Thursday, January 31, 2013

Birthday Turtle Congrats

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

Carol said...
Very cute tags! I love the gloss on the turtle it really adds to the life of the turtle. Such great detail on the tags!!!
January 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

For her prize, Carol has won 10917MC Birthday Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Thanks to everyone who joined me in thanking Danielle Lounds for being Inky's Guest Designer in January. Please come back this Sunday, when I introduce our next fabulous visitor!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Birthday Turtle

I had to laugh when I asked Danielle Lounds what her favorite Inky stamps are, and she mentioned 10917MC Birthday Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) as one of them:

It's not that I was surprised by her choice, but rather the way she described it:

"[It's] CUTEness in a shell! I can always use a great birthday stamp set and this one is not only cute but versatile. The little images can be used for making tags or pairing you can pair them with the turtle for bigger scenes that are perfect for cards."

Danielle said that she has been making sets of gift tags recently, and that one set usually takes a couple of hours to finish. "I am a very slow crafter and easily distracted," she admitted. (That's actually a lot faster than I am, so I must be really slow as a turtle!)

Regardless of her perceived speed, I think you'll agree that it's worth the time when you look at this absolutely adorable tag:

Danielle also told me that she is a huge fan of texture and coloring:

"I love coloring, there is something so soothing about filling in all of those white spaces between the lines which is why the majority of the time I work with line draw images. I also can’t make a stampy project without adding some kind of texture, whether it is Glossy Accents, stitching, glitter, ribbon or paper piecing an image with designer paper."

In this case, she added several textural details, such as a jute bow, wood button, and brown pearls. I love how she coated parts of the turtle's shell with Glossy Accents and glitter:

Earlier Danielle had mentioned the versatility of this stamp set. You can mix and match the various elements to create many combinations. Can you spot what's different on this tag:

Yep, he traded his birthday cake for a hat! And look at the carefully-cut layers that are popped up with foam tape:

So very cute! Both of these tags are just charming, wouldn't you agree:

Here are the steps to creating your own turtle tags:

1. Stamp Turtle and accessory images on Choice Snow White cardstock and color with Copic markers. Stamp the accessory images a second time and color.

2. Cut out images, layering the second accessory images over the first using foam dimensionals.

3. Coat portions of the turtle’s shell with Glossy Accents and then add a bit of Rock Candy Distress glitter. Let dry.

4. Stamp sentiment on aqua cardstock and trim to size, cutting the one side with scissors to create a flag.

5. Layer designer paper on Chocolate Chip cardstock and then adhere the turtle and sentiment using more foam dimensionals.

6. Mat on a die-cut tag base and embellish with brown pearls, a button and natural jute.

Paper: Chocolate Chip and Aqua (Stampin’ Up!), Tags and Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Seen & Noted Designer (Pebbles)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Copic Spica Pens
Accessories: Natural Jute (May Arts), Brown Pearls (Queen & Co.), Wood Button, Glossy Acents and Rock Candy Distress Glitter (Ranger), Foam Dimensional

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Danielle also had an encouraging message about stamping, which I really appreciated and wanted to pass along:

"Don’t be afraid to try new things, and if you don’t like the results the first time, give it another try. Don’t be discouraged if you make something you don’t love. It happens to everyone…everyone! There have been many projects that I have made that never make it to my blog and not much further than the round filing bin next to my desk."

It's been a great pleasure having her as our Inky Guest Designer for January! Will you kindly help me thank Danielle 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 quick BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Thursday, January 31st, I'll randomly choose the winner for 10917MC Birthday Turtle Clear Set. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Danielle Lounds: Chocolate Valentine

If you're like Danielle Lounds, you'd name Copic markers, ribbon, a sewing machine, dies, the Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers, foam tape, and rhinestones as some of your favorite stamping tools.

Are any of those items on your must-have list?

And what happens when you combine several of them with 10950MC Valentine Critters # Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):

You might end up with this charming card she made:

How many items can you count from Danielle's list? Well, first I see Copic markers used to color the stamped image. Then there's foam tape used to pop up the candy box, along with ribbon and a Corner Chomper used in the corners:

I just love the glittery touches. The difference really is in the details, huh?

Oh, and here is a close-up of the sewing machine stitching, shown next to the chocolate-themed saying:

How incredibly sweet is that? ;-) If you'd like to make your own, these are the steps:

1. Stamp puppy dog image on Choice Snow White. Stamp the heart box twice more on additional pieces of white cardstock. Color all three images.

