Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lily Ink Pad's Best of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, I want to celebrate the best of my designs this year! So....drumrolll...... Click on the picture or title for the original blog post.

Number 10: A Day All About You
 I love the bright colors and layers on this card!

Number 9: Birthday Candle

I felt pretty creative with this one. I needed a focal point, but also wanted the petite labels to be the focus. Then, a candle idea hit me. I love those moments.

Number 8: A Baby Bib

As soon as I saw those Chalk Talk framelits, I knew that I wanted to make a bib card!

Number 7: Lily Ink Pad Carved Stamp


Designing my own stamp was so very fun and I must use it more!

Number 6:  A Present and Card Together!

I love this card because I love the Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set and I love how homemade cards can add some fun to an already special day!

Number 5: In Color Showcase


I had so much fun playing with my new catalog order to create this sampler!

Number 4: Get Well Soon Flip Flop Card


Again, I just love the In Colors and the Tag It! stamp set.

Number 3: Sweater Weather Quilt


I love the patterns in quilting, but have no patience. This is the best of both worlds.

Number 2: Lucky Limeade Leapers


This was the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog's Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp Set called Moving Forward. I just love these little frogs!

and FINALLY, My favorite project of 2013 is....


I worked so hard on it and it just makes me smile every time I see it!

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Crisp Cantelope Butterflies

or Flutterbys as my niece sometimes says. I like the color Crisp Cantelope, but find I haven't used it much this fall, so now, I did!

Stamps: Loving Thoughts
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Core'dinations Neutrals Pack
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Big Shot, Modern Label Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Pretty Print Textured Embossinf Folder (132175), Bitty Butterfly Punch, Sanding Block


  • Use the Big Shot and the embossing folder on the large Coredinations Cardstock. Then rub the sanding block over the top.
  • Punch the Butterflies first. Then, the Artisan Label punch is easier to center over the image.
  • Use half-pieces of dimenionals behind the white punched out butterfly parts and the Designer Series Paper as well as later on the back of your card front.
  • Stamp the sentiment of your choice on the white strip. Then, punch the hole for it. If you choose a longer sentiment, you can repeat punch to make a larger window. 
  • Practice your placement to get the sentiment to show just right. Then add the top.
The background embossing folder is featured in the Holiday Catalog. Get it before Jan 3rd!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 27, 2013

Cupcakes in Style

I love office supplies. Folders, pens, pencils, markers, paper clips. I could spend hours in an office supply store. I love having things color coded and organized at school. Put things in a binder and I am a happy camper! When I first saw Patty Bennet's file folder cards, I knew I must make one. Here is my version:
and the inside:

Isn't it fun?

Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Paper: In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar,
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon, Cupcake Builder Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Stampin' Trimmer

Here's some tips:
  • Adhere  Pistachio Pudding Designer Series paper on the front and the Baked Brown Sugar Designer Series Paper on the inside. 
  • Place  cardstock so the right side (fold is on the bottom) is at 3” on the punch board. Push down on the center button. 
  • Line up right edge in center of that punch and punch down to get the tab to appear. 
  • Place the Baked Brown Sugar side of your card on the punch board with the right side at 2 ½ “ and again on the left edge. 
  •  Use the paper trimmer to trim off the part of the tab you don’t want anymore.The punch on the opposite side of the board is the corner rounder punch. Just slide it in an punch each corner.    

Or, you could watch Patty Bennett's Video Tutorial.  That's what I did!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

from my family to yours! We celebrated Mattson Christmas last night and fun was had by all. My dad loved the "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm ok T-shirt." My niece went bananas for her cowboy boots and a pink vacuum. My nephews tried to trick Bubba by wrapping his present in Green Bay Packer Duct Tape, not knowing that I had wrapped their money gift in layers of bubble wrap and tape! My mom got her new magnetic plate from my dad (wrapped by me). He asked her, "What is that?" when she opened it! My sister loved her new sparklies and her gifts from her kids. Don, well, he loves everything, but the beer, little debbie snacks, and fast food gift cards were a hit, as well as the Bears fleece my mom sewed.  Me? I enjoy every minute of being with my family and now feel ready to face what comes our way this next year! The gifts are secondary, but getting coffee and a jar decorated in Stampin' Up! rub-ons top the list! Oh yeah, and the fleece sweater my mom sewed for me. That was pretty cool, too!

