Monday, 26 May 2014

Susan's Showcase for Challenge #7 (Bride of May - Wedding)

Good morning everyone!!! Today I am sharing my project from Challenge #7 - Bride of May (Wedding).

Here is my card:

I used Aurora Floral Kiss for this card which you can find at The East Wind Etsy Shop. I love Aurora and I thought this was the perfect image for a Wedding type card. I colored her with my Copic markers and I did some decoupage on her. I popped the hair on one side and really did some detailed decoupage on the flowers on her head. I love how it turned out. I added the lace at the top of the card, the swirls and different flowers on the side and the small pearls near the stamped sentiments. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!!!

  • Hair: YR31, YR20, YR23, YR24
  • Skin: E000, E00, E01, E02, E11, E13
  • Eyes, Leaves and Bow: YG01, YG05, YG07, YG17
  • Flower Centers: Y11, Y15, Y18
  • Lips: R20, R21, R22
  • Flowers: C00, C1, C4

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Donna's Showcase for Bride of May

I have chosen the gorgeous Aurora Daisy for my beautiful bride and used iridescent white and ivory (with a matte gold base) for my card. The white mat is embossed with a Crafts Too Daisy folder, the sentiment with a small Cuttlebug folder and the die cuts are Spellbinders Lattice Motifs and Lattice Accents.
I've colored her with Copics and added white and ivory "wedding confetti" flowers and pearls as a headpiece. I think she makes a stunning bride, don't you?  Most of the layers as well as the die cuts were popped with foam. The gorgeous pearl swirl is Prima and it was cut apart and trimmed to surround the image.  Hurry, and you can still enter our Bride of May Challenge

Friday, 23 May 2014

Crafting Vicky - Aurora Fuchsia

It's Friday!!!!  Woohooo in my case it means I'm much closer to some fun crafting time!!!

I'm here to share card that I made with the new release from Monday called Aurora Fuchsia!
Digital Stamp - Aurora 'Fuchsia' 300dpi JPEG/ PNG - - MAC0080

So very soft and pretty as are all the Aurora digis :)

And here's the card that I made with her

I had soooo much fun coloring her!  I decided to use some blues after finding this DP that I thought was perfect.  It's from GCD - Nostalgia.  I used some of my Prima flowers with some yellow pearls from my stash.  The digi and mat was cut using my grand circle from Spellbinder.  The sentiment was done using my Nellie's Multi frame ovals.

Here's a closer look at the great digi colored with my copics and to which I added some stickles.
Isn't she just fabulous?! You really should check out the new digis!!!

Have a great crafting day!!!  And have a Fabulous weekend!


Crafting Vicky

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Some inspirations from Mo!

At The East Wind, we have 2 challenges/contests running most of the time, this means two chances to win fabulous images from Unky!

You are here on our Blog so you will hopefully be aware that we have a Challenge starting on the 1st and 15th of every month here on the blog. The current challenge is #7 Bride of May and we want to see your Wedding themed projects!

For this I have used an alternative bride! Cos us alternative chicks want to look pretty on our wedding day too! hahaha Lucy Loo 'Blow the Skull Kiss' is the image I've used, colouring her up in Ivory and pale skin tones.
The papers I have used are from British company, Craftwork Cards and are from their 'Tea Dance' collection with soft creams and pinks to compliment the Ivory dress. I've made a bow with the same papers and the sentiment is also from Craftwork Cards. The layers are built up with some white pearlescent paper too and an X-Cut border punch creates a lace effect on one of the mats.

Now, the Challenge Blog will likely be all frilly and pretty and girly and we love that! But, I'm also a fan of the darker side of crafting and love a bit of Halloween! So, for those of you who like that too - we have a fabulous Facebook Contest going till the 17th of June with the theme 'Something Out of the Norm'!
I have used a Witchy image and coloured it with pencils, rather than my 'normal' Promarkers! I've layered her up with papers from Echo Park's Apothecary Emporium pad and lots of black pearlescent papers. I've finished it off with a Tim Holtz 'Scaredy Cat' die cut and Cheery Lynn spiderweb corner die.
As you can see, a very different card to what you would 'normally' see over at The East Wind. Now, you dont have to make a card, our other DT members have created tags and altered notebooks, you can go dark and creepy or just make something out of your own 'norm', out of your comfort zone - if it's not clear, let us know what makes it out of the norm for you!

