Thursday, December 31, 2009

Baby Music and Happy New Year!

I created these little baby music sheets for my "Keeper of Fragments" book. If you have watched the montage you can see them rolled up and wrapped with wire in the pocket of the second page... anyway I thought they would be the perfect thing to share for the New Year. It is a little late to share a baby new years card but still keeping with the theme... and gosh... new babies come year round ....lol I wish you all a happy and creative new year!

Be sure to click on the thumb to take you to the larger printable version :)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Newspaper Postcard Printable

I have had this thing for newsprint lately. I just want to use it on everything! So as I was going through some old stuff today I ran across this and thought I would share it :)

Be sure to click on the little picture below to go to the bigger printable version.

Upcycled Lighting :)

Ok ... so I had two of those ugly brass light fixtures we all hate in my studio... so I painted it black since most of the furniture in there is black. It was better than that shiny brass but I still hated them!

Then I cam across these vegetable baskets in the thrift shop and I thought they looked like they would fit over those ugly lights. So I brought them home, painted them black and stuck them up there. It was better but I still did not like them much. However I thought I could tie some ribbons on the wires, hang a few crystals here and there and maybe I would like them better.

Then it came to me... I had crystal garlands in my Christmas decorations! ... Now I love them! The room just sparkles when they are lit and I get to enjoy my crystal garlands year round :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

I just had to kiss the cook!

I hope you had as nice a Christmas as we did. We had an amazing meal, visited with the family... and we had the cutest cook ever!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Club Diva's Spoon Pendant


As well as being a member of Artistic Souls I am also a member of Designing Diva's, an art club in the Boise area. Our super talented leader is Lynn Stevens from Trash To Treasures hosted a spoon project this last meeting. How lucky I felt to be a part of her little mini workshop! However I did not get my spoon finished : / It took me a while to get it done too because I have had my handsome little grandbaby this week. I also just noticed that Lynn has posted several of her spoons on her blog so be sure to click the link above and check out her amazing work!

Little Asian Puppet Theater

A special gift for a special friend.

Several weeks ago I picked up an old jewelry box at the local thrift shop. I loved the handles and it had 6 drawers and a door all with hardware. After getting it home and pulling all the drawers out I thought of making a little fairy theater from the shell. Well I did not quite get to it yet with the holidays and all but I did use one of the drawers to make this mini theater for a very special friend of mine. I used my dremel to expand the hold for the handle to a slot. Then I hung my little puppet on a dowel that was slightly bigger than the slot I cut. Now you can hold onto the dowle and jiggle the little puppet to make it dance. I just love it and so did my dear friend.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wishing you a creative New Year!

...and here are a few little images to start you off :)) Be sure to click on the picture to go to the larger printable version !

Friday, December 11, 2009

An Artistic Souls Christmas :)

Do you recognize the faces on those bags!

I am so fortunate to be a member Artistic Souls, a local stamping club in Eagle Idaho. We get together every month and share our art, food and fun :)) Each one of the members has so enriched my art and my life so this Christmas I wanted to do something special. I photoshoped our faces onto a vintage post card and created a faux newspaper article. Then I printed it on some vintage muslin and attached it to a canvas bag. I think I had more fun making these this past week than they did getting them. I just giggled all week long even joking with hubby how I had spent years learning how to sew a strait line and now I was having trouble sewing a crooked one...lol... But I loved how they came out and I think my friends did too :) If you would like to read our spoof article, I took a photo of it before I sewed them up. Click on the little thumb below and it will take you to a picture large enough to read.


