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Saturday, September 13, 2014

RSD with a New Release

A “new release” is an understatement. Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) has out done himself this time around. In both his Etsy shop, which has instant download, and his Zibbet shop, he has over 40 new images. I hope he can keep this creative tempo going because I can never have enough of RSD images.


Unfortunately I was able to only get three images colored this past week, but the ones I picked were so much fun to color. Don’t worry I will be back with more. I have listed the Copics that I used in my coloring. RSD links will not be included because you can go to either one of his shops and purchase to your heart’s content (Links are in my first paragraph.).


My first one is “Flower Girl.” Isn’t she the cutest? I think the only thing that I would change is make her roses a little lighter. I do love turquoise and purple as a color combo.

Copics used for Flower Girl:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E11, 13, 15, 18
Dress: BG10, 53, 57, 78
Leaves: G40, 82, 94, 99
Roses: V01, 06, 09
Background W000, 0, 1, 2, 3, and V000


The second one is “Rapunzel.” I love coloring hair and why I chose auburn for Rapunzel, I will never know. Maybe she got tired of all the blonde jokes ;o)

Copics used for Rapunzel:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E11, 13, 15, 18
Gown: BV000, 01, 02, 04, 08
Jewels: YR23, 27
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3


My third one, and last for the day is “Cindy.” I really love all three, so I cannot pick a favorite.

 Copics used for Cindy:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: Y15, 26, E37, and YR24
Dress: B01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 99 and
R81, 83, 85, 89
Bows: R0000, RV11
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

I hope that you hop over to our Facebook Rick St. Dennis MFA Friends & Fans group and join in our Event going on. We also have a Progressive Challenge going on at the Sparkle & Glitter blog. Lots going on, I hope you don’t miss any of it.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
RSD Elite Design Team

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Autumn Days Are On Their Way

Well, it’s been a while for me not being in blog land. I hope that I can remedy that over the next several months. I have had pneumonia off and on since mid-July and the final third round of antibiotics did the trick. All the rehab that I went through has gone down the drain. I am probably going to have to start all over. Oh, my computer decided to get sick too. I think that we are both going to survive.

While this was all going on I decided to become a Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Coach. I was a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for over five years and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the quarterly sales quota was a little steep for me to keep up. Fun Stampers Journey has quarterly sales that are very reasonable and workable. This is a new company and that means that whoever becomes a FSJ coach now is really going to get to watch this company grow and be a part of the excitement and earn income too. I am looking for people who love the arts and crafts industry, who love stamping and coloring, and who love paper and lots of it. If you are interested, please contact me. In the subject line please type Fun Stampers Journey.  You can find out more information on becoming a FSJ Coach on my FSJ site. I would love to have you on my team.



More FSJ news: we have new catalogs coming out this month, a full catalog with over 550 items (most new merchandise), and our Holiday Mini. I can’t wait to see the Holiday Mini! I am also excited about all the new products too. At least I have my Coach’s discount! ;o)



This is my first project with one of the FSJ stamp sets. I fell in love with the set “Autumn Days.” When I saw the Sugar Maple leaf, I had to have the set. We have an abundance of Sugar Maples in our historic neighborhood. I tried to emulate the colors for my project.


In the photo above you will see that I stamped the maple leaf four times with Black Licorice ink. (By the way, our inks are amazing. They are hybrid, meaning dye and pigment ink all in one.) Every time that I stamped with the Black Licorice I got a perfect image. After the images were dry, I used Derwent Watercolor Pencils in Beech Green, Hot Red, Tangerine, and Golden Yellow. I fussy cut each one and ran a Sharpie Black brush pen on the edges to hide the white edges. I hope that I got some of the Maple’s leaves fall color.




For my next element I attempted to make an Aster using Spellbinder’s Die D-Lite Create an Aster. I really wanted a mum, but after I made this I was satisfied. I used FSJ’s Orange Creamsicle cardstock and added Hazelnut Blend ink to the embossed areas. After that was dry, I added Tangerine Fusion ink to get a richer fall orange. Before assembling all the pieces I touched the tips of each petal with more Hazelnut Blend ink. The last highlight was some Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust on each petal end. Assembling was completed with Journey Glaze as my adhesive between the layers.


My card base is Hazelnut Blend and Orange Creamsicle (don’t you just love these names) cardstocks. My designer paper is Bazill Basics Autumn Harvest collection. All of my elements, leaves and flower were layered on a die cut from Spellbinder’s Celebrations Pierced Oval in the Hazelnut Blend cardstock. To complete my card I added half pearls from my stash.



                                Autumn Days would like to enter the following challenges:
ArtbyMarin – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge – Anything Goes/Glitter and Shimmer
Delicious Doodles – Color of Autumn

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you need more information about my project or about Fun Stamps Journey, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pumpkin Sprite at Sweet Pea Stamps


We have  Variation’s Week at Sweet Pea Stamps featuring Mitzi Sato-Wiuff’s Pumpkin Sprite rubber stamp. Mitzi’s sprites are some of my favorites among her rubber stamps in the Sweet Pea Stamps shop.



