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.
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