Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Funnies: Frog Wants Flies

You've heard about those videos and TV shows that are meant to entertain your pets, right? Like this cable channel for dogs and these kitty flicks...hours of fun for your furry friends!

Well, here's a dream come true for this frog:


Or maybe it just turned out to be a frustrating event for it and its owner! I spotted this on my friend Keri Sereika's Facebook page and thought you might get a kick out of it.

Speaking of Keri, she's got some exciting news. Starting tomorrow, she is teaching her first online class with Annie's. And it sounds like there will be more to come in the future. Woohoo, Keri! If you want to receive updates as her classes become available, you can sign up here to get email alerts.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Punny Christmas Penguin Congrats

Congrats to Michele B, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Michele, please email me with your address.)

Michele B said...
Thanks for sharing your ideas and being the Inky Guest Designer. I would never have thought of using the pennies.
August 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

For her prize, Michele has won 11128MC Punny Christmas Penguins Clear Set (drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander):


Thank you all for helping me let Tina know how much we appreciated seeing her awesome projects. And be sure to tune in this Sunday for the introduction of September's Inky Guest Designer!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Caterpillar HoneyPOP

Ready or not, it's almost back to school time! If you want to give the teachers or kids an apple, how about doing it the HoneyPOP way?

Today we're featuring 11025MC Caterpillar HoneyPOP Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung:


Since its initial release, we've seen a bunch of fantastic projects made with this set, such as the cards shown here, here, and here...and even a HoneyPOP apple basket.

Want to see more ideas? MichellePearson created this cute card:


The patterned paper inside adds such a burst of different colors, and the red tissue tape is a unique base for our little caterpillar to sit on:


Debbie Fisher used a cool palette to give her card a completely different look:


To tie everything together, she repeated the patterned paper inside, too:


Debbie also changed things up by orienting this one horizontally instead of vertically:


What a fun variation:


Shelly Koskinen's book-themed designer paper is such a great complement:


Her kraft cardstock base is also a nice change of pace:


Lori Craig was feeling "krafty," too...and her paper piecing, glittery apple, and gingham ribbon accents are just too cute:


Finally, here's an awesome idea from Sue Drees. She made a joy fold card using this set:


And she added two honeycomb apples to both inside folds:


How brilliant is that? All of these ladies made such wonderful cards, and I love the wide variety of looks. Hope you have a wonderful day, Inky friends...and happy back-to-school time!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Tina Covington: Punny Christmas Penguin

One of the many things that Tina Covington says she loves about stamping is using designer paper and layering.

"During the years I had my store, my card layers were stamped instead of using designer papers," she explains, "but with all the choices of beautiful papers that are now out there, I want to always incorporate papers into my cardmaking and projects. I just love this look."

You can see how Tina used two different designer papers, along with a dry-embossed panel to add both color and texture to her card:
   

This adorable project features 11128MC Punny Christmas Penguins Clear Set, drawn by Inky artist and DT member Trudy Sjolander:


Tina's project is originally based on a spinner card. However, because she didn't want her penguin and iceberg to turn upside down, she added an additional set of pennies so that her little guy slides instead of spins:


What a stroke of genius! You can see the placement of pennies above. The foam dots sit on the oval cut-out track, allowing the horizontal movement.

Here's the penguin again, shown in a different place on the track:


Tina didn't forget to decorate the inside of her card, either:


Now, that's a super cool project! ;-) Thanks so much to Tina for sharing her creativity with us, and to you for tuning in to the Inky blog.

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Want the chance to win your own 11128MC Punny Christmas Penguins Clear Set? Please join me in wishing a warm farewell to Tina as the Inky Guest Designer for August.

Leave a comment at the end of this post letting her know how much you've enjoyed her projects, and you'll be entered in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway.

On Wednesday, August 29th, I'll randomly choose the winner for the same clear set that Tina used above and post that person's name...so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Funnies: National Dog Day


According to my trusted sources, this Sunday is National Dog Day. In honor of this special event, I'd like to examine the possible answers to this riddle:

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Rottweiler: Make me.

Shih-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. I have servants to take care of that...

Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let ME change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

Malamute: Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven't missed any, and made just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Irish Wolfhound: Can somebody else do it? I've got a terrible hangover.

Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there!

Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd: First I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?

