Inky’s “Wrap It Up” Blog Hop!

Welcome to Inky’s “Wrap It Up” Blog Hop!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, December 11th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). Two people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a surprise Inky prize pack. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

If you've been following from the beginning and you’ve come from Trudy's blog, True's Gift's From the Heart, you're in the right spot. If not, be sure to start at Inky Antics blog so you don't miss out.



I created two gift boxes using the stamps Joyful Elsie (0706J) / Holiday BaZooples #1 Clear Set (11061MC) and Gingerbread Man (2900E), which you can find on this Inky Antics page. These gift boxes are the perfect size for those smaller gifts and are quick and easy to make, although Joyful Elsie did take a bit longer because of the coloring. You can find the complete step by step tutorial here at Splitcoaststampers.

Here is my short version:

For the box bottom, cut your cardstock or designer paper to 7 3/4" x 9". Score at 1 1/2" on each side.



Cut the flaps on the long side to meet with the lines on the short side of your paper, then fold all your score lines.



Flip your paper over and apply adhesive to the outside corners.



Remove paper lining from adhesive and fold in the corners, you have created the bottom of your box.



For the box top you will need to cut your cardstock or designer paper to 6 7/8" x 8 1/8" and then score at 1" on each side. If you like you can punch the edges, make sure to trim off the extra from the corners. Cut the flaps, fold score lines, flip over and apply adhesive, fold in corners...



...and you have now created your box top and it's ready for embellishments.



I used Prismacolor Pencils to color both the gingerbread man and Elsie, and used Gamsol to blend the gingerbread man. After coloring the images I used mounting tape & pop dots to adhere them to the box and then embellished with ribbon, Stickles and metal accent Christmas lights.





Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful "Wrap It Up" creations from the Inky designers. Your next stop will be back to Inky Antics blog.

~ Jovi

Joyful Elsie:
Stamps: Joyful Elsie (Inky Antics/0706J) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Cranberry (Close to My Heart), Christmas Cheer Light Loops (TPC Studio), Clover Dot (Bo Bunny) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Diamond Stickles, Christmas Cheer Metal Accent Lights (TPC Studio), Lacy Square Nestabilities Die, Scalloped Edge Punch (SU), Mounting Tape ~ Finished Box Size: 4.75 x 6



Gingerbread Man:
Stamps: Gingerbread Man (Inky Antics/2900E) ~ Paper: Cream, Cranberry (Close to My Heart), Cozy Little Christmas (the Paper Studio) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Cranberry Grosgrain(Close to My Heart), Oval & Oval Scalloped Punches (Marvy), Eyelet Border Punch (SU), Mounting Tape, Pop Dots ~ Finished Box Size: 4.75 x 6

Eat Your Cake & Nap Too

A few weeks ago I was at Hobby Lobby picking up supplies for an Inky project when I came across this cute little House Mouse stamp, Eat Your Cake & Nap Too. I knew that this little chubby guy would be perfect for my niece's birthday card. I'm sure it will get used plenty in the future and it was 40% off ... couldn't pass it up.

Eat Your Cake & Nap Too

I normally don't use these kind of floral embellishments on cards, I'm always worried about how they would look once they arrived at its destination when mailing. Since this card would be hand delivered I thought I would give them a try and because I have plenty mulberry flowers to use up. Before placing any flowers I had to visit Vicki's blog, Stamped Smiles, Vicki always has wonderful floral arrangements on her cards. After looking at my card I think I should have used more flowers... lol

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Eat Your Cake & Nap Too (House Mouse/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: Cream, Bamboo (CTMH), Smokey Plum (CTMH), Garden Green (CTMH), Sonoma (My Reflections/CTMH) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Frosted Lace Stickles, Mulberry Mini Roses & Cream Rose (Recollections) ~ Card Size 5.5 x 5.5

Inky’s Homemade Holiday Gifts Blog Hop!

