Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of 2018

Another Amazing, Creative Year! Let's go back down memory lane with my top ten favorites of 2018.


Pick #10:


The card design isn't why I picked this one. My upline Connie designed this set with Stampin' Up! artists and it's meaning is very special. 


Pick #9



I loved this whole set, but what I really loved was combing a new product with the set to create this card. I felt like an artist!


Pick #8

This card hits my heartstrings in a whole different way than the others--brings me back to my love of tradition and old fashioned artifacts. The plaid with the metal and wood...so fabulous.

Pick #7: 


I love Designer Series Paper and was really happy with how punching out the circles made this card fun. Plus, Unicorn. Mic Drop


Pick # 6:



This is one of a set of cards. I loved playing withe brusho and experimenting. Plus, what  a cool card.




Pick #5:

Trees. Wood. Leaves. Cool new colors and a fun fold. Love.


Pick #4


I love the colors in this card plus the unique way to use the Designer Series Paper. It's always fun to try something new!

Pick #3:

 

This one just tickles my heart. I love that little bear and doing the watercoloring was so much fun. 

Pick #2:

 

For many personal reasons this set is my second favorite of the year--it was for someone special, it was to honor those who cared for him, and it got me stampin' again after a hiatus.

Pick # 1 


This is my absolute favorite. I took an idea and made it my own in a very cool way. I love these trees.

Happy 2019!

Sara


Friday, December 28, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #13: Happy Anniversary!

One year ago I started a challenge as part of my blogging group called My Inky Friends. Stampin' Up1 has celebrated their 30th Anniversary throughout 2018. Today, we are melding the two in this color challenge:



Here's my contribution:


I used products available January 3 as part of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration offerings. To create this card, I stamped the heart from the Meant to Be Cling Stamp Set in Night of Navy. I then colored the flowers with my Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, and Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin' Blends. I cut the bottom edge of the card front off with the edge framelit from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits. Next, I cut the hearts out of the front of my card. I then placed the outlines in the same hole to make it an inlay. I used my sponge and Tombow Glue to gently touch the back of the outlines with glue to hold them in place. I added a piece of Thick Whisper White as an inside panel of the card front and colored the hearts. 

Before placing the focal heart, I added the heart scalloped outline behind it. You can see it better in this close up. I also added a folded over and glue dotted strip of 1/4" Organdy Ribbon, which I got for FREE as a Sale-a-bration item. 



I hope you join us at the My Inky Friends Challenge this month. The colors compliment each other so well, that a card is easy to make using them!




Remember, Sale-a-bration starts January 3rd! Here's one way to purchase the Organdy Ribbon Pack:


Happy Stamping!

Sara


Saturday, December 22, 2018

May Your Christmas Be Bright

 The Christmas Tree is my favorite holiday tradition. Growing up (and still now), my parents had the big, colorful bulbs on our tree surrounded by homemade ornaments. They are still my favorite. I was psyched when I saw the Christmas Lightbulb Builder Punch and coordinating stamp sets.


To create this card, I decided to go with the bright hues of the 2018-2020 In Colors. I stamped the string of lights on the Whisper White background first and colored them as randomly as I could with the 2018-2020 Stampin' Write Markers. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick and the sparkly circle in Call Me Clover. I added some Pineapple Punch stars for fun. I used my 2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper for the paper ribbon and the flag. My final touch was the Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick lightbulbs. I used my Chalk Marker to add an accent. The socket is the Galvanized Paper.

I hope you all have a very lovely Christmas!


Happy Stamping!

Sara

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Lovely as a Tree Buffalo Check


One thing I love about Stampin' Up! is how on trend each catalog offering is, especially, when the trend I'm noticing is one I love. This card uses the Buffalo Check background stamp, which just makes me want to curl up in my own buffalo check fleece! 



I went with traditional black and red with this card--Real Red and Basic Black. I just inked up the background heavily with Stazon Jet Black and then layered that piece on a Real Red base. I added Basic Black Matte layer between the tree focal point and the base. I went with the very first stamp set I ever bought- Lovely as a Tree for this card.  I just love this spruce. I embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings. The black ribbon is the 1/2" Basic Black Satin ribbon.


All in all, I think it's a very masculine card--perfect for giving for winter birthdays. (or dads who love flannel). Plus, it was quick and easy! 




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, December 14, 2018

My Inky Friends: Inking Up the Holidays Blog Hop


Welcome the the My Inky Friends "Inking Up the Holidays" blog hop for 2018. Each stop on this hop features our last minute projects to celebrate the season. Here at Lily's Ink Pad, I am featuring a bundle from the Holiday Catalog called Tags and Tidings. There are only three design team members available this month with all the commitments that December has for families. So, you may have come from Sharleen's blog  or from Cindy's blog. Either way, you can link to the other participants at each site!




