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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!

World Card Making Day

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.

World 5

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.

World up close

  • 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.

World inside

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.

World 7

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

World with acorn

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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Christmas Pines and a Little Copper

Here in North Carolina we are fortunate to have a Facebook group for Stampin' Up! demos.  If you are an NC Demo search for us on Facebook.  It's a closed group, but all you need is to be a NC resident and in good standing with SU.  From time to time we have get togethers, Quarterly, so we can learn and share and visit.  We had a Quarterly recently, but I was not able to attend.  Bummer!  But my friend Kaye was able to go and share with those of us who could not.  Kaye took part in a Christmas card swap and today I am going to share her swap card with you.  Thanks Kaye for sharing with us all!

Kaye 2

This card is beautiful.  My picture does not do it justice.  Let me tell you how she made it.

  • The card base is Cherry Cobbler cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  It's embossed with the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  That pairs just perfectly with the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Kaye used the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper on the card.  It measures 2 1/4 x 4.  Adhere near the bottom of the card.
  • The panel in the middle of the card is Emerald Envy cut  2 3/4 x 4, and Whisper White cut 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.
  • Using Christmas Pines, stamp off the pine stamp in Emerald Envy and stamp on the upper left corner of the paper.
  • The Pretty Pines Thinlits dies are essential.  What I'm saying is that you need the whole bundle.  Cut pine boughs from Emerald Envy.
  • Now here is the star of the card.  The Copper Foil Sheets are used to cut the pine cones.  There are several different pine cones in the thinlit set.  Kaye used two of them.  Now wait.  She also added a Mini Pinecones trinket!  So, so cute.  The bow is made with Cherry Cobbler from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack.

Kaye 4

  • The sentiment is from Christmas Pines.  It's stamped in cobbler on a 1/4 inch strip of white.  Notch the ends.

Kaye 5

The inside of the card has a sentiment from Christmas Pines and more pine boughs stamped in the corner.

Kaye 1

I love this card.  I think Kaye gave me this one to keep.  Let me just say, I'm keeping it. I'm sure those who received it in the swap are more than pleased. Let me thank Kaye again for sharing her card with us today.

Kaye 6

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A Musical Christmas

I just can't seem to get away from Christmas.  I know it's too early.  What can I say?  I love Christmas.  Face it, those cards take a long time to make and you need to start early.  I'll make over 100 Christmas cards to send.  Here is the card for today.

Music 1

  • The card base is Garden Green cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.
  • The music paper is from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It's in the annual catalog on page 172.  This pack has 4 each of 12 double sided designs.  It's great.  I cut this layer 4 x 5 1/4.
  • I used the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut a wreath from Garden Green.  Adhere in the lower right corner with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
  • The bow is stamped in Cherry Cobbler onto Very Vanilla card stock.  Cut it out using the Everyday Jars thinlits.  Glue it on.
  • The bird is cut in Cherry Cobbler using the Birds & Blooms thinlits.  I put some of the linen thread down to resemble a nest and then glued the bird.  No dimensionals on this card!
  • The sentiment is from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set.  I stamped it cobbler on vanilla card stock and just cut around it.

Music 2


The inside uses the Christmas Pines sentiment.  I colored in the holly stamp using the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin' Write markers.

Music 4

I used a lot of different stamp sets and thinlits on this card, but it is relatively easy to make.  The supply list follows.  Feel free to order!

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Halloween Favs with the NC Demo Blog Hop

Welcome!  I'm so happy you have joined the NC Demo Blog Hop!  We are sharing some Halloween favorites with you today.  

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There are a lot of great projects so be sure you take the entire hop.  I'm going to share a few 3D items for Halloween.  Up first is my mummy Hershey bar.  This was inspired by Dawn Olchefske.

Hershey a

First of all, I buy my Hershey bars by the case at Sam's Club.  They are cheaper that way.

