Saturday, January 29, 2011

Smeared Ink Saturday....practicing with digital papers

As a DT member for Smeared Ink, Saturdays are my project posting days.  Today I bring you another Femdom project...this time merged with digital papers from Susan's Crafty ChaosI used the awesome 6 paper set called "Gothic Bruise".  Isn't it awesome?  Go to Susan's site to check out the rest of the papers in this pack as well as her many other cool designs.  I know I will have to get several more sets.  For you non-digi folks, no sweat.  The papers can be printed and used traditionally so there is no need for photoshop or paint shop and no need to work digitally.

This is my first attempt at using digital papers and I challenged myself to do the whole project digitally as learning photoshop was one of my goals for the new year.

I also decided to enter the Smeared and Smudged "Very Sketchy" challenge for January.  The sketch can be found here.  Here is my take on the sketch:

The butterflies were freebies from "The Vintage Moth"

~ Lady B ~

Friday, January 28, 2011

Emmy's Challenge...BLING IT ON

Well ladies this week we have a very special challenge for you as it's for a very special girl. Back during our 12 days of Christmas we had a special prize, which was to be a Custom digi image drawn by our very own Betty. A special young crafter named Emmy won! Her digi is now ready, and the DT have all used her image this week for our Bling It On Challenge. So this week, since Emmy LOVES Glitter (and lets be honest, who doesnt?? ) we're challenging you to

Bling It On

Isn't Emmy's fairy the cutest? You could be one of the very few people to own this lovely image if you win this weeks challenge.

Emmy and her mom got to join us this week so check out their cards, along with the other ladies on the DT at the SBC blog.

Here is my take on the challenge:

I colored Emmy's fairy with Copic markers and accented her with Atyou Spica gel pens and Distress Stickles.  I also added stickles to some of the flowers.


~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Smeared Ink DT Sponsor Hop - Delicious Doodles

    Today the Smeared Ink DT brings you our January Sponsor Blog Hop with projects made from awesome images provided by Delicious Doodles.  Delicious Doodles is sponsoring the Forum's "Very Sketchy" challenge and the "Photo Inspiration" challenge.  Check out the forum links for details.

My project today contains two stamps.  The foreground stamp is the lovely "Wistful Fairy" from Delicious Doodles.  Isn't she gorgeous?!  I had to find the perfect background for such a beautiful creature and I figured what better than a garden?  In my stash I had this equally lovely garden scene.  I believe it's a Thomas Kinkade stamp.  Although the background has vivid colors and is quite detailed, the Wistful Fairy has no trouble taking center stage! 

The background image was stamped with Memento ink and the Delicious Doodles image was a digi that I printed out.  Everything is colored with Copic markers.  Yep.  Markers.  I was so excited that this project appears to be painted (in my opinion, anyway).  Unfortunately, my BV markers started to run dry and I had no refills so I couldn't blend the fairy's dress as well as I wanted.  I still think she looks fabulous!  I used distress stickles and atyou spica gel pens for glitter accents on the fairy's gloves and wings.  I don't think my scanner picked up on the glitter too well.  I also used a white gel pend for highlights and a black fine point sharpie on parts of the gate.  I applied some stampendous embellishments that look like little jewels to the fairy's gloves, crown, and dress. 

So where's my hybrid stuff that I'm so fond of?  Well, pretty much everything is handmade this time around.  I originally printed the fairy out at about 8 inches for my art journal cover, however I wanted to do something a little more special since the image is so stunning.  My Kinkade stamp is only 4x6 inches so obviously the fairy wasn't going to fit and I ran out of time to color a new one.  I scanned my fairy and my completed garden scene and uploaded them to photoshop.  I kept the garden scene as a JPEG image, but made the fairy into a PNG image.  I then resized her as slipped her into the garden scene.  A perfect fit!

 Wow!  This was probably the most labor intensive project that I've done in awhile, but it was so worth it!  Even my husband was impressed with this one!   I hope you enjoy viewing my project as much as I enjoyed making it.  Oh, don't worry.  I'm not going all soft and romantic on you guys.  Delicious Doodles has plenty of skulls and darker images that I plan on getting in the near future!  There's a little something for everyone, no matter what your crafting style, so be sure to check them out!

