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Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and am on the Elite Design Team for Rick St. Dennis.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. 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...

Monday, 1 September 2014

Mrs Pete in Blackpool September group

by Rick St. Dennis
So here we have the lady herself.  She has made a scrapbook page of her last visit to Blackpool where she had an unfortunate mishap with a feathered fiend! Mrs Pete is always beautifully turned out for strolling down the prom, perhaps that dashing Colonel may also be enjoying the sea breeze!
Mrs Pete has been printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. I opened Craft Artist and used one of their layouts as a starting place. I then added a few more embellishments and the journaling.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fantasie En Plume, for a very special lady plus Craft Artist tutorial

by Rick St. Dennis
This beautiful young woman with the gorgeous hat is one of a well know series by Rick. There are hats for any occasion.
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Embellished in Craft Artist 2
I would like to enter this into the following challenges     ch 54 Anything goes

 Craft Artist tutorial

I  hope you all managed to download some beautiful free digikits from Daisy Trail. So if you don't mind I would like to share with you some ways of using the kits.
Open Craft Artist. Choose Blank Project. A5 Portrait. Browse Digikits and click on Water Garden, this is where the fun starts. You can now scroll through the most beautiful images and papers. Take your time... if you place your pointer over the embellishment images they will appear larger, when you find any you like the look of just click on them, don't miss the most beautiful, really faint images of fish, and (something I learned just a couple of minutes ago...) there are 'water drops' near the end of the embellishments.. also please find your way to Brushes and select the second one. All of your selections will be copied into a section on the left of your workspace except the Brushes... they will appear on the right hand side. Now do the same with Backgrounds, Frames and Materials, Letters and Layouts and Brushes.
You will notice that when you click on embellishments/materials/backgrounds etc the images are copied into different sections on the left of your workspace. Click on Done.
So now you should have your workspace in front of you. You can just play with different ideas now. Remember that there is always the undo/redo button.
For instance if you place your pointer over a background, click and drag onto your workspace. The background will now fill up the workspace page for you to add other elements. Personally I find the backgrounds a bit tricky to work with and prefer to use Materials and just enlarge them to fit the page.
Now you can add the elements by click and drag using the edges to resize the images. I had placed the image of a curled frond onto my workspace and placed one of the drops on top of a leaf and Da dah! a dewdrop! Think how many images could have a dewdrop of any size on a leaf.

I think another fun aspect of CA2 are the Brushes. I mentioned before when we were clicking on images to click on one of the Brushes. I chose the second one.... and this is one of the things it can do. If you look to the right of your workspace you will see your chosen 'brush' Place your pointer over the image and left click once. A small box will appear at the top of the workplace - this will ask you to chose a brush. Go to the top of your computer screen where there are tons of icons and click on the little paintbrush. Now when you move your pointer onto your workspace you will see a little circle around it. Place your pointer on your picture, click and drag and you will have a row of bubbles following your pointer. To finish the procedure go to the top of the computer screen and click on Select Tool.

This of course is just a collection of ideas but it might give you an idea of what some of the images can look like. If you want to save your work you can just click on save in the drop-down menu... I prefer to save by clicking on File, Export, Export as Picture. The completed project will then be shown on your workspace, click Export and it will ask you what you wish to name it.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Messrs Tweedle Plus Craft Artist Info on how to download free kits

by Rick St. Dennis

We are back in Wonderland. Here are the Tweedle Twins looking rather menacing. Rick's take on these characters is so quirky I had to colour each one. I printed the twins onto neenah and coloured them with promarkers, the back ground is from A Very Important Date from mcs. I then imported them into CA2 where I removed the white background and melded and shaded.

If you have a moment would you have a look at the next post down. Jasmine spent a long time colouring the sweet image and I know she would be so excited to get a message. Thank you.

Craft Artist Tutorial to download free kits

On your desktop click twice on Serif Craft Artist
The screen will ask What do you want to do?
Choose the option Blank Project
Left click on A5 Landscape obviously you have many choices but for this example it might be a good idea for us all to be on the same page. You will see an orange box around A5 Landscape. Click OK
Your screen will then give you a choice between Browse Digikits and Browse my items. Scroll down a bit and you will see a section called Latest Free kits from Click once on Free kits. For this example please select Water Garden.(if you already have Water Garden... or you don't like it just select another kit) Click once on Download for Craft Artist. You will see a small screen which reads Login to Download either login with your name and password or sign up (This is a good idea as you will get offers and notification of other free kits as they become available.).
When I login it takes me back to Free Software Page. Click once on Water Garden Download for Craft Artist.
The screen will have a box which says CA Daisytrail.watergarden.digikit.exe Would you like to save this file? Click on Save File. On my computer I have a down arrow near the top right next to my Google search box. Click on the arrow and you will see a message which asks you if you want to download. Click on yes This will lead you through the installation process. Click on Next. The message will read User Name. (This is you) Click Next. The screen will then say End Users Licence Agreement. Click the dot next to I accept the terms. Click Next. Click Install. The box will now have the message Daisytrail Water Garden Digi Setup Wizard Complete. Click on Finish. Close the page and you will be back in your Craft Artist with all the Digikits etc. Close the window and you will have a blank work page. On the left hand side near the top you will see Add from Digikits. Click this once. Now, when you browse My Digikits you will find Water Garden. You can now make quite a collection of these free kits

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Jasmine with the veggies

by Elizabeth Dulemba
Jasmine coloured this lovely picture to remind her of the fun she had with Grandad picking vegetables for our meals. I don't think the children realised how lovely food is when you've grown it yourself. The message is a special one between me and Jasmine. It is at her request that they stay three nights and she says it in a serious voice.

