Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rock N' Rolla Challenge

End of the month and running out of time to get some of those monthly challenges done for the Smeared Ink Forum.  This is a wonderful sight, that is free, and gives so much fun and inspiration.  Go get signed up and start creating!

I have never heard of Kerli and was grateful for all the great imagery she used in the video "Walking On Air".

The idea of a doll and house stayed with me so I created a mini doll house.  I cut little windows so that you could see inside.  Sorry I should have taken pictures before I closed it up, but my camera was MIA.  More deets below...

Stamps used were the key image from Lost Coast Designs from a set called Keys, the dolls also from Lost Coast Designs - Dolls Border.

I used the Milk Carton Die from Stampin' Up! to create the house.
SU! DP (Designer Paper) for the house, trees, and sorry can not see but for the wallpaper inside.

The windows are cut with a razor, white Waffle Paper for curtains, and Early Espresso marker for window frame. 

I stamped the dolls in Basic Black and cut each out.  Put them back to back and used markers to lightly color them in.  There are three hanging from Linen Thread.

Toothpicks on top to hold the strings.

Chimney is made from Early Espresso card stock.

DP- Venetian Romance & Modern Meadly

Monday, July 29, 2013

Smeared and Smudged Sketchy July Challenges


 I have had these projects done for a while but am finally getting a chance to get them done.  Did July seem to fly by for anyone else?  Okay on to the challenges...

Smeared and Smudged Forum Very Sketchy Card Challenge.

To the left are this month's sketches for each challenge.

Smeared and Smudged Forum Very Sketchy Scrapbook Challenge

I was not sure at first what I wanted to do, but ended up really liking what I came up with.

Here are my take on the sketches:

Card Sketch Deets

Main skull image - Smeared Ink Rubber Club, Morte by Rick St. Dennis
Sentiment - Stampin' Up! set called Remembering Your Birthday
Barb wire - Smeared Ink Rubber Club, Urban Decay
Green hard to see background image skulls - Smeared Ink Rubber Club, Morte by Rick St. Dennis
Word background - Stampin' Up! background stamp, Dictionary

Main image was stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with Smoky Slate Embossing Powder.  I sponged and stamped background first.

I used the negative of a heart framelit over main image and sponged and inked with darker colors.

Barb wire and sentiment stamped with Basic Black ink.  Skull background with Gumball Green ink.  Dictionary background stamped in Perfect Plum ink.

Red marker to high light heart.

Ribbon is from unknown.

Scrapbook Sketch Deets

A 6" x 6" page on Sahara Sand and Vellum card stock.

I used the set Glorious Grunge, Stampin' Up!, to stamp background on entire page.

Heart Framelits for the cut out hearts.

Washi tape along the bottom, wood buttons, and smushed bottle caps for accessories.

Crystal Effects (of course!) and Real Red Marker also used.

Note:  All card stock, inks, and accessories are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Artfully Musing: Halloween Carnival Event 2013

Artfully Musing is holding this wonderful "How To" make a Halloween Carnival.
Please click on the picture above or HERE to find out more info.

I am going to try to do this and I hope that you can to.
Will keep posting as new information comes up for this event.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Freaky Freebie July Smeared & Smudged and Haunted Design House 171 Challenges

Join the Smeared and Smudged Forum and get a FREE digi!  This month features a Smeared Ink digital image of a sweet gal named Nurse Jenny

See what happens when one of my favorite sites, Haunted Design House, offers a HDH171 Challenge - FREAKER'S FREE FOR ALL.  They get another entry from me!  Okay, this is the last entry for this "dark, Gothic, or Halloween" challenge.
When I first saw her, I loved her huge eyes.  Initially this project was for another Smeared and Smudged challenge, but as we all know the project sometimes takes on a life of its own.  A 1978 song by Robert Palmer came into my head as I was finishing up this page. So I titled my entry after the song "Bad Case Of Loving You".

Nurse Jenny was really needing this crazy tangled heart for herself.   Nurse Jenny is a sweet young candy striper who tends to get a bit obsessive with men ("Doctor, Doctor give me the news...").  In this case she fell in love with a doctor, who does not even know she exists ("...I've got a bad case of loving you...").  As time goes by, Nurse Jenny's dark side must take drastic action...which is not so good for the doctor.  But, in the end, she did get him... and his heart.


