Make A Christmas Card with a Simple Design and A Powerful Message


Hey there, crafty friends! Ready to whip up some Christmas magic? Today, we're making a simple yet stunning card design that echoes the spirit of the season.

Our star of the show? The Night Divine Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! It's all about easy elegance and powerful messages. So, grab your crafting essentials, and let's get crafting!

Lisa's Inklings:

Religious-Christmas-card-2Here are most of the supplies used for today's project.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!


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And there you have it, a bit of Christmas charm with a simple design and a powerful message.   The Night Divine Stamp Set expresses the true reason for the season. Create this card idea and send a beautiful message to your family and friends this Christmas season.


How To Make Christmas Gift Card Holders with Patterned Paper


'Tis the season for spreading joy and what better way than with a touch of handmade charm?
In today's video tutorial, discover a fun way of crafting Christmas gift card holders using your favorite patterned papers.  This step-by-step video will show you how to turn ordinary designer paper into a holiday masterpiece. Join us, where we spotlight the versatile Gift of Giving stamp set, making this project an excellent way to enhance your gift-giving this holiday season.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut designer paper to 4 1/4" x 12".  Score at 1" and 6 1/2".
  • Cut two pieces of cardstock that coordinates with your designer paper. (1)- 1" x 4 1/4" and (1)- 4 1/4" x 3 1/4".
  • Cut a piece of Basic White" 4" x 3".  Layer on top of the larger piece of card stock for the inside of the card.

Gift-card-holder-made-with-patterned-paper-insideAnd there you have it—Christmas gift card holders made easy! I hope this tutorial has inspired you to transform your cherished patterned papers into delightful, personalized gifts. As we shine our November Product Spotlight on the Gift of Giving stamp set, let it be a reminder that the joy of the season is often found in the little details.  Happy crafting, and may your holidays be filled with handmade warmth!

Use Your Patterned Paper to Make a Gift Card Holder


Do you have a LOT of patterned paper in your stash?   Join us as we create an easy gift card holder using some of that stash!  The Gift of Giving Stamp Set will be featured, our November Product Spotlight!

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The video is pre-recorded since we will be on the road to Texas!
When: Thursday, November 16th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT

We will make the pocket card as seen in the photo above and I'll show you another in traditional colors that you will love!

Tune in tonight for this fun project and learn to use some of your patterned paper to make cute gift card holders!

A Gift For Your Thanksgiving Host

Diy-fall-gift-packaging-autumn-leavesWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, we're sharing a spirit of gratitude with today's fun project—a fall-themed gift bag designed especially for your Thanksgiving host! Using the warm hues of our Stampin' Up! Them Bones Designer Series Paper and the exquisite Autumn Leaves Bundle, we've crafted a thoughtful gesture with a touch of seasonal charm to your expressions of thanks. Join me in the following video to witness the simple assembly process.

 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut paper 10" x 12". 
  • Score on 12" side at 2, 5 3/4", 7 3/4", 11 1/2".
  • Turn and score on 10"side at 2" and 8". 
  • Fold down the 2" on top.
  • Assemble as seen in video.

I hope you will enjoy crafting this fall-themed gift bag as much as I did! It's the perfect way to show appreciation to your Thanksgiving host and spread a little seasonal joy. Feel free to customize the design with your favorite autumn colors and patterns. Remember, it's the thoughtful, handmade touches that make the holidays truly special. Wishing you a season filled with gratitude and creativity!

Countdown to Christmas!


December will be here before you know it so now is the time to create this beautiful Rustic Christmas Countdown Kit [163114] from the Stampin' Up! Kit Collection.

Capture the spirit of Christmas with this beautiful Kit! This craft kit includes everything you need to make 25 individual paper envelopes to help you count down the days until Christmas. With beautiful paper greenery, bows, holiday flowers, gems, and more, you have all the supplies you need to create some unique envelope designs. Then, simply fill them up with a small treat or a sweet note! Whether you keep the kit for yourself or gift it to a friend, this advent calendar will add a charming touch to your home during the Christmas season.

Kit includes:
* Predesigned projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 25 envelopes; 4" x 3"
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Precut Christmas die cuts
* Twine
* Embellishments
* 25 wooden clothespins
* A 9-7/8" x 6-1/2" x 2-3/4" printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go
In the video below, see the assembly of each of the 4 styles of pocket envelopes.  And, I will give you a few tips through the process.

