Thursday, May 28, 2015

Open Call for a Showcase Designer Position


Hi, everyone!  This is an opportunity for you to join me and my Showcase Design Team as a designer, whose fun job is to be among the first to play with a new release digi!  This is a somewhat rare opportunity as I have two very reliable and stable design teams at both AW Blogs.   This is the first open call since July of 2014.  AuroraWings does not hold regular interval open calls.  Listed below are what you will be doing as a member of the AW Showcase DT.

  • Design a card or other paper product sample for my new release on a relatively short notice (1 to 2 weeks) but no more than 2 times per month
  • Schedule your own blog post (or other social media postings) to coordinate with the new release of the particular digi and its showcase right here at this blog
  • Help spread the word about the new digi and special events at the AW Facebook group on any social media you use

My ideal candidate will have the following qualities.
  • A fan of AuroraWings digital stamps and love playing with them
  • Not involved in too many DT obligations so you have time to create for me and with me
  • Not a regular DT member of any digi companies'/artists' showcase/challenge blogs (DT work with private challenge blogs is fine.)
  • Love entering challenges and blogging about your craft projects using AW digis
  • Be familiar with the basic blog functionalities
  • Does not have to be an advanced crafter/colorist, but creates with passion and joy
  • Good at written communications in English (via e-mail, Facebook PM, etc.) and enjoy sharing details of your work in your blog posts
  • Experience with designing for blogs (showcase or challenge) helpful, but not required
  • Be able to stay with us for a period of 6 months (with option to renew) and be able to give a month's notice when ready to leave the team, unless some RL circumstance makes it impossible
  • Good time management/organization skills and ability to meet deadlines

Here's what a showcase blog designer, if chosen for the position, will get.

  • Your blog badge as a designer for AW Showcase Blog
  • Opportunity to design samples with new release digis BEFORE they are available to the public
  • Access to a small, designers-only FB secret group, where most communications will take place
  • Having your sample work featured on AW's Etsy listings with your blog links
  • Access to AW digis on demand for personal projects separate from your sample work
  • Opportunity to GDT for our Challenge Blog
  • First consideration will be given to Showcase Blog Designers when a Challenge Blog DT opening becomes available 

If this is something you'd be interested, I would like to ask you to please send your e-mail to aurorawingsshowcase(at)aol(dot)com with the subject line "Designer Position Application".   Please include the following questions and your answers in your e-mail (copy and paste the following questions and fill out with your answers).  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you!!  

*** Questions for the AW Showcase Designer Candidates ***

1. Your name, please.

2. Your blog URL, please.

3.  Are you a member of AuroraWings Facebook Group?  If so, how long?

4.  Approximately, how long have you been coloring/crafting with AuroraWings digis?

5.  Please list your current DT obligations (Please include links/URLs of the blogs.), if any.

6.  Please list your past DT obligations, if applicable.

7.  Approximately how many craft projects, on average, do you make in a month?

8.  Any additional information you might want to add about yourself, please feel free to mention here.  If you wish to add sample images of your work to your application, please be sure to resize the images so they are no larger than 1,000 pixels on the long side and in JPG file format.

PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST WITH YOUR APPLICATIONS, LINK TO YOUR BLOG, ETC.   Please do NOT contact me via Facebook wall posts/private messages, Etsy convos, or at my other e-mail addresses regarding your blog designer applications or questions.  Thank you.

Deadline for application:  Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT US.
Please expect the final decision to be made shortly after the application deadline.  The designer chosen for the position will be contacted via e-mail as soon as the decision is made.

Thank you for your interest in working with me at AuroraWings Showcase Blog!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

AuroraWings Is Celebrating 2 Years on Etsy

Welcome to the special edition of the showcase by our fab DT today, unveiling the brand new freebie digi for our celebration!  And it's a sprite to boot! :D  I will give you a link to the download at the end of this showcase.  Please enjoy the beautiful samples of dainty Linnea Sprite by the AW Showcase Design Team!!

UPDATE: The "Linnea Sprite" digi is now listed at the AW Etsy and the digi shop at AW site.

Don't forget the Coloring Contest that you can join with this freebie digi at our Facebook Group!  The contest album will be set up later today, and it will stay open through next Sunday, May 24, 2015 to give you plenty of time to color and create something wonderful.  This contest will have an Artist's Choice Award, random winner, and Top 3, just like our monthly contest.

We have a very special sponsor this time for our celebration.   Tomo & Edie on Etsy is generously donating fantastic prizes for us.  My special thanks to the shop owner and artist, Kimie-san, for her generous support of AuroraWings' 2 Years on Etsy special celebration!!  The contest where you can win their products is Contest #2, which remains open through 7 pm EDT, May 23, 2015.  But first, why not take a moment and go check out her store and save some listings into your favorites so you can go back to them later.

AuroraWings Etsy now accepts Etsy Gift Cards and has Direct Checkout
You can also use PayPal as before.

This discount code has been extended through Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:59 pm EDT US.
Good ONLY on DIGITAL STAMPS.  Not valid on non-digi items in the shop. All non-digi items in your order will be cancelled if this code is used on a mixed order.

Here's a 'gift with purchase' offer that you can use with the coupon code above!
The total amount spent at the shop needs to be $15 USD or more AFTER the code has been applied in order to qualify for this offer.  Also, be sure to send your request to the e-mail address you see on the ad, not FB message, not Etsy convo.  Only the requests sent to the e-mail specified will be honored.  Thanks!
This offer has also been extended through Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Friday, May 1, 2015

New Release Showcase - Miyabi

Hi, everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by to check out our new release showcase today!!  Since our last showcase with Little Kitsune Anko, I've been bitten by the Japan bug.  It's the cherry blossom time of the year - it makes me nostalgic every spring.  So, when an inspiration strikes, I don't resist.  I run with it.  And this is the result.  I have a new image of a lovely maiko (a young apprentice geisha) with the full set of hair ornament.  I've been wanting to make a maiko/geisha digi that honors the traditional beauty in its authentic way.  I've titled this one Miyabi - a somewhat old-fashioned Japanese word for the type of elegance and refinement the ancient capital, Kyoto offers.  It's also one of my favorite Japanese words, and it's the middle name I gave to my child.  ^_^  I hope you enjoy this special showcase.  The DT has worked hard to bring you this gallery of gorgeous interpretations.  Feast your eyes on these gorgeous makes!

"Miyabi" digi is available in two versions - figure-only version and with full background of kimono textile pattern.  Here are the specifications and links to the listings.

Miyabi Figure-Only Version - 1650 x 2100 pixels at 300 dpi, JPG 5.5" x 7" or 14 x 17.8 cm approx.

Miyabi Full Version - 2100 x 2400 pixels at 300 dpi, JPG 7" x 8" or 17.8 x 20.3 cm approx.

And if anyone is interested in coloring her up to be an authentic maiko, I have this guide you can look at.  These guidelines are meant to be suggestions, not an absolute rule.  It's also to help you identify what's what in her elaborate hair-do and layers of kimono, which can be confusing in line art.  ^_^

Hope you enjoyed today's new release showcase!  Thank you so much for stopping by.
Happy coloring, and have a great weekend!