Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here are the answers....
What are my dogs names? (Bonus Points if you guess the correct breeds!)
Cecil - Basset Hound
Fidget - Cairn Terrier Some of you asked how his eye trouble was doing. Well, it's not that great. I believe by healing the lesions in his left eye the blood vessels have taken most of his vision in that eye. His right eye has healed but we're still dealing with the dry eye. He's on meds that are supposed to stimulate the tear production but the vet isn't too sure it's going to work.
Brenda knew even more....
"you did have Margaret a chow mix at the farm but i'm not sure if she is there or not still" - Yep, we still have Margaret - She's about 16 years old now but still kickin!
"and a farm cat--named Kitty of all things LOL--whose mom abandoned her-- one of her sibs got eaten by a group of pigs in a pig pen (Gross) and she eventually went back to the farm after developing a rather disturbing intestinal problem that forced you to wash lots of blankets one week" - Sadly Kitty is no longer with us but had a good life while she was alive.
How many posts have I made in 2008?
It's ever increasing but everyone who guessed got it right at that time. '
What is my favorite Ink Mfg.?
Duh, Ranger was the most common answer but everyone got this right - LOL!!
What state do I reside…physically, not mentally ;) LOL!!!
Everyone got this right ~ Nanette even added a bit about my mental state...."(what your mental state is is questionable!! LOL!!)" LOL!! She's such a smarty pants!
What was the date of the first post on Ink Stains?
November 27, 2007 10:00-ish AM according to Phinnny!! I hadn't even paid any attention to the time thing!!
BONUS ? - What day did Ink Stains ready 15,000 visits and 25,000 page views? (Hint - both happened on the same day.)
Numerous guesses on this from Mother's Day to a few days ago. Nobody got it right but it was the 18th of May!
AND...Phinny came up with a few more answers to questions that I hadn't even thought of ~ how about a bonus BONUS question? What publications has Roni mentioned that she's been published in since Ink Stains started? Ranger's home page, Ranger ad in the magazine Belle Armoire, Cloth, Paper, Scissors Issue #13 (Summer) issue (Rangers Ad), the May issue of Vamp Stamp News, Stampers Sampler Catch Up Issue and probably more that the little sneak didn't even mention. Congrats to you, Ms. Published Artist! :) Thanks Phinny!!! Yeah, there were a few others but I never did find those issues so I didn't bother to mention them.
I want to thank everyone who gave it a shot ~ you all mean so much to me!!
On to the winners...like I said ~ each correct answer got you an entry into the drawing. I added up all of the correct answers and ended up with 127 (*added a few extra in there for the extra info people added in!!) and the winners are......
Phinny, Nanette, Brenda Katherine I have your addy's so I will get those ready to ship. Sheryl & Robin if you could please e-mail me your addies I'll get your packages ready to mail as well :)
Thanks everyone who played along...I would send you all goodies if I could!!
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
So, what's yours?
I will draw one winner who will receive a set of Rusty Pickle Alphabet stamps, a baggie of assorted "Proverbs to Go" double-sided sayings (K&Co) and a mini journal for you to decorate.
You have until 6-3 to post :)
Friday, May 30, 2008
Well, I did a little diggin and came up with enough for 4 winners!!!
So here they are....
Please send me your mailing addresses and I'll get your IBT & Foams out to you :)
Be sure to check in tomorrow when I'll be pulling the winners for Ink Stained Trivia as well as the Wildflower Stamp Give-A-Way!!
To refresh your memory, here is the first Ink Stained Sketch....
and here are some examples to get you on your way!
and one from Mindy...
Hope it inspires you to create something this weekend!!
Next Friday is 4 for 1 Friday so be sure to check back to see what's new ;)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I used bazzill cardstock & Doodlebug and Making Memories rub-on letters and pen/ink for the writing.
There's alot I could choose but I like Lizzie Anne Designs but you did say a retailer so DP Artworks I love the designs and they have a great range with lots of diffrent styles which I like because I like to try new stuff.
Congratulations Mez ~ please e-mail me your addy so I can get your stamp & ATC kit out in the mail to you :)
Also, just wanted to let you know I'm getting lots of correct answers for the Ink Stains Trivia but there's still time to send in your answers!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I would go back and pull it now but I still have about 10 loads of laundry to fold before I can go to bed....the cloths are piled ON my bed ;) So I promise to post tomorrow who the lucky poster is :)
I'll bet you can guess what my favorite is...YES, anything to do with the Ink Blending Tool!!! SOOOO, today's prize is an Ink Blending Tool & Foams :) Gotta spread that love!!
