Friday, June 25, 2010

Smeared Ink June Release Blog Hop

My apologies to everyone for not having my blog posted this morning.  Last night, as I was typing this post, we had yet another wind storm resulting in a loss of power.  This time my generator was no help as the winds had knocked out my internet and phone service.  This was the first time in years I have been disconnected totally.  Wow!  I felt completely lost!  I talk to my blog buddies almost daily and not being able to connect...even for a minute to let others know what was going on...sucked!

Now the GOOD news!  My power is restored, my network is up and running, and best of all...Smeared Ink is having a HUGE RELEASE!  Awesomeness!  In celebration...and to show you the awesomeness that is Smeared Ink, we are having a DT blog hop featuring "Praise" from Smeared Ink's "The Symbology of Angels" rubber stamp set.  Here is a list of the blogs to visit:

Smeared Ink will start having quarterly releases. The next release is scheduled for August and will be a HUGE HALLOWEEN RELEASE!! I can't wait!  Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year!!!

Before I post my projects, I wanted to show you pics of the new Smeared Ink releases.  Click any photo for a full view or to enlarge.

"The Symbology of Angels"


"Teen Style Sayings"




"Teen Style Backgrounds"


Okay...now that you've seen the cool release images, let me show you what I did with "Praise" from The Symbology of Angels set!

I decided to make a gate-fold card.  I guess that's what you'd call it.  For the doors I just used black generic cardstock and used my new EK Success border punch.  I colored a set of the angel wings, cut them out, and placed them on the door handles.  If you look closely, it almost looks as though the wings are peeking out of the door while still being attached to the angel.  Totally accidental, but I like the effect.



Here is the inside view of the card.  I kept the card simple as I didn't want to take away from the beauty and detail of the angel.  Aren't his wings just fabulous?



I colored the angel with my copic markers.  I applied tape to the edges of the card and ripped it off, then inked the edges with Distress ink.  I matted the card on blue and black cardstock and BOOM!  I have a mini piece of art just waiting to be sent to someone special.

Here is another creation I made with "Praise".  Click on any image for a larger view.  The church if from Smeared Ink's "Holy City" stamp set and of course there is our lovely feature angel, Praise, from "The Symbology of Angels" stamp set.  Don't the two sets look as though they were meant to go together?  Once again I used copic markers to color, this time using mostly gray values on the angel (c1, c4, c7, 100).  The church was colored with copics as well, but I didn't keep track of the colors.  I mounted everything on Die Cuts with a View cardstock.  The fenced part of the card was created with an old-skool die-cut from Archiver's.


I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen.  Be sure to check out the crafty creations of the other ladies on the hop.  If you haven't visited the Smeared and Smudged group, you should totally check us out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Smeared Ink Hottie

I wanted to share an awesome card I made using Smeared Ink's "Chicks Dig Guns" rubber stamp set.  This set rocks!  It comes on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of deeply etched rubber.  The stamps are so thick they can be used alone or put on an acrylic block with double sided tape and the image still comes out clear.  That's what I did as I ran out of EZ mount and tried stamping without it.  As you can see, my image still came out crystal clear.  That's a quality stamp!  If you like the image and don't want to commit to the whole set, she can be purchased individually.  Enough talk!  Here she is!


Thanks for looking!  To see other example of Smeared Ink Stamps, check out the Smeared and Smudged ning group.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 14, 2010

ATCs

I've been on an ATC kick lately.  Here's what I came up with.  This first one uses Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" rubber stamp set.  Isn't he cute?!  He is colored with Copic markers and coated with Glossy Accents.


This next one came from "a pound of stamps" from "Viva Las Vegas Stamps".  Too Frickin' Funny!  I'll be submitting this one to Smeared and Smudged's "Rock and Rolla" June Challenge.  She is colored with Copic Markers.


I don't remember if I posted this last one or not so I'm posting it again.  It is another image that I received from "Viva Las Vegas Stamps".  Once again, my image is colored with Copic Markers.

Thanks for looking!  Maybe tomorrow I'll actually finish that "altered project" I've been working on!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just a note

I've been doing cute, pretty projects lately.  Don't worry, I haven't lost my edge.  Sometimes I feel the need to challenge myself by doing projects that are a bit out of my comfort zone.  i think this helps me to grow as an artist and find my true voice.  Sometimes, if I've been doing "dark' work too long, I might need to create something simple and clean.  Anyway...I'm just babbling as I'm waiting for my ModPodge to dry. 


I've been getting dark and inky again and it feels like home.  My latest project has taken longer than intended as I trashed the first one, created a second one, didn't like that one, and dug the original out of the trash to revamp it.  Tis the life of a scattered mind!  Anyway, I hope to finish my project tonight and post pictures, but that isn't very likely.  Check back tomorrow to see what I have come up with as I don't even know what direction this thing is going to take.


