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Thank you for stopping by...

I am a newbie at blogging but have been crafting for many years. I used to have a market stall in a nearby town and I just loved meeting fellow crafters and exchanging hints and tips. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Manwai's Birthday

Fred (mouse with his tail in the air)
Eek   (Parachute mouse)
by Rick St. Dennis
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers then imported into Serif to remove the white background of the main image. The wall of clocks and the floor were also imported into Serif and melded with the main image. The sentiment was then added and the whole thing exported back into my craft studio for a watermark.
So it's Happy Birthday to Manwai our lovely son-in-law. With Lisa, Jaydn, Jasmine and Poppy, two dogs, one kitten, two guinea pigs and a turtle and his full time job at HMSO with night-time call outs  he needs a bit of a rest! We looked after his flock whilst he and Lisa went out for a meal. We had a brilliant time with the children making loom band bracelets. Jaydn already knew how to make them but little Jasmine learned how to make them so quickly... she's only 5 and made so many she had them from wrist to elbow. Now Colin is hooked on making them - he has a loom being delivered next week with a supply of the little bands and has already asked me about beads to embellish them. I'm actually getting quite excited about a whole new range of bracelets and anything else he will be making. I love it that he likes crafts, not as much as I do but still he gets very involved in rug making and now these loom bands... I wonder what he will be making next.

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Birthday card for our grandson Jaydn

by Mo's Digital Pencil

make it crafty

Urban Scene (I will post a link when I find it)
make it crafty
So, for Jaydns card I wanted to try some new ideas. The countryside background is from 'An Important Date' a disc by My Craft Studio. Layered on top of it is the amazing fence by Make It Crafty... you can place this image on top of any scene and it immediately looks fantastic (i know-it's fantastic anyway but you get my drift). To the side is a wall with spray paints, exposed brickwork, pavement and links up with the fencing perfectly. Then we have Paul. A wonderful image of teenagerhood. I have coloured him many times and there is a section over at Mo' digital pencil where you can find some fantastic young male images (along with images for any occasion)
I coloured Paul, the brickwork and the spray cans with promarkers. Using Serif I removed the white background from the wall and added my chosen 'material' for the slightly textured wall and matched up the fence to the fixings on the wall itself. I then imported Paul into Serif where I removed the excess white background and added a shadow.  The text was added in Serif... the first time I have altered a text with that program I originally wanted it to look like graffiti but maybe that is for another day. and I still can't work out how to change the colour of the text yet. I added a shadow to the text... it may not be in the correct place but ho hum...
Anyway we had a lovely time at the Birthday tea and Grandad and I are the proud recipients of loom bands which we will wear for ever and ever!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
 http://seemacrafts.blogspot.co.uk/           July child's birthday
http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.co.uk/         Hip Hip Hooray Birthday

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

White Queen

by Rick St. Dennis
The White Queen, part of Rick's alternative Alice in Wonderland collection has been printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. These really are amazing images, so totally different to other 'Alice' images I have seen recently.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
  http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/               228 Girls, Girls, Girls
http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/     50 day 3

Monday, 14 July 2014

Just checking

by Mo's digital pencil
The chair is a digital image on the Very Important Date cd
by My Craft Studio

I printed the lady onto neenah paper and coloured her with promarkers. Then I imported her into Serif to remove the white background.
I printed the chair also onto neenah paper and coloured the books with promarkers. I imported the chair into Serif where I removed the whiteness of the chair itself. I chose a pretty pattern for the fabric of the chair and placed it behind the chair. Then I placed the completed images together and exported them back into mcs where I added the butterfly paper, bubble and sentiment.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
 http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/   Anything goes
http://agirlwhocraftschalengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/              Anything goes
http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.co.uk                       Anything goes
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/                              Things with wings 
 http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/                  All about the girls

Saturday, 12 July 2014

To please me

by Rick St. Dennis
and the digital background
by Make it crafty

Now then, this is a lady after my own heart. She knows what she likes and she knows what she wants! This is one of Rick's wonderful character ladies, printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. I then imported the coloured image into Serif where I removed the white on her nightdress. I imported a pretty pink flowery background and placed it behind the image so it looks like she has a pretty nightdress..
The bedroom scene is from make it crafty. Again printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. Imported into Serif to remove the white background and to have pretty wallpaper and flooring added. I then placed the completed Lady B onto the scene and added a shadow. Then it was back to mcs for the watermark and sentiment.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/     Girls just wanna have fun
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/               I prefer people 
 http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/                         Anything goes
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/           65 Anything goes

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Isabella as Alice guest designer spot 10th July

by Rick St. Dennis
I made this project as a guest designer for http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/
the remit is 'based on a book' I chose Alice in Wonderland and here we have Alice with the Cheshire cat. I do hope you have a moment to join in the challenge. Alice has been printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Imported into Serif to remove excess white background and to add faux stitching then back to mcs for the backing papers these are from the 'A Very Important Date' collection, sentiment and watermark.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Dandelion Sprite


