Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reindeer Games

This is a cute digi Stamp from Rick St Dennis MFA and its called Reindeer Games. Just perfect for Christmas!  I've coloured this image in copic markers and then fussy cut it out. To make my card I started with a pre printed base card (with candy canes), I then matted that with green card, and on top of that I used a Christmas journal card from Kaiser that had the words Dear Santa and Lots of Love xoxoxox already printed on it along with some candy canes. I filled in the rest of the words with a marker pen lol. I added some stapels and then added double sided foam tape to pop up my image. I love having dimension in my cards.

 The copic markers that I used are:

This card uses the image Reindeer Games and it can be found here on  etsy
If you want to look at my other creations you will find them here Deb Vees Craft Place

Have a great day

Deb     xxxxxx

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Mad Tea Party Teacup book ~ The Finale

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today to share the last couple of spreads in my chipboard Mad Tea Party book featuring a few of Rick's many fabulous Alice in Wonderland images. Since all of the backgrounds were created in the same general way which I explained here, I won't go into that today. Instead I will jump right in with the third double page spread about Cheshire Cat.

The left side of the spread features one of Chessie's most famous quotes. Although he wasn't part of the chapter in Lewis Carroll's book about the tea party, he was very important to the scene since he directed Alice to it at the end of the chapter before. In keeping with unifying the book, several elements were repeated on this page: the doily; the harlequin washi tape, this time cut into harlequin shapes; the butterfly (Absolom); and the detail on the cup handle. The words are from an Etsy collage sheet and bright blue flower buttons are a nod to all of the gorgeous flowers in Wonderland.

The right page of this spread features one of the many Cheshire Cat images which Rick has in his portfolio. This one is called Stand On Your Head Cheshire Cat and can be found in the Zibbet shop. Chessie was coloured with Prismacolor pencils using the Tim Burton colour scheme rather than the Disney one. He was given turquoise rhinestone eyes and then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. He was matted in black and popped up on foam tape. Small tree branches were layered together to create a larger branch for Chessie to perch upon. Detail was added with Prismacolor pencils and Big Brush pens. Another blue butterfly and some of the same harlequins plus a computer generated tag finished the spread.

The left page of the next spread features a quote from the book when Dormouse is falling asleep while Hatter is singing his Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat song. The quote was printed on kraft cardstock, edged with Black Soot Distress ink, and matted in black. A tiny sign with the fist part of the song was added as well as more harlequin tape left over from when the diamonds were cut. Piano washi tape popped up on foam tape, and a music note and treble clef brad were added to continue the music idea. A small bat was die cut from Black cardstock and given red Stickles eyes. The finishing detail was the three stars added to the handle of the cup...the regular subject of the Twinkle song.

The right side of this spread features the adorable sleepy Dormouse image found at I Brake for Stamps. She was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and a checkered border was doodled around the image before it was cut out. This ties in with the black and white washi tape. A doily was layered underneath and outlined with black pen.

The image, black arrow, and name were all popped up on foam tape to add dimension and shadow. Two of the circles left when the harlequin tape was punched were added to the Dormouse word and two strips were added beneath the image. The three star detail was added to the cup handle repeating the detail from the other page.

The final page is the back cover which has two Idea-ology letter cards, A and W, adhered to the background. the word "in" was done with a Dymo labeller. A teapot clock image placed on a scallop circle background, a metal key charm, and another sparkly butterfly were added to the page. Hearts were punched from the harlequin washi tape and added in clusters. The ring was fed through the pages and a dotty black and white ribbon was added to the binder ring.

Here are two last pictures, one showing how chunky the book is and the other showing how they are fastened together.

I had an absolute blast creating this book with Rick's fabulous images. Thanks for joining me on this adventure.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Merry Christmouse!

Merry Christmouse to you! and you...and you...

it is nearly there.... the 25th of December is slowly creeping up on us, so I decided it was time for a Rick St Dennis Christmas card- this one will be going to my Mum as she has the same sense of humour as me - and a houseful of cats, so hopefully she will enjoy her card! even though the mice are a little scary I still think this is more 'cute' than scary!

