Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Funnies: Test Answers

School has been a big part of our history. Steve taught second grade for nearly ten years before changing careers in his mid-thirties, and I was a middle school English teacher from 1991 until 1997 (prior to starting Inky).

My friend Peg, whom I met while teaching, was just telling me the other day that she is definitely ready for summer vacation. She'll be working through most of it anyway, but it sounds like maybe her students are getting restless these days.

As you may recall from your own experience, the end of the school year means final exams...from elementary through college levels. Most students put forth an honest effort, but sometimes there is some wild guessing that occurs, as demonstrated on this answer sheet:

According to the story, this student's professor sent him an e-mail the following day:

Dear Michael,

Every year I attempt to boost my students’ final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 true/false questions from only 3 chapters of material. For the past 20 years that I have taught Intro Communications 101 at this institution, I have never once seen someone score below a 65 on this exam. Consequently, your score of a zero is the first in history and ultimately brought the entire class average down a whole 8 points.

There were two possible answer choices: A (true) and B (false). You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to get lucky with a least a quarter of the answers. It’s as if you didn’t look at a single question. Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you next year!

May God have mercy on your soul.

Professor William Turner

P.S. If all else fails, go with B from now on. B is the new C.

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Of course, some students don't guess at all, but rather provide their own creative responses...with hilarious results!

Check out this conclusion:

My favorite answers are the literal ones, such as this:

Or this:

Or my personal favorite, which is this:

Here's a more involved response:

Hopefully, it will never get this bad in reality:

Which of these answers tickled your funny bone the most?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hattie Sends Love Congrats

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

Kecia said...
Look at that coloring! Wowzers! Such depth!
May 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM  

For her prize, Kecia won 11019SC Hattie Sends Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Hattie Lace):

Thanks to everyone who joined me in thanking Dina Kowal for being Inky's Guest Designer in May. Please come back this Sunday for a new introduction!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Swirly Dragonflies

Come fly with us! This week's card on our main website features 11157MC Swirly Dragonflies Clear Set (drawn by Inky artist and designer Trudy Sjolander):

Here's another lovely card that True created, showing other stamps from the same set:

Debbie Fisher gave these stamps a completely new twist by cutting out the dragonfly image and using it to decorate our X2-2940 Square Box Template. to make this adorable treat box:

To add movement and even more dimension, the cut-out dragonfly can also be popped off the card (such as with a bent strip of clear cardstock), as Sean Fetterman did with his cheery greeting:

While he was making this home decor item, Joe Rotella apparently had the exact same thought:

I've only shown you a peek of Joe's sparkly creation...but you can click here for all the details and more photos. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Dina Kowal: Hattie Sends Love

When Dina Kowal was growing up, her family moved a lot. That meant she kept in touch with friends in other places by writing letters, just like the this girl in 11019SC Hattie Sends Love Clear Set (drawn by artist Hattie Lace):

Dina used this stamp set to create a fanciful multi-layered card:

Although she really likes creating her own background paper with stamps and a mixture of different coloring mediums, this time Dina used existing scraps from her treasured stash and then dry embossed the entire panel:

"When I stamp and especially when I color," reveals Dina, "I like to think through each section of color and add details that make the image look more realistic, either adding some scenic elements to the image, or adding texture, shading, or dimension."

You can see how she did that here by coloring Hattie with Prismacolors, sponging the piece while it was still in her Spellbinders die, and then shading with pencils even more:

Look at the variety of shades she used on each part of the image, especially in Hattie's hair:

Dina added the same Impression Obsession die-cut bow from Tuesday's project, but this time in apple green:

(By the way, check out her blog post on today's card for a handy tip about decorating the buttons!)

For a wonderful finishing touch, she stamped the saying plus the image again inside the card, extending the table line with a matching marker:

Dina says she is determined to never stop learning: "I’ve learned to get good at just being myself and using the resources I have, rather than needing the newest this-or-that or everything so-and-so has."

"I’ve [also] learned to enjoy playing and experimenting and trying new things. Art is one of the few areas in life where we get to make our own rules (and even then, still have permission to break them!)."

I admire Dina's approach very much, and I hope YOU feel inspired to make and break your own rules in stamping, Inky friends. If you agree, would you please help me thank her for joining us this month and sharing her incredible talent with us, by leaving a comment at the end of this post?

Your comment will also enter you in a BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, May 29th, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11019SC Hattie Sends Love Clear Set. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Funnies: Marriage

Tomorrow evening, we'll be having dinner with Steve's family to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my in-laws:

Of course, I know the situation tomorrow will be quite different from this joke:

Jealous in a Restaurant

There is an old story about an older couple having dinner in a restaurant. The wife sees another couple about their age sitting in a booth nearby.

She sees the husband sitting close to his wife, with his arm around her. He is whispering things in her ear, and she is smiling and blushing. He’s gently rubbing her shoulder and touching her hair.

The woman turns to her husband and says, "Look at the couple over there. Look how close that man is to his wife, how he’s talking to her. Look at how sweet he is. Why don’t you ever do that?"

Her husband looks up from his Caesar salad and glances over at the next booth. Then he turns to his wife and says, "Honey, I don’t even know that woman."

