Arabian (or Moroccan) Nights: Lantern Card

We received the Moroccan Nights stamp set at OnStage in April and at first I was like, “ehhhh…” but then I decided that I was going to USE it and LOVE it!! I’ve been making myself experiment with it and WOW it’s pretty versatile! I’ll share a few of my creations AND a tutorial for my favorite so far đŸ™‚

I stamped the large medallion as a background on this Flirty Flamingo card and then embossed the “Oh happy day” from the new Scenic Sayings set (that I won during Prize Patrol at OnStage!) in white embossing powder. The beautiful ruched ribbon (available in the 2016-2018 In-Colors) really steps up this simple card, don’t you think?

Then I wanted to try a see-through card so I stamped on a window sheet with a black StazOn pad and added pieces of the fabulously exotic Moroccan Designer Series Paper to the front and inside. The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim just happens to be a perfect blend between Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim, which are the In-Colors used on the DSP and on this card.

And this one is my favorite! I splattered water over the ombre-sponged background to create the Bokeh look and it turned out pretty awesome. You can download a .pdf tutorial HERE.

Ready for some eastern culture in your own crafting? Click below to shop the Moroccan Suite!

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March (Paper Pumpkin) Madness

My March Paper Pumpkin kit came in the mail yesterday and so I pushed EVERYTHING aside to create (and by that I mean I literally shoved things off my desk and onto the floor…)

It was my goal to use EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. in the kit and I am proud to say “Mission Accomplished”!

I posted them over on my Creative Juice Facebook page individually, but here’s a collage to inspire your own creativity:

For one of the gift card holders, I made it into a Mother’s Day coupon book (lots of free printable coupons out there, but the one I used was from I Should Be Mopping the Floor and just printed them in B&W, two sheets to a page so I could cut and bind them in the middle. 

Not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber yet? Don’t miss another one (especially not the April kit, which will include a FREE GIFT to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Paper Pumpkin!):

I’m off to pick up the floor in my office now…

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There’s a party going on right here

No matter how many times I clean the kitchen, it still gets messy within hours! Sometimes you just need to run away and make something pretty that STAYS pretty, don’t you?

Here are a few opportunities coming up that may help fill the need to create something beautiful and long-lasting. You can click on the images or links for more details or see them all on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook Events Page.

Stamp-A-Stack Card Class (Spanish Fork, UT)
Saturday, January 30 at 1 PM

Shadowbox of Love Class (Spanish Fork, UT)
Thursday, February 4 at 7 PM

Stampapalooza Stamp Camp (St. George, UT)
Saturday, February 27 11AM – 4 PM

Stampapalooza Stamp Camp (Spanish Fork, UT)
Saturday, March 12 11 AM – 4 PM

It’s your choice: Stay home to clean the bathroom ONE MORE TIME or come get crafty with me??

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Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

Whenever I get a new catalog from Stampin’ Up!, I grab some post-it flags and prioritize my list: Green flags are “MUST HAVE”, yellow flags are “Cute…but do I really NEED it?” and pink/red flags are for “Awesome project: Try it!”

The “Sheltering Tree” stamp set from the 2015 Occasions Catalog was the first to get a GREEN flag! Here are a few of the ideas I came up with:

 This one is on the front of our large notebook. 

The Sheltering Tree set only comes in Photopolymer, and here’s a hint to get it to stamp perfectly every time: Place your Stampin’ Pierce Mat (or a mouse pad) under the card stock you are stamping on! This helps because Photopolymer stamps don’t have the foam cushion that our wood and clear mount rubber stamps have, so the mat acts as the cushion on the other side.

If you love trees (like I love trees), then grab this stamp set from my Stampin’ Store and start planting some creative seeds with it! If you order it before March 31st, add a few accessories to total $50 or more to choose a Sale-A-Bration Reward FREE! 


