Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop

Today the Smeared and Smudged Forum is hosting it's monthly Member Blog Hop, and you're really going to love what we have in store for you! Since the fall season is upon us and colors are changing all around us, we decided to theme our hop around one of our fave fall colors- ORANGE. All of our projects that we have to share with you today use the color orange in some way.

Orange is not a color that I use very often in my stamping, unless it's paired with rust, OR unless it's Halloween!! So, of course as soon as the theme was set, my mind wandered to my favorite holiday. It took me a while to come up with something to make, and I kept flip-flopping on what I wanted to do. Then I saw the designs from our newest Smeared Ink artist, Irma Diaz, and my project basically slapped me in the face!

If you haven't heard yet, we have added our very first artist (besides ourselves), Irma, to the Smeared Ink family. We are at this very moment taking preorders until Sept 20 for her amazing first set, Candy Is Dandy, which will be available in mid October. If you want to read all the details, be sure to visit our shop before the 20th!

So, like I was saying, when I saw Candy Is Dandy, I knew exactly what I wanted to make first. And since I have access to the images before they are actually on rubber ( I know, lucky me!!!!) I decided to give you guys a sneaky peeky of one way you can use the set.

For my project, I made a shrine. This is the first one I've ever made, and I LOVE it! I found the little shadowbox at Goodwill for $1.50; it was off-white and had a stuffed fairy doll glued to the inside. My youngest daughter wanted the fairy, so we pried it off, and I got to keep the box. Since then, the box had been sitting and waiting for the perfect inspiration to come. SO, after alot of paint, glitter, and ribbon, here is my finished product...

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This picture was taken at a slight angle so the flash would not shine on the images. You can see that I used different layers of paint, tons o' ribbon, and of course, the freakin' awesome cool images from Irma!

The inside has alot of black-purple glitter, and I painted some chipboard letters for my saying. My images are on glossy cardstock, and colored using paint pens so they would be very vibrant.

Here are some close-ups of the chipboard saying, "Candy Is Dandy".

And finally here is a closeup of the little black skull that is in the top-center of the shrine. It is placed over layers of ribbon that I pleated.

I forgot to mention that the "foot" of the shrine is a painted candle holder that I attached to the bottom. I may do a few more things to the shrine before I display it, like add a gloss coat to the top portion of it and maybe crackle the back, but for now I think it really rocks! I'd love to hear what you think of it too.

Now, orange you glad you came to visit today? You got to see my very first shrine AND you get to hop to all these fabulous forum member blogs to see what they did with the color orange...

Black Dragon
Lady Brayton

Hope you enjoy!!


  1. I love it! The colors are perfect. Have a great day!

  2. Totally awesome as usual!!! I have so got to have that set!!! It is DANDY!!! lmao!!!

  3. This is a visual feast Terra.... the vivid colours are stunning and the new images work perfectly with them.
    Amazing piece of alter art.... and your daughter got to keep the faerie as well!
    love lynx

  4. Oh my gosh, this is freakin' AWESOME!!!!! I'm love'n your candy shrine :) The new stamp set is fantastic and the colors you coordinated in every aspect wow!

  5. Holy Crow!! THis is amazing!! Love all the elements!! And the new set looks fun! I love the human hearts. I'm demented!!

  6. I'm LOVING this!!! So fun, festive and super explosive!!

    Totally fab love!!


  7. WOW Terra! I love it...all the colors and that stamp is so so cool! great great card!

  8. Your shrine is gorgeous! I love all the color and I think I need to further investigate this new artist and stamp set.

  9. Wow! This is awesome! Great use of the new images! I love all the glitter!

  10. Well I think it Rocks too! Wonderful work. Keep creating! Shawn

  11. This is wonderful and I really love all the lime green with the orange. That black skull is FABULOUS!!!

  12. Your shrine is fantastic great use of the images
    Luv Jane xxx

  13. What can I say that hasn't already been said? You outdid your self here Terra. It's amazing!!!

  14. Great job, Terra! I'm on the way to the shop to check out the details on the new schtuff!

  15. Love this!!! love the colors!!! wonderful job!!!

  16. You do the coolest stuff with altered/repurposed objects.

    This is no exception. Fabulousness.

  17. that is awesome! Great job.. Love the colors and images!!