It's A Fiesta! Birthday with Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta

Taco-fiesta-birthday-card-stampin-upToday's project is a birthday card using Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set [160732] that was featured in our LIVE broadcast this week.

This is a precious stamp set and the paper strip technique on this card was just the right choice! 

This cardmaking technique is created by starting off with 1/2" strips that are about 6" long. As you'll see in the video, it's very easy to get started.  Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • For this card, these 1/2" strips were arranged to a piece of Basic White cut at 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The placement of the first strip sets the angles and size of the overall pattern.
  • Patterned paper strips were used here but you can even use different colors of card stock.
  • Another option would be to alternate two different paper patterns.

If you enjoy this technique (and, using all those scraps), you'll enjoy this one, too!

Here's a look at the inside of the card...


If you'd like to create a card just like this one, here are the supplies that you'll need:

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Thank you so much for your consideration and for shopping with me!  It's a tremendous help to me and my little business.  And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order! 

As a special thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023!

Now that you've read this post, try this easy paper crafting technique and share your project over on our Facebook group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this easy technique and a birthday card with Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta!

It's Fiesta Time! Facebook/YouTube LIVE Tomorrow!

Makeover Magic YouTube ThumbnailIt's fiesta time and on our Facebook/YouTube LIVE tomorrow, we will be creating a fun and festive card!

You'll want to learn this technique using patterned paper strips! (A way to use all those scraps that you have!) We will be creating with the precious Taco Fiesta stamp set!
LIVE- Feb. 16, 2023: Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT
Or, YouTube:
Hope to see you for our fiesta time tomorrow on Facebook or YouTube Live!

Another Card with the No Line Watercolor Technique


For today's project here on Ink and Inspirations, we have another card featuring the no-line watercolor technique using the Stampin' Up! clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. This is a very easy technique that I first demonstrated in my live video last week on Facebook and YouTube. I wanted to share another card using this same technique.

The Dainty Designs has some floral images that are perfect for this technique. With small flowers and delicate stems, it's easy to paint overtop using the tip of your Wink of Stella brush. This is also a technique that can be finished easily and quickly while providing beautiful results. Your family and friends will love the cards you make with this technique.

Suggestion: When gathering your supplies to create a card like this, include a light neutral ink such as Stampin' Up! Sahara Sand, the clear week of stellar brush, and our fluid 100 watercolor paper that is thick and rich and really makes your project look beautiful.

In the video below, I will go through the entire watercolor process. It doesn't take very long as you will be able to see. Be sure you stay and watch through the end of the video to see a photo of the finished card with some adjustments that were made and why I made them.  Let's take a look at this fun watercolor technique using Wink of Stella.

Lisa's Inklings:

Simple-no-line-watercolor-stampin-up-card-ideaRemember the Dainty Flowers 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [160834] is FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration through February 28th and is available while supplies last! Make sure you get it before it's gone!


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Order-buttonThank you for your consideration in shopping with me.  When you do, it allows me to continue sharing and providing ideas and inspiration to you.

And, during Sale-A-Bration through the end of February, you can earn some fabulous free products with your qualifying order!  As a thank you from me, with each individual order of $100 or more, I will send you a $10 gift certificate to apply toward your order in March 2023! (Orders may not be combined.)

It's time to gather your supplies so that you can try this no-line watercolor technique on your next card!

2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card- Mistletoe Magic with an Easy Background Technique


It's not too early to start thinking of the 2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas card-making season!  Every year, this card maker is so thankful for all the cards shared with you beginning in late summer so that there is a good early start to my Christmas card stash!

This card is a beautiful sample of the create your own background technique.  Designed by my creative assistant, Catherine, the repetitive use of the Merry Christmas sentiment makes a perfect backdrop for the stamped, colored and die-cut mistletoe.

Here are the details to create this card:

  • Cut the card base at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” and score at 4 1/4”.
  • Cut the designer paper at 4” x 5 1/4” then adhere to the base.
  • Cut the Poppy Parade CS at 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”.  Glue in the center of the card front.
  • Cut a piece of Basic White at 3 1/2” x 4 3/4” and stamp Merry Christmas across as shown.
  • Stamp in Memento Black the mistletoe leaves and color with Stampin’ Blends. Use the coordinating die to cut out the image.
  • Adhere the mistletoe to the center of the card.
  • Stamp the bow and color with Blends then die cut. Add a dimensional to the back and adhere to the top of the mistletoe branch.

