Sunday, August 30, 2015

Archie: Everyone needs a hobby x

Hi all,

It's bank holiday Saturday in the UK and there's no rain!!!! so that's a well ingrained tradition that is no more!!

Well despite the lack of rain I needed no excuse to spend the day the my craft room.

I looked in my digi file and found this gorgeous digi by Rick st Dennis, his name is Archie.

Lynda xx

Friday, August 28, 2015

Plumage Matallique

I loved taking my time colouring the carriage with sparkly gel pens and I was so frustrated when my scanner didn't pick up on all the glittery gorgeousness. Hubby came to the rescue in a kitchen cupboard with his trusted box brownie and da dahhh..... sparkles. So now the sparkles have a little frame of their own.
This is such a fantastic steampunk image, so elegant and yet so very steampunk.
Printed onto neenah and coloured with a few promarkers and loads of gel pens. Then into Craft Artist 2 for the removal of the white surround and the addition of some steampunk stuff.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

School Days

Morning!  It's Deborah here with you today.  I've made a good luck card for my daughter, Kathryn.  She's off to Northville High School today for orientation.  She's sort of excited about going, but a bit nervous too, so I thought this fun card would help:

School Days - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can find full details of the card on my blog, Deborah's Gems.  I love the cute little witch - Night Flight.  You can find her at Rick's Zibbet shop.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Watch Out World ~ Mixed media spread

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today. I had some fun combining three of Rick St. Dennis's images to create this mixed media spread. I love combining images to tell a story.I love the image Bad Bitsy where she is making the classic teasing gesture. I can almost hear her saying the Who doesn't remember both being the sender and receiver of that message? Bitsy needed to be higher than whoever she was bugging. It's far more effective when you are up on a "stage" looking down at the person...don't ask me how I know this. Ha!I decided to use the tree stump and mushrooms from Rick's Wonderland Elements Set One for Bitsy's soapbox.

All three images were coloured with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. They were fussy cut singly leaving a narrow white border. A small slit was cut in the trunk so that Bitsy's shoe would tuck in behind it for a more realistic look. The three images were tacked together where they overlapped and then the entire new image was mounted on black cardstock and trimmed again before foam tape was placed on the back to create added dimension.

The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was coloured with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink for the sky and Shabby Shutters plus Peeled Paint Distress inks for the grass. Both of the darker colours were applied through Sheena Douglass' Distress Grid stencil. Water drops were flicked onto the background and then mopped up with paper towel to create light spots. Text stamp was rolled onto the background with either green or blue ink. Bottle top lids were used to create paint rings with Hey Pesto or Inky Pool Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

The image was adhered to the background and white embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil. The sentiment from Create With TLC seemed like the perfect choice for Bitsy. It was printed on white cardstock, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape. Two lengths of baker's twine were added to make it look like a hanging sign. Short lengths of washi tape brought the pink up to the top half of the spread. was stamped with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink around Bitsy...just for fun! To finish the page, a black border was doodled around the edge, Black Big Brush pen used to ink the edges, and black cardstock used to mat the page.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you know that Bitsy's sassy gesture is not directed at you...or me for that matter! You must admit, she is enjoying her attitude :) And by the way, have you seen the two fabulous Aadult colouring books which Rick has published? They are amazing...Rhinestones, Furs, & Feathers and The Day of the Dead. Check them out!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bal Masque ....

.... Hi, it's Deborah here with you today, it's been ages since I posted here - sorry!!!  I made a card earlier this week to give to a friend who is having a bit of a tough time, but we think she's awesome:

Awesome - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I think this image - Bal Masque is absolutely beautiful, and I've had her printed for some time, but only finished her on Wednesday.  You can find full details of the card on my blog - Deborah's Gems.

You can find her and over 1,200 other images at Rick's Zibbet shop.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Outhouse fun :) - Crafting Vicky

While I was out camping I was choosing the images that I would be showcasing this month :)  And I just HAD to share this one because I thought it was just PERFECT for a camping book.

Let's be honest if you have seen my camping pictures you will know that I camp in luxury.  And one of the things that is SUPER important to me is the washroom facilities.  So when I saw 2011 Mendencino Outhouse I knew this would be the perfect decoration for my page.

I do have to admit however that this little outhouse has more charm than the ones I remember as a youth using when going to a cousin's cabin.  But I'm pretty sure that the smell would still be awful bwahahahah SO no thank you for me :)

You can see a bit more details on my blog.

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!!!!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Archie - Crafting Vicky

Hello!  Now I'm totally missing out my camping trip.... It went way too fast and now it's over.... but I do have a bunch of memories from it.

I used some of my digis and one from RSD to immortalize this moment in my camping book.  I have been doing a smash book for the past few years where everyone writes down their memories of the day for the 2 weeks we are gone.  It's fun to see the handwriting change and what the kids have remembered from their days :)  Hopefully those will be some great mementos of their family life later on.

In this case I used the great Archie.  I have to admit that he did look like a few fellows that I met at camping.... oops did I write that out.... lol
Isn't he fun with the great napkin that I found at a dollar tree??!? You can see a bit more details on my blog.

Hope you like my inspiration. Check out all the other fabulous images in the Zibbet store or in the Etsy store!

Have a fabulous Tuesday!!!!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge August part 2

Morning all
How is everyone? Enjoying your summer still? I bet the kids can't wait to get back to school now, and they probably aren't the only ones wanting the new term to begin. Some of you will be celebrating the results of exams, some maybe not. Some of your offspring will be off to college or university. Here's wishing everyone gets what they desire.

Have you been watching the news that's been told in our facebook group? Rick has produced yet another book. This time it's colouring books for adults, available from an Amazon website near you. Just do a search for Rick St Dennis in the Amazon site and see what pops up.
Rick is also selling 100 limited edition copies of this first one, "The Day of the Dead", from his Zibbet store.
Each hand signed and numbered copy will also feature a hand coloured section AND a little hand done sketch so your book will be a special one of a kind memento commemorating the first of Rick's colouring books.
Book number two is well under way as well - Rhinestones, Furs and Feathers - this will be a little spicy in a Parisian way according to the man himself.
Get on over to facebook for the news as it breaks and there's a freebie colouring page to be downloaded for your personal enjoyment as well.

Onto this month's Progressive challenge......
Using the specified image "Helen's August Mouse" we'd love to see your projects linked to Mr Linky so that we can come visit your blog. Those of you that took part in the first part in July should have had your free copy by now. For those that missed out - you can still buy her from the store.
Team B are hosting this last part and they have produced some wonderful pieces to inspire.
If you want to see Team A's versions from the beginning of the month - click here.


Crafting Vicky


Fun in the Sun - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Mr Linky's tab is to be found at the top to save everyone having to search for it.
Have fun

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If ya ain't got an Ark...

...ya better be a Fish!  It's Donna here, hosting today on SNG.  My hubby has a thing for Noah's Ark, so as soon as I saw this adorable new Noah image, I couldn't wait to color it up.  It's available HERE in Rick's Zibbet shop and HERE on Etsy and comes with and without the cute sentiment. I had the perfect DP, by Debbie Mumm for JoAnn's Fabrics, and decided to do a rocker card.  The circles I used were cut with Spellbinders Grand Circles on my Grand Caliber.  I scored and folded the large one in half, then slit along the fold, slid the smaller one through and attached it to the inside front.

I printed the design without the sentiment and colored it with Copics.  Then I cropped just the sentiment in two parts so I could use die cuts and add it to the card.

Unfortunately I'm not "tech savvy" enough to make a video of the card in action, but when it rocks, the Ark rocks independently of the card, as well. Hopefully you get the idea here.

Here's a view of the inside. It's the same idea as a spinner card, only with just a circle, rather than a slot for the ark to rock back and forth.  I used two washers rather than coins (as I was too cheap to give up my quarters, LOL) and attached them with a double thickness of circular foam.  The white supports inside keep the card from opening up too much when standing.  I really had fun making an interactive card with this image, but it would also be a great coloring page, dont'cha think?  

And peaking of coloring, Rick's just published his first ADULT COLORING BOOK! WooHoo!  A limited addition of signed copies are available in Rick's Zibbet Shop, and they are also available on Amazon (unsigned) HERE.

Here are all of the important links:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today. As soon as I saw this fabulous man in the moon image created by Rick St. Dennis for Bonnie's Celestial Collection, I had this vision of a fairy swinging from him. How magical would that be? And of course, some very friendly stars from the same digi sheet would be cheering her on and keeping her company. The Star Fairy image seemed the perfect one for the role.

I coloured the three images with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding white paint pen dots to the sweet fairy. All images were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, matted in black cardstock, and then trimmed out again. Star fairy was given a string, created from a scrap of designer paper shaded with Big Brush pen. her swing was attached to the Man in the Moon with black and white twine. Foam tape or dots were added to the back of each image to provide dimension with the moon and fairy lifted the highest.

The background began as a 7 x 10 inch rectangle of mixed media paper. It had to be bigger than usual to fit everybody in :) Witch's Potion Purple, Afternoon Delight Denim, and Delphinium Turquoise Lindy's Starburst Sprays were spritzed onto the paper lightly to allow the white to show through. Stamping was done with a splatter stamp and  Forget-Me-Not Archival ink as well as Dusty Concord Distress ink on a swirl stamp. White embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil to add more texture.

