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Sunday, April 28, 2013

"The Curse of the Glitter Fairies" Mini Book for Smudgy Antics Glitter & Gore Challenge

Hello Friends!
 We're now entering week 2 of Smudgy Antics Glitter and Gore Challenge!
We challenge you to bring on the gore but you must bling it up with glitter!  Are you up to the challenge?  As always the Smeared Ink design team has your back if you're in need of some inspiration and here's my mini book to give you some ideas on how to combine glitter and gore into one fabulous project ;0)

"The Curse of the Glitter Fairies"
My title is in French on the book cover

All the images are by Smeared Ink:
French Fairies digital stamps,
Angel - As Death and the Winged Heart - Heart Wings set

Thursday, April 25, 2013

DominoART Challenge #3 'Toxic Tonic' Half-O-Ween Playing Card + Domino

Hello Friends!

 DominoART's 3rd Challenge started Friday April 26 and here's the inspiration piece I created.
The featured game for this one is Playing Cards and the theme is Half-O-Ween coz May is DominoART's 15 Days of Half-O-Ween event.  I'm looking for scary creations to feature so if you'd like to play then pop over and check out all the details here!

'Toxic Tonic'
Click on the photos to enlarge so you can see the details.
I used a Crooked Deck playing card and a domino on my easel type card.

Stamp the crooked playing card with one of Tim Hotz Skull Components stamp in Blazing Red StazOn ink.  Make a black card with two narrow folds on the sides with the side flaps cut at an angle so it stands with a slight lean backwards.  Distress the edges of the playing card and the black card with Tim's Paper Distresser tool.  Adhere the playing card and decorative Halloween border strips (Recollections and Martha Stewart Crafts) along the sides with Quick Dry Adhesive and Tim Holtz Idea-ology tape along the top and bottom edges.  Attach an apothecary label to the card with tiny staples....I nearly added authentic blood drops to my creation after stapling my finger tip when my stapler jammed...ouch!


Now for the domino...apply Meadow, Pesto, Cool Peri and Purple Twilight Alcohol Inks to a white standard sized domino surface and all 4 sides.  Rub at the surface with a wet baby wipe until some of the colour is removed for a distressed look.  Stamp the Tim Holtz X-Ray Components stamp onto the domino with Jet Black StazOn ink and add a portion of the paper tape that says 'Poison' to the bottom edge.  Colour the word 'Poison' with red Sharpie.  Seal the domino with a few coats of Krylon Artists Workable Fixative.  Age and distress the card with Tea Dye Distress Ink and then adhere the domino to the card with Judikins Diamond Glaze.

Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Serenity of the Sea" Asymmetrical Asian Amulet

Hello Friends!

This month the Blockheads Paper Arts DT has been playing with Grungeboard and today I'm sharing an asymmetrical Asian-water themed necklace I designed with Blockheads stamps, Jet Black StazOn ink, Grungeboard Shapes - Stripes, Perfect Pearls, Magic Transparent White Viva Pearl Pen and jewelry supplies.

I used the following stamps from Blockheads Paper Arts: Waves and Chinese text from the Chinese Princess set and the Seahorse from the Seashells with Round Sand Frame set.

My necklace is also reversible!  For an all silver look just turn the necklace and the fish charm around!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Vintage Alice Illustrations" Spinner Domino Book and Birthday Celebrations News!

Hello Friends!

I've got tons of news to share with you today!  There's lots to see, do and take part in over on my DominoART Blog right now coz we're celebrating our 11th Birthday ;0) 
Here's a list of everything so pop on over and join the fun!

DominoART's Next Top Mascot Doll Contest - The Search for the Next Dominique Doll
Dominique Doll Scavenger Hunt
 May's 15 Days of Half-O-Ween event sponsored by Lost Coast Designs - open for sign-ups now!
and we're entering into the 4th week of
DominoART Challenge #2 Alice Domino Books sponsored by Rick St Dennis

Today I'm sharing another one of my domino books.  Last week I made a book with Doublecross Dominoes and my theme was 'Down the Rabbit Hole'.  This time I've made a vintage Alice illustration book with vintage Spinner dominoes and the Rick St Dennis Digital Alice Domino Book kit Rick designed especially for DominoART in celebration of our birthday :0)

I used the 'Alice' image for my covers and the 'Through the Looking Glass' pages for my book.  The images were printed out onto white paper and torn to create the ragged edges.  I coloured the covers with Copic markers but left the pages uncoloured so that they'd look like illustrations in my vintage copy of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

 After accordion folding the book pages I aged them and the covers with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The dominoes I used are a yellowish cream colour and are slightly smaller than a standard domino.  These particular ones are called Spinner Dominoes because they have a brass pin in the center of the domino face which allows them to spin around.  I decided to adhere the book covers to the face of the dominoes so that you can see the pips, that's what the dots are called, and I stuck the brass spinner pins back in afterwards too.  I also decided to make this one into a more traditional book with a spine so glued the backs of the pages together.  Before adhering the pages to the dominoes I added two lengths of black embroidery floss as my tie closure then adhered the pages to the dominoes with Judikins Diamond Glaze.  I completed my mini vintage book with the title and the author's name, Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  I actually scanned a page that only had half a page of text on it from my vintage Alice In Wonderland book into Photoshope CS6 and typed out the text using the same font as the book in the blank area.  I printed it out, tore the edges, treated them with Tea Dye Distress Ink and adhered the pieces to the spine of my domino book.  I then tied the black floss into a bow to close the book and knotted the ends.

