Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Funnies: Shopping Deals

Are you on the hunt for big savings today, Inky friends? If so, hopefully you'll find better deals than this:


Or, worse yet, this:

 
 
Some sales really aren't worth the effort:


This one's better, but it appears to be a little overstated:


Ah, now we're talking:


And if it's just too much to deal with, you can always try using this:


Or, better yet, we'd suggest indulging in some stamping therapy instead!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Let's talk turkey: Not just today, but every day throughout the year, we've got so much to be thankful for. First and foremost, we appreciate YOU...our Inky friends, supporters, and customers.

Wishing you a bountiful holiday, full of love and happiness!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Carrot Bunny Congrats

Congrats to Stamping Sue, whose name was drawn randomly from Sunday's blog candy entries. (Sue, please email me with your address before December15th to claim your prize.)

Sue said...
Kim your bunny card is so adorable and the coloring is terrific. I'm a color pencil gal but you did a fabulous job with markers. thanks for sharing.
November 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM  

For her prize, Sue has won 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):

 
I appreciate everyone who joined me to thank Kim O'Connell for being Inky's Guest Designer in November. Please return this Sunday for a new introduction to another very talented stamper!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Christmas Elves

Last Tuesday, you saw some projects made with Santa and Rudolph. Today we're following up with their little helpers from 11187MC Christmas Elves Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


This card by Michelle Pearson is so bright and fun that it will definitely spread some Christmas cheer:


For extra smiles, there is an Action Wobbles spring placed behind the elf circle. The wood-mounted version of this sentiment, accented with colored pencils and distressed along the edges above, is 0901F Singing Loud.

Debbie Fisher used the same image (0739F Standing Elf in wood mounted) and her own typed saying to make this adorable tag:


She added glittery accents to the elf's jingle bells and white gel pen dots on his cheeks, for extra cuteness:


Here's the skating elf image from this set, which Debbie colored in light blue and red:


In this close-up view, you can see him skating on "ice" created with Glossy Accents:


As we head into the holiday season, I hope you have your "elf" a great one, Inky friends!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Kim O'Connell: Carrot Bunny

"My stamping addiction began in the spring of 2009, when I took my kids into the local craft store to buy some supplies to make our own Easter cards," says Kim O'Connell. "Those couple of $1 stamp sets that I found in the clearance bin have multiplied like bunnies and taken over my home."

Boy, I sure can relate to that! What about you, Inky friends?

While we're on the topic of bunnies and stamps, have you seen 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):


It's one of our most popular Easter sets, and the Carrot Bunny image (3200L in wood mounted) has been a long-time favorite. Just look at the simple yet very sweet card that Kim made featuring this stamp:
 

"I get a lot of requests to do tutorials on coloring," admits Kim. "I am in the process of trying to figure out the video thing. As soon as I do, you will be able to find tutorials on my blog. I also have started posted the list of Copics I use when I do blog posts, for all of you who are curious about which colors I use."

You can check out Kim's blog for the marker details on our little rabbit guy, for example:


Won't you please help me thank Kim for being our fantastic Inky Guest Designer this month? I'm honored that she agreed to share her talent with us. If you agree, just leave a comment at the end of this post with a note to her.

You'll also be entered in a BLOG CANDY giveaway. On Wednesday, November27th, I'll randomly choose the winner for 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set. I'll post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Funnies: Merry Cranberry

 

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play.

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks.

Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey...because he's already stuffed!


Asked to write a composition entitled, "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving," a student wrote, "I am thankful that I'm not a turkey."


A turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner, and there were never enough legs for everyone.

After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get-together. "Well, I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!"

They all asked the farmer how it tasted. "I don't know," said the farmer. "I never could catch the darn thing!"


'Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
but I just couldn't sleep...
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned...
the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation
with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
stuffing with gravy, green beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
with a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees.
Happy eating to all...pass the cranberries, please!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cut That Out!

Recently, Diane Zechman made a birthday card for a friend that featured 10650J Cut That Out (by artist Ronnie Walter):


This saying just cracks me up, and it's great for sending to those who don't mind a bit of edgy humor! Diane and her friends call themselves “The Gigglers” for a reason, which is clearly reflected in today's project.

