Monday, July 5, 2010

Simply Betty Blog Hop...Smeared and Smudged Style!

Simply Betty is one of our fabulous sponsors for the month of July! The Smeared Ink DT even got to play with the awesome My Kids Emo World stamps! Betty herself challenged us to "Get Grungy with Simply Betty Stamps!" The Smeared and smudged DT was to create something cute and grungy using 1.) fun grungy elements 2.) the colors black, grey, and any other combo we wanted to throw in the mix and 3.) maybe use metal embellishments too, so it has that grungy look.  Guess what?!  Betty and one of her DT members are hopping with us!  What an awesome collaboration!  I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

I am a huge Simply Betty fan and was super eager to join in.  I got so excited about this challenge that I actually made 4 projects!  My hubby almost had to pry me away from my craft table!  I picked "Christian" to work with.  I made two projects with him and also made cards using "Betty" and "London".

Here is the first card I made with "Christian".

I stamped him with Memento Ink and colored him in with Copic Markers.  His skin was colored with Prisma colored pencils as all of my flesh tone markers have been completely drained.  Time to shop!  The skull was a stencil from Joann Fabrics...originally for a tee-shirt.  I decided to use it like a mask and it worked!  I used lots of Distress Ink in this project...for the skull and to edge and grunge up my various layers of paper.  I did sneak some metal in...the brads for the eyes of the skull.

My second project with "Christian" is below.

The card layout is very similar, but I made "Christian" a blond in this one with awesome emerald eyes to match his pet dragon.  His body was colored with Copic Markers and his face was colored with colored pencils.  I used a cross stencil in this project.  I forgot to put the stencil on fabric first (to remove the excess stickiness), but it worked to my advantage.  It roughed-up my paper big time when I peeled it off...which gave an awesome effect!  I just inked the ripped paper lightly for that grungy look.

Now comes "London" with her fabulous self.

The same applies...copics, pencils, distress.  I added jeweled brads and spiders for accents.

Last one for today..."Betty"! 

In honor of the blog hop, I made "Betty" especially grungy!  Lots of distress ink going on!  I used the cross stencil again.  The edges were made with an EK Success border punch.  I used metal embellishments at the top. 

Whew!  I hope I didn't drive you mad with all of my projects!  I just loved them all so much I couldn't pick just one, so I used them all!  If I haven't tired your eyes out too much continue on with the hop, but before you go read the announcement below. 

***If you like what you've seen we have a surprise! These images can be yours! Yes. You can win Simply Betty Stamps by participating in Smeared and Smudged's blog challenges. Simply Betty Stamps is generously offering 3 "My Kids Emo World" stamps to the winner of the "Oh, the Horror!"  challenge and 3 "My Kids Emo World" stamps to the winner of the "Rock N Rolla" challenge. Be sure to enter one or both of these challenges for your chance to win these fabulous Simply Betty Stamps.***

Now...the list of the hoppers:
Lady Brayton (that's me!)

Betty (betty apologizes as she won't be able to join today)

Thanks for stopping by!
~lady brayton~


  1. You were a VERY busy girl!!! These are all STUNNING and delicious!!! Seriously, such hard work and love went into these. I love them all!!! Amazing work!

  2. Holy crow! I LOVE EVERY ONE!!!!! I can't even pick a fave...your coloring is just stunning, as always, and I love the stencils you used, your papers, just everything! You really made some sick and fabulous cards!!! I wish we could craft together!!!

  3. You are totally insane, and I love you for that, but these cards are AMAZING!! I can't imagine how much time these took you to make! Your coloring is marvelous, and your designs are fabulous. You kick ass!!

  4. WOW I had a hard time doing one and all the ones you did are great.Wonderful Everything!Hugs Sarah

  5. Sheesh. You're such an overachiever.

    All of the cards are totally fabulous. I'm so glad I don't have to choose a favorite, though the last London one is really singing to me.

    Your coloring is top notch and the design of all of the cards is superb.

  6. OMG... these are all fantastic... a feast for the eyes :) Fabulous coloring!

  7. Lovely! My favourites are Christian with the white cross and London is sooooo very cute!

  8. lol! I've been having trouble sleeping...can you tell? At least my mojo is coming back strong! Thanks for all of the love!

  9. Lady..... everyone of these cards is totally perfect...everytime i see your work i am its X4... i love the cross... really love the cross!
    Your art blows me away....everytime!
    love lynx

  10. LB- I love all 4 of them and shame on your hubby for making you stop. More would be great :) Your style and these stamps are a perfect fit!

  11. wow you out did yourself!!!! great job!!!

  12.'ve been a busy busy little bee! Each card is perfect in it's own way. Once again, I love you're coloring...they're always so vibrant and eye-catching. The London card is my favorite!! The colors just really pop for me and all the elements are fantastic! Great job! You're awesome.

  13. Well aren't you the overachiever! LOL FABULOUS collection of cards, Lady! Love the masking and your coloring is unbelievable! xxD

  14. All of these are freakin' awesome! Love these Simply Betty stamps and you are rockin' 'em hard in your cards!