Early Learning and Wiggle Worms

Stampin-up-early-learning-pre-schoolDid you know that you could use your card making and paper crafting supplies for early learning projects and games?

That's just what was shown on this past Sunday's Facebook LIVE  (aka Sunday Crafternoon!).


The Wiggle Worm Bundle [151142] from Stampin' Up! is perfect for your "littles" whether for cards, treats, notepads, or even early learning and pre-school games and activities.


Grab yourself some iced tea, coffee, or your favorite beverage and sit back to enjoy the show!  Below is the recording of the Facebook Love from August 11, 2019!


Lisa's Inklings:
For the 3" x 3" card...

  • For the 3" x 3" cards, cut your Whisper White cardstock to 3" x 6".  Score at 3" and fold in half.
  • You'll need a small piece of Whisper White for stamping and fussy cutting the sentiment.
  • Cut the Seaside Spray Gingham Check from the 2019–2021 In Color 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [149617] to 2-3/4" x 2-3/4".
  • You'll need pieces of the other colors at approx. 2" x 3" for die-cutting.

For the notepad...

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for these two projects. Just click the links to shop!

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The first photo above and this one below picture the early learning activities from the video.  The Basic Black card stock is cut in 2" x 2" squares and the Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock [100730] is cut in 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" squares. Be sure to watch the video to see what this is all about!

Diy-early-learning-matching-gameI can't wait to share these with my grands! Shop now so you can create and have early learners and wiggle worms, too!  Just click on the links below to be taken to my online store.  I will be honored to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Easy DIY Back to School Gift

Wiggle-worm-back-to-school-giftToday's project is a DIY back-to-school gift project that can be given to students or teachers.   Highlighted on this one is the Wiggle Worm Bundle [151142] that is so adorable and from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Take a look at the cute images and versatile sayings!  Teachers, how special would these be on your students' desks on any morning during the school year! 

This little pouch idea was used for a different kind of treat HERE.  It is so easy and can be used for different gifts!

Want to see the process?  Here's the video tutorial for you!


Here are the projects that were used in today's video:

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Lisa's Inklings (AKA Product Details):


I just love how easy and cute this gift pocket is!  You can just imagine someone for each one of these sentiments, can't you?

  • You make my heart flutter
  • I love beeing with you
  • You amazzze me
  • Welcome
  • Good work
  • I love you wiggle worm
  • little bug
  • Cute as a bug
  • Happy Birthday

See there?  Something for everyone!

Shop now for this set and make some of the cutest projects ever!

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Place an order of $50 or more before shipping and tax (with the Host Code: YHNXCYKQ in my Online Store and:

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Get your supplies now and get ready to "amazzze" others with projects like this fun back to school gift!

12 Weeks of Halloween 2018 Week 7- Little Ghost Bag

12wks18-ghost-treat-bagWeek 7 of this 12 Weeks of Halloween of 2018 is the cute little ghost gift bag!  I had not used this stamp or framelit and so glad that it's featured on this weeks project.

This is the right size for one or two treat sized bags of Halloween candy. The construction is easy and you can jazz it up as much or as little as you'd like.

Here's the video so you can make these, too!

You can find this video on my YouTube channel HERE.  Be sure to subscribe!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Designer Paper to 4" x 8".
  • Score on the 8" side at 1/2", 3", 4 1/4", and 6 3/4". 
  • Turn and score what will be the bag bottom at 1" from the edge as seen in the video.
  • Cut Highland Heather to 1" x 5".
  • You'll need a piece of approximately 3" x 3" for both Whisper White and Black Foil Paper.


Here are the supplies used for this project.  Just click on the links to shop...thank you!

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September Specials and Promotions:

Who's going to try to make this little bag? Think beyond Halloween! It would make a sweet little Christmas gift bag.  Try putting your on style and touches on this little ghost bag that's our Week 7 for the 12 Weeks of 2018 Halloween.

