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!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

RSD 1880 Hat ~ Altered Board Book

Hi there! I carved out some time to complete the last two page spread in my altered children's book featuring some of Rick St. Dennis' fabulous hat ladies. All that's left now are the covers and I have a plan!

For this spread I chose to colour this gorgeous image called 1880 Hat which can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop. I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils, dotting the centers of the violets with yellow paint. Marybelle (she told me her name) was then fussy cut and matted in black to help her stand out and strengthen the image for popping up on foam tape.

The background began by adhering textured designer paper to the gessoed spread with gel medium. Text printed designer paper was torn and adhered to the background. White gesso was spread across the paper to knock the pattern back somewhat. Stencilling was done on the same paper with Magenta Hue Archival ink applied with a make-up sponge through Memory Box's Rings and Puddles stencil. White gesso was pounced through a graduated circles stencil. Mini hearts were punched from gold paper which I eventually painted metallic silver and added to opposite corners.

I wanted to frame Marybelle but didn't have a pre-cut frame in the right colour so I flipped one over and added Watering Can Archival ink to it with a make-up sponge. I love how it came out mottled...couldn't have achieved that look on purpose but will gladly accept the happy accident. I matted the inside of the frame with black cardstock and added vellum to mute the background behind her. Four enamel dots were added to the corners and the sentiment was computer generated, matted in black, and popped up on foam tape.

The other sentiment, a quote by CoCo Chanel,  was also computer generated and printed on gray cardstock, matted with black. It was faux stitched, popped up on foam tape, and given two tiny doilies as accents. A harlequin border was cut from gray patterned paper and divided into two segments. Both were faux stitched, inked around the edges, and popped up on foam tape before being adhered to each page.

Three paper flowers attached to the top left corner were given enamel dot centers and tiny leaves to balance out the design and provide a little softness. The pages were completed by adding lots of black doodling, Magenta and Black Big Brush pen to the edges, and some pencil shading next to some of the stencilling and patterned paper.

Thanks so much for joining Marybelle with her 1880 Hat and me today. Please, come back for the front and back covers which will complete this altered book. Did you read all about the big events that Rick and the EDT have planned for the weekend and the coming weeks? You can check it out on Rick's blog post or stay tuned to our Facebook group for more details. We are so excited...hope you'll join us!

Life is good: so is art.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Going Round in Circles ~ CYP # 230

Hi there! Well, I am not sure where last week went. It seems like I was just writing my post for last Monday and here it is again. We have a new theme at Craft Your Passion Challenges: Going Round in Circles. We want to see circles  on your projects. I decided to play with an image from The East Wind for this challenge. I coloured Lucy Loo Flower Goddess with my Prismacolor pencils, adding some tiny punched flowers to her neckline and sleeve. The image was then cut out with a Die-namics circle die and inked around the edge with Peacock Feathers Distress ink.

A rectangle was cut from black cardstock slightly smaller than the white card base. Three smaller circles were cut from turquoise designer paper using dies from the same set. They were inked around the edges with Peacock Feathers and faux stitched with a black Micron. A length of black and white baker's twine was wrapped across the card bisecting the circles. Sparkly white letter stickers spelling JOY were added to the black background.

Once the image was adhered to the card, three tiny butterflies were punched from the same turquoise paper and shaded with Prismacolor pencil before colouring the bodies with black pen These were adhered coming off the image circle to seem like the butterflies were flitting about. It also ties the image to the background. A black button was added to the center turquoise more round element and it seemed to anchor the twine visually.

Thanks for visiting today. Lucy Loo and I appreciate you spending time with us. When you get a minute, stop by the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see the wonderful inspiration for the Going Round in Circles challenge that the rest of this talented team have provided. Did you know that CYP is having a DT call? We would love to have you join our team...check it out!

Life is good; so is art.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Autumn ~ ePlay challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for our October ePlay Challenge to begin at eclectic Paperie. The theme this month is Fall or Autumn. Easy peasy since Fall is my favourite season of the year. I love the freshness of the temperature, the gorgeous changing leaves, pulling out my heavier sweaters...all of it.

I decided to have a play with my TH Tattered Leaves die since it hadn't seen the light of day in a while. I began by cutting the leaves out of watercolour paper. I wanted to add my favourite leaf which does not happen to beincluded on this die, the maple leaf. After all, I am Canadian, eh! I printed an outline of the maple leaf onto copy paper and then cut it out with a watercolour layer underneath. That way there were no inky lines on either side of it so if I messed up (and I did) I could just flip it over. I spritzed some Watermelon, Guacamole, and Glorious Art Anthology Colorations Sprays onto my craft mat with a little water and dragged my leaves through the puddles, layering until I was happy.

To intensify and vary the colours in some places, I edged and applied Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Scattered Straw Distress ink paying particular attention to the edges of the leaves. The Mini Ink Blending Tool was awesome for getting into those tiny curves. The new Steampunk Gelatos were also used, spreading the colour with a dry finger...just had to try them out plus the metallic catches the light beautifully.

Once the leaves were coloured and arranged on the black matboard background, I was able to see where and in what direction eye stamps could be added. Two came from Wendy Vecchi's An Eye for Art set, and the other two came from a stamp from my stash. The Fall lettering is also an alpha set from long ago. Most of the leaves were adhered flat to the background with Beacon 3-in-1 glue. Three of the leaves were popped up on foam tape, with the Fall one getting a double layer to pop it up even further.

The center embellishment is a layering of clock/watch faces. The bottom layer is a cardstock one from a collage sheet which I fussy cut and edged with Black Big Brush pen. The next layer is a black metal clock face from my stash, and the top layer is a clock button. All layers have foam tape on the back for added dimension. The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto kraft cardstock, edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink, and adhered to the background with Scor Tape. To finish off the piece and add a little more texture to the background, steniclling was added by pouncing the Emboss It Dabber through TCW's Mini Netting stencil and then clear embossing it.

I love how this turned out. The fall colours contrasting with the black background, eye stamps, clocks, and a great quote..these are a few of my favourite things...LOL. be sure to check out Debbie's wonderful project on the eP blog. She is our fabulous hostess this month for October's ePlay Challenge. Others on the DT will be adding their links below her post so there will be lots of inspiration to encourage you to play along. Hope to see you there.

Life is good; so is art.

Here are links to the products I used from the eclectic Paperie store: