Monday, February 28, 2011

Hoppy Monday

Congratulations to Chrissy, Donna, and Brenna, whose names were randomly drawn as the winners for our blog hop prizes. Ladies, please email me with your address so I can get your goodies sent out.

Thanks to everyone who played along with us! I enjoyed reading your comments along the way, and I loved the ideas from Beth and Pam about having the bunny hold a candle or Easter eggs. Debra's comment made me laugh:

"Hmmm...cleaning or blog-hopping? Blog-hopping it is! And what a great way to begin. This cute fella is looking so spring-y, he really lifted my spirits this morning."

I agree, Debra. Blog hopping definitely beats cleaning any day. I'll be asking our DT members to participate in more challenges during the upcoming months, and perhaps we'll make plans for our readers to join us from time to time, as well. :-) Stay tuned, and hope you all have a terrific week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

HoneyPOP Bunny

Last night, Steve and I headed to Stamp Garden in White Bear Lake, MN for a make & take event. This was our project, which featured 11029MC Carrot Bunny HoneyPOP Clear Set:


In case you're not familiar with our HoneyPOP Collection, there's a 3-D surprise when you open the card:


We had a great turnout for the event, and I think everyone had fun making their cards:


I especially enjoyed seeing many familiar faces, including these lovely ladies, who posed for an updated version of their 2009 photo:


And even Dawn, the owner (pictured at left), got a chance to make a bunny card at the end of the night:


Speaking of bunnies, you can still enter to win one of FOUR prizes in our blog hop until Sunday night. Please check out this post for details. Hoppy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inky Blog Hop!

Last month, when I was creating samples for our store board program, some of the images I used were from 11037MC Bunny #2 Clear Set:


In particular, I had a lot of fun making a card using the bunny on the bottom (which is the same as 0728H Sm. Givin' A Squeeze in the wood mounted version).

I punched a 1/8" hole above and below his arms so I could insert a lollipop, and then I mounted the image onto my card using a double layer of foam tape:


This got me thinking: What else could our little bunny hold in his arms? So I asked our design team members to take on this challenge, which they kindly agreed to do...and today I'm excited to present our first ever Inky Antics blog hop, where you can see the results!

We invite you to view each designer's project and leave comments along the way. (I think our designers will really appreciate hearing how you like their cards.) THREE lucky winners who visit and post at every stop in the blog will be drawn at random to receive the clear stamp set used for this hop! You've got until Sunday, February 27th, at midnight Central time to participate.

So let's get hopping and look at more bunnies, shall we? If you lose your way, just return here to get back on the trail. Here we go:

Debbie
Jovi
Crystal
Tex
Michelle
Trudy

After you're done with the hop, please come back and let us know what you thought. And don't forget to check on Monday the 28th for a list of prize winners.

Thanks very much for joining us, and happy hopping!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Columbia Via Cleveland

I flew into Cleveland last night so I could drive with the gang to this weekend's show in Columbia, SC. We're on the road right now, but earlier today I put 300 sample cards (carefully made by our friend Ruthie) onto 50 boards for the Inky Monthly Board Program that our stores participate in:


Thought I'd write up a really quick post so you could see this photo of Dave "hamming it up" for the camera. He's our shop foreman, and you can probably tell what a super serious guy he is (ahem, NOT). And there's an itty bitty Doug in the background; Doug will be with us in Columbia this weekend, too. Will YOU be able to attend this convention? Please give us a shout out if so!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Florida Visit

Steve and I worked the Clearwater show last Saturday, which came and went in a busy whirlwind. Thanks to our customers who visited us in the Inky booth. It was great seeing you there!

On Sunday, we spent the day with my dad and grandma:


If you've been following the blog since last February or before, you may remember that last year we made the same side trip...except my grandma is 99 years old now. She uses a walker and has trouble with her memory, but gosh, I get stiff and cannot recall things myself. And I'm less than half her age!

Another interesting tidbit is that without Grandma, there would be no Inky Antics. When I took a leave of absence from teaching middle school back in 1997, it was she who encouraged me to start the business. Not only did my grandmother support it emotionally, but she provided the money for me to get started.

I feel deeply appreciative toward the many, many people who have helped over the years to make Inky a successful business...but it all started with this very special lady, for whom I will always be particularly thankful. I love you, Grandma! :-)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Watering Can

Trudy emailed me a photo of this gorgeous card to share with you:


The image is 2244G Love Watering, and I think 3480F Sending A Bunch would be perfect for the inside.

I love all the beautiful accents...from the leaf ribbon trim to the punched flowers with orange brads in the centers to the Diamond Glaze atop Stickles on the hearts and dragonfly. She also zigzag stitched the edges of the layered panels and used foam tape to add dimension to the stamped image.

At first glance, I thought Trudy had included some sort of stitching on the scalloped edges of the circle. But when I asked her, I was surprised to learn how she really did it. The scalloped circle was dry embossed, and then she pierced each scallop with a tiny hole. Finally, she dragged the edges over a pigment pad and backed the whole thing with a circle of patterned paper the same size of the scallop. Here's a closeup:


It really is "all in the details," and this card is a perfect example of that...don't you think? Thanks to Trudy for her lovely creation!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Spring Release Has Arrived!

