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Kit Sale Ends TOMORROW!

Kit Collection Sale(2)

Are you ready to wrap up August with a bang? The Stampin' Up! Kit Collection sale is coming to a close tomorrow, August 31st, and you definitely won't want to miss out on these amazing crafting kits. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out on your creative journey, these kits offer a world of possibilities. Let's take a look at 10 incredible benefits of these crafting kits that are sure to leave you inspired and excited to create:

  1. All-Inclusive: Each kit contains everything you need to complete the project – from pre-cut pieces to coordinating embellishments and step-by-step instructions.

  2. No Guesswork: Instructions are provided, making it easy to follow along and create beautiful projects even if you're new to crafting.

  3. Quick and Easy: These kits are designed to be completed in a short amount of time, perfect for busy schedules.

  4. Beginner-Friendly: If you're new to crafting, these kits are a fantastic way to get started without feeling overwhelmed.

  5. Variety: There's a wide range of kits available, from cards to home décor and seasonal projects, ensuring something for everyone.

  6. Artistic Exploration: Kits often introduce you to new techniques or styles, helping you expand your creative horizons.

  7. Great for Gifting: Completed kits make wonderful handmade gifts for family and friends, showing your thoughtfulness and creativity.

  8. Travel-Friendly: Kits are compact and portable, making them great companions for crafting on the go.

  9. Quality Materials: Stampin' Up! is known for its high-quality products, ensuring your finished projects will look professional and stunning.

  10. Cost-Effective: With the sale ending tomorrow, you can enjoy these kits at a discounted price, giving you great value for your crafting investment.

Don't let this fantastic opportunity pass you by. Head over to my Online Store and explore the variety of kits available, from cards to gift packaging and more. Whether you're looking for a relaxing crafting session or a way to unleash your creativity, these kits have got you covered. But hurry, because the sale ends tomorrow, August 31st!

Sneak Peek Week! Are You Ready?

Swap-autumn-leaves-leenaAre you ready for my sneak peek week with projects and information from the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog?

These pages of crafty goodness go LIVE next week and I cannot wait to share with you! 

Today's card project is a swap that I received at Stampin' Up! BackStage Leadership conference this past week. 

Autumn-leaves-swap-leenaThis beautiful swap card was created by Leena Girsa, a Demonstrator from Canada.  I love how it really highlights the dies coordinating Designer Series Paper. And, did you notice the background stamping in Crumb Cake? Brilliant!

These products used for this card are from the All About Autumn Suite on pp. 42-43 of the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog that goes LIVE on September 6th!

Stay tuned as we take a look at more sneak peeks this week from the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog that goes LIVE on September 6th!

Have You Seen This?

Christmas-Cards-kit-cardsHave you seen this transformation of one of our kits? 

These Christmas cards were "transformed" from the Forever Friends Kit.  All you need is a Christmas sentiment, a coloring medium, and some matching ribbon!

And, this Kit, along with all the kits in this collection is on sale until August 31st!

The video below is a recording from July so you can see just how it's done...

Don't miss out on this great sale of the Stampin' Up! Kit Collection!

Send A Smile In the Mail with a Handmade Card



In our fast-paced world of technology and instant messages, the simple act of sending a handmade card has a profound impact that often goes beyond words. When you take the time to create and send a handmade card, you're giving more than just a greeting; you're sharing a piece of your heart.

Crafting a card involves selecting the right colors, patterns, and designs that match the recipient's personality and the occasion. Crafting a card involves selecting the right colors, patterns, and designs that resonate with the recipient's personality and the occasion. When your recipients receive their cards, they are reminded of you and the effort you put into creating something unique just for them.

Today's project is a tag-fold card created with the Circle Sayings Bundle [161355] and would be so appreciated.  It's just like sending a smile in the mail; showing that you truly care about making the recipient's day brighter.

Fun-fold-tag-fold-sending-cardsYou can learn to make this tag fold by following this video tutorial.  It's a simple style and can work for any occasion.

