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The Joy of Paper Crafting: Unleashing Creativity, Finding Relaxation, and Building Connections


In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, finding a creative outlet can be a true blessing. For many, paper crafting is a delightful way to express themselves artistically. Jump into the world of paper crafting as we explore the benefits that make it such a loved activity, perfectly tailored for our creative souls.

Unleashing Creativity

At its core, paper crafting is an art form that allows individuals to unleash their creativity and bring their imaginative ideas to life. Whether it's designing handmade cards, creating beautiful scrapbook layouts, or crafting personalized gifts, the possibilities are limitless. The experience of working with paper, combined with the colors and patterns available, transforms each project into a unique masterpiece.

Relaxation and Therapeutic Joy

In the fast-paced world we live in, finding moments of peace is essential for maintaining balance and well-being. Paper crafting offers a therapeutic escape, allowing crafters to immerse themselves in a calming and mindful activity. The process of cutting, stamping, and assembling can be meditative, providing an opportunity to de-stress and find joy in the present moment. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a project adds an extra layer of satisfaction to this therapeutic journey.

Building Connections through Social Crafting

While paper crafting often starts as a personal endeavor, it has the incredible power to bring people together. Joining a crafting community or attending workshops and events creates opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for creativity. The joy of swapping ideas, tips, and finished projects turns paper crafting into a social activity that fosters friendships and a sense of belonging. Together, we celebrate the beauty of handmade creations and the shared love for this art form.

As we embark on this journey of creativity and self-discovery through paper crafting, let's relish the unique benefits it brings into our lives. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just beginning to explore the world of paper, there's a wealth of inspiration waiting to be discovered. Happy crafting!

Last Minute Christmas: Easy Hot Chocolate/Gift Card Holder Pocket

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Here we are... two days before Christmas and hopefully, all is ready except for those last-minute Christmas to-dos!  This is for you if you need a cute idea for a gift card, cash, or hot chocolate packet!

Here's the recording from this week's LIVE!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut cardstock at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score at 4 1/4" and burnish.
  • Make a tick mark on the card front right side at 2 3/4".  Cut as seen in the video.
  • Cut designer paper at 4" x  5 1/8".  Make a tick mark at 2 1/2" on the right side and cut as seen in the video.
  • You can embellish and decorate however you'd like!  Try it!

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Enjoy and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Stick Candy Holder

Stocking-stuffer-stick-candy-holderThis is an easy stocking stuffer idea for stick candy that you can make with supplies that you have at home.

This project is the Christmas re-make of a Halloween project shared earlier this year.

Here are the details for you to cut and assemble:

I hope you will try this little stocking stuffer!  Besides stick candy, you can also insert a fun pen or pencil, narrow lip gloss, nail file, or a highlighter.  If you'd like to insert something a little larger you could increase the width to 3" but keep in mind the diameter still needs to be about 1/2" x 3/4". We would love to see what you create with this idea!  Post over on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group on Facebook so we can all be inspired.


Crafting Supplies Gift Certificates Available


Christmas is a week away and if you're still on the hunt for the perfect gift, look no further! Here at Ink and Inspirations, we are delighted to offer gift certificates. 
These versatile certificates are available in any amount, making them the ideal choice for any occasion—whether it's a birthday, holiday, or just a "thinking of you" moment.
Why Choose Gift Certificates?
Stampin’ Up! products are known for their quality and endless creative possibilities. A gift certificate allows your loved ones to choose exactly what they need or desire from the Stampin’ Up! catalog or online store ensuring a personalized and thoughtful present.  
Or, if you know someone who could use a great idea as a gift for you, ask for a gift certificate for a Stampin' Up! order and share our contact information!
How to Purchase: 

Getting a gift certificate to apply toward a Stampin' Up! order through us is a breeze! Simply reach out through [email protected] or 409-719-2853 to request yours. Payment via PayPal or Venmo is accepted.  
After purchasing the gift certificate, we will email a digital copy to the email address provided by the buyer that can be printed and either wrapped or tucked inside a card! The recipient can redeem by calling or emailing Lisa and the amount will be applied to the total of their order.

Don't wait—gift certificates are available now. Let the creative adventures begin!


2023 Stampin' Up! Christmas Stocking Stuffer Lip Balm Holder

Stocking-stuffer-lip-balm-gift-holderThese Beary Cute bears want to wish some special some a very special Christmas with this Lip Balm Holder with a grapefruit-flavored Lip Balm!

This project was featured on this week's LIVE video and is one that can be made simply with little fuss.  Decorate and embellish as you wish or just let the designer paper do the work.  We know you have some in your stash, right?

Below is the link to the edited recording of the video with the assembly.  Read on for the details of this lip balm holder so that you can create your own!

Lip Balm Holder


  • Choose your designer paper first.  Then, choose one of the colors in the paper for your base.
  • Cut base card stock: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score: 2 3/8" and 3 1/8" on the 5 1/2" side.
  • Cut ribbon to 15".  Remember to attach this to the outside of the base first before adhering the designer paper.
  • Cut another piece of the same color card stock at 1" x 3".  Score at 3/4" and 2 1/4" on the 3" side.  This will be the holder for the lip balm. Adhere to the inside of the base as seen in the video before adhering designer paper.
  • Cut designer paper: (1) 3 1/4" x 1/2" wide for the spine.  Cut (2) at 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" and (2) in a coordinating pattern at 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" for the inside.
  • Embellish/decorate as desired.

Stocking-stuffer-lip-balm-holderNow you are ready to make your own! This fits nicely in a stocking and is a welcome gift during our winter months here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Comment below if you will be making one or several of these stocking stuffer lip balm holders.

