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Scrapbooking for Clutter Control

Scrapbooking for Clutter Control


Are you like me with quite a few sentimental items stored in boxes in which you can't seem to part?

Enter the world of "sentimental clutter".  Those items from the past that evoke special memories but are left in storage and not of real use to anyone but with which you have strong emotional ties.

In a recent article, on Oregon Live powered by The Oregonian, Pat Jeffries shares what one couple found as a solution to help control the clutter---sentimental scrapbooking.

See how this couple decided to preserve these memories in the article found HERE.

Scrapbooking is a great hobby.  And, now we have yet another reason for why we enjoy it so much!  Who knew it could be such a housekeeping help?

If you need some help getting started with scrapbooking to help you de-clutter,
e-mail me!

Stampin' Up! Project Idea and a Guest Designer


Stampin up designer paper napkin rings
Stampin' Up! Designer Paper Napkin Rings by Inspiring Guest Designer and member of my ink and inspirations Team, Kristin H.


Happy Friday to all!  The Brown Family is celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend but I wanted to pop in and share this adorable Stampin' Up! project idea created by my Inspiring Guest Designer and member of my ink and inspirations Team, Kristin H.

Aren't these napkin rings just great?  I love the look of the pinwheels and the rosette!
And, that flower created with the Blossom Punch and Mixed Bunch set is precious.

Kristin is a long-distance member of my downline.  A friend of one of my daughter's, she attended a Stampin' Up! party hosted by her.  As a bride to be, Kristin was interested in creating DIY decor and favors for her wedding and reception.  She ordered the supplies necessary for all of her wedding favors and the result was beautiful! 

Kristin loved the craft and wanted to become more involved with Stampin' Up!  Now, as a demonstrator, she is enjoying to sharing her love and knowledge of the craft with others.  Kristin works full time in the medical field and is able to enjoy the flexibility of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator her way.

Have a love for the craft? 
Enjoy showing and sharing your work with others?
You can do as Kristin and join the Stampin' Up! family!
Join today and take advantage of the Bonus add on to the Starter Kit this month!  Stampin' Up!'s New Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get

  • Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
  • A business supply pack valued at $65!.

That's a total value of $190!

Plus, during June, you’ll get even more FREE products when you join the Stampin’ Up! family, including select products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite valued up to $48.85!

  This BONUS add on offer ends tomorrow, June 30, 2012.

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Stampin' Up! Fabric for a Decorative Card Keeper

My youngest daughter and her husband will be moving soon so I wanted to create a special box to hold the cards that I make for them to give to friends and family.  This box was the Card Keeper Box that was on the Clearance Rack a while back and I was fortunate to get several to make for family members and one for me!  And, even though these boxes are no longer available, you could use a photo box available at most craft stores.

Here's a view of the front:


Stampin up card keeper box fabric front view
Stampin' Up! Fabric on a Card Keeper Box Front View


I used some of our Stampin' Up! Punches to make the box label in the front.  The lid is covered with Stampin' Up! Fabric from the Timeless Portrait Collection, It was adhered to the top using the Big Shot Fabric Adhesive Roll.

Inside view:


Stampin up card keeper box fabric inside
Stampin' Up! Project Idea Card Keeper

On the dividers, I stamped the different categories of cards to help with organization.  This particular alphabet is retired but there is a really cute one in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog that I have my eye on...Simply Serif Mini Alphabet Wood Mount.


Top View:

Stampin up card keeper fabric top
Stampin' Up! Fabric Covered Card Keeper

To embellish the top, I used some current and retired paper and products.  The flowers were created with the Blossom Punch with some ribbon and tulle as accents.


The are many possibilities for using your crafting products from Stampin' Up!
Try using some of our beautiful fabric on a project.  It adds a rich look and is a great addition to paper craft.

You can order your Stampin' Up! supplies ONLINE, 24/7...
By email ...
By Phone...409-719-2853

Thanks for stopping by to see my Stampin' Up! Fabric card keeper project!

