Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Steampunk Project

Lady B here.  I have been trying to use up my paper scraps and broken electronic pieces before my husband throws my stuff in the bin.  What he sees as junk or garbage, I see artistic opportunity.  I'm doing my best not to bring in new items until I use my old items so that I don't end up on the television show about hoarders.  

With my leftover bits and bobs, I made the Steampunk project below.  I'm not sure if I love it as it's a bit busy for my taste, but it did allow me to purge some of my creative energy.  I learn by playing and experimenting.  That is how I discover what I like.  Just because this piece may not be perfect for me, someone else may love it or be inspired by it.  That is the beauty of art.  There is no right or wrong and no good or bad.  Everything is up to interpretation and the fun is in the journey.

Click image to enlarge.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available for purchase exclusively at "I Brake for Stamps".  Peg was printed on Copic X-Press-It card and colored with Copic markers.  I used a base of 6" x 6" MDF board, part of my broken cell phone and Tim Holtz gear dies (Thanks, Mo!).  The gears were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and painted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny then aged with a wash of DecoArt Traditions Carbon Black acrylic paint. The textured areas on the gears is DecoArt Snow-Tex.  My tip of the day: when painting heavily textured areas, a sponge dabber works great!

I hope I've inspired you to try something new.  Now go to your crafty area and play!  If you are in need of...or just want Steampunk images, Rick has plenty in both his Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes. Speaking of Steampunk, there are still a couple of days to join Rick's Progressive Challenge :)

Find more inspiration at Rick's other sites:

  • The Gallerie: An inspirational gallery that displays Rick's images in various projects without boring you with babble.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Morning Goddess Betty

Here is another of Rick's Morning Goddesses. Here we have Betty. Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. A little gloss on the coffee pot and mug. I have really enjoyed colouring this set of ladies and I am going to frame them to display in my kitchen. More details are on my blog I hope you have a moment to visit. Sue x

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Morning Glories for October

Aletha here showing you a Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) colored sample. The image I picked today is from my favorite RSD line of digital images, “Hats.” I would like to introduce you to October Morning Glories.

October was a joy to color, but I say that about all of Rick’s images. I colored her with Copics and did some highlighting within the Morning Glories with a white Prismacolor pencil, a white Sharpie paint pen, and a Dandelion Momento marker. I also did some more shadowing with Momento markers in Rich cocoa, Danube Blue, and Cottage Ivy.

Copics I used for coloring:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E50, 53, 55, 57, 59
Morning Glories: B21, 23, 26, 28, 29
Leaves: G40, 84, 94, 99
Scarf and Hat: YR12, 16, 18, and E19
Background: W00, 0, 1, and B21

We have a progressive challenge going on over at our Sparkle and Glitter blog. The theme is Steampunk and you must use an RSD image. There’s still a week to get in on this challenge.

We also have a bi-weekly art contest within RSD’s Facebook group. This little contest ends at Noon CDT on June 4, 2014.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Aletha Jane

Friday, May 23, 2014


by Rick St. Dennis

by Rick St. Dennis

This sweet little girl in this indoor scene is Pollyanna. It is the first time I tried to cut away the background of an image using Serif Craft Artist... with a little more practice I should be able to make it seamless. The Serif itself was so inexpensive and it works alongside other designing discs to make the most of the gorgeous digital images available from Rick's Zibbet store. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, papers and ribbon from mcs. Through the window you can see the Vicarage...I knew I would be using this image as often as I could. For more info please visit my blog. Sue x

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Poppies for August

Hi all! Aletha here with coloring sample of a Rick St Dennis image. I gave Rick an idea of creating more of his amazing “hat ladies.” The idea was ladies with hats full of flowers for a certain month. He created some stunning images, 12 for the months, and then he threw in a couple more.

