Sunday, March 29, 2015

Slave of the Lamp

By Rick St. Dennis
Rick's facebook group

I have had this image on my wishlist for ever. I love how it lends itself to a great storyline. I have printed this onto neenah card and coloured it with promarkers. And added the background and embellishments in Craft Artist 2. With more details on my blog. Sue x


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life is a Carnival ...

... Hello, good morning!  It's Deborah here with you today, and I'm running a bit late with this post - completely lost track of time!!  I've a bold, bright and fun card to share with you this morning.

Carnival - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

This is one of Rick's lovely Euro Clown images called Euro Clown TrOuPe.  You can find it, and many more, at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.  I really like the way you can resize digital images to fit the size of card.  This finished image is only 2½" × 2¾", which makes it a bit of challenge to colour, but so worth it!  I think it would be brilliant on a big art journal page (something I plan to do soon).  You can find full details of my card at my blog here.

I'd also like to mention the fact that we have a DT Call at the moment - we are looking for a group of enthusiastic and creative folk to work on our Facebook team - check out full details of the DT Call here.

That's all for now - have a great day - hope it's dry where you are!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Facebook Design Team

We are looking for a small team of enthusiastic people to work with and promote RSD images in our FB Group. You don't need a blog to apply (but if you do, that would be great). What we need are people who will produce both coloured images and finished projects (at least 1 project a month for our challenge post on this blog) across the range from creepy to cute. You must be active on FB and willing to meet and greet new fans, provide supportive comments, and share and promote on your own timelines and in other crafting groups. The post is all about spreading the word and increasing our visibility on Facebook.

Terms and Conditions

The terms will last for 6 months, you are welcome to reapply at this time if you wish to stay on the team.
You will be provided with 2 to 4 images to work with for your DT projects, and of course may use any that you already have in your collection. You must be able to produce 2-3 projects a month minimum.

To apply, we would love you to make TWO projects (doesn't have to be a card - journal pages, altered items, 3-d work are also great) - one cute, one darker themed featuring RSD images. Upload them to the DT Call photo album on our Facebook Group here :

 Please comment on your entries to leave a link to your blog if you have one. Closing date is April 15 th 2015

We look forward to seeing your applications, please feel free to ask any questions.

The Many Faces of Ed - Part Two

Hi all. It's Bonnie here today. Last week I posted about the first three spreads in my altered child's board book featuring Rick St. Dennis' hilarious cats. Today I am sharing the next three, leaving three more to go. The theme of this book concerns itself with a cat named Ed who loves various activities all containing the word CAT followed by Ed. The first three spreads featuring Intoxi-Cat-Ed, Domesti-Cat-Ed, and Compli-Cat-Ed can be seen here.

The first two page spread I completed for the next set stars the fabulous Sushi image. This guy in his fabulous kimono was coloured with Prismacolor pencils. His fur was coloured in layers of short choppy strokes to resemble fur. He was fussy cut leaving a white border and then matted with black cardstock for strength and contrast with the background.

The background was done by scribbling two tones of purple Neocolor II watercolor crayon over the gessoed background and then activating it with water. The edges were deepened with purple gelato smudged with a finger. Red Geranium Archival ink was sponged through a harlequin stencil in several places. The pattern was then outlined on the left with black paint and on the right with white coloured pencil. Doilies and a tiny sushi menu were layered over the background. Washi tape and a metal fork as well as the black sticker letters spelling Sophisto-cat-Ed were also adhered. A border was painted with black (pens don't like gelatos) and then  a small leaf stamp was used to add gold embossing in three places. The edges were inked with black Big Brush pen like all of the other pages.

The next spread features Bar-B-Que with his funny little skewer of two mice and veggies, This image was completed in the same manner as the first one: Prismacolor pencils, fussy cutting, black matting. This Ed was coloured like my cat Molly who reluctantly posed for me.

The background of this spread was done first with three colours of Neocolor II crayons, and then sponged over the top with 3 similar colours of Fresco Finish paint. Blue gelato deepened the edges and black paint was used to add a faux stitched border. White Embossing paste was scraped through a chevron stencil. Stamping was added using Forget-Me-Not and Jet Black Archival inks.

