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....

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hopping and Stamping and Etching

This week the Stampendous Design Team got the chance to work with Armor Etch Glass Etching Cream.  What fun!  Today we've all gotten together to share a beautiful Blog Hop with you.  I have the list of all the hoppers at the bottom of this post, you'll want to visit each blog to check out the creative inspiration!

I decided to start my Christmas crafting.  I stamped Stampendous Manger Scene onto the glass from a picture frame with VersaMark ink and applied Clear Bark Embossing Powder and heat set it.  The color of embossing powder you use doesn't matter, it will all wash away eventually anyway.  Once the glass cooled (I used my Ove Glove to hold on to the glass - it gets REALLY hot!), I applied the Etching Cream and let it set for about 6 minutes.  Then it was time to take it to the sink and rinse the glass with hot water.  With just a little bit of rubbing, the embossing powder washed right off and left a beautiful image on the glass.  

I applied Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Ink on a piece of white card stock for the background.  And stamped the word "Peace" from the Stampendous Encouraging Words Perfectly Clear stamp set with VersaFine black ink.  I find myself pairing this "Peace" stamp with the Manger Scene often.  All of the supplies used to make this project are available at Michaels.

(sorry about the bad picture - I tried and tried and this was the best I could get.  *sigh*)

I haven't quite decided how to finish embellishing this frame - or if I want to leave it as is.  Somehow, the simplicity of the message seems perfect. 

Before you rush out to Michaels to buy all the supplies to make this, take time to hop along and see the beautiful inspiration the rest of the team has to share with you.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Itching to Etch

This week the Stampendous Design Team is using Stampendous stamps and embossing powders along with Armor Etch Glass Etching Cream to create some beautiful home decor items.  I've wanted to try glass etching for a few years, but I was always a bit intimidated.  Well, this week, I finally had my chance!  

You might wonder how stamping and glass etching work together.  Well, in a nutshell, first you stamp your image on clean glass and heat emboss with Detail Embossing Powder.  Use any color, it will all be washed away eventually anyway.  Then you apply your Armor Etch Cream and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Wash off etching cream and embossing powder with hot water.  The stamped image will be clear glass while everything else will have a soft frosted look.  It's so cool!  Here's a link to a great etched project, my teammate, Kristine, made for Michaels.  Oh, and speaking of Michaels, you can by Armor Etch there!  

For my project, I started with a small candle that I had in the kitchen.  I stamped one of the sides from the Foliate Quad Cube then heat embossed it and applied the etching cream.  A few minutes later and VOILA!  I have a cute candle for the coffee table.  I have to say that I probably would use a pre-filled candle next time.  The candle started to melt when I used the heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  Oh well....live and learn.  I can't wait to see what this looks like when the candle starts to burn down and you can see the flame through the etched area.

Well, that's all I have for you today.  Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for our big Stampendous and Armor Etch Blog Hop.  In the meantime, we have a few more projects to share with you.  Check out the following blogs for more inspiration.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jumbo Peony

When I saw this stamp, I knew I had to make a card for my Aunt Rosie with it.  Many years ago, her parents owned a Peony Farm and at one time they were the largest distributor of peonies in the Midwest.  When my Dad was a boy he would spend a weekend or two up on the farm cutting peonies and loading them into a refrigerated train car that would take them into Chicago to go to the flower market.  

When Aunt Rosie and Uncle Bob got married in the 1950s, the church was decorated with 100 dozen peonies!  I can just imagine how beautiful it must have looked and smelled!  I'm lucky enough to have three peony plants that are descendants of the original plants that were at the farm.  I love my peonies and look forward to their blooming season every year!

For this card I stamped the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Peony with VersaMark ink and embossed it with White Pearl PEARLustre Embossing Powder.  I then colored the image with watercolor pencils, matted it in black and added a luscious green ribbon before I adhered it to a pink card base.  All of the supplies used to make this card are available at Michaels. 

I can't wait to send this card to Aunt Rosie, I'm sure she'll love it.  

Thanks for stopping by today, hope all is well in your corner of the world.  

