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2022 Valentine with Catching Butterflies Video

Valentine-card-2022-stampin-up-chasing-butterfliesEarlier this month, this card was featured here on Ink and Inspirations... a 2022 Valentine with Stampin' Up! Catching Butterflies. Today, we have a video with the assembly so you can make one, too! 

The combination of the filigree heart along with the textured background is so pretty!  This card is a beautiful Valentine for friends, daughters, granddaughters, or a "Galentine" for friends.

Stampin-up-valentine-2022-chasing-butterfliesHere's the video with the assembly instructions and tips.

2022 Valentine with Stampin' Up! Catching Butterflies

Lisa's Inklings:

Valentine-Card-2022-stampin-upI've been on a "kick" lately finishing the inside of my cards with a 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Basic White with a scrap strip of card stock near the bottom.  It's easy to do and looks nice!

Below are the links to my online store where you can find the supplies that were used on this card.  Thank you for shopping with me and supporting my small business! I am so appreciative!

Product List

Valentine's Day will be here soon!  Who do you know that would appreciate a card like this 2022 Stampin' Up! Valentine with Catching Butterflies?

Another DIY Calendar with Stampin' Up! Brilliant Rainbow Dies

DIY-desk-calendar-stampin-upOn this rainy Monday in Southeast Texas,  here's another project and DIY Calendar with the Brilliant Rainbow Dies [157726] .

I've been keeping my granddaughter comfy and entertained since she was a little under the weather today and stayed home from pre-school.  Consequently, this post is coming to you much later than usual.

Rainbow-of-happiness-DIY-desk-calendar-stampin-upThe Brilliant Rainbow Dies [157726] shine on this project.  I love creating so many different colors of rainbows. The designer paper, Sunshine & Rainbows, can be earned for FREE with a purchase of at least $50 before tax and shipping.  Why? Because it is Sale-A-Bration time through February 28th.

Make This DIY Calendar

If you'd like to create a calendar like this one, you can see the base construction HERE.
Here is the supply list for this project...

If you'd like to know where I purchased the calendars, e-mail me and I will send you the link.

DIY-desk-calendar-stampin-up-rainbow-of-happinessDon't miss out on Sale-A-Bration where you can earn this awesome Sunshine & Rainbows 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [158126] for FREE.  It's colorful with great prints including but not exclusively rainbows and can be used with so many projects.  Need a bright, cheery look for a birthday card?  Want to send some happy mail to someone "just because"? you covered with this one.  It's FREE with a $50 purchase now during Sale-A-Bration!

Thanks for checking in today!  It's not too late to make a colorful DIY Calendar like this one with the Brilliant Rainbow Dies.

DIY Gift Idea with Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness


Here's one of my favorite DIY gift ideas and this one is made with the Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness Bundle. 

I love shopping for fun hand towels or dish towels and it's great when I find one that matches one of our stamp sets or themes!

Rainbow-of-happiness-gift-tagThis particular tag is a die from the bundle and it's adorable with the arched rainbow top.  It finished off this project nicely.

This was the second project in my premiere this week and you can see the recording of this particular project in the video below.

DIY Gift Idea with Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness

Lisa's Inklings: The width of the "tag" can vary depending on the towel and design. How you fold the towel can also vary the size.This is much like a card front but the area is usually smaller.  You can accent the two ends like I did here with a tag on one end and the ribbon tied into a bow on the other.Rainbow-of-happiness-tag-gift-ideaHere are the supplies used for this project.  The Sunshine & Rainbows 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [158126] is free with a purchase of $50!

You can create this project for any occasion and I encourage you to try!  This DIY gift with the Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness Bundle will make a nice gift for someone soon!

Easy Background Technique for Handmade Cards


Today's project and video tutorial are all about an easy background technique for your handmade cards.  Your stamps and ink can easily be used for so many techniques and accents on your crafting projects.

In this quick video, you will see a two-step technique.  Both can be used separately but also complement the other when combined.  Let's take a look and get ready to try this magic on your cards!

Easy Background Technique for Handmade Cards

Lisa's Inklings:
-Blending brushes work wonderfully to apply ink to card stock in a subtle way.
-The repetitive background stamping works well with smaller images as well as sentiments.
-The additional technique shown is the layering of identical stamped images to give depth and dimension.

