Sunday, August 21, 2011

Smudgy Antics Challenge - Dead Divas

Each week, the folks at Smeared Ink are hosting a challenge on their DT's blog Smudgy Antics . The challenge starts on Monday at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59p.m. the following Saturday, giving participants 6 days. The challenge has weekly themes, this week's being Dead Divas. The only stipulation is that there be at least one Smeared Ink stamp (digi or rubber) used. Beyond that, you can use any other stamps on your project. Of course, there's a prize! By Random Number Generator (which, by the way, hates me ), one person will receive a digi or prize listed on the blog. Cool, huh?

My project this week is a framed piece (all set for the best holiday of the year!) using one of Tiddly Ink's images "Frankie", a really sassy version of the bride of Frankenstein. She's a part of Tiddly Ink's Gothic Pinup collection. For the Smeared Ink image, I used the Gear Heart digi image available in their shop as a single, and printed several resized & twisted, printed on watercolor paper. For the coloring, I used Derwent's Inktense pencils, Tombow markers, and colored pencils. Added a little Distress Ink. Please excuse the flash...

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Call for Cards

The ever-sweet, lovely Meredith at Paper Canteen Creations has asked her crafty friends to send cards to a young man who was seriously injured last April. Ryan, on the long, laborious road to recovery, and whose story you can read about here Ryan's Recovery:. He sounds like such an extraordinary human being having moved from California to New Orleans to help out during the aftermath of Katrina.

Here's the card I am sending to Ryan:

The image is "Owlette" (isn't she adorable with her owl?) from Tiddly Inks, and the sentiment is from Comotion. She's stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Derwent Inktense pencils & colored pencils and mounted onto a piece of CS. The background paper is from DieCutsWithaView's Rock Star 8x8 pad. I added a little ribbon, a gear & spinner from Tim Holtz. Inside the card, I've written " 'Owl' be thinking of you" .

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Smeared & Smudged Member Blog Hop

It's that time of the month again, (no, not that time), but time for Smeared & Smudged Member Blog Hop, brought to you by Smeared Ink . This month we were asked to get messy with "Paint" for our projects.

Since there is only 81 days till the bestest day of the year, Halloween, I've begun working on additions to my decorations. I love Halloween so much that there are many items I leave up all year long, a muslin witch a friend made, a huge grinning paper mache black cat, my 2 Pumpkinseeds figurines by Janell Berryman, and more...

Today's project started life out as a plain old paper mache container. I painted it with black gesso, followed by a couple of coats of purple. For the lid, I printed out the "wicked witch" digi from Smeared Ink and colored her with Derwent Inktense pencils. I love those pencils, the intensity of the color after you paint with your waterbrush is amazing. To the lid I also added an orange pumpkin trim, accented with paprika & green stickles & black satin witch trim over it. To the bottom I used Graphic 45's new Oz stamps Wicked and the witch hat in white ink. Excuse the poor photos...

Thanks for hopping with us! Here's the complete list of blog hop participants:













Lady Brayton

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 - Day Seven, The Final Challenge!

Wow, it's the last challenge of Smudgefest 2011, sponsored by Smeared Ink . There have been awesome prizes won, and lots of cool projects by many talented artists. Wonder who will win the grand prize of 17 digi sets?
Pick me... LOL

We were given a digi of an adorable rat named Calypso to use in our project, which was pretty nice of them. When I was young, about 14, we were visiting some friends who had boys about my age and a little younger. They had rats for pets, so we put 3 of them on my head, kind of tangled in my hair & I walked to where the grownups were playing cards. I told my mom "you always say my hair is a rat's nest, and now it is". Mom let out a little scream & we laughed. My daughters had rats when they were younger, but could only play with them in their rooms with the door closed because we also had cats & dogs. Cats plus rats equals dead rats...

My project is a simple card showing a rat's revenge on the human who hurt its tail . I colored the rat image with Derwent Inktense pencils & colored pencils, the same with the image from "Gross Anatomy". I cut out a second tail for the rat & wrapped it with gauze. Mounted them both on yellow patterned paper, and cut out a "mousehole" using another darker paper. Made a little tag showing his satisfaction with the Acme Human Trap, and added a metal swirl.

This was fun!

Varying Visages of Vincent Price

The illustrious Barb and her minions at Haunted Design House are having a blog hop to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vincent Price. There is blog candy for this challenge & I'm amazed at the awesome entries.

Here is my humble addition to the celebration. I loved Vincent Price, his voice, his movies and was saddened by his death in 1993. One of his last movies, "Edward Scissorshands" is one of my all time favorite movies. Anywho, I took a small shadow box, painted it black & purple, then added miniature photos I found online from some of his movies "The Raven", "Pit and the Pendulum", "Edward Scissorshands", and more. I also used a couple of Making Memories metal letter discs V & P, along with the bloody goo at the top and some little satin bats at the bottom. Please forgive the crookedness of the photo.

Smudgefest 2011 - Day Six!!

