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12 Weeks of Halloween- 4 More Weeks!

If you are a subscriber of my mailing list, you've been part of ink and inspirations 12 Weeks of Halloween!  Thank you all for your comments!  I am so glad you are enjoying these project ideas!

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Today, I'm sharing the Halloween banner I created for my home using some retired and discontinued items.  This fun, Wicked Cool designer paper is still available on the Clearance Rack It is super awesome!  This banner was inspired by several I've seen online and I have made quite a few to use throughout the year.


Stampin' Up! Halloween Banner
Wicked Cool Designer Paper on the Clearance Rack


There are lots of super cool discontinued items on the Clearance Rack...take a look!


Last Chance for FREE Stampin' Up! Ribbon!

FREE Ribbon each $40 in Product Purchase
from Lisa Brown,


Today, September 30, 2012, is the LAST DAY to earn FREE spools of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for each $40 in product purchase!

Choose from the following ribbon:

126848 Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon   


Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Shop with me here in the ONLINE STORE!

Stampin' Up! Fabric and Fabulous Flowers

It's a laid-back Saturday here in Southeast Texas but I had to share these beautiful creations by one of our beautiful and talented daughters! :)

Stampin Up Fabric -Spice Cake 124066
Stampin' Up! Fabric- Flower Headband
Spice Cake Fabric 124066

She is making these adorable headbands, many with Stampin' Up! Fabric and accessories.  The one pictured above with Spice Cake Designer Fabric. Isn't it cute?

Sweet stitches Fabric Clearance rack headbands and ponies
Stampin' Up! Sweet Stitches Fabric Flower
Headbands and Ponies

This Sweet Stitches Fabric is ONLY available through the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack through the ONLINE STORE While Supplies Last! 

Here she is modeling one of her favorite headbands...

Stampin up fabric and ribbon flower headbands
Kristen of Kristen's Trendy Designs

You can see more of her fun creations on her Facebook page...
Kristen's Trendy Designs

And, be sure to visit Ink and Inspirations on Facebook!  Stop by and say hi!

Have a great Saturday! 

Stampin' Up! Masculine Midnight Muse Card

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Stampin' Up! Masculine Card Midnight Muse

Glad to be back with you today!  Technical difficulties prevented me from sharing this Stampin' Up! Masculine Card in Midnight Muse yesterday.  I was a little frustrated :/.

Midnight Muse, one of the 2012-2014 In Colors, is a beautiful shade and perfect for manly cards.  And, the stitched satin ribbon seen here in all of these latest In Color shade are part of Stampin' Up!'s current Back to Spool Promotion...a FREE spool of ribbon ($8.95 Value) with each $40 in product purchase!  Gotta love that!

The main image is from the digital stamp brush set "You're My Type" and My Digital Studio.

Join ink and inspirations on Facebook for an exclusive video on this card where I explain the process of how it all came together!  See you there!

12 Weeks of Christmas---Stampin' Up! Project Ideas Coming Soon!


Stampin' Up! Greetings of the Season Christmas Card Idea


Can you believe it?
It's just one week until the start of our annual 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign; our gift to you every year for being a subscriber to ink and inspirations Mailing List!

It's our most popular campaign!  Love sending this to subscribers!

In order to be included from the start of the 12 Weeks of Christmas and receive ALL the projects, you must be on the list by 1:00 pm, Central Time, on October 3, 2012!

Here's what's coming your way as a subscriber:

  • Christmas card ideas in Weeks 1-5!

  • Handmade gift ideas in Weeks 6-9!

  • Special packaging ideas in Weeks 10-12!

  • Photo and supply list for each project!

  • Step by step instructions for each project!

  • Three BONUS video tutorials created exclusively for subscribers!

  • PLUS, this campaign will overlap with the last 3 weeks of the 12 Weeks of Halloween campaign which include video tutorials with fun project ideas that you can adapt for any time of year!

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Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial Toxic Treats Halloween Card and Framelits Tip

Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Cards

Don't you love the pretty shape of these Toxic Treats Halloween Cards Stampin' Up! has some beautifully shaped Framelits, of which I have several, and I wanted to try creating a card base using one of these as the base. you can see, I did create three cards and that's what I'd like to talk to you about.  Here's the first one with a Basic Black card stock base.  I used Whisper White craft ink for stamping on the black.


Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Card #1


Then, I decided to try it again; this time with a Crumb Cake card stock base...


Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Card #2


Really like this one with the Scalloped Tulle bow at the top. 
But, it was really tough to roll two layers of card stock with the framelits through my Big Shot. 
Recommended use is one layer but I tried it with two...twice!

So, I felt compelled to record this video with my reasons for not wanting to try it again and also suggest an alternative for you to get the same look.  Watch below...

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial Toxic Treats Halloween Card and Framelits Tip

Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Card #3!

For me, this is the way I'll proceed with my Framelits card bases.  I just wanted to share my thoughts and opinion with you.  I hope you'll give it a try!

Here are some of the basic supplies used on the cards:

Toxic Treats (wood, clear)
Very Vanilla
Basic Black
Crumb Cake
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Jet Black Stazon
Basic Gray
Accessories and Tools:
Big Shot
Labels Framelits
Vintage Trinkets
Scalloped Tulle Crumb Cake
1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon
Color Spritzer Tool

If you have questions or need supplies, let me know! 
Have a awesome day!-


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Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Card with Color Spritzer Tool Accents

Stampin' Up! Halloween Projects Continue!

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Stampin' Up! Halloween Project Ideas

I am having so much fun creating projects for my 12 Weeks of Halloween Series! 
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Here is some of the feedback from ink and inspirations subscribers:

Hi, Lisa,

As you can tell by my latest order, I am enjoying the Halloween projects.  I will be doing some special things for my grandsons during the month of October.  Thanks for the projects.  You are so creative.


Lisa, I am enjoying  your videos and learning how to do so many projects.  Thank you so much for sharing with us.  Thank you also for the Christmas catalog.  


Sign up now so you won't miss any more of these fun projects that you can adapt for ANY occasion!

Stampin up toxic treats halloween ornament
Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Project
This little Halloween ornament is one I created with the Perfect Pennants Die and Designer Rosettes XL Bigz Die.  The stamped "Trick or Treat" is from the Toxic Treats stamp set (wood, clear) and Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP from the Holiday Catalog. 

You'll see how I plan to display this ornament on this week's 12 Weeks of Halloween---Week 7!  Don't miss out!  Sign up now!

Stampin' Up! Specials and a Winner!

Hope you are having a glorious weekend!

I couldn't wait to share the winner of the drawing for my ink and inspirations 50/50 Board!

Each time you place an order and your product total is $50 or more, you gain an entry on my 50/50 Board!  If your product total is $100; you earn two entries, etc.

And, so without further ado...

You can make your purchases online, 24/7, here in the ONLINE STORE!


And, during the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for each $40 in product purchase!

Choose from the following ribbon:

126848 Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon   


Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon



Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

You can make your purchases online, 24/7, here in the ONLINE STORE!

This ribbon is beautiful and the Gumball Green is great for your upcoming holiday projects!

Scrapbooking Life's Moments; One Step at Time

{sigh}  I'd been a little down on myself for falling behind (is there such a thing??) on my 2012 Digital Scrapbooking Project.  But, I had stated before, there are really no rules when you are telling the stories of your life.  No one can share the feeling, the experience, the laughter or tears like you can. 

So, I am picking up again with a page that shares a moment from my every day.

Day in the Life-019
My Digital Studio to the rescue!  If you'd like to try it, visit HERE.

Stampin' Up! Lovely Little Labels and Fan Fair Thank You Card

Stampin up fan fair banner thank you card
Stampin' Up! Fan Fair and Lovely Little Labels
Thank You Card

Today's card is a "thank you" that I made for a friend using the beautiful Fan Fair Designer Series Paper (126918) and the Lovely Little Labels(126260-wood, 126262-clear) set.  That Little Labels Punch Pack(126881) is adorable and compliments this set perfectly!

The main image is one of several that can be found on one of the sheets in the designer paper pack.  Just a little trimming with my Paper Snips(103579) was all I needed for this main image with a sweet sentiment.

I usually send my card with the message written on a post it note inside so that the recipient can use it to send if they wish.  The card is then a greeting and a gift!  The recipient of this card sent a sweet message to me that said she wanted to keep it for herself.  Ah...the power of a card!


