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, February 11, 2012

New Product Blog Hop!

This Saturday the Stampendous team has something extra special planned for you...we have combined our regular monthly challenge with a blog hop showcasing some of the great new products released at CHA last month!  Pull up a chair, grab a warm beverage and yummy snack, and get ready to be wowed!  Be sure to scroll through my whole post; links to other hoppers, prize pack photos, and details on how to win are included below!

When I saw this new Stampendous character, I couldn't wait to get him inky.  Meet Cowlik. Isn't he adorable???  I made this card for my Dad's birthday.  When he was a kid, he and his brother would spend summers up on the family farms in Northern Wisconsin.  They would take the train by themselves from Chicago to Ashland, WI and they weren't much older than boys now (ages 6 & 8).  I can't imagine putting my little boys on a train and telling them to get off at the last stop and Uncle would be there to get them.  I guess it was a different world back then.  Anyway, I think working hard every summer on the farms, instilled a strong work ethic in my Dad that he still carries with him.  My boys are really "into" tractors, and think it is so cool that Grampa got to drive a tractor when he was a boy.  So, as soon as I saw this Cowlik Birthday stamp set, I knew I had to make a card for him! 

recipe:  Stampendous Cowlik Birthday, Taupe Color Fragments, Powder Blue Color Fragments, Clear Bark Embossing Powder; Prismacolor Pencils; Darice Hemp cord; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black ink; DCWV Classic Pattern mat stack; Recollections Jewel Card Stock pack

I also played with the *NEW* Color Fragments on this card.  They are so much fun to work with and the possibilities are endless!  Here I used the Powder Blue Color Fragments as sprinkles on the cupcake and I mixed Taupe Color Fragments in with Clear Bark Embossing Powder for the dirt.  If you haven't played with Color Fragments, you have to give them a try - I'm sure you'll love them, too!

I also decided to decorate the inside of this card, which I don't do often.  It just seemed natural when I saw the sentiments included with this stamp set.  How fun!

If you have not checked out this month's great texture challenge, you can read all the details on the Stampendous blog.  Now, are you ready to be inspired?  Check out the whole list of fabulousness for today:


As you hop from blog to blog, being wowed by all the amazing new goodies we are showing off, be sure to leave some love (and your contact email) for the designers, as well as on the Stampendous blog. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win one of these five fantastic prize packs.  Each one includes a brand new stamp set and bottle of color fragments from Stampendous:

Winners will be randomly selected from all comments left on blogs, so the more you comment the better your chances are to win one!!  You have until Sunday, February 12 th at 8:00 PM EST to leave a comment on each blog; winners will be announced on Monday, February 13th. Due to shipping restrictions, all winners must have a US/APO/FPO mailing address. 

And don't forget....We want YOU to play along with us in our monthly challenge!  Just add your direct link to your card (make sure you've loaded it up with tons of TEXTURE) to the linky tool below (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we sure love it when you do!  And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive the gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Ok, now it's time for you to get hoppin'.  I hope you'll enjoy all the inspiration the girls have to share with you.  Then it's your turn to get inky - can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I sure would love it if you would become a "follower" if you're not already!  Hope all is well in your corner of the world, take time to get inky today!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Color Fragments winner

Good morning!  Hope everyone has recovered from the Scrappy Bowl! Thanks so much to everyone for commenting on my blog and to those of you who have become followers!  I really appreciate you all taking the time to check me out!

And now for the winning comment....{{{ drumroll please }}}.... Debbie!!!  "following you on Pinterest thanks for this chance to win. watching the scrapbeach on ustream"
Debbie, email me with your name and address, and the wonderful Laura at Stampendous, will get a jar of Taupe Color Fragments on their way to you!  Have fun working with them!
Hope everyone enjoyed the Scrappy Bowl last night - I sure did, but boy, does it move quickly!  Thanks to Kathryn for letting me and the other Stampendous girls stop by!
Have a great day, take time to get inky!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scrappy Bowl Sunday

