Welcome to Ink N Scrap Habits!

I've created this blog to share my life & love of paper crafts with others. You will read bits and pieces of what goes on in my world and be able to see my paper craft creations! Please leave me a comment if you see something you like. I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday shared with all of your family and friends!  Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday is over, I started brainstorming on creating a New Year's card.  If you're like me then you make cards for every holiday, and it is the next holiday, you know!?!? 

To me New Years means lots of elegance with glitz and glamor so I knew I wanted to create this card with black and silver and a bit of sparkle.  I used DRS Designs Shooting Star (509H) as my focal image and stamped it on gray cardstock.  I then stamped the shooting star again on aluminum foil and cut the star portion of the image out and adhered it to the original stamped image.  I used a black marker to color in the border around the star.  Some silver Stickles around the outside eadge of the foil star really made this star sparkle and shine!

Unfortunately, my brainstorming idea got a little out of hand when I realized I didn't have a "Happy New Year" sentiment to add to the front of my card.  I quickly improvised and used a portion of DRS Designs Blessed Christmas Greeting (525G) and in seconds I had a New Year's sentiment right in front of me! As you can see I split it up in to 2 parts and stamped it above and below the Shooting star as shown.  Don't be afraid to come up with new uses for your stamps just like I did!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Holiday, and may you be blessed with peace, love, joy, and good health in the New Year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well, the big day is finally here!
Merry Christmas to you all! 

Now that I am certain all of my Christmas cards have been sent, and hopefully delivered, I wanted to share the handmade Christmas card I made this year with you. 
The technique I used to make this Winter scene is the same technique I used back in November to make this Autumn card. Some red and silver ink turned this card from Autumn to Christmas very easily!  Here's a picture of 5 of them, but I made a total of 20 for all my stamping friends!

I stamped DRS Designs Single Fall Tree (468F) along the rolling hills in the scene and added silver Stickles to the branches to look like ice and snow.  The sentiment I had specifically made for this card, but the Season's Greetings sentiment on the Line of Winter Trees Image (537K) would be perfect as well.

Since I was mailing so many of these cards, I didn't want them to be heavily embellished.  I think the simple red bow embellished them nicely!  
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I greatly appreciate your visit, especialy since I know my posts have been very scattered lately.  I'm going to take some time away from stamping/crafting to spend time with family over the next week. I plan on coming back right after the New Year with regular stamping and projects to share with you!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Celebrate Christ!

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope all of your holiday preparations are finally done and that you'll be spending time with Family and Friends very soon!  Today I'm sharing a religious Christmas card I made using new Christmas stamps from DRS Designs.  It is important to remember the true reason for the season and celebrate the birth of Jesus, especially on Christmas Eve!

I colored the Holy Family Manger Scene (513M) with Copic markers and used a rectangle Nestability to cut it out.  I split up the Simplify Christmas Greeting (553D) and stamped the top portion of the sentiment in the blank space in the upper left corner of the image.  The lower portion was stamped in the empty space in the lower right corner of the image.

I kept things simple with this card to go along with the 'simple' theme in the sentiment.  I only embellished this card with a yellow satin ribbon and some yellow rhinestones. A bit of yellow stickles dressed up the star.

Merry Christmas to you all and my you be blessed in the New Year!

Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dough Dashing!

Posted by Jennifer E.

So, is your holiday shopping going well? Almost done? I've started...I'm no where near finished and this card explains my thoughts exactly! Every shopping trip feels like I'm dashing through the dough! LOL! Can you relate?

Today is my day to post on the DRS Designs Blog, so you'll have to go there to see my card and find exactly who is "Dashing though the Dough!"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We're Like Candy Canes...

