Friday, July 30, 2010

Every Little Bit of Fun...

...That I can fit into my post for the Stampin' Addicts New Catty Blog Hop! A fabulous group of demonstrators and I are celebrating the amazing new stamp sets, products, tools, and punches in Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.

You may be starting here at Lily's Ink Pad or you may have come from Emily's Blog Featuring the new Stamp Set For Everything. Either way, welcome and I hope you are inspired by my projecs. My stamp set is Every Little Bit, so hold onto your hats, I may have gone a bit crazy!

Last year at Convention Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! showed us a locker decoration project set. All year, I've had that in my head as my students open and shut their lockers 10 times a day and I finally had a chance to try it! In this ensemble, I used some decorative rocks as the basis of my fun. I simply stamped the images, colored them in, and then used Crystal Effects to adhere the paper to the stone and added a magnet to the back. For a few, I added them to paper clips or binder clips--whatever I felt like! The mirror was one I just bought because my students are always asking me if I have a mirror in my room and I never do, so after 12 years, I bought one. I decided to alter it in paper I could live with, so wrapped it up like a present, cut out the hole, and then added a frame, ribbon, and the note holder binder clip. I also made the note holder and will share that process and template next week on my blog, so check back.

Project Set #2 is one I had in my head since I bought the set, but hadn't constructed until now:

How cute! This is a set of 10 notes in a little box and will be my hostess gifts in August. How cute! Did I say that already? I used new colors:

Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz along with Early Espresso Ink now and then. I matched up the images with saying from Teeny Tiny Wishes, which I use all the time. I think for a new stamper, these two sets would set one up for life!

Finally, I dreamt about this card and therefore had to add it to my set of projects.


I just lined up all my little guys on my long clear block and stamped them all at once! How fun!

That's all I have for now, although more info will be posted Monday about these projects. Now it's Rhonda's turn to show you Grunge Rock. She always has fabulous Projects and this time around is no exception!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Inspired by Color

Sometimes, inspiration is found outdoors, like within my butterfly garden and sometimes in a single color of cardstock. This card came from both:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Favorite Thoughts
Paper: Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Log Cabin Spritz, Sponge Daubers, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelets, Hemp Twine

My Blanket flowers and Black-eyed Susans inspired the colors. I then realized that Bravo Burgundy would make a complimentary background- how crazy! I never use that color, but now a whole pack is back on my wish list.

This was a pretty easy card--sponge dauber color on stamp and stamp in Top Note. Add saying. Use Crop-a-dile to add eyelets. Spritz. Layer card parts. Add Hemp.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Catty Blog Hop Coming This weekend!

Want to see cool projects made from new sets and products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog? Join me this weekend for the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop!
 Start here and visit a plethora (over 25) of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators with fabulous projects and ideas to get your creativity flowing! From Friday, July 30th through Sunday, August 1st you can take the hop in order or visit this link and flip through at will. All links should be ready by 12 noon!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old School with New Colors

School starts for me in less than a month. It will be my 12th year at MIMS! So, we needed to do a school themed card for a Stampin' Addicts Challenge, I was less than thrilled while at the same time excited to be going back. (Well, I know that as school time nears, I'll be totally pysched, but right now, I am enjoying vacation). This page of Newsprint Designer series paper inspired me:

Stamps: Tart and Tangy
Paper: Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Basic Black Satin Ribbon,  Rich Regals Button Assortment, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch

This is my kind of card--visually striking, yet simple!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bad to the Bone Triangle Box

In my house, silver and black rule the roost. Raiders, anyone? While I was doing a series of challenges on Stampin' Addicts, one of them was to get ready for fall with a Halloween project.

Stamps: Batty for You
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Scoring Blade Paper Cutter, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals

To do this project, I used a half sheet of cardstock 8 1/2 by 5 1/2. I scored this like this:

You can do this with any rectangle.  Just score down the middle and then score from the midpoints of each side to the adjacent side. Can you tell I teach math?

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ornamental Pink Roses

I just bought the ornament punch in early July although it was on my wish list since last September! This project was the final straw in why I "needed" it!

Isn't it lovely? I've seen these ornament punch roses for a while and wanted to try my own. This version takes 25 punches curled at different levels from pretty flat to super curled! A flower needs somewhere to go, right?

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery
Ink: Pink Pirouette
Accessories: 2 3/8 Scallop Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Chantilly Lace, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Ornament Punch, Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers

I used a candle I had gotten from a fundraiser at school as the base and gave this away to my fabulous upline Connie Fitzgerald who held a stampin' day at her house last week!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 23, 2010

Whew! I did it!

Check it out--I redesigned my blog today. Although there are amazing tutorials out there, I had difficulty and it took all day, but I really think that's because I had other changes from previous revisions that messed me up. HTML code isn't really my thing!

