Reading, Gardening, Paper Crafting...What Is It For You?

Passionate-aboutWhich hobby is your "thing"?  The one that you are so passionate about that you are driven to find the time to do it?  Is it reading, gardening, sewing, or paper crafting?

If you are reading my blog, my guess is that you are pretty smitten with paper crafting and card making.  That's pretty much all we "talk about" here, right?  That and family, of course.

This is a personal invitation for you to sign up for my email list so that you can get even more ideas, tips, and more about me. ;)  Typically, it's one email a week unless there is a special that's announced, a class that I am offering, anything time-sensitive, or if I think you might need to be reminded about something a few me. ;)

Just for signing up, you will get a special online card class that you can adapt and create with supplies that you have on hand. 

It's free and I'd love for you to sign up!  Here's the it now!

In the words of Julia Child... "keep tremendously interested" in paper crafting!

Thank You Card with Stampin' Up! Regal Reindeer

Stampin-up-regal-reindeer-thank-you-cardThere are many beautiful Christmas and holiday stamp sets and bundles in the current Stampin' Up! Mini catalog but many are versatile for other occasions such as this thank you card with Regal Reindeer.  That little fox is the sweetest and is one of the dies included in that Regal Reindeer Bundle (English) [159728] with the stamp set and die collection at 10% off when purchased together.

Notice that fabulous tree ring patterned paper print?  It's from the Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939] that you can get for FREE when you purchase at least $50 in my online store! Purchase the Regal Reindeer Bundle (English) [159728] at $51.25 plus shipping and tax and you can select this 12 x 12 paper or any of the available Level 1 Sale-A-Bration choices.

Here is the step-by-step how-to for this thank you card...

  • Cut the card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score at 4 1/4
  • Cut 1” off the right side of the front of the card.
  • Cut a 1/2” piece of the Crushed Curry and adhere as shown on the front edge.
  • Cut a piece of designer paper at 3” x 5 1/4”. Adhere to the center front of the card.
  • Cut another strip of designer paper at 1” x 5 1/2”. Open the card and adhere to the right side as shown.
  • Ink the edges with Soft Suede Classic Ink.
  • Cut a piece of Crushed Curry at 2 1/4” x 3. Add Dimensionals to the back and angle a little to the right as shown.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White at 2” x 2 3/4”. Stamp the sentiment from Plentiful Plants in Soft Suede.
  • Die cut the little fox in Soft Suede. Adhere to the bottom of the Basic White piece then glue to the Crushed Curry piece as shown.
This card front technique is much like the one used on this Easy Accent Fold HERE. Give it a try!
Here are the supplies used on this card.  Simply click the links to have the supplies delivered straight to your door.  Each time you place an order through my online store,  it supports my business and allows me to continue sharing!  I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.
Regal Reindeer Bundle
Thank you for tuning in today for this Stampin' Up! Regal Reindeer thank you card and now it's your turn to try it so shop for your needed supplies and enjoy!

Two Handmade Cards with Stampin' Up! Ringed with Nature

Ringed-with-natureToday's featured projects are two cards made with the beautiful Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889] and the coordinating Sale-A-Bration choice, Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939].  This beautiful patterned paper is colorful and perfect for a variety of seasons and occasions.  This designer paper is versatile with "neutral" prints that can be used for any of your cardmaking projects.

patterned paper for cardmaking and paper craftingThis week's YouTube LIVE featured two cards, one a simple fun fold, that highlight these products. 

And, this week...

  • If you place a minimum order of $35 in product (before shipping and tax) by the end of the day on August 7th, you will receive the kits to make these two cards!  You will need stamps, ink, and adhesive to assemble these kits. 
  • And, if your order is $50 or more by August 7th, you will get these two kits and a BONUS surprise kit plus you will be able to choose a free Sale-A-Bration choice! (Hint: You can earn this beautiful pack of paper!)

Here's how you can get ALL the FREEBIES...

  1. Order the Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889] or another bundle or products that total at least $50 before shipping and tax.
  2. Get the Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939] or another Sale-A-Bration choice for FREE.
  3. Receive your kit for these two card projects plus a BONUS project kit for FREE from me in the mail within 7-10 days following the close of the promotion.  This gives us time to cut, prepare, and package your kits.

FREE card kits with qualifying purchaseHere's the video with the cards...

Place your order now so you don't miss out on this week's special offer and you will be receiving these kits for two handmade cards with Ringed With Nature Bundle (English) [159889].

