Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

This boo-tiful card was created by Jovi Kloess using 10919MC Halloween Hijinx Clear Set (or 10154F Kitty In Disguise and 1240C Spidey in wood mounts):


Have a hauntingly fun day, Inky friends. And for those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, we hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and sound. You're definitely in our thoughts!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Punny Christmas Penguin

We're wrapping up this month's "Try It Different" Tuesday projects with 11128MC Punny Christmas Penguins Clear Set (drawn by Inky artist and designer Trudy Sjolander):


You may have noticed the current weekly card on our main website, which uses the Holiday Fishes (0077H in wood mounted) image from this set.

This cute Penguin on Ice (6102H in wood mounted) card is another really "nICE" creation that True made with the same set:


Can you see the glittery waves and lower scalloped edge of the partially die-cut image? How "cool" is that!

Flip the card's orientation and lighten the color palette a bit, and you'll get a completely new look:


This time, the upper half of the image was die cut, and the ice block was fussy cut. A mini pom-pom border defines the line where the two patterned papers meet.

Want to check out the second card in person? It's available for viewing, along with more adorable samples and the rest of the Punny Christmas Critters, at these Inky Antics Board Program stores:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Inky Christmas Hop Congrats

Congrats to Christi and Mary-Anne V, whose names were drawn randomly from the Inky Christmas Blog Hop entries. (Ladies, please email me with your mailing address by November 15th to claim your prize.)

christi said...
oh my what a fun set this is. great card with wonderful coloring a great embelishments. love it!
October 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Mary-Anne V said...
Great card...sweet image and love the patterned papers and Snowflake die shapes.
October 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Both of their names happened to be drawn from comments left on Michelle Pearson's post, so each has won the same set that she used for her projects:


The stamp set is 11137MC Snowy's Woodland Pals Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), which you can find on this page, along with all of the other sets used by our designers for this hop.

Thanks so much for joining us, Inky friends. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Anna Wight: Holiday Tags

When I asked Anna Wight if there is one area she is trying to do even better, she said, "I am always trying to improve my coloring. I tend to keep a slightly loose hand when it comes to coloring, and like to mimic a watercolor 'look' even when using different coloring mediums. I like to incorporate fresh colors without getting too bright or primary."

Anna also remarked that her current favorite stamping technique is "coloring a stamped line-art image. And, as we move into the holiday season, I will be working more and more on gift tags and goodie jars. I do love the holiday season, and all the crafty goodness that goes along with it!"

So, imagine what happened when Anna got a hold of 11003MC Santa & Pals Clear Set:
 

Plus 11053MC Ornament Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set:


And also our new 11135MC Heavenly Friends Clear Set (all drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


Once they were in Anna's hands along with her ShinHan Touch Twin markers, what was the magical result? Why, a fabulous set of holiday gift tags, of course!


Anna stamped her images onto die-cut cream cardstock circles, colored them, and added glitter for sparkle.

Then she layered them to black scalloped circles and adhered to her tags (which were covered with designer paper from October Afternoon), added a threaded button to each corner and a white jingle bell to the tops, and put seam binding and bakers twine through the tag holes:


Anna also said, "I’ve learned to find my own style, and be happy with my own projects. It’s OK to admire another person’s style and learn by their techniques, but it’s so much more rewarding to be pleased with our own personal creations. Be yourself!"

Of course, it's easy to admire these adorable tags:


And when you look at them close up, I'll bet you could easily think of a few changes to "make it your own," as Anna suggested:


"Stamping has brought me great joy," shared Anna, "but most of all introduced me to new opportunities and introduced me to amazing people! I’ve met many dear friends through stamping, and that alone makes the hobby just that much more enjoyable. Cheers to getting Inky!!"

We're so thankful that she has "gotten Inky" with us as October's Guest Designer. Won't you please join me and say thanks for Anna's great ideas and inspiration by leaving a comment at the end of this post?

And because we appreciate YOUR participation, Inky friends, your comment will enter you in a little BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Thursday, November 1st, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11135MC Heavenly Friends Clear Set, which is one of the sets that Anna used on her tags above. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Funnies: Happy Halloween


Hans and Stein were playing in their yard in Munich when one of the boys accidentally swallowed a coin and started choking.

