Monday, July 7, 2014

Love Your Mailbox

If I could crochet, I'd make one of these for my mailbox:
"WHY?" you may ask...we'll let me tell you:

Once a month I go to my mailbox and it gives me a beautiful RED BOX like this:
And inside this box is a magical creative escape!

I've told you about My Paper Pumpkin before, and you may be thinking "But you are always making something crafty...what's so special about this box?" and the answer is: "But I don't have to cut any paper or come up with a new idea...I just open the box and create something that is prepared for me!"

And that's why I want to thank my mailbox. I think it should know how much I love it.

If you want to love YOUR mailbox as much as mine (but don't want to crochet a blanket for it), then you can subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin, too:

Check out the AWESOME Pinterest board of all things Paper Pumpkin here:

You can now pre-pay for subscriptions too: 
These can be ordered on my website or at a workshop!
 You will get an email with a code to enter at to redeem for your subscription. 

Subscribe by July 10th to receive the July Paper Pumpkin kit (rumor has it you don't want to miss it!)
Subscribe by July 27th for a FREE GIFT from me to help you organize your Paper Pumpkin stamps!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Persistence Pays Off!

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Henry David Thoreau

After 22 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I finally earned my FIRST Incentive Trip: The Getaway to Washington, D.C.!
This is a goal I have set many times and though I have fallen short until now, I don't count any of those attempts as failures because there are so many things I learned as I attempted to achieve it. I'd like to share a few of the things I learned along the way, but am still in the process of perfecting:

1. God first, family next. Work comes after the first two. It's easy to get your priorities skewed when you set a goal for your business. This I know personally. But I have never regretted an instance when I had to set aside my business goals to serve my Heavenly Father and my family first. It is vital to keep an eternal perspective.

2. Every time you attempt a goal, your failures teach you more than your successes. How often do we give up after we try a few times and can't do something? It's tempting to say, "I just can't do it." Did you know it's believed that Thomas Edison tried thousands of times to invent the lightbulb before he succeeded? He's credited as saying, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

3. Try and try again. Yep. It's worth it. 

4. Be grateful to those who help you. There is no way I could have earned this reward alone! My husband was incredibly supportive and continued to believe I could do this even though I've tried 20 times. My children have been so very patient, too (Thanks K, K, B & K!!). And my wonderful customers and hostesses are not simply people I sell to ~ they are my friends and my creative inspiration. Thank you for your loyalty and for supporting my business. I appreciate you so much!
I'm still becoming who God wants me to be, and I think my journey with Stampin' Up! has helped me learn some valuable lessons.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Is it Tomorrow Yet?

Well, for all my good intentions, I didn't get to post "tomorrow" as I had hoped! Last weekend we helped clean out grandma's pantry and went to watch my boys play Dodgeball in Las Vegas. Their team (The Squirtle Squad) played with honor and heart, but lost to their friends in the semi-final game. However, their friends won the championship, which was almost as good!

My reason for being absent so long in May and June was this:

My beautiful oldest daughter was married to her sweetheart in the St. George Temple for Time & Eternity by her grandfather Derrill Larkin. What a marvelous event! It actually started a few weeks earlier when my husband and I flew out to Washington D.C. to go with her to the Temple for the first time and celebrate Zac's graduation from Law School at American University:

And a few days after the wedding we held a spectacular reception at Wadley Farms in Lindon, Utah. I wish I had some photos to share of that, but we are still waiting for some from the photographer (my sweet Sister-in-Law Melanie Gardner took pics at the temple and Ken Pak from D.C. came to photograph the reception...both were A.MAZ.ING!!) But I do have one that I love from's my neice Libby as the newlyweds dance in the background:
Yep, pretty adorable.

So that's 2 kids down, 2 to go! 

I'll share a few reception pictures later as we get them, but just wanted you to know I had a good excuse for being missing: A wedding is A LOT of work and the recovery time was almost as brutal because it happened at the transition to a new Stampin' Up! catalog!  I'll be back to posting SU! stuff now. I have been keeping up on my Creative Juice Facebook page, so make sure to "like" it and choose to get updates! Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Super Birthday

I really do have a great excuse for being absent for 6 weeks (yikes! has it really been that long?!) and you can come back tomorrow so I can catch you up on what that was, but for today let me share my favorite new Photopolymer stamp set: Calling All Heroes!

Living in a household of comic book nerds (they correct me when I mix up Marvel and D.C. characters...apparently Avengers don't mix well with Xmen or Justic League) this stamp set was a no brainer! I've discovered I also love the alphabet that comes with it for little letters:
I am *REALLY* close to earning my first ever trip with Stampin' Up!...I only need about $500 in sales by Monday, June if you have been needing supplies (card stock, adhesive, new stamps, punches, glitter, etc) would you please order it on my website  or give me a call (801-376-8685) ASAP? And if you use Hostess Code KEYE2EX9 with that order before the end of June, I'll send you a THANK YOU gift for helping me reach my goal...using the Calling All Heroes set ;)

Have a SUPER day!
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Project Life and Stampin' Up!