However, the good news is that My Digital Studio made it easy. I created the background in minutes as well as the header! I love Stampin' Up! and this program!

I used these three sources of web advice to pull this off:
Stampin' Addicts Forum
Teresa Belle Designs
Debbi's Designs

What do you think of Lily Ink Pad's New Look?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Scrapbooking with Tropical Flavor

Today is the Alden Family Reunion- from my Grandfather's family. The "cousins," who mind, you are in or near retirement, plan this every other summer. It's the first one since my Grandma passed away, so that's a little sad. Family and history were important to her. I think that's where I started to love history and documenting the good moments in our lives. I hope to get a great picture of Bubba and I today for this scrapbook page:

Stamps: Tropical Party
Paper: Island Oasis DSP, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Regal Buttons, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Serif ABC, Hemp Twine

This all started with the shirt. I found a set of directions in an old Stampin' Up! book for the shirt and wanted to make one with this paper, for, ohhh, 3 months or so. For some reason, there were no measurements--just typing paper, so I cut my 12 x 12 into 8 1/2 by 11. The shirt came out big, so I switched my thinking from card to scrapbook. I added a bit of flowers, some hemp twine, a title, and now all I need is a photo!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Color Coaching to A Cool Combo

One of the hardest things for me is to mix color combinations that are fresh and not boring. Luckily, Stampin' Up! has my back with the new Color Coach-- there are tons of new combinations for every color. For this card, I used Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, and So Saffron, and I like it!

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede, So Saffron
Accessories: Vintage Antique Brads, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Frosty White Shimmer Paint

Check out that brad--- so cool! The Antique Brads are quite hefty, but add just the right amount of elegance. In my photo, the white looks streaky, but in real life, the cardstock is shimmery because I used a sponge dauber to paint the entire piece.

I made this card as part of a series of challenges on Stampin' Addicts. I spent a weekend using challenges to spark my creativity and to have fun with my virtual friends.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Wedding Card in Baja Breeze

The New Idea Book and Catalog brought a new array of Designer Series Papers. On my first order, I carefully chose two sets of paper- Sweet and Sour, which I used Monday, and Elegant Soiree, which I am showcasing today!
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (level 2 Hostess set)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Half Pearls, Curly Label Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Chantilly Lace, Smooch Paint

The paper just has the Sahara Sand outline of those petally things. I used the applicator of the Smooch Paint to color in the petals to create what I think was a pretty cool effect. I felt as if I was painting my nails, that's how cool the Smooch is! The pearls are easy to add, also, as they have glue dots on the bottom already.

This was so quick and fun that I have another card using this paper and this saying in the works!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 12, 2010

My Mojo is Back---Sweet and Sour Style

I had lost my mojo. My creativity just wasn't bringing in that feeling of "Wow, am I good or what?" lately. This weekend I created 13 projects for a series of challenges on my favorite idea website- Stampin' Addicts. This noontime, the UPS man dropped off my new stamps that I earned for FREE and I sat down to work. I decided that since it was Monday, I would check out the ol' Mojo Monday sketch. Julee Tillman was thinking of me when she designed this layout. I sat down and designed this card:

Stamps: Every Little Bit (120358), On Your Birthday (111664)
Paper: Sweet and Sour Specialty Paper (117390), Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: 5/8" Satin Ribbon (119752), 1 1/4 Square Punch (119865), 1 3/4 Circle Punch (119850), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), Brights Brads (119740)

I love, love, love, the brightness of this card! I purposefully chose the crazy side of this paper and I like it. I can totally see a preteen girl lovin' this card.

The original Mojo Monday sketch looks like this:

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vintage Throwdown Challenge

You know, summertime is when I should, technically, and on paper, be able to get some stamping done! I am off of work, so no 10 hour days to get in the way, I have all my stuff in one place, and I have a new catalog to inspire me. However, it never seems to work out that way. I feel terrible for not posting, but at the same time, I am so busy I can hardly stand it!

Case in point: Last night was Hostess Appreciation Night so I designed a fabulous project, cut all the stuff, made certificates, gathered prizes, and cooked up a storm. We had a fabulous time and I'll show you the project this week. Today was a stamp camp, but I ran out of steam to get fully ready. I cancelled. I never cancel, but just couldn't do it. Somewhere in between I volunteered to create a challenge over on Stampin' Addicts. All I had to do was design a card and I had plenty of time, right? Wrong! This morning I slept in. Yeah, me. I never do that. I had 1 hour to create a card and I did it. I got mixed up on EST vs. CST and finished in the nick of time. Then, had some computer errors posting, and then, well, got it all worked out. Here it is:
Stamps: Vintage Voque
Paper: Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Newsprint Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Chantilly Lace, Antique Brads, Mini Glue Dots, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponges, Distressing Tool, Heat Gun, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

The trick to vintage, see, is that you layer, smoosch, sponge, spray, rip, tear, fold, layer, smoosch, sponge, spray, rip, tear, etc. You see how it works. The process is quite cathartic and fun. My table (all 6 feet of it) is a huge mess but I had fun.