Finally, after all these weeks, I'm getting back into a groove...decorating for the holidays, playing with DRS Designs new holiday stamps and enjoying Christmas music on the radio! With all the stamping I've done over the last few days, I'm glad to say that have a new card to share with you today too! 
Since I'm just getting back to stamping, I decided to start with a few Clean and Simple cards.  I'm still taking each day with a grain of salt, praying that the All Day Morning Sickness is gone for good, but understanding that it can show its weary head at any moment.  I didn't want to get too involved with one project that would take me days and days to finish if I should get sick again.  So, for starters with this card, I used Copic Markers to color the Candy Cane image (552H).  The Candy Cane Greeting (549H) is all one, but I split it up into 3 parts to fit the layout of this card.  The white parts of the greeting were heat embossed with white embossing powder.   

I stamped the middle of the greeting, the "Candy Cane" part with SU! Real Red ink and created a tag with it.  This was all done on a green cardstock front and adhered to a red cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed it! Make sure to check back soon to see what other cards I've recently made!

Happy Holidays To You,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Back In Business!

I know it has been quite a while since I've posted regularly on my blog and for those of you who are still following, I thank you!  You've probably noted that many of my most recent posts indicated that I wasn't feeling well and therefore I was unable to stamp and blog.  Finally, I am on the mend and ready to explain!

Hubby and I are expecting our first child on July 4th, 2011! I have been ill with Morning Sickness which has completely defeated my creative side for about 4 weeks.  In my case, this condition is more appropriately called All-Day Sickness!  It truely has been difficult trying to keep myself afloat to just get thru a work day. All extra curricular activities were cancelled and even the holiday decorating was minimally completed.  However, this past Saturday I woke up feeling like a million bucks and more or less I've been feeling pretty good ever since.  I even stamped out 2 Christmas cards on Sunday and will be sharing those with you very soon! I'm glad to say that I think I'm back in Business!

Taken yesterday at 10 weeks along (30 to go!) and measuring a teeny, tiny 1.5" in length, here's the lastest picture of our little firecracker!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Whooo!

Has the hustle and bustle of the holidays started yet for you?  We've been racing around trying to get the Thanksgiving decorations down and the Christmas decorations up.  It won't be long before I'm heading out to shop for what on my gift giving list this year!

Unfortunately, the card I have to show you today is on the DRS Designs Blog.  You'll have to run over there to see if I was able to sucessfully dress Oswald the Owl (132H) for the Christmas season!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DRS Designs Blog Slide!

Welcome to the next stop on the DRS Designs Blog Slide!
You've slid down to Jennifer's Blog, here at Ink N Scrap Habits!
If you've come from Karin's blog you're in the right place. If not, please start at the DRS Designs Blog to see the Holiday slide completely from start to finish!

For the Holiday Slide today, I've created a Christmas card to show off DRS Designs new Tinsle In A Tangle Christmas Greeting (555F). The image I used with it is called Ornaments Galore (655K) also by DRS Designs. I colored it with Copic Markers and added red Stickles to all the ornaments to dress it up.  A decorative border punch, some red ribbon and a fun red bow along with some red and green rhinestones made this card complete!

Ready to slide on down to the final stop? All you have to do is go back to the DRS Designs Blog and leave a comment answering the question below to be entered to win the following prize!

Both the Candy Cane stamp and the Small Happy Holidays Greeting are newly released from DRS Designs. Make sure to encourage your friends to participate in our blog slide. The more participants who answer the question below, the more prizes we're giving away! You can read all of the Holiday Slide contest rules HERE.

OK...Here's the big question...

"How many hand stamped Christmas cards will you send out this year?"

Don't forget to post your answer in the comment section on DRS Designs Holiday Slide Blog post.

Thanks for sliding around with us!

Good Luck!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Come Slide With DRS Designs!

DRS Designs is hosting a Holiday Blog Slide on Wednesday, December 1st.
Simply log onto
http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com to play along!