Cheers!
~ladybray~

Friday, June 11, 2010

Three in One

Yeppers.  I'm combining three challenges today...all in one simple card.  The challenges are
Tiddly Inks Challlenge #8-Baby of Mine
Smeared and Smudged June Sketch Challenge
Friends Having Fun Color Challenge #3

Tiddly Inks challenge was to create a Baby card with any of your favorite Tiddly Inks images and link your card to inlinkz by Monday June 14th at 10PM CST.

Check The Smeared and Smudged ning group for a picture of the card sketch.  Projects are due by the end of the month.

Friends Having Fun Challenge is to work with Hot Pink, Lime Green, and Plum Crazy.  The challenge ends July 4th.

Here is the project I will be submitting to the three challenges. 



I hope you like what you've seen.  Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!
Cheers!
~ladybray~

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #6

It is time again for another challenge with the Burtonesque Dolls.  Here's a clip from their blog, "Hello all you Burton fans! Welcome back to another fun filled Burtonesque challenge! Today we have a fun one for you! Final Cut...And Shave Create a card/project inspired by Sweeney Todd and using decorative scissors or paper distressing tools (e.g. Tim Holtz craft scratcher or distressing tool)! Not too hard huh? Here are some fun images from the movie, and you do not have to match your cards/projects to the pictures, just use your cutting and distressing tools!"

Here is my take on the challenge.



I kept this one simple as I didn't want to distract from "Rio", the awesome stamp from Simply Betty Stamps.  As a matter of fact, the prize for the Burtonesque Dolls challenge this week is stamps from Simply Better Stamps so if you like what you see you should head on over to their blog

I colored Rio with Copic Markers.  I used my new EK Success border punches and I used my Time Holtz distressing tool for the edges of my plum paper.  It's a handy tool for on the go crafting and for safety purposes, but honestly I prefer my scissor's edge for distressing.  It works better and faster.  As for the EK Success punches...Love them!  After distressing the edges, I inked them up with Distress Ink in "Black Soot".  I am a fan of distress ink.  Big time!  I should have heat set the ink.  Although Distress Ink typically dries quickly on paper, I had such thick paper that the drying time took forever as it was so heavily saturated.  This lead to some smearing action.  So much for a clean look!

This was my first time using Simply Betty Stamps.  They are pre-cut and mounted with cling mount.  These stamps are deeply etched and make a fine, crisp, fantastic impression on your paper.  I cannot wait to get more images!

I hope you like what you've seen.  Have a great weekend!
Cheers!
~ladybray~

Smeared Ink "Chicks Dig Guns" stamp set

I just had to share the card I made with Smeared Ink's "chicks dig guns" rubber stamp set. For those not familiar, Smeared Ink Stamp images can be ordered individually or as a set on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of thick-ass, deeply etched, high-quality rubber. Click to here see this stamp set or to view other smeared ink stamps.
There is also a link on the Smeared Ink site for weekly challenges and voting. Check it out. You can WIN Smeared Ink Stamps! Oh...if you enjoy challenges, you should head over to the Smeared and Smudged ning group where there are monthly sketch challenges (card and scrapbook), guest designer challenges, and the way cool "rock and rolla" challenge. There are always awesome sponsors that give away prizes and the girls in the ning group are so friendly and supportive. We are looking for more men to join. Come on guys! Where are you at? I KNOW there are guys that craft...so get your tushies over here!

Okay...now that I've babbled on and on (my diet-pepsi hasn't kicked in yet), how 'bout I show y'all what I made!

My inspiration for this card came to me at my first scrap-mania at Archiver's. They had these cool window, door, and gate die-cuts for cards. You know, the old-skool die-cut presses. These as well as a cricut machine, punches, etc. were all available for use during the mania. They also provided food, drink, snacks, and prizes. Not bad for $15.00!!! Anyway, I saw this die-cut and immediately thought of stained-glass windows. I tried to make the card into a mini-scene. Inside there is a lady protecting her family...or land...or whatever you can imagine. She is one of my favorite images from Smeared Ink. I went for a vintage vibe. Although my marker ran dry, I still think the end result turned out nicely. Note to self...please order marker refills STAT! Here are the various views:

Here is the front view of the card with the windows closed. The stained glass was made with transparency and alcohol inks.



Here is the second view of the front of the card with the window open.



Here is the inside view of the card.  Please excuse the pearl smudge.  Although not visible in real life, the scanner picked up the glare.




Thanks for checking out my work today.  Have a great weekend!
Cheers!
~ladybrayton~

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Smeared Ink hops with The Greeting Farm!

The DT members of Smeared Ink, our rockin' guest DT member, and The Terrific T's (Terra and Tori) will be having a DT hop sponsered by  The Greeting Farm today~!  This is such a talented group of artists!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Jessica over at The Greeting Farm was kind enough to let us Smeared Ink Girlz work with some of her fabulous images.  I chose to work with "Thursday".  She is so spunky and full of attitude!  I had a blast working with her! I colored her with Copic markers.  Isn't she Fab?

Do you like what you see?  YOU can WIN Thursday!  HOW??? It’s really quite simple! Join our little group if you haven’t already, and play along with this month’s Rock N Rolla and/or Oh! The Horror Challenges. One person from each category will be randomly selected to win Thursday, courtesy of the super fabulous The Greeting Farm!!!



WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!!  There’s another way to play along to…and it’s just for this hop! The Greeting Farm decided they wanted to do even more, so they are hosting their own little contest. Go through this entire blog hop, and leave a comment for our wonderful Design Team members. Once you’re done, leave a comment at The Greeting Farm’s bloggy. The addy is HERE. Once you do that, you have a chance to win there too! So many prizes, so little time! So let’s get hopping!!!


I'll keep this posting short as there are a ton of blogs to check out.  Be sure to leave everyone some love then stop back at The Greeting Farm when you're done.
Here's the list of hoppers:
Lady Brayton (that's Me!)
Jennifer(our guest DT!)

Please visit The Greeting Farm Blog and The Greeting Farm website to view these cool and creepy images!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tiddly Inks challenge #7 - Going Goth

I just recently purchased my first Tiddly Inks image and I am hooked!  I love these digis!   Of course I had to go back and buy more which turned out great because they were having a sale.  I love a deal!  It makes me feel better about spending money on my crafting addiction.

Tiddly Inks is having their challenge #7...Going Goth.  This is so perfect for me!  Here's what I came up with.




It's cute goth rather than dark goth, but I love the way it turned out.  My TI image is "Pinky" and the cityscape background was a free digi from Mel Stampz.  I think the two go well together.  Everything is colored with copic markers.  I used Distress Stickles on Pinky's hair and boots.  The background has some Ranger Perfect Pearls added for shimmer.  I hope you like what you've seen!

Cheers!
~ladyb

Friday, June 4, 2010

Help for Linda, AKA Oz

Linda is a fellow blogger and cardmaker.  She is currently fighting stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. 

Here is what Linda had to say, " I am going through chemo for stage 4 ovarian cancer in my lungs. I have 3 large tumors in my lungs that are making it very difficult to breathe and sit up for any length of time. The sit up part is killing me because I can't work on the puter or my craft table.....danm damn double dog damn!"


Having been a chemotherapy infusion nurse for the past 5 years, I've seen others go through her fight.  Although we who have never had cancer can never truly "know" what  cancer patients goes through, we can empathize with their struggle and try our best to be there for them in good times and the not so good times.

Barb at http://stampitcrazy.blogspot.com/ is heading a fund raiser for Linda.  Here is what she posted on her site, "Well............ I want to start a Donation Drive, I will send a pound of rubber images when you donate 45.00....or you can donate what you can and I will match with images ...Please help me, get Oz back on her feet, and start giving us some great cards... I will select a variety, they will be worth it of course, no request please.Along with your donations, I will be making Thank you cards for Linda to send out....This will help her I know....Please have all donations in by the end of June."

Please go to Barb's site and check it out.  Here site does have a paypal option so you can be assured of a secured donation.  Not only is this a good fundraiser, you can get some cool images.  If you haven't seen Barb's rubber, it rocks!  If for some reason you want to donate, but don't stamp, you can donate your stamps to a local school or community center or you can give your favorite stamper a gift.  If you absolutely do NOT want ANY rubber (I know, hard to believe, but it happens) you can request that none be sent in the comment section of donation page.

This fundraiser is for Linda, aka Oz.  Every little bit helps whether it be to pay bills, pay for medication, buy or even to buy some comfy pjs.  Here is Barb's link once again: http://stampitcrazy.blogspot.com/.

I want to take this opportunity to wish Linda well.  Fight hard, fight strong, and get lots of hugs and love from your family and friends.  We'll see you back at the stamping table soon!  Here is one tip I have to offer: if you own a laptop or netbook have a friend or family member set-up a TV tray or bedside table so you can keep up with your online buddies whilst laying down (a coffee table works too).  If you don't have a laptop or netbook, see if you can borrow one.  Distraction is a wonderful thing!

To Barb:  Thank you for your kindness and generosity.  I'm sure Linda will appreciate it.

Thank You
angela aka ladyb

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Burtonesque Dolls Challenge #5

Time again for another kick-ass challenge from The Burtonesque Dolls.  They have weekly challenges so feel free to join in the fun.  I started playing along with their challenges a couple of weeks ago and am totally hooked!  Being a Smeared Ink DT member, I love all dark, alternative, and Gothic art. The Burtonesque Dolls is a good fit for me.

Here's a blurb from the Dolls' site:  "And now, on with the show. For this week's challenge we are taking a stroll around Sleepy Hollow! Your Burtonesque mission is to create a card or project with Sleepy Hollow-ish scenery.. think funky trees, pumpkins, and elements from these photos and put your hero/heroine in that scene."

Here is my take on Challenge #5.  I didn't get as dark as "Sleepy Hollow", but I did use trees and a twilight sky for inspiration.  My scanner didn't pick-up the colors accurately.  The sky has more purple and looks duskier IRL, but I still like the way it looks.  The trees were made using Smeared Ink's "Shadow Thingies" rubber stamp set as were the flowers and swirling leaves.  I think they go perfectly with my illustration!  The focal image is a new one for me.  Say hello to "Pinky".  She is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks and is oh so cute and fun to color.  Cute and Goth!  I totally love this image!



My background sky is my version of watercolor.  I spritzed 140# watercolor paper with water, smeared various distress inks randomly, pad directly to paper, and then spritzed again with water to let the flowing ink work its magic.  I did slight blending with a blending stick, however I would recommend a brush as the swab stick is a little too abrasive for the wet paper.  Being impatient, I dried the ink with a heat tool.  I used the same technique for the foreground.  A friend, Black Dragon, informed me that Distress reinkers can be drizzled into a palette and used like watercolors.  Of course I don't have reinkers, but when I get some you can be assured that I will give it a try!  The shadowing and details, as well as "Pinky" were colored with my ever-so-dry copic markers.  I must, MUST, get refills STAT!  What's up with me having absolutely NO refills on anything?!  Naturally, I'm waiting on a sale so if anyone can recommend a good place to buy I'd appreciate it!

Whew!  Sorry to talk your ears off, but I was so excited about my new inky technique and my new stamped images!  I just couldn't wait to share.  I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, even though I tend to be my own worst critic.  I hope you enjoy what you see.  Hopefully, I've inspired any lurkers to get involved, get creative, and get crafty.

Cheers!
~ladyb~

Smeared Ink's blog hop for June 2010

Yes, my lovelies, it is time again for yet another Smeared Ink Blog Hop!  This month's hop includes some of Smeared Ink's Design Team Members as well as some very talented ladies that follow Smeared Ink's Blog.  The only requirement is that the project must contain a stamped image somewhere.  Other than that, one can feel free to express one's self!  We see projects ranging from cute to creepy and sweet to sinister.  The Smeared Ink Ladies are very supportive of all artistic styles and skill levels.  Everyone brings something unique to the table and the experienced and novice artists alike learn from and inspire each other.  Enough talk!  It's ROLL CALL time!

Terra: http://moresmearedink.blogspot.com/

Kelli: http://cajunstampingqueen.blogspot.com

Steph: http://stephscreativechaos.blogspot.com

Ladybrayton71: http://ladybrayton71.blogspot.com  (ME!)

Lisa: http://ldfdesign.blogspot.com

Jean: http://etsysdarkside.ning.com

Kathi: http://kathstales.blogspot.com

Alison: http://alisonsrandomthoughts.blogspot.com

Sarah: http://sarahscrazycreations.blogspot.com

Meredith: http://www.papercanteen.com

Blackdragon: http://lynsblogger.blogspot.com

Kim: http://offthewallcraftiness.blogspot.com

Monica: http://www.giddygreetings.com

Tink: http://tinktime-tink.blogspot.com
 
Here is my submission for the blog hop.  I used ching-chou kuik's "Flowing in Blue" rubber stamp purchased from Sweet Pea Stamps.  I colored her in a vivid color scheme.  I probably should have toned down the green a little, but unfortunately I need refills on just about every marker color I own.  I was lucky to have enough ink to finish this piece of lovely!  I think she still turned out pretty well.
 
 
 
The background was made with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a watercolor fashion.  FYI...I found out, accidentally, that distress inks, when dry, are compatible with copic markers.  Whodathunkit? I used watercolor 140 pound paper, misted it with water, and smeared my distress inks (firebrick red, rusted hinge, and marigold) in different areas.  I put the ink pad directly to the paper.  I misted the inked areas and rubbed a wet cotton applicator over my areas to blend slightly.  I did this with the paper at a 45 degree angle so the ink would flow downward and a watercolor fashion.  It turned out pretty cool!  I then dried my paper with a heat tool as I tend to be impatient when it comes to crafting.  I then stamped autumn leaves with Staz-On ink (red and brown) and matted my watercolor paper as well as my colored image.  The brown floral paper is from deja-vu I believe.  I got an 8 inch stack at Archiver's for $1.50 USD!!!  I love a deal!  The circle sentiment is from the same paper stack.  I just added a little lock and key embellie and Bam!  I have a card!
 
Thanks for looking.  I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen.  Click the links under Roll Call to see what the other talented ladies have made for the hop.
 
Cheers!
~ladybrayton~