Monday, July 26, 2010

It's Terra's Birthday!

We chics over at Smeared and Smudged are anything but normal.  We like the darker, edgier side of things.  Terra, one of the owners of Smeared Ink Stamps, is having a birthday today.  Since there are no gifts better than homemade gifts I thought I'd make her a present...Smeared Ink Style!  Granted, what I made may be a bit dark and gory for most, perhaps even too dark for some of the Smeared Ink Gals, but I just had to get grungy!  My only regret is this project is all digital so I didn't get my hands dirty, but the project is dark and grimy enough to compensate for my clean fingers!  What on Earth did I create?  Well, I've been on a portrait kick.  You may have seen the pin-up I made of my fellow DT member, Alison. If not, go to my previous post as it is a MUST see!  Since I already did a pretty and hawt portrait I decided to go to the other end of the spectrum for today's birthday girl.  Before the reveal...let me show you pictures of Terra.


Too cute, huh?!


Now, meet Terra in my Zombie 2.0 version!

NOW MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO GET THE LITTLE SHORTIES AWAY FROM THE MONITOR.

I REPEAT...DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN VIEW THIS!!

Don't say I didn't warn you.

This isn't for the feint of heart.

Did I mention this will be really sick?

Totally unsuitable for everyone!

Okay.

Enough warnings.

Here goes:


Happy Birthday Zombie Queen!

I hope you like this and don't get offended.  Heck, you're even cute as a zombie!  It was hard to make you scary with that sweet face!  I think I succeeded though.
Thanks for letting me be a member of your awesome DT and thanks for providing a place that allows dark art as well as the pretty schtuff to be displayed.

You Rock!

Love Ya!
~lady b~

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Great Cans!

During my vacation, I came across an advertisment that reminded me of my friend and fellow S&S DT member, Alison.  Here is what Alison looked like in a recent photo shoot:




Here is what the inspiration photo looked like:




My take on the inspiration photo is posted below.  Click the image to enlarge.


The total size is 8" x 8".  I made Alison and the ribbon much more vibrant than the original (I had to match Alison's vibrant personality) and switched the beer can a bit as squeezing Pabst Blue Ribbon in that tiny space was too difficult for me.  Alison is not a beer drinker, but when I think vintage or rock-a-billy I think PBR.  An American classic!  I even gave Alison a PBR tattoo!  How fun is that?!

I changed the bikini top a bit and incorporated Alison's cherry bomb dress pattern into the top.  Of course I had to add Alison's red bangs!  The bulk of this project is colored with copic markers.  The skin tones were done with prisma colored pencils.

So what do you think?  Did I do Alison justice?

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like what you've seen.
Cheers!
~lady b~

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Holy City Hallows

I usually do my Smeared Ink  posts on Fridays, but I will be out of town and without computer access so I am posting early.  I am not tech savvy enough to get the "auto post" function to work so I am posting this before I leave.

Here is a card I made using Smeared Ink's "Holy City" rubber stamp set.


I colored this image with my copic markers, mounted it on a forest scene dp then a black border.  The cemetery scene is then mounted on top of a cardboard coffee cup holder.  The cardboard had an awesome texture.  I ripped it a little and rubbed a black ink pad over the textured areas.  This combo was then mounted on the yellow/orange Halloween DP.  For the life of me I can't remember who makes it!  If I figure it out I'll add the name later.  The black backing is my textured "rain drop" paper.  I love that stuff!  I am on my last sheet so I better go get some more! 

I'm thinking I should have cut the yellow paper down a bit to be more in proportion with my stamped image.  I left it large as I was afraid it would look too busy if it were smaller due to the patterned paper.  I don't know.  Perhaps I need to add a finishing touch?  Any ideas?

Thanks for stopping by.  I am almost finished with two other Smeared Ink projects that I will post either Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Cheers!
~lady b~

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another SBS Sketch! I'm addicted!

What the hell?  Why not do three posts in a day?!  Here is yet another version of the sketch over at Simply Betty Stamps' blog.  This card uses "Betty" herself, in her goth glory! 

For this card I used tons of Distress Ink, a cross stencil, copic markers, colored pencils, and my handy-dandy EK success border punch. 

Simply Betty Sketch Challenge

Here is another card I made for Simply Betty Sketch Challenge.  This was originally made in order to guess the theme of the new digis...I chose a beach theme...but I didn't finish my project in time.  Here is what I came up with.  I know it may not look too beachy, but I really don't own any summer/beach like supplies.  Hey...it has a fish and shells...is that beachy enough?


