Stampin' Up! Honeybee Home Gift Idea

Honeybee-home-stampin-up-gift-ideaToday's project is a Stampin' Up! Honeybee Home gift idea.  This one has been in my "pocket" for a while and life has been so busy, that it is delayed here on the blog.

If you have been following me for a while, you know that this is a favorite gift idea of mine and this crafter is always on the lookout for cute tea towels or kitchen towels that coordinate with our stamps and dies.  Stampin' Up! is fabulous at staying on trend so these usually are very easy to find!

Here are a couple more of my favorite "fancied-up" towels...
This one includes a cute and simple gift box as part of the presentation.

Did you see this one with the non-traditional colored rainbow?

Here's the quick video how-to for today's gift project...

Stampin' Up! Honeybee Home Gift Idea

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut your paper for your "tag" so that it complements the towel.  On this one, the patterned paper is cut 3-1/4 " square, and the coordinating card stock is 3-1/2" square.
  • You can use ribbon, twine, or jute to thread through the punched holes. 
  • Notice how the flowers extend beyond the tag?  You are not confined to that space.  Think outside of the box!

Here are the supplies that are currently available used on this project...

Product List

Honeybee-home-towel-diy-giftThere are so many ways to use your paper crafting supplies to make a simple gift extra special.  Use this Stampin' Up! Honeybee Home gift idea as inspiration to create your own DIY gift idea then share it with us over on Ink and Inspirations Stampers on Facebook!

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Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teacher-appreciation-1Today's project is a little tag made with the Sweet Songbirds Bundle (English) [158727] from the new Stampin' Up! Catalog for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Mia graduated from pre-school this week and she gave her teachers this sweet flowering plant with a little handmade tag.

If you have been following me, you know that we have been caring for our 92-year young dad after a lengthy stay in the hospital.  We are getting him set up so that he can remain in his home with everything that he needs.  So...I have not had much time to play with all my new Stampin' Up! goodies but I did make time to make these tags for Mia. :)


My new Decorative Circle Punch [159174] had not yet arrived so an old circle punch was used for the bird.  You could also stamp and punch the bird with the coordinating bird punch. The sentiment is also punched with a retired punch but you can just cut a 3/4" strip of paper for the sentiment.  Mia's mom just wrote the teachers' names and that it was from Mia on the back of the tag.

Teacher-appreciation-week-3Here are the supplies used for this tag:

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Teacher-appreciationUse the Sweet Songbirds Bundle (English) [158727]to add to your gifts to show teacher appreciation!

Makeover Magic #2 - Handmade Gift Box

Makeover-magic-handmade-gift-box-2Today's project is a makeover of a handmade gift box from a previously recorded video tutorial. 

The original project was created and shared a few months ago as a holiday or hostess gift.  I love packaging tea towels or kitchen towels with our pretty Stampin' Up! goodies and making the presentation really special.  We've all heard of the adage, "presentation is everything",  and as paper crafters, we like to think that is most certainly true!

Here is the original project below. Notice the tag on the "makeover" is adhered to the box front rather than hanging from the ribbon wrap as pictured below. 

Magid2-handmade-gift-bagLet's take a look at the video below for the how-to.

Handmade Gift Box

Here are some quick details for this handmade gift box.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Waves Of The Ocean Designer Series Paper [159982]is cut 8-1/2 x 12.
  • Score at 2, 5-3/4, 7-3/4, and 11-1/2 on the long side.
  • Score at 2" on both ends of 8-1/2" side for top and bottom.
  • The top will be turned to the inside for support.
  • The bottom will be cut as shown in the video to form the box bottom.


If you're curious about the towels that are used for these projects, I really love the Pioneer Woman brand towels and I have also used towels from Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics.  You can see another of these towel packaging projects HERE.

If you're ready to create this project yourself, you can find the supplies listed below.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored if you chose to order from me.  Each order from my online store allows me to continue to share with you.  Thank you for your support of my business.

Now that you've seen how you can make a handmade gift box for a special presentation, visit the online store to get your supplies!

DIY Gift Idea with Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness


Here's one of my favorite DIY gift ideas and this one is made with the Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness Bundle. 

