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Customer Spotlight: Lynn Chapman


In this Customer Spotlight, we are recognizing Lynn Chapman from Georgia!  Although we have never met in person, I consider Lynn a dear friend.  She has been a part of my Stampin' Up! journey for many years and is an avid and talented card maker.  Here's Lynn...




  1. How long have you been paper crafting?  
    I started crafting in 2007 when a friend from work invited me to go to a stamp club.  I was hooked from the first day.

  2. What is your favorite stamp set?
    It changes every day!  Right now I am in love with the Friends are like Seashells and Forever Fern, but when the new catalog comes out it may be something else.

  3. What is your favorite color or color combination?  
    BLUE!  I love anything that is any shade of blue.

  4. What is your favorite type of paper crafting project or technique? 
    I love making cards especially the fun folds and 3D types.

  5. What is your best tip for your fellow paper crafters?
     Continue to enjoy your crafting if it makes you happy and don’t let others influence you about spending time doing something you love.

Here's a great Father's Day card that Lynn created!


Thank you, Lynn, for your input and for your support! 

If you'd like to be featured in a future Customer Spotlight post, e-mail me!

Clean and Simple Cardmaking Idea

Handmade-inspirational-cardToday's project is a clean and simple cardmaking idea that uses stamps, inks, and paper with a little ribbon embellishment.

The stamp set featured is one on the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Products list. His Love Cling Stamp Set (English) [152660] is one of my favorites to use for inspirational cards and for making those for our card ministry for our faith community. This card could be sent to anyone and the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper [152494] has many patterns that are just right for these types of cards.  Be sure to check out this project for one of my favorites made with His Love Cling Stamp Set (English) [152660].

Here's a quick video for this clean and simple cardmaking idea.

Lisa's Inklings:
Card base is cut 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.
Back layer of colored card stock is cut 4-1;8 x 5-3/8; the piece behind the sentiment is cut 2 x 4.
Patterned paper is cut 4 x 5-1/4.
Basic White for the sentiment is cut 1-7/8 x 3-7/8; for the inside 4 x 5-1/4.

If you'd love to make a clean and simple card like this one, please click on the images below to shop and your supplies will be shipped directly to you.  There is no added cost to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business.

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Place in order of $50 or more before shipping and tax in my Online Store with Host Code BABZYNMS and receive a FREE gift from me!  

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! for any product that is current and I will still send your gift!


Now that you've read this post, shop now to get the beautiful His Love Cling Stamp Set (English) [152660] while it's still available and until next time, let your light shine! Mt 5:16

Card Making Tip: Futurecasting and Card Making

FuturecastinYou are probably wondering about this tip regarding futurecasting and card making

By futurecasting, I am referring to planning ahead for some event or special occasion in the future.  There may be certain supplies or stamp sets that are will be just what you need that is available now but may not be available at the time of the occasion or event.

It will be more clear once you see the video below.

That particular set that was shown in the video has been retired for a while.  I am so glad that I made that investment...I've used it on several occasions! And, this isn't the only set or supply that I've purchased because I felt that I would want/need it at some point.

Here are some other examples of futurecasting for cardmaking:

With the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Promotion going on now, it's a good time for you to check those items and futurecast for your cardmaking or scrapbooking!

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Thank you for tuning in today for this idea and tip about futurecasting and cardmaking and I'll "see" you tomorrow for another cardmaking idea and video tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine-birthday-card-natures-rootsLet's start the week off with a masculine birthday card made with a beautiful "retiring" stamp set from Stampin' Up! 

The Rooted In Nature Cling Stamp Set (English) [148217] and coordinating Nature's Roots Dies [146341] have been two of my favorite go-to supplies when making cards for the guys in our family.  This card has a twin and will be delivered to two family members in May. 

Don't you love that beautiful oak tree?  Be sure to check out this simple inking technique with the Stamparatus to get that pretty ombré effect.

Ready to see the process?  Let's go!

Lisa's Inklings:

The Stamparatus is a great tool for so many techniques. Be sure you watch this one for the inking technique used on this masculine birthday card!

Don't miss out on these two Last Chance Products that are only available while the supply lasts!  Click the links below to be taken directly to the Online Store.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Here's hoping you've been inspired to create and masculine birthday card like the one you've seen.