Today I wanted to share “August Poppy.” Isn’t she beautiful? All of Rick’s images are so rich in detail and his facial features are different for every image he creates. All of his images beg me to touch them with my Copics. If all I had to do is sit and color his images, I would, but there is that silly thing called life that we all have to attend to. LOL

The Copics I used are:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Hat and Scarf: BG70, 72, 75, 78
Poppies: R21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89
Poppies’ centers: Y08 and YR23
Leaves: G40, 82, 94, 99
Background: W00, 0, 1, and BG10

Did you know that Sparkle & Glitter has reopened for challenges? This month the theme is “Steampunk.” You must use a RSD image. That’s no problem, because he has several Steampunk images in his Zibbet shop. You have plenty of time to enter, 9 days to be exact.

We have a bi-weekly “Art Contest” in our RSD Facebook group. The requirement is using an RSD image also, and the theme will always be “anything goes.”  If you entered in our Steampunk challenge blog, head on over to Facebook and enter your little piece of art in this contest.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, you can always contact me.
Aletha Jane

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The 7 Dwarfs of Menopause

I have heard over and over about the 7 Dwarfs of Menopause since I've reached the time of life that I have...LOL  So I thought it would be fun to just make a sign that represents these "Dwarfs"...  I used two of Rick's Digi Sheets for this Bitchy and Crazy came from the Klub Kidz sheet and Itchy, Bloated, Forgetful, Tired and Sweaty came from the Mall Girls sheet.  It was tough trying to decide what image should represent what "dwarf"...I hope I chose wisely...If not don't tell me, I might go Crazy Dwarf on you since I'm currently Tired Dwarf.  But It's okay Forgetful Dwarf isn't very far away.  LOL

I made this as a sign so I can hang it up at work in my cubical.  Now I need to create something to show people what dwarf to watch out for...But, I'm sure Forgetful Dwarf will kick in before that happens!  If I worked with wood - and here is an IDEA for you if you want to CASE this - Get some wood to add a similar sign to; then add hooks just under each dwarf, then you could make something to hang from the hooks to represent what one to watch out for!!  Teehee

Hope you got a smile from this and not a reality slap across the face!  teehee

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Vicarage

This beautiful Vicarage scene would look gorgeous as a background for so many images. I think I will be using it as often as I can for a backdrop for some of Rick's ladies. Wouldn't you just love to pop in for a cuppa and a bun?
More info on my blog. Sue x

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rick St. Dennis progressive challenge reminder

Here we are with a midway reminder for the first of our new monthly challenges. If you saw our first post you will have seen the amazing artwork of Mo, Sue, Aletha, Karen and Lady B. If you missed it then can I suggest you go take a look? Such wonderful eye candy!
So just a quick round-up
The challenges are to be monthly and to enter you do have to use a Rick St Dennis image. There are lots to chose from in both the Zibbet and Etsy stores. This month we have chosen a theme of STEAMPUNK to celebrate the acceptance of so many of the EDT submissions into Just Steampunk magazine. Rick produced some amazing images for us to work with and it is with pride that I can say that each of them will be featured in issue 5 available in August from Scott Publications

So who have we this time?
Well there's Croms with her bag and canvas.

Using images "A Clockwork Pony Cart" from Zibbet and Etsy and Professor Coppelious. Again available from Zibbet and Etsy

Miranda using Atlantis in Etsy only at the moment

Then we have Julia to delight you with her handmade pendant featuring Victoria McSteeme

Damarys using Ephasia

Suzi using Olympia

You'll see a tab at the top of the blog for you to add your art to Mr Linky. That way we can all come along and leave you some love.
You have another two weeks to get those projects made, looking forward to seeing them all.

RSD is sponsoring Crafting By Designs!

Rick St Dennis is sponsoring Crafting By Designs and the theme is Thank You!
I created two projects for this challenge
and using Hat Shoppe
For more details on this projects please visit my blog Paper and Scraps Creations By Julia.
You can find this and many more images in Rick St Dennis Zibbet Store.
Hope you enjoy this creations, I sure had lots of fun making them.
Do you enjoy rubber stamps??
We have great news, Rick St. Dennis Images are now rubber stamps and you can find them at I Break for Stamps and Smeared Ink.

