Lisa's Road Trip - Special Giveaway

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The rest of this month will be packed full of fun for Jackie and me! Tomorrow we will be leaving on a road trip to Utah to visit five National Parks. (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Mesa Verde... Hooray!) Our daughter, Kristen, and her family will be joining us and we are beyond excited!
While we are away "from the desk",  I am offering a chance to win some prizes! Winners announced after our return.  There is no purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing.  (Only United States residents and addresses are eligible.)

Read on for the details...
There are two ways to be entered into the drawing for prizes:
  • Leave a comment on this post to receive one entry into the drawing.  Tell me your most favorite place you've ever visited! Your comment must be on this post. (I will have limited internet access and will not be able to check if you comment on the correct post.)
  • Receive two entries to the drawing by placing an online order with me from April 21st- April 30th.  (If you comment and place an order you will have THREE entries!). Remember that the Last Chance Special continues and retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed through April 23rd.
  • Only U.S. Residents and addresses are eligible to order from me or for this giveaway.

Winners will be posted here on the blog by May 5th!

There will be drawings for 4 prizes!   Three will be stamp sets and I will also be giving away one Mini Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine!  It's so cute!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Don't forget to leave a comment in the comment section on this post (below).  Then be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I hope to be able to post photos of our road trip to Utah!

Card Making Video - Make A Fun Fold Card with Dragonfly Garden

Stampin-up-fun-fold-dragonfly-garden-bundleToday's project and video tutorial is the how-to for making a fun fold card using the Dragonfly Garden Bundle (English) [156224] from Stampin' Up!

This has been a very popular stamp set and the coordinating paper is wonderful but at the time of this writing, is in very low inventory status.  So, if you love it, check now (Dandy Garden 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [154297]) to see if it's still available!

This particular card design was my "mystery stamping event" for our April Stars Team virtual gathering.  Since our team is scattered across the country, we love gathering virtually on Zoom to stamp together.  You are getting to see the finished project first but the Stars had no idea what the finished card would look like.  All that was presented to them prior to the "gathering" was the recipe with cutting and scoring directions. Everyone used their own supplies. Two shared photos of their projects. Take a look at Kristen's and Carol's cards!

May be an image of strawberry and text that says 'hello THERE'

May be an image of text that says 'HELLO'

Now that you've seen these samples, you must be anxious to make your own!  Here is the video!

Lisa's Inklings:
1.Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock [153077]: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, 2-3/4 x 6 (scored at 5-1/4)
2.Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276]: 4 x 5-1/4 , scrap for die cut
3.Dandy Garden 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [154297]: 2-1/2 x 6 (scored at 5-1/4) and punched dragonfly.

Here's the inside of the card.  The message can be written behind the card front strip so as not to be visible when the card is opened.

Fun-fold-card-dragonfly-gardenWhat most of us like about fun fold cards like this one with Dragonfly Garden is the added interest and uniqueness.  It's a great alternative to a regular book-fold or tent-fold card.

Here are all of the supplies used on today's project.

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Thanks for tuning in for today's fun fold card video with Dragonfly Garden and until next time, send a card and let your light shine! Mt 5:16


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A Bronze Elite Star Celebration!

Bronze-eliteIt's celebration time as one of my Stampin' Up! Stars Team Members has promoted to Bronze Elite!

Based on the orders she has placed, Carol Peterson now holds the Bronze Elite title and I recently sent her a little gift!

Bronze-elite-starCarol is a hobby demonstrator on my team and makes some beautiful cards to send to her family and friends. 

Carol and I met online as she was a frequent visitor to my LIVE videos on Facebook.  It was a blessing when she decided to purchase the Starter Kit through me and join my team.  We have gotten to know each other better through our virtual team meetings and crafting sessions and have lots of fun visiting, talking about our families, sharing book ideas, and of course, stamping and crafting ideas!

If you'd ever like to join our community, we'd welcome you with open arms!  You can read more about it here.

Thanks for tuning in as we celebrate Stars Team Member, Carol Peterson, Bronze Elite.

2021 Graduate Gift Card Holder

Graduates-gift-card-holderLet's make a gift card holder for a 2021 Graduate! This one features the soon-to-be-gone Beautiful World Bundle (English) [154091] from Stampin' Up!

