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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #512 Rooted in Nature

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  Today we have a sketch.


I decided to use the new Rooted in Nature bundle to make my card.  Here it is.

CCMC #512 by Jo Anne Hewins

I wanted this bundle as soon as I saw it.  Once I got it, I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I think this is a pretty card.

The card base is Tranquil Tide measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Emboss the leaves on the top and bottom of the white layer.  You can kind of see where the patterned paper will be to help in placement.  The Nature's Roots Framelits have 3 different leaves that just emboss.  I used all three near the top and then again near the bottom.

The patterned paper is called Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  The top paper measures 1 1/4 x 5 1/4 and the bottom is 1/2 x 5 1/4.

The tree is stamped in Versamark on Whisper White paper.  Add Copper Embossing Powder.  Melt the powder with the Heat Tool.  Cut this out with the Nature's Roots Framelits.  Attach with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  It is also embossed in gold.  Punch out with the 3/4" circle punch.  Add a dimensional to the back.  Run the Copper Thread around two fingers several times and then slide off.  Attach to the dimensional and then to the card base.

CCMC #512 Rooted in Nature close up by Jo Anne Hewins

Here is a pic that might show the leaf embossing a little better.  It's very soft.

CCMC #512 Rooted in Nature close up of leaf embossing by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside, the sentiment is from Rooted in Nature and is stamped in Tranquil Tide.  A 1/4 inch piece of designer paper is added near the bottom.  I did add a few more embossed leaves.

CCMC #512 Rooted in Nature card by Jo Anne Hewins for Luv 2 Create

This card could be masculine but would not have to be.  It could work for any occasion.

Be sure to look at the other cards made using this sketch at Create with Connie and Mary.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  The new annual catalog begins tomorrow!  That's so exciting!  You just might want to order the Stameratus tomorrow early.  I would be happy to help you with that.

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A Rhino Thank You with Animal Outing

If you went to the OnStage events for Stampin' Up! you got the stamp set Animal Outing for FREE.  There are thinlits that go with this set, but they have not been available.  I'll be ordering the Animal Friends Thinlits as soon as I can.  That's June 1 by the way.  This is a great set.  Here is the card I made without the thinlits.

Animal Outing Rhino Thank You by Jo Anne Hewins

I kind of like how this turned out.  Simplicity.

The card base is Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.  Make sure you score for a smooth fold and then use the Bone Folder to burnish.

The Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper was used to cover the front.  I used the lightest color.  Cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

Using the Stamperatus, stamp the thank you sentiment.  This is called hinge stamping.  Align the stamp in the top left corner between the 2 hinges.  Ink and stamp.  Then move the plate down one hinge.  Ink and stamp.  Repeat until you get to the bottom of the page.  I used Soft Suede ink.

Stamp the rhino in memento black ink on Whisper White.  I used the Stamperatus for this too.  I wanted to make sure that the black outline was dark enough.  Color the rhino with Blends.  I used the Ivory for the tusk with a little Light Crumb Cake.  The rhino was colored with the Light and Dark Crumb Cake Blends.  The little bird was colored with the Light and Dark Pool Party Blends with Light Calypso Coral for the beak.  Use the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out the rhino and a Soft Suede coordinating scallop circle.  Attach these with dimensionals.

Animal Outing Rhino Thank You close up by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card,  stamp the branch in memento in the upper right corner.  Color these with the Light and Dark Old Olive and the Dark Crumb Cake Blends.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede and is from the Animal Outing stamp set.

Animal Outing Rhino Thank You inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

It really doesn't take long to make this card.  It's a perfect Thank You for anyone young or old.

Animal Outing Rhino Thank You card by Jo Anne Hewins for Luv 2 Create

I think Animal Outing just might be one of those must have bundles.  The animals are just so cute.

I made a Facebook Live today and I'm going to add it.  I also made an alternative card with leaves.


Which do you like best?  Let me know.

Animal Outing rhino card with leaves by Jo Anne Hewins

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NC Demo Blog Hop: Organization

I'm so glad that you are visiting my blog today for the NC Demo Blog Hop.  We are talking organization today.  You might have just come from Toni's blog or you might be starting here.  I suggest that you take the complete hop.  Organization is something we all need.  Well, most of us.  We are always looking for a better way to store our supplies or just make life easier.  We are a small group this month, but we have great ideas!

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Today, I'm going to share THE NOTEBOOK.  I've shared this idea before, but I use it every day.  I credit THE NOTEBOOK with helping me use more of my stamp sets.  I would tend to use the same sets over and over.  Mostly, we just want to grab something quickly that will work.  So here it is.

NC Demo Blog Hop Organization notebook by Jo Anne Hewins

It doesn't look like much, does it.  My little cover is old.  Do you remember that bird punch?  But, I like it, and the cover really doesn't matter.  It's the inside.

Why do I cherish THE NOTEBOOK so much.  It holds a picture of all of my stamp sets.  Let's look inside.

NC Demo Blog Hop on Organization notebook page by Jo Anne Hewins

This is one of my pages.  When I get a new stamp set I take it to the copy machine, place it inside and run a black and white copy.  These pages are added to THE NOTEBOOK inside a page protector.  I do not worry about the order.  Usually, I'm an alphabetical type person.  I buy so many sets that ABC order would end up being a waste of time.  I would be reworking THE NOTEBOOK all the time.  I add as I buy them.  I actually know about where a page would be just by use.

NC Demo Blog Hop for organization notebook pages by Jo Anne Hewins

I do place the pictures of the stamp sets so that they face the same way when opened all the way.

