No-Line Watercoloring Technique for Handmade Cards


This cardmaking project features a "new-to-me" technique called no-line watercoloring. With this project, instead of water, we will be using a clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

The image you see on this card is from the Dainty Delight Cling Stamp Set [161078] from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.  That gorgeous paper in the background is from the Dainty Flowers 12" X 12"Designer Series Paper [160834] that you can earn free with a $50 purchase from my Stampin' Up! Online Store during our huge Sale-A-Bration promotion which continues through the end of February 2023. This paper has been extremely popular and for good reason. It is absolutely beautiful and can be used to make so many beautiful cards.


In the video below, you'll see this technique and this easy fun fold plus I will show off this stack of designer papers so you can see just exactly what all the good fuss is about.

This technique gives you that artistic feel. But, it's very simple to achieve by using a light color ink and then applying our classic inks with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. This technique could also be accomplished by using water with our Water Painters and our classic inks. Using the glitter brush gives that little bit of sparkle that makes it extra special.

In the video below, you can see this technique, how easy it is, and also this beautiful collection of designer papers. If you continue watching the video, you'll also see another beautiful card using these designer papers that you can earn for free. Let's take a look...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The card base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold in half at 4 1/4 and then fold the card front in half back to the fold.
  • Basic White for the inside of the card is cut at 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Two prints of the designer paper are cut at 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Watercolor paper is cut at 2 x 3 3/8.
  • You will need a piece of Mossy Meadow to back the sentiment and to die-cut the label that is behind the main image.

No-line-watercolor-technique-cardmakingHere are the supplies used for this card-making project.


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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!

It's time for you to order your supplies, and try this no-line watercoloring technique on your next handmade card!

Facebook and YouTube LIVE Today with an Easy Watercolor Technique!

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We have some beautiful papers in our Sale-A-Bration brochure and in today's LIVE, we will be using two of those to make our projects.  Don't miss this easy watercolor technique!

You'll want these papers and you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order!

Set a reminder and join us on either Facebook or YouTube...Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT

See you then!

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.

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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]!

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Going Live(2)We have some sweet projects to make including a handmade card with lots of layers and a tiny treat bag featuring the spectacular Share A Milkshake Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog! Get yours here... you will want to create these projects!

Set a reminder and join us on either Facebook or YouTube...Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, 9 am PT

See you then!


Easy DIY 2023 Calendar

Share-a-milkshake-calendar-2Today's project is an easy DIY 2023 calendar made with a sweet bundle from the Stampin' Up! Mini catalog, Share A Milkshake Bundle [160396].

It's still January so you can continue to make calendars to share with friends, family, and co-workers. 

Earlier this month, this style of calendar was shared on my mini catalog launch with a different theme and different supplies.  While working with this ice cream-themed stamp set, I thought it would make a sweet calendar to have on my desk.


Below are the measurements and tips so that you can create some, too!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Choose your stamp set and designer paper first.  This makes it easier to determine your colors for card stock and ink.
  • The base is cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 just like a standard-sized card with a "tent" opening.
  • To support the base, you will need another piece of card stock in the same color cut at 4 1/4 x 4.  On the 4-inch side, score at 1/2, 2, and 3 1/2.
  • Burnish on the score lines to form a "w" shape with the two 1/2 inch scores folded up in a valley fold.  Apply adhesive to these two 1/2-inch panels and glue to the inside of the card base as seen in the first photo on this post.
  • Finish the front as desired. (For the sentiment, I stamped and cut the "life is sweet" from the longer version in the stamp set.)

Comment below with your email if you'd like information on the mini calendars.

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The Share A Milkshake Bundle is my featured bundle this week and you can see two other cute projects on my LIVE tomorrow on Facebook and YouTube.

Set your reminder to join us at Noon ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT on Thursday, January 19, 2023!

Shop now so you can create the projects that you'll see with this super cute bundle!

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It's a huge support when you shop with me and allows me to be able to continue sharing with you!  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, place your order, and get ready to make this easy DIY 2023 calendar for yourself and your loved ones!


Stampin' Up! Mardi Gras 2023 Fun Fold Card

2023-Mardi-Gras-fun-fold-card-1It's that time of the year again and so to keep in step with the Mardi Gras season, here's a Stampin' Up! fun fold card made with one of those adorable characters from the Playing in the Rain Bundle.  Be sure to check out both projects from that LIVE.

