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February 2017

Make An Easter Triangle Treat Box

Triangle-easter-treat-boxThese triangle boxes are just the right size for treats this Easter.  It's just the right size to hold a few  wrapped chocolate eggs or miniature candy bar.

The Inside the Lines Designer Paper is so pretty for spring and you can still earn it for FREE with a $50 product purchase.  You can just color parts of it as in this project and it highlights a particular section making a striking focal point.  Here's another card with just a pop of color using Inside the Lines.

I've recorded a video so you can see how easy it is to make one of these little boxes.  It's a fun shape and fun to open. Let's take look at the tutorial below.

Check out the supply list below and read on for some more details that may help you...

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Blender Pens
$10.00

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut paper 3" x 6" and score at 3" on the long side.
  • Make a tick mark at 1 1/2" on each short side.
  • You'll just need a scrap piece of Whisper White and Gold Foil for the punched circles.

Triangle-easter-treat-box-2Hope you enjoyed today's Easter Treat Triangle Treat Box and I'll see you on Monday... have a great weekend!


Something Exciting for April's Paper Pumpkin

Pp_sara-promo_blog-post-headerExciting news! The April Paper Pumpkin kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sara Douglass. Her style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” which is exactly how she described the kit. Discover creativity through the eyes of our CEO while having an experience that is uniquely YOU! Get ready to embrace your inner artist and skip to the fun with Sara.

 As if a kit designed by Sara is not reason enough to sign up, there’s more! Every kit will include a FREE gift! We’re keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it.

What do you need to do? It’s simple—sign up at HERE by April 10. And if you’re already a subscriber, now would be a great time to grab a few extra kits by increasing your monthly quantity—just sayin’.

Learn more about the kit from Sara herself in the video below.

It's so much fun to receive a surprise kit in the mail every month.  I can't wait to see this kit with the extra surprise from Sara. 

Sign up now for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month pre-paid subscription and receive Sale-A-Bration rewards on your order!  Just click the links below:

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Projects vary from card kits, project/3D kits, or home decor projects.  Here's the March kit...

So adorable,fun to assemble and give away!  Sign up before April 10, 2017, to get the exciting April Paper Pumpkin designed by Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up! CEO.


Just Announced: More Sale-A-Bration Choices!

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Only a few days are remaining during Sale-A-Bration and Stampin' Up! has just announced that they have added additional products for you to earn!  Don’t forget you have until March 31 to earn these free products!

See the list below or the flyer HERE!

*Important: Please note, to receive one of the Sale-A-Bration final day’s products for free, you will need to use the item code noted below and not the regular item code.

 

Item Number Description
147361 2016-2018 In Color 8-1/2” x 11” Cardstock
147365 Party Animal Designer Series Paper
147363 Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper
147364 Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper
147362 Party Animal Designer Washi Tape
147360 Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
147356 Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
And, it's not too late to qualify for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration in April!
Conveniently shop anytime in the Online Store HERE.
Or, you may call or email me with your order.  See contact below.
Please let me know if I can help you...
Have a great day!

Beautiful Card for Our Daughter's Birthday

Succulent-garden-springtime-daughter-birthday-cardToday is our youngest daughter's birthday and this is her card made with the beautiful So Succulent Bundle.  This set continues to amaze me with its versatility.  It works for so many of those occasions that you may need a card as well as for really pretty home decor items.  This is just one of many cards that I've made with these succulents.

Notice how you can see the detail of the succulents in the card above?  All is takes is a few Stampin' Dimensionals to raise some of those die cut images and your card goes 3D!  That's fun and easy!

See the card that inspired this one in the video from the past below.  It's a "foxy" card!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Base is 4 1/4" x 1" in Mint Macaron.
  • Designer Paper is cut 4" x 5 1/4".
  • The designer paper strip is cut at 3/4" x 4".
  • Some scrap pieces of Whisper White  were used for stamping and die cutting.

Here are the supplies used for today's birthday card makeover.

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Supplement-garden-springtime-daughter-birthday-card-bYou can make your own succulent garden these supplies!

Try creating a birthday card like today's makeover for your next project and I'll see you again soon.


