Friday, 1 May 2015

HUGE NEWS and NEW CHALLENGE AT SMUDGY ANTICS

Good morning,
We have a new look to the SMUDGY ANTICS CHALLENGE,
as you might or might not be aware, SMEARED INK shall cease trading as from 
MAY 5th 2015.
Because of this the SMEARED INK DT shall become the 
SMEARED AND SMUDGED DT,
We shall continue to produce wickedly alternative art, on the SMUDGY ANTIC'S blog and,
 on our facebook SMEARED AND SMUDGED group
Because of the closure of SMEARED INK we shall from now on,
allow you to enter our challenges  at SMUDGY ANTIC'S with
 any DIGITAL IMAGES or REAL STAMPS.
If you do use a SMEARED INK image on your project,
we shall enter you TWICE in the random draw for the prize at the end of the month,
instead of just once for images from any other company.
We hope you continue to enjoy joining us every month for our challenges at 
We shall change the format slightly.. we'll be having weekly reminder posts rather than daily inspiration,
there will be a RANDOM WINNER every month who shall receive a 
SMEARED INK digi image and a real rubber SMEARED INK stamp...
plus there will be a TOP 3 that will be voted for by the DT.

HOPEFULLY, SMEARED INK shall return in the not to distant future, 
until then we'll keep the SMEARED INK flag flying at SMUDGY ANTICS and on facebook.

MAY 2015  '' ANYTHING GOES''

My project features POE...and skulls.
I played with clay again to make this small heart shaped wall hanger.
I used real rubber stamps from SMEARED INK.....you can still order these stamps but be quick..
the shop closes its doors on 5th MAY.
 I hope to see you at SMUDGY ANTICS this month...
its the only place you'll be able to get SMEARED INK DIGI'S OR STAMPS....
we'll be giving ONE digi and ONE stamp every month to the RANDOM DRAW winner.
Thanks for stopping by BDx

I'd like to enter this into the 1st challenge at DREAM IN DARKNESS....a new darker art challenge... I wish them every success in their new venture.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

IKES WORLD CHALLENGE....#36 NO PATTERNED PAPERS

I have been a retarded blogger!
I for some reason have not blogged for ages...
I am now getting my act together and shall blog regularly!
We have a new challenge for you at 
NO PATTERNED PAPERS.
I have used the beautiful ROBOT 2
to make a new cover for this little note book.
 I coloured the image with alcohol pens and pencils...
matted onto black sturdy card.
There is a wonderful freebie image on the challenge blog ....
you have just short of 2 weeks to enter.
Hope to see you there.
BDx

Friday, 3 April 2015

Final Day of the APRIL MUSE BLOG HOP.

April Muse Three Day Blog Hop

Black Dragon
Susan R.
Fiona
Shell
Nan

Welcome to day #3 the final day of this 3 day blog hop hosted by
We are a group of crafters who embrace the alternative/dark/macabre/raunchy/saucy/ idiotic/ offensive/ 
(in fact absolutely anything you can possibly think of )
.......side of crafting.
Over the  3 days we have  had 3 different themes....
DAY #3 the theme is....ZOMBIE RESURRECTION...
....So anything featuring Zombies will do.
 I used egg baskets that are a colouring page off the internet and the fantastic ZOMBIE BUNNIES from
IKE'S ART.
 These close ups are a truer colour than the top picture... for some reason my camera doesnt like the full page!
 I coloured everything with alcohol pens and pencils.
Thanks for taking the time these last 3 days to visit me and the other 4 bloggers.
BDx

Thursday, 2 April 2015

DAY #2 OF THE APRIL MUSE BLOG HOP

April Muse Three Day Blog Hop

Black Dragon
Susan R.
Fiona
Shell
Nan

Welcome to day #2 of this 3 day blog hop hosted by
We are a group of crafters who embrace the alternative/dark/macabre/raunchy/saucy/ idiotic/ offensive/ 
(in fact absolutely anything you can possibly think of )
.......side of crafting.
Over the  3 days we have 3 different themes....
DAY #2 the theme is....
AWAKEN THE BEAST:
A DARK SPRING PROJECT THAT FEATURES CREATURES OR ANIMALS.
I used SMEARED INKS dig set CREATURE FEATURE,
and real rubber from DE-STEMPELEWINKEL for the stones at the bottom, the foliage and the cherry blossom.

