Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of 2015

What a year! As we say goodbye to 2015, I am celebrating what I see as the best of Lily Ink Pad this year.

Drumroll please.

Masculine cards are always a favorite of mine to make, but rarely do I feel as if I do something spectacular on one. For this one, the watercoloring, for me, was spectacular and I love the Designer Series Paper. 

Number 9: Winter Serenity
I love this one as it connects me to my favorite winter scenes. I love winter. 

This was a card I wanted to do after I was inspired by a different gate fold card. I love the butterflies and these colors in the Pretty Petals Designer Paper Pack. 

This is a favorite because it was in my head as an idea for so long that the end result was awesome when it met my expectations. I love the colors, the theme, and the idea of wood plates and utensils. 

Number 6: Poinsettia Tag
I wasn't going to get this set, even though I loved it as I loved the Snow Place one more, but cards at the OnStage Event convinced me that I needed it. I'm glad I did! Poinsettia's are a favorite of mine around the holidays. Too bad, I can't grow them. ;) 

I love fun gifts and this one was really fun to make!

I love pocket cards and other fun cards. This one matched a simple design with the fun of a pocket card with my Big Shot and the Treat Bag Framelits. 

I love this stamp set for it's ease of use with AMAZING results. I dreamt this one up and am in love with it.

Number 2: Rock Star!  
I love everything about this card: the stamp set, the stars, the punch borders, the sentiment, the color combination, and the design. SO MUCH FUN!


Number 1: I'm Back!
I love this card's simplistic beauty and sentiment. Bubba has it hanging on a cupboard in our apartment kitchen and it continually reminds me of how our love is strong. We've had a tough year with the fire, but at the same time, it was only made us stronger. 

What a great year of creativity! I am such a lucky person to be able to spend my "down" time designing and relaxing with Stampin' Up!

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Card Fail

Well, Maybe not Fail, but I really don't like it. I thought I did last night, but all day today I've thought, "What was I thinking?"

It looks better in  picture, I think. I'm just not good at sponging. Ever. Sorry, Jan. I'm just terrible at it.

Guess what, Sale-a-bration is just around the corner (January 5th to March 31st) and this card uses two, count 'em two, Sale-a-bration products I got for FREE with $50 purchases on my preorder. Just one of the perks of being a demonstrator. I used the Botanicals for You Stamp Set and the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty Card Collection. The background is a trimmed 4x6 UV resist card on which I stamped, then sponged in Pool Party and Calypso Coral.

Today, I made a much better version. If you want to see it. you'll have to come back this weekend for the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Glitzy Christmas!

We have a great Mattson Christmas full of treats and presents and love. After that, I decided to hibernate as I put my life back in order- laundry, cleaning, sleeping. I also found time for coloring and puzzles and movies! Now, I can focus on more fun: stamping. (I had to find my craft table under the piles of stuff.

I know it's past Christmas, but I had to wait until I gave this gift to show my fancy packaging:

I was inspired by the As You See It Challenge : Santa! I made it on time, but didn't post it as Christmas present making and cookie/candy creating took over. That's the beauty of these challenges, they are inspiring at any time.

I have had a goal of using up what I have as much as possible and using all of the tools that I have been blessed to be given after the fire. This bag was made using the Gift Bag Punch Board, which was super easy. Plus, no one else had this kind of bag at  my school for gifts! It's a one of a kind (I only had one piece of the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in red stripes left). I also used my Square Framelits on Basic Black. I just put both the larger and smaller square through the Big Shot at the same time! Easy peasy. The Ornate Tag Topper Punch on a spare piece of vellum (from the bag remnants) and added  Basic Black strip to write on with the Chalk Marker. For extra fun, I used the Snow Friends Framelits to cut out a Santa Hat from the Red Glimmer Paper and another after I Stamped in Real Red on Whisper White. I fuzzy cut the trim pieces and then Voila! I had a great tag.

The final touch was a bow with the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Basic Black.

I think this may have been the glitziest thing I ever created.

Shop quickly if you want some of the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, you can only buy it until January 4, 2016.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Dropping By to Say Hi!

It was a  big acorn year this year. Did you know that some years oaks have a bigger drop of acorns than others? I love these little acorns:

I learned that it was better to stamp the sentiment before embossing the paper. Otherwise, it looks a little goofy.  I like the mix of patterns on this card and these cute little acorns. I hope to still play with this stamp set as it will be available during the Occasions Catalog sales period. 

I found the color combination online and had my Facebook friends vote their favorite. They liked the other colors better, until they saw my card!

A big winner was Sangria with Plum and Berries next in line. I'll have to work on those for my next cards.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Festival of Tags

Tags with Trees. I like adding tags to my gift bags. I hate wrapping. But I do it for kids and Don. The joy of watching them open a package is pretty cool.