The Case of the Missing Stamps

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
​It's early Friday morning and very quiet even though the family's all here.  My husband is "under the weather", poor dear, but everyone else is doing fine and looking forward to spending a few days together.
Most of you know that we spend a lot of time here at our cabin in the Ozarks.  Moving many of my crafting (and, sewing) supplies back and forth between here and Texas is what takes up most of the space in our vehicle when we travel, as you can imagine.   Well, day before yesterday while setting up my studio, I realized the box with all of my Occasions Catalog stamp sets was not to be found. My husband assured me that he had unpacked all my bags and placed those in my studio,
Oh my goodness! 
I hoped they were 540 miles away back in Texas. So I called my sweet mom and dad and they went over to my house to search for the missing stamps which were nowhere to be found.  I was just a little frazzled.
I had planned to do a Facebook LIVE broadcast on Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group and Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown that night.  But, for the projects planned, I needed---you guessed it---the stamps that were in that box.
So, I had to think fast and design a project with the stamps that I DID have in my studio and  the card in the video below was created.  I recorded a shorter version for you but you can catch the original recording of the LIVE version HERE.
 
After that LIVE video, my husband asked if I had "found" the box. 
"No...{sigh}..., and it's not in Texas either."
"What did the box look like"?
I described the box and he said he had not unpacked anything like that. (Oh my...)
"Let's go look again...I'll check the boxes with my things".
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As a stamper and paper crafter, you have to understand the relief!  Lots of fun (and, investment) tucked in that one little box. 
In the whole scheme of things, this was not a problem...I realize that.  And, it reinforces the fact that no matter what life throws at you, there's a way through it.  We just need believe and trust.
Have you ever misplaced or "lost" some of your crafting supplies?  Share your story with us in the comment section below!
There are still a couple of more weeks of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn some fun products for free with a qualifying purchase.
Here are the supplies used in today's project:
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Hope you have a great weekend and have some time to craft.
Enjoy your day!

Easy Fold DIY Gift Box Video Tutorial

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Today's project is a Easy Fold DIY Gift Box.  You'll love how easy this box is to assemble as you'll see in the video tutorial.  

Giving a gift in adorable handmade packaging makes it all the more special.  Your friends and family will love it! You'll start with one piece of designer paper or card stock, make a few scores and folds, and put it all together with some of our awesome Stampin' Up! Adhesive. 

Speaking of scores, if you don't have the Simply Scored Scoring Tool in your stash of tools and supplies, you'll want to get one to make all of your cute 3D projects and boxes in a snap!

Let's take a look at today's video tutorial...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper at 9" x 5 1/2"
  • On the short side, score at 1" from both sides.
  • On the long side, score at 1" and 4" from both sides.

You'll also want to check out this easy tw0-piece gift box HERE.  It's a cute one, too.

Easy-fold-diy-gift-box-3-15-17bHere is the Stampin' Up! list that was used to make today's project.

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Don't forget the Simply Scored Scoring Tool!

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Are you ready to start creating?  Let me hear from you!  Comment below with your favorite time of the day to create...inquiring minds want to know. ;)  Now get ready to create these easy fold DIY gift boxes and delight your family and  friends!


Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: About Stamping Sponges

Sponges.blog-post-imageGood morning and welcome to this week's tip about Stamping Sponges.  After receiving a question regarding the sponges from a You Tube viewer, I decided to address the inquiry in this weekly format.

Stamping sponges are simple, low tech tools that can produce dramatic results in your cardmaking  and paper crafts.  Pair these with our Stampin' Up inks and you can create beautiful works of art.  Whether sponging edges of a die cut, card stock layer, or card base, you'll add a touch of unexpected color.

The question presented was regarding cleaning or washing of Stamping Sponges.  Take a look at today's video for my take on this...

Stamping Sponges and Stampin' Up! Ink Pads are a great combo.  See your options below and click the links for more information.  Shopping today?  Let me know if I can help you!

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Do you have a method for cleaning and/or organizing sponges?  Never tried sponging or prefer to not sponge?  Let  Leave a comment below and let us know.  A Random drawing will choose someone for me to send a "spongy" card in the mail!

Thanks for tuning in for today's Tuesday Tip about sponges and I'll see you in the next post!


Makeover Monday- Make A Cute Card for a Friend

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Anytime is a good time to send a cute card to a friend and this week's Makeover Monday is a cute card you can make with the Hey Chick Sale-A-Bration stamp set. 

This one goes together easily with the help of designer paper and a strip of washi tape.  The cute hen is watercolored easily with an aqua painter and our Stampin' Up! ink pads. 

