Thursday, May 30, 2013


Hi everyone!
Today I am sharing a tag featuring Mariposa, a gorgeous butterfly lady, designed by Rick St. Dennis.

The background for the tag was created with Dylusions spray inks, Versamark, white heat embossing  powder, Tim Holtz Stamp flower trim and mini glitter stars.
You can find this image and many more in Rick St. Dennis Etsy Store.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May freebie ContEsT winners

Thanks to all who participated in the May freebie challenge and congrads to the winners:
First place #2 Cindy wins three images from Rick's Etsy shoppe
Second #8 Amanda wins 2 images from Rick's Etsy shoppe
Third #6 Chana wins 1 image from Rick's Etsy Shoppe
Winners please select your images and send your request o Rick at and he will email you prizes to you.
We hope you will join us again in June for another Freebie challenge.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Colouring Folds Tutorial

Good day all, today I'd like to share with you a wee tutorial I've created, showing how I colour in folds.  So many of Rick's beautiful ladies have dresses with lots and lots of folds, and some people find them a little scary to colour.  Hopefully this tutorial will show that it's not as difficult as you might think.

For this tutorial I'm using the beautiful Adriana, her dress is perfect for practising your colouring on, and the fact she has roses makes her even more perfect for me.

Step One - Using Wild Cranberry Promarker, I start to colour in the deepest part of the folds on the top of her dress.
Step Two - Using Pink Lobster Promarker, I go over the area i've already coloured and extend the colour further into the folds.
Step Three - Using Cerise Promarker (or equivalent Tria marker) go over the whole area you've already coloured, just leaving some small patches of white space.
Step Four - Using Blossum Promarker ( or equivalent Tria marker) go over the whole area you've already coloured including the patches of white paper.  You'll see that not only does this give us our lightest shade of pink on the dress, but it tones down the Cerise, so that the dress doesn't look too bright and garish.

Step Five to Eight - Colour in the next section of the dress, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum.  By working in small sections like this you not only keep your ink wet enough that it blends nicely with each other, but it makes the image easier to tackle.
Step Nine - Looking at all the dress I've coloured so far, I add more Wild Cranberry into the fold where I think it is needed, followed by the other colours, until I'm happy with how it looks as a whole.  You don't want it to be obvious which areas you've coloured in at separate times, you want to create a nice flow to your colouring, just like the flow of the fabric.

Step 10 to 14 - Colour in the bottom section of the dress, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum.

Step 15 to 17 - Colour in the bow on the shoulder, first using the Wild Cranberry, then Pink Lobster, followed by Cerise and finally the Blossum.

Step 18 to 20 - Now it's time to colour in the roses.  Start with Petrol Blue Promarker, then Turquoise Promarker, then go over the whole of the roses with Cool Aqua Promarker.  At this point using Shale Promarker I worked into the deepest folds making them even darker, until i was happy with the dimension I'd achieved.

Step 21& 22 - Colour in the Skin and Hair, using your favourite combination of colours.  For the skin I used Dusky Pink, Blush and Ivory.  The hair is coloured with Umber, Walnut and Caramel.
Step 23 - Using a white gel pen I added some highlights to my image.  I always like to add some white to the eyes as this makes them sparkle.  Adding highlights to the rest of the image is a matter of personal preference, sometimes I do, other times I don't. Either way looks good in my opinion.

Here is Adriana on my finished project;

I hope you've found this tutorial helpful, if you've any questions, just leave them in the comments section, or ask them over at the Rick St.Dennis Facebook Fan Group, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far.
Happy Colouring

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CRAFTS blog Hop Random Winner - EMILY Emily has won the set of Birthday digis----congrads!!!

Check out Rick's blog for the other winner of the Birthday digis here.

The special is still available on the blog hop post here, the special offer ends Sunday, then the images will be available as single images in the Etsy shoppe

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

aa'lasser en lle coia orn n'omenta gurtha

If you are looking for the craft challenge birthday bloghop post just click HERE.

Hi everyone, it me again, Miranda
Today I have a cute fairy for you, designed by Rick St Dennis and available in the etsyshop here
Her name is STAR FAIRY, isn't she gorgeous. I really love her. 

The background is made in the same way as in my tutorial from yesterday, which you can find on my blog or in the AIRLESS CHAMBERS BLOG. If you want to have a look just click here.

I found the ELVEN saying on the internet and it's by the GREY COMPANY

"aa 'lasser en lle coia orn n'omenta gurtha..." 
and it means 
"may the leaves of your lifetree never turn brown...."


Sunday, May 12, 2013

I am inspired by ....

all those fabulous showgirls in the Rick St Dennis Etsy store 
the name of this blog, Sparkle and Glitter
the huge selection of rhinestones, trims, sequins and beads in my stash from creating bellydance costumes, esp the bras:

Some of the beaded bras I have made

Hi there - I'm Jen Leeflang, one of the newer Rick St Dennis EDT members, and I am here with my first card to share, using one of the older (retired) showgirl images in the Rick St Dennis Etsy store.  Although this image is no longer available, there is still a wide aisle filled with other beautiful chorus girls ... just click HERE

This is a better view of the intricate details of the drawing on Rick's images :

Here are some handy links for you:

If you'd like more info on how this card was created, click HERE to link to my blog

If you'd like to see more fabulous images similar to this beauty in the Rick St Dennis Etsy store, click HERE

Thanks for allowing me to share with you the wondrous world of Rick St Dennis, pop by tomorrow for ANOTHER inspiring post (why not become a follower and subscribe to email notifications - that way you'll never miss anything!)

