Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting Sketchy with It

 Let the Halloween festivities begin, right?!  Wow!  It seems Halloween is popping up everywhere here in blog land and I am loving it!!

This week at Simply Betty Challenges we have our "Getting Sketchy with it" challenge.  In this challenge you get to pick any sketch from any sketch challenge and combine it with one of Betty's images to be eligible to win a prize.  Check out the SBC blog for details on this week's challenge as well as to get inspiration from the DT. 

I used two sketches this week.  One from Smeared and Smudged and one from Midnight Madness (mmsc118).

Image: SBS Teen Scene Halloween "Mummy London"
Papers: oscraps

and I used a sketch from Midnight Madness

Image: SBS Teen Scene Halloween "Lola Addams"
Sentiment: SBS
Papers: "Jezebel's Remains"and "Under a Blood Red Moon" from Crafty Chaos Designs

Lady Brayton

Monday, August 22, 2011

Smudgy Antics: Gothic Newborn

It's time again for the weekly challenge at Smudgy Antics

This weeks' theme is:

Gothic Newborn
 You can make anything for this challenge as long as it is stamped somewhere with at least one Smeared Ink stamp (rubber or digital).  Go to the Smudgy Antics blog for the challenge rules and prize information.

Here are two cards I made for your inspiration. 
 The first one uses images from Smeared Ink's "Mad Science" digital stamp set.  I digitally colored my images and used digi papers as well.  This card is meant for a mom to be.

My second card uses Smeared Ink's "Zombie Classics" digital stamp set.  Everything on this card is digital.  The sentiment is one I came up with.  This card can be given to new parents or a mom to be.

I hope you've enjoyed my creations!


Lady Brayton

Saturday, August 20, 2011

HDH102 Queen of the Damned

Hooray!  I had time to play along with Haunted Design House Macabre Monday this week!

Here is my entry:

Meet Tori, Queen of the Damned.  Tori is one of the owners of Smeared Ink and recently had a birthday.  As is tradition for the Smeared Ink DT...the DT members get zombified by me on their B-Days.  It's my little gift to them.  Here is Tori before:

Here is a close up of the after:

I zombified Tori in Picnik then added a crown image I found online so she would be suitably dressed as Queen of the Damned.  Afterall, Queens need crowns.  I made a little layout with digi scrap paper from oscraps and added the wickedly cool sentiment from Graphicat Designs.

I think it's pretty evident how this fits into this weeks' Macabre Monday.  I used a damned zombie and a crown to symbolize royalty.  I hope you like my creation.


Lady Brayton

Dead Divas and More

Today is the last day to play in the Dead Diva challenge over at Smudgy Antics.  You have until midnight Pacific time to submit your entry.  Here is my take on the challenge:

Images: A vamp from Smeared Ink's "Mistresses of the Dark" digital stamp set and a cronos image found online and altered a bit.
Sketch: Smeared and Smudged's August "Very Sketchy" scrapbook sketch

Challenges to enter: Smudgy Antic's "Dead Divas" (uses a vamp), Smeared and Smudged's "Very Sketchy" (duh?  Used the sketch), Smeared and Smudge's "Oh, the Horror!" (inspiration from the "Cronos" movie poster.

My project is entirely digital.  The coloring, shading, layout, etc.  I hope you like it.  BTW...the challenges on Smeared and Smudged go throughout the month of August so you still have 11 Days to play!


Lady Brayton

Friday, August 12, 2011

Halloween Kick-off with Simply Betty!

The Challenge today over at Simply Betty Challenges is anything Halloween! That's right, we are starting to kick-off Halloween with ghouls and goblins. The prize for this challenge is two non-released digis, not only will you win these, but you will be a part of those two digis release date! How exciting is that?! Grab your Halloween stamps, digis or whatever and join us for anything Halloween! Here is my card.

I used images from Simply Betty's "Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween" line.  The two I used are Franken-Scott and Punkin' Judy.  Aren't they the cutest?!  Head over to the challenge blog and get some inspiration from the DT.


~ Lady B ~

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Our hop will be on Thursday, August 11th at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Many of us will have our projects up before then so feel free to hop around earlier if desired, but be sure to stop back to see any blogs that you've missed or that weren't posted yet. Of course, as is tradition, blogger is having serious issues as well. Hopefully everyone will be able to get their posts up! 

