Cards- Thank You

Sale-a-Bration is Right Around the Corner!

Today's card showcases several of the stamp sets available for free for Sale-a-Bration. Yes, beginning on January 4th until March 31st, you can get a free item for every $50 you spend.  The large Thank You is from a set called So Very Much.  The beautiful flowers are from a set called Avant-Garden.  Both are must haves.  Here's my card.

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This is an easy card that can be made quickly.  It's great for beginners.

  • Start with a card base of Rich Razzleberry measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.
  • Cut a piece of Old Olive 3 3/4 x 5 and a piece of Whisper White 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink.  Stamp the flowers in the same ink.  Allow this a moment to dry.
  • Use the Blender Pens and the ink in the lid of the pads to color in the flowers (Rich Razzleberry) and leaves (Old Olive).  The dots are stamped in Pool Party.  Some are full strength and some are stamped off.
  • The Old Olive layer was adhered at a slant, but you could just as well make it straight.

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Thanks for looking.  No inside today.  I've been feeling a little under the weather.

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A Christmas Thank You

It's getting to be time for December class, so I've been working on designing cards for it.  I have to say that this time, I'm getting a lot of ideas from Pinterest.  We are so lucky to have this tool available.  I've been busy with Christmas crafting so it's just nice to rely on the creativity of others.  Today's card is my own.  I had a request to use the Cable Knit embossing folder.  I told my customers no Christmas for December class.  I'm reneging a little on this.  It's a Christmas thank you card.  I'm sure we all have someone we need to thank.

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It doesn't scream Christmas.  You know, that could just be a winter tree.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Garden Green cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Very Vanilla layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit embossing folder.  This folder is so thick.  Run it through like usual but use only one of your plastic plates.  Also, when using one of the larger folders, be sure to put the bended part of your folder on one of the ends instead of the side of the plate.
  • I used the new Stitched Shapes to cut ovals from Garden Green (largest oval) and Whisper White (next largest oval).
  • I used the Perfect Pines Framelits for the tree.  They're in the annual catalog.  I used the middle sized tree.  The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper is perfect for this.
  • The Garden Green twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack was used for the bow on top of the tree.
  • The banner at the bottom uses the Home Sweet Home bundle.  The banner is in the stamp set Sweet Home.  Cut it out with the framelit in Home Sweet Home. You can purchase these as a bundle in the Holiday catalog.  The sentiment itself comes from the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set.  It's all stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  • Glue the ovals to each other and then attach to the card with dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card.

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I cut another tree with the smallest tree from Perfect Pines.  The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and is stamped in black.

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I do like how this card turned out.  If you want to make one, the supply list follows. OR, you could just come to my classes on December 1st or 2nd if you live near Conover, NC.  Contact me.


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A Mickey Shaker Card

Good morning.  I have a friend who sells Disney cruises.  She likes to send a thank you card to her customers.  Over the years, I have made her many types of cards.  I had a post on this a while back here.  Check it out.  Today, I have a new one for  her.

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It's a shaker card.  I thought it turned out well.  I started with a card base of Basic Black card stock.  It is cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.  This makes the regular A2 envelope size card.  I cut a layer of Real Red at 4 x 5 1/4.

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Use the Layering Circles Framelits to cut out the mouse shape.  You will have to run this through the Big Shot 3 times starting with the largest circles and then cutting each ear.  Run it through the Big Shot one more time using the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  Dots are big in the Mickey world.  I cut a 3 1/2 inch square from a Window Sheet and glued it on the back of my layer.  Use your glue sparingly, but with good coverage.

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Have you tried the new Foam Adhesive Strips?  They are fantastic!  You'll need to put a layer of this strip all around the opening you made.  Make sure that you do not leave any open areas.  It's OK to piece this together as long as you leave no open spaces. The sides of this tape are sticky.  Take your Embossing Buddy and rub it around the inner sides of the foam tape to cut down on the stickiness.

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Put some of the Metallics Sequins Assortment packs.  Put about a teaspoon or so. They need room to shake.

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Carefully pull off the paper from the tape and adhere a piece of 3 1/2 inch square Basic Black card stock.

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Add some Fast Fuse to the back of the black card stock.  I also added some of the Foam Adhesive Strip along the top and the bottom.  Adhere to the front of the card.

On the front of the card, I added some Thick Whisper White 1/2 inch circle punch circles.  We are all about the dots!  The Thanks is also from the Thick Whisper White.  I used the Hello You Framelits.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere.

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What a fun card!  I think my friend's customers will love getting their thank you card.  My supply list follows.  Need a demonstrator.  I can do that for you.  Just let me know if you need something!

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A Thankful NC Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Blog Hop where we are all about being thankful.  I just got back from a trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway area of NC.  The leaves were at their peak and oh, so pretty!  This is the inspiration for my projects today.

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My projects feature a watercoloring technique that I saw on a blog post from Dena Rekow at The Creativity Cave.  She has a video that you can see here.  If you haven't seen it, you need to right away.  But first, here are my projects.

