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:

Product List

 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.


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Stampin' Up! Product List used in the project in this video:


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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!



You Need This! Another Tip for Fixing Rubber Stamping Mistakes

About two weeks ago, I put an awful smudge on a Facebook LIVE project due to inky hands.  I finished the project and was given a bit of advice from a viewer for how to remove the smudge. 


"Use a sand eraser," she said. "You can find them on Amazon."   I have to admit that I didn't think I knew what a sand eraser was.


Turns out that I used a sand eraser in my younger years.  If you're a baby boomer (or, earlier), do you remember the erasers that were pink rubber on one end for pencil mistakes and the sandy gray end for ink mistakes?  Yep...that gray end is a sand eraser.  Who knew I would be using one in my "golden" years in my crafting and business?

Sand-eraser-fixLook at that! What a fix!  Of course, you have to rub gently and patiently but it definitely works like a charm!

If you'd like to see the recording of this project on Facebook, CLICK HERE.  And, for another quick fix for rubber stamping, CLICK HERE!

You can find this sand eraser on Amazon HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today for this quick fix for another rubber stamping mistake!


Rubber Stamping 101- Quick Fix for a Mistake's just a fact of a stamper's life...there is a need for a quick fix for rubber stamping mistakes.  

For me, these often occur when recording a video or during a LIVE broadcast.  Of course, it does! But when that happens,  it's a great opportunity for me to share how I "fix" the mistake.

Let's take a look at today's tip in this video tutorial where I share one of my methods.  It's super easy but so helpful when in a hurry!

Click here to see this quick fix video on You Tube.

Here's another "fix" video that's been shared here on Ink and Inspirations recently.  Take a look HERE.

It seems I've been having more and more of these tips to share lately so please comment below if helpful or if there's a question you'd like to have answered! Thanks for stopping by today for this quick fix for rubber stampers!


Name That Color in Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper other day, I received an email from a cardmaker who wanted to know specific colors in one of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper Collections.

Today, I decided to share the information via video in case any of you had the same question.  It's very easy!

If you are unable to see the video above, CLICK HERE to see on You Tube.

You can also find the colors for each collection of papers in the Online Store. 


Do You Sell Your Handmade Cards?

Sell you sell handmade cards that you create with Stampin' Up! images?

Stampin' Up! welcomes artists who would like to use their copyrighted images in their own handmade craftwork and other projects that they produce to sell. Therefore, permission is given in the form of a limited license to use any Stampin' Up! images for the purpose of creating items for sale, under the following criteria as stated in the Angel Policy which can be found here.

In today's tip video, we will touch upon the section of the Angel Policy which addresses using a Stampin' Up! copyright stamp on projects that you sell which officially states:

"All of Stampin' Up!'s images are copyrighted, which means that they may not be copied without permission. To help protect the rights granted by these copyrights, all items for sale using Stampin' Up! images must be marked with one of the images from the official Stampin' Up! Limited License stamp sets shown in the catalog, or the digital copyright image included in the My Digital Studio program, or available online."

Let's take a look...

You can find this video on You Tube HERE.

If you have specific questions regarding the Angel Policy, you can contact Stampin' Up! directly at 800-STAMPUP.  It's best to got straight to the source with questions on policy.

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If you have placed order(s) of $50 or more during the last 6 months through me, Lisa Brown of Ink and Inspirations, you will be receiving a new Stampin' Up! Catalog from me. There is still time to place a qualifying order to be in on the next shipment of catalogs!  If you have questions, please call or e-mail me.

Cardmaking 101 Video Tutorial : Choosing Colors and Layers for Handmade Cards


In today's project video tutorial, you'll see the thought process behind choosing colors and layers for handmade cards.  This process varies from card maker to card maker but I wanted to share my thinking in hopes that it may be helpful.

Have coordination across product lines is so very helpful when creating.  Let's take a look at the video to see the process.


Click here to see this Cardmaking 101 video tutorial on You Tube.


Lisa's Inklings:

  • If you are using designer paper on your creation, let the colors in your selection lead your choices for embellishments, inks, card stock, etc.
  • When in doubt, limit your color choices to 2-3 colors.
  • Remember that contrast is important to make your layers/elements stand out unless you want a monochromatic look.

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Big Shot
5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
2" Circle Punch


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Make A Fun Background for Cards with Stampin' Up! Tailored Tag Punch

Coffee-card-tailored-tag-punchThe Tailored Tag Punch from Stampin' Up! can be used to make fun backgrounds for your handmade cards.  This one above was made with the Coffee Cafe Photopolymer Stamp Set Bundle and the coordinating designer paper, Coffee Break, which is on the Last Chance List.

Coffee creations are on your horizon with this bundle of products.

The stamp images coordinate seamlessly with the framelits to help you create coffee cups of all shapes and sizes. The die includes a piece to create an embossed cup sleeve for a realistic looking cup.

Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Coffee Café Photopolymer Stamp Set
Some people firmly believe that coffee is life. And whether that's you or not, you certainly know someone who feels that way. You should probably get a cup of coffee (or water if that's your thing), buy this peppy set, and start creating.
* Quantity: 16 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d, h

Coffee Cups Framelits Dies
Create die-cut accents in seconds with Framelits dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them where you want for precise cutting.
* 13 dies
* Largest image: 2-13/16" x 2-1/8" (5.6 x 5.4 cm)

With the Tailored Tag Punch, create a fun background for your handmade creations with this set or any set!



Just choose a designer paper and a colored card stock that coordinates and follow the instructions using the Tailored Tag Punch in the video below.

Click Here to see this fun background made with the Tailored Tag Punch on You Tube.


Wouldn't this make a great background on a scrapbook page?  Even if you just covered part of a 12 x 12 page, it would make a nice accent behind a photo or journaling block.

Make a fun background on your next handmade creation with the Tailored Tag Punch from Stampin' Up!

Did You Reserve A Stamparatus in December?



I'll be back later today with an easy fun fold technique video.  In the meantime, if you want to see some tips on using the Stamparatus get the information HERE.

Cardmaking Tip: Fixing Mistakes and Keeping It Real

Today's cardmaking tip video is keeping it real regarding fixing mistakes.  Initially, it started out as a cardmaking video tutorial but it just wasn't heading in the right direction as far as tutorials go.  I was encountering one "oops" after another.  Finally, I just threw my hands up in the air and muttered "Are you KIDDING me??!!"  At that point, it was time to press stop while recording and go to Plan B.

With the next recording, I decided that it would be a good idea to just give a tip on how to fix some of my mistakes.  Good idea, right?  Sure it is.  While I wasn't totally happy with the fix and the outcome, I decided to go ahead with it.  The story needed to be told. :)


See this cardmaking tips, mistakes, and keeping it real video on You Tube HERE.

While the card didn't turn out how I had hoped, it is finished and I will send it to someone. 

Lesson...we don't need to be so hard on ourselves when things are not "perfect".  We were not made to be perfect.  We were meant to be real, kind, and the best version of ourselves.  And, that's what we should all be working toward.  All attainable...progress not perfection.

Now if you like the products used on today's card, take a look at this post with a cute card and box.

Lisa's March Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: K2N7N94R  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!
  • Become a member of our Ink and Inspirations Stars Team and choose any two stamp sets for FREE to add to your Starter Kit!  This special only lasts through the end of the month, March 31, 2018.  We'd love to have you on our team!


What do you with your "mistakes"?  I'd love to know!  Leave a comment below and share!

Thanks for tuning in for today's tip on cardmaking mistakes and keeping it all real and I'll see you tomorrow with another project.

Stampin' Blends Tip with Magical Day

Magical-day-stampin-blends-tipIt's a Magical kind of Day with this cute card and a Stampin' Blends tip. Oh my goodness!  I love this set!  Did you see the little knight on the card that was featured on Monday? These images are a lot of fun to color with Stampin' Blends, beautiful alcohol markers.  The supply on these is getting low so be sure you order yours soon!  The Pink Pirouette and Pool Party blends are not available but most of the others were still available as of this writing.

For today's technique tip, we will be using the Color Lifter to add some definition to the image.  The Color Lifter actually lifts the color off the paper.  I think it is so cool!  I'm by no means an expert in coloring with the Blends but I just have fun with it and encourage you to do so, too!  The best way to "learn" is to just play around with these markers.  You will be surprised how easy it is!

Let's take a look at today's video with Magical Day and Stampin' Blends.

Click here to see this Stampin' Blends tip with Magical Day on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • This image is stamped and colored on Thick Whisper White card stock. 
  • Always use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink when using the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.
  • Use the Color Lifter to add dimension and accent to your images.
  • Click here for the Ink and Inspirations Project Details.


Ink and Inspirations Project Details HERE.

Lisa's February Specials:

  • *HOST CODE: ZEY4Z4SQ  Use this code when placing an order in my Stampin' Up! Online Store and receive a gift from me in the mail.  Please do not use the code if your order totals $150 or more before shipping and tax. You will earn Stampin' Rewards on your order from Stampin' Up! AND I will still send you a gift from me! 
  • Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with each $50 in product purchase! (Special offerings for $100 in product purchase including this bundle with embossing folder and the coordinating stamp set.). See the new Sale-A-Bration choices HERE!
  • Become a member of our Ink and Inspiraitions Stars Team and choose any two stamp sets for FREE to add to your Starter Kit!

Have fun with Stampin' Blends and this tip seen on this Magical Day card and I'll see you again soon!


Stamparatus Tips


Today I am sharing a few tips on the new Stamparatus after initial use.

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement


  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price in U.S.–$49.00
  • Stampin’ Up! will not replace broken magnets.

Now let's take a look at the video that I recorded with some personal tips after using this tool.


Below are some videos from the Stampin' Up! home office with some good information, tips, and methods of using the Stamparatus.


I hope these videos are helpful to you if you are expecting your Stamparatus soon.  Or, if you have not reserved one, you'll feel the need to put one on your WISH LIST when these great stamp positioning tool become available for purchase!

Bookmark this page so that you have easy access to these tips for the new Stamparatus and I'll see you in the next blog post!