Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Funnies: Altered Signs

When I was in eighth grade, our math book was called Using Algebra. The title was spelled out in white letters across the front cover, on a dark background.

My friend Betsy received her copy with the letters L, G, and E blackened out with ink. I know this is juvenile, but it still makes me giggle when I think of an entire book devoted to explaining how to wear female undergarments!

It reminded me of these signs that have been added to or altered, resulting in some humorous results. Here is one, for example, that just cracks me up:

Not to make light of a dire situation, but you gotta laugh at this:

I've run across a bunch of stop sign photos that are no longer in their original state, but this one is probably my favorite:

Although I can't really advocate the destuction of public property, who can disagree with this message:

Finally, it's not an altered sign, but the unintentional meaning that resulted from adding the sale banner is hilarious:

Which one do YOU like best?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ukulele Snowman Congrats

Congrats to Denise, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Denise, please email me with your address by December 15th to claim your prize.)

Denise Bryant said...
Darling card! Love the snowman and owl! Jeanne has done a great job sharing lots of fun ideas on the blog! It's a really cute set and I'd be delighted to win it! Thanks for the chance!
November 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

For her prize, Denise has won 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Thank you to everyone who joined me in letting Jeanne Streiff know how much we enjoyed her projects as Inky's November Guest Designer.

Please visit us again this Sunday for a brand new introduction!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Manger Friends

You may recall from my introduction of Anna Wight as October's Inky Guest Designer that she lives on a farm with all kinds of critters, including chickens, goats, donkets, cattle, dogs, and cats.

Wow, that's a bunch of animals! Not only does she share her property with them, but she creates beautiful projects using stamps that contain furry and feathered pals.

For example, Anna started with 4008K Manger Friends (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

How adorable is this Christmas card she made, with its "clean & simple" layout and bold designer paper from Simple Stories:

Anna used her ShinHan Touch Twin markers to color the image:

For a completely different look, choose non-traditional colors and flip the card vertically, like Anna did here:

The dressed-up button mimics the fun pattern in the designer paper by The Paper Loft:

So sweet, huh! What kind of holiday cards are you sending this year...traditional or contemporary? Elegant or cute?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale: 10% Off Everything

It's back...announcing our Cyber Monday Sale:

Save on our entire line of wood mounted stamps, clear sets, and accessories...everything you see on the main Inky site is included. Just click here for our details, valid TODAY ONLY.

Happy shopping, Inky friends!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Jeanne Streiff: Ukulele Snowman

When I first saw this delightful winter card, I really "flipped" for it...and I think you'll like it, too:

It's an interactive project, which are my favorite kind. Open it up, and you'll see the inside message swing into view:

 Jeanne Streiff used 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

First she die cut the light blue cardstock with a Sizzix Circle Flip-its die. Then she die cut two white scalloped circles to fit the center panels of the light blue cardstock piece.

The image (0487F Ukulele Snowman in wood mounted) was colored with ShinHan Touch Twin markers, and the saying (0483E Simple Pleasures) was partially overstamped with the music detail stamp in light blue.

Jeanne sponged both scalloped circle pieces with light blue ink before adhering them to the card base:

Last but not least, she embellished the edges of the assembled card with ribbon. Here's the completed card once again:

Paper: Discountcardstock (Baby Blue Light Prismatic, Neenah Solar White)
Inks: Clearsnap (Colorbox Premium Dye Inks Cornflower, Licorice)
Die Cuts: Sizzix (Scallop Circle Framelits, Circle Flip-its)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

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It's been such a pleasure having Jeanne as our Inky Guest Designer for November! Will you kindly help me thank her for sharing such wonderful projects with us by leavng a comment at the end of this post?

Your comment will also enter you in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, November 28th, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Funnies: Black Friday

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? We had an eating extravaganza! Our family members all brought yummy appetizers and desserts, while Steve and I prepared the main course dishes this year. 

If you chowed down as much as I did, then you'll be well-fortified to tackle all those big sales...if you decide to participate in Black Friday, that is.

I'm not spending my weekend at the mall, but I may do some online power shopping over the next few days.

Whether you brave the crowds or fill your cyber-carts, I hope you find lots of great deals!

(Hopefully, they'll be better than the one spotted in the above photo!)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day, Inky friends!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday filled with food, fun, and laughter. May your day be stuffed with joy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Millie Mousie

One of our wonderful customers, Tammy Cappolina, recently emailed to ask a techical question about the blog. She also happened to mention that she was in the process of stamping recipe books for her family's annual cookie exchange.

Of course, you know by now what a foodie I am! So, naturally, I had to ask Tammy to tell me more about this. She said that everyone emails her their recipes, and she makes up the booklets for all 13 participants:

"Of course, I use the CarlaCraft Binding System to create the books!" she exclaimed.

Her family gets together the Sunday before Thanksgiving to swap their cookies and get the finished recipe books. "That way, we all have a huge tray of homemade cookies for the big day," she said.

A couple of years ago, Tammy used 10951MC Millie Mousie Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) to decorate the front covers, as you saw above:

She stamped the cookies in Millie's arms to form the perfect image for her books. Tammy mentioned that she usually decorates them with different stamps every year. However, she made an exception with cute Millie this time:

"As you can see," explains Tammy, "my Millie Mouse stamp set is well used. The picture I sent you of the 2010 book is the same stamp, but looks much different. I thought the white ink on the black cardstock lended a chalkboard feel."

I completely agree! Check out Tammy's beautiful coloring and blending in this close-up photo:

For this year's exchange, Tammy made a batch of treats that sounded delicious. She kindly included the recipe for me, which I'm excited to try, and I'm passing it along to you...just in case you want to give it a whirl, too!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup pretzels, crushed
pretzel salt or sea salt, to taste

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat the butter and both types of sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy. On low speed, slowly add the egg and vanilla. Beat to combine, scraping down sides of bowl.

Add flour mixture and beat until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in both types of chips and pretzels.  Cover and refrigerate dough for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop dough into well-rounded tablespoons, place two inches apart, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet before removing. Makes about two dozen.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Jeanne Streiff: Gobble 'Til You Wobble

For Thanksgiving this year, are you hosting the big dinner or traveling to someone else's house?

Either way, this delightful turkey treat bag would make a wonderful gift...whether you put one at each place setting or bring a basket full to share with everyone:

Jeanne Streiff created it using her Sizzix Eclips machine and Albums, Boxes & Bags cartridge:

She dry embossed the front using a Sizzix Texture Fades folder in the Dot Matrix pattern:

Look at the great textured pattern it made:

She inked the raised areas with brown ink, doodled around the edge with a black pen, and then assembled her box.

Her stamped image is 1331K Tom (drawn by artist Janie Miller), which was colored, cut out, and attached with foam tape. I love how Jeanne drew feathery lines on the turkey for visual interest:

And check out her awesome embellishments, including a button tied with baker's twine, woven burlap ribbon, and Flower Soft Autumn Mix sprinkled around Tom's feet:

Finally, Jeanne stamped and die cut the 0236B Gobble 'Til Wobble saying (also available in 10918MC Gobbles Turkey Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), sponged the edges with brown ink, and matted it onto an orange scallop circle die cut to make her bag complete:

Once you stuff these adorable bags with goodies, I'll bet they get gobbled up really quickly!

Paper: Discountcardstock (PopTones Tangy Orange, Neenah Solar White)
Ink: Clearsnap
Markers: ShinHan Touch Twin
Die Cuts & Embossing: Sizzix Eclips (Albums, Boxes & Bags Cartridge), Framelits (Circles, Scallop Circles), Texture Fades Dot Matrix
Flower Soft: Autumn Mix
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesives: Flower Soft Glue, Foam Tape

Saturday, November 17, 2012

You're My Snorta Person & HoneyPOP Ornament

Although Christmas is just over a month away (ack, that soon?) and you're probably focusing on your holiday preparations, here's a great "anytime" project created by Inky November Guest Designer Jeanne Streiff that is both funny and adorable:

She made it for a Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop. If you head over to RRR's original post, you can get the links to view each of their designers' projects and leave comments along the way...for a chance to win a huge prize pack through tomorrow night! 

