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October 2017

NC Demo Hop, Being Thankful

Welcome to the North Carolina Demo Blog Hop!  I am thankful that you are here.  You might have just come from Tamra's blog.  Great ideas, right!

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Of course, we turn to thankful thoughts as we get closer to Thanksgiving.  Yes, I said Thanksgiving.  Did you know that a thankful person is a happier person?  Think about how you feel when someone tells you thank you or that they are thankful to have you as a friend.  I challenge you to do just that.  Send them a card!  That's why you make them, isn't it?  Here is my card for today.

Remarkable You NC Demo Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! is bringing out their brand new Blends.  They will be available on November 1st!  Blends are alcohol markers that color beautifully.  I used them on my card for today.  It was so much fun to color!

Start with a card base of Calypso Coral measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Stamp using Smoky Slate and the Sheet Music Background stamp.  Yes, we do have that lovely Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, but it's Christmas.  You might not want Jingle Bells on your thankful card.  This background stamp is beautiful.

For the Blends, you need to stamp using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad.  This ink will not run when alcohol is added.   Stamp the leaves from Remarkable You near the bottom left of the card.  Color these using the Light Old Olive and the Dark Old Olive pens.  Play with it.  You might even try some on scrap card stock first.  Some say to use the dark pen and then light.  Some say to color the whole image with the light color, add dark where you want it, and then blend again with the light.  Have fun with it!  The music might blend in with the leaf color or it might show through a little.  Either or both is great!

Stamp the flower and the leaves on Thick Whisper White.  Color the leaves again just as you did earlier.  Color in the flower using the Light Calypso Coral and the Dark Calypso Coral.  I left the tips of the flower white.  I also used the Color Lifter to lighten a few areas on the flower.

Cut out the flower and glue to the card.  I cut down each side of the largest petal in the center and put dimensionals under that petal for interest.

Some of the individual leaves were cut out and added on top of the leaves already stamped on the card.  Glue dot the end near the stem and put a mini dimensional near the top of the leaf.  Do this for several of the leaves.  I did not do it for all of the leaves.  I did add a couple leaves coming out behind the flower.

Remarkable You up close

Add a bow of the Gingham Smoky Slate ribbon.  That ribbon just makes the card.

The sentiment is from Remarkable You.  It's stamped in Calypso Coral on a 1/2 inch strip.  The beginning of the sentiment is cut off.  Notch the end.  I did put a glue dot on the left and and a dimensional on the right.

Remarkable You inside

Here is the inside of the card.  It's just as pretty as the outside, isn't it!  Stamp the 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White layer with the Sheet Music Background stamp in Smoky Slate.  Stamp the leaves with Memento ink and color with the Old Olive Blends just as on the front.  The sentiment is from Count My Blessings.  Stamp on Whisper White and cut out with the Layering Circles.

Remarkable You with Blends

You'll be seeing more about the Blends in the days to come.  But just note, that they are something you are going to want.  You will love them!

Thanks so much for joining our blog hop.  Next up is Tracie.  You will love her project today.

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 October Blog Hoppers

Tamra Davis -

Jo Anne Hewins -     You are here.

Tracie Evans Langley -

Laurie Meier -

Sue Stapp -

Frances Wagner -


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Wow! I Love You Leaf Punch!

Is there no end to the uses of the Painted Harvest bundle?  The ideas just keep coming.  Have you searched it on Pinterest?  I've seen a wreath made using the leaves from the Leaf Punch.  I wanted to give it a try with my own little something.  My wreath turned  more into an oval instead of a circle, but I really like it.  It filled up the card.  Here it is.

Wreath with the Leaf Punch

I have to say that this is one of my favorites.  Start with a card base of Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Use the Layered Leaves  3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on this layer.

The wreath has several types of the leaves.  These leaves are from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  One type is punched from the Copper Foil Sheets.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White card stock.  The detailed and the solid are both stamped and then punched.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock and punched with just the detailed stamp.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Vellum card stock and punched.  I used just the detailed stamp for that one.  Thank goodness for the Leaf Punch!

I placed the copper leaves first and then filled in with the others.  For the most part, I went in the order of copper, Old Olive on white, Old Olive on Old Olive, Vellum, Old Olive on Old Olive and then back to copper.

The berries are in Cherry Cobbler and just punched with a regular hole punch.

The branch, in Early Espresso, is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

The bird is also in Cherry Cobbler.  It's from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  I love that bird!!!  You have noticed the hearts in its tail, haven't you?

Finish with a banner at the bottom.  The Merry Christmas is from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  Notch those ends with the Triple Layer Punch.

Wreath with leaf punch inside

Here's the inside.  The sentiment is from the Musical Season stamp set.  I thought it went well since there is a bird on the outside.  Add leaves and berries.

Wreath with leaf punch

This is a beautiful card.  I will admit that it is a little labor intensive.  I do love a punch, though.  That speeds up the process.

