Monday, February 19, 2018

Lets Play BINGO at Aurora Wings

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 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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Friday, February 16, 2018

Final post for the My Dark Valentine Blog Hop

Well I've had a ball during the fab My Dark Valentine Blog Hop, sponsored by LeighSBDesigns, but it's time for me to say night night.  One final project using two of the images from her new Dark Valentine collection, Scratch Hearts Background that I've recolored red in my Printmaster Platinum Program and a sentiment from Dark Sentiments 2 that I've cropped and resized to fit the Smeared Ink image I'd colored previously with Copics and fussy cut to add to my card.  The entire edge was inked with Distress and there ya go.  Hope you had as much fun as I did during the Hop.  Still time to comment, even if you didn't post.

My Dark Valentine Blog Hop Day 5

It's the 5th and final day of the My Dark Valentine Blog Hop sponsored by LeighSBDesigns and I'm sharing a couple of past projects using the Anti-Valentine Girl by Aurora Wings.  This is for all of you whose Valentine's Day was less than perfect.  First, an ATC. I remember my old printer was printing double here...bummer!

And also a card made in 2014 using the same image.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Dark Valentine Blog Hop Day 4

How was everyone's VD?  Wonderful, I hope, as was mine, but I'm still having fun playing in the fab My Dark Valentine Blog Hop, sponsored by LeighSBDesigns and thought I'd wake you up with a creepy past make using stamps from Delicious Doodles (now called New Delicious Doodles on Etsy).  You can read the original deets HERE and see a whole bunch of dimensional pix of the of the card but the links there are no longer valid as Teri has moved shops.  I used Grotesque CupidI'm Ba-aack, and Hungreeee! for this step card.  And speaking of "hungreeee", I am, so see you after breakfast.  Ta!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Dark Valentine Hop Day 3

It's day 3 of the My Dark Valentine Blog Hop, sponsored by LeighSB Designs and we're still going strong and having a ball.  Thought I'd give a bit of comic relief for VD sharing a past make using Aurora Wings Corpse Flower Sprite and Memento Mori.  You can read the original post HERE and I dare say, it still makes me giggle.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Another Dark Valentine

Having a ball here playing in the My Dark Valentine Blog Hop with a brand new project using 3 of the sets from the Dark Valentine collection from LeighSBDesigns.  This projects is nearly all digital as I first removed the inside of the jpg version of Heart Splatter so I could have Dark Handsome Stranger peeking out. I also used my Printmaster Platinum program to recolor the image sort of a dusty lavender (that seemed to print blue, but that's okay).  I added the sentiment on top from the Dark Sentiments Set 1 and added a drop shadow. Cool, eh?  It gives me shivers!  After printing, I inked the edges with Distress and tried to find one of my rubber stamps of either flying birds or bats, but to no avail.  Finally found a moon and clouds flair button from UmWow to fill in the corner and called it done.

My Dark Valentine Blog Hop Day 2

Darkness reigns again for the 5 Day My Dark Valentine Hop, (and here I was calling it "Bloody", well, maybe that too.  Sorry Leigh), February 12-16 sponsored by LeighSBDesigns.  It works the same way as the Poe Appreciation Hop did and you can read the particulars on how to participate HERE.  I'm giving you a bit of comic relief today by posting a previous project using an image from Ike's Art called Ghoul's Night Out-Rollers with a heart from Tiddly Inks and sentiment from Ginger's House.  You can read the particulars of the project in the original post HERE.  

And if you've not had your coffee yet this morning, got up at 4:00am and are having trouble focusing the sentiment reads "I don't have enough MIDDLE FINGERS to let you know how I feel."  So true, so often...  Gotta Say this is an all time fave.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Another for the Sweets for My Sweetheart FB Contest

I'm having a ball coloring up the fun images Sandra Caldwell has on sale (for a limited time) for the Sweets for my Sweetheart contest on the Sandra Caldwell Stamp fans FB Group page.  This time I've used #2052 Love Bird, quite the disco chicken, I'd say.  Couldn't resist putting him in a club scene using a glitter paper cut with a die from Gina Marie.  I cut an additional disco ball with a Spellbinders circle and did the sentiment using Alpha stickers by Authentique.  It should read "I heart (under his arm) disco".  Obviously, eh?

