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.
  • How can you get this set?  Get it FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! Product order!

Here's the Stampin' Up! supply list for today's card.  Current Host Code: A4CDEHHE

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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!

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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Circles Collection Framelits Die
Circles Collection Framelits Die
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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 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!


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!


Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- DIY Tiny Valentine Box

Diy-tiny-valentine-bag-1Today's makeover is a DIY Valentine box that you can make to be ready for tomorrow...Valentine's Day!  It's a tiny box just the right size for a pair of earrings or a few sweet treats.  The "different" look for the top makes this one unique and and really cute!

The original video tutorial features a birthday themed box with products from the past from Stampin' Up!  Most have retired or are discontinued but you can make yours with supplies and tools that you have on hand.

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

Here's the Stampin' Up! Product List for today's makeover:

Current Host Code: A4CDEHHE

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With orders of $50 or more before shipping and tax: 
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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.

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper 4 x 8 1/2.
  • Score short side at 1/2 and 2.
  • Score long side at 2,4,6, and 8.

It's not too late to make a quick card or treat box for Valentine's Day. Here's another idea that you can create in a few minutes time!  Hope you will try this tiny DIY box to give to your Valentine!

 


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!


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...

Stampin' Up! Supply List

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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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Thank you for tuning in today for today's easy watercolor wash technique...give it a try! 
 

 


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.

Here's the supply list for today's project. Current Host Code: A4CDEHHE

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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!


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!

Product List

Big Shot
$110.00
Heat Tool
$30.00
Glue Dots
$5.25

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.

Specials and Promotions:

Sale-A-Bration---> Through March 31, 2017
With each $50 in product purchase on a single order, choose a FREE special Sale-A-Bration item from the brochure!  With each and every order you place during the Sale-A-Bration period, you can earn FREE goodies with each $50 in product purchase before tax and shipping.
February Thank You
With Any Order: February Lift Me Up Fun Folds Showcase Videos---2 Card Ideas with 2 Exclusive Videos!
 
With orders of $50 or more before shipping and tax: 
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Have fun shopping and earn this awesome pack of Carried Away Designer Paper to make a today's makeover Valentine card and I'll see you soon in the next post!
 
 

Not a Groundhog But A Cute Monster Instead!

Cute-monster-birthday-card-1Well, friends, I don't have a Groundhog for you on this February 2nd but here's cute monster birthday card and video!

Yummy in the Tummy is a delightful set from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog that's perfect for cards for kids. Here, this fella is paired with the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.

Watch the video below to see how you can make simply cut strips of designer paper work for you to create a fun background for your stamped images.

Make your own cute monster birthday card by shopping through the links below:

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Modern Label Punch
Modern Label Punch
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$16.95

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.
  • Party Animal DSP: 4 x 5 1/4 and two strips of coordinating prints cut at 1 1/2 x 4.
  • Watercolor Paper: 2 1/4 x 3
  • Emerald Envy: 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 and scrap for punching.
  • Whisper White: Scrap for stamping and punching.

Cute-monster-birthday-card-2Here's the inside of the card stamped with the Designer Tee stamp set that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

 

Sale-A-Bration---> Through March 31, 2017
With each $50 in product purchase on a single order, choose a FREE special Sale-A-Bration item from the brochure!  With each and every order you place during the Sale-A-Bration period, you can earn FREE goodies with each $50 in product purchase before tax and shipping.
February Thank You
With Any Order: February Lift Me Up Fun Folds Showcase Videos---2 Card Ideas with 2 Exclusive Videos!
 
With orders of $50 or more before shipping and tax: 
Use Host Code A4CDEHHE and receive a gift in the mail from me plus the February Showcase Videos! Offer only from Lisa Brown, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 
 
 
Thanks for tuning in on Groundhog Day for this cute monster birthday birthday card and video tutorial!

 


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:

Here are the supplies for today's card...simply click the links to shop!

