A Back to School Project and Christmas In July!

Back-to-school-fbThis week on Craft & Chat with Lisa on Facebook (Thursday), I will be sharing a fun back-to-school project that you'll want to make for your kids and grandkids then Thursday evening, it's Christmas in July!  We will be creating two Christmas cards...one with a very fancy fold!

Please join us!

Facebook Live- Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown

Thursday: 1 PM ET, 12 (Noon) CT, 11 AM (MT), 10 AM (PT)


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Lisa Brown on You Tube

7 PM (ET), 6 PM (CT), 5 PM (MT), 4 PM (CT)

I look forward to seeing you at both events!


Designer Series Paper Sale ends in a week!

Lisa's 10 for 10!

Blank 2000 x 2000 copy 2 copy copy copy copy-1The first 10 people to place an order from now until the end of the day July 31, 2021, will receive a surprise gift from my stash worth a minimum value of $10!  Order here or e-mail me with your order!

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow for a Back to School Project and a Christmas in July YouTube Premiere!

Stampin' Up! On Trend- Succulents and Plants

Plentiful-plants-you-touched-my-heartToday's Stampin' Up! card idea showcases the trending succulent and plant theme with the Plentiful Plants Bundle [155688]

This sweet card was designed by one of my assistants, Catherine...isn't it pretty?  I just love the color combination gleaned from the beautiful Bloom Where You're Planted Designer Series Paper [155696]. (This paper is ON SALE for a few more days!) Read all about this sale HERE!

Ready to create this succulent and plant-themed card yourself?  Here are the details!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:


Step 1: Cut the card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”

Step 2: Cut the designer paper at 4” x 5 1/4”. Ink the edges with Soft Suede ink. Adhere to the card base with liquid glue.

Step 3: Cut a strip of the Cinnamon Cider card stock at 3/4” x 4”. Add some glue and place it towards the bottom as shown.

Step 4: Rub the Memento Black ink pad over the Paper Lattice until all covered. Add liquid glue and adhere to the top center.

Step 5: Stamp your sentiment in Memento Black ink. Die-cut it out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies. Add liquid glue and adhere as shown.

Step 6: Stamp your flower pot stamp in the Cajun Craze on Cinnamon Cider card stock die-cut out. Die-cut then hanging basket in Basic White. Adhere over the flower pot.  Stamp greenery in Just Jade and Evening Evergreen and glue behind the flower pot. Adhere to the top left. Take one of the Sea Spray Pearls and color with the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend. Adhere to the top of the hanging basket.

Step 7: Stamp the other flower pot in Memento Black ink on the Smoky Slate card stock and die-cut. Stamp the greenery in Garden Green and Soft Succulent ink. Adhere to the back of the flower pot. Add your liquid glue and adhere to the right on top of the Cinnamon Cider strip.

Step 8: Die-cut the little flower pot in Smoky Slate card stock. Stamp the greenery in Soft Succulent and Just Jade ink. Glue to the back of the flower pot and adhere to the left side of the strip.

I hope you've been inspired to make your own succulent and plant-themed card with these beautiful Stampin' Up! products!

Color Trend in Cardmaking


Today we are taking a look at a cardmaking color trend that's floating around the world of paper crafting; using neutrals with a spot of color.

Notice that I didn't use the term "pop of color"?  With this trend, I've noticed subdued colors rather than bright or bold colors.  In Stampin' Up! terms, these would include colors from our Subtles or Neutrals Color Collections.  I've enjoyed challenging myself to follow this trend and hope you will be inspired to do so after seeing this video and these samples.


This video was a Premiere video on YouTube which is a series that I hope you will watch every Thursday evening at 6 PM Central.  These videos will vary in length from a few minutes to an hour and will remain on YouTube if you aren't able to join us for the Premiere.  However, if you are able to join at the Premiere time, you can participate in the LIVE chat if you are signed in to your Google or Gmail account.

If you missed it on YouTube, here's the video!

Lisa's Inklings for Card #1:


Stampin' Up! Supply List for Card #1



Moving on to the second card showing this color trend in cardmaking...

Color-trends-cardmaking-birthday-cardI can't wait to send this birthday card! Here are the cutting dimensions so you can make one, too!

Stampin' Up! Supply List for Card #2:

Are you ready to try this cardmaking color trend?  Get the supplies you need now and start making those beautiful creations!