I love shopping for fun hand towels or dish towels and it's great when I find one that matches one of our stamp sets or themes!

Rainbow-of-happiness-gift-tagThis particular tag is a die from the bundle and it's adorable with the arched rainbow top.  It finished off this project nicely.

This was the second project in my premiere this week and you can see the recording of this particular project in the video below.

DIY Gift Idea with Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness

Lisa's Inklings: The width of the "tag" can vary depending on the towel and design. How you fold the towel can also vary the size.This is much like a card front but the area is usually smaller.  You can accent the two ends like I did here with a tag on one end and the ribbon tied into a bow on the other.Rainbow-of-happiness-tag-gift-ideaHere are the supplies used for this project.  The Sunshine & Rainbows 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [158126] is free with a purchase of $50!

You can create this project for any occasion and I encourage you to try!  This DIY gift with the Stampin' Up! Rainbow of Happiness Bundle will make a nice gift for someone soon!

Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Hot Chocolate Pocket


The next in the series of Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021 is a Hot Chocolate Pocket that debuted on my YouTube Premiere this evening. This project could also be used as a gift card or cash holder.

I hope you have been enjoying this series of holiday projects and it has helped solve some crafting needs as we get closer to Christmas.

This is such a fun project and different from most cocoa mix pouches.  And, the Nothing's Better Than Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [152507] and coordinating Love You More Than Dies [152698] can be used at any time of year.

Here's the video in case you missed the premiere!
Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Hot Chocolate Pocket

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-Up-Countdown-to-Christmas-2021-Lisa-Brown-hot-chocolate-1Here are the supplies used in the video:

Stampin-Up-Countdown-to-Christmas-2021-Lisa-Brown-hot-choc-2Have you seen the other Countdown to Christmas Projects? If not, you can see those HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and next, I will share another packaging idea!  For the next Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021 project, you will need two pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock or one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock and one 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper...see you then!

Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Wine Bottle Tag

Stampin-Up-Countdown-to-Christmas-2021-Lisa-Brown-bottle-tag-1Our next in a series of  Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021 is a bottle tag that can be gifted with a bottle of wine or sparkling water.  This is a great idea for a host gift or even a white elephant gift exchange gift.  (I think my daughter is snatching one that I've made just for that!)

You can make these tags fancy or clean and simple.  The only necessary part for this type of tag is a punched or die-cut circle at the top with a scored line just beneath.  Ready to see how this one is made?  Here's the video?

Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Wine Bottle Tag

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-Up-Countdown-to-Christmas-2021-Lisa-Brown-bottle-tag-3These would be easy to make ahead of time and would store very easily.  And, even if you don't need a bottle tag, you could use these same design elements for a card front.

Stampin-Up-Countdown-to-Christmas-2021-Lisa-Brown-bottle-tag-cheersHere is the listing of supplies used for this project.  Keep in mind that several of these items are only available while supplies last and may not be available.

In case you missed the first in this series of Christmas projects, be sure to take a look at that HERE.

Thanks for tuning in for the second of my Stampin' Up! 2021 Countdown to Christmas and this pretty wine bottle tag and I'll be back tomorrow with a packaging idea!

Easy Fun Fold Gift Card Holder from Patterned Paper for Christmas

Easy-fun-fold-gift-card-holder-1Here's an easy fun fold gift card holder for Christmas that you can make with patterned paper.  Let the color scheme of the paper guide your designing process. 

On this one, Peaceful Place 12" X 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper [156394] with a snowflake pattern set the tone.  The Wonderful Snowflakes [156340] element stands out from the background and provides a offset backdrop for the focal point which is a stamped sentiment from the Encircled In Warmth Cling Stamp Set [156449]. The following is the video tutorial with the simple how-to.

Easy Fun Fold Gift Card Holder for Christmas

Lisa's Inklings:

Easy-fun-fold-gift-card-holder-2I plan to make "several" of these for this holiday season.  With this easy assembly and by using some of our beautiful designer paper, these will go together quickly!

