Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Cardinal Sprite by Aurora Wings

This little Cardinal Sprite is trudging through the snow with a precious stick he found for his lady. He is created for the Challenge #57 where we were to Crop a graphic.  I Cropped (well, I hid) one of his feet behind a snowbank, but cropped away his sprig of Holly, and used part of the cropped holly for the corner embellishment.  The rest of the holly sprig is on the inside of the card with the greeting. The sentiment will either say Merry Everything, or Home for Christmas, (or something else! on acetate on the bottom edge).  The sweet little Cardinal Sprite is colored in Prismacolor Pencils and accented with 3d Crystal Glaze on his beak.  Eyes are enamel dots.  The background is a soft winter scene created in Photoshop, over soft gray card base, and the snowdrifts are from the "Jingle all the Way" stamp and die set by SU The snow drifts are textured with  glitter snow that I have mixed a little very light grey reinker into, and then handpainted the texture onto the snowdrifts. 

Do you know the legends and meaning and symbolism of a cardinal?  The notions that cardinals are messengers of Spirit exists across many cultures.  The word is derived from Latin cardo (hinge or axis) Like a hinge on the door a cardinal is the hinge on the doorway between the Earthly world and the Spirit world, carrying messages back and forth.  The cardinal is associated with myths and traditions that surround renewal, good health, happy relationships, monogamy and protection.  Looking at the life of a cardinal, it's easy to see why good associations are connected to it.  Cardinals mate for life, they are non-migratory birds, so they stay in their same area all of their lives, protecting their turf.  After their eggs hatch both parents work together to assure the good health, welfare and security of their little family.  
Things with wings get our attention and some think things with wings (butterflies, owls, birds, dragonflies, storks, albatross, etc)  are messengers from Heaven.  So maybe seeing a cardinal means that your loved ones are around and that you are being heard and guidance you seek is forthcoming.  Fun history and meaning of the little Sprite Mitzi sighted and shared for us.!

Blankets for the Grandest

I knit blankets this year for both the Grandchildren in College. Ryan is a Junior at So Vermont College in Bennington VT, and Georgia is a Freshman at UCSB in Santa Barbara, CA.  Ryans is a forest green and Georgia's is fisherman.  

Georgia's card

The blankets were the same pattern, but different colors

Ryan's Card

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lady Butterfly---Mitzi Sato Wiuff

Aurora Wings has come up with two new PHENOMENAL graphics to color--Lady Butterflies.  This is Lady Butterfly 2, and she's done for the  Aurora Wings Challenge #57.  The challenge is to crop a graphic and create with the cropped image.
 I wish there was some way to catch the glimmer in this beautiful beautiful card.  The Butterfly is colored with prismacolor pencils then some iridescent glitter is very very finely attached to parts of her wings.   The flowers and gossimer leaves are touched with glitter pen and with glaze pens.  The Stitched  Rectangle Mats, have a very light line of glitter shaken (and glued) onto the stitching created with the Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Tiny butterflies are dipped in holographic EP and are from punches and from embosslits.  Paper mats are SU Wisteria Wonder and Mint Macaron, both very soft soft pastels.  LOVE THIS CARD!  No sentiment chosen yet for it!


Autumn Sprite Thinking of You

This is a bubble Shaker Card with punched maple leaves and sequins in the shaker.  I cannot remember where I got the oval window plastic bubble front card but I have had it for several years, and just put it to work with the Autumn Sprite.  The Sprite by Aurora  Wings (Mitzi Sato-Wiuff) is colored in prismacolor pencils, and touched with clear  Wink of Stella.  The leaf is from Gina  K Designs Autumn Leaves Mini Stamp TV kit and the sticker is from Popups Etc.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gina K Stitched Leaves Welcomes Autumn

This card is based on dies and stamps that are found in the Gina K Stitched Leaves Mini Kit that she demonstrated on Stamp TV recently.  An Emagination punched oak leaf and a tiny maple leaf punch by Studio G provide the other leaves that are colored with distress oxides, gold Wink of Stella, 3D Crystal glaze, and brown glitter pens.  Gold leafing is adhered with Tim Holtz Multi Media adhesive and the background is Weathered by Taylored Expressions.  Inks are distress oxide, distress ink, Autumn Leaves and Desert Heat Kaleidacolors, Memento Tuxedo black and Versamark. Paper is SU Crushed Curry and white.

