Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Bombshell Hop

Yes, you read that right! It's been oh so long since I've had the time to play with my Bombshells, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to join in with the other lovely ladies on the Bombshell Forum and celebrate my favorite holiday!

Alison, the Blog Hop Captain, set out this challenge for September:
"Many of our major holidays are just around the corner. I think we all know what my favorite holiday is...but what's yours? My challenge to you is to make a Bombshell project for your favorite holiday. Bonus points if you make a decoration!!! Use any holiday you want and create something that's going to make us want to celebrate!!! "

Well, I think we can all guess what MY favorite holiday is...and if you can't, well, you just haven't been paying attention or this is your first visit to my little corner of blog land :) I just had to make a project for Halloween!!!!! And seeing that 31 Days of Halloween starts in just three days, I was super excited to make a warm-up project to share. BTW, if you don't know what 31 Days is, please click the link for info or come back and visit on the 1st, it's going to be a fabulously creepy-fun month long blog hop with tons of inspiration and amazing prizes!! You can see the list of Wicked Bloggers in my sidebar, and it is HUGE! Come check out how you can win some awesome prizes from some really great sponsors! (hint: Bombshell is one of them!)

Now that that's out of my system, I'll move back to the hop at hand...I'm just so excited.
For my holiday project I had to work with one of the new costumes from the Halloween Dress Up Set for Bombshell Angel. Once again, I did some digital work, but this time I combined digital with hands-on. I created an artwork piece that will later be added into another project during 31 Days (shhhh, kinda a sneak peek). Not quite a decoration yet, but it will be. Here she is, my wicked little witch, complete with black cat familiar.

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Bombshell Angel is colored digitally, and the background image and flowers are from Itkupilli. I used black canvas cardstock, and some white crackle paint on two different layers. Then I added ink shading all around and finally some fun little letters for my sentiment, ribbon, and hardware. After taking the pic, I went in digitally and added even more shading and texture and my spider webs. Other than the pic being a little blurry, I think it came out wonderful! It was fun to color the angel up in some bright Halloweenie colors, and I kinda made her look like me with her red hair and all (yes, it's red again!)

So, what do you think? I hope it gives you some inspiration, and gets you in the mood for Halloween! Now you get to hop on through to the other participant blogs and see which holiday inspired their creations. Don't forget to stop by the Bombshell Forum to get your fix and sign up for the blog hop next month. And if you're interested in joining in some fun conversation about our 31 Days of Halloween event, swing by the Smeared and Smudged Forum too. Have a great hop!


Bombshell Blog


Alison


Alex


Terra (<---yep, that's me)


Kathi


Kelli


Jennie


Glittery Katie


Sparkly Mary


Mary G


Alaine

Monday, September 26, 2011

Zetti Challenge

Hello everyone! I'd like to invite you to come on over to our DT Challenge Blog, Smudgy Antics, and join in our Weekly Challenge! Each week we post a new one, and for this week the theme is Zetti. In case you don't know what it is or haven't heard of it, here's a little descrip:

A style based on the work of Teesha Moore, Zetti is a blend of the ordinary and the fantastic. Blend collage, drawing, painting, stamping, etc, to make one whimsical concoction of elements based in reality and fantasy. Elements can include contrasting textures and patterns, bright colors, black and white patterns (especially stripes), faces and bodies that are mis-matched, animal parts, added body parts/clothes/wings, fantastic hats and crowns, quirky, odd, whimsical combinations of characters, lyrics, poems, handwriting and text. Use any of these, or all of them, but be sure to put your own artistic spin on it!

I actually got the chance to make a sample for this week's challenge, and I must say I am pretty in love with it. It is once again digital as I am having alot of fun with digi work lately. Here it is:

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I used three different Smeared Ink images for my main character. The body is Vivadondra from our Goth Fairies digi set, the head is Candy Creature from our Candy is Dandy set, and the wings are from our retired Praise Angel from Symbology of Angels. The two latter sets will be available in our shop as digis later this week!

I colored everything digitally and placed pieces and parts, and then added hand drawn elements and stripes. I think it's a pretty good first attempt at the Zetti style, and still fits well with my darker side.

I hope you enjoyed taking alook, and if you get the chance, swing by Smudgy Antics to give this super fun style a try!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Grand Prize Package for 31 Days of Halloween



It's almost time! 31 Days of Halloween 2011 will begin in less than a week and we are super excited! We have 28 participating Wicked Bloggers this year, which is almost double what we had last year; and we are so thrilled to see all of the wonderful Halloween and Day of the Dead projects they will be posting daily!

As always, we will be offering a Grand Prize that you can win as a Wicked Blogger or Horrifying Hopper. Sign ups for Wicked Bloggers have passed, but to be a Horrifying Hopper here's what you have to do:

Hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project. No need to sign up, just start on the first day and work your way through all the blogs.

The Rules for Horrifying Hoppers:

You must leave a comment on EACH participating blog EVERY day in October to qualify for the grand prize drawing. Your comment should be about the project or something related (i.e.-no "Here's my comment for today" or "I'm here!"...these types of comments won't count!) If you miss a day or a blog, you will still qualify to receive a survival button, but will not qualify for the grand prize drawing.