Easy Treat Wrap for Fall Festivals or Craft Fairs

Fall-craft-fair-treat-wrap=1Today's project is an easy treat wrap that would be great for craft fairs or Fall Festivals.  Designed to hold a small bag of candy or candy bar such as a Kit Kat, this can be made elaborate or clean and simple.

The supplies used here are from the current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Let's take a look at the video tutorial below.

You can also see the video HERE on my YouTube Channel.  While you're there, be sure to subscribe!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper to 3" x 12".
  • You'll need a piece of Blackberry Bliss to punch a 2 1/4" circle.
  • You'll need a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White to punch at 2" circle for stamping and a 1/2" x 3" piece for your sentiment.
  • Cut a piece of Cajun Craze to 1/2" x 3" and trim as shown to back your sentiment.

Below, see the Stampin' Up! Supplies for this project.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored and grateful for you to order through my Online Store.  Click HERE or the links below.

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Fall-craft-fair-treat-wrapThanks for stopping by today and I hope you will be able to use this easy treat wrap for a Fall festival, craft fair, or Halloween treat this season!

Last Minute Fourth of July Party Favor and Video Tutorial

With tomorrow being the Fourth of July, our nation's birthday here in the U.S., here's a last minute party favor idea for your fun gatherings!

This paper crafting treat wrap is super easy and fun!  You probably have some supplies on hand that will work perfectly.  Tucked inside of these are cinnamon stick candies but you could use anything long and slender.  For an outdoor celebration, you could have sparklers wrapped this way...If you're in an area that allows fireworks.  Please be careful!

Here's the how-to video tutorial:

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut at 4 1/2" x 2" piece of designer series paper.
  • Score at 1/2" on 2" side.
  • Insert "treat" and wrap around to check the fit.
  • Apply Tear & Tape close to the edge of the paper of the 1/2" score.
  • Tape two ends together allowing enough room to insert "treat".
  • Tie coordinating ribbon around wrap.
  • Stamp on Whisper White.  Punch with circle punch and and additional circle with a larger punch. Adhere together.
  • Pierce a hole through tag with Paper Piercer and attach to ribbon with Linen Thread.

Here is the Stampin' Up! Product List used for today's project:

  Last-mintue-fourth-of-july-favorThanks for tuning in for this Fourth of July Party favor idea and have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Easy Stampin' Up! Birthday Cards

Easy-stampin-up-birthday-card-birthday-memoriesOne of my favorite retiring group of products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is this Birthday Delivery stamp set and coordinating framelits bundle and the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

The base of this card is one of our colors that is leaving during the new COLOR REVAMP.  If you love "Soft Sky", be sure to get your ink refill and card stock now!

Some crafty folks see fussy cutting as tedious work but I love to do it when chatting on the phone or watching TV.  This paper is awesome with these fun and colorful animal images for birthdays especially for the young folk!   You'll see in today's video tutorial my process of putting this card together.  (Excuse my headset cord!  I'll work on controlling that in future videos!)

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

Click here to see this birthday card video tutorial on You Tube.

I'll be sharing some more birthday cards with these products on my Facebook Live tomorrow evening. Be sure to tune in at 7:30 PM, Central Time.

Specials and Promotions:

Stampin' Up! Last Chance Lists and a Video Tutorial!

Last-Chance Products

The Stampin' Up! Last Chance (Retiring) List was announced yesterday and when you take a look at it, it will appear that our of colors are all leaving!  Not to worry!  There will be a redesign of the cases with some great improvements.  Once I have some of the new ink pads in my hands, I will be able to show you!

However, Stampin' Up! does a lot of research to stay on top of trends in color and style.  In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, the company decided it was time to give our color collections a makeover.  This makeover will usher in 16 new colors and we'll say farewell to 13 of our current colors.  Be sure to join me on Facebook for Live with Lisa, this Thursday evening, 7:30 PM, Central and I will show you a little more on the colors and the new cases. 

Remember, many items on these lists are available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! (If it's not a stamp set, it's WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)  You can keep up with what IS still available by visiting my ONLINE STORE HERE.

