Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Necklace Lady's Studio

Peeking at other people's studios has always interested me, so when Debbie Haney (aka the Necklace Lady from Mesquite) told me about her craft room, I begged her to send photos so I could see it.

Once I looked at her pictures, I knew I had to ask if I could share them with our Inky blog friends! Want to take a tour with me?

Let's start with the lovely Necklace Lady herself:


Check out these cool cabinets, which were built by the Necklace Lady's Husband using old church windows:


Got mail? Just one of the many fun details in Debbie's studio:


I love the glass canning jars for storage, which are sitting next to two tags made by Ted in show demos at the Stampers Anonymous booth:


Mr. Haney also made the paper shelf shown at left. What a rainbow of pretty colors:


Debbie says, "Racks save space!" I can tell that she knows this firsthand. Boy, there are a lot of goodies in there:


Another one of Debbie's treasures is this plaque given to her by a friend:


More cabinets with church windows, and notice the lower desk doors with inset antique house shingles circa 1900:


Here's a closeup view of the back, and the handy drawers revealed inside:


Another stash, with ribbon holders made from dowels and painted rubber stamp wood mounts:


Besides making cabinets, paper racks, desk doors, and ribbon holders, Bob Haney creates all kinds of awesome birdhouses, like this one-of-a-kind croquet birdhouse:


He also sandblasts those old shingles shown earlier and makes frames for them, which form the perfect base for Debbie to paint beautiful saltbox house scenes:


So there you have it...such a great crafting space, owned by an amazing lady and her equally amazing hubby. Thanks to the Haneys for sharing and to you for visiting!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Necklace Lady Strikes Again

Do you remember back in January when I posted about the Necklace Lady From Mesquite? As you may recall, her real name is Debbie Haney, and I'm so excited to see her again at the Great American Scrapbook Convention this week.

(In fact, this post has been pre-scheduled since I'm already in Arlington as you read this. Tex, her husband, and I--along with the rest of the AGW & Friends gang--are setting up the booths today. She knows what a slave driver sparkling conversationalist I can be, and I am grateful for her hard labor willingness to hang out with me during the show. Now, that's a dedicated DT member!)

Well, Debbie sent me a surprise package that was filled with her beautiful flower pins:


Each one is so pretty, and I love her presentation on the tags:


I don't even want to remove them because they look so nice just as they are:


Hmm, to wear or not to wear? Maybe just one...

And speaking of flowers, we've got an exciting new stamp set that will be released on the main Inky website starting in June. If you like floral embellishments, you're gonna be a happy camper. I can't wait to show you on Friday!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Action Wobbles Congrats

We're postponing this week's "Try It Different" Tuesday to extend our congratulations to Janna, SueB, and Dandi93, whose names were drawn randomly from our Action Wobbles Blog Hop entries. (Blog hop winners, please email me with your address.)

Janna  said...
Great cards Michelle! I just love the monkey on the first card! The wobbles sure make them fun!
May 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

SueB said...
Adorable card.
May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Dandi93 said...
I never thought of using a smaller image and just punching out a circle big enough to accommodate the action wobble, what a great idea...
May 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

All three ladies have won a pack of Action Wobbles:
 

Janna has also won 10931MC Monkeys Hanging Around Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter), which contains the stamp that Michelle used on her adorable baby card:


In addition to her Action Wobbles, SueB won 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New). The set contains the stamp that Keri used on her sweet belated birthday card:


And Dandi93 won 10989MC Buggie Friends Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) along with her Action Wobbles, which I used for one of my pins:


If you want to purchase any of these items for yourself, you can find them here. Thanks to all of our Inky friends who hopped with us!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Chelle Fowler: Pitcher Bouquet Oval

When Chelle Fowler chose 11096MC Daisy Bouquets Clear Set (drawn by artist Vicki Schreiner) for one of her projects, I wasn't quite sure which main image she was planning to use:


Since Chelle is a manager at Starbucks, I probably could have guessed it wouldn't be the teacup. She'd also mentioned that she "can always be found with either an iced coffee or iced tea."

So it makes sense that she picked the other image, which is 2872K Pitcher Bouquet Oval in the wood mounted version, to create this charming card:


You can click on the above image to view a larger version and see all of Chelle's wonderful details. An example is her coloring, which was done using Copic Markers:


And, oh, those fun embellishments! Besides a few vintage buttons strung together with pearl cotton, I love the little images cut out from patterned paper and layered onto the card:


Supplies:  11096MC Daisy Bouquet Clear Set, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Echo Park This & That Graceful 6 X 6 Paper Pad, Copic Markers, Mini Scallops Sizzix On Edge Die, Spellbinders Oval Die, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Non-Stick Craft Mat, Foam Squares, Glossy Accents.

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It's been such a delight to have Chelle as our Inky Guest Designer in May. Won't you please join me and say thanks for her great ideas and inspiration by leaving a comment at the end of this post?

When I asked Chelle to share a few words of wisdom, she said this:

My best advice is to be true to yourself...use what you like and have fun. Every once in a while, think outside the box and challenge yourself to do something outside your comfort zone...you may surprise yourself!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Funnies: Graduation Humor


Q: Why was the headmaster worried?
A: Because there were too many rulers in school!

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A somewhat advanced society has figured out how to package basic knowledge in pill form. A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pills are available.

