Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CNC New Releases #3: Trudy Sjolander Designs

Editor's Note: If you're looking for the winner for our BLOG CANDY drawing mentioned last Sunday, please check the post immediately following this one.

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As we wrap up July, why not celebrate Christmas early this year? Or at least start preparing for it earlier...rather than waiting until the week before, like I've sometimes done. (Eek.)

Planning ahead is enjoyable when you've got great stamps to work with, and Trudy Sjolander has brought us a lovely selection of Christmas designs!

You can choose from adorably sweet stamps, such as this cookie fellow in 11204MC Sweet Christmas Clear Set:


To traditionally elegant images, such as those in 11205MC Vintage Christmas Bells Clear Set:


Your cards will glow festively when you use 11202MC Christmas Lights Clear Set:


And there are all kinds of design possibilities with 11206MC Vintage Ornaments Clear Set:


Top off your packages with these holiday tags, or use the stamps from 11203MC Christmas Tags Clear Set to make additional cards:



You'll find all of True's wonderful stamps, plus many more, when our Fall & Winter '13 release is posted on the main Inky website tomorrow.

Please be sure to check back tomorrow morning for one more peek, so you can add to your shopping list!

Exercising Ethel Congrats

Congrats to Tammy C, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Tammy, please email me by August 15th to claim your prize.)

Tammy C said...
Oh, I love Steve Martin too! Love this stamp set - very funny!
July 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM   
 
For her prize,  Tammy won 11140MC Ageless Worldly Women Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancye Williams):

 
Thank you to all who joined me in letting Beverly Sizemore know how much we appreciate her projects in July. Please return this Sunday to meet our next exciting Guest Designer!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CNC New Releases #2: Shady Tree Studio

Since its inception, Inky has been known for our whimsical stamps...and we'll always continue to create new, cute designs.

But sometimes it's good to expand one's horizons, too, and we've been thrilled to bring you beautifully elegant images from Shady Tree Studio!

For this release, Nancy Baier has been busy drawing for months. We're proud to unveil three completely different collections, which span the seasons and offer eclectic styles.

The first theme is called Comforts of Home, which evoke memories of peaceful times, such as this tranquil scene from 11178MC Home Sweet Home Clear Set:


Step off the porch and into the countryside with 11173MC At The Stable Clear Set:

 
I love this peekaboo panel that Michelle Pearson added to this sample card:


You've probably already noticed 11176MC Forest Critters Clear Set in our Idea Showcase:


Same with this gorgeous butterfly card using 11174MC Butterflies & Garden Clear Set:


For a completely different change of pace, Nancy created a wonderfully unique collection called Handcarved Autumn, based on woodcut-style prints with a rustic, rough-hewn look.

An example is 11200MC  Squirrel & Acorns Clear Set, which is simple yet bold:


They also look fantastic in full color, as you can see in Nancy's card made from the same set:


The assertive lines in these images lend themselves well to embossing and other fun inking techniques, done here with 11199MC Spooky Spells Clear Set:


As we move from fall to winter, you'll love creating with her lovely Christmas Favorites collection, filled with classic vignettes that will appeal to a wide audience.

Get ready to decorate the tree...stamping style, with 11211MC Ornaments & Gifts Clear Set:


And enjoy the rest of the season, sending greetings made from 11212MC Winter Fun Clear Set:


These are just some of the sets in each theme, and you'll be able to view the rest on Thursday! Hats off to Michelle Pearson and Nancy Baier for their inspirational cards. Which ones are YOUR favorites, Inky friends?

Monday, July 29, 2013

CNC New Releases #1: Hattie Lace

As you may know, the Create-N-Connect trade show was held last week. This is a retailer event where the newest products are presented to store owners. Now we'd like to show them to YOU!

Every day this week through Thursday, August 1st, we'll take a peek inside our Fall/Winter '13 catalog. That's when our entire release will be added to the main Inky website.

