Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Farm Friends

From the comments left on last Tuesday's post, it sounds like many of you enjoy paper piecing as much as I do! We couldn't resist showing you just one more adorable card that Michelle Pearson made for us, using this great technique:


The patterned papers on her card are rather subtle, to add visual interest while still letting those cute critters' expressions come through! To create this project, Michelle used stamps from 11237MC Farm Friends #1 Clear Set (drawn by artist Janie Miller):

 
This week's card on our main Inky site features the same cute stamp set:


For a neat variation, you can use a similar layout and colors on your card, as shown in this one by Michelle Cutts:


The lower part of the card was die-cut with IAD-004 Card Loom Die (designed by Michelle Cutts):

 
Using this die is such a quick and easy way to add a fun interactive element. When you pull up on the ribbon, a hidden message (or image) is revealed underneath:
 

This charming card by Michelle Pearson also features cut-out elements, such as the fussy cut main image, notched sentiment banner, and die-cut fence background:


We think you'll agree that these cards are a "cut above the rest"!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hattie's Girfriends Congrats

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

Linda R. said...
I love paper piecing. I use it on many, if not most of my cards. It always seems to add that extra "something" my cards need. And while it may seem daunting at the beginning of a card, they usually come together quite nicely!
July 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM
  
For her prize, Linda has won 11023MC Hattie's Girlfriends Clear Set (drawn by artist Hattie Lace):
 
 
Thanks to Mary-Anne for the inspiration for our original post, and to everyone who participated in this drawing. It was fun to hear how much you like paper piecing, too!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Funnies: Elevators

Did you know that today is National Talk in the Elevator Day? I'm not sure who makes up these special days, but if you think that you'd like to participate, the first step would probably be to find an elevator with some people in it.

Maybe it would contain up to nine folks...or a horse, or a few thousand pigeons:


Then you'll want to figure out what you're going to say:


You could tell a joke, such as this one (apologies in advance to any blondes):

Three blondes are in an elevator, when the elevator suddenly stops and the lights go out. They try using their cell phones to get help, but have no luck. Even the phones are out.

After a few hours of being stuck with no help in sight, one blonde says to the others, "I think the best way to call for help is by yelling together."

The others agree with the first, so they all inhale deeply and begin to yell loudly, "Together, together, together."

Or perhaps this one:

"Take me to the 10th floor," said Mr. Smith as he entered the elevator in a fancy high-rise building.

When they reached their destination, the bellhop opened its gates and announced, "The 10th floor, son."

"Why did you call me son?" inquired Mr. Smith indignantly. "I am not your son."

"I called you son because I brought you up," replied the bellhop.

Or just a simple riddle:

Q: What did one elevator say to the other elevator?
A: I think I'm coming down with something!

Now, I don't advocate vandalism, but I have to admit this bit of graffiti made me smile:


This one, too:



Hope you have an "uplifting" day, Inky friends! (I know...groan. Ha!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Paper Piecing

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted a bunch of cute Benton cards, I completely forgot to include this one (which was actually the inspiration for that post's theme, no less!):


It was made by Mary-Anne Venginickal, who had emailed last month to show it to me. She kindly explained the reason she made it, and what her steps were:

My Dad is always on the go and, even though he is in his 70s, he can never just sit still. So, for Father's Day, it would be nice to see him just relax! This adorable image from Inky Antics was the perfect choice. Isn't that bear enjoying all those warm bubbles so adorable! I used both Memento and Hero Arts inks on this card.

I stamped the image on a piece of white card stock and then positioned it in the opening of the PTI Polaroid die. I also used a light blue colour pencil to give a faint blue colour to the bubbles. I finished off this part by adding some Glossy Accents to a few of the bubbles.

I paper pieced the tub and then just coloured in the legs with Bic Mark It markers. Then, using the cut-out tub, I lined up my stamp and stamped on the Polaroid die so I could line up the images and have the bubbles on the floor.

Since the bubbles on the die were blue due to the patterned paper, I used a white gel pen to lighten them up. The fun sentiment also came with this set and was stamped on to the punched circles. I added a punched yellow heart and pierced around the edge of the circle with a pin to give some detail to the sentiment circle panel.

Bravo to Mary-Anne for creating such a delightful card! It also got me thinking that we haven't done much with paper piecing, even though it's a technique that's simple to do and yields wonderful results.

That brings me to this week's card on the main Inky site, which is a great example of this fun design element:

Michelle Pearson also cleverly added printed papers to the various elements of this turtle image from 10976MC Flower Turtle Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), in her charming decorated gift cylinder (aka, a recycled Crystal Light container):

If you click on the photo for a close-up view, you can see how she used three different papers to "color" the image, in addition to the designer paper base.

