Tuesday Tip- Stampin' Up! Catalog Information

We are on the road today but I wanted to share some information on the upcoming Stampin' Up! Catalog information.

Here's a quick video:

You can still order from these two outgoing catalogs through the evening of May 31, 2017.  The new catalog goes LIVE on June 1, 2017 at NOON, MT.

Please let me know if I can help you or if you have questions!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday Tip- Making Envelopes for Handmade Cards

IMG_5103.jpgHappy Tuesday, everyone, and welcome to this week's tip on making envelopes for your handmade cards.  If you have used the envelope punch board extensively, you are more than likely familiar with this information.  But, if you are new to envelope making and do not have an Envelope Punch Board, this may be helpful for you.

I created this envelope for this graduation card.  Take a look at the video to see how I determined the size envelope to make.

The Envelope Punch Board is a nifty tool for not only envelopes but also boxes and treat wraps...

The possibilities are numerous!  It's a tool that you will find helpful for many projects!

Click below to access the Envelope Punch Board in the Online Store:


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Thanks for checking in today. I've been trying to fight off a nasty head cold so I haven't felt much like crafting lately...shock, I know!  I should be back in full swing soon. I'll have some things to share so be sure to visit throughout the week.  In the meantime, try your hand at creating envelopes and other fun projects with your envelope punch board!

Make a Sunflower with the Easter Medallion Thinlits

SunflowersThis week's paper crafting tip is how to make a sunflower with the new Eastern Medallion Thinlits from Stampin' Up!  These thinlits are none like I've ever worked with in paper crafting! Beautiful and versatile; there are so many combinations.  I've just barely covered the tip of the iceberg!

The Eastern Medallion Thinlits are available from May 1- 31, 2017 in a Premier Bundle early release of the Eastern Palace Suite of products from the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  There are two available bundles as seen below:

*Items in bundles are not available to be purchased separately during this promotion.
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Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $60.50
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers  
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (new!) FREE!


Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $103.50
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper  
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack  
Mini Tassels Assortment  
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers  
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)  
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies  
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!) FREE!

Today's tip is a video tutorial showing you how I've constructed a sunflower with these medallions and the help of the Layering Circles and Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Let's take a look...

Here are the supplies mentioned and used in today's project video tutorial for making sunflowers with the Eastern Medallions.



Tuesday Tip: A RAK Card for Someone Special

Make-a-card-RAK-1Today's tip for a RAK card for someone special was inspired by my mom many years ago.  With four children (I am the oldest), she always found a way to do something special for each of us.  When I was in high school and going through busy days, tryouts for this and that, or just for no reason at all, I would find a note on her special stationery or little gift in my zippered pencil pouch in my notebook during the first class of the day.  It ALWAYS made the day so much better.  It was a connection to home, the place where I was loved  unconditionally, and nurtured and supported. 

With that in mind, I was inspired to create these cute little cards that have space for a quick note, hand drawn heart, or just a "Love, Mom" (or Grandma or, in my case, Honey.)  

Here's the video for this idea but you can make these with any supplies you have on hand.

Here's a list of a few of the supplies that I used in the video:

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Do you have any ideas for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) using your card making supplies?  Have something special that you so for your children or grandchildren?  Please share in the comment section below...I'd love to be inspired by you! 

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Thank you for joining me for this special post with a special card making video tutorial and I'll see you again soon!

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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Grid Paper

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!


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!

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!

Tuesday Tip- Rubber Stamping 101: First Time Use of Photopolymer Stamps

Tuestip228If you love using photopolymer stamps, this tip will be helpful in preparing your stamps before first use.  The ease and convenience of using these photopolymer stamps in your paper crafting and card making is great.  But, there is a step that I like to take before using my new stamps for the first time.

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

If you've ever used photopolymer stamps, brand spankin' new out of the box, you may have possibly noticed an uneven image when stamping.  I've found that if I do the VersaMark trick as seen in the video, I seldom have this problem.  Do I forget sometimes? You bet I do!  I will just clean my stamp and go through the process of inking in VersaMark before giving it another try.

It's a fact that your photopolymer stamps will most likely get stained from your inks.  It's ok.  Just clean after each use and it will be good and ready to go for the next time.  Want to minimize that staining?  Try the VersaMark trick first.  While it doesn't prevent all staining, I've found that it does indeed minimize it.

Here's another tip for anytime you are using photopolymer stamps.  Use a Stampin' Pierce Mat as a cushion.  It will give you even pressure and ink coverage and also protect your work surface.

Below are the products mentioned today.  Simply click the links to shop.

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For two more Rubber Stamping 101 tips see one here with a markers tip and here for an ink tip.

Give this VersaMark trick a try! I hope you've found this Rubber Stamping 101 tip for photopolymer stamps helpful and I'll see you in the next post.

Tuesday Tip- Framelits/Thinlits Storage; Putting It Back Together

Puzzle.blog-post-imageThe picture above is my usual thought about storing my framelits and thinlits back in the original packet.  These beauties arrive from Stampin' Up! so neatly tucked in their pouch.  After one use, it's pure madness for me to fit the pieces all back together. 

I know some will tell me to use magnet sheets to organize and store.  I've thought about this many times and still considering it.  But, the pouches are perfect for me when traveling back and forth between Texas and Missouri. 

Today's tip is super basic and super simple but saves me loads of time IF I remember to do it when the framelits or thinlits arrive all neatly packaged.  If I don't, I tell you it's madness.

