Friday, July 30, 2010

Sew You....

Our DT member, Cheryl, has made a tutorial on how to make this crinkled background on her blog HERE. She made this gorgeous card for our current Think INK challenge of making your own background, you still have until Monday night to enter! She used Sew You, one of AI's new releases!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fantastic AI creations....

Here's some great inspiration from our DT using some of our new sets, and our Featured Stamper of the month, Erica using some of our other fantastic sets:

Alicia using Sew You

Tanya using Sew You

Jackie using Sew You

Cheryl using Spot On Summer

Kim using Spot on Summer

Erica- our Featured Stamper this month, using Fictionally Inspired and Into the Moonlight

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Think INK Inspiration.....

The current Think INK challenge is to make your own background, here's some inspiration from the DT. Make sure to link up your creations on the blog post here.

Dawn used Sew You- how sweet is this dress and background?

Michelle used Sew You

Joy used Spot On Summer

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Think INK Challenge #25

This week your challenge is brought to you by DT Member, Marti Wills, and she wants you to: Make your own background paper or use a special background technique

She came up with this inspiration piece for you using the new set, Sew You:

* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them! **IF YOU USE AI STAMPS, YOU GET 2 ENTRIES FOR YOUR CREATION! JUST ENTER YOUR NAME/LINK TWICE ON MR. LINKY!!!

* You have until Monday, August 2 , 2010, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, August 3, 2010 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!

* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation.

*Please make sure that you link your creation back to the AI Blog

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC25

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Tell your friends!

We Have a Winner!

It's that time again, a new Think INK Challenge has been posted and now all that is left to do is announce the winner of our 24th Challenge. Thank you to everyone who played along, all of the sewing creations were fabulous! So, picked #32...

Susan! Congrats Susan, please send me an e-mail at to claim your prize!

If you didn't win this week, no worries, there are plenty more opportunities to come! Be sure to play along with our new challenge, I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a fabulous day all!

Inspiration for you...

Wow, look at these cards, these also fit the current Think INK challenge to make your own background!

DT Member, Kim Nath using Sew You:

DT Member Patti Nelson using Spot on Summer:

Our Featured Stamper this month, Erica Johnson- Wanzer using Fictionally Inspired and Into the Moonlight:

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Check out the CLEARANCE section at AI! CHECK IT OUT! Here are some more of the sets you can get:

Orange you Sweet

Rodeo Rodent

Top Dog

Warm Drinks Cold Days

Zany Zoo

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Think INK Inspiration!

I thought you might need some more fabulous inspiration for our current Think INK Challenge! Kim made this amazing sewing kit using the new stamp set Sew You, I think that this would be a great gift for anyone!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blog Hop Winner!

I don't know where this weekend went! Well I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, it is now time time to pick the winner from our July Release Blog Hop! Here is the lucky lady, picked #2, which meant our winner commented on Patti's blog....and comment #11 is our winner...


Huge congrats! You just won both of our new stamp sets Spot on Summer AND Sew You, plus our new set of Aquatic Charms! Please e-mail me at to claim your prize! Keep sticking around the AI Blog, you never know what you might see next!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Think INK inspiration...

The current Think INK challenge is to use sewing- real or faux on your card/project. Here's what the DT came up with for inspiration using some of the new sets:

Alicia using Sew You

using Spot on Summer

using Sew You

Joy using Spot on Summer

Erica Johnson- Wanzer- Our July Featured Stamper - using Fictionally Inspired

Be sure to participate for your chance to win a grab bag of AI stamps and be sure to get these fantastic and versatile sets!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Featured Stamper.... Erica Johnson-Wanzer

Erica Johnson-Wanzer is our featured stamper for the ENTIRE month of July! She won our Twilight Challenge Month contest..... let's get to know her a little bit!

Q- Married, Kids, Pets?

No, No, kinda. I am not married but I have been with my wonderful boyfriend Wade for almost a year. No kids of my own, but I am the honorary aunt to some of my friends' children. Wade and I just moved in together, so while we have no pets living with us, my parents have 2 dogs that I call mine. Chocolate is a black lab/blue healer mix (13 years old) and Oreo is a border collie (9 years old).

Q- Do you have a job outside of stamping? If so, What do you do?
I only wish that stamping was my full time job! I am a full-time student and will be student teaching 4th grade in the fall. I am done in December with my elementary education license (this is my second "degree"). I also work part-time at Old Navy.

Q- What got you into stamping?
I started scrapbooking in 1999 but got really into in in 2003 when I was scrapbooking my study abroad semester. After I caught up scrapbooking I had all these supplies and nothing to do with them. A co-worker's wife sold for The Angel Company, and she told me how great stamping and cardmaking was. I bought my first set from her and the rest is history.

