Cardmaking 101: Finishing Tip

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How about a quick tip for finishing your handmade cards?  I've shared this idea before but wanted to post again for new viewers!

This is a time saver and really easy to do.  Watch the video below then comment below if you think you'll use this idea!

Here's what you'll need!

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Customize Your Embellishments for Your Handmade Cards

Customize-embellishmentsDid you know that you can easily customize your embellishments for your handmade cards?  Thanks to the help of our alcohol markers, Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends, many items can be colored to match your cardmaking and paper crafting projects.  

While creating a monochromatic colored card recently, I just couldn't find the right embellishment in the right color.  Then, all of a sudden, it hit me!

Take a peek at this short video with an idea that you'll want to try sometime!

 

Here are some of the Stampin' Up! embellishments that look great colored with Stampin' Blends.

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Cardmaking Tip: Framing A Sentiment

Framing-a-sentiment-bird-balladToday's post is the "conclusion" from yesterday's video with this sweet card using the Free As A Bird Bundle from Stampin' Up!

On this card, the focal point is the sentiment but notice how the die cut flowers gently frame it out.  It's a simple addition that adds a special touch.

Let's take a look at the video for this cardmaking project.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Pool Party card base is cut 4-1/4" x 11".  You can get the same look with a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" base.
  • Designer paper (cages pattern) 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Whisper White 4" x 5" for stamping, die cutting and fussy cutting.

Here are the supplies needed for today's project.  Just click the links for more information or to shop.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you!

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Now that you have the how-to for this sweet cardmaking project, give it a try.  Frame out a sentiment that's the focal point of your card!


Cardmaking Tip Video: Adding Trim or Ribbon

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In today's cardmaking tip video, let's look at an easy way to add ribbon or trim to your handmade card or paper crafting projects.  This tiny bit of embellishment makes a statement and adds a sweet touch.  TThe lace seen above is the new Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim.

Here's the video with the super simple method of using trim or ribbon on your handmade cards.


This technique is a great way to use ribbon, lace, or trim while just using a smidgen of your embellishment.

Also, if you plan on mailing your cards, its the perfect way to add this bit of texture without adding too much bulk or weight to your cards. 

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Tune in tomorrow to see the completed card using this method of adding trim or ribbon and thank you for tuning in for today's cardmaking tip video tutorial.


Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping Ideas and Tips

Let's talk a little about scrapbooking and memory keeping.  In this post, you will hear and see a bit about how I go about preserving memories with photos and journaling.

This information was shared on my Facebook page, Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown, earlier this month on International Scrapbooking Day.   If you scrapbook or have ever thought about preserving your photos and memories, I hope you find this information helpful.

 

Scrapbooking-titles-tipTip: I find it easier to die cut my letters in Whisper White or Very Vanilla then sponge on the ink in the color I need/want depending on the layout.

These letter dies are retiring!  If you scrapbook, these are GREAT to have! Get yours here! ---> http://bit.ly/large-letters-stampin-up

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Here's the traditional layout that was created on the back of the Mount Rushmore page shown in the video above. Below is the stamp set that was used. It is "retiring", too.  It's a good one for travel pages.  Click the image below to see the En Route stamp set in the online store.

Below you can see how I cut my 4 x 6 photos in half to fit into two, 3 x 4 pockets.

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Here's are two more tips regarding the next photo below:

  • Notice the upper right pocket. I added a 1-1/2” strip of Whisper White to the Memories and More Card. I’ll use this for my page title.
  • The photos have been cut down to 3 x 4.

    Personal note: I realize that years from now these animal photos will not be “cherished” 🙂. But, my written memories will be. And, for now, we enjoy them. Plus, I figure that I’ll use these as a teaching tool for the grandchildren.

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Using the Designer Paper that coordinates with the Happiness Blooms Memories and More Card Kit, I cut 4x6 or 3x4 pieces for fillers on pocket pages. Cut strips or use as layers for traditional pages.

