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!


Send A Smile In the Mail with a Handmade Card



In our fast-paced world of technology and instant messages, the simple act of sending a handmade card has a profound impact that often goes beyond words. When you take the time to create and send a handmade card, you're giving more than just a greeting; you're sharing a piece of your heart.

Crafting a card involves selecting the right colors, patterns, and designs that match the recipient's personality and the occasion. Crafting a card involves selecting the right colors, patterns, and designs that resonate with the recipient's personality and the occasion. When your recipients receive their cards, they are reminded of you and the effort you put into creating something unique just for them.

Today's project is a tag-fold card created with the Circle Sayings Bundle [161355] and would be so appreciated.  It's just like sending a smile in the mail; showing that you truly care about making the recipient's day brighter.

Fun-fold-tag-fold-sending-cardsYou can learn to make this tag fold by following this video tutorial.  It's a simple style and can work for any occasion.

Our world sometimes feels hurried and detached. The power of a handmade card represents a kind expression of human connection.  So, whether it's a birthday, a holiday, or just a random day, consider the impact you can make by sending a handmade card—a small, heartfelt gesture that carries so much significance.

What To Do with Those Leftover Scrappy Strips

Trees-minus-the-one-horse-open-sleighDo you keep all those scrappy strips of card stock and patterned paper because you just can't bear to throw them in the trash?

Here's a solution!

In today's One Horse Open Sleigh Suite card project, you can see how some of these scraps were used.

First of all, I find that many of my leftover strips are basically the same width or very close.  Such is the case in this card example.  There were two strips of Pretty Peacock and a Gold Foil Sheets [132622] strip that were almost the same length and I knew I could make them work together.

So without too much explanation, you can see how these three strips were used instead of a background layer.

Simple-background-layer-techniqueTry this simple technique with your leftover scrappy strips and your card design will be unique and fun!

August Monthly Online Card Class Video


We're excited to share a closer look at these pretty cards for our August Monthly Online Card Class.

If you missed this week's LIVE session on Facebook/YouTube, don't worry; we've got you covered. Get ready for some cardmaking fun as we explore these beautiful designs, handy tips, and creative techniques that were showcased during the class. Let's jump right in!

The three stamp sets featured here are Artistically Inked, Just My Type, and Dainty Delight.

Here's how you can get these card kits shipped to your door.

You can get the card kits as seen in the video with a qualifying purchase. RSVP by placing your order by the end of the day Monday, 8/7/23, using Host Code: 2FV7ET36


Get the Card Kits To Go:
1. Free with a minimum $45 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code: 2FV7ET36
You will receive the class kits for the three designed cards plus an additional finished card that you may keep or send to someone.
Click here to have the Host Code added for you.

2. If you place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax and after your BONUS codes have been applied) during the designated time period using Host Code: 2FV7ET36, you will receive the three card kits, a finished card PLUS an embellishment pack.
  Click here to have the Host Code added for you.

***To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, stamps, adhesives, embellishments, and ink. For these classes, 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!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards from our August Online Monthly Card Class! It was a pleasure demonstrating these creations during our LIVE session on Facebook and YouTube, where some valuable tips and techniques for cardmaking were shared. Remember, handmade cards are not only beautiful but also designed to bring joy and appreciation to your loved ones. Stay tuned for more crafting adventures, and keep the creativity flowing!

Until next time...make a card, send that card, and make a difference!

When You "Forget" A Birthday Card

Patchwork-card-zoo-crewWhen you "forget" a birthday or fail to get a card in the mail in time, what do you do?

You make a cutesy card with the perfect saying to cover your oops!

This card that features the Something Fancy Cling Stamp Set (English) [160416] and the adorable Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] is here to help you!

Zoo-crew-patchwork-belated-birthday-cardI mean what could be better than stretching out a birthday celebration?  And, these adorable characters from the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] really give it a light-hearted and, "please forgive me!" feel!

The patchwork design is super easy to create and a fun way to show off the many designs in our Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper collections.  And, you can get the details with the measurements for this technique right here on Ink and Inspirations.

