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!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Butterfly Birthday

While hopping around blogland lately, I've seen alot of framing done lately.  I really like the look, so I decided to give it a try. Here's my take on a framed card and another use for those awesome Butterfly Ribbon Slides (681D).

I started first by cutting my card front from peach colored card stock. I inked the edges with orange ink, used a decorative border punch for the left side and then a corner punch on the right 2 corners.  I used Nestibility dies to create the hole in the center for my frame.  I stamped "As Another Year Flies By" (489F)  at the top of the card front and then ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I added some orange ribbon to the the left side and decorated the left side of the frame with Prima flowers and brads.  I stamped the Butterfly ribbon slide twice, colored both with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out. I attached them by layering them and then adding 3 black brads to the body. All of this completed the frame card front.

The center of the frame was created by stamping a panel of peach cardstock with the Silhouette Butterfly Background (536H) using Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed it with black sparkle embossing powder and attached it to the center of a black cardstock base.  

My final step was to attached the card front to the base using foam tape to create the frame depth. Wouldn't this be great for a Fall birthday? I guess I have my Aunt's October birthday card already finished! Yeah! 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll be back soon!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

So Spooky!

Hi Everyone! Hope your day is off to a fabulous start!
Can you believe it's almost October already!?!? It will be ghost and goblin time before we know it! The new blog challenge over at DRS Designs, "So Spooky it's Scary" and THIS CARD from Splitcoast Stampers inspired me to create this Spooky Halloween card.  I'm really happy with how it turned out-actually it's better than I thought it would be.  I think it really has an eerie, spooky feel! 

The first thing I did was heat emboss the Spooky Tree with Moon (070L) on a white card front.  Then, I taped a large circle Nestability die centered over the image and used it as a stencil. I sponged the moon area with yellow inks and the rest of the area with an eerie purple ink. I love how it really looks like the full moon is glowing in the darkness! Next, I stamped the Spooktacular Halloween Greeting (933F). I split it up so that the first half of the sentiment was stamped above the scene and the second half was stamped below it.

I matted the card front on yellow cardstock and then used foam tape to adhere it to a 4.25" x 5.25" purple cardstock base.  An eerie card like this wouldn't be complete without a few bat punchies--I added eyes to them with a white gel pen and then adhered only their bodies so that I could fold up their wings to make them dimensional.  Eeek! Does this card give you the creeps? 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Frogs In Your Pants

When you hear the term "googlie eyes," especially this time of year I bet you automatically think Halloween. I know I do, but when I heard the challenge over at DRS Designs this week is "Googlie Eyes," I decided to change things up a bit. 

Instead of creating a fun Halloween card, I created this cute frog card using the adorable Frog Boy Cutie Pie Kid (428H) and the Frog in your Pants Greeting (1016K) from DRS Designs. Check out the picture of my Frog Boy below and see his googlie eyes. He almost looks the same, even though they are more defined! This is the first time I've ever used googlie eyes on a card and I'm glad this challenge enlightened me to do it. I'm sure I'll be adding them add to more of my stamped images soon!

As you can tell I used a very simple layout for this card.
The Frog Boy was colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut, and adhered in place next to the greeting. I used the Tiny Frog (420A) as an embellishment by also coloring it with Copics, matting it, and then adhering it with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my "Googlie Eye" entry and that this greeting made you smile. Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Santa and Reindeer

Here's another Christmas card I was able to whip up rather quickly, but only cause I cheated! *wink* I found this colored image of Santa and his Reindeer (016L) and the Polka Dot Background paper (688P) in a basket where I keep leftover colored images and backgrounds.  I love it when half the work is already done for me!

I'm pretty certain the image was colored with Prisma Color Pencils and blended with Gamsol.  It's been a long time since I've used that method of coloring! Then to bling it up a bit and add some hojiday sparkle, I added Stickles at the ground level and around the image for falling snow. I also added some white flock to the cotton parts of Santa's Hat and jacket as well as his beard to make him realistic.

The card base was embossed with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and each layer was matted with olive green cardstock.  I love olive green and red together for Christmas cards! A red satin bow pulled everything together and I was done in a flash! 

Did you know that Christmas is already less than 100 days away?!?!?!? It's time to get started on those Holiday cards and why not start with a challenge where you could win some free product from DRS Designs? Check out the Anything Goes Challenge this week over at Chocolate, Coffee, Cards and link up your card today! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Favorite Vegetable is...

...Candy Corn! 

Would you have ever guessed it? I bet you were thinking broccoli or some other green vegetable.  I know this was totally UNEXPECTED--that's because I created this for this week's DRS Designs Blog Challenge which is to create something UNEXPECTED! 

This card was pretty quick to create. One of things that helped make this quick is the design of the Candy Corn Background. By stamping it in orange ink, half of the coloring is already done for you. All I did was color the bottom of each candy piece with a yellow Copic Marker and my background was finished --easy, peasy as they say! The background used on the top of the card front was made simply by stamping the Spatter Background with black ink. At times, I stamped it off as well so some of the spatter dots are a bit faded.

