Friday, April 30, 2010

Vintage Words of Strength

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog Blog Hop featuring new products from Stampin' Up! You may be starting with my blog or perhaps you've come from Mary's blog featuring Simply Adorned Charms, but either way you are in for a historical treat.

When I first saw the Summer Mini Catalog- I knew I had to own the Favorite Thoughts Stamp Set. These are quotes that I use in my daily life. I have one on my desk at work! Secondly, I knew I had to go vintage with my designs so I thought of all my history experiences and my close relationships with my grandmothers. I started with a card:

Stamps: Favorite Thoughts
Paper: Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Naturals
Ink: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Paper Snips, Latte Buttons, Brayer

One card just wasn't enough:
Stamps: Favorite Thoughts, Elements of Style
Paper: Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Naturals
Ink: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Paper Snips, Crop-a-dile,  Brayer. 1 1/4 Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Pewter Eyelets

You might be thinking, "I didn't see papers that color in the mini-catalog," or "You don't mention embossing in your recipe." The Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper came embossed! All I had to do was use a brayer and an ink pad to apply the color I wanted!

Also, you might have noticed my use of book-like paper as an under layer on my card. How'd I do that? Well, at Leadership, Shelli, the Cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up! mentioned using parts of old books to add a vintage look. Well, at my house here in Shawano, I didn't have any books. However, I found a magazine that I could use. I cut out a section, used my barely banana ink to color the paper, and added it as layer. A green technique!

As I mentioned, the quotes in this stamp set remind my of the legacy of  my grandmothers. I knew I wanted to make a scrapbook page featuring my Grandma Leone in honor of her birthday month. I called my mom, who sent me some amazing pictures that my husband made a little better via photoshop and created this page:

Stamps: Favorite Thoughts
Paper: Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Birds and Blooms Sizzlets, Big Shot, Latte Buttons,  Mini Vintage Metal Tags, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Craft and Paper Scissors, Paper Snips, Mini Glue Dots

Check out those cuties on my grandma's lap- the pig tailed one is my sister and I'm the cute little baby. I never saw this picture before my mom sent it. She also said she forgot all about it. The saying I used was: "A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water- Eleanor Roosevelt." Both of my grandmothers were strong in spirit and real-life, but as my time with my grandma Leone neared it's end is when I realized how very strong she was. I plan to put this in a frame for a wall. I used my Smooch Spritz to color the paper creating that gold tinged copper background.

As if those projects weren't enough, I wanted to celebrate May Day this year. As a kid, my friend Rebekah and I would occasional do May Day baskets. As an adult, I usually forget. My stamp and scrapbook clubs meets this weekend, so I am making these for my girls:

Stamps: Favorite Thoughts
Paper: Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, Brayer, Flower Brads, Crop-a-dile, Very Vanilla 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Cello Bag

I had some chocolates, so matched my accessories to those! To make this: Take a scallop and wrap it into a cone. Use the Crop-a-dile to punch a hole through both layers. Attach brad to seal shut. Use Crop-a-dile to make handle holes. Slide ribbon through. Fill. Deliver!

Now that you have seen my projects- move onto the next blog: Twila's Stamp a Little More to see her fabulous projects featuring the Blissful Bride stamp set.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Be On the Lookout--New stuff coming in the Summer Mini Catalog!

WHoo HOOO! Stampin' Up! is releasing a new mini catalog May 1st! Stampin' Addicts (that amazing website full of great Stampin' Up! ideas) is hosting a blog hop,Friday April 30 until Sunday May 2! Start on my blog and jump around to 25 other great sites featuring projects with the new Summer Mini Catalog Products!

From Smooching to a Luau, you'll see a great variety of ideas from a talented group!

Happy Viewing!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Invitations and Flyers Using My Digital Studio

Have you ever wanted to create a quick invitation or flyer and wished you could stamp them all or that you had enough Designer Series Paper for multiple copies? With My Digital Studio, that is all possible- and fun! I am totally psyched to be able to create this flyer for an upcoming family reunion:

Cool? Yes. I could send this digitally as a jpeg to all my relatives and also am using it as a picture on our Facebook Fan Page. Such a cool way to get a great event started! A pretty GREEN way to go!

I had fun using the Sweet Pea Download and Garden Whimsy stamp set. I also played with the Texture Stamp Set to make the Mattson Family Reunion Sign. So much fun!

