Monday, October 12, 2015

Halloween Doesn't Have to be Creepy or Scary

Lady B here to share a little project I made to represent the prettier and less scary side of Halloween.

Rick St. Dennis Images: 
"Katie the Pin Up Witch digi stamp" can be found on Zibbet and Etsy.
"Morgana's Castle Scene digi stamp" can be found on Zibbet.

The background and all images were coloured with copic markers.  I added some random branch stamps around the border of my scene.  I then scanned the images to my PC and added Katie the Pin Up Witch to the castle scene and added two digital clouds and a digital crescent moon.
See...Halloween doesn't HAVE to be SCARY. 

 If you WANT to see SCARY stuff, head over to Airless Chambers.  The EDT is participating in a month long Halloween and Day of the Dead blog hop.  An added bonus...people browsing the participating blogs can win prizes!

~  Lady B ~

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Progressive Challenge, Team B Represents!

Morning all you lovely people. Here's hoping you are all safe and well. There have been a few "problems" going on in the world, to put it mildly and I know quite a few friends are directly affected. Our thoughts are with you, whether the "problem" is on a personal level or on a slightly larger scale. Big gentle hugs to you all and hope you get some "me time" to de-stress and craft.

Whilst my thoughts are on the de-stressing - Rick has announced the first signed batches of the fabulous colouring books are winging their way from California, woooo hooooo! If you've been sleeping through August and missed the news - take a peek over at the Zibbet store. The Rhinestones,  Furs and Feathers book and The Day of the Dead book are both available as collectors items as well as through Amazon without the little extras. Why not join us on facebook to ensure you're updated on the news on a daily basis and it's another outlet to show US what you've been doing. We all love to ooooo and ahhhh over others work after all. The EDT members are normally around as well to answer any questions you may have.

Ok, enough waffle. On with the reason for this post..............

The second installment of the September Progressive challenge

Part one can be found here if you want to go see what Team A made and this time Team B has worked their own brand of magic and produced these beautiful projects for our ANYTHING GOES using a Rick St Dennis image.  Check the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see all that Team B has to offer.  Here is the direct link to enter the progressive challenge.

Pictured below is my make for the Progressive Challenge using the adorably cute "Isabella Trick or Treat" digital stamp drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  

Isabella was coloured with copic markers and scanned to my pc.  I then added her to this door scene from Holliewood Studios "Portals".  This set can be purchased from Mischief Circus.  The "Trick or Treat" sign as well as the mouse on the pumpkin are elements from a digital scrap kit made by Lotta Designs.  Sadly, I can't seem to find her products at Oscraps anymore.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Steampunk Love with Lady B

Hi!  Lady B here to share some Steampunk love.
Pictured below is a Steampunk make using an image from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet shop.  Click on the image to enlarge.  Please forgive the horrendous water marks, but sadly they are needed these days.  

The image used in the project above is "Angela the Assassin" and is available for purchase here.  She was coloured with Copic markers on Copic X-Press-It blending card then she was fussy cut and set aside.  I buy my card in the states from Amazon and Oozak.

The background is canvas board and the rocky outer portion is an altered picture frame.

I used the following DecoArt products:
  • Media Gesso in white mixed with Prussian Blue fluid acrylics.
  • Fluid acrylics in Prussian Blue, Titanium White, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Carbon Black, Dark Grey value 3, Medium Grey value 6 and Quinacridone Gold.
  • Modeling paste 
  • Texture sand paste mixed with media fluid acrylics in Dark Grey and Carbon Black.  This saves a lot of time in painting the base coat :)
  • Metallic Lustres in Champagne Ice, Copper Kettle, Iced Espresso, Gold Rush, Black Shimmer and Silver Spark.  The Lustres were applied to the paper gears I designed and cut with my eClips cutting machine.
  • Media Soft-Touch Varnish
  • Brush and Stencil cleaner
Other Supplies:
  • Canvas board.  Mine was 8" x 10"
  • "Angela the Assassin" from Rick St. Dennis
  • Colouring items of choice (pencils, markers, paint, etc.)
  • Kraft Card or card of choice as well as paper or card to print your image
  • Printer
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Darice embossing folder "Steampunk Gears" or any other embossing folder of choice
  • Die cuts or cutting machine
  • Pop dots or adhesive of choice
  • Old frame to alter (I used a frame that holds an 8" x 10" picture)
  • Art knives, metal or plastic.  I used plastic.  Heck, you can even use plastic eating utensils.
  • Paint brushes, palette, water, kitchen towels, baby wipes, etc.  Your normal painting stuff.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Halloween Themed Domino Book

