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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Challenging Myself to Try Challenges

Hello Lovely!  Are you ready to take a little risk with me?  I've heard and read many designers talk about how they broke into the industry and the most common answer is that they started with challenges which got them noticed and things blossomed from there.  Here comes the little risk part of this post - I'm going to take the leap and start participating in card making challenges.



Simon Says Stamp has a Wednesday Challenge Blog where they post weekly challenges.  By participating in this challenge you can post up to five projects, each one worth an entry to win $50 gift card at Simon Says Stamp.  



The Color Throwdown in a weekly challenge with a color palette you have to use in your card creation.  Your entry could be the featured stamper of the week.


Reverse Confetti does a Stock Your Stash Challenge that's posted once a month.  Reverse Confetti stamps and/or Confetti Cuts are required to win the $20 gift certificate, but anyone is welcome to play, though!


My Favorite Things has a Challenge & Inspiration blog where they post week sketch to inspire your creations.  MFT products are encouraged, but not required. They just want to inspire you to create!  MFT also gives away a $50 gift voucher to one lucky winner each week.  

These are just a few of the challenges.  I know there are many more and I'd love it if you'd share your faves in the comments below.  I'll create a new post when I find more.  Thanks for swinging by today.  Now go create some cards!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Crafty Sales

Hello Lovely!  Who doesn't love a good sale?  What's better than a good deal on crafty goodness?  Let's have a little peek around the interwebs and see what's happening.

Scrapbook.com -  is offering 20% to 50% off all Stamping Supplies (Sale ends July19, 2018)



My Favorite Things - is Celebrating their 12th birthday by giving away a FREE Birthday Ballon Die while supplies last.

Simon Says Stamp - Now is the time to start your Copic habit or stock up if you're already an addict.  Simon is helping you save with their 25% off Copics Sale!


What are you doing still reading this?  Go grab some of these great deals.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Christmas In July - 4 More Card Sets

Hello Lovely.  Welcome to another Christmas in July post.  There are no process photos in this post, only a few photos of the completed sets of cards.  I'll admit, sometimes I get in a groove making and don't even think about the process photos for a blog post.  

This first set is created from my stash of pocket cards for pocket scrapbooking.  I have a ton of these cards because I had high hopes for myself, but I'm just not a scrapbooker in any form or fashion.  No matter how hard I try.  I used a snowflake die that I picked up last year at a local scrap store when we were home for Thanksgiving.  The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set and is stamped in my favorite black ink VersaFine Onyx Black.  I also used my favorite stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamps.  I added a bit of detail with some Tonic Nuvo Drops.


With card set two I used the snowflakes that came from cutting the pocket cards in the first set. Each snowflake is coated with clear embossing powder to add some shine, which doesn't show very well in the photos.  Again with the stitched rectangles from Simon Says Stamps, I cut the craft panel and the sentiment block.  I used a bit of gold thread to add the look of a hanging ornament.  The sentiment is from a retired My Favorite Things stamp set and is stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.


Card set number three I strayed from traditional Christmas colors.  These are burgundy, cream, and gold.  The word tree stamp is from Hampton Arts, stamped in VersaMark ink and then embossed with gold embossing powder from Ranger.  The card base was created using a Hero Arts background stamp and is stamped with Distress Oxide Ink in Aged Mahogany.  Of course I used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies to create simple layers.  


My final card set is almost a one layer card.  It was my intention to create a one layer card, but it was just to flat.  The tree stamp is from a Stampin' Up set that I bought at a thrift store.  I stamped the tree in VersaFine ink and embossed it with WOW silver embossing powder.  The sentiment is from a retired My Favorite Things stamp set, also stamped in VersaFine ink and embossed with the same silver powder. I added a small strip of pattern paper to make the card pop.


Thanks for swinging by today.  Below are links to some of the products used to create these card.  I'll be back with more card ideas tomorrow.  

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Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Aged Mahogany
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Aged Mahogany
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Tonic Studios - Nuvo Collection - Crystal Drops Gloss - Ivory Seashell
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Ranger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Princess Gold
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WOW Embossing Powder METALLIC SILVER
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Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
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Tsukineko VersaFine VINTAGE SEPIA Ink Pad
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark
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Hero Arts - Clings - Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Marble Bold Prints
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Lawn Fawn WINTER SCRIPTY SAYINGS Clear Stamps LF938
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Dahle Vantage 10671 Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 12"x18", 1/2" Grid
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EK Tools Powder Tool
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
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Wagner Heat Gun
Wagner Heat Gun
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We R Memory Keepers - Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool
We R Memory Keepers - Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Tool
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Have You Considered Handmade Christmas Cards?

