Sunday, February 28, 2010

Smeared & Smudged Feb. Scrapbook Sketch

I did it again. I procrastinated. I waited until the 11th hour to get the Scrapbook Sketch Challenge for Smeared and Smudged done. But at least it’s done! And I am happy with the result! That counts for something right??? Here’s the sketch:

So I of course adapted it to suit my needs… but I think I kept it fairly true to the original.



These pictures are from 2007, when we were in Michigan for my best friend’s wedding. Oh. My. Gods. I am just now realizing that I spelled Michigan wrong!!!!!!!!!!! And I went back and forth about it too… Is there an “i” in the middle or an “a”? And I was too lazy to look it up. Shoot! Guess I’ll have to go back and fix it. You won’t tell anyone will you??? ;}


Anywho… spelling errors aside, I used FOUR different stamp companies on this one page! I don’t think I have ever used so many before! I used A-Muse, Time Flies, Paper Candy and Inkadinkado. Paper is from American Crafts, Prima, and Prism. Pen and inks are Color Box, Tombo and Superior.


I think it’s a pretty joyus page. I love the bright colors… it brings out just how sunny the day was. And please take a close look at the picture on the left (you can click on my pics to make them bigger). Look at how very tiny Nix is in comparison to Gene! I love that photo. Ha Ha! And Nix’s face in the other picture is totally priceless.

So have you been to Smeared and Smudged yet? Stop by and visit! We’ve always got some great things going on. Join our group and be a part of an alternative craft style revolution!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Macabre Monday #27: Take 2!

I couldn’t resist. I was inspired! And as any artist should know, you can’t ignore inspiration, you have to indulge it! Otherwise, your muses will get pissed off and go elsewhere to give out their amazing ideas!

So I couldn’t help myself but to make a second card for this week’s Macabre Mondays from Haunted Design House. The challenge is Gothic Asian Persuasion. I saw this amazing drawing from THIS blog that my friend Alex (fellow Smeared and Smudger) recommended for digi images.


I love kites…but this one was just begging to be hidden. I immediately saw a skull floating in the air, but alas, the skulls I have just didn’t work. Then I came across these fab bats that I love so much and thought that they were perfect!


As you can see, I pop dotted them. I also used that funky black patterned paper that I had in my card from yesterday. Figured I’d tie the 2 cards together!

I feel so much better now! I had been wanting to make this card all week. Itching to do it really… So I am so pleased that I got it done! And before the deadline! Go me! Ok, now I’m off to go and make something else!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Macabre Monday #27 Gothic Asian Persuasion

Hello! It is a very white Friday on Long Island. My husband stayed home, (which was great!) and I finally got to do my Macabre Monday card! This week’s challenge from Haunted Design House was “Gothic Asian Persuasion. What a fantastic challenge! I love that combination! I got to use two of my (seriously) all-time faves. What ‘till you get a load of these stamps!


I needed to take a pic of the stamps themselves because they are just so amazing. Both are from Inkadinkado. I have always loved Asian-styled art. Especially Japanese. The simplistic brush strokes, the exquisite beauty they capture in everything… I could really go on and on about it. I even took a course in college about Japanese Lit because not only is their art amazing, so is their literature. Case in point; my blog name is taken from Japanese lit. You can learn about Pillow Books in my intro box above! But on to my card!


So I repeated the bamboo several times in black, then in white. I made the white more subtle then the black. I embossed the cat on a separate piece of cardstock, then colored him in with chalk and colored pencil. Added a couple of cool scraps of paper that I thought worked perfectly too.


Then I remembered about these great metal chops I had from Tsuknieko. I just HAD to include them on this card! So I used them like a wax seal! I never melted wax for a card before! Here’s a close up:


The top character means Eternity and the bottom is Good Fortune. I love the pop of color and the dimension! I really love participating in these challenges! Barb comes up with some amazing ideas and I love to check out the participant’s projects! Now, I am off to see just that! Have a great night!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tea with the Faeries

I have been working with a stamp from Faerie Song Art Stamps. They have been generous enough to supply the Smeared and Smudged Design Team with some of their wonderful stamps, as well as sponsor one of our contests. Please take a peek at their stamps! Some of them are really incredible!


This is a very whimsical card (that’s what my husband said at least!). I think it came out really sweet. I started off by coloring the image, and then found the paper to coordinate after.