Some items have already sold out!  Please do not delay if there is something you are wanting!

Click on the links below to see the Stampin' Up! Last Chance List for the big Annual Catalog.

--->Last Chance List Annual Catalog


--->Last Chance List Occasions Catalog

Today, I have a Stampin' Up! video tutorial that was shown on my Facebook page recently featuring one of the retiring sets from the Occasions Catalog, Bird Banter.

Click HERE to see this Stampin' Up! video tutorial on You Tube.

Here's a close up look at all the images and sentiments in the Bird Banter set:

See Bird Banter and all the retiring stamp sets and products on the Last Chance List in the Stampin' Up! Online Store then check back later today for the winners in my Getaway Giveaway!

Let's Talk About Lists



Most of us are drawn to lists, right? 

Top Ten lists, lists of favorites, To Do lists, Wish Lists...the "list" goes on and on!

Well, here's another list that is near and dear to my heart:  the Ink and Inspirations Mailing List.

This list is composed of paper crafters from around the world that allow me to share my love of the craft with them via email. 

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  2. What free gifts? 
    How about an exclusive video tutorial and my favorite card sketch idea that makes assembling a card a breeze!
  3. As a subscriber, you will also receive our weekly email with exclusive paper crafting and cardmaking project ideas and tips.
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The members of my mailing list keep me on track: I know they are counting on me to provide great content and information regarding something they are passionate about.

My mailing list helps me see progress: As my list grows, it is an indicator that I am reaching more and more about a craft that I love and want to share with everyone.

My mailing list holds me accountable: I know that I must keep up with the latest trends and creative ideas because you are counting on me to do so.

Sign up now and don't miss out on anymore exclusive content and ideas that, I hope, will inspire you in your rubber stamping and paper crafting. I am passionate about what I do and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Make a Coffee Gift Card Holder for Valentine's Day or Any Day!


Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day and sharing a project idea that is a good gift giving idea for today or any day that you want to share a coffee gift card with someone.

This little holder is super easy (no stamping on this one, gals and guys!) and but you'll want this pack of designer paper to keep on hand to make these little holders.

I also customized this gift card holder for a Valentine's Day gift.  If you need another Valentine idea that's quick and easy, you can see one here!


Let's take a look at the simple how-to for this coffee gift card holder project...

Click here to see this coffee gift card holder video tutorial on You Tube.

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies used for today's project:

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If you're a coffee lover or just loving the coffee themed supplies, be sure to check out the entire Stampin' Up! Coffee Break Suite!


Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper to 4" x 6". 
  • Score at 1 3/4" and 4 1/2" on the long side. (Long side up)
  • Turn the paper 90 degrees, short side up and what will be the bottom on the right) and score at 3 1/2".
  • Cut and trim as seen in the video.

If you enjoy card making and paper crafting projects like this, please sign up for my email list HERE. You'll get more ideas, notice of specials, and exclusive content!  Click here to sign up now!

Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!  Keep this type of coffee gift card holder idea handy and gift it a try!

Easy Valentine Candy Treat with Sure Do Love You Bundle


It's two days to Valentine's Day so here's an easy candy treat made with the Sure Do Love You Bundle.  If you can find some boxed candy treats, these will go together in a jiffy. 

The project in the original video has the same wrap idea with a belly band.  See the how-to in the video tutorial below.

You can CLICK HERE to see this Valentine candy wrap video tutorial on You Tube.

Here's another option below.  You can embellish these however you like!

Easy-valentine-candy-treat-bLisa's Inklings:

  • Measure the height of your candy box then make sure you cut it long enough to wrap around and overlap.
  • No need to score your paper.  Just crease it with your fingers as you fold it around the box.
  • Use Tear & Tape to secure the wrap.
    Here are supplies used for the projects that you see here today:

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2018 Valentine Treat #2

2018-valentine-treats-2aToday's project is my second Valentine treat holder for 2018.  It's cute and easy and can be adapted for any occasion.

