Friday, December 31, 2010

Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop---Stop #18 In Stitches wheel & Sweet Stitches DSP

Welcome to stop #18 of the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini-Catalog Blog Hop! You may be starting here or have come from Jennifer's Blog Stampin' on the Fly featuring Say It Simply, Framed Tulips Impressions Folder, and the new Beveled Windowpanes. Does it get better than that? Sure does! (If I do brag myself up!) There are 24 other stops, so read through my post, go to the next stop, then move on down the list in a big loop!

This stop features the In Stitches Wheel and the Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper. What better way to start than with a Scrapbook page?

The In Stitches Wheel is used here two ways. first, I added a wheel width of stitches by embossing the versamark inked pattern with white embossing powder. I love this look the most--it really looks like real fancy stitches! The second way I used the wheel was to add a pattern to my photo mattes. That way, when I add photos, the photo frame will have a little texture. I used Baja Breeze ink on Baja Breeze paper for a subtle look.  By the way, isn't this piece of Designer Paper cute? The needle and thread border made me want to use it! (even if the background is pink).

How about a coordinating card?
I love quilting. I just hate how long it takes to finish one! Sewing and quilting are big in my family, so I am sure I'll have plenty of occasions to use this card! I first cut the quilt blocks using my 1 3/8 inch square punch.  I glued them on the Bashful Blue Background and ran it through my Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder. I had to flip it around to get the corner design on the whole image.  Finally, I used my Chocolate Chip Marker on one row of stitching, lined it up and ran it over the "seam." Tricky, nerve-racking, but it did work! I love the final look!

Now, where would a good hop post be without a 3D item? (those are my favorite anyway).

Check it out--I used the brand spanking new Petal Cone Die to create this beauty! First, I made my own designer paper with my In Stitches Wheel and a tri-color jumbo ink cartridge, which I inked up in Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive. I completely covered a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper with diagonal rows of the wheel pattern. I cut it in half to make each half of the petal cone and then was set! I put it together, added some buttons and brads, and had a great project ready to fill with candy!

Here's another view that shows the handle better. I used part of the die officially called a banner and linked two together with a brad. Then, I added the other brads. Then I added the buttons for fun! The card also features a scrap of the paper I designed and a brad. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

If you love my stuff, you are sure to love the next stop--as it features a few of the same products that all coordinate as part of the Sew Suite Style Watch! Visit Kim's Blog Stitchin n Stampin' on Paper featuring the Sew Suite Stamp Set! You'll love her fabulous projects! 

Say It Simply <--- Previous Stop            Next Stop---> Sew Suite 

Remember, if you get lost, go to Stampin' Addicts and get back on track! Come back on Monday for full recipes!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ten Best of 2010

I wanted to share a best of Lily Ink Pad to end the year. Since the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop starts tomorrow, I am posting it today!

Here are my top 10 cards of 2010 with links to the appropriate blog posts, if you want more information!

#10 Celebrating with Fox and Friends

#9 Vintage Old School

#8 Sweet and Sour Mojo

#6 Inspired by Color
#6 Happy Thanksgiving!

#5 Clear Block Technique

#4 A Spotlight on Style

#3 Going Old School--the Chalkboard Technique

#2 Snowflakes on My Heart

#1 Old Fashioned Christmas

Have a Happy New Year! Here's to a  year of creativity and paper!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Vintage Wedding Guest Book

On November 13, good friends Maggie and Nate Myszka got married. My husband was on a year-long project to document the story of their wedding and I spent the event video taping for the first time. (We have yet to see what that turns out to be!) Maggie accepted my offer to make her a guest book. The "theme" was a kind of vintage simplicity in fall colors. The wedding was beautiful.

The cover:

The inside:

Stamps: none!
Paper: Night Of Navy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Naturals Ivory
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Chantilly Lace, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Two Tags Die, Hemp Twine, 1/8" Early Espresso Ribbon, Bind-it-all, Black Coil O-ring

For the cover, I took large sheets of cardstock and used my folders on them in sections to emboss the entire paper. I like the end effect, even if there are little lines on the square embossing top. The vintage wallpaper one was easier to line up to make a continuous texture.

Guests were invited to write the bride and groom a message on a tag with this poem that I created with My Digital Studio and put in the inside front cover.

Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Something FABULOUS is coming!

As you say goodbye to 2010 and welcome in 2011, join my blog and 24 others for a Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop featuring products from...the Occasions Mini Catalog! Yep! this fabulous little booklet is packed full of great products to use during the dull winter months! See amazing projects by amazing demonstrator designers and fall in love.

See you there!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Second Stampin' Up! Christmas Card--from a friend and demo!

I love the fact that I can get ecards and see pictures of beautiful children right away! Here is one that a friend and fellow Demonstrator Becca sent!

