Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lets Get Inky!

As promised.. Here's my tutorial on how to make your own custom dyed ribbon...
Hug Snug Seam Binding
ReInker (any kind will do)
Mini mister
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Plastic Baggie
Paper Towel and extra water for clean up

Step 1: Put about 10 drops of reinker into your mini mister (If using a Distress Ink Reinker use 1 full eye dropper of ink) fill the rest of the mister up with plain water just to the bottom of the threads on the bottle to allow enough room for the mister tube to displace the water when cap is on. Screw cap on and shake it baby! you now have your own dye.

Step 2: take your seam binding (I work with pieces that are 2 yards long) and lay it on your craft sheet. And spray away...
In this tutorial I used the new Crushed Olive Reinker from Tim Holtz. As you can see the color comes out kinda light so you'll want to spritz away until your color appeals to you..... Step 3: Keep turning the ribbon making sure you get all of it sprayed so you leave no white spots unless you like that sort of thing. Some do.. but I don't it bugs me to look 1/2 finished.I take ribbon and rub it all over my craft mat to pick up the excess spray so I don't end up wasting 1/2 a bottle on my mat that will be cleaned up and tossed in the garbage.

Step 4: When your color is achieved, ball your ribbon up and stuff it into the very corner of a plastic baggie... This will help ad crinkles and creases to the dried ribbon.
Step 5: Using a paper piercer or needle, poke holes in the baggie to ventilate so in case you forget to take the ribbon out of the baggie for a couple days, you're less likely to have musty or moldy ribbon. (BIG thing!!! Don't forget!)Step 6: Cut the very tip of the baggie off for even more air flow. The ribbon will NOT dry overnight in a closed plastic baggie no matter what anyone tells you. Wet + no air flow = wet and musty= YUCK!
Step 7: Set aside and take the ribbon out the next day. Note.. The ribbon will not be totally dry when you take it out of the baggie. I just take mine out and kind of loosely undo the "wad o ribbon" and let it air dry another night. You can heat set it with a heat tool but this may relax the ribbon and not leave you with the crinkles.. SO.. if you like crinkles.. don't heat it.. If you want it flat, heat away. And you can even iron it at that point if you want it flat.

So I'm sure some of you are asking.. What colors have I tried? Well.. Here's a picture of some I made yesterday.. Note these are not 100% dry but they are done up through step 7.

Blue: Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass with some Adirondak in Stone Wash
Purple: Close To My Heart Hydrangea
Orange: Orange Brilliance (has a pearl shine)
Pink: Distress Ink in Spun Sugar
Red: Cherry Red by Memories
Brown: CTMH Chocolate
Yellow: Wild Honey Distress Ink (this is my new favorite color!)
I hope you'll try out my tutorial. I'd love to see what you make!
Now go get inky! :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The true love of ink....

Ahhh I feel a little bit better now that I have gotten inky.. As many of you know my family is going through a rough time right now as my dad's cancer has spread to his brain. There are 15 tumors there that they can see.. They've taken him off Chemo and put him on radiation for the brain. We don't know what to expect but are praying for a miracle. Thank you to all of you who have sent me messages on Facebook, texts and emails my family truly appreciates all of the prayers.

So... Today... I got in a roll of seam binding.. I wanted to make some crinkle specialty died ribbons to use with my new Tim Holtz Distress inks.. So I made up all my little mini misters and water and sprayed up some ribbons! :) I'll have a tutorial here soon. I'm letting them dry over night so I can have some dry ones to show ya. But beware... This may happen...
And... a tip... either wear gloves or wait to get a mani! :)Be back soon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Royal Court Team Contest...


Straight from the QKD blog.. go and enter!

There's a contest going on! If you're a new follower of our blog, please let us know who sent ya. The royal court is having a contest. Comment here with the name of the person who sent you an invite to join. The person with the most "team mates" at 12:00am MST on 3/20/10 will win a $20 QKD stamp shopping spree as will 1 team mate of theirs drawn by random.

This contest is also going to be running on the Castle message board, & all of the QKD blogs:
Whimsical Ink Sorority
Dark Ink Sorority

So make sure you follow them all. Each place you follow will be 1 chance to win for you & your team captain!!

Leave a comment here if you are now a follower via blogspot follow or Networked Blogs (1 entry only for this blog)

Make sure you tell them I sent you!!! If I happen to win for having the most people on my team, I am going to put all of the court members names into a hat and give the prize to them and one of you will still get a prize!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Queen's Back...

