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Faux Ribbon Technique for Handmade Cards

Faux-ribbon-technique-videoToday's post features an easy technique for creating faux ribbon for your handmade cards.  This was one of the very first techniques that I learned when I first began my journey with paper crafting and cardmaking.  On a recent Facebook live, I demonstrated this technique and found that several viewers had never tried or seen this technique.  This led me to take a clip from the video and share it with all my viewers. 

Let's take a look at this simple technique to create faux ribbon using a Bone Folder [102300] and some cardstock strips.

Lisa's Inklings:
-Strips of cardstock should be cut 3/8 to 5/8 for best results to create the faux ribbon.
-Run the side edge of the Bone Folder [102300] along the cardstock strip at least twice.
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Separate the layers slowly and carefully.
-Use Mini Glue Dots [103683] to make the bow.
-Try this technique on a larger piece of cardstock to create a fun textured layer for your handmade cards.

Faux-Ribbon-Technique-CardmakingThis card was made with minimal supplies including stamps, ink, and paper.  For cardmaking and paper crafting, basic tools/supplies are also needed which include Paper Trimmer [152392], Bone Folder [102300], Paper Snips [103579], and adhesives such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] and Mini Glue Dots [103683].

If you'd love to make a 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 cast to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business.

 

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Hope you've enjoyed this introduction or reminder of this technique! Now it's time for you to create a card using this faux ribbon technique for handmade cards.


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

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It's time for Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook, Thursday (today) at 12:00 PM (Noon) Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

This week, I challenged myself to create a card with just stamps, ink, and paper.  (I did use a little ribbon but during the LIVE, I am going to try a paper alternative.)

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

Hope to see you later today on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook!


Customer Spotlight with Melinda Guy and Celebrate Sunflowers

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Welcome to our Customer Spotlight with Melinda Guy!  Melinda is a long-time customer and a dear friend. She is a member of our local stamp club in Texas. 

Here's a photo of Melinda and her husband while on a trip to Italy several years ago.

Melinda-guy-customer-spotlightOur Customer Spotlight highlights one of my Stampin' Up! customers that agrees to share some information about themselves by answering a short survey.  Here are Melinda's responses!

 

1. How long have you been paper crafting?  

I have been a paper crafter for about 6 years,

2. What is your favorite stamp set?

My favorite stamp sets are Hippo and Friends and Celebrate Sunflowers.

3. What is your favorite color or color combination?  

My favorite colors right now are Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, and Roccoco Rose. I have made several cards using those colors.

4. What is your favorite type of paper crafting project or technique? 

I love the Paper Pumpkin kits.

5. What is your best tip for your fellow paper crafters?

The best advice I can give is to have fun. There are no mistakes when card-making. Sometimes they come out differently than you plan.😊

Here's a beautiful graduation card created by Melinda with one of her favorite stamp sets...

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

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


My Top Five - Get These While They Last!

06.01.21_SHARABLE_JJ_RETIRED_NASo many beautiful products are on this last chance list and you must get these while supplies last! 

Here are my Top Five Retiring or Discontinued Products:

HYDRANGEA HILL 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper

Beautiful colors and prints that coordinate beautifully with the Hydrangea Haven Bundle that carried over to the Annual Catalog.

ICE CREAM CORNER 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

Another set of designer papers whose coordinating bundle carried over into the Annual Catalog, Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper.

HAPPY THOUGHTS CLING STAMP SET

Great sentiments...beautiful font!...Happy Thoughts Cling Stamp Set!

SPRINGTIME JOY CLING STAMP SET

These are three of the cutest animals ever! Springtime Joy Cling Stamp Set

LOVE YOU ALWAYS 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

This is beautiful foil print paper is especially nice for anniversary and wedding cards.
I love it!   Love You Always Specialty Designer Paper

There are many other wonderful products included in this Last Chance Promotion; some items up to 50% off!

Take at my top five and shop now while supplies last!


Make A Sweet Birthday Gift Card Holder

Easy-brithday-gift-card-holderLet's start the week off with a birthday gift card holder with the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle [156244] from the Stampin' Up! January- June 2021 Mini Catalog.  While the stamp set and coordinating punch are carrying over into the annual catalog, this precious coordinating Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper [154567] is not and is on the Last Chance List from this current mini.

The inside of this card has an easy fold-up gift card pocket which can also hold cash or a small gift! The triple-decker ice cream cone you see below is cut from the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper [154567] that is being discontinued.

