Peace in the Aspens

Did your Holiday Catalog arrive in your mailbox yet? And have you pre-ordered the new Carols of Christmas bundle yet? If the answer is no, you need to contact me ASAP!

One of the most peaceful places you can find is the beautiful Aspen trees in the mountains and they are comforting in the spring, summer, fall or winter. That tranquil feeling inspired me to create this card using our Woodland Embossing Folder and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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This is an easy technique to try: Open your embossing folder and on the side with the recessed image, drag your open Tranquil Tide ink pad across the bottom a few times, then do the same with the Dapper Denim ink across the top.

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Once your embossing folder is inked up, you’ll put your card stock inside it and run it through the Big Shot- that will give you a lovely background!

To finish this card, simply emboss the greeting on Tranquil Tide card stock in white and add some dazzling diamonds glitter to the tree trunks with multipurpose liquid glue:

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The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but you can order this bundle and everything else to create this card in my Stampin’ Store NOW!

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Guy Greetings~ With A Twist!

… a Lemon-Lime Twist, that is! Admittedly, I wasn’t sure if I liked the new Lemon-Lime In-Color (available starting June 1, 2017)… but pair it with black and silver, and I’m a new fan, and so’s your grandpa.

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Just in time for Father’s Day, I’ve got the instructions for you HERE.

Isn’t that hexagon embossing folder on silver such an incredibly industrial look for the manly-men in your life? I’ve also used it as chicken wire and honeycomb: Definitely a MUST. HAVE. for your BigShot collection.

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Falling For You: Love and Valentines Day

Ready for Valentines Day? Here’s a little inspiration to get you going:

This worked so well with the TGIF Sketch Challenge this week:

Perhaps you don’t have one special person yet: Don’t fret! This could also be a wedding or anniversary card, just by switching out the greeting (also included in the stamp set) and it’s fun that there are matching sentiments for each greeting to put on the inside (or as a “tag line” under the flourishing font of the main greeting). 
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Ready to create some unique decor for Valentine’s Day? Come to my Valentine Sampler Class on January 31st! 

Welcoming Fall: A Good Reason to Send a Card

Do you think you need to wait for a special occasion to send a handmade card? Forget that! Don’t the most delightful surprises come at the most UNEXPECTED times? You are always looking for a Valentine or Birthday card, but wouldn’t it be more fun to get one of these…just because it’s fall?https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ayDVkGE0aMY0tKNmdIQjFPcE0/view?usp=sharing

Original card by Janice O’Quinn Urke

I can’t decide if I love this sweet autumnal greeting because of the rich texture or the little stamped leaves on the ground most…to create your own, download the .pdf tutorial by clicking on the card!

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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 😉

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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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Bee Inspired…By a Challenge

I’ve been itching to update the blog and this card gave me a reason to do it! It was a wonderful opportunity to combine the Splitcoast Stampers Embossing Folder Stamping technique , the color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary and the SUonly Birds, Bees & Butterflies challenge :

Card Recipe (All supplies can be ordered from my Stampin’ Up! Store):

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Feel Goods
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Paper: Watercolor paper, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla card stock
Accessories: Petite Petals and Pansy punches, Oval Framelits and Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Gingham Garden washi tape, large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Crisp Canteloupe thick baker’s twine, colored Sharpie Markers, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Let Nothing Go to Waste

After creating a few Valentine Samplers with my Stampin’ Family and stamp clubs, I had a few of these squares left over:

Since I couldn’t let them go to waste (quilters and scrapbookers, you know what I mean, right?) I had to repurpose them and use them somehow. So I created some simple Valentines for my kids:

Card Recipe (All Supplies from my Stampin’ Up! Store)

Stamps: Occasions Alphabet
Ink: White Stazon (Item #106960)
Paper: Marina Mist, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzaz & Whisper White card stock. 2013-14 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130137)
Accessories: Window Sheets (114323), Big Shot, Typset Alphabet Bigz die (127553), Alphabet Press embossing folder (130916), Pearls Basics Jewels (119247), White Taffeta Ribbon (109070),  Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882) and Glue Dots.
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Feeling Pink Today

After a much needed vacation (where I pretty much did nothing and loved every moment of it), I’m back and have had a few fun minutes in my stamp room creating 🙂 Today I was feeling PINK, so I jumped into the Create with Connie & Mary challenge! Here’s sketch 257:

And here is my take on it:

Card Recipe (All Supplies from Stampin’ Up! ~ Order Here):

Stamps: Remembering Your Birthday
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Pistachio Pudding card stock, Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Apothocary Accents Framelits (127003), Stripes Embossing Folder (123128) and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Decorative Label (120907) and Scallop Edge Border (119882) punches, White Organza Ribbon (114319) and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246).
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All Ears

This trio of bunnies are too adorable for words and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use them, so I combined sketch #78 from the Freshly Made Sketches blog and the color inspiration on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook page…and it turned out so sweet! Of course, I had to add the bunny tails, so it’s really NOT JUST all ears…

Card Recipe: **All supplies from Stampin’ Up! of course!**

  • Stamps: Ears to You single stamp (Item 132659…only available through March 31, 2013!)
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade & Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White & Bashful Blue card stock. Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
  • Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon (122977), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Big Shot (113439), Honeycomb embossing folder (119378), Scallop Edge Border punch (119882), Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), sanding block, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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A Way with Words

Sometimes words just speak for themselves: That’s how I feel about the new “Feel Goods” stamp set in the Spring Catalog! The quotes are uplifting and positive, and don’t we each know someone who could use a little encouragement or appreciation? The challenge is sometimes how to create the card with words as the focal point. Here’s one idea I wanted to share with you today:
Go ahead, make someone “Feel Good” by sending them a card today!

Card Recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up!): Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake ink pad, Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311), Feel Goods stamp set (Spring Catalog pg 21), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Designer Builder Brads (129329), 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch (119854), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), 5/8″ Crochet Trim (118481), Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378) and Big Shot (113439), stamping sponge (101610) and sanding block (129367)