Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies: School Time

Yep, it's that time of year again already, where kids have either just returned to school or will be starting next Tuesday.

If you're a parent, have you already gotten everything on the school supply list? Hopefully, it didn't include an item from this sale:

Q: Why did the boy eat his homework?
A: Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake!

Missing Homework

“Johnny, where’s your homework?” Miss Martin said sternly to the little boy, while holding out her hand.

“My dog ate it,” was his solemn response.

“Johnny, I’ve been a teacher for eighteen years. Do you really expect me to believe that?”

“It’s true, Miss Martin, I swear it is,” insisted Johnny. “I had to smear it with honey, but I finally got him to eat it.”

Teacher: What is the chemical formula for water?
Jane: "HIJKLMNO"!!
Teacher: What are you talking about?
Jane: Yesterday you said it's H to O!

Teacher: In this box, I have a 10-foot snake.
Sammy: You can't fool me, Teacher...snakes don't have feet.

Better Grades

The little boy wasn't getting good marks in school. One day he made the teacher quite surprised. He tapped her on the shoulder and said, "I don't want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don't get better grades, somebody is going to get a spanking."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Beautiful Backgrounds, Part 1

If you like butterflies, this week's card on the main Inky site will flutter its way into your heart:

It was created by Inky artist Nancy Baier using CLB-002 Butterfly Background Cling Mount Stamp, which is part of her new Beautiful Backgrounds collection:

This cling mounted background stamp (along with the five other background stamps from this collection) measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", so that you can stamp it vertically OR horizontally onto a card.
Normally it can be a bit difficult to work with such a big stamp, but we've got an extra large rocker-style stamp mount (XLORSM) from our sister company Art Gone Wild, which makes it easy to get a crisp, clear impression with little pressure needed:
Like the butterfly card above, you can ink these background stamps in black and color in the design using your favorite media, such as colored pencils and Gamsol, as shown in this one made with CLB-005 Tropical Background Cling Mount Stamp:

One of my favorite things about these background stamps is their versatility. As you've already seen, you can use the whole background (tropical card) or cut the image into sections and use the elements separately (butterfly card).

Nancy explains, "Unlike a lot of background stamps that are simply a pattern, these are standalone images unto themselves. So you can easily use them as a background because their size will fill your card base area, or use them as a main image for your project."

Although it may be tempting to always color the entire image, you might enjoy experimenting with a few other looks. For example, portions of the image can be featured by stamping the entire image in black but only coloring in certain elements (as shown with CLB-005 Woodland Background):

"I love this spotlighting technique," Nancy continues. "[The flowers and pinecone] were emphasized by coloring with alcohol markers. A little sponging around the edges enhances the effect."

In this next version, the bird from CLB-001 Bird Background was stamped again separately, cut out, and popped up with foam tape for dimension:

He's perched above a coordinating floral piece, which was stamped with the daisies from CLB-005 Sm. Blooms & Butterflies Strips Cling Mount Set:

There are three other "strip" style cling mount sets available. Each strip measures about 1 1/4" x 5 1/2", to give you a range of design options!

Here's that Woodland Background again, this time stamped in black and left uncolored, to serve as "a background in the truest sense of the word," says Nancy, "creating a great landscape for other stamps and sentiments":

The vertical piece was made with CLB-005 Flowers & Flourishes Strips Cling Mount Set. It's also stamped in black, except the "negative space" has been colored to match the matting on the sentiment.

Today's final card was heat embossed with clear powder after stamping CLB-003 Leaves Background Cling Mount Stamp in black, and then the entire panel was colored using a blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, and Shabby Shutters:

The yellow design behind the sentiment is from CLS-003 Lots of Leaves Strips Cling Mount Set, and I think it makes such a lovely base for the sentiment. All saying stamps shown on these cards are available in 11253MC Script Sentiments #1 and 11254MC Script Sentiments #2 Clear Stamp Sets.

Stay tuned for even more ideas using the Beautiful Backgrounds collection. Part 2 will be coming your way next Tuesday!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funnies: Tooth Fairy

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day, although I'm sure if you have children, you'll end up "celebrating" any time during the year when the situation warrants it!
This little kid decided a note should be left with his tooth, to explain the difficulties that had to be endured to acquire said tooth:

Poor Cam decided to let the tooth fairy know why he was unable to leave his missing molar under the pillow:

Sometimes the correspondence goes in the other direction, from the tooth fairy to the (eventual) recipient of the prize. Click on the letter below to see a close-up version telling Eli why it took a few days for him to get a response:

Occasionally, we've even heard that teeth cannot be redeemed for various reasons, in which case a form letter is left in place of money:

Dear _________________ :

Thank you for leaving one [1] tooth under your pillow last night. While we make every attempt to leave a monetary reward in the case of lost or stolen children’s teeth, we were unable to process your request for the following reason(s) indicated below:

( ) the tooth could not be found
( ) it was not a human tooth
( ) we do not think that pieces of chicken bone are very funny
( ) the tooth has previously been redeemed for cash
( ) the tooth did not originally belong to you
( ) the tooth fairy does not process fingernails
( ) your request has been forwarded to the Nerve Ending Fairy for appropriate action
( ) you were overheard to state that you do not believe in the tooth fairy
( ) you are age 12 or older at the time your request was received
( ) the tooth is still in your mouth
( ) the tooth was guarded by a vicious fairy-eating dog at the time of our visit
( ) no night light was on at the time of our visit
( ) the snacks provided for the tooth fairy were not satisfactory, or were missing
( ) we discovered evidence of unsafe tooth extraction as follows:
          [ ] string [ ] pliers [ ] hammer marks [ ] chisel [ ] no dental care
( ) other:

