Another Accordion Fold Gift Card Holder


Looking for a creative way to present your gifts? Look no further! We have a fantastic accordion fun fold project that is perfect for holding cash, gift cards, or DIY coupons. It's a super easy and fun fold that will add excitement to your special surprises.

To create this fun fold, all you need is a 5" x 10" piece of cardstock and a few simple scoring lines. Once you have the base, the possibilities for embellishing and dressing it up to match any occasion are endless. Customize your creation with your favorite colors, patterns, and decorative elements to make it truly unique.

In today's featured project, we're highlighting the beautiful Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper. And the best part? It's on sale from June 1-30! Take advantage of this limited-time offer to stock up on this gorgeous paper and add a touch of elegance to your accordion fun fold.



Imagine the delight on your recipient's face as they unfold the accordion and discover their surprise inside. Whether it's a heartfelt note, a thoughtful message, or a special gift, this fun fold will make the moment even more memorable.

Not only is this project easy to create, but it also serves as a go-to idea for any occasion. Keep a few pre-made accordion fun folds on hand, and you'll always have a creative solution when you need a last-minute gift presentation. It's a versatile and practical project that will surely impress your friends and loved ones.


You can see other samples and the how-to video along with measurements and cuts in this blog post.

So, why wait? Grab your favorite Designer Series Paper, including the beautiful Countryside Inn collection, while it's on sale this June. Let your imagination run wild, and start creating stunning accordion fun folds that will make your gifts truly extraordinary.

Big Stampin' Up! Designer Paper Sale!


Attention all paper lovers and craft enthusiasts! Get ready to indulge in the beauty of Designer Series Paper with our exciting June promotion. For the entire month, you can enjoy a fabulous 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers from our brand-new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog and Online Exclusives. It's the perfect opportunity to stock up on these stunning papers and unleash your creativity like never before.

Whether you're an avid scrapbooker, a passionate card maker, or simply someone who appreciates the artistry of paper, this sale is a dream come true. Our Designer Series Papers are known for their exquisite designs, vibrant colors, and versatile patterns. With this special discount, you can gather a collection of these artistic papers, ensuring you have a wide range of options for your future projects.

Imagine the joy of flipping through your own personal stash of gorgeous papers, each one waiting to inspire your creativity. From elegant florals to whimsical prints, there's a paper for every style, theme, and occasion. Whether you want to create heartfelt handmade cards, document cherished memories in a scrapbook, or design beautiful paper crafts, these discounted Designer Series Papers will offer endless possibilities.

Not only will you save on these high-quality papers, but you'll also have the convenience of having them readily available whenever inspiration strikes. No more rushing to the store or waiting for shipping. Your artistic toolkit will be complete with a treasure trove of designer papers at your fingertips.

To take advantage of this incredible offer, simply browse through our new 2023–2024 Annual Catalog and Online Exclusives and select the Designer Series Papers that catch your eye.
You can also download the flyer to see the papers that are on sale and the prices.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity! Stock up on these discounted Designer Series Papers and embrace the beauty, versatility, and artistic charm that these papers bring to your projects. Get ready to create masterpieces that will amaze and delight others.

The Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper sale runs from June 1-30, 2023.

Simple Patchwork Technique for Handmade Cards


If you're a card maker seeking a delightful and straightforward technique to make your handmade cards stand out, look no further than this patchwork technique as was featured in this week's YouTube Premiere.
The timing couldn't be more perfect because this June, Stampin' Up! is offering a fantastic 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers, allowing you to indulge in this technique while saving on your supplies.

The patchwork technique involves combining different patterns and designs from patterned papers to create a charming patchwork effect on your cards. It's a versatile and fun way to add visual interest and dimension to your projects. With an array of beautiful papers to choose from, you can mix and match patterns, colors, and themes to suit your style and the occasion.

To get started, select a variety of papers that catch your eye from the discounted collection.  Cut the papers into squares or rectangles, and arrange them in a pleasing pattern on your card base. Experiment with different combinations until you achieve a layout that you love.

Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, adhere the paper pieces to your card base. You can use our Multipurpose Liquid Glue to secure them in place. The patchwork design will instantly add a pop of visual interest to your card, creating a unique and eye-catching piece.


Take a look at the video below to see the assembly of a card using this technique...

Lisa's Inklings:
Card Base: Lost Lagoon Cardstock [133679] 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.
Basic White Cardstock [159276]: 4 x 5  1/4 for the inside of the card and 2 x 3 for the die-cut label.
Inked Botanicals 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [161157]: (2) 1 1/4 x 1/1/4, (3) 2 1/2 x 1 1/4, and (2) 2 5/8 x 1 1/4.

