Monday, July 7, 2014


I actually had some free time to craft!  
In celebration of my free time and the recent holiday, I decided to make a project for the "Very Sketchy" Challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  I followed the scrapbook sketch below and used an Independence Day theme.

Click on my project to enlarge.  My stamped image is "Goblin Gus" from Rick St. Dennis MFA.  I used digital papers and embellishments from oscraps.

~ Lady B ~

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RSD is Sponsoring Cute Card Thursday!

RSD is sponsoring Cute Card Thursday this week and the challenge theme is Circles.  A few of us ladies in Rick's EDT were able to play along as GDTs for your inspiration.  Be sure to check out the Sparkle and Glitter with Rick Blog to see what the rest of my teamies made.  Also, feel free to check out Rick's Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.  There are new images being added all the time and Rick's Zibbet shoppe has well over 700 images to choose from!

You should definitely enter the Cute Card Thursday Challenge to have an opportunity to win a prize from Rick!  For your chance to win, just make a project that follows the Challenge theme and rules over at Cute Card Thursday and link your project in the appropriate spot.  Easy as can be!

Pictured below is my take on the challenge. Click on the image to enlarge.  When you are done checking out the eye candy here, be sure to go play along with Cute Card Thursday!  

~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reminder for Rick St.Dennis Progressive Challenge 1 part 2

Hi all!

It's inspiration time again. This time Team B is showing what we made using  the "You're a Winner Nyner the Little Monster" digital stamp drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  

As you know, those who entered the first part of the Rick St.Dennis Progressive Challenge received this image from Rick because they were all Winners of course :-).

If you didn't enter part 1 and still want to have a chance on winning the prize, there are almost 2 weeks left to enter.     
You will need the "Nyner You're a winner" image. 
He can be found in the Zibbet shoppe here.  The theme is still Steampunk.  When you have your project finished and blogged, don't forget to link it up here
Just scroll down to the linky for part two.

Here is my take on the challenge using Nyner:
(Click images to enlarge.)

I used Steampunk themed digital papers from Susan's Crafty Chaos.  Sadly, Susan no longer sells her wonderful papers.  I colored Nyner digitally this time around and added him to a sketch from the "Very Sketchy" challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  The Steampunk elements are from this fabulous designer.  Be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see what the rest of Team B has created for your viewing pleasure!

Also, check out Rick's Fans and Friends Facebook Page for more challenges.  Rick has his personal Red, White and Blue Challenge.  Use any of Rick's images and make a project using predominately Red, White and Blue.  Your project doesn't have to be patriotic, just use the colour scheme and post your project HERE.  Also, email a copy of your Red, White and Blue project to Rick at
On the fourth of July 2014, Rick will display all of the entries on his blog and will also announce the name of the winner who will receive a BIG prize!  Rick will judge the Red, White, and Blue challenge himself and will be looking for original use of colour as well as overall excellence.

Have fun playing in the challenges!  We can't wait to see what everyone will make!

~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Part 2 of Rick St. Dennis' Progressive Challenge

Are you all ready for the next round in Rick St. Dennis' Progressive Challenge?  Those of you who entered in May's challenge should have emailed Rick and received the "special image" this month for free. For those who missed out, don't despair!  "You're a Winner!" Nyner the Little Monster is available in the Zibbet shop to buy.

The theme was set last month - "Steampunk" and so we carry on until the finale. For details on how the progressive challenge works, visit the Sparkle and Glitter blog.

Below is my take on the Challenge.  Click the image to enlarge.  I colored Nyner with Copic Markers and stippled three shades of Distress Inks around him. I then scanned my colored image to my pc and finished my project digitally. The background is a treasure map and I added Steampunk elements from This Fabulous Artist.

Be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog where we have for your inspiration a selection of artwork from Team A. I think you'll all agree Nyner looks fabulous in all of the projects.  Check back in two weeks to see what Team B will create for you.

