Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Funnies: Fourth of July

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

What is the difference between a duck and George Washington?
One has a bill on his face; the other has his face on a bill!

What kind of tea did the American colonists thirst for?

Why were the first Pennsylvania settlers like ants?
Because they lived in colonies.

What would you get if you crossed the first signer of the Declaration of Independence with a rooster?
John Hancock-a-doodle-doo!

What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1773?
The Boston Flea Party!

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?
The Americans licked the British!

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?
Yankee poodle!

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?
The fodder of our country!

Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?
At the chopping mall!

What was General Washington's favourite tree?
The infantry!

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Best Pals

Are you "feline" like looking at a few critter cards today? Then let's get started! Our featured stamp is the playful pair from 11078MC Puppy & Kitty Love #2, drawn by artist Janie Miller:

The wood mounted version of these guys is 0323G Best Pals, and Jovi Kloess used them in a fun layout with stacked panels of background paper:

Look at how it looks so different in the color palette of earthtones that Debbie Fisher chose for her cute card:

Here's the image on the left side, with a horizontal ribbon, by Lisa Warrender that turned out adorable:

This classic layout by stjogirl looks great, too:

And for a neat change of pace, Heather (Stampinaholic) added a romantic moonlit scene in the background:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer HoneyPOP Congrats

Congratulations to Patricia and Sharon Roselli, whose names were drawn randomly from our Summer HoneyPOP Blog Hop entries. (Patricia and Sharon, please email me with your address.)

Patricia said...
A cute idea and so different from a card!
June 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Sharon Roselli said...
beautiful flower! Great colors. Thanks for sharing
June 20, 2012 9:06 PM

Both ladies have won 11103SC Beautiful Borders Clear Set (designed by Michelle Pearson):

Patricia has also won 11107MC Just Peachy HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New), which contains the stamps that Jovi used on her cute treat bag:

In addition to her Beautiful Borders HoneyPOP Set, Sharon won 11108MC Rose HoneyPOP Clear Set (also drawn by Darby). The set contains the stamps that Debbie used on her pretty vintage-style card:

If you're interested in purchasing any of these items, you can find them here. Thanks to all of our Inky friends who hopped with us!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Paula Williamson: Santa & Pals

With summer finally here, I'll bet you're thinking "Christmas" these days...right? If not, Paula Williamson's card just might change your mind!

It's never too early to get a jump start on your holiday cardmaking, and 11003MC Santa & Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) is a great set to use:

I love the clean and simple layout of Paula's beautiful creation:

You can see above how the carefully designed elements of this stamp set make it really versatile! Use the characters by themselves, put them into an ornament, or insert them into a snowglobe (like Paula did).

In addition to her gorgeous coloring and blending with Gamsol, Paula added pretty finishing touches to make things "pop":

She pounced dots of glue with a Quickie Glue Pen and sprinkled ultrafine glitter on top. Then she used a white gel pen to add lines in Santa's beard and dots in the globe area around Santa and on the fur trim of his hat for texture.

That white gel pen also came in handy for highlighting the raised dots in her dry embossed background panel:

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Light Peach 927, Peach 939, Carmine Red 926, Crimson Lake 925, Tuscan Red 937, Putty Beige 1083, Powder Blue 1087, Blue Slate 1024, Jade Green 1021, Muted Turquoise 1088, Periwinkle 1025, Cool Grey 70% 1065, Burnt Ochre 943, French Grey 50% 1072, French Grey 90% 1076, Chocolate 1082

Supplies: 11003MC Santa & Pals Clear Set, Memento Black Ink, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, White Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder in Happy Holidays, White Gel Pen, Ultrafine Glitter, Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, Helmar Scrap Dots

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Getting to know Paula and featuring her work has been absolutely wonderful, and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have! If so, please leave a comment to join me in thanking her for sharing such awesome projects.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Funnies: Decorative Cat

We have a nice wood fireplace mantel in our living room, and I was thinking we might decorate it with a couple of candlesticks and other coordinating elements to achieve a look similar to this:

But when Boo claimed it as his own, I thought...hmm, we could adorn it with our cat instead:

Which brings me to the "funny" part for today. This is one of my favorite cartoons ever:

Yep, apparently we've got our very own Pottery Barn Cat now!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer HoneyPOP Blog Hop

Earlier this month, you may have watched the video preview I'd posted for our Summer Delights HoneyPOP Collection:

Wanna see even more sample projects using these new stamp sets? Well, you're in luck because we're showcasing them in this month's blog hop!

I randomly assigned five of the newest HoneyPOP stamp sets to our designers (one to each person), along with 11103SC Beautiful Borders HoneyPOP Set for everybody. Then I asked them to make whatever they wanted, as long as they used both stamp sets plus a Honeycomb Paper Pad in their creation.

To see what they made, please visit each DT member's blog and leave comments along the way. 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, June 24th at midnight Central time. TWO people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a HoneyPOP prize pack! The winners’ names will be announced next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Shall we get started? Here's the order:


After you're done, please return here to read the rest of my post and leave a final comment. Happy HoneyPOP hopping, Inky friends!

