An amazing woman such as yourself should be able to make sprites simple! To be honest, most pixel artists just draw them up in MS paint. Well, that's what I do at least! Gorgeous style though, it would translate well.
I'm pretty sure tempting to make a sprite is not that bad. I have my attempts as well especially when I read through 's tutorial on his website (he was the only person in DA back then that contains legitable pixel art work). I usually get sick and tired of people ripping sprites from video games and edit really badly especially to those of Sonic sprite edits.
I'm guessing your flipping to those Sonic recolors.