly class member. As long as you stay a member of the monthly classes, Alyce sends an extra free class (that members get to vote on) every month. WooHoo! This one if from last December. The adorable stamp is Penguin Elf from the Crissie Armstrong Digital Collection at Whimsy Stamps.
A brand new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the theme of Black and White with or without a Splash of Color. I decided to go with Harlequinade, available HERE on AuroraWings.com and HERE on Etsy, because I immediately think black and white for a harlequin pattern, but also because I had several option for adding a "splash" of color. My first thought was red for the roses, but was afraid they would dominate the piece so I chose the more subtle lilies instead.
Here's a closeup of Harlequinade. I've colored with Copics and had quite a time getting the detail I wanted in the flowers. Because I'm still not feeling 100% I thought that printing the image smaller would be quicker and easier, but it was a bit of a struggle since the whole card itself is only 5x7". It was the pearls, however, that gave me the most grief.
I've found that the only way to use any type of "liquid" pearls (these were done with Nuvo drops) is to apply them in stages, meaning leaving gaps between so they don't run together and waiting until those dry before filling in. I applied them twice yesterday and again, this morning and then realized this would be a problem if I needed to die cut the image which I hadn't originally planned on. I was sure I had black and white DP that would work but didn't check for it until after the image was finished. What I found was that almost ALL of my B&W DP really had an ivory or cream background that looked horrible with the stark white of the image background. The only B&W pad had pretty wimpy prints so I looked for dies and settled for 2 layers from the Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty Five. I knew what was gonna happen when I cut the image but I prayed for a miracle. NOPE. After cutting and embossing all my beautiful pearls were SQUISHED. That took two more rounds of Nuvo action to recover. Note to self, PLAN AHEAD and cut BEFORE, if you need to.
Once I found the right dies I didn't have to think much more. My first top mat was black, but it sort of minimized the impact of the image so I tried again with gray and used black behind. Much better. Had I used the roses as my "splash" I probably would have printed them several times to fussy cut and pop, but the lilies were too small. I did manage to pop the 3 layers with foam and also added a crinkle ribbon bow from DL.Art backed by black tulle to finish it off. Sorry I was so "chatty". I think I may be reentering the "Land of the Living" so... Anyway, my Aurora Teamies have done some exceptionally creative work for this challenge so be sure to visit the Challenge Blog and check out their fabulous creations.
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I'm especially thrilled today to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team for the Double New Release Showcase of a beautiful new mermaid (that I actually named) and the new Summer Sprite based on a baby version of her. Meet Marisol the Mermaid. I'm so proud! You can read all about how and why her name was chosen in the Showcase post and as Marisol's Fairy Godmother I received her full body version before she was released to the public.
Here's a closeup of Marisol in all her glory. She's colored with Copics and I've used clear Wink of Stella to make her scales shine. You can find her in both shops in the links below.
My original plan for her was much simpler as I'd done a Brushos background on watercolor paper I thought would work, but after coloring, it just wasn't right. Fortunately I'd checked in on The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch this morning and after perusing my Graphic 45 papers, I went to town. This isn't the first time their sketch saved my butt and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. YAY!
And I did say this was a DOUBLE release, didn't I? Just look at this new little cutie. Sweet Summer Sprite with Watermelon. She is as precious as can be! Unfortunately I'm still battling the cold I caught on my trip and was unable to color her up but you can see wonderful inspiration from the Showcase Team in the Showcase post. You can find her in both shops below.
The Summer Sprite with Ice Cream Coneis aBONUS OFFER(BOGO - Buy One Get One FREE - deal) atAuroraWings.comfor one week only (April 12 through April 18, 2018). After that period, the ice cream cone version will be an exclusive, only available atAuroraWings.com digi shop.
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Yeah, I know I'm a little late for Easter, but there were some challenges I wanted to enter with this adorable bunny in a basket image from Ike's Art. It is one of the exclusive new images Ike offers as a freebie in the March/April online issue of TTRCD Magazine. It's been awhile since I subscribed and when I found out Ike was the featured artist I renewed my subscription. I'm so glad I did. All sorts of good stuff in there, for sure.
Here's a closeup. I just LOVE him! I've colored with Copics. The dies I've used are all Spellbinders with the exception of the little flowers I added to the branches. They came from a Martha Stewart punch.
Well I'm winging my way home from Florida and our nephew's beautiful wedding, probably as you read this, but managed to work ahead for this Mid- Inspiration Post for our special 4th Anniversary Party/Sprite Delight V Challenge. I hope you've all collected your "party favor" as she is still available until the challenge close on April 14th and look forward to you joining us with ANY of Mitzi's adorable Sprites.
Okay, I'm sure those of you have been experiencing Winter weather far longer than normal are not thrilled to see a snowy card, but I'm fond of doing Christmas year 'round and to be honest, I had a major Copic catastrophe with my original image and plan and this cutie was started for some other challenges. Pretty sure Hot Cocoa Sprite, available HERE on AuroraWings .com and HERE on Etsy could melt even the coldest heart though, don'tcha think?
Here's a closeup of Hot Cocoa Sprite. He's colored with Copics and fussy cut after gluing him on some light turquoise card stock. I then glued him to a snowflake ornament and clipped him to a double stitched tag from Gina Marie. The gorgeous hand dyed crinkle ribbon is from DL.Art.
I thought this turned out so cute that it would be fun to make him removable from the card to hang on your tree, so here he is doing just that. WooHoo! If you're more in the mood for Springtime, be sure to visit the Challenge Blog and see the gorgeous makes by my Stella team sisters and don't forget to grab you "party favor" while you're there. Hope to see you join in our Sprite Delight V/4th Anniversary Celebration. Double prizes this time. WooHoo!
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I'm so happy you came to visit and share in my crafting adventures. I hope in doing so you are inspired. I would love to hear your comments and I'm happy to share my designs for your personal use, but please do not submit them for contests or publication or copy them for any commercial venture.
I've always loved crafting, even as a little girl. My inspiration was my Daddy who was a wonderful artist and made beautiful 3-D Valentines for my teachers in grade school. Although I love all kinds of crafts I haven't had a real focus since abandoning counted cross stitch back in the 80's. Until I got my Cricut in 2008, that is. I've since expanded my horizons and found a new love in coloring both rubber and digi stamps with my Copics. Now I'm a blissfully retired card maker and papercrafter married 42 (!) years to a wonderful guy with two furbabies, Goliath and Jezebel. Everyday I look forward to dreaming up designs and playing in my craft room. I invite you to share in my adventures.