Monday, August 30, 2010

More Gratitude...

Thank-you for visiting my blog last weekend to check out what's in the new Holiday Mini Catalog! I had more projects in mind than I could fit on one post, so today, I am showing you another Day of Gratitude card:

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Autumn Spice, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, More Mustard
Ink: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Versamark
Accessories: Regals Brads, Paper Piercing Tool and Matte, Decorative Label Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch

I found this sketch on a site called Stamping 411 where a fabulous set of demonstrators create cards based on sketches every Saturday. This is a sketch from early August. I didn't post on their site because this was in the running for the blog hop. If you ever need a little stampin' help- that site might have your answers!

When I first designed this card-- I realized that once again I used Old Olive as my main background. I just love that color, but I wanted a little extra to set this card above the rest, so I added the large medallion stamp as a background. My stamp still had some Cajun Craze ink on it (opps), so the Versamark picked that up as as well as the watermark. I think it's a pretty cool effect, actually!

I also realized I didn't own ribbon (gasp!) that matched what I wanted to do!  I pushed my creative button and made an accent using my embossing folder and scissors. I like it better than if I had ribbon!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Mini Catalog Blog Hop-- Day of Gratitude

Welcome to Lily's Ink Pad! Whether you are starting the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop here or coming from Allison's blog Sweet Impressions featuring the Paisley Wheel (isn't she an amazing artist), you are in for a real treat.

My stamp set was Day of Gratitude. When I saw this set in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I knew 1) I had to own it and 2) beautiful creations come out of this set! Let's start with a set of cards:

Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Paper: Old Olive, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Early Espresso 1/4" Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch, Regals Brads, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, 1 3/4 Circle punch, 1/2 Circle Punch

Now, for home decor:

The Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper inspired me to make a candle band and then I wanted something cool for an embellishment. I used my Scallop Circles #2 die to cut out 12 scallops, cut them in half, folded them, and attached them into a rosette. The middle needed some stamping, so I added the stamped image! So fun and so perfect for fall!

The main saying in this set "Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings" made me think of something I've been meaning to try, but hadn't gotten around to creating yet--a Gratitude journal:

Here is one example of the inside, where I stamped on each page to remind me to remain grateful! I do plan on using this and it's already near my reading chair!

Well, I hope you saw projects that inspired you! Be sure to visit Stampin' Addicts for more ideas or if you get lost. The next stop is at  Debra's blog Heartfelt Inkspiration with her projects featuring French Foliage. Be sure to check out all the blogs!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Love Begins...

I know I created one wedding card with this paper in July, but I used a different sketch to make another wedding card:

Stamps: Occasional Quotes
Paper: Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Heart to Heart Punch, Sponge Daubers, Chantilly Lace, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Pearls, Mini Glue Dots

My sketch came from a site called Stamping 411 where there are weekly challenges and sketches. These really help me focus my stamping and create amazing layouts. What I love about this one is that I could showcase this amazing paper--Elegant Soiree!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Holiday Mini Catalog Blog Hop Coming This Weekend

Stampin' Up! did it again. The new Holiday Mini Catalog that starts September 1 is amazing. Simply Amazing- fabric, glitter brads, Designer Paper, Large Buttons, jewels, lace, waffle paper, decor elements, Sizzix Dies, and more! For a sneak peek, you can check out 25 Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Blogs full of amazing ideas! Where, you ask? Well, start here at Lily's Ink Pad and then "hop" your way around to each blog until you get back here in one big circle! When? Start Friday at 12 noon and go until Sunday at 12 midnight!

While you are waiting for the festivities to start, you can check out a positively Stampin' Up! Place called Stampin' Addicts. There are galleries, forums, and friendly crafters hanging out!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Hand Knit

When looking at a new catalog, some sets just call your name..."Buy me! Buy me!" and this was one of them--Hand Knit.

