Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April Smeared and Smudged Sketch Challenge

Hooray!  I finally finished my Card Sketch Challenge for the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  I didn't follow the sketch exactly.  I rarely do.  I flipped the sketch and (accidentally) changed the side that the ribbon goes on.  Oh well!  It still resembles the sketch enough to count.  I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out.  I usually have a difficult time with sketches so I have decided to challenge myself by participating in sketch challenges more often.  Click on the pics below to enlarge the images, if desired.  The first image is the front of my card.

I used Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp Set.  The cardstock is DCVW (I forgot which pad).  I'll post the exact name of the cardstock and ribbon later.  I'm far too lazy to go back to my craft area to check. 

The second image is the inside of the card (duh!), which is also made with Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp Set.  I kept it pretty simple and left an area for others to write their own sentiment. 

Hopefully I've inspired you to head over to the Smeared and Smudged forum to check out the awesome inkiness of others and to join in the fun.  The group has newbies as well as seasoned stampers.  I have gained so much inspiration from these ladies and gents!  Oh...in case you didn't see my previous post, this month's prize sponser is Stamp Insanity Stamps.  They are giving away a digi image set.  The prize is a random drawing from those that submit projects so even if you're a newbie, you'll have the same odds of winning as the vets.  BTW...all the vets were newbies at one time...so get involved already!  We'd love to have you!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Please, Don't Feed the Grumpies

Here is one of my altered items for the Smeared and Smudged forum.  It is a stamped grumpie from Smeared Ink on muslin.  It was originally going to be a stuffed keychain, but then I found this wicked mini-jar and had to make a home for my grumpie.  Simple, but cute.

This next altered item is my fav.  It is a test-tube transport box used in the blood lab at work.  One of the girls let me snag a few.  These are awesome because they already have punches in the top and are ready for assembly.  A few folds, some sticky tape, and you're done.  Here's what they look like prior to alteration:

I used Tim Holtz alcohol ink on the entire piece.  Once dry, I assembled the box and pushed in all of the test tube slots.  I then took my favorite images from Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" rubber stamp set, colored them with my copics, and attached Tim Holtz fragments to the images with Glossy Accents.  I used the Glossy Accents to attach the fragments to the box as well as the metal embellies.  Here is the result:

I love practical items!  This same concept can be used with a tissue box or any similar sized cardboard or cardstock box.  Why pay for a plastic marker holder when you can re-use, recycle, or repurpose items you already have?  Mother Earth would thank you.

THANKS for stopping by.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

I Had a Cat Once

It's been a busy week so my postings have slowed down a bit.  Tomorrow I will finally be posting my altered item (better late than never) for the Smeared and Smudged forum as well as my project using Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp Set.  Until then, you should visit the forum and check out the awesome inkiness that has been created by everyone in the group. 

Now that I scrubbed ninety percent of the ink and glue off my fingers, I will share a cute little card I made today.  I used DCWV "naturals" mat stack, cuttlebug embossing folders, distress ink, copic markers, and of course...my Smeared Ink "Li'l Grumpies" Stamp Set.  I know I've only been posting items from this set lately, but I am soooo addicted to it.  I love them!!!  Also, the stamp set fits my mood of late.  Once I get the grumpies out of my system, you will be seeing tons of Shadow Thingies.  I have sooo many things planned for that set!

~lady bray~

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Suck It Up

Here is a cutie I made using Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" stamp set.  There is nothing fancy about this card.  It's just the image with some decorative paper and ribbon as I wanted the focus to be on the image itself.  I also wanted to demonstrate that one does not need to use fancy techniques to make a cute card.  Don't let inexperience hold you back.  Take the plunge and get crafty!

Tune in later this week as I will be revealing my altered item utilizing Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" Stamp Set as well as the cards I made using the Shadow Thingies Set.  My images will also be posted on the Smeared and Smudged Forum, so why not head over there and see what the other creative ladies and gents have made.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Smeared and Smudged April Sketch Challenge


I just wanted to let everyone know that the April Sketch Challenges are up at the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  I will be participating and promise to post my projects as soon as I finish them.  We are having an awesome prize sponser this month.  Keep reading to find out!

