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August 2016

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

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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!

Color Fusers Blog Hop: August 2016-Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the August Color Fusers Blog Hop!  We have some great samples for you today featuring Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, and Watermelon Wonder.

Color Fusers August Jason

I'm using the stamp set Best Birds today along with the matching thinlits Birds & Blooms.  I love this bundle!  The silhouette of the birds, using the thinlits, is fantastic as you can see in an earlier post here. Today I'm stamping the bird first and then cutting it out.  Here's the card.

Color Fusers August 15 Best Birds

So, here are the details for making this card. It comes together pretty easily.

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/2 x 11, scored at 5 1/2, and folded.
  • I added a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock down the center of the card. It measures 2 5/8 x 5 1/2.  The patterned paper is from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper stack.  It measures 2 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I love the interest this adds to the card.
  • I stamped the bird in Basic Black Archival ink on the Shimmery White card stock. This card stock has a great shimmer to it that shines right through the coloring added.  It's great for water coloring.  Cut out the bird with the thinlits.
  • I stamped the tree branch in black on Whisper White card stock.  It's important that you make sure you don't bend this stamp when placing it on the block because you'll be using the thinlits to cut it out.
  • With your Aqua Painter, add Smoky Slate color to the branch and leaves.  I just pressed the lid of my ink pad so that color is caught in the lid.  I used that for my ink supply.
  • The bird was colored using Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder ink.  Press the pad again for color in the lid.
  • Use the Layering Oval Framelits to cut a Whisper White oval.  This makes the bird stand out a little more.
  • After you adhere the oval, the branch is glued down along the lower edge.  The bird is placed with dimensionals.
  • I added five little flowers, punched out of Cherry Cobbler card stock,  using the Tree Builder Punch.  To add a little dimension to the flowers, place them on your pierce mat and press the center with the blunt end of your piercing tool.  Add these using glue dots and then add a tiny pearl to the center of each.

Color Fusers August 15 close up

  • The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set and is stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink.  Cut out the circle and a Smoky Slate frame using the Layering Circles Framelits.  You might be thinking that you already have circles and ovals framelits and you don't need the new layering ones.  I thought the same.  But, trust me, you do need them.  They are so cute together.  Now that I have seen the light, I have them all!

Color Fusers August 15 2016 inside

The sentiment on the inside is from Best Birds.  I just love a stamp set that lends itself to making the whole card, inside and out!

Color Fusers August 15 bird 2

Thanks so much for joining me on the Color Fusers blog hop today.  Don't stop now! Continue on your way.  There are more great projects to see.  If you need any of the supplies needed to make this card, my product list follows the list of blog hop participants.  Have a wonderful day!


Patty Bennett 

Jason Loucks 

Heather Osborne 

Nicole Tugrul 

Tammy Civello 

Paola Phillips 

Jo Anne Hewins   You are here.

Melissa Kerman 

Robin Messenheimer 


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One Layer Jar of Love Note Cards

Isn't Jar of Love a wonderful stamp set?  There are so many options with this set. Today I have a note card that is one layer.  How simple can it be!  There is a lot of stamping I will admit.  OK, at the end I did decide that the jar needed to be grounded. We can't let that jar just float in space!  I did add an inch of patterned paper at the bottom.  We'll get to that.

Jar note card 2

I've mentioned before how fabulous the Stampin' Up! Note Cards & Envelopes are. Twenty cards of thick white card stock with the envelopes.  They measure 3 1/2 x 5 and cost only $6.  I often use the note cards when I am making multiples of a card. These will be used for shut ins at church and for some customers, too.

  • Stamp the jar in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • The Rich Razzleberry flowers are from the Wild About Flowers stamp set.  The leaves are stamped in Old Olive first and then the razzleberry flowers.  The photopolymer stamp set makes it so easy to put the flowers just where you want them.
  • The leaf stems on each side of the flowers are from Jar of Love and are stamped in Always Artichoke.  Because they are photopolymer, I was able to curve the stem on the block so they fit perfectly in the jar.
  • The bow and string around the jar are from Jar of Love and are stamped in Rich Razzleberry.
  • The water is stamped in Pool Party.
  • The Hello was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • I used the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper stack to ground the jar.  The paper measures 1 inch wide.  I stamped the bottom of the jar on the paper and snipped it out, glued it to the project, and then trimmed the ends to fit the card.

Jar note card 3

The sentiment inside is from Thoughtful Branches.  A stem of leaves is also added.

Jar note card 4

Here's a few of the cards I made.  Time to address and stamp envelopes!  Let's spread some smiles!  Thanks for coming by today.  Make yourself happy.  Stamp something!


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A Thoughtful Christmas

I'm sure you've seen the new Thoughtful Branches bundle.  It's an exclusive bundle being offered during the month of August.  You can get it now!  This offer is "while supplies last," so I wouldn't wait very long.  I know it's early for Christmas, but I am working on designing a Christmas Card Class for the end of August.  This card might be perfect.  It looks so hard, but it's not!

Thoughts Christmas front 2

I think this card is so pretty.  Can you see the shimmer and shine?  Christmas need some glam, right?  Here are the details for the card.

  • The card base is Very Vanilla cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • I added a layer of the music pattern from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series paper cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  This paper is thinner than usual.  It has 24 sheets, 4 each of 6 double sided designs in 12 x 12.  I think that lends itself to classes.
  • I stamped the large flower from Thoughtful Branches in Pear Pizzazz onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I cut this out using the Beautiful Branches thinlits.  I also cut the same from Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Cut the leaves and stem from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  Then I glued down the leaves, I first laid down the flower to see where I wanted it.  That determined where to glue the leaves.  I did not put glue out at the ends of the leaves so I could curl them up a little.  I added Wink of Stella to the stem and leaves.
  • Crumple up the Pear Pizzazz flower layer.  Adhere with a few glue dots here and there.  Don't smash it down.
  • I put the Very Vanilla layer on my pierce mat upside down and rubbed it with the blunt end of my piercing tool.  Do not rub the edges.  This makes the flower bow a little.  Turn it over and add Wink of Stella.  Adhere using a few glue dots.

Thoughts Christmas up close

Here's another angle.

Thoughts Christmas 3

  • I made a bow using the Gold Metallic Thread.  This thread is a little hard to handle.  I think the bow looks pretty, but it was not easy to make.  I wound it around my four fingers many times and then tied it in the middle.  Perhaps another set of hands would have made tying it much easier.  Adhere with a glue dot.
  • The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season stamp set in the annual catalog.  I stamped it on Very Vanilla with Versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  I punched it with the 1 3/8" circle punch.
  • Punch a scrap of Gold Foil with the 1 1/2" circle punch.  Adhere the sentiment with snail.  
  • I added more gold thread behind the sentiment and adhered it all with dimensionals.
  • A few sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment finishes the project.

Thoughts Christmas 2

The inside sentiment is also from Reason for the Season.  It's also embossed in gold. I added a leaf in Pear Pizzazz.  So you might be wondering why I used the Ovals Layering framelits to cut out the sentiment.  If you are a stamper, you know.  When I stamped the sentiment in Versamark, one of those clear sequins had stuck to the stamp.  I did not notice until I covered it with the embossing powder.  The answer is to cover up your mistake!

Thoughts Christmas front

I encourage you to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle.  Face it, you need both the stamp set and the thinlits!  Did you earn coupons in July?  It's time to spend them!  Check out the materials used in the project below.

Thoughtful Branches

Thanks so much for joining me today.  See you Wednesday with another card using Thoughtful Branches.


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