Jeanne used a Sizzix eclips machine and cartridge for her box, but you could also substitute our X1-0020 Gift Bag Template for a similar look. She featured 9761F Snorta Person (drawn by artist Duff Orlemann) as the stamp image:

Check out Jeanne's blog post for a list of the ShinHan Touch Twin markers she used.
Now back to's another lovely project by Inky Artist & DT Member Trudy Sjolander, who is also on the RRR Design Team:
True used her 11123MC Christmas Ornaments HoneyPOP Clear Set to make this gorgeous ornament. You can read more details about it here.
Thanks to both Jeanne and True for sharing their wonderful creations for RRR with us! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Funnies: Turkey Day

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a little turkey-based humor!

Bigger Birds

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”

The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”

Stories from the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

A first-time Thanksgiving chef called Marge Klindera, a 20+ year Talk-Line veteran, in tears on Thanksgiving morning last year. She was so proud to have thawed the turkey successfully and continued to rinse the turkey–with dish soap! The tears had started flowing when the turkey wouldn’t stop sudsing.

Another confused cook called the Butterball hotline after cleaning her turkey because she wanted to know how to get the metal pieces out. "Apparently,’ said one of the Butterball economists, "she had scrubbed her bird with a steel scouring pad."

A West Coast woman who had taken anti-bacterial precautions too far called Butterball to find out how to get the bleach she’d used off her bird.

When a Talk-Line staffer asked a different caller what state her turkey was in (meaning how thawed was it) the caller replied, "Florida."

A young girl phoned on behalf of her mother who needed roasting advice. To provide approximate roasting times, the home economist asked what size the turkey was. Without asking her mother, the little girl paused and then said, "Medium."

“Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.”
-Kevin James

“You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out.”
–Jay Leno

The GOOD Napkins

My mother taught me to read when I was four years old (her first mistake). One day, I was in the bathroom and noticed one of the cabinet doors was ajar. I read the box in the cabinet. I then asked my mother why she was keeping "napkins" in the bathroom. Didn't they belong in the kitchen? Not wanting to burden me with unnecessary facts, she told me that those were for "special occasions" (her second mistake).

Now fast forward a few months...It was Thanksgiving Day, and my folks were leaving to pick up my uncle and his wife for dinner. Mom had assignments for all of us while they were gone. Mine was to set the table.

When they returned, my uncle came in first and immediately burst into laughter. Next came his wife who gasped and then began giggling. Next came my father, who roared with laughter. Finally came Mom, who almost died of embarrassment when she saw each place setting on the table with a "special occasion" napkin at each plate, with the fork carefully arranged on top. I had even tucked the little tails in so they didn't hang off the edge!

My mother asked me why I used these and, of course, my response sent the other adults into further fits of laughter: "But, Mom, you SAID they were for special occasions!"

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Singing Angels

For our Inky Christmas blog hop last month, Jovi Kloess made this sweet angel card:

She used 11135MC Heavenly Friends Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung:

Michelle Pearson also stamped the Singing Angels image (0489H in wood mounted) in her lovely version:

And Debbie Fisher used these heavenly messengers to decorate V1-1223 Rectangle Box Template, which would make an adorable treat holder:

Can't get enough goodies? I'll bet you can think of all sorts of fun little sweets to fill the 10189X Tall Bag Template.

Debbie decorated it with the Angel & Birdy image from this set 0488G in wood mounted):

Yep, this image was recently featured on our main Inky site, and Anna Wight also used it on her holiday tags.

So many different projects, all with the same stamp set. Now that is something to sing about!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Jeanne Streiff: Whisk Penguin

When I asked Jeanne Streiff to name a few of her favorite Inky stamps, she replied, "I think I have most of the Petey the Penguin stamps (so I guess I'm a little partial to him!)."

She also said that she's a big fan of all the "punny" sentiments in our line.

