Friday, October 24, 2014


Today is the twenty-fourth day of the 31 Days of Halloween Challenge and Blog Hop, sponsored by Smeared Ink and the Smeared and Smudged forum!  Today is Friday, so it is also a Smeared Ink day, featuring images from Smeared Ink.

To see everyone who is participating in the blog hop, follow the blog roll on the right.  If you're following the blog roll, you probably got here from Sue's blog and will want to proceed to Leslie's blog after you've stopped here!

Today I have something a little different from my usual style, although I had a lot of fun making it!  Earlier in the hop, someone (I'm sorry, I can't remember who!) blogged about how they saved all their scraps and odds and ends and used them on Sunday to make a collage.  I thought this was such a great idea that I have been doing the same, except there's no way I can wait for Sunday--I have too much fun doing this to wait for the weekend!

This is one of my collaged backgrounds, with a focal point of the Autumn's Pencil pumpkins popped up above it.

The photos are a little washed out, as I took them in the late afternoon sunlight, but on the other hand you can really see some of the texture in the background.

Here's a shot taken in the shade, which shows the true colors (but not the texture) a little bit better.

I would love some feedback on this piece, as I've looked at it so much I'm not sure whether I like it, it needs more work, or it's just a big hot mess!  Constructive criticism is welcome!

The details:
  1. Pumpkins--from Autumn's Pencil rubber set from Smeared Ink (not yet available to the public)
  2. Background papers--scraps, found papers, embossed scraps
  3. Faber Castell Gelatos
  4. Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Inks
  5. Watercolors
  6. Alphabet--unknown maker


  1. The background does have great color and texture. Wonderful way to spotlight the great Pumpkin images.

  2. I can tell you without did it just right!! That background is fabulous the textures are fabulous as well! Not overloading the background with images was brilliant....I would have added pop up here and had the kitchen sink on it and that would have been disastrous! I am inspired by your work!!

  3. Fading light or not; you did an excellent job with this one! Amazing!

  4. Spectacular background! I love it! Perfect for the stunning pumpkins, great project!~kim

  5. your background is sooo unique. It is lovely. It really works well with the image.

  6. Squeeeeee, I love what you've done with my Autumn's Pencil pumpkins design, they just pop against your scrappy background!

  7. Oh WOW! Love that collaged background! So gorgeous and artsy and works so well with the fab pumpkins. Fabulous! xxD

  8. Love the pumpkins and the contrasting background +

  9. Great background and love the pumpkins, this stamp set is beautiful.

  10. I like it! Love that all the scraps are different shapes, adds great texture to the background. The image you've used is so pretty and I love how you popped it of the page.