Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Beaver's Project

This beaver image and its coordinating saying are classic Inky stamps that have been well-loved for many years:


The above card first appeared on our main website a while back. Last fall, we reduced the image slightly and put it into 11010MC Forest Friends #2 Clear Set:


If you look closely, you may notice this card utilizes the smaller version:

Of course, all of the designs in this post can be created with either size image by making minor modifications.

Want to know a little secret? The larger size image will be retiring at the end of February, and it will be on sale for 25% off starting the day after tomorrow!

Here's another example with the image on a large main panel:


Another idea is to cut out the image and mount it onto a patterned paper background:


Or go somewhere in the middle and use a medium panel, as Lana Lepinski did here:


Try tilting the image panel for a different effect:


Or hide the entire piece in a handmade sleeve:


Peggy Peltier's card has a separate saying that hangs from eyelets, so it will automatically flip down when the card is removed from the sleeve:


How fun is that! Which of these cards "wood" you like to create?

Monday, January 30, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #4: Divine Reflections

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, we thought you might be interested in seeing more of our new Divine Reflections Collection.

Trudy Sjolander created a set of beautiful cards featuring these stamps, including this one made with 11072SC Mighty Tower Clear Set:


This stamp series is comprised of Christian Bible verses and other sayings, accompanied by realistic-style images. Trudy's striking card was created with 11073SC Shining Lantern Clear Set:


Because the images are not "girly," these stamp sets can be used on cards for both men and women. I love how Trudy used all brown tones in this stylish project:


Watch for these stamps and much more to be appearing on the Inky website soon. I'll let you know as soon as they're up!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Karen Taylor: Songbird Revisited

Last Sunday and Tuesday, I posted projects featuring various elements from our new 11070SC Songbird Clear Set:


Thank you for your very kind feedback about the stamp set, as well as the awesome projects created by Karen and Trudy. I'm hoping you'll also enjoy Karen's gorgeous card made with the same set:


Karen had mentioned previously that one of her favorite current techniques is stamping on plastic. I love how her songbird overlay allows the sheet music to show from underneath:


Adorned with lots of inked layers and bling in several spots, this card is a feast for the eyes. It's been such a pleasure showing you Karen's work over the past several weeks, and we sure appreciate her sharing her talent with us as our guest designer for January.

Please join me in recognizing Karen's work, and you'll be entered in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway! On Thursday, February 2nd, I'll randomly choose the winner for the same clear set that Karen used above and post that person's name...so please check back to see if you've won!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #3: Millie Mousie

Even though it's the middle of winter, we like to "think spring" this time of year with Inky stamps!

Tammy DeYoung created some delightful new sets that we're introducing at CHA tomorrow, including 11094SC Easter Millie Clear Set:


This idea was suggested by YOU, our customers, after seeing the Lilac Inkers' projects last fall. We're so pleased to be able to fulfill your request!

Jovi Kloess showed Millie with an Easter basket in her "egg-citing" card:


This versatile set can also be used for a lovely spring greeting:


We hope you'll squeak with happiness when you see the rest of our Easter and spring stamps. They'll be coming soon!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Funnies: Auto-Corrected Texting

For my Christmas present, Steve got me an iPhone. Yep, we've drunk the Kool-Aid...and most of the time it's pretty good!

One of the quirks that has taking some getting used to, however, is the auto-correct feature. I realize it can be turned off, but usually it's fairly helpful. Every once in a while, however, I've ended up creating some funny typos.

I've never saved any of my unusual messages, but I did find several hilarious exchanges that resulted from auto-correct accidents. (They're from this website, which also has tons of examples that are side-splittingly funny but definitely too risque for our PG-rated Inky blog.)

One of my all-time favorite movies is Silence of the Lambs, so I really liked this one:


Look what can happen when you write from unique locations:


It's interesting how some people have unusual debts:


While others have unusual activities:


Finding Jesus, however, isn't frequently one of them:


This mom's advice came out a bit wrong:


Seems like Dad had some harsh news to share, as well:


Texting can sometimes involve "fowl" language:


Here's another disaster with food:


Speaking of disasters, this sounded like a real nightshade emergency:


I've heard of tomatoes on salad, but never a phone on salad:


Hope you "oil" have a terrific day, Inky friends!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #2: Elegant Florals

You may recall that Vicki Schreiner is the creator of the cute BaZooples stamps. For this release, we asked her to take a different route and draw some elegant floral designs that we hope you'll love!

Michelle Pearson used Vicki's new stamps to make a set of gorgeous cards with "whitework style" bases, including this one using 11099MC Spring Blooms Clear Set:


She really let her creativity bloom, as shown in this card featuring 11098MC Rose Oval Clear Set:


The Teacup Daisies from 11096MC Daisy Bouquets Clear Set makes a great "everyday" card:


Did you spot the border she created with the Honeycomb Paper Pad? When applied as a tone-on-tone piece, it makes a subtle yet pretty accent.