Before Star Fairy was adhered to the background, a length of cheesecloth was added behind her to create a cloud and add interest. The word Imaging was created with TH AlphaParts letters accented with white dots. Two black photo corners were added to opposite corners of the background and the page was matted with black cardstock to frame the piece.

Thanks for joining Star Fairy, her friends, and me today. We appreciate that! All of these images are available in Rick's Zibbet shop, along with an absolute plethora of other inspiring images. I would love to see where your imagination takes you!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Fit for a Princess

Background Beautiful Princess collection
for Mischief Circus
Isn't she the prettiest little princess ever? Pictured here with her kitten in front of her Princess Carriage.
Printed onto neenah and coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Introducing Archie another one of Rick St Dennis MFA's Blokes.
To make my card I have started with a white square card blank and stamped Happy Father's Day in red ink up in the top left hand corner. {This can be such a versatile stamp just by changing the sentiment to Happy Birthday or Bon Voyage for instance} I then drew a border around the card with a black fine liner pen. I then printed out Archie and coloured hime with copic markers. I then fussy cut him out and popped him up on the card with double sided foam tape.
To find Archie here is the link to him Archie
To see some of my other makes here is the link to my blog Deb Vee's Craft Place

Friday, August 7, 2015


I love the series of BLOKES over at Rick St Dennis MFA. Today I'm sharing a card that I made using Bertie.
To make my card I started with a square white card blank and stamped the sentiment Happy Father's Day in the top left hand corner in red ink. I then drew a border around the card with a black fine line marker. I printed out Bertie and coloured him with copic markers and then fussy cut him out and popped him up onto the card with double sided foam tape.
To find Bertie her is the direct link to him Bertie
To see some of my other projects here is the link to my blog Deb Vee's Craft Place

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Paper Doll Crystal Complete

The Beautiful set of clothes along with Crystal
  Paper Doll
Everland Book 1
for Mischief Circus  
I am really pleased with the way these turned out. I love paper dolls and I wondered if I could show them in book form..looks like I can.
Printed onto neenah cardstock which works beautifully with Promarkers and spectrum noir pencils and gel pens. It's a shame that all the glittery bits don't show up well but I know they're there.
I imported the doll and her clothes into Craft Artist 2 where I removed the white surround and added the 'book' background... I hope you have as much fun with this little lady as I did.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Those Beautiful Sprites

I love this unit from Tonic. It took quite a while to build and I did get in a bit of a muddle decorating it. . Colin built the Frame and constructed the drawers and I die-cut the decorations and painted and stamped and varnished every piece.
I printed out all the beautiful Sprites again onto neenah and coloured them with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. I stuck them onto the sides and back and varnished them I then added wild orchid crafts flowers and a whole load of gesso. I don't usually make something as flamboyant as this so it's all new to me.. I hope you like it. xx

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PaperDoll Crystal

I adore paper dolls. Rick has drawn the sweetest little paper doll along with her set of clothes.. I know these are going to be so popular.
Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils then imported into Craft Artist 2 where I removed the white surround and placed the images within the pages of a 'book'.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Progressive Challenge

Good Morning everyone
We, in the EDT, are hoping that you are enjoying your summer and are all fired up for the second and final part of this progressive challenge. If you joined in with the first part, you will be entitled to claim from Monique the image that is required for this installment. If you didn't.... well it's available from the shop, an image that was originally created for a perpetual calendar and has, to this day, received more than a couple of favourable reviews. We're looking forward to all those variations that you all manage to come up with.

Have you visited our facebook group lately? There's been a few things going on and so many inspirational projects have been seen from you all out there. A sight for sore eyes for sure. It's from this source that the EDT tend to choose their "Pick of the Week" for Rick's little challenge that is ongoing. You all get to choose for yourselves which is YOUR favourite project. The final winner gets the prize.

Now for this month and Team A kick the month off.. Kids not in school and under your feet for another few weeks. You managing to keep them occupied? Nothing works better than a few "art and craft" sessions to spark so many imaginations. Turning bits of "junk" into masterpieces with a few dabs of glue and some paint, or getting the colouring pencils out and have them create a journal about what they have done in their time off. Maybe you have been away on a holiday with them? A scrapbook about their travels will enable them to look back in years to come and relive the magic. This image is just right for the setting to bring those memories flooding back.




As you can see - a lot of the EDT had similar ideas but they all look so different.
Let's see your version.
Mr Linky still has his own tab - saves on all that searching, though it would be great if you did go looking back at all the fabulous projects posted this month and leave some love

See you soon
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