While critters make wonderful paper-pieced projects, you can also play with other objects, such as the flowers and sun in 11159MC Swirly Sunshine & Flower Clear Set (drawn by artist Trudy Sjolander):

Last but not least, these girls' outfits are perfect for turning paper into "fabric":


For the above card, Michelle used 11023MC Hattie's Girlfriends Clear Set (drawn by artist Hattie Lace):

 
Have you done much with paper piecing yourselves, Inky friends? Would you like to experiment using this set? If so, leave a comment to let me know, and you'll be entered in our BLOG CANDY drawing to win it.
 
On Sunday, July 27th, 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, July 18, 2014

Friday Funnies: Dairy Products

Last week, I made my own yogurt for the first time. It actually turned out pretty close to store-bought plain yogurt...and it was neat to see the transformation occur. What began as milk and a packet of yogurt starter culture turned into this :


Darcie (from our sister company) has made her own cheese before, which I think is really impressive. And this brings us to our theme for today's jokes...dairy (and cows), of course!

Q: Why don't cows have any money?
A: Because farmers milk them dry.

Q: What happens when you talk to a cow?
A: It goes in one ear and out the udder!

Q: What do you call a sleeping male cow?
A: A bull-dozer.

Q: What do you get when you cross a cow and a duck?
A: Milk and quackers!

Q: What do you call a cow with a twitch?
A: Beef jerky.

Q: What do you call a cow that doesn't give milk?
A: An udder failure, or a Milk Dud.

Q: What do you call an Arab elder who is standing next to a cow?
A: A milk-sheikh!



All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from a Cow

1. Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

2. Don't cry over spilled milk.

3. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

4. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.

5. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all its worth!

6. Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.

7. Never take any bull from anybody.

8. Always let them know who's bossy.

9. Black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement.

10. Don't forget to cow-nt your blessings every day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Fishy Friends

As you can "sea" on the main Inky website, this week's card is "oceans" of fun:


Okay, I'll stop with the puns for now, and just show you some great ideas! We're featuring 11252MC Fishy Friends Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


To continue the blue water theme but in a different way, our talented friend and Inky designer Michelle Pearson changed out the background papers from her previous card.

This time, she dry embossed the base card and added a wavy-looking panel beneath the images and sentiment:


Here's another blue card, but with a modern chevron twist:


You may have noticed that all of today's projects contain fussy-cut images, which you can pop up with foam tape or keep flat, as you wish.

The turquoise scallop pattern in this background paper (which will be available for purchase on our main website later this month) adds a fresh look to mimic the water:


What happens when you place the same elements onto a tent-folded box? Why, you get this adorable 3-D project:


The cut-out window shows the goodies in the cello bag, which is placed inside the box. It's filled with goldfish crackers, of course! This would make a charming party favor for a summer pool party.

Hope you have a fin-tastic day, Inky friends!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Apple Pie Congrats

Congrats to Inkspell/Gina F, whose name was drawn randomly from these blog candy entries. (Gina, please email me with your address by July 31st to claim your prize.)

inkspell said...
Meat pie with French fries on top!
Gina F
July 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM
  
For her prize, Gina has won 11120MC Apple Pie HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier), plus some coordinating honeycomb paper:
 
 
Thanks to everyone who took a guess on what kind of pie was shown at the bottom of the previous post. You were all close, but Sue D was a clever researcher and found the correct answer: It's a "Club Sandwich with Fries, Please" pie. (Kudos to you, Sue D. Please email me for a little surprise.)
 
See you here again soon, pie-loving Inky stampers!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Funnies: The Round Thing You Eat or the Popular Math Number

As you know, this week's card on the main Inky website shows Benton the bear holding a cupcake. However, perhaps I should have posted a pie stamp set instead (such as this one, for example), given that tomorrow is National Pecan Pie Day.

This is not to be confused with National Pi Day, which already fell on March 14th this year.

Because we don't discriminate, today's jokes will feature both kinds.

Pie Chart
Why did the pie go to a dentist?
Because he needed a filling.

What do you get when you cross a snake and a pie?
A pie-thon.

What is a math teacher's favorite dessert?
Pi!

What is 1.57?
Half a pi.

What do you get if you divide the circumference of an orange winter squash by its diameter?
Pumpkin pi.

What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?
Pi in the sky.

What was Sir Isaac Newton's favorite dessert?
Apple pi.

What do you get when you take a bovine and divide its circumference by its diameter?
Cow pi.

