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Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

Today, I have a quick share of two beautiful cards created with the large Swallowtail stamp (wood, clear) from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.

Swallowtail Easter Card by Debbie H.

Isn't it beautiful?  I love how she cut around the wings.  Debbie is a long time member of one of my local stamp club and is passionate about stamping! Thank you for this beautiful sample, Debbie!

Swallowtail Card by Lynn C.

This gorgeous version is the creation of one of my founding members of the Inkspiration Classroom Virtual Club and unique. fresh. fun. Online Class.  I love the monochromatic look of this card, Lynn!  Thank you for sharing!

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday! 
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No Sew Ideas for Stampin' Up! Fabric!

Stampin' Up! Fabric-  From the Archives...No Sew Pin Cushion

Just two more days in the Stampin' Up! Fabric Frenzy! All Stampin' Up! Fabrics are 50% off! 
Offer ends March 31, 2013!

This fabric has so many uses including these NO SEW ideas!
Get inspired by watching this video. :)

Get your fabric for your Spring and Summer projects right now at 50% off. Shop Here and save!
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Finding Time for Your Hobby

Have you ever needed a card at the last minute
then had to dash out to buy one because you didn't have time to make one?

Do you search for fresh ideas
and get caught up in the moment
spending all your crafting time
on the computer
"pinning", searching, and saving photos of projects?

Your time is precious; that is completely understood.
Many of us can relate.

You have the desire and the supplies;
but you need the time. 
I've heard you
and I have a solution.

unique. fresh. fun. crafting ideas
I'd like to invite you to join us in the online class series...
ink and inspirations: unique. fresh. fun.

Unique: being without a like or equal
Fresh: experienced, made, or received newly or anew
Fun: what provides amusement or enjoyment

It's  a unique, fresh, and fun paper crafting experience!

Discover how to enjoy your hobby
with just a few minutes of crafting time.

The designing and measuring are done for you...
And, you can create these projects in minutes.

My goals:
- To offer you quick, fresh, and fun projects that you can create over and over again.
- To help you discover that you do have time to create beautiful projects.
- To inspire you to use your paper crafting supplies in unique ways.

You'll receive:
Two video tutorials for projects created exclusively for
  1. One video will be a step by step for a great card idea that YOU can create in 10 minutes or less!
  2. About two weeks later, you'll receive another video  that will include the how-to for a *3D project such as a party favor, treat box or wrap, box, or little gift!

Also included:

  • Video notes and annotations to make it easy for you to create each project.
  • Color photos of the finished projects.
  • *A PDF file of the 3D/gift project with dimesions and tips.
  • Anytime access to watch the videos at your convenience.
  • Prompt replies to your questions sent via email.

This is a 12 month online class program with a project idea and video tutorial delivered twice a month.

Pay monthly at $9.97 per month for 12 months.
(You can cancel at anytime.)


Priority Subscription Form

YES! I would like to subscribe to unique. fresh. fun.!  

  • I understand I will be billed $9.97 today, and will receive an email twice a month containing links to a unique. fresh. fun. video tutorial.
  • I also understand I will be billed $9.97 every 30 days for 12 months for my  subscription.
  • I can cancel at any time with no questions asked.
***After you subscribe, you'll be taken to a page with a form to complete to allow the emails with projects to be sent to you.  Please complete the form then look for the follow up email to confirm.
Get started today!
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Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Word Window Punch Tip

Word Window Punch Video Tutorial
and Easter Place Card Idea

Today, I have a video tutorial with a tip for "customizing" the Word Window Punch from Stampin' Up!  Aren't these little Ears to You Easter place cards cute?  I personalized these with the Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamps

Watch the video below and I'll show you how to adjust the size of the punch to fit your name or sentiment.

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Word Window Punch Tip
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Ears to You Mini Easter Basket

Ears to You Mini Easter Basket

This mini Ears to You Easter basket is just the right size for a few treats.  The one pictured above is so "girly" and if you're on the ink and inspirations Mailing List, you'll get the how-to in a special video tutorial for the "his" version on Wednesday!

How do you sign up for the list?  If you're on my blog, just fill in the information in the sign up box on the sidebar or click on THIS LINK to go to the sign up page.

Once you've done that and click box that says "Send My Free Tutorial", be sure to check your inbox for an email with the link to confirm your subscription. 

It's that simple.  You'll get the bonus video on Wednesday plus another one just for signing up!  I'll also send project ideas each month in the ink and inspirations Newsletter.

Ready?  Click Here to sign up!

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Stampin' Up! Spring Fabric Frenzy

Whether you're a seamstress or not--you'll love using Stampin' Up!'s high quality Designer Fabric--especially at 50 percent off!

Our Designer Fabric is designed to coordinate with Stampin' Up! inks, paper, and other accessories, and is perfect for adding a stylish touch to traditional paper projects. Available in an extra-wide fat quarters (18" x 26"). Use it for quilting, clothing, home décor, and more!

Visit the Online Store THIS WEEK to view all of the available fabrics at 50% off!

170  126892  Essentials Designer Fabric $29.95  $14.98 
171  126893  Floral District Designer Fabric $9.95  $4.98 
171  126894  Comfort Café Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  125411  Summer Smooches Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  125412  Twitterpated Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122337  Timeless Portrait Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122336  Beau Chateau Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  124066  Spice Cake Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
171  122335  Flirtatious Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
6*  129308  Tea for Two Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  
13*  129307  More Amore Designer Fabric $9.95   $4.98  

*In Spring Catalog

Here's a peek at how I used the Spice Cake Designer Fabric for a home decor project. A gathered strip of fabric adorns this Easter bunny's neck.  I'll use her as part of our dining table centerpiece. :)  Her flower was created with the Creped Filter Paper like those seen in the video tutorial HERE.

Stampin' Up! Fabric and Easter Home Decor


Stock up now with this super buy on Stampin' Up! Fabric...50% off this week only!
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A Little This & That from Stampin' Up!


New for you! On the go scrappin'!


A little This & That is a big announcement of a new offering from Stampin' Up! 

Your life is:




Perfectly messy.

And happening really fast.

So we're happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That debuts in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we're giving you  the chance to get it now.

Take a look!!


Embellish or beautiful as is, this is a 60 page journal...30 Coordinating Spreads!

4 sheets with a variety of designs on semi-gloss paper. Thinner design to fit well with your journal. :)

Nostalgia meets journaling. :)  Classic rotary date stamp with 12 clever and useful phrases for all of life’s events. Turn dial to change phrase and date. Awesome!

Washi Tape!   Three widths; three color patterns!

Coordinating Designer Paper!!  12 Double sided, 12 x 12 sheets!

Check out these products and more in the Online Store!

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Scrapbooking and More with MDS


Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio
Scrapbooking and More

Awesome changes announced this week for the fabulous digital crafting program from Stampin' Up! now called simply ...MDS!


The name is not the only thing changing! 
Stampin' Up! has lowered the price!
What has been known as MDS 2+ is now $19.95!

That is a ton of digital content for $19.95!!

And, ...Coming soon:
The upgrade will be free!
If you have been holding onto the original My Digital Studio software, you will be able to upgrade to the new software for free. I will let you know when it is available.
(Be sure you are on my mailing list to receive the latest on this news!)

*** Special Note:
If you purchased the software at the old price from March 1 to March 17, 2013, the following will be added to your Download Manager by Wednesday, March 20:

MDS 2+ or MDS 2

  • Up To Date Planner Template (item133271, retail value $14.95)
  • Hello There Kit (item 133374, retail value $9.95)
  • Everyday Woodcuts Embellishments (item 132191, retail value $5.95)

MDS Upgrade

Watch the video below for an overview of this fabulous digital crafting program! So many possibilities!

MDS from Stampin' Up! Get started today!
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Last Day of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration!

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Feeling Sentimental

It's the last day of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration, so I had to share a card created with my favorite Sale-A-Bration choice, Feeling Sentimental.  Love the vintage-y feel of this set; I'm really "sentimental" about it. ;)

You still have today to place your order of $50 in product to get this set FREE!  And, see that little "Thank You" sentiment?  It's from the Itty Bitty Banners set,  another FREE choice and it's from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! 

There are 19 choices and you can see all of them on this flyer HERE!

You can avoid having the feeling of this stamper...
stampin-up-sale-a-bration taking advantage of the last day of Sale-A-Bration, March 22, 2013! 

Shop Now!


Last Day of Sale-a-Bration 2013!


You can place your order here to take advantage of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration!

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Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- DIY Feathers with Canvas Creations

DIY Feathers with Stampin' UP! Canvas Creations
Feathers are trending in paper crafting and you can make your own using Canvas Creations from Stampin' Up!  Catch the how-to in the video tutorial below!

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- DIY Feathers Using Canvas Creations

DIY Feathers with Canvas Creations

Have you tried this awesome Stampin' Up! product? 
Check out my decorative banner and more Canvas Creations tips in another video tutorial HERE.
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ink and inspirations 50/50 Board Winner!

Announcing the next 50/50 Board winner for ink and inspirations...drum roll, please. :)

YOU could be the next winner! 
Earn a square on the ink and inspirations 50/50 board for each $50 in product purchase on a single order when you shop with me. :)

***Sale-A-Bration rewards continue through March 22. 2013. With each $50 in product purchase earn a FREE GIFT from these fabulous choices! and get your name on the 50/50 Board! 
Shop Now!
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Stampin' Up! Product Review- Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamps

Typeset Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

The new Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamps (132956) from Stampin' Up! arrived on my doorstep yesterday so I had to "play" last night.

The following list is a review and my first impressions of working with this set:

  • Very a good way!  Great cling to the clear blocks!
  • The ink does stain the stamps, even after cleaning right away, but doesn't effect stamping or the images.
  • This is a tiny alphabet.  You'll want to replace images to the storage sheet immediately after cleaning.
  • I tried to line up a string of letters to stamp at once but I found I could not space close enough. 
  • LOVE, LOVE the pennant banner and speech bubble!!!
  • I used the Clear Mount Perfectly Placed Guides (121785) on my clear block to get that "awesome" curve.
  • The trendy hashtag is great! The #loveyousomuch was stamped individually word by word then pieced together on the card layer.
  • This set takes a little time to use BUT with the unique and personalized results; it's so worth it!

    Love the hashtag symbol!

    Start creating your own personalized greetings with the New Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Click HERE to order!
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Sale-A-Bration Ends Soon!

Sale-A-Bration Madison Avenue FREE Stamp Set

The Madison Avenue Stamp Set is one of the FREE choices from Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration...which ends on this Friday,  March 22nd!

The time has certainly flown by for me...whew!
This is your last chance to earn one of the Sale-A-Bration FREEBIES!


  • With every *$50 you spend (including online orders), you will earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration item. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Late Night Banner

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Happy St. Patrick's Day Banner

Top o' the Day to You and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The idea for this decorative banner hit me about 11:00 pm last night...CRAZY, I know!!!  So, I got to work using the Labels Framelits and a chevron print from the Summer Smooches DSP pack.

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St. Patrick's Day- Define Your Life

I used the retired Define Your Life stamp set with definitions I thought appropriate for St. Pat's Day.

Define Your Life is still available as a digital stamp brush set!  You can just create a page in MDS2, print from your home computer, then punch or die cut for your projects!

Define Your Life Digital Brush Stamp (118844)
Haven't tried MDS?  You can get a FREE, 30 Day Trial HERE!

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St. Patrick's Day Banner

Love making these banners for all occasions!  What's great is that you can store easily by hanging from a peg or even a nail in a closet or in your craft space.

To display:

  • Hang from a mantle
  • Attach to a wreath
  • Hang from a wooden peg board dedicated to displaying your banners
  • Hang on your front door
  • Use as a drape, border, or wrap around your centerpiece or table display (see below!)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

There are so many ways to display banners for any occasion!
Discover how to make beautiful banners for your home and special occasions in the ink and inspirations Banner Class online! 

Register now and start making beautiful banners for your home and celebrations! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  (Now that this St. Patrick's Day banner is complete; I'm planning my Spring/Easter Banner...stay tuned!)

DIY St. Patrick's Day Ideas

St. Patrick's Day Card idea

DIY St. Patrick's Day cards are easy using the Stampin' Up! Small Heart Punch (117193)!  Just arrange into a shamrock shape, cut a thin slice of green for the stem and you have the central element of your hand-made card ready to go!

The "lucky" definition stamp is from the retired Define Your Life but you can still print these definitions on your home computer with the digital stamp download and MDS2! 
Define Your Life Digital Brush Stamp (118844)
Define Your Life Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!

And,here are some fun diy ideas I found for the "wearing of the green" day, St. Patrick's Day!

Source: via Pottery Barn on Pinterest

Source: via Pottery Barn on Pinterest


Get ready for some green day fun with these DIY St. Patrick's Day

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