Where You Can Find Me Besides My Blog!

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Do you know where else you can find me besides here on the blog?  Follow me on these social networks to keep in touch!

Follow me on Instagram HERE.  See photos of work in progress, inspiration, and a bit of what's going on in my life.

Join me on Facebook HERE. Be sure to  LIKE my page so you can join in on our LIVE videos!

Visit my Pinterest page to Pin your favorites to your boards.

Like to Tweet? Follow me on Twitter HERE.

Thank you for visiting my blog! If you enjoy any of the other social networks, I hope you will follow me there as well!

 


Your Questions Answered: How To Finish the Inside of Handmade Cards

Finish.blog-post-image"How do you finish the inside of your handmade cards?"

This is a question that is asked quite often.  In my cardmaking video tutorials, it is a rare occasion when I go through the process of finishing the inside of the card.  Usually, I will wait to put those finishing touches once I know who the recipient will be.

But, that's not helpful for you all so I've assembled a few ideas to share with you today.  You'll see that it's not difficult at all for the inside of your card to be as finished and beautiful as the outside.  Let's take a look...

 

Tip:  I like to keep a stack of 4" x 5 1/4" pieces of Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock.  Order a pack of both and cut to those measurements and you'll have that part ready to go.

If you have questions that I can address regarding cardmaking, paper crafting scrapbooking, or Stampin' Up! products, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment below.  I will add it to my list of responses that are in the plans to be recorded.  

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: WXFNUJ22  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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

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Now that's you've watched the video on finishing the inside of your handmade cards, leave a comment with a product or crafting question that you'd like answered!

 


Cardmaking Video with Beautiful Vellum

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Today's project features a simple cardmaking project and video tutorial with some beautiful vellum.   This particular print design is from the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper collection from the Stampin' Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog.

Admittedly, sometimes this card maker will shy away from using vellum.  The adhesive has to be strategically placed.  With this beautiful print, it was easy to camouflage behind some of the colored blossoms and the die cut label.  

Let's take a look at the video tutorial.  You'll see how this vellum piece just "makes" this card!

 

Lisa's Inkings:

  • The card base is Petal Pink cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Vellum layer is cut 4" x 5 1/4".
  • The label is die cut from a 4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • You'll need  14" - 18" of ribbon.

Here are the supplies used to create this card.  Just click the pics below to shop!

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Cardmaking-with-vellumAdding the little bit of bling to this card gave it a special touch!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the simple and fun way that I finish the inside of my cards in a "Your Questions Answered" video!

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: CQ4QFFQS  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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Try a little vellum in your next cardmaking project and I will see you in the next post. Hugs to you, Lisa.

 


Facebook Live with Lisa, Thursday at 7:30 PM Central Time

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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.

We will be making a cute box tonight so please join us on Facebook tonight at 7:30 PM Central!


Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Stamping Business

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There are many of you who have thought about starting your own stamping business, right? Well, here are my top 5 reasons why now is the time!

 

1. Until March 31, 2019, there are two great options of great value:

Option 1: $99 Starter Kit- Instead of the usual $125 in product that you are allowed to choose for your Starter Kit, add an additional $50 to get $175 of your choice for your kit.

Option2: $129 Starter Kit- Get $175 worth of product of your choosing along with the Craft and Carry Tote ($50 value)

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2. Flexibility- Work your business your way. Set your own hours!

3. Earn Extra Income- Whether you want to earn money to help pay bills, save for a vacation, help fund your children's extra curricular activities, save or add to your retirement fund, or to make this your career, Stampin' Up! offers a fabulous opportunity!

4. SU!pport- Receive creative and business support from Stampin' Up! and from me as your  team leader!

    • Stampin' Up! will provide you with a demonstrator only site with creative and business ideas, and...
    • a quarterly magazine with loads of information, project ideas, and tips, and...
    • a "hotline" called demo support with friendly staff that are eager to offer assistance and answer questions!...and,
    •  As a member of my Ink and Inspirations Stars team, you will gain access to a members only Facebook Group, weekly emails, and monthly online meetings with information and inspiration to help you with your business!

5. Relationships and Community- Become part of a supportive community of others who love to stamp and share it with others. 

Become Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and to put together a kit with any of our current high-quality products to start your business.  

Questions? E-mail me!

Or, if you've been considering starting your own stamping business for a while and are ready...JOIN NOW!

Lots of reasons that now is the time to start your business as demonstrator...are you ready?

 

 

 

 


Rubber Stamping with the Stamparatus

If you haven't discovered this great tool for rubber stamping, the Stamparatus, then you are really missing out a great "helper"!