With the 15% discount on select Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up!, now is the perfect time to gather an assortment of papers to experiment with the patchwork technique. Not only will you enjoy the creative process, but you'll also be saving on your crafting supplies. It's a win-win situation!


Here are the supplies used on this card:

So, unleash your creativity, dive into the world of patchwork cardmaking, and make the most of the discounted Designer Series Papers this June. Your handmade cards will stand out with their unique charm and intricate designs. Start crafting, enjoy the process, and let the patchwork technique bring joy and creativity to your cardmaking.

YouTube Premiere- Simple Technique for Handmade Cards

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Let's make a card with a simple patchwork technique!  Plus, we are beginning a new month (my birthday month!), I will have some fun announcements including a Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Special!
Ink and Inspirations Premiere on YouTube, Thursday, June 1st, at Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT.
Join us!  Hope to see you then!

Father's Day Fishing Card

Fathers-day-fishing-cardGet ready for Father's Day with this fishing-themed card created with the Let's Go Fishing Suite from Stampin' Up!   This card highlights the Let's Go Fishing Designer Series Paper, which is included in this suite of products. The one-inch strips feature several patterns from this paper collection.

Father's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a fishing-themed card? With the Let's Go Fishing Suite from Stampin' Up!, you can create a personalized and unique card that is sure to make any dad who loves fishing feel special.

One of the highlights of this card is the Let's Go Fishing Designer Series Paper. This paper collection features various fishing-themed patterns, perfect for adding a touch of charm and nostalgia to your project. To create the card, you'll be using one-inch strips of this beautiful paper to showcase the different patterns and bring the fishing theme to life.

The first step is to choose the patterns you want to include on your card. You can mix and match different designs to create a visually appealing card. You can see this technique video tutorial HERE.

To add some dimension and interest to the card, consider adding additional elements from the Let's Go Fishing Suite. On this card, some stamped and die-cut fish were added.

To complete the card, the Happy Father's Day sentiment was stamped on a subtle pattern of that same designer paper and then sponged with Misty Moonlight ink around the edges.


The Let's Go Fishing Suite from Stampin' Up! offers so many possibilities for creating personalized and memorable Father's Day cards. Whether the dad in your life is an avid fisherman or simply enjoys the tranquility of the sport, this fishing-themed card is sure to bring a smile to his face.

So, gather your supplies and let your creativity flow. Get ready to surprise and delight your dad with a handmade card that celebrates his love for fishing and his role as a father. With the Let's Go Fishing Suite, you'll have everything you need to create a meaningful and heartfelt Father's Day greeting.

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Fun Fold Father's Day Card

Fun-fold-easel-card-gone-fishingWith Father's Day next month, it's time to start creating our handmade cards for this special day and today's project is a fun fold card using the fabulous Let's Go Fishing Suite from Stampin' Up!

This special day to honor fathers is just around the corner, and what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a handmade card? Today, we're diving into a fun project using the Let's Go Fishing Suite Collection (English) [161546]from Stampin' Up! Get ready to create a memorable card for that special dad in your life.

Our featured fold for this project is the easel fold, a simple yet effective design that adds a touch of fun and creativity to your card. Not only does it allow the recipient to display your creation proudly, but it also adds an extra element of surprise and delight.

The assembly of this card was featured in a current LIVE broadcast.  Watch the video then read on for the details so that you can create one as well!

Correction for video: Score card base at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used on this project:


Your Father's Day easel fold card is ready to impress.  The Let's Go Fishing Suite Collection (English) [161546] from Stampin' Up! offers a fantastic array of elements to make this project truly memorable. Whether it's for your dad, grandfather, or any special father figure in your life, this handmade card will surely bring a smile to their face.

So, grab your supplies and get ready to make Father's Day extra special with a fun fold card using the Let's Go Fishing Suite. Happy crafting!

Saying Thanks Kit: Expressing Gratitude Made Easy

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Whether you're an experienced crafter or one who is beginning in this wonderful craft, the Saying Thanks card kit is for everyone for expressing gratitude in a heartfelt way.

In our fast-paced lives, it's important to pause and appreciate the people who make our days brighter. Whether it's a family member, friend, or colleague, expressing gratitude is a powerful way to strengthen relationships and spread positivity. And what better way to convey your thanks than with the Saying Thanks Kit from Stampin' Up! This all-inclusive kit provides everything you need to create beautiful, heartfelt cards that will leave a lasting impression.

