Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Square Box Template

Sometimes it's hip to be square! Take our X2-2940 Square Box Template, for example. Look at the cute projects you can create:

Here, let's take a closer peek:

Debbie Fisher made these adorable snowmen boxes using the template stamp. They're super easy to put together, as you can see in our step-by-step photo tutorial.

She decorated the boxes with 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set, which is part of the brand new Heavenly Christmas Collection:

In the first two boxes, Debbie covered the window with acetate and adhered her cut-out image on top.

Another option is to omit the window and use a solid panel instead:

The above box features 10167H Snowy's Treats. All of the stamp images in today's post were drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung.

You can also use part of the stamp to create a cover flap for your box, as Michelle Pearson did here:

When you open the cover flap, you can view the treats inside (if you've put a window in your box, that is):

The mini images and sayings above are from 10997MC Snow Turtle Clear Set. Below is another box with a cover flap, but decorated in an autumn theme with Lg. Cube 0531 Pilgrim Punch:

I put cider mulling spices in a baggie, and placed them into the box:

What other treats can YOU think of putting inside?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Kerri Michaud: Daisy Teacup

Kerri Michaud admits that she's "a dp junkie," and she gets inspiration for her stamping projects in designer paper and sketches.

The paper she chose for today's card is Follow Your Heart Be Happy from My Mind's Eye. It's aqua and white, so Kerri paired it up with salmon pink cardstock for contast:

In an earlier post, she'd talked about choosing the image and designer papers first, and then coloring the image to coordinate with the papers.

So that's exactly what Kerri did here, adding some green for the leaves:

She did a wonderful job blending the Copic markers, and I love how she double-stamped the daisies and popped two of them up with foam tape. Here's the entire card:

Isn't it beautiful? Simple and elegant...not too fussy, but "just enough" in terms of embellishments!

In case you were wondering, Kerri used 11096MC Daisy Bouquets Clear Set, drawn by artist Vicki Schneider:

The wood mounted versions are 2893J Daisy Teacup and 0096C Tea Time.

I've had such a nice time "talking" with Kerri and seeing her gorgeous projects, and I hope you feel the same. If so, will you please leave a note below to join me in thanking her for being this month's Inky Guest Designer?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Funnies: Summer Olympics

In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics, I present to you these humorous double entendres and other goofy quotes supposedly uttered by various sports commentators during previous games.

Although they cannot be verified by Snopes, hopefully you'll find them quite funny nonetheless.

Dressage commentator: "This is really a lovely horse, and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother."

Golfer: "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."

Boxing analyst: "Sure, there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious."

Softball announcer: "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

Football coach: "Well, either side could win, or it could be a draw."

Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact, you can see it all over their faces."

Football coach: "I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."

Soccer commentator: "Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field."

Golf commentator: "One of the reasons Arnie [Arnold Palmer] is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them...Oh my God, what have I just said?"

Let the games begin!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Birthday Elephant

Have you seen all of the new holiday HoneyPOP sets yet? We'll be showcasing each of them in the upcoming weeks and months.

For today's post, however, I thought I'd feature one of the most popular sets from our original release. It's 11024MC Birthday Elephant HoneyPOP Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung:

You may have seen my card from last fall's HoneyPOP blog hop:

I'd fussy-cut the elephant on the inside...and included a honeycomb balloon, of course:

Our DT member Jovi Kloess had also created one for last spring's HoneyPOP blog hop:

Her patterned paper panel on the inside added a nice finishing touch:

Michelle Pearson, another DT member, made this cute version:

She'd thought of the patterned paper idea, too:

DT member Debbie Fisher layered three contrasting (yet coordinating) patterned papers for a unique look, in addition to raising the elephant's face with foam tape:

She repeated the pattern inside her card by adding two paper-pieced balloons, in addition to the honeycomb one:

A while back, you may recall that I'd posted Keri Sereika's card. Keri is an "honorary" Inky DT member, and she'd made this for another group's blog hop:

She creatively used patterned paper as the ground inside her card:

In spring 2011, Linda Duke had made this amazing card for an eclectic Paperie HoneyPOP blog hop:

Look at how she'd creatively hidden the honeycomb balloon inside:

Sherry Cheever, Inky's Guest Designer in April, had also used the same set on this beautiful card during that hop:

She oriented the honeycomb balloon horizontally, rather than vertically, just for a change of pace:

We've spotted a few other Birthday Elephant HoneyPOP projects online from Inky customers, too, such as Joan Ervin's card:

That patterned banner is a terrific element, and I love the paper-pieced ears (above) and hat (below) on the elephant:

Here's a fun version by Shelly Koskinen that features dry-embossed polka dots and a zigzac border for variety in texture and shape:

Shelly finished the inside with the same colors and papers, as well:

This "pretty in pink" card is by CarolCel:

Like Debbie, she added some extra balloons on the inside, too:

And, last but not least, Marie Oberg put her honeycomb balloons on the front of the card:

Whew, that's a whole lot of elephants! Hope you had a TON of fun looking at all of them, Inky friends.

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Stamps Here & Retiring Old Ones

Guess what, Inky friends...our Fall & Winter '12 collections are now posted on the main Inky site and available for ordering!

Here's a PDF file of the flyer:

Also, we're doing some major organizing and rearranging at our shop in Cleveland, and we need to downsize the Inky inventory. That means lots of stamps (just over 600 of them!) are being retired as of July 31st.