Let's take a look at the cheery card that inspired today's card making creation.  Watch below or you can see it here on You Tube.

Here is the supply list for today's Hey Chick cardmaking makeover.  Notice the price of "Hey Chick" below?  $0.00!  That's right!  You can only get this set as a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice with your $50 product purchase! (Price is before shipping and tax.)

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Glue Dots
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Make-a-cute-card-for-a-friend-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card Base is cut 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
  • Designer paper pieces cut at 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" and 3 x 3 1/2".
  • Thick Whisper White for stamping cut at 2 3/4" x 3 1/4".

Hope today's makeover inspires you to make a cute card for a friend ...see you again soon!



A Matchbook for Easter?

Matchbook-Easter-treat-2017aThis little matchbook makes a cute little wrap for an Easter treat.  I think it's just the right size for a Ghirardelli chocolate but I dare not buy any because I LOVE chocolate!  Anyway, a little basket full of these would be so cute on your table this spring.  Be warned, though! Chocolate lovers in your family may not be able to resist.

You can cut several of these from one sheet of card stock and with a few scores, it can be assembled in a few minutes.  The Succulent Framelits have several dies that will enable you to make all kinds of flowers including the ones you see here.

Let's take a look at today's video tutorial and you can see how easy these little matchbooks can be!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Mint Macaron base to 5 1/2" x 2". 
  • Score at 2 1/4" and 4 7/8".
  • Cut designer paper to 2 1/8" x 1 7/8" and 1/2" x 1 7/8".
  • Use a little SNAIL adhesive to hold your treat inside the matchbook.

Want to make this cute little Easter matchbook?  Here's the Stampin' Up! Supply List.

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Try these little matchbooks for Easter this year and have fun sharing sweet treats!


Make a Pretty Floral Easter Card

Make-a-sweet-Easter-card-2017It's not too early to be thinking about making pretty floral Easter cards, right?  The Oh So Succulent Stamp Set and Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper burst with springtime goodness in color and pattern.

The sentiment for this greeting is from the Suite Sentiments stamp set from Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  Crafters, it's a must have for your collection!  I can't tell you how many times that I have reached for this set since receiving it.  It works for a variety of occasions and has some beautiful fonts, too. Here's another example here.

This is a simply constructed card but the designer paper really makes it beautiful.  See the assembly process in today's video tutorial.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Watermelon Wonder Base cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Succulent Garden Designer Paper cut at 4 x 5 1/4".

I cut my oval then stamped but you can reverse that process if you are more comfortable doing it that way. Make-a sweet Easter card 2017bHere's are the supplies that I used to make this project. 


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Try making a pretty floral Easter card to send a beautiful greeting to someone this April!


Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: Marvelous Markers

Tipsmarkers.blog-post-imageThere are many marvelous ways to use Stampin' Up! Markers in rubber stamping in card making and today I'll share a few.  There is a Stampin' Write Marker for each of the colors in the main Color Collections( except Whisper White and Very Vanilla)  as well as one for each In Color.  It's a great way to have all of our wonderful colors at your fingertips.  

Each marker comes dual tipped...a brush tip and a fine point tip.  The ink lasts for a long while but you'll want to store on the sides rather than in a vertical position.

Let's take a look at today's tip video for more ideas...

Lisa's Inkings:

  • Best to color with the side of the brush tip as to keep the it in tip top shape.
  • See another time saving tip for using markers HERE.
  • Our Stampin' Write Markers and our Classic Stampin' Pad colors are the same!  Coordination of products makes crafting a breeze!

If you'd like to have all of the markers, just click the links below to shop!

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You can also purchase markers in separate color families if you wish.  Purchasing as listed above will give you the carrying case for all of your markers.  There is room for your In Color Markers, too.

I hope these Stampin' Write Marker tips were helpful and you will enjoy using these on your paper crafting projects!


Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Making A Special Birthday Card

Make-a-special-birthday-cardLet's start the week off with a special birthday greeting for today's cardmaking project.  This card layout is one of my favorites.  It is such a simple one but has a unique twist by angling pieces of card stock behind the main layer.  Here you can see that the contrasting colors used were "copied" from the colors of ink used for the stamped image.

