Sunday, August 20, 2017

Need Some Shopping Therapy?

I've got just the right meds for everyone!

First up is Altenew. Click here to pick up a few amazing dies. Altenew has layering dies out of this world. Can't wait to try mine.


How about some Spellbinders? Check out their "Sales" category here. Unbelievable reductions!


That's it for now. If I run across any other sales, I will add them to this post. Thanks for stopping by.
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Artz

P.S. Links above are affiliated links. If you purchase from these links, I will get a small commission. Thanks so much for supporting my art.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge at TTCRD




It’s that time again at Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD) for the next weekly “anything goes” challenge. You will have until Monday, August 21, to enter our fun challenge. Our sponsor this week is Crafts and Me. They are offering a prize of £8 digi voucher.

Just a few notes about Crafts and Me
"We are a small family crafts business that came about when as a card making family, my daughters, young granddaughters, and I that is! Not our men, who do not make cards, (although my husband has had a go), could never find the stamps and crafts that we had seen advertised. So, in the end, we decided to start up “Crafts and Me”, enabling us to get the products we wanted and to offer other crafters like you.

We love the different ranges of stamps and crafts that we get from all over the world and we hope you will love them too! Our aim is to give you the best possible customer service that we can, and to treat our customers just as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Enjoy looking through our shop. If you cannot find a product you would like, or if you have any suggestions about our shop, we would love to hear from you. Email us at info@craftsanddme.co.uk; we are always looking for ways to improve our site."

Artist Jeremiah Ketner, a Chicago based artist, who tends to paint charming little creatures floating through pastel dreamscapes. His Japanese pop art imagery tends to describe the casual and carefree side of life. Jeremiah Ketner has been busy painting and exhibiting his works all over the nations.

Jeremiah’s image that I have colored is Spirals. You can purchase, at Crafts and Me, this image and others by Jeremiah, as a digital image or as an unmounted rubber stamp.

The photos below give you an idea of what I color first and the Copics I used also. I am working on a coloring video, but that will come later.

Depending on the technique, the background is what I color first.
The splotches are created with alcohol and micro-fine tip applicators. 

Skin and blush are next.
The way I color skin is lightest color first, darkest next.
My technique is E50, 04, 13, 11, 53, 51, and E50 again, blending as I go with each color.
The blush is R20 as the shade, and R11 for blending. I hope this makes sense.


Hair is my next area to tackle.
I do a lot of flicking with hair and work from light to dark.


The two photos above are the coloring of  the Jasmine, Orchids,
dove, and dress. At first her dress reminded me of bark.
I really did not want brown again, so it turned into leaves.

Other supplies (all links below) are Bristol Smooth 300 series for my cardstock,
accents with Memento Markers in Pear Tart, Sweet Plum, and Bamboo Leaves,
and a Molotow white pain pen for more background accents.

My finished project.

  • A reminder to all who play along with us each week: You can enter twice and both need to be new projects. No back linking allowed either. All entries must mention and have a link to Through the Craft Room Door
  • To those of you that continue to play along with us every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!
  • To see how the winners and top 3 are selected click here to check the “Challenges Rules” tab. information.
  • The July/August edition of the “Through the Craft Room Door” (a short version) online magazine can be viewed HERE.
  • If you are interested in subscribing, please check HERE and click on “Magazine Subscription” tab for more information.
  • You are invited to submit your cards and projects for our September/October issue. Please check HERE and look under the “Magazine Submissions” tab for information regarding requirements or contact Sandra or Cara at TTCRDmag1@gmail.com.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for “Through the Craft Room Door”, please check out the link HERE for more information.
  • If you look at the top of my sidebar, you will see a sneak peek of the July/August issue of our online magazine.

I will be entering the following challenges:
Crafting by Design – Anything Goes
Stamps by Star – Hand Colored Image
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/optional Shabby Chic twist

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions,
please contact me.
Aletha Jane









Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me, but if you click on the pics below and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Challenge at TTCRD

Happy Tuesday to all my peeps! We, the Through the CraftroomDoor (TTCRD) Design Team A, have an “anything goes” challenge up and running. This challenge ends August 7. Our sponsor is Nikki Burnette of Spellbinding Stamps.

Meet Nikki Burnette:
“My name is Nikki Burnette and I am the artist of all the artwork that you see on my website! I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but I currently reside in Columbus, OH with my loving husband of 5 years, our daughter Ariana and our two adorable cats: Jensen and Willow. My daughter and kitties provide constant inspiration for me!

