Friday, June 26, 2015

The Dark Side of Wonderland Presented by Lady B

Hi, all!  Lady B here to show you my creepy cute vision of Wonderland.  I've made two projects to share today.  I hope you enjoy the scenes!

Wonderland is NOTHING without Alice.  In my version, Alice has definitely changed.  How?  You'll see!  Click on image to enlarge.


It seems as though a random Zombie must have been roaming around Wonderland, got a bit peckish, and took a wee bite out of Alice.  Her complexion has definitely changed as well as what she likes to eat at tea time!  I used "Alice Revisited digi stamp" drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  The image was coloured digitally in PSE8.  Be sure to check both Zibbet and Etsy for more of Rick's wonderful images.  BTW, for those across the pond, if you purchase from the Zibbet shop you can avoid the VAT!

The spiders, skulls and bones are from the "Edgar Allan Poe" digi kit made by "Crystal Rain" and purchased from "Mischief Circus". The background paper, lanterns and tree stump with checkered base were from a digital kit "Down the Rabbit Hole" made by "Holliewood Studios" and purchased from "Mischief Circus".  Everything was assembled in PSE8.

Round 2.  This doesn't feature an actual Wonderland character, but I think "Cabaret M C for Lady B" would make a great addition for tea time entertainment!  Click image to enlarge.


Once again, "Cabaret M C for Lady B" was drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA and was coloured digitally in PSE8.  All other images and the sentiment were from the "Down the Rabbit Hole" digital kit made by "Holliewood Studios" and purchased from "Mischief Circus".  Everything was assembled in PSE8.

I'm sorry if my scenes aren't scary enough for the Airless Chambers blog, but they are a bit too extreme for the Sparkle and Glitter blog. I figured AC would be the best place to post my work.

Be sure to check out the fabulous coloured images that are being coloured by several folks in blogland and on Facebook.  Many in Rick's Facebook Fans and Friends group were lucky enough to score free images to colour.  The freebies are gone, but you can see the fabulous images by clicking here.  More images are being added daily.  Remember, membership has its privileges!

Don't forget to play along with the Progressive Challenge part 2 using "Mr. Tea".  You still have a few days to play along!

Thanks for looking at my work!
~ Lady B ~




Monday, June 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge Part Two Finale

Well my little chick-a-dees, how's the month of  June treating you all so far?
It's been a mixture of sunshine, showers, high winds, cool temperatures and hail so far in this corner of the world intermixed with blazing hot humid days.  In my neck of the woods, it is not uncommon to need to turn on the furnace in the morning and to turn on the a/c in the afternoon during our so called spring.  Summer is but a dream.  

Dreaming up some more inspiration using our image of the month, Mr Tea, is what the members of Team B have been doing for your delight. Scroll onto the Sparkle and Glitter blog if you want to miss my waffle and have a look.  Any entries this month not featuring the image will, unfortunately, be disqualified.

Team A started the month's Progressive Challenge and you can go look at that post here if you are so inclined.  In that post you were invited to email Monique for your freebie if you had taken part in May's part one of the challenge. If you haven't done so already - get your skates on.  This is the half way mark before the winner of that free digi (of your choice) is chosen.  

What a choice that winner is going to have to choose from!! Have you seen the new images that have hit the Zibbet store so far this month? WOW!! I think Rick has been working overtime. Do yourself a favour and check out the shop.

The tag challenge hosted by Rick in May has gone into tie-break mode. Poor Rick couldn't choose between the three finalists and therefore has laid down a further challenge to get one outright winner. You can check this out over in our facebook group. There'll be a small prize for anyone else that wants to take up the gauntlet. Here's what Rick has to say....

One amazingly wonderful ATC card-standard 2.5 x 3.5 inch size-it must have a moving part-a pocket with a surprise in it and one other knock out element of your choice-one side must be bright and cheery and the other side dark and spooky-you must use at least ONE of my digis or Rubber stamp images on the card you will have until June 21 to post your entry I will announce a winner on the 22nd...Good Luck Ladies!
Anyone who thinks they can outshine the top 3 is welcome to submit an entry following the above rules I will have a prize for NON_FINALIST entries (that's anyone other than Nan-Mo and Helen) but only the top 3 will be considered for the custom digi prize-Thanks

Are you up for this challenge as well?

Anyway - on with the show............here are my makes using Mr. Tea.




Can you tell I had fun playing with Mr. Tea?
Mr. Tea was coloured in PSE 8.  I added extra highlights to him for the last two projects.
My pieces also utilize digital paper and elements from "Holliewood Studio's" "Down the Rabbit Hole" digital set which can be purchased from "Mischief Circus".

Mr Linky is still up top on his own tab on the Sparkle and Glitter blog- just so no one has to scroll through miles of other posts to find him, click HERE.
Have fun!

~ Lady B ~


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