Socks for Christmas? Unique Christmas Gift Packaging and Fun Technique Video

Unique-diy-christmas-gift-packagingGetting socks for Christmas is not always fun but with this unique gift packaging with a fun technique, the gift will be extra special.

Of course, after watching the video you may think of many other ideas and gifts that would be just as fun in the packaging idea. 

Let's take a look at the video which first aired last Wednesday on my Craft & Chat on Facebook.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper [153491] is cut with two pieces at  5-1/2 x 2-1/8 and two pieces at 2-5/8 x 2-1/8.
  • Cut coordinating strips of this designer paper with two pieces at 1/2 x 5-1/2 and two pieces at 1/2 x 2-5/8.
  • Be sure to watch the video for the technique with the 6" X 8"  Cellophane Bags [102210].
  • Ribbon to tie cello packaging is cut at about 8" for each of the four pieces.
  • I think it's best to wrap the ribbon around the carrier and partially tying the bow before cutting.  Better to have too much than too little and everyone ties bows differently.


Do you know someone who will enjoy receiving a gift in this packaging? Here's what you'll need.

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I hope you enjoyed this gift packaging idea!  Check back tomorrow for another idea!

P.S. The Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper [153491] is one of part of our month long designer series paper sale.  Fifteen Designer Series Papers at 15% OFF.  The sale ends this Saturday, October 31st.  See all the papers that are on sale HERE.

2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card and Box - For Unto Us


Here are two 2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas projects from last week's Craft and Chat on Facebook...a card and gift box with the beautiful For Unto Us Cling Stamp Set [153335].

This stamp set is one that might be overlooked since there are no images.  These beautiful fonts and sentiments are wonderful for Christmas cards and gift packages.  As you can see above and below, the sentiments really stand out when paired with awesome paper, don't you think?

LisaBrown-For-Unto-Us-BoxLet's take a look at the edited recording of the LIVE.  If you're not following me on Facebook, click on over and do it right now!  Craft and Chat is on Wednesday mornings at 10 am Central.  For the next two weeks, you will see a pre-recorded video with some awesome project that you don't want to miss!

Whisper White Cardstock [100730]: Base 4-1/4 x 11, 4 x 4 for die cutting, 4 x 5-1/4 for inside of card
Gift Box:
Red Velvet Paper [153490]- 6 x 8-1/2 scored at 2,4,6,8. Turn and score at 2" for box bottom. You will need a scrap of the velvet paper to die cut.
Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper [153486]- Fussy cut poinsettia and strips for filler.
Whisper White Cardstock [100730]- Scrap for stamping and fussy cutting sentiment
Wonder Of The Season Ribbon Combo Pack [153537]- Nail Salon Ad in red foil to cut and adhere.
If you're looking for supplies to create these projects, here's the list!  Thank you for your support!

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Create some beautiful projects for the 2020 Christmas season with the For Unto Us stamp set!

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12 Weeks of Christmas Coming Soon!

12-christmas.facebook-photoIn one week, the 12 Weeks of Christmas will begin!

Members of my mailing list will be receiving 12 FREE holiday projects.  If you are not yet on my list, you must sign up by 1:00 pm Central Time on next Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to begin receiving these project ideas!

The 12 Weeks of Christmas include:

  • Card Projects
  • Gift Idea Projects
  • Bags, Tags, and Wraps Project Ideas

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2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card - Fun Fold with Gnome for Christmas

Stampin- up-fun-fold-christmas-card-gnomeToday's project features a fun fold idea with Gnome for the Holidays for this 2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card.

The video tutorial is a recording from yesterday's Facebook Live, Craft and Chat on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown.  As usual, it IS a little chatty but we have fun and made a really cute Christmas card.

Gnome for the Holidays is a precious stamp set.  You can see how the conversion of one to a Halloween gnome HERE.

Here's the recording of the LIVE broadcast.  Have a look then read on for some details that will be helpful to you! 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Base is cut 10-1/2 x 5-1/2. Score at 3-1/2 and 7. Score folds as seen on video (1-7/8").
  • Strip for belly band is cut 1 x 11.
  • DSP - 2 pieces cut at 5-1/8 x 3-1/4. Cut corners diagonally at 1-7/8" on inner side of each piece as seen in video. Cut off 1/2" of each flat end of diagonal piece.
  • Whisper White is cut at 5-1/8 x 3-1/4. Cut diagonally at top and bottom as seen in video; again measuring to 1-7/8".

IMG_4251This fun and fancy fold is called a miura fold...origami.  The back and forth folding helps with the overall completed look but it confuses me at times as you saw in the video! ;)

Also in the video, the sentiment had to be "re-worked" but this is the version I prefer.  Next go around, it might be good for me to try stamping the sentiment first.

IMG_4252The colors in this designer series paper are beautiful.  Don't you love the Highland Heather mixed with those Stampin' Up! blues?

You know you'd love to try this fun fold!  Here is a listing of supplies so you can re-create this one.