Hans ran inside to get help, yelling, "Mom! Dad! Come quick! There's a franc in Stein!"


There once was a witch that put a curse upon a man named Benny. She told him that he had to grow a beard, and if he ever shaved, then he would instantly be transformed into a piece of pottery.

Well, Benny thought that was the silliest thing he'd ever heard and didn't believe what the witch had said. So the next morning, he got up and shaved as usual. As soon as he put down the razor, POOF...he was turned into a vase.

That just goes to show you: A Benny shaved is a Benny urned.


Two nuns, Sister Mary Agnes and Sister Mary Vincent, are traveling through Europe in their car, sightseeing in Transylvania. As they are stopped at a traffic light, out of nowhere, a small vampire jumps onto the hood of the car and hisses at them through the windshield.

"Quick, quick!" shouts Sister Mary Agnes. "What should we do?"

"Turn the windshield wipers on! That will get rid of the abomination," suggests Sister Mary Vincent.

Sister Mary Agnes switches them on, knocking the little Dracula about, but he clings on and hisses even more loudly.

"What should I do now?" screeches Sister Mary Agnes.

"Switch on the windshield washer. I filled it up with Holy Water before we left the Vatican!" replies Sister Mary Vincent.

Dracula screams as the water burns his skin, but he still hangs on and hisses again at the nuns.

"Now what?" screams Sister Mary Agnes.

"Show him your cross!" says Sister Mary Vincent.

"Good idea," cries Sister Mary Agnes. So she rolls down the window and shouts, "GET OFF MY DARN HOOD RIGHT THIS SECOND, YOU LITTLE CREEP!"

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Holiday HoneyPOP Class With Jackie

If you live in the Twin Cities area and are interested in taking a HoneyPOP class, I'll be teaching next Thursday, November 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at We're Stampin' Mad in Osseo, MN.

We'll be starting with this fun fall card, featuring 11117MC Squirrel HoneyPOP Clear Set:


Open it up, and you'll see his giant honeycomb acorn:


Next is a card using 11118MC Decorating Snowman HoneyPOP Clear Set:


Our snowy friend is holding a red-and-white honeycomb ornament inside:


This sweet girl stamp is from 11119LC Christmas Sleigh HoneyPOP Clear Set:


She's pulling a honeycomb sleigh full of toys:


And, finally, we'll finish class by creating this lovely 3-D HoneyPOP Christmas ornament, made with 11123MC Christmas Ornaments HoneyPOP Clear Set and our new Burgundy Honeycomb Paper Pad:


We'll also review the Gamsol colored pencil blending technique, showing how to achieve a soft, smooth look with colored pencils.

Cost of the class is $30. Please bring your own small detail scissors and an adhesive runner (or double-sided tape), and we'll provide everything else.

To register, you can contact the store directly at (763) 425-5080. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Inky Christmas Blog Hop

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought you might enjoy seeing projects made with our newest Christmas stamps for this month's blog hop!

I asked each of our designers to create a project featuring one of the Christmas clear stamp sets from the Fall & Winter '12 flyer:


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 Sunday, October 28th at midnight Central time. TWO people’s names will be drawn at random to receive an Inky Christmas clear stamp set! The winners’ names will be announced next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Ready to begin? Here's the order:

Tex
Jovi
Trudy
Michelle
Crystal

After you're done, please return here to read the rest of my post and leave a final comment. Happy holiday hopping, Inky friends!

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For my project, I used 11118MC Decorating Snowman HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


I decorated a clear pillow box with one of the snowman images from this set, and I used the ornament pattern stamp on a White Honeycomb Paper Pad so it would resemble a snowball:


The snowman's hat was accented with ultrafine glitter, and I added shine to his carrot nose with a Glaze Clear Gloss Pen:


To fill the box, I needed snowballs...of course! I wanted something quick to make, so I pulled up my favorite no-bake cookie recipe for Coconut Date Balls.

