Monday, July 30, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: Triple Threat


Congratulations to the winner and top three of the 
"Pop Art" challenge last week!

This week's challenge theme for Smudgy Antics is:
"TRIPLE THREAT".

We are challenging our devoted followers
 to use at least 3 stamped images (clear, rubber or digital) in your projects.  How creative can you get combining images?  
We can't wait to see!  
Although sentiments are always cool, 
we want to see 3 (or more) focal images combined together to make a scene...or...if you're really clever and good at masking, you may combine three or more images to create one focal image.  
Does it sound a bit Zetti or a little like Frankenstein's Monster? 
 Go wherever your Muse takes you and then head over to Smudgy Antics for more inspiration and to play along with the challenge.




Here is my offering:
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I started with a random lab picture that I found on the net.  I also found a cool metal lab table pic.  All the stamps added are from Smeared Ink and can be found in the shop by clicking the links below.
Beakers
Scientist
Curious Rat and Beaker
Test Tubes
Fetus Jar 
>>OR<< you can save a bunch of money and get additional images plus sentiments by buying the entire Mad Science Set

Calypso the Rat is separate from the set.  He's the giant, cute rat with his brain exposed.  He comes with a full head of fur, I just decided to chop some of it off :)  The brain was made with the brain rattle in the "Babies of the Damned" set, I just erased the handle in PSE and added the brain portion to Calypso. The brain in a jar is from the "Babies of the Damned" set as well.


Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.
My craft room is officially as clean and organized as it will ever be so I hope to be bringing some inky projects soon.


Cheers!
~ Lady B ~


I will enter this into the following challenges:
Haunted Design House MM: "Freaker'ss Free for All"
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges: "Animals", I used rats




Monday, July 23, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: POP ART

Congratulations to the winner and top ONE of the 
"Creatures of the Night" challenge last week!

This week's challenge theme is:
"POP ART".

We want your projects this week to really POP!  Think dimension.  Think 3-D.  Use pop-dots, decoupage, or any technique of your choosing to make your images pop-out at us.  Heck, you can even use a spring to add some real pop with an added bonus of bounce!  

We love when you guys and gals think outside of the box.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  We love it when you surprise us with something amazing and unexpected.  Head over to Smudgy Antics for more inspiration and to play along with the challenge!


Here is my offering for this challenge:
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I used "Skull Front" from Smeared Ink's "Anatomy 101" digi set.
I also used "Raven Wings" from Smeared Ink's "Quoth the Raven" set.  I am lucky enough to own this set in rubber as well as digi.  The wings were stamped with Versa Mark embossing ink. covered with black embossing powder, and blasted with my heat gun.


The skull was printed 6 times and fussy cut into layers.  I glued the layers with silicone glue from the hardware store and set it aside to dry.  This gives great depth and dimension to the piece.  I cut the eyes out of each layer except the first to give a sunken look.  I forgot to do this to the nose, but I think it still looks good.  I added extra shading with my copic markers.  To achieve the shine, I dipped the completed piece into my melting pot full of UTEE.  In person, it looks like a porcelain skull.  I learned this technique from my UK friends.  Thanks, BD and Crom's!


The tag was made with Dylusions Inks.  I used both homemade stencils and a 
Tattered Angels stencil.  The skull and wings were attached with glossy accents.  The ribbon was a clearance buy from a few years ago.  I don't remember the manufacturer.  The skull beads came from a Halloween bracelet i had and cut apart in order to use the skulls in projects.


Sorry I couldn't get better pics of the dimension of my skull.  Shiny things are so hard to photograph!


Cheers!
~ Lady B ~



While Smudgy Antics offers awesome weekly challenges, Smeared and Smudged offers month long challenges for those that may not have as much crafting time available. There are also monthly blog hops, matchbook and atc swaps, holiday swaps, etc.  If you join the forum you are sure to meet new friends and network with some very talented individuals.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July Member Blog Hop with Smeared and Smudged.




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It's time again for the Smeared and Smudged monthly member blog hop!  The hop goes live on Thursday July 19th at 9am PST.  If you've arrived here from Madelein's blog, you're on the right track.  If not, click here to start at the beginning.  The blog list is posted above.

The theme for this month was "Bring the Heat".  This theme was totally up to interpretation.  We could use heat embossing, hot glue, fire, or even imagery of fire.  Heck, we could even use hot colors or make something sexy ;)  As always, we were asked to step outside of our comfort zones...the HOTTER the better!

Here is my take and OMG!  I have NOT used a devil, demon, or a zombie!
There is no blood and no gore and no Hell-fire.  

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Here it is!
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I used "Vanity" angel and "Guide Angel" from Smeared Ink's "The Symbology of Angels" digi stamp set.
I used the pin-up from the "Bombshell Angel" rubber stamp set (from Bombshell Stamps of course).

Everything was colored with copic markers and fussy cut.  I pieced the trio together on some DCWV photo paper and outlined bits for a shadow effect.  I mounted the whole piece on cardstock to add stability.  I didn't add a sentiment as I feel the message of my piece is loud and clear.  LOL!  Is this HOT enough for you?  BTW, I smeared the Vanity angel's eyes so I added a pair of sunglasses to cover my mistake.  Nice save, huh?!
Your next stop on the hop is Kristy's fabulous blog.

