Monday, 4 February 2019

Happy New Year and Anything Goes.

Hello all,
Well, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a fabulous New Year.
Did anyone make any New Year's resolutions?  
I don't tend to do that anymore - partly because they only usually last until the middle of January!! Lol
Well, I wonder what 2019 will bring?
I always start the year full of hope that this year will be better than the last, don't you?
Only time will tell I guess.
I reckon, if we all do our little bit to make things better then maybe others will follow??  That's my plan anyway.
Right then, onto my Midway post for the current challenge which of course you all already know is the best sort of challenge to start the year with.......

Now you all know how much I love Mitzi's sprites right?
Well, I thought I should start the year off with one of the little darlings so I chose:
She is available exclusively at Aurora Wings.com:
Now, I know I am getting on a bit and the weather has been a wee bit cold lately but I really didn't think that my brain was quite as addled as it obviously is.
This little birthday book was made thinking the image I was using was Buttercup Sprite but no, I used Primrose Sprite - what a twit.  
So because they are both so beautiful I am giving you the links to the gorgeous Buttercup Sprite too, just in case you would like to pop over and have a quick spending spree! Lol

Both stores also have the JPEG image but you can do so much more with the PNG image. 😁😁😁

For this challenge, rather than make a card which I always seem to do I thought I would be a little bit more adventurous, so I made a cute little Birthday Book.
Here you go:
Basically it is one piece of A3 card cut into the relevant sized pieces and stuck together and then I added some beautiful Pion Designs paper which I have had for simply ages.
Sweet little Primrose Sprite is coloured with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils and then I fussy cut her to add her to the front of the book.
The wording is done using the wonderful Clarity Word Chains and Word Chain Alphabet which you can find here.

Because the piece that ends up being the back of the book was a bit plain I used a Clarity Stencil, which you can find here, and some Distress ink in contrasting shades to add a bit of interest to the cover.
I wish I had taken a photo of the whole of the back of the book!! Duh.

The pages inside are printed out on to an A4 sheet of paper from a template I made in Excel, and then I put them through the printer again to add the buttercups.  Then I cut them out and stuck them in the correct places in the book.
Now obviously these would look better if they were primroses rather than buttercups given which sprite I actually used! Lol   However, I have gifted this little book to a friend so I am unable to change it now! Duh!
The closure is just some glittery gold ribbon which I had in my stash.

I really love these little books and I think I may be doing a few more of these. 

So I hope you like my project, please leave me a comment and let me know.

See you next challenge.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Exciting News - Part 2

Hi all,
Well, it certainly looks like 2019 is going to be a busy one.
Having recently told you about my fabulous news concerning my new DT post with the fabulous Lee Holland, I can now tell you all about another new DT post, this time with the wonderful ladies at 613 Avenue Create.
This fabulous blog is a monthly Just For Fun challenge blog.
The entries we get for these challenges is nothing short of phenomenal considering there are no prizes on offer.
The fact that there is no prizes is the only downside though as you will always be able to see some fabulous inspiration from my wonderful teammates.
We always choose a Top 3 that have joined in and an extra Top 3 for those that chose to add the Optional Twist.  They can then put a fabulous little badge on their blog for the world to see.

I am one of three new DT members here and I can tell you that we are joining a fantastic, friendly and talented bunch of ladies and I am so proud to be a part of their team.
So without further ado, let me tell you about this month's challenge.
Now, as I said they are Just For Fun and are always Anything Goes.
Now who doesn't like an Anything Goes challenge?
Having said that, there is always an optional twist given and this month the Optional Twist is to 
"Use a Critter" on your creation.

Well, what else could I use this month other than one of Lee Holland's fabulously cute animal images.
I chose to use Cute Monkey. If you want to have a look at Lee's other gorgeous creations then why not pop along to his Etsy store here.

He is coloured primarily with my Prismacolour Pencils and the background is done with Pan Pastels. The background paper is from a Lili of the Valley & NitWit Collection paper pad called Bonnets & Bowties.  Sadly no longer available but superb quality and I use them very sparsely I can tell you. Lol

I have to tell you that when I did the background, I sat and looked at the card and thought, Jeez that looks a mess! But then I got the colourless blender pan out and hey presto it was transformed.

The sentiment is my own, done on the computer, sized, printed and then "coloured" with Pan Pastels to match those used in the image.

So I do hope you like my inspiration and I look forward to seeing what you all submit this month.
Happy Creating!


