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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Thanks so much for stopping by today! It's time for you to try this easy bag for treats and gifts for 2021 Halloween, Christmas, or any occasion!

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

Thank you for stopping by today!  If you enjoyed this post, be sure to:

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. 

Also, be sure to Like and Follow my page on Facebook:  Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown

and join our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group!

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!

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Gift Coupon Folder

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-gift-coupon-folder-1Today's project is a 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Gift Coupon Folder that made its first appearance on my YouTube premiere this evening. This idea came to me when thinking of Lyla and Mia, two of our grands, and how much they appreciate experiences and special "Honey and Papa" time. 

Since I did not have the Penguin bundle and it's not available for order, I thought that this designer paper that was earned for FREE as a Sale-A-Bration item would be perfect for this project.


Watch the video then make a list of all your young and young at heart family and friends that would appreciate this little gift!

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Gift Coupon Folder


Lisa's Inklings:

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-gift-coupon-folder-bookIf you'd like to create this project just as you see here, click on the links below to shop.  Remember, you will receive the Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper [158420] FREE with a $50 order before shipping and tax!  You will also receive a FREE pass to my special online World Card Making Day Event on October 2, 2021.


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Here are a few ideas that I've thought of for my coupon folder:

  • Good for one Milk Shake from Dairy Queen with Honey and Papa.
  • Good for one trip to the movies.
  • Special Movie night at home with popcorn.
  • "Dance party" in the living room with Honey.
  • Special craft session with Honey with Stampin' Up! paper and markers.
  • Game night with Honey and Papa.

I am sure there will be more that I will think of but that's a start for me.  Think about what your loved ones like to do.  It's easy and you will make treasured memories. 

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-gift-coupon-folder-openI'd love to hear for whom you will create this Stampin' Up! Christmas gift coupon folder and make your 2021 holiday extra special so share in the comments or e-mail me with your thoughts!

Facebook Live and YouTube Premiere Today!

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Join me on Facebook Live today!

1 PM Eastern

12 PM Central

11 AM Mountain

10 AM Pacific

We will be making a sweet little gift box with a Fall theme and the Stampin' Up! Pretty Pumpkins Bundle.

Then, this evening, join us on YouTube for a fun Christmas gift coupon folder!

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-gift-coupon-folder-1Tune in HERE at 7 PM Eastern, 6 PM Central, 5 PM Mountain, and 4 PM Pacific!

Sign in to your Google account so that you can participate in the LIVE chat!


  • One more week of Sale-A-Bration where you can earn a Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase.

  • With a $35 minimum purchase (before shipping and tax) by Tuesday, September 28th, get a FREE pass to my special World Card Making Day Event on October 2nd with project demonstrations, three project kits mailed to you after the event, door prizes, and lots of stamping fun!  Don't miss it!  Get the details HERE!
  • Become part of our community of stampers!  Our Ink and Inspirations Stars team is a fun and enthusiastic group of stampers.  And, sign up by September 30th and you'll get $125 in product for $99 plus an extra bundle from the current mini catalog!  Contact me for more information, with questions, or if you are ready, you can sign up now!


Questions? Email me at or call me at 409-719-2853!

See you later on Facebook Live and this evening for the YouTube Premiere!


Stampin' Up! Junk Journal!

Natures-harvest-classYou heard it right!  I made a "junk journal" with my Stampin' Up! supplies and I want to share it with you!

If you are not sure about a junk journal, it's a compilation of papers, vintage pages, ephemera, and embellishments to make a book for almost anything!

Here are some ideas:

  • Mini photo album
  • Memory keeping book
  • Gratitude journal
  • Recipes
  • Scripture journal
  • Bible Study notes
  • Book of prayers or prayer intentions
  • Travel journal

A Junk Journal can be anything you want it to be and these are so much fun to make!

You can get a Junk Journal Kit and online class for FREE when you place a Stampin' Up! order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) through me, Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations.  It features the Nature's Harvest Bundle so add that to your list!

Watch the video then read on for the details...

Here are the details:
  • Place an order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) with Lisa Brown by the end of the day on September 10, 2021.

  • Receive the kit to make this fun journal/mini album using the Nature's Harvest Bundle.  You may order the bundle or use another stamp set to complete the journal.  If your order totals $100 or more, you will receive the journal kit plus the In Color Jewels.

  • The kit will contain the cut and scored card stock, designer paper, die cuts, embellishments, punched pieces, and vintage pages for you to create the journal. 

  • You will need a stamp set, inks, adhesives, a stapler, and your basic tools to complete the journal.

  • After the 10th, I will order supplies needed to prepare your kits to mail to you by September 24, 2021.

