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, November 27, 2014

Embossed Christmas

Hi Everyone! 

I'd like to start today's post by wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Today is all about celebrating and being thankful for all we have.  I am especially thankful for being a part of a very loving family, for having great friends and for being blessed with wonderful children, my health, and a job that helps to support our home.  I'm also thankful for being a part of the DRS Designs Design Team and for all of the stress-relief stamping has helped with, LOL!

Well, another week has gone by and a new challenge is posted on the DRS Designs Blog.  For their "I Pine For You" Challenge, you are to use any pine image, punch or die cut.  I used the Christmas Pine Oval (279L).

I heat embossed it with silver embossing powder, and then matted it with a scallop rectangle cut from metallic silver card stock. The card front was simply embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the bottom was embellished with white satin ribbon and a snowflake die cut attached with a small silver brad. After adhering the matted image to the upper portion of the card front, I added three fish tail banners to the upper right corner and embellished it with a red and white twine bow. I tried to keep things simple since I really thought the embossed image and metallic card stock really made this card elegant. The card base was created from metallic silver card stock and the finished size is 4.25" x 5.5".

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas O.C.D.

Hi Friends! Hope your weekend is going well! 
I'm taking a break from the craziness of getting my house ready to host Thanksgiving for our family this year. We are expecting about 40 people and I'm sure we will have enough food to feed an army, but that's what the holidays are all about, right?  Good company and good food--We have so much to look forward to and to be thankful for!

A color challenge was recently posted over at the DRS Designs blog. It utilizes a poinsettia image with different hues of red and greens for the challenge. Here's my challenge entry depicting Christmas Leonard Pig (709K) in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I've paired him with one of the new Christmas sayings from DRS Designs most recent release, the O.C.D. Christmas Greeting (183E).

The image was colored with Copic Markers, cut out, and masked. Blue ink was sponged around the edges and the upper portion was masked as well so that when sponge with brown ink it resembles him standing on a floor.  I created my own pattern paper by using a portion of the Cut-apart Woven Plaid Stamp (613P). I split up the sentiment into two parts and cut them out with Nestability dies. Blue ink was sponged over top while still in the die and then each one was matted with green card stock cut with a scallop die. My card front was assembled as shown and was simply embellished with only pink grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot.

Well, I'm sure with all that is going on this week I probably won't be on the computer much until after the holiday.  I hope you all have a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving full of all your favorite things!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

His Presence

Hi Friends! 
Today I have a CAS card to share with you to show off the new Lovely Gifts Christmas Greeting (235G) just release from DRS Designs.  

I created the card front to resemble a wrapped Christmas gift, to play on the words "present" in this saying.  Sorry about the quality of this picture--I used shimmer cardstock for the card front and greeting and it didn't photograph as well as I thought. I no longer have this card in my possession so, unfortunately, this is as good as it gets!

Run over to DRS Designs to see all of their new Christmas stamps HERE, or check out the new challenge on their blog, "Hang It Up" and enter your project for a chance to win stamps from DRS Designs just for free!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Upon The Tree

I feel like everyone often forgets about Thanksgiving and all that we should be thankful for by rushing around making Christmas a 2 month holiday. I understand it's probably hard to do when the stores have Christmas decorations out before Halloween even gets here, but I'm nowhere near decorating my tree or doing anything else Christmas right now. My house is still decorated with sunflowers, pumpkins, orange leaves and other things that celebrate the Fall harvest and Thanksgiving. At the same time though, I understand that since Christmas is such a large holiday, you have to prepare early. As we all know, this is particularly important when hand making your own Christmas cards! The card I'm sharing today was created for this weeks DRS Designs blog challenge "Hang it up."  Of course, this doesn't particularly relate to Christmas, since you can hang Fall leaf garland as well, but Christmas decorations were the first thing that came to mind when I read this challenge theme!

My card front began with a white piece of card stock that I sponged with blue ink. Next, I stamped the Cardinal On A Branch (856M) so that only the leaves at the bottom of the stamp were inked to create the Christmas tree border. I colored it with Copic markers and stamped the lower portion of DRS Designs new Lovely Gifts Christmas stamp (235G) at the bottom between the pine needles. The Nativity Ornament (526K) was stamped on another piece of white card stock and colored with Prismacolor pencils. Then it was fussy cut out and adhered in the center of the card front with red ribbon to resemble it hanging on a Christmas tree.  A big satin red bow was attached at the top of the ornament and then the card front was matted with pink card stock to match the color scheme. Finally, the card front was attached to an A2 dark green card stock base and my challenge card was complete. 