I had a lot of fun doing my first Halloween themed card for this year. Pumpkin Sprite was colored with Copics and some added bling was added with Spica glitter pens. Next step was to trim her with a circle die, add black ink around the circle, and mount her on a circle die cut in orange cardstock. This orange die cut has black ink around the outer edge also.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Pumpkin body: E08, 29, 31, and YR04
Treat bucket and flower hat: YR20, 21, 23, 24, 27
Leaves and stem: G40, 82, 94, 99
Cat: C1, 5, 7, 9, and black Copic liner
Cats eyes and inside of bucket: YG21m 25
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

I had a lot of fun with my various dies too. I cut out all the elements and before I detached them from the die I added black ink to the embossed areas. For the bats eyes I decided on some Liquid Pearls. Last embellishment is the pumpkin brad in the upper left corner. After all was done, I decided that Pumpkin Sprite is trying to decide if she wants to go on with her Trick or Treat evening!  ;o)



My complete recipe for Pumpkin Sprite:


Pumpkin Sprite would like to join in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge – Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter – Punches and Dies


I wanted to remind you all that we have a monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge. There are fantastic prizes for your entry. Over at our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group, we have a bi-weekly art contest. That prize is one digi stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store. You must use a Sweet Pea image, the theme is always “Anything Goes,” and you can enter as many times as you want. Each entry MUST be a new project. How easy is that? For all the upcoming events and sales visit our Sweet Pea Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you visit every day for more Sweet Pea inspiration.
Aletha Jane

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Heather Valentin’s Petals at Sweet Pea Stamps


I have a little Sweet Pea Stamps inspiration piece for you today featuring Lacy Sunshine's Heather Valentin’s Petals. Isn’t she a little charmer? A card featuring Petals would be perfect for a little flower girl. I know that she would appreciate the cuteness. Petals can be found as a digital image or as a rubber stamp, whichever you prefer, at Sweet Peas.

I am in love with Heather’s art work. Did you know that the Heather’s images on Sweet Pea Stamps are designed exclusively for Sweet Peas? I think that is pretty cool!



Petals was first colored with Copics and then trimmed with a die. I then layered her on three layers of purple and light purple cardstock. Before layering I did add some Smooch Illuminate ink to the embossed edges.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair and Basket: E25, 29, 31, 50
Eyes and Leaves: G40, 43, 46, 29
Pinafore and some flowers: V000, 01, 04, 06, 09
Other flowers: RV34, 52, 69
Dress: V000, RV34, 52, and C0, 2, 4
Dress sleeves: C4, 6, 8
Background: W00, 0, 01, 2, 4, and RV52

Other elements for my Petals project:



Petals would like to be entered in the following challenges:
Everybody-Art-Challenge – Favorite Stamp
Love to Create – Anything Goes 



I wanted to remind you all of our Sweet Pea monthly challenge at One Sweet Challenge. There are fantastic prizes there. Over at our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook group, we have a bi-weekly art contest. That prize is one digi stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store. You must use a Sweet Pea image, the theme is always “Anything Goes,” and you can enter as many times as you want. Each entry MUST be a new project. How easy is that? For all the upcoming events and sales visit our Sweet Pea Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Molly’s Gone Fishin’


Happy Thursday to everyone out in cyber space. This little post is going to be doing double duty. I am representing Sweet Pea Stamps and Lacy Sunshine.  I have a very special project for you today creating with Heather Valentine’s, owner, artist, and illustrator for Lacy Sunshine, Molly Gone Fishin’ digital image. Heather has a line of red rubber stamps and digital images exclusively through Sweet Pea Stamps, and only through Sweet Pea.


For my cute little Molly (Do you think she is playing hooky?) I colored her with Copics and trimmed the colored image. I then layered her with two colors of cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin:
E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, & R20
Hair, stump, & pole:
E25, 29, 31, 50
Grass, pants, & eyes:
YG61, 63, 67, & G29
Shirt & bows:
Y11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 32
Fish:
B12, 14, 16, 18, and
YR21, 24, 27
Water:
B12, 16, 18
Background;
W00, 0, 1, 2, and
B12, Y18


To complete my piece I trimmed the designer paper and layered that with two colors of cardstock. Before attaching this to the card base I added thin grosgrain ribbon for the two corners. I added several Cheery Lynn dies for the flowers and the butterfly. After attaching these to my card I added some Liquid Pearls to the centers and the body of the butterfly.

My complete recipe:

Molly would love to be entered into the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times: Color Challenge

I would love to invite you to our Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook Group. We have a bi-weekly art contest using Sweet Pea’s images. Check out our monthly One Sweet Challenge. July’s theme is red, white, and blue.

Want some more fun? I want to invite you to our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group. Heather has lots of little contests that go on all the time. We also have a Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog. This is a progressive challenge, so I know you will want to check that out.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please contact me
Aletha Jane

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