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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...

Saturday, 20 September 2014


by Rick St. Dennis
Still in Storyland... Here is Cinderella, with her lovely ballgown and glass slipper trying to make her curfew before all *&%* breaks loose! Her coach is about to morph back into a pumpkin, the horses will be back as little mice leggin' it before the Palace cats get 'em, and her beautiful dress will look like a Poundland reject.
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, the rest added and changed in Craft Artist 2.

Sleeping Beauty

by Rick St. Dennis

Another of Rick's beautiful young ladies (and I don't just mean his Elite Design Team) Here is Sleeping Beauty with a lovely gown and long curly hair, dreaming whilst little fairies watch over her. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers then inserted into Craft Artist 2 for the removal of the white background..

Friday, 19 September 2014

Zephyr McBroom with Kit and Clowder

Zephyr McBroom
by Rick St. Dennis
A new little witch for the upcoming witchy season! An absolute delight to colour, I think she is going to be very popular with her stripy tights and new pumpkin handbag.. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. Imported into Craft Artist 2 to trim the background, brighten up the image and to add embellishments and background/script. Loving this frame from a free Halloween kit available on Daisy Trail.

 With Kit and Clowder

Now we have  Rick St Dennis and Kit and Clowder teaming up this week for a special promotion.
A give-away and colouring challenge that will take place over on Kit and Clowder's Facebook group and on the Rick St. Dennis Digi Fans & Friends group.
So, as you might imagine, Facebook is the place to be this week.
What do you have to do to get in on the action?
Well, firstly, you have to be a member of the Kit and Clowder group to be able to get this image for free - for a limited period only - Monday to be precise. That's 3 days. Then she will be available to buy in the shops. (links will be available when she makes an appearance there)
All that is being asked is that you submit your (watermarked) coloured version into the challenge folder that will be set up in Kit and Clowder. Don't forget to share over at the Rick St Dennis group as well.
There will be a discount code announced to go spending in the store. You're already a winner just by finding this.
Then, as an added bonus, there will be a selection made for the bigger prizes - Mr Random will pick one winner to win a choice of THREE digis, Rick himself will pick another winner - again with a prize of THREE digis  - then on top of this there will be three random picked to win 1 digi.
Remember - we will be picking based on originality and creativity and not skill level - never feel like you aren't good enough to play along!
Want to win some more???
Comment on what image(s) you would get using the discount code and a random winner from the comments will be picked to get a further TWO digis! 
WOW - did you get all that? - so many chances to win!!


by Rick St. Dennis
Rick has a new collection at his Zibbet site! So many beautiful characters, pretty young ladies with gorgeous clothes to settle down before Halloween kicks off! Here is Rick's Rapunzel, with lovely, extra long, curly hair and a very special gown with a belt adorned with jewels.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wisteria Sprite

by Aurora Wings
This beautiful little Sprite reminds me so much of Poppy. If something makes her sad she puts her hands up to her face and we try to make her laugh before the next 'sad' stage which is curling up face down on the sofa. I love colouring these delicate little images with my promarkers and I find that  neenah paper works brilliantly..
For the rest of my project I chose a paper from mcs and imported both the Sprite and the background paper into Craft Artist 2. I will be completing a tutorial hopefully tomorrow.

Here is my tutorial for using Craft Artist 2 working with frames. It is not an official tutorial but it works for me and I think I have explained each and every stage. I do refer to my other tutorials just to save space and I'm sure if you've had Craft Artist 2 for a while you will know better ways of doing things but this works for me (and perhaps newbies)

So, for framing an image (The easy way)