I hope I've inspired you to come and play in the Alice Domino Book Challenge and I hope to see you all over at DominoART enjoying the Birthday Celebrations Bash too ;0)

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * Lost Coast Designs * Smeared Ink * About Art Accents

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doll Contest going on NOW over on DominoART!

Hello Friends!

I'm currently celebrating the founding of the original DominoART Yahoo group and on Thursday April 18 DominoART turns 11, Woohoo!

One of my main Birthday events is the search for the next top mascot...Dominique the DominoART Doll!  It's time to put the search out again ;0)

Will your game art doll be the next Dominique?
Come and join the fun!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"The Girl that's Hidden" Zentangles for Smudgy Antics

Hello Friends!

It's week 2 of the Smudgy Antics "Tic Tac Toe Challenge and yesterday I shared my first Zentangle creation, "The Girl with Daisies in her Hair", which is based on the three items I selected from the Tic Tac Toe grid:  Paint, Doodles and Cardboard.  I got my Zentangle action on with two digi images from Smeared Ink's new Hidden set and today I'm sharing a more complex Zentangle creation titled "The Girl That's Hidden".

Monday, April 15, 2013

"The Girl with Daisies in her Hair" Zentangles for Smudgy Antics

Hello Friends!

We're now into the 2nd week of the Smudgy Antics "Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  Select three items from the Tic Tac Toe grid up on the SA blog and get creating!  The Smeared Ink design team has you covered with some fantastic ideas and here's mine!  I selected Paint, Doodles and Cardboard to play with and got my Zentangle action on with two digi images from Smeared Ink's new Hidden set.

Today I'm sharing "The Girl with Daisies in her Hair" and tomorrow I'll be sharing a more complex creation titled "The Girl That's Hidden"!

I added the black frame in Photoshop CS6 and printed the Smeared Ink image out onto white cardstock.  For the 'doodles' part of the Tic Tac Toe challenge I decorated the girl's hair with my 'daisies' variation of the Nzeppel Zentangle then added the Hollibaugh Zentangle in all 4 corners.  I used a combination of 01 - 05 black Micron pigment markers by Sakura and a pencil to add shading.

  I used my Perfect Layers tool #1 to trim leaving a 1/8" border of white cardstock then adhered the panel to black cardstock with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  Then used Perfect Layers tool #2 to cut the black mat leaving a 3/16" border.  I'll be posting more about these fabulous tools this week but in the meanwhile you can use the links to check them out and don't forget to use my special coupon code Leigh5% to get 5% off your entire Perfect Paper Crafting order!

For the 'cardboard' part of the challenge I tore a strip of corrugated cardboard and stained it black with Black Soot Distress Stain.  Once the cardboard was dry I used my 3rd selection for the challenge which is 'paint' and dry brushed on white acrylic paint to highlight the corrugated ridges.  I folded a sheet of white cardstock in half to form the card base and adhered the cardboard with Quick Dry Adhesive then adhered the main panel with Create & Craft 3D Silicone Glue.

I have the Zentangle books that are available from Design Originals but you will also find a wealth of info if you Google the pattern names I used too.

I hope I've inspired you to take the challenge!  Pop over to Smudgy Antics for the chance to win a $5 Smeared Ink gift voucher!
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * Lost Coast Designs * Smeared Ink * About Art Accents

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"Bird Wings" Window Hanging for Blockheads

Hello Friends!
This month the Blockheads design team are featuring projects created with Grungeboard.  Last week I shared my faux metal scraps photo frame and this week I've been playing with Grungeboard Alphabets, Distress Stains and Crackle Paint, StazOn ink, Blockheads Bird stamps and recycled acetate!

My "Bird Wings" window hanging is sort of along the lines of a sun catcher except it is more of an art piece that allows you to still view the nature out the window through the acetate frame!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nightmare Fun House featuring new Smeared Ink digi images!

Hello Friends!
Today I'm excited to share my bizarre Nightmare Fun House with a scary attraction hidden inside so keep reading if you dare!  I've been a fan of Stephen King forever and my Fun House is something that would definitely mysteriously appear on the outskirts of Derry....dare to enter at your own peril haaaaahaaaaaa!

 I'm featuring some of Smeared Inks newest digi releases so if you like quirky and bizarre then you're going to want to check these out ;0)  I used images from two of their new releases.  Most are from the  Circus Procession set and I used the large mask collage image from the Venice set.  The Ring Mistress is from their Femdom set.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Industrial Grunge Photo Frame with Grungeboard Scraps

Hello Friends!

 Today I'm sharing an Industrial Grunge style photo frame I've created for Blockheads Paper Arts.  The Blockheads team are featuring Grungeboard this month so I went with a faux scrap metal look using scraps of Grungeboard and metallic Distress Stains


Monday, April 1, 2013

Colourful French Fairies with Smeared Ink!

Happy Monday Everyone!

We're now into the 2nd week of Smudgy Antics "Make It Colourful with a twist" challenge!  The twist is you can't use markers or pencils!  Of course there's plenty of ways to make your projects colourful and the Smeared Ink design team has you covered with some fantastic ideas and here's mine using Distress Stains and transparencies!