Saturday, March 20, 2010

Big News!

I have been chosen to represent Smeared Ink as a Design Team Member! My term starts April 1st. I am so psyched!!!  Here is the link:  The new Smeared Ink design team members will be joining forces with some of the veteran design team members from Smeared and Smudged to bring forth kick-ass artwork utilizing Smeared Ink Stamps.  The new team members will be announced in April.  In the mean time, check out the awesome designs from the current design team.  I can't wait to collaborate with these talented ladies!

Info about Smeared Ink:

Smeared Ink is a small home business owned by Terra Serrano and Tori Searcey, two sisters who bring various experience to the venture.

Tori has an Associates of Applied Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and has over six years experience as a Graphic Designer, working with various companies. She enjoys photography, the art of Tattoo, illustration, needlework and the mysteries of life and nature.

Terra has over ten years experience as a rubber stamp artist, including demonstrating and designing samples for various rubber stamp companies, and teaching classes and workshops. Her interests include bellydancing, writing, illustration, mixed media art, and creating using power tools and found objects.

Together, these sisters offer their unique perspective to the rubber stamping world.

Info about the stamps:

Smeared Ink designs are deep etch rubber stamps made from natural gum rubber.  They can be safely used with any type of crafting ink.  Their versatility gives you fabulous stamping on a wide variety of papers, fabrics, metal, glass, clay, and velvet. The possibilities are endless. We press our stamps through Picture My Stamp, a leading rubber stamp manufacturer that surpasses industry standards on product quality.

We offer unmounted, untrimmed rubber stamp sheets that are durable and versatile. You can use the rubber as-is after trimming, or add your own cling mount or mounting foam before or after trimming. We do not offer mounting options, but there are several very good online sources for cling mount and standard mounting cushion.

Other Smeared Goodness:
Smeared and Smudged also has their own ning group.  Here's the link:  The ning group offers followers a chance to network, learn new techniques, participate in challenges, and share their artwork.  It is a diverse group that is truly supportive of artistic expression.   Dark Art and Fantasy lovers can find a home here.  Design styles range from sassy to funny to macabre.  All projects are welcome including altered items, mixed media, scrapbook pages, digital art, cards, etc.  The only requirement is that a stamp, rubber or digital, be used in the artwork.  The ladies and gents in this group rock!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Time to Roll in the Gutter...Again

I'm Still Sugar and Spice
One of the Boys by Katy Perry
Ribbon/Bows AND Dirty Socks

I took a different approach to this layout. I just used a line from the song for my inspiration and went with it. I didn't use the products listed and I didn't really go with the feel of the song. When I heard the line "I saw a spider...I didn't scream", I just knew I had to do a campy horror layout. It's not my best work, but it was fun. I realized that I need a huge spiderweb stamp. I didn't really like how my little stamps worked out. I probably should have hand drawn the images. I zombified all of the pictures myself with picnik. I was tickled to find left over spiders from Halloween. I glued them all over my page. My cute little pets! I used lots of inky goodness and embossing powder. A page isn't a page unless my fingers are dirty and stained at the end of the project. Yes. I liked playing in mud puddles as a child and I still like to get down and dirty. Enjoy!

Change is in the air

I'm in the middle of so much these days. For the handful of people that read this blog, you are aware that I work way too much. My schedule has been insane lately! I spend more hours at work than I do at home. I've decided to make a change. I will either be changing jobs within the month or, at the very least, reducing my hours. I'm tired of my body feeling like it has been hit by a truck. I'm tired of being zapped of all energy. I'm tired of being too tired to create. The job hunt starts tomorrow. Wish me luck. I wish I could make a living doing artsy stuff, but I like the comfort of a roof over my head and food on my table. Perhaps, in the future, I'll start my own business, but for now...nursing still calls.

I've decided to try out for a design team this year. It was the only New Year's resolution that I made this year. I'm not sure if I have what it takes, but I'll never know if I don't try. Smeared and Smudged has its own stamp line now and is holding a design team call. The ladies there do such kick-ass work and their challenges are always a blast! Everyone in the group is so supportive and being involved has really helped my come into my own as far as my artwork is concerned. I'm always inspired by the art that others create. I am happy to have found a place where I can feel free to create anything I want without concern of offending others with my bold style. I have had a few sites refuse my project postings because they were "too dark", they "contained sexual content", or they were "too graphic". Screw that! Artwork is about expression! If chosen for the DT, I hope to inspire others to create. I want to help others to embrace themselves and their personal style. I want to be a part of this awesome group of ladies and the Smeared and Smudged Stamp Line. I want to be on the ground floor of something great and be able to say, "Hey...I was a part of that!" On the selfish side, I want to be a DT member because I think it will help me grow as an artist and continue to challenge me to exceed my own expectations of myself. I haven't chosen my exact submissions yet, but I've narrowed it down to these:

Part of my submission is supposed to be an altered item. Unfortunately, I have given away most of my altered items as gifts and have no pictures to show my work. Hopefully the detail pics of my scrapbook page which contain altered cardboard accented with chain and covered with yummy inkiness will suffice. The fighting girls are so bad ass! I bought the stamps from the Edward Gorey site. I'll post the addy later. I used prisma pencils, markers and colorbox ink. I honestly don't remember what the background stamps were. If it comes to me, I'll post the source. I also used chipboard letters and grunged them up with ink, paint, and markers. It gave a pretty cool effect.

I must also submit three cards using stamped images. I think it was 3...I'll have to go back and read the instructions. I'm more about the moment than the rules. I'll have to work on that. LOL! Anyway, I'm having trouble deciding which cards to pick, but I have narrowed it down to the ones below. Maybe you guys can help me pick which images I should use. It would totally rock being a smeared and smudged design team member. The ladies there come up with such cool stuff! Wish me luck! Oh...and now that I'm reducing my work hours I'll have TIME to be a design team member!!! Time? What the Hell is that?

Below is a cutsie card I made using a Bombshell Stamp. It was originally made for the Feb. card sketch challenge on Smeared and Smudged, but I didn't submit it in time. I figured I should show that I don't have to use blood and gore in all of my designs!