Dead Tree Christmas Card

For the past few months one of the local stamp clubs I attend has had a round robin stamp challenge. Several months ago we each brought a stamp and each month we have rotated them so that each person has a turn with each stamp. Our sweet Judy brought a dead tree stamp and we all bemoaned our turn with it. However month by month we were amazed with what the designated person came up for it. I actually think it challenged us more than any of the other stamps as we really had to contemplate our design. We had more fun trying to come up with something different. Anyway I was last on the list and this is what I did with it. I first stamped the nest from Scrolls Work Rubber Stamps then I masked it off and stamped the Cardinal... also from Scrolls Work. Then after those were masked off I stamped the dead tree from Stamps by Judith. It does look a lot better in real life... you can't really see that the cardinal has black stickels and a seed bead for the eye. I also added white stickles here and there on the branches, in the end... I really liked it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Free Printabels ... Newpaper & Ledger

I think we all are working on Christmas stuff right now however many of you are finished ...ha! .... anyway, I thought I would offer some freebie's that can be used year round. This is a couple of my favorite background papers. Be sure to click on the thumbs to go to the larger printable version.



I have a printed the ledger cover on fabric then spray glued it to matt board to create my own little reproduction ledger. It is really fun to make a tiny one for a shadow box or assemblage or as an element in an altered book.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

We Have A Winner!

Teabolt!


and check out the loot!

It has been a fun week, reading all the robo names as they came in. I read each post here and in my groups to hubby and we had many chuckles over them. I think the one he thougth was the funniest was being called Mr Inka :)) I gave him the list to pick from yesterday, today when "Twocan" was posted he almost changed his mind but decided to stick with his orignal choice. Thank you all for entering and congratulations to Vicki Holdwick.

Vicky if you can use the email link on my side bar and send me your mailing address I will get this in the mail :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hubby's Bott & Blog Candy!!

The other day I was showing hubby Pictures of some steampunk birds that some friends and are going to get togeter and make. I also showed him some pictures of some little reclaimed robots that I wanted to make for myself too. Anyway we ended up down town so I had him stop at the thrift shop to see if they had any birds to steampunk. Before I knew it he was walking around the corner with a arm full of metal junk. Fancy tea cans, brass bowls, candle sticks, a metal string holder and such. I told him to put them back that I had to many projects on the burner and I did not have a place to store all that junk until I was ready to make one. He just huffed and me and said I could do what I wanted to do but he was getting the stuff to make himself a robot :)) I was FLOORED!! He has done some wood work around the house and honey do things for me but I have never seen him do anything you could really say was art!


So today he got out his tools and got to work on it. He got the head done and I was just tickled it looked so cute. Then he decided he had to have a nap ... gosh was that frustrating to me :( Finally he woke up, went out to the garage and I could hear pounding and drilling and and he came out of that garage with this!!!! The hat has a bolt down the center that goes into the coffeepot innards so it comes off like a lid and I can store stuff in there. The lid that is the neck also comes off so stuff can go in the tummy too. I just love him ... yep I am talking about them both :))

I think he needs a name too! ... leave a name suggestion for him and I will give hubby the list of names to choose from next week. The person with the winning name will get a little goodie package :)



If you follow my blog you already know I have a hard time calling a piece finished :)) so I kept thinking about it and I really felt he needed a tea cup because his little fork finger was sticking out just how the snooty little tea tippers do. So I while I was in town I stopped by the Rusty Trunk junk shop and found this little cup! ... Then hubby bent his fingers to hold it for me :)

Tape it up printable graphic

Have you ever needed just the right tape measure for your altered art piece but did not have any on hand. Here are some I created in all the colors I use most often. Be sure to click on the picture to save the larger printable version.

Exciting sneek preview!

My daughter in law has been hard at work putting her own look into her new website. Soon to be open at scrollswork.com This is a sneek peek at what she has so far :) Please support her efforts by clicking on her esty link on my side bar and buying some of the old Inka Stamps over stock at ridiculously low prices. Also keep an eye on her blog Scrollworkrubber
Thanks much!
Inka

Monday, November 23, 2009

Free Vintage Clip Art -Tea Time Printable

This little cutie is just waiting to serve you up a spot of tea... click on the image for a larger printable version.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stars of the show *

Yesterday I had some friends over and they were the true stars of the show. It was so much fun that I hated for the day to end :)) We made these cute little star shaped tags for our Christmas prezzies. Each one was so unique ...funny how we each have our own style. If I did not know who made what... I think I could have looked at a bowl of them and told you who did each one ...lol. I did get this idea from someones blog but I can't remember where I saw it to give them credit. However I did make my own little pattern. If you click on the little thumb below it will take you larger version so you can print some of your own.



