Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bombshell Hop Day: Color Challenge

Today I am participating in the monthly Bombshell Stamps Hop. It's been such a long time since I've been able to do anything with the Bombshell gals, so I thought it was about time I go over to their forum and sign up. The challenge for this month's hop was a color challenge. We were given this wonderful pallette of five colors from which we had to choose at least three to use in our project.

I have to tell you my colors are a little off. I looked at the colors, picked the top four, then went off to the other room to create. When I got back I realized that one of my colors is more turquoise-y than it should have been. But, I'm still close so I think it counts. Here's my card:

I used the Growing Hearts stamp set, which is one of my faves. I colored my image with watercolors. The background of the card is done with several layers of paint and Kona Krackle. My image is three layers done up on pop dots.

I hand made the flowers, and the leaves are scraps of fabric.

I had alot of fun making this card although it's not exactly correct on the colors. It was a real challenge for me not to add any black in to the card, and the style of it really made me step out of my comfort zone. I hope you enjoyed taking a look.

The hop list is below and I think you will really enjoy visiting all of the fabulous talent from the Bombshell Forum! Also, don't forget Smudgefest starts Monday and I'll be linking up to the challenges here when I share my projects. (If you don't know what Smudgefest is, please come check it out! It will be a blast!)

Have an awesome day!

Bombshell Blog
Terra (<---this is me)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pics Finally Up!

If you visited a few days ago for our S&S member hop, you were either greeted with a blank page or a post without a project. I must apologize for that, but I had so many problems uploading! At first I thought it was blogger, but then after days of no success, I finally figured out it was my browser being difficult. Well actually, difficult is an understatement. After much frustration, I downloaded a different browser and finally got my pictures added into my post below. So, please have a look and thank you for your patience!

Friday, July 22, 2011

S&S July Member Hop- Alterable

Welcome to this month's Smeared and Smudged Forum Member Blog Hop. In case you don't know what the Smeared and Smudged Forum is... let me explain. Sponsored by Smeared Ink, it is an online community where rubber stamp and digi stamp artists get together to share amazingly different projects, chat, and just have fellowship with others who have the same interests. We focus on alternative styles, although we embrace and welcome all styles and types of stampers.

We'd all love if you'd give us a visit and join in! And we can't wait to share this month's member hop with you. Our theme this time around was to step away from flat 2-D projects and try using our mojo on an altered 3-D project. The only other rule was it had to use a rubber or digi stamp somewhere on the project, so I'm sure you're going to see a vast array of creativity today!

For my project I altered a birdhouse and used some of Smeared Ink's newest digi stamps from "A Little Bit Batty". I didn't think I would be able to finish a project for the hop because I've had a lot of personal stuff going on, but I've managed to make an amazing decoration for my daughter's room.

We've decided to redecorate her room using zebra print, so that is how I started my birdhouse decoration. I covered it in acrylic paint stripes and let it dry. I n the meantime, I colored up my bats using copics and then cut them. I mounted to the house on all four sides, and then added my hang chain and dangles to the large flying bat and attached to the birdhouse. The final steps were to attach a hang chain to the top and add my inked-up scrap of mesh to the top.

*click for larger pics

We thought the bright colors of the bats would go great in the room, and the girls absolutely love it! No longer a birdhouse, this is our new bat home.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at my altered item, so now hop on through the other member blogs to see what they've gotten their mits on! And be sure to leave some love for their hard work. Then swing by the forum and join in if you haven't already. We've got unique monthly challenges, fun tutorials, and lots of fabulous members! Here's the blog roll.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Halloween Release Hop from Smeared Ink

Thanks for joining me today; I'm super excited to be announcing the first of two Halloween releases from Smeared Ink! We have so many great designs for you this year that we just can't get them all out at the same time, so we're starting early. We have 11 fabulously fiendish digi sets for you to oogle today, and each member of our Design Team had created a special something to celebrate!

Not only will we be presenting projects for your enjoyment and inspiration today on our hop, but the Design Team had the option to work with several images if they wanted to and those that took extras will be posting projects daily for the next couple of days. So be sure to check back on the hop list each day over the next week, as some will be showcasing even more projects for you to enjoy!

Did I mention that we have ELEVEN sets this time around?!?!! You're sure to find something to get those creepy juices flowing, and we really hope they get you in the mood for the best holiday of the year (Halloween, of course!) and for our 31 Days of Halloween stamping event coming in October. Plus we have an exclusive sneak peek single from one of the sets we will be releasing in our second Halloween Release in September!

Here are the pics of all of the new release sets that you can find in our SHOP today. Don't forget you can click any of the pics in this post to see them larger.

A Little Bit Batty



Flower King

Heebie Jeebie

Mistresses of The Dark


Sea Skeletons

Zombie Classics

Zombie Pinups

Gross Anatomy

and our preview...
Blessed Be single

So, what do you think? I know I LOVE them all and can't wait to play with each and every image! But for now, I played with an image from the Sea Skeletons set. I made a scrapbook page using the June kit from Scraps of Darkness and also following their June sketch. It is very monochromatic except for the little pop of color on the photo, which match the colors of the actual artwork.

All of the embellishments and papers that you see on the page came from the kit except for the twigs, which I painted black and made into a frame to follow the sketch. Of course I had to add my own textures, so I painted on parts of the papers and roughed them up a bit. The corner images and the one in the middle are from the Sea Skeletons stamp set and  I think they just added alot of fun to the layout. I personally thing those images are gorgeous just printed out, so I just colored them a light beige to match.

Here you can see a side view of the gorgeous embellies, including my twigs.

Hope you've enjoyed looking at my page and that it's given you some inspiration. I am still a beginner with the scrapbooking, so please be gentle with your comments ;)
I will be posting my next release project on Saturday evening, so be sure to swing back by here to check it out! Also, as I mentioned before please feel free to visit here each day to go down the hop list and check out what everyone has to offer. Here are the participants! Enjoy!

Terra ---->(me)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Are You Ready???!!!!

Tomorrow will mark the first of two awesome Halloween Releases from Smeared Ink!!! We will be hosting a hop, starting right here, and featuring amazing projetcs to get your creepy juices flowing!
Please join us!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Design Team Call!!

Smeared Ink is having a 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 to join the Smeared and Smudged team.

Smeared Ink is a rubber stamp company that features edgy, unique, wild, sometimes dark, and fun art stamps and digis. 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 Smudgy Antics Design Team Blog at To view the types of stamps you would be working with, please visit our shop at

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 can visit our forum at

*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 design team blog AND your personal blog, and also be physically mailed in by the end of each month. (Please note if samples are not received by us each month, you may forfeit your free stamp set for the following month). The other two items can use any stamps and supplies that you like, and must be posted to the design team blog 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.

* DT Members are required to submit at least one step by step tutorial per six month term. This can be written out with pictures, or can be a video tutorial. It should contain the use of at least one Smeared Ink stamp. The tutorial can be project or technique based.

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

* 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 (and of course you!) will be showcased on the Smudgy Antics Blog, Smeared and Smudged Forum, and Smeared Ink Facebook Page.

*Your physically mailed projects will be featured on the Smeared Ink website gallery 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 other products that we choose to carry.

* Occasionally, you MAY receive freebie products from our Smeared and Smudged forum 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 and techniques.

* 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 four rubber stamped projects that best represent your style of stamping. These projects must each use rubber stamps somewhere on the project, and you must include at least one card and at least one altered item. (No all-digital projects allowed). New projects are not necessary, just choose your favorites that represent you and your style the best.

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)

Deadline for Submissions is midnight on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Winners will be contacted by the evening of Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DT term will run for six months starting August 1, 2011