Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

I want to thank everyone who has left such lovely comments on my blog.  As soon as I get some time off work with no projects to make, I intend to visit your blogs too and return the love.

Today I made Candy Cane Wreaths.  For the tutorial, visit the Tuts and Comments Blog (if you haven't done so already).  Click the pictures to enlarge.  I apologize for any blurry photos as I've had bad hand tremors lately.

For my first wreath I used Hersey's Chocolate Mint candy canes decorated with curling ribbon and the adorable "Everett Elf" from RSD's Zibbet Shoppe.  I reversed Everett so he had a twin.  The elves were colored with Copic markers and the background paper was colored with Distress Inks.
Here is a close-up of the stamped images.



For my second wreath I used a stamp from the "Dark Holidaze" rubber set drawn by RSD and sold exclusively as a "Past Offering" through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.
Here is a close-up of the image which is colored with Copic Markers.

Here is the finished wreath prior to hanging.

Here is the wreath hanging.  Sorry about the poor lighting and I don't know what's up with that one extra long candy cane.  LOL!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Happy Holidays to All!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Here is my project for today. 
I must warn you...my project is not very creepy.
Click images to enlarge.






I painted my blocks with DecoArt America Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints.  I used Cotton Ball DA500-30, Dark Scarlet DA508-30  and Turf Green DA520-30.  The great thing about these paints is that there is no need for a primer or a sealer.  I did sand my wood and wiped it with a tack cloth prior to painting.

I stamped "Merry Creepmas" with Smeared Ink's retired rubber set "Build a Zombie Alphabet" onto 3/4" squares of white card.  I colored the creepy letters with my copic markers and Spica gel pens.

When my paint was dry, I used DecoArt Decou-Page glue/Sealer in Matte (DS106-64) to adhere the paper squares to the painted blocks.

I added foam dots to some wooden snowflakes and added them to three of the blocks.  For a little extra creep in Creepmas, I added Rick St. Dennis' "Creepmas Tree Lights" image to my Creepmas blocks.  This cutie was colored with copic markers and fussy cut.  He hasn't been attached to my piece so you may see him on a future project :)

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Here is my project for today. 
Click image to enlarge.
Images:
Creepmas Tree - Rick St. Dennis
Drinking Buddy Elfette - Smeared Ink
Bat with Wreath - Smeared Ink, now offered exclusively as a past offering (Gothic Christmas) through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.
Background: Itkupilli

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Here is my project for today. 
Click image to enlarge.


It looks like "Devil Boy" is up to his antics again!  This time he is picking on poor "Kingston" the cat.  At this rate, Santa will NEVER visit Devil Boy, but something tells me the kid just doesn't care.  He's having too much fun being wicked!

Devil Boy is from Smeared Ink's "Creepers" Digi set.

Kingston is from Smeared Ink's "Heebie Jeebie" digi set.

My background is from Itkupilli, but I tweaked it to suit my needs and the bloody scissors are from one of her collage sets as well.  Of course I had to add snow for a wintry feel and the Christmas script and blood splatters are from Kitty Chen from Oscraps

Thanks for stopping by my blog. 
 I will try to catch up on hopping later this week to return some of the love you all have been giving me.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Here is my project for today. 
Click image to enlarge.


I used "You Want What???" digi image from RSD.
I colored him with copic markers and scanned him to my PC and then added him to this digital card I made.

Enjoy!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, December 13, 2013

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Here is my project for today.  I will post details later.
Click image to enlarge.



The background is an Itkupilli image that I duplicated, rotated horizontally, and merged together to create one big brownstone looking building.  I highly encourage everyone to check out Itkupilli's blog as she has some awesome new stuff that has so many applications that will work with ATCs, mixed-media and art journaling. 

 I added the snow in photoshop CS6.  Both images were colored with copics, scanned to my pc and were edited in PSE8 as I am more comfortable with that program. I still need to learn a lot about the CS6 program.

  "Devil Boy" is from Smeared Ink's "Creepers" digi set and "Sad Frosty" is drawn by Rick St. Dennis for his rubber set "Dark Holidaze" and can be purchased exclusively as a "past offering" through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  I forgot to mention that the sentiment is from the "Serial Killer Santa" digital stamp set by Smeared Ink.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Below is a picture of the "Dark Holidaze" stamp set.  
It comes on a thick 8.5" x 11" sheet of deeply etched, unmounted red rubber.


Here is a pic of the "Creepers" digi set:


Here is a pic of the "Serial Killer Santa" digi set:

BTW, did you know if you play along with the "Smudgy Antics" Anything Goes Monthly challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum you have a chance of winning a gift voucher to the Smeared Ink Shop?  All you need to do is join the Smeared and Smudged Forum, which is free, and add a project using exclusively Smeared Ink Stamps.  Any stamps purchased through Smeared Ink's Rubber Club count as well since they can only be purchased through Smeared Ink.  How easy is that?



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Today I made a non-digital project.
Gasp!
Here is a tutorial on how to make a clothespin wreath.