Do the Slide.....Playing the game is easy.  Sometime on December 1st, begin at the DRS blog and you'll be directed to the next blog on our slide.  Slide on over and check out the terrific card there.  Then, you'll slide on to the next blog and so on.  Pay attention while sliding....you'll find a question on one of the blogs that you'll need to answer in order to be entered in the contest.  At the end of our slide you will be directed back to the DRS blog where you can leave your comment/entry in the comments section.
Enter to win free stamps! Our prize this time is progressive.  That means that the number of prizes awarded will depend on the number of entries received.  The more entries we get, the more chances you have to win.  We will give away a prize for every 10 entries that are left in the comments section of our blog.
up to 10 entries = 1 prize
11 to 20 entries = 2 prizes
21 to 30 entries = 3 prizes and so on!
Only entries received on December 1st will be counted.  So, tell your friends and spread the word because the more players we have, the more chances you have to win a prize!Each winner will receive the two cling mounted rubber stamps!  Click HERE to see a picture of which stamps are up for grabs!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Chance To Win!

DRS Designs is sponsoring this weeks A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge.  Here's another chance to win a $10 store voucher from DRS Designs and this weeks challenge is easy (and perfect for a holiday week!)...

...Anything Goes!

All you have to do is create a card-yep, any theme, any layout, using any embellishments!

Run over to the Spoonfull of Sugar Blog and link up your card to enter today!

Good Luck, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Have a Jolly Holiday!

Are you missing me?  I'm still not feeling well, so I have yet to get to my stamp room.  I am slowly starting to come around though.  I hope to have another card to share with you later this week in honor of "Turkey Day!" 

Today is my day to post on the DRS Designs blog and I managed to dig up a card I made a while ago, but have yet to share.  I hope you'll take some time to run over there to check it out.

Thanks so much and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harvest Moon

Hi Friends!
Sorry for my lack of posting.  I haven't been feeeling well, and it's been difficult to even have the energy to stamp! I know, I missed my Sewing Saturday this past week.  Hopefully I can get that done and have another to share with you this Saturday.

I was able to complete a card using a few of DRS Designs new Fall stamps but you"ll have to run over to the DRS Blog to see it since it's my day to post over there. 

I hope to be back to stamping soon, cause feeling icky is really no fun!

Until next time,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jumping Into Autumn

I know you've heard me say it before, and I'll say it again...

I love this time of year!
The card I'm sharing with you says it all! This is one of DRS Designs new Fall images, Jumping Into Autumn (498M). I colored it Copic Markers and used Stormy Sky Distressing ink to shade the background. The Brilliant Fall greeting (502D) I've used is also part of this release, however I've altered it a bit to fit the space on my image. This greeting is actually a single line that measures approx. 3.25" long. Once I cut it up into sections it was perfect. Since this stamp is just mounted with cling mount, it will be easy to match up the pieces to use again as a single line sentiment.

The yellow panel in the background was stamped as well. I stamped the tiny leaf (1074A) and small silhouette leaf (691C) in brown ink to create a leaf border around the edge. I embellished this card simply with some thin red grosgrain ribbon and a yellow button!

I hope your enjoying Fall just as much as I am!
Have a great day!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Turkey Propaganda

Have you seen all of DRS Designs new Fall stamps? Many of them are perfect for Making Thanksgiving cards. I've been playing with them and recently created a funny Thanksgiving card over at the DRS Designs Blog.

Thanks for taking the time to run over there and check it out!

Monday, November 8, 2010

CAS Christmas Bling

I've been busy playing with DRS Designs new Fall stamps, and many of those projects are still in progress.  I should have them ready to show you very soon. 

It's been awhile since I've used any of DRS Designs Ribbon Slides and since this Poinsettia slide (936D) is new to me, it was time that I finally put it to use!

I created this Clean and Simple card to show it off, and I've used a few other DRS stamps as well. On the kraft cardstock I stamped the Lines O'Plenty background (366H) with white Staz On ink. I used the white Staz On to ink the edges as well to create a snowy look.

I adhered green cardstock to the bottom of the kraft cardstock and added the Wonderful Christmas Sentiment (971F) stamped in black ink. Next I stamped and colored the Poinsettia Ribbon Slide (936D) with Copic Markers and cut out the 2 center pieces. I threaded red polka dot ribbon thru those openings and adhered the ribbon slide onto a small white piece of cardstock that was cut out using a scallop circle Nestability. I then used the ribbon to cover up the seam between the Kraft and Green cardstock panels.