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For this hop, I used 11102SC Fabulous Flowers HoneyPOP Set, 11103SC Beautiful Borders HoneyPOP Set, and 11104MC Simple Sentiments Clear Set, which were all designed by our very own Michelle Pearson (insert loud applause here!).

Now, before I go any further, I have to confess that I completely CASEd this idea from Tina Covington. When I was at the Arlington show a few weeks ago, she presented this adorable card to me:

To see a close-up view, you can read Tina's blog post. My gosh, I was blown away by her creativity! I knew that I just had to share this with our Inky readers.

Since the blog hop "rules" specified that we use 11103SC Beautiful Borders HoneyPOP Set, I made my version incorporating that change:

Here are the pull-up flowers from my cardstock pot:

The HoneyPOP flowers are bunches of fun to make...and so easy, too! There's a video tutorial to watch, along with a PDF file to download, which explain everything. (You can also find the same information for the Beautiful Borders set here.)

Thanks so much to Tina for sharing her brilliant idea, to our DT members for the inspiration they continually provide, and to YOU for joining us today!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Buggie Friends

This week's card on the main Inky website is an adorable creation by Paula Williamson, who is our Guest Designer for June:

She used 10989MC Buggie Friends Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung:

All four of the critters in this stamp set are so cute! I thought you might like to see another card made with the ladybug character:

For this one, Paula colored the image with pencils and blended with Gamsol. She edged some of the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before layering and stitching the various card elements, which you can see better if you click on the photo above for a close-up view.

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Light Peach 927, Rosy Beige 1019, Salmon Pink 1001, Carmine Red 926, Crimson Lake 925, Tuscan Red 937, Muted Turquoise 1088 Limepeel 1005, Sap Green Light 120, French Grey 90% 1076

Supplies: 10989MC Buggie Friends Clear Set, Memento Black Ink, White Cardstock, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Kraft Cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Echo Park 6x6 Pad in This & That, Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Sakura Micron Black Pen in Size 01, Sakura Black Glaze Pen, Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots, Satin Ribbon

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Here's another project featuring the same ladybug:

It's a little paper purse that you can fill with treats, which I'm sure some-buggie would love to receive!

Want to get the directions and pattern? Just click here to download the PDF file:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Paula Williamson: Turtle's Flowers

When I asked Paula Williamson where she gets ideas for her stamping projects, she replied, "Mostly my inspiration comes from choosing images that grab me. I love cute & whimsical."

It doesn't surprise us that she chose 10976MC Flower Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) as an example:

Paula also says that "sometimes it's a new pad of paper that gets me going and I will look for images that will pair up good with it."

We're not sure which one came first in this case, but we sure love the results:

"My favorite technique is coloring my images with my colored pencils and Gamsol," she states. "I guess that may not come as a big surprise, haha.

"[But] I struggle like a crazy person when it comes to embellishments on my card. I see awesome examples and I try and remember them for future ideas. I have pretty much resigned myself to thinking that people are looking at my blog for coloring ideas and not my compositions."

You may recall that Paula said the same thing last week, but personally I'd beg to differ. For example, look at how she added glitter around the flowers using a Quickie Glue Pen and a "pouncing dots" technique:

She included thin wisps of grass underneath the shell, with a Glaze Clear Gloss Pen applied on top of the shell in the four shaped areas and on the pink turtle tummy:

The sky was sponged with chalk ink, and she added some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo all around the whole piece.

And did you notice the fun "postage edge" strip peeking from beneath the ribbon trim and bow:

Just adorable! Last but not least, Paula finished the inside of her card very nicely:

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Lemon Yellow 915, Yellow Ochre 942, Nectar 1092, Pink 929, Blush Pink 928, Raspberry 1030, Pumpkin Orange 1032, Chartreuse 989, Limepeel 1005, Marine Green 988, Prussian Green 109, Dark Brown 946, French Grey 90% 1076

Supplies: 10976MC Flower Turtle Clear Set, Memento Black Ink, White Cardstock, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Ink Blending Tool, Color Box Petal Point Chalk Ink Set in Mist, Glaze Clear Gloss Pen, Ultrafine Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Bazzill Cardstock, October Afternoon 8x8 Pad in 5 & Dime, EK Success Postage Edge Punch, Brads, Ribbon

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Funnies: Dad Humor


The definition of a dad joke:
One that is embarrassingly bad.
One that only the dad finds funny.

I was once a pantomime cow. I mooved the audience to tears.

I've just been diagnosed as colorblind. I know, it certainly has come out of the purple!

Want to hear a cat joke? No? Oh, you gotta be kitten me!

6 out of 7 dwarves aren't happy.

Last night I had a dream that I was a muffler. I woke up exhausted.

Why don't you play any games with the God of Thunder?
Because he's a Thor loser.

I just watched a program about beavers. It was the best dam program I've ever seen.

Mom: "Oh look, free baby samples."
Dad: "No thanks, I already like the one we've got."

Things Dad Would Never Say

"Well, how about that... I'm lost! Looks like we'll have to stop and ask for directions."

