Monday, January 18, 2016

Challenge #22 Ice & Snow

Welcome to our 22nd challenge here at Aurora Wings and the first of 2016.  By now you may have heard that starting in March 7th we will be having 2 separate challenges each month, and a brand new team for those challenges, beginning on the first Monday of each month.  Please click HERE for our OPEN CALL for the new team.  Of course we will continue our challenges on the third Monday of each month as well, and this time our theme is 

We want to feel the BRRRRR...!!!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR RULES.  It breaks my heart when I have to delete a gorgeous creation for lack of compliance, but because we have a random winner, that's the only fair thing to do.  Those using an AURORA WINGS IMAGE may enter up to THREE times, but those using a stamp from another company may only enter ONCE.  ALL creations must have a hand colored digital or rubber stamp to be eligible.

Our prizes each month will include:

1 (one) Artist's Choice Award Winner to be selected from entries using Aurora Wings digis ($20 GC and Badge)

1 (one) Random Winner ($20 GC)

Top 3 Winners to be chosen by the DT ($10 GC and Badge)

It is with a sad heart we say goodbye to our dear teammate, Karina, who is stepping down to pursue other artistic endeavors.  We thank her for her fabulous inspiration and friendship and wish her all the best.   xxx

Click to visit Karina's blog

So, on a happier note, are we ready for some fabulous inspiration?  YOU BETCHA!

And we're thrilled to introduce our very first Guest Designer of 2016, Aurora Aurelia (also known as RoRa) from Eos' crafty room.

The challenge will be open at 9:00 am EST Monday January 18th and close at 11:55 pm Saturday February 13th 2016. Entries posted prior to January 18th will be deleted. All entries must have a hand colored digital or rubber stamp on their completed project to be eligible. Please follow the chosen theme. ONE entry per person if not using an Aurora Wings image.  You may enter your project in as many other challenges as desired. Please link to your POST address, NOT your BLOG address and link back to the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. We would greatly appreciate you removing word verification and switching to comment moderation if you fear spam. In fairness to all, those not following the rules will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding and please have fun. We look forward to your fabulous creations.

Also, because of the difficulties we have experienced with Facebook entries, I regret that we will no longer be accepting them on the Challenge Blog.  I'm so sorry, but we do have our My Favorite Color currently running on our Facebook Group page, so you are welcome to post your appropriate entries there through January 31st.  Thank you for your understanding. 

However, if you do not have a blog and would still like to enter this challenge,  please email me at donnamundinger(at)gmail(dot)com with your name, a picture of your entry and Aurora Wings Challenge #22 in the subject line, and I will add it to the Linky so you can participate. Hopefully this will accommodate everyone.  xx

Challenge #21 Winners

Well, the holidays seem to have put a bit of a crimp in the entries to our Warm and Fuzzy Challenge, but those we had were amazing.  Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to share here at Aurora Wings, it truly warmed our hearts.  Now on to our lucky winners.

The ARTIST'S CHOICE AWARD ($20 GC and Badge) chosen by Mitzi from among the entrants using Aurora Wings images goes to

#20 Eileen

In Mitzi's own words, " I love how the color palette used on the main image is used throughout in a harmonious yet striking design. Eyecatching, elegant, and charming!" 

The RANDOM WINNER ($20 GC) goes to

And the Top 3 ($10 GC and Badge) in numerical order as they appeared in the challenge, chosen by the Design Team from ALL the entries goes to

#10 Nick

#22 RoRa 

A huge Congratulations to our fabulous winners! Please e-mail Mitzi at studiomiyabi (at) aol (dot) com, with subject line "AW challenge blog ACA winner/top3/random winner (*select one that applies to you)" with your list of LINKS (not the titles of the digis) to the digis you wish to receive up to the total amount of your prize (all values are in USD, and PLEASE no overages) to receive your prize.

Hope to see you all back for our 22nd challenge, which goes live at  9:00 am EST today.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Open DT Call for the New "Stella" Challenge Team

Yes, you read it right!  AuroraWings is adding a new challenge team beginning March 7th. Would you like to join the AuroraWings family?  Starting in March, we will soon have TWO challenges per month with the current "Aurora" Team hosting the third Monday of the month challenge, as always, and the new "Stella" Team hosting on the first Monday.  This new team is designed to  give more crafters the opportunity to design for AuroraWings, so the term is for 6 months only.  There will be a regular Open DT call for the "Stella" Team every 6 months.  You may reapply in the future, but not consecutively. All levels of crafters are encouraged to apply.  

Here is a list of duties for the AW Stella challenge team.
  • Design a card or other paper product sample for challenges beginning the first Monday of every month.
  • Schedule your own blog post to coordinate with the new challenge
  • Help spread the word about the new challenge and special events at the AW Facebook group and on any social media you use
  • Comment on challenge entrants for the number you are assigned

Our 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 AuroraWings
  • 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.  You may reapply at a later date, but not consecutively.  
  • Good time management/organization skills and ability to meet deadlines

Here's what a Stella Challenge designers, if chosen for the position, will get.

  • Your blog badge as a designer for AW Challenge Blog
  • Access to AW digis for use on your DT projects
  • 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
  • Designers-only perks like special discount code and access to some new release digis

If this is something you'd be interested in, please send your e-mail to with the subject line "Stella 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).  In addition, please link you Blog using the Linky below.  Thank you so much!!  We look forward to hearing from you.  

*** Questions for the AW Stella Challenge 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.  Email your application to the address provided above AND link your blog to the Linky below.  Please do NOT apply 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, January 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm EDT US.
Please expect the final decision to be made shortly after the application deadline.  The designers chosen for the position will be contacted via e-mail as soon as the decision is made.

Thank you for your interest !!