Friday, November 29, 2013

Creepmas Projects of the Past

Creepmas starts on December 1st, 2013 and postings will go live no later than 0900 Pacific Time on the odd days of the month.  The hop will end December 23rd, 2013.  This creepy take on Christmas is Sponsored by the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  I will have 12 projects to make for my blog plus an additional 2 projects along with tutorials for the RSD Tuts and Comments Blog.  The Airless Chambers Blog will be hopping as well.  For those not into Creepmas, you will find pretty, cute, and tradition Christmas and winter themed projects on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog.

One would think I would have started on projects already, but I didn't even decide to be in the hop with my own blog until Wednesday the 27th.  I am a last minute crafter anyway.  I need some fire under my rear to get my mojo flowing.  Hopefully my muse will be willing to play rather than going into hiding.  For inspiration, I've decided to post some of my favorite projects from Creepmas 2012 as well as a new project from this year.  

Be sure to check out Rick's new Gallerie Blog to get even more inspiration from the EDT using Rick's wonderful images.  Links are provided either under or to the side of the projects to make finding the images you like in the shoppe as easy as can be.

Enjoy and be sure to come back for the Creepmas Hop.  The blogroll of participants will be posted in my side bar as well as the sidebars in the Airless Chambers Blog and the Tuts and Comments Blog.  To learn more about Creepmas, click this link.

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Cheers
~ Lady B ~

Monday, November 25, 2013

Anything Goes with Smudgy Antics, week 2 of 2.

Welcome back for week 2 of 2 of the fortnightly challenge with Smudgy Antics.

This Fortnight's challenge theme is:

"ANYTHING GOES"
and this is the last week to play.

We love when you guys and gals think outside of the box.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  You know those projects you WANT to make, but would be shunned from mainstream sites?  They are accepted here!  We get down and dirty.  We like it real, raw, and in your face!  Let your artistic expression fly freely or not as the case may be.  ANYTHING GOES..... everything is welcome....as long as there is a stamped image (rubber or digi) somewhere on your project.
Click here to find the InLinkz.


Pictured below is my creation.  Click image to enlarge.



Digi Papers: "Slasher" from Smeared Ink.
Image: "Fringe 4" from Smeared Ink.  The set is being released today and will be in the shop shortly.

If you read the Smudgy Antics blog, you already know that the Smudgy Antics Blog will be discontinued as of December 1st, 2013 and the Smudgy Antics Challenge will be moved to the Smeared and Smudged Forum in "The Challenger" group.

I highly encourage those who are not currently members of the Smeared and Smudged Forum to come on by and check us out.  MEMBERSHIP IS FREE.  Come by to network and socialize with other stampers.  Learn cool techniques in the newly revised Mixed-Media University, find out how to craft on the cheap side in the "Cheapskate Crafter" group, and express your feelings through art in the "Art Journal Everyday" group.  There are many other challenges offered (with prizes) as well as monthly member blog hops, monthly ATC swaps, a Birthday Club, and so much more!  

I do hope you join.
~  Lady Brayton  ~

Be sure to head over to the Smudgy Antics Blog to see what the rest of the design team has made for your inspiration.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CREEPMAS IS COMING!

Hello!  Lady Brayton here.
I made a quick project today in attempts to get into a festive mood as both Christmas and Creepmas are on the way.  I can't believe how fast time flies. 
 It seems like summer was just last week.  

Here is my creation:
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Background: Itkupilli
I colored and assembled my digital stamps in PSE8.  I love digital images because you can make them any size you want and you can reverse the images like I did with the Creepmas trees.

I want to demonstrate how just changing a single image in a scene can make a huge difference.  I have created a duplicate scene as the one above, but I have changed out the trees.  In this version I used Rick St. Dennis' "Creepmas Tree Monster". 
 Click image below to enlarge.


Be sure to check out all the Creepmas images in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe.  If you are not a fan of Creepmas, Rick offers Cute and Traditional Christmas, Elves, Santa, Snow People images as well as non-holiday winter images.

Thanks for looking at my work.
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, November 18, 2013

ANYTHING GOES WITH SMUDGY ANTICS week 1 of 2

This Fortnight's challenge theme is:
"ANYTHING GOES".

We love when you guys and gals think outside of the box.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  You know those projects you WANT to make, but would be shunned from mainstream sites?  They are accepted here!  We get down and dirty.  We like it real, raw, and in your face!  Let your artistic expression fly freely or not as the case maybe.
ANYTHING GOES..... everything is welcome....as long as there is a stamped image(rubber or digi) somewhere on your project.

