Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Inchies and Twinchies

Hello Papercrafters.  I spent the day yesterday working on inchies and twinchies.  Not familiar with the term??  They are little mini works of art either 1" or 2" square.  There are lots of paper crafters out there that swap them.  Some collect them as is, but they can be used on other paper projects as well.  There are even 2 challenge blogs that focus on these little pieces of art.  Inchy by Inch and Small World of Inches and Twinches.  I have designed 3 cards with inchy layouts, and 3 twinchies.  I also have a tower of inchies that I made last year and adhered to wooden blocks.

This was so easy to put together.  I used a leaf stamp from the "Vintage Roses" set by Layers of Color and one of the sqaure window cards by Creative Cuts and More.  CCM makes wonderful pre-cut window cards for inchies and twinches.  This one is the A2 Square Borders Window Card.  I adhered my 3 inchies inside the card. Isn't it cute how they peek through the window.
Other inchie window cards are :
Check out this page for even more Square Window Cards for inchies and twinchies HERE.

I'm linking this one to :

I used 6 inchies on this one.  See how versatile these little cuties are.  For this one, I used 4 of the inchies with one stamp.  I adhered them on the brown cardstock and then stamped the clam shell onto them.  If you have an even larger stamp you might consider using 6 inchies.  Stamps are "Under The Sea" by Layers of Color

I'm linking this one to :
The Shabby Tea Room (metal starfish charm)
and Stampin' Sisters for Christ ( A special moment spent with Jesus - when walking on the beach in Jacksonville, it was so peaceful and quite and I would just walk and pray)

This one includes a twinchie and 2 inchies.  Stamps are from "Under The Sea" by Layers of Color.  Are starting to see all the fun options with these and how easy they are to put together??

I'm linking this one to :
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (more than one stamp)
Papercutz Challenge (anything goes)

This is a twinchie set I created.  I didn't have time to make cards with them.  I used "Butterfly Collector" by Layers of Color.

Here is a close-up of one of them.  I bought some 2"wooden blocks and I was thinking about putting them on those.

I"m linking this one to:
Allsorts (Minature, less than 3")

Here is an Inchie tower I created using 1" wooden blocks.  I created these last year.  I wanted a set with red and black to match my craft room. 

Did you know there are stamp companies that sell inchie images?  Lockhart and Inkadinkado.  But you can create an inchie from a larger image by trimming it down.  When I'm trying to decide if part of an image will work as an inchie, I use this little window template:

I lay it over the image to see what part might work.  For instance the 2 ladies are from much larger images by FCD.  The set is called "Leading Ladies".  Isn't the ballerina cute??  She is a cupcake topper image from "Vintage Cupcake" set by Pink Persimmon.  The apples are from one of my fall GinaK sets.  I bet if you started going through all you stamps you would find parts of larger images you could use as well.  The backgrounds behind the 2 ladies are from Inkadinkado.  They sell themed inchie clear stamp sets and you can find them at local craft stores.

Check out Lockharts "Itty Bitty" collection HERE.

So are you ready to make some inchies and twinchies??
You should set up a swap with your stampin' buddies.  Set up the guidelines that require them to create them with card making in mind if that is a concern.  You could ask them to create 3 inchies with the same theme to use on a card.  What fun it would be to see the different interpretations!

I hope you learned something new and are inspired to create something this week.  If you decide to do some inchies or twinchies, let me know.  I would love to see how you were inspired.

***  It's not to late to sign up for my August Blog Candy.  Go  HERE to read about all the details to qualify to win a Crafty Secrets stamps set!  ***
Woowhoo, the weeked is almost here!  Do you have any fun plans??


Unknown said...

Beautiful creation Melissa, but I cannot see any yellow on your card, so does not qualify for the Let's Ink It Up Challenge. Sorry. I will glady accept another entry though which features a rubber stamped image and some yellow somewhere.

HappyCrafter said...

Lovely projects, neat to see how the inchies are being used!

