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!

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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".

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


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.

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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.


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".

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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.

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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.


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.

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Make A Little Birthday Box

Make-a-birthday-box-1Have you ever found that you need a really cute little box for small birthday gift?  You know those little gifts that are just "a little something".

It is said that presentation is everything and while that might not be true all of the time, when it comes to paper crafting, we can blow it out of the water.

Our creations really can "make" a birthday gift that says, "I remembered it's your day".  Who wouldn't appreciate that?

I know that I can give our daughters a package of gum, for example, and if it's packaged in a handmade box or bag, they are thrilled and delighted.  I bet you've had a similar experience, right?

Well, today's little birthday box fits the bill.  Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The box base measurement is 5" x 3 3/8".  Cut two of these pieces from your chosen color of cardstock.
  • On one of these pieces, score 1" on all four sides.  This will be the box bottom.
  • On the other piece, score a little less than 1" on all four sides.  This will be the top.  Be sure to watch the video for clarification.
  • Cut designer paper as follows: 2 pieces at 1 3/8" x 7/8", two pieces at 2 7/8"x 7/8", and one piece for the top of the box at 2 7/8" x 1 3/8".

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Delight someone with a little gift inside this little birthday box that you'll make and it will make your day, too!


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...

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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!