Color Trend in Cardmaking

Today we are taking a look at a cardmaking color trend that's floating around the world of paper crafting; using neutrals with a spot of color.

Notice that I didn't use the term "pop of color"?  With this trend, I've noticed subdued colors rather than bright or bold colors.  In Stampin' Up! terms, these would include colors from our Subtles or Neutrals Color Collections.  I've enjoyed challenging myself to follow this trend and hope you will be inspired to do so after seeing this video and these samples.


This video was a Premiere video on YouTube which is a series that I hope you will watch every Thursday evening at 6 PM Central.  These videos will vary in length from a few minutes to an hour and will remain on YouTube if you aren't able to join us for the Premiere.  However, if you are able to join at the Premiere time, you can participate in the LIVE chat if you are signed in to your Google or Gmail account.

If you missed it on YouTube, here's the video!

Lisa's Inklings for Card #1:


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Moving on to the second card showing this color trend in cardmaking...

Color-trends-cardmaking-birthday-cardI can't wait to send this birthday card! Here are the cutting dimensions so you can make one, too!

Stampin' Up! Supply List for Card #2:

Are you ready to try this cardmaking color trend?  Get the supplies you need now and start making those beautiful creations!

Make A Sweet Birthday Gift Card Holder

Easy-brithday-gift-card-holderLet's start the week off with a birthday gift card holder with the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle [156244] from the Stampin' Up! January- June 2021 Mini Catalog.  While the stamp set and coordinating punch are carrying over into the annual catalog, this precious coordinating Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper [154567] is not and is on the Last Chance List from this current mini.

The inside of this card has an easy fold-up gift card pocket which can also hold cash or a small gift! The triple-decker ice cream cone you see below is cut from the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper [154567] that is being discontinued.


Let's take a look at the how-to video tutorial for this easy birthday gift card holder.

Lisa's Inklings:

Easy Birthday Gift Card Holder

You can easily make this birthday gift card holder for any occasion!  Take a look at the supply list below and click on the photos of what you need to order. 

Thank you to all of my U.S. crafting friends who place orders with me in support of my business!


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Thanks for tuning in today!  Now it's time for you to try this birthday gift card holder and let me know if you do!

Make A Birthday Card with Stampin' Up! Very Versailles Stamp Set

Birthday-card-made-wiith-stampin-up-very-versailles-stamp-setToday's cardmaking project features a birthday card made with another favorite that carried over into the new Stampin' Up! Catalog, Very Versailles.

The images in this set have so much versatility and don't you love the "Have A Beautiful Day" as a birthday greeting?  Here's another card made with Very Versailles that I think you'll enjoy.

Here's the step-by-step how-to followed by the supplies used for this birthday card with Stampin' Up! Very Versailles.

Card Base: Pear Pizzazz Cardstock 11” x 4-1/4”. Score and fold at 5-1/2”
Cardstock #2: Basic White Cardstock 5-1/4” x 4”
Designer Paper: In Good Taste Designer Paper 5” x 3-3/4”
Cardstock #3: Basic White Cardstock 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
Designer Paper: In Good Taste Designer Paper 3” x 3”

-Glue Basic White Cardstock to Pear Pizzazz Card Base.
-Glue the In Good Taste Designer Paper to card front.
-Using the smallest piece of designer paper, stamp the leaf image to the left and bottom using Pear Pizzazz Ink. -Stamp the script image to fill in the background around the leaves using Early Espresso Ink. Glue to the smallest -Basic White Cardstock layer. Punch a hole in both corners at the top with the handheld punch. Set aside.
-Stamp the medallion image on a scrap piece of Seaside Spray Cardstock using Early Espresso Ink. Cut the shape with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Glue to the center of the stamped layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
-Stamp the sentiment on a scrap piece of Basic White Cardstock. Cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Glue to the center of the medallion layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
-Tie Linen thread at the top of the stamped layer through the holes to create a hanging sign. It’s easiest if you tie the left side into a bow and tie the right side into a knot. Add the two ribbons by tying into knots on the right through the Linen Thread. Trim the ends into angles.
-Glue sign layer to card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
-Add a Gold Glitter Enamel Dot to hang the sign by the Linen Thread by adding two layers of Mini Glue Dots under the enamel dot so it is elevated.

I would be happy to have you pick up this fabulous stamp set and other supplies from me! Just simply click on any image below to have it shipped to your home right away! Thank you so much for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

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Birthday-card-stampin-up-very-versaillesThank you for tuning in today!  I hope you have been inspired to create this lovely birthday card made with the Stampin' Up! Very Versailles Stamp Set.

