Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

Candy-cane-craft-for-kidsKnowing you are as busy or busier as we are in the days leading up to Christmas, here's a fun and easy craft idea that you can do with your little ones that will take a few minutes and yet bring lots of joy!

Most kids love candy canes!  Here's a candy cane reindeer made with some Stampin' Up! products.  Watch the video then get started!


Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for this project...

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You will also need some card stock to punch the antlers.  Choose a green as shown here or use a neutral color.  Make it fun!

Time to get back to Christmas preparations!  Our daughter and I are going to the grocery store and I am sure there will be lots of hustle and bustle!  I have another project idea to share so be sure to visit daily so you won't miss it!  And, if you're not subscribed to my YouTube channnel, be sure to do that now!

Enjoy the journey!...Lisa

Stampin' Up! Gift Card Holder from a Bag!


Finding a few minutes to share another Christmas project idea that may just come in handy in this last few days before Christmas...a gift card holder made from one of our Stampin' Up! treat bags!

Let's take a look at the video tutorial. It's a fun idea and really easy to make...

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for this project!

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Cherry Cobbler CS 3-1/2" x 4".  May need to adjust the 3-1/2" measurement depending on how much you trim your bag.
  • Whisper White strip is cut 1/2" x 3-1/2".
  • Designer paper is cut 3" x 4-3/4".


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Christmas Crackers?

For today's post, we have a video tutorial on how to make Christmas Crackers...not the edible kind!

Christmas-cracker-snowmanThese are fun little projects that you can put together to hold treats or small gifts.  In the video, you will see the how-to for this larger size pictured above and a smaller size, as well, so be sure to watch through the end.

You probably have the supplies on hand to make these in time for this Christmas.  Below are the details for each size of Christmas cracker.

Larger size:

  • Cut DSP to 8-3/4" x 9".
  • Score with the shorter side at the top every 1-3/4": 1-3/4", 3-1/2", 5-1/4", and 7".

Smaller size:

  • Cut DSP to 4-1/2" x 6".
  • Score with the 6" side at the tip at 1" and 5".
  • Turn and score with the 4-1/2" side at the top at every 1": 1", 2", 3", and 4".

Here are the supplies used for the projects.  Papers and inks are specifically for the larger project.  At the bottom of the list is the 1/2" circle punch for the smaller "cracker".

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Christmas-cracker-santaYou can make these ahead of time and store them "flat" until you are ready to insert the gifts are treats. 

Christmas-cracker-storage We are just about a week away from Christmas but I still have a few ideas up my sleeve to share with you.  Be sure to check back!  I hope to be posting some fun between last minute baking, wrapping, and lots of merriment!   But for now, you need to try your hand at these Christmas crackers!

A Family Favorite Party Dish for Christmas


Today's share is a different type of post with one of our family's favorite appetizer/party foods and the recipe! I have shared this recipe before but it is worth repeating in case you missed it!  There is not a holiday family gathering without this Cream Cheese Ball on the table.  It is yummy and easy to make!

A dear friend of mine, who passed away a few years ago, shared this recipe with me and I cannot make it without thinking of her. All I had to do was make it once and it was an instant hit! And, woe to me if I forget to bring it to the party!


Does your family have favorite dishes that you enjoy for the holidays?  This is just one of our must-haves for EVERY Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Another is a Corn Casserole that is DELICIOUS!  I'll hope to be able to share that with you soon.

Below is the link to the recipe that you may save or print for your file.  Enjoy and please let me know if you try it!

--->Lisa's Cream Cheese Ball for the Holidays

Christmas Gift Box for Essential Oils

Perfectly Plaid Essential Oil BoxToday's project is a Christmas Gift Box for Essential Oils is coming to you very late!  I am with my daughter's family in Fort Worth and having some fun times with the grands! 

This is a remake of a fall themed box that you can see here. This design is easy and fun to make for small gifts or treats.  The Perfectly Plaid Bundle and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper make this version festive!

