Saturday, November 28, 2009

Now that we've digested Thanksgiving dinner, often we start to turn our thinking toward Christmas. Black Friday shopping has either started or finished the shopping list, and it's time to think of Christmas Cards. Some organized people have created their cards and are addressing them now. However, if you are like me, it's a dream to have them ready before Christmas! If you are more like me than those pesty organized people, here's a Christmas card idea. It looks fabulous, but actually was pretty quick to finish!



Stamps: Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflakes #2 Original Bigz Die, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals

I love snow and snowflakes and red and green and this card fits it! (Sorry for the run-on sentence, pretend you are listening to me talk if it bothers you).

Don't forget: If your Stampin' Wish List includes Stampin' Up! stuff, send your loved ones to my website, click on shop now, and they can order online! Or I can place an order via phone or email.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

The night before Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite nights of the year. My family is the cause of that. You see, every year of my life until college, my family (Mom, Dad, Sister) went to spend the week at my grandparent's farm. Nic and I had a great time playing on the handmade braided rug in front of the fire place. Mom and Grandma would cook and do "visiting." My Dad and Grandpa would be deer hunting. I would run around from window to window to catch sight of a deer or them hunting. When I finally old enough to join them, I did.

On Monday, Dad went to the "Deer Shack" and Mom, Nic, and I would go to my other grandma's apartment to stay. This was "get homework done time" and visiting time. We usually got to do some fun stuff, too. On Wednesday night, my Dad and Uncles would come home to grandma's and tell raucous stories of the Deer Shack escapades and I would listen in wonder. I loved the anticipation of that night. Also, I got to help cook. Well, kind of. Early on, we'd wash or peel potatoes or mix stuff. Mostly, I watched. As I got older, Grandma Elsie let us help more, as she needed a bit extra help to feel all of the Mattson's the next day.

Thanksgiving itself was split between the two houses: dinner one year at one, supper at the other and vice versa. I loved it at both houses as it was the holiday I got see and play with cousins.

Anyway, reminiscing over: This year, when I saw this little project, I had to make my own and share:


Stamps: Grateful Greetings (inside)
Paper: More Mustard, Ruby Red, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Die #2, Large Oval Punch, Sweet Center Cup, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Googly Eyes.

Both of my grandma's would be proud. I miss them, but know they are always a part of me!

Monday, November 23, 2009

UP TO 50% off Stampin Up Items!

Excuse me if you have trouble reading this post, but it's hard to type when my jaw is sitting on the floor in awe of this AMAZING SALE FROM STAMPIN' UP!


Check it out at my Stampin' Up! website www.lilyinkpad.stampinup.net

You can email me with your order or place your order online using my SHOP NOW button (upper right hand corner of my Stampin' Up! website).


Here is a list:

Holiday Extravaganza Bundle Offering:
Item Description Regular Price Discounted Price
120280 Framed with Love Bundle
• Framed with Love stamp set
• Full Heart punch $43.90 $21.95

120281 Thank You Kindly Bundle
• Thank You Kindly stamp set
• Scallop Edge punch $29.90 $14.95

120976 Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)
• Tous mes remerciements stamp set
• Scallop Edge punch $29.90 $14.95

120282 Animal Crackers Bundle
• Animal Crackers stamp set
• Star Designer brads $25.90 $12.95

120283 Corduroy Button Bundle
• Kraft Corduroy buttons
• Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
• Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
• Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons $49.75 $24.88

120284 Game Night Bundle
• Card Games stamp set
• Game Night stamp set $40.90 $20.45

120285 Four Square Bundle
• Four Square stamp set
• Scallop Square punch $30.90 $15.45

120286 Heart to Heart Bundle
• Love You Much stamp set
• Heart to Heart punch
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $49.85 $24.93

120310 Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)
• Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
• Heart to Heart punch
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $49.85 $24.93

120311 Heart to Heart Bundle (French)
• J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
• Heart to Heart punch
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $49.85 $24.93

120287 Chipboard Letter Bundle
• On Board Timeless Type
• On Board Loads of Letters $25.90 $12.95
120288 Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle
• Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
• Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $17.90 $10.74

120289 Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*
• Best Wishes & More stamp set
• Eight Great Greetings stamp set
• On a Pedestal stamp set
• Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
• Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
• Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Flower Designer brads $127.70 $76.62

120290 Build-A-Brad Bundle
• Calendar Alphabet stamp set
• Pewter Build-A-Brad
• Antique Brass Build-A-Brad $40.85 $24.51

120291 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle
• Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
• Circle Designer brads
• Flower Designer brads $43.85 $26.31

120312 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)
• Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
• Circle Designer brads
• Flower Designer brads $43.85 $26.31

120292 Cheep Talk Bundle
• Cheep Talk stamp set
• Note cards
• Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons $42.85 $25.71

120293 Sock Monkey Bundle
• Sock Monkey stamp set
• Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons $58.85 $35.31

120313 Sock Monkey Bundle (French)
• Sing-chaussette stamp set
• Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons $58.85 $35.31

120294 Alphabet Bundle
• Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
• Lovely Letters stamp set $87.90 $52.74


120295 Simply Said Bundle
• Simply Said stamp set
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Full Heart punch $52.85 $31.71

120314 Simply Said Bundle (French)
• Amitié stamp set
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Full Heart punch $52.85 $31.71

120296 On Board Bundle
• On Board So Tweet
• On Board Batch of Blooms
• On Board Essentials $42.85 $25.71

120927 Christmas Décor Bundle #1
• Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements $74.85 $44.91

120298 Christmas Décor Bundle #2
• Holly Beary Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements $74.85 $44.91

120299 Christmas Décor Bundle #3
• Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements $74.85 $44.91

120300 For All You Do Bundle
• For All You Do stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads $36.90 $25.83

120315 For All You Do Bundle (French)
• Merci pour tout stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads $36.90 $25.83

120316 For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)
• Por todo lo que haces stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads $36.90 $25.83

120301 Striped Ribbon Bundle
• Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $47.73 $33.41

120302 Bling Bundle
• Sticky Pages
• Sticky Cuts Sweet
• Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
• Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter $43.80 $30.66

120303 Fresh-Cut Bundle
• Fresh Cuts stamp set
• Fresh-Cut Notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $37.85 $26.50

120317 Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)
• Fraicheur exuise stamp set
• Fresh-Cut Notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $37.85 $26.50

120304 Pendant Note Bundle
• Pendant Park stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $39.85 $27.90

120318 Pendant Note Bundle (French)
• Adorable parc stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $39.85 $27.90

120319 Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)
• Un dia en el parque stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $39.85 $27.90

120305 Sporting Bundle #1
• Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
• Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements $67.90 $47.54

120306 Sporting Bundle #2
• Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
• Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements $67.90 $47.54

120307 Sporting Bundle #3
• Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
• Black Just Sports Décor Elements $67.90 $47.54

114864 Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97
114863 Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97
112534 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads $7.95 $5.57
112533 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $6.95 $4.87
112081 Scallop Square punch $15.95 $11.17
113693 Full Heart punch $15.95 $11.17
113694 Heart to Heart punch $15.95 $11.17
112091 Scallop Edge punch $15.95 $11.17
112571 Circle Designer brads $5.95 $4.17
112579 Flower Designer brads $5.95 $4.17
112572 Star Designer brads $5.95 $4.17
114785 Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97
114786 Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $69.95 $48.97
114791 Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97
114792 Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements $64.95 $45.47

Can you believe it?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Black and White In Style

At Convention I received a great swap using a technique called emboss resist on DSP. WOW! It was jaw dropping. The image of the paper was highlighted by the embossing and the rest of the card was muted. I wanted to share this right away with my Technique class.

Here's my version:

Stamps: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Night and Day Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Tool, Powder Pal, Sponge daubers, Flower Brads, 5/8 Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch

Here is the card and technique 6x6 page:

How fun! The trickiest part of this project was seeing the clear ink on the busy paper to figure out 1) if it was inked, and 2) if it was fully embossed. The second trickiest part was the messiness of the sponge daubing! Oh well, it makes a cool card!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

I'm Still Here!

Seriously, I haven't dropped off the planet, just my blog. I've had to focus all my energy on my day job and my family and my health, so the blog took a hit. However, in the next few days (hopefully, cross your fingers) I hope to back post all of the great things I've been storing, but not sharing. Be ready to see some great projects, with my original intentions! The dates will be weird, but I hope to fill to GAP I left.

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