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Painted Glass and Hold on to Hope

Designing a card can be an adventure.  Sometimes you just have no idea what is going to happen.  And so it is with the card I am sharing today.  Somewhere I saw a card that had put several of the rectangles from the Stained Glass Thinlits together and I thought it was very  pretty.  Here is what I ended up making.

Painted Glass and Hold on to Hope by Jo Anne Hewins

Last week I made a card using the new colors Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green.  You can see that card here.  These colors are great together!

This  card begins with the Gorgeous Grape base measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  Stamp randomly around the edges of the card front in Gorgeous Grape.  The stamp is the detailed circle from the Painted Glass stamp set.  

The Granny Apple Green layer is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  The Whisper White layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  Stamp all over the white in Granny Apple Green.  I used the same stamp as before.

Using the Stained Glass Thinlits, cut two of the detailed rectangles from Gorgeous Grape.  I suggest that you use the Big Shot Die Brush to help get all of the little pieces out.  The rectangles are placed side by side on a piece of Whisper White cut 2 1/8 square.  The rectangles will stick out over the white.  Add this to the card front with dimensionals.

The sprig of flowers is from the Hold on to Hope stamp set.  Color directly onto the stamp with the Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green markers.  These are both in the Brights Stampin' Write Markers package.  Stamp on white and cut out with the Cross of Hope Framelits.  The rose is from the Painted Glass set.  Stamp in Memento Black.  I colored in the flower with my Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of the pads.

Painted Glass and Hold on to Hope close up by Jo Anne Hewins

The sentiment is from the Hold on to Hope stamp set.  I thought it all turned out to be very pretty.

Painted Glass and Hold on to Hope inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, I used the sentiment from Hold on to Hope.  I also added another of the detailed circle stamp.  I had an extra sprig so I added that, too.

Painted Glass and Hold on to Hope  by Jo Anne Hewins for Luv 2 Create

I'm having a little trouble deciding if I really like this card or if it's just a little too busy.  I think I really like it.  What do you think?

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #511 Lilypad Lake

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #511.  This week we have a color challenge.


We are using Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Pool Party.  Sadly Emerald Envy will be leaving us soon.  It is not in the new annual catalog.  So, I guess this is a little tribute to Emerald Envy from some of his close friends, Night of Navy and Pool Party.  Here is the card I made for today.

CCMC #511 by Jo Anne Hewins

These colors made me think of water, so I decided to use the new Lilypad Lake Bundle.  I haven't used it until today!

The base of the card is Emerald Envy 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  Stamp the waves on this base in Emerald Envy.  The stamp is not long enough to go across the entire front of the card.  I had to kind of piece the stamping part way across.  If you look, you can tell.  At the bottom, I tried to do that where the bird would be.  For the rest of the front, I just stamped a little on the sides.  There is very little stamping behind the rectangle panel.

The Night of Navy rectangle measures 3 x 4 1/4.  The Whisper White layer is 2 7/8 x 4 1/8.

At the top of the white layer, stamp the waves again in Pool Party.  I did that 2 times.  Stamp the rest in Night of Navy.  This is supposed to represent sky and water.

Stamp the moon in navy on Whisper White.  There is a framelit for this, but I just used the 3/4" circle punch.  Add with a dimensional.

The boats are also stamped in Night of Navy.  They are colored with Pool Pary and Emerald Envy ink.  Just push the lids of the pads and color from that ink using an Aqua Painter.   Try not to go over and over this.  It will pill.  Just color and be done.  Cut these out with the Lakeside Framelits and add with dimensionals.

The bird is also stamped in Night of Navy.  Cut it out with the framelits.  Add with dimensionals.

Cut three groups of grass from Emerald Envy using the framelits and add with dimensionals.  You will need to cut the dimensionals in smaller pieces.

CCMC #511 Liliypad Lake by Jo Anne Hewins

For the sentiment, cut a Pool Party oval using the Layering Ovals.  Stamp it lightly with the waves in Pool Party.  I stamped this off first.  The saying is stamped in Night of Navy and comes from the Lilypad Lake stamp set.

CCMC#511 Lilypad Lake inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

The inside of the card is all from Lilypad Lake.  I used this same saying for my card last time.  It's such a good one.  Many people do need our prayers.  The water is stamped in Pool Party and the bird in Night of Navy.

CCMC#511 Lilypad Lake color challenge by Jo Anne Hewins

Don't forget to check out all of the cards using this color challenge at  And again, good bye to Emerald Envy.  You will be missed!

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Sitting Pretty Bundle is Coming!

I'm so happy that you have joined me today for my blog post.  I've been using some of the new product that will be available from Stampin' Up! with the new annual catalog beginning June 1st.  It's a wonderful catalog.  I know you'll love it.  Today I am using the new bundle calling Sitting Pretty.  Here is my card.

Sitting There Bundle and the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper by Jo Anne Hewins

I was trying to go for something a little more simple.  I tend to go overboard from time to time.  Here is how the card is made.