With this stamp set, I made 11 tags and then added a box with a tag from the Christmas Tidings Punch Box. I had a great time playing around with my punches, the stamped tags, and the Festive Farmhouse burlap ribbon and baker's twine. The stamp is one big piece, so the Stamparatus, was a perfect way to make sure I got every corner covered.  All I had to do next was run the panel through my Big Shot one time to cut all the stamped images out! 

Here are the tags close up:







I loved the variety and how easy it was!

For my Stampin' Celebrations group, I made a punch cheat sheet so they could punch a bunch and then assemble:


I used a Whisper White backing on them to leave room to write names for the giftees. 

I also made a template for my box, which I made using my Envelope Punch Board:


The writing is tough to see, but basically, I used an 8x8 piece of cardstock, started scoring at 2" and 5", and then turned the cardstock 90 degrees. From there, I scored on the previous score line intersection with the edge. Turn again, repeat twice. 


The final steps on the box are to punch holes in each flap and cut flaps for folding inward for sides. Then, use a Z pattern to "sew" the box shut! I used the base idea from Sam Donald, a UK Demonstrator,  My box had to be bigger than hers, so I changed the dimensions. 

Pretty cool, huh? Well, there's more! Click on Previous to see Sharleen's creations or Next to see Cindy's

   



Here are the supplies I used:




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, November 30, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #12: Free Cake!

Check it out! I finally had time to make a card! Around a never ending illness, hunting, holidays, and constantly redoing my lessons each night, I haven't been stamping. But, I got this card designed and photographed this week for the My Inky Friends Challenge!



I just love the Free Cake Stamp Set. It's a little sassy and makes me think of my nephews. I finally got to use it on this card and I love the final product. I stamped the main image in Rich Razzleberry and used my Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, and Mango Melody markers to color. The square and matte are from the Squares Framlits. I added some dimension with the Sequin Dynamic Embossing Folder, and then added some velvet Rich Razzleberry Ribbon for some stripes. 

We had a great color challenge this month! 


Join us! 

Happy Stamping!

Sara



Friday, November 9, 2018

My Inky Friends Thankful for ... Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Blog hop with My Inky Friends, This month we are featuring products we are Thankful for.  Whether you came from Rhonda's blog showing gratitude for the Stamparatus or from Holly's tribute to Nature's Poem, you are sure to see some amazing projects on this hop Enjoy!


The Lily Ink Pad stop is celebrating the COLORS of Stampin' Up! Well, not all, but how Stampin' Up! enables me to use the colors in unique and brilliant ways. Stampin' Up's Four Color Families coordinate within each family and among each family. The possibilities are endless.  

All of Stampin' Up! 's colors are the same whether in an ink pad, cardstock, watercolor pencils, reinkers, Designer Series papers, and accessories! If you are using Merry Merlot, then the color will be the same in all products. How cool.

I couldn't possibly use all the colors in one post, so I decided to use a color combination that started with some inspiration and turned into a really dynamic set of tags.


This was a commissioned set of tags I created to add to a gift basket for a caregiver of a friend's father. Each of them has a cute little saying in it that connects to the present. My colors are Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, and Gray Granite. I mixed and matched stamped images from the Follow Your Dreams Stamp Set and diecuts from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits. Each tag has a unique dreamcatcher and I had fun playing around with were my creativity took me!


  




Happy Stamping!

Sara

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Merry and Bright Bulbs

Isn't there a Christmas song with the words Merry and Bright sung in a round? If not, there should be, so I can celebrate this card:


When I first sat down to design this card, I was thinking about the wreaths that people make from Christmas light bulbs. I thought that the thin circle stamp in the set would be the perfect wreath and then I realized my final image would be need a bigger template than the one I used before. So, I spent a great deal of time (and math to create this template).



This card would be impossible to make without my trusty friend, the Stamp-a-ratus.  I put the word bulbs on the plate and stamped them all at once. I then stamped the star bulb to fill in and the solid one in Mint Macaron. I love the colors on the card--I got them from the Frosted Floral Designer Series paper, so I added a strip on the bottom of the card. I also added shimmer paint to the wreath to balance some glimmer. 

I really like these nontraditional colors with this stamp set!



Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Inky Friends 2018 Holiday Catalog Showcase: Alpine Adventure

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop of the 2018 Holiday Catalog Showcase. My Inky Friends and I have all chosen a favorite stamp set from the recently released Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog to feature on this hop. Just click on the links to hop in a circle to see them all. You may be starting here where I feature the Alpine Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set, or maybe you came from Rhonda's blog where she featured the cute snowmen from Spirited Snowmen, or maybe you are hopping backwards and are visiting from Tanya's Blog where she showcased Takeout Treats.



When I first saw Alpine Adventure in the Holiday Catalog pdf, I knew it was mine! Again, Stampin' Up! designed a set just for me!




How could I not fall in love? Snowflakes, snowshoes, sleds, skis, and nordic accents. I love it! 

Here is my first project to share:



I love snowshoeing with traditional shoes...so this card was my immediate go with the set. I used the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper along with the Alpine Adventure Stamp Set and the Alpine Sports Framelits. The White background is actually the white woodgrain design from the Festive Farmhouse paper. I love the Mossy Meadow strip with the snowflakes. I also added the plaid and grid strips for an element of fun. I knotted the Mossy Meadow Baker's twine for an extra detail The snowflake is actually layered on the wreath piece from the framelits, with the middle in tact. The Let it Snow sentiment fit perfectly along side the elements! Inside, I stamped a nordic pattern.


My second card also uses the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:


Growing up in Wisconsin with grandparents who farmed, I love traditional Christmases. This card feels like it came out of my memory bank! I cut the sled out of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder is downright amazing. I used it with the Galvanized Metallic Paper, which is transformed when the folder is applied. I used the wreath, the jingle bells, and the bow from the Alpine Sports Framelits and I hand cut the  banner. 


I hope you enjoyed my projects and are inspired to start working on some Christmas projects!

Click on Next Blog to visit Tanya to see her Takeout Treats projects or click on Previous blog to see Rhonda's Spirited Snowmen. Either way,  you will be even more inspired! 

 


Happy Stamping!

Sara


Monday, September 3, 2018

Hello, Little Elephant

I can't believe that I haven't shared this card yet! It's so darn cute! 




I stamped the Elephants in Smokey slate and punched them out. To do that, I used a trick--my Stamparatus. I punched a template out of scrap cardstock and placed it over a my piece of Whisper White. I then lined up my elephants on the stamparatus plate and stamped right where they would be punched out! Easy! 

I used Soft Sea Foam as my background, but stamped the sentiment and details in Mint Macaron. I used the Stitched Labels Framelits for the sentiment and then added a circle matte. 

So cute!



Happy Stamping!
Sara


Friday, August 31, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9: Friends Make the Season Shine

Whew! The end of summer, the beginning of the school year is exhausting and the kids haven't even started yet! I hope I find balance like I did this week, when I found time for this card:



Not my usual thing- bling, but I like  I embossed in gold, copper, and silver embossing powder directly on my Basic Black base. The stamps are from a stamp set that you can buy after September 5th from the 2018 Holiday Catalog and it's called Making Spirits Bright. You are going to love it! 

The sketch is from the My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9. Pretty cool, huh? 


I love the layers of this card.


Follow this sketch to make your own card and post it to the My Inky Friends Linky!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, August 17, 2018

Delightful Detailed Framed Card

Sometimes, amazing card designs come from practicality. For my Stampin' Celebrations group, I prepare for 48 cards. I knew I wanted to use the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper as it so beautiful. But, how? A card sized overlay is 4 x 5 1/4. There certainly wasn't enough of the pretty, lacy paper for 48 of those. I decided to try a window- using a 3x3 square. I envisioned the paper in each of the 3x3 squares I could create...and I found that every square would make a beautiful overlay!

Here's what I created when I added color:




and the inside:


I decided to go with Coastal Cabana...I just love this color! 

I used the Squares Collection framelits--the largest scalloped one and then the square that fit inside with a border (second largest) for my card. I cut the Thick Whisper White first. I ran both framelits through my Big Shot to make the frame. I then added the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper to my backing piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Coastal Cabana. I stamped Best Wishes on the framelit from ... and added a layer of design with the lattice piece. I then added some pearls. 

For the gluing, I have a video tip for you:




What do you think? I can picture this card in all of our Stampin' Up! Colors--so very beautiful. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Touch of Textures With Watercolor Pencils

Wood is such a trend right now that I decided to design a card that looks like the kinds of projects you can make a painting class. Here's what I created:



I used my watercolor pencils and Stazon ink for the images. I love that the watercolor pencils clearly show up on the wood. I use the "dip the tip in water and pencil color" technique. It works perfectly. I mixed my colors a bit--Calypso Coral and Whisper White. My stampers at this month's Stampin' Celebrations colored them in bright, fun colors and it looked fabulous, too. Just for this month, Stampin' Up! released a Watercolor 2 pack with the Color Your Seasons bundle. 

 The new colors are: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy --for only $12.50! Stampin' Up! has not guaranteed availability after August 31, so snag yours today!




Happy Stamping !

Sara




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