Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Millie Mousie Congrats

Congrats to Carrie Roth, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Carrie, please email me with your address by March15th to claim your prize.)

Carrie Roth said...
This is my inspiration. What a great dose today. Thanks.
February 24, 2013 at 6:15 AM

For her prize,  Carrie has won 10951MC Millie Mousie Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Thanks to everyone who joined me in thanking Sue Kment for being Inky's Guest Designer in February. Please come back this Sunday when I introduce our next awesome visitor!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Aviator Benton

Earlier this month, you saw an adorable mini album that our February Guest Designer, Sue Kment, created using 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New):

You may also recall that Anita Madden made this gorgeous card last fall with the same image.

The other day, I just happened to receive a wonderful packet of cards from our friend Becky O'Donnell. You'll never guess which stamps were featured on one of her cards!

Yep, that funny flying bear had been busy again:

You can't tell from the photos, but he was fussy cut and attached to the card with an Action Wobbles spring. When you touch the image, the spring makes his plane bob and weave through the clouds (made using this stencil). So much fun!

Another cool feature of Becky's card is how it unfolds to reveal the inside:

I thought this "aerial shot" would be helpful...and very applicable for this particular project (ha ha!):

If you're planning to attend the Adventures In Stamping show in Akron, Ohio on April 27-28, Becky will be teaching her Fabulous Folds 5 class. (If you check out the class descriptions, don't miss Becky's two additional classes, along with two classes being offered by Michelle Cutts from our sister company Art Gone Wild!)

In her Fabulous Folds 5 class, Becky will explain how to make the same fold-out card design (but decorated with different Inky Antics stamps), along with six other cards featuring our various stamps:

Did you spot the other card with Benton in that picture, though? That's right, Becky used him on a different fancy fold card for the class. It's bear-y cute, if I do say so myself!

Since we're on the subject of classes, just a reminder that Tina Covington will be teaching her next class (featuring other Inky Antics stamps) at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas tomorrow and then again on Friday. You can read details about it here.

Last summer, Tina had made this charming card with Aviator Benton:

I love how Benton is soaring through the designer paper clouds, don't you?

And, last month, Tina created this version:

She stamped just the propeller part again, cut it out, and adhered it onto the whole image with foam tape for added dimension. "Props" to Tina for making such a fantastic card!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Sue Kment: Millie Mousie

When I asked Sue Kment where she finds inspiration for her stamping projects, she replied, "Oh, the internet is wonderful for inspiration! I also love pretty and colorful designer papers."

I'm hoping that today YOU will be inspired, Inky readers, when you see the fantastic items that Sue created using 10951MC Millie Mousie Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Here's an adorable cookie card that Sue "baked up" just for you:

She stamped a bunch of chocolate chip goodness in Millie's arms, and added pretty paper piecing details to her outfit:

Of course, the cookie shape of the Silhouette-cut card itself makes this even more unique and fun:

As you know, one of the terrific features of this clear set is how you can mix and match Millie's accessories for extra versatility.

Just give her a giant bandage and nurse's cap, and she will happily decorate this charming doctor bag (cut from the Silhouette Round Top Heart Box file by Samantha Walker):

Sue colored the mouse with Copic Markers R20, C1, 2, 3 & 4 and E00 & 11 and the bandage with E93, 95 & 97. Millie's dress was paper pieced using Bo Bunny Crush Collection designer paper:

The top of the box slides off, so you can access the goodies inside:

In this case, it's Barbie-themed bandages, lip gloss, tissue, stickers, and some cute little hair bobbles:

Sue has a very sick little friend who is staying at a children's hospital in the big city, and this box was made to cheer her up.

I'll bet kids and grown-ups alike would be thrilled to receive something like this, don't you think? For someone who isn't feeling well, it would be "just what the doctor ordered"!

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For new stampers (and even seasoned ones), Sue suggests browsing sites like Splitcoaststampers and visiting stamping blogs. "Don’t be afraid to ask those bloggers how they made something," she encourages. "I was a good one for always asking questions--stampers out there love to share info! Join challenges--you learn so much from them."

But, most importantly, she says, "Stamp what makes you happy!"

We definitely agree with Sue's advice, and I'm so grateful for having her as our Inky Guest Designer in February! Will you please help me thank Sue for sharing her beautiful projects with us by leavng a comment at the end of this post?

Your comment will also enter you in a BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, February 27th, I'll randomly choose the winner for 10951MC Millie Mousie Clear Set. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Funnies: Bark!

Did you know that tomorrow is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day?

Yeah, I'm not quite sure what that means, either. But it does make me think of dog humor, especially on Fridays...and I've got a few cartoons to share with you!

