Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Very Sketchy

I had some free time today so I decided to play along with the "Very Sketchy" monthly challenge over at Smeared and Smudged.  The prize offered up is a very generous $18.00 gift certificate from Aletha's Ippity shop.


Here is my creation:


Isn't she simply gorgeous?!

The papers are by Crafty Chaos Designs (Under a blood red moon).  This is my favorite set!

Here was the sample sketch:


Want to play along?  There's still time!  You have until the end of the month to play along.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lady B ~

Monday, March 26, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - TOUCH ME!

It's time again for another fun challenge over at Smudgy Antics!

This week's theme is "TOUCH ME".

Yep. It's all about textures this week!  

How creative can you get with your embossing powders, embossing folders, and embossing tools? Do you have feathers laying around or metal bits? Use them! Do you have any spackling compound laying around or plaster of paris? Play with that or any other medium that creates texture! What? You have velvet ribbons or flowers in your stash? Put them to good use in this challenge! Let's see how creative you can get! Don't be afraid to get messy. Most of all, don't be afraid to play along! We have crafters of all levels here so join in the fun! 

Here is my creation:
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I altered a skull paper mache mask.  I achieved texture with spackling compound (I used Smeared Ink's "Urban Decay" rubber stamp set in the spackle for texture), metal tape over dry wall tape, a plastic beaded necklace, brads, and left over blades from various craft cutting tools.  

I painted with black paint and rubbed most of it off for an aged effect.  I then dipped my finger in silver metallic paint and gently rubbed over the beads and the raised areas of spackle to highlight the texture. 

 Since my stamp use wasn't very evident in the pictures, I added additional stamped images on the sides of the  mouth.  I used a Smeared Ink digi stamp from the "Glam Vamps" set and colored it with red marker.  I applied glossy accents to clear plastic pieces and adhered the stamped image to the plastic.  I then hot glued the plastic behind the openings in the skull by the mouth.

I got some of the techniques and ideas from this fabulous video.

For more inspiration, head over to the Smudgy Antics blog and see what the other DT gals have made for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, March 19, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - LEVEL UP!

The challenge this week over at Smudgy Antics is "LEVEL UP". 

 We were asked to use layers in our projects. 
 Here is my take on the challenge:
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I used "Sinister Zombie" from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Headshot" digi set.  I colored the image digitally and printed it out 4 times and did some fussy cutting and decoupage.  In some areas I layered the cuts to elevate parts of the face and hair and in other areas I cut out several layers for an indentation (the wounds).  I used silicone glue for added dimension and sealed everything with diamond glaze.  For an additional layered effect, I used a cricut cut from the "Happy Hauntings" cartridge to make a frame and mounted this onto two layers of cardstock.


 Here is a close shot so you can see the indentation of the wounds and the elevated areas of the face and hair.  Sorry for the glare.  it's hard taking pictures of a shiny surface!


Another close-up shot at a different angle for less glare.

For more inspiration from the Smeared Ink DT and to check out prize information for the challenge, head over to the Smudgy Antics blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mixed-Media Mash Up - Smeared and Smudged's March Member Blog Hop

It's time again for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop!
The theme for this month is Mixed-Media Mash Up.
The hop goes live March 15th at 9:00 a.m. PST.

We were challenged to step outside of our comfort zone and give mixed-media a try.  A stamped image, rubber or digi, must be used as stamping is the Smeared and Smudged way.

Here is my creation:
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Sorry for the poor picture quality.  I ran out of daylight and had to use my cell phone for photos.  For my project I used layers of water colors, ink, acrylic paint, and markers.  I would have liked to have built up more texture, but I'm a last minute type of gal and didn't leave myself enough time to do so.  I used several Smeared Ink rubber stamps as well as bubble wrap in my art journal page.  

This was my first attempt at a mixed-media piece.  It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it too, but it's not horrible.  I just think I need to play around more to find my style and learn how to blend images in a bit better.  I did enjoy the freedom of experimenting with the different mediums.  

The hop list is below.  Go check out the awesome creations and leave the ladies some love.  Thanks for stopping by!

March Smeared and Smudged Member Hop
Blog Roll
Tori
Black Dragon
MaryKay
Madeleine Bouquet
Jane
Ike
Dianne
Monique
Lady Brayton


Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, March 12, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge - ALTER SOMETHING

The challenge at Smudgy Antics this week is "ALTER SOMETHING".

Here is my take on the challenge:
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 Top of box shown above ^


Inside of box shown above ^


Detail of paper ^


Close up of "Holding Heart" stamped image ^

I used a plain wooden box and covered it with some of my favourite papers from Creative Imaginations.  I distressed the edges with ink and painted the lip of the box black.  I sealed everything with Modpodge.  I took one of Smeared Ink's awesome Valentine images, "Holding Heart", from their "Bloody Valentine Set".  The image was colored digitally and printed out 4 times.  I fussy cut the image and layered pieces using silicone glue for dimension.  Sorry.  My cell phone camera doesn't show the depth well.  Perhaps next time I will remember to charge the battery in my real camera.  The hands holding the heart are attached to the box with silicone glue.  I think it needs a few flowers, but I've gone through my stash and either need to buy some or learn how to make them.  For more inspiration, head over to Smudgy Antics to see what the other DT gals have made.

Thanks for looking!
~ Lady Brayton ~


Monday, March 5, 2012

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge: ANYTHING GOES

The challenge over at Smudgy Antics this week is Anything Goes.

Here is my creation:


Background: Itkupilli 
Smeared Ink images: A corpse from "Gross Anatomy" and two werewolves that I merged to make a conjoined werewolf from the "Part of the Pack" digi set.

I made this to go along with the "Oh, the Horror" challenge over at Smeared and Smudged.  

Check out the Smudgy Antics Challenge blog to get more inspiration from the  Smeared Ink DT.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~