Monday, September 29, 2014

Crazy Friends ~ CYP Challenge #233

Hi there! We have a new challenge beginning today at Craft Your Passion and the sponsor is near and dear to me...The East Wind. The theme this week is a fun one...use the colour palette below.

When I first looked at the colours I thought they were pretty but wasn't sure about combining all of them until I got going on it. Now I love these four colours together!

I chose to play with Lucy Loo Mustache who never fails to make me smile. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut her before matting her with black cardstock. I fussy cut that close to her original lines, wanting the mat to be narrow...just enough to outline her pretty curves. It also gives extra strength to the image which is better when I use foam tape.

The background began with a white card base and a black cardstock rectangle cut slightly smaller than the front. A rectangle was cut from purple dotted cardstock to fit inside the black layer and the one side was edged with a scallop punch. Next a rectangle of shimmery orange textured cardstock was cut and matted in black. Finally, a layer of blue cardstock was die cut using Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles die and then run through my CB with an embossing folder. Once again this layer was matted in black to make it stand out.

The sentiment comes from Create With TLC where I get many of my sentiments. I printed it on green cardstock, cut it out with Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles die, and matted it guessed Two sizes of enamel dots and a black metal mustache charm were added to complete the card.

Thanks for joining Lucy and me today. We love it when you do that! When you get a minute, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the rest of the DT creations using this fabulous palette of blue, green, orange, and purple. I hope you will be inspired to join us this week!

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Rick St Dennis Hat Ladies altered book ~ Recap

Here is just a quick recap of the covers and the inside spreads in my altered board book featuring some of Rick St. Dennis' elegant hat ladies. Fun to see them all together!

Front cover using 1 of 3 images from Hat Shoppe

using 1940 Hat 

using 1880 Hat

Back cover using 1 of 3 images from Hat Shoppe

Finished! ~ RSD Altered Hat Book

I have been altering a children's board book using Rick St. Dennis' elegant hat ladies and today I completed the covers using the final two images that I chose for this series. I have loved every moment of this project and can't wait to start another one.

I began by colouring two of the three images in the Hat Shoppe set using Prismacolor pencils. The third image is destined for another project which you'll see soon. I coloured both using a similar palette because I often display my books standing up so that the front and back covers are visible together.

I fussy cut the images leaving a narrow white border, knowing that I was mounting them on black cardstock cut with TH Cameo die. The white allowed them to pop and added strength to the tiny or narrow details like the hat pin or feathers when I popped them up on foam tape.

The background began as a piece of embossed designer paper to which I added white gesso scuffs and stencilling with Memento Peanut Brittle ink through TCW's Netting stencil. I cut the paper to fit the front and back but not to wrap over the spine because then it would be more apt to buckle. Instead I added Scor tape to the spine and then layered gray dotty washi tape over that. It created a tight seal that remained more flexible than paper would have. The edges of the front and back covers were darkened with both Peanut Brittle ink and Green-Gold Big Brush pen.

The sentiment and flags on the back were computer generated on white cardstock, trimmed, and inked with Black Soot Distress ink. Once they were matted with black cardstock, the sentiment was popped up on foam tape and the flags were adhered flat to the covers. Two fancy corner pieces were added to opposite corners to balance the design and move the eye through the covers, so they read as one.

Here's a couple of shots of the book as I usually display it. It can be viewed from all sides and becomes quite a conversation piece just waiting for someone to pick it up. I love altered children's books!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that you get a chance to have a creative play soon. There are just a ton of fabulous new images in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy shops, not to mention the amazing array of  other images he has for every taste, project, or occasion. Check out our Facebook group as well...not only is it teeming with inspiration from Rick, the EDT, and our friends who have joined but we have a lot of laughs there, too.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Giggle ~ CYP Challenge # 232

Hi there! It's time for a new challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges and this week the theme is I Can See Clearly so we want to see some transparent element on your project. Cool theme! It made me think, that's for sure. Our awesome sponsor is Just Some Lines and the image I chose to play with is called Fairy Kyra - Free Fall. She is so cute...just love the sweet expression on her face.

I coloured Kyra with Prismacolor pencils and added Icicle Stickles to her wings and the "parachute" although I didn't capture the sparkle in my photos. Then I fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border and added flat black pearls to her antennae.

I used layers of cardstock for the background, embossing the pink, yellow, and black layers with different patterns for texture and subtle interest. The orange pink and yellow rectangles were each matted in black to allow the layers to stand out and provide contrast. Kyra was then popped up on foam and adhered to the black layer which was cut with Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares die.

The transparent elements are the two tickets and the Giggle slide mount. They came printed on acetate from HOTP and were fussy cut, mounted on cardstock, and the tickets were matted in black. A tiny length of Scor tape was placed under the vertical line on one end of the tickets so it wasn't visible. To complete the design, a black cardstock scalloped border was punched and added to the top right and three small green brads balanced out the top left corner bringing the green colour from the slide mount through the stem and into the corner brads. That helps the eye move through the design.