Here are some other ideas for this design:

  • Use as a Christmas card!  Write a greeting on the insert and insert a family photo in the pocket.
  • Change your patterned paper and sentiment and use as a birthday card.
  • Use as a little pocket folder in your planner to hold receipts or reminders.

Ready to try it?  Find out how simple and fun it is to create this easy fun fold gift card holder from patterned paper for Christmas or any occasion!

Eden's Garden Gift of Handmade Cards

Edens-garden-handmade-cards-giftToday's card is this Edens' Garden Gift of Handmade Cards from last week's YouTube Premiere.  The Eden's Garden Collection is available now, November 2, 2021. Y0u can read all about it along with my thank you gift here.

The design and layout for this set of cards is easy to re-create and works well for just about any combination of stamps and dies. 

Here's the video that shows the easy assembly.

Lisa's Inklings:


The beautiful Eden's Garden Bundle, an early release from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog, will debut in January 2022 and you are able to get it early beginning today!

Here are some important details about this release:
  • The Eden's Garden Bundle (157832) consists of a stamp set and a set of dies which can be purchased separately or as a bundle with 10% savings.
  • The Ever Eden 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper, Ever Eden 12" x 12"  Cotton Paper, and the Garden Gems are only available while supplies last and will not be included in the new mini catalog. 
  • Purchase all of these coordinating products by ordering the Eden's Garden Collection (160849)which includes the stamp set, dies, both specialty papers, and gems.

  • See the entire selection of Eden's Garden HERE.
Lisa's Special for November 2-10, 2021:
Option 1Purchase the Eden's Garden Bundle (157832) or minimum of $52 in product of your choice before shipping and tax*  and receive our FREE Eden's Garden Tutorial Medley Bundle with 12 projects featuring this bundle. Host Code: 9ZWCKQKK
Option 2Purchase the Eden's Garden Collection (160849) or minimum of $82 in product of your choice before shipping and tax*and receive the FREE Eden's Garden Tutorial Medley Bundle AND THREE Project Kits...two from the tutorial bundle and one gift packaging project for the holiday season!
***Please place your order as soon as possible on the 2nd or soon after before supplies run out.
These offers are only good through Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
You will need inks, adhesive, and basic tools to complete your projects.

* Please use Host Code 9ZWCKQKK if your order is less than $150 before shipping and tax.
  • November 2-10, 2021: Place your qualifying order. The link to the FREE Tutorial Medley Project Bundle will be emailed to you within 48 hours.
  • After November 10th, I will order supplies needed to prepare your kits and put these in the mail to you by November 19, 2021.
  • On the 19th, you will be sent a link via email to a class page with the video to help you assemble the projects.

Eden's Garden Special

Shop now to get your Eden's Garden Collection (English) [160849] with exclusive early release coordinating products while these are available!

2021 Stampin' Up! Halloween Projects- Easy Bag for Treats or Gifts


Well, friends, 2021 Halloween is just around the corner so here's an easy treat or gift bag that you can make in a jiffy! 

This one is created with the Frightfully Cute Bundle (currently on backorder) but you can use any of the supplies that you have on hand to create this for Halloween treats or a little gift.  In fact, you can see a re-make of this bag, the Christmas version, right here.

Notice that I did not use a Halloween designer paper for this bag.  This pattern is in Bumblebee from the Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper collection from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

2021-stampin-up-halloween-project-gift-pouchHere are the simple directions for assembling this easy gift bag for 2021 Halloween or any occasion!

  • The card stock for the bag is cut 8-½ x 11. Score on the long side at 4-½, 5-¼, 9-¾, 11. 
  • Turn and score at 1-½ for what will be the bag bottom.
  • Embellish the bag with die-cuts, stamped images, ribbon, and gems to coordinate with your card stock, designer paper, and for the occasion.

Now you are ready to create this bag for any celebration!  It's easy and fun and you can decorate it however you'd like!

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2021 Blessing Box with Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves


This Blessing Box is a special project and the 2021 version is created with the beautiful Gorgeous Leaves Bundle by Stampin' Up!

The idea behind the Blessing Box came to me when so many would often tell me how much it meant to receive a card from me.  And, when my brother told me that he's kept every card that I've ever made for him.  It made me think about those who never receive a little "paper hug" in the mail.  How could that be changed even if only for just a few?