Why not join our Facebook Group for more inspiration!

I hope you will join our two challenges and best of luck!
Mo xxx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Facebook Challenge at THE EAST WIND

It's that time of the month again, THE EAST WIND's Facebook Challenge. This time our theme is Something out of the norm and my interpretation is this book. It will be my sketchbook, it is rare I have the time nowadays to do a book, this is where I put card sketches I collect, then use for inspiration. RECIPE Cheaply bought generic spiral bound note book Image called Lucy Loo' Getting ready, coloured with Promarkers DP from stash Carole's Crafts die Skull, ribbons and gems from stash Quote by Raul Paul,found on Google and rewritten in WORD Do come over and play/join us. HERE

Bettina's showcase for challenge # 7 The Bride of may

Bettina here and  seems like I am the first to go showcasing our new and fabolous Bride of May challenge. I made a WOW heart shaped wedding card for this one and in easel design. Here goes:

and a little closeup

I used my new Marianne design heart shaped dies to make the heart shape and folded and added an additional heart on the top. I've used shabby pink frantage around the shapes. Lucy Loo Mystiosis is coloured with my promarkers. There is still time to join in on our challenge over here

Friday, 16 May 2014

Friday Release ~ Spring Melody

Hi there! TGIF...and not just because the weekend starts at the end of the work day for many but also because at The East Wind, Friday means a brand new release! Love that! It's always exciting to see what new and wonderful image Unky will come up with and to imagine the many ways it can be incorporated into projects.

Today's new release is called "Spring Melody" and features the beautiful Aurora listening to her tunes.

What speaks to me from this image is how powerful and important our own music choices are to us. Music can energize, calm, evoke thought or make it go away. Music can bring us together, allow us to escape by ourselves, and it speaks its own language.It can make us laugh, cry, sing, and dance.

I found some fabulous quotes to share with you about music which might just find their way into my art journal or onto a card:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.

Dear music, I will never be able to thank you enough for always being there for me.

When words fail, music speaks.

Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and that which cannot remain silent.

Here is Bettina's fabulous creation using this new release:

I love how the music surrounds her on that amazing background. The sentiment "Live Fully" really sums up the gifts that music brings to this amazing life. The lovely wavy background reminds me of sound cool. I also wonder what she is thinking about and where the music has taken her.

What about you? Do you have a story about music or a particular song that brings back a memory within its first few notes? We would love to hear about it either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting today. Please remember to share your fab creations with this or any other TEW image on our Facebook page. It's always so inspiring to see your projects.


Saturday, 10 May 2014

Susan's Showcase of our May 1st Challenge

Good morning everyone!!  Can you believe its May already? Our theme for this challenge is Die Cuts or Punches and we are using the newest freebie from The East Wind. She is gorgeous isn't she!!! Here is what I came up with for this challenge:

I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils. I used some Gamsol with the pencils for some of the coloring. I covered the balloons with Diamond Glaze. The oval is a Spellbinders die cut and I also used an edge punch on the right side. The balloon on the right is a Sizzix egg die LOL I just turned it upside down, added a string and poof! We have a balloon. I added the lace and the gems on the far right. Thats it!! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!!

I hope we see your card in the challenge!!! 

Friday, 9 May 2014

Die Cuts and Punches Challenge #6 - Maureen's Card

Wow!! What fabulous inspiration has gone before me! Check out the previous posts and have a look at our latest challenge #6 - Die Cuts and Punches. This image is the May Freebie, so get on over and sign up for the email to make sure you get yours next month!

I have coloured the freebie image in pastel colours using Promarkers. I added some Picked Raspberry DI around the edge and the sentiment too. The patterned papers were a magazine freebie and I have inked the edges of those too. The flowery one has been die cut at each side, using a Tim Holtz Bigz 'On the Edge' die - a notebook page at one side and torn paper at the other. I inked up a doily for behind the image and I've finished the card with a pearl spray and some die cut layered flowers from Craftwork Cards.
Thanks to Unky for this fabulous Image for this challenge. I hope to see you joining in and having a go!
Thanks for looking!
Mo xxx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bettina's challenge #6 project

Here's my latest card with the diecut and/or punches theme. I have used the fab monthly freebie called Love Mum that you can get if you sign up for our newsletter in the sidebar!! Each month there will be a new freebie at the start of the month!!