The Saying Thanks Kit is designed to make expressing gratitude a breeze. With its vibrant colors and thoughtful design elements, this kit allows you to create nine stunning cards in no time. Each card features a bright watercolor wash that adds a pop of color and captures the eye. The kit also includes die-cut elements that can be used to create peek-through cards, adding an extra touch of creativity to your expressions of gratitude.

Gratitude is contagious, and the Saying Thanks Kit empowers you to spread joy by acknowledging the people who make a difference in your life. Taking a moment to express gratitude can brighten someone's day and strengthen the bonds you share. Let the Saying Thanks Kit be your creative tool to convey heartfelt appreciation and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

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Quantity available: Available while supply lasts in the Online Store.

Price: $13.00 (plus shipping and tax) 

Link to Purchase: Saying Thanks Card Kit

Shop ALL Kits HERE!

In a world that often moves too fast, taking the time to express gratitude is a meaningful gesture. The Saying Thanks Kit from Stampin' Up! simplifies the process of creating beautiful, heartfelt cards to show appreciation. With its vibrant colors, thoughtful design elements, and easy assembly, this kit makes expressing gratitude a joyous and fulfilling experience. So, let's embrace the power of gratitude and use the Saying Thanks Kit to spread appreciation, love, and joy to those who make our days brighter.


New to Cardmaking? Six Must-Have Tools


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If you're new to cardmaking, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what tools to invest in. Fortunately, there are a few essential tools that every beginner cardmaker should have in their toolkit. Here are the must-have tools for beginning cardmakers, all of which can be found from Stampin' Up!:


  1. Paper trimmer: A good paper trimmer is essential for cutting cardstock and patterned paper to the right size for your cards. The Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer is a high-quality option that makes it easy to get straight and precise cuts every time.


  2. Liquid adhesive: A strong and reliable liquid adhesive is a must-have for cardmaking. Stampin' Up! offers several types of adhesives, including the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, which is versatile and easy to use.


  3. Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors is a necessity for fussy cutting and trimming. The Stampin' Up! Paper Snips are specially designed for paper crafting and make it easy to get into tight spaces.


  4. Rubber stamps: Rubber stamps are a staple of cardmaking and allow you to create custom designs for your cards. Stampin' Up! offers a wide variety of rubber stamps in various themes and styles, so you're sure to find something that suits your needs.


  5. Ink pads: You'll need a selection of ink pads in different colors to stamp your designs onto cardstock. The Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' Pads are available in dozens of colors and are specially formulated to give crisp and clean stamped images.


  6. Cardstock: Finally, you'll need a supply of high-quality cardstock in various colors to create the base of your cards. Stampin' Up! offers a variety of cardstock options, including the thick and sturdy Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276].

Investing in these essential tools from Stampin' Up! will set you up for success as a beginner cardmaker. As you become more experienced, you can add additional tools and supplies to your collection, but these six items will get you started on the right foot. Happy crafting!

Why I Started Stamping


Everyone has their own unique story of how they got started with stamping. Today, I want to share my own journey and how I discovered the joy of stamping and memory-keeping.

Back when our girls were in high school, they were involved in numerous extracurricular activities, which meant we had a ton of photos to cherish. Alongside their school activities, they were also passionate about dance classes, resulting in even more precious memories captured through photographs.

Realizing I had all these wonderful moments captured on film, I decided it was time to do something with them. Although I had dabbled in scrapbooking as a young girl, it had been years since I engaged in any serious memory-keeping.

In the spring of 2006, my daughter invited me to a rubber stamping party hosted by her friend. I had never heard of Stampin' Up! before, and I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about the whole idea of rubber stamps. Little did I know that this event would completely change my perspective.

As soon as I inked up that first stamp and pressed it onto the paper, I was hooked. We created a cute card, and I instantly recognized the creativity and versatility of stamping. I realized that cards would always come in handy, and I wanted to explore this newfound passion further. My daughter and I decided to place an order together so we could share our new "stash" of stamping supplies.

But it didn't stop there. A short time later, the same demonstrator who hosted the party reached out to me and informed me about the Starter Kit, an opportunity to get even more stamping goodies. Intrigued by the idea, I didn't hesitate to invest in the kit. I was eager to expand my collection and explore new creative possibilities. The demonstrator also mentioned that becoming a demonstrator myself was an option, though I initially had no plans to demonstrate anything.