Hi!  Happy Scrappy Bowl Sunday!  Or, as some people call it "Super Bowl Sunday".  It's a big day in our house, but I thought I'd take a quick break and share a card I made today.  I used the new Stampendous Taupe Color Fragments.  They are so much fun to work with!  If you haven't tried them, you are in for a real treat!  Ready to see my card?

recipe: Stampendous Taupe Color Fragments, Cling Bird Post, Clear Bark Embossing Powder, Pirate Gold Embossing Powder; Recollections Spice Market Card Stock; VersaMark Ink; Darice Hemp Cord; Tea Dye Distress Ink

Stampendous Color Fragments are just that. Bits of pure color you can glue on to any surface with any adhesvie. Sprinkle into melting embossing powders for an amazing Encrusted Jewel look. Crush for smaller particles.  For my card today, I stamped my image with VersaMark ink, sprinkled on Clear Bark EP and then added Taupe Color Fragments on top of the embossing powder.  To keep the Color Fragments from blowing around during heat setting, hold your heat gun on the underside of your cardstock and heat to melt the embossing powder.  As the EP melts, it will hold on to your color fragments.  They are so much fun to work with! (but hard to photograph sometimes *sigh*)
How would you like to give them a try?  I've got a jar of Taupe Color Fragments waiting for one of you!  All you need to do is become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment.  After the Super Bowl, I'll draw a winning comment and post it on my blog.  So, be sure to check back after the game!  Due to customs restrictions, US/APO/FPO winners only - sorry!
I also want to let you know that we hope you'll join us  on Saturday, February 11 for our Stampendous Blog Hop featuring all of our new products!  You won't want to miss it!

OK, time for me to get back to the game.  In our house we celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with what we call "Snacky Dinner" - popcorn chicken, egg roll, french fries, popcorn, chips & salsa, veges & dip....all SUPER healthy (oh well, it's a holiday, right?)

Thanks for popping in - I hope you'll be back to visit soon!  Take time to get inky today!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stampendous February Texture Challenge

The first Saturday in February means it is time for a brand new challenge with Stampendous!  This month we are challenging you (and ourselves) to add a little texture to your projects.  Need a few ideas?  You can emboss using enamels or powders, use fun flock, glass glitter, mica fragments, color fragments, or use some embossing folders.  The possibilities are endless!

Here's the card that I created for today...

recipe: Stampendous Deco Lady, Taupe Color Fragments, Detail Copper EP, Detail Gold EP, Pirate Gold EP, Carnellian PEARLustre EP, Champagne PEARLustre EP; VersaMark ink pad; ivory ribbon; Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Inks; Recollections Spice Market Card Stock pack; Bazzill Brown Card Stock

I have to admit that when I first got this Deco Lady stamp, I wasn't so sure that I would get it inky often.  Boy, was I wrong!  She's so much fun to work with!  I really love to emboss this image with a variety of embossing powders.  I used 5 different colors on this one.  This was the first time I worked with the new Stampendous Color Fragments.  This time I used Taupe.  It was a lot of fun to combine the Color Fragments with Champagne PEARLustre Embossing Powder.  Here's a close-up of the Color Fragments

Sorry my pictures aren't the best today.  Unfortunately, I've been under the weather the past few days and didn't get to my craft table until late this afternoon.  By the time I had my card done, it was already getting dark, so all this sparkle was hard to photograph.  *sigh*

Ok friends, it's time for you to check out my fellow team-members' blogs and see what they've created for you.  I'm sure you're in for a real treat. 

Here is a list of the Stampendous team members playing along today:

Then, after you've checked out all the inspiration the girls have posted, it's time for you to get inky!  We want YOU to play along with us!  Just add you direct link to your card (make sure you've loaded it up with tons of TEXTURE) to the linky tool on the Stampendous blog no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we sure love it when you do! And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive this gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set:

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you get a chance to play along with us - happy stamping!  And make plans to join us next Saturday, for a fun blog hop, complete with prizes you don't want to miss.  We'll be showcasing all sorts of products just released at CHA!