Make A Birthday Card with the Stampin' Up! Elegantly Said Stamp Set

Birthday-card-with the-stampin-up-elegantly-said-bundleThe ornate look of the Elegantly Said stamp set and coordinating punch makes for a beautiful birthday card.  Combine that with the heat embossing technique and you have an absolute wow card!

Here are the details so that you can create your own!

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Now it's your turn!  Make this birthday card with the Elegantly Said Bundle (English) [155753] with the beautiful stamp set and coordinating punch for your next greeting for a birthday celebration!

For Whom Would You Make This Birthday Card?

Hey-birthday-chick-birthday-card-spring-chickenLooking at today's project feature, I would be willing to bet that you had a close friend in mind that you would love to make and send this card for her birthday!

Wouldn't it bring a smile to her face?  I know that I have several friends and family members who would love to be called a "spring chicken". 

This adorable bundle is great for making some really fun cards.  Honestly, as a cardmaker, I rarely lean toward this type of "cutesy" stamp set but this one stole my heart and my guess is that you will love it, too!

Here is the step by step how-to:

  1. Cut the Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score at 4 1/4”.
  2. Cut the back layer of 2020–2022 In Color 6" X 6"  Designer Series Paper [153070] at 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” glue to the base front.
  3. Cut your second piece of 2020–2022 In Color 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [153070] at 3 1/4”x 5 1/2” glue to the center of the designer paper on the card front.
  4. Cut another piece of Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] at 3” x 5 1/2”.
  5. Next comes the stamping.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] for the images and the sentiments.
  6. Stamp your happy birthday sentiment at the top and the "spring chicken" sentiment toward the bottom as shown.
  7.  Stamp the chicken between the sentiments and color.
  8. Stamp an extra ballon, die-cut, color, and pop up with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals [144108] over the other balloon.
  9. Color your chicken.
  10. Now glue the Basic White stamped piece to the center of the card.
  11. Stamp the little chick that is hatching, color, and die-cut, and pop up on the corner of the "spring chicken" sentiment.

Here's another birthday card idea with this darling bundle!

Here is a look at all of the products used for this birthday card that you can make:

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Thanks for checking in today! Now that you've read this post,  you can make this birthday card for those "spring chickens" in your friends and family circle.

Make A Hey Chick Birthday Card

Stampin’ Up!  Hey Chick Birthday Card
Our Monday project is this adorable birthday card with the Stampin’ Up! Hey Birthday Chick Bundle. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper [154577] makes for a festive background and provides a great color scheme. 

Notice the repetitive stamping for the sentiment. This is an alternative method to adding the sentiment as an element on it own. The “let’s celebrate you” is stamped tone on tone in Bermuda Bay.  ( The tone on tone technique is stamping with the ink the same color the card stock. 

Here’s the how-to...

Here’s hoping you’ve been inspired by this Hey Birthday Chick card idea and will create a fun card to share with a friend. 

Make a Birthday Card with Stampin' Up! Berry Blessings

4-days-leftAfter today, there are only 4 MORE DAYS of this special sales event, Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration and today's card features one of the most popular items that you can earn for FREE, the Berry Blessings Bundle (English) [157613]!

This berry-themed stamp and beautiful coordinating designer paper coordinate with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle [156214] from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog!

With a $100 product purchase, you can earn the Berry Blessings Bundle (English) [157613] for FREE!  Sale-A-Bration is a great time to stock up on some of your basics:

Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755]

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

Stampin' Dimensionals [104430]

And, if you haven't yet discovered the Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine...take a look!

Or, get a pre-paid Paper Pumpkin Subscription and earn the Berry Blessings Bundle with a 6-month subscription!

Berry-blessings-brithday-card-stampin-upThis berry theme is great for many occasions but it's especially fun on this birthday card above.

Take a look at the quick video tutorial!

Lisa's Inklings:
Cut Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [133675] to 4-1/4 x 11 for the base and to 2-1/2 x 4 to die cut.
Cut the Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] to 2-1/2 x 4 to die-cut and you will need another scrap piece for stamping and fussy cutting.
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [146990] scrap piece for a backing for the sentiment.
Designer paper is cut 4 x 5-1/4.


Stampin-up-berry-blessings-birthday-cardHere is the list of supplies for today's project:

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Here's hoping you've been inspired to create a berry special card for someone using the Berry Blessings Bundle.  This and other Sale-A-Bration choices will NOT be available after February 28th! you for watching today's video and I will see you again in the next post! Until then, take care and let your light shine!

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Make a Birthday Card with Stampin' Up! Art Gallery

Stampin-up-birthday-card-art-gallery-pool-partyThe Stampin' Up! Art Gallery Bundle [156227] and coordinating designer  and specialty papers make special cards for birthdays and other occasions.

You just may find your self reaching for these supplies over and over me!  I've found that this coordination of products makes the design of cards easy with beautiful results.

