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

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

BLOODY VALENTINES 3 DAY BLOG HOP and DESTEMPELWINKEL DT DAY

Good morning,
Welcome to DAY #1 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
For my DAY #1 project I've combined it with my day posting to the
DE-STEMPELWINKEL DESIGNERS BLOG.
I altered a small round wooden box in a very NORMAL sort of way...
....well the outside at least.... when you open it you have a lovely skully smile!
I added a gothic gift tag...

...on the reverse you can add your own bloody valentine's greeting.
The details of this project can be found on the DESTEMPELWINKEL BLOG,
including how to get that texture on the tag.
Hope you find inspiration for your own BLOODY VALENTINE'S PROJECT...
now off you go to the amazingly talented, unique and original  JULIA... 
I hope to see you again tomorrow for DAY #2
BDx

Friday, 6 February 2015

SMUDGY ANTICS.... NEW RUBBER STAMPS.

YAY its Friday... and my turn to post on the
today I have a couple of ATC'S using the new rubber stamps from
These are large stamps but can still make very impressive ATC's.
 I used alcohol ink, ink, and pencils to colour the images.
 Gilding flakes around the edges and black card as mounts.

If you have never brought SMEARED INK stamps you'll be totally amazed at the quality...
honestly they are some of the best I own... and I own rather a lot of stamps.
 BDx

Thursday, 5 February 2015

NEW QUEST AT QUOTH THE RAVEN and DESTEMEPELWINKEL

We have a brand new quest for you starting today at 
''FOR THE LOVE OF POE''
Well I do love the works of Poe so I used one of his poems,
''For Helen...'' as inspiration for my two projects.
 The first is a card... i stamped and masked all the images coloured with distress inks and pencils.
 All of the stamps are from DESTEMPELWINKEL
It is also my day over at the DESTEMPELWINKEL designers blog,
so I made a Poe ATC using the same stamps just positioned them slightly differently.

I hope you'll join us at QUOTH THE RAVEN this month...
I look forward to seeing your LOVE OF POE inspired projects.
BDx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

IKE'S WORLD.

Welcome... Today I have the pleasure of taking part in  
 IKEsART  NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP 
 we are here to show you ...... SEA LIFE.....
This set contains 12 digital images as is available right now from
 IKEsART and also at STITCHYBEAR STAMPS  for only $12.......

Below is the full blog roll, 
I hope you'll visit everyone to see all of the wonderful ways they have used these NEW images.

                           IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES 
BLACK DRAGON you are here.
So sorry I cant get a better picture of this... it looks so much better in real life.
 Its so dark and yucky here with the hale and snow that using a flash is just draining the colours....
honestly the background has a watery effect to it.
Suppose it serves me right for not doing it really dark as i usually do.
These are my favourites out of this collection.... with the jelly fish and octopus being number #1 and #2
although i adore sea horses. I fussy cut all the images except the jelly fish with i used as the background.
I coloured the whole lot with water colours ..... which i think was a mistake as they are just not vibrant enough for photographing SORRY.
 Now off you hop to GINNY who will have a wonderful project to show you.
BDx