Easy Technique for Rubber Stamping with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus

Rubber-stamping-technique-stamparatusIt's Monday and we are ready to get crafting with this simple stamping technique with the Stampin' Up! Stamparatus [146276] called hinge stamping. 

I love this Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [155052] and these large greeting stamps were just right for this technique.

This is a fast motion video so take a couple of minutes to watch!

Isn't that a fun rubber stamping technique?  That Stamparatus is a gem!

Lisa's Inklings:

Stamping-technique-stamparatusI love this card and can't wait to send it to a friend! Or, wait... we are all friends here!  Leave a comment below by Friday, Noon (CT) July 23rd, and I will conduct a random draw to send it to one of you!

And, if you'd like to try making it yourself, here are the supplies! 

Stampin' Up! Supply List:

Thanks for checking in today for this fun rubber stamping technique with the Stamparatus and remember to leave a comment below!

Easy Cardmaking Tip for Layering


It's Thursday and I am super excited to share a cardmaking tip for layering with you! 

The Color & Contour Bundle (English) [158356] was not on my "radar" when the Stampin' Up! catalog was released but the dies were irresistible which "forced" me into buying the bundle. Let me tell you... I have not regretted it one bit!  This combo is beautiful and so versatile.

Another surprise to me was this new In Color, Pale Papaya. It was my LEAST favorite when these new In Colors from Stampin' Up! were released this past spring.  Admittedly, it has been the color most used in this new collection. Go figure!  Stampin' Up! will not lead me astray.  This Pale Papaya color is gorgeous!

Let's take a look at the video so you can see it in action. :)

Lisa's Inklings:

Cardmaking-tip-layeringDid you catch that layering tip at the end of that card-making video?  It was an afterthought but you can totally incorporate that technique during the process.

Now it's time for you to give it a try! You will love this Color & Contour Bundle (English) [158356]!

Just click the links below!

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Get what you need to create this sweet card and try this cardmaking tip for layering...I'd love to see what you create!

Bold and Beautiful Thinking of You Card

This "thinking of you" card makes a bold and beautiful statement in Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Poppy Parade.  The tiny edge of Basic White along with the sentiment makes this card really pop.  Just a little sprinkling of Daffodil Delight Classic Ink[147094] adds a touch of interest. 

Here's the step-by-step how-to...

Here's an up-close look at this beautiful bundle used to create this "thinking of you" card.



This beautiful bundle includes the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and matching Meadow Dies. With soft and subtle silhouettes, delicate detail, and timeless touches of texture, adding an element of elegance to any paper project is effortless!

What will you create with this pair of products? I can’t wait to see. If you have any questions or need help placing an order, let me know! I’m happy to help.  Or, you can click on the links below to order and it will ship directly to you.  

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Make a bold and beautiful "thinking of you" card with these Stampin' Up! colors and the Quiet Meadow Bundle and share a bit of your heart with someone!

Make A Birthday Gift Tag with Sweet As A Peach

Special-Birthday-Gift-TagMake a gift extra special with a handmade gift tag with the Stampin' Up! Sweet As A Peach Bundle and coordinating You're A Peach Designer Series Paper [155686]! 

Handmade-gift-tag-peachWhile the size is that of a standard card, there is a mini card on the front that makes it perfect for putting the finishing touch to your gift wrap or gift bag.  You can either tape it down to your wrapped box or attach it to your gift bag with ribbon or twine. Just punch a small hole in one of the upper corners.

Are you ready to see how it all comes together?  Let's go!

Lisa's Inklings:


The patterned paper used on this card is 15% off right now along with eight other beautiful collections!

Here's another card made with this beautiful paper!


Now it's your turn to make this birthday gift tag!  You can click the links below to shop and your package will be delivered to your door!

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Your friends and family will love receiving your gift with a touch of your heart added to it!  Make this handmade birthday gift tag soon and see the delight in the eyes of your loved ones!

Using Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


If you've ever used Stampin' Up! patterned paper in cardmaking (formally known as Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper), you know what a statement it makes on your handmade creations.  The beautiful prints and patterns are inspiring and can be the starting point of any card.  Pick a specific sheet and you can decide on a theme, color scheme, and even the size of your card.

Today's project features the gorgeous Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper [155841]. This is one of the collections of patterned paper that is on SALE right now through August 2nd.