Besides little candies and tiny gifts, here are some ideas to slip inside each pocket.
Encouraging children to perform acts of kindness within their own homes and for their immediate family and grandparents is a wonderful way to instill the values of love and compassion. Here are 25 ideas:
  1. Breakfast Surprise: Prepare breakfast in bed for a parent or grandparent.
  2. Homemade Art: Create a piece of artwork as a gift for your parents or grandparents.
  3. Special Tea Time: Host a tea party at home for your family.
  4. Family Game Night: Organize a fun game night for your immediate family.
  5. Room Cleanup: Surprise a family member by tidying up their room.
  6. Reading Time: Read a book to a younger sibling or grandparent.
  7. Tech Help: Offer to help a family member with any tech-related issues.
  8. Nature Collection: Collect leaves or rocks to make a family nature display.
  9. Family Movie Night: Plan a movie night with popcorn and your family's favorite films.
  10. Favorite Meal: Cook or help prepare your family's favorite meal for dinner.
  11. Crafting Session: Organize a crafting session and make homemade decorations.
  12. Nature Walk: Go on a family nature walk and take photographs.
  13. Sticky Notes of Love: Leave sweet messages on family members' doors.
  14. Sibling Playtime: Spend quality time playing with a younger sibling.
  15. Music Concert: Put on a mini concert for your family with your musical talents.
  16. Window Washing: Help wash the windows for a sparkly view.
  17. Homemade Cards: Make thoughtful cards for your family.
  18. Backyard Picnic: Set up a picnic in your backyard for the family.
  19. Plant a Garden: Start a small garden for your family.
  20. Family Letter: Write a heartfelt letter to your parents or grandparents.
  21. Homework Help: Offer to assist a sibling with homework.
  22. Tech-Free Evening: Suggest a tech-free evening for quality family time.
  23. Yard Cleanup: Tidy up your yard or garden for your family.
  24. Photo Album: Create a family photo album with captions and stories.
  25. Puzzle Time: Put together a jigsaw puzzle with a family member.

Here's another idea...25 Bible verses:

  1. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

  2. "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'" - Luke 2:10

  3. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:11

  4. "And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.'" - Luke 2:10 (KJV)

  5. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

  6. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." - John 1:14

  7. "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law." - Galatians 4:4

  8. "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  9. "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" - Luke 2:13-14 (KJV)

  10. "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." - Psalm 28:7

  11. "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." - Matthew 2:10

  12. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

  13. "But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.'" - Luke 1:30-31

  14. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it." - Psalm 96:11

  15. "So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." - Luke 2:16

  16. "And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth." - Luke 1:14

  17. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

  18. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 (NASB)

  19. "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5

  20. "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." - Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

  21. "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." - Isaiah 11:1

  22. "The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world." - John 1:9

  23. "May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  24. "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

  25. "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people." - Titus 2:11

Whatever you choose to do for your Christmas Coundown, it will surely enrich your holiday.  Order yours today!

Christmas Gift Idea for the Avid Reader on Your List - A Fun Fold Card Idea



Today's project is a delightful fun fold pocket card designed to bring joy to book lovers or students on your list.
While it's a treat for anyone, we've added a special touch that will especially resonate with the bookworms in your life. The creation of this charming card unfolded during our recent LIVE session on Thursday evening, showcasing the elegance of the Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle from Stampin' Up!  If you're ready to create a project filled with whimsy and charm, this project is tailor-made for you!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Lost Lagoon: Card Base 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" to diagonal cut, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" to back mini card, scrap for punching and sentiment, 2" x 5" for bookmark.
  • Winter Meadow DSP: 4" x 5 1/4" for base, 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" to diagonal cut, 3" x 8" for mini card.
  • Basic White: 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" for inside mini card, scrap for stamping and punching.
  • Silver Foil: Scrap for sentiment and 2" circle punch.

Snowflakes-pocket-cardIf you'd like to create this card, the supplies are listed below.  Your ongoing support means the world to me. Every order placed in my online store makes it possible for me to continue doing what I love - sharing the joy of crafting!

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 This fun fold pocket card, adorned with the enchanting Sparkling Snowflakes Bundle, is not just a card; it's a thoughtful gesture that will be appreciated.  Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just beginning your creative journey, this project brings the joy of gifting to life. So, grab your supplies, tune into the video tutorial, and start crafting!  Then, share your pocket card on our Ink and Inspirations Stampers Group!