Video Tutorial for a Stampin' Up! Fourth of July Treat


Stampin up blue ribbon fourth of july treat idea video tutorial
Stampin' Up! Fourth of July Treat Video Tutorial

As promised, here is the video tutorial for this Fourth of July treat posted HERE yesterday!  Fun and fast, using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper!
Watch the video and let me know if you have questions!
If you need supplies, you can order Stampin' Up!
E-mail me

or call 409-719-2853.

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Fourth of July Treat


Stampin' Up! Fourth of July Treat Idea


Stampin up blue ribbon fourth of july treat idea
Stampin' Up! World Spectacular Fourth of July Treat Idea


Here's a quick and fun Fourth of July Treat idea using products from the World Spectacular Suite from Stampin' Up!  These are just the perfect size to hold one of those yummy Ghiardelli Chocolate Squares.

I like to surprise my family with little favors when we gather for holiday celebrations.  I may have to get a few more of these together to share with them this holiday weekend.

Would you like to do the same?  Tomorrow, I'll share a few tips in a video tutorial using these Stampin' Up! products:

Blue Ribbon (wood, clear)

World Spectacular Designer Series Paper
Island Indigo
Whisper White

Island Indigo

Punches: 1 3/8" Circle (119860), 1 3/4" Circle (119850), 2 3/8" Scallop Circle (118874)
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (120992)
Linen Thread
Dazzling Details

Order Stampin' Up!:

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or call 409-719-2853.

Tune in tomorrow for another Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial with Tips for this Fourth of July project!  And, help spread the stampin' love by clicking on one of the "Share" buttons below! 

Stampin' Up! Fourth of July Card Idea and Video Tutorial


Stampin up fourth of july card idea video tutorial
Stampin' Up! Fourth of July Card Idea and Video Tutorial


Fourth of July celebrations begin this week with the Brown family and here is a card created with the help of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that I wanted to share.

I had a specific request from a subscriber over on my You Tube channel and I loved the challenge...especially since I didn't have a Fourth of July or patriotic stamp set to use!

Watch the video to see how I used supplies from my stash to create this card.  If you need any of the supplies, find them HERE in my Online Store where you can shop 24/7!

Stampin' Up' Video Tutorial- Fourth of July Card Idea

Stampin' Up! Paper Doily Sizzlit Card Idea


Stampin up paper doily sizzlit card idea
Special Stampin' Up! Birthday Card from a Friend


Today's Stampin' Up! card idea comes courtesy of a dear friend and local customer, Debbie H.  Debbie created this birthday card for me using some beautiful designer papers from her collection of Stampin' Up! Designer Papers and a silver embossed Paper Doily Sizzlit that provides a regal backdrop!

Sitting center stage is a beautiful bloom like those we made in my recent Flower Power Class in which Debbie was a participant.  I love it when I see my stampers using their wonderful talent to create works of art such as this!

I wish you could all join us when we gather to stamp!  What a stampin' fun time that would be!
But, since that's impossible for many of you, there is still a way you can enjoy discovering new project ideas and techniques from the comfort of your own home.

Join me in the Inkspiration Classroom Virtual Club and have access to online video classes at your convenience!

Stampin' Up! "Amazing" Tips- A Video Tutorial

Stampin up you're amazing video tutorial
Stampin' Up! You're Amazing Card Idea
An Easy Tip

Happy Friday all!  Today, I'm sharing a tip on an easy way to add dimension to this card idea above and the card posted HERE using the You're Amazing stamp set from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Enjoy and let me know if you have questions!

Have a great weekend!

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- You're Amazing, An Easy Tip

Stampin' Up! You're Amazing Card Idea; The Best!


Stampin up you're amazing world spectacular card idea
Stampin' Up! You're Amazing Card Idea


You're Amazing and Blue Ribbon from the new, Stampin' Up! Catalog are so much fun! Love these two Stampin' Up! sets for cards in the World Spectacular Suite! And, the colors in the coordinating World Spectacular Designer Paper just pop off the page!  Doesn't this card just shout out happiness?

Tomorrow, I'll have a video tutorial with some tips on using the You're Amazing set as seen here with some other helpful hints for your card making!  Tune in tomorrow!

Supplies Featured:
You're Amazing (wood, clear)
Blue Ribbon (wood, clear)
World Spectacular Designer Series Paper
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Simply Scored Scoring Tool


If you love paper crafting; be sure to "share" with your friends on your social networks using one of the sharing buttons below! 