Since I've been super busy with wedding preparations, I have neglected to let you know of some of the awesome news from SU!...the biggest of which is Project Life!
Not familiar with Project Life from Becky Higgins? Well if you've been intimidated by scrapbooking, let's just say this is the easiest solution and one I'm thrilled about! Simply slide your photos into a pocket, write on a card for the next pocket and you are done :) While more will be available with the new catalog on June 1st, here's what you can order NOW (click on any of the pictures to take you to my Stampin' Up! Store) :

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Bee Inspired...By a Challenge

I've been itching to update the blog and this card gave me a reason to do it! It was a wonderful opportunity to combine the Splitcoast Stampers Embossing Folder Stamping technique , the color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary and the SUonly Birds, Bees & Butterflies challenge :

Card Recipe (All supplies can be ordered from my Stampin' Up! Store):

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Feel Goods
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Paper: Watercolor paper, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla card stock
Accessories: Petite Petals and Pansy punches, Oval Framelits and Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Gingham Garden washi tape, large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Crisp Canteloupe thick baker's twine, colored Sharpie Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Creating in the cracks...

Right now things are pretty exciting as we prepare for wedding number 2 at our house! My oldest daughter will be married in May and as she is miles away, we are doing a lot of phone calling. I'm SO grateful for cell phones: How many of you remember when you had to pay for long distance calls? Growning up, even calling the city 15 miles away was long distance! Thanks goodness those days are past.

I've been doing a little creating in the "cracks" of life: Those moments when I can grab a few previously unscheduled minutes for getting crafty as well as some big projects we had to tackle for the wedding...

Here's what I've been up to:
My mom and BFF Kelli (and my sister and daughter-in-law, not picutred) helped me make 500 wedding invitations! Couldn't have done it alone: Thanks ladies!
Kelli's birthday was in November, but I just got around to giving her a gift, so it had to have a cute bag to go in (above left).

Back in August I volunteered to help with Teacher Appreciation week, so with the help of my husband and youngest daughter, we cranked out 100 thank you cards with a little treat inside at the beginning of April.

If you follow Creative Juice by Loni on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen a few of these (and other projects). As much as I love my blog, it's easier to post to the other two, so while I will continue to post here, you'll probably see me sharing more on the other two social media outlets :)

Meanwhile, don't forget that FREE SHIPPING ends Friday:

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Grab 'Em Before They're Gone!

It's time to say goodbye to some of our wonderful stamps and accessories as Stampin' Up! makes room for NEW product to come in the 2014-15 catalog! And isn 't it thoughtful of them to offer FREE SHIPPING this week to make parting a little easier?

Click below for the retiring stamp list:

And this one for the accessories: 

Ready to order? Shop in my store ASAP because both stamps and accessories 
are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

When you place an order on my website before April 30th, enter hostess code DCQ2GPS4 and I'll send you a thank you gift in the mail :)

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easter Eggs and Memory Albums

Look at me! I actually finished a project BEFORE the holiday! Feeling pretty good right now :) These little Easter Egg "thrones" are such fun to make with a few punches, stamps and the Big Shot!

So I don't have time to make a lengthy tutorial, so let me give you a few tips for making them:
  • Cadbury eggs are too small. I found some larger eggs at Costco (they are hollow)

  • Cut a 8.5"x2.5" strip from one end of your card stock and score it (down the long edges) at 1/2" and 2" (the Simply Scored board--item #122334--makes all your scoring SUPER SIMPLE). Then chop it up into 2"x 2.5" pieces and punch a hole using the 1-1/4" circle punch (#119861) in the middle like this----->>>>
  • Cut the rest of the card stock into 2"x8.5" strips. Score them at 3.5" and 5". Punch the ends with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324). 
  • Line up the Designer Frame embossing folder (#123130) with the first score line from one end and run through the Big Shot --->>>>>

  • Punch the middle of the embossed frame out with the Large Oval Punch (#119859)

  • Adhere the "throne" piece between the two sides with SNAIL adhesive, add egg and embellish as desired! I used the flowers and punch from the Petite Petal bundle (#134821-wood or #134822-clear mount). As always, you can purchase these supplies from my Stampin' Up! store!

And in upcoming events, if you have a mother, friend or grad that you need a thoughtful gift for, come to my Mini Memory Album class! You can bring your own pictures or come to create the book and add photos later. The cost is $17 and you MUST bring your own Scissors, SNAIL adhesive and Glue Dots. If you forget your adhesive, I will let you buy new ones from me :) Please register below.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Sample(r) of Spring

I put out the Spring Decor last week and though the Utah weather is fickle, I'm feeling cheerful! This is the lastest sampler I've created using squares from a swap my stampin' family held:

And this is one from one of my stamp clubs. I'm always so proud of them when they get crafty!

Finally (though I know it's past St. Patrick's Day) I had to share this one by my friend Sue Stratton because it's so adorable:

If you need a little spring-in-your-step (or in your home) and you don't want to make your own, I have an extra one from last year that I have for sale for $15 plus shipping! E-mail me if you want it!
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