I have been an artist my entire life, but began my professional fantasy art career when I began to sell ACEOs on eBay in 2006. You may have heard of them, but in case you haven't, ACEO stands for Art, Cards, Editions and Originals. They are miniature paintings measuring 2.5x3.5" and are highly collectible. I was fortunate to be well received in the ACEO community and started to grow a fan base. People started asking for originals and prints in bigger sizes and they also wanted a variety of products featuring my artwork. So I started to branch out and over the past 8 years it has turned into something that I feel so fortunate to have now. My art is collected worldwide and I'm licensed with a variety of different companies. I have also been lucky enough to be published in a book and a few magazines and online publications. I also attend fairs and conventions across the Southeast and have recently had the privilege of having my artwork on the cover of the ImagiCon 2010 program cover!

I have been asked before Why fantasy art? And this is my response: ‘Fantasy art is where my heart lies. I love being able to escape the reality of our world for even just a few hours and enter a new fantasy realm where witches play tricks on Halloween Night, fairies fly around the sweet smelling rosebuds, and mermaids swim gracefully through the water with their dolphin friends. ‘

I mainly use watercolor and ink to create my fantasy fairies, witches, vampires, pirates, steampunk and mermaids and offer my art in many different sizes including ACEO (2.5x3.5"), 5x7", and 8x10". I turn my original art into a variety of items to offer you a fun way to experience my art! I create hand-embellished limited edition prints, custom paintings, magnets, stickers, bookmarks, pocket mirrors, buttons, coloring pages and more! These are all made in my studio and shipped to you by me, the artist!

I feel so privileged to be able to do something that I enjoy so much every day and am thrilled that you have taken the time to read a little bit more about me and my art! Thanks for stopping by!”

I have chosen a gorgeous Steampunk image Copper. And like Nikki said, she loves Fantasy. She has some amazing images ready for your creativity. Her Etsy shop is aurella27.

I have colored Copper on Bristol Smooth 300 series with Copic markers. I will have a tutorial for insertion in the September/October 2017 issue of TTCRD online magazine. Within the tutorial the Copics will be listed.




Please take a few minutes and read the information about our online magazine and blog: 
  • To those of you continue to play along with us every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!
  • To see how the winners and top 3 are selected you may check the “Challenges Rules” tab above for more information.
  • The July/August edition of the “Through the Craft Room Door” online magazine, please check HERE.
  • If you are interested in subscribing, please check HERE and click on “Magazine Subscription” tab for more information.
  • You are invited to submit your cards and projects for our September/October issue. Please check HERE and look under the “Magazine Submissions” tab for information regarding requirements or contact  Sandra or Cara at TTCRDmag1@gmail.com.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for “Through the Craft Room Door”, please check out the link HERE for more information.
  • If you look at the top of my sidebar, you will see a sneak peek of the July/August issue of our online magazine. The September/October issue will be published sometime around September 20.


Challenges for Copper are:
Always Fun Challenge – Anything Goes/no cards
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/Optional Twist of Monochrome

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Until next time, never stop your creativity!
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz

Supplies used are below and linked to my affiliated companies:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge Starting Today at TTCRD



Hi all! We have a new “anything goes” challenge at Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD). Our sponsor this week is Stamping Studio. Stamping Studio’s prize is one image from each of their artists. You also have an invitation to join their Stamping Studio Facebook group. After you join you will be alerted to freebies and specials.

The artist that I have chosen is Miss Daisy Stamps. Her images are so much fun and very pretty and cuteness overload. A little about Miss Daisy: “One of my favourite things to do is to create for you and see how you design with my images! I love seeing your creations and being a part of your creativity and the special ways that you share your cards. It’s a pleasure and delight to own Miss Daisy Stamps and design for you. I have loved drawing forever. To be able to ‘go to work’ each day and do what I love is a dream come true. I praise God for the opportunity and gift that it is. Thanks for being a part of my daily inspiration. I always look forward to creating with you. Happy Stamping! Love, Miss Daisy”

I have chosen “Daisy Girl” for my pop-up card. This is just the second time that I have used Spellbinder’s Decorated Birthday Pop Ups die and I love it! I have definitely used a lot of blue, so I guess I can say, “I have stepped out of my Copic comfort zone.”


Below the "Daisy Girls''s" picture you will find a list of all the supplies that I have used in “Miss Daisy” project. At the end of this post you will also see affiliated links for supplies. I have tried to give you a range of stores for your shopping pleasure. If you do shop the stores I have linked to, I will receive a small commission.

COPICS:
Skin: E000, 04, 11, 13, 50, 51, plus R11, 20;
Hair: YR20, 21, 24, plus E15, 18;
Flowers: W1 plus B91 for shading, centers Nuvo Crystal Drops Dandelion Yellow;
Dress and Socks:  B91, 93, 95, 97, plus Y13, 17;
Stem and Leaves: YG61, plus G46, 82.