This card uses 'Merry Christmouse' which can be found here,  on Zibbet

Ingredients used in the making of this card:

Copics- G99,G94,G21
N8,N6,N4, N2
R08, YR07, YR14, Y21

Papermania Mistletoe kisses DP- 6x6 
and die cut tag from pack
cardstock - coloured with copics to match colours in image

die cut holly shapes
Ranger Glossy accents
Dovecraft Glitter Glue

Green 10 mm grossgrain ribbon

Have a good day! and try not to let your cat do this at home (i you have one)

Thank you For reading!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Candy Land

by Rick St. Dennis
Isn't this a chirpy little chappie! Printed onto neenah card, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. Imported into Craft Artist 2 to remove the white background. Embellishments are from the 'Christmas Foliage' collection and the frame and corners are from the 'Frames and Corners' collection.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rick St. Dennis sponsoring The Outlawz Challenge

Hi everyone! It's Bonnie here today. Rick St. Dennis is sponsoring The Outlawz Greetings Challenge and I have the privilege of representing the EDT as a Guest Designer. Yay! The theme is Anything Goes so I chose to play along using Tipsy Tinpail who can be found in Rick's Zibbet  or Etsy shops.

I coloured Tipsy and Buddy with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut them leaving a narrow white border so I could capture the furriness of the hood and pompom. They were then popped up on foam tape to create dimension and shadow.

The card base is a deep red textured cardstock. A blue rectangle was cut for the sky and pattern was added with a swirly embossing folder. Treasure Silver wax was brushed over the embossing to highlight it and create movement in the background. The snowdrifts were cut from sparkly and shiny white cardstock. Each layer was embossed with polka dots and the top edges were inked with gray to allow them to show depth. Once the front two drifts were adhered with foam tape, Tipsy and Buddy were added over that.

Die cut clouds were brushed with Icicle Stickles and popped up on foam tape. Small snowflakes were punched from white cardstock and given pearl centers before being added to the sky. The sentiment was computer generated and printed on white cardstock which was then matted in black. Two lengths of blue and white baker's twine were added to the back of the sentiment which was then popped up on foam tape.

Thanks to The Outlawz Greeting Challenge for allowing me to play along with their Anything Goes Challenge. When you get a chance, pop over to their site to see the other wonderful Rick St. Dennis creations by their talented Design Team. Maybe if we are lucky, some of them will share their delightful projects on our Fans and Friends Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Azalea and Friends

Hello!  It's Crafting Vicky here with you today I'm here to share with you a Christmas card that I made with a fab image from the zibbet store called Azalea and friends digi stamp

It was so fun to color.  I decided to go with non traditional colors for this card.

And here's a closer look at the image colored with my copics.

I hope you have liked my inspiration for you!!!  Check out all the other fabulous images in the Zibbet store or in the Etsy store!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!!!


Saturday, November 22, 2014


This little chap is being kept so busy this time of the year making sure the rest of the elves can find their way about.As always it is a neenah/promarkers/spectrum noir pencils/craft artist 2 combination.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Birthday Glamour ....

Hello, good morning!  It's Deborah here with you today.  Rick has a wonderful series of elegant Hat Lady images available at his Zibbet and Esty shops; I have several of them on my computer.  I've made a birthday card to share with you today, it features the beautiful Deborah - you can see why I used it :)

I printed the image on to white card - I decided to have the image quite large as I knew it would be the focal point for the card.  I used Copic markers to colour her in.  I'm still learning a lot about colouring digital images, but Rick really helps as he provided shading lines so it makes it look like I can really colour!  Love it!  I coloured her hat green (my favourite colour) and decided to make her jewels red - you know, rubies!!  I added some shimmer to the jewels and to her fur collar with a clear Wink of Stella brush.  I layered her on to a red mat, covered the front of the card with some gorgeous green design paper and finished it with an elegant birthday sentiment.  For full details of the card go to my blog.

This is the second card I've made using one of the Hat Lady digis, and I think I'm going to do some more.  Thanks so much for visiting Sparkle and Glitter - see you again soon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Mad Tea Party Mixed Media Book Part II

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today to share the next couple of spreads in my chipboard Mad Tea Party book featuring a few of Rick's many fabulous Alice in Wonderland images. Since all of the backgrounds were created in the same general way which I explained here, I won't go into that today. Instead I will jump right in with the next two pages about The Mad Hatter.

The left page which is the backside of the Alice page was used to feature a quote from Hatter as well as a few related embellies. The quote, taken from the Lewis Carroll book, was computer generated and printed on kraft cardstock, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape. A hat tag was printed from an Etsy file, matted in black, and tucked under the quote. A small whimsical teacup button was attached to the right side of the saucer with a scrap of cheesecloth added for the steam. Small circles were punched from the harlequin washi tape attached to white cardstock. This pattern repeats throughout the book, lending continuity.