2022-stampin-up-christmas-card-idea-mistletoe-magic-backgroundThe designer paper used is from a beautiful collection that you can still earn for FREE with your qualifying purchase of at least $50 before shipping and tax. Rings Of Love 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [159939]. Here are two more cards created with this designer paper.

Here is a list of supplies used for this card. Just click the links to shop!  Thank you for your support!  Every order placed through my online store helps support my business and I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.

Here is a look at the inside of the card...

2022-stampin-up-christmas-card-mistletoe-magic-insideStart now getting ready for the 2022 Stampin' Up! Christmas card-making season and be sure to sign up for my email list to receive a special announcement tomorrow!


Paper Piecing Card Making Technique

Paper-piecing-card-making-technique-stampin-upOn this week's YouTube Premiere, we made this card using the super fun and super easy paper piecing technique! 

It's a shame that I don't use this cardmaking technique more often.  It really adds a simple wow factor to cards.  The stamp set featured is the Driving By Cling Stamp Set (English) [158099] that you can earn for FREE with your $50 qualifying Stampin' Up! purchase from my Online Store. And, you've seen me use this bright and cheery paper before! The Sunshine & Rainbows 6" X 6"  Designer Series Paper [158126] is also a Sale-A-Bration choice that you can earn for FREE. 

Here's the recording of the premiere featuring this card and one other with a simple and basic layout. 

Paper Piecing Card Making Technique

Lisa's Inklings:

  • When choosing a stamp for this technique, look for one with larger areas to make your "fussy cutting" easier.
  • Before stamping for your paper piecing, scan your designer paper to find the best "scene" for your project.  As you can see on this card, even a partial rainbow looks good.
  • Reminder: You will stamp the image twice.  Once on Basic White and once on the patterned paper.

Paper-piecing-card-making-techniqueThat Sunshine & Rainbows 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper [158126] is awesome!  The colors are cheerful and the designs are diverse and fun! How can you get it for FREE?  Purchase $50 in product before tax and shipping in Stampin' Up! product by the end of the month, February 28, 2022.  Then you can choose this as your FREEBIE.  There is no limit to the amount of FREE Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn.  There are Level 1 items (Free with $50) and Level 2 items (Free with $100).
You can see all of the Sale-A-Bration choices HERE.

Sale-A-Bration will be over before you know it so don't miss out!  You can do your shopping here right now or email me and I will be happy to place your order for you!  Then you can start making cute cards with this paper piecing card making technique!

Easy Background Technique for Handmade Cards


Today's project and video tutorial are all about an easy background technique for your handmade cards.  Your stamps and ink can easily be used for so many techniques and accents on your crafting projects.

In this quick video, you will see a two-step technique.  Both can be used separately but also complement the other when combined.  Let's take a look and get ready to try this magic on your cards!

Easy Background Technique for Handmade Cards

Lisa's Inklings:
-Blending brushes work wonderfully to apply ink to card stock in a subtle way.
-The repetitive background stamping works well with smaller images as well as sentiments.
-The additional technique shown is the layering of identical stamped images to give depth and dimension.

Easy-background-technique-catching-butterfliesTip:  I love combining baker's twine or linen thread with ribbon!  It gives your project extra texture.

Easy-backround-technique-stampin-up-card-ideaHere are the supplies used for today's cardmaking project.  I appreciate your support! When you shop with me, it supports my small business and enables me to continue providing content through this blog, via email, and social media.

The Catching Butterflies Cling Stamp Set (English) [158108] is adorable and the only way to get it is to earn it for FREE with a $50 purchase before tax and shipping!  See another way that I've used this stamp set HERE.

Now it's your turn to get those creative juices flowing and try this easy background technique for handmade cards.

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card with Easy Techniques

2021-Stampin-Up-Christmas-Card-techniques-angels-of-peaceThis project is a 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas card that I hope you will love as much as I do!  With some easy techniques that you can add or omit, this card will be a pretty favorite that your friends and family will love!

The Angels Of Peace Cling Stamp Set (English) [156365] is one that can be used during the Christmas season or any time of year.  This little one carries a little holly sprig and there is a more mature angel.  Both are super sweet and pretty and are fun to color.

This project was originally seen on my YouTube Premiere last week.  You can tune in there on most Thursday evenings to see a new project or two and participate in the LIVE chat.

