Your Chance to Craft

Carving out time to be creative is the only way it’s going to happen in this busy world: If something is important to you, you’ll make time for it. Here are a few upcoming events you will want to put on the calendar so you can tell everyone else you are already booked!

Celebrations Card Class

Saturday, February 9th at 1 pm

Spanish Fork, UT

Create 8 greeting cards (2 each of 4 different designs) for everyday celebrations. Bring your scissors and adhesive (SNAIL adhesive and refills available for purchase at class) and all other products will be provided for you. Includes envelopes.

Cost: $16  Reserve your spot by February 5th via Paypal or Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

Also coming in February, Spring StampFest  in St. George, Utah on February 23rd! We only do this event twice a year, and it’s most enjoyable when you plan to come and spend the day crafting with a friend. Save $10 by registering before February 9th!

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We offer the same event just a few weeks later in Spanish Fork…and hope you’ll be able to come to one or the other. It’s such a lovely day to escape and play with us!

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Finally, Valentines Day is a perfect excuse to stamp a lovely card, and this one is a perfect chance to use the GORGEOUS Forever Lovely stamp set and All My Love Designer Series Paper…and it’s simple enough to complete quickly! Don’t forget to mail your parents or kids a Valentine, too:

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Download the .pdf tutorial

 

Valentines Aren’t Just for Lovers

The season of love doesn’t have to be limited to one single significant other. This is a wonderful time to recognize friendships as well, and I’d submit that your girlfriends might appreciate hearts and flowers much more than your man would!

This is a Valentine that you could add photos, notes or gift cards to, and is part of an envelope banner you’ll create at my “Craft Your HEART Out” class coming on January 26th, but it’s perfect by itself:

It’s an accordion fold that spills out when opened, with spaces to write personal notes, add photos, or insert gifts or gift cards into smaller envelopes:

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Download the Tutorial HERE

The “All My Love” Designer Series Paper in the NEW OCCASIONS Catalog is richly romantic and you’ll think of so many ways to use it: For wedding cards, gifts, home decor, etc. And don’t miss the coordinating All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

You’re invited to attend my Craft Your Art Out class: Check out the details HERE!

You may fall in love with the whole suite of products!

Falling For You: Love and Valentines Day

Ready for Valentines Day? Here’s a little inspiration to get you going:

This worked so well with the TGIF Sketch Challenge this week:

Perhaps you don’t have one special person yet: Don’t fret! This could also be a wedding or anniversary card, just by switching out the greeting (also included in the stamp set) and it’s fun that there are matching sentiments for each greeting to put on the inside (or as a “tag line” under the flourishing font of the main greeting). 
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Ready to create some unique decor for Valentine’s Day? Come to my Valentine Sampler Class on January 31st! 

Season of Love

Should love be in season all year long? I think so! Especially since my last name is SpendLOVE (I’m pretty lucky in the name department…and he thinks I only married him for his car, pshaw…)

So this LOVE-ly card could be a Valentine, a bright Springtime wedding or just because you need to spread the love and was created with one of Stampin’ Up!’s new Photopolymer stamp sets called Snuggles and Smooches and the 2013-2015 In-Colors. Click on the photo for a printable .pdf tutorial!

Did you know that for each $50 product you purchase from my Stampin’ Store you can choose a Sale-a-Bration product FREE? And one of the choices is the Blendabitilies Markers from the catalog! Since I used the Coastal Cabana Markers to color the glimmer heart on this card, you could choose those as your Sale-a-Bration reward when you place your order: Use code 139923 to get them free.

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Let Nothing Go to Waste

After creating a few Valentine Samplers with my Stampin’ Family and stamp clubs, I had a few of these squares left over:

Since I couldn’t let them go to waste (quilters and scrapbookers, you know what I mean, right?) I had to repurpose them and use them somehow. So I created some simple Valentines for my kids:

Card Recipe (All Supplies from my Stampin’ Up! Store)

Stamps: Occasions Alphabet
Ink: White Stazon (Item #106960)
Paper: Marina Mist, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzaz & Whisper White card stock. 2013-14 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130137)
Accessories: Window Sheets (114323), Big Shot, Typset Alphabet Bigz die (127553), Alphabet Press embossing folder (130916), Pearls Basics Jewels (119247), White Taffeta Ribbon (109070),  Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882) and Glue Dots.
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Love Isn’t Love ’til You Give It Away (+Blog Candy)

It has been a joy to swap sampler squares with my downline and in my stamp clubs and last month we made Valentine squares! Remember as a kid when you said, “I just love that!” and your friends would say, “Then why don’t you marry it?!”…I love this one almost enough to marry it, but I’m already taken 🙂

I especially love how everyone does something different with their squares (thanks to Heather B, Pam C and Shelly S for sharing a smattering of samplers!)

