Sunday, July 31, 2011

New HoneyPOP Sets & Paper Pads

If you're a HoneyPOP addict (um, I mean fan), we've got a bunch of new items to whet your creative whistle!

Our much-anticipated holiday HoneyPOP collection will be launching tomorrow (along with our other great new releases we've told you about recently), starting with 11051MC Halloween Frog HoneyPOP Clear Set:


This funny guy is sure to make you smile, especially when you see the honeycomb inside:


Yup, that's a new pad color, too...it's the Lilac Honeycomb Pad, or you can choose a new Black Honeycomb Pad for the cauldron.

As we turn the corner from summer into fall, 11052MC Harvest Mouse HoneyPOP Clear Set will be ready to help you celebrate:


This little mousie has a sweet surprise inside:


You can never start preparing for Christmas too early (even when it's 80 degrees outside!), and 11053MC Ornament Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set will be perfect for all your "peeps":


The pop-out tree is so cute:


To round out the holiday collection, 11054MC Penguin's Pal HoneyPOP Clear Set is just the ticket:


Check out this snowman, made from our new White Honeycomb Pad:


They're almost here...only one more day! Join us tomorrow for the results of our HoneyPOP Summer Challenge, along with two more HoneyPOP surprises that will be waiting for you.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Holiday BaZooples

Here's a peek at 2316J Ollie's Mail, another member of the upcoming holiday BaZooples family:


The sayings are 0814D Sending Wishes and 0804C Happy Mail.

And we couldn't forget about Gertrude the giraffe, who's making her winter appearance in 0503H Gertrude's Gift (shown with 0836F Fun Surprises):


Last but not least is 0502H Decorated Zach and 0813D Sweet Christmas:


All of the holiday BaZooples will also be available in clear sets, starting with 11061MC Holiday BaZooples #1 Clear Set:


This is 11062MC Holiday BaZooples #2 Clear Set:


And, finally, we'll have 11063MC Holiday BaZooples #3 Clear Set:


They're coming on Monday, along with the rest of our new releases.

In the meantime, make sure to enter our blog candy drawing and vote in the HoneyPOP Summer Challenge before Sunday night. See you again soon!

Friday, July 29, 2011

New BaZooples

It was such a fun surprise to see Vicki Schreiner at Summer CHA:


Vicki has such a warm, sweet personality and I think that really comes across in her BaZooples drawings.

If you've fallen in love with the adorable BaZooples characters, you'll be happy to hear that we're releasing new holiday BaZooples...like 0706J Joyful Elsie with her special message, along with the saying 0830F Bright With Delight:


Michelle Pearson did a fantastic job creating samples with Vicki's new BaZooples, including 2109J Lester's Snowman:


This shaker card is filled with Diamond Dust, which adds an interactive touch and perfectly mirrors the saying (0810E Snow Fun Friends).

One of my personal favorites is 0313H Christmas Clarence. Doesn't he have the cutest expression on his face:


That's not all...more to come your way tomorrow!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

More Holiday Treats & Blog Candy

In yesterday's post, I'd mentioned that additional "yummy surprises" are on their way to the main Inky website soon. Here's one of them:


To make the sample, Debbie used X2-2940 Square Box Template as the base for our new 2031E Melty S'more and 2035D S'more Kit.

She also created this cute card with 2022F Snow Cocoa and 3283D Warm & Toasty Holiday:


In addition to the wood mounted stamps, these designs are included in 11057SC Marshmallow Friends Clear Set:


In keeping with our culinary theme, this little mouse really "measures up":


The wood mounted stamps are 0179H Measuring Cup Mousie and 3282D Warmest Winter Wishes (in case you need to put them on your wish list!). And look what mousie is doing next:


It's 0113J Soup Ladle Mousie accompanied by 3341D Seasonings Greetings. The images are also part of 11060LC Cooking Mousies Clear Set:


We geared the sayings toward the holidays, but of course the mousies themselves will work great throughout the year. I'll bet you can think of lots of projects for these guys!

Want the chance to win your very own Cooking Mousies Clear Set? Just leave a comment below letting me know what culinary delight you've whipped up most recently.

We'll take entries until Sunday, July 31st. On Monday, I'll post whose name was drawn at random to receive the stamp set...so come back to find out in case it's YOU.

We'll also be revealing the winners of our HoneyPOP Summer Challenge. If you haven't seen the entries yet, please click here to view them and cast your vote.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHA Fun & New Releases

Every CHA is filled with laughs, long hours, and lots of friends. We shared all of those with Mark and Sharon from Buffalo Stamps & Stuff during a preview event prior to the show:


On Monday before the show, Lee and I also got to take two Ranger classes. Tim Holtz taught a fantastic Melt Art session, where we created some beautiful jewelry pieces and other treasures:


Tim, Jenni Bowlin, and Claudine Hellmuth taught this "Avenue of Doorways" class that was filled with tips and techniques for using Ranger's signature lines of products:


Did you notice that I snagged those photos from Tim's blog? My own projects really did turn out pretty similar, I'm not kidding:


Even with all these activities, we managed to set up our booth...which felt about a million miles long:


But we needed all that space because each of our companies (Art Gone Wild!, Darcie's, Stampers Anonymous, and Inky Antics) had lots of new products to display.

One of my favorite parts of the show was meeting two of our Design Team members, Debbie Fisher and Michelle Pearson, in person:


Until this point, we'd only communicated via email...for years! They were just as lovely as I'd expected, of course.