Unfortunately, I was out of dates and didn't have time to run to the store. Instead, I made faux-balls using a peanut butter-based recipe. However, I've reprinted the "real" snowballs recipe (adapted from Allrecipes.com) in case you'd like to give them a try:

Coconut Date Balls

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup flaked coconut

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the eggs, sugar, and dates. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for 3 minutes. (Do not boil any longer, or it will become too crumbly once it cools.)

Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in the butter and vanilla. Mix in crispy rice cereal.

Butter your hands, and shape the mixture into 1" balls. Roll the balls in coconut. Store in tightly covered container.

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You can find 11118MC Decorating Snowman HoneyPOP Clear Set plus all of the other clear sets used in our hop by visiting this page.

Thanks so much for joining us today. I hope you've found some inspiration to put you into a "homemade Christmas project making" mood!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Punny Christmas Cats & Dogs

Hope you're "feline" great today, everyone! I've got more cards from the Punny Christmas Critters collection to show you.

Let's start with 11124MC Punny Christmas Cats Clear Set (drawn by artist and Inky designer Trudy Sjolander):


True created this "meow-valous" glittery card featuring the Meowy Christmas Cat image (5281H in wood mounted):


Here's a completely different version that she made, with a fun paper-pieced gift box accent:


For all you dog lovers out there, I couldn't pass up the chance to show you 11129MC Punny Christmas Pups Clear Set:


Here is the first one, which is "paw-sitively" adorable:
  

True used the Singing Dog image (9162H in wood mounted) from this same set to create a project that's too "dog-gone" cute:


To see these stamps in person, click here for a list of Inky Antics Board Program stores who have received the entire Punny Christmas Critters collection:


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Anna Wight: Pastry Chef

This month, Anna Wight has been whipping up all kinds of scrumptious-looking cards using stamps from our Chef's Choice collection!

Today's card features 10957LC Baking Chefs Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):


Feast your eyes on Anna's fun little 3" x 4" gift card:


With its glittery-frosted cupcakes and bold designer paper from Basic Grey, this sweet greeting would be delightful given alone...or with some yummy baked goods:


When I asked Anna to tell us her favorite stamping tools (besides stamps themselves, of course), she named several items.

We've already mentioned her tracing wheel. Here are the others on Anna's must-have list:

Good ink!
For watercoloring, I prefer to use StazOn ink. For coloring with markers, I prefer to use Memento ink.

Good paper!
Every project needs a good base, and paper is where it’s at. I also love the amazing variety of designer papers available to crafters.

Coloring tools!
Markers, watercolor pigments, ink, Twinkling H2O’s, colored pencils…. all of them have their place in my stash.

Buttons!
I adore my stash of vintage mother of pearl buttons, and use them on my projects as often as possible.

Paper cutter!
I’m a stickler for straight edges, so a good paper cutter is a must-have for me!

Scoring board!
Yup, I’m a stickler for nice score lines, too! They just make projects look so much nicer!

Die cut machine!
I use a Big Shot, and love the versatility and variety of dies I can use to create cards, tags, accents, and even special holiday ornaments. At first I didn’t think I needed a die cut machine…but ooooh, am I so glad I have it!

Self-healing craft mat!
I use a large 23x17 mat on my workspace. It makes cleanup a breeze, and the always present grid lines make lining up layers a snap.

Glitter!
My favorite glitters are ultrafine crystal, and Diamond Dust glass glitter (mostly for holiday ornaments).

Adhesive!
My favorite adhesive for adhering paper layers together is Tombow Mono Multi. I also LOVE to use Glue Dots on ribbons and tags, and foam dimensionals for adding dimension to projects. I love spray adhesive for when I want GOBS of glitter on projects, and a good white tacky craft glue is perfect for buttons on bows. I might be an adhesive junkie… *grin*

So, Inky friends, how many of these items are already in YOUR stash...and which ones do you still "need" to get?

P.S. Take a look at Anna's blog entry for today to see another adorable card using the Pastry Chef stamp (2233G in wood mounted).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Funnies: Cows

Did you read Tuesday's post showing the cards made with 11125MC Punny Christmas Cows Clear Set? We're continuing the cow theme for today's jokes!