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!


Rockin' and Rollin' Fun Fold with Fluffiest Friends

Fluffiest-friends-rocking-cardHappy Monday!  Today, we are rockin' and rollin' with this fun fold and the new Stampin' Up! Fluffiest Friends #162850 which debuts tomorrow, November 6th in the Stampin' Up! Online Store.

This is a super simple card if you can get the "science" right ;) as you'll see in the recording of my Saturday Morning Share Video below.

Have circles?  Let's rock!

Isn't that fun? When you make yours, please share in our group on Facebook HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need a 4" circle for your base to fold in half as seen in the video.
  • Cut another circle about 1/4" smaller of patterned paper and light neutral if you want an area on the back for stamping/writing.  You will need only a half circle of each and save the other halves for a different card.
  • Cut the "mechanism" at 1/2" x 2.  Score at 1/2", 1", and 1 1/2".  Accordion fold and attach to the inside of the card as seen in the video.
  • Choose an image for your spotlight but not too big.  As we saw in the epic fail in my video ;), it cannot be too top-heavy! 
  • Die cut or punch card stock to cover the back of the image and to attach to the fold of the circle.
  • Add sentiment as desired. 

Here's the reverse side of the card...


And, here's the fixed version of the second card!
Sms-rock-deerNow that you've seen the video and the tips of what "not to do", create your fun fold rockin' and rollin' card then join us on Facebook and share to inspire all of us!

Ink and Inspirations November Online Card Class


November Monthly Card Class


Come join us to make three fun cards with the Trucking Along Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Online Exclusives.  It's a bundle with a punch and the stamp set is so versatile, I know you will love it!

Trucking Along Bundle

(If you purchase the Trucking Along Bundle, you must add to your order to qualify to receive the card kits.)

We’ll make the 3 cards that are shown in the photo above.

11/2(TH) –  Facebook and YouTube – 6 pm CT (7 PM ET, 5 PM MT, 4 PM ET)

The class is free to watch but you can get the card kits with a qualifying purchase.  ($50 minimum before shipping and tax) RSVP by placing your order by Saturday 9/30/23, using Host Code: MFFGARTJ

Get the Card Kits To Go:

  1. Free with a minimum $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store using Host Code:
  2. You will receive the class kits for the three designed cards for plus an additional finished card that you may keep or send to someone.

    3. If you place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax )during the designated time period using Host Code:MFFGARTJ, you will receive the three card kits, a finished card PLUS an embellishment pack.

    4. Order must be placed by Friday, November 10, 2023.


***To complete the projects, you will need basic tools, stamps, adhesives, embellishments, and ink.  To complete the projects as seen in the video, you will need the Trucking Along Bundle. For this class, 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!

Can’t make it at the time given? No worries, the replay of the online class will be hosted on my YouTube Channel indefinitely.

Hope to see you  tonight on Facebook or YouTube for our November Online Card Class!

2023 Halloween Treats - Make These Tonight!


Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're still looking for quick and easy treat packaging ideas, you're in the right place! In this video tutorial, we've got you covered with not one but two delightful projects to make your Halloween treats extra special. The best part? You can whip these up tonight using supplies you likely already have at home.

Lisa's Inklings:
For the triangle treat, cut paper to 3 x 6 and score in half at 3.
Make a pencil mark at 1 1/2" on each 3" side.
Score diagonally from pencil mark to 3" score forming a triangle.
Fold and secure with glue dots as seen in the video.

IMG_3887 With these mini triangle treat boxes and super easy treat bags, your Halloween treats are sure to bring smiles to the faces of your friends and family. There is no need to stress about last-minute preparations; follow the step-by-step instructions in the video, and you'll have these adorable creations ready in no time. Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween filled with treats and fun!

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Accordion Fold Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! Night Divine


Step into the holiday season with a heartfelt message with this project that captures the essence of Christmas. Join us as we create a beautiful accordion fold Christmas card featuring the Night Divine Bundle (English) [161997] and the enchanting O Holy Night Designer Series Paper, both from Stampin' Up! The magic of the season shines through in the details of this card.

Below is the recording of the LIVE video shared this week on Facebook. We hope you are inspired to create this card for family and friends!