Stamps: Hand Knit
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Oval Scallop Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Doesn't this color combination make you think of a warm, fuzzy sweater? Perfect for knitting card! The layout isn't my usual--I had a hard time with withe the two accent images, but in the end, I think it's perfect!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Elements of Style in Cherry Cobbler

Have I mentioned that I love the new color Cherry Cobbler? Well, I do. I ran out of my first pack of paper using it and am onto my second. Love, love, love it. Here is my example for my July Workshops where I proved that the Elements of Style Stamp set makes beautiful cards every time!

Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Cherry Cobbler,Very Vanilla , Early Espresso
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Accessories: Oval Scallop Punch, Medium Oval Punch, Crop-a-dile, Jumbo Eyelet, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, 1/8" Early Espresso Ribbon, Photo Corner Punch

Beautiful and easy! We just stamped the flowers all over the paper. Added the hummingbird directly, and adhered the layers. The Crop-a-dile makes adding the eyelet easy!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Special Project #3: The Grand Finale

Ok, now this project has a definite lack of stamping, but was the BIG project I worked on:

(Sorry for the bad photography, the day of the event, I forgot to redo it)

I wanted to stamp some little monkeys and baby stuff, but then I went shopping in a baby department with my niece and sister and I found great items to add! However, I did use my Bashful Blue Ribbon to tie it all together so I did use my Stampin' Up! stash~! My craft and ribbon scissors made it that part easy!

I hope James doesn't outgrow the diapers before he uses them all! When we saw this bib, we had to have it-- since James's dad is our cousin!

With the lean on that cake--good thing I don't bake them!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Secret Project #2: Wishes

For the baby shower at the reunion, we (my sister and I) first thought that we would make up a game, especially for the kids. Then, we thought the time crunch (brunch at 10 and folks with long drives leaving soon after) that we needed something more special and personal. After a lot of thinking, I decided to make this:

Stamps: Business Boosters
Paper: Elegant Soiree, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Scallop Die, Crop-a-dile, Go Go Boots Alphabet, Star Punch, Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Baja Breeze Ribbon, chipboard, Stampin' Up! Glue Stick, Large Flat Cello Bag

A Wish Book! Everyone (uncles, cousins, kid cousins, aunts, grandma) and I mean everyone got to write a little wish inside for James as he grows big and strong!

I started with some chipboard and cut it with my Big Shot. I glued my Elegant Soiree paper (love that stuff) onto the chipboard. I wanted to put a title so had to play around until I could get the words right. I ended up stamping "for" from the middle of a sentiment stamp. I then did something I don't usually do-- used retired ribbon. I've been wanting to use this up, but until now didn't have the opportunity! The front needed a bit more, so I used my BRAND NEW Buttons! You might be thinking, "Stampin' Up! doesn't have buttons that large." But we do---in the New Holiday Mini-Catalog that starts September 1st! A perk of being a demonstrator is that we get to pre-order supplies to make samples. I love this job!

I wanted this to be a bit protected, especially if James got a hold of it, so I cut a scalloped rectangle from a Flat Cello Bag and glued it on the front and back. That way, drool might not ruin it!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Secret Project #1: Monkey Baby Shower Favors

Ok, it's time! I've been working on a series of secret projects. On my Lily Ink Pad Facebook Fan Page (click to see it and become a fan), I let people know what I've been up to Stampin' wise. Last week, I posted that I finished three secret projects and now I am going to share the first.

Stamps: Fox and Friends
Paper: Baja Breeze
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Googlie Eyes, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1/4" ribbon

These were the baby shower favors for my cousin Jerry and his wife Kristie's new baby James. Here's a close up:

I've been wanting to do a baby shower theme with this little monkey since I first laid eyes on this set! But, my sister didn't want monkeys for her baby showers, so I took this opportunity to do it up!  One final tip, when buying candy to place inside- make sure it fits! We had to have ours ala carte!

Overall, I think the shower was a success and this surprise made everyone a bit happier! Then again, who couldn't be happy with little James around!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Gift Bags Stampin' Style

Well, this is it! The almost annual Mattson Family Reunion is here and 30 relatives are descending upon the Shawano house for a weekend of fun and relaxation. I'm the host this year, so I had to use my Stampin' Up! stuff right? Here is what I created for the kiddos:

Stamps: Broadsheet ABC, Under the Stars
Paper: none
Ink: Assorted colors
Accessories: Large Clear Block, Sweet Pea Felt, Crystal Effects

I stamped right on these little bags I had in my stash. I then filled them up with age appropriate toys and games so each kid coming has something new to do!

