Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day

I told my sister-in-law Amy that I'd head to her house early today and help cook the holiday meal. Hopefully, it will go a little smoother for us than this lady:

One of the things I'm most grateful for this holiday season--and all throughout the year--is our Inky friends. Here's wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving (with no emergency room visits, LOL)!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Altered Snowman Soup Project

We got back from the Madison show late Sunday night, so I didn't go through our mail until yesterday. But when I did, I found a wonderful treat:


Earlier this month, I'd sent out a few "thank you goodies" randomly to some of our Inky friends who had posted photos on our Facebook page. (I like to do that from time to time...hint, hint.) I always get such a kick out of seeing what people make with our stamps, but I sure wasn't expecting this adorable surprise from Pam Roy!

Take a look at the back:


I asked her about the cool packaging, and here's what she said:

"I went to Walmart a couple days after Halloween, and I found the vials and the holder in the Halloween stuff. It was full of sprinkles. They were originally $5.00 each, and they were 75% off so I got them for $1.25. I bought all that they had. All 19 of them! LOL, I knew that I would do something with them. I just didn't know what at the time. I got the stamp sets that you sent me that same week and it hit me instantly what to do with them. I couldn't resist to make one and send it to you."

Well, I'm sure glad she did! Here's the front of the project with the box flap opened up:


She used one of the images from 10913LC Sweety Snowman #1 Clear Set (also available as a wood mounted stamp, 10628H Sweety's Cocoa) and the main saying from 10936MC Snowman Soup Clear Set (also available as a wood mounted stamp, 5061G Snowman Soup) minus the "complete with stirring stick" line since the peppermints were crushed in two of the vials.

Hope you like it as much as I do (and thanks again, Pam, for sending it and allowing me to share it here)!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heading To Madison

Steve and I are leaving tonight for this weekend's One of a Kind Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Show in Madison, WI. It's our last convention of the year, which is always kind of bittersweet. I enjoy the time at home after traveling so much all year, but after a few weeks I really start to miss seeing our friends and customers at shows. It won't be too long, though, before we're back on the road again starting in mid-January. (In early December, I'll be updating our main website with the 2011 schedule.)

If you're going to the OoaK convention, we've got a nice little show special. You'll receive this clear stamp set as a FREE GIFT ($15.95 retail value) if you spend $100 or more at the Inky booth:


Purchases must be made in a single transaction. We have a limited number of these, and this offer is good only while supplies last (so please come early to make sure you get yours). Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sweety's Treats

After my class at Scrapbooks Too! last week, one of the students showed me a neat treat box card she'd made. (Thanks, Allie!) I found this tutorial on SCS that explains how to make it and thought I'd give it a try:


The Splitcoast directions are very well written, so I won't repeat them all here. I just wanted to highlight a few of my steps as I made the Inky version.

As instructed, I trimmed a diagonal piece from the large end panel to create the flap by measuring 3" from the bottom right corner and connecting my cut mark to the upper left corner at the first score line. Then I stamped the front panel with 10038F Star Point Background using a Brilliance Pad in Moonlight White and ran the edges of the panel across the pad:


I layered a 1 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of patterned paper (PA1278 Bright Polka Party from Darcie's) onto the panel that would contain the window. Instead of punching out the window, I used my fine-bladed X-Caliber Craft Knife to cut it by hand:


And I lined the window with acetate on the reverse side:


The box is designed so the bottom and top don't have extra flaps to tuck in, so I added a strip of red-lined tape onto the side tabs and folded the end tab to adhere the bottom closed:


For the top of the box, I wanted to add a bow that could be tied and untied. So I lined an 18" piece of ribbon with about 10" of red-lined tape in the middle part, and I wrapped it around the bottom and both sides of the box:


I adhered a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" piece of patterned paper (PA1287 Bright Stripes from Darcie's) into the inside center of the card and used glue dots to attach a gift card to the left side:


I stamped 10588F Sweet Holiday on scrap white cardstock and punched it out with a Marvy Clever Lever Super Jumbo Oval Punch. Then I layered it onto a piece of red cardstock punched with the Mega Scallop Oval Punch. I used an opaque white gel pen to add faux "eyelet" dots around the border and adhered my layered saying onto the bottom of the striped area:


For the main image on the front of the card, I stamped 10660K Sweety's Candy Cane (both the image and saying are also available in 10914LC Sweety Snowmen #2 Clear Set) onto scrap white cardstock. I colored with pencils, blended with Gamsol, and cut out the image.

At shows, you'll frequently hear me mention how "it's all about the little things" when it comes to giving projects that polished look. For my finishing touches, I added Ultrafine Glitter to the stripes of the candy cane and red flocking to the cap using a Quickie Glue Pen. Then I adhered my Sweety image to the front of the card with foam tape.

To give Sweety's carrot nose a shiny appearance, I used a Glaze Clear Gloss Pen:


This pen is so convenient for small areas...no more squirting Diamond Glaze onto scrap paper and trying to apply it with a toothpick or paintbrush. I still use the bottled stuff for larger spaces, but I really like the pen for all those bitty spots that you want to look wet and/or shiny: tree leaves, animals' noses, sunglasses, lipgloss, raindrops, etc.

