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!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Ghosts and Goblins

DRS Designs is getting ready for Halloween with their Ghosts and Goblins Challenge this week! I created this card for the challenge using the Ghost Family Portrait (1046K) and the From All Of Us (465D) greeting that was just released.

The Family Portrait was colored with Copic Markers and then masked, and I sponged orange ink around them to match my the color scheme.  Same was done for the From All of Us Greeting, but it was sponged while in a Nestie die.  The card front was stamped with the Spooky Eyes Background (647H) with Versamark ink and the Halloween Arc (043E).

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Ghost and Goblins card.  If you're interested in playing along please visit the challenge HERE and enter to win a great prize from DRS Designs.  
Good Luck!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sitting Here Thinking Of You!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! 
Today I'm sharing a card I made for the sketch challenge on the 365 Cards Blog this week. 
This is the sample sketch...
...and  is my take on it.

I've used 2 new stamps from DRS Designs on the card front: the Country Window (444L) and the Sitting Thinking Greeting (398F)
I stamped and colored this window (with Copic Markers) 3 times. I cut 2 of them out and layered them as shown to create lots of dimension with self adhesive foam! 
I was going for a realistic 3D look where the outer most layer is just the curtains.  The middle layer is the window frame, and the bottom layer is what's seen "outside" the window--the sky, flying butterfly and the grassy hill.

If you're interested in playing along, check out the details HERE on the 365 Cards Challenge Blog.  One lucky winner will get a $10 voucher to shop at DRS Designs!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

One More Candle!

Hey Everyone! 
Interested in new stamps?  Yesterday was Release Day over at DRS Designs and this release focuses mostly on some fun Birthday stamps.  Check them all out HERE. The Birthday card shown below displays the new One More Candle Greeting (481E).

I used the Girly Swirly Cake (454M) as the main image for this card.  I thought it was perfect with all of those candles on top!  I colored it with Copic Markers and sponged yellow ink around it.  I added a bit of sparkle using yellow Stickles on the flames, flower centers, and the stars around the sentiment.  

I'll be showing off more of the new releases in my upcoming posts.  Stay tuned, and enjoy the rest of your weekend! 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Silhouette Hearts

I seem to be into trying new things lately and for today's card I've made an attempt to create a framed card using acetate/polyester sheets--also known as transparency sheets.  I found this tutorial online for Framed Wall art and decided to try it for my Silhouette Challenge Card for DRS Designs.  

I started by cutting the acetate sheet to about 3.5" x 4.5."  I stamped it with 2 Silhouette Love Hearts (213D) that I overlapped slightly.  Then I split the Engagement Wishes Greeting (069E)  and stamped it above and below the hearts.  The pink frame was created by cutting the center out with a Nestablitity die and I added a white heart brad to each corner.  I adhered the acetate behind the pink frame.  The front of the card base was embossed with a heart embossing folder and I used foam tape to adhere the framed acetate to it.  An elegant white and silver bow finished the card front.

Please check out DRS Designs Silhouette challenge HERE and enter to win 3 stamps of your choice!

If your interested in puchasing acetate sheets or cards you can get them directly from DRS Designs.  


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Christmas Ornament Cards

Hi Everyone!
Today I'm sharing a few Christmas cards I made.  I was bound and determined to use some of the many vellum sheets I have.  I guess you could say I challenged myself to use it and here are the results: 

These aren't your typical cards.  The card base doesn't have a fold.  Instead, lifting the vellum and the white cardstock (stamped with the Silent Night Sheet Music (506P) ) allows you ample space to write a personal message to the recipient on the colored cardstock located underneath. I used the same style for both of these Ornament cards, but changed up the colors a little bit. I can't decide which one I like better!  Here's a close up of the red and gold one.

  With a CAS design, these cards are great for mass producing.  Other than cutting all the cardstock and vellum, basically this card was just a few basic steps.  First, I heat embossed the Christmas Ornament Greeting (844K) on the vellum. Then, the Silent Night Sheet Music (506P) was stamped using red ink on the white cardstock layer.  A brad was then added at the top of the ornament to make it look like it was hanging, and it's what holds all of the layers together.  The final touch was to add a red ribbon tied in a bow to decorate the top of each card and then adhere all of the layers to a piece of cardstock that measures 4.25" x 5.5".  Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Birthday Balloons!

