Thursday, April 14, 2011

April Smeared and Smudged Member Hop

This month for our Smeared and Smudged member hop, Kelli challenged us to make something using metal. You all probably know by now that I LOVE metal in my projects! I didn't think that I would be able to participate in this hop because of other obligations, so I signed up and started a project last minute yesterday.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish it, but I do have a sneak peek for you. I will be finishing the project today and posting the pictures by the end of the day. For now, here's a closeup of the image I have used. It is the Octobat image from one of our newer digi sets, Creature Feature. Can anyone guess what it is that I'm making?

Since I don't have a full project to show you, I figured I'd make up for it by giving away some BLOG CANDY! Since I used one of Smeared Ink's digi images for my project I thought we'd talk about digis. All you have to do to be entered into the blog candy drawing is tell me which of the Smeared Ink digi images or sets is your favorite and what you would use it on. Leave your answer here in a comment and I will draw the winner by random number and announce tomorrow :) The winner will get a small goody bag from me with awesome metal random embellishments and found objects to use on their own projects!

In the meantime, head on down the blog roll list to the other participating members and see what metal-themed projects they have created for you! And don't forget to swing by later for full pics of my project. Hope you enjoy the inspiration!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Haunted" Scrapbook Page

Good Tuesday afternoon to you all! I have something to share with you today; it is a scrapbook page that I have been working on. If you know anything about me, you know that I haven't scrapbooked very often because I was always under the impression that scrapbooking had to be one of two things- either cute or vintage.

The first time I tried to scrapbook at a crop, I completely lost interest and haven't really ever taken it up again except for a random page here or there. Well, I must tell you that I am now in love. I've basically said screw the "rules" (like I do with most of my art) and have been scrapbooking my way with lots of paint, untraditional materials, and mess. WOO HOO!!

So, here is the page I have to share with you today.

*click for larger views

It is a page that uses a technique I like to call "ghost" transfers. I will be teaching the really easy technique this Sunday in the Mixed Media University on the S&S Forum. It's basically just a different way to do an image transfer. After I did that with my photo, I used wax to cover it (I'll also be showing how to do that in the class). Here you can see a little bit of my journaling and some of the embossing powder flecks that I added to the wax.

Here's are some closeups of the transfer and my paper flowers

I think this page is really neat looking. It's creepy but not in a traditional way, so to me it adds a lot of character. What do you think?

Here are some of the materials that I used:

Holy City stamp set from Smeared Ink

G45 papers

Papers from The Scrap Factory

acrylic paint


nail polish remover

scrap newsprint



gold wire


Pearl Ex powder

Prismacolor markers