Creating in the cracks…

Right now things are pretty exciting as we prepare for wedding number 2 at our house! My oldest daughter will be married in May and as she is miles away, we are doing a lot of phone calling. I’m SO grateful for cell phones: How many of you remember when you had to pay for long distance calls? Growning up, even calling the city 15 miles away was long distance! Thanks goodness those days are past.

I’ve been doing a little creating in the “cracks” of life: Those moments when I can grab a few previously unscheduled minutes for getting crafty as well as some big projects we had to tackle for the wedding…

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

My mom and BFF Kelli (and my sister and daughter-in-law, not picutred) helped me make 500 wedding invitations! Couldn’t have done it alone: Thanks ladies!

Kelli’s birthday was in November, but I just got around to giving her a gift, so it had to have a cute bag to go in (above left).

Back in August I volunteered to help with Teacher Appreciation week, so with the help of my husband and youngest daughter, we cranked out 100 thank you cards with a little treat inside at the beginning of April.

If you follow Creative Juice by Loni on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen a few of these (and other projects). As much as I love my blog, it’s easier to post to the other two, so while I will continue to post here, you’ll probably see me sharing more on the other two social media outlets 🙂

Meanwhile, don’t forget that FREE SHIPPING ends Friday:

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Wrap Up the Holidays (Open House)

All my great intentions for blogging last week were drowned out by the snow and cold that hit Utah. I guess you could say the snow quenched my inner desire to do…..anything. All I wanted was hot cocoa, my fuzzy slippers and a good book. On the bright side, I did finish reading two books and decorated my house for Christmas!

Back in business now, I’ve played around a little with some Christmas projects and here is a close-up of a Merry card I created with some Designer Series Paper, Silver Foil Sheets and the Big Shot:

Have you been wrapping your gifts and stuffing your stockings? Hard to believe Christmas is just 15 days away, isn’t it? If you are feeling stressed at the hustle and bustle, I invite you to come nurture your creativity for just a few moments at my

Wrap Up the Holidays Open House
Wednesday, December 11th
Stop in to be infused with holiday joy anytime between
10 am to Noon ~OR~ 5 to 7 pm
  • Free Make-&-Take: Gift Tube & Tag
  • BOGO Stamp Sale (Buy One Get One FREE)
  • Holiday Displays, Gift Ideas, Clearance Rack Specials
  • Warm Drink & Refreshments
Stop by for a minute or an hour for a little MERRY in your Christmas:
1637 Calpac Ave, Spanish Fork, UT

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Dress Up a Holiday Gift Card

The sketch over at Create with Connie & Mary this week gave me an idea: A hidden gift card pouch! Here’s my card for the CCMC 229 sketch:

 But here is the fun little twist: It swings on the Rhinestone Brad!

 And here is the back closure:

When you untie it, surprise! A pocket to put a gift card in!

I created the pocket/envelope using the Simply Scored tool and Diagonal plate from Stampin’ Up!: Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper (from the Candlelight Christmas pack in the Holiday catalog) to 6 1/2″, then score on two sides at 3 1/4″ and on the other two sides at 2 3/8″.

Curled Paper Bows

Welcome back to my creative wrapping week! If you’ve missed some of the posts this week, make sure to catch up so you can get your Christmas Gifts wrapped in style 🙂 And I’d love to have you join me for the TP Tube Challenge I posted yesterday!

Years ago my mom started a wrapping paper business where she sold industrial-sized rolls of gift wrap, the metal cutters and oodles of ribbon. As a paper-addict, I was in heaven! Eventually I followed in her footsteps and worked the business for a while until I found Stampin’ Up! Anywhooo…that’s where I learned this lovely little technique to make a curled paper bow from your gift wrap:

Wrapping paper is super-easy to curl because it is light-weight paper, but I am teaching you the technique using SU! Designer Series Paper (Be Of Good Cheer~126896)

1. Start with a piece of wrapping paper or DSP. This is a 12×12 piece of DSP and you begin by folding it in half. If using a rectangle, fold it in half the long way, or “hot dog” fold. My favorite size is about 18″ x 12″ for a large package, but don’t worry about the measurements…just grab a piece of paper from your printer and follow along!!

