Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Beginnings at Lacy Sunshine

Hi all! I have an an art card for you today created with Lillybug Dollie, a digital image from Heather’s  new collection “Stitched.” These images are some of the sweetest that I have seen in a while. They take me back to my younger days and my dolls and all the clothes that my grandmother and mother would make for them. I still have most of them too.

Lillybug Dollie was first colored with Copics. For the background I used PanPastels in Magenta and Magenta Extra Dark. PanPastels are wonderful to work with. You do need to use a fixative on your image when you are finished coloring.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Onesies, Hair Bows, Shoes, and Eyes:
BV00, 11, 13, 17;
Wings and Tutu: V01, 05, 06, 09
Hair: RV63, 66, 69, 91

My finished card is very straight forward with the layering and the embellishments. Heather gave us, the Lacy Sunshine Creative Team, the theme of “new beginnings.” My new beginnings are represented with the die cut flowers. I added a ribbon and corner pearls for the last of the embellishments.

List of supplies and their links:
Designer Paper: Fun Stampers Journey New Day collection;
Cardstock: Fun Stampers Journey Whip Cream, Deep Lilac, Lavender Fusion;
Ink: Fun Stampers Journey Lavender Fusion;
Other: PanPastels in Magenta and Magenta Extra Dark.

Have you stopped by our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group? If not, come join us for daily inspiration and some fun. We also have a Lacy Sunshine bi-weekly blog challenge too.  You don’t want to miss that for your chance to win these amazing Lacy Sunshine images.

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Aurora Wings Showcase Today

Welcome to the beginning of the weekend. I hope that everyone has some amazing plans for the next two days. I hope to get out a little. Our Oklahoma temperature is going to be around 60˚ all weekend. I will take that any day. 

I am thrilled to be a part of Aurora Wings again. I had to resign my position this summer due to health reasons. I contacted Mitzi about coming back on board, and I asked just at the right time. A position opened on her Aurora Wings Showcase blog. I am now officially part of the Aurora Wings Showcase Designers! Mitzi has a very talented group of designers and I am going to be eager working along side these designers.

Today at Aurora Wings we are showcasing one of Mitzi’s beautiful digital images, Winter Lullaby. I was thrilled that Mitzi wanted her showcase designers to color and create art with Winter Lullaby. After my coloring was completed I knew that I wanted the Winter Lullaby ACEO added to my ATC collection.

Copic colors used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: E40, 42, 43, 44, 47, 49, Primsma pencil Dark Umber
Owl: W1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and
E40, 42, 43, 47;
Flowers: BV20, 23, 25, 29, and
G82, W7;
Background: E40, 42, 43, 44.

The process of making this art card is pretty straight forward, but I do want to point out the Ivy die cuts. I have just purchased this beautiful die and after the cutting and arranging, I knew that this is one that I will use many times in the near future. The leaves come in four sizes and you can cut as many as you want. Before placing the leaves on the vine I distressed their edges with brown ink and softly pounced the brown ink within the body of the leaves.

Supplies used and their links:
Cardstock: Fun Stampers Journey Cocoa Powder and Beach Ball;
Designer Paper: 1st Edition Paper New Leaf Collection;
Ink: Copics and Fun Stampers Journey Cocoa Powder;
Dies: Spellbinder’s A2 Matting Basics B & Die D-Lites Ivy.

Aurora Wings has a monthly challenge happening and the theme is “All that Glitters.” It closes Saturday, January 17, so you need to get busy. Aurora Wings has a Facebook group and there is another challenge happening there. That theme is “Gemstones.” I hope we see you visiting any of our fun groups.

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

RSD's 1st Progressive Challenge for 2015

Happy New Year everyone! What better way to start the New Year than with a brand new progressive challenge at the Rick St. Dennis (RSD) Sparkle and Glitter blog. RSD’s progressive challenges take place within a two month span. The first part is “anything goes” WITH an RSD image from Rick’s Etsy or Zibbet shop. We have started the first part today. For the second part, which will happen in February, the ones who participated in the first part will receive a new RSD image that was created exclusively for use in the second part. Don’t worry if you did not participate in Part 1. You can enter in the second part by purchasing Rick’s image from his Etsy or Zibbet shops. If you are overseas and have to deal with the VAT tax, please shop in Rick’s Zibbet shop. Your images will arrive to you in a personal email.

