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Easy Gift Card Holder with Gift of Giving

Santa-gift-card-holderToday's project is a gift card holder created primarily with Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper.  This is a festive way to use your paper in your stash to create for the Christmas season of giving.

The design was presented in an Ink and Inspirations LIVE video.  You see the assembly and the process in the video HERE.

Easy-santa-gift-card-holderIt's so simple to make a pocket for a gift card with an easy 1" fold of designer paper.  Below are the basic measurements so that you can create these this holiday season.

  • Cut the designer paper to 4 1/4" x 12". Score at 1" and 6 1/2".
  • You will need a piece of card stock that coordinates with the designer paper and cut 1" x 4 1/4". This strip will be adhered to on the left edge of the designer paper and will be part of the pocket.
  • The inner pieces of card stock are to write your message and are cut 3" x 4" in Basic White and 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" in the same color as the coordinating card stock strip.
  • If you'd like a closure for your card, glue a long piece of ribbon around to tie on the right closure. The main image on the front should be glued over the ribbon to secure it.


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Packages with gifts will be mailed by December 8th to give me time to order, package, and ship to you!

This promotion ends tonight!

Beginning Tomorrow...Stampin' Up! Last Chance Promotion!

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The September–December 2023 Mini Catalog is retiring soon! It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to a Stampin’ Up! catalog, but we’re looking forward to all the new products on their way—and we hope you are, too!

From  November 21, 2023– January 3, 2024, you can stock up on your favorite seasonal products and save on some craft supplies! This sale begins tomorrow and, a selection of Last Chance Products will only be available while supplies last.

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Make A Christmas Card with a Simple Design and A Powerful Message


Hey there, crafty friends! Ready to whip up some Christmas magic? Today, we're making a simple yet stunning card design that echoes the spirit of the season.

Our star of the show? The Night Divine Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! It's all about easy elegance and powerful messages. So, grab your crafting essentials, and let's get crafting!

Lisa's Inklings:

Religious-Christmas-card-2Here are most of the supplies used for today's project.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!


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And there you have it, a bit of Christmas charm with a simple design and a powerful message.   The Night Divine Stamp Set expresses the true reason for the season. Create this card idea and send a beautiful message to your family and friends this Christmas season.


How To Make Christmas Gift Card Holders with Patterned Paper


'Tis the season for spreading joy and what better way than with a touch of handmade charm?
In today's video tutorial, discover a fun way of crafting Christmas gift card holders using your favorite patterned papers.  This step-by-step video will show you how to turn ordinary designer paper into a holiday masterpiece. Join us, where we spotlight the versatile Gift of Giving stamp set, making this project an excellent way to enhance your gift-giving this holiday season.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper to 4 1/4" x 12".  Score at 1" and 6 1/2".
  • Cut two pieces of cardstock that coordinates with your designer paper. (1)- 1" x 4 1/4" and (1)- 4 1/4" x 3 1/4".
  • Cut a piece of Basic White" 4" x 3".  Layer on top of the larger piece of card stock for the inside of the card.

Gift-card-holder-made-with-patterned-paper-insideAnd there you have it—Christmas gift card holders made easy! I hope this tutorial has inspired you to transform your cherished patterned papers into delightful, personalized gifts. As we shine our November Product Spotlight on the Gift of Giving stamp set, let it be a reminder that the joy of the season is often found in the little details.  Happy crafting, and may your holidays be filled with handmade warmth!

Use Your Patterned Paper to Make a Gift Card Holder


Do you have a LOT of patterned paper in your stash?   Join us as we create an easy gift card holder using some of that stash!  The Gift of Giving Stamp Set will be featured, our November Product Spotlight!

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The video is pre-recorded since we will be on the road to Texas!
When: Thursday, November 16th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

We will make the pocket card as seen in the photo above and I'll show you another in traditional colors that you will love!

Tune in tonight for this fun project and learn to use some of your patterned paper to make cute gift card holders!

Many Items On Sale For Three Days Only!

Mystery host(4)As we approach the end of the year, what better way to welcome the holiday season and prep for the new year than with an exclusive paper crafting bonanza?
The Stampin' Up! Seasonal Sale, running from November 14th to 16th, 2023, is your ticket to savings on essentials that will enhance your creations.
Let's unwrap the details of this not-to-be-missed event!