Easy-background-technique-catching-butterfliesTip:  I love combining baker's twine or linen thread with ribbon!  It gives your project extra texture.

Easy-backround-technique-stampin-up-card-ideaHere are the supplies used for today's cardmaking project.  I appreciate your support! When you shop with me, it supports my small business and enables me to continue providing content through this blog, via email, and social media.

The Catching Butterflies Cling Stamp Set (English) [158108] is adorable and the only way to get it is to earn it for FREE with a $50 purchase before tax and shipping!  See another way that I've used this stamp set HERE.

Now it's your turn to get those creative juices flowing and try this easy background technique for handmade cards.

Another Fun Fold Slim Tent Card with Stampin' Up! Catch You Later

Fun-fold-slim-tent-catch-you-laterLet's start the week off with another fun fold slim tent card with the Stampin' Up! Catch You Later Cling Stamp Set [158037].  These are simple fun folds that are so much fun to make.  You can see the how-to in last week's our premiere video HERE.

The images in the Catch You Later Cling Stamp Set [158037] are darling and easy to color with Stampin' Blends. These particularly caught my eye because I knew our granddaughters would love these!

UntitledIt's hard for me to choose a favorite about you?  Those little quails tug at my heart, the monkeys are fun, and the kitty with the goldfish, like in today's card, makes me laugh!

Slim-tent-fun-fold-catch-you-later-bHere are the supplies used for this Fun Fold Slim Tent Card with Stampin' Up! Catch You Later Cling Stamp Set [158037]:

If you need measurements and the "recipe" for this card, you can check out the post HERE.

Slim-tent-fun-fold-catch-you-later-cMost card makers love fun fold cards and I love making and sharing these! This slim tent fun fold style can be used with any stamp set...give it a try!

Reminders from Lisa:

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will make this fun fold slim tent card like the one here today made with Stampin' Up! Catch You Later.

Super Simple Fun Fold Card- Slim Tent

Slim-tent-catch-you-later-sideThis cardmaking project is a super simple fun fold card called a slim tent.  It's a cute smaller size and really fun to make!


This card was featured in my YouTube Premiere this week.  Take a look at the video and you will want to make this fun fold, too.

Super Simple Fun Fold Card- Slim Tent

Lisa's Inklings:

Catch-you-later-fun-fold-cardThe Catch You Later Cling Stamp Set [158037] is adorable! I mentioned in the video that I am drawn to these cute animal stamps since our granddaughters love them and these images make such cute cards for the littles.

Here is the complete list of supplies for this card.

Slim-tent-fun-fold-card-catch-you-laterFun fold cards are favorites among so many crafters.  Try this slim tent then take a look at this fun fold card here.

Thanks so much for stopping by for this Super Simple Slim Tent Fun Fold Card and stay tuned for more card ideas here on Ink and Inspirations!

Stampin' Up! "Galentine" Card with Chasing Butterflies


Today's "Galentine" card features the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration set, Catching Butterflies Cling Stamp Set (English) [158108].  You can earn this set for FREE with a $50 purchase. It is so cute and pairs well with the Dies Floral Heart [154306] from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. (You can view our catalogs HERE.)


You are also getting a sneak peek of the Natural Tones Stampin' Blends Collection which will be available to you beginning February 1, 2022.  As a demonstrator, I was able to order these plus a new All Together Collection which will also be available next month. (Exciting!) After using these Natural Tones Blends, I am wondering how I ever managed without these! This collection of 10 markers is beautiful and very versatile!  I have used these for hair, skin, and eyes!  You are going to love these which are an early release from the new Annual Catalog coming this spring.


Here are some of the specifics for this  Stampin' Up! Galentine card.  You will find the currently available product list below.


Product List

Get your own Chasing Butterflies stamp set for FREE on your next qualifying Stampin' Up! order and makes this "Galentine" card for your friends!



Become Part of Our Community of Stampers


It is an honor to be the leader of the Ink and Inspirations Stars;  our community of fun and enthusiastic paper crafters are both hobby and business stampers from across the U.S. 