Let's start with an Inky classic, the Hattie Lace collection. Previously these designs were only offered as wood mounts, but now we're delighted to provide them in the clear set version, as well.

Actually, you might have already spotted a couple of them because I just couldn't wait! This card was posted in the Idea Showcase earlier this month:


It features 11180MC Alice's Afternoon Clear Set, which I also blogged about in a "Try It Different" Tuesday segment that included this card:


Due to seasonality and space constraints, there are some new clear sets that were not included in the flyer, but they will be available starting on Thursday. This fun little guy is part of 11182MC Boating Buddies Clear Set:


Yep, it's a flip-flop or swing card, with Innertube Piggy (0561E in wood mounted) and Water You Been (0569D in wood mounted) on the front:


When you pull the card open, our Catching The Rays bunny (0575E in wood mounted) and Lazy Days saying (0649G in wood mounted) appear on the other side:


The same 11182MC Boating Buddies Clear Set also includes this adorable stamp image, showing Alice rowing with her happy passenger friends:


And here's one for the boys, who have not been forgotten in 11183MC Boys' Adventures Clear Set:

James (0666K in wood mounted) and his faithful canine pal are stopping by to say hello (0618F Drop A Line in wood mounted).

Thanks to Michelle Pearson for creating these fantastic samples. We've got a TON more to show you, so please return tomorrow for another exciting reveal!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Beverly Sizemore: Exercising Ethel

"I’m a huge Steven Martin fan," says Beverly Sizemore. "I’ve been enjoying his comedy and movies for many years."

"My oldest daughter surprised me with tickets to go see him perform in Memphis last May at the Ophelius Theater. Imagine how excited I was when I found out we had THIRD row tickets for the concert!! I got some great photos and that night will always be a fun, fun, fun memory," she shares.

Beverly's wonderful sense of humor is reflected in her stamping projects, such as this one:


To create her hilarious card, she started with 11140MC Ageless Worldly Women Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancye Williams):


The main image is Exercising Ethel (0517J in wood mounted), which she colored using markers. Then she prepared black die-cut chipboard tags by applying Sparkle Mod Podge to their surfaces:


Beverly mentioned that she likes to use bright, bold color combinations, and that's clearly the case here! Check out the delightful, eye-popping palette she chose for Ethel:


Everything was layered onto a glitter pink cardstock base and tied with a bow to finish things off:

 
How fun is that? It's "no sweat" to create, when you use the following supplies:

Ink Pad: Colorbox Archival Dye in Wicked Black - Clearsnap

Paper: White, Glitsy Glitter Stack - Diecuts With A View, Black Chipboard - Grafix

Accessories:  Markers - Copic, Sparkle Mod Podge - Plaid, #658526 Die - Sizzix, Ribbon - Michael’s, Flower - Prima, Mini Brad - The Paper Studio

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Will you please join me in thanking Beverly for being our awesome Inky Guest Designer this month? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with a message to her.

Your note will also enter you in a BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, July 31st, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11140MC Ageless Worldly Women Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancye Williams):


Here's another chance to win these stamps, in case you missed out earlier this month. On Wednesday, I'll post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Funnies: Veggie Humor

A couple of weeks ago, I'd mentioned that Steve and I have started an exercise program. To go along with that, we've been tracking our food intake.

In our quest to eat healthier, we have added more vegetables to our diet. Here are some veggie-related jokes that I hope you'll enjoy:


Why did the tomato go out with a prune?
Because he couldn’t find a date!


Why did the carrot get embarrassed?
Because it saw the chick pea.


What is small and red that whispers?
A hoarse radish!