Oooops!  I almost forgot the blog list!  I think we go live at 9am pacific time on 01-26-2011.  I'm off to bed so I am posting early.  Feel free to go in any order you want for the hop.  Please leave everyone a little bit of love as everyone worked so hard on their projects.  Thanks for hopping!

you are here---> Lady Brayton <---you are here


~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 24, 2011

art journal...crash

I spent the week working on this.  Although not very fancy or detailed, my progress was slow due to healing from pneumonia and recovering from a car accident.  Luckily, the art journal project is 10 minutes a day, not a page per day.  

The theme, obviously, is "crash".  I wanted to record the events of my accident so I wouldn't forget the details.  Basically, I was going straight and got hit by a motorist turning left.  The hit caused me to go off the road and crash head on into a brick landscaping wall.  Ouch!  I did have my safety belt on and the airbag did deploy.  It has been painful week, but I am slowly healing.

I used copic markers on this page as well as distress ink and a black sharpie.  I used time holtz stamps as well as my mystery bang and boom stamps.  I don't remember who made those.


~Lady B~

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Smeared Ink Saturday 2.0

Well, it's not really 2.0.  I just wanted to sound fancy.  Today I bring you hybrid projects.  These are all made using Smeared Ink Stamps along with digital backgrounds.

The following projects were just made this afternoon.  They use Smeared Ink's "Vanity" from "The Symbology of Angels" rubber stamp set.  He is colored with copic markers and was then scanned onto my computer.  I was playing with photoshop today.  I do pretty well digitally with picnik on Flickr, but I don't really know too much in photoshop.  I recently learned how to turn JPEG files into PNG files which basically keeps the original image, but makes the background transparent.  That's my layman's way of phrasing it anyway.  What this allows one to do is insert the PNG image onto any background or scene.

Now for TMI (too much information).  I just recovered from pneumonia and then had a massive car accident.  Don't worry.  I'm bruised, not broken.  You can knock me down, but you can't keep me down!  Unfortunately the pneumonia and the bad chest and rib contusions from the accident put a crimp in my romantic life.  Please forgive me if the following projects are a bit risque!

I call this my Stripper Series:

click the images to enlarge

This sassy lass is from Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digital stamp set.  The background is one I purchased from Itkupilli.

Here is the same image as above from Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digital stamp set. The background is one I purchased from Itkupilli.

Below are projects I made for the Smeared and Smudged members' blog hop that was held on 01/19/2011.
They all utilize images from Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digital stamp set and were colored with copic markers.  The first and last projects don't use any digital embellishments.  The middle project uses a digital background and sentiment made using picnik on Flickr.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations.  For more eye-candy and inspiration, check out the Smeared and Smudged forum to see what the ladies and gents have been making.

~ Lady B ~

Friday, January 21, 2011

SBC Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!! How did you like Eulanda's *Make it a Classic* Challenge?!? Pretty awesome huh? Your cards were Jaw-dropping! The DT liked each one more than the last!  You gals did a great job!  Keep up the awesome work!

Ok so THIS week we have a sketch.... by Cheri!!!!  Here it is:

Check out the SBC blog for details on this week's challenge and to see what the DT gals have come up with for your inspiration.  Here is my take on the sketch.  Click the image for a larger view.
Image: "Wednesday" from SBS Sweet Gothic World Kids collection
Paper and Cardstock: DCWV
Markers: Copic Sketch
Other: leaves cut from my Cricut, Digital flowers, Digital tags


~lady b~

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A selfless Birthday Wish from a 13 year old

Hello everyone! I am hoping to reach many of you with this special post...
Betty's daughter, Rio, is turning 13!  Every year Betty will ask the kids what they want for their birthday.

The rest of this post is in Betty's own words:

Money, a trip, a party, or an overnight stay at Disneyland.... Rio came to me and said, "Mom, is it really really my choice what I get for my birthday?" I told her of course! So she says, "Ok, this year mom, I want money, but can I do anything at all with it? I mean anything I want, mom?" Again, I said of course. "  Okay, I want my birthday money to be donated to the children of St. Jude's hospital so they can have a special day, or whatever the money is needed for. I don't want to have money to just blow when I can help other kids that can't get out of bed, or go outside. That's what I want for my birthday!"

