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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Get Well Soon

A few weekends ago I went to the Stamping and Paper Arts Festival in Novi, Michigan put on by Heirloom Productions.  I met up with Sue from DRS Designs and helped with the Make n' Take project, which was a lot of fun.  I also walked around gathering ideas and doing lots of shopping myself!  One of the projects I was inspired by was stamping on vellum, coloring the image with water color pencils and blending the colors with a Dove Blender Pen.  Last year at the show I bought a package of vellum that I had yet to use, until now! It was a nice change to use something other than my Copic Markers. 
Here's my card using this technique. 

I created this Get Well card using stamps from DRS Designs.  I first stamped the Daffodil Frame image (104P) with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it using Black Sparkle Embossing powder.  Next I used Watercolor EcoPencils by Faber-Castell to color in the image and then used my new Dove Blender pen to blend the colors. I adhered the image to white cardstock, cut it out, and matted it as shown. 

The background was stamped with the Polka Dot Background stamp (688P) with Versamark ink and I used "Get Well Soon" from the Blooming with Good Health Greeting (055G).  I simply embellished this card using a few brads and a turquoise organza ribbon to match.    I love the way the image looks a bit like stained glass.  I hope you like how this card turned out, I do!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Sister, My Friend

DRS Designs has had a lot of sponsorship opportunities lately and I hope you're enjoying them as much as I am. This week we have another chance for you to win a $20 store voucher for completing the sketch challenge over at the Card Patterns Blog.

I used this sketch to create this card for my sister. I used DRS Designs Treasured Sister Greeting (1142F) as the focal point on the card front. I stamped it in Real Red ink and then used the same ink to sponge around the edge while it was in a Nestie die. I accented it with a heart brad to match the rest of the heart theme that I used on the card front.

The background was created by stamping the Interlocking Heart Background (808H) also in Real Red and then I colored in some of the hearts with a Copic Marker. The panel behind the sentiment was dry embossed with a heart embossing folder and I layered some fabric and paper flowers according to the sketch. Finished card size is 5.5" x 4.25."

Don't delay! Run over to the Card Patterns blog and link up your challenge card today for a chance to win the $20 shopping spree from DRS Designs.

Hope you all have a great Monday!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wild Side Birthday!

There's no birthday like a monkey birthday! LOL!
How about this for a cute and fun birthday card?

I created this using stamps from DRS DesignsMichelle Monkey (871E) was colored with Copic Markers, and after matting it with dark brown cardstock I adhered it to the scalloped square using foam tape for added dimension.  The dots on it were hand doodled. 

The background was stamped with the Lines O'Plenty (366H) Background stamp.  The sentiment I used is the Walk on the Wild Side Birthday Greeting (935F).
Hope this isn't too wild for ya! :-)

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Happy Monday Friends!
Today I'm sharing with you a comical Birthday card.  The Hogwash stamps I used on this card are some of my favorites by DRS Designs

I stamped the Leonard Pig's Bathtime Buddies (719K) in Rich Cocoa Momento ink and colored them with Copic Markers.  The Hogwash Sentiment (722E) is actually all one stamp.  It has 3 lines that I've split up to fit my layout.  This technique is one I do all the time and love it! That's the beauty of using unmounted rubber stamps! I feel this makes them more versatile and I get more use out of them.  As you can see I've also used "Hogwash" to create my own background paper.  Hope you like the way this card turned out, I sure do!

For your information, I'd like to share some other DRS news with you. Out with the old, in with the new as they say...DRS Designs has announced their 2011 retired stamps list. These stamps will be available for purchase until September 15th or while supplies last. You can see the entire list of retired designs HERE Get them now while you can. After September 15th they will be gone for good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Butterfly Happiness!

Back in June when I created this Butterfly Birthday card for DRS Designs Give Away, I went on a butterfly frenzy and colored up a whole bunch of Butterfly Ribbon Slides (681D).  In the midst of transforming my stamping room to the baby's nursery, I misplaced the envelope with all the butterflies in it and guess what I found just the other day?!?!?  So, needless to say, I've drawn up a bunch of card sketches so that I can use them up.  I hope you like these butterflies as much as I do, cause I'm going to be showing them off a lot in the next few weeks!  I wouldn't want you to get bored seeing them though, so don't worry, they are all different colors! ;-)

I put the yellow one to use using this weeks Splitcoast Sketch challenge #346

I used the Happiness Butterfly Greeting (222G) as my focal point.  I cut it out using a Nestability die and inked the edges yellow before taking it out of the die.  The white panel I used in the background for the card front was stamped using the Silhouette Butterfly Background (536H). I heat embossed it using Diamonds and Pearls Embossing powder.  The Polka Dot panel was also stamped using DRS Designs Polka Dot Background stamp (688P).  Some black grosgrain ribbon added a nice touch to this panel. 

