Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pen & Ink

So a few years back I picked up a sketchbook, my micron pens, and a zentangle book. While I never caught the tangle fever, I did reignite my love of pen and ink drawing. Pen and ink is super portable, all you need is a few pens and the paper of your choice. I love drawing on 140-pound watercolor paper and the smooth finish sketchbook I picked up at Barnes & Noble.

Over the last month, I've done three custom pieces and a gift for a friend. If you'd like to see more of my work please visit My Etsy Shop, there are currently seven pieces available, including the two I've shared here.

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink
"B" Monogram (SOLD)

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink

"K" Monogram (SOLD)

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink

"K" Monogram (SOLD)

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink
"N" Monogram (SOLD)

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink

Inked Inspirations:  Pen & Ink

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An Update From The Studio Desk

Wow! It's been a month since I put up a post. My how time flies. I'll spare the long explanation, but we had company for a month and then it was a game of getting caught up on things around the house. Our beautiful Alaskan Summer really flew by this year. While we had house guests, I took time away from the studio. Now that things are caught up and school is gearing back up, I'm back to creating more regularly. There is hope that I'll be posting here more as well. So let's take a little look at what's been going on lately.

Inked Inspirations:  An Update From The Studio Desk

This stunning card set was made for a friend whose response to me wanting to send her a care package was - Could you please send me some of your fantastic cards, I have a lot of thank you's to send out. Of course, I can do that, and I'd love to. I created these sets with an embossing resist technique and distress inks. Die cuts were added to create the messages. They look like I spent days making them, but they are so easy and therapeutic for me to create. This is probably my favorite technique.

More recently I've just been playing with things in my stash. I have a crafty bestie that I swap Happy Mail packages with regularly. We like to keep each other inspired by sending each other goodies. Often it's a card or flip book with die cuts, but sometimes there are some great extras. This last time we swapped scraps so that the receiver can cut goodies and send them back. We try to extend our stash by sharing it. She buys things across the country that I can't easily get or that might not be on my radar to pick up. It's awesome to get goodies in the mail and share the kindness and creativity with each other. All that said, this second card set was created with some of the die cuts she sent me.

Inked Inspirations:  An Update From The Studio Desk

I'm currently working on a set of thank you notes. They'll be sent off to the east coast when they're finished. After that project, I'll be back on the Birthday Card making campaign. I've been sending handmade Birthday cards to Friends and Family each month. It's been a lot of work to stay on top of that. I'll admit that making Birthday cards aren't my fave to make, but I think they're all loved on the receiving end.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tie-Dye Butterfly Card

I made this one a while back but needed to wait to post it. I filled out a submission form to have it published in a magazine. The magazine got back to me yesterday and I read the agreement. After reading their copyright agreement I've opted not to submit my work to them. Always read the fine print and the details before letting your work go. I think, for now, I'll stick to posting on Facebook and Instagram and work on writing more posts here.

Inked Inspirations:  Tie-Dye Butterfly Card

I've really been into the embossing resist technique, combined with distress stamping. The butterfly was stamped in VersaMark Watermark ink and embossed with clear powder on white card stock. The tie-dye colors are in Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves. The diamond pattern is stamped in Chipped Sapphire and then the butterfly is buffed with a clean, dry cloth to remove any ink. The stamped panel and the yellow panel were cut with the Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames, layered together and then put on a white card base.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

I'll be honest, not only is this my first Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, it's my first paper crafting kit ever. I've never been a kit club joiner, I've always just created with products I love. Recently it's become a bit more challenging for me. The biggest factor is being 100 miles from anywhere that sells supplies and my shift to ordering nearly everything online. I found myself hesitating to buy new products because I couldn't touch them first. Yes, I'm a sensory person and if products don't feel good in my hands I'm less likely to use them. So, in an effort to open myself up to new products, I decided to take the plunge and join a kit club. I also decided a kit club would be a great way to break out of some of my creative ruts.

