Sunday, January 25, 2015

RSD January Showcase for Sparkle and Glitter as well as Airless Chambers!

Welcome to our first 2015 Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Showcase. This will be a first “showcase” for Airless Chambers.  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.

Rick’s choice of a theme for us was Valentine BUT we could not use traditional Valentine colors. We were not allowed to use reds, pinks, or purples. Stay a while and check out what his designers have come up with.  Pictured below is my take using Rick's Soft Centers digital image.  Click image to enlarge.


There’s a few events you might want to catch so you can play. Taking place right now is our “Progressive Challenge.” Click here for more information.

Every week on Rick’s blog there is a “Pick of the Week” contest. Rick’s Elite Design Team picks out fantastic projects created by other designers using Rick’s images. After those are chosen, you, the fans, get the final vote. This is a lot of fun and there are wonderful prizes too. If you have used an RSD image in a project, come show us in our Facebook group and your’s may be picked.


Our first 2015 RSD Facebook group Art Contest has already started. Check out the events section in the group. These contests run for two weeks. Random.org chooses the winner and the prize is one digital image from Rick’s Zibbet store. 

One more thing…If you have not yet visited Sparkle and Glitter to see the more sane side of Valentine’s, you might want to take a visit.
Pictured below is my "nice" project for the Sparkle and Glitter blog.  Once again, click on the image to enlarge.  I used Rick's "Won't you come and Play with Me" digi stamp which can be found on Zibbet here and on Etsy here.  My sentiment on this one is tiny, but says,"Why wait for the right man to call when you can call upon him?"  Let's face it, gals.  Not all men have the guts to approach a beautiful, intelligent and strong woman, so why not take the plunge and go after the man you want?  Some guys like a "take charge" type of woman so go on out there and add some spice into your life!
Happy Early Valentine's Day!
Cheers!
Lady B



Thursday, January 15, 2015

RSD's Progressive Challenge part 2

There are a number of challenges dotted about - in blogland and in our own Facebook group that feature Rick's images. Rick is sponsoring a few challenges in the coming months. The list is updated on his blog if you want to go see them all.

We will be showcasing a selection of themed images both on Sparkle and Glitter and on Airless Chambers
on the 25th of this month - be sure to come back and check this out. I hope you will enjoy both showcases - The entire team will be joining in, I think, this month.

Our Progressive Challenge is heading into the second half of the first phase today and it's Team B's turn to have the spotlight turned on them. Please head over to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see all of the lovely makes from Team B.
As usual on the first month the theme is 

"Anything Goes". 

We'd love to see projects other than cards. 
Digis are so versatile and can be resized easily to fit any project. 
There are so many images in the shops at Etsy and Zibbet that you will be spoiled for choice and you just have to check out the new 2015 Fairy images!!!

Here is my contribution using Rick's "Snow Queen" Digi.  She can be purchased from both Zibbet and Etsy.  Click images to enlarge. 




I started with this gorgeous "Snow Queen" digi stamp by RSD. You can find her in both the Zibbet and Etsy Shops.  The Snow Queen was coloured with Copic markers and scanned to my PC.  I printed 3 copies and fussy cut the layers, leaving my original coloured image as the top tier of each layer.  

I added DecoArt Paper Effects in Pink Pearl, Amethyst Pearl and Peacock Gold to the gems.  I love the fine metal tip that comes with the Paper Effects because it allows me to make the tiniest of dots when needed. Also, the paint does not warp the paper.  It's good stuff!

The background was made with Canvas Board that I purchased from Jerry's Artarama.  

I used the following DecoArt Products:
Assembly:
  • I painted the canvas board with DA Gesso and allowed to dry.
  • I applied DA Media Modeling paste through the Gears and Cogs Stencil.  More drying time.
  • I sprayed the DA Media Misters as listed above and allowed to dry. I  had my focal image a little too close when spraying my canvas so there are some fine mist specks, but I think it adds a handmade feel to my project.  
  • Using a toilet tissue empty roll, I added random circles using DA Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paints as listed above.
  • I applied Media fluid acrylic Interference Magenta to the cogs.
  • Using the Americana "Mod" stencil, I applied Glistening Snow-Tex to various areas.
  • I also added Glistening Snow-Tex to the bottom of my canvas to resemble snow.
  • When everything was dry, I sealed my canvas using DA Texture Primer/Sealer.
  • Lastly, I applied my heavily layered, fussy cut, Rick St. Dennis Snow Queen image to my canvas using pop dots.