Schnauzer: Bark bark bark. Mom, the lightbulb is out...bark bark bark bark...MOM! I said the lightbulb is out! Bark bark bark bark bark...MOM!!! WHAT PART OF THAT DIDN'T YOU HEAR? I MEAN HELLO????

Hound: ZZZZZzzzz.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: More Snowy's Woodland Pals

Although it's August, we know that many of you like to get a head start on your winter holiday cards.

Last month, Debbie Fisher created two adorable goodie boxes using 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


And, on Sunday, Tina Covington shared her awesome side step card decorated with these stamps.

Not only that, but she also created this charming criss cross pocket card featuring Snowy and his friends:


You can follow this tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, except start out with two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cardstock and score them at 4 1/4" to create a vertically oriented pocket:


Did you notice how Tina paper pieced the snowman's scarf? She also used the "out of the box" technique with her Nestabilities to make the owl extend past the die-cut oval. Very cool, indeed! (Pun intended, LOL.)

For the insert card, strips of patterned paper were placed at the bottom so everything coordinates beautifully:


Have you ever made a criss cross pocket card? If not, we hope this inspires you to try it!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Tina Covington: Snowy's Woodland Pals

Tina Covington always has a glass of iced tea with her, all year round, in her stamp shack. (It's a freestanding metal building on her property.)

Even if her Texas winters don't get cold enough for snow, that doesn't stop Tina from stamping with 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


She used it to create this delightful side step card, with layers of snowmen and their furry friends:


To form the base, you can find a photo tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here.

"When you make a card that you won't be sending right away," Tina suggests, "always take the time to add coordinating panels to the inside of your card that will match what you created on the front of your card.

"You can possibly add a sentiment later, but it is a real hassle if you have to find the exact color cardstock or designer paper you used months ago.

"When I had my store, I rarely did the insides, even when I taught classes. But, the first year I didn't have my store, I made over 200 cards and quickly realized how important this one little step can be!"

Tina followed her own advice and decorated the inside of her card beautifully:


How fun is that? Psst...join us on Tuesday for another card using the same stamp set!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Funnies: Gallery of Regrettable Food

Yesterday I made strawberry chocolate chip muffins based on this recipe. I took photos along the way, thinking it would be nice to share them with you.

Unfortunately, the batter was kind of a funny fleshy-beige color:


But once I pulled them out of the oven, they didn't look too bad:


That is, until I opened one up. I thought they were a little gooey-looking and not very appealing:


They tasted pretty good, but next time I might reduce the amount of strawberries and not puree half of them.

Anyway, looking at my pictures reminded me of this hiliarious book I'd picked up several years ago:


In addition to being an author of several books, James Lileks is a columnist for the Star-Tribune (our local newspaper).

The Gallery of Regrettable Food is "an introduction to foodstuffs and horrid recipes" from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It's not a cookbook, but rather an examination of these "cultural artifacts of the era...[which] are irresistible when accompanied by Lileks's hilarious running commentary."

In the section of his website devoted to promoting the book, he provides a plethora of examples that will give you an idea of what the book itself is like, such as this vintage Better Homes & Gardens cover:


"Brunches began the day someone started too long into the sun then had someone throw a loaf of Velveeta at her head," writes Lileks. "A new meal! Based entirely on yellow! Eventually other colors were introduced--but they were bright. Brunch bright!"

"Not many recipes call for shellac and spackle," he notes, "but if you’ve got some on hand, you’re in luck":


It's followed by this creepy photo:

And an accompanying story: "Helen paused for a moment, letting her hostess’s words roll on and on, as she realized that brunch was looking at her, and brunch did not approve."

Funny, right? If you're intrigued, you can find more here. By the way, I don't have any vested interest in promoting Mr. Lileks...except to hopefully spread a few smiles!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Another Halloween Witch

Last month, you saw the card I'd made using 11116MC Halloween Witch HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) in this CHA "sneak peek" post:


On Sunday, Tina Covington showed us her adorable version.

But she didn't stop there! Here's a fun Halloween goodie bag decorated with the same set:


Because Tina placed the broom upright in the witch's hand, she cut the honeycomb shape just a bit smaller than the original pattern stamp.