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Get & Go Starter Kit Promotion

Now is a great time to join Stampin' Up! and become an Ink and Inspirations Stars Member!

The Starter Kit is $99 with Free Shipping for $125 in product of your choosing. 

Through Sept. 30th, with the Get & Go Promotion you will also receive:

  • enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards
  • a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • So Much Love stamp set
  • Queen Anne's Lace stamp set

*8 packs of precut cardstock in the Coastal Cabana pack, and 8 packs of precut cardstock in the Granny Apple Green pack, for a total of 16 cards (packs include envelopes) will be provided.
*Important: Ink, adhesive, cutting tool, and clear block for stamping must be purchased separately. However, these products may be included as part of your Starter Kit product selection.


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2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card - Coming Home for Christmas


Today's project and video tutorial is a 2020 Stampin' Up! Christmas card with a them of Coming Home for Christmas.

This handmade card was created with the Coming Home Bundle [155144] and coordinating products from the current Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog, August -December 2020.

This is a great stamp set and collection of dies.  Don't miss the Thanksgiving Card that was created with it HERE.


With each purchase of this stamp set, bundle, or suite, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to charities devoted to adoption, foster care, and infertility as part of our Making A Difference Program.

IMG_4220Let's take a look at the assembly of this card with some tips in the video tutorial below.

Lisa's Inklings:
Misty Moonlight Cardstock [153081] card base is 5-/12 x 8-1/2.
Whisper White Cardstock [100730] to die cut is 3-1/2 x 5-1/2.
Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper [153491] 2-1/2 x 5-1/2.


These would make beautiful Christmas cards and if you start now, you'll have plenty of time!
Here are the supplies that you will need...
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Welcome Easter Fancy Fold Card and Basket

2020_OCC_P45_B-5The Welcome Easter stamp set is so cute and was featured in my Facebook Live on Sunday with a fancy fold card  and a fun little basket.

Here's the card called the Two Way Fold...


And, the inside...

Welcome-easter-fancy-fold-2Here are the details for the card:

Here's the cute basket!

Welcome-easter-basket-2Here's another sample using a different print.


Basket Details:

Here's the video with the how-to for these projects.  (A lot of chatter edited out! )

Here are the supplies for both projects.  Just click the links!

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Thanks for tuning in for today's Welcome Easter Card and Basket.  Get your Welcome Easter set now and start working on some fun Easter projects.

Make A Thanksgiving Table Favor

Thanksgiving-table-favor-1With it being just two weeks to Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share a fun idea to use for your guests. 

These little treat holders are great for mints or small treats.  Wouldn't it be nice to have these at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table?

This project with the To Every Season Bundle (En) [153051] and certainly lives up to its name! Love these little seasonal punches.

Here's the how-to video tutorial for this project.  Let me know if you're going to make some...I'd love to know!

Lisa's Inklings:
-Gather Together DSP 4" x 4”.

-You will need small pieces or scraps of the other card stock colors for stamping/punching.

-Place Tear & Tape along two adjoining edges on the side of the paper that will not show.

-Leave open until filled with treats.

Here is the Stampin' Up! product supply list for this card.  Just click the links to shop! I would be honored to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Thanksgiving-table-favor-2If you enjoy adding a handcrafted personal touch to your Thanksgiving table, try this table favor idea to add to your family and friends fun!

Stampin' Up! Night Before Christmas Gift Card Holder and Box

Night-before-christmas-santa-sneakYesterday's LIVE on Facebook featured some fun projects using the Night Before Christmas Suite from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. 

Unfortunately, there are focus issues with the video.  Since the quality is not as good as I want it to be, I chose not to upload the video. If you're "brave", you can catch the replay HERE.

First project is this card/gift card fun!

Night-before-christmas-santa-cardLooks like a fun card, right?  Don't you love that Santa?! Take a look at the inside...

Night-before-christmas-inside-cardHere are the details for this gift card holder:

  • The card base is cut at 4-1/4" x 11".
  • Score this at 5-1/2" and 9".
  • Fold over to make flap for the gift card as shown above.  Adhere to the two sides with Tear & Tape.
    Inside of card...
  • Very Vanilla is cut 4" x 5-1/4".  The Santa hat paper is cut 2" x 4".
  • Sentiment is stamped in Poppy Parade
  • The  "From Santa" tag is embossed with Shimmer White embossing powder and die cut.
    Card front...
  • Loop 16-18" of ribbon around card.  This will be a tie closure. You can adhere the ribbon place on the center front with a little bit of SNAIL adhesive.  This is just to hold it in place before you attach the layers.
  • The layers are Very Vanilla cut at 3" x 3-3/4" and the Paisley print designer paper is cut 3-1/4" x 4".
  • Santa is stamped on Shimmery White card stock in Memento Black ink and colored with Stampin' Blends.
  • The "Believe" sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and embossed with the Shimmer White embossing powder.

Questions?  Leave a comment below!

Now for the cute open top box!