Here's a look at this card in the making with those easy techniques that I mentioned earlier.

2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card with Easy Techniques

Lisa's Inklings:

Download the Ink and Inspirations Project Sheet PDF Here. This PDF contains project details with measurements and a complete listing of supplies used on this card.

You can save this PDF (linked above) to your files on your device or print it to keep on file.


You can create this card without all the techniques and it would still be a beautiful card and much easier to mass-produce. And, you could always re-create it in a different color scheme.  It would be so pretty in traditional colors, too.  What do you think about this card in pink?  I am loving this color palette featured in the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper [156329].

Now that you've read this post, get the supplies you need to make this card. Thank you for tuning in today for this 2021 Stampin' Up! Christmas card with easy techniques.

Simple Spotlighting Technique for Card Making


Here's a sweet project with a simple spotlighting technique for card making.  This card and video have been ready to share for quite some time and the linen thread is no longer available.  I'll share an alternative during the video.

About the technique...

There is a spotlighting technique that is a little more "detailed" but this method is really easy and I think you will enjoy it for your cards.  Here's a close-up look...

Simple-spotlighting-cardmaking-technique-2Let's take a look at the video tutorial so you can try it!

Simple Spotlighting Technique for Card Making

Lisa's Inklings:

If you'd like to create this card, just simply click on any image below to have it shipped to your home. Thank you so much for choosing me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

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Now you can create a card with a simple spotlighting technique to add a pop of interest to your handmade creations!

Alcohol Marker and Vellum Technique for Cardmaking

Sept-16This week's YouTube Premiere featured an alcohol marker and vellum technique for cardmaking.  This is a really fun technique and you may find yourself doing it over and over.  There will be a supply list below but it's important that you have 99.9% Isopropol Alcohol.  This link takes you to the brand that I purchased from Amazon.

Alcohol-vellum-technique-stampin-up-1There's just a touch of this technique on the card above.  Can you spot it?

The second card was a remake of an anniversary card that I made for Jackie.  You will see the comparison in the video.


Here's the video for your viewing pleasure. :)

Alcohol Marker and Vellum Technique for Card Making.

Lisa's Inklings for Card #1:

Card #2:

This is a beautiful suite of products.  You can see all the parts HERE.

Here are the specifics that were used for these two projects. I added the ephemera pack because there are parts you can use on these cards.

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Create your own beautiful Blackberry Suite cards and try this alcohol marker and vellum technique on your next cardmaking project!



I still have a few Adhesive Packs available!  It's a super deal and makes a great gift.  Read all about it HERE.

Make Your Own Patterned Paper for Cardmaking


Make your own patterned paper for card making with this One Sheet Wonder using the beautiful Gorgeous Leaves Bundle from Stampin' Up! 

What is a One Sheet Wonder? It's the technique of stamping on one piece of cardstock with several images to create a background look.  You cut this card stock into different pieces to use as layers on a card.  It's a fun process and turns out different every time!

This video is an edited version of last week's Facebook Live.  You can watch me make this patterned paper for today's cardmaking project.


Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-gorgeous-leaves-one-sheet-wonderTip from the video: Leave some of the "bits" in the die-cut. it gives it a very unique and interesting look!

I would be happy to have you pick up this fabulous bundle set and other supplies from me. 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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Reminder!  Free Class with an order of $50 or more!  Read all about it here!

Blank 2000 x 2000-13Now that you've read this post, it's time for you to make your own patterned paper for cardmaking!

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! 

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

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 the light; send a card!

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.

Stampin' Up! Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine-birthday-card-natures-rootsLet's start the week off with a masculine birthday card made with a beautiful "retiring" stamp set from Stampin' Up! 

The Rooted In Nature Cling Stamp Set (English) [148217] and coordinating Nature's Roots Dies [146341] have been two of my favorite go-to supplies when making cards for the guys in our family.  This card has a twin and will be delivered to two family members in May. 

Don't you love that beautiful oak tree?  Be sure to check out this simple inking technique with the Stamparatus to get that pretty ombré effect.

Ready to see the process?  Let's go!

Lisa's Inklings:

The Stamparatus is a great tool for so many techniques. Be sure you watch this one for the inking technique used on this masculine birthday card!

Don't miss out on these two Last Chance Products that are only available while the supply lasts!  Click the links below to be taken directly to the Online Store.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Here's hoping you've been inspired to create and masculine birthday card like the one you've seen.