Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fabulous - Oh the Horror! S&S Challenge

This month's theme for the Oh The Horror! Challenge on the Smeared and Smudged Forum is the movie Evil Dead.  Use this (1981) movie to inspire your project.

I re-watched this movie, thanks NetFlix, and just laughed.  Why was this so scarey the first time?  I really wanted to do something with the "evil" bookcases that kept pinning Ash down in all the fights.  Evil I tells ya!  Instead I opted for the huge clawed hand reaching out of the stomach.

My dead thing was doing something naughty when the possession took over, hence the mask.  Hey, had to get it in there somehow!!  

Here is my card, Fabulous:
Smeared Ink Rubber Club  - dead thing from Femdom, wood image  - Urban Decay
Dylusional - saying from set Say It How It Is
Lost Coast Designs - branches called Tree Branch Background

I used one of the Labels Framelits for cut in card front.
Sponged on all sides and around frame.

All inks and card stock is Stampin' Up!.

White Simple Pressed Clay (SU!) was used to make the claw.  Took a day to dry, then inked.  What is cool about this clay is that it dries but is still movable.  Here is a look at the inside of claw.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bo Knows Beauty- S&S Forum Challenge

Are you tired yet??  I am!  Last post for tonight and on to some R&R w/ a yummy rummy drink.

Freaky Freebie Challenge at the Smeared and Smudged Forum lets you download a FREE digital image from Smeared Ink.  This month featured a sweet little gal so named Killer Bo Peep.

I had an empty canning jar that I did not know what to do with.  I have also been wanting to make a sugar scrub, but have yet to buy all ingredients.  Went on to Google and found a facial "mask" recipe that I had all the ingredients for.  How perfect is this to fit in my personal challenge to use a mask somewhere in my project!

For my project Bo is the head of a beauty line that only uses the freshest ingredients.  Here is her Lambkin Honey Facial Mask:

Bo had to be altered somewhat, since in the original she is frowning.  Now, the leader of a beauty line needs to friendly and smiling.  So I used a fine tip Black Sharpie to adjust her mouth.
I also altered the bow in her hair to have polka dots and the staff bottom to a sharp point.
Markers and a gold marker, to color in images.

Saying by Bo's head is stamped with Basic Black ink. It is from a set called Teeny Tiny Wishes, from Stampin' Up! (SU!)

I used same sharpie to write in other sayings.

Stuffing from one of my kids pillow is glued to her hair and on jar.

The recipe I wrote on inside of Bo tag fits perfect into canning jar.  I am going to try it out this week and see how long it lasts.  Will post an update on how recipe does in a week.

I used some retired SU! chevron fabric for cover.  Bows are Summer Starfruit Satin Stitched and Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon.  Large grey ruffle is Basic Gray Two-Tone Ribbon (retired SU!).

I used a hat pin and hand made skull from Creepy Glowbugg.

Tag is stamped with Basic Gay ink, set Chalk Talk, and cut with Chalk Talk Framelit (SU!).

Facial Mask Recipe
2 Bananas
2 Tbls Honey
1/2 Lemon (20 drops)

Mash bananas.  Mix in honey.  Mix in lemon.

Spread over face with fingers.  Leave on for 5 - 10 minutes.

Wash off with cloth.  Warm or cold water. 

Smeared & Smudged Junk Funk - Mask

Yup, it is all about the mask's this month and here is another project for the Junk Funk Challenge at the Smeared and Smudged Forum by Smeared Ink.

Challenge was to use a cereal box in some way.  I also had a challenge for myself to use a "Mask" in all of my projects sumitted to this month's Forum.

I do need to give a big head nod to a wonderful talented lady, Helen.  Check out her blog, Croms' Cubby Hole.  You will not be disappointed.  Her so awesome project inspired mine.  I will post Helen's project at the end of my post, because you might not come back to mine!

My other inspiration was that so great 1985 movie Mask.  I love this movie.  How good looking is Sam Elliott in this?? 

