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A Stampin' Up! Birthday Card for My Dad

Today is my Dad's birthday and of course, I had to make him a birthday card using one of the sets that I received from Stampin' Up! at Leadership.  He is 84 years young today!

Stampin' Up! Geometrical Birthday Card for Dad

I am blessed to be near my parents and visit with them often.  They are big fans of my handmade cards...always so proud and appreciative.

This card was created with the Geometrical set (wood, clear) from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. It was one of the four sets that I received this past weekend.  I love how Stampin' Up! is so good to their demonstrators!

The coordinating Triangle Punch will make this card go together like a charm!  The "Hooray for Today" is a very appropriate birthday sentiment, don't you think?

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Here's a photo of Dad and me at the San Antonio Zoo in the summer of 1959!  So many special memories and God-willing, many more to come.

And, as long as there are great products around like Stampin' Up!, I'll continue to celebrate the every day and special occasions with hand-made cards.

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Life at Home: At Leadership 2014

My first experience at Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference was amazing and one I'll always remember.  There was so much energy from hundreds and hundreds of demonstrators, all who love sharing the joy of Stampin' Up!

The Stampin' Up! staff and corporate team truly made this a great event to inspire and  motivate all in attendance.  From the classes to the General Sessions along with product demonstrations and of course, the fabulous prizes and gifts; Stampin' Up! Leadership 2014 was top notch.

Here is a photo journey of my experience...

Beverlee and I with our Leadership Bags.

On the first morning, we received our new Leadership bags...beautiful and shiny in Smoky Slate. We loved them!  Beverlee is awesome.  With 19 years of experience as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, she graciously offered advice and encouragement.  I treasured our time together. 

Here we are having some silly fun!

Fun at Leadership 2014
Too much fun!

Here's Stampin' Up! CEO and Co-Founder, Shelli Gardner...

Shelli Gardner Stampin' Up
Shelli Gardner's Welcome

Beautiful, inside and out, Shelli gave an emotional and heartfelt welcome.  It was her first big event with demonstrators since her terrible riding accident in August.
We were all so happy to see her!

stampin up Blendabilities
Stampin' Up! Blendabilities

Huge announcement of a new product launch...Blendabilities!

Blendabilities = Alcohol Based Markers in Stampin' Up! Colors!!!


These will be great for water coloring...much like Copics.

Pictured above are the colors that will be released when launched.  That should be some time early this year.  I will let you know as soon as they are released!
Of course, we will continue to carry our water based Stampin' Write Markers.

Leadership 2014 Giveaway
Leadership Gift!

Here is one of our all-attendee give-away gifts! 
The Happenings Simply Created Card Kit from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

What's best of all about Stampin' Up! and its events are the friendships and relationships.  Here we are with Samantha and Liz...sending hugs, you guys! 

Samantha, Liz, Beverlee, and me

We had a great time with these ladies and I know the friendships formed will remain!

The next two photos show the swaps I traded with other demonstrators.  Thank you to all those demonstrators for sharing their talent.

Happy Watercolor Swap 1


Happy Watercolor Swap 2

Two different looks using the Happy Watercolor set (wood, clear).

I'm excited to share the many Stampin' Up! card ideas, DIY home decor and techniques that I learned at Leadership. Stay tuned!

Stampin' Up! Quick and Easy- Monster Valentines for the Kids

Have you seen the precious Valentine offerings from Stampin' Up!? 
If you've placed an online order with me this month, you'll probably be seeing one of the super cute note cards (pictured above), the Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes (134609).  Love these little cards and the colors are so rich and yummy!

Also, so irresistible, are the featured products for today! 

Meet Monster Hugs Boy- 132162

And, Monster Hugs Girl! -132163

So adorable! Look how they hug the candies! 
The kids can help assemble...get a pack of Monster Boys and a pack of Monster Girls!

At $5.95 for 18, you can't go wrong with these babies!

Your kids will love giving these cute monsters away to their friends and classmates. Buy them the cutest valentines around.
Only available for a limited time and while supplies last!
Comes with 18 monsters, 18 googlie eyes, 18 adhesive hearts in each pack!

These Valentine Products are only available while supplies last or until January 27th...whichever comes first!  See these limited offerings in the Online Store along with all the new Occasions Catalog products.

For my Occasions Catalog Product Share, see details HERE. Last day to earn a BONUS for reserving your spot!

Also, today is the last day for my Sealed with Love Mini Album ink and inspirations Online Class Special!

Now, go grab those quick and easy Stampin' Up! Valentine monsters before they escape!

New Stampin' Up! Hip Notes Stamp Set and Essentials Wooden Embellishments

Can wood get any cuter?  The Essentials Wooden Embellishments are tiny wood accents, ready for you to stamp, ink, spritz them! Coordinate with the Retro Fresh suite and the Hip Notes stamp set as seen below.

You're hip, you're cool, you've got the 4-1-1. Prove your hipness to everyone else with the Hip Notes Set. Coordinates with Essentials Wooden Elements and the Retro Fresh Suite.

The Essentials Wooden Elements are part of my Occasions Catalog Product Share HERE!

Here's a video from the Stampin' Up! home office demonstrating these two new products. Watch below or over on You Tube...
 then head over to Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook!


Find the Hip Notes stamp set and Essentials Wooden Embellishments in the Stampin' Up! Online Store.

Stampin' Up! DIY Home Decor: New Burlap and Blooms Wreath

Isn't it great to be able to use your paper crafting skills to create home decor?  Stampin' Up! makes it easy with this new wreath kit from the Occasions Catalog.

Here's what Stampin' Up! has to say...

Learn how to make a rustic chic wreath that will chase the winter blues away. This kit has what you need to make one wreath: the wreath form, burlap, and plenty of die-cut flowers and accents. All you need to provide is a hot glue gun for assembling the flowers. In no time you'll have a wreath that's super simple and super cute—and you made it yourself!

While I'm attending classes and demonstrations at the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in Houston, remember to check out my Online Class Special HERE and my Occasions Catalog Product Share HERE!

Now let's take a look at a video from the home office with some tips on assembly of the Burlap and Blooms Wreath.

Can't see the video below?  Watch here on You Tube.

Stampin' Up! Burlap and Blooms Kit for DIY Home Decor in the Online Store here.

New Spiral Flowers Original Die from Stampin' Up!

Love this new Spiral Flowers Die from Stampin' Up!  Just think of all the pretty floral projects you'll be able to create for your paper crafting projects and home decor!  And, it's a steel rule die so it will cut more than paper. 

The Occasions Catalog has so much to offer for every event!  Check out the details on my Occasions Catalog Product Share HERE.

And, while I am away at Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference this week, I'm offering an ink and inspirations Online special!


Now, let's take a look at this Stampin' Up! video from the home office and discover how easy it is to use this new product from the Occasions Catalog!

(Can't see the video below? Watch on YouTube here.)

The Stampin' Up! Spiral Flowers Originals Die...find it here in the Online Store!

New Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals and the Occasions Catalog

Stampin' Up! has some new Weekly Deals to share so let's take a look at what's being offered at a discount for the next 7 days...



Also, remember to take advantage of "Lisa's Away at Leadership" online class special. See the details HERE ...

and, the ink and inspirations Occasions Catalog Project Share with details found HERE.


Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack with ink and inspirations Special

The Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference is this week and if you've been following here and over on ink and inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook, you know the preparations that have been happening in this demonstrator's craft room.

While I'm away at this super fantastic conference with hundreds of other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, I'll be offering a special on one of my online classes and a special product share from the Occasions Catalog that will be offered first to the U.S. subscribers on the ink and inspirations Mailing List and the U.S. fans of Ink and Inspirations on Facebook.

Today's Online Class offer is available to everyone...U.S. and international followers... and will be available for one week only!


The Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit is available on the Clearance Rack for $3.19 (while supplies last!!!) and in conjunction, I am offering the ink and inspirations Sealed with Love Mini Book Online Class at less than half price.

This is the perfect mini book to create as a special Valentine for anyone!  It's unique with pockets to insert sweet notes or photos.