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Exciting News - Part 1

Hello crafty peeps.
Oooh I am sooo excited to be able to share this news with you all.
A while back the very talented Lee Holland put a call out for a new DT to showcase his gorgeous art work.
Well, I do love Lee's work so thought I might try and see if I could become part of this new DT.
Well, you will never guess???
Well, I suppose you will have by now, given the title of my blog post, lol.
I got accepted!!
Whoooooo Hoooooooo!!
I, along with 15, yes 15 other very talented and lovely people were chosen to represent Lee and his gorgeous art work.
So first off, you will want to know where to find his images won't you?
Well, if you follow this link it will take you straight to Lee's etsy store.
When you get there you will notice that Lee has a fabulous Love Bundle, 8 images for £8!!
(Of course Etsy have to add VAT so the checkout price will be £9.60)
This offer will run until the end of February.
Now that is what I call a bargain!
There really are some cute images in this bundle.
I know that February is traditionally all about Valentine's Day but to be honest you could use any of these images for other occasions too.
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I mean, just look at them.  You could use them for weddings, anniversarys, birthdays, Easter, Baby/child birthday or even Just Because cards.  You really do have so many options to choose from.

So my card features The Love Birds, cute aren't they?
I decided to go with a Wedding Anniversary card because I think this image is perfect.

I googled images of love birds so that I could get the colours right and I am pretty pleased with how this turned out really.  I had thought about pink for one and blue for the other but maybe I will do that another day. 

The image was coloured with my Prismacolour pencils and the background is done with pan pastels through a Claritystamp heart stencil.

The background paper is from Lili of the Valley and is from a pad called Butterfly Kisses.  I don't think you can get them any more which is such a shame as the quality is superb.

Here is a piccy of the full card:

I'm really pleased with the way this has turned out and I hope you like it too.

If you want to quick link to Lee's Etsy store in the future, just pop back and click the image in my sidebar and that will take you straight to the store.

See you soon with some more fabulous images.

I shall enter this into a few challenges and keep my fingers crossed.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Mid challenge inspiration - Holiday Spirit

Hi everyone,
Gosh - heading full pelt towards Christmas now aren't we?
Now, other than the winner's post, this will be our last post before Christmas as we all get to put our pencils away and enjoy the festivities with our families.
(Well, I shall probably still be colouring - that's how I relax Lol)
I am so looking forward to Christmas this year.
Three little grandchildren to watch open their present and listen to shouts of "Mummy look!!".
Honestly they get SOOO excited and it is a joy to behold.
So, to the mid challenge inspiration I have for you this time.
As you know our challenge this time was 
Now obviously this can mean a whole manner of things to different people.
I have chosen to use the gorgeous
because she is just soooo cute and because I love Sprites and because I made it Myla's Christmas Card this year. 😍
Here are the all important links for purchasing this little beauty if you don't already have her.
At Aurora Wings Store:

At Aurora Wings Etsy Store:

I love blues at Christmas time rather than the traditional red white and green.
So here she is:

Coloured with my FC Polychromo Pencils for the main image and the background is done with my Prismacolours. I'm pretty pleased with those clouds.  Since I started my colouring classes at Kit and Clowder I have started to look at things differently.  Instead of just looking, I now look at where the cast shadows are and the different colours within things.  I mean sky is blue and clouds are white right????  Wrong - there are soooo many colours in both of those things - take a look at a cloud formation next time you are out - you'll see what I mean. 😉

The ribbon is some I have had in my stash for some time now.  Most of my ribbon came from the fabulous Crafty Ribbons - definitely well worth a visit if you are looking for ribbon or lace.

The flowers have again been around in my craft room for quite a while and the majority of my flowers came from Wild Orchid Crafts - the store has recently been sold and the new owners hope to have it up and running again by Mid September.
The backing papers are from Lili of the Valley but sadly they no longer make their paper pads.  Such a shame because the quality was superb. Never mind.

So there you have it - my inspiration for the last challenge of the year.
I know it is a pretty hectic time in most households worldwide but I do hope you can find the time to pop along and join in.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Monday, 5 November 2018

Mid challenge inspiration - Once upon a nightmare/dream.

Hello everyone
My word the weeks are certainly flying by now aren't they?
Before you know where we are our American Friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving and then it will be Christmas. It must be an age thing because I certainly don't remember time going this quickly when I was a kid. Mind you the six week summer break certainly seemed to go quite quickly, maybe I just don't remember time the same when I was younger? Hey ho.

So time for team Aurora to pop in and give you a little bit of mid challenge inspiration for our current challenge which is:

