Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flowers, Feathers and Fairies New Release: Gypsy

Hey everyone!! I have a super fun card to share with you today!! Sabrina has drawn us a Gypsy with an adoreable little monkey!
She looks just like what I always imagine Gypsy's to look like!! And how sweet is her little pet monkey!!

I turned this image into a card for my little sisters 30th birthday:
I always think bright, bold colors, that may or may not go together when I think Gypsy. I just think they like what they like and that's it. So I totally used that gypsy spirit when I chose my papers and embellishments.
"You are exactly who & what & where you are supposed to be and you are lovely" I thought this was totally the perfect sentiment for my sweet sis's 30th!!

And there you have it!! Make sure you pop by the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Etsy store to grab her!!! You won't regret it!! 

Thanks for popping by!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Aurora Wings Challenge #55- Elements using "Siren

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Aurora Wings Challenge!! This time we are playing with the "Elements" I chose water and this new beautiful "Siren" image was absolutely perfect!!
So I did a little research on Sirens before I started this project because while I knew they were mermaid like creatures I knew they weren't exactly mermaids. So here's a little of what I learns:
  • Sirens used their song to call sailors off their course and to their deaths
  • They were beautiful creatures that have either been depicted as half bird half human or half fish half human. However, their beauty lay more in their song than their physical appearance
  • They are mentioned in Greek mythology has having done one of the water goddesses wrong-- something about protecting a daughter who ended up being kidnapped; and the sirens were sentenced to a life at sea until the princess was safely returned-- If I got that wrong please correct me!!
  • Sirens generally had 1 island that was theirs and many sailors marked it on their maps as a place to avoid
  • There was one Captain who apparently wanted to hear the Siren song so much that he made all his crew wear ear plugs and tie him to the mast. That way he could hear thier song but no one including himself would be able to steer the ship off course and close the island.
So having learned all that, I really wanted to do something dark and mysterious with this image but still to reflect the beauty of the Siren. And I'm really hoping I did that! Take a look below and tell me what you think!!
This took me hours of fun to create the Mermaid Scale background!! I used a base layer of black, brushed over it with a purple metallic and then another layer of black so the purple just sparkles so slightly in all that black base.
Once that dried I got out some of my Inca Golds and used them through a Mermaid Scale stencil. I layered the Incas over and over in so many different places so that each color was blended with all the others but so that each color still shone as itself. If that makes sense? LOL
For the flowers I misted each with a Black Dylusions and layered Heidi Swapp shimmer mists over top in a couple different colors and then gave it another shot of black.
I love the use of a couple different metal embellishements. I was hoping it gave the look of what a mix match you would find at the bottom of the ocean at all different levels of breaking down.

"My home is the open sea where stars shine brighter and my soul is free"
I really hoped that the different colored mediums I used would all pull together nicely and highlight the colors already used in coloring the mermaid and I think I succeeded!!!
Lastly I just really wanted to show you all the different metallic colors shining in the Mermaid Scales. I hope the picture shows enough of them!!
It really is just stunning!!!!

You can grab this amazing "Siren" image here:

Come play along on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog!!
Thanks so much for popping in today!! See you again real soon!!!

I am entering this project in the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Aurora Wings Challenge #53- Anything Goes using "Flora 2- Goddess of Flowers"

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Hello again!! 2 post within a few days!! Aren't you guys shocked!! Me too!!! I love it when I get to color all of the images at once!! Today I get to share with you my latest Aurora Wings piece. I loved working with Flora 2: Goddess of Flowers. 
 I really wanted to work with some softer colors for this one so I used my RV90's, V90's and R90's which came out a little pinker than I wanted but it really adds a nice pop of color.

 To finish this piece off I matted it on some purple card stock, edged with ivory lace and added an inspirational Claude Monet quote in the corner because the soft blending of all the colors really made me this of Monet with this one, the blending of the flowers, hair and dress also really helped take my mind to Monet.

Lastly I framed her up in a beautiful black leather frame. 

Here's a close up of the quote for you:
"It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly." -Claude Monet

Now if you love this beautiful image you can find it here:

Thanks so much for popping in today!! Make sure you pop by everyone elses blogs to see the beauty they created as well!!! Have an awesome month!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Flowers, Feathers and Fairies: New Releases!!! Floating Isles and Hunter with Wolf

Good Morning Everyone!!! I have a couple super awesome new images to share with you today!!
Flowers, Feathers and Fairies just released this awesome new background digital stamp called Floating Isles and I love it!! Soooo much!!
Floating Isles Background Digi Stamp - JPG

So first I merged with "Tiger Lily" and colored it up!!
I created a day scene for this image and I absolutely adore it!! Look at all those layers in the sky!! Just such incredible depth created by Sabrina here!!

Next I merged it with "Hunter with Wolf" and created a night scene:
I love all the details that are left for us!! I chose to add a few little stars as if they were just starting to appear but wait till you see what Sabrina did with her night scene!! Its incredible!!