Here is my offering for week 1 of the SA Challenge:
Click image to enlarge.


I used one of the new stamps from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The set is called "Dark Holidaze" and was drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  If you haven't bought your set yet, it can be purchased exclusively as a "past offering" from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  The stamp set is an 8.5 X 11 sheet of unmounted deeply etched red rubber.

I will write more details later.  My power is back on, but my internet connection is still a bit sketchy from the storms.  Be sure to check out Smudgy Antics to see what the rest of the DT has made for your inspiration.
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OK, as promised, here are the details:  My Snowman is colored with Copic markers, the background is Distress inks in Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire.  I used the MS Drippy Goo punch along the sides of the tag and backed the tag with white card.  I added DecoArt Glistening Snow-Tex DS46-4 as well as the DecoArt Glistening Snow Writer DS75-3 to the drippy goo punched out areas as well as the bottom of the tag. 

Aside from the links provided, DecoArt products can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michael's Arts and Crafts, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.  For a listing of stores in your area that carry DecoArt products, Click here.  I finished my tag with a simple ribbon tied in a bow.

~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, November 11, 2013

FIRE AND ICE WITH SMUDGY ANTICS Week 2 of 2

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

FIRE AND ICE.

OK...it seems you ladies and gents might be having a little trouble with this challenge.  I'm going to make it easy on you.  Create a project depicting EITHER FIRE or ICE, but preferably BOTH if you can manage.  If you cannot combine FIRE AND ICE then simply make something with ONE OR THE OTHER We want you to play and have fun, not torture you.

Get creative and don't be afraid to think outside of the box.  We embrace all forms of stamped art and love seeing original and diverse projects.  You may enter cards, scrapbook pages, tags, ATCs, altered objects, mixed-media projects, etc.  The more creative you get, the more likely you are to be the chosen winner of the challenge.
This is the last week to play in the FIRE and ICE challenge.
Click here to find the InLinkz.

Here is my contribution:
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I used two images from Smeared Ink's "Elementals" set.  I have this set in both rubber and digital, but now it is available exclusively as a "past offering" in Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  Trust me.  This is one set you DEFINITELY want in rubber!  I used the Fire and Water Goddesses from the set.  My theory is that these two previously estranged sisters finally came together again and Fire's heat melted the Ice off her sister, causing her to become Water.  Fences are on their way to being mended.

I colored and merged these two beauties in PSE8.
Don't forget to head over to Smudgy Antics to see what the rest of the design team has created for your inspiration.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Decorations with Lady Brayton

Lady Brayton here.  Christmas is coming so I thought I'd take a moment to show you how to make an inexpensive Christmas decoration for your home.  The decoration for today is a mini Christmas tree.  I actually made two trees. One has ornaments, the other does not. I plan on making a bunch of these in various sizes to create a Christmas scene.
This tutorial is also on Rick's new Tuts and Comments Blog.



Here are the supplies you will need:
Step 1:  Apply DecoArt Texture Primer/Sealer to the paper mache cone/s to prevent the paper mache from warping due to the moisture of the paints.  The Texture Primer/Sealer also assures good adherence of the DecoArt Modeling Paste.

Step 2:  After the Texture Primer/Sealer is dry, apply DecoArt Modeling Paste to cone/s.  I used a plastic palette knife, but you may use and old brush if you'd prefer.



Step 3:  After the Modeling Paste has dried completely, paint with DecoArt Americana in Hauser Dark Green.  When dry, apply a second coat if needed and allow to dry.  

Step 4:  Dry brush the textured areas with DecoArt Americana Hauser Green in Medium. This will bring out the textures of the branches.  Sorry, I don't seem to have a photo of this step.


Step 5:  Dry brush the textured areas with DecoArt Americana Hauser Green in Light to add highlights and even more dimension.  Once again, I neglected to take pics of this step.  I think I get too into dry brushing and do it so quickly that I forget to take photos.


Step 6:  Apply DecoArt Snow-Tex to the tree with either a palette knife or a paint brush. If decorating with ornaments, stick ornaments into the Snow-Tex as it can act as an adhesive as well.  DecoArt also makes a glittery form of Snow-Tex named Glistening Snow-Tex DS46-4.






Step 7:  If creating a winter scene, gather your winter images and color them or gather your miniature people to set around.  There are tons of ways to decorate.  You can use felt as snow or you can created a terrain filled with snow by using Snow-Tex on a hard base.  Cotton batting can also be used to create a snowy base.  Get creative and have fun with the decorating process!  