~Lady B

Friday, May 30, 2014

Monster Madness

Lady B here.  Pictured below is a project I made for the Monster Madness Blog Hop. Several members of the Rick St. Dennis Elite Design Team are playing along and all of our projects can be seen on Rick's dark blog, Airless Chambers

I used the image "Zombie, Let's Have Brains...".  The zombie was colored with Copic markers then scanned to my pc.  I printed the zombie out six times and fussy cut several layers for dimension.  I glued the various layers with silicone household glue and attached the zombie to my 6" x 6" decorated board.  The textured background is an Andy Skinner technique from his Book of Ruination Workshop.  I used paints and mediums from DecoArt.  Click images to enlarge.

If you like monsters, you can find several in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.  For more inspiration, go to Rick's other sites:
  • The Gallerie: An inspirational gallery that displays Rick's images in various projects without boring you with babble.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~ Lady B

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Steampunk Project

Lady B here.  I have been trying to use up my paper scraps and broken electronic pieces before my husband throws my stuff in the bin.  What he sees as junk or garbage, I see artistic opportunity.  I'm doing my best not to bring in new items until I use my old items so that I don't end up on the television show about hoarders.  

With my leftover bits and bobs, I made the Steampunk project below.  I'm not sure if I love it as it's a bit busy for my taste, but it did allow me to purge some of my creative energy.  I learn by playing and experimenting. That is how I discover what I like.  Just because this piece may not be perfect for me, someone else may love it or be inspired by it.  That is the beauty of art.  There is no right or wrong and no good or bad.  Everything is up to interpretation and the fun is in the journey.

Click image to enlarge.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available for purchase exclusively at "I Brake for Stamps".  Peg was printed on Copic X-Press-It card and colored with Copic markers.  I used a base of 6" x 6" MDF board, part of my broken cell phone and Tim Holtz gear dies (Thanks, Mo!).  The gears were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and painted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny then aged with a wash of DecoArt Traditions Carbon Black acrylic paint. The textured areas on the gears is DecoArt Snow-Tex.  My tip of the day: when painting heavily textured areas, a sponge dabber works great!

I hope I've inspired you to try something new.  Now go to your crafty area and play!  If you are in need of...or just want Steampunk images, Rick has plenty in both his Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.  Speaking of Steampunk, there are still a couple of days to join Rick's Progressive Challenge :)

Find more inspiration at Rick's other sites:

  • The Gallerie: An inspirational gallery that displays Rick's images in various projects without boring you with babble.

Monday, May 12, 2014

In the Mood for Steampunk?

Recently, the RSD EDT received special Steampunk images drawn by Rick and we made projects with them to submit to "Just Steampunk" magazine for their volume 5 edition which comes out in August.  Many of the EDT will be featured in the upcoming edition.  I'm hoping everyone's piece/pieces have been accepted.  In honor of this, we are having our first progressive challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog with the theme of Steampunk.  Click here and here to read more about the challenge.

I am still stuck in Steampunk mode so I thought I would share a new make of mine as a reminder for the Progressive Challenge which runs through May.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available exclusively at I Brake for Stamps as a digital stamp.  Peg is colored with Copic markers and mounted upon a portion of a broken cell phone.  The combo was then mounted upon a 6" x 6" piece of wood which was given a special treatment for texture then painted with DecoArt Traditions Artistic Acrylics paints.  

I added some Tim Holtz gears which were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and further textured with DecoArt Snow-Tex.  The paint on the gears is DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny.  I sealed the painted surfaces with DecoArt Decou-Page in Matte.

For my final touch I added a copper colored wire wrapped gem to the center of one of the gears.  I used silicone household glue to attach the gem.  Here is the brand of glue I used, but I didn't buy a case...just a single tube.  A little of this stuff goes a long way!

Be sure to play along with the Progressive Challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter blog.  If you need steampunk images, you can find them in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe as well as his Etsy Shoppe.  There is a challenge on Rick's Facebook page as well.

~ Lady B ~

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The first Rick St. Dennis Progressive challenge

Well Hello again everyone. It's been a while since we held our last challenge here in Blogland but we're back again. We missed seeing you all showing off your gorgeous projects. This time round we're going to have monthly challenges but using any RSD image not just the one that came out in the newsletter of that month. We realize that not everyone "does" Facebook where we have had the odd challenge as well, hence 

we're back!

