Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Enforcer in the Eyes of Lady B

Lady B here to share a piece that falls on the darker side of the crafting world. Today I'm hosting on "Airless Chambers" which is Rick St. Dennis MFA's "Darker" Blog.


Image: "SH Enforcer" by Rick St. Dennis MFA
Background: "Hotel Hell" By Crystal Rain
Digital Embellishments (skulls, knife, sickle): "Edgar Allan Poe" By Crystal Rain
Light Effects: PSE8

I first printed SH Enforcer onto Copic X-Press-it card then coloured him with Copic markers.  Next, I scanned the image to my pc, imported the image to PSE8 and removed the white background.  I then added the SH Enforcer into the eerie scene above.  He looked lonely in the empty room so I added a batch of skulls and two other random weapons he may enjoy using on his next victim(s).  Lastly, I added some lens glare light effects and added the sentiment "Fresh Heads Severed Daily".  
Yep.  Severed, not served.

Now for some other news:
  • The normal Art Challenge in our Facebook Group is having a short break at the moment because Rick is hosting his own mini challenge. Rick will judge the entries and the prize will be ONE CUSTOM digi made JUST for YOU!!!! Get out your best colouring and your crafty goodies and make a TAG.  The tag MUST say:

"Summer is FINE BUT I'm ready for Halloween".

  • Rick will be judging on originality, colour, composition, texture and Outside the box thinking.
  • Design elements will get extra points (pockets, windows, shakers etc).
  • There will be ONE winner announced on JUNE 1, 2015.
  • OK crafters, start your engines...there is a special folder in the groups' picture gallery for your entries to be posted. Looking forward to seeing those entries!
  • Need a Rick St. Dennis MFA image?  There are plenty of images to choose from in the Zibbet store (where there now over 1000 images to choose from) and the Etsy store.
  • Don't forget to enter the May Progressive Challenge!

If you need any inspiration don't forget there to look at our sister blogs,  
"Sparkle and Glitter" and our "How2blog which contains hints and tips on how some of the EDT created a small selection of their projects.


Enjoy!
~  Lady B  ~

Friday, May 15, 2015

Midway Reminder for the May Progressive Challenge

Good Day, Everyone!
We have reached the half way mark of this first month Progressive Challenge and with that comes Team B (plus a few extras) with their inspirational projects.  I think you'll agree, there are many different styles here, all wonderful.
If you want to see the makes from Team A to remind yourselves, they can be found here.

A bit of C&P from that post, in case you don't make it that far
The normal Art Challenge in our Facebook Group is having a short break at the moment because Rick is hosting his own mini challenge. Rick will judge the entries and the prize will be ONE CUSTOM digi made JUST for YOU!!!! Get out your best colouring and your crafty goodies and make a TAG---it MUST say
"Summer is FINE BUT I'm ready for Halloween"
He will be judging on originality, colour, composition, texture and Outside the box thinking-design elements will get extra points (pockets, windows, shakers etc)-there will be ONE winner announced on JUNE 1, 2015 - OK crafters, start your engines.....
There is a special folder in the groups' picture gallery for your entries to be posted. Looking forward to seeing those entries.

If you need any inspiration don't forget to look at our sister blogs,  
Airless Chambers (our "darker blog") and our "How2blog which contains hints and tips on how some of the EDT created a small selection of their projects.

On to the Progressive Challenge for this month.
The theme is 
Anything Goes with a Rick St Dennis image

There are plenty of images to choose from if you don't have one in your stash; both from the Zibbet store (where there now over 1000 images to choose from) and the Etsy store.

Mr Linky is on his own page here.

Have fun everyone and be sure to check out the Sparkle and Glitter blog for more inspiration.

Pictured below is my make for this challenge.  Click image to enlarge.


Image:  "Privateer" (Pirate Woman) by Rick St. Dennis MFA
Digital papers and elements:  Eena's Creations "Blackbeard's Adventures" purchased from Mischief Circus.
Everything was coloured and assembled in PSE8.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Creepy Cute with Lady B

Lady B here with some digital inspiration.  My printer has been on the fritz and my Copic markers are in desperate need of refilling and cleaning so I've been doing mostly digital work until I get the rest of my crafting gear in order.  Pictured below is one of my latest creations.  Click on image to enlarge.


I have used a digital stamp by Rick St. Dennis MFA named "Zombie Jive".  Zombie Jive can also be purchased here in Rick's Etsy Shop.  I coloured this image before my copics ran out of ink then scanned the Zombie to my pc and removed the white paper background in PSE8.  I then added Zombie Jive to this creepy cool scene I created using elements and digital design paper by Crystal Rain which I purchased from "Mischief Circus".  

