Monday, August 27, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: EVIL ALICE

Congratulations to the winner and top three of the 
"Itsy Bitsy Spider" challenge last week!

This week's challenge theme is:
"EVIL ALICE".

It seems Alice is huge these days!  Alice is everywhere!  She has video games, challenge blogs, tag and ATC swaps and who knows what else...all devoted to her and Wonderland!  That girl gets tons of attention!  We expect to see lots of entries this week.  Of course, being Smudgy Antics, we like things that are on the dark or edgy side of the art world.  Smeared Ink has made their own collection of AIW and let me tell you, Alice is all grown-up now!  You can find these jaw-dropping creations in the shop now.  I provided the link for the entire set, but these can be purchased as singles as well.  Trust me, you will want them all!  They are Hot!

We at Smudgy Antics challenge you to make the most mind-blowing AIW piece you can.  Make it evil, make it twisted, make it scary or make it  seductive.  All of that will work.  Just stay away from the safe and cute stuff.  Save that for the other challenge blogs and tap into your dark side.  
We dare you!

Here are my offerings for this challenge:
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(image: "Queen of Hearts" from Smeared Ink's "Wonderland" digi set.

(image: "White Rabbit" from Smeared Ink's "Wonderland" digi set. 

(image: "Cheshire Cat" from Smeared Ink's "Wonderland" digi set.
I goofed on this one.  I was going to use orange background paper and somehow grabbed neon green.  Oops!  Oh, well.  It's a little loud.  LOL!

Sadly, I didn't have time to color Alice or the Mad Hatter.  You can buy your favourite image as a single in the store, but trust me...you will want to buy the whole set!

My projects above were printed on Copic X-Press it cardstock and were colored with Copic markers, Spica gel pens, and Stickles.  Yes...I used glitter.


Head over to the Smudgy Antics Blog for more inspiration 
and then go and get crafting! 

While Smudgy Antics offers awesome weekly challenges, the Smeared and Smudged forum 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 B ~

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Smeared and Smudged August Member Blog Hop







Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton ***you are here


It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Our hop will be on THURSDAY, August 23rd. at 9:00 am (PST)

The theme is POE-ETIC! Since we're celebrating the great Edgar Allan Poe this month, I thought it would be awesome for our members to create something using one of his poems! It can be a canvas, a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item, an art journal page, etc. Use your imaginations. Also, don't forget the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine) – we love when you use Smeared Ink Stamps, but it is NOT a requirement to participate.

I made two very similar digital pieces, but couldn't decide which I liked best. My inspiration came from the poem "Annabel Lee". This is my favorite poem by Poe and I had all of these grand ideas on how to bring the poem to life. Of course neither project turned out the way I wanted, but such is life! Maybe I will draw my own Annabel Lee scene and paint it one day...but that will be far in the future when I have a lot more time on my side!

Here they are. Which do you like best? You can click the images to enlarge the pics.



 Both of these have the poem written in the left hand side of the piece.  I used background pics that were taken on vacations.  I really wanted a pic with a rocky cliff by rough seas, but I've not visited a place such as that and I didn't feel like browsing the web for hours on end.  The stamps used are "Cross Tombstone" from Smeared Ink's "Build a Graveyard" digi set and one of the goddesses from Smeared Ink's "Elementals" set.  Sorry, I can't find the link for that one.  I colored the stamps digitally in PSE8.  I faded the woman to look ghostly.  Edgar is a pic I found on the net and I faded him out too.  Everything is assembled in PSE8 as well.






Thanks for stopping by! If I don't comment on Thursday, I will definitely be around on Friday to leave some love as that is my well-deserved day off this week! Cheers!

~ Lady B ~




Monday, August 20, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - "Itsy Bitsy Spider"

Welcome back for another week of challenges and a huge
congratulations to the prize winner and the chosen top two from last week's "Dragon Tales" challenge!

Are you ready for some more fun?
The theme for this week is:
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a nursery rhyme in the US.  I know every culture and country has their own nursery rhymes or tales told to the wee ones.  This week we want you to turn nursery rhymes into something scary or creepy.  The more twisted, the better!  Make the little hairs on the back of our necks stand on end.  Make a project that is nightmare worthy.  Please source the nursery rhyme you are using or better yet, write out the rhyme in your blog post for those that may not be familiar with nursery rhymes.
Most importantly, have fun!

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used one of Smeared Ink's newest images.  
Meet "Little Miss Muffet" from 
Smeared Ink's "Framed Rhymes" digital stamp set.
  
Here is the rhyme:

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

As you can see, this Little Miss Muffet isn't afraid of some silly spider.  Me thinks she is the one who should be feared!  Heck, just look at the gruesome additions to her curds and whey.  Ick!