I have used my promarkers to colour her up.Have a look:

I decided to go with a sketch and add a lot of diecuts and flowers on to it. I dedicated this card to my dear beloved mum that is no longer with us. I also added a lot of frantage around the image, and around the designpapers. I love the effect it made!!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Crafting Vicky - Die cuts or punches challenge #6

Hello everyone! It's time for a brand new challenge over at The East Wind and if you are registered for the newsletter you have gotten this fabulous new digi!  It's just perfect for Mother's day.  But I decided to use it with a more general feel :)  For any type of b-day!

The challenge this time for you is Die cuts or punches! How easy right?!?

Here's my take with this fabulous digi!
The paper that I used is from MME - Blink of an eye.   I used my scallop and large circle from Spellbinder.  I used as well my B166 - Cheery Lynn Corner.   I added some flowers from Prima as well as some Robin's Dew drops.  We added some pearls as well.

Here's the closer look at the digi that I colored with my copics.  

Isn't she just fabulous?! 
Hope you have liked this little card and you will be inspired to play with us!!!!!

Have a great crafting day!!!


Crafting Vicky

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Wiola's Challenge #6 Project

Here's my card for the latest challenge with the theme "Die-cuts or punches". I have used the monthly freebie.  

I used some crayons and Pro-markers to colour the digital stamp. I finished off with some glitter glaze and yellow Stickles.
Since the card is for my mother who is Polish-born, I have used some Polish stamps.

I kinda like that it says "Warszawa 84" since she left Poland 84. This year, she celebrates 30 years as a Swedish citizen.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Bonnie's Challenge #6 Project

Hi everyone. As you know, our theme for this month's freebie challenge is Die Cuts or Punches and we have the sweet Aurora image, Love Mom, to work with this time. You will get her in the May newsletter if you are a subscriber. Once again, I went the Mixed Media route for my response to this challenge.

I coloured Aurora with Prismacolors except for those wonderful balloons which I paper pieced. I fussy cut the image, leaving off the strings and printed two more balloon images for the patterns. I traced those onto the backs of the DP(could have flipped the image and printed it on the back of the various papers, too) and then cut out each balloon . The edges were inked with Distress inks to create the shading and the roundness. All were glued flat to the original white image. The pink ones were cut out a second time so that a layer could be popped up on foam tape but still be pink underneath...a little detail but it makes a difference. Hemp cord was used as the balloon strings. The entire image was then layered on black cardstock and fussy cut close to the original lines, leaving a narrow mat. This added strength to the skinny bits and gave the strings something to support them.

The background is a section of an old Scrabble Board which had been chopped into quarters. Watered down white gesso was applied to the board so that the Scrabble squares were still visible. Then mottled blue paper was torn and adhered to the right hand 2/3 of the substrate with Matte Medium.

Stencilling was done with blue and brown inks as well as black gesso through 4 different stencils. The same inks was applied to two different stamps and rolled randomly here and there on the background.

The lettering is a mix of Idea-ology Ransom Alpha Parts, Scrabble tiles, and various stickers. Remnant Rubs were added to the balloons to remind me of some of the lessons my mom taught me. The wee stars and the Post Card symbol are also Remnant Rubs. Heart washi tape was added in three spots and two photo turns with pearl inserts were added to opposite corners. The stars were punched out of black cardstock. The turquoise flower is actually a button covered with card candy. I like how it draws my eye to the top of the piece where the wording starts.

The final touches were the doodling done with black pen and the darkening of the edges with Black Big Brush pen to help frame the piece.

Thanks so much for visiting with Aurora and me today. It's always a treat to have you here. When you get a minute, check out The East Wind Challenge blog to see the clever ways that my talented teamies used this very same image. I love seeing how different the same image can look. We would love it if you joined our challenge #6, Punches and Dies. Hope you do!


Thursday, 1 May 2014




 Have YOU signed up to the newsletter at THE EAST WIND?? You can do so here and every month you will have a wonderful Freebie, this is on offer for the month of May, and she is gorgeous?? Sign up HERE RECIPE Image from THE EAST WIND, coloured with Copics Spellbinder die Framelit die DP's DO Paper bow made with DO Dp's and an envelope punch board Flower and pearl from stash. Please do come and play along with us, we enjoy seeing everyone's artwork so much!