All materials and accessories are Stampin' Up!, except for notebook paper, black sharpie, Gesso (white), and straw/hay materials (found at thrift shop).

Scalloped heart was cut from a framelit and Big Shot on Very Vanilla card stock.  I used Crystal Effects to help hold down the straw/hay material. 
I spritzed heart with mixed combos of reinkers, alcohol, and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. 
Gesso was poured over.  I tried to let dry but went ahead and added more spritzes, glitter, and drops of Real Red reinker to heart.

She was colored in with markers and a Blender Pen.
Silver Details on her eyes.
Fussy cut and set inside heart.

Words written with Black Sharpie pen on notebook paper.  Base of 8 1/2" x 11" is Early Espresso card stock.  Stamped blood spatters with stamp from set Gorgeous Grunge in Real Red ink.  Some Washi tape to help give that young girl impression.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Punk You Girl & Haunted Design House 171 Challenges

The great thing about challenges is that it gives you that special cliff to jump off from.  Be sure to check out these sites, get the rules, see the prizes, and get those green juices flowing!

Punk You Girl, a new site to let your dark side shine, has offered a CREEPMAS IN JULY Challenge.

Haunted Design House has it's FREAKER'S FREAK FOR ALL Challenge 171 going on right now and anything goes people.

My main guy is named Toy which goes so well with the Christmas card I have created for the Creepmas challenge.  He may look a little angry, but I think he just wants a little more than coal covered eyeballs this year.  Freak he may be, but aren't we all at holiday's?

Toy - Smeared Ink Creepers Digi
Stocking - Open Sleigh set from Stampin' Up! (retired)
Saying - More Merry Messages, SU!
Skull - from a stamp in the set Toil & Trouble, SU!
Background Lines - Gorgeous Grunge set, SU!

Printed out Toy onto Whisper White card stock.
Blender Pen and SU! inks to color in and stamp.
Sliver marker on hair.

Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, SU! (retired).
Burlap Ribbon, SU! (Holiday Catalog)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

3 Challenges - Smudgy Antics and Left of Center and Haunted Design House...Oh My!

Oh my indeed!  I do not know how some people do it when they list 5 or more challenges.  I think this is the most challenges for one project that I have ever done.  It is enough for me.  I love each one of the these sites and please check out the creations of the Design Teams. 
Have fun...and go stamp!

Challenges and Rules and Links...Oh My! 
Smudgy Antics - IN THE WILD
"If you are totally clueless, you can use an image of something found in the wild or you can create a scene that depicts being "in the wild".  You can even use actual elements of the great outdoors such as twigs, sticks, leaves, flowers, feathers, and stones, etc."

Left Of Center - #9 USE A SENTIMENT ON THE FRONT and/or a LOC theme

Haunted Design House - HDH#171 Macabre Monday -  FREAKER'S FREAK FOR ALL
"You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en 
based art piece.  That's it. No other rules. Anything goes this time around."

My card has a dark wild thang that has a great sentiment on the front. 
Howz that for summing it up?  Enjoy and join the fun!

Wild Thang - chick from Stampin' Up! set Every Bunny
Wings - Stampotique Originals, Daniel Torrente called Spider Wings
Plants - Stampotique Orginals, Jo Capper-Sandon called Tenticurl
Sentiment - from a Stampin' Up! set called Really Good Greetings

Stamped and sponged and colored, Oh My!
Masked and embossed and crystal effected, Oh My!
Inks and card stock and accessories are Stampin' Up!, Oh My!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Haunted Design House Challenge 170

The  Haunted Design House  (HDH) has one of the hardest challenges for me yet.  This one took a lot of time and thought to do.  Maybe it was the number, who knows!

Challenge 170 - Unlucky For Some
Here are the House rules:
"You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Hallowe'en 
based art piece with a total of thirteen components.
No more. No less. Thirteen pieces total.
If you make a card, the base counts as one. If you use multiple 
dps, they each count as one. If you use six brads,  they count as six. Catch my drift?"

For this challenge I was so glad to have such great inspiration and lights at the end of the tunnel.  Go and see what the talented Design Team over at HDH has created for this challenge, HERE and HERE.
I have finally finished my entry, on the last day of course!  Listed below my card, Under The Sea, are the 13 items I used. 

