Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Let's Do Some Shopping!

I have more sales for you today. These you definitely will not want to miss! I keep saying that, don't I?

Spellbinders has a BOGO sale with a selected group of the Die-D-lites. Yep you heard right...buy one get one. Click here for Spellbinder's sale. While you are there, take a look at their new arrivals for the holidays.


Concord & 9th have their new Season of Cheer stamps and dies. You can save some money purchasing their bundle deal. Needless to say, I just did that. Click here to check out Concord & 9th's Season of Cheer.



Altenew's stamp and die bundles are still on sale. Don't miss it! Click here for Altenew's website.



Save 30% - 70% sale at Scrapbook.com is still alive. Spellbinder's Platinum die cutting machine's price has been lowered again! Click here and check out other savings at Scrapbook.com.



Gina K Designs's new "Stitched Leaves Mini Kit" is back in stock as I am writing this. Don't miss out like I did the first time around. Looking forward to working with fall colors! Click here for Gina K Designs's online store.



Elizabeth Craft Designs SALE is still going one. They also have many new stamp and die sets for the holidays. Click here for Elizabeth Crafts Designs's online shop.

Well, that's it for today. Enjoy and always have fun!
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Artz

Affiliated links are listed above at no cost to you.  If you click any of the links and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.









Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lacy Sunshine’s Lil’ Autumn Sprite, Pumpkins, and Leaves


I’ve got a Copic colored image (hopefully a project soon) using one of the cutest fantasy figures, Lil’ Autumn Sprite, from Lacy Sunshine. Heather Valentin, artist and creator of Lacy Sunshine, is behind all the amazing illustrations in her shop. I am in awe of what comes out of her brain and down her pencil.

The following pics are a tour of my coloring process. I am working on a coloring video and hopefully have it up within the next week. I will shut up now and let you look and read.

Copics used for:
Skin: E04, 11, 13, 50, 51,53
Blush: R11, 20
Lips: V06, 12
Hair: G20, 46, 82, 99; Memento Markers in Cottage Ivy & Bamboo Leaves
Skin seems to be the place I go to first for coloring. I lay down on one side of the face the lightest (E50), and start blending with the darkest (E04) and end with E50. The hair is all about flicking. I started with the lightest (G20) and end with the darkest (G99), meaning I go from light to dark.


Copics used for:
Orange pumpkin: YR00, 02, 12, 16, 18; E07, W3
I used the flicking technique on the orange pumpkin, and went from light to dark.
The lightest part of the pumpkin was left showing the white cardstock and then blended
again with the lightest.



Copics used for:
Side Pumpkins: Y11, 15, 17, YR12, E07, YG11, 13, 17, G29
The same coloring method was used as on the orange pumpkin.



Copics used for:
Wings: YR12, 18; V09, 12
Clothes: V09, 12; G20, 82, 99
The wings used the flicking method and colored from light to dark.
Clothes were completed with just blending, starting with the lightest, darkest, and
ending with the lightest.


Copics used for:
Leaves: G40, 82, 85, 99; YR12, 14, 18, 20; V000, 09, 12, 15, 17
Background: W000, 0, 1, 2, 3
Splotches on background: alcohol and micro-tipped applicators
There really was no rhyme or reason with coloring the leaves, but I did want them to look fall-ish.
The background was colored from dark to light,
with splotches added with rubbing alcohol and micro-tipped applicators.



The complete coloring!

I hope that you join us over at Lacy Sunshine’s Facebook group. We have a monthly challenge and the random drawn winner will get to choose three images of their choice. The top two winners will be artist choice and win one image of their choice. You MUST use a Lacy Sunshine image for this challenge. We also have a “Coloring Without Boundaries” group where you can share all and any coloring or project from any artist and company.

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






Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Remarkable Savings at a Few of My Favorite Online Stores

TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge


 We have an “anything goes” challenge for this week, starting for today. You deadline is September 18. Won’t you come join us? Our sponsor this week is Crafts and Me. If you win, your prize would be an £8 digi voucher.

 A little big about Crafts and Me:
“We are a small family crafts business that came about when as a card making family, my daughters, young granddaughters, and I that is! Not our men, who do not make cards, (although my husband has had a go), could never find the stamps and crafts that we had seen advertised. So, in the end, we decided to start up “Crafts and Me”, enabling us to get the products we wanted and to offer other crafters like you.

We love the different ranges of stamps and crafts that we get from all over the world and we hope you will love them too! Our aim is to give you the best possible customer service that we can, and to treat our customers just as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Enjoy looking through our shop. If you cannot find a product you would like, or if you have any suggestions about our shop, we would love to hear from you. Email us at info@craftsanddme.co.uk; we are always looking for ways to improve our site.” 

The artist that I chose to work with is exclusive artist Jeremiah Ketner, a Chicago based artist, who tends to paint charming little creatures floating through pastel dreamscapes. His Japanese pop art imagery tends to describe the casual and carefree side of life. Jeremiah Ketner has been busy painting and exhibiting his works all over the nations.

It was very difficult to choose which image I wanted, but I finally picked Jeremiah Ketner’s Kimono
I will definitely be purchasing more of his designs.