Although this was shared last week, I wanted to share a how-to video with not as much chatter and with a festive switch of a theme.  When I saw that fox with an umbrella, I knew I had to dress him up for Mardi Gras.

Here's the video then read on for the details...

Lisa's Inklings:

  • The base for this fun fold card is cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". 
  • Score on the long side at 2, 3 1/8, 5 3/8, and 6 1/2.
  • Layers for outside panels are (2) 5 3/8 x 1 7/8, and (2) 5 1/4 x 1 3/4.
  • The inner layers are (2) 5 3/8 x 1 and Basic White 2 x 5 3/8.
  • Decorate the outside as desired.  If using ribbon for a closure, wrap-around card adhering to the top with the main images adhered over top of that.

2023-mardi-gras-fun-fold-card-2Here are the supplies used for this project.  You can click the links to learn more and to shop!

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Here's hoping you've enjoyed learning about this project!  Much time, thought, and love goes into the creation of my cards. 


Thank you for your support by 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 try this fun fold card on your own and let me know if you try your own version of a Mardi Gras card with Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain!


Fun Fold Card and Valentine's Treat Holder with Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain

YouTube Premiere Thumbnail(2)Yesterday's LIVE demonstration on Facebook and YouTube featured a fun fold card and Valentine's Treat Holder with the new Stampin' Up! Playing in the Rain.

These whimsical characters from the stamp set and coordinating specialty designer series paper make some adorable projects!  The card shared here earlier this week was another example of super cuteness overload!

Here's the fun fold...

Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain-1You can see that the designer paper was strategically cut to make an outdoor scene with this little turtle in a field of daisies.

Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain-3Here's the open card with space for writing a message. I left it without an inside sentiment until I decide for what occasion the card would be sent. Fun-fold-card-playing-in-the-rain
In this close-up of our friend, Mr. Turtle, notice that the bridge is only adhered on the two sides and in a couple of places along the bottom.

Here are some of the details and dimensions for this card...

Lisa's Inklings for the fun fold:

  • The base is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 2, 3 1/8, 5 3/8 and 6 1/2 on the long side.
  • Two pieces of patterned paper for the outside are cut 5 3/8 x 1 7/8.
  • Two pieces of coordinating patterned paper are cut 5 3/8 x 1 for the inside panels.
  • Basic White piece for the inside is cut at 5 1/4 x 2.
  • When adhering the main image to the card front, adhere to only one of the panels (top or bottom).  The other side just overlaps.
  • Burnishing with a Bone Folder on all of the folds is a very important step.

2023-valentine-treat-holder-playing-in-the-rain-1This simple Valentine's treat holder is a larger version of a gift from one of my team members last year.  You begin with a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper and with a few cuts and a few folds, you've got a darling little two-pocket treat holder.

Here are the scoring measurements for this project.  It's best to watch this section of the video to see the assembly.

Lisa's Inklings for the Valentine's treat holder:

  • Start with a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock or paper.  Cut one side to measure 10 inches.
  • Score the 12-inch side and 4 and 8.  Score the 10-inch side at 4, 5, and 6.
  • You will make a diagonal cut on the four corners.

Watch the video below. This Valentine's treat is the first project.

And, here are the stars of the show...

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I hope you have enjoyed these projects!  Much time, thought, and love goes into each design. 

Thank you for your support by 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!


It's time for you to plan your projects with the Playing in the Rain Bundle so start with this fun fold card and Valentine's Treat Holder.


Facebook and YouTube LIVE Today!

Playing in the Rain

These adorable characters are featured this week on Ink and Inspirations and you will see more in our LIVE today!

We will be creating a fun fold card and a treat holder.  You will also get a peek at a few more samples before these appear here on the blog!

Set your reminder to join us LIVE on Facebook or YouTube at 12 pm ET, 11 am CT, 10 am MT, and 9 am PT!

Fun Fold Card with Country Bouquet


Let's start the 2023 New Year on the blog with this fun fold card made with the new Stampin' Up! Country Bouquet that will be available on Thursday, January 5th!

While the Country Bouquet stamp set and coordinating Country Bouquet Punch are perfect for the Valentine season, these can be used for other occasions while sending sweet sentiments including thinking of you cards.  The coordinating designer paper is available in two separate packs. One with hearts and flowers, the Country Floral Lane DSP and the other with various colors in check patterns, the Country Gingham 6 x 6 DSP pack. These are so pretty in pastel colors suitable for many different occasions.