I am passionate about this group and enjoy helping team members to achieve their goals. Those goals could include gaining a new group of stamping friends, having crafting fun, building a business or anywhere in between!

Joining the Stars is as simple as purchasing the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit through me.
The Starter Kit is $99 with free shipping and you may choose your contents from any current Stampin' Up! products with a total value of up to $125! And, through February 28, 2022, choose two additional current stamp sets (any price) to add to your kit.


  • 20% discount on our quality Stampin' Up! products with the opportunity to earn more.
  • Free catalogs and opportunities for advance ordering of new products.
  • Opportunity to earn free product through various company incentives.
  • A demonstrator website with information and video training to help you as needed.

If you purchase your Starter Kit through me, you will be included in fun online activities with other demonstrators on the Stars team in the U.S.

  • Access to our private Facebook Group exclusively for members of the Ink and Inspirations Stars with news, updates, support, sharing of ideas, and fun!
  • Craft and Chat gatherings via Zoom (Online conferencing)
  •  Online Video Conference Team Meetings via Zoom.
  • Monthly creative challenges with random prize drawings for participation.

  • Weekly team emails with information and updates.
  •  One-on-one calls with you as needed for support or questions.
  • What if I want to do this as a hobby and not necessarily as a business?   You are welcome on our Stars team with whatever you'd like Stampin' Up! to be for you.  If you choose not to hold events, you can work to generate online orders, orders from family and friends, and order products for yourself.

Become part of our Ink and Inspirations Stars community and experience fun opportunities, make friends, and enjoy being a part of the Stampin' Up! family!


Another Blessings of Home Card Idea

Stampin-up-blessings-of-home-sympathy-cardHappy Monday and welcome to another Blessings of Home card idea.  I hope you had a great weekend. There have been quite a few thunderstorms here in Southeast Texas but currently the sun is shining and the weather is mild. 

Regretfully, I needed to make three sympathy cards for friends this weekend.  This beautiful set came to mind along with this appropriate sentiment from the Special Moments Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [158081] which is a Sale-A-Bration Level 2 set and FREE with a $100 purchase.

Special-momentsThis bouquet image is easy to color and with its coordinating die, it made a sweet main image for this card. See the full list of products below.

Here are the details for this Blessings of Home Sympathy Card:


Here is the supply list for today's card.  Thank you for your support of my small business!  When you order from me, it allows me to continue sharing and providing ideas and videos for you! 

Stampin' Up! Product List:

Stampin-up-sympathy-card-blessings-of-homeThe Blessings Of Home Bundle (English) [157939] used here was featured on my YouTube Premiere last week and I have an ordering special if you purchase this bundle during the month of January.

Blessings of Home Special

Order your Blessings Of Home Bundle [157939]now and receive your PDF with 11 beautiful card ideas using this bundle.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create using the Blessings of Home Bundle card idea shared today!

Two Projects with Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home's take a look at the two projects from my YouTube Premiere made with the new Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home stamp set and coordinating dies.  This is a beautiful new combo and I know you're going to love it!

Here's a pretty card with the images all in black and white.


The next project is a great little calendar for your desk.

Diy-desk-calendar-2022Let's take a look at the video with the how-to for both projects...

Two Projects with Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home

Blessings Of Home Bundle (English) [157939]

Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [121045]

Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [102482]

Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276]

Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper [155426]

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708]

Black & White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Gingham Ribbon [156485]

Stitched So Sweetly Dies [151690]

Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels [146924]

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine [149653]

Mini Glue Dots [103683]

Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755]

The list above includes the supplies for the card.

Here are the calendar supplies:

This Blessings Of Home Bundle [157939] is my featured bundle for the month and after your purchase of this bundle, you will receive a PDF tutorial via email with 11 beautiful card-making projects and instructions.
If you purchase the bundle by Monday evening, January 10th, you will also receive the kits to create these two projects in the mail from me!

Blessings of Home SpecialOrder your Blessings Of Home Bundle [157939]now to create these two projects and receive your PDF with 11 card ideas and the kits to make these two projects! Offer for the kits ends January 10, 2022, at Midnight Central Time.

