Friday, September 30, 2011

TiNe went BaTty - more from my wonderful EDT







Tine sent me her BATTY project and its a swell card=the bat POPs up to say BOO-Just love it...be sure and stop by Forever Knight-today is my Friday sponsorship for them-theres a button link on the left and down below is a post about the 31 day blog hop that starts tomorrow-OCT 1 and runs for a month-one sheet of Halloween digis a day will be hidden somewhere in the blog hop-sounds like fun eh? The links are below...

I'm sorry but TINE didnt send me the siurce for the pumpkin she used on her card-as soon as she does I will add it-it's a great design and goes remarkably well with my drawing of the bat!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My newest DESIGN TEAM star...


Hazel sent me this picture of her son TOM-isn't he a handsome young Bairn?
He used some of my stamp designs from I BRAKE FOR STAMPS-the company which has exclsuive rights to produce and distribute my art as rubber stamps-to create this wonderful Halloween card...

It's always great to see young people encouraged to be creative and to express themselves artistically-especially in these tough times when the arts are disappearing from schools.

A BIG thank You to Tom and EDT member Hazel for submitting thus picture and TOM will be recieving a THANK YOU sheet of digis from me for his efforts.

ENJOY!!! and visit I BRAKE FOR STAMPS the new button link is in the left column at the top!

Monday, September 26, 2011

13 GhoSts


Eila asked us to do something this week based on the number 13 and I instantly thought of 13 Ghosts one of my favorite old black and white movies from the good ole scare days.

In my version they are the angry ghosts of children overshadowed by the wicked witch who holds their spirits captive.

Collage Obsession Challenge-13-Sept 2011 by RSD

31 Days of Blog Hopping fun-OCT 2011

Forum Main Page- http://www.smearedandsmudged.ning.com

S&S Blog- http://www.moresmearedink.blogspot.com (starting point of hop)

I'm sponsoring a 31 day blog hop for smeared and smudged-they have an exclusive sheet of my Halloween digis and will be hiding it somewhere in the hop every day for 31 days...

That's 31 chances to win-so everyone start hopping in October!!!

Good Luck

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Collage Obsession


DIAN asks us to do our version of the Big Rock Candy Mountain-made popular in a song last century-I saww a travel poster-a little psychedelic and here is the result.

I could have sworn the words were different but regardles I refuse to include cigarette trees.

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Young Guy Across the street...

I find it interesting that people don’t like to go to the dentist and how often they have horror stories about dental office visits.

One of my best friends was just telling me about his former dentist who dropped a drill bit down his throat, not once but twice, and panicked about it shouting at his patient to not swallow and not make a fuss as he attempted to tweezers it out of his throat.

As an adult I have been very lucky to have several really good dentists-since I have really poor teeth this has been lucky for me.

I find dentists very interesting.

Generally they have all the appeal of doctors but are usually less rumpled and distracted and also are often quite creative dabbling in sculpture and other artistic pursuits.

The also have very clean hands-gloves aside.

My former dentist was a tole painter and tied fly fishing lures.

He was quite good at both.

He was also the darling of many of his female patients and the bane of their husbands since her frequently attended craft classes with his wife and shopped with her at local craft Shoppe’s and craft conventions

My current dentist is a genius.

I have decided I really like Chinese American medical professionals-my primary care doctor is Chinese-3rd generation American and so is my Dentist-as a matter of fact they may actually know each other at least via their families.

My dentist is also quite attractive, has a great personality, takes wonderful pictures, many underwater shots, and is disgustingly fit-no chubby dental guy there, slender and toned.

He is referred to as “that young Asian guy across the street”.

I live in a retirement community and we have a number of dentists in the area-I don’t know all their names but I know exactly who is being referred to when someone says “that quack down in the center” or “that foreign guy up the boulevard”.

Such is the nomenclature of the various retired folks in my area.

Anyway I had made the mistake of going to “the quack” and several people said I should try “the young guy” so I did and I liked him a lot.

I hate shots as you probably know if you’ve read my blog and there are a couple of dental numbing injections that are particularly nasty-one is the palatal and the other one I refer to as the “hinge one”.

My dentist told me what it’s called but “the hinge one” is so much easier to remember.

My dentist, the handsome genius, can do either of these procedures absolutely painlessly.

He will warn that there may be the obligatory “pinch” but so far-no pinch.

This is because he is a genius AND because he is very careful, slow and methodical-he doesn’t rush to get you numb-he's more concerned that it doesn’t hurt-this is a good thing.

My former dentist had a “lodge” inspired office which went well with his tole painting, crafts and fly fishing.

It was dark and, well. Lodgey…it always seemed like it was about to be Thanksgiving in his office.

I had never been to a dentist’s office that had red plaid curtains and bear tracks across the ceiling but I figured the curtains were a good idea-in case of an errant spray of blood from the drill it wouldn’t stain the curtains…blood stained curtains do not instill confidence.

“The young guy across the street” where I go has redecorated his office within the time I have been going there.

It has a tranquil, oceany, spa like feeling (no curtains that I can remember).

It’s nice.

He has TVs with do it yourself shows and cooking shows in each room, a Zen fountain, and of course lots of his photographs framed on the walls.

Makes you want to settle in for a root canal-I have actually dozed off in his chair…recently.

Speaking of the dreaded root canal…my Mother had instilled in me that after child birth and the pain of raising ungrateful children, a root canal is the next most painful and horrible thing.

I have not found this to be true.

Having now had a number of root canals I find them not much worse than a filling-there are any number of things I find less pleasant than a root canal.

