Monday, January 30, 2012

Smudgy Antics Challenge - Sketch It

Hello, all! I am so sorry that I did not have this post up early this morning but I have been exhausted lately. My sleep schedule is irregular now and I completely passed out on the couch this morning after dropping off my son at school. I am sad to announce that this is the last challenge/project I will be completing at Smudgy Antics as a DT member. It was a whole lot of fun while it lasted! I hope that you will all stop in and check out the challenges in the future; they are always fun and outside the box!

Welcome Back!
Thank you to all the participants of last week's challenge. We always love seeing your creations!

This week is a bittersweet week at Smudgy Antics. It is the end of the term which means we will be saying good-bye see ya soon to some of the current members of the team. On February 1st we will have the announcement of the team for the new term. To honor the significance of our last week together as a team, both Smudgy Antics teams A and B will be joining together for this last challenge of the term.

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge. You may use the sketch as is or flip it, rotate it, etc to suit your needs. Your entry doesn't have to fit the sketch perfectly, but it should be clear that your project was derived by the sketch.

Here is the sketch to work with:

You can make a card, a scrap page, an altered canvas, a mixed media piece or household decoration. It doesn't matter as long as it is stamped somewhere and follows the sketch. For a reminder of the rules, check the left sidebar.

Here is my DT example for this sketch:

Smitten Card. Here is a card I created with Smeared Ink digi stamps from the Smitten and Glam Vamp collections. I used some papers that I have been saving up for years. The problem is that I've had them so long, I forgot what I was saving them for! Lol. I cut up some pieces of a bling flourish and added White Opal Liquid Pearls to it. The flowers are from Recollections. And I colored the image with Copics.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Hello, all! Time for some pageantry... Most of you, paper artists, know that there's nothing like the feeling of creating something for a friend or family member that is truly appreciated. I love creating for others and I often create scrapbooking gifts for family. Well, my cousin Alice looked through my scrapbooks while she was visiting me and said how she would love for me to create a book for her daughter. Her daughter has recently joined the pageantry circuit and she thought this would be a great way to record the experience. I have completed a few layouts so far and have kept with the theme and color combo that she and her daughter chose for this book. I hope you all enjoy this bit of pageantry and glitz!

Enchanted Layout. This page is based on the Scraps of Darkness sketch for December. I used my December SOD kit to create it. The papers are Bo Bunny Enchanted; the flowers are Petaloo and Prima. I used Tim Holtz's limited edition Distress Ink in Ripe Permission for the edges and some of the butterflies. I used a punch for the butterflies and Stickles in purple to create the circle. The flourishes in the corners are Prima Resist Canvas.

Royalty Layout. This page is based on a PageMap by Becky Fleck. The papers are from Glitz Design. I created the flourishes with Liquid Pearls in Lavender Lace, added some mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang in Witch's Potion Purple, and some Webster's Pages Dazzle Gems. The alphas are from Thickers.

Untitled Layout. This page does not have a title yet, since I wanted to get my cousin's opinion about that before I added it. The papers are from my stash (don't remember the manufacturers). The flowers are Prima and Recollections. I used a butterfly border punch for the middle trim and used Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Flamingo. The black flourishes are chipboard from the Bo Bunny Enchanted Collection.

Model Behavior Double Page Layout. This page is based on a sketch from Scrapbook, Etc that was chosen for a challenge I signed up for at The papers are from Glitz Design. Again I used Webster's Pages Dazzle Gems, Liquid Pearls, and Prima and Petaloo flowers. The alphas are stickers from American Crafts.  

First page of Model Behavior.
Second page of Model Behavior.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Smudgy Antics Challenge and C.S.I

Hello, all! It's time for another Smudgy Antics Challenge! This week's challenge is "Tall, Dark, and Gruesome." To view all the details, prize, and DT examples, click here. These challenges are loads of fun and a great way to think outside the box!

Here is my creation for this challenge:

Predator and Prey Card. To fit the topic for this week's challenge, I used this image from the Smitten collection from Smeared Ink. Which is the predator and which is the prey? Lol. I used some My Mind's Eye papers, ribbon, and roses I had in my stash and colored the image with Copics. Then I added Stickles for some added glam. I also used Lindy's Stamp Gang Rudolph's Nose Red Mist and Ruby Red Liquid Pearls. I used my Dymo to create the title. The large rose is covered in Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Be Positive.

I have another project to share with you today. I previously mentioned an awesome new challenge site called C.S.I. (Color, Stories, Inspiration). This is my project for Case File 2!

Beginnings Layout: Case File 02. A layout documenting my recent weight loss of 35 lbs. I used the Mariposa stack from DCWV for this with some lavender cardstock. The gates are from Dusty Attic, which I painted white with Snow Cap Adirondack paint, and the flowers are various ones from Prima, Petaloo, and Recollections. I used liquid pearls in many colors to accentuate the flourishes and lattice on the paper. The alphas are Thickers.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

C.S.I.? & Wonderland

Hello, all! Who would have thought that C.S.I. could tie in so beautifully to the scrapbooking world! Today I want to share a project I completed for a new site. My fellow Diva from, Drea, showed me this new scrapbooking site called C.S.I. (Color.Stories.Inspiration.). Each week this site posts "Case Files" that give you a chosen inspirational image, color palette, elements, and journaling ques. Fabulous and fun!