Unknown said...

wow they are all stunning...never heard of inchies before but they are wonderful!!

Thanks for playing at cowgirl up xx

brenda said...

Hi there

A really pretty minature creations, thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts Challenge this week and good luck.

B x

Becky said...

Lovely projects and beautiful cards, thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

What pretty mini peices of art!
loving the blocks too what a clever idea....

Thanks for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx

stampingmarianne said...

Great projects, i love how you used the inchies and twinchies!
Thanks for playing along with us at cowgirl sunday challenge!

Audrey Pettit said...

My goodness, these are so cute and so creative! What a fun medium to work with. Love how they look on the wooden blocks, and they make fabulous embellies for card designs. Thanks for sharing with us at TSTR.

Joan Ervin said...

WOW, Melisa!!!! Sounds like you have had some fun the last couple of have created some gorgeous art work here!!!! I just love all your little inchies and your cards and projects are sooo beautiful!!!

Annette said...

Wow! Gorgeous creations, all! Thanks for sharing with us at SSC.

Gina said...

Fabulous "miniature" work Melissa! The ocean certainly gives that summertime feeling, and all your pieces are fantastic :D Thank you for joining us at Cowgirls Sunday Challenge XXX

Sudha said...

OMG OMG,such a darlings cards Melisa,U r so much creative.

Nicole said...

Pretty card - that metal star is super cute! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Graphicat said...

All of your projects are just gorgeous!!
Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular this week

Grace said...

Oh my goodness Melisa! These are all amazing!!! I need to check out these little inchies because you do wonders with them! I love each one and of course those butterflies are GREAT! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!!! You amaze me at how much you can get done and still work!!!

Laurie said...

All gorgeous creations Melissa! You have been busy! Love those inchies!

Poppet said...

Great work Melisa, such detail on a small object. I really like how you have built up a picture showing several of them together. Your entry into the CSSC looks fab with the 2 different sizes. Great backing paper to go with the stamps.

Thank you for sharing your card with us at CSSC and we hope to see you next week for the BLOG HOP. :-) xx

scotspanda said...

WOW so many ways to use these fabulous little pieces of art!! I love all your projects, but the one for my challneg is especially fab

thanks for taking up my miniature challenge at Allsorts this week :o)

Amanda xx

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Melisa - I have to say, keep up these postings and you will have me inspired to make inchies' they are gorgeous and I see see they would make wonderful cards. I love the variety have you created here and you know I love those Layers of Color ones - you make me think out of my comfort zone - thanks! We love having you play along with the Stampin' Sister in Christ Challenge!! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team

Carolyn said...

This is so beautiful. I love these stamped images. Your card is so elegant and carefully thought out. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous card with us at SSC.
Hugs xx

Miesje said...

Very pretty cards. Thanks for playing this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

Justine said...

Holy wow u have been a very busy girl. Love these

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Inchies are SO much fun! I have a box full of inchies and twinchies. I love your ideas on how to use them on cards, fabulous! Thanks!

My nieces stayed with us for a week, what fun we had with them! I'm recovering now :) LOL! My eldest daughter, Jessica will be visiting for the next few weeks, which is super fun since she's preggo! We'll be working on her baby room projects!

Have a joy filled Sunday my friend!

Sassy's Ramblin's said...

These are so stinkin cute! I like to use them in the necklace frames as well as on cads and blocks! I love your tower to!!!

Hazel said...

Love your inchies and twinchies. You left a comment on my blog querying about BF forum - it's not a forum just for inchies, but we do have swaps for inchies and twinchies. x

Patti J said...

Lovin the inchies!!!! Let me know when you wanna do a swap! Hugs!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Goodness Melisa- not only have you been busy, but one beautiful project after another!!! I love all of your projects- but especially love the little blocks you made with inchies! TFS

Fiona said...

Love your inchies Melissa - we're starting a new challenge over at inchy challenge blog tomorrow - Monday, if you fancy joining in again. Congrats on all your publications too x

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