Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progressive Challenge part one, September

Hi everyone. Welcome back to our progressive challenge after the summer break. Same rules as before, you must use an image from either of Rick's Etsy or Zibbet stores to qualify going onto the next round. It's an Anything Goes
So, show us what you can do. No holds barred. Will it be in preparation for Hallowe'en? Christmas? Someone got an anniversary coming up you need to make a card or gift for? Use one of the many images that Rick has in store, link it up so that we can come show some lurrrve.

We in the EDT have made up some projects to, hopefully, inspire you.

Sue using

Teresa using

Lady B using "Euro Boy Dracool" digital stamp.

O and we have some fun news for you on  Facebook there is the Rick St.dennis Digi fans and friends group , you can showcase your cards and other projects using RSD images there to be eligible to win prizes.  :-)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fantasie en plume for a special friend

I really love this lady looking so smart and ready to sparkle. I have printed her onto neenah paper and coloured her with promarkers. The papers and embellishments are made in CA2 where I have added flowers and a frame and sentiment.

Friday, August 22, 2014

September Forget Me Not ~ An Altered Book Spread.

Hi there! It's Bonnie here today. I've been playing in my altered child's board book which features these gorgeous Hat Ladies from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet shop. This time my mixed media spread stars the oh-so-classy and elegant September Forget-Me-Not digital image.

I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and popped her up on foam tape to create those lovely shadows behind her that I love.

The background began with adhering a piece of collaged designer paper to the gessoed page with gel medium. Washi Tape was used down the center where the pages fold to reinforce and add interest. Two torn pieces of yellow dotty paper and some scraps of blue and teal were edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink and gel mediumed to the pages. The reverse of the background paper is text so three leftover strips were also adhered to the background.

Using TCW's Harlequin Circles stencil, White Embossing Paste mixed with a little Vintage Photo Distress ink was added to both pages. When dry, they were outlined on the left side with Inktense pencil activated with a water brush. The three circles from the same stencil were added to the page with white gesso and shaded on the left with a Prismacolor pencil. TCW's Mini Punchinella stencil and Vintage Photo Distress ink were used to create the honeycomb pattern.

In order to add a little more texture, three pieces of burlap were cut to size and frayed. The largest was used behind the lovely Miss September and the other two behind the quotes. Scraps of crocheted trim were adhered overlapping the text strips. The quote pieces were computer generated, printed on cream cardstock, and grunged up with Vintage Photo Distress ink. They were then matted with black cardstock and glued flat to the page. A scrap of one of the blue papers was die cut into a tab and tucked under the bottom quote.

To complete the spread, a length of scalloped woodgrain sticker was cut up and adhered to the edges in three places. A word sticker (Amazing) was added near Miss September, and a TH metal compass medallion Glossy Accented to the top text and lace layer. The splatter dots were added with Coffee Archival ink and a stamp. Finally, the edges were darkened with both Vintage Photo Distress ink and Walnut Brown Big Brush pen.

Thanks for joining Miss September and me today. I have one more spread in this board book plus the covers before I can call it complete. Then I have other potential projects calling my name to feature more of Rick's fabulous images. So excited! For even more inspiration using Rick's images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:
our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Garden Sprite Giggles

Garden Sprite Giggles

I love,love,love this image. A cheeky little Sprite going about her gardening work so happy to be out in the sunshine. I have printed Giggles onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers. The countryside background is from mcs. The unusual frame a freebie from Craft Artist 2. The stencil, shadow and flowers were also made in CA2For more details please visit my blog. Sue x

Friday, August 8, 2014

August Poppy ~ Altered Board Book

Hi everyone! It's Bonnie Irvine here today. I had a chance to play with another one of Rick's gorgeous hat ladies and my altered children's board book. This is the third spread I've completed with these Hat Ladies representing each month of the year. This one is called August Poppy and can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop along with many other fabulous hat ladies.

I coloured Poppy with Prismacolor pencils along with a few Faber-Castell Polychromos. Yellow acrylic paint was used to dot the centers. She was then cut out, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape. Love her beautiful face and poppies are one of my favourite flowers.

The background was covered with dark gray Authentique designer paper which has a subtle charcoal damask pattern on it. It seemed elegant enough for Poppy. Scraps of other gray and gold papers were cut or punched into circles, squares, and rectangles, and faux stitched with a black Micron. The one long gray striped strip was left unstitched on purpose. I like that it is different and a little unexpected. The shapes were arranged into pleasing (to me) groupings and adhered to the pages, repeating the patterns on both sides for continuity and flow. A larger gray scrap was cut with an Alterations Cameo die to frame Poppy.

White gesso was used to create patten through TCW's Mini Textured Stencil and script was stamped randomly using Jet Black Archival ink. Small red butterflies were punched to create a visual triangle with the poppies on the hat forming the third angle. This helps the eye move around the spread connecting the three spots of red. A chipboard butterfly was stamped with the same script stamp, given a photo turn body, and adhered to the top right corner, bringing the butterfly theme to the second page.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock. Each segment was matted in black and popped up on foam for added dimension. Doodling was used to frame the spread and outline the various shapes. Flat black pearls were added to the punched butterflies.

Thanks for visiting today. Poppy and I both appreciate it. For more inspiration using Rick's fabulous images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:

our Facebook group
our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bitsy on the Beach revisited

Such a little cutie. Bitsy is on holiday and has sent a postcard. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Coloured image them imported into Craft Artist 2 where I used the 'Beaches' kit to produce the frame, embellishments, background etc. I hope you have a moment to visit my blog for more details. Sue x
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