I like the tiny faeries coloring the tea cup! Aren’t they cute? I colored the image in with my watercolor markers, and then added some Diamond Stickles to the wings. Sorry- it’s a little tough to see, but it looks really pretty!

The green patterned paper (DCWV), also has a touch of glitter in it. It ties everything all together I think. The design on the tea cup works really well with the pattern on the paper. Added a nice bright pink grosgrain ribbon for a little more pop and voila!

Now I am off to try and finish my card for the latest Macabre Monday challenge! Peace, Love and Vampires!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Just Call Me Ms. July!!!

What a wonderful bit of news I get to share with you today!!! I have been chosen to be July’s Featured Designer for Bombshell Stamps! I am so excited about this!!! I have wanted to be a part of the Bombshell team for a while, and now I get that opportunity!!!

These stamps are SO cool! I am all about retro stuff. Well, ok, I’m all about a lot of things… but retro/vintage is totally one of them!!!

The ladies that I will be working with are super-duper talented (some of them are even from Smeared and Smudged! Huge “”Hello!” to Kelli and Terra!!!). So, if you want to be inspired, then you will need to check out the creations of the Bombshell girls. Want to get started??? You are in luck! There just so happens to be a Bombshell Blog Hop going on today! Just click HERE to get started!!!

Speaking of getting started, I can’t wait to get going’ with making some fab new things with my Bombshell stamps! I will be running out to my mailbox daily, hoping that they have arrived!

So go on and check out the hop! And make sure you check back with me to see what I create for my new Ms. July position!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mommy Mutterings: Nix-Nax: The Why’s of it All

So, I’m trying something new here. I have a ton of ridiculous things that happen with my kids (as I’m sure all of you Mommies do!), so I decided to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Let me know what you think! Today I’ll be writing about my boy. I have a journal that I keep with all sorts of random kid stuff, and I frequently add to my “Nix-Nax” section (get it??? As in Knick Knack but for Phoenix???). This is something that I really need to write in there, but I’ll shar with you first.

Why? Such a simple word. But with endless possibilities. Especially in the eyes of a wee one like my Phoenix. He has hit the stage where he questions everything! And I am a bit surprised because I didn’t think it happened at age 3.

Why do you do the laundry?

-So you can have clean clothes.

Why do I need clean clothes?

-So you don’t wear dirty ones.

Why don’t I wear dirty ones?

-Because it’s nice to be in clean clothes.

Why is it nice?

And on, and on, and on… this is merely one tiny example of how my entire day goes. I consider myself to be a very patient person when it comes to certain things. Explaining, or teaching my kids something is one of them. However, when the “why’s of it all” go on for what seems like eons with no hope of an ending??? I get a bit tired of it.

I really do try to give him valid answers. None of the “It doesn’t matter sweetie, now go play in traffic,” nonsense that many parents do. If he wants to know why he has a penis and I don’t, well, I really do want to give him the truth. But the why’s never stop. Even if I think I have given him an answer that he can in no way form a new question out of, he finds a way. So clever, that little guy is!

After hours upon hours of questions (many of which have already been answered 2-4 times over already), I am just exhausted. Wiped out mentally. The brain cannot function anymore. And I feel awful about not giving him a good, honest answer but oh. My. Goodness!!! Do you need to ask what’s in Peanut Butter? Really???

Yes, he is only 3. And the world truly is his oyster. It’s just up to me (and my husband) to make sure he finds all the pearls, I guess. Which is pretty gratifying. It totally is. But, I do plan on teaching him how to read and research via the encyclopedia ASAP so that he can research everything from bugs to blizzards whenever he feels the need! Of course by then, The Girl will be at the “Why’s of it All” stage.

I must say though, I am thrilled that he is so curious. His vocabulary is amazing and he really seems to grasp what I’m telling him most of the time. Which is why, even though I needed to vent about it a bit, I am really happy that that simple little question pops out of his cherubic mouth so frequently. He is full of wonder, and there is not many things more beautiful and inspiring than the wonderment of a child.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vampy Vampyress

I’m trying to kill a few birds with one stone here… I have a teeny-weeny amount of time so I’m gonna just jump right in. Macabre Monday 26 is called Vampy Vampyress. Would ya believe that I don’t have a she-vamp stamp??? And I had a heck of a time finding an image I wanted to use? My sis happened to find this pin-up style vamp on Deviant Art. She’s pretty cool, I think.


