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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 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...

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
 http://snarkystampers.blogspot.co.uk/       13 Layer
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Olympia

 Olympia
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

 http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/                 Anything goes
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/      67 Anything goes
http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/                     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'
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
 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          x

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

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              x
 http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/                  63 Anything goes         x
http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk                                    78 Anything goes         x

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