  Oh...I am the last stop on the hop.  I think they knew I was going to write a book about my project!  I will have the hop list at the bottom of my post so if you don't want to read a bunch of garbage you can just scroll down to my project and the hop list.  No offense will be taken.  I just wrote my mini-novel to describe my process...and because I was zoned out from sleep deprivation.  LOL!

Want to know what our theme is for this month? It is paint! Yep, we are getting sploshy and gooey with one of the messiest mediums around. FYI...Smeared and Smudged blog hops take place the second Thursday of each month. There is a new theme each month which can be found on the forum and the only rule is that your project has to be stamped somewhere (digis are fine). You can use stamps from any manufacturer as well so why not play along with us next month?

Here is my creation:

(click images to enlarge)

I hope I am not boring you with another coffin.

This is another one of my paper mache coffins from Michael's Arts and Crafts. I iced the top of the coffin with lightweight spackle and pressed one of the texture stamps from Smeared Ink's "Urban Decay" rubber stamp set. If you don't have spackle I'm sure joint compound or wood putty would work as well. Basically, anything that hardens and is paintable will do the trick. The effect looked cool, but need a little extra texture. I took the spackle knife thingie (sorry...I don't know the proper name for it) and "carved" lines in the spackle. The spackle was still moist at this point so carving is essentially just dragging the edge of the knife through the spackle. Anything can be used...toothpick, pen tip, nails, the end of a paint brush, etc.

After drying, I painted a base coat of brownish-black with cheap acrylic paints. When this coat dried, I dry brushed a light brownish-gray over the raised areas to bring out the texture. At this point my hubby got interested in my project. Let me take a step back and mention I only texturized the top of the coffin. I didn't want to do the sides because then the lid wouldn't fit back on. Well, like I said, the hubby took interest in my project and told me I should add a wood texture to the sides. Then it came to me! I stamped the bark stamp from Smeared Ink's "Urban Decay" rubber stamp set in versa mark and stamped around all sides of the coffin (small sections at a time), sprinkled zing embossing powder onto the versa marked areas, and heat embossed it. my coffin was looking better, but now the embossing powder was shinning while the top was dull. I got out a dry brush again and applied grays, browns, and greens to the sides to age them a bit.'d think I'd be finished, right? Well, hubby challenged me to line the coffin. I do not sew and had no fabric on hand, but I couldn't resist a challenge. I made a template of the coffin base and cut it out of cardstock. I found some recycled ribbon in my stash that was perfect except for the fact it was too narrow. I decided to cut strips out of the ribbon and tack it horizontally with glue dots. I think it turned out okay. In the future I want to get fabric and batting material and really do it up!

Done? Of course not! I had to put handles on the thing apparently. LOL! I found some cool brads and while placing them hubby stopped me. He ran upstairs, rummaged through the pantry, and came running back down the stairs with cocktail stirs in hand. I kid you not! At this point I am in awe of my hubby's creative potential. He may have to collaborate with me on more projects! Anyways, I mounted the brads horizontally so the cocktail stir would fit through the attached eyelets. Well, it looked okay, but the stirs were white. Ugh! Would I ever finish my project?! Luckily, I still had some metallic Staz-On ink in my stash. I inked the plastic stirs and now had two silver handles to carry the coffin.

I was going to end the project there as I met the paint and stamp requirement, but I wanted to add a little something extra. I found the spiderweb stamp and spider stamps (sorry, don't remember who made them) and stamped with the silver staz-on ink.

Phew! Hubby went to bed so I'm calling this project done before he comes up with more ideas! Heck...he wanted me to do fancy stuff to the ribbon to look more coffin-like. I think tufting was involved. I think that's the term. At this point flames came out of my eyes and he knew he was asking too much. LOL!
The hop list can be found below. Be sure to leave everyone a little love. If a blog posting is missing, please stop by that blog later as we have international players, different time zones, and blogger is behaving badly. You won't want to miss the inspiration!


~ Lady B ~

Oh!  I almost forgot!  There is a HUGE sale going on at Smeared Ink:

(you are here) Lady Brayton (you are here)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Macabre Monday...HDH101...Kreepy Kids

I think the title says it all.  Kreepy Kids.

ATTN:  This post will offend most.  Please do not scroll down.  Project contains pure evil in child form.  This is not for the faint of heart.  Seriously...this is really bad.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

It's not too late to click off this page.


Don't you know that curiosity killed the cat?

Or in this case...


Yes...dead kids.  To be more accurate...undead.

Still want to look?

You are one Sick Fucker!

I can't believe you want to see such a thing!

Ok.  You are grown.  I'm not going to stop you.  Do whatever you want.

