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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Happy Creativity!

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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Happy Stamping!

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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Happy Creativity!


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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Happy Creativity! 


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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Happy Creativity!


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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Happy Creativity!

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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Happy Creativity!


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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Happy Creativity!


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!



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