The right page uses the Mad Hatter  image which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop. It was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Goldenrod Stickles were added to the hat pins for a little sparkle. It was fussy cut leaving a white border, matted in black cardstock, and fussy cut again. before Hatter was adhered to the teacup with foam tape.

A small doily, another recurring detail, was placed behind him. A tea party ticket from Vectoria Designs was matted in black and tucked underneath him. More of the washi/white cardstock tape was added to give him a place to stand and bring that pattern to the page. A hat brad with its legs removed was adhered to the washi tape with foam tape.

The next 2 page spread is dedicated to the March Hare. The left side contains one of his quotes from Lewis Carroll's book. This was printed on kraft cardstock, the edges of which were distressed, and then edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

It was then matted in black and a scalloped border was punched from the washi tape/cardstock combo. A narrow pink ribbon was layered over that to bring some of the pink from the image to this page. Stars were punched from the harlequin pattern, edged with Black Pitt pen, and adhered to the page. Cheesecloth was added beneath the two corners of the quote layer. The final touches were to add a tiny piece of black scalloped border, three black enamel dots on the handle, and a resin hand pointing to the quote.

The right page of this spread features the March Hare, one of my favourite RSD images which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop. I coloured him with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut him leaving a narrow white border. He was then matted with black cardstock and then popped up on foam tape.

The March Hare was also layered over a small doily and a length of the harlequin tape was used to ground him. More small stars and a scalloped border were punched and adhered in order to tie the two pages together. yellow enamel dots were added to the cup handle and a clock charm was added to the bottom of a tea time sign.

That's it for those two spreads...can't wait to work on the next ones! Thanks for visiting today. Hatter, Hare, and I are delighted you did.


Monday, November 17, 2014

 This gorgeous elf is part of a whole sheet of Christmas elves which is such amazing value as each one is beautifully drawn with such expressive little faces.
 I have coloured each one of these sweeties and made the most wonderful Christmas cards and little stand-up figures which I bring out every year. I highly recommend this wonderful collection. Printed onto neenah card and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. More Elf fun can be found on my blog Sue x

Sunday, November 16, 2014

RSD's November Showcase - Winter

Welcome to our second Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Showcase. Some, and sometimes all, of Rick’s Elite Design Team (EDT) will be showcasing projects completed with some of Rick’s amazing digital images. Rick will be giving us a monthly theme and we will picking our own images from his vast collection of images in his Etsy and Zibbet shops.

Onto the October 2014 RSD Showcase with our theme of “Winter…”

Deborah using Winter Friends
Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Bonnie using Palm Court Hat Lady
which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop

Aletha using Snow Buddies
which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop.

There’s a lot happening within Rick’s camp. Are you participating in our monthly Progressive Challenge going on at our Sparkle and Glitter BlogYou have a couple of weeks to participate. The theme is “Anything Goes” and you must use an RSD image. Come check that out and hopefully you will join the fun. Also, in our RSD Facebook group our bi-weekly art contest has started again. If you missed the current one (you still have 24 hours to enter), don’t worry, a new contest will be posted tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope that you will visit these EDT members’ blogs and leave some inspiring comments.

Elite Design Team of

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Progressive Challenge Nov. part 1 take 2

Hi all,
WOW - What a month so far!!

I'm sure that most of you are aware that we've been having a DT call during October. Well, we had a tough time choosing from the fabulous makes that were entered, but the lucky few that were chosen are now on board. Some of those lucky ladies are going to be sharing their first projects today, some on 1st December for part 2. Others - you have to go and visit our facebook group to see what delights they have conjured up. Whilst you're there, Aletha has posted about the Facebook Art Contest - that's anything goes as well. Check it out!
The full EDT listings can be seen in the sidebar if you want to go visit and leave some luuurrrvvveeee.

I hope you're enjoying the crisp weather. Just right for cozying up in your craft room with a Rick St Dennis image, from either the Etsy or Zibbet shops, and get making something for our progressive challenge.
Part 1 is "Anything Goes", for part 2 you have to use a specified image, and all that enter this month will get it FREE. It will be sent out towards the end of the month. You will need to enter your projects in the linky here to qualify.