Here we go:

(click image to enlarge)

I am a firm believer that scrapbooks should contain both happy and sad moments to have an accurate depiction of a life.  My scrapbook page displays the life...or ahem...death of my poor nephew.  He got a little too curious about the banging in the basement and managed to pop the lock.  His little toddler legs walked him down all 14 stairs in the dark.  I think I heard him say "puppy".  The poor, sweet lad!  He just wanted to play with the family dog, but Rover was outside on his leash.   Because my arthritis was acting up I couldn't catch him in time.  His darned mother should have been watching him instead of "Jersey Shore".  This reality t.v. bullshit was already rotting peoples' brains, but now it caused my nephew's early demise.  Kind of. 

I recently came upon a copy of the book The Proper Care and Feeding of Zombies and decided it would be fun to have a zombie as a pet.  I mean...why not? They'd be great pets.  They'd never die.  There's no poop to clean.  You can feed them your enemies.  It sounded great. 

I never expected little Tyler to wander to the basement.  His parents almost never bring him to see me.  The basement was locked.  This should never have happened!  Luckily, Tyler just got a few bites.  It was the zombie virus that changed him.  Now Tyler will be with us forever as a toddler. more diapers to change!  This can be a positive thing!  Of course he now smells a bit funny and attracts flies, but that doesn't make him any less lovable.  Plus, the cats are in the best shape of their lives as they have a constant supply of flies to hunt.  Anyway, this scrapbook page is to honor my little zombie nephew.

You can find the challenge here


~ Lady B ~

SBS Release Day! Check out the new Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween Line!

Simply Betty Stamps is having its first of four Halloween releases today.  Check the site to find out the details and deals available and to get some awesome inspiration from the design team.

Today I am bringing you one of the images available.  Meet Franken-Scott!  Here is my creation:

Isn't he cute?!  I colored him digitally and used a sketch from Smeared and Smudge's "Very Sketchy" August challenge.  The papers are digital from oscraps.

Here is the sketch.

You have the whole month of August to play and can use any digital, rubber, or cling stamped image.


~ Lady B ~ 

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Challenge and a Release Preview

Most of you out there know that I am on two design teams.  Today I need to post for both of them...Smeared Ink and Simply Betty Stamps.  Rather than do two postings I am going to combine them. 

I'll start with Smeared Ink.  For those not familiar, Smeared Ink is a rubber and digi stamp company that focuses on alternative, gothic, vintage, and edgy styles.  They have their own ning group, Smeared and Smudged, and are now starting their own weekly challenge blog, Smudgy Antics.  We just finished a week full of challenges during our Smudgefest to kick off the start of the challenge blog and the grand prize winner will be announced sometime today.  The weekly Challenges start today as well!

Our first challenge is Splat!  We are asking participants to make a project that has splatters, drops, splodges, or blots.  Go to the Smudgy Antics blog for further challenge details and to get some inspiration from the DT.

Here is my creation:

Sorry for the blurry cell phone pic.  I used a background rubber stamp from Smeared Ink's "Inky Dreams" set stamped with versa mark and zing copper embossing powder and heat embossed it.  The zombie and tombstone are from Smeared Ink's "Build a Zombie Alphabet" rubber stamp set.  The images are colored with copic markers and mounted on 7 gypsies paper as well as generic black and kraft cardstock.  Oh...the sentiment is from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi stamp set.  All sets are currently available in the shop.


Now for Simply Betty's goodies!  For those not familiar, Simply Betty Stamps has a huge line of fun, funky and unique rubber, cling, and digital stamps for the quirk in you.  Check her store here.  She has some of the cutest images I've ever seen!  Simply Betty also hosts two challenges...a bi-weekly card and other mediums challenge as well as a bi-weekly scrapbook challenge.  The challenge blogs can be found at her link above. 
 Today and tomorrow we are previewing and releasing Simply Betty's Sweet Gothic Kids Halloween line!  This will be the first of 4 Simply Betty Halloween Releases.

Here is my sample made with these cuties:

 This was one of my first attempts at digital coloring.  Let me tell you...I color MUCH faster with my copics, but I was waiting on refills when creating this project.  Luckily, my refills arrived over the weekend!  These three cuties along with three more will be released tomorrow!  Please check Simply Betty's Site to see a ton of fabulous inspiration from the DT as well as to find out ways to win some images!


