June Member Blog Hop on Smeared and Smudged!

Thanks for joining us today for our June Member Blog Hop! We got some talented people joining in to show you some awesome projects! If you haven't visited us on Smeared and Smudged yet, please check us out...it's an awesome network of alternative artists and stampers that have come together to share ideas, support, and to showcase their art! We have great monthly challenges with great prizes from all kinds of different sponsors....IT'S JUST A CLICK AWAY! Come join us for some fun!!

OK, so, on to the hop. Want to know what our theme is? Since the weather is getting so nice and we'll be spending so much more time outdoors, we were asked to use a natural element in our projects!  There has to be some sort of natural element that we found outside included in our projects. It can be a stick, a rock, a pressed flower, a leaf, a bone, etc. This is right up my alley since I live in the country and find cool stuff all the time!

Here is my offering:

The natural element is the feather that I found....I colored it black with my stamp ink and added some silver. The stamp I used is RIP Birdy - this is the freebie digi you can get this month by playing along in one of our challenges on the forum!! Keep in mind that the only way to get our freebie digis is to play along with a challenge - they're not available to order through our shop.

I also created this card towith our Guest Designer Challenge from Susan (Susan's Crafty Chaos) in mind. Her challenge was to make it MONO! This is the first time I've ever tried to make a card without more than one color, so I hope it works (silver doesn't count as a separate color, right? - it's gray, which is just a tone of black, right? - oh well, LOL).

I also entered it into the Macabre Monday HDH093 Challenge - Kuriously Korroded with Kenny K. "Create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece that is distressed in some way. Ripped, smudged, torn, sanded, acid-eaten, burned, mangled... you get the idea." I used a lot of distressing with my black ink and also ripped around the edges...so it counts! :) I love when I get to play at Macabre Monday!

Here's the rest of the hop participants! Be sure to leave everyone some love!!

Tori <---Me!




OK, here we go...the winner of the Scentsy Prize is.....


Congratulations! Go to my website and pick out your DIY warmer, DIY theme pack, and three scents of wax! Email me and let me know what you're choices are!! 



1st Annual Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop with Smeared and Smudged!

Thanks for joining us for our first ever Smeared and Smudged Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop! Our friends over at Skull A Day started a campaign to get today, June 4th, officially recognized as National Skull Appreciation Day – what a fabulous idea!!! We are BIG fans of the cranial cavity over at Smeared and Smudged so we decided to join in on the celebration by offering up some fabulous art from our various members!! We really hope you enjoy the ride – there are 37 blogs on our hop today so have a great time and be sure to check back at Terra's blog for ways to win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors!! Also, some of our blog hop participant (including me) are giving away prizes...so pay attention and win some cool stuff!!

In honor of Skull Appreciation Day I created several projects. I was up all night last night working my cranium to make these craniums look cool!!! Ha ha. Anyhoo, here are my offerings:

First, a couple of cards to warm you up. These cards were made using Smeared Ink stamps. We gave away some freebies for the blog hop participants and I wanted to color them up and give them some character.

For my main project, I started another journal...yep, ANOTHER journal! LOL. I have a weird obsessions with zombie apocalypse...and since we're so close to 2012, I figured this would be fitting. I used the side-facing skull from Smeared Ink's Anatomy 101 digi set. The rest was created with gesso, tissue paper, distress inks, paint markers and a little bit of Mod Podge. I titled my journal "How I Killed the Infected"....the journal will consist of anatomy lessons on how a zombie "works"....and the most affective ways to kill them. I'm really excited about it!!

Front Cover

Front cover view with spine

Alternate view

Skull detail

Bloody handprint detail


Among the many things I have my hands in....I have a Scentsy business. I'm going to give away a DIY Warmer, Theme Pack and three bars of wax – YOUR CHOICE OF SCENTS!! To qualify, become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment. It's that easy! On Wednesday, I will choose a winner using a random number generator! GOOD LUCK!! You can check out the theme packs and more details about Scentsy here in case you aren't familiar with it :)

Alrighy then! Now continue on to see all the other wonderful projects! Have fun!

Tori <----me!


Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop List for Tomorrow

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