Autumnal Equinoz  Friday September September 22 at 1:02 Pacific Time
This one was a BLAST to do.  It is an acrylic front, easel card with Gina K. stitched leaves, Spellbinders Leaves dieset, the bigz autumn leaves dies, and a couple of punches.  I've used metallic washi embossed, distress oxide and distress ink, Rich Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves and Summer heat, a beautiful embossing folder by Darice filled with autumn leaves and swirls.    Hello is cut from Little Hello Halo  in natural, and the Autumn tag welcoming autumn and F INALLY cooler weather after the hottest summer ever. That's a script called "Hello"
 I have creased the acrylic so that the floating hello medallion is multi positionable with at least three stops.  The main paper color is SU cajun craze.  Wink of Stella and a couple of rhinestones finish the easel card.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happy Thirtieth Birthday Ross!

Our oldest grandson turns thirty today.   That is almost beyond comprehension for both me and Patsy--(his mother!)--And we are overjoyed that in his 30th year, he will marry his sweetheart, Briana Cox.   


 Where have the years gone?  
Anyway---Grandpa and I wish you the BEST and MOST fantastic birthday ever as you enter this wonderful decade of your life, Ross.  A year of change, and excitement and a world of dreams coming true await you!  

The easel card has a little calendar on it, and a gift card tucked inside the envelope that is inside the card.  Spellbinders "leaves" dies,  Bark paper designed by Karen Schulz in her kit "Apple of my Eye"  The branch is part of the tree from Hero Arts "Thorntree" dieset,  Birthday sentiment is from Just Rite "Fancy Sentiments" and the laser cut wooden owl is by Recollections.  Tiny leaves are handcut. The artpiece background is Distress Oxide spritzed with Shimmer Mist and water on natural cardstock (SU).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pumpkin Sprite

The little pumpkin sprite with her trick or treat bag ready, was created in prismacolor pencils, and placed behind a stitched oval acrylic window over distress ink sponged neutral paper.  The card top is the letterpress technique using distress inks on the Darice Autumn swirls EF.  The tiny maple and ash leaves are the negative cuts from Memory Box Leaf collage distress inked and veined with a chocolate glimmer pen.  She is created for the Aurora Wings Challenge #56  Anything  goes.  

Lavinia Snowflake Ornament

This card is just gorgeous ---and does not photograph well at all!  The picture catches NONE of the sparkle that richly finishes this card.
I used the Memory Box Lavinia Snowflake Ornament die as an embosser, where I had heatset sparkling clear embossing powder into the LINES of the embossing.  The ornament itself is worked with Metallic Colorburst (turquoise) over texture created by very carefully monitoring where some sparkle EP got heatset.  The embossed snowflakes are worked with Wink of Stella, 3d crystal Glaze, white Posco Pen, Glitter Gel pens and rhinestones. Peace is from the  Spellbinders dieset and is cut with glitter washi paper. Splatter is with the metallic turquoise, and accented with white gel pen, Nuvo dots, and tiny rhinestones (silver and Turquoise.)  The basic embossing a die technique was taught by Jennifer McGuirk in her video "Embossed Impressions."  Next time I try this technique it will be with gold EP as she demonstrated the sparkle clear EP does not provide enough line definition.  Ribbon is 1/8 inch Tempo silver and white ribbon.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Acorn Sprite---announcing

The little Acorn Sprite by Mitzi Sato Wiuff, joins digital scrapbooking artwork by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen (autum harvest border, to announce the fall "kick-off" Hoot for my Sun City  Sunbreros Red Hatters.
The little Acorn Sprite has on a red hat and purple bloomers.   She is colored in Prismacolor pencils, scanned and printed.

She's part of the "Anything Goes" Challenge #55 at Aurora Wings as we welcome back our "snowbird" red hatters in the Sun City Sunbreros Red Hat Chapter.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gina Kay---Wise Owls

WHOOOO?  Me?  have an owl or two.  These were created with the adorable Gina K Wise Owls stampset, with papers from "Apple of my Eye"  (modified) created by Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen.   They were colored with copics and accented with rhinestones and colored glitter pens. Just as cute as can be.  See the techniques video HERE on Gina K's  Stamp TV for the release of these stamps.