Beautiful Handmade Card Ideas

Card-shareOver the past few months, I have received some beautiful handmade cards.  These include birthday cards, thank you cards, and most recently, sympathy cards for the loss of my Dad.

In getting back into the swing of things, these cards were shared on Facebook LIVE on Tuesday evening.  It is my hope that you will gather many ideas to inspire you to create your own beautiful handmade cards.

Here's the recording of the LIVE video...

How many ideas do you have now?  The different layouts and cuts of patterned paper and card stock make for a good start for me!
Here's hoping you are inspired to get crafting and make some beautiful handmade cards.


Celebrating 47 Years!

47-yearsForty-seven years ago today, we became Mr. and Mrs. Brown.  It's been an incredible journey of love and faith.  We are blessed with two beautiful girls and sons-in-loves and three adorable granddaughters.   How has it already been 47 years?

47th-anniversaryI wanted to share the card that I made for Jackie...

Junee-wk-1-hes-the-man-anniversary-cardThis is a fun card made with the He's All That Bundle.  I just love the images in the set, the dies, and the die-cut pieces in the paper.

Here are the supplies used on this card...

This set of products is great for masculine cards.  Take a look at these two HERE! And, whether you are celebrating seven or forty-seven years, you can make a great anniversary card!

Easy Accent Fold for Handmade Cards

Splendid-thoughts-fun-fold-frontToday's project features an easy accent fold for your handmade cards.  This design was created for our monthly Stars Team Meeting for a Mystery Stamping session.  Although simple in design, it's a sweet alternative to a traditional fold for a card. 

Here is the recipe and the only details that were given to the Stars Team before our virtual gathering on Zoom:

Base: Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276] or Very Vanilla 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Designer Paper: Two pieces- 1 x 4 and 1 x 5-1/2
Punch or Label and Stamp set/bundle (Splendid Thoughts Bundle (English) [159677])
Now let's take a look to see how it's all put together.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here's another version with a different color scheme...

Splendid-thoughts-fun-foldTry overlapping images especially if outline images like on this card.  These from the Splendid Thoughts Bundle (English) [159677] are so pretty.

Splendid-thoughts-birthday-cardIf you would like to create this card, you can find the supplies in the Online Store.  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to serve you! E-mail me and let me know how I can help you!

Have a question or comment about today's post?  Leave a comment below...I'd love to hear from you!

Will you try this easy accent fold on your next handmade card?

Stampin' Up! Splendid Day to Remember Card


It was a splendid day to be able and craft and make this Stampin' Up! card with new goodies from the July to December Mini Catalog!  The inspiration for this card came from a recent online event for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  These beautiful colors, images, and dies made this crafting experience so much fun!


That little half-circle label is the cutest!  It's very different with some embossed and pierced accents along the edges. 

Stampin-up-splendid-thoughts-day-to-remember-cardHere are some tidbits of information about this card.

Lisa's Inklings:

If you would like to create this card just as seen here, you can click the links below to shop in the Online Store.

Every order placed through my online store helps support my business and I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.

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ReminderIt's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration time!  You can earn awesome FREEBIES with your qualifying order of $50 or more!  See all of your fun choices HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today to see this sweet card made with Stampin' Up! Splendid Day Suite so be sure that you are on my mailing list so that you don't miss another exclusive project idea with this beautiful set of products!


YouTube Premiere- Kit Together with Lisa and a Guest Card Maker

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Join Lisa on Thursday evening for a YouTube Premiere and for a Kit Together with a guest cardmaker!

Visit the link below to set a reminder to see the video when it premieres. Sign in to your Google account so we can chat!

Go there now to set a reminder!

***Please note later time!

Thursday, June 23, 10 PM ET, 9 PM CT, 8 PM MT, 7 PM PT

See you this evening on YouTube!

Life, Priorities, and Father's Day

DadWith Father's Day approaching this weekend, it is fitting that this man and a Father's Day card be the subject of today's post.  For the last few months, this man has been our family's priority getting him the care he needs to make these golden years of his life the best possible.  We appreciate your good thoughts and prayers for healing.

Fathers-day-card-best-dadIf you missed this post, you need to check out these other cards made with the same suite as this Father's Day card.  The He's the Man Suite from the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog is fabulous!  This paper crafter could NOT stop creating with it!  The stamp set and dies are awesome but the specialty designer paper with two sheets of die cut included make it extra special and so easy to create cards for your guy.  That diamond with the Best Day Award pictured above is just one example.