The Stamparatus has been around for a little while but wanted to share one easy technique that is really helpful.   The multi-step stamping with this tool makes it so convenient to create multiples of the same card a one such a breeze.  Think invitations, announcements, holiday cards, classroom treats...you get the picture.

Let's take a look at the video that was recorded just last week while preparing for my Stamp Club.  

 

From the Stampin' Up! online store...

A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus® helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

* Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
* 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
* Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring
* 2 open sides so you can use larger paper
* Multiple hinges for more placement options
* 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with
* 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer
* 1 base with a grid
* Magnet storage areas

Recently, Stampin' Up! added some accessories to accompany this tool to make it even more amazing!

Extra plates for even more stamping steps.

Need extra magnets?

Love these grid sheets sized especially for the Stamparatus!

I love my Stamparatus bag!

Bottom line is, if you don't have a Stamparatus...now is the time!  You will love it.   It will be a helpful tool and order it plus one more item and you will qualify for the beautiful set you saw in the video or any of the items seen HERE.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope you'll try making your rubber stamping even better with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus.


Stampin' Up! Easter Card and Video

Stampin-up-easter-cardIsn't this bunny on this Easter card so adorable?  He's from the Stampin' Up! Fable Friends stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  When I saw the images in this set, I fell in love...just the cutest ever.  Looks like straight from a child's storybook!

If you like to color, these will be dear to your heart, too.  I've used Stampin' Blends here but you could use Watercolor Paper and Aqua Painter or Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens.

Here's a recording of the Facebook Live broadcast of the makings of this Easter card.  Get your cup of coffee or a glass of tea or water and enjoy!

Lisa's Inklings:
Base: Highland Heather 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Crumb Cake: 4 x 5 1/4"
Whisper White: 3 3/4 x 5
Gingham Gala: 1 7/8" x 4 7/8"
Shimmery White for die cutting 4" x3"
Sparkle Glimmer Paper 1/2" x 4 7/8"

 

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Here are the supplies for this project.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to serve you. 

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Here's a peek at the inside of the card...

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You could even decorate the envelope in this same way!

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: CQ4QFFQS  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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Hope this card made with Stampin' Up! Fable Friends inspires you to start making Easter cards so shop now and have fun!

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Add This Simple Special Touch to Your Cardmaking

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Today's project features a tip that you can use to add a special touch to your cardmaking.  It's simple and a little "dab" will do ya!  (I am definitely dating myself!)

The main image on this card is from one of the beautiful Sale-A-Bration sets, All Adorned, which was released in February. You can only get it by earning it for FREE with a $50 product purchase. This ornate look inspired me to create a card to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, March 17th.  But, really, you can wish someone a lucky day any time!

Instead of using the traditional greens, Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce from Stampin' Up! take the spotlight here.  And, see that little sparkle and shine?  That's the secret!  Let's take a look at today's video tutorial.

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base is Mint Macaron cut at 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Shaded Spruce layer is cut  4" x 4 3/4".
  • The Gold Glimmer strips are cut 4" x 1/2".
  • Whisper White for the main image is cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Here are the supplies used for this cardmaking project.  Simply click the links for more information or to shop.  I would love to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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We are into the final weeks of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration and I do not want you to miss out on this great promotion!  
And, it's your last chance to earn your way to my virtual party in April, Lisa's Sale-A-Bration Celebration!

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Gift from Lisa with Qualifying Purchase!

*HOST CODE: CQ4QFFQS   Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store in March 2019 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!

Add this simple special touch to your cardmaking to dazzle and delight your recipients!


Happy Mardi Gras!

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Happy Mardi Gras! 

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is today and this little girl is showing off some her beads that she was given during the parades this weekend!  Everyone wanted to throw Mia some beads.  Most would simply hand a trinket or toy off of their float and say "for the baby".  She had quiet a haul over the three day period of parades of Mardi Gras Southeast Texas.

Here we are (Honey and Papa) with our little bundle of joy!

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The three colors of Mardi Gras are purple which represents justice, green which represents Faith,  and gold which represents power. 

If we want to translate those colors into Stampin' Up! colors this year, we would have:

Purple- Gorgeous Grape

Green - Call Me Clover

Gold - Crushed Curry

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 hung on my back door for years!

Thanks for stopping by today to take a peek at our weekend and Happy Mardi Gras!

 


Simple Cardmaking with Painted Seasons

Simple-cardmaking-painted-seasonsToday's project is a simple cardmaking idea using some of the beautiful Sale-A-Bration products from Stampin' Up!

