Happy Monday! We've got something to brighten up your day - a new release and blog hop!! We've worked really hard to get these new images out and our DT & GDT have created some beautiful and inspiration eye candy! Please take a gander and leave them some love :)

New sets:

We hope you love them! Now off you go to check out the DTs wonderful creations! :)

New Release Blog Hop

Black Dragon
and our GDT

Coming soon - rubber to digi:



Li'l Grumpies

Occassional Grumpies

Creepy Li'l Grumpies


Bunnicula Inspired Hop

Hello Everyone! Today we will be sharing some creations inspired by the book Bunnicula! This was one of my favorite childhood books (series) and I hope that if you haven't had the opportunity to read it that maybe one day you will - and maybe even share it with your children. :)

Our challenge was to create something inspired by the vampire bunny (as long as you use a stamped image)! After our hop is over we will be swapping our creations - just an added bit of fun :)
If you like what you see and would like to join in some fun stuff in the future, head on over the the Smeared and Smudged forum....we have monthly challenges, monthly member hop and swaps....and lots of fun compradore!

On to my creation. I worked with one of Smeared Ink's new Vampire bunny digi images. I hope you like it and enjoy the hop!! You are sure to see some wonderful things!

In case you haven't read the book - the tag reads " Take good care of my baby" in Russian. It was on Bunnicula when the Monroe family found him in the theater. :)

Now - off you go!

Blog Roll
Black Dragon


April Member Blog Hop - FRIDAY THE 13th PHOBIA!

Alright folks, sorry for the delay! Welcome to our April Smeared and Smudged Member Blog Hop! Since we had an opportunity of working with THE DREADED FRIDAY THE 13th - i thought what better way than to showcase our fears and phobias! I challenged our members to show us what they're scared of. Today you are going to take a peak inside the minds our our members - hope you don't get lost!

A little background on my biggest FEAR...I've always been obsessed with the UNDEAD, and then while I was pregnant with my daughter (almost four years ago) my emotions got the best of me - imagine that - and I haven't been the same ever since. I have sleepless nights, visions of things hunting me down, horrible nightmares when I do sleep....etc. I think it has definitely changed from being an obsession to being a full blown phobia. I know zombies are popular right now, and I am just as caught up in it as everyone else....but they continue to keep me on my toes and thinking "what if". I've done loads and loads of research so that IF the zombie apocalypse were to actually happen, I would have a fighting chance to protect my family. The biggest thing that scares me is waking up to find my family already turned and trying to eat me. I have a VERY VERY overactive imagination and those of you that know me pretty well can probably imagine the things I see!

OK, So I started this Zombie Journal last year during our annual 31 days of Halloween - well, the front cover, anyway - and I hadn't touched it since. I've been meaning to add to it, so that is what I've done for the hop today. The pics aren't the best, but I hope you get the gist of it all! I still have a lot to add to it too. All the articles came from the Zombie Research Society and all the stamps used are Smeared Ink.

This is the cover that I did last year. The skull image is from  Smeared Ink's Anatomy 101.

Inside cover...nothing too crazy here. I wanted to keep it simple.

Close-up of right page....the bottom part folds out to reveal another article.

Close up again of this page....the maps fold out. These maps show the danger zones in my city and maps locations that might be of interest if there is an outbreak (like places to find supplies and weapons)

This page is pretty cool... It has a similar map but also has two articles....The first is  "which cities are zombie farms?" where it lists cities with high population. The second (beneath the first) is "CDC rates cities' survivability" Both of these articles flip up so you can read them and the page underneath. More pics below.

Another close-up....the brain is a pop-out!

Well, I hope you like my book so far! It's taken some time and I will definitely share when I add more to it! Now off you go - visit all the other wonderful members! I hope you don't develop any new phobias!



Smudgy Antics Challenge - EGGstatic!

This weeks challenge at Smudgy Antics is a REAL challenge.....not for the faint of heart. You have to step outside your comfort zones and be a rebel!! Here is the challenge:

This week we are challenging our devoted followers to decorate an egg.
Keep in mind, a stamped image (rubber, clear, or digi) MUST be used in your project and you must adhere to the rules posted in the sidebar on the left in order to qualify for the random draw. If you are in need of some alternative Easter images, Smeared Ink has some new digis in the shop!

Are you up for the challenge?
Because we know this may be a hard challenge for some, we will also accept projects that are egg shaped or contain egg shapes. We do hope that many will actually try to decorate an actual egg or plastic egg though. Why limit your stamp use to cards when you can embellish all types of items with your stamps?

Step out of your comfort zone and dare to be different.
Grow as an artist by trying something new.
Get inky and painty and get supremely messy.

Most of all, have fun! 
So - in honor of this great challenge, I decided to play along - and let me say, IT WASN'T EASY! I, because I'm crazy like that, chose to work with a real egg. But you can use plastic eggs if you are more comfortable....or even just egg shapes in your project. Here is my offering. I took butt-loads of pics...sorry, but it's so menacing looking I wanted to get a few different angles.


OK. So, I "emptied" my egg by making holes in the top and bottom of the egg and then blew the egg until all the contents came out (get your minds out of the gutters, people!). It was fun....and my cheeks got a workout! So, my next step was to cut my shell in half so I could add some hinges. This wasn't easy, but I managed to get it done with my dremel tool. I had to wear protective eye wear because egg shell was flying everywhere!

So, after that was done, I took some hinges off of a little box i had lying around and glue'd them to the egg shell with some epoxy glue....stinky and it seemed to take forever to dry! I used masking tape to hold them on while I worked on my other stuff. The rest of the work was just painting, glueing, and coating in UTEE.... I used two different Smeared Ink stamps...Wings from Quoth the Raven and the Anatomical heart from Candy is Dandy. I'm thankful I didn't crack the shell before I took my pics and happy to say it is still in one piece sitting in my craft room! Yay! I hope you all take the challenge and decorate an egg for us this week!!! And don't forget to check out the DT's wonderful inspiration, I'm a proud "mommy", they did EGGcellent work!