Friday, February 5, 2016

Two New Releases at Aurora Wings

It has been a long time since I posted anything on my blog blog. I hope that changes this year. I have a list of goals (Note: not resolutions), and blogging more often is one at the top of my list.

Now onto the Aurora Wings Showcase…Mitzi has started off the year with some fabulous new images. She has given each of her Aurora Wings Showcase Designers two of the most beautiful mermaids, Lady of the Sea and Guardian of the Sea. These lovelies will be available in Mitzi’s Etsy shop starting today.




I had time enough to color the Lady of the Sea with Copics. Believe it or not, I still have our huge Christmas tree to dismantle. LOL I worked three days on the background and still not satisfied, but it was a fun learning experience. I love it when I watch a video and learn different techniques with Copics! The technique is using alcohol (you can use the Copic blending solution, but alcohol is cheaper) and a piece of burlap. The video was created by Rhea of Passionate Paper Creations. I hope you like my Lady of the Sea.

Mitzi has also given you all a few coupons for the next few days. These are for digital images only, AND one coupon per order. Have fun! I saw a new sprite, so I will be there for sure!



Here are a few more links for Aurora Wings.
There is something always going on at Aurora Wings.
(In March we will start with an additional design team,
along with having two challenges each month.)
(There is a monthly contest…
more chances to win Mitzi’s fabulous digital images!)

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me via my email or my website, AJ’s Design Artz.

Have a great weekend my friends! I will be back at my Christmas tree!
Aletha Jane

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Angel Kisses for the Winter Holidays


Happy Saturday! I feel blessed to have found the time to get this project completed. It has been a very busy two months for me with family and health. I think that things are going to get a little easier for the remainder of the year. 2016 is almost here, so I thought this project would make a very special last piece for 2015. I do Copic coloring and some drawing when I need some time for relaxation (it also helps with depression). When it comes to getting in my studio and I am able to finish projects, that’s icing on the cake.

This past week I have created a holiday card with my very first Lacy Sunshine’s Candy Box. Heather Valentin, owner/artist of Lacy Sunshine, developed several kinds of crafty “Candy Boxes” for purchase. Within those candy boxes are enough supplies to make several projects, cards (designer papers, Lacy Sunshine glitters, flowers, feathers, several ribbon styles, embellishments, die cuts), etc., and you also receive an exclusive digital image with your purchase.



My project used the exclusive image mentioned above. This image is an addition, but exclusive, to Heather’s Angel Kisses line. This Angel Kisses name is “Snowflakes of Love.” Remember I said exclusive. “Snowflakes of Love” has been colored with Copics. After the coloring was complete, I trimmed her with Spellbinder’s Rectangles Grand Nestabilities. (Spellbinders has stopped manufacturing the Grands. I am so glad that I have the ones that I do have. I use them a lot in my mixed-media projects.) I distressed the edges and the surrounding white area with Hazelnut Blend ink (links are below) and then added the Frantage. I am still trying to get the hang of Frantage. I have seen some amazing pieces of art with this medium added. I look forward to the day that I have mastered it.



Heather included a green glitter paper pine needles die that was used at the bottom of my background. One of the designer papers that Heather included was a beautiful bronze handmade paper. With this paper I did some die cutting with the corner die from the Draping Vines Elements set. I cut the corner die four times and added them to the corners. The snowflakes are from the Create a Flake Six die and covered with the Distress Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust. This is the first time that I have created with this glitter dust and it will not be the last. It has amazing “shine” qualities that you do not find in the other Distress glitters.

As you can tell I was able to use a lot of the supplies that came in my candy box, but not all of them. With the remainder of the candy box supplies, I have enough for a couple more creative endeavors. 






“Snowflakes of Love” will be entered in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge – Christmas Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge – Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz – Vintage Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me. I am wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.
Aletha Jane

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Sad Farwell to Sweet Pea Stamps



I have had the privilege and honor of being a member of Lynette’s team(s) for many years. I have got to play with some of the most unique designs that have ever been on the market. With these designs and Lynette's encouragement, I know that my coloring and creativity has blossomed. It is with a saddened heart that we must say “Farewell to Sweet Pea Stamps,” but not to Lynette McAnsh!

Lynette and I have nurtured a friendship through these years and I can proudly say that this strong relationship will last forever. I am planning on keeping it that way, Lynette. You will never see the last of me, I promise.

Very soon Lynette will receive one of my art cards. The one below is one of my favorites. (Yes, Lynette, it’s going in the mail shortly.) This card has been designed around Elain Cox’s digital image "Button Mushroom Fairy." I fell in love with this little fairy the moment I saw her.



