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Don't Be A Sad Cat!

Blessings of Home Special(2)

Well, it's the last day of Sale-A-Bration, the clock is ticking and I don't want you to be a "sad cat"! 

 There have been several of you calling to place an order already...thank you!  So, if it's easier for you to call me to place your order, I am available from 4 PM CT - 5:30 CT then again from  8 PM- 10 PM CT! Call me if I can help!  409-719-2853

If you prefer to order online, here is the link---Lisa's Online Store



Facebook LIVE at FIve Today!


You'll want to join us LIVE at 5 Central Time today on Facebook!

Jackie and I attended the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference, BackStage, in New Orleans this past weekend.  It was a very special event and we experienced some wonderful training and motivational speakers.  Seeing and gathering with so many friends was just what we needed. 


On the first evening, we gathered for a social and to swap cards! This was so much fun and I received a huge stack of cards that I want to share with you!

Join us at 6 PM ET, 5 PM CT, 4 PM MT, 3 PM PT on Facebook and we will take a look at all the beautiful cards that we received!

2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween Series #2

Halloween-2-2022Let's start off the week with the second project in our 2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween Series!

This week, we will make a nice-sized treat bag that can hold gifts for any occasion with a quick change of image and sentiment.

Once again, we searched the dollar store for a fun treat we know our granddaughters will enjoy. 

2022-stampin-up-halloween-wk-2Let's take a look at the how-to for this second project in our 2022 Halloween Series... (And, if you missed it, check out Episode 1!)

Lisa's Inklings:

Best-witchesThese are the cutest little gals!  Don't you just love their expressions?

Here is the shopping list for this cute Halloween project. Just click the links to see the products in my Online Store. I would love to serve you as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!


  • There are just two more days left of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration!!!  See all you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order HERE.
  • My second 2022 Christmas Card Online Card Class ordering period will begin soon! Watch for details and dates.  Get the card kits FREE with a qualifying order!
  • My last email of the month goes out tomorrow.  If you're not on the list, sign up now!

Now it's your turn to try this cute treat bag from my 2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween projects so shop now and start creating!


Last Day!

Last-day-1-christmasThis is a simple reminder that the first of my Christmas card online class series is closing tonight!   Qualifying orders to receive this class for FREE must be placed by the end of today, August 22, 2022.

This class features some beautiful, classic designs with the Hope & Peace stamp set from the Mini Catalog.  If you choose, you may order a different set to complete your cards! But, you can order anything you'd like to meet your qualifying purchase!

Place your qualifying order by the end of the day on Monday, August 22, 2022.

It's the last day to make your qualifying order to receive this first in a series of Christmas Card Online Classes from Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations.

2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween Series #1

Halloween-1It's time for the first in a series of 2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween projects from Ink and Inspirations!

This first project is a small pouch with a fun gift.  I searched the dollar store for fun little gifts four our granddaughters and found some cute items that will work and they will love!


Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

2022-stampin-up-halloween-1aThis pack of little window clings from Dollar Tree was easily cut apart from a big sheet.  Three of these fit just right into the pouch.

Here is the supply list for this Halloween 2022 project:

Scary-cute-bundleDon't you love the cuteness of this bundle?  It has the perfect title.  It's a combination of scary and cute!


It's your turn now to create for Halloween with this idea from my 2022 Stampin' Up! Halloween Series!



Fun Fold Card Video Tutorial with Stampin' Up! A Fish and A Wish

Stampin-up-fun-fold-card-a-fish-and-a-wishThis fun fold card with Stampin' Up! A Fish and A Wish is one you will want to make over and over again.  A fun fold card refers to any card that has a fold or folds that are different from the typical "fold in half" card.

During our Stars team meeting, this was our mystery card project.  Prior to the meeting, the "recipe" was posted on our group page and during the second half of our meeting, we all created our cards. There was a lovely variation of styles and colors!  We'd love for you to join the fun and there's a special gift for you from Stampin' Up! if you purchase the Starter Kit by August 31st! Let me know if you want to know more!

Here's the video with the how-to tutorial so you can make it, too!

Lisa's Inkings:

Fun-fold-card-a-fish-and-a-wishThe inside of the card is "fancy", too!  Those little fish are darling and the stamp punch combo makes it so easy!

A fish & a wish

Here is a list of supplies used to create this sweet project.  I can't wait for you to try it!  Thank you so much for your purchase.  Each time you make a purchase from me, it supports my business and allows me to continue to share with you. I would be honored to serve as your demonstrator.

A stamp set and punch combo is a great selection for quick cards or beginner stampers.  Be sure to watch the video above for a tip on stamping and punching and then try this fun fold card with Stampin' Up! A Fish & A Wish!


