It's Fractured! A Simple Card Technique

Fractured-card-making-technique-sabOn last week's LIVE, we made this card featuring a simple cardmaking technique.  

Called by many crafters, the "fractured" technique from the illusion, it's an easy method to give a dynamic look to your cards.

Let's take a look at the recording of the video so you, too, can say, "That's how it's done!"

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Standard A2 card base is cut either 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" or 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Designer paper is cut 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Strips are cut 1/4" x 5 1/4".
  • Two squares for the center: Back layer- 2" x 2" and 1 3/4" x 1 3/4".

The two featured products on this card are Stampin' Up! Level 1 Sale-A-Bration choices (each is FREE with a $50 product purchase):

Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper and the Heartfelt Hellos Stamp Set


Heartfelt-hellos-jpgThese Sale-A-Bration offerings are only available while supplies last!  Shop now and then try this "fractured" technique on your next handmade card.


Snow Day Card with Stamped Snowflake Background


This snow day card with a hand-stamped background was inspired by the weather many are experiencing here in North America. 

The Sparkling Snowflakes stamp set is a carryover from the Stampin' Up! September to June Mini Catalog.  This cardmaker was thrilled to see it still available with winter in full force for a few more months. 

With beautiful images like these snowflakes, you can make beautiful backgrounds for your cards, and oh what fun these would be on a scrapbook page!

Look at the video tutorial to see how easily this all comes together!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • You can create your background paper with stamped images. 
  • If you have varied sizes, start with the largest image first.
  • Remember to punch or die cut from the center of a layer if it's not going to show. 

Snow-day-card-sparkling-snowflakesHere are the featured products used on this card:

Now that you've seen the video, try this hand-stamped background on your next card and grab the Sparkling Snowflakes Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [162158] for some beautiful winter season cards!

Which Black Ink to Use for Rubber Stamping?

Q & A(1)Which black ink should I use for rubber stamping on handmade cards and paper crafting projects?

Have you ever wondered if you should use a water based ink like Memento or a solvent ink like Stazon when stamping?

Watch this video and you will be able to determine which ink you should use on your paper crafting projects.

We hope these tips are helpful for you when creating and stamping with black ink. 

You can find both of these inks in the Online Store as listed below:

Thank you for tuning in for today's tip video on how to determine which black ink to use when rubber stamping.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the "bell" to not miss any of our Ink and Inspirations videos.


Easy Layers for Your Handmade Cards


Today, let's explore the beauty of easy layers, a technique that can transform your handmade cards from ordinary to extraordinary. It's amazing what you can achieve with just the right blend of designer series papers and coordinating cardstock. In this project, we're showcasing the delightful Bee Mini Suite from the January to April 2024 Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog.

The key to making a card that wows lies in the selection of your basic card-making supplies. Whether you're an experienced crafter or just starting, this project is designed to inspire and elevate your card-making skills. The Bee Mine Suite offers an adorable theme that adds a touch of sweetness to your creations.

To guide you through the process, we have a video tutorial that demonstrates how easy it is to work with these simple layers.

By incorporating easy layers into your card-making, you open up a world of possibilities. Experiment with different color combinations, patterns, and textures to create cards that reflect your style. Whether you're sending heartfelt wishes or creating a card "just because", you're creations will be welcomed and cherished.

2024-stampin-up-valentine-bee-mine-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • The designer paper border strip is cut 1 1/2" x 5 1/2".
  • Large rectangle layers: Designer Paper- 3 1/8" x 4 3/4"; Basic White - 3 1/4" x 4 7/8".
  • Small rectangle layers: Designer Paper - 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"; Basic White - 2 5/8" x 3 7/8"

Featured Products:

Now that you've seen the video, grab your supplies, and get started. Explore, create, and enjoy the art of easy layers for your handmade cards.

How Do I Determine Color Combinations for Handmade Cards?

Q & AHow do I determine color combinations for handmade cards?

This is the most often-asked question we've received from cardmakers and paper crafters.

Watch the video for the response with tips to help you combine colors like a pro!

   Hope these tips are helpful for you when designing and choosing colors. 
Click on the link below to download the Color Coach mentioned in the video.

Stampin' Up! Color Coach

Thank you for tuning in for today's tip video on how to determine color combinations for handmade cards.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the "bell" to not miss any of my videos!

Three New Stampin' Up! Card Ideas Video

Three New Stampin' Up! Card Ideas Video


How about three new Stampin' Up! card ideas?  In yesterday's LIVE broadcast, we featured new products from the Stampin' Up! January-April Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure. 

