Theater Card: Whale of a Time

This is a card you send to someone you really *really* REALLY love… and they are going to love it, too!

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We made this at our July stamp club so you don’t need to be cautious to try it: It’s easier than it looks and the trick is to cut the basic pieces first.

Once you’ve made one Theater Card, you’ll want to make another. I’m here to make it easier for you with a video tutorial and cutting guide (see below).

Before I give you the cutting instructions, I wanted to tell you that today is World Day against Human Trafficking: Did you know we have more people enslaved now than ANY other time in the world?  And of the 30 million current slaves, 10 million are children? I’ve supported Operation Underground Rescue as my primary charity since I learned about this pernicious plague 3 years ago, so I’m linking arms again today and tomorrow with O.U.R. to help make a difference and your order will help!

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Thank you for considering how to help make a difference and Rise Up for the children. Now on to the instructions for your Theater Card pieces.

Cutting Guide:
Cut the following pieces from the same color of card stock:

  • (2) 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”
  • (2) 4” x 5-3/8” scored in landscape position at 1-1/16” and 2-5/8” (watch video for instructions to cut slits)
  • (2) 6-1/4” x 3/4” strips, scored on each end at 1”
  • (1) 1-1/4” x 4-1/4” trimmed to an i-Beam (see video)

Designer Series Paper (DSP)

  • 5-1/4” x 4” for front of card
  • 3” x 4” for back of “stage”
  • 3/4” x 4” for front of I-Beam (optional)

Tips:

  1. Layer the largest piece of DSP on the front of a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” panel (don’t adhere them together yet). Use the 4th largest Stitched Rectangle die to cut a window in the front of both
  2. Adhere the DSP frame to card stock frame, and cut the piece of DSP from the inside of the frame in half to use for the “curtain” later.
  3. Use the Multipurpose liquid glue: It has some “wiggle room” while it is wet, then a firm bond once it dries.

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Watercolor Wash: Wild Rose

July is World Watercolor Month and the new Water Painters from Stampin’ Up! will have you feeling like an artist in minutes.

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Wondering how they work? Watch the video tutorial on my Facebook Page! This is one of the cards I showed you how to make:

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The layout follows the #GDP250 sketch challenge250

I love watercoloring over embossing because the raised edges keep the colors in place, or in the case of the watercolor wash, the image appears like magic.

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Have fun trying this technique yourself!

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G.O.A.T. Greatest of All Time

For a short while, we raised a goat. He was a curious little creature, and the kids really enjoyed his antics. They are funny four-legged animals with tons of personality…kind of like the Way to Goat stamp set: goat set

As I was playing with these stamps I happened to have a Melon Mambo frame laying on my desk that I had already cut from the Ornate Layers dies and the idea for this simple card was born:IMG_6143-(W2)

Download the Tutorial HERE

Making cards with the Way to Goat stamp set will make you laugh out loud! Thanks for ordering the necessary supplies from my Stampin’ Store and keep on crafting every day!

 

Split Panel Shaker Card

Combining unique techniques to create a one-of-a-kind card is so gratifying– This is one I shared on my Facebook Lunchtime Live Crafting a few Mondays ago and I finally edited the video tutorial to share with you!

IMG_6035-(W)-2-(W)It’s a Split Panel card with a Mason Jar Shaker Dome and you can make it in many colors~ I used the 2020-2022 In Colors. 

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You may have noticed the second one ISN’T a shaker card…I gave the one from the video away!

You can watch and follow along in the video to create your own:

You can order all the supplies to create this card from my Stampin’ Store. Let me know if you try it and how you love it!

Meanwhile, join me each Monday at 12:30 pm (MT) for live crafting on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook Page.

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New at SU!- Sunflowers are for Celebrating!

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With the premier of the NEW 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog at the beginning of June, our International group of demonstrator friends are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas featuring our favorite new FLORAL stamps!

It was a surprise to me, but the Celebrate Sunflowers have cheered me up immensely after the uncertainty of the past few months:

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I paired it with my beloved Buffalo Check background in a vibrant new In Color: Magenta Madness! Isn’t that just so Daisy Duke?

Even the inside of the card brings a smile to my face:

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The Stitched Rectangle and Stitched So Sweetly dies made the layers come together quickly. I know you may be as anxious as I am to get your hands on the NEW Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine and here’s some good news: The standard machine will be available for customer orders on September 1st!

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Would love to hear from you, then hop over to Tricia’s blog!

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June 2020 New At SU! Roll:

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – Lovely You Bundle

Create With Cheryl – Tasteful Touches

Moore Fun Stamping – Ornate Garden

247inkspiration – Jar of Flowers

Playing with Paper Crafting – Celebrate Sunflowers

The Pampered Stamper – Prized Peony

StampinScrapper – Peony Garden

Margriet Siekman – Jar of Flowers

Stamping with the Copper Cropper – Celebrate Sunflowers

Creative Juice by Loni – Celebrate Sunflowers

Simple Sunflower Celebration Card

Send a little sunshine with a sunflower card!

