I'm On Vacation! See You Next Monday!

I'm taking the week off for the most part.  I do plan on sending my newsletter out for Tuesday but I'm trying to write as much as possible in advance.  I will check in on Facebook to see if anyone needs anything.  Meanwhile I'll be spending time with family at the beach!    It's been a long time since we have vacationed together with the immediate family.  So I'm excited to spend time with my husband John, son Jeff, daughter Jessie and her husband Robby, and of course those sweet granddaughters Sagan and Hazel!

Need some inspiration?  This Luv 2 Create Blog is full of samples and inspiration.  Best of all, I include directions for your projects if you want them.  I encourage you to copy or change how you wish.  It is nice to be given credit those if you repost.

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See you on Monday, August 8th.

 


NC Demo Blog Hop and the Great Outdoors

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop where we are all about the Great Outdoors!  I'm so glad you are here.  Our hops are always on the last Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.  Of course that's eastern time.  I hope that you will take the entire hop.  NC has very talented stampers.  There are also so many stamps that can be used for the outdoors.  I can't wait to take the hop myself!  

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My card today is a bit labor intensive as a friend of mine says.  I love using lots of products and putting those together and that's what this card is all about.  So here we go!

Lighthouse Point for Christmas  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Let me say that North Carolina has great lighthouses at the coast.  Most have a black and white pattern.  You know the lighthouse by its pattern.  So this lighthouse would not be in NC.  A lighthouse from NC would not have evergreens at its base.

Warning:  This post will be lengthy.

I built this card on one of the cards from the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.  I thought it was perfect for the sky, just the right amount of darkness. 

I began making the ocean.  I used the Starry Sky dotted paper from the 2022-2024 In Colors 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  I used the Hippo dies to cut layers of waves.  I started with a piece of 1 3/4 x 4.  Then added a piece of 1 x 4.  The dies is not long enough so I cut across a piece of paper and then moved the die to cut again.  They did not meet correctly but it's waves.  For the next piece I started the die at a different place so the waves would look different.  In my sample I had another layer but found it isn't needed.  I used my fingers to try to bend the tops of the waves for more interest.  Add the waves at the bottom.

Parts for the lighthouse, using the Lighthouse Point stamp set,  of course are from the Lighthouse dies.  Cut the lighthouse with the open areas in Basic White.  Cut the solid lighthouse from Real Red.  I didn't need the top of the lighthouse so I snipped it off of both parts.  Glue the two together and glue to the card.  The base goes right over the waves.

Lighthouse Point  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Close Up of the Top of the Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Cut the top of the lighthouse from Basic Black.  I used Adhesive Sheets on the back before cutting.  Add to the card.  Cut the top again from Daffodil Delight just to get light in the openings.  Glue those in place.  Cut the beam of light from Daffodil Delight as well and add to the lighthouse.  Cut the railing from Silver Foil found in the Silver Foil 12 x 12 Specialty Pack.  Add Adhesive Foil again to the back of the paper first.  Add the railing. 

The wreath is from the Tree Lot dies.  I noticed today that the Tree Lot dies are not orderable.  We were told that SAB items are While Supplies Last, but there is a notation TBD so right now I'm in the dark.  Cut the wreath in Garden Green card stock and the bow in Real Red.  

Now for the bottom of the card.

Lighthouse Point  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Close Up of the Bottom of the Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The rocks are cut using the Lighthouse dies from Gray Granite.  I found that it's easy to stamp after cutting since we are using photopolymer stamps.  Start around the base and build the ground one boulder at a time.  Some will extend over the sides and bottom.  Just turn the card over and trim to fit.  All rocks were added with glue.

We are ready for the trees cut using the Tree Lot dies.  I used 1 large, 2 medium, and 2 small.  The basic trees were cut in Granny Apple Green card stock.  The more detailed trees were cut using Garden Green with Adhesive Sheet backing added to the back before cutting.  Those trees become stickers and are pretty easy to apply.  Be patient with the backing.  The trees were added with dimensionals.  I was able to tuck a few of the trees behind the rocks.

The saying is from the Brightest Glow stamp set from the mini.  I cut this out with my Paper Snips and actually cut off the bottom of the saying.  Add with dimensionals.  Stamp in Real Red.

The stars are cut using the Hippo dies.  You'll need lots.  The dies do cut out 3 at a time.  Cut in Daffodil Delight.  I think I used about 20 with some on the inside of the card.

Lighthouse Point  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Adhesive Sheets  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the inside, I add 2 sayings from the Brightest Glow stamp set in Real Red.  Add a few more stars.

Lighthouse Point  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  NC Blog Hop  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Yes, this card will take some time.  No, you don't want to make 50 of these.  But I know you have a few special friends that would love to get this card from you.

Lighthouse Point for Christmas  NC Demo Blog Hop  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Up next is Tina Lesson.  I'm sure she has a fantastic project!  That's for taking the time to visit me!  I think I'm ready to sit on those rocks and enjoy dusk for a little while!

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July Blog Hoppers:
Jo Anne Hewins
Tina Lesson
Amanda Howard
Tracie Evans Langley
Frances Wagner
Tonya Bowers

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Leaves of Holly with a Little Glimmer!

Is it too early for Christmas? Never!  Today I'm using the Leaves of Holly bundle from pages 24-25 of the July-December Mini catalog.

Leaves of Holly  Gold Glimmer  Holly Berry dies  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 SAB  Fabulous Frames dies Simply Elegant Trim  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Cute, isn't it!  Start with a base of Mossy Meadow that measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 folded at 4 1/4. 

I used the gold stripe paper from the Sale-a-Bration offering  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and glue to the card front.

