Simple Thoughts for a Friend

Do you ever avoid sending a note to a friend because you think you have to create a artistic masterpiece to carry your thoughts? I’m guilty of this, but I’m working on sending a message or a card *AS THE INSPIRATION HITS ME*

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When I saw the sketch challenge on TGIF Challenges today, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack came to mind and I decided to make a simple card for a friend:

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Nurturing a friendship takes time and effort and sometimes a quick card to say, “I’m thinking about you” lasts longer than a text or even a phone call. Some things you could include in your card may be a bullet list of 5 things you love about your friend like:

  • Thanks for seeing the best in me and others.
  • You never let me wallow in self-pity and I appreciate your honesty.
  • Of all your features, your curly hair and dimples are what I see when I imagine your lovely face!
  • When I’m with you, I know I’m going to laugh heartily and it feels so good!
  • Isn’t it great that we can pick up right where we left off even if we haven’t seen each other in years?

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My original card was 4.25″ square, but I had another piece of leftover Pool Party card stock, so I made a 3.25″ note card that would be perfect on a gift, too.

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Now I’m going to mail it to a friend today because my goal for the year has been to mail a card each day and I’m almost there!

Out with the Old, In with the New

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Year end means taking stock of inventory and clearing out to make space for new products, so it’s time for the year-end sale! Some items are discounted and others are ready for retirement. A few things will be available in next year’s annual catalog as individual items, but not as a bundle (which saves you cash now).

Here is a short sampling: The Smitten bundle makes lovely cards and gifts, but are only available while supplies last~

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And the Watercolor Christmas Card Kit (SO EASY and fun!) and coordinating stamp set is on sale, too:watercolor

I’ll be showcasing the Watercolor Christmas Card kit in my Monday Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting ~ with ways to “dress it up” and use it in a few new ways other than cards, too! Join me on my Creative Juice by Loni page at 12:30 MST on Monday, December 4th.

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza

Today we launch the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza with a 24 hour stamp sale! What better way to stuff your stockings?

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While the stamp sale is for today (November 20th) only, there are plenty of other amazing steals in the Extravaganza sale that lasts through November 26th, giving you plenty of reason to use Friday morning for staying home and trimming your home for the holidays:

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While you are shopping, don’t miss the Clearance Rack, which is where I always start shopping in any store!

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But that’s not the end…stay tuned for a special FLASH SALE on Monday, November 27th, too!

For each order over $50 from my store this week, I’ll mail you a package of the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals AND you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Merry Patterns stamp set!

(winner announced Tuesday, November 28th)

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Blending is Beautiful

If you love coloring, you’ll be thrilled with the new Stampin’ Blends released by Stampin’ Up! on November 1st.

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These fabulous pens come in two shades (light and dark) for 12 of our exclusive SU! colors, as well as a Bronze and Ivory which are perfect for skin tones.

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They also gave me the excuse to buy what may become my FAVORITE stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, Christmas in the Making~ I simply adore the beautiful artwork and 50’s style! Watermarked2(2017-11-04-0942)

Golden Anniversary, Plus

My in-laws celebrated 50 years LAST year, but we were able to get the whole family gathered just a few months ago to celebrate!

While they are pretty down-to-earth folk, we wanted to make it fun and festive, so we made these rosettes as decorations. Crafting supplies on hand made it super simple.

These two are unforgettable characters ~ you gotta love ’em ~ and the blue flowers on the cake are symbolic of their two boys being in charge of past cakes. I think the photos sum up their story:

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What a way to celebrate! You may be able to figure out who takes after their grandmother (as they are missing from the subsequent photos and setting off the confetti cannon!)

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Never a dull moment with this fun family!

I Like Big Stamps and Blending

What is the biggest stamp you own? Aside from background stamps, one of mine is the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set and it is fabulous for coloring with the new Stampin’ Blends (available November 1st in my Stampin’ Store). Look at the impact one large image can have when paired with a delicate background:

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Thinking this card will surely boost the morale of a good friend!

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A Triathlon Stamper!

Maybe I don’t have a medal to prove it, but today I completed a triathlon! At least 3 creative challenges at the SAME TIME. Amazing, but true.

I started a creative challenge with my Sprinkled Ink team today (and each Monday for the next 6 weeks), and the first challenge was to ink up a Stampin’ Up! stamp they had never used. The Musical Season bundle was sitting on my desk, just begging to be used…musical season.jpg

So I knew it was going to be a triple-threat when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP109 and the TGIF Sketch Challenge #tgifc129 :

This is the result of my creative triathlon:

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Since Monday is also my Lunchtime Live crafting on my Creative Juice Facebook page, and you can watch me make it HERE.

Thank you for ordering your creative supplies from my Stampin’ Store! Your support made it possible for me to continue to share creative ideas.

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I admire demonstrator Brian King’s style: It’s always clean and simple and I confess I’ve CASE’d (Copy And Selectively Edit) more than one of his designs. This week, he was the designer at the Global Design Project:brian_king_case_gdp108

It happened that a sneak peek stamp set from Stampin’ Up! was sitting on my desk (Color Me Happy), so I pulled it out early this morning to create my card inspired by his:

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And if you want another peek at another product I’m THRILLED about (or perhaps, the RETURN of a beloved product…redesigned and even better!):

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These color “like buttah” and the coordination is on point! I cannot wait until I can announce when they will be available for customers. Watermarked4(2017-10-11-1036)

Card in a Box

If you have a passion for paper, you’ll be thrilled to know that during October, you can buy 3 of select Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! and you’ll get one FREE! You can mix and match as you stock your paper pantry, too.

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Today on my Facebook Page, I demonstrated how to create a “Box in a Card”:

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You’ll be seeing these adorable cards (with a box inserted) popping up all over the place! I used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and Birthday Delivery stamp set to embellish the card, but my favorite detail is the Mini Bow on the top of the box.

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I’ve been wanting to find a reason to use these bows, so I’m tickled to find that they are perfect for this box-in-a-card.

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Happy coincidence: If you happen to be reading this between October 1st-10th of 2017, we are also celebrating World Card Making Day with a sale on Fast Fuse and stamp sets that match our Designer Series Paper Sale:

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Click on the images to shop in my Stampin’ Store and thank you for letting me serve your creative needs. Then watch your mailbox for a thank you card when you order!