Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Funnies: Homemade Signs

Last month, one of my coworkers near our main office in Cleveland saw a guy on the sidewalk carrying this sign:

Well, at least he was being honest about it...

I don’t know the person who snapped the next photo, but I appreciated this gal’s humor even more.

I think that most of us are attracted to things that are free. A long time ago, I’d watched a Candid Camera episode that showed people waiting in a green room before a live audience taping of a television show. There was a basket of landscape rocks on the table, with a “FREEOne Per Person" sign next to it.

The hidden camera recording lots of people taking a rock. Some even looked around surreptitiously before taking two or three rocks. I have no idea what they planned to do with them, but hey, they were free. Even this offer was irresistible to a few folks:

Here's an even better version, with good karma to boot:

Sometimes homemade signs are designed to offer free advice and also be funny, like this:

And this:

Or this:

Other times, just being funny is the whole point:

The humor may be intentional, as aboveor not so much, as in this case:

And, occasionally, you'll run across a homemade sign that really has a surprising punch line:
Which sign did YOU like best, Inky friends?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Coffee Mouse

Do you remember the adorable gift box that Diane Zechman made last fall:
She used 11171MC Coffee Mouse HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) to make her project:
This is the sample card by Michelle Pearson that we show on our main website representing this set:
Of course, there's our trademark HoneyPOP pop-out "surprise" inside:
For a gussied-up version, Michelle created this charming rendition:
I love all the cut-out pieces on both the outside and inside of the card, including here:
As you know, HoneyPOP sets also work great to stamp up regular cards like this one:
You can see how Michelle used a fun paper embroidery technique to accent the card design. It's micey nice, if we do say so ourselves! (I know, the pun might make you groan, but you gotta admit that card is super cute, huh?)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Songbird Congrats

Congrats to Tammy C, whose name was drawn randomly from these blog candy entries. (Tammy, please email me with your address by June 15th to claim your prize.)

Tammy C said...
All the way to the right, the second one down. Love this set!
May 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM   

Tammy's comment above refers to where she found the card made with the stamp set that was offered in our drawing. I'd shown this photo and asked folks to identify which one it was:
She is indeed's the blue bird on the card with the red and brown accents. For her prize, Tammy has won the 11217MC Songbirds HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):
Thanks to everyone who participated in our drawing this week. We're always happy to "see" you on the blog and look forward to another visit!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Funnies: Grilling Season

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means it's also time for the grilling season to officially begin! Here are some jokes to get things started...
Ready To Roast
As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, with sirens blaring and lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard and down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly. They glared at us with looks of disgust. Suddenly, we realized why…we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them.
Moral of the Story

A mother was pulling the finished hot dogs off the grill for her two young sons, John and Jeremy. The boys began to argue over who would get the first hot dog. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first grilled hot hog. I can wait.'"

The two brothers looked at each other. Then John turned to his younger brother and said, "Jeremy, you be Jesus!"

Free Grill and Grilling Tips from a Southerner

As every Southerner knows, come spring it will be time to get ready for that all-important cooking technique of the south: outdoor grilling. Great for those weekends at the lake!

I have just found out there are several stores where you can get a FREE BBQ grill! In these hard economic times, this news is sure to excite everybody.

You can get a free BBQ grill from any of the following stores**:
Big Lots Costco
Food Lion
Home Depot
Sam's Club

See below for example photo. I especially like the higher rack, which can be used for keeping things warm. And look at those bread warmers…how handy is that?

Just make sure to get a metal one instead of the plastic variety if you have a choice; the plastic ones don't do so well. Happy Grilling, and ya'll enjoy now!

**Of course, we don't condone stealing. This is just a joke, people. :-)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Songbirds

The weather this time of year can be a bit unpredictable. For example, yesterday's high in Minneapolis was 63 degrees, and I'm told that later today it may hit 81 degrees. Isn't that crazy? But I'm definitely not complaining, no sirree!
At least spring has finally arrived, and I feel pretty confident that we won't be getting any more snow for the next several months (unless I've just jinxed us, ha!). I've really enjoyed seeing the birds and other critters making their appearance, which inspires me to share this cheerful card with you:
Michelle Pearson created it using 11217MC Songbirds HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):
She also made this fun version, which utilizes other stamps in the same set for completely different results:
 And while this card works beautifully as a standard greeting, of course you can add the HoneyPOP "surprise" inside, if you wish:
For our display boards at the Winter CHA show earlier this year, Michelle had done a third variation. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a close-up photo before putting it into our Inky show if you really want to see it, hopefully you can visit us at an upcoming convention.
Here's a hint on what you'll be looking for:
Were you able to spot it? You can click on the picture for a larger view. Leave a comment to let me know which one it is, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing for this stamp set.
On Sunday, May 25th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Card Loom Congrats

Congrats to Shayla, whose name was drawn randomly from these blog candy entries. (Shayla, please email me with your address by May 31st to claim your prize.)