Hi!  Lady B here to show you a little domino book I recently made.  I used Rick St. Dennis MFa's "Common Grave digi" and his "Voodoo" stamp set.  I used Versa Mark embossing ink, Zing embossing powder in black, Copic markers, DecoArt Paper Effects (which is a fine tipped dimensional paint suitable for paper) and DecoArt Liquid Glass.  Click the images below to enlarge.

This is a picture of the book closed.  The ribbon tie keeps the book shut.  I added Zing embossing powder to the sides of the dominoes and heat set for shiny and durable opaque edges.

This is one of the images that shows when the book is closed.

This is the second image that shows when the book is closed.  I used some of the Paper Effects on this one.

This picture shows the open book and the backside of the accordian book.   I added bead spacers for feet.  DecoArt Liquid Glass was added to the top of the dominoes to seal them and give a nice sheen.

Here is the inside view of the book.  I used Rick's "Morte Common Grave" stamp and coloured the images with Copic markers.  I used silicone household glue to adhere the paper and ribbon to the dominoes.

Here is the open book standing.  The domino fronts were coloured with Copic markers.
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, August 15, 2015

RSD August Progressive Challenge Part 2 Team B

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 is hosting this last part and they have produced some wonderful pieces to inspire. Go to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see their makes
If you want to see Team A's versions from the beginning of the month - click here.

Pictured below is my make for the challenge:
(click image to enlarge)

I printed the mouse onto Copic X-Press-IT blending card and coloured her with copic markers.  I then scanned her to my pc and added her to my quirky scene.  I used digital elements and papers from Holliewood Studios "Ode to a Muse 2" and "Once Upon a Time" digital scrap kits.
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

RSD July Progressive Challenge - Part 2

Good morning every one. Here's hoping the day finds you feeling well and able to do what you do what you want to with time enough to fit everything in........including joining in with this month's Progressive challenge. It is an "Anything Goes" challenge but you have to use a Rick St Dennis image. There are so many images to choose from in the Zibbet shop - over 1200 in fact. So many different genres that you'd find it hard not to find something right up your street. If you can't wait for that short time it takes for Rick to email your images then there's always the direct download at Etsy - but not so much choice. There are also some images available at "I Brake For Stamps" in rubber and digi. Why not try something other than a card? We love to see those boundaries pushed. Try an ATC? or fatbook page? How about a page for your art journal? An altered item? The list goes on..........

If you want to see what Team A made again then you just need to click here. You'll also find plenty of inspiration, along with some friendly chat and helpful advice, if you ask for it, over in our Facebook Group.  Rick has promised a little party this month - so get on over there and keep your eyes peeled.

Team B is hosting this last half of this month's challenge and, my oh my, they've produced some gorgeous pieces!  Go to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see the wonderful creations!

Mr Linky, as always, has his own spot up-top on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog so you don'r have to scroll around looking for him.

Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing those gorgeous projects.

Pictured below is my project for your viewing pleasure.  Click on image to enlarge.

I used two of Rick St. Dennis MFA's digi stamps:   Pirate Nayja  and  Privateer (Pirate) Man.
The images were coloured in PSE8 and the scene was created in CS6.  Yep.  My husband took away my training wheels so I'd be forced to learn CS6.  The learning curve has been less painful than anticipated.  The background paper and png images (fire, bottle, sea gulls, monkey, treasure chest, coins, skeletons, turtle and starfish) are from Eena's Creations "Blackbeard's Adventures" digital scrap kit which can be purchased from Mischief Circus.  

Thanks for stopping by!
  ~ Lady B ~

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 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.

~  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.

~ Lady B ~