What’s New at SU! ~ Bird Ballad Lanterns

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Greetings, friends: I’m glad you are here for our “summertime stamping” themed blog hop! The What’s New at SU! group is comprised of demonstrators from around the world who are excited to share the latest Stampin’ Up! ideas with you, and I know you’ll find inspiration to create your own versions (or borrow one of ours).

I love thinking of ways to use my paper crafting supplies for projects that are unusual, and when I think of summer, I think of barbecues and picnics with family and friends! So why not a little tabletop decor?

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The beautiful new Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) was a fine choice for these paper lanterns and they were super simple to make!

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For the small round lantern, you’ll need a piece of 6″ x 12″ DSP. Score it at 1″ along the top and bottom, then cut vertical lines at every inch between the two score lines. Cut two strips of contrasting DSP 1″ x 12″ to reinforce the top and bottom edges, if desired, and a 1″ x 10″ strip for the handle. Wrap the paper around and attach the sides together at the back.  I inserted the handle between the lantern and outside reinforcement strip using Tear & Tape adhesive. I also curled the paper with my bone folder a bit to keep the round shape. Then I set it over a small jar with a battery-operated candle!

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This tall lantern is easier (if possible)! It’s a piece of 9″ x 9″ DSP and you score it at 1″, 4.5″ and 8″, then fold at the 4.5″ line and cut at 1″ from the fold just to the edge of the score lines:

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When you unfold the paper, it looks like this:

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Follow the same instructions for finishing this lantern. You could make them any size: I simply suggest measuring the jars you are going to wrap them around and cut the width to 1″ longer.

Now you are ready to party on to the next blog which is Terry’s (or back to Margriet’s blog)!

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Your comments are welcome and appreciated! You can order the supplies to make your own lanterns from your demonstrator, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, please shop from my Stampin’ Store!

Summer Sampler Class

Does your summertime decor need a facelift?

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Attend my Summer Sampler Class in Spanish Fork on June 13th at 10 am OR 7 pm where you’ll create a 12″x12″ page to frame  (frame not included).

Bring scissors and SNAIL adhesive (or purchase it at class) and everything else is provided for you. COST: $15

PURCHASE TICKETS BY JUNE 9TH so I have time to prepare the supplies for you!

Watermelon and a Slice of Summer

“If watermelon exists, why don’t airmelon, 
firemelon and earthmelon exist?” ~the elemelons
Lucky for you, the papermelon exists thanks to the Cutie Pie Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!
Now download a tutorial to make your own! 
If you need the supplies, please order them from my Stampin’ Up! store and I’ll send you a card 🙂
This new Cutie Pie Thinlit is one of the many new beautiful and clever products in 
The NEW CATALOG which arrived June 2nd:
Yep, I’m late in updating the blog: A daily dose of Creativity is on my Facebook Page, so come over and follow me there! 

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Pulled the Plug

Between computer, television and gaming systems, we felt that we were spending too much time in front of a screen at our house this summer, so we pulled the plug.

That’s right, you heard me…pulled. the. plug.

It’s only been about a week and it has been a blessing…and a curse.

Blessings: More time to finish projects, clean house, play games together, READ (yeah!), peace & quiet, less fighting and we choose (via dvd) which things we WILL watch together as a family.

Curses: Trying to keep up with my blog/website, can’t print information from the internet or e-mail people in my address book, have to run to the library to use the computer, harder to stay connected.

We weighed the options, and while it’s hard, it was “courageous parenting” (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Truth be told, it’s been good for me, too. Who hasn’t wasted hours in front of a computer and looked around and wondered where the time went?

So while we are trying this out, there will be less posts here than usual because it’s hard to update at the library. But I can update my Facebook Fan Page, Creative Juice by Loni, so go ahead and “like” it: http://tinyurl.com/5w4bpgk

I hope you’ll be courageous, too…turn off the technology, read a book, stamp a card, get a tan and reconnect with your family this summer!