Saturday, April 18, 2015

Here comes Summer

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Rick's colouring video Part 1
Rick's colouring video Part 2
Rick's colouring video Part 3 
Rick has some amazing sheets of digital images and I'm having so much fun creating little scenes with them. Today I just used a selection of grape images from two different sheets and of course the adorable Garden Sprite Giggles.
Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. The background was created in Craft Artist 2.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Another Hat Lady ....

.... Hello, good morning!  It's Deborah here with you today.  I've another card in my Hat Ladies series to share with you:

Billie Hat Lady - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

You can find full details of this card over at my blog - Deborah's Gems.  This image is called Billie Hat Lady - she's just gorgeous.  You can find her and lots more beautiful Hat Ladies over at Rick's Zibbet and Esty shops. 

Rick is sponsoring this week's challenge over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges - they have a theme to use die cuts.  Do go over and check out the challenge and play along - grab one of Rick's images and have fun!!  That's all for now!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Last installment for this Progressive Challenge

Good Morning to all you lovely people.
Yes it's me again with another reminder about the Progressive challenge. This is month two, the final installment. This month you must use Aloha Nui in your project. If you joined in with part one, you should already have contacted Monique for your freebie to use this month. The rules are, as always, over there on the right.

Whilst I have your attention, Thank you to all that attended our little party last weekend over in  the Facebook group. A lot of fun was had and many of you won some freebie images, some got discount codes and we all got to see the new image roll out - courtesy of Rick St Dennis MFA. Rick has even taken the trouble of making a couple of new videos that can be viewed on youtube where you can see him in action colouring images with hints and tips. There's also our "How2" blog where you can get all sorts of inspiration.
Please come show us your work using Rick's images over on Facebook. You might even get nominated for the "Pick of the Week" by an EDT member - more ways of winning freebies.

Back to the challenge this month......
You can go back to the first post, here, to see Team A's contribution to the inspiration and Team B have worked their own brand of magic to the pot here.


Aloha - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

 Please see up top for the Mr Linky page. He has to have his own spot so that he doesn't get lost amid all the other posts on the blog. 
Have fun with our little cutie.

See you back here on the 1st May with a new challenge and some new faces but there will be more going on here and our sister blog, Airless Chambers before then.

New faces ..... because our 6-monthly EDT call has just ended. Missed it? You should tune in more often

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed Altered board book ~ The Finale

Hi all. I have finally finished my altered children's board book featuring 9 of Rick's hilarious cat images. YaY! It's a mixed media project based on a cat named Ed and his various activities. Today I have the final two spreads and the covers to share. All spreads used Neocolor II watercolour crayons plus Gelatos and Big Brush pens for the backgrounds. You can find a step by step tutorial on my process here.

This page here and above stars the image Mouse on a Stick as Ed. This Ed is selling Mouse on a Stick from his Food vendor's cart but he seems to have cleaned out the neighbourhood and will soon have to re-locate. His name is Eradi - Cat - Ed. Like all of the images, he is coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut leaving a narrow white border, and then matted in black cardstock. Punched circles, gesso pounced through a harlequin stencil, and washi tape flags with enamel dots decorate the page. In addition, there is a mouse button with the shank removed (ouch) adhered to the top left corner.

The next spread shows a different side of Ed. He is quite the crafter and enjoys the opportunity to model his creations on Friday nights. I used Anastasia for this spread. A washi tape border, embossing paste scraped through a stencil, and a little drywall mesh were used to add to the stamped background. Die cut scissors and a thimble are a nod to Ed's crafty endeavours.

The front and back covers feature the same combination of media used throughout the book. The front has the head of the image Dave and the back has the mouse image, Eek. Two die cut hearts matted with black cardstock help tie the front and back together so that if the book is displayed open, they flow. A wide washi tape mounted on white cardstock was used to cover the spine and add an eye-catching pattern to bridge the two covers together. Letter stickers as well as Ransom Alphaparts for Ed were used on both sections as was white embossing paste and drywall mesh.

And that's it for this project. Thanks for visiting Ed and me today. I had so much fun creating this altered book. Each page was an adventure and a treat to do. Love these fabulous cats and mice from Rick's Zibbet shop. Hmmm, wonder what I'll get into next....


Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Many Faces of Ed ~ Altered board book spread

Hi everyone. It's Bonnie here today with a page spread for my altered board book featuring Rick's fabulous cat images. I usually post about a few spreads at a time but I did a step by step tutorial of my background process for this page on my own blog since people were curious about how I achieve the end result. It's a long post but you might find it interesting. At any rate, this spread features our friend, Cat Ed , this time played by the talented Bootsie.

Ed (Bootsie) and Fred, the mouse at the bottom of the page, were coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I used a short choppy stroke on Ed to create his fur. Ed and Fred were then fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock for greater contrast with the background. Prescription bottle images, because Ed is Medi-Cat-Ed, were also fussy cut and matted with black to give Ed a platform for his happy dance. A small cluster of pills, another image from the Internet, was printed twice, fussy cut, and matted with black cardstock.

The background is layer upon layer of mediums such as gesso, Neocolor II  watercolour crayons, gelatos, and Big Brush pen. I also used stamps, a TH stencil, white embossing paste, and some mop-up papers with ink sprayed on them. The letters are stickers and the prescription number was computer generated and printed on white cardstock.. White and black gesso rings, some doodling, and edging with Black Big Brush pen completed the spread

Thanks for joining Ed and me today. Next time, I will feature the last two spreads and the cover to complete this fun project.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring has Sprung...

Rick's facebook page
Background from 'My Garden'
High Four for Mischief Circus
Such a pretty little girl in a Spring garden. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and the background has been created using Craft Artist 2 with the My Garden collection. Above are two links to colouring videos actually by Rick with some brilliant techniques for colouring with pencils. These are well worth several visits. Sue x
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