Friday, July 31, 2015

We've Hit the Big Time

Inky Hot Mess has hit the big time! We have had our very first listed in The Town Crier. That was a big moment for us. Lots of excitement around here for it!


Then there was this little article in the local newspaper. Ok so it wasn't so little. There's a photo. Not to mention the article was on the top of page 3A in the Sunday newspaper. Little happy dance!


Maybe it wasn't such a little dance. I woke up Sunday morning to my phone going bonkers. I turn my phone to mute Saturday nights since Sunday is my only day off. When I woke up, I had several texts and Facebook messages congratulating me on the article. I've even had neighbors come talk to me!

I knew there was an article coming. Jim Miller from the Finger Lakes Times called me the week before to set up a time to come over to the store to interview me. A few days later Spencer Tullis, who is a photographer for the Finger Lakes Times, showed up at my door. I was like, "Hey, nice camera!" And then I found out who he was.

Then I was on the radio! I am not a morning person at all. I don't know how people get up and function at 6:30 in the morning. I like going to bed at 3 am. That schedule is hard to keep now that I have a wicked awesome store though.

So I was on Finger Lakes Radio talking about the new Inky Hot Mess store at 7:50 am on Wednesday, July 22nd.

I am posting links in case you want to read the article. It is online at fltimes.com at this time.

Finger Lakes Times article

The radio interview was recorded and can be heard here. You do have to scroll down to Shyra Murphy - Inky Hot Mess on July 22nd.

I don't know how long these links will work, but they do today.

Stop by tomorrow. Who knows what I'll be blogging about! You can always stop by Inky Hot Mess and check out the latest and greatest. It takes a a few days for us to get new stuff blogged. Sometimes items sell out before they make it to our blog. I guess the early bird truly does get the worm.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Happenings

Today we have a New Happenings to share with you! Do you love Project Life? Really into pocket scrapbooking? I absolutely love pocket scrapbooking! Please don't think that means there's anything wrong with the traditional 12"x12" scrapbooking or digital scrapbooking. We all have our own styles. That's what makes us all unique paper artists! Yup. You're a paper artist. All of us are!!!! :)


Well, if you're in Project Life or pocket scrapbooking, we have a ton of Project Life and pocket scrapbooking journaling cards now in stock. We have several different brands and all kinds of themes. We don't keep all the pocket scrapbooking cards all together in one section of our store. Instead, they are displayed in themes alongside the paper collections, paper pads, embellishments, stamps, dies, and embossing folders.

We do have several new items from Project Life as you can see. There are dies, embossing folders, photo overlays, journaling cards, paper pads, and albums. We have the complete collections for Southern Weddings, Baby Girl Edition, and Baby Boy Edition.

I frequently get asked what else you can use the pocket cards for. Lots of things! You use imagination. We have many customers who are card makers exclusively and they use the pocket cards as embellishments on the cards they make. Lots of traditional 12"x12" scrapbookers use the pocket cards as embellishments as well. They're great in altered art projects as well.

We another item to share with you. If you're a stamper or card maker you're going to love these! Technique Junkies makes great foam mounted rubber stamps. They have some really unique designs.


Technique Junkies teamed up with Palettini and manufactures their foam mounted rubber stamps as well. There are some great expressions for cards and journals. We will be adding more stamps from Technique Junkies and Palettini in the future!

Check back here tomorrow for the latest on what's happening at Inky Hot Mess. Better yet, come check out our new store. We are located 93 Castle Street in Geneva, New York. Geneva is in the heart of the magnificent Finger Lakes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Did You Know?

Did you know that Inky Hot Mess takes Special Orders?


Right now, we are featuring the brand new Cutterpillar Pro. This is nothing like your average paper cutter. Ever cut warm butter? That's what it's like cutting paper with this paper trimmer!!!

The blade is self sharpening. The base is solid. It does not fold for transport like some other 12"x12" cutters, but that means it doesn't lose it's alignment over time which is awesome. There is a storage tray underneath. This will cut a full 12"x12" sheet of paper....actually it will cut about 13". On the right hand side under the blade bar, it looks like a white strip. That's a light box. A couple of batteries and the LED lights are up and running. They really help you see to align the paper and make a straight cut.

Inky Hot Mess sells this cutter on Special Order only. Please feel free to come in and try it. The price of the Cutterpillar Pro is $149.99, but we are offering a 10% discount if you order it between now and August 15th. For all Special Orders, payment is required at the time of placing your order. If you have any questions, please stop by our shop at 93 Castle Street in Geneva or give us a call at 315-325-4554. If you are from out of town and would like to order the cutter, we can ship it to you for an additional shipping fee.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

A couple of weeks ago, the owner of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps came to visit Inky Hot Mess! Korin Sutherland is the owner and designer of their stamps. I've known Korin for about 8 years and this was the first time we've met in person!


Korin hand delivered our first order of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! She lives a few hours away and was visiting family when brought our order. It was wonderful to finally met her.