From the 2023–2024 Annual Catalog, enjoy incredible discounts during these three spectacular days:

  • 10% off Ribbons and Trims: Add the perfect finishing touch to your projects with our versatile collection of ribbons and trims, now at an irresistible price.

  • 15% off Inks (Including Markers and Stampin' Blends): Elevate your designs with a spectrum of colors! Our inks, markers, and Stampin' Blends are your go-to tools for creating eye-catching works of he{art}!

  • 20% off Papers: Stock up on the heart and soul of every crafting project—gorgeous papers! With a 20% discount, this is your chance to indulge in the colors and patterns you've been dreaming of.

Don't miss out on the Seasonal Sale—it's the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to high-quality crafting supplies or grab those essentials you've been eyeing. Shop our beautiful ribbons, inks, and papers at discounted prices. The magic happens when you have the right tools at your fingertips, so mark your calendar for November 14th–16th, and let the crafting festivities begin!  Shop the Stampin' Up! Seasonal Sale beginning today!

A Gift For Your Thanksgiving Host

Diy-fall-gift-packaging-autumn-leavesWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, we're sharing a spirit of gratitude with today's fun project—a fall-themed gift bag designed especially for your Thanksgiving host! Using the warm hues of our Stampin' Up! Them Bones Designer Series Paper and the exquisite Autumn Leaves Bundle, we've crafted a thoughtful gesture with a touch of seasonal charm to your expressions of thanks. Join me in the following video to witness the simple assembly process.

 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut paper 10" x 12". 
  • Score on 12" side at 2, 5 3/4", 7 3/4", 11 1/2".
  • Turn and score on 10"side at 2" and 8". 
  • Fold down the 2" on top.
  • Assemble as seen in video.

I hope you will enjoy crafting this fall-themed gift bag as much as I did! It's the perfect way to show appreciation to your Thanksgiving host and spread a little seasonal joy. Feel free to customize the design with your favorite autumn colors and patterns. Remember, it's the thoughtful, handmade touches that make the holidays truly special. Wishing you a season filled with gratitude and creativity!

Countdown to Christmas!


December will be here before you know it so now is the time to create this beautiful Rustic Christmas Countdown Kit [163114] from the Stampin' Up! Kit Collection.

Capture the spirit of Christmas with this beautiful Kit! This craft kit includes everything you need to make 25 individual paper envelopes to help you count down the days until Christmas. With beautiful paper greenery, bows, holiday flowers, gems, and more, you have all the supplies you need to create some unique envelope designs. Then, simply fill them up with a small treat or a sweet note! Whether you keep the kit for yourself or gift it to a friend, this advent calendar will add a charming touch to your home during the Christmas season.

Kit includes:
* Predesigned projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 25 envelopes; 4" x 3"
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Precut Christmas die cuts
* Twine
* Embellishments
* 25 wooden clothespins
* A 9-7/8" x 6-1/2" x 2-3/4" printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go
In the video below, see the assembly of each of the 4 styles of pocket envelopes.  And, I will give you a few tips through the process.

Besides little candies and tiny gifts, here are some ideas to slip inside each pocket.
Encouraging children to perform acts of kindness within their own homes and for their immediate family and grandparents is a wonderful way to instill the values of love and compassion. Here are 25 ideas:
  1. Breakfast Surprise: Prepare breakfast in bed for a parent or grandparent.
  2. Homemade Art: Create a piece of artwork as a gift for your parents or grandparents.
  3. Special Tea Time: Host a tea party at home for your family.
  4. Family Game Night: Organize a fun game night for your immediate family.
  5. Room Cleanup: Surprise a family member by tidying up their room.
  6. Reading Time: Read a book to a younger sibling or grandparent.
  7. Tech Help: Offer to help a family member with any tech-related issues.
  8. Nature Collection: Collect leaves or rocks to make a family nature display.
  9. Family Movie Night: Plan a movie night with popcorn and your family's favorite films.
  10. Favorite Meal: Cook or help prepare your family's favorite meal for dinner.
  11. Crafting Session: Organize a crafting session and make homemade decorations.
  12. Nature Walk: Go on a family nature walk and take photographs.
  13. Sticky Notes of Love: Leave sweet messages on family members' doors.
  14. Sibling Playtime: Spend quality time playing with a younger sibling.
  15. Music Concert: Put on a mini concert for your family with your musical talents.
  16. Window Washing: Help wash the windows for a sparkly view.
  17. Homemade Cards: Make thoughtful cards for your family.
  18. Backyard Picnic: Set up a picnic in your backyard for the family.
  19. Plant a Garden: Start a small garden for your family.
  20. Family Letter: Write a heartfelt letter to your parents or grandparents.
  21. Homework Help: Offer to assist a sibling with homework.
  22. Tech-Free Evening: Suggest a tech-free evening for quality family time.
  23. Yard Cleanup: Tidy up your yard or garden for your family.
  24. Photo Album: Create a family photo album with captions and stories.
  25. Puzzle Time: Put together a jigsaw puzzle with a family member.