Remember our Progressive challenge, you can read the details here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have fun, create and enjoy yourself!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Morning Goddesses

by Rick St. Dennis

Two more of the Morning Goddesses by Rick. I am having a lot of fun with these images and for those of you who can... they are easy to fussy cut (I'm not too good and always spot a bit of white after I have completed a project) and therefore can be placed in different situations. These two are going to join my collection of framed Goddesses which I will show later. For more info please visit my blog. Sue x

Monday, May 12, 2014

In the Mood for Steampunk?

Happy Monday!  Lady B here :) 
Recently, the RSD EDT received special Steampunk images drawn by Rick and we made projects with them to submit to "Just Steampunk" magazine for their volume 5 edition which comes out in August.  Many of the EDT will be featured in the upcoming edition.  I'm hoping everyone's piece/pieces have been accepted.  In honor of this, we are having our first progressive challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog with the theme of Steampunk.  Click here and here to read more about the challenge.

I am still stuck in Steampunk mode so I thought I would share a new make of mine as a reminder for the Progressive Challenge which runs through May.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available exclusively at I Brake for Stamps as a digital stamp.  Peg is colored with Copic markers and mounted upon a portion of a broken cell phone.  The combo was then mounted upon a 6" x 6" piece of wood which was given a special treatment for texture then painted with DecoArt Traditions Artistic Acrylics paints.  

I added some Tim Holtz gears which were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and further textured with DecoArt Snow-Tex.  The paint on the gears is DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny.  I sealed the painted surfaces with DecoArt Decou-Page in Matte.

For my final touch I added a copper colored wire wrapped gem to the center of one of the gears.  I used silicone household glue to attach the gem.  Here is the brand of glue I used, but I didn't buy a case...just a single tube.  A little of this stuff goes a long way!

Be sure to play along with the Progressive Challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter blog.  If you need steampunk images, you can find them in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe as well as his Etsy Shoppe.  There is a challenge on Rick's Facebook page as well.

Lady B ~

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hat shoppe

Hi all.

I've got a birthday card to show you, I used a part of the Hat Shoppe, these images are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare as hats. I just had to use them because I love everything Alice and I love the hat images (there are a lot "hats" in the shops here in Zibbet and in Etsy are some too here)   so this is a perfect combination, to use on a birthday card, or should it be an Un-birthday card??,.......well it's gonna be late anyway :-)

Also thought that this image would be perfect to use for a steampunk card, the gears are made using a die, and I added some Deco Art Metallic Lustre (Iced Espresso) for a bit of a gold shine, it's also on the edges of the pink paper.

Gefeliciteerd is "congratulations "in Dutch, I stamped the senti using Archival Jet Black ink,  the paper used is K&C Company

This image is also available as a rubber stamp at IBFS, check out our challenge in Steampunk style here (you can Steampunkify almost all images by adding some gears, wire, lightbulbs, metal), hope to see your entries soon.  There is a challenge on the facebook page too

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Heather Standish in Bruges

One of Rick's lovely ladies, a very fashionable lady about town. Wearing such a pretty outfit ready for a tour on the continent. For more details please visit my blog. Sue x

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Birthday hop Craft challenge blog

Today  Sparkle and Glitter joins the Craftchallenge blog 5 th blogaversary hop, Rick is sponsoring this challenge to celebrate their 5th anniversary, there are digis to be won, visit Rick's Etsy or Zibbet shoppes to see the wonderful collection of digital stamps.

 Check out the fabulous cards our EDT members made specially for the hop. Theme is "Birthday"of course. Collect the word you need to make the sentence complete, see the rules on the Craft challenge blog.

Blog roll is below this post, Happy Hopping (and of course a very Happy Birthday to the Craft challenge blog), we would love it if you leave a comment and become a follower on our blog. Did you see our challenge here? It would be great to see your entries there.