Dandelion Sprite
by Mitzi
for Aurora Wings
I have been buying digital images from Aurora Wings for a couple of months. I am stunned by the quality and their beauty, printed onto neenah paper and coloured with promarkers. There is a lot of very fine detail in the images which made it easier for me to relax and take my time to get the shades that appealed to me without worrying about colouring in large areas. I have placed a bubble over the coloured sprite and a background and sentiment by mcs.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
http://fattastictuesday.blogspot.co.uk/       43 Anything goes
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/     Stars and Strips
http://www.craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie/     6 Favourite colours
http://vssweetideas.blogspot.co.uk           25 Red, White and Blue
http://jellyparkchallenges.blogspot.co.uk   Red, White and Blue
http://papercreatorscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/  26 Anything goes


Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Crazy Queen of Hearts

by Rick St. Dennis

The Queen of Hearts Rick St. Dennis style. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and pencils. Background made in mcs The Queen image was inserted into Serif to remove white background and to add the shadow, and then back to mcs for sentiment, background, watermark etc.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/               101 Anything goes
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/                64 Anything goes 
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/                21 Anything goes
http://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.co.uk                      July Anything goes
http://ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/                                        Anything goes



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Such a pretty hat

by Rick St. Dennis
I just adore this image and the beautiful young woman looks lovely on a simple background. Just a simple background paper and some faux stitching and a sentiment and I don't think I need to embellish it any further. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, background from mcs and stitching from Serif.

 http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/          226 Anything goes

http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/   Use a stamp or digi

Monday, 30 June 2014

Crazy Alyce in Wonderland

by Rick St. Dennis
These alternative 'Alice' characters from Rick's imagination are just fabulous! Here we have Crazy Alyce not looking too pleased... I hope it's not me who annoyed her! Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers then the white background was removed using Serif and the shadow added. The background is from a mcs disc called 'A Very Important Date'
I would like to enter Alyce in the following challenges
http://www.inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/    Anything goes
 http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/                  63 Anything goes
http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk                                    78 Anything goes

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Fantasie en plume guest designer spot

I have chosen this design and colouring for a guest designer spot on   http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/
Rick is sponsoring the challenge, I hope you will join in... the theme is circles.


Fantasie en plume
by Rick St. Dennis
One day, maybe, I will use other colours apart from purple... but maybe not just yet... As always, neenah, promarkers and mcs.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Outhouse with birdbox

by Rick St. Dennis
Don't you just love these loos? Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, frame from The Range. I love the quirkiness of Rick's drawings and couldn't wait to get this set to colour.
We finally had some rain and the garden is looking newly washed and suddenly the weeds have decided to put on a growth spurt! I really must get out there and fight back. We have already sampled the raspberries and a few of the 'new'potatoes, I've made rhubarb crumbles and I keep eyeing up the tomatoes. The lettuces have been nibbled so Colin has covered them and the beetroot is looking good. The sweetpeas have self seeded and are a riot of colour. Colin picked some the other day and they make the house smell glorious!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Duchess

by Rick St. Dennis

Oh my...I'm on a roll here with these Alice in Wonderland alternative images, I am loving them, they are all so quirky. I thought I knew the story behind the images but I didn't know anything about a baby changing into a pig! Eeek!!!
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and pencils. I removed the white background of the image in Serif and used mcs for the sentiment and background paper.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Lady Francine Plinthe-Hedges in Scotland

by Rick St. Dennis
Another of Rick's wonderful ladies. I am getting quite a collection, as well as making cards from these images I also frame many of them. I find that neenah paper works very well with promarkers and I am very happy with the results. It's just my colouring technique needs a bit of tweaking.
A couple of days ago we took Colin's mother to Wells. They used to live there so it was great for them to see how much had changed. It was only a short walk from the car park to the quayside and we stopped for fish and chips... they were the best I'd had in a long time. Maybe because the fish was caught locally so it was really fresh, then a cup of builders tea. Colin and his mum bought some cockles (it was sacrilege as they used to go out collecting them with rakes and buckets) and an ice-cream for on the way back to the car. I think I slept most of the way home as they were chatting in the front of the car... the sea air is great for a good nights sleep.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
http://scrapbitzcopics.ning.com/group/cmccopicchallengegroup   94 Anything goes
http://addicted-to-stamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/                    24 Outdoors
 http://digitallysweetchallenges.blogspot.com.au/                        92 Holidays
http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/                             Anything goes
http://suzypantssmarty.blogspot.co.uk/                                      Celebrate

