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What I have been stamping…..

come see what I have been creating in my stamp studio this week! stampinup, holiday cards, gift tags, papercrafts

Most people wait until January 1 to make a fresh start….obviously I don’t have the patience for that 😉

Typically I create projects specifically to share with you. I have decided to change things up and simple share the things I am creating in my studio each week. I sent lots of notes in the mail, along with goodies decorated with a little tag….so from here forward you will see the things I am actually creating to send and use.


I will be posting once a week in a “What I Have Been Stamping” share. I will also share my happy mail once a week and my InkBig Design Team has some amazing projects for you as well!

Before I share I want to list the winners of the Holiday Blog Giveaway! Make sure to email me your snail mail address so I can pop a goodie in the mail to you!

  • Annette Sullivan
  • Sue Root
  • Katrina Wolfe
  • Shawna Ault
  • Stesha Bloodhart
  • Rene Roberts
  • Kathy Beemer
  • Peggy Hendricks
  • Vicki Heimbecker
  • Windy Ellard
  • Barb Weesies

So here is what I have been stamping:

Stampin'Up! Petal Palette stamp set, sneak peek, occasions catalog, Petals and More thinlits dies, bundle

I wanted to make a special card for one of my high achieving team members and I am thrilled with how this turned out.

Both those lovely dots and the greeting are from the Petal Palette stamp set, which makes it a fun sneak peek from the Occasions Catalog. Those perfect Old Olive branches are from the Petals and More Thinlits. The stamp set and thinlit are part of a bundle so when purchased together you can say 10%

Isn’t the Berry Burst Wrinkle Seam Ribbon divine?!

Stampin'Up! Merry Cafe, Coffee cup thinlits, gift card holder, papercrafts, diy, holiday, christmas

I shared the directions for this gift card holder here. I had a several Starbuck’s cards to send out this week and wanted to really make them a WOW!

The Merry Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cup thinlits are a match made in heaven. I went with the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper, it is so glam! The cups are from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. The rustic buffalo plaid is a fun play next to the sophisticated Year of Cheer Paper.

and I always think of the holidays as the perfect time for heat embossing, always a WOW!

Stampin'Up! Cheers to the Years stamp set, 3x3 card, gift card, heat embossing, snowflake, christmas, holiday

3×3 cards are so fun to make. A little effort for a great return!

I love to include these cards with little goodies I pop in the mail. This one uses the Year of Cheer stamp set for both the Real Red snowflakes and the Silver Heat Embossed sentiment.

And do you see those snowflakes on the flap? #festive

Stampin'Up! Snowflake Embossing Folder, Cheers to the YEars stamp set, red, silver, sparkle, snowflakes, gift tag, christmas, holiday, DIY


I am a big fan of silver and red for the holidays. These little gift tags are a 2 x 4 1/4″ piece of our Thick Whisper White Cardstock. The Scalloped Edge Tag Topper punch always makes for a beautiful finish. The Snowflake Embossing Folder adds great dimension, the Foil Snowflakes, Tinsel and Mini Sequins adds sparkle and that sentiment from Year of Cheer keeps the theme going strong.

Stampin'Up! Hug in a Mug stamp set, stampin' blends

I have been practicing my Stampin’ Blends like crazy. I did A LOT of these cards just to get the feel of using these new alcohol markers. Not one looks the same, but I’m okay with that. they are so fun to play with and who doesn’t love coloring?! The Hug in a Mug stamp set gave me just enough coloring option with out being intimidating.

Stampin'Up! Petal Palette stamp set, sneak peek, occasions catalog, Cake soiree stamp set, diy, papercrafts,

This Petal Palette bundle is showing to be one of my favorites to work with with from the NEW Occasions Catalog.

The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst and that sweet bird is heat embossed in silver and cropped out using the Petals and More Thinlits. The sentiment is from the Cake Soiree stamp set, also a sneak peek of the Stampin’Up! Occasions Catalog. And both ribbons are sneak peeks: a lovely silver and white baker’s twine and the most decadent Berry Burst Silver Trimmed Ribbon.