And lastly we let my 6 year old have a little play with the "Floating Isles" and "Peony Fairy"
Skyla had so much fun coloring with up!! She was thrilled to start looking at cast shadows and layers and although its not perfect I think she nailed it!!
Sabrina added an extra large peony and a couple little ones in the grass for us and she's told me if anyone wants to recreate this just purchase the 2 images and send her an email and she will send you this file with the extra Peonies added.

That's all for me today. I know it's short and sweet and missing all kinds of links I usually give you guys and I do appologize but I'm running behind with my life and just finished coloring late last night. Today is Canada Day so we are heading to join the celebrations with the kiddos and I must go dress and sunscreen the masses!!
Happy Weekend!!!

PS Make sure you pop by the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Blog to see what everyone else created!!!

I am entering these projects in the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Aurora Wings New Release Friday Showcase!!! Featuring Wings & Petals, Lady of the Sea Full Version and Cinderella Full Version

 I am always so delighted when Mitzi asks us to work with new images and help the Aurora Wings Showcase Design Team out. I LOVE getting to work with these new images and show you how stunning they can be when you put some color on them!! Today there are 6 new images being release because we are celebrating 3000 members in our Aurora Wings Facebook Group!!! Make sure you pop over there for all of the details of the weekends events!!! 
 For now let me show you the amazing Wings & Petals!! Isn't she just unbelievably stunning!!!! I colored her in 8x8 to be sure to get as much detail as I could in all those petals and butterfly wings!!
 Then I framed her in an 8x8 shadow box with "Without Change there would be no Butterflies" on the glass. 
 I'm loving how the gold glitter vinyl plays to well off the yellow flowers. I think they make each other pop.
And lastly, I had to show you the stunning close up of those butterfly wings!!! Just gorgeous!! The detail in them was just enough to give you an idea but not so much you couldn't have your own creative say on how they turned out. 
It was just such a stunning image to work with!! I cannot wait to get to color her again!!!

You can find Wings & Petals here:
Aurora Wings Website
Aurora Wings Etsy Shop

Now the second lovely image I got the pleasure of working with is Lady of the Sea Full Version. It is an unbelievably gorgeous image!! So full of details and shadows to play with!!
Isn't it just stunning!! I am completely floored by all the little details Mitzi added in here!! They all come together for such a stunning effect!!

Once I had her all colored up I matted her in some lovely mermaid themed paper from Kaiser Kraft. I added a lovely, fun, inspirational sentiment to the side for some fun!
Here's a little closer look at the sentiment and all the little sea creatures added.

Doesn't she just look lovely with that ocean like paper around her? 

Lastly I framed her up for display!! 
Thanks for allowing me to play with this amazing image Mitzi!! I just adored coloring her!!!

You can find Lady of the Sea Full Version exclusively on the Aurora Wings Website here:

Lastly I have the gorgeous Rococo Cinderella Full Version to show you!!!
I'm simply going to frame this stunning image and let it speak for itself!! The layers in that dress are just divine you guys!! And the detail scrolls around the carriage doors are incredible!!! Coloring this beautiful image was a delightful challenge that I cannot wait to do again!!

You can find the stunning Rococo Cinderella Full Version Exclusively on the Aurora Wings Website here:

Don't forget to pop on over to the Aurora Wings Facebook Group and join in on our 3000 Members Party!! There are going to be all kinds of fun things going on you don't want to miss like this....
What could this FREEBIE possibly be???

One last little treat for you!! Discount codes for the weekend!!! Enjoy. my friends, Enjoy!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Aurora Wings Challenge #51: "Celebration" matted print using "Circe Lounging with Lion and Flowers"

 Hello everyone!! Have you been missing me? I've been missing you!!! I have a folder on my computer with seriously like 100 pictures to upload and share with you all but I think its gonna be into July before that happens sadly!! 
However, today I have a fun project to share with you using Aurora Wings "Circe Lounging with Lion and Flowers." This is a very detailed, challenging image to work with but reward when its all finished is soooo worth it!! I am completely in love with the final outcome here!!
 Isn't she just stunning!! The details in everything are just amazing!! The folds are her toga and all the leaves in the flowers. And don't get me started on that lion mane!! LOVE!!!
 I took our Celebration theme a little different direction this time. Rather that celebrating and event I thought we would have a personal celebration! I love this quote and I think it does so much to build a person up!!! 
 I framed it in this beautiful dark brown frame that would go well with the other colors used but also help pop the sunset background.
You can grab this incredible image here:

Please make sure you stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog to enter as well as check out the rest of the design teams projects!!!