Monday, 16 June 2014

Between

by Mo's Digital Pencil
plus
Rise and Shine
by make it crafty
I think these two images look gorgeous together. The lovely young lady just reading and dreaming is called Between and has been drawn by Mo. The bedroom scene Rise and Shine has been drawn by Zoe at make it crafty. I will link up as soon as the site maintenance has been completed.
Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. Papers and flowers have been made in MCS and Serif.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/        46 Anything goes
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/     23 Anything goes
http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/                                     16 Flora and Fauna
http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/                           13 Summer Flowers
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/                                223 Stripes

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Insane Hatter



by Rick St. Dennis
Isn't this chap absolutely wonderful. Have you ever seen a character from Alice in Wonderland portrayed in this way? I have several more of these images in the pipeline to show you and each one is such a striking project.. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Background made and colour changed in mcs then inserted into Serif. Coloured image also imported into Serif where the excess white background was removed. Everything was brought together and exported back into mcs for the sentiment and the watermark. Thank you to Monique my teamie on the Rick St. Dennis elite design team for your help and suggestions.

Now the history bit
The felt hat industry has been traced to the mid 17th century in France, and it was probably introduced into England some time around 1830. A story passed down in the hat industry gives this account of how mercury came to be used in the process: In Turkey camel hair was used for felt material, and it was discovered that the felting process was speeded up if the fibers were moistened with camel urine. It is said that in France workmen used their own urine, but one particular workman seemed consistently to produce a superior felt. This person was being treated with a mercury compound for syphilis, and an association was made between mercury treatment of the fibers and an improved felt. Eventually the use of solutions of mercuric nitrate was widespread in the felt industry, and mercury poisoning became endemic. (reference) Dementia and  erethism were indeed a common ailment among 19th Century hatmakers.

I would like to enter this into the following projects
http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/               For the Men
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/                  For the Boys
http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/                 Men
http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk/                            Anything goes




Friday, 13 June 2014

Rose for my Rose

by Rick St. Dennis
This charming young woman is a request inspired by Aletha-hats featuring  birthday flowers of the month. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers then imported into Serif to remove the white background, add faux stitching and frayed border then it was exported back to mcs for the sentiment, pearls and watermark.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/    ch63 Anything goes
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/            262 One Layer Card
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/      79 Don't be square
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/   92 Stitch it

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Smeared and Smudged bloghop

The image inside the lamp is Hexology
On the outside is Batcula
Both Images by Rick St. Dennis

This is my entry for the Smeared and Smudged blog hop today. If you like things to be somewhat quirky then please hop around... you never know what you might find! The remit was to upcycle an object...
The list of participants is on the right sidebar, just down a little way. I have a problem with my eyes and the bloghop has a flashing image.

We haven't done this one in a while, and since we're giving such advance notice we really want you to pull out all the stops!...your challenge: ALTER A FOUND OBJECT.
No cards or scrapbook pages allowed, your item must be 3-D and must have started out as something you found at a thrift store, on the side of the road, in the back of your closet, etc. Show us how you can truly change up that ugly old lamp, or re-cover that forgotten recipe book, the possibilities are endless! Also, don't forget the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine) – we love when you use Smeared Ink stamps, but it is NOT a requirement.
The lamp is very old, I wanted to decorate it for when we used to go to music festivals but didn't know how. It was quite funny when I started this project... my husband said I should dust the lamp before I do anything with it. NO NO NO.... that dust is old - it stays!
The images have been printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. They were then scanned and printed onto glossy photo paper. The little bottle of 'absinthe' is green food colouring. The warning has been made in mcs, the rest is just bits and bobs.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Manwai do you read my blog?


by Mitzi at Aurora Wings
This gorgeous image by Mitzi was a delight to colour. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Tiny shells and stones from stash. Box frame from The Range.

Onto family stuff
We were invited over to Lisa's for tea and looked after our grandchildren whilst Lisa and Manwai went out. After a while it started raining so I went out into the garden and brought in the washing. Didn't think anything of it.... until later in the evening when Lisa and Manwai came home. I could hear Lisa whooping in the kitchen and we wondered what was going on. Lisa is now £100 better off! It transpires that our dear son-in-law had noticed the rain and Lisa had told him that I would have brought in the washing. They had a bet! Lisa said that if I hadn't brought it in she would give Manwai £5.00 Manwai said that I wouldn't have brought it in and placed a bet of £100.00 therefore a delighted Lisa is now richer than when she went out. Hummm... I pretended I was hurt and played on it for a while and Manwai has said he will buy me a Chinese meal. Colin thought it was a good moment when I growled at Manwai as we left.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Cozy Castle

by Rick St. Dennis
I do love this castle image, it's going to make a perfect background for some of the fantasy images by Rick. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. 'Fussy cut' using Serif. Bubble,doily, background and script made in mcs. I did enjoy colouring this image, Rick's shading really helps.