Sunday, December 30, 2012

come muse me

Happy New year everyone.I have made a few 2012 pieces to say farewell to 2012 and come muse me 2013so here we go
 one of my new goals for 2013
alter more...there is a button on my blog which takes you to Lesley 's 'The art of altering"...she is fabulous and I will be taking a lot of her tutorials this year.
Down at the bottom of my blog there are buttons to everything Wendy Vecchi and all things Tim Holtz..I cannot say enough about the incredible things I learn there not to mention the awesome people.
There is more... 
there is a button at the bottom of my blog..creative souls please check it out..I will be spending  time there as well.
Alpha't do it with out ranger inks and Alpha stamps!wonderful products talent artist like Laura Carson, Rhea and the famous Caroline and so many more.  I wish I could just sit and list everyone that means so much to me..and if you don't know them would..and, in time be fond of them as well.
This applies to all I have done from altering 
To Tim Holtz,

 Wendy Vecchi,

my new goal is to also learn to play with Dyans Dylusions

 and journal journal journal!

There is Smeared Ink..oh yes. The dark world I play in with wonderful wonderful people.Talent oh my gosh..indescribable. Out of my comfort zone once but fear creates art..what we are afraid to learn we often are very good at..and there is always room to grow in the world of art.

In march I am taking tutorials under Traci Bautista..I will be posting more details soon on that.

I am also moving various parts of my blog to my main store blog
and hope to add products and downloads and so much more there and also to my store ...
Thank you to wonderful friends like Kristy...mailed your Birthday card today..late as always :)

 and the digital art challenges like Smeared Ink....I am hooked.
Happy New year to all my wonderful friends in all the awesome cyber space places you love to be... 
Stay safe...stay well and thank you for the wonderful friendships.
susan s.

Welcome to my blog.
This is my new piece for Smudgy Antics..
scraps..we all have scraps right?
I would love to see what you can do with please come play with us.
The rules are explained on the blog at

see you there! I used red rubber stamps from 
Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.

susan s.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hey everyone..I want to share this with you

Happy New Year everyone..2013 !!!

I want to share with you something really awesome my friend Caroline is doing...I cannot get her widget to post on my side bar so thought I would just do it this away!
Please go to
Of course I want to but she is so creative and talented wanted to pass the word around...take a look at her blog.
susan s.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

my final post for smeared ink 12 days of creepmas i am on vacation !!!1

Well today is Saturday yea!!!!!The first day of my sons vacation and a break for me to:) :):) which i am extremely happy about.I have not had a break in three years here at my folks house and Stephen has not had a vacation in two years sooooo welcome to my post a day early for
Yesterday i made over 22 Christmas cards which many of you will get late:) sorry. and I made LB's snowman ...I still have not embellished..partly because i would like to figure out what I want to embellish with and I have not had the it is.
Thinking freddie should just move over or step down ..haha

so there is my snowman. I also wanted to share with you a picture of the many cards i made yesterday...

Hope is fellow co workers like them.
 and a big request....A
  wonderful friend of mine has a little granddaughter in the hospital..a newborn.she quit breathing and the doctors need to find out why.
Call her Lilly in your heart song, your prayers..but please hold her close to your heart.
Happy Saturday

Friday, December 21, 2012

Smeared ink 12days of creepmas blog hop

Today is simple for me. I am making regular Christmas cards and running out of time I might   add so this is a simple post.

Smeared Ink has a journalism group  which this year I must confess I have not been faithful too of my new year resolutions is to focus more on journals.

This is the foundation of one I am working on right now and I need to add words to get it posted for this weeks forum. I am not that good with journals yet they are one of my favorites.

you can learn more about this group at.

I hope to see you there.Here is my almost finished piece

 needs more crows I think and now thatthe gesso is dry i can add nore color and maybe collage a edgar in there yes?
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

welcome to wendy vecchi studio 490 challenge 56 and smeared and smudged creepmas blog hop day 10

Welcome to Lily and the Lotus.
I am Susan S. and I am happy you stopped in.
My first piece is a wonderful art challenge given to us by Lori with
My piece is simple. I used studio 490 'Art by the Number LCS 005. A Tim tree die cut and numbers from Tim Holtz  grunge board digits and punctuation.I used barn door stain and distress ink tea dye,picket fence stain and white dabber.
I added a few pearl embellishments .
I hope you like it.
How do you like my tree topper?I love the Blossom Bucket pieces.
Thanks for peeking at my challenge 56 piece.
and now...
moving on I would like to say welcome to day 10 of 
today I am sharing the gifts I made for Helen . It is my fault she does not have them yet, they were not mailed when I had wanted to mail them, but ,they are mailed and Helen I hope you like them.
The first ornament is for her son..yes we are like sisters here at smeared ink..We love each others children grown and small deeply so here it is.
 Helen is a fantastic lady and a incredibly talented artist. Please click onto her name on my side bar to view her blog.I will not spoil it for sorry to say you too will have to wait until she takes a picture of it.It is a smeared ink image..and I will say no more
 have a wonderful day.

 susan s.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

new smudgy antics challenge

Good Evening from West Texas.
It is time again for a new Smudgy Antics Challenge and the theme is colors.Please go to
for more details and please read the rules.

These are the colors you are to work with..again..please read the rules as to how many colors you are to chose and please look at the Dt pieces which I hope inspire you.

