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

Friday, 30 January 2015

DE-STEMPELWINKEL NEW CHALLENGE AND DT BLOG POST

Rather late in the day,sorry,
we have a new challenge at
which is WINTER, 
you have 13 days to create anything you want using DE-STEMPELWINKEL stocked stamps.
I made 3 cards with the same stamp but varied the technique.
This one I stamped with weathered wood distress in then stamped
directly over the top with tumbled glass.
 This one was stamped in the same way onto wet card...
that gave it a very misty effect.... I then added just a touch of green distress ink to the trees.
 Finally I stamped the image just with salty ocean and ink distressed the
edges.
I hope you'll come and join in with our challenge...
BDx

Thursday, 29 January 2015

DAY #3 KICKSTART YOUR ART...and NEW DIGI RELEASE FROM SMEARED INK


The SMEARED AND SMUDGED FORUM is now fb based and we have our first BIG challenge.
You can check out the details if you click on the link above.
We are to create an art journal page every day for 7 days using the prompt provided.
DAY #3
MAKE A COLLAGE
I have been lucky enough to be able to use these brand new digi images before they go into
the SMEARED INK shop TOMORROW.
 Each of the images have been coloured with alcohol ink and pencils...
fussy cut and added to my inked and distressed background
I hope this is classed as a collaged journal page.
BDx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

SMUDGY ANTICS AND KICKSTART YOUR ART

Good morning...
it's my turn at SMUDGY ANTICS today and it's my DAY #2 of
DAY #2 the prompt is to 
USE LYRICS FROM A SONG OR POEM.
Here is my journal page....still rather neat and precise but i'm trying!
 The song is one of my favourites...
I AM I'M ME by TWISTED SISTER.
The heart and banner are digi images from SMEARED INK of cause,
the lyrics I printed off the internet..
inked, & distressed.
The heart and banner I coloured with alcohol pens and pencils.
Thanks for stopping by.
Another project from another designer tomorrow.
BDx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

SMEARED AND SMUDGED FACEBOOK ART CHALLENGE DAY #1


The SMEARED AND SMUDGED FORUM is now fb based and we have our first BIG challenge.
You can check out the details if you click on the link above.
We are to create an art journal page every day for 7 days using the prompt provided.
DAY #1
CREATE LAYERS
I used ink to colour my background... then used ink through stencils,
stamped text over my layers of ink.
I add some torn inked papers to one edge....finally i stamped a couple of
chickens ...coloured them.... thats it my LAYERS.
Hopefully i'll be back tomorrow.
BDx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

JANUARY'S SMEARED AND SMUDGED MEMBERS BLOG HOP

Here we are for our 1st members blog hop of 2015.
The SMEARED AND SMUDGED FORUM,
has relocated to fb please be sure to become a member on FACEBOOK as 
our ning group no longer exists.
Our first theme of the year is ...

Below is the full blog roll....
please visit each and everyone of these talented ladies....
you'll be amazed and inspired.
January Monthly Member Blog Hop

Black Dragon ( you're here!)
Dianne
My interpretation of the theme...?
Here you are.... all stamped using DE-STEMPELWINKEL stamps,
Stamped and coloured with distress inks...and a white pencil for highlights.
All very simple.... this theme had me pretty much scratching my head.

Off you go now to the very talented TERESA,
Thank you for stopping by my blog...happy hopping.
BDx