When using the pen, I like to dab it on rather than scribbling. The cool thing is you can build it up to add dimension and even more shine, but I make sure to let it dry thoroughly before adding subsequent layers. (If you try to reapply while it's still wet, you'll end up rubbing off your color.)

Here's my completed project:


Yep, candy and a gift card...what a perfect combination!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Turkey Treat Box

I saw this tutorial on SCS and thought I'd make up an Inky version using 0530G Dessert First (also available in 10918MC Gobbles Turkey Clear Set):


We'll be going to Steve's brother and sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving again this year, and it would be fun to put one of these at each place setting at the table (with their permission, of course, since their two kiddos will probably take the sentiment literally!)

Following the directions, I started with an 8 1/2" x 10" piece of cardstock, a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper (PA1446 Brown Boyelyn from Darcie's), and a 2" x 8" piece of patterned paper (PA1258 Narrow Stripes Fall from Darcie's):


I scored the 8 1/2" x 10" piece of cardstock on the 8 1/2" side at 1/4", 2 1/4", 6 1/4" and 8 1/4". Then I turned the cardstock to the 10" side and scored at 5 1/2" and 7 1/2".

On the left side of the cardstock, starting at the 2 1/4" score line, I cut down to the 5 1/2" horizontal score line and then toward the left, removing the 2 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece. I repeated this step on the right side:


Along the remaining 8 1/2" horizontal score line, I cut 2 1/4" inward on both sides to create my box flaps and folded the cardstock as shown in the photo:


Here's a closeup of the lower right side. You can see that I left the narrow tab on the upper piece unfolded:


Next, I scored the 2" x 8" piece of patterned paper at 2" and 6", and I folded at the score lines toward the "wrong" side. I turned the cardstock piece over and adhered the 2" x 8" piece of patterned paper to the bottom 2 1/2" section of the cardstock.

I placed red-lined tape on the two outer 1/4" tabs of the bottom section and applied double-sided tape to the entire flap of the middle section on both sides:


To assemble the box, I turned the piece back over and folded up the bottom section (to adhere the flaps together with the double-sided taped part):


Then I pulled the release strips from the red-lined tape and adhered the tabs to the back panel of the box:


To finish decorating the box, I adhered the 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" patterned paper to the box panel and punched a handle with a Marvy Clever Lever Extra Jumbo Oval Punch. I attached a double-looped bow (simple to create using the Bow-Easy) with a large glue dot.

Finally, I stamped my turkey image on scrap white cardstock, colored with pencils and blended with Gamsol, layered it onto brown cardstock, and adhered the whole thing to the front of the box with foam tape. And, of course, I filled it with a baggie of candy:


Now if I can only convince Steve to help me make 9 more of them...but I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask, right? You know what they say about that: No harm, no fowl!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another Reveal & Birthdays

Thanks to all the folks who joined us at We're Stampin' Mad on Saturday for the make & take! We ended up creating a cute gift card holder. It looks like a standard card on the outside:


But when you untie the bow, a gift card flips up to surprise you:


I got the idea from Tex, who designed this adorable project for November's Inky email newsletter:



(If you'd like to subscribe, there is a sign-up box on the right side of this page. Each month, we offer a new instruction sheet that you can download...along with all the latest Inky news!)

These five ladies showed off their completed projects:


Two of them have birthdays this week, which they were celebrating. I guess November is a busy birthday month since that's what Steve and I did later in the evening: We went on a triple-couples' date in honor of our friends Peg and Mike, who both turned 29 (cough, cough) yesterday:


Here's to being 29 for many years to come!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall Mousies

I was looking through my card files recently and ran across this cute greeting, which was created by Heather Nichols a while back:


The main image is 10391E Mousie's Pumpkin, which was colored with pencils and blended with Gamsol. The background images are 10400E Three Pumpkins and the zigzag from 10934MC Sew Many Stitches Clear Set. They were stamped with a white pigment pad (such as an Adirondack Pigment Pad in Snow Cap), which was also used to tip the edges of the panel. The sentiment is from 10436H Scarecrow Snacks. Heather stamped only the last line of this saying, which I thought was creative.

And in keeping with the mousie theme, I wanted to show you this fun recipe card that came in this week's mail:


I was so pleasantly surprised that Becky O'Donnell sent this page to add to the collection she's given me, and I'm looking forward to trying out the recipe. This would be a great dish to bring to my brother-in-saw and sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving since it will probably stay warm during the car ride. And that crisped rice cereal topping sounds interesting and yummy!

I'm curious as to whether YOU are planning to try any new holiday recipes this year? And, if so, what are they for?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Make & Take at We're Stampin' Mad

On Saturday, I'll be hosting another FREE make & take event for our Inky friends who live in the Twin Cities area. Please drop by at We're Stampin' Mad in Osseo, MN anytime between 10:30 and 3:00 to join us. We'll be making a card using this stamp image:


Hope you can make it...I'd love to see you there!