Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Release at The East Wind

It's another exciting day at The East Wind with the release of "Trapped", a fab new fairy with gorgeous wild hair.  I decided to make a tag with her using DP's from the Once Upon a Time Matstack from DCWV.  I've added icy crystal stems from my stash and "believe" done in wire with beads from Making Memories.

I've colored "Trapped" in magical colors this time, using Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  Her wings are covered in fairy dust (aka Stardust Stickles).  I think she looks like the Sugar Plum Fairy, don't you?  Come check out our FB Group page for more inspiration from my teamies and don't forget our new FB Challenge Coffee, Tea, or..., now through Dec 17th and our current Blog Challenge Layer it on Me, Baby which ends tomorrow.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015


Our new challenge on The East Wind FB page is Coffee, Tea, or...?  I decided to go with the "or" using the adorable Lucy Loo Morning Coffee (which miraculously changed into hot chocolate for my card.  LOL).  Lucy and friends were colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The swirls, holly and big cup of cocoa were fussy cut from a page from the Warm Wishes DP from Recollections that I'd saved in the stack, even after previously cutting a huge chunk from the middle for another project several years ago. (See, I just KNEW it would come in handy eventually.)  The sentiment, by Inkadinkado, was stamped on kraft and modified slightly (I added the "hot") and I used a Spellbinders oval to cut a window in the mug to allow it to show through. Then the whole shebang was popped atop another page from the stack filled with candy canes and marshmallows.  Yumbo!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dear Santa

There's an adorable new release at The East Wind today called Dear Santa.  I just love the childlike innocence Unky has captured, don't you?  I knew I wanted to use these sweet chipboard pieces from K&Co I've been hoarding in my stash (since forever!) and thought this would be the perfect project.  I used the"bright pastels" in the embellies for my color palette.  The image is colored with Copics and I've cut and matted it with my Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight.  The glittered DP is from MME's Wonderful Winter stack.

A little reminder that today is the last day to enter the TEW "There for You" Facebook Contest.  The current Blog Challenge "Layer it on Me" runs through November 25th.

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I'm entering this in the C.R.A.F.T. Christmas Challenge, the ABC Christmas W is for Wild Thing challenge (she's in bed with a kitty, a bunny and a little piggy) and the CNCH November Christmas Extra

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Challenge At Aurora Wings

Our new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings with the theme of Anything but Cards.  I had loads of ideas for this challenge, but this garland featuring the new Candy Cane Sprite won out.

Candy Cane Sprite is just one of the 6 new Sprites available ONLY in the new Christmas Sprites Coloring Book  You can see all of the adorable Sprites exclusive to the coloring book on the AW Showcase Blog. Although these 6 new Sprites will not be released as individual digital stamps EVER, you can scan them to your computer to use over and over on cards or other projects as I did here.

Here's a better view of Candy Cane Sprite.  She's colored with Copics with a bit of additional shading with Prismacolor Pencils, fussy cut and mounted on die cut from Joy Crafts.  My original plan was to cut and assemble the bow out of paper until I realized I didn't have enough sheets of appropriate red and white DP. Fortunately I found this gorgeous ribbon in my stash.

I've Stickled the fur of her outfit and applied multiple coats of Diamond Glaze to the peppermint candies and cane.  I figured the shine wouldn't show up once the garland was assembled so I snapped a pic on my messy desk under my Ott light while patiently (HA!) waiting for it all to dry.  Notice the additional print of her on the page.  Actually, there are 4 of her.  My original plan was to fussy cut and layer her for dimension, but I was pleased enough with this first coloring to let it go.  Gotta thank my DT sister Glo for suggesting I use the light pinks and reds to add a bit of shadow to her bows and fur, instead of just greys, as I didn't want to introduce another color to the mix. (Mwah to you!)

Finally, the central figure is flanked by peppermint candy boxes cut with a Stampin'Up die and strung on the red tinsel garland.  My DT sisters and special guest have come up with some amazing projects, so be sure to check out the Challenge Blog for more inspiration.  We can't wait to see what you create.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

New Christmas Sprites Mini Coloring Book from Aurora Wings

Today on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog we're celebrating the publication of the new Christmas Sprites Mini Coloring Book.  Both teams have come together to bring you a peek of the 6 new adorable Sprites exclusive to this book.  These will NOT be available as digis EVER, but can be scanned to your computer to use again and again.  There are 12 Sprites total.  Six of your previous holiday faves plus the new six. WooHoo!

I have the pleasure of showcasing the new Gingerbreadman Sprite along with his little friends.  Don't they look just YUMMY?  I decided they would make a fabulous cover for a Christmas Cookie recipe book.  Don't you agree?

