Lean on Me

“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.”  – Henry B. Eyring

So many times we struggle alone, but it is our duty and privilege as human beings to “comfort the weary and strengthen the weak” (an excerpt from one of my favorite hymns). When I wrestle to know what to say or how to help, I turn to crafting to help  express what I cannot adequately convey, and the love just flows out of my hands.

This striking line art Artfully Aware stamp set is a blessing to have in your collection because it allows you send a hug made from card stock to someone who is hurting or fighting a battle:149447G

Here is a simple card I created that I know I will mail often:

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Isn’t our burden lighter when we know someone else is there for us? Even if they can’t do anything, prayers and love are tangible in our lives.

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Click on either image above or HERE to download a .pdf tutorial 

I used the same design to create another card for any cause you wish to support as this set also coordinates with the Support Ribbon Framelits. I used Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for these cards, you could easily change the colors to match the ribbon color of any disease. Watermarked2(2019-04-12-0937)
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What’s New at SU! Blog Hop: Rectangle Stitched Framelits

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Thanks for joining us as we “hop” through the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog ~ This worldwide group of demonstrators are thrilled to share exciting new creative ideas with you!

There are few things as versatile in your craft stash as “Basic Shapes” tools, so I’m delighted to showcase the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies:

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One of the things I love about these framelits is that they cut a rectangle, but leave stitching on the inside AND outside of the shape!

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Let’s learn how to make a landscape Lever Card using your rectangle framelits and the Amazing Life stamp set (bundle both items together and you save 10%!).

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For this card you’ll also need:

  • Card base (I used Granny Apple Green card stock): 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/5″
  • Inside layer (white): 4″ x 9-1/2″ scored at 3″, 6″ and 9″
  • Designer Series Paper-DSP- (I used Tropical Escape): 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • One more piece of white card stock for front layer
  • Ink: Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy
  • Big Shot

Apply adhesive **just around the outside edge** of your DSP and adhere to front of card, then cut frame out with the Big Shot and separate the two pieces you cut out.

Stamp the inside layer (white) and fold into a “Z” and adhere the 3″ panel to the inside  of the open card toward the right end (see photo above). Next, mark the 1/2″ tab through the window as shown (below left).

 

Cut out between the lines and along the score line with your scissors. I used Tear & Tape adhesive on the small tabs, then adhered the tabs to the front of the card just by closing the card. (Above, right)

Apply adhesive JUST TO THE WHITE layer you see through the front window and lay the green rectangle you cut out at the beginning right back into that opening. (It will only stick where the adhesive is on the white layer.)

Stamp and embellish a smaller rectangle to layer on top of front (swinging) panel.

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Your comments or questions about this card are welcome! Then continue on your Occasions Catalog tour with Pat or pop back to see Anke’s creativity.

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Contact your demonstrator to purchase Stampin’ Up! products and try your hand at a Lever Card…it’s really simple! Don’t have a demonstrator? I’m happy to serve you if you live in the U.S.A.

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Your Chance to Craft

Carving out time to be creative is the only way it’s going to happen in this busy world: If something is important to you, you’ll make time for it. Here are a few upcoming events you will want to put on the calendar so you can tell everyone else you are already booked!

Celebrations Card Class

Saturday, February 9th at 1 pm

Spanish Fork, UT

Create 8 greeting cards (2 each of 4 different designs) for everyday celebrations. Bring your scissors and adhesive (SNAIL adhesive and refills available for purchase at class) and all other products will be provided for you. Includes envelopes.

Cost: $16  Reserve your spot by February 5th via Paypal or Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

Also coming in February, Spring StampFest  in St. George, Utah on February 23rd! We only do this event twice a year, and it’s most enjoyable when you plan to come and spend the day crafting with a friend. Save $10 by registering before February 9th!

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We offer the same event just a few weeks later in Spanish Fork…and hope you’ll be able to come to one or the other. It’s such a lovely day to escape and play with us!

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Finally, Valentines Day is a perfect excuse to stamp a lovely card, and this one is a perfect chance to use the GORGEOUS Forever Lovely stamp set and All My Love Designer Series Paper…and it’s simple enough to complete quickly! Don’t forget to mail your parents or kids a Valentine, too:

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Download the .pdf tutorial

 

Humming Along Thank You

This card was inspired by my friend and team-mate Amy Minson (a.ka. Lilypad Stamper): She had done some gorgeous coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and this flower from the Humming Along stamp set, so I wanted to try it too!

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This is an example of the MASKING technique: You stamp your flower first, then stamp it onto a Post-It note, with a part of the flower over the sticky end. Cut out the Post-It flower along the lines of the image and place the flower over your flower stamped onto the white card stock (this is why you need some of the sticky part of the post-it…to keep it in place).

Next, you stamp the words ALL OVER THE FLOWER (covered in the post-it mask) and off the edge of your paper. Once you are done stamping the words, REMOVE the post-it note to reveal your clean flower that looks like it’s in front! Now you can color it and layer the card together.

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COLORING TIP: Outline your image with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker to make it really pop!

I’ve created a tutorial for you to print: Get it HERE

If you would like to make your own, thank you for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store 

CREATE your happiness with stamps, ink and paper!

Valentines Aren’t Just for Lovers

The season of love doesn’t have to be limited to one single significant other. This is a wonderful time to recognize friendships as well, and I’d submit that your girlfriends might appreciate hearts and flowers much more than your man would!

This is a Valentine that you could add photos, notes or gift cards to, and is part of an envelope banner you’ll create at my “Craft Your HEART Out” class coming on January 26th, but it’s perfect by itself:

It’s an accordion fold that spills out when opened, with spaces to write personal notes, add photos, or insert gifts or gift cards into smaller envelopes:

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Download the Tutorial HERE

The “All My Love” Designer Series Paper in the NEW OCCASIONS Catalog is richly romantic and you’ll think of so many ways to use it: For wedding cards, gifts, home decor, etc. And don’t miss the coordinating All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

You’re invited to attend my Craft Your Art Out class: Check out the details HERE!