~ Lady B ~

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Smudgefest Day 7

Today is the last day of Smudgefest over at the Smeared Ink DT blog, Smudgy Antics.  No worries though...there will be weekly challenges on the blog starting Monday.  For today's challenge we were given a free digi image to use in our projects.  Here is my creation:

(click image to enlarge)

I colored the digi rat from Smeared Ink, scanned her, made her into a png file and then added my nude lady to the scene and merged them together.  It works pretty much like masking with rubber...except it's digital so errors are easier to fix.  I printed this combo out on Copic X-Press it cardstock, trimmed it, and hit the white space with three colors of distress inks (rusty hinge, vintage photo, and black soot) and added the golden yellow with my copic markers.  I then mounted this on two layers of patterned cardstock.  The picture dosen't show it well, but I inked the edges of the brown cardstock with distress as well.

The cute rat totally inspired this piece.  I had pet rats as a teen.  My fat boy...Vicious, my small boy, Dustin, and my female, Medusa.  They were awesome pets...very social.  I'd walk around town with Vicious on my shoulder...letting him down every 15 minutes or so to do his duty...or doodie.  LOL.  Anyway...this got me thinking about witches and familiars.  I don't know why.  My thought process just streams like that.  I envisioned a beautiful witch with her rat familiar.  She of course made him large to cuddle with him.  Not in a pervy a caring and trusting way.  Why is she nude?  Why not?  I picture her at home by the fire feeling the warmth on her skin and spending time with her loyal companion.  Safe, secure, and comfortable.  Home. 

BTW...there are more challenges going on over at the Smeared and Smudged forum and don't forget to check out the weekly challenges at Smudgy Antics!

~ Lady B ~

Saturday, August 6, 2011

"Varying Visages of Vincent" (HDH100)

This week marks the 100th challenge for Macabre Monday's at Haunted Design House.  This year Vincent Price would have turned 100 had he still been among the living.  To celebrate this milestone, the challenge for Macabre Monday for this week is "Varying Visages of Vincent".  We were to 
create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that is inspired by the TRUE Master of the Macabre, Vincent Price.

Here is what I came up with for the challenge:

I was inspired by the movie "The Oblong Box" in which Vincent Price appears.  One of the characters in this film was buried alive which made me think of the safety coffins of the 19th century.  Of course to memorialize Price, I created a tombstone for him and planted it in the scene.  Notice the string from the coffin that attaches to the bell above ground?  That was created so if one was buried alive and awoke in the coffin he could call for help by pulling the string which rings the bell.  Being buried alive was a very real fear back in the day.  Poe wrote of it often in his works.  It would suck to wake up on the wrong side of the dirt!

Anyway, to celebrate its 100th challenge, HDH is having a HUGE blog candy and blog hop. Check their site for the details.  Here is a picture of the candy:

Smudgefest Day 6

Today's challenge at Smudgy Antics is a sketch challenge.  The prize is awesome.  You can win 50% off your ENTIRE order of Smeared Ink Stamps.  Yup.  It pretty much rocks!

Here is the sketch:

Here is my take on the sketch: is a loose interpretation of the sketch, but I think it's close enough. 
I used images from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Classics" digi stamp set and sentiments from Smeared Ink's "Creepy L'il Grumpies" rubber stamp set.  The papers are a combo of 7 gypsies and generic black cardstock.  I ripped the paper for the sentiments and smudged the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

~ Lady B ~

Friday, August 5, 2011

Smudgefest Day 5

Today's challenge was to use a flowing medium.

I used watered down acrylic paint on the coffin base.  I then added a thicker layer with multiple colors on one of my smeared ink's urban decay stamps and splotched the colors and added texture.  I took my barbed wire stamp, also from SI's urban decay stamp set, dipped it in paint, and stamped on my coffin.  For the lid, I took the open stamp from the same set and stamped it twice.  Once with red distress ink and once with black.  I sprayed some water on the stamp so I had a smeared effect.  I then spot colored with more distress inks and copic markers.  I ripped the edges and used distress inks once again and then attached it to my coffin with gesso.  Phew!  I hope I used enough flowing medium!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Smudgefest Day 4...Twisted Thursday

The Challenge:

Make an ATC with a "twist". You can interpret "twist" any way you want to. 
ATC size: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Here is my take on the challenge:

I used an image from Smeared Ink's "Candy is Dandy" rubber stamp set.

For my twist, I twisted the stamp on my paper for a smudged effect.  It almost looks like my little guy is in motion...falling over.

I colored the image with my copics.  Hooray!  My refills came in today!  I then made irregular cuts on the three different cardstocks (white, kraft, and black) and glued them together.  The ATC needed something so I dabbed the bubble wrap from my package into my distress ink and stamped away.