Here ye' here ye' all hail the Red Queen... hehe. I just had to share this card I made.. I used the new Wonderland Friends stamp set from QKD along with a new border punch I picked up. I love how it turned out. I stamped the image with Momento ink onto watercolor paper and colored it in with my Tombow markers. I added some red stickled to all he hearts in the image.

For the large flower on the bottom of the card, I layered some primas and a red chiffon flower I made with a bridal flower and a silver brad. The chiffon I used has dots of red glitter on the fabric already so that just added more pizzazz. :) Oh.... I also random stamped the red cardstock with the playing card from the Fairy Queen of Hearts stamp set from QKD as well.

Have you stamped today?? until next time.. Vicki

Friday, March 5, 2010

Milestone Blog Candy...

Are you ready for some nummies??? Well here it is... I'm trying to get 150 followers on my blog.. In both places.. the blogspot followers and on my Networked Blogs on Facebook. They are both on the right hand side of my blog -->

If I can get 150 on each of them by 4/1/10 April Fools day, I will hand out 2 blog candies!! That's right TWO candies!! 1 winner from blogspot and 1 winner from Networked Blogs! all you need to do is follow me then leave a comment that you're a follower!

I'd love it if you could help me out and post on your facebook, blog or twitter about my candy.

Here's what you could win...

I have two of these 6X6 kits ready to ship right now!! Here's what's in them..

12 6X6 patterned papers from Upsy Daisy
4 Pink tickets and stubs
1 Stamp set from Queen Kat Designs
1 baggie of Flocking
1 yard ribbon
1 yard trim
1 Pina Colada Lip balm from Paradise Sunrise Essentials
6 large brads
A pinch of metallic silver baubbles

So if you wanna win... Make sure you are a follower. Winner will be drawn on April Fools Day! Good luck and thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Little MAD....

Hey hey, it's a beautiful day here at the QKD office. The sun is out and it's actually warm. I'm so glad that the new Alice in Wonderland inspired stamps are out now! Because that means I can show you what I've been working on. :)

This is a card that I made using the Mad Hatter from the new Wonderland Friends stamp set. I know the colors are not your usual color combo but I think it works. Strange yes, but who said the Mad Hatter wasn't a bit MAD?? :)

I used the Ace card from the new Fairy Queen Of Hearts stamp set at QKD to random stamp the black cardstock on this card. I stamped it with come Champagne Versamark ink.

*Side note: I have been wanting the new sparkley versamark for some time and I finally bought 2 pads. The champagne and the frost. I'm not even going to open the Frost. It's going back to the store. :( I'm not sure why I got so hyped up about it.. the look is just like regular VM ink only a tad of sparkle... which rubs off as the ink dries.

Next I layered some Jenni Bowlin patterned paper onto some creamy/yellowy Bazzill cardstock and embosses it with my new Moroccan screen cuttlebug folder and inked it all up with my new Barn Door Tim Holtz distress ink pad and foam applicator.

I stamped and colored the Mad Hatter on my trusty watercolor paper, inked the edges with the new light blue distress ink.. the formal name escapes me at the moment.. I added 3 brads and matted it to some aqua colored cardstock. Added a ribbon to the red piece and layered it all on my card base.

Then I pulled out the trusty, handy dandy clear glossy accents and applied it to the glasses, tea pot, tea cup and shoes. I added some red glitter glue to his feather and viola! card done.

If you'd like a chance to win this stamp set, come over and enter the card contest that Queen Kat Designs has going on right now.

Happy Stampin!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Queen's here...

Hey there!!! Welcome to my stop on the blog hop. I have been having so much fun with the Queen of Hearts in the Whimsical Ink line that I had to join in the blog hop today.
This is a 5.5" square card. I love doing square cards yet I don't do them often.. go figure. You can't see it really well in the picture but I used the Heart It background stamp from QKD on the red cardstock in red ink to add a little bit more texture to the card.

I gathered up some tulle for the left side of the card then stitched the Queen on to that with some sparkley black string. After stamping and coloring the cards, I cut them out and pop dotted them on and added some clear glossy accents. I added the sentiment and viola! That's the card in a nut shell.

I hope you enjoyed the blog hops yesterday and again today. We do it each week and have a different theme each week. I know there was supposed to be a sketch today but I squeezed this card in at the last moment.

The new stamps will be available in the QKD store tomorrow!

Happy Stamping and hop over to the ever so fabulous Sally Lynn MacDonald. Sally is our guest royal court member for March.

Happy Stamping.