Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clowning Around ....

... Hello, it's Deborah here with you today.  I'm sharing a really clean, simple card featuring a fabulous clown:

Skip - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I used French Clown 2012 which can be found at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops along with a lots more clowns.  Full details of the card can be found at my blog - Deborah's Gems.  The image is super and I kept it quite simple, with just gold added and lots of sparkle all over the image.  That's all for now.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A little girl's Treasure Box

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I bought this from Hobbycraft and couldn't wait to make it into a treasure box for our little grand-daughter Jasmine.

I worked in sections. I scrunched up then flattened out a bit several tissues and placed them by the side of my workspace, then painted the front cover with gesso.. whilst the gesso was wet I placed a tissue onto it, flattened out so that only slight ridges formed leaving a flat place in the center of the front cover for an image and painted over the tissue which stuck it to the cover.. . I did this for all sides, waiting till the sides were dry before going on to the next. I painted the inside of the box with two coats of white acrylic paint. When the inside was dry I stamped tiny lilac flowers randomly across the bottom. Then I took a small sponge and rubbed over the ridges on the outside of the box with the same lilac colour.
I printed a lovely image called Garden Sprite Large onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils and stuck her to the front of the cover, rubbing over the edges with the lilac. I stuck ribbon around the 'pages' and two large pretty buttons.


Good Morning everyone.  
I'm a day late with this, I'm sorry to say, I was being a bit techno-stupid, 
and I'm not ashamed to admit it!  Anyway, I am here now!  
I would like to show you a card using the gorgeous Volupte image. 
You can find her here 

Here is a wee close up

You can find more photographs of my card on my blog here
Bye for now, and have fun when you colour!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Calaf and bling

Deco Art products used: Americana Acrylic GessoWeathered woodMatte Varnish,
Americana Acrylic paint in Lamp blackDazzling Metallic in Venetian GoldCraft Twinkle Crystal,

Digi Calaf by Rick St.dennis, coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos, Stickles and rhinestones.

Loads of bling and sparkle on this canvas, I don't use much of the bling normally, but thought to get nuts and get all the bling out.

I started by gessoing the canvas, next is a layer of Venetian Gold, let dry and apply Weathered wood, let dry again and add the black top layer.

When the crackeling is done and the paint is dry, add a layer of  matte varnish and let dry,  take a fan brush and apply a thin layer or Craft Twinkles.

Meanwhile colour the Calaf digi and cut it out, Add the stickles to the hat and clothes and let dry.

Glue all bling and feathers on the canvas and glue the digi to the canvas, next add some rhinestones to the colar and head band.

I also gave the guy  navel piercing,  :-)

Check out how you can get the 3 free practise sheets in this video,  for more videos about colouring and other how to's check the how to blog here

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barbette - Crafting Vicky

If you have seen my latest posts you know that I sort have become hooked with mixed media.  Funny because I never wanted to have anything do to with that before... and look at me now... but I still do make cards and today that's what I'm sharing with you a sweet little card.

For this card I used the awesome Barbette she really made me think of spring!

I did a lot of layering but kept it fairly CAS because I just thought that paper was calling for it.

Here's a closer look at Barbette colored with my copics
I really long to see some butterfly in other things than die cuts :)  If you want to know how I made this go here.

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

Have a fabulous Friday!!!!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today. I thought it was high time that I altered another paint brush. I haven't played with one in ages and had the perfect Rick St. Dennis image for the job. My paint brush was just a dollar one from Walmart...such an inelegant start but I blinged and sparkled it up plenty to make up for its humble beginnings.

I featured part of the Cat Glasses image from Rick's Zibbet shop, colouring her with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Cat was relieved of her beautiful top knot as I wanted the bristles to become her upswept hair. She was fussy cut and then matted in black. Grape Crush Stickles, a gorgeous mix of purple and turquoise glitter, was added to her glasses frames and Glossy Accents added to the lenses.