Lisa's Inklings:

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Embrace the spirit of Christmas with this unique accordion fold card that beautifully showcases the Night Divine Bundle and the O Holy Night Designer Series Paper. Remember, the joy of the season lies in sharing it with others, and a handmade card with a heartfelt message is the perfect way to do just that. We hope you've enjoyed this project and that it inspires you to create your own meaningful cards for this special time of year.

Let's Make An Accordion-Fold Christmas Card


Let's make an accordion-fold Christmas card with the Night Divine Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog. This is a great way to show off your patterned paper or create a scene in your card.
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We will be LIVE at the following times...
When: Thursday, October 26th, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT
Make plans to join us!

A Classic Neutral Palette for Your Christmas Cards


Are you ready to create a Christmas card with timeless elegance? Today's project showcases a classic neutral palette, perfect for sending warm holiday wishes.

Drawing inspiration from the delicate sheet music print from the Joy of Christmas Designer Series Paper collection, we've chosen a harmonious color scheme. Very Vanilla, Gray Granite, and Pebbled Path blend to create a sophisticated look.

The card's design is clean and straightforward. Simple rectangular layers, alternating between light and dark neutral colors, come together to produce a balanced composition.

To see the step-by-step process, watch the video tutorial included in this post. We'll guide you through the details so you can create this beauty!

Neutral Palette Christmas Card Video Tutorial

Lisa's Inklings:
Gray Granite Base: 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2; layer- 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.
Pebbled Path: 4 x 5 1/4.
Very Vanilla: 3 3/8 x 5 1/8; for inside- 4 x 5 1/4; smallest layer- 2 x 3
Joy of Christmas DSP: 3 x 4
Ribbon: 3"

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Gather your supplies, get comfortable, and create a card that will be treasured this holiday season!


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DIY Christmas Ornament Video Tutorial

Stars-at-night-ornamentWelcome back to another creative project with the Stampin' Up! Stars At Night Bundle.

Today, we're diving into the festive spirit with a delightful DIY Christmas ornament that can also double as a charming gift topper or tag. It's the perfect way to add a personal touch to your holiday presents. So, let's take a look at the video tutorial so that you can make your own.


And there you have it, a brilliant DIY Christmas ornament that not only adorns your tree but can also add a touch of handmade love to your holiday gifts. We hope you enjoyed this 2023 Christmas project and that you're inspired to craft your own festive decor. Remember, it's the thoughtful details that make the holiday season truly special.

Stay tuned for more crafty ideas and joyful inspiration from Stampin' Up! and Ink and Inspirations.

Two 2023 Christmas Card Ideas with the Stars At Night Bundle

In this week's LIVE video, we created two beautiful cards, each brought to life with the breathtaking Stampin' Up! Stars at Night Bundle and the elegant O Holy Night Designer Series Paper.

You're in for a double treat as we explore two distinct designs - one illuminated by the enchanting Stampin' Up! Glow in the Dark Paper and the other, inspired by the concept artists of the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog. Both these holiday creations showcase rich blue tones with the featured color, Night of Navy.

Watch the recording of the video below and create your own to send to friends and family this Christmas season.

Stars-at-night-christmas-card-glowGlow in the Dark Star Details:

  • Night of Navy: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 for base; 1/2 x 6 strip for sentiment.
  • Basic White: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 for outside layer; 4 x 5 1/4 for inside
  • O Holy Night DSP: 4 x 5 1/4 (star print)
  • Glow in the Dark: 6 x 6

Glow-starLove that Glow in the Dark star!

Stars-at-night-christmas-card-CASEBest & Brightest Details:

  • Night of Navy: Base- 4 1/4 x 11; 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 to die cut label.
  • Boho Blue: 4 x 5 1/4 for embossed layer.
  • O Holy Night DSP: 2 3/4 x 5 1/4
  • Gold Foil: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 for behind cut out; scrap for small star
  • Basic White: 4 x 5 1/4 for inside; scrap for star
  • Gold Glimmer Paper: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 for largest star.

To make these two cards, you will need to have the supplies listed below plus your basic tools and supplies.

Now that you've seen this video, it's time to embark on your own festive card-making journey. These pretty designs are more than just paper and ink; they're a heartfelt expression of love and warm wishes for your friends and family.

Get your hands on the beautiful Stars At Night Bundle (English) [162007] and O Holy Night 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper [161986], and let your imagination soar. As you craft your way into the holiday spirit, remember that each card you create carries a piece of your heart, ready to brighten someone's day.