So, how is your house decorated right now? Are you eager to decorate for Christmas or is your house still decorated for the Fall harvest like mine?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Christmas Reindeer

Hi Everyone! Welcome back!
The tricks and treats have passed and now November is here! Can you believe it?!?! This is the time to start thinking about what you will be doing for your holiday cards this year. With that in mind, DRS Designs is getting ready to release new holiday stamps perfect for this occasion. Today I am showing off the new Feeding Reindeer (188F) stamp that will be released very soon. I chose to use him alone on my Christmas card, but he coordinates with the pieces to the Christmas Village.  

I colored the Feeding Reindeer with Copic markers, and I cut the card stock around him in the shape of a tag to show it off. I added Stickles for the snow, and sponged light blue ink around the top of the tag for the sky around him.  I added different colored cardstock cut on a diagonal to form my card front and in the empty space formed between the 2 red panels I stamped "Merry Christmas" from the Christmas Multi Greeting (341H).  The Reindeer tag was embellished with a big red bow and adhered to the card front with foam tape.  I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Our Daily Thread

This weeks challenge on the DRS Designs blog has me thinking outside the box! The challenge is titled, "Just Half." You are to use only half an image/sentiment etc. on your challenge entry.  I've never done this before, but I think it's a great idea! Here's what this challenge inspired me to do...

I used a portion of the thread spool image from the Daily Thread Greeting (173E) to create the borders on my card front.  All of the spools were colored with Copic Markers.  The banner in the center of the card was cut out using a fish tail die and before removing it from the die, I sponged it with light brown ink to create the white border around it.  Then after matting it I tied a dark purple ribbon on the left side to embellish it. Fairly simple and way cute, don't you think?

Can I interest you in getting some FREE stamps from DRS Designs? Keep in mind that DRS Designs often has different opportunities for you to win store vouchers and earn free stamps just for playing along in several challenges. Every Thursday, a new challenge is posted on the DRS Designs Blog, and this week DRS Designs is the sponsor over at the Just Inspirational Challenges Blog. Their challenge theme is "Wishes."  Think Get Well, birthday, Christmas wishes etc. for this challenge. I hope you get a chance to play along! 

Good Luck and have a great day!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Non-traditional Thanksgiving Greeting!

A couple weeks ago I created today's card for the DRS Designs "I'm so hungry" blog challenge, but due to a nasty computer virus I was unable to get it uploaded onto my computer to share.  I'm glad that's all in the past now because you can only do so much on a smart phone and I'm happy to have my computer back! 

When I first sat down to create this card, I really wasn't giving it much thought and as this card progressed it turned out to be a Thanksgiving greeting using non-traditional colors! I really liked the way the olive green, mauve pink, and the yellow color combination came together.  I first colored the Indian Corn (151H) with Copic markers. Then, the image was masked and light brown ink was sponged around the image while it was in a Nestability die. On the pink cardstock in the background, I stamped the new Silhouette Cornstalk (179B) repeatedly using Versamark ink to create my own pattern paper. The One Line Thanksgiving Greeting (841D) was stamped above the image, and I used a portion of the new Thank You Lord Greeting (165G) for the sentiment below it. The finished card size measure 4.25" x 5.5" and other than the knot in the ribbon, this card is nice and flat for mailing. Have you made your Thanksgiving greetings to send out yet?

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by today. I appreciate your visit! 

Until next time,

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Autumn Is Calling

The challenge that was recently posted on the DRS Designs blog this past Thursday is to create a project for any Fall holiday. My challenge entry was created with Thanksgiving in mind.

Both the sentiment and the image on this card are by DRS Designs. I started with the Fall Leaf With Acorn (471F) and colored it with Copic markers. I used an oval Nestability die to cut it out, masked it and sponged light brown ink around the image while it was still in the die. I love the nice, clean, framed edge this creates around the image! I think it really helps to make the colors in the image pop! Then I matted it with an orange scallop oval. The vertical panel was started with craft card stock. The upper portion of the Autumn Is Calling Greeting (150F) was stamped at the top with brown ink and an orange ribbon was tied in a knot and wrapped around it. Next, it was matted with brown card stock and then again with orange card stock that had been decorated with a border punch. As you can see the matted image was adhered just off center on the vertical panel. The card base was cut for an A2 size card from dark brown card stock and then the card front was embossed with a leaf embossing folder, and assembled as shown.

Head on over to the DRS Designs blog for all the details regarding this challenge and how you can win a store voucher to shop for free from the DRS Designs online catalog.

Hope you all had a safe and spooky Halloween as well as a relaxing weekend!
Thanks for stopping by! 



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