  • Noble Peacock Foil Sheet is cut 6" x 12".
  • Score (gently) on the long side at 3-3/4, 5-3/4, 9-1/2, 11-1/2.  Turn and score at 1-1/2. This will be the box bottom.
  • If using this foil to create the box, gently fold on the score lines.  Do not use your Bone Folder.
  • Cut off smallest tab formed by the scored lines and assemble box with Tear & Tape.
  • Designer paper for front is cut 3-1/4 x 4
  • Die cut sentiment from Sparkle Glimmer Paper and adhered with liquid glue.
  • Tissue paper is stamped with stockings stamp with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Fold in half  and stamp the tops of both sides.

Here are the supplies used for both of these products:

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Hope you are staying warm where you are's snowing and very cold here in SW Missouri!  Perfect day to order some crafting supplies and stay inside and craft!

2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Launch!

2019-holiday-catalogIt's an exciting time and I'm here to announce my 2019 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Launch on Wednesday, September 4, 2019!

I will be posting and going LIVE throughout the day over on Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown on Facebook!

If you are not on Facebook, I will be posting the projects here on the blog and on Instagram! If you're on Facebook, though...seriously, try to join us at some point during the day!

Holiday Catalog Launch on Facebook

Schedule for Live Broadcasts:

10:00 am Central

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Stampin' Up! 2019 Christmas Cards In July #4


It's time for the fourth in a series of 2019 Stampin' Up! Christmas card ideas from Ink and Inspirations!  Today, we have a fun card featuring a very popular icon in decor these days, the little red truck.


It's such a fun card, don't you think? Years ago, Stampin' Up! carried another truck and this one is even more awesome.  It's a versatile set that can be used for birthdays, autumn-themed cards, and holiday cards just like this one.  It can also be bundled with its coordinating dies for a 10% discount and that die collection can be used to a 3D little truck! You'll see more on that at a later date!

Here's the how-to video tutorial for this Christmas card idea...enjoy!


Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is Garden Green cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", and 3/4" x 2-1/2" for the sentiment.
  • Garden Green gingham check from the Regals DSP Stack is cut 4" x 5-1/2".
  • Whisper White for the main image is cut 2-1/2" x 4".
  • Real Red layer is cut 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".

Here are the supplies used for today's project.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you.  You can easily order by clicking through the links below to get to the Online Store.

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Hope you enjoyed today's card and will definitely add the Ride with Me Bundle to your shopping list!  Check back tomorrow for the fifth and final card in this series of 2019 Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards in July!

DIY Hostess Gift for Christmas 2018

Christmas-2018-hostess-gift-1Let's start the week off with an easy hostess gift that you can make for Christmas 2018!

I think tea towels and/or pretty dish towels make great gifts.  I mean, I don't buy these for myself, do you?

This oversized tag takes the place of gift wrap or a gift bag plus has a fun and different look.  You can even use designer series paper instead of the stamped cardstock and it will take less time to make.

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

Here's another example of this same project idea that was made for Thanksgiving last year.  Don't you love how we can make any gift look extra-special with our paper crafting supplies?

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Basic Black cardstock is cut 3 3/4" x 5 3/4".
  • Real Red cardstock is cut 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • You will need approximately 4" x 4" pieces of Crumb Cake cardstock and glimmer paper for the punched pieces.

Christmas-2018-hostess-gift-2Here are the supplies used for today's project:

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Father's Day Cards with Paper Pumpkin


Today's projects are Father's Day cards made with stamps and supplies using last month's Paper Pumpkin. 

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Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card Ideas Video Tutorial #4

Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-idea-4aThe fourth in a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards features the new Stampin' Blends and the Christmas in the Making stamp set.

In yesterday's video tutorial, I demonstrated the process of coloring this little miss that's from one of my favorite sets in the Holiday Catalog.  It's so much fun to color and I've gotten to "practice" a lot with my new Blends.  I like to stamp a lot of images and put them in a box with my Stampin' Blends.  Then, I can carry with me while traveling, to appointments...anywhere that I'll have some time to sit and "wait".  The complete set fits nicely in one of my old Paper Pumpkin boxes.

Let's take a look at the assembly of the card in today's video tutorial...

Click here to see this Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Whisper White base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and strip 1/2" x 4"
  • Pool Party 2 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White for image- 2" x 3 3/4".
  • Quilted Christmas DSP- 4" x 5 1/4"

Real Red and Garden Green - scrap for die cutting Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-4bHere are the supplies used on today's Christmas card:

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Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-4cI hope today's Stampin' Up! card example inspires you to make some Christmas greetings to send to your family and friends in 2017!

You Can Still Get the Last 8 Weeks of Christmas Project Ideas!

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If you are not a member of our mailing list, you have already missed out on Weeks 1-4 but you can still get the last 8 Weeks (Week 5-12) of Christmas Project ideas!


These projects will include a Christmas card idea, 4 gift ideas, and 3 packaging ideas!  The only way that you will be able to receive these awesome project ideas is if you sign up for our mailing list.  

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