Flower stamps are so versatile, and we can think of many occasions where the Floral Spray in 11097MC Floral Faith Clear Set would be wonderfully suitable:


There are several more stamps in Vicki's Elegant Florals Collection, and we'll let you know as soon as they're available for ordering on our website. Which ones will you be adding to your list?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CHA Sneak Peek #1: Benton the Bear

Yesterday I posted one of the new stamp sets from our Spring '12 Release onto the Inky website early, with this sample card:


Although it's not yet "officially" released, we wanted to make this available for ordering right away in case you wish to use it for Valentine's Day cards.

That little guy is Benton the Bear, and he's part of an adorable collection drawn by artist Darby New.

Here's a card shown one of the images and sayings from 11080MC Delivery Benton Clear Set:


I love this "sweet" card using 11082MC Bee Benton Clear Set:


By the way, did you notice the honeycomb border, which is based on Michelle Pearson's original idea? What a great way to utilize scraps from your Honeycomb Paper Pads!

This card was created with 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set:


You can see the layered pieces popped up with foam tape and Glossy Accents applied to the bear's sunglasses in this close-up photo:


These details help turn a "plane" card into something special. Ha ha!

This collection includes the images and sayings shown above, along with many more to become available on our main site in early February. Which Benton is YOUR favorite?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Songbird

On Sunday, I mentioned I'd have a little preview for you today. As you may know, the CHA trade show starts next week, so we'll be giving you sneak peeks of our new spring releases in the upcoming days. Get ready, ladies...we've got LOTS to show you, and it will all be available on the main Inky site at the start of February!

Remember how Karen Taylor used that Psalm on her butterfly tag? Here's the set it came from, 11070SC Songbird Clear Set:


It's part of the Divine Reflections collection, drawn by our friend Darby New. (You may have seen Darby demo at one of our convention booths. She's most often at the Art Gone Wild! booth and has worked with Michelle since "way back when.")

The images in this collection are heavily stippled, which lends itself nicely to the coloring technique used in this card:


I colored directly on the stamp with waterbased markers, lightly misted it with water, and stamped onto the cardstock. A little ribbon and matting completed this nice, simple card.

Of course, if you add a few more embellishments, you can really jazz things up, as Trudy Sjolander did in her beautiful project:


By inking the edges of her image panel, Trudy gave it a fantastic punch of color. Her bow is perfectly tied, which you can easily do with the Bow-Easy).

Also, I love how she tore the patterned paper to reveal the corrugated base underneath. It adds such movement and texture, don't you think? The difference really is in the details!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Karen Taylor: Butterflies & More

When we introduced Karen Taylor as our January Guest Designer earlier this month, she'd used 11014SC Brushed Calligraphy #3 Clear Set for her first project:


This week, she took a different route with the same butterfly images (1615B and 1524F in the wood mounted versions) and created an amazing tag:


As with Karen's other projects, there are so many wonderful details. Here's a closeup so you can see more of them:


The butterflies were stamped on kraft paper, heat embossed with powder, and watercolored. Then Karen layered the pieces for dimension and added pearls down the center.

I love how she also stamped over the paper flower petals using the butterfly sentiment from that set. She also inked the edges of every piece before adhering to the tag to give it a "pop" of color, as well as vintage appeal.

The rhinestone frame at the bottom is Want2Scrap's Nestaboard shape (based on Spellbinders' Fancy Tags Two) and coordinating Nestabling. And did you notice the saying? Yep, that's a new Inky stamp!

It's from one of the many sets we'll be launching at the CHA trade show next week. Curious to find out more? I'll have a "full" sneak peek for you this Tuesday...so please check back with us in just a couple of days!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Funnies: Snowmen

As I was driving home this morning from an appointment, I snapped this photo while I was sitting at a red light:


Did you see that? It's one degree below zero! Why, oh why, do I live in Minnesota? Every winter I ask myself the same question.

Of course, if you're Calvin and Hobbes, you have "snow many" reasons:

"No one else at the office talks about this kind of thing."

"Oh yeah? Define well-adjusted."

Dad: "Eggplant casserole tonight?"
Mom: "Why, yes!"

"You don't like my 'Snowman House of Horror,' do you?!"

"I don't think the schools assign enough homework."

"Mom and Dad don't value hard work and originality as much as they say they do."

"You have to admit it's slowed down traffic on our road."

"Calvin, I'm late for work!"

And I guess there are other folks who enjoy the winter weather while demonstrating their sense of humor:





Even deer like to join the fun:


Hope you have an "ice day," Inky friends!