*** In case you haven’t heard, the Blendabilities Markers are discontinued until Stampin’ Up! comes up with a new and improved version sometime in the future, but the silver lining for Sale-a-Bration is that there were 4 NEW reward products added March 1st: 


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Changing the Way I Work and Inking the Edges

After attending a marvelous Stampin’ Up! Leadership in Orlando, FL, I am re-focused on my business and with that re-focus, I am letting go of my guilt about this blog and putting my energies into activities that fit the way I share what I love in a way that is best for me. I will keep this blog open to use as a place to post things that need a link, but most of my sharing from this time forward will primaritly be on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook Page and secondly, on Instagram (follow Creative Juice by Loni). For the most part, there will be different things shared on each platform, so I invite you to come socialize with me!

With that freedom, I did just post a quick video tip on my FB page today (Feb 2, 2015) in answer to a friends question about sponging. This is the outcome of three different ways to ink the edges of a card or focal point: Top: Ink pad directly to paper, middle: Sponge Dauber, bottom: Stampin’ Sponge.

To watch the video, and get daily creative inspiration, come on over to Facebook, “Like” AND FOLLOW me there! 

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Season of Love

Should love be in season all year long? I think so! Especially since my last name is SpendLOVE (I’m pretty lucky in the name department…and he thinks I only married him for his car, pshaw…)

So this LOVE-ly card could be a Valentine, a bright Springtime wedding or just because you need to spread the love and was created with one of Stampin’ Up!’s new Photopolymer stamp sets called Snuggles and Smooches and the 2013-2015 In-Colors. Click on the photo for a printable .pdf tutorial!

Did you know that for each $50 product you purchase from my Stampin’ Store you can choose a Sale-a-Bration product FREE? And one of the choices is the Blendabitilies Markers from the catalog! Since I used the Coastal Cabana Markers to color the glimmer heart on this card, you could choose those as your Sale-a-Bration reward when you place your order: Use code 139923 to get them free.

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Christmas Card Buffet and Planning Guide

Sending warm wishes for the holidays? Now is the time to plan and prepare! 
(Click image to download planning guide)
Helping to make your holidays happier, I’m holding my first Christmas Card class 
next week in Spanish Fork, UT and you have two times to choose from: 
Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. or Wednesday, October 15 at 10 a.m.
You’ll create 4 different cards for $10* and I’ll have everything prepared for you to stamp and assemble, all you need to bring are scissors and adhesive! 
*4 cards isn’t enough? RSVP for two sets and save $2

Call or text me at 801-376-8685 to reserve your spot and one for a friend by October 12th

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Tuesday Tutorial: Ghost in the Graveyard

Have you ever played Ghost in the Graveyard? Here’s the game version on a card!

As I was putting this card together, I noticed that the Scalloped Tag Topper punch looked like a gravestone, so I sponged the edges to give it a stone look… then pull on the ribbon and a stack of Jack (o’lanterns) appears! I’ve made a printable tutorial so you can make one in your own stampin’ studio đŸ™‚

Don’t forget that the Good Greetings stamp set is only available FREE to hostesses through October 31 with a $300 workshop..and I have just a few days left to host your own craft party đŸ™‚

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Tuesday Tutorial: Bloomin’ Blendabilities

Time for another confession: I wasn’t sure that I wanted to try the Blendabilities Markers by Stampin’ Up! ….  you see, I’m a pretty simple stamper and they looked like “too much work”. But I am so delighted I tried them because alcohol based markers are SO very versatile I’m discovering!

Here’s just one fun way to use these new markers: Emboss a stamped image using white embossing powder on black paper and use your Blendabilities to color the embossed image! This appeals to me because I don’t need to be careful…I can color over the black paper and it doesn’t show up, so easy-peasy crafting for Loni đŸ˜‰

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ayDVkGE0aMVVFRc1Roc3UxNHc/edit?usp=sharing 
Another fun thing about this card…I used an embossing folder to “stamp” the flowers on the front! Click on photo or HERE to download a printable tutorial!
Like Pringles, I couldn’t stop with just one, so here’s another version of Bloomin’ Blendabiliteswe made at my last Blend with Friends Class…if you missed it, make sure to register for the next one
(like the stars? A sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog…coming August 28th)


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Yes, I know the You’re Amazing stamp set is retired, but it’s one of my favorites and I’m having a hard time letting it go! Baby steps, baby steps..
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