Jasmine in our greenhouse picking tomatoes

 In the garden with Grandad collecting carrots
plus photographic evidence that Grandad wore his slippers in the garden.
Lettuce for our lunch

This has been a lovely school holiday for us because Jasmine and Jaydn spent three nights with us which means three lots of stories and two breakfasts and all the rest of the fun. We all made loom band bracelets and coloured Elizabeth Dulemba's gorgeous drawings which the children chose themselves. We visited the local park and had fun on the zip wire (no, not me and Grandad) and all the exercise equipment.  We cooked and baked together. Jaydn and Jasmine collected potatoes from the garden and Jaydn scrubbed them whilst Jasmine made sausage rolls. I am fascinated by the way the children concentrate when working with me in the kitchen, they really are so confident and full of joy and they cook and bake so carefully. To see Jasmine break an egg into a cup and beat it to do an egg wash is just amazing.

The Artist Elizabeth Dulemba has featured Jasmine in her newsletter

 Card Makers and Colorers!
     Each week I like to feature a card or coloring page created by one of YOU using one of my images that has been uploaded to my gallery.
     Recently, Jadyn's Grandma shared my garden girl, which Jasmine colored after helping her Grandpa in the garden. She loved experienced food she helped grow herself!
     CLICK HERE to visit my gallery, leave Jasmine a note on her Grandma's blog, and submit your own artwork! (You'll need to post it to your own blog first.)
     If I share your work in my newsletter, grab this badge of honor to add to your blog post or sidebar to let everybody know!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Garden Giggles again plus Craft Artist tutorial

by Rick St. Dennis
I love,love,love this image. A cheeky little Sprite going about her gardening work so happy to be out in the sunshine. I have printed Giggles onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers. The countryside background is from mcs. The unusual frame a freebie from Craft Artist 2. The stencil, shadow and flowers were also made in CA2

Crafting from the heart     31 Anything goes

Craft Artist tutorial
 Starting Monday we are going to work through the basics of how we use Craft Artist 2. I believe it is possible for us to talk you through enough about this program to be able to be really proud of your hobby. So, to get ready please just collect your coloured images in a folder... we are going to go really slow and you can ask any questions and I promise you it will be fun. Carla and I have just learned as we go along and shared our experiences. There are of course many professional how-to-videos especially on the Serif/Daisy Trail site but this way you will know that we are self taught and what we can do you can do. We may cover stuff you already know... but hey... so what. At least you will have the confidence of knowing stuff before we start. So, have fun this weekend colouring and be assured Monday onwards is going to be brilliant.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Dark Undercurrent

A Dark Undercurrent
by Mitzi
for Aurora Wings

Surrounded by gems and jewels and skulls this Goth inspired mermaid waits for the careless traveller.  I adore these mermaids.. not so innocent.
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Imported into Craft Artist 2 for embellishments from the Beaches range.
If you have a moment could you have a look at the post before this. My grandson would be so chuffed if you left a message.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
The Paper Shelter           168 Anything digital
Crafting for all Seasons     83 feature a creature
The Squirrel and the Fox   75 Inspired by a movie

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A Great Day Fishing by Grandson Jaydn

by Elizabeth Dulemba
Coloured by our dear Grandson Jaydn aged 10. The image was printed onto neenah and Jaydn used my second best pencils to colour this wonderful fish.. I imported the coloured image into Craft Artist 2 where Jaydn chose which background/rocks/shells/weeds/sentiment and other embellishments he wanted around his picture.
This picture celebrates his very first proper fishing trip. We set up at Carleton Fen under some trees Jasmine had a little telescopic rod and caught a Roach and a Rudd within moments.   

The most amazingly beautiful dragonfly landed on Jaydn's leg.

Jasmine isn't asleep...just watching her float.
 A really beautiful day, a picnic, and then
 Jaydn caught a 6lb Common Carp and just needed Grandad's help landing it. I grabbed the landing net in one hand to help get the monster safely to the bank whilst holding the hand of one very excited little girl who was tripping and skipping over stuff in her excitement to get a good look. So, to show the size of the monster here are Jasmine's and Jaydn's hand for reference
After some very quick photos the beautiful fish was placed carefully back in the lake and we had two very chuffed kiddies bubbling over with joy. A very, very special, memorable day for us all.