Kyra and I are so happy you stopped by. When you get a chance, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the fab creations by the rest of the DT. We would love to have you play along with us for our I Can See Clearly challenge.

Life is good; so is art.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Broken Dolls ~ new releases from The East Wind

Hi there! It's an exciting day at The East Wind. Not only is there a new challenge on our FB group, Zombies, but Unky is releasing FOUR new images to fit the bill. That's not to say you can't zombify another TEW image to play along but these are brand spankin' new and just waiting for you, as well.

I chose to colour two of the four, Broken Doll and Broken Bisque, using my Prismacolor pencils. I wanted the page to feel distressed and worn, damaged so I tore around the images, matted them with black cardstock, and tore that to frame each.

The background started with an ungessoed page to which I added spritzes of Patience and Plush Art Anthology Colorations sprays plus a little water to help get drips and splats. After drying that with my heat tool, I added Black Marble Dylusions spray ink to the top of the page, again letting it drip. I also flicked some over the page and blew some drops using a straw to get finer drips. Again, I dried it and then added Jet Black Archival ink through a crackle stencil randomly. Smaller cracks were stamped on using the same ink and a marble  crackle stamp.

The sentiments were computer generated...I am such a font freak! Loved the sketchy messiness of this one. Once printed on white cardstock, the sections were distressed on the edges and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink to grunge them up. They were matted with corrugated cardboard with the top layer removed. This added to the distressed and imperfect look I was going for.

The finishing touches were the black scalloped border which I divided into two sections and to which I added white paint dots, and the shiny textured purple stars. I love the shine they provide as well as the pop of colour. They also help the eye move through the spread as they are in opposite corners. The page edges were inked with Black Soot Distress ink as well as Black Big Brush pen.

Thanks for popping by today. All three of us are happy you came. Check out the other DT makes on The East Wind Facebook page where you can also see the other two new releases. I hope you will join us for our Zombie challenge!

Life is is is running faster than a zombie:)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zephyr McBroom ~ Rick St. Dennis with Kit and Clowder

This has been an eventful couple of weeks at Rick St Dennis' blogs and FB group. Here comes the third piece of big news we have to share with you all.

The first being the mini roll-out of new images, the second was a massive 30 new image roll-out - both with some fun and games going on in our Facebook group.

Now we have  Rick St Dennis and Kit and Clowder teaming up this week for a special promotion.
A give-away and colouring challenge that will take place over on Kit and Clowder's Facebook group and on the Rick St. Dennis Digi Fans & Friends group.
So, as you might imagine, Facebook is the place to be this week.
What do you have to do to get in on the action?
Well, firstly, you have to be a member of the Kit and Clowder group to be able to get this image for free - for a limited period only - Monday to be precise. That's 3 days. Then she will be available to buy in the shops. (links will be available when she makes an appearance there)
All that is being asked is that you submit your (watermarked) coloured version into the challenge folder that will be set up in Kit and Clowder. Don't forget to share over at the Rick St Dennis group as well.
There will be a discount code announced to go spending in the store. You're already a winner just by finding this.
Then, as an added bonus, there will be a selection made for the bigger prizes - Mr Random will pick one winner to win a choice of THREE digis, Rick himself will pick another winner - again with a prize of THREE digis  - then on top of this there will be three random picked to win 1 digi.
Remember - we will be picking based on originality and creativity and not skill level - never feel like you aren't good enough to play along!
Want to win some more???
Comment on what image(s) you would get using the discount code and a random winner from the comments will be picked to get a further TWO digis! 
WOW - did you get all that? - so many chances to win!!

Meet Zephyr McBroom who I coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and matted before popping her up on foam tape.

I featured her on a card with spider paper and a big glittery friend in the upper left corner. She is so much braver than I am. I do a spider check of the bedroom walls, ceiling, and floor before I go to bed every night. Hard to sleep with one eye open otherwise.

To see the other versions of Zephyr by the EDT,  pop over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog. You also have to check out Alyce's amazing rendition on her FB page. I am excited to see what the challenge participants do with seeing how everyone puts  his/her own spin on this fabulous image.

Life is good; so is art.

Monday, September 15, 2014

RSD Progressive Challenge ~ Make a Wish

Hi guys! Did you see all of the new images that were released by Rick St. Dennis on the weekend? We had a Mega Release Party on Facebook and did a blog post featuring some of them on Saturday. I am absolutely smitten with inspired and so many ideas zinging around in my head. Anyway, today marks the midway point in the Rick St Dennis Progressive Challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter blog so I just had to play with another of the new releases.

I chose Sally Stardust who is an absolute cutie patootie. I coloured Sally with Prismacolor pencils, adding metallic silver gel pen for the star strings. She was then fussy cut, matted with black cardstock, and popped up on foam tape.

The background began with a white card base followed by a layer of black and then bright yellow cardstock, each slightly smaller than the one before. The top layer was created with purple cardstock which was punched three times with a Martha Stewart punch to create the star shaped openings. These allowed the yellow to shine fun. I darkened the edges of the cutouts with a purple Big Brush pen so that the white of the cut paper disappeared.