You'll have until Friday 5-30 to tell me your favorite technique at which time I'll draw out the name of the lucky poster!
Have a great day!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This was made to celebrate the birth of a friends little boy.... All of the "baby" items were real goodies I found here and there. The rattle had an ugly animal face so I covered it with a computer generated circle of info. I stamped his name & baby boy with archival ink on a piece of cross-word puzzle fabric. The "M" was inked and a piece of stamped cardstock was added behind.
I "aged" the frame with blue acrylic paint. I applied the paint to a rag and rubbed it over the entire frame. The paint natually collects in the cracks and crevices for just the right effect.
Monday, May 26, 2008
A couple things before we begin...you will notice that I use a waterbrush filled with Ink Blending Solution to paint with. I suggest you keep two actually. I use a "good" waterbrush to paint with. By good I mean it's got a regulated flow of liquid to the brush. I like this type because you don't need much IBS on your brush to move the inks around. The second is a cheap waterbrush I bought in a multi pack at Hobby Lobby. It is not regulated and I keep it handy in case I make a mistake. If you do happen to get ink where you don't want it or apply too much, etc. simply swab it up with the 2nd brush. Works like a charm!
Adirondack Alcohol Inks- Ranger
Ink Blending Solution - Ranger
Archival Ink - Jet Black - Ranger
Rubber Stamp - Just For Fun
Waterbrush (filled with Ink Blending Solution)
Discarded lid or paint palette (for your inks)
Dry Cloth (for wiping off excess Ink Blending Solution)
1. Stamp your image onto the transparency using Archival Ink. Let dry. (Note - this ink dries very quickly on non-porous surfaces.
2. While your image is drying put a drop or two of the colors you will be using on your palette. I use an old butter lid. You will notice I don't clean it in between uses ~ the inks can be revitalized but just swirling a bit of Ink Blending Solution on them and I hate to waste good inks ;) If you're worried about the inks mixing you can use one of the sectioned paint tins.
3. This is VERY important...once your image has tried flip it over!! If you don't the second your brush hits the Archival Ink your image will be destroyed!!!
4. You want to start painting with a virtually dry brush. This will give you better control over the inks as they have a tendency to spread if too much Ink Blending Solution is used.
5. Start "painting" by simply picking up a bit of the Alcohol Ink on the tip of your brush and applying it to the desired section(s).
There is no set law on how to apply the colors....I like to apply the darkest color first and work lighter. I usually use 2-3 colors of ink per section. Other people apply only one color to each section resulting in a stained glass look. It's totally up to you on how you want the finished image to look.
Notice how several colors adds depth to the image. I used Pesto, Meadow & Lettuce on the leaves and Cranberry, Wild Plum & Currant on the flower.
6. Finish painting the image and let dry. I usually leave them sit for 5 minutes just to be sure but they are usually dry before then. Just depends on the room temp & humidity.
Flip it over to see what you've got....
You can use your image as is or mount it onto a piece of white cardstock which is what I did for this image. I like to attach it to the cardstock using a bit of Glossy Accents. It dries quickly and clear. It is now ready to use!
Today, I want you to tell me which of the Rubber Stamp Retailers featured so far is your favorite.
You will have until Wednesday (5-28) at noon to post your answer....at that time I'll draw the name of the lucky winner who will receive Flower Border Couple stamp by Queen's Dresser Drawers and a mini ATC kit by me :)
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I asked Andra how she got started designing rubber stamps, she replied " It was something I thought I might enjoy doing, so I gave it a try." She did such an amazing job doing so that she now not only designs stamps for Wildflower Stamps, but she also designs stamps for many monthly kit clubs!
She designs new stamps each month but not all of them make it to her web-site because the kit stamps are so popular. I asked what inspired her designs for Wildflowers, Andra stated that "anything goes". She went on to say, "When I'm designing for kit clubs, I try to design images that will fit the style of paper lines selected." Obviously whatever she's doing must be working because she designs monthly stamps for kits such as Backporch Memories; The Scrap Room; Scrap a Go Go (UK's #1 Kit Club!!); Three Scrappy Boys just to name a few.
Wildflower Stamp is a bit unique when it comes to stamp sites...Andra offers up a nice selection of $1 Stamps! Darling little stamps that can be used in combination or alone! Everything from a little cupcake, this snazzy girl image, to one of my favorites ~ grunge stitches!!
Wildflower also offers up some awesome Background/Texture images, awesome Flourish/Paisley stamps, Holiday & Seasonal to Wildflowers most popular sellers - Frames & Journaling stamps.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Congrats Jen, please e-mail me with your addy and I'll get your stamps out to you!