Here's another idea...25 Bible verses:

  1. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

  2. "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'" - Luke 2:10

  3. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:11

  4. "And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.'" - Luke 2:10 (KJV)

  5. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

  6. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." - John 1:14

  7. "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law." - Galatians 4:4

  8. "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  9. "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" - Luke 2:13-14 (KJV)

  10. "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." - Psalm 28:7

  11. "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." - Matthew 2:10

  12. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

  13. "But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.'" - Luke 1:30-31

  14. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it." - Psalm 96:11

  15. "So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." - Luke 2:16

  16. "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth." - Luke 1:14

  17. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

  18. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 (NASB)

  19. "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5

  20. "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." - Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

  21. "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." - Isaiah 11:1

  22. "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world." - John 1:9

  23. "May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  24. "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

  25. "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." - Titus 2:11

Whatever you choose to do for your Christmas Coundown, it will surely enrich your holiday.  Order yours today!

Christmas Gift Idea for the Avid Reader on Your List - A Fun Fold Card Idea



Today's project is a delightful fun fold pocket card designed to bring joy to book lovers or students on your list.
While it's a treat for anyone, we've added a special touch that will especially resonate with the bookworms in your life. The creation of this charming card unfolded during our recent LIVE session on Thursday evening, showcasing the elegance of the Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle from Stampin' Up!  If you're ready to create a project filled with whimsy and charm, this project is tailor-made for you!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Lost Lagoon: Card Base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" to diagonal cut, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" to back mini card, scrap for punching and sentiment, 2" x 5" for bookmark.
  • Winter Meadow DSP: 4" x 5 1/4" for base, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" to diagonal cut, 3" x 8" for mini card.
  • Basic White: 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" for inside mini card, scrap for stamping and punching.
  • Silver Foil: Scrap for sentiment and 2" circle punch.

Snowflakes-pocket-cardIf you'd like to create this card, the supplies are listed below.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!

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 This fun fold pocket card, adorned with the enchanting Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle, is not just a card; it's a thoughtful gesture that will be appreciated.  Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just beginning your creative journey, this project brings the joy of gifting to life. So, grab your supplies, tune into the video tutorial, and start crafting!  Then, share your pocket card on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group!

Last Chance: November Card Kits To Go



Hurry! Tomorrow is the final day to secure these fun card kits with your qualifying purchase of $50 or more before shipping and tax using our current Host Code: MFFGARTJ.
This offer will end soon, so be sure to act now and reserve your Card Kits To Go before it's too late!

RSVP: Place Your Order by the end of the day Friday, November 10th

To get your hands on these fantastic Card Kits To Go, all you need to do is place your order by the end of the day today, Friday, November 10th, using Host Code: MFFGARTJ. Once you've done that, you're all set to receive these creative kits.

How to Get Your Card Kits To Go

  1. Free with a Minimum $50 Purchase: Simply make a purchase of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: MFFGARTJ, and the class kits for three specially designed cards are yours. Plus, you'll also receive an additional finished card that you can choose to keep or send to someone special.

  2. Extra Bonus: If you decide to go a little further with your order and spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of the day Friday, November 10th using Host Code: MFFGARTJ, you'll not only get the three card kits and a finished card but also an embellishment pack to take your creativity to the next level.

Don't Miss Out: Order Today

The clock is ticking, and you won't want to miss the chance to grab these exclusive Card Kits To Go. Remember, your order must be placed by the end of the day today, Friday, November 10, 2023, to qualify for this fantastic offer.

November Class Kits Timeline

Once you've secured your card kits, here's what to expect:

  • November 11-12: We'll be hard at work, cutting, sorting, and preparing your packets for shipping.
  • November 13-14: Your class packets will be shipped to your doorstep, and you'll also receive an email with the link to the class page and project sheet.

Get ready to unleash your creativity with our November Card Kits To Go! It's the perfect way to get into the holiday crafting spirit, and we can't wait to share these delightful projects with you.