The clouds were cut from white cardstock with an MFT die. They were then inked around with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, faux stitched, and the smaller two were popped up on foam tape. Sally was placed on the card so that she was standing (or is that dancing) on the largest cloud. A small man in the moon was punched from both yellow and black cardstock and offset before being glued in the top corner.

The sentiment was computer generated and printed on the same yellow cardstock. The word wish was punched with a larger star, faux stitched, and popped up with foam tape. A length of sparkly twine was added to the top of the star as a string.The other two words were matted in white and them outlined with black pen. Faux stitching was added to the edges of the purple layer to tie in with the other stitching and complete the design.

Thanks so much for joining Sally and me today. We both appreciate that. As a matter of fact, she's on cloud nine...LOL. Just a reminder of how the Progressive Challenge works in case you want to play along. The first month, which is September, features a theme and any Rick St. Dennis image is allowed as long as the theme is followed. For those who play along in the September Challenge, the free image will be given to them for the October round of the challenge. If you don't play in September, you will still be able to enter October's round, if you purchase the October image. This month our theme for the Progressive Challenge is Anything Goes with an RSD image. I hope we see you there! And remember to check out all of the new fall images in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy shops.

Life is good; so is art.

A Corny Hello ~ CYP # 231

It's me again! Since it's Monday, It's also time for a new challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges. Our theme this week is It's Harvest Time and our awesome sponsor is Doodle Pantry. I love their well as the fact that you also get sentiments and papers to coordinate.

I chose to play with Corn Field Ants because those ants always make me smile! I coloured two of the images with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut them leaving a narrow white border. They were then both matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape.

One of the papers included with the set was cut smaller than the white base and given a black mat for contrast. Two corners were cut from the black and layered over opposite corners of the digi paper. A section of burlap was cut and frayed to layer under the image mat. It was cut from bright green cardstock using Spellbinders Curvy Rectangles die, faux stitched, and matted in black.

The final touches were added in the form of the sentiment, one of several with this set, some enamel dots, and a twine bow. The sentiment was printed on white, matted in green and then black, and popped up on foam tape. The open letters were coloured in with yellow Prisma pencil and the dots were emphasized with half pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I would offer you something to eat but the ants don't share well! When you get a chance, pop by the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the other It's Harvest Time creations by my talented teamies. I hope you decide to play along with us.

Life is good; so is art.

Feel the Fall ~ TEW Challenge #15

Today is that day where I have three blog posts to do so bear with me! We have a new challenge beginning at The East Wind and the theme is Feel the Fall/Autumn. Certainly we have been feeling it this past week. I even broke down and turned on the furnace because I was freezing and don't like colouring if my hands are cold. We even had frost warnings last night!

For this challenge, I chose to play with Lucy Loo Tartan her! I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and matted her with dark brown cardstock. You thought I was going to say black, didn't you! Lucy Loo was popped up on foam tape, given a latte, and asked to wait for me to do the background.

I began with a white card base and added a slightly smaller rectangle of textures dark brown cardstock to it. I cut leaves from corrugated paper and dictionary paper using the TH Tattered Leaves die. My only complaint about that die is that there is no maple leaf and here in Ontario, it isn't fall without them. I printed out a template and cut one from a music sheet. All of the leaves were inked with a combination of Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo Distress inks using a blending tool. I love those colours together. The leaves were added to the card behind Lucy.

A strip of scrap paper was handcut into a fishtail flag and faux stitched before being adhered to the bottom of the card to give Lucy a place to stand. The bottom sentiment was computer generated, printed on white cardstock, inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and faux stitched. It was then popped up on foam tape andlayered slightly over the other strip. The sentiment at the top comes from Create With TLC and was cut out with a circle punch before being inked with Vintage Photo. To complete the card design, A twine bow was tied from hemp and glued to the top left corner and three enamel dots were addded to the bottom right.

Thanks for spending some time today with Lucy Loo and me. To check out the rest of the amazing DT projects for Challenge #15, Feel the Fall, visit The East Wind Challenge Blog. We would love to have you play along!

Life is good; so is art.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

RSD Mega Release Day!

WooHoo! Today is the Mega Release Party for Rick's new many and I want them all. Greedy But they are so cool and I just wanna colour. There is a fun event on  the Rick St Dennis Fans and Friends Facebook page with quizzes and prizes and loads of fun chatter so I hope to see you there! Also, Rick has done a special blog post about an up-coming contest near and dear to my heart called Pick of the Week which you can check out here. And if that's not enough, there is a special announcement about our plans for next weekend and 31 Days of Halloween, too. Holy Toledo...lots going on!

Here are the new images that I coloured for today's release. They can be found in both Rick's Zibbet shop and his Etsy shop. He (and we) have been super busy...what an awesome array of must-haves. Even more Hat Ladies...swoon!

 Cindy or Cindy

Thanks for visiting! See you at the Mega Release Event!

Life is good; so is art...and Rick's new releases!