Saturday, 8 August 2015

REMEMBERING LILY BLOG HOP

                              
Today we are remembering Lily Chilvers a truly beautiful artist and soul taken from us too soon.
To honour Lily we are sharing projects we have made in her memory using the wonderful, whimsical and wacky art she shared with us all.
Blog Hop List
Black Dragon you are here!
Anne Marie Healey
Here are a few of the things i've made using Lily's quirky, quaint, unique images....
A large altered board book...

...one of the pages inside the book.... made for a friend who beat cancer.....

A large wall project....

  A card...
 
....another card.
My projects just don't do Lily's images justice.
My thoughts are with Mandy and Amber, Lily's Mum and sister,
God bless you both..... Lily's now home with Angels.
BDx

Friday, 7 August 2015

SMUDGEFEST DAY#4

                              
Day #4 of this week long event you can find the details HERE
the theme today is...
THRASHED THURSDAY
You need to create something thrashed, slashed,torn, grunged or decayed.



I've had very little time to do anything creative today so its just an ATC from me....
I think thrashed, slashed and torn about covers it!
  How many of you remember this background stamp from smeared ink?
Hope I make tomorrows challenge.... its getting more difficult as the week goes on!
BDx

Thursday, 6 August 2015

SMUDGEFEST DAY #3

                               
I really didnt think i'd get this one done...
DAY #3 of this week long challenge and its...
''WET WEDNESDAY''...
YEAH...it really was here ...all afternoon it rained so I played with clay.
Tomorrow you'll see a DT piece from me made of clay...so whilst at it I did a clay project for todays challenge.
Clay is wet.... before it dries.... plus the paint is.... so a double whammy!
 When this finally dried.... air dry clay does not dry very quickly when its a damp kind of day.... so as it was taking ages i put it in the oven at 10pm.... couldnt wait any longer...
even used the oven to dry the various coats of paint!
Anyhow.... this has a tarnished copper effect.... as i thought it went nicely with the 'wet' theme.... the bluey/green colour.
Hope to see you tomorrow for Day#4...fingers crossed!
BDx

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

SUDGEFEST DAY #2


All the details of this week long event can be found HERE.
So here I am....day #2 and its
TAPE TUESDAY.
We have been challenged to use TAPE on our project for today.
I covered another of my little note books.

 I used torn masking tape layered onto card stock, coloured with distress ink to create a wood effect background
A few faux rusted bits and a lovely SMEARED INK image and my new notebook cover is complete.
I hope to be back tomorrow for Day #3
BDx

SMUDGEFEST DAY #1

                                

Today we start the 5th annual 
SMEARED INK SMUDGEFEST
You can find the rules and all the other info HERE
Today is METAL MONDAY
so here is my project...
 A tiny altered box, a homage to Poe.

I hope to join in all week...but with girls home, you never know what'll happen!
BDx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Book folding... DESTEMPELWINKEL, QUOTE THE RAVEN and SMUDGY ANTICS

Well I have been busy....
have wanted to try book folding for ages now and finally got the idea sorted in my head....
it takes ages for things to sink in...
there is loads of help online.... just google 'book folding'...
I found using lined paper with extra lines drawn in the way to go for me....
then just make up whatever words you want to fold.
Sorry...lots of pictures coming up....
This one depicts one of my favourite poems by 
E.A.POE   'Alone'
our challenge at QUOTE THE RAVEN  this month is to create something based on
one of POE's poems.
 I have used a DE-STEMPELWINKEL stamp ''FEMKE'' at the bottom,
decoupaged 6 times... the ''demon in my view'' is a decoupaged photo of one of the gargoyles above my craftroom door.
 I used a paperback book to fold so had to make hard covers for it...
on the front I have added the poem.
 ...here you can see the little girl and 'demon'.
This is my folded book for SMUDGY ANTICS....
Thiss month our them is POE...yay!!
 Again i used a paperback book so had to make hard covers.
 I made little black roses from the same embossed paper i used to cover the hard covers.

I hope you'll join us at all of the challenges these books are inspiration for....
QUOTE THE RAVEN... USE A POEM BY POE
DE-STEMPELWINKEL STAMPERS CHALLENGE.... SUMMER....WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE SUMMER (I read outside...whilst the girls and dogs have fun)
Thank you for stopping by... BDx

Saturday, 4 July 2015

ALICE IN WONDERLAND 150th ANNIVERSARY BLOG HOP


Today we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and what better way to do that, than to share lots of creative projects inspired by this wonderful story.

Not only will you see lots of amazing artwork today, but you can also win prizes from the following amazing companies;







Prize winners will be selected from Random blogs throughout the hop using Random.org to select each winner.
  In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all stops on the hop and leave a comment.
 The prize draws will be open until July 18th, with winners announced on July 20th.

Blog Hop List
Kathi
Karen
Corrie
Emily
Geraldine
Carol
Avril
Lisa
Kim
Mo
Lorraine
Below are a few of my ALICE inspired projects that I still have...
this week has been chaotic and I didnt get time to make another...
sorry.

