Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Vicki Garrett: Snowman Soup

Are you a fan of snowmen stamps? If so, you can join the Frosty Club along with Vicki Garrett.

"I LOVE the snowman soup set [from Inky Antics]!" she proclaims. "My mom and I have been making snowman soup for years, and I love that I can stamp the sentiment where I want it! The sweet little snowman in the bowl is to DIE for!!!"

She's talking, of course, about 10936MC Snowman Soup Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

Vicki's favorite technique is coloring, which is what she did below with her TouchTwin Markers and that "little snowman in the bowl" (also known as 5060F Soupy Snow in wood mounted):

After stamping and coloring the image, she sponged the background and edges, and then heat embossed snowballs with white powder.

Finally, Vicki attached it to a brown paper bag and topped everything off with cinnamon sticks tied into a bow:

Did you notice the monochromatic stamped background on the bag:

Yep, as I always say, it's the little things that make a big difference. What an adorable finished project:

Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake - SU, Truffle - Donna Salazar Mixed Media Ink, Black - Memento, Spun Sugar & Tumbled Glass - Tim Holtz Distress

Paper: Shipping Tag - Staples, Brown Lunch Sack

Accessories: White Embossing Powder & Seam Binding Ribbon - SU, Cinnamon Sticks, Sponges

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"The most important thing I’ve learned is to be the judge of my own work. If I enjoy what I am doing and I like what I create, that is all that matters," shares Vicki.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you are your own best beholder. Enjoy the process and don’t waste time determining whether your creation is as pretty as someone else’s. If you like it, that is what counts. Enjoying the benefit of the gift of a smile from the receiver of your card , layout or hand stamped creation is worth more than anything else."

Well said, Vicki! Won't you please help me thank her for joining us this month and sharing her wonderful 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, July 3rd, I'll randomly choose the winner for 10936MC Snowman Soup Clear Set. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

5th Annual Stamp Art Gathering in Hamburg, NY

Attention to all stampers who will be attending the StampScrapArtTour show in Hamburg, NY:

Our friend Becky O'Donnell is hosting the 5th Annual Stamp Art Get Together. This event will be held on Sunday, August 25th, at 9:30-11:30 AM, and it's FREE with purchase of your weekend pass to the convention.

It includes the opportunity to make several make & take projects, and you can also participate in five different optional swaps. Becky, also known as KewlKat on Splitcoast, has provided details in this post. (Or, if you wish to contact Becky directly, you can email her.)

If you're interested, please don't's limited to the first 50 people who have registered and sent in their paperwork. Becky's events are always a lot of fun, and this will be a wonderful addition to your activities at the show that weekend!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Funnies: Very Punny

As you've probably figured out from my blog posts and so many of our Inky sayings, I'm a real "word nerd." Puns just make me smile!

If you're like me this way, you'll enjoy today's jokes:

Compliments at the Bar

A businessman walked into a bar, sat down, and ordered a beer. As he sipped the beer, he heard a voice say, "Nice tie!"

Looking around, he saw that the bar was empty, except the bartender who was all the way at the other end of the bar. The man shrugged and was about to take a sip of his beer when the same voice said, "Nice haircut!"

The man called the bartender over. "I could be losing my mind," he told the bartender. "I keep hearing these voices saying nice things to me, but there's no one in here but us."

"Oh, it's the peanuts," the bartender said, pointing to a bowl of peanuts sitting on the bar.

"What?” asked the man. "The peanuts?"

"“Yeah," the bartender replied. "It's the peanuts...they're complimentary."

The Farmer and the Bug

A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started buzzing around his head. The farmer swatted at it, missed it, and kept on milking his cow.

Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow's ear. The farmer didn't think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. Apparently, it went in one ear and out the udder.

The Boastful Chess Players

Several chess players were standing in the lobby of a hotel, talking to each other. One chess player mentioned a victory he recently had, then another talked about a tournament he won, and then a third told a story of winning his most difficult chess game ever.

After about an hour, the hotel manager came from around the front desk and asked them to leave the lobby.

"I don't understand," one of them said. "Why can’t we stay here?"

"Because," the manager informed him. "I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: More Marvelous Match-Ups

On Sunday, you saw the fun card that Vicki Garrett made featuring 10932MC Marvelous Match-Ups Clear Set.

