Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Challenges

I had some extra time to play this week so I decided to make another project and enter a few challenges.  Here is my creation:
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Image by Sureya on Deviant Art.  She has freebies for personal use here.
I colored the image with Copic markers.  The background paper is DCWV.  The sentiment is song lyrics from "Cosmic Love" by Florence and The Machine.

I am adding this to the following challenges:
Smeared and Smudged "Rock N Rolla" challenge...I used lyrics from the song
Celebrate the Occasion: Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Anything goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge: Colour Theme: Orange...I used loads of orange.
Oldie But Goodie Challenge: anything goes, use item at least 6 months old...The DCWV paper is 2 years old.  I found it at the bottom of my paper stack.
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesdays: Use something at least 6 months old. The DCWV paper is 2 years old.  I found it at the bottom of my paper stack.

Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B ~

Monday, May 28, 2012

Challenge Time!

I had a bit of free time and was feeling crafty so I decided to play along with a few challenges.  Here is my project:
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Image: Delicious Doodles "I'm Ba-aack!" colored with Copics
Background:  Dylusions Spray Inks (they are so fun to play with)
Sentiment: mine
Other: recycled plastic netting, distress inks and generic black cardstock.  Edges distressed with my tonic scissors.

Crafty Cardmakers: Distress.  I distressed the edges, the background paper, and used distress inks.
Haunted Design House: HDH135.  Pass the Distressing,please.  I distressed the edges, the background paper, and used distress inks.
Make it Monday: Anything Goes.  Well, this is something alright!
Art with No Boundaries: Anything Goes.  See statement above :)
Poisoned Peas: Wicked Step-Mother. This is as wicked as a mother can get!

Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B ~

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: EMBELLISH IT!

It's time again for another challenge over at Smudgy Antics.
This week's theme is EMBELLISH IT.

We were asked to create a project using a stamped image (rubber, clear, or digital) and a minimum of 3 embellishments.  I must confess, I never quite know what to do with embellishments, where to place them, etc.  For that reason, I tend to make my projects along the clean and simple end of the spectrum.  Perhaps grungy, but still simple.

For this challenge I used the minimum amount of embellishments.
Here is my creation:
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I made an ATC using Smeared Ink's freebie for the month of May.  Yep, participate in any challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum and you can get this awesome skull image for FREE.  When the month is over, this little guy will be added to the shop.  

I made the background papers using Dylusions Spray Inks.  Love them!  After I had my background paper coated in ink and dried, I did the ghosting technique to lift areas of color.  Rather than using a stencil, I took a plastic bag and crumpled it up, spritzed it well with water, and did a rag rolling technique to spread the water in a splotchy fashion.  I dabbed the wet spots with paper towels and then dried the paper with my heat gun leaving lighter areas of ink.  You can see the ghosting in the upper left corner in the blue/green area. 

Next I took my plastic bag, crumpled it into a ball, and spritzed red ink on it and did the rag rolling technique again.  Rather than taking away color like the ghosting technique, this added blotches of red in a random fashion.  This is demonstrated in the bottom right side of the paper. 

Why did I use a plastic bag?  I wanted to see what it would do.  Also, on the Smeared and Smudged forum they have a "Junk Funk" challenge where members use items found around the house.  This month's item was plastic bags.  I'm going to submit my ATC into that challenge.  

My image is colored with Copic markers.  I fussy cut the image and added it to the background paper.  I added some ribbon the the left side of the ATC, I added an aged golden key under the skull's teeth, and I added three of the tiniest gold gems I've ever seen to the upper right corner.

There you have it!  Head over to the Smudgy Antics blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for your viewing pleasure.  If you get a chance, head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum and become a member.  Tell them Lady B sent you.  Then enter some challenges and get a skull freebie of your very own!

Speaking of skulls, Smeared and Smudged is hosting a blog hop for Skull Appreciation Day on June 4th.  If you want to participate you have until Thursday May 31st to sign-up.  Click this link for more information on Skull Appreciation Day.