In case you haven't wandered by and noticed this already, our main website has been updated with the new Spring '11 stamps. You can download a PDF copy of the flyer by clicking on its front cover:


You'll find the BaZooples here, the Triangle Treat stamps on this page, and all kinds of other goodies in our What's New section.

In particular, I wanted to mention our new HoneyPOP Collection. Prior to CHA, we introduced this as a special pre-release to the store owners who participate in our Monthly Sample Board Program. We also brought a limited number to the Mesquite convention last month, where it was an instant hit!

Here's a card made with 11026MC Cupcake Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set. It looks like a regular pretty card on the outside:


But when you open it up, the honeycomb tissue paper fans out to create a 3-D surprise:

I made this video tutorial explaining more about the HoneyPOP Collection:


Tina, a customer in Mesquite, wrote a great post on her blog. I've also put up a special page on our website dedicated to this collection here.

So, what do y'all think? And which set(s) do you like best?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Easter Bunnies

As Cheryl finishes updating our main website with the new releases (which should be available by Sunday night), I thought I'd give you a peek at a few Easter cards created by Debbie Fisher starting with this cheery one:


These stamps come in 11036MC Bunny #1 Clear Set or individually as 0701H Sm. Hugs & Chicks and 0705D Sm. Happiness Begins.

Here is another rabbit, which is in 11037MC Bunny #2 Clear Set (or 0746J Sm. Shakin' A Leg and 0121E Sm. Hop To It in wood mounts):


This guy with his little friends appears in 11038MC Bunny #3 Clear Set or is available separately as 0736J Sm. Peter & Peeps and 0700D Sm. Fun Surprises:


Previous versions of the cute bunnies shown above were in the original Inky catalog, but they've been replaced with these more card-friendly reduced sizes.

Thanks to Debbie for continuing to share her talents with us. Hope your weekend is starting off great...I'll be back again soon with more new stuff to show you!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

More BaZooples & Another Introduction

You know how sometimes when it rains, it pours? Well, we've been having a thunderstorm lately...but in a very good way! Recently I received an email from Jovita Kloess, who was an Inky designer a few years back but had gotten out of stamping:


She had felt burnt out and was very busy with her kids' activities, so she decided to take a stamping hiatus. But lucky for us, Jovi just couldn't stay away for too long, and she contact me again about making samples. We loved her work then, and we still love it now! Check out 2403H Wilbur, another member of the BaZoople family (also available in 11035MC BaZooples #4 Clear Set), featured in one of Jovi's newest creations:


Here's 2053H Zach, who is also in 11033MC BaZooples #2 Clear Set:


I think 6007H Ollie (or 11035MC BaZooples #4 Clear Set) manages to look sweet and funny all at the same time:


Isn't it neat to see these characters "done up" differently than the other BaZooples on Michelle's cards? Changing the colors, papers, and embellishments makes them look totally unique...in addition to each person's own stamping style, of course.

Now that you've met almost all the BaZooples, which do you like best? Please chime in with your thoughts! (And thanks so much, Jovi, for sharing these terrific cards with us.)

P.S. For another take on 9933K Groundhog Hollow featured yesterday on Crystal's card, jump over to Jovi's post here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An Introduction & Phil's Prediction

Oh boy, the past week has sure gone by quickly! I was hoping to post more sneak peeks before and during CHA, but I just plumb ran out of time. The main Inky website will be updated with the new releases in a few days. (Our web guru, Cheryl, predicts she'll have it finished by Sunday at the latest.) In the meantime, I'll have a couple more previews for you.

But first, I wanted to introduce another designer new to the Inky family. Please say hello to Crystal Irwin:


Crystal was born and raised in Virginia but now resides in Doylestown, Ohio. She is a stay-at-home mom with three wonderful children and wife to her husband, Jeff.

I asked Crystal to tell us more about herself:

"A good friend of mine introduced me to scrapbooking about four years ago. I really enjoy making pages of my family and friends. I still continue to scrapbook but not as often since I found stamping. My niece introduced to me to stamping three years ago. Needless to say, I was hooked from then on out. It is something I enjoy and love. I can honestly say it has become my passion.

I was totally thrilled when I was asked to be a designer for Inky Antics. I feel so blessed and honored to be working for such a wonderful company and their products are just amazing."

And what better way to welcome Crystal than with the hope of an early spring? At least that is what we hear from Punxsutawney Phil today, which I'm sure is good news to many of you across the U.S. who have been experiencing some extreme weather lately!

Speaking of that famous groundhog, I love Crystal's "debut card" for us, which features 9933K Groundhog Hollow and 9930F Groundhog's Day:


This close-up shows you how she used Stickles Glitter Glue to the flower centers and a Stardust Glitter Pen to line the tree trunk:


I also think it's cool how Crystal popped up several of the layers with foam tape. (Popped up...isn't that appropriate? Ha ha!)

I can't wait to show you more creations from Crystal and our other fantastic designers soon, so please keep checking back. Happy Groundhog's Day and stay warm, everyone!