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I think these go so well together.  It's a perfect combo to let someone know you are blessed by them.  So go watch the video, but come right back here!  I'm going to start with the card.

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  • Start with a card base of Very Vanilla 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • The watercolor paper measures 2 x 5 1/2.
  • I used the stamp set Vintage Leaves and the colors Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, and Cajun Craze.  Stamp a leaf one at a time.  Use the Aqua Painter to color inside the leaf.  Go right up to the inside edge of the leaf.  I would do all of one color and then move on to the next.  It's so pretty.
  • Cut a piece of card stock in Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon about 1 x 5 1/2.  Tear each one a little and glue them to the top of the watercolor paper after it dries.  I started with the Old Olive and then just built it up from there.  Adhere the piece to the bottom of the card.

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  • The sentiment is from the stamp set Paisleys & Posies.  What better stamp is there to use to express thankfulness?  I stamped it in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and then cut it out using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Embellish with a little of the Dijon ribbon from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack on page 47 of the Holiday catalog.  I used the soon to retire Handheld Stapler.  Add a bow of Linen Thread with a glue dot.  The sentiment is adhered with dimensionals.

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The inside of the card uses the Paisleys & Posies set, too.  Can you just imagine how that special someone might feel when they read that they have made your world brighter and more beautiful?  I just love that!

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And now, for the bag.  I belong to the Luv 2 Stamp group with Patty Bennett. Recently, we had a downline Facebook meeting and making these bags were part of our projects.  Cindee Wilkinson helped us with our project.  She has a post about that here at her blog Just Sponge It.  She has a picture tutorial on how to make the bags sit better for this kind of project.  I'm sending you all over the place today.  The fact is, we learn from each other.  Right?

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  • Use the new 3 x 6 Gusseted Bag on page 176 of the Annual catalog.  Did you go look at Cindee's blog?  You need to put some tape along one side of the very bottom part of the bag and then fold it over to help the bag sit flat.
  • I cut my bag insert from the Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  I cut it a little longer than Cindee so I would have a little more room for the watercolor piece.  Cut it at 2 7/8 x 10.  Score at 1, 3, 7 3.4.  Slip the insert into the bag. 
  • I added the mini Tootsie Rolls.  I put in 20 of them.  To fill the space and make it look pretty, I made my own shredded paper for the inside.  Simply use your Fringe Scissors and crinkle it all up in your hand.  I used Old Olive for this.
  • The watercolor paper is cut 2 x 2 3/4.  After stamping, adhere to the front of the bag.  Did you see that I made another leaf for the bottom of the bag?  I cut that one out using the Leaflets Framelits.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • For the sentiment I used Acorny Thank You.  Stamp in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and punch out using the Classic Label punch.  Use the same punch and punch out Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon labels.
  • Use a Gold Binder Clip to hold these in place and add a linen bow with a glue dot.

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That's it.  I really love how the pair turned out, don't you?  I bet you know someone who needs this!

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Time to continue on with the blog hop.  You will love all of the projects!  I promise!

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World Card Making Day Blog Hop

October 1 is World Card Making Day!  Why not celebrate with a world wide blog hop! Be sure to make this hop to get lots of ideas from over the world.  My name is Jo Anne Hewins and I come to you from about an hour north of Charlotte in lovely North Carolina USA!

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And what would be the best kind of card to send on World Card Making Day?  Why a Thank You card of course!  Who doesn't just love to hear that they are appreciated? No one!  So here is my card for today.

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This card uses the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes.  Have you tried them?  You get 20 note cards measuring 3 1/2 x 5 with matching Crumb Cake envelopes for only $6.  That's a fantastic deal!  Here are the details for the card.

  • I used the Emerald Envy color from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measures 2 1/2 x 5.
  • Cut a leaf from the patterned paper using the Leaflets Framelits.  Adhere the paper with leaf missing to the center of the front of the card.
  • Using the Vintage Leaves stamp set, stamp the leaf in Crumb Cake in the hole that was left.  It's really pretty easy to do since the stamps are photopolymer.
  • I used the Acorny Thank You stamp set to make the acorn.  I stamped the base in Crumb Cake and the top in Emerald Envy.  Do all of this on Whisper White card stock.  Use the Acorn Builder punch to punch them out and adhere the top to the bottom.
  • The sentiment is from Acorny Thank You and is stamped on Whisper White using Emerald Envy ink.  Punch it out with the Duet Banner punch and adhere to the acorn.  Attach the acorn using dimensionals.

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  • The bow is made with the Linen Thread.  I wrapped the thread around 4 fingers about 5 times.  Slipped it off my fingers and tied around the middle with about 4 inches of thread.  Adhere with a glue dot.

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The inside of the card uses the leaf that was cut out of the front of the card.  A simple Linen Thread bow was added.  The sentiment is from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set, stamped in Emerald Envy.

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I'll be sending these cards out to my customers that ordered online.  I do appreciate them!  Happy mail is on the way!

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Continue on the hop using the list of names below.  I'll hae a list of products used after the list.  I challenge you to make a card today and send it to someone special! Go on, make someone happy!

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