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, July 30, 2015

Hula Scene!

With my shy personality, I normally don't like to be the center of attention and I sure don't like to cause a scene. However, this Hula Pig (879E) is causing a scene and telling everyone to get your 'hula on' for this week's DRS Designs Blog challenge! The theme is to create a scene using any image, die cut, paper, or technique.

This scene was created by using the masking and sponging techniques. The Hula Pig, the Sandcastle (090G) and the Palm Tree (886G) images were masked and then the sky and the beach sand were sponged. I used Copic markers to color in the stamped images.  Next, I used the Top Note Die to cut out my scene from the white cardstock it was created on and then matted it with pink cardstock before adhering it in place on a light blue cardstock base. I stamped the Sending You Sunshine Greeting (094D) on a flag banner and embellished it with a small red flower that was held in place with a tiny pink brad. The final step was adhering it to the card front as shown.
Do you like to create scenes with your stamps? I encourage you to join me in the Create A Scene challenge and enter your creation to win a great prize from DRS Designs. Good luck! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Deepest Sympathy

For most of us, I'm sure sympathy cards are our least favorite to make. However, after a long battle with cancer, my best friends Mother recently passed away.  I felt it was important to make her a card to send my condolences and today I'm sharing the Sympathy card I made for her.
The stamps I used on this card are by DRS Designs. I started by stamping the Brush Deepest Sympathy Greeting (588G) in light blue ink. It was cut out with an oval Nestability die and then matted with blue card stock cut from a scallop oval Nestability die. Next, I created my own pattern paper to decorate the card front.  The Silhouette Branch Background (363H) was heat embossed on light blue cardstock using clear embossing powder. I then hand-cut the bottom scalloped edge and then layered it with white card stock cut the same way. The top of the white card stock was embellished using a border punch. A sheer white ribbon was tied across the middle, knotted on the left hand side, and then the matted sentiment was adhered in the center. Next, the card front was adhered onto a blue card stock base and three white pearls were adhered as shown in the bottom right corner.  Finally, I decorated the inside a little bit by stamping the silhouette branch background with blue ink at the top and bottom edges of the white panel that was adhered inside.

It's little things like this that help us get through difficult times, and my friend was really happy to receive this card. I'm glad I took the time to make it.   

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lighthouse Sunset

Hey Everybody!
Have you seen the new color challenge on the DRS Designs Blog? I love it!!!! Here's the inspiration photo:

Maybe it's because I'm the Mother of 2 boys and I see colors like these all the time, but they inspired me to create a masculine card. I coordinated them with DRS Designs Lighthouse stamp (461G) and thought the yellow, orange and blue would make a gorgeous sunset.  I think I was right! ;-)
I colored the image with Copic Markers and then used Nestibility dies to cut it out and layer it with coordinating cardstock. I embellished it with a spiral clip and tied some twine in a knot around it.  The A2 size cardstock base was made from Navy cardstock and I layered half of it on a diagonal with orange and light blue cardstock as shown.  I stamped the Small Birthday Wishes" Greeting (020B) at the bottom and adhered the embellished image in the center.
Too bad I don't have any masculine birthdays left for this Summer.  This beauty will have to wait until next year! ;-)
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Seashell Birthday

Hi Everyone!

One of my favorite color combinations is pink and brown, and after I stamped DRS Designs 4 in 1 Seashell stamp (473F) in various pastel colors, I knew that's how I wanted to proceed with this birthday card.
I used Copic markers to color the seashells and then fussy cut them out. I stamped the  Beach Birthday Greeting (480G) and then cut it out using a Nestability die. I sponged it with light brown ink before removing the die to create the nice, white frame around it. I matted it with pink cardstock that was cut with a scallop die and then adhered the seashells around it as shown. 

I used a piece of Kraft card stock for my A2 size card base and stamped the Sea Grass (128L) on the left-hand side and the Lighthouse (461G) on the right-hand side.  Both were stamped using Versamark Ink. The embellished greeting was adhered in the center of the card front. I didn't want to take away from it, so I kept things simple and used a little bit of pink and white twine tied in a knot for the only embellishment.

I hope you like this clean and simple birthday card as much as I do! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

You've Got Mail

Today on the DRS Designs Blog is a new challenge themed "You've Got Mail." So I'm showing off this Happy Mail (429G) stamp again because I love it's cute design! 
I colored this image again with Copic Markers, but this time I also added Stickles to the flower. I wish I would have used Stickles on my previous Happy Mail card, but I guess changing things up a bit is what makes each handmade card unique!

I kept my layout simple and started by stamping the card front with the Interlocking Flower Background (813H). Next, I cut a piece of black card stock to fit the left-hand side of my card. I punched one side of it with a decorative border punch, and then embossed it with a floral embossing folder. I added three thin strips of green card stock from the right-hand side and then added a light blue brad at the opposite end of each one. Finally, I adhered the matted image to the center and my card was complete!

Interested in free stamps from DRS Designs? Play along in this challenge and link your card for a chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 6, 2015


I've been enjoying new stamps from DRS Designs. This release is fabulous and today I'm showing off the new Fleur De Lis stamp (421F)!
I created this Clean and Simple Friendship card by pairing the Fleur De Lis stamp with the Friendship Double Divide Greeting (1065F).  As you can see, a Fleur De Lis image was stamped with yellow ink on either side of a white cardstock panel and the friendship greeting was stamped in black in the middle.  I like how the Fleur De Lis images are "doubled" and "divided" just as friendship is described in the greeting.  I used a border punch to decorate a black cardstock panel and attached it to the bottom of the stamped white cardstock panel.   Then, yellow and white twine was cris-crossed across the black panel and tied in a bow. I adhered this panel onto a yellow cardstock base and then added 3 black rhinestones to the top for a pop of color and a bit of bling. I love the clean and simple design and I hope you do too!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thinking Of You!

 A new challenge was posted today on the DRS Designs Blog--Splatter Matters!

I created this cute "Thinking of You" card specifically for the challenge. I used the new Happy Mail (429G) by DRS Designs for my focal point. I colored it with Copic Markers and matted it on black card stock. Next I created my own pattern paper by stamping the Splatter Background (855H) in light blue and green inks on white cardstock that was cut on an angle. I then added it to the bottom of a light blue A2 card stock base. I lined the top of it with a small strip of black cardstock and placed my stamped image on top, just off to the left side. 
 To embellish this card, I threaded a black button with green and white twine tied in a bow and added it to the lower right corner. On the top, I used a punch to create black and green paper tabs, overlapped them a bit, and added a light blue brad to the center and adhered it in place as shown. 

Easy, peasy and fun to make!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Seaside Birthday!

  One of the things I love about where we live in Michigan is that we are close to the water. Growing up as a little girl, it wasn't uncommon for us to spend the weekend on my Grandfather's boat. Swimming and picnic lunches were what the Summers were all about! This Seaside Dock image (1111K) by DRS Designs reminds me of those times. If my Grandfather was still alive, this would have been the perfect birthday card for him.
I colored the Seaside Dock and the Anchor (434G) with Copic markers. Both of them were matted in red and then with blue. I stamped the first line of the Beach Birthday Greeting (480G) just above the Seaside Dock image. The remaining portion of the greeting was stamped inside the card. I simply embellished this card with two red brads in the bottom right corner, and my card was complete!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, and have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!


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