Monday, May 27, 2013

WEEK 2 of Make Something with Feathers or Fur or a Combination of the Two with Smudgy Antics

It is week two of the fortnightly challenge over at Smudgy Antics.
For this challenge we are asking participants to make something using feathers or fur or a combination of the two.  A super easy challenge, or so I thought.  I realized that I own nothing with fur or feathers.  Yes, I could have shaved my cats, but then I'd have claw marks from head to toe!  OMG!  I just realized my cat toys have feathers!  Face Palm!  Oh, well.  It's too late now.

I decided to get creative with a raven I had leftover from Halloween.  Since Halloween is everyday in my household, finding spooky stuff is never a problem.  I know ravens are not traditionally spooky, mine was a hot ass mess.  Apparently Bubba and Doo, my cats, thought the raven was one of their cat toys.

Okay.  Now I had feathers, but not enough to pluck to make something with.
I decided to practice my operation skills.  This raven had to have a heart somewhere and if it didn't, i was going to give him one!  Out came my 15 blade for the initial incision. The "Anatomical Heart" from Smeared Ink's "Candy is Dandy" digi set was colored with copic markers and sealed in plastic for my viewing pleasure.  After implanting the heart into the raven with some hot glue, the incision was closed with Glossy Accents and Fun Flock in black.  Now the raven can proudly display his heart for all to see.  I even gave him a crown for his bravery during the operation as no anesthetic could be used.  

Here are the photos.  I should have done a step-by-step series.  Another face palm!  Click the images to enlarge and then head over to Smudgy Antics for more inspiration from the Smeared Ink DT.  There is still one week to play!

Here the raven stands proudly upon a skull:

 Below is a close-up of the raven's new heart and crown:

He is such a ham and wanted to pose on my graveyard mini book too.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Smeared and Smudged May Member Blog Hop

For those who don't know me, I'm Lady Brayton. 
 Welcome to my blog!

It is time again for the monthly member blog hop with Smeared and Smudged.  The theme this month is "Anything Goes" so as long as a stamped image (real or digi) is used, everything is fair game!  Although I am posting early, the actual hop goes LIVE on Thursday May 16th at 9:00am Pacific time.  

I have made two projects for this hop to represent the two design teams I work with.  Both of my DT groups have given me great friendship and wonderful support when I needed it most so today's projects will be on the brighter side.  Sorry, no gore today. 

I have been working some late hours these days so I may not be able to hop until Friday.  Don't worry, I will leave everyone a bit of love...it just might be a little late so if you do not see a comment from me today, be sure to check your blogs Friday late in the day.

First I will share my Smeared Ink make since Smeared and Smudged is sponsoring this hop.

Smeared Ink Image "Luna" from the "Women of Power" digi set.
Papers: Crafty Chaos Designs (retired store).
I used a version of the card sketch on SS's "Very Sketchy" challenge.
Everything was colored and assembled in Photoshop.
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Next up is my Rick St. Dennis make using his new Moon Goddess digi.
Papers are Crafty Chaos Designs (retired store).
Everything was colored and assembled in Photoshop.
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Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Monday, May 13, 2013

ALTER A BOX with SMUDGY ANTICS

This is week two of the fortnight challenge with Smudgy Antics.
The challenge this round was to alter a box.
Here is my take on the challenge:





I went to town with Modpodge and papers from Creative Imaginations.  I love this paper line and stocked up on a bunch of these papers when my favorite scrapbook store went out of business.  I've decorated coffins and pretty much everything with this set.  

I started with a wooden box from Michael's, took off the hardware, and painted the edges and the bottom of the box black.  When the paint dried I covered the inside and outside of the box with two different papers.  I used a nail to mark where the hardware needed to go to make reassembly easier. Of course, after sealing and allowing everything to dry, I assembled the box. 

The stamp I used is "Holding Heart" from Smeared Ink's "Bloody Valentine" digital stamp set.  I colored the image in photoshop, printed it several times, fussy cut the images and layered them with silicone glue for dimension.  I used diamond glaze to add a bit of shine and to seal the image to prevent ink run off if it got wet.  I simply adhered the dimensional accent with hot glue.

Head on over to the Smudgy Antics blog for more inspiration from the remainder of the DT.

Thanks for looking!
~Lady Brayton~

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Art Will Set Us Free with RSD and Airless Chambers

I'm Lady Brayton aka Lady B.  
I apologize in advance for my super long post.
This is my EDT posting for the Airless Chambers Blog.

Today I'm going to talk about a very serious topic, mental health.
Please be aware that this blog post contains MY OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS.  For any questions, you may contact me personally at ladybrayton(at)yahoo(dot)com.

In the states, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  It raises awareness of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and the many other mental health  issues that so many suffer from and attempts to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses.  The goals are to educate people about the various mental health disorders, identify the symptoms of these disorders, and open up communication surrounding these disorders in hopes of being able to help more people get the treatment they need.  One in four individuals has a mental health issue and less than half of these individuals will seek help.

I feel we need to get rid of the judgement and taboos associated with mental health issues.  I have suffered from depression most of my life as well as horrible anxiety.  I did not seek help until my anxiety became paralyzing.  I didn't want people to think I was weak.  I definitely didn't want mental health issues on my personal health record and I didn't want people thinking I was crazy or that I couldn't control my emotions.