Here's a closeup.  They're colored with Copics with a double dose of Diamond Glaze on their frosting details.

I'm entering this in the Alphabet T is for Tis the Season Challenge, and the Jingle Belles Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding challenge and Crimbo Crackers Kraft or Buttons or Both.

And here's Stocking Sprite.  This sweetie made me think of Baby's First Christmas so I used baby soft colors and textures.

Here's a close up.  The majority of this was done with paper piecing, flocking, and a generous dose of Stickles.  I printed him on blue and pink card stock as well as white and fussy cut and layered the images after flocking some of them with white.  The white flocking softens the colored card stock.

Before flocking the stocking, I used a paint pen to color the snowflakes white. After flocking, I used a small stylus to scrape away the flocking and carefully added Stickles and little diamonds to the centers.  Lots of tiny pompoms and fuzzy rick rack add a bit more texture.  Here's a better view of the sparkle too. 

I'm entering this in the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG/Paper Piecing Challenge,  the C.R.A.F.T. Christmas Challenge and Inspiration Destination ATG.

Available NOW on Etsy HERE.

And more good news.  All existing AW Holiday Sprites are 30% off in the Sale section of the AW Etsy Shop and here is an additional coupon for any DIGITAL STAMP purchase of  $10 USD or more.

Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings

I'm again thrilled to be joining the Aurora Wings Showcase Team with one of the two fabulous new releases at Aurora Wings.  Meet the adorable Christmas Lights Sprite, available on Esty HERE in png form, HERE as a jpeg and on page 6 HERE in the AW digi shop.  This little cutie is sure to be a fave.  Look at her all tangled up.  I certainly can relate.  LOL  I chose a non traditional color scheme, but I'm a bit annoyed at the photo.  That fuzzy pink garland is a much closer match to the rest of the card, but what's a girl to do?  The bulbs hanging from the ends are are from Favorite Findings and the brad in the center is K&Co.  The card itself was cut from Spellbinder's Grand Labels One on a base of Grand Decorative Labels One.  The DP is from Jo-Ann's Peppermint Forest.

Here's a close up of the adorable little gal.  Christmas Lights Sprite was colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped with foam for dimension.  I've added Flower Soft to the fur on her outfit and tiny green gems to the bodice.  The bulbs are shiny with Glossy Accents.

And if you love Sprites be sure to check out the brand new Christmas Sprites Mini Coloring book available for pre order HERE.  This is a perfect stocking stuffer for young and old alike!  And stay tuned for another Showcase featuring all 6 of the new images exclusive to the book NEXT Friday.  These will NOT be available as digis EVER, but can be scanned to your computer to use again and again.  WooHoo!

Finally, our 2500 Member Celebration is going on NOW at the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group page.  Contests, discounts and even a Freebie.  Don't miss out. Not a member?  ASK to join.  

Be sure to visit the Showcase Blog to see the other new gorgeous image debuting today and the stunning creations by the Showcase Team. 

 Always lots happening at Aurora Wings so here are the important links.

I'm entering this in the ABC Christmas "V" is for Very Cute Challenge, Fab 'n' Funky Die Cuts or Punches, A Snowflake's Promise ATG as long as it's Christmas/Winter, Papertake Weekly ATG and The Crafter's Cafe Inspired by a Song (Deck the Halls).

Thursday, November 5, 2015

SCACD Digital Stamps Release Blog Hop!!!

SCACD is celebrating 10 newly released exclusive digital stamps and I'm thrilled to be a part of this Hop.  There are some adorable new animal stacks (think kittens, puppies, birds) as well as some Steampunk additions and more!  So check out the collection, as these are really cute, fun and unique.  SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana Collaborated on the images and we are happy to be showing them to you now.

Available NOW in the USA HERE.
All our EU International friends can purchase them HERE.
If you are a non EU country you can purchase direct from SCACD HERE.  

You should have arrived from Alex's Blog where I'm sure she wowed you with her fabulous creations. 

I'm thrilled to be showcasing the brand new Steampunk Penguin and Flaming Heart.

Don'tcha just LOVE penguins?  And this guy is such a dapper gent.  I couldn't resist decking him out in Christmas colors and adding him to a die cut Steampunk wreath, to which I've added a few snowflakes.  He's colored with Copics with some Stickles brightening up his lightbulbs, then fussy cut and popped with foam for dimension.  There's a few flat backed silver beads adorning his gear, as well.  He'd also be great for a guy card any time of year. Check him out HERE.