The next step was a bit time consuming but it really dressed this CAS card right up! I individually adhered clear rhinestones to create a border just above the ribbon. Yep, you read that right, "clear" rhinestones. I purchase a bulk bag of the clear ones and color them with Copic Markers to match whatever project I use them on. I know I've save quite a few pennies doing it this way! It's so much cheaper than buying them in packages of assorted colors!

Finally, I adhered the card front to a red cardstock base and then used my favorite Xmas Red Stickles to dress up the poinsettia. I love its simple sparkle!

Thanks for visiting today! I appreciate it!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn Scarecrow

A little late, but I've completed another Sewing Saturday card!  The layout I used for this card is from this weeks Stamp Something Blog Challenge.  DRS Designs is the sponsor and they are giving away another $20 store voucher!  Here's the sketch you have to play with to be eligible:
I change it up a bit and created an A2 size card instead of square and used an oval instead of a circle for my image. The image is DRS Designs new Large Screcrow (426L).  It is part of the new Fall release, and you can see the rest of these great stamps HERE.

The scarecrow was colored with Copic Markers, and I used the Out-Of-The-Box technique to cut him out using a Nestability die.   

I've paired him up with the Small Autumn Greetings sentiment (422B).  Other details for this card include red and yellow thread, yellow and brown self adhesive buttons, and the edge of the image and the yellow card front were both distressed with Vintage Photo distressing ink.

Thanks for stopping by to see my sewing Saturday card.  Make sure to check out the new DRS stamps and check back often in the next week, as I plan on stamping the weekend away so I'll have lots of new stuff for you in the next week!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Harvest!

This is such a wonderful time of year! I love taking walks in the cool Fall air, where your face is warmed by the sun and kicking up leaves that will soon blow away. I love all the smells of Fall too, like the smell of fallin' leaves, and the yummy smells of making homemade goodies like applesauce and pumpkin muffins! Plus, with Thanksgiving right around the corner what's there not to love!?!? I can't wait to spend that day with family!

DRS Designs just came out with some wonderful stamps to complement the Fall season. I've used 2 of them on the card I made for this weeks bonus Midnight Madness sketch Challenge-MMSC78. The focal image I used is the Autumn Flower Spray (452L).

I colored it with Copic Markers, masked it, and sponged light brown ink around it while it was still in a Nestie die. The Shine On Harvest Moon greeting (470D) is also new. It is all one stamp, but I split it up to use better with this sketch. The edges of the yellow panel were distressed with Vintage Photo Distressing ink. Finally, this card was elegantly embellished with a matching red-orange bow and 3 clear rhinestones that I colored brown with a Copic Marker.

Make sure to run over to the New Release page over at DRS Designs to check out all of their new stamps now available for purchase.

Also, one more reminder, don't forget to nominate your favorite blogs and online galleries for DRS Designs new "By Invitation Only" contest! They could be picked to win FREE stamps! Please read all the contest rules HERE.

Happy November to you! Have a wonderful day!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn Greetings

Oh my! Can you believe it's November already! The big, jolly man in the red suit will be here before we know it, if you know what I mean! But, before we start thinking about all that we must focus on what's right here in front of us, rather than what's around the corner--Thanksgiving!

That being said, make sure to run over to the New Release page at DRS Designs. They've just released a bunch of adorable Fall and Thanksgiving stamps that I'm sure you will love. I just received my package and will play today, so hopefully I'll have a card tomorrow to show one or two of them off!

Today's card I made awhile ago and I'm glad it's the appropriate season to finally share it with you! I've used DRS Designs Cornucopia (L566) image along with the small Autumn Greetings sentiment (B422). I colored the image with Copic Markers and used Vintage Photo Distressing ink to antique the edges.

One thing I've done on this card that I rarely do is crumple up my cardstock--if you look closely at the green layer, you'll see that it's crinkled, torn, and faded a bit. I love the look and I learned that the paper you use to do this will shrink a bit, so make sure to cut it a tad larger than the space you need it for!