With the closing of Sweet Pea Stamps, Lynette has given you a "35% off coupon code" off all digital images. (Rubber stamps are no longer available.) This code ends tonight, November 25, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Don’t waste your time!!




If you have come from Kathi Rerek's blog, you are on the right track. Your next stop will be Christina Gudgeon's blog. I hope you have enjoyed the hop. Everyone that leaves a comment will be placed in a random draw for a Sweet Pea Stamps card that I have made, plus a few other goodies not related to Sweet Pea Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and helping us bid Sweet Pea Stamps a fond farewell. I am going to miss Sweet Pea Stamps! If you are a friend of Lynette’s on Facebook you will be able to keep up with her shenanigans. Lynette has enough energy that puts us all to shame. Love you Lynette with all my heart!
Aletha Jane

Friday, November 13, 2015

AW Christmas Sprites New Coloring Book


You heard right…a new Aurora Wings Sprite coloring book!!! This one, which makes Mitzi’s second “Sprite” coloring book, is all about Christmas. This “pre-ordered” Christmas Sprites mini coloring book is half size (compared to her other coloring books on the market), slightly smaller than 5.5” x 8.5”. The sprites that found their way home in this adorable coloring book include 6 previously released digital images and 6 brand new exclusives. Yes, that’s what Mitzi said, 6 exclusives, meaning they will be in this book and never available as digital stamps. Each sprite is printed on one side and the other side is left blank. This allows you to frame your work and you will not have to sacrifice an image on the back side. To pre-order please visit Aurora Wings site by clicking here.

The 12 images included in the Christmas Sprites Mini Coloring Book include: Christmas Cactus Sprite, Christmas Tree Sprite, Poinsettia Sprite, Mistletoe Sprite, Little Santa, Holly Sprite, Christmas Wreath Sprite, Amaryllis Sprite, Candle Angel Sprite, and Candy Cane Sprite. The last 6 are the brand new ones.

I was one of the lucky ones that picked out Amaryllis Sprite, and she was a joy to color with Copics (my first choice as a go-to medium). Amaryllis Sprite will definitely be framed.




Here are a couple of coloring samples of Christmas Cactus Sprite and Holly Sprite. I had fun with these two. I always have fun coloring all the images designed by Aurora Wings. I’ve probably said that enough times that you get the idea.  ;o)

Christmas Cactus Sprite

Holly Sprite

Please take a few minutes and check out the amazing and fun projects that the Aurora Wings Showcase Designers have for you today. I know that each would love a visit to their personal blogs. Some may even have their step-by-step process creating their piece of art.While you are hopping, why not do some shopping. Head over to the Aurora Wings Etsy store and take advantage of this coupon code for all your digital needs.



Head over to our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group. There is always something going on, coloring samples, projects, and contests. Mitzi also has two shops where you can pick up more of her coloring books and digital images, Aurora Wings at Etsy, and her own Aurora Wings Digi shop.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me. Have a fantastic and creative weekend!
Aletha Jane

Friday, September 25, 2015

Aquarium Life at SCACD



Happy Friday!  I have a mixed-media project for you today. Because this post is heavy with photos and explanations for each that I decided to get on with it.


My project is a 5”x7” stretched canvas. The first step was to head to my stash of colored tissue paper. I had some light and dark turquoise which was perfect. I tore a few strips of each and layered them on the canvas with DecoArt Matt Medium.



As you can see in the above two photos I stamped the Coral SunFlower Set with gold ink and embossed with gold embossing powder on white tissue paper, tore around each, and adhered them to the canvas with more matt medium.

After the above base was dry, I started cutting my dies. The dies that I used are Memory Box’s Sketchy Rings, Oceana Corner, Diving Dolphins, Swimming Sea Horses, and Poppystamp’s Weeping Willow Branches. The Angel Fish Trio were stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with black embossing powder. When they cooled down, I water colored each with Twinkling H2Os.

Above is a picture before mounting the Angel Fish Trio. You can see where I painted the die cuts with acrylic and glitter paint. I also started my bottom layer with my sea shell stash. Most of the shells have been dry brushed with paint to help with the toning down of the while shells.

Above I have added the trio of Angel Fish. There was still something lacking.

That something missing as the bottom of the sea bed did not look complete. I added some Prills hoping it looks like sand. I have also taken some Deco Art Liquid Glass and made a few bubbles.

I would like to enter the following challenges with my Aquarium Life:
Your Scrapbook Place – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

I hope that you have enjoyed my aquarium adventure. I am sure that I can find a place for this wall art somewhere in my house. Thanks for stopping by.
Aletha Jane Williams

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