Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Embossed Napkins


I am a couple of days late with our last idea in my Stampin' Up! 2021 Countdown to Christmas series...Embossed Napkins. 

This is an idea that's been shared before here on Ink and Inspirations but it's definitely worth sharing again since it's so easy and fun not to mention how impressive it will look for your holiday gatherings.

Here's the video!

Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021- Embossed Napkins

See how easy that is!  And, your party napkins will be unique and different! This is also a good idea for wedding shower napkins.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram if you want to take a peek into our holiday happenings and thanks so much for following my Stampin' Up! Countdown to Christmas 2021 ideas and videos.

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 4

4-2021-thanksgiving-table-favor-and-napkin-foldWe are on the road today but I had to share our last in the series of 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds.  This envelope fold is my favorite and I love how this combo complimented my china pattern, Castle Garden by Lennox.  I chose it over 46 years ago and I still love it!  Such a classic, don't you think?

Here's a look at today's video...

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 4

I hope you've enjoyed our series and have been inspired to add to your table display for Thanksgiving.  Let's vote again on your favorite. Comment below with either 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Thanks for tuning in for our series on 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds.

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 3

IMG_7457Here's a quick look at our 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 3.  Jackie is doing such a good job helping me with this idea.  I hope you have been enjoying these.  You can still see Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Here's the video that premiered tonight on YouTube...

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 3

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the designer paper to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.
  • Score on the long side at 2,4,6 and 8.
  • Turn and score what will be the box bottom at 2".
  • Assemble as shown in the video.

Visit again tomorrow to see the final video in the series.  This final one is my favorite and I think you will really like it!


Comment below and let me know your favorite so far and we will be back tomorrow with 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 4!


2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 2


Good Wednesday evening and welcome to the second in a series of Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds.

Jackie and I join forces again to share some ideas for your Thanksgiving tablescapes.  Thank you to all who enjoyed and commented on our first episode.

Let's take a look at today's idea!2

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 2

Lisa's Inklings:

2-2021-Stampin-up-thanksgiving-table-favors-and-napkin-foldsYou could dress up this pouch a bit more by scoring at 1/2" away from what would be the top and folding it down to reveal the reverse side of the designer paper.

Here are the supplies used for this 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favor:

Don't you know that your family and friends would love a little treat pouch like this waiting for them on their place setting? It doesn't have to be a hot drink packet. 
Other ideas?

  • Mints or other candies
  • Scripture verse and votive candle
  • Two or three crayons and some small stamped images for the littles to color.
  • Small gratitude journal

There are lots of possibilities and I hope you will try these!  Tomorrow's 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 3 will premiere on my YouTube channel so I'll see you then!

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 1

Stampin-Up-Thanksgiving-2021-table-favor-napkin-fold-1Welcome to our first in a series of 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds.  Notice the pronoun "our"?  That's because Jackie contributes some pretty awesome napkin folds in these videos.

It's amazing that these little paper-crafted table favors can make such a striking impact on your tablescape.  Here's a look at our video and be sure to visit each day through Friday to see all of these!

2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds Episode 1

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-Up-Thanksgiving-2021-table-favor-napkin-foldHere is the supply listing for today's project:


  • Use your white craft ink to refill or touch up your ink pad every time you use it. 
  • Let the ink dry before cutting or working with the piece.
  • Fussy-cutting a sentiment is a fun and creative way to add words or phrases to your project.
  • Glue Dots are an easy and safe adhesive to use on projects like this when kids are involved.
  • This Pretty Pumpkins Bundle [156478] is perfect for gift packaging this month.

Thank you for tuning in today for the first in a series of 2021 Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Table Favors and Napkin Folds and we will be back tomorrow for the second in a series!

Facebook Live- Craft and Chat with Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations

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It's time for Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook, Wednesday (today) at 2:00 PM Central Time, (3:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM MT, Noon PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

Join us for a little crafting and chatting this afternoon! I will be making a small banner for a wreath or for a tablescape.

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 2 PM Central.  When you check-in at that time and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

Hope to see you later today on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook!

Mardi Gras Cancelled?

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For all intents and purposes, Mardi Gras celebrations here in the South have been cancelled but tomorrow still is Mardi Gras aka Fat Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent on the Christian calendar.