Product List

Big Shot
$110.00
Heat Tool
$30.00
Glue Dots
$5.25
Lift-me-up-card-2Here's the inside of the card...more  hot air balloon fun!
 
February Thank You
With Any Order: February Lift Me Up Fun Folds Showcase Videos---2 Card Ideas with 2 Exclusive Videos!
 
With orders of $50 or more before shipping and tax: 
Use Host Code A4CDEHHE and receive a gift in the mail from me plus the February Showcase Videos! Offer only from Lisa Brown, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 
 
  • 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!

 

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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  • Host Code A4CDEHHE- Place an order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) through my Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail! Please do not use the Host Code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax.  You will earn Stampin' Rewards for free product and I will still send your gift!
  • With each $50 in product or your order, select a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

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!


Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Valentine Treat Box with a Pop of Pink

Valentine-treat-box-pop-of-pink-1Today's makeover is a Valentine Treat Box in one of my favorite styles.  It's easy to make and the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Paper is super sweet for Valentine projects.

I've always thought that this was just the right says if you had "several" that you wanted (or, needed!) to make.  Whether for your child's or grandchild's classroom, to hand out to co-workers, or for favors for a party or special event, you'll have just what you need with your paper crafting supplies and the instructions for this box!

This video from the past shows the easy how-to.  Take a look and then try it for yourself! 

Here's the shopping list for today's project.  Simply click the links to shop the online store.

Product List - Host Code: A4CDEHHE

Valentine-treat-box-pop-of-pink-2I think you'll agree that is a "just right" size for treats as well as easy and fun to make.  Try this Valentine Treat Box to share and spread the love for a happy heart day!


Monthly Crafting Kit Special!

PP_SAB_Sharable-2_2017_USWouldn't you love getting a crafting kit each month in your mailbox? If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin,  now is the perfect time—you can get a discount, grab a free Sale-A-Bration item, and get three months of papercrafting bliss!  It's a crafting surprise coming to your mailbox for 3 months!

Already subscribed to Paper Pumpkin?  How about purchasing a subscription as a gift for your friend, spouse, child, or parent and have a crafting buddy every month.

For even bigger savings and more rewards, surprise yourself every month for a year! Get a 12-month Paper Pumpkin subscription and you’ll save over $2/month, get Stampin’ Rewards, and earn 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

Kits vary from cards, 3D items, home/party decor, and more.  Just take a look at the year in review from 2016...some awesome past Paper Pumpkin Kits!

I always get the yearly subscription during Sale-A-Bration so that I can save $2 per month, earn 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items, AND Stampin' Rewards with my order!

Click the links below to order for yourself AND a friend...what a fun gift!

 Now is the best time to get in on the fun of Paper Pumpkin...get a prepaid subscription and earn SALE-A-BRATION Rewards!

 


Tried and True Technique... Embossing for Cardmaking!

Make a Bold and Lovely Birthday CardThere's no doubt about it: the embossing technique is still a great technique to use in cardmaking.

Have your tried embossing?  Do you remember the first time you watched the "magic" as the heat tool melted the powder to make your card just pop?

Today's card has a bold birthday statement that is kicked up a notch with the heat embossing technique.  This card is also the "sister" to the masculine Makeover Monday Valentine card from earlier this week seen HERE.

Let's take a look at the easy process for this card in today's video tutorial.

Here are the products that were use to make this card...You'll LOVE that Falling in Love paper!

 

 

Embossing is an easy technique that makes any cardmaking project extra special.  Must haves are the Clear and White Stampin' Emboss Powders.  For a really special touch, try our metallics in gold, copper, and silver.

 

 

  • Host Code for January: BY4VY3MJ  Use this code when placing your online order of $50 in product or more and  receive a gift from me.  Please do not use the code if your order is $150 or more before shipping and tax.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards on your order from  Stampin' Up! and I'll still send your FREE gift.

Try embossing on your next cardmaking project and see what a difference this tried and true technique makes on your handmade creation!