The fun images that I chose to color are ladies from Rick’s “Hat” series. I must admit that these are some of my favorite images for coloring. They are perfect for cards, journals, or mixed-media. What makes them so special to me are their facial expressions. I look at that face and I see the colors that I want to work with to accentuate those expressions.

For my first one I would like to introduce you to “Billie.” You can find Billie Hat Lady in Rick’s Zibbet shop or his Etsy shop.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: Y21, YR24, E37;
Hat and Eyes: B21, 23, 24, 26, 29;
Feathers and Eye shadow: BG10, 57, 63, 68;
Lips: R27, 29, 89;
Hat Pompom: C1, 2, 3, 4, BG10, 53;
Fur Collar: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, B21;
Earring: BG53, 57, 78;
Hat Broche: BG10, 53, 57, 78, and
B10, 23, 24, 26, 29;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2;
Accent Pens: Spica Sky Blue, Gelly Roll Clear Star.

My next one has attitude and she screamed dark sage and burgundy. I would like to introduce you to “Sadie.” Sadie can also be found in Rick’s Zibbet or Etsy shops.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: B41, C5, 7, 9, 100;
Collar and Bow: BG90, 93, 96, 99;
Hat, Lips, and Buttons: R37, 39, RV99;
Fur: E11, 13, 17, blender;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2;
(For a little more depth in the folds and
shading I use a Prismacolor Black Pencil.)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you join us in our 1st part of RSD’s Progressive Challenge. (It’s also our first blog for 2015!) When you do enter, please visit our Rick St. Dennis Facebook group and post your piece of art.

Wishing everyone a healthy, prosperous, creative, and amazing 2015!
Aletha Jane

Sunday, December 14, 2014

RSD’s December Showcase

Welcome to our December Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Showcase. Some, and sometimes all, of Rick’s Elite Design Team (EDT will be showcasing projects completed with some of Rick’s amazing digital images. Rick will be giving us a monthly theme and we will be picking our own images from his vast collection of images in his Etsy and Zibbet shops.

Rick’s choice of a theme for us was Valentine. For my RSD’s Showcase piece I decided I wanted to create a whimsical tag to go along with my whimsical image. My whimsical image is titled “Helen Hartz Valentine Girl,” and I feel like I can say she is truly a whimsical Valentine’s image. Helen Hartz can be found in Rick’s Etsy and Zibbet shops.

As you all know, I start with my Copic coloring before I do anything else. After the coloring is complete, then I usually pick my designer papers. For my tag project, I knew I wanted purple and red to be the color combo, as dictated by my colored image. I found the perfect paper in my Fun Stampers Journey stash. My tag size is 4”x 8”. This is the perfect size for adding all the fun embellishments. I used some Really Reasonable Ribbon to hide the seam of the two papers and it added a little more light to the project. I hope that you get some joy out of my fun tag.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Dress: R14, 20, 24, 29, 59;
Hair: V0-00, 01, 04, 09

Supplies used:
Cardstocks: X-Press It Blender Card, Fun Stampers Journey Lavender Fusion,
Grape Fusion, Candy Apply;
Designer Paper: Fun Stampers Journey Journey Basics;
Inks: Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion in Whip Cream,
Black Licorice, Candy Apple, Lavender Fushion;
Stamps: Digital-Helen Hartz by Rick St. Dennis,
Rubber-Fun Stampers Journey Banner Party,
Kit of the Month Keep Pedaling, Artist Trading Stamp Ink Splat;
Flower: Bo Bunny;
Sentiment: Elvis Presley’s song “Love Me Tender” computer generated;
My stash: heart punch, baubles on hearts, PITT black fine point pen.