Would you like to gather your friends together for Sampler Swap? I’d be happy to teach you how! 
Since “Love Isn’t Love ’til You Give It Away”, I’ve got a little love to share: I have a few extra Valentine Squares to share with someone who comments below by February 9, 2014! Make sure to check back on Monday, Feb. 10 to see if you’ve won 🙂

UPDATE 2/11/14: Congrats Meredith! You are the winner! Check your inbox 🙂
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Love, Guaranteed

It’s snowing again, so you need to do something to warm your heart…and the heart of the one you love! I’ve got just the exercise:

Heart-To-Heart Stamp Camp
Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
OR
Thursday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
Spanish Fork, UT

These three elegant projects will make you fall in love (with paper crafting) all over again:
You’ll create a Valentine charger to decorate your home, a card and a box.  Here’s the box up close:

The best news? It’s only $10 for the class!! I set the price before I made the projects, so you are getting an AWESOME deal 🙂  While I provide almost all the supplies, you will need to bring Snail, Sticky Strip and scissors. If you need to order any adhesive, please let me know when registering. And registration is due by February 3rd (space is limited).

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Tuesday Treat! Cream Cheese Mints & Cookie Stamps

Sugar is the “other” food group and when you combine cream cheese and sugar, I am in love! When I found a Cream Cheese Mint recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it with the SU! cookie stamps. It gets better: Over at Create with Connie & Mary, the creative challenge was to make a treat holder, AND Valentine’s Day is just 48 hours away, so let’s start with the finished product, then I’ll walk you through it 🙂

Adorable, huh? My mint cracked after I got it all finished, but that’s okay because I have more pictures of the mints along with the recipe, so just hang on…

First, the treat holder recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up!):

  1. Card stock: Real Red, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
  2. Designer Series Paper: More Amore (129309)
  3. Ink: Real Red (126949)
  4. Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (Catalog pg. 134)
  5. Ribbon: Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding (125582)
  6. Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
  7. Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Hearts Collection Framelits (125599) and Big Shot Machine (113439)
  8. Simply Scored Tool (122334)

And here’s a simple tutorial:

1. Score a 3 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ piece of Real Red card stock at 1 1/4″, 5 1/4″, 5 3/4″ and 6 1/4″
2. Use a framelit from the Labels Collection and place it at the end of your scored card stock with the upper plate just to the 1 1/4″ score mark and run it through the big shot. 

3. Adhere a 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of More Amore DSP to the front (the 4″ flap without a score mark) and fold along the other score marks, with the center bottom score folding up inside the treat holder. Fold the shaped flap over the top and place your heart framelit under the flap.  

4. Using a post-it note to hold the heart in place, unfold your treat holder and run through the big shot so the heart only cuts through the front:
5. Put your mint or cookie into a small cellophane bag inside the treat holder, fold top flap over and punch through treat bag and add ribbon (you can also cheat and staple the treat bag inside the holder like I did before adding the ribbon). Embellish as desired!
 
Now let’s move to the Cream Cheese Mint Recipe!

  1. 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  2. 1/4 c. Butter (softened)
  3. 2 lbs. Powdered Sugar (plus extra for rolling and stamping)
  4. Food Coloring (gel food coloring works best)
  5. Extract flavorings of your choice.

Preparation: In heavy pan, combine cream cheese and butter. Stir over low heat until mixture is soft and blended well. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar. Blend well.

Divide dough into smaller bowls (depending on how many colors/flavors you desire). Add coloring and flavoring to taste. I used Orange extract/orange color, Vanilla/purple and Almond/pink, but you could use lemon, mint, root beer, etc. Mix each bowl with separate utensil so you don’t transfer flavors or colors. I found it easiest to mix with my hands, washing in between each kneading. Cover bowls with damp towel when you aren’t mixing them.

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Working with one bowl at a time, roll the dough into small balls (about 1 1/2″ if using the SU! cookie stamps). If the dough is sticky, mix in a little more powdered sugar. Dust cookie stamp with sugar (to prevent sticking) and press into each ball. Work quickly, as dough can dry & crack…ask a friend or child to help!

Let dry on cookie sheets for 24-48 hours, turning once to let the other side dry, too.
FYI: Original recipe found here.

  

The cookie press stamps come in three different sets and each set includes 3 silicone stamps and a wooden handle for just $16.95. Visit my store to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! supplies listed in today’s post and open your pantry to find the rest of the ingredients!

CAUTION: Make sure you have someone to share these with or you WILL eat them all!!!

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Simple Valentine

This is a valentine we’ve been making at my workshops recently and it fit the bill for the SUO Challenge this week!

Card Recipe: Pool Party and Very Vanilla card stock, More Amore DSP (this includes the printed paper AND the laser cut heart), Red Glimmer Paper, Full Heart and Small Heart punches, Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Soft Suede and Pool Party Ink, stampin’ sponge, Dimensionals.

If you would like to share paper-crafting like this with your friends at a class at your house AND earn EXTRA free supplies from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-Bration, I only have a few dates left, so call me and let’s plan a party! 801-376-8685