2. Layer the main image on Kraft cardstock and stitch the edges using a sewing machine and heavy duty white thread.

3. From the second image, cut out the heart and bow. Attach to first using foam dimensional.

4. From the third image, just cut out the bow and attach to main image using more foam dimensional.

5. Layer designer paper on Kraft cardstock, rounding the top corners of the layers. Stitch edges using sewing machine.

6. Stamp a sentiment on the panel and add vintage seam binding, tying it into a bow.

7. Finish by adhering the panels to the card base using foam dimensional tape and adding a few heart embellishments.

Paper: Kraft (My Favorite Things), Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Designer (Fancy Pants)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Faceted Hearts (Prima), Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Dark Pink Vintage Seam Binding, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Heavy Duty White Thread & Sewing Machine, Foam Tape, Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz)

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Even though it's the last Sunday in January (which usually signals the final GD post of the month), we're not saying goodbye to Danielle quite yet. Please come back on Tuesday for a special bonus project!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Funnies: Baking

My lovely friend Peg has a 12-year-old daughter, Jessica, who has recently developed an interest in baking. In fact, the only item on her Christmas list was a KitchenAid mixer...which, of course, Santa just had to bring to this sweet girl.

On Sunday, they came over for a session on yeast breads. Before dinner, I asked them to do a "Vanna" presentation in front of our bounty:

We made pretzel dogs, pretzel rolls, no-knead bread, and bagels (which were still in the oven when I took the photo). Talk  about a carb extravaganza!

Our doughy afternoon reminded me of this funny baking-related picture:

And here's a silly bit of baking humor, disguised as an obituary notice (originally found here):


Veteran General Mills spokesman, the Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The gravesite was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Born and bread in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, and three children: John Dough, Jane Dough and Dosey Dough, plus they had another bun in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

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If you smiled, please rise to the occasion and pass it on to someone who might be having a crumby day and kneads a lift.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Gift Bag Template

It's 11 degrees below zero today in Minnesota, which is ridiculously cold. On days like this, I really wish that spring would come early.

But whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow later next week, I can still enjoy thoughts of a warmer season with stamping!

Debbie Fisher, who lives in Nebraska where it's also freezy these days, made a cheerful little gift bag that reminds me of milder weather:

The bag was created using our X1-0020 Gift Bag Template (assembly directions shown here):

Then she decorated it with 11156MC Swirly Butterflies Clear Set (drawn by artist and fellow Inky designer Trudy Sjolander), from our new Spring '13 release:

You can see how Debbie left the upper flaps intact and tied them together with a ribbon on her spring butterfly bag.

For this coffee version, she removed one of the flaps and turned the other one down to give it a different look:

The bag was accented with stamps from 11145MC Coffee Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier), also new to our line:

We displayed both of Debbie's adorable samples, along with many more, at our CHA show booth in California last week:

Can you spot hers on the lower left panel? And did you notice our other Gifts In Snap template stamps next to them:

I'm excited to show you more of all these projects in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, hope you stay warm and "java nice day," Inky friends!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Danielle Lounds: Travel Time

Danielle Lounds works full time as a Senior Software Engineer at a tax and accounting software company. "Needless to say, being crafty is a nice change of pace from what I do at my day job," she shares.

"I’ve been stamping since I was a teenager. I was introduced to stamps when my mom brought home a Stampin’ Up! Catalog because her coworker had signed up as a demonstrator. Hee, I think I was more excited to browse through the catalog than her. After I finished college, I started scrapbooking and rediscovered stamping. Since then I’ve been addicted and so has my mom."

Danielle is single, "so no hubby or kids," she says, "but I do have two very well-insulated cats, thus the name of my blog: Fat Cat Stamper."

"I also have two nephews and nieces that range in ages from 18 years old to 5 months, so I can do all the spoiling of them I want. Heh heh, isn’t that what aunts do the best?!"

Not only does Danielle like to spoil her family, but I certainly felt spoiled when I opened the box of gorgeous projects she made as January's Inky Guest Designer. Then I immediately became excited at the prospect of sharing them with you!

Today we're featuring a project that is very timely for me, now that our 2013 show tour is starting. I'm guessing many of you will also find it useful, if you're planning to take a vacation during spring break. It's Danielle's wonderful travel journal:

She created it using 10969MC Travel Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter):

The cover is just adorable, with a popped-up image and saying, stamped background, chipboard letters, ribbon, and other fun details:

But that's not you can see here, there are some neat surprises inside:

Shall we take a look? When you open the cover, you'll find several index cards on which to record your notes from that special trip:

Underneath, there is a handy pocket page that is decorated with ribbon and another stamped image:

It's followed by more index cards and a second pocket page in different but coordinating colors. What a great spot to tuck receipts, ticket stubs, or photos:

Even the back cover is decorated with patterned papers for a beautifully finished appearance:

Here's a final glance once you put it all together:

What a charming little book, which is also easy to make if you follow these steps:

1. Cover backing board with designer paper, removing excess paper using a sanding block (or sanding file).

2. Create two pockets from cardstock that has been cut to 6.5” wide by 7.5” tall. Score at the 4.5” mark to create a pocket page that is 6.5” wide by 4.5” tall. Add piece of cardstock to the opening and then adhere sides shut using glue. Tape ribbon in place, add mini staples and stamp a small image. Round the top corners.

