Friday, March 18, 2016

Slow Loris Fundraiser Special Showcase

Hi, everyone!  Welcome to our special showcase today to kick off the Slow Loris Fundraiser here at Aurora Wings as a part of the special celebration of Aurora Wings Challenge Blog's 2-year anniversary.

It's hard to believe it's been 2 years already since we had the first "Anything Goes" challenge on March 17th of 2014 (I know, we're one day late celebrating, but we are going to more than make up for it by stretching it into a loooong event!).  I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion (especially since I completely spaced out about the 1-year anniversary last year), and when a member of our FB group, Debra Laine Kammeraad, approached me a few months ago about a possible fundraiser for slow loris rescue, I thought, "This is it!".  Here we are!

Before I move on to talk about the fundraiser, I just want to mention real quick that our upcoming Chalenge #25 on Aurora Wings Challenge Blog will have all the prizes doubled, also as a part of our celebration.  So there will be 2 ACAs, 2 random winners, and 6 DT's Picks. Twice the chance of winning! So please be sure to check the AWCB on Monday, March 21!  And don't forget, our current challenge "My Favorite Season" ends tomorrow (Saturday, March 19th).  If you've made something for this, but haven't joined yet, please do so today!

Now the info about the fundraiser.  I'm thinking that some of you may not be familiar with the name "slow loris" (I certainly wasn't...), but I'm sure you've seen the pic of one or the (infamous) viral video of one being "tickled" on YouTube (but I will not be posting the link here for a reason).

Screenshot from Google with search words 'slow loris'
Cute!  Precious! Adorable!  Totally irresistible!  I WANT one!  Right?  Yeeesss, and that's unfortunately causing much misery to these animals.  They have become so popular (Thanks to social media, like the case of the aforementioned viral video of pet slow loris being 'tickled' with arms raised up - to learn more about why this is troublesome, please check out this link) that the demand is driving illegal exotic pet trade in areas of the world where these cute guys naturally live and thrive.  I am not going into the details here because it might be too upsetting to many of you (It certainly was for me!), but too many of these animals in the illegal pet trade are being mistreated.  Even if they find themselves in "good homes" with reasonably responsible pet owners, because they are nocturnal, they tend to get neglected while the human owners are fast asleep.  For those of you who wish to know more about the issues facing these animals, please learn more by checking out this link on wikipedia.

The fund raised in this special event will be sent to the Slow Loris Rescue as a lump sum.  The actual AW fundraiser campaign will take place at THIS PAGE.  If you were a member of AW Facebook group last summer, you probably remember the Numbat Fundraiser we had.  Like that time, I will be offering a gift digi image for your donation of any amount as my thank-you for supporting this cause.  You will be able to use the image to enter a special contest at our FB group for more chances to win more AW digis and other prizes.
"Slow Loris Sprite" (1500 x 2100 pixels at 300 dpi)

But wait!  That's not all!  (Sounding like a pitchman in an infomercial here.)  For a donation amount of $10 USD or more, you will receive one more digi.  These two images are "Special Edition" and offered only as gifts to the donors of this special event, and will not be made available for purchase at my shops in the future.  I hope you find the cause to be worthy in the first place, but I also hope that you find these images cute enough to give you the added incentive to donate (... and maybe even curb your appetite for a live loris as a pet).
"Slow Loris in Leaves" (1800 pixels quare at 300 dpi)
These two digis are made available in PNG and JPG.  Default choice (if you don't request otherwise) is PNG for dispatch via email attachment.  If you prefer JPG file format, please specify in your note when you make your donation.   If no choice is specified, you will receive PNG digi.

Many AuroraWings designers from all three teams have generously gave their time and talent in support of this fundraiser and created a gallery of beautiful samples for you today.  I am extra grateful, especially because I was running late and could only give the ladies a very short notice!   Thank you, AW designers, for the beautifully inspired projects!!  Please enjoy!!

Silvia (Aurora & Showcase DTs)

Debbie (Aurora DT)

Marion (Stella DT)

Jan (Showcase DT)

Donna (Aurora DT)

Julie (Stella & Showcase DT)

Karola (Aurora DT)

RoRa (Stella DT)

Debra (Showcase DT)

Gloria (Aurora DT)

Sara (Stella DT)

Cristena (Stella DT)

Thank you again for checking out our special celebration showcase today!   Please support the effort of Slow Loris Rescue by donating today!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

New Release - Venus Flytrap Sprite

Welcome to our New Release Friday!  Today we're showcasing a double new release of Sprites!!  In addition to our fabulous AW Showcase Team, we also have the AW Challenge Blog designers from the Aurora Team, Donna, Debbie, and Gloria, joining for the fun.  This is going to be an awesome gallery for you to scroll through.  First, I have a bit of an unusual plant Sprite.  Please meet the carnivorous Venus Flytrap Sprite!

This mischievous new member of the plant-inspired Sprites is available at AW Etsy shop as a JPG digi and as a PNG digi, measuring 1500 x 2100 pixels at 300 dpi (5" x 7" or 12.7 x 17.8 cm).  JPG digi is also available at the AW DGS store.  Sure to make a great addition to your AW Sprites stash and a fun image to work with for many different occasions.

Our bonus second release today is an insect Sprite.  Meet the fierce Praying Mantis Sprite!  

The Praying Mantis Sprite is a newest member of the group of Sprites that is inspired by bugs found in many parts of the world.  He is joining Ladybug, Honey Bee, and Horned Beetle.  This image also comes as a JPG digi and a PNG digi at AW Etsy shop.  JPG digi is also available at AW DGS Store.  Size and resolution specifics are the same as the Venus Flytrap Sprite above.  

*** Before You Go Shopping ***
Here are two codes you can choose from for this weekend at AW Etsy (  One for when you're just buying one digi, and the other for when you're purchasing $10 USD or more.
SAVE15 code is also good at AW DGS shop (Sorry, I can't give you bigger discount at this location as EU VAT gets subtracted from the list price as opposed to being added to the list price as things are at Etsy.).
Offers are valid only on digital stamps and not on physical goods.  Now through Sunday, March 6 at 11:59 pm ET (or Monday, March 7 at 4:59 am GMT).  Happy shopping and happy coloring!

*** Special Offer ***
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Only.
If your order is over $10 USD (This minimum is the AFTER-COUPON amount, if you choose to use one, and rounding up to the nearest dollar will NOT be accepted.), you qualify to receive this brand new Pierrot Sprite digi in JPG.  Qualifying orders will automatically receive the gift digi via email address associated with your order.  Orders from both AW store locations qualify for this special offer.  It may take up to 24 hours for digi to be sent after confirmation of your order.