Monday, December 12, 2011

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge

This week's challenge at Smudgy Antics is "Inspired by a Book, Poem, or Film".
We are challenging you to create a project that fits the theme above using at least one stamped image. Anyone can play, but only those that use a Smeared Ink image are eligible for a prize.  What?  You don't own any Smeared Ink images?  No problem.  You can get a free image just by participating in any challenge on the Forum!

For full rules and inspiration from the DT, check out the challenge blog.

I was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"

Here is my creation:
I decided to do something a bit different today and go outside of my comfort zone.  The rocks are part of Smeared Ink's Van Bayros digi.  I singled out two of the rocks I colored and copied them and added them to the scene in a cluster.  The cross tombstone can be bought as a single here or in the Build a Graveyard digi set.  The person standing is actually one of Smeared Ink's werewolves from the "Part of the Pack" digi set.  I colored it in to make a silhouette and erased some of the hair so it could look like a man rather than a lady.  Poe himself is a rubber stamp soon to be made into a digital version.  For my purposes, he was stamped, scanned, enlarged, enhanced, and faded so he would blend into the background clouds.  Now that I look at it, I wish I would have faded Poe a bit more so that you coould barely make out his image.  Eh.  What's done is done.  I used one of Smeared Ink's "Elementals" as well.  She was pre-stamped and colored, then scanned, resized, and faded to blend into the sea.  She will soon be available as a digi too, but if you want this set in rubber you'd better hurry up before the rubber is sold out.  This set is a must in rubber IMHO.  I love embossing these beauties!   Okay, so basically all of my images are Smeared Ink except for the sky.  That was a photo I took at dusk and I just had to use it for this project!

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of ANNABEL LEE;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;

But we loved with a love that was more than love-

I and my Annabel Lee;

With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her highborn kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me-

Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,

In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we-

Of many far wiser than we-

And neither the angels in heaven above,

Nor the demons down under the sea,

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,

In the sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe


  1. WoWza - cosmic creation. Love it :-) xxxxx

  2. Lovely work of art!! And thanks for including the poem - I had only read part of it before!

  3. So dramatic! Fantastic job on the challenge.

  4. LB... This is awesome!!! I absolutely LOVE this creation!!! It is so beautiful!!! Wow... I would love to have this one in my craft room as inspiration also! You ROCK!!! Hugs!!!

  5. OOOOOO beautiful! I love that poem too.....