Shayla said...
Very creative, so many ideas popping into my head!
May 13, 2014 at 9:43 PM   

For her prize, Shayla has won the IAD-004 Card Loom Die (designed by Michelle Cutts):

Thanks to those who left your comments about this die and the projects made with it. We're so glad you stopped by to visit with us!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Funnies: Awesome Dogs

After last week's focus on cats, today we're concentrating on canines. Some of them are truly amazing:
While others are indescribably cute:
However they come, we think they're dog-gone great! Here are a few jokes for you, Inky friends:
A Dog Goes to the Movies
A woman entered a movie theater and, after carefully choosing an aisle seat about halfway toward the front, she looked over to her right and was surprised to see a man sitting a few seats down with a large dog on the seat next to him.
From time to time throughout the movie, the woman glanced over and saw that the dog was watching the movie very intently. The dog even appeared to understand what was going on, growling when the villain appeared and yelping happily at the funny moments.
When the lights came up at the end of the movie, the woman leaned toward the man and said, “I’ve been watching your dog and, I have to say, I just can’t believe how much he enjoyed the movie.”
“I know, it surprises me, too,” the man answered. “He absolutely hated the book.”
Help Wanted
A local business needed to hire a new employee. The manager put a sign in the window that said:
Must be able to type,
must be proficient in Microsoft Excel,
and must be bilingual.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Later that day, a dog was walking past the window, saw the sign, and went inside. He looked at the receptionist to get her attention, then walked over to the sign, looking at the sign and wagging his tail. The receptionist nodded and went to get the manager.
When the manager came out of his office, he told the dog they were looking to hire a human…but the dog didn’t budge.
“Okay,” the manager said, “Come on into my office.”
In the office, the dog jumped up on a chair and stared at the manager.
“Listen,” the manager said, feeling a little silly for talking to a dog, “I can’t hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type.”
The dog jumped down, trotted over to the computer, typed out a perfect letter, and went back to his chair. The manager looked at the computer screen and was impressed.
“Still,” he said to the dog, “I can’t hire you. Like the sign said, you have to be proficient in Microsoft Excel because of all the work we do with spreadsheets.”
The dog jumped down again, went back over to the computer, opened an Excel document, and typed in several entries.
“Well, clearly you’re very intelligent,” the manager said. “But I still can’t give you the job.”
The dog jumped down and went to over to the help wanted sign, tapping his paw on the phrase “Equal Opportunity Employer.”
“Okay,” the manager said, “But you can see that the sign also says you have to be bilingual.”
The dog looked the manager in the eye and said, “Meow.”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Card Loom Woven Frame & Shadow Box

You've already seen how our IAD-004 Card Loom Die helps you create pretty woven backgrounds. But did you know that you can also make cool frames to spotlight a sentiment or image on your card? This week's sample card illustrates this unique concept:
To see how we made it, click here for a PDF file of the instructions.
Here's another example using a different color palette and stamps:
 Michelle Cutts designed this card so that it could be opened to reveal an additional sentiment inside:
Incidentally, we're making the hippo card as part of our Inky Antics Fold & Weave Cards class at Stampaway in Cincinnati on Friday, August 8th. If you're interested in joining us, please click here for more details.
For a variation on the woven frame, you can match the strips to the card base, as shown in this sample:
Of course, you know how Michelle always comes up with surprising ways to use our Crafty Cutts dies. How about making this shadow box card:
That's right, it stands on its own but then folds flat for mailing:
And, yes, it is indeed made using the IAD-004 Card Loom die. For instructions, please click here to download the PDF file.
Would you like a chance to win this die for yourself? Just leave a comment to let us know, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing. On Sunday, May 18th, I'll randomly choose the winner and post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Funnies: Cats Rule

Last Friday's post compared cats and dogs, but I thought this week we'd put our spotlight on just the felines!

Sometimes, they are just brilliant creatures:

And other times? Not so much:
But you gotta love 'em, no matter what. Here's some cat humor, for your a-mews-ment:
Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle? Too many cheetahs.
Why is it so hard for a leopard to hide? Because he’s always spotted.
What is a cat’s way of keeping law & order? Claw Enforcement.
Why did the cat run from the tree? Because it was afraid of the bark!
What does a cat like to eat on a hot day? A mice cream cone.
What do you get when you cross a chick with an alley cat? A peeping tom.
What do you use to groom a cat? A catacomb.
Why did the person with an unspayed female cat have to go to court? For kitty littering.
What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has the paws before the claws, and the other has the clause before the pause.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Card Loom Die

Do you remember weaving potholders using stretchy bands as a kid:

Well, that's precisely where the idea for our IAD-004 Card Loom Die (designed by Michelle Cutts) originated! The concept is similar, but the materials have been changed.
"You can make anything out of paper," asserts Michelle. So why not a woven background for your cards? It all starts with this wafer-thin piece of metal:
It may look like just a bunch of lines, but it's in the precision and ease of using this die to make all the straight cut lines where the magic lives.
Take your strips and weave them through the die-cut lines...before you know it, you'll have a pretty woven background:

You can use designer papers, like the Darcie's printed sheets that we cut into 1/4" strips for the above card.
Or try solid colors, such as quilling paper strips, arranged in as simple or complex of a pattern as you like: 
Want to see exactly how we made these two cards? You can download a PDF file for the instructions by clicking here.
The petunia and cupcake stamp sets are from our Brushed Greetings collection, which are pretty and perfect for all kinds of occasions! They're part of the May Inky Board Program:
The IAD-004 Card Loom Die and all of the stamps shown above can be found at participating retailers this month. Please click here for a list of stores who received this collection. We encourage you to call ahead to verify they have these products in stock, and then please visit them to make your purchase. 

Do you know a local stamp or scrapbook store that might be interested in our board program? Please ask them to email me for details. If they sign up for it and provide your name as a referral at that time, I'll send you a thank-you prize! 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bird & Duck Congrats

Congrats to Sue D., whose name was drawn randomly from Tuesday's blog candy entries. (Sue, please email me with your address before May 15th to claim your prize.)

Sue D said...
Wonderful examples with this set. My fave is the first one with vellum. I will have to try this technique.
April 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM

For her prize, Sue has won 11221MC Bird & Duck Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

Thank you to all who left your great comments about Nancy's stamp set and sample cards. I'm delighted to hear that you feel inspired to try some of these techniques, and we always appreciate your participation on the blog!