So, hurry and place your order now to enjoy this limited-time offer. Thank you for choosing to create with us!

A Pocket Card for Gift Giving This Christmas


If you are looking for a unique way to present a gift card as a Christmas gift, the project on tonight's LIVE is for you!  Join us as we create this super cute pocket card with the Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle!

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We will be LIVE at the following times...
When: Thursday, November 9th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

We will make the pocket card as seen in the photo above and I'll show you another in traditional colors that you will love!

Tune in tonight for this special project.  See you then.

O Holy Night Christmas Card


Today's project is a card representing the true meaning of Christmas with a depiction of a scene from that O Holy Night.

The design of this card comes to life with the scenic view offered by the O Holy Night 12" X 12"  Designer Series Paper [161986].  With it's starry skies, desert views, and artful depictions of that first Christmas night, this paper has been a joy to create many different kinds of cards.

Here are some of the details and measurements for you to make your own.

Lisa's Inklings:

Christmas-card-shepherd-bethlehem-3The inside of the card is a Very Vanilla piece cut at 4" x 5 1/4" with the sentiment stamped in Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad [147110] and the stars stamped in Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad [147105].  Both stamps are from the Night Divine stamp set included in the Night Divine Bundle (English) [161997].

If you'd like to make this card, the general list of supplies is below. I am incredibly grateful for your orders. They not only support my business but also inspire me to keep sharing the art of card making and paper crafting with you. Thank you!

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Christmas-card-shepherd-bethlehem-2Send heartfelt greetings to your family and friends this year with a simple yet beautiful card in remembrance and celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Order your supplies today!

Cardmaking Tips - 2023 Stampin' Up! Trucking Along Christmas Card

Cardmaking-Tips-trucking-Along-1Today's project is a fun and festive 2023 Stampin' Up! Christmas card featuring the awesome Stampin' Up! Trucking Along set from the Trucking Along Bundle (English) [162306] that includes the Truck Builder Punch. But wait, there's more! We've prepared a quick video tutorial filled with handy tips to make your crafting easier and a success. So, let's jump in, and let's get started.

Lisa's Inklings: (measurements in inches)

Cardmaking-tips-trucking-along-2The stamp set has the "filler" for the gifts and tires but I like coloring so I used that technique instead of two-step stamping.

Here are the products used for this Trucking Along Christmas Card.  Your continued support through orders in my online store is invaluable.  I'm truly thankful for you!

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Are you ready to get crafting with Stampin' Up! Trucking Along? We're thrilled to announce that this fantastic bundle is not just the star of today's Christmas card; it's also featured in our upcoming November Card Kit Class!
How do you get this special treat?
Just place a Stampin' Up! order of $50 or more before shipping and tax using Host Code MFFGARTJ in my Online Store.
As a big thank you, you'll receive the November Card Kit Class to kick off your creative journey. Use some or all of the card-making tips that you've seen here today and let's make this holiday season extra special with handmade, heartfelt greetings!


Rockin' and Rollin' Fun Fold with Fluffiest Friends

Fluffiest-friends-rocking-cardHappy Monday!  Today, we are rockin' and rollin' with this fun fold and the new Stampin' Up! Fluffiest Friends #162850 which debuts tomorrow, November 6th in the Stampin' Up! Online Store.

This is a super simple card if you can get the "science" right ;) as you'll see in the recording of my Saturday Morning Share Video below.

Have circles?  Let's rock!

Isn't that fun? When you make yours, please share in our group on Facebook HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need a 4" circle for your base to fold in half as seen in the video.
  • Cut another circle about 1/4" smaller of patterned paper and light neutral if you want an area on the back for stamping/writing.  You will need only a half circle of each and save the other halves for a different card.
  • Cut the "mechanism" at 1/2" x 2.  Score at 1/2", 1", and 1 1/2".  Accordion fold and attach to the inside of the card as seen in the video.
  • Choose an image for your spotlight but not too big.  As we saw in the epic fail in my video ;), it cannot be too top-heavy! 
  • Die cut or punch card stock to cover the back of the image and to attach to the fold of the circle.
  • Add sentiment as desired. 

Here's the reverse side of the card...


And, here's the fixed version of the second card!
Sms-rock-deerNow that you've seen the video and the tips of what "not to do", create your fun fold rockin' and rollin' card then join us on Facebook and share to inspire all of us!