And, thus, the Blessing Box was created.  A little box that holds 3 x 3 cards with a kind phrase, a verse from God's Word, or an uplifting message...just a random act of kindness.  There is no signature, no credit; just sharing in hopes that it will be a blessing in someone's day.

The video goes into a little more detail about how these are shared so I hope you'll watch and make plans to create your Blessing Box.

2021 Blessing Box with Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves

Lisa's Inklings:

FREE PDF from Lisa...

Ink and Inspirations Project Sheet- 2021 Blessing Box PDF

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Let me know when you create your 2021 Blessing Box with Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Leaves or whatever stamp set you choose!

Make Your Handmade Card Into A Gift for Christmas


Here's a tip for making your handmade Christmas card into a gift!

Not too long ago, these ornaments were shared as one of my YouTube Premieres as well as here on the blog.

I knew that these ornaments would make a great focal point for a Christmas card but wanted to come up with a plan so that these could still be used as an ornament thereby making the card into a gift!

Watch the video below for the plan then we will chat more about it afterward.

When A Card Is Also A Gift

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You only need a small dab of glue for this to work.  Start small then add more if needed.
  • As mentioned in the video, you can create almost any shape/label into an ornament.
  • Before placing the ornament on the card, sign the back and date it.
  • Be sure to include instructions inside the card for removing the ornament.

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-card-and-ornament-2Here's another card idea with a similar ornament.  There are really quite a few possibilities...just take a look through your supplies!

Before you go, just a few thoughts:

  • If you've ever thought about joining our community of stampers, now is a great time!  We have a lot of fun in our Facebook group encouraging each other and sharing our love of the craft! And, we have become friends through our ZOOM meetings even though we are scattered across the U.S.  While anytime is a great time to join us, if you join before the end of the day on Thursday, September 30th, you get to add an additional bundle to your Starter Kit!  Want to know more or talk about it?  Give me a call! 409-719-2853.
  • Every Thursday evening, there is a new Premiere video on my YouTube channel.  You can go there on Thursdays, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, and 4 PM PT and participate in the LIVE chat with us. 

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Thanks for tuning in today and I hope you will make some of your handmade cards into Christmas gifts this holiday season!


Four More Hours Until the 12 Weeks of Christmas Series Begins!

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Just 4 more hours until the 12 Weeks of Christmas series begins for those who are on my mailing list!

If you are on my list to receive my weekly emails will get Christmas card ideas, gift ideas, or ideas for packaging, bags, or tags in their Inbox on Wednesday for the next 12 Weeks!  (If you already receive my weekly emails, you WILL be receiving this Christmas series.)

The only way you will receive all 12 ideas is by signing up by 1:00 PM Central Time, today, September 29, 2021.

Sign up here now to receive my weekly emails and the 12 Days of Christmas Series!

Make A Small Gift Box for a Candle

Diy-small-fall-gift box-stampin-upLet's start the week with a fun project...a gift box for a candle from the Target Dollar Spot! (I think it's still called by that name!)

Anyway, if you are a Target Shopper, then you are familiar with this area of the store which is usually near the entrance.  Our daughter, Kristen, and I went shopping the other day and I had to check out all the fall goodies in this area.  These candles came in several colors with several sentiments and scents...cost: $3.  As a former classroom teacher, I know that I would have loved a little gift like this so I purchased two for Mia's preschool teachers.

Of course, there needed to be a sweet box to hold this candle and the Pretty Pumpkins Bundle [156478]  would make the perfect accents.

Diy-small-fall-gift box-stampin-up-pretty-pumpkin-top

Below, you can see the how-to video which is a recording of my Craft & Chat with Lisa LIVE broadcast on my Facebook page.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used to make this candle gift box.  Just click on the links below to read more about the products.  I will be happy to help you if you have questions or need help with an order!

Product List

Who do you know that would love this gift?  I am thinking that I should have purchased more than two!

Diy-small-fall-gift box-stampin-up-pretty-pumpkins-candleNow it's your turn to visit Target then my Online Store so that you can make this cute small gift box for your candles!