2. Take the open edge and fold it up toward the folded edge, leaving about 1″ along the folded edge.

3. Cut from the bottom fold up toward the center fold, just through the open end edge, all the way across, about 3/4″ to 1″ wide. No need to measure, just start cutting 🙂

4. Once you are finished, unfold the whole paper and you will have “spider legs” on both sides with a fold down the middle, like this:

5. Now the fun begins! Use your scissors and “curl” the paper as you would a ribbon, with the pattern you want to show the most of on the opposite side of your scissors. As you are curling, you may pull off one of the “legs” (see the one in the background of the picture?) No worries: You will never notice it when it is finished!

 6. When you are done curling, your paper or gift wrap will look like this:

 7. If you are using gift wrap, just SCRUNCH it together up the middle fold to gather it. Using DSP (which is a little heavier) you may find it easier to fan fold it as you go along. The cuts you made make it pretty simple to do quickly. Again, this isn’t rocket science, so you don’t have to be exact, just fold it and go! Then grab an old bread twist tie (doesn’t matter what color…mine is BLUE!) and wrap it around the gathers/folds and twist to secure.

8. Once your bow is secure, just mush it around until looks like a big fluffy bow and tape it to your gift and add a tag! This tag was stamped in Cherry Cobbler Ink (126966) with the Dec. 25 image from the Tags ’til Christmas stamp set (wood~120847 or clear~121169), punched with the Decorative Label Punch (120907) and adorned with Champagne Glass Glitter (120997), all of which can be ordered from my website

TP Tube Wrap: Another Up-cycled Project and Challenge

Nothing is more annoying than going to the restroom to find an EMPTY roll of Toilet Paper in the holder.

“WHO do they think is going to replace this??” I grumble. “The TP Fairy? SHE DOESN’T EXIST!!”

Well when you see today’s wrapping project, you may imagine I’ve changed my attitude and now I’m like: “Hooray! Another craft project waiting for me!”. Okay, you could IMAGINE that, but it still annoys me that nobody else will change the paper. And when I got to work the other day, there was NO TP on the double rolls in either the men OR the women’s restroom and it bugged me. Big time. That’s just crap. Literally.

But let’s look on the bright side here: You can get back at them by using the empty rolls to create really cute gift containers!

In case you can’t figure this out, here are some simple instructions:

Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4.5″ x 6.5″ (I’ve used some from the Be of Good Cheer pack, 126896). Cover one side with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and roll it around your TP tube.

 Once the roll is covered, just push in one end like this:

Then the other side on the same end.

Now would be the time to put your gift into the open end of your tube. Chocolate and caramel fit nicely inside this little container. As does money. And diamonds. I guess I’m preaching to the choir since there aren’t many men who read my blog, I suspect. So make it to this point and demonstrate to the man in your life how to fill it and make some not-so-subtle suggestions.

Now all you need to do is decorate it and tie a ribbon around it to keep it closed:

You know, these are small and light enough you could decorate your tree with them!

So now it’s your turn. Share your TP Tube creations (SU! products always preferred) in the link tool below by December 13th at noon (MST) and I’ll choose a winner who will get this gift mailed to them filled with something fun!

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Up-cycled Treat Tubes & Luminaries

You know these little plastic containers that Stampin’ Up! buttons and brads come in?

Have you ever hesitated before throwing an empty one away thinking, “There must be some way to use this…” or, if you are like me, you just save them knowing that inspiration will strike and you’ll find a way to Up-Cycle them 🙂 Then you’ll love this idea!

This is a container I made by cutting an 8.5″ x 4″ strip of the flocked window sheet from the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (126901) and making it into a tube with Sticky Strip. Fit the tube into the bottom piece of the plastic button/brad container and then decorate as desired:

The top of the button/brad container makes a perfect lid for your tube! I created a Real Red paper flower for this one using a few scallop circle punches and added a little bling with our Rhinestone Jewels (119246):

While my tube was 4″ tall, you could create any height tube, keeping the width 8.5″ to make your tube, which is the perfect size to create a tube to fit into the containers you are up-cycling. Depending on how close to the edge you glue your tube, it may fit perfectly inside the bottom of the brad/button container OR if it is too large, slide it over the outside of the container. Then decorate it as desired and fill with something delicious, like home-made fudge!!

I also created a luminary by punching out a shape before making the tube and covering the opening with vellum and a stamped image. I left off the lid on this one…just drop in a battery operated tea light and you are good to go! This one has a ribbon handle so I can hang it somewhere:

 See you tomorrow for more fun Holiday packaging and gifts from your Stampin’ Up! stash!