Friday, March 27, 2015

Lacy Sunshine Time

Welcome to Friday, the last day before the weekend! I hope you have wonderful plans made.

I have a Goth project for you today. I would like to introduce you to Crimson Bleeding Heart, just one of Heather Valentin’s Ethereal Enchantress line. Heather gave her LS Creative Designers a theme of “March Winds Blow” for our March postings. I really wanted to do something with Crimson so my story is: "Oklahoma’s March winds blew in this beautiful enchantress and she landed on my Dogwood tree." Oh well, I am not the writer. I usually leave that chore to my husband.

I always start with coloring my images and this time around was no different. Copics are my choice of medium. I also used Pan Pastels in Permanent Red Shade and Neutral Gray Shade for the background.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: R20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89, and
C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 100 Black;
Blouse and Slippers: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9;
Tutu: R20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Inside of Wings: C3, 5, 7, and
R22, 27, 89;
Wings Rim: C3, 5, 7, 9;
Limb: E21, 25, 29
Underneath Wings: C3, R22.

The rest of my recipe is:
Ink: Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Black Licorice hybrid ink;
Cardstock: FSJ Black Licorice and Pomegranate Splash;
Designer Paper: My stash;
Dies: Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Romantic Garden;
Stickles: Ranger Distress Stickles Barn Door;
Adhesives: FSJ Glaze and Foam Squares.

In the photo below, you will see some dimension on the Bleeding Heart blooms. I die cut the bleeding hearts die eight times in the FSJ Pomegranate Splash cardstock. For the first layer I distress the edges with my black ink and glued those down flat. For the top layer, I distressed the edges with black ink and added a thin line of glue to the back middle of the bloom. After the last layers were dry I added the Barn Door Stickles and folded the bloom edges up for dimension.

I hope you come and play in the Lacy Sunshine Challenge blog. We would love for you to visit our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group and share with us your Lacy Sunshine art.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me. Have a wonderful and creative weekend.
Aletha Jane
Lacy Sunshine Creative Designer

Friday, March 20, 2015

Aurora Wings Showcase

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is here finally. This has been a long week. I think that I am anticipating spring is going to be around the corner, but it’s not quite here in Oklahoma.

We have a new showcase for you at the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog. For this posting, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, artist and owner of Aurora Wings, has designed two brand new images for the Showcase Designers to create with.

The first one that I am showcasing is Edamame Sprite. Mitzi’s little sprites are some of my favorite images to color and use in projects.

The very first thing that I did was color Edamame Sprite with Copics. I have started making my background a little different. I do some streaking with a couple of colors and then come back with dabbed alcohol to make the splotches. I am still learning this technique from an online video that I watch all the time.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Sprite: G20, 21, 24, 28, 29, and
B32, 34, 37;
Baby Peas: G20, 21, 24, R20;
Background: W5, B32, 34, alcohol.

Products used to complete Edamame Sprite:
Pearls from my stash;
The following supplies are all from Fun Stampers Journey:
New Day designer paper;
Cardstock in Limeade Splash and Catalina Splash;
True Color Fusion Ink in Catalina Splash;

Our next cutie is a new addition to Mitzi’s mer-boys and mer-girls line. Meet Little Pirate. He was a joy to color with Copics and adding accents with glitter pens. This is also going to be a baby shower card that goes to my soon-to-be GREAT grandson. Yep, you heard right, I did say GREAT. LOL

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, purple glitter pen;
Hair: V01, 04, 09
Lower Body, Scales, and Tail:
W1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and
V000, 01, 04, 06, 09;
Treasure Chest: E13, 15, 19, 21, 23;
Hat and Treasure Chest Bands:
C1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 100;
Swards and Lock: Y11, 15, 19, E43;
Background: V01, BG11, alcohol.

Products used to complete Little Pirate:
Spellbinder’s A2 Matting Basics A;
Dew Drops from my stash;
The following supplies are all from Fun Stampers Journey:
Black and White designer paper;
Cardstock in Black Licorice and Grape Fusion;
True Color Fusion Ink in Black Licorice.

I hope that you visit the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and check out what my fellow designers have created. After that visit, hop on over to our Aurora Wings Facebook group for more Aurora Wings inspiration.

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

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Thank You Card

Many of you knew that I had a lung biopsy last October. The good report was that the spot was benign, but in the process of the needle biopsy my lung collapsed. All is well now, but at that time I did have to spend three days in the hospital while the lung was re-inflating. I received a beautiful bouquet of roses from my husband’s office and I wanted to send them a very special “Thank You” card.

I really did not want the design to be too humdrum, but I did want it to make a statement. My selection of colors was easy, why not my favorite color purple? Fun Stampers Journey  (FSJ) has beautiful purple cardstock and hybrid inks to fit the bill. I chose to make a 5½” square card.

The first step was to cut FSJ Whip Cream cardstock to 5½” X 11”, and folded that to make the square card base. My four top layers are made with FSJ Pretty Amethyst, Deep Lilac, and Whip Cream cardstocks. I put these layers together and added the R Reasonable Ribbon purple ribbon to these layered pieces and added that to my card front.

The FSJ stamp set that I created my layered daisy with is Daisy Blooms. For the rubber stamping I used Whip Cream cardstock with FSJ True Fusion inks in Pretty Pansy and Lavender Fusion. Our ink colors and cardstock match perfectly. After all the stamping was done, I matched the FSJ Daisy Blooms Die with my stamped images and and completed the cutting with the Journey Die Cutting Machine. The other layers for my daisy are cut with the Daisy Blooms Die and in the cardstocks of Pretty Amethyst and Deep Lilac.