I'm pretty pleased with my end result.  Looking back on some of my projects, I'm more fond of pinks and violets than I realized.  So much for being a "dark" artist.  LOL!

Cheers!
~ LADY B ~

Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CREEPMAS!

CREEPMAS IS HERE!
MERRY CREEPMAS TO ALL
AND TO ALL A GOOD FRIGHT!

Here is a canvas board I made using "Creepmas Bones" sentiment and "Thornbush Yellowsnow" digi stamp by Rick St. Dennis.  The digis were colored with Copic markers then applied to the previously painted canvas board with DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  The canvas board was created using DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint in "Sky Blue" and DecoArt American Premium Matte Acrylic paint in "Williamsburg Blue".  I used the DecoArt Americana stencil "Tie Dye".  I still need to seal this, but I wanted to get it posted.


Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The 12th Day of Creepmas!!!

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Pictured below are my contributions for Day 12 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared Ink
Can you believe I still have a project or two I haven't posted?  
Come back Creepmas Day to see.  Today is a Smeared Ink Day so I have one creation using rubber from Smeared Ink's rubber club and I just had to share one last RSD project.  You will understand why ;)
Click images to enlarge.



For my Smeared Ink project, I made a paper lantern using a cut file from SVG Cuts "Spooky Soiree".  I adjusted the papers to fit in with the Christmas season and used stamps drawn by Rick St. Dennis and sold exclusively by Smeared Ink in both rubber and digital sets.  For my purposes I used rubber from the Morte set, the Voodoo set and the Dark Holidaze set.

Rather than Vellum, I used clear acetate and applied alcohol inks to one side and when dry I stamped on the opposite side with Staz-on ink in Jet Black.  I love the way that ink smells!  It was hard to get proper pictures, but I hope you get the general idea of how my lantern looks.  I definitely need a new battery operated tea light or votive to brighten up my lantern.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  At first glance it looks like a traditional Christmas lantern, but when the inner light glows and the creepy images come to life, one definitely knows it's time for Creepmas!  Perhaps I should add some spiders to the lantern?  What do you think?



Pictured above is my Creepmas finale.  I used  "To all a Good Night" digi stamp by Rick St. Dennis.  The image was coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I used DecoArt paints and mediums on the tag, but didn't keep track of the items.  Sorry.  I added recycled mesh from a fruit bag, staples, a wooden snowflake, a mini Christmas tree and some twine to mimic the noose.

I hope you've enjoyed the Creepmas hop.  Thanks to all who have looked at and commented on my work.  Your comments mean the world to me and gave me encouragement to keep plugging along with projects even when I was sick in bed.  You rock!  
Creepmas hugs to all xx.

~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg


Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Creepmas Day 11...Almost There!

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Here is my contribution for Day 11 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared and Smudged.  
Click image to enlarge.


I made a tag using the Rick St. Dennis digi stamp "Creepmas Witch Tree". I printed the witch onto Copic X-Press it blending card, coloured her with Copic Markers and then fussy cut the image. I made the tag the same way I made my canvas for Day 10. 

DecoArt Products Used:


Other Products Used:
  • Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug embossing folder "Snowflake"
  • Tag (I made mine from an office folder)
  • Copic Markers
  • Copic X-Press-It blending card
  • Printer (I use Canon Pixma MX80 inkjet)
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Kitchen Roll or paper towels
  • Creepmas Tree Witch digi stamp by Rick St. Dennis


How I made my Tag:
  • I coloured my image with Copic Markers.
  • I fussy cut my image.
  • I ran my tag through my Cuttlebug with the "Snowflake" embossing folder.
  • I painted the tag with Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic paint in "Black Tie".
  • I applied Metallic Lustres to the raised areas.
  • When dry, I buffed to a shine.
  • I added Antiquing Cream in "Carbon Black" and allowed to dry.
  • I swiped of the excess with a barely damp cloth and buffed to a shine with a dry cloth.
  • I applied a little more Metallic Lustre and buffed again.
  • I sealed my tag with Primer/Sealer.
  • I added my Creepmas Witch Tree image to the tag with Media Matte Medium.

Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg
Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton

Friday, December 19, 2014

Creepmas Day 10 is a bit of a blur

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Here is my contribution for Day 10 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared and Smudged.  I had the hardest time trying to get a good picture of my uber glossy canvas. 
Click images to enlarge.

Remember my Zombie Carolers drawn by Rick St. Dennis?
Here is the project I made with them. 






DecoArt Products used:
Media Gesso in Black
Americana Premium Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint in "Black Tie"
Media Matte Medium
Media Crackle Glaze
Media Interference in green, turquoise, blue, violet and magenta
Metallic Lustres in "fab fuchsia", "elegant emerald", "brilliant turquoise" and "majestic purple"
Media Antiquing Cream in "Carbon Black"
Texture Primer/Sealer
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

Other Materials:
Canvas Board
Ornate wooden frame
 Medium weight card stock
Embossing folders and embossing machine
Paint brushes
Kitchen Roll or paper towels
Copic Markers
Scissors
Zombie Carolers image or other RSD image of choice.

Assembly:
I started out with an 8" x 10" piece of canvas board.  I cut a piece of medium weight card stock into 4 equally sized pieces and embossed each piece with my Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug A2 sized folders (D'vine Swirl, Sledding and Snowflakes).  I adhered these to my canvas board with Media Matte Medium.  Next I primed the surface with Media Black Gesso.  When dry, I added a coat of Multi-Surface Satin paint in Black Tie.  On top of the raised areas I added various colours of Metallic Lustres as listed above in the products list and buffed to a shine.  At this point things were a little to bright and sparkly for my liking so I added some Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black, allowed to dry, then wiped of the excess with a barely damp cloth so as to allow bits of the black to remain inside the recessed areas.  I sealed with Texture primer/sealer and allowed to dry.  While waiting for things to dry, I colored my image with Copic Markers.  I added a bit more Metallic Lustres to the canvas board, buffed to a shine, and sealed with two coats of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

The ornate wooden frame, purchased for one dollar at Michael's Arts and Crafts, fits a 5" x 7" photo.  I painted the frame with Multi-Surface Satin paint in Black Tie.  This paint requires no primer or sealer and is one of my favorite paints to use on wood.  When dry, I coated the surface of my frame with Media Crackle Glaze and added drips of Interference Fluid acrylic paints into the glaze and allowed to dry.  Check out the short video on this technique here.  I wish I had used larger drops of Interference, but live and learn :).  When dry, I sealed the frame with Texture Primer/Sealer and allowed to dry.

I attached my coloured image, which I fussy cut, to the frame with Media Matte Media.  I then attached the frame to the canvas board with a hot glue gun.  I wish you could see the brilliant glass-like shine on this piece!  Although mostly black, this is a very bright and whimsical piece.

Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg
Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Creepmas Day 9

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Here is my contribution for Day 9 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared and Smudged.  Today is another Smeared Ink Day.  I used Dark Holidaze Sad Frosty.  This set was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is for sale EXCLUSIVELY by Smeared Ink.  The Dark Holidaze set now comes in digital as well.
 Click images to enlarge.








I coloured Sad Frosty with copic markers, scanned him to my pc, tweaked him a bit in PSE8 to add texture to his scarf and to get rid of my many ink bleeds.  It was late and my colouring was less than perfect.  Lol.  I removed him from his white background and added him to this Itkupilli digi scene.  I don't know if she makes this particular collage sheet anymore, but she has a lot of cool kits.

The frame was painted with DecoArt American Premium Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint in "Night Sky".  This paint is great because it requires no primer or sealer. When dry, I added a layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze.  After the glaze dried, I added a layer of DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in "Carbon Black".  When this layer dried, I wiped back the excess with a slightly damp cloth then sealed the frame with DecoArt Textured Primer-Sealer.  I added a couple of close-up pics to show the crackle.

The base of my project is a piece of 8" x 10" canvas board.  I painted the base with DecoArt Media Gesso in black.  This gesso is great because it gives full coverage in one coat.  I sealed this with DA primer/sealer and when dry applied a coat of  DA Americana Weathered Wood Cracking Medium.  More drying time.  Next I painted a coat of DA Americana Premium MS Satin acrylic paint in "Sky Blue".  After drying, a coat of Texture Primer/Sealer was added.