Why I'm Right


My Lovin' Deets
Saying on front of bench is from Dylusional called Say It How It Is.  I stamped in Marina Mist and used the Early Espresso marker around edges. 
Barb Wire frame is from my Smeared Ink Rubber Club stamp set Urban Decay, stamped in Early Espresso.
Saying on back is from a set called Yippee-Skippee! by Stampin' Up!

I printed out an image I found on Google for the movie Mask.  The 80's remind me of mass advertising and graffiti for some reason.  So I made my little bench following those guidelines.

In Helen's post she took a picture of the bits and pieces of her bench before she assembled it.  It was a kit pre-cut made from wood.  I printed out her picture and using Grid Paper, drew the pieces.  It took several adjustments, but I finally got my pattern.  I scanned my pattern, cut out pieces, traced pieces onto my box, cut out pieces, and assembled.
Bench was spritzed with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (retired from SU!) and used Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint on sides and back.

I adhered pictures and sayings.

To make small dots on front, and graffiti on sides, I used a Silver Marker.

Helen's Bench click HERE

Smeared Ink Forum - Sketchy Scrapbook June

Been a little obsessed with that American Horror Story Season 2, Asylum.  All those creepy images, a great story, aliens, a mad doctor, the list goes on!  Though you know by now my favorite part...Bloody Face.

The sketch to the left is the Scrapbook Sketch for this month's challenge over at the Smeared Ink Forum.  Join and play along.

I have also challenged myself this month to have a "Mask" in each of the challenges I enter at the Forum this month.  It was hard!  But I did get great use of those stamps that have not been used for awhile.

I rotated my page and deets below.
The SKINny
Page measures 12" x 12" and is on Whisper White card stock (cs).  I was making some ice tea this morning and was about to throw away the tea bags when inspiration struck.  Ran back to my desk grabbed some cs and used tea bags to make background.

I added Masking Tape in corners then sponged with ink.

Hands and finger smears were stamped with my Smeared Ink Rubber Club set, Prints.  
Hard to see but grid lines also stamped in each tape corner, over strip under picture, and around edges of the Cajun Craze cs under picture.  Stamp from Stampin' Up! called Off the Grid. 

For the strip under picture, I used the red bag that onions come in from the grocery store.  Laid it on my cs, then sponged Soft Suede ink and got the cool pattern.

Used Cajun Craze Ink for sploches and smears on hands/finger smears.  Sponged ink on all sides of cs.

For my saying, I dyed some White Bakers Twine.  Formed words and used Crystal Effects to hold words together.  When dried, I place on page.
Stitching on left side of photo is Natural Hemp Twine. Picture is of my son who love running around the house w/ that mask on.  Hummm....hope it just means he likes scaring his older brothers!

All product is Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.  Please click on pics for larger images.

Smudgy Antics Challenge!!

Geeze Louize, this has been one busy month and I am sad to say my time on my fun stuff has suffered!  I had/have about 9 different projects going and about an hour a day to do any work on any of them.  I have to regroup my thoughts on what and where I was going w/ each project.  But prevail I did.  So now get ready for a sh#t load of posts!

First up is my card for the Smudge Antics Challenge Dripping that ends in oh 5 hours.  So if read this you have until midnight to get your project in.  Dripping must be incorporated in the project.  You NEED to check out the Design Team's inspiration samples...Amazing! 

My card, Venice At Night, used a great image and my background has the Drippings.

The Dazzling Details
Image in set can be found HERE on Smeared Ink.  It is from the set called Venice Digi Set.

Image was printed out onto Very Vanilla card stock (cs), from Stampin' Up! (SU!).  All products used are SU! unless otherwise noted. 

I then used markers to color in image. 

Silver Dazzling Details is on mask and on bells.

I added Crystal Effects randomly to head/neck areas.

Small Jewel Pearls are used for eyes.

Images was fussy cut ready to be placed on card front.

I picked out some Crayola Crayons that looked like they fit my color scheme.  Smushed them w/ the end of my scissors and sprinkled the bits onto the top of my Basic Gray cs.

