Thursday, January 29, 2015

Kickstart Your Art - Day 4 and AJEDJan Challenge

Ummmm, yea!  I finally caught up and have my Day 4 art journal page ready to roll for the Kickstart Your Art week long challenge.

Today is Doodle Day for this Day 4 challenge.  I do not doodle so I apologize in advance for my meager attempt.  Again I have used  my new homemade art journal book "Winter is Here." book for this page.  Trying to get at least one journal, for the most part completed.

My main skellie image is by the talented Mr. Rick St. Dennis.  See his Zibbit shop HERE for more fab images.

Since this does have a skull, I am also going to get my page into the Art Journal Every Day January Challenge.  Skulls must be used on your page.  Find our Smeared and Smudged group on Facebook!

Page was inspired by the book series Game of Thrones.  

Watch these Deets!

Base of page was made with all sorts of blues in acrylic paints, lined stencil, and sponge.

Image was pritned onto Whisper White card stock.  Colored in with Copics, fussy cut and adhered to dried base page.

Used a small hand stamp from Smeared Ink called Prints.

Words written are:
"It was the children who carved the faces on the weirwoods to keep watch"
"Winter is here" 

Sharpies and journaling pen also used.

Kickstart Your Art Day 3 and Smudgy Antics DT Project

These pages are so fun and so glad to be a part of Kickstart Your Art this year.  I am also up today for the Smudgy Antics Design Team project and have decided to combine today's post with KYA Day 3, since I have only used Smeared Ink stamps. 

The challenge for Day 3 is Collage.  Definition: a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing. A combination or collection of various things.
Log into Facebook and look for the Smeared and Smudge group and join in all the challenges and see some wonderful inspiration from members and the Design Team.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to get your Anything Goes projects in for January at Smudgy Antics!  
Click HERE to enter.

Yup, think I can do this and VERY happy with how my page turned out.  One of my favorite colors is blue and had these papers out, so all the scraps and what not from that project I was able to use on this.  Woohoo!

My lass is from a Smeared Ink digital stamp set called Broken and Bleeding.  When I colored her in she originally had black eye centers, eyebrows, and lips.  But once she was on the page...had to find my Smooch Pealizied Accents and change that to a deep blue.  Hard to see in the pic because of the flash.

Layerin' Up the Details

Page was from my new homemade art journal that had not yet been base painted.

All designer papers, die cuts, punched pieces, ribbons, wahsi tape, doilies, printed vellum, and embellies from stash.
The Jewel Rhinestones were colored over with a black Sharpie.
Skellie on flower is from a winnings I received from the wonderful Creepy Glowbugg.  I use her fab embellies sparingly, but this page was calling out for it!

Image from Broken and Bleeding was printed onto Very Vanilla card stock.  Colored in with Blendabilities and markers.  Fussy cut, then adhered to page.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 2 Kickstart Your Art

Seems to be the saved by the 24 hour bell once again.  Here is my art journal page for Day 2 of the new Kickstart Your Art week long challenge.  For Day 2 you must use lyrics from a song or poem.

I have chosen one of my favorite songs, "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells (1968).  

Hard to see but used a Smeared Ink rubber stamp from the Rubber Club Past Offerings stamp set called Lost Dreams.  Wanted to make it psychedelic a bit to represent that era of the song.

Da-da-da-da-da Deets

Lyrics were altered in Word and AR CHRISTY front was used.
Printed out onto some designer paper from stash.
Cut out and then adhered.

Page started with stencil and Dylusion Ink Sprays.
Added lyric squares.
Stamped image with red ink and colored in with markers and a fine tip black Sharpie to help define her face a little more.
Paint brush for red around lyrics and on edges.
Top of laundry cap to help make designs in the green acrylic paint.
Water spritzed over to help blend all the colors.

Sorry that the red looks pink in this pic!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ike's World Challenges - Week 2 Challenge #30 and HDH - JanWNP? Challenge


Yes, I have finally got my post on the right is a new year!

Welcome to Week 2 of Challenge #30 - SKETCH here at Ike's World Challenges.

Get your Challenge #30 entries in HERE and see Week 1 inspiration of this sketch if you missed it. 

I love doing sketch and color challenges and this one was so fun using Ike's images.  We as the Design Team are sometimes super lucky to get to use images designed by Ike that are not in the her shop, Ike's Art.  Which was the case with this challenge.  Links will be provided for those images you can purchase and if you would like the others...well be sure to answer the next DT call! 

The project for this Sketch challenge is a notebook.  I have used the images HOLLY FAIRY and ZOMBIE PET SHOP 2, images not in the shop:  Xmas Star, Sall's Eagle, and Stable Doors.

I am a huge fan of all kinds of cats.  So happy Ike has a lot of choices.  These Zombie Cats are one of my favs.  Found out that there is an Egyptian Goddess of domestic cats, Bastet.  So this is dedicated to her and to all domestics, alive and dead.

As you may or may not know, Haunted Design House has changed their bi-weekly challenges into monthly challenges.  This January the challenge is What's New Pussycat?  And can be interpreted as we would like.  So I am using my kitty fetish from this project to enter into HDH's challenge as well.

S&S Kickstart Your Art Day1 and LOC #62

Okay so officially it's almost Day 2 of the new Kickstart Your Art week long challenge, but you have 24 hours to get your art journal page in and I am down to the nitty gritty this morning.

Day 1 KYA challenge is Layers.  I have got plenty on this page and was very happy with the way it has turned out.

Left of Center also has their Challenge #62 - Layer it Up which this page will be entered into.

Have both digital and rubber stamps on this page along with layers of papers and paints.  

Full On Toxic Details

Ladies are from the Smeared Ink Digital set called Toxic Ballerinas.  Image was printed out onto Very Vanilla card stock.  Colored in with markers.  Crystal Effects over eyes.  They were fussy cut and then adhered to another piece of Very Vanilla card stock that I had already used acrylic paints on.

Layer below ballerinas was placed onto gelli plate, then gone over with reds and paint brush.  Wanted to bring out the veins on each of the ballerinas.
Washi tape was also placed along center before ballerinas were adhered.
Tore along all edges and adhered this layer to my journal page.

Base layer of page is what I made for my Winter is Here project...found HERE.
Used a variety of blue acrylic inks, spray inks, stencils, sponges, and various nick-nacks to make patterns.  Other colors of acrylic inks were added to enhance the pages I was working on.

Once each layer was adhered down, I used the back ground stamps Heads (Daniel Torrente) and French Filigree (retired SU!) with inks randomly on page.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quoth The Raven, Nevermore Jan Quest #40

I am enjoying all the new challenges going on in the new year and have decided to made a flip book dedicated to some of the great Edgar Allan Poe quotes.  
The Quests at Quoth The Raven, Nevermore are perfect for this flip book.
Trying to get more into the digial side of experimenting and having a blast. 

The page will be entered into this Quest #40 - Snow Poe where the challenge is to use White and only one other color. 

Dabbled Deets

Background is from the Smeared Ink digital set called Venice.
Image was altered with Picasso and printed out on Whisper White card stock.

Took the quote from The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe and used AR JULIN font in Word.  Printed out over background.

Used Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink and stamps from a Smeared Ink rubber set called Inky Dreams.  Stamped randomly around edges of page.

All edges on page were distressed and sponged.

Basic Black card stock for backing. All edges also distressed.

Illuminate Pearlized Top Coat Smooch on random words through out quote.

Black journaling pen to add quotation marks and title.

Crop-a-dile to punch holes for 1" binder rings.

"The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat. And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revellers around. But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood --and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror."

Smudgy Antics DT Project and S&S AJ Jan Challenge

For today's Smudgy Antics DT inspiration I have used Smeared Ink stamps from the Rubber Club Past Offerings sets:

I will also be entering this art journal page into the Smeared and Smudged January Art Journal Challenge - Skulls.  You can find this challenge HERE

Dirt Covered Deets

Page was started with brush and Black Gesso.  Let dry.

Used skull stamp from Morte on left side and stamped with Versa Mark ink.  Crushed Curry Embossing Powder over stamped images and then heat set.

Raven, from Quoth The Raven set, was inked with Silver Encore ink and randomly stamped all over page.

Heart, also from Quoth The Raven set, was inked with Crushed Curry ink and randomly stamped all over page.

Then used a small brush with White Gesso to make eyes, nose, teeth, and light outline of skull.  Let dry.

Journaling pen to outline skull and features.  Then wrote a bit of "The Premature Burial" by Edgar Allan Poe.

"The unendurable oppression of the lungs - the stifling fumes from the damp earth - the clinging to the death garments - the rigid embrace of the narrow house - the blackness of the absolute Night - the silence like a sea that overwhelms the unseen but palable presence of the Conqueror Worm - these things, with the thoughts of the air and grass above..."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New SI Rubber Sneak Peak, HDH - WNP?, PYG - AG, ASiD - #13AG

New Smeared Ink rubber set from 
Alexandria Serrano - Wild Woman
This set will be available come February!

Yes, we, the Smeared Ink Design Team, get to play with the new Smeared Ink Rubber Club stamp set called Wild Woman.  I hope that in a few weeks to see some of your wonderful creative projects using this set as well.  Keep a look out for more projects featuring this set from the DT.

When I saw this set, the mushroom lady was what struck my inspiration first.  Just love that little guy on her hat!  I have made a hang using her, a Smeared Ink Digital Paper, and another stamp set from the Rubber Club Past Offerings

I am also going to enter this project into these challenge blogs:

Shroomed Up Deets

New image was stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock with Black StazOn ink.
Markers to color in.
Gold marker for eyes and mouth.
Fussy cut and adhered to background.

Background is a digital paper from Cranium set.  It was altered with Picasso software and printed out onto Very Vanilla card stock.
Ink stamp from Urban Decay rubber stamp set and is the texture on background.

Saying written in marker and found online.

Trimmed and layered with Very Vanilla card stock.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ike's World Challenges Week 2, HDH Jan Challenge, PYG Jan Challenge

I apologize for this post not posting on the correct day.  For some reason it was ready to post for February.  Ho hum, yep, the mind is truly going.

Get over to Ike's World Challenges!  Such wonderful projects by the DT from Week 1 and Week 2.  This Challenge #29 Something Old / Something New is waiting just for you.  Get those projects in by Monday the 19th and win...

I will be using two of Ike's images, VAMP and NEW SHOES, which can be found at Ike's Art.  One of them is also this #29 Challenge FREEBIE!!
When I saw NEW SHOES, the first thing that popped into my head was little girl who was sad that she got her new shoes dirty...with blood!  You know me, always on the dark side.  
Then I knew she reminded me of Claudia from 'Interview with a Vampire', and so my art journal page was born.
She and her shoes are something new, and the vampire who created her is something old.

I will also be entering this page into the January Challenges:
Haunted Design House January Challenge, "What's New Pussycat?" 
Punk You Girl January Challenge "Anything Goes"

Cleaning Up the Deets

Sponge with Dylusions and Maya Mist sprays used to make background on page.

Vamp and New Shoes images were printed onto Whisper White card stock.
Each was colored in with inks, Aqua Painter, and markers.

Vamp was sponge around cut edges.
New Shoes was fussy cut.
Each was adhered onto page, then sponges around to highlight.

Saying was altered with a font in word, printed onto copy paper, cut, and adhered to page.
"A little child she was but also a fierce killer now capable of the ruthless persuit of blood, with a child's demanding."

Smudgy Antics DT Project AND Jan Blog Hop

Smudgy Antics DT Inspiration and

Yes, today is a busy blog day!  
I am combining my Smudgy Antics daily inspiration project with this months Smeared and Smudged January Member Blog Hop theme - In The Dead of Winter.
Join in the fun with us at the new Facebook site for monthly challenges, blog hops, and inspiration from the member and Smeared Ink DT.

January Member
I have created a new AJ book cover for an upcoming S&S event/challenge.
All images are Smeared Ink digital pages so this fits my DT rulz. 
In the dead of winter many can go quite mad, insane, or just plain crazy.
This art journal will be a tribute to all those wonderful creatures born and thriving during this special time of year.  
"Winter is coming", and now, "Winter is here".

Snowfall of Deets

I adjusted 3 different Smeared Ink digital papers in my Picasso software.
Printed each separately onto the same Whisper White cards stock overlaying each other.

Smeared Ink Digital Papers Used:
Poe Boy

Chose a font for the saying "Winter is here.", changed to red and printed once more.

Finished page was then adhered onto the front of a old workbook from one of the kids.
Am going to Gesso pages and let dry this week to get ready for challenge, Kickstart Your Art.

Thanks everyone!  Have fun hopping today.
Next blog up is:  Kim

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Smudgy Antics SIDT Check Book Cover

The weekend is almost here and I do hope that you get some time to get crafty, inky, and creative!  I thank all of you who do visit to find out more about my SIDT projects.

My project for today uses one of the Smeared Ink Rubber Club Past Offering sets:  Danse Macabre and a bit of Jack.

If you happen to use Smeared Ink's unique stamps, we would love to see your project and get it entered into the Smudgy Antics Monthly January Anything Goes Challenge

I do not know about you, but for some reason the covers for my checks are all blue.  When reaching into my bag to dig one out I always grab the wrong one.  Well...NO MORE!  Here is my new check book cover:

Doop-da-doop Deets

Printed music is from ACDC Whole Lotta Rosie, which was a project that I never got around to making...sound familiar anyone??  But now it got used, woohoo!

Cut and adhered to outside of blue check book cover with Sticky Strip.

Main Image
On Whisper White card stock, used distress inks and sponge w/ a spray bottle with water.  Blended and re-inked here and there to get colors to blend.  Let dry.
Used a small dot stencil and same process to add some pattern.  Let dry.
Sponged around all edges.

Stamped dancing skellies with Versa Mark ink, covered with White Embossing Powder and heat set.
Words and music notes were stamped with Black StazOn ink.

Adhered finished piece to front of check book cover with sticky strip.
Used some gold dotted washi tape around edges.
Went over entire cover with light amount of Crystal Effects to help keep papers down.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Smudgy Antics - Don't Be A Grump...

What a great turn out last month to get the Smudgy Antics blog back up and running.  So many fab projects and we hope to see you all again this month.

A new year and a new month for you to enter your wonderful projects into Smudgy Antics Anything Goes Challenge.  A Smeared Ink image, either digital or stamped must be used in your project, and link to our challenge are a sure way to win some great prizes.  Please read the Rules to make sure you are eligible.

Check out Smudgy Antics daily for inspiration from each of the Smeared Ink Design Team.  I have today for inspiration and have a set of four 3"x 3" cards using the digital set Li'l Grumpies and the rubber stamp set Grumpies Occasions.



Grumpie Deets
Each 3" x 3" card background was with Acrylic paints and the homemade gelli plate.  Various tools and stencils used to make patterns.

Grumpies were printed onto Whisper White card stock and colored in with Blendabilities.  They also have Crystal Effects over main images, were fussy cut, and adhered onto card fronts.

Sayings are stamped in Black Archival Ink:
"you're old."
"get better. now."
"take a load off."