Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Christmas/Creepmas Showcase with RSD

Happy Sunday everyone! I want to welcome you to our very first Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Showcase at the Sparkle and Glitter Blog. Some, and sometimes all, of Rick’s Elite Design Team (EDT) will be showcasing projects completed with some of Rick’s amazing digital images. Rick will be giving us a monthly theme and we will be picking our own images from his vast collection of images in his Etsy and Zibbet shops.

I made a special request to Rick for more Christmas images in the style of his “Christmas Dress” that is available at I Brake for Stamps. What I received were three images, not just one. You give Rick an idea and his creativity turns into a whirl wind. I would love to sit and watch him work. The three that I received are Zerbina, Shopping Christmas, and Serving the Christmas Pudding. I really had a hard time choosing, but I decided on Zerbina for this project. Shopping Christmas and Serving the Christmas Pudding are waiting for my Copics.

Zerbina was colored with Copics, trimmed with a die, and layered on burgundy cardstock. Unfortunately I have misplaced my Copic image coloring journal page; therefore I do not have the exact Copic colors I used. I do apologize.

For the rest of the card, I trimmed designer paper to size and layered that on burgundy and olive cardstocks. For my embellishments I added a holly die, inked with burgundy ink and added pink rhinestones. The final touch was vintage cotton lace.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: SU’s Bravo Burgundy and Old Olive;
Designer paper: Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Collection;
Dies: Spellbinder’s A@ Matting Basics A and B and Holly Motifs;
Inks: Fun Stampers Journey Pomegranate Splash and Distress Ink Gathered Twigs;
Embellishments: Pink Rhinestones and Vintage Cotton Lace from my stash.

Zerbina will be entering the following challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend – Anything goes
Kit and Clowder – Anything goes
Little Claire Designs – Christmas

There’s a lot going on in Rick’s camp. We have a Design Team Call until Oct. 31. For all the details please visit our RSD Fans and Friends Facebook group. Rick is looking for designers for Facebook and our blogs, Sparkle and Glitter and Airless Chambers. We also have a monthly Progressive Challenge at our Sparkle and Glitter Blog. Come check that out and hopefully you will join the fun.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Belle et Bete and a Progressive Challenge

Welcome everyone! It’s been way too long for a visit from me to blog land. Hopefully, over the next few weeks I will have more projects to share, or at least some colored digis.

The Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Progressive Challenge Part Two started around Oct. 1. It would be wonderful if you could take a visit and peek at RSD’s Elite Design Team (EDT) Team A’s amazing creations with RSD’s digi “Belle et Bete.” This beautiful image, which was a joy to color (All of Rick’s images are a joy to color!), is available in Rick’s Etsy store. There is also an RSD EDT call for our blogs and for Facebook. This call will end on Oct. 31. Don’t miss it!

Now it is EDT Team B’s time to showcase this wonderful image, “Belle et Bete.” I have colored this image with Copics and trimmed with an oval die. After the embossing with the die, I trimmed off the outer edge of the image. That was then mounted on the same oval die, but cut with red cardstock.

Copics used:
Skin - E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair – Beast: E37, YR24, Y26, 15;
Belle: E21, 33, 57, 59
Cloak – BV00, 02, 04, 08
Gown - BG11, 18, 32, 78
Bow – RV63, 66, 69
Roses and Hearts – R20, 22, 24, 29, 89
Background – W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

This is a 5”x7” finished card, so I decided to use a 5"x7" background die cut with black cardstock. That cut was glued to a piece of designer paper, trimmed, and layered on red cardstock. All of these elements were mounted on my black card blank.

Supply list:

Just a reminder…we have our RSD DT call going on for our blogs, Sparkle and Glitter and Airless Chambers, and for Facebook. You can read all about it at Sparkle and Glitter and Facebook. We would love for you to join our Facebook group, RSD’s Fans and Friends. We have a bi-weekly art contest that will resume on Nov. 10.

So glad that you stopped by. If you have any question, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Monday, September 22, 2014

“Oh My Little Chickadee…”

I hope everyone is having a very creative and productive week. I have been very busy with several Facebook groups and in-between that I was able to complete a project with Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) stamps and supplies. Truth be told, I started on this last week. I am really enjoying getting back to my rubber stamps roots.

The Christmas spirit has finally grabbed me, so I decided to use the FSJ Christmas Melody set for my next rubber stamp project. There are three large stamps that make perfect images for cards. There are also a “Merry Christmas” sentiment and a gorgeous holly stamp for an extra embellishment. I chose the Chickadee image to begin my card.