I will be giving away a super fun Stampin’Up! goodie with each “What I Have Been Stamping” post so be sure to comment! I would love to know what YOU think of these new posts <3

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FREE SHIPPING from Stampin’Up!

I am a “shop on line” kind of girl so I am always excited about Cyber Monday and all the savings from my favorite retailers. THIS YEAR I am super excited as Stampin’Up! is getting in the game with FREE SHIPPING on Monday, November 27!

I love free shipping because no matter the size of your order it is a great deal! And don’t we all hate to pay for shipping!

I am stocking up on re-inkers, cardstock, linen thread and bakers twine and have my list all ready to go!

If you aren’t a linen thread fan, here is my attempt to sway you 😉

Stampin'Up! Remarkable You stamp set, Stampin blends, sneak peek, Picture perfect stamp set, IY, papercrafting, handstamped greeting card, happy birthday


  • The card base is Stampin’Up! Thick whisper White Cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″. Be sure to score the Thick Whisper White gently so that it folds neatly for you.
  • I added a top layer of Whisper White Cardstock that measures 4 x 5 1/4″.
  • The panel of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper is 3 x 5 1/4″ and is backed with a piece of 3 1/4 x 5 1/4″ of Old Olive Cardstock.
  • The leaves are from the Remarkable You stamp set (you can see other samples of that set here). They were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored in using our Old Olive Stampin’ Blends (my EASY blends tutorial can be found here). I fussy cut them out using the Stampin’Up! Paper Snips.
  • Linen Thread makes the perfect rustic bow to compliment the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.
  • The sentiment is a little sneak peek from the Stampin’Up! Occasions Catalog. It is from a set called Picture Perfect Birthday and is stamped in Old Olive Classic Ink. Isn’t that font divine?
  • The 2 1/4″ circle punch provides a perfect spot for the sentiment, as well as a great way to pull all the elements of the card together.

Free Shipping on Monday so get that list together!

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Make it a great day xoxo lisa

Stampin’Up! Oh So Eclectic Gift Card holder


last week I shared this adorable little project with you (be sure to click thru to see if YOU won!!) And I was just so smitten with it that I made another one in the same theme, but with one of my very favorite bundles from the Stampin’Up! Annual Catalog, Oh So Eclectic

Stampin'Up! Oh So Eclectic bundle, How to Gift Card holder, Mini Pizza Box, DIY, Papercraft, Host Gift, lisapretto, inkbigacademy stamps


  • The mini pizza boxes is one of the fab new items in the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog. I had to ship out a gift card and thought this would be such a fun way to package it,
  • I started with a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″ square of Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper for an instant wow factor
  • Next I layered on one of our Metallic Doilies
  • I created a “tag” that uses the Everyday Label Punch from the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog. I layered on elements in Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive to create a sweet little bouquet. They highlight some of the pretty things you can make with the Oh So Eclectic bundle, Big Shot and Magnetic Platform
  • The new mini Silver Sequins keep the sparkle going.

Stampin'Up! Oh So Eclectic bundle, How to Gift Card holder, Mini Pizza Box, DIY, Papercraft, Host Gift, lisapretto, inkbigacademy stamps

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Step it Up Sunday: Stampin’Up! Painted Harvest and Mini Pizza Boxes

This past week I shared an adorable 3 x 3 card featuring the Painted Harvest stamp set. You can see it here. And be sure to read to the end for a little giveaway!!

I am a huge fan of these sweet little notes. They are perfect to use as tags, add-ins in care packages and make a sweet little gift when packaged together.

How about this for a fab way to package them up?

Stampin'Up! Painted harvest stamp set, bundle, mini pizza boxes, holiday catalog, hostess gifts, 3d, diy, papercrafting, #lisapretto

The Mini Pizza Boxes measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ and are coated inside so that you could add a cookie or treats as well as 3×3″ cards. You get 8 boxes for $6.00. A great deal and a huge impact!

