No Limit on Reservations!


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.


Enter your credit card information.


Click reserve.


A confirmation email will be sent to your inbox.


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!


Christmas Stockings for Home Decor and Gifts


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!


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:

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!

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


Tuesday Tip: Card Stock Tips for Your Christmas Cards


Today's tips on card stock is one that may be helpful for you while working on your Christmas and holiday cards.  These tips are ones that I use every time that I make cards!  I realize that many of you may be aware of this already, but if not, you just might find this very helpful when making batches of cards...or, as I often say, a gazillion cards!

It's a quick video, so please take a couple of minutes to watch.  You just might find it to be a time saver when making cards!

Click here to see the Card Stock Tips video on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Keep a supply of these neutral card inserts in a box or container.  This way, you'll have what you need to complete a card at your fingertips.
  • You might be tempted to trash those extra 1/2" strips.  I can't tell you how many times these thin strips have "saved" me...and, I'm talking saving time!  Who can't use more of that?
  • If you'll keep a stack of both Very Vanilla and Whisper White, you'll always have the right neutral for whatever standard sized card you make.
  • Cutting instructions: With the 8 1/2" side at the top of your trimmer, cut at 4" and set aside, then take the remaining piece and cut at 4" again.  Save that 1/2" strip that is left over! Next, take each of the 4" strips and cut in half at 5 1/2". The long side should be up across the top of your trimmer.

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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!

Thanks for tuning in for today's card stock tip and I'll see you in the next post with a fall themed thank you card.

Customer Q & A- Traveling with Crafting Supplies

Recently, I received a question via email regarding how I travel with crafting supplies.  Since I am on the road quite a bit, I was able to share what works for me.  Possibly, this will be of help to some of you.

Most of the time, I will pack my kits (Paper Pumpkin or kits from the catalog) when I travel.  Most everything I need is in the kit.  If not, I usually just need to add ink, adhesive, and clear blocks to my bag. I always take my Paper Snips and my Stampin' Trimmer and some extra neutral card stock just in case! (Whisper White and Very Vanilla). 
For working on specific types of cards or holiday cards, I would choose the stamp set(s) and the designer paper that I wanted to use.  From there, decide on your base and layers for your card stock and ink colors as well as ribbon and other embellishments.  For travel, I usually pack punches (circle punches,label punches, and punches that coordinate with stamp sets I've chosen) rather than try to carry the Big Shot.  Again, you'll need your basic tools and adhesive.
For air travel, supplies are packed in a soft sided carry on that zips.  It needs to have a bottom large enough and sturdy enough for your designer paper, card stock, and paper trimmer.  By car, I carry items in clear storage boxes with snap on lids. Embellishments fit in a divided storage pouch or a plastic shoe box. On my list to purchase are some 12 x 12 plastic storage boxes for my designer paper. 
Since much of my travel is back and forth between Missouri and Texas, I do have doubles of the Big Shot, trimmer, inks, markers, card stock colors,and some punches.  I travel with stamp sets, designer paper, embellishments, and framelits. 
Hope this is helpful.  Please feel free to ask questions about traveling with your crafting supplies!


Easy Coloring with Stampin' Blends


The new Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends, are available now and today's video will show you just how easy coloring can be with these fabulous markers!

The different colors of Stampin' Blends can be purchased as single markers or with the Light and Dark shade of each other in a combo for ease in ordering.  In addition to the colors are the Ivory and Bronze Markers as well as the Color Lifter.  You can see more about the offerings in a video that I recorded previously on this post HERE.

Here's the video with me coloring this image from the Christmas in the Making set.  It's a little longer than usual so thank you for hanging in there with
me until the end!

Here are the supplies used for today's coloring video. 

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When you 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 Rewards from Stampin' Up! on your order and I will still send your gift!

If you're wanting to order all the Stampin' Blends colors and markers available now, you can order the full collection by clicking the link below.  Also available, while supplies last, is a Color Me Happy stamp set and card kit that you can purchase in a bundle below. 

