Saturday, April 30, 2011

HoneyPOP Sneak Peek #3

I'm "feline" like it's time for another HoneyPOP preview, wouldn't you agree? :-)

I remember when Tammy first showed me the rough draft drawings for these sets. I kept saying over and over again, "Oh my gosh, those are too cute! I can't wait for our customers to see them. How adorable! Oh my gosh..."

I'm sure I looked strange sitting at my computer and talking to myself, but at least there wasn't anyone around to see it. Here's what I was referring to:


See what I mean? Adorable, huh! And you know what happens when you open the card. Yep, it's a pop-out triple layer cake:


I'm a cat lover and a foodie, so this 11047MC Baking Kitty HoneyPOP Clear Set is right up my alley.

If you're more of a dog person, though, we've got you covered! Check out the 11046MC Baking Pup HoneyPOP Clear Set:

Can you guess what's inside? Of course, it's a 3-D dog bone:


The ivory honeycomb paper is another one of the new colors, along with the magenta shown here and two more to come.

As your personal HoneyPOP Collection grows, you'll have even more options. For example, you could replace the triple layer cake or dog bone with a honeycomb cupcake from 11026MC Cupcake Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set:


The sayings from this birdy set also coordinate with a new set that will be officially released tomorrow (along with the others shown in these sneak peeks). But I'm gonna make you wait one more day to see that one. Patience, grasshopper...I think it will be worth your while.

In the meantime, have you visited our designers' posts for the Box & Bag Blog Hop? There is still time to leave your comments and rack up the chances to win prizes!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Box & Bag Blog Hop

In yesterday's post, you saw how Amanda used 10215V Triangle Treat Template Stamp to create a goodie box. Did you know there additional stamps in our Gifts In A Snap Collection? For instance, we've got two template stamps to make boxes and two template stamps to make gift bags:


You can find a sample (and directions) for each box/bag in the right sidebar. But more examples are always better, don't you think? One of our designers, Debbie, suggested we have a blog hop showcasing them...so I asked all of our DT members to choose a template stamp or two and give 'em a whirl.

For my project, I chose 10189X Tall Bag Template. (Step-by-step photos and instructions for this template stamp can be found here.)

I used #1029 Pastel Polka on Yellow printed cardstock from Darcie's as my base. Once the bag was assembled, I wrapped a ribbon around the handle. I placed strips of red-lined tape on a scalloped oval that I'd cut using Nestabilities, and I crossed the ends of the ribbons over the tape:


Then I attached another scalloped oval on top:


After adhering my saying to the scalloped oval, I moved onto the main image. This bag was decorated with 11028MC Monkey HoneyPOP Clear Set. No matter that I didn't use honeycomb paper on my project...these stamp sets also function just like "regular" sets, so they're really versatile.

I colored the stamped monkey square with pencils and blended with Gamsol. Next, I cut out the image and matted it on light green cardstock. Finally, I layered another banana atop the original with a teeny sliver of foam tape before attaching the completed piece on my bag:


I filled a cello bag with banana chips (of course! hee hee) and placed them inside my decorated bag. Here's the finished project:


But, wait, there's more! Actually MUCH more...

We invite you to visit each DT members’ blog and see what they made using the Gifts In A Snap template stamps. Please be sure to leave them feedback about their creations. On Monday, May 2nd, three winners will be drawn at random to receive one of these template stamps. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please).

Ready to begin? Here we go:

Crystal
Trudy
Michelle
Tex
Jovi
Debbie

Once you're finished, come back and let us know what you thought. The winners’ names will be announced here, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won. Happy hopping, everyone!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

HoneyPOP Sneak Peek #2 & More

I've got another HoneyPOP preview for you today. Take a look at this darling girl:


Isn't she sweet? Inside the card, she's holding a 3-D flower:


And, yep, that is indeed a new honeycomb paper color. We're adding four of them, including magenta. I'm excited to show you the rest later this week!

In the meantime, here's a photo of Amanda from the Akron show a couple of weeks ago:


See that little goodie box she's holding? She made it using 10215V Triangle Treat Template Stamp:


She used a long-reach punch to cut out the lamb shape and put acetate behind it to make a "peekaboo window." How cute is that?

There are so many ways to decorate this box, depending on what paper you choose, whether you add a window or not, if you add stamped images, etc. You can get even more mileage with the Triangle Treat Template Stamp using our character maker sets, which are shown here.

Speaking of boxes, please join us again tomorrow for our Box & Bag Blog Hop. The talented Inky designers have been busy creating lots of fun projects using our other template stamps, and we can't wait to show you what they've come up with!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

HoneyPOP Sneak Peek #1

Earlier this month, I promised to give you a sneak peek of the new HoneyPOP stamps that will be released May 1st. Tammy DeYoung has drawn some adorable sets that I think you'll love. Here's the first glimpse from our upcoming collection:


Shell we take a look at the inside? (I know, I couldn't resist the pun.) How cute is this:


I'll have more HoneyPOP goodies to show you later this week, so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bunny Wishes

Happy Easter, Inky readers! (Or if you don't celebrate Easter, happy springtime wishes!) Hope you have a terrific day filled with love, laughter, yummy food...and maybe a bit of stamping. ;-)


Speaking of stamping, this cute card was created by Jovi Kloess. Notice how she outlined the bunny with a light grey marker? That's a little artist trick to make the image "pop."