I added a 3×3″ piece of Whisper White to the top of the box. I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Impressions Embossing folder.

A 1″ strip of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper helps hold the box together and adds a great pop of color.

The tag is a 2″ Whisper White cropped on the top with the Tag Scallop Punch and tied with Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and Linen Thread.

The flower from Painted Harvest stamp set was stamped in Tempting Turquoise and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz. Both were fussy cut with paper snips.

Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Sequins, Mini Silver Sequin Trim and a Silver Doily add a sparkly touch.

The sentiment, also from Painted Harvest stamp set, was stamped in Pear Pizzazz and cropped out using the Triple Banner Punch

Stampin'Up! Painted harvest stamp set, bundle, mini pizza boxes, holiday catalog, hostess gifts, 3d, diy, papercrafting, #lisapretto

These mini pizza boxes have been a huge hit during the demonstrator pre-order and I bet they go quickly come September 1st.

This little box, filled with a fun treat, can be on its way to YOU!!

Leave a message with what YOU would put in these sweet little boxes and I will pull one name to receive mine 🙂


Sneak Peek: Stampin’Up! Painted Harvest


With the release of each new Stampin’Up! catalog there are always imeediate home runs. The Holiday Catalog is filled with amazing new products, but 2 items have jumped in to the head of the pack. I am sure you have seen that fabulous cat punch EVERYWHERE, it is darling!

The other product that is getting some major love is the Painted Harvest stamp set. It is actually part of a bundle as it comes with a coordinating punch and the most spectacular Designer Series Paper #addittoyourseptember1order

I wanted to go a little non traditional with my cards, focusing on my current color combo crush: Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White.

Stampin'Up! Painted Harvest stamp set, bundle, turquoise, color combo, mini card, clean and simple, #lisapretto

3×3 cards are all the rage right now (and we have 3×3 envelopes in the Holiday Catalog !!! And cute packaging for them as well #minipizzaboxes)

The flower from Painted Harvest is a 2 step and so dreamy! The sentiment is stamped in Memento Black Tuxedo ink and is from the Blooms and Wishes stamp set

Stampin'Up! Painted Harvest stamp set, bundle, turquoise, color combo, mini card, clean and simple, #lisapretto

This full sized card has a layer of 3 3/4 x 5″ Whisper White on top. That same lovely flower is stamped in Tempting Turquoise with a sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. A few rhinestones add a sweet sparkle.

I’m excited to share more sneak peeks! Be sure to subscribe to my (almost) weekly tips and inspiration to see all of them!

August 1 Specials!

I am so excited to let you know that this bundle is available for YOU to order today!

Check out this video that showcases the bundle beautifully!!

I have already shared some fun cards with you this past week:

Stampin'Up! Carols of Christmas bundle, stamp set, Christmas card, holidays, DIY, papercrafting, pink, silver

Stampin'Up! Carols of Christmas bundle, stamp set, holiday card, papercrafting, DIY, rubber stamping, deck the halls, ornaments

Stampin'Up! Carols of Christmas bundle, stamp set, sneak peek, holiday catalog, deck the halls, blue, silver, papercrafting, DIY, holiday

Sampin'Up! Carols of Christmas bundle, stamp set, christmas card,handstamped, DIY, papercraftingtrees, green and gold, metallic

Stampin'Up! Carols of Chritmas bundle, sneak peek, christmas in july, peace on earth, gold heat embossing, DIY, papercrafting, holiday card

  • You can purchase just the stamp set, just the thinlits or order them together and save 10%
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And if you have ever thought about purchasing our starter kit to get the BEST deal on Stampin’Up! products right now you can add any of the items from the Holiday Catalog to your kit! None of these items are available to purchase until September 1 for customers but you can get them now!

Let me know if you are interested and I will get you the Holiday Catalog PDF or you can go to my join page and see your options there.