Thursday, July 26, 2018

WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent Ink Blot Shop giveaway from the Get Cracking on Christmas blog hop!
Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find the e-mail address here.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using Random.org.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Get Cracking On Christmas {Blog Hop}

Welcome! 
Jenn Shurkus has brought 
some great designers (and friends) 
together for a fabulous Christmas in July blog hop! 
(Bonus: there might be a few giveaways!)

For those of you who may not know me or my company, my name is Tifany and I own Ink Blot Shop. I design clear stamps (made in the USA) for card making, Bible art journaling, bullet journaling, and more.
If you aren't already following Ink Blot Shop, please be sure to follow along on the @InkBlotShop Instagram account and the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page.

The Projects:
For both cards, I used the Peas on Earth stamp set (without the peas). I am not a fan of red, so my Christmas cards generally tend toward non-traditional colors.
I started by stamping a couple of the globe images in a light ink, and used some markers to do a bit of no-line watercoloring. (One card is done with Zig markers and one is done with Tombow markers.)
I used the same basic layout (the sentiment over the globe) for both cards, but decided to add a little extra pizzazz to one by turning it into a shaker card. I heat embossed the sentiment on both cards to help it pop.
If you want to see another card design using the same Peas on Earth stamp set (this time with the peas), you can check it out here. And here are two more cards created by Jenn Shurkus for you to check out.

Although it was definitely a creative challenge for me to create Christmas cards in the middle of the summer, it was really fun to stretch myself and I hope you will give it a shot, too. If you do, please be sure to use #GetCrackingOnChristmas on your social media posts. 

The Giveaway:
Would you like to win the Peas on Earth stamp set that was used on my cards today? You can!
To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win:
Comment on any of the posts associated with this particular giveaway on the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page and/or the @InkBlotShop Instagram account.

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Monday, July 23rd @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Thursday, July 26th here on this blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Jana Millen's site to continue on the hop.

The Hop List:
 >>> Tifany DeGough <<<

Thanks for stopping by today!
Get cracking!
Supplies: 
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop, LLC (Peas on Earth); 
Watercolor Paper: Ranger (Distress Watercolor Cardstock); 
Shaker Window: Grafix (Dura-Lar Clear Film);
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lime Twist - Life of the Party 6x6); American Crafts (Dear Lizzy - 5th & Frolic 6x6); Crate Paper (Portrait Collection 6x6); 
Ink: Tsukineko (VersaFine - Onyx Black); Simon Says Stamp (Barely Beige); 
Markers: Tombow (452, 133, N75); Zig (31, 41, 94);
Embossing: American Crafts (Zing! Clear Embossing Powder);
Sequins: MultiCraft Imports (Go Green Sequins, Black & White Sequins); Martha Stewart (Iridescent Glitter); Pretty Pink Posh (Silver Heart Confetti);
Dies: Spellbinders (Standard Circles);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Scor-Pal (Scoring Board); Wagner (Heat Gun);

Friday, June 22, 2018

WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent giveaway from the Ink Blot Shop / The Daily Marker!

Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find the e-mail address here.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using Random.org.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ink Blot Shop & The Daily Marker {Blog Hop}

Welcome! 
The Daily Marker is bringing 
all sorts of great companies 
(including Ink Blot Shop
together for a wonderful blog hop today! 
(Bonus: there are giveaways!)

For those of you who may not know me or my company, my name is Tifany and I own Ink Blot Shop. I design clear stamps (made in the USA) for card making, Bible art journaling, bullet journaling, and more.
If you aren't already following Ink Blot Shop, please be sure to follow along on the @InkBlotShop Instagram account and the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page.

The Project:
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge is all about getting a little bit of coloring in every day (even if it's only 5 minutes). And if you haven't been able to color each day? Don't let that stop you! 
You are not alone. 
I haven't colored every day either...but I am doing my best to get it in when I can. I am so glad Kathy started this challenge - it has been good for me to realize that even a little bit of creativity is worth it. And, please - don't feel like you always need to create a whole card or project to have accomplished something.

I've tried to participate in several of Kathy's coloring challenges now (I say tried, because I am in no way getting a perfect attendance award), and I wanted to have a personal goal to help motivate me this round. I had two ideas: building up a little stash of decorated envelopes, and getting some quick note cards (flat, a little bigger than business card size) together so I have something handy for when I would like to write a note to a customer. In order to accomplish my goal, I spent a chunk of time one day just stamping out some pieces so I had a stash ready to color.
 
Today I wanted to share what I did with some of the stamped envelopes. (The stamps are from my Envelope Mail Art stamp set.) Most of my coloring on these is done using some Tombow markers and a little bit of water on a paintbrush. Since I had the envelopes pre-stamped and the coloring supplies were out, it was easy to watercolor several envelopes at once.
And while I was waiting for the watercolored envelopes to dry, I colored a few more envelopes (particularly the kraft envelopes) with colored pencils.
I don't often have time to create a card and/or envelope right when I need it, so having a little stash ready to pull from is really going to help me out.

I encourage you to play along in this month's coloring challenge...and don't forget to use #thedailymarker30day when sharing on your social media accounts.

