Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Did You Know?

Did You Know that we have Inky Rewards? What are Inky Rewards? Inky Rewards is our rewards punch card.

Every time you spend $25 on regularly priced merchandise, you receive a punch on your card. Once you fill a card (there are 12 punches), you will receive $15 off your next purchase of regularly priced merchandise. Crop and Workshop fees are not included. Sale merchandise is not included. Any purchase with a discount will not receive a punch. Special orders are not eligible for punches.

You can receive multiple punches with each visit to Inky Hot Mess. You can fill an entire card in one visit!

We give you the cards at checkout. The customer is responsible for holding onto their card. If you don't have your card with you, we will issue you a new card. Inky Hot Mess is not responsible for lost or misplaced cards. Lost or misplaced cards will not be reissued.

Punches are done at checkout. If you do not have your card with you, a new card will be issued. If you have 2 cards that combined give you 12 punches, bring them in together and we will combine them when you receive your $15 rewards.

Wednesday Sale

Today, August 19th, Inky Hot Mess is having a One Day Sale! One sale today is the entire Just Add Color Collection from Bella Blvd.


The collection includes a larger 12"x12" paper collection, Trinket Stickers, and assorted stickers in 12 different colors!

Every Just Add Color product is 20% today ONLY. Sale is limited to product on hand. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Scrapbook Workshop

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 18th) is our Scrapbooking Workshop. We have a session at 11 am and a session at 5:30 pm. We have 3 kits available! Call Inky Hot Mess at 315-325-4554 to sign up for the Scrapbooking Workshop.


We will make 2 summer layouts in the ScrapbookingWorkshop.


You will receive a total of 10 summer papers, 4 sheets of cardstock, and a whole mess of embellishments! So you will have plenty to complete up to 10 pages!

The left page

Close up of embellishments

Close up of embellishments

What do you need to bring with you? The Tool Caddy List is a 12" paper trimmer, tape runner adhesive, scissors, and foam pop dots.

The right page 
Close up of embellishments

The Scrapbook Workshop this month comes with 10 different summer papers including some for the beach! There are also 4 different colors of cardstock in this kit.

5 of the papers in this kit

5 of the papers in this kit

4 cardstocks

You will also find an assortment of 3"x4" and 4"x6" pocket cards, a mix of die cuts, and enamel dots in a variety of colors and sizes.








There are even more embellishments! You will receive 3 kraft die cut tags, a colored, shaped clip, washi tape with anchors and whales, a full 4"x6" sheet of summer stickers, and a couple yards of Sweet Candy twine.





We only have 3 of these kits available. Can't make it to the Scrapbooking Workshop tomorrow? No worries! Call the shop at 315-325-4554 and reserve your kit! If there are any kits remaining, we will put them out for sale on Wednesday. The kits will come with instructions, but stamping will not be included.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Why Crop at Inky Hot Mess?

Why should you come to a Crop at Inky Hot Mess? Aside from all the fun you'll have?

Get projects completed!

Be inspired by others!

Have some grown up, child free time with your friends.

Make new paper crafting friends.

Get out of the house.

You get your own table....no sharing tables here! Every table has electricity for your electronic die cutting machines, Ott Lite, embossing tool, or other crafting tools. Each table also has a small trash can so you don't have to worry about bringing a bag and somehow attaching it to the table (that's never fun!).

All Croppers can run a tab! You can shop will your work on your project. We don't have you pay for each item as you find what you need. Simply, bring your items (cardstock included) to the register and we will start a tab for you. Your tab must be paid in full at the end of the crop. No exceptions! inky Hot Mess accepts cash, local checks with a NYS Driver's License, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Inky Hot Mess is located in downtown Geneva. Within 1 block, there are several restaurants for your dining pleasure. Go another block or two and you have even more options....we have burritos, tacos, subs, bakery goodies, salads, sandwiches, waffles, pizza, and ice cream within a block!

