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!

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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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