If you'd like to create one for someone you know (or, just one to have in your card stash for when you need it), here's the how-to video tutorial.

Lisa's Inklings:


Here's a view of the inside of the card. Using the "stamp off" technique (ink the stamp, stamp off on scratch paper then stamp on your card stock), you will be able to write your message over the stamped image.  To make it even more faint, you may "stamp off" twice.

Here are the supplies used on this birthday card...

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Here's hoping you've been inspired by today's cardmaking project and video. Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon!
Until then, take care and let your light shine!--Lisa

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Make A Tall Narrow Gift Bag

Tall-narrow-bagToday's project is a tall narrow bag that's perfect for small gifts. This one was custom made for a birthday gift for our granddaughter, Lyla for her Frozen-themed birthday party. 

The beautiful Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper [153512] has just the right colors and the the snowflakes matched the theme of her birthday party with friends.  Let's take a look at the video tutorial with the easy how-to instructions...

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used to make this project.  Just click the links to shop. 

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Make some beautiful winter projects with the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper [153512]. It's retiring and only available while supplies last!  Try making this tall, narrow bag for gifts for the holidays and birthdays!

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Lyla's Birthday

Lyla-is-5Our Lyla's 5th  birthday was a couple of weeks ago.  While we were not there for her birthday party for friends, we were able to celebrate with her last week.  Today I am sharing her birthday banner and card that carried out the theme of her party, Frozen 2.

IMG_4702For her birthday banner, the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper [153512] and Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper [153513] along with the Snowflake Wishes Bundle (English) [155172] were used.  As a backing for the letters cut from retired Stampin' Up! letter dies us a Whisper White Cardstock [100730] cut from the Tasteful Labels Dies [152886]. Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems [153547] gems add a bit of sparkle and the bottom corners were punched with the Detailed Trio Punch [146320].

Lyla-is-fiveHere's the complete banner.  These banners are very easy to make and always make a nice addition to party decór.  Lyla's mom has her banner hung above the window seat/reading nook  in her room.

Snowflake-splendor-birthday-cardHere's a close-up of her birthday card made with the same supplies.  Again, the dies that cut the "5" are retired.  I have a set of letter and number dies that have come in handy so many times!

Birthday-card-snowflake-splendorHere's the complete front of the card.  See how the "5" looks dimensional? I die cut it with a piece of our Foam Adhesive Sheets [152815] adhered to the back. It's like having a full sized dimensional adhesive for any shape!

It's such a joy to create projects for our granddaughters on their birthdays. Like any handmade paper craft, a lot of love goes into these projects. Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the creations for Lyla's birthday.

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Make A Tall Gift Bag

Tall-winter-gift-bpxHappy Friday!  It's been a few days but I am back to share this tall gift bag and video just in time for your gift packaging!

This particular bag was made for our granddaughter's birthday since she chose The Disney Frozen II Movie as the theme for her party.

Here's the video tutorial with some tips on varying the height of the bag.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Use a full sheet of designer paper; 12 x 12.
  • Score 1 side at 3-1/2, 5-3/4, 9-1/4, 11-1-2
  • Turn and score the other side at 3/4" -2" (depending on how tall you need your bag) and also score at 9-1/2.
  • The tag is cut 2 x 4 from designer paper and the Whisper White piece is 1-1/2 x 2.

Tall-box-winter-birthdayHere are the supplies needed for this project.  Just click the links to shop!

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This Snowflake Splendor Designer Paper is magical...don't miss it!  Here's another project with this paper.


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Fun Fold Card Video with Jar of Flowers

Jar-of-flowers-birthday-card-accent-strip-foldLet's start off the week with a fun fold card video using the Jar Of Flowers Bundle [154064]from Stampin' Up!  The coordinating Flowers For Every Season 6" X 6"Designer Series Paper [152486] shares the spotlight!

 Working with these beautiful bunches of flowers in this stamp set is so much fun especially if you like to color. You can see another pretty card with a different bouquet here.

Let's go ahead and take a look at this how-to video tutorial below.  Ready?

Just a simple little slice of paper really adds a lot, don't you think?

Lisa's Inklings:

Remember to dress up those envelopes with this easy fix here!

Need supplies to create today's project?  The supply list is below.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be thrilled to serve you! Thank you so much for your consideration.

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Jar-of-flowers-jade-birthday-cardOn this card, the sentiment was added since it would be sent as a birthday greeting.  The "Happy Birthday" is from the Timeless Tulips Photopolymer Stamp Set [151534] and stamped on
Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077] then punched with the Classic Label Punch [141491].