What do you get when you take green cheese and divide its circumference by its diameter?
Moon pi.

What do you get when you take a native Alaskan and divide its circumference by its diameter?
Eskimo pi.

Interestingly, there was a "strange pie" contest in Petaluma, California a few years ago. This pie was part of the challenge, but it didn't win:


Turns out this pie was the champion in the savory category:


Can you guess what flavor it was? Leave me a comment at the end of this post, telling me what you think, and this will serve as your entry to our BLOG CANDY drawing for the 11120MC Apple Pie HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier):


On Monday, July 14th, 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!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Pampered Benton

This week's featured card on the main Inky website contains a fun fingerpainting-style background panel. But my favorite part is Benton's Cupcake (8744G in wood mounted), the little bear holding his sweet baked treat, which is topped with "sprinkles" made using a white gel pen:


Our friend Michelle Pearson created it using 11083MC Pampered Benton Clear Set (drawn by artist Darby New):


She also made this soothing card, with the Benton's Bath stamp (8821K in wood mounted) from the same set:


Those sparkly Stickles-covered bubbles make me smile. But a real bath, in the form of fragranced salts packaged in this adorable clear box, is even better:


Wouldn't this card and box make a perfect gift ensemble?

For a few more ideas using Benton stamps from different sets in this collection, take a look at the charming cards below that were whipped up by the talented Sue Nelson.

For example, "hive" been waiting to share this one with you for a while:


Oops, I'm "beary" sorry for that bad pun:


Just kidding, not really. Ha ha! It's all in good fun...

Don't you love the soft coloring on this bear:


Thanks a bunch for visiting us today, Inky friends!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Balloon Buddies Congrats

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

CG said...
I was on the Sunshine Mail DT for several years, and it is still my favorite place to donate cards. Thank you so much for highlighting their good works! I would love to make cards with this adorable set! Best wishes, CG
July 3, 2014 at 5:42 AM
  
For her prize, CG has won 11086MC Balloon Buddies Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), plus a pad of coordinating honeycomb paper, that she can use to make more cards for Sunshine Mail:
 

 
Thanks to everyone who took part in our drawing and is considering participating in Sunshine Mail. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and look forward to seeing you again here soon!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Funnies: Happy 4th of July!


How is a healthy person like the United States?
They both have good constitutions!

What would you get if you crossed a famous Founding Father with a famous monster?
Benjamin Franklinstein.

Who is a dog’s favorite Founding Father?
Bone Franklin.

What dog said, "The British are coming! The British are coming!"?
Paw Revere.

Teacher: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?”
Student: “On the bottom!”

Teacher: More than 200 years ago, our forefathers defeated the British in the Revolutionary War. Student: Wow! They must have been pretty strong, four men defeating a whole army!

What did King George III think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting.

What was the patriots’ favorite food in the Revolutionary War?
Chicken Catch-a-Tory!

What did the patriot put on his dry skin?
Revo-lotion!

What do you call an American drawing?
Yankee doodle.

Which colonists told the worst jokes?
Punsylvanians.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Balloon Elephant & Sunshine Mail

Earlier this year, do you remember seeing this lovely gift bag and color-coordinated card:


The card was made using 11024MC Balloon Elephant HoneyPOP Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung):


Its creator is our stamping friend Karen Seifert:


More recently, she also sent me a photo of this charming card:


Aren't those heart balloons cut out from designer paper a really fun option? We think so!

Of course, there's a regular balloon stamp on that clear set, which Michelle Pearson used to make this delightful alternative version:



Or look how you can get a completely different look, even with some of the same papers and color palette, by creating a z-fold card like this one:


Putting a HoneyPOP "3-D surprise" inside is always a fun idea, but we also love the colorful elements that Michelle chose for this semi-flat version (the party hat elephant is mounted on foam tape to provide some dimension):


We're so glad that Karen was kind enough to share her projects and provide the inspiration for today's post, and that Michelle pitched in with her wonderful ideas, as well.

One important thing that I wanted to mention is Karen's dedication to making cards for Sunshine Mail, which is a nonprofit organization that provides care packages to children in need. They're filled with handmade cards, stuffed animals, coloring books, and other goodies to brighten a child's day. Please check out their website if you're interested in participating.

In fact, we'd like to send 11086MC Balloon Buddies HoneyPOP Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung) to an Inky blog reader who wishes to make cards for Sunshine Mail using this set:



Just leave me a comment at the end of this post, which will serve as your entry to our BLOG CANDY drawing.

On Sunday, July 6th, 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!