Here are the supplies used for this belated birthday card idea.  Just click the links to get an up-close look at the products.

You probably have most of these items in your supplies so all the "extra" you will need so grab that pack of the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] and Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon [156485] to create your own card.  Of course, you will need the Something Fancy Cling Stamp Set (English) [160416] for that perfect, belated wish sentiment. 
If you'll look closely, I just fussy cut around the sentiments and black layer backing for the inside and outside of the card.  And, the animals are just fussy-cut from the designer paper.  I  love how these little animals are mostly black and white with a pop of color!

Zoo-crew-dspZoo Crew Designer Series Paper #161304

You will want to be subscribed to receive my weekly emails because in the August 1st edition, I am sharing another precious (and, simple) card idea featuring this paper!  Don't miss it! Projects in my emails are exclusive to subscribers so subscribe today!

Gather your supplies and start creating!  You will be ready with that belated birthday card when you "forget" to mail in time!

More Cardmaking Project Ideas and a Free Online Class


Do you love cardmaking and looking for inspiration and new ideas? When you sign up for our mailing list, you not only gain access to a world of creative possibilities, but you also receive a FREE online cardmaking class. It's our way of saying thank you for joining the Ink and Inspirations community!

But that's not all. Once you're on our mailing list, you'll receive a weekly email with Stampin' Up! project ideas, tips, and the latest news from Lisa Brown, owner and founder of Ink and Inspirations. You'll be among the first to know about new product releases, exclusive promotions, and exciting crafting techniques to take your cardmaking to the next level.

The FREE online cardmaking class contains some classic ideas that you will be able to create over and over again with your paper crafting supplies.

By signing up for our mailing list, you become part of a vibrant community of crafters who share the same passion for cardmaking. Connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and celebrate the joy of creating handmade cards that bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to elevate your cardmaking skills and stay up to date with the latest trends in the crafting world. Join our mailing list today and unlock a world of inspiration, creativity, and exciting cardmaking adventures!

Sign up now and get ready to embark on a delightful crafting journey with Lisa Brown and the Ink and Inspirations community. Let's create beautiful cards together and spread joy one handmade creation at a time!

Simple Stamping and A Quick Tip Video

Simple-stamping-earthen-texturesHere on Ink and Inspirations this past week, we have been spotlighting this beautiful stamp set and coordinating dies bundle, Earthen Textures.

This card features simple stamping and a quick tip for masking off an image using a post-it note and was the Saturday Morning Share yesterday.

Watch the recording below for the tip!

Lisa's Inklings:

Earthen-textures-simple-stampingExtra:  Use a Pebbled Path Stampin’ Blends [161658]marker to flick specks on the Basic White.

This beautiful bundle with a Southwest feel is amazing and can be used for almost any occasion.  Get yours today and try this simple stamping and quick tip on your next card!


Facebook - YouTube Live: Cardmaking with 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper...No Waste!


Let's make a card with a 6 x 6 piece of patterned paper without waste! We will be using Designer Series Paper that is on SALE this month at 15% off!
Ink and Inspirations LIVE on Facebook and YouTube, Thursday, June 22nd, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT. (NOTE different times!)
Join us!  Hope to see you then!

Tips for Summer Traveling with Your Crafting Supplies

Packing Crafts

Summer is the perfect time to explore new destinations and embark on exciting adventures. You may know that Jackie and I have just returned from a rather lengthy vacation to Arizona so I wanted to share my tips for summer traveling with crafting supplies. You can bet that I had my "bag of tricks" with me for crafting.

If you're a dedicated crafter, you don't have to leave your creative side behind while on the go. With a few handy tips, you can bring your crafting supplies along and indulge in your favorite hobby wherever your summer travels take you. Here are some helpful suggestions to make crafting on the road a breeze.

  1. Pack Kits from the Stampin' Up! Kit Collection:
    When space is limited, it's important to choose versatile and compact crafting options. Stampin' Up! offers a wide range of all-inclusive kits that are perfect for travel. These kits come with pre-designed projects, coordinating supplies, and detailed instructions, making it easy to create beautiful crafts on the go. Simply choose a kit or two that suits your interests, whether it's cardmaking, memory keeping, or home décor, and enjoy hassle-free crafting during your summer adventures.