Used Heat Gun to melt bits and lifted card so that the melted crayon ran downward. 

I used all three colors in the picture, then did the red, Red Violet, over the other three.  I repeated this again in the center of cs.

I spritzed cs with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.

Card Base is a Basic Black cs and Silver Glimmer paper for sides.

Dimensionals to adhere Basic Gray to base and cut image to front.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Risque - Smeard and Smudged Forum

I am a ribbon hoarder.  I admit it.  I love ribbon but hate using it.  Now how does that work??

On this card, I pried open my fingers and got to using those scissors on "my precious" ribbon.  Yes I was feeling a bit risque...about ribbon!


A stencil by Donna Downey Studios, Demask, was place on a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" Very Vanilla piece of card stock.  
I spritzed Pink Pirouette Smooch Spritz over stencil for the floral design.
The chain looking images are a stamp from the set Summer Silhouettes, Stampin' Up! (SU!), and stamped in Gray Slate.
Masks are Smeared Ink Rubber Club stamps from the rubber set called Femdom.  They are stamped in Strawberry Slush and Basic Black inks.
On the right and left sides, I used a large background stamp called Netting (SU!).  This was stamped in Basic Black.

Mistress Thang
Mistress Thang is also from the set Femdom and is stamped in Black Staze On ink.
I used Baked Brown Sugar Marker for her skin.  
Her pink leather coloring is from a Melon Mambo Marker, also hair and makeup.
She does have Crystal Effects over entire image.

The Little Extras
Pearls (SU!) in upper right corner were colored with Black Sharpie.
Ribbon for bows is Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (retired SU!).
Ribbon frame is Red Riding Hood Pleated Satin Ribbon (retired SU!).
Card base is 5 /12" x 11", Basic Black card stock.  Embossed with Square Lattice Embossing Folder (SU!).
Dimensionals were used to raise up main Very Vanilla card stock and saying.
Saying from rubber stamp set Femdom.  Stamped in Basic Black and cut out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hello Darko - Smeared and Smudged Ink

This card was created for inspiration for the challenge over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum, hosted by me this month.  Any bunny that is fabulously creepy is all the more better for me.  This digital stamp, Darko, is from Smeared Ink and I knew that I wanted to make something with him for the challenge.

Thank you again Smeared Ink for giving me this opportunity and I hope that these next two projects keep you all motivated to get creative.

What better way to do a Mask Challenge by using the technique of Masking.
I printed Darko out so that he fit 4 times on one sheet of copy paper.  I cut out two of him for masking purposes and saved one for a "just in case".
I colored with a Blender Pen and Stampin' Up! (SU!) inks for all images.

The two cats, tree, and head background are all Daniel Torrente from Stampotique Originals.  
Cat in hands - Puss Puss, stamped with Black Staze On
Cat on ground - Kitty, stamped with Black Staze On
Tree - Tree, stamped with Black Staze On
Background - Heads, stamped with Soft Sky ink (SU!)
Hello - random "Happy Halloween" rubber stamp, stamped with Black Staze On

Crystal Effects on main image mask, saying, and on leaves.

Sponges around all edges and card is mounted on Basic Black card stock (SU!).

I tried to make the skull in the "O" look like a bunny skull and used a fine tip Black Sharpie.

Guest Designs for Smeared and Smudged Ink June Challenge

This has been one busy month and we seem to be gone somewhere every weekend!  My work time has been shortened due to running three kids around for summer activities.  So I was going to post some mid-month inspiration on the 15th, and did not get a chance.  Better late than never, right?

I have put up a challenge of Masks for my June Guest Design over at the Smeared Ink Forum.  This is a great place for inspiration and I do hope you check it out.  It is Free to join and you get multiple challenges, free digital stamps, and loads of creativity.

I have made 2 cards and will post the deets for Hello Darko later tonight and Risque, tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Octopode Factory and Smudgy Antics Challenges

Now, how great was yesterday's Smeared Ink's Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop?  I am still going back to look at all the hoppers again, what talented wonderful people.  Now that the hop is over, time to dig in for some of this month's challenges.

