Thursday, August 26, 2010

Used Stamps For Sale

Hi everybody, just a note to let you know I have listed some of my USED stamps for sale here, please visit to read about it and see if there is anything you want :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Smeared Ink Design Team Call

We're having a Design Team Call! Read all about it below....

Smeared Ink Design Team Call
Do you have a different way of looking at things when it comes to rubber stamping? Smeared Ink is looking for Design Team Members and *Monthly Guest Design Team Members for the Smeared and Smudged team. Smeared Ink is a rubber stamp company that features edgy, unique, wild, sometimes dark, and fun art stamps. We're looking for team members who are not afraid to think outside of the box and express themselves in interesting ways through their projects. To see some of the current DT members work, visit our forum at
To view the types of stamps you would be working with, please visit our shop at
Design Team Members art will be featured on the Smeared Ink Website, Smeared and Smudged Forum, and Smeared and Smudged Blog.

Requirements for Smeared Ink Design Team Members:

*You must have an active blog related to rubber stamping/paper arts or mixed media arts where you can post and talk about your Design Team projects.

*You must be or become a member of the Smeared and Smudged Forum on Ning.

*You must be able to upload quality photos and/or scans of your projects.

*DT members are required to design a minimum of four items per month, including three cards or paper art (scrapbook pages, etc.) and one altered item. Two of these items must use Smeared Ink stamps exclusively. They must be posted on the forum AND your blog, and also be physically mailed in by the end of each month. The other two items can use any stamps and supplies that you like, and must be posted to the forum and optionally on your blog.

*DT Members are required to participate in and make a project for Smeared Ink New Release Blog Hops. These will generally occur every three months, but may also include special releases. During months that contain a hop, this will be a fifth required project.

* You must actively participate in The Vent group on the Smeared and Smudged forum. A minimum requirement is two posts a week.

* You must promote Smeared Ink Stamps thru your blog, and whenever you see an opportunity.

*International Applicants welcome.

Benefits of Smeared Ink Design Team:

* Your blog projects will be showcased on the Smeared and Smudged Blog, Smeared and Smudged Forum, and Smeared Ink Facebook Page

*Your physically mailed projects will be featured on the Smeared Ink website and also used in displays during conventions and craft fairs.

* We will send you one free stamp set (our choice) per month to use in your projects.

*You will receive exclusive DT Member discounts on non-stamp products, including Graphic 45, Tattered Angels, and any others that we choose to carry.

* Occasionally, you MAY receive freebie products from our Smeared and Smudged monthly challenge sponsors (not guaranteed, as this is the sponsors choice). In order to qualify for these products if they are offered, you must be in good standing with your DT requirements.

* You get to network with other wicked awesome stampers who share the same love for out-of-the-norm stamping.

* You get to sport a really cool S&S Button on your blog.

To Apply, please email the following information to
Blog URL

Pictures of three cards, scrapbook pages, or paper art -AND- one altered item that best represent your style of stamping. These projects must use rubber stamps somewhere on the project. (No all digital projects, please)

What do you think you can bring to the Smeared Ink Design Team? We want to know what makes you tick!

If you could choose one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

What is your favorite non-stamp product or tool to use in your art and why?

Do you feel you can meet all the requirements listed above?

Please list past and present Design Team experience. (Experience not necessary to apply)

Are you interested in applying for Full Time DT status, Monthly Guest DT status, or both?

Deadline for Submissions is Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Winners will be contacted by Monday, September 20, 2010.
DT term will run for six months starting October 1, 2010

*Our monthly guest designers that will be invited from our Design Team applications.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop

Yikes! When I woke up I realized that my auto post for today did not post, so I apologize if you visited earlier and saw nothing here. Now I've got it all fixed and ready for you!

Today is our August Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop, and we have some amazing projects to share with you and new blogs for you to visit. If you don't know what Smeared and Smudged is, it's a network of like-minded stampers who just enjoy creating. We are a little kookey, a little edgy, but we embrace all types of rubber stamping and just have fun. Check us out if you get the chance.

Our theme for this month's hop was to create something with a hidden feature or that has to do with hiding. I had an experience the other day that kinda left a sour taste in my mouth, and it inspired my project.

I was at home making dinner when I heard a knock at the door. I opened it to reveal a man in some scruffy looking clothes who was selling meat off of a little white truck. He asked if I would be interested in buying some discounted meat because they had overstocked the truck, and after delivering to their regular customers, they had tons left over. He proceeded in saying they couldn't take it back to the warehouse because it, too, was overstocked, and he couldn't go home for the day until they sold the meat.

I politely told him no thank you, and he asked again, saying that he would sell it to me for $2, and it was a great price, wouldn't I like to just see it? I again said no, and let it slip that we were on a budget. He pushed again, saying "come on, it's only two dollars for steaks and chicken!".

By this time, my kids had opened the door and were digging in the front yard. While trying to gather them up, I again said no thanks, I really can't, which pissed him off. He walked away without saying anything directly to me (no thanks for your time, NOTHING!), stomped through my yard and mumbled under his breath about how he couldn't believe that I could not afford $2. Then, when he reached the van, he started talking to his buddy (who I didn't even know was there) and saying "I guess we're gonna have to go to some of the other neighbors, she can't afford $2!"

Needless to say, I was thoroughly offended. I felt violated, for lack of a better word, because he intruded on my happy peaceful family time with such a negative attitude, which rubbed off on me. And I also felt GUILTY, which I didn't need to feel, because I had MADE them keep working so late in the evening. Regardless of whether the meat was $2 or not, I was under no obligation to buy it, he came knocking on my door, I didn't go seek him out, right?

So, as I said before the REALLY LONG story, that was the inspiration for my project.

*click for larger views

This is a door sign that I plan on putting right above my doorbell. I wanted it to be threatening in a non-threatening sort of way, basically warning any solicitors that if they ring my doorbell, the answer WILL be no. Really, if I want to buy something, I'll go to the store. The only exception (sometimes, depending on the budget) is children trying to raise money for their organization.

I used an image from the Smeared Ink Chicks Dig Guns set. The metal is actually a soda can, which I will be doing a tutorial on soon as per Kapree's request, and I added paint, nails, wire, and beading. The letters are painted chipboard. My coloring smeared a little when I added varnish, but that's okay, it still works.

This project is all about hiding from those darned door-to-door salespeople, and I hope you enjoyed looking at it!!

So now, head on down the hop list, and be sure to leave some love for our amazing S&S members!