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Susan R.


January S&S Member Blog Hop - ANYTHING GOES!

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. It's been a long time since I was able to get crafty so this was a much welcomed Anything Goes challenge! Here is the blog roll for all the participating hoppers this time around. Have fun and we hope you get plenty of inspiration! 
Blog Roll
Sue The Nanny
Molly The Fishmonger
Now, on to my offering for today's hop. I have lots of photos to show my process so bare with me. :)
My mom gave me an awesome ring that she found while shopping some junk sales. The only problem is that I'm not a fan of gold…especially when it's costume jewelry. But….the other features of this ring were too awesome to just toss aside...
…as you can see….pretty cool, huh?
So, I decided I wanted to give it a new paint job and make it something that I would love to wear. It started with some Patina paints, some black acrylic paint, some paper towels, some sticky jewels and some glossy accents! 

Wooooo….it was fun. I used Edgar from Smeared Ink's Quoth the Raven set. I took the digi into photoshop and made him REALLY small and added "Nevermore" above his head. Once printed I glued him on, framed him up and glossed him down :)
Hope you like it! I'll also be entering it over at QTR - Quest #28 - Anything Poes Challenge.
(excuse my poorly manicured hands)
Thanks for looking!



Please read!!!

Amongst all of the other awesome stuff I post I will also be asking for your votes on a beautiful picture of my daughter. She is in a FB contest to win a trip to Disney World. The voting is DAILY starting Dec 1 - Dec 24. There are hundreds of participants and they're all adorable. So I really need your help! If you could vote for her daily and share it that would be the best thing in the world. This is her picture and a link to vote for her.

Link to vote:

Thank you!!


September Design Team Throwdown- Challenge #9

In case you aren't familiar with the Design Team Throwdown and just happened upon my blog, please take a visit to check out what it's all about and to see all the great entries from the awesome DTs that have been participating! We would love for you to come back and vote starting on Friday, Sept 27th! Remember to vote fairly - check out all the entries before you vote for your favorites and be sure to leave the players some love on their blogs!


Now for the guts of my post - For September the challenge was picked by the Challenge #8 champs DELICIOUS DOODLES! They chose the theme: METAL MANIA.

Metal is not a medium that I'm very comfortable with, but I love the look of it! The first thing that came to mind for me was "steampunk". So - i rolled with it. Here are some pictures and details of my creation. Since I created a little book there are TONS of pics :)


A little more detail if you're interested:
I happen to have the Vintaj machine so I used some of my dies to create some cool steampunk patters on some metal blanks. I've been wanting to do metalwork for a long time and have been collecting little bits here and there but have yet to really learn how to do anything amazing with it. I did a second set like the one below and painted them really cool with some patina paints and then didn't get to use them because they didn't match anything else in the project. It was a shame, but I'm sure I'll use them sooner or later!

For the cover....I had a shiny goldish paper that i used to cover some cardboard pieces that i cut from a box. Then i used a gear/cog stencil and my dylusions spray inks to create the cool background.

For the pages, I used toilet tissue rolls that were flattened and then covered them in graphic 45 papers. I used some distress inks, goosebumps sprays, and some metallic ink pads to make them really look great. Each page has an insert that can be pulled out. I learned this from Shell's awesome new group "Cheapskate Crafter" on the Smeared & Smudged Forum. THANKS SHELL! It was so much fun!!

After I punched all my holes I used a really cool textured paper to make the book spine and them embellished it with my metal bits.

I also attached the buckles to be used to belt the book and hold it closed.

Got this awesome rose cameo from Horribell and painted it with my metallic ink pads.

I used bronze, gold, and copper.

The stamps I used are the Toxic Ballerina and Toxic Twins from Smeared Ink. They are not released yet but will be soon! They were colored with Copics and highlighted with a white gel pen.

OK, I think that's most of the details and pretty much all of the pics....I won't go into too much more detail about all the stuff, but if you have questions I will be happy to answer them! I hope you like it and really hope you come back to vote!!


Smeared & Smudged Design Team Throwdown #7

Here we go folks! We're already on our 7th Design Team Throwdown at Smeared and Smudged! 
Our Theme is:


This time around we were to embrace the chunk! 

I created my Chunky ATC from a mix of different materials. Clay, cardboard, paint, mesh, glue and masking tape. This ended up being no where near what I had envisioned, but I don't have the time to redo it, so I hope you like it! The clay was stamped with Smeared Ink rubber from the Morte set, baked, and then painted (multiple times - i just couldn't get the look i was going for). While the paint was drying I created the rest of my ATC out of cardboard....using various colors of acrylic paint. Masking tape and mesh were added for texture. The main clay piece is inside the cardboard and a window is cut out for the reveal....and the die cut fence placed in front... :)

I really hope you all have a chance to stop by the Design Team Throwdown page to check out all of the awesome submissions by our start design teams! These challenges are A LOT of work so show them some love and be sure to stop back by on Sunday to VOTE for your favorite (Voting Starts: Sunday July 28 by noon)!

I also entered this into the challenge at HDH:

HDH172 Macabre Monday - Get Yer Chunk On