A palette knife was used to layer on pink paint mixed with embossing paste, adding lots of texture. While it was still wet, tiny glass beads were pushed into it to make it even more fancy-smancy. A wash of Hottie Patottie Hot Pink Starburst spray was layered over the top as well as matte medium to help keep the beads in place. Cat's necklace was created with flat pearls and a brad.

The bristles of the brush were sprayed with the same pink Starburst spray as Cat's collar. Tickled Pink Stickles were brushed over that with my finger to create shimmer and sparkle. Two layers of two toned patterned paper were cut along the pattern lines and layered over black cardstock which was then trimmed as a mat. Black Diamond Stickles was added to the lines where the papers overlapped. This piece was wrapped around the base of the bristles and adhered with wide scor tape. A length of washi tape was added to the metal ferrule and a length of metallic cording was used to tie the two patterns together. To complete her lovely outfit, purple gems and white pearls were adhered to the points of her crown and black pearls formed her buttons on the handle of the brush which became her upper body.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Cat and I appreciate your fine company. Be sure and check out Rick's Zibbet shop. There are many other of the 1100+ images there that would work beautifully for other altered paint brushes :) I would love to hear or see what ideas you have.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Il Segreto - The Secret

First of all what an honour to be on the Elite Design Team, and to be able to showcase Rick St Dennis digi's.  The image I chose to work with is ;   'Il Segreto' , you can catch Rick working on her by clicking here.

To purchase the digi click here.

This was such a joy to colour, it is all done with Spectrum Noir pencils. More details on what I used can be found in my blog

Look forward to seeing all your creations.  Remember if you prefer a darker side, then pop on over to

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Unicorn 'Arco Iris'

Hello there and happy monday! Rachel here with you to show off my latest card!
today I have used an absolutely gorgeous stamp from Rick St Dennis MFA to create a slightly glittery card! the stamp is called Unicorn 'Arco Iris' and is available from Rick's Zibbet store!
I absolutely adore unicorns and all things mythical and mystical, so when Rick Released her recently, I knew I just had to play! 

I spent several hours trying to do this stamp justice, with her fantastic mane, studded with flowers.

I hope you liked my card, and the image too!

there are a few more details on my BLOG



Sunday, April 19, 2015

I Need a Bigger Purse !

Today Im using a stamp that a lot of us gals could relate to its called I need a bigger Purse by Rick St Dennis MFA. Im not sure if Ill use this as a Mother's Day card or Birthday card yet.
To make this card I started with a pink base card. then matted in purple. I then used a piece of patterned paper that I had in my stash and embossed it. I added a pink doily from Kaiser Craft a little sentiment from Stampin up a glittery floor and a couple of gems. I coloured this image with copic markers and then cut her out and popped her up on the doily with foam tape.
The copic markers that I used are :
To find this digi here is the link: I need a bigger purse
You may also want to have a look at my blog at Deb Vee's craft place

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Here comes Summer

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Rick's colouring video Part 1
Rick's colouring video Part 2
Rick's colouring video Part 3 
Rick has some amazing sheets of digital images and I'm having so much fun creating little scenes with them. Today I just used a selection of grape images from two different sheets and of course the adorable Garden Sprite Giggles.
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. The background was created in Craft Artist 2.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Another Hat Lady ....

.... Hello, good morning!  It's Deborah here with you today.  I've another card in my Hat Ladies series to share with you:

Billie Hat Lady - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can find full details of this card over at my blog - Deborah's Gems.  This image is called Billie Hat Lady - she's just gorgeous.  You can find her and lots more beautiful Hat Ladies over at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops. 

Rick is sponsoring this week's challenge over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges - they have a theme to use die cuts.  Do go over and check out the challenge and play along - grab one of Rick's images and have fun!!  That's all for now!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last installment for this Progressive Challenge

Good Morning to all you lovely people.
Yes it's me again with another reminder about the Progressive challenge. This is month two, the final installment. This month you must use Aloha Nui in your project. If you joined in with part one, you should already have contacted Monique for your freebie to use this month. The rules are, as always, over there on the right.