2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Paper Share


2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Paper Share
I am once again offering a Paper Share of the new designer papers in the upcoming annual catalog.  
Paper Share includes:
108 Sheets of 6” x 12” and 24 sheets of 6” x 6” (1 collection comes in 6” x 6” sheets)
Cost: $78 (includes shipping to you)
Designer Series Paper in the Paper Share includes:
Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Expressions in Ink Specialty, Hand Penned, In the Wild, Pansy Petals, Simply Elegant Specialty, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, You're A Peach
Reserve your share now!
E-mail me at with your Name, Mailing Address, Phone, and PayPal email.
April 27th/28th - You will be emailed a request for payment through PayPal.
May 3rd - Deadline for payment.
May 4th - I will order the paper.  We are still dealing with global shipping issues so it may be a turnaround of 2-3 weeks or longer if there are backorders.
As soon as it’s received here, we will begin to prep for shipping to you.
Late May - Designer Paper shares will be mailed. ***In case of backorders, paper shares will not be mailed until all paper is received.

Paper Shares are not eligible for Ink and Inspirations Customer Rewards.
In case of backorders, shares will not be mailed until all papers are received.
Available for U.S. addresses/residents only. (U.S. Territories also included.)
Reserve your spot now- E-mail me for the 2021-2022 Designer Series Paper Share!

Customer Spotlight: Debbie Hebert

Customer-spotlightWelcome to our Customer Spotlight with Debbie Hebert!  Debbie is a long-time customer, dear friend, and is also a member of my Stampin' Up! Stars Team.

Our Customer Spotlight highlights one of my Stampin' Up! customers that share some information about themselves by answering a short survey.  Here's Debbie!


  1. How long have you been paper crafting?  
    13 years... since July 2008

  2. What is your favorite stamp set?
    Dream Catcher by Stampin Up!

  3. What is your favorite color or color combination?
    Purples (Gorgeous Grape, for sure!)

  4. What is your favorite type of paper crafting project or technique?
     Cards of all kinds (And, she makes a LOT of cards!)

  5. What is your best tip for your fellow paper crafters?
    Make time for yourself to craft.

Here's a beautiful wedding card that Debbie created using Forever Blossoms.


Debbie is a member of my local stamp club in Texas.  When I am in Missouri, she hosts the club in her home where she has a lovely setup for stamping and crafting.

Thank you, Debbie! 

If you'd like to be featured in a future Customer Spotlight post, e-mail me!


Fun Fold Thank You Card


Our project for this Friday is a fun fold thank you card that is a remake of this card with a different color scheme and different products.   This card features the fabulous Beautiful World Bundle (English) [154091] and coordinating World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper [152491] and Brass Foil Sheets [153057].

This cardmaker (me!) has a soft spot for products and supplies that feature maps, globes, compasses, and the like.  You can bet, this will be one of my go-to sets for graduations, bon voyage, masculine, and many other types of cards.  What about scrapbooking your travels or journeys with this theme? 

Here's the inside of the card with those thin strips of Mossy Meadow that add just the right touch.


Here are the details so you can assemble this fun fold thank you card, too!

Lisa's Inklings:

If you'd love to make a fun fold thank you card like this one, please click on the images below to shop and your supplies will be shipped directly to you.  There is no added cost to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business.

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Now that you have the how-to for this fun fold thank you card and have seen the video, it's your turn to let your light shine... make this card then send it.

Lisa's Road Trip - Special Giveaway

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The rest of this month will be packed full of fun for Jackie and me! Tomorrow we will be leaving on a road trip to Utah to visit five National Parks. (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Mesa Verde... Hooray!) Our daughter, Kristen, and her family will be joining us and we are beyond excited!
While we are away "from the desk",  I am offering a chance to win some prizes! Winners announced after our return.  There is no purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing.  (Only United States residents and addresses are eligible.)

Read on for the details...
There are two ways to be entered into the drawing for prizes:
  • Leave a comment on this post to receive one entry into the drawing.  Tell me your most favorite place you've ever visited! Your comment must be on this post. (I will have limited internet access and will not be able to check if you comment on the correct post.)
  • Receive two entries to the drawing by placing an online order with me from April 21st- April 30th.  (If you comment and place an order you will have THREE entries!). Remember that the Last Chance Special continues and retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed through April 23rd.
  • Only U.S. Residents and addresses are eligible to order from me or for this giveaway.

Winners will be posted here on the blog by May 5th!

There will be drawings for 4 prizes!   Three will be stamp sets and I will also be giving away one Mini Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine!  It's so cute!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Don't forget to leave a comment in the comment section on this post (below).  Then be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I hope to be able to post photos of our road trip to Utah!

Card Making Video - Make A Fun Fold Card with Dragonfly Garden

Stampin-up-fun-fold-dragonfly-garden-bundleToday's project and video tutorial is the how-to for making a fun fold card using the Dragonfly Garden Bundle (English) [156224] from Stampin' Up!

This has been a very popular stamp set and the coordinating paper is wonderful but at the time of this writing, is in very low inventory status.  So, if you love it, check now (Dandy Garden 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [154297]) to see if it's still available!

