Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Design Team Throwdown with SMEARED INK - August 2013

Welcome to the August Design Team Throwdown!
This is Lady Brayton here to show off my project, but first here is a little info about the Design Team Throwdown.

I'm not sure how many bloggers on design teams have heard of the Design Team Throwdown (DTTD), but the DTTD is a monthly, friendly competition between other design teams to see who reigns supreme.  

 The DTTD challenge had its start on the Smeared and Smudged Forum, but has recently been moved to a blog in hopes of getting more design teams and crafters involved.  The more participants, the greater the fun!  The DTTD challenge and information can now be found here.

Why not join in the fun?  Have your design team play along or at the very least stop by and see all of the creative projects and vote on your favorite team :)  Voting starts Weds. August 28th at noon and ends Friday August 30th at midnight.  In case of a tie, there will be a tie-breaker vote on Saturday August 31st until 5pm.  All times are Eastern time.  Click here to vote for your favorite team on Wednesday.  


Quoth the Raven was the winning team last month so they picked the theme for this month's challenge.  The DTTD challenge theme for August is 
"Old and Grey"

I am playing on Smeared Ink's DT this month.  Our team consists of Shell, Terra and myself.  I will warn you now that my post is very picture heavy.

My project started with this Mickey Mouse "pinball" machine that I found at an antique store several years ago.  Please don't tell me it would be worth thousands of dollars because then I would probably cry for altering it.
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I figured this game fit the "Old" portion of the theme since it is super old and severely worn.  Here is what I made with the game:

This is the backing of the game.  
I took a picture without the top on as the plastic is worn, scratched, and hazy in some areas and I wanted the images to show clearly. 
I used various Smeared Ink rubber including images from As Death, Prints and Morte (Morte was drawn by Rick St. Dennis).  All sets are available exclusively as past club offerings through

I also used images from some retired Smeared Ink rubber: Lonely Boy and Puff (scream and scary sentiments), Carnies (not for the timid and don't be afraid sentiments), Inky Dreams (ink splatters) and Killer Bo Peep (the spiders).  Killer Bo Peep can be purchased in digi form here or you can get the spider as a single here.

Here is a pic of all the rubber sets that I used:

Here is my project assembled.  I don't know if it is the outside light or the plastic cover that makes the color seem different.  I added the shooting plunger, the marbles and the plastic cover after trying every trick I know to buff out the scratches.  Amazingly, the game still works and the scratches did diminish a quite a bit!

Here are some detail pictures.  I do hope I'm not boring you to death.  At the end I will have 2 short videos of the game in action.  It takes 27 seconds watch each video so if you have an extra minute check them out.

Below is a close-up of the top of the game.

Next comes the middle of the game.  You get the idea.

The bottom.

If you are not ready to stab your own eyes out yet, here are some more pics:

From the "Morte" set in rubber.
The skulls are from  Morte.  The numbered splats are from Inky Dreams
The bottles are from the Morte set.  The ink splats are from Inky Dreams.  

The skull is from the Morte set.  The ink splat is  from Inky Dreams.  
Skulls from the Morte set.  Spider from the Killer Bo Peep set.  
This image is from the As Death rubber set.
This image is from the Morte rubber set.
Now the videos before I blab about how I made my project.
Forgive the shaky bit.  I had my hubs demonstrate while I attempted to film with my mobile phone.  In the second video I am holding my mobile phone myself and recording while playing.  Note to self...get a tripod!  BTW, watch the videos on full screen or you won't really see anything :/


To make my project, I used the glossy side of poster board and outlined the shape of the pinball game.  I reinforced the back with heavy card.  I stamped all images with Black Staz-on ink.  Man!  I love the way that ink smells!  Please tell me I'm not the only one that does.  Validate me so I feel normal.  LOL.  Anyway, stamping on a glossy surface is not easy.  The poster board was a slippery sucker to work with, but the dull side soaked up ink like a sponge and spread everywhere.  Yep...this was my second attempt.  It's a good thing I bought the large size!

After the ink dried, I colored the images with distress inks.  The next morning the non-gray colors looked too dull so I colored over those areas with my copic markers being careful not to touch the black staz-on edging too much.  I forgot to mention that the blood smears and splatters were stamped with Staz-on in red and brown mixed together.  Why is it that the red and brown don't smell like the black?  Bummer.  

