Monday, March 31, 2014

Deer & Rabbit Congrats

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

Katie said...
This is my favorite set from your newest release! My stamp store still does not have these stamps in, although they just got the never-ending square in... I love the first card with the white embossing, and the last card with the copper - awesome look. Great cards! :) Thanks for sharing. Katie B.
March 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

For her prize, Katie has won 11222MC Deer & Rabbit Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):

 
Thank you to all who left your lovely comments about Nancy's stamp set and sample cards. We're so glad you took the time to let us know! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Funnies: April Fools' Pranks

As you know, April Fools' Day is next Tuesday. Have you planned any pranks for unsuspecting victims yet?
 
I've never engaged in this kind of mischief myself (no, really!), but it's fun to hear when it happens to someone you know. I'm told that Steve's dad used to enjoy securing a rubber band around the handle of the sprayer by the kitchen sink and watching his offspring get spurted with water when they turned on the faucet. Apparently, he tried this more than once and it always worked.
 
I'll bet Jerry would have liked attempting this idea, too...painting a bar of soap with clear nail polish and leaving it in the shower:
 
 
Or perhaps he would have tried installing an air horn as a door wall protector, if he'd known about this idea (which I'll have to ask because I'm sure he will appreciate it):
 
 
Of course, the jokes don't have to be limited to family members. It can be even better when you adapt the gags for your coworkers:
 
 
Instead of sanitizing gel, what about giving their hands some lubrication:
 
 
For both family and friends, this solid milk would be fun:
 
 
You know what goes best with milk? Yep, cookies! How about toothpaste-filled Oreos**:
 
 
(**Dislaimer: Make sure they don't actually finish eating them, as the flouride in toothpaste isn't supposed to be ingested.)
 
Speaking of fillings, have you tried the new mayonnaise Bavarian cream donuts: 
 
 
I'm not sure which is worse, those or the caramel "apple" onions:
 
 
For more naughty tricks, check out this webpage, which is where I found most of today's ideas. And let us know if YOU have ever participated in any monkey business like this. We'd love to hear about it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Deer & Rabbit Scenes

Now that spring has finally arrived (or so they tell me...at least on the calendar!), I thought it would be fun to spotlight our 11222MC Deer & Rabbit Clear Set:
 
 
This delightful pair of images is part of the Scissor-Cut Scenes collection, drawn by Inky artist Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio. Nancy also happens to be a very talented stamper, and she used this set to make several wonderful cards. 
 
Since Easter is right around the corner, let's start with the bunny scene. Here it's heat embossed with white powder, which acts as a resist for the watercolors used to fill in the image:
 
 
I love the coordinating "bead borders" on the matted layers, added using a white gel pen. It's repeated below, but this time the embossing powder is a warm copper hue (with additional areas colored in white): 
 
 
Of course, you don't have to heat emboss at all. Just stamp in any color ink you choose, and fill in the rest as desired. The solid images make a bold statement on their own, but you can also use a marker outline to make parts of them "pop," as the light blue does in this one:
 
 
We can't forget about the deer, who's come to join his bunny friend. Check out this simple yet elegant card, which is perfect for sending a "thinking of you" note to someone special:
 
 
Nancy explains more details about this lovely project and gives a handy tip in her blog post here.
 
And now we're back to that pretty copper powder, which mimics the colors of the forest in this more masculine design:
 
 
Would you like to play with this stamp set, too? Just leave a comment to let us know, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing. 

I'm heading to the Stamping By The Sea show in Cambridge, MD in a couple of days, so we're going to leave this drawing open until Sunday night. On Monday, March 31st, 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, March 23, 2014

Never-Ending Square Congrats

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

Jennifer Scull said...
well I really love that little peek a boo birdy! it's pretty dad gum cute! ;)
March 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

For her prize, Jennifer has won an IAD-005 Never-Ending Square die:

 
Thanks to everyone who participated in our drawing and left your kind comments about Michelle Cutts's fantastic die and all of the cards she made using it. We really appreciate that you shared your opinions with us! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Funnies: They Had One Job!

We all make mistakes at work, myself included for sure...but sometimes you just gotta wonder about certain occupational mishaps.
 
