Sunday, January 31, 2016

You are Tea-riffic!

Q: What does an experienced stamper do when her stampin' table is covered in leftover trapezoidal slices of Designer Series Paper?

A: Make a starburst card!

This card is a special one-of-a kind card. How cool is that?

I used both sides of the same Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper. One side has the Melon Mambo flowers and the other has the Daffodil Delight Lemons. I used my leftovers from the previous card by cutting them into triangles and adhering them to my base. I then trimmed the edges.  

The cup was stamped in Melon Mambo and then used the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies to cut it out. The steam was out of Whisper White, but added a Wink of Stella Clear layer. 

To ground my cup, I added a doily and to decorate my cup, I added the It's My Party Enamel Dots. 


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Citrus Sweetness

To brighten a cold winter day, here's some gratitude in the form of a fun card:

and the inside:

The stamp set is called Apple of My Eye, but I used citrus, to go with my lemons from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack. The dotted texture is from the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, which I am so happy is available in the 2016 Occasions Catalog. 

To make the background, I cut the paper on an angle. I don't measure the angle, I measure the side lengths. Basically, I cut the paper at 4 1/4 and 3" for the yellow and 1 1/4" and 2" for the lemons. If I place a little pencil dot on those measurements, I just lay my cardstock on my cutter so I make a straight line between my measurements. Next, I use my 2" Circle punch to cut out the half circles. 

Did you notice the little yellow dots? They are It's My Party Enamel Dots on page 6 of the Occasions Catalog. You got 96 dots for $4. That's a deal.. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Be Mine Lacy Heart

This card came from me not wanting to remove my heart from the cardstock I was cutting it out of. I realized, "Hey, that looks pretty just like that!" and "It stays inside like a puzzle." So, here it is:

WOW. I made something pretty with a dash of pink and I survived.

I used the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack pattern with the Blushing Bride heart flowers and the Bloomin' Heart thinlit dies to cut out the flowers to adhere to my lacey front. A touch of Basic Pearls adds some dimension. I fussy cut the Be Mine sentiment, but any of the sentiments in set work. 

Inside, I stamped the flower bases in Blushing Bride and the outlines in Rose Red. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Going Places Card Details

In order to not have the blog hop be really, really, long, I am giving you all the details today! Enjoy.

First Up:

 I did stamp the Sentiment twice and use my papersnips to cut out the banner and adhered it with a Dimensional (of course).  I used a Lost Lagoon Marker to color the banner and then added a Wink of Stella layer using the Clear brush. I couldn't get it to be flashy in my photo, but you can kind of tell. I also used a little Wink of Stella brush line to connect the hearts. I haven't been buying ribbon much, although I had some Basic Black I could have used. Instead, I love using the Going Places Designer Series Paper patterns as ribbon. I carefully cut the black arrow pattern so that just one layer of arrows appeared. 

Second Up:

The inside picture has poor exposure, but it does show how I used the same DSP as the outside on the inside to make my star punch outs stand out. Other than that, it's just layers. Easy and cute. Love it. 

Third Up:

I love this saying, because I do have the "World's Best Dad." and he will love the over the top nature of my card. 

I couldn't take a picture that showed how much I love this card. When it lies flat, the whole world looks as one. Then, as it opens, the world pops out. I love it. The top and bottom strips of DSP were a new way of accenting a card for me. I don't usually add borders, but I like it here. 

Oh! I almost forgot. That banner was custom made. The Banner Framelit in the Circle Card Framelits wasn't long enough, so I used my acrylic plate halfway and only cut part of the banner at a time:

I just made sure that the top acrylic plate went only as far as I wanted to cut. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop 2016: Going Places

Welcome to the 2016 Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop. This is one of eight stops showcasing projects created with products from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog.

You may have come from Rhonda's blog featuring Rose Garden/Wonder Bundle or, if traveling backwards, Yapha's blog featuring Bear Hugs Bundle. Either way, you are here at Lily's Ink Pad and I am featuring The Going Places Product Suite, which includes a very awesome stamp set called Going Global including the world, a compass, the Big Dipper, and some love-ly sentiments. The Going Places Designer Series Paper has coordinating patterns, but also some great oil/paint art. Finally, there is a World Map on the World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I decided to start with some cards. I like clean and simple layouts with cute details. I think I met my goals with this one:

I used the Confetti Hearts Border Punch to make my map markers. Really the love of my life lives within my apartment, but this would be good if I go to another Stampin' Up! event in Utah! 

