Spooky Treat Bag for Halloween


Here's an easy little treat bag that is just right for this colorful fall candy corn.  Make it a spooky treat with the Spooky Cat stamp set and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. 
With this easy assembly, you can get the little ones involved to help.  Let them fill the sacks with candy, fold the top piece of designer paper after you've scored it at 1 3/4", or let them attach the sentiment to the topper.
Let's take a look at the supplies and how-to directions below.
Spooky Cat (144749)
Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610)
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (105117)
Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
3" x 6"  Gusseted Cellophane Bags (141704)
Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259)
Vintage Crochet Trim (144611)
Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639)
Stamping Sponges(141337)
Classic Label Punch (141491) or 1" Circle Punch (119868)- (depending on sentiment)
1. Cut Spooky Night Designer Series Paper to 3" x 6". Fill 3" x 6" Gusseted Cello Bag with candy and lay down over the DSP. Fold over about 1 3/4" and staple shut.

2. Tie Mini Sequin Trim and Vintage Crochet Trim around  and tie in a knot.

3.Stamp sentiment in Memento Black Ink and punch with corresponding punch.  Sponge around this piece with the Memento Black Ink and Stamping Sponges. Adhere to DSP as shown.

4. Add 2 Black Rhinestone Jewels to punched piece.



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Spooky-halloween-treat-bags-3This is a fun little bag to assemble and your little ones will love helping, too, so give this Spooky Treat Bag a try for Halloween!

Tuesday Tip: A RAK Card for Someone Special

Make-a-card-RAK-1Today's tip for a RAK card for someone special was inspired by my mom many years ago.  With four children (I am the oldest), she always found a way to do something special for each of us.  When I was in high school and going through busy days, tryouts for this and that, or just for no reason at all, I would find a note on her special stationery or little gift in my zippered pencil pouch in my notebook during the first class of the day.  It ALWAYS made the day so much better.  It was a connection to home, the place where I was loved  unconditionally, and nurtured and supported. 

With that in mind, I was inspired to create these cute little cards that have space for a quick note, hand drawn heart, or just a "Love, Mom" (or Grandma or, in my case, Honey.)  

Here's the video for this idea but you can make these with any supplies you have on hand.

Here's a list of a few of the supplies that I used in the video:

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Do you have any ideas for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) using your card making supplies?  Have something special that you so for your children or grandchildren?  Please share in the comment section below...I'd love to be inspired by you! 

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Thank you for joining me for this special post with a special card making video tutorial and I'll see you again soon!

Makeover Monday Video Tutorial- Tiny Birthday Party Favor Bag


Happy Monday and welcome to today's makeover with this tiny birthday party favor bag.  It's just the right size for a couple of miniature candy bars or a tiny trinket.  These are fun to make and you can even get the kids involved.  You do the cutting; let them do the coloring.  They'll be bursting with pride with their creations and you'll be spending quality (and, fun!) time with your little ones.  Kids love to create and they are naturals.  Nurture that and experience the joy!

Let's take a look at the video for the easy assembly.



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Blender Pens

Little-birthday-party-favor-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Designer paper is cut 3" x 6". You can get 8 bags from one sheet of designer paper!
  • Score on the long side at 1 3/4", 2 3/4", 4 1/2",and  5 1/2".
  • Turn to the short side on top and score at 1".  This forms the bottom.
  • Be sure to watch the video for the unique closure.
  • See another idea for a cute little birthday party favor HERE.

Do you craft with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews?  Leave a comment below to share your experiences then gather the young 'uns to create these tiny birthday party favor bags.


Makeover Monday- Make a Fourth of July Treat Cone

July4th-treat-cone-video-tutorial-6-6Today's Makeover Monday project is easy and would be a great family project for your Fourth of July celebrations! 

Fill these little treat cones with wrapped candies and or small packaged treats and  you will have a great table decoration, too!

Let's take a look at the how-to in this video tutorial from the past!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Try this cone in different sizes.  As long as you cut your designer paper in a square, it will work.  This one today is 4" x 4".
  • The Labeler Alphabet (141936) would be a great way to personalize these for a party. 
  • The "stuffing" is just thin strips of Real Red card stock sliced with the Stampin' Trimmer.

Shopping List for today's project is below. 

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  July4th-treat-cone-6-6Get ready for a fun and colorful Fourth of July with this Treat Cone idea for today's Makeover Monday!

Makeover Monday Paper Craft for Kids- July 4th Treat Box

July-fourth-paper-craft-for-kids-makeover-monday-6-1Here's a summer time paper craft for kids with an easy Fourth of July treat box for today's Makeover Monday!

