Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Christmas with Concord & 9th


I bit the bullet and started on Christmas projects. I decided to go with Concord & 9th’s September’s release and landed on their Many Mandala stamps and dies. Many years ago, when I was healthy enough to participate in the arts and crafts shows community, I created mandala ornaments, shadow boxes, and cards with mandala stamps from Outline Rubber Stamps. I have worn out most of my wood mounted stamps and unfortunately they are out of business. When I saw Concord & 9th’s "Many Mandalas" set, my world was looking up!

I will be making more mandalas and in more colors of cardstock, but this time around I chose gold embossing on a green and red cardstock. My go-to cardstock and embossing powders are from Gina K. Designs. Gina’s cardstock is a base-weight stock and takes whatever you dish out. The photos below are my process photos. Enjoy!


Photo above is gold embossing on the cardstock along with the die cuts.
You will need two sets of the four shown.




The three photos above are the order for each layer for each side of the mandala.
You will need two complete layers sides of the complete layering.


Ta Da! You now have two sides complete for one finished mandala.
At this time you need to add a crystals, or any kind of embellishment you want,
to the center of each side.


Take the backside of one mandala and add some gold thread,
this thread is from my stash, and foam tape for added dimension.


Another Ta Da! Above is my finished mandala ornament.



My mandala is now ready for the tree or as a table top decoration.

I hope that you will take a look at Concord & 9th’s merchandise. You creativity will really start flowing.

Challenges:
ABC Christmas  Challenge – U for Unlimited
Always Fun Challenge #27 – Lots of Layers


Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz


Affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. If you click on the pics below (you have a choice of several online stores) and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Artsy and Craftsy Sales this Weekend

Hi all! Just another little post to let you know about some amazing sales at your fingertips

Scrapbook.com (click the link) has sales going on for the WCMD weekend celebrations. Below this banner are just a few of the products offered. Go shopping!

In honor of WCMD Spellbinders has many of their card kits on sale. 


Check out Altenew here! 15% off on selected items. 


Get ready for a fantastic weekend!
Aletha Jane

WCMD 2017 Has Begun at StampNation!


There are three days, October 6-8, 2017, of wonderful inspiration and amazing prizes at StampNation! Come join in the fun, strut you stuff, and win, win, and win! Keep reading, you don't want to miss what's below my peeks..

Here are two sneak peeks at the projects, with a theme, that I was assigned for this WCMD weekend at StampNation. The only way you can see my projects in their full glory is to join StampNation. I had so much fun. I got out of my comfort zone, no Copics!




StampNation is a place for everyone in this world of ours. We have forums, challenges, classes, and you meet crafters and artists just like you!




Take a look at all our sponsors that are supporting StampNation’s WCMD 2017 challenges. Don’t miss out!


Sorry for all the exclamations! Can you tell I'm excited?
Aletha Jane


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Scrapbook.com, Umbrella Crafts-A Great Combination

Happy Thursday! Scrapbook.com is have an amazing sale on certain products by Umbrella Crafts. Just click on the photo and go shopping. And as usual I am running late (major family issues). This sales ends today, Thursday, September 28, 2017. I have picked out just a few of the products that I know I would use. All of Umbrella Crafts at Scrapbook.com are on sale, so there are many more. I am definitely getting the die bundle, the prices is more than half of the price if you bought them separately! (Affiliated links are used at no cost to you. If you purchase from Scrapbook.com, I will get a commission. Thanks so much for supporting me and my art!)




Thanks for stopping by. Now go have some the shopping therapy!
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Artz

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

‘’Life is Beautiful” Now Available in My Online Shops

One of my very favorite art cards is available for your purchase in my three online shops. Yes, you all have seen this one, but I wanted to see it again and promote my shops and my affiliates. My original “Life is Beautiful” post is located here.


My store listings for ''Life is Beautiful'' are below. 

I hope that you will come and visit me. If you do purchase anything in any of my shops, you will receive a 20% off coupon (one-time-use) on your next purchase. This coupon is for one or more items purchased.

Thanks for dropping by. If you have any questions please contact me via email or my shops.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz









Some affiliated links are listed below at no cost to you. The supplies for making this project were purchased by me. 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, September 26, 2017

TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge



Welcome to our fourth Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD) challenge for September 2017. The theme is “anything goes”, as it is every week. Team A designers were honored to create and color images from Morgan’s Art World. 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. Born in the north of England in 1939, 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 traditional 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 schools 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 charities and organizations.’’

The following is a list of my supplies used for “Gothic Flower.” It’s almost Halloween so be on the lookout for a spooky/Gothic card.


Copics used:
Skin: E50, C00, 1, 5;
Hair: T0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9;
Leaves: YG91, 93, 95, 97, + .25 Black Pigma Micron pen;
Roses: R01, 14, 24, 46, W4, 6, + Memento Markers in Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa + .25 Brown Pigma Micron pen;
Hearts: R01, 14, 24, 46;
Background: W00, 0, 1, 3, 4, +alcohol for splotches.

Other supplies:
Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100# 300 series;
Micro-tipped applicators for splotches;
Paper trimmer;
Craft mat.


“Gothic Flower” will be entered in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/optional twist of distress it
Colour Crazy Challenge – Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Challenge – Anything Goes

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. 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, September 19, 2017

Let's Do Some Shopping!

I have more sales for you today. These you definitely will not want to miss! I keep saying that, don't I?

Spellbinders has a BOGO sale with a selected group of the Die-D-lites. Yep you heard right...buy one get one. Click here for Spellbinder's sale. While you are there, take a look at their new arrivals for the holidays.


Concord & 9th have their new Season of Cheer stamps and dies. You can save some money purchasing their bundle deal. Needless to say, I just did that. Click here to check out Concord & 9th's Season of Cheer.



Altenew's stamp and die bundles are still on sale. Don't miss it! Click here for Altenew's website.



Save 30% - 70% sale at Scrapbook.com is still alive. Spellbinder's Platinum die cutting machine's price has been lowered again! Click here and check out other savings at Scrapbook.com.



Gina K Designs's new "Stitched Leaves Mini Kit" is back in stock as I am writing this. Don't miss out like I did the first time around. Looking forward to working with fall colors! Click here for Gina K Designs's online store.



Elizabeth Craft Designs SALE is still going one. They also have many new stamp and die sets for the holidays. Click here for Elizabeth Crafts Designs's online shop.

Well, that's it for today. Enjoy and always have fun!
Aletha Jane
AJ's Design Artz

Affiliated links are listed above at no cost to you.  If you click any of the links and make a purchase, I get a commission. I want to thank everyone for their continued support of my art.









Getting Ready for Christmas with Concord & 9th

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