And this appeared in this month's newsletter from Elizabeth Dulemba
Card Makers and Colorers!
      Each week I like to feature a card or coloring page created by one of YOU using one of my images that has been uploaded to my gallery.
     Recently, Jadyn's Grandma shared my carp image, which Jadyn colored in celebration of his first fishing trip. How sweet is that!?
      CLICK HERE to visit my gallery, leave Jadyn a note on his Grandma's blog, and submit your own artwork! (You'll need to post it to your own blog first.)
     If I share your work in my newsletter, grab this badge of honor to add to your blog post or sidebar to let everybody know!


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Bitsy on the Beach revisited

by Rick St. Dennis
Such a little cutie. Bitsy is on holiday and has sent a postcard. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Coloured image them imported into Craft Artist 2 where I used the 'Beaches' kit to produce the frame, embellishments, background etc.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Big Sur Outhouse

by Rick St. Dennis
This is the last of the loo's for a while... there is still a Christmas version I would like to colour up but that can wait a while. I was telling my grandson Jaydn that this is what outside toilets could look like in America... if he thinks this is hilarious then maybe I should show him photos of British outside loos... they are downright ugly.
A typical British outside loo 
Outside Toilets Rear of 162 Burgoyne Rd 1981

at least Americans have style!

Big Sur Outhouse designed and drawn by Rick St. Dennis. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Frame from The Range. Embellishments and background made in Craft Artist 2.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Garden Sprite Chortles

by Rick St. Dennis

I love this little sprite. I have coloured and framed a set of them already but felt it was time to post about them again. 'Chortles' has been printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. I imported the image in to Craft Artist 2 to remove the white background. I then used 'Berry Pie' to make the background, frame, embellishments and script.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Esmeralda 2 Down in the woods

by Rick St. Dennis
One of Rick's gypsy ladies. I have coloured this free spirit several times now and each time she looks so different. Esmeralda is printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. I imported the image into Craft Artist 2 where I removed the background whiteness. I also imported the woodland. The faux stitching, the rope frame and the flowers were added.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges       13 Layer

Monday, 28 July 2014


by Rick St. Dennis
This is the first part of a couple. This wonderful mechanical lady. I printed her onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers. The green woodland with a shaft of sunlight is from 'A Very Important Date' cd by MCS. The balcony with the arches is also by MCS. I prepared and saved everything in MCS. I also opened Craft Artist 2. I opened a new page and imported the woodland background, then the balcony and altered them to fit together. I imported Olympia and removed the white background and placed her onto the balcony.  The red matting was part of a free CA2 digi kit. I had a fantastic time with the final green matting. In CA2 there is a stencil section... I placed my chosen stencil over an elongated green 'mat' and digitally airbrushed it in 'yellowy' gold. I got a bit carried away and moved the stencil around a bit and airbrushed a couple of extra flowers. I am so chuffed with the outcome, I even quite like the way the top of the airbrushing doesn't quite go to the top of the card. I exported the nearly completed project back in MCS where I added the digital paperclip and paper with the sentiment and my watermark.
Dr. Coppelius follows some time next week.

The shortened history bit
Coppélia concerns an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll whom he calls Olympia. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart's desire, Swanhilde - she shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges                 Anything goes      67 Anything goes                     Anything goes

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Would you want a cuppa?

by Rick St. Dennis
There is so much going on with this amazing image! Here we have the March Hare as I have never seen him before... not so cuddly. This is part of Rick's stunning Wonderland series and I am so enjoying colouring them and I still have Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum to show you.
I printed this image onto neenah and coloured him with promarkers and pencils and scanned the coloured image into my craft studio and saved it along with the background from mcs 'A Very Important Date. From there I imported both the image and the background into Serif Craft Artist 2 where I removed the white background from the main image and melded the image into the background. There are lovely embellishments on CA2 called cracks and Dry Lake with which I have edged both backing papers. Then the completed project is exported back into mcs for the sentiment and watermark.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fairy Facebook message for Jasmine

The Paper Shelter

Such a super sweet image from The Paper Shelter. My beautiful grand daughter Jasmine is coming to stay for a little holiday and together we are Team Tinkerbell... Grandad is a honorary fairy! so he can join in too. (Colin has just told me to add here that he is glad I wrote 'honorary!') Our Grandson Jaydn is also coming but he isn't in Team Tinkerbell... I don't think he minds. And lovely little Poppy just joins in anyway. I have coloured this pretty little fairy many times and today I think she looks perfectly cool under the tree just catching up with her pals.
I have printed this busy little fairy onto neenah, coloured her with promarkers as always. The background is from 'Scenes' a collection of freebies from my craft studio. The border has been made in Serif along with the background of the text. How I did that I do not know!!! but I like it so it can stay.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
The Paper Shelter             167 Holiday Time
Passion for Promarkers     257 Summer Lovin'  x
Melonheadz friends           Wings or tails
Crafting from the Heart      28 Anything goes
Open minded crafting fun   15 Vacation related
Cute Card Thursday          330 Fun in the Sun
I love Promarkers              228 Girls, girls, girls

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           July child's birthday         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               228 Girls, Girls, Girls     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   Anything goes              Anything goes                       Anything goes                              Things with wings                  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     Girls just wanna have fun               I prefer people                         Anything goes           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
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.