The pharmacist says, “Here’s a pill for English literature.” The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English literature.

“What else do you have?” asks the student.

“I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,” replies the pharmacist. The student asks for these, swallows them, and has new knowledge about those subjects.

Then the student asks, “Do you have a pill for math?”

The pharmacist says, “Wait just a moment.” She goes back to the storeroom, brings back a whopper of a pill, and plunks it down on the counter.

“I have to take that huge pill for math?” inquires the student.

The pharmacist replies, “Well, you know math always was a little hard to swallow.”

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After graduating from high school, David moves away from home to study at a university. One of his letters home reads:

Dear Father,

University i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply ¢an’t think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you ¢an ju$t $end me a ¢ard, a$ I would love to hear from you.
Love,
Your $on

After receiving his son’s letter, the father immediately replies by sending a letter back:

Dear David,
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.
Love,
Dad

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Triangle Treat Follow-Up

On Tuesday, we showed several fun ways to use our 10215V Triangle Treat Template stamp:


Thought I'd follow up today with a "bonus idea" that Valerie Johnson shared with me. She's a lovely customer whom I met at the Great Lakes Mega Meet Show earlier this month:


She used the boy pieces from 11041SC Kid Maker Clear Set to decorate her treat box:


Then she added a square piece of black cardstock (with a little "v" piece glued underneath to attach it to the top edge of the treat box), button, and yarn to create this awesome project:


Brilliant, right? What a perfect party favor or small gift for all those graduation open houses coming up!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Action Wobbles Blog Hop

For May's blog hop, we're featuring a fun product called Action Wobbles:


They're self-adhesive collapsible springs that add motion and dimension to flat objects for a unique effect. Our own DT member Tex first introduced them to me, and I'm so excited that Inky is now carrying them!

I asked our designers if they wanted to get some Action...in Wobbles form, of course! 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 Monday, May 28th at midnight Central time. THREE people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a pack of Action Wobbles and a surprise Inky clear stamp set! The winners’ names will be announced next Tuesday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Ready to begin? Here's the order:

Crystal
Debbie
Keri
Tex
Michelle
Jovi
Trudy

After you're done, please return here to see my projects and leave a final comment. Enjoy hopping, Inky friends!

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For this hop, I used 11095SC Flower Chick Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung, and available at the bottom of this page):


I made a video showing how to create an Action Wobbles pin:



Here's a close-up photo of the pin you saw in the video, showing the chick's layered flower "cap" (popped up with foam tape) and a bit of Glaze Clear Gloss Pen applied to his beak:


I was wearing this pin when I asked my convention friend Angie to take a photo together at the Akron show:


Our 10976MC Flower Turtle Clear Set (also drawn by Tammy DeYoung) is a classic Inky favorite:

 
It works great with Action Wobbles (along with some Glossy AccentsStardust Glitter Pen, and a white opaque pen as embellishments):
 
 

The images on 10989MC Buggie Friends Clear Set (drawn by Tammy, as well) are just the right size for wobbling:


 
Megan, who was Demo Lady Extraordinaire in Akron and Fitchburg recently, proudly wore her Action Wobbles:
 

Did you spot the ladybug pin? You can see more details here:
 
 
Want a more serious design? Try 11014SC Brushed Calligraphy Clear Set (including calligraphy by artist Barbara Callow):
 

Becky O'Donnell, who taught several classes in Akron, sported the butterfly version:

 
I used the Metallic Cream Chalks to color in the image, with sparkly Stardust Glitter Pen touches:


To see the entire set of wobbling pins, take a peek at this:

 

Thanks for hopping with us today, and I hope to see you back on the blog again soon!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Triangle Treat Boxes

Have you heard of our 10215V Triangle Treat Template stamp:


It's a pattern stamp, which means you follow the simple assembly instructions shown here to create a basic triangular-shaped treat box.

This stamp is nice to have because you don't have to trace with a pencil or use a ruler to create your pattern...just stamp and it's ready to put together. Handy!

But it becomes super handy when you need to make several boxes, like these pretty ones by Linda:


You can choose a patterned cardstock for your base, such as this one (also by Linda):


Or you can select a solid base and add a stamped image, as Debbie Fisher did in this owl-dorable sample (featuring 1591F Owlexander, drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):


My version contains a background (1393F Bird Tracks) and a main image (10715G Flossie, drawn by artist Janie Miller):


Instead of a main image, try adding a peek-a-boo window, as Tex Gerard did in this charming one:


This is another example with a window, created by Amanda, a lovely customer at last year's Akron show:


If you want to get really fancy, we've got an entire collection of clear stamp sets that have been specifically designed to be used with the 10215V Triangle Treat Template stamp. You can create 25 different characters, such as this cute duck and owl:


You can also turn the boxes into characters based on your own ideas, such as Debbie's Easter chick box (which inspired the duck above):


Or this funny clown by Julie Pitta:


Because they can be filled with all sorts of seasonal candies, Triangle Treat Boxes make great party favors. Who wouldn't love this one, made by Debbie using 10713G Fritz Frankenstein (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


Or these witches' hats:


Or even candy corn:


They're great for the winter holidays, too. Steve helped me create this bouquet with 10938SC Christmas Character Maker Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):


I also love this "heavenly" one by Chris Peterson:


And all starting with one little box template!