Step 8:  Seal trees and colored images with Americana Matte Spray Sealer.  I used 2 coats.  Always spray outside if possible or in a well ventilated area.  If you have asthma and cannot use spray sealers, DecoArt has many other suitable sealers to choose from.

I don't own miniatures and won't spend the money on them.  Instead I took this cute image by Rick St. Dennis, the "Star Kids TRIO" and colored them in PSE8.  Feel free to color your images with any medium you like whether it be pencils, markers, or paints.  Before printing, I copied and flipped one of the trio sets and merged them in PSE8 so I had a group of 6 holding hands.  I copied the merged layer and flipped it.  This gave me a mirrored image so my wee winter lads could be seen from the front or the back.  This allowed me to be more creative when moving them around.  I printed and fussy cut the images and then I glued the front and back sides together.  I use Copic X-Press-it paper as it is sturdy and smooth.

Below are some detail pics as well as my almost finished project.  Like I said above, I plan on making more trees of various sizes to create a much larger scene.  The bonus of using stamped images rather than figurines is the pride in making it yourself as well as the ease of storing the project from year to year.  If you ever get tired of the images you can just switch them out and the only cost is the price of paper and some spare time :)  Rick has more Cute Christmas and Winter images in his Zibbet shoppe.






My wee paper lads are standing by themselves upon my felt base.  If you use paper and your images don't stand or need to be extra sturdy due to children or pets, I would suggest using a Styrofoam base with felt or cotton batting over it. Then, when making your paper figurines, you can always glue a toothpick or two between your image layers with a portion of the toothpick hanging out the bottom so you can stick the image into the Styrofoam.  

If you would rather use a hard terrain with Snow-Tex for durability and a cool snow effect, you can do the same toothpick technique, but pierce a holes into a small bases made with white polymer clay and bake the clay only (not the image). Now you have sturdy bases to stick your paper figurines into.  Just make sure if your image has more than one toothpick that the toothpicks match-up with the holes in the clay base.

I hope I've given you some ideas on decorating for the holiday season.

Cheers
~ Lady Brayton ~


Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas is Coming

Christmas will be here before you know it and I don't know about you, but I'm not even close to being ready.  I've been coloring like mad to try to get some Christmas Cards ready to assemble.  Pictured below is a recent image I colored. 
 Now I must make the perfect card :) 

 Check out Rick's Zibbet site for both Cute and Traditional Christmas as well as Creepmas images.
The image above can be found here.

Hurry and get your cards made.
Cheers!
~  Lady Brayton ~

Monday, November 4, 2013

FIRE AND ICE WITH SMUDGY ANTICS Week 1 of 2

Welcome back for another fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics!  The theme for this challenge is:

FIRE AND ICE.

Get creative and don't be afraid to think outside of the box.  We embrace all forms of stamped art and love seeing original and diverse projects.  You may enter cards, scrapbook pages, tags, ATCs, altered objects, mixed-media projects, etc.  The more creative you get, the more likely you are to be the chosen winner of the challenge.

Here is my contribution to this challenge:
(Click image to enlarge)


I have used the Succubus 5 digital image from the Succubus Digital Set drawn by Ike exclusively for Smeared Ink.  Everything was colored and assembled in PSE8.  The backgrounds were found online, but I couldn't find the  source to give proper credit.

Now that you've seen my inspirational piece, please head over to the Smudgy Antics Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for your viewing pleasure.

Cheers!
~  Lady Brayton  ~

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Freebie Challenge with Sparkle and Glitter

Thanksgiving is on November 28th. This celebration is unique to the states. The rest of the world each celebrate in their own way but tend towards a quieter "Harvest Festival" with the Harvest Moon in September/October although there are others. As the US is the home of our illustrious leader, we are celebrating with Rick

Now if you have previously signed up for THE newsletter, you will have received your little Freebie in the form of Priscilla Pilgrim. Isn't she cute? If you missed out on the newsletter sign-up, Priscilla can still be purchased here. Then you can join in the fun and enter this month's challenge which is to create a project using Priscilla Pilgrim. The challenge will end November 23rd, 2013.  The prize is a $5.00 certificate for Rick's Etsy or Zibbet shoppe.

Below is my little creation using Priscillia the Pilgrim.  I kept it simple so the image would pop. Be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see what the rest of the DT has created with Rick's adorable image.


Click image to enlarge.  My image was colored with copic markers.  Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

~ Lady Brayton ~