My next card uses the Confetti Stars Punch. I had to, right?

Again, this is a great valentine, but without that pink color! I love the star paper. I added a  little Wink of Stella on some of the stars, but the sparkles aren't showing up in my photo.

My next project is the result of me falling in love with the Going Places Designer Series Paper and wanting to make a multimedia project:
My nephew took this photo when he was in Paris two summers ago on a school trip. I plan to give it to him for his birthday in February. I basically colored a canvas and decoupaged with modge podge. I stamped the globe and compass and punched them out and added them for fun. I had wanted to distress it more and add more layers of paint, but I couldn't bear to cover up more of the paper!

My final card was designed because I knew I wanted to use the sentiment: World's Best Dad. 
More details and bigger pictures will be posted on my blog this week. Basically, I used the Circle Card Framelits for my base. I also used the Circle Card Framelit to cut out a matching piece that I had used the World Traveler Textured Embossing folder on. That way, I had a texture layer and and a plain layer. The rest is pretty simple to see. I will show you more tips next week!

That's all I got! I ain't got no more! It's time for you to travel forward to Yapha's Blog with the Bear Hugs Bundle or you can go backwards to Rhonda's blog for Rose Garden/Wonder Bundle. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I'm Lost Without You

Who knew a travel/masculine colored Stampin' Up! suite could create love cards?  Stampin' Up! artists did! Check this out:

We made the base at the November OnStage Event. I added it to an Island Indigo card back, wrote a sappy love note in it and put it in Bubba's luggage for his trip to DC near Christmas. 

The background was made by brayering the World Traveler Textured Embossing Folder with Sahara Sand ink and then adding some stamped images in the same ink. The Globe image wast stamped in Island Indigo on a Lost Lagoon Swirled piece of Designer Series Paper. The rest is adding layers. 

Want to see more projects with this suite? Join me Friday through Sunday, January 22-24 for the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop.  My product suite is Going Global and I've created some pretty amazing projects for you!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kindly Emboss Resist

Three weeks ago, I was experimenting with the Embossing Resist nature of the Project Life Cards for the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. I created this card and I loved it, but it does have a flaw.

The flaw? My stamped flowers are barely visible. I sponged over the Memories in the Making Project Life Specialty card too heavily. I still like the overall look, though. I used the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set Perfect Pairings and the Old Olive Designer Series Paper is from the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper. The flower punches are Blossom Bunch Punch and accented withe the Metal Rimmed Pearls.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bloomin' Love Be Mine

A traditional valentine is on the table today:

I was amazed when Stampin' Up! shared this heart with me in a Make-n-Take in November's OnStage event in Milwaukee. I'm not a frilly girl, but this heart framelit is cool.  It is especially cool because Stampin' Up! is offering a tool to make it easier to remove these intricate die cuts from the   framelit. 


The Big Shot Die Brush is amazing. You rub the bristles on the back of the die (and not softly) and it pops right out. At least, it pops out easier than they used to!

The heart was cut from a piece of the Bloomin' Love Designer Series Paper Stack and we stamped the flowers in Blushing Bride. I added the sentiment, the Rose Red mat and the card back. 

I love easy, but elegant cards!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Missing You Spring Tree

I'm not big into pink, but I was trying to design cards using the Love Blossom Designer Series Paper and this card is what I ended up creating. 

I made two versions: one with a tagged sentiment and one without, but with pearl accents. I never decided which one I liked better. What do you think?

I colored the tree with my markers. I just added some Rose Red accents and then Blush Blossom all around. It gave the tree a little life. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

You are Loved Candle

For my Secret Santa gift, I gave our new art teacher a "Get Recharged" kit from me. Included was a list of things to recharge over break, chocolate, artist canvas and cards for her to decorate, Bath and Body Works lotion and a candle. I couldn't leave the candle plain, so, of course, I decorated it:

The Bloomin' Heart Suite is perfect for Valentine's but also has a flower theme for spring. In this project, I used Rose Red Cardstock as my base, then added Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack in layers. The stamped images in Blushing Bride along the top of the oval come from the Bloomin' Love Stamp Set, but the lace and the sentiment are from the Grateful Bunch stamp set. The accents are from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit. For those that hate to tie bows, this kit is perfect. That bow is cute and perfect.