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Let's take a look at the how-to video tutorial for this easy birthday gift card holder.

Lisa's Inklings:

Easy Birthday Gift Card Holder

You can easily make this birthday gift card holder for any occasion!  Take a look at the supply list below and click on the photos of what you need to order. 

Thank you to all of my U.S. crafting friends who place orders with me in support of my business!

 

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Thanks for tuning in today!  Now it's time for you to try this birthday gift card holder and let me know if you do!


Make A Card to Reach Out To A Friend

Make-a-card-for-a-friendDo you know a friend who would love to receive a card in the mail?  Is there someone that you know who would appreciate getting a note of encouragement in one of your handmade cards?

Today's project is the perfect card for a summertime greeting!  Created with the Sweet As A Peach Bundle (English) [155823], this is one that would surely brighten someone's day!

This card was created on a recent Craft & Chat with Lisa Facebook Live.  The recording is below and if you want to skip over all the "chat" at the beginning, you can start the project demonstration at about 8 minutes into the video. 

Lisa's Inklings:

Don't you think this is a great card to send to a friend?  I have to admit that I must do better at sending those "just because" cards.  Let's all commit to that, shall we?

Make-A-Card-To-Reach-Out-To-A-FriendAs I said in the video, this suite of products reminds me of my mom because she loved peaches!  I feel like there her sweetness is in every card that I make with these sweet peaches!

Sweet-as-a-peach-card-for-a-friendHere's the inside of the card with plenty of space to write a "sweet as a peach" note. :)

If you'd love to make a 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 cast to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business.

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Now it's your turn to make a card for a friend that's full of sweetness so hop over and order your supplies and get one of your much-appreciated handmade cards in the mail!

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

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It's time for Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook, Thursday (today) at 12:00 PM (Noon) Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

Jackie and I just returned from a two-night stay in Branson...a little early birthday celebration for me!  I am ready to get back in the studio and show you the sweetest card project!

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

Hope to see you later today on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook!


Handmade Stampin' Up! Card of Appreciation - Floral Themed

Handmade-hydrangea-card-of-appreciationToday's Stampin' Up! project is a handmade card of appreciation created with the beautiful Hydrangea Haven Photopolymer Stamp Set [154470]In this particular sample, the retired Roccoco Rose is used for the pink color.  If you do not have that retired ink pad in your stash, you can use a different pink such as Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad [147100] or Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad [147108].

Also to note: While these images were cut with scissors after stamping, you can also use the coordinating dies to cut the images.  Get 10% off when you purchase the bundle and dies together..the Hydrangea Haven Bundle.

Here are the instructions for this handmade card of appreciation:

Cut your Basic White [159276] card base to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”.
Cut the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper [154570] at 4” x 5 1/4” and glue to the card base front.
Cut the Basic White Cardstock [159276] to approx 3 x 4.
With the brush stroke stamp, stamp the different colors to cover the Basic White piece.  Stamp-off to make colors to make lighter versions of the colors.
Using a Stitched So Sweetly Dies [151690], choose the scalloped rectangle that will die-cut the stamped brush strokes.
Add Stampin' Dimensionals [104430] to the back then add to the center of the card.
Cut a 1/2” x 3" strip of the acetate and add a little bit of the liquid glue and put down the right side of the die-cut rectangle.
Stamp your flower outline image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] and then stamp the solid image to add color to your flower and the leaves.
Cut out flower images and leaves with Paper Snips [103579] or use the Hydrangea Dies [154326].
Add dimensionals to the back of the flowers and layer on the left side of the rectangle piece 
Make a little bow from the Very Vanilla 3/8" Scalloped Lace Trim [149593], add the leaves with a Mini Glue Dot [103683].
Stamp your sentiment on Basic White and cut out around it with your Paper Snips. Adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals [104430].
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Do you know someone who would love to receive one of your handmade cards of appreciation?  I challenge you to send one today!


New to Paper Crafting and Card Making?

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If you are new to crafting, have very little time to craft, or short on space to store supplies?  Read on!

I’m excited to share with you a new line of creative products called the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Up! has taken the guesswork out of creativity and done the hard parts, and you get to do the fun stuff: craft!

Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the predesigned projects, preprinted pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects.

Here's our CEO, Sara Douglass, introducing our new Kit Collection!

There’s a wide variety of kits for all different occasions, and new kits are being added regularly. You can shop the current selection in my online store here. But hurry! Kits are available only while supplies last! 

Pick the kit that’s right for you.