The base of the card is Thick Whisper White measring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  Use the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder to make the little circles over the front of the card.

The Rich Razzleberry paper is from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This pack has 24 12 x 12 sheets in it, 4 of each design.  It's also a little heavier than our usual patterned paper.  The designs are just lovely.

Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper

It's available now as part of the Share What You Love Early Release.  You can see that here.  For my card the paper is cut at 1 1/4 x 4 1/4.  I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch to make the border that sticks out at the top and the bottom of the strip of paper.  Cut two of the borders from Rich Razzleberry.  For the top, stick out just the scallops at the top.  For the bottom, stick out the lacy looking part.  I hope that makes sense.

Cut an oval, the second largest, from Whisper White using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

I suppose I could have stamped directly on the oval, but I didn't.  I stamped the images using Memento Black on scrap white paper.  There are stamps to use to color the leaves and vase, but I choose to use the Blends.  I used the Light and Dark Old Olive and the Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry to color.  For the bird, I did use the stamp available and the new Balmy Blue ink.  Cut these out using the Pretty Park Framelits Dies and glue to the oval.  Add the oval to the card using dimensionals.

The sentiment used here is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings.  It's stamped in Old Olive and punched out with the Classic Label Punch.  I added some of the Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon to the end.

Sitting There close up of oval with the plant and bird by Jo Anne Hewins

It's a great card in its simplicity.  For the inside the saying comes from the Lilypad Lake stamp set.  Add another vase on the inside.  This one was stamped on scrap also, colored with Blends, and then cut out.  The Blends would bleed through the card.

Sitting There inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

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Sitting There Bundle Sending Prayers card by Jo Anne Hewins

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Hanging Garden Swap Card

I am so happy that the Hanging Garden stamp set will be in the new annual catalog.  I used this set to make another one of my swap cards for OnStage Atlanta.  The card started as a CASE of a card done by Mary Fish.  I fancied it up a little.  Here is my card.

Hanging Garden by Jo Anne Hewins

Mary's card was Night of Navy.  I used Basic Black with mine so I could use some of the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper.

Start with a  card base of Basic Black cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold in half at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I just laugh every time I write that long name for the folder!  Add a strip of the Petal Passion paper that is 1 x 5.

Stamp the hanging basket with Memento Black ink on Whisper White and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Cut a coordinating scalloped black oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Adhere the two.  Color the hanging basket with Stampin' Write Markers.  I used Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.  They are part of the 2017-2019 In Colors.  the basket is Smoky Slate from the Neutrals Collection.  Put dimensionals on the back.  Adhere some of the Black Metallic Thread to the dimensionals and then attach to the card front.

Hanging Garden close up by Jo Anne Hewins

The Hang in There is from the Hanging Garden stamp set.  Stamp in black on a 1/2" strip of Whisper White.  Notch the ends and add with dimensionals.

The sequins are from the Tutti Frutti Adhesive Backed Sequins in Lemon Lime Twist.  They add the perfect finishing touch!

Hanging Garden Jo Anne Hewins inside

Here's the inside of the card.  I added the saying, the hanging basket, and butterflies all in black from the Hanging Garden stamp set.

Hanging Garden by Luv 2 Create

Here's a different view.  Some of my swaps used the Berry Burst sequins.  These cards are prett easy to make.  I did the inside with my Stamperatus all at once.  That really made things go much quicker!

The Hanging Gardens is a great stamp set.  I think Stampin' Up! made a wise decision to keep it!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #483

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge today.  We are using the colors Powder Pink, Pool Party, and Night of Navy.


I was thinking about it being November already.  Can you believe it?  Suddenly my mind was transported to my days of teaching first grade.  I began thinking about the activities we would be having in November.  Thoughts of the place mats we would weave came to mind.  And thus, the card for today.

CCMC #483

This card begins with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The patterned papers are from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (Powder Pink) and the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (Pool Party).  Cut strips that are 1/2 inch wide.  The pink ones are about 6 inches long and the blue ones are about 4 inches long.  Weave these pieces in an over and under pattern.  I cut the ends in a diagonal pattern and used lots of glue dots to secure the ends.  Adhere to the paper.

The Night of Navy branch is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The navy bird is from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies.

The heart, from Ribbon of Courage, is stamped in Powder Pink, dipped in Clear Embossing Powder, and heated.  Cut out the heart with the Support Ribbon Frameits.  

The word Courage, stamped in Night of Navy, is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  It's on a 1/2 inch piece of Whisper White and is notched on the end.  Adhere with dimensionals.

CCMC483 inside

The inside has a little more weaving.  I just couldn't stop once I started.  The sentiment is from Ribbon of Courage.

CCMC #483  Ribbon Of Courage

So, here's a little bird delivering his own little words of courage.  So many of us face all kinds of difficulties.  Well, we all do, don't we.  Reach out and give someone a little comfort!

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