~ Lady B ~

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Smudgefest Day 3...Wicked Wednesday

I made it to Smudgefest Day 3!

Todays challenge is a color challenge! We were to use these wicked colors to create our projects for today: Pumpkin Orange, Mustardy Yellow, Dark Gray, & Deep Purple

*coloring must not be exact but close. We were also allowed to use neutrals.

I must say I struggled with this one.  I must have changed my project at least three times.  Here is my end result:
Grave Image: Smeared Ink's "Build a Zombie Alphabet" rubber stamp set
Grime Reaper: Delicious Doodles digi stamp
Sentiment: Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi stamp set

The Reaper was printed on Copic X-Press it cardstock and colored with copic markers.  The grave was stamped on clay coated paper and colored with copics to give a wet, streaky effect.  The images were then fussy cut and scanned to my pc.  I made a digi layout with digi papers, assembled my scanned images into the layout, and then I added the very cool sentiment which pulls the whole thing together.  Whew!  I'm tired and going to bed now.  I made this with a couple of hours to spare.  For the heck of it, here is one of the other projects I made for this challenge:

This used an image from Smeared Ink's "Candy is Dandy" rubber stamp set.  I colored it with copic markers, scanned it, and made this layout.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Smudgefest Day 2-Terrifying Tuesday

Day 2 of Smudgefest!!!  

What?  You don't know what Smudgefest is?  Click here to find out!

For today's challenge we were to use our favorite Smeared Ink image and create a scary project.  This was hard for me because it is too hard to choose a favorite as I currently have several.  Also,  I don't find too many visual things to be scary. 

Here's my creation:
(click on image to enlarge)

I used an image and sentiment from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi stamp set.  She is colored digitally as I am eagerly awaiting my copic refill shipment.  I drained my zombie colors completely dry!  BTW...I color MUCH faster by hand than by computer.  I miss my markers!  I printed this undead beauty on Copic X-Press it cardstock and inked up the white space with three different colors of Distress Inks.  I further matted her onto black cardstock cut in a wonky manner and mounted that on some Creative Imaginations DP.  More black cardstock (and a touch of yellow for the senti) and my card was done.  Tell me...wouldn't YOU be AFRAID if this gal loved you FOREVER?!  I mean, yeah...she's cute now (despite her open wounds, exposed bones, and oozing eyeball), but think of the future and hot summer days speeding up the rot process.  Can you say GROSS?!  I won't even get started on the smell factor.  Yuck!


~Lady B ~

Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Smudgefest is Here!!!

In case you don't know about Smudgefest, Smeared Ink will be hosting a week full of challenges and prizes, with a huge grand prize opportunity at the end. This is to help kick off the new weekly challenges on the Smudgy Antics blog.  Of course, with every contest there must be rules. Read on to find out how the week-long challenges will work.

*Each morning from August 1st through 7th at 12:01 am Pacific Time, a new challenge will be posted. It will contain that day's theme and prize information.

*To participate, you must make a project that fits the theme and add it to that day's post using the Inlinkz linky. It must be linked by midnight of the same day.

*Your project can be anything (card, scrapbook page, altered or 3-d item, etc) as long as it is handmade and stamped somewhere with either a rubber or digital stamp. Feel free to think outside the box and have fun with your project! Smeared Ink is all about looking at things differently and looks forward to the variety of projects they are sure to see.

*You must use AT LEAST one Smeared ink image on your project. You are allowed to use anything else that you like. No all-digital projects allowed.

*The daily winner will be chosen by random number and revealed later the next day in a separate post (not the daily theme post).

*At the end of the week, all participatnts who submitted entried for all seven days will be entered for the Grand Prize Drawing of 17 digi stamp sets from Smeared Ink. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced on Monday, August 8th.
Today's challenge was MANIC MONDAY.  We were to create a bi-polar project that showcases two opposites.
My project showcases life and death.
(click image to enlarge)

I used a digi image from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi stamp set as well as a Thomas Kinkade landscape stamp and colored both with copic markers.  I used a white gel pen for highlights on the flowers.  I mounted my creation on generic black cardstock and mounted that on top of some DP (brand unknown), ripped the edges, and rubbed some distress ink along the ripped areas.  I popped this part of the project up with foam dots and mounted it on sunny yellow DCWV cardstock.

Sorry for poor grammar, but I am super tired today.

Thanks for looking.


~ Lady B ~