This particular card design was my "mystery stamping event" for our April Stars Team virtual gathering.  Since our team is scattered across the country, we love gathering virtually on Zoom to stamp together.  You are getting to see the finished project first but the Stars had no idea what the finished card would look like.  All that was presented to them prior to the "gathering" was the recipe with cutting and scoring directions. Everyone used their own supplies. Two shared photos of their projects. Take a look at Kristen's and Carol's cards!

May be an image of strawberry and text that says 'hello THERE'

May be an image of text that says 'HELLO'

Now that you've seen these samples, you must be anxious to make your own!  Here is the video!

Lisa's Inklings:
1.Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077]: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, 2-3/4 x 6 (scored at 5-1/4)
2.Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276]: 4 x 5-1/4 , scrap for die cut
3.Dandy Garden 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [154297]: 2-1/2 x 6 (scored at 5-1/4) and punched dragonfly.

Here's the inside of the card.  The message can be written behind the card front strip so as not to be visible when the card is opened.

Fun-fold-card-dragonfly-gardenWhat most of us like about fun fold cards like this one with Dragonfly Garden is the added interest and uniqueness.  It's a great alternative to a regular book-fold or tent-fold card.

Here are all of the supplies used on today's project.

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Thanks for tuning in for today's fun fold card video with Dragonfly Garden and until next time, send a card and let your light shine! Mt 5:16


Free Online Card Class!

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A Bronze Elite Star Celebration!

Bronze-eliteIt's celebration time as one of my Stampin' Up! Stars Team Members has promoted to Bronze Elite!

Based on the orders she has placed, Carol Peterson now holds the Bronze Elite title and I recently sent her a little gift!

Bronze-elite-starCarol is a hobby demonstrator on my team and makes some beautiful cards to send to her family and friends. 

Carol and I met online as she was a frequent visitor to my LIVE videos on Facebook.  It was a blessing when she decided to purchase the Starter Kit through me and join my team.  We have gotten to know each other better through our virtual team meetings and crafting sessions and have lots of fun visiting, talking about our families, sharing book ideas, and of course, stamping and crafting ideas!

If you'd ever like to join our community, we'd welcome you with open arms!  You can read more about it here.

Thanks for tuning in as we celebrate Stars Team Member, Carol Peterson, Bronze Elite.

2021 Graduate Gift Card Holder

Graduates-gift-card-holderLet's make a gift card holder for a 2021 Graduate! This one features the soon-to-be-gone Beautiful World Bundle (English) [154091] from Stampin' Up!

Yes, that's right.  This Beautiful World Bundle (English) [154091] is on the Last Chance List from Stampin' Up! 

The World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper [152491] is on the list and one of my favorites. (It's on sale...$9.00!)

The Brass Foil Sheets [153057] that coordinate perfectly are also on the way out and bargained price at $4!  Run...don't walk...and grab these while still available...while supply lasts! 

This 2021 graduate gift card holder was created on Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook (April 14, 2021.)  The somewhat edited recorded version is below with lots of chatter from me as I interact with my viewers.  Here's hoping you find it fun while seeing the process of putting the card together!

Lisa's Inklings:


These products are wonderful for creating cards for anyone.  Here's another card created with this bundle with a heartfelt sentiment.

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Now that you've seen these products in action, hop over to the Online Store so you do not miss out!  Thank you for tuning in for this 2021 graduate gift card holder and until we meet again, let your light shine! Mt 5:16

Facebook Live- Craft and Chat with Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations


Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 AM MT, 8:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

You will see a cardmaking project made with some of my favorite products that are retiring. Want to take a guess what those might be?

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 10:00 AM Central.  When you check-in at that time and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

See you later today!  Join us!

Handmade Thank You Gift Tags


Let's start off Monday with a handmade "Thank You Gift Tag"!  These tags were made to attach to little gifts to those who placed a qualifying order with me or through my Stampin' Up! Online Store in March 2021. 

Featured here are two of my favorites from the Stampin' Up! Last Chance list... the So Sentimental Cling Stamp Set (English) [151691] and Forever Greenery DSP.  This stamp set was designed specifically to "fit" the Stitched So Sweetly Dies [151690] which are not retiring (thank goodness!) and will be carried over into the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Here are the dies with the set (So Sentimental Bundle (English) [153828]) so you can see how well these coordinate...

To create the cut flagged end of the thank you gift tag, the Banner Triple Punch [138292] was used.  This item is retiring soon and is currently offered at a great discount!  You can easily make banner pieces in three widths: 1", 1-1/2", and 2".

If you'd like to see two more projects made with this stamp set, be sure to take a look at this card and this gift bag!

Here's a stack of these gifts with the handmade thank you gift tags!

Gift-tags-thank-youThese tags can easily be removed and used as a tag on a card front.  How about that...two gifts in one!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've been inspired by this handmade thank you gift tag and will create some to use on gifts or cards!