Sharing Kindess with a Handmade Card

Memorable-mosaic-fussy-cuttingEveryone appreciates acts of kindness and this card would surely bring a bright spot to someone's day.  

The Memorable Mosaic  Bundle with a stamp set and coordinating punch paired with the beautiful Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Paper were used to create this sweet card. With a little bit of fussy cutting, you can add a real wow factor to your cards.  Notice the rose from the designer paper and the word "kindness" from the sentiment.

Let's look at today's video tutorial.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


You can order the supplies used for this sharing kindness card by clicking the links below.  Place an order of at least $50 before shipping and tax and earn a Bonus Coupon Code for $5 to use on an order August!  And, there is no limit to how many $5 coupon codes that you can earn!  Earn one with each $50 purchase on a single order.  Coupon codes must be redeemed on a Stampin' Up! order from August 1-31, 2019.



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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut card base to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2".
  • Terracotta Tile layer is cut 4" x 5-1/4".
  • Designer Paper strip is cut 2" x 5".
  • Fussy cut rose and leaves from designer paper.
  • Die cut large stitched circle from Mint Macaron.
  • Stamp sentiment in Terracotta Tile on same color card stock and fussy cut "kindness".
  • Stamp sentiment again on Very Vanilla in Mint Macaron then punch.

Memorable-mosaic-kindness-cardShop now to create this beautiful sharing kindness card and brighten someone's day!

Easy Masculine Thank You Card

Easy-masculine-thank-you-card-7-15Here's an easy masculine thank you card idea using the Sailing Home Bundle from Stampin' Up!

The designer paper makes a fabulous background and the die cuts are classic and elegant! Let's take a look at the video tutorial with the simple how-to and read on for some details on this cardmaking project.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this project.  Just click the links to find out more or to shop! Thank you!    

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is cut at 4-1/4" x 11".
  • Designer paper is cut 4" x 5-1/4".
  • Love these label dies!  So striking!  Stamp then die cut.
  • When die cutting foil, it's best to cut a piece of foil just big enough for your die.

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Customer Spotlight: Lynn Chapman


Today's post is a spotlight featuring one of my dear customers, Lynn Chapman.

Lynn and I have never met in person but I consider her a friend.  Lynn is a beautiful paper crafter and has shared many of her lovely cardmaking projects with me over the years. I am honored she is allowing me to share with you today.

From Lynn:

I have always loved painting and crafting of any kind.  I was hooked from the first day I started making cards in 2007. I usually spend at least one day a week in my craft room “playing” with my stamps. It is so relaxing and fun for me. I belong to a group now called “Stamping Fools”. We meet once a month and play all day. We share ideas for cards and love the Fellowship with each other. I haven’t bought a card since 2008! It is so rewarding when people say how special they feel to get one of my handmade cards. Hopefully, I will be able to continue this hobby for many years to come.

Lynn's Card

The color combinations in this card absolutely give the feel of summer.  Nothing quite like the combination of Daffodil Delight and Old Olive with a touch of white.  The flowers are printed on vellum and were part of last year's Stampin' Up! catalog.  The image is colored with our beautiful Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  You could try to get this same effect by stamping a floral image on vellum in Jet Black Stazon ink (see link below) and coloring it with Stampin' Blends on the reverse side.  You'll have a beautiful stained glass effect. The sweet sentiment is from the Enjoy Life stamp set.

Here are some of the current Stampin' Up! supplies that Lynn used on this project.  You can find them in the Online Store by clicking the links below.


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Thank you for tuning in today for a customer spotlight featuring Lynn Chapman.  Leave a comment below and let her know how much we appreciate her sharing with us!

Cardmaking 101: Finishing Tip

How about a quick tip for finishing your handmade cards?  I've shared this idea before but wanted to post again for new viewers!

This is a time saver and really easy to do.  Watch the video below then comment below if you think you'll use this idea!

Here's what you'll need!

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Make a Monochromatic Card with Stampin' Up! Products

IMG_3427 2Today's project is a pretty monochromatic card made the Very Versailles stamp set from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  If you read and watched yesterday's post and video tutorial, you may recognize a portion of this card.  (Take a look at that Leaves Trinket embellishment.)

In choosing the "greens" for this card, I took my cue from some designer paper.  The Garden Lane Designer Series Paper featured these colors.  This always helps me choose coordinating colors for my cardmaking projects whether I am using the designer paper or not.  I figure if Stampin' Up! combines these colors to work together then so can we!

Here's the video that will take you through the process of putting this card together.  I love the feel of this set and have enjoyed playing with it...lots of possibilities!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base is cut from Garden Green at 4-1/4" x 11".
  • The Garden Lane DSP is cut 4" x 5-1/4".
  • Mint Macaron card stock was used for stamping and punching.
  • After the video was recorded, I added the scallop circle in Mossy Meadow behind the sentiment.

Here is a listing of the Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this card.

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Thank you for joining me for today's Stampin' Up! monochromatic card idea using the Very Versaille stamp set and Garden Lane Designer Series Paper.  I hope it inspires you to create today!  Keep checking back for more ideas and tips and I will see you again soon!


Customize Your Embellishments for Your Handmade Cards

Customize-embellishmentsDid you know that you can easily customize your embellishments for your handmade cards?  Thanks to the help of our alcohol markers, Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends, many items can be colored to match your cardmaking and paper crafting projects.  

