Welcome to Paper Inkspirations!

Hi! My name is Krissy, welcome to my blog. I have been an avid paper-crafter for many years, my addiction started with scrapbooking and has evolved to card-making. It all started when I realized that I had forgotten to buy a card for my nephew's birthday. Looking at my ever-expanding collection of scrapbook supplies, I thought I'd made a card for him. Since then, I've been hooked on card-making and my scrapbooks have been collecting dust. Someday I'll get back to them... I have two beautiful boys and a wonderful & supportive husband and I work at the Preschool at our church. When I'm not spending time with my family or making cards, I enjoy being active in our church. Life is good! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit.

Take time to get inky today....

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thank You!

I love the simplicity of this card. This is the cutest little stamp from Stampendous. I made a few of these cards so I can write personal notes thanking my sons' teachers for their hard work this past year. So hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of school for my guys. My oldest finished Kindergarten and the youngest completed his first year of Preschool. They both had a great time at school, thanks is large part to their kind and loving teachers!

Now that all the teachers' gifts have been made and delivered, I can get reorganized and start some new projects. I have a few in mind....stay tuned!

Take time to get inky today!

recipe: stamp: Stampendous Thank You word; The Paper Co.; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo Gone, Tortillons; Sakura Clear Star Glaze pen; JoAnn's Ribbon; Hero Arts Gemstones

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stampendous Blessings

This card was inspired by one I found in the beautiful new Stampendous catalog. If you haven't seen the new catalog yet, you are in for a real treat! It is beautiful and so full of inspiration!

I made this card for the new Lay Minister at our church. He's a really nice young guy and so excited to start his ministry.

Take time to get inky today!

recipe: Stampendous Sunlit Cross, Stampendous Lily Topper; Yours Truly cards; Creative Memories Designer Paper; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black ink

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hero Arts Release June 1st!


Hero Arts is revealing their summer release on June 1st....can't wait to see their new stamps. On their blog today at www.heroarts.com they showed us a sneak peek. I love the little smiley face egg. I think this stamp set will have to be on my wish list!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Sprigs

I made this card for my brother and sister-in-law who are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary today. Their bridesmaids wore this same pink. It's hard to tell in this photo, but the ribbon runs behind the oval and then is threaded through the back of the oval and tied in front to look like a bow around the stems of the bouquet. I think I'll be getting this stamp inky often! I love it!

recipe: stamps: Stampendous Spring Sprigs; Friendly Messages?; DCWV Pastel Mat Stack; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black ink; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Ribbon JoAnn's; CM Oval Cutting System; Crystal Stickles; Sakura Star Glaze Pen

Friday, May 14, 2010

Teachers' Appreciation Week - Day 5

I just realized I never posted Day #5 from last week's Teachers' Appreciation Week. Last Friday, we combined Day 5 and Mother's Day and got TJ's teacher a really pretty yellow gerbera daisy plant. To decorate it (I can't give a gift that I haven't customized in some way ☺) I made this plant stake. I type the quote on the computer and printed it onto cardstock. Then decorated with these cute little bugs and adhered the whole shebang to a wooden skewer. Add a bow, stick it in the plant and VOILA! a great gift.

I love this quote. TJ's teacher has really been great this year and he has loved every moment of kindergarten, thanks to her! She really has been busy planting seeds of knowledge in my little guy!

Take time to get inky tonight - it's still not too late!

recipe: stamps: Stampendous Flutterfly Friends; The Paper Co.; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo Gone, Tortillons; Sakura Clear Star Pen; Crystal Stickles

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Changito in Space

Love this little SpaceMonkey! Changito is on a mission - to wish someone a Happy Birthday! Saw a card like this some time ago on Splitcoast Stampers. I love exploring the galleries at SCS for inspiration. There are some really talented papercrafters on there!

