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....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Encrusted Treasure Hop/Chipboard Challenge

Welcome to the Stampendous "Fran•tage Encrusted Jewel Hop"! All of us on the Stampendous Design Teams are sooo excited about this new technique...an accidental creative process discovered by our own Fran Seiford, Chief Artistic Officer at Stampendous! There is a quote that says, "There are no mistakes, just opportunities for embellishment!" How true is that? Today our super-creative-with-mistakes designers are excited to show you how you can deliberately create with gorgeous sloppiness. For more info on the process of Encrusting with the Fran•tage Essentials, check out the YouTube video HERE. Here's the list of our Encrusted Hoppers for today:

As you hop from blog to blog, oohing and aahing over the Encrusted Jewel fabulousness, be sure to leave some love (and your contact email) for the designers, as well as on the Stampendous blog. Your comments are your insurance that you have an opportunity to win one of four blog candy goody boxes of Stampendous Fran•tage Essentials for you to create your own Encrusted Jewel goodness (US winners only):

 Aged Black Prize Package

Aged Silver Prize package

 Aged Gold Prize Package

 Shabby White Prize Package

OK!  You ready to see what I created?  I decided to step out of my comfort zone this week and instead of making a card, I made a vellum candle shade.  I love the way this turned out!  Along the top edge of the vellum, I stamped the flourish from the Cling Jumbo Peony with VersaMark ink.  It's kind of hard to see, but I really like the way a watermark looks on vellum.  I then stamped just the Eiffel Tower from Eiffel Noel and embossed it with Detail Gold EP.  On the reverse side of the image, I colored the holly, berries and poinsettias with my Prismacolor pencils.  I attached the shade to a piece of chipboard that I embossed with Detail Gold EP and then added Shaved Ice around the base to mimic snow.  This was the first time I used Shaved Ice and it won't be my last!  It was "snow" much fun!  I placed a battery operated tealight inside and VOILA! 

Alright, my time here is done....it's time for you to get hopping!  I'm sure you're in for some real treats from this uber-talented group of gals!  Prepare to be wowed!!!  After checking out all of the encrusted goodness, be sure to watch Fran's video and then take time to get inky! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thought for the Day

I recently was introduced to Pinterest and now I'm hopelessly hooked.  I found this pin earlier.....it is one of my favorite quotes.  I had to share it with you...

I hope you'll all take time today to do all of the above and to get inky!  I'll be back soon!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chipboard Challenge

It's Saturday again, and that means the Stampendous team is playing along with our monthly challenge again! This month we are playing with chipboard. There are SO many different ways to use it - paint it, distress it, emboss it, stamp on it, give it some texture......you get the idea!

I used a chipboard snowflake (two, actually) on my card.  I decided to emboss the snowflakes using my favorite Stampendous embossing powders.  The bottom snowflake is heat embossed with Blue Blaze EP and the top snowflake was embossed twice.  The first layer is Winter Wonderland EP and then on top of that I used Stardust EP.  I added a cute little silver snowflake brad to the center of the snowflakes.

recipe: Stampendous  Penguin WishesWinter Wonderland EPDetail White EPStardust EP; Martha Stewart Stars Border Punch; Sizzix Snowflake die; Michaels Silver Snowflake Brad; Prismacolor Pencils; Paper Pizzazz DP; Versamarker

Here's a list of the other team members who are playing along with this challenge.  Take a few moments to check out what they've created!
Lynn Mercurio - http://www.stamperosity.com/

Taylor Usry - http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Wendy Jordan - http://www.papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/

Suzanne Czosek - http://www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com/

Pam Hornschu - http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/

OK, after you've taken a look at what everyone else has created using chipboard, then it's your turn!  Our challenge to you this month is to join us in using chipboard on your cards and projects. This month we are giving away a Cling Jumbo Songbird set to a random winner. You don't have to use a Stampendous image or products to play along, but we sure love it when you do! You have until Thursday, December 1 at 11:59 PM EST to add your link to the linky tool on the Stampendous blog, and we'll draw a random winner. You can enter as many times as you'd like.

OOH!  Before I forget...did you know Stampendous is offering FREE shipping on all orders $50 or over (to US/APO/FPO addresses)?! Use the promo code FREESHIP and stock up on some goodies!!  Be sure to check out the Present in a Pail for that special stamper on your holiday shopping list.  At just $29.95, it's a great deal - order 2 and you'll get free shipping with the above code.  WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Gotta skedaddle - hope you have a great day and that you'll take time to get inky today!  Thanks for stopping by!