Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Guest Designer Jen Leeflang

Welcome to our second installment of guest designers. These designers are a select few that do wonders with Rick’s images. Their work catches our eye, we ask is they would like to be one of our guest designers. If they say yes, Rick will come up with an amazing illustration for them to create with.

We would like to introduce to you to our second Guest Designer Jen Leeflang. Her coloring and highlighting is what caught our eye. I hope you enjoy this interview.

 “My name is Jen Leeflang.  I’m married to Pete, and mother of Nicholas (23), Blayne (20) and Kellan (18).  I am a little ‘craft crazy’!

I majored in High School Art and Art History, and have always dabbled in one craft or another for as long as I can remember.  In 2007 I gave up my formal job as a PRO and Fundraiser for a school to be a stay at home mum while I homeschooled our two younger sons. 
Since December 2012, I am a freelance agent for an importer of paper crafts products, design digi stamps for a South African based online digi store, and also design, make, and bead costumes for bellydancers.

My first love certainly is card making, and using digital images which I colour using alcohol markers, whether they are Copics or Spectrum Noirs.  I love exploring new ways of using markers on card, new techniques and methods to portray light source, the effect of light on folds of clothing, and curls in hair. 

Working with the Rick St Dennis images is very rewarding for me.  As he is such a talented artist and uses small details such as the curl of a lip, the angle of a posed foot or the splayed fingers on a hand to portray particular emotions, I feel it is important for me to take those details to the next level by colouring in a way that echoes what the artist intended. 
The details on the images are tiny once the image is sized to fit onto a card.  While other card makers would find these very detailed images to difficult to colour, I love the challenge and will take quite a few hours just colouring until I feel that the shading is perfect and I am satisfied. 

What I love about Rick’s images is the expression on the faces he draws and even in a black and white line drawing, his talent is clear to see – I feel honoured to be entrusted to bring life to these masterpieces.
– Thank you – I hope I do them justice.

From the minute I first saw this beautiful image, I knew her dress had to be white, and that the background and embellishments of the card also needed to be white.
Here is a list of what I used:
240gsm white
160gsm white

Couture Creations, “Royalty”
Docrafts papermania, “Brick Wall”

Marianne Design Creatables Die - Branch Garden LR0151
BUTTERFLY (Vivienne)  from Memory Box
Butterfly (Kaleidoscope) from Memory Box

Upikit Large Flower Punch
Unmarked  small flower punch

Doubled Sided Foam Tape (Unmarked Pack) Available from Blueberry Bear
Monkey Glue by Heritage crafts

Lacy plastic sticky tape  - similar to washi but this one has lacy holes in it (no brand name – available from Everlasting Products, Durban)
Ribbon – from my stash (I buy it on rolls of 25m at a time)”

We will all tell you, Jen, that you did do this image justice. Her hair is so beautiful!  You created an amazing card. Your coloring and the layout is perfect. Thanks so much for introducing KAUALANI to us all. You can find Kaualani in Rick's shop, along with many other beautiful images.

Take a moment to visit Jen's blog and leave some comments. I am sure she would love to hear from you.

Jen, and many other people, post their projects in our Facebook group and Paper CraftPlanet group. We hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by!
The Sparkle and Glitter Design Team

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lord of the Rings inspired projects

Today I'd like to share with you some projects inspired by the Lord of the Rings Movies, featuring Galadriel and Gandalf.

These projects were created by the Movie Magic Monthly Design Team for the current 'Lord of the Rings Vs Harry Potter' challenge.

And finally my creation using the beautiful Galadriel image;

You'll find Galadriel and Gandalf in the Fairy Tales Section of Rick's ETSY Store, along with an amazing selection of images inspired by wonderful stories of myths, magic and fairys.

Thank you for visiting with us today

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mothers day gift idea

Here's a mothersday gift idea, easy and fun to make. I used 2 bottles of bath salt, a piece of soap, a scented candle and a box.

The box was mint green allready so  I just had to decorate it a bit.

I used mint green and pink patterned paper and a die cut to decorate the box and the bottles, the soap was put into an organza giftbag and had a tag attached to it.

