I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest of the Aurora Wings Marie Antionette digis, Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette. Both Challenge and Showcase DT's have teamed up for this special new release on the Showcase Blog. I was particularly thrilled when Mitzi added this Marie to the collection as Dia de los Muertos is a special celebration in our home. It is a joyous occasion, a celebration of life, not death, and I wanted to keep the true spirit of the day by using the vibrant traditional colors associated with this day in Latin cultures.
Here's a closeup of the fabulous Day of the Dead Marie. She's colored with Copics and I've added pearls and a feather to her lovely hair besides fussy cutting and popping the skull adornment. I've also added a cross charm to her choker as the day is definitely a religious holiday honoring the life of departed loved ones, believing they continue their happy lives, with all things they loved, in heaven.
The sentiments are in Spanish, the first, "Cherish your memories". Celebrations include picnics at grave sites or around home altars honoring the departed. Fond memories are exchanged and stories handed down, which keep the loved ones near and ensure they are not forgotten.
La familia is todo means "Family is everything". Although altars are made for all kinds of people, special to those who remember, including favorite celebrities, etc., it's mainly a day to connect with and honor familial ties. If you are interested in the alters (or ofrendas) I set up in our dining room each year and my personal traditions and more about the day itself, please click HERE.
The gorgeous papers I used came from some older paper stacks from K&Co. In fact, the cut out is from the cover of the Que Sera Sera stack. The colors and feel were perfect. Finally , I added a home made stick pin with a heart pin, metal rose and skull bead. Both the Challenge and Showcase DT's from Aurora Wings have done amazing projects with this fabulous new stamp. I hope you love her as much a I do and visit the Showcase Blog for more inspiration. And you can find more Aurora wings Dia de los Muertos digis HERE.
I stepped outside my comfort zone and decided to tackle coloring fur. Normally I either flock it or sort of blend the colors without much texture, but thought this squirrel deserved better. This free tutorial on Deviant Art was quite helpful. Although it focuses on digital coloring, the general techniques still apply, like the under painting and making sure you follow the direction of the fur when filling in the fine individual hair details. I used a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils and am pretty pleased for a first attempt.
Acorn Sprite was also colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop the frame. I flipped him in my Printmaster program so he'd be facing the squirrel. Aren't they just darling?
Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I LOVE Dia de los Muertos and was thrilled when I found these fun skellies at SCACD. Without going into the full explanation about the holiday, Day of the Dead is celebrated in Latin cultures, and is a day of honoring and celebrating the life of departed loved ones. It is a happy, not morbid occasion, with bright colors and banners, so I've made a fun greeting card, or perhaps party invitation. (If I get my act together. LOL) Sentiment is done with Alpha Beads on the layered banner and the fab DP is BoBunny.
First meet Mr. Bones. Isn't he fun!? He's new as a digital and can also be found in rubber HERE. He's colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped. The enlarged head made me think of a bobble head, so you know what's coming, don't you?
But first, may I introduce his lovely wife, Mrs. Bones. In digi she comes with a fun girly sentiment and she is also available in rubber HERE. Also a special deal if you want them BOTH in rubber HERE. Again, she's colored with Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to both their eyes to make them shine. Each head was cut separate from the body so I could add an Action Wobble.
I wanted them both to bobble but not butt heads (unlike most married couples, LOL) so I added a piece of foam to Mr. Bones' Action Wobble to pop his head up more. And speaking of married couples, wouldn't they make a great anniversary card?
I colored Victorian Steampunk Owl with Copics and gel pens and fussy cut and popped her atop a Memory Box Gear Assembly die. Added round epoxy stickers to her eyes and light bulb tummy to make them shine. I can totally see this stamp in other colorways, for various occasions, but if you'e into owls, there is a whole collection of owl digi stamps at SCACD.
Although the Memory Box Gear Assembly is now sold out, SCACD has a bunch of fab dies, even some exclusives, like this Steampunk Wings Pair. Don't they make a great tag topper? I've use my Spellbinders Postage Stamp die and a Tim Holtz metal gear to reinforce the hole on top. Ribbon is from my stash.
We have a new Challenge at The East Wind, The Spooks Come Out at Night. Don'tcha just LOVE Halloween? My project uses the fabulous Lucy Loo 'Spellbound'. I decided to make a tag using papers from last year's Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells. I thought it was fitting and it almost made itself. I cut apart a Memory Box spider web border die and added it to top and bottom opposing corners. The bright little spiders are Favorite Findings.
Time for a new Challenge at Delicious Darkness and our twist this month is Halloween. Remember we're not looking for cute, here. I decided to go with orange and black. Can't get more Halloweenie than that, can ya? The gorgeous image is Corvus Coralyne available HERE at the Delicious Darkness shop. I love the expression on her face. Looks like she's got a secret. I've colored her minimally with Copics and did give her some piercing green eyes. Ancient K&Co DP from my stash, a little web border courtesy of my MS punch and some Halloween twine with a found feather. I think the little birdie is jealous.
