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

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.

Inked Inspirations: Sunset in the Trees CardI 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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Building Inked Inspirations

We all have dreams.  We all set goals.  All good things, but without actions, it's all talk.  Right?  Well, I'm done talking.  I'm moving to actions.  Slow and steady builds the dream into reality.  One step at a time, one little piece at a time.  It's about the passion and the desire to create.  It's about sharing the passion.

Inked Inspirations:  Building Inked Inspiartions

Creating has always been a part of my life.  In the last 10 years, I've walked a few different avenues with a desire to build the vision in my head.  I'll be honest, I chose the wrong medium, which resulted in complete burnout.

This year I chose a phrase for the year - Inward Acceptance.  Part of that acceptance is embracing my artistic ability and sharing it.  Part of it is also building my vision and working with the right medium - paper.

My hope is to inspire other creatives.  To inspire more people to share kindness.  To inspire more people to send happy mail to those they love and think about.

Inked Inspirations:  Building Inked Inspiartions

What will you find on Inked Inspirations?  I'll share what I make, where I create, ideas I find inspiring, and shop updates with my handmade art and cards.

Quitely building Inked Inspirations, one step at a time to create the beautiful vision in my head.

Join me on this journey.  Find inspiration, grab some art and walk with me as I create.  Ask me questions, leave comments and follow me on Facebook and Instagram.