Now when I first saw this challenge I thought, well that's easy mine will be once upon a dream because there are dozens of dreamy images in Mitzi's collection.
But then I thought, hang on minute - why don't I step outside of my comfort zone and go with Once upon a nightmare for a change?
Well, that's exactly what I decided to do in the end.
And do you know what? I surprised myself!
I really enjoyed doing something a little darker.
Okay, it is not really really dark but for me it is something way different to what I normally do.
So, I decided to use DARK PRINCESS for this challenge.
You can find here here on Etsy
and here on Aurora Wings.com.
Now as I said this is way out of my comfort zone so please be kind:
I decided to add the image to a canvas which I painted black with acrylic paint and then matted and layered the image onto some gorgeous Designer Paper from Claritystamp.  This is from the pad called Shenandoa which you can find here.
I'm a bit disappointed that the paper buckled when I added it to the canvas  but I can't do anything about it now.  Think I used a bit too much glue! DUH!
Anyway, I can tell you that it took me hours to colour all those little red flowers but I am really happy with them.  I decided to go with monochrome for her skin as I think that makes it look darker.  There are four layers of five colours on the blue flowers.  I had done three layers and every time I looked at it I just wasn't happy so back I went to go over them again.  I am so glad I did as I think they now look how I wanted them too.
In real life the picture is quite a bit darker than it looks on these pics and it is now hanging in pride of place in my craft room.  After spending so much time on it I can't stand the thought of parting with it so on my wall it will stay.

The background is done with Prismacolour pencils and again there are four layers of four blues on here and then I blended them with my blending pencil to soften where the colours merged.
I hope you like her - I have to say I am really chuffed with it.
I also sprayed the entire image with Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle in Silver.  In real life it gives the image that extra bit of umph!!

Can't wait to see how many dreams or nightmares we get for this challenge.
Hope you have as much fun as I did.  Remember, part of the challenge is doing something you wouldn't normally do so why not challenge yourself this time.

See you soon

Monday, 1 October 2018

Inspired by Music - Aurora Wings - mid challenge inspiration

Hi everyone
I hope you are all having fun with deciding what music to take your inspiration from for this month's challenge?
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Your creation should be inspired by music - doesn't matter what kind of music - but it would be nice to know what that music is in your blog post.

So for my inspiration I chose 
Message in a Bottle by The Police

I loved this song - mind you I liked most of their music back in the day.

So for my project I decided to use Mermaid's Wish which I thought fitted perfectly with the song I chose.

You can find Mermaid's Wish at Aurora Wings.com here and at Etsy here.

So the image has once again been coloured with my Polychromo pencils. I am really enjoying getting back into the groove with these as they were my first "big buy" and I like that they last quite a bit longer than the Prismacolours.  I know that is because of the make up of the pencil but I think they are better value for money as they last longer and I am all for saving a few pennies!! Lol

On the backing paper I used a couple of Clarity stencils and Distress Oxide inks to add to the underwater feel of the project. 
The sea background has been done with my prismacolours because they do seem to cover larger areas better than the Polys.

Once I had finished colouring the main image and background I used some Spray and Sparkle from Crafter's Companion (not sure that they still do this now though),  all over the image but I'm not sure it shows up very well in the photos.

I added a little sea green bow in the top corner and some little flat backed pearls in three of the corners. 
The fourth corner has my sentiment on it and for this I used the fabulous Word Chain stamps from Claritystamp which you can find here and I stamped them in Distress Oxide ink.  
Now I know these have been introduced over the last twelve months and I am a bit slow to jump on the bandwagon but let me tell you they are FANTASTIC!! They stamp beautifully on to darker card which is brilliant.  They have a chalky look and feel to the finish but still give a fabulous crisp outline. The other fabulous thing about them is that you can stamp one colour over another and it still shows up separately - do you know what I mean?
If you look at the background paper you will see that I stamped some bubbles over the seaweed but you can still see the seaweed through the bubbles - that's what I mean.
If you haven't tried them yet, you really should, they are awesome.
Just don't tell your other half it was me that suggested it ok?? Lol

So I hope you can find some time to join in with this fabulous challenge and I can't wait to see which music you chose as your inspiration too.


Monday, 3 September 2018

Things are a bit sketchy - mid challenge inspiration.

Hello again,
Well, it is time for a little mid challenge inspiration for our current challenge at Aurora Wings which you will all know by now is to use the sketch provided. 

Remember the sketch is just there as a guide.  You can turn it round to any position if it suits your project better and although the sketch shows flowers you don't have to use flowers if you would rather use something else.  So long as we can still see the basic sketch on your project then you should be fine.
So for this challenge I have used the image FLOWER MOON.

You can find her on Etsy here
and on Aurora Wings.com here.
I felt that this image really leant itself to the sketch which I turned upside down. 
I used the layout of the image as my circle as I didn't want to add anything behind the image. 
So where the large flowers are on the sketch is where the face and majority of flowers are on the image and where the smaller flowers are I have used a collection of different sized gems.
Now I have noticed a major flaw in my take on the sketch in that the sentiment is in the wrong place but I am hoping Mitzi won't mind too much. 🙏🙏
So here is my project:

Once again coloured with my Polychromo pencils. This time I have used colours which I don't normally use because I am not really a pink/pastel sort of person, but I am really happy with how this has turned out.

The gems are some that I have had in my stash for ages but I really think they suit this card.

The sentiment is a stamp from Claritystamp which you can find here.
So all in all, I am really happy with how this turned out, please let me know what you think.

I hope you will join in with this month's challenge, and I can't wait to see what you all come up with.