Materials needed:
  1. Christmas themed papers. This is a great way to use up your scraps.
  2. A paper trimmer, scissors, or a ruler and craft knife to cut your papers to size.
  3. Wooden Clothes Pins or Clothes-Pegs, the kind with a spring that open like an alligator's mouth.  The amount of pins depends on the size wreath you will be making.  I bought my pins from the dollar store, but if you are giving this as a gift I would suggest spending a little more money and buy a better quality set of pins.  I used 54 clothespins for my 12" wreath (30.480cm).
  4. DecoArt Deco-Page Glue and Sealer in Matte (DS106-64).  I prefer this brand as it does NOT remain tacky after it dries unlike some of the other brands out there.  This also comes in a gloss form DS101-64.  Aside from the links, you can find DecoArt products at Michael's arts and crafts, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and many more places.  Click this link to find a supplier near you.
  5. An old flat paint brush to apply the DecoArt Decou-Page Glue and Sealer.  
  6. Any images, craft picks, die-cuts, or bling you wish to decorate your wreath.
  7. Ribbon of your choosing to hang the wreath.  I used approximately one yard or 36".  You may also lay the wreath flat on a table and add pillar candles for a nice tablescape.
  8. A wire wreath form, MDF circle form, or make a form out of sturdy cardboard.  I have pictured each below for your reference.  My wreath is 12" in diameter (30.480 cm) and I used the wire form pictured below.  This was an inexpensive item, costing less than 2 USD,  You can also buy larger sizes.  I bought mine at Michael's Arts and Crafts, but most hobby and craft shops, especially those that carry floral items, will carry this coated wire form in their shop.  
















Step 1:  Choose which wreath form you want to work with.  I would suggest the coated wire frame for ease of use and sturdiness.  If you use the handmade cardboard base, make sure the ring only has about an inch between the outer and inner edges so the clothespins can clip completely over the cardboard. Although I showed the MDF circle form as an option, I would refrain from using it as the clothespins won't clip all the way up to the edge which will leave approximately a 1cm gap in the middle of your wreath.  I only added it for those who cannot find or make any other wreath form.  If using the MDF you can opt to paint the base so the negative space won't be as noticeable and will look intentional or you may glue the bottom of the clothespins to the base to give proper coverage.

Step 2:  Figure out how many clothes pins you will need by clipping them around your wreath form until you get your desired look.  This is the tedious part, but will save you from decoupaging way too many clothespins.  You can choose go rustic and leave the wreath as is at this point or continue on to the decorating part.  As stated above, I used the 12" coated wire form and used 54 clothespins.


Step 3:  Cut decorative papers to fit your pins. The measurement of the clothespins is listed on the box or container for the pins.  I used 4 coordinating papers pictured below. You can use all the same pattern or just a few patterned papers depending on your liking. Heck, you can skip the decoupage and just paint the pins if you want. 



***My pins stated they were 3/8ths" wide x 3 1/4" long (0.9cm x 8.2cm).  Trust me when I say the pins are not all equal in length.  Some may be shorter, but most will be longer.  If you don't want the clothespin to show from under the paper, cut your paper a tad longer and you can always cut the excess away after gluing. 

TIP:  Since my cutter doesn't cut straight or measure in such small increments, I used my MS score board to mark where my cuttings should be.  Cutting can be done with scissors, a trimmer, or a ruler and a craft knife.

You can see my score marks in the picture above.

Step 4:  Apply DecoArt Decou-Page Glue and Sealer in a thin coat to both your clothespin and the back side of your decorative paper.  Apply the paper to the pin and press and rub firmly to assure there are no bubbles and you have good adherence of the paper to the pin.  Wipe off any excess glue. Below is a pic of my Decoupage escapade in progress.  You can see that my paper was not long enough for some of the pins.  


 TIP:  Apply papers to the backs of the pins for a different season such as Autumn/Halloween or Spring/Valentine's Day.  Then just flip the pins around the next season for a new look!

Step 5:  After the clothespins are all decoupaged with paper and  have dried completely, seal your Clothespins with additional DecoArt Decou-Page and allow to dry.  I clipped my pins to pieces of cardboard while drying so the clothespins would not get glued shut by accident.


Step 6:  Clip the previously decoupaged clothespins to your coated wire form or your cardboard wreath form until your wreath is full of clothespins.  

Step 7:  Apply any decorative images, craft picks, beads, or bling to your wreath and add a ribbon for hanging.  Go crazy with it and have fun.  The more festive, the better!

Here is a pic of how I clipped the clothespins to the wire frame.  Look closely.  I clip onto the first two wire circles only.  Easy as can be!


Below is a pic of the wire framed wreath with all the clothespins on, but prior to adding decorations:

Next is the wreath after adding a craft pick and "Gus the Goblin" from RSD's Zibbet Shoppe.

Here is a close up of the wreath's decorations:

I decided to try some cute images on the wreath for those that don't adore goblins as much as I.  I have used the "Joyous Elf" from RSD.  I colored three versions, one was reversed, and I fussy cut them and popped them up with pop-dots.

Of course I must show a close up of the "Joyous Elf".

Lastly, here is the wreath being used on a table with candles to make a tablescape :)

If you have any questions about my project, feel free to email me at ladybrayton at yahoo dot com.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~


Monday, December 9, 2013

Day 5 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Today I present yet another digi card.  I'm sure you are all getting sick of looking at digital stuff so I promise to make a hands-on project really soon.


I used a retired Poe digi from Smeared Ink.  The set can now be purchased exclusively as a "past offering" in Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  You get a deeply etched 8.5" x 11" sheet of unmounted red rubber.  The set is named "Quoth the Raven".  The raven on Poe's shoulder is from the same set.  I found the Santa's Hat online and tweaked it a bit and the tree is a digi freebie element.  Sorry, I don't remember the source.  I darkened my background and gave it some texture to amp up the creep effect and being Creepmas, I had to add a little snow.

Below is a picture of the "Quoth the Raven" rubber set:


Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I will be entering this into QTR's Ho Ho Poe Challenge.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 4 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you're done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Today's post does double duty.  It has my Creepmas offering as well as my RSD EDT project.

Below is my offering for Day 4 of the 12 Days of Creepmas.

Click image to enlarge.


I have used "Christmas Toy Boy" and "Creepmas Tree Monster" by Rick St. Dennis.  Poor Toy Boy was trying to put on a Creepmas play when he noticed something wicked lurking behind him on stage.  Toy Boy may lose his head, but in a different manner than his dolly.  The images were colored in photoshop elements 8.  Check out Rick's Zibbet Shoppe for more Creepmas images.  

Now for more EDT business:

There is not much time left before Christmas.  Are you a last-minute type of person or one of those that can't relax unless everything is done by December 1st?  If you're looking for some quick and easy last minute gifts to make, check out the RSD Tuts and Comments blog.  Today there will be another freebie (well it is the season for giving) and the special offer of the Calendar Mice is still on here.  I hope you all know about the Airless Chambers blog by now. Plenty of inspiration there as well.  Did you also know about The RSD EDT Gallerie blog?  So many inspirational ideas - and all in one place!

Have you signed-up for Rick's newsletter yet?  For those that haven't done so....why not?  You would have received this gorgeous little Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse just for subscribing.  All is not lost for those that missed the boat and need or want her.  She's available in Rick's Zibbet shop

The RSD EDT won't be having our normal freebie challenge this month, but we'd still love to see your projects when you use your freebie.  Why not join us over on Facebook and show us all there?

Pictured below is a piece I made with the Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse.


Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
~ Lady Brayton ~

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.


I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

My offering for today is a hybrid card.  My image was colored with copic markers and scanned into my pc.  Then I removed the background and added my image to a creepy scene and added a sentiment.

Click image to enlarge:


Background: Itkupilli
You can find other Creepmas images in his Zibbet Shop.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.



I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

Today's offering is a paper skull ornament.
Click image to enlarge.


This is an older Smeared Ink digi, and he has been added back into the store.  You can find "Watchful Eye" here.

Anyway, I colored the image with copic markers, scanned it to my pc, then I printed a sheet full of images and fussy cut them.  I made several layers and adhered them with silicone household glue that I bought from Ace Hardware store.  The glue is easy to squeeze and has a low odor in comparison to other silicone glues I've tried.  

I got silicone glue on the Santa's cap and wanted to color the cap to darken it, but the silicone acted as a resist so I had to sand the cap and paint it.  I used DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Paint in Red Barn(DA507-30) and Black Tie(DA539-30) to achieve the color I wanted.  

I used Glossy accents in the eye as well as the recessed areas and I used Deco Art Glistening Snow Writer (DS75-3) to the white parts of Santa's Cap.  The picture does not do the ornament justice.  It looks so brilliant in real life.  I punched a hole in the cap and added gold cording so the ornament can be hung on my Creepmas tree :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Creepmas with Smeared and Smudged

Congrats if you've made it this far down the hop list!
  I am Lady Brayton.  

If you arrived here from Kat's fabulous blog, you are on the right track.  If you came from someplace else or arrived here by accident and want to start the hop from the beginning, head over to Terra's blog.  After you are done with my blog, your next and final stop on the Creepmas 2013 Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Alison.  Although I am posting early, the hop goes live at 9am Pacific Time.

I have added the entire hop list to my left sidebar.

My offering for today is a digital card.  Forgive the multiple watermarks, but I feel more secure having them.  I colored "Serial Killer Santa" and his bag of goodies in PSE8.  I then took the two images and added them to the stage background from Itkupilli.  


Background: Itkupilli
Digital Stamps: "Serial Killer Santa" set from Smeared Ink

The cool thing about the "Serial Killer Santa" set is that it comes with a non-killing Santa (a regular Santa) as well as an empty gift bag in addition to the bag stuffed with body parts.  Speaking of body parts, this set has plenty!  The set is versatile and can be used to make cards for the normals in your life as well as those friends of yours who aren't quite right :)  


Thanks for visiting my blog!
~ Lady Brayton ~