Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Kindness of Stampers

Awhile back, Smudgy Antics had a challenge with the theme of "Dripping".
As I was commenting on the various entries, all of which were spectacular, I came across a wickedly cool zombie microscope slide mailer.  I mentioned in my comment my admiration of the project and said I would be happy to give the zombie mailer a good home.

  Anyone who knows me knows I LOVES ME SOME ZOMBIES!!!  Heck, I recently had surgery and my mom bought zombie comics for me to look at during my hospital stay.  

To avoid babbling, Suzanne K, the creator of the zombie mailer, was gracious enough to send me her mailer with a few extra goodies.  My package, with the envelope decorated so beautifully, arrived to my house 10 days later from its original home in Germany.  Pics below.

Thank you, Suzanne K, for putting a bright spot into my day and for putting a huge smile on my face!

~ Lady B ~

P.S. Stay tuned for part two of the kindness of stampers as I share some of the beautiful get well cards and gifts sent to me.  You gals in blogland rock!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Week 2 of Use Metal with Smudgy Antics

Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!

The theme for this challenge is to use METAL in your projects.
 Of course you can always use Tim Holtz or other brand name pre-made metal embellishments, but we find it much more interesting if you use metal from an actual hardware store, scrap metal, found metal objects, recycled soup cans and aluminum pop, soda, or fizzy drink cans, etc.

Use your imagination and see how clever you can get using metal while still using a stamped image somewhere in your project.  As we always say, the more creative and inventive, the better your chance of a win so get your tin snips ready and make something that will blow us away!  

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used Smeared Ink's "BLUEBIRD RIDER" and colored the image with my Copic markers.  I printed a second copy of the image and fussy cut the wing, talons, and beak of the bluebird and applied metal tape to them.  I embossed the wing and talons/foot with various cuttlebug folders.  I used metal eyelets, brads, and turn mounts for the steampunk look.  I punched cogs from some faux metal paper and used the same paper as the backing for the whole piece.  The harness and gas mask was painted with silver glitter dimensional paint.  I added a tiny metal key hanging from the birdie's beak.
The background was made with various Distress Ink colors.

Thanks for stopping by! 
 Be sure to check out the work of my mates on the Smudgy Antics Blog.
~  Lady Brayton  ~

Sunday, July 14, 2013

New Images From RSD!!!

Rick St. Dennis MFA was asked by some of his followers to produce some cute fall and Halloween images.  Although it's only July, Rick has already started production of his Autumn Designs.

Below you will see three cute scarecrows to brighten your day as well as your fall holiday cards.  Check Rick's blog for a one week special price before these images go into the store at the regular retail price.

Here is "I loves ya dis MUCH"

 Below is "It's all about Balance"

The cute guy below is "You Make Me Blush" 

Be sure to check out Rick's blog to see what the other EDT gals made with these adorable scarecrows and don't forget to read Rick's post to find out about the special one week pricing.

~  Lady Brayton  ~

Monday, July 8, 2013

"IN THE WILD" with Smudgy Antics Week 2

Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!
The theme for this challenge is "IN THE WILD" .  We want to see how far you can take this challenge!  The more creative and out of the box the better your chances of a win! 

If you are totally clueless, you can use an image of something found in the wild or you can create a scene that depicts being "in the wild".  You can even use actual elements of the great outdoors such as twigs, sticks, leaves, flowers, feathers, and stones, etc.

Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used the "Lady Digi" from Smeared Ink's "Specimen Jar" digi set.
She is colored with Copic Markers and the background is distress inks.  I think I went a little too heavy on the black, but other than that I like my piece.  I colored duplicate butterflies and glued only the center parts so the wings look dimensional in real life.  I also took a butterfly from the "Man Digi" which is also from the Specimen Jar Setcolored it, and punched out eye holes so it looks like a mask on the lady.  Once again I only glued the center part of the butterfly so the wings flair out.  I also used a miscellaneous tree stamp and heat embossed tree branches around the sides of my piece.

Be sure to head over to Smudgy Antics for more details on the challenge and to get more inspiration from the remainder of the DT.

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, Holiday Swaps, and the Monthly

~ Lady Brayton ~

Saturday, July 6, 2013

1st Saturday of July FREEBIE with RSD

Freebie time !!!!! 
Every first Saturday of the month there will be specially drawn freebie images by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  You will find one on each of the EDT blogs. A sweet cutesy image will be on Sparkle and Glitter and a more scary, creepy, or funny image will be found on Airless Chambers.
Go snag 'm both before they will be gone forever or maybe moved to
 the Etsy shoppe.

This month there is another freebie contest on both blogs.  The rules are easy.  Use the freebie to make a project (the challenge theme is "anything goes") and link to the July contest page HERE (AC) & HERE (SNG).  See the EDT blogs for more details.  Mr. Linky closes July 27, 2013.

Don't forget to sign up for Rick's news letter
 His newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest RSD information and also contains some surprises.  You will have to sign-up to find out what surprises are waiting for you.

Here are my two makes.  One is cute.  One is less cute. 
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This bad boy pictured above can be found on the Airless Chambers Blog.
He is colored with copics, distress inks, and a white gel pen.
I used a dark blue card base with a black border of webs by MS.  I added buttons in the corners because I didn't have the right size card to get the punch to go around the border perfectly.  Yep.  We DT members make mistakes.  We just find creative ways to use them or cover them up :)

Copic Colors: BG0000, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG45, C3, C5, C7, Y08, R46.
Inks: Stormy Sky, Faded Blue Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot.
If anyone can suggest a GOOD WHITE PEN, please let me know.

The Summer Faerie below can be found on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog.

This is a hybrid project.  I first colored my Summer Faerie with Copic Markers.
Dress and rose colors: RV0000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09, C0, C1.
Skin: YR000, YR00, E000 and if I used others, I forgot.
Blush: R20 and R00
Eye make up: V12, V15, V17, R20
Eye color G14, G19
Yellow flowers and wand tip: Y11, Y13, Y08.
Hair: RV66, RV69

Here is where the Hybrid part comes in.  I scanned the image to my pc.  When I "biggie-sized" my image, I noticed the coloring wasn't very smooth in some areas so I smudged them a bit in PS.  I also erased my bits of pink that went outside of the lines rather than fussy cutting.  Then I found these super cute elements from Kitty on Oscraps (the Dwelling Hill collection) and made my own little scene.  I removed the faerie from her white background and put her in her own little magical prairie.

~ Lady Brayton ~