The background "papers" were actually cut from some large stickers which have been in my stash the little XO detail. I am making a point of using up things I have had for the puffy scrolls and circles that I also added to the mix. The stickers spelling Dupli-Cat-Ed (two mice on the skewer) as well as the two 2s were adhered before the edges were inked with black Big Brush pen.

The third spread allows Dave to be the star surrounded by Fred and Eek, two of Rick's mouse images. This Ed was also coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut , and matted with black.

The background was created with yellow and orange Neocolor II crayons activated with water and then repeated for more intense colour. The edges were sponged with orange and yellow Fresco Finish paint to deepen them without the use of gelatos. White embossing paste was added through a punchinella stencil and stamping of text was done with Orange Blossom Archival ink. Drywall mesh was adhered in a few places as well as a scrap of checked paper to serve as a picnic blanket. Ed was enjoying his sandwich so much that we can hear his eating noises which were stamped with Jet Black ink.

The lettering for Masti-Cat-Ed was added and then emphasized with strips of ink sprayed scraps from another project. Three paint dots were added to each strip. A doodled border, a black arrow, and black Big Brush pen edging finished this spread.

And there you have it, the fourth, fifth, and sixth spreads in The Many Faces of Ed. Thanks so much for popping by. The Eds and I appreciate that.  Stay tuned for the last three double pages as well as the finished cover...can't wait to play with them :)

Monday, March 23, 2015


Rick's facebook group

This little lady is part of Rick's newest collection of the sweetest little children. I loved colouring her and I'm looking forward to colouring the rest of her friends.
I printed her onto neenah and coloured the image with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. The frame and background are from the beach collection in Craft Artist 2
There are similar projects on my blog, I hope you have a moment to visit me. Sue xx

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Carnival 2015 plaque

Hi there everyone, Rachel here today, to show you my latest inspiration for the rick st dennis EDT !
if you were lucky enough to see Sue's post in the fan group yesterday, you would have seen this make of mine, as I made it to cheer her up and sent it to her in secret .. (therefore scheduling my blog post for before she got it would have been a bit daft ;) ) 

I made her a plaque using 'carnival 2015'  one of this year's fantastic new stamps... 

I made this little plaque using 2 sheets of grey board (1mm thickness) glued together as I didn't have anything stronger here!

I then covered it with pink cardstock and a designer paper layer, measured for holes and then made holes for them with an awl.
in those holes I fitted some eyelets so that it would hold the ribbon a bit better.
whilst giving that some drying time, I coloured in the carnival 2015 image, (using lots of pink, and glitter!)
I originally gave her a more sheer looking pair of tights /pantyhose, but I was getting frowned at by Ms carnival herself, and had to redo them in a brighter pink....

I then spent an intense hour or so fussy cutting her with my blunt decoupage scissors.... hoping I didn't accidentally cut anything off in the process! luckily she survived unscathed, with a sigh of relief from myself!
I added cotton candy stickles, and glued her to the plaque, then cut my lettering using my scan n cut... ran that through my sticker maker and stuck down... more glitter, on those, and the edges, and then finally liquid pearls, and once dry, the pink hanging ribbon :)

I'm glad it cheered sue up and hopefully if you wanted to do the same sort of thing for a friend, I've given you some inspiration!



Friday, March 20, 2015

Daffo Dill

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!!!!  So for this make I decided to use a great frame that I got at a bargain at HomeSense (our TJ MAX for the American friends).

And I used the super cute Daffo Dill Fairy.

So here's how I colored her:

I was pretty happy with my coloring... And then I put her in the frame....
And then Rick said the frame was really busy with this delicate fairy.... and he was totally right of course... and can I tell you that he has become my ultimate sounding board?!?  I'm learning sooooo much from him!

So here's the image in the altered frame with some Deco Art Black Shimmer
I really really really really (did I say really?!?) wish I could find stuff out like that before showing it to you guys!  But figured it would be fun for you to see a work in progress!

I hope you have the chance of having someone like Rick in your life to tell you like it is!!!!

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, March 19, 2015

Frida ....