Here's the video tutorial for your viewing pleasure!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cherry Cobbler  card stock is cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 
  • Score at 2", 4", 6", and 8" on the 8-1/2" side. 
  • Turn and score at 2" for the box bottom.
  • Wrapped in Plaid DSP: Cut 4 pieces - 3-1/4" x 1-1/4" and a contrasting strip at 1/2" x 4".
  • You'll need a scrap piece of Whisper White for stamping and punching.

Here are the supplies for today's project, and if you are seeing this before 11:59 pm MT on December 11th, you can still get FREE Shipping on orders of $50 or more!

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Be sure you are keeping up with the latest from Ink and Inspirations!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by the this Christmas gift box idea! 

A Favorite from Christmas Past


Let's visit a project from Christmas Past that's  is one of my favorites. This triangle Santa box is not only adorable but easy to make!  It can be used as an ornament but also holds treats!

Some of the products used for this cute project are retired but I bet you can come up with alternatives.  Here are some ideas...

You can make this fun Santa Triangle Box is lots of different ways so I hope you will try making some!

Now, be sure you are keeping up with the latest from Ink and Inspirations!

Thanks for checking in for the refresh on the Santa Triangle Box...have a great weekend!

Christmas Craft for Santa's Cookies

Cookies-for santaHere's an idea to involve your "littles" in preparation for Santa's visit! 

How about leaving Santa's cookies in a personalized bag? The little ones can color the Santa from the Holly Jolly Christmas Bundle and you can do the rest! I think it's a fun alternative for cookies on a plate!

Let's take a look at the how-to video!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need two pieces of Poppy Parade CS cut at 6" x 6".
  • Score at 1-1/2" on three side of three sides of each piece.
  • The designer paper is cut just for the front at 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".
  • You will need a piece of Shimmery White CS cut at 4" x 5" to stamp Santa.
  • Cut the "Santa" letters from scrap Sparkle Glimmer paper.

Here are the supplies for the Santa Cookie Box:

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Have the little ones color the Santa before adhering to the box.  Use Watercolor Pencils or crayons for the coloring.  Maybe this will start a tradition with your children and grandchildren.  Let me know if you try this...I will be waiting to hear from you!


O Holy Night Christmas Card


Today's project is a sweet Christmas card featuring the So Many Stars bundle.  The sentiment and the font are so pretty!

The designer paper is no longer available but you could create your own background with stamps and Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Let's take a look at the quick video.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is Night of Navy 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". 
  • Cut another Night of Navy piece instead of designer paper at 4" x 5-1/4".  You can stamp, emboss, or texture this piece.
  • You will need another piece of Night of Navy cut at 4" x 4" to die cut for the sentiment.
  • Die cut a star from a piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper approx. 4" x 4".

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies for this card:

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O-holy-night-christmas-cardLove the sentiments and stamps that contain lyrics from songs and carols.  This one is especially beautiful!  Be sure to visit the online store to see this beautiful bundle.

Make A Box for A Christmas Candle


You can really dress up a simple gift with your paper crafting and rubber stamping supplies and this Christmas candle box is no exception! This time of year, it's so easy to find some seasonal candles that are good for gift giving. 

Let's take a look at the video so that you can create a cute box like this, too!  And, if candles aren't your style, you can fit wrapped candies or any small gift into this size box.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • For the box, Shaded Spruce card stock should be 8" x 10-1/2".
  • Score on the long side at 2", 5", 7" and 10".
  • Score on the short side at 1/2", 2-1/2", 5-1/2", and 7-1/2".
  • You will also need a scrap of Shaded Spruce for punching.
  • Cherry Cobbler- 3" x 3" for punching.
  • Whisper White- 3" x 3" for punching.
  • Sparkle Glimmer paper- scrap for punching.
  • Designer paper- 2-3/4" x 2-3/4", 3 pieces cut 2-3/4" x 1-3/4" and 1 piece cut 3/4" x 3".