I did something a little different with Flaming Heart.  The design is derived from the Sacred Heart symbolism in characteristic in some Christian denominations. It has become a popular as a symbol for expressing love and passion, as well as the love and compassion for all humanity. These days the non-religious use of this symbol includes giving them as gifts to loved ones, decorative uses, ornaments and keepsakes.  In Mexico and other Latin countries, they are often cast or pressed from metal so I decided to try that with this fabulous design to decorate a leather box that originally housed a nice fountain pen.

I flipped the design in my printing program and printed it on regular copy paper. (This gives the best impression when tracing the design, but if you have to go over it too many times it will tear, so be careful.) Then I taped it to the back of some colored sheet metal.  I hoped I had just plain silver, but I could only find red in my stash.  I wasn't sure if I could color the red, as easily, but it was worth a try.  (Yeah I do see that the back of this red sheet is silver, DUH! but it was the wee hours of the morning and obviously I wasn't thinking too clearly. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it, and in the end, I was really glad I used the red side.)  

I laid the metal on a foam piercing mat and traced the flames and heart shape with a small stylus and bumped out the heart with a metal working tool.  Then I went back and traced the vines and thorns.  I have some inexpensive permanent Bic markers (what they called "fine" which is similar to what Sharpie calls "fine".  Hardly, but...  I took a vibrant yellow and started to color in the flames between the embossed outlines, and miraculously, the pen removed the red coating and colored it in yellow.  (I did have to wipe the tip regularly to get off the red gook, but hey, I was thrilled.)  For the fine details, I used a .05 Micron pen.  The metal cuts easily with scissors and, after fussy cutting, I used Glue Dots (the dimensional ones inside the bumped out heart and regular ones for the flames) to adhere it to the box top.  I finished it off with gold filigree stickers, et VOILA!  Gotta say I really, really, REALLY love how it came out. Such a cool image, I've got lots more plans for it.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.  You should be going next to Kathi.  I'm sure she has something fabulous to show you.  If you want to make sure you see all of the the Designers showcasing the stamps, then head back to the SCACD Store Blog HERE for there list.

Also, please note that SCACD is having a SALE (WooHoo!) so check it out HERE.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Customer Challenge at Gecko Galz

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Halloween.  Can you believe it's NOVEMBER already?  YIKES!  The Gecko Galz fabulous blog hop may have ended (scroll down if you'd like to nab my free collage sheet), but the new month brings a flock of new products to the Gecko Galz Etsy Shop and a new Customer Challenge with the theme of Sugar Plum Fairies. Yup! Christmas is coming so why not get a head start? 

The sweet images here are from the Sugar Plum Fairies Collage sheet, the background DP is from the Winter Wonderland digital Paper Pack.  I've used Stardust Stickles on all of the fairy wings in the main image and also on the fairy I fussy cut and popped from the sheet.  The DP and main image are matted in matte copper metallic card stock and the sentiment sticker is is an ancient one from K&Co.  A mirror snowflake from my stash was the final touch.

Be sure to visit the Gecko Galz Blog and check out the fab projects from my DT sisters.  This  is a monthly challenge and you must use at least one Gecko Galz product on your project.  This even includes the freebies available to you by signing up for the newsletter or checking out Gecko Galz on Pinterest.  Hope to see you play along.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Gecko Galz Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome everyone to the Fourth destination of
Gecko Galz 5th Annual Blog Hop

If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 14 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz exclusive blog hop collage sheets, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to grab, the one here is


Here are my samples, using the gorgeous Floral Fantasies Collage sheet 

Bottom right image printed twice, center fussy cut and popped.  Rose spray and bee fussy cut from center image and popped.  Background DP is from the Gecko Galz High Tea Digital Craft Kit 

Center left image, matted in purple.  Ribbon and perfume bottle (stretched in printing program) are icons from the Arsenic and Lace Digital Craft Kit.  Digital DP from the Vintage Visions Mini Paper Pack.

Gate fold card using top center image.  Image was cropped in printing program. Left side was sized for center of card and printed twice, once for inside and again to punch a circle for the belly band. Right side was sized for gate sides and flipped for the opposite side.  Each was printed twice to cover both inside and outside.  All images were distressed with scissors and inked with Milled Lavender Distress.    Ribbon from stash and inside sentiment sticker from Starform.

Noel Card using bottom left image.  We were challenged to make a Christmas card using our collage sheet.  I thought the gorgeous border of the bottom left image would be perfect. Center Christmas image was a previous freebie from the Gecko Galz Pinterest page.  Each was matted with green card stock and added to a gold metallic mat embossed with a Cuttlebug border folder on a dark green card base.  Ornament stickers and chipboard sentiment are K&Co.  Gold beads from Recollections.

