Happy Christmas Card Day!

Happy Christmas Card Day! 


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On this date in 1843, the world's first Christmas card was ordered to be produced by Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

From the Bath Chronicle:

He commissioned John Calcott Horsley to design two cards, a coloured example that cost people sixpence, and an uncoloured version for fivepence.

The uncoloured one, depicting a Victorian family eating and drinking, was sent to a lady called Marinda Cundy, and has been passed down through the family since that Christmas 170 years ago.


DIY Christmas Gift Packaging

DIY-Christmas-Gift- PackagingFor today's project, we have a sweet gift packaging idea for the Christmas gift featured on the previous blog post.  I love these acetate boxes!  You could even stuff it with candy or other sweet treats.  

I used the the color theme on the cards to pull the coordinating embellishments from my supplies.  The foil paper is beautiful and really adds a classy touch.  Several more of these will be made for holiday gift giving.

Let's take a look at today's video for the easy how-to.

Click HERE to see the Christmas Gift Packaging Video Tutorial on You Tube.

Here are the supplies used in today's gift idea project.  Just click the links to shop!

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***If your order totals $150 or more before tax and shipping, do not use the code.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! and I will still send your gift!

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Click HERE to see the Christmas Gift Packaging Video Tutorial on You Tube.

Diy-christmas-gift-packaging-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the designer paper for the belly band at 2" x 12".
  • Use Glue Dots to attach the embellishments...super easy!
  • If you haven't tried the Stampin' Up! Foil Sheets, get some now! These are beautiful and add a "wow" to any project.
  • The Year End Sales event continues with many retiring supplies that are available only while supplies last!  Shop now!

Thanks for checking in for today's Christmas gift packaging project and if you're free tonight, join me LIVE on Facebook here---> Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown...see you then!


DIY Christmas Gift Idea...Handmade Cards!

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As a card maker, you have the skill to create beautiful DIY Christmas gifts...Handmade cards!  What a thoughtful, heartfelt, and useful gift!

In today's project video,  you'll see a set of four handmade thank you cards that would make a great gift.  With the help of beautiful Stampin' Up! papers and tool, this card set can be created, start to finish, in less than an hour!

Let's take a look at the video and you'll see just how easy it is.

Click Here to see the this card making video on You Tube.

Here are the supplies used in today's gift idea project.  Just click the links to shop!

Current Host Code: HHQMC6PW

Use the Host Code when placing your online order with me and I'll send a little thank you gift in the mail. 

***If your order totals $150 or more before tax and shipping, do not use the code.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! and I will still send your gift!

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Diy-christmas-gift-2017-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut four card bases of Thick Whisper White card stock; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Cut four, 5 1/4" x 4" pieces of the designer paper.
  • Cut a piece of  Whisper White card stock at 4" x 5" for stamping and embossing.
  • Cut a piece of Champagne Foil at approx 4" x 6" and run through the Big Shot with embossing folder. Now it's ready for punching!

Diy-christmas-gift-2017Stay tuned!  In the next blog post, I'll be sharing the decorated box that I made to finish off this gift...see you then!


No Limit on Reservations!

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The second Reservation Window for the Stamparatus opens at 2:00 PM, Mountain Time on December 5th and continues through December 30th.

This time, all reservations will be taken.  You must have an online account, a credit card, and email address on file to reserve.
 
These will not ship before some time in March but the earlier you reserve yours, the earlier it will ship.  You will not be charged until you hear from Stampin' Up! via email that it is in your cart and ready for you to order.  Limit one per customer.
 
Visit the Online Store to reserve your Stamparatus!
***Shipping Begins March 19, 2018. Depending on the number of reservations received, Stampin' Up!  may stagger available-to-ship dates. You will receive additional communication once you place your reservation.

More about this new tool...

A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

  • Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can use larger paper
  • Multiple hinges for more placement options
  • 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with
  • 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer
  • 1 base with grid
  • Magnet storage area
  • See more HERE.

How to Reserve a Stamparatus

  1.  Create a Stampin’ Up! online store account if you do not have one.
  2. Once the reservation window is open (December 5–30), go here, then click the large

    Stamparatus Reserve Now banner ad.

  3. The ad will take you to the reservation app.

  4. Follow the steps below to reserve your Stamparatus using the reservation app.

Important reminder: In order to access the reservation app, you must be logged in to your customer online store account.