Although I'm not sure of the exact name of this fun fold, I love it because it is an elegant way to send a card that can stand alone on display on someone's mantle or table. Once you make one of these cards, the next ones just get easier and easier.  Get the scoring and the folding correct and you're well on your way to sending happy mail to someone special.

Now, let's take a look at the video from our live session last week on Facebook and YouTube and you can see how you can make this card very easily, too.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Balmy Blue Cardstock [146982] base is cut 4 1/4 x 9 1/2.  Score at 5 1/2, 6 1/2, 8, and 9.
  • Cut another piece of Balmy Blue at 3 x 5 and score at 1/2 and 1 1/2.
  • Country Floral Lane Designer paper: Cut one piece at 5-1/4 X 4 and another piece at 1 1/4 x 4.
  • Country Gingham DSP: 3 1/4 x 5 1/4.

Country-bouquet-fun-fold-2Here are the basic supplies used for this fun fold card.  The first listed will not be available until Thursday, January 5th.

Country Bouquet Bundle (160383)

Country Floral Lane DSP (160375)

Country Gingham DSP (160388)

Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins (160387)

Country-bouquet-fun-fold-blue-3Even the back of the card can be dressed up for a pretty display!

Make your list to shop this Thursday, January 5th, and make this fun fold card for someone special!

Cookies for Santa- Christmas Craft for Kids

IMG_0935Here's a fun project from several years ago that you can do with your littles... cookies for Santa box! 

It's the idea to leave cookies in a package instead of a plate for the jolly old elf.  Lyla was 4 years old here (before she'd mastered the art of coloring) but she contributed to this project with lots of love.

Here's the video so you can re-create the box with the supplies you have on hand.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You will need two pieces of card stock cut at 6" x 6".
  • Score at 1-1/2" on three sides of each piece.
  • The designer paper is cut just for the front at 2-3/4" x 4-1/4".
  • You will need a Christmas image appropriate for the occasion.  It doesn't have to be a Santa.  Any holiday image will do!

Have the little ones color the holiday image before adhering to the box.  They can use Watercolor Pencils or crayons for the coloring.  Maybe this will start a tradition with your children and grandchildren.  Let me know if you try this...I'd love to know!

Stampin' Up! Christmas 2022- Easy Gift Bags

2022-Christmas-easy-gift-bagIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 2022 and today's projects feature two easy holiday gift bags to help you with your packaging!

These two projects were featured on my LIVE broadcast on Tuesday evening on Facebook and YouTube.


Do you know those stacks of patterned paper that you've been "collecting"?  Now is the time to put those babies to good use. Watch the video below for the assembly and for a tip on storing the large bags.

Lisa's Inklings:

Large Bag

  • Two pieces of patterned paper, 12 x 12
  • Score both pieces on what will be the top side at 1 1/2".
  • Score the bottom and two sides of both pieces at 3".

Small Bag

  • Cut patterned paper 6 x 8 1/2.
  • Score on the long side at 3,4,7,8.
  • Score on the short side at 1" for what will be the bag bottom and 4 1/2 for the bag top.

Here's another bag idea.  This one is more narrow and uses just one piece of 12 x 12 paper.

Try one or all of these gift bags and send me a photo!

REMINDER! Tomorrow for 24 Hours ONLY, Tomorrow December 15th!


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  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount--- $75 before tax!

  •  The order must still meet the qualifying threshold to be eligible for free shipping.

  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period of the promotion.  The order must be opened and closed on December 15 2022.

  • Stock up on paper, adhesive, envelopes!

  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.

  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.

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  • Due to increased shipping times and possible shipping delays during the month of December, we can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.

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Make your Christmas Wish List so that you will be ready to place your order tomorrow, Thursday, December 15th!


Stampin' Up! Christmas 2022- Easy Gift Card Holders and Kits!


Even during December, there may be a little time for crafting, and these easy gift card holders with Stampin' Up! products are easy to put together and require just a few supplies.

Gather your holiday papers, embellishments, and a sentiment stamp set and you are ready to create these in minutes.  Here are a few ways that you can use these:

  • Gift card holders
  • Cash holders
  • Tuck a small piece of candy inside
  • To share a wallet-size Christmas photo
  • Share a recipe
  • Leave a note for Santa

These were featured on my Facebook and YouTube Live this week and you can see the assembly in the video below.