Welcome to Inky’s Homemade Holiday Gifts Blog Hop!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, November 20th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). Two people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a surprise Inky prize pack. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

If you've been following from the beginning and you’ve come from Michelle's blog, Inspiration Blooms, you're in the right spot. If not, be sure to start at Inky Antics blog so you don't miss out.

Snowman Soup Gift

For my gift I used the stamps Soupy Snow (5060F) and Snowman Soup (5061G). Both stamps can also be found in the Snowman Soup Clear Set (10936MC), which you can find at this Inky Antics page.

Mostly everyone has seen or made Snowman Soup... right? I made a gift set of four with tile coasters to match the gift tag.

Snowman Soup Gift

Let's start with the tiles: I used 4x4 white tiles that I picked up at Lowes, although after finishing my tiles I think red would have been a better choice. After coloring the Soupy Snow image I layered it onto red cardstock. I applied a layer of Mod Podge onto the tile and then placed my image onto that, making sure to add a little extra to the corners. After the Mod Podge was dried completely, I then applied a few more coats to the image. After more drying time, I sprayed a layer of Krylon Matt Finish over the image. Once it was all dried I cut a piece of cork smaller than the tile and hot glued it onto the back.

Snowman Soup Tile Coasters

Onto the yummy part: I filled Wilton Pretzel Bags with Swiss Miss Cocoa, Chocolate Chip Morsels, Marshmallows and Andes Peppermint Crunch. For each mug I used four baggies and then used silver cording and ribbon to tie them closed. To finish the mug I added a Candy Cane for a stirring stick!

Snowman Soup Individual

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful Homemade Holiday Gifts from the Inky designers. Your next stop along the hop will be to Keri Lee's blog, Pink Lemonade.

Tile Coasters:
White Tiles (4) = $1.36
*Krylon Matte Finish = $6.99
*Mod Podge = $8.99
*Sponge Brush = $0.79
Cork Roll = $9.99

The Goodies:
Glass Mugs (4) = $4.00 / Dollar Tree Store
Clear Tray = $1.00 / Dollar Tree Store
Cellophane Gift Bag = $1.00 / Dollar Tree Store

*Wilton Pretzel Bags (20 bags) = $3.99
*Christmas Ribbon = $0.79
Swiss Miss Cocoa = $3.58
Chocolate Chip Morsels = $2.28
Andes Peppermint Crunch = $2.50
Candy Canes = $0.98

*Items that I already had on hand from previous projects.

Snowman Soup Tag

Sweet Finds

Three posts in two days... something must be wrong with me! Don't worry I'll keep this post short. I'm pretty excited to share this House Mouse Halloween card because it's one of my favorites and I'm sending it to my parents... my mom always enjoys the cards I send her that have a House Mouse image.

Sweet Finds

I'm adding this card to the House Mouse & Friends Challenge. Challenge #106 is a color challenge, create a project using Black, Orange, Yellow & Green. For this card I used the image Sweet Finds, which was colored using Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol. The layout is an older sketch challenge (#127) from The Sweet Stop.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi
Stamps: Sweet Finds (House Mouse/Stampabilities), Trick or Treat (Halloween Hijinx/Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Raven (Bazzill), Yam (Bazzill), Halloween Designer (The Paper Studio) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Copic Sketch Markers, Black Brads (Close to My Heart), Black Plaid Ribbon, Nestabilities Oval & Oval Scalloped Dies, Diamond Stickles (Ranger) ~ Card Size: 5x5

A little of this and that...

It's been awhile since I posted anything creative... October has been a busy month for me (if you don't want to read about it skip the following and scroll down to the card)... lol

My ladies motorcycle group held our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride (previous post) which was a huge success and it's also time for our group to nominate officers for next year, which I volunteered to Chair that committee. With the preparations and emails most of my free time is stretched thin.

Riley and Austin are on a two week Fall Break, we've had plenty of appointments (sport physicals, flu shots, doctor and hair appointments ...etc) and in-between all that one of them usually has a friend over. This coming week they're going to go spend time with my parents in Cheyenne, a much needed break before going back to school.

My sister and I have are still doing our morning walks (usually it's about 3.5 - 5 miles) which I enjoy but once the weather gets colder I may have to start using the treadmill. Why am I telling you about this??? Well I recently purchased a Nike+ Sensor, which is fabulous and I have no idea what took me so long to get one. I think I'm getting addicted to using it (or exercising)! I'm not sure if my sister likes me having it because every so often I yell out "pick up your pace" but I'm sure she likes the added miles that I push her. If you're a runner or walker I would totally recommend that you get one... here's a short video about it.



Somehow along the way I developed Tendonitis in my right elbow and I'm having muscle spasms in my back. After applying many ice packs, taking anti inflammatory meds, I couldn't take the pain anymore and finally had Cortisone injections and it seemed to relieve some of the pain in my elbow for about three weeks (no relief for my back), now that the pain is back I have to wear a crazy strap brace thingy around my arm. I'm going to quit the anti inflammatory meds (Celebrex) and change my diet to help control inflammation, I'm sure my doctor is going to love me telling him that!

With Breaking Dawn being released next month today I started reading the Twilight series once again (something I always do before seeing the movie). Turned on my Kindle and had a critical battery message, thank goodness I also have them all in print!

Okay onto the card...

Kitty in Disguise

Last month I was determined to make a bunch of Halloween cards. I didn't get as many made as I would have liked... just enough to send to family. I'll have a couple more to share in the next few days and then I'll move onto Thanksgiving.

For this card I used the image Kitty in Disguise, the cute kitty is also available in Inky Antics Halloween Hijinx Clear Set. The image was really quick to color, for the kitty I used Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol and Copic Sketch Markers for the shading around the image... easy peasy! Not sure if you can tell from the photo but the spider web in the upper corner is very glittery.

I better get back to stamping, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Kitty in Disguise(also available in Halloween Hijinx Clear Set (Inky Antics)) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Raven (Bazzill) For Get Me Not (Bazzill), Haunted Hallows (Teresa Collins) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Copic Sketch Markers, Nestabilities Oval & Scalloped Oval Dies, Spider Web Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Glittery Spider Web (Recollections) ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Save the Twins

On the first of October the Mountain Shadow Riders held our 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Ride "Save the Twins". It was a huge success, so much so that we were able to break our previous year record of $14K. This year we raised a total of $22,500... not too bad for a bunch of women who ride motorcycles! 100% of the amount raised will be donated to our local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

We couldn't ask for better weather, upper 80's and I'm so glad the weather held out because the following weekend we had our first snowfall. We had over 600 participants and one of those participants was Cris Baldwin, the President of Women on Wheels, Cris and her husband rode their motorcycle from Missouri just to be with us for our big event.

Thanks to the MSR gals and guys for making this year’s ride a huge success and a huge thank you to all our sponsors and to those that came out to support us, we couldn't have done it without you... Colorado bikers are the BEST.

We made the evening news, a really short segment... you can watch it here on KRDO. If you would like to see more pictures from the ride, you can find them in my MSR BCA Ride-October 2011 Flickr album.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi



















Inky's Fall HoneyPOP Blog Hop!

Welcome to Inky Antics Fall HoneyPOP Blog Hop!

For today's blog hop my talented Inky colleagues and I are sharing cards/projects made using stamps sets from the HoneyPOP Collection.

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, October 2nd at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a fun Inky prize pack. The winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

If you've been following from the beginning and you’ve come from Trudy's blog, True Gifts From the Heart, you're in the right spot. If not, be sure to start at Inky Antics blog so you don't miss out.

I used the Harvest Mouse HoneyPOP Clear Set to create this card. I stamped my image using Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the cute little mouse using Copic Sketch Markers and Prismacolor Pencils which I then blended with Gamsol. I cut and matted her using Nestabilities Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle sets and then added a touch of white Liquid Appliqué to the pumpkin pie to give the whipped topping more dimension...yummy!