Take time to get inky today!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Agapanthus Sympathy

Sympathy cards are never easy to make.  Especially if you have to make them with a heavy heart.  I try to have a few sympathy cards on hand, so when I need one I don't have to stamp through tears.  

This card is an easy one to make and is a great one to mass produce.  It goes together really quickly and before you know it, you have a few cards for your stash.  First I masked off the top and bottom of the white panel with large Post-it Notes and then lightly sponged on Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky.  Once I removed the masks, I stamped the Agapanthus Long flower image and the sentiment from the Encouraging Words clear stamp set.  A simple black mat frames the panel before it's mounted on a blue card base.  

When you are mass-producing these, you could leave off the sentiment and wait until it's time to send this card to stamp the greeting.  This card could be used for a variety of occasions, and if the card was basically done, all you would have to do was stamp the appropriate greeting and pop it in an envelope.  Easy peasy, as my boys say.

All of the supplies used to make this card are available at Michaels.  If you haven't been to Michaels lately, you really should check it out.  I was in my local Michaels last week and was surprised to see all of the new paper crafting supplies.  Including all of the new, wonderful Stampendous products!  How fun!  I spent so much time looking at everything, I'm sure the manager thought I was getting ready to move in!

Hope all is well with you and that you'll take time to get inky today!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mr & Mrs

It's June and that means weddings!  Within the last 6 weeks or so, two of my cousins have gotten engaged and love is in the air in our family!  

I love the simple lines of this Happy Couple stamp by Stampendous.  The coordinating Mr. & Mrs., couldn't be more perfect!  I colored this image with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with tortillons and GooGone.  Yep, really, the stuff that gets the "goo" off of stuff!  It's perfect for breaking down the pigment in some colored pencils and blends them nicely.  Who knew?

I added a bit of Perfect Pearls to the veil and gown, to mimic the Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug folder I used at the bottom of the panel.  A touch of sheer silver ribbon and VOILA!  Simple wedding card!  It would be easy to customize this card according to the wedding colors just by changing the colors of the flowers and the cummerbund & bow tie.

All of the products used to make this card are available at Michaels.  So, don't get caught at the last minute without a card for your summer weddings.  

Hope all is well in your corner of the world and that you are surrounded by love today!

Take time to get inky!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hoppin' with Core'dinations, May Arts and Stampendous

SSH57 Cling Jumbo HandleCRS5044 Cling Jumbo Butterfly TrioIt's the big Blog Hop today!! It's time to grab a large beverage (hot or cold, your choice), put your feet up and enjoy the beautiful inspiration we have to share with you! Be sure to comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning! Also be sure to visit our Facebook Page and share one of this week's Blog Collaboration posts on your Timeline for an EXTRA chance to win your choice of a spool of May Arts Ribbon or a tag set from Core'dinations!

Let's Review: The Blog Hop Prize package from Stampendous consists of:

CRS5044 Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio AND  SSH Cling Jumbo Handle (shown above)

A Sand It Set from Core'dinationsA random selection of David Tutera Celebrate Products Available at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts
A random selection of David Tutera
Celebrate Products Available
at JoAnn Fabrics
 A Sand It Set by Core'dinations

A random asst. of May Arts Ribbon from our stash - This is Ribbonista Virgina Fynes photo of her storage method!
A random assortment of May Arts Ribbon from our stash                            

THEN - the May Arts Blog is offering us an opportunity to give a way ANY two rolls of May Arts Ribbon! So if you SHARE our Collaboration Posts from our Facebook Page on your Facebook timeline, you will be entered to choose one of those! ALSO - the Core'dinations Blog is offering us two sets of tags for this as well! So FOUR people who SHARE our Facebook Posts will each win one of these. You have to SHARE, not just comment, not just "like", you must SHARE. (and we can tell if you did!).

PHEW!  That was a mouthful!  Are you still with me? 

Are you ready to see my card????  