You can purchase My Digital Studio to make your own cards, scrapbook pages, fliers, videos, slide shows and more. Really, the possibilities are limitless --and it's all from the comfort of your home computer or laptop! Some of the features are:
  • My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.
  • Intuitive design for easy navigation and project creation.
  • Plenty to do for more advanced users including
    • Customizable stamps and embellishments
    • Photo, background, accent, and page editing
    • Multimedia features including music, videos, and links
  • Automatic photo fill for effortless design.
  • Program is on 2 DVDs, making downloading quick and simple.
  • The program is stored on your computer, not on the web, so you can take it with you.
  • PC and Mac compatible.
  • Training and quick start materials available to help you learn more.
  • Use My Digital Studio as a design tool--create projects digitally before crafting it in paper, or create flyers to print or e-mail.
Check it out: There are new downloads available from the Occasions Mini Catalog- These products never retire in the digital world!

121061    Vintage Overlay Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download $5.95
121062    Vintage Vogue Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download    $3.95
121064    Well Scripted Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download    $3.95
121066    Rough Type Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download    $9.95
122131    Extra Large Two-Step Bird punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122132    Extra Large Fancy Flower punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122133    Medium Jewelry Tag punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122134    Pinking Hearts Border punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122135    Pinking Hearts Corner punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122136    Scallop Trim Border punch - Digital Download    $0.95
122137    Scallop Trim Corner punch - Digital Download    $0.95

Let me know if you are interested in seeing this product in action or ordering! It is AWESOME!

Happy Digitizing!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fork Bow Tutorial

At the Milwaukee Regionals Event, one demonstrator presenter showed us how to make a perfect bow using a fork. Any kind--pitch fork, dinner fork, or serving fork. Want to see how it's done? Follow along with this picture tutorial. Then, get your own fork and ribbon and try it out- practice makes perfect!

I am using ribbon with polka dots on one side so you can see the flips and flops and turns like when learning origami!

Step 1: Wrap ribbon around fork with ends to the right side. The long end will stay long and the short end will get shorter.

Step 2: Take the long end under the short end and through the bottom center area between the tines.(under the whole thing).

Step 3: Wrap the ribbon around the back and slide through the tines on top. See how it squishes a bit?
Step 4: Tie the short end and long end together. Do this tight.

Step 5: Pull off the fork and attach to your project!

Tah Dah! I hope that makes sense!

Happy Bow-tying!

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Matchbox Gift

Gifts for my dad have become harder since his retirement. He can buy any toy he wants from his second career. He doesn't spend a lot of time watching movies or golfing. His hobbies involve shooting things and going places to shoot things. He no longer needs dressy shirts and ties for work--he wears camoflauge T-shirts. What to do, what to do, what to do...

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Brocade Blue, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Matchbox Die Extended Bigz Die, Extended Acrylic Pads, Big Shot, Tag Punch, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets, Window Sheet, Mini Glue Dots, Aquapainter

This is a gift box for candy, gift card, and/or cash. That's what my dad prefers anyway- "Green is his favorite color!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Father's Day--in the Woods

Around this time of year, I think of hiking, walking, well, actually, chasing my Grandpa through the woods on his farm he had memorized. He would point left and say Spring Beauties, take a few more gigantic steps, point rightr and say Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I never really knew what he was pointing at, but my Grandma would fill me in. Now, every year, I check out the spring flowers in the woods. Why the trip down memory lane? If my grandpa was still around, I'd give him this card:

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Soft Suede, Garden Green Marker, Soft Suede Marker, Brocade Blue Marker
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Brocade Blue
Accessories: Aquapainter

The card may appear mangled. This is not an illusion. This is what happens to a sample card when you drop it, step on it, and smush it into the stair tread.