Each had to have a name, so I took out my new alphabet set, Broadsheet, and tried it out. What's supercool is that I can place my letters on the block for perfect placement:

How cool is that?!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Friends Never Fade

Sometimes inspiration comes from thin air. Sometimes from a memory. Sometimes from a website, but this time, inspiration came from my new color coach. I love the Friends Never Fade stamp set, but hit a design wall when planning. I picked up my color coach and looked through the color combos until I found this one:

Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Paper: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Marker, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 1/4" Daffodil Delight Ribbon

This card was featured at my July Workshops and was a  big hit. First, it's stamp and then coloring in the center of the image. Add a few precut layers, tie a knot, and you're done!

I love Stampin' Up!


Monday, August 9, 2010

A Purse Prize

Saturday night, when I couldn't sleep, I decided to clean up my pictures folders and I found this picture of project I forgot to share!

Here is a close-up of one:

Stamps: none
Paper: Greenhouse Gala, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz
Ink: none
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, 12" Paper Cutter, Fancy Flower Punch, Regals Buttons, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon

What is it for? Well, at my Hostess Appreciation event, I placed a mini gift certificate in the purses. Hostesses who brought a guest could choose one! Otherwise, it could hold a gift card, a nice message, or perhaps a flat candy treat!

These are super fun and super easy to make!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wild About Life!

I know that title is cheezy, but the card I have for you today uses an animal not usually seen on a birthday card:

Stamps: Under the Stars, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Vintage Trinkets, Curly Label Punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Matte

This little raccoon rarely gets his due as the bear and mosquito in this set are way more fun. I decided to use this little guy as my focal point and just use a little bit of my paper (that way I can hoard the rest). What I love about Stampin' Up! (if I am repeating, that's because it's my favorite thing about these products) is the versatility of this paper. Check out my next post with a wedding card made with the same paper. Today, this paper looks masculine, so I could use for the numerous male birthdays in my life! Later, my paper will appeal to the bride. How cool is that!

Also, look closely at those little brads. They are buttons! Very cool.

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 5, 2010


Have you ever bought a stamp for one occassion? I have--Bubba's birthday- and I forgot to give him his card!

Stamps: Motorcycle
Paper: Pumpkin Pie Textured Cardstock, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Black Brads, Heat Tool, Silver Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber

 I kept this layout simple as the bike was most important---at least to Bubba. To make the bike look that way, I used black Embossing Powder and the sponged Shimmer Paint to color the cardstock so it looks like chrome.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Yummer Summer Nights!

Since 3rd grade, and with my family before that, I have been a camper. I love fires and cooking over a fire, sleeping in tents, hiking, all that. As I get older, I love my bed and cold basement room at the Shawano house! I still get to make fires, though, and every once in a while still cook s'mores just to remind me of "roughing it." Here's a card in tribute of all of that:

Stamps: Under the Stars, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Crumb Cake Marker, Early Espresso Marker, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 1 1/4 Square Punch, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Log Cabin Spritz, Smooch

Now, this photo doesn't really show it, but the marshmellows look glassy, like real ones do after melting, because I used  my Smooch on them. Easy, fun, and cool, and an not-girly way to use a girly product!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, August 2, 2010

New Catty Blog Hop Follow-Up

As promised, here are some templates and tips from the projects I posted this weekend.

For the locker set, I created this post-it note holder. My process was pretty rough, as it always is. I placed my post it notes on my grid paper and realized that the base had to be 3" wide. Next, I created a template with the grid paper, cut it out and then folded it up. I adjusted so it looked the way I wanted it to and then I made the good one. Here is the final template:

For the mini note set, I did the same thing, but made a more simple design:

Hope that helps you be creative!

Happy Stamping!



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