I stamped the beautiful Stampendous Cling Nestled Bird on a David Tutera kraft die-cut panel and colored it with my Prismacolor Pencils.  After I inked the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink, I added a bit of Bronzed Mica and Gilded Mica Fragments.  These are FANTASTIC!  They add just the right amount of bling to any project!  The Fran•táge Mica Fragments are available in a beautiful array of colors, you're going to want them all!  Trust me!

I added a greeting from the Happy Messages stamp set, tied on a gorgeous May Arts Ribbon and that was that!  I have to say I love this card!  And I'm not a bird person, so that's saying a lot!

That's all I have for you today, but now it's time for you to check out what everyone else has created for you today.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by it all!  There's some serious talent in this group of gals!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way and to share this post or any others on your wall for another chance to win.

 So here we go!  Here's the list of today's Blog Hoppers...

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Jamie Martin

Jennifer Dove

Krissy Fossmeyer (you are here!)

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

Leah Farrar-White

Sandy Allnock

Virginia Fynes

Debbie Standard

Kim Moreno

Mary Pat Siehl


Don't forget to check out the great Facebook pages(I hear they may be more prizes)... David Tutera CelebrateCore'dinationsMay Arts Ribbon and of course, my favorite, Stampendous!  I know they would all appreciate your "likes", comments and "shares".  Remember to share you beautiful creations on their walls occasionally!

I'm outta here!  What are you waiting for?  Get hopping! 

And then....take time to get inky today!

P.S.  If you are kind enough to comment on my post, don't worry if it doesn't appear right away.  I will moderate your comments as soon as I can.  You have until Sunday, so no worries!  I truly appreciate all the comments you leave for me!  It means so much!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fun with Paper, Ribbon and Stamps

Yes, it’s blog hop time again!  What's this?  Three weeks in a row?  We've had so much fun collaborating with some great companies, and this week is no exception!  This time three terrific companies are partnering to bring you some of the hottest and most exciting projects you’ll see! At Stampendous we’re lucky enough to be partnering with the folks at May Arts Ribbon and with the lovely people who bring you Core’dinations papers and the new David Tutera line of creative papers and embellishments.
AND there will be prizes! Here on the Stampendous Impressions Blog we’ll be giving away three prize packages including the Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio (WITH Free Template included), A Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle, a random assortment of the David Tutera products,  some Core’dinations goodies (again random), a Sand-It tool to make the most of your ColorCore paper, and some yummalicious May Arts Ribbons (random assortment). You will want to be commenting on every post this week, let me tell you!

The project I'm sharing today doesn't include any stamping, but I have used the spectacular Stampendous Oceanic Tinsel Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder was strategically placed on the card base so that when I adhered the "Thank You" die cut by David Tutera, the fantastic embossed area would highlight the die cutting.  A simple bow with my favorite May Arts Bakers Twine and a narrow strip of Core'dinations Jillian Spotted Cardstock that I gave a light sanding with my Sand It Gadget, were the perfect finishing touches on this card.

I had originally planned on stamping on this card, but as it was coming together, I changed my mind. The die cut said it all and the sparkle from this beautiful embossing powder was perfect!  Come back on Friday and I'll have a stamped card that I can't wait to share with you!

Folks from all three teams have projects for you today! Leave a comment on each blog for the best chance at winning. PLUS... visit our Facebook page and SHARE on your Timeline one of this week's posts about this Blog Hop. We'll choose 4 random winners this week from the "sharers" - 2 will get to choose ANY roll of May Arts ribbon and two will get tag packs from Core'dinations. (this is beyond the regular prizes already mentioned!). But you HAVE to SHARE a post on your timeline. So visit our facebook PAGE - click the word Share underneath one of our posts, and choose "Share on your Timeline" to enter. Here's who is hopping today:

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Krissy Fossmeyer  (you are here!)

Lea Kimmel

Gini Williams Cagle

Jen Shears

Jenifer Cowles

Clare Buswell

Ellen Sosnoski

Ava Gavloski

Ok, friends, I'm outta here!  Be sure to come back on Friday for our big Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss it!  I can hardly wait to show you the card I've created! 

Have a great day!  Take time to get inky today!