First Peek at a New Stampin' Up! In Color!

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The April Paper Pumpkin Kits are on their way (or, in some cases, have arrived) to their destinations and the crafters receiving the kits are getting a peek at one of the new In Colors from Stampin' Up! for 2017-2018!

The April Kit was designed by Stampin' Up! CEO, Sara Douglass, and included was a gift of mini watercolor pencils! Thanks, Sara!

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Look at all those cute black and white boxes with a touch of a special color.  I am anxiously awaiting mine to arrive in my mailbox!

Let's take a look at the video with Sara give us tips on putting the kit together.  Not a subscriber?  Don't miss another kit and subscribe here today!

Aren't those the cutest cards ever?  I love the techniques and color.  How about that new Lemon Lime Twist?? (Be sure to stay tuned for peeks of more colors coming soon!)

Paper Pumpkin kits are great to take along with you to ball practices, dance rehearsals, road trips, vacations, or anytime you're on the go! Add your clear block ( which will come with your first kit), scissors, and extra adhesive, just in case.  You can tuck it all in that neat little box.


With Paper Pumpkin, you'll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you'll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won't repeat a color in a 12-month period). In no time at all, you'll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes that free clear stamping block that you'll use every month.

It's a crafting surprise delivered to your door every month!  Subscribe today so you won't miss another kit! (You can cancel at any time.)

Stay tuned to see more new that will be coming soon from Stampin' Up! including more peeks at In Colors which are absolutely fabulous!

Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Make A Card with the Birthday Bright Kit

Birthday-bright-cardmaking-kit-1Today's makeover cardmaking project features the retiring stamp set and kit from the Occasions Catalog, Birthday Bright.

This kit is still available, as of this writing-4-17-17) and as well is the coordinating set from Stampin' Up!  The Birthday Bright Kit has the supplies to create  12 cards, 4 each of 3 designs, 12 gift tags, also 4 each of 3 designs.

Here's a cute video from the Stampin' Up! Home Office explaining the kit.  After the video, read on to see how I altered and added to the kit to come up with today's makeover.

Now let's take a look at the video from the past that inspired today's card...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base for this card is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Don't have Watermelon Wonder card stock?  Try Basic Black.
  • Whisper White is cut 3" x 4 3/4".
  • Other elements are from the kit.
  • The list includes other elements that are not retiring as you will see in the list below.


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The main "stars" of today's project, the Birthday Bright Stamp Set and the Birthday Bright Kit, will be gone soon so don't delay. To see the other retiring items, click HERE. Several of the items are already sold out!

Thanks for tuning in for today's cardmaking idea with the Birthday Bright Kit!


Last Minute Easter Treat!

Last-minute-easter-treat-1Here's a last minute Easter treat that you can make in minutes with supplies that you have on hand!

In the actual construction of the base pocket, NO adhesive is needed.  I love this design and have made it many times.  It can be customized for any occasion and also makes a cute favor for table setting. 

The stamped flower on this design is from the Crazy About You stamp set and the Flower Medallion Punch that are both retiring.  The stamp set will be available for purchase through May 22, 2017 but the Flower Medallion Punch is While Supplies Last.  It may not be available at the time this post is published.

  See lists of all the retiring products HERE. Please keep in mind that anything other than stamps (tools, paper, embellishments, etc.) is only available while supplies last and some of the items have already sold out.

See the simple assembly for this Easter treat in the video below.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Start with a piece of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.
  • Follow folding directions as seen in video.
  • A Bone Folder is always helpful for making good creases and necessary for origami folds such as this one.
  • The Clear Wink of Stella Pen makes any project sparkle and extra special.


Below is a list of products that would be helpful in making this paper crafting project:

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Last-minute-easter-treat-3Wishing you and your family and beautiful and blessed Easter. Thank you for tuning in for today's last minute Easter treat idea that I hope you can use for any occasion.


My Top Five Discounted Favorites on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List the retiring list just announced this week from Stampin' Up!, I wanted to share my favorites that are discounted 40% - 50%.  These items are available only while supplies last and at the time of this writing, I am hoping that these are still available for you to purchase.

Here are the photos with direct links to shop!

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Want a refresher on how the Gift Box Punch Board works?  See the video below from the Stampin' Up! Home Office.