Inked Inspirations: April 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

The Simon Says Stamp Card Kit is a nice sampling of goodies. I got 12 sheets of Simple Stories 6x6 double sided pattern paper, a set of Simon Says Stamps, a jar of WOW embossing powder in black, a package of Simple Stories stickers, a package of Simple Stories clips and five sheets of Simon Says super heavy really nice cardstock. and an idea sheet with six card ideas.

If I were to use just the paper in the kit I could make ten cards easy. I know I'll get much more out of this kit than ten cards. I'm excited to work with these products. This kit is the perfect way to sample products and stretch my wings. The only things in this kit I would have bought on my own would have been the embossing powder and the cardstock. The stamp set isn't my usual style, nor are the Simple Stories products. However, all of this has been picked to coordinate and work together to create beautiful cards, making me love what I got even more.

Inked Inspirations: April 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

We've talked about the kit and why I chose to join a kit club, but let's talk about why I selected Simon Says Stamp. I looked at a number of clubs and found that many of them are scrapbook or planner kits. There really aren't a lot of kits for card makers, but that isn't the only reason I picked Simon. I looked back through their past kits and found that, unlike many of the other kit clubs, Simon kits vary in style and contents each month. Most of the other kit clubs, I looked at, seemed pretty basic and generic - stamps, papers, embellishments, cardstock. Simon is the only kit I found that sends products like embossing powder, ink pad, wafer thin dies and distress markers.

I'm excited to spend my weekend playing with the new goodies that came in this kit. I need to work on Birthday Cards for May and this kit is perfect for that.

Inked Inspirations: April 2016 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

One last thing before you go - Have you liked My Facebook Page? You really should, there's a giveaway going on over there and the winner will be drawn Friday, April 15, 20016.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Iris Silhouette Card

I started with some free printable tags from my stash.  Tags I had printed in black and white, hoping to be able to color.  The printed result wasn't what I'd hoped for.  Not being one to just toss things, I decided to try creating some silhouettes with a black marker.  I added color to the tag with some distress ink in Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord.  Once the tag had an effect I liked, I added some ribbon to complete the tag look.

Inked Inspirations:  Iris Silhouette Card

The background is a technique I learned from watching Jennifer McGuire videos on Youtube.  For this technique, you'll want to check out Ink + Embossing Folders.  In my opinion, Jennifer is the technique queen in the card making world.  Just love all the ideas she shares.  The color used for the background was also distress ink in Crushed Olive.

Inked Inspirations:  Iris Silhouette Card

I used the Righteous Rings die from Memorybox, to create the black rings I overlapped on the card.  The purple circles were stamped with a small flower stamp and then punched with a 1-inch punch.  For a touch of glamor, I added a small rhinestones to the center of each stamped flower.  To give the tag a bit of added dimension, I used pop-dots to adhere only the top of the tag.  Last, but not least, I put the panel onto a black card base.

I really love how the colors pop with the black.  This was a total experiment that turned out fantastic.  I'll use this idea again in future projects.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Orange and White Embossing Resit Card

Embossing resist, the latest technique I'm obsessed with.  This version was done on white card stock, with white embossing powder.

Inked Inspirations: Orange and White Embossing Resit Card

I stamped white cardstock with images, using VersaMark ink, and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

After embossing, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Wild Honey to achieve my desired color effect.  I cut a second white strip, slightly larger, and attached the embossed and colored panel.

I chose kraft for the card base and mounted the strip off center, on the left side.

Inked Inspirations: Orange and White Embossing Resit Card

The butterfly is two die cuts layered together, the bottom one is Murana Butterfly from PoppyStamps and the top one is Happy Butterfly from Technique Tuesday.  The top butterfly was distressed with Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Tea Dye and a few touches of Vintage Photo.  Once distressed, I glued it to the solid white butterfly die cut.

The "Hello" is also a die cut, cut from white card stock using this hello die and given an hombre effect using Wild Honey.

The inspiration for this card came from this pin.