A Little of This and a Little of That

Lots of times creating is hard.  You just sit there and stare and think and nothing.  The scarecrow from Cookie-Cutter Halloween is just so cute.  There are great samples out there, but I wanted something a little different.  The SUO Challenge #155 called for something cute and cuddly.  The scarecrow is definitely cute, but I'm not sure about cuddly.  Well, just maybe.  It depends on the cuddler, doesn't it?  So here is the card.

Scarecrow 5

This was one of those times when I kept thinking what if I add this or what if I add that.  The result is a hodgepodge of supplies used, but a cute card, I think.

  • I started with a card base of Pool Party 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • I wanted to use the pumpkin printed paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I want it to seem like a pumpkin patch.  I also wanted a fence around the patch.  I used the Halloween Scenes Edgelit Dies and cut the fence from Soft Suede.  I did have to cut the fence along the bottom.  I laid the fence along the top of my pumpkin paper and traced lightly with a pencil along the bottom of the fence.  Then I just snipped a little of the paper so it would fit the slope of the fence.
  • I stamped the scarecrow on Whisper White paper using the Basic Black Archival ink pad.  I used my Aqua Painter to color him in.  The colors I used were Sahara Sand, Dapper Denim, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, and Real Red.  Punch him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.
  • The pumpkins, from the Spooky Fun stamp set, were also stamped on white using black ink.  I used the Aqua Painter again to color them in and cut them out with the Halloween Scenes dies.  This stamp set and die set come as a bundle!  Yea, 10% off!
  • The scarecrow and pumpkins were adhered using dimensionals.

Scarecrow close up

  • We need to fill the top of the card.  I used Thoughtful Branches for a tree out of Soft Suede and cut it out with the Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  I also cut out leaves for the tree from Garden Green.  I glued down the tree and put some dimensionals behind the tree leaves.  Of course it needs a crow in the tree!  Use dimensionals.

Scarecrow 2

  • There was still a little space left so I added some clouds.  These were cut from the Umbrella Weather Thinlits from Whisper White.

Scarecrow 4

The For You sentiment on the inside is from Thoughtful Branches.  Remember that this bundle is only available through the month of August or while supplies last. Order it, now!  It's one of the most versatile  stamp sets I've ever seen!  I also added the pumpkins and a scarecrow.

Scarecrow 5

So, that's it, a little of this and a little of that equals a cute card.  Add in a little inspiration!  Thanks for coming by today!




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BOGO for Paper Pumpkin and Some Alternatives

Do you love surprises?  Do you love getting happy mail?  Do you love creating great projects already thought out for you?  If so, you need to try Paper Pumpkin.  The pumpkin name alludes to Cinderella and the pumpkin that magically turned into a beautiful carriage.  There's magic in your box!  Here are the projects I made according to the directions.


You get the materials for 3 of each project!  Here is the video put out by Stampin' Up!


Here's the best news ever for first time subscribers to Paper Pumpkin.  From August 11 through October 10 you can buy one and get one free!


Here are a few of the details.

  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

So here are a couple of projects I made on my own because you don't always have to follow directions!


Two of the cards used supplies contained in the box.


For the next card, I paired the Love & Affection stamp set with the August Paper Pumpkin.  They are a natural together!  I stamped the largest flower first and then created a mask for it from a sticky note to stamp the other images.



You know I completed the inside of the card.  Here it is.



So, if you have never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is the time for you to try it!  Who doesn't like the work FREE!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thoughtful Branches Meets Vintage Leaves

Here in my area school will be starting soon.  That always makes you feel like summer is over and fall can't be far behind.  Yes, I know it's still August.  But, it's been a very hot and humid summer in NC and we are ready to move on.  I do feel like it's time to pull out Vintage Leaves again.  I'm not ready for fall colors though, mind you.  I also want to showcase Thoughtful Branches and the Beautiful Branches thinlits that partner with it.  You can get the bundle only during the month of August and it's "while supplies last."  If you don't have it, you should order TODAY!  Here's my card.

August 22 2


I so love green!  Want to make this card?  Here's how.

  • Start with a regular card base in Always Artichoke.
  • The Whisper White layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Emboss with the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder.
  • Stamp the trees from Thoughtful Branches in Early Expresso on a layer of white measuring 2 x 3.  Stamp the leaves on the trees, first in Always Artichoke and then again in Pear Pizzazz.  Shift the stamp a little on the second color.  The Always Artichoke frame measures 2 1/8 x 3 1/8.  Adhere in the upper left corner.
  • The "For You" sentiment is so pretty and classic.  It's stamped in Early Espresso on white.  Cut it out with the Layering Circles Framelits as well as a scallop frame for it out of Always Artichoke.
  • Stamp the leaves in Always Artichoke ink on white card stock.  Three of the leaves are from the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the 2 smallest ones are from Thoughtful Branches.  With sponge daubers, color in the leaves using Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.  Cut them out with the Leaflets Framelits and the Beautiful Branches thinlits.
  • When you adhere these, the smallest leaves are on dimensionals out toward the edge to give them some height.  The long leaf is also on dimensionals.
  • I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon to embellish.  I cut away three of the strands and looped.  I used glue dots to adhere the bow.

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For the inside, stamp the trees again just as we did on the front.  I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.  

August 22 1

I really had not paid a lot of attention to the little sayings in the stamp set.  They are fantastic so I added one.  Take another look at the set. You'll be impressed!


Time is running out and I don't want you to miss out on Thoughtful Branches and the Beautiful Branches Thinlit die bundle.