Sounds easy enough, right? Wanna know what the grand Prize is? Well, here it is:

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Prize Pack Includes:

Smeared Ink Logo Tank

Raven Collage Throw Pillow

Faes Magnet

Li'l Grumpies Suck It Up Snack Pack

Li'l Grumpies Black & White Bumper Sticker

Raven Collage PJ Set

As Death Journal

Card Goddess Keychain

Winner's Choice of 5 Smeared Ink Digi Sets


Woo Hoo! The prize pack is worth over $300, and we can't wait to give it away to one well deserving blogger or hopper!

But wait, some of you can't participate all month long, and that's okay! Only Wicked Bloggers and Horrifying Hoppers are up for the grand prize drawing, but if you can't do either of those you will still have the chance to win some Sinister Lurker prizes! We will be hiding sponsor scavenger hunt pictures randomly throughout the month on various participating blogs...if you find one on any given day, you will be put in for that day's prize drawing. It may be a coupon, a free digi, or a Halloween goodie, who knows! We are working on some great sponsor prizes for the scavenger hunt this year, and it will be well worth your time to visit every once in a while. Plus Smeared Ink will be sponsoring each and every Friday!


The Rules for Sinister Lurkers:

Scavenger items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Wicked Bloggers are able to participate and find scavenger pictures as well, unless it is hidden on their own blog.

So there you have it, all the prize info for 31 Days. We hope you will be able to join us to kick it all off this Saturday! See you then!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Halloween Hop and Release from Smeared Ink

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going wonderfully so far. Today we'd like to share with you that Smeared Ink is releasing some more Halloween images! To celebrate, of course we have to have a new release blog hop!

Our fabulous design team will be showcasing samples today to inspire and intrigue you. We hope you will visit all the blogs to see some great art, and when you are done swing by our shop to pick up your favorite new images.

Before I share my project, here's a look at the newest Digi sets and singles. These are all available in our shop now, and later today you will be able to get the individual images from the sets as singles as well. The great part is ALL of our digis are now instantly available when you make your purchase! If you haven't used the new site yet to download digis, you will love it!


Smell My Feet

Build A Graveyard

Babies of the Damned

Inner Workings

Zombie Headshot

Heavy Metal

Goth Fairies

Hallo Kitty

Elvis Grumpie


So for my projects today, I once again tried some digital work (cause I'm starting to love it!)
I used the Zipped Heart from Inner Workings on my first project. Then I used the Wire Corset image from Heavy Metal and the I Adore You Saying from Smitten in my second project.


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I really love the versatility of these images, as they are not all necessarily Halloween themed. I have so many ideas that I can't wait to share with you! In the meantime, please hop on through the blog roll and be sure to leave lots of comments! Thanks for visiting and we hope you enjoy the new images!

Terra (you are here!)

Tori

Black Dragon

Lady Brayton

Kapree

Sugar

Paula

Ike

Freddie

Celina

Jane

Monique

Heather

Our Guest Designer Sara

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pieces and Parts September S&S Member Hop

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged Forum member blog hop. Each month we give all of our forum members a chance to share a project with everyone and hop along for some really fantastic inspiration. We have some newbies joining as well as some seasoned monthly bloggers, so I really hope you enjoy the hop today.

This month our theme is Pieces and Parts, and the challenge was to use at least two stamp or digi images combined to make a "new" image or focal point on your project.

For the first time ever, I have made an all-digital project. Thank you to all those digi artists out there who have proven to me that you can really make some fabulous pieces using all digital work! I must say, it took me just as long to work digitally as it would have to use actual 3-D supplies, and it was super fun!!! The card is pretty simple, but I like it. If anyone has any tips to share after you've taken a look, feel free.


For my card I used images and words from five different Smeared Ink sets. The spider web is from Candy Is Dandy rubber set, the Obsession sentiment is from Heart Wings digi set, the pumpkins are from The Patch digi set, the screws are from Urban Decay rubber set and Lonely Boy and the Halloween sentiment are from Lonely Boy and Puff rubber set.

Before I forget, just let me mention that we are so excited because very soon we will be offering all of our rubber sets in digi form as well! This gives you instant access to some of your faves! If you haven't signed up for our newsletter yet, please visit our store site and sign up; then you'll get all updates and new information first.

So now that that's done, back to my project. There's not much I can tell you about process as it's all digital work, but just know that it took a really r-e-a-l-l-y long time and I hope it shows. I decided to make this a Halloween themed card, cause let's face it, Halloween is all year long in my house and I'm just a little bit obsessed! Plus it's kick starting my butt to get in gear for 31 Days of Halloween (have you signed up yet? Visit the link for all the info!). I used this month's Very Sketchy card sketch for my layout. If you like the sketch and want the chance to win some prizes, visit the forum and check that out as well! You have until the end of the month to enter all of our challenges.


I am entering this into the following challenges:

365 Cards Day 191 So Not Me- Digital work is definitely NOT my style!

CASE Study Challenge #56- I took the blue, orange, and black as inspiration. I'm not sure if digital work counts, but decided to share anyways :)

Crafty Sentiments Designs- Halloween- My card is completely Halloween themed!

Creative Card Crew- Anything Goes

Paper Play Challenges- Use 2 or more stamped images. I'm not sure if digital work counts, but I used four rubber stamped images and two digi stamp images



I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at my project. Below is the blog roll for all of the participants this month, so please hop through from blog to blog and leave them some comments about their work- we all love to hear what you think! Thanks for stopping by.


Terra (YOU ARE HERE!)

Black Dragon

Jane

Kim

Celina

Kapree

Heather

Lady Brayton

Kristy

Monique

Lisa

Ike

Jean

Dianne

Kelli

Sara