This is an easy to create treat box with a few punched stars for embellishments.  I bet you already have everything you need to get started!

Let's take a look at the original project video tutorial below or you can watch HERE on You Tube.

Here's my Stampin' Up! supply list for today's makeover:

  • For an alternative, have the kids stamp the card stock to embellish before assembling the box.
  • To create the filler, cut thin strips with the Stampin' Trimmer using coordinating colored card stock.
  • Customize these boxes for any occasion.
  • This size box is just right to hold a a few pieces of candy, cake ball, or tiny cupcake.
July-fourth-treat-makeover-monday-6-1-15Try this easy summertime paper craft project with your kids for a fun activity they will enjoy and thanks for checking in for today's Makeover Monday!

Valentine Week on ink and inspirations- Kids Valentine Idea and Video Tutorial


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Stampin' Up! Monstermaniac Valentines for Kids

Welcome to Valentine Week on ink and inspirations where today we have a Stampin' Up! kids Valentine idea and video tutorial


The Monstermaniacs set provides the images for this "memory game" that serves as a Valentine alternative to candy. This DIY game for kids is easy to create with Stampin' Up! images and you'll see several suggestions in the video tutorial below.


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Stampin' Valentine for Kids and DIY Game Idea

Here's the video tutorial for this fun Stampin' Up! project idea.
Watch HERE on You Tube.

Create your own Valentine memory game using the steps from this Stampin' Up! video tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Quick and Easy- Monster Valentines for the Kids

Have you seen the precious Valentine offerings from Stampin' Up!? 
If you've placed an online order with me this month, you'll probably be seeing one of the super cute note cards (pictured above), the Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes (134609).  Love these little cards and the colors are so rich and yummy!

Also, so irresistible, are the featured products for today! 

Meet Monster Hugs Boy- 132162

And, Monster Hugs Girl! -132163

So adorable! Look how they hug the candies! 
The kids can help assemble...get a pack of Monster Boys and a pack of Monster Girls!

At $5.95 for 18, you can't go wrong with these babies!

Your kids will love giving these cute monsters away to their friends and classmates. Buy them the cutest valentines around.
Only available for a limited time and while supplies last!
Comes with 18 monsters, 18 googlie eyes, 18 adhesive hearts in each pack!

These Valentine Products are only available while supplies last or until January 27th...whichever comes first!  See these limited offerings in the Online Store along with all the new Occasions Catalog products.

For my Occasions Catalog Product Share, see details HERE. Last day to earn a BONUS for reserving your spot!

Also, today is the last day for my Sealed with Love Mini Album ink and inspirations Online Class Special!

Now, go grab those quick and easy Stampin' Up! Valentine monsters before they escape!

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Christmas Reindeer Treat

Stampin' Up! Christmas Reindeer Treat Holder

Here's an idea for a Christmas treat holder and Stampin' Up! video tutorial!  Get your little ones involved, put on some holiday tunes, and have some Christmas family fun!

The video has product listings and measurements to help you along.
Enjoy and let me know if you have questions!
You can watch HERE on You Tube.


Give this little Christmas treat holder a try! I used the reindeer as the main image in the video tutorial but you can try your Stampin' Up! images, too!

Stampin' Up! Hootin' Halloween Treat Bag- Easy Punch Owl


Stampin' Up! Punches
create this cute Halloween Treat Bag!


Here's an adorable Halloween treat bag shared created with Stampin' Up! punches created by one of my paper crafting friends, Alicia G.  Isn't it hootin' cute?!

Alicia created these for treat bags for her son's class for school. I thought it would be perfect for Halloween treats as well.  

Let's take a look at some of the specifics:

Stampin' Up! Valentine Minis and a Video Tutorial

Stampin' Up! Valentine Treat Bundle Card Ideas

Here are some mini Valentines created with the image from the Valentine Treat Bundle available through January 21, 2013.  This little heart and sentiment is perfect for little cards to give to anyone on your {heart} list! It's not too "mushy" and would be perfect for your little ones to use for their school Valentines.

I"ve used some scrap card stock to create a few versions.  Take a look...

Also available through Monday, January 21, 2013 is the My Little Valentine promotion! 
Get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE-a $7.95 value when you purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set.

Sealed With Love Simply Sent FREE
when you purchase the My Little Valentine set
pictured below for $9.95!