Diane, who was our Inky Guest Designer in September, stamped the sentiment and a coordinating image on a panel that was colored, die cut, layered, and then embellished to make it extra pretty:


If you look closely, you may be able to see how she traced over the words "you," "I," and "me" with a light pink marker to give them added emphasis.

Here's a larger view of the image, which is called 10570E Thinking A Bit (also by Ronnie Walter, from her delightfully witty My Friend Ronnie collection):


Diane placed her decorated panel on a card with some lovely patterned papers on a matching base:


But this isn't just a fun "regular" card...there is an extra element that makes it even better. The sides pull out to reveal a pop of yellow, and the folded parts also allow the project to stand up on its own:


The design is called a Modified Tri-Shutter card, and we love the unique interactive feature. Thanks to Diane for sharing her wonderful card with us. This talented lady is definitely young at heart!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Wish List Santa & Reindeer

Have you been naughty or nice this year? In 11190MC Santa's List Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), there are stamp choices that allow for either option:


Of course, we're pretty sure that our Inky friends fall into the "nice" category! And that means you'll want to make a long list for Santa...or at least for your own Christmas shopping list. ;-)

To help with this, Debbie Fisher made a charming project shown on the main Inky site this week, which looks like a tall, skinny card on the outside:


But when you open it up, you'll see there is a notepad on the inside:
 

The front cover features our Wish List Santa (0918F in wood mounted) and Nice Notice (0712D in wood mounted) images.

The front and back covers are each 2 5/8" wide by 8" tall, with a 1/4" spine to allow for the thickness of the note pad. This size accommodates a 2 3/8" x 8" notepad, but you can easily adjust the measurements to fit note pads with other dimensions.

Now, what about that adorable reindeer in the same set? Michelle Pearson used him on this festive card:


I love how she turned the word block (which would also make a great background, stamped repeatedly) into a wrapped present with a bit of baker's twine...how smart is that!

Finally, Debbie put both character images together in this cute creation:


See, there's Santa on the left, carefully cut out and adorned with sparkly glitter:


And here's Rudolph, accented with white gel pen freckles:


Did you notice the oval shapes used to ground the images and tie them together? What a delightful card to celebrate the season!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Embossed Resist With Masking

Last month, we showed this card created by Inky artist Nancy Baier as part of a "Try It Different" Tuesday post:


Nancy had used her 11201MC Wildflower & Weeds Clear Set from the Handcarved Autumn collection:


I wasn't sure how she'd achieved that cool "batik" look, and she couldn't exactly remember either. (She'd made a ton of sample cards for us with her stamps, including this one, several weeks before...so the answer eluded us both.)

One of our loyal Inky blog readers, Sue D, graciously agreed to do some experimenting for us. Both she and Stamping Sue guessed it was some form of a resist technique, so that was the starting point.

Sue gathered up her supplies, including various ink pads, heat embossing supplies, and the same stamp set:


First she chose one of the wildflower images to created a background with VersaMark ink, and then she heat embossed it with clear powder:


Next she created masks of several additional stamped images, and placed them onto the background piece:


Using Distress Ink and a blending tool, she covered the background with blue and green for the sky and grass:


This is what her panel looked like after peeling off the masks:


Finally, she stamped the same images in the masked areas:


Here is a finished card that Sue made using the same technique, including a saying from 11104MC Simple Sentiments Clear Set (by Michelle Pearson):


Bonus: If you'd like to download a PDF file of Sue's process, click here.

To my eye, this method produces similar results compared to the original project. The embossed images on Sue's version look shiny and a bit brighter, while Nancy's background appears more matte and the silhouettes are a bit less solid.

After submitting this project, Sue emailed me with a couple of comments. "I was wondering about the shine on mine, too," she said, "and I just read where you can iron the embossing powder off after you have done all your inking. You place your finished piece on an old towel, put printer paper over and press gently with no steam and not a lot of movement. I just tried it on one of my sample pieces and it works!"