Here is one of the cards I created using PicMonkey, a free editing website. 

I figured that if needed, she could show it to whomever was questioning her doing nothing. We all need that sometimes!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Let's Celebrate Spring Birthdays!

During my Christmas Break, I had a facebook poll to determine some springy color combinations that people liked the most. This one won:

Here's what I created trying to use those colors. It turns out that the apricot color was hard to replicate, so I went with gold.

I used the Balloon Celebrations Photopolymer Bundle that includes the Balloon Punch for this card. For the balloon shading, I used the Wink of Stella brush in gold. I just painted it on the stamp and stamped. TIP: use less than you think. 

The sky background is actually a 4 x 3 piece of the Sale-a-bration only Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper. The watercolor look really makes the card pretty.

When I saw this stamp set at the OnStage Stampin' Up! Event as a preview for demonstrators I fell in love. I'll definitely be making more with it!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Making Memories Technique Cards: Stamped Emboss Resist and Window Curtains

I hope you enjoyed the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. Sale-a-bration starts on January 5th, so get your orders ready! If you need a catalog, email me a and I'll send you one. As soon as the catalogs go live, I will get a link here on my blog.

Until then, here are some more details on the two cards I shared. 


The Archival Black didn't wipe off of the embossed sections entirely, yet didn't fully stay on, but I like the effect of "shading." If I would have used another color ink that was dye based, the ink would have rubbed right off as it did where I sponged Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate. I also stamped some flowers from this set to look like leaves in Mint Macaron behind the bottom flowers. 

I decided the card needed a layer of fun, so added a background from the It's my Party Designer Series Paper Stack (available in the Occasions Catalog after January 5th). I used my Fine Tip Glue pen to add some pearls to the center of the In Color Blossom Accents. 

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I guess I am not really sure what kind of a technique this is, but I did so some fancy punch art with my Hearth and Home Framelits and cut an overlay in half. Fancy,

If you look closely, you'll see I made my own curtain rod from the long edge of an Early Espresso Window cut out by the Framelit and trimmed with my Paper Snips. I also added a chair rail. If you look very closely you can see a little score line in the middle. To make my chair rail, I cut a second window frame apart. I used an aquapainter with Mellow Moss and Old Olive on the tree and grass and Soft Sky for the sky. The wallpaper and paneling came from the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, which  is one of the Sale-a-bration products you can get for FREE with a $50 order. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Get Well Sooner

The sketch the past two weeks from As You See It Challenge was so very inspiring. I designed this card, used it for a swap, and my Stampin' Celebrations group this month.

My card:

The sketch:

I used my aquapainter and ink pads to color the images from the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set Flowering Fields. My main colors were Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Crushed Curry. The green is Mossy Meadow. However, it all lightened up when it dried. But it looks fabulous.

The layering on the sentiment is from the Handpicked framelits. I layered two of the picks and added some pearls.

By the way, I learned that the images in this stamp set are featuring South Pacific flowers, so that means I can color them any way I choose. Usually, if it's a flower I know, I have to color them botanically correct. I am free with these flowers!

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Making Memories Journal Book

I've been on a "take care of me" journey last year. It started wayyy before the fire in July, as a part of my day job. I've been learning about how trauma informed care practices can improve my teaching and student learning. Within that, I've found my soft side or the blue side if you like the True Colors Personality Test. Our health coach at my school district challenged us to a Good Times Journal to celebrate gratitude as a way of taking care of ourselves. She made a little copy paper stapled book, but I decided to amp it up with my Project Life and make it into a happy journal-not a sappy Dear Diary journal and not a 365 scrapbook, but a book just for me.