The room is one of the digital papers offered in Crystal Rain's "Abandoned PP".  All of the elements I've used (spider webs, skull and bones, black widow spider, black cat, bloody hand prints and blood splotches) came from Crystal Rain's "Edgar Allan Poe" digital kit which includes elements and papers.  Right now all of Crystal's stuff is discounted by 20% - 40% !

Now for some other news:
  • The normal Art Challenge in our Facebook Group is having a short break at the moment because Rick is hosting his own mini challenge. Rick will judge the entries and the prize will be ONE CUSTOM digi made JUST for YOU!!!! Get out your best colouring and your crafty goodies and make a TAG.  The tag MUST say:

"Summer is FINE BUT I'm ready for Halloween".

  • Rick will be judging on originality, colour, composition, texture and Outside the box thinking.
  • Design elements will get extra points (pockets, windows, shakers etc).
  • There will be ONE winner announced on JUNE 1, 2015.
  • OK crafters, start your engines...there is a special folder in the groups' picture gallery for your entries to be posted. Looking forward to seeing those entries!
  • Need a Rick St. Dennis MFA image?  There are plenty of images to choose from in the Zibbet store (where there now over 1000 images to choose from) and the Etsy store.
  • Don't forget to enter the May Progressive Challenge!

If you need any inspiration don't forget there to look at our sister blogs,  
"Sparkle and Glitter" and our "How2blog which contains hints and tips on how some of the EDT created a small selection of their projects.

Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mo' Poe

I've decided to play along again with QTR.  Click image to enlarge.


Image: "Poe 1" drawn by Rick St. Dennis and coloured digitally in PSE8.
Background paper and digital elements:  "Edgar Allan Poe" digital set by Cryztal Rain purchased at "Mischief Circus".  Everything was assembled in PSE8.


I am entering this in the following challenge: Quoth the Raven challenge #43 "Tic Tac Poe".  
I went diagonally and used Stitching (faux or real), Poe and Raven. 
Thanks for Looking!
Lady B ~

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge - April - Part 2, Team B

A very good morning to all you crafters out there.  Spring is now officially upon us although the weather in many parts of the world has seen snow showers amid the bursts of sunshine. It's with summer in mind that we bring this little cutie for you all to use this month. The image is called Aloha Nui and available from the Zibbet store here. For those of you that joined in last month for the Easter themed, first, part of the Progressive Challenge, she will be free - just email Monique. For anyone else that wants to join in she is very reasonably priced. For the second part of this challenge the only requirement is that she is used in your project entry. If you need any further reminders on the rules, they are on the right hand side of the Sparkle and Glitter blog.

Don't forget - we're also holding a DT call over in our Facebook group. This is also the place where there are 2 further contests being held. One is just for coloured images and the other is for finished projects. Why not come along and say "Hi!" and join in. Just more ways of winning your choice of one of Rick's fabulous images from the Zibbet store.

Onto the inspiration from Team B of the EDT, as if you need it. I think you'll agree, Aloha Nui looks wonderful in all settings.

Mr Linky has his own tab still - just look for the one labelled "RSD Progressive Challenge-March-Part One and April part Two"
We are looking forward to seeing those entries!

Below is my make using the cute Aloha Nui:


Image: "Aloha Nui" drawn by Rick St. Dennis
Background: Holliewood Studios "Once Upon a Time" purchased from "Mischief Circus"
Everything was coloured and assembled in PSE8

Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tic Tac Poe



Lady B here to honour Poe.  Click image to enlarge.


Image: "Poe 1" drawn by Rick St. Dennis and coloured digitally in PSE8.
Background paper and digital elements:  "Edgar Allan Poe" digital set by Cryztal Rain purchased at "Mischief Circus".  Everything was assembled in PSE8.


I am entering this in the following challenge: Quoth the Raven challenge #43 "Tic Tac Poe".  
I used the middle column of Flowers, Poe and feathers.  The skull is for extra credit :)
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Friday, April 3, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRUDIE!!! THE BIG 4-0!


Happy 40th Birthday Trudie 
Here is your blog hop 
we adore you to bits and wanted to share the love with you 


Have an amazing day love from us all 


You are here---Lady B---You are here
 Kay


 Ria
Suzi
Kerrie

Click Image to enlarge.

Happy Birthday, Trudie!  May this year bless you with loads of love, a touch of wealth and endless creativity! 