Jen Leeflang

613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog and RSD

I hope that all Mothers everywhere are having a fantastic Mother’s Day. We all deserve it.  At least that’s my opinion.

Rick St. Dennis MFA is the sponsor over at 613 Avenue Create challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes with a Twist. That twist is no squares or rectangles allowed, but you can create an easel type project. I have the honor of being their Guest Designer for this challenge.
I took the easel route and created a Steampunk themed easel card. The image I used is Victoria McSteeme, from Rick’sEtsy Shop. Take a peek at all the other lovely ladies that he has created.
This was a fairly easy easel card to create. After my image coloring with Copics was complete I used a Spellbinder’s Grand Decorative Oval One die on that image. I cut out the center part of that die with the image and accented with Frayed Burlap Distress ink.  I used the same die for the copper frame and attached the center part. The cogs on that section are from a chipboard collection by Make It Crafty. I used Viva Décor Inka Gold in copper and lava green to try and make them look a little more like metal. This new Viva Décor Inka Gold is a dream to use. It is a beeswax base which allows you to buff for a wonderful shine.
The bottom of the easel card was created with Spellbinder’s ovals and a smaller die from the Grand Decorative Oval One set. My collection of metal embellishments came in handy for this project. You can never have too many metal embellishments, right?

I hope you join us at 613 Avenue Create. Wait until you see what their design team comes up with using Rick’s images.

Last minute announcements…don’t forget about the contest that is going on right now here at Sparkle and Glitter. For this contest, you must use the freebie Rick gave us. You can still pick it up here. After you have completed your little piece of art, link your project and blog to ourcontest page.

Need more inspiration…come join us on our Facebook group and at our Paper Craft Planet group. There’s always something there to get your mojo going.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week. If you have any questions please contact me at ajsdesigns at cox dot net.

Aletha Jane
RSD Elite Design Team

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ricks Sponsoring...

Card Making Mamas today over the next fortnight.
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The theme over there is Punches. 

I know its not quite Christmas time as yet but I decided to use some of my Winter Punches and make a start of the Festive Cards.  I have used the Ever so cute Snowman and Squirrel Digi Stamp 

Before we go Rick has some freebies on offer HERE (Paris High Fashin Lady)  and on his Airless Chamber Blog  (Singing Zombie) with a great challenge for you all month on both!!

Finally Rick has a Great Offer on this week HERE! 
You get 3 images-the Birthday dragon with and withour the print layers, the birthday Witch and The UNBirthday Mad Hatter with and without the sprint layer-so 5 digis in all-retail value about 13.50usd for on;y $7.50!!! 
Thanks for visiting today,

Love Hazelxo

Thursday, May 9, 2013

CRAFT Challenge Birthday Blog Hop.

Hi Everyone and Welcome to Rick St Dennis Sparkle and Glitter Blog

If you haven't been here before, Have a look round and please feel free to become a Follower.

 This is Ricks Elite Design Team Blog for his More Mainstream Images, If you want to see his more Gory type things Pop over to Airless Chamber HERE!  We showcase Ricks images a couple of times a week on each of the blog and also do wee tutorials too. 

So you have reached us on your Blog Hop.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday To C.R.A. F.T Challenge
We have a few items for you on this part of the Hop and Of Course your Next letter!!!

First  is a Card using Ricks Lil Witch done By Hazel (Didos)

Next is Moniques Creation using A Very Merry Unbirthday

and Finally Suzis Creation

Pop Over to the Girls Blogs to see how they made their creations. (this is not part of the Blog Hop Just nice to share the Love)

Now onto an exciting Extra From Rick Himself.....

You could win the 3 Birthday Images Rick has drawn especially for the Hop just by leaving a lovely comment here!!!

 Finally Here is your Letter 

Here is the Blog Hop List.

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the start of the hop)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (you are here at the end of the hop)

Before we go Rick has some freebies on offer HERE (Paris High Fashion Lady)  and on his Airless Chamber Blog  (Singing Zombie) with a great challenge for you all month on both!!

Thanks for dropping by, Enjoy the Rest of the Blog Hop,

Ricks Elite Design Team

If you would like to purchgase the 3 NEW digis used for the CRAFTS blog hop we have a BUY IT NOW blog specialpowered by our safe and secure PAYPAL button below.
You get 3 images-the Birthday dragon with and withour the print layers, the birthday Witch and The UNBirthday Mad Hatter with and without the sprint layer-so 5 digis in all-retail value about 13.50usd for on;y $7.50!!!
This is a limited time offer before the images are added to the ETSY shop individually and at full price so grab it while you can-Birthday images are great all year...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fantasy and Mythical creations with Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog.

Today Rick St. Dennis MFA is the sponsor over at Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog
The Challenge this week is to use the theme Fantasy/Mythical on your project. It was my honour to Guest DT for this challenge, here's what I created;

I used the beautiful Sea Sprite Two image which can be found in the Fairy Tales Section of Rick's Etsy Store.  I coloured the Sea Sprite with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers before die cutting the image and some coordinating card stock with some nestabilities dies.  I added some patterned paper and my die cuts to the card blank, along with a stamped sentiment.  I added some pearl stems behind my image to give the impression of underwater plants.  To finish my card I added some red pearls to inject a little contrasting red into my layout.

I hope i've inspired you to play along with the Rhedd and Rosie Challenge Blog, want more inspiration, then hop over there now to see the beautiful projects the Design Team have created using Rick's Fantastical Images.

Bye for now
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