Once printed if you put a little repositional glue stick on the back you can score the folds right through the paper before you cut it out. The solid lines are mountain folds and the dotted are valley folds. Gluing down the little paper ribbon across at least two points will keep it from going flat.


Have fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Perfume Shop Canvas


I think I am finished but I always say that and then I seem to add or change things...lol. It is not as "artsy fartsy" as I usually do but I was trying to fit a theme I have in my bathroom. This is a rather large canvas too ... the biggest one I have ever done measuring 12" x 24". The lady is cut from an original antique print. I call it the perfume shop as the little hanging sign is a reproduction of a perfume peddlers sign.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Playing with rust again



I have been playing with rust again :)) I had this old bird cage and I wanted to do something with it. I thought of doing a doll but I also had the stand and I did not want to waste it. So I rusted a bird and gave it a crown. I found a little plastic couch at the thrift shop and used my rust technique on that... once it was rusted it was pretty cute. Then I just added a table, some tiny tea cups and an old coffee pot I had. Now I have my eye out for a little claw foot tub that I can rust and put on a branch up a little higher.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Keeper Of Fragments montage

It is finally finished! You all know how I am about tearing things apart and adding to. I did redo the school days page but I am calling it finished now. I created this little montage to show some of the features close up so just sit back and enjoy the show :)

Exciting news!!!

It has always been my hope that when I retired from Inka Stamps that my daughter in law would take over. She has helped me for years. Recently because of medical issues that day came a little earlier than I had planed. With my darling grand baby still so small she was not sure she was ready for a full time job. However after much deliberation between her and my son, they have decided to give it a go! I am so pleased to see it stay in the family even though it will have a new name as it has always been such a big part of my art.

Jacque is offering some old over stock at her etsy store at a really good bargain price to restock inventory and for a new plate she is designing to celebrate her grand opening.... stay tuned to this blog for the next exciting episode ... I will be sure to keep you up to date all all the happenings! Please be sure to click on her etsy link on the left hand side of this page.... get some great deals and help her get started too :) oh and that cute little guy modeling the blue and brown crochet hat is my darling little grand baby :D
Thank you
Inka

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ladies In Red

I thought these would be good for the upcoming holidays but if your wanting to take an art break from the holidays they will work for that too. I thought the Victorian Penmanship scan made a nice accompaniment too :)





Friday, November 6, 2009

Bookworm Baby



I was trying to come up with a way to display my childhood baby and also I wanted to put a little of my art into my decor and this is what I came up with. I used an old clock dome I picked up at a thrift shop. Then because I collect old coffee pots I had picked up several old glass peculator tops. So I epoxied one to the top to make it look like an old garden bell... but before I did I stuck some tiny flowers and a tiny brass key charm inside. Then for the bottom I used a candle holder also from the local thrift shop. Because the feet had an asian look I wrapped them with some brass corners I had on hand. The little top hat started life as a paper cup but once I paper mached it and added some newsprint roses it made the perfect topper for my baby.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sugar Charlotte Spoon Pendant



Just thought I would share this little spoon pendant I made a couple weeks ago. It is on a very chunky chain so it looks smaller in the picture but it is on a standard size sugar spoon. I loved the shovel shape. The rhinestones are vintage earrings and I added them by just drilling holes in the bottom of the spoon. This way I can change them out with similar earrings with colored stones to fit my mood. The shape of the spoon holds the earring posts away from my skin so no pokes either.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thanksgiving goodies

Now that we have stuffed our faces full of chocolate we are going to have to get geared up for the next holiday


It is racing up on us fast


So get those turkeys roasted


and those pumpkins pied and
have a wonderful
Thanksgiving

Just click on the images for a bigger one to print

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Little boy lost ...



