Add This Simple Special Touch to Your Cardmaking


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

Your Questions Answered: Which Black Ink for Rubber Stamping?

Let's talk about the best black ink to use for rubber stamping.   

One of the most asked questions is "How do I know when to use Memento Tuxedo Black ink and when to use Jet Black Stazon?"

Although I've addressed this question in other videos, here's one devoted to it. 

To clean stamps after using Stazon, use our Stazon Cleaner. Then clean with our Stampin' Mist or Simply Shammy.

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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.  

Lisa's Specials:

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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!
    See how you can earn your spot HERE!

Be sure to take a look at the new Sale-A-Bration offerings that were added last week!  See what's new on this blog post. that's you've watched the video on choosing the appropriate black ink, leave a comment with a product or crafting question that you'd like answered!

My Stamping Space

Today I wanted to share my stamping space in a video that was recorded several years ago. ...My hairstyle has changed a bit. ;) There is more storage furniture in the studio now but you'll get the idea of how I organize my supplies.  Hopefully, you'll get some ideas that may be helpful to you.

Enjoy the video and let me know if you have questions!

Thanks for stopping by today to see my stamping space!  When we have friends and family over, there is always lots of fun and fellowship in this space.
By the way, we call it "Gather".  Matthew 18:20


Tip for Using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers

Today, I have a quick post with a tip for using our Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  While there are many of Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose, did you know you can stretch your markers even more to create more shades?

All you need is a simple little tool called the Stampin' Blends Color Lifter!

Let's take a look at this video tutorial...

If you are unable to watch the video, please click over to my website to watch it there.

Here are the supplies used for this project:

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Hope this tip helps when using Stampin' Blends or has encouraged you to give these awesome alcohol markers a try!

Gift Ideas for the Crafter in Your Life!



Today I'd like to share a couple of Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for those that enjoy crafting on your list!

I'll keep this quick because I know you’re busy and short on time!

If you’re looking for the perfect last-minute gift and want to avoid the crowds and stay cozy inside, we’ve got you covered with prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

Choose from 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Then, click to purchase, print a gift card, sign, and stuff into their stocking. Easy! You can literally wait until the very last minute, but save yourself the stress and go get it now.

Prices start at just $19.95!. Click here to shop!

And, if you're not really sure what to give, let the recipient choose! 

Gift Certificates for Stampin' Up! shopping--- available and redeemable only through me, Lisa Brown.

Contact me via phone, 409-719-2853, or e-mail me here to purchase.
Payments accepted via PayPal and I will email a gift certificate that you can print for gift giving!

If I can help you with any order or gift ideas, please let me know!
I hope these Christmas gift ideas for paper crafters have given you a couple of ideas for that special friend or family member on your list!

Cardmaking Tips for Buffalo Check Background Stamp

The Buffalo Check Background Stamp is so trendy and really adds a lot to your handmade creations. 

In today's video tutorial, I'll share a few tips on using this background stamp that have worked for me.  You may have other methods that are great and I'd love for you to share any ideas in the comment section below.

If you're interested in seeing my tips, please watch the video below.

You can also see the video here on my YouTube Channel.  Be sure to subscribe while you're there!

Here are the supplies used in the video...

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I'll be sharing a card idea with this stamped image soon!  If you are anxious to see it soon, please visit my Facebook page tomorrow evening for a pre-recorded video!  You can find my page, Ink and Inspirations with Lisa Brown, HERE.

Cardmaking Tips for Making Christmas Bright

In a recent post, we made a fun and brightly colored Christmas card using the Making Christmas Bright stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set is also available in a bundle with the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.  Let's take a look at a video with some tips on using this punch and this stamp set.

You can also find this video on my YouTube Channel HERE.  You'll find over 700 paper crafting and cardmaking videos there!

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Thanks for tuning in for today's tip and video tutorial using the Making Christmas Bright Bundle from Stampin' Up!

Cardmaking 101- Best White Cardstock for Cardmaking

Today's Cardmaking 101 video has some information on white cardstock that will be helpful for beginning cardmakers.  In my opinion, Stampin' Up! cardstock is second to none.  If you are just starting out or thinking about cardmaking, watch the short video below.

You can also find this video on my YouTube channel HERE.  Be sure to subscribe!


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Of the two, the first pictured here is my favorite.  I love the super smooth feel and it's perfect for stamping and coloring with Stampin' Blends, our alcohol markers.  If you haven't tried it, please do!

September Specials and Promotions:

Be sure to try our super smooth Whisper White cardstock for's the best!


Changing the Background of Designer Series Paper


Here's a tip that will help you easily change the white or light neutral background color of designer paper. 