Assembly:
I glued the frame to the canvas board with a hot glue gun.  My stamped scene was printed at 5" x 7" and attached to the frame with double sided tape.  I hand wrote a sentiment and attached it to a TH Alterations piece I bought on clearance last year.  I attached it with DecoArt Media liquid glass and added some faux pearls to the holes in the sides.  I stung some plastic light charms (These have been in my stash for 3 years now and I finally got the opportunity to use them) with flexible wire and knotted the wire between each bead so the beads would just clump together. Perhaps in the future I will have a jewelry welder so I won't have to tie knots.  Did you hear that, Santa?  Anyway, as a final touch I attached the string of light beads to my project with my hot glue gun and attached some faux pearls on top of the hot glue for a more polished look.

Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg
Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton

Monday, December 15, 2014

Creepmas Day 8

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Here is my contribution for Day 8 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared and Smudged.  Click image to enlarge.



I used the image "Dead Santa" by Rick St. Dennis as well as "Creepmas Tree" from the Dark Holidaze set.  You can get the digital set here or the rubber set here.  The images were coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut.  I had trouble with the tree.  A few pieces fell off (oops!) as I was fussy cutting so some pieces may be missing and I'm sure I misaligned some of the pieces when I attached the image to the canvas.  Sorry, Creepmas tree! 

 Anyway, I started with a white piece of canvas board and put a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso in black on it. I made the brick background with the following DecoArt products: Media Sand Paste, Brick Wall Stencil, foam daubers, and various colours of Americana Premium Matte Acrylic paint.  I then sealed with  Texture Primer-Sealer.  For the floor, I found some wood toned paper and did my best to make a wood floor effect with my Copic markers.  I then attached the paper and the images to the canvas board using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  

I know the bricks and floor boards are a bit large for my images, but I didn't exactly plan on making this scene.  I was just playing with products and ended up with this piece.  If I were to do it over again, Santa would be much larger.  Also, I would have left a bit of white around the Creepmas tree or make the bricks a lighter colour so the tree would pop out more.  I tried to add some white pencil around some areas of the tree.  I'm not sure if I like it or not.  Anyway, if  ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a wonderful Creepmas!

Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg
Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Creepmas Day 7

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Pictured below is my contribution for Day 7 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared Ink.  Today is another Smeared Ink day so in honour of that I used an image from the "Dark Holidaze" rubber set drawn by Rick St. Dennis and sold exclusively by Smeared Ink.  This set is now available as a digital set or digital singles in the Smeared Ink Shop!  

I made a Creepmas Coffin.  I will add details later as I must go to bed.  It's way too late at night (or early in the morning) for me.  I'll be back after I get some Zzzzz's.
Click images to enlarge. 





Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

I bought my coffin from Michael's Arts and Crafts on clearance, sanded some bits smooth and chipped other bits off.  I then painted my coffin with DecoArt American Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint in Jet Black.  This paint is awesome because it does not need any primer or sealer.  When dry, I applied DecoArt Weathered Wood  crackle medium and allowed the medium to air dry.  I then painted the top and inside of the coffin with DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in Maroon.  I sealed the crackled surface with DecoArt Texture Primer-Sealer and when dry applied my copic colored fussy cut image with DecoArt Media Matte Medium then sealed once again.

I will be entering this project into the Smudgy Antics ATG challenge.

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg

Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton



Thursday, December 11, 2014

On the 6th Day of Creepmas, Zombie Carolers Sang to Me.

Hello!  I'm Lady B and I'm last on the hop list.  You should have arrived here from Lisa's fabulous blog.  If not, or if you found my blog by accident and want to start at the top of the hop list, head on over to Terra's blog.  I have posted the entire hop list below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

Here is my contribution for Day 6 of the 12 Days of Creepmas blog hop hosted by Smeared Ink.  Click image to enlarge. 


I coloured "Zombie Carolers 2014" with my Copic markers and scanned it to my pc.  I then added the picture to a digital frame, digital paper and elements from Gothic Inspirations.  Everything was assembled in PSE8.  You will probably see this jolly group again as I'm using them in a mixed media piece.  I'm just waiting for paint to dry.

Happy Hopping!
~ Lady B ~

As promised, the hop list is below:

 photo JollyBlogger2014_zpse7278384.jpg
Terra- Hop Hostess
Black Dragon
Maureen
Teresa
Julia
Sue The Nanny
Jane
Susan
Nan
Shell
Kim
Monique
Airless Chambers
Keren
Sarah
Leigh
Lisa
Lady Brayton