Day 8—internet delays and holidays

Sending Christmas Greetings

So I had my day 8 post ready to post but something happened.  :(.  When I got home and got the chance to try to figure it out, I had full strength signal from the modem but no internet service.  I’m guessing the wind and rain did something.  ANYWHO—another row house.  The window is printout of a painting I did to use as a prop for a Christmas play.  I added a Recollections stamped swag overhead and a wreath, along with a lovely lady reflecting from Gecko Galz–I think she’s from the postal collage sheets set for December. So, better late than never, I guess.  Be back for another Smeared Ink feature day tomorrow and don’t forget to check out the Smudgy Antics blog for this week’s challenge (Inspired by a Poem, Book, Movie…).


Day 7 of Smeared Ink’s 12 Days of Christmas 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

I was in a swap for Christmas rowhouses and I thought I’d share one today. The papers are from Recollections. The finished size is about 4″x6″. Santa is from Hampton Art–Graphic 45 collection, stamped with Archival Jet Black and colored with Bic Markers. I cut him out and placed him at the door with my ATG gun. The wreath is Vintage Christmas Flower Soft. The door is a True Blue Wood Tile sticker from the Woodstone Collection by Cloud 9 designs. Hope you’ll enjoy! The hop list is included in the right sidebar.

DAY 6 I’ll remember this when you do the fireworks for Independence Day!!

VERY funny guys!!

Thinking this card may get reworked into a wall hanging/decoration. I stamped the Lil Grumpie from the Holidays collection, cut & colored him in his predicament & placed the presents around him. He’ll go great with the Smeared Ink presents from the new release too (but someone went shopping yesterday and needs to print the presents for next time.) Be sure to visit the rest of the hoppers in the list at right, leave them some love & the hop will be back on Tuesday. There’s a new Smudgy Antics challenge going up on Monday too. Enjoy!

Day 5–a little irony for the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas 2011

Six Geese a'laying ATC

Ironic that my project is for the traditional 6th day of Christmas (Six Geese a’laying) and today is the 5th day of our hop. I used a red cardstock ATC base, a Paper Studio scrap, and the text is a trimmed business card, stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink and a Recollections text rubber stamp. The primary image is from Beccy’s Place blog (Dec. 2010 she did the entire 12 Days of Christmas in digis & that’s on my list of projects.) The gorgeous grays, bronze eggs & light olive green vine & leaves are colored with Prismacolor markers. These are complimented with Bic Markers for the lights, berries, nest & scarf. Printed on a Georgia Pacific white cardstock, colored & clipped out. I have a small text stamp that says, ‘six’ that’s hiding from me at the moment but I see it adding in red or green maybe. Add a fluffy bit of tulle in a bow & voila’! Hope you like it & that you’re enjoying hopping along!!

Day 4–Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas 2011

Pretty Snowflakes falling Wreath

This project has been modified to improve odds of photographing it, so it isn’t my favorite in this rendition but…I wanted to have our lovely lady peeking thru a window with the snowflakes falling but there was glare from the “window” and this incarnation has faint little snowflakes stamped in irridescent ink that don’t show either. ‘sigh’ I think I may have a solution for the window but need more patience than I have had so far in fixing it LOL!
This lovely lady with the soulful gaze is from the Faes set of rubber stamps from Smeared Ink. For a couple of reasons, Smeared Ink Stamps are phasing out their rubber stamps for the time being, but, if you missed out on getting your favorite set, never fear! They are coming super soon in the digital form. Some advantages of digis that I like are: easy virtual storage as a file, you can resize from contact print to as big as your printer will allow & make multiples in one easy click of the button, you can adjust their form just a little, layer & even color digitally before you print & there’s the near instant delivery (no stalking the mail carrier, not that I know anyone, ahem, guilty of that!!). The base is a paper plate, the ribbon from American Crafts, ink from Stazon (jet black), snowflakes are buttons from dressitup/Jesse James Co., and Elmer’s glue dots. Coloring is Bic Markers with Studio G glitter glue accents and the sentiment is, I think Inkadinkado. Be sure to hop the whole way and leave ’em some love for a chance to win!! Happy day and stay warm—snow’s a’comin’ my way.

Day 3 of Smeared Ink’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop

Merry Christmas Card

A clean and simple Christmas card today. The main image (tree) is a Recollections stamp. The sentiment is from a set, probably Inkadinkado but I’ve misplaced the packaging ;). Stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink on cream cardstock. (The picture isn’t the best but we’re gearing up for a bit of rain and I can’t catch the light better right now.  I’m going to have to move the Ottlite to the picture area!!).
I hope you’ve been visiting each of the blogs!! THere’s a blog list just to the right here –> under the 12 Days of Christmas banner. Not sure if Kymberly and one other have had a chance to update their blogs yet but the others are creating awesomeness all around!! It’s another Smeared Ink feature day on Wed. but hope to get some other Christmas goodies up for you later too. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Smeared Ink Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas and New Release

Ghost of Christmas Future--What if no one believed?

It’s day two of the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas and the design team will be featuring some rockin’ new Christmas images from Smeared Ink!
My project uses the North Pole image, printed in triplicate. I used Distress Stickles in Red and green & translucent glitter from Studio G along with Polar White Flower Soft to accent the image. The background is from the Words & Music ATC backgrounds from GeckoGalz (November) collection. The skull and sign are layered twice, the hat 3 times. I hope you enjoy! I’m loving the comments from Day 1–Thank you SO much!!! Be sure to check out the Christmas blog list for more awesome Christmas goodies–most with Smeared Ink images and the Design Team blog list for features of the brand spanking new images!!! Enjoy, happy crafting and have a fabulous weekend!!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop at Smeared Ink!!

My Day 1 entry is a simple little card using Studio G stamps in the Rudolph line. Hope you like it! Trying to decide if it will remain a card that someone might send to a certain younger someone who loves to get mail or might transform into a gift bag upgrade (or both). Be sure to follow the links at right under the Jolly Blogger banner to check out the fantastic work by the other hoppers. Leave lovely comments for a chance to win big at the end!! Day 2 will be Saturday with some fantastic images from the Smeared Ink collection, including the debut of some brand spanking new ones from the design team!! YAY!!!
Happy Crafting!
PS: Check back soon for new stuff from me from the Gecko Galz new release and more Smeared Ink goodies plus some swap creations. Gotta get my camera whirring and the computer hopping very soon to catch up!!!

Smeared and Smudged Ink 12th Day of Christmas blog hop

As all good things must come to an end, this is the final day of the Jolly Blogger’s 12 Days of Christmas blog hop at Smeared and Smudged Ink.  I hope you have enjoyed my creations that I’ve shared.  I know I’ve certainly enjoyed participating  and reading the kind comments that have been left.  It is awesome to see a count of all the visits to the blog this month.  I hope that you’ll continue to return and maybe I’ve provided a bit of inspiration or a smile.  And if you haven’t, please follow the blog hop blog roll at right to check out the awesome pieces each of the bloggers have shared and leave them some love.  You’ll be glad you did!

Today is a Smeared Ink challenge day and I have one last Grumpie to share for the holidays. 

Smeared Ink challenge Day 12–Grumpie Style

Today I played a bit with paper piecing.  All of the papers are Basic Grey from the Eva collection.  The big whopper Grumpie from the Lil Occasions Grumpies set by Smeared Ink was stamped with Archival ink by Ranger in Jet Black on each of the 3 papers.  The sentiments are from the same set and stamped on the green page only.  The green page and background page have a mottled effect that drew me to them but it doesn’t show up as well on the finished project.  I cut out the green fellow with his fish hat but cut out the fish eye for the next layer.  I cut out the fish only from the polka dotted layer, then layered them all in place and adhered over the stamped image on the background page.  The background page had been torn to size to create a deckle edge around it first.  The sentiments were cut out and adhered.  Then the final  touch was Diamond Stickles to highlight parts of the fish and the sentiments.  He hopped into the tree and I took his picture.

Enjoy your holidays, wherever and however you celebrate.  A very Merry Christmas to everyone and a blessed & happy New Year 2011.  Party like a Grumpie! But remember that Grumpies live to party another day, so don’t drink and drive! Thanks for visiting.  P.

Smeared & Smudged Ink 11th Day of Christmas

It’s almost over and the big day is almost here. But before Christmas, there are two last days of Christmas Smeared & Smudged Ink style. Be sure to check out all the fantastic projects the other bloggers have to share with you by following the links at the right ———>.
But first, remember I told you I was wanting to try something a little different for me. Here goes:

Christmas Yet to Come--Scrooge

SS ink Day 11--Christmas yet to come, Tiny Tim

What do you think? I began with chipboard coasters that are about 4″x6″ and misted them with a homemade turquoise spray and Pewter Shimmering Mist, lighter application for Tim. All stamps are Inkadinkado (I don’t know how I managed to grab only from the one company entirely for this project except that I love them. Yes I would be interested in Design Team work :). Will work for stamps!) The bare tree, tombstones and spider web are clear dollar stamps from the Halloween collection this year. The snowflake swirl, skeleton and pine trees are wood mounted that I have had for a few years. The tombstones were stamped with Palette Noir Black on currogated cardboard (and for Scrooge, directly onto the chipboard also). The cardboard was cut out & inked up a bit with Distress Worn Wood & I wrote in the names with a black ballpoint pen. I peeled some off the backs and roughed up Scrooge’s with neglect. The bare tree and snowflake flourish were stamped with Adirondack Slate dye ink. The tree was overstamped with Palette because I wanted it to be more prominent. Adhere Scrooge’s tombstone, slanting back a bit & add the spider web. The “snow” is homemade fuzz (shredded styrofoam ball). The skeleton was stamped in black on dark brown heavy weight paper, cut out with arm amputated for later use and glued down with arm pointing toward the tombstone. The cape was built from Around the Block Fun Flock with a bit of a peek a boo effect to show the visceral nature of the Ghost of Christmas future.
Meanwhile, Tim’s tombstone and grave have been placed in a place of evergreen life. The pines are stamped with Stazon Forest Green and then stamped off before reinking. The candle came with Prima flowers and was colored with markers and trimmed. The base has gold stickles that are mostly hidden. The full base included a heart, which was colored & cut & added to Tim’s tombstone by his dear family. They’ve also lit the candle to ward off winter’s gloom and added a warm garland of hollies and so forth, fashioned from Vintage Christmas Flower Soft.
Scrooge’s side was more of what I wanted to try for today but I also wanted to contrast the two so I created a dyptych.
Thanks again for all of your visits to my blog and kind comments! Happy Crafting, P.

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