  2. Carry Tools in a Zippered Pouch:
    To keep your essential tools organized and easily accessible, consider using a zippered pouch. Pack items like paper snips, adhesives, a bone folder, and any other tools you frequently use in a compact pouch. This will help prevent them from getting lost or damaged during transit. Additionally, opt for lightweight and travel-sized versions of your tools whenever possible to save space and ensure convenience.

  3. All-Occasion Sentiment Stamp Set:
    Having a versatile sentiment stamp set is a must for any traveler-crafter. Look for a set that includes sentiments suitable for various occasions, such as birthdays, thank you cards, congratulations, and more. With a well-chosen sentiment stamp set, you can easily personalize your handmade creations to suit any recipient or event while on the road.  Here's one I'd suggest!

  4. Punch for Sentiment Stamps:
    To add a touch of flair to your sentiment stamps, consider including a punch in your travel crafting supplies. A punch allows you to create beautifully shaped sentiments that can be layered or added as focal points on your projects. Choose a punch that coordinates well with your sentiment stamps and offers versatility for different design options.

  5. Simply Shammy for Cleaning Stamps:
    Keeping your stamps clean and well-maintained is essential for optimal performance. The Simply Shammy from Stampin' Up! is a convenient tool for on-the-go stamp cleaning. This reusable cloth requires only water to effectively clean your stamps, making it a practical choice for traveling. It's compact, lightweight, and easy to pack in your crafting essentials.


Summer traveling doesn't mean you have to put your crafting on hold. By following these tips for summer traveling with crafting supplies, you can take your creativity with you wherever you go. Pack all-inclusive kits, organize your tools in a zippered pouch, include an all-occasion sentiment stamp set and punch, and don't forget the Simply Shammy for hassle-free stamp cleaning. Enjoy the freedom to create and let your artistic inspiration shine while exploring new horizons this summer!

New to Cardmaking? Six Must-Have Tools


New cardmaker tools

If you're new to cardmaking, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what tools to invest in. Fortunately, there are a few essential tools that every beginner cardmaker should have in their toolkit. Here are the must-have tools for beginning cardmakers, all of which can be found from Stampin' Up!:


  1. Paper trimmer: A good paper trimmer is essential for cutting cardstock and patterned paper to the right size for your cards. The Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer is a high-quality option that makes it easy to get straight and precise cuts every time.


  2. Liquid adhesive: A strong and reliable liquid adhesive is a must-have for cardmaking. Stampin' Up! offers several types of adhesives, including the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, which is versatile and easy to use.


  3. Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors is a necessity for fussy cutting and trimming. The Stampin' Up! Paper Snips are specially designed for paper crafting and make it easy to get into tight spaces.


  4. Rubber stamps: Rubber stamps are a staple of cardmaking and allow you to create custom designs for your cards. Stampin' Up! offers a wide variety of rubber stamps in various themes and styles, so you're sure to find something that suits your needs.


  5. Ink pads: You'll need a selection of ink pads in different colors to stamp your designs onto cardstock. The Stampin' Up! Classic Stampin' Pads are available in dozens of colors and are specially formulated to give crisp and clean stamped images.


  6. Cardstock: Finally, you'll need a supply of high-quality cardstock in various colors to create the base of your cards. Stampin' Up! offers a variety of cardstock options, including the thick and sturdy Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock [159276].

Investing in these essential tools from Stampin' Up! will set you up for success as a beginner cardmaker. As you become more experienced, you can add additional tools and supplies to your collection, but these six items will get you started on the right foot. Happy crafting!

Simple Technique with Patterned Paper and Hello Ladybug


Today's card project features the simple technique with patterned paper from this week's premiere video.

I love the ladybug with the black and white background from the Zoo Crew 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161304] collection.  The pop of red is the perfect accent.

The photo below shows the inside of the card.  Using a scrap strip of patterned paper adds just the right touch of continuity from the card front.