It's always fun creating with new goodies and this new catalog does not disappoint!  There is something for everyone!

Take a look at the recording of the video and let me know what you think!  Do you have a favorite?

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Here are the featured supplies used in this video...

Thanks for checking in and watching the recording of these new Stampin' Up! card ideas!  Leave a comment below with your favorite!


Early Bird Pricing on Our New Online Card Class!


Join us for the Bee My Valentine Online Card Class, a delightful journey into the world of vibrant colors, charming designs, and  two unique fun folds.  

In this class, you'll learn the step-by-step instructions in video tutorial format for creating these three card projects

But that's not all!  This class will also give you ideas that you will be able to create over and over again 

And, if you purchase now, you will get the class at a 20% discount!

From today, January 4th until Tuesday, July 9th you can purchase this class for only $19.95!  Full price for this class will be $25.

More About The Bee My Valentine Online Card Class!

  • This class includes three video tutorials that are easy to follow and include a total of approximately one hour of instruction.
  • You'll have 24/7 access so you can work at your own pace
  • You'll learn the skills and techniques needed to create two fun fold cards and a classic card design that you can create over and over again.
  • Thank You Bonus! As a heartfelt thank you for joining our class, you will receive a Project Sheet via email. Keep it handy for future reference, enabling you to recreate these beautiful designs whenever the creative mood strikes.

While this class highlights the Bee Mine Suite, the included projects are designed to be created with any paper crafting supplies you have on hand. 

Get ready to discover how to make stunning creations with what's already in your crafting supply.

Full price for this class is $25.

But, the EARLY BIRD Price is $19.95 

if you purchase by Tuesday, January 9, 2024!

Click HERE to get the Early Bird Price for the Bee Mine Online Card Class!

"See" you in class!

Last Minute Christmas: Easy Hot Chocolate/Gift Card Holder Pocket

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Here we are... two days before Christmas and hopefully, all is ready except for those last-minute Christmas to-dos!  This is for you if you need a cute idea for a gift card, cash, or hot chocolate packet!

Here's the recording from this week's LIVE!

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut cardstock at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score at 4 1/4" and burnish.
  • Make a tick mark on the card front right side at 2 3/4".  Cut as seen in the video.
  • Cut designer paper at 4" x  5 1/8".  Make a tick mark at 2 1/2" on the right side and cut as seen in the video.
  • You can embellish and decorate however you'd like!  Try it!

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Enjoy and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

2023 Stampin' Up! Christmas Stocking Stuffer Lip Balm Holder

Stocking-stuffer-lip-balm-gift-holderThese Beary Cute bears want to wish some special some a very special Christmas with this Lip Balm Holder with a grapefruit-flavored Lip Balm!

This project was featured on this week's LIVE video and is one that can be made simply with little fuss.  Decorate and embellish as you wish or just let the designer paper do the work.  We know you have some in your stash, right?

Below is the link to the edited recording of the video with the assembly.  Read on for the details of this lip balm holder so that you can create your own!

Lip Balm Holder


  • Choose your designer paper first.  Then, choose one of the colors in the paper for your base.
  • Cut base card stock: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score: 2 3/8" and 3 1/8" on the 5 1/2" side.
  • Cut ribbon to 15".  Remember to attach this to the outside of the base first before adhering the designer paper.
  • Cut another piece of the same color card stock at 1" x 3".  Score at 3/4" and 2 1/4" on the 3" side.  This will be the holder for the lip balm. Adhere to the inside of the base as seen in the video before adhering designer paper.
  • Cut designer paper: (1) 3 1/4" x 1/2" wide for the spine.  Cut (2) at 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" and (2) in a coordinating pattern at 2 1/8" x 3 1/4" for the inside.
  • Embellish/decorate as desired.

Stocking-stuffer-lip-balm-holderNow you are ready to make your own! This fits nicely in a stocking and is a welcome gift during our winter months here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Comment below if you will be making one or several of these stocking stuffer lip balm holders.

Stocking Stuffer Lip Balm Holder - Facebook/YouTube Live

Gift-balm-holderWe are all super busy so I have a quick project for you! Make this easy lip balm holder with supplies that you have on hand! This makes a great stocking stuffer!
Tune in on Thursday, December 14th
7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, 4 PM PT
You may watch the LIVE on YouTube or Facebook.
Hope to see you then!

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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!