This is a cool technique. First, I colored the stamp with Soft Suede for the trunks and Garden Green for the leaves and grass. After stamping, I then used my aquapainter to make the leaves and trunks show up like Spring. So easy and fun. The more water, the more watery it looks. Less water has a really cool effect as my Stamping friends figured out during my recent Stamp Camps.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Owl-ly Graduation Card

Not owly in that angry way, but in that "you are so smart to make it through to graduation- way:"

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Sweet Pea Paper Pack, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Accessories: 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, Modern Label Punch, Small Star Punch, Paper Cutter, Texturz plates, Big Shot, 12" Paper Cutter With Scoring Blade

I found this design on a special sharing website for Stampin' Up! demonstrators called Stamper's Showcase. I CASED Erica Cerwin's card. She had a different stamp set with a Mortar Board image, but I didn't, so I made my own with Punches.  First, I cut a strip of 3/4 in Basic Black. I then cut at an angle to create a small parallelogram. Next, I used two points of the 5 small star for the bottom. Simple, but cute.

Oh yeah, here is the inside:

Perfect for cash, check, or gift card-what every grad needs!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Time to Celebrate!

I love a happy card! Here is one we made today at my Mom's, Dads, and Grads Stamp Camp to celebrate graduation:

Stamps: Celebrate, Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Large Star Punch, Small Star Punch, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Jumbo Handle

We stamped "Time to" before the celebrate, but my star rotated over the saying. We used the Classic Stars wheel to cover the background in fun. We also punched out some of the starts to add a little flair to the 3D stars. Fun and easy--my kind of card!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Box of Sweetness...

Part of any good mother's day (or Christmas, or birthday) gift, according to  my husband, is whether or not an old woman cries. A good Stampin' Up! Demonstrator knows that most of the fun is in the packaging:

 But, that's not all! What better way to tug at the heartstrings than a scrapbook? Here is my cool scrapbook in a box:

Stamps: Define your life
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack, Rose Red, Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Folds Die, Sweet Pea Felt Flowers, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots

What? No pictures? Of course not, if I give my own mother one, I don't want to ruin the surprise!

This is quite easy, even though it has a WOW look to it. My lucky stamp campers are going to learn how this Saturday or next Tuesday!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Sweet Mother's Day Card

Stampers plan ahead, especially those which love Stampin' Up! projects, as there is a two week delay whenever one gets an urge to place an order! Therefore I am planning ahead. My mom should be proud--I'm not procrastinating! Speaking of mom's, here is a Mom's Day card:

Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Old Olive, Taken with Teal
Paper: Taken with Teal, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rose Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, a fork

Yes, you read that right-- a fork. I used a fork to to create the bow on my card. Cute, huh? If you want to learn how, you'll have to come to my Stamp Camp This weekend featuring Moms, Dads, and Grads. Email me at if you want to attend. You can also join me Tuesday night in Shawano. Check out my event details on my website calendar.

Now, I am very aware how difficult this time of year can be for those without moms. I miss my grandmothers intensely and other strong women to showed me the way to living a full life. I have other sentiments to add to any of the dads, grads, or mom's cards this weekend. Join me!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Have a Honey of a Day!

I love cards that make a bold statement when you take them out of the envelope. I can envision the recipient smiling as soon as the card appears. Here is one of those kind of cards:

Stamps: Honey of a Day, It's Your Day
Paper: Melon Mambo, Dusty Durango, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Aquapainter, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1/4 Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon

If you want to make this card and a coordinating 6x6 technique page, then join me at one of my technique classes this month!

Terrific Techniques Class
APR 15  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM- Shawano
APR 23 6:00 PM-8:00 PM- Neenah
Learn three great techiques along with three great projects to show off your stuff! You'll go home with three 6x6 technique pages and 3 matching projects. Stampers fee is $10.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Stampin' Up! Fun Here I Come!

 Today, Saturday, I am in Milwaukee with 800 other demonstrators (including 11 of my downline, sideline, and upline team members) at a Stampin' Up! Regional Training Event. These are a day long creative experience. In fact, the training is so good, that I don't wiggle too  much during the presentations! (now, if you know me in person, that would be a big deal.)

As you know, I love swapping, especially with demonstrators. I received this cute little bookmark on the right at Leadership and recreated it for  my stamp groups in March. I made a new version for the regional to swap that you will see later!

Stamps: Fox and Friends
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack, Dusty Durango, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Ribbon, Silver Brads, Paper piercing tool, Matte Pack.

These are so easy, yet so cute! Simply stamp your critter. Punch out with circle punch. Glue onto a scallop. Cut out the Tag using the Big Shot. Fold Ribbon in half. Pierce ribbon, scallop, and tag with piercing tool. Slide in brad and open ends on back side.

Ta Dah! An easy book mark!