I went back to my distress inks in weathered wood, pumice stone, and black soot and distressed the hell out of the background to achieve both the "old" and "grey" aspects of the challenge.  Some of my red ink smeared a bit, leaving a pink or lavender appearance in some areas.  Also, the brown rubbed off of the blood leaving the red looking pink.  I took my cardinal red copic marker and colored over the blood splats, splotches and smeared finger prints.

The numbered splats at the bottom are point values.  The outline was stamped with the "Inky Dreams" set and colored with Sharpie oil-based paint markers in silver, gold, and red.  When dry, I used a copic pigment pen to write in the numbers.  

Be sure to check out the work from my teamies Shell and Terra.
Don't forget to check out the other entries as well and make your vote count on Wednesday the 28th.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I do hope you've enjoyed my project and I apologize for my novelette.  If you've developed a headache I have aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen on hand to mend your aches.

~ Lady Brayton representing Smeared Ink ~


Monday, August 19, 2013


Welcome back for week 2 of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!
The theme for this challenge is

You may interpret the challenge theme anyway you choose.  For those attempting to use actual flame of some sort please use common sense and have a basin of water nearby as well a fire-extinguisher.  We don't want any injuries or burnt down homes in the making of your burnt offering projects.

Examples of Burnt Offerings include, but are not limited to, the following:
Burn the edging of your cardstock or a portion of your project.
Use a soot stamping technique.
Use a wood burning tool in some fashion on your project.
Use your heat gun to scorch areas of your project. 

Also acceptable, especially for the accident prone folks, are the following:
Use a faux Burnt technique.
Add faux flames to your project.
I'm sure there are other things, but we will let you folks decide what to do.

Below is my take on the challenge theme.  Click pics to enlarge.

I used the Fire Goddess from Smeared Ink's "Elementals" rubber set which is currently retired, but may make a comeback at some point through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The image was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I burnt all the edges of the image and some of the image itself.  The image itself uses flames and I put the gorgeous image on some paper with flames on it as well.  Under the image I heat embossed "Fire Goddess" with Zing embossing powder in orange.  I was kicking myself afterwards because after embossing I finally found my Ranger red embossing powder I had been looking for.  It would have given the contrast I wanted.  Oh well.  Perhaps tomorrow I will color over the embossing powder with my red copic markers.  The final step was mounting my piece to some shimmery black cardstock.

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 ~

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Smudgefest Day 7 of 7...The Final Challenge

Today is the last day of Smudgefest.  
I survived.  
Smudgy Antics will resume its regular fortnight challenges Monday the 12th.

Today's final challenge involved using a freebie provided by Smeared ink.

Here is the project I made.  
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I used Smeared Ink's "Ghoulipop" freebie and the "Candy Corn Monster" from Smeared Ink's "Candy is Dandy" digi stamp set. 
 Both images were colored in PSE8 and added to some awesome Halloween paper that I scanned years ago and forgot that I had.  Thanks to all that stopped by to give some love.  I will try to catch-up on commenting over the next couple of days.

~ Lady Brayton ~

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sketchy Saturday Part 2 - Smudgefest Day 6 of 7

I'm back with another sketch project for day 6 of Smudgefest.
I'm not sure if it is allowed to post a second project or not during Smudgefest, but I wasn't very happy with my first attempt and I didn't see anything in the rules stating we couldn't post more than one project so here is my sketch #2.
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This project feels a lot more like me.  I can't really explain it.  Anyway, I stamped this really awesome RSD image which can only be purchased through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The set is named "Morte" and is totally worth a buy!  It comes on a sheet of 8.5" x 11" deeply etched red rubber.  Below is a pick of the whole set and here is a link to the Rubber Club.

I stamped the image with Memento ink in black and colored with my copic markers.  Does anyone happen to know why the darker colors like black and dark browns tend to get gummy?  If so, let me know.  Anyway, I scanned the image to my pc as I wanted to use more of my favorite Crafty Chaos Designs papers, but I am almost out of ink so I couldn't print the digi papers out.  This paper combo was a bit of "Elizabeth Remembers" as well as a bit of "Elizabeth Forgets".  Last I checked, the shoppe is retired.  I can always hope Susan CC will reopen one day or perhaps teach me how she makes such awesome paper.  
Below is a pic of the sketch we had to follow.  I think I came pretty close to getting it correct.  I just used my focal image instead of the thin rectangle and I didn't add the super thin line going down the right side of the sketch.