Much love on your Special Day!
~Lady B~ 

I made a digital card using elements and paper from the "Dwelling Hill", "Lovey Dovey" and "A Special Today" kits made by Kitty Designs at Oscraps.  The cute monster is a Rick St. Dennis image named "Fwayt the little monster".  He was coloured digitally in PSE8.  I made a real card with this image, but botched it at the last minute.  Figures!  

Trudie, I can email you an unwatermarked image to print or I can turn this into a real card and send it snail mail, but I live in the states and it will take a few weeks to arrive.  Let me know what you want as you are the Birthday Girl.  Happy Birthday!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Steampunk Rose Bug

I've been playing with my copics trying to learn how to render metal. I found a few tips and tricks and a few pins to help me out. Pictured below is my first project in which I used my markers to render worn, brushed metal with a bit of rust added.  Hopefully, with more practice, I will get good at this technique as I love Steampunk projects.

Forgive the watermark, but it is a necessary evil due to online theft these days.


Credits:

Copic colours:
  • ROSE: 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, E04, E97, YR00, E08 and E31. I used Titanium White DecoArt Americana paint for highlights.
  • WEB: B00, B01, B02
  • JEWEL: R32, R35, R39.  I used Titanium White DecoArt Americana paint for adding highlights.
  • BUG and JEWEL GOLDEN areas: Y11, Y15, Y17, Y38
  • BUG BRONZE areas: Ack! I don't remember.  It looks like E43, E44, E47, E49 and E18.

Assembly:  
  • I printed my image onto Copic X-Press-It card with my Canon Pixma MX860 printer then coloured it with Copic markers. 
  • I dipped a rough bristled stencil brush into copic blending solution and pounced it on my coloured image thus removing some of the colour to give an aged metal look.  
  • I cleaned any ink spread with my Copic blending marker and touched up any areas with more ink where needed. 
  • I outlined some areas with a fine tipped black Sharpie marker and added white highlights with paint as listed above.  I highly suggest using a pigment ink such as the Copic multiliners, but my ink in those ran dry.  Sharpies are alcohol based and will smear if you go over it with your alcohol markers.  
  • I then scanned my image to my pc, removed the background, and made this digital frame scene with the digital elements listed above.  
  • All digital work was done in PSE8 as I still need to learn how to use my "Big Girl" photoshop program.

Cheers!
Lady B

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge March - Part 2/1

Morning all
How are you getting along with those projects for this month's Progressive challenge? A few in the linky I can see so far.
If you missed the first installment from Team A why not go back and have a look?

The theme is still
SPRING/EASTER
Basically any project with a spring or Easter theme using an image from either of the shops of Rick St Dennis on Etsy or Zibbet will fit the bill.

There is still the Art Contest and the Colouring Contest on-going in the Facebook Group. The Art contest for finished projects the Colouring contest for just a coloured image. Of course using one of Rick's images is mandatory.
 
Pictured below is my contribution for this challenge.  Click image to enlarge.


I used Rick's image "Betsy and the Bunny" found on Zibbet here.  I coloured her digitally in PSE8 and set her in a garden scene from a picture I took.  Be sure to head over to Sparkle and Glitter to see what the other gals have made for your inspiration.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RSD Progressive challenge - Month two - Midway post

Hello again all you beautiful people out there.
Are you all loved out after yesterday? Or don't you bother anymore?

The EDT have loved working with our little String of Hearts Fairy. If you took part in January's Progressive challenge, you should have emailed Mo by now for your freebie. The first chapter of February began with Team A and a refresher of the rules can be found here.

Entering here of course gives you three bites at the cherry - the chance to win more images from the shops of Rick St. Dennis Zibbet and Etsy, because you can also enter the two challenges currently in progress over in our Facebook group. There's the colouring competition and the art contest (ends Feb 16 before new ones start). You'll have to check out the group for the links after this date.

Team B has worked their magic for you today so be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog to check out their gorgeous makes!

My project turned out to be a hot mess, but that's okay.  I can't make great things all the time.  I just hate it when the image in my head can't be realized on paper.  Anyway, I tried my best to use non-traditional Valentine colours which was really hard for me. Reds and Violets are my favourite colours to work with.  I think my mojo took a big hit with those colours being excluded.  Enough excuses!  Time to rip off the band-aid and share my piece.

Click image to enlarge...if you dare!  LOL!


Perhaps I will try to take a pic that isn't crooked later in the day!
Cheers!
-Lady B