We Need a Little Citrus

You’re up to your neck in Christmas, but what is Christmas without an orange in the stocking? Or in this instance, a whole case of citrus fruit?

This was another situation where the inspiration woke me up early to create a card! The Global Design Project #gdp372 challenge was to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a project by Kayla McCreadie:

I reached for my new signature stamp set (coming in the January 2023 Mini catalog!) SWEET CITRUS:

With a coordinating Hybrid Embossing Folder and dies, I guarantee you are going to see a LOT of this set from me!

Lest you think it’s not timely for the holiday season, let me show you a Christmas card I showed in yesterday’s live video: This one features a sentiment from the Cozy & Bright Kit currently available in my Stampin’ Store…and highly recommend you collect this kit before it’s gone, so you can use the sentiments from the kit with the Sweet Citrus bundle next year, plus, it’s a very easy kit to assemble and could still afford you time to send Christmas Cards this year.

In addition to the Sweet Citrus bundle (which will be available on January 5th…or you can join my team and order it now!), these are the supplies I used for the Christmas Card:

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May you squeeze the most from the holidays, and look forward to this bundle at the beginning of the new year!

A Thank You Each Day 🍎

Do you say “I’m sorry” too much? Women are the worst at apologizing, even when we haven’t done anything wrong!

I’m working on replacing “Sorry” with “Thank You” and had the opportunity to practice on Sunday when my husband was waiting for to go to church while I finished handouts for my primary class. When I was done (we weren’t late), I said “Thank You for your patience!” instead of ”Sorry to make you wait” and he was more gracious about the wait.

Of course, an apology when I HAVE done something wrong is appropriate, but when I can use THANK YOU instead, it feels more validating for both parties: “Thank you for listening” rather than “I’m sorry I’ve been talking so much”!

My card today is one I can use when someone has sacrificed their time to help me (and I have a friend in mind)…so instead of saying “Sorry I took your time” I can express my appreciation for their assistance!

It’s also a #multicrafting project: I used the Global Design Project sketch #gdp366 , the Apple Harvest stamp set to participate in the Stampin’ Through the Catalog challenge on Instagram and the colors Soft Sea Foam and Cherry Cobbler so I could share it for a Red & Green creative challenge I gave my Sprinkled Ink team.

Speaking of my team…there are just a few days left to take advantage of the Starter Kit+ promotion…just in time to buy your Christmas gifts from yourself as a demonstrator, or jump start a business to earn extra during the holidays 🎁

It’s a risk-free opportunity to join my Sprinkled Ink team and see if your passion for rubber stamps, ink and paper could also be your purpose! Click here to get $30 extra in your starter kit (already an awesome value) and see if you like being a demonstrator.

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Apple Harvest Cling Stamp Set (English)
$24.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Soft Sea Foam 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$125.00
Stitched Greenery Die
$32.00
Thanks & Hello Embossing Folders
$8.00
Opal Rounds
$7.50
Linen Thread
$5.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.25

Hinge-Step Happy Birthday

The Stamparatus is the right partner to do the “Hinge-Step” with 💃🏻🕺🏽

The right tool always makes the job easier, and to get your stamps lined up perfectly, you’ll love dancing (and stamping) with the Stamparatus tool:

This card was inspired by a card created by German Demonstrator Madeleine Mrotzek for the #gdp364 challenge:

I turned the slimline card on the side (3.5″ x 6.25″) and used the Stamparatus to get perfect placement: Just take out the plate with the stamp on it and move it down to the next hinge, then ink up your stamp with a different color (watch video, top).

It’s a fast & fabulous technique to try in your craft room! Don’t forget to stamp the envelope, too!

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Summer Weather, Fall Card

It seems funny to be stamping an autumn card in a record-breaking heat wave (111° in Southern Utah today), but like Pumpkin Spice season, you can’t stop me from showing up in hopes that the fall weather will catch up to my crafting. Besides, Fall is also the theme for the Global Design Project #gdp359 and it gives you time to add these seasonal items in time for your fall crafting.

My card started with the Leaf Fall 3-D embossing folder on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock:
Using sponge daubers to add ink from an ink pad to an embossed (raised) image gives a messy, windblown feeling, even if it’s not happening outside…yet.

Alternately, you could color the leaves with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers:

Because leaves are individually “one-of-a-kind”, I used a sentiment from the the August Paper Pumpkin kit on my Leaf Label. ***Remember to look through the stamps from your past kits*** when you need the perfect greeting! (Not yet a subscriber for monthly craft kits from Paper Pumpkin? Try it– you’ll love how fun and easy they are to assemble by yourself or with a friend.)

Back to the Leaf Fall embossing folder: Don’t limit yourself to fall colors! Look at how lovely the leaves look colored in Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Petal Pink, and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends, then cut out and grouped on a card:

So which will you try? Sponging or coloring your embossed images with Stampin’ Blends?

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One-Sheet-Wonder Cards for ANY Occasion

Since I’ve been on vacation for a few weeks, I woke up so excited to get back into my craft room and do a LIVE stamping video on my Facebook page today at lunchtime, and I was able to MULTI-CRAFT for a few occasions: My parent’s 58th Anniversary, to show you a wonderful Sale-a-Bration stamp set AND to participate in the Global Design Project Theme Challenge #GDP351 about SHAPES:

I pulled out the Watercolor Shapes stamp set to create my own patterned paper on a full sheet of white card stock using Fresh Freesia, Soft Sea Foam, Pale Papaya and Pool Party ink pads. Next, I cut the paper into 7 different pieces and layered them on card bases, then I stamped the greetings from the Amazing Phrasing stamp set you could choose as your Sale-a-Bration freebie (with a $100 US order). To give them a bit of bling, I added sparkly Adhesive-Backed Sequins & Gems.

