WOYWW: An Inky Week!

I have been having so much fun in my studio this week! From making my cheap homemade version of Goosebumps  spray (Recipe here) to playing with ink and cheap kids stencil brushes:

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Yep, I got a 15 pack of stencil brushes at Micheals with a coupon for $5 and I went to town, you can see them in the soup can on my desk along with my big ink sweeper, distress ink pads, random backgrounds over-stamped with my lovely new from the stamp show Artistic Outpost stamps and my homemade bottle cap & cosmetic wedge daubers. I love me some homemade supplies. Why am I sharing my desk you ask? Because it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of course!

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The stencil brush ink technique is so quick and easy and a great solution for folks who have a hard time getting a smooth blend with foam blenders, have a look:

I also want to mention again how much I lobe my Samsung F90, it is so easy to shoot and share that I can make a quick little tutorial whenever I am in the mood. I’m not endorsed by them or anyone who sells them but I know a lot of you make craft videos too so I’m just sharing my opinion. For me the pause/record feature is what makes it, I can pause the video if I need to let something dry or get something and then resume it so no need to edit it later. I will say that I do not care for the software that comes with the camera, if I need to edit something I use Corel Video Studio Pro. Anyway, here is a close up of the inky card, not bad for 6 minutes eh?

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So, do you want to see more crafty desks from around the globe? Check out Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


I’m a little bit rusty..in a good way!

Hi there crafters! I was in need of a birthday card for a guy and came up with this:


I die cut some gears from cardstock and wanted them to look like metal so I inked them with pigment ink and used copper embossing powder and heat it…but wait? Where is my shiny finish?!? My old embossing powder had tarnished from either age, humidity or both and my gears looked rusty…but wait, I like it!


I even bent the gear in the center to crack the embossing and it flaked off like real rust, score! I never thought I’d be so excited about rust LOL! In case rust is not your thing you can get a metal look too, check out these tags. The one on the left I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and swiped with a gold inkpad (I also tried it with gold powder eyeshadow and it worked great too!) then I inked up an embossing folder with brown ink (the side that will face the right side of the tag) and ran it through my big shot. Since the tag was damp with ink I quickly dipped it in clear embossing powder and heated it for a glassy shine. Since I used some gold ink it look rather metallic but to enhance the effect you can use more metallic inks, it is all up to you.


To grungify the tag on the right I did all the steps as the other tag then brushed some acrylic paint over the raised area and sprinkled my tarnished copper EP on top. I heated it and the paint cracked and the EP got all rusty, overall a great old distressed look I think!

I guess I won’t be throwing away my old embossing powders after all 😛 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A manly anniversary card!

I hope you are having a great Monday! Last week my husband and I celebrated out 10th anniversary and here is the card I made:

I stamped the game spinner (Stampin’ Up-Take a Spin set) twice, one with black pigment ink and once with red and cut out the anniversary piece and glued it over the same spot on the black stamped image. I first tried using watercolor markers to multi color ink it all at once but it did not stamp as well as i liked, the pigment ink gave much crisper results. I used the beach/seaside themed paper from Graphic 45 (man, it pains me to cut into any of my G45 papers, they are so pretty!) and I made faux brads by punching 3/8″ circles and rubbing them on a mouse pad with a stylus (there is a great tutorial here on splitcoast on making these but I don’t think it is necessary to make the cardstock template, just rub them on the back in a circular motion with a large ball end stylus.)

That’s it for me today, it is so nice out I’m hitting the beach! Til next time happy crafting!

Hubba Hubba…

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, I wanted to make a funny card for him, here is what I cam up with using the Sexy Pin-Up Collage Sheet from Nicecrane Designs:

Image: Nicecrane Designs, Text: Word Art in MS word, Cardstock: SU (kraft), DCWV (silver), Dimond plate EB folder: Provocraft

And here is the inside of the card:

Don’t forget to make your matching envelopes while you are at it girls! I used the Envelop Bonanza templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff for mine 🙂

This card qualifies for the Embossing challenge at Craft Your Passion,  the Distressing (I distressed with ink) at Crafty Cardmakers, The Birthday Challenge at the Creative Belli Blog (hi Chrissy! the card base and silver SC is from the scrap-pile), Simon Say’s Stamp, Use Kraft at Gingersnap Creations (second one for this challenge, hop it’s OK:), Pile it on, and Sentimental Sundays.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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