So if you store your thinlits and framelits like me, try this simple but tried and true method to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.  Your organization and storage will be much easier and neater!

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Thanks for tuning in for today's tip for framelits and thinlits storage and hopefully, it will save you the time and frustration that is saves me!



Tuesday Tip- A "Fussy" Paper Crafting Tip on Valentine' Day

Valentines.facebook-postBefore we get to our "fussy" paper crafting tip, I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!  Sending love and gratitude for allowing me to share with you!  We are enjoying some special times with our youngest daughter and grandbaby this week.  It's a cloudy and rainy day outside but there's much joy and laughter inside this happy home. 

Today's tip is a spin off of this card and I decided to share this fussy cutting tip for those of you have not tried it.  Cutting detailed images can be trying at times but someone shared this tip with me years ago and I have found it to be so much easier.

Take a look at the short video below...

Such a simple tip but it really makes cutting detailed images so much easier.   It's also a big help if you'll refrain from using the tip of the scissors for this type of cutting and use toward the inside of the blades.  It will seem much easier to maneuver and there will be less of a chance to make a snipping error.

Our Paper Snips provide expert cutting even in small areas. Thin, precision-ground stainless steel tips cut to end of blade.  These have 2 1/2" blades and come with a safety cover and have comfort grips for ease of use.

Click the link above to order your Paper Snips from my Stampin' Up! Online Store!  At only $10, these are a wise investment to add to your paper crafting tools. 

Hope you have a wonderful afternoon and evening and are able to spend some time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It's what the world needs now, right?  We are called to love and serve one another.

Thank you for tuning in for today's paper crafting tip on fussy cutting and I'll see you again soon!

Memory Keeping/Scrapbooking - Tips for 12 x12 Pages with 8 x10 Photos

Memory-keeping-memories-in-the-making-plxsu138454Today's memory keeping/scrapbooking project is a 12 x 12 page with an 8 x 10 photo used in combination with the Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collection, Moments Like These.  As you'll hear in the video, I am determined to preserve these (many) 8 x 10 photos of our girls in albums rather than have so many frames.  I know they'll appreciate having it all in one place as well.

Incorporating stamps and ink in memory keeping is easy to do and doesn't have to be time consuming or elaborate.  For me, the time it took for traditional scrapbooking resulted in getting very little accomplished and a feeling of defeat and being behind. 

No more.  There is no right or wrong.  However you or I choose to preserve "our story" is the right way and will bring joy now and to future generations.

You can read a little more about this method of memory keeping HERE.

Today's video will give you a few tips for preserving these larger photos.  You'll see the process so thanks in advance for sticking with me through video!

Here are some of the supplies mentioned and used in today's video...

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Using Project Life by Stampin' Up! has transformed my memory keeping!  Where it used to take hours and hours to create one 12 x 12 page layout, one can be completed in a few minutes.  Probably the most time consuming is the journaling but it's also very important.  Just record the dates, the who, the what, and/or your memories.  I promise you, it will be a treasure to your loved ones. 

If you enjoyed today's video and post, please let me know in the comment section below. Thanks for tuning in today for these memory keeping/scrapbooking tips and have a great weekend!

Tuesday Tip- Quick Valentine Treat!

Quick-easy-valentine-treatAre you ready for a quick Valentine treat idea?  You know happy Heart day is just a week away so today's tip will be helpful if you're looking for an idea for those Valentine Treats!

With a quick trip to the big box store or to the corner drugstore, you can find some boxed sweets that you can adapt after watching the video below.

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Quick-easy-valentine-treat-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • For this box, the designer paper was cut 3 1/3" x 6".
  • Contrasting band cut at 2" x 6".
  • No Glimmer Paper?  Try punching a red card stock heart.  Brush over the surface with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

Hope you are finding some time to craft today!  My niece will be here in a few minutes so that I can sew the ribbons on her pointe shoes.  She's a sweetheart!

Thanks for tuning in for today's quick Valentine treat and I'll see you in the next post!

Tuesday Tip- Fun Monster Eyes!

Make-fun-monster-eyesToday's tip is super easy and if you have the Yummy in My Tummy set from Stampin' Up!, you'll love adding this fun to your monster eyes!

Grab your Fine Tip Glue and your stamped and colored monster, and make your own googlie eyes!

Take a look at this in action in today's tip video below!

See how easy that is?  You just need a little patience to let it dry and you'll be good to go!

If you don't have this darlin' set, you are missing out.  It's fun for anyone, but I love it especially for kids so cute!

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Grab a cup of coffee and glass of tea and browse the Online Store to take a look at all of the wonderful and coordinating products from Stampin' Up!  I hope I've tempted you  to make some fun monster eyes on your next project!

Tuesday Tip- From the Archives and Helpful for New Card Makers!

Today's tip is one from the archives but is worth repeating especially for new card makers!

Starting with a good and neat card base is important for the overall look of any card.  In the video below, I'll share some tips that you may find helpful not matter what your level of cardmaking!


No matter what size that you make your cards, you can apply these simple tips to help you make a neat base.  

If you're a new card maker, let me know if you have questions that I can answer with a Tuesday Tip!

Tuesday Tip- Stretch Those Lace Doilies!

Tip-chalkboard.facebook-postToday's tip is one you'll love when using the new Lace Doilies from Stampin' Up!  Make the most of these cute embellishments with a punch!

Check out the quick video below.

Like this idea?  Give it a try!


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Thanks for tuning in for today's tip and I'll see you again soon!