Sale-a-Bration Coordination: Lasting Lily

If you hate fussy cutting, this will surely thrill you: For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has created products that coordinate with our Sale-a-Bration offerings~ stamps, punches and framelit/thinlit dies are available to purchase that will enhance the free stamps you earned, and they are only available during March 2019:

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Today I’m going to spotlight the Lily Framelit Dies that cut out all the blooming beauty of the Lasting Lily stamp set that you could choose free with a $100 order before March 31, 2019.

It was good luck that the Global Design Sketch Challenge #GDP178 sketch and the TGIF Challenge #TGIFC201 color combination combined perfectly to create my card:

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In addition to the framelits include pieces to cut out the flowers and greenery, but there are two label dies that perfectly frame most of the sentiments in the stamp set:

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**A tip for ensuring your stamped images fit in the framelits for the stems and leaves: When mounting your stamps, lay the photopolymer stamps face down on your surface to let the stamp assume the correct shape, then set the clear block on top of it to pick it up for stamping.

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Because photopolymer stamps are pliable, they can be manipulated into different shapes, so if you put it on with your fingers, it may stretched in a way the stamped image wouldn’t match the framelit.

It felt like keeping this card simple really let the lilies shine!

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Colors, Mashups, Retirement and Special Card

Give me a good challenge…or three…and set me loose! Today I was anticipating the opportunity to join the inagural challenge over at TGIF Challenges with the uber-talented Mercedes and her “dream team” of creators and serendipity happened when the Friday Mashup gave me an excuse to use my Chalk Talk stamp set once more before it retired! Here are the challenges~ A color combo, sketch and retired set:

And this is my creation:
That was fun~ I may have been a little excited to be the VERY first TGIFChallenge entry…it’s a stampin’ thing, I guess!!
Chalk Talk was one of my favorite retiring stamps and if you love it, get it today in my store! I’ve shared a few other projects using this soon-to-be-gone set on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook Page …join me there for daily inspiration, fun and creative juice. 

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Invite Christmas JOY and Extravagant Ooops

Let’s start with the “Ooops”…how did I NOT tell you about the Stampin’ Up! Extravaganza sale here on my blog? Probably because I put it on my Creative Juice Facebook page and thought I had covered my bases >:p

And yes, today is the last day!! (Click on the image to shop in my store) 

Sorry for that…but to make up for it, let me tell be the FIRST to tell you that there will be a new year-end closeout sale on the Clearance Rack from December 5-January 5!  I may be late for one, but at least I’m early for the next one 😀   Unfortunately, they don’t overlap, but there are some awesome deals in both. And of course there are new weekly deals every Tuesday…they show up over in the right column —>

On to the Tuesday Tutorial! This is an ornament I created that could also double as a small wreath for your door:

The “wreath” is actually a candle dish from Ikea and has felt bumpers on the back, so it won’t bang against your door. It’s super easy to make, too! Download the tutorial here and invite some JOY into your house this Christmas season.

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Starburst: Merry & Bright

Ooops…I missed last week’s Tuesday Tutorial, so I’ll share two this week (kind of).

It was my pleasure to demonstrate the Starburst (or Sunburst) technique last week at Jill Olsen’s Stamp Together in St. George and these are some of the cards I showed how to make:

Wanna know what’s cool about these cards? I made 4 starbursts all at the same time by cutting a stack of 4 pieces of paper! I used the awesome tutorial by Sharon Cheng here. Seriously easy…go watch it now and remember the measurements for the DSP are 3″x4″. The first card stock layer is 4-7/8″ x 3-5/8″, and the next layer is usually 5-1/4″ x 4″, then the card itself (a half sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper, folded in half). 

I cut the star with the Stars Framelits and Big Shot, then scored with my Simply Scored board (on the silver side) of the star from point to opposite indentation, on all points. Then just fold and mount on some Stampin’ Dimensionals 🙂 So shiny!

They are even sparklier in person!

In case you can’t get enough stars, check out the new Many Merry Stars Kit from the new Holiday Supplement…and the fun project ideas for this and other products on the Pinterest board HERE.

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Is it too early for Christmas?

My husband and I enjoy Sunday afternoon drives and not long ago we noticed a few homes with Christmas lights still up…then I pointed out we can’t say “still” because after June 25th, we are officially on the downhill slide toward the holidays = Now we should consider these merry folk “EARLY” with their decorating! So I’m just helping you get a jump on the holidays and help you create some lovely greeting cards EARLY with the Big Shot August Special and the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and framelits:

Card Recipe (All supplies from Stampin’ Up!): 
Stamps: Bright & Beautiful stamp set (Holiday Catalog!)
Ink: Silver Encore pad (132142)
Paper: Whisper White and Smoky Slate card stock, Silver Fancy Foil Vellum (133364), Silver Foil Sheets (132178)
Accessories:  Stars Framelits (133723), Big Shot, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon (132137), Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132817), Silver Embossing powder (109131), Rhinestone Jewels (119246)
And special thanks to Create with Connie and Mary for the beautiful sketch challenge this week (CCMC315)…it was perfect for this card!