Mrs Pete in Blackpool  on etsy

Karen C
using Felicity the Faerie Queen

Croms using Everybody Dance on Zibbet and Etsy

And now for our Blog Hop route:

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you should have started here)
Silvi (you should have come from here)
Sparkle and Glitter (you are here now)
Sujin (you should go here next)

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you should have returned here at the end of the hop)

Don't forget to check out the Rick St.dennis progressive challenge here

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fairy Queen Palace with Lamp Lighter Fairy

I adore this image of the Fairy Queen Palace with the little Lamplighter Fairy. Many of Rick's images can become almost a story in themselves. These two images have been a delight to colour due to the way Rick has drawn them with slight cross-hatching to show where shading could appear. More details on my blog. Sue x

Monday, May 5, 2014

believe in your dreams...

hi it's Miranda again, hope you are fine?
today I have a card to share.

The background is made with paints and modeling paste and one of the brandnew masks by Dutch Doobadoo called butterfly, don't you just love it? It's cool to use this mask with your copic airbrush too. 
The image is called  Pansy and is drawn by Rick St Dennis. I coloured Pansy with my copics using the following colours:
C5, E000, E01, E02,E13,E17, B0000, B39, B93, B95, B97, BV00, BV25, Y12,Y21, YG0000,YG03 and YG99

The flowers are prefab from the hobby and craftshop and coloured with copics too. I coloured the edge and sprayed some activator on the flowers to dilute the ink and colour the rest of the petal. An quick and easy way to make matching flowers. 

have a fabulous weekend
see ya all next month


Don't forget to check out the Rick St.dennis progressive challenge here

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lady St. John-Smythe

This wonderful lady is off to meet up with her chums. shopping in Harrods then maybe a light lunch before a stroll in the park. I have printed her onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. More details are on my blog. Sue x

Don't forget to check out the Rick St.dennis progressive challenge here

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The first Rick St. Dennis Progressive challenge

Well Hello again everyone. It's been a while since we held our last challenge here in Blogland but we're back again. We missed seeing you all showing off your gorgeous projects. This time round we're going to have monthly challenges but using any RSD image not just the one that came out in the newsletter of that month. We realise that not everyone "does" Facebook where we have had the odd challenge as well, hence 

we're back!

 The rules have changed slightly, so make sure you have read them properly, pretty please. We'd hate to disqualify your beautiful artwork over a technicality. 

The EDT have not been idle over the last few months and although there have been some changes in the line-up for various reasons, we're still going strong. Rick has been sponsoring challenges on other challenge blogs and some of the EDT were asked to be GDT for those. There have been many projects showcased on facebook that many of you will have seen and on our own blogs of course. One of the tasks we undertook as a team was to create some projects for the Just Steampunk magazine. Rick produced some amazing images for us to work with and it is with pride that I can say that each of them will be featured in issue 5 available in August from Scott Publications.  
To celebrate our success we decided that our first challenge under the new format will be themed. What else could it be other than STEAMPUNK? Check out the shops both at Zibbet and Etsy for not just the images the EDT have used but many more.

We're going to have half of the EDT members supplying the inspiration here and in two weeks time you can check back to see the rest.

using the Insane Hatter and  he is also on Etsy here

using Jacosta and Jarrod and on Etsy they are here as a special priced set
using the Clockwork Dragon and he is here on Etsy


using Plummage Mettalique

Karen C
Using Steamee McPunk

Using "Angela the Assassin" on Zibbet 

Using "An Aerocruiser for Lady B" on Zibbet and Etsy

Using "Dr. Doom for Lady B" on Zibbet 

OK Have we whetted your appetite?  Are you ready to join us? Get those projects made and linked into the page we've set up for you all - you'll see the tab up top. If you need further inspiration, we'll be back, as I said, in two weeks with some more gorgeous projects for you.

Have fun

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