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge # 481 Vintage Leaves

Good morning!  It's so good to have you visit my blog today.  It's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  Today is a color challenge.


We are using Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry.  To me, these colors scream fall, so that's the theme of the card I chose to make.  I'm also going to revisit a technique that's been around for a while.

CCMC #481 Vintage Leaves

The card base is in Tranquil Tide.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The next layer is Watercolor Paper cut at 4 x 5 1/4.

I am using the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  The leaves are in the three colors for our challenge.  For this technique, stamp one leaf at a time.  Stamp in the color of the leaf.  Then use the Aqua Painter to move the color inside the leaf.  I really did not add additional color for the inside of the leaf.  The color from the stamp will take care of that.  Be very careful to use the Aqua Painter just at the outside line and pull the color inside.  Work your way down the leaf filling in the center.

I stared with the Cajun Craze leaves.  Then I stamped the Crushed Curry ones and filled in with the Tranquil Tide smaller leaves.  

Run the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon across the card and add a bow made with the ribbon.

The tag is stamped in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White card stock from the stamp set Labels to Love.  Punch it out with the Everyday Label Punch.

Add a leaf in Cajun Craze to the tag.  It's stamped on Watercolor Paper and colored in the same way as on the card front.  Cut out the leaf with the Leaflets Framelits.  The banners are 1/2 inch wide.  The saying is from the  At Home with You stamp set.

CCMC# 481 Vintage Leaves inside

The inside sentiment for the card is from the Count My Blessings stamp set.  Stamp the words in Cajun Craze and add a few Tranquil Tide leaves.

CCMC#481 Vintage leaves

I hope you will try this technique.  It's really very easy!  Go ahead and give it a try! 

Do you like my cards?  I hope so because I sure love making them.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest.  You can do that here.  Thank you!  And thanks for visiting my blog today.  

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Merry Patterns, Merry Christmas

The Merry Patterns stamp set is free with a $300 order from Stampin' Up!  That's a big order, but I do love the stamp set.  Everyone loves free.  We used this set in a recent Christmas card class.  Here is the card we made.

Merry Patterns reindeer

This card is a lot of fun!  Start with a card base of Real Red measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The Early Espresso layer is 4 x 5 1/4 and the Whisper White layer is cut at 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

Use the Winter Wonder Embossing folder on the top half of the white layer.  I added a little Wink of Stella to make it shine.  It does not show up in the pictures very well.

The patterned paper at the bottom is from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  It measures 1 1/2 x 3 7/8.

Use the Layering Ovals Framelits for the ovals.  The Real Red oval is scalloped.  The white oval fits right inside.  Stamp the deer in Early Espresso.  Stamp the sweater part of the deer again in Real Red on scrap paper.  Cut it out and glue on the deer.  Add some rhinestones on the antlers.  Deer need some bling, you know.

Add part of a gold foil snowflake and a few banners.  The banners are 1/2 inch wide.  The Merry Christmas comes from the At Home with You stamp set.  Notch the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.  The paper for the banner is also from Quilted Christmas pack.

Merry Patterns deer inside

Here's a picture of the inside of the card.  All of it is from the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns reindeer card

Here is a picture of the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns Photopolymer Stamp Set

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A Musical Season Christmas

It's hard to think about Christmas without music.  I just love all the Christmas carols.  Well, I do admit that I have a strong dislike of the song Jingle Bell Rock.  I know, I'm weird!  Could that song even be called a carol?  Well, I digress.

The card today uses the stamp set Musical Season and the coordinating Musical Instruments Framelits.  They are found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog.  The Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 13 compliments this set perfectly.

Musical Season

This card just makes me happy.  If I could carry a tune, I might break out in song.  I will anyway.  You can't hear me!

Start with a card base of Bermuda Bay.  It is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.

Cut one of the black sheets of the Merry Music patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4.

Use the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut the 2 shapes.  Cut the largest in Bermuda Bay and the next largest in the white Merry Music Specialty paper.  Press the Bermuda Bay ink pad to get some ink in the lid.  Using the Aqua Painter put a little color in the center of the white music sheet.  Don't put a lot of color because the water will make your paper wrinkle a little.

Stamp the lyre in black and the mandolin in Bermuda Bay and cut these out with the Musical Instruments Framelits.  Cut the treble clef in black.  The instruments are on dimensionals.

Put some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the instruments.  Wrap this thread around your 4 fingers, slide off and attach with glue dots or dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  It's embossed in gold.  It's stamped on a 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White scrap.  Notch the ends.  Mount this with dimensionals on the ends so that it will lay flat over the instruments.

Musical Seasons inside

For the inside color Bermuda Bay with the Aqua Painter where the words will be stamped.  The saying is from the same stamp set.  The bottom stamp is too.  Add another Treble Clef.

Musical Season card

I love this card!  I hope you'll try it!

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