Over the years, we've seen several great creations using this versatile set. Today's projects come from the archives of our long-time friend and talented stamper Keri Lee Sereika.

This first layout is simple and classic. Being more of a right-brained person, I find its symmetry very appealing...yet I can also appreciate the offset sentiment tag, which adds an extra touch of whimsy:

Here's a lovely card by itself, but it's even better when paired with the adorable gift bag made with our 10189X Tall Bag Template stamp:

Speaking of ensembles, this cheerful grouping includes a pretty greeting card, book mark, and tote:

I'm a big fan of interactive cards or anything with a unique twist, so this pocket card with its pull-up insert is right up my alley:

Which of these is your favorite? Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a marvelous day!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Vicki Garrett: Marvelous Match-Ups

Last Friday's post showed how sometimes the simple things in life are the best. Today's card from Vicki Garrett illustrates this concept in action...stamping style!

"I am a person that enjoys variety in all aspects of my life, so I’m not surprised that my style fluctuates with my mood," she says. "I’m not a creature of habit or routine, which seems to be apparent in my artwork."

Vicki started with images from 10932MC Marvelous Match-Ups:

"I am a very visual person, so I think a lot of [inspiration for my projects] is stored in my head," she explains. "Because I’m a busy chick, I don’t have a lot of time to spend online, however I see colour combinations in nature and in my daily travels."

I'm not sure how Vicki decided to combine yellow, magenta, orange, light green, and violet blue...but it's a delightful and surprising mix of bold colors that work great together! She randomly scattered them across the panel using the flower petal, plaid center, leafy stem, and polka dot elements:

The saying is from 11153MC Sewing Mousie Clear Set, which Vicki featured earlier this month. She embellished it with a corduroy button threaded with hemp twine, which adds a whimsical touch along with a bit of texture:

Then she double matted the panel and placed it onto her card front:

Super simple yet totally awesome! You'll be able to whip up a bunch of these quickly, and then get back outside to enjoy the summer weather.

Ink: Grape, Guava, Tangerine, Banana, Licorice - Stephanie Barnard by Colorbox, Jalapeno - Clearsnap Colorbox

Paper: Various Cardstock - SU

Accessories: Hemp Twine, Word Window Punch - SU, Corduroy Button

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Funnies: Rubber Band Babies

No introduction necessary...I can't imagine this NOT making anyone smile:

Enjoy the simple things in life, Inky friends!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Snapdragons

Several years ago, one of my very first flower garden successes was growing snapdragons. I remember sitting outside for quite a while one sunny evening, gently squeezing the sides to make the "dragon" open and close his mouth, and being entertained by this simple delight.

These flowers have held a special place in my heart ever since. That's why I was excited when artist Nancy Baier drew a snapdragon cluster, which is part of  11164MC Poppies & Snapdragons Clear Set:

Last month, you saw Dina Kowal's gorgeous pendant made with this stamp:

We also featured a very pretty card by Michelle Pearson in our Idea Showcase:

I thought you might be interested in looking at Nancy's first project using this image...before it even became a stamp:

That's right, she drew it in her sketchbook and then turned it into a card. You can see it's a bit different than the final version, but close enough so that you could create a very similar one using your stamps.

And that's an awesome thing about stamps...they are perfect for those of us who cannot draw (like me!) but still want to create using images. Anyone can learn to color and blend, especially with Gamsol and pencils, and then put together a simple layout.

Here is Nancy's most recent snapdragon card with a lovely vintage appeal, made with her actual stamp set this time:

Her highlights and shadows really make the image stand out:

You can read more about Nancy's process in her blog post. Thanks to Dina, Michelle, and Nancy for sharing their wonderful projects!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Vicki Garrett: Sporty Turtle

"Inky has the most exceptional turtles," claims Vicki Garrett.

I know that I'm biased, of course, but I definitely agree with her! One of our many cute turtle sets is 10937MC Sporty Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

The main image is also available in wood mounted as 10399E Waving Turtle. When you add some of the coordinating pieces from the clear set, though, you can really give him a sporty flair!

