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Brusho and a Beautiful Day

I got my Brusho recently and had time to play a little.  The colors are vibrant.  This is the card I made.

Brusho and a Beautiful Day Luv 2 Create

I had computer problems for a few days and was unable to participate in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge one week.  This is the card I had ready.

Start with a card base of Always Artichoke.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  I used the new Simple Stripes Embossing Folder on the front of the card.

The patterned paper for this card comes from the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack.  The largest black and white rectangle is 2 1/2 x 4.  The daffodil stripe is 2 1/4 x 4 1/2.  The black and white stripe is 3/8 x 5 3/8.  Sometimes it's hard to get designer paper to adhere to a background that has an embossing folder used.  Fast Fuse is the adhesive that I used.

Brusho Flower

The Brusho flower is from the stamp set Beautiful Day.  I stamped it in Archival Black ink.  I did use my Stamperatus to make sure that the stamp was dark and fully stamped.  I used Thick Whisper White card stock.

With an Aqua Painter, wet the center of the flower.  Sprinkle the yellow brusho over this area.  I did spread it out to a uniform color with the Aqua Painter.  Allow this to dry.  Then, blow away the extra crystals over the trash can.

Wet the flower with the Aqua Painter.  I did this in two sections.  Use the Brillant Red.  Again, I spread out the color to be more uniform, but not completely.  Allow to dry and blow away the extra crystals.

Repeat the process with the leaf.  Use the Moss Green.

When all is dry, cut out the flower.  Attach to the card with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  It is stamped on a 1/2 inch scrap of Whisper White.  Notch the ends.  It's on dimensionals, but only snail was used over the flower.

Brusho and a Beautiful Day card

Brusho is a lot of fun.  I used it in a more controlled way here.  You can rely on the fact that I'll be playing more in the future!

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Lots of Lavender for Sale-a-Bration

It's Sale-a-Bration time.  Lots of Lavender is one of the free choices with a $50 dollar puchase.  This is a great set.  It has stamps to color in the main design, but to me it screams, "Use the new Blends!"

Lots of Lavender Luv 2 Create

I also used one of the new products from the Occasions catalog, the Shimmery White Embossing Paste.

Start with a Rich Razzleberry card base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

The Old Olive layer is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  Use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks on page 201 of the Annual catalog.  The shimmery paste is just beautiful.  Place the mask over the Old Olive paper.  Use the Palette Knives to spread a thin layer over the mask.  I was not that careful to get the corners of the paper.  Be sure to wash off the mask and knife quickly so the paste does not dry on them.  Close the lid to the paste when not in use.  The paste does dry quickly.

Use the Layering Ovals to cut the olive paper.  I wanted to make an eclipse look so I cut 2 ovals one inside the other.  Lay the oval ring down inside the hole made.  Make sure that you line up the pattern so that it is continuous.  Adhere the inside oval.  Use the Foam Adhesive Strips around the oval ring and then put it back in place.

Lots of Lavender side view

Stamp the large flower bunch and 2 of the smaller flowers on Shimmery White Card Stock.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Color these in using the light and dark Rich Razzleberry Blends and the light and dark Old Olive Blends.  Use the dark Pink Pirouette for the bow.  Yes, you do have to fussy cut these!  Don't make it so hard.  Leave white paper showing all around.  Use Fast Fuse to put down the smaller flowers.  I used bits of the foam adhesive to add the large piece.  I wanted it to be the same height as the oval.

The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set.  Stamp it in Rich Razzleberry on a shimmery white scrap and punch out with the Classic Label Punch.

Lots of Lavender card

At first, I felt like the card was a little too busy.  It has grown on me.  What do you think?  I wish you could see just how shimmery that paste really is.  In fact, I did add some Wink of Stella to the largest flower piece.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I enjoy sharing my creations with you.  I hope you will come back!

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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop is Spreading Some Love

Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  We are spreading the love around the world!  Now you know we all need a little of that!  We need a lot of that!

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My name is Jo Anne Hewins and I'm from North Carolina in the United States.  I'm so happy you have joined us on the hop.  I know you'll get lots of great ideas to share the love.

Sure Do Love You Bunny

I am using two new stamp sets from the Occasions catalog, Sure Do Love You and Sweet Little Something.  I'm going to be a grandmother for the first time coming in April.  I thought I needed that bunny.

For this card, begin with a 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.  The Whisper White layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

Stamp the hearts from Sure Do Love You randomly on the white layer in Real Red.  There are 3 different hearts.  I used them all.  

The patterned heart uses the Tutti Frutti 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  The largest curvy heart from the Sweet and Sassy Framelits Dies was used to cut it.