2022 Christmas Online Class Series, Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations

Christmas-seriesYes, it's still August but it's not too early to begin the Christmas card-making season. 
I have to admit that seeing all of the holiday supplies in July was a bit unsettling for me.  But, I am getting back in the groove and super excited to be offering a series of online classes and you are hearing about it first!
New for 2022!
Christmas Card Online Class Series from Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations
I am so excited to offer you this new Online Class Series for Christmas Cards!  Let’s start now so we can be ahead of the rush!
The purpose of this class is to give you ideas and designs for you to create your Christmas and Holiday cards this season.
You will be receiving video tutorials and card kits with your qualifying purchase.
Cost?  FREE with a Qualifying Purchase!

Here's how to participate!

Each month, you will receive a notification via email regarding the class for that month.  You will also receive some basic information about the class such as the stamp set or bundle that will be featured should you want to complete the cards just as designed.  You will also receive information regarding the date that the class kits will ship and link to the video tutorials will be emailed.*

Make a qualifying purchase using my current Host Code through my Online Store between the dates listed for each month.* 
You may also call (409-719-2853) or email me ([email protected]) with your order during the specified week of the class.

After the ordering period closes, we will place the order for supplies, cut and prepare your kits, and ship those to you.  You will receive an email to the class page which will contain the video tutorials and cutting measurements for the projects.

Each month, during the designated week, if you place a minimum order of $35 in product (before shipping and tax), you will receive the class kits and the video tutorials for the three designed cards for this level.

Or, if you place an order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) during the designated week, you will receive the three card kits PLUS a BONUS KIT and tutorial AND an embellishment pack.

To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, adhesives, and ink.  For these classes, the die cuts, punched pieces, and cut card stock/designer paper will be done for you so your cards will be ready to stamp and assemble!

***Dates subject to change

Now let's take a look at this month's class info!

Christmas Card Online Class Series #1, August 16-22, 2022 Ordering Window


This class for August features some beautiful, classic designs with the Hope & Peace stamp set from the Mini Catalog.  If you choose, you may order a different set to complete your cards!

Place your qualifying order starting today, August 16th through next Monday, August 22nd.

Let's get started on our holiday cards with the 2022 Christmas Online Class Series from Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations.

2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card- Mistletoe Magic with an Easy Background Technique


It's not too early to start thinking of the 2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas card-making season!  Every year, this card maker is so thankful for all the cards shared with you beginning in late summer so that there is a good early start to my Christmas card stash!

This card is a beautiful sample of the create your own background technique.  Designed by my creative assistant, Catherine, the repetitive use of the Merry Christmas sentiment makes a perfect backdrop for the stamped, colored and die-cut mistletoe.

Here are the details to create this card:

  • Cut the card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” and score at 4 1/4”.
  • Cut the designer paper at 4” x 5 1/4” then adhere to the base.
  • Cut the Poppy Parade CS at 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”.  Glue in the center of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White at 3 1/2” x 4 3/4” and stamp Merry Christmas across as shown.
  • Stamp in Memento Black the mistletoe leaves and color with Stampin’ Blends. Use the coordinating die to cut out the image.
  • Adhere the mistletoe to the center of the card.
  • Stamp the bow and color with Blends then die cut. Add a dimensional to the back and adhere to the top of the mistletoe branch.

2022-stampin-up-christmas-card-idea-mistletoe-magic-backgroundThe designer paper used is from a beautiful collection that you can still earn for FREE with your qualifying purchase of at least $50 before shipping and tax. Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939]. Here are two more cards created with this designer paper.

Here is a list of supplies used for this card. Just click the links to shop!  Thank you for your support!  Every order placed through my online store helps support my business and I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.

Here is a look at the inside of the card...

2022-stampin-up-christmas-card-mistletoe-magic-insideStart now getting ready for the 2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas card-making season and be sure to sign up for my email list to receive a special announcement tomorrow!


Reading, Gardening, Paper Crafting...What Is It For You?

Passionate-aboutWhich hobby is your "thing"?  The one that you are so passionate about that you are driven to find the time to do it?  Is it reading, gardening, sewing, or paper crafting?

If you are reading my blog, my guess is that you are pretty smitten with paper crafting and card making.  That's pretty much all we "talk about" here, right?  That and family, of course.

This is a personal invitation for you to sign up for my email list so that you can get even more ideas, tips, and more about me. ;)  Typically, it's one email a week unless there is a special that's announced, a class that I am offering, anything time-sensitive, or if I think you might need to be reminded about something a few me. ;)

Just for signing up, you will get a special online card class that you can adapt and create with supplies that you have on hand. 