Our world sometimes feels hurried and detached. The power of a handmade card represents a kind expression of human connection.  So, whether it's a birthday, a holiday, or just a random day, consider the impact you can make by sending a handmade card—a small, heartfelt gesture that carries so much significance.

Three Tips for Choosing Colors for Your Handmade Cards


What's the secret to selecting colors? This is a common question I get asked a lot when it comes to card making and paper crafting.

Color selection plays a crucial role in the visual impact of your handmade cards. Whether you're an experienced cardmaker or just starting out, picking the right colors can make your creations truly stand out. Here are three tips to help you choose the perfect colors for your projects:

1. Take Cues from Patterned Papers Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper (DSP) offers a treasure trove of color inspiration. These patterned papers are thoughtfully designed with coordinating colors that work together. When you're feeling uncertain about color combinations, look to the DSP or patterned paper that you plan to use. The colors in the paper can guide your choices for cardstock, inks, and embellishments. This way, your card will have a polished and professional look while ensuring a seamless color scheme.

2. Opt for Pleasing Color Combinations Simplicity often yields the most striking results. When choosing colors for your handmade cards, select 2 to 3 hues that are pleasing to your eye. Some of the best combinations can be found in nature, art, or even your own wardrobe. Play around with contrasting and complementary colors to create a visually appealing balance. Remember, a well-chosen color palette can evoke different emotions and set the tone for your card's message.

3. Leverage the Power of a Color Coach If you're seeking foolproof color combinations, Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach is your best friend!  This handy tool provides you with carefully curated combinations of colors that work seamlessly together. You can explore a variety of color options to suit your cardmaking needs. As a special treat, we're offering a free downloadable PDF of the Stampin' Up! Color Coach to help you effortlessly find the right color pairings for your projects. Just click here to access this valuable resource.

Choosing the right colors for your handmade cards is a fun and exciting journey of creativity. By taking cues from patterned papers, selecting pleasing color combinations, and utilizing tools like the Stampin' Up! Color Coach, you'll elevate your cardmaking skills and create designs that are visually captivating.

Experiment with these color tips and watch as your handmade cards become true works of art that bring joy to both you and your recipients.

Mystery Gift Week!


This week, Jackie and I will be attending the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference in Las Vegas.

Since I'll be away for most of the week, here's a special offer for orders of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) in my Online Store using Host Code: 2FV7ET36.

These gift packages will be packed with supplies from my studio that I am ready to pass on! 
Packages will be mailed by Saturday, September 2nd!

Click HERE and the Host Code will be applied for you!

This is a special thank you for shopping with me while I am away! I am so excited to share with you!

What To Do with Those Leftover Scrappy Strips

Trees-minus-the-one-horse-open-sleighDo you keep all those scrappy strips of card stock and patterned paper because you just can't bear to throw them in the trash?

Here's a solution!

In today's One Horse Open Sleigh Suite card project, you can see how some of these scraps were used.

First of all, I find that many of my leftover strips are basically the same width or very close.  Such is the case in this card example.  There were two strips of Pretty Peacock and a Gold Foil Sheets [132622] strip that were almost the same length and I knew I could make them work together.

So without too much explanation, you can see how these three strips were used instead of a background layer.

Simple-background-layer-techniqueTry this simple technique with your leftover scrappy strips and your card design will be unique and fun!

Easy Open Top Gift Box with the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite

Sleigh-boxWelcome to our latest crafting adventure! Today, we're once again diving into the world of holiday crafting with the awesome One Horse Open Sleigh Suite with an open-top DIY gift box.

Get ready to embrace the festive spirit as this video tutorial guides you through creating this sweet and simple open-top gift box that perfectly complements this suite's theme. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this project is bound to add a touch of yuletide magic to your crafting collection of ideas.

Take a look at this video tutorial and you'll have the "recipe" to create this gift box!


Here is the list of supplies used for this gift box in the video:

Lisa's Inklings:
Box: Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [122924] 8 1/2" x 10 3/8".
Score on the short side at 1 3/8" from each side.  Turn and score at 4 1/2" and 5 7/8" on the long side.
One Horse Open Sleigh 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [162118]: Cut "strategically" to make the most of the scene.  The final cut needs to equal 5 3/4" x 4 5/8".

Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276]: Strip to cut your sleigh. (Approx. 3" x 5 1/2")

It's not too early to start your crafting plans for the holidays so you'll want to save this information to create this DIY gift box to surprise and delight your family and friends this Christmas season!


2023 Christmas Fun Fold Card with the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite

Fun-fold-card-horse-sleigh"Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh..."  Yes, Christmas 2023 is still a long time from now but it's not too early to start planning and creating like with this fun fold card with the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite.

If you are familiar with my bucket list post, you know the special significance of this stamp set to me.  It's fun to color and is a great companion to the One Horse Open Sleigh 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [162118].

This card was featured in our LIVE on Facebook and YouTube this week.  Here's the recording with some details below the video.

Lisa's Inklings:

2023-stampin-up-christmas-fun-fold-card-horse-sleighThis is a super simple fun fold but adds such a special touch to this Christmas card!

Now it's your turn! 

Create this fun fold then share it with us on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group on Facebook.  Not on Facebook? Send me a photo of your card via email and I will post it for you!

Fun Fold 2023 Christmas Card- Facebook/YouTube Live


It's a fun fold birthday 2023 Christmas Card idea with the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite from Stampin' Up!  Join us to see this festive card!
Where: Facebook -
or YouTube -
When: Thursday, August 17th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

On this card, we will create a split scene with the awesome 6 x 6 designer paper in this suite.  See you on Thursday evening!

A Mistake and Why This Is Still On My Bucket List!

Quotes(9)In the months and weeks just prior to my dad's passing last year, he often talked about how wonderful life is. He would tell us, "It's a Wonderful Life. Enjoy it! Every day you wake up; it's wonderful. Make the most of every day."

I can't tell you how many times he repeated that to us. He wanted to be sure that we understood and cherished our time with family and had many enjoyable experiences.

Shortly after his passing, my husband told me if there is something that you really want to do, we need to do it! We need to enjoy our life.  Taking that cue from my dad, we didn't want to let time pass without experiencing those things that we really wanted to do together and with our family.

I must mention that I had started a bucket list prior to this time. And, on that list was to ride in a one-horse open sleigh. So I started looking for opportunities to make that happen.

Then, some good friends of ours invited us to join them on a trip out west to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, to Big Sky Montana to experience a part of that beautiful state,  and then down through Wyoming and on to Estes Park, Colorado.
Surely, I thought, there may be a chance to find a one-horse open sleigh ride excursion at one of those stops. We were going to be traveling at the end of winter... we might be able to make my sleigh ride happen!

I started searching the Internet and found a place in Keystone, that had sleigh rides excursions. We all agreed that it would be fun! It was a sleigh ride to a restaurant where we could enjoy dinner before riding in the sleigh back to our vehicles. We reserved it right away and all were excited about this part of our trip!

Our first big stop was in South Dakota near Keystone.  When we checked into our hotel, we said "Where's the snow?" (I felt like the two couples in White Christmas while disembarking the train in Vermont!) The admissions clerk replied, "Well, we haven't had snow in a while!"  to which I replied, "Well, we're supposed experience a sleigh ride in Keystone.  He had never heard of it. (Insert Red Flag here.)
Our friend said, "Oh, don't worry. We'll find the location tomorrow morning."

Morning came and we started looking at a map trying to find the location of this sleigh ride. We just couldn't find it anywhere. My friend noticed there was a Keystone, Colorado, too. So, I called to let them know that we were having trouble finding where to meet for the sleigh Keystone, SD.  She responded, "it's on a main highway in Colorado!"

 "Colorado??? I'm in South Dakota!!!"

"Oh, I'm sorry, ma'am.  This is Keystone, Colorado."

Oh my goodness. What a mistake!

Now, just to give me a little credit, the email confirmation for the sleigh ride DID NOT mention Colorado...anywhere! Nor was it mentioned on the site.

I was not a seasoned traveler. I had no idea that there was a Keystone, Colorado. She said we should have known by the area code! (No way!)  After some communication with this company and the credit card company, we received a partial refund.  What a mistake! But, now we just laugh about it!