What do you call a retired vegetable?
A has-bean.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Owl Friends

I've got a soft spot for owls, and these mod versions in 10960LC Owl Friends (drawn by artist Ronnie Walter) make me smile:


When I saw Beverly Sizemore's owl-dorable card, my grin got even bigger. It was one of her "bonus projects" as our Guest Designer this month, and I'm delighted to share it with you:


Beverly layered a sky background onto the base, which was created using our handy Cloud Stencil:


Next came my favorite part, stamping and embossing the single owl image (1591F Owlexander in wood mounted) onto delightful polka dot papers in lots of different shades:


Not one, not two...but eight of them total, for an explosion of color! Then she cut them out:


Finally, she perched them onto baker's twine in two rows and added a stamped sentiment:


Ink Pads: Stephanie Barnard Colorbox in Sky & Licorice - Clearsnap, Black Fine Detail Embossing Powder - Stampendous

Paper: Various - Diecuts With A View

Accessories: Circle Die Cut - Diecuts With A View, Basic Shapes Design Cartridge & eClips - Sizzix, Baker’s Twine - The Twinery, Foam Tape - Scotch/3M, Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz Idea-ology

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You may recall that, earlier this year, Lori Craig used the same image to make this sweet little owl canvas:


In the clear set version, these stacked owls (2237G in wood mounted) are also included. They adorn Lori's charming tag, which was another project featured during March as part of her visit as Inky's Guest Designer:


Recently I spotted this card from Ougot2 on Splitcoastampers, and it made me crack up. Check out those hilarious wiggly eyes:


Our dear "Necklace Lady From Texas" friend, Debbie Haney, used this image to decorate tags that were part of a grouping. They were tied to thank-you bags that she gave as party favors at a tea party, thrown in honor of her new granddaughter:


Because this is a large clear set, we were able to squeeze in yet another image and coordinating saying (2257J Owl Buddies & 0443E Friends Hoot Together in wood mounted), which Debbie Fisher used on her pretty card:


Now, whooo else wants to do some stamping?  Hoot if that includes you!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Beverly Sizemore: The Master Calls A Butterfly


What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the master calls a butterfly.

I think the butterfly saying above can be interpreted in different ways. In my mind, it relates to transformation...a sign of hope during times of change and uncertainty.

This quote from Richard Bach is part of 11014SC Brushed Calligraphy #3 Clear Set:


It reminded me of  when Beverly Sizemore mentioned that her older daughter graduated from college last year and now lives in Dallas, where she is research assistant.

"I made my first road trip to Dallas in May to visit her,"  she says. "I was proud of the fact I drove in Dallas and survived!! (Remember my three traffic light town.)"

Beverly's younger daughter will be a senior in high school when school resumes in the fall. "She is the only girl trombone player in the band and is quite good!" exclaims Beverly, who has been married nearly 36 years.

It sounds like her and her husband's transformation to empty nesters may be happening in the near future, although they will still have four fur babies in the house (three cats and a dog).

Beverly's lovely card features the sentiment in this stamp set, along with one of the small butterfly images:


She heat embossed the images with white powder on light coral, rose pink, and celery green cardstock strips:


The saying was also heat embossed with the same powder, on a dark gray cardstock base:


A butterfly punch was used to create a multi-layered, dimensional accent:


Once the elements were all put together, this beautiful butterfly card emerged from the various pieces, its transformation complete:


Ink Pad: Watermark - Clearsnap

Paper: Various - Diecuts With A View

Accessories: White Fine Detail Embossing Powder - Stampendous, Embossing Gloss - Clearsnap, Brads - Basic Grey, Butterfly Punch - EK Success

1. Trim dark gray cardstock for card base.

2. Heat emboss sentiment in lower right corner of base with white embossing powder.

3. Trim light coral, rose pink and celery green cardstock into strips. Heat emboss small butterfly image on each as shown. Adhere strips above sentiment. Attach matching brads at ends of each strip.

4. Punch three butterflies from light coral, rose pink and celery green cardstock. Apply embossing gloss down center of light coral butterfly and sprinkle white embossing powder over it. Tap off excess and heat set. Adhere butterflies together and attach small brads down center. Secure to lower left corner beside sentiment.