So why?  What does THE NOTEBOOK accomplish?  When making a card, you might want a certain kind of saying or picture, or that something you just don't know what it is.  Right?  You could look through the catalog, but you waste time looking at sets you don't own.  You need it now, not in a week.  You are not looking to make an order at that moment.  You might need inspiration.  When looking through THE NOTEBOOK I often find the perfect saying that I didn't even know I had.  Have you ever had someone in a class ask if you have a certain type of saying?  You can look quickly through THE NOTEBOOK and find it or not.  I find hidden treasures I didn't know I had just by flipping through THE NOTEBOOK.

THE NOTEBOOK is a great resource, but you have to be deligent in keeping it up to date.  I make my copies as soon as I empty my UPS brown box.  Note:  You must also go through your catalog and check off when you purchase something.  That way you won't order something you already have.  I just finished updating THE NOTEBOOK to get ready for the new catalog.  Retiring sets are pulled out.  If I decide to keep a retired set, I put those pics in the back of the book, again in page protectors.  Then I move up all of the carrying over pics to the front to fill in the spaces.  I end up with lots of empty page protectors.  Somehow they start filling up again?????

NC Demo Blog Hop Organization tip  THE NOTEBOOK by Jo Anne Hewins

If you haven't tried this, you might want to consider it.  It helps me find the stamp set images, sentiments, and treasures that I need to use.  I bought them.  I should use them.  Let me know how it works out!

Thanks so much for joining our hop today.  The next person is Tracie.  Let's find out she keeps so organized.

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Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper Cut Outs

How easy is this?  I've been seeing cards made with the cut outs of flowers from the Share What You Love Specialty paper.  I wanted to try this for myself.  Here is the card that I made.

Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper cut outs by Jo Anne Hewins

If you like to fussy cut, then you'll love this card.  Here are the details.

The base of the card is Tranquil Tide measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The Whipser White layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The next layer is Mint Macaron.  It measures 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  Stamp on this layer in Mint Macaron ink with the Handwritten background stamp.  I did use the Stamperatus just in case it didn't stamp evenly.

Stamp the sentiment from the Love What You Do stamp set in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White.  Punch it out with the 2 1/4" circle punch.  Adhere near the lower right right corner with dimenstionals.

All that is left is to cut out flowers from the Share What You Love Specialty paper.  Glue these flowers where they overlap the circle and add dimensionals to the part that hangs off the circle.

Share What You Love Specialty DSP close up of card by Jo Anne Hewins 

For the inside of the card, the sentiment is from the Abstract Impressions stamp set.  Add another cut out flower.

Share What You Love Specialty DSP inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

This is an easy and relatively quick card depending on how fast you can fussy cut.  Great when you need a card fast!

Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper card with Handwritten background by Jo Anne Hewins

Short and sweet today.  Thank you so much for stopping by and spending time with me.  I hope you'll come back.  Please visit the Product List below.  It links to my online store.  The Share What You Love Bundle is available until May 31st.  Check it out here.   

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #511 Lilypad Lake

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #511.  This week we have a color challenge.


We are using Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Pool Party.  Sadly Emerald Envy will be leaving us soon.  It is not in the new annual catalog.  So, I guess this is a little tribute to Emerald Envy from some of his close friends, Night of Navy and Pool Party.  Here is the card I made for today.

CCMC #511 by Jo Anne Hewins

These colors made me think of water, so I decided to use the new Lilypad Lake Bundle.  I haven't used it until today!

The base of the card is Emerald Envy 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  Stamp the waves on this base in Emerald Envy.  The stamp is not long enough to go across the entire front of the card.  I had to kind of piece the stamping part way across.  If you look, you can tell.  At the bottom, I tried to do that where the bird would be.  For the rest of the front, I just stamped a little on the sides.  There is very little stamping behind the rectangle panel.

The Night of Navy rectangle measures 3 x 4 1/4.  The Whisper White layer is 2 7/8 x 4 1/8.

At the top of the white layer, stamp the waves again in Pool Party.  I did that 2 times.  Stamp the rest in Night of Navy.  This is supposed to represent sky and water.

Stamp the moon in navy on Whisper White.  There is a framelit for this, but I just used the 3/4" circle punch.  Add with a dimensional.

The boats are also stamped in Night of Navy.  They are colored with Pool Pary and Emerald Envy ink.  Just push the lids of the pads and color from that ink using an Aqua Painter.   Try not to go over and over this.  It will pill.  Just color and be done.  Cut these out with the Lakeside Framelits and add with dimensionals.

The bird is also stamped in Night of Navy.  Cut it out with the framelits.  Add with dimensionals.

Cut three groups of grass from Emerald Envy using the framelits and add with dimensionals.  You will need to cut the dimensionals in smaller pieces.

CCMC #511 Liliypad Lake by Jo Anne Hewins

For the sentiment, cut a Pool Party oval using the Layering Ovals.  Stamp it lightly with the waves in Pool Party.  I stamped this off first.  The saying is stamped in Night of Navy and comes from the Lilypad Lake stamp set.

CCMC#511 Lilypad Lake inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

The inside of the card is all from Lilypad Lake.  I used this same saying for my card last time.  It's such a good one.  Many people do need our prayers.  The water is stamped in Pool Party and the bird in Night of Navy.

CCMC#511 Lilypad Lake color challenge by Jo Anne Hewins

Don't forget to check out all of the cards using this color challenge at  And again, good bye to Emerald Envy.  You will be missed!

I appreciate that you shared part of your day with me today.  I enjoy sharing my cards with you.  Do you need a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  I would love to help you.  Let me know if you need a new catalog!

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