Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fun Stampers Journey Birthday Cards

I’ve created something different for you today. I wanted to make a very simple birthday card but ended up with two cards. When I say simple for me I mean there are no rubber stamps or digital images included on my project. It is a mixed media card and I got to get messy, which is a marvelous way to start the day. Really!!! If I cannot get into my studio at least once a day, I feel like I am cheating myself from something marvelous that could happen. I am blathering so I will get on to with my project.

I started out with Tim Holt’s Mixed-Media 140# card stock. I knew that I wanted something sturdy for the media that I was going to use for the background. I trimmed the card stock to 4”x5.25” and spritz with Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Color Splashes in Cool Pool, Watermelon, Shimmer Gold, and Shimmer Silver, drying each color before I added the next color (you do not want to create mud). After everything was dry, I sponged on some FSJ Black Licorice ink around the edges. (I do apologize; I did not take a picture of the above step.)

My next step was the die cutting. I die cut some of the FSJ New Day 12”x12” designer paper with the two largest dies in the FSJ Journey Rectangles. After the cutting, I snipped two corners of the frame to make the design on the card (see below).

When the cut frame pieces were glued on the background piece, I placed these two panels on their own cardstock. After I attached them to their card bases, I added the Happy Birthday die and sequins to finish the cards. The full list of FSJ supplies along with their stock numbers are listed below.

Fun Stampers Journey supplies (Click this link and you will get to my website.)
  • PP0004 – New Day 12 x 12 designer paper
  • CS0012 – Grape Fusion card stock
  • CS0039 – Watermelon Fusions card stock
  • CS0040 – Whip Cream card stock (this was used on the inside)
  • CS0003 – Black Licorice cardstock
  • DI0041 – Journey Rectangles dies
  • DI0093 – Gift Card Window Plates dies
  • AC0115 – Journey Sequins Special Celebration
  • IP0076 – Cool Pool Color Splash
  • IP0083 – Watermelon Color Splash
  • IP0082 – Shimmer Silver Color Splash
  • IP0081 – Shimmer Gold Color Splash

Just a little bit more…the FSJ “Spring into Summer” catalog is now available for your viewing. You can shop by clicking here. You should come to my page, click shop, and start shopping. New products in this mini. Also, on my page there is a “Happy Sales” link. Click on that and you will see everything that is now 30% off while they last. We are making room for brand new merchandise in our 2016-2017 catalog. On another note: I would love to have you become a FSJ coach and join my team.

My FSJ Birthday Cards would like to enter into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew – Die Cuts
Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart – Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. Please, if you have any question, contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, April 1, 2016

Some Autumn and Winter Copic Coloring

Happy Friday to everyone! I wanted to share some Lacy Sunshine coloring that I just finished. I hope to have these two made into a couple of art cards.

One of my favorite Lacy Sunshine characters (and I have a lot of favorites) are the beauties in Heather Valentin’s Melancholy Moppet line. This first one is Jocelyn Autumn Stroll. I know it’s not fall, or winter for that matter, in the United States, but this one told me that I needed to relax and color, so that’s what I did.

Melancholy Moppet

 The Copics and other media used for Jocelyn are as follows:

This next one is also part of Heather’s Melancholy Moppets, Winter Octavia.

The Copics and other media used for Octavia are:

Did you know that there are coloring classes, taught by Heather? Heather has such a unique and amazing style with colors. I am very anxious to start on these classes. I have taken other coloring classes, and if more come up, I will enroll in those too. My goal is to combine what I have learned and finally find my own style of coloring. With Heather’s classes I know that I will be reaching that goal. Heather teaches with videos, online exercises, and provides free digital images for each “themed” class. You will be able to learn at your own pace and share what you are learning with Heather’s students within the closed Lacy Sunshine Facebook Art Forum. Please click here for Heather Valentin’s Online Art Classes. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Other venues to find Lacy Sunshine:
Lacy Sunshine Color and Craft Facebook public group;

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your art very soon. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Slow Loris Fundraiser Campaign at Aurora Wings

I guess that I am slowing down in my old age. I wanted to get a project made with the cutie below, BUT life has a funny way of slapping down my creativity. At least I got the new Slow Loris Sprite colored. These cuties are now part of the endangered species.

Before I go on with the story behind Mitzi’s campaign (which ends on April 3), I hope that you will take a look at the amazing projects that the Aurora Wings’ designers have created. Click here, and you can also scroll down in the blog to find a link for your contribution, if you are so inclined and I hope you are.

In Mitzi’s words:
“Cute!  Precious! Adorable!  Totally irresistible!  I WANT one!  Right?  Yeeesss, and that's unfortunately causing much misery to these animals.  They have become so popular (Thanks to social media, like the case of the aforementioned viral video of pet slow loris being 'tickled' with arms raised up - to learn more about why this is troublesome, please check out this link) that the demand is driving illegal exotic pet trade in areas of the world where these cute guys naturally live and thrive.  I am not going into the details here because it might be too upsetting to many of you (It certainly was for me!), but too many of these animals in the illegal pet trade are being mistreated.  Even if they find themselves in "good homes" with reasonably responsible pet owners, because they are nocturnal, they tend to get neglected while the human owners are fast asleep.  For those of you who wish to know more about the issues facing these animals, please learn more by checking out this link on wikipedia.

The funds raised in this special event will be sent to the Slow Loris Rescue as a lump sum.  The actual AW fundraiser campaign will take place at THIS PAGE.  If you were a member of AW Facebook group last summer, you probably remember the Numbat Fundraiser we had.  Like that time, I will be offering a gift digi image for your donation of any amount as my thank-you for supporting this cause.  You will be able to use the image to enter a special contest at our FB group for more chances to win more AW digis and other prizes.

But wait!  That's not all!  (Sounding like a pitchman in an infomercial here.)  For a donation amount of $10 USD or more, you will receive one more digi.  These two images are "Special Edition" and offered only as gifts to the donors of this special event, and will not be made available for purchase at my shops in the future.  I hope you find the cause to be worthy in the first place, but I also hope that you find these images cute enough to give you the added incentive to donate (... and maybe even curb your appetite for a live loris as a pet).”

Thanks for stopping by! One of my goals over the next few weeks is to work on my Sprite journal. Only Heaven knows how many of Aurora Wings’ colored Sprites I have waiting on me.

Aletha Jane

Friday, March 4, 2016

New March Release at Aurora Wings

Can you guess what this post is all about from the picture above? This release is a lot of fun and the image(s) will stretch your imagination. I think Mitzi had a lot of fun with her imagination also.

I would like to introduce you to Aurora Wings latest image, “Venus Fly Trap” Sprite. Isn’t she adorable? I love how Mitzi fixed her hair. Her expression cracked me up too. I tried something a little different with Venus Fly Trap’s skin. I usually color all the sprites’ skin Caucasian-like, but not this time. This is one of the many sprites that will be in my mini journal dedicated to Aurora Wings Sprites. You have your choice of which format you want in Venus Fly Trap, jpeg or png.

Copics used:
Skin: R20, 22, 30;
Grounding: YG01, 03, W6;
Reds: R21, 22, 24, 27, 29;
Greens: YG01, 03, 05, 17, 21, G29.

Please take a hop over to Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and check out the Showcase Designers work. These amazing designers have some fantastic projects, and not only with “Venus Fly Trap” Sprite. You are in for a treat.

Look what Mitzi has for you this weekend in her Etsy Shop! Have fun!!!

Here’s a list of links where you can find Aurora Wings:
Aurora Wings Facebook group, there’s a monthly contest using AW images.
Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, a new challenge will be posted on March 7th.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, or need more information, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sprite Delight III at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog

Happy Monday everyone! And what a way to start your week than with a new challenge at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. This 23rd Aurora Wings challenge is the third round of Sprite Delight, or Sprite Delight III. I get the pleasure of playing along with the other talented and artistic designers as an Aurora Wings February Guest Designer. Mitzi’s delightful sprites have been a favorite of mine for several years now. I don’t think that I will ever get tired of creating fun journal pages and art cards. All of her sprites can be found in her Aurora Wings Etsy shop.

Mitzi’s sprites are created as flowers, plants, or insects. I do have several Aurora Wings sprites colored and waiting on me for projects. For this project I decided on the Ranunculus Sprite and can be found in her Etsy shop. My color scheme decision making is helped along with an online search for that particular kind of sprite.  Now it’s time for me to start the Copic coloring process.

Copics used for my coloring:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20;
Flower: RV63, 69, and YR20, 23, 24;
Leaves and slippers: G40, 43, 46, 29.

I decided several months ago to start a 6” square “Sprite Journal.” With that said the following pictures and products links are the process of creating my second sprite journal page. (You can find my first sprite journal page here.)

To begin, I trimmed a 6” square of 140lb mixed media paper. After trimming I laid down a coat of DecoArt’s White Gesso. No picture here because I don't think you need to see a "white" page! LOL

The photo above, and before I started adding colors, shows DecoArt’s Doily stencil used with DecoArt’s Modeling Paste. After that was dry, I added DecoArt’s Misters in Orange and Primary Magenta. I added one more mister in Yellow Green and wiped this green with a baby wipe.
I was trying to tone down all the bright colors. At this point I covered the page with DecoArt’s Soft Touch Varnish. I have depleted my stock of DecoArt’s Matt Medium, but this
varnish was lovely to work with.

I added Crystal Craft Twinkles (DecoArt of course) to the page. I think that you can tell in the above photo the reflection of the twinkles.

Still too bright for my taste, so I tried the White Shimmer Mist to help tone it down some.

I was still not satisfied, so decided to mix Americana Acrylic Paint in Hauser Medium Green and Evergreen.
I started dabbing the green on and added a few flower stems.

Almost finished…I cut a couple of die cuts with Spellbinder’s Happy Days dies from designer paper. Next step was using Orange Misters to darken the bright paper. I felt my page still needed something. I have a large stash of chipboard patterns. I choose Make it Crafty’s corners and covered them with DecoArt’s DecoArt Lavish Green Metallic Lustre. (Love this medium! DecoArt has a new color, Rose Gold, and they are getting ready to launch more new colors for 2016.)

The last bits to be glued down were paper flowers (which received a coat of the Craft Twinkles), the sentiment, and the Ranunculus Sprite. My sprite was fussy cut with a bit of the white left around the image and glued onto some black cardstock. That black cardstock was then fussy cut like the first time. I like the main image, or subject matter, to pop off the page. Now my journal page is complete!

This very last picture is a photo of the all the DecoArt products that I got messy with. Don't you love getting messy?

I hope you join us for this challenge. Mitzi has provided you with the cutest pineapple sprite for you to use in this challenge. Hop on over to the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and pick it up. Isn’t she the cutest?

Thanks for stopping by and a very big thank you to Aurora Wings for this opportunity! If you have any questions, please contact me.

Aletha Jane

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