As you prepare for the Christmas, are you wrapping today? If so, here's a little inspiration for your packages:

I just stamped trees on 2 inch strips of Whisper White Cardstock. I used the Tag Topper Punches at the top and the Curvy Corner Punch at the bottom. I found that if you flip your tag over to do the other side, you get the same scallops. 

For a little flair, I added the Real Red & Garden Green 1/8" Striped Ribbon for an accent and to tie. I also added a little strip of Real Red Glimmer Paper. 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Serenity

I love Winter in Wisconsin. I love snow. I love being outdoors. I really loved looking outdoors living in the "country." Until I return to the country living I love, I will have to stamp my serenity.

I love those birch trees as a background. When I saw the trees in the White Christmas stamp set, I knew that I wanted to make a card with the deer and birds. I am a nature girl after all! 

Here are the tips I shared with my stampers:

1) Sponge first. (Can you see the tiny bit of Pool Party sponged in the background). 
2) Stamp Trees with the star (I put them on the same block).
3) Stamp Birds on branches. Color them with Real Red to make them stand out. (If a branch line is  through the bird, they disappear when you color). 
4) Add the deer. Make sure the feet cross the horizon line. (They disappear when colored with Soft Suede).
5) Use the Soft Sky marker to add snow dimension along branches and on the horizon lines. 
6) Add Smokey Slate Marker to the lines on the birch trees to make them more real). 
7) Add the snowflakes gently.
8) Add the Fine Tip Glue very carefully. It can run in a puddle (at least when I do it). 
9) Let Dry. Then layer the cards up. 

I like the simple elegance of this card. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poinsettia Tag

My Stampin' Celebration group wanted tags for December, so I went Barbara Style on this one. Well, a modified, Sara -Barbara Hybrid. I am sure the real Barbara Welch would have added more glitz.

This could also be placed on a cardfront, as it fits a standard 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 card. 
I used Whisper White Craft Ink on my Cherry Cobbler flowers. I like the way it popped! 

I made a how-to sheet for my stampers. Since they make 4 of each, they weren't impressed:

They liked the directions, but when they multiplied the punching by 4, they weren't excited. We even had a mid-punching session stretch.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lighthearted Thanks

Fall is very beautiful up here in Wisconsin. I love the colors. Fall is also the heart of my teaching and the toughest time of year for me to find time to play outside. Luckily, I get to drive through the Menominee Indian Reservation, one of the most beautiful places on Earth due to the Menominee Belief in sustainable forestry.  This card makes me think of the colors I love the most:

These leaves are so beautiful. I loved coloring them in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Cherry Cobbler. The Metal Rimmed Pearls add a perfect elegant touch to this card. 

I am also in love with the embossing folder, which is sadly, unavailable, at this point. Everyone else must have loved it too!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

had a very tasty nose"

Well, maybe not the original, but his one for sure is yummy.

It was tricky to get a good picture of this guy, but he is really cute in person. 

I used the Curvy Keepsake Die as my base in Soft Suede (although Crumb Cake also works). I found the flap that tips inward is the better flap for the face, or he looks goofy. The tiny tootsie pop was slide through a hole I punched with the 1/4" Handheld punch. The eyes are a 3/4" Whisper White Circle and a 1/2" Basic Black Circle. The mouth was made by punching a 1 3/4" Circle and then punching on the negative space to make a arc. The antlers are really branches from the Tree Builder Punch. 

I used the tag from the Curvy Keepsake Die out of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack. I added an Old Olive Snowflake from the Snow Flurry Punch. I used the Sentiment "Very Merry" from the And Many More Greetings Set in Cherry Cobbler. 

Cute and not as hard as it looks.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Party without a Cake is Just a Meeting

All meetings should have cake. Right?
(I took the past two months off from blogging to save my sanity. I have stamped, and will be catching up with you now! My family and myself are my first priority, then my students, then stamping, then the blog. I apologize that it gets the low priority status, but when I do post, you'll know it's good!)

Check out this SNEAK PEEK from the upcoming Occasions Catalog (available Jan 5). 

and the inside:

SOOO many great new products! You can check them out at the bottom of the post. I like the little details like a bit of glitter for frosting. I simply used the Fine Tip Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. For the cake, I used my Stampin' Markers to color directly on the stamp. I carefully added the sentiment on the cake and added the candles. 

See those little balloons? At the OnStage Premiere, where demonstrators got to see (and play) with new products in November), I fell in love with the Party Punch Pack. I love the little balloons. When you punch with these, you don't get the white outline. How cool.  