While she was here, she autographed a couple of sets of stamps. We have a few left!


We have actually sold out several of her stamp sets and have just places a huge order. We will be restocking what has sold out and adding a ton more! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Store Tour

Ready for another store tour? We have so much to show you and the posts would be 5 miles long if we put everything into one post. Today we will be sharing the middle of the store with you.


The middle of the store contains most of our mixed media products, inks, many albums, tools, stencils, Minc product, Silhouette products, embossing folders, page protectors, organizers, canvas panels, scrapbooking products, and our register stand.


Have we mentioned how much we love mixed media? In these cubbies you'll find all kinds of mixed media goodies! Lots of products from Viva Decor including Inka Gold, Maya Gold, Stamp Paint, Precious Metal Color, Crystal Gel, and Ferros. We also carry Silks and Dylusions Paints. A variety of sizes of canvas panels can be found here. Numerous storage and organization gizmos. Foam paint brushes - we use these in lots of classes! Stamp spray cleaner and scrubber pads are here. Altered art pieces are waiting for new homes. If you unmount you wood mounted rubber stamps, we have the foam you need to adhere to your rubber stamps so that they will stick to acrylic blocks instead.


Love glitter? Love pearl?


Someone around here sure does! She shall remain nameless. These cubbies house our Stickles and Liquid Pearls. Did you know 6 new colors were announced this month from Ranger? Squeal! We have ordered them and are anxiously awaiting their arrival. We currently carry every color available in Liquid Pearls. We have 42 different colors of Stickles available.

In these cubbies, you will also find a variety of embossing powers and glitters. We even have glass glitter! It's pretty cool. Very chunky. They come in a variety of vintage colors. Liquid Applique is also found here.


Need a lunch box or pail? We have a wide variety of them! They are all metal. We have lunch boxes for boys and girls! The pails come in a wide variety of themes and colors.

The large purple stand is our register stand. The top has a vintage map of the Finger Lakes region from the 1870's. Stomping Grounds - just a block towards the lake from us - offers this map in a variety of mediums including posters, gift wrap, and jewelry. They made the map a specific size for us so it will be a tad different, but it's very cool!


We have 4 triangle display racks in front of the register stand.


That's where you will find card bases, envelopes, a variety of tools, punch boards, embossing folders, stencils, Minc products, Silhouette mats, adhesives, Shimmer Sheetz, Photo Sleeves for the Fuse, dies, page protectors, additional scrapbooking paper pads, paper collections, stickers, pocket scrapbooking cards including Project Life, and the various kits put together by Inky Hot Mess.


Albums and inks! Oh and our chalkboard can be found behind these triangle display racks.


Our inks are housed in an antique cabinet we found at The Windmill located in Penn Yan, NY. We currently carry the Ombre ink pads, VersaMark, Distress Ink, Memento, StazOn, StazOn Midi, Memories Metallic Inks Pads, and Precious Impressions Ink Pads.

The Precious Impressions Ink Pads are not your regular in pad. They are made for stamping your child/baby's handprints and footprints! The inks are washable and child safe. They wash off with soap and water. There are 3 colors available - baby pink, baby blue, and black.

That's our tour for today. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Albums Galore

Today we're going to share our albums with you! We have lots and lots of 12"x12 albums and several for Instagram lovers.


We currently have albums in stock from American Crafts, We R Memory Keepers, Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, and Project Life.


For Instagram lovers, we have 3 albums just for you! We have pink stripes, purple polka dots, and green stripes waiting for you.



We have albums for a variety of themes - boys, girls, school, wedding, patriotic, military, beach/lake/ocean, and snapshots.


They come in a variety of materials as well. Currently, we have leather, cloth, and printed vinyl patterns available. There's even a couple with embroidery. Love glitter? We have a glitter one!


We have several black & white albums in a variety of patterns.


Inky Hot Mess has over 35 different albums in stock! If you see one you love, come grab it before it's gone!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Love Geneva

Have a Love Geneva Loyalty Card? If not, you need to get one. Seriously.


Why? Show your Love Geneva Loyalty Card when you check out at Inky Hot Mess and you will receive 10% off all regularly priced merchandise!

How much is a Love Geneva Loyalty Card? 10 bucks. No really. That's it.

What do you get for your 10 bucks? For starters, all proceeds for 2015 go to the Music Boosters of Geneva. I cannot tell you how important it is to support art programs for our children.

What else do you get for that 10 bucks? Remember, you get 10% off regularly priced merchandise at Inky Hot Mess! Several other businesses in Geneva also offer discounts with your card. Some of the businesses include Area Records and Music, Billsboro Winery, Cam's, Earthly Possessions, FLounge aka Finger Lakes Gift & Lounge, Geneva Bicycle Center, Joe's Hots, Lake City Hobby, Lake Drum, Microclimate, Opus Espresso and Bar, Parker's, Stomping Grounds, and many more!

Where can you get a card? FLounge aka Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, Stomping Grounds, Burrall & Sons Insurance Company, and Earthly Possessions.

