Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Helen's Projects

This has been a wonderful Halloween Season and Creepmas still to come-we will have lots of announcements forthcoming in the next weeks-stay tuned:

Helen sent in this wonderful project:

This doorknob plaque features Vlad and vANESSA a pair of images I imagined as vampyrs who for whatever reason kept missing each other in time.

I love that she made Vlad a blonde-something that necer occured to me-I just think the whole project is fun and has a great feel.

Here is another project from Helen using the skull with roses design:

This bracelet would be a fun addition to anyones Halloween wardrobe!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

NEW EDT Memeber - Sharon Sahl

Sharon joins our EDT having had a long tenure in the crfts and dsecorative arts field.

For 30 years or so she created spectacular polymer sculptures such as the one shown here:

Now she has turned to multi-media and paper crafts and it was her out of the box creations of the 31 days Blog Hope that made me take notice and offer her a spot with my team. You can visit Sharon's BLOG from the link over there ================>>>

Here is a card made by Sharon using a vintage shot of her MOM combined with one of our newest Randi Dandi digis VIKKI:

Welcome Sharon-I know we will all enjoy your creations in the future!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rick's Pick-winners from Challenge 1

We had decided that I would not vote in the top 3 catagory on Sparkle and Glitter except to break ties-rather, I would have a badge of my own that may or may not be awarded every challenge delending on how I feel about the entries.

Well----we had some wonderful entries this first challenge and I want to say THANK YOU to all who supported my wonderful design Team and their HARD, HARD wiork in putting together the Sparkle and Glitter Challenge blog-I think its an enormous success and a great place to have your work seen and discussed.

The purpose Of Rick's Pick is to let you know WHY I chose what I chose so I had three cards-and it was very hard to narrow it down to 3=that I decided to discuss so you will understand how I look at adjudicating design projects.

When I recieved the card with the Euro Clown Troupe I was so impressed with the fact that the designer had taken a somewhat dark end edgy image and made a Christmas card out of it.

I judge on first impression, composition, colour, texture, design components and workmanship.

This project from SHARON'S SHOWCASE had it all-the fist impression was good, the colours were excellant and she had really balance her design components by blending traditional with modern to make the image work...really great job!

I have no particular critique of this project-I don't love the gold cord at the top with that big knot-it detracts from the rest of the work back thats a small thing-the card overall is wonderful.

DREAM LAINE sent in a lovely silver and pink card featuring my ISABELLA CHRISTMAS ANGEL-I was thrilled because this was the first time I had seen this image coloured!

Again first impression, colour, composition, textures all made this a winner. The card just has a lovely quality to it overall.

The more I looked at the project the more one item that I had initially loved began to bother me-well actually two components...

The large sparkly flower was pulling my eye and it was fighting with the sentiment at the top of the card above it-PLEASE remember this is in my opinion and does not reflect on the designers choices!

The sentoment seemed too contemporary in type font for the card as a whole and the flower, just too bold a statement for the delicacy of the card-a silvery organdy rose or similar soft, translucent bloom would have been more in keeping with what I felt were the designers intentions.

Alipeeps entry took bold steps and combined gold and pink with monochromatic elements, flourishes and swirls against delicate prints-it was a lot of ideas in a small space...playing horizontals against strong verticals brokens by the embellishments was a risky proposition and matte against reflective is always a case of which will win in the end.

The image is risky also-it has a collection of odd elements and lines-not the least of which is a very simnple costume against a head full of feathers which makes her look top heavy.

Somehow ALI managed to take the lines and curves from LOU LOU THE CHORUS CUtIE and echo them in her embellishments so the eye is drawn to the delicate colouring of the digi-the whole card says show biz but the film reels and movie referance takes us to another era and also helps connect the digi image to the card.

The sweetly sentimental print papers shouldnt work here but they add a nostalgic, vintage feel and by isolating the showgirl with the gold foil the prints become the scenery for a razzle dazzle show and the glitxy foil becomes the stage props that ties it all together.

Three very differant cards-three visions any of which would deserve accolades for their merits-The clowns that became Holiday icons, The sparkly Chrismas Angel and the gaudy bawdy showgirl-each by itsself an arresting piece of work.

So for my first RICK'S PICK-recieving a special Badge, this blog mention and her pick of any 2 digis from my shop-the winner must be:


Congrads and please contact me ALI with your choice for your free digis!