Little Miss Muffet is colored with Copic markers and was then fussy cut.  She is mounted upon a piece of scrap vinyl that I've had in my stash for about a year now.  I stamped spider webs on the vinyl with Staz-on Metallic Ink in Silver.  I further mounted the vinyl on alternating pieces of black and white cardstock.  The black spider on the right side of the picture is a die-cut given to me by a dear friend, Helen :)  To add some shine, which sadly doesn't show in the picture, I stamped the die-cut with versa mark ink and sprinkled black embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt it.  For the web in which the spider is descending from I used a silver metallic sharpie marker.

Head over to the Smudgy Antics Blog for more inspiration and to meet the newest member of Smeared Ink's Design Team!  

While Smudgy Antics offers awesome weekly challenges, the Smeared and Smudged forum 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 B ~

I will enter this into the following challenges:

Poisoned Peas Please: Dark Fairy Tales - I made a dark Little Miss Muffet.

Make it Monday: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp and Show: No Rules!




Monday, August 13, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - DRAGON TALES

I hope all those who participated in SmudgeFest last week not only survived and had fun, but I hope you all saved some mojo for this week's Smudgy Antics challenge!

Yep, we are back to our regularly scheduled weekly challenges.  These should be a breeze after a week of doing a project everyday!

This week's challenge theme is:
"DRAGON TALES"

Here is my take on the challenge:
(click image to enlarge)


I used one of Smeared Ink's newest images.  This fierce looking fellow is titled "Dragon Love" and will be available in the shop very soon!  I colored him digitally in PSE8.  Some think coloring digitally is cheating, but trust me...it is very time consuming!  I color much faster with my copics, but I am in serious need of refills...especially my dragon greens!  Hopefully I can win the lotto and then I can buy every single color and refill that copic makes.  Hey, a girl can dream, right?!  The "Protector" sentiment is from Smeared Ink's "The Symbology of Angels" digital stamp set.

The wicked-cool background was not created by me.  I wish I was that talented! The background is a photo by the photographer DMoutray.  Out of respect for his work I left his watermark in the right hand corner and will give his Flickr link here.  This project is for my personal use and will not be sold or traded.

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

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 B ~

Sunday, August 12, 2012

SmudgeFest Day 7 part 2


Welcome to Day 7 of SmudgeFest!! 

SKETCHY SUNDAY!
Use this sketch for your entry today.

Here is my second entry for today:

Click Image to Enlarge



Image and sentiment from Smeared Ink's "Flower King" digital stamp set.  Papers from Crafty Chaos Designs.
Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.

CHEERS!
Lady B

SmudgeFest Day 7


Welcome to Day 7 of SmudgeFest!! 

SKETCHY SUNDAY!
Use this sketch for your entry today.

Here is my entry for today:



I used  "Demon Baby" and brain baby food from Smeared Ink's "Babies of the Damned" digital stamp set.

Cheers!
Lady B

Saturday, August 11, 2012

SmudgeFest Day 6


Welcome to Day 6 of SmudgeFest!! 
SATURDAY'S SONG!
Make an ATC based on these song lyrics:

Blackbird - Beatles
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Here is my ATC:


Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Friday, August 10, 2012

SmudgeFest Day 5



FREEBIE FRIDAY!
Today we were given a free image to use in our projects.

Here is my creation:
(Click image to enlarge)


I colored the zombie red riding hood (courtesy of Smeared Ink) in PSE8 and added her to an Itkupilli background scene.  I found a cool png wolf on google, but I am unsure of the source so I cannot give proper credit.  The wolf was pre-colored.  If anyone knows the source, let me know and I will give credit where credit is due.  Since the zombie red is a total badass I added the sentiment "Try me, Bitch!".

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SmudgeFest Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of SmudgeFest!! 


THURSDAY THROWDOWN!
This is a color challenge. Please use at least three colors from this swatch.

The Prize:
2 DIGI SETS OF YOUR CHOICE FROM


READY. SET. GO!
Remember, be sure to link up by midnight tonight to qualify for the daily (and grand) prize. Then check back tomorrow for the new theme.
Link your projects on the Smudgy Antics Blog.


Here is my offering for day 4.
Click image to enlarge.


I used a skull and roses image from Smeared Ink that was a freebie a few months back.  Hopefully this awesome digi will make it into the store for those that don't own it.  I did my best to use all the colors of the swatch.  Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.   My papers are digital from Crafty Chaos Designs.  Her shop doesn't appear to be open as she has been ill for quite awhile.  Every time I use Susan's wonderful papers I think of her.  I miss seeing her in blog-land and I pray she is on her way to better health.

I used the sketch below from the "Very Sketchy" challenge on Smeared and Smudged.  Smeared and Smudged is an awesome forum with monthly challenges, hops, and swaps of all sorts!



