Start with a Sketch: Sweet Candy Canes

If your stumped about how to start a card, start with a sketch!

On my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting video today, I followed the #tgifc381 sketch:

And here is the card I created, using the Sweet Candy Canes bundle:

Following a sketch really gets me excited because you can start with what you have and make something completely unique!

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One-Sheet-Wonder Cards for ANY Occasion

Since I’ve been on vacation for a few weeks, I woke up so excited to get back into my craft room and do a LIVE stamping video on my Facebook page today at lunchtime, and I was able to MULTI-CRAFT for a few occasions: My parent’s 58th Anniversary, to show you a wonderful Sale-a-Bration stamp set AND to participate in the Global Design Project Theme Challenge #GDP351 about SHAPES:

I pulled out the Watercolor Shapes stamp set to create my own patterned paper on a full sheet of white card stock using Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam, Pale Papaya and Pool Party ink pads. Next, I cut the paper into 7 different pieces and layered them on card bases, then I stamped the greetings from the Amazing Phrasing stamp set you could choose as your Sale-a-Bration freebie (with a $100 US order). To give them a bit of bling, I added sparkly Adhesive-Backed Sequins & Gems.

You can watch the full tutorial (and fast forward through me talking) on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook page HERE because I don’t have time to edit it for YouTube today.

Seven cards from one sheet of patterned paper:

Then I finished one more with a layer of black card stock:

How clever is it to use the gems & rhinestones to create a little exclamation point?!

During Sale-a-Bration you earn free craft supplies when you shop, host a party (yes, I do virtual parties too!) or join my team (and if you are buying more than $99 anyway, the starter kit is the best deal!)


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With You I’m Never Lost

Cody and I recently returned from a 6+ week road trip back to see our kids and grandkids in Maryland. He joked that we planned to drive out together, but if things didn’t go well, one of us could fly home 😂 Luckily, we did remarkably well, and enjoyed discovering so many amazing places across the US:

It seems fitting for our relationship that he’s the person I love to “get lost” with– but with him, I’m home.

This week’s #gdp346 sketch from the Global Design Project blog was perfect for a card I’m going to save for our Anniversary:

Cody teases me that “every day is an adventure” together, so the compass stamp was fitting. I LOVE the die cut pieces in the Designer Series Paper and I used one of them as the focal point.

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Watercolor Inspired by Charlet

The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is true for the card I created today, inspired by a card from demonstrator Charlet Mallett on the Global Design Project #344:

I really loved her watercolored image and knowing that some of you are intimidated by watercoloring, I wanted to make it really simple. This is simple enough that ANYONE could do it:

I stamped the flower image from the Blessings of Home stamp set in opposite corners of a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Watercolor paper (the key to a beautiful watercolored background), then used ink pads from the Subtles color family as my palette to pick up the color (from the inside of the lid, see example here) using Water Painters.

What I love about watercoloring is: It’s MESSY and BEAUTIFUL!

TIP: Keep a piece of scratch paper and a paper towel at hand to “practice” on and wipe off your Water Painter when you move to a new color…just squeeze the barrel to run the water and wipe the brush until no color transfers to the towel.

Mounted on a piece of Basic White card stock as a frame (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then attached to the front of a Pool Party card base, it’s a simple card that makes you feel like Picasso and the sentiment embossed in white on black card stock really stands out against the watercolored background.

Give this technique a try soon!

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A Rainbow Through the Clouds

This unique card idea started with a color challenge and the piece of Vellum card stock sitting on my desk!

The #tgifc362 color challenge was vibrant and got me thinking about a rainbow:

Why not a rainbow through the clouds? The Vellum card stock gives the illusion of a rainy, cloudy day and the card almost put itself together!

It’s simple stamping anyone can succeed in creating, as you can see from my video tutorial:

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So Loved, Ladybug

Crafting can be so simple: Stamps, ink, card stock…and a punch!

This card took me less than 15 minutes to make, from start to finish.

Paper pieces you’ll need:

  • Magenta Madness card stock base 4-1/4′ x 8-1/4″ scored at 5-1/2″, plus a 4″ x 2-1/2″ for top
  • Basic Black card stock 2-3/4″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
  • 2 pieces of Basic White card stock 3-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ to stamp on, plus 5-1/4″ x 4″ for inside card, plus a scrap to stamp the ladybug on.
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (polka dot) 2-1/2″ x 4″

HOT TIP: Magenta Madness is retiring, so order extra card stock and ink pad refill TODAY!!

