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Friday, August 15, 2014

Pumpkin Sprite at Sweet Pea Stamps


We have  Variation’s Week at Sweet Pea Stamps featuring Mitzi Sato-Wiuff’s Pumpkin Sprite rubber stamp. Mitzi’s sprites are some of my favorites among her rubber stamps in the Sweet Pea Stamps shop.



I had a lot of fun doing my first Halloween themed card for this year. Pumpkin Sprite was colored with Copics and some added bling was added with Spica glitter pens. Next step was to trim her with a circle die, add black ink around the circle, and mount her on a circle die cut in orange cardstock. This orange die cut has black ink around the outer edge also.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Pumpkin body: E08, 29, 31, and YR04
Treat bucket and flower hat: YR20, 21, 23, 24, 27
Leaves and stem: G40, 82, 94, 99
Cat: C1, 5, 7, 9, and black Copic liner
Cats eyes and inside of bucket: YG21m 25
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

I had a lot of fun with my various dies too. I cut out all the elements and before I detached them from the die I added black ink to the embossed areas. For the bats eyes I decided on some Liquid Pearls. Last embellishment is the pumpkin brad in the upper left corner. After all was done, I decided that Pumpkin Sprite is trying to decide if she wants to go on with her Trick or Treat evening!  ;o)



My complete recipe for Pumpkin Sprite:


Pumpkin Sprite would like to join in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge – Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter – Punches and Dies


I wanted to remind you all that we have a monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge. There are fantastic prizes for your entry. Over at our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group, we have a bi-weekly art contest. That prize is one digi stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store. You must use a Sweet Pea image, the theme is always “Anything Goes,” and you can enter as many times as you want. Each entry MUST be a new project. How easy is that? For all the upcoming events and sales visit our Sweet Pea Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you visit every day for more Sweet Pea inspiration.
Aletha Jane

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Heather Valentin’s Petals at Sweet Pea Stamps


I have a little Sweet Pea Stamps inspiration piece for you today featuring Lacy Sunshine's Heather Valentin’s Petals. Isn’t she a little charmer? A card featuring Petals would be perfect for a little flower girl. I know that she would appreciate the cuteness. Petals can be found as a digital image or as a rubber stamp, whichever you prefer, at Sweet Peas.

I am in love with Heather’s art work. Did you know that the Heather’s images on Sweet Pea Stamps are designed exclusively for Sweet Peas? I think that is pretty cool!



Petals was first colored with Copics and then trimmed with a die. I then layered her on three layers of purple and light purple cardstock. Before layering I did add some Smooch Illuminate ink to the embossed edges.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair and Basket: E25, 29, 31, 50
Eyes and Leaves: G40, 43, 46, 29
Pinafore and some flowers: V000, 01, 04, 06, 09
Other flowers: RV34, 52, 69
Dress: V000, RV34, 52, and C0, 2, 4
Dress sleeves: C4, 6, 8
Background: W00, 0, 01, 2, 4, and RV52

Other elements for my Petals project:



Petals would like to be entered in the following challenges:
Everybody-Art-Challenge – Favorite Stamp
Love to Create – Anything Goes 



I wanted to remind you all of our Sweet Pea monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge. There are fantastic prizes there. Over at our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group, we have a bi-weekly art contest. That prize is one digi stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store. You must use a Sweet Pea image, the theme is always “Anything Goes,” and you can enter as many times as you want. Each entry MUST be a new project. How easy is that? For all the upcoming events and sales visit our Sweet Pea Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Molly’s Gone Fishin’


Happy Thursday to everyone out in cyber space. This little post is going to be doing double duty. I am representing Sweet Pea Stamps and Lacy Sunshine.  I have a very special project for you today creating with Heather Valentine’s, owner, artist, and illustrator for Lacy Sunshine, Molly Gone Fishin’ digital image. Heather has a line of red rubber stamps and digital images exclusively through Sweet Pea Stamps, and only through Sweet Pea.


For my cute little Molly (Do you think she is playing hooky?) I colored her with Copics and trimmed the colored image. I then layered her with two colors of cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin:
E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, & R20
Hair, stump, & pole:
E25, 29, 31, 50
Grass, pants, & eyes:
YG61, 63, 67, & G29
Shirt & bows:
Y11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 32
Fish:
B12, 14, 16, 18, and
YR21, 24, 27
Water:
B12, 16, 18
Background;
W00, 0, 1, 2, and
B12, Y18


To complete my piece I trimmed the designer paper and layered that with two colors of cardstock. Before attaching this to the card base I added thin grosgrain ribbon for the two corners. I added several Cheery Lynn dies for the flowers and the butterfly. After attaching these to my card I added some Liquid Pearls to the centers and the body of the butterfly.

My complete recipe:

Molly would love to be entered into the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times: Color Challenge

I would love to invite you to our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group. We have a bi-weekly art contest using Sweet Pea’s images. Check out our monthly One Sweet Challenge. July’s theme is red, white, and blue.