I also like how the green dry embossed and sanded diamond panel coordinates with the cream punched border strip and the orange argyle patterned paper. The repetition of these elements helps tie the card together nicely.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

eP's HoneyPOP Hop

Hey HoneyPOP fans, I wanted to let you know about an exciting event being hosted by our friends over at eclectic Paperie! Today their E-Team is unveiling what they made using our products. Wow, there's SO much cool stuff to see:



All seven designers from eP's Blog Team came up with wonderful ideas. Check out the cute inside of this card:


Wait until you see the outside of the card, though. It's amazing, seriously. In fact, just like the talented Inky DT members who designed for our own blog hop last month using the HoneyPOP Collection, these ladies also did a tremendous job. Each and every one of their creations is sure to inspire you.

And did I mention prizes? Yep, there are lots of HoneyPOP prizes as well as an eP gift certificate that will be given away. Daisy from eP has posted all the details here, which is also the spot where you can get started viewing their E-Team's projects. Happy hopping!

P.S. Don't forget that we'd love to see what YOU make, too! If you'd like to play along in our HoneyPOP Challenge, we're still accepting entries through April. Just upload a photo of the card(s) you've made with one or more HoneyPOP products to our Facebook page.

We'll be giving away prizes for (1) our designers' favorite card, (2) the card that receives the most "Likes" during April, and (3) a participant's card that is chosen randomly from a drawing at the end of the month. Each of the HoneyPOP Challenge winners will each receive $25 in Inky stamp credit, so please join in the fun!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Recipe Results

Congratulations to Stamping Sue, whose name was drawn as the winner from our Springtime Snacks blog post. (Sue, please email me with your mailing address to claim your free 10962LC Recipe Icons Clear Set.)

Thanks for your comments and recipes, ladies. Sounds like you'll be having a delicious Easter!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Springtime Snacks

It's been a while since I've shared recipes, although I have to admit I haven't been cooking as much during the past few months as I'd like. Work has been very busy...but that's a good thing and I'm not complaining!

Recently, though, I received a couple more recipe cards from Becky O'Donnell, and they are definitely making me drool. Check out these yummy-looking mints:

You can click on the photos in this post to see a closeup of each recipe card. The one above features 0606F Turtle Coming and 0040C Sweet Treats (also available in 11031SC Forest Friends #4 Clear Set and 10994MC Cooking Turtle Clear Set, respectively). The turtle was layered with foam tape, and his eyes were coated with Glossy Accents.

These raspberry coconut bars are calling my name! I think I may have to make a batch for Easter:
Becky tied a mini bow around 10321H Ella Rabbit's neck, which was a delightful touch. The side tab was stamped with 0009C Baked With Love (also included in the 10994MC Cooking Turtle Clear Set).

Do YOU have a favorite dish that you'll be making for your holiday dinner (or just as a special springtime treat)? Write your response in the comments section of this post. I'll accept entries until next Monday, April 18th, at midnight Central time. The winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday morning, and that person will receive 10962LC Recipe Icons Clear Set.

If you take the time to include the actual recipe in your reply, that will count as THREE chances to win instead of one! Remember to come back next week and check for the winner, since it will be that person's responsibility to contact me for the prize. Thanks in advance for playing!

Monday, April 11, 2011

More HoneyPOPs

Lately I've been working with our artist Tammy on upcoming HoneyPOP releases. They won't be ready until May, but I promise to give you a sneak peek in a week or so. :-)

In the meantime, however, I have run across some wonderful projects using the existing collection. For example, CeeCee from Card a la Carte made this adorable card with 11026MC Cupcake Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set:



I think it's cool how she used glass microbeads to accent the cherry:

And here's the other "wow" factor...which is the honeycomb inside, of course:


She also created this fun card with 11028MC Monkey HoneyPOP Clear Set:


And here's the pop-up inside:


We'd love to see what YOU make, too! If you'd like to play along in our HoneyPOP Challenge, we're still accepting entries through April. Just upload a photo of the card(s) you've made with one or more HoneyPOP products to our Facebook page.

We'll be giving away prizes for (1) our designers' favorite card, (2) the card that receives the most "Likes" during April, and (3) a participant's card that is chosen randomly from a drawing at the end of the month.

Wondering where to get your HoneyPOP products locally? We've put together a list of retailers who carry this collection.

And if you're interested in taking a HoneyPOP class, here are a couple stores who are offering them:

Photo Scraps in Eldersburg, MD
Stamp Your Art Out in Cincinnati, OH

Have you found HoneyPOP classes being offered by other local stores? Please let us know in the comments section. Thanks!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bunny Duo

Last week, we featured this card on the main Inky website: Trudy created the gem above using 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set (also available as 0796H Bunny Wonders and 3210B Mini Easter in wood mounts). I loved how it turned out...and then I got especially excited when I received this surprise in the mail:
Yep, Jovi had used the same bunny (but with 10694D Sitting & Thinking as the saying) on her card.

I've said this before, but one of my favorite things about stamping is how you can make an image look completely different just by changing the colors, layout, and embellishments. Trudy used stitching, looped ribbons, and inking along the edges of the shapes to accent her card, whereas Jovi sanded a dry-embossed panel, attached a button over ribbon, and glittered the bunny's nose and ears to mimic the sparkly finish of the patterned paper. Both cards are beautiful and unique!


Your turn: Do you have any examples of cards you've made using the same image but with different results?