Would you like a Charlie in the Box?

Would you Like a Charlie in the Box ? "Rudolph & The Island of Misfit Toys"

This week’s challenge at the Smudgy Antics blog is “Inspired by a Poem, Book or Movie”. I took my inspiration from “Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys” where we encountered a ‘jack in the box’ who no one wanted because he had the unfortunate first name of anything but Jack. I think it was Charlie, so mine is named Charlie. There was also a barking duck (or quacking dog, maybe, It’s been a while) and loads of other one of kind toys needing love from someone who could appreciate their “uniqueness”. This is an ornament in transition, as I have to find something to make him sturdy enough but I don’t like this format, BUT since he has glitter glue drying as I type, I have to wait to play with him again. He’s from Smeared Ink & was a rubber stamp set. Be sure to stop by the Smudgy Antics blog for more details on the challenge & prizes for playing along!!

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 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.

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!!

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge—Dear Heart

We have a Zombie Kind of Love

 

Here’s the Smeared Ink American Gothic Zombies again, sharing a little love treat. Be sure to check out the Smudgy Antics blog (www.smudgyantics.blogspot.com) for this and all weekly challenges.  The background here is a Halloween night photo of a maple tree in my lawn.  I printed out the couple, colored them in and trimmed them out.  The heart is from an old anatomy book.  I resized it a bit but it was still too large so it’s been cut down too.

Hope you’ll create something featuring a “Dear Heart” and join in.  Just link back to the blog post & IF you include a Smeared Ink image, you may win a great Smeared Ink digi.

Also be sure to check back to the Smeared Ink  (www.smearedink.com) store for more fantastic images.  Digis deliver as soon as payment is verified so you’ll be ready to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop (sign up at www.smearedandsmudged.ning.com).

Happy Crafting!!!!

Smeared Ink Skulltime Challenge–Candy Keeper

You've been warned!

The challenge at Smudgy Antics blog/Smeared Ink Ning group this week is “skulltime”. For my candy keeper, I repurposed an almond tin and beheaded a skeleton from a garland from Dollar Tree. I replaced his head with the digi image from Anatomy 101 digi set from Smeared Ink. The sentiment is printed using a Dymo Letra handheld printer. Now–go get your own chocolate!! 😉 Happy Crafting!!

Smeared Ink Weekly Challenge 9: Pick a Pumpkin or Two

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater gets his....

You can see inspiration from the design team at Smudgy Antics. I started with a Glam Vamp (love her ‘tude), printed, colored & cut her out. The background is stamped with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Stampscapes Oak Branch stamp. The pumpkin is a ribbon slide brad I received in a swap. It says, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin-eater had a wife and couldn’t keep her. He fixed for her a pumpkin shell. ‘I find it keeps HIM very well.’ ”
Not enough Halloween-ish goodness for you??? Check out the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop each day in October. Have fun!

Smeared Ink: Bone to Pick with you challenge

Undead Hotties Catfight brewing

It’s Monday again (I know, UGH!!) but that means a new challenge at the Smudgy Antics http://smudgyantics.blogspot.com/ and this week, it’s Bone to Pick with you.  You can use the link to head on over to the blog and check out the wonderful inspiration pieces created by the design team.  Then pull out your favorite Smeared Ink stamp(s), rubber or digi, make something & link back to it on the blog (all the challenge details are listed in the blog post). You can win the Reaper digi, absolutely free, that I used in the Halloween Release blog hop on Friday.  NOW… Here’s how I made mine :).  Lindsay Weirich of Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shared the Gothic Arch Template in the October 2011 Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine.  I photocopied that at original size on white cardstock, cut it out and traced it onto blue cardstock that I cut and adhered for stability.  BUT before I cut the blue cardstock, I flipped over onto the blank side and stamped with Ranger Distress inks Vintage photo and Broken China, and Archival Jet Black using a Stampscapes leafy branch stamp.  I used the distress ink tool to add Vintage Photo along the bottom of the arch to imply the ground/horizon.  Just a hint of white sketch pencil was added to the right edge of the main panel to imply moonlight.  All the digi images were printed on Georgia Pacific white cardstock with HP printers and ink.  All images were from the Glam Vamps Smeared Ink set, except for the Prissie Zombie (also Smeared Ink) down in front.  The Light Cross was printed as a contact page size, the Vampires were printed wallet size, and the Zombie was printed Passport (I think its 31×45 mm).  The cross was cut out and colored with the inks used on the back ground.  The images were colored with Staedtler Noris Colored pencils and Sargeant colored pencils for hair and complexions.  Each was carefully cut out with the Cutterbee scissors and adhered with Elmer’s gluestick or pop dots for dimension.  Aleene’s quick dry tacky glue was used to adhere decorative moss as well.

The sentiment was written using Staedtler 1/4″ stencil and 0.3 fineliner in black.  It reads “We have a BONE to pick with you SISTAH.  THIS is our turf!” (Since I’ve learned from Disney’s ‘My Babysitter is a Vampire’ that vampires are VERY territorial–and according to them, the pesky sunlight problem is readily solved by slapping on some awesome sunglasses ;). ) Have some fun with it!!

Hope that you will give this challenge a try and share your results.  Thanks for stopping by! Would love your feedback.  Happy Crafting and have a great week!!!

Smeared Ink: New Halloween Image Release

Close Encounter of the Worst Kind

Welcome to the New Release Hop from Smeared Ink! Even more fantastic digi images for the second half of the Halloween Release (prior images were released and featured in July). The release blog hop begins here: http://www.moresmearedink.blogspot.com. Today, I’m working with The Reaper from the Build A Graveyard Digi Set (http://www.smearedink.com/build-a-graveyard-digi-set/) that’s now available and, as with all the great digis, it’s virtually instant gratification. Once payment is confirmed, you are immediately sent the files and can get crafty (or wait, if you have an unwanted visitor LOL)!.
I used a black cardstock card base, then added a background paper (I think it’s Amanda Blu–it was a scrap and is on the back of a collage page). The Reaper was printed wallet size, colored with colored and graphite pencils, then cut out, edged with black marker and attached to the card. The sentiment was computer generated in Word with Algerian (I think) font, printed, torn to deckle edge and edged with black marker, then mounted to black cardstock torn to deckle edge and added to the card. Be sure to check out the entire hop for lots more inspiration, especially if you’re considering the third annual 31 Days of Halloween challenge! Happy Crafting

Smeared Ink Metal Mania Challenge

Fangs are Fabulous---Smeared Ink Metal Mania Challenge

It’s time for a new weekly challenge at the Smeared and Smudged Ink Forum. Have you been playing along? If not, this is the perfect time to hop right on in!!! Each week a new challenge is posted on the Smudgy Antics blog—grab your favorite or newest Smeared Ink image (rubber or digi) and crank out something awesome to share. There are prizes and lots of fun.
I started with a 4×4 chipboard coaster and painted it with Golden Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Gold—a fabulous color!! I have to get my glazing medium out and really have some fun soon. I then used Stazon Jet Black ink and a Flourish roller doodle to add a border. The self-adhesive “frame” is from Pressed Petals & is called Monday’s Metal. It was black with white highlights but the white seemed a bit intense so I drybrushed over it with the Quin Gold too. I printed Courtney from the Mistresses of the Dark digi set as a 2×2 passport photo setting on Georgia Pacific white cardstock, colored her with Marvy Uchida LePlume markers (I think they are earth tones.), trimmed it to fit the indentation on the frame and adhered with an Elmer’s acidfree gluestick. I adhered the frame caddy-cornered. The flowers are Offray sheer petals. The hair ornament and sentiment are dimensional stickers bought in the bargain section at Target. The brown in the background is just a piece of cardstock, unless I decide to retake the picture ;). (You can click on the Courtney link to buy her as a single digi or the Mistresses of the Dark link to buy the entire set, that includes two more ladies and some great coordinating sentiments, including Shelby & “tasty” as featured in this post.)
Happy Crafting!! P

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