Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Besties Challenge - Week 1

Challenge yourself.  It's worth the work.  I created four cards from the pin inspiration of week one of the Besties Weekly Challenge.  

I took this pin:

and styled it my way, into these four stunning cards:

Are you ready to be inspired?  Play along with the Besties Challenge and follow our board on Pinterest.  Challenge yourself, build you skills, not your stash.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Challenge Yourself

Do you ever feel like you're surrounded?  Surrounded by a creative space filled with the encouragement to continually purchase the latest product release.  It's hard not to feel that way.  There seems to be an ever-evolving new release every time we turn around.  With the latest release comes the burning desire to purchase.  When the purchase arrives in our mailbox we get that great endorphin rush of joy that goes with new products.  Do you also find that that endorphin rush disappears a little quicker, with the more we purchase?

These are the challenges I'm currently facing.  I want to purchase something from nearly every product release.  I get that rush when the package arrives and that rush doesn't last like it used to.  We won't even talk about the fact that my budget is screaming "No! Don't buy anything else!"

So how do we keep creating without giving into the pressure to purchase with every new product release?  One word - CHALLENGE!  Start challenging yourself and your creative buddies to use what you already have.

My Bestie and I have started a Besties Weekly Challenge Board on Pinterest.  We just started this board last Wednesday and new pins will be added weekly.  I will be posting my completed challenge on Instagram and the Inked Inspirations Facebook Page.

Right now there's only one pin, since we just started, but the board will build as the weeks go on.  Feel free to join us and challenge yourself to try these ideas.  You'll find the details of what the challenge is from the inspiration pin that posted.  Follow the board to follow along.

Inspire yourself to use the pins you've been saving!  Get out of your comfort zone and stretch your supplies.  Build on the idea, don't copy it.  Use your supplies to create your own version of the pin that inspired you.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Scraps to Tags 2

I keep all, or nearly all of my scraps.  Including the 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch pieces.  I sort them into solids and patterns, then the solids are sorted by color, and in the end, it's stashed for later projects.  I'll be honest, the 1/4-inch strips have always been the hardest to use up, but I still couldn't toss them, especially if it's a pattern paper I just love.

Inked Inspirations: Scarps to Tags 2

This weekend I set out to use up this stash.  I wanted a project that would use several of the strips all at once.  I cruised Pinterest and found a number of cute ways to use scraps, but most of the ideas were for larger scraps than I wanted to work with.  I looked at some of the methods that were used and adapted those ideas to my scrap stash.

Inked Inspirations: Scarps to Tags 2

I'm really into building tags right now and creating them from the huge stash of scraps I have makes my heart and hands happy.  These scrappy tags were so much fun to create.  I honestly found this to be very relaxing and almost meditative.

Inked Inspirations: Scarps to Tags 2

To create these tags, I started with larger scraps from my stash.  I print a lot of free printables and I save all the strips when cutting these out.  This habit leaves me with a lot of white strips of paper.  There are dozens of ways I used these white strips in my creations, but more on that later.  I digress.  I pulled some of the wider white strips from my stash and covered one side with my chosen adhesive, which in this case was Grafix Artist-Tac sheets.  Once I added the adhesive I went to town sticking little strips of paper down.  Mostly random order, a few in a color scheme.  Completed strips were die cut into tags using the My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Tags.

Inked Inspirations: Scarps to Tags 2

After my tags were cut, I began embellishing them and adding string and some beads.  They turned out so cute and were so fun to make.  There will be more of these in my crafting future.

Inked Inspirations: Scarps to Tags 2

I think these will be so cute as gift tags for Christmas in sets of red and green.  Yes.  I know not everyone is a scrap hoarder, but for those of us who think outside the box and use those tiny bits!  I hope this inspires you to create from your scrap stash.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

I'm doing it!  I've decided to challenge myself with The Daily Marker's 30 days of Coloring.  Why am I taking on this challenge?

  • Accountability.  It keeps me accountable to follow through on this.
  • It's easy.  All I have to do is color something every day.
  • To grow my skills.  What makes perfect?  Practice.  What better way to practice than this?
Yesterday was Day 1.  I created a little watercolor tag with my gelatos.  Nothing fancy.  I just colored.

Inked Inspirations: Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

This little tag was in the scrap basket I keep on my desk, we'll talk more about that soon.  It was a small piece of watercolor paper with the image and sentiment already stamped on it, leftover from another project.  When I uncovered the little treasure in the basket I die cut it using the Stitched Tag dies from My Favorite Things.  Using a water brush, I picked up color directly from the gelato and applied it to the tag.  I'm not sure what ink I used for this image but was glad it didn't react with the water.  I added paint splatters using my Prima Metallics watercolors.  

