Be a Gold-Dipper!

I’m sorry to say that Sale-a-Bration 2020 is almost over, but the crafting will continue because we are all still stuck at home (thanks, Covid-19): Are you prepared to keep making pretty things? If not, you have a few more hours to earn Sale-A-Bration rewards by shopping in my Stampin’ Up! store! It all ends March 31st at midnight, Mountain Time.

To end with a fun technique, I’m playing along with TGIF Challenges and their “Gold Dipped” #tgifc257 challenge:

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I chose to demonstrate this card LIVE on my Creative Juice Facebook Page today, so you can watch the replay by clicking the link. Hint: There is a giveaway, too!

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The Butterfly Punch is a newly added option for Sale-A-Bration and I paired it with the Power of Hope bundle (another S-A-B option you could choose free): IMG_5053-(W)

It’s kind of hard to see, but the gold embossing powder is really shiny!IMG_5056-(W)

I’ve been mailing a card (or two or ten) each day during the quarantine and I think the sentiment inside is perfect for keeping us going:

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Play along with this challenge- or any other- to keep your sanity! Crafting (and sending something you’ve created to someone else) will get you through this lonely time.

Wedding Wishes

Do you ever dream of crafting? I woke up this morning with the TGIF and Friday Mashup challenges on my mind along with a card floating around inside there, too! So I ignored all housework after exercising and spent a happy hour in my stamp studio…

…and these are the results:

For the first one I colored directly on the Something Lacy background stamp with my markers (Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder). 
Then I tried embossing Something Lacy on vellum cardstock and colored it from the back using the same colors: 

 Both turned out lovely and I’m prepared for 2 June weddings! #tgifc04 #fm210

I invite you over to my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook page where I post everyday…join the community there to exercise more creative muscles daily!
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Employees, Envelopes, Autumn & Miracles

When there is a holiday at the beginning of the month, I seem to start off slower than usual! It was a lovely Labor Day, and it got me thinking about workers that often go unthanked…so here’s a shout out to a few of the people who keep things running smoothly so my life is easier: To those who work in Utilities (including waste management, keeping us clean) THANK YOU! People who keep my lights and internet working, WAHOO! And those unsung heroes that plant, weed and harvest so I can eat, YOU ROCK! Seriously, my life would suck without you (hmmm..that could make a great song…)

On to September Stampin’ New & Noteworthy!

Envelope Punch Board

And here is the “Best Of” Autumn stamp set available now:

Butterfly Bundle

You may have heard that our beloved CEO and co-founder of Stampin’ Up! Shelli Gardner was in an accident last week. I am so grateful that it wasn’t worse and that she is on the road to recovery! Her husband has “hacked” into her blog and you can follow the story HERE (starting on August 31, 2013)
It always amazes me how small miracles add up and reveal the arm of the Lord in our lives. As a whole SU! community, we are appreciative that her life has been spared and pray for her speedy healing.
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Bloomin’ Marvelous In-Color Kit for Sale-a-Bration

Who doesn’t love FREE STAMPS? Sale-a-Bration is the most anticipated sale of the year at Stampin’ Up! because you can choose a stamp set (or other selected products) FREE with every $50 purchase!

Today I wanted to share a “kit” you could purchase to make (at least) 80 cards with…and get the Bloomin’ Marvelous Stamp Set (shown below) FREE!

Here is what the kit contains:

2012-2014 In-Color Kit* (5 Ink Pads & 20 sheets of coordinating card stock)   $29.95
Very Vanilla card stock                                                                         $8.50
Stitched Satin Ribbon (choose from the same 5 colors* above)                        $8.95
Bitty Butterfly Punch                                                                          $15.95
TOTAL (before s&h and tax): $63.35
+ get the Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set free!       

That’s less than $1 per card! And here are some of the cards you could make with your Bloomin’ Marvelous Kit (which is both the title AND the description!) :

(This last card is an idea borrowed from Mary Fish over at Stampin’ Pretty, with my own spin on it)

* FYI: The 2012-2014 In-Colors are: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple and are the colors used on the cards above. 

Surely you’ll be able to come up with MORE ideas using the Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-A-Bration stamp set and you can order this kit (and more!) in my online store here. To see more S-A-B products, click on the brochure in the right column!

If you would like make any of these cards, I’d be happy to use the one you like best for a free make-n-take project at a class you host in your home! I only have a few dates left before S-A-B ends on March 22, so contact me ASAP: 801-376-8685
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Ribbonista

If you love embellishing with ribbon as much as I do, you are sure to enjoy the “Back to Spool” promotion in September: A FREE spool of  Stitched Satin ribbon with each $40 purchase (a choice of 5 In-Colors for 2012). Of course, a $200 purchase would get you all 5 colors shown here: Raspberry Ripple (126845), Primrose Petals (126844), Summer Starfruit (126846), Gumball Green (126848) & Midnight Muse (126847)

…and what’s not to love about this new Elegant Butterfly punch (127526)? I want to use it on everything!

Why wait? Get your ribbon today!



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The Influence of Art

Sometimes the busy-ness of life prevents me from having time to create “just because”… but the planets aligned on Saturday evening when my talk for church was written and printed, the house was clean and the kids were off doing their own thing! So I found a cute sketch challenge on Create with Connie and Mary, swept the first layer of creative strata off my stamp desk and went to town 🙂

Here is sketch #196 from Connie and Mary:

And this is my creation:

This was the first time I used the new paper doily die and found that it cut through lightweight paper beautifully (like copy paper) with a shim on top of the sandwich. Other supplies used (all from Stampin’ Up!): Early Espresso, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzaz and Calypso Coral card stock, Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Beautiful Wings Embosslit and Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Rhinestone Jewels and Petite Pairs stamp set (the other half of the “pair” is stamped inside and reads “…begin with YOU!”)

It made me so happy when I was finished because I had created something beautiful! It reminded me of a message from “Music & the Spoken Word” with the Mormon Tabernacle choir that I was able to attend in March:

(By Lloyd Newell, March 4, 2012)

“Beautiful art is good for the soul. It can lift and inspire; it can calm and soothe; it can inform and enlighten. Art improves our quality of life and has been shown to stimulate brain function, reduce stress, and help us focus on things that really matter. Those who take time to appreciate art—in its many forms—understand its remarkable effects.

Years ago, a man purchased his first home and, with his limited budget, set to the task of furnishing it. But rather than buying a sofa, a nice kitchen table, or other pieces of furniture, he first bought some modest but inspiring artwork. He knew he would eventually need a place to sit in his new home, but he felt he neededart on his walls even more.

When friends and family came to visit, they admired the beautiful prints and paintings that adorned his walls, but they wondered why he did not have much in the way of furniture. He explained that he was working on saving enough money to buy better furniture, but he was afraid that if he did not place a priority on art, he might never be able to justify its purchase.

John Hafen, a noted artist from a hundred years ago, explained what this man seemed to know about art. He said: “The influence of art is so powerful in shaping our lives for a higher
appreciation of the creations of our God that we cannot afford to neglect an acquaintance with it. We should be as eager for its companionship . . . as we are eager for chairs to sit upon or for food to sustain our lives, for it has as important a mission in shaping our character and in conducing to our happiness as anything that we term necessities. Life is incomplete without it.”

Indeed, art makes life more meaningful. Whether a painting or a poem, a sculpture or a song, wholesome artistic expression lifts us from the everyday and helps us see beyond the here and now.”
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