Thanks everyone for playing along!! If you didn't win today don't fret ~ next week is Ink Stains 6 month anniversary and we'll be having all sorts of fun give-a-ways so be sure to check back daily and sign up.
Friday, May 23, 2008
To begin with you can stamp it as is...looks great as almost all stamps do :)
So what next...well, try adding some glitz to your image! It doesn't matter what it is these days, you can add glitter (Stickles Glitter Glue) to it and ta da!!! You're image has just been "kicked" up not one but several notches!! (Sorry, I had to take this at a funky angle so the background paper didn't reflect so bad...it's embossed in black and doesn't like cameras too well!)
Say you don't like your image too well...you can ALWAYS hide it behind a layer of vellum! Check this out. I simply printed out my little saying on some vellum and layered it over a whole sheet of stamped shoes!! Notice how there isn't any sentiments with the shoes....this is another little trick you can use. Simply stamp your image onto scrap cardstock, carefully cut around the edge of the image that you want to keep. Use what's left as a mini mask that you can adhere to the stamp with a temporary adhesive right before stamping!
Get Grungy! Another way to give your stamp a totally NEW look - GO OLD! Stamp on wrinkled, crumpled, distressed cardstock... if that's not enough of a change, sand it, crumble it some more and really make it look decayed! I stamped this pair of shoes on a shipping tag that I had distressed using Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Looks nothing at all like the original image does it!
All you have to do is check out the Feature Article about DP Artworks, tell me your favorite stamp(s) (I know it's hard to narrow it down) and you're entered!!
Ink Stained Sketch
These are going to be a basic sketch that can be used to create not only Cards but ATC's, Skinnies, Scrapbook Pages...whatever you like! I will be sharing different examples (card, atc, etc.) of each sketch to get your juices flowing! Of course each example will incorporate rubber stamping on them somewhere otherwise they wouldn't be "Ink Stained" now would they - LOL!!!
If you really love sketches and would like to play along I will at the same time be posting a sneak peek of the next weeks Ink Stained Sketch. You can make a card, ATC or scrapbook page, whatever you want from the sneak peek sketch, send it to me before the next Friday and I'll post your creation along with my examples to share with everyone :) Sound like fun???? I sure hope so!!
4 for 1
The 4 for 1 is going to show 1 stamp used 4 different ways. This might include using a portion of a stamp, sharing a particular stamping technique, maybe using it on 4 different items (card, atc, lay-out, etc) or maybe I'll be sharing how varying the color scheme can change the whole mood of the stamp.
Why 4 for 1? Well I know many of us have a pretty big stash of stamps (and if you just started stamping, trust me your stash will grow!!) I also know lots of people are on spending freezes or trying to cut back. Hopefully this will get you to look at your stamp stash through new eyes...give you some inspiration to use what you've got or maybe just challenge you to pick up a stamp you haven't used in years!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Adirondack Pigment Ink - Ranger
Glossy or Plain Cardstock (works on both!!)
Squirt Bottle (you'll need lots of water for this technique!)
Cloth, Plastic Bag, Mesh, etc. - Something to move the water & ink around.
Instructions: (soft cloth)
1. Ink your cardstock with desired color of Adirondack Pigment Ink.
2. Squirt LOTS of water directly onto the inked area.
3. Immediately start blotting the water/ink with your wadded up piece of cloth.
4. When you're satisfied with the look you want, heat to speed drying. You'll end up with something like this.... Lots of great "texture" and depth caused by the water & ink combining.
It's ready to be used!!
Instructions: (plastic bag)
1. Ink cardstock with desired color of Adirondack Pigment Ink.
2. Squirt with water and immediately start blotting with a wadded up plastic bag. NOTE: be sure to adjust your bag so you have a clean part of the bag to work with frequently. The bag won't absorb the ink/water mixture like the cloth will. If you don't use clean sections of the bag you could end up with a muddy result.
3. When you feel you have moved/removed enough of the ink, heat to speed drying and here are your final results...
and the finished project!
I was having so much fun with this technique this morning I made a few extra examples....
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Instead I've got several ATC's I made recently to share instead! All were made for the Hannah Grey Design Team for a show Shosh is going to at the end of the month.