Q- What is your favorite embellishment and why?
This is difficult. I love embossing powder because I am still thrilled watching it turn from powder to solid. Also it just adds a boldness to the work. I also love bling in any form and clear Dew Drops are a personal favorite because they just add so much and are so simple.

Q- What drew you towards Artful Inkables?
I am a huge Twilight fan and Artful Inkables teamed up with Twilight Tuesday to showcase the new Twilight inspired stamps. As soon as I saw them, I had to have them and I bought them the first second I could. (Literally, I bought them at work!) Once I got them I love them and the packaging is really handy too!

Q Do you have a favorite stamp set from Artful Inkables?
Fictionally Inspired is my favorite. I really love showcasing just the quotes on a card. Plus I was on the Twilight Tuesday design team and I probably used the sentiments weekly on cards and there was always a new way to use them. The possibilities are endless!

Q How would you describe your stamping style?
Simple and frugal. I am a full-time student, so money and time is limited. I also really like the look of a clean card.

Q What is your favorite part of stamping?
There are no rules. You can mix whatever colors or patterns you want. I also love the fact that you can make it as personal as you want when making it for a friend or loved one. You don't get that personal touch from a store. I also love the friendships that I have made through stamping/blogging. I have been really blessed to have these people in my life and without stamping, that wouldn't have been possible.

Q- What is your favorite non- card type project?
I have scrapbooked before and have some photos ready for albums. I also like making coaster albums and door hangs. I used to make scarves and baby booties using my Knifty Knitter, but it has been a while.

Q- Have you been published?
Not yet, but I hope to be.

Q- What is your favorite coloring medium? Why?
It depends on my mood and the effect I want. I just got some Prisma colored pencils and some gamsol and been trying that. For a little quicker and bolder effect, I use my markers (Bic, Prisma, and Tombow).

Q- Tell us about your blog?
I started Inked Up and Ready to Play in November of 2008. I was taking a class about integrating technology into the classroom and one thing we had to do was an educational blog. I loved it so much, I made a stamping blog. I use the blog to showcase my creations, but also show off some personal photos and stories. Earlier this year, Wade, being the computer nerd he is, bought me my own domain name and now he hosts the site.

Q- Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Besides stamping I am an avid reader. Children's books are my favorite because I always love seeing how I could use them to teach. I also love trivia games and try to watch Cash Cab and Jeopardy on a daily basis. I also play in a live trivia game once a week with a group of friend. I am thrilled to be the featured stamper for Artful Inkables. It is a huge honor.

Thanks for sharing with us Erica! Stay tuned to see more of Erica this month! Check out her blog and leave her some love!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Did you know that AI has some great products on clearance? CHECK IT OUT! Here are some of the sets you can get!

A Friendly Light

Daring Duo

Fun and Friendly
Natural Heritage
Music in my Heart

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spinner Card Tutorial!

Today our fabulous Design Team Member Kim Nath is sharing with us how she makes her wonderful spinner cards! I know the one she made for this month's release was amazing, I can't wait to learn how to do that too!





Hi everyone! I am sure most of you have seen spinner cards made using pennies and dimensionals. I developed a different way that allows a smaller, more obscure opening for the spinner.


Assemble the portion of the card that you want the spinner element to be placed on. I wanted waves for my turtle so I used my cricut and an SVG file from SVG CUTS to create some waves.


Using a ruler and pencil, I made markings 1/8th of an inch from the wave line. Since I will be using small brads and eyelets, my opening will be 1/8 inch wide. If you would like to use larger brads/eyelets you will have to make the opening wider to accommodate them.


Using a craft knife, cut along the pencil line.


Grab your brad and eyelet.


Insert the brad through the back of the opening in the cardstock. The prongs of the brad should fit easily but the head shouldn’t be able to fall through the opening.


On the front of the cardstock, thread the eyelet on to the prongs of the brad and bend the prongs as shown. Make sure the prongs are completely flat on not bent too far over the edge. The image will be attached to the prongs so you want the surface to lay flat against the image. Work the brad/eyelet back and forth along the opening to make sure it flows easily. If it is a little tight in some places just move it back and forth a couple times to create space or use the craft knife to open it up a little.


Flip the piece over and add the dimensionals, making sure to leave space for the brad to move easily.


You will need a background piece to attach the spinner part to. Note – my brads weren’t shown in this pic because I took it before the front was assembled, however, the brad/eyelet should be in place at this point.


Attach the background to the front spinner part.


Using the E6000 glue, attach the image to the brad/eyelet. I like to put the glue directly on the prongs of the eyelet (don’t use too much this glue is great for a strong attachment) so that there isn’t a chance that the glue will get on the card portion. Allow it to dry completely before moving


Place the spinner portion on to the card base, and have fun playing!