To help you with your holiday gift-giving, I am offering an ordering special with a minimum $35 purchase (before shipping and tax) from my Online Store by next Monday, December 12th.
Project Pack #2 features 3 pretty kits for you to make 3 of the gift card/cash holders pictured above. (Prints and colors may vary due to designer paper availability.) 
All you will need to complete these projects are basic tools, adhesives, and sentiments to stamp! These are great for stocking stuffers and you can even insert a small piece of candy inside.
  • Place an order  of $35 or more in my Online Store using  Host Code: QDR3439T by next Monday, Midnight, December 12th,
  • I will do my best to have these in the mail to you by December 15th so that you can complete and use them for these Christmas!

    I'd love to help you get ready for Christmas 2022 with these three kits for three easy gift card holders so place your Stampin' Up! order today!  

Seasonal Sale and FREE Project Kits Offer Ends Tonight!

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The Seasonal Sale ends today! Through Midnight tonight,  November 18, 2022, select products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog are on sale with the following discounts:

10% off all punches15% off all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)20% off all dies20% off all embossing folders20% off all non-specialty Designer Series Paper

With the season of giving upon us, this is a great opportunity to buy gifts for your fellow crafting enthusiasts or to stock up on supplies for all your upcoming handmade projects. This sale ENDS tonight! Don’t miss out!

Click here to SHOP the Seasonal Sale!


More crafting fun with you to go along with this Seasonal Sale!  

Place an order of $35 or more before shipping and tax from my Online Store using  Host Code: GM3YYHH4 and receive the three kits to create these projects featuring the Leaves of Holly Bundle featured in this week's LIVE video!  

You must place your order by Midnight, Central Time, on Friday, November 18th.


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  • FREE Project Kits with a minimum Stampin’ Up order –  Minimum order of $35 using the host code ($35 before tax and shipping).

  • Offer ends tonight, November 18th!

  • Project Kits includes the supplies to complete each project. (Two cards and envelopes, one gift card holder)

  • Die cutting is done.

  • Ribbon is included but embellishments are not.
  • Stamped images are not included per Stampin' Up! policy.

You will need the Leaves of Holly Bundle, inks, adhesives, basic tools, and embellishments of your choice to complete these projects.

See the video below of the cards for which you will receive the project kits with your qualifying order.


Shop now to take advantage of the Seasonal Sale and receive three project kits with your qualifying order!


2022 Blessing Box with Stampin' Up! Gathered Wheat Bundle

2022-Stampin-up-gathered-wheat-mini-box-and-cardsThe Blessing Box has become a tradition for me to share with you and here's the 2022 version created with the Stampin' Up! Gathered Wheat.

The idea behind the Blessing Box came to me when many would often tell me how much it meant to receive a card from me.  And, when my brother told me he'd kept every card I'd ever made for him.  It made me think about those who never receive a little "paper hug" in the mail.  How could that be changed even if only for just a few?

And, so, the Blessing Box was created.  A little box that holds 3 x 3 or smaller cards with a kind phrase, a verse from God's Word, or an uplifting message...just a random act of kindness.  There is no signature, no credit; just sharing in hopes that it will be a blessing in someone's day.

Below is the video featuring this year's Blessing Box. Here's hoping you are inspired to create one of your own.


Lisa's Inklings:
For Box:

For Cards:

Stampin-up-gathered-wheat-blessing-boxIn case you missed it in the video, here's a tip: Color white or light-colored ribbon with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers to get the coordinating color for your projects.

Here is the list of supplies used for this Blessing Box.

Thank you for your support! Each time you place an order through my online store,  it supports my business and allows me to continue sharing!  I am grateful to serve as your demonstrator.

Now that you have the know-how, make your own blessing box like this one made with Stampin' Up! Gathered Wheat and make a difference!

YouTube Premiere- Stampin' Up! Gathered Wheat Blessing Box

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This evening, we will be creating my 2022 Blessing Box featuring the Gathered Wheat Bundle.  We have made a version of this blessing box for several years and I hope you will create one this year! Watch the video premiere tonight to hear the story behind this project. 

Mr. Brown and I will be in Branson this evening so one of my team members, Kristen Martin, will be with you in the chat.  Please tell her hello and be sure to leave a comment. ;)

Plan to join and set your reminder!
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT
Come and see the Blessing Box for 2022!