The digi's used are all Rick St. Dennis gorgeous hat ladies, I love colouring these ladies, and for this project I used the colours of the soapies, the candle and the box.
 So just used pink, purple, mintgreen, and ofcourse skin colour and some different colours for the hair. Colouring the hair is my fav part to colour on these ladies, specially the red hair, cause I think blond is more difficult to colour. The part I have the most trouble with is the make up of the ladies.

When they are all coloured, cut them out and glued them to the bottles, the candle, the tag and the box. Added some lace to the bottles and the tag. The box has also some roses and Pearls on it.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blossum and 613 Avenue Create

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. We have a little sign of spring this weekend in Oklahoma. It would be so nice if it would stay.

Today Rick St. Dennis MFA is the sponsor over at 613 AvenueCreate Challenge Blog

613 Avenue Create’s theme is Earth Day. The challenge is a color combo celebrating Earth Day.

I have the honor of being a guest designer for this challenge. I have chosen a new Randi Dandi, Blossum. Blossum is not in Rick’s shop, but I feel very lucky to have been able to color and create something with this cutie.

My mojo slipped out the door, but I was able to put this little card together. Blossum was colored with my Copics. All the cardstock is from my stash, and I got to use a lot of my scraps for the dies. The kimono die is from Cheery Lynn Designs and I used Graphic 45 Bird Song designer paper. After I cut the kimono, I then layered it on cardstock and fussy cut around it. This layout needed some pop of color so I added fan die cuts in a brighter color. Those beautiful fan dies are from SCACD. I have had this die for several months, and I finally have something to use it on.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please contact me. Now, hop on over to 613 Avenue Create and join the fun.
Aletha Jane
Sparkle & Glitter Design Team

Friday, April 19, 2013

MAWTT and RSD and Mariposa, Oh My!

I guess that is some title, huh? I thought maybe it would catch your attention. ;o)

This week I have the pleasure of being a guest designer on the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) challenge blog. 

Our boss, Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) is the sponsor for this week's challenge. Rick's prize to the lucky winner at MAWTT is three digis of the winner’s choice from his Etsy shop. Please hop over and see the amazing little pieces of art MAWTT’s design team has created with Rick's images. I am sure they would love it is you left a few comments.

I love coloring with my Copics, so relaxing and therapeutic. Rick’s images are perfect for this type of work. His images are the most expressive and eclectic.  I have yet to find one that I do not want in my collection. Now the question is…will I ever color them all? The answer…nope, but I have them “just in case.”

Over at MAWTT the theme is “Fairies and Fantasy.” I wanted something unique and I found the perfect one, “Mariposa.” I did a Google search for “mariposa” and it is a synonym for “butterfly” (Portugal) and “moth” (Brazil). I am going to say she is the Goddess of Butterlies. I love her!

I chose some bright colors trying to depict spring and summer (really tired of winter). Mariposa was colored with Copics and then accented with Spicas and Wink of Stella glitter pens. I then did a fussy cut around her and mounted her on two pieces of SU cardstock cut with Spellbinder's Labels Six die. These were distressed with Distressed Ink in Frayed Burlap.

My card base was created using cardstock and designer paper. The corner dies were done with the corners from Spellbinder's lace doily accents die. Those intricate butterflies were created with the Spellbinder's Les Papillions Two die. I doubled up on the butterflies to make them more dimensional. The roses are from my stash. The roses and butterflies were painted with Inspiration Paint in Pumpkin.

That’s it for today. If you have any questions, you can contact me. Come join the “Fairies or Fantasy” fun at MAWTT.
Aletha Jane
Sparkle & Glitter Design Team

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Using Digital Stamps on Candles Tutorial.

