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Grab your Friday Freebie 

Lovely little ladybug design for lots of occasions No.6  by Di Simpson

Bright topper to make for little girl for lots of occasions. Print out 2 copies if wanting some extra 3D elements to help bring your card to life.Has matching blank inserts and mini gift card or toppers. Also has a bonus matching bookmark.


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Humorous Christmas Card ..getting ready for 2017

This is a Bugaboo Stamps Friday Freebie, if you didn’t grab still have a few days left to get it before the new Freebie comes out.  It’s called “Winter Penguin Trio”  I am still playing with Christmas images… nothing like getting a head start on next 2017 cards lol.

I knocked up a super quick and simple card. It’s just a single fold on an 8.5×11 sheet of Black card, the image was printed on Canson mixed Media and colored with Chameleon pens. I added the inside sentiment to the bottom of the photo, just so you get the intended humor.  The image is foam popped on a sheet of Darice foam and the sentiment is a die cut from a Momenta die I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby last week.  I cut it on black card then rewrote the sentiment with a Zig Chalk Pen.  Tore up the edges and sponged on a blue ink edging.bug_penguin_trio


Recollections 65lb card -Black
Canson Mixed Media Paper 7×10
Chameleon Pens
Zig Chalk Marker Dual tip – white
Momenta “Believe” die – Hobby Lobby clearance
Craftsmart Dye Ink Pad  –  Light Blue
Darice Adhesive foam sheet
Zig Photo Tape

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Sarcastic Birthday Card for the over 21’s

The minute I saw this image I knew I had to have it….she is perfect for my sense of humor. This is my, rather late DT Project for this months Crafty Awesomeness Challenge. I can finally get access to my craft carts  now the ceilings and carpets are in.

This is Bianca Doll Stamp, one of a bunch of really cool images by KaraDollStudio on Etsy.  I printed her on Canson Mixed Media  paper, colored with Chameleon Pens and then I scanned it into my software and added the sentiment and border. I then reprinted the colored version on the same Mixed Media Paper. I took a wet brush to add in some subtle shadow in the same way I did in previous projects using only the printer ink.

The main image is popped on foam and the background  is made up of a lacy cut from Gina Marie Designs using the Lacy Lattice.

Full details of materials used below 🙂




Base card:

Recollections card – from Michaels
100lb Neenah index card layer
Recollections Polka Dot paper from Black & White Paper Pad from Michaels
Die Cuts:
Lacy cuts from Gina Marie Lacy Lattice Dies
Small flowers and hearts from Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle set 

Bianca Doll Stamp  printed  on an Epson ET2550 on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens.

Glues and tapes:
Zig 2way glue
Kuretake Photo Tape
Commercial grade double sided adhesive tape  **I was given this to try out because I was looking for something to work on my Darice foam… LOVE IT !  All of the glue and tapes used in this project came from

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Oversized East Wind Humorous Birthday Card…

I went trolling through Etsy’s Digi Artists the other night in search of something “new” and different.  I needed to get back to my roots a bit and stray off the “cutesie” path for a bit. AND….I came across a couple of Artists, one of which I had heard of, but never colored…..and one I hadn’t heard of. Both of which had Images that instantly appealed to me, so I grabbed one from each to see if they worked with my grungier style… Here is the East Wind image “Aurora Warrior”.

What can I say… I am a bit of a tomboy and have always loved the “tank girl” tom boy thing.  You don’t have to be a Barbie, to be Sexah!
This is an oversized card… I love making these 6 x12 inch much room to play and perfect for those  employee Birthdays where half the office have to sign it.  Anywho, there she is in all her glory.

I colored  the image with Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Marvy Detailer…. on a sheet of Canson Mix Media.

She is bordered with a dual stitched rectangular frame by Lil’Inkers on Recollections black card and the image was partially fussy cut to bring elements up and over the frame.  The main image lays behind the frame.  I love doing these up and overs..<< None technical term.  I must do a quick tutorial showing how I do them one day.

The green striped paper is one I made in PSP and printed out on a white 110lb card stock and added a thin black frame for contrast.

The sentiment is one straight from my own warped mind and inspired by the image. As regular visitors know, I like to have fun with my cards. The letters are cut on 110lb white card using a Bottle Cap Alphabet Die by MFT ( My Favorite Things) on my Sizzix Bigshot.


I want to give a big shout out to fellow card maker and blogger Shannon Abblitt  who has constantly amazed and inspired me with her fabulous cards… and who exposed me to so many Cool East Wind images, that I just had to give them a try.  Thanks Shannon 🙂

You should check out Shannon’s creations if you haven’t already seen them. Here are links to her blog and also to her creations available for purchase.


And you can also find Shannon’s work in the Crafting Circle Craft n Chill Zone Facebook Group.


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Spotlight Series Day 7 – Rick St dennis MFA

Who are you ? Rick St dennis MFA





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Where are you ?

SEAL BEACH, California USA (no there are no seals here they have moved up the coast)


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I started selling my drawings when I was 15-I designed my first stage production when I was 16, I did sets and costumes for the Whittier Civic Light Opera’s Funny Girl when I was 17


What was the first product you ever had for sale?

That was the 1960’s – I don’t have an image anymore-framed art


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?









The Day of the Dead – an adult colouring book:

Dia de los Muertes 








Who is your inspiration/muse?

Disney, Aubrey Beardsley. Alphonse Mucha. Frank Frazetta


How many people work with/for you?

