Monday, January 28, 2013


                Welcome back for another challenge with Smudgy Antics!

We, at Smudgy Antics, challenge you to make a GATEFOLD CARD.  
Cute projects are merely tolerated.  Creepy, Gothic, Humorous, Risque, Vintage, or Alternative styles are preferred

 Not a Card Maker?  Suck it up.  You can do this!  For many on the DT, this was our first attempt at such a card.  If we can do it, so can you.
You will have 2 WEEKS to submit your projects to Mr. Linky.  What?  You don't own any creepy images?!!!  Head to the Smeared Ink shop and get a few.

Remember, you must use a stamped image (real or digi) and follow the rules posted on the left sidebar of the Smudgy Antics Blog to qualify for a prize.  We want to be amazed so show us what you've got.  Only the best will win!

Here is my make for the challenge:
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Details:  I used stamps from Smeared Ink's "Quoth the Raven" rubber set.  You can get this set in the rubber club or you can get it in digi version here.
I heat embossed the images with Versa Mark Ink and Zing embossing powder in black.  The Designer Papers are 7 Gypsy's I believe.  If I am incorrect, please let me know.  The black is just generic CS.  I buy it in bulk.

Be sure to head over to Smudgy Antics to see what the Smeared Ink DT has made for your viewing pleasure.  You are sure to get some inspiration!  After you've had a chance to see some cool gatefold cards, get your butts in gear and get crafting!  You have two weeks to play and a Smeared Ink gift voucher is up for grabs.  

If you are not of fan of digi images, perhaps you would like to put your winning gift voucher towards an 8.5" x 11" sheet of deeply etched, unmounted rubber instead?  Yep, Smeared Ink's Rubber is BACK!  Check out the Smeared Ink Rubber Club for more information.

If you like our challenges, why not head over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum?  Smeared and Smudged offers several monthly challenges with prizes, monthly blog hops, monthly ATC swaps, and we are currently having sign-ups for a Bloody Valentine Gift Swap.  You have until the 31st of January to sign-up for this awesome event.

~  Lady B  ~

I will be entering my card into the following challenges:
Quoth the Raven, Nevermore: Anything Poes.  I used a Poe image.
I will enter other challenges later as time allows.

Friday, January 18, 2013

ANYTHING BUT SQUARE with Sparkle and Glitter

The new challenge is up over at Sparkle and Glitter with Rick.
Team Sparkle, as well as a few of the Glitter ladies, got to play around with this one.
The theme for this fortnight is "ANYTHING BUT SQUARE".

The challenge this next two weeks is aimed at testing your ingenuity, but ordinary cards are also welcomed of course - as long they are NOT A SQUARE.  Any project that is not square in shape will work, be it mixed media, tags, ATC's, altered items, etc.

We are honoured to have Kathryne of Stamp Art Design sponsoring this week's challenge. She is generously offering 5 digis from her shop to one lucky person.  There will be the usual EDT choices that will win some of Rick's wonderful images as well. 

Here is my take on the challenge.  Click image to enlarge. I made a tag using TASHA from Rick's "Randi Dandi" line.  She is colored with Copic markers, Spica gel pens, stickles and puffy paint made for paper.  The background is made with various colors of Dylusions Spray Inks.  I rounded the two corners on the right side of the tag and added a decorative punch to the left side.  I added a simple ribbon to the tag as I didn't want to go overboard and distract from Rick's beautiful image.  The tag was mounted on white cardstock for added stability and to allow the punched shapes to be highlighted.  Head over to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog for more inspiration from the EDT gals and then be sure to check out Rick's shop to find some fabulous images to use in this challenge.  Remember, if you use one of Rick's images, you get an extra entry for the prize.  How fab is that?!

 ~ Cheers ~
Lady B

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January Member Blog Hop with Smeared and Smudged

*January Member Blog Hop with Smeared and Smudged*

Blog Roll

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It is time for the monthly member blog hop with Smeared and Smudged.  The theme for this month was to create a project that is ripped, torn, and folded in some type of way.  The other requirement was to use at least one stamped image (real or digi) as stamping is the Smeared and Smudged way.  You should have arrived here from Wendy's Blog and your next stop on the hop is Kristy's blog.  The full blog roll is above.

Here is my take on the challenge for this month's hop:
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I used a random clear blood splatter stamp, probably Inkadinkado if I had to guess, and I used a sentiment from Michaels $1 bin.  Sorry, I don't know the maker of the sentiment, but was pretty pleased with it being red rubber and wood mounted for only a buck.
The main image is "Let's Have Brains" digi stamp from Rick St. Dennis.

I found the triptych template online and printed it onto copic X-press it cardstock.  I coated it with different colors and layers of Dylusions spray inks.  Unfortunately, when I cut the template out, it was terribly uneven so I had to tweak the design a bit.  Since the arched parts wouldn't line-up correctly while closed, I mounted the triptych onto black cardstock and trimmed until the edges matched up.  I still need to decorate the outside of the card, but I ran out of time.

The zombie was colored digitally in PSE 8 and printed out three times.  I fussy cut different layers for added dimension and inked the edges with distress ink, which looks great in person, but doesn't capture well with my camera phone. I want to do a full scale version of this zombie layered, but I need more silicone glue before that can happen.  I used pop-dots here, but I prefer the look and strength of the glue.  I used copic markers on top of the blood splatter (in distress brick red) to bring out the color more.  Of course I ripped and tore my blood and sentiments from cardstock and inked the inside and the edges with more distress ink.  My fingers look like zombie rot this morning.  LOL!