Thank you for your request, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

The Tooth Fairy

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Finally, this letter from the tooth fairy is my personal favorite (again, please click on it for an enlarged view):

Hope you have a "fairy" nice day, Inky friends!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Hot Air Balloon Pals

I'm so excited to show you this week's card, created by our friend Debbie Fisher:

It features 11255MC Balloon Kitties Clear Set, which is part of the Furry Friends collection from NEW Inky artist Maria Woods:

We're so excited to have Maria join our Inky family! Her critters are just adorable, and I look forward to showing you more samples using her charming stamp designs in the upcoming weeks.

For now, let's focus on those cute Hot Air Balloon Pals (7005J in wood mounted), though. Here's a different card, made by talented Michelle Pearson:

As you can see, Michelle filled in the hot air balloon with hand-drawn Zentangle-style designs in various colors. What a neat idea, huh? If you click on the photo above, you can check out her fun details!

Sometimes you can use just part of a stamp to get a different effect. Debbie's sample below shows the partial image, sans balloon, decorating a treat box made using V1-1223 Rectangle Box Template:

And just for a little more inspiration, she also stamped this sweet card using the balloon kitties image from the same set:

Which of the stamp sets from the Furry Friends collection is paw-sitively YOUR favorite, Inky friends?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Funnies: Auto-Corrected Parents & Friends

Karen's story about her husband's text message that was written via voice recognition software gone awry reminded me of a few auto-correct funnies.

Sometimes parents may seem a little behind the times to the younger generation, but they can still learn to adapt to modern technology...albeit perhaps with humorous results, like this mother:

Here's a father who apparently isn't fazed by technology, but his sense of humor is definitely old-school and groan-worthy:

This exchange is one of my very all-time favorites. It cracks me up every single time I read it:

Of course, auto-correct silliness isn't limited to just family members. Friends can be victims, too:

Hope Dad makes a nice profit on his transaction:

Better to sell one's own organ than one's own grandparent, though:

Have YOU ever made any auto-correct gaffes, Inky friends?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Audience Participation Congrats

Congrats to Mary-Anne V, whose name was drawn randomly from these blog candy entries.

Mary-Anne V said...
My kids always make me laugh. When my daughter was 3 I overheard a conversation she was having with her older brother. She calls her older brother chetta as a sign of respect. "Chetta, Mamma calls me Holy Cow when I get hurt." Then she said to me "Mamma, why do you call me Holy Cow?" Then when my eldest was 3 also his uncle asked him what his dad did and he said "Dada goes to the office." Then he was asked what does I did and he said "Mamma works for me and Natalie!" (because I'm a stay at home mom. Hope that brought a chuckle!
August 11, 2014 at 5:08 PM   

I also mentioned that we'd send a goodie to my personal favorite entry, which was really difficult to choose because they ALL made me laugh. After much consideration, I also want to say congrats to Karen.

Karen said...
My husband has started using the "voice recognition" app for texting. He was at the Doctor's office, and I received this text: The Dr is checking my articles. Articles? I texted back. Arteries! he responded.
August 11, 2014 at 6:07 AM
(Mary-Anne V and Karen, please email me with your address by August 31st to claim your secret prizes.)

Thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to share your funny stories and jokes. You ladies are a hoot, and it's always such a pleasure reading your comments!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Rectangle Box Template Variations

Last week, we posted variations of projects that Debbie Fisher made with the 10189X Tall Bag Template stamp. This week, she's come up with some fun twists using a different stamp from the Gifts In A Snap Collection, namely the V1-1223 Rectangle Box Template:

You may have seen examples of the standard assembly, as printed on the front of the wood mount and shown here (filled with cocoa), here (filled with a gift card), here (filled with candy), and here (filled with a sweet snack mix). They all include the front "cover" flap, as well as the peekaboo window option on the inside, which lets you view the contents of the box.

But if you're feeling a little more mysterious...or just want to try something simpler and/or a bit faster, you can skip the flap and window completely, and make only the box itself:

The sentiment is from 11045MC Sundae Birdy Clear Set and perfectly complements the patterned cardstock.

You'll also want to fill this one up with goodies, of course:

There are all sorts of other treats that can fit inside, such as packs of gum, lip balm, jewelry, throat drops (for a get well box), and my personal favorite...lots of cash, ha ha! (But, seriously, it really is a fun and unique way to present money or gift cards, beyond just using a standard greeting card.)

If you've already starting planning for the holidays, I'm in awe of you here's a cute Christmas variation (with stamps from 11136MC Rejoicing Angels Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

And, finally, Debbie developed these charming apple boxes, which utilize the template stamp instead of wood:

"I used to do lots of wood working," recalls Debbie, "and this is where I got my inspiration." She filled the boxes with dried beans to make them heavy before gluing them shut and decorating with the apple image from 11229MC Sentimental Fruit Clear Set (drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander).

If you click on the above image, you can get a better view of Debbie's coloring (the "skins" of the paper-pieced apples were covered with a darker shade of pencils to add depth) and sponging (to add definition and give the boxes a vintage look).

What else can YOU think to put inside these boxes, Inky friends?