Easy Layers for Your Handmade Cards


Today, let's explore the beauty of easy layers, a technique that can transform your handmade cards from ordinary to extraordinary. It's amazing what you can achieve with just the right blend of designer series papers and coordinating cardstock. In this project, we're showcasing the delightful Bee Mini Suite from the January to April 2024 Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.

The key to making a card that wows lies in the selection of your basic card-making supplies. Whether you're an experienced crafter or just starting, this project is designed to inspire and elevate your card-making skills. The Bee Mine Suite offers an adorable theme that adds a touch of sweetness to your creations.

To guide you through the process, we have a video tutorial that demonstrates how easy it is to work with these simple layers.

By incorporating easy layers into your card-making, you open up a world of possibilities. Experiment with different color combinations, patterns, and textures to create cards that reflect your style. Whether you're sending heartfelt wishes or creating a card "just because", you're creations will be welcomed and cherished.

2024-stampin-up-valentine-bee-mine-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • The designer paper border strip is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Large rectangle layers: Designer Paper- 3 1/8" x 4 3/4"; Basic White - 3 1/4" x 4 7/8".
  • Small rectangle layers: Designer Paper - 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"; Basic White - 2 5/8" x 3 7/8"

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Now that you've seen the video, grab your supplies, and get started. Explore, create, and enjoy the art of easy layers for your handmade cards.

Three New Stampin' Up! Card Ideas Video

Three New Stampin' Up! Card Ideas Video


How about three new Stampin' Up! card ideas?  In yesterday's LIVE broadcast, we featured new products from the Stampin' Up! January-April Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure. 

It's always fun creating with new goodies and this new catalog does not disappoint!  There is something for everyone!

Take a look at the recording of the video and let me know what you think!  Do you have a favorite?

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Here are the featured supplies used in this video...

Thanks for checking in and watching the recording of these new Stampin' Up! card ideas!  Leave a comment below with your favorite!


Early Bird Pricing on Our New Online Card Class!


Join us for the Bee My Valentine Online Card Class, a delightful journey into the world of vibrant colors, charming designs, and  two unique fun folds.  

In this class, you'll learn the step-by-step instructions in video tutorial format for creating these three card projects

But that's not all!  This class will also give you ideas that you will be able to create over and over again 

And, if you purchase now, you will get the class at a 20% discount!

From today, January 4th until Tuesday, July 9th you can purchase this class for only $19.95!  Full price for this class will be $25.

More About The Bee My Valentine Online Card Class!

  • This class includes three video tutorials that are easy to follow and include a total of approximately one hour of instruction.
  • You'll have 24/7 access so you can work at your own pace
  • You'll learn the skills and techniques needed to create two fun fold cards and a classic card design that you can create over and over again.
  • Thank You Bonus! As a heartfelt thank you for joining our class, you will receive a Project Sheet via email. Keep it handy for future reference, enabling you to recreate these beautiful designs whenever the creative mood strikes.

While this class highlights the Bee Mine Suite, the included projects are designed to be created with any paper crafting supplies you have on hand. 

Get ready to discover how to make stunning creations with what's already in your crafting supply.

Full price for this class is $25.

But, the EARLY BIRD Price is $19.95 

if you purchase by Tuesday, January 9, 2024!

Click HERE to get the Early Bird Price for the Bee Mine Online Card Class!

"See" you in class!

Easy Gift Card Holder with Gift of Giving

Santa-gift-card-holderToday's project is a gift card holder created primarily with Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper.  This is a festive way to use your paper in your stash to create for the Christmas season of giving.

The design was presented in an Ink and Inspirations LIVE video.  You see the assembly and the process in the video HERE.

Easy-santa-gift-card-holderIt's so simple to make a pocket for a gift card with an easy 1" fold of designer paper.  Below are the basic measurements so that you can create these this holiday season.

  • Cut the designer paper to 4 1/4" x 12". Score at 1" and 6 1/2".
  • You will need a piece of card stock that coordinates with the designer paper and cut 1" x 4 1/4". This strip will be adhered to on the left edge of the designer paper and will be part of the pocket.
  • The inner pieces of card stock are to write your message and are cut 3" x 4" in Basic White and 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" in the same color as the coordinating card stock strip.
  • If you'd like a closure for your card, glue a long piece of ribbon around to tie on the right closure. The main image on the front should be glued over the ribbon to secure it.


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Make A Christmas Card with a Simple Design and A Powerful Message


Hey there, crafty friends! Ready to whip up some Christmas magic? Today, we're making a simple yet stunning card design that echoes the spirit of the season.

Our star of the show? The Night Divine Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! It's all about easy elegance and powerful messages. So, grab your crafting essentials, and let's get crafting!

Lisa's Inklings:

Religious-Christmas-card-2Here are most of the supplies used for today's project.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!


