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.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

SMEARED AND SMUDGED MEMBERS BLOG HOP FOR MAY 2015

Sorry its a very short post from me today
my darling daughters have given me the tummy bug they had.

May Member Blog Hop
Black Dragon
Nan
Teresa
 Leslie Rahye
Anna
Tit Belsoeur
 Susan R.
Maureen
Jane
Barbara
Susan S.
Katie
Shell
Donna

I have an altered desk tidy to share today....
a pressie from my dear friend who has come to visit for a few days.
Being a bit stupid I forgot to take a 'before' shot... but please believe me it did come as plain MDF.

After painting the entire thing,
I altered Tim Holtz papers with ink, paint and stamps, and covered it inside and out.
I made a dimention skull from 8 layers of digi stamps fussy cut and dipped in my melting pot.

This will now reside in dining room with all my note books, diarys and planners in....
the largest compartment at the back holds an A4 sized pad easily.
Thank you Helen... I love this desk tidy. xxx
Off you hop to the weird and wonderful Nan... who i'm sure will have something amazing to share....
as will everyone on this list.
SMEARED AND SMUDGED MEMBERS really are a wickedly talent group of artists/crafters.
Thanks for stopping by BDx


Thursday, 14 May 2015

QUOTH THE RAVEN week #2 and DOMINOART

                 We have a wonderful challenge for you at QUOTH THE RAVEN this month,
''RAVING RAVENS''
We're at wk#2 already but because i'm a terrible blogger you'll get to see my wk#1 and wk#2
both together today...Tut tut!!
This was WK#1
I Stamped onto a cotton tee-shirt with stazon using a TH stamp,
then with a fabric pen drew over it to give it more detail... I added lose feathers and a sprinkling of dots
around it.

The 'nevermore' is a smeared ink stamp, stamped with stazon.
I ironed on the reverse of the design to heat set it.
......and this is WK#2
The stamps are all SMEARED INK... coloured with alcohol pens and pencils.
Now my WK#2 project is just the inside of the box lid of an altered game that is my project over at
DOMINOART'S 15 DAYS OF HALF-O-WEEN
to see the complete project please go and check out the DOMINOART blog,
there have been some superb projects already this month with more to come every other day until the end of May.
You have until the end of May to join us at QUOTH THE RAVEN,
with your RAVING RAVEN themes projects... we really do look forward to seeing what you create.
Thank you for stopping by today.
BDx

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