Once again, I hope it is okay to post a second project.  Heck, I'm just psyched that I finished two projects before midnight!  Hooray...early to bed for me!  LOL...you know you are getting old when you are happy to be in bed early.

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for the Smudgefest challenge.  If you are enjoying the Smudgefest Challenges, you should check out the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  They have several monthly challenges as well as blog hops, ATC swaps, Holiday swaps, and much more!  It is free to join and has a bunch of talented and supportive people to network with.  It is my crafty home on the internet :)

~ Lady Brayton ~

Sketchy Saturday - Smudgefest Day 6 of 7

We are nearing the end of Smudgefest.  One more day to go.  Now I know I can see this thing through to the end!  Today's challenge is a sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

Here is my take on the sketch. 
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This is a digital project.  I must admit, it is not my best coloring, but it was a fun make.  I used "Skull and Roses" digi stamp from Smeared Ink and digital papers from two different sets of Crafty Chaos Designs.  Susan CC...if you're watching, I truly miss your awesome work!  I crave more of your papers!  

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for Smudgefest. 
There is still time to play in the fortnight challenge as well.  Today, Saturday the 10th at midnight PST is your last chance to enter.  The theme is fussy cutting so why not combine that challenge with today's Smudgefest challenge and double your chances of a win?

~ Lady Brayton ~

Flowing Friday - Smudgefest day 5 of 7

I'm not sure I will ever get through the 31 Days of Halloween this year.  
Heck!  I'm having a hard time making it through Smudgefest!  I am determined to make it through while still making good to my other commitments.  Wish me and the rest of the gals playing luck and fortitude to finish this grand challenge in hopes of winning the grand prize.
Too bad we can't bribe Mr. Linky!

Our challenge for today, day 5 of 7, is to use a flowing medium.
This is what the powers that be had to say:

The Challenge:


Create a project using a flowing medium. Some examples could be watercolor, liquid ink, liquid glues, thinned out acrylics, etc.... use your imagination and let the juices flow!

I decided to use my Dylusions Spray inks along with some stencils and some plain water.  It makes for a fun, drippy mess.  You can see the various stencils and ink in my ATC below.

Click image to enlarge:

The Skeleton hand is an old rub-on from Creative Imaginations.  The word "Trouble" was printed on my pc and pasted to the ATC.  The Smeared Ink stamp is the Spider from the "Killer Bo Peep's Build a Garden" rubber set.  The rubber set is retired, but you can get the spider digi here or you can purchase the whole set in digi form here.  I used embossing ink and black embossing powder on the spider and then heat set the image.  After coloring with copic markers, I fussy cut this scary spider out and popped him up with pop-dots.  The black and white edging was done with my Sharpie paint markers.

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for Smudgefest.  There is still time to play in the fortnight challenge as well.  The theme is fussy cutting so why not combine that challenge with one of the Smudgefest challenges and double your chances of a win?

It is already tomorrow so I'd better link this and get to bed!
See ya when I wake and finish breakfast!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, August 9, 2013

I'm so Bad I'm Bad to the Gills!

This month I decided to play along with Simply B's Facebook Fan Page Challenge.  For this month long challenge we had a choice of Roxie, the good Mermaid or my personal favorite, Spika, the bad Mermaid.  
Yep!  Good vs Evil.

I actually had trouble with this one because Spika is so gorgeous I had a hard time making her look bad.  I think I achieved sultry, but that's not such a bad thing, is it?

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

Obviously, this is a digitally created project.  The background is created from 3 different photos I had in my stash.  I used a stormy sky pic, a rocky cove pic and water on a cloudy, windy day and merged them together.  On the Rocky Cove I added a skull to the left side of the rock formation.  It is a Rick St. Dennis design from his "Morte" set which is sold in rubber by Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  I scanned the colored image to my pc, shrunk it down and decreased the opacity so it looks like park of the rock formation.  