I will be hopping along the blogs over the next few days to see everyone's awesome creations and to leave a bit of love.

Cheers!
~Lady Brayton ~

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SmudgeFest Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of SmudgeFest!! 
WORDY WEDNESDAY
USE ONLY WORDS TODAY(no images, just words). 
* EDIT - So...I didn't realize how hard this one could be for everyone so here is an idea that might help....you can use background/texture stamps to help create your project....
Also, most of our sets come with sentiments, but we also have a set called Teen Sayings. It can be purchased at half-price today (last day of our 50% OFF digi sets sale). The discount is applied during checkout.
HOPE THAT HELPS!



The Prize:

 $10 Gift Card to Amazon.com


Word.
Remember, be sure to link up by midnight tonight to qualify for the daily (and grand) prize. Then check back tomorrow for the new theme.
Link up at the Smudgy Antics Blog.

I made two projects today.  Click the images to enlarge the pictures.  My first project was a tag that used tons of Dylusions  Spray inks with stencils.  I used background stamps from one of Smeared Ink's retired rubber sets.  I believe it was called Inky Dreams, but I may be wrong.  I stamped the background stamps with Versa mark embossing ink and used various colors of Zing embossing powders.  The only word is ART.  I added some ribbon fibers as an accent.


Next is project number 2.  I made this just in case my background stamps in my first project were mistaken for image stamps.  I know, I'm paranoid, but I really want that Amazon gift card!



 I made mini blood vials using glossy accents and R59 alcohol ink from my Copic refill container.  I mixed the solution with a thick sewing needle and corked the vial.  Using one of Smeared Ink's Li'l Grumpies sentiments, I stamped "suck it up" and stuck it to the vial with double sided tape.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~








Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Smudge Fest Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of SmudgeFest!! 
The Challenge: TRASHY TUESDAY 
Create a project by upcycling some of your trash! Be sure to pick something that is obviously trash (i.e. soda can, bottle tops, bread closure tabs, etc.). 

The Prize:

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Time to get trashy! Remember, be sure to link up by midnight tonight to qualify for the daily (and grand) prize. Then check back tomorrow for the new theme.
Link the projects on the Smudgy Antics Blog.
Here is my offering for today:
Click images to enlarge.






My item of trash is a Ball Glass Mason Jar used for pickling.  I added water and Ranger Distress Inks to the jar to create a bloody color and then I added a "growing brain" that I received from Kristy.  My brain is only two days old so it will continue to grow for at least another day or two.  To decorate the jar, I used letters from Smeared Ink's "Build a Zombie Alphabet".  If you want this set you'd better hurry because it is being retired soon.  The brain image came from Smeared Ink's "Babies of the Damned" set.  It was originally part of a baby's rattle, but I cut off the handle and had a perfectly good brain to use.

When my brain grows to full-size, I want to see if I can preserve it.  I know it can't stay in water forever without starting to degrade and if I remove the brain it will shrink down again once it dries.  I was thinking about spilling the water out of the jar and pouring melted UTEE in the jar with the brain in it.  I'm not sure if it will work or not, but you guys and gals will be the first to know.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Monday, August 6, 2012

SmudgeFest Day One



SmudgeFest Begins Today!

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Welcome to Day 1 of SmudgeFest!! 
The Challenge: MONDAY MASH-UP 
Create a project using at least THREE of the items on our list.
  • fibers or ribbon
  • metal
  • paint
  • chalk
  • newspaper
  • pencil
  • deco paper
  • glitter
  • stencils
Here is my project for the day:  If you click on the pic it will direct you to my flickr account.  Under actions you can click "See all sizes" and you will see a larger picture.  This isn't one of my better pieces, but it was the best I could come up with after a long day at work.



ang smudge fest day one, originally uploaded by ladybrayton71.


Well, blogger is being a complete ASS tonight and wasn't letting me upload pics.  I've restarted my computer and tried my secondary computer and neither worked.  I finally managed to post it through flickr so hopefully it will be visible to everyone.  Anyway, here are the details:

I used "Plague" from Smeared Ink's "As Death" set and painted it with acrylic paints.   Inside the image, I added some yellow fiber/thread.  I mounted the image onto glitter cardstock in bright red and bordered the image with a delicate woven ribbon.  I mounted that onto generic black cardstock punched with my MS Drippy Goo punch and mounted that onto more bright red glitter cardstock.  My final element is metal.  I used two metal brads that were heated and dipped in black embossing powder for a dark, glossy finish.  I also used two metal hinges to which I added more ribbon to make a wall hanging.

Ok.  I used fibers/ribbon, metal, and paint.  I also used a form of glitter...the glittery cardstock.  Hopefully I can get my picture posted soon.  Be sure to stop by Smudgy Antics to join in the fun and win some prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lady B ~