Take time to get inky today....

recipe: stamps: Stampendous Changito in Space, Hero Arts Flourishes Background; The Paper Co.; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Crystal Stickles; Tsukineko Graphite Black Ink; Diamond Glaze; CM Star Punch

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Changito in Space

This is the card I made for my nephew for his birthday last year. It was my first attempt at a Tri-Shutter card. I found directions on www.splitcoaststampers.com. It was so much fun. Once again, I used my favorite little monkey. I found the perfect paper to go along with this little SpaceMonkey in the DCWV All About Boys Mat Stack. I added Diamond Glaze to the dome of the rocket and the helmet to make them look like glass.

Hope you'll give a tri-shutter card a try. Take time to get inky today.....

recipe: stamps: Changito in Space; DCWV All About Boys Mat Stack, The Paper Co.; Tsukineko Graphite Black; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Diamond Glaze

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Teacher's Appreciation Week - Day 4

Here's today little Teacher's gift. TJ has it all loaded in his backpack ready to go. The item on the right is a pack of Trident gum. It is surrounded by a sleeve that is "watermarked" with stars. The cute little guy is an Archiver's Exclusive Stampendous stamp called Love Buds. It also includes a cute little girl. Instead of using any of the sentiments included with the set, I wrote "I CHEWS you" on the heart with a marker. I was feeling punny when I made this!

It's a new day and time to get inky.....

recipe: Stampendous Love Buds, Hero Arts Galaxy of Stars; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black, Watermark; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Fiskars Border Punch; Offray Ribbon; Trident Gum; The Paper Co.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wishing you Comfort

I finally finished the sympathy card I've been working on for a couple of days. I always have such a hard time making these, and it seems that I'm never really happy with the results. Until today! I really like this card. In fact, I think I'll make a few more to add to my stash "just in case". I find it so hard to make sympathy cards when I have a heavy heart, so it will be nice to have one ready when I need it next time.

I'm so glad I bought this Stampendous Ruffled Bloom set. I kept seeing it at the store, and always stopped to look at it, but it never "spoke" to me. (do you know what I mean? am I the only one who has stamps "speak" to me? please say no!) Finally I went ahead and got it, and I've used it twice in a week already. It's a winner!

I'll be back in the morning with Day 4 of Teacher's Appreciation Week.

There's still time to get inky tonight.....

recipe: stamps: Stampendous Ruffled Bloom set, Encouraging Words; paper: DCWV La Creme Mat Stack & Cardstock Mat Stack; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black; Crystal Stickles; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; ribbon unknown

Teacher's Appreciation Week - Day 3

Here's the little gift TJ took to school for his teacher today. The card was one I made for the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge a couple of weeks ago. Then I made an acrylic frame post-it note holder to match. I think it turned out really cute! I already got an e-mail from his teacher this morning saying that she loved it and had already showed it to the other teachers in their wing. She said the teachers wanted to know if I sell any of the things I make.....the short answer....YES! Maybe I'll get a few orders for gifties.

I finished all my Mother's Day cards yesterday and got them in the mail to all the special Mom, Grandmas and Aunts in our lives. I never did finish the sympathy card, though. Guess that's today's project along with Teacher Appreciation Week Day 4 gift. I'll be back tomorrow to show it to you!

Take time to get inky today!

recipe: stamps: Stampendous School for Changito, Book Border; The Paper Co., DCWV Classic Mat Stack; Grafix Clear Craft Plastic; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-gone, Tortillons; CM Circle Cutting System; Marvy Scalloped Punches; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black, Moonlight White, Mediterranean Blue inks; JoAnn's Ribbons; 4x6 acrylic frame Wal-Mart; Office Max Post-it Notes

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teacher's Appreciation Week - Day 2

Well, yesterdays little teachers' gifts were a success. TJ came home from school so excited about having little gifts to give all of his teachers yesterday - he loved making all his little deliveries. It didn't take him long to ask "What will I take them tomorrow?"

Well, here it is! Teacher's Appreciations Week Day 2 gift and card. Today he is taking this cute little card featuring Max the Mouse. I found a card in the Stampendous catalog that inspired my version. Inside the little matching gift is a pack of TicTacs. This is so easy to make, it's really just a cover that folds around the pack like a book. Fun and quick to make. I think these little TicTacs would make a cute bridal shower favor with the message "Truly MINT to be together!