August 22 3

Thanks for coming by today.  I'm so glad you did.

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Weather Together with the PCC#207

I hadn't used the Weather Together stamp set yet, but it was out on my desk.   I also had the Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper on my desk.  I knew it would be perfect for an umbrella card.  When I saw the Paper Craft Crew sketch #207, I decided that was just the inspiration that I needed.


The Weather Together stamp set pairs with the Umbrella Weather Framelits.  You can get the bundle for a 10% discount!  See my list of products below!  They are so much fun to use.  So, here is my card.

Umbrella 1

I love how it turned out.  In fact, I'm going to include it in my next class.  It comes together easily.

  • The card base is Dapper Denim measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.
  • I used sponge daubers to color the Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I used Dapper Denim and Pool Party inks.  Cut this out using the Layering Squares Framelits.  It measures 2 1/8.  I used some of the extra to cut out 2 clouds.  The Dapper Denim frame is from the same framelits.
  • I stamped the hearts from Weather Together in Rich Razzleberry here and there.
  • Stamp 2 large clouds and 1 small cloud in Dapper Denim and cut out with the framelits.  Scrap paper always comes in handy for things like this.  You could also use the area on the white layer that would be behind the squares for this since the squares would cover it up.
  • Go ahead and adhere the clouds and your squares.  The patterned clouds are on dimensionals.
  • Stamp the umbrella on Whisper White using Rich Razzleberry and cut it out with the framelits. I think this purple looks great with the blues!  Stamp 2 of the umbrella handles in Dapper Denim and cut them out, too.
  • I used the 2 handles to make the handle appear longer.  I just pieced them together under where the umbrella would be.
  • To adhere the umbrella, I put 3 dimensionals one on top of the other in the middle.  I put glue dots down each side.
  • Umbrella 2
  • The sentiment is punched out with the new Classic Label punch and adhered with dimensionals.

Umbrella 3

For the inside, I stamped the umbrella again.  This time I used the handle in the set that is divided.  It allows you to add a top and handle!  Now Stampin' Up!, that's thinking ahead!  I just love it when I can make a card using just one stamp set!

Umbrella 4

Wouldn't this card be a great inspiration to someone weathering a bit of trouble?  We all have a friend or friends in need.  Make a card!  Send it to a friend!  You'll be sending a hug to someone special.  We all need a hug!  Thanks so much for spending time with me today.

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Christmas Card Class is Coming Soon!

I know it's just August.  With the Holiday Catalog going live on September 1, it feels like the holidays are already here.  As a demonstrator, I can preorder from the catalog.  So when the man in the brown truck arrived, it felt like Christmas!  I usually have 2 Christmas card classes each year and the first one is coming up.  Here's what we'll be making.

Christmas class August 2016


I've used patterned paper from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is thinner that the regular Stampin' Up! paper.  You get 4 each of 6 double sided patterns with a total of 24 sheets in the pack.  You know you will be making multiples of your Christmas cards!  This paper is perfect!  It's also perfect for me to use in a class.

For this class we will make 3 each of the 4 designs shown.  That's a total of 12 cards. The dates of the class are Thursday, August 25th and Saturday, August 27th.  Both classes begin at 10:00 am and include lunch!  The cost of the class is $30.  You will make the inside of each card and you will get envelopes!

If you live in the Conover area of North Carolina, contact me if you would like to come to class!  In fact, I'm going to post my list of classes for the remainder of 2016!

Jo Anne Hewins

310 2nd Ave NE, Conover, NC  28613

Blog:  luv2create.typepad.com  Email:  johewins@gmail.com

Classes are 5 cards unless otherwise stated.  The cost is $20.  You provide your own adhesive.  Envelopes are provided.  With an order of $25 or more before shipping and tax, the class is $10.  Christmas card classes consists of 3 each of 4 different designs for a total of 12 cards.  Lunch is provided.  You supply your adhesive.  Cost is $30.  If you attend both classes the total cost is $50.  September and October classes are different.

Friday. August 19th at 6:00:  Tin of Cards kit 

Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:00:  Free Stamp Night ( My non consumable supplies will be available)

Thursday, August 25th at 10:00:  Christmas card class

Saturday, August 27th at 10:00:  Christmas card class

Thursday, September 8th at 1:00:  5 cards

Friday, September 9th at 6:00:  5 cards

Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00:  Free Stamp Night ( My non consumable supplies will be available)

Saturday, October 1st at 1:00:  Holiday Catalog Bingo, $25, sign up by August 31st  

Thursday, October 6th at 1:00:  5 cards

Friday, October 7th at 6:00:  5 cards

Saturday, October 8th at 10:00:  Christmas Wreath class, $12.

Thursday, October 13th at 10:00:  Christmas card class

Saturday, October 15th at 10:00:  Christmas card class

Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00:  Free Stamp Night ( My non consumable supplies will be available)

Saturday, October 29th:  Vendor at Tri-City Christian School with Kaye

Friday, Saturday, November 4th and 5th:  On Stage Convention, Atlanta

Thursday, November 10th at 1:00:  5 cards

Friday, November 11th at 6:00:  5 cards

Tuesday, November 29th:  Free Stamp Night ( My non consumable supplies will be available)

Thursday, December 1st at 1:00:  5 cards

Friday, December 2nd at 6:00:  5 cards

Tuesday, December 27th at 6:00:  Free Stamp Night ( My non consumable supplies will be available)

If you are interested in any of these classes, comment on this post or email me. Thanks so much.  I'll give the details on these Christmas cards at a later time.  Have a wonderful day!