Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: More Coffee, Please!

You may recall back in January when we debuted the Kitchen Comforts collection, which includes 11145MC Coffee Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):


This vintage-style card by Michelle Pearson was one of the samples we displayed at CHA:


We also showed an adorable 3-D project using this stamp set and X1-0020 Gift Bag Template, created by Debbie Fisher:


And, of course, you most recently saw Chelsea Comer's fantastic box decorated with the same coffee label image:


When I posted two of Nancy Baier's own cards using her stamp sets earlier this month, one of them contained the coffee pot trio from the Coffee Time set:


She also used this image in a lovely card that was stamped in sepia ink, colored with pencils, and blended with Gamsol (as she explains in her blog post):
 

Do you remember this cheery grouping that Danielle Lounds made when she was our Guest Designer in January:


You've heard that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Well, Nancy tipped her hat to Danielle when she hosted a make & take for the customers of Scrapbooks Galore & More in Midland, Michigan (which she writes about here):


Hope you "java nice day," Inky friends!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Chelsea Comer: HoneyPOP Pear

For most stampers, our educational background is unrelated to our papercrafting projects. However, Chelsea Comer graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Packaging Engineering.

"This degree actually helps with my hobby too," she explains, "as we learned a lot about the characteristics of paper and printing. It also has come in handy when designing some 3D art projects."

Ap-pear-ently, this is quite true, as you'll see in today's post! ;-)

For her last creation as Inky's Guest Designer in April, Chelsea used 11152MC Perfect Pear HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


Instead of using the stamps to make a card, Chelsea put together this adorable surprise:


She stamped the pear pattern four times onto HCP-LMGRN Lime Green Honeycomb Paper Pad, cut out the pieces, and stacked two of them for each pear.

The double-thick honeycomb pear was stretched around 360 degrees, with the visible sides adhered together to create dimensional fruit.

Just prior to closing up the pears, Chelsea inserted small brown strips to hold them next to each other:


She also stamped the stems and leaves to place at the top (Glossy Accents works great for this):


The final touch was adding a tag with saying, all tied neatly together with bakers twine:


The results are just adorable:


A couple of years ago, Chelsea experimented with the same concept to make a Christmas HoneyPOP project that turned out awesome.

I love her approach to stamping: "Just have fun...if there is a boo-boo or mistake, don’t worry. It’s just paper...you can always embellish over the boo-boo or start over, no worries!"

It's truly been a delight sharing Chelsea's ideas with our Inky readers. Will you please help me thank her for joining us this month by leavng a comment at the end of this post?

Your comment will also enter you in a BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, May 1st, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11152MC Perfect Pear HoneyPOP Clear Set plus a Lime Green Honeycomb Paper Pad. I'll post that person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Funnies: Dentist Humor

Yesterday I had a dental appointment for an exam and cleaning. I can't quite say that I look forward to these visits, but I really do like my dentist and hygienist a lot.

They're both very friendly yet professional. Our conversations often go like this:


Sound familiar? Here are a few more tidbits of dental humor:


A man went to his dentist because he felt something wrong in his mouth. The dentist examined him and remarked, “That new upper plate I put in for you six months ago is eroding. Have you been eating anything different?”

The man replied, “Well, about four months ago, my wife made some asparagus and put a sauce on it that was delicious. She said it's Hollandaise sauce, and I loved it so much that I started putting it on everything—meat, toast, fish, vegetables, and eggs.”

“Hmm, that might be the problem," said the dentist, “Hollandaise sauce is made with a lot of lemon juice, which is highly corrosive. It’s eaten away your upper plate. I'll make you a new plate, and this time I will use chrome.”

“Why chrome?” asked the patient.

“It’s simple," answered the dentist. "Everyone knows that there’s no plate like chrome for the Hollandaise!”


Q: What does the dentist of the year get?
A: A little plaque

Q: What game did the dentist play when she was a child?
A: Caps and robbers

Q: What did the dentist say to the golfer?
A: "You have a hole in one."

Q: Why did the dentist seem moody?
A: Because he always looked down in the mouth.

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Thanks to Dr. Swenson and Carrie at Northview Dental for providing the inspiration behind today's post.

Tooth be told, I realize it was a little corny...but I still hope you smiled, Inky friends!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Sunshine & Flowers

You remember how I've been crabbing about the snow that just won't melt here in Minnesota, right?

Today we're warming things up, at least in stamp land, with 11159MC Swirly Sunshine & Flowers Clear Set (drawn by Inky artist and DT member Trudy Sjolander):


Our April Guest Designer, Chelsea Comer, created this delightful card that screams "spring" to me:


I love her dimensional banner with the saying stamped on it:


For the Friends of True's Swirly Spring Blog Hop last month, Suzanne Dean made this incredible multi-layered card complete with frilly cut-outs:


Linda Lucas's bright and cheery card really pops with bursts of color, all topped off with a pretty buttoned-up bow:


And True's own card is also very lovely, of course, with a complementary dry-embossed swirly background:


I was a little late in writing today's post, but I hope your Tuesday has been full of sunshine and flowers (at least in thoughts, if not reality)!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Chelsea Comer: Aviator Benton

Chelsea Comer and her family love baseball. They watch it on TV, participate in fantasy baseball leagues, cheer on their resident player (Chase, who is Chelsea and Tony's son), and travel around the country to different ball parks.

"Our lives really revolve around baseball," claims Chelsea. "Favorite teams in our household include the St. Louis Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Philadelphia Phillies."