This has been a very difficult day in my house. The tears just wont stop...my little fur baby Toby turned 16 this October 31st but he has been ill for a long time. Eight years ago he had pancreatitis and we were told that he has so little of his pancreas left that he probably would not live much longer...but we made sure all his food was 97% fat free and he kept on keeping on. He was half blind and his hips caused him a lot of trouble too. He had to take pain meds everyday. When we woke up Saturday morning he wasn't doing well. We were sure that nothing had been left down he could have gotten into. So I gave him his doggie meds and waited hoping he would get better but he just grew worse. I kept him tranquilized so he was sleeping most of the time but he was so bad that I knew come Monday morning I would have to take him in to be put down. I last checked on him, gave him more meds and cuddled him up a little after midnight. When I put him back to bed he was snoring quite loud. This morning when I awoke he was gone. My heart is breaking for my little boy lost and I wonder how I will ever go on. He was so special to me because when I lost my son he was there for me. When my hubby went back to work and my other son went back to school, he was still there with all his fuzzy kisses and snuggles of encouragment. It made me go on ...for him, for my family. I do take comfort in that he is no longer suffering and I am also so grateful that I was still here. I had planned to be in California by now but thank goodness I had some medical followups of my own come up that I had to stick around for.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Something spooky this way comes : ]

So this Halloween you need to be prepared with one of these little protection kits. Every thing you need to have a safe yet excitingly spooky night is contained in this kit. There are Matches for lighting your torch so no sneaky goblins can creep up on you undetected. There is a Mirror for detection of the undead, as anyone knows they have no reflection. Now if you do happen across one there is a Wooden stake for vampire slaying. There are of course other creatures lurking about on Halloween so there is a Silver bullet for killing all werewolf’s. For all other manner of ghouls and spirits there is a vial of Holy water blessed by the pope no less, for warding off all other evil entities!



Seriously now, we had a wonderful day at the local club I attend Artistic Souls today creating each-others projects, sharing a fabulous lunch and eating yummy goodies. I had so much fun sharing this as my project. Below is a picture of the little candy cups I made for each of us to gobble up as we visited too. I really hated to see the day come to an end :)



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spooky fun!

Just a few spooky images from my personal collection. Click on the picture for a larger version to print.






Monday, October 19, 2009

Molding Kewpie or Charlotte's

The other day I was working on a silver spoon necklace and I wanted to add a little antique doll. Well the doll was too big for the spoon so I decided to make one from polymer clay. After struggling with it for hours I finally got one I liked...that is when it dawned on me I could have just made a mold of one of my plastic charms to use... so I did that too. I think they came out pretty kewl. I used just regular sculpy and used hand lotion for a release agent. After buttering two slabs with hand lotion, I sandwiched the plastic doll charms between the sculpy, cut it into a cube and separated the halves of the mold. Then I baked the mold. The mold does get hard but you can use the "eraser" sculpy if you want a flexible mold. Once the mold was baked, I painted it with hand lotion again so it would release, then pressed sculpy into it leaving it heaping. I then pressed the top of the mold on and squished them together. After I removed the top I used the excess from the seam edges to lift the little doll out of the other side of the mold, trimmed the seams with an xacto knife, baked them and whala! I am watching a few charms on ebay too so if I win, I can see more molds in my future... being in the Halloween spirit I could not resist adding that little spooky pun :))

Halloween Matchbox Shrine

The other day at our local stamp club Lynn Stevens hosted this darling project. I took mine home to finish because I wanted to use this little black cat charm I had. After adding some orange rhinestones for the eyes, I called it finished :))

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cream cheese filled breadsticks

I so love having someone to cook for and with all the company I have had this past couple of weeks, I have been doing a lot of cooking. One treat I really love is from one of the frozen pizza brands when came out with a cream cheese filled breadstick. However they are almost $6.00 a package of six : / ouch! I looked everywhere for a recipe for them to no avail so I came up with my own and actually I think my version really tastes better. Since I could not find a recipe for it online I thought I should post it.

