Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blog Transfer

Dear Readers,
The switch to the new platform for my blog has begun. Sunday, November 28, 2010 will be the last post on this platform. You will be able to search for older posts located on this platform from the new blog.

You will find my new ink and inspirations blog HERE.

Thank you!
Warmest regards,
Lisa Brown

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Super Saturday with My Digital Studio

Need a quick way to create cards, have them printed, and add your own (or your child's) personal touch? Tune in here for a cute idea...

My Digital Studio is half price ($39.98!) for a few more days! Order yours here today!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Are You Getting the Setting?

The Stampin' Up! Table Setting Die, that is!

It is on sale NOW through November 30th for 40% off...$25.77!

Item #116819

You can see a sample that I made HERE. Fun and pretty, don't you think?

This is a fantastic deal! There are other Big Shot Dies on sale as well as many other items. Be sure you have the Extended Cutting Pads for the Bigz XL Dies.

Check out the entire list HERE.

If you're shopping today from your desktop, you can order this and have it in time for your Christmas table! Order online HERE.

As for me, I was up VERY early and shopping with my girls.
One of our traditions. :)
Have a great day!


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day of Thanks

On this day of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I have many reasons to be thankful. I have wonderful family and friends, a home to shelter me, my faith to sustain me, and sweet freedom.

I also have a job that brings me pleasure and joy in that it focuses on building relationships and allows me to share what I love to do with others. This is the heart of Stampin' Up! and I am blessed to have my connection with you because of my involvement in this company.

Thank you for visiting me here each day and for allowing me to serve you!

Warmest regards,

Lisa Brown

Happy Thanksgiving!


Painting of "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" By Jennie A. Brownscombe. (1914)
Read all about the history of Thanksgiving here on Wikipedia.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Easy Does It Favor Box

For this week's " ...old," post, I have a video with instructions to create a quick and easy box that would be really cute on your Thanksgiving table. You'll see that I added the ribbon after the video...Let me know if you have any questions! Thanksbox

Stamps: Day of Gratitude (wood) (clear)
Paper: Soft Suede and Very Vanilla card stock, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Paper
Ink: Cajun Craze Classic
Accessories: 3/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Punch (I used 1 3/4"), Scallop Circle( I used Bigz XL Pennant Die scallop circles), Stampin' Sponges

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Tip: All that Glitters

Just some tips on applying the sparkly stuff to your paper crafting projects. Featured are Tombow Mono Multi Glue, 2 Way Glue, Chunky Essentials Glitter Collection, and Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up!

Questions? Leave a comment here or email me! lisa

Monday, November 22, 2010

Special Post and Video!

Special savings for your this holiday season from Stampin' Up!
Just had to share some more of the fantastic savings being offered in the ONLINE SPECTACULAR this week!

Click the image below to view savings of up to 50% off!

To order, email me at or visit the ONLINE STORE.

I have a video for you demonstrating how I incorporate My Digital Studio into my paper crafting...
thanks for watching!

Man(ic) Monday: Pleasant Pheasant and Pleasant Surprise

Before I get to the details of today's card,
I HAVE to tell you about the
starting TODAY, November 22, and continuing throughout the week!

Visit the ONLINE STORE to view savings of up to 50% on select products!

Door Buster Specials include:

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Designer Fabrics- 50% off!
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Visit the online store to shop for these never-before-seen offers!

Now for today's man-ly card...


I didn't have a turkey stamp so I decided to use this guy from the Autumn Days stamp set from Stampin' Up! I love the little leaf stamp in this set and stamped it in three colors for the border.
All of these circles were cut with the Circle Scissors Plus. That lovely designer paper is Autumn Spice from the Holiday Mini Catalog. :)
Email if you have

Stamps: Autumn Days (wood) (clear), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla card stock, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Cajun Craze Markers, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard Classic Pads
Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Cutting Mat, Modern Label Punch, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ink and inspirations Quote of the Week

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Super Saturday: Candy Countdown

Candycountdown Cute, cute idea from Stampin Up! for paper crafters this holiday season! Candy Countdown Christmas from the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog is great way to count down those days to Christmas with little ones (or the young at heart!)
The kit contains 25 fast-fold boxes, printed die cuts, ribbon,rope, and little clothespins to hang your treat boxes. These would make cute ornaments or party favors as well!
Other ideas...
TEACHERS: Turn the numbered die cuts over and use as a gift tag for each of your students' names!
MOMS: Fill with treats or trinkets as little gifts for your child's class!
OR, keep on hand at home filled with cookies or other baked goodies for holiday visitors, carolers, or neighbors!