Whilst I have your attention, Thank you to all that attended our little party last weekend over in  the Facebook group. A lot of fun was had and many of you won some freebie images, some got discount codes and we all got to see the new image roll out - courtesy of Rick St Dennis MFA. Rick has even taken the trouble of making a couple of new videos that can be viewed on youtube where you can see him in action colouring images with hints and tips. There's also our "How2" blog where you can get all sorts of inspiration.
Please come show us your work using Rick's images over on Facebook. You might even get nominated for the "Pick of the Week" by an EDT member - more ways of winning freebies.

Back to the challenge this month......
You can go back to the first post, here, to see Team A's contribution to the inspiration and Team B have worked their own brand of magic to the pot here.


Aloha - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

 Please see up top for the Mr Linky page. He has to have his own spot so that he doesn't get lost amid all the other posts on the blog. 
Have fun with our little cutie.

See you back here on the 1st May with a new challenge and some new faces but there will be more going on here and our sister blog, Airless Chambers before then.

New faces ..... because our 6-monthly EDT call has just ended. Missed it? You should tune in more often

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed Altered board book ~ The Finale

Hi all. I have finally finished my altered children's board book featuring 9 of Rick's hilarious cat images. YaY! It's a mixed media project based on a cat named Ed and his various activities. Today I have the final two spreads and the covers to share. All spreads used Neocolor II watercolour crayons plus Gelatos and Big Brush pens for the backgrounds. You can find a step by step tutorial on my process here.

This page here and above stars the image Mouse on a Stick as Ed. This Ed is selling Mouse on a Stick from his Food vendor's cart but he seems to have cleaned out the neighbourhood and will soon have to re-locate. His name is Eradi - Cat - Ed. Like all of the images, he is coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, and then matted in black cardstock. Punched circles, gesso pounced through a harlequin stencil, and washi tape flags with enamel dots decorate the page. In addition, there is a mouse button with the shank removed (ouch) adhered to the top left corner.

The next spread shows a different side of Ed. He is quite the crafter and enjoys the opportunity to model his creations on Friday nights. I used Anastasia for this spread. A washi tape border, embossing paste scraped through a stencil, and a little drywall mesh were used to add to the stamped background. Die cut scissors and a thimble are a nod to Ed's crafty endeavours.

The front and back covers feature the same combination of media used throughout the book. The front has the head of the image Dave and the back has the mouse image, Eek. Two die cut hearts matted with black cardstock help tie the front and back together so that if the book is displayed open, they flow. A wide washi tape mounted on white cardstock was used to cover the spine and add an eye-catching pattern to bridge the two covers together. Letter stickers as well as Ransom Alphaparts for Ed were used on both sections as was white embossing paste and drywall mesh.

And that's it for this project. Thanks for visiting Ed and me today. I had so much fun creating this altered book. Each page was an adventure and a treat to do. Love these fabulous cats and mice from Rick's Zibbet shop. Hmmm, wonder what I'll get into next....


Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed ~ Altered board book spread

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today with a page spread for my altered board book featuring Rick's fabulous cat images. I usually post about a few spreads at a time but I did a step by step tutorial of my background process for this page on my own blog since people were curious about how I achieve the end result. It's a long post but you might find it interesting. At any rate, this spread features our friend, Cat Ed , this time played by the talented Bootsie.

Ed (Bootsie) and Fred, the mouse at the bottom of the page, were coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I used a short choppy stroke on Ed to create his fur. Ed and Fred were then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock for greater contrast with the background. Prescription bottle images, because Ed is Medi-Cat-Ed, were also fussy cut and matted with black to give Ed a platform for his happy dance. A small cluster of pills, another image from the Internet, was printed twice, fussy cut, and matted with black cardstock.

The background is layer upon layer of mediums such as gesso, Neocolor II  watercolour crayons, gelatos, and Big Brush pen. I also used stamps, a TH stencil, white embossing paste, and some mop-up papers with ink sprayed on them. The letters are stickers and the prescription number was computer generated and printed on white cardstock.. White and black gesso rings, some doodling, and edging with Black Big Brush pen completed the spread

Thanks for joining Ed and me today. Next time, I will feature the last two spreads and the cover to complete this fun project.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring has Sprung...

