Monday 30 April 2012


This week's challenge theme is:


You may interpret this anyway you want. Please refer to the side bar on the left for a reminder of the rules.

We love when you guys and gals think outside 
of the box.
  The more creative and inventive, the better! 
 You know those projects you WANT to make, but would be shunned from mainstream sites?
  They are accepted here!
  We get down and dirty. 
 We like it real, raw, and in your face! 
 Let your artistic expression fly free!

 I have used for my piece this week, 4 of the newly released WOMEN OF POWER images from SMEARED INK....
to see what amazing things you can do with these beautiful images join in the blog hop.... the list is below......

Black Dragon!
Lady Brayton
and our GDT MaryKay  

This card is using another new release ....i love the bulls head... gorgeous.

Below is yet another new release...... MILAGROS CROSS....... kept my card simple as its such an intricate design.

I hope you'll join us for our challenge at SMUDGY ANTICS and be inspired by the DT's creations with some of the new releases.
I'll enter the following challenges......
Thanks for visiting.... hope you'll join our DROP DEAD GORGEOUS CHALLENGE at SMUDGY ANTICS and dont forget to join in the blog hop.


Ok, macabre fans... your challenge this week:

"CASE a Minion"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that has been CASEd from one of the Minion's DT offerings. 
CASE = Copy And Steal Everything 

 I have altered a small square jewelry box.....i covered it in black patterned paper and 3 coats of varnish, added a dimension skull SMEARED INK....the links on my side bar....(6x layers fussy cut and dipped in my 'pot) flowers, gold leaves and fancy ribbon around the edge.... the bracelet has skulls on too.... This was made for a friends Grand-daughters 16th birthday.... hope she liked it?! Please go check out the challenge... you dont have to case my project.... i doubt anyone would want to.... you can case any of the minions.
I shall enter this box into the following challenges..... FLOWER POWER FOR A SPECIAL LADY GIVE SOME FLOWERS ANYTHING WITH FLOWERS FAVOURITE STAMP COMPANY/OR FOUND INSPIRATION....smeared ink! FAVOURITES....stamp compay...colour black... altering.... making jewelry... using my melting pot...and SKULLS!
Hope to see you enter our challenge at HDH.... thanks for visiting .... BDx

Friday 27 April 2012


We have a new challenge for you starting today and its BINGO....

I went with flowers, image and punches.... actually made the flowers using might have cheated? 

I used the gorgeous image 'waiting' from DELICIOUS DOODLES..... well 2 of the 3 ravens.... i had to cut it down a bit to fit...sorry Teri.
I coloured mt images with promarkers and ink.... stamped my sentiment on denim blue card stockk....matted it onto black card.....quick and simple.... but thats because i am the worlds worst card maker.
Hope you'll have time to join us this fortnight.... we have a lovely prize on offer as well.

 I'll enter the following challenges.......
Thanks for visiting...BDx

Thursday 26 April 2012


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Black Dragon
Well i'd never heard of BUNNICULA until Tori chose it as the theme for this hop and swap.... so i got to thinking..... what shall i make? Below is what i came up with......
 A small altered doll in a bunny suit..... and a handmade notebook with hidden pockets for ATC's.
The dolls face and hands have been repainted, the eyes swapped for black beads, a little bib has a SMEARED INK bunny image on it. The front of the book has the same SMEARED INK image, 6x layers fussy cut, layered up with silicone and dipped in my melting pot.
 The ATC's are all one off's ....vampire bunnies i drew for this hop.... the book has pages for you to write on, that i stamped, matted and layered.
 This is baby benny..... in his vampire bunny suit.... the bib is to stop is bloody dribbles ruining his sleepsuit.
Below is the dipped vampire bunny on the cover of the book..... cute hey?
I hope my swap sister likes these things and can handle the cuteness..... mind you the doll is pretty scary if you ignore the bunny suit!
Have fun hopping..... i hope you are inspired by the amazingly talented crazy ladies taking part..... i never thought i'd be doing more vampire bunnies....... really once was enough!
I'll enter the following challenges and hopefully give some folk a laugh...... ANYTHING BUT A CARD. ANIMALS ANIMAL ANTICS ANYTHING GOES ....ribbon and lace. THINGS STARTING WITH THE LETTER 'B'..... bunnies, bows, blue, book..... ANYTHING BUT A CARD USE A DIGI IMAGE..... the 3D image is a digi....its also on the dolls bib. EGG-STRA SPECIAL...... the atcs have easter eggs on some of them. ANIMAL FRIENDS ANYTHING GOES LITTLE BUNNY FOOFOO
thanks for visiting me BD x

Wednesday 25 April 2012


I had a little play yesterday and made a couple of tags..... the one above is for the 1st ever challenge  at SMUDGER CHALLENGE BLOG  .... owned by my buddy Andrea, who is an incredibly multi-talented minion at HDH ..... the challenge theme is FEAST OF FOOLS.
I coloured my images in bright spring colours with promarkers to contrast with the hidiousness of the smiling skulls.
The challenge lasts til the end of the month so you still have time to play along.
I shall enter this in the following challenges also.... ANYTHING GOES. YELLOW AND SUNSHINE. FUN AND GAMES USE YELLOW FOOLS

Now over at DRAGONS DREAMS we're in the 2nd week of the challenge set by Frankie... the dragon herself....SECRET GARDEN.
I didnt have my tag done for last week, but Frankie said she was intrigued to see what i'd do with this theme so with more crafting time this week i made this tag.....