Inspired by the #tgifc360 #simplestamping challenge:

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Hello Ladybug Bundle (English)
$32.25
A Grand Kid Cling Stamp Set (English)
$21.00
Magenta Madness 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
$18.00
Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00

New at SU! Case the Catalog Cactus Cuties

This month we are having so much fun expanding our creativity by getting inspiration from the Annual Catalog in our hop around the world! When you “Copy And Selectively Edit” – or CASE – a project from the catalog, you’ll expand your crafting ideas in ways you never dreamed of.

For instance, I was inspired by THIS card on page 157 of the Annual Catalog using the All for Baby bundle:

Using the Cactus Cuties from the January-June Mini catalog, this is my project inspired by that one:

It was surprisingly easier than I imagined! Here HOW TO:

  • On a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of basic white card stock, mask off the card at 1.75″ using washi or painters tape. Use a blending brush to add Pale Papaya ink to the first panel, getting lighter as you move up the card. Repeat and mask off the Papaya side AND farther down the card at 3.5″ for Soft Succulent. Then mask the first two colors and blend on Misty Moonlight.
  • Lay the mask over the card front and use a sponge dauber to color the pattern over the same colors. You may want to keep a mask over the other sections so you don’t get the colors mixed, but I just eyeballed it! It will help to tape the mask down on your desk so it doesn’t move and your card under the mask.
  • Stamp and fussy cut cactus. I used the punch only for the flowers.

Isn’t that just FUN? I had a blast making this card, truly!

Now you can now move on to Annette’s post to see how she was inspired by the annual catalog to create her project with the Symbols of Fortune suite from the January-June catalog. I hope this helps you look at the catalog as an Idea Book every day.

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Cactus Cuties Bundle
$31.50
Soft Succulent 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Cajun Craze 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Basic Pattern Decorative Masks
$8.00
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

March 2022 New at SU! Roll Call: C.A.S.E. the Catalog

Joni in the Spotlight Stamping – Hello Ladybug

Stamping the Cape – Easter Friends

Stamping With the Copper Cropper – Seas the Day

Creative Juice by Loni – Cactus Cuties

De Kijkkast – Symbols of Fortune

Playing with Paper Crafting – Arfully Composed

Stampin Xime – Flowering Tulips

Stampin’ Dreams – Boughs & Blossoms

Carterie Plus – Flowering Tulips

Scraphexe – Flowering Flowers

Stamping Scene – Tulip Fields

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – On the Horizon

Stamping Flair – Arfully Layered

24/7 Inkspiration – Let’s Set Sail

In-Color Sunflowers in Bloom

We are closing in on the end of the Annual Catalog, and that means we must say good-bye to the 2020-2022 In-Colors. Two of those colors are featured in the #tgifc358 color challenge this week and that got me dreaming of this sunny card:

During March, Stampin’ Up! has the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine on sale for 20% off, plus some stamp & die bundles are on sale that can be used in the mini machine…including the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. I’ll share more about this tomorrow, but this is the card I created for the color challenge, using items from the Savings Are in Bloom promotion.

If you have Bumblebee, Magenta Madness (or Just Jade, Midnight Muse and Cinnamon Cider) ink pads in your stamping supplies, make sure you order the refills for your ink pads along with extra card stock NOW so you can continue crafting for a long time with these beloved colors! Once the Retiring List is announced ON MARCH 23, those are traditionally the first things to sell out.
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Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (English)
$51.25
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Bumblebee 8-1/2X11 Cardstock
$8.75
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
In Color 2020–2022 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Neutrals 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
1/4" Bumblebee Gingham Trim
$7.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
$3.75
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00

Ice Cream + Color Challenge

The Global Design Project color challenge was just too cute to pass up:

They look like a scoop of sherbet, so I grabbed my Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and made a floating frame card that would be yummy for Valentine’s Day, too:

Don’t lick the screen!

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Sweet Ice Cream Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch
$18.00
Heart Punch Pack
$34.00
Polished Pink 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
2021–2023 In Color Jewels
$7.00

Tab Topper for a Tied-Up Card Closure

The TGIF Challenge last Friday got me brewing up an idea to share, and today I did a live video on my FB page to demonstrate this unique card fold using the Delightful Tag Topper punch to tie it closed!

As long as I was crafting, I wanted to use some new products from the January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration that both start tomorrow (January 4, 2022), so here’s the first card I demonstrated using the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper:

You can make this card with just a little space to write in under the top flap, or add a card that opens inside so you can compose a long love letter.

Then I flipped the card to a side closure and showed off the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper that you can choose as a free Sale-a-Bration product with a $50 order. This cheerful paper coordinates with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set in the J-J Mini Catalog, so of course you’ll want both!

This one is also a gift card holder, which would make anyone’s day more sunny:

I’ll post the supplies here tomorrow once the catalogs go live, but meanwhile, you can watch the video tutorial below or on my page: