And NOW, I will stop changing the themes and share this…

LOL.  I’ve also joined a journal swap at Willowing, am taking the Strathmore workshops again (sooon—Starting March 1, go sign up now and join me in anxiously waiting it out!!), and am finally following through on some artist/sketch journaling that I hope will lead to some stand alone art pieces.  I gave up painting and knitting about the time my youngest opened her beautiful little peepers because her vision is great and her hands are quick!! The great thing is she is quite the artist herself, like her big bro but he didn’t take to it quite as much and has entered that self judging stage where his art is concerned *SIGH*.

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Stately Lady–my journal cover to honor those strong ladies who inspire us.

Rockin' Robin--journal page

Rockin’ Robin–journal page

So you’ve wondered where I’ve been…here’s a few more…

Infectious Smiles--my first attempt at a portrait of a real subject

Infectious Smiles–my first attempt at a portrait of a real subject

Think the house is headed to bed.  Thanks SO much for visiting!!


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!!

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 ( 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  ( 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

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!!

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop

Fight Like a Girl!!

Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the other bloggers. You can start at:  It’s running Oct 10- Oct. 16 and, if you comment along the hop, you have the chance to win prizes.  The deets are in Jens post. This is my first creation in honor of the hop, using a free image that Jen posted last Friday.  I hope I get to create with her again soon.

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 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 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

Altered trinket box–Marsha’s Craft Therapy Challenge of the Week

Hope this finds everyone safe following weather & other strange happenings.

Altered Box for Craft Therapy Challenge of the week

Here’s a little papier mache box, round, about 3″, that I altered for Marsha’s Challenge at the Facebook Group–Craft Therapy. The image on top is Gecko Galz from a collage sheet for August (Crazy Mannequins). I painted the box with Liquitex Basics acrylics in black. The square images (three on top and several around the sides) are from Hampton Art Paris Montage stamp (think about a dozen inchies of Parisian goodies) –stamped them with Jet Black Stazon on Georgia Pacific white cardstock, colored them (some) with Prismacolor & Cretacolor pencils, cut them out & adhered all the images with Gloss Mod Podge applied to the box & the back of the images. The cameo came in an Art-C ephemera ATC pack (904). The pink trim is from JoAnn’s bargain bins & it & the cameo were adhered with superglue. Hope you like! Have a great week!

I’m adding this to the Try it Tuesday Alter It challenge for this week where the sponsor is The Craft Barn (


Don’t you look tasty??

Don't you look tasty??

How would you like to hear those words and then look up and see that smile?? At Smeared Ink, the format has changed a little bit. Rather than having a design team member post something to the Smudgy Antics blog each day, there is a weekly challenge announced each Monday with samples provided by half of the design team. That means each week you’ll receive a new challenge and see at least 6 samples provided by the design team members. ENJOY!
Check out the latest challenge at Smudgy Antics.  My sample this week uses the new digi set, Mistresses of the Dark. She’s Shelby (she has two lovely friends) and the sentiment “Tasty” is included along with a few others. I printed her 3.5″x5″ on Georgia Pacific white cardstock and the sentiment in wallet size. I placed a generous layer of red acrylic paint on the sentiment, then tipped it up to let it run down. I then dipped the brush (the hard plastic kind like kids use) in a bit of water and flung it all over Shelby (kind of cover her face tho’). She’s colored in with various colored pencils (on her hair) and a Sharpie marker for her blood red lips. She was fussy cut around her hair and the top of the sentiment also, then mounted to black cardstock & cut out with a narrow margin. Her torso and the black cardstock under it were torn to a deckle edge. The background is a 5.5″x8.5″ piece of black cardstock with a 5″x8″ piece of Paper House patterned paper, Brushed Steel, attached. Add Shelby & the sentiment, then I splattered a little more paint around after adding “Don’t you look…” in red acrylic paint using the handle of the paint brush. Inspiring or frightening? I’ll leave that to you to decide.
Happy Crafting!!

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