Select which image and background you want to work with and make a note of the names and folders. I am always forgetting where I keep my images....
Open Craft Artist 2 and click on 'Blank Project'. This will take you to 'Page Setup'. I generally choose A5 Portrait or A5 Landscape. Click on one and you will see an orange border around your choice. Click on OK.
Then you have the choice of either 'My Digikits' or 'Browse My Items'. I find it easier to 'Browse My Items'. Here you start making your selection of papers and embellishments, frames etc. You can keep clicking and selecting and then click on 'Done' You will notice that your selections have been placed under the correct headings on the left hand side.
Now click on 'Photos' (On the left) and you will see a blank box. Look down and you will see 'Autoflow    Add...' Click on 'Add' and find your image. Click on 'Open' and your image will appear in the 'Photos' box. Repeat for the background. So now you will have them both in the 'Photos' box.
Click on 'Frames' and make your choice, click and drag your chosen frame onto your workspace. Go back to the 'Photos' and click on your chosen background image. Click and drag your background to the frame on your workspace. The program will fit the background into the frame however delicate or lacy the frame is the background will only show through the frame aperture.  The frame and the background have no become a joined item. If you want a different part of the background to show click on the frame and you will have an option to 'Select Cropped Items' Click on the small left hand box and it will highlight the background within the frame. You can now resize the background as you wish. Now open 'Embellishments' and click and drag the filled frame into the Embellishments' box. When you have the frame safely in the 'Embellishments' box you can remove it from your workspace by Right Click/Cut.
Now I will work with the main image.
Open the 'Photos' and click and drag the image onto your workspace. Remove the white background as per previous tutorials Rub out any unwanted lines around the image by using the 'Eraser' on the top tool bar, ending by clicking on the 'Select Tool' tab. Click on the image to highlight it and click on 'Photo Lab' and make the image warm/intense etc. Accept the changes. Open the 'Embellishments' Click on your nearly completed image and drag it into 'Embellishments'.
In the 'Embellishments' you will find your framed background. Click and drag the framed background onto the workspace and resize as you wish. Click and drag your image onto your workspace, resize and move onto the frame resizing and adding shadows if you wish. Then embellish and add a final backdrop to your project.
Before you show your completed project please add a watermark. Simply click on 'Text Tool' Write your name, resize it, change the font and change the colour of the text to white. Place the watermark on top of your coloured image and export as per tutorial. 

Monday, 15 September 2014


by Rick St. Dennis
I am really loving this new collection of spooky characters by Rick. Young Mieena here is so different from the older Vampyrs... she is pretty with her lovely long curly hair, she is looking great for 150 years old, and ok so she likes her ribs very rare but she has a heart of gold (If her heart was still beating...I'm sure it would be a kind one).
Mieena is printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Embellishments and papers added in Craft Artist 2   

Friday, 12 September 2014

Djin for Smeared and Smudged Group Hop

By Rick St. Dennis
A wish is a wish... you can't say ooops... I wish I hadn't wished that... that makes two wishes. Also you can't say my wish is that I can have two (or more) wishes, that also will not work! Also, your wish stands... you asked, I delivered. That's it, no complaints accepted, my job here is done.
Rick's amazing Djin has been printed onto Crafters Companion Neenah paper. I find this works so well with my promarkers, I haven't found any paper easier to work with so until I do I will just buy neenah in bulk... it's also on my Christmas list so hopefully I will get a years worth again this Christmas.I coloured the image with promarkers and spectrum noir crayons. I am still having a go with blending so I hope to be showing my efforts soon. I inserted the coloured image into Craft Artist 2 for the grungy background and script and to make the colours more intense.
This project has been made for the Smeared and Smudged September members hop.. I do hope you have a moment to visit the rest of the hop... you probably won't see anything cute and pretty... more the dark side of crafting with lots of fun!

Sue the Nanny (you're here)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Buttons and Bows plus Craft Artist 2 tutorial number 6

by Rick St. Dennis
I just wanted to try out some ideas today. I love this image and this is part of a very large collection of images, borders and corners all on one sheet and I must say... I have used every single image on this sheet for several different projects. I printed this lovely lady onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers.

Craft Artist tutorial
The coloured image was then imported into Craft Artist 2 and the white background was removed. I clicked onto Photolab and chose Sepia (It changed the image colours to sepia on the small screen)  then I clicked on OK. A box appeared which read Would you like to commit filters in the trial zone? I clicked on Yes and it brought me back to the workspace, this time with a lovely sepia image. I added a plain brown material behind the image.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Potions and Lotions

by Rick St. Dennis
I think this is a wonderful addition to the creepy images... what could be more fitting than a crushed skull and bottles of potions and lotions! Oh, and those eyeballs of course. In fact really all that was needed was a nice hot, strong cup of tea to balance on the potion books. Garibaldi anyone? 
Again neenah paper and promarkers. Papers and backgrounds built in CA2.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

The amazing Monique nominated me (eek) she knows most of my secrets and still answers my posts even my 'thing' hasn't frightened her off. I 'met' Mo when I joined the Rick St. Dennis Elite Design Team. Is this a dream team or what? The images we get to work with are so amazing and Mo is there to make things clearer and has an amazing amount of patience.