Sorry for the Book.
Have a great week!

~ Lady B ~

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Long in the Tooth part Two

I found the set of teeth I wanted to originally use in my HDH project and decided I couldn't let them go sitting unused.  Here is my second entry to Macabre Monday HDH134 "Long in the Tooth":

I like this version much better.
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I started with my sister's mold of her gnarly teeth before having braces.  I colored the teeth and gums with copic markers to make the teeth look a little more gross and menacing.  I painted the rest of the mold black.

I found an old paper mache coffin and decided it would be the perfect home for the teeth.  I used awesome papers from Creative Imaginations and Modpodge to decorate the coffin.  The inside of the coffin and the bottom is painted with black acrylic paint.  The paper had this cool and toothy skull on it that I fussy cut and added to the coffin.

Above is a pic with the coffin lid off, showing the teeth.  
Below is a pic of the coffin closed.

Now that I'm looking at this, I should have saved this project for the Skull Appreciation Day blog hop, but I couldn't wait that long.  I had to share it!

~ Lady B ~

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Long in the Tooth with HDH

Hooray!  I was able to play along with  Macabre Monday HDH134 
"Long in the Tooth"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that shows us some chompers, teeth, fangs, dentures, etc.!
Creepy toothy grins to wind up teeth!
If it has something to do 
with teeth, we wanna see it!

Here is my take on the challenge.  It's not really macabre, but it does involve teeth.
I created a shadow box from an upcycled mouse package.  I used it because it already resembled a shadow box and it had a velcro closure on the lid.  I made my own papers with Dylusions Spray Inks and stencils.  The teeth are a mold of my little brother's mouth before he had braces.  Originally I was going to use my sister's mold as her teeth were really gnarly and it had the top and bottom separate.  Those suckers would have been macabre!  Anyway, I lost them.  I will bet a million dollars that I find them as soon as this post goes up.

Click on photos to enlarge.

Above is a full shot of the shadow box opened.

 Above is just a picture of the shadow box portion of the project.  Below is a pic of some of the papers on the outside of the shadow box.

I decided to stamp the date that I "Stole" the teeth and made the project.  I'm going to wrap this up and give it to my brother.  I'm strange like that.

Thanks for checking out my blog!
Be sure to play along with HDH this week!
~ Lady B ~


Monday, May 21, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Color Challenge

It's Monday so that means it is time for another challenge from Smudgy Antics.

This week's challenge is a color challenge.  We were asked to make a project using at least three of the colors from the swatch below:

Now we want you to do the same!  Use at least three of the colors in the swatch above, use at least one stamped image (rubber or digi), and follow the rules posted on the Smudgy Antics blog.  You have a week to play along and a Smeared Ink gift voucher is up for grabs!

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used "Oozing Eye Zombie" from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Headshot" digi set.
He is colored with Copic markers.  The "Brains" letters are from Smeared Ink's "Build a Zombie Alphabet".  In addition to the most awesome alphabet ever, the kit comes with an open grave and several different zombie parts that you can mix and match to create your own zombies.  If you like zombies, this is a must have kit!  I'd highly recommend the Zombie Headshot kit as well.  
What can I say?  I love Zombies!

The background was made with Dylusions Spray inks and Tattered Angels stencils/masks.

I hope I've inspired you to get inky!

~ Lady B ~

BTW...If you like alternative, Gothic, or Macabre images to get crafty with and you enjoy networking with other creative individuals you should head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  We have monthly challenges and blog hops, monthly atc swaps, crafting and mixed-media tutorials, and a whole crew of friendly, supportive, talented individuals.
Men as well as women are welcome to join and we accept all levels from novice to expert.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hot as Hell with HDH

I had a little free time.  Amazing, right?!  
I decided to play along with Macabre Monday HDH133 with the theme 

We were challenged to make a Dark, Gothic, or Halloween themed piece that represents flames or create something that requires heat, burning, scorching, or heat embossing.  We were also able to take the minions on a tour of Hell.