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Some final thoughts...

 

Thanks for visiting today for these tips and thoughts on scrapbooking.  Memory keeping is important...share your story! Get started with your photos and supplies that you can find HERE!


I Love Lists!

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Lists are great. Lists keep me on track, indicate progress, and hold me accountable. My most important list has your name on it...and, if it doesn't, I'd like to invite you to sign up.

The members of my mailing list keep me on track: I know they are counting on me to provide great content and information regarding something they are passionate about.

My mailing list helps me see progress
: As my list grows, it is an indicator that I am reaching more and more about a craft that I love and want to share with everyone.


My mailing list holds me accountable: I know that I must keep up with the latest trends and creative ideas because you are counting on me to do so.

Sign up now and don't miss out on exclusive content and ideas that, I hope, will inspire you in your rubber stamping and paper crafting. I am passionate about what I do and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Click HERE to sign up for the Ink and Inspirations Mailing Lists to receive my weekly emails with exclusive project ideas and more!


Your Questions Answered: What To Do When You Run Out Of THAT Cardstock

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Today's tip video answers the question about what to do when you run out of a specific color of cardstock and you really need to finish the project.

We've all been there, haven't we?  Those times when you need a piece of THAT color and your scraps are all way too small.

In this cardmaking video, two of the Stampin' Up! retiring In Colors are used.  But, since that recording, those particular cardstock colors are OUT OF STOCK!  What's a crafter to do?

Take a look at the video below and see an easy solution that works for me.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I will be honored to serve you.  You can shop online anytime here in my Online Store.  You may also call or e-mail me.

If you have any questions for me to answer regarding cardmaking, rubber stamping, or paper crafting, please leave a comment below.  I will do my best to answer and if I don't know, I will find out!  Hope you will try this tip when you run out of a specific color of cardstock!


Must-Have Tool for Cardmaking and Papercrafting

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What must-have tool for cardmaking and paper crafting do I recommend?  This is a question that I often receive so here's my video response!  If you are a beginning crafter, it is my hope that you will find this information helpful. 

Circle Punches mentioned in the video:

These circle punches are retiring and only available while supplies last!

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My circle punches are the most used tools in my crafting studio...other than the basics mentioned in today's video.  These punches are especially helpful when you are mass producing cards such as birthday or holiday cards.  Punches speed up the process quite a bit!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If I can help you with anything, please let me know.  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I will be honored to serve you.  You can shop online anytime here in my Online Store.  You may also call or e-mail me.

If you have a favorite must-have tool for paper crafting or cardmaking, leave a comment below and let us know!

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Your Questions Answered: Which Stampin' Blends Colors to Start?

Stampin-blends-blog-post-imageIn this "Your Questions Answered" video, we address the Stampin' Up! Alcohol Markers and which colors are best to start your collection.

Stampin' Up! offers a wide range of our colors in these beautiful markers.   You can see them all HERE.

Let's talk a little more about it, shall we?

Here are the Stampin' Blends colors that I recommend in the video:

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If you would like to add to your collection one marker at a time, the Stampin' Blends are available in singles.  The combo item numbers listed above are configured that way for ease in ordering.  Here is the list of singles and the item numbers.

 

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You can see some Stampin' Blends samples on this Easter treat basket and this Easter card!

I hope this "Your Questions Answered" video on Stampin' Blends has been helpful to you and you are inspired to start or add your collection!

 

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Tip: Get These Colors Now!

It's that time of year when we know we are going to say "goodbye" to some of our favorite colors so I am encouraging you to get these now!  

The 2017-2019 will be retiring...we know that! And, we also know that the cardstock, ink refills, ribbons, embellishments, and ink pads in these colors will be among the first items to sell out once Stampin' Up! announces the complete retiring list on the 15th!

Here is the list of the retiring In Colors with most of the product available in those colors. Click the links to be taken to the Online Store!  If you are looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to serve you.