Tucked inside this mini Valentine gift is an individually packed heart candy that measures about 3" x 4" and is about 1/2" - 3/4" thick. 

To me, the star of this project is the new Ready Shreddie (145562) filler. I love this accessory and the fussy, fancy look it gives to this project.  It is SO fun to use and comes in a pack of three colors with plenty for lots of projects.

Let's take a look at the video tutorial for this fun Valentine treat.

CLICK HERE to see this Valentine treat video on You Tube.

2018-valentine-treats-2bLisa's Inklings:

  • For box, cut card stock to 3 3/4" x 7 1/2".  Score on the log side at 3/4", 3 1/2", 4 1/4", and 7".   Turn and score at 1/2" and 1 1/4".
  • Designer paper for box is cut at 2 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" tall.
  • Try putting the treat in the box before stuffing with the Ready Shreddie.  Easier to determine how much you need and you can arrange it to look all fancy. ;)

Here are the supplies used in today's Valentine project.  Click the links to shop...thank you!

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I hope you've enjoyed today's Valentine treat box and you'll shop now to get some of these beautiful products to create your own!

Tuesday Tip- Cardmaking 101: Dressing Up Your Envelopes for Handmade Cards


This evening (before Tuesday is over!), I have a quick tip for dressing up those envelopes for your handmade cards.  By using designer or patterened paper that coordinates with your cards, you can create matching envelopes for each one you make!

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

Today's video for dressing up your envelopes for handmade cards can be seen HERE on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings...other ways to dress up envelopes:

  • Stamp image used on card on front lower corner of the envelope.
  • Use a sponge to add a coordinating color to the edges of your envelope.
  • A coordinating color of washi tape can add a "slice" of color when added about 1/4" up from the bottom edge of envelope.
  • Spritz color by mixing ink refill drops with rubbing alcohol in a Stampin' Spritzer.

Try the tip in today's video and the others listed above to dress up those envelopes for your handmade cards!

Something Exciting for April's Paper Pumpkin

Pp_sara-promo_blog-post-headerExciting news! The April Paper Pumpkin kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sara Douglass. Her style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” which is exactly how she described the kit. Discover creativity through the eyes of our CEO while having an experience that is uniquely YOU! Get ready to embrace your inner artist and skip to the fun with Sara.

 As if a kit designed by Sara is not reason enough to sign up, there’s more! Every kit will include a FREE gift! We’re keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it.

What do you need to do? It’s simple—sign up at HERE by April 10. And if you’re already a subscriber, now would be a great time to grab a few extra kits by increasing your monthly quantity—just sayin’.

Learn more about the kit from Sara herself in the video below.

It's so much fun to receive a surprise kit in the mail every month.  I can't wait to see this kit with the extra surprise from Sara. 

Sign up now for a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month pre-paid subscription and receive Sale-A-Bration rewards on your order!  Just click the links below:

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Projects vary from card kits, project/3D kits, or home decor projects.  Here's the March kit...

So adorable,fun to assemble and give away!  Sign up before April 10, 2017, to get the exciting April Paper Pumpkin designed by Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up! CEO.

Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Make A Card in Five Minutes

Make-a-card-in-five-minutes-aIf you're looking for a card you can make in 5 minutes, you'll love today's Makeover Monday idea!

Our designer paper shines in this project (remember, the $11 packs are Buy 3, Get 1 Free during October!) and simple stamping using the Thoughtful Banners set make this a clean and simple heartfelt card.


Here's the video tutorial from the past with some notes on a few changes for today's card below...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The makeover's base is cut at 4" x 11".
  • Stamped piece of Whisper White cut at 1 1/2" x 2 1/8". 
  • Dapper Denim print is cut at 2 1/4" x 3".  You could use Dapper Denim card stock instead.
  • Moroccan Designer Series Paper cut at 4" x 5 1/2".

Stampin' Up! Supply List for this project below.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd be happy to serve you!

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Appreciate you stopping by to see how to make a card in 5 minutes!  See you tomorrow with a coloring tip!