Harvest Mouse HoneyPOP

the inside SURPRISE ...

Harvest Mouse HoneyPOP

This is the second project showing how you can use the same HoneyPOP set/honeycomb pads to make something completely different. I created Thanksgiving Placecards using the orange honeycomb pad and the 1/2 pumpkin stamp. All the beautiful Fall colored cardstock (Truffle, Orange & Amber) is from Bazzill. Once again I used Nestabilities Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle sets to mount the honeycomb pumpkin onto. I added four Amber Rhinestones along the side and used my computer to print all the guests names.

Thanksgiving Placecards

I also made another card using only the pumpkin from the Harvest Mouse set. I first stamped the pumpkin image onto a sticky note, cut it out and then used it as a mask for the other pumpkins. I then stamped a single pumpkin onto white cardstock, colored it, cut it and then mounted it with Pop Dots onto the center pumpkin. I colored all the pumpkins using Prismacolor Pencils which I then blended with Gamsol. I used the Bow Easy template to create the brown gingham bow which I attached to the Autumn Terracotta spiral clip. I mounted the main image using Pop Dots for that extra dimension.

Harvest Mouse Pumpkins

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful creations from the Inky designers. Your next stop along the hop will be to Debbie's blog, The Paper Garden.

Jovi


Harvest Mouse Card:
Stamps: Harvest Mouse HoneyPop (11052MC) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Truffle (Bazzill), Orange (Bazzill), Thanksgiving Words (The Paper Studio), Plaid (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Copic Sketch Markers, Brown Button, Sheer Ribbon (CTMH), Waxy Flax (CTMH), White Liquid Appliqué, Nestabilitlies Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Word Window Punch (SU) ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Thanksgiving Placecards:
Stamps: Harvest Mouse HoneyPop (11052MC) ~ Paper: Cream, Truffle (Bazzill), Orange (Bazzill), Amber (Bazzill) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Nestabilitlies Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Rhinestones

Pumpkin Card:
Stamps: Harvest Mouse HoneyPop (11052MC) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Truffle (Bazzill), Plaid (Imaginisce), Falling Leaves (Imaginisce) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Autumn Terracotta Spiral Clip (CTMH), New England Ivy Brads (CTMH), Brown Gingham Ribbon (SU), Pop Dots ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 119

It's Wednesday and since my workspace has exploded with Halloween today would be a great day to play along in What's on Your Work-desk? Wednesday #119. I didn't even attempt to take a picture of my other side (where I do my cutting), Halloween papers spread out everywhere... all I need is a little candy corn to go with that mess and I'll be very happy.

WOYWW 14 Sept 2011

As you can see in the photo I'm in the process of making a Halloween card using some of my new Inky Antics stamps that came in earlier this week. I'm sharing I card that I finished yesterday, the image is Cauldron Time (also from Inky Antics).

Cauldron Time

Recently I purchase quite a few Nestabilities at Hobby Lobby while on sale for 40% off. Last night I went to use a couple of the dies and was really disappointed that I wasn't able to get them to cut through Bazzill or Papertrey Ink cardstock, I should mention that I've never had problems before using Nestabilities with Bazzill or PTI. I also tried using the dies with thinner cardstock, Close to My Heart,... no luck, now I have to return two sets. I noticed that these metal dies are a lighter shade than the others... has anyone of you had this problem with Nestabilities?

Make sure to stop in over at Julie's blog, Stamping Ground to see more work-desks and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi


Stamps: Cauldron Time (1261G) also available in Halloween Hijinx Clear Set (10919MC) (Inky Antics) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Raven (Bazzill), Sunset (Close to My Heart), Mischief (My Reflections CTMH) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Autumn Terracotta Brads (CTMH), Nestabilities Label Four, Diamond Stickles (Ranger) ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Dressed to Scare

These Autumn like temperatures that Colorado has had the past few days have me spoiled and wanting more. Although my morning walks have been on the chilly side I will definitely take that over the heat anytime!

