Monday, April 29, 2013


The title says it all.  
This is the last week to enter the GLITTER AND GORE challenge over at the SMUDGY ANTICS CHALLENGE BLOG.
It appears that most of blogland is too afraid of GORE to play along so the chances of a win are fantastic!

Pictured below is my take on the challenge.  Sorry about the poor quality of the pics.  Glitter is hard enough to capture, but with a cell phone camera the challenge was even greater.  I must remember to have my camera battery charged on Sundays.  D'oh!

Click images to enlarge.  I'm sure the pics all look pretty much the same, but I posted three in case one happens to be clearer than the others.

I used "Shy Zombie" from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Pinups" digi set.  She is colored with copic markers.  I'm still searching for my favorite zombie greens so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know what colors to try.  I added Spica glitter pens to the skin and Stickles to the zombie's purple drape.  

I also added the "Anatomical Heart" from Smeared Ink's "Quoth the Raven" rubber set.  You can get this set if you are a member of Smeared Ink's Rubber Club or you can get the set in digi form here.  The heart was stamped with Memento ink and colored with copic markers.  I added glittered nail polish to the heart and the zombie's wounds.

The images are mounted on ripped cardboard which was painted with DecoArt  Metallics paint in red.  I also added some leftover scraps spritzed with Dylusions Spray Inks for contrast.  While the paint was wet I applied some shiny micro beads as well for extra sparkle.  Believe me...under the lights this sucker is super bright!  I had to decrease the saturation of the color in photoshop so as not to induce involuntary vomiting from the neon bright colors.  I suppose if I used my real camera, the brightness wouldn't have been as much as an issue.  Eh...too late now :)

The zombie is on pop dots for extra dimension.  Lastly, I added the sentiment "Zombie girls need love too".

Head over to the Smudgy Antics blog for more inspiration.
Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B ~

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Skeletal Remains- HDH165

I've been going through a lot of schtuff lately.  You'll hear more about that in a future blog post when I display a journal page I've been working on.  I'm finally on the mend and starting to find my creativity and motivation again.

I signed-up for an Andy Skinner Workshop, "The Outcasts", last year.  Sadly, due to life circumstances, I've just finally gotten around to trying the techniques.  I gathered my plaster, clay, found objects and paint this weekend and started to play.  Now I'm completely hooked!  I want to turn everything I see into a plaster casting and paint away! 

In celebration of the return of my creativity and the return of my sense of self,  I decided to play along with Haunted Design House this fortnight...of course with hours to spare.  LOL...some things will never change!

The challenge theme this fortnight is "Skeletal Remains".

Here are many pics of my "excavation" piece.  Click images to enlarge.


Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B ~

Monday, April 15, 2013

TIC-TAC-TOE Three in a Row with Smudgy Antics - week 2

Welcome back for week two of the current challenge with Smudgy Antics.
The theme for this fortnight is Tic-Tac-Toe.
You must use three items in a row from the grid below.  
You may go down, across, or diagonally. 
There is only one more week to play!

I used the third row going down using ribbon, paint and cardboard.
Click image to enlarge:

I started with some cardboard from a box and ripped the top to show the corrugated board.  Next I painted the cardboard with DecoArt Americana paint in Lamp Black and Crimson.  I don't know if you can tell by the picture, but I also added red glitter dust paint and silver glitter dust paint, both by DecoArt as well.  Michael's had a big sale Saturday...two for $1.00 so I stocked up!

I added some leftover red ribbon from my stash and stamped three images from Smeared Ink's "Quoth the Raven" rubber set onto Copic X-Press it paper and colored the images with copic markers.  The rubber set can only be bought through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club, but you can also get the digi set here.

After adhering the images to the cardboard with my Copic X-Press it double sided tape (my favorite adhesive at the moment) I added a simple decorative key.  Sorry, I don't remember the brand.  I got it on clearance after Halloween last year.

Be sure to check out the challenge at Smudgy Antics and get some more inspiration from the second half of the Smeared Ink DT.  If you like our challenges, you should check out our Forum as well.  It is free to join and additional challenges as well as swaps can be found there.

~  Lady B  ~

I would like to enter my project into Quoth the Raven.  The challenge this month was to use at least three items from a list posted on their blog.  I used 5: Raven, Poe, Ribbon, Skulls and Scarlet.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Design Team Throwdown #3 with Smeared and Smudged

Somehow I got stuck participating had the lovely opportunity 
to represent Smeared Ink in the third Design Team Throwdown sponsored by the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  The challenge this time around was to make a mini book that had to have at least 5 pages and the book had to be smaller than 4 inches.  Be sure to check out our DT blog as well as the blogs of my mates Tori and Kristy.

Click here to vote.
You do need to be a member of the Smeared and Smudged forum to vote, but it is free to join and only takes a minute or two to sign-up.

I thought this would be super easy, but of course I was wrong.  I really struggled initially, especially since I have never made a mini book other than my first domino book last month.  I'm sure I will make more mini books in the future as I have learned from my mistakes and know what to change in terms of binding and whatnot.

All the stamps used were from Smeared Ink.  
I used some epoxy stickers from Creative Imaginations and I used polymer clay skulls and brains from Creepy Glowbugg Concoctions.

