A few years ago, my friend Paul bought me a Magic Pencil at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it instantly transported me back to grade school art class and the joy of simple, colorful, fun supplies. Since then, Miss Stephanie has found several different versions, including the astonishing set of Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tones that you see in the photo. Amongst the many things that Magic Pencils are awesome for is drawing and doodling, because it really allows the "magic" of the random color distribution to shine.
Monday, February 28, 2022
Magic Pencil Mandala Monday
Friday, February 25, 2022
"Oh Christmas Stencil...
...Oh Christmas Stencil!" Admittedly, there's no such song, but nevertheless, this fortnight at Jingle Belles we are making holiday cards that celebrate stencils, whether they are used as the focal point of the design, an interesting custom-color background, or just a pretty accent. Don't have any stencils? Make your own, like I did, using just my ancient circle punches and some sturdy cardstock! The details on that process are below, but first I should probably show you my cards... because yes... my blue-ish bokeh background turned out to be big enough for two cards!
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Stitched Chippies? (YEP!)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
It's a RAINBOW Brad Book
Last year I made an Alphabet Brad Book featuring as many Eyelet Outlet Brads as I could fit onto two dozen or so playing-card-sized ATCs. That project was so much fun I thought I'd do a different version: this time grouping the Brads --and a few coordinating EO Washi Tapes-- by color. So without further ado, I present my Eyelet Outlet Rainbow Brad Book!
Monday, February 21, 2022
Apparently I haven't quite gotten used to putting Mandala Mondays on my blog; and thus today we have a double header featuring this week and last week too!
Friday, February 18, 2022
At Jingle Belles, we're still taking inspiration from this cool holiday photo, and you've still got time to join the fun. Just choose any aspect of the picture that appeals to you... the colors, the foliage, the stockings, the mantel, the bricks... and incorporate that into your holiday card!
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
There are lots of adorable animal brads in the Eyelet Outlet Store, I'm pretty sure you can find your favorite there!
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
I Love NY
It's my last official weekly post on The Ink Pad Blog... for now, that is. Because, of course, the online store will remain open and I'm sure we'll be posting samples and other fun stuff from time to time. But this seemed like a great time to celebrate how much we love NYC and we also love (and plan to keep in-stock!) the exclusive line of city-themed stamps and stencils Michelle Ward designed for The Ink Pad!
SOS464: You Deserve a HAND
There's a brand new challenge at Shopping Our Stash and this time you've got a choice! For "You Deserve a HAND" you can make a card that features a literal hand OR you can go with a metaphorical hand, and make a Congratulations card! As you can see, I chose the former.
Since one of the best possible uses for hands, imo, is holding a cup of coffee, I chose to use my Riley & Company Midge with Coffee stamp to commemorate that fact. I've colored Midge with Tombows and Prismacolor pencils, but paper-pieced the coffee mug. The big honkin' letters are Altenew's Bold Alphabet die set, cut once from Eyelet Outlet Donut Washi (adhered to plain white cardstock, neatly, in strips) and then a second time from dark brown cardstock to serve as a drop-shadow. Background paper is from the late great Basic Grey's "Out of Print" collection. (I still miss BG!!!) The newest items on this card are the small puffy alphabet stickers, which are Pinkfresh Studio and probably only a year or so old.
I hope you'll hop over to SOS to see what the crew have made, and start planning what you're going to link up with us this time!
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Thank You Very MUSH!
Winter Botanicals is the newest Paper Anthology Class in a Kit. This three-card class features soft colors, sweet doilies and plenty of woodgrain, with dies from Hero Arts, Spellbinders and Taylored Expressions plus sentiments from Wendy Vecchi’s “Merci and More” Stamp, Die and Stencil set. Don’t need that many Thank You cards? Swap the pre-stamped flags for your own sentiments and send these for practically ANY occasion. All stamping and diecutting has been done for you, just follow the written instructions and consult the full-color photos to easily assemble two A2’s and one A6 card. ♥
Thursday, February 10, 2022
The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care
It's a beautiful Photo Inspiration this fortnight at Jingle Belles and we've chosen this lovely photo from French Knot to base our cards upon. You can take as many (or few) of the aspects from the picture as you like: the gorgeous greenery, the beautiful mantle, one or more of the stockings... maybe just the color palette? It's entirely up to you.
I loved the rich brick of the fireplace, paired with the abundant greens, so those are the elements I chose to use in my card:
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Just My Type
There's lots to love in the Eyelet Outlet Store, and lots of inspiration on the EO Blog!
Monday, February 7, 2022
Somewhat stretching the boundaries of a mandala, in this case lots of mandala-style circles are cascading from the top and sides of the sketchbook page.
PS: The Helix Circle Tool is my favorite (& most used!) tool for drawing mandalas, because it lets me draw perfect circles in a range of sizes AND it has the 360 degrees on the outer ring, which is handy for evenly spacing the "petals" on a more traditional mandala.
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Stencils and Sealing Wax
Friday, February 4, 2022
Five Gooooooo-ollllllld Riiiiiiiiiiiings!!!
This week at Jingle Belles, we're still celebrating the fun categories from that old holiday favorite, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" OR you can choose to make an extra-special holiday card for your True Love OR you can make a holiday card that features hearts. Lots of choices, we hope you'll find something to inspire you! I went with the ever popular Five Gold Rings... see?
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
A Toast for Valentine's Day
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
My Heart BEETS For You!
It's time for a brand new challenge at Shopping Our Stash and this time, as the funny/punny title implies, we'd like to see cards that feature hearts OR vegetables OR both! I went with hearts:
My Favorite Things' "Rainbows & Unicorns" stamp set is out of print, but in the course of clearing out some older stuff at The Ink Pad, my friend Anna found a copy and I was its lucky recipient! In a triumph of stash serendipity, I happened to have some sparkly clouds and rainbow pieces in my leftover diecut storage area, which coordinated perfectly with two half-pieces of older Lawn Fawn paper (rainbows and hearts from "Sending Sunshine" and clouds from "Into the Woods") to make a perfect background. I added extra punched hearts and some enamel ones from Eyelet Outlet and called it a fairytale ending.
I hope you'll check out the amazing cards from the rest of the design team at Shopping Our Stash and then start planning what you will make when you join our fun!