Good Morning, Its Hazel Here with a tutorial for you on how to use your digital stamps on candles. 
I think this is a very easy technique once you know how to do it and it makes for some stunning candles. 
For this one I have used the
Ever so cute Lamplighter Fairy which you can get in Ricks Etsy Store HERE! 
First if you get all the equipment you require.
1. Candle
2. Heat Gun
3. Tissue Paper
4. Scissors
5. Colouring Medium (I used Spectrum Noir Pens)
6. Embellishments.
7. Greaseproof Paper.
My printer doesnt print the tissue paper with out it being backed by thicker card so I tape my tissue onto a piece of A4 Card then print the image as you would normally do in the size you require. 
Once you have printed the image, cut round it, you dont need to fussy cut it at this point.
Next you colour it in. I use a piece of white card underneath the tissue as a lot of the ink seeps though it. 
Once you have coloured the image in to your liking then fussy cut round it leaving a small border to help it adhere to the candle. 
Now comes the magic part. Pop the image onto the candle where you would like it be. Wrap it with one layer of greaseproof paper and apply heat to it gently with the heat gun. If you watch carefully you will see the greaseproof paper turn slightly shiny once the wax has melted over the image. Please dont heat it over one area for too long though as it will over melt the candle and wont work.
Once you are happy that you got it all covered then take the paper off and you will have a candle with digi stamp attatched to it all ready to decorate with whatever embellishments you chose!

I went for Glitter and a pretty Gold ribbon with this one. 

Here is another Candle I made using One of Ricks Euro Images (Euro Girl Hazel)

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial  If you have any questions just ask in the comments section and I will reply as soon as I can.


Hazel xx

Sunday, April 14, 2013

GDT -Anne Brown / Texas USA

One of our new features on Sparkle and Glitter will be the presentation of Guest Design Team members who catch our eye because of the way they handle Rick's images.
Anne Brown was a winner in one of our challenges and we were all impressed by the sculptural quality of her colouring-a very original and unique thing about her work.
Rick invited Anne to do a GDT spot using a new, unpublished image BALL GOWN IN THE PARISIANNE STYLE and here are the results:

Anne did this lovely finished project in Blue and also sent a coloured version in green:

Here's what Anne said about her colouring and products:
To answer your questions, I use Copics starting with the lightest shade and layer on the darker ones in progression. I use a lot of ink because I use so many colors to achieve the density of color but I like the results I get. I also use Pale Blue Gray (B60) for shadowing when I don't want the effect the grays and browns provide and E95 (Flesh Pink) and sometimes V000 (Pale Heath) to give the human form more dimension as well as white gel pen (Jelly Roll brand), smudged with my fingertips, to bring out the highlights in some areas. I use X-Press It Blending Card though I'm looking for a cheaper alternative.
You can learn more about ANNE BROWn by visiting her blog HERE .
As it says in the caption Anne is from Texas near Houston-I know we will all look forward to seeing more of her work in the future---
Thanks to ANNE BROWN for helping us launch this new digital stamp image-you can find it in the etsy shoppe HERE.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tutorial with Nataliya

Hello ladies. Here is my first post-tutorial on our new Blog. Get some Cup of Coffee or Tea, it's a long post.
 Most of my square cards are 6"x6".  And i never can find an Envelope to fit my cards, so i made one.  I know we have many tutorials on the web, but i just didn't understand them. So here is how i did. I used MS score board, if you don't have one you can use ruler and score tool. I have here on first Photo Paper12"x12" square. I put my 6"x6" card right in the middle of this page, and that's how i find out where to make my first score, make sure to have your page in this positions like on this Photo.
I made my Envelope little bigger then a card, so my envelope is 6"1/4x6"1/4.  Score like you see on the Photo. Do this on all 4 sides. Then you need to put your card flat and see thickness of your embellishments. Measure that,  and that's where your next score will be 4" 3/4.  do that on all 4 sides of your page.
after you did all scores, cut out all corners
You will have something like this. Fold your scores.
You can use corner punch, to make your flips round (but you don't have to do this)
all you need to do now, is to glue all together.

I find Zip Dry glue is the best, it's drys very fast and strong. I got mine from Wall-Mart. 
And now you have perfect envelope for your bulky cards. If you like you can also decorate your envelope to match your card

 And here is my card with gorgeous digital image "Kisme T" by Rick St. Dennis. You can find it at Etsy Shop.
 As you see here, i have some bulky Flowers on my Card, and my EnveloBox just perfect for it.

Look out for another tutorial, how to make 6"x6" Box from your 8"1/2x11" printer size cardstock. I like to know what do you think about this tutorial, and i hope this will help you to make your own EnveloBox.
Hugs Nataliya
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