King of My Heart -
Supplies: Dream a Little (man), Ledger ATC Background - Stampers Anonymous; Crackle Accents, Stickles, Archival Ink, Distress Ink - Ranger; Gemstone - Blue Moon Beads; Pattern Paper - unknown
May Flowers -
Supplies: Flower Image - HOTP; Background - Ledger ATC - Stampers Anonymous; Sepia Accents, Distress Ink, Archival Ink - Ranger; Copper - Scrap Metal; Brads - Making Memories; German Scrap - Hannah Grey; vintage stamp - unknown
Temper Tantrum -
Supplies: Little Boy, Ledger ATC Background - Stampers Anonymous; Stickles, Sepia Accents, Glossy Accents, Distress Ink, Archival Ink - Ranger; Brad - Making Memories; Rub-ons - American Crafts
Supplies: Auto Image, License Plate Border - Queens Dresser Drawers; Archival Ink, Distress Ink - Ranger; Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears & Philosophy Tags - Advantus; Tickets - Hannah Grey
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From L-R....Dixie (a.k.a. - Mom), Karen, Carol ~ they all work together and every so often we have a Girls Night Out to eat, drink and laugh...usually more laughing than anything else but this time Mom talked the others into tattoo's. Funny thing is their boss said he'd get them a Gift Cert. for whatever they wanted for Sec. Day...they choose the tattoo parlor - LOL!!! Bet there isn't another lawyer around that can say he got his employee's tattoo's for Sec. Day!
On to the Tattoos...
Mom had me design her tattoo...this isn't what I originally drew, Shane Yoder ~ her tattoo guy made it much better ~ (she's got a thing for stars). She's got several tattoo's btw...I couldn't even tell you what they all are. She's already got her next 3 (I think) picked out...a retro blue-bird, possibly a humming bird and a fairy. She said she's going back to the same guy as he was so gentle.
Karen got a small cross on her ankle and had her toe tattoo freshened up (8 yrs old). The toe wasn't finished here... Chad still had some black lines to put along the top and bottom but most of it was finished. (it's purple & blue on the insides)
Carol had never had a tattoo before so she was really worried. Her tattoo artist - Jeff was REALLY great with her...she knew she wanted a heart with flowers and that was about it. Jeff came up with this design which fit her personality perfectly! She was really pleased with it after it was all said & done.
I think I mentioned in my first post how cool this tattoo place was ... o.k., I've only ever been in one other tattoo parlor but it was literally a night & day difference. The tattoo area at Device clean, well lit and it was open so I could float in between all of the ladies to take photos. There was also a guy getting a tattoo at the same time as the ladies. Oddly enough he was from the same town I live in!! Small world...anyway, he let me take a pic. of his tattoo as well - LOL!! (yes, I was snap happy...125 pics in about 1 1/2 hrs). I loved the design he was getting ~ it was 4 celtic hearts intertwined (at least that's what it looked like to me)....in blood red. I can't imagine how much that thing hurt...it was huge ~ took up almost 1/2 his lower back.
Adirondack Pigment Ink - Ranger
Inkssentials Heat Tool - Ranger
Dry Cloth (to blot excess water)
Cardstock - Glossy or Plain cardstock will work.
1. Apply ink to your cardstock using the direct to paper method.
2. Immediately spritz a good amount of water in your hand and "flick" it onto your paper. Repeat until you have quite a bit of water on the wet ink. NOTE - you want to make sure you have plenty of water drops on your cardstock at this point...once you heat the ink it's set and you won't be able to go back and take any more off as you would in the similar Ink Blending Tool Technique.
3. Here is where you have a choice. You may immediately heat the ink or you may let the water set for 20-30 seconds for the water really soak up the inks. Either way works great and you will get a variety of looks varying the time.
So dry the inks using the heat tool.
4. Once the majority of the ink has dried, blot the water from the cardstock.
And this is what you will end up with!
You can now stamp on this background with any inks desired and create a card, embellishment, tag, etc. Here are a few examples of things I've made using both plain and glossy cardstock.
Glossy Cardstock, Purple Twilight - Ranger; Image - HOTP
Glossy Cardstock, Adirondack Pigment Ink - Sailboat Blue - Ranger; Image - Stampers Anonymous; Rub-ons - Creative Imaginations
Plain Cardstock - Bazzill; Adirondack Pigment Ink - Watermelon, Pitch Black - Ranger; Images - DP Artworks; Rub-On Word - Creative Imaginations
Glossy cardstock, Adirondack Pigment Ink - Bottle, Stickles - Ranger; Rub-ons - Creative Imaginations; Pattern Paper - K & Co; Cardstock - Bazzill
This is a laminate tag that I thought I'd try this technique out on....it seemed to work very well!! I applied Denim to the background and stamped with Black Pitch Pigment Inks!
SO there you have it...never thought you'd be doing anything like that with a pigment ink did you?