Well, thanks for taking the time today to stop by and visit. I hope you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you soon! Please leave me a comment so I know that you were here!
Have a great day!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Witching You A Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Today I have another opportunity for you to win from DRS Designs!

Run over to the DRS Designs Blog and see my post today for all the details. 
Have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Spirit of Masking!

I am well on my way with my new Sewing Saturday feature, and I'm glad to report that I've stayed on top of my goal! Here's my second Sewing Saturday card for ya!

All of the stamps used here are by DRS Designs. I went on a Masking Spree to create this card! I used Spencer the Not So Spooky Ghost (408D) and the Small Ghost (191C). I created a bit of depth by adding gray shadows to them, and I highlighted their mouths with Copic Markers.
Before I added ghosts to the right side of the scene, I framed off a small area for the second half of the "Get In The Spirit" greeting using a Nestability die. I sponged charcoal ink around the edges and colored in the word "Spirit" with an orange Copic Marker. I then covered it with a mask and finished adding the ghosts around it. I then used a black Copic marker to fill in the spaces between all the ghosts.

I added a black and silver decorative border, and black and white ribbon to the top of my card front as shown. Sewing came into play by adding small orange zig-zag stitches to the top and bottom of the ribbon to complement the orange in the word "Spirit". My card front was then adhered to a black cardstock base.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Favorite Vegetable...

...is Candy Corn, especially this time of year!

I know I'm a week late, but here's my take on last weeks sketch challenge SC303 from Spiltcoast Stampers.  I flipped the sketch upside down and changed the center oval to accomodate the sentiment better.

The sentiment, the background and the cute Candy Corn Buzz Bee (378C) are all from DRS Designs. I used the Favorite Veggie sentiment (126E) as my focal point. As you can see the bee and the Candy Corn Background (633H) complement this saying very well! Both were colored with Copic Markers.

If you look close at the Candy Corn background, you see that I stamped it in orange ink.  The center stripe is a solid part of the stamp, so when it's stamped on white paper, all you have to do is color the bottom portion yellow and you have a quick and easy background all ready to go! I added a touch of Stickles to the bees' wings giving this card just the right touch!

Well, I'll be buying a lot of candy today for all of the little trick or treaters who will soon be stopping by. I'll pick up some of my favorite vegetable to enjoy for myself as well *wink!*

Hope you're all having a great Halloween week!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Spirits!

Are you as shocked as I am that it's Halloween week already?!?!?  I just can't get over how quickly time flies!  I have a cute Halloween card to share with you today. 

In order to see this card in its entirety, you'll have to run over to the DRS Designs blog, since it's my day to post there.  Thanks so much, I appreciate it!
Hope you all have a very safe and Happy Halloween!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Two Loving Hearts

Hubby and I went to a wedding this weekend. I recently went to Hallmark to find a card for the Bride and Groom and quickly decided that was not such a good idea! The cheapest/most decent card I could find was over $5! So, as a means of watching our pennies, I planned ahead and decided to make a card for them. Besides it's what I do on a practically everyday basis anyway, right?  Still not sure what made me go to Hallmark in the first place!

I was a bit unsure as to how this was going to turn out as I don't have very many wedding themed stamps or paper. Since I had the time, I was up for the challenge and I tried really hard to use what I had. It would have defeated the purpose of planning ahead to make one otherwise. I'm glad to report that this was a lot easier than I thought it would be once I actually sat down to do it. I'm really, really happy with how this turned out! There's just something about it's simple elegance that is really pretty to me.

I apologize as this photo doesn't do this card any justice! I used shimmer cardstock and it was hard to photograph and capture something similar to how it looks in real life!  If anyone has some tips and trick to photographing shimmer cardstock, please do share!