Vicki stamped some fun accessories onto her turtle, colored and cut him out, and then created dimension with foam dots:

She used her Uniball Signo White Gel Pen to highlight his rosy cheeks with dots of white, for an adorable touch:

"Sponges...[I] can't live without them, as I ink a lot of edges!" Vicki exclaims. Here's an example of how inked edges add pizzazz, along with punched-out arrows that she used to create a cool border:

And what happens when you put everything together? Let's reveal Vicki's fantastic results:

Yep, you end up with a "turtally awesome" card such as this one!

Paper: Daffodil - SU, Designer Paper - Bazzill

Ink: Black - Memento, Truffle - Donna Salazar by Colorbox

Accessories: Arrow Punch, Chalk & Foam Dimensionals - SU, Uniball White Gel Pen & Silver Gel Pen - Signo, Markers - Shinhan TouchTwin

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Funnies: Fathers

Note From Jackie: Oops, I thought I'd scheduled this entry to auto-post yesterday, but apparently I'd just saved the draft. Sorry for being late, but it works out one day closer to the topic anyway. :-)

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”

A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”

“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M Company!”

A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”

“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”

The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall. “What’s wrong?” the others ask.

“I work for 7 Up!”

Q: How is the baby bird like its dad?
A: It’s a chirp off the old block.

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Papa Bear

My husband’s cousin married a former Marine who now works for United Parcel Service. They bought their four-year-old son two stuffed bears—one in a UPS uniform and the other in Marine garb.

When the boy seemed confused, his father brought out a picture of himself in full Marine dress. “See, Connor?” he explained, pointing to the photo and then to the bear. “That’s Daddy.”

Connor’s eyes went from one to the other, and then he asked in a puzzled voice, “You used to be a bear?”

Read more Dad jokes here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Floral Cross

Although it's not a very "fun" topic, unfortunately we all experience losses in life. One of the joys of stamping is to be able to spread kindness and help lighten someone's burden.

I know that when I've received a sympathy card, it has touched me knowing someone else cares. And when that card is handmade, it is even more special.

The elegant images and sayings in 11097MC Floral Faith Clear Set (drawn by artist Vicki Schreiner) can be used to create many lovely projects:

For instance, Michelle Pearson layered several white elements that offset the striking lavender cross (2871J Floral Cross in wood mounted) and coordinating dry-embossed panel in this beautiful card:

Change the paper colors and shapes of the die-cut pieces, and you'll get a completely different--yet just as pretty--version like this one from Tina Covington:

Or switch the orientation, along with a few other elements, and you may be surprised by the unqiue results:

I like how the green band extends behind the width of the card to draw your eye from the cross to the sentiment (0242E Deepest Sympathy in wood mounted), and the colored pearls add a feminine touch.

Thank you to Michelle and Tina for sharing their thoughtful greetings with us!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Vicki Garrett: Benton's Hiding

Many of our Inky customers and friends have fascinating jobs, but this is the first time I've met one who facilitates correctional treatment programs for federally sentenced men, which is what Vicki Garrett does.

"[I] love my work," she asserts,  "as it’s ever changing and there is rarely a dull moment." Wow, I can imagine that must be very true!

Vicki is also a mom to an "almost-17-year-old man child" and her "fur baby, Sydney the Shi-Tzu," so she is surrounded by males. In keeping with a masculine theme, she made this delightful card for today's project:

She used the Benton's Hiding image (8722G in wood mount) from 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New):

The double-sided paper from the Paper Loft in the Huckleberry Pond collection is a perfect complement:

Vicki's coloring and blending of the cut-out bear image is so smooth and seamless:

She added a touch of shading to her sentiment circle for depth and visual interest:

And the inside of Vicki's card was beautifully decorated, as well:

Check out the shadow-stamped image overlapping the saying, which I think is such a creative finishing touch on this "beary" terrific card:

Paper: The Paper Loft

Ink: Black - Memento, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Accessories: Foam Dimensionals, Ink Blending Tool - Ranger, Markers - Copic

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Funnies: The Memorial

I know that Memorial Day was more than a week ago, but I just ran across this joke and thought it might tickle your funny bone as much as it did mine and Steve's:

The Memorial

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either sided of it.

The six-year-old child had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."

"Good morning, Pastor," Alex replied, still focused on the plaque. Then the little boy asked, "Pastor, what is this?"

The Pastor said, "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, cautiously asked, "Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?"

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For more laughs, you can find additional jokes on this Lutheran-based site. Hope your day is full of blessings, Inky friends!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sewing Mousie & Stitches Congrats

Congrats to Jennifer Scull, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Jennifer, please email me with your address before June 20th to claim your prize.)