My grandparents were married for 47 years, before my grandpa passed away in 1980. As a kid, I remember seeing a plaque with this exact saying that was on the wall of their garage:

In light of that, I'm sure my grandma would also have appreciated this little poem:

Secret of a Happy Marriage

To keep your marriage brimming,
with love in the wedding cup,
whenever you're wrong, admit it;
whenever you're right, shut up.
~Ogden Nash

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

How do you decide whom to marry?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
~Alan, age 10

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
~Derrick, age 8

What do most people do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
~Lynnette, age 8

Is it better to be single or married?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
~Anita, age 9

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Congratulations to Jerry and Nikki! And to our Inky friends, I hope all of your relationships are filled with lasting love and happiness.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Bug Hammock

We recently planted two sugar maple trees in our back yard. It'll be several years before they're full grown, but maybe in a decade we'll be able to mimic the little guy at the bottom of 10986MC Hanging Out Buggies Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

I'll just have to wait, because a couple of pencils sure aren't going to support me like our 0807J Bug Hammock friend:

IMy simple card above uses bold, cheery colors and was quick to put together. But if you really want to go "all out" in a fancy design, check out Dina Kowal's absoutely gorgeous creation using these stamps:

Dina used Derwent watercolors and a wet brush to fill in an outdoor scene behind him:

The rest of the scene (the grass border and tiny flowers from the hydrangea set) was made with die cuts from Impression Obsession. Each flower was dotted in the center with a dab of Viva pearl paint:

The bow is also an I.O. die, with a small pearl center. How do you get your own custom pearl colors? It's easy...just swipe over it with a Touch Twin marker like Dina did!

The pearl and bow are sitting atop a Sizzix tag die:

Wishing you a relaxing day, Inky friends!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Dina Kowal: Sewing Mousie

My mother is short. Her drivers license puts her at 5'2", but I'm pretty sure that is an exaggeration. She may very well be shrinking slightly every time I see her. I call her my Mini Mommy.

However, Mom is tall compared to Dina Kowal, who is only 5'1/4".

"For some reason, that was something that really surprised my online stamping buddies when we met in person last year," Dina reveals. "Apparently I seem taller online!"

Ha, funny! So this week we've got a little mousie to match our height-challenged friend, in 11153MC Sewing Mousie HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Dina may be short in stature, but she is mighty tall on talent! Take a look at her oh-so-adorable creation:

You can use this set to make a HoneyPOP card, of course. But I love how Dina did a standard-style version.

She placed the thimble mousie image in front of a die-cut sewing basket (Impression Obsession) filled with spools of thread:

The die-cut octagon panel (Lifestyle Crafts), button (Impression Obsession), and fishtail tag (My Favorite Things) enhance the quilting/sewing theme:

And, of course, Dina's coloring and shading are impeccable:

Thanks to Dina for sharing her card, which turned out "sew" cute!

Friday, May 17, 2013

"Friday Funnies": Clever Recycling

Today's post isn't so much "funny" as it is ingenious. But not by my own doing: My mom-in-law had forwarded this email to me...and I immediately put it into my "saved" file to share with you.

When you look at the photos, I hope you'll understand why. Let's start with this one:

Who can resist those hungry little birdies? You all know how much I love to eat!

When I first saw this picture, it made me think about what outfits were suspended in my closet, in case I should decide that I'd want to hang up my next recipe:

And take a look at this one...who thinks up these things, anyway?! Wish it was my own idea:

Oh wait, I wish this was my idea even more:

Steve and I planted a border of petunias in our perennial garden last night. How fun would it have been if we would have planted BATHTUBS instead:

And here's my personal favorite of all...teacup gardens:

You could also fill them with bird seed, which is another idea I'm definitely going to try soon.

Hope your day is turned into a fun-filled one, Inky friends!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Swirly Bees

Thought I'd buzz by today with a few projects featuring 11154MC Swirly Bees Clear Set (drawn by Inky artist and designer Trudy Sjolander):

This simple yet adorable card was created by True using her own stamps and printed paper:

Debbie Fisher used V1-1223 Rectangle Box Template as the base for her bee-utiful treat box:

For a unique accent, Judy Rozema had a great idea to die-cut hexagonal pieces from True's Sunny Day on White printed paper, which mimicked a honeycomb pattern:

I just love Lisa Lara's cheerful card...and how she curved the saying to match the bee hive, which she explains on her blog:

Lisa also made this delightful Valentine (which could easily be adapted for an everyday card), with the bee attached to a strip of clear cardstock so it looks like it's hovering in mid-air:

Hope you have a hap-bee day, Inky friends!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Dina Kowal: Snapdragon Pendant

Dina Kowal and her husband have been in full-time ministry for the last 12 years. Their educational background is in linguistics and cross-cultural outreach.

"At the training center where we live, my husband teaches Bible classes," shares Dina. "I teach a basic health class, help with phonetics, and take a turn sometimes teaching the ladies in a weekly chapel time.

"We also have a small group that meets weekly that we lead together. And we homeschool! I’m also a freelance product designer (rubber/clear stamps and dies) with designs for sale through Impression Obsession, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, and Our Daily Bread Designs.

"Living in a cross-cultural environment can be stressful, so I’m grateful to have a creative outlet to channel some of that away. I'm drawn to images of nature...[and] in my stamp collection, the categories that are overflowing are girls, mice, birds, flowers (especially poppies), lighthouses, coffee and tea."

So, it's no surprise that Dina chose to work with 11164MC Poppies & Snapdragons Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

For today's project, she decided to make a pendant. Since she already has three poppy necklaces, she chose the snapdragon stamp image.

Dina used this vibrant photo she found online for color reference:

Then she got down to business with her Touch Twin markers:

Once the image was colored, she applied a thin, even layer of Diamond Glaze on the back side of a 7/8" x 1 1/4" glass tile:

She carefully pressed it onto the image and allowed it to dry overnight:

After the glue was dry, she cut around the edges, signed the back of her piece, and coated the backof the cardstock with more Diamond Glaze:

The final steps were adding a small bail to the back and threading the pendant onto a memory wire necklace. And, voilĂ , her pendant was done:

I think anyone would be delighted to wear this stunning necklace, and you can see how easy it was to make. Thanks to Dina for sharing her lovely creation with us!