The questions I have to answer

 1. What am I working on?
I am taking part in the Smeared and Smudged 31 days of Halloween hop. Yes, that's a different, new spooky project for every day through October. So... it's the beginning of September and I have completed 10 I think I am on track. I am also completing my Design Team Obligations. Who am I trying to kid? They are not really obligations if I have a blast completing them.
I feel so unbelievably lucky to be working with so many talented crafters on Rick St. Dennis's Elite Design Team with access to his wonderful artwork. I am also getting used to Craft Artist 2 I just cannot get my head round their help videos so I am spending ages sussing things out for myself and writing up step by step tutorials for beginners here on my blog and on the Craft Artist beginners facebook site.

2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?
Ummm.. tricky this... perhaps it differs in as much as I like to create a story around an image, especially if the image has so much going on/different dimensions... sometimes Rick's images have a hidden rat or mouse or snake and I see more everytime I colour an image. I sometimes have to haul myself back into the present and not wander off into the distance with a goblin or executioner... I told you I had a 'thing' 

3. Why do you write/create what you do?

Once upon a time I was quite happy cross stitching. I loved the really large intricate pieces found in the Stoney Creek magazine. I saw a couple of cross stitch magazines in the local store and at the back were some requests for penpals. So I wrote a letter to a lovely lady in America and she replied... with a letter in the most beautiful envelope I had ever seen! A lovely stamped image with flowers and everything, all embossed and coloured... I was an Avon lady at the time and one of my customers had a few stamps she no longer wanted and well.......
To begin with I loved the mandala stamps. Stamped and embossed and glittered to within an inch of their lives. Everything pretty pretty. All the cuddly images and new tiny pots of glitter and little flowers all went into my shopping basket. I made lanterns and treasure boxes

 and thought I was happy and contented. A friend told me about a tv program called Create and Craft (With Alan and Barry eek!) I watched it with the sound turned down as I couldn't get my head around 'ikkle poodinnn's' one Christmas and knew I had to look elsewhere.... I found my way to the Cuddly Buddly site and bought some images and from there I visited a few blogs where I found Rick's details on a sidebar. I was directed to his store and WOW!!!

4 How does my creation process work?
Generally I am working on several images at once. Sometimes I can picture where they should be standing or thinking and all that would be around them and colours... but this only works if I stick to all scary or all pretty at a time. Last Creepmas I got in an awful muddle with elves and presents and traps and bauble tripwires.

Now I would like to nominate


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Do you really, really want to complain? plus Craft Artist tut 4

by Rick St. Dennis

Well would you? This horrific image by Rick really has come in handy with Halloween and various hops coming up. I know I have coloured him a few times now. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers then inserted into Craft Artist.
I opened Craft artist and chose the Steampunk Inventor kit for the background and the font. I inserted the Head Chef and removed the whiteness of his trousers, I chose the checked material to go behind the image showing through as trousers. I used the cutout studio to remove the extra whiteness around the image and between his arms and his body and added a shadow.