It seems to happen everywhere. Way up high:
 
 
And on the ground:
 
 
In the middle of the road:
 
 
As well as completely off the road:
 
 
Going in:
 
 
And coming out (or is that going in?):
 
 
Even where we buy our food:
 
 
 
And make other purchases:
 
 
As the comedian Ron White would say, "You can't fix stupid." See what I mean:
 
 
Just keep walking. That's all you can do...and maybe laugh and shake your head!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Show & Tell: Never-Ending Square & Card Loom Cards

Today I've got two fun "show and tell" projects to share with you, Inky friends. It's awesome to see how other folks use our products!
 
At the Carson convention earlier this month, one of our customers watched my demo using the IAD-005 Never-Ending Square die. She paid very close attention and said she was going to try it herself that night, and she'd come back to ask any questions the following day.
 
On Sunday, I was delighted when Carol G. came back to show me the Never-Ending Square she'd made:
 
 
It turned out so cute, and I wished I'd taken some close-up shots. You'll just have to take my word for it. :-) Carol reported that it was easy to create, especially when she watched the video tutorial as a reminder.
 
After I got home, I received an email from the talented Tina Covington:
 
 
She'd made this adorable bunny basket card, which was decorated with 10954MC Carrot Bunny Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):
 
 
It's a stair-step card, which you can see better from this angle:
 
 
The inside is decorated to coordinate with the front, which is always a lovely touch:
 
 
And my favorite part? The basket was woven from strips of patterned paper inserted through the die-cut lines made with the IAD-004 Card Loom Die:
 
 
After weaving her paper strips, Tina took a white cardstock basket piece that had been pre-cut to the correct size. She glued this piece to the back of the "loomed" panel and then trimmed the edges off. So clever!
 
If you live in the Dallas area, Tina will be teaching this bunny basket card (along with two additional Easter cards) at The Crafty Scrapper next Wednesday, March 26th and Saturday, March 29th. For more details, check out Tina's blog post.
 
Thanks so much to Carol and Tina for sharing their wonderful creations...and, of course to YOU, for joining us today!
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Never-Ending Square, Part 3

Do you remember when we recently introduced our IAD-005 Never-Ending Square metal die:
 
 
Its original purpose was to make a unique card that opens continuously to reveal four different panels, which you can see here
 
Then, a couple of weeks ago, we showed you a fun project that Michelle Cutts developed using the same die, called the Lift Up/Pop Out Birthday Birdy Card. Those details are here.
 
But that's not all you can do with this die! We've got a third card from Michelle to show you today...yep, exact same die but totally different results. When you look at the closed card, it seems pretty basic. Nice stamped sentiment. Cute, colorful flowers:
 
 
But guess what? When you pull the lower right corner, a little birdy peeks through the frame:
 
 
How cute is that! You can download a PDF file of the instructions for the Birthday Birdy Peekaboo card, or check out this video tutorial:
 
 
Want a chance to win this awesome Never-Ending Square die? Please leave us a comment telling us which of these three projects you'd plan to make first, which will also be your entry for a BLOG CANDY giveaway.
 
On Sunday, March 23rd, 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!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

HoneyPOP Whale Congrats

Congrats to Stamping Sue, whose name was drawn randomly from Tuesday's blog candy entries. (Sue, please email me with your address before March 31st to claim your prize.)

Stamping Sue said...
Yes, I like all your whale puns! all the cards are whale-a-riffic! but my favorite is the second one with the curve paper waves.
March 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

For her prize, Sue has won 11218MC Whale HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), along with coordinating honeycomb paper:

 
Thanks to everyone who counted whale puns and left your nice comments about Michelle Pearson's wonderful cards using the HoneyPOP products. We're so glad that you took the time to visit with us! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Funnies: Cupcake Debates

Uncorrected personality traits that seem whimsical in a child
may prove to be ugly in a fully grown adult.
-Robyn Hitchcock

Maybe it's a case of not having children of our own, or perhaps it's because of my own strict upbringing from parents who didn't tolerate poor behavior...but I'm not a big fan of kids who talk back.

Bratty? Sorry, that just doesn't fly with me.

However, even stodgy ol' me had to laugh out loud when I saw that my sister-in-law Kara had posted this video on Facebook:


The three-year-old boy goes on and on, trying to make his point. And it's all about having another cupcake.

On top of it all, he calls his mom by her first name. Really? Naughty boy. Ha!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Whale, Hello!