Here's the video that shows the process of the creation of this card.

Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-patterned-paper-cardmakingThe Beauty Of Friendship Bundle (English) [155834] and coordinating projects are great for making cards for anyone on your list. Here's another card idea using just the stamp set with ink and paper.

If you think it's time to add these products to your collections, you can click the links below and the supplies will ship directly to your door.  When you shop with me, it enables me to continue to share and provide how-to videos to help make you the best paper crafter that you can be!

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Now that you've read this post, I hope you are inspired to create a card with beautiful Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper.

Let the patterned paper guide you to beautiful cardmaking ideas!

Make A Card with an Easy Angle Cut Technique

Birthday-card-with-angled-cutToday's cardmaking video tutorial features this easy angle cut technique.  This is such a fun look and so simple to achieve. 

In the video tutorial, you will see how one cut can add such an interesting touch to your card front!

Let's take a look!

Lisa's Inklings:


You could do this technique with any color of card stock and designer paper.  But, this Sweet As A Peach Bundle (English) [155823] and You're A Peach 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [155686] is perfect for summer.  Here's another sweet card made with these products.

If you'd like to try this easy angle cut technique as seen in this video, here is the list.  If you need any of the supplies, please click on any of the images below.

Thank you for shopping with me!

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Now it's time to create!  Make one of these easy angle cut techique cards and get it in the mail...be the light; send a card!

Card For A Friend with Flowering Cactus Medley

Cactus-flower-card-for-friendToday's project is a card for a friend featuring the retiring Flowering Cactus Product Medley (English) [154559] from Stampin' Up! 

Creativity comes easy when you have great coordinating products as in this medley.

 The Flowering Cactus Product Medley (English) [154559] includes these exclusive products:
* 15-piece Flowering Cactus Photopolymer Stamp Set
* 48 sheets of 6" x 6"  Designer Series Paper: 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* Die-cut felt sheets: 4 each of 2 colors
* Linen thread combo pack: 10 yards each in natural and Calypso Coral colors
* 10-piece Flowering Cactus Dies (use with Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; compatible with the Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine)

Cactus-flower-card-for-friend-1Here's the how-to video for today's card for a friend...

Lisa's Inklings:
-Mint Macaron[138337] card base is cut 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.
-Basic White Cardstock [159276] is cut 4 x 5-1/4 plus a small piece for the sentiment.

-Mossy Meadow Cardstock [133676] is cut 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 plus you will need some scrap pieces.
-Designer Series Paper from Flowering Cactus Product Medley (English) [154559] is cut 3 x 4 and the piece that you will need to die cut the cactus.

Having all of these coordinating products in one sweet package is awesome!  And, you can add other tools/dies from your stash that will work great, too!

How about picking up this fabulous product medley while it's still available? Just simply click on any image below to have it shipped to your home right away! Thank you so much for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

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Now that you've read this post, jot down the name of a friend that you know that could use a card of encouragement and follow through with that.  You can make a card for a friend in need with some of these beautiful coordinating Stampin' Up! products!

Facebook Live- Card Share and Chat with Lisa Brown, Ink and Inspirations

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It's time for Cards & Chat Live with Lisa on Facebook, Wednesday (today) at 12:00 PM (Noon) Central Time (1:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT). I will be going LIVE on my Ink and Inspirations Facebook business page.

Since I still have family visiting this week, I've decided to share some beautiful cards that I have received in the mail including my birthday cards!

You may CLICK HERE to go there at Noon 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!

Weekly Tips and Ideas in Your Email

Pinterest-list.pinterest-tallWould you like to receive paper crafting tips and project ideas by email from me?

When you sign up for my mailing list, you will receive weekly emails with exclusive project ideas and tips that will help you to become the best paper crafter and card maker that you can be!

If you are not on my email list, here is some of what you are missing:

  • Cardmaking ideas and inspiration
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  • Tips for using paper crafting tools and supplies
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  • Plus, receive a FREE online card class when you subscribe!

It's easy to join!  Just click here or click on the picture below, enter your email, and click the "send my free class" button!

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If you are not on my list, be sure you do it today!

Looking forward to see you become part of the Ink and Inspirations community of crafters...thank you!