Here's my process as best I can remember. I wanted to use Cherry Cobbler, so I got out Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso to go with it. I also wanted to use the Newsprint DSP. I found a cool print. Cut it out, tore it, crumbled it, tore it, crumpled it. I decided that half of my card would be a cool way to use it. I then stamped Cherry Cobbler with the flowers. I added a little Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, for fun and because it was new and I wanted to see what it could do, in the centers of my flowers. I left some "opps" spaces, so had to fill in and used the words from the Vintage Vogue set one by one around my flowers. I then, layered it up to check. I decided to use a bit of sponging and sponged everything with Early Espresso, which was fun. I then wanted to use emboss resist. I really wanted the emboss to show up clearly, but my clear embossing powder had some white mixed in. Not fun and not as cool as I wanted. To resist, I tried to spray log cabin spritz, didn't wait long enough and smeared it. The effect was  more subtle then I wanted, but it looked good. I then decided to sponge more to cover up the log cabin "opps" grabbed a nearby piece of sponge, and smeared Rich Razzleberry down the center of my card. "Opps" again!  I then decided that would be a perfect placement for my new Chantilly Ribbon and it was...I used many a mini glue dot to add the ruffle. The ribbon was too stark against all my sponging, so I distressed it by smearing it in my Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso Ink. Cool effect. I was pleased with myself. Next, I wanted the focal F to appear. I struggled with this and after 6 ideas, I stuck with Cherry Cobbler on Cherry Cobbler and cut it out. I cut out the friends from an attempt I discarded and whew! I still had my antique brads on my table. I had to use those! I added one and Voila! a Vintage Card!

Want to play along with me today? Stampin' Addicts, a great resource for those of use who love Stampin' Up! is hosting a day of challenges. No pressure. Just play along for some inspiration, get to know stampers from around the US and have fun!

There are hourly challenges and three hour Throwdowns. But, you can play anytime, submit anytime, and have fun anytime. Just try it out!

2nd Stampin' Addicts Iron Stamper/Throwdown Day of Challenges!!!

Stamp 'til you cramp!
Crop 'til you drop!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Here are some of the details.
  • Iron Stamper challenges will be hourly, based on a theme. First to post their Iron Stamper creation to the gallery and link back to the thread gets to PM me the theme for the next challenge!!!! New themes posted to the tread will not be used.
  • Throwdown challenges will be several hours each, based on using a stamp set, specific product or technique. Throwdowns will be posted at 9 AM, 12 noon, and 6 PM Eastern.
  • Both types of challenges will be run in parallel.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Digital Invite

Life has been so busy that I haven't had time to stamp. Last week was a rummage sale,during which the wind wouldn't let me stamp. Then, the Holiday Weekend came. The mini van was full so I didn't pack stamps. But I always have my laptop. Here's what I created this weekend:

Cool, huh? All I did was create a 8 1/2 by 11 page and decorated with background paper, added some stamped images, and the text I wanted! I exported to a jpeg and sent an email out--all from the comfort of my shady deck in Shawano.

My Digital Studio Rocks!

Friday, July 2, 2010

How'd I make that flower and flower pot?

Did I use a new punch for the flower pot? Did I use an embossing punch for the flower? Did I use a new embossed paper? Did I use a fancy scissors? Did I use pre-made die cuts?

No, No, No, and No. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's my card from my previous post:)

I used a new Sizzix item called the Scallop Rectangle Clearlit (118872) on my Poppy Parade Cardstock:

Then, I cut along an imaginary line from the second scallop in from each side and four from the top. (Check out the picture above for a visual before cutting and this for after:

I then folded the top of my pot along a line four scallops in on the long side. I used a mini glue dot to hold the flap down. I apologize for it's fuzziness. It looked good on my camera!

Voila! a pot!

Now, how did I add texture to that flower?
Well, I used our new Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175). I loved it when I used the entire folder, but I was drawn to the design repeated. I used my scallop circle punch to get a Concord Crush scallop. I placed those carefully in my folder and ran it through my Big Shot. Check it out:

I had to be creative on this card, but in the end, it's easy as always!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Today is the First Day of The New Catalog!

And I'm celebrating by hosting day 1 of my Rubber Rummage Sale! I am wiped out. Day 1 was pretty busy and I am in need of sleep for day 2, so tonight's post will be short. Here's a card I created for a new catalog swap--
Stamps: Occasional Quotes (Level 2 Hostess)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush,Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Peach Parfait,
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rectangular Scallop Clearlit, Big Shot, Designer Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Matte Pack, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

How many new products do you see in this card?

Happy Stamping!


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