As the final step I cut out 2 of the yellow Butterfly Ribbon Slides and attached them with 3 black brads and then adhered it to the card front as shown.  I love the 3D effect that makes the butterfly look as if it's flying! 

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned to see more butterfly goodness coming soon!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Bugs!

Hi Everyone!
I'm changing things up a bit! I'm sticking with the Summer theme that you've seen here a lot lately, but I have a birthday card to share with you today.

I have used DRS Designs famous Ladybug Stackup (695G) as the focal point on my card front.  I colored it with Copic Markers and after shading the bottom with a green marker, I stamped the Easy Grass Background (059E) to create the grass blades in the scene.  I paired the ladybug image with the Ladybug Birthday Greeting (576G), but I split it up--I stamped majority of it in red right next to the stamped image and stamped the bottom separately in black in the lower right corner of the card front as seen. A small black rhinestone on either side of "Happy Birthday" accented it nicely!

Just look at those cute little bugs...aren't they adorable? 
I hope I've inspired you to create a Summer Birthday card or two!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Grill Master's Birthday!

Posted By Jennifer E.

If your Summer's are like ours then your grill is out all the time and we grill it up daily it seems!  How about making a Birthday card for your Grill Master?  I created this one with stamps from DRS Designs.  

I colored Grilling Guy (820K) with Copic Markers.  I masked him and then stamped the Easy Grass Background (059E) to the area around his feet.  I split up the Grill Master Birthday Greeting (145G) so that it fit above and below the decorative panel.

  Although it's hard to see, I also used a Glaze pen on his eyes to give them a realistic look.  Ribbon and brads finished off this 4.25" x 6" card--had to make it a bit bigger than an A2 size to fit the width of the image and the sentiment together. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, August 8, 2011

Retirement Wishes!

Hello fellow Stampers and card makers, happy Monday to you all!
Today I'm sharing with you DRS Designs next sponsorship that began yesterday, August 7th and runs this entire week. 

 It's with the Cupcake Inspirations Blog.  The challenge is to use the cupcake picture below for your inspiration--it can be used for color, shape, texture or however else it may inspire you.  

**DRS Designs is giving away at $10.00 Store voucher to one lucky participant just for playing along--it could be you!

This photo inspired me to use it as a color challenge--the dark pink, green, and bright turquoise colors popped right out at me! I used them to create this Happy Retirement card.

I know when I retire I'd love to spend it on the beach, and I'm sure some of you would as well.  For this reason I picked the Brush Flamingo scene stamp (1054L) for the focal point on this card. It was colored with Copic Markers and I paired it with the Best Wishes Retirement Greeting (942D).  I didn't get too fancy with my embellishments on this card--need to keep things quick these days as my newborn baby is demanding a lot of attention! *wink* I used a decorative border punch, a ribbon scrap attached with a standard staple, and some clear rhinestones gems that I colored with my Copic Markers to match.  If this card has sparked your interest, (which I hope it has!) make sure to check out all of the other stamps in DRS  Designs Retirement Collection

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sports Fun!

Woo hoo! I was able to play with another Splitcoast Sketch Challenge!  Here's my take on last week's SC343.

This could possibly be a birthday card for a boy by adding a happy birthday sentiment like the Birthday Boy Greeting (590E) on the inside.  I used the Four Corner Sports stamp (734G) from DRS Designs to create the background design.  I colored each of the sports icons with Copic Markers and cut them up into strips to fit the sketch.  The sentiment, also from DRS Designs is the All About Fun Greeting (1042E).  I cut it out with a scalloped circle Nestability die and sponged it with orange ink before I took it out of the die.  The finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5" and I finished it off with some chocolate brown ribbon and brown brads. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Card Patterns Sponsorship

DRS Designs is teaming up with the Card Patterns blog this week giving you an opportunity to win a $20 off any DRS Designs purchase for playing along with the sketch below. 

I used this sketch to create this Get Well card.  All stamps are by DRS Designs.

The Oval Frame is a sneak peek of an upcoming release.  Best part about this oval is that it can be cut out with an oval Nestibility perfectly! I used the last line of the Blooming With Good Health Greeting (055G) as the sentiment inside the Oval Frame. 

The polka dot panel was also stamped using the Polka Dot Background stamp (688P).  I don't doodle on my cards very often, but I thought this card called for it.  I used a Gelly Roll pen to draw white dots in the scalloped portion of the scalloped oval and then I drew lines and dots around the outer edge of the green panel.

So there you have it...I've shown you my challenge card and now I want to see yours! Run over to the Card Patterns Blog and link up your card for a chance to win the $20 voucher DRS Designs is giving away!

Thanks for stopping by!



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