 ...its really two tags together ...... move the ivy and see the idyllic garden scene beneath! Its all stamped and fussy cut ( it is all recycled from a canvas i made back in february....and that was using recycled card! )
The images are from various companies..... but the spider and sheep that i adore are from SMEARED INK. I put the word 'welcome' on it as it is one of my favourite words and fits nicely with the challenge at SIMON SAYS STAMP.....
I hope you'll have time to join us at DRAGONS have til next tueday evening. I'll enter these challenges as well....... ANYTHING GOES. FANTASY..... skelly sheep and skelly in a garden wearing a rose crown.... hope thats fantastic enough. men or boys BIRDS OR ANIMALS......spider and dead sheep....most boys would laugh at this! BOLD AND BRIGHT PHOTO INSPIRATION
Thanks for visiting see you soon BDx

Monday 23 April 2012


This week's challenge theme is 
"Rain Down on Me".

You may interpret this anyway you want. 

We love when you guys and gals think outside of the box.  You can use water colours, paint with distress inks and an aqua pen, use spray inks, etc.  Heck, you can even go full grunge on a project and set it out in the rain for a bit to get even grungier or soak your project in the sink or shower for a bit.  The more creative and inventive, the better!  If all that is too extreme, just use an image with water and have fun!  

For this challenge, we also ask that you explain HOW you used water in your projects.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!  Bring it on!

I used images from SMEARED INK..... coloured with water colours, fussy cut, and added them to a background i created on corrugated cardboard.....using watered down acrylic paints. I then stamped over the the whole piece with watery silver paint, to hopefully create the feeling of rippling water.
I made a 'frame' that is supposed to look like the front end of a boat... or maybe a gothic arch.... added sand to my background and foreground.

I added sea shells/weed/netting/stones..... to this assemblage ...... hopefully creating an underwater peaceful scene. I hope you'll come and join us this week for this truly inspiring challenge. 

I shall enter the following challenges with this assemblage...... ANYTHING BUT SQUARE OR RECTANGLE.  FOR A CHILD OR CHILDREN.... i hope my little  'mer' children count. ANYTHING GOES...... and for the BONUS ROUND...... the strangest things i have kept to recycle include....chicken bones..... spent light bulbs..... tin cans i leave outside to rust along with 8'' lump of my hair(i think it might make a great tail for a small hobby-horse)...clown dolls..... WHAT do i plan to do with these things? AS yet most of them i have no ideas for!

Ok, now as its Monday it has to be MACABRE MONDAY,
 macabre fans... your challenge this week:

"Eye Can See You"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that is to use eyeballs or optical themed images.  Now Let's SEE what you can come up with!
I keep my piece for this simple....eyes from ANATOMY 101 from SMEARED INK, coloured with promarkers, matted and layered with red and black card. The words were printed printed direct onto the card base on the computer....clever for me hey?
We hope you'll join in with us this week, and look forward to seeing your macabre/haunting/creepy/thought provoking creations.

I'll enter this piece into the following challenges.... BLACK/WHITE WITH A TOUCH OF RED. it is actually white card.... crappy photo!......and hope skin tones are allowed. ADD BLACK CARD STOCK ANYTHING GOES/FACES ANYTHING GOES.
Thanks for visiting me.... hope to see you at SMUDGY ANTICS or MACABRE MONDAYS this week. love BD X

Thursday 19 April 2012


We at QUOTH THE RAVEN have extended our challenge until MAY 2nd as Ike, the eloquent (as well as talented) member of our trio is incapacitated at the moment...IKE heal quickly...we miss you.
So you have another two weeks to join us..... and our challenge ?
The Master invites thee to create with love and beauty on this occasion and produce an offering To Helen.
A poem to honour her, he wrote thusly:

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea,
The weary, wayworn wanderer bore
To his own native shore

I have created a card...a fatbook page (4''x4'') and an ATC. Click on my title to go to QUOTH THE RAVEN and check out Ike's and Fiona's beautiful inspiration pieces.
I hope you'll join us..... we love looking at what you create using the master's words as your inspiration.
I shall enter the following challenges..... ONCE UPON A TIME..... my pieces are based on a poem. ANYTHING GOES/FACES ...the ATC is on the right. ANYTHING GOES /FACES... card centre back....fatbookpage front centre.
Thanks for visiting me. love BDx

Thursday 12 April 2012


Welcome to another members blog hop....above is the list of fantastic blogs to visit..... you really do need to visit them all, they are an amazing group of wonderfully talented people, who will inspire you with their art depicting their phobias.
I have many things i dislike.... mice/rats and any glitter/sparkly stuff...... but really i have just two real i cant even bring myself to depict in my art work..... the other is.....

..... i kept my piece simple.... black/white/grey with a splash of red. I used digital images and real stamps combined. I used promarkers to shade my images and ink to colour and distress my piece.

Come and check our the SMEARED AND SMUDGED FORUM......
Smeared and Smudged is an online community of rubber stampers and crafters who enjoy using alternative, gothic, edgy, and unique stamps in their designs. We thrive on different and unusual. We welcome the macabre and devious side of things, and most of all, we embrace ALL types and styles of art. Whether or not you “come to the dark side”, your creations should be a reflection of you. Here at Smeared and Smudged, the most important thing is being yourself.
I shall enter the following challenges with my 'fear' and hope that it doesnt offend anyone. DISTRESS... i have ink distressed the whole page LETS GET distressed....and the subject distresses me greatly! SPOTTY AND DOTTY.... i have used SMEARED INK stamps to make my dotty and spotty background. DISTRESSING.... as above...lots of ink distressing.
Thanks for visiting ....i hope you enjoy the hop. Keep safe love lynx