If you'd like to see the entire list of retiring products, click here for the links to the PDF and also a sortable Excel spreadsheet. Sort by retiring stamps, embellishments, kits, etc.  Please keep in mind that there are already items that have sold out. 


Cupcakes and Carrousels Designer Series Paper Stack Sample


Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

and Succulent Framelits Dies Sample


Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Paper Sample

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Thank you for tuning in today for my top 5 discounted Stampin' Up! Retiring Products!

Saying Goodbye


The time has come to say goodbye to the products on the retiring lists from Stampin' Up!  Please look over the list carefully...many items are available only while supplies last.

Stamp sets listed will be available for order until.  Other products, tools, embellishments, papers, etc., will be available only while supplies last!

Be sure to take a close look at the retiring 2015-2017 In Color products.  These tend to sell out quickly!

See retiring list in PDF format HERE.

See the retiring list in sortable Excel format HERE.

Please contact me if I can help you with your order.


Make A Birthday Card for Your Best Guy

Best-guy-birthday-card-1Making birthday cards for guys can be challenging.  Today's card making project came together easily with the help of the Suite Sentiments stamp set and Urban Underground Specialty Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!.

The geometric patterns in this paper collection are unique and eye catching and what special guy wouldn't love to be called the Best. Guy. Ever? ...My guy surely did.

Today's video tutorial is a replay from a LIVE broadcast on Facebook.  You can find me at Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown and Ink and Inspirations Stampers... Please join us there!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Base is cut at 4 1/4" x 11".  Use same color to cut the 1 3/4" x 2 1/4" layering piece.
  • Cut Very Vanilla piece for stamping at 1 1 /2" x 2" and another piece for the inside at 3" x 4 1/4".
  • Designer paper pieces are cut at 5 1/4" x 4" for card base layer, 2 pieces cut at 1 1/2" x 4" for layering under stamped piece, and 3/4" x 4" for inside of card.
  • The Suite Sentiments stamp set has a wide array of sayings for your card making.  Be sure to check it out at the link below.

Here are the supplies used for the birthday card for your best guy:

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Here's another look at the inside of the card...

Best-guy-birthday-card-3Here's another guy's birthday card idea that I made for my husband's birthday this year.  If you'd like even more ideas and techniques for masculine themed cards, check out Mainly Manly Cards, my most popular online class ever!

Try today's birthday card making idea for your best guy ever!


Little Cuties Easter Card Video Tutorial

Easter-card-little-cuties-video-tutorial-aThe Little Cuties stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog was used to make today's cute Easter Card video tutorial.

The cute little animals in this set are geared toward children and baby projects as well as spring and Easter creations.  Love that versatility in a set.

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

Here's another Easter card idea from 2016.  Substitute the chick from the Little Cuties set for this card layout.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Same color textured layer is cut 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Watercolor paper cut 3" square then die cut with Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • Designer paper cut 3" x 5" then die cut with Banner Framelits.
  • The Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder reminds me of chicken wire so it made a cute backdrop for the chick!


Here are the items used to make today's card:



Are you making any cards for Easter?  I hope this Easter card idea with Little Cuties will inspire you to create some to send to your loved ones.


Tuesday Tip- This Kit Is It!'s tip is one that I just had to share after putting this cardmaking kit together on vacation. 

Do you need a gift?...or, something to carry with you when traveling?  This Kit is It...Watercolor Wishes from Stampin' Up!

Take a look at the video below...

Here are the supplies mentioned in the video. 
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Here are the details of the kit straight from the Stampin' Up! online store:

The giftable Watercolor Wishes Card Kit includes preprinted cards for the perfect artistic look without the mess. Includes supplies for 20 unique cards in 3 sizes and an exclusive stamp set. Make one when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Makes 20 unique cards. Folded card sizes: 4" x 4", 3-1/2" x 5", 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". Instructions included.

You provide the adhesive; we’ll provide the rest, including the stamp set, clear stamp block, and ink.

* 20 cards total
* Folded card sizes: 4" x 4", 3-1/2" x 5", 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (10.2 x 10.2 cm, 8.9 x 12.7 cm, 10.8 x 14 cm)
* 12-piece photopolymer stamp set
* 20 card bases
* Die-cut accents
* Cardstock flag stickers
* Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Spots
*Washi tape
* Giftable Kraft box
* 50 sequins
* Wood die cuts
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
*Acrylic stamp block

Coordinating colors: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder

Watch how easy it is to create a stack of all-occasion cards! And, if you love this kit, we have another all inclusive card making kit that you can see HERE.