I just found The Octopode Factory Challenge Blog...and LOVE it!  I also missed the Smudgy Antic's Challenge last round and am determined not to miss again.

Octopode Factory Friday Challenge - Lovely Ladies

Smudgy Antics - Texture.  "We want to see TEXTURE and lots of it!  We want to you guys and gals to create projects that make us want to reach through the computer screen and touch everything we see!  The more creative the better."  Now remember there must be a stamped image somewhere on your project.

I have used a lovely little lady, digital stamp, as my main image from The Octopode Factory titled "Eloise".  I have also used embossing, torn waffle paper, cut doily, Crystal Effects, fine glitter, and some lace ribbon for my textures.  Here is My Sassy Heels...


Parlor Prints, a large background stamp from Stampin' Up! was inked with Versa Mark and then stamped onto Whisper White card stock.

Pool Party Embossing Powder was placed over stamped image, then heat embossed with heat gun.

I sponged 4 different pinks and then crumpled card stock.  Then sponged Crumb Cake over entire card stock and edges.

I used Crystal Effects to help adhere the lace ribbon (from retired Embellishments Artisan Kit, Stamipn' Up!).  The Crumb Cake ink that was sponged on before seeped and dyed the ribbon a little.

Finished background was then adhered to Early Espresso card.

She measures 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".  I printed onto Whisper White card stock.

I colored her in with SU! Markers.

On Very Vanilla card stock, I tried to make an outline of a man's profile.  I then glued to center of her broach and added Crystal Effects to give depth.

I used Black Enamel Accents, by Ranger, on the black parts of her eyes.

Crystal Effects was added to the center of eye.

Again, hard to see, but I did put tiny dots of Gold Marker on head gear, top of broach, and shirt buttons.

Tombow glue on shoes, then sprinkled Champagne Fine Glitter (retired SU!).  I let her dry then fussy cut out. 

I noticed that the doily (SU!) pattern had some mask shapes in it.  So I used the Pool Party marker to color them in and then cut the shapes out.
The Early Espresso Marker was used to help darken and define the shapes of the masks.
  I then used Crystal Effects over entire ring.

Waffle Paper
 The White Waffle Paper (retired SU!) was torn into strips and then adhered to center of finished background.

Saying was made from two different sayings from a set by Dylusions called "Say It How It Is".
They were stamped onto Pool Party card stock.
I used markers to add a little color, then Crystal Effects over saying to help pop them out.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Smeared Ink Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop

It is finally here, the Smeared Ink Appreciation Day Blog Hop!  Hop starts at 9:00am.  I hope you also have a look at Skull -A-Day.  The blog has tons of inspiration and pictures of skulls from the most unexpected places.   But be warned, once you see that first skull in your breakfast cereal, you see them everywhere!

You are half way through the blog you should have just finished drooling over Monique's wonderful project.  Below is my project, the list of all the blogs participating in today's hop, and the details about my project.

A quick shout out to Terra and Tori, owners of Smeared Ink, for gathering this wonderful group of people and organizing this Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop.

Hopping on...I have labeled today's project Skulls Upon Skulls.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I really had a great time creating this and I can not wait to go hopping myself.  Enjoy!


Laura                      Leigh S-B Designs                 
Kapree                     Domino Art                   
Kristy                      Alison                                  
Sandy                      Donna M                                
Jacki                       Donna W
Rick St. Dennis           Jane
Wendy                     Evil Edna
Julia                       Jenn
Susan                      Steph
Lady Brayton             Anna
Black Dragon              Bombshell Stamps
Kay                         Helen
Miko                        Shell
Aletha                      Fiona
Ike                          Serena
Miranda                    Little Black Kitten
Hazel                       Maureen
Monique                    Karen
Shoni - U R Here!        Milo
Suzi                        Teri


Base of project is a 12" x 12" Basic Black card stock from Stampin' Up! (SU!).