This is one of  my very all-time favorites (in fact, I've even still got a yellowed copy that I'd pulled from a page-a-day calendar many years ago), from the hilarious Gary Larson:

Even dogs can be puzzled by the "younger generation" (ha, does that make me sound old or what!):

This one just plain makes me laugh out loud. What more is there to say...other than "Bark!":

 Here's a bit of dry humor:

 And, finally, my favorite elementary-school joke (which I think can be appreciated by any age):

I'm not sure how "pup-u-lar" today's post will be, but nevertheless I hope you enjoy it. ;-)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tina's Class Preview

Our friend Tina Covington teaches a monthly card class at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. She recently told me about the preview she posted for her next sessions, which will be held on February 27th and then again on March 1st.

For one of her cards, she used our new 11149MC Basket Bunny HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Here is the adorable card she made with those stamps:

Although it's a HoneyPOP set and can be used with our Honeycomb Paper Pads, Tina chose to make a unique z-fold card instead.

As you may know, HoneyPOP sets always contain "regular" elements so you can also use them to make standard cards (in addition to HoneyPOP cards).

This is such a cool design, and I love the hidden message that is revealed once it's completely opened:

Tina's class includes two more wonderful cards, which you can view on her blog.

If you live in the Dallas area and are interested in signing up for Tina's class, you can find more details about it here or contact the store by calling (972) 923-3151.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Springtime Ducks

According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is supposed to come early this year. It sure doesn't feel like it today, with the temperature hovering at a chilly 3 degrees here in Minnesota.

But I hope our groundhog pal is right...and, in the meantime, I'm sharing two cards made with our new spring-themed 11163MC Ducks & Daffodils Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

With its cheery pastel colors and pretty paper flowers, this card by Michelle Pearson reminds me that warm weather will eventually be arriving:

And for our "try it different" version, Michelle changed the orientation, lightened the palette even more, and added a delicate die-cut frame:

Hope your day is just ducky, Inky friends!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Sue Kment: Benton Bear

Sue Kment made a couple of "un-bear-lievably" cute projects that I'm so excited to share with you today! She used 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New):

The first one is an adorable mini photo album for her grandson Luke:

Check out the neat popped-up elements, including Benton's Airplane (8822K in wood mount) and swiss dot clouds:

Sue did a beautiful job of blending with her Copic markers:

There is a page inside for each month's photo to be inserted:

Here's a card using other stamps from the same set:

If you ever forget someone's birthday, this belated card is sure to smooth things over:

I love how the raised bear image is "standing" on a paper border:

So bear-y fun, don't you think? (The projects I mean, not my bad puns. LOL!)

Luke's Album
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Kraft, Garden Green, Night of Navy & Miscellaneous

Designer Papers Inside: Basic Grey Wander & Imaginisce Let’s Roll

Silhouette-Cut Files: Mini Album January-December Pages, Clouds

Copic Markers: E31, 33, 34 & 37

Miscellaneous: Bind It All, Pop Dots

Belated Birthday Card
Cardstock: Echo Park Splash, Kraft from SU! & Bazzill Basics Circus Peanut Orange

Copic Markers: E31, 33, 34 & 35 and R20

Miscellaneous: Bakers Twine, Pearls, Pop Dots, Versafine Ink

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Funnies: Love

On the heels of Valentine's Day, I thought you might enjoy reading these kids' ideas about love.

Children, aged 5 to 10, were asked questions about what they thought of love and marriage. Here's what they said:

"If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long."
--Glenn, age 7

"Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life."
--John, age 9

"I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful."
--Manuel, age 8

"No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular."
--Mae, age 9

"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too."
--Greg, age 8

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date."
--Mike, 10

"It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble."
--Kenny, age 7

"One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills."
--Ava, age 8

"I'm not rushing into being in love. I'm finding fourth grade hard enough."
--Regina, age 10

"Love is foolish...but I still might try it sometime."
--Floyd, age 9

"Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me."
--Dave, age 8

If you'd like to read additional quotes, you can find a bunch more of them here.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope your day is dog-gone wonderful, Inky friends!

This adorable card was created by Anita Madden using 10948LC Puppy & Kitty Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller).

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Tall Bag Template

A few weeks ago, I posted a couple of projects made using X1-0020 Gift Bag Template from our Gifts In A Snap collection.

Today we're featuring another stamp from that series, 10189X Tall Bag Template:

This cute little bag is easy to put together by following the directions printed right on the wood mount. You can also view a step-by-step photo tutorial here.

Recently, Debbie Fisher decorated the bag using stamps from our new 11155MC Swirly Birds Clear Set (drawn by artist and fellow Inky designer Trudy Sjolander):

Her finished bag ended up looking so "tweet":

Debbie also made a second bag, which was adorned stamps from with another Spring '13 release, 11147MC Tea Time Elements Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio):

As you can see, this variation has a unique twist:

Instead of cutting out the bag's handles, Debbie ingeniously trimmed around them (leaving the inside parts "solid") and scored them in half so the semi-circular sections could meet in the middle.