Jennifer Scull said...
I LOVE the little pins in the honeycomb on this cutey cute card! it's those fun extra touches that bring the smiles! welcome, Vicki!!!! :)
June 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM 

For her prize, Jennifer has won 11153MC Sewing Mousie HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), along with a Red Honeycomb Paper Pad:

 In addition, she will receive 10934MC Sew Many Stitches Clear Set:

Thanks to everyone for helping me welcome Vicki Garrett as Inky's Guest Designer in June. Stay tuned for her next delightful project coming this Sunday!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Tea Time Washstand

I'm not usually a big tea drinker, but recently I picked up a few boxes of different flavors at the grocery store. I thought it might help me to cut back on my diet pop consumption, and better to replace it with something natural.

However, I haven't yet cracked open my first box. Perhaps if I had a lovely fixture like the one in 11148MC Tea Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier) sitting in my kitchen or dining room, I might remember to fetch myself a "cuppa" each morning:

Michelle Pearson featured the Tea Time Washstand image (0543K in wood mounted) and You're My Cup saying (0532E in wood mounted) in this pretty card:

Michelle fussy cut the image so she could place it over a layered background of designer cardstock from Darcie's. Then she dyed and crinkled the seam binding, using a technique that was first introduced by Sherry Cheever in this video tutorial when she was our Guest Designer last April.

When Nancy Baier started experimenting with her stamps from this collection, you can see how she "rearranged the furniture" in a vertically oriented card:

She also "refinished" the washstand in a different color, changed the linens, and replaced the flowers in her vase...all with a just few alterations in the color palette!

In this close-up view, you can see how she stamped the image with sepia ink (instead of black) and blended some yellow tones into her coloring to add dimension:

Nancy explained this project in greater detail in her blog post, which is posted here. Hope you have a tee-rific day, Inky friends!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Vicki Garrett: Sewing Mousie HoneyPOP & Sew Many Stitches

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.
-Albert Einstein

"I love to watch young children create," shares Vicki Garrett. "The beauty of their art is in their ability to truly enjoy the process without fear of failure."

Adults, of course, can often have a more difficult time because they've learned to censor themselves. But it's good to practice letting go.

"Relax! Just allow yourself to create without limitations," she suggests. When you see this month's projects, I think you'll agree this Canadian from Kingston, Ontario has followed her own advice quite nicely:

For her first project, Vicki used 11153MC Sewing Mousie HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):

You may recall that Dinal Kowal chose the same set last month, and both of these designers came up with wonderful yet completely different looking cards. Take a look at Vicki's charming results:

As I've said before, it's the details that really make a difference...and Vicki has included many great examples!

"I know that sequins are all the rage," she admits, "but I’m a button girl. In fact, that is one of the pet names that I’ve been dubbed with."

Accordingly, Vicki decorated this red button with baker's twine and used it to accentuate the wavy, distressed sentiment banner:

"[I] love HoneyPOPs!" she proclaims. "[It's] so much fun to have that added dimension in your card, and they are very easy to work with."

Here's that fun pop-out shape inside Vicki's card:

And did you notice the straight pins? What an adorable touch:

That "embroidery" along the bottom is actually a stamp from 10934MC Sew Many Stitches Clear Set:

All of these components come together to make a card that is "sew" delightful. Thanks to Vicki for sharing it. We're just thrilled to introduce her as the Inky Guest Designer for June!

Paper: Designer Paper - CTMH and Bo Bunny, Cardstock - SU

Ink: Creamy Caramel and Cool Carribbean - SU, Mustard and Strawberry - Stephanie Barnard by Colorbox

Accessories: Oval Die  - Spellbinders, Markers - Touch Twin, Crocheted Lace Ribbon - SU, Twine -The Twinery, Glitter - Donna Salazar by Clearsnap, Foam Dimensionals, Thread, Sponges, Buttons

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Would you like the chance to win a prize pack valued at nearly $30? Just leave a comment at the end of this post helping me welcome Vicki Garrett this month, and you'll be entered in a BLOG CANDY giveaway.

On Wednesday, June 5th, I'll randomly choose the winner for the same clear sets and honeycomb paper that Vicki used above and post that person's please check back to see if you've won!