 I added all the line detail in to keep everything looking similar to the CREATURE FEATURE digis.
I hope  you'll visit everyone on this APRIL MUSE hop.
See you tomorrow for the final day...DAY #3.
BDx

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

DAY #1 of SMEARED AND SMUDGED APRIL MUSE BLOG HOP

April Muse Three Day Blog Hop

Black Dragon
Susan R.
Fiona
Shell
Nan

Welcome to day #1 of this 3 day blog hop hosted by
We are a group of crafters who embrace the alternative/dark/macabre/raunchy/saucy/ idiotic/ offensive/ 
(in fact absolutely anything you can possibly think of )
.......side of crafting.
Over the next 3 days we have 3 different themes....
Day #1 being APRIL 1st, known as APRIL FOOLS DAY,
our them is 'Funny or foolish'
I chose to depict a friends favourite Easter joke.
 I used SMOKEY  from SMEARED INK, with baskets of eggs a freebie colouring page off the internet.
The words are computer generated.
SMOKEY and eggs/baskets are coloured with alcohol pens and pencils.
Hope to see you again tomorrow for DAY #2
BDx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

SMEARED AND SMUDGED MEMBERS HOP FOR MARCH

Welcome to this months SMEARED AND SMUDGED members blog hop.
Smeared and Smudged is now a facebook based group...
you're welcome to come and join us...
we embrace all kinds of art work... especially those that other groups/challenges frown upon.
Below is the full blog roll...
please visit everyone on the list....
you''ll be inspired I promise.
March Monthly Member Blog Hop

Black Dragon .... you are here.
Teresa
 Leslie Rahye 
Maureen
Susan R.
Ike
Fiona

I'll warn you now...this is a picture heavy post... sorry...
I started with an old book for my WONDERLAND MADNESS project..
.. I have kept it for ages as it has a really quirky opening....
 .......different isn't it?
 So here it is now.... I used some G45 papers that I had been keeping for a special occasion.
FRONT...
 BACK....
I added stamped distressed flourishes, using copper and gold embossing powder.
 COVER OPENED....
 .....THEN THE HIDDEN SURPRISE...
 ...... A RABBIT HOLE TO LOOK INTO.....
PLUS
A HIDDEN TAG ON THE INSIDE OF THE FIRST PAGE.
 ...BETTER LOOK AT THE TAG....
 ...THE VIEW DOWN THE HOLE...
 ...THE DISTRESSED STAMPED SWIRLY FLOURISHES...
 ...MORE ALICE...
 ....AND YET MORE ALICE....

I covered the book in faux leather... with gold detailing before distressing it...
I wanted it to have a well loved appearance so i also aged the very white pages...
much better now they have a grubbier look.
Thank you for visiting me... off you hop to the incredibly talented KRISTY.
BDx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Another week begins.......SMUDGY ANTICS ....ANYTHING GOES.

Good morning to you all.....
another Monday has arrived,  
today I have the reverse side of the 'WOMAN OF POWER'
fatbook page to share with you on the SMUDGY ANTICS BLOG
 I used a rubber stamp from the QUOTH THE RAVEN  plate for the 
wire mesh in the background. I coloured her up with alcohol ink and pencils.
.....and because i forgot to blog last Sundays piece, which is the other side of this fatbook page....
here it is!
 Again she's a WOMAN OF POWER, and I used the rubber stamp from 
QUOTH THE RAVEN plate in the background..... shes coloured as the top one.

Have you entered our ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE yet?
We accept... no...adore, the projects that other challenge blogs delete,
so spread your wings...try something different and join in with us
SMEARED INK lovers.
BDx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

QUOTH THE RAVEN


We have a brand new challenge for you starting today at
Our theme is DREAM ON....
You can create anything you desire as long as it follows the theme and, 
you'll be in with a chance of winning....


Here's my take on the theme... I used the poem by POE...
A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM as my inspiration.
 I used clay, stamped with stamps from DE-STEMPELWINKEL...
 the heart shaped base is six layers of grey board. I painted the finished project with acrylic paints to give it a stone effect.
I hope you'll join us this month... we love to see your POE inspired work.
Thanks for stopping by BDx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

SMEARED AND SMUDGED MEMBERS HOP (FEBRUARY)

It's that time of the month again when SMEARED AND SMUDGED hold a members hop,
FEBRUARY'S THEME IS



Below is the full blog roll, please visit all these amazingly talented ladies
to  see each of their unique takes on this intriguing theme.
Black Dragon you are here!
Susan R.

