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, September 29, 2012

Patchwork Puppy Eyes

How could you resist this face?  Isn't this little pup just absolutely adorable????

I used Stampendous Puppy Eyes stamp and papers by Recollections.  This was such a fun card to work on - even after I finished it, I kept in on my craft table for the longest time, just because this little guy makes me smile!  In the corners of the card, I added Dot Sparklers.  This is a great way to add "bling" to your card, without the extra bulk, which means no extra postage!

Unfortunately, this little pup has been discontinued, but if you hurry over the Michaels you just might be able to find him still!  What are you waiting for?  All of the supplies used to make this card are available there!  You know you want to bring this little guy home with you!  How can you possibly resist those adorable Puppy Eyes?

Time for me to get outta here, friends.  Hope you're having a great day and that you'll take a little time to get inky today.  Don't forget the Stampendous and May Arts collaboration next week!  See you then!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Time Flies

Ok, I have a confession to make.  When I first saw the stamps that I used on this card, I thought to myself, "How in the world am I going to use these?  They are SO not me!"  Well, I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE the way this card turned out!!!!  It is one of my favorites!  I love when that happens!  Sometimes you just have to take a chance, step outside your comfort zone and try something new!  

I used stamps from three different Stampendous stamps.... Damask Chair Perfectly ClearCharm Collection Perfectly Clear and Time Flies Perfectly Clear sets.  I stamped the chair with VersaMark watermark in by Tsukineko and embossed it with Carnelian Embossing Powder.  The chandelier, cameo and sentiment are all stamped with Rich Cocoa ink by Tsukineko, and the whole thing is distressed with Tim Holtz's Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The lace border is self-adhesive and is from Recollections.

I made this card for Michaels' Stamptember and all of the supplies to make this card are available at Michaels...so add them all to your next shopping list!  

Be sure to stop by next week for the big Stampendous and May Arts collaboration!  You don't want to miss it!

In the meantime, take time to get inky today!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dahlia & Lone Bird

Hi friends!  Today I'm back with another card featuring some great Stampendous stamps.  This card features the Cling Jumbo DahliaLone Bird and Happy Messages.  I stamped the bird on "parchment" card stock (by Recollections) in black ink and then carefully sprinkled on Clear BarkDetail Copper and Pearl Pesto Embossing Powders and heated them from underneath.  The Cling Jumbo Dahlia is stamped with VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea ink by Tsukineko - I love the tone on tone effect. 

All the products used to make this card are available at Michaels. So, what are you waiting for?  It's time to go shopping!!!

Well, that's all for me today - I have more to share, so I'll be back soon!  Hope you're having a good day and that you'll take time to get inky today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Soft Dahlia

I just ran across this photo of a card I made some time ago, and for some reason I don't think I ever shared it.  Don't know how it fell through the cracks!  Oops!  Anyhoo.... it features the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Dahlia stamp and a sentiment from the Stampendous Encouraging Words Perfectly Clear set.  I stamped this beautiful dahlia on vellum with VersaMark ink and embossed it with Detail White Embossing Powder.  I added a bit of color with my Prismacolor Pencils and then cut the dahlia out to adhere to my card front.   The "Hope" sentiment made this the perfect card to send a friend undergoing medical treatment.

All the supplies to make this card are available at Michaels.

Well friends, it's time for me to get Kidlet #2 off to school, so I'm going to skedaddle.  I've been busy stamping so I'll have more to share with you soon!  Hope you have a great day and take time to get inky today!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Gift Hoppin'

Today we're hoppin' along sharing some great gift ideas for you.  It's never too early to start thinking about holiday gifts - or gifts for any occasion, for that matter!   At the end of this post, I'll have links for all the hop stops, please visit all the blogs and comment...we'll be choosing random bloggers to choose random comments for the prizes...so the more comments the better your chance!

For my project today, I'm sharing the bird house I made for a friend.  She collects the little humble abodes, and I wanted to make one to add to her collection.  This birdhouse was also part of MichaelsStamptember event.  All the supplies to make this project are available at Michaels.  After I painted this wooden birdhouse with a cream colored paint, I dabbed paint on my Stampendous Cling Jumbo Peony and Lone Bird stamps and stamped them directly on the birdhouse.  When the paint was dry, I added the little picket fence around it and added a few silk flowers.

I have to say I really like the way it turned out.  My youngest son, fell in love with it too, and even asked if he could keep it in his bedroom - which amazed me since he usually freaks out about the color pink (it's for girls only, you know!)  So, I think I'll be making another one of these for his room.

Here's the list of the others girls that are playing along today.  Don't forget to check them all out, and leave a little love along the way - you never know who will have prizes to give out!  You just may be a lucky winner!

AND don't forget our Saturday Challenge continues - We're sharing embossing techniques all month! Here's what we've been working on (most recent inspiration first):

You can link your creations here until Thursday, October 4th -

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Stampendous Gift Inspirations

This week, the Design Teams at Stampendous are bringing you some beautiful inspiration for gift giving.  I've seen some great projects featured already and it's only Wednesday!  Just wait until out big Gift Blog Hop on Saturday!  You'll have your holiday gifts made in no time!

The project I have for you today is one I made for Michaels Stamptember stamping celebration which lasts all month long on the Michaels website.   I made my version of a dry erase board.  I stamped a card stock panel with Stampendous I Love Paris and the Charm Collection stamps.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers and added a bit of Spun Sugar Distress Ink around the edges.  To add my title "Things To Do" I used letter stickers from EK Success.  Pop the card stock back in the frame and VOILA you're done!  Just write your to-do list on the glass using a dry erase marker and you'll always remember those little tasks that need to get done.

recipe: Stampendous I Love ParisCharm Collection; Studio Decor 6" x 8" black frame; EK Success Mini Black Letters SR; Recollections White Card Stock; Tsukineko Tuxedo Black, London Fog inks; Copics R83, R85, YG63; Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink; sponge dauber; dry erase marker

All the supplies used to make this project are available at Michaels.  Be sure to check out their website and their Facebook page for daily stamping inspiration this month.  Then stop by Michaels, pick up your supplies and get inky making a gift or two.

Be sure to check out my friend, Wendy's, blog to see what gifty inspiration she has to share with you today.  And don't forget, whenever you are looking for great project ideas, you'll definitely want to check out the Stampendous blog  - there are always great projects to be found.