You can call me with your order or order online HERE now!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Stampin' Up! Autumn Spice Specialty Designer

Here is another banner that I made to display along the mantle in our living room. It is fairly long so it was hard to get a good photo of it. The flags on this one were so easy to create with the BIGZ XL Pennant Die and the Big Shot. This beautiful Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Paper is so pretty!

Lots of glitter, buttons, and bows make it really easy to embellish. Next, I'll be working on creating holiday banners for each of my daughters! Are you making any gifts this holiday season?
Stamps: Day of Gratitude (wood) (clear)
Paper: Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Paper, Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive and VersaMark
Accessories: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Antique Brads, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon, Big Shot, Bigz XL Pennant Die, Champagne Glass Glitter, Fine Cosmo Glitter

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Trendy Thursday: Stampin' Up! Deck the Halls-Paper and Fabric

Love these coordinating designs from Stampin' Up! for card making. For this seasonal card, I've combined Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and Designer Fabric as well as a Deck the Halls Big Designer Button in Always Artichoke. The fabric touch adds a special warmth to the project, don't you think?

If you'd like to try some for yourself, visit the online store today!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps: Artistic Etchings(wood), (clear) Many Merry Messages
Paper: Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake Card Stock
Ink: Crumb Cake Classic, VersaMark
Accessories: Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon, Deck the Halls Designer Fabric and Big Designer Buttons, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Corner Punch, Mini Glue Dots (for buttons), crochet thread

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blog Transfer

Dear Readers,

I am in the process of switching platforms and my blog will be a little out of sorts while I get it all set up.

Once it is, you will be redirected to the new blog and there will be a link back for the older content.

Thank you for your understanding during this transition. I will continue to post so please check in each day.

Lisa Brown

Something Old, Something New: The Banner

Last Wednesday, I posted a peek at a banner that I was working on using some new and some retired product. Thanks to Kelly Lunceford for her inspiration ...I am hooked! This project takes a little time but, to me, so worth the effort!

This banner was created for a charity auction that will be held December at a local hospital where my daughter is a nurse. Each department decorates a themed tree and I thought this banner made with the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper would be a perfect accessory for the tree she and her friends were putting together.

The "old" : Hodgepodge Hardware tag, gold elastic cording

The "new":
Stamps: Bells and Boughs(clear), (wood)
Paper: Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper , Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla card stock, Waffle Paper Assortment 1
Ink: Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Letters Bigz Dies, Big Designer Buttons -Deck the Halls, Antique Brads, Champagne Glass Glitter,Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, hot glue gun

I have another banner ready that I'll post soon. For now, I'll leave you with a question...if you decorate for the holidays, when do you start? Leave a post here in the comment section.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Man(ic) Monday: Winter Post

Need an idea for a holiday card for your spouse or significant other? Impress him with your card making and paper crafting technique skills with these watercolored skating sweethearts!

The Winter Post set from Stampin' Up! is so versatile for your holiday crafting. Appropriate for men, women, the young and young-at-heart! Take a look at the complete set HERE.

The Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die cut adds a nice border accent and an Antique Brad adds a nice finishing touch.

Need some watercoloring tips? One of my classes for my November Virtual Club features a project with watercoloring! Read more about my Virtual Club HERE. Join in on the fun for exclusive, online classes at your convenience!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps: Winter Post, Tiny Tags(clear); (wood)
Paper: Card Stock: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze Classic, Blush Blossom, Going Gray, Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories:Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Antique Brads, Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Joy in looking and comprehending
is nature's most beautiful gift.

---Albert Einstein

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Super Saturday: Simple and Sparkly

Love the cheeriness of Stampin' Up!'s Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. Perfect for your holiday card making and scrap booking this collection is whimsical and fun in traditional colors (Real Red, Garden Green, and Whisper White) with the frosty-ness of Baja Breeze added to the mix.