....  Hello!  It's Deborah here with you (I'm hosting a post here and one on our sister blog - Airless Chambers today).  There's a common theme with this post and the one on AC - both my cards feature women, here's my SNG card:

Frida - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The image is called Frida, and it's part of a series called Randi Dandi Tribute images.  The images were drawn by Rick St Dennis exclusively for I Brake for Stamps.  As well as digi images at I Brake for Stamps, there are a number of Rick's rubber stamps too.  Full details of my card can be found at my blog here.  That's all for now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed ~ an altered board book

Hi all. It's Bonnie here today. Rick's fabulous cat series is so funny and clever that I've been wanting to do an altered child's board book starring most if not all of them. I knew I would have fun with this mixed media project because the cats and the poor mice make me smile, grin, and laugh. I decided that the theme tying the book together would be Cat ~ Ed and all of his favourite activities. He is quite a guy. I prepped the 4.25 x 4.25 inch book by sanding it lightly and applying gesso to all of the pages to give it tooth and cover up the original colours and writing.

The first two page spread features Intoxi ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Martini, with his cocktail glass and oh so dapper pajamas. I coloured Ed like a gray tabby using Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut him leaving a white border, and matted him with black cardstock.

The background began with blue and green Neocolor II watercolour crayons activated with water. Limelight and Beach Hut Fresco Finish paint was sponged over that to even it out and intensify the colours. Tiny circles and dots were stamped with Ranger Archival inks. Larger circles were created with gesso and bottle lids. Stencilling was done with embossing paste scraped through TCW's Mini Sketch Grid. The letters were black stickers. A little doodled border, blue gelato on the edges, and some washi tape completed the spread.

The second spread features Domesti ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Mouse Cake. He was coloured like a marmalade cat using Prismacolor pencils and was matted the same as the previous image. He was adhered to a layered background of a corrugated tag, book text, music paper, and washi tape.

The background began with pink, orange, and yellow Neocolor II crayons scribbled onto the gessoed pages and activated with water. This was done a few times to achieve the look I wanted. Hero Arts Starburst stamp was applied with Magenta Hue Archival ink and a grid stamp with Pale Ochre Archival. Embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tile texture stencil and black gesso lines were added with an old gift card. A border was added with thinned gesso and dots with Black Archival ink. Again, sticker letters were added to indicate which Ed we were seeing. To finish, orange gelato was applied to the edges and smudged with my finger.

The third spread features Compli ~ Cat ~ Ed, aka Clifford. This Ed was coloured like a calico or tri-coloured cat. He was fussy cut with a narrow white border, and again matted with black cardstock. he was backed with a black punched circle off set over a circle punched from mop-up paper.

The background had yellow and tan Neocolor II crayons scribbled in a random way over the gessoed background and then activated with water. Once again, Fresco Finish paint in Haystack and Pumpkin Soup were sponged over the top of the crayon and dried. Vintage Photo Distress ink was applied to the edges and also through TCW's Spinning Tops stencil. Layers of text paper, black cardstock with embossing paste stencilled on it, and a stamped piece of yellow designer paper topped with a die cut mixed media remnant were added to the left side of the spread. White gesso circles were added with bottle tops and more gesso was pounced through punchinella. The same stickers were added for lettering but this time the open letters were filled in with white paint pen. A zigzag doodled border, some grid stamping with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and brown gelato edging and I called it done.

Thanks for visiting today. Stay tuned for the next installation of The Many Faces of Ed next Tuesday when I return with three more of Rick's hilarious cats.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Batty Bettina Night Fairy in Springtime

This gorgeous Night Fairy only needed a forest background and a bit of script and I think the project looks lovely just as it is without frou frou. I have been trying to make CAS cards and I'm a bit outside my comfort zone.. but I like this.
Printed onto neenah cardstock and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge March - Part 2/1

Morning all
How are you getting along with those projects for this month's Progressive challenge? A few in the linky I can see so far.
If you missed the first installment from Team A why not go back and have a look?

The theme is still
Basically any project with a spring or Easter theme using an image from either of the shops of Rick St Dennis on Etsy or Zibbet will fit the bill.

There is still the Art Contest and the Colouring Contest on-going in the Facebook Group. The Art contest for finished projects the Colouring contest for just a coloured image. Of course using one of Rick's images is mandatory.

Team B have worked some wondrous magic with just a few of the images available.