So, that item is still on my bucket list and you can imagine what a reminder it was when Stampin' Up! released the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite!  Stay tuned as we share projects with the Horse and Sleigh Bundle and the One Horse Open Sleigh Designer Series Paper this week!


Final Day for the FREE Slider Card Tutorial!


Today is the last day to order the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper and get this FREE Slider Card Tutorial!When you order the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper, you will LOVE all of the great, creative possibilities using this collection of papers and a sentiment from the stamp set of your choice.

Below is a fun fold created with this paper from last week's LIVE.

Below is an easy gift pouch and tag created with a special book print from this paper.

Purchase your pack of the Les Shoppes DSP and you will learn to create the Triple Slider Card below!


FREE TUTORIAL! When you order this product online by the end of the day today, August 14th, I will send you my FREE Triple Slider Card Les Shoppes Video Tutorial and Project Sheet ($15 value) as a special Thank You!

Click here to order! 

Easy Gift Pouch and Tag with Patterned Paper Video Tutorial

Easy-gift-pouch-and-tagWe all can use easy packaging ideas so today's project is an easy gift pouch and tag tutorial.

You can use any patterned paper for this project but this one highlights our August Product Spotlight, the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Take a look at the video tutorial below and see how easy it is!

Lisa's Inklings:
-Basic directions for the pouch that will hold a 5" x 7 1/2" paperback book or other small gifts or treats.
-12 x 12 piece of patterned paper.
-Score 1" down from what will be the top of the bag.
-Fold over one side to across the middle of the 12 x 12 sheet as seen in the video.
-Fold over the opposite side so that it overlaps to adhere.
-Fold up the bottom at approx. 2".  Fold and cut as seen in the video.
-Create a tag as desired with Tailor-Made Tags Dies [155563].


Here are the supplies used for this project.
If you purchase the
Les Shoppes 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161322] by Monday, August 14th, you will receive a special video tutorial and project sheet.  Details HERE.

I'm so excited about this designer paper!

You'll LOVE all of the great, creative possibilities using this collection of papers and a sentiment from the stamp set of your choice.

Don't forget!  I will send you my FREE Les Shoppes Slider Card Video Tutorial and Project Sheet ($15 value) as a special Thank You if you order this product online by the end of the day, August 14th.

Click here to order!
Then, get ready to create some fabulous projects like this easy gift pouch and tag!

Fun Fold Birthday Card with Stampin' Up! Les Shoppes


Happy Friday! You are going to love this fun fold card with Stampin' Up! Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper!

At first glance, this is a sweet birthday card with some cute shops on the card front.  Wait until you get a look at the inside!


Fun-fold-birthday-card-les-shoppesLook at this cute strip of shops that pops out when you open the card!  And, all of this from the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper.  The stamped image on the card front is from the Celebrate with Tags stamp set.

This fun fold card was demonstrated in a LIVE video on Facebook and YouTube this week.  You can see the recording below.

Are you ready to create this fun fold birthday card for someone special?  Get your pack of Les Shoppes Designer Paper now!

I'm so excited about this Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper, I decided to shine this month's spotlight on it! You'll LOVE all of the great, creative possibilities using this collection of papers and a sentiment from the stamp set of your choice.


If you order this product online by August 14th, I will send you my FREE Les Shoppes Video Tutorial and Project Sheet ($15 value) as a special Thank You!

Click here to order and get ready to create a fun fold birthday card and a triple slider card for your family and friends!

Fun Fold Birthday Card - Facebook and YouTube Live

Fun-fold-birthday-card-les-shoppes-dspIt's a fun fold birthday card idea with Les Shoppes DSP from Stampin' Up! You will have to join us to see what's in "store" with this card!
Where: Facebook -
or YouTube -
When: Thursday, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

This project features our August Product Spotlight- Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper

Get a FREE Slider Card Tutorial when you purchase this pack of designer paper and join us Thursday evening LIVE for another fun project featuring another fun fold birthday card project with the Les Shoppes Designer Series Paper.