But you can snag 'em for another week while they're still available! Just download the Retiring Inky Stamp List, look them up using our search box located at the upper right of our main website (or refer to the various catalog & supplement pages), and order your must-have items before they're gone.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Kerri Michaud: Rose

When we first started conceptualizing the HoneyPOP Collection, I wanted to create stamp sets that would be versatile enough to use with our Honeycomb Paper Pads as well as on their own.

That's why every HoneyPOP Clear Set contains non-honeycomb images in addition to the honeycomb pattern pieces. Take our 11108MC Rose HoneyPOP Clear Set, for example:

As you can see, there's a whole blooming rose, rosebud and stem, ornate corner accent, and three sayings...besides the honeycomb rosebud pattern, of course. That gives you a whole lot of stamping possibilities!

This page shows a HoneyPOP-style card, featuring a magenta honeycomb rosebud. As for "regular" cards made with the same stamp set, you may recall Debbie Fisher's lovely vintage-style rose card in last month's blog hop.

Well, we've got another one to show you, this time from Kerri Michaud. Take a look at her gorgeous card:

Kerri colored the rose with Copic markers and layered it with foam tape over My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Madison Avenue patterned paper:

She sponged inside the edges of her die-cut saying to make it stand out:

By the way, that pretty bracket in the upper left above, as well as this neat fishtail flag, are both from MFT Die-namics:

What great details to complement Kerri's pretty creation. With or without the fun honeycomb paper, we love them all!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #6: Heavenly Christmas

On Monday, we started our CHA previews with some delightful holiday HoneyPOP sets drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung. Today, we're wrapping things up with a collection that is last to be posted but definitely not least in terms of its cute factor!

As soon as I saw Tammy's sketches, I was instantly smitten by the images in her Heavenly Christmas series...and I hope you love them as much as I do.

Some of them are sweet little angels, such as this nativity stamp and saying from 11136MC Rejoicing Angels Clear Set:

Those adorable angels also have other friends, including Snowy and his bell (part of 11134MC Angel & Snowy Clear Set):

One of the four new sets (11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals) features Snowy with a cast of critters, like his owl buddy:

Many thanks to Michelle Pearson for creating these wonderful cards. There are several more stamps in this collection, which will be available in both individual wood mounted and clear sets.

You'll find these stamps and all the others you've seen in the sneak peeks this week, plus many more new designs, on the main Inky website starting Monday. Which ones are on your must-have list so far?

Friday, July 20, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #5: Punny Christmas Critters

Although our Friday posts are usually reserved for funnies, I think today's CHA sneak peek will fit the bill!

As you know, Trudy Sjolander is one of our wonderful DT members. She also designed our 11123MC Christmas Ornaments HoneyPOP Clear Set, which was featured in yesterday's post.

Not only that, but she's now drawing Inky stamps, too! I'm just so excited, and I think her debut collection will tickle your funny bone in a wonderful way.

From cats and dogs to cows and frogs, there are a plethora of Punny Christmas Critters to entertain you. Here's a sampling, starting with a card made using 11129MC Punny Christmas Pups Clear Set:

This greeting, stamped with 11125MC Punny Christmas Cows Clear Set, is udder-ly adorable:

And I couldn't frog-et this one, using 11126MC Punny Christmas Frogs Clear Set:

Hilarious and festive, right? Watch for these stamps (in both clear sets and individual wood mounted) plus many more appearing on the Inky website next Monday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #4: HoneyPOP Ornaments

I hope you're enjoying this week's previews, Inky friends! We're halfway through but still have tons more to show you.

One of our new releases started with an idea that Trudy Sjolander posted during a blog hop last September. Do you recall this post where she created a honeycomb ornament:

Well, it sparked an idea for a HoneyPOP Clear Set...and we've been waiting for months to share it with you!

Trudy has designed a set of handy pattern stamps to help you easily make your own ornaments. There are not just one or two, but four shapes altogether in 11123MC Christmas Ornaments HoneyPOP Set:

Also, I'm not sure if you spotted it in Tuesday's post, but we've got a new Teal Honeycomb Pad color, as well as a Burgundy Honeycomb Pad as shown used above. Those deep jeweltones add an elegant touch to your HoneyPOP creations!

This isn't the only thing Trudy has been working on. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #3: Shady Tree Studio Collections

Not only did Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio draw those pretty HoneyPOP images I showed you yesterday, but she's illustrated two more wonderful stamp collections for her Inky debut.

The first is called Nature's Moments, and it consists of beautiful imagery inspired by the outdoors. Here's a card I created using 11110SC Lakeside Path Clear Set:

Nancy has a wonderful way of capturing those serene moments in nature, which will bring a touch of "rustic elegance" to your stamping. This example was made with 11111MC Moonlight Raccoon Clear Set:

The pull-out message card shown below incorporates several elements from 11114MC Woodland Scenes Clear Set:

Nancy's Fall Splendor Collection is filled with imagery that evokes the beauty of autumn, such as this card by Michelle Pearson using 11131MC Leaves & Trees Clear Set:

Of course, what would fall be without pumpkins? Michelle used 11132MC Pumpkin Scenes Clear Set to create a lovely pumpkin-and-flowers greeting:

There are lots more stamps in the Nature's Moments and Fall Splendor Collections by Shady Tree Studio, all of which will be available for ordering on the main Inky website starting next Monday. I can't wait to hear how you like them all!