I had so much fun with this theme... that I actually did 3 pieces....
2 I'll show today, the 3rd I'll show on my next SMUDGY ANTICS post on Sunday.
I played with stamps and clay again....

I used SMEARED INK RUBBER for all 3 pieces.... gorgeous quality...so deeply etched....
look at the detail below.


I used an embossing folder to get the brick-stone effect.
 Can you believe it....? Usually when I play with clay and make fairly large pieces they break
and crack.... NONE of these pieces did! So i had to deliberately break them to get the cracks
required!
Again look at the detail in the clay... love it!
I painted both with acrylic black paint then dry brushed with grey and cream to bring out the detail
and give them a stone effect.

 Now off you hope to the very talented TERESA who'll have something unique and special
to share with you.
Thanks for stopping by... please give the SMEARED AND SMUDGED GROUP on
facebook a look... we'd love to see you.
BDx


Saturday, 14 February 2015

VALENTINE POE for SMUDGY ANTIC'S and QUOTH THE RAVEN

Happy Valentine's day...
or as I call it... enforced love day.
I have a fatbook page for you today,
dedicated to my love of POE.
 I used all SMEARED INK real rubber, stamped and masked... coloured with
alcohol ink and pencils.

You still have nearly two weeks to enter our challenge at SMUDGY ANTICS which is as always ANYTHING GOE'S, using a SMEARED INK image.......and 
nearly 3 WEEKS at QUOTH THE RAVEN where our challenge is FOR THE LOVE OF POE.
See you again soon BDx

Friday, 13 February 2015

FINAL DAY OF BLOODY VALENTINES HOP and NEW CHALLENGE AT DE-STEMPELWINKEL STAMPERS.

Good morning,
It's Thursday.....got girls home as school is closed because of a lack of power...
plus a friend of theirs as her Mum has to work... so we're gonna have a crafty girly day!
QUOTH THE RAVEN has a challenge running ...
FOR THE LOVE OF POE
and today is
DAY #3 of the SMEARED AND SMUDGED
BLOODY VALENTINES BLOG HOP
please visit all of these amazingly macabre ladies for your alternative
VALENTINE'S creations
Black Dragon  .... you are here.
Julia
Monique
Jessica
Nan B
Jane
Susan S
Susan R
Lisa
Teresa
Leigh
Fiona
Rebecca
Lady Brayton
Sharon
Kristy

Today Is the launch of our new challenge at DE-STEMPELWINKEL STAMPERS,
so I combined the two... cheeky I know but i'm just about all 'valentine'd ' out.
Just an ATC to show.... our theme at DE-STEMPELWINKEL is RED....
this is just one of a few RED atc's i've made but the only BLOODY VALENTINE.
I hope you enjoyed this hop.... now off you go to Julia whom i'm sure will have something unique 
and inspiring to show you.
BDx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

BLOODY VALENTINE BLOG HOP DAY #2 and QUOTH THE RAVEN WEEK #2

Good morning,
It's Thursday.....got girls home as school is closed because of a lack of power...
plus a friend of theirs as her Mum has to work... so we're gonna have a crafty girly day!
QUOTH THE RAVEN has a challenge running ...
FOR THE LOVE OF POE
and today is
DAY #2 of the SMEARED AND SMUDGED
BLOODY VALENTINES BLOG HOP
please visit all of these amazingly macabre ladies for your alternative
VALENTINE'S creations
Black Dragon  .... you are here.
Julia
Monique
Jessica
Nan B
Jane
Susan S
Susan R
Lisa
Teresa
Leigh
Fiona
Rebecca
Lady Brayton
Sharon
Kristy
I have a stamped collaged ATC to show you today featuring POE...
 the stamps are a mix of SMEARED INK and DE-STEMPELWINKEL,
coloured with pencils.
 ALSO today I have a small altered box...
 I used embossed card to cover the outside, with metallic wax to highlight the embossing.
 Inside the lid I added a decoupaged heart... I used a SMEARED INK digi image for this,
printed out 8 times, coloured with alcohol inks, silicone to layer it up, i made a lining for the lid and used plastic mesh( the stuff you cover your guttering with) to keep the heart safe.
So thats it for me on DAY#2 ... next on the roll is Julia.... bet she has something great to share.
Our challenge at QUOTH THE RAVEN has another 3 weeks to run...
hope you'll have time to create something FOR THE LOVE OF POE.
See you tomorrow for DAY #3.
BDx