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A Peaceful Noel Christmas

Hello! Hello!  Glad to see you today.  I'm using the Peaceful Noel stamp set.  Well, to be honest, I'm also using Winter Woods and Rooted in Nature.  These stamp sets work so well together!  First of all, let me show you the card.  I would be remiss if I didn't mention that each of these sets come in a bundle!

Peaceful Noel by Jo Anne Hewins

The Peaceful Noel set is full of opportunities for double stamping.