Diy-gift-box-christmasHere are the Stampin' Up! Supplies used to create this project. Just click the links to shop! I appreciate your support and your business!

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Get ready for the holiday season with gift packaging such as this Christmas candle box.  Then, be sure to visit my YouTube channel for more 3D packaging ideas!

Handmade Gift Box and Ornament with So Many Stars


It's the season for beautiful gift packaging and festive decór and today's projects feature a gift box and handmade ornament with the Stampin' Up! So Many Stars Bundle.

The dies in this bundle are so beautiful and the coordinating stamp set is perfect for the holiday season.  Enjoy the video then get ready to create these projects during this first week of December.

Here are the supplies used for the box.  The links below will take you directly to the online store.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you.

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Here are the details for the box project:

  • Using a 12 x 12 sheet of the designer paper, score on one side at 3" and 9".
  • Turn and score on the other side at 1" , 3-1/2", 6-1/2", and 9".
  • Cut and trim as shown in the video.
  • You will need a piece of the glimmer paper approximately 3" x 4-1/2".
  • Use a scrap of Whisper White or approximately a 3" x 3" piece to stamp and punch the sentiment.



Here are the supplies used for the ornament.

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Details for the ornament project:

  • Sparkle Glimmer- 3" x 3"
  • Gold Glimmer- 3" x 4"
  • Night Before Christmas DSP- 6" x 6"
  • Vellum - 2" x 2"

Here's hoping that you will find time to create these projects during the early days of this month! Shop now to get your supplies to make the handmade box and ornament with the So Many Stars Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Easy DIY Christmas Gift Tag Idea


It's about that time to think about Christmas gift packaging and we all need gift tags, right?

Here's an idea using the To Every Season bundle and other supplies currently available from Stampin' Up!  This bundle comes with a versatile a stamp set and four mini coordinating punches.  And, we love punches!

Here's the video tutorial so you can see just how easy this is.  Let's get started!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Whisper White to 1-1/2" x 3".  (I trimmed the original cut in the video.)
  • Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper is cut 2" x 4".
  • Shaded Spruce is cut 2" x 4".
  • You'll need a scrap piece of Silver Glimmer Paper to punch the snowflake.

Here are the supplies used in this project.  The links take you directly to the Stampin' Up! Online Store.  Thank you for your consideration to shop with me!

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To-every-season-tagHave you ever made your Christmas gift tags?  I hope today's project has inspired you to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by now it's time for me to make those pies for tomorrow... talk to you again soon!

Dome Sweet Home

IMG_1231Today's project is a 2019 Stampin' Up! Christmas card idea that I like to call "Dome Sweet Home".  :)

Most of you know that we have a log cabin in the Ozarks and this cabin image was just waiting for me to pick it up and use it!

This Still Scenes bundle is beautiful and I hope you'll see in the video how easy it is to use!  Let's take a look!


Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is 4-1/4" x 11".  Score at 5-1/2".
  • The designer paper is cut 4" x 5-1/4". You will die cut the globe opening in this piece.
  • Whisper White:  scrap for stamping, coloring, and die cutting, 3-3/4" x 5" for adhering the die cut piece so it will show through the opening and a 1" x 3-1/4" piece for the sentiment.  This will be trimmed down.

Here are the supplies and tools used in this project. Just click the link to shop!

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When you shop the Online Store, be sure to use the Host Code, MW3XJNSV, to receive a FREE gift from me with your order of $35 or more before shipping and tax!
If your order totals, $150 or more before shipping and tax, no need to use the code.  You will earn Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! and I will still send your gift!

This Still Scenes bundle make some beautiful projects so shop now so you can share these beautiful snow globe scenes this Christmas!

Make A Christmas Card That Will Wow Your Family and Friends!

Hammered-gleaming-2Want to make a Christmas card that will WOW your family and friends?  This is it!  Look at the beautifully embossed copper foil!

