Saturday, April 30, 2011

Beachy yearning on a snowy day

Can you believe it is snowing here in Utah? Egads!!!!! I am so ready for summer & miss walking on the beach in southern California as this lass has done. I've used 2 of Smeared Ink's awesome digis (available singly), Crabby Love from the Smitten set and Geared Heart from the Hearts set. She and Mr. Crabb were colored with water-based markers & watercolor pencils. Since scanning this in, I've added a distressed brass stickles from Ranger (didn't want to muck up the screen of my new all-in-one :::clapping loudly::: I also chalked around the edges. It was then mounted to a based card that has pieces of a sandpaper textured papers. Added a heart & shell from K & Co., velveteen flowers from prima, a senti sticker from 7 gypsies, and the black border at the bottom is actually a sticker. Hope you like it!

Digi stamps are great to use, re-size as needed. We'll be having a digi release at Smeared Ink in May so be on the lookout!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Debut as a DT member for Smeared Ink

Good morning all, Today is my first offering as a member of the DT. First of all, I was so excited to have been chosen to join their design team. Those ladies know how to rock their stamping world. When I found out I just kept singing the Pointer Sisters "I'm so excited" in my head and sometimes aloud . I'm very, very grateful.

So here it is, my first project:

I made the background on the dominos with alcohol inks and wanted it to look like blood. Mr. Poe is the Master of the Macabre, after all. I then used my absolute fave stamp set "Quoth the Raven" from Smeared Ink, using Staz-on in black. It was strung together using stretchy cord and various beads from my collection. This was a learning experience on the properties of alcohol inks, lessons I'd learned before but had forgotten. I'm going to try a different ink next time for the images, perhaps Ranger's Archival or some Decor-it just to see what happens.

I'll be back after I get a little sleep to post a better picture and another project just finished. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Smeared & Smudged's April Member Blog Hop

She's late, she's late for a very important date... Lost my cable & internet yesterday late afternoon. A horribly strong windstorm came thru yesterday, I swear all I could think as I drove to pick up my younger dd from work watching branches, signs, debris pass in front of the car was "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!" (complete with music in my head) LOL Well the net is back on, you have my sincerest apologies, so without further ado:

Welcome to the my little contribution of the Smeared & Smudged Forum's April Member Blog Hop!

Most peeps don't know that I am a philatelist and have been one for 50 years. There I've admitted that I am truly a dork! LOL One of my areas of stamp collection is First Day Covers commemorating the life & death of one of my fave authors, Edgar Allan Poe. So rather than displaying them in boring plastic sleeves, they deserve a book of their own, done scrapbook style. Here's the first

Our challenge was to use metal somewhere in our project, so I took a piece of purple embossing metal, stamped the backside and embossed it, covered the front with clear embossing powder & heated. The "Nevermore" border is using one of the stamps from Smeared Ink's awesome rubber set "Quoth the Raven" which commemorates our beloved Poe in SI style. I also colored the SI digi image "Marionette pointing" with prismacolor pencils & layered a piece of black tulle over the border, dancer and Poe. The two small flowers are from Prima.

Hope you enjoyed it! Here's the list of participants:



Lady Brayton

Black Dragon