Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2.5 MILLION & Give-A-Way

Today - probably sometime this evening Ink Stains will hit the 2.5 MILLION page views mark!!  I'm so excited ~ when I started the blog I never thought of how long I might keep it up or if there would even be anyone interested in what I was doing.  2.5 million views later I guess you are interested!

I thought it would be fun to go back and share some images of some of the projects, cards and techniques I've shared over the years.


Vintaj Patina II 007

IBT - #2 Mono Gradient Bkg 007

Origami Heart 033

To celebrate this awesome milestone I thought it would be fun to have a give a way as well!!
I'm going to fill a box full of goodies with everything from paper, stamps, ephemera, fibers, ribbon and more....

What do you have to do to win?

Post a comment!  
That's it!

If you'd like more than one chance to win you can post a link on your blog, twitter, or facebook account ~ be sure to come back and  post again telling me where you posted.  

You have until 4-30-14 to enter for your chance to win!

Good Luck Inky Friends 
Thanks for all the views!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vintage Handbag Card + Template

Today I have a fun card and template to share with you ~ a vintage handbag card!  This is a really fun card for all of the women in your life.   The example I made today is sized to allow you to tuck a gift card inside but you can of course re-size it fit your needs.

Below you will find the template both in PDF form (ava. on Scribd.) or a jpeg.


1. Trace the template onto your cardstock.  I am using double sided heavy cardstock/pattern paper.  You will notice the little extra piece setting there... I traced the upper portion of the handbag a second time and free-hand trimmed it out.  I wanted it to represent the metal piece that was on the opening of vintage handbags....if I'd have thought I should have also cut out the thumb closure too but I'll have to do that on the next one.

2. I used Guilders Paste (like metallic rub-ons) to color the extra piece...  I then glued it to the front of the purse.  I didn't make one for the back side but you can if you'd like.

3. Next I added 4 eyelets (there are only 2 shown on the template).  You don't have to use eyelets but it makes the card more durable.  You could also just add them to the front if desired for one strap instead of two.  As far as what you use for the strap of the handbag you could use fibers, ribbon, twine, bakers twine, small chain, or even paper.  Leaves lots of opportunity for stylish extras!

4. I just tied the ribbon with little knots but you could just thread them through and tape it down.

And here you go.....
By tucking one of the little balls behind the other it holds the card/handbag closed!

How fun is that?
Now you've got the perfect card for your girlfriend, Mom (mother's day is coming up!!), daughter, aunt, etc....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

ATC Swap Update

Hi All...

Just thought I'd post an update ~ we're 1/2 way there.  I rec'd 3 more packages....

Anne T.

Judy R.


Trisha Too

I've heard from many people that the due date sneaked up on them so they dropped them in the mail Thursday, Friday or Today.  I haven't heard from a few people though.  I'm thinking that I should have most of the ones that I know are on the way by Tuesday.

At that point I'll re-contact the folks I haven't heard from and go from there.

I'm hoping to have everything swapped, packaged, mailed by mid to late week.  I'll keep you posted on what's up.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Hello!

Do you realize that Easter is next week?

While it's late this year it seems to be approaching so quickly.  
Here is a fun bit of Easter goodness...

An Easter Time Hello!
Don't ya just love that vintage image!  She's a sweetie.

I mounted the blue bird on a doily cut piece of vellum to help tone down the background and allow the bird to be the real focal point.  Adding the Dew Drops also help frame the bird.

I printed the umbrella twice so I could pop the second one off the page to make it look like the umbrella was really covering her up.  I also didn't glue her down completely but left the tail, bows (on her hat and legs) and the bouquet of flowers curl off the page as well.  Just adds a bit more dimension to a flat image.

The Robin's Nest Supply List:

Altered Pages Supply List:

Other Supplies:
Double Stick Foam Tape

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Epic Rubber Band Crafts - Give-A-Way!!

Hi Friends - last fall I was so pleased to be able to share "Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry" with you all.  Well, Colleen Dorsey & Design Originals has come out with a second book - Epic Rubber Band Crafts!!!  It is a brand new, just released book (April 2014) on the amazingly popular rubber band crafting.

New book offers kid-friendly instructions and never-before-seen projects

The Toy Industry Association has named the Rainbow Loom the 2014 Toy of the Year! While the original book was filled with various jewelry designs this book is packed with loads of fun project ideas for making bracelets, cell phone covers, action figures, and more to make, use and wear!   My personal favorite is the Fringe Bracelet & Scrunchies.

This book contains supply lists and offers hundreds of step-by-step color photos with enough sidebars, tips, and tricks to keep anybody entertained for hours, girls, boys, moms and dads alike!  It really is addictive once you get started.  There is literally something for everyone in this book.

I bought my sons fiance a loom & bands for Christmas and she's made all sorts of fun and funky bits for us all!  Below are a couple pictures of just some of the ones she made for me.  My favorite so is either the green/blue sparklie gelly bracelet or one of the rainbow bracelets in the second photo.

Would you like to own a copy of this brand new book?

To be entered to win, simply post a comment telling us if you've tried your hand at rubber band crafting or if you know someone who has a Rainbow Loom (or similar).  If you do, tell us what you've made with it!  

You have until 4-16-14 to post a comment 
to be entered to win!