By the way, as long as we're on the subject of "lovely," take a look at this lovely little birdy:


Yep, it's V1-1223 Rectangle Box Template decorated with 2072J Candy Cane Birdy and 3381D Sweet Treats.

And here's 10189X Tall Bag Template showing 0115F Skating Birdy and 3260D Season's Tweetings on the front:


These images and sayings are also available in 11058SC Snow Birdies Clear Set:


All of our new releases will be posted on the main Inky website on August 1st. Here's another adorable character:


Debbie featured 2073H Rolling Pin Penguin and 2266D Have Sweet Christmas on a bag made with X1-0020 Gift Bag Template.

That cute penguin is "king of the kitchen" with his whisk, too. Check out 0185J Whisk Penguin and 0186E Whisking Sweet Holiday:


The polymer version is 11059LC Baking Penguins Clear Set:


All of these images are by artist Tammy DeYoung, who drew up some other yummy surprises. More to come soon!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tombow Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to FrancineB from Texas, whose name was drawn as the winner of the Tombow/Inky prize pack. Francine, please email me with your address so I can get your package on its way to you. And thanks to everyone who joined our hop and took the time to add your comments. We're so glad you played along with us!

Speaking of playing along, we're still taking votes for your favorite entry submitted to the HoneyPOP Summer Challenge. Let us know which card you liked best by viewing the projects and voting here.

And while we're on the subject of HoneyPOP cards, we've got SIX new stamp sets and THREE new honeycomb colors that will be ready for you soon...along with more delighful Inky new releases! They'll be going "live" on our website August 1st, and I'll be posting sneak peeks this week. Check back soon. :-) 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cast Your Vote

Hey Inky readers, it's time to vote for your favorite project submitted to our HoneyPOP Summer Challenge:


Follow this link to the original post, click on the thumbnails to view each project, and cast your vote letting us know which of these great entries you like the best. (One vote per person, please. Voting ends on July 31st.) Let the voting begin!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blog Hopping With Tombow

We're delighted to be teaming up with Tombow for this month's Inky blog hop! Our talented designers received a neat assortment of Inky stamps and Tombow products:

Then they were "let loose" to create whatever they wanted. You're invited to visit each designer's blog and see what they made. Please be sure to leave them feedback. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please).

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, July 24th, at midnight Central Time. One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a fun Inky/Tombow prize pack, similar to what each of our designers received to make their projects!
Ready to view everything? Here's the hop order:

Debbie
Trudy
Tex
Michelle
Jovi

Once you're finished, please come back here and leave a final comment. Remember to return next Monday to see if you've won.

To check out what the Tombow designers have made and get another chance to win prizes, please click here. Many thanks to Tombow, their designers, and our Inky designers for making this hop possible...and to YOU, for participating in it!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

HoneyPOP Revisits Stampers Anonymous

Even though I've been rather quiet on the blog lately, it's been a whirlwind of activity behind the scenes in preparation for next week's Summer CHA trade show. I'm excited to show you some sneak peeks of our new releases, which I'll be doing after I return...so stay tuned for more about that later.

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about our recent Inky visit to the Stampers Anonymous booth at the Orlando show last month. Our owner, Ted, was experimenting again with products from our HoneyPOP Collection, with some fun results!

First, he made sure he had all his supplies. Honeycomb Paper Pads? Check. Tim Holtz's Sizzix Bigz Dies? Check. Vagabond Machine? Check. Banana? Check.

Now he was ready to cut the Honeycomb Paper Pad with the Gingerbread Die:


(Note: Many customers have asked whether the Honeycomb Paper Pads can be used with a die-cutting machine. We've only tried it with the Vagabond Machine, which is very durable and has a powerful motor. Please be aware that using Honeycomb Paper Pads with any die-cutting machine, however, may void the manufacturer's warranty, so please proceed at your own risk.)

When experimenting with your own honeycomb shapes, you'll want to end up with a symmetrical form that has been cut in half, which Ted did using his Tonic Scissors:


Then he adhered the honeycomb half-shape into the card with a glue stick:


All of the shapes in our HoneyPOP Clear Sets have been designed to work great with the Honeycomb Paper Pads. When making your own shapes, you may find that some ideas work better than others. In this case, the gingerbread man had "winged" arms and legs, so Ted fixed that with a little creative trimming:


Lee supervised the selection of decorative paper for the outside of the card, which was chosen from Tim Holtz's Seasonal Paper Stash:


Ted put on his magic glasses and performed a secret ritual to help facilitate the bonding of paper to cardstock:


He used Distress Inks along the edges of the card:


And, of course, he stamped a saying and other elements on the inside:


Next, he covered Tim Holtz's Numerals with Tidings Tissue Tape:


He also prepared an Adage Ticket for an Ornate Plate:


These were adhered with Glossy Accents:


An interested onlooker watched as he brushed the honeycomb shape with a Snow Cap Paint Dabber for the final touch.


And, ta da! His finished project was ready for its big reveal:



Here's a closeup photo of the outside:


And this is the inside:

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If you've been meaning to pull out your HoneyPOP products, now is the perfect time. There's still a week left to play along in our HoneyPOP Summer Challenge.

Whether you've got an idea for your own honeycomb shapes or would prefer to use our HoneyPOP sets, it's completely up to you. We'd love to have you participate! Please click here for details.