For the balloon strings, I cut a 3 inch piece of Two Tone Baker's Twine and pulled out the Melon Mambo strings. Then, I did this:

Now, the sketch: 

Join us at As You See It Challenges. They are a great place to start your stamping!

Happy Creativity!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Seasonal Snapshots at the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop

Three months ago, I was working on my New Catalog Blog Hop projects and my house started on fire. I lost a lot, but I am back! I am pretty excited to show you my projects for the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop, which I completed without a life changing incident. Bonus!

Click on banner to reach discussion forum.

You may have come from the previous stop by Paula with the Holly Jolly Greetings projects or you may be starting here. Either way, the plan is the same. "Hop" though a chain of 12 blogs to see 12 amazing products utilized by 12 amazing Stampin' Up! Demonstrators! Just click from one to the other in a big ol' loop!

I love the partnership of Stampin' Up! with Project Life, so I jumped on the chance to showcase the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Cards, accessory kit, and stamp set. 

Here's my first page- my nephew Tim and I along with my uncles and my dad at the Deer Shack, the hunting headquarters for the Mattson Family. I had to use the orange plaids and the maple leaves as well as the header labeled Family Tradition. All of it wraps up my favorite November event. Notice, there are no dead deer photos. Tim and I have yet to see anything let alone do anything with it. 

Next Up- Pumpkin Carving- My favorite October Event. 

My pictures were terrible. I think the Project Life Cards hide that, hopefully. I had to use those cute Jack-o-lantern faces. My favorite things!

I also use the cards creatively in a quick, easy 3D project. 

 found this chalkboard at Target's Dollar Spot for $3. I then just used mini glue dots to adhere the cards and fun stuff. I also add magnet to the back of the wood pieces so that I could reuse them on the fridge. The quote is pretty perfect,

The card on the right features a 1 1/4" strip from a 4x6 card and a 3x4 card matted on Whisper White. The base is a regular card base of Island Indigo. Easy, quick, cute. My favorite kind.

My last projects are just that- Easy, Quick, and Cute cards using the Project Life cards and accessory kit. Who doesn't need Easy, Quick, and cute cards during the busy holiday season?

Well, that's all I have for now. I will have more info on Monday on this blog if you need it. Until then, check out the rest of the hops starting with Rhonda at the Stamping Bunny.

or go backwards to Paula's blog

Happy Stamping! 


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thank-you Ombre

I created this card Saturday night, but haven't had time to share!

I was following along with As You See It Challenge that is a combination challenge, where certain elements are need to meet the challenge.  

I used the framelit for the Negative space, but I had a hard time lining it up, so I will not be doing that in a class that requires fast stamping! The ombre was fun to do. I just lined up  my ink pads and started with Soft Sky on the whole thing, then a little less on the ink pad of Pool Party, a little less stamp on the Bermuda Bay Ink Pad, and just a half inch or so of the stamp in Island Indigo.  I love the Whisper White Perfect Accents. Easy to add that extra little touch. 

What a fun challenge!

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fancy Picnic Place Settings

My sister is the queen of home entertaining. Really, Martha Stewart should follow her lead with big dinners and parties. When I dreamed up this project, I did so  to give her yet another idea (IE: Idea I'd have to do again for a theme party). I then decided it would make a unique addition to our Lily Ink Pad Retreat Pillow Gifts.


I found the wood plates and silverware online. The Designer Series Paper just happened to be in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog and the rest, as they say, is history.

The utensil pouches were made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Here's how:

I then put a fun folded napkin into the holder behind the silver wood ware. I added the Enjoy from the thinlits collection for fun. 

The long folded thing crosswise behind the utensils is not a napkin, but a paper placemat that I had planned to stamp. Then, I realized I didn't own the coordinating stamp set. So,  I fancy cut out the grapes and tomatoes and then adhered them on Old Olive and Basic Black Circles. I think they turned out pretty cool.

Lastly, I had some extra pieces so I made a few placemat holders. 

These could work for napkin rings, too, but I had placemats, not big napkins available.

Well, that's a fun project that didn't take too long to make. A small dinner party would take an hour or so to whip these up. 

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mint Watercolor Wings

I was grateful when I opened a package from a fellow demonstrator, and inside was the Watercolor Wings stamp set. I loved it and felt like I hadn't had enough time with mine before the fire.

This is what I designed last weekend:

I love that paper. Through the generosity of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends, I was given the paper  I used here, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper. I combined the ones with Mint Macaron in them to make these cards. I also found out that the other Very Vanilla/Mint Macaron flower pattern also looks great on this card.

As I cut the ribbon, I realized that the Venetian Crochet ribbon also looked pretty neat:

The corners make this card great. I used the Curvy Corner Trio punch. How easy and cool. I also used it to punch slots to put the Baker's Twine through to close the card.