Inside I followed the color scheme and printed the sentiment using Halloween Border with a slightly modified Happy Helloween Sentiment to better match the computer generated sentiment on the front. Don't know why my black border photographed kind of navy, but I assure you it's BLACK! Our monthly challenge runs through Nov 13th, so you have plenty of time to scare us silly. Be sure to check out the fab makes by my teamies on the Challenge Blog and don't forget to scroll down to see if you're a WINNER! It's also time to take a look at Delicious Darkness Shop. There are a number of new stamps there including some totally terrifying jack-o-lanterns and a mermaid that is about the darkest EVER! WooHoo! If darkness doesn't float your boat, there are gorgeous mainstream images at the sister shop Delicious Doodles. Please scroll down for my HDH post.
So here we go of week 2 of You Wood Do That at HDH. We're looking forwoodin your projects this time around. I've taken a wooden plaque from the thrift store, painted it with black gesso, masked a moon, painted in white acrylic, dry brushed with black glitter paint. The gnarly tree branch was found on my daily walk and glued to the plaque. The stamps are both from Smeared Ink. Great Horned Owl from the Eyes in the Dark Set is feeling a bit peevish. He seems to have ripped the heart from an unsuspecting victim with the head still attached. YIKES! The sentiment is an inside joke from the HDH dungeon.
So here's a brief break from Halloween to bring you today's new release from The East Wind. This beauty is Aurora 'Hair Tree'. Isn't she just gorgeous? Kept the card pretty simple to showcase the fabulous image. New snowflake dies are Oh crap! I'm having a bout of insomnia, it's 2:00 am, and I can't find the darn things, it's too dark in here. Sorry. However, here's my Tip for Top Tip Tuesday. I've run my die cuts through my Xyron to adhere better to the card stock. To avoid the adhesive "strings", I've gone around the cuts both inside and out with my fine tip stylus before peeling off the top layer...no strings. WooHoo! Sentiment is a peel off.
I've colored her with a mixture of Copics, a silver gel pen and pencils. Added some Stickles and tiny stars to her gorgeous 'do and a few white feathers to her top.
It's time for a new challenge at A Step in the Dark and this fortnight we're sponsored by Dilly Beans. some of my fave images are Megan's Sugar Skulls, and with Dia de los Muertos fast approaching, I thought I'd use #384 Sugar Skull with Flowers because his big ol' pompadour totally cracks me up. As you know, it's the custom to make an ofrenda (altar) for deceased loved ones, but did you know that many people makes altars for their favorite (dead) stars, as well? Although not exactly an altar, I decided to channel Elvis (tell me he doesn't remind you of him!) and make a tag to honor The King. I've colored the stamp with Copics (after digitally removing his moustache ), Added a die cut crown, used pix from the web (including the records) and layered it all up on a black tag. Added some cool glittered musical notes and strung Alpha Beads on the ribbon hanger. I had the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers I is for Iconic in mind when I made this so of course, I'm entering it there, as well as Left of Center 3 or more layers, and PunkYouGirl ATG with a Halloween Twist.
Decided to do a little practicing on my coloring and chose Lucy Loo 'Queen of Hearts', one of the fab new Alice in Wonderland Stamps from The East Wind. However, I seem to be stuck in "Zombie Mode" (since we still have a fab FB contest going on) and all of a sudden I couldn't resist skewering Broken Bisque with her scepter. EEEK!!!! Spelled out the sentiment with heart and square Alpha Beads, stringing the square ones with ribbon and adding a MS punched heart border.
We've a special challenge debuting today at Aurora Wings, just for our "dark fans". Although our "A Touch of Darkness" Challenge is still going on through October 18th, we thought we'd up the ante, pull out our creepiest selves and get ALL GORED UP!
Now's the time to let your inner demons FLY! Demonic children is one of my favorite horror themes (in movies, and real life LOL) so I couldn't resist making a door hanger using the fabulous new Let Us In and the dark version of Windows to the Soul (with a little help from Ghost Bride and Memento Mori). The majority of the blood spatter is from the Inky Dreams and Prints rubber sets available in the Past Offerings in the Smeared Ink Rubber Club and of course, no gory project is complete without a good dose of the MS Drippy Goo punch. the signs and edges were chewed up with my Distrezz-it-All. This would be fabulous for a Girl's Clubhouse or the bedroom door of a girl plagued by mischievious little brothers. I call it "Fair Warning".
I've use both the characters from Mitzi's fabulous new Let Us In digi. Both are colored with Copics and I've added a knife to big sis's hand just to get her point across. LOL
That'll teach little brother not to trespass. Can't he READ? Well, maybe not so well now.
And here's the ringleader.. YIKES! She's careful not to muss her dress but doesn't mind adding a little red to her nails. She is the Dark Version (DUH!) of Windows to Your Soul However, I've darkened her up quite a bit more by pulling off the flesh of half her face to expose her true soul and it really, really, REALLY be DARK! This nastiness was achieved digitally by cropping the images and adding portions of Ghost Bride and Memento Mori. So there you have it. My teamies and I have enough blood going on to float a yacht. Do you dare join us? For the more timid, our regular challenge "A Touch of Darkness" goes on through October 18th. Perhaps you'd like to work up to total chaos and start there. And a new FB Contest, Halloween Colors also begins today, no darkness required. So many choices, so many places to WIN! Hope to see you all take part. Can't say we don't LOVE Halloween at Aurora Wings. I'm adding the to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers "D" is for Distressing Challenge (on all sorts of levels, wouldn't you say? LOL) Edna is just horrified!
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 38 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.