At our Sparkle & Glitter blog we are having a “Progressive Challenge.” Click here for more information. There’s still time to join. You can pick up the image, “Christmas Party Hat,” in Rick’s shop to join in. There will be a new progressive challenge starting Jan. 1, 2015. The theme is anything goes, and if you join this first part of the challenge, then you will receive the new image FREE to join the second part of the progressive challenge.

Every week on Rick’s blog there is a “Pick of the Week” contest. Rick’s EDT picks out fantastic projects that use Rick’s images. After those are chosen, you, the fans, get the final vote. This is a lot of fun and there are wonderful prizes too. If you have used an RSD image in a project, come strut your stuff at our Facebook group and your’s may be picked.

Jan. 5, 2015 will be the next RSD Facebook group Art Contest. These contests run for two weeks. chooses the winner and the prize is one digital image from Rick’s Zibbet store.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me. I want to wish you, my fans and readers, and the entire world a very Merry Christmas, the Happiest of Holidays, and a fantastic, prosperous, and Happy New Year!
Aletha Jane

Thursday, December 11, 2014

RSD’s Christmas Party Hat

Happy Thursday everyone! This post is almost a repeat of one that I did with just my Copic coloring as my subject matter and introducing our second part of our Sparkle & Glitter Progressive challenge. I did promise in that earlier post that I would have a project made with Rick St. Dennis’s (RSD) beautiful image “Christmas Party Hat.” That's what this post is all about. Rick has so many gorgeous images in his “hat” series. You can find them in his Etsy and Zibbet shops.

For my 6” square card I knew that I wanted to try a “Shabby Chic” style, but was very uncertain if I could pull it off. I think that I almost reached that style. I know that I still need a lot of practice, but I was rather satisfied with the finished piece.

I first colored Christmas Party Hat with Copics and accented in some places with a clear glitter pen and a white gel pen. She was trimmed with some matting basics dies. After trimming, I distressed the edges on both pieces and distressed further on all edges with a light and dark brown ink. On the top piece I added some white embossing powder and ultra-thick bronze embossing powder.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: E21, 23, 25, 29;
Leaves and Bow: YG91, 93, 95, 97, 99;
Roses: R01, 02, 05, 08, 89, W6
Fur and Feathers: C00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, YG91;
Hat: W000, 1, 2, 3, 6, R01;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2.

Now it’s time to add all the details around my central image. I wanted a doily somewhere peeking out. That doily is in the background enhanced with white gesso, embossing enamel, glitter glass, and brown inks. Most of my roses are handmade. After they were completed, I dipped the edges of the roses with DecoArt white shimmer paint for the red ones, and a shimmering red paint for the white ones. The one that was made from paper got the white treatment.

I wanted something that emulated holly. I found some chipboard stems that I painted with a metallic green and added red rhinestones for berries. I also found a chipboard circle frame that I spayed with some DecoArt shimmering white paint. After that was dry I daubed on some red ink on top of the white paint. It kept that shimmer. I am really enjoying my DecoArt products. I cut that in half and added to the top and bottom corners.

My finished piece may not be truly shabby chic, but it is definitely mixed-media.

My list of supplies:
Oatmeal Cookie, Butter Cream;
Paints: Deco Art-Acrylic Gesso, White Shimmer Mister,
Festive Green Dazzling Metallic;
Inks: FSJ Cocoa Powder, Oatmeal Cookie, Candy Apple;
Dies: Spellbinder’s Card Creator Matting Basics A & B, Bitty Blossoms;
My Stash: Embossing powders, doily, rhinestones, glass glitter

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Fresh Brewed Designs – Christmas Anything Goes
Creative Moments – Anything Goes/Winter
Inspiration Destination – Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

I hope you join us for our December Progressive Challenge Part 2. To enter, (you still have a few weeks), you must use “Christmas Party Hat” within your project. I would like to invite you to our Facebook group, Rick St. Dennis Fans and Friends. We have a bi-weekly art contest that has been lots of fun for the members. This art contest will begin again on January 5, 2015. Our blog, “Airless Chambers,” is participating in Smeared and Smudges 12 Days of Creepmas. Come join us and have some fun.

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

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