"You know Pumpkin, now that you're thirteen, you'll be ready for unchaperoned car dates. Won't that be fun?" 

 "I noticed that all your friends have a certain "up yours" attitude..I like that."

"Here's a credit card and the keys to my new car. Go crazy!"

"What do you mean, you wanna play football? Figure skating not good enough for you, son?"

"Your mother and I are going away for the might want to consider throwing a party."

"No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring. Now quit your belly-aching, and let's go to the mall."

"Whaddya want to get a job for? I make plenty of money for you to spend."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Posey Pup

Our most recent stamp release in February included these cute canines in 11076MC Delightful Dogs #3 Clear Set, drawn by artist Janie Miller:

You may recall seeing this adorable card on our main website, created by Allie Gower:

That same Posey Pup (0402J in the wood mounted version) was used by Iowa Stamper on this charming card:

He's just as sweet on a scrapbook layout, like this lovely one by Swandog:

Hope you have a terrier-ific day, Inky friends!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Paula Williamson: Teacup Mousie

The tagline on Paula Williamson's blog is "the wonderful world of playing with colored pencils and stamps..." and, boy, she sure does that well!

One of my favorite things about stamping has always been the coloring part, especially with pencils. Once I learned the Gamsol technique, I was hooked immediately and have never looked back.
Paula admittedly feels the same way, with this advice to share about coloring:
Practice, practice, practice and don't be afraid to experiment! My coloring looks really different today, from when I first started playing with pencils & Gamsol. It just naturally evolves the more you color and learn from errors.
I color a lot. I could color every day, but eventually cards do have to get put together, haha. If you only pick up your pencils once a month, or when you need a card to give, chances are, your coloring won't see much improvement. Get to know your colors and you will grab pencils more quickly and know how to expand your color palette.
Blend blues over greens and orange over pink. Colors will look much more vibrant and alive if you use more than one shade of any pencil. My go-to color for doing my shading is French Grey 90%. I use this pencil over every color to make my shadows. If you don't have the largest of the Prismacolor sets, then you would need to purchase it separately. Anyone who has taken my class knows what magic is in this pencil!
For today week's project, Paula started with 10952MC Teacup Mousies #1 Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Just take a look at her words in action:

Here's a close-up view of that gorgeous pencil blending:

"Sometimes I say that my cards are plain," confesses Paula, "because that's how I see them. I like to show off my image and that is always the focal point to my creations.

"I blog surf and practically drool at so many talented artists who have that knack for embellishing. I try and study all the little extras that get put into a card I love...but when push comes to shove and I am making a card...they are lucky to see a button."

Well, I guess this is a lucky day because we did indeed get a button on this card:

But Paula is being modest, because you can see how she actually incorporates all kinds of details. For instance, I love how she pulled the twine from beneath the image panel and around the dry embossed layer (not to mention the pretty stitching and distressed inking):

She also used a white gel pen to color in the polka dots on the teacup. "[After it's dry] you can take a blending stump that was used with the darker grey/blues and rub it over the white polka dots that would be in the 'shaded' portion of your image. (For me, the shading is always on the left & my highlights on the right.)"

Then she added a layer or two of Glaze Clear Gloss Pen to the polka dots for some shine:

Finally, glitter was added with the Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Glitter:

"The tip of the glue pen is just like a ball point pen and this will allow a fine scattering of dots," says Paula. "Just pounce the pen up and down until and pour on the glitter. I always start in one area and radiate outwards, lessening the amount of dots. For these flowers, I started near the flowers center and moved towards the tip of the petals."

But she didn't stop there! Paula decorated the inside of her card, too:

Dare I say it? Yup, that's one micey nice card indeed!

Prismacolor Pencils: White, Peach 939, Jasmin 1012, Sunburst Yellow 917, Yellow Chartreuse 1004, Spanish Orange 1003, Mineral Orange 1033, Cadmium Orange 118 Carmine Red 926, Cloud Blue 1023, Cool Grey 50% 1063, Cool Grey 70% 1065, French Grey 50% 1072, French Grey 90% 1076, Chocolate 1082

Supplies: 10952MC Teacup Mousies #1 Clear Set, Memento Black Ink, White Cardstock, Basic Grey 6x6 Pad in Picadilly, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Ink Blending Tool, Linen Thread, Button, Glaze Clear Gloss Pen, White Gel Pen, Ultrafine Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Helmar ScrapDots, Creative Memories Oval Cutting System, Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Funnies: Flights

Yesterday I took my 19th flight of the year, which was pleasant enough but not as giggle-inducing as Kulula Airlines' idea about how to paint their planes:

Earlier this year, I'd posted a couple of other examples. This one is perhaps my favorite, because I like to call our owner (Ted Cutts, aka "Mr. Stampers Anonymous) The Big Cheese:

These days, of course, you get charged for everything on the flight:

I know that starting off my trip with this safety announcement from Turkish airlines Pegasus would make things fun:

Here's a little more humor from the flight deck, taken from Father Kris's blog:

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from the midget.