  • I made a sleeve for the candy bar.  My Whisper White card stock measures 5 1/2 x 6.  Score on the 5 1/2 inch side at 1, 1 1/4, 3 1/2, and 3 3/4.  I put a row of Tear & Tape along one of the sides, put my candy bar on the paper and wrapped the sleeve around it.  Make sure to match the paper up so it all looks neat an tidy.
  • My mummy wrap is white crepe paper.  I picked that up at the Dollar Tree.  I folded the crepe paper in half.  I just felt that it was too wide.  Adhere the end near the top with glue dots and wrap.  Once I got to the bottom I did a couple wraps back up the candy bar, but much wider.  Secure with glue dots.  I used a sponge dauber and rubbed Sahara Sand ink on the crepe paper.  I did this on all sides.  Mummies are not clean creatures, you know.
  • The eyes are made from Whisper White card stock, 3/4 inch circle punch, and Basic Black card stock, 1/2 inch circle punch.  Sponge around the white with Sahara Sand.
  • The bat decoration on the straw is cut using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits. Dies, of course in black.

Hershey b

  • We need a little decoration.  I wrapped both colors of the Halloween Night Baker's Twine around the candy bar and tied a bow.
  • Don't you love the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set?  I stamped the mummy in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White.  Allow that to dry a minute or two and punch him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  I used the Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Marker to color in some of the strips of bandage and a little down the left side of the mummy.  Adhere with dimensionals.  
  • The sign is stamped with the Spooky Fun stamp set.  I stamped in archival black on to Pumpkin Pie card stock that is 1/2 inch wide.  Notch the ends and adhere to the mummy.
  • Enjoy the look on someone's face when they receive your mummy!

My next project uses the mini coffee cups.  I wish I could tell you how to find these.  I bought them from a friend.  I'm sure you can google them.  I will tell you that you have to buy the lids separately from the cups.  I took one of the cups apart to make a pattern for my designer paper.  The paper I used is called Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Mini 1

  • Trace around your pattern and cut your patterned paper.  Adhere to the cup.  I used Fast Fuse.  The straws were purchased from the Dollar Tree.  I did cut them down.  The signs were made by stamping in archival black ink on Whisper White that is 1/4 inch wide.  Put Fast Fuse down the back and then loop it on the straw.  Be careful so that you match the front to the back.  Notch the ends.
  • I used the Layering Circles Framelits for each circle and scalloped circle using Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black card stock.
  • The characters were stamped in archival black and punched out.  The mummy was colored as above.  I added a red bow tie for Dracula.  The skeleton got a bow, too.  I added the Trick or Treat bags.  I colored the objects in the bag with markers.  You will have to cut out the bags with snips, but they are easy.
  • Adhere everything with dimensionals.
  • Fill with little chocolate candies.  Yes, it must be chocolate!

Mini 2


Mini 3


Mini 4

These items were so much fun to make.  You are ready to move on to the next hop.  My product list will follow the list of blog participants.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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A Strength and Prayer Christmas

Hello there.  The Strength and Prayers stamp set on page 50 is new this year in the annual catalog.  It's small and could easily be overlooked.  This set is powerful. Prayer is powerful.  I have paired this set with a couple others in the annual catalog. Here is the card.

Strength a

This Christmas card uses the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I've mentioned this before.  The paper is a little thinner, but you get 4 of each two sided sheet.  That's 24 sheets in the pack.  Wow!  Think of all the Christmas cards you could make.  Here we go.

  • The card base is Crumb Cake, 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2.
  • The larger Cherry Cobbler layer is 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The This Christmas paper is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • The next Cherry Cobbler layer is 2 7/8 x 4 1/8.
  • The Very Vanilla layer is 2 3/4 x 4.
  • I stamped the dove from Strength & Prayers in Versamark near the top and heat embossed with the new Copper Embossing Powder.  This is in the Holiday catalog.  Beautiful!  I adhered the vanilla piece to the cobbler.  I then wrapped some of the Copper Metallic Thread around it near the bottom.  I wrapped around it 6 times.  That piece was attached using dimensionals.
  • I punched a 1 1/2 inch Cherry Cobbler circle.  The sentiment, from Reason for the Season, was stamped in Versamark and embossed in copper.  I punched it out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch and glued it all together.

Strength b

The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment from Flurry of Wishes. in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I stamped the dove in the background.  I used Crumb Cake ink and stamped it off before I stamped it on the card.

Strength d

This is a pretty simple card to make, but I think it is elegant.  If you are making muliples, this is a great card.

Strength e


Thanks for coming by today.  It's really not too early to think about your Christmas cards!

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