In the past, there have been some projects that I've created for decor and our celebrations.  The banner above hung on our front door for Mardi Gras season for years.  The wind and weather finally got the best of it!

Below is a Mardi Gras card from the past...


Here is a treat that is sometimes a "Throw" along with beads and toys at a Mardi Gras parade...Moon Pie!

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And, while it may be freezing/icy outside, our carnival spirit is kicking it here in Southeast Texas!



mardi-gras-king-cakeI hope you are staying warm and doing well.  If we don't lose power, I hope to be back tomorrow with another project for you!  Until then, take care and shine on!---Lisa

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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Stampin' Up! Christmas Countdown Kit with a Guest Presenter!

Kit-together-jackie-lisa-youtube-thumbnailToday was a "kit together" on Facebook with the 2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas Countdown presented by my hubs, Jackie, with me as his assistant!


It was a fun time and he did a fantastic job!  Here's the video for you to see!

See how easy that is!  What a great activity to do with your children or grandchildren, right? 

Here are some ideas for fillers:

  • Little ornaments
  • Candy
  • Scripture verses
  • Fun activity ideas to do each day
  • A Christmas carol to sing each day
  • Prayer intentions

I am sure you can think of other ideas, too!

Here is the finished project of what Jackie decided to put on the reverse side.


It's time to get your kit!  It's right HERE in the online store.

Your countdown to Christmas will be extra special and it will be the work of your or your loved ones hands.


My Stampin' Up! Halloween Decor Through the Years


Each year, I enjoy making some fun Halloween decor for my crafting studio and home. 

For 2020, the banner above was made with the Have A Hoot Bundle (English) [155208].

Stampin-up-decor-witch-hatThe Halloween decor hat above was a fun kit!  This one sits on a little table to greet visitors to my studio.

Stampin-up-spooky-bingo-bits-vertical-bannerThe vertical banner above was made with the Spooky Bingo Bits set from years ago.  Do you remember that Stampin' Up! set from 2012?

Stampin-up-halloween-spider-wreathThis fun wreath made from a kit is missing a few elements but I still enjoy displaying it with the sparkly web and beaded spider.

Framed-kit-stampin-up-halloween-decorHere's a another completed kit that was a favorite.  The sectioned frame is awesome and it sits on a vintage sewing machine along with other fun, spooky elements just inside the front door of the cabin.

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The black covering is just a piece of fabric that's folded and draped over top of the sewing machine to add to the Halloween ambiance.

Stampin-up-halloween-decor-digital-printThe framed piece above was created in our former digital program, My Digital Studio, circa 2013. I still love it and that frame is just perfect.


Here's another framed piece that was a panel in some Halloween themed designer paper one year in the past. A black frame from Wal-Mart was just the right fit.  The designer paper medallion was strategically hot glued to cover a phrase that was too ghoulish for my taste!

Stampin-up-halloween-decor-circle-bannerHere's another circle banner made with some stamped images, medallions, and fussy cut images from designer series paper.

Stampin-up-halloween-decor-spooky-bannerThe SPOOKY banner above is one of my favorites!  Love the color combo and those big die cut letters!

Do you create any home decor pieces with your paper crafting supplies?  I hope you enjoyed this look at some of my creations of Stampin' Up! Halloween Decor through the years!



2020 Stampin' Up! Halloween Projects Week 7

2020 Stampin' Up! Halloween Projects Week 7

This week's Halloween project is a decor piece that I like to share each year; a Halloween banner.   These are fun to make and and can range from eerie to fun.   This one is cute and fun using the Have A Hoot Bundle (English) [155208].

These banners have differed in length each year from three to seven "flag" pieces. Here's one made with circles and here's one that's more clean and simple.

Let's take a look at the banner for 2020 in today's video tutorial.

Lisa's Inklings:
Banner pieces are cut 3-3/4 x 5.
Mark the bottom  center of each piece at 1-7/8.
Make up on each side from the bottom at 1".
Cut from bottom center up to each 1" marking on the each side to form the banner shape.
Die cut five circles from Black Glitter Paper [153518].
Cut reinforcing strips at 1" x 3-3/4".

Center Banner Piece


Banner Piece on each side of center


End Pieces

Ready to make this banner? Here is the supply listing!

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Take care! - Lisa



Stampin' Up! DIY Home Decor Wreath


Stampin' Up! DIY Home Decor Wreath from Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations

Today's DIY project is one that's been in my thoughts since the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog was in my hands.  It's always so much fun to think of how many different ways we can use our beautiful Stampin' Up! supplies.