Now, back to the good stuff:

I made the envelopes gift card sized so I could add gift cards as needed!

Stamps: Festive Flurry
Paper: Winter Frost Paper Stack, Winter Frost Designer Series Paper, Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Snow Flurry Embossing Folder

I just made the card base with a die cut and then added the envelope. I had to add a strip of paper to make the paper stack pieces 5 x 5 square so the envelopes could be made. This little bit of problem solving, added a little extra design element to the card. I love the little stripe of alternating paper!

I think my nephews would have preferred that I put gift cards in these instead of wrapping up the money in layers of tape!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


It's certainly been frosty around here lately. The lower the temperatures, the fluffier the snow, so it's hard to make a snowman, so here's one that's pretty cute (and I don't have to go outside to make it).

Pretty cute, huh? I had the envelope liner framelit sitting on my craft desk and realized the top looked like a hat. I decided to make it into a snowman. I thought I was so very cool and then the next day, saw a few others on my Pinterest feed. Great minds think alike!

Stamps: none
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, Red Glimmer Paper, Gumball Green
Ink: none
Accessories: Basic Black Marker, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelits, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Christmas Punch Pack, sticky sheets, Pennant Punch

  • Cut out the hat separately from the Snowman base. 
  • Put the fold of the card base right inside the framelit so you don't cut it off. 
  • To make the Poinsettia, I punched 6 ornaments and adhered them in a circle on a sticky sheet.
Happy Stamping!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

As I See It!

My stampy friends from Canada (and two from the US) have a fabulous challenge each week called As You See It! and I finally got to play on time last night! Whoo Hoo!

and I got to play with my new papers and stamps that arrived as part of my demonstrator pre-order for the Occasions Catalog that starts Jan 3.

Stamps: Love You to the Moon
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Heart Punch, Heart Framelits, Scallops Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot

I cut my thin strips 7/8" and 1 3/8". Then, I just cut the other ones as I wanted.

Check out the other submissions for this sketch as well their past challenges at the As You See It Blog!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Simple Symbol of the Season

O Christmas Tree! I love ornaments and trees. Here is a card we made this week featuring Pennant Parade:

I haven't made a Christmas card with this set. I always wanted to, but just finally got around to it. Such a cute and simple tree!

Stamps: Pennant Parade, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brights Designer Paper Stack, Crushed Curry
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Decorative Label Framelits, Circle Framelits, Label Bracket Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1/4" Real Red Stitched Ribbon, Star Punch (Holiday Punch Pack)

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa Wishes

Christmas Carols are on the radio. Trees are being decorated. Photo are taken with Santa Claus. And, my Stampin' Celebrations group is making one last hurrah at Christmas Cards this month!

Here is one we will making Wednesday Night:

Stamps:  Tag It!
Paper: Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Argyle Embossing Folder, Seasons of Style Washi Tape, Baker's Twine

I wanted a quick, easy, and cute card. Plus, I love this little guy. Even better, Stampin' Up! donates $2 from the sale of each Tag It! Stamp Set to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Frost Gift Bags

I hate wrapping presents, but I love giving gifts. The solution-- a gift bag created by me! I shared these gift bags (which I made in two hours on a Saturday night) with the girls at the Stamping Day Away to take their loot home.

 Hard to see them? Here are some close-ups.

Stamps: Festive Flurry
Paper: Winter Frost, Pool Party, Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Silver Encore Ink, Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Silver 1/8" Trim, Stampin' Trimmer, Bow Die, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Festive Flurries Framelits, Big Shot

Easy and cute-- My favorite combination!

Happy Creativity!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy December 1!