Boy, wouldn't it be handy if the characters from 11081MC Aviator Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New) could suddenly come to life, so that little flying bear could take the Comers from game to game:


But the good news is that he has come to life...at least in this fantastic card that Chelsea created:


If you look closely at the clouds, you'll see how they're layered and the smallest one is backed with foam tape:


Benton is assembled with several pieces stamped and stacked to add a wonderful dimensional quality.


I just love the flowy sentiment banner, which has been shaped with a gentle wave:


Chelsea chose these five words to describe her stamping style: whimsical, clean, and simple, embellished, and fun.

"I like to stamp and color whimsical and fun images. My cards are pretty clean and simple but still always have at least one if not two or three embellishments on them."

Here's another glance at the whole card, with the various elements combined :


It all comes together in a finished project that is "just plane fun"!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

POP! Goes Your Color Wheel

Dina Kowal, better known as Mama Dini, is a wonderfully talented (and super sweet!) Splitcoast Dirty Dozen Alumna & Challenge Hostess.

Yesterday she posted about this week's SCS Mix-Ability Challenge, which is focused on using cool and warm color groups. As she explained, "The idea is to use colors from one side of the color wheel, and then add a POP of color from the other side."

Neat idea, right? We were even more delighted when Dina featured Inky Antics stamps on her sample card:


She used 11021SC Another Love Clear Set (with calligraphy by Barbara Callow) in her bold, beautiful creation:


Often I can tell how a card was made just by looking at it, but I was really stumped when Dina first showed this to me. How in the world did she made that awesome textured and multi-layered background?

You can find out by watching Dina's video. Then, if you wish, check out the Splitcoast challenge and join in the fun here!

P.S. If you're inspired by Dina's work, I'm thrilled to let you know that she will be joining us next month as our Guest Designer. Please also stop back here tomorrow for another great card idea by Chelsea Comer, our Inky GD during April!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Funnies: Still A Neverending Winter

I know that I whined about the snow last Friday, but maybe I should have waited another week. Just when we thought it was all going to melt away, this got dumped on us last night:


At least it looks like someone (albeit a cartoon girl, LOL) is happy about it:


As for me, I'm ready for the cold weather to be stopped dead in its tracks:


After all, spring is supposed to be here:


At least someone is making light of it:


And if this sign applies to you, I'd like to reiterate the message:


We can't change the weather, but I'm sending warm, sunny smiles your way, Inky friends. :-)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Swirly Butterflies

Butterflies are a favorite theme of many stampers, and 11156MC Swirly Butterflies Clear Set (drawn by Inky artist and DT member Trudy Sjolander) contains some lovely, fluttery versions:


When we first introduced True's Swirly Spring Collection in January, this was among the first samples she made to highlight the butterfly stamp set and her coordinating printed papers:


You may also recall the pretty little tote that Debbie Fisher made from X1-0020 Gift Bag Template and decorated with True's stamps:


One of True's next butterfly projects was this unique canvas-based ATC (shown on Splitcoast, with directions here): 

 
She also made a really cool mixed media ATC on an acetate base (which she explains more about here):


During the Friends of True's Inky Blog Hop in March, several of the participating designers used this set on some wonderful projects. For example, Leah Lucescu made two delightful cards:


Bonnie Garby created three completely different cards, including this lovely design with a pretty bow from Really Reasonable Ribbon, of course:


And Lori Craig showed how a simply stamped card can be just as beautiful, even if the image isn't colored in (gasp!):


Have you made any cards using this set? If so, email me with your JPG files. We'd love to see your creations!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Chelsea Comer: Coffee Time

Chelsea Comer and I both happen to be Dr. Pepper chicks...I like the diet kind, and I think she prefers the full-strength version.

But I know that many of our Inky friends love their cups o' joe, so you might "perk up" when you see 11145MC Coffee Time Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier) :


Chesea used the coffee label image from the set to make this adorable coffee treat box:


She colored the label with waterbased markers and lightly blended the border, cut it out (you can either fussy cut by hand or use a Spellbinders Labels 18 die), and adhered it with foam tape to a fry box:


Inside, she placed a cello bag filled with a coffee K-Cup, sugar and sweetener packets, and stirring sticks, all tied up with a pretty satin bow:


What a great little gift idea! I'd be tickled if I received one of these, and I don't even drink coffee. Just the cute factor alone would make this an irresistible "pick me up," don't you think?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Funnies: Neverending Winter

A fellow named Jack recently wrote on the Buckeyes Blog, "Today I woke up, showered, got dressed, and stepped outside, taking in a deep breath of fresh spring air.

"And by 'spring,' of course, I mean mid-30′s temperature and a solid layer of snow over everything. Yes, it is springtime in Ohio but it sure doesn’t feel like it."

I felt the exact same way when I looked out my window yesterday morning and saw this:


That's right, snow in mid-April. How ridiculous is that! And apparently Punxsutawney Phil isn't one bit apologetic:


For those of you who live in the Midwest and Northeast Regions, let's take a vote on how you feel about the weather lately:


'All right, I'll stop whining now and crack a few jokes instead:

What did the big furry hat say to the warm woolen scarf?
"You hang around while I go on ahead."

What do chefs in Alaska call "Baked Alaska"?
"Baked Here"

What do women in the Arctic use to stay young looking?
Cold cream!

* * *

I just got off the phone with a friend in Minnesota. She said that since early this morning, the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling. The temperature is dropping below zero, and the north wind is increasing.

Her husband has done nothing but look through the kitchen window all day. She says that if it gets much worse, she may have to let him in.
 

Wishing you a warm weekend, Inky friends!