Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kitty Christmas!

Today I wanted to share my Christmas Kitties Gothic Arch...

The arch it's self was covered with a layer of DecoArts Mixed Media Crackle Paste.  I smeared it around the entire outside edge of the arch then pressed the pattern paper into the paste while it was still wet.   I let the paste dry then I applied a layer of DecoArts Mixed Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.  The fun stuff about the crackle paste is that you can flake it off here and there to give your piece a really vintage feel.  I LOVE it!  I used a damp cloth to smear the antiquing cream around which gave me a blotchy look on the crackle paste.  It looks just like what you'd find on very old painted surfaces which I love!

I added some fun extras like the collage image from Altered Pages, some glitter here and there along with the nifty stamped bell (JFF Stamps) image which was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and the Pico Embellisher.

JFF Rubber Stamps: Bells & HollySentiments UM Sheet #1

Other Supplies: DecoArt Crackle Medium, Antiquing Cream; IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Pico Embellisher; Markers; White Gel Pen

Winter Nails...

Hey all...gosh can you believe just a week till Christmas?  I went yesterday and finished up my I hope to get it all wrapped but it's not looking good - LOL!!

I wanted to show you my nails!!  I am so excited.  Mom & Dad got me a GC for my b-day (back in October) to go to a really nice salon down in Fort Wayne and I finally went and had them done.  I had looked on their gallery on their web-site before I went and saw they did some fun designs so I went for it...


Yes, you all know how much I love glitter and the color blue so I had them do something really fun...light and dark blue glitter  :)  I thought it would be fun for winter and who am I kidding, I just like glitter - LOL!!    I am still getting used to them.  My natural nails have been taking a beating since I've been working at the building more.  They break off easily so I've just been keeping them short.  These are definitely not short so it's a bit weird typing with them.  My c's keep coming up as x's - LOL!!  I'm sure I'll get used to it again.

Love love love them!
Thanks Mom and Dad :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Club Scrap Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to Club Scraps 2014 Holiday Blog Hop!!  I'm so excited to share what I've created using this limited edition set of stamps and papers with you...  I'm going to get right to it.

I made this fun Card Organizer/Holder which I shared the directions for yesterday.  It takes just two pieces of cardstock, several folds and a bit of adhesive.  I used the holiday papers and ribbon to embellish this card organizer.

I also used a bit of StazOn Midi Ganache ink around the edges.  It is what was used to stamp the images and sentiments for all of the cards as well.  As you can see from the photo below I used a velcro dot for the closure so it stays together even if you untie the ribbon.

The row of ornaments is an embellishment on the little pocket on the flap that can hold postage stamps, slips of paper with addresses or anything else you might want to tuck inside.  There is room for a dozen+ cards and envelopes.  I have 12 rather lumpy cards inserted into the box with a bit of extra space left over.  If your cards were fairly flat I believe it would hold up to 20 cards and envelopes.

Now onto a few of my cards....

I wanted to share this one first because Gnomie now has a girlfriend!!!  Whoo exciting for him.  Now he'll have a companion joining him on his Club Scrap travels.  I can't promise she'll be at every destination but I'm sure she'll accompany him from time to time.

And here are several more cards I made....

You're next stop is 

If you get lost along the way the complete list of participants can be found on the Club Scrap blog.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Card Organizer - Holder Tutorial

Hey Everyone!  I hope you're all having a fun time getting ready for the holidays...  I am excited, tomorrow I'm going to have my nails done.  First time in a couple years - the place I'm having them done does some cool stuff with glitter so I'm going to see about getting my nails all glittered up :)  

Today however I have a fun project for you...  a card organizer or card holder.  I am making it for Club Scraps holiday blog hop (tomorrow) but I wanted to give you the plain jane instructions today because it makes a great gift idea for loved ones far away.

The basic organizer is going to take 2 pieces of 12x12 cardstock. Heavy cardstock works best because your organizer will be sturdy and stand up to use better.


1. Cut one piece of cardstock in half so you have 2 - 6" x 12" pieces.  Set one aside for later use.

2.  You're going to score the 6 x 12" piece of cardstock as follows:

2"; 4 1/8"; 9 1/8"; 11 1/8"

If you are using the Scor-Pal it's a bit easier...

Score at the 2" mark & fold; Slide the fold over to the edge and score at the 2 1/8" mark and fold; slide the fold over to the edge and score at 5" and 7".