It’s a bit tough to see her fangs, but trust me, they’re there! Also, I came upon another challenge blog this week through Blackdragon’s Blog. Darkness Inspiration is an awesome place for someone like me to be! They issued a challenge called Dark and sinister moon, which I think I am too late for, but wanted to make anyway.


It was a quickie card, but this vamp seems to only want a quickie anyway don’cha think??? That’s all for now. Peace, love and vampires!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Smeared And Smudged Wants You!!!

Hello!!! I have some exciting news to share with you! Smeared and Smudged (the totally unique and rad DT I'm on) is looking to add some new Design Team members!!! How cool is that? Below is all the info you need to apply. I grabbed this off the Smeared Ink blog. Take a peek! Try out! Join an insanley cool Design Team!!!

Do you have a different way of looking at things when it comes to rubber stamping? Smeared Ink is looking to add 5 Design Team Members to the Smeared and Smudged team. Smeared Ink is a brand new rubber stamp company that will feature edgy, unique, wild, sometimes dark, and fun art stamps. 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 forum at Design Team Members art will be featured on the Smeared Ink Website, Smeared and Smudged Forum, and Smeared and Smudged Blog.Requirements for Smeared Ink Design Team Members:*You must have an active blog.*You must be or become a member of the Smeared and Smudged Forum on Ning.*You must be able to upload photos and/or scans of your projects.*DT members are required to design a minimum of four items per month, including three cards and one altered item. Two of these items must use Smeared Ink stamps exclusively. These items must be posted on the forum and your blog, and also be physically mailed in by the end of each month. The other two items can use any stamps and supplies that you like and must be posted to the forum and your blog.*Each DT member will be assigned a group from the Smeared and Smudged Forum. One of your monthly projects must follow the requirements of that group and be posted in that group. The groups will rotate. To view some of the groups available, please visit Smeared and Smudged on Ning.* You must actively participate in The Vent group on Smeared and Smudged. A minimum requirement is two posts a week.* 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 will be showcased on the Smeared and Smudged Blog, Smeared and Smudged forum, and Paper Craft Planet Group
*Your physically mailed projects will be featured on the Smeared Ink website and also used in physical displays.
* You will receive one free stamp set per month to use in your projects.
* You get to network with other wicked awesome stampers who share the same love for out-of-the-norm stamping.
* You get to sport a really cool S&S Button on your blog.To Apply, please email the following information to
terra@smearedink.comNameEmailBlog URLPictures of three cards and one altered item that best represent your style of stamping.What do you think you can bring to the Smeared Ink Design Team? We want to know what makes you tick!Do you feel you can meet all the requirements listed above?Deadline for Submissions is Sunday, March 14, 2010Winners will be contacted by Tuesday, March 16, 2010.DT term will run for six months starting April 1, 2010Websites:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Twilight Tuesday Farewell Blog Hop

The end is here. This is the Twilight Tuesday Farewell Blog Hop. And I can honestly say that I never thought I could have so much fun with people that I have never met! But before I start getting all mushy on you, let me share what Rebecca wrote on the TTIC Blog:

Hey everyone!

It’s Rebecca, bringing you something special for our last Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge. For this event, we’re doing a DT blog hop. Our challenge theme???? ”Love of books, the printed words on a page” since that is what brought us all together. I love to read the newspaper online but nothing beats a printed newspaper on Sunday mornings. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t abandon books (hardcover, softcover, or paperback) to a digital reader. Are you totally digital or do you prefer a good old fashioned printed page in your hands?”

Creative portion: Create a project that uses printed text: a page from a magazine, book, dictionary, etc. within your project, as the background or focal point.

The hop trail will be in a backwards alpha order…
Starting here …. at the Twilight Tuesday Blog

… and ending HERE at the Twilight Tuesday Blog. There’s Blog Candy along the way, so make sure you go through the entire hop!!!