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And there you have it, a bit of Christmas charm with a simple design and a powerful message.   The Night Divine Stamp Set expresses the true reason for the season. Create this card idea and send a beautiful message to your family and friends this Christmas season.


How To Make Christmas Gift Card Holders with Patterned Paper


'Tis the season for spreading joy and what better way than with a touch of handmade charm?
In today's video tutorial, discover a fun way of crafting Christmas gift card holders using your favorite patterned papers.  This step-by-step video will show you how to turn ordinary designer paper into a holiday masterpiece. Join us, where we spotlight the versatile Gift of Giving stamp set, making this project an excellent way to enhance your gift-giving this holiday season.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper to 4 1/4" x 12".  Score at 1" and 6 1/2".
  • Cut two pieces of cardstock that coordinates with your designer paper. (1)- 1" x 4 1/4" and (1)- 4 1/4" x 3 1/4".
  • Cut a piece of Basic White" 4" x 3".  Layer on top of the larger piece of card stock for the inside of the card.

Gift-card-holder-made-with-patterned-paper-insideAnd there you have it—Christmas gift card holders made easy! I hope this tutorial has inspired you to transform your cherished patterned papers into delightful, personalized gifts. As we shine our November Product Spotlight on the Gift of Giving stamp set, let it be a reminder that the joy of the season is often found in the little details.  Happy crafting, and may your holidays be filled with handmade warmth!

Christmas Gift Idea for the Avid Reader on Your List - A Fun Fold Card Idea



Today's project is a delightful fun fold pocket card designed to bring joy to book lovers or students on your list.
While it's a treat for anyone, we've added a special touch that will especially resonate with the bookworms in your life. The creation of this charming card unfolded during our recent LIVE session on Thursday evening, showcasing the elegance of the Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle from Stampin' Up!  If you're ready to create a project filled with whimsy and charm, this project is tailor-made for you!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Lost Lagoon: Card Base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" to diagonal cut, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" to back mini card, scrap for punching and sentiment, 2" x 5" for bookmark.
  • Winter Meadow DSP: 4" x 5 1/4" for base, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" to diagonal cut, 3" x 8" for mini card.
  • Basic White: 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" for inside mini card, scrap for stamping and punching.
  • Silver Foil: Scrap for sentiment and 2" circle punch.

Snowflakes-pocket-cardIf you'd like to create this card, the supplies are listed below.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!

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 This fun fold pocket card, adorned with the enchanting Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle, is not just a card; it's a thoughtful gesture that will be appreciated.  Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just beginning your creative journey, this project brings the joy of gifting to life. So, grab your supplies, tune into the video tutorial, and start crafting!  Then, share your pocket card on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group!

Last Chance: November Card Kits To Go



Hurry! Tomorrow is the final day to secure these fun card kits with your qualifying purchase of $50 or more before shipping and tax using our current Host Code: MFFGARTJ.
This offer will end soon, so be sure to act now and reserve your Card Kits To Go before it's too late!

RSVP: Place Your Order by the end of the day Friday, November 10th

To get your hands on these fantastic Card Kits To Go, all you need to do is place your order by the end of the day today, Friday, November 10th, using Host Code: MFFGARTJ. Once you've done that, you're all set to receive these creative kits.

How to Get Your Card Kits To Go

  1. Free with a Minimum $50 Purchase: Simply make a purchase of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: MFFGARTJ, and the class kits for three specially designed cards are yours. Plus, you'll also receive an additional finished card that you can choose to keep or send to someone special.

  2. Extra Bonus: If you decide to go a little further with your order and spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of the day Friday, November 10th using Host Code: MFFGARTJ, you'll not only get the three card kits and a finished card but also an embellishment pack to take your creativity to the next level.

Don't Miss Out: Order Today

The clock is ticking, and you won't want to miss the chance to grab these exclusive Card Kits To Go. Remember, your order must be placed by the end of the day today, Friday, November 10, 2023, to qualify for this fantastic offer.

November Class Kits Timeline

Once you've secured your card kits, here's what to expect:

  • November 11-12: We'll be hard at work, cutting, sorting, and preparing your packets for shipping.
  • November 13-14: Your class packets will be shipped to your doorstep, and you'll also receive an email with the link to the class page and project sheet.

Get ready to unleash your creativity with our November Card Kits To Go! It's the perfect way to get into the holiday crafting spirit, and we can't wait to share these delightful projects with you.

So, hurry and place your order now to enjoy this limited-time offer. Thank you for choosing to create with us!

O Holy Night Christmas Card


Today's project is a card representing the true meaning of Christmas with a depiction of a scene from that O Holy Night.

The design of this card comes to life with the scenic view offered by the O Holy Night 12" X 12"  Designer Series Paper [161986].  With it's starry skies, desert views, and artful depictions of that first Christmas night, this paper has been a joy to create many different kinds of cards.