I cut the word Joy from a strip that I cut with my Big Shot and Join in the Cheer. I was totally out of Garden Green card stock so used Whisper White and colored the letters with my Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker. Chunky White Glitter from the Chunky Essentials collection adds a festive touch to the snowflakes and lettering. And, that rick rack...ah, yes...cut with the Tasteful Trim Die...LOVE it! Check out all the fun borders you can cut with this die in the Holiday Mini or click the link below to see it online!

Paper: Candy Cane Christmas, Real Red and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL, Sizzlits Merry Details, Decorative Strip Join in the Cheer, Signo White Gel Pen, Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Stampin' Up! Simply Adorned

What a great gift... the Simply Adorned line by Stampin' Up! is so pretty! And, you have yet another way to show off your rubber stamping and paper crafting skills!
Currently, you can purchase a special bundle including a Simply Adorned 1 x 1 1/4" charm and a 24" chain AND the Charming stamp set for 20% off! Use the special bundle number (below) when ordering to get the discount!

AND, as a special offer from me, order this Simply Adorned Bundle (item# 124075) by Midnight (CST) on Sunday, November 14th and you will receive these two holiday inserts pictured here as a thank you!

You must use this special item number to receive the 20% discount---Simply Adorned Bundle (item# 124075).
This would make a great gift...order yours today and receive your two holiday inserts FREE!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010


Today's post does a switch from Trendy to Terrific!
What is so TERRIFIC about today?


You can start your own business with Stampin' Up!
for 50% off the Starter Kit price!
That's $310 worth of product and supplies for $87.50!

If you are interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator
at this terrific price, contact me today! 409-719-2853

This special never-before-seen offer begins November 15 and is available only until November 30th!

Questions? Email

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Something Old, Something New: Holly Tag

Good day all!
Today, I wanted to share a peek of a Christmas banner that I am creating for a local charity auction. The tag element is what I'd like to point out.

The "old": Hodgepodge Hardware tag
The "new": Bells and Boughs w:120831, c: 121142, Basic Rhinestones-119246

This hardware piece was antique brass. I pressed my VersaMark ink pad along the edge and embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I stamped the holly in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla card stock then traced the hardware window onto the card stock and cut it out. The image is adhered to the back side of the tag with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Next, the self-adhesive rhinestones were placed over the stamped berries then colored red with a permanent marker. :) Seam Binding Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler is attached on top.

Although this particular hardware is no longer available; our Styled Silver or Styled Vanilla Hardware has some beautiful pieces which you can also emboss in gold! Try it out and email or enter a comment here if you have questions!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Scrapbooking with Stampin' Up!

Today's tip is one on scrapbooking.
Ever find that a 12 x 12 layout is a little intimidating?
Here's a page that I demonstrated at a Stampin' Up! party this past weekend.
I find that if I begin with a 8 1/2 x 11 page and build from there; it is much easier. This went together quickly using the Bells and Boughs set from the Holiday Mini Catalog with some ribbon and Big Designer Buttons as accents.
Try using this scrap method next time that 12 x 12 looks a little too'll have it put together before you know it! Leave a comment here if you have a question...Happy Stamping! ---Lisa

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Man(ic) Monday: Stampin' Up! Bells and Boughs

Here's a look for a man-ly card using just a little bit of ribbon as an accent. The Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini softens the look. I placed a piece of Sticky Strip along the right side of the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and scrunched the ribbon as a pressed it onto the strip. Vintage Trinkets brads provide extra security :).

The holly and sentiment from Bells and Boughs was stamped in Early Espresso Ink on Soft Suede card stock.
Love that designer paper!

This stamp set and paper is now available in a special bundle at 20% off!
Vintage Christmas Card Bundle:
Bells & Boughs Set
and Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
wood mount set and paper 124067 $23.92
clear mount set and paper 124068 $19.92
You must use these item numbers listed here to receive this special price for the stamp set and paper bundle!
Email me with questions...have a great week!

Stamps: Bells and Boughs ( save and purchase the bundle as listed above)
Paper: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso Classic
Accessories: 1 3/4 x 7/8 Oval Punch, Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Sticky Strip

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ink and inspirations Quote of the Week

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

Mother Teresa

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Super Saturday: Super Candy Cane Christmas from Stampin' Up! Box

How about this super cool, tall box to fill with treats this holiday season? Found the directions on a stamping friend's blog, Sharon Johnson.
You’ll need 12 x 12 designer paper... full sheet for the box bottom and 1/2 sheet for the box top.