Quiet Meadow Card of Kindness


Today's card project is a beautifully embossed handmade card of kindness using the Quiet Meadow Bundle (English) [155847] from Stampin' Up!  The white background is gorgeous and that embossing makes it over the top! 

This project was designed by my assistant, Catherine Stewart.  Here's the how-to.

Cut your Basic White Cardstock [159276] base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score at 4 1/4”

Insert just the front of the card base in the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder [155428] and run through your Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine [149653].

Now cut your Soft Succulent Cardstock [155776] at 3 1/4” x 4 1/2” 

Cut another piece of Basic White at 3 1/8” x 4 3/8” now insert it in the Meadow Moments Embossing Folders [153126] with the butterflies and adhere it to the Soft Succulent piece.  Glue that down more to the right side of card base.

Cut 1/2” strips 2 3/4” long in the Evening Evergreen Cardstock [155574], Fresh Freesia Cardstock [155613],Pale Papaya Cardstock [155668], and Polished Pink Cardstock [155710].  Stamp the splatter stamp on each piece in the coordinating color and then take the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch [152883] and punch just one end using the one on the left. Stamp your sentiment on the Pale Papaya piece.

Now take and glue down each piece staggering a bit as shown. You may have to trim down a couple of pieces just a little.

Die-cut out the greenery piece in Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [155776] using the dies from the bundle. 

Cut out the butterfly in Basic White then use your Blending Brushes [153611] and the Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad [155712]to color the butterfly so you can get the watercolor affect. 


Adhere the greenery to the left of the sentiment and adhere the butterfly down to the greenery. 

Tie your bow with the white baker’s twine.


Now it's time for you to create this handmade card of kindness!  I would be thrilled if you shopped with me if you are a crafter from the U.S.  You can do so by clicking on any image below and it will ship directly to your home. Thank you!


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Thanks for checking in today! I hope you have been inspired to create your own handmade card of kindness with the Quiet Meadow Bundle (English) [155847] from Stampin' Up!

Fun Fold Birthday Card for Children

Fun-fold-card-children-birthdayLet's start the week off with a fun fold birthday card for children ...or, the young at heart!  This Sweet Ice Cream Bundle makes the cutest cards!  Choose a bright designer paper and you can have a sweet card in minutes. 

Fun-fold-birthday-card-childrenEveryone loves a fun fold because there is something special about it, right? Let's take a look at how this one is made!  If you like making fun fold cards be sure to try this one!

Lisa's Inklings:

You could use any layering die-cut labels for the focal point.  Remember that only the left side is glued to that very first panel.

If you’d like to create this fun fold birthday card, these are the main supplies that were used.   The designer paper has sold out so choose one that would coordinate with your card stock colors. I would be thrilled if you shopped with me if you are a crafter from the U.S. You can do so by clicking on any image below and it will ship directly to your home. Thank you!


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Thanks for checking in today and be sure to give this fun fold birthday card a try!

Faux Ribbon Technique for Handmade Cards

Faux-ribbon-technique-videoToday's post features an easy technique for creating faux ribbon for your handmade cards.  This was one of the very first techniques that I learned when I first began my journey with paper crafting and cardmaking.  On a recent Facebook live, I demonstrated this technique and found that several viewers had never tried or seen this technique.  This led me to take a clip from the video and share it with all my viewers. 

Let's take a look at this simple technique to create faux ribbon using a Bone Folder [102300] and some cardstock strips.

Lisa's Inklings:
-Strips of cardstock should be cut 3/8 to 5/8 for best results to create the faux ribbon.
-Run the side edge of the Bone Folder [102300] along the cardstock strip at least twice.
Separate the layers slowly and carefully.
-Use Mini Glue Dots [103683] to make the bow.
-Try this technique on a larger piece of cardstock to create a fun textured layer for your handmade cards.

Faux-Ribbon-Technique-CardmakingThis card was made with minimal supplies including stamps, ink, and paper.  For cardmaking and paper crafting, basic tools/supplies are also needed which include Paper Trimmer [152392], Bone Folder [102300], Paper Snips [103579], and adhesives such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] and Mini Glue Dots [103683].

If you'd love to make a card like this one, please click on the images below to shop and your supplies will be shipped directly to you.  There is no added cast to shop through these links and I truly appreciate your support of my business.


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Hope you've enjoyed this introduction or reminder of this technique! Now it's time for you to create a card using this faux ribbon technique for handmade cards.