The gorgeous Spika from Simply B Stamps is perched upon some rocks, surrounded by some of her favorite keepsakes...her victim's heads!  I found random skulls on the net, removed the backgrounds, and changed their color a bit. BTW, did you notice the tattoo on Spika's rear?  I guess technically it is her left lower back.  I like the way the scene turned out.  I was going to try to add some fog over the water, but I didn't want to push my luck.

Anyway, I hope I have done Spika and the ladies at SBS proud.  I loved playing with this image and totally plan on playing in more of Betty's challenges in the future!

BTW, make sure you stop by the SBS blog.  That is where you can see all the awesome entries to this month's challenge.  You will also see a vast list of other challenges Betty runs or sponsors too.  Of course, you must hit up her store and buy some of her goodies.  How can a gal resist?

~ Lady Brayton ~

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Twisted Thursday - Smudgefest Day 4 of 7

I wasn't sure if I was going to make it today.  I've been busy studying for an exam, but I stopped in time to get some crafting done.  The Challenge for Smudgefest today was to "Make an ATC with a Twist". 
 The twist was left for our interpretation.  I just couldn't figure out what to make.  My mojo had gone missing.
Finally, inspiration came!
Click images to enlarge.

I used all Smeared Ink Stamps.  The base of my ATC is from the "Urban Decay" rubber set and can be purchased through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  I stamped with Versa Mark embossing ink and heat set some black embossing powder.  I colored the negative space with distress inks.  The butterfly is from the "Specimen Jar" digital stamp set.  I colored two sets of the same butterfly with copic markers and glued them together.  On the top of the butterfly I applied embossing ink and heat set clear embossing powder for a shiny look.  Then came the twist.  I found 26 gauge copper wire and twisted it around a paint brush.  I stretched out the coils and glued them between the layers of the butterfly with glossy accents.  I then adhered the butterfly to the ATC base with glossy accents.

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for Smudgefest.  There is still time to play in the fortnight challenge as well.  The theme is fussy cutting so why not combine that challenge with one of the Smudgefest challenges and double your chances of a win?


~  Lady Brayton ~

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wicked Wednesday - Smudgefest Day 3 of 7

Ok.  I've made it to hump day, but will I make it the whole week?  I'd better get into the habit of making fast projects as "The 31 Days of Halloween" is approaching quickly!

Today is day 3 of the 7 day Smudgefest challenge.  We are given a challenge theme at midnight and have exactly 24 hours to link our projects to Mr. Linky.  Wicked Wednesday brings us a color challenge.  We were asked to use the colors below in our creations.

Here is what I created.  Click the image to enlarge.

I've got shades of the colors required and to be sure I had the exact colors, I added matting with every color up there...even a small sliver of brown between the blue and black.  This Smeared Ink image is "Rusalka".  I colored the image digitally and only added matting as I wanted the image to take center stage.  I didn't feel as though any embellishments were needed.

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for Smudgefest.  There is still time to play in the fortnight challenge as well.  The theme is fussy cutting so why not combine that challenge with one of the Smudgefest challenges and double your chances of a win?

~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Smudgefest Day 2 of 7 - Terrifying Tuesday

Today is day two of Smudgefest sponsored by the Smeared and Smudged forum and Smeared Ink.
Today's Theme is Terrifying Tuesday.

We were asked to showcase our favorite scary Smeared Ink image.  Smeared Ink has so many awesome scary, spooky, and grotesque images it was hard to choose so I had my husband pick his favorite scary image.  I hope that doesn't disqualify me, but I just couldn't make up my mind.  

Below is my offering for Day 2 of Smudgefest.
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I used one of the creepy images on Smeared Ink's
 "As Death" rubber stamp set which can be purchased through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  Isn't this image awesome?  It looks like the skeleton has his hand up a half torso and is playing with a meat puppet.  LOL.  It also reminds me a bit of the Masque of the Red Death.  Anyway, I'll get back on task here.

I stamped with Memento ink in black and colored with copic markers.  The robe used V12, V15, V17, BV08, C7 and C9.  The golds are Y17, Y18 and YR16.  The Reds are R24, R46 and R59.  The skull uses C0, C1, C3, C5 and a touch of C7.  