Once you fold at the score marks your sheet of cardstock will form the outer covering of the organizer.

3. Cut the second sheet of cardstock 7" x 12".

4. Score the 12" side as follows: 1"; 3"; 9"; and 11"

5. Turn the cardstock to the 7" side and score at the following marks: 1"; 3"; 6"

6. Turn the scored piece of cardstock so the 12" side is at the top as shown below.  There are 3 small sections in each of the bottom corners that you need to trim away - a 1" square in the corner with 2 - 1" x 2" rectangles as shown.

(the cardstock with the small pieces removed.)

7. Fold the 1" flap along the top down and tack it down.

8. Fold the 2" square flaps down and apply adhesive to each.Stand the 12" piece up and adhere the 2" square flaps to the 2" x 3" sides.

9. The inner container of the organizer is beginning to take shape.  Apply adhesive the the corners of the final flap as shown and adhere to the 1" flaps.

10.  The container slides into the outer shell of the organizer as shown... Glue the bottom and 1" flaps to the organizer.

11.  Cut a 4" x 6" piece from the original piece of cardstock that was set aside.  Adhere it to the 1" flap of the organizer shell.  A pocket will be added to this flap in the decorating stage to hold postage stamps!

Here's what the basic organizer looks like assembled....

and with the lid folded over and shut....

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what the finished organizer looks like, how I decorated it with the holiday Club Scrap Kit and the cards I made to tuck inside!  Hope to see you then :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gelli Plate Winner is....

The winner of the 5x7 Gelli Plate is....

As drawn by

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Karen Petitt!!!

OMGEEE! Roni that has been on my wish list for more than three years! I am so envious of yours and I really want one! Thank you for the chance and for all the tips too. I don't mind having to be a frugal crafter most of the time, but I really want one of these as I have paints, inks, masks and everything else already, yep I'm a crafting geek lol! Thank you for the chance though Karen x
Congratulations Karen!Please send me your snail mail addy so I can drop your goodies in the mail!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gelli Plate Give-Away - Last Day!!

Hey friends, it's the last day to post a comment to be entered into the drawing for the 5x7 Gelli Plate Give-Away!!

5x7” Gelli Arts® Printing Plate

To enter for your chance to win please become a follower of Ink Stains, share this give-away on facebook, twitter or your own personal blog and leave a comment below. 

You have until midnight tonite to post your comment!
Good Luck Everyone!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Beary Christmas

Lots going on today so I've got a CAS card for you...
Just a bit of stamping using this darling polar bear stamp from Woodware Craft Collection. 
He was then colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santa Owl

Only 14 more days till Christmas!!
Are you ready?

Well, it's day 11 of Unruly PaperArts 12 days of Christmas and today I have a card for you made using a DARLING image from Stampendous!...

Told you he was a cutie :)

If you notice the background for my card was made using the snowflake die-cuts I had used earlier when I was making holiday Gelli Prints!  They are covered with a mix of metallic and regular DecoArts acrylic paints which was totally random when I was printing with them.

And here's a close up of Santa Owl...I fell in love with this little guy when I saw him.  So much fun!  He was colored with a combination of Spectrum Noir Markers and IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko inks.  I added a touch of Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher to his eyes for a little shine and dimension.  I just got him so it's a bit too late this year but I think next year I'm going to try to make some ornaments with him.  What do you think?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Paint & Sip Group Photo...

I posted my painting I made at the paint & sip group last night.
Well here is our little group photo...  

Back Row - Bobbie M, me
Front Row - Janet, Mom

Mom works with Bobbie and Janet.

One, Two, Three Presents under the Tree!

Mom has gotten into painting recently....there is a "Paint and Sip" (or sip and paint depending on how much you like wine) class hosted by a local art gallery locally she has been attending recently and she's enjoying it quite a bit. Not sure if it's the wine or painting she likes more - LOL!! She asked me to accompany her and a couple of her friends from work last night and here is what we created...

Mine is a bit more artsy than what the class example was and it is supposed to have our family name on it somewhere.   I wasn't sure that's what I wanted to put on it so I left it unfinished for now...I may put Merry Christmas & Happy New Year in the top two spaces then put from the Johnson's on the bottom...  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out so far though...  first time I've "painted" an actual canvas in years & years.  It was fun.
I'll post photos of Mom & the other paintings when I get them.

Hope you're having a wonderful week!