The colors I used on the butterfly were a stamped off Mint Macaron for the base, a full strength Mint Macroon, and then the new Basic Black Archival Ink. So beautiful.

I scored the regular 5 1/2" by 8" card base at 1 1/2" from the right side at 5 3/4" to make my fun fold.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

September 2015 DIY Stampin' Celebration Kits available!

Happy September! The new DIY Stampin' Celebrations Project Kit is now available $18!
Check out this month's cards:

In your project kit you will receive:

  • 3 different card kits, with all the the pre-cut card pieces and accessories for you to complete 4 cards of each design.
  • An instruction sheet that gives basic tips and tricks to finish your cards. Pictures of each card will be included to help you duplicate the card. 
  • Die cutting, shape punching, and texture embossing will be completed for you (without stamped images). 
  • Note: In the butterfly card, you'll get two different colors of Designer Series Paper and two kinds of lace. 
You will not receive:
  • Adhesive. It doesn't mail well.
  • Stamped images are NOT included in the card kits in order to comply with Stampin' Up! copyright/angel policy. You may purchase stamp sets in at or you can substitute images you own.
Other important info:
  • US Mailing Addresses Only
  • Available while supplies last
  • All sales are final
  • Kits are available on or around the first Friday of each month. 
To order, you can pay via paypal:

You can order the stamp sets I used by clicking on the pictures below to go to my store.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Thanks for them Apples!

Anyone get my Good Will Hunting Reference in my post title? Probably not, it's a pretty lame one. I love the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set, not only because it's the one that Stampin' Up! donates money to my favorite charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities for every purchaser, but because sooooo mannnnnnyyyyy cards can be made with it. I love the tree and had to fight the ice cream cones and cupcake images in my head to use it well. I wanted a quick and simple card to go with the two more detailed cards for this month's Stampin' Celebrations, so this one is just that: QUICK. SIMPLE. CUTE.

Apples don't really come in bunches, but the sentiment didn't say Thanks a Bushel, so I went with it. I need Thank-you cards, and this looks pretty cool from a teacher, huh? It could also be sentimentless or a birthday card. Whatever the stampers' heart desires.

I used the Farmer's Market Designer Series Papers that had the Cherry Cobbler and the Crushed Curry had a quilt pattern. It seemed to just fit right with my images. I love how things coordinate in Stampin'  Up!

This card will be a part of September's DIY Stampin' Celebrations Card Kit. You'll get ordering information on my blog on Thursday. 

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Snowman or Penguin?

Which is cuter? Which is the better image for stamping? What's more popular? And more importantly, which one should I use today? That was the big question this morning, so what to do? Ask my Lily Ink Pad Facebook friends. Penguins had an early lead, but snowmen pulled out for the win. However, I couldn't wait that long, so I made the same card with both images:

First, the penguin:

and now, the snowman:

Those trees are green foil, but in no way that I tried photographing them, did they show more than the last photo. In person they are green foil and pretty. 

I still can't decide which one I like better! I love the bowtie on Mr. Penguin, but I also love the top hat and buttons on Mr. Snowman. Good thing I no longer have to choose! I made both. My Stampin' Celebrations stampers will have the chance to also choose. 

This sketch came from my favorite challenge, As You See It! There's still time to play along!

If you love this card, check back later this week when I put this month's DIY Stampin' Celebrations Kit on sale. 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Celebrate a Crafting Retreat

Time to celebrate our 7th Retreat at Over the River and Threw the Woods Retreat with a fun addition to the pillow gifts this time:

I found these bottles at a local craft store and then decided to fill them with Salt Water Taffy. Then, I realized that the straws didn't fit anymore, so I cut a paper straw for my flag. I snuck the real straw inside the goody bag. 

The Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper was perfect and I just played with the Triple Banner Punch, the Cherry on Top Washi Tape was perfect for the top of the bottle. The Stars were from the new Star Punch and the old Itty Bitty Accents Punch for the little stars.

I wasn't sure what my theme for these would be until the As You See It Challenge was released last week. Guess what the theme was? CELEBRATE! So, that made me realize that I wanted that at the theme for my milk bottles!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cottage Greetings Birthday, My Way

As I wrote before, kits are great for convenience, but I like to play with them. Here is my latest creation:

I started by trying to make a circle frame with the wood. I punched a 2 1/2" Circle and tried to hand cut the frame. DISASTER! I then had the inner circle on the table and realized it fit exactly inside the wreath piece.  I then added a 2" Circle of the Mint Macroon with the silver dots. I next added this to the Crush Curry Striped Background. I needed a sentiment, so I used the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set to make this into a birthday card!

Such fun! 

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