Rick's facebook page
Background from 'My Garden'
High Four for Mischief Circus
Such a pretty little girl in a Spring garden. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and the background has been created using Craft Artist 2 with the My Garden collection. Above are two links to colouring videos actually by Rick with some brilliant techniques for colouring with pencils. These are well worth several visits. Sue x

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crafting in the Bedroom: Urban Roots - Some more Samples

Crafting in the Bedroom: Urban Roots - Some more Samples

Super  cards....

Fiona DT


Gene and Debbie

I had so much fun making this! If you have followed me this year so far you know that I have totally become a stalker of Bonnie I want to try to make other things then cards that end up sitting in boxes!!!!

Another thing that Bonnie got me totally HOOOKED line and sinker is the journaling.  And when I saw the super cute litttle digis Debbie Singing in the rain and the awesome Gene Singing in the rain I just knew that I had to do a double layout with those 2.

I actually made a little spring scene!!!!  It's been a long time since I had so much painting... feels like a little kid in daycare getting all dirty and just loving it!
Yeah.... doesn't it show that I had fun playing there?!?

Here's a closer look at Debbie colored with my copics

And here's little Gene not afraid of a little rain...

This was one of the 1st of my journaling.... but won't be the last... I'm now wearing an apron like a second skin but it's not for cooking it's for playing.  And well when I do that I forget all the pain and bothers of life!  If you have a chance try it out!!!!  If you want to see how I made it check it out here.

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

Have a fabulous Tuesday!!!!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Klub Elf

Rick's facebook page
Rick's colouring video Part 1
Rick's colouring video Part 2
I know Easter isn't over yet but I have so many Christmas cards to send out that me and the elves really had to get started behind the scenes. I think this must be the most elegant elf I have ever seen.
Printed onto neenah cardstock and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. With more details on my blog

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Birthday ...

.... Hello and Good Morning!!  It's Deborah here with you today.  I don't often make cute cards - I find them a bit difficult, but Rick designed some wonderfully cute bear images exclusively for I Brake for Stamps.  This adorable Clown Bear is one of the collection and I made it into a birthday card suitable for a little boy or girl:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can't see all the sparkle and shimmer on the photo above, but I did my usual trick of taking a close-up and angling the image to catch the sunlight to show the shimmer.

Happy Birthday detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Before I go, a quick reminder that we are looking for a number of people for our Facebook Design Team - full details can be found here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Progressive Challenge - April - part 2

A very good morning to all you crafters out there. We hope that you're all ready for the Easter break in a few days time, whether you celebrate the festival or not.
Spring is now officially upon us although the weather in Scotland has seen snow showers amid the bursts of sunshine. We can now look forward to those longer days (in the northern hemisphere anyway) of summer and those holidays with loved ones.
It's with summer in mind that we bring this little cutie for you all to use this month. The image is called Aloha Nui and available from the Zibbet store here. For those of you that joined in last month for the Easter themed, first, part of the Progressive Challenge, she will be free - just email Monique. For anyone else that wants to join in she is very reasonably priced. For the second part of this challenge the only requirement is that she is used in your project entry. If you need any further reminders on the rules, they are over there on the right.

Don't forget - we're also holding a DT call over in our Facebook group. This is also the place where there are 2 further contests being held. One is just for coloured images the other for finished projects. Why not come along and say "Hi!" and join in. Just more ways of winning your choice of one of Rick's fabulous images from the Zibbet store.

Onto the inspiration from Team A of the EDT, as if you need it. I think you'll agree, Aloha Nui looks wonderful in all settings.

By Helen/Croms

by Mo

Mr Linky has his own tab still - just look for the one labelled "RSD Progressive Challenge-March-Part One and April part Two"
Looking forward to seeing those entries
See you later in the month for Team B's inspiration
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