ATC Swap Envelopes Arriving & Reminder

The deadline for the ATC swap is quickly approaching!

They are due to me by April 12th. 
I have heard from some of you that they are in the mail (Thank You!) so I'm on the look-out for them.  I haven't heard from others.  If possible, please let me know when you plan on sending your cards.  I don't mind waiting for them as long as I know they are on their way.  I have sent out e-mail reminders ~ plmk if you didn't get one.

I think my post office was hoarding envies because today I got a HUGE pile of them.... I have updated the original ATC post (you can click on the ATC card on the right and it will take you to that post) but here are the envies I have so far....

Sandie B.
Theresa P
Kristy T
Robin M

I haven't had a chance to open any ~ I'm going to let it be a surprise :)
Thanks so much for joining in the fun!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mail Art Challenge!

Have you ever made a postcard?  ever altered an envelope? 
If you have then it's time to do it again...if not then it's time to start!
Deep Red Stamps is hosting their very first challenge - Mail Art!!

I am so excited...mail art has been an obscure cousin in the art world but more recently is has become more and more prevalent which makes me very happy.  It is such a fun and free form of art...no rules, no restrictions, just art for the sake of creating.  I love it.

Well, Deep Red Stamps has picked up on this up and coming trend and wants to challenge you to create a piece of mail art to share with the world.  The contest starts this coming Saturday and runs through Mother's Day here in the States (May 11th).   

You need to stamp a piece of mail art using at least one Deep Red Stamp (or Stampers Best - they are the same) image, post it wherever you share your art and then go back to the DRS Mail Art Challenge blog post and share a link to your creation (note - the linky tool won't show up until this Friday).  You'll then be entered in the drawing for a $30.00 gift certificate to Deep Red Stamps and if there are 50+ entries there will be a bonus gift as well!  Be sure to check out the blog post for all the info and more details on the bonus prize.  

Now, to help inspire you Susan (the owner of DRS) has created a sweet Alice in Wonderland piece of mail art which is featured on the blog post. 

Here is my bit of mail art....  I recently rec'd an auction my son won off of Ebay  in this envelope - I saved it because I was going to harvest the stamps but then never got around to it so it's just been sitting on my desk.  I figured it was the perfect foundation for this challenge....

I had SOOOOOOOO much fun stamping this envelope... I used 16 different stamps!!!  At first I was like...oh this looks good but I have room for one more...then that turned into another and another.  You don't have to use 16 stamps - one will do but have fun with it and enjoy the process!

A couple close ups of my favorite parts....

So there you have it...are you inspired?
Pull out one of your Deep Red Stamps or StampersBest images and give it a whirl...
be sure to share it then link it on the DRS Blog for your chance to win!

Have a wonderfully Spring-y Day friends!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Chick Cards

I've been making Spring themed cards recently and funny enough I made a couple - different days, with different thoughts in mind but they both ended up with Spring Chicks....

Spectrum Noir Markers
Gelatos (for background hexagons & tie dyed ribbon)

Stamps: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
Distress Stains & Stickles Glitter Glue
Not sure where the little felt chick came from but I thought he was just too cute!

I hope everyone's weather has evened out a bit now...  We're still a bit chilly here in Indiana (upper 40's) but after the temps this past winter it feels like a heat wave - LOL!!  It's supposed to get to 60 by the end of the week...that would feel like summer!  My plants will finally get with it - crocus didn't do so hot this year but I finally have some daffodils up and ready to bloom - maybe this week if it actually warms up!  I can't wait...something other than brown (brown grass, brown bushes, brown trees w/o leaves).

American Crafts buys Bazzill Basics...

I read this article recently that American Crafts bought Bazzill Basics.  I do hope that AC doesn't try to change a good thing. 

Well, I originally came on to tell you about the above article and American Crafts buying Bazzill.  I was going to also mention the other cardstock I love to use which is Couture Cardstock....but when I tried to go to their site it wasn't there any longer!  They had really nice cardstock comparable to Bazzill quality but at a fraction of the price.  I usually place two very large orders a year so I hadn't visited there recently.  I am in shock and saddened because I never heard a word about it on any forum or individual ~ and I still can't find anything about it.

Gosh I don't know what I'm going to do...  Don't get me wrong, I have a huge supply of cardstock but now I am wondering if I need to hoard what I have. I hate paying huge prices for cardstock when I know it's marked up so much it's ridiculous.   I'm not opposed to someone making a profit but when it's all about the $'s it honks me off...  It could be marketed for kids or general use at a reasonable cost but label it scrapbooking, rubber stamping, mixed media, collage, etc. and the price goes from reasonable to outrageous.    CC was one of the last really reasonable cardstock supplies around.

So, looks like I'm on a quest for cardstock now...
What cardstock do you use?  
Is it comparable to Bazzill (or Couture Cardstock)?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Watercolor Paper - Fav. Brand?

I am going to do a watercolor paper comparison like I did for the stamping papers and I wanted to ask to see what you are using or if there is a brand  you'd like to see compared.  

At the moment I have the following: 

  • Hero Hues Watercolor Felt Finish 100lb
  • Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press 140lb
  • Canson Watercolor Cold Press 140lb
  • Simon Says Stamp Watercolor
I'm more than willing to buy others but I want to be sure it's something you would consider using.

JLMK either by posting here or e-mail.