Stocking Stuffer Lip Balm Holder - Facebook/YouTube Live

Gift-balm-holderWe are all super busy so I have a quick project for you! Make this easy lip balm holder with supplies that you have on hand! This makes a great stocking stuffer!
Tune in on Thursday, December 14th
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You may watch the LIVE on YouTube or Facebook.
Hope to see you then!

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P.S. I plan to be LIVE this evening on YouTube  and Facebook at 7 PM ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm MT, 4 pm PT (I've been "under the weather" so I will let you know in an email if I have to cancel.)

An Easy Addition to Dress Up Your Holiday Table


Here's an easy addition to your holiday table to impress your guests...custom, embossed designer napkins!

That's right!  You can very easily dress up your tablescape or buffet table using some solid colored napkins,  your Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, and some embossing folders.

The red napkins above are embossed with the Merry Melody 3 D Embossing Folder [156392]. Snowflake Sky 3 D Embossing Folder [162026].


This technique can be used for any occasion at any time of year.  Below is a video from the past with a demonstration of how it's done.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Look for cocktail-size napkins to fit in your wide embossing folders.
  • You can find these solid-colored cocktail napkins and most dollar stores.  This year I found these at Hobby Lobby.
  • These embossed napkins make a sweet hostess or friend gift.
  • When browsing the online store for embossing folders, keep these napkins in mind!

Here are the embossing folders used on this post. 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!

What embossing folder will you use for your designer napkins?  Dress up your holiday table and impress your guests this season with custom embossed designer napkins!


Celebrating Christmas Card Day: A Joyful Feast for Paper Crafters


'Tis the season for joy, gratitude, and, of course, Christmas cards! As we gear up for the most wonderful time of the year, it's only fitting to celebrate Christmas Card Day—a special occasion close to the hearts of paper crafters and card makers. For our creative souls who find and delight in the art of crafting, Christmas Card Day is not just a date on the calendar; it's an invitation to immerse ourselves in the magic of handmade greetings.

On December 9, 1843, the world's first Christmas card was ordered to be produced by Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

From the Bath Chronicle:

He commissioned John Calcott Horsley to design two cards, a coloured example that cost people sixpence, and an uncoloured version for fivepence.

The uncoloured one, depicting a Victorian family eating and drinking, was sent to a lady called Marinda Cundy, and (was) passed down through the family since that Christmas (for) 170 years .


It was sold at an auction for 4200 pounds in 2013.  Read more about that first Christmas Card HERE.

And, that's where this much-loved holiday tradition all started! 

Crafting Connections, One Card at a Time

For those who find joy in crafting, Christmas Card Day is an opportunity to connect with others who share our passion. It's a day to come together, virtually or in person, and revel in the beauty of handmade art. Whether it's through a card-making workshop, a crafting circle, or a simple exchange of cards with fellow makers, the sense of community and camaraderie elevates the joy of the season.

Unwrapping the Spirit of Christmas

As we "celebrate" Christmas Card Day, let's revel in the magic of creating something truly special. It's not just about the final product; it's about the journey of crafting, the love put into each cut and fold, and the joy of knowing that our creations will adorn the homes of our loved ones and friends. So, here's to the magic of Christmas Card Day—a day dedicated to the art of giving, the personal touch of handmade greetings, and the crafting connections that make this season truly magical. Let the festivities begin, and may our cards spread warmth and cheer far and wide!


Easy Slim Box for Christmas Treats and Stocking Stuffers

Easy-slim-box-christmas-treatsHere's a box idea with with a slim shape making it just right for a stocking stuffer.

Fill with candies, hand cream, hand sanitizer, pens or pencils, highlighters, votive candles...lots of possibilities!

This is a remake of a Halloween box from September.  You can see the video with the assembly on that blog post.

Easy-slim-christmas-treat-box-stocking-stufferLisa's Inklings:

Below are the supplies used on this project.  Each order placed through my online store is a vote of confidence in my passion for paper crafting. Your support for my small business fills my heart with gratitude.
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Now it's your turn! Create this slim box and post a picture over on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group.
Have some fun getting ready for the holiday with this project and stay tuned for more ideas coming your way here on Ink and Inspirations.

Embrace the Spirit of the Season: A December Full of Joyful Activities!

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As the wind begins to chill and the scent of cinnamon and baking cookies fill the air, it's time to jump into the festive spirit of December. Here are some heartwarming activities to add to your calendar, perfect for creating cherished memories during the most wonderful time of the year:

  • Caroling Delight: Gather friends and family for a magical evening of caroling in your neighborhood. Bring the joy of Christmas right to the doorstep of your community.

  • Crafting Magic Moments: Engage in Christmas crafts with your children or grandchildren. Try handmade ornaments with your crafting supplies and create timeless keepsakes.

  • Deck the Halls: Transform your home into a winter wonderland with delightful decorations. Use your creative knowledge and fill every corner with the season's warmth.

  • Candlelit Church Socials: Attend church socials and festivities for a spiritual and heartwarming experience. The unity and love shared during these events truly capture the essence and spirit of Christmas.

  • Harmony in the Air: Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of Christmas concerts. Whether it's a local choir or a grand symphony, let the music of the season resonate in your heart.

  • Sparkling Tree Lightings: Witness the magic of your town coming alive with the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. Attend tree lighting ceremonies for a special start to the holiday season.

December is not just a month; it's a collection of moments that become treasured memories. Embrace these activities to make your holiday season truly special and stay tuned for more ideas from Ink and Inspirations to help make your holiday extra special!