You can watch the full tutorial (and fast forward through me talking) on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook page HERE because I don’t have time to edit it for YouTube today.

Seven cards from one sheet of patterned paper:

Then I finished one more with a layer of black card stock:

How clever is it to use the gems & rhinestones to create a little exclamation point?!

During Sale-a-Bration you earn free craft supplies when you shop, host a party (yes, I do virtual parties too!) or join my team (and if you are buying more than $99 anyway, the starter kit is the best deal!)


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With You I’m Never Lost

Cody and I recently returned from a 6+ week road trip back to see our kids and grandkids in Maryland. He joked that we planned to drive out together, but if things didn’t go well, one of us could fly home 😂 Luckily, we did remarkably well, and enjoyed discovering so many amazing places across the US:

It seems fitting for our relationship that he’s the person I love to “get lost” with– but with him, I’m home.

This week’s #gdp346 sketch from the Global Design Project blog was perfect for a card I’m going to save for our Anniversary:

Cody teases me that “every day is an adventure” together, so the compass stamp was fitting. I LOVE the die cut pieces in the Designer Series Paper and I used one of them as the focal point.

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Watercolor Inspired by Charlet

The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is true for the card I created today, inspired by a card from demonstrator Charlet Mallett on the Global Design Project #344:

I really loved her watercolored image and knowing that some of you are intimidated by watercoloring, I wanted to make it really simple. This is simple enough that ANYONE could do it:

I stamped the flower image from the Blessings of Home stamp set in opposite corners of a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Watercolor paper (the key to a beautiful watercolored background), then used ink pads from the Subtles color family as my palette to pick up the color (from the inside of the lid, see example here) using Water Painters.

What I love about watercoloring is: It’s MESSY and BEAUTIFUL!

TIP: Keep a piece of scratch paper and a paper towel at hand to “practice” on and wipe off your Water Painter when you move to a new color…just squeeze the barrel to run the water and wipe the brush until no color transfers to the towel.

Mounted on a piece of Basic White card stock as a frame (3-3/4″ x 5″) and then attached to the front of a Pool Party card base, it’s a simple card that makes you feel like Picasso and the sentiment embossed in white on black card stock really stands out against the watercolored background.

Give this technique a try soon!

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Ice Cream + Color Challenge

The Global Design Project color challenge was just too cute to pass up:

They look like a scoop of sherbet, so I grabbed my Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and made a floating frame card that would be yummy for Valentine’s Day, too:

Don’t lick the screen!

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Sweet Ice Cream Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch
$18.00
Heart Punch Pack
$34.00
Polished Pink 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
2021–2023 In Color Jewels
$7.00

Shake & Shine at Christmas Time

The first idea that came to mind was a shaker card when I saw the #tgifc342 sketch, and the second idea was that it would be lovely in the #gdp317 color challenge:

I am participating in Stampin’ Up!’s virtual convention #onstageathome so as I was listening to a class, I had time to put my ideas to paper, so to speak!

I used Faux Snow from Dollar Tree inside my shaker and colored the white seam binding ribbon with my dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend marker. Sometimes you have to pull pieces from multiple stamp sets to create what you imagined in your head, so the. sentiment is from the Banner Year stamp set (all supplies listed below) and stars came from the beloved Seasons of Fun set (remember to choose it as part of your host rewards when your order is over $150).

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all my stamping friends who have supported my business. I earned the following awards this year and it’s all courtesy of your friendship and loyalty. YOU are the best reward I could ever ask for!

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Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Banner Year Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Seasons Of Fun Host Cling Stamp Set
$12.00
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Whimsy & Wonder 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
$15.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Window Sheets
$5.00
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
$7.50
Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Opal Rounds
$7.50
Foam Adhesive Strips
$8.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
$4.00

Too Cute to Resist!

I gave my Sprinkled Ink Team the challenge to create a project using a color palette including a 2021-2023 In Color and this is the card I came up with (because you can’t ask your team to do something you aren’t willing to do)!

You know I love to combine a few challenges, so I borrowed some inspiration from the Global Design Project “Case the Designer” theme this week, where Emma Goddard’s card was a great starting point:

I flipped the black & white vs colored strip around so I could teach how to do the emboss resist technique: It’s an easy WOW that makes any card irresistible (see what I did there?).

To do this, you simply need to emboss your image in white or clear embossing powder onto white card stock, then blend ink over your embossed images~ the embossed images resist the ink and appear magically!

Watch HOW here:

Remember: When you buy the Dragonfly Garden BUNDLE (stamps + punch) from my Stampin’ Store in June, you get 3 free projects in the mail! Consider this card a bonus idea 🙂

Looking for creative palettes using In Colors? Download the In Color Coach .pdf for the current 10 In Colors below!

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Dragonfly Garden Cling Stamp Set
$23.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
True Love 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Versamark Pad
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tailored Tag Punch
$18.00
Fresh Freesia 3/8" (1 Cm) Open Weave Ribbon
$7.00