Box Bottom, using a full 12 x 12″ sheet:

Score at 2 3/4″, repeating at 2 3/4″ intervals. You will have four score lines with a 1" tab left to adhere the box together.

Turn the paper and score once at 2 3/4″.

Cut your slits as you would for any box, removing the narrow piece under the tab.

Fold and adhere box bottom and sides together using Sticky Strip.

Box Top, using a 6 x 12″ piece:

The box top needs to be slightly larger than the box bottom for a smooth fit. Score the box top at 2 7/8" intervals along the long side. Turn and score at 2 7/8" on the short side. Cut slits and adhere box top together.

I tied a piece of "retired" Stampin' Up! ribbon around the top and created a tag with the Two Tags Die embellished with the snowflake stamp from Winter Post and a Big Designer Button in Real Red.

This would be a great box to give filled with votive candles or wrapped candies. Create yours now and be ready for the season of giving!


Stamps: Winter Post

Paper: Candy Cane Christmas Specialty, Real Red 12 x 12, Baja Breeze

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Signo White Gel Pen, Two Tags Die, Big Shot, 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, crochet thread

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Stampin' Up! Opportunity

What I Love About Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator:
I am...
  • Sharing something that I love to do with others
  • Making new friends and developing relationships
  • CEO of my own business
  • Determining my own work schedule
  • Earning income to help with family expenses
  • Receiving excellent demonstrator support from Stampin' Up!
  • Able to share this same opportunity with others
Want to learn more? Visit my Stampin' Up! business site HERE. Call me, I'd be happy to answer your questions.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trendy Thursday: Stampin' Up! Christmas Greetings with Tiny Damask

If you are familiar with current card making and scrapbooking trends, I'm sure you've seen damask everywhere. I used my Stampin' Up! Tiny Tags stamp to create a trendy, repetitive pattern for a background for the holiday Greeting Cards Kids scene.

Isn't she precious? She is stamped in Black Stazon on Watercolor Paper and I added color with my Stampin' Write Markers and blended with an Aqua Painter. I surrounded the image with a bit of color from my Sahara Sand marker to give it some depth. Blush Blossom marker is perfect for the skin tone and Dazzling Diamonds adds a festive touch. Greeting is from Many Merry Messages.
Watercoloring is so much fun...give it a try on your next project!

Stamps: Many Merry Messages, Greeting Cards Kids, Tiny Tags
Paper: Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Stampin' Write Markers: Blush Blossom, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, So Saffron, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painter

ink and inspirations Virtual Club

A great project is in store for the ink and inspirations Virtual Club members this month...don't miss out!
This month's video tutorials will feature a technique and a special fall project. These video classes are exclusively for Virtual Club members and are available to you at YOUR convenience!

Plus...this month, there will be a drawing for a give-away! Don't delay...sign up today!

Details for membership and sign up information HERE!

ink and inspirations Virtual Club
Lisa Brown
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since 2006

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Something Old, Something New: Stampin' Up! Vintage Flurry

I was really excited when I found this big Felt Flurry (the "old") in my card making embellishment stash!
I combined it with the new and currently available Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!, along with the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper and a beautiful Vintage Brad.
The Presto Patterns piece was sponged with Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso to make the designs pop! I even sponged the flurry a bit. :)
Love the snowflake?...other current options for you... the new Northern Frost Decorative Strip(120901) is gorgeous and the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a beautiful impression on our card stock!
These and other Stampin' Up! products are available in the online store.

Supplies for this project:
Stamps: Many Merry Messages-116586
Paper: Soft Suede-115318 card stock, Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Paper-120809, Presto Patterns Specialty Paper-117175
Ink: Soft Suede-115657
, Early Espresso-119670, Baja Breeze-111833 Classic Inks
Accessories: Antique Brads-117273, Stampin' Sponges-101610

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Vote!