Not sure if this is a Michigan thing or if its world wide, but did you know there's a helium shortage? I learned this a little more than a month ago when preparing for my Son's first birthday party. I tried to order 2 dozen helium filled balloons several weeks before his party and I was informed of the shortage by several local party supply stores. All of them were unable to take orders prior to 1 week before the event because they weren't sure if they'd have helium to fill my request. I was shocked! How can you have a birthday party, especially a FIRST birthday party without balloons!?!? I guess this is another one of those things like water, natural gas and oil, that many of us take for granted. Once it's gone it's gone! Well, luckily for us, it all worked out and we had balloons for Anthony's first birthday party!

The Balloon challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week reminded me of my helium dilemma. It looks like this Here For the Party Cutie Pie Kid (670K) had no problems getting helium for her balloon! LOL! I've also used several other DRS stamps to create this card: the Birthday Sheet Music (763P) for the background, the Easy Grass Background (059E) for the grass blades and the One Line Happy Birthday (250B) sentiment.

Is there a helium shortage in your area? I'm curious if this is worldwide or if it only affects the states.

Thanks for checking out my Balloon card!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Celebrate With Me!

Hi Everyone! 
I'm excited to tell you that I have a Halloween card published in the October Issue of Scrap and Stamp Magazine! You can see it on page 17.  I created this for DRS Designs using the Women are Angels Greeting (298G) Witchly Accessories image (154K) and the Tiny Happy Halloween (938A) stamp.

The image was colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut and then adhered to the card front.  Couldn't help but add the cute Martha Stewart punched bats to accent the Halloween theme on this card.  I added eyes to them with a white Gel pen.  Isn't that Women are Angels Greeting funny?!?!  I love it! 

I am a regular subscriber to Scrap and Stamp magazine and I was sent a complimentary issue since my card was published in it.
I'd like to share the extra copy with one of you!  
Please leave a comment on this post by Monday, August 20th and I will select one winner from all of the comments and mail out the magazine for free.  This is open to US and Canadian residents only. 

Thanks for celebrating with me! 


Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Healing-Wheels challenge

There's a new challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week and the theme is wheels! This Happy Healing card is my challenge entry.

I heat embossed the Silhouette Wheelchair image (745G) on glossy cardstock and then sponged blue ink around it while it was in a Nestie die.  I stamped the Knee Replacement Get Well Greeting (346G) and sponged it the same way.  The background was embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder and since it is a Happy Healing card made with love :-) I thought the heart border would be a nice touch! 

Can the DRS DT challenge you to create with wheels? If so link your card HERE for a chance to win a great prize from DRS Designs! 

Good Luck and Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Card Drive for Operation Write Home

Hey Everybody! I just saw a post that it's time for DRS Designs annual card drive for Operation Write Home

Start creating stamped cards today to help support our Troops! All donors will receive a Thank You prize from DRS Designs.  The donor who sends in the most donated cards will win a $50 DRS Designs Gift Certificate and the next 2 generous donors will receive a $25 DRS Designs Gift Certificate.  Deadline for all donations is Oct 10, 2012.  Please see the card requirements and other details for this card Drive HERE.

Thanks to all who support our troops!


Monday, August 6, 2012


I just realized I've been hiding this card from you.  I created it a while ago, and it got lost in the mix and never made it into a post on my blog...until now! 

I love using this Hope Achieves Greeting (1087H) from DRS Designs when I'm looking for an encouragement card.  The last line "achieves the impossible" really packs a punch and tells anyone that they can do whatever they set their mind to.  I used a simple layout for this A2 card.  The card front was stamped with the Lines O Plenty Background (366H), and the upper and lower borders were decorated with a border punch.  I added a horizontal panel embellished with some yummy plaid ribbon to the center and added the stamped greeting to the far right side. 

So, what hopes do you have for the rest of Summer? We're about to journey on a 16 hour road trip with a 13 month old who just learned to walk! It should be interesting, but I'm hoping I don't pull too much of my hair out and actually find the time at the beach relaxing.  

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Summer as well.  I think I'm still in shock that it's August already and Fall will be here before we know it!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Who Let The Dogs Out

It's another Challenge Thursday on the DRS Blog.  The theme this week is dogs and I've created a scene card using the Doggie Dilemma with Fence (254H), the Who Let The Dogs Out Greeting (893D) and the Easy Grass Background (059E).

I colored the image with Copic Markers and masked the image to sponge the sky and the grass.  Then I used the Easy Grass Background to add the grass blades with a darker green ink.    

Link your Dog cards HERE and enter to win a fun prize from DRS Designs. 



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