Of course I was already choking on my tears before she finished her sentence! What a marvelous request, selfless and special! I had a special image made for her 13th birthday, and I have not told her about it, or shown it to her. I am asking for a very special request myself in honor of my daughter's selflessness.

The image is now available for $3.00, I am asking you all to purchase this special stamp and help me bring my daughter special birthday wishes by mailing off a card you make with the image to her... but wait that's not all... all I ask is for the special card to be mailed because the $3.00 made from every purchase will be donated to St. Jude's again in Rio's honor. I am planning on taking her after her birthday to the hospital with the money we raise from this image and her birthday money as requested and giving it all to the hospital!

Her birthday is Feb. 8th.  If you all could find it in your hearts to give my little girl that special card my mailing it to her I know it would make her day so special... she is always so grateful of the little things and my hope is to fill that mailbox of ours to the brim with Birthday cards! I plan to gather all cards mailed to her from now until the 8th, and secretly putting them all in the mailbox along with her very favorite chocolates: York Peppermint Patties and Peanut Butter cups! That evening after her birthday dinner I am going to ask her to walk down the street with me to the cluster boxes and have her open the mailbox (I am going to pretend I have not checked the mail all day of course) then BAM! they all pop out at her! Whoohooo! She will be thrilled once she realizes what exactly all those letters are.

So, would you all be willing to help Rio raise a little money for the kids and send off a card? If so here is our mailing address:

Rio Roberts
PO BOX 132314
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

You can purchase the image at under Rio the Birthday Girl digi! She is the first of six new Emos soon to come!

Here is the image: what do you think of it? Pretty cute, huh? She's the special birthday diva turning 13!! I will run this image for $3.00 until the 8th of Feb. after that she will be gone for good. So please be aware that she will be a very limited edition digi! She may later make a debut in rubber but I am not making any promises, I will try my best if there is enough interest in her to be made into Rubber. Thank you all for your support! And please please please spread the word about this special fund raiser. Thank you all again!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop!

Want to know what our theme is? Well since it's the New Year, how about we do something NEW!! That just means that we want you to try something you have never done before. Use a stamp that you have never used, a color you have never used. Anything NEW to you!!! That's it.

Here are my offerings:

My first project is the first ALL DIGITAL project I have ever made. I took my Smeared Ink digis from the "Femdom" set and made them into PNG files and opened them up in photoshop. I then used a JPEG freebie from Dezniaworld as my background and made a little scene with everything. I used no color which is unusual for me as I love bold, bright colors. I wanted to keep the vintage feel in this project. I love the way it turned out and am so excited that I finally learned how to do something in photoshop!  Here is the end result (click photo for a larger view):

My second piece is a bit dark. I think it's artistic, but my idea of art can be a bit twisted at times.

I took an image from the "Femdom" set, which is a new set of mine, and colored her lightly with my copic markers. I then scanned her and uploaded her to flickr. I used picnik photo editing to create the texture and background and claw marks.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations! Tune back in on Saturday as that is my Smeared Ink Saturday posting day. I just got two new Smeared Ink stamp sets and will be getting inky with them ASAP!

Here's the blogroll:

Black Dragon
you are here---> Lady Brayton <---you are here

Thanks for stopping by!
~Lady B!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Smeared Ink's Valentine's Release and Blog Hop

Good Morning All!  Happy Monday!  

What?  You've got the "Monday morning blues"?  
Well, I've got the cure! 

 Welcome to  Smeared Ink's Unbelievably Awesome Valentine's New Release Hop!!! 

You are going to want every set in this latest Smeared Ink Release...TRUST ME!   You should be coming here from my darling dark friend, Black Dragon!! I simply adore BD's work and aspire to be half as good as she!  If you have hopped here "just because" (THANK YOU!) but you'll definitely want to start at the beginning at Terra's blog to see all of the unbelievable creations this team has to offer!  The gals on the Smeared Ink DT are so creative!  They really rocked these new sets!  Your next step on the hop will be the wonderfully talented Meredith.  If the verbiage in her blog sounds familiar, it's because I "borrowed" a lot of her wording.  Thanks, Mer!