Sealed-with-love-2With step by step videos, you can create this easily with this kit...or without! 

Included is a special BONUS video with the how-to create this mini book with supplies that you have on hand. Customize for any occasion!


Included are 4 videos with a total of a little over 30 minutes of step by step how-to. 
PLUS...a BONUS video that will enable you to create this project with your own supplies.

Originally, this full length online class sold for $14.97...
but your price this week is only $7!

You can purchase through the PayPal link below and receive instant access to your class!

Thank you for your support of ink and inspirations.

Sealed with Love Mini Book from ink and inspirations

Your Cost: $7.00

Be sure to check the ink and inspirations Newsletter tomorrow for some new project ideas featuring products from the new Occasions Catalog.  U.S. customers will receive a notice about an ink and inspirations Product Share...sign up for ink and inspirations Mailing List HERE.

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Life at Home: Making Many Cards!

Stampin' Up!... Many Cards!

The main focus since New Years Day has been to make many card swaps to trade with other demonstrators at the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference next week.

I worked so late last night I tried to ink my sponge dauber on my iPhone...cue...time for bed! I'd like to say my phone was right next to my ink pad but it was on my desk and the ink pad on my craft table.  I did actually tap the dauber on the phone.  Zzzzzz....

Tap the ink pad not the phone!


So today, these little jewels will be finished and the packing will start for my trip. I am so excited!  I'll be rooming and hanging out with my new demonstrator friend that I met on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip in San Diego this past September, Beverlee Morales!


Beverlee is precious and I feel like I've known her forever!  We're both looking forward to the special presentations and demonstrations that Stampin' Up! has in store for us.  {Insert BIG smile here!}

I'll be posting to my Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown Facebook page while I'm there so be sure to head on over and "LIKE" my page so you don't miss out on a thing!

Here on the blog, you will continue to see some fabulous new products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and I'll be sharing the swaps that you are getting a peek of here!

More Stampin' Up! cards!

Remember to join Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook to see some fun from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Leadership Conference!

What Does the Fox Say?

Cool Fox in the Stampin' Up! Life in the Forest Set

"What does the Fox say?"

 If you are familiar with this silly song, I hope you hang in here with me!  I think this is such a funny song with a good beat.  Loved the number performed to this tune on Dancing with the Stars this past season.

So, with my infatuation with the fox song, I was thrilled to see this adorable set, Life in the Forest (wood, clear) available in the new Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!

These little critters are just begging to be colored!  Here's the card...

Stampin' Up! Life in the Forest

The little row of fringed grass was easily created with our new Fringe Scissors 133325 and the card itself is from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Card Set 133362.  These little beauties are printed on watercolor paper which make for easy coloring with Blender Pens or Aqua Painters!

And, just for's the music video for What Does the Fox Say.  Listen, if you'd like or just head on over to the Online Store and get this cute little Fox and his buddies!  Hostess Code:EA9UYTMD


Get Life in the Forest from Stampin' Up! and have some fun.  The kids will love it!

New Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog!




The new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog*** goes live tomorrow! 
I'll have the link to this new catalog online at Midnight tonight, Mountain Time. 

If you are a customer and have purchased Stampin' Up! through me, Lisa Brown, in the last six months, you should have received one of these Occasions Catalogs in the mail.  If not, please let me know!

With all the talk about the new catalog, you need to know that today is the last day to purchase from our Holiday Catalog! You can see the products in the Holiday Catalog section of the Online Store HERE.

However,there are carry overs that will be available through June 1st. See these at the link below...

Here's a Stampin' Up! thank you card idea using some of the last of my goodies from the Holiday Catalog...




*** With the new 2014 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! going live tomorrow, there are a few corrections that I need to share with you...

Gold Foil Sheets on p.7 -item number should be 132622

Page 18-(133110 and 133113) The camera image is incorrectly highlighted as coordinating with the On Film Framelit Dies. The embossing does not line up with the image in the stamp set.

Page 31-(133329)The kit also includes 15 White Envelopes 3 5/8" x 5 1/8".

Be sure to check back for the link to the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog tomorrow...Midnight, Mountain Time!