The background is from the "Inky Dreams" rubber stamp set which is currently retired, but will hopefully make a comeback in the future. I used Distress ink in fire brick red and dotted some areas with copics in R46 and R59.  I also used Distress inks mustard yellow, dried marigold, and wild honey.  The MS Drippy goo punch came out to play and after a few crooked cuts with my broken paper cutter and a few strips of adhesive double sided tape my project was complete.  My scanner shows my project a little brighter than it is in real life, but it's close and I do  hope you like it!

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see the other amazing submissions for Smudgefest.  There is still time to play in the fortnight challenge as well.  The theme is fussy cutting so why not combine that challenge with one of the Smudgefest challenges and double your chances of a win?

~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, August 5, 2013

Manic Monday - Smudgefest day 1 of 7

Today is day one of Smudgefest sponsored by the Smeared and Smudged forum and Smeared Ink.

Today's challenge theme is Manic Monday.  
We are to make a project that utilizes 2 opposites.
I chose to work with Life and Death.  I have a lady loading up her rifle to kill the zombie.  OK...technically I used alive and undead, but the zombie will be truly dead soon enough so I hope this entry counts.

Below is my offering.  Click image to enlarge.

All images are Smeared Ink.  I used Anita.  She was a freebie one month. She can also be found in the "Chicks Dig Guns" digi set.  The background is from the "Holy City" rubber set offered by Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  It was stamped with Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, and scanned to my pc.  The last image is "half zombie" from Smeared Ink's "Build a Graveyard" digital stamp set.  The zombie and Anita were colored digitally and added to the graveyard scene.  I attempted to add a fog effect, but wasn't too successful.

Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics August 5-11 to play along with Smudgefest.  You can still play along with SA's fortnightly challenge as well.  This is the last week to play along with the fussy cut challenge.  You have until midnight on Saturday the 10th to link your entry up so consider combining a Smudgefest project with the Smudgy Antic's challenge.

~ Lady Brayton ~

Use Fussy Cutting with Smudgy Antics Week 2

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

The theme for this challenge is to Use FUSSY CUTTING in your projects.
 Get your scissors or razor knives ready, put your spectacles on, grab a cuppa, and be prepared to cut and cut some more!

Get creative with your cutting.  You can make dimensional images with multiple fussy cut layers or you can fussy cut an intricate design.  The more creative, the better.  Let's see if you can use fussy cutting in a way we haven't seen before.  Although you may use die cuts to enhance your project, there must be a portion of your project fussy cut by hand
 If your fussy cut element is not obvious, please state what you have fussy cut in the write-up of your post.

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

I used "Specimen Man digi" from Smeared Ink's "Specimen Jar" digi set.
He is colored with Copic Markers and has white paint for highlights in his graying hair and beard.  The background is made from Distress Inks.  I colored and fussy cut extra butterflies and adhered only the center parts to the original picture with glossy accents.  Doing this allowed the wings to pop-up and spread a bit to give the illusion of movement or at the very least to give the butterflies some added dimension.

Be sure to head over to the Smudgy Antics Blog for more inspiration from the DT gals.  Also, Smudgefest starts today and you can find out the details for that on the Smudgy Antics Blog as well!

~  Lady Brayton  ~

Saturday, August 3, 2013

First Saturday of the Month FREEBIES with RSD

It is the first Saturday of the month so that means it is freebie time from Rick St. Dennis on his Airless Chambers blog and his Sparkle and Glitter blog.
Visit all the blogs for example projects and to collect your freebies.

Here are my takes.  Rick challenged us to color the horns on Tworki below (grab him on the AC blog) with a color that starts with the letter of our first name.  For those that don't know, my first name is Angela.  I used the color amber.  I know, it looks more orange than amber, but I had to make due with the copic colors I had on hand.  The twist was Tworki's body had to be a complementary color (meaning a color across the color wheel from the color of the horns).
  I used Blue-Violets.

For the Sparkle and Glitter Blog, we had to color Bitsy's bathing suit with a color starting with our first name and use a complementary color for her bows.  I goofed and reversed those directions.  I used the same color scheme as I did on Tworki.  Jokingly, I said my bathing suit color was amethyst and the bows were orange so technically it still counts :)  

Both projects use copic markers and distress inks and a touch of white paint for the shine in the eyes and Bitsy's teeth.  I still can't find a reliable white gel pen.

~ Lady Brayton ~