I, like Meredith, had THE hardest time deciding what to create with as all of the sets are fabulous!! When you'll understand!!

I decided to add some spice to this Monday.  You'd better get the little kiddos away from the screen for this reveal! 
It's HAWT!

I'm working with images and sentiments from the new Smeared Ink "Femdom" set.  I am soooo in love with this set!  It is kinky and kewl!

Click on the images for a larger view.

Image and Sentiment: Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digis
Markers: Copic sketch
Papers: DCWV and 7 gypsies
Chain stickers & safety pin sticker: Creative imaginations

Images: Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digital stamp and "The Symbology of Angels" rubber stamp
Sentiment: SI's "Femdom" digi set
Markers: Copic sketch
Papers: DCWV and 7 gypsies
Chain and screw stickers: Creative imaginations


Image: Smeared Ink's "Femdom" digital stamp
Markers: Copic sketch
Cardstock: DCWV
Other: Digital type and lighted background added with picnik

Here is the hop list in case you get lost along the way



Black Dragon

Lady Brayton (<---you are here)

Meredith (<---next stop)





Friday, January 14, 2011

SBC "Make it a Classic" Challenge

Hello there Simply Betty fans! We're back with another fun challenge!

Did you have fun with our last challenge? And aren't those Valentine Emos CA-UTE!!! Sure hope you hopped over to the SHOP and got yourself some cause we're gonna have such fun with them in the next few weeks!
Now this week's challenge is
"Make it a Classic"

Use only Black and White (Silver optional) with the addition of ONE accent colour of RED OR PINK (but not both)! **Thanks Eulanda for this Brilliant challenge!!**

Oh I cant wait to see your creations! I love this sort of colour combo. Now, the winner of this week's challenge will win the Echo Park Be Mine Paper Pack! OMG! Im so jealous! This line is GORGEOUS, all Pink and Black and White.... kinda fitting huh??

Here is what I came up with for today's challenge inspiration:

Stamp: Simply Betty's "Mummy Lola"
Markers: Copic Sketch
Papers: 7 Gypsies
Other: Digital heart from Picnik

Be sure to check out the SBC blog to see what the DT gals have come up with for your viewing pleasure.

~Lady B~


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Art Journal 5

Here is a snippet from Balzer's Designs' blog about art journaling:

"For the past year I've been keeping a daily art journal. (I talked about it a little in this post.)

It's super low stress. I don't do a finished art journal page every day. That would be way too hard for me. Instead I add a little something every day. For me, the point is to open that art journal every single day and do something creative in it -- even if it's just for 10 minutes.
I have schlepped that art journal with me on every trip I've taken this year. It has come with me to Paris, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, and many places in between!
It's half scrapbook/journal and half artistic experimentation/expression. I don't make any effort to make the pages look pretty. (One of the reasons I rarely share it here on the blog.) If they do, that's awesome. If they don't, that's fine too.
I'll admit that I have missed a few days along the way. Most of November seems to be missing. But for the most part, I've kept up and at least put something in its pages every single day of 2010. Wow!
And now we're heading into 2011 and I'm more committed than ever to make my art journal a part of every single day.
Want to play along with me?"


The gals and I over at Smeared and Smudged are taking part in this journey.  What I share may be silly or emotional, depending on the day.  Perhaps it will take me a week or two to finish a complex page.  Some days I may overload you with several simple designs and doodles.  My goal is just to create for at least ten minutes per day, everyday.  I'm finding first thing in the morning and again before I go to bed work best for me.  So far I just have marker doodles as I'm still recovering from illness and haven't had the energy to get my schtuff out.  I figure my more extensive work will take place on weekends and days off work.  Anyway, enough babble.  Here's my contribution for today.  Colorful.  Primitive.  Silly.


~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Art journal 4

Here is my latest installment of journaling.  Check out Balzer Designs for more art journal goodness.

~~Lady B~~

Monday, January 10, 2011

Art Journal Everyday

Many of the gals over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum are participating in the year long art journaling project inspired by Balzer Designs.  I've decided to join them on their journey.  Here are the first three pages of my journal:

This is just a start.  The whole art journaling thing is new to me.  I hope to incorporate some collage and mixed-media into my journal, but for now I am just using what I have on hand.  I am hoping to gain some insight into myself throughout this journey, process my stress better, and perhaps figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  Wish me luck.  Better yet, join me on this journey!