 Craft Artist tutorial to remove white background

This really is just about hand coloured images either stamped or digital. You will need to upload the images into a folder either by scanning and saving or by photographing and uploading or however you normally do it. This folder can be on your desktop for ease of use. (Make a note of the name you have given the image you wish to use... I know....a bit patronising but I have set up everything and forgotten the image name) Anyway, you now have your image ready so it's on to  Craft Artist.
Open Craft Artist, choose Blank Project, chose the size you want for your project, I will choose A5 landscape. It then takes you to the Browse Digi Kits page. I will work on the Water Garden kit. Usually I choose all the papers and embellishments before I start on a project but this time I will work on the image first. So, for this example please click on Done. This will open a blank workspace and now I am going to pick an image to work with.Click on Insert. Now just place your pointer over Photo, move your pointer slightly to the right and click on From File. Choose your image and click Open. Now your pointer will change to a plus sign and a 'grey cube' if you click on your work space your chosen image will appear with the option to re-size. Click on your image and just centralize the image a bit on your workspace. Just above your workspace you will see Cutout Studio with a tiny scalpel, move your pointer onto Cutout Studio and you will see it says Remove Picture Background (Use the Cutout Studio to remove the background from a picture).
So, click on Cutout studio and you will see the progress bar... Analizing image, processing edge information, optomising edges. Your image will appear large on screen. At the top of the workplace you will see that you have a choice of brush size. I always choose the smallest so I can get into all the nooks and crannies. Click on your chosen size of brush. Your pointer will change into a small red circle. Place the red circle onto your image where there are gaps e.g. between fingers or between an elbow and body. Left click and drag the circle ever so slightly... you will see a dotted line appearing around the gap. Move the red circle around the outside of the image, clicking and dragging until the complete image is surrounded by dots/dashes. Click on the small green O.K. If you're not happy with the results just click on the undo/redo.
Now click anywhere on your workspace and your cutout image will appear (Do not click on the image at this stage). If there are any bits left that you wish to remove then click on the small eraser icon at the top of your workspace. Click on Eraser and drag over the unwanted bits. I often have to remove my colour/shading practise areas. You may also find blue lines around your image... just use the eraser tool to remove them. When you have finished with the eraser tool click on Select Tool
Now, just for fun click on Add Item from Digikits which you will see to the left of your workspace (If it isn't there look bottom left and you should see the word Add... click on it) Choose Browse my items tab. Click on Backgrounds (On left hand side) choose any one and the background chosen will enlarge momentarily and have a green circled tick. Click on Done. Now, on the left hand side of your workspace click on your chosen background and drag it to your workspace. Da Daaaa! Your background will appear behind your fussy-cut image. You can now click on your image, resize and move it about. If you want to add other embellishments one idea is to click on the heading Embellishments (on the left of your workspace) so it opens. Left click on your image and drag it over to the embellishments section. Make sure you can see your fussy-cut image in that section then you can right click on the image on your workspace  and choose cut. You can now go back to choosing embellishments and frames and all sorts from the Add Items from Digi kits button and they will all be brought together in seperate sections on the left of your workspace. Don't forget you can scroll down through your kits mix and match as you wish. When you want to see how your image looks then just click on the image in Embellishments  and drag it into place.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Mrs Pete in Blackpool and Poppy harvesting

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.

And Grandad is STILL in the garden in his slippers
 Here is Poppy pulling up carrots
 Poppy still sorting out those carrots
Poppy wandering off with the carrots
Now the lettuce 
I don't like lettuce

More fun in the garden, this time with little Poppy.  It really is special having fun away from the television and when the family came round for tea it was an ideal time to get out into the garden and make some memories. Poppy loves carrots so goodness knows what went through her mind when she found them sticking out of our garden.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fantasie En Plume plus Craft Artist tutorial part 3

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 Tutorial part 2

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 part 1

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 plus Craft Artist Filter tutorial

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.

This is something I only found out about a few days ago. I had wondered how some crafter's projects really are so striking. They may use the same colours as me but the colours on the finished artwork just pop! So this may seem a short tutorial but it is great fun and if I have room I will add in something extra.
Open Craft Artist 2. Choose Blank Project then A5 Portrait. It will be highlighted in orange, click on O.K. You will now have a screen which reads Browse Digikits/Browse my Items. For this example I will not be using these kits for a moment. Click on Done. You will now have a blank workspace.
Click on Insert and highlight Photo and click on From File and you will have a folder open with your saved images. If your images are not there just open the folder you have been using to save your images. Click on your image and click on open. You will now see a little cross and shaded box. Move your pointer into the center of your workspace and click. You will now have your project in the middle of the page. Follow the tutorial on how to remove the white background and crop the image. When you're happy with your image this is where the fun starts. Left click on the image.

 This is Bitsy without a filter

Place your pointer on the tab which reads Photolab and down the left hand side you will see little photos, I will use Warmer. Left click on the 'warmer' picture and a tiny picture will zoom across the page and land on the right and all sorts of technical stuff will appear. For this example... Click on OK.  You will have a message on screen which reads Would you like to commit filters in the trial zone? Click on yes. You will see that your colours are bolder.

This is Bitsy with one warmer filter applied
And this is Bitsy with two warmer filters applied
I hope you can see the difference and would like to try this technique. There are so many amazing things you can do with your image in the photolab but I just wanted to get you started. And now, by following the other tutorials you can manipulate, resize and frame your image as you wish. Remembering to use the Export option to save (Till I work out the correct way to do things).

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.