"Wood" You Like To Be In A Movie?

Presenting Rio- Ed Wood Style!

I have a card to share with you that I am entering into 2 challenges.  First, The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #11, which is to create in Black and White…Ed Wood style! The second is for the Simply Betty Sketch challenge.  I altered the sketch slightly, but tried to stay fairly true to it.




I started with "Rio" from Simply Betty Stamps and her pet bat.  I used some type of coated paper I found.  I really don't know what it is coated with.  My copics didn't like the surface too much and I couldn't get really blendy, but the shininess of the image resembles a photo IRL!  Way cool!  I popped her up a bit with foam adhesive squares and mounted her on a tree-stamped piece of the white coated cardstock.  The background paper has those awesome dimensional "rain drops" on it.  The other DP was actually paper designed for a prom layout, but I chopped of the little dance quote and ended up with some cool black and silver paper.  Some barbed-wire ribbon and the title of Wood's "Night of the Ghouls" movie...and my project was complete!  I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out.  I've never used a black and white color scheme  on a card before.  Without color, I was forced to add interest with pattern and texture.  It was a challenge for me, but it was a challenge I enjoyed!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Haunted Design House Freaker's Free-for-All

Freaker's Free-for-All
I've been wanting to play along with Haunted Design House for a long time, but something always comes up.  This week the something was my dear nephew.  I'm babysitting and he is teething so not much crafting got done.  During the serene moments I did manage to sneak in a punk rock photo shoot. 
Anyway, my project is an old one, originally made for Gutter Girlz, but I really wanted to participate.  I even managed to color a Simply Betty image all goth-like, but then lacked the opportunity to create something with it.  My old schtuff will have to do.  For those unaware, the HDH Rules can be found here.

Freaker's Free-for-All

Our challenge was to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween page, project or card using whatever the hell we wanted.  That's right, baby... a true free-for-all... no rules... no suggestions... no limits :) Well, the ONLY suggestion would be that they should be REALLY dark and creepy this week... you know, Halloween is a mere 110 days away!

Here is my submission.  I was going for that campy old-skool grindhouse feel with this scrapbook layout.  I used lyrics from a song.  In case you can't read it, it says "I walk in the door, you start screaming".  I also used a "horror" rub on, lots of distress inks, white paint-pen splatters, a black sharpie marker, and clip art of a heart.  The photo stars me...zombified of course!
I hope you've enjoyed my little creation.  Hopefully in the future I will be able to make a new project for HDH as I want to play with some of the most fabulous, creepy-assed crafters around!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Stamping Boutique Blog Candy

I just made it!  Winners are drawn July 18th.  Check here for details and your chance to win.  Here is a picture of the awesome candy:

Christmas in July!

I stumbled upon another blog candy.  Check it out here.  Here is an image of some of the offerings:

Jodi's Birthday Blog Candy

Jodi has 5 chances to win her birthday blog candy.  Find more information here.  Here are photos of the awesome blog candy she is giving away:






Not only is Jodi super generous, she is super talented.  Definitely check out her work when you check out her blog.
Happy Birthday, Jodi!
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome blog candy!
Cheers!
~lady b~

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dirty Scraps DT Call

The Question Was Asked!

Are you completely inspired by our challenges??

Do you love to get down and dirty??

Do you want to be one of the dirtiest girls around??

My Answer:  Hell Yes!!! 

I just discovered this wonderful group recently {Dirty Scraps} and haven't had a chance to participate yet so I probably have a snowball's chance in Hell as far as becoming a DT member is concerned, but one's got to try!  Even if I don't get chosen, at least I found a new group to get down and dirty with!  Sounds like a win either way!  Here are my submissions (click on images to enlarge).  All the prompts for inspiration were from Gutter Girlz.








The projects above are some of my most honest, revealing pieces of work.  I believe in getting raw.  I believe that all important moments, not just the happy smiley ones, should be recorded in order to have an accurate portrayal of life.  I believe that scrapping is cheaper than therapy...or at least a helluva lot more fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to check out Dirty Scraps to get inspired by some of the dirtiest girls around.