Those bunnies are so cute, but it is a three step stamp.  I do have the Stamperatus and I used it for the bunny.  I won't kid you.  It was hard to line up all of the layers.  Thank goodness I could use 3 of the plate surfaces.  If you don't have the Stamperatus, you will want it!  If you get these layers all set up for the bunny, you will want to make lots of them before you put them away.  That's what I did so my bunnies were already made!  Use Crumb Cake for the almost solid stamp, Soft Suede for the middle one, and Early Espresso for the most detailed stamp.  You do have to fussy cut the bunnies.  Check out the card I made earlier here.  Be sure you come back!

The 1/8 inch Real Red Ribbon from the Holiday catalog is carried over.  This is what I used for the bows for the bunnies.

The sign is from the Sure Do Love You stamp set.  Cut it out with the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies.  Use dimensionals to attach it.

Sure Do Love You inside

The inside of the card is all part of the Sure Do Love You bundle.  The little hearts were stamped on scrap paper, cut out and attached inside the card.  I did this because I already had them made.  You can certainly stamp them right of the paper.  Again, I used the Stamperatus to make sure that the large heart and the sentiment would be correctly placed.

Sure Do Love You and Sweet Little Something

This is a cute little card.  Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  You don't want to miss the rest of the great "love" projects.  Please continue on the hop.



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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #493 Amazing You

Hello to you!  It's Thursday and we all know that's it's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.  We are using Marina Mist, Old Olive, and Calypso Coral.


I'm still basking in the glory of new stuff!  The Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure have so many beautiful new items.  I don't know if this happens to you, but I just keep ordering.  I see a creation on Facebook or Pinterest, and I must make it!  Let's see what you think about this card.

CCMC#493 Jo Anne Hewins

Those flowers are from the FREE Sale-a-Bration set called Amazing You.  It's available with a purchase of $50.

Begin with a card base of Marina Mist measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.

The Calypso Coral patterned paper is from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you love bling, this paper is for you!  I, however, chose a side without the shiny.  This paper is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

The thin strip of paper is also from the Sweet Soiree pack.  This piece does have the shiny part!  It's cut at 1/4 x 4 1/2.  The leaves for this project are from the same paper.  I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies for this.  Cut three.

The flowers are stamped on Whisper White card stock with Tuxedo Memento Black ink six times.  It takes 2 for each flower.  I used the color in the lid of my Marina Mist pad and an Aqua Painter to paint these.  Fussy cut 3 of the flowers with all the petals and three with the inner petals.  Attach them to each other with a glue dot in the center and Mini Dimensionals around the outer petals.  I used more dimensionals to add the flowers to the card.

Amazing You close up CCMC#493

The sentiment on this card is from Sure Do Love You in the Occasions catalog.  Stamp in Calypso Coral ink and then trim around each word.  Use dimensionals to attach to the card.

It's funny how the color challenges can just throw you for a loop.  At first I look at some and wonder what will I do with this.  The colors grow on me.  This was the case here.  I do like these colors together.

CCMC #493   Jo Anne Hewins

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Picture Perfect Birthday Using Some Free Stuff!

I had to get together materials for a shoebox swap.  What's that, you ask.  Make a card.  Get the supplies to make the card together.  Cut all the pieces so that the card could be assembled in about 10 minutes.  Make packets for each participant so that they can be picked up and ready to go.  It's really like I do for a class.  Everything is ready except a little stamping.  Anything that would need a thinlit and the Big Shot is cut in advance.  Any embossing folder need is done in advance.  My group had 10 people in it, so I'll go home with 10 different cards.  I only had to plan one of them.  It's a win win!  Here is my card.

Picture Perfect Birthday

Begin with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  It  is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score and fold at 4 1/4.

Stamp over the card (mostly far left and the right third) in the lines stamp from Picture Perfect Birthday in Lemon Lime Twist.

The designer paper is a FREE choice from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  Spend $50 during this time and get a free choice!  This paper is called Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper.  The calypso piece is cut at 1 x 5 1/2, the daffodil piece measures 3/4 x 5 1/2, and the lime paper is cut at 1 x 5 1/2.  Butt these up next to each other as you adhere.  I'm not too excited about the bottles and caps on this paper, but it's double sided and there are lots of great choices!

Use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies to cut the Basic Black scallop square and a Whisper White square.

Using the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, stamp the candles using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  Stamp it in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Use dimensionals to attach to the card.

The blower is stamped on scrap white using the same stamp set.  You'll have to fussy cut this and then use dimensionals to attach it, too.

Picture Perfect Birthday closeup

This is a quick card to make and very bright.  Who wouldn't love it!

Picture Perfect Birthday card

For the inside, I would suggest that you stamp more of the Lemon Lime Twist lines all over.  Add any of the sentiments from this set.  There is some good ones!

As I'm writing this, the swap hasn't happened yet.  When you read this all the cards will be made.  I'm excited to attend this event!

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