Sunday, June 28, 2015

Salad Days

Donna here with some fun with fruits and veggies.  I don't know about you, but nothing tastes better on a hot day than a cold fruit or veggie salad so when I saw these adorable digis in Rick's Zibbet Shop I just had to color them up.  First up I've got Fruit Monster.  Inside:  How sweet of you!

And here's Salad Bar Monster.  Inside:  Veggie much!  (Sorry, I just couldn't resist)  Both are colored with Copics, and double matted on A2 size cards. Clean and simple and perfect for a thank you card.  I photographed them against some bandana print DP to add to the summery feel.  They'd also be great for recipe cards or cookbook markers, don'tcha think?  Rick's got lots more fun kitchen themed digis in his Zibbet Shop so be sure to check out the Kitchen Robots, too.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Daffo Dill Delight ....

....  Good morning - it's Deborah here with you today.   I'm a bit late with this (you can see the details on my blog if you want).  I've a fun, clean, simple and cute card to share with you today:

Sending Hugs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Isn't she sweet?  This little fairy is called Daffo Dill and you can find her and her friends on Rick's Zibbet shop.  I'm going to be back in Wales next week and as the national flowers of Wales is the Daffodil, I had to make a card featuring her!  She's such fun to colour.  Full details of my card can be found on my blog - Deborah's Gems.

That's all for now!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pansy Fairy

While looking through Rick St Dennis's Zibbet shop {which I might add is something I love doing} I found this gorgeous Pansy Fairy. Isn't she pretty. I coloured her with copic markers and then fussy cut her out and popped her up with double sided tape. I added some kindy glitz to her wings for a bit of sparkle. I started with a purple base card then matted in blue. I then used a pansy paper that I got from Crafts U Print and a pansy decoupage that I also got from crafts u print. I also used a paper doily that I had in my stash as well as a little sentiment saying Especially for You.
The colours that I used are:
E000,E00,E01,R20,E35,E31,V000,V04,V05,V09,E51,B000,BV08,BV02,BV04 AND G000
To find this really pretty stamp her is the link Pansy Fairy
You may also wish to visit my blog at Deb Vee's craft Place

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Stud Muffin

This new set by Rick is gorgeous. There are so many slim ladies and gents out there that now is the time for the real stuff. Meat on the bones and a little bit of padding! I have been looking forward to colouring this couple since I first saw them and their friends will be here in the next few days. Oh, oh.. I feel a story coming on!
Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers (My oatmeal has finally run out!) then imported into Craft Artist 2 for the background and a bit of tidying up. I hope you love this series as much as I do. More images are on my blog if you have a moment to visit me. Sue

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Time for steampunk

Hello crafter's, thought I'd bring a touch of steam punk this time.  Using the fab-u-lous  Victoria McSteeme .

Victoria is such a strong character and was fun to colour with pro-markers, limiting the colours used.  I felt she was 'treading the boards' so gave the card a wood effect to tie in with the sentiment.  Curled some wire and added some screws and mirror card for the cogs... all about texture, which I am sure Victoria would have demanded. 

Don't forget you can come and join the facebook group to keep ahead with Rick's news and for inspiration. 

for more details on the make please pop by my blog.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

If Friends were Flowers

 have some really wonderful friends and I like to make cards to send to them. In this case I have used the darling digi Summer Wind by Rick St Dennis Mfa. She has such a pretty face.
To make my card I started with a pale mint green base card and then matted in a purple. I then used a gorgeous paper from Wild Rose Studio that I got with a magazine. I coloured my girl with copic markers and then cut her out and popped her up with double sided foam tape. To finish off I stamped my verse that I got with a magazine and added some gems.  This is a typical Deb CAS card.
The colours that I used are:
To find this cuter than cute image here is the link for her Summer Wind
You may like to see some of my other makes if so head on over to my blog at Deb Vee's Craft Place

Friday, June 19, 2015


Isn't this lady fabulous. Such poise and grace. This image is quite intricate so not one to hurry. Just time spent gently colouring almost zentangle in design. I really enjoyed this image and gave her a Japanese style background.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

February Violet

Hello everyone!  I have a special post today for you I wasn't supposed to post today... but yesterday I finally finished my altered piece of furniture a Jewelry box that's fairly big and was perfect for my craft room....   Perfect except for the colors lol So what's special about this post?!?  Well I'm taking over on the Airless Chamber as well to post part of this piece because I used a nice side and a not so nice side with the passage of time as my inspiration.  So if you want to see the other part of it you have to go to this post.

 For the make on this blog I used the great and super elegant February Violet.  I made her with some vibrant colors because I wanted her to be very ALIVE.

So here are the before and the after painting of the furniture piece. You can see that it wasn't really much of a reflection of me the before....

That distressing was a new technique for me... I wanted a crackled finish and used some glue to make it.  What I didn't realize at the time is that when the piece is standing up it makes a huge puddle of goo at the end.... so the front drawers came out better than the side....
 But I wasn't discouraged I reapplied some paint in pale lavender and used some Deco Weathered wood for the crackle it came out nice but was too light.... so I used some watered down black acrylic paint on top to make it darker.
I'm really loving how she came up!  Now don't forget to check out the AC blog for the other part and my blog for more details.