Dressed to Scare

Last week I pulled out some of my favorite Halloween & Fall stamps and hopefully I'll have plenty more cards to share. Today I'm sharing a card that I made using a sketch from last week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge (#166). The image is Dressed to Scare, it was colored using Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Dressed to Scare (Penny Black) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Raven (Bazzill), Yam (Bazzill), Haunted Hallows Designer Paper Pad (Teresa Collins) ~ Other: Eye of Newton Brads (Imaginisce), Black Button, Black Waxy Flax (CTMH), Piercing Tool, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Black Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), Black Organdy Ribbon (CTMH), SU Corner Punch, Foam Squares, Nestabilities Circle, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol ~ Card Size : 5.5 x 5.5

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys
(Kindle, Historical Fiction)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

My thoughts: One word. Unforgettable.

Some of the scenes are forever etched in my heart and it was difficult to read through, especially those involving the Soviet soldiers and officers brutalizing people. When I think about the 1940's and the World War II era involving Europe, I usually picture Hitler and his crimes against humanity. I didn't know about this piece of history involving Stalin's plan to exile Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians during World War II. 

 
If you don't read young adult books at all, you must read Between Shades of Gray, it's one of the most moving and haunting stories, it's very powerful and excellent for any age group.

Inky Antics “Stamping Spaces” Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Inky “Stamping Spaces” Blog Hop!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, August 28th at midnight Central time. Please visit each Inky DT members’ blog to view their stamping space and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win, (limit one comment per blog, please).

One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a fun Inky prize pack. The winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

I wasn't too sure about making a video of my stamping space. I actually videoed my son giving a tour of my room... it was comical watching him give descriptions. Maybe one day I'll share some of those excerpts. Please excuse my slip-ups... I was very nervous and I felt like I rushed it.



For those who rather not listen to me ramble, I also took pictures. This is the view as soon as you enter my stamping space, then the right and left side of the room.







This is how I store Reflection Kits from Close to My Heart. I take them out of the original packaging, place them in 12x12 storage folders and label them with each collection name. I also store Close to My Heart cardstock the same way and it is organized by season.





This little container holds 6x6 paper pads (My Minds Eye, Basic Grey, etc.). If you watch the video you'll see these pads in a basket my sister made. I keep the scraps from each paper pad separated in baggie, in front of the paper pad.



I absolutely LOVE Bazzill cardstock. This is how I store my scraps... the colors are so pretty! I also have another container of scrap storage for Close to My Heart cardstock (the containers on are the tall book case, bottom shelf).



More ribbon, Copic's and buttons.



If you would like to see more photos of my stamp room or storage you can find them in my Flickr collection: Stamp Room , for the update photos make sure to look in the August 2010 albums.

Your next stop will be to see Crystal's stamping space, Crystal's Crafty Creations. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Roses

Every Spring when I visit our local nursery I spend a good amount of time in the greenhouse with the roses, the fragrance is just wonderful and I can't get enough of it. Each Spring, for the past six or seven years, I would bring home at least two rose bushes and plant them in our backyard. One would think with as many that I've purchased I would have the most excellent rose garden... I don't and it's so frustrating. I currently have two planted and those two look like twigs sticking out of the ground, no greenery whatsoever... ugh!

I'm staying positive and I'm determined to have roses in my backyard, one year I'll get it right, until then I have to settle for rubber stamps with rose images!

Everything is Coming Up Roses

For this card I used the image Everything is Coming Up Roses and I think I finally found the perfect rose color, Henna (Prismacolor Pencils). I added Diamond Stickles to the rose bud to give the card that little extra touch since I added no other embellishments.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Everything is Coming Up Roses (House Mouse/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Sky (Close to My Heart) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Desert Sand (CTMH), Twilight (CTMH), Simple Pleasures (CTMH) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), Give it a Swirl Punch (Fiskars) ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5