So, you should be coming to me from Beth’s blog. Wanna see what I made??? I’m going to warn you, it’s pretty sentimental. And you guys should all know by know that I’m into symbolism. Here it is:


Please click on any of the photos to see an image bigger. I used the photos from the entire Design Team to make this very special layout. I needed it to be about us. I wanted this final challenge to be about the friendships that were wrought through Twilight. These special books brought us together and I wanted to showcase that. To complete Rebecca’s Challenge, I chose page 118 from Twilight. It’s when the kids all go over to La Push and Bella “meets” Jacob for the first time since they were little kids. I thought this was the perfect page to use. Here’s why: They are a bunch of people just wanting to hang out and have a good time. New friends are made in this scene. Friends that, as the Saga goes on, lasts a lifetime and beyond. I hope to be lucky enough to have made bonds like that with my Twi-Girls. Some of us have gotten very close to each other, and these friendships are so special. Jodi is unfortunately not in my layout. I didn't have a pic of her. Sorry Jodi!


Of course I used the Twilight font for my title and journaling.


And a compass stamp was the perfect addition (thanks for the great idea Pam!). I have it pointing Northwest of course, but the compass also symbolizes that we Twi-Girls come from all over the world.

Here’s what I journaled:

It’s been less then a year since I’ve met these girls. But in that short time, I have connected with many of them in a very specail way. This is the Twilight Tuesday Design Team, and every one of us is so talented in our own way. It has been a pleasure to get to know them, to become friends with them, to be inspired by them. I cherish the time I had with them and I will miss Twilight Tuesday so very much. This group has meant so much to me. These girls have meant so much to me. Twilight Tuesday may be coming to an end, but fortunately, our friendships don’t have to.

I do have to make one important point. There are some other ladies who were not a part of the Design Team that I have become very close to as well. Tia especially. I love her dearly. Laura, Steph, and Liz… all such wonderful ladies and I hope that we all stay in touch. But I really wanted to focus on the design Team here. We have done so much together in cyber space. They will all have a very special place in my heart forever.

As far as the comment challenge from Rebecca, (I don’t wanna get too emotional here folks!)… I love to have a good meaty book in my hand. I love hard covers. I love to turn the pages, to feel the weight of a book… there is no way I could buy a Kindle or some other digi reader. I gotta feel my books. I get such joy turning those pages. Sometimes it really is the little things in life that bring you the most joy.

I think I need to end this here. Otherwise, I’ll keep writing until next Tuesday! To my Twi-Girls. I love you all. I am inspired by all of you. Thank you so very much for the gifts of your friendship. Thank you for including me, for making me feel special, and welcome. This group has been amazing. You were all the light on the other side of my eclipse. To now, to forever, to friendship. xxoooxx

Now hop on back to Twilight Tuesday to complete our farewell Blog Hop!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Twilight Tuesday Farewell Sketch Challenge and Blog Candy!

Hello! I have to say, I’m pretty sad about this post. This is the last Twilight Tuesday Sketch Challenge I get to share with you. As I mentioned before, I am really pretty miserable about the fact that my beloved TTIC is coming to an end. But, I want as many of you as possible to show TTIC a little bit of farewell love and participate in this great Sketch that my wonderful friend Dani made:


You know the drill… make something fab with this sketch and post your link at the TTIC board. Plus, you can win some awesome blog candy from Artful INKables!!! Don’t pass this up! But first, take a peek at what I made!


This adorable digi I have is from Beth’s Stamp Insanity line. I thought it would be very appropriate to use one of my fab Twi-Girls images! Ain’t she sweet? I love her! The sentiment was a gift from Tonya and is from Verve.


I made a gloppy mess of the Lilac Stickles. I didn’t burp the bottle well enough at first, so I just decided to make a mess with it. But I think it worked out really well!!!


And here’s a closeup of Maddie. I colored her in with my EK Success Watercolor markers.

So there it is. I don’t really know what else to say… I’m just feeling real sad that this has to end. But, tomorrow we will have a very special Blog Hop, so please visit all of us tomorrow for that. So until then… have an inspiring day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Keep Looking Up

Hello! It’s Friday evening, and I’m starting to wind down for the night. But, I wanted to share a layout that I made today with all of you.


I had taken this picture of Nix over the Summer. I just love it. He’s so thoughtful and handsome in it. His hair is long and fabulously messy, his little lips look like those of a cherub’s.

I don’t even remember what he was looking at. He’s in our backyard looking at a plane perhaps. Maybe a bird… Or maybe he’s just pondering the wonders of the universe.