I used a skull stamp from Inkadinkadoo from the set called Creepy Creatures Cling.  Image was inked with Versa Mark and stamped multiple times on Whisper White card stock (SU!).
Basic Black Embossing Powder was placed over inked images and heat embossed with heat gun.  Picture 1.

Each skull was cut out.  I then placed all the small skulls to make the large skull.  Each skull is adhered with 1/2 of a dimensional (SU!).  I layered to help form the shape better. Picture 2.

When finished with main skull, I used Black Enamel Accents from Ranger. This helped define the eyes, teeth, doodles around main skull, and all accents on each side of main image.  Picture 3 - Close Up.

The last picture I used a flash to show where and how the Enamel Accents was used.

Please click on pictures for a larger view.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Haunted Design House 168 - Hangman's Handiwork

Haunted Design House Challenge 168 - Hangman's Handiwork.  The challenge is to use knots or a noose anywhere in your project. 

Click on the link above to find out how to tie a noose, see some the Design Teams handiwork, and enter your project.  You have until Sunday the 9th to get those projects in.

You never know when your time may be up (Yeah, that murder of crows is looking for you), so get crafting!

Demised Details

The tree is made from Early Espresso Core'dinations card stock.  This card stock really is fun to work with and the undertone color really gives great dimension.  I did not sand, only scrunch and twist.  I did add extra limbs to the tree.  I adhere with Tombow glue.  Tree measures 3 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" tall.

My noose is made from Linen Twine.

Hard to see but there is some Dazzling Details smeared randomly to give a little sparkle.

I stamped the birds with Basic Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Basic Black marker to color the opposite side of bird.  Fussy cut and again Tombow-ed them on to each branch.  Birds are from a retired set called Toxic Treats.

Saying is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla cart stock.  The letters are from the set Simply Serif Mini Alphabet.

I broke off the end of a toothpick for my steak and Tombow-ed to the tree.

All items (except toothpick) are from Stampin' Up!.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Something Nice

Sometimes those kid movies get my insane mind going.  This little ditty is inspired from the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  The main character is an inventor and created a wonderful little animal called the Ratbird.  It is a combination of a rat and parrot.  They end up saving a life, but in my project they like to take a life.

Now how perfect is this little guy for the Smudgy Antics Challenge - Feathers and Fur.  Only, I missed the deadline.  So I am going to enter this in this weeks Left Of Center Challenges - ALWAYS use anything goes as long as your project can be classified as creepy, Steampunk, Halloween, Punk, Anime, Grungy, Goth, Dark, Horror.  There are some truly amazing projects done by the Design Teams and fellow crafter's at both sites.  Please take a look.

Here is Something Nice, just for you...

The not so nice deets:
This page measure 8" x 8" and the base is Whisper White card stock.

I used a new stamp from the exclusive Smeared Ink Rubber Club for the background.  Stamp is from the set Urban Decay and is stamped in Summer Starfruit ink.

For my square pattern, I used the rubber padding that you place under a chair pillow to keep it from sliding.  I inked it with Strawberry Slush and then pressed it onto my page for some texture.  I wanted the background to look fun, nice, and pretty in contrast to what is going on with the main naughty creature.

To make the Ratbird, I used a toy rat that I got from the Dollar Store.  3 of these little guys for $0.50!

I had some left over feather, probably from Walmart, that I used for the wings.  I did cut them down a bit and left the ones on body the colors they came in.

The fur on the body is an ear from some stuffed animal that my kids had when they were little.  I never did sew it back on.  Oh well.  I used Basic Black reinker and a bit of water to dye the fur.

I used Crystal Effects to attach the fur and wings once the fur was dry.

A red Sharpie marker was used to color in the pearl eyes.  Then a black Sharpie for eye centers.

I had just gotten a package from a wonderful person who made the brain on my page.  You can find more brains and cool creations by Creepy Glowbugg Conoctions HERE.

I stamped the saying in Elegant Eggplant.  Stamp is from a retired set called Tags Til Christmas, from Stampin' Up!.

Crystal Effects was also used over the work Naughty to highlight it. 

Guest Desinger Smeared and Smudged Forum - Contagious?