Hmmm...skulls and brains.  What could my mini book topic be?
ZOMBIES of course! 
 I am, after all, the Zombie Queen :)

Be prepared for TONS of pics.  Click images to enlarge.

Above is the cover of my book.  This part was super fun and extremely messy to make.  I used "RIP tombstone" from Smeared Ink's "Build a Graveyard" digi set. The tombstone is attached with an "L" shaped bracket to the back of the book.  The cover of the book is made from cardboard from a recycled box and covered with generic black cardstock.  The freshly dug grave was made with silicone glue, parsley, and sesame seeds.  I sealed it with some spray fixative.  The hand coming out of the grave is made from two epoxy stickers (Creative Imaginations) stuck to a brad that goes through the cover of the book.  One can pull on the hand to open the book.  The zombie was a gift from my DH.  He knows me so well!

I'm opening the book in the pic above.  Are you ready to see what's inside?  I highly suggest you send your kiddies away from the monitor as this is NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN or closed minded adults for that matter.  LOL.

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

Pages 11 and 12

Pages 13 and 14
The "Anatomical heart" is from the "Candy is Dandy" digi set.

Pages 15 and 16

The End

You may have noticed the story ended a bit abruptly.  I could say I'm leaving the story for you to finish with your own imagination.  The truth is that I wasn't going to have enough pages left and I was too spent to add more pages to my already lengthy mini book.  Also, my printer ran out of ink so I couldn't print off the rest of the images I wanted to use.  LOL.  Shit happens!  

The Zombies are from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Headshot" digi set.  The graveyard on the last page is from the "Holy City" digi set.  This set also comes in rubber for members of Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  My book measures 3 inches wide and 3.75 inches long.  The inside pages with the pictures are 3" x 3".  All images were colored digitally and printed to size.

I am entering my mini book into the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge- In the library.  Use or make books.  I made a mini.
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #216. Use items found around the house.  I used parsley and sesame seeds to make the cover of my mini book.
Inky Chicks-use a background stamp.  I used a cemetery background stamp solo and also as a background behind some of my zombies.  See pages 7-10 as well as the last page.
Use it Tuesdays- Use hoarded items.  I used cardboard from my hoard of boxes I've saved for shipping items to make the cover of my mini book as well as some light blue paper that I've had in my stash for over 6 years.  The epoxy stickers (page 8 and15) have been in my stash for at least 4 years. I tried to use some rub-ons, but those were so old they would transfer anymore :/  I did use an old gooey glue stick to adhere my light blue paper to the pages.
Make it Monday- Anything goes.
Sparkle N Sprinkle- Use a digital image.  All my images are digital stamps.

~  Lady Brayton  ~

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's Freebie Saturday with RSD

Since it's the first Saturday of the month, it is FREEBIE SATURDAY with RSD!
Also, there have been lots of changes going on.  Rick now has three blogs and he will be having a freebie on each blog!  Hurry and check the new blogs because the freebies are only available today, Saturday April 6, 2013 and Sunday April 7, 2013.

Here is a sample project made with one of Rick's darker images.  This freebie is on the Airless Chambers blog which is Rick's darker blog.  The other freebies appear on Sparkle and Glitter and on the Rick St. Dennis blog.  

The image is named "Art on the Brain".  I colored it with copic markers and used digi papers from the retired store 
Crafty Chaos Designs.

Thanks for stopping by.  Now go get those freebies!
~ Lady B ~

BTW, Please do not share or pin the freebies as they will only be free for 2 days and then will go into Rick's shop.  Also, as with any digi stamp, please do not share.  Instead, please direct your friends and family to the appropriate blogs so they may grab their own freebie.  Thanks a bunch!

Monday, April 1, 2013


This is week 2 of the most recent challenge at Smudgy Antics.  
There is only one week left to play along.

  We want to see you ladies and gents make a COLORFUL project WITHOUT using colored pencils  or markers of any kind.  That's right!
Are you stumped? 
 It really isn't that hard once you start thinking outside of the box and
 are willing to give different techniques a try.

You can paint with acrylics, oils, water colors, inks, or even perfect pearls.  
If you are not into the painting thing, you can give pastels or paper piecing a try.  Heck, you can even use your own blood, but I don't really recommend that unless you're doing a small project like an ATC, an inchie, or a twinchie.

Here is my offering.  I decided to paint with Perfect Pearls.

I started with black card, stamped my image with Versa Mark embossing ink then heat embossed the image.  Next I painted with Perfect Pearls.  Refer to the tutorial link above.  I fussy cut the image, mounted it on white card, and fussy cut again.  For the background I used Dylusions Spray Inks and stencils.  The Goddess sentiment was heat embossed with clear embossing powder before applying the spray inks.  I mounted the background onto white then black card, attached my focal image and some gold cording, decided I didn't like the cording so I covered it with three paper roses from a dear friend.  The rubber stamp set used is "Elementals" from Smeared Ink.  I thought this set was offered in digi form, but I can't seem to find it in the store.  For you rubber lovers, this set may make a comeback in  Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.

~ Lady B ~