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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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!

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/LisaBrownInk

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!

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!

DIY Christmas Ornament Video Tutorial

Stars-at-night-ornamentWelcome back to another creative project with the Stampin' Up! Stars At Night Bundle.

Today, we're diving into the festive spirit with a delightful DIY Christmas ornament that can also double as a charming gift topper or tag. It's the perfect way to add a personal touch to your holiday presents. So, let's take a look at the video tutorial so that you can make your own.


And there you have it, a brilliant DIY Christmas ornament that not only adorns your tree but can also add a touch of handmade love to your holiday gifts. We hope you enjoyed this 2023 Christmas project and that you're inspired to craft your own festive decor. Remember, it's the thoughtful details that make the holiday season truly special.

Stay tuned for more crafty ideas and joyful inspiration from Stampin' Up! and Ink and Inspirations.

Make A Simple Gratitude Journal


This simple gratitude journal was featured in a recent LIVE video tutorial on our Ink and Inspirations Facebook Page and YouTube channel.   This simple project and the idea of keeping a gratitude journal is one that would benefit everyone!

  1. Regularly recording things you're thankful for can shift your focus toward positive aspects of your life.
  2. Gratitude journaling can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It helps you manage stress.
  3. Expressing gratitude for the people in your life can improve your relationships. It shows appreciation and can build stronger connections.
  4. Acknowledging your own accomplishments and the positive aspects of your life can boost your self-esteem.
  5. Keeping a gratitude journal encourages you to be present in the moment and pay attention to the good things around you.

Let's look at the how-to then read on for the details so you can make your own.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper at 4" x 8".
  • Score at 4" on the 8" side and 1" from the bottom.
  • Trim inner corners of pocket as shown in the video.
  • Adhere outer edges of pocket.
  • Cut 2 pieces of of Basic White at 4" x 2 3/4".  Add a 1/2" strip of coordinating designer paper as shown in video.
  • You can add ribbon as a closure or leave without.  I decided to take the ribbon off of my gratitude journal.


This is an easy project that you can create with supplies that you have in your stash.  Please do so and post a picture in our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group.  Please use the hastag, #creatinggratitude.

There are many benefits of maintaining a gratitude journal. It's a simple practice that can enrich your life, strengthen relationships, and help you realize that you have much for which to be thankful.

YouTube Premiere: DIY Gratitude Journal


Join us for this special project, a DIY Gratitude Journal, as we strive to begin a movement of #creatinggratitude!
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This video is pre-recorded but will go LIVE at the following times
When: Thursday, October 5th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

This is a simple project that you can create with supplies that you have at home!  Make one for yourself and for a friend!

Tune in for this special project video for a DIY Gratitude Journal this evening!

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2023 Halloween Treats - Tall Slim Box for Candy

Halloween-treats-2023-tall-slim-candy-boxAre you ready to kickstart your Halloween treat preparations?

If you're as excited about this spooky holiday as we are, you're in for a treat! Today, we're diving into a creative project featuring the Stampin' Up! Tricks & Treats Bundle (English) [162226] and the Them Bones Designer Series Paper. We're going to craft a tall and slim treat box that's perfect for Halloween candies and surprises.

This DIY Halloween treat box is not only fun to make but also a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your Halloween celebrations. So, gather your crafting supplies and let's get started on this tricks or treats project!

Lisa's Inklings:

Halloween-treats-2023-tall-slim-boxI don't know about you but I LOVE Reese cups but I should not eat! So, these are going to daughters and their husbands!

Here are the supplies used for today's project:

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Your DIY Halloween treat box is ready to make someone's day extra special! Share these delightful creations with friends, family, or even neighbors. It's a fantastic way to spread Halloween cheer and celebrate!

So, are you ready to get crafting? Gather your supplies, watch the video, and let your creativity flow. With the Stampin' Up! Tricks and Treats Bundle and the Them Bones Designer Series Paper, you can make Halloween extra special and memorable for everyone involved with this tall and slim treat box for candy. Happy crafting!

Easy Open Top Gift Box with the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite

Sleigh-boxWelcome to our latest crafting adventure! Today, we're once again diving into the world of holiday crafting with the awesome One Horse Open Sleigh Suite with an open-top DIY gift box.

Get ready to embrace the festive spirit as this video tutorial guides you through creating this sweet and simple open-top gift box that perfectly complements this suite's theme. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this project is bound to add a touch of yuletide magic to your crafting collection of ideas.

Take a look at this video tutorial and you'll have the "recipe" to create this gift box!


Here is the list of supplies used for this gift box in the video:

Lisa's Inklings:
Box: Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [122924] 8 1/2" x 10 3/8".
Score on the short side at 1 3/8" from each side.  Turn and score at 4 1/2" and 5 7/8" on the long side.
One Horse Open Sleigh 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [162118]: Cut "strategically" to make the most of the scene.  The final cut needs to equal 5 3/4" x 4 5/8".

Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276]: Strip to cut your sleigh. (Approx. 3" x 5 1/2")

It's not too early to start your crafting plans for the holidays so you'll want to save this information to create this DIY gift box to surprise and delight your family and friends this Christmas season!


Another Accordion Fold Gift Card Holder


Looking for a creative way to present your gifts? Look no further! We have a fantastic accordion fun fold project that is perfect for holding cash, gift cards, or DIY coupons. It's a super easy and fun fold that will add excitement to your special surprises.