Better run, and start getting busy working on tomorrow's Teachers' gifts. I also need to get busy on Mother's Day cards and, unfortunately, have a sympathy card to make today. Hope you'll take time to get inky today!

recipe: Stampendous School for Max, School for Changito, Book Border; Prismacolor Pencils, GooGone, Tortillons; DCWV Glitter Mat Stack; The Paper Co.; Offray ribbon (black), American Crafts (yellow); Sakura Clear Star pen; Walmart metal bling

Monday, May 3, 2010

Great Giveaway

Take a minute to check out Sherbet Blossom's blog for a chance at a great giveaway. I would love to get my hands on this prize package! Good luck!


Teacher's Appreciation Week - Day 1

Today is the first day of Teacher's Appreciation Week at my oldest son's school. To show our appreciation to his wonderful teachers, these are the little goodies he took to school with him today. The card was inspired by one I found in the new Stampendous catalog. The little can is a "recycled" pop-top fruit can. Inside I placed a handful of Hershey's Bliss chocolates. These are easy to make, and they always impress. It's fun to have the recipient try to figure out how I got the candy inside, yet the pop-top hasn't been opened. I'll let you in on a secret...shhh....you use a safety can opener to remove the bottom of the can, fill the can with the treat, add a little shred for cushioning and then glue the bottom of the can back on with Diamond Glaze. I usually use a can of soup as a weight until the glue dries. I use a bunch of ribbon scraps to decorate the pull-tab. These are so much fun to make!

recipe: Stampendous Book Border; The Paper Co.; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Ink; misc ribbon scraps; DelMonte fruit can

Changito and his Mom

You didn't think I could avoid posting about my favorite little monkey today did you? This card was inspired by a card I saw in the new Stampendous catalog. If you haven't seen it yet, you are in for a treat! The new catty is full of beautiful cards that have really inspired me! Everytime I flip through it, I find another stamp or two that I HAVE to have! This is dangerous!

The outside of the card reads "No matter the weather" and the inside says "I'm glad we're together!" A perfect sentiment for Mother's Day! Mom's help to get us through every storm! (mine definitely does!)

I still have more to post...stay tuned!

recipe: stamps: Stampendous Rainy Day Changito; paper: The Paper Co., DCWV Pastel Mat Stack; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black, Pearlescent Orchid; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Fiskars Border Punch; CM Circle Cutting System; Diamond Glaze; Sakura Star Gel Pen; WalMart Gemstones; Ribbon JoAnn's

Butterfly Thinking of You

This is another one of the cards I created for Mother's Day. I think I'll also make a few extras to keep in my stash for other occasions. I'm also planning on making a set of these for my son's Music Teacher to thank her for giving me some old stamps she had that she didn't think she'd ever use. A bunch of the stamps in her collection her butterflies, so I'm thinking she must like them. I think I'll make a set of generic notecards for her with a variety of papers and different colored butterflies.

I have more to post, so I'll be back later.
Take time to get inky today!

recipe: stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engravings, Everyday Sayings; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Sakura White Gel Pen; DCWV Citrus Mat Stack

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ruffled Bloom

This is one of the cards I made for Mother's Day. I love the way this card turned out! I think this would also be a great wedding card - in fact, one of my cousins just got engaged a few days ago, I think I'll send it to her to congratulate her and her husband-to-be.

I've been busy this weekend working on Mother's Day cards and even more teacher's gifts and cards. I'll be back later tonight or tomorrow to post more some of those. I have to warn you, my favorite monkey makes a couple more appearances.

Take time to get inky!

recipe: Stampendous Ruffled Bloom, Flower Swirls, Friendly Messages; DCWV Citrus Mat Stack, The Paper Co.; Tsukineko Graphite Black; Ribbon Michael's; Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone, Tortillons; Crystal Stickles