Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Release Showcase - Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette

Hi, everyone!  So glad you can stop by.  ^_^  Today, I have a very special new release showcase.  It's "Day of the Dead Marie Antoinette"!  Ever since I did the illustration of "Santa Muerte" for Enchanted Visions Project that I am a part of, I've been infatuated with the Catrina of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  I've been wanting to draw a skull painted beauty with a big Rococo hair for some time, so I'm very happy to finally get to introduce you to this one.   The inspirations the Aurora Wings DT designers have come up with are truly impressive.  Enjoy the showcase!





"Day of the Dead Marie" is available at AW Etsy shop in the FEATURED section across the top and also at AW web shop here.  She is available in both JPG and PNG (at Etsy only).  This digi is loaded with fun details from her Catrina makeup to cat skull to the traditional marigolds in the flowers that frame Marie.

Hope you enjoyed this gorgeous showcase.  ^_^  Till next time, happy coloring!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aurora Wings Rubber Stamp Giveaway

Hi, everyone!  I have something different for you today. ^_^  It's a GIVEAWAY!  Who doesn't love a giveaway, right?

The prize I have here has been provided by Sweet Pea Stamps, which is a company that is licensed to produce my designs in classic red rubber stamp format.  (Yes, if anyone here has not been made aware, some of my digi images are available in rubber stamp as well.)  They have many fantasy artists on their list, so please check them out and discover something new!  And while you're at it, remember to visit and join their Facebook group here.

OK, now the giveaway information you're looking for. ^_^  Click on the image to see it at full size.

I'm giving away two rubber stamps - Christmas Owl and The Gift.  Two lucky winners will receive one of these stamps each (randomly chosen by me). The season of giving and appreciating is rapidly approaching, and I figured these would be perfect for the lucky winners to use to make cards, gift tags, or maybe even some hand-decorated wrapping paper!! :D

*** How to Enter ***
1. Follow this blog (Skip this step if you're already following.)
2. Comment on this post

*** Entry Deadline: 11:59 pm EDT on Nov. 2, 2014***

*** Winners Announcement: Right Here on This Blog on Nov. 3, 2014 ***

That's all!  I'm keeping it simple.  I decided to run a giveaway here on the AW Showcase Blog because ... first and foremost, I would love to see a larger following here since my DT does such a fabulous job of creating beautiful samples with new releases and they deserve to be seen more!!  Secondly, I'm a little tired of all the confusion that goes on with running a giveaway on Facebook, with people commenting on shared posts and things getting out of control rapidly. ^^;  

Now, before you jump to the bottom of this post in a hurry and comment, I just want to be doubly clear that these are UNMOUNTED red rubber stamps, meaning they are not on a wood or acrylic block and ready to use.  You'll have to provide your own mounting block and do a bit of DIY work before actually using them.  It's probably not a big deal for you if you're an avid rubber stamp collector, but it might come as a complete surprise to someone who is not used to seeing stamps in this form.  By entering this giveaway, it is assumed that you've read and understood this. ^_^

Good luck!! :D

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Release DT Showcase

Hi, everyone!  Thank you for stopping by.  ^_^  Today, we have a new release showcase of a Halloween digi that's not creepy for a change. LOL  Seriously, this one is regular old-fahioned 'cute'.  It's called "Young Witch with Cat".  (I'm just not the type who gives names to their digi images.  You'll just have to forgive me for that. ^^; )  Anyway, this cutie is getting the help of her kitty selecting the perfect pumpkin.

We have beautifully colorful inspirations from our DT for you.  Enjoy!!

"Young Witch with Cat" is available as a JPG and a PNG (transparent background) file.  It measures 2100 pixels square (7"x7" or 17.8 x 17.8 cm) at 300 dpi.  Available at Etsy shop here. (The PNG version of the digi can be found at this link here.)  The JPG version comes with white background file and a black background file to give you a little more flexibility (and making fussy cutting easier).

Shown with black background.
PNG digi preview.
I'm in the process of making PNG file versions of the digis available at the shop, which is a major undertaking, considering the sheer volume of listings...  For those of you who are not familiar with this file type, it is an image file that supports transparency.  The white of the background is removed to allow for layering in such programs as Photoshp or Paint Shop Pro to give you the option of adding sentiment or background to your digi.  More PNG digis will be added to the shop in the coming months.  You can easily spot them by the background of tangerine-with-circles in preview images (as seen above) at the shop.

That's all for today.  Till next time, happy coloring!

Friday, October 3, 2014

New Release Showcase Plus

Hello, everyone! *waves*  So glad you can stop by today.  We have a very special DT showcase of a new release.  These are ALWAYS fun.  In addition to the AW Showcase Design Team, I got Glo of AW Challenge Blog to join us for today's showcase.  Fun fun fun!