3. Punch covers, pockets, and 40 index cards with Bind-it-All and then assemble book. Do not decorate cover first, as it will not fit in the punching mechanism of the Bind-it-All.

4. Decorate cover using sticker letters, ribbon, pearls, cardstock and stamped images from 10969MC Travel Time Clear Set.

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Paper: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado & Black (PaperTrey Ink), 5”x7” Double-Thick Backing Board (, 4”x6” Index Cards (Office Store), Traveler Designer (My Mind’s Eye)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Copic Markers
Accessories: Thickers Letters (American Crafts), Red Letter Stickers (October Afternoon), Green Pearls (Queen & Co.), Red & Green Polka Dot Ribbons (May Arts), Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz Idea-ology), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), O-Wire binding Wire & Bind-it-All Binding Machine

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Funnies: Senior Moments

One month ago today, my grandmother turned 101 years old. Isn't that amazing? This photo was taken last summer at the Orlando show:

Grandma has always had a good sense of humor, so I don't think she'd find it disrespectful to read today's jokes about senior citizens:

A little old lady came home from shopping and found a robber in her kitchen. Scared and not knowing what to do, she raised her hand and quoted the Scripture "Acts 2:38." The robber froze in his tracks, so she called the police.

When the policeman came, he saw this robber standing perfectly still and wondered what the lady had done. He asked her, and she replied, "I just quoted some Scripture."

The policeman turned to the robber and said, "Why did that Scripture make you act this way?"

The robber replied, "Scripture, what Scripture? I thought she said she had an axe and two 38s."

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Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor, who was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman's hearing to become perfect again.

One month later, the elderly gentleman returned to the doctor for a checkup. The doctor said, "Your hearing is flawless. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again."

To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will five times!"

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Three old couples were having tea one fine day. There were all chatting pleasantly when one of the men, trying to get a chuckle, said to his wife, "Pass the honey, honey!” Everyone gave a little laugh.

A moment later, the second man said, "Pass the sugar, sugar!"

This got a bit of a bigger laugh, so the third man, although not quite as clever or quick-witted as the other two, decided to join in the fun. He waited for the perfect opportunity, cleared his throat, and then confidently said, "Pass the tea, bag!"

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Maurice, an 82-year-old man who lived in a small town, went to the doctor for his physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Maurice walking down the street with a gorgeous young lady on his arm and a big smile on his face.

The following week, when Maurice returned to the doctor for a follow-up visit, the doctor said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?”

Maurice replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc, to 'get a hot mama and be cheerful.'”

The doctor responded, “I did not say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur. Be careful.'”

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Sitting on the side of the highway, waiting to catch speeding drivers, a state police officer saw a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thought to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turned on his lights and pulled the driver over.

Approaching the car, he noticed there were five old ladies--two in the front seat and three in the back--wide eyed and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused, said to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"

"Ma'am," the officer replied, "you weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."

"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly...22 miles an hour!" the old woman said a bit proudly.

The police officer, trying to contain a laugh, explained to her that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman smiled and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

"But before I let you go, ma'am, I have to everyone in this car okay? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time," he pointed out.

"Oh, they'll be all right in a minute, officer," she assured him. "We just got off Route 119."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Flower Chick HoneyPOP

Now that the Spring '13 release is available on the main Inky website, you've been able to see all of our newest HoneyPOP items!

One of them is a "tweet" little chickie, which is the main character in 11151MC Flower Chick HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Inky designer Michelle Pearson created different projects using this same set. Here's the featured card for it:

Scroll upward just a tad from this spot, and you'll find it...along with the pop-out honeycomb "surprise" inside:

Did you notice that vibrant blue vase? It's made from our brand new Blue Raspberry Honeycomb Pad!

For a different look on the card front, you might want to try this layout instead:

What happens if you pull out your 11102SC Fabulous Flower Clear Set (created by Michelle Pearson):

Along with 11104MC Simple Sentiments Clear Set (also created by Michelle):

That's right, you get a charming card like this:

It's an example of a "regular," non-honeycomb card using a HoneyPOP set...although personally I think it's anything but regular.

The HoneyPOP flowers are like a burst of spring (in the middle of winter), and the foam tape placed behind the chick and vase images adds dimension.

Have YOU made a honeycomb card, as well as a non-honeycomb version, using the same HoneyPOP clear stamp set (i.e., any set from our entire HoneyPOP collection)? If so, I'd love to see your work. Please email JPG files to me at

For projects that are posted on this blog, you'll get lots of accolades and pick up a few adoring fans, to boot. Plus we'll send you a nifty thank-you goodie! What could be better?

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Stamps Are Here!

