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Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Winter Showcase with RSD


Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to our second 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.


Snow Buddies was my image pick for this month’s RSD Showcase. You can find this adorable image in Rick's Zibbet shop. Snow Buddies was first colored with Copics and then trimmed with a Spellbinder’s A2 Matting Basics B die. The edges were distressed with Denim Days ink. After the ink was dry I layered the image with Stampin’ Up!’s (SU) Night of Navy cardstock and Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Whipped Cream cardstock.

Copics and pens/pencils used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Pups and Hair: C0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, white Prismacolor pencil
Coat: E31, 33, 35
Boots: E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, Blender for water marks
Pants, Mittens, and Eyes: B91, 93, 95, 97
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 4, and B91, white gel pen for faux snow

My snowflakes are from Spellbinder’s (they are listed below). They were just a little flat so I decided they needed some sparkle.  I added a glaze and glitter. Next time I want to do several layers of the glaze to give a little more 3D effect.

Supplies used and their links:
Cardstock: SU’s Night of Navy and Fun Stampers Journey Whipped Cream;
Designer paper: Heartfelt Creations Countryside Evening collection;
Dies: Spellbinder’s A2 Matting Basics B and Holly Motifs, 2013 Snowflake Pendent, Create a Flake 3, and Fun Stampers Journey Holiday Set;
Inks: FSJ Journey Denim Days;
Other: FSJ Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust, SU frosted finished embellishment.

There’s a lot happening within Rick’s camp. Are you participating in our monthly Progressive Challenge going on at our Sparkle and Glitter Blog? You have a couple of weeks to participate. The theme is “Anything Goes” and you must use an RSD image. Come check that out and hopefully you will join the fun. Also, in our RSD Facebook group our bi-weekly art contest has started again. If you missed the current one (you still have 24 hours to enter), don’t worry, a new contest will be posted tomorrow.

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas is Just Around the Corner


Happy Friday everyone! I know a lot of you are ready for the weekend. If you all get out, keep yourselves warm. The Arctic blast that came through Oklahoma Tuesday morning has affected most of the United States.

Sweet Pea Stamps is having a “Christmas is just around the corner” blog hop. You are going to be in for a treat visiting all of Sweet Pea’s designers’ blogs. If you have come from Suzi’s blog you are on the right track.


My little Christmas project is a card designed with a Mitzi Sato-Wiuff’s “Holly Sprite.” “Holly Sprite” can be found in rubber stamp form in Sweet Pea Stamps brand new website. I hope you stop by and check it out. With this new website, and if you order digital images, your digital images will be available as instant download. How cool is that?

Holly Sprite was first colored with Copics and then trimmed with Spellbinder’s A2 Curved Matting dies.  The next step was to add some green ink around the edges, accent the berries with Journey Glaze, and layer with burgundy and olive cardstock. The olive and burgundy cardstocks were die cut with the curved matting dies also.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Coat and Shoes: RV91, 93, 95, 99
Holly Berries: R27, 29, 89
Holly Leaves: YG21, G40, 82, 94, 99
Coat Trim and Muff: C00, 0, 1, 3
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, 3


For corner embellishments I die cut twice the olive cardstock with Spellbinder’s Holly Motifs die, embossed with the die, and accented the embossed parts with red ink. After that was dry I cut those two apart to make the eight corner embellishments. The last embellishments were red rhinestones.

My list of supplies and their links are:




Your next stop will be Olivia’s blog. Please visit each of Sweet Pea’s talented team members' blogs and leave a little love - a comment on every hop post will enter you into a drawing for a $20 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! As an added bit of fun share the hop on Facebook tagging Sweet Pea Stamps for a chance of winning a $10 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! Winners will be chosen around the first of next week.

Here's a coupon for you during our "Christmas is around the corner" blog hop.


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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

RSD November Progressive Challenge

Happy November 1, 2014! We now have one month and 25 days until Christmas. I am definitely not ready. I hope that I can at least get the shopping done.

It is now time for our Rick St. Dennis MFA November Progressive Challenge. I know I am, and Rick and the rest of his Elite Design Team are, thrilled that this new adventure has been a success.


Unfortunately I was unable to create a project due to a medical emergency. My medical crisis happened during a lung needle biopsy. My lung collapsed and I had to stay in the hospital for three days, but all is well now, except for the command of no lifting or bending. I see my pulmonologist on Nov. 3 with the results of the biopsy and hopefully he will tell me that I can at least lift and bend. I will let everyone know the diagnosis in my next blog. I have been able to get some coloring completed though. Coloring has given me some of my sanity back. ;o)

Rick designed a very special image for me during this health trial. His gift really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I would like to introduce you to “Oklahoma.” This image, now one more added to his ever growing “hat ladies” series, can be found in his Etsy shop with instant download.

I decided to do a little research on “Oklahoma” bonnets because I had no idea if they were even made in colors “way back then.” I really did'nt get much of an answer until I made another search on “Western” bonnets. That time I was answered. I know, I know, western and Oklahoma are synonymous, duh.  They were created in a variety of colors, plus a lot with gingham. Off I went with my Copics. Rick’s facial expressions on his drawings always shows a variety of emotions. His hair styles are always fun to color.  “Oklahoma” has very curly hair, like mine. Did you know that he was a theatrical designer at one time during his artistic career? Check out his biography.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, and R20
Hair: E11, 13, 15, 18
Bonnet: B32, 34, 37, 39
Ribbon and Bow: RV91, 93, 95, 99
Flowers: R83, 85, 59, 56, and
R21, 22, 29, and YR23
Leave and Eyes: G40, 82, 94, 99
Background: W00, 0, 1, 2, and RV91

Now for a little business. We would love it if you would join our Rick St. Dennis MFA Fans and Friends Facebook group. We are near 1,000 members and I know that you would enjoy the company. On Monday, Nov. 3, our RSD Art Contest will begin again in our Facebook group. This is “anything goes,” but you must use an RSD image. The prize is one digi of your choice from Rick’s Zibbet store.

Thanks for stopping by. Please stop by our Sparkle and Glitter blog and check out the other amazing creations made by Rick’s designers.
Aletha Jane
AJ’s Design Artz
RSD Elite Design Team

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

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