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Stampin' Up! My Little Valentine- Clear Mount Only

This four-piece set was created exclusively for this promotion and will not be available again after January 21!
  • The promotion will run for a few more days...through January 21, 2013.
  • During the promotion, you can place orders online or by calling me at 409-719-2853.
  • For every My Little Valentine Set that you purchase, you will get a Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE!
  • There are no limits to the number of My Little Valentine Sets that you can order and the number of Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kits they can earn for free.

The My Little Valentine Stamp Set is only available in clear-mount.

Stampin' Up! My Little Valentine Promotion

To give you another option to go along with this promotion, I am offering a New Year's special as a limited time offer on an Online Class!

Sealed With Love Valentine Gift Mini Book


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Sealed with Love Valentine Gift
- ink and inspirations

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ink and inspirations Online Class
Create this beautiful mini book using the My Little Valentine Bundle (132242) and a few extra supplies!  (Products and supplies are not included.)


Just a few ideas for this special project:

  • Create a mini album with photos to share with your loved one.
  • Create a Valentine Coupon Book as a gift for your sweetheart.
  • Record your thoughts and sentiments for your special someone on each of the notecards as a special gift.
  • Create a mini album to record memories and photos from this Valentine's Day.
  • Share favorite recipes with a friend as Valentine's Day gift.
You'll receive step by step video tutorials and a suggested list of products to complete your mini book.  These products include some ink, card stock, adhesive, a few punches, Basic Pearls, and the new Paper Doilies from the Spring Catalog (129399).
Products and supplies for this class must be purchased separately.

Purchase the online class NOW so you'll have your it ready to go when your Stampin' Up! order arrives!

International Customers...  This class is available to you as well!  You'll receive tips on how to create this with any supplies!

Sealed With Love Valentine Gift Mini Book Online Class 


Limited Time Special New Year's Price --- $14.97

Looking forward to sharing this project with you!

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Back-to-School with Stampin' Up!- Do It "Write"!


Just the "Write" Back-to-School Gift
for Teachers


It's Back-To-School time and Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Paper can help you "jazz up" a few supplies for your young ones to delight their teachers!

Here I've created a simple tag with nesting Labels Framelits with an adorable image as the top layer from the Storytime collection!  A little sponging around the edges makes it "pop" and Linen Thread binds it all together!


  • The "For You" image is from the Itty Bitty Banners set cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits.  You'll love how you can cut these darling sentiments with these two coordinating products!
  • I used Glue Dots to "group" the pens together before tying the Linen Thread. Makes it easier for little hands :).
  • Try grouping pencils, markers, or even notepads.  Just a little something for your child to give the human he or she will spend most of the time with in the coming months.
  • Your child can help create projects such as this! 
  • Have your child add her/his own personalized touch by signing the tag.
  • The teacher will appreciate the thought! ...Coming from a former classroom teacher. ;)

Here are the links to the supplies in the Online Store!

Itty Bitty Banners (wood, clear)

Riding Hood Red card stock
Storytime Designer Series Paper
Riding Hood Red
Labels Collection Framelits
Bitty Banners Framelits

Signo White Gel Pen
Stampin' Sponges
Linen Thread
Glue Dots

Click Here to Order Stampin' Up! Supplies Online, 24/7

Only a few more days to get this FREE gift
when you take advantage of the Stampin' Up! business opportunity!

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Call me at 409-719-2853 or e-mail me so we can discuss the Stampin' Up! business opportunity!  I'd love to have you on the ink and inspirations Team!  Read more about it HERE!


Stampin' Up! August Monthly Specials

Just a few reminders on the August specials from Stampin' Up!:

There is so much Stampin' Up! excitement with the Spook-tacular promotion for new demonstrators

Join my ink and inspirations Team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators this month ...now extended through September 16, 2012... and receive this precious Spook-tacular FREE gift (a $60 Value) along with Starter Kit for only $99! ( FREE Shipping on Starter Kit!)


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FREE Howl-o-ween Project Kit
when you join Stampin' Up! in August By September 16, 2012!
Call me at 409-719-2853 or e-mail me so we can discuss this business opportunity!


31% Off Digital for 31 Days (+ some!)


Get 31% off 31 digital content options and most of our print products for all 31 days in August through September 14, 2012! With digital goods on sale and the 30-day FREE trial of the software, August is the perfect time for them to enter the digital designing craze and see what it's all about.

What's on sale?
ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags. That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.

Some of our best digital content. 30 downloads and 1 content disc!