Whether for a gift or yourself; this Watercolor Wishes card making kit from Stampin' Up! is it!

Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Make Tiny Bag for Easter

Tiny-bag-for-easter-1The Makeover Monday for this week is a tiny bag for Easter treats.  I love the look of's like a miniature purse that would a little girl would adore.  The spring time flowers that adorn the bag are cut with the Succulent Thinlits.  This set of thinlits is so versatile and make pretty blossoms as well as succulents.  Change the sentiment for a wedding or party favor!

Here's the original project post.

And, you can see the how-to in the video below.

Here are the supplies used in today's makeover. Simply click the links for more product detail...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper 6" x 6".
  • Score this piece at 1 1/4" and 4 3/4" on one side.
  • Turn and score at 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" on the other side.
  • For the top, cut 2 pieces of card stock at 1" x 3 1/2".
  • Score at 1/2" longways on both of these card stock pieces.

You really need to try this little bag.  It has such a cute design and can even be used as a gift bag for a small gift such as jewelry or a gift card.  You can make this tiny bag for Easter or for any occasion!


A Tisket, A Tasket, Make This Little Easter Basket

Make-a-basket-for-easter-treats-1Are you ready to make a cute little basket for Easter or spring time treats?  This darling style is one of my favorite box/basket projects.   It is actually a version of a berry basket that can be used for treats or gifts any time of year.  Take a look at this fall themed version HERE.

Holding it all together are little pieces of ribbon or twine at each corner with a paper strip filler to keep your treats or gift tucked securely inside.

Let's take a look at the assembly in today's video tutorial.

See the shopping list for this project below then read on for some details to help you with assembly.

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • For the  basket, start with a 6 1/2" square of card stock.
  • Score at 2" on all four sides.
  • Cut 4 pieces of designer paper at 2 1/4" x 1 3/4".
  • Glue designer paper on to each side of basket before punching holes and assembly.

Make-a-basket-for-easter-treatsI really hope you'll give this project a try!  Let me know who'll receive this a little gift from you in the comment section below. Once you've made this little basket for Easter treats, make a template to keep on hand for other occasions throughout the year!


Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: Lining Up Those Photopolymer Stamps

Lining-up-photopolymer-stampsPhotopolymer Stamps from Stampin' Up! are great to work with and today I have a tip for helping to line these up on your clear blocks.

Photopolymer stamps are completely clear and help to give you the perfect placement when stamping.  Whenever this option is available, I prefer the photopolymer over our clear mount or wood mount which are both made from red rubber.  While these are exceptional stamps, I just prefer the photopolymer for the ease of placement.  Every stamper has their own preference and the photopolymer stamps are my first choice when making my purchases.

Take a look at the video tutorial below for today's Rubber Stamping 101 tip for lining up your stamps.

Here are some clear blocks and supplies such as seen in the video:

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Want to see another tip for when using photopolymer stamps? Click HERE.


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Thanks for tuning in for today's tip on lining up photopolymer stamps and I'll see you again in the next post!


Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Tiny Birthday Party Favor Bag


Happy Monday and welcome to today's makeover with this tiny birthday party favor bag.  It's just the right size for a couple of miniature candy bars or a tiny trinket.  These are fun to make and you can even get the kids involved.  You do the cutting; let them do the coloring.  They'll be bursting with pride with their creations and you'll be spending quality (and, fun!) time with your little ones.  Kids love to create and they are naturals.  Nurture that and experience the joy!

Let's take a look at the video for the easy assembly.



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Little-birthday-party-favor-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Designer paper is cut 3" x 6". You can get 8 bags from one sheet of designer paper!
  • Score on the long side at 1 3/4", 2 3/4", 4 1/2",and  5 1/2".
  • Turn to the short side on top and score at 1".  This forms the bottom.
  • Be sure to watch the video for the unique closure.
  • See another idea for a cute little birthday party favor HERE.

Do you craft with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews?  Leave a comment below to share your experiences then gather the young 'uns to create these tiny birthday party favor bags.


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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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.