 The rules have changed slightly, so make sure you have read them properly, pretty please. We'd hate to disqualify your beautiful artwork over a technicality. 

The EDT have not been idle over the last few months and although there have been some changes in the line-up for various reasons, we're still going strong. Rick has been sponsoring challenges on other challenge blogs and some of the EDT were asked to be GDT for those. There have been many projects showcased on facebook that many of you will have seen and on our own blogs of course. One of the tasks we undertook as a team was to create some projects for the Just Steampunk magazine. Rick produced some amazing images for us to work with and it is with pride that I can say that each of them will be featured in issue 5 available in August from Scott Publications.  
To celebrate our success we decided that our first challenge under the new format will be themed. What else could it be other than STEAMPUNK? Check out the shops both at Zibbet and Etsy for not just the images the EDT have used but many more.

Below are the creations I made with three of Rick's newest Steampunk images:

Here I used "An Aerocruiser for Lady B" which can be found both on Zibbet and Etsy.

Below is "Dr. Doom for Lady B

Be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see the creations from the first half of the EDT.  The other half will post their makes in two weeks.  On the Sparkle and Glitter blog, there will be a special page set up with the rules and the Inlinkz.

~ Lady B ~

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Aerocruiser 2014 with Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

I've been in a Steampunk mood and wanted to share one of the many projects I've been working on.  I used a NEW Rick St. Dennis image called "Aerocruiser" which should be in the Zibbet and Etsy shoppes soon.

Click image to enlarge and forgive the watermarks.

I colored the main image with copic markers and fussy cut the image.  Next, I did a rough image transfer from a photo I took.  I printed the image onto inkjet transparency film and allowed it to dry a bit.  Next, I took my 8" x 10" gallery wrapped canvas (which was primed with gesso) and applied DecoArt Decoupage glue in MatteI tried this on a whim as I don't own any gel medium. I placed the transparency ink side down and rubbed over the film with my fingers.  The picture was a sky scene with a church and some buildings in the darkness.  Some parts of the transfer didn't take and other parts smeared where I used to much Decoupage, but I love the finished look!  BTW, I just found out DecoArt has a DecouPage designed especially for photo transfers.
After the image transfer dried, I sealed the canvas with DecoArt DecouPage and used the decoupage to adhere my main image as well.

I wanted some dimension and bling in my project so I took gems, washers, beads, and watch parts and adhered them to various areas using Glossy Accents.

  I wanted the blanket to look like real fur so I sacrificed a mouse toy that belonged to my cats and clipped the fur off and attached it to the blanket with glossy accents.  Hey, at least I didn't cut my cat's fur off for the project!  Hmmm...what to make with cat fur?  LOL!

Lastly, I took some sheer ribbon and some striped ribbon, attached it to D rings, and swagged the ribbon across the balloon.  I added a piece of copper wire and called it a day.  I do hope you like what I've created.  It was definitely a fun project!

~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I had a bit of extra time this week and I really wanted to play along with Haunted Design House Macabre Monday #186.  The theme is Steampunk Junk.

 A year or so ago I dropped my beloved smart phone.  I tried to fix it, but it was beyond repair. I kept the broken parts because I am a hoarder and I just knew I would have a use for my cell phone guts at some point.  Well, after a year, some tears, and a lot of money to buy a new phone, I found the perfect use for my broken phone.

Click image to enlarge:

 The skull was colored with Copic Markers.

Darice Embossing Folder: Steampunk Gears
Heavy Cardstock
Gallery Stretched Canvas 
Cell Phone Innards
Copper colored Gear from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

Decou-Page Matte (DS106-65)
Traditions Paints in the following colors: Prussian Blue (DAT25-35), Aquamarine (DAT29-35), Cobalt Blue (DAT55-35), Dioxazine Purple (DAT31-35) and Titanium White (DAT35-35)

Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B ~