Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Want FREE Flair?

Do you follow Inky Hot Mess on Instagram? Did you seriously just say no? For real??? Well, if you love Cape Cod you need to change that right now. Here's how to find our InstagramCLICK ME!

Did you start following us on Instagram? Ok so now you can win these sweet new flair! Remember our new product line Inky's Travels? Inky loves to travel and one of her favorite places on earth is Cape Cod. So she decided Cape Cod would be our next release. She has a list about 20 feet long of places, beaches, activities, lighthouses, and famous bridges from Cape Cod so there will be a few phases to Cape Cod.

Phase 1 is being given away on our Instagram! You can only enter to win on our Instagram. We will ship these flair to the USA only. This does include Alaska, Hawaii, and our military bases! A random winner will be chosen on April 6th at 1 pm EST. To enter, you have to like the Cape Cod Flair photo we have up on Instagram and share it. Seriously. That is all you have to do!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Adventure Seeker & Autumn Harvest Part 2

I found a few more photos that I took of my cards from my last crop. Brace yourselves. I got pretty adventurous with a few of these. I'm still using pieces from the Autumn Harvest Living Life and Adventure Seeker Living Life  collections along with pieces from their Add Ons from Inky Hot Mess.

You really don't have to go to town with each journaling card. There are times I just use them as is or only add a few things. Shocking I know, right?

Here is a whole layout with only 1 card embellished. And it's embellished only a tiny bit. The card all the way on the right is one I made from cardstock and embellishments.

Stars! Love the chipboards stars that came with the Adventure Seeker Living Life. I will be so bummed when I finish off this collection. You can see how much I have enjoyed using it in the blog posts. 

This is how I begin to figure out what cards I need. I put my photos in the pocket page protector I select, then I look through the cards I have that coordinate with what's going on in my pics. These pics are from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains. It was autumn and we went on a hike in the mountains to get to this place.....so I chose autumn colors and embellishments from autumn and the outdoors.

I start by laying out cards in the spaces I need to fill. I may go back and forth on the cards or cardstock a few times until I'm happy. I was happy with the Leaf Peeping card from the Autumn Harvest Living Life. I can tell that because it's in a pocket!

Then I jazz up the cardstocks. Some embellishments. Some stamping. Make sure you put the date somewhere on either the left or right page! 

Believe it or not, all of those embellishments are available from Inky Hot Mess. Love washi. Love flair. I just love love love love embellishments! And yes, those 4 cardstocks above were used to make these cards. Crazy, right? Be sure to check out the Add Ons. There's lots of coordinating embellishments there! 

This card is so so so simple to make! I just used a piece of 12"x12" paper that I cut down to 4"x6" and embellished it. All of the embellishments came from Adventure Seeker Living Life. And I love my Tiny Attacher!

One thing I am frequently asked is how I attach my wood veneers to my cards. I use a liquid glue and I let the pieces sit for at least an hour before I put them in a page protector. Sometimes I have to let them sit longer. Occasionally, the need to dry overnight. 

I use the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue. You can also use Glossy Accents which is made by Ranger. Inky Hot Mess has both of these liquid adhesives available in their shop. 

Well that is all from that crop. Check back soon for more details on my last crop and what I brought with me on my trip to North Carolina to scrapbook!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Adventure Seeker & Autumn Harvest

What can you create with a Living Life collection? The answer is plenty! I recently attended a crop and spent the weekend creating and embellishing journaling cards from the Autumn Harvest Living Life and Adventure Seeker Living Life collections. Both Living Life collections are from Inky Hot Mess.

Using a designed journaling card as is can be just what your layouts need. I used just a simple card - no extra embellishing.....You'll see how rare that is for me!

You can always make your own journaling cards whenever you need them. Taking something as simple as cardstock and embellishing it can give you exactly what you need. I used a flair, sticker, and ribbon as the embellishments. Why the yellow? I was visiting the Great Smokey Mountains in the autumn and wanted to use only colors found on autumn trees for these photos.

I have always struggled with journaling. I'm really making a conscious effort to journal. I've been working on photos from many moons ago - years - and is seeing how important getting those details down are. Even a trip from 5 years ago is tough to remember!

I actually journaled on a journaling card! And added a colored mini paper clip for a little pizazz. 

Once again, I created my own journaling card using cardstock. This is one of the Swiss Dots cardstocks from Bazzill. All I did was add a sticker and the sign veneer. Viola! Done.

Here we have 2 cards from the Adventure Seeker Living Life along with the journaling card I made.

With the trip to Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina, my husband and I took tons of photos. I struggled to find outdoor theme kits and forget finding anything as specific as the park. So when necessary I craft own cards. This one is so simple! Cardstock, stickers, ribbon, and stamp from Outdoor Trail Clear Stamps.

Another card that is super simple! Cardstock, die cuts, stickers, and flair. You're done. Simple. Oh and yes those are elk in the photos!

These photos are from Cades Cove in the Great Smokey Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. I made another journaling card with cardstock, burlap, twist ties, a die cut, and the Tiny Attacher. All of these pieces are in the Adventure Seeker Living Life and Adventure Seeker Embellishment Kit. Love how the twist ties are used to hang the Wild Adventure die cut......kind of looks like a hanging sign.

At some point, I made a huge error in printing some photos. They weren't printed in true 4"x6". They were something like 4"x5.3" which is the true digital size. Oops! So all of those prints needed to be matted. I debated matting them on ivory cardstock, but thought that was too blah. I'm a little crazy in my style. I love colors and patterns so I used scrapbook paper instead. Since there's about an inch of paper showing once the photos are cropped and matted, I needed to jazz them up. All I did was add some twine held in place with tiny attachers and a piece of flair. Done. Simple. Looks pretty snazzy!

Check back soon. I will be sharing more from this crop soon. There is plenty more to share!