Here are some of the details and measurements for you to make your own.

Lisa's Inklings:

Christmas-card-shepherd-bethlehem-3The inside of the card is a Very Vanilla piece cut at 4" x 5 1/4" with the sentiment stamped in Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad [147110] and the stars stamped in Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad [147105].  Both stamps are from the Night Divine stamp set included in the Night Divine Bundle (English) [161997].

If you'd like to make this card, the general list of supplies is below. I am incredibly grateful for your orders. They not only support my business but also inspire me to keep sharing the art of card making and paper crafting with you. Thank you!

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Christmas-card-shepherd-bethlehem-2Send heartfelt greetings to your family and friends this year with a simple yet beautiful card in remembrance and celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Order your supplies today!

Cardmaking Tips - 2023 Stampin' Up! Trucking Along Christmas Card

Cardmaking-Tips-trucking-Along-1Today's project is a fun and festive 2023 Stampin' Up! Christmas card featuring the awesome Stampin' Up! Trucking Along set from the Trucking Along Bundle (English) [162306] that includes the Truck Builder Punch. But wait, there's more! We've prepared a quick video tutorial filled with handy tips to make your crafting easier and a success. So, let's jump in, and let's get started.

Lisa's Inklings: (measurements in inches)

Cardmaking-tips-trucking-along-2The stamp set has the "filler" for the gifts and tires but I like coloring so I used that technique instead of two-step stamping.

Here are the products used for this Trucking Along Christmas Card.  Your continued support through orders in my online store is invaluable.  I'm truly thankful for you!

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Are you ready to get crafting with Stampin' Up! Trucking Along? We're thrilled to announce that this fantastic bundle is not just the star of today's Christmas card; it's also featured in our upcoming November Card Kit Class!
How do you get this special treat?
Just place a Stampin' Up! order of $50 or more before shipping and tax using Host Code MFFGARTJ in my Online Store.
As a big thank you, you'll receive the November Card Kit Class to kick off your creative journey. Use some or all of the card-making tips that you've seen here today and let's make this holiday season extra special with handmade, heartfelt greetings!


Rockin' and Rollin' Fun Fold with Fluffiest Friends

Fluffiest-friends-rocking-cardHappy Monday!  Today, we are rockin' and rollin' with this fun fold and the new Stampin' Up! Fluffiest Friends #162850 which debuts tomorrow, November 6th in the Stampin' Up! Online Store.

This is a super simple card if you can get the "science" right ;) as you'll see in the recording of my Saturday Morning Share Video below.

Have circles?  Let's rock!

Isn't that fun? When you make yours, please share in our group on Facebook HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need a 4" circle for your base to fold in half as seen in the video.
  • Cut another circle about 1/4" smaller of patterned paper and light neutral if you want an area on the back for stamping/writing.  You will need only a half circle of each and save the other halves for a different card.
  • Cut the "mechanism" at 1/2" x 2.  Score at 1/2", 1", and 1 1/2".  Accordion fold and attach to the inside of the card as seen in the video.
  • Choose an image for your spotlight but not too big.  As we saw in the epic fail in my video ;), it cannot be too top-heavy! 
  • Die cut or punch card stock to cover the back of the image and to attach to the fold of the circle.
  • Add sentiment as desired. 

Here's the reverse side of the card...


And, here's the fixed version of the second card!
Sms-rock-deerNow that you've seen the video and the tips of what "not to do", create your fun fold rockin' and rollin' card then join us on Facebook and share to inspire all of us!

Trucking Along with November Monthly Online Card Class

November-montthly-card-classAs we step into the new month, it's time to reveal the three fun cards of our November Monthly Card Class.

This month, our class showcases a Christmas card that spreads holiday cheer, a birthday card that can be customized for any occasion, and a simple yet classy fun fold that'll leave you inspired. Our featured stamp set is the delightful Stampin' Up! Trucking Along Bundle, but remember, you can personalize these designs with any of your favorite stamp sets.

Here's the information to get these card kits sent to you for FREE.

Get the Card Kits To Go:
1. Free with a minimum $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: MFFGARTJ.

(If your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax, you do not use the code so that you can get Stampin' Rewards for FREE products before checkout.)

2. You will receive the class kits for the three designed cards plus an additional finished card that you may keep or send to someone. (Stamped images are not included per Stampin' Up! policy.)

3. If you place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax) during the designated time using Host Code:MFFGARTJ, you will receive the three card kits, a finished card PLUS an embellishment pack.
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 4. Order must be placed by Friday, November 10, 2023.

***To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, stamps, adhesives, embellishments, and ink. To complete the projects as seen in the photos, you will need the Trucking Along Bundle. For this class, the die cuts, punched pieces, and cut card stock/designer paper will be done for you so your cards will be ready to stamp and assemble!