I actually printed out the title and little poem I wrote. I haven’t done that in ages. I have some really incredible fonts, but by the time I pick one out, then pick a color, then get the paper in and size it all right… it’s like next year! But this time I was lucky. I found a font that was perfect really quickly, and the blue was actually a stock color!

I added the stud swirls (from Prima) to give the page even more movement then what the fantastic butterflies are already doing. The background paper is from K & Co. the Mariposa stack. It’s just gorgeous right?


I added some Glitz Stickles to the butterflies. They needed a little shine. The little poem I wrote says:

Always look to the sky.

Always reach for the stars.

Always know that you can travel

As far as your imagination will let you.

I used a corner punch from Ek, and pop dotted the picture. I think it’s a pretty beautiful page. The paper and the picture are enough on their own… I just added a couple of little things to finish it off. But really, the work was done for me because my photo and paper were so perfect. So there you have it! Have an inspiring weekend!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Color Challenge #4: Jacob's Colors

So here it is… my last Color Challenge for Twilight Tuesday. It was short lived, but it sure was fun!!! I wanted to make a color story for Jacob. Here it is and what I wrote on the TTIC Blog:


Ok Wolf Girls! This one is for you!!! This challenge is "Jacob's Colors!" We have russet for his skin/fur, back for his long locks (until he chops it off of course!), and olive... well, not every color has to have a meaning! And I really thought that olive green looked great with the other 2 colors! So, have fun and enjoy! You do NOT have to make a Jacob project (although I KNOW that Beth would be thrilled if you do!), make anything you want using these 3 colors. :D

Please join in for Twilight Tuesday's last Color Challenge! I am so glad that so many of you got so excited about these challenges. I am sorry that they have to end...  But, hopefully we will find each other in other challenge blogs! Can't wait to see what you create!

PS: I want to give an extra special Thank You to my wonderful friend Julie who helped me create these stars. There is NO way I could have done them without her amazing help. I love ya girl!!! I hope we can collaborate more in the future!!!

Here is my card featuring one of The Greeting Farm cuties. I know a lot of you use this one as Emmet, but I see him as Jacob as well.


Sorry about the shadow on the bottom. I wanted to keep this card kind of simple. Jacob doesn’t need a lot of decorations. He is just a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve. You know how he’s feeling at all times. He doesn’t hide behind a smile. He’s just Jake. Take him or leave him.


He’s colored in with colored pencils. I think he looks so handsome!


The paw print and the “Jacob” is from Artful INKables. The torn paper is Black Magic Coredinations. I had embossed the paper with a Fiskars plate. See the dots? Subtle I know… but that’s how I liked it for this card. So there it is. My last TTIC Color Challenge. What do you think? I think you should go and make something! But first, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this  challenge – please go and check them out!

 Dani ~ Erica ~ Rebecca ~ Tonya

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Zombie Fairy

It is snowing outside. A lot. I think we may actually have a blizzard going on here on Long Island! Thankfully, my family is home and the kids are actually napping soundly- at the same time!!!

Remember a couple of weeks back when I made my Fallen Angel card for Haunted Design Houses’s Fallen Angel Challenge? Well, I wanted to share the first card I made with the awesome-tastic stamp I won from Stamp It Crazy! But first, I really want you to click HERE to see Barb’s creation- which I am totally obsessed with and wish I could have as my own. ;}

And here is mine:


I’ll be honest… I just couldn’t get Barb’s card out of my head, so I had a tough time trying to do something different. I loved the idea of making her a zombie! But, since I own the stamp now, I can make her a zillion different ways!!!


I love how her coloring came out. I think she’s beautiful… in a creepy sort of way! See her wings? I used fabric paint for them! I wanted them to look nice and globby (is that a word), to enhance the globbiness of the image itself. I think it worked out great!


Of course I had to use my Martha Stewart drippy punch for this card. I sprayed some Java colored Walnut Ink on my striped background paper, to dull the colors out. The punched paper is made as-is. Cool huh? Love that paper!