I took a big step and decided to get the help I needed.  I've been doing well for several years now, but recently I hit a rough patch and had to tweak some of my medications.  I reached out to family members, coworkers and my design team members and told them what I was going through. Rather than judgement, I found love, caring, and support. 

 In jest, I told Rick he should draw a pic of a lady in a straight jacket with a paint brush in her mouth.  Within 2 hours he sent me the most awesome image titled "Art will set us Free".  I have made several projects with this lovely lady so far.  Some I will keep private, but I will share a few of my makes.  I find this image to be very empowering.  I want to thank everyone for the support you have given me when I needed it the most.
Click images to enlarge.
My first project uses "Art will set us Free".  This gorgeous lass was colored with copic markers and the colors were tweaked a bit in PSE8. I used the sketch below from the Smeared and Smudged "Very Sketchy" challenge. As you can see, I flipped the sketch.  The papers are from my favorite but retired store, Crafty Chaos Designs. 
My second project shown below uses copic markers, Dylusions Spray Inks, Tattered Angels Stencils, MS spider and Drippy Goo punches, a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a silver metallic paint pen, Distress Inks, DecoArt paints, and stickles on the flowers.  Of course the main image is "Art will set us free" and the flowers are part of Rick's "Skull with Roses" stamp.  I added lots of paint dots and splotches as though the lass was just throwing paint at the walls and making a big therapeutic mess. 
Lastly comes a tag I made.  I started with a manila tag and embossed it with one of my cuttlebug folders.  Next came loads of spray inks.  I colored the  swirls with my copic markers.  The "Art will set us Free" image was colored with copics, fussy cut, popped up with foam dots and for her final touches I added stickles to her hair and dress for shimmer and shine.  The sentiment "Oh, relax!  It may be nothing more than mental illness." was from Viva Las Vegas stamps.  I wanted a fun take on the tag.  The skull with "trouble" is a rub-on from Creative Imaginations.  It doesn't rub so well anymore since it is so old so I glued it to cardstock before attaching it to my tag.  I can't find a white pen that works well so I wrote in the swirls with my white Prisma pencil.  I added sheer ribbon and teal fibers for a tassel.  Sorry it doesn't show in the picture.


There you have it, folks.  One image, three different looks.  Why not go and free yourself by doing some artwork today?  Visit Rick's store to find plenty of goodies to color.  BTW, a little birdie whispered into my ear and told me there are still freebies to be grabbed here and here.  Don't forget to play along with the May AC Freebie Challenge or the May SNG Freebie challenge this month!.  You have until midnight on May 24th Pacific time to play.

I will be entering my projects into the following challenges:
Left of Center: Use a digi image...I used a digi stamp from RSD and my first project also uses digital papers and was composed digitally.
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Die-cuts/Punches.  In my middle project I used 2 MS punches around the main image.
The Perfect Sentiment #78: dry embossing, must use sentiment on front.  My tag, the last project, uses the Swirls folder from cuttlebug for dry embossing and it has a sentiment on top of the tag.
Make it Monday: Anything Goes

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Freebies with Rick St. Dennis

It's that time again!  It is the first Saturday of the month and that means it is freebie time at the Airless Chambers blog (Rick's darker blog) as well as the Sparkle and Glitter blog

This month we have an exciting twist to our free digi image giveaway.  We are also having a challenge contest!!!
  1. Use the SINGING ZOMBIE freebie image to make a project.  You can make an ATC, TAG, Card, Art journal page or anything! Your project MUST use this months freebie.  You may use other images, stamps etc from other source but the center of interest must be this months freebie image
  2. Make your project FABULOUS!  Every image will be judged for colour, texture, originality, embellishments, design etc. 
  3. You have THREE WEEKS to complete one or more projects.  Every project must be entered separately and must be linked back The Airless Chambers BlogThe Deadline is MAY 24, 2013 at midnight Pacific time (USA). Post the project on your blog and then link it to your actual blog post, not just your blog address.  If you do not have a blog, email the project photo as an attachment to rickstdennis@yahoo.com - entries MUST have MAY FREEBIE ENTRY AC in the subject line of the email-other emails not following the rules will be discarded.  REMEMBER, only email your entry if you do not have a blog to post it on and link to Mr. Linky. 
  4. There will be THREE winners.  1st place will receive a choice of 3 digis from Rick's Etsy Shoppe, 2nd place will get choice of 2 digis and 3rd place will get a choice of one digi.  There will also be a random image drawn that will get one free digi. All winners will be picked by Rick and his design team and are final-Monetary value of the prize award is zero. Have a wonderful time and we hope to have many entries,
  5. Click HERE to receive your freebie.  ENJOY!
Here is what the freebie looks like colored:
Here is a small project I made with the Singing Zombie:

Be sure to hop on over to both Airless Chambers as well as Sparkle and Glitter to pick up your May freebie images.  Both blogs are doing the freebie challenge so be sure to read the details on each blog on how to win more of Rick St. Dennis' fabulous images.  Also, Rick has new images in his Shoppe every day so be sure to check often.  He even has a new "specials" section in his shop where you can find images at great prices.

One more thing.  Be sure to become a follower of all three of Rick's blogs (The third being Rick's Blog) as he often has exclusive images that may only be purchased off of the blog.  These images come at a lesser cost as there are no etsy fees and whatnot.  I would hate for you to miss a deal so please become a regular reader.  

~ Cheers ~
Lady B