I can't believe, as usual, that it's December starting today. I'm pretty sure that half of my lesson plans have December starting tomorrow. Stampin' Up! has some great deals coming up tomorrow, Cyber Monday. Please check out my website at www.lilyinkpad.stampinup.net to see what's on sale. You can place an online order and have it shipped directly to you. My rewards program still applies. I'll send you a note with your Lily Ink Pad Stamp Card in the mail.

Although, we are in Christmas mode, crafters have to be thinking around the corner. Valentine's Day is coming up, so Stampin' Up! has a special just for December!

Also, today is the final Best of Stamp Set release with the Best of Sale-a-bration!

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stamping the Day Away

I've been stamping around hunting with my dad and nephews, Thanksgiving, school stuff, not feeling well, and family stuff. (Bubba likes some of my time, too). I couldn't reveal the details, as I was preparing for a Stamping Day Away--which was my donation to St. Thomas More's International Night School Fundraiser last February. My mom won it and gave it to my sister for her birthday. My sister cashed it in for today. I was lucky to stamp with my stampiest friends! We stamped 8 projects at 8 stations, all cards!
Here are my mom and sister making the goodie bags!

A view of the stations:

I made some goodies, too. We put kisses cello bags and topped them off with tags from the Pop and Place Tag kit. So very easy, cool, and perfect! Here are some of them.

Happy Creating!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Elf feet!

to go with the elf face from Wednesday. Although, this card was designed first, it fits my theme lately, huh?

Stamps: Many Merry Messages,
Paper: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White, Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Gumball Green
Accessories: Silver 1/8" Trim, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Stampin' Trimmer. 1/2" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch

This card is just so darn cute! The feet are made with quarters of the Top Note die and then punched with the Large Oval so that the shoe gets some shape. So very fun!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Big-eyed Elf

Full Disclosure: I TOTALLY CASED THIS CARD! As soon as it showed up in my Pinterest feed, I pinned it and knew I had to make it. It's just so darn cute!

Check out the inside:

In fact, if you want to make your own, go to Carrie Stamps and find out how! I found it suprisingly easy for all that it seems to have going on!

If you are a part of the Stamping Day Away in a couple of weeks, this is a sneak peek!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, November 11, 2013

November Sunset

I've spent many a November morning and night witnessing dawn break and night fall. The bare trees against the light always makes me think of those not around anymore. My sister wanted to make some sympathy cards at our November Stampin' Celebrations, so I went searching for one and CASED this one, but added my own colors.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist
Accessories: Early Espresso 1/8" Ribbon, Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Pewter Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

We put the card front in the embossing folder so that the bottom 1/4 was plain, allowing the message to be stamped. The trees were embossed and then watercolored over. I love the pewter embossing powder.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, November 8, 2013

November, It's here!

Happy November!

Well, mid-November?

I've had to take a break from blogging, but I have stamped a bit. I just couldn't fit school work, schoolwork, schoolwork, schoolwork, family, me, stamping, and blogging all into one day. Something had to give until I could get balanced again and it was blogging. The good news? I have a stack of projects to share, so you should be able to see more of me again!

I'm starting today with November's desktop wallpaper download. I designed this for me and my take on November--comfy colors and solidness. Is that a word?

My Digital Studio is so much fun to play with. I didn't want to clean anything up, so I could use my computer to get my creativity going tonight!

Happy Creativity!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October? Where Have You Gone?

Wowzer. What a month. I have been working with my middle school curriculum, some challenging class hours, and a whole bunch of work. This has left me with very little time to stamp and when I did get time, I then didn't have time to show you what I did! Eventually, I'll find my balance again and you'll see more of me. I promise!

First-- you have until 11:50 tonight to sign up as a demontrator for only $25!