Best part about this card is that it was really quick and easy! I created the card front by first, using the EK Success decorative heart border punch on the bottom edge of the shimmer ivory cardstock. Next, I stamped DRS Designs Silhouette Love Heart (213D) twice, side-by-side and slightly over lapping with SU! Rose Red craft ink. I heat set the ink and then embossed the card front with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, leaving about 1 inch from the top edge. Then I added 2 horizontal embossed lines using my Score-Pal. In the space between these 2 lines I adhered beautiful white and silver ribbon with a bow in the center. I adhered the card front on to a Gray shimmer cardstock base.

I even decorated the inside to match!  I stamped off the silhouette heart and added "Congratulations" from SU! I used the heart border punch on a small strip of shimmer gray cardstock, adhered it to the top and my card was complete.

I'm pretty sure they'll like it, don't you?


Saturday, October 23, 2010

No More Excuses--Sewing Saturday!

After all the fun I had making this card awhile ago, I swore that I would do more sewing on my cards.   Ever since then, the machine has been out and ready to go--the whole purpose of leaving it out was so that I would use it more often! For some reason, even though I see it every time I sit down at my craft table, my little Janome sewing maching seems to overwhelm me and I hardly ever use it. Definitely, not my original intention that justified the purchase when I bought it.  But, when I do use it I'm reminded of how easy and fun it is!  So, now...that's it, no more excuses!   I MUST use it and WILL!

With that being said, I welcome you to my first installment of Sewing Saturday! Every Saturday I'm challenging myself to share something with you that has sewing on it! If you see a card during the other days of the week with sewing on it, then that's just a bonus! ;-)

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, here's my first Sewing Saturday card.

I stamped DRS Designs Cancer Is...Greeting (L113) as the focal point on my card.  I stamped it in black ink and then masked off the edges with Post-It Notes and sponged pink ink over the wording.  After I removed the Post It Notes I had a nice white frame around it.  I used some Photo Corner punches to decorate around the saying a touch of pink ribbon and a single pink brad made it complete!

Thanks for stopping by!
 So now that I've told you all about my Sewing Saturdays, you must hold me to it! Feel free to scold me in your comments, when you don't see a Sewing Saturday card, ok?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

S'more Goodness!

Not too long ago I posted a s'more card using the S'more Greeting (376K) seen below and the Smooshed S'more image (382E), both by DRS Designs.  Love s'mores and want more?  Well, how about adding this Smiling S'more image (390H) from DRS Designs to your collection as well?  I think he's adorable too!

My first step in making this card was to stamp, color, and cut out the s'more image.  While it was still in my square Nestability die, I sponged charcoal ink around the upper portion of it to create the frame and shading around it.  I matted it with brown cardstock and set it aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I created the base from brown cardstock as well.  The S'more Greeting (376K) was stamped in brown ink on gray cardstock.  I used a border punch to create the decorative edge and added some fun brown ribbon, and adhered the image next to the greeting.  Once the card front was adhered to the base, I added 5 clear rhinestones below the image.  I colored them with a brown Copic Marker to make them match perfectly!

So, do I have you craving this yummy, ooey, gooey sticky treat yet?


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stamp, Play With Midnight Madness, and Win From DRS Designs!

Stamp, play, win! That's all you have to do to be the next winner of a DRS Designs $20 Voucher!  Read on for all the details...

Step 1: Create a card with this sketch. Of course we'd love it if you use DRS Designs stamps on your entry. *Please leave me a link here on this post if you do so I can personally check it out!

Step 2: Run over to the Midnight Madness blog and upload your card to be entered to win!

Step 3: Patiently wait until the contest ends and cross your fingers that you are randomly selected to win the prize--a FREE $20 shopping spree to DRS Designs!

Here's my take on the first sketch using DRS Designs new Witchy Frog Brew (386H) stamp. I colored this adorable image with Copic Markers and masked it to ink the grass and blue sky around it.

The background was created using the Eeeek Background (402H) and I added some Flowers and flourish dots as seen according to the sketch.  Some hand doodle dots and the Small Halloween Greeting (042A) made this card complete!

I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing what you do with this sketch!

Good Luck!



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