Do you love challenges? Are you interested in winning awesome prizes? Join the new monthly sketch challenge group here on Smeared and Smudged, "Very Sketchy", and show us what you've got!

APRIL'S SPONSOR IS:  Stamp Insanity Stamps

Stamp Insanity Rubber Stamp Designs is all about edgy, unique and sassy stamps! If you are looking for something a little different, you’ve come to the right place!.

This month's prize is the Les Coquettes Digital Stamp Set from Stamp Insanity

Friday, April 2, 2010

Better Late than Never

I had to work until 9:30 pm last night and then I had people over so I didn't get the chance to post my first card using Smeared Ink Stamps.  This cutie is from the Li'l Grumpies set and can be purchased here.  These stamps rock!  You get an 8.5x11 inch sheet of deeply etched rubber goodness that is jam packed with awesome images and sentiments.  Check back later to see my other projects using Smeared Ink Stamps or head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum to check out projects made by other talented ladies and gents.  It is a cool group with supportive folks.  I, personally, have gained so much motivation and inspiration by participating in the challenges hosted on the site.  Cheers!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Smeared and Smudged Blog Hop

I'm going to post a teaser project now as I must rush off to an appointment.  Two other projects will be posted later.  I've been a busy girl.  Busy and sleep deprived!  You see, I got "a happy" in the post yesterday after work.  My Smeared Ink stamps (http://www.smearedink.com/) AND my Copic markers arrived so naturally, I had to play.  Artsy stuff or sleep?  Artsy won out.  I was like a kid on Christmas Day!

Let me start out with talking about Smeared Ink Stamps.  They ROCK!  I knew the designs would be awesome, but I had no idea that the quality of the stamps would be so great.  The stamps come on an 8.5"x11" rubber sheet.  You don't just get an image or two.  The sheets are jam packed with stampy goodness.  These stamps are thick too.  The deep etching will allow use on so many different types of mediums.  I can't wait to use them with gesso and clay.  Be ready for many altered items to come.  My little brain is swimming with ideas.  I can't wait until the weekend so I have more time to truly appreciate the greatness of the stamps.  Since I just received my stamps last night...and had to clean my house in preparation for a party...I'll post my Smeared Ink project later in the day. 

I also participated in the Bombshell Blog Hop this week.  I just finished my project, but still must post it to the bombshell site.  My computer is having issues so this probably won't happen until tonight.  This means, dear readers, that you get the first peek at my first bombshell blog hop creation.  The item I made for the bombshell blog hop is a bit different than my usual work.  Those that have seen my previous work probably wouldn't even know this piece came from me.  I used the Butterfly Queen, minus the wings, and altered her bikini top.  For this hop we were supposed to incorporate metal.  I used colored tin that was embossed for the background of my card and used cardstock with foil roses as well.  I like to multi-task so this card will also be entered in Smeared and Smudged Forum under "sassy pants".  Here it is.  I hope you like it.

Now for the teaser project.  This is what I made for the Smeared and Smudged blog hop before all of my new yummies arrived in the mail.  This is my version of an Easter card.  I don't know the exact manufacturer of the skull stamp, but I bought it from http://www.goreydetails.com/.  The wings behind the skull are from Tim Holtz, another one of my favorites.  I'm a bit twisted in that all of my holiday cards end up with skulls of some sort on them.  I even decorate the skulls in my house for holidays....which reminds me...I really MUST find some bunny ears for the skulls in my library.  For those interested, the paper used is DCWV.  I'll post which pack in a bit (as I don't remember off hand).  I cut the egg and the letters with my cricut using the designer calender cart.  The card I made is rather simple, but it was sooo much fun to make!

I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen so far.  Remember to come back later to check out my Smeared Ink and Bombshell projects.  Cheers!

Hopefully this link will post.  If not, I'll adjust it as soon as I get back.  Be sure to check out the work from the awesome ladies participating in the Smeared and Smudged Blog Hop.  Also, check out the Smeared and Smudged Forum and hang out with the kick ass ladies and gents in the group.

Lady Brayton (that's me!)