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!
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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!

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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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!



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!


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".

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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.


Make An Inspirational Card

Make-an-inspirational-card-1Today I want to share how to make this inspirational card using some beautiful Stampin' Up! products.  The Rose Wonder stamp set has been around for a while but I just recently added it to my collection specifically for the beautiful sentiments and verses.  This one is appropriate to share hope, encouragement, or for sending condolences.  Pair it elements from the beautiful Falling In Love collection in the Occasions Catalog for a stunning creation.

Do you find yourself needing cards like this one often?  I know that there is always someone in my life that can use these messages of hope and to know that someone is thinking about them.  I bet you can make a list of at least 5 people...family, friends, co-workers...that would be truly blessed with an inspirational card from you.  What do you think?

In today's video, let's walk through the process and then think about what you can create to keep on hand or send today!

 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut card base to 4 1/4" x 11".
  • You'll need about a 3" x4" piece of Very Vanilla for this die cut sentiment.
  • Designer Paper is cut at 4" x 5 1/4".

If you'd like to make this inspirational card, here's the Stampin' Up! shopping list:

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Make-an-inspirational-card-2Thanks for stopping by today and  if you enjoy making inspirational cards to send to friends, leave a comment below...I'd love to know!


Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Build a Masculine Birthday Card

Make-a-masculine-birthday-card-1Today is my sweet husband's birthday and the makeover is his masculine themed birthday card made with the Nailed It Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has knocked it out of the park with the bundles in the 2017 Occasions Catalog and this one is no exception!  I love these tools and their coordinating framelits!

The card that was the inspiration for this one is in the video below. You can see the original post HERE. More details below the video...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • In the makeover, the layout of elements from the card in the video served as the inspiration.
  • The card base is Very Vanilla Card Stock cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
  • The textured area is Basic Gray cut at 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Delightful Dijon Banner is cut at 2" x 5 1/4" then punched with the Triple Banner Punch.
  • The dies in the framelits collection were used to cut the background embellishments and shapes.

If you'd like the supplies to create today's masculine birthday card, just click the links below. 
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Make-a-masculine-birthday-cardThis Nailed It Bundle and coordinating Urban Underground Specialty Designer Paper is just what you need for making masculine birthday cards so get yours today!


Cardmaking with a Vintage Style

Cardmaking-with-vintage-look-1Do you love cards with a vintage style?  I love using sponges and neutral inks to create the aged look.  Today's card takes the ever so popular Lift Me Up Bundle and gives it a different twist. 
Crumb Cake clouds? Sure!  This aged/vintage look is easy to create with sponges and this much loved color from the Stampin' Up! Neutrals Collection. 
In the video below, you'll see how the clouds were added as the background for the hot air balloons. That pop of color was another sponging technique!
Let's take a look at the tutorial below...

If you'd like to make today's vintage style card, here are the supplies you'll need.  Simply click the links to head on over to the Online Store and be sure to use the current Host Code A4CDEHHE with your Online Order to receive a little gift from me!

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Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Happy Mardi Gras Card

Happy-mardi-gras-card-1It's that time of year and Mardi Gras parades and celebrations have begun so today's makeover card is dressed in style with the colors of the season!  Purple (Elegant Eggplant) represents justice, green (Old Olive) represents faith and gold (Daffodil Delight) represents power.
Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
You can see other Mardi Gras projects that I've created here with this treat and here with this decorative banner which is hanging on my back door.

Today's cardmaking project is a re-make of a Christmas card from a little over a year ago.  Looking through my older creations, I often find inspiration to make the card in a "new" way.  It's fun and is an easy way to get started when creating.

Let's take a look at the video from the past and you can see how easy it is to transform or makeover a card.

Here is the supply list for today's makeover.  Simply click the links to shop!

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Happy-mardi-gras-2017Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base is cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
  • The background designer paper is cut at 3 3/4" x 5".
  • The banner strips are cut 1" x 3 1/4".
  • Metallic thread is attached to the back of the punched circle with Tear & Tape adhesive.

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Thanks for checking in for today's makeover Mardi Gras card and I'll see you in the next post!


Let's Taco 'Bout It!

Handmade-card-with-watercoloring-stampin-up-1Today's project is another fun card using one of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration sets, Tasty Trucks.  It's a fun set to watercolor and I wanted to give it a fiesta feel with the colors for this card.  The "taco truck" is all decked out in bright colors that coordinate with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.

Below is the photo shot of the inside of the card...

Handmade-card-with-watercoloring-stampin-up-2It's a simple combination of the colors of card stock used and a neutral piece for writing your message.  I have to admit that for the inside of my of my cards, I'll go through my drawers of scraps and a find a combination of sizes that will work with the colors of the card.  Good way to use up those scraps and also keeps it fun!  Just a few stamped and colored  tacos embellish the neutral piece.

Let's take a look at how it's all put together in the video below...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Melon Mambo to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 for card base and 1/2 x 5 1/4 for center strip.
  • Cut two pieces of designer paper to 1 3/4 x 5 1/4.
  • Watercolor Paper is cut to 3 x 3.
  • Pumpkin Pie is cut to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4.
  • For inside of card: Very Vanilla 3 x 4 and Pumpkin Pie 3 1/4 x 4 1/2.
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Here's the Stampin' Up! supply list for today's card.  Current Host Code: A4CDEHHE

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This card would really be appreciated by just about anyone!  Try making this fun card with Stampin' Up! Tasty Trucks and everyone will be sure to "taco" 'bout it!


