Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Town & Country

If you know from when you came,
there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.
-James Arthur Baldwin
 
Today's quote reminds us that remembering our past can keep us grounded but also give us wings to fly, and it's featured in this week's card on the main Inky website. I think this would be great for upcoming graduations, as well as other "best wishes for the future" cards you may wish to send.
 
Here is a better view of the embossing, which acts as a resist for the alcohol markers that Inky artist Nancy Baier used on her card:
 
 
She remarked how "the tissue tape reminds me of old-time newspapers, which really suits this scene well."
 
These featured stamps are from 11224MC Town & Country Clear Set, which is part of Nancy's wonderful Scissor-Cut Scenes collection:
 
 
Nancy also created a more monotone version using the same image and sentiment, except in reverse order. She kept the kraft cardstock but stamped with dark brown ink and used just a white gel pen and a clear glitter pen to color in the Town Scene (4516J in wood mounted) and create a completely different look:
 
 
The farm scene was also given some stamping love:
 
 
"The combination of red, black, and a golden tan...really complmented the scene," she notes. Nancy sponged the little wooden mushroom, and you can see the glitter pen accents that she added to the barn and animals:
 
 
Then she switched up the paper and used lighter shades in the image, resulting in "an entirely different mood":
 
 
Now that spring has arrived (hopefully for good), here's wishing that yours is bright and happy, Inky friends!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Square Cage Congrats

Congrats to Celise McLaughlin, whose name was drawn randomly from these blog candy entries. (Celise, please email me with your address by April 30th to claim your prize.)

Celise McLaughlin said...
I love the jungle animals, the colors used on the board are gorgeous. Especially the lion. What a great idea to use the square cage behind it. Love this technique.
April 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

For her prize, Celise has won the IAD-008 Square Cage Die (designed by Michelle Cutts):

 
Thanks to everyone who left comments about this metal die and the sample cards. We really appreciate that you took the time to visit the blog and share your thoughts.
 
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Inky friends, and Happy Easter wishes to you!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Funnies: Easter Jokes

Here are a few Easter jokes for you, Inky friends. I hope at least one of them cracks you up!


Q: What day does an Easter egg hate the most?
A: Fry-days.

Q: What happened to the Easter Bunny when he misbehaved at school?
A: He was egg-spelled!

Q: Did you hear about the lady whose house was infested with Easter eggs?
A: She had to call an eggs-terminator!


Q: How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?
A: With a hare dryer!

Q: Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?
A: His friends egged him on!

Q: What kind of jewelry do rabbits wear?
A: 14-carrot gold.


Q: What kinds of bedtime stories do Easter Bunnies like?
A: Ones with hoppy endings.

Q: What’s the Easter Bunny’s favorite restaurant?
A: IHOP.

Q: What would you get if you crossed the Easter Bunny with a stressed person?
A: An Easter basket case!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Sue's Surprises

It's always exciting to receive happy mail, and I've had two wonderful surprises from our sweet blog friend Stamping Sue this year. First she sent this adorable card:
 
 
It was made using 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):
 
 
Sue said the reason she colored the brown spots on the bunny was because she had one like that, which was named Sandy, when she was a child.
 
Besides her great personal story, I love the "floating pop up" inside this card:
 
 
Then last week I got this super cute whale tag:
 
 
Yeah, those confetti bits were in the package, so I had to include them in the photo...after I finished picking up each one from the floor (thanks, Sue, LOL!).
 
This tag features 11218MC Whale HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), along with White and Light Blue HoneyPOP Pads:
 
 
Sue also sent this lovely stamped canvas frame:
 
 
As you can see, it's decorated with 11145MC Coffee Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):
 
 
I really perked up when I saw that! (Okay, sorry about the pun...I couldn't help myself.)
 
Sue had won all of these stamp sets and paper pads from previous Inky blog candy drawings, and we really appreciate that she took the time to share the projects she made using them (and even the confetti, ha ha!).
 
Would YOU like to win some blog candy for yourself? Well, it just so happens that we're currently taking entries for a chance to receive IAD-008 Square Cage Die:
 
 
I'd originally intended to do the drawing last Sunday but posted the wrong date by mistake. That means you can still participate until this Saturday. Click here to view the details and leave your comment, which will also serve as your entry. Good luck!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Funnies: Taxes

Yep, it's tax time. If you've already submitted yours, that's great. And even better if you got a refund!
 
For those of you more like me, who are procrastinators very busy people and still need to file, hopefully this post will give you a quick laugh before you tackle the dreaded task.

 
Suggested simplified tax form: How much money did you make last year? Mail it in.
 -Stanton Delaplane
 
 
There is also a fun article by humor columnist Dave Barry, which appears on The Baltimore Sun's website. I don't have permission to reprint it here, but I wanted to link to it for your tax-time reading pleasure! Please click here to access it.
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Square Cage Embellishment & Springing Pop-Out Cards

Last week, you saw how we used the IAD-008 Square Cage Die to create three different card designs. Guess what? There's even more you can do with it! Yep, it's just one little ol' metal die:
 
 
It looks so unassuming, but it can help you make a pretty embellishment to decorate your card, too:
 
 
Want to give it a whirl? You can download a PDF file for the instructions by clicking here.
 
And check out this project that utilizes the same die:
 
 
When you pull the card out of the plastic sleeve, the piggy panel jumps out at you and reveals the "hidden" images and saying underneath:
 
 
It sort of works like an Action Wobbles spring...but on steroids, as you can see in this side-angle view:
 
 
Just click here for the instructions if you want to know how to make it yourself.
 
You may also have noticed we used some adorable critter stamps from Inky artist Janie Miller on today's cards. They're part of the April Inky Board Program:
 
 
The IAD-008 Square Cage Die and all of the stamps shown above can be found at participating retailers this month. Please click here for a list of stores who received this collection. We encourage you to call ahead to verify they have these products in stock, and then please visit them to make your purchase. 

Do you know a local stamp or scrapbook store that might be interested in our board program? Please ask them to email me for details. If they sign up for it and provide your name as a referral at that time, I'll send you a thank-you prize!
 
Hey, would you like a chance to win this fantastic Square Cage die? Please leave us a comment telling us which of the projects shown on the sample board is your favorite, and that will also be your entry for a BLOG CANDY giveaway.
 
On Sunday, April 20th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Funnies: The Smartest Dog Ever

Do you remember last month when we watched that little boy arguing with his mom about having a cupcake?

Well, I realize today's video shows a dog rather than a human...but he's an adorable and very obedient dog, with no back-talking! Let's meet Jumpy:


Pretty impressive, huh? And you just gotta smile at the last eight seconds, when he finally gets to play with the squeaky ball.
 
If you wish, you can also check out some of Jumpy's other tricks here or visit the website of his trainer. (No affiliation, just another fan of this clever canine.) Hope you have a paws-itively wonderful day, Inky friends!