  • On the 24th, you will be sent a link via email to a class page with the video and details for the journal project.

  • Questions?  Email me or call me.
Thank you for your support!

You can keep this junk journal for yourself or it's great to give as a gift!   I am excited about this Junk Journal class and can't wait for you to create your own!

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card and Gift Box

Blank 2000 x 2000 (2)Premiering tonight on YouTube were two projects to help you get ready for the upcoming gift-giving season with a 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas card and Gift Box.

These include a DIY gift box for a birthday or hostess gift and a Christmas card using the precious Delivering Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set [156368].

Watch the video and then we will look at the details for the projects.

Those pretty towels seen in the video are Pioneer Woman for Wal-Mart.  Do you have a friend or family member that would love this gift?

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card and Gift Box


Lisa's Inklings for the Gift Bag:

  • Cut dsp to 8-1/2 x 12. 
  • Score the long side at 2, 5-3/4, 7-3/4, and 11-1/2. 
  • Turn and score at 2" from each end. Check for the directionality of the pattern on the paper before you decide what is the top and what is the bottom.

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-Card-Delivering-CheerLisa's Inklings for the Christmas card:

It's not too early to start planning your handmade gifts and packaging or creating your Christmas cards! If you want to try these projects with these same items, click on any item in the list below to order and have it shipped directly to your home.  I really appreciate you choosing me as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Stampin' Up! Supply List:


Place an online Stampin' Up! order with me by August 31st, and get one entry to win a Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine for each $25 in product purchase. (Tax and Shipping not included.)
No Purchase Necessary to Enter to Win...
The winner will be announced on September 3, 2021.
Place your order and create the 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card and Gift Box featured today!

Back-to-School Project-Handmade Gift Box for Crayons


It's just about back-to-school time and I wanted to share this gift box for crayons to give our granddaughters, Lyla and Mia. Both of the girls love unicorns and animals so the Hippo Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [152644] gets a lot of attention in my craft room when creating for these little girls!

This was the project created on Facebook LIVE last week.  Here's the edited video for you! 

Lisa's Inklings:


You can surprise and delight your "littles" with this back-to-school handmade gift box! For teachers, you can insert some sticky back notes or mints!

Ready to make one (or, more) of these little boxes?  Here are the supplies that you'll need from my Stampin' Up! online store! Please click on the images below to shop and your supplies will be shipped directly to you.  There is no added cast to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business!

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Back-to-school-gift-box-unicornThese are as much fun to make as these are to give!
I hope you are inspired to create a back-to-school gift box for crayons or other small gifts!

Easy DIY Gift Packaging- Sweet Peach Gift Idea

Easy-diy-gift-packagingToday's project and video tutorial features an easy DIY gift package with a "sweet peach" gift idea.  These cute pens from Amazon are the perfect match for our peachy products!

This little packaging idea is so easy!  Just add a pretty tag and it makes it super special!

The following is the edited recording of my Facebook Live with this project.

Lisa's Inklings:


Didn't I tell you that this was easy DIY gift packaging?  I have made almost a dozen of these!

I hope you have been inspired to try this.  Here's the list so you can get the supplies and the designer paper is still on sale but time is running out!

Product List

You probably have some of these supplies but, please, get this Sweet As A Peach Bundle (English) [155823]  and You're A Peach  Designer Series Paper [155686]. I have used it so much already!  You will love it!

Some reminders:

Thanks for checking in today for this easy DIY gift packaging's your turn to give it a try!

Handmade Thank You Gift Tags


Let's start off Monday with a handmade "Thank You Gift Tag"!  These tags were made to attach to little gifts to those who placed a qualifying order with me or through my Stampin' Up! Online Store in March 2021. 

Featured here are two of my favorites from the Stampin' Up! Last Chance list... the So Sentimental Cling Stamp Set (English) [151691] and Forever Greenery DSP.  This stamp set was designed specifically to "fit" the Stitched So Sweetly Dies [151690] which are not retiring (thank goodness!) and will be carried over into the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Here are the dies with the set (So Sentimental Bundle (English) [153828]) so you can see how well these coordinate...

To create the cut flagged end of the thank you gift tag, the Banner Triple Punch [138292] was used.  This item is retiring soon and is currently offered at a great discount!  You can easily make banner pieces in three widths: 1", 1-1/2", and 2".

If you'd like to see two more projects made with this stamp set, be sure to take a look at this card and this gift bag!

Here's a stack of these gifts with the handmade thank you gift tags!

Gift-tags-thank-youThese tags can easily be removed and used as a tag on a card front.  How about that...two gifts in one!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've been inspired by this handmade thank you gift tag and will create some to use on gifts or cards!