While creating a monochromatic colored card recently, I just couldn't find the right embellishment in the right color.  Then, all of a sudden, it hit me!

Take a peek at this short video with an idea that you'll want to try sometime!


Here are some of the Stampin' Up! embellishments that look great colored with Stampin' Blends.

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Stampin' Up! has an EXTRA special offer just for you!  Here are the details!

  • Those who sign up and  submit their Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA) between July 1 or after August 31 will be eligible for this EXTRA special offer.
  • At initial sign up, you may pick $30 more than usual. So that is $155 in product versus the usual $125! 
  • You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for your Starter Kit.
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Mia's Birthday "Paw-ty"

FamilyToday is our Mia's second birthday and I wanted to share some photos of her precious birthday "paw-ty" that her momma planned. 

Mia loves puppies so her party theme was Disney dogs!  Even her outfit went along with the theme!

CookiesThere were lots of fun treats!


And, what's a paw-ty without hot dogs?!!


Look at this fabulous character cake!
CakeFor her guests, there were some fun activities!  Don't you love this adopt a puppy idea? (Banners made with the retired Stampin' Up! alphabet dies and Whisper White card stock.)


After adopting their puppy, the little guests could make a personalized collar!

And for more "paw-ty" favors, there were balls, frisbees,bubbles, and little reusable treat bags all in the doggie theme.


Bags by McKinney Made.
Use Code: MIAREESE15 for 15% off

More snacks and treats...  All in dog bowls! Food markers embellished puppies from the Dog Builder Punch!
Pup-corn Treats

Here are the doggie bags for take home treats!
Mia wasn't too sure about our singing!  LOL

SingFor more fun... a pin the tail on the dog game!

Pin-tailAnd, the big hit with the kiddies...

Bounce Bounce2HoneypapaAll had a fun time and Mia had a very Happy Birthday!

Thanks for letting me share Mia's very Happy Birthday Paw-ty and I'll see you in the next post! 

Sunset Watercolor Background in Cardmaking

Sunset-watercolor-background-7-1If you love watercoloring in cardmaking, the new watercolor paper from Stampin' Up! is a must-have! 

It was used here to make this sunset background.  My local club ladies made this card and no two sunsets looked alike!  They were all beautiful!

And, if you haven't discovered this beautiful new Sailing Home bundle, you are in for a treat!  It's beautiful and versatile and another must-have for your collection.  You can see more cards made with this awesome bundle HERE.

Let's take a look at the video tutorial for the watercolor sunset background.


Lisa's Inklings:

  • Let your watercolored piece completely dry before stamping on it.  Use a Heat Tool to speed up the process if needed.
  • The watercolor paper is cut 3" x 4".
  • The Night of Navy base in the video is cut to 4-1/4" x 11" but if you choose, the 5-1/2" x 8 1/2" piece works for this project, too.
  • You'll need approximately 3" x 4" of Whisper White for stamping and die cutting. 
  • The Mango Melody piece is cut 3-1/2" x 4-1/2".
  • If you so choose, you may put a drop of ink refill on a clear block rather than in the stamp case lid as seen in the video.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this cardmaking project.  I would be honored to serve you as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  Just click the links below to read more about a product or to purchase.  Thank you!

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Sunset-watercolor-cardmaking-7-1Now it's time for you to try this sunset watercolor background so try some of our new watercolor paper and create a work of art! you shop the Online Store, be sure to use the Host Code, 77F3UAVJ, to receive a FREE gift from me with your order of $25 or more! (before shipping and tax)  If your order totals, $150 or more before shipping and tax, no need to use the code.  You will earn Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! and I will still send your gift!


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Stampin' Up! News for You and a Sweet Tin for Gifting

Let's start off with some important Stampin' Up! news that may be of big interest to you!

Stampin' Up! has received a shipment of the Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades (item 126995), and this item will become available tomorrow on June 27, at 10:00 AM (MT). (12:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM Central, 9:00 AM Pacific). Jot that item number down and visit the Online Store at the time for your region!  (Set your alarm!) I believe there is a limit of 3 for each order.

Beginning today, June 26th, the Clearance Rack will be updated and for the first time ever, some retired stamp sets have been added!!...while supplies last! Visit the online store HERE to see what's been added! 

Now let's take a look at one of my "quick" videos with an idea to decorate one of our copper tins for gift giving!

The star of the show here is the Good Morning Magnolia Bundle! 


The coordinating elements in this suite of products in absolutely beautiful.  Here is a listing of supplies to help you shop!

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Making or embellishing gift packaging is so easy when using coordinating Stampin' Up! products.  These little Copper Tea Tins can hold more than just tea.  Here are some ideas:

  • Wrapped candies
  • Essential oils
  • Votive candles
  • Gift card(s)
  • 3" x 3" handmade cards and envelopes
  • Small handmade soaps

Invest in some of the sweet Copper Tea Tins today!  You will be decorating these for giving each time you need to pack a little gift!

A List to Start Off the Week!

Live with Lisa Facebook, Friday at 8:00 PM Central Time


Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place on Friday at 8:00 PM Central Time (9:00 PM Eastern,7:00 PM MT, 6:00 PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

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This evening we will be making a project with the Very Versailles stamp set.

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