Thanks for Stopping By!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, July 16, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - Creatures of the Night

Congratulations to the winner and top three of the 
"You Leave Me in Stitches" challenge last week!

This week's challenge theme is:
"CREATURES OF THE NIGHT".

This week we want to know what scares you or creeps you out.  You know those bumps you hear in the middle of the night?  The shadows that lurk in the corners of the room?  The crawling and clawing sounds you hear going up and down the walls while you try to sleep?  We want your artistic creation to show us those menacing Creatures of the Night!
Head over to the Smudgy Antics blog to play along!


Here is my creation:




I used digi images from Smeared Ink.
The Vampire is "Ann Marie" from the "Glam Vamps" digi set.
The body is "Open Torso" from the "Gross Anatomy" digi set.
The graveyard is "Grave Scene 3" from the "Holy City" digi set.
The word Tasty is from the "Mistresses of the Dark" digi set.
Papers are from Crafty Chaos Designs which sadly seems to be out of business at the moment.
Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8 as I am still in the process of finding my craft table and tools and such.


I used the sketch below from the "Very Sketchy" challenge over at Smeared and Smudged.  As you can tell, I rotated the sketch and modified it a bit.


While Smudgy Antics offers awesome weekly challenges, Smeared and Smudged offers month long challenges for those that may not have as much crafting time available. There are also monthly blog hops, matchbook and atc swaps, holiday swaps, etc.  If you join the forum you are sure to meet new friends and network with some very talented individuals.


Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, July 9, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - You Leave Me in Stitches



Congratulations to the winner and top three of the 

"Anything Goes" challenge last week!

This week's challenge theme is:
"YOU LEAVE ME IN STITCHES".


This challenge prompt can go in several different directions.  You can take the challenge literally and use an image with stitches (or add stitches to a "normal" image).  You can use stitching (real or fake) on your projects or you can create something so damned funny that you cause us to have a stitch in our sides from laughing so hard.

We can't wait to see which direction you decide to go with this challenge.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  Head on over to the Smudgy Antics Blog to get more inspiration from the Smeared Ink DT gals and to check out the rules/requirements for the challenge. 


Here is my offering:
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I used "Tease" zombie from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi set.
She was colored digitally in PSE8 and added to an Itkupilli background.  I then  printed my composition out on 4" x 6" glossy photo paper and mounted it on various layers of scrap papers I'm trying to use up.  The floral paper is DCWV. I'm not sure where the other papers came from.  I was going to hand stitch and couldn't find my needles.  Ugh!  I've been cleaning my craft area, but haven't quite finished so I'm sure I'll find my needles and floss when I get to my last 3 piles.  Because I couldn't hand stitch and I don't own a sewing machine, I scanned my project to my pc and added stitching in PSE8.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

BTW, if you like our challenges, you should head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum where there are additional monthly challenges as well as blog hops and various swaps.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Playing along with challenges

I decided to be a bit crafty this week.  Here are two ATCs I made.  Sorry, my scanner cut a bit off of the pics.  I challenged myself to use red, white, and blue for my zombie themed ATCs.  It wasn't easy as patriotic colors are not my color of choice for the walking dead.  I think I'm partial to the first zombie.  Which zombie do you like best?  Neither is a perfectly acceptable answer as I'm sure that most viewing my projects are not zombie fans.



The atcs were made with the "Zombie Headshot" set from Smeared Ink.  They were colored with copic makers.  I'd like to add these ATCs into the following challenges:

ATC's and Cards with Attitude: Anything goes - I made ATCs
Patti's Creations: Include a digi or stamped image and use Red, White, and Blue - I did as requested.
Raise the Bar: Red, White and Blue: I used the color scheme.
SJ Paper Crafts: Red, White, and Blue- I used the color scheme
Simon Says Stamp: Tags/ATCs - I made two ATCs
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Red, White and Blue - I used the color scheme
Divas By Design: Red, White and Blue -  I used the color scheme


Cheers!
Lady B



Monday, July 2, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: ANYTHING GOES




This week's challenge theme is:
"ANYTHING GOES".

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 freely!

Here is my project for the Smudgy Antics' Challenge:


I love this gorgeous image and I felt like making something super colorful this week. I used "IO" from Smeared Ink's "Women of Power" digital stamp set. She is colored with Copic markers and I added a little rub-on tattoo to her arm as one of my overly-full markers decided to drip and I wanted to cover my mistake. The tag (Ranger) is colored with Dylusions Spray Inks. I love the vibrant colors! I did some stamping with
various Smeared Ink rubber stamps (Quoth the Raven, Candy is Dandy, and Urban Decay). Unfortunately, Smeared Ink's rubber is retired in the States, but the images can still be found in digital form with the exception of "Urban Decay". I added a little mesh bit for the tag's tassel, but I'm not really feeling it. I will probably remove the mesh and add a different topper.

Head on over to the Smudgy Antics' Blog for more inspiration and then get yourselves in gear and get crafting!

Cheers!

~ Lady B ~

I will be entering this into the following challenges:
OOZAK Challenge Blog: Use Bright Colors - I used bright, vibrant colors
Crafty Bloggers Network: Anything Goes
Marker Pop (iCopic Challenge): Fur/Hair Colouring, must use copics - I colored hair, fur, and used Copics.
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Spray, Spritz, or Stencil - I did all three on the background of tag.