The Oh So Succulent Bundle used here is a favorite from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  There are so many possibilities and combinations with the stamp set and coordinating framelits.  Used separately or together, you'll come up with endless ideas for your springtime crafting.  Succulents are all the rage now in home decor and crafting.  Love that Stampin' Up! is right on trend.

The video below is the card that was the inspiration for today's makeover. You can see the original post about this card HERE. Take a look and then read on for some specifics.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Base is cut 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
  • Cut your two layers of neutral card stock at 4" x 5 1/4" and 2 1/2" x 4".
  • Cut the two layers of contrasting card stock 3 " x 4 1/2" and 2 3/4" x 4 1/4".

Here's the shopping list for today's makeover.
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Make-a-special-birthday-card-2How many birthday cards do you make in a year?  Leave a comment below this post and I'll conduct a random drawing to send a card like this one!

Thanks for tuning in for today's special birthday card idea and I'll see you in the next post.


It May Be a Good Fit...Try It!

Could being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator be a good fit for you? 

There are often many questions about what is involved in being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so let's talk about a few.

  • How much does it cost to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
    The Starter Kit is $99 plus your applicable sales tax... shipping is free.


  • What do you get in the Starter Kit?
    Included in the Starter Kit are Stampin' Up! products of your choosing totaling up to $125.  During Sale-A-Bration 2017, you get to choose an additional two stamp sets of any price to add to your kit! (Kits and Bundles not included in the two extra choice options...any stamp sets are!)
    The kit also includes a business supply pack with order forms, catalogs, etc.

  •  How much do you have to sell to be a demonstrator?
    Good question!  Minimum sales requirement is $300 a quarter.  The $300 includes what you purchase for yourself plus what others purchase from you. This can included product you purchase for yourself, for others as gifts, Paper Pumpkin subscriptions...anything but business supplies like order forms, catalogs, etc.  For your first $300, you have until the end of the following quarter from when you sign up.
  • Is there any penalty if you choose not to continue?
    Not at all!
  • Can you make money as a Demonstrator? Of course!  How much you make depends on the amount of time you spend "working" it. Make enough to cover the cost of your supplies, pay a car note, make it full time, or anywhere in between...it's totally up to you!  You earn a commission for sales (which increases as sales increase), earn from volume rebates, and downline performance.  You can also hold classes and charge a fee or sell finished projects following the easy and fair guidelines in the demonstrator manual. 
    You can also earn Flex Points that you can redeem for product and supplies or the BIG incentive trip which include places like the Meditteranean, Thailand, and Alaskan Cruise!
  • What if I'm a beginning stamper and don't know everything about stamping and paper crafting?

    First of all, no one knows EVERYTHING...we all start somewhere!  I had been stamping for a few weeks when I signed up. True story!

 I would love to have you join my Ink and Inspirations Stars Team...a great group from across the country!  You would receive support for me via email, phone, and a private Facebook group!  And,with my support as your Team Leader, the awesome Stampin' Up! Demonstrator site, Stampin' Connection (a demo only forum with questions, answers, and ideas, and a great resource in Demonstrator Only Facebook Group!  You will have access to ideas, help, and inspiration from some awesome resources!

So, if you are ready and want to know "where do I sign up?", it's easy and online right here!

If you have questions, just email me at lisa@inkandinspirations.com or call me at 409-719-2853.  I'd love to chat and answer your questions.  No pressure...the decision is yours!  Give it a try...it can be a great fit!

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Make a Treat For A Random Act of Kindness (RAK)

Treat-RAK-1Today's project is a simple treat wrap that would be a sweet Random Act of Kindness for someone you know.  In my last blog post, I shared an idea for an inspirational card that you could send through the mail.  This paper crafting project is one you could leave on a co-workers desk, in your child's room, your spouse's lunch...you get the idea!

The stamp set used here is one you can earn for FREE through March 31st!  With each $50 in product purchase on a single Stampin' Up! order, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration product! See your choices HERE and HERE!

See the simple how-to in the video below then read on for project details...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper 8 1/2" x 2 3/4".
  • Score on the long side at 1/2", 3 3/4", 4 3/4", and 8".
  • Slip a pack of gum or other small treat inside the opening.  Use a little bit of adhesive to secure your treat.

Here's the list of supplies used in the video. 
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Treat-for-RAK-2I'll bet you know someone right now who would love this! Use this treat idea for a Random Act of Kindness for someone you know and brighter their day.