Our classroom area features a Snack Cart. On our Snack Cart we offer K Cup coffees, teas, Snapple, and hot cocoa. We also have other teas and hot cocoas for purchase. We have a refrigerator where we have bottled water and Coca~Cola products (Coca~Cola, Sprite, Diet Coke, Vanilla Coke, and Barq's Rootbeer) nicely chilled for you. You can also find an assortment of Lay's potato chips, snack size Nabisco cookies, and microwave popcorn here. Just let us know what you'd like and we will be happy to get it for you and add it to your tab. Prices are posted in the classroom. The microwave and toaster oven are for your use.

This was taken when our Snack Cart was a work in progress.
You get to see all of the latest arrivals at our shop! Some weeks we have a ton of new arrivals.

Our All Day Crops on Thursdays benefit our Charity of the Month. This is a great way to give back to our local communities!

The Weekend Crops receive all kinds of goodies! There's a Dessert Bar Friday and Saturday nights, door prizes, and everyone receives a goodie bag.

You can see all of the samples for our upcoming Workshops and ask questions. All of our Workshop samples are on display in the purple hutch by the entrance of the shop.

Did I mention all the fun you'll have?

PS If you're wondering what a Crop is, we have the answer! Click here and you'll be brought to the page where we explain it all.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Jammin' Journal Workshop

Our Jammin' Journal Workshop is this Saturday (August 15th) at 1 pm. The Jammin' Journal Workshop fee is $20. We will decorate the front cover, inside cover, and back cover in this Workshop. We will also get you started on your first page!

All materials are included in the Jammin' Journal Workshop Kit. You will have lots of embellishments and papers left once we complete the Jammin' Journal for you to continue decorating as you journal. There is a Tool Caddy List for the Jammin' Journal Workshop.

Tool Caddy List:

  • Teflon craft mat (if you don't have one, don't stress!)*
  • 12" paper trimmer
  • Tape runner adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Foam pop dots*
  • 1" foam brush*
  • Baby wipes
  • Cup for water for your brush
  • Multi Medium Matte*
  • Black journaling pen that will write on paint*
Ready to see what comes in the Jammin' Journal Workshop Kit? Hope so because there's lots of goodies included!


A sneak peek at the papers we will be using!


The embellishments! Yes, there are 4 complete sheets of stickers in the kit. Lots of Sweet Candy twine, aqua organaza ribbon, a pink chevron paper clip, wood chip clips, wood chip geotags, corrugated sunshine shapes, a variety of puffy stickers, kraft tags, metallic gold vellum cards, and a stripe of kraft tape.






Ready to see the Jammin' Journal? It's such a happy journal! Bright, colorful, cheerful. Happy thoughts!


The front cover is all about embellishments. We use a couple of mixed media paints to give it a bit of pizazz. Your cover may vary because of the various embellishments we have included. You get to be creative!


A close up of the journaling card we used on the cover along with a geotag wood chip with Ferro and one of the expressions on the kraft tape.


This tag started off life as a plain old kraft tag. We jazzed it up with a mixed media iridescent glaze and some alpha stickers. Your word may vary. This is my word for the year.


The mixed media artist has struck again! The Ferro and Silks glaze are used on the cloud and sun.


The inside of the cover. You get your choice of journaling cards, kraft tape, and stickers for the inside.


We start you off on your first page of your new journal. The Ferro and Silks are once again used on this page.


The back cover.

We have a couple of seats available for the Jammin' Journal Workshop tomorrow. If you want one, call us right now at 315-325-4554 to sign up! This Workshop will not be repeated. We do have a couple of kits available if you are unable to attend the Jammin' Journal Workshop tomorrow. The Workshop fee is $20 and payable at the time of registration. 





Thursday, August 13, 2015

Picnic @ Seneca Lake


Picnic @ Seneca Lake is the window display this month. Every month our window display will change. I love the old window displays you'd see in the department stores in Manhattan from way back when. Kind of like when you'd watch Miracle on 34th Street. When I was little, I always thought the stores in that movie were so glamorous. So they are my inspiration for our store windows. Each month the window will change and be something completely new.....some months there will be lots and lots of paper crafting going on and on. Someone around here does love paper....not naming anyone....cough cough... me.