STEP 1

Enter your credit card information.

STEP 2

Click reserve.

STEP 3

A confirmation email will be sent to your inbox.

NOTE:

If you want to cancel, click cancel and your reservation will be removed from the system.

Reserve your Stamparatus now and get your hands on this fabulous stamp positioning tool as soon as possible!

 


Make a Christmas Nutcracker Treat

2017-diy-christmas-treat-nutcracker-1Today's Christmas Nutcracker Treat is a remake of a candy wrap shared a few months ago.  If you're looking for an easy stocking stuffer treat, here's an idea! Featured is the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper that is retiring from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. The Nutcracker is fussy cut (and, very easily, I might add) from the paper and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set.

Let's take a look at the how-to video.  You'll be able to see how easily that you can transform this project for the holidays!

Click here to see this Holiday Treat Box video on You Tube.

2017-diy-christmas-treat-nutcrackerLisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper to 4 /12" x 3 1/2". 
  • Score on 4 1/2" side at 1 1/2", 2", 3 1/2", and 4".
  • Turn and score at 3" for box bottom.
  • Fussy cut a Nutcracker from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.
  • You'll need a scrap of Red Glimmer Paper for the punched piece and a bit of Whisper White to stamp and punch the sentiment.

Here is the list of supplies for today's makeover treat:

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Place an online order with me using the Host Code and receive a gift from me.  Please do not use the Host Code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! on your order and I will still send your gift!

Shop the Stampin' Up! Year End Sale! Retiring items available while supplies last!

It's a busy time of year but I'll continue to share easy projects and tips to help you craft your way through this joyous season! Thanks for checking in for today's Christmas Nutcracker Treat!

 


Just In Time for Your Holiday Crafting Now!

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Talk about good timing! The list for the  YEAR END SALES event from Stampin' Up! was published this morning with some items discounted and many available while supplies last!

​This sale features a selection of items that are last-chance and limited-inventory!  Included are retiring products from our wonderful Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

Now is the time get what you need to create some beautiful handmade holiday gifts, pretty holiday tags and packaging, home decor, and accents or favors for your holiday table and parties.
 
NOTE: In the past, embellishments and papers on this list tend to sell out quickly so please do not delay!
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Here are the details:
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Discounts apply to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2017 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Excess items from 2017 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Host sets can be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, retiring stamps will be available until December 21 (not accessories—accessories are only while supplies last).
Although this sale continues through January 2, 2018, items are not guaranteed through that date!  The online store will be updated as items sell out.
Questions? Please contact me!
 

Small Gift Bag for Christmas

 

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Instructions:
  1. Cut designer paper 6" x 8 1/2" and score with long side up- 3",4",7",and 8".  Turn and score at 1" and 4 1/2".  The 1" score is for the bag bottom.
  2. Cut off small rectangle formed by intersecting scores on bag bottom.  Assemble with Fast Fuse.
  3. Punch Old Olive with 1 1/2" Circle Punch and Real Red with Starburst Punch.
  4. Stamp deer front with Memento Black.  Color with Stampin' Blends. Die cut with Big Shot.  You'll have to trim around antlers with scissors.
  5. Adhere deer with Stampin' Dimensionals to Old Olive circle then these pieces to Real Red Starburst.
  6. Tie bows with two different ribbons then tie together with small piece of Real Red Ribbon. 
  7. Secure top of bag and ribbons with Gold Library Clip.

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Christmas Stockings for Home Decor and Gifts

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You can make some super cute Christmas stockings out of card stock for home decor, treats, or gifts with the Tags and Trimmings Wood Mount or Clear Mount Bundle.  This bundle includes an adorable stamp set, Tags and Trimmings, and the Trim Your Stockings Thinlit Dies from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

Combine with the Large Number Framelits Dies and you can make a sweet Advent Calendar!  These would make really cut ornaments for a child's tree, too!


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Let's take a look a video from the Stampin' Up! Home Office with some tips on using these thinlits.

See this Trim Your Stockings video with tips and tricks on You Tube HERE.

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As seen in the video, you can also use these dies to create a pillow box for any occasion!  But for now, use the Trim Your Stocking Thinlit Dies for gifts and home decor for this holiday season.  Shop online any time here in the Online Store.