 Poe as the mad hatter.... and a mad hatter shadow box.
 A card with Alice balancing a tea cup on her head.

 Pages from 'box-books'
 Down the rabbit hole.... the centre of my altered book.

Thanks for stopping by.... enjoy the rest of the hop...BDx

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

SMEARED AND SMUDGED FORUM... SCARY FAIRY BLOG HOP JUNE 2015

Black Dragon
Dream In Darkness
Teresa
Harp
Leigh
Lost Coast Portal To Creativity
Katie
Susan
Kat
We, the members of the SMEARED AND SMUDGED FB GROUP
have a members hop every month...
this month our theme is
SCARY FAIRIES...
Please visit all the talented folks on the blog roll above,
I'm sure you'll be inspired by their wickedly scary fairy creations.
I altered another note book as my 1st project...
the stamp is from DE-STEMPELWINKEL.
Coloured with alcohol pens/pencils and distress ink.
  Then I thought i'd share with you two ATC'S using the same stamp...again the stamp is from
Her she is all pretty pink and glittery in the sunshine.... scary enough me thinks....
 .... and now in moonlight.
Just changing the colours on a fairy stamped image can change her from 'sweet fairy'
to a 'scary fairy'.
Both ATC's are coloured with alcohol pens, pencils and distress ink.
Now as an added bonus.... my friend IKE .... because of breaking her toe.... forgot to put her name down for the hop.... has a wonderful new digi image/project
she has allowed me to post it here on my blog, 
it'd be great if you could pop by here blog and leave her a comment too.
You'll find her HERE

Thank you for stopping by.... now off you go to the combined talents of the
 DREAM IN DARKNESS team.
BDx

Saturday, 13 June 2015

IKE'S ART NEW RELEASE MINI BLOG HOP and REMINDER FOR SMUDGY ANTICS CHALLENGE



I am here with a preview of some new images IKE has in her Store at
These images were previously  exclusive to SMEARED INK - 
which has unfortunately closed -
 so Ike has now been able to release these image sets as they are no longer under contract.

Today we are having this mini hop to introduce to you two sets....
Here are the Previews of the Sets.... just click to enlarge ...





Here is the Roll for the Mini Blog Hop......

IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES
BLACK DRAGON  you are here!
Here are my projects using my favourite of the 
SUCCUBUS set...
One image... 3 totally different looks...
This one is coloured with just a 6B pencil and black soot distress ink.
Perfect for the challenge at SMUDGY ANTICS this month...
USE NO MORE THAN 3 COLOURS.

She's a beauty.... right?





There will be a Prize for anyone who comments on ALL the members of the Hop and then goes back to leave a comment at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES. The lucky Winner will be chosen at Random and may choose ONE of these new sets.

This HOP will run until 1st JULY 2015, so you have plenty of time :-)

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed seeing everyones creations.
Don't forget that will still have a few days of our current LYRICS Challenge on IWC...
and our CHALLENGE at SMUDGY ANTICS runs until the 28th June.
BDx
I'd like to enter these at 
LEFT OF CENTRE CHALLENGES...ONE FOR THE BOYS.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

SKULL APPRECIATION DAY BLOG HOP and new CHALLENGE AT QUOTH THE RAVEN

SKULL APPRECIATION DAY
Blog Hop
We on the SMEARED and SMUDGED fb forum
are celebrating today with a wonderful, inspiring blog hop.
The full blog roll is below...
Black Dragon 
Katie
 Lisa
Tit Belsoeur
 Anna 
Sue
 Nan
 Dream In Darkness
Harp
 Maureen 
Ike
Monique
Fiona
 Teresa
Leigh S-B
DominoART
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity
Julia
 Susan R.
WARNING PICTURE HEAVY POST!!!
I played with clay and faux finishes for my projects...
a pair of coasters, a fridge magnet and a hallhanger.
The stamps are SMEARED INK.
 The two coasters have a polished slate finish.
The fridge magnet tarnished copper.
 The wall hanger ...good old rust and corrosion.
The detail these stamps give with clay is magnificent.
This is a close up of the faux tarnished copper fridge magnet.
This the faux rust...
 ...this the polished slate.
Its the first time i've used this SMEARED INK stamp set with clay...
I am IMPRESSED! Shall be using them again for sure.
ALSO TODAY we have a new challenge for you at
QUOTH THE RAVEN..
we have a picture for your inspiration this month...
here is my project...A double page spread in a book of
POE i'm creating.
It has a SKULL on so I thought i'd combine my post...
and hopefully encourage some of you hoppers to join us at QUOTH this month.
You have until the 28th of June to join us.
Hope you will all enjoy the SKULL APPECIATION HOP...
Thanks for stopping by
BDx
I'd like to enter the following challenges...
LEFT OF CENTRE CHALLENGES... ANYTHING GOES LOC
FOREVER DARK...ANYTHING GOES (DARK ART
DREAM IN DARKNESS ANYTHING (DARK) GOES.