My piece was based off of  somerset studio autumn  2000,page 88 titled ' URN',
many different artist collaborated to exhibit their use of a stamp of a URN.
One was of a textured canvas displaying the urn three times.
I chose this form of media to work with .
I first took my manilla folders and glued three together and trimmed to a perfect 8x10.
I covered the manilla folder in gesso lightly letting it dry each time. I applied eight light coats creating a canvas effect.
I used sage green distress stain, tea dyed ink, and fired brick red accent in barn door, weathered wood which is a slate color picket fence and staz on jet black.
The stamp I chose was out of my new Smeared and Smudged ink set..the skeleton hands wreath.
I used a paper machae heart distressed in picket fence,sage, weathered  wood and fired brick..and made a act using sage and pencil khaki.
I continued two other points below the heart and folded in the continual sentiment stamping along with the wreath.

The tag was cut and stained in fired brick stamped with a unknown filler stamp I use for everything penciled in  gold into the leaves and two copy cat acts were placed onto the tag to continue the color flow.
There is my piece..attached to a package. i bound the four corners before attaching with twine and added black ribbon to the tag.
I hope this inspires you to read into your old favorite magazines and create your own interpretation of them..that is what art is about. your interpretation .
hope to see you at smudgy antics this week.
susan s.

Please see post below for day nine blog hop piece.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day Nine of Smudgy Antics twelve days of Creepmas Blog Hop

Welcome to lily and The lotus.
This is day 9 of
The image is a smeared Ink image..from the French fairy collection I am getting.  I love them.
No it's not a Christmas image but check back with me tonight I will be posting my  Smudgy Antics DT piece and I have a nice surprise .
Thank you all for your kind words and have a beautiful day.
susan s.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day eight of smeared inks creepmas blog hop

Welcome to Lily and the Lotus.
I am susan s. and I and making my offering for Day Eight of
This is from My First red Rubber stamps from Smeared Ink... yes I love them
I am making photo pages for a here is page one front and back. 
The stamp set is As Death. it has very classic images which is teaching me to work on more of a classic inking experience I think..any way here is the back to page one

so what do you think?
I used four colors,
Tim holtz distress victorian velvet,weathered wood, I used picket fence stain and staz on jet black .The border on the second piece is from studio 490 'art by the number'.
I hope you like my photo pages...
Thank you for stopping in
susan s.

It's a new day!

It's Friday everyone! Yeeaaa!
It is windy and cold here this am in West Texas so I felt like a snowflake act was needed to start the day.
Its a new day! Make it a beautiful one.
susan s.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Days of Creepmas Day 7

Good evening. today was a fab day for 12/12/12.Times birthday so to speak...
Happy day Day 7 of
You are at The lily and The and I am susan s.
I used one of my new rubber stamps for today's post and added a native flair..
I hope you are joining our Smudgy Antics challenge this week at
Here is my offering for today.
susan s.

Learning to layer

This is a quick post to show you my layering greeting card.

Layering is difficult for me and only because I have not done a lot of practice makes perfect they say. of course I used a Wendy Vecchi stamp set..Art by the number LCs005
I ran the distress ink tye dye over the card and stamped the measurement large stamp from left to right  and then the border stamps on left and right bottom. At this point I use white gesso and pasted in some simple art"stamp" looking cut outs.

I brushed over the "peacock feathers" stain and dabbed a few places at random with barn door stain.

after adhering the cut out stamp picture images I am not sure where i got them..I gesso(ed) over that.anything with a red image I kept the gesso off. I then stamped with the flower from The set of stamps from studio 490
I penciled in red with my pencils from Ike the flower and leaves my wonderful PRISMACOLOR pencils  .
Many of you from my other groups may ask who is Ike...well she is a wonderful friend ,I love like a sister...I met her at
and you can see some of her awesome art also at!__digital-art-stamps
I sprayed some wonderful Dylusions mica spray in the right top corner and added a stamp the lady in the heart from Involke Arts.
Then I stamped in the sentiment from the stamp set..and could not resist the numbers from my Tim holtz set.

I hope this makes a little bit of sense to you ..anyway here it is..and thanks for stopping in.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Greetings this Tuesday afternoon..I hope your day is wonderful.
I have colored another Rick St. Dennis son named him creepy elf dude! lol
well I thought he was cute.
Here he is and have a wonderful evening.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rick st. Dennis challenge piece and Dilly Beans challenge piece

Happy Monday afternoon/evening December 10,2012

well while we are waiting to see if the world is ending..I am making fun art. 

I went to rick St. Dennis blog spot..
and...wanted to play along.
so this is my entry...I am having fun...

Please don't forget the challenge at 
this is my DT piece
This is my DT piece

 last but not least I also wanted to play in a
It has been so long since I have done that and Alison's beautiful card so inspired me to do it again..thanks for the inspiration.
Here is mine
Have a wonderful evening
susan s. 

smudgy antics and poisoned peas please new pieces!

Greeting on this chilly Monday of December
I have two wonderful places where I have made a new DT piece One is 
The theme is Distress It ..and I did. I used Tim Holtz fired brick red and and Barn Door red,Vintage Photo and tea die..I used the blending tools and of course my handy paint brush,glossy accents and a white gel pen...and last but not least staz on jet black.
The wonderful images are from
I just love the little rat with the temptation of choice.
I hope to see your entries for this fun challenge..please be sure to read the rules and have a wonderful time making a fun project.

 Bring in the Euro Clowns! this is a wonderful image from Rick st. Dennis and I made it for the Challenges I hope to see you enter at
Rick St. Dennis has graciously shared his wonderful images for all of us to make delightful fun filled cards, tags and wonderment for each other in sharing via contest or blog or a surprise in the can find his challenges at
and his etsy store addy

Have fun and come join us
hope to see you soon

susan s

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day five smudgy antics creepmas blog hop

running late son wanted me to watch movie flicks since last night and today cleaning and putting up Christmas lights so wanted to share my crazy tag with you five of
I also want to share with you a journal page a RSD image 
 Have a wonderful sunday evening.
susan s.