When creating a Halloween project, I wanted the background color of this paper from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper collection.  The Whisper White background just wasn't the right touch for the idea in my head.  A nifty little tool came "to the rescue".

Let's take a look at the video tutorial...



You can also take a look at today's video tutorial on YouTube HERE.  Be sure to subscribe!

Here's the final project...

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Here are the Stampin' Up! products used to create this project...


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Thank you for tuning in for today's tip video on changing the color of backgrounds of designer paper...give it a try!

Tip for Displaying Handmade Cards

  Display-handmade-cardsToday's quick video is a tip for displaying handmade cards which may be helpful for some of you creative card makers out there.  The little vintage items mentioned in the video are a fun "hunt" item when visiting flea markets, antique shops, and yard sales.  I have SEVERAL in my collection and I never pass the opportunity to add to that collection!

Let's take a look at the video.  You may have seen these and not realized the great value!

You may also see this video on my YouTube channel HERE.  Be sure to subscribe and click on the bell while you are there so you won't miss any of my new recordings.

I'd love to know if you have a special way of displaying your handmade cards...comment below and let us know!


Simple Tip for Scrapbooking Memory Keeping

Memoriesandmore12200BToday's post and video offers a very simple scrapbooking/memory keeping/journaling tip but first, a few questions for you...

  • Have you been scrapbooking/memory keeping for years? "on and off" since childhood?
  • Do you feel like you are always "behind"?
  • Do you have stacks of photos that you need to, put in an album?
  • Or, do you have pictures in an album with no journaling, names, or dates?
  • Do you have the desire or need to start memory keeping but don't know where to begin?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you will want to keep reading.

This crafter (ME!) has been memory keeping since elementary school.  Not consistently, mind you, but enough to have recorded memories from the "good ole days!"  Once our girls got involved in so many activities in high school, the need to scrapbook presented itself in a big way.  But, I tried to get too elaborate with my pages and burnt out very quickly.   

Then comes the collaboration of Stampin' Up! with Project Life.  Man, was this easier and took much less time! And, it was so much fun!  But, then, that partnership ended BUT Stampin' Up! introduced their own pocket memory keeping system, Memories and More!  Thank you, Stampin' Up!

If you answered "yes" to being "behind" question or you have a stack of photos tucked away in a drawer, don't let it stop you from pressing forward.  Start with ONE occasion, holiday, birthday, vacation, etc. and go from there.  And, if you're just wanting to get started, check out the Memories and More supplies HERE.

Oh, prefer, traditional scrapbooking?  No worries. I combine both traditional and pocket pages in my memory keeping.  Check out this recent page HERE.

Now, let's address the journaling/notes part of memory keeping.  (And, I refer to it as "memory keeping" because scrapbooking scares some folks away.)  The video below will give you a tip that has really helped me....especially when I delay in getting this part done!

Hope this scrapbooking/memory keeping tip is helpful to you so please let me know in the comments below!

Stamparatus Tip and Enjoy Life Card

Stampin-up-stamparatus-tipToday's project is sweet and simple card with the new Enjoy Life.  This stamp set has beautiful silhouette images and sentiments for everyday use.  Easy stamping with a gorgeous result.  You'll find lots of combinations to make cards that you can create and send "just because".

Click HERE to watch this Stamparatus video tutorial on my YouTube Channel. Please subscribe while you're there and click on the little bell to get notice of all my new videos on YouTube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Card base is cut 4 1/4" x 11" and scored in haf at 5 1/2".
  • First layer up from base is Highland Heather cut to 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Tea Room Specialty Designer Paper is cut 3 3/4" x 5".
  • Mossy Meadow card stock is cut 2 3/4" x 5".
  • Very Vanilla card stock for stamping is cut 2 1/2" x 5".


Here is the Stampin' Up! Supply List for today's project:

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 A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

* Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
* 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
* Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring
* 2 open sides so you can use larger paper
* Multiple hinges for more placement options
* 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with
* 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer
* 1 base with grid
* Magnet storage areas

Get your Stamparatus HERE in the online store and have fun experimenting with your own cardmaking ideas!

Cardmaking Tip: Fixing an Oops! of you have told me how much you enjoy my cardmaking/rubber stamping tip videos especially those that tackle those (oops) mistakes! 

Today you'll see an easy way to fix a displaced piece of cardstock or designer paper.  Curious?  Let's take a look at the quick video below.


Can't see the video above?  Click here to watch it on my YouTube channel.  While you're there, be sure to subscribe to subscribe to my channel so you won't miss any of my video tutorials!

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Hope you've enjoyed today's cardmaking tip to fix an "oops" and you can see other tip videos here and here on Ink and Inspirations!