Hello Lovely!  Is there anything better to send than a handmade Christmas card?  I mean really?  Mass produced cards from the local box store are so impersonal and generic.  Thousands of people can purchase and send these cards. Wouldn't you rather send handmade?


Handmade cards are unique, one of a kind gifts that loved ones will most likely display until the holidays are over, maybe even cherish for years to come.  I really encourage you to think about sharing the gift of handmade this holiday season, even if it's Just a Card.  There are so many Makers/Designer/Artisans out there putting their heart and soul into their wears, show them it's worth it, even if you just buy one card.

If you follow along here on Inked Inspirations, on Instagram or on Facebook you know that I've been making Christmas cards the whole month of July.   I hope you've found inspiration in the card ideas I've been sharing, and if you're not a card maker you can hop over to my shop and find cards for the holidays as well as many other handmade cards.  I offer Free Shipping on all orders.  There are currently 11 sets available and more to come.

Thanks for swinging by today.  I'll be back with more card ideas tomorrow.  Have a great Monday!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas in July Day 5

I grabbed these little penguins from Mama Elephant for Hampton Arts that I picked up at Michaels last year.  Such cute little guys and all the sentiments in the set are great too.

These cards were a simple way for me to use up a few scraps in my stash.  I created two of each design, using the same layout and stamps, varying the pattern paper and the card base color.  


As is my habit when building sets, I completed one card to give me a map to follow.  It's much like working from a sketch.  Once that card is complete I create the others in an assembly line manner.

The penguins are stamped on to the white banners with my favorite black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black.  The banners were cut with a die from Verve Stamps, which is no longer available.  I colored the little Santa hat blue with KaiserCraft metallic pen.


The sentiment was stamped onto the card base with VersaMark ink and then embossed with silver WOW embossing powder and then I added the strip of pattern paper to the card.


We all have a stash of brads somewhere right?  I've been working on using mine up.  I added a silver brad to the top of each banner before using foam tape to attach it over top of the pattern paper.


These little penguins are just so cute and these make the perfect card for friends this holiday season.


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Die-namics Stitched Traditional Tag
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WOW Embossing Powder METALLIC SILVER
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Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark
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Kaisercraft - Kaisercolour - Gel Pens - Metallic - 12 Pack
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Dahle Vantage 10671 Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 12"x18", 1/2" Grid
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EK Tools Powder Tool
EK Tools Powder Tool
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SSS | AZ
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
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Wagner Heat Gun
Wagner Heat Gun
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Currently in the Studio - July 2018

Last night while jotting some notes in my journal before bed I did a little calculating and then looked at my Hubby and said: "It's the 10th of July and I've already created 41 cards."  I keep a daily journal in a Traveler's Notebook and at the bottom of every page I write "Cards Made" and then put a tick mark for every card made that day.  It's something I've been doing for a while now and I love totaling it up at the end of every month to see how many cards I've made.

June was a busy month, but I still found time to make 50 cards and participate in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge from The Daily Marker.  These are just a few of those cards, many of which have been added to the shop in the last week.


Since the coloring challenge ended, I've been busy working on Christmas Cards.  Christmas in July is everywhere so I jumped on the bandwagon.  I've been a Christmas card making machine, with nine sets completed so far.  You can find all the Christmas cards in my shop, under Christmas in July.  Some of the sets are even on sale, as they are last year's designs.


I've been looking into some local consignment options for selling cards, but am currently on the fence.  I need to do some more research.  To be quite honest, it's a bit nerve-racking to think of putting my art in someone else's hands and paying a monthly fee with no guarantee of sales.  I'll keep you posted on what comes of this idea.

In other things.  I'm debating the purchase of a Tim Holtz Glass Craft Mat.  I've been using my black cutting mat for project work lately to see if I like the black background.  Turns out I do.  I'm also learning that I don't like having to clear the mat off to get to the other side, where I have my Ranger Craft Mat adhered, when I want to work on something messy with ink.  I'd love to know your thoughts on the glass mat and if you have one.  I don't like buying things just because it's the latest and greatest on the market.

In other news, I'm thrilled that as of yesterday, Distress Oxide set #4 was released.  I'm a bit of a Distress Ink and Distress Oxide junkie.  These are products I have a bad case of full set syndrome for.


That's all I have for Currently in the studio.  I'm off to create more cards and shop for a few things.  It's a never-ending cycle.