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The new Celebrate Sunflower stamp set is sensational to stamp with!

One detail I love is the subtle embossing folder: I adhered the vanilla card stock to the cinnamon cider layer before running it through this often overlooked tool…and it gives it a texture like a painter’s canvas:

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While I only used the stamps for this project, there are coordinating dies and when you bundle the stamps & dies together, you save 10%.

I used this card as an invitation for my annual hostess appreciation brunch and it was an easy one to make in multiples. If you would like an invitation to next year’s hostess appreciation event, June is a fine time to hold a virtual (or in-person) Stampin’ Up! party because when your total reaches $250, you earn an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards to spend!

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Shoot me a message and let’s plan a party with your friends!

To create this sunflower celebration card, DOWNLOAD THE TUTORIAL HERE or click on the image below.

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Chinchilla Out with a Color Challenge

The first day of May 2020 feels like it needs some CHEERFUL colors, and the TGIF Challenges team delivered just what the doctor ordered: 262

This pIayful palette called for something light-hearted, and the Witty-Cisms stamp set was the first to come to mind- that chillaxing chinchilla image has been begging for me to ink it up!

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It was so adorable in just a simple color-block, that I wondered how it would look with a little texture. Grabbed two of my favorite embossing folders and made a stepped-up version:

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Which one do you like best?

I’ll be sad when this stamp set retires on June 2nd because it has such clever greetings paired with adorable drawings! If you love it as well, sign up for my Witty-Cisms VIRTUAL Class in the mail HERE before May 15th: It includes instructions and supplies for 6 cards, the stamp set, Everyday Label Punch and 4 Stampin’ Blends Markers. This Chinchilla card is a bonus one you can make at home now!

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Heads up: Both of the embossing folders are retiring too, but the good news is that a NEW Die Cutting/Embossing Machine is coming soon!!!

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Ornate Garden Specialty DSP Card

The think I love MOST about the Early Release Ornate Garden Suite is the DESIGNER SERIES PAPER!152488g

Some of the sheets of this paper (inspired by Victorian Foils) have gold foil designs on one side and they are so very frilly and feminine: IMG_5145-(W)

This card is a unique way to see BOTH sides of the paper by using the DSP as your card base. I’m sharing a tutorial and you can click on any of the project pictures to download it! It opens up accordion style like this: IMG_5146-(W)-1

If you struggle with die cutting detailed dies (like the ornate frames in this suite of paper crafting products) I shared a TIP on this Facebook Live Video that will make die cutting SO MUCH EASIER for fancy things like this!

Got a lot to say in your card? Add another layer of card stock in the first fold and you can write a longer message to the recipient: IMG_5147-(W)
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Ready to make one yourself? Click link to download a .pdf tutorial or on the image below!

Click here for Ornate Garden DSP Card tutorial

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Oh, so Witty! A Virtual Card Class

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We could benefit from a little laughter amidst the chaos of life, so I’m trying something NEW to keep you stamping and giggling: A Virtual Card Class! There is no better stamp set to feature in this class than the “Witty-Cisms” set that will tickle your funny-bone with it’s clever images and greetings. It’s one of the most popular in the Mini Catalog!

Here’s how it works:

The Virtual Class includes the Witty-Cisms stamp set and the Everyday Label Punch ~OR~ 4 Stampin’ Blends Markers (Light Daffodil Delight, Light Call Me Clover, Highland Heather Combo pack) as well as instructions and the supplies to create 6 cards (2 each of 3 different designs). You will need both the punch and Stampin’ Blends to complete your cards as well as a Memento Black ink pad and a Lovely Lipstick (or Real Red) ink pad, adhesive and Stampin’ Dimensionals. You may add those items to your order, if needed. The tutorial will be emailed to you once your payment is received. Your basic kit will be delivered from Stampin’ Up! and the supplies will be mailed to you from me.

If you already have the Everyday Label Punch and Stampin’ Blends, you can substitute another product of equal value.

SIGN-UP for the Witty-Cisms Virtual Class here by April 30th!

Looking forward to sharing a little laughter and crafty love with you,

Loni

Pot of Tulips to Help You Heal

How I love a punch that coordinates with a stamp set! And tulips! And teaching you a fun fold card! It all comes together with my pot of tulips to brighten the day of someone who is recovering from a health challenge:

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The flowers pull out so you can write a message below, and still fits inside an envelope:tuliploni

Download the Tulip Pot Card Tutorial

Tip: As you are adding the tulips to the top of your white card stock, lay it on top of an envelope so you adhere the flowers within the dimensions of the sides of the envelope.

When placing an order in my Stampin’ Store, please don’t select “no contact”: I want to send you a hand-stamped thank you card and can only do that if I can see who ordered!

Will you try making this card? Let me know in the comments!