Well that's it for me today.
Until next time,


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Patriot Day

Hi Stampers! Hope you are all doing well!
Since today is Patriot Day in the United States, I'm showing off another Patriotic card and using this opportunity to remind all of you about DRS Designs Operation Write Home Card Drive.  The object is to collect as many cards as you can make, but in doing so, there are some great prizes up for grabs too! (Check out the link above to see what you can win!)

Operation Write Home is in need of cards with the following themes:
Thank you
Missing you
Thinking of you
Blank (no sentiment)

Just a few things to remember for each card you send in:
Cards must only be 4.25" x 5.5"
**No Glitter**
No Store bought cards allowed
Please be sure to include an envelope for each card donated.

Send your cards to:
DRS Designs
217 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801

So remember over the next few weeks when you sit down to stamp, make a few duplicate cards and send them in to support a great cause. We want you to be our top donator!

Here's the Partiotic card that I have to share with you today.

This design was simple and fun to make! I used the Interlocking Star Background (819H), the Starry Background (124H), and God Bless America (085D). I hope you like it! 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Christmas Cardinal

DRS Designs is featuring their Christmas stamps this month and I'm showing off many of my Christmas creations with you.  Here's one of my favorites so far.

I colored the Cardinal on Branch image (856M) with Copic Markers. I layered it on red and green cardstock as shown. Then I stamped the Small "Merry Christmas" (520D) in 1 line on a white cardstock banner with red ink. This was adhered to the bottom of the image.

Next, I focused on the card base. I created a note card that measures 3.5" x 5" from dark green cardstock. I added texture to it by stamping the Large Original Plaid Stamp (641P) in both directions using Versamark ink. The image was adhered to the center of the card base and then I added a red and white plaid bow underneath the sentiment. I just love how well all of the colors on this card coordinated!

Have you given any thoughts to what your Christmas cards will be this year?

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all!

Wow! What a chilly start to the day today. It was only 48 degrees when I got out of bed, but the sun was out too, shinning brightly! I know the official start to Fall is still a couple weeks away, but with temps like this I say, "Happy Fall Y'all!"

While browsing challenge blogs the other day, I was inspired to play along with CASology's "Apple" challenge. It's perfect for this time of year and I knew DRS Designs had a perfect Apple Trio image (350G) to go with it. On a side note, I'm really trying to make cards that are more of the Clean and Simple look, so I took the plunge and went for the challenge.

I colored the apples with Copic Markers and carefully fussy cut them out. I put them aside while I worked on my card front. I started with khaki cardstock and stamped "Happy Fall Y'all!" (635B) near the top. Then, I embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder and matted it with red cardstock. I tied a simple red bow with twine and wrapped it around the top, under the sentiment. Next, I added the apple image near the bottom using foam tape for some dimension. The card front was adhered to a dark brown A2 cardstock base and my card was complete!

I'm ready for apple pie, cider and donuts! Are you?


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Who's Your Mummy!

Hi Everyone! Hope today finds you well!

There's a new challenge posted over on the DRS Designs Blog today. The theme is "It's BRIGHT in Here!" We are asked to use bright or neon colors on our challenge cards this week.

I was inspired by this challenge to create a Halloween card. I love using bright green and black for Halloween cards and I think this combo was perfect for my Who's Your Mummy card!

Isn't that Mummy (943H) adorable? (It will be available for purchase from DRS Designs very soon!) It was simply colored with a gray Copic Marker to add shading to his bandages. Then I masked him and the edges of the cardstock and sponged green ink around him. I love the eerie feel this creates! After matting it on a black rectangle, I dressed it up with some spider web punchies to 2 of the corners.

I created the stamped background myself stamping the Accent Bats (517A) and the Small Happy Halloween sentiment (042A) randomly on neon green cardstock.  Gray cardstock was added to the other side with a small black scrap that covered the seam.  I embellished the gray panel with 3 tiny neon green brads and then popped up the "Who's Your Mummy" sentiment (909D) in the lower right hand corner.

So, are you going to join us in this Bright and Neon colored challenge? I can't wait to see all the fun cards that will enter this one! 

Until next time...


Monday, September 2, 2013

Super Sweet Candy Canes

Hi Everyone! 
 Hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! I'm finding this a bit bittersweet--sad that this means Summer is almost over, yet excited that Fall and the holidays are just around the corner! So, today I'm posting a Candy Cane card to sweeten things up a bit!!

I love candy canes around the holidays. However, I'm not a fan of the peppermint ones. I like the Jelly Belly flavored ones. We even decorate our Christmas tree with them. Do you have a favorite kind of cane?

I love all the design elements on this card.  I think it all came together nicely! I started by coloring the Candy Canes (552H) with Copic Markers.  I used the Open Plaid Stamp (631P) to create my own pattern paper. Then I matted it with green cardstock and a decorative red border, and added a few green brads to help bring out the green in the candy canes.  The top was embossed with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and I added a red decorative border to that as well.  Finally, the bottom of the card base was stamped with the Super Sweet Christmas Greeting (140E) and my card was complete!  

This was created for the Plaid Challenge on the DRS Designs blog. You can check out the challenge HERE and enter to win some great DRS freebies too!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll be back soon!



Blog Widget by LinkWithin