Second--25 stamps sets are 25% off! See the flyer below:

Third--here's my card:

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon, Big Shot, Pretty Print Textured Impressions

My friend Janice designed this card, I just changed the background and stole the idea. We call that CASING (copy and share everything), but I just want to shout out to her for the idea! I wanted to use that wheat stalk and just couldn't figure out how til I saw her card! Thanks, Janice

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winter Holiday Blog Hop Recap Part 2

That last post got a bit long, so I decided to share more today in another post. That way, you have time to see it all!

Here are the cards:

 and the insides:

I made two cards with the color combination  Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz and two cards with Real Red and Gumball Green.

Top Left: I stamped the smallest image in Gumball Green and then outlined it with my paper piercer and the Festive Template. I added a Happy Christmas in Real Red and a Candy Dot for some fun. Inside, I stamped a message and then a couple extra snowflakes.

Top Right: I folded this one vertically, which I realized that I should do more often! I then used a framelit to put a window on the front. Next, I stamped in Cherry Cobbler and sponged the window edges with Pear Pizzazz. The bow was made with a strip of Cherry Cobbler that I cut using my Rotary Cutter and the ZigZag Blade. Very easy and cool.

Bottom Right: I used the largest snowflake for my background and then added a layer of Gumball Green with a cut out framelit. Candy Dots made the perfect touch of color on each snowflake. I stamped a message inside and some extra snowflakes.

Bottom Left: I used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder on the bottom third of the notecard and then used a tiny strip of Cherry Cobbler cut with the Rotary Cutter and Zig Zag Blade, making my own paper ribbon. For my focal point, I used a Cherry Cobbler stamped snowflake die cut with the framelits. It sure beats cutting them out by hand! The final touch was a "Warm Wishes" from Remembering Christmas on the outside and the saying "Remembering you at Christmas and wishing you the best in the new year." Elegant and easy.

Stamps: More Merry Messages, Festive Flurry, Remembering Christmas
Paper: Notecards and Envelopes, Whisper White 
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin' Up! paper Trimmer, Rotary Blade, and ZigZag blade, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat, and Festive Paper Piercing Templates

Happy Creativity!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Winter 2013 Holiday Catalog Recap

In case you were wondering, why do I always add more the day after the official blog hop? Well, we want your hopping experience to be visual and quick, so we save some details for later. Our limit is 4 pictures and a few paragraphs. That's why many us post follow-ups. So, here's today's recap and detail overload.

Again, the whole She-bang!


 This is the front--I layered up different die cuts with dimensionals along with layers of Glimmer Paper and tadah! Easy and elegant ornaments.

Here are the back of these. See the fun? I used Sticky Pages to make a diecut that the ribbon would adhere to. Then, I just had to adhere the back to the sticky strip. I hope that makes sense.

Now two more:

and finally, the front of these two:

Now, can you tell that in the top snowflake that I made a shaker-snowflake? I used the framelits one inside another to make a frame on a piece of cardstock lined with Sticky paper. I then was able to add the window sheet die cut the same size as the outline. The sticky paper worked like a charm. I then used dimensionals to make a 3D border around the flake. Finally, I added three stars punched with the Merry Minis Punch Pack and some Dazzling Diamonds and adhered the shaker portion to the rest of the snowflake.  Here's another picture. I was pretty bad at pictures this round, but I think you can see the Dazzling Diamonds:

Stamps: none
Paper: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: none
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Ribbon, Rhinestones, Sticky Pages, Dazzling Diamonds, Merry Mini's Punch Pack


I used my Simply Scored to score my background 4 1/4 by 11 cardstock at 5 1/2 and 8 1/4. Then, I placed my cardstock into my Big Shot with the framelit lined up on the short fold. I then placed my top acrylic plate so that it's edge was even with the score line. That way, when I use my Big Shot, it only cuts half the image.

I then layered up my details and my card was done!

Stamps: Festive Flurry, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate
Ink: Silver Metallic Encore Pad, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits Dies,Coastal Cabana Stretch Ruffle Ribbon, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder

Whew! I have to go grade papers and make some awards before bed tonight, so I gotta go. Come back on Wednesday for the other set of cards!

Happy Creativity!


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