Thursday, 12 January 2012

January Bloghop with Smeared and Smudged

Hardly seems like yesterday that we had December's bloghop with the 12 days of Christmas. Then Christmas and New Year and I still am trying to sort things after that. Hey Ho.

The theme this month is MESH IT! Interpret this how we like. Can use mesh, mesh images together, have a mesh texture...etc. Use the imagination and have fun with it. Also, not forgetting the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine).

I went with some really simple cards this time. I have had a couple of projects in recently that have taken up more time than normal. Both cards use Smeared Ink stamps. Some digi and some rubber.
First up is using some black mesh ribbon. Oh and some glitter card stock that hubby bought for me as a surprise last week. The girls dared me to use it!
Oh I need to invest in a circle cutter of some sort! The image is The Valkyries, a digi stamp. Coloured with promarkers and cut out. Mounted onto three glitter card circles. The backing card was embossed and then glossy accents used to highlight the swirls. The mesh is used as the backing for the sentiment (computer generated by me). Some little die cut flowers to balance and just a touch of gel pen.

The second card is the start of the valentine cards I have been asked to make. Features one of those lovable rogues - The Grumpies. This one is again a digi "Shot Grumpie".
Isn't he great! Coloured with my trusty promarkers. The Hearts on the outside are from the digi Heart wings set "Grungy Heart". Coloured with promarkers again and dipped in UTEE. The mesh is from an old "net curtain" that's been sitting in the attic for a while.. A rectangle cut down the centre part way and gathered to form a heart shape. Tied off with some ribbon. This was attached to some well sanded core-dinations with some brads. You can't see all the grumpie here because he's partly hidden by the heart shape cut out of the front.

Here he is, with one of the sentiments from the set having been ink distressed with redDI. Two of the mesh stamps from "Quoth the Raven" rubber have been stamped using white ink onto the black cardstock. These will be coming back to the store soon I'm sure. The "blood" is just red glitter gel pen. I don't think anyone would be clean after being shot, do you?

Now this is a hop and there are oodles of projects made by the rest of the gang. They'll all be fabulous so go hurry and look them up. Leaving some luv along the way of course.

A couple of challenges I am entering
card 1 - The Valkyries
Passion for Promarkers - Inspired by a song ("We will overcome" by Thursday)
Craft your passion - Mythical creatures
Magical Mondays - Magical creatures - anything goes

card 2 - Grumpie
Crafty cardmakers - no floral embellishments


  1. Two FAB projects Helen. You have done an amazing job with the Valkyries.....your colouring is beautiful :)

  2. Fabulous creation. The colouring on the Grumpie is superb and I love the mesh heart. Awesome creation with the Valkyries - so glad you had the bottle to use your glitter card. :-D LoL Fantastic xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Wow. I love both of thes offerings! Cute Grumpie valentine. The top card is just amazing with the colors and sentiment! I especially like the three glitter circles as a design element!

  4. Helen,
    Wow such fab cards girly!! I love them! I just adore the Grumpies!! You have really done an awesome job on your cards! Your so creative!

  5. This a such a fun card & a cute image. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

  6. An unusual take on a valentines card - thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  7. Neat project- I love how you put the mesh over the Grumpie- cool idea!

  8. OMG Helen... You have been so busy! I love all your cards! And the one with the heart curtain piece on is sooo cool! Hugs!

  9. these are all so great! awesome images! and I love the blood on the struck grumpie!!!

  10. Oh this is fabulous - what detail! That must have taken some tedious cutting! Great balance and lots of great detail to enjoy on the first card. The cute monster behind the veil is a great idea, too! Two great cards!

  11. love all your cards, specially the Grumpie :-)
    fab. job

  12. I love the Valkyries image...and you used glitter card... well done you! I knew you'd make glitter card look good... i had no doubts.
    Your grumpie card is so unvalentines... i love it! I like the touch of blood.... good call...of cause he'd bleed.... but would it be red? ...i'm in my 'star-trek' mood again!
    Congrats on being gruesome again... you have quite a collection.
    Fantastic pieces again my freind you always come up with the goods.
    much love BD x

  13. stunning card.i love the image and your design and colours are fantastic.
    thanks for joining us this week at PFP ;D

    xx coops xx

  14. what a variety of cards i love the little grumpie!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time and hope to see you again soon.

  15. Fantastic cards love them
    Luv Jane xxx