The Brides

Wow, if anyone can tell me where the days are going this year, I’d really appreciate it!!! It’s already the third Monday in June, which means it’s the start of a new challenge at Aurora Wings Challenge Blog!  We have a fun theme this time

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 – be inspired by a fairy tale.  As usual, there are prizes to be won for Artist’s Choice, Random and Top 3!!  I must admit that I wasted more than a little bit of time during slow times at work…reading fairy tales online!! I’ve always been drawn to the little known tales that the team at Disney has overlooked 🙂  I found The White Bride and the Black One (tale 135) by The Brothers Grimm (click link for synopsis), and immediately knew which images I could use!!  I used Bridal Veil, which can be found HERE on Etsy, and HERE on; and Ghost Bride, which can be found exclusively HERE on

So now, on to my project 🙂  As is so often the case, I started with an idea, then changed my mind when that didn’t work, came up with another idea….wrecked COUNTLESS pieces of card stock before abandoning that one as well…panicked for a day or two, then finally settled on something as far from the first two ideas as possible, LOL.  I don’t know if it’s an art journal (never understood the concept) or just a mixed media piece…..but I had a BLAST doing this!!! I used soooooo many supplies that I forgot I had, and got so messy, it was great!  After coloring both images with my Copics, I added some liquid pearl and stickle accents to the white bride, and some Nuvo drop and stickle accents to the dark one.








I happen to have a full set of antique Book of Knowledge books…..I grabbed them for my crafts when my mom passed away, and had cut and torn into a number of them before being informed by an antique dealer friend that they were very rare, and worth thousands……big oops!!!  I must admit, they come in very handy, and I would have spent the money by now anyway 🙂  I’m not sure the order in which I used most of the stuff that I used on the pages, but I know that there was paint, stencils, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist sprays, Mica Flakes, some gold and silver UTEE embossing powders, texture paste…..hmmmm…..along with washi tape and lace…..and stickles and liquid pearls….all used on the page backgrounds…..I printed the two sayings out on my computer and affixed them to the appropriate sides after inking the edges.



I  must say, I had more fun with this project than I’ve had with anything I’ve done for quite a while.  From reading all those stories, to getting all messy, this was a true joy to do!!! I hope that I’ve inspired you in some way, and that you can find some time to join us with your interpretation of Once Upon A Time – Inspired by FairyTales….. at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog 🙂

I would like to enter the following challenges with this project:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #26 ATG

Stamping Sensations – June ATG

Creative Craft Cottage – #108 Eileen’s Challenge ATG

Morgan’s Artworld – June ATG

Crafter’s Castle – #6 ATG



  1. You GO, girl! This project is truly inspired AND inspiring! Got a nice dark twist, too. My FAVE! Your pages are amazing with all the fun textures and fitting elements for both brides and your coloring is exquisite! I’m particularly drawn to the fabulous way you colored the lace on both images. Gorgeous! So glad you had fun and it definitely shows. Love, love, LOVE! xxD

  2. This totally looks like you had tons of fun with, Susan! What an awesome project! And coincidentally, the fairy tale that you used as inspiration was the inspiration for the original painting that these digis were subsequently made from. So that’s cool! I just about had a heart attack when I read the bit about the antique Book of Knowledge books as I am a huge book worm and an antique and rare books collector. Thank you so much for this fantastic inspiration for our latest challenge at Aurora Wings today! Mitzi xxx

  3. Oh Wow this is fantastic. You have done a gorgeous load of work here and your colouring of both images is just gorgeous. Top work. I love it. Very impressive.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan’s Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT for<br

  4. Love what you’ve done with those fabulous images, Susan! Very creative, and great colouring. Thanks for joining in our Anything Goes
    challenge at Stamping Sensations.


  5. Super colours and great stamping and lovely to see Glimmer Mists getting an outing, I’ve always been a fan but hard to get in the UK now.

    Many thanks for joining our June theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  6. Fantastic pages. Beautifully done. A true artist. So glad you joined us at Morgan’s ArtWorld this month.

  7. Love your project, thank you for joining us at Classic Design Team Challenge.
    Good Luck
    Carla DT

  8. This is amazingingly beautiful work, what a wonderful project. Love all the details and your beautiful colouring. Thank you so much for joining us in our Morgan’s Artworld Open Challenge at Morgans Artworld this week. We would love to see you again in our next challenge.

    Faith Morgans Artworld DT
    Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

    Morgans Artworld

    I was brought up with a full set of Book of Knowledge, it was my favourite reading and has come in handy a few times! Shame I threw them into the rubbish when my Mum moved into a flat many years ago. Thanks for the memories.

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