Friday, May 1, 2015

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:

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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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Monday, April 27, 2015

We'll Miss You...Retiring Stampin' Up! Products

It's that time of year when we clear out the old to welcome the new, but there are always a few painful goodbyes: Like the Top Note die for the Big Shot and some of my favorite punches!



Are any of your favorites on the retiring list? They are only available while supplies last in my store.
Use hostess code UC6RKPXM when ordering through May 15 for a chance to win a Designer Series Paper Stack!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

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: 


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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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Monday, March 16, 2015

Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

Whenever I get a new catalog from Stampin' Up!, I grab some post-it flags and prioritize my list: Green flags are "MUST HAVE", yellow flags are "Cute...but do I really NEED it?" and pink/red flags are for "Awesome project: Try it!"

The "Sheltering Tree" stamp set from the 2015 Occasions Catalog was the first to get a GREEN flag! Here are a few of the ideas I came up with:



 This one is on the front of our large notebook. 




The Sheltering Tree set only comes in Photopolymer, and here's a hint to get it to stamp perfectly every time: Place your Stampin' Pierce Mat (or a mouse pad) under the card stock you are stamping on! This helps because Photopolymer stamps don't have the foam cushion that our wood and clear mount rubber stamps have, so the mat acts as the cushion on the other side.

If you love trees (like I love trees), then grab this stamp set from my Stampin' Store and start planting some creative seeds with it! If you order it before March 31st, add a few accessories to total $50 or more to choose a Sale-A-Bration Reward FREE! 

*** In case you haven't heard, the Blendabilities Markers are discontinued until Stampin' Up! comes up with a new and improved version sometime in the future, but the silver lining for Sale-a-Bration is that there were 4 NEW reward products added March 1st: 


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Changing the Way I Work and Inking the Edges

After attending a marvelous Stampin' Up! Leadership in Orlando, FL, I am re-focused on my business and with that re-focus, I am letting go of my guilt about this blog and putting my energies into activities that fit the way I share what I love in a way that is best for me. I will keep this blog open to use as a place to post things that need a link, but most of my sharing from this time forward will primaritly be on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook Page and secondly, on Instagram (follow Creative Juice by Loni). For the most part, there will be different things shared on each platform, so I invite you to come socialize with me!

With that freedom, I did just post a quick video tip on my FB page today (Feb 2, 2015) in answer to a friends question about sponging. This is the outcome of three different ways to ink the edges of a card or focal point: Top: Ink pad directly to paper, middle: Sponge Dauber, bottom: Stampin' Sponge.
To watch the video, and get daily creative inspiration, come on over to Facebook, "Like" AND FOLLOW me there! 


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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!


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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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Occasion to Celebrate

Need a little spring in your step (or in the mailbox to a friend?) Try making this card: 
(Origial card by Jackie B)


There isn't just one season in which we give gifts and send cards...we celebrate special events all year long~ like the love of family, the kindness of a neighbor, the life of a friend. The Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! (NEW 1-6-15) helps you make every occasion a celebration! All of the stamps and Thinlits on the card above come from the new Occasions Catalog:


And as long as we are celebrating, 
let's SALE-A-BRATE with FREE STUFF when you Shop, Host or Join!


My calendar fills quickly, so call to book a party (801-376-8685), or you can shop online. Also check out my class schedule...new classes added often.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Make Your Own Gift Boxes (and Tutorial)


Artwork by Josee S. 

Have you experienced frustration in finding small gift boxes that are the right size for your gifts? The Gift Box Punch Board from Stampin' Up! is the solution and can create boxes in various sizes up to 4" on each side!

To download the .pdf tutorial for the snowman-adorned box at the top, click here.




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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Invite Christmas JOY and Extravagant Ooops

Let's start with the "Ooops"...how did I NOT tell you about the Stampin' Up! Extravaganza sale here on my blog? Probably because I put it on my Creative Juice Facebook page and thought I had covered my bases >:p
And yes, today is the last day!! (Click on the image to shop in my store) 

Sorry for that...but to make up for it, let me tell be the FIRST to tell you that there will be a new year-end closeout sale on the Clearance Rack from December 5-January 5!  I may be late for one, but at least I'm early for the next one :D   Unfortunately, they don't overlap, but there are some awesome deals in both. And of course there are new weekly deals every Tuesday...they show up over in the right column --->

On to the Tuesday Tutorial! This is an ornament I created that could also double as a small wreath for your door:

The "wreath" is actually a candle dish from Ikea and has felt bumpers on the back, so it won't bang against your door. It's super easy to make, too! Download the tutorial here and invite some JOY into your house this Christmas season.

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