Please click on any of the photos to see them bigger. I’d like to remind you that tomorrow Twilight Tuesday will have it’s last Color Challenge. I know I haven’t talked about the end of my beloved TTIC. Quite honestly, I don’t want to. I am pretty miserable about it, and honestly there is nothing I can do. It’s not up to me, and I am just so grateful that I have gotten so much out of that amazing group. So, rather then dwell on my sadness, I am moving forward. But more about that at another time. For now, just enjoy the sweetness (?) of my pretty Zombie Fairy!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TTIC Color Challenge #3: Bella & Edward’s Wedding Flowers

I am happy to be bringing you the 3rd Twilight Tuesday Color Challenge today! These are pretty different from the normal Twi-colors of red, black and white, so I am really excited about this challenge! Here’s what I wrote on the TTIC Blog:


Here are the Bella and Edward’s Wedding Flowers! We’ve got Lilac, Orange Blossom (yes, for those of you with green thumbs out there, orange blossoms are actually white…but just work with me here ok? ;) ) and finally, Rose. It’s a very soft palate. And I hate the winter… so I needed a pick me up with these colors! These are the lovely flowers Alice picked out for the Wedding. What a pretty combo of flowers don’tcha think? So create something soft and beautiful for this challenge. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Like I said, different right? So here’s what I came up with:


Now, I’m still sick with this awful cold… so the card is missing a little pizzazz… but at 9PM when I was working on this card last night, the pizzazz-making part of my brain just wasn’t working. That being said, I do think it’s a really pretty card.

I used one of my Sweet Pea Stamps from ching-chou kuik’s Fantasy Art Collection. Yeah, I know… those are all fairies right? Well, so was she… I cut off her wings. I asked her permission first, I promise! I just thought that she made a beautiful bride. A bit more daring then Bella, but if Bella were in to back-bearing couture, maybe this is what she would have looked like!


Here’s a close-up of my bride. Please click on any of the photos to see the bigger. I used colored pencils for her, with a touch of Stickles for her jewelry.


I just happened across the paper with the roses… perfect for this challenge! And I loved the silver foiling on it too! So elegant, right? This whole card is made from just scraps I had laying around. Oh! The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday by the way.

I currently have a very squirmy Rhi on my lap as I type this… so here’s where I sign off. But, please make sure you visit TTIC on Thursday for our last Color Challenge. No, I’m not happy about it, but I promise, it’s a great one!

In the meantime, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this weeks challenge – please go and check them out!

Alison ~ Dani ~ Donna ~ Erica ~ Jen

Jodi ~ Rebecca ~ Tonya

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fairy of the Night: Version #1 for Macabre Monday #24

I am sick. My kids and I have nasty colds. My husband was sick, and now it’s our turn. So, sadly this will be another quickie post.

I made this card featuring another amazing Sweet Pea Stamps image- Fairy of the Night from Plate 29. The Design Team Members of Smeared and Smudged have been asked to create cards and things with some of ching-chou kuik’s fantasy images. How lucky we are!!! So I decided to tie this image in with Macabre Monday’s latest challenge: Purple Haze.


Please click on any image to see it bigger.

I was so excited about this challenge because purple is one of my favorite colors. My other favorite color is teal, so I jumped at the chance to use them together! I think it is such a striking combination.


I used Twinkle H20’s, colored pencils and chalk once again for the fairy. I just love using those 3 mediums together! I also used Staz-On in teal to stamp the background of the card. Added a couple of flowers for some more dimension too.


I hope you can see all the shine. It’s really very pretty in person. Well, that’s all for me. I'm sorry this is so short... My head is in a fog. Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Newborn Layout

Hey everybody! This is going to be a quickie post, as I’ve got 2 kids with runny noses and icky coughs.

I wanted to share one of my favorite newborn layouts I’ve ever made. And it’s not even for my family!!!


Here’s the deal. Hospital lighting sucks. Doesn’t matter how beautiful your skin is. If you are a visitor or the patient. You’re gonna look kinda sick in a hospital. It’s that nasty yellow-ish lighting. So, pictures just come out looking, well, yellow.

I know that people try to go with the pristine blues and pinks for a newbornn page… but it’s just not going to look good with that gross lighting. So, don’t fight it! Go with muted down hues of pink or blue (if you’re even in to the traditional baby colors-I am not.). Go for papers with an ivory hue to them instead of a stark white. Here I used papers from MME and Cosmo Cricket.


