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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

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Challenge #4 at Aurora Wings


This month’s challenge at Aurora Wings is to try your hand at “No Lines Coloring,” (search "no lines coloring" for resources if you are unfamiliar with the technique) but if you find that more of a challenge than you're up to, you have the option of choosing a color scheme from our Color Bingo Card, either down, across or diagonally. We can't wait to see what you come up with

Our prizes each month will include: (To be eligible to win any of the prizes listed below, you must have a COLORED digital image or rubber stamped image on your project.)
  • 1 (one) Artist's Choice Award Winner to be selected from entries using Aurora Wings digis ($20 GC and Badge)
  • 1 (one) Random Winner ($20 GC)
  • Top 3 Winners to be chosen by the DT ($10 GC and Badge)


I love the “no lines” technique, but it is really something that I did not want to try this time around. I decided to select from our Color Bingo card. I chose the top row, black/yellow/blue. I also chose one of my favorite Aurora Wings digis, Chrysanthymum Festival. She has been in my pile to color for a while and I finally got her done.


Chrysanthemum Festival was colored with Copics. I completed the coloring with accents from a glitter pen. She was the trimmed and layered with Spellbinder’s 5”x7” Matting Basics B on Stampin’ Up!’s Pacific Point cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, & R20
Hair: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & Black 100
Mums and Butterflies:
B21, 24, 26, 29 &
Y15, 17, 18, 28
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, Y15, & B21

I die cut Stampin’ Up!’s Crushed Curry cardstock with Spellbinder’s 5”x7” Mystical Embrace. This is a beautiful die. I know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it. My designer paper that backs this die is something that I received a while back as a gift therefore I have no idea who the company is. These two layers were then backed by Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Black cardstock and mounted on a 5”x7” card base in Pacific Point cardstock. The finishes touches are some yellow flat-backed pearls from KaiserKraft.


I am so glad you stopped by today. I wanted to remind you about our Clean and Simple Contest that is still going on through June 30th on our Facebook Group Page. I hope we see you little pieces of art in both places.

Thanks for your visit and if you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stitch It!


That’s our new challenge theme over at Delicious Doodles. We want to see some stitches, be it real or faux, in your little piece of art. We would love to see Delicious Doodles images on your creations (Why wouldn’t you want to?), but it is not a requirement. If you do use a Delicious Doodles image you can enter TWICE, and you get to be spotlighted next week! First entry - just link up to you project as normal. Second entry - type '2nd entry' after your name and link to your blog. 



For my project I used one of my favorite images from Teri’s imagination, Blossom. My stitching was completed with a back stitch and gold thread. I think I like the outcome.  Blossom was colored with Copics and some accents were completed with glitter gel pens and flat-backed pearls.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E25, 29, 31, 50
Dress: V09, 12, 15, 17
Flowers & Butterflies:
BG11, 13, 15, 18, 49, and
YR01, 12, 16, 18

My designer paper is from a Flying Unicorn monthly kit. My cardstock is, of course, Stampin’ Up!’s Really Rust, Bermuda Bay, and Basic Black. The last little detail was a Cheery Lynn’s Ivy Corner Flourish die cut in black and then cut in half.



I hope you join us for this week’s Delicious Doodles “Stitch It” challenge. If you do and you create a project using a Delicious Doodles image, hop on over to our Delicious Doodles Facebook group and post your project.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I see you again. If you have any question, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz
Delicious Doodles Designer

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Variations Week with Posy at Sweet Pea Stamps


Hi all! This week is Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps. The wonderful image that was picked for us is Posy by Norma J. Burnell. I fell in love with Ms. Burnell’s “fairies tangles” a while back. When I found out that Lynette was going to carry the stamps, I went to town. Now you can also get them in digital format too. For my project I used the digital format.



Posy was a joy to work with. She did not need too many embellishments, but just enough so that you do not lose sight of Posy. I colored her with Copics and did some glitter accenting with a gel pen.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E25, 29, 31, 50
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, and V01
Flowers & Tangles
BV01, 02, 04, 08
V01, 06, 09, 20
R20, 22, 27, 89

I trimmed Posey and layered her on Stampin’ Up!’s Rose Red and Basic Black cardstock. The designer paper is from my stash. Posy’s trimming was done with Spellbinder’s Card Creator in sets Basic A and B. A few of the last embellishments are Spellbinder’s Die D-Lites Floral Corner One and some flat-backed pearls from my stash. I hope you like her.



If you haven’t joined us at One Sweet Challenge, I hope you do. Our June challenge is “Hit the Beach.” We also have a little “art contest” going on in our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group. That theme is “anything goes,” and you MUST use a Sweet Pea image.

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

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