Monique Van Dijk has been my number one support for several years but I have had many wonderful design team members


What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Binge watching TV series on the computer and YouTube Videos


What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

My first job was as a florist when I was 15 so I started designing right at the start


If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them? I have been so lucky to live near Hollywood in Southern California much of my life, My family was in the movie industry so I have met MANY famous folk, I gave VIP tours at Universal Studios from 1976 to 1979 where I escorted people like Jean Genet, Lotte Lenya, Jimmy Carter, Tip O’neil and others through the studio and sometimes to lunch-I also correspond with some celebs via email but all that said I would love to spend an afternoon with Bette Middler and ask her to just TALK…Interesting story when I was a very little boy (about 5) my dad used to take me with him to his studio on Saturdays occasionally and we would have breakfast sometimes with his “OLD FRIENDS” (Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr and sometimes John Carradine) my kid friends never did believe that I had breakfast with DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN and THE WOLF MAN-see what I mean? Lucky…


What’s your favorite color?

Mossy Green


What was your favorite subject in school…?



If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

I have always wanted a black widow spider on my shoulder but too much of a coward – I did design tats for many people maybe Monique will show you hers???


What is your best and worst personality trait?

I cry too easily


When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

2010 I think, I went and visited Crafty friends in YUMA. Arizona for 3 days and we crafted and laughed the whole time (Francine Hill and Dee Moran of Altered stARTs).


If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Sign me up!


If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

CHERNABOG (look it up) – BTW I did work at DISNEYLAND for 3 years as a leather writer carving peoples names on various leather items


What’s your favorite horror movie?

Ouch too many to choose- maybe the ORIGINAL “POLTERGEIST”





If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?

A showgirl in the Follies Bergeres in Paris – I love feathers and Rhinestones



When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?



If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

I am ALWAYS Professor Plum (maybe purple is my favorite colour?)


Name your favorite cartoon?

Family Guy followed by Bob’s Burgers


Favorite quote?

“Art is the stage upon which we play” and I wrote it


What is your most popular item in the store/shop?






The World of Rick St. dennis: large images from 2005 to 2015 – an adult coloring book






Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

Not Telling but No I have never drawn them but we dated for a few months – LUCKY remember?


If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I would be a tour Escort of some sort


How long have you been in business?

officially since 1969 on the internet since 2009


What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

Pigma Micron pens 005, 01 and 02


What is the one question you are really glad I didn’t ask ….and dare you answer it anyway?

Do you sleep in the nude? Of course and usually on RED sheets-I love red sheets and I have about 12 pillows


If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

A good psychiatrist-I have terrible claustrophobia


When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Depends, Salty crunchy usually but occasionally Ice Cream






What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

The period from Halloween till Christmas






Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Claustrophobia remember? and I’m allergic to seafood…


If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

They did LOL…Rick St dennis is my professional name…


Which decade do you think had the best music?

1920s and 30s


Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?



What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Computer Games


What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

He Tried. He Cared


Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

Used to…not for years


If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

I might go but seriously I don’t think I would leave a memento-I don’t have that kind of ego


Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

Too late I am already old-you’d have to ask others about the rest


When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

there is no view-I don’t like to be distracted so I work in a room with Blackout drapes-time stops


What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

70s Disco -still love it


Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My Mother


What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

Humans are wonderfully complex and they have a great capacity for love-no matter how quirky and irascible people are they will support a person when the chips are down.


Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise






2012 Prince of Christmas Santa






If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

A Duesenberg touring car circa 1938


How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

I am VERY fast so it can be less than an hour or it can be DAYS-the longest I worked on a colouring book was Tierra de los Muertes – took weeks…


Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

2012 Prince of Christmas Santa




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Super Quick Birthday Card – Scrapper’s Delights Draco

Sometimes you just need a super quick, but fun card. Scrapper’s Delights Draco is one of those images that you can use for a variety of fun messages. He has this expression that just lends itself to sarcastic retorts…. or maybe that is just my warped mind. What I love about this collection is the pre-shading make him a super quick color …IF you want him to be.

This one is a super quick, 4 color pencil card… and my home made alcohol blender pen. No need to be delicate with this.. so if your coloring isn’t fabulous.. or you haven’t even started yet. This is something you can easily do and get results with, it doesn’t call for perfection at all with this technique.

Color in roughly and blend it to death.. there are no lines that have to be stayed in.. you can blend right out of them if you want to… yeah fab project for kids lol.

I just added the sentiment and borders… printed him and slapped some color on…. blended …. inked edges …. foam mounted him onto a card with some Zig Photo Tape. VOILA !!!

Picking out a font probably took longer than coloring and assembling this card LOL.
So here he is .. this is Draco 1 from Scrappers Delights …scrappers_fossil_spotlight_wmd







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Bugaboostamps Mother’s Day humor, freebie & deals

Over at Bugaboostamps the current deal of the day is  “Stella Calendar Months – May”

Now I don’t know about you, but i have a lot of friends who would really appreciate this one LOL.  Mothers day is approaching fast here in the US… May 8th for any of you who had forgotten!


She’s on sale for only a dollar..yup $1, but only for another 22 hours… so grab her quick !


While you are there, don’t forget that the new releases every Tuesday are half price too.. here’s a sneak peek at some of the images.

..and as always.. there is the Freebie Friday, which currently is  ….”Tea Time- Tea cup”

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