Dentistry having progressed quite a great deal in the last century many of the things that used to be painful are now much less uncomfortable.

DRILLS for instance are no longer powered by the dentist working a pedal not unlike a singer sewing machine-they are high speed and much sharper than they used to be.

Also that sucky thing they used to hang on your lip to suction up excess spit is now a clean white wand wielded by a dental assistant along with a water spray thing and the air blower.

So when the dentist needs things wetter or dryer he has a helper who sees that it all happens.

This is probably why a filling used to be 10 bucks and is now hundreds of dollars but really it’s worth it considering the décor, assistant and painless injections and root canals.

Dentistry is actually a bargain.

Doctors give you sample pills now and then but the dentist often gives you swag bags with toothbrushes, floss, mouth wash and toothpaste samples-useful stuff that also can be packed in your travel case.

Dental Floss…now there’s a pain in the ass.

I think many dentists must have stock in dental floss companies since they pitch the stuff like asphalt driveway replacement or swimming pools.

Dentists are preoccupied with dental floss and they make sure you are driven to distraction when you don’t use the stuff.

My genius dentist recently told me I was killing him when I admitted I do not floss regularly.

It’s not that I want to endanger his health and well-being it’s that I am a lazy ass and I forget to floss.

I don’t much like to floss-I don’t mind brushing and rinsing but flossing is annoying and uncomfortable.

I tried dental TAPE-it is more comfortable than the floss but is still a pain in the ass.

I would rather have a root canal.

I also like my hygienist a great deal-she used to be the geniuses hygienist when he was a kid before he decided to be a dentist, now she works across the hall from him almost every day.

The cleanings are also much more comfortable and she has this neat clicky thing when she has to go mining in the deep pockets-it’s great.

I have no idea why I felt compelled to expound on the “young guy across the street” and how good he is at what he does but like the cut of men’s trousers and other strange things the world dictates to me what I write about…today it happened to be dentists.

Also I was just over there for a root canal and I had forgotten how comfy it all is.
But that’s in HIS office it’s not at all comfy at the quack’s or the foreigner up the boulevard.

Oh if you wondered the tole painting fly tier guy retired but this guy’s way better anyway.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PEACE




Because we need it...because we never need another 9-11, or Holocaust, or any tragic violence leading to misery, sadness and loss...because it's long past time and before it's too late...please...let us have peace on our earth and let EVERYONE love whom they wish without judgement...please...

COLLAGE OBSESSION weekly challenge PEACE (Tiffany via Kaylene) Sept 11, 2011
Rick St. dennis

MORE Batty photos from the Elite Design Team

HELENE did this adorable corset bag that looks like a midevil torture device and tucked her bat card inside-when I asked for over the top and outside the box I get it from my wonderful EDT Ladies...





HAZEL is still going batty-she found some wonderful inspirational papers so she made yet another card for this challenge-another great job as well....







Thursday, September 8, 2011

More New Halloween for 2011




I added a heap of new designs tonight to my Etsy Digi shoppe so amble on over there and check out all the new stuff.

I decided to do a bunch of cheesy B MOVIE sci fi monsters and had a ball doing them-another witch-I think I have about a million now-anyway I was just crankin out some good work so I went with it.

Still looking for Bat designs for my GOING BATTY promotion-remember you will get a "wee suprise" as Hazel said-if you send in a bat card.

Hope everyone is having a fun week-the weekend is almost here and its supposed to cool down in California so woooo hOOOOOOO.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

SLOTH - Collage Obsession




As usual for this series my entry is above and on my blog:

According To Wikipedia:

Sloth is defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek ἁκηδείᾱ, meaning "Carelessness".

Sloth can also indicate a wasting due to lack of use, concerning a person, place, thing, skill, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement, or support to continue to exist.

Religious views concerning the need for one to work to support society and further God's plan and work also suggest that, through inactivity, one invites the desire to sin. "For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do." ("Against Idleness and Mischief" by Isaac Watts).[citation needed]

In the Philokalia the word, dejection is used instead of sloth, for the man who falls into dejection will lose interest in life.

I have always liked this hot, vibrant painting of a woman sleeping in the heat of the afternoon-for my purposes here I have served her up on a bed of hell, fire and supernovas-wound her is golden webs and given her a cherub to cry over her damnation (thanks Itkupilli for this PNG image).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

GOING BATTY -Design Team Challenge


















I have asked my Elite Design Team to produce a project using a new BAT design I did for this years digi collection.

YOU asked for more SCARY less Cutesy so I am trying to please everyone.

Anyway I asked my design ladies for a card that was very over the top, glittery, complicated, bizarre but also traditional colours...I will be publishing their projects over the next few weeks-so watch this page for some spooky ideas.

They also had to use the words "GOING BATTY" on their project and once all their projects are posted I will have a very special announcement so watch forthat as well.

HAZEL (not Witch Hazel) came through first with this sparkeled up card-her FIRST card BTW and I think its just spiffy.

She says she thought he was a very scary bat but got more friendly after she sparkled him up.

Hazel has been sick for several weeks and it sure seems like the same bug I caught so I guess I got it in sympathy-glad she is feeling better (and so am I).

GO BATTY with us-if you have a BAT design on a card send it to me at
rickstdennis@yahoo.com
and I will publish the best of the designs-please be sure to give me the particulars on whose images you used etc.

BATS ONLY!!! and in traditional Halloween colours please (Black, Orange, Purple, Poison Green, Yellow, Grey) you will recieve a thank you gift via email if your design is used on the blog-deadline is Oct 1, 2011.

We're all GOING BATTY so come on and play along!!!