Birthday Bash with the (big) Girls

Who said getting older isn’t fun?

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This group of my long-time crafty friends know how to party! It was Sarajane’s birthday and she wanted to spend time creating with her friends, so I was pleased to oblige and planned a celebration that centered on CAKE!

“Those who craft together, stay together” and these ladies prove it: They have stamped, scrapbooked, quilted and crafted for MANY years.

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All their projects used the Piece of Cake stamp set and Cake Builder Punch…I think the piece de resistance was the cake push pop: It was a show stopper!

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Thanks for letting me celebrate your SWEET LIFE, Sarajane!

If you want to plan a birthday party with me, contact me the month before your big day and let’s make it FUN!

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Showered with Love

It seems that weddings, births and deaths comes in clusters. Happily, I am in the midst of weddings and with a daughter that just got engaged last week, there is more to come 🙂

Today I wanted to share the shower my friend Rita and I hosted for our friend Sariah. I shared the invitation I created with My Digital Studio here and we used it for part of the decor:

We served sandwiches and guests made their own sugar cookie “fruit pizza”:
We played the guessing jar game  though what I failed to mention in the original post (which I’ll fix today) is that after you have made your guesses, the answers are revealed and whomever is closest to the correct answer wins that jar or container! We didn’t play it quite like that at Sariah’s party, but I think I would do it that way if I could do it over again. 
At the shower we called it the 5 Senses Game because they could feel (household items were tied up in the pillowcases below), smell or taste (spices from the kitchen), hear (some things were wrapped up) or look at the jars to make their guess (see). 
Here are some ideas if  you are doing this for a household shower:
  1. A small jar of chocolate chips (our half pint held over 300 chips!)
  2. Spices (just wrap a paper around the label and let them smell/taste): Basil, Oregano, Pumpkin Pie Spice, etc..
  3. Wrap a box of band aids or staples and let them shake to see if they can guess the sound
  4. Put household items into a pillowcase to let them feel them. In one we had kitchen utensils such as a garlic press, salad tongs, vegetable peeler, etc. In another were household items like a calculator, a 9 volt battery, a ratchet screwdriver, etc…
  5. A jar of paper clips (guess how many)
  6. A jar of loose change (guess how much $)
  7. Take the labels off cans (like mandarin oranges and sweetened condensed milk) and see if they can guess what’s inside.
You could also have them guess how much something weighs or what day the groom’s birthday is on (a calendar). Remember to NUMBER each item and let everyone have time to make their guesses. 
There were plenty of awesome gifts (you can imagine why she is blushing if you look at the bag): 

And finally, I was excited to try out this cool recipe from the gals over at Our Best Bites for a favor for each of the guests. It’s great for hands or feet! And it smells good enough to eat. 
Which technically, you could do. 
It was a beautiful shower for a beautiful friend.
I’d love to hear how any of these ideas work for you. Leave me a comment if you try something and tell me how it goes!
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Party This Way!

I had such fun coloring the glimmer paper for my Holiday Swap Card that I wanted to share it with my Stamp Clubs! This was the card that they created this month using the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set (page 33 in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog):

I used the Pacific Point ink refill and a watercolor pen to color the glimmer paper and while it goes on dark, the colors fade a little after soaking into the paper and drying. You can also use your heat gun on a low setting to help it dry faster, but beware: It may melt the plastic coating on the back of the glimmer paper if you get it too hot! The card shows the regular silver glimmer paper (scalloped around the “Happy Birthday”) and the colored glimmer paper (blue ribbons hanging below).

Here are a few samples up close of three colors I’ve tried. Top: Pacific Point, Middle: Melon Mambo, Bottom: Elegant Eggplant. They are sitting on top of the regular silver glimmer paper.

Back to my Happy Birthday card…it matches perfectly the PARTY banner and birthday “cake” (using a battery-operated tea light) designed by my friend Pam Clyde (one VERY talented stamper) for the Late Night Stamper Reunion party this last July at convention:

Ready to party this way? I’ll be happy to plan a class for you and your friends in September!

Loni’s Hostess Bonus for September!

I will be celebrating 20 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator this September, so I’ve got some fun surprises for YOU to express my appreciation for being such wonderful friends and customers!

To begin with, I am offering the person who schedules a party for September 11th this stamp set (in addition to the hostess benefits you can earn FREE):

And if you book a party for September 12th, I’ll give you this stamp set:
And whoever calls me first to plan a party for September 20th will get this stamp set:

There is nothing better than gathering your friends together to laugh, eat and be creative…and I’ll prepare the craft for you! This offer is good for Utah County Hostesses. If you are out of town, I am coming to Southern Utah a few times, too and I will let you choose from a few sets if you call to arrange a time in September.

Let’s plan something fun! 801-376-8685 (call or text)

Top 10 Reasons to host a workshop with ME in August:

10. Celebrate the beginning of Mother’s Vacation (school starts!)
9. You’ve ignored your friends all summer long to cater to your kids.
8. Get the brand-spankin’-new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalog FREE!
7. You can serve root beer floats ‘cuz it’s still hotter than blazes 🙂
6. We can giggle, laugh and share like we are 13 again.
5. Give your husband a chance to bond with the kids at McDonald’s!
4. CHOOSE what you want to learn!
3. Get a FREE Stampin’ Up! Shopping Tote (when you have 8 guests I’ve never met in attendance)
2. Earn FREE hostess gifts that aren’t available for purchase
1. Earn an EXTRA $25 in merchandise (with qualifying workshop*)

Ready for some fun? I only have 5 dates left in August, so call 801-376-8685 to schedule your party (anywhere in Utah County) ASAP: 12th, 17th, 18th, 25th, 31st

Go FOURTH!

Here is some patriotic inspiration for the holiday weekend! This card using the “July Fourth” stamp set from the Summer Mini catalog is loaded with bling and created by my stampin’ “granddaughter” Kristi Kelly:

And I had to steal this crafty idea for an adorable centerpiece from my sister’s blog since they are so stinkin’ cute:
You can find the directions for these “Paper Lollies” at this ultra cool site called MAKE AND TAKES, which you really should bookmark, too!