Valentines Day Blog Hop Smeared and Smudged Style!

Over at Smeared and Smudged we were challenged to create a Valentines Day/love themed card without using hearts, the colors red and pink, and anything cute. This is hard because we like to use BLOOD over at Smeared and Smudged, but with no red, we had to do something different!

So, for my card I used the Smeared Ink stamps from Shadow Thingies. This is actually the first time I've used these little guys and I love them! I also added some wings to them and the sentiment from Smeared Inks digi set Heart Wings. I hope you like it.

The card is made to hold a little gift card from the Belfioré Spa...something I have gotten as a v/day gift from my husband before. :)

Oh, and be sure to visit all the other members participating in the hop today! You're sure to see some fabulous work!


Smeared Ink Sponsors Delicious Doodles!

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by our Smeared Ink/Delicious Doodles combined Blog Hop. Smeared Ink is sponsoring the challenge today over on the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog, and we'd like to invite you to go over and participate in today's challenge for your chance to win 5 Smeared Ink digi images of your choice!

For the hop today, members from the Smeared Ink and Delicious Doodles design teams have gotten together to bring you some fabulous projects that feature some of the images from the Smeared Ink digi line. I'm sure you'll get lots of inspiration, so be sure to visit each stop on the hop and leave all of the gals some love for their hard work and creativity!

For my project today, I chose to work with our newest digi image, Aphrodite. Now you may be saying to yourself that you haven't seen this image yet. That's because Aphrodite is not available to purchase in our shop. How can you get her, you ask? Well, she is an exclusive freebie image that we are giving away to those who participate in any of the Smeared and Smudged Challenges this month. Yes, you heard me right, ALL participants can claim this exotic digi, so please swing by the Smeared and Smudged Forum and check out all of the February challenges. Each challenge has it's own theme, and you can find all the links on the left of the main forum page.

For now, I have a very blurry picture that I had to take from my phone. I will be updating the picture as soon as I can today, so please swing by a bit later and check it out! I can't wait to tell you all about my card!

*EDIT: here are some updated photos, not sure how much better they are because they're still from my phone, but at least better lighting.

I used the DD hop sketch for my card. This is my first time ever using a sketch, so I hope I did ok. I wasn't sure how much leeway was allowed.

I used background images that I cut out of magazines. One cool thing about my day job is that I get all kinds of cool print samples. These sample magazines are full of textures and varnishes...pretty awesome. I chose an image of a blue balloon and layered it with an image of a sea shell. Then, I used my glossy accents to create some splashy waves that I added some clear beads to. I cut out some fish shapes and used them to frame the bottom corner of my Aphrodite. She was colored with prismacolors and I added some yellow beads...don't they look like scales? This is my first attempt at using beads, I think I like them better than glitter! :)

Anyhoo, I cut her up, and layered her and that's pretty much it. Hope you like her!

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Please enjoy hopping through all the other projects, and be sure to visit the Delicious Doodles Challenge and the Smeared and Smudged Challenges.

Tori (me)