 Sue using Ekaterina Easter

Crafting Vicky using Whack.a.doo Bunny

Deb Vee using Easter Goose

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

Deborah using Easter Turtle

Lady B using Betsy and the Bunny

Mr Linky is still on his own page - located up the top - there is so much going on on the blog that we'd hate for you to lose him.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Have a Blast

Boys cards are always handy to have in your stash and I found that over at Rick St Dennis Mfa you can by digi sheets of stamps. They are so handy !  I got the Boys digi sheet and used the spaceman for this project. I coloured my spaceman with copic markers and then fussy cut him out and popped him up with foam tape. I started with a dark blue base card and then matted with silver miri card. I then used some starry paper that I got from either Big W or Kmart. the planets and rocket ship are stickers and the sentiment is a stamp that I got with a magazine.For the Final touch I put some gems on his suit.
The copic markers that I used are:
To find this great value digi sheet over at RSD MFA heres the link Boys Digi Sheet
Also why not rocket over to my blog for a look at some of my other creations Deb Vee's Craft Place

Ive gotta a right to sing the blues

Today Im showcasing the RSD image Ive Gotta A Right To Sing The Blues. I loved colouring this sassy gal. I coloured her with copic markers. Its the first time I have coloured red hair. Because she is singing the blues I just had to give her a blue dress. After colouring her I fussy cut her out and popped her up with double sided foam tape onto a Kaiser craft journal card, which is matted on a glitter red paper and a dark blue base card. I added the sentiment of Celebrate added some glittery stars that I punched out and put a tad of glitter on her bracelet.
The copic markers that I used are:
Heres the ;link for this bluesy stamp Ive gotta a right to sing the blues

for more of my projects you may want to visit my blog Deb Vee's Craft Place

Friday, March 13, 2015

Aurelia Gardenpatch at home

Loving this little fae creature and have I printed her onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.I like to build a scene around an image and in this instance I decided to place Aurelia into a little home scene. I imported the coloured image into a program called Craft Artist 2 where I was able to remove the white background around the image. 
I then used a selection of images to build a homely scene around the main image. More details are on my blog   Sue x

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello Rose Bug .....

Hi!  It's Deborah here with you this morning - my turn to play with Rick's wonderful images!!  Rick draws super Steampunk themed images and earlier this year released a wonderful rosebud and bug - here's my take on the image:

Hello - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can find full details of the card on my blog here.  The image is called Steampunk Rose Bug and Rick drew it specially for Aletha Jane, a member of our Elite Design Team.  You can find this image and other Steampunk inspired images at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.

I think this is such an elegant and fun design, that I think I'm going to print it out much bigger and colour it again - I'll share that with you soon (ish).  I added some sparkle to the image, but you can't really see it in the main photo above.  I've found that if I take a close-up that's slightly out of focus, you really do get to see the shimmer:

Hello detail - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Isn't it pretty?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Evgeniya Easter

Rick's facebook group

Loving this lady. A delight to colour and to add to my ever growing Easter images. Printed onto neenah cardstock and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils then imported into Craft Artist 2 where I removed the white background and added a little bit of scenery and flowers.

Monday, March 9, 2015

RSD Euro Girls Artist Trading Block

Hi all. A few weeks ago I posted  my bees and flowers artist trading block which you can see here if you missed it. I had such a blast with it that I decided to create another one using some of Rick St. Dennis' Euro Girls. There is something sweet and innocent about them within their quirkiness that appeals to me. The ATB measures 3.25 on all sides and although I did the background on all six sides, I couldn't bear to have an image face-down so I didn't add one to the bottom.

I coloured each of the five Euro Girl Images with my Prismacolor pencils using Polychromos to shade the skin. The images I used are: Euro Girl LinDa, Euro Girl Pauline, Euro girl Springi, Euro Girl Rosa, and Euro Girl Easter Edna. While colouring, I kept the palette the same, trying to incorporate most colours on each image for continuity. I fussy cut each one leaving a narrow white border, matted each on black cardstock, and trimmed them out again. I like how this double matting gives them contrast with the background and allows them to take center stage.

The background was created by spritzing the flat block pieces with Yellow Rose of Texas, freaky Franklin Lime, and Bells of Ireland Green Starburst sprays. I didn't tip them to make the colours run because I wanted the yellow to stay true in some places and with yellow and green side by side on the colour wheel, I knew they would blend easily and make one colour quickly if I wasn't careful. I actually heat dried them and re-spritzed with the yellow to strengthen it. I did pick up some of the green over-spray to make stronger spots here and there.