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A Jar of Flowers Birthday Card


Here's a birthday card idea with the beautiful new Jar Of Flowers Bundle [154064] from Stampin' Up!  This cardmaking project was featured on my new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Launch on Facebook. 

These bunches of flowers can be used with or without the jar so it is super versatile. 

Here are some of the details:

  • The Bumblebee Cardstock [153077] base is cut 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.
  • The Poppy Parade Cardstock [119793] layers are cut 4-1/8 x 5-7/8 and 2-5/8 x 4-1/8.  Plus, you'll need a small piece to stamp and die cut the sentiment.
  • Whisper White Cardstock [100730] is cut 2-1/2 x 4 and embossed with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder [152725].
  • You will also need more whisper white for jar and flowers.
  • The jar was stamped and then the stems over top.  The stems were stamped *twice to make these reach the bouquet at the top. 
  • *The lower stems were masked off with a post it note to stamp the stems at the top of the jar.
  • The bunch of flowers was stamped, colored, then fussy cut to adhere to the top of the punched jar on the embossed layer.

Here are the supplies used for this card.  Just click the links to shop! Be sure to check out the promotions for this month on this post.

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Have questions about this card?  Leave a comment below.

Thank you for stopping by for this Jar of Flowers birthday card and we will seen you soon in the next post!


It's Cinco De Mayo AND Taco Tuesday!

Stampin' Up! Witty-cisms Taco TuesdayIt's Cinco de Mayo AND Taco awesome its that!

For today's project we have the perfect card to celebrate! Here's a great sample using the retiring Witty-Cisms Cling Stamp Set [151686] and the Dinoroar Designer Series Paper [155882].  Isn't it so cute?!

Here are all the details you will need to make this card...

Stamp sets: Witty-Cisms (151686)
Cardstock and Paper: Mango Melody (146989), Pretty Peacock (150880), Shimmery White 101910), Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (149589)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (132708)
Coloring Tools: Stampin’ Blends Crumb Cake Light (144582), Poppy Parade Light (146878), Call Me Clover Light (147023), Mango Melody Dark (147944)
Miscellaneous: Layering Circles Dies (141705), Whisper White ¼” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (151326), Pearls Basic Jewels (144219), Paper Trimmer (152392), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Bone Folder (102300), Paper Snips (103579)

Mango Melody card base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” then folded on the crease with the Bone Folder, 2-1/4” x 2-1/4”
Pretty Peacock: 3-3/4” x 5”, 3-1/2” x 1-1/4”, 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2” x 4-3/4”, 1” x 3-1/2”
Shimmery White: 2-1/4” x 2-1/4”
Ribbon: 5”, 8”


  • With SNAIL Adhesive, adhere larger Designer Series Paper (DSP) to Pretty Peacock layer then adhere horizontal DSP to Pretty Peacock layer.
  • Adhere horizontal piece atop larger DSP piece so horizontal piece is about 1-1/8” from bottom of larger piece.
  • Using the Mango Melody Dark Stampin’ Blends marker, color the two strips of ribbon by brushing the ribbon with the fatter point of the marker. Take care to color on top of a disposable surface as Blends will bleed through the ribbon. Dries instantly though.
  • Apply a little SNAIL on the horizontal DSP piece but only in the area that will, later, be covered with the round taco piece.
  • Add the 5” ribbon piece across center of horiztonal DSP and secure ends to back with SNAIL as well. Tie ribbon into bow, trim ends with Paper Snips, and set aside.
    Stamp taco image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Shimmery White cardstock. Color in taco with Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. Die cut with 1-7/8”circle. Die cut Mango Melody scalloped circle layer and Pretty Peacock circle layer. Attach all three to one another with SNAIL.
  • With Stampin’ Dimensionals, add taco piece to DSP piece so the taco piece ends about ¼” from the right side. Then attach that whole piece to card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Color three Pearl Basic Jewels with Mango Melody Dark Stampin’ Blends marker and affix to taco piece.
  • With one Mini Glue Dots, attach bow so one edge rests on the taco piece.

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Stampin' Up! Birthday Card with Bonanza Buddies

IMG_2322 2The Bonanza Buddies Bundle [153815] is another product that is on the Last Chance List from Stampin' Up!  It is a precious combo for birthdays and there is also a coordinating DSP, the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper [151313].

The combinations of the bright colors, Mango Melody 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [146989] and Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [131197], with a pop of Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [121045] make this card as fun to make as it is to give!

Let's take a look at today's video tutorial...

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies that you will need for the card project as seen in this video.  Some of these items are retiring and on the Last Chance List and only available while supplies last.  Just click the links to shop!  I would be honored to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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You can see some other cute projects made with the Bonanza Buddies Bundle [153815] HERE.

Take a look at this great bundle and other super products from Stampin' Up! NOW while still available!