DIES:
Spellbinders Lacey Squares, Decorated Birthday Pop Ups;
Memory Box Precious Daisies (I have not been able to find this anywhere on line.);
Cheery Lynn Grass Die.

CARDSTOCK, etc.
Designer Paper from my stash;
Gina K Designs Powder Blue base weight;
Gina K Designs White layering weight;
                Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series.

INKS:
Gina K Designs Powder Blue.

OTHER:
T-square;
Perfect Paper Adhesive;
ATG;
Scissors;
Craft knife;
Foam Tape.


Challenges that Daisy Girl is entering:
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Color Inspiration Link-Up - Anything Goes with hand coloring

Just a little note from the crew at TTCRD:

  • To those of you continue to play along with us every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!
  • To see how the winners and top 3 are selected you may check the “Challenges Rules” tab above for more information.
  • The July/August edition of the “Through the Craft Room Door” online magazine, please check HERE.
  • If you are interested in subscribing, please check HERE and click on “Magazine Subscription” tab for more information.
  • You are invited to submit your cards and projects for our September/October issue. Please check HERE and look under the “Magazine Submissions” tab for information regarding requirements or contact  Sandra or Cara at TTCRDmag1@gmail.com.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for “Through the Craft Room Door”, please check out the link HERE for more information.
  • If you look at the top of my sidebar, you will see a sneak peek of the July/August issue of our online magazine.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TTCRD July 4th "Anything Goes" Challenge

Happy Freedom Day to everyone in the United States!


Welcome to our first Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD) challengefor July 4, 2017. The theme is “anything goes”, as it is every week. Team A designers were honored to create and color images from Morgan’s Artworld. Click on the name of her shop and check out the amazing Fae artwork.

Here’s a little history about Morgan: ‘’Morgan Fitzsimons is a British artist, illustrator, and author. Borth in the north of England in1939, she has been drawing and painting since she could hold a brush. Morgan studied at LJMU, gaining her NDD, ATC, AND BA. Morgan is a tradional artist and works in many mediums. Her artwork has been displayed all over the world. Morgan has also been involved in many art related and non-art related industries. She taught in scho9ols for 20 years and retired as Head of Special Needs. She has also developed and published educational packs and teaching aids as well as fictional work. She has also been involved in designing costumes for various opera and theatre companies, and was also a wildlife artist for several chairities and organizations.’’

Most of you know I am happiest when I color hair and flowers with Copics. “Fae 3” from Morgan Fitzsimons was right up my alley.


Here’s the list of Copic colors:
Skin: E000, 04, 11, 13, 50, 51, plus R11, 20 for cheeks;
Hair: BG90, 93, 96, 99;
Blue Flowers: B23, 24, 26, 29, 41, 91, plus V04;
Violet Flowers: V01, 04, 06, 09, plus B23;
Yellow-orange Flowers: YR20, 23, 24, plus RV63, 69;
Yellow Flowers: Y11, 13, 15, 17, plus YR24;
Leaves: G40, 82, 94, 99, and G20, 21, 24, 28, 29;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3, plus Colorless Blender;
Other: White Molotov Extra Fine 1mm acrylic paint pen.



Another note about my coloring: I have started using Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface 300 Series stock. And I must say, this is now my favorite cardstock for my alcohol marker coloring.

  • To those of you who continue to play along with us (TTCRD) every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!
  • To see how the winners and top 3 are selected you may check the “Challenges Rules” tab above for more information.
  • The July/August edition of the “Through the Craft Room Door” online magazine, please check HERE.
  • If you are interested in subscribing, please check HERE and click on “Magazine Subscription” tab for more information.
  • You are invited to submit your cards and projects for our September/October issue. Please check HERE and look under the “Magazine Submissions” tab for information regarding requirements or contact  Sandra or Cara at TTCRDmag1@gmail.com.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for “Through the Craft Room Door”, please check out the link HERE for more information.
  • If you look at the top of my sidebar, you will see a sneak peek of the July/August issue of our online magazine.


Blog challenges that I am entering:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you join us for our TTCRDweekly “anything goes” blog challenge. I will see you all again on July 18.
Aletha Jane


P.S. Below are a few affiliated links where you can purchase some of the supplies that I have purchased for this project.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sale at Scrapbook.com!

I am so sorry that this is so late! You still have time, so you won't miss a thing.

Click above!



Enjoy your weekend!
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Arts

Need Some Shopping Therapy?

I've got just the right meds for everyone! First up is Altenew. Click here to pick up a few amazing dies.  Altenew has layering dies ...