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 Thank you for checking in today to see these fun new coloring tools from Stampin' Up! and be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the card and video tutorial with this image using Stampin' Blends!

Tuesday Tip: Using Glitter Paper in Cardmaking

Glitter-paper-cardmaking-tipToday's cardmaking tip is on using glitter (or, glimmer) paper.  These special sparkly papers are a great alternative to glitter for adding shine to your handmade creations.

In this video tutorial, you'll see a couple of tips that I hope you'll find helpful.  Let's take a look!

Click here to see the Glitter Paper tips video on You Tube.

Cardmaking-glimmer-paper-tips-1Just that tiny bit of glimmer paper makes a big difference in the Christmas card.  This way, your glimmer paper will go a long way, too!

Here are the Stampin' Up! products featured on this card:

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Cardmaking-glimmer-paper-tips-2Take a look at all of our Stampin' Up! Glimmer Papers below:

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Click on the links above to shop 24/7 in the Online Store.



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You buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get the 4th one FREE during October!
Try these helpful tips and enjoy using glimmer paper on your holiday projects!

Tuesday Tip: Using Acetate Overlays in Cardmaking

Cutting CardstockFor the Inside of Your Cards-2This week's tip is the response to a couple of inquiries from my Facebook group regarding using acetate overlays in paper crafting and cardmaking. 

Now, if my memory serves me correctly, these inquiries were pre-Harvey so it's taken me a while to get around to it but it's always been on my to-do list.

The overlays that you'll see in today's video are from two Memories and More collections that I will be sure to list below. 

Let's take a look at the video then we'll talk a little more about it...

Click Here to see this tip video on using acetate overlays in card making on You Tube.

The little snowman on the first card is colored with the soon to be available Stampin' Blends!

Here's the finished "hello" card below...

Acetate-overlay-cardmaking-tipHere are the two Memories and More kits that were used in making the cards for today's video.

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Also available from the annual catalog are these Naturally Eclectic Overlays:

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Buy 3, Get the 4th FREE Designer Paper Sale-

You buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get the 4th one FREE during October!
Try using the acetate overlays your cardmaking for a fun accent and I'll see you tomorrow for another Halloween project!

Tuesday Tip: Cardmaking 101- Undercover Secret

Tip-undercover-secretCardmaking 101 and Undercover Secret may not seem like a likely combination (and, even a little risque)but I'm sure you'll love this tip that's featured today!

Several of the new designer series paper collections in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog have some wonderful images that can be fussy cut or die cut to use on your cardmaking and other paper crafting projects.


Here are the three collections below.  One Christmas themed, one Halloween themed, and one perfect for Autumn paper crafting:

If you are in love with Designer Series Paper as much as me, you'll understand when I say that it's just so hard to cut into that beautiful paper!

Well, today's tip will show you how to get the most of these beautiful paper collections especially when using these special images that can be cut and used as a focal point or lovely accent on your projects.

Let's take a look...


If you are unable to watch the cardmaking tip video above, hop on over to my You Tube channel HERE.  Be sure to subscribe so that you'll get notice of all of my new videos.

Was I right?  Isn't this a great tip?  No one who receives your paper crafting/cardmaking projects will ever know this little secret!  Talk about a way to stretch your supplies!...gotta love that!

Ready to go undercover? Here are the designer series papers that you'll need!

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Thanks for tuning in for this week's tip for this undercover secret for cardmaking.

Tuesday Tip: Rubber Stamping 101- A Little Time Saver for Photopolymer Stamps


Hello and welcome to a little saving tip for this week for rubber stamping!  In particular, I wanted to share this method for stamping the "potions" in the little bottles seen on this Halloween project yesterday. 

This is especially helpful for two step stamping with photopolymer stamps...stamping one image then a coordinating over top.

One of my Stars Team member recently shared this tip at our virtual team meeting.  (Thanks, Kristen!)  I thought it was a great tip so wanted to record a video tutorial for you and share it here.

This little time saver is one for your photopolymer (our totally clear) stamps.  Let's take a look at this quick video!