Look for the Love Geneva sticker on our door!

For more info on the Love Geneva Loyalty Card, check Love Geneva's Facebook and blog.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It Begins at Home...

It Begins at Home...

Inky Hot Mess believes in giving back to our local community. Every month we choose a local charity and collect donations for them to distribute throughout our local communities. We firmly believe it begins at home by giving back to your community.

July's Charity
We have chosen the Geneva Center of Concern for this month's charity. It's time to think Back to School. We will be collecting school supplies for all ages throughout the month. Simply drop them off at our store when you're downtown.


All Day Crops
Our All Day Crop on Thursdays are $5 or FREE with any donation to the charity of the month.

Returnable Bottles & Cans
Inky Hot Mess collects all returnable bottles & cans during Workshops and Crops. We donate all of them each month. During the month's of July and August, they will be donated to the Geneva Little League and Geneva Lassie League. Please, feel free to bring your clean bottles and cans from home or your car to us and we will add them to our donations.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Store Tour

Part 2 of our Store Tour at Inky Hot Mess. We love mixed media around here. No seriously, I don't think people really grasp how addicted to this stuff I am.

So it all started several years ago with some guy named Tim Holtz.....Yes, his name is Tim not Jim. He has this little thing called Distress Ink. I think my favorite Distress is the Distress Stain line. I can't get enough of them!


We are adding to the Distress Ink line every week. There's so many colors and products now. It's hard to keep up. Oh Distress Refresher, Distress Reinkers, and Micro Glaze are here also.


Twinkling H2Os are also tons of fun! We have a rainbow assortment of colors now available. Glitter Paste from Bo Bunny is also found over here. We have every color from Bo Bunny. Adhesives, metallic inks, flocking, and other stamping helpfuls are located here as well.


When we were building the store, I knew I had to decorate the walls. We have 10 foot ceilings so there's lots of blank space above the racks. I want our store to inspire people to be creative. So I started looking for artwork with inspirational quotes. This vinyl one is my favorite!


It says "Memories are special moments that tell our story." This greets you when you come in the store.


Across from this wall we have racks.....lots of racks! Our entire store is arranged by theme. All of the paper collection and their coordinating embellishments, stamps, stencil, embossing folders, etc. are grouped together.


Notice the shopping baskets by the front door? I made sure we had them! When I was on my tour of paper crafting stores in the Carolinas earlier this year, I was really surprised at how few stores had shopping baskets. I was so frustrated in one store because I kept dropping my little jars that I ended up leaving. I was tired of dropping things. After that adventure, I knew we needed shopping baskets.


There is a big plan for that round purple table. The plan will be revealed in a couple of weeks. It will be lots of fun and change often....


Then there's the mixed media goodies from Viva Decor, canvas panels, stamp cleaning and mounting, a few altered art items, and lots of organizers.


On the wall, you can see our magazine rack. We sell Rubber Stamp Madness magazine! Did you know RSM started in Ithaca? Yes, the Ithaca at the bottom of Cayuga Lake. How cool is that? We also have free magazines from KaiserCraft.




Lots of summer, beach, and nautical fun!

That's the front of our store. Quite a bit is in there. Tomorrow I'll share the middle of the store with you.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Card Making Workshop

This month's Card Making Workshop will be held on July 28th. We will have 2 workshops on the same day. The morning workshop will start at 11 am and finish by 1 pm. The evening workshop will begin at 5:30 pm and end by 7:30 pm.

We will make 4 different cards. This month's themes are birthday, Just Because, Thinking of You, and wedding.


A variety of techniques and products will be used. They include die cutting, embossing, heat embossing, stamping, and stenciling. Some of the products that we will be using are Distress Inks, Memento Inks, stencils, Glitter Paste, and washi tape. A few of the brands we will use are Tim Holtz, Lawn Fawn, KaiserCraft, Avery Elle, Echo Park, Technique Junkies, Bo Bunny, Project Life, and Cam & Chloe.

Birthday Card:

Birthday Card with Decorated Envelope

Close Up of Stamping

Close Up of Balloon Doggie

Birthday Card

Just Because Card:

Just Because Card
Stamping and Heat Embossing
Inside of Card
Thinking of You Card:

Thinking of You Card
Check out the Glitter Paste!
Stamp from Palettini/Technique Junkies


 Wedding Card:

Wedding Card
Inside of Card

We supply the majority of the supplies needed to make the cards. There is a Tool Caddy List for attendees. If you don't have every item, please don't let that stop you from attending! Every item is available in our shop for purchasing or you can share with a friend.

Tool Caddy List:

  • Craft Mat
  • Tape Runner Adhesive
  • Pop Dots/Foam Dots or Foam Tape
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Palette Knife
  • Tiny Attacher (this can easily be shared)
  • Mini Foam Blending Tool with several new foams
  • Quickie Glue Pen
  • Baby Wipes
To sign up for this workshop, please call Inky Hot Mess at 315-325-4554 or stop by our store at 93 Castle Street in Geneva.