Whale, hello there, Inky friends! Yeah, I just said that. You know me, always so punny. ;-) But I can't help myself, especially with today's cards, which are a ton of fun.
 
Our friend and talented Inky designer Michelle Pearson created a bunch of wonderful cards using 11218MC Whale HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):
 
 
Look at this cute fella on the outside:
 
 
When you open the card, you'll sea the fun HoneyPOP surprises inside:
 
 
Yep, there's a honeycomb spout and waves! Here's a different version, which I think is whale-y cute:
 
 
The card inside is about the same, except Michelle added Candi Dots in the upper left:
 
 
Of course, you already know that HoneyPOP stamp sets make terrific "regular" cards, too. The torn paper accents on this one look like foam on the water:
 
 
With this stamp set, you can choose to add the groovy swirly patterns to the whale...or not, as you wish. All of today's cards contain the pattern:
 
 
How many silly whale puns did you find in my post? And which card did you like best? Please leave me a comment, which will also be your entry for a BLOG CANDY giveaway.
 
This Saturday, March 15th, I'll randomly choose the winner for 11218MC Whale HoneyPOP Clear Set and coordinating honeycomb paper. I'll post the lucky person's name here on the blog, so please check back to see if you've won!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Funnies: Birthday Gifts

Last weekend was my sister-in-law Andrea's birthday, and this weekend is Steve's birthday. Today's jokes are in honor of them. Hope these funnies make you smile, Inky friends!


Unique Gift
(from ReadersDigest.com)

Every year on my birthday, I looked forward to my aunt’s gift—a scarf, hat, or sweater knitted by hand. One year, she must have had better things to do because I received a ball of yarn, knitting needles, and a how-to-knit book. Her card read: "Scarf, some assembly required."


What She Wants

It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow. Last week I asked her what she wanted as a present.
 
"Oh, I don’t know,’ she said. "Just give me something with diamonds."
 
That’s why I’m giving her a pack of playing cards.
 
 
iGifts
 
For his birthday I gave my son an iPhone. My daughter received an iPod for hers. For my birthday, I was pleased to receive an iPad.

Thinking along the same lines, I got my wife an iRon, and that’s when the fight started…

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Never-Ending Square, Part 2

Last Tuesday, I posted about our new IAD-005 Never-Ending Square Die from the Crafty Cutts collection:
 
 
This innovative die, designed exclusively for Inky Antics by Michelle Cutts (who happens to be Inky's co-owner, as well as the Creative Director for our parent company, Art Gone Wild), makes a delightful project:
 
 
When you pull the Never-Ending Square out of the pouch, you can push the top/bottom or sides back and open the middle to reveal various panels...such as this:
 
 
And this:
 
 
How fun is that! I always say that hand stamped cards are great, but I really have a special place in my heart for interactive cards, such as this one.
 
There are four different panels on the Never-Ending Square. To decorate the sample above, we used 11234MC Birthday Birdy Clear Set (drawn by artist Candice Dillhoff):
 
 
Wanna know what else you can do with the IAD-005 Never-Ending Square Die? Here's a nicely stamped card on the front:
 
 
When you pull the tab on the bottom (which holds the card closed with a hook-and-loop fastener) and lift up the card front, an awesome pop-out panel "explodes" with a celebratory message...including an adorable birthday birdy that peeks through the square opening in the middle:
  
 
Here's the side view of this ingenious card:
 
 
And, yep, as I mentioned above, it's made with the Never-Ending Square Die. Exact same die, but totally different project than the first one...brilliant, huh!
 
You can download a PDF file of the instructions, or take a look at this video tutorial: 
 
 
If you'd like to see the Lift Up/Pop Out Birthday Birdy card in person, you can find it on this month's Inky Store Board Program at participating retailers:
 
 
This sample board includes several other cards, three of which also use the Never-Ending Square Die. 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!
 
Finally, in case you missed my notice last week, I'll be teaching a class featuring the Never-Ending Square and Square Cage Dies this Thursday, March 6th (plus a HoneyPOP class later in the evening) at Scrap N' Yap in Monrovia, California. For more information, please click here and contact the store directly to sign up. I'd love to see you  in person, either there or at the convention in Carson on Saturday and Sunday!