What’s the Occasion? Part TWO

I have a few more of my favorite cards from the Occasions Catalog card swap to share with you today!

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How cool is this bottle?! The Bubble Over Bundle (stamps and coordinating framelits) are such fun to play with~ just wait until you see the awesome bottle tops in it! And do NOT miss the coordinating Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that you can choose FREE for Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order.  (Card by Tamra Davis)

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Have you sent a card “just because” recently? Remind someone that you care with a card using a heart with the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper: The gold foil accents are heart (and eye)-popping! (Card by Renee Watson)

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This was the card I created for the swap! When it comes to masculine cards, the True Gentleman Suite is going to be a life-saver. This one makes me want to go to Disneyland on their Dapper Day!

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A tag is SO VERSATILE and one of my favorite things to make. This tag just happens to fit beautifully on top of the gold-striped treat bags from Stampin’ Up!:

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The AMAZING YOU stamp set *and* the CELEBRATE YOU framelits are part of the Stampin’ Up!  Sale-a-Bration going on now… you can only get them FREE (just your lucky day).

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Slide in a gift card, a cookie or a pampering item to celebrate a friend, or give the empty bag to your significant other and let them fill it for YOU!!

Would you like instructions to make this bag and tag? Download a .pdf tutorial HERE!

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What’s the Occasion?

One of the simple pleasures of life is pulling an envelope from your mailbox that has your name and address hand-written on it and seeing the name of a friend in the upper corner. There is so much excitement that you forget everything else in your hands and want to rip it open, or perhaps save it to savor later.

With the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, you have a whole world of opportunities to create a small mailable piece of art that might just carry a piece of your heart to a friend. Here are a few ideas gleaned from a recent card swap I participated in:

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The next holiday may be Valentines, but hearts can be used for SO MUCH MORE than February 14th! Think of this card as one to send as an encouragement to a friend or an “I forgive you” when someone has made a sincere apology. The Painted with Love Suite has everything you need for greetings filled with love.  (Card by Laura Milligan)

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Friends are the flowers of our lives~ let them know you appreciate them every day (not just on milestone occasions). The rich texture on this card is sumptuous! It’s created with products from the Petal Passion Suite that is fabulous for many other occasions such as weddings, congratulations and grateful giving. (Card by Terri Gaines)

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Did you know 7 BILLION greeting cards sold in the United States each year and over half of them are birthday cards? Make your birthday greeting stand out with a sparkling creation like this gorgeous gem using the Sweet Soiree Suite. (Card by Megan Herst).

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Rudolf: A Reindeer Craft!

Keep the kids busy during the holidays creating these fun fellows (and Santa’s official sidekick):

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They were simple to assemble and can smash flat to mail in a card as a delightful surprise! All you need are a few supplies:
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And here’s a quick tutorial I created to show you how easy and fast they are!

Simple Thoughts for a Friend

Do you ever avoid sending a note to a friend because you think you have to create a artistic masterpiece to carry your thoughts? I’m guilty of this, but I’m working on sending a message or a card *AS THE INSPIRATION HITS ME*

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When I saw the sketch challenge on TGIF Challenges today, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack came to mind and I decided to make a simple card for a friend:

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Nurturing a friendship takes time and effort and sometimes a quick card to say, “I’m thinking about you” lasts longer than a text or even a phone call. Some things you could include in your card may be a bullet list of 5 things you love about your friend like:

  • Thanks for seeing the best in me and others.
  • You never let me wallow in self-pity and I appreciate your honesty.
  • Of all your features, your curly hair and dimples are what I see when I imagine your lovely face!
  • When I’m with you, I know I’m going to laugh heartily and it feels so good!
  • Isn’t it great that we can pick up right where we left off even if we haven’t seen each other in years?

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My original card was 4.25″ square, but I had another piece of leftover Pool Party card stock, so I made a 3.25″ note card that would be perfect on a gift, too.

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Now I’m going to mail it to a friend today because my goal for the year has been to mail a card each day and I’m almost there!

Out with the Old, In with the New

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Year end means taking stock of inventory and clearing out to make space for new products, so it’s time for the year-end sale! Some items are discounted and others are ready for retirement. A few things will be available in next year’s annual catalog as individual items, but not as a bundle (which saves you cash now).

Here is a short sampling: The Smitten bundle makes lovely cards and gifts, but are only available while supplies last~

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And the Watercolor Christmas Card Kit (SO EASY and fun!) and coordinating stamp set is on sale, too:watercolor

I’ll be showcasing the Watercolor Christmas Card kit in my Monday Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting ~ with ways to “dress it up” and use it in a few new ways other than cards, too! Join me on my Creative Juice by Loni page at 12:30 MST on Monday, December 4th.

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza

Today we launch the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza with a 24 hour stamp sale! What better way to stuff your stockings?

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While the stamp sale is for today (November 20th) only, there are plenty of other amazing steals in the Extravaganza sale that lasts through November 26th, giving you plenty of reason to use Friday morning for staying home and trimming your home for the holidays:

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While you are shopping, don’t miss the Clearance Rack, which is where I always start shopping in any store!

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But that’s not the end…stay tuned for a special FLASH SALE on Monday, November 27th, too!

For each order over $50 from my store this week, I’ll mail you a package of the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals AND you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Merry Patterns stamp set!

(winner announced Tuesday, November 28th)

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I Like Big Stamps and Blending

What is the biggest stamp you own? Aside from background stamps, one of mine is the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set and it is fabulous for coloring with the new Stampin’ Blends (available November 1st in my Stampin’ Store). Look at the impact one large image can have when paired with a delicate background:

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Thinking this card will surely boost the morale of a good friend!

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Card in a Box

If you have a passion for paper, you’ll be thrilled to know that during October, you can buy 3 of select Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! and you’ll get one FREE! You can mix and match as you stock your paper pantry, too.

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Today on my Facebook Page, I demonstrated how to create a “Box in a Card”:

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You’ll be seeing these adorable cards (with a box inserted) popping up all over the place! I used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and Birthday Delivery stamp set to embellish the card, but my favorite detail is the Mini Bow on the top of the box.

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I’ve been wanting to find a reason to use these bows, so I’m tickled to find that they are perfect for this box-in-a-card.

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Happy coincidence: If you happen to be reading this between October 1st-10th of 2017, we are also celebrating World Card Making Day with a sale on Fast Fuse and stamp sets that match our Designer Series Paper Sale:

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Click on the images to shop in my Stampin’ Store and thank you for letting me serve your creative needs. Then watch your mailbox for a thank you card when you order!