To create this fun fold, all you need is a 5" x 10" piece of cardstock and a few simple scoring lines. Once you have the base, the possibilities for embellishing and dressing it up to match any occasion are endless. Customize your creation with your favorite colors, patterns, and decorative elements to make it truly unique.

In today's featured project, we're highlighting the beautiful Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper. And the best part? It's on sale from June 1-30! Take advantage of this limited-time offer to stock up on this gorgeous paper and add a touch of elegance to your accordion fun fold.



Imagine the delight on your recipient's face as they unfold the accordion and discover their surprise inside. Whether it's a heartfelt note, a thoughtful message, or a special gift, this fun fold will make the moment even more memorable.

Not only is this project easy to create, but it also serves as a go-to idea for any occasion. Keep a few pre-made accordion fun folds on hand, and you'll always have a creative solution when you need a last-minute gift presentation. It's a versatile and practical project that will surely impress your friends and loved ones.


You can see other samples and the how-to video along with measurements and cuts in this blog post.

So, why wait? Grab your favorite Designer Series Paper, including the beautiful Countryside Inn collection, while it's on sale this June. Let your imagination run wild, and start creating stunning accordion fun folds that will make your gifts truly extraordinary.

Gift Giving Idea for Mother's Day

Mothers-day-birthday-giftIf you are a card maker and looking for an idea for a Mother's Day gift or a gift for a friend, here's the answer!

This week's premiere video project is this pretty folder for holding handmade cards.  This project features one of our new bundles and collections of designer series papers, Timeless Arrangements Bundle (English) [161526] and Countryside Inn 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161467]

Here is the recording of the video that aired this week...

Lisa's Inklings:

For the folder, cut card stock to 6 1/4 x 10 3/4. Score at 4 3/4 and 6.
For the inner box to hold the cards, cut card stock 5 x 8 3/8.
Score at 2" on all 4 sides.  Cut and assemble as shown in the video.
For cover layers, cut 2 pieces of card stock 6 x 4  1/2.
Die cut the heart from a scrap piece of card stock.
Designer paper: 1 x 12 for the box border and 2 pieces of 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 for the front and back layers.

Here are the supplies used for this project:


May Card Kit

Each month when you place a minimum of $50 in my Online Store using Host Code ZDDBKTDG, you’ll receive a card kit from me as my Thank You Gift! You will get three card kits for you to make plus I will send you an additional extra finished card.
You can finish the cards with a simple sentiment or image.


This month, the cards feature two of the new bundles from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog... Circle Sayings and Timeless Arrangements.

Thanks for stopping by today! Now it's your turn to make one of these gift folders for your handmade cards and present one for Mother's Day or a special birthday gift.

Accordion Fun Fold Gift Giving Idea


The month of May is just around the corner and with several gift-giving occasions approaching, here's an accordion fun fold to hold gifts such as cash, gift cards, or DIY coupons.

This is a super easy fun fold that can be created with a 5" x 10 " piece of card stock with a few scoring lines.  You can embellish and dress it up however you choose!  Customize your creation for any occasion and have a go-to idea at hand when needed!

Here is the recording of the LIVE video with details following so you can create these yourself!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base is cut 5" x 10".  Score at 1 1/4" on the short side and 2 1/2", 5", and 7 1/2" on the long side.
  • Basic White or light neutral for tags: (2) 2"x 3".
  • Designer Paper: To line pockets- (2) 2 1/4" x 3.  For pocket fold: (4) 2 1/4" x 1".
  • In addition, cut whatever pieces are needed to decorate your tags and front.

Here's an idea for a special guy's birthday...

Accordion-fold-gift-masculine-birthdayHere's another for Mother's Day or a Birthday...


Accordion-fold-gift-birthday-mothers-day-2Wouldn't the one above be precious for holding DIY Coupons for little ones to give Mom on Mother's Day?

Here are some ideas for those DIY coupons...

  1. "Breakfast in Bed": Coupon for making mom breakfast in bed on Mother's Day morning.

  2. "Clean the House": Coupon for helping mom clean the house. The child can offer to help with tasks like vacuuming, dusting, or doing the dishes.

  3. "Special Movie Night": Coupon for a special movie night with mom, where the child gets to pick the movie and snacks.

  4. "Mom and Me Craft Day": Coupon for a special crafting day with mom, where the child gets to pick the craft project.

  5. "Outdoor Adventure": Coupon for a fun outdoor adventure with mom, like going on a hike, having a picnic, or going to the beach.

  6. "Reading Time Together": Coupon for a special reading time with mom, where the child gets to pick their favorite book and read it together.

  7. "Homemade Treat": Coupon for making a homemade treat for mom, like cookies or a cake, with the child helping in the kitchen.

  8. "Game Night": Coupon for a fun game night with mom, where the child gets to pick the games they play.

  9. "Spa Day": Coupon for a spa day with mom, where the child can give mom a neck massage or paint her nails.

  10. "Write a Poem": Coupon for writing a special poem for mom, expressing all the things they love and appreciate about her.

These are just a few ideas from which to choose!  You can help your grandchildren make one for their mom or let dad help your children make this for you. (If you need a box for a gift, here's an easy one using two pieces of 12 x 12 paper!)

This presentation for a gift of cash, gift cards, or DIY coupons is special and easy to create. I'd love to see your completed projects so email a photo to lis[email protected] or post on our private Facebook group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers. 

Thanks for joining us today for the Accordion Fold Gift Giving Idea.  Look for information on my next LIVE broadcast in the next post! The new catalog is going LIVE next week and I'll be showing my May Card Kit!