You may fall in love with the whole suite of products!

Spirited Snowman & Year End Closeout

Have you had your first snowfall yet? While I prefer viewing it from afar, it’s covering my front yard and that makes me want to stay indoors…and craft. 

So it’s a good time to share a tutorial for a SNOWMAN card! Most of the products are on the Year-End Closeout sale that began today: Some items are about to be discontinued and some are discounted for extra savings. 

Before I share the card, I wanted to mention that some of the items in the discounted section make AWESOME gifts, too! The Christmas Traditions Punch Box just needs a ribbon and it’s ready to set under the tree and includes stamps, clear block, punch and two ink spots. At 40% off, it’s a fantastic steal: 

On to the adorable snowman card ~ it could be used for a holiday greeting, a thank you card or even a winter birthday wish!  

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DOWNLOAD SPIRITED SNOWMAN CARD TUTORIAL

Wishing you SNOW MUCH CRAFTING FUN this holiday season! 

 

 

Spooky Sweets

It’s really an oxymoron, isn’t it? Spooky Sweets? How can something be scary AND yummy? I guess it’s the paradox of the whole Halloween season!

The Baker’s Boxes in the Holiday Catalog got me thinking: What could I fill them with? It’s so much fun to give something a bit bigger than a card!

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The boxes are nice and large (4-1/4″ square and 2-1/8″ tall) and they are coated on the inside so your goodies don’t leak through. You can wrap the boxes with Designer Series Paper, spray them with a few drops of ink refills mixed with rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer or color them with ink using a sponge brayer, as I did with this one:

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We actually made these boxes at our Fall StampFest events last month as one of the eight projects prepared for our guests…if you missed it, make sure you plan ahead to come to our Spring StampFest in either St. George (February 23, 2019) or Spanish Fork Utah (March 9, 2019).

You can make your own at home with these supplies:
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Back to the question of “what can we fill the box with?”, I found a few fabulous treats that would be perfect to bake and fill for a gift:

 

Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge

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I had to share all three because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Give a sweet treat for every season in our Baker’s Boxes: Here’s a Christmas version of the box using the Santa’s Workshop product suite!

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Download Tutorial for the Christmas treat box HERE

Blended Seasons, Bundles & Bonus Days!

The summer may almost be over, but the paper crafting is just heating up with the Bonus Days: Earn a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend in August and redeem them in September!

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And may I suggest the best bundle of the year: The Blended Season stamp set and Stitched Seasons framelits!

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I just cannot stop playing with these products: So today I’m sharing a tutorial for this Blended Season Gift Card Holder:

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Click on either image OR HERE to download the instructions for this fun card, then shop in my Stampin’ Store for the supplies to create them and earn your Bonus Days Coupons  before August 31st (or while supplies last).

As a BONUS for ordering it from my store, I’ll send you FOUR MORE exclusive tutorials via email! Make sure you select me as your demonstrator and opt-in for communication from me.

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Don’t waste another moment…because when the supply is gone (or August 31st) the Blended Season Bundle is gone forever!

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I have a great excuse for being MIA over the past 6 weeks: WE MOVED! Just to a new house in the same city, but downsizing was a big effort (one that we are continuing to work at…hoping I will be able to park in the garage before Halloween!)

July has TWO awesome promotions ~ I’ll share them with you just in time to take advantage of either or both:

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Each Monday in July, I’ve been sharing ways to use Designer Series Paper in your crafting on my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting broadcast! Today I showed how to create this amazing Flat-Fold Box:

WARNING: You won’t be able to stop with just one box: These are addicting to make and you’ll want to make a whole bunch to have on hand to pop open and put together when you need them!

Along the long side, the score lines are at 1-3/4″, 5″, 6-3/4″ and 10″
Along the short end, score at 1-3/4″ and 6-3/4″

I used the Tropical Escape DSP for the top of the box and the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set:

You can mix and match Designer Series Paper during the sale so you can stock up on pretty patterns to compliment all your paper crafting.

Finally, how would you like to choose $192* in Stampin’ Up! products for just $99?

That’s what you get when you join my Stampin’ Team in July!

* $125 in products plus a collection of 10 ink pads

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Come join me: BOTH offers end at 11:59 MST on July 31, 2018 so there’s no time to waste!

Give My Regards to Broadway

My husband and I recently experienced New York City for the first time with our daughter and it was a surprisingly wonderful experience. From biking around Central Park to the Statue of Liberty, we painted the town for 3 days (and I found some creative juice)!

My favorite part had to be Broadway, though. I began my college career with the intent of studying musical theater, so that has a place in my heart. We only had time to see one show and we chose “Dear Evan Hansen”.

Do NOT miss the opportunity to see this incredible musical (by the same guys who wrote Greatest Showman) if you get the chance: But don’t make the mistake I did of going without a box of kleenex. And I *ugly cried*.

Today I wanted to pay tribute to that amazing vacation with a stamp, of course! So here’s one you are going to love playing with: The Broadway Bound suite from Stampin’ Up!

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This project was also inspired by the the #tgifc163 sketch challenge:

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You can download the tutorial for my Broadway Birthday Bag HERE.

Know what else is TOTALLY AWESOME about the Broadway Bound suite? The June Paper Pumpkin Kit is going to coordinate with it!

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Did you notice the “subscribe by” date? Yep, that’s TODAY. So if you are reading this after June 10th, you may have to cross your fingers that they have some kits left that they will post for sale around June 26th…but you still have to be a subscriber to order them, so what are you waiting for?

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