Since I can't bring the Minions to work with me, the tour of Hell was out of the question.  Off I went to get a little crafty.

Here is my tribute to the Minions:
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This didn't turn out quite how I wanted it to, but the fun is in the journey!
I started by using one of my favorite Smeared Ink rubber stamps (now only available in digi form), versa mark ink, and Zing embossing powder in black.  Add heat and the magic happens.  I painted the image with my aqua pens and distress inks (tea stain, fire brick red).
The image is "Angel" and it is from the set "As Death".

Next I went to work on the background using a bunch of Dylusions Spray Inks.  Love them!  If you look closely you may see some of my homemade bat stencils and possibly some skull and crossbones, but I think those got lost behind my image.  Of course I had to use my heat gun to dry the project.  Did I mention it is 91 degrees F here?  For May, that is Hot as Hell!

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment "I tend to curl my speculation towards my inner horror".  It is from Smeared Ink as well.  It irritates the Hell out of me that I stamped it crooked.  Oh well!

All this was mounted on black cardstock and some fire digi paper that I made and printed out.

~ Lady B ~


Thursday, May 17, 2012

CONFESSIONS Smeared in Ink

It's that time again!
Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop.
 Our hop will be on THURSDAY, MAY 17th and will go live at 9am PST. 


Use your art to show us something you have never told your Mom about yourself...or about something you have done.

For those that don't know me, I am Lady Brayton (Lady B, or LB).  You should have arrived here from Kristy's awesome blog.  If not, no problem.  I will post the hop list at the end of this post to get you back on track or to enable you to start at the beginning. 

Warning...this is a long post!

I wasn't sure to what to confess.  My mom knows pretty much everything about me.  I don't typically keep many secrets.  I am the Queen of TMI (too much information).  I will ramble on to complete strangers about almost anything.  After deep thought, there were a few things I kept from my mom over the years.  Because I did have a few things to get off my chest, I decided to make a fat page book on this topic.  I ran out of time and left one or two things out, but I got most of the stuff out there.  When I finish the last page or two I promise I will share.  There is some juicy stuff left ;)
Here are the pages of my fat book.
Click images to enlarge.
 (Stamp bought from Gorey Details)
I used Dylusions inks, homemade stencils, & black and white markers.

I'm not sure where the "Splat" or word bubble came from.
I used Copic Markers and Distress Inks.

 (Trees: Stampscapes, Skull: Talon)
I used Dylusions inks, Tattered Angels stencils, & black and white markers.
BTW...this is the thing that would have pissed my mom off the most.  Being young in the woods with a friend and no adult supervision.  She would have killed me back in the day if she knew!

 (image found online, source unknown)
Colored with Copic markers. spray and open flames do NOT go well together!

(image by Sureya)
Colored with Copic markers.

Thanks for sticking with me through my book!  I hope you've enjoyed my creations and confessions.
Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Patti.

Here is the hop list in case you get lost along the way:
Be sure to leave everyone a little bit of love for being brave and putting their personal stuff out there.

Smeared and Smudged May Member Blog Hop

Black Dragon
Susan S.
Lady Brayton

~ Lady B ~

Monday, May 14, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - MASQUERADE

The Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge theme this week is 

Feel free to interpret this theme in any type of way you see fit.  We love to leave the themes flexible enough to allow your artistic expression to flow freely.  For those that have trouble coming up with challenge ideas or need a little guidance, see the examples below:

Create a project depicting a masquerade ball or party.
Use an image that has a mask or costume in it.
Create a mask for a masquerade.
Use a masking technique in your project.

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used an image with a mask and did some masking in the background.
Image: "Luna" from Smeared Ink's "Women of Power" digi set.
This is currently my favorite set to play with!  Luna was colored digitally in PSE8 and printed on a 4" x 6" piece of glossy photo paper.