The Christmas Gleaming Bundle along with other products from this suite make this card shine.  The ornament punches are great and make your crafting a breeze.

Let's take a look at the video tutorial below...

Here are the products used to make this card...just click the links to shop!

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If you'd like all of the products in this beautiful suite for your holiday crafting, you can get it bundled with everything you see below!

Everything pictured above is $97 plus shipping and tax!  Look at those awesome punches!

When you shop the Online Store, be sure to use the Host Code, MW3XJNSV, to receive a FREE gift from me!  If your order totals, $150 or more before shipping and tax, no need to use the code.  You will earn Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! and I will still send your gift!

2019-Christmas-card-stampin-up-embossed-foilLisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".
  • Copper Foil is cut 3-1/2" x 5-1/4".
  • Brightly Gleaming DSP is cut 3" x 4" for the main image and 2-1/8" x 3/4" for Mossy Meadow/foil piece behind sentiment.
  • Very Vanilla- 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" for stamping and fussy cutting.  Then, another piece cut 2-1/4" x 1" for behind sentiment and DSP.

I hope I've inspired you to make this Christmas card to WOW your family and friends so get started by placing your order for these fabulous products!

'Tis the Season of Lists



It's the season of list making... grocery lists, gift lists, decorating lists, "things to make" lists, etc.

Here's a list for you...it's easy!

Now, that's a fun list, right!  Thanks for checking in and be sure to visit tomorrow for sweet little projects to use for your Thanksgiving table!


Stampin' Up! Night Before Christmas Gift Card Holder and Box

Night-before-christmas-santa-sneakYesterday's LIVE on Facebook featured some fun projects using the Night Before Christmas Suite from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. 

Unfortunately, there are focus issues with the video.  Since the quality is not as good as I want it to be, I chose not to upload the video. If you're "brave", you can catch the replay HERE.

First project is this card/gift card holder...so fun!

Night-before-christmas-santa-cardLooks like a fun card, right?  Don't you love that Santa?! Take a look at the inside...

Night-before-christmas-inside-cardHere are the details for this gift card holder:

  • The card base is cut at 4-1/4" x 11".
  • Score this at 5-1/2" and 9".
  • Fold over to make flap for the gift card as shown above.  Adhere to the two sides with Tear & Tape.
    Inside of card...
  • Very Vanilla is cut 4" x 5-1/4".  The Santa hat paper is cut 2" x 4".
  • Sentiment is stamped in Poppy Parade
  • The  "From Santa" tag is embossed with Shimmer White embossing powder and die cut.
    Card front...
  • Loop 16-18" of ribbon around card.  This will be a tie closure. You can adhere the ribbon place on the center front with a little bit of SNAIL adhesive.  This is just to hold it in place before you attach the layers.
  • The layers are Very Vanilla cut at 3" x 3-3/4" and the Paisley print designer paper is cut 3-1/4" x 4".
  • Santa is stamped on Shimmery White card stock in Memento Black ink and colored with Stampin' Blends.
  • The "Believe" sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and embossed with the Shimmer White embossing powder.

Questions?  Leave a comment below!

Now for the cute open top box!


  • Noble Peacock Foil Sheet is cut 6" x 12".
  • Score (gently) on the long side at 3-3/4, 5-3/4, 9-1/2, 11-1/2.  Turn and score at 1-1/2. This will be the box bottom.
  • If using this foil to create the box, gently fold on the score lines.  Do not use your Bone Folder.
  • Cut off smallest tab formed by the scored lines and assemble box with Tear & Tape.
  • Designer paper for front is cut 3-1/4 x 4
  • Die cut sentiment from Sparkle Glimmer Paper and adhered with liquid glue.
  • Tissue paper is stamped with stockings stamp with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Fold in half  and stamp the tops of both sides.

Here are the supplies used for both of these products:

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Hope you are staying warm where you are ...it's snowing and very cold here in SW Missouri!  Perfect day to order some crafting supplies and stay inside and craft!