Today is Election Day in the U.S. and I urge you to get out and vote because it is your right as an American citizen.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Man(ic) Monday: Stampin' Up! Sentiment Buffet

Sharing another great idea from the Stampin' Up! Fort Worth Regionals today.
When I saw this little display on a table, a great gift idea for a man hit me.
How cool would it be to give several card bases, stamped simply or maybe even just dry embossed with a Textured Impressions Folder and the Big Shot and an array of sentiments for any and every occasion.?!
All he would have to do is choose an appropriate sentiment, adhere it to the base, and voila! Instant, impressive card!

Have anyone in mind that you would welcome this as a gift?
Let me know what you think!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

ink and inspirations Quote of the Week

There he is! There he is! It's the Great Pumpkin! He's rising out of the pumpkin patch!

From It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Super Saturday: Super Fabric Idea from Shelli Gardner

Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!, shared this fabulous fabric project at the Fort Worth Regionals last month. She created this simple but fab card case using the Deck the Halls Designer Fabric collection.

Shown here:
Deck the Halls Fabric-121716
Big Designer Buttons-Deck the Halls-121002
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding- 120992
3/8" Twill Tape-119970
Tasteful Trim XL Bigz Die-120893
Tiny Tags set-w:118091, c:118592
Jewelry Tag Punch-117190
Fabulous Phrases-w:117002, c:120501
Linen Thread-104199

Notice that the design is much like a book cover with straight seams. The inside holds cards and envelopes that you have created for safe keeping until given with love.

Have you tried creating anything with the new Stampin' Up! Designer Fabric?

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fabulous Friday: I Love Lists

Lists are great. Lists keep me on track, indicate progress, and hold me accountable. My most important list has your name on it...and, if it doesn't, I'd like to invite you to join.

The members of my mailing list keep me on track: I know they are counting on me to provide great content and information regarding something they are passionate about.

My mailing list helps me see progress
: As my list grows, it is an indicator that I am reaching more and more about a craft that I love and want to share with everyone.

My mailing list holds me accountable: I know that I must keep up with the latest trends and creative ideas because you are counting on me to do so.

Join now and don't miss out on anymore exclusive content and ideas that, I hope, will inspire you in your rubber stamping and paper crafting. I am passionate about what I do and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trendy Thursday: Trending Halloween and Fall

Lots of busy-ness going on here for the next few days so I am going to take this opportunity to share some awesome-ness with you from the Stampin' Up! Fort Worth Regionals last month. I tried to get as many photos as possible of some great projects that I hope will provide you with inspiration for your crafting, card making, and scrapbooking projects.

How about a cute little pumpkin for your Halloween or fall table? This one made from coffee filters! Isn't it adorable?

Place some drops of reinkers on a dinner plate...Pumpkin Pie-105229, More Mustard-101962, and Old Olive-100531 here. Spritz with some water and let the filter absorb the color. Repeat as necessary...let dry. Stamp with a flourish stamp(Baroque Motifs-113490) in Early Espresso-119670. Run the Old Olive filter through the Big Shot with the Leaves #2 Die (113459). Take some poly-fil for the center of the pumpkin, gather the filter around it. Adhere a little twig in the center (I'd use Crystal Effects-101055) and adhere leaves. Finish with Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon-119256. Super cute!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Something Old, Something New: Stampin' Up! Two Step Owl

Just in time for Halloween, this little guy makes another appearance to help with my card making today. My daughters will love this one!

The Old: designer paper and cardstock and ribbon The New: Two Step Owl Punch-118074 and Rhinestone Jewels-119246

Fun to make; fun to give! Know anyone who's lovin' the owl trend?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects Magic

Just a little tip today to show you the versatility of our Stampin' Up! products!
Crystal Effects is a great for making your card making and paper crafting projects shine, but did you know that it's also great for apparel?
I always use Crystal Effects to secure the stones and jewels on my sandals, shoes, and handbags. It dries perfectly clear and secures the prongs to keep those gems in tact.

Crystal Effects 101055

Keep some on hand for your crafting AND for your apparel needs. Email me if you have questions or would like to order!

My Stampin' Up! Stamp Clubs

Had a wonderful time, the last two evenings, with my local stamp clubs. We have a lot of fun in my stamp room...creating and sharing. LOVE what I do!

If you live outside of my area of SE Texas or if you just find it difficult to attend classes, you can join my online virtual club and have access to exclusive project videos. I'll teach you step by step---just as I do for my stamp clubs in my home.