~~Lady B~~

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Challenge Time

I have been off work due to illness.  I finally had enough energy to break out my markers and my digis and make something!

Image: Kenny K
Markers: Copic Sketch
Cardstock: DCWV
Heart Sticker: Creative Imaginations
Other: Epoxy quote, source unknown; cuttlebug embossing folders; white gel pen; cricut; ribbon

Here are the challenges I'll be entering my card into:
Corrosive Challenge - sketch challenge
Die Cut Dreams - use a quote.
Simply Create - embossing
Shannon's Sentiments - one challenge is ribbon
Card Makin' Mamas - girls just wanna have fun
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing

Saturday, January 8, 2011

CNS blog giveaway...check it out!

Nicole (see link below) is having an awesome giveaway!!!

Smeared Ink Saturday

Saturday is my posting day for Smeared Ink DT projects.  I'm going to kick-off this Saturday Old-Skool.  Yup.  I'm bringing classic back and unleashing my inner freak.

I went back into my stamp stash and brought out an oldie, but a Mermaid Carnie Stamp!  I think this was the second Smeared Ink stamp set I owned so it holds a special place in my heart.  She is stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The background is a scenery stamp, but I don't remember which brand.  The sun and clouds are colored with Copic markers as well.  I added shimmer with spica gel pens.  I'm out of my good paper so my coloring is a bit smeared, but I think that adds to the charm of this piece.  The matting cardstock is DCWV.

Fast forward to one of my more recent Smeared Ink Stamp sets to ring in 2011:

This hottie is "Vanity" from Smeared Ink's "The Symbology of Angels" rubber stamp set.  Sorry.  I just HAD to objectify him a bit.  The first project with Vanity is more version of a Valentine's Day card for a bestie.  The second project with Vanity is all out stripper-rific!  Both projects were stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers.  Everything else, including the rose in Vanity's teeth, was digitally added.  I love hybrid projects!

I hope you've enjoyed the eye-candy.  Tune back in next week for more inky goodness.  What?  Can't wait until next week for your Smeared Ink fix?  Head on over to the forum to see the awesomeness that our little group has been creating.  One of the new things on the forum is a daily art journaling group.  You must check it out!  There are also monthly challenges with cool prizes.

~~Lady B~~

Friday, January 7, 2011

SBS Valentine Emo Release and Blog Hop

Well here we are a New Year and a whole new set of Challenges! Today we are having one big shindig! We are combining our first Challenge for 2011 and a blog hop for a chance to win 2 Valentine Emos! Whoop whoop!

The Burtonesque Dolls

All the Valentine Emos are now available in the store in digi form.  The Pre-orders for rubber is also now available just remember that they will start shipping Feb. 1st.

Hop along leave all the DT gals some lovin' and you will get a chance to win 2 Digi Valentine Emo's of your choice! WHoop whooop!

What's the challenge? The challenge is Two is Better than One... use two images to create a love card or it could be a Besties card.  The possibilities are endless with two images.

Upload your creation to the inlinkz on the SBC Blog by Monday at 10pm PST.  One lucky person will be the winner of 2 Digi Valentine Emos!

With all that said let's get to hoppin' and uploading your creations! Hop winner will be announced tomorrow January 8th at 12 noon. Challenge winner will be announced next week with the new challenge as usual. If you purchase the digis before a winner is announced and you happen to be the winner you will be refunded for the two Valentine digis!

Now here is the hop list: just go to each DT member's blog and they will direct you where to hop next!
You are Here--->Lady B<---You are Here
Next Stop--->Linda<---Next Stop

For today's creation I used Betty and Rio from the Emo Valentine's Collection.  They are colored with copic markers and mounted on DCWV papers and cardstock.  The stars are rub-ons from Creative Imaginations.  The "love" was cut from my cricut.  The flower on the left was digitally added.

Next on the hop is the wonderfully talented Linda.  Stop by and leave her some love. 

~Lady B~