  • The heart is created with the Full Heart (119883)punched from the Natural Compositions Specialty Paper(126917) and sponged with Riding Hood Red ink(126968).
  • The little banners were created with the Bitty Banners Framelits(129267) cut in half.  Holes were punched with our hand held hole punch and strung together with Linen Thread (104199).
  • Anchoring this mini banner are the Designer Vintage Faceted Buttons(127555) along with help of some Glue Dots (103683).
  • Stampin up fan fair thank you card idea
    Stampin' Up! Lovely Little Labels and Fan Fair
    Thank You Card

    Send one of your cards to a friend today!  Spread the Joy!

Christmas Card Idea Video from Stampin' Up!


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Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Idea from the Annual Catalog


I have been admiring this cute Christmas card since the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog (p. 181) was released and was really excited to find this video with tips on making that adorable Christmas tree!  Thanks to Shannon West from the home office for sharing the how-to!

Watch the video below!  Links to the supplies in the Online Store are listed just below the video.  Enjoy!

Christmas Card Idea from the Annual Catalog- Stampin' Up! Video

Supply List:

No Peeking (wood-126290, clear-126292)
Baja Breeze
Whisper White
Always Artichoke
Summer Starfruit
Soft Suede
Black Stazon
Summer Starfruit
Tangerine Tango

Always Artichoke( set of 10 Regals)
Tangerine Tango ( set of 10 Brights)
Boho Blossoms Punch
Simply Scored
(sewing machine and thread to sew on star made with Boho punch)

Stampin' Up! Quick and Easy Greetings of the Season Christmas Card and Video Tutorial- Tying Bows on Cards

Stampin up greetings of the season christmas card idea
Greetings of the Season Christmas Card

The clean and simple lines of this Stampin' Up! Christmas card make it perfect for "mass production".  The prep work involves some cutting and simple stamping  but if you break it down step-by-step...cutting, stamping, would be easily reproduced in a manageable amount of time.

Here are the details long with a video tutorial on how I tie bows on cards.  I realize this may not be the easiest way for everyone but I was asked by one of my You Tube viewers for the how-to.  :)

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Tying Bows on Cards

Greetings of the Season Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween Idea-Trash to Treasure

From this....

This is a photo of some of the packing paper that comes in my Stampin' Up! boxes.  I have seen others use this paper for projects so I decided to give it a whirl.

I decided to put my sewing machine to use and make some little treat bags with the Etruscan Elegance Stampin' Around Wheel and Toxic Treats (wood, clear) stamp set.


Stampin up toxic treats bag
To this...Stampin' Up! Toxic Treats Halloween


Isn't that too cool?!  I was really pleased with how it turned out...and, best of all, I have a ton of this stuff...well, not a ton, but--you know.
I started with a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece and stitched about 1/2 inch from the edges.  It turned out to be a little "taller" than I wanted so I trimmed about an inch off the top.

Labels Framelits were used to cut the stamped image and the Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper.  A Brights Old Olive Button and Basic Black Narrow Taffeta Ribbon provode the accents.


  • I had the best results  with a long straight stitch.  Too small of a stitch looked like a perforation.
  • The packing paper is a bit "wrinkled" but since I was going to cinch it at the top, I didn't worry about that.
  • The stamping on the bag really made a difference and provided a nice backdrop for the bag.
  • I used my Color Spritzer Tool to add an Old Olive splatter effect to the tag.

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Have a great start to your week!

Stampin' Up! ink and inspirations Team - Guest Stamper, Kristin H.

Today I wanted to share a project created by one of my awesome downline members, Kristin H.  Kristin joined my team of demonstrators about a year ago and always wows me with her projects!

Take a look at this beautiful journal she shared with me...

KristinH stampin up journal
Stampin' Up! Journal -Kristin H

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?

She used her Big Shot dies and framelits to create those beautiful accent pieces.  The designer paper and background stamp are from the 2012 Sale-A-Bration promotion and her monogram from the Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set (wood, clear). 

Wonderful work, Kristin!  Thank you for sharing!

Kristin is one of four of my team members who promoted to Senior Associate during this past year and because of their achievements, I was honored with this yearly award!  I was so excited!

Stampin up demonstrator award
Lisa Brown, Recruting Award, Stampin' Up! 2012

Ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? 
I'd love to have you on my team!

You can receive this precious Spook-tacular FREE gift with your Starter Kit...
the Howl-o-ween Printer’s Tray project kit absolutely FREE—a $60 value- when you join my team of demonstrators by tomorrow, September 16, 2012.

Start your own business as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a fully customizable Starter Kit for $99! 

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!

Visit my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator business site HERE to learn more; or call me at, 409-719-2853, or e-mail me for more information!