With the hope of making this wreath light weight and to use in my studio or on the door, these metal gold hoops from Amazon were just right!
You will also need a hot glue gun.

Let's take a look at the simple how-to video tutorial.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Any combination of color and these dies would be beautiful.
  • I recommend just using a little dab of hot glue for each piece.
  • If you plan to suspend this ring in the center of a space rather than against the wall, just add some die cut leafy stems and a sunflower to the back!



Want to make this DIY home decor wreath?

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Take care! - Lisa

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Beautiful World Fourth of July Home Decór and Project Giveaway


We will be "celebrating" the Fourth of July this weekend so here is a fun home decor paper crafting project for you to make!

Although Mr. Brown and I are not having visitors to the cabin this year, it's still important to us to have some decór out for the different seasons and celebrations.  We truly believe that we can find joy in each day and this is one little way to do that! And, these red, white, and blue decor items are good to go from Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September!

This framed piece was the project for my Facebook Live this past Saturday.  Saturday morning lives have not been playing nicely (broadcast interruptions and freezing screens) so it's better for me to be prepared ahead of time with a pre-recorded video so that's what you will see here today.


Lisa's Inklings:

Below is the listing of Stampin' Up! products used on this project.  Thank you for supporting my small business.  When you shop with me, it allows me to continue to provide free videos for you!  I look forward to serving as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Stampin' Up! Product List

Here are other Fourth of July through Labor Day home decór ideas:

  1. You will love the dimensional stars on this banner.
  2. This simple banner is on my studio door.
  3. Easy party favors!

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Do you decorate for the Fourth?  Leave a comment below and I will conduct a random drawing on Tuesday, June 30th at noon Central Time for someone to receive the kit to make today's project!

A Beacon of Hope- Home Decór Sampler


Here's the completed project from Saturday's Live on Facebook, May 30, 2020.
This High Tide sampler has couple of new products from the Stampin' Up! Catalog that launches June 3rd.
You can see the recording of the Facebook Live video and the link below.
Some specifics about the project so that you can create it!

Square Blocks- Layers are cut 2-1/2" squares with 2-1/4" Layers. If an additional layer is used, it was cut 2-1/8" square.

Rectangle Blocks- Layers are cut 5" x 2-1/2 with additional layers cut at 4-3/4" x 2-1/4".

For base of sampler:
Mount blocks on an 8" square. If you'd like an additional layer behind that, cut a 8-1/4" square.
Mount finished sampler on a 12" x 12" piece of coordinating card stock or designer series paper (DSP).

IMG_3490I hope you are inspired to create your own home decór project with your Stampin' Up! supplies!

Make An Ornate Garden Banner of Hope During This #StayHome Time


Here’s a special project for the Easter season (and, this stay-at-home season) made with products from the Ornate Garden Suite Collection (English) [154153] and some additional supplies from the current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I call this home decór piece, a Banner of Hope.
The Ornate Garden Suite is an early release suite from the Stampin' Up! Annual 2020-2021 that will debut in June of 2020.
This project was first seen on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown for a Saturday morning Facebook Live. You can see the recording of that video here--->
Here are some details and the dimensions for cutting...
  • Banner pieces (Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper [152488]) are cut 4” x 6”. Measure to 2” across the bottom then 2” up on both sides. Connect each side 2” mark with the bottom 2” mark and draw a line connecting each. You will cut on both of these lines to make the bottom point of the banner.
  • Choose two different patterns of designer paper. Cut 3 strips of one pattern at 1” x 4”. Cut 3 strips of the other pattern at 1-1/2” x 4”.
  • You will need 3 pieces of 3-1/4” x 4-1/4” in Whisper White if you are going to cut the border edges. Otherwise, I would cut these at 2-3/4” x 4”.
  • The letters in the word “hope” were die cut with the Hand-Lettered Prose Dies [149550].
  • The cross was cut from Gold Foil Sheets [132622] from the Cross Of Hope Dies [145654].


This banner will hang from an iron pedestal on my front porch. My husband, Jackie, and I will be the only ones to enjoy it. Our hope is in the Risen Lord and his promise to be with us always.
God bless you and yours. Stay safe and stay well. ---Lisa