Stampin' Up! Awesome Otters Valentine Card

Otter-stampin-up-valentine-cardVisiting us during this Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration are these adorable otters like the one on this Valentine card from the Awesome Otters Cling Stamp Set (English) [158087]!  And, guess what?  You can get this precious stamp set for FREE with a qualifying Stampin' Up! purchase from my Online Store of $50 before shipping and tax!

Awesome-otters-stampin-up-valentineI've had so much fun playing with this set and knew that it would make a fun Valentine for a child, grandchild, or friend.  With the help of a sentiment from the Celebrating You Cling Stamp Set (English) [158028] and a punched heart from the Heart Punch Pack [151292], it's just right!

Awesome-otters-valentine-cardThat sweet and colorful heart print is from the Pattern Party 12" X 12" Host Designer Series Paper [155426] pack.  It is a host reward selection from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. If you have at least $18 in Host Rewards, you get this large pack of paper for FREE. The flip sides of these colorful sheets are all in black and white.


UntitledPattern Party 12" X 12" Host Designer Series Paper [155426]

Here is the list of the products used on this Stampin' Up! Awesome Otters Valentine Card...

Product List


I colored the Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon [151326] with the dark shade from the Pale Papaya Stampin' Blends Combo Pack [155519].

Blessings of Home SpecialWith your purchase of the Blessings of Home Bundle during January 2022, you will receive our special Tutorial Medley Bundle PDF with eleven (11!) beautiful card projects created with Blessings of Home. Read more about it HERE!

Hope you enjoyed this Awesome Otters Valentine Card and hope you'll stay tuned for more ideas with new Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration products!

It's Live! The New Stampin' Up! January- June Mini Catalog 2022

11.21_JJ22_COVER_NAIt's here... The New Stampin' Up! January- June Mini Catalog 2022!


Stress less this year! With the perfect paper crafting products for Valentine’s, Easter, and every celebration in between, the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog has got your creativity covered.

Stampin' Up! offers decades of industry experience, perfect products, color coordination, unique themes, and original designs. No matter the project, our one-of-a-kind products stand out among the rest!

It's also the beginning of Sale-A-Bration!


Choose your favorites from the mini catalog then earn a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration offering with each $50 in product purchase!  See all of your choices HERE.

Did you see the bundle that I am featuring this month?  Got you curious?  Read all about it HERE.

Here's to some fun, fabulous crafting, family, and friends in 2022!  Let's get this started with some fun new products from the New Stampin' Up! January- June Mini Catalog 2022!


Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home- Featured in January 2022

Blessings Of Home Graphic

The Stampin' Up! January - June 2022 ( J -J 2022) Mini Catalog debuts tomorrow and to start off, we are featuring a beautiful new bundle, Stampin' Up! Blessings of Home (157939).

With two beautiful floral images and five sweet sentiments, this stamp set and die combo can be used for birthday cards, thank you cards, motivational cards, and more.  To help you with ideas for this bundle, there is a special offer for you during the month of January.

With your purchase of the Blessings of Home Bundle during January 2022, you will receive our special Tutorial Medley Bundle PDF with eleven (11!) beautiful card projects created with Blessings of Home.  I am honored to be among this group of demonstrators who collaborate, design, and create some fabulous projects using the latest from Stampin' Up!

Blessings of Home SpecialSince one of our Stampin' Up! biggest events of the year will also begin tomorrow (SALE-A-BRATION), with your purchase of this qualifying bundle you will also get to choose a freebie from the SAB (Sale-A-Bration) brochure! (Be sure to visit tomorrow for the online version of the mini catalog and PDF!)

I will also be sharing some exclusive Blessings of Home projects tomorrow in my January 2022 Newsletter so be sure you are on that list to receive my emails. You can do that HERE. You will also receive a FREE online class just for signing up!

Be sure to tune in to YouTube on Thursday for a Premiere video that will feature Blessings of Home. AND, if you purchase this bundle by Monday evening, January 10th, I will send you two project kits featuring this bundle that will be shown in my YouTube Premiere this Thursday evening, January 6, 2022.

I am really excited to share these new crafting goodies with you! 

Need a catalog?  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I will be happy to send you one. E-mail me to request one!

Happy New Year and thanks for checking in today!  Looking forward to sharing the beautiful Blessings of Home Bundle with you this week!