Click here to see this time saving tip for stamping with your photopolymer stamps on You Tube.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used in the complete Halloween project using this tip.  Easy ordering...just click the link!

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Hope you find today's time saving tip helpful and if you have a question that you'd like for me to try to answer in a tip video, please leave a comment her below this post!

Tuesday Tip: Special Kits for Your Holiday Crafting!

PP_Coordinating_Kits_Shareable_new_subscriberWelcome to a special, simple and fun holiday crafting experience coming to you soon from Paper Pumpkin! Welcome to a Season of Style!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.

These two coordinating kits means that:
1) You will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts
2) You will have more creative options
3) You can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.

Maybe you don’t craft regularly but still love to make holiday cards and gifts? With so much coordinated cuteness on tap, now’s the perfect time to dive in and subscribe!

Or, maybe you are an avid papercrafter who wants quick and easy projects to add warmth to the holiday season but  you don’t have time to shop and prep for projects.  Paper Pumpkin's Season of Style coordinated kits will be perfect for you!

Here's a message from Carrie Warner from the Stampin' Up! Home Office...

Although the kits contain stand alone don't need both months' kits to complete the won't want to miss either month so subscribe now so you won't miss out!

You will receive both the October and November kits weeks before the hectic holiday season begins—leaving you with plenty of time to craft. And since papercrafting may not be at the front of your mind this early in the season, just think of how great it will feel to have cute projects all ready to go. You’ll impress everyone at your holiday parties and get-togethers with darling handmade projects . . . and no one will ever know how easy they were to create!

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  • Remember, the October and November kits coordinate but they also stand alone. You DO NOT need both kits to create a complete project.
  • To receive October’s kit, you must subscribe at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • To receive November’s kit, you must subscribe at by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.

Subscribe to Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin to get your holiday crafting on with Season of Style!



Tuesday Tip- Coloring Embossing Paste

Colored-embossing-pasteBefore Tuesday has come and gone,  I wanted to share this week's tip on coloring your embossing paste.  We drove home to Texas today and I just finished the unpacking and setting up my craft area/office here. 

This coloring technique was used on this card that was posted here on Ink and Inspirations yesterday.  This is an easy way to achieve a beautiful tone on tone texture on your paper crafting projects.

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

You can also see this tip video on my You Tube channel HERE.

Thanks for tuning in for today's tip on coloring embossing paste and I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2 of my 12 Weeks of Halloween banner.

Tuesday Tip- Sponge Brayers

Sponge brayer

Quick check in with you again today with a tip on using the Sponge Brayer from Stampin' Up!  Our area in SE Texas is still getting rain with Tropical Storm Harvey making landfall (again) today.  We are still ok with no water in the house but lost power this morning.  We are still in the Ozarks and keeping close tabs with folks at home.  Please continue to pray for Texas.

I've really enjoyed using this new sponge brayer to get inky with my projects.  Let's take a look at today's video.

Thanks for tuning in...checking on family now.  I'll be back tomorrow for another Halloween Project!

Tuesday Tip- Customer Q & A- Envelope Punch Board

Cutting CardstockFor the Inside of Your CardsToday's tip is an answer to a recent customer question regarding the Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!  If you are new to the punch board world, considering purchasing one, or just need a refresher, I hope you find today's video helpful.  It's a handy tool and can make many different sizes of envelopes.

Create your own envelopes from our Envelope Paper, Designer Series Paper, or cardstock in up to 66 different sizes.

* Sizing chart printed on board
* Measurements provided in inches and centimeters
* Scoring tool included
* Has convenient slot for storing scoring tool.

Let's take a look at this week's tip video!

You can also see this tip video on the Envelope Punch Board here on You Tube.

Order your Envelope Punch Board HERE in the Online Store.

Other projects with the Envelope Punch Board:

You can see from the samples above that the Envelope Punch Board has many uses!  You can get yours HERE today!



Thanks for tuning in for today's tip on the Envelope Punch Board...have a great day!