Stampin-up-fathers-day-card-hes-the-manAlso from the die sheet is the single star, the strip of stars and the journaling block that is the landing point for all those intricate pieces.  The circle, label, and argyle-look pieces are elements cut with the dies from the suite. And, did you notice?  There is no stamping on the card front.


But, the inside of the card has the Father's Day sentiment on another one of the die cut labels.

Best-dad-award-hes-the-manEven with all the elements on the front of this card, it still has a clean cut and classic look...don't you think?

Here is a list of supplies used for this card.  I truly appreciate your support. Every order placed through my online store helps support my business and if you are do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator,  I would be grateful and honored to serve as yours.

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Make cards for Father's Day or any day for the guys in your life who are your top priority and shop for this suite now to get started!

Masculine Birthday Cards with Stampin' Up! He's the Man

YouTube Thumbnail-Magic(1)Last week's Premiere featured two masculine birthday cards with the new Stampin' Up! Here's the Man Suite. You will love this group of products and if you struggle with masculine-themed cards, this is for you!

The die-cuts in the He's The Man 12" X 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper [159068] are fantastic for making quick cards!  It was hard to stop creating once getting started with these.

Here's the recording of the video from the Premiere.

Masculine Birthday Cards with Stampin' Up! He's the Man

Lisa's Inklings:
-For the diagonal cut on the He's The Man 12" X 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper [159068], upper left to the lower right of two prints.  It's easiest if one of the prints does not have specific directionality.
-For the fun fold, cut your card stock 4-1/4 x 11.  Score at 5-1/2 and cut 3" off of what will be the front of the card.

Masculine-birthday-card-hes-the-manFour dies were used on the card above. The two Crushed Curry Cardstock [131199] banners are cut with one die!


Keep in mind that you don't always have to stamp on neutral card stock.  On this card, Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad [147114] was used on Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [155776].

Masculine-birthday-card-stampin-up-hes-the-manThe inside of the card has a simple strip of leftover designer paper on a Basic White Cardstock [159276] layer.

Bbq-masculine-birthday-cardWhat an easy fun fold card!  Just change the orientation of a piece cut from the front.

Handmade-masculine-birthday-card-fun-foldThe card front covers the inside layer of the card.  Here, two scrap strips of patterned paper were used on the Basic White piece.

Masculine-fun-fold-card-hes-the-manThis sentiment could be used for a birthday card, congratulatory card, or graduation card.  There is no sentiment stamped on the inside so that it can be customized later for the occasion.

Here are the supplies used for these cards...

Each time you place an order through my online store, it supports my business and allows me to continue sharing!  If you do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored and grateful to serve as yours.



The Stampin' Up! He's the Man Suite is just what you need for cards for those guys in your life!  Get it now for your Father's Day cards and masculine birthday cards!

YouTube Premiere- Two Masculine Cards with Stampin' Up! He's the Man

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Join Lisa on Thursday evening for a YouTube Premiere and see two masculine cards with the Stampin' Up He's the Man Suite!

Visit the link below to set a reminder to see the video when it premieres. Sign in to your Google account so we can chat!

Go there now to set a reminder!

***Please note later time!

Thursday, June 2, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

See you this evening on YouTube!

YouTube Premiere- New Stampin' Up! Catalog Product Unboxing

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Join Lisa on Thursday evening for a YouTube Premiere and see a fun fold gift card holder that is super easy to make!

Visit the link below to set a reminder to see the video when it premieres. Sign in to your Google account so we can chat!

Go there now to set a reminder!

***Please note later time!

Thursday, May 26, 9 PM ET, 8 PM CT, 7 PM MT, 6 PM PT

See you tomorrow evening on YouTube!

Make A Card for Someone Amazing with a Special Ribbon Treatment - FREE PDF

Color-contour-tutorial-medleyToday's project is a card-making idea with a special ribbon treatment to give to a friend or other amazing person in your life featuring the Color & Contour Set and Coordinating Dies.  I was so glad to see these carry over into the new annual catalog from Stampin' Up!  The layering possibilities with these dies are too many to count!

Highlighted on this card this ribbon treatment that is a nice alternative to a bow.  Although this card has a definite feminine feel, this same technique can be used on a masculine card by securing the looped ribbon with a  Linen Thread knot instead of a bow.

You can make this card using the directions found on the downloadable PDF below.  Save to a file on your computer or tablet or print it as a hard copy file.

Download Your PDF HERE---> Color & Contour You're Amazing  FREE PDF

Now that you have the instructions, SHOP for your supplies and try this card-making idea with an alternative ribbon treatment!