Here's a closeup of #2052 Love Bird.  He's colored with Copics with a fair amount of white paint pen and silver and gold gel pens to simulate sparkly pants.  Then he was fussy cut and added to the scene.  Still a couple days to join the challenge and purchase the sale stamps HERE.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #75 AG, Simon Says Wednesday It Must Be Love (of DISCO,Baby!) and more when I'm not so tired.

My Bloody Valentine Hop Day 1

WooHoo!  Darkness reigns again for the 5 Day My Dark Valentine Hop, February 12-16 sponsored by LeighSBDesigns.  It works the same way as the Poe Appreciation Hop did and you can read the particulars on how to participate HERE.  I was all set to post a previous project first because of limited time today, but found some Smeared Ink (no longer trading) images I'd colored previously but never put on a project.  I'd already purchased some (okay, ALL  They're on SALE for the duration of the Hop!) of the LeighSBDesigns new Dark Valentine Collection and found that her Distressed Splatter Heart and a sentiment from the Dark Sentiments Set 1 that I cropped and split in my printing program was the perfect background.  Images were colored with Copics, the main one fussy cut and popped and I distressed the edges with Distress Ink and scissors.  Hope to see you hoppin'.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bearly in Love

Before I collected cats, I collected artist teddy bears so it's no surprise that I couldn't wait to color #2024 Bearly in Love, by Sandra Caldwell, for the Sweets for My Sweetheart Contest on her Stamp Fans FB Group page.  Sandra currently has 8 digis on sale for only $1.50, 4 for this contest and 4 Holley's Hip Hip Hippo contest you can check out HERE.

I've used the current Outlawz Wednesday Sketch for my design, with papers from Crate Paper and gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.Art.

Here's a closeup of #2024 Bearly in Love.  She's colored with Copics and cut with a stitched tag from Gina Marie.  The little tab on the side is from Authentique.

I'm also adding this to the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, the DL.Art Thankful Thursday #222 Pink or Red, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #74 AG, Simon Says Monday Love is in the Air, Simon Says Wednesday It Must Be Love, 613 Avenue Create AG/Optional Love, TTRCD AG week of Feb 6thTwo Crafty Critter Crazies Feb AG/w Critter (3/5), and Crafty Animals AG/w animal.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Celebrating with Holley!

Holley Tondre Barnhart is celebrating her 8th year of seizure free health with a month long event on her blog.  You can get the details HERE and read about her amazing journey to health HERE.  I have to say every time I read it, I get teary eyed and so humbled and inspired by her faith and tenacity.  

In honor of this anniversary, Sandra Caldwell has designed a special stamp, #2010 Holley's Ouch Hippo and offered it for only $1.50, along with 3 others to participate in a contest with prizes.  You can find the details for the Hip Hip Hippo celebration HERE.  I've colored this cutie with Copics and fussy cut her to add to paper from the Sweet Talk stack from K&Co.  

I was looking for some brain quotes and came across this one which certainly seemed apropos, because no one has a bigger heart than Holley, giving back as she does not only during this celebration, but every day of her life.  Hope you are able to join in and celebrate with this amazing woman.  Now, I bet you couldn't guess in a million years who the quote is from.  Would you believe Albert Einstein?  Guess he really was a genius.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art February Linky Challenge, the Outlawz, Monday Greetings, Festive Fridays and Saturday Paper ala Mode, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #75 AG, Simon Says Monday Love is in the Air, Simon Says Wednesday It Must be Love,  Two Crafty Critter Crazies Feb AG/w Critter (2/5), and Crafty Animals AG/w animal.

A Quick 3-fer for the Outlawz

Didn't have time for coloring but did want to play with a pretty butterfly die from Memory Box I'd never used.  Colors for the Outlawz Tuesday Color, one word sentiment for Twisted Thursday (Cuttlebug die) and Card with Ribbon for Festive Fridays (lavender crinkle from DL.Art).  Paper from K&Co.

I'm also entering this in the DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge (Pink/red OR Thank you) and Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #75 AG.