I started by building a cover. I forgot to order the 6x8 Project Life Book on my last order, so I didn't have one to use or I would have. Instead, I cut some chipboard from the Glimmer Paper I had in my stash to 6 1/2 x 8 1/2. I used Tear and Tape Adhesive on Sale-a-Bration Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (which is only a Sale-a-bration item until Feb 15). 

I used a sanding block to sand the edges of the book and my crop-a-dile to punch holes to hold the Project Life Variety Pack 6" x 8" Photo Pocket Pages. For the front cover, I decided to go with a Project Life feel with my card choices. 

I added accents using the Making Memories Accessory Kit. I stamped the little flowers in Basic Black on the bottom card and the Love in the Heart using the coordinating stamp set. 

I then filled the pages up with cards that worked together, leaving the cards blank. Here are some examples:

I realized that If I didn't have a base, I wouldn't find this functional. I wanted this to be something I started and used, so I knew once school started again, I'd need to have a good start. 
Next, I decided to fill some pages with pictures of things I love to make me smile every day.

I added the daily journal/3 things around some of the pictures.

I printed the pictures on my home printer on photo paper. 

I love these pages as they are from our summer vacation, post-fire. I used pink and it works here because I could balance it with Pool Party.

These two pages show the pictures, plus the journaling, plus the combination of the Sale-a-bration Project Life Specialty Cards. The end result- pretty cool. At least to me.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop 2015: Memories in the Making Project Life Speciality Card Collection

Welcome to the third stop of the Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop 2016 where I will feature the Memories in the Making Project Life Speciality Card Collection. For those of you new to this hop, you can either go forward to Yapha's brilliant use of the stamp set Perfect Pairing or go backwards to see Krystal's beautiful work with the What I Love stamp set All of the products featured can be your for FREE with a $50 US  purchase from your local demonstrator. 

I am in love with Project Life and have had THE MOST FUN playing over my winter break with these cards. I hope you enjoy my projects as much as I enjoyed making them. 

First up, is a traditional use of Project Life cards in a kind of scrapbook, but really, I call it a journal as I use it daily to document 3 things that were good about the day and how it made me feel as a way of reflecting and slowing down each evening. As a papercrafter, I couldn't just use a blank notebook, so I made my own journal using my Project Life Inserts. I had to create my own cover out of chipboard, because I forgot to order a Project Life 6 x8 album. 

The Memories in the Making Project Life Speciality Cards coordinate with the Memories in the Making Project Life Kit and Accessories Kit featured in the new Occasions Catalog. I decided to use both to create a base for my daily journal and fill it with things that make me happy. 

I used overlays on the top left cover where I added the black frame over the Project Life card. In the middle spread, I used an overlay of stars on the left page, but on the right page, I used a sponge to color an emboss resist card with Watermelon Wonder to add some color to the page.  In the Bottom spread, I used 4x6 overlays over the photo of me, my niece, and nephew and the heart overlay for my hubby. Come back next week for more on the other details.  For now, we have to move on to an idea I'm proud of:
I've been coloring for fun and to get better at it for cardmaking, but I never new what to do with them when I was finished. Now that I have my daily journal, I realized I could cut the pictures to 6x8 and then slide them into the full page protectors. It looked too plain when I did so. I combined two card kits to add overlays. I used the scallops on the top and the dots on the bottom. In the center, the cool gold circles fit perfectly. I added a few sequins with my fine tip glue pen and a label using a strip of an embosses resist card colored with my Wink of Stella Brush, and Voila! I had a pretty cool page!

Finally, I made two cards using two different techniques. 

I stamped Just for You from the Botanicals for You Sale-a-bration set using Basic Black. I then, used a sponge to add Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate to make the flowers on the Emboss Resist card pop. A ribbon and flowers for an accent, and I have a cute card. 

My final card shows how crazy my brain can think when holding products in my hands. The one overlay just reminded me of a sheer curtain so I created this:

I simply cut a 2 x 3 small overlay card in half and adhered it to my curtain rod. My favorite view out a window is trees! 

I hope you enjoyed your quick stay here at Lily's Ink Pad for the 2016 Stampin' Addicts Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. You can now click forward to go to Yapha's Perfect Paring Projects or backward to Krystal's What I Love beauties. Happy Hopping!

Come back next week if you want more details. I'll be featuring these projects on odd days. 

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