Inked Inspirations: Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

Once the image was painted I dug through my scrap stash to find papers that would layer together to create a card.  I used my eyelet setter to punch the tiny hole in the top of the tag.

Inked Inspirations: Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

I then used my amazing tweezers to thread twine through the tiny whole, much the same way I did the Hello Tags a couple of days ago.  

Inked Inspirations: Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

I completed the card by layering all of the papers together and adding a few enamel dots.  

Inked Inspirations: Kite Card - 30 Day Coloring Challenge Day 1

I really love how this simple card turned out.  One more card for the stash to send as Happy Mail.  I hope this inspires you to go make something.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Scraps to Tags

In an effort to do some stash busting and use up some of the little bits, I seem to hoard, I created a few of these cute little Hello Tags.  They'll be great to use as is or to add as an embellishment to another project.  

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

I started by creating a party on my desk with some word and tag die cuts.  I used the Stitched Tags from My Favorite Things.  I just recently purchased these, and I can tell you they will be well used.  I just love all the sizes and the stitched detail of these dies.  

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

I used my Zyron sticker maker to add adhesive to the back of the "hello" die cuts.  All of the tags I cut were from some embossed paper scraps in my stash.  Keep in mind I rarely toss scraps.  When I trim a panel to create a card the scraps are tossed into a basket on my desk.  These little scraps are perfect for creating these tags.

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

Once the "hello" was added to each tag I used my eyelet setter to punch the tiny hole for the string to be attached.  I'm going to share a little secret with you - the pink tweezers aren't craft tweezers, they're for eyelash extensions.  The tip is super fine and pointy.  I love them.  While they aren't reverse locking like most craft tweezers I LOVE them!!  Did  I mention that I love them?

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

I originally stopped with the little tag and added the string, but it didn't look quite finished.  I cut a few of the next size tag and a few of the larger Stitched  Pennants from Verve Stamps.  I pulled the strings back out, marked and cut the tiny holes in the larger pieces,  and adhered the smaller tag at a slight angle on the larger tag.  I used my awesome tweezers to pull the string through my tiny holes.

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

I really think this was a great way to stash bust some scraps.  I created some really cute little tags, that I'm going to drop in the mail to my crafting pal.

Inked Inspirations: Scraps to Tags

I hope this inspires you to dig through those little bits and build some cute embellishments for your projects.  If you enjoyed this project and would like to see more like it, please leave me a comment below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thank You Cards

Inked Inspirations: Thank You Cards

Behind the scenes look at my creative work in progress.  The start of this project was to stamp the image and the sentiment with VersaMark Ink onto white cardstock and heat embossed with Ranger Clear Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder.  Once embossed, the panel was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals.  The background is of course built with Distress Inks, using Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, and Dried Marigold.  Details are done with my gold uniball gel pen and a bit of pearl dimensional paint.

Inked Inspirations: Thank You Cards

The second one is built in a similar way, using the WOW Ebony embossing powder and hand colored with distress inks using a VersaMark Pen.  The Distress  Inks here are Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, and Dried Marigold.

Inked Inspirations: Thank You Cards

This panel was finished with some Salty Ocean and a bit of Antique Linien in the center.  I took the panel I cut the oval from and used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the edge, then returned the oval to the frame and mounted all of the pieces on a yellow card base.  The finishing touch was to add some glitter dots to the sides of the sentiment, which you can see below on the finished card.

Inked Inspirations: Thank You Cards

I think the use of the white frame to create an inlaid look really made the butterflies pop.  This was also a great way to stretch the use of my dies in a new way.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunset in the Trees Card

Inked Inspirations: Sunset in the Trees Card

This card was inspired by my evening drive home from work.  With Distress Inks, I worked to mirror the colors reflected in the eastern sky on my drive home, as the sun sets behind me.  The Alaskan skies are beautiful this time of year.

I worked with Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender and Chipped Sapphire using the mini blending tool to blend the inks for the perfect background.  Then I stamped the trees using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Ebony embossing powder.  I added the snow effect using my Prima Metallic Accents Watercolors.

Inked Inspirations: Sunset in the Trees Card

To finish the card I die cut the panel with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle dies, mounted it on two layers of vellum and them added to a white card base.  As always, I signed the back.

I hope this card inspires you to create something inspired by nature.  Have a beautiful day.