It's free and I'd love for you to sign up!  Here's the it now!

In the words of Julia Child... "keep tremendously interested" in paper crafting!

Thank You Card with Stampin' Up! Regal Reindeer

Stampin-up-regal-reindeer-thank-you-cardThere are many beautiful Christmas and holiday stamp sets and bundles in the current Stampin' Up! Mini catalog but many are versatile for other occasions such as this thank you card with Regal Reindeer.  That little fox is the sweetest and is one of the dies included in that Regal Reindeer Bundle (English) [159728] with the stamp set and die collection at 10% off when purchased together.

Notice that fabulous tree ring patterned paper print?  It's from the Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939] that you can get for FREE when you purchase at least $50 in my online store! Purchase the Regal Reindeer Bundle (English) [159728] at $51.25 plus shipping and tax and you can select this 12 x 12 paper or any of the available Level 1 Sale-A-Bration choices.

Here is the step-by-step how-to for this thank you card...

  • Cut the card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score at 4 1/4
  • Cut 1” off the right side of the front of the card.
  • Cut a 1/2” piece of the Crushed Curry and adhere as shown on the front edge.
  • Cut a piece of designer paper at 3” x 5 1/4”. Adhere to the center front of the card.
  • Cut another strip of designer paper at 1” x 5 1/2”. Open the card and adhere to the right side as shown.
  • Ink the edges with Soft Suede Classic Ink.
  • Cut a piece of Crushed Curry at 2 1/4” x 3. Add Dimensionals to the back and angle a little to the right as shown.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White at 2” x 2 3/4”. Stamp the sentiment from Plentiful Plants in Soft Suede.
  • Die cut the little fox in Soft Suede. Adhere to the bottom of the Basic White piece then glue to the Crushed Curry piece as shown.
This card front technique is much like the one used on this Easy Accent Fold HERE. Give it a try!
Here are the supplies used on this card.  Simply click the links to have the supplies delivered straight to your door.  Each time you place an order through my online store,  it supports my business and allows me to continue sharing!  I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.
Regal Reindeer Bundle
Thank you for tuning in today for this Stampin' Up! Regal Reindeer thank you card and now it's your turn to try it so shop for your needed supplies and enjoy!

Two Handmade Cards with Stampin' Up! Ringed with Nature

Ringed-with-natureToday's featured projects are two cards made with the beautiful Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889] and the coordinating Sale-A-Bration choice, Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939].  This beautiful patterned paper is colorful and perfect for a variety of seasons and occasions.  This designer paper is versatile with "neutral" prints that can be used for any of your cardmaking projects.

patterned paper for cardmaking and paper craftingThis week's YouTube LIVE featured two cards, one a simple fun fold, that highlight these products. 

And, this week...

  • If you place a minimum order of $35 in product (before shipping and tax) by the end of the day on August 7th, you will receive the kits to make these two cards!  You will need stamps, ink, and adhesive to assemble these kits. 
  • And, if your order is $50 or more by August 7th, you will get these two kits and a BONUS surprise kit plus you will be able to choose a free Sale-A-Bration choice! (Hint: You can earn this beautiful pack of paper!)

Here's how you can get ALL the FREEBIES...

  1. Order the Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889] or another bundle or products that total at least $50 before shipping and tax.
  2. Get the Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939] or another Sale-A-Bration choice for FREE.
  3. Receive your kit for these two card projects plus a BONUS project kit for FREE from me in the mail within 7-10 days following the close of the promotion.  This gives us time to cut, prepare, and package your kits.

FREE card kits with qualifying purchaseHere's the video with the cards...

Place your order now so you don't miss out on this week's special offer and you will be receiving these kits for two handmade cards with Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889].

Beautiful Handmade Card Ideas

Card-shareOver the past few months, I have received some beautiful handmade cards.  These include birthday cards, thank you cards, and most recently, sympathy cards for the loss of my Dad.

In getting back into the swing of things, these cards were shared on Facebook LIVE on Tuesday evening.  It is my hope that you will gather many ideas to inspire you to create your own beautiful handmade cards.

Here's the recording of the LIVE video...

How many ideas do you have now?  The different layouts and cuts of patterned paper and card stock make for a good start for me!
Here's hoping you are inspired to get crafting and make some beautiful handmade cards.



May 2022(1)
Thank you to all who participated in my It's A Wonderful World Promotion in honor and memory of my Dad.
Here are the names that were drawn for the $50 gift certificates to use by August 31, 2022!
Cherie LaBombard
Melinda Guy
I will be sending you an email, ladies!