31 Days of Halloween- Coming Soon!

Welcome to the planning stages of 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN 2011! Are you ready for round three? We are super excited to be bringing you our third annual Halloween/Day of The Dead celebration here on Smeared and Smudged, and we really can't wait!

Once again we are recruiting Wicked Blogs to join in the 31 Days extravaganza of projects, so you'll have a plethora of Halloween goodness to feast your eyes on all month long! The challenge for the Wicked Blogs is to participate all month by providing a different stamped project each and every day in October. If they complete the task, they will be entered into the huge prize drawing at the end of the month!

I know I am looking forward to the challenge again, and I hope you are excited to participate as either a Wicked Blogger, Horrifying Hopper, or Sinister Lurker. Here's how you do it...

Wicked Blogger

What You Have To Do:
Wicked Bloggers sign up to make and post one Halloween or Day of the Dead project for each and every day in October. Sign up begins on August 17, 2011 and ends on September 20, 2011. To sign up, add your NAME and BLOG ADDRESS to a comment under this post by September 20, 2011. All Wicked Bloggers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

The Rules:

Wicked Bloggers must post one project each day in October on their blog by 9AM Pacific time in order to qualify for the grand prize drawing. The project must be handmade and stamped with either a rubber or digi stamp. This year we are allowing all digital projects as long as they are the bloggers original digital art.

Bloggers must also post the Wicked Blog list with links to all participating blogs in either their daily posts or on the sidebar of their blog for easy access. The Wicked Blogs list will be posted here by September 25, 2011.

Horrifying Hopper

What You Have To Do:

Hop through each of the Wicked Blogs that are participating and leave a comment on each project. No need to sign up, just start on the first day and work your way through all the blogs. All Horrifying Hoppers will receive a Survival Button at the end of the month to proudly post on their blog.

The Rules:
You must leave a comment on EACH participating blog EVERY day in October to qualify for the grand prize drawing. Your comment should be about the project or something related (i.e.-no "Here's my comment for today" or "I'm here!"...these types of comments won't count!) If you miss a day or a blog, you will still qualify to receive a survival button, but will not qualify for the grand prize drawing.

Sinister Lurker

What You Have To Do:
Some of you can't participate all month long, and that's okay! Only Wicked Bloggers and Horrifying Hoppers are up for the grand prize drawing, but if you can't do either of those you will still have the chance to win some Lurker prizes! We will be hiding scavenger hunt pictures randomly throughout the month on various participating blogs...if you find one on any given day, you will be put in for that day's freebie drawing. It may be a coupon, a free digi, or a Halloween goodie, who knows! We are working on some great sponsor prizes for the scavenger hunt this year, and it will be well worth your time to visit every once in a while.

The Rules:

Scavenger Items will be hidden randomly on the Wicked Blogs, and are not guaranteed to be available every day. You will have to visit blogs to find them. If you find one, you will email and let us know exactly where it was and your name will go into that scavenger item's drawing. Each person who finds the "hidden" picture will get one entry. The drawing for each scavenger prize will be the day after it was posted and winners will be chosen by random number based on who emailed. Wicked Bloggers are able to participate and find scavenger pictures as well, unless it is hidden on their own blog.

Grand Prize Drawing Doesn't this all sound like fun? I know WE can't wait!!But wait, I know you are now asking yourself "What huge prize drawing at the end of the month are they talking about?" In addition to some awesome scavenger prizes provided by some pretty amazing sponsors, we are offering up a glorious concoction of 31 Days goodies worth over $300! We have the pictures up soon.

How To Win It:
Each person who successfully completes the 31 Days as either a Wicked Blogger or a Horrifying Hopper will receive one entry toward this prize drawing. If you successfully complete both, you will receive two entries. (Meaning if you are a Wicked Blogger and you comment on every blog every day, you have successfully completed both)

That just about covers all the rules and regulations for this year's celebration. If you represent a business and are interested in sponsoring 31 Days of Halloween by providing a scavenger prize, please contact me us at smearedinkstamps@gmail.com. We will feature your website during the whole month of celebration!

If you'd like to spread the news about 31 Days, feel free to grab one of the buttons here. Also just like last year, we have opened up a special page on our forum for all of you to gather and share your thoughts during the whole 31 Days preparations and throughout the month of fun. Please come join us! We can't wait to share 31 Days of Halloween with you, so sit back and enjoy the ride!


August Smeared & Smudge Member Blog Hop

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Want to know what our theme is? It is paint! Yep, we got all sploshy and gooey with one of the messiest (and funnest!) mediums around.
Here is my offering:
I used an image from Smeared Ink's Calaveras Digi Set (designed by our very own Lady Brayton!) - colored with my prisma color markers. The little book was purchased at michael's for like $1 with the intention to alter it. Here is is before I put all the goop on it!

So, I painted over it with white acrylic and then green acrylic paints and heated it up with my heat gun to get the texture you see here. When I applied the paint i left it really thick in areas so that it would bubble up with the heat. My next step was adding the fringe to the inside of the cover with a little hot glue...Then, I went back to the outside cover and used my mulberry marker to highlight the textures over the green paint. I added some velvet ribbon for a tie closure, glued my sugar skull on top...and then made some flowers out of ribbon (for the first time evar! what do you think, freddie?)...and voila!

Don't forget to check out our other members work today!! They've created some wonderful things for you!!

Lady Brayton

Oh Yeah, and don't forget our 5 DAY ONLY DIGI SALE!!!!! LOTS OF SAVINGS TO BE HAD, DON'T MISS OUT!


Announcing the NEW Smeared Ink Design Team!

We had so many wonderful applications and want to thank all of you who applied! The choice was a hard one, but in the end these ladies and gentleman rocked their applications, and will now be rockin' the Smeared and Smudged Forum from August through the end of January. Congratulations!

New Design Team Members

Welcoming Back Design Team Members

That’s right! We now have TWELVE Design Team Members! WATCH OUT WORLD!!
Check out their wonderful blogs, and be sure to come by the forum to see all the wicked projects they will have to offer.