Want some more fun? I want to invite you to our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group. Heather has lots of little contests that go on all the time. We also have a Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog. This is a progressive challenge, so I know you will want to check that out.

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Challenge at Aurora Wings


Another late post for me. One of these days I am going to feel normal, but I am getting better. I know that I am fighting depression because I have been coloring and creating at a sporadic rate and not my usual every day routine. Bummer! O

We have an amazing new challenge at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. I know that you are going to love this one. Our theme is “Sprite Delight.” See I told ya! I know that the world is in love with Mitzi’s sprites, and I know that a lot of you already have a growing collection of her digital sprites.


Why not add one more and join our “Sprite Delight” challenge. Mitzi has given you that one more for your collection. Check out the blog. Now you have no reason for not entering our challenge. You can create anything you want, but your project must have a fairy or sprite and it must be hand colored. If you use an Aurora Wings Sprite you may enter up to THREE times, but those of you choosing from another company must limit your entry to ONE. Please remember your image must be rubber or digital and MUST be hand colored. Onward to my project!


For my projects I decided to create with Mitzi’s Whimsical Dahlia Sprite. Isn’t she a cutie? Dahlia Sprite was colored with Copics and then mounted on several pieces of cardstock. I got a little carried away with my Copic’s YRs. I wanted more yellow, but I guess I was feeling a little heavy handed that day.


Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20
Leaves: G40, 82, 85, 99
Dahlia: E07, Y15, YR00, 02, 09
Background: Woo, 0, 1, 2, &15, YR00

I had some fun with my new flower dies and stamps. This was the first time I used them so I still need a little practice. The links are listed below.


My final recipe:
CS: SU in Early Espresso & Marigold Morning
DP: Gina K. Designs Sun-Kissed Autumn
Flowers: Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms stamp set, and 
Spellbinder’s/Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms and Ariana Lace Dies
Bling: USArtQuest Prills and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen


I have not entered any challenges in a while;
therefore I would like to enter my Dahlia Sprite in the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday – Anything Goes, must be square or rectangle
Party Time Tuesdays – Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown – Handmade Flowers
2 Cute Ink Challenges – Anything Goes

I really appreciate all of you stopping by. If you need any further information you can contact me.
Aletha Jane

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Showcase at Aurora Wings


Hi to all. It’s been a while for me to even be online much. I had a two week holiday in Houston with my son and grandson while my beautiful daughter-in-law was in Europe. I had an amazing time. Unfortunately, the week after I got back I contracted bronchitis. This is not an infection good for anyone, but especially a person that is on oxygen 24/7. I am on the mend, but very slowly. After the injection of antibiotics and my daily doses of antibiotics I should be up and about in a week. Unfortunatly my cough could last 3-4 more weeks. So much fun, especially in the middle of night.

Anyway, some of the designers at Aurora Wings had the honor of creating projects with Mitzi’s beautiful Marie Antoinette. See what I mean when I say beautiful?


Marie Antoinette was colored with Copics and layered on several Stampin’ Up!’s cardstock in Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, and Rich Razelberry.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E25, 28, 30, 31
Feathers: V15, R21, BG72, and Blender
Icing and Ribbon: BV00, 02, 04, 08
Parts of Dress, Chocker, and Roses:
R20, 21, 22, 24, 29, 89
Cupcake cups and Butterflies:
BG70, 72, 75, 78
Leaves: G40, 85, 94, 99
Beads, Ribbon, Broches, Lace, and Parts of Sleeves:
V01, 09, 12, 15, 17


Before I could complete my project I need to get my substrate ready for Marie. My canvas is an 8”x10” stretched canvas. I applied DecoArt’s White Acrylic Gesso. I applied a paper napkin with DecoArt’s Deco-page, and sealed with the same. After drying, I applied several stains using DecoArt’s Antiquing Medium mixed with Americana Acrylic Paints in Terra Coral and Sable Brown. DecorArt’s Antiquing Medium is wonderful. You mix 1:1 and it stays the same consistancy as acrylic paint. As with stains, I wipped down areas with a baby wipe. After all was dry I placed some of the Dimensional Effects sparingly, but I think I covered up the texture it made.

In this picture you can see the layers of paper napkins. Some of the word “Paris” is present.

With everything dry, I tried some splatters with DecoArt’s Glamour Dust Paint in Black Ice. When that was dry, I proceeded to paint the edges with Americana Deep Burgundy. I added some cotton tatting that I painted with the Glamour Dust Black Ice and added that to the edges. My canvas metal corners were also painted with the Glamour Dust Paint.

The canvas is ready for Marie, but I must find some bling. My bling is large piece of accent bling from Flying Unicorn that I cut down for the top, botton, and sides for Marie’s image.

The final piece. I hope you like her. She was a lot of fun to create with, as is all of Mitzi’s images.

I hope that you hop over to our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group. There are continuous contest going on. We also have an Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. Please come for a visit and share your little pieces of art with Mitzi’s images.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz
Aurora Wings Designer

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