Make A Tasty Trucks Birthday Card

Tasty-truck-birthday-card-1Today's  birthday card project is one of my favorites with the adorable Tasty Trucks (Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set)  and the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper.  You can earn the Tasty Trucks stamp set for free with your Stampin' Up! order of $50 in product. It is so much fun to color these little truck images. This one is watercolored with our Classic Stampin' Pads.

The designer paper features Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, and Metallic Gold.  It is awesome and I love using it on all kinds of cards!

The video below shows the how-to  for this card.  It's a little longer than usual but it shows my watercoloring process.  Hope you enjoy it!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Melon Mambo Base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
  • Pop of Pink designer paper is cut 4 x 5 1/4 and another print for scallop circles cut 3 x 6 for die cutting.
  • Basic Black and Whisper White pieces are cut approx 3 x 3 for die cutting and punching.
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3 x 3 for stamping and fussy cutting truck.
  • See tips for fussy cutting HERE.

Tasty-trucks-birthday-card-2Here is the Stampin' Up! supply list for today's card making project.  Current Host Code: A4CDEHHE

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Thanks for tuning in for today's birthday card with the Tasty Trucks Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can earn for FREE and I'll see you tomorrow with another super cute card using this set!


Make a Handmade Card with a Pop of Color

Add-a-pop-of-color-to-handmade-cards-29bToday's handmade card idea highlights one of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration choices, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and just a pop of color.  This designer paper is Stampin' Up!'s version of the oh so popular coloring books for adult rage!  It's so much fun!

This is a great card to send to a friend with this sweet sentiment from the Suite Sentiments stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  Don't you just love that font?

The pop of color comes from some simple coloring of just a portion of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Simple coloring with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens and fussy cutting just a portion of the designer paper make a neat accent to the sentiment focal point.  If you haven't discovered the fun of watercoloring with these pencils, you are missing out!  See another fun card colored with these pencils HERE.

Let's take a look at how this card came together in the video tutorial below...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Daffodil Delight Base is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
  • Accent strip is cut at 1 1/4 x 4 1/2.
  • Designer paper cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • Whisper White for die cutting is 2 x 3 1/2.

Add-a-pop-of-color-to-your-handmade-cards-2Here's the Stampin' Up! supply list for today's card...

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Head on over to the online store by clicking the links above to shop!  Once your total reached $50 before shipping and tax and you'll earn the Inside the Lines Designer Paper for FREE!  Need help?  Let me know and I'll be happy to help you!  You'll be ready to make beautiful handmade cards with a pop of color with Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils to send your friends!


Make a Card with An Easy Watercolor Wash Technique

Watercolor-wash-cardmaking-technique-1Today's cardmaking project features a super easy technique that creates beautiful results!  The watercolor wash technique makes for a beautiful sky background behind these images from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!, don't you think?

This is such a feel good bundle and is equally appropriate for birthday, thinking of you, thank you, and missing you cards.  (Looking at my photo now, I have no idea how that thin slice of Melon Mambo card stock got there! LOL Please ignore!)

The video tutorial shows the easy process for the wash...you'll have to try it!  Let's take a look...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Pacific Point card base cut at 4 1/4 x 11.
  • Designer Paper cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/4.
  • Crumb Cake 4 x 4 needed for stamping and die cutting.
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 3 x 3 needed for die cutting clouds.
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3 x 4.

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Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Make A "Love Is In The Air" Valentine Card

Love-is-in-the-air-valentine-2Today's makeover is a Valentine card made with a "love is in the air" theme.  It's fun when you can take stretch your tools and supplies to fit different themes or occasions.  The Life Me Up Bundle does just that for this sweet card.

That designer paper works so well with this set and it's a FREE Sale-A-Bration choice with a purchase of $50 before shipping and tax.  The Carried Away Designer Series Paper carries the hot air balloon theme to the max!

This card was inspired by a card using 2016 Sale-A-Bration items.  See the original card and video below...

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card Base is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
  • Designer paper cuts: 4 x 5 1/2, 4 x 4 for balloon die cut, 2 x 2 for heart die.
  • Vellum card stock 1 1/2 x 3.
  • Whisper White for inside: 3 x 4.

Here's the supply list for today's card.  Simply click the links to shop!

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Here's the inside of the card:

Love-is-in-the-air-valentine-1For the inside of my cards, most of the time I'll just sift through my scrap drawer and find a piece that's big enough to work.  Makes use of the scraps and saves a little time.

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Make and Send A Card To Lift Someone's Spirits

Lift-me-up-card-1Today's cardmaking project is a cheery one that will be sure to lift someone's spirits!

It's been a long day so I'll keep this short and sweet!  The good news...my iPhone seems to be good as new!  The Apple Store did a complete restore of the phone and my storage problem was resolved.  Now, I'll be able to take pictures and video again!

Now back to the card...these hot air balloons are so cute!  I'm having so much fun working with this bundle!

Let's take a look at the video for the how-to:

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Lift-me-up-card-2Here's the inside of the card...more  hot air balloon fun!
 
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  • Use the Host Code  A4CDEHHE with your online order and receive a gift from me.  If your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax, please do not use the code.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! with your order and I'll still send your gift.

Thanks for tuning in for today's cardmaking video tutorial and I hope you're inspired to make and send a card to lift someone's spirits!