I always finish the insides of my cards and this one is no different. Just a warning, these extra layers do make the cards heavier than normal, but it is worth the effort and the extra postage. I used the same FSJ cardstocks as I did for the front. For my “Thank You” sentiment I stamped the “Thank You” from the FSJ “Sweet You” stamp set in FSJ Whip Cream die ink on the Deep Lilac cardstock. That was cut with an Heirloom Rectangle die from Spellbinders.

My purple Thank You card will be entered in the following challenges:
 Really Reasonable Ribbon - Flowers and Ribbon
Aud Sentiment Challenge - Use a Two Word Sentiment

I guess by now you can tell I am a Coach for Fun Stampers Journey. If you need any product, i.e. dies, cardstock, stamps, embellishments, etc., you can purchase these from me. Please click here to take you to my Fun Stampers Journey web site.

Are you interested in a little more income for your household? Why not join my team of Fun Stampers Journey Coaches?  The enrollment information is available on my Fun Stampers Journey site. There are three business kits that you can order to become part of my team. They range from $69.99 to $199.99. This is an amazing incentive. Believe me when I say this is so much fun and you get to meet so many new people. I should be having a virtual Fun Stampers Journey party very soon. I want to invite you to my Facebook FSJ group, AJ’s Stampers Journey. This is the place where you can keep up with all things Fun Stampers Journey.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Copic Coloring with RSD

I have decided to do something a little different on my blog. I have had medical issues, as has my husband, so the only things that I have been able to complete are my Copic marker colored images. Why not show the finished colored piece without a completed project? Some people have asked me what Copic colors I use. Now I can direct them to my blog or my website. Don’t worry, I will be showing just two images per blog. I do hope that I help someone with color combos. For this posting I will be showcasing images designed by Rick St. Dennis MFA.

For my first image, Cindy, she is such a cutie. I loved coloring all the pleats and fabric folds. Cindy can be found in Rick’s Zibbet store or his Etsy store with instant download.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: Y15, 26, E37, YR24;
Dress: B01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 99, and
R81, 83, 85, 89;
Boxes: R0000, RV11;
Roses and Hearts: R20, R37;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

My second one, 20 Winks, is near and dear to my heart. I love anything pertaining to the fae world. I also love that mischievous looking caterpillar. I wonder what is on his mind. 20 winks can be found in Rich’s Zibbet store or his Etsy store with instant download.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair, Dress, Part of Wings:
R81, 83, 85, 89;
Leaves, Caterpillar: G40, 82, 94, 99;
Lily of the Valley Flowers:
G40, R81, Blender;
Background: W00, 1, 2, R81, G40.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope as you look and read my postings that you will see an improvement within my coloring. I have taken classes and have watched many videos. Current classes that I am taking at the moment are provided by Alyce Keegan with Kit and Clowder.
Aletha Jane

Friday, February 6, 2015

New Release Day at Aurora Wings

I hope that you all have had a great week. Today the Aurora Wings Showcase Designers were given a new Aurora Wings digital image to play with. I must say this one is just gorgeous and it was a hard decision as to what to make.

I decided on an 8”x10” mixed-media canvas, but first I needed to get this new release colored. I would like to introduce you to Moon Goddess. Isn’t she a beauty? You can also purchase Moon Goddess at Mitzi’s Aurora Wings web site. I took a look at Mitzi’s original watercolor and decided that I wanted to use some of her colors, but with Copics. I also added a few highlights and more shadows with Prismacolor Pencils. I have highlighted Moon Goddess’s jewels and pearls with Twinkling H2Os

Copics, Pencils, Twinkling H2Os used:
Skin:  E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: BG-1, B00, 14, 45, V01, 12, 15, 17,
Pencils in black cheery, puma violet, china blue, indigo blue;
Flowers: BG01, B00, 14, 45, BV000, 00, 02, 08, 13, 25, 29;
Dress, Eyes, Lips: BV000, 00, 02, 08, 13, 25, 29;
Background: V01, 12;
Twinks in Iridescent Gold, Heavenly White.

The steps that I took are:
  1. Add DecoArt’s Decou-Page on canvas, apply decorator napkin, and add another layers of Decou-Page.
  2. Cover this with DecoArt’s Acrylic Gesso and wipe some off with baby wipe.
  3. Add flowers, chipboard accents of your choice.
  4. Cover everything with gesso. This step may take several layers.
  5. Now you can add the acrylic paints to everything that you want.
  6. My last layers were Lindy’s Stamp Gang Stardust sprays in Afternoon Delight Denim, Magnolia Magenta Gold, and Love at First Sight Lavender.

This photo shows the glitter paint and sprays.

The finished mixed-media canvas.

Product listing and their links:
DecoArt’s American Pearlizing Medium
DecoArt’s Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue Hue, Titanium White, Quinacridone Violet, Dioxazine Purple.
DecoArt’s Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in Ice Crystal.
Fun Stampers Journey Cardstock in Lavender Fusion and Deep Lilac.
Stampin’ Up cardstock in Night of Navy.
Spellbinder’s Grand Rectangles Nestabilities.
Flowers are from StampinScrapping, KaiserCraft, Prima, Petaloo, etc.

I wanted to announce that at Aurora Wings Facebook group, Feb. 13, 14, and 15, we are having a 2,000 Member Celebration. There’s going to be games, giveaways, and just a lot of good ‘ol celebrating. Mark your calendars.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that I didn’t leave any of you with questions, but if I did, please contact me. Make sure you hop over to the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog to see all the other talented designers’ work. Until next time, have a wonderful and creative weekend.
Aletha Jane

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