Isn't it great? Her family is so beautiful! She used My Digital Studio to create this ecard! Jingle Bells Designer Series Kit, Tree Trimmings digital stamp, and a few extra embellishments! How easy and fabulous!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Easy Tags for Presents!

The easy button is my best friend this season and the project I am going to share today, might be one that you can copy as you wrap those last minute gifts!

Stamps: Tags Til Christmas
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Ink: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Decorative Label Punch, Hemp Twine

Here's how to do it:

1. Use Big Shot to cut out tag.
2. Use markers to ink up stamp.
3. Stamp.
4. Punch out.
5. Adhere layer.
6. Attach to bag.
7. Add cookie cutter for fun.

I know you can all handle this project, but in case the Christmas Eve Frenzy has taken over your stressed brain, I included directions.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MDS Calender Part 4: The Finale!

Here are the last three months from my calenders that I created for gifts!




Happy Stamping!


Monday, December 20, 2010

MDS Calendar Part 3

Ready for more calendar pictures? I loved making this calendar. I wish I could share the pics of our guys, but I am respecting their right to privacy. However, their smiles make this calender a perfect gift for their families!




Happy Stamping!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cookie Tags!

I made my first hybrid project last weekend--tags for my sister's cookies at the Lauters Cookie Exchange. I needed to create her something cute for her cookies as I had roped her into the whole event! She made these cute (and a family favorite) Fruit Loop Christmas Cookies. My mom made these every year and we (my sister and I) loved them because they had something rarely found in our house- sugar cereal!

Stamps: My Digital Studio, Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue
Accessories: Glass Glitter, Paper Cutter, Early Expresso 1/8" ribbon, Crop-a-dile

The cookies were my inspiration-- the colors just matched the Candy Lane paper download! I made these in about 1/2 hour with printing at home earlier. So easy and fun!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled with Love Promotion!

I know, I know, Christmas isn't here yet and I'm hawking Valentine's Day. However, if you order soon, you'll have most of the frigid January to use these great projects! So, I'm share the latest promotion from the FABULOUS Stampin' Up!

What's in the bundle?

Very cool! Go to My Store to place your order!

Happy Shopping!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Not Your Ordinary Cookie Exchange!

I have to tell you that when a group of Mattson women (and a couple of men) get an idea in their head to make something happen, we make it happen. My cousins and I have given each other small gifts for a long time, but this year, my cousin (and Team: Lily Ink Pad member) Amy, decided to host a cookie exchange at her house in Mankato, Minnesota. We were also welcoming some new members of her family and I thought, let's go! Cookies AND a party? I'm there! My husband couldn't go, so I convinced my sister that this would be a great sister weekend. She informed me that my niece Clare would have to attend with us, and I thought-- "What fun! I get to be an aunt all weekend!" In preparation, I had to go all out--Stampin' Up-wise. I own it all, so I should use it right? I made my "cookies" and needed a cute box to put them in. Here's what I made:

Stamps: none
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Die, Fancy Favor Die, 1/2 inch Circle Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch, 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch, 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, dimensionals

I first saw this idea on a Demonstrator Only Idea Forum sponsored by Stampin' Up! called Stampin' Connection. Lisa Young created this using Crumb Cake. I was out of that, so I changed it up a bit!

My "cookies" are my Grandma Leone's very special candies. I'll share that story at a different time. I have yet to finish the Cookie Exchange story.

My sister and I (and Clare) left Shawano, WI, at 7 pm on Friday and got to our hotel at 1:30 ish am. Yep. Our 5 hour drive turned ugly at the Twin Cities (known to some of you as St. Paul/Minneapolis). We hit the blizzard. Yes, Blizzard. When newscasters use that term in Southern Minnesota, they mean it. Saturday am we woke up to Clare singing in her pack-n-play and looked outside to see nothing but whiteness. Good thing, Amy's house was like 10 minutes away. Try an hour. (We had to get some things at a store first like formula and baby wipes). We arrived and I unpacked the boxes of presents, the cookies, and Clare's stuff while  my sister took Clare in. The snow was already over a foot. We had a great party...all made it safe and sound. When  we left, we had to dig out, got stuck, had help from my uncle and Amy's husband Matt, and then worked our way to the hotel. We were within sight when the cement, I mean snow, held us up. Nic and I worked for about 45  minutes on moving about 20 feet when a Texan. Yes, a Texan named Nate who was a human snowblower helped us out. The transmission may have lost a few years, but we did get to the parking lot inside. Are you worried about 9 month old Clare? No need, she snoozed the entire time in her fleece, blankets, and car seat. Never knew anything was up! What a day!

The good news is that we have some amazing bakers in our family and the shoveling allowed us to eat a few extra cookies that night! Sunday's drive back was pretty good--normal winter driving for us Wisconsin Girls, but did take extra long as Clare needed a few more breaks than on the way there!

Happy Holidays!



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