Here's the list of content:


Digital Content

Retail Price

31% Off Price  


Floral District Collection Disc

 $  23.95

 $ 16.53


Night and Day Designer Series Paper

 $    4.95

 $   3.42


Candid Frames

 $    2.95

 $   2.04


Check This Out Page Templates

 $    4.95

 $   3.42


Blossom Builders Embellishments

 $    5.95

 $   4.11


It's All Me Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Whimsical Note Journal Template

 $    1.95

 $   1.35


Pinwheel Daily Calendar Template

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Party Animal Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Autumn Traditions Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble

 $  14.95

 $ 10.32


Playful Polka Dots Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


World Traveler Photobook Template

 $  17.95

 $ 12.39


Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper

 $    4.95

 $   3.42


Joyful Times Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


One Great Year Digital Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Limited Edition Embellishments

 $    2.95

 $   2.04


Walk in the Park II Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


#HASHTHIS Stamp Brush Set

 $    7.95

 $   5.49


Book of Birthdays Swatchbook Template

 $  12.95

 $   8.94


Travel Journal Kit

 $    9.95

 $   6.87


Get it Done Kit

 $    5.95

 $   4.11


Sweetly Nested Framable

 $    4.95

 $   3.42


Delight in the Day Photobook Template

 $  19.95

 $ 13.77


Blast Off Ensemble

 $  19.95

 $ 13.77


Little Milestone Birthdays Greeting Card

 $    7.95

 $   5.49


Designer Gift Cards

 $    4.95

 $   3.42


And a Happy New Year Photocard Template

 $    1.95

 $   1.35


Thanks Tons Greeting Card Template Set

 $    2.95

 $   2.04


Sending Glad Tidings Designer Tags Kit

 $    7.95

 $   5.49


Gratitude Framable Designer Template

 $    1.95

 $   1.35

Don't miss out on this 31% off Digital Special good now through September 14, 2012! 


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- DIY Notepad for Back to School Teacher Gift


Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial for Storytime Notepad Back to School Teacher Gift Idea

Sharing a video tutorial today to help you create the Storytime Notepad Teacher Gift seen in this post.

How special for your child to walk into the classroom on the first day of school and present the teacher with a heartfelt little gift such as this little notepad set.  This Stampin' Up! project is one your young ones can help you create.  Spend a fun afternoon making this little gift one day before school starts!

If you have questions, post here in the comment section and I'll be happy to answer!  If you need supplies, visit the Online Store at your convenience.

Thanks for watching! 

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Storytime Notepad Back to School Teacher Gift


Stampin' Up! Storytime Back-to-School Teacher Gift


Easy to Make Stampin' Up! Project for a Back-to-School Teacher Gift


I promised a second post with a fun Stampin' Up! project today so I'm here to deliver!

The prayer box seen HERE was a project my daughters wanted to create for some friends so I had to come up with an idea for a notepad.  This little notepad set was created the same way.  All it takes is some copy/printer paper, a paper cutter, and a Stampin' Up! product that your probably have in your stash!  The Storytime Designer Series Paper takes the spotlight here!


Notepads for the Teacher- Stampin' Up! Storytime Style


I am working on a video tutorial that I hope to have posted for you tomorrow so be sure to check back! 

Stampin' Up! Storytime Back to School Teacher Gift


Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Series Paper back to School Notepad
Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Series Paper Back to School Notepad

The Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Series Paper is perfect for back to school or children's projects!  The images are precious and reminiscent of storybook readers of days gone by..."raise your hand" if your remember Sally, Dick, and Jane!



Stampin' Up! Storytime Notepad...Start with this...
Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Series Paper Altered Notepad


I started with this notepad that was a freebie at a builder's trade show.  This little jewel has been in my stash for a gosh long time!  When, I received my Storytime DSP, I knew, for sure, that I would be altering this little notepad!


Storybook Designer Series Paper Back to School Teacher Gift
Stampin' Up! Storytime Designer Paper Teacher Gift Notepad

With some cutting and sponging of images from the Storytime Designer Paper, this little notepad came together quickly and would be a sweet Back to School teacher gift. Create yours using the links in the supply list below or by visiting the Online Store.



Early Espresso
Storytime Designer Series Paper
Accessories and Tools:
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Stampin' Sponges


  • Just a little more than a week left in the Reason to Smile promotion from Stampin' Up!  Reason to Smile stamp set---only $5!...Details HERE!
  • Enjoy full-length, exclusive online classes at your convenience! 
    Join the Inkspiration Classroom!  Find out how here!
  • FREE Holiday Catalog from ink and inspirations with any ONLINE PURCHASE!