She continued, "Also, most emboss resist instructions mention buffing the embossed images with a paper towel or rag after inking. I forgot to add this step because I usually forget to do it! By handling the piece the ink probably comes off on my hands so I never notice it being a problem--that is, if you don't mind inky fingers!"

Regardless of whether you use an iron or not, I think both cards are equally pretty, and I appreciate Nancy and Sue's contributions. I love how the masking creates a white border around the colored images...that really makes them stand out, don't you think?

Hope you feel inspired to give it a try yourself, Inky friends!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Kim O'Connell: Kissing Moose

"I have a habit of calling people 'donkey,'" admits Kim O'Connell, "but it is a term of endearment in my book. Somehow that got turned around, though, and I became known as 'Donkey' in the crafty world. Hmph!"

We don't have any Inky stamps of donkeys in our collection yet, but we do have a few moose. Not quite the same, but they're four-legged large mammals, and Kim says "that moose with the lipstick from the [11127MC] Punny Christmas Moose Clear Set is hilarious!"

She's referring, of course, to the Kissing Moose (5261F in wood mounted) shown in this set, drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander:
 

Kim colored this image using alcohol-based markers, and her technique was sublime as usual:


She chose to die-cut the image into a circle, and then repeated the circle theme with two coordinating circles of patterned paper in her card layout:


This reminds me a snowball theme, especially with the dry embossed snowflake background panel and an icicle border peeking below the ribbon strip. What a creative way to evoke that "winter wonderland" feeling for the holidays, along with a delightful dose of humor thrown in!

Thanks to our talented Inky designer, Donkey (Kim), for sharing this fun Christ-moose card...and to YOU for stopping by to visit today!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Funnies: Church Bulletin Bloopers

Good heavens, grammar and punctuation can indeed be important! Sometimes small errors in proofreading can result in a whole new meaning that is unintentional but hilarious.

Take church bulletins, for example. The excerpts below are supposedly taken from actual published handouts. I hope you like them as much as I do, and enjoy them in the lighthearted spirit in which they're being shared. :-)


For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north end of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. White to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

The service will close with "Little Drops of Water." One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Tuesday at 5 p.m. there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk, please come early.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in the church basement on Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 pm in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

Thursday night - potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands!

The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

Wednesday the ladies liturgy will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing "Put me in my little bed accompanied by the pastor."

Thursday at 5:00 pm there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All ladies wishing to be "Little Mothers" will meet with the Pastor in his study.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

The choir will meet at the Larsen house for fun and sinning.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.

Ushers will eat latecomers.

Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thank You, C.F. Stamps Etc.

Last weekend, Steve and I drove about an hour southeast of the Twin Cities to Cannon Falls, MN, where we visited C.F. Stamps Etc.:


We taught a HoneyPOP card class to a lovely group of ladies there:


Char Gullickson is the owner, and she's such a nice person:


As you can see, her charming store is jam-packed with all kinds of stamping and scrapbooking goodies. Plus the nearby main drag is lined with inviting shops and a winery...how can you go wrong? It would make a fantastic weekend getaway destination, and we'd like to return again soon.

Thanks so much to Char and the customers/students at C.F. Stamps Etc. It was such a pleasure to meet you all!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Baking Penguins & Banners

On Sunday, you saw the adorable card that Kim O'Connell made using 11059LC Baking Penguins Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


What I didn't mention is that she also used this stamp set to create two additional cards, which I'm delighted to show you today! Take a look at this charming project:

I love how Kim scored the double-fishtail banner on both ends, so the middle section could be raised to accentuate the sentiment, with two single-fishtail banners hanging vertically below for even more visual interest.

She used two different ink colors to stamp the saying, which I don't usually think to do myself...brilliant!

Smaller banners are great, but did you ever try a big one as a layering element? Here's a wonderful example:


Kim drew faux stitch marks around the edges with a white gel pen, which really made the shapes "pop." And, of course, her coloring and blending with Copic markers was beautifully done:


Thanks to Kim for providing holiday card-making inspiration! Which element is YOUR favorite?