And... in case you caught that 'Plus' in our title, yes, there's a little extra today of a mini showcase of another digi.  I have to confess.  I vaguely remember writing up a new release post of this one, but then I couldn't find it anywhere.  Blogger just doesn't delete your post without your telling it to do so, so I must own up to the possibility that I must have deleted my own post... by accident.  T_T  (Click-happy index fingers can be a dangerous thing...)

Enough about that.  Here's the DT showcase of the new release "Trick or Treat Boys"!  This digi is my current favorite.  And I just LOVE what the Design Team has made with this image!! Enjoy!

Aren't these so fun?  Just love creepy cute kids for Halloween.
The "Trick or Treat Boys" digi is available as a 2100 x 1500 pixels (at 300 dpi) JPG,  7" x 5"/ 17.8 x 12.7 cm approx.) horizontal image.  Available at AW Etsy shop here.

Today's post was titled "New Release Showcase Plus" as I mentioned at the top of the post.  This second showcase is for the "Let Us In" digi I forgot to make a new release announcement of.  It made a debut in the AW Challenge Blog as Glo's inspiration for the "A Touch of Darkness" challenge currently going on.  Well, I wanted to give you a mini showcase of this digi right here while we are on the subject of creepy cute kids.  OK, these siblings are not really cute... just creepy, and quite possibly, scary. ^^;  These kids were inspired by the stories of black eyed children (Search them on Google and see what comes up if you are not already familiar with them.).  I've made two versions - one with creepy eyes and the other with black eyes.

Here's a bonus round of showcase for you!  Thank you, Laila, Jan, and Silvia for extra work on an extremely short notice!!  *big hugs*

(Using the BEC version)

As you can see, these digis are quite versatile.  You can color them like zombies, ghost-like black eyed children, or kids from the Village of the Damned.  For additional inspiration with the images, you'd want to head on over to AW Challenge Blog and check out our latest 2 challenges currently running simultaneously.

The "Let Us In" digi's specifications are as follows for both versions: 1500 x 2100 pixels at 300 dpi, JPG, 5" x7"/ 12.7 x 17.8 cm approx.  Two versions with different eyes are available at AW Etsy shop:  creepy eyes or pitch black.  

Creepy Eyes Version

Black Eyed Children Version

Hope the digis help you get in the mood for Halloween fun.  They are perfect for our current challenges, "A Touch of Darkness" and "All Gored Up", depending on how you want to color them.  They are all quite versatile - you can color them creepy cute ... or totally scary!  Let your imagination run wild!

This weekend's special offer at Aurora Wings.  Buy 3 digis, get 1 free.  Your free choice digi must be lesser or equal value of the lowest priced digi among the three you purchase.  Please see all details in the ad (click to enlarge).  Important: This offer CANNOT be combined with any other offers or coupon codes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Designer Spotlight - Laila

Hi, everyone!  I'm glad you can stop by AW Showcase Blog today.  We have a special feature today of a unique holiday creation by one of our designers, Laila Anesland (She is currently DT-ing for both AW Showcase and Challenge Blogs).  I said 'unique' for a few reasons.  One, it's a holiday card with a mermaid image.  And two, this image is from my coloring book "Gardens & Goddesses".

Here's her gorgeous holiday card!

The image used is titled "Adrift".  This particular version with cherry blossoms framing the lower portion of the image with petals floating in the gentle breeze is a coloring book exclusive.  The digi version of this image is limited to the mermaid on a crescent moon, which still contains a lot of details.  Laila has used a page from the coloring book and turned it into this spectacularly gorgeous, oversized holiday card for maximum visual impact.  Isn't it stunning?  The juxtaposition of winter holiday elements in white and silver against the spring flowers and all the colors creates a truly magical vision.  It's like a window into another world.  You can read all about this project on her blog here.

The coloring book "Gardens & Goddesses" where this image is from is available at my Etsy shop here.  My current stock is quickly depleting. ^^;  But I should be able to restock by late November.  By then, I should also have two brand new coloring book titles in the shop as well - "Gardens & Goddesses 2" and "Midnight Gardens".  I like to keep some of my images as exclusive to coloring books and not making them available as digis.  The reason is that the coloring books' dimensions are closer to my original drawing sizes for the most part, and I tend to squeeze in a lot of details (even when I'm working in a small confine of an ACEO, which just measures 2.5" x 3.5") that can only be reasonably approached at a coloring book size and not at a greeting card size.  In addition, I'm more comfortable making larger images available in an already printed format for various reasons, such as theft, illegal reproduction, etc.

The digi version "Mermaid on a Crescent Moon" is available at Etsy shop here and at AW web shop here.  This digi is a little larger than my regular ones, coming in at 6" x 8" (15.2 x 20.3 cm approx.), 1800 x 2400 pixels at 300 dpi.