There was a herd of cattle all standing on a hill when an earthquake struck. All of the cows fell down, but the bull remained standing.

The farmer noticed this and went out to ask the bull, "Why didn't you fall down like the rest of the herd?"

The bull replied, "We bulls wobble, but we don't fall down."


What do you call a cow with only two legs?
Lean beef

What do you call a cow with no legs?
Ground beef

What do you call cattle with a sense of humor?
Laughing stock

What did the cow wear to the football game?
A Jersey

Why can't you shock cows?
They've herd it all.

What do you call it when one cow spies on another cow?
A steak out

Where do cows go for lunch?
The calf-eteria

What do you call a cow who just recently had its baby?
De-calf-inated


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Punny Christmas Cow

"Cow" are you today, Inky friends? Thought I'd bring you a few more cards from Trudy Sjolander's Punny Christmas Critter collection. Today we're showcasing 11125MC Punny Christmas Cows Clear Set:


True created this "udderly adorable" sample:


If you'd like to see it in person, click here for a list of Inky Antics Board Program stores who have received the display board containing this one (plus several more from the collection) and the coordinating stamps:


The same From Us To Moo image (0068H in wood mounted) also looks "moo-valous" placed on a cow spot background and layered with glittery papers, as True did in this card:


And here's another one she made, this time featuring the Standing Christmas Cow stamp from the set (4542J in wood mounted):


Wishing "moo" a wonderful day! (Okay, I'll stop with the puns...for now. Just can't help milking it for all it's worth. Ha!)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Stamping With Anna Wight: Cupcake Chef

We're so glad that Anna Wight lists the Chef's Choice collection among her Inky favorites because we love them, too! If there's stamping and food involved, how can you go wrong?

She used one of the Chef's Choice sets for last week's project, and this week she chose 10957LC Baking Chefs Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):

When asked to describe her stamping style in just a few words, Anna states, "Simple, cheerful, and colorful!"

Yep, that's definitely true! You can see how those terms capture the essence of her adorable card:


"I like to keep my designs simple because I tend to use colored images that I want to be the main focus on the card," explains Anna. "I use ribbon, buttons, die-cuts, and doo-dads, but I keep a minimalist style. I love to use images that allow me to color them, to give them my own style."

Here she focused on the Cupcake Chef image from the set (or 10832J in the wood mounted version):


"Most of my inspiration comes from colors I see in printed papers," she continues. "I only use images I love, and having a large assortment of images available to me, the colors in the papers I use really help me pull a project together."

We love the warm color palette that Anna used for her scrumptious-looking card, which includes designer paper from Cosmo Cricket. She colored the image with ShinHan Touch Twin markers and added ultrafine glitter for sparkle (along with her "signature" tracing wheel dots around the edges). The she popped it up with foam tape.

Finally, she created the sentiment banner, adhered a threaded button to the banner, and attached it to her card:


Many thanks to Anna for sharing this super cute project with us. Please come back next week to see what else she'll be "cooking up" as our Guest Designer for October.

In the meantime, hope you have a sweet day, Inky friends!

P.S. Anna has done it again...she's made another charming card using the same Cupcake Chef stamp. To see this different one, check out her blog entry here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Funnies: World Egg Day


Today is World Egg Day, I kid you not. Who knew there was such a thing?

Established at the International Egg Commission Vienna in 1996, World Egg Day is celebrated on the second Friday in October each year. It is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.


In honor of this esteemed holiday, I've got a few riddles to share with you:

What day do eggs hate most?
Fry-day!

How do comedians like their eggs?
Funny side up!

How do monsters like their eggs?
Terri-fried!

What do chickens call a school test?
Eggs-amination!

What did the eggs do when the light turned green?
They egg-celerated!

Why can't you tease egg whites?
Because they can't take a yolk!

How did the egg get up the mountain?
It scrambled up!

What sport are the eggs good at?
Running!

Who tells the best egg jokes?
Comedi-hens!

How do baby chickens dance?
Chick-to-chick!


And here's an adult-rated one:


Hah! Hope you have an egg-cellent weekend, Inky friends!