13 ITEMS used to make my card:
Whisper White cardstock (cs) - Base
Elegant Eggplant cs - Matte/frame
Watercolor Paper - main front

Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink Pad
Aqua Painter

Versa Mark Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Heat Gun - I counted this as an item because I had to melt the embossing powder.  So, heat was used on the card.
Octopet - stamp 

Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Crystal Effects -  only on main Octopet
2 - Pearl Jewels - medium for eyes

Friday, July 5, 2013

Smeared & Smudged and a New Blog Challenges - Sour Alice

Well I hope the 4th was great for everyone.  Too much food already and it is only Friday!  I was able to work on one project this past week, then when I was almost finished...my computer had to go to the doctor.  Got her back just today, so was able to finish project just in time for the closing date.

I am going to enter my project into two challenges.  One being for the Smeared and Smudged Forum and the other for a fun new blog, Musically Challenged Challenge.  This new blog lets you get creative and inspired from music and or  the music video.  Very cool, better get over there to check it out and the Design Team.

S&SF - Junk Funk July Challenge - Use a yogurt pots (container) or anything similar.

Musically Challenged Challenge #3 - Along Came A Spider by Alice Cooper

I watched the mini movie / music video and wanted to do something a little different and insane.  I am a sucker for backgrounds.  I loved what was going in the background on all three segments of this challenge.  I ended up using the container as a look into the craziness of one's mind with this video as my inspiration.  Since I used a Sour Cream container I have decided to name this little project Sour Alice:

The Crazy Deets
The video itself had so many parts that all ended up fitting.  That is what I tried to do with this container.

Let me apologize for the bad picture of the inside.  I took it through the eye hole, but my camera did not like it - so fuzziness.  But, yes, that is Slash rocking out.  I printed him out, cut slits on each side of guitar and added the red ribbon.  then glued down to bottom of container.

I wanted the inside to look like the padded walls of a room.  I had some bubble packaging that I am going to use on another project, and thought that it would be great to Gesso (white).  There you go, my walls.

Every 80's metal video (almost) had one bombshell or another in it.  I used three lovely ladies from my Smeared Ink Rubber Club, Femdom.  I stamped them in Black Staze On, on the inside of the container.

When the Gesso dried, I wrote the lyrics with a sharpie and some graffiti.
Stamps from the set Tiny Tags (retired Stampin' Up!), Smeared Ink Rubber Club - sets Urban Decay and Prints.

I cut the packaging into sections, because I did not have enough.  But it worked out because you are able to see some T & A from the ladies.

The straight jacket had to be a part of my project.  So I decided to wrap it around what my insane, crazy mind came up with.

I used a piece of 12"x 12" Very Vanilla card stock.  Place strips of Masking Tape.  Then sewed down the strips.  I did end up sponging some inks to add some age.

I used Sticky Strip to adhere everything down.

The strap holding the jacket in place is a piece of Cotton Ribbon that I stamped sploches (Gorgeous Grunge SU! set) on.   Then sewed buttons on in red and purple to represent the colors of the chocking scarves.

Distress Crackle Paint, Picket Fence, by Tim Holtz was spread mainly around cut eye on lid.  Once dried, Gesso was applied.

When Gesso dried I used my mixture of Black Staze On reinker, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, and alcohol to paint around eye to make Alice Cooper's trademark makeup.  Dropped mixture around edges as well.

Once this layer was dried, I added Crystal Effects and applied mixture once more.  

All inks, card stock, and accessories are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

LOC and HDH - One of the Chosen

I love on-line challenges.  I love those hard at work people who design and keep up on them as well.  I love the Design Teams that give inspiration, their time, and their talents for these challenges.  I love all the other talented people out there that make challenges possible and add the level of competition to bring out the best in yourself.  And I love being one of the chosen who's entry gets a little notice.

Left of Center for a Top 3 Spot in the LOC Theme and/or Red and Black  Challenge found HERE.  
My project, Naught, Naughty, Naughty, can be found HERE.

Haunted Design House for one of the coveted Gruesome Twosome Hangman's Challenge found HERE.
Click HERE for my entry of Time's Up.