So here are Team B's makes to, hopefully, inspire you

Fiona Randall using NimbleKnees Gherkin Creepmas Elf

Monique using Owls

Dia De Los Muertos - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You have another 2 weeks to get those "Anything Goes" projects made and linked here

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mr & Mrs Claus

Aren't these just the sweetest couple so full of Christmas joy. Printed onto neenah card, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils then uploaded into Craft Artist 2 where the white background was removed and new Christmas papers from the 'Christmas Foliage' collection and embellishments have been added.I hope you have a moment to visit my blog for more festive friends. Sue x

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Busy little chap

Busy times for this Bizzy Elf. He's got to catch up with Mr. R. Elf... only a matter of weeks till the Big Day and everything has to be ready on time and we have to get through Creepmas first....oh boy! it's going to be a bit tight!
As always, printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. Scanned into Craft Artist 2. White background removed and a background of Autumn ephemera  added. I hope you have a moment to visit more elves on my blog. Sue x

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Creepmas Birthday Party Lights .....

Good morning!  It's Deborah here with you today for my first official (and a bit early) post as a member of the Rick St Dennis Elite Design Team. I like to mix up stamps and images and create something a bit different.  And here's a birthday card with a twist:

It's a Party - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I got this super little guy (Creepmas Tree Lights - available in Rick's Zibbet store) a little while ago but couldn't decide what to do with him.  I printed him on white card, coloured him with Copic markers and fussy cut him out.  I came across the new challenge at Left of Centre - LOC#53 where the theme is fireworks/celebration and I decided to make a birthday card with party lights, fireworks and that gremlin causing trouble!  The layout is based on this week's sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! - CTS#99.  I cut a strip of design paper to go down the side of the card, I like the elegant damask pattern, sort of like wallpaper!  Then I stamped some fireworks exploding in the background, added my little gremlin wrapped in lights and finished with a sentiment.  You can find full details of the card on my blog.

It's not your usual birthday card, but for those of us with a particular sense of humour, this is just perfect - and I think I know where it will be going!!  That's all for now - thanks for visiting Sparkle and Glitter - see you soon!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Mad Tea Party Mixed Media Style

Hi Everyone! It's Bonnie here today. Those who know me also know that I have a huge love for anything related to Alice in Wonderland. I've had these chipboard teacup shapes in my stash for absolutely ages. They are 4" high and 6.5" wide at the saucer and came 4 to a pack with holes punched and a binder ring connecting them. I have coloured several of Rick St. Dennis' Alice characters individually but this seemed like the ideal substrate to use for combining them into a mixed media book focusing on the Hatter's tea party. Today I want to share the cover and the Alice pages.

I began all cups by adhering designer paper to both sides with matte medium, trimming the excess away with a craft knife. The raw edges were inked with a Black Big Brush pen. The teacup details were hand drawn and a template was created to transfer them to each cup. Shading with acrylics and chalk paints was added and the details were further emphasized with a black Micron pen. The gold band on each saucer was also added with acrylic paint because this is a very elegant tea party using only the best china :) Stencilling, stamping, and doodling were then added to each background.

The cover of the Tea Party book features one of the three Hat Shoppe images which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop. It was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut leaving a narrow white border. Black matting was behind that to add contrast to the background and it was popped up on foam tape. A small piece of doily edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink was added at the base of the image. The sentiment was computer generated, inked with Black Soot Distress ink, and matted with black and white washi tape adhered to a white backing. The two sections were popped up on foam tape for dimension and to create shadow. Absolom in the form of a butterfly was fussy cut, coated with Glossy Accents, and given a tiny metal spoon body to fit the tea theme.

The back of this first teacup becomes the "title page" for Alice's teacup. When the book is opened you see both pages together. I wanted the character name and a quote from the story on this page.

A tag was cut from black cardstock and the wording was fussy cut from a collage sheet from Etsy. More washi tape adhered to white cardstock was used as the border and hole reinforcement as well as the punched circles and band on the teacup brad. A scrap of cheesecloth was adhered underneath the tag. The words curiouser and curiouser were matted in black and popped up on foam tape.

Alice's cup features the Mad Tea Party image which can be found in the Zibbet and Etsy shops. Alice and her cup and teapots were coloured with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut. A narrow black border was added with cardstock before Alice was popped up on foam tape.

A small doily was placed behind her to repeat the doily used previously as well as draw attention to her. The sentiment from my Etsy stash was fussy cut and then backed by that same washi tape adhered in rows to white cardstock. This pattern ties both pages of the spread together. More circles were punched to scatter this pattern about.

And that's it for the first segment of RSD's Mad Tea Stay tuned for the next spreads coming soon to a blog near you. Thanks for visiting today!

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