Let's Talk About Lists

 

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Most of us are drawn to lists, right? 

Top Ten lists, lists of favorites, To Do lists, Wish Lists...the "list" goes on and on!

Well, here's another list that is near and dear to my heart:  the Ink and Inspirations Mailing List.

This list is composed of paper crafters from around the world that allow me to share my love of the craft with them via email. 

Are you on my list? If not, please sign up today!

Here are the facts:

  1. Sign up for ink and inspirations Mailing List and receive FREE gifts immediately after confirming!
  2. What free gifts? 
    How about an exclusive video tutorial and my favorite card sketch idea that makes assembling a card a breeze!
  3. As a subscriber, you will also receive our weekly email with exclusive paper crafting and cardmaking project ideas and tips.
  4. You will periodically receive BONUS video tutorials of special projects exclusively for mailing list subscribers.
  5. Receive first notice of specials and promotions!

Don't delay! 
Click the link below to sign up!

Sign Up for the Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown Mailing List Now!


Easy Easter Treats for You to Make Now!

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These two easy Easter Treats were the two projects that I demonstrated last night on the Facebook Live Broadcast on my business page, Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown.

The little treat containers are super easy yet so cute!  And, now is the time to start creating them!

If you'd like to see the recording of the LIVE video, you can watch it below!

Click here to access the link to the Ink and Inspirations Project Sheet.

Reminder: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a surprise prize from me! Random drawing on this Sunday evening.

Thanks for checking in and now, it's time for you to get started on these easy Easter treats!


Make a Pretty Handmade Card and Gift Box with Springtime Foils

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Gift-box-springtime-foilsThis pretty handmade card and gift box with Springtime Foils Specialty Paper were the two projects that I made last night on my Facebook Live Broadcast.

This paper is beautiful!  And, it's so much fun to color with our Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  You can earn this paper FREE with a $50 product purchase from Stampin' Up!

If you'd like to see the recording of the LIVE video, you can watch it below!

Reminder: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a surprise prize from me! Random drawing on this Sunday evening.

Thanks for checking in for the handmade card and gift box with Springtime Foils from Live with Lisa on Facebook...have a great weekend!- Lisa


It's LIVE with Lisa Tonight on Facebook

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Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place tonight at 7:30 PM Central Time (8:30 PM Eastern, 6:30 PM MT, 5:30 PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 7:30 PM Central.  When you check in at that time and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

If you are unable to join us for the LIVE broadcast, not to worry! You may watch the recording which will be posted there immediately following.

Enjoy these specials when shopping with Lisa in March!

  • Sale-A-Bration- Earn free product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure with each $50 in product purchase on a single order. No LIMIT! This special ends March 31st!

  • *HOST CODE: K2N7N94R  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me!

  • Become part of a special group in my Sale-A-Bration Celebration in April!
    There will be make and takes, door prizes, LIVE videos, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Hope to see you tonight for Live with Lisa on Facebook,7:30 PM Central...have a great day!


Make a Birthday Card with Sunshine & Rainbows

Birthday-card-with-sunshine-rainbowsToday's project is a birthday card with Sunshine & Rainbows from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  This rainbow is so much fun to make and really is an eye catcher for cards.  Anyone would be so excited to receive a card with a rainbow, don't y0u think?

The Rainbow Builder Framelits are fabulous on their own but make a fine pair with the Sunshine & Rainbows stamp set.  See the bundle with stamp set and framelits for 15% off HERE.

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

See the birthday card with Sunshine & Rainbows video tutorial on You Tube HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper has this cute cloud pattern that's a great print to use with the rainbow.
  • The Rainbow Builder Framelits have dies that can be used on their own with no coordinating stamp from the set.  The cloud border with the sentiment is an example.
  • Tip: Start building the rainbow from the biggest arch and work your way down.
  • Colors used for rainbow: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum
  • Click here to access the Ink and Inspirations Project Sheet.

 

Lisa's March Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: K2N7N94R  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!

Enjoy these fun cardmaking supplies from Stampin' Up! and make it a Sunshine & Rainbows day for someone with this birthday card!


Cardmaking Tip: Fixing Mistakes and Keeping It Real

Today's cardmaking tip video is keeping it real regarding fixing mistakes.  Initially, it started out as a cardmaking video tutorial but it just wasn't heading in the right direction as far as tutorials go.  I was encountering one "oops" after another.  Finally, I just threw my hands up in the air and muttered "Are you KIDDING me??!!"  At that point, it was time to press stop while recording and go to Plan B.

With the next recording, I decided that it would be a good idea to just give a tip on how to fix some of my mistakes.  Good idea, right?  Sure it is.  While I wasn't totally happy with the fix and the outcome, I decided to go ahead with it.  The story needed to be told. :)

 

See this cardmaking tips, mistakes, and keeping it real video on You Tube HERE.

While the card didn't turn out how I had hoped, it is finished and I will send it to someone. 

Lesson...we don't need to be so hard on ourselves when things are not "perfect".  We were not made to be perfect.  We were meant to be real, kind, and the best version of ourselves.  And, that's what we should all be working toward.  All attainable...progress not perfection.

Now if you like the products used on today's card, take a look at this post with a cute card and box.

Lisa's March Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: K2N7N94R  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!
  • Become a member of our Ink and Inspirations Stars Team and choose any two stamp sets for FREE to add to your Starter Kit!  This special only lasts through the end of the month, March 31, 2018.  We'd love to have you on our team!

 

What do you with your "mistakes"?  I'd love to know!  Leave a comment below and share!

Thanks for tuning in for today's tip on cardmaking mistakes and keeping it all real and I'll see you tomorrow with another project.


Mini DIY Easter Basket with A Good Day

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This is the month we need to plan for Easter gift and treat packaging so here's a DIY mini basket idea for you.  It's a makeover from a past video tutorial that is just the right size for a few sweet treats or small gift. 

I thought I'd try a monochromatic look with some paper and embellishment from the big annual catalog along with A Good Day (wood, clear) stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  This is such a sweet set and you can see some more projects made with it HERE.

Min-diy-easter-basket-2Let's take a look at the project video tutorial that inspired today's makeover.

Click here to see the video that inspired the Mini DIY Easter Basket on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the designer paper to 6" x 8".
  • Score on the 8" side at 2" and 6".
  • Score on the 6" side at 2" and 4".
  • Cut two strips of designer paper: One strip- 1/2" x 10" for handle and one strip 1/2" x 12'.
  • The 12" strip should be adhered to the top edge of the basket.  Start at center front and wrap around the top edge, bending around corners.  It will not meet the other end once you get back around to the front, but your stamped image and punched pieces will cover that.

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Lisa's March Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: K2N7N94R  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!
  • Become a member of our Ink and Inspirations Stars Team and choose any two stamp sets for FREE to add to your Starter Kit!  This special only lasts through the end of the month, March 31, 2018.  We'd love to have you on our team!

Are you as ready for spring time crafting as I am?  Hope you'll try today's project for spring, Easter, or any occasion! Thanks for stopping by for today's mini DIY Easter basket and I'll see you again soon!

 

 


Make a Gift Box and Card with a Good Day

Diy-box-a-good-day Diy-card-a-good-dayThis gift box and card with A Good Day stamp set were the two projects that I made on last night's Live with Lisa on Facebook.

Along with A Good Day (wood, clear) stamp set, these projects show off the new 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches.  Who doesn't love punches??!!

If you'd like to see the recording of the LIVE video, you can find it below.

Reminder: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a card made with A Good Day stamp set.

Thanks for checking in for the gift box and card with A Good Day from Live with Lisa on Facebook...have a great weekend!- Lisa


Stampin' Blends Tip with Magical Day

Magical-day-stampin-blends-tipIt's a Magical kind of Day with this cute card and a Stampin' Blends tip. Oh my goodness!  I love this set!  Did you see the little knight on the card that was featured on Monday? These images are a lot of fun to color with Stampin' Blends, beautiful alcohol markers.  The supply on these is getting low so be sure you order yours soon!  The Pink Pirouette and Pool Party blends are not available but most of the others were still available as of this writing.

For today's technique tip, we will be using the Color Lifter to add some definition to the image.  The Color Lifter actually lifts the color off the paper.  I think it is so cool!  I'm by no means an expert in coloring with the Blends but I just have fun with it and encourage you to do so, too!  The best way to "learn" is to just play around with these markers.  You will be surprised how easy it is!

Let's take a look at today's video with Magical Day and Stampin' Blends.

Click here to see this Stampin' Blends tip with Magical Day on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • This image is stamped and colored on Thick Whisper White card stock. 
  • Always use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink when using the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.
  • Use the Color Lifter to add dimension and accent to your images.
  • Click here for the Ink and Inspirations Project Details.

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Ink and Inspirations Project Details HERE.

Lisa's February Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!
  • Become a member of our Ink and Inspiraitions Stars Team and choose any two stamp sets for FREE to add to your Starter Kit!

Have fun with Stampin' Blends and this tip seen on this Magical Day card and I'll see you again soon!

 


Stamparatus Tips

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Today I am sharing a few tips on the new Stamparatus after initial use.

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price in U.S.–$49.00
  • Stampin’ Up! will not replace broken magnets.

Now let's take a look at the video that I recorded with some personal tips after using this tool.

 

 
Below are some videos from the Stampin' Up! home office with some good information, tips, and methods of using the Stamparatus.
 
 
 
 
 

 

I hope these videos are helpful to you if you are expecting your Stamparatus soon.  Or, if you have not reserved one, you'll feel the need to put one on your WISH LIST when these great stamp positioning tool become available for purchase!

Bookmark this page so that you have easy access to these tips for the new Stamparatus and I'll see you in the next blog post!


Make a Birthday Card with Magical Day!

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Today's project is a fun birthday card with the Magical Day stamp set from the Occasions Catalog. 

I love this set and the coordinating framelits and designer paper.  These products make a fun card for kids of all ages.   Last week, I made this box with a darling mermaid from the set.

The rich colors from the designer paper inspired the coloring of the knight with my Stampin' Blends.  I think I could color with those beauties all day long...so very relaxing.

This card is a makeover of the one seen in the video below.  I switched things up a bit since I needed to add a sentiment.  Rather than add another die cut or punched element, I decided to white emboss the sentiment directly on the card base.  It just pops on that Dapper Denim base, doesn't it?

Take a look at the video below to see the basic steps for this card.

Click here to see this birthday card video tutorial on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • This is a great layout if you need a starting point for a card. 
  • Use the designer paper that you choose as inspiration for your ink and card stock color choices.
  • Try combining patterns as I did on both the card in the video and the makeover with Magical Day.  Notice one print is bolder than the other on each card.
  • Click here to access the Ink and Inspirations Project Details for this makeover.

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Lisa's Specials for February:

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!

Order your Magical Day Bundle and Myths and Magic Specialty Designer Paper today to make this super cute birthday card!

 


Live with Lisa on Facebook Tonight!

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Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place tonight at 7:30 PM Central Time.  I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page. Excited about showing you a fun cardmaking project!

You may CLICK HERE to go there now.  If you check in at 7:30 PM Central and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

If you are unable to join us for the LIVE broadcast, not to worry! You may watch the recording which will be posted there immediately following.

Enjoy these specials when shopping with Lisa in February!

  • Sale-A-Bration- Earn free product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure with each $50 in product purchase on a single order. No LIMIT!

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me!

  • Become part of a special group in my Sale-A-Bration Celebration in April!
    There will be make and takes, door prizes, LIVE videos, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Hope to see you tonight for Live with Lisa on Facebook,7:30 PM Central...have a great day!


Gable Box with Magical Day Mermaid

Magical-day-mermaid-box-1Today's project is this adorable gable box with the Magical Day mermaid.   Isn't is cute?

This Magical Day set bundled with the Magical Mates Framelits (clear mount-145985) is perfect for the young and young at heart!...That's all of us, right?

I decided that the Silver Mini Gable Box (145568) needed to be flipped to the "white" side for this project.  You will see how easy that is to do in today's video.  The beautiful water themed background is from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper (145600).  This paper is the perfect companion for this group of products.  There are dragons, mermaids, and more that can be "fussy cut" from the paper to use on cards, boxes, banners...whatever you desire to craft! 

Below is today's project video where the "magic" happens! ;)

Click here to see the gable box with the Magical Day mermaid on You Tube.

Magical-day-mermaid-gable-box-2Lisa's Inklings:

 

Lisa's Specials for February:

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!

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Have a special someone in mind for this project? This would make a sweet gift box or party favor. Shop now so you can get started!

Thanks for checking in to see this gable box with the Magical Day mermaid and I'll see you again soon!- Lisa :)


Tip for Using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder

Basket-weave-embossing-folder-tipLast week, on my Facebook Live broadcast, I shared a card with a fun tip with the new Basket Weave Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This embossing folder is included in a beautiful bundle with stamp set seen above, Blossoming Basket.  It is one of the new Sale-A-Bration choices that you can earn for FREE!

In today's video tutorial, we will actually use the embossing folder as a stamp.  This technique is easy and actually gives the impression more dimension.  Use the folder without ink on any color card stock and it is just as rich and beautiful.

Ready for the video?  Let's take a look...

If you are not able to see the video above, CLICK HERE to view on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The Basket Weave embossing folder is a Dynamic folder which means it is thicker that other embossing folders from Stampin' Up!
  • Apply ink to the inside of the folder that has the Stampin' Up! brand on the outside.
  • Just lightly tap the ink pad to the inside of the folder on the ONE side.
  • To run these Dynamic folders through your Big Shot, you will need a platform with no extra platform layers, a cutting plate, and your folder with card stock inside.  That's it! No cutting plate on top!

    Lisa's Specials for February:

    • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
    • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!

Place your order now and earn some of the wonderful Sale-A-Bration freebies! Maybe you'll be able to try today's tip for the Basket Weave embossing folder.

 


Handmade Card for a Friend with A Good Day

Handmade-card-friend-a-good-day-1Today's makeover project is a sweet handmade card for a friend using A Good Day stamp set. 

The little images and sentiments in this set are darling.  Perfect for spring, this little bunny was the inspiration and starting point for this card.  When thinking about the layout, this one from the past came to mind.  I love this layering of card stock and designer papers.  It's fun and unexpected. And, even better, there are no rules!! 

Here is the original card...

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If you compare the two cards, you can see that I added and extra layer of Silver Foil behind the bunny.  It needed some silver to tie in the designer paper background from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Paper.

The original how-to video was a recording from a Facebook Live. Let's take a look!

Click here to watch this cardmaking video tutorial on You Tube.

Handmade-card-friend-a-good-dayLisa's Inklings:

  • The bunny is colored with ink pads and Blender Pens. I just pressed the top of the closed lid and when opened, you'll see a little spot of ink on the lid. 
  • Pick up some of that ink with your Blender Pen and color your image.  
  • Brush Clear Wink of Stella over colored areas of bunny for a bit of sparkle.
  • Fast Fuse is on back side of  the Silver Foil to secure the Baker's Twine.

CLICK HERE--->See the details, measurements, and products used on this cardmaking project HERE.

Lisa's Specials for February:

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me!
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!