Did you know that this beautiful Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper is now available from Stampin' Up! as one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration choices with a $50 purchase?   Read all about it HERE!

Below you'll see a video of the assembly of this card.  Let's take a look!

Read on for product and cutting details.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer series paper  to 2" x 4".
  • Cut Pool Party cardstock to 4 x 3 1/2".
  • You'll need some small pieces of scrap Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party for punched pieces.

Here are the links to the products in the Online Store.

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Items marked with $0.00 are FREE with a qualifying purchase.  See the Sale-A-Bration choices and qualifying amounts HERE in the Online Store.

Now's the time to shop and earn some FREE items for your cardmaking and paper crafting.  I would be honored to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Please e-mail me with questions or help in placing an order!

Promotions:

  • *HOST CODE: CQ4QFFQS   Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store in March 2019 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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

 

Stencil.shop-nowTry this simple cardmaking idea for your next project and share this video with your paper crafting friends!


More FREE Choices for Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Now there are even more choices that you can earn for FREE from Stampin' Up!  It's the last month of Sale-A-Bration so let's take a look at all of your options!

Sab-extrasAlong with the available items in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and the online store, these items have been added to receive for FREE.  Get the details HERE in the Online Store!

And, to add more to your crafting fun, take a look at these products that are available for purchase...while supplies last!  These products coordinate with some of our Sale-A-Bration freebies!

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If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to serve you!  Please click on the links below to be taken to the Online Store to purchase these Sale-A-Bration coordination products.

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Take a look below to see how these products coordinate beautifully!

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Ready to shop?  Read about my offers below!

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE:CQ4QFFQS   Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store in March 2019 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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

 

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These Sale-A-Bration freebies and coordination products are only available while supplies last!  Take advantage of these choices and new products today!


Your Questions Answered: Which Black Ink for Rubber Stamping?

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Let's talk about the best black ink to use for rubber stamping.   

One of the most asked questions is "How do I know when to use Memento Tuxedo Black ink and when to use Jet Black Stazon?"

Although I've addressed this question in other videos, here's one devoted to it. 

To clean stamps after using Stazon, use our Stazon Cleaner. Then clean with our Stampin' Mist or Simply Shammy.

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If you have questions that I can address regarding cardmaking, paper crafting scrapbooking, or Stampin' Up! products, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment below.  I will add it to my list of responses that are in the plans to be recorded.  

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: WXFNUJ22  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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Be sure to take a look at the new Sale-A-Bration offerings that were added last week!  See what's new on this blog post.

 

Stencil.shop-nowNow that's you've watched the video on choosing the appropriate black ink, leave a comment with a product or crafting question that you'd like answered!


Facebook Live with Lisa, Tomorrow (Thursday) Afternoon, 3:00 PM Central- Masculine Cards

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Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, February 21) at 3:00 PM Central Time (5:00 PM Eastern,2:00 PM MT, 1:00 PM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

This is an earlier time than usual due to a meeting that I must attend on Thursday evening.

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 3:00 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.

I will be some masculine card projects made with the Best Catch Bundle.  It's great for masculine cards or for those who love the outdoors! 

This set and coordinating Catch of the Day Framelits (148815) were the first products from the Occasions Catalog that made my Wish List.  Our whole family enjoys fly fishing for rainbow trout in southwest Missouri.

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: WXFNUJ22 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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Who will be joining us?  Comment below!

Hope to see you all tomorrow afternoon for Live with Lisa on Facebook, 3:00 PM Central and we will create with the awesome Best Catch Bundle!

 


Ribbon Technique for Cardmaking

How-to-use-ribbon-in-cardmakingWould you like a fun ribbon technique for cardmaking?   This is one that you may have seen before but it's a good refresher if you haven't tried it in a while.

This is a card made with the Needle & Thread Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  It is absolutely beautiful!  The framelits are my favorite.  Here's another card made with this bundle.

Ready for a video tutorial to see this ribbon technique in the making?  Here you go!

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Blushing Bride base is cut 4 1/4" x 11".
  • You'll need a piece of Whisper White and Balmy Blue (about 4" x 4" each) to die cut the piece for the sentiment and pierced/punched circle.
  • The designer paper is cut 4" x 5 1/4".

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Here's an up-close look at the ribbon...

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Ready to shop?  Read about my offers below!

Lisa's Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: WXFNUJ22  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, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

 

Stencil.shop-nowNow that's you've read this post, try this ribbon technique on a card and see just how easy it is!