Make sure you come by this Friday as well!! It's new release day and all of the Aurora Wings Design Teams have been collaborating to give you some AMAZING inspiration with the images being released!! Check it out on the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog!!
See you all Friday!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #23- Playing with Liquid Pearls- Painting an Image

This weeks tutorial is really fun!! We are using Liquid Pearls to paint part of an image!! Come on over HERE to see how!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Faery Ink Workshop Wednesday #22- Playing with Liquid Pearls- Resist Background

Hey ya'll!! I love this weeks technique over at Workshop Wednesdays!! It is so fun and the end result is stunning!!! Come on over and take a peek!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

In this house we believe in Unicorns and Dragons framed image using Flowers, Feathers and Fairies "Unicorn and Dragon"

Hey you guys!!! It's my turn to do an inspiration post for Flowers, Feathers and Fairies digital stamps!! For my birthday back in April the amazing Sabrina drew this image as well as an individual Unicorn and Dragon for me because my 6 and 4 year old daughters LOVE unicorns and dragons. I immediately fell in love with the images but as of yet have only gotten to color the Dragon and I'm not sure I have even shared with with you all yet! How awful is that!!! So for my turn as inspiration provider for the month I decided to take the opportunity to color this image with the first idea that popped into my head when I saw it!!! I had to modify a little due to time constraints but the girls and I are thrilled with the outcome and I soooo hope you will be too!!
So for starters let me introduce you to "Unicorn and Dragon"
Unicorn and Dragon - Digi Stamp JPEG+PNG

How adorable is that?!?!??!?! The butterflies and the flowers in the unicorn mane and tail give it such a playful feel!!

I decided to use a combination of techniques learned in my Kit and Clowder monthly classes to color up the image.
I love how my vision came to life here!! I wanted it to create a really magical scene here with elements that we all love. So the rainbow is my little girl, the wild flower meadow is my big girl (and me, one of the favorite places hubby and I found on our honeymoon in the Rocky Mountains around Jasper National Park) and the mountains are me. I love how each of these elements combined with the "Unicorn and Dragon" image make this image just a perfect representation of our family!!

Then I created my own version of the oh so popular "In this house" phrases going around. I honestly believe that the imagination and ability to image are two of the most important traits you can have!!! Without imagination we were never progress as a society. No one would think of new ideas. I want my girls to follow their imaginations wherever they may take them. 
My big girl always says to me that the mythical creatures she loves right now aren't real. I ask her how she knows. She says she's never seen them. And I tell her that that's not proof they aren't real, it's proof no one has seen them. I choose to believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny and Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons. Because without magic where would the fun be. There's so much magic for them to believe in and to see in the world if they only look for it!!! But they will never look if they don't believe. 

To finish this project off I framed it in a lovely frame. It's currently sitting in an alcove by our front door. The girls are getting a thrill out of having a little bit of them right out there for the world to see. I think it helps them know this is their home too and pieces of them should fill it! Not just toys put away and beds made but the little things that make them who they are fill this home and are showcased here. And.... then... there's no fighting over who's room gets the "Unicorn and Dragon" image because that was the first question when I finished coloring it!! LOL

If you would like some more inspiration for these images pop over to the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Blog and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team created for release weekend!!! These images were a surprise to me so I didn't get to participate but the rest of the team did an amazing job!!

OK, I'm off now to start another busy week here!! Hope you all enjoyed my little project for today!! See you all again real soon!! Thanks for popping by!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Advice from a Waterfall using Flowers, Feathers and Fairies "Aiyanna" and "Waterfall Lagoon"

Hey you guys!! I am sooooo excited to share with you our new image from Flowers, Feathers and Fairies!!! Sabrina read everyone saying in our Kit and Clowder group how much they would love a good waterfall digital stamp and she listened sooooo Viola!! "Waterfall Lagoon" was born!!
 And what would a waterfall lagoon be without someone enjoying it? Viola!! "Aiyana" and "Seafairy" were born!!


Now, if you are like me and not so tech savy you can purchase "Waterfall Lagoon, Seafairy, and Aiyana" in a bundle in the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Etsy Store. You will receive each individual image as well as "Aiyana" and "Seafairy" merged with "Waterfall Lagoon." If you purchase this way you will save about 14% over what you would pay to purchase each individually. Purchasing in the bundle is also the only way to get the merged images so it's totally worth it!!!
I did not work with "Seafairy" but both Sabrina and another of our Design Team did so make sure you pop by the Flowers, Feathers and Fairies Blog to see some inspiration with those images!!

I would love to show you what I have created with these images!!! I used "Aiyana" and "Waterfall Lagoon" premerged to create a pretty awesome matted image, if I do say so myself!!
I started by coloring up the image with techniques I have learned from my Kit and Clowder classes. I loved coloring up all the layers and waves within that water!! It was an awesome challenge for me!! The way that Sabrina has drawn the canoe under the water makes it really look like its sitting in water not just drawn on a page. You know what I mean?

So I went snooping the internet for some kind of quote to put with this image. I was on pinterest looking for "Waterfall Quotes" when I found this one from Your True Nature. I am loving all these quotes and you can bet I will be using them again!! 
I created the matte with my cricut and the plaque shape on the side with the quote. I finished it up with a few feather embellishments and distressed the edges and TA-DA!


I put her in a beautiful wood frame and I am beyond thrilled with the final outcome!! I love how the nature beauty of this image is enhanced by the "Advice from a Waterfall." I can her the water crashing down when I'm looking and reading. That to me is such an important part of our art... that we feel something; that we relate to it; that it sparks emotional response!!

OK, I must be off to enjoy the rest of my Mother's Day now. And for those of you in North America.... Happy Mothers Day!!! Thanks for popping by today!!