Yes, that's right.  This Beautiful World Bundle (English) [154091] is on the Last Chance List from Stampin' Up! 

The World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper [152491] is on the list and one of my favorites. (It's on sale...$9.00!)

The Brass Foil Sheets [153057] that coordinate perfectly are also on the way out and bargained price at $4!  Run...don't walk...and grab these while still available...while supply lasts! 

This 2021 graduate gift card holder was created on Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook (April 14, 2021.)  The somewhat edited recorded version is below with lots of chatter from me as I interact with my viewers.  Here's hoping you find it fun while seeing the process of putting the card together!

Lisa's Inklings:


These products are wonderful for creating cards for anyone.  Here's another card created with this bundle with a heartfelt sentiment.

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Now that you've seen these products in action, hop over to the Online Store so you do not miss out!  Thank you for tuning in for this 2021 graduate gift card holder and until we meet again, let your light shine! Mt 5:16

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


Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 AM MT, 8:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

You will see a cardmaking project made with some of my favorite products that are retiring. Want to take a guess what those might be?

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 10:00 AM Central.  When you check-in at that time and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

See you later today!  Join us!

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!

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to...

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!

April Paper Pumpkin...So Cool!


So, what makes the April Paper Pumpkin kit So Cool? This vivid, summer-inspired kit includes two full sticker sheets and all supplies needed to make 12 fun-shaped cards with matching envelopes. But, even cooler than that: it’s our first Paper Pumpkin kit designed with kids in mind!

If you have kiddos close at heart, such as children or grandchildren, you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to subscribe now.
This kit offers the perfect way to engage little ones and spark their imagination while introducing them to the fun of paper crafting. 

Take a look!

So Cool by Paper Pumpkin is the fresh, versatile, and fun taste of summer that stampers of all ages will want to savor. Keep reading to learn more!

About the April Kit- So Cool


  • Kit includes enough supplies to make 12 fresh, fun-shaped cards—6 popsicles and 6 blank semicircles to color—and coordinating envelopes. Kit includes card bases, 2 full sticker sheets, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more.
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4"

Paper Pumpkin is our One-Stop Box™ of creative fun for crafters of all skill levels! Each month, you'll receive a thoughtfully themed, seasonally-appropriate kit with all the pre-cut elements needed to create a fabulous paper project—from unique cards and gift tags to treat boxes and more.

This monthly subscription service offers a unique and carefully curated selection of project kits in a wide range of artistic styles. This will give you a chance to explore new, creative techniques in a fun, relaxing way. It’s the perfect opportunity to build creative confidence.

Pp-03.11.21_SOCIAL1_SO_COOLTomorrow is the last day to subscribe and receive this kit that will be a perfect activity with the youngsters in your life.  Subscribe today and receive this kit later this month!

I can't wait to hear about all the fun you'll have with your children or grandchildren creating the So Cool April Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Fun Fold Card Video - A Two In One Card

Fun-fold-2-in-1-card-dragonfly-gardenOn Wednesdays Facebook Live, we made this super fun fold card that was actually two cards in one!

The Dragonfly Garden is featured here and the Dandy Garden allows for lots of color combinations.  Here's another card example with this designer paper.

You'll really want to watch the video to see the process assembly of this card so let's take a look!

Lisa's Inklings:

You see now why I called this a Two in One Card, right?

Fun-fold-2-in-1-cardHere's the inside of the outer, square card (above).


And, here's the inside of the larger card. This fun fold, two-in-one card, is really a simple design but definitely has a wow factor.

Here is the supply list for making this card:

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Now that you've seen this video, be sure to go to Facebook and follow my page so you can see the next LIVE show! Give this fun fold, two in one card a try, and impress your friends!

Facebook Live Wednesday at 10:00 AM Central

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Craft & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook will take place on Wednesday (today) at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern, 9:00 AM MT, 8:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

You may CLICK HERE to go there at 10:00 AM Central.  When you check-in at that time and do not see the LIVE video in progress, please refresh your page.

See you later today!  Join us!

Easy Gilded Leafing Technique Video for Handmade Cards

Easy-gilded-leafing-techniqueLet's kick off Tuesday with an easy technique video for handmade cards using Gilded Leafing from Stampin' Up!