She also used 11103SC Beautiful Borders HoneyPOP Clear Set to create a pretty embellishment along the top of the bag:


The bag itself is actually made from an A2 size (4 3/8" x 5 3/4") envelope. Tina used an envelope template to form hers from patterned paper.

Then she sealed the flap closed, trimmed a little off one of the shorter ends, and scored 1/2" inward on the other three sides. The bag is formed when you fold on the score marks.

Here's a nice little photo tutorial of the process from The Glue Gun Girl. Have you tried making this bag yourself?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Tina Covington: HoneyPOP Halloween Witch

Although Tina Covington has lots of Inky stamps, her current favorites are the HoneyPOP Clear Sets. "I own at least a dozen of them and love them all," she says.

One of the most recent additions to her collection is 11117MC Halloween Witch HoneyPOP Clear Set, drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung:


Tina used it to make this dot-filled delight:


Can you "spot" all the circles? (I know, groan on the pun!)

Tina used polka-dotted ribbon and two different patterned papers, along with layered circle die cuts. She even curved the first part of her saying into a semi-circle...how creative is that!

The same theme is repeated on the inside (along with the fun honeycomb broom, of course):


She also paper pieced the witch image here and on the card front, plus she popped up the little owl with foam tape:



By the way, if you live near Waxahachie, TX and are interested in taking a class from Tina at The Crafty Scrapper, she recently posted about her upcoming ones in August here.

Here's "witching you" a great Sunday, Inky friends! (Double groan and a smile, LOL!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Funnies: Worst Haircut Ever

I'm not sure what it is about five-year-old girls and haircuts, but they don't seem to go well together.

When I was that age, I remember standing in front of the bathroom sink and trying to put barrettes into my hair. An errant strand kept slipping out on one side, and I was getting really frustrated! So I went to my bedroom, got a pair of scissors, returned to the mirror, and proceeded to chop off the unruly tresses.

Not the best fashion decision I've ever made. I don't remember how my mom reacted, but I know it took forever to grow out.

Apparently I'm not the only one who has tried this. An online article explains how Sadie Cohen (5) decided to give her younger sister, Eva (3), a new 'do:


The funniest part is when her father, WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen, interviewed Sadie and Eva about the experience.

To listen to the girls discussing the event, go here and click on the arrow. (I tried to embed the audio here, but I think Blogger isn't compatible.) I think you'll get a chuckle from it!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Fur Texture

I was thrilled when Julie Elak recently sent me a photo of the adorable card she made using 10948LC Puppy & Kitty Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):
 

She'd won the stamp set in one of our blog candy drawings, so it was fun to get an update on how she was enjoying it.

Did you notice the neat fur texture she added to the image? You may recall seeing this technique during our CHA sneak peek of Trudy Sjolander's new Punny Christmas Critters collection:


The card above features 11129MC Punny Christmas Pups Clear Set, or 0095H Fleas Navidad in the wood mounted version.

Here's another example from her collection, showing the same furry look with 11124MC Punny Christmas Cats Clear Set (also available as wood mounted 5281H Meowy Christmas Cat):


Were you wondering how to create that great textured appearance? Last year, Trudy had posted an awesome video tutorial on her blog:


Have you tried coloring fur with pencils and Gamsol? If so, we'd love to see what you made!

Monday, August 6, 2012

HoneyPOP Squirrel Congrats

Congrats to Ella, whose name was drawn randomly from yesterday's blog candy entries. (Ella, please email me with your address.)

August 5, 2012 6:51 PM
Enjoyed seeing you at the convention yesterday. Love your stamps!
--Ella

For her prize, Ella has won 11117MC Squirrel HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) and two coordinating Honeycomb Paper Pads:


Ella mentioned above that she attended Stampaway over the weekend. We enjoy doing all of our shows, but I have to admit this one was especially memorable.

The theme for Friday night's preview party was "prom." Our gang dressed up to attend the Stampaway Hillbilly Prom:


My friend Lee was the Prom Queen:


I thought I looked darn purty, don't you? But not as purty as our HoneyPOP flowers that I was showing how to make:


Megan looked smashing as she demonstrated several techniques, including colored pencil blending with Gamsol:


Tim Holtz made the corsages and boutonniers for our entire group, including this spectacular creation:


Thanks so much to all of our customers and friends...for attending the show and also helping me welcome Tina as this month's Inky Guest Designer!