Click HERE to read more about ink and inspirations Virtual Club!

...and, check back later today for your Tuesday Tip!

Warmest regards,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Man(ic) Monday: Special Feature- Amour

Stampin' Up!'s Artistic Etchings stamp set is great when card making for the man in your life. How about a card for a love note for your significant other?
This one features Soft Suede with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla in a supporting role. EnFrancais adds a fabulous background scene and Vintage Trinkets, Waffle Paper, and Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon stand in as extras. All it needs on the inside is your personalized script!

You can purchase supplies needed for this project HERE!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings-w:118517, c:120573, EnFrancais-109521
Paper: Soft Suede-115318, Early Espresso-119686, Very Vanilla-101650 card stock
Ink: Soft Suede Classic-115657
Accessories: Early Espresso 3/8"Taffeta Ribbon-119964, Vintage Trinkets-118764, Waffle Paper, 1 3/4" Circle Punch-119850

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ink and inspirations Quote of the Week

To me,
every hour of the light and dark
is a miracle,
every cubic inch
of space
is a miracle.

Walt Whitman

Lindsay Briggs, Photo

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Super Saturday: Super Simple Treat Bags

Don't you just love that your rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies are great for creating what you need for the young and young-at-heart?! The new Waffle Paper from Stampin' Up! helped me to do just that with these treat bags for my niece and nephew for Halloween.

These are SUPER simple!
  • I unrolled my black Waffle Paper and cut six inches off the roll.
  • I folded it in half and used my SNAIL adhesive to adhere the one side and the bottom. (The other side was the fold.)
  • I cut a decorative rick rack strip for the bottom using my Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die and adhered it to the bottom with SNAIL.
  • I stamped images from Batty for You and punched with a 1 3/8" circle punch and Old Olive Scallop Circles for the backing...attached with SNAIL.
  • Dropped some candy in the little bags and tied with ribbon and black string.
  • Finished!
Questions? Email me at

Stamps: Batty for You-116576
Paper: Waffle Paper Assortment 2- 120985, Whisper White-100730 and Old Olive-100072 card stock
Ink: Basic Black-100082, Old Olive-100079 and Pumpkin Pie -105115 Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Punches- 1 3/4 "Scallop Circle-119854, 1 3/8" Circle-119860, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die-120893, Big Shot-113439, Old Olive Satin Ribbon-117292, black string

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Ideas from Stampin' Up!

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I never have to worry about inspiration or project ideas for card making or scrapbooking. Luckily, there are plenty of 3D project ideas available as well. Samples on the website and in our monthly publication are awesome! This little project was in this publication and I was able to recreate it to share it with you today.
If you are interested in learning more about what I do and the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to speak with you about it. Read more about it here and call me!

Stamps: Autumn Days-115542, Tiny Tags-w:118091,c:118592
Paper: Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper-120810
Ink: Soft Suede and Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Big Shot-113439, Pillow Box Bigz Die-113466, Matchbox Bigz XL Die (for tag)-114890, Sticky Strip-104294, Linen Thread-104199, Jewelry Tag Punch-117190, Paper Piercing Tool-116631

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trendy Thursday: Sweet, Sheet Music

Today's featured trend in paper crafting was inspired by a card in the current issue of Paper Crafts magazine using Sheet Music Prints. Stampin' Up!, in keeping up with the latest and greatest, has included such a print in the Newsprint Designer Series Paper collection perfect for card making and scrapbooking.
I recruited my Big Shot to help with this project. The Table Setting Bigz XL Die provided the spiral for the flower and the NEW Tasteful Trim Bigz XL in the Holiday Mini created the scallop borders. Gotta love that! I used the beautiful Top Note Bigz Die to show off this music print. Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding and a Big Designer Button add a wow factor and a simple "merry" from Tiny Tags adds the finishing touch.