Using the Fabulous Frames dies, cut the frame from gold glimmer paper from the Glimmer 12 x 12 Specialty Paper from the mini catalog.  Cut again from Basic White to get the inside of the frame.

Leaves of Holly  Gold Glimmer  Holly Berry dies  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 SAB  Fabulous Frames dies  Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the holly leaves, use Old Olive card stock to cut the basic leaves.  Use Mossy Meadow for the more detailed cuts.  Put some of the Adhesive Sheets on the back.  That makes it so much easier to add the details to the Old Olive basic leaves. Use the Holly Berry dies.  Glue the larger leaf and add the smaller with dimensionals.

The berries have Real Red for the basic berries and Cherry Cobbler for the details.  Add the Adhesive Sheets to the cobbler card stock.

Use the Simply Elegant Trim from the annual catalog.  I used a bow maker to make a gold bow.  Add with a glue dot.

The banner is cut from Basic White card stock and stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  The saying is from the Brightest Glow stamp set.  This set is all words and is perfect for Christmas.  Add the saying with dimensionals but be careful where it covers the bow.  Avoid using dimensionals there.  The saying does cover the center of the bow.  

Add the berries with dimensionals.

Leaves of Holly  Gold Glimmer  Holly Berry dies  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 SAB  Fabulous Frames dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I love how the inside of this card turned out.  Put a piece of the striped gold paper near the bottom that is 1/2 x 4.  Add a piece of the gold glimmer paper right above that is 1/4 x 4.

The saying is from Brightest Glow.  The holly leaves and berries are from the Christmas Season stamp set.  That set is in the annual catalog.  Stamp in Mossy Meadow and Real Red.

Leaves of Holly  Gold Glimmer Pictured with  Holly Berry dies  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 SAB  Fabulous Frames dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  I think I'll be making more of these!  It's never too early.

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Leaves of Holly  Gold Glimmer  Holly Berry dies  Brightest Glow  Silver & Gold 6 x 6 SAB  Fabulous Frames dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Wonderful World Sympathy Card

Sometimes easy is good, right?  If you don't mind a little measuring and cutting this is the card for you!  It also uses the beautiful Wonderful World bundle that you can earn with purchase during Sale-a-Bration.

Wonderful World Sympathy  Deckled Rectangle dies  Inspired Thoughts  Quartrefoil Tile EF  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Usually when I need a sympathy card, I need it in a hurry and I want it to be pretty.  This card fills that bill.

Begin with a base of Thick White card stock.  It measures 4 1/4 x 11 and folds in the middle at 5 1/2.  Remember to score the thick white.  It will fold much easier and use a Bone Folder to burnish.

I used the Quatrefoil Tile Embossing Folder.  I hadn't used it before, but I love it!  I see more projects in the future with this one.  My white paper size is 4 x 5 1/4.  Glue to the card front.

Wonderful World Sympathy  Deckled Rectangle dies  Inspired Thoughts  Quartrefoil Tile EF Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Paper sizes are:  Purple leaves 2 1/4 x 5 1/4, Flowers 2 x 4, Green leaves 1/2 x 4.

The saying is from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set.  Stamp on white scrap in Orchid Oasis.  Use the Deckled Rectangles dies to cut it out.  Add the saying with dimensionals.

Embellish with a beautiful bow using the Orchid Oasis Metallic Ribbon and some of the 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots.

Wonderful World Sympathy Card  Deckled Rectangle dies  Inspired Thoughts  Quartrefoil Tile EF  Orchid Oasis Metallic Ribbon  Inside of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the inside I've used another saying from Inspired Thoughts.  Fussy cut one of the flowers from the designer paper to add.

Short and sweet today.  Thanks for choosing to visit me today!

Wonderful World Sympathy Card  Deckled Rectangle dies  Inspired Thoughts  Quartrefoil Tile EF  Orchid Oasis Metallic Ribbon  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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It's a Wonderful World Tent Card

Hello to you!  I have a beautiful card for you today.  It's a tent fun fold card using the Wonderful World designer paper from Sale-a-Bration.  Like you, I cruise Pinterest and other sites to see what others have made.  My friend Kaye turned me on to a video by Lisa Curcio.  I just had to try it.

Wonderful World DSP Card  Tent Fold  Fussy Cut  Close Up  Sale-a-Bration  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Lisa's card showed a bird house.  I really am not sure I can explain how to make this card.  I'm not going to make a video when Lisa Curcio Lisa's Stamp Studio has one done so well.  She is a master in her explanations.  I'll add her video.

I used So Saffron card stock for this card.  The base is 4 1/4 x 11.  It is scored at 5 1/2.  Lisa tells about the other scores needed.

I used the Stylish Shapes dies to make the holes in the center.

The Double Oval Punch was used for the sentiment.  The Peaceful Moments stamp set was used.  Use Orchid Oasis for the ink.

Embellish  with the 2022-2024 In Color Baker's Twine Pack.

Let me share a few more photos of this card.

Wonderful World DSP  Card Standing  Tent Fun Fold  Stylish Shapes dies  Double Oval Punch  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Wonderful World  Tent Fold  Fussy Cut  Close Up  Sale-a-Bration  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Wonderful World  Tent Fold  Fussy Cut  Back of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The back of the card is used as the message area.  Again the words are from Peaceful Moment.  Another flower from the Wonderful World is fussy cut and added.

Here is Lisa's video.

 

I think when I used this fold again that I will add to the piece that holds the front and back together.  I'm thinking it would look better at maybe 4 inches long.  I also think I would make it wider, maybe three inches with scores every 3/4 inches.  This would allow the card to open a bit wider.

Thanks for joining me.  I think this is a beautiful card.  

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