Before the creative process started I stamped the chickadee with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic X-press Blending Card. It was then colored with Copics and trimmed with Spellbinder’s Celebration’s Pierced Oval. After the trimming I added FSJ Kiwi Slice True Color Fusion ink around the edges for a little more pop of color.

Copics used:
Chickadee: C0, 1, 3, 5, and clear glitter pen
Branch: E25, 50
Berries: R20, 22, 27, 29, 89
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3

I could not locate any designer paper that I liked with my Chickadee (As much DP that I have, I was shocked! LOL) I decided I would make my own. I searched through my ever-growing stencil stash and found just what I was looking for. This stencil is from Joggles.

My finished card was going to be finished size of 5½” square, and I knew that there would be several layers of cardstock under my DP. I trimmed some FSJ Whip Cream cardstock to 5” square and got ready to stencil. For photographing purposes I used a piece of Kiwi Slice cardstock so you could see the cardstock and stencil. I taped the white cardstock, with removable tape, to the green cardstock. The next step was to position the stencil where I wanted the image from the stencil to be.

I am ready to create the designer paper. I used a sponge dauber with FSJ Kiwi Slice True Fusion ink. I always start on the right side because I am left handed, not as messy. This was the point where I started truly appreciating FSJ’s True Fusion inks. They are a hybrid ink so they keep that same pigment intensity as a pigment ink. They are also very quick drying, so no mess.

My embellishments are red ribbon and box (from my stash) and holly corners. My holly corners (see below) were die cut from Spellbinder’s Holly Motifs in FSJ Kiwi Slice cardstock. After embossing, and before I released them from the die, I used FSJ Kiwi Slice True Fusion Ink on the embossed areas. I die cut a total of eight hollies and used two for each corner. From my stash I glued red flat-backed pearls to the center.

For the completion of my card I used 8½”x11” FSJ Kiwi Slice cardstock trimmed to 5½”x11” and folded in half to make my 5½” square card base. Next step was to take my homemade designer paper and layer that with FSJ Kiwi Slice and Candy Apple cardstock. Before attaching this to my base I added my red ribbon and bow. My Chickadee was placed on two FSJ Caddy Apple cardstock oval die cuts and placed above the bow with foam tape. The final pieces were the holly corners. Mission completed!

Before I sign off, I wanted to invite you to my Facebook group, “AJ’s Stampers Journey.” The group is still in the growing stages and I am getting ready to send out catalogs to my members. If you would like a catalog, come join my group, and then send me a PM on Facebook or email me with your mailing information.

With Fun Stampers Journey you have a business opportunity of becoming a Journey Coach. You will have exclusive access to products, product discounts, a very generous compensation plan, and the ability to create and connect with friends and family. I don’t want you to miss this amazing opportunity of becoming one of the earliest coaches within this growing and expanding company, Fun Stampers Journey.  I would be honored to have you on my team. Click for more information. After you have read all the information and you have questions, please contact me at

"Oh My Little Chickadee" would like to enter the following challenges:
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes, include a handmade bow
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes

This was a rather long post, but I hope you had reading enjoyment, and maybe picked up a few tips. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coloring Contest with RSD and Kit & Clowder

Rick St Dennis and Kit and Clowder  are teaming up this week for a special promotion. A give-away and coloring 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 and a member of her Ning group to be able to get this image for free - for a limited period only - Monday to be precise. Click here for the free image. That's 3 days. Then the digi will be available to buy in Rick’s shops. (Links will be available when she makes an appearance there)
  • All that is being asked is that you submit your (watermarked) colored 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.
  • 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!!

The EDT has been coloring already and you can see their versions of our cute witchy, Ms. Zephyr McBroom, on our Sparkle & Glitter blog.

Here is my Zephyr McBroom. She, like all of Rick’s images, was a joy to color.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, & R20
Hair: YR14, E08, 19, 59
Apron, pumpkin, & parts of socks:
YR04, 12, 14, 18, 20, & E09
Dress, pumpkin trim & parts of socks:
V000, 09, 12, 15, 17
Dress ruffle, hat band, & pumpkin cut outs:
YG21, 23, 25, 67
Hat, gloves, shoes: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Background: W00, 00, 1, 2, 3, & YG21

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you join our contest this week. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
RSD Elite Design Team

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

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