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!


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!


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!


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 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!


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!

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!


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!


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 !


Friday, August 10, 2018

My Inky Friends: Suite Designs Blog Hop: Share What You Love

Welcome to the Suite Designs Blog Hop! Each of the My Inky Friends Design team has chosen one suite from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog to showcase. At each stop, you'll see some amazing stamped images, papers, and accessories. Be sure to have a wish list handy!

A hop is a big loop of linked blog posts. You may have been hopping from Tanya's Tranquil Treasures projects, or you can start here and then hop to the next blog, which is Yapha's use of the Animal Expeditions Suite. Very cute critters!

This stop is all about the Share What You Love Suite. I've had my main project in mind for a while and am glad to finally be able to create it and share it. Thus, Sharing What I Love.

I wanted to decorate this painter's tray with the Share What You Love Suite so I could hang it up in my new stamp room. These flowers, the rich colors, especially the Rich Razzleberry are my kind of flowers. 

Here are close ups of each panel. 

For this panel, I used Stampin' Blends to color images stamped in Stazon. Since this was watercolor paper, the color are rich and saturated. I added a lot of Artisan pearls for accents as well as a small piece of Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon. The silver rose element is from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. The white, laser cut panel is from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper, which isn't officially a part of this suite, but I love how well it coordinates. 

For this panel, I used the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit's small label and a stamp from the Love What You Do Stamp Set. The flowers are fussy cut from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper. and embellished. 

This panel was started when I was playing around with no line watercoloring. I added the Stazon Black outline after I had colored with Rich Razzleberry, which created the off set look just like the paper. I added some thread from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon. 

I used a frame from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper over the Share What You love Designer Series Paper. I fussy cut some flowers and added some Artisan Pearls. This would make a fabulous card front. 

For this panel, I used the Make a Difference Stamp Set to stamp Lily's Ink Pad. I tried with my Stamparatus first, but found that me just stamping each letter with a clear block was better for me. The flowers are from the same stamp set and I never noticed them before! I think they are perfect for this larger label from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. I used the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to place halves above and below my tag. I added some fussy cut Delightfully Detailed flowers. 

For this last panel, I stamped Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart, which is the credo which all Demonstrators live by in our work. I used a Mint Macaron Blend to shade the cursive words and a Rich Razzleberry one to color the heart. I used some layering for the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper. I made a fussy bow. The flowers were created the same as the other ones, but this time I washed the background. 

Well, what do you think? I hope you can see the possibilities withe Share What You Love Suite! 

Click Next to go to Yapha's blog featuring the Animal Expedition Suite, or click previous to see Tanya's Tranquil Textures

If you want to know the supplies I used in this project, here they are:

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Hello There, Honey Bear!

Sometimes I create cards for a class or to give to a specific person, and sometimes I get to create cards to give to other Demonstrators at events. This is one of those cards....

It all started with me watercoloring while my niece Clare created craftiness near me. I stamped the bears from the A Little Wild Stamp Set and then used an Early Espresso reinker and my aquapainter to color the bears. The bees and hive were watercolored in Daffodil Delight. The watercolor wash was using Balmy Blue. For accents, I used the Basics Adhesive-backed sequins and Very Vanilla Baker's Twine. The twine was very silky feeling, which was cool. I tried to make loops like bee wings. 

Inside, the card is also whimsical- I added the backside of the bear (the stamp stamps both front and back and the framelits cut out both at once in a tag.) I also added the sentiment "Hello There, Honey Bear" from the A Little Wild Stamp set inside along with some bees. The "a little hello" is from Itty Bitty Greetings, a sentiment stamp set with 32 sentiments!

It is supercute and fun!



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ceramic Technique Rocks

A few weeks ago, I was blog hopping and found a blog post by Australian Demonstrator Lou Kitzelman at With a Bow on Top. I was amazed at how she used the Floral Embossing Folder to create a "Ceramic" look. She says, it's an old technique, but I've never seen it. So... I had to try it. I created the card I featured in my previous post. I didn't just create that one card, though. I experimented and created these:

The Woodland Embossing Folder was fun to work with. I used a variety of my Stampin' Blends to create the birch trees- Soft Suede,  Smokey Slate, Soft Sea Foam, and Crumb Cake. 

Here's how I did this card:

Here are my cards close-up. 

I used the Nature's Poem Suite to complete my card. 

See how green? those trees look? Well, They really don't, but I did use Soft Sea Foam Blends and I love how it makes them look more birchy!

I hope you enjoy these!



Friday, July 27, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #8: Color

Happy End of July! That means it's time for another My Inky Friends Design Challenge! This one is a color challenge chosen by Rhonda.