The Giveaway:
Would you like to win the Envelope Mail Art stamp set that was used on my envelopes today? You can!
To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win:
Comment on any of the posts associated with this particular giveaway on the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page and/or the @InkBlotShop Instagram account.

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Wednesday, June 20th @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Friday, June 22nd here on this blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Ink on 3's site to continue on the hop.

The Hop List:
 >>> Ink Blot Shop <<<

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy coloring!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

There are EIGHT new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

First up...this is a fun one for decorating your envelopes - Envelope Mail Art:
And then there is this one...perfect for turning any card into a party invitation.
There are two new critter sets...
  and Flopsy Forest Friends:
There's a new companion for Hello Lovely...meet - Hey Handsome:
 And a new one for Bible journaling - Margin Notes:
And last (but not least) two new backgrounds...
 and Wild Hatch Herringbone Background:


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Book Review :: When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow

When God Made Light is another great book from the duo who created When God Made You!
When God Made Light is a book that celebrates the light that God created in the universe, as well as the light He places in each of His children. Both When God Made Light and When God Made You are empowering and confidence-building, all in the context of being created by God. 

The rhyming text in these books is a unique find - almost Dr. Seuss-ish with a poetic flair. They are a literary step above other children's books on the market, in my opinion. I can't think of another way to describe them - they just feel different from the typical rhyming books for children...and I love that!

The illustrations just add to the beautiful text in When God Made Light. Our family loves the illustrator's quirky, unique style. (We have another book illustrated by David Catrow: I Like Myself! - also a great one!)

When God Made Light is another wonderful book from this author/illustrator duo, and I am so thankful for their contributions to children's literature.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Review :: God Made The World by Sarah Jean Collins

God Made The World is a board book, written in rhyme. 
The words in this book are good, but what I think really sets this one apart from the rest of the creation board books is the simple, graphic nature of the illustrations.
I love the high contrast images in God Made The World - they really demand attention from the reader(s). These types of illustrations are especially wonderful for getting the attention of babies.

God Made The World is one of my favorite board books about creation - I would recommend it particularly for ages 0-3. 
FTC Declaration: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through their book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent giveaway from the Ink Blot Shop / MISTI Blog Hop!

Congratulations!

Please send me an e-mail with your US mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.
{You can find my e-mail address in my blog header or on my Blogger profile.}
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
The winner was randomly chosen using Random.org.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ink Blot Shop and My Sweet Petunia (& a giveaway!) {Blog Hop}

Welcome! 
have combined to bring you a wonderful blog hop today! 
(Bonus: there are giveaways!)

If you aren't already following Ink Blot Shop, please be sure to follow along on the @InkBlotShop Instagram account and the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page.

The Project:
The main reason I was originally drawn to the MISTI was the possibility of creating multiples of cards. Of course, I have seen many other benefits of the MISTI in the time I have owned it, but making multiples is still my favorite way to use it.

For today's hop, I used a combination of the Ink Blot Shop Arts & Crafts IconsArts & Crafts Sentiments, and Houndstooth Background stamps in the same layout to create three cards with different looks:
Would you like to see the whole process? I share a quick run-through in this video.


I took the original bright design and toned it down to create a different look by coloring the stamped images with some netural/earth tones.
And then for a quick version, I colored everything the same, just using a slight gradient of color for a little interest:
I love that the MISTI made it easy to stamp some coordinating envelopes as well. (The Arts & Crafts Sentiments set has stamps that work well on both cards and envelopes.)
And did you happen to notice those beautiful turquoise ruler stickers in my video? If you are thinking about updating the ruler stickers on your MISTI (or Mini MISTI), be sure to check out this video showing how I did mine. There are some tips and tricks you won't want to miss. 

The Giveaway:
Would you like to win the Arts & Crafts Icons and Arts & Crafts Sentiments stamps that were used in my cards today? You can!
To enter:
Leave a comment on this blog post. That's it!

If you would like additional chances to win:
Comment on any of the posts associated with this particular giveaway on the Ink Blot Shop Facebook page and/or the @InkBlotShop Instagram account.

Rules of this giveaway:
Blog comments for the giveaway will close Sunday, March 11th @ 11:59pm (Central) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, March 13th here on this blog.
- The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information.
- Due to shipping costs, giveaways are available to US mailing addresses only.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

After leaving a comment, be sure to hop on over to Ilina Crouse's site to continue on the hop.


Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Stamps: Ink Blot Shop (Arts & Crafts Icons, Arts & Crafts Sentiments, Houndstooth Background); 
Tools: My Sweet Petunia (Original MISTI with Turquoise Replacement Stickers, Bar Magnet, Creative Corners); 

A full supply list (with links) can be found in the YouTube video description.

New releases from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

Good news! There are four new stamp sets (available now!) from Ink Blot Shop, LLC!

First up - a great new alphabet...
This one creates the drop shadow effect for you. You can leave it as-is or color in the shadow area for a fun and funky look.

...and then there's something a little different. These stamp sets are designed especially for bullet journaling and planners. These three sets are all part of the "Calendar Builders" line - easy to mix and match to create a variety of custom looks.



Here's a little peek at how you can use them in your bullet journaling:
Stay tuned for more projects using these new stamps, 
but in the meantime...