CSI is a weekly scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new colors schemes and to tell your stories. Our Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way.

CSI is all about inspiration and sharing and, most important, fun! We can't wait to see the stories you'll tell and the art you'll create!

Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for this week's challenge and I only just found out about the site this morning. But once I saw the case file, I had to complete a LO for it! Lol. Here is my page for Case File 01.

Wonderland Layout.  Case File 01. This is something I am MAD about. The journaling reads, "I can admit that ever since I was a little girl I've had an obsession with everything related to Alice in Wonderland.And now that I am grown, I can finally indulge in that obsession." The photo is of the tea party I had on June 25, 2010. I used pins, numbers, repeated stamp on background, and tea cup accents. I documented something mad and wrote the journaling on a tag (behind the top hat).

Wonderland Close Up. This is a close up of the Wonderland layout that shows the flower cluster, some of the tea cup embellishments, top hat, pins, pocket watch, and tag.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Smeared and Smudged January Member Blog Hop

Hello, all! It's another Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop Today!

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Our hop will be on January 12, so that gives you until January 10 to sign up . The blog roll will then be posted on the 11th for everyone to add to their post

The theme this month is MESH IT! Interpret this how you'd like. You can use mesh, mesh images together, have a mesh texture...etc. Use your imagination and have fun with it. We can't wait to see what you come up with! Also, don't forget the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine).

Here is the blog roll:


Black Dragon
                           Celina <-- You are here

Here is the project I completed for this month's blog hop:

Ooh La La Card. For the Mesh theme of the blog hop, I used Webster's Pages Bloomers ribbon since it has a mesh backing. The digi stamp I used for this is from the Smitten digi set from Smeared Ink. The papers are from my stash as were the alphas and flowers. I added some Stickles to the flowers  to give them some sparkle. I also inked the edges of the image and the paper with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Year & A Smudgy Antics Challenge

Hello, all! A happy new year to you! I hope everyone is starting their new year happy and healthy. This is my first post for 2012 since it took me longer to recuperate from my family visit this year. Lol. I love my family and my husband's family as well but they can sure drain a person. This year I am happy to report that my new year's resolution has begun on the right track. Every year I resolve to lose weight and get healthy and every year it goes out the window in the first week or so. But this year I started early (during the Thanksgiving holiday) and began a diet that has changed the way I eat and think about food. So up-to-date I've lost 35 lbs and I can truly say that I will reach my goals this year. Well enough about me! Lol. To start the new year and my creative juices flowing, here is a project that I created for the Smudgy Antics Challenge - Recycle Something.

Crabby Love Gift Box. This box was one that came with a variety of buttons and scrap embellies in it. I can't remember the company that it came from since I've had it in my stash for a very long time. The box was originally solid orange with a clear top. I added some Webster's Pages papers in some of the cubbies and a stamped image from Smeared Ink (Crabby Love from the Smitten digi set), which I colored with Copics. I added some liquid pearl flourished to the lid and some little accents to the inside. the flowers on the lid are from my stash, as are the buttons as their centers. I wanted to create something to remind me that warmer times at the beach will come soon enough.

Here is the description of the challenge. You can also see it here, along with the Smeared Ink DT projects.

Weekly Challenge - Recycle Something

Smudgy Antics is going green and we want you to do the same! 
We have another challenge for you this week, and we can't wait to see your interpretations of our theme!
Here's a reminder about the rules:

*Each Monday morning a new challenge will be posted. It will contain that week's theme and prize information.

*To participate, you must make a project that fits the theme and add it to the post using the Inlinkz linky. Your link must take us directly to your project on a publicly accessible blog or website, or it will be disqualified - so please make sure you're linking to your actual post. It must be linked by midnight on the following Saturday, Pacific Time. This gives you six days to complete the challenge.

*Your project can be anything (card, scrapbook page, mixed media, altered or 3-D item, etc) as long as it is handmade and stamped somewhere with either a rubber or digital stamp. We have taken into consideration our digital artist fans and will be allowing all-digi projects. Feel free to think outside the box and have fun with your project! We are all about looking at things differently and look forward to the variety of projects and mediums we are sure to see.

***Every entry, no matter what stamped image is used, will now qualify for a prize. Encourage your crafty friends to come play with us!

*You may use any stamped image, however only projects using at least one Smeared Ink image will be eligible to win placement in the "Top Three".

*You can only enter and qualify for a prize if you are, or become, a follower of the blog. While you're at it, why not visit the forum as well for more challenges?

*The weekly winner will be chosen by random number and revealed on Sunday. Prizes will vary and may range from a free digi to a coupon to a blog badge. The TOP 3 are 'personally selected'.

I hope very much that you will join in!

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