I start with a simple bread machine recipe for white bread and I use the one for a large loaf.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups of "better for bread" flour (this is not self rising just ground finer)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dry milk
1 3/4 tablespoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons of bread machine yeast or quick-acting active dry yeast

Place all the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. Set the machine for large loaf, white bread and dough only.

Once the machine has completed its work prepare the cream cheese filling. You will need,

1, 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white for later)
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat all the ingredients until creamy and set aside, remove the dough from the bread machine and roll it out as thin as you can without making holes. I got mine about 2 foot by 3 foot. Whip the reserved egg white and spread it over the entire dough. Cut the dough into 4 inch by 6 inch sections. On one side of each section pipe a rope of the cream cheese filling. Roll over and over stopping with the seam side down and the filling spiraled in the center. The egg white spread on the dough previously will seal the filling inside. Use a fork to crimp the ends together and place on an air baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Let rise for about 30 minutes, brush with butter and bake at 320 fahrenheit until golden brown. Yummy served hot and will reheat in the microwave as well.

Moon madness <]:o


Halloween is coming fast so I decided to offer one more for your holiday crafting. I don't know how many of you took my Halloween workshop for creating front/back ornaments last year but here is one of the little graphics I created for that. If you use the links on the side bar for my Halloween projects you can see the little assemblages made with some. I love these because they are the same on the back as they are on the front so even in the center of a table it looks great from all sides. Enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Free Printabe Potion Labels (Limited Time Offer)


This was a limited time offer and has now expired but these labels are still available at my little etsy store.

This week it is my turn to bring a project for my local stamp club and I chose to do some potion bottles. You really can't see the stamping to well in this picture but the bottles are stamped with spiderwebs, bats, grave stones and such.

A few ideas for filling them, I used cream of wheat for the "Organic Bone Meal" I put black food coloring and some star glitter in the "Black of Night" Fuzzy yarn for the "Wool of Bat" and so on.. have a great Halloween!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rusty Ladies


I just had to share my latest thrift shop find... can you believe these ladies only cost me $4.50!!! Yep that's right, $4.50 for both! They had some problems though. The head had been broken off one but was still attached by a rebar that ran down through the center. The other had some hair broken off and was missing and they both had paint chipping and flaking off everywhere. So I brushed them down with a wire brush and used concrete patch to repair the broken head and sculpt some new hair. Once sanded, hubby blew them off with his air compresser and I used my homemade rusting technique on them. Aren't they fun! I think I need to make them some hats and masks... maybe some wings?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Books in my head


Is this art? ...I just got a new cabinet to house my sewing stuff in so I was trying to oragnize stuff in my studio. I had several piles of stuff that needed a "place" sitting on my desk. An old wire wig form that I had gotton to put my "bad hair day doo" on, a ceramic mask I had picked up at a yard sale, a pile of little books I got to alter and some old door hardware. I stuck them all together and topped it with my "zeroith" hat that I had made for Quinton's birthday. Now I can just leave it sitting on top of the desk ... but do I want to use the parts now???????????? :))

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rusting Technique


This is not my favorite style, I am just now a western kinda gal :)) but the theme for our shoebox project at my local stamping club last Friday was fall. The only fall saying I had was kinda western so there ya go. The real reason I am sharing this card is the rusting technique I used to make the oval sayings plaque. Some time back I had purchased some metal ovals that I loved. After using them up and not being able to find them again I decided I could make some. I punched mine from matt board then I used a brown marker on the edge but they really look like metal.


Here is how ya do it! First you will need some metal filings. If your hubby has a grinder he can make you some but if not try going to the local machine shop and ask if you can sweep some off there floor. Most of them will hand you a dustpan. Then just mix about 1 part metal filings with 2 parts black acrylic paint. Now you can paint whatever you want to look like rusted metal with that. Once it is dry mix 2 parts bleach with 1 part vinegar and paint it over your entire piece. Repeat this step until you have the desired amount of rust.