Thursday, 14 April 2011

April Blog Hop for Smeared and Smudged

That time again. I squeezed in some time to be able to join in this month.
For anyone not in the know, Smeared and Smudged is a forum for those of us who like to work "out of the ordinary". Alternative, Vintage, and Gothic Art Rubber Stamping. The home of Smeared Ink stamps.
This is my offering. I worked with the digi set "Smitten" but didn't measure things up quite right and one image has been left, coloured in but no place to go, for the moment.
The challenge was to use Metal in there somewhere but not brads or eyelets.
My first project is an altered tin. It was a money box. Hubby broke into it when it was full to take the pennies down to the bank for my grandson's a/c to be topped up.

All images are coloured with pencil and blended with m.o. ink distressed with tattered rose D.I. and stuck on with and coated with mod podge. some old ribbon top and bottom.

Another image I used for a card. The metal here is some "hat pins" and a "lobster/crab pot" with a little metal peg to secure the sentiment. The images here are coloured with PMs. The winged hearts are from another Smeared Ink set, Heart Wings. Generous amouts of DI and copper mica spray to give that "fly spotted" look. Some lace on the hearts panel.

This card is to be offered into the Smeared and Smudged Card sketch challenge.

The rest of the gang will have some more fantastic eye candy for sure. the hop list is
Lady Brayton
Black Dragon
Croms - that's me
Don't forget to go visit them all

Challenges I am entering this into
Truly Scrumptious - Vintage
Smeared and Smudged - Sketch challenge
Digital Tuesday - Use a female image
Dream Valley Challenges - Things with Wings - a whole panel of winged hearts here on the card
Ellephantastic Challenges - Anything apart from square or rectangle = Does a round tin count?


  1. The tins are gorgeous, very clever. Love the card, I could think of a few to send it to, ha ha.

  2. How very creative! The lobster/crab pot is brilliant! I knew exactly what it was to be!!!

  3. great projects, that altered coin tin is fabulous!!

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

  4. Love the tins and the card fantastic work
    Luv Jane xxx

  5. Great job on the tin, like how you used several different images and the coloring is fab. I'm lovin' the card, all those little hearts flying up the side - perfect!

  6. Hey Helen, these are pretty neat, love them

  7. Wowzers! Two projects?! You totally rocked the smitten images! The card is fab and I am in LOVE with that tin!!!

  8. Fantastic job! Don't you just love these images?
    Took me a minute to fully get the card --but I LOVE it!!

  9. This is beautiful Helen! Love it when people recycle/reuse/upcycle things. Beautifully colored images, so soft & pretty. The card is very pretty too!

  10. I love these projects! Isn't the Smitten set fabulous? I love it. You did a wonderful job with it. So glad you got to hop with us!!!

  11. Wow hun what fabulous projects. Hope you are well. Thank you for joining Ellephantastic Challenges this month. Hugs Helen x x