So it's not surprising that one of the sets she chose to work with as Guest Designer was 11059LC Baking Penguins Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Jeanne remarked about how the Whisk Penguin (0185J in wood mounted) is "very easy to color and oh so cute!" She added a few strokes with her ShinHan Touch Twin markers:

Then she paired it with the Whisking Sweet Holiday saying (0186E in wood mounted), along with a few ribbons and patterned paper, to create this adorable card:

Jeanne said it took just over a half hour to put it all together. We love the bold color palette and layered ribbon accents. Super cute and pretty quick, to boot!

Papers: Black & White Cardstock, Patterned Paper from The Paper Loft
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbons
Markers: ShinHan Touch Twin
Other: Foam Tape, Adhesive

1. Cut card back from black cardstock.
2. Cut strip from patterned paper.
3. Cut panel slightly smaller than card back add patterned paper strip and attach to card back. Doodle edge with a fine black pen.
4. Layer ribbon with adhesive and add to card.
5. Stamp and color image with markers. Trim and doodle border with black pen.
6. Cut black mat. Assemble and attach to card with foam tape.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Funnies: Oreo Cookies

Just like last fall, I've been on a baking kick. For the past several weeks, I have been making quick breads, cakes, bars, and cookies.

Poor Steve started exercising regularly in September, and since then he's gained five pounds. My fault. He counted up the goodies and it came to more than 16 recipes.

He started bringing them to work so his colleagues could enjoy them, and now they're wondering why his crazy wife can't seem to stop producing treats.

My most recent experiment was homemade oreo cookies. They weren't really that close to the store bought kind, but they still turned out pretty good:

If you're interested in trying them, you can find the recipe here. Whip up a batch, pass them out, and observe the results:

The Oreo Personality Test

Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite method of eating Oreos:

1. The whole thing all at once.
2. One bite at a time
3. Slow and methodical nibbles, examining the results of each bite afterwards.
4. In little feverish nibbles.
5. Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee, etc.).
6. Twisted apart, the inside first, and then the cookie.
7. Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
10. I don't have a favorite way because I don't like Oreos.

Made your choice? Here's your personality description:

1. The whole thing.
This means you consume life with abandon. You are fun to be with, exciting, and carefree with some hint of recklessness. You are totally irresponsible. No one should trust you with their children.

2. One bite at a time.
You are lucky to be one of the 5.4 billion other people who eat their Oreos this very same way. Just like them, you lack imagination, but that's okay, not to worry, you're normal.

3. Slow and Methodical.
You follow the rules. You're very tidy and orderly. You're meticulous in every detail with everything you do, to the point of being anal retentive and irritating to others. Stay out of the fast lane if you're only going to go the speed limit.

4. Feverish Nibbles.
Your boss likes you because you get your work done quickly. You always have a million things to do and never enough time to do them. Mental breakdowns run in your family. Valium and Ritalin would do you good.

5. Dunked.
Everyone likes you because you are always upbeat. You like to sugar coat unpleasant experiences and rationalize bad situations, turning them into good ones. You are in total denial about the shambles your life is in. You have a propensity towards narcotic addiction.

6. Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie.
You have a highly curious nature. You take pleasure in breaking things apart to find out how they work, though not always able to put them back together, so you destroy all the evidence of your activities. You deny your involvement when things go wrong. You are a compulsive liar and exhibit deviant, if not criminal, behavior.

7. Twisted apart, the inside, and then toss the cookie.
You are good at business and take risk that pay off. You take what you want and throw the rest away. You are greedy, selfish, mean, and lack feelings for others. You should be ashamed of yourself. But that's don't care, since you got yours.

8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
You enjoy pain.

9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
Stay away from small furry animals and seek professional medical help immediately.

10. I don't have a favorite way, I don't like Oreo cookies.
You probably come from a rich family, like to wear nice things, and go to upscale restaurants. You are particular and fussy about the things you buy, own, and wear. Things have to be just right. You like to be pampered. You are a prima donna. There's just no pleasing you.