Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Sad Farwell to Sweet Pea Stamps

I have had the privilege and honor of being a member of Lynette’s team(s) for many years. I have got to play with some of the most unique designs that have ever been on the market. With these designs and Lynette's encouragement, I know that my coloring and creativity has blossomed. It is with a saddened heart that we must say “Farewell to Sweet Pea Stamps,” but not to Lynette McAnsh!

Lynette and I have nurtured a friendship through these years and I can proudly say that this strong relationship will last forever. I am planning on keeping it that way, Lynette. You will never see the last of me, I promise.

Very soon Lynette will receive one of my art cards. The one below is one of my favorites. (Yes, Lynette, it’s going in the mail shortly.) This card has been designed around Elain Cox’s digital image "Button Mushroom Fairy." I fell in love with this little fairy the moment I saw her.

With the closing of Sweet Pea Stamps, Lynette has given you a "35% off coupon code" off all digital images. (Rubber stamps are no longer available.) This code ends tonight, November 25, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Don’t waste your time!!

If you have come from Kathi Rerek's blog, you are on the right track. Your next stop will be Christina Gudgeon's blog. I hope you have enjoyed the hop. Everyone that leaves a comment will be placed in a random draw for a Sweet Pea Stamps card that I have made, plus a few other goodies not related to Sweet Pea Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and helping us bid Sweet Pea Stamps a fond farewell. I am going to miss Sweet Pea Stamps! If you are a friend of Lynette’s on Facebook you will be able to keep up with her shenanigans. Lynette has enough energy that puts us all to shame. Love you Lynette with all my heart!
Aletha Jane

Friday, November 13, 2015

AW Christmas Sprites New Coloring Book

You heard right…a new Aurora Wings Sprite coloring book!!! This one, which makes Mitzi’s second “Sprite” coloring book, is all about Christmas. This “pre-ordered” Christmas Sprites mini coloring book is half size (compared to her other coloring books on the market), slightly smaller than 5.5” x 8.5”. The sprites that found their way home in this adorable coloring book include 6 previously released digital images and 6 brand new exclusives. Yes, that’s what Mitzi said, 6 exclusives, meaning they will be in this book and never available as digital stamps. Each sprite is printed on one side and the other side is left blank. This allows you to frame your work and you will not have to sacrifice an image on the back side. To pre-order please visit Aurora Wings site by clicking here.

The 12 images included in the Christmas Sprites Mini Coloring Book include: Christmas Cactus Sprite, Christmas Tree Sprite, Poinsettia Sprite, Mistletoe Sprite, Little Santa, Holly Sprite, Christmas Wreath Sprite, Amaryllis Sprite, Candle Angel Sprite, and Candy Cane Sprite. The last 6 are the brand new ones.

I was one of the lucky ones that picked out Amaryllis Sprite, and she was a joy to color with Copics (my first choice as a go-to medium). Amaryllis Sprite will definitely be framed.

Here are a couple of coloring samples of Christmas Cactus Sprite and Holly Sprite. I had fun with these two. I always have fun coloring all the images designed by Aurora Wings. I’ve probably said that enough times that you get the idea.  ;o)

Christmas Cactus Sprite

Holly Sprite

Please take a few minutes and check out the amazing and fun projects that the Aurora Wings Showcase Designers have for you today. I know that each would love a visit to their personal blogs. Some may even have their step-by-step process creating their piece of art.While you are hopping, why not do some shopping. Head over to the Aurora Wings Etsy store and take advantage of this coupon code for all your digital needs.

Head over to our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group. There is always something going on, coloring samples, projects, and contests. Mitzi also has two shops where you can pick up more of her coloring books and digital images, Aurora Wings at Etsy, and her own Aurora Wings Digi shop.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me. Have a fantastic and creative weekend!
Aletha Jane

Friday, September 25, 2015

Aquarium Life at SCACD

Happy Friday!  I have a mixed-media project for you today. Because this post is heavy with photos and explanations for each that I decided to get on with it.

My project is a 5”x7” stretched canvas. The first step was to head to my stash of colored tissue paper. I had some light and dark turquoise which was perfect. I tore a few strips of each and layered them on the canvas with DecoArt Matt Medium.

As you can see in the above two photos I stamped the Coral SunFlower Set with gold ink and embossed with gold embossing powder on white tissue paper, tore around each, and adhered them to the canvas with more matt medium.

After the above base was dry, I started cutting my dies. The dies that I used are Memory Box’s Sketchy Rings, Oceana Corner, Diving Dolphins, Swimming Sea Horses, and Poppystamp’s Weeping Willow Branches. The Angel Fish Trio were stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with black embossing powder. When they cooled down, I water colored each with Twinkling H2Os.

Above is a picture before mounting the Angel Fish Trio. You can see where I painted the die cuts with acrylic and glitter paint. I also started my bottom layer with my sea shell stash. Most of the shells have been dry brushed with paint to help with the toning down of the while shells.

Above I have added the trio of Angel Fish. There was still something lacking.

That something missing as the bottom of the sea bed did not look complete. I added some Prills hoping it looks like sand. I have also taken some Deco Art Liquid Glass and made a few bubbles.

I would like to enter the following challenges with my Aquarium Life:
Your Scrapbook Place – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

I hope that you have enjoyed my aquarium adventure. I am sure that I can find a place for this wall art somewhere in my house. Thanks for stopping by.
Aletha Jane Williams

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Trick or Treat with Fun Stampers Journey

I hope that my USA friends had a great Labor Day holiday. It was very quiet here in the house, which meant that I got some studio time.  