Today was the next to the last challenge in the 7 days of Smudgefest, sponsored by Smeared Ink . This has been such fun, and wonderful to see such awesomely talented entries. Today was a little more difficult, and it also took me the most time, since I'm not too swift with sketch challenges. LOL

This is a page I made for my BOS using one of the gorgeous images from Smeared Ink's Nymph rubber sheet. She is so beautiful, an Ocean Goddess to me, more than a nymph or undine, caring for all the creatures of the sea. I colored her with Derwent Inktense pencils, then added some gems withing the water she is playing with. I colored a background piece with pastels, added some rocks & many, many laser cut-outs from Lil Davis that I've had for about 8 years or so. The big fish is from K&Co, and the gems & pearls are BoBunny. The background piece was put on a piece of Navy CS. All of this was placed on a piece of patterned paper that I deckle edged & inked/chalked, then placed on a base of Grey CS. I'm gathering names of Sea/Ocean goddesses which will be written on the opposite side in my BoS.

Only one more day left! Whew!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 - Day Five

This is Day Five of Smudgefest 2011, put on by Smeared Ink. Awesome prizes can be had by completing the daily challenges. All the details of the challenges are found at the Smudgy Antics blog. Today's challenge was Flowing Friday, in which we were to use liquids i.e. inks, watercolors, watered down acrylics, glues to create a project.

For my tag, I took several colors of Distress Ink smooshed on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and created the background. Found the technique in Lord Tim Holtz's "Compendium of Curiosities" which is the bestest book ever! Then I took one of Smeared Ink's "Jack" rubber stamps, stamped with India Ink Black on watercolor paper, colored it with Derwent's Inktense Pencils using my waterbrush. I wanted it sort of subtle. I also used Rock Candy Stickles & amped it up with glittah where Jack's bells are dangling from his jester's hat. I stamped the senti (also from the "Jack" set on vellum and embossed it. I made another little flower from coffee filters spritzed with a concoction of Peeled Paint Distress Ink & various colors of Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister bottle. Adhered Jack using foam squares. Added various ribbons & mini ric-rac.

Whew! Only 2 days left for the challenges. I, like everyone else, want to win the big prize sooooooooo badly. Nonetheless, this has been a lot of fun, and a great distraction from crap here in Happy Valley, Utah. Tomorrow I'll be posting another project I'm working on - Manga! My DD thinks I'm so weird, if she only knew... Goodnite all!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 - Day Four

Today's challenge during Smudgefest by Smeared Ink was Twisted Thursday, and the project was to be an ATC, aka Artist Trading Card.

I used a base of Club Scrap CS, the senti is from Smeared Ink's "Jack" rubber stamp set which I stamped on colored vellum & embossed. The skull is from Dusty Attic which I embossed with Platinum UTEE. Then I took 3 pieces of different colored craft wire & "twisted" it, wrapping around the ATC. Pretty simple.

Wonder what tomorrow's challenge will be...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 - Day Three

Today's challenge was a Color Challenge - using Mustard Yellow, Pumpkin Orange, Dark Grey & Purple!

I used Smeared Ink's Wicked Witch digi image colored with Inktense pencils, backed with purple cs, mounted on dark grey cs, all over a base of Mustard yellow cs. I then made flowers with white cardstock using markers in orange,mustard & grey. The flying monkeys & compass pieces, as well as the Wicked Witch of the West is from Graphic 45's new Oz line of paper. I LOVE THIS PAPER!!!

I'm entering this as my Sketchy Challenge for the Smeared & Smudged Forum. (I'll add links as soon as I figure it out).

Of course, I had to journal a little on the page about my feelings on witches being portrayed as mean green hags

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 Day Two!!!

It's the second day for Smeared Ink's Smudgefest 2011, 7 days of challenges for awesome prizes. Today's theme is Terrifying Tuesday, where we are to create a project using our scariest Smeared Ink image. I used the digi "Open Bust" from the Gross Anatomy set, colored with Derwent Inktense pencils, colored pencils and Tombow markers. The base was colored using various Distress Ink pads with a section masked off for the half human/half raven witch, a stamp from I Brake for Stamps. She was colored with colored pencils. Her minions are Ravens chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic, that I painted, then used embossing powder to give them a little pop.

I just love ravens & crows, and think I'll feature just them in one of my next projects. Looking forward to tomorrow's theme.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Smudgefest 2011 is Here!!! Day One

First of all, a Blessed Lughnasadh & Happy Lammas to all!

All this week, from August 1st thru the 7th, Smeared Ink is having a challenge extravaganza!!! Each day a different challenge will be posted along with guidelines & a special them. Those who would like the opportunity to win awesome prizes, make a project, card, scrapbook page and link it up before midnite that day. A winner will be chosen randomly each day for a cool digi stamp. If you complete all 7 challenges, you will have a chance to win seventeen (17) awesome digi stamp collections worth 275$ Holy Moly!!!! All the particulars can be found on the Smudgy Antics Blog

Today's challenge was to create a Bi-Polar project, showing 2 things that are opposites. I chose to do a card which will go in my art journal depicting a woman who to the outside world is submissive, a people pleasing doormat, but on the inside is raging, wanting to kill everyone and anything who treats her as such, even herself. Smeared Ink's Femdom digi image called "Spreader Bar" portrays the submissive woman perfectly, and the larger image inside of the gun-totin' mama is from the rubber stamp sheet "Chicks Dig Guns". The coloring of images is a combo of Derwent Inktense Pencils (I love 'em), colored pencils and Tombow markers. I also used the bullet holes from the "Chicks Dig Guns", as well as a grave stamp from Gazdina's Stamps (no longer in business). The embellishments were from my stash & they were all put on a gate folded card.

Hope I haven't offended anyone.