Hope you like my inspiration. Check out all the other fabulous images in the Zibbet store or in the Etsy store!

Have a fabulous Thursday!!!!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Altered Coffee Monsters Board Book ~ The Finale

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today. Today I am sharing the last spread and front /back covers of the altered board book I have been working on using Rick St. Dennis' cute monsters. The theme for this book has been coffee monsters and I have had so much fun creating backgrounds and matching monsters and coffee sayings.

The last spread of the book features Fworki who I coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I cut a balloon out of pink cardstock and used letter stickers so that it better suited the theme. Fworki was then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted in black cardstock.

The coffee mug was cut from vintage French text using Rick's Pencil Cup image as a template. It was coloured with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then shaded with an Inktense pencil activated with water before being matted in black. The sentiment was computer generated, matted in black, and adhered to the mug. Scraps of burlap, washi tape, and embossing paste stencilled black were layered under the mug. Steam was created with doodles and coloured heart shaped clips.The background was created by adding Vintage Photo Distress ink through TH Splatters stencil onto the gessoed background. More was added to frame the edges. The word Now was also stamped on the right side around where Fworki would be adhered. A border was doodled with black pen and the letters for Coffee were placed close to the middle fold. Black Big Brush pen finished off the page edges.

The front and back covers started with Dark Chocolate and Titan Buff acrylic paint  sponged onto the pre-gessoed pages.Bubbles were stamped with Coffee Archival ink and coffee rings with Jet Black Archival. Layers of doily, burlap, and raised bean paper as well as coupon tickets were adhered on each side to form the background and set the scene.

The image, Coffee Monster which Rick created especially for this project (How cool is that!), was coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. It was fussy cut leaving the narrow white border and matted in black before being popped up on foam squares. real coffee beans were added to the vignette with Glossy Accents. The book title, Gimme Coffee, was created with Idealogy Alpha Parts and mini scrabble letters.

The mug on the back was sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Delphinium Turquoise and shades with an Inktense pencil activated with water. Vintage Photo Re-inker was dripped from the rim of the mug to create a messy cup. The mug was then matted in black along with the sentiment was matted. More beans were adhered to the back so that when the book is open and on display, the front and back read as one. The final touch was to ink the edges with black Big Brush pen.

Thanks for joining all of my coffee monsters and me today. We have enjoyed your visit and hope that you've enjoyed getting in touch with my ( and maybe your) inner coffee monsters. I'm happy to be finished...a few more projects are already percolating in my brain. See you soon.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge Part Two Finale

Well my little chick-a-dees, how's the month of "flaming June" treating you all so far?
It's been a mixture of sunshine, showers, high winds, freezing temperatures and hail so far in this corner of the world (Scotland). Summer is but a dream. 
Dreaming up some more inspiration using our image of the month, Mr Tea, is what the members of Team B have been doing for your delight. Scroll on down if you want to miss my waffle and have a look. Any entries this month not featuring the image will, unfortunately, be disqualified.
Team A started the month's Progressive Challenge and you can go look at that post here if you are so inclined.  In that post you were invited to email Monique for your freebie if you had taken part in May's part one. If you haven't done so already - get your skates on. This is the half way mark before the winner of that free digi (of your choice) is chosen. 
What a choice that winner is going to have to choose from!! Have you seen the new images that have hit the Zibbet store so far this month? WOW!! I think Rick has been working overtime. Do yourself a favour and check out the shop.

The tag challenge hosted by Rick in May has gone into tie-break mode. Poor Rick couldn't choose between the three finalists and therefore has laid down a further challenge to get one outright winner. You can check this out over in our facebook group. There'll be a small prize for anyone else that wants to take up the gauntlet. Here's what Rick has to say....

One amazingly wonderful ATC card-standard 2.5 x 3.5 inch size-it must have a moving part-a pocket with a surprise in it and one other knock out element of your choice-one side must be bright and cheery and the other side dark and spooky-you must use at least ONE of my digis or Rubber stamp images on the card you will have until June 21 to post your entry I will announce a winner on the 22nd...Good Luck Ladies!
Anyone who thinks they can outshine the top 3 is welcome to submit an entry following the above rules I will have a prize for NON_FINALIST entries (that's anyone other than Nan-Mo and Helen) but only the top 3 will be considered for the custom digi prize-Thanks

Are you up for this challenge as well?

Anyway - on with the show............with TeamB and Mr Tea


Kettle's On! - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Mr Linky is still up top on his own tab - just so no one has to scroll through miles of other posts to find him
Have fun

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Coffee Monsters Altered Board Book ~ Part 3

Hi there! It's Bonnie here today. I completed the next three page spreads in my Coffee Monsters children's board book using images from Rick St. Dennis' Cute Monsters. That just leaves me with one more spread plus the front and back covers. Love these little guys and their fun messages. The first of these three features Tworki who needs to apologize for things said pre-coffee. We can all relate to that, I'm sure. Tworki was coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, and then matted in black.