Nov-class-truck-christmasIsn't this a precious Christmas card? The kit contains the die-cut tag and you can use a different stamp set if you don't order the Trucking Along set.

Nov-class-truck-birthdayFor this card, all that is needed is a sentiment stamp for your occasion.   This is an idea for using the Truck Builder Punch without the stamp set.


The last card is a simple fun fold that can be used for a card of encouragement, thinking of you, or customized for any occasion with your choice of stamp set.

These November card class projects are more than just cards; they're the means to spread happiness, celebrate special moments, and share your creativity with loved ones.

If you'd like to create these cards, you can get your hands on our card kits with a qualifying order.  Be sure to check out our photos of these special cards, and don't miss the chance to share a piece of your heart through your cardmaking. Thank you for joining us on this creative adventure, and we can't wait to see your versions of these wonderful cards!

Ink and Inspirations November Online Card Class


November Monthly Card Class


Come join us to make three fun cards with the Trucking Along Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Online Exclusives.  It's a bundle with a punch and the stamp set is so versatile, I know you will love it!

Trucking Along Bundle

(If you purchase the Trucking Along Bundle, you must add to your order to qualify to receive the card kits.)

We’ll make the 3 cards that are shown in the photo above.

11/2(TH) –  Facebook and YouTube – 6 pm CT (7 PM ET, 5 PM MT, 4 PM ET)

The class is free to watch but you can get the card kits with a qualifying purchase.  ($50 minimum before shipping and tax) RSVP by placing your order by Saturday 9/30/23, using Host Code: MFFGARTJ

Get the Card Kits To Go:

  1. Free with a minimum $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: 
  2. You will receive the class kits for the three designed cards for plus an additional finished card that you may keep or send to someone.

    3. If you place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax )during the designated time period using Host Code:MFFGARTJ, you will receive the three card kits, a finished card PLUS an embellishment pack.

    4. Order must be placed by Friday, November 10, 2023.


***To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, stamps, adhesives, embellishments, and ink.  To complete the projects as seen in the video, you will need the Trucking Along Bundle. For this class, the die cuts, punched pieces, and cut card stock/designer paper will be done for you so your cards will be ready to stamp and assemble!

Can’t make it at the time given? No worries, the replay of the online class will be hosted on my YouTube Channel indefinitely.

Hope to see you  tonight on Facebook or YouTube for our November Online Card Class!

Creating Gratitude with a Fun Fold Card and Earthen Textures

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In a world where a simple act of kindness can create a ripple effect, we've embarked on a heartwarming journey to foster gratitude, one handmade card at a time.

Over the past few weeks, we've been discussing the incredible #creatinggratitude movement, and many of you have joined our mission by sending out cards filled with love, gratitude, and inspiration. If you're eager to be part of this uplifting movement, we invite you to join us on the Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group on Facebook. Let's work together to spread positivity and make the world a little brighter through the power of heartfelt creations.

Here in the U.S., this is the month of Thanksgiving. What a perfect time to be expressing gratitude and sentiments of love.  Today's project is a fun fold card idea that you can create to express gratitude. 

Fun-fold-card-creating-gratitude-earthen-texturesThis fun fold is known as a Bendy Fold. The inside has a paper mechanism that bends a bit to have a piece spotlighted or pop up inside the card. It's all held together to mail by what's called a Belly Band which is a strip of card stock wrapped around the card base and can be slipped on and off.


See the video tutorial with the assembly instructions for this type of fun fold in this previous blog post.

You can create this card using the featured projects listed below.  I appreciate your consideration in shopping with me.

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As we continue to spread love, gratitude, and inspiration through our handmade cards, we hope you'll join us on this journey. Together, we can make the world a better place, one card at a time. Share your stories, your creations, and your experiences on the #creatinggratitude movement in our community on Facebook. We're excited to see how your cards touch the hearts of those who receive them, and together, we'll prove that even the smallest gestures can create the most significant impact.

Thank you for being a part of this wonderful mission, and we look forward to building a more grateful world with you.

Accordion Fold Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! Night Divine


Step into the holiday season with a heartfelt message with this project that captures the essence of Christmas. Join us as we create a beautiful accordion fold Christmas card featuring the Night Divine Bundle (English) [161997] and the enchanting O Holy Night Designer Series Paper, both from Stampin' Up! The magic of the season shines through in the details of this card.

Below is the recording of the LIVE video shared this week on Facebook. We hope you are inspired to create this card for family and friends!

Lisa's Inklings:

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Embrace the spirit of Christmas with this unique accordion fold card that beautifully showcases the Night Divine Bundle and the O Holy Night Designer Series Paper. Remember, the joy of the season lies in sharing it with others, and a handmade card with a heartfelt message is the perfect way to do just that. We hope you've enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to create your own meaningful cards for this special time of year.