Today begins a new challenge at Aurora Wings and we're playing BINGO. This is always a fun challenge with lots of opportunities to get creative. We're pretty lenient on how you interpret the board. Yes, you do need to follow a row,
but you can choose any combination within, be it just the colors, just the elements, a combination, or both. WooHoo!
I was extremely excited by Mitzi's newest image Ice Flower, available HERE on AW.com and HERE on Etsy and had to use her IMMEDIATELY. She speaks to my childhood, and also to the current Winter Olympic Games, so I've followed that theme using the middle row down of yellow, pink, blue as well as glitter, die cuts and layers.
Here's a closeup of Ice Flower prior to fussy cutting. She's colored with Copics with Stardust Stickles adorning her costume for extra sparkle. Her gorgeous layback position certainly captures the beauty and drama of the sport.
My original plan was to do the Olympic Rings in the original colors and do a Bingo color "blackout". But the primary brights left 4 more colors to address, with purple and pink for her costume. All together it just didn't fly so plans changed and I opted for just the middle row down instead.
I then made the Olympic Rings using Spellbinders Circle dies out of pale yellow glitter paper which was a bit too pale against the soft blue background DP so I backed each with matte gold metallic to make them stand out a bit more. Then I positioned Ice Flower to look like she is not only embracing the Olympic Games, but reaching for gold. The Amy Design Wintertide die hanging from the corner is another nod to the Winter Games, but also could be a hair ornament or crown for these exquisite athletes.
I added an icy swirl (also from the Wintertide collection) in blue to suggest speed and movement on the ice and carry that color through a bit more. How convenient that I found DP with a white glitter bottom to suggest the ice gradually turning to pale blue with glitter snowflakes for the background of my piece. Finally, I'd planned to use the sentiment "Dream" but found "Believe" on my desk, already cut in pink. Even better! If you don't believe in yourself, how can you ever hope to achieve your dreams?
Now, on a personal note... Ice skating is dear to my heart because I took lessons from the time I was 5 until age 12. It was a special Daddy and daughter time. Here's a picture at an outdoor rink when I was just starting to skate (circa 1959 or early 1960). I still have the sweater he's wearing and it actually fits me now. LOL (He was kind of a little guy) My Dad was a fabulous skater, an ice dancer actually, and I always felt so special skating with him. He even built a rink in our backyard for me to practice on for years when the weather permitted. Very fond memories but I better stop now. Getting kind of teary eyed. Once a Daddy's Girl, ALWAYS a Daddy's Girl. xxx
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