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Use this Host Code when placing an order in my Online Store to receive a gift from me.  If your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax, please do not use this code as you will earn Stampin' Rewards for free product to add to your order from Stampin' Up!  I will still send your gift!

Shop now so you can stock up on your favorite retiring In Colors!


Storage by Stampin' Up! Available Beginning April 1st!

 

We've asked for it...now we have some sleek storage options from Stampin' Up!

I'll have more information in my next post but in the meantime, you can take a look at the options!

Download the flyer here! *

*This stamp pad storage is sized for the new style ink pads.

Tune in tomorrow for more on the new Storage by Stampin' Up!


Cardmaking Tip- Cluster Stamping Technique

Cardmaking-tip-cluster-stampingToday's tip is a cardmaking technique that is a fun way to add a sentiment to your creations that we call Cluster Stamping.

The stamp set featured in this video tutorial is So Hoppy Together which is one of the sets that you can choose for FREE with your qualifying purchase through March 31, 2019.  That's right!  Only 3 more days!

We created this card on one of my Final Countdown to Sale-A-Bration on my Facebook page.
You can see more on the cute images in this set on this post about Stamp Surgery.

Let's take a look at this Cluster Stamping technique in this video tutorial.

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • This technique is easiest with smaller sentiment steps but don't let that stop you!  Try out some larger stamps and let us know how it works.
  • The cute little frog on this card is colored with our Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends.  If you haven't tried these, please take the plunge and do!  So fun and easy!

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Now that you've watched the video and seen this technique, visit the Online Store to shop and earn some FREE goodies! See you again soon!


Your Questions Answered: How To Finish the Inside of Handmade Cards

Finish.blog-post-image"How do you finish the inside of your handmade cards?"

This is a question that is asked quite often.  In my cardmaking video tutorials, it is a rare occasion when I go through the process of finishing the inside of the card.  Usually, I will wait to put those finishing touches once I know who the recipient will be.

But, that's not helpful for you all so I've assembled a few ideas to share with you today.  You'll see that it's not difficult at all for the inside of your card to be as finished and beautiful as the outside.  Let's take a look...

 

Tip:  I like to keep a stack of 4" x 5 1/4" pieces of Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock.  Order a pack of both and cut to those measurements and you'll have that part ready to go.

If you have questions that I can address regarding cardmaking, paper crafting scrapbooking, or Stampin' Up! products, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment below.  I will add it to my list of responses that are in the plans to be recorded.  

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  • Become part of a special group in my Sale-A-Bration Celebration in April!
    There will be make and takes, door prizes, video tutorials...Lots of stamping fun!
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Now that's you've watched the video on finishing the inside of your handmade cards, leave a comment with a product or crafting question that you'd like answered!

 


Add This Simple Special Touch to Your Cardmaking

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Today's project features a tip that you can use to add a special touch to your cardmaking.  It's simple and a little "dab" will do ya!  (I am definitely dating myself!)

The main image on this card is from one of the beautiful Sale-A-Bration sets, All Adorned, which was released in February. You can only get it by earning it for FREE with a $50 product purchase. This ornate look inspired me to create a card to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, March 17th.  But, really, you can wish someone a lucky day any time!

Instead of using the traditional greens, Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce from Stampin' Up! take the spotlight here.  And, see that little sparkle and shine?  That's the secret!  Let's take a look at today's video tutorial.

 

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base is Mint Macaron cut at 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Shaded Spruce layer is cut  4" x 4 3/4".
  • The Gold Glimmer strips are cut 4" x 1/2".
  • Whisper White for the main image is cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Here are the supplies used for this cardmaking project.  Simply click the links for more information or to shop.  I would love to serve as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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We are into the final weeks of Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration and I do not want you to miss out on this great promotion!  
And, it's your last chance to earn your way to my virtual party in April, Lisa's Sale-A-Bration Celebration!

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Add this simple special touch to your cardmaking to dazzle and delight your recipients!