I wanted to show a stamped project for the challenge that I was so honored to host this month over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  I chose Masks to be part of your project somehow.  There are some really great challenges this month and I do hope you check them out.

I had a get well card in mind when I making this for one of my projects for the challenge. 

I started with a Whisper White card stock measuring 4" x 5 1/4".  I was so excited to use on my new stamps from the Smeared Ink Rubber Club.  It is the background which I stamped in Gray Slate.  Stamp is from the set Urban Decay.

I then sponged Pistachio Pudding, Always Artichoke, and Summer Starfruit to add some gassy colors.

Mask stamp is from Queen Kat Designs Stamp Co. and is called Gas Mask.  I stamped all masks in Basic Gray. 

On main image I also added Crystal Effects on goggle eyes. 

Saying was stamped with Simply Serif Mini Alphabet in Basic Gray as well. 

I used a circle punch on each of the corners.  Brads from the now retired Neutral Collection.

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

Guest Designer Smeared and Smudged Forum - Bloody Face

This is the first project I made for my Guest Design Challenge - Masks over at the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  Get your game on and join us!  I am going to start with how I made the mask.


I used a technique called Faux Leather.  I wanted to make the mask look as skin like and leathery as possible.

Start with small pieces of masking tape.  I made the shape of a head, left areas for eyes and mouth open.

I used Whisper White card stock as my base.

I did add some extra layers on the nose for a little dimension.

When finished with my masking tape base, I applied inks with a sponge and then with my fingers. 

Next was to add the shine.  I Versa Marked the entire face.

Clear Embossing Powder was applied to the mask.  Heat gun to melt the powder and give the mask a nice texture.

Once embossed, I cut out the mask.  Cut out the eyes, mouth, and made small holes where the nose would be.

I used a new Stampin' Up! product called Simply White Pressed Clay for the teeth.  I molded with my hands and placed on edge of cut area of mouth. 

Clay took a day to dry.  Once dry I used inks to color in teeth.

I really liked how the Crystal Effects, ink, and tissue paper look like bloody skin, so I used it again around the teeth and eyes.

Once the Crystal Effects was dried, I cut a slit at the top of mask and used Linen Thread and a needle to sew cut slit.

Then added red ink to thread and holes.

 I stamped eyes with a stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  Stamp is from a set called Keys Set 1200.  Ink used was Black Staze On.

I printed images from Google that had to do with the history of Bloody Face.  Cut and used masking tape to adhere to 12" x 12" Crumb Cake card stock.

For the name, I mixed Rookwood Red and True Red Acrylic Inks and wrote the name with my finger.

Spritzed Silver Foil Smooch Spritz over entire page.

When page was dry, I adhered mask with Sticky Strip.

Please click on images to enlarge.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Guest Designer Challenge

I am so grateful to the wonderful group over at the Smeared Ink Forum for inviting me to Guest Design a June Challenge.  This is a free forum full of challenges, contests, and many creative designers.  Please check out the site and I hope to see you as a fellow member.

I have decided to use the theme of "Masks" for my June Challenge.  This is any kind of creative project/s that have anything to do with masks.  I will show 2 projects today and 2 more projects on the 15th to keep your creative minds going.  I have also decided to challenge myself this month by having a mask somewhere on all my projects that I will submit to the Smeared Ink Forum this month.

I can not wait for this month to get started.  Thank You again Smeared Ink for the invite.   I hope to bring you some great projects this month.  So here we go....

 I have two projects to get you inspired today.  The first is a 12" x 12" scrapbook page that was inspired by the TV show on FX called American Horror Story Asylum.  This was Season 2, and one of the main plots was a ghost story about Bloody Face who haunted the run down local asylum.  Bloody Face wears a mask of human skin when he kills his victims.  Creeeeeepy.....


My second project is a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card that uses a rubber stamp.  You never know when a gas mask stamp may be needed!

Check back in because I will post the details for each project tomorrow.

Get over to the Smeared and Smudged Forum and join this awesome community.