Cheers!
~Lady B~

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smeared and Smudged Rock-N-Rolla Challenge

Rock-n-Rolla Inspiration Challenge:

Smeared Ink Stamps hosts a ning group called Smeared and Smudged.  They have great monthly challenges.  In today's project for the rock-n-rolla challenge I used digital images from Itkupilli, stamps and stickers from Tim Holtz, Distress Inks from Ranger, and RAK from Sugar and Kelli.

Before the reveal, let me tell you a little about the Rock-n-Rolla challenge.  This is a challenge that focuses on finding visual inspiration from music videos! It is supposed to be fun and make you think outside of the box.

THE RULES:

Each month Terra will post a link to a video for you to view. Find something in the video that visually inspires you and make a project based on that.

JULY CHALLENGE:

"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand.  This one is FULL of visual inspiration!

View the video HERE

THE PRIZE:

3 "My Kids Emo World" stamps from Simply Betty Stamps!

Now...time for the reveal!



Sorry about the blurry image.  I should have used my camera instead of my scanner.  There is just too much dimension on this collage for my scanner to handle.

I started out with DCWV cardstock, distressed the edges, and grunged it up a bit with Distress Ink in Black Soot.  I applied some Tim Holtz Stickers (clocks and compass) a little off the edge and cut off the excess.  Putting these off the edge just seemed more natural than having them perfectly placed.  I used distress ink on these as well.  With one, I scraped it up with my scissors then applied even more Ink.

The skeleton, house, anatomy head, and creepy baby dolls are all digital images from Itkupilli.  She has awesome ATC backgrounds, vintage pin-ups, inchies and twinchies, dark gothic images, and so much more.  Her images come either in jpeg or png format for you digital crafters.  Once I learn photoshop I'm sure I'll be getting many more of her images.  Right now I use the jpeg format and cut out my pieces.  Oh...she has bottle cap and microscope slide images as well for altered jewelry.  Definitely give her site a peek!

Hmmm...where was I?  Damn ADD!  I got distracted!  Oh, Yeah....so I cut out my digi images (some were printed on photo paper, some on regular paper) and place them about my collage.  Of course I had to use lots of torn paper for my grunge/steampunk look. You'll notice I have a letter in the center of my skele's chest.  This was a Tim Holtz cardstock sticker popped up with a foam dot.  There's really no significance other than I thought it looked cool and in the video they had a dude with the letter N in place of his torso.  The "d" in my picture fit the proportion of my project better.

The final touches involved metal charms from Michael's Arts and Crafts, frosty bead-like gems that I received as a RAK from my friend Sugar, a chain I received from Kelli, and a "forever" metal charm that I purchased on clearance at a scrapbook store.  Sorry, I don't remember the brand.

Sorry to talk your ear off, but I was really excited to share my project.  It's my first attempt at a project like this.  I imagine it will be the first of many more to come. 

Thanks for looking!
Cheers!
~lady b~

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!
Cheers!
~lady brayton~

Saturday, July 3, 2010

So much going on!

As most of you know, I am one of the DT members for Smeared Ink.  Smeared Ink has some truly unique, high quality rubber stamps that can be purchased by the plate or individually.  Click here to check out their images.  They just had three new releases in June that totally rock!





Smeared Ink has its own challenge/social blog as well.  This is just a quick post to let you all know what's going on over and Smeared and Smudged and to encourage you to play along with us.



I'm borrowing Terra's words here:  I'd like to let you all know that we have updated The Challenger group over on the S&S forum with brand spanking new Very Sketchy challenges, an awesome Oh, The Horror! challenge, and an inspiration filled Rock N Rolla challenge! Plus, our guest DT member Lisa has challenged us to stamp something we can wear... you don't want to miss The Challenger this month!


Our July sponsors are just as awesome, and we have had generous donations from both Simply Betty Stamps and Stampotique. Be sure to swing by our main page to get all the info about these fabulous sponsors!


Here are a couple of projects I've made with Smeared Ink's "Nymphs" and "Holy City" stamp sets. 


The Tree Nymph was colored with Copic markers.  The background was made using Distress Inks in dried marigold, fire brick red, rusty hinge, crushed olive, and peeled paint.

This is from the Holy City Stamp set:




Once again, the image was colored with copic markers.  I don't remember the exact colors, but they are from the Manga Sketch Set B as that is the only set I currently own.

I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen.  Stop by the Smeared and Smudged forum to join in one of our challenges or to check out the awesome projects created by our talented members.  There is so much inspiration to be gained!