Conrads as well to all the entrants for a job well done-see you next time!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Catsup, Ketchup, Catch up 3

Yet more pictures of wonderful projects to share:

From Helen:

From Monique:

From Nataliya:

Also from NATALIYA:

Finally a couple of the new randi dandi designs SENT IN BY mONIQUE AND sUZI:

Thanks to all for sharing these wonderful designs and there are many more scattered thru my ETSY shoppe as samples on various designs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ketchup 2

Still catching up on my posting images from EDT members and friends-here are a few more:

From Monique:

From Hazel:

From Helen:

Also from Hazel:

Stay tuned more coming tomorrow!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Playing Catch up

I am so far behind on posting images and blogging-there for awhile I was doing several posts a day-Halloween is just my busy season and then I had a drawing spurt...

When I draw like that everything else goes to Hell immediatly...I don't think I left the house for about 5 days as Idea after Idea poured out onto my drawing board.

I'm going to post a gallery of images that just havn't gotten posted so far-My apologies to all my design team for not doing a lengthy blog post about each one.

These are from Gloria Steiger and include Hexology, Black Widow, Voodoo Doll and one of my alien Mutants...Thanks Gloria.

Gloria's colouring is outstanding and she always makes my images sing...

Nataliya Simpson's rendering of DON'T GO IN THERE-one of her intricate 3D Decoupage cards

It's amazing how this technique brings images to life-I love it because it reminds me of multi-plane camera shots in old animated films...

More from Gloria-Nightwatch, I am yoo Santa and This is for you---we are already planning an event for CREEPMAS...

This is PART ONE-Watch for MORE of this Gallery coming soon...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The partys over...

I had a blast-it was hectic and wonderful and all the things a great poarty should be without the high calorie dip and the hangover...

We had 13 quiz games that ranged from Shakespeare to my Decorativbe painting books-the climax was a frantic treasure hunt won by JULIA VAZQUEZ who took home the winner badge, some free digis and a 31% off discount code.

One highlight was some project sharing:

Julia Vazquez

Elenor Sondstrom

Suzi McKenzie

Shelley Mimi Bo

Helen and Monique shared projects from the Smeared and Smudged 31 days blog Hop- Moniques a hysterical version of her Euro Girl stamp and Helens an adorable trio of Halloween lanterns also featuring HER euro girl stamp---check out the smeared and smudged blog hop for MANY wonderful projects and quite a number using my images!

Thanks again to all those who participated in todays first annual Saturday the 13th event (next year its Monday I think wed'll just MAKE it Saturday anyway) and THANKS especially to my wonderful EDT team Helen, Aletha, Monique, Nataliya, Suzi, Miranda, Hazel, Pauline and Gloria who made today very special not only for our guests but for me as well!!!-BRAVO LADIES!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Never occured to me that my EURO CLOWN TROUPE could turn into Elves-but thats what Happened when Sharon Rogers used this whimnsical stamp as a part of her entry for our challenge at SPARKLE AND GLITTER!

What I thought of as a sort of Avante Garde, contemprary design has become very festive in Sharon's creative hands and would certainly be a cute card for a family of 5 or someone who loves wacky elves...

The sparkle adds that frosty flair that makes this card a real winner!

I was so impressed with this design that I snatched the images off her blog to share with you-hope you dont mind Sharon? And I hope YOU enjoyed seeing it-never limit yourself when it comes to creativity-get out the holiday colours and jingle bells and make whatever you like a HOLIDAY design!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To quote a WITCH

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes

Saturday the 13th

Don't miss it or you'll be terribly sorry

(Thanks Will Shakespeare)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Something Wickedly Wonderful This Way Comes...

"Well, what tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder goe when it dies?”
― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Somethings in the air...did you notice it's Saturday the 13th this week...halfe Halloween an auspicious day???

I see give aways-freebies-codes-mystical, magical events for one day only...what could it all mean?

by Monique EDT

“For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth....Such are the autumn people.”

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Monday, October 8, 2012


Elenor Sandstrom sent in this great card using my SKULL WITH ROSES DIGI.

I originally did this design for a prize sheet of digis for SKULLABRATION at Smeared and Sumdged I believe?

Anyway it's the only design from the sheet I have used in my shop and I'm always suprised by how versetile the design can be and how many ways people can colour it.

Here are a couple of other versions of this design:

By Hazel Thomson Didos Designs

By Ellis

By Monique

I love what Monique does with bottles and she's also great at these glowing graveyard skies...

My new skull piece is HEXOLOGY which has been very popular this season.

And here's Monique's version...

Helene Ericsson EDT