My thoughts have been on mixed-media and Halloween. For my adventure yesterday I decided to go with the latter and break in one of our (Fun Stampers Journey) rubber stamp bundles, Trick or Treat. Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) bundles include the rubber stamp set and a matching die set and we have many to choose from. Trick or Treat was just as much fun to color with Copics, as it was to finish my first Halloween d├ęcor for 2015.

After the Copic coloring was completed, I started going through some of my newer Spellbinder dies. The two that popped out at me were a Shapeabilities Pop Up Decorated Birthday die and the Painted Lady die.

I cut the Painted Lady twice with FSJ cardstocks in Rock Candy and Summer Days. I used some of the Summer Days cardstock for the windows paper piecing of the Painted Lady. After the paper piecing, I added some eyes and eyebrows hoping for a little eeriness. I added a little more Halloween coloring to the house with Eggplant, Sedona Sun, Black, and Sea glitter

The next step was die cutting FSJ Black Licorice cardstock with Spellbinder’s Pop Up die Decorated Birthday. I added a strip of FSJ’s Treat Time Prints 6” designer paper pad on the front bottom for stability. It’s now ready for the Trick or Treat images randomly placed around and on the house. I love the black cat on the roof. The final touch was a little cheese cloth colored with FSJ True Color Fusion ink in Sweet Pear and Hazel Nut.

I am looking forward to adding this to my collection of handmade Halloween decorations.
I love Halloween!

My very fun project would like to be considered for:
Die Cutting Divas – 3D Project
Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
MarkerPOP #77 – Fall/Autumn

If you would like to order any of the Fun Stampers Journey products, just click those links, and when it asks for your FSJ Coach’s information, key 155 or alethajane.  I would like to invite you to my Facebook group AJ’s Stampers Journey. We will be having a few contests for everyone’s chance to win some FSJ goodies, announcements on promotions, etc. I would love for you to join my FSJ team and become a FSJ Coach. Click here, or if you have any questions, please contact me.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my FSJ Halloween project.
I will see you again very soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

An FSJ Birthday Greeting

I have been in my happy place today, my studio. I had to say, “The dishes and laundry can wait,” but then it is just me and my husband.  I don’t think that we will suffer, but I knew that if I couldn’t get in my happy place, my husband would. LOL

I have for you today a birthday art card created with some of my favorite stamps and dies. The first thing that I needed to do was some Copic coloring. I stamped the dahlias and leaves from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Dahlia Burst stamp set with Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink on Copic X-press Blender Stock. I heat set the ink before coloring with Copics, no smearing whatsoever. I was amazed!

Copics used:
Dahlias: R81, 83, 85, 89, and
RV91, 93, 95, 99;
Leaves: G20, 82, YG67.

I cut my base card from FSJ Rock Candy cardstock at 5½” x 11” and folded that in half to have a finished 5½” square card. My designer paper is FSJ's new 12”x12” Vintage Paris which was trimmed to 5” square and layered with FSJ Sweet Berry and Rock Candy cardstock. Before completing the layering I distressed the edges of the designer paper and the Sweet Berry cardstock and brushed with Rock Candy ink. My middle panel was created the same way, but the finished size is 2 3/8” x 5 3/8”. I distressed the edges of the designer paper and cardstock and brushed with the FSJ Rock Candy True Color Fusion ink. My border on this accent piece is Spellbinder’s Mary Border Strip, cut in half, and mounted on the back of the accent piece.

The elements that really make the card are the FSJ Dahlia and the background Dahlia die cut. The Dahlia Burst Die Set includes dies for all three Dahlia stamps and the leaves. I cut the largest Dahlia die, along with the leaves die, with more FSJ Rock Candy cardstock. I am using the FSJ Rock Candy cardstock for the dies to help the Dahlia pop. I hope that you can see that I fussy cut the three Dahlia stamps and then layered with FSJ Foam Squares for more of a dimensional effect.  

The last two elements are my sentiment and the silver pearls. The “Birthday Wishes” sentiment is from the FSJ Elegant Flowers stamp set, which has a die set complimenting the stamps. I stamped the sentiment with FSJ Rock Candy ink on FSJ Whipped Cream cardstock. Trimmed the sentiment into an oval and mounted that onto the smallest die from Spellbinder’s Fleur de Elegance Nestabilities die set, cut from more Rock Candy cardstock. The silver pearls are from FabScraps Pearl & Rhinestones set in silver. I purchased these from StampingScrapping and received an unbelievable “moving” discount. Cindy has only three left, so you better hurry. She has some great prices on Spellbinder’s dies also.

Well, I guess by now, you have figured out that I am in direct sales with Fun Stampers Journey. Fun Stampers Journey is a very young company and the only way to go is up. I would love to have you on my team and become one of the leading FSJ’s Coaches. As with all new things there are still some glitches in our new website, but have patience, all will be well very soon. You can always place an order within my FSJ site, click here. Before you decide to buy our amazing products you can browse our current 2015-2015 Inspiration and Catalog here and our new mini Holiday Catalog here. If you are planning to order and you see that your order will be over $150 and before you check out, please contact me. I can set you up with a party, where you are a hostess, and you can reap all the hostess benefits. You would not want to miss out on those goodies!

I would like to invite you to my Facebook group, AJ’s Stampers Journey. I will be sharing my FSJ projects and I hope that soon you will also. Joining this group does mean that I will be sending you a catalog. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thanks for stopping by!

Aletha Jane

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