White embossing paste was scraped through a Memory Box Rings and Puddles stencil with a palette knife, varying the design on each side. I love how it picks up a little of the background colour in places.  A bubble stamp was inked with Mowed Lawn Distress ink and rolled onto the background randomly. The same ink was used to deepen the outside edges of each cube face. Bits of drywall mesh were added to each side once the box was assembled and I knew approximately where each image would be placed.

Now you know it wouldn't be my piece if there weren't touches of black accenting the design. I began with stars punched from black cardstock. next I added bits of black and white harlequin washi tape to each side and then finally added larger black half pearls. I also added tiny black half pearls to the pull toy duck's eye and Pauline's dress. White half pearls were added to the buttons on Rosa's blouse. White paint pen dots were added to the stars. Initially I edged the sides of each face with a green Big Brush pen, thinking that I always use black and I might change it up. I assembled the block and finished it but something was definitely missing. I left it over night and in the morning went back and added the black Big Brush pen to each edge over the green. Much happier :) To me, it needed that frame to look finished.It was worth a try

Thanks for joining the Euro Girls and I today. We appreciate your fine company. Hopefully, we have made you smile and sparked an idea or two.


Saturday, March 7, 2015


This lovely toddler drawn by Rick is so full of character. And here he is totally zonked with his kitties for company. Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. This image comes with a dark background which I removed for this scene.
I built up the scene in Craft Artist 2 changing the frame colour and adding a few embellishments. I hope you have a moment to visit my blog. x

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Birthday

Good morning - Deborah here with you today to share a fun and slightly quirky birthday card for a little boy.  Or even for the not so young:

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

This card features Buddy and his Pet Plant - he's just adorable - the plant that is!  You can find Buddy and lots more at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops.  Buddy is a sweet guy and is so happy to have grown this plant - but I think there might be trouble in store for him!!  Do you remember the film (and play) - Little Shop of Horrors?  Well the plant kind of reminds me of Audrey II.  See the video clip at the bottom of this post.

Full details of my card can be found on my blog - Deborah's Gems.

This is a clip from the film where the plant - Audrey II - is telling Seymour to feed him!!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Je t'aime Paris

Hi there everyone, Rachel here today,
I would like to share with you today the card I made from my colouring of 'Paris j'taime' one of the gorgeous girls from Rick's Zibbet store!

you can find her HERE

I was sent the gorgeous parisian themed paper (top paper layer) recently and knew I had to incorporate a sheet of it into this card somehow!
 unfortunately, I forgot to note what make it was! 
the back patterned paper however, is from paper adventures.

I also used a paper wishes sentiment stamp and fashioned my own banner using card, distress ink and 3d foam pads.
the ribbon is some gorgeous seam binding from WOC in 'rose petal' 
with a green dazzler at the centre.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Progressive Challenge March.....

.......and we're off the starting grid with a new Progressive Challenge.
This month we're having a theme for the first challenge of 
Using a Rick St Dennis image, create a project that fits the theme. Think outside the box, it doesn't have to be a card. All types of crafty projects are welcome.
 Loads of Easter and spring type images are available in both the Zibbet and the Etsy stores. Also - don't forget - any purchase from the Zibbet store up until March 6th only and you will receive the 1000th image, that has just been released, free of charge.

Adding to the excitement, if you manage to get some more of your crafty friends to come and join us over in the Facebook group, there's going to be yet more give-aways. For more info - you'll just have to pop on over.
The Facebook group is also host to two other challenges - "The Art Contest" and "The Colouring Contest" - more chances to win images of your choice from the huge selection over in the Zibbet shop, now over 1000 images to choose from!!

Who won our last Progressive challenge with the String of Hearts Fairy?
Well the lucky lady this time is

with this gorgeous little tag

Please contact Mo for your prize

Onto the work created by the EDT
Team A have the floor this time round, Team B will be along on the 15th to bring you yet more inspiration (should you need it)
Aletha Jane with Twighlight Night Fairy.
She can be found in Rick’s Zibbet and Etsy shops.

Mo using Easter Tangle Elements

Rachel using My Little Chickadee

Bonnie using Whack.a.doo Easter Bunny

An origami basket with lid
Croms using Daffo Dill Fairy from Zibbet and Etsy

Mr Linky, as usual, has his own page so that he doesn't get lost. Please see up top.
Looking forward to seeing all those projects.
Have fun  
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