With it being summertime here in the Finger Lakes, I looked to our lakes for inspiration this month. I love going to our lakes. We have an Empire Pass so we get into almost every New York State Park for free. We find having the pass makes us actually go to the parks more. There's no shortage of state parks here in the Finger Lakes.

Geneva sits at the head of Seneca Lake. There is a gorgeous park the City of Geneva owns. It features a historic long pier which used to be the home of a metal lighthouse, an ice cream stand, the Ramada Inn on the lake, boating docks, a gazebo, bike path, Disc Golf, and steps into the lake.

The Seneca Lake State Park offers pavilions, grills and picnic tables, marina, boat launch, snack stand and ice cream stand, a splash park, walking trails, and swimming. Did I mention the view? You never know when you'll see a family of ducks, Canadian geese, Blue Heron, all sorts of fish. When you drive in between the two parks, you will frequently see numerous groundhogs in the grassy areas.

Seneca Lake State Park is the park we frequent the most.....might have something to do with living 5 minutes away... Yes, we very fortunate to live here. I think about that almost every day. Even on days when the weather is not spectacular....I just remind myself that I could be back in South Carolina where we were in a major draught and it was over 100 degrees for weeks on end in the summer.....Even in the middle of February when it's 5 degrees out and six more inches of snow has fallen, I remind myself of that and then I feel better! Here we have gorgeous seasons and the snow helps keep our lakes full.


This month I present, Picnic @ Seneca Lake. The Seneca Lake State Park was definitely my inspiration. We frequently grab dinner to go and go down to the park and have dinner and watch the birds and water. Many times we're there late enough and watch the sun set. What a view!


I've been trying to get a photo from the outside of the shop and it's been a challenge. Glare is not my friend! Not to mention we have tinted windows. I'm determined to get a better shot!!!


You will frequently see kits flying at Seneca Lake. And yes, that's a real kite hanging off the ceiling. Who doesn't need a cooler when you picnic?


Frisbees, huge pinwheels, and beach pails complete with sand and a shovel.



A picnic for four. Someone is still wearing their flip flips! I wonder what they're getting ready to eat. I spy a ketchup and mustard bottle so I'm thinking they're grilling up some white hots! If you're not from the area, you might not know what a white hot is. Out here we have lots of locally made sausages. Red hots are beef hot dogs. White hots are pork hot dogs.

I love mason jars. I normally use them for canning, but these are for drinking! They have metal lids to slide a straw through. Each one has a different summer gingham paper straw. Those paper straws we sell!


Where else would you see a beach ball hanging from the ceiling besides Inky Hot Mess? Oh did I mention the Chinese paper lanterns, hola hoop, or rake for the sand? I had so much fun creating this window! 

Wait until you see what I have up my sleeve for September! I already have ideas and plans for the window for the rest of the year. This is so much fun! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Did You Know?

Did you know Inky Hot Mess offers Gift Certificates? We do! Gift Certificates are available in any dollar amount you need. And they're an actual certificate as in a piece of paper not a plastic card.


What can an Inky Hot Mess Gift Certificate be used for? Any product in our shop, our Workshops, and our Crops. They make excellent gifts for those who love paper crafting!

New Signage

When Inky Hot Mess first opened, we had a banner hanging in our window. We had to go through a very long process with the City for approval of our vinyl sign that is now in our windows.


Some time back I posted this photo on Instagram and asked what people thought it was. No one had any idea which was really interesting to us. Well, one person did, but that was the sign company! He's such a silly guy.

We are so happy to say that Space Vinyl did an awesome job with the vinyl. Our vinyl was printed to be the colors we selected. These colors aren't just laying around in big rolls. Each letter was printed and laminated with a UV protector so the sun doesn't destroy it.

There are several photos that are the owner and his assistant installing the sign after we closed one night.







Looks awesome! Drew did an excellent job. Space Vinyl offers much more than just store window vinyl. Check them out.