The background began with adding black gesso to the pages, followed by burlap and patterned paper. Splatter dots and coffee rings were stamped onto the background layers with Jet Black Archival. Washi tape was added to white cardstock to brighten the colours and then adhered to the background of both sides. A corrugated heart was die cut from a coffee sleeve and the page was then balanced with puffy heart stickers in the opposite corner.

The coffee cup from Rick's pencil cup image was used as a template to cut one from French text paper. It was inked with Tattered Rose Distress ink and brown Inktense pencil. The sentiment was inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. More of the little puffy hearts were added for the steam. The coffee title was spelled out with chipboard circles.

The next two page spread features Fwiver who needs to be surrounded by Caution tape because he is unsupervised and filled with coffee. Tworki was coloured and fussy cut like his friend, Tworki.

The background was done with brown and caramel acrylic paint applied to the gesso background with a brayer. Rectangles of dark brown corrugated cardstock as well as the embossed coffee bean paper which I used on an earlier page. Two little orange tickets were stamped with the word Sorry and tucked into the coffee cup cluster. Two copies of a server's pad were reduced and layered behind Fwiver. Pieces of die cut border were added around the edges of the two pages.

The sentiment was printed on white and matted with black cardstock before being added to the coffee mug. White paint dots were added to brown sticker letters to create the title.The mug was coloured with Peeled Paint Distress ink and green Inktense pencil activated with water. Caution washi tape and a small green cup brad, plus a doodled border finished off the spread.

The last spread features Screaming Me Me who is quite upset about spilled coffee. He was coloured and matted the same as the other two.

The background began with splotchy designer paper being adhered to the gessoed background. Vintage Photo re-inker was dripped along the top edge and down the pages (spilled coffee, after all). Additional pattern was added with Tree branch Archival ink and a drip stamp from Ryn and a grid patterned stamp. Coffee bean patterned paper was torn and added to each page. Torn paper towel was added behind the mug, as well as under Me Me. Bits of that same die cut border were adhered under the mug and on the right edge of the spread.

The mug was coloured with Mustard Seed Distress ink and a light brown Inktense pencil. Steam was added in the form of clock hands. The sentiment was inked around with Vintage Photo Distress ink before it was matted with black. The title was added with stickers and outlined with black pen.To complete the pages, a border was doodled, a cup buttton and metal spoon, and a pair of heart stickers were added.

Thanks for joining Tworki, Fwiver, Me Me, and me today. Stay tuned for the final installment of these posts about the Coffee Monsters. I'm excited to see it finished!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle little bat...

Hi there, and Rachel with you here today.. sorry if the post is a little shorter than usual, i'm currently trying to recover from a nasty tooth abscess, and then my daughter gave me a virulent case of the snots too! You may have seen my 'mr Tea' board book spread, and now I am hopping back to page one and two to show you 'twinkle twinkle'  who I begged Rick to draw.. he did a fantastic job as always and I see me using twinkle for lots of other things too!

Hope you are all well and have a good day!

Rachel xx

Friday, June 5, 2015

Boardwalk Beauty

Rick's facebook page
This image was a very nice change. Dressed in the fashion of the year with the key to her bathing hut tied firmly to her wrist.
I printed her onto neenah card and coloured her with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils then imported her into Craft Artist 2 where I built the seaside scene. For more details please visit my blog here

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Nuts about you ....

....  Good morning - it's Deborah here with you this morning.  I've been playing with another of Rick's wonderful turtle images.  One of my favourite genres is Steampunk, and Rick has a super Steampunk Turtle in his collection of turtles.  Here's the card I made:

Nuts about You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I've kept the card relative clean and simple - no white space, but lots of dark grey space!!  Full details of the card can be found on my blog, Deborah's Gems here.

I adore this sweet little guy and he really is fun to colour.  I used Copic markers and added lots of sparkle with Wink of Stella brushes.  If you like this guy you can find him at Rick's Zibbet shop - you'll also find a huge selection of wonderful images to play with.  That's all for now.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Progressive Challenge Part 2 - June 2015

Good morning all you lovely people. We, in the EDT, hope that you are well and raring to go with the second part of our Progressive challenge. Those of you that took part in the first part in May will be able to apply for your freebie...... the image that must be used in this second part. Please email Monique for your copy. Those that missed out will be able to purchase the image from the shop in Zibbet soon.

Hopefully you will have also joined in the fun over in our Facebook group. Rick has been holding his own little challenge where the task was to make a tag following some very precise instructions. I know that all that did enter will be waiting on tenterhooks to hear the result. A custom made digi made just for the winner as the prize, who could wish for more?
What will June bring in the way of more challenges? You'll have to pop on over to the facebook group to find out.

As previously mentioned, Mr Tea is the image that is needed to compete in the second part of this challenge - the winner will be chosen by Mr Random from this month's entries.

Team A bring you their versions of this little cutie, which is available with and without the sentiment.

Mr Tea no senti

Mr Tea no senti 

Mr Tea no senti

Mr Tea no senti

Mr Tea with sentiment

Mr Tea no senti

As always - Mr Linky has his own page up top - so it's easily found and not lost amid the rest of the posts in the month.

Looking forward to seeing YOUR version of Mr Tea
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