It is my last day of work for this week.  I hope I make it through as I have horrible chills and all over body pain today.  Visit me tomorrow to get a peek at my project for the new challenge over at Sparkle and Glitter with RSD and don't forget to play along with this fortnight's challenge on Smudgy Antics which is to make a project with a pocket.  Easy Peasy!  
Get inky and have some fun!

If you enjoy these hops, join the Smeared and Smudged forum.  We have monthly hops, ATC swaps, we will be doing a Bloody Valentine swap and hop, and you get to network with some awesome like-minded crafters.

~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 14, 2013

Smudgy Antics: Create a project with a Pocket.

 A fortnight has passed and it's time for another challenge with Smudgy Antics!

The challenge theme this fortnight is to
"Make a Project with a Pocket".   

We at Smudgy Antics challenge you to make a project with a pocket.  You can make a decorative envelope, a pocket card, or you can add a pocket to a canvas or a journal page.  If paper isn't your thing, feel free to go three dimensional and alter an object using or creating a pocket.  The more unique, the better.  We love it when you guys and gals think outside the box!
Just remember to use a stamped image (real or digi) and follow the rules posted in the left sidebar on the Smudgy Antics' Blog.
You will have 2 WEEKS to submit your projects to Mr. Linky.

For inspiration, head over to the Smudgy Antics' Blog and check out the work from the Smeared Ink DT gals.

Here is my take on the challenge.  Click images to enlarge.

I will soon be an Auntie again to my second great-nephew.  The card above was for the baby shower.  I posted the front, inside, and back of the card.  I will start backwards with my descriptions of the pics.  The bottom/backside of the card uses DCWV cardstock.    The baby prints on the back of the card were a complete accident.  I found this in my stash of baby boy stuff when I made a baby book for one of my nephews 3 years ago.  I have no idea where the foam stamp came from or if I still have it, but I knew I wanted to add the footprints to the card.  Since the prints were a bit messy, I added them to the backside of the card.

The middle of the card has a simple pocket attached to cardstock with Copic X-press it double sided tape which is currently my favorite adhesive.  It is super strong and even sticks to glitter and ribbon.  The sentiment reads, " Wishing you a happy and healthy delivery of your little Hellion".  Yeah, I'm strange, but my family loves and accepts me anyway.  I was lazy and gave a monetary gift so my nephew and his GF can buy whatever they want or need for the baby.

The front of the card uses images from a catalog and Smeared Ink Stamps from the  "Babies of the Damned"  collection as well as Smeared Ink's  "Movie Madness"  digi set.  If the demon baby scares you too much, but you'd like to buy the bassinet, you can  grab it as a single here.   Momma was a bit afraid of the card, but she had a good laugh.  My great nephew is due the first week of February so stay tuned for news and pictures.

Oh!  Don't forget to make a project with a pocket for the challenge!  A Smeared Ink gift voucher is up for grabs!

Lady B ~

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Playing on a Sunday Afternoon

I decided to play along with a few challenges before diving back into the reality of laundry and housework.  Here is my offering for today:
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I used the card sketch from the "Very Sketchy" challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum
 The image is "Janye Jettpack" from Kenny K downloads.  I will be entering my card into the Kenny K's Krafty Krew "Gothic Gothic" challenge as well as the Very Sketchy challenge listed above.  Papers are retired stash from Crafty Chaos Designs.  I wish the shop wasn't closed as Susan made the papers I love and use most frequently.  Embellishments are Lotta Designs from Oscraps.  Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter:
Challenges 4 Everyboday: "Anything Goes"
Corrosive Challenge #165: "Out with the Old, use old stash".  Although digital, I used retired papers from my previously favorite store which is now closed.  I hope that counts.
Glitter and Sparkle: "Use a digi."  Everything in my project, including the stamp, is digital.
One Stitch at a Time: "Anything Goes"

~ Lady B ~
Be sure to join me on Monday for the next challenge over at Smudgy Antics.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Raise the Bar Challenge #125 Sponsored by RSD

Rick St. Dennis is sponsoring the "Raise the Bar" challenge and a few of us EDT gals 
decided to play along.

The challenge #125 is a sketch challenge.

Here is my take on the sketch.  Click image to enlarge.

I used Nina Nouveau drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  She is colored with Copic markers, glitter glue, and puffy paint.  The sentiment is a rub on from Creative Imaginations and the papers are DCWV with the exception of the paper with the sentiment.  That is from a watercolor scene that I made, but didn't like so I cut it into scraps to be used on projects.
 Head on over to Raise the Bar and join in their challenge.  You have the chance to win some 
Don't forget to play along with the Sparkle and Glitter Challenge "New Beginnings" for another opportunity to win some of Rick's awesome images as well as a sponsored prize.
~ Lady B ~

I will be entering my card into the following challenges:
Raise the Bar: Sketch Challenge.  I used the sketch.
Artistic Inspirations: "A bit of Sparkle/Anything Goes".  I used glitter glue in the hair of my image.
Eureka Stamps: "Make it Sparkle".  I used glitter glue.
Incy Wincy Designs: "Something New".  I used a new Rick St. Dennis image.
Make it Monday: "Anything Goes"