Hi there, Inky friends...our Spring '13 collections are now posted on the main Inky site and available for ordering!

Here's a PDF file of the flyer:

Happy browsing and shopping. :-) 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Danielle Lounds: Soup Time

"I’m a picky eater," Danielle Lounds admits, "but I love pickles. I will even chop them up and add them to chili. Nom nom nom. And before you saw eww…have you ever had a chili dog with relish? So very good!"

Hmm, I have to admit that I'm intrigued by Danielle's suggestion. I'm not a huge chili fan myself, but I do like many types of soups. And lately my husband, Steve, has been eating soup almost every day for lunch.

I wonder what he'd say if I threw a few minced dills into his bowl of chicken noodle soup?

I'm not sure that either Danielle or Steve would love the results of that! But one thing I do love is our new 11146MC Soup Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

I also love this 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" card that Danielle created, featuring the Soup Bowl image (0535F in wood mounted) and Bowl of Wishes saying (0530E in wood mounted):

Here's a closer look at some of her fantastic details, including the notched ribbon, light turquoise pearls, and triple-wrapped jute twine:

And if one is good, more is better! Danielle made not just one but three awesome cards using the same stamp set:

They all coordinate beautifully together, with a zesty palette (or should I say "palate"?) of apple green, light turquoise, and sunny orange.

Here's the green version:

Danielle added dots of Liquid Pearls along the edges of the main image panel, and I think they make a brilliant impact:

The orange version in this group is just as delightful as the others:

I know that, if I received these, it would sure make me feel least emotionally, if not physically. :-) Here's wishing you a healthy winter season!

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Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Kraft (PaperTrey Ink), Fly a Kite (October Afternoon)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Washi Tape (MT), Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Wonky Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pearls (Queen & Co.), Natural Jute and Brown Grosgrain (May Arts), Foam Dimensional Tape, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Many thanks to Danielle for sharing this "souper" batch of cute cards with us!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

CHA Sneak Peek #5: Kitchen Comforts

After months of behind-the-scenes preparations, I'm so excited to show you the previews of our Spring '13 release this week. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them as much as I've enjoyed bringing them to you!

Last but definitely not least is our new Kitchen Comforts collection, drawn by artist Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio.  If you're a foodie-type person, you'll find all kinds of tasty tidbits in this series.

Speaking of Kitchen Comforts, what could be more comforting than a nice, hot cup of tea? This card is a lovely invitation to have a dear friend join you for "a cuppa," so you can catch up with each other:

It was created with 11147MC Tea Time Elements Clear Set, which features a variety of tea-related images and three coordinating sayings.

If you're more of a coffee-type person, we've also got you covered! The images in 11145MC Coffee Time Clear Set have a delightful vintage appeal:

But beverages are not the only items on the menu. This veggie scene in 11146MC Soup Time Clear Set will be a flavorful addition to your stash:

Thanks to Michelle Pearson for her deliciously wonderful cards. Come back tomorrow to see a fun set of projects using this same stamp set, created by Danielle Lounds, our Inky Guest Designer for January.

There are also two more sets in the Kitchen Comforts collection, including a very "sweet" group of stamps for those who like to bake...or eat baked goods, like me. ;-)

Only two more days until these stamps will be posted on the main Inky website, along with all the others you've seen in the sneak peeks this week! Which ones are on your must-have list so far?

Friday, January 11, 2013

CHA Sneak Peek #4: Worldly Women

We're replacing our usual Friday Funnies post with a CHA preview that is a very fitting substitute. It's darn near impossible to look at our Worldly Women collection and not crack a smile!

Nancye Williams has a knack for drawing funny ladies that will make you chuckle, and the coordinating sayings are downright hilarious.

Take a gander at our friend Faye, for instance, who is included in 11139MC Fashionable Worldly Women Clear Set:

Wow, she's sure wearing a lot of bling...but with good reason. Everyone knows how distracting all those baubles are!

Getting older is part of life, and sometimes we just have to poke fun at ourselves. This card, which was made with 11142MC Gambling Worldly Women Clear Set, is a hoot:

There's all kinds of tongue-in-cheek humor in this collection. If you know someone who can take a bit of kidding around and enjoys being on the golf course, she is sure to love this blithe birthday greeting:

It was created using 11167MC Sporty Worldly Women Clear Set, which also contains an amusing tennis player and related sayings.

Today's final card shows a classic Inky favorite stamp, 0884K Hitting The Town, which was previously only avaiable in the wood mounted version:

Now you'll be able to get it in 11138SC Girlfriends Worldly Women Clear Set, which also includes this silly saying:

Thanks to Inky designer Michelle Pearson for providing these delightful cards...and to YOU, for visiting with us today!

Watch for these stamps (in both clear sets and individual wood mounted) plus many more appearing on the Inky website next Monday, January 14th.