The Gilded Leafing is a jar of beautiful golden flakes, lighter than a feather, that works magic on your paper crafting creations.  You've seen a demonstration and sample of this gilded leafing on another project but I have to admit that I LOVE this method and the secret to the "easy" is using our Adhesive Sheets.

Here's the video so you can see how the easy gilded leafing technique is done!

Lisa's Inklings:

Easy-gilded-leafing-technique-birthday-cardHere are the supplies used to create this card. (Isn't it so pretty?)

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Here's the same card with a different sentiment from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set.

Gilded-leafing-technique-videoNow that you've seen the video, grab some Gilded Leafing and Adhesive Sheets [152334] and create your own magically gilded card!  Thank you for stopping by today for the easy gilded leafing technique video for handmade cards.

For Whom Would You Make This Birthday Card?

Hey-birthday-chick-birthday-card-spring-chickenLooking at today's project feature, I would be willing to bet that you had a close friend in mind that you would love to make and send this card for her birthday!

Wouldn't it bring a smile to her face?  I know that I have several friends and family members who would love to be called a "spring chicken". 

This adorable bundle is great for making some really fun cards.  Honestly, as a cardmaker, I rarely lean toward this type of "cutesy" stamp set but this one stole my heart and my guess is that you will love it, too!

Here is the step by step how-to:

  1. Cut the Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score at 4 1/4”.
  2. Cut the back layer of 2020–2022 In Color 6" X 6"  Designer Series Paper [153070] at 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” glue to the base front.
  3. Cut your second piece of 2020–2022 In Color 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [153070] at 3 1/4”x 5 1/2” glue to the center of the designer paper on the card front.
  4. Cut another piece of Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] at 3” x 5 1/2”.
  5. Next comes the stamping.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] for the images and the sentiments.
  6. Stamp your happy birthday sentiment at the top and the "spring chicken" sentiment toward the bottom as shown.
  7.  Stamp the chicken between the sentiments and color.
  8. Stamp an extra ballon, die-cut, color, and pop up with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals [144108] over the other balloon.
  9. Color your chicken.
  10. Now glue the Basic White stamped piece to the center of the card.
  11. Stamp the little chick that is hatching, color, and die-cut, and pop up on the corner of the "spring chicken" sentiment.

Here's another birthday card idea with this darling bundle!

Here is a look at all of the products used for this birthday card that you can make:

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Thanks for checking in today! Now that you've read this post,  you can make this birthday card for those "spring chickens" in your friends and family circle.

Easy DIY Gift Idea with Stampin' Up! Flowering Cactus


It's Tuesday and today we have an easy DIY project with the Stampin' Up! Flowering Cactus Product Medley.  

I am always on the lookout for tea towels or dish towels that coordinate well with our stamp sets and designer papers.  The cactus-themed towel used in today's project is from Dollar Tree!  Here's one from last year with an Easter theme.

The color scheme in the Flowering Cactus Product Medley is different from the bright colors on this towel.  As you'll see in the video, it was easy to coordinate other Stampin' Up! Colors to match the towel.  Watch the video to see the process of this easy DIY gift with Stampin' Up! Flowering Cactus!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut coordinating cardstock layer to 2" x 5".
  • Cut designer paper to match at 1-3/4 x 4-3/4.
  • You will need a piece of Basic White approximately 4" x 5" to stamp and cut your image.
  • For the sentiment, a 3/4" strip of Basic White was used and cut to fit.

Diy-gift-idea-stampin-up-flowering-cactus-2Here are the supplies used for this project.

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You can easily create these DIY gift towels for any occasion.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Teacher gifts
  • New neighbor welcome
  • Church or local craft fairs
  • Stocking stuffers
  • Or, just a "thinking of you" gift to brighten anyone's day!

Now that you've seen this video, you can be on the lookout for cute tea or kitchen towels to have on hand to make these easy DIY gift ideas that you can create with Stampin' Up! coordinating products! 


It’s Your Last Chance!

91EDCFC5-029E-4EAF-BE14-F51E210AA549The list is out and it’s your last chance to get some of the products in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. To sweeten the deal, many of these products are on sale!  
Keep in mind, these are only available while supplies last!

Download the list HERE. 

You can visit the Online Store Here and see all the things along with discounted prices. 

Get your favorites before they’re gone on the Last Chance List from Stampin’ Up!