So, the moral of the story is. Don’t fight the yellow! Work with it to make a beautiful page. Yeah, it may not be “traditional” baby, but it sure will look fabulous! Like I said, this is one of my favorite baby pages I’ve ever made. And it’s because I worked with the colors in the photos and didn’t try to fight them with the idea of what is normally used for baby. Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Midnight Waiting Version 1

Hello! I have one of my latest Sweet Pea Stamps creations for you today. This image is called Midnight Waiting and it is from ching- chou kuik’s Fantasy Art Collection, Plate #29. I was really inspired by one of the Sweet Pea design team members, Randi Wall. She posted an awesome tutorial, click HERE to see it. Now, I don’t use Copics as you all know by now, so I adapted the look to fit the coloring tools that I do use.


I used chalks, colored pencils, a dash of Stickles and a dab of Stardust pens. You’ll see that I gave the fairy a gray wash, sort of like Randi’s. Here’s a close up:


I wanted the fairy to be very soft. He dress is bold, but her skin, her hair, her wings… soft. Please click on the pictures to see them bigger. Although my version is obviously quite different from Rand'i’s, you can see that the inspiration came from her. I love the look she came up with so I needed to make my own version!


You can see the sparkle a bit better here. So there you have it! Now I am off to make some more cards!

Hey! By the way, did you know that Smeared and Smudged now has a store? You can go there and buy some crazy cool stamps designed by our leader Terra and her sis Tori! Go and check them out by clicking HERE!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Twilight Tuesday Challenge :#61 – A Touchy Feely Vampire Valentine

Yay! Its Tuesday! Time for another fab Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge! This week our challenge comes from the brilliant and super talented mind of my friend Donna. Here is what she wrote:

With Valentines day fast approaching and everybody in a lovey dovey, touchy feely kinda mood, I thought the most obvious thing I could challenge you all to is to create a Valentine’s day card for your favorite Twilight Saga character *sigh*…Rob…I mean…Edward….What?? A girl can dream can’t she??!! …But then I thought….Nar, too easy!

So this is what I would like you to do….

Craft Portion: Make a VALENTINE’S card/project for your favorite character or for your valentine… but…. with texture!! That’s right I want you to add things like lace, raised embossing, distressed edges, fuzzy fibers, metal, cloth, cracked glass, leather, flower soft, sandpaper, anything that adds texture!

Comment Portion: Tell us your favorite Valentine’s story…Or if you haven’t got one, Tell us who you would like to snuggle up on Valentine’s day with from the Twilight Saga…

For TTIC #60, Laura blogged about this awesome heart template she downloaded at Cheeky Magpie. Let’s just say I became a little obsessed with the idea of making cards in the shape of actual hearts!!! I have been diligently working on 3 of them, all at once, waiting for the right time to show them to you. Well, now is the time to show you the first one!!!


I love how this card turned out. There’s a lot going on here… a lot to see and a lot to touch!


Please click on any of the pictures to see them bigger! So first, I cut out the heart. Colored in the edges with black marker. Used Stickles in Fruit Punch around the edges. For more Glitz, I used Cherub Pink and Silver Glimmer Mists along with a Glimmer Screen. Made my sentiment (font is from Time Flies), and detailed it with more black. Added wings (yes, they flutter!), glittered and embossed ‘em, some felt swirls inside, a hint of ribbon, tiny pearls and a pre-fabbed sentiment from Sweet Pea.


You can really see the dimension and sparkle from this angle!


Here is the inside. The brads allow the wings to move. I really love this card. I thought about adding more to it… but I don’t think it needs anything else, except maybe some loving words for my husband!

When I first read the deets about this challenge, I immediately thought of making one of these hearts for it. But, I was going to use some sandpaper… Why? Because as I was rereading Butch’s story from the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Lover Revealed), I read this awesome description that I just loved. It’s about how Vishous feels about Butch.

“The rough bastard somehow smoothed the edges of his life, probably because he was like sandpaper, a scratchy, persistent, wrong-way rub that left everything more even.” pg. 60

How awesome is that??? But, I didn’t have any sandpaper I was willing to give up for the card, and I really wanted to post this one. But, maybe I just gave you some more inspiration???

That about does it for me. I actually really don’t like V-Day. I think you should ALWAYS be telling the ones you love how much you love them. And chocolate should be given all year long! So, I don’t really do much for the 14th…

Now go! Go and see the rest of the DT’s awesome work! But… leave me some love first please!

Dani ~ Donna ~Jen ~ Jodi

Erica ~ Margie ~ Rebecca~ Tonya