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?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Funnies: Audience Participation

Due to an unexpected turn of events, today's post was written using a computer tablet instead of my trusty PC, which is limiting the length and scope of my content.

Because of this, I'm going to try something different: Let's open up the sharing of jokes and funny stories to YOU, our Inky blogger friends! Just tell us your best giggle-inducing bits of humor...whatever you like (PG- or G-rated, of course) and as long or short of an entry as you wish.

Post them in the comments section below, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing to win. We're going to keep this open a bit longer than usual, and accept contributions through Wednesday, August 13th. 

On Thursday, August 14th, I'll randomly choose the winner for a secret prize and post the lucky person's name here on the blog. I will also choose my personal favorite entry, and that person will win a prize, as well. So please take a moment to participate right now, and then be sure to check back next Friday to see if you've won!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Tall Bag Template Variations

Hey, Inky friends, are you interested in seeing a few new ideas using this stamp from our Gifts In A Snap collection:

If so, we've got this one in the bag! The 10189X Tall Bag Template, I mean. Talented Inky designer Debbie Fisher made some adorable projects with neat variations that I'm excited to show you today.

You're probably already familiar with the original way to assemble this bag, shown here with a sentiment from 11083MC Pampered Benton Clear Set and a cheerful checkered ribbon bow:

Instead of tucking in the clasp, you can place a hook-and-loop closure or magnetic snaps beneath the tab, and cover the front with a button or other cute embellishment:

Did you notice how the cut-out Banner Angel image (0491J in wood mounted, or part of 11136MC Rejoicing Angels Clear Set) extends slightly past the sides of the bag? You're not just limited to images that fit perfectly onto the box!

If you wish, you can cut off the handles completely, as in this project:

"[This open design] reminds me of a popcorn box," says Debbie, "so I thought it would be fun to put in some popcorn seasoning as a gift [inside]."

And how perfect is that Shaker Chef image (1638G in wood, 10961LC in clear) to decorate the front?

You can also choose to cut around only the top part of the handles, scoring and folding the two flaps to make a covered-style bag:

Debbie selected the Pastry Chef (2233G in wood, 10957LC in clear) to stamp on the front of this one, and she suggested filling the bag with small bottles or vials of colored sprinkles. (Or use 0045J Cookie Turtle instead, and put little cookies inside.)
Which bag do YOU like best? We hope you're inspired to give one of these a try!