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Everything is AWESOME…in August: Big Shot with FREE Bundles!

Hear that? It’s the sound of summer speeding by…and I’m not going to bore you with my excuses for being absent today. Instead, I’m going to shout that EVERYTHING IS AWESOME in August!

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(This card was created by UK SU! demonstrator Joanne James and if you click on it, it will take you to her blog, with the supplies she used to create it.)
WHY is August so AWESOME, you may ask?
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That’s why! If you don’t have a Big Shot, you must consider it an essential Back-to-School tool to purchase this month–The bundles essentially make the machine 1/2 price! And if you are one of the wise crafters who already own a Big Shot, you can save 15% when you purchase the bundles separately from the machine.

Here are my Top 5 reasons to love the Big Shot:

  1.  The Big Shot cuts and/or embosses, taking your projects to a new level of lovely. 
  2. It can cut shapes from over 70 materials (including fabric, magnet sheets and pop cans, so you are being GREEN when you use it and recycling, too)
  3. The Big Shot is super easy to use…and cranking the handle counts as (light) exercise.
  4. It doesn’t need electricity (So when the power goes out, the crafting continues)!
  5. The framelits that coordinate with the stamps solve the challenge of cutting out by hand and seriously, that’s worth it’s price in gold.

I’m off to make you some cute samples that will make you NEED the Big Shot… or if you are ready to discover crafting Nirvana today, go to my stampin’ store to place your order 🙂
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Changing Shape

Who says greeting cards have to be square (or rectangle)? I pulled out my Oval Framelits to create this fun card for my stamp club tonight:

Card Recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up!)

  • Stamps: Oh, Hello set (Spring 2013 Catalog)
  • Ink: Island Indigo, So Saffron, Garden Green
  • Paper: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Tea for Two DSP (129311)
  • Accessories: Big Shot (113489), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Designer Builder Brads (129329), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Victoria Crochet Trim (118481), Occasions Paper Piercing Pack (129387), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199) and Paper-Piercing tool (126189)

You can order the supplies to create this card (and so many more!) in my store!
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Framelits: A Gate-Fold Card Tutorial VIDEO

HOLY COW! I *seriously* underestimated the time it would take to make (and edit!) a video tutorial!I have been reluctant about starting videos because I knew they would take time…I just had no idea HOW MUCH time they would take :p

Now my complaining is out of the way, I am pretty pleased with it. Like having a baby: Perhaps the amount you love them is commensurate in some way to the amount of pain you go through to bring them into (and keep them in) the world!!

Before the tutorial, let me show you the superbly adorable and infinitely superior cards I created…no need to organize a parade…a simple kind comment will suffice 🙂

Without further ado, I present unto you my first-born video tutorial!

Whew! I feel like I may need nine months of recovery before I try another one…or maybe I just need to hire someone who can edit video and do graphic design for me…

In other news, I had a total mother PAYBACK yesterday with my eldest son! It was such a beautiful day to hear him say, “My mom is always right” and tell me how blessed he feels. Those moments are worth everything we went through to hear it! Life is good 🙂
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Oh Hello

When was the last time you sent a card to a friend “Just Because”? Getting a hand-stamped card in your mailbox makes you feel so loved! Who do you know that needs one of these cards to brighten their day?

I am really having fun with the Label Collection Framelits (see how to cut the edge of your card in this tutorial) and this time I paired it with the new Borders plate for the Simply Scored to create the raised edge! And can you see the paper-pierced scallop border peeking out from the inside panel? Yep, I pretty much love everything about this card and hope that the friend that gets it loves it too.

Actually, I can think of a few people who need one, so I’ll have to make a few more to spread the joy!

Card Recipe (all Stampin’ Up supplies):

  • Stamps: Oh, Hello (pg 4 of Spring Catalog)
  • Ink: Lucky Limeade and Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Markers, Crumb Cake ink pad
  • Paper: Card stock~ Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla. Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
  • Accessories: Label Collection Framelits (125598), Big Shot (113439), Simply Scored (122334), Borders Scoring Plate (126192), Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126197), Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199), Decorative Label punch (120907), Stampin’ Sponge (101610), Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon (120999), 5/8″ Flower Trim (126869)
Visit SYCJ again tomorrow afternoon for another fun card 
using the framelits!!!!

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