Have fun stamping!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Build a Bear on an Easel

I love the Build a Bear Stuff. Until last year's convention, I hadn't really had much to experience with the whole concept. My nephews each have one or two, but other than that, I haven't been that exposed to these cuties! Even cooler is that Build a Bear Workshop and Stampin' Up! have not only partnered for cool products for crafters to use, but there is also a cool way to get a Build a Bear Workshop coupons! For every $20 spent on products from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Collection, receive a coupon (item 121105) for $5 off a $25 purchase at any Build-A-Bear Workshop store. The coupon includes $5 off a $25 purchase, 1000 free Bear Bills web code and unique codes for Check out the Occasions Mini Catalog pages 38 to 40 for the products!

Here is  my latest card:

Stamps: Beary Best Friends, On Your Birthday
Paper: Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Accessories:  Big Shot, Polka Dots Textured Folder, Bold Brights Brads, Modern Label Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch

The inside:
The easel card is very easy to make. Cut a 4 1/4 by 11" card stock base. Fold at 5 1/2" and 2 1/4". Cut another card front that is 5 1/2" by 4 1/4 and adhere to the short flap of the first card. This allows it to stand.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Can you tell I'm excited? Stampin' Up! announced yesterday  that there will be a Color Renovation at Stampin' Up! Starting in July, we will have 4 collections of colors: Brights, Regals, Neutrals, and Subtles, plus 10 in colors! Don't panic--25 colors will carryover, 10 are returning in colors, and 5 are brand new core colors. Here's a pic:

I love the new colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (the old Kraft), Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, and Marina Mist!

Tons of research went to make this decision. I even had friends who were a part of the focus groups that help guide this decision! Keep in mind that these changes are large right now, but in the future will be smaller. Each year 5 new in colors will be introduced and will hang out for 2 years! This keeps us relevant and fresh.

Two other things that I am super-excited about  are the new color coach-- it will have a card per color with more than one color combination idea! How cool! Also, there will be a Getting Started Collection which will help new stampers get started! This is a huge help for me as my new stampers wonder how to get all the colors!

Book a workshop in May or June to say goodbye to favorites and in July and August to say Hello to the new colors!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wedding Invites

Weddings are all the rage again around Bubba and I. Nothing will ever be like our first summer together-- We were invited to 7 weddings! Yikes! Talk about Pressure!

I've been asked by a few folks if I can create invites- of course. Here are some examples I received in a swap for ideas. Of course, I can create anything that fits your personal style!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Inspiring Nursery Decor

What better way to welcome a wee little into the world than to have an inspiring nursery? Well, I convinced my sister that two decor elements would look amazing: Flutter and Upsy Daisy. She convinced her husband, who bought paint and painted the green (actually Sage Shadow) some amazing clouds, and a friend helped out by painting the blue (Bashful Blue). Here's a look at my niece Clare's nursery:

Sweet, huh? My mom and nephew (who was 10 at the time) helped me out. These are so easy to apply that Tim had no trouble rubbing (also known as burnishing) and peeling off the paper. We had a great 45 minutes!

In this shot, there is a little whimsy to make rough chore a little easier. Note the cool changing table that a friend made for my sister!

And there was still room (and more decor' elements) for near the door.

All credit for these photos goes to my husband, M. Bubba Blume, at Insomniac Media.Thanks!

Happy Decorating!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Two-Step Into Spring- No Fooling!

For the month of April, Stampin' Up! has a great promotion lined up perfect for spring!

Host a $350 workshop and receive the brand-new Two-Step Awash with Flowers stamp set FREE!

117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount)
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount)

Two-Step into spring with a sneak peek from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog! Be the first to add the Awash with Flowers stamp set to your collection.

117062 Awash with Flowers (wood-mount) $39.95
120549 Awash with Flowers (clear-mount) $27.95

Plus, purchase spring-themed Two-Step Stampin' sets at 20 percent off the retail price--no additional purchase necessary!

Qualifying stamp sets are listed below:

113824 94 Greenhouse Garden $20.76
113734 98 Fifth Avenue Floral $19.96
111578 101 Flower Fancy $29.56
113258 112 Trendy Trees $14.36

How cool is that? I have a few dates left in April, let me know if you want to hostess a workshop! Or, join me for one of my events to place an order, or order online!


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