Wildly Happy to Craft!

It’s Fri-YAY because sketch challenges make me WILDLY HAPPY! It’s a creative exercise I look forward to as often as I have a moment to create. If you need to strengthen your imagination, sketch and color challenges are the best “strength training” you can do.fb_img_1560993860054

Something else that makes me WILDLY HAPPY is babies: Grandbabies, baby animals, whatever! And stamps make me giddy, of course, and the Wildly Happy stamp set is the first one that came to mind when I saw the #tgifc220 sketch.

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This was also a great excuse to use the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies: What’s not to love about that adorable little detail? wildly happy

I added just a bit of light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend marker to the bunnies and grounded them with light Crumb Cake. If you don’t have the polka dot tulle ribbon, make sure it’s on your next order: It will be your favorite accessory for your cards, and you don’t even need much to give it a little pizzazz.

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Out with Old, In with New

The end of a Stampin’ Up! catalog is bittersweet as I hate seeing things I have loved retire, and I’m also excited about what’s coming! Today I used a retiring stamp set and a coming-soon ribbon to create a card of enCOURAGEment on my weekly FB Lunchtime Crafting LIVE broadcast (which happens every Monday at 12:30 Mountain Time, by the way).

It started with the Global Design Sketch #190

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When a friend just needs a little encouragement, a card is a tangible piece of your support and this one almost made itself:

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The colors are Petal Pink and Gray Granite and Whisper White and the stamp set is Ribbon of Courage (retiring June 3). The ribbon is NEW Petal Pink Organdy Stripe (coming in the new catalog on June 4th) with a few silver metallic pearls sprinkled on to give it some bling.

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Mark your calendars for my New 2019-2020 Catalog Reception on June 8th in Utah County where you can snag both old AND new products with my once-yearly BOGO sale, and pick up a new catalog!

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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Share What You Love

Magic happens when you share what you love and I have proof!

Today I decided to create from scratch LIVE on Periscope. I had the #GDP134 sketch and a bundle of new products (by cheery happenstance a suite called “Share What You Love”) and I pushed the “Go Live” broadcast (I was a bit nervous, to tell the truth).

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As I was explaining that these new products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be released a month early (on May 1st), a new stamping friend (Cathy) and an old stamping friend (Esther from England!) jumped in to visit and craft {virtually} with me.

The first thing I did was stamp 4 simple note cards and matching envelopes using just the items in the “Just Getting Started” bundle (the notecards are a free gift when you purchase the bundle):

I knew these would fit nicely in a simple “envelope folder” made of two regular Very Vanilla envelopes put together (tuck the flap of the first into the second envelope and then lick-n-stick the flap of the 2nd envelope to the back of the 1st!)

We were crafting along and they started to share their opinions and ideas: They helped me pick the pattern of paper (from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP that will be included with the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have It All” bundles).

Then we started playing around with the focal point on the belly band that would keep the folder closed: All circles? No. A Label? Yes. Pool Party or Grapefruit Grove? Pool Party with Bermuda Bay ink. Ribbon? Yes~ A loop!

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…and by the time we were done, we had created a masterpiece together:

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If you are a member of my stamp club reading this, you’ll get to make one of these in May! Not a member? New clubs begin in June/July~ You don’t have to be local, you can join from anywhere in the United States! Let me know if you’d like to join.

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Birthdays, Blooms and a Class for You!

Whenever I get a moment to create just for fun, it’s a special day. Today I wanted to play, but had work to do first. Once work was done, I rewarded myself with stamping time following the #tgifc155 sketch:

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As I’m getting geared up for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards Class next week in Utah County (have you registered?) I wanted to showcase the versatility of this simply lovely stamp set, Perennial Birthday:

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I also wanted to use a few retiring Stampin’ Up! colors, so pulled out my Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Peekaboo Peach (with a little Soft Saffron that isn’t retiring) and did an emboss resist card for the challenge:

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The Wisteria card is also embossed with the quilt top embossing folder…if you missed it at Christmas time, you’ll be happy to know you can order it again when the 2018-2019 catalog sales period starts on June 1st.

RSVP for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards class by Monday, April 16th so I can get your supplies in time for the class. Meanwhile, create something pretty with rubber stamps, ink and paper and share it to make the world a lovelier place!

 

Designer Series Paper Takes the Spotlight

Remember when I said the only paper products Stampin’ Up! offered 25 years ago were white? It makes me grateful for all the amazing choices we have in 2017! Especially when they are as sumptuous as the “Whole Lot of Lovely” Designer Series Paper pack:

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This paper (DSP) popped into my mind when I saw the #GDP102 sketch:

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Plus, I’m crushing on the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon right now (it’s on SO MANY of my latest creations, but it just makes the *loveliest* bows…), so here’s my take on the sketch:

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The sentiment (stamped and die cut from the Lovely Friends bundle) just pops off the card, but the paper definitely is the star of the card!

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Snuggling in a Sweater & Sipping Cider: Gift Pouch

An excuse to wear a warm sweater and drink hot cider is always welcome, so as I was demonstrating this cute card on Facebook Live today (despite having no sound for the first minute), my friend suggested that it would be a perfect pouch for a hot drink, and I concur…so here it is as a pouch:

It’s simply a landscape card with the opening at the top and the sides sealed to create a pouch.
I was following the #GDP054 sketch from the Global Design Team (turned it on it’s side) and playing with the fabulous new Cable Knit Dynamic Designer Textured Embossing Folder (and it’s a mouthful!). It’s so *snuggly* you’ll just want to rub your hands across the embossed paper over and over again. 
TIP: Spritz your card stock on both sides with water before putting it in the folder and remember to only use ONE plate on top when running it through the Big Shot. Your “sandwich” will look like this (from the top to the bottom): 
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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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Let’s Hear It For the GUYS!

It’s easy to make frilly cards, but not so easy to create for the men in our life, but the new Guy Greetings stamp set offers TONS of versatility to create for husband, father, grandpa, etc. When I saw the Friday Mashup sketch 202, I knew instantly what I wanted to create!

Since the challenge was to “mash-up” this sketch with a masculine theme, here is the finished card:

My favorite is the little nuts and bolts made from silver foil card stock! And on the inside: 

Hoping the Guy Greetings set makes it into the new catalog because it is so MANLY! Get yours in my Stampin’ Store!
If you need more masculine cards, mark your calendar for the “Moms, Dads, Brides and Grads” card class which will be on Saturday, May 9th in Spanish Fork, Utah! More details coming on my events page and my Facebook Events Page soon!
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Candy Corn & Paper Piecing Mashup

A sure sign of fall isn’t the falling leaves or cooler temperatures…it’s the CANDY! Remember when you could ONLY get candy corn in Autumn and Peeps at Easter? That was before they started making pastel corn for Easter and Peeps ghosts for Halloween…ah, the good old days…

I’ve been thinking about tags lately, so this popped into my head when I saw the Friday Mashup challenge (mashing up a fall food theme and paper piercing, FM128) and the Freshly Made Sketch (FMS104) this week:

The paper piercing was inspired by Patty B (but on a smaller version of hers). Here’s how I made the candy corn:

So there’s a sweet treat double whammy (or is it a triple?) for you today! 
Project Recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up! unless noted):
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet stamp set 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper: Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (132184), card stock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin’ Sponge, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130019),  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (123124),  4×6 Cellophane bag (102757).  Punches: 1/2″ circle (119869), 1″ circle (119868), 1-3/8″ circle (119860), Artisan Label (130920). OTHER: CANDY CORN

Update 9/30/13: My project was voted as ROCKSTAR at the Friday Mashup! Wahoo!

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