Stampin' Up! Takes the Cake Demonstrator Opportunity


Join Stampin' Up! for $99 PLUS Receive BONUS Products! Offer ends June 30, 2012!

Only two weeks remaining in this super Stampin' Up! business opportunity offer!  Become a demonstrator and a member of the ink and inspirations Team this month and have your cake and "stamp" it, too!


During June, when you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, you'll not only get to choose the products for your fully customizable Starter Kit, you'll also get products from the brand-new Patio Party Suite for FREE, including the Make a Cake Set (your choice of clear mount or wood mount, Patio Party Designer Series Paper, and the Patio Party Digital Collection DVD! That's up to $48 in additional FREE products!


Stampin' Up! gives you the freedom to run your business Your Way!  Enjoy the flexibility of being your own boss and earning extra income to pay that car note, for dance lessons, sports activities, etc.! 

Ready to become part of a great team and become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? E-mail me for more information or if you're ready...--->SIGN UP NOW!

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Creating an Easy Envelope from Designer Paper


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial for an Easy Envelope

In response to a question on my You Tube Channel, I've recorded video tutorial on how to create an easy envelope from Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper.

This process involves using some simple scoring to create an envelope for a Standard size A2 card.  Watch the video tutorial and let me know if you have questions.

Stampin' Up! Tutorial for an Easy Envelope

Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch and Summer Smooches Card Idea


Stampin up mixed bunch summer smooches card
Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch and Summer Smooches


Happy Monday! Today I have a card created using Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches DSP and the Mixed Bunch(wood,clear) set.  There is quite an array of product on this one... some retired... so let me just fill you in on a few details.

The heart border was created with the Mini Heart Punch all lined up in Early Espresso.  Little Leaves Sizzlit die cuts provide a pretty and contrasting backdrop to the Blossom Punched stamped image and  the sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set (wood,clear).

Some of the gone but not forgotten ;) products used here include:

  • The Summer Smooches Fabric Brad (which sold out during the initial sales period...and, fast!)
  • Crop-A-Dile for the punched hole in the tag
  • Tag Corner Punch

It's always fun to mix and blend new products with supplies and tools from your stash.  To add to the new, you can shop 24/7 in the Online Store.

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Tip- Not Just for Paper Craft!

Stampin' Up! products aren't just for paper crafting, home decor, or digital crafting!

Stampin Up! Every Day Uses

I've had this pair of earrings forever.  Wore them once and lost one of the little stones.  ( I didn't pay much for these!)  Anyway, I really like the earrings but couldn't wear minus a stone. So...


earring 2
Stampin' Up! Basic Rhinestones to the Rescue!


I used one of the tiny Basic Rhinestones to fill the gap and then colored it with a blue permanent marker to match the "twin"...and, now I'm stylin' in my "new" earrings.


earring 3
Good as NEW! Thanks to my Stampin' Up! Rhinestones!


Stampin' Up! for every day!  Love it!



Stampin' Up! Father's Day Card -Quick and Easy


Fathers day stampin up quick easy
Stampin' Up! Father's Day Card Idea

So, Father's Day is this Sunday and you need a quick and easy card idea?  Here's a Stampin' Up! card you'll have done in a few minutes and then you can spend your time writing a heart-felt message inside!


  1. Card base is 4 1/4 x 11 in Naturals White card stock.
  2. Neutrals Patterns Designer Paper Stack provides the backdrop. Use paper that you have and cut into 3 strips of 1 1/4 x 5 1/4. Adhere to base.
  3. Tie a coordinating ribbon or twine around the lower front.
  4. Punch or die cut a background in coordinating color if card stock and sponge around the edges.  Here I used the fabulous, new Apothecary Accents Framelits.
  5. Stamp sentiment, punch, and adhere to background piece.  Don't have a Father's Day sentiment?  How about a Just for You, With Love, Thinking of You...or use a marker and write your greeting!  How special and what a personal touch! 
    Stampin up fathers day
    Happy Father's Day to all Dads on your Special Day!

    Have fun and create a Stampin' Up! card for someone this Father's Day!