I have broken down my Copic coloring steps. Unfortunately I did not record my process. I also have started using Strathmore’s Bristol Smooth Service 300 series as my coloring cardstock. I am enjoying my coloring again! 
Background: B21, 23, 52, plus G40
I have also used alcohol and a micro-tipped applicator for the splotches.


Skin: E04, 11, 13, 50, 51, 53, plus R11, 20 for blush

Hair: C00, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 100, plus B21
Kimono: B91, 93, 95, 97, 99

Flowers: YR00, 02, 16, 18
Leaves & Vines: Y02, 16, 18
Cats: W1, 6
White gel pen for accents


The complete list of supplies is:
Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol 300 series
Copics:
Background: B21, 23, 52, plus G40
Skin: E04, 11, 13, 50, 51, 53, plus R11, 20 for blush
Hair: C00, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 100, plus B21
Kimono: B91, 93, 95, 97, 99
Flowers: YR00, 02, 16, 18
Leaves & Vines: Y02, 16, 18
Cats: W1, 6
White gel pen for highlights

Kimono will be entered in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create Challenge 201 – Anything Goes/optional twist Distress it

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








Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Art Card “You are Fabulous” Online Update

Just a little note to let you all know that my “You are Fabulous” card is now in my online shops.


AJ’s Designs on Zibbet (Zibbet is my super store.)
AJ’s Design Artz on ArtFire (I have just reopened ArtFire.)

I hope you come visit any one of my online shops listed above. When you do purchase an item, you will receive a 20% off coupon (one time use) towards your next purchase.



Thanks for stopping by!
Aletha Jane


Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Believe in the Magic of Christmas and the Winter Season


To all that are going to have a three day weekend, enjoy! I also hope that all artists and crafters get a little time for creativity!

The following project has no design teams attached to it. I really needed to see how I would do “out of my comfort zone”, meaning my comfort zone is all about the coloring and making small pieces of art. I really enjoyed this process. I made a mess, but hey, it was worth it.

This post is going to be very photo heavy. I was trying to get every step that I took in this process. So, let’s get started.
Photo one above shows the end product of attaching the black cardstock to a 5½” white square card base. Before I attached the red glitter cardstock to the black layer, I die cut an ornament shape.


Photo two above shows the die cut ornament layer, cut out of gold mirror cardstock, embedded in the black ornament area. I have ordered the other ornament inlays. I must say that they are all beautiful. Notice the gold glitter sides? Well, I positioned the red on the black crooked. Washing tape to the rescue!


Photo three above is the finished card, but flat. I cut the detailed ornament out a second time in the red glitter cardstock. This allowed me to make the Cardinal red. The “believe” sentiment was designed by K Werner Designs for Simon Says Stamp. It is gorgeous. The “believe die” was cut three times in black and once in gold mirror cardstock. I glued all pieces with paper adhesive; the top layer is the gold mirror cardstock. See those two hearts? I got them from one of Spellbinders card kits. Spellbinders' monthly kits are amazing and you get a lot for the price point.



The finished piece! This will soon be in my Zibbet and ArtFire shops. You can also click within my website, AJ’s Design Artz, and it will take you to my Zibbet shop.

Challenges for Believe are:
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/ Shabby Chic twist
Crafting by Designs – September Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Blog – Anything Goes

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


Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me, but if you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a small commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bunny Blessings, TTCRD Challenge, and Copic Coloring


Happy Tuesday everyone. It’s time for our new weekly “anything goes” challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our sponsor this week is Wink Wink Ink. Melanie, owner and artist of Wink Wink Ink, has the most adorable and winsome images. I hope you stop by her shop and pick up a few.


A little about Wink Wink Ink: “I am a self-taught digital artist (I am still learning) who is inspired by my love for animals, God’s creations, and my every growing collection of children’s picture books.”

The image that I chose is “Bunny Blessings.”  When you purchase one of Melanie’s images you will receive four versions of that image, jpeg format, png format, light line for no-line coloring, and pre-colored for you to layer or use as a coloring guide. Pretty cool, huh?


Copics used:
Background: B0000, 000, 00, 01 w/alcohol and micro-applicator
Snowwomen – C0, 1, 2, w/colorless blender
Rabbits and hat: W00, 0, 1, 3, 4
Greens: G20, 21, 82, 94, 99
Reds: R02, 24, 29, 59, w/W4 and Memento Marker Lady Bug
Twigs: E23 w/Memento Marker Rich Cocoa
Carrot: YR01 w/Memento Marker Tangelo

Bunny Blessings will be entered in the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart – Anything Goes
Digi Choose Day – Anything Goes

If you would link to join our Through the Craft Room Door's online site, click here. For a subscription to our Through the Craft Room online magazine, click here. (Note: to subscribe you will need to join our website.) I hope to see you all there.

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










The supply list below is affiliated links. If you do shop, I receive a small commission. Thanks so much for your continued support of my art.

Let's Do Some Shopping!

I have more sales for you today. These you definitely will not want to miss! I keep saying that, don't I? Spellbinders has a BOGO sal...