Simple-cardmaking-hello-ladybugHere are the details with dimensions so that you can create this card.

Lisa's Inklings:

Here are the supplies used to create this project...




Now it's your turn to create this easy technique with patterned paper. Get your supplies and start your project!

Unlock Your Creativity with Exclusive Handmade Card Project Ideas


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  1. Fresh Inspiration: Our exclusive project ideas are carefully curated to provide you with unique and innovative designs. You'll discover fresh inspiration that will help you push the boundaries of your creativity and create projects that are truly one-of-a-kind.

  2. Step-by-Step Guidance: Our exclusive project ideas come with step-by-step instructions to guide you through the creative process. We believe in making crafting accessible to everyone, so our instructions are easy to follow. You'll gain confidence in your crafting skills as you successfully complete each project.

  3. Access to Special Materials: Some of our exclusive projects may include the use of specialty products or tools. By following our project ideas, you'll have the opportunity to explore and experiment with these materials, opening up a whole new world of creative possibilities.

  4. Community Engagement: Joining in on our exclusive projects means becoming part of a vibrant crafting community. Connect with fellow crafters on our private Facebook Group, Ink and Inspirations Stampers, share your creations, and gain inspiration from others. Our community is filled with supportive and passionate crafters who are always ready to cheer you on and offer helpful tips and advice.

  5. Upon signing up, receive access to a FREE online card class with simple styles that you can create over and over again!

Remember, these exclusive project ideas are only available as a subscriber to my mailing list. We are committed to providing our readers with fresh and exciting content that will inspire their crafting journey.

So why wait? Dive into our exclusive project ideas and unlock your creativity today. Get ready to embark on a crafting adventure like no other!

Taco Tuesday Dinner Party Decor Ideas with Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta

Taco-Fiesta-Taco-Tuesday-invitationThe Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta stamp set and other paper crafting supplies are just what you need for inspiration and embellishing table and home decor for a Taco Tuesday dinner party.

  1. Start off with handmade invitations using coordinating cardstock and ink colors to match the theme like the one pictured above using the Stampin' Up! Taco Fiesta stamp set.
  2. Customized place cards for each guest using small tags or folded cards.
  3. Themed napkin rings made with coordinating patterned paper and embellishments. 
  4. Themed pockets made from patterned papers to hold utensils, napkins, or stick candies like the ones seen HERE in this video tutorial.
  5. Festive banners or garlands using colorful cardstock and stamped images from the Taco Fiesta stamp set.
  6. Customized menu cards for each guest, made with coordinating cardstock and stamped images of tacos or other party foods.
  7. Drink coasters decorated with coordinating patterned paper and stamped images.
  8. Personalized party favors, such as small treat boxes or bags like the ones HERE, decorated with coordinating paper and stamped images of chili peppers from Taco Fiesta or other Mexican-themed designs.
  9. Customized photo booth props, such as mustaches or sombreros, made with cardstock.
  10. Handmade thank you cards for guests, made with coordinating cardstock and stamped sentiments of gratitude.


These are just a few ideas to get started, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to using Stampin' Up! supplies and the Taco Fiesta stamp set for a fun and festive Taco Tuesday dinner party.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Card with Tips for Backgrounds

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-1Let's start the week off with a birthday card tutorial including some tips for backgrounds. 

This card features the Share a Milkshake Bundle and I've used the "straw" stamp to make a fun background.  It adds a fun touch and ties in the Crumb Cake color from the cone and the ribbon.

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-2The images and dies in this combo of products add just the right touch for birthday celebrations, Valentine cards, or for just because greetings!

Card Making Supplies

Let's take a look at the video for this card assembly and tips!


Lisa's Inklings:

Stampin-up-brithday-card-red-white-3If you'd love to create a card like this one, you shop directly in my Online Store by clicking the link below.

Product List

Order-buttonI am ever so grateful for shopping with me!  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!

Now, get those supplies, and get ready to create some sweet projects like this birthday card with the Share A Milkshake Bundle [160396]!