I love this combination--it is mostly earthy colors after all. Here's my card: 

I saw this technique done by Lou in Australia in a blog hop and I knew I wanted to try it. I have tried some other cards, which you will see next week, and maybe, I'll show it on my next facebook live. I haven't decided yet. 

It's a multi-step process and I learned that watercolor paper works great, but so does Thick Whisper White. I also bought gesso from the local craft store, which is applied after you color the top of the embossed image. The, you scrap it off, emboss the whole panel in clear, and then wash with a watercolor wash. The result--stunning. 

To complete my card, I layered with an Old Olive mat. My sentiment was stamped on the Wood Textures Designer Series paper and punched out with the Everyday Label Punch. 

I hope you are inspired to join My Inky Friends with this Challenge! We'd love to see what you design.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

No Line Watercoloring: Butterflies and Roses

Stampin' Up! released a video showing how to do no line watercoloring with the new Annual Catalog. I had heard about it from demonstrator friends, but thought, there is no way I can paint without lines. Well, it turns out, it's easy and gives a fabulous look! 

 Purty, right? I used my inspiration from  the other day.

Then, I tried a set with bigger spaces:


I am in love, love, love! So much so, that I created a video on the technique from my Lily Ink Pad Live this week. 

Basically, you stamp in Sahara Sand as lightly as possible on Watercolor Paper. I achieved that by "stamping off" once or twice to reduce the ink on my stamp. Then, you watercolor, using the faint lines as a guide. I found bigger images create better watercolor spaces and smaller images like the roses help guide each stroke. Letting parts dry between colors also helps. 

Then, I made the pieces I colored into cards--but I wanted them to be simple cards, so that the watercolor was the focal point. I chose Soft Sea Foam as my main coordinating color. I think it's beautiful with the orange tones! I wanted subtle backgrounds, so I tried out my new Big Shot Embossing Pads with a variety of framelits. Basically, these allow you to "emboss" with any framelit! 

I used the Springtime Impressions Thinlits on this pair. One, I used as a framelit and cut out the image and the other (the white one), I embossed. Different, yet beautiful effects. 

The other photographs don't really show the embossing, but I did use the Eclectic Layers Framelits and the Stitched Labels Framelits on them. I guess it's a in-person must see!

As always, I welcome orders if you are so inclined, but no pressure. Just click on the images below to locate products in my online store:

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BlacK Ice Technique with Country Roads

No, I'm not talking about Wisconsin's Winter Roads. It's the middle of summer, folks. Instead, I'm talking about a very cool technique that looks hard, but really isn't.

Black Ice is the technique used on the main panel of this card. Basically, you take a Stazon pad and tarnish the Foil Paper, stamp your images, and emboss the entire piece in clear embossing powder. Sounds easy, right? Well, if you need visual, I also edited my facebook live version of this card. 

The Cajun Craze piece of Designer Series Paper is from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper. The Happy Birthday was stamped on a small piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and punched with the Classic Label Punch. 

My Stazon pad and the stamps didn't always stamp full-darkness, but I really liked the added texture of the blotchy-ness. It make it more rustic. 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Origami Triangle Fun Fold Card

The Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper is so cool-looking that it's hard to decide which piece to use in a project. Luckily, this project, you can use any piece of the paper you wish. They'll all look great. 

This card opens in a fun way to reveal the saying inside. 

I used a Melon Mambo base of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with a 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White inset. The two Designer Series Paper pieces are 4" x 3". The center white is the largest square from the Stitched Shapes framelits. 

I got my inspiration for the roses from this:

I wanted the butterfly to be Melon Mambo, so the roses needed to both contrast and complement the Designer Series Paper and the Melon Mambo. 

For the flowers, I used the largest flower from the Artistic Impressions Photopolymer Set in Mango Melody as a base. Then, I used Calypso Coral for the medium layer. Finally, I topped it off with the Melon Mambo with the smallest petals. For the leaves, I used Shaded Spruce and Soft Sea Foam. 

I also made a video. This is from a Facebook Live session, so it's pretty hilarious. 


Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Rainbow of Thanks...

I seem to be in a New In Color Mood this week. I hope you like them!

But, wait, there's more!

I made these for my Virtual Open House and there's a live video on Facebook showing you how I did it. But basically, I used my STAMPARATUS using a technique called the hinge technique. You place the stamp on the plate, ink it, stamp, and then move the plate one hinge spot down. Easy and fun. I first tried the ombre blue, but found I didn't have the ink levels I wanted, so stuck with pure colors -except on the super-special rainbow one. I love that one. Cheerful and easy.

The heart element was from the Stitched Labels Framelit Dies. I just layered them all up! The Designer Series Paper is the 2018-2020 In Color Stack. I love having these "basic" colors around in cool patterns. 

Which color is your favorite?

I love them all. 

Happy Stamping!



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