How clever is that? You might also have noticed that your image doesn't necessarily have to fit completely onto the bag. The layered ovals (in the tea sample) and circles (in the birdy sample) extend past the bag's sides and give it movement. So creative and fun!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Sue Kment: Consider Yourself Hugged

If you just had to get 10948LC Puppy & Kitty Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller) last week after seeing Sue Kment's charming cards, you'll enjoy seeing another project she made using these stamps:

Check out this adorable box that Sue created:

In my opinion, it's a perfect example of "clean and simple" stamping at its best. Projects don't necessarily have to be complicated in order to look incredible!

Start with good coloring and blending techniques, like Sue did here:

Include a few layers and a bit of twine:

And pop things up with foam dots to add dimension:

Finish off your box with some cut-out grass to "ground" the image, and you're done!

This would be great for Valentine's Day, of course, but it works equally as well for everyday occasions. Who can't use a nice hug...the stamping way!

Sue's favorite snack is pretzels, which would fit neatly into this packaging. I can think of many other items that I'd love to put in there, too. What might YOU add?

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Pieces Cut Using Silhouette: Box, Hearts & Grass

Miscellaneous: Twine & Pop Dots

Copic Markers: E40, 41, 43, 44 & R46 (Puppy); YR 20, 21, 24, 27 (Kitty)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Funnies: Super Bowl Sunday

Note from Jackie: My husband, Steve, thinks he is a funny guy. Sometimes he is, and sometimes he isn't. ;-) I'll let you decide for yourself...he wrote today's post.

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Last Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday. It is the pinnacle of a long football season. A day fans wait for all year, waiting to see which team is truly the best. Feasts are planned. There are chips, dips, burgers, brats, and a smorgasbord of hotdishes to graze upon. Friends share stories of the past season. Why, there might even be an adult beverage or two consumed. It’s a day to celebrate the game they love. A day they believe should be a national holiday (or the Monday that follows, for those who need the day off, which might be more accurate).

My wife isn’t much of sports fan. Not knowing that last Sunday was a sacred day to football fans, she invited some friends over for dinner. There would be no gathering of elite football minds for me. No discussing what plays should have been called or how the refs blew the call. No burgers, no brats, no chips and dips. No sampling of the potluck lined up on the counter. To her, this was just another ordinary Sunday.

So, being the wonderful husband that I am, I didn’t make a big deal of it. I didn’t whine or cry. No pouting. No planning to sneak out to the neighbors to catch 10 minutes of the game and a quick burger. Instead, I helped prepare the house for our guests' arrival. I vacuumed, dusted, peeled potatoes, and oh yeah, set the DVR to record the game!

After our guests departed, I prepared to watch the big game. But first I had to take the garbage out and put the car in the garage. I got into the car, turned on the ignition, and before I could turn off the radio, I heard it: “Baltimore is your Super Bowl champ…”

The game was now ruined for me. I had no desire to watch a game when I knew what the outcome was going to be. I parked the car, walk in the house, turned off the TV, and cried myself to sleep.

The next evening, after having recovered slightly, I turned on the TV and selected the football game. My thumb hovered over the delete button. But instead of erasing it, I found myself hitting "play." I would watch it. After all, there was more to the game than knowing who won. It was about how it was played, the stories within the game. That only lasted about five minutes, though, and then I fast forwarded through the game to watch the commercials. (Some people, like my wife, would say those are the best part of the Super Bowl game anyway. I have to admit that a few of them were pretty funny.)

Here are what I thought were the top five commercials:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Puppy Love Congrats

Congrats to Lorie, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Lorie, please email me with your address by February 28th to claim your prize.)

Lorie said...
I love this set and Sue...she is a delightful artist! The 'SWAK' sentiment is something that my husband always wrote on the envelope of the letters he sent me from Iraq. So cute!
February 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

For her prize, Lorie has won 10948LC Puppy & Kitty Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):

Thanks to everyone who joined me to welcome Sue Kment as Inky's Guest Designer in February. I'm excited to show you more of her wonderful projects this month!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Baking Time

We're following up last Friday's post on humorous cake mistakes with a few "sweet" projects for you today! Inky artist Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio drew the yummy images in the new 11144MC Baking Time Clear Set:

If you use these stamps to decorate a box created with X2-2940 Square Box Template, you could end up with this adorable project that Debbie Fisher whipped up (using a variation of the basic instructions shown here):

Of course, you wouldn't be able to fit a real piece of cake inside the box...but a little cookie or two could certainly work!

If you wanted to mix things up, you could make a card like this one from Michelle Pearson:

The upper and lower panels open up, showing a beautifully finished inside:

And, of course, you know how changing the color palette can make a dramatic difference. Take a look at this cheery version that Nancy baked up herself:

The "yellow cake" colors are carried through the rest of the layout, along with a fun mottled background created with Distress Ink:

In case I've whetted your appetite for more, Nancy explains the techniques she used in this blog post!