Organization Tip for Card Makers and Paper Crafters

Cardstock-organization-tipAs a card maker and paper crafter, I'm sure you can relate to the idea of the need for organization regarding card stock.

Let's face it, we deal with a LOT of paper. Big pieces, small pieces, scraps (whatever you want to call it), you need some sort of organization if you plan on actually using it for a project, right?

Today's tip is a "Part 2" to our card stock cutting tip from earlier this month (see it here).  It will speak to the "method to the madness" and you all know what I'm talking about there.  

Let's take a look at the video and maybe it will spark an idea for your space/closet/area where you create.  Let's give it a whirl...

 

See this organizational tip for card makers and paper crafters on You Tube HERE.

While this idea won't work for everyone, maybe it will be of help in what you can do to make your work and creating area more organized which in turn will help you be more productive.

The plastic storage drawers can be found at most big box stores or at Amazon at the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-ClearView-Storage-Drawer-Organizer/dp/B001KN12PI/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1511897330&sr=8-15&keywords=sterilite+storage+containers

I have some 12 x 12 stacking drawers to stack most of my full packages and 12 x 12 card stocks and designer papers.

For some beautiful storage options for papers, punches, inks, etc., visit the Stamp-n-Storage site. 

As a card maker and paper crafter, I hope you've found this information organization helpful and I hope you'll share with me your ideas that have proved helpful for you!


DIY Mini Gift Idea for Christmas

2017-christmas-gift-coffee-1Today's project is a DIY min gift idea for Christmas that would be a nice thinking of you gift for co-workers, neighbors, or friends.  It was inspired by another "coffee" project that was shared for Halloween.  This one is a bit less involved because we can all use quick and simple projects this time of year, right?

The original idea combined two of our Stampin' Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes but I think this single version is just as cute!  Let's take a look at the original videos and you can decide if you'd like the single or double version.  I'll share a few details about this single version below.  

 

See part 1 on You Tube HERE.

See Part 2 on You Tube HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Today's makeover version uses a single box that is assembled and with lid closed after the gift is tucked inside.
  • The strip of designer paper that surrounds the box measures 1 1/2" x 9".
  • You'll need approx 4"x 4" piece of designer paper to die cut cup and a thin piece of the Cherry Cobbler diagonal stripe in this collection to  die cut the straw.
  • A piece of vellum cut 2" x 2" should be big enough to die cut the lid and 3" x 3" piece of Crumb Cake to die cut the wrap.
  • Color your Rhinestones with a Stampin' Blends Marker!

 Here are the Stampin' Up! Supplies for today's project.  
If you are reading this on the day of posting, November  27, 2017, there is FREE SHIPPING with any Stampin' Up! order today ONLY through 11:59 PM, Mountain Time. Shop now here!

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Use this November Host Code: Y9GCXCBB when making a purchase in my Online Store.

Use the Host Code when shopping in the Online Store and receive a gift from me!
***IMPORTANT:  If the total of the products in your card is $150 or more, please do not use the code.
You will receive rewards from Stampin' Up! as you become the Host and I will still send your gift!

2017-christmas-gift-coffee-2Thank you for checking in for today's DIY mini gift for Christmas and you can count on more easy to make projects in the weeks ahead as we move toward the Holidays! 


CYBER MONDAY FREE SHIPPING on Any Stampin' Up! Order!

 

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TODAY! CYBER MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH FOR 24 HOURS ONLY!
FREE SHIPPING ON ANY STAMPIN' UP! ORDER!
 
 FREE SHIPPING on ANY order on Cyber Monday...TODAY, November 27th!
 
24 Hours ONLY!
 
AND...
Use the Host Code when shopping in the Online Store and receive a gift from me!

***If your total before tax is $150 or more,
please do not use the code. 

You will qualify for rewards as the host as receive Rewards from Stampin' Up! on your order and
I will still send your gift from me!


Week Long Black Friday Sale Continues!

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Shopping this Weekend?

Take advantage of some of the super sales still going on in the Stampin" Up! Online Extravaganza!  Don't miss out on some great items that are still available.
 
Use Host Code Y9GCXCBB with your Online Order and receive a gift from me in the mail!
 
Have a great day and Happy Shopping!

Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card Ideas Video Tutorial #6

2017-stampin-up-christmas-card-idea-6Are you ready for the sixthin a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas card ideas?  I have found that the Year of Cheer Suite makes beautiful, clean and crisp  cards for Christmas.  And, the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper in that suite is so elegant and gorgeous and would be beautiful for wedding cards and decor as well.  You can see it in action HERE.

The Winter Wonder Embossing Folder makes a wow statement on this card.  The Whisper White is perfect, don't you think? And, for a beautiful accent that doesn't steal the show from the focal point, the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape adds a great border.

Let's take a look at the "how-to" video tutorial to assemble this 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Idea.

Click HERE to see the sixth in a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Ideas on You Tube.

Here is the Stampin' Up! supply list for today's Product List

 

 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Whisper White card stock: 4 1/4" x 11" and score at 5 1/2" and another piece at 4" x 5 1/4".  You'll also need a scrap piece for stamping and punching a 1" Circle.
  • Cut Vellum strip 3/4" x 3".
  • Optional: Add a Rhinestone to the middle of the snowflake. Rhinestone Basic Jewels [144220]
  • Tip:  I love using Soft Suede Classic Ink when working with accent metallics of gold, champagne, and copper.  When silver is your main metallic, I use Basic Black or Basic Gray.

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Place an online order with me using the Host Code and receive a gift from me.  Please do not use the Host Code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! on your order and I will still send your gift!

Hope you are enjoying the 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card series and you are inspired to create your holiday greetings this year!

 


24 Hour Flash Stamp Sale and Online Extravaganza

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We’re entering the “most wonderful time of the year,” and not just because of the holidays. For us, it’s because Online Extravaganza is starting Monday, November 20th! During this promotion, we will have exclusive deals and sales available for limited times.

Our first incredible offering of this promotion will be a 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza. Stamp Sale starts November 20, 12:00 AM and ends November 20, 11:59 PM. 

Click here to download the PDF with the list of all products on sale during the Online Extravaganza!

Here are the stamp sets that are 20% off for 24 hours only...November 20, 12:00 AM and ends November 20, 11:59 PM.

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ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA for all other items (excludes the above stamp sets) will be on sale through 11:59 PM,November 26th. 
The discount varies from item to item but range from 10%-50% off. 
Click through the links below to see the discounts or check out the flyer HERE!

 

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Items offered based on inventory and availability. Paper Pumpkin items only available while supplies last*.


*CLICK HERE to see the complete list!  Remember...stamps for Flash Sale on Monday, November 20th only!

If you have questions or if I can help you, please let me know. You may call or text me at the number in my blog banner above.  If calling, I will return your call ASAP. 


{NEWS FLASH} Info on the Stamparatus and an Upcoming Sale!

Some important news to share today so l'll get to the point!
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If you would like to reserve a STAMPARATUS and be in on the first shipment in February, you can go to the ONLINE STORE to reserve yours today beginning at 2:00 PM Mountain Time.
 
You must have an online account in the Online Store HERE to reserve a Stamparatus.
 
(Your credit card will not be charged until the product is available to ship from the Stampin' Up! warehouse.)
 
Here are some instructions that will be helpful--Click Here.
 
This reservation opportunity today will be open while supplies last.  There will be two more opportunities to reserve.  See the dates below:
Reservation Windows               Available to Ship
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018
If you have questions, please let me know. You may call or text me at the number below.  If calling, I will return your call ASAP. 
Lisa Brown
www.inkandinspirations.com
409-719-2853
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And, I wanted to give you a "heads up" on an upcoming sale beginning Monday, November 20, 2017!
  • 24 Hour Flash Sale- Monday, November 20th!
    Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza. Stamp Sale starts November 20 12:00 AM and ends November 20 11:59 PM.
    LINK TO LIST OF STAMPS ON SALE IS BELOW!*

  • ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA for all other items (excludes stamp sets) will be on sale through 11:59 PM,November 26th.
    *CLICK HERE to see the complete list!  Remember...stamps for Flash sale on Monday, November 20th only!
  • Use the Host Code when shopping in the Online Store and receive a gift from me!
    Use this November Host Code: Y9GCXCBB when making a purchase in my Online Store.

Please let me know if you have questions or if I can help you...have a great day!