Make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  
So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is a Gecko Galz shopping spree for $100!
·        Second prize is a $50 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.
·        Third prize is a $25 shopping spree!
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! This includes the 6 new collage sheets each quarter, a new stamp set each quarter, a new paper pack each quarter and a kit club pack each quarter!
 This is a $150 value! Plus you get a prize pack from some of our favorite sponsors worth $150!
 Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 14 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 14 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. 
This enters you in the contest. On November 2nd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 29 of October and the 1st of November and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win)

Your Secret Word is;
Now that you have it go to the next blog on the list below 

Thank you for joining the hop and enjoy your free collage sheet and my samples.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Gecko Galz Inspiration

Here are some projects for Gecko Galz using the newest October offerings.

Happy Birthday for a classy lady.
Other: Cuttle embossing folder, black, white and kraft card stock, foam dimensionals and gem swirls and ribbon from stash

I Run With Scissors Digital ATC
Done in Printmaster Platinum

Falling Leaves tag
Gecko Galz Autumn Harvest Digital Paper Pack and Fall into Nature 
Digital Collage set
Other: Burlap Ribbon, baker's twine, leaf brads, flat backed pearls 
from stash.  Image cut with Spellbinders Labels Thirteen and 
popped with dimensional foam

And last but not least, another Music card to remind you that our current
Customer Challenge the "Music in Me" ends October 29th at 11:55 p.m.
EDT so hurry!  Remember, you must use at least one GG product, but that includes Freebies, Papers, ETC.

I've used Gecko Galz Beautiful Music Collage Set for the main image and sentiment, changing the color of the sentiment and cropping it in my Printmaster Platinum Program
Other: Core'dinations card stock and Cuttlebug Music embossing folder sanded to highlight the embossing and torn to add to the image which was matted in black and mounted on a blue card base.  Dimensional music embellishment are from my stash.

Exciting news!  Gecko Galz is holding a DT call  Click HERE for details.

The Gecko Galz Blog Hop starts TOMORROW at 9:00 am CDT!  WooHoo!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I like Children, I really do! (31 Days of Halloween on Airless Chambers)

Here I am with today's installment of Smeared Ink's 31 Days of Halloween for Airless Chambers, the Rick St. Dennis Dark Blog.  I've made a wall hanging with two of Rick's fabulous Halloween images, Busted Down Witch and Annabella Arsenic.  I took BD's advice and found a 12x12" sheet of scrapbooking DP that would normally go unused, but was perfect for my little Halloween scene.  It only needed some trimming, inking and matting in black and it was good to go.  The few embellies I added included a framed epoxy sentiment sticker, some epoxy bats, and some jewels to make the birds eyes and jack-o-lantern glow.

Here's a closeup of the Witch and Annabella.  They were both colored with Copics with some additional shading from Prismacolor pencils, fussy and popped with foam for dimension.

They are also BOTH older images so it bears mentioning that Rick is currently culling some of these images from both his Zibbet AND Etsy Shops and offering them at a major discount.   But act fast.  When you see it and you want it, BUY IT!  Once they're gone, they're GONE for GOOD. This is an ongoing process and takes awhile, so visit often, you never know what you'll find.  

Oh dear, Annabella looks a bit spooked as the witch grabs her arm to test for tenderness.

The computer generated sentiment was cut and matted with two of the Spellbinders Grand Creative Book Pages.  It reads "I like children, I really do, baked, or broiled, or in a stew".  Bwahahaha!  

And for all the exciting things happening in the RSD world, here are the important links.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

There for You

Our new Facebook Contest for The East Wind begins today with the theme of "There for You".  We'd like you to make something for someone who need some extra support in their life.  Maybe they're dealing with cancer, or a chronic illness, or are just having a hard time and need a little pick me up.  I've chosen the beautiful stamp called Untitled.  Her wistful look evokes all kinds of emotions and Unky thought it best to leave it up to you to decide what she's thinking.  Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decided to go with that theme, as many friends and relatives have traveled that path.

Here's a closeup of the beautiful image.  She's colored with Copics with just a touch of shading with Prismacolor pencils.  I chose to keep the card CAS, with only a die cut wreath from Memory Box to frame her, some simple scoring around the edges, (for some reason the top and bottom scores don't show in the pic), some flat backed pearls and, of course, a pink ribbon.  The sentiment is a peel off sticker by Starform.  We'd love to have you join our Contest on the East Wind FB Group page and come see the gorgeous inspiration from my teamies.  If you aren't a member of the Group, please ask to join.  We also have a separate Halloween challenge going on over at the Blog so do check that one out, too.