The background was made with Ranger's "Dylusions" Spray Inks.
This was my first time playing with the inks and I LOVE them!  I added depth to the background with masking.  In some areas I spritzed water over my stencil and blotted dry leaving a lighter impression of the stencil. In other areas I spritzed ink over my stencil.

When dry, I attached my photo to the background and mounted the background onto black cardstock.  The black border seemed too plain so I doodled the border with white marker.  I doodled some lines in the white marker with a black fine point sharpie marker.  I was going to doodle around the stenciled areas, but I was afraid I would screw up my project so I stopped.

For more inspiration, head over to the Smudgy Antics blog to see what the rest of the DT made for your viewing pleasure.

If you like the Smudgy Antics challenges, you should check-out the Smeared and Smudged forum where we have monthly challenges, ATC swaps, mixed-media classes, and blog hops.  

~ Lady B ~

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Skull Appreciation Day is coming soon!


Do you love creating amazing projects that showcase skully goodness? Wanna get some traffic to your blog and share your obsession? Join us on June 4th for one wild blog hop event! We will be celebrating Skull Appreciation Day by featuring handmade projects that spotlight the much-loved cranium. We will also be giving away tons of freebies during the hop!

How can you participate, you ask? Well, there are a couple of ways to get in on the action. To spread the word,
 grab our button here and post it to your blog, facebook page, or website and share the info. Then come hop through the amazing projects on the 4th.

To join in, simply make a homemade project or craft that features a skull and sign up to be included in our hop list. This is open to any crafter or artist who would like to feature a handmade skull-themed project. You can sign up by leaving a comment your name and blog address. All participants will receive a free Smeared Ink Skull Appreciation digi image to add to your collection.

After you sign up, be on the lookout for the hop list to be posted. The deadline for signing up as a participant is Thursday May 31, 2012. We will post the hop list of participants on Saturday morning, June 2, 2012. Then just share your project on the 4th along with the list of participating blogs! During the hop we will also be giving away freebies, so that is even more incentive to participate or hop along.

If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the hop with your own freebie giveaway featuring a skull (and get advertising on our forum, blogs, and other hop information posts like facebook shares), please contact Tori
 here. When you sponsor, we will add your website/button to all of our hop advertising.

Thanks for joining us in this event and spreading the word, and we look forward to a fun skull-filled blog hop on the 4th!

*for more information on Skull Appreciation Day, please visit  Skull-A-Day.
Sponsor list (more as they come)

Smeared Ink - Get $1.50 Off SKULL DIGI SINGLES from now until June 4th! Use coupon code SKULLDAY2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - ANYTHING GOES

It's challenge time again over at Smudgy Antics.

Here is a blurb from the Smudgy Antic's blog:

This week's challenge theme is:

"We love when you guys and gals think outside of the box.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  You know those projects you WANT to make, but would be shunned from mainstream sites?  They are accepted here!  We get down and dirty.  We like it real, raw, and in your face!  Let your artistic expression fly free!"

In the spirit of artistic freedom, here is my creation:
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It's a bit different, huh?  I know that whimsical and creepy don't really go together, but I said to Hell with it and did it anyway.  I used "Head shot" zombie from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Headshot" digi set.  She was colored digitally in PSE8 and added to an Itkupilli background.  The digi papers are from Crafty Chaos Designs.  The funky swirls are from some random digi stash I have.  I don't remember the source.

I decided to follow the card sketch on the "Very Sketchy" challenge over at  the Smeared and Smudged forum.
Here's a pic of the sketch:

The Smudgy Antics challenge goes through Saturday at midnight PST.  Head over to the blog to see more inspiration from the DT gals.  A Smeared Ink gift voucher is up for grabs! 

The sketch challenge and other challenges over at Smeared and Smudged goes on through the month.

What are you waiting for?  
Come play with us!

~ Lady B ~