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Stamps: Tiny Tags-w:118091, c:118592
Paper: Basic Black-121045 and Crumb Cake-120953 card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper-120810, Newsprint Designer Series Paper-117166
Ink: Basic Black Classic-101179
Accessories: Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding-121000, Big Designer Buttons:Deck the Halls-121002, Big Shot-113439, Table Setting Bigz XL Die-116819, NEW Tasteful Trim Bigz XL-120893, Top Note Bigz Die-113463, Jewelry Tag Punch-117190, crochet thread

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Something Old, Something New: Autumn Days

It still feels a bit like summer here in Southeast Texas, but I thought I'd add a touch of Autumn to my card making with my Stampin' Up! products.
For today's mix, I've combined an autumn-themed paper from last year's catalog with the current Autumn Days set from Stampin' Up! The sentiment (above) is gold embossed on the designer paper and sponged with Soft Suede Classic ink. I dipped the tip of my stylus into the bottle of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and added some shine to the stamped pine cones. The Woodgrain Background stamp adds some interest to another layer of the designer paper. The card base is stamped with the dotted splash from the Extreme Elements set. A Big Designer Button and Twill Tape adds the finishing touch to the card.

If you have questions about this card or any of my projects, please feel free to email me or leave a comment here.
Thanks for visiting!

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Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers-113252, Autumn Days-115452, Woodgrain-117100, Extreme Elements-115181
Paper: Soft Suede-115318, Very Vanilla-101650, Always Artichoke-105119
Ink: Soft Suede Classic-115657, Soft Suede-120973 and Always Artichoke-105113 Stampin' Write Markers, VersaMark-
Accessories: 3/8" Twill Tape-119970, Big Designer Buttons (Deck the Halls)-121002, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch-119855, Heat Tool-100005, Gold Embossing Powder-109129, crochet thread

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Mini Envelope Video Tutorial

Here is the how-to for the mini envelopes that I posted HERE and HERE.
Leave a comment if you have questions!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Bundles-Save 20%

This news was just so fantastic that I had to share it as a bonus post today!

Beginning TODAY, October 19th, and continuing through December 16th, choose from several different Holiday Bundles containing gorgeous Stampin' Up! products, perfect for greeting cards, gift packaging, and gifts---all at 20% off!

Take a look at these great offers!

  • When ordering, you must use the bundle number as listed in the promotion to receive the 20% discount. The discount will not be applied if the item numbers of the products included in the bundle are listed separately.
  • Additional products from the current Idea Book and Catalog, Holiday Mini, and Definitely Decorative Catalog may be purchased on the same order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to receive the discount.
  • Order online by December 16th!
Check back later today for your Tuesday Tip and a video tutorial!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Man(ic) Monday: Sense of Time

Lots of fun products used on today's man-ly card. The Sense of Time set from Stampin' Up! Is a great one...especially for masculine cards and also for scrapbooking.
The Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder adds some dimension as well as the crinkled and inked Newsprint Designer Series Paper. That cute little safety pin is from the Vintage Trinkets set...a must -have if you love vintage-look cards and pages. Frayed Basic Black 5/8" grosgrain ribbon through a Big Designer Button adds a little more.
If you need any of the supplies listed below, check the online store!
Stamps: Sense of Time-113804
Paper: Crumb Cake-120953, Basic Black-121045, Newsprint Designer Series Paper-117166
Ink: Vintage Ink (Charcoal) from Distressing Essentials Kit-
Accessories: Cutter Kit-106958, Big Designer Buttons(Deck the Halls)-121002, Vintage Trinkets-118764, Basic Black 5/8" grosgrain-115605, Big Shot-113439, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder-119976

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Super Saturday: Candy Cane Christmas Mini Box

The Candy Cane Specialty Designer Paper in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini lends a whimsical feel to your holiday projects.
How about a super simple card and mini box for a tiny treat?

The card went together easily; I let the paper do the work and added a little Dazzling Diamonds for sparkle. The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from my go-to holiday set words, Many Merry Messages. Yummy Real Red Satin Ribbon completes the look.
Love the Tinsel Trim as a handle for my tiny box also from the Holiday Mini. The tinsel comes in Silver and Clear...the silver is "wired" so you can bend into your desired shape. Really fun! I'll try to get a video up soon on the box. You'll want to make these for any holiday.
Check the supply list for what you'll need and let me know if you have questions.
Stamps: Many Merry Messages-116586
Paper: Real Red-102482 and Whisper White-100730 card stock, Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Paper- 120809
Ink: Real Red Classic-103133
Accessories: Tinsel Trim Silver-120994, Dazzling Diamonds-102023, Two Way Glue Pen-100425, Paper Piercing Tool, 5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon-117286

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