When I received my Starter Kit, I was filled with excitement. I couldn't wait to incorporate stamps into my scrapbooking projects and create beautiful cards. Then, one day, my demonstrator friend asked me to conduct a "party" on her behalf. Initially hesitant, I eventually agreed, and that experience sparked a deep love and passion for sharing the art of stamping with others.

Now, almost 17 years later, I continue to share my passion for stamping. It's incredible how one invitation to a rubber stamping party completely transformed my perspective and opened up a world of creativity and connection. I genuinely love what I do and the joy it brings to others.

I would love to hear your own "Why I Started Stamping" story. Feel free to share in the comment section below or reach out to me via email. Let's celebrate our stamping journeys together!

Simple Technique with Patterned Paper and Hello Ladybug


Today's card project features the simple technique with patterned paper from this week's premiere video.

I love the ladybug with the black and white background from the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] collection.  The pop of red is the perfect accent.

The photo below shows the inside of the card.  Using a scrap strip of patterned paper adds just the right touch of continuity from the card front.

Simple-cardmaking-hello-ladybugHere are the details with dimensions so that you can create this card.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used to create this project...




Now it's your turn to create this easy technique with patterned paper. Get your supplies and start your project!

Simple Technique with Patterned Paper

Paper-technique-card-courage-faithIn this week's premiere video, this simple technique with patterned paper was the star!  It is a very easy technique and an awesome way to use your patterned paper scraps.  Also featured is one of my favorite stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Courage & Faith.

Share your faith and bring encouragement to others with the Courage & Faith Stamp Set. This versatile set is perfect for creating cards, bookmarks, and more with its meaningful scripture references and beautiful designs. Use the included floral branch stamps or circle designs in this set to create perfect borders or centerpieces for your paper crafting projects. Here's another beautiful card from yesterday's post with this stamp set.

You can watch the recording of the video.  Watch then get ready to create some stunning backgrounds with this paper strip technique.


Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used for this card...

Ready to give this simple technique with patterned paper a try?  We'd love to see your work in our Facebook Group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers, so join us there!

Simple Cardmaking with Stampin' Up! Courage & Faith

Simple-card-making-stampin-up-courage-faithFeatured this week on Ink and Inspirations is the beautiful Courage & Faith stamp set from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

I was so pleased to see this set with Scripture was at the top of my list. Here's another beautiful sample created by a Stampin' Up! concept artist.


This is a simple cardmaking design and only requires stamps, ink, paper, and a touch of ribbon.

Simple-card-making-courage-faith-stampin-upHere's a look at the inside.  I had a scrap strip of the Wild Wheat cardstock so I stamped on it switching the orientation of the stamp each time.


Be sure to join us for a video Premiere on Facebook or YouTube, tomorrow-Thursday, May 18th, and you'll see an easy technique with patterned paper strips!

This technique is great for using your patterned paper scraps.
Join us tomorrow to see the how-to!
Find us on Facebook or YouTube.
Noon ET, 11 AM CT, 10 AM MT, 9 AM PT
See you then!

Elegant Wedding Card

Color-&-ContourLet's start the week with this wedding card (or card for any celebration) using a touch of gold with vanilla.    Featured here is one of our carry-over sets, the Color & Contour Photopolymer Stamp Set [154994].

Here's the tutorial so you can re-create it!


Card Base: Very Vanilla Thick – 1 pc. 4 1/4 x 11. Score at 5 1/2.
Cardstock #2: Very Vanilla – 4 x 5 1/4 for embossed layer, 3 x 5 for die cutting scalloped rectangle, and 4 x 4 to punch ovals.
Ribbon: (2) 5 1/2 - 6 inches


  • Score Thick Very Vanilla at 5 1/2. Fold and burnish.
  • Emboss large Very Vanilla piece with embossing folder.
  • Die cut scalloped rectangle .
  • Stamp image in VersaMark on scalloped rectangle; stamp sentiment in VersaMark on 4 x 4 piece.
  • Heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Punch sentiment with scalloped oval.
  • Adhere these embossed pieces to large layer about 1 inch from the bottom.
  • Take one piece of ribbon and stretch across beneath scalloped pieces. Adhere two ends on back with adhesive.
  • Tie bow with other piece of ribbon and attach as shown with a glue dot.
  • Adhere this entire piece to card front.
  • Attach three gold Festive Pearls.
  • Finish inside as desired.

Although this card was created with a wedding couple in mind, this style is appropriate for a birthday,  graduation, retirement, anniversary or any celebratory occasion. If you were to make this wedding card, would you vanilla as I did here or create it in white?  Would you use gold or silver? Let me know what you would use for a wedding card in the comments below!