Monday, September 19, 2016

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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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Autumn Color Challenge

There is a briskness to the air in the mornings now, and it makes me hungry for Autumn! It is my favorite time of year...thus, I believe it is time for a color challenge!

Here's what I created using my color challenge and the Global Design Team sketch #GDP052 (when I really should have been working on my newsletter...but I'm the queen of procraftination!): 


Try your hand at a Stampin' Up! creation using these lovely colors and tag them with #CJCC (Creative Juice Color Challenge) and PLEASE share your creations over on my Creative Juice Facebook Page before September 17th for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to spend in the new Holiday Catalog!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Watermelon Banner: Sweet Summer Stamping

Summer is slowing down, but the produce is perfect! We are swimming in peaches and apricots and I've enjoyed some delectable watermelon, too...and it's a fruit, so completely guilt-free.

I was inspired by my friend Jeanna's Summer & Sunshine framed art on her blog a few weeks ago and thus, when the TGIF "CASE your Fave" challenge came up, her craftiness was the first thing I thought of. And I love banners, so this was the brain-child that resulted:

They are super simple to create and I did a Facebook Live video to demonstrate how:

Did you know I am LIVE on FB almost every Monday at 12:30 PM (MST)? I would love to have you join me in real time, so come on over and like my Creative Juice page!

To order supplies to create this project, visit my Stampin' Store and use the hostess code in the right column to get a hand-crafted Thank You from me.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

You Light Up My Life

Wanted an opportunity to create a card with the new Pun Intended Hostess set from the 2016-17 Catalog, so the TGIF Challenge seemed like a perfect chance to get my fingers inky!

Here's the sketch challenge:

And my take on it:

It's a delightfully whimsical stamp set and these lightbulbs just made me smile as I was creating! The only way to get your hands on it is to host a party and did you know I also do virtual parties on Facebook? You don't have to clean your house or make a treat...just sit in your comfy clothes and party with friends for 30 minutes! It's as easy as it sounds so email me today to set a time!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arabian (or Moroccan) Nights: Lantern Card

We received the Moroccan Nights stamp set at OnStage in April and at first I was like, "ehhhh..." but then I decided that I was going to USE it and LOVE it!! I've been making myself experiment with it and WOW it's pretty versatile! I'll share a few of my creations AND a tutorial for my favorite so far :)

I stamped the large medallion as a background on this Flirty Flamingo card and then embossed the "Oh happy day" from the new Scenic Sayings set (that I won during Prize Patrol at OnStage!) in white embossing powder. The beautiful ruched ribbon (available in the 2016-2018 In-Colors) really steps up this simple card, don't you think?

Then I wanted to try a see-through card so I stamped on a window sheet with a black StazOn pad and added pieces of the fabulously exotic Moroccan Designer Series Paper to the front and inside. The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim just happens to be a perfect blend between Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim, which are the In-Colors used on the DSP and on this card.


And this one is my favorite! I splattered water over the ombre-sponged background to create the Bokeh look and it turned out pretty awesome. You can download a .pdf tutorial HERE.

Ready for some eastern culture in your own crafting? Click below to shop the Moroccan Suite!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Birthday Card: Challenge Accepted

Couldn't resist the TGIF challenge this week because I have a LOT of fabulous "It's My Party" Designer Series Paper that needs to be used up and what better way than to color block?

Here is the card (demonstrated live on my FB page during Lunch with Loni today):
 And a birthday card (just like a lady) needs a little bling, so of course I used the gold glimmer paper for the numbers!

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DID YOU KNOW? I am live on FB each Monday at lunchtime (12:30 MST) sharing crafty stuff with you like this card? And you can also find me on Periscope a few times each week (working on making a set time there, too).



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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bloomin' Gift Jar (+Tutorial)

While I enjoy making cards, my favorite things to create are both beautiful and useful. So this idea came to me while on vacation and would be perfect for Mother's Day as well as the birthday version I created here:
 Bloomin' Gift Jar Tutorial

I did a Periscope as I was making this (yep, I'm there as Creative Juice by Loni) and some of the ideas to fill it were M&M's, Jelly Beans, Buttons, Love Notes, Prayers, Soup Mix, Cookie Mix and Ideas. What would you fill it with? 


I have a tutorial for you so you can re-create it too (click on link or any of the jar photos to download a .pdf instruction sheet) To order any of the supplies, please shop in my Stampin' Up! Store and remember to do this so I can send you a thank you card: 

If you create a gift jar inspired by this tutorial, will you share it with me over on my Facebook Page? I'd love to see your version! 


Thanks for visiting and have a BLOOMIN' marvelous day! 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

March (Paper Pumpkin) Madness

My March Paper Pumpkin kit came in the mail yesterday and so I pushed EVERYTHING aside to create (and by that I mean I literally shoved things off my desk and onto the floor...)

It was my goal to use EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. in the kit and I am proud to say "Mission Accomplished"!

I posted them over on my Creative Juice Facebook page individually, but here's a collage to inspire your own creativity:


For one of the gift card holders, I made it into a Mother's Day coupon book (lots of free printable coupons out there, but the one I used was from I Should Be Mopping the Floor and just printed them in B&W, two sheets to a page so I could cut and bind them in the middle. 

Not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber yet? Don't miss another one (especially not the April kit, which will include a FREE GIFT to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Paper Pumpkin!):

I'm off to pick up the floor in my office now...
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Mojo for a 20th Anniversary

20 years ago my sweet friend Ann had been a customer for a while and finally had to ask me if she could be a demonstrator...and of COURSE I said YES! And what a journey we've been on together. It's the greatest of blessings from sharing what you love when you find a like-hearted friend!

Inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge #438, I crafted this card to send her (to match the flowers she should be receiving today):



The colors I used were Daffodil Delight, Eggplant Envy, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Cucumber Crush and can I tell you that EVERYONE needs the Number of Years bundle to celebrate moments that COUNT?!? So incredibly versatile! 



Thanks for visiting: Create something beautiful today to share with someone you love!

P.S. Before you have to ask me (like Ann did), I'd be over the moon if you wanted to become a demonstrator on my team, too :)  Join before March 31, 2016 and choose $30 more in your starter kit for Sale-a-Bration (that's $155 in products for only $99!) 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Classy Black & Gold Wedding Wishes

Weddings are quite personal with color themes running through the events from invitations to decorations (and even the food!) so as often as I can, I create a card to match the occasion. But sometimes they come in bunches and I just need a card NOW, so I came up with this classy black and gold version that seems to do the trick for any formal event.
You can change the words and/or colors to make it a sympathy, birthday or thank you card (all included in the Rose Wonder stamp set!). Download the tutorial and shop in my Stampin' Store for supplies to create your own.


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