MESH IT! Smeared & Smudged January Member Blog Hop

It's that time again! Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Our theme this month is MESH IT! We asked our members to interpret this however they'd like...they could use mesh, mesh images together, have a mesh texture...etc. The more imagination THE BETTER!

Well, I have to give a little bit of a story with my project. I have never used mesh before, nor did I have any lying around my house. As most of you know, I'm a pretty busy gal and end up waiting until the last minute to get things done - mainly because I don't have time to think about it until the deadline hits me. Typical artist, right? On my lunch break today I decided to go look for some mesh. My first attempt - Michael's. WRONG! They don't carry mesh. By the time I figured it out my lunch break was over (you know I can't go to Michael's without walking through the entire store and drooling over all the stuff I can't afford to buy- that takes time). So - on my way back to work I spot a Wal-Mart. I thought "what the heck, I'll be late and surely I'll find some mesh". Well - I found some mesh - in the form of a sink strainer. You know, the thing that catches all the nasty stuff that you don't want washing down your drain when you're cleaning your dishes....yea, that thing. So I bought it. LOL....and my mesh adventure begins! After I got home from work I made dinner for my little one and as we sat eating our freshly baked frozen pizza I worked at removing the mesh from the metal frame. This is a tricky process. The little metal wires close to the edge fall out - I think I might have ingested some before I realized it was falling apart over my pizza - let's hope not! After a while of struggling with the frame I decided I was just going to force it out - and now I have a big boo-boo. The metal frame sliced right through a couple layers of skin....a little deeper than a paper cut. Now I'm pissed, right? The only thing I can think to do now is put on my 'Ove Glove' for protection and just rip the thing apart! IT WORKED! Yay me! LOL. (I hope you're all amused :) Sorry for rambling, but I'm getting tired...

OK, that's it...enough story time. The rest of my project consists of a raw wood frame, some flat black spray paint, some versamark, UTEE, skull beads, the dreaded mesh, some cool paper out of a magazine, a rubber stamp from Urban Decay (Smeared Ink) and my digi stamp Gear Heart (Smeared Ink - Inner Workings set). I colored my frame with the flat black spray paint and set it aside to dry. I colored my digi with my prismacolor markers and added some glossy accents for highlights. I cut this awesome background image from a print magazine and stamped the words "Love You" in versamark....used UTEE clear to make it shiny. After my frame dried I used the same process except with the Urban Decay image to create some awesome texture. I think the gloss texture on the flat black really stands out. LOVE IT! I placed my background in my frame with the mesh and filled it with my skull beads. Then the final touch was gluing the heart onto the outside of the frame...Here you go, hope you like it!!

And here are the rest of the bloggers bringing you some wonderful projects today! Be sure to leave them some love!


Tori<----that's me!
Black Dragon

Challenges I will enter with this:
HDH #115 Macabre Monday - Metal Mania
Cup Cake Craft - Something New (the mesh is new and first time ever using it)
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop Challenges - Embossing (my frame texture is embossed and the words "Love You")
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Something New (the mesh is new and first time ever using it)
Crafty Creations Challenges - Something New (the mesh is new and first time ever using it) 


  1. GORGEUUUUUUSSSSSS creation - I can even see the added blood on the mesh !!! (not really). What a fabbo story behind this... the things you Do for art !!! Great project Hun :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. LOL love your story Tori :)...... all your efforts were worth it...... this is FAB!!!! especially love the little skull beads :)

  3. That's super cool! I just LOVE the little skulls and it's a great use of mesh! I wondered what other people were going to do with mesh! It's fabulous! (I got pressed for time, too - so I totally get it!)

  4. Tori,
    Fab project! Love how you painted the frame! And Im digging those skull beads! Way killer cool!

  5. That settles it! I am getting an Ove Glove ASAP!! LOL!
    Great story (been there, done that) and cool frame! I really like the use of the UTEE to add that texture to the frame.
    Thanks for taking the challenge this week at HDH.

  6. Very cool creation. Love all the elements you've incorporated into it. Thanks for joining us at Little Miss Muffet challenges.

    DT Member

  7. Tori - how fun! Love your story and the lengths you went to for MESH! No time for me to play along but enjoying what you all did!!

  8. Awesome creation!! I love the mesh and your fabulous skull beads! Thanks for playing along with us at Stamps R Us!
    Tammy :)

  9. awesome Tori. That was some effort you put into this, in more ways than one. So glad you persevered. Hope the finger's not too sore.

  10. treat story! I like your project- great dimension.

  11. Tori... I love your frame! Now for the mesh... you just had to use metal, I have learned to use fabric or things that can't BITE me! I loved your story as well! I hope that you heal quickly, because we have a big and fun hop for next month! Hugs!

  12. awesome frame, love the skellies

  13. this is awesome! your so talented! I love the frame and I must case your idea...glad I have that stamp! beautiful work...sorry about the boo boo :(

  14. Absolutely brilliant. Love it. Thanks for sharing it with us at haunted design house x

  15. lol sounds like you had a time.. But it was so worth it in the end. That is an awesome piece.
    And now you can use the other metal piece of strainer for something else someday.

  16. Hey you forgot to enter this piece at SMUDGY ANTICS! (RECYCLE)
    I love the texture you created on the frame... and those little skulls.... snap! I used them too.
    I love the way you combine elements...you really are a mixed media kinda gal.
    Thanks for playing at HDH.... the new tats in the post below look wonderful... both of them. much love BD x

  17. Hi Tori,
    I totally see myself in your story lol. Firstly it wouldn't bother me much if I was running late for work, let alone having to look at absolutely everything crafty that would sastify my craft hunger & still not be able to afford it lol. I haven't worked with wire mesh before, maybe I will one day but will remember to use the Ov mitts :)

    I love your frame. Very unique & creative. You have put alot of hard work into it & you should be proud of the end result. A job well done.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Delightful Challenges & we hope to see you there next week. I hope you had fun with it.
    Sounds like you did, so thats a bonus :)
    Good luck :)

    P.S I have some blog candy if you're interested :)

  18. Wow this is great! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges

  19. Great creation! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafty Creations this week.

  20. Certainly different....lol, love how you've used your embossing too,thanks for joinign us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.

  21. You've used some fab techniques in this unique creation.Great work.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  22. Great piece love it
    Luv Jane xx

  23. Great piece love it
    Luv Jane xx

  24. wow what an amazing frame...love all the texure and the embellies are awesome
    thanks for joining us at the digi doodle shop and good luck
    tracey x

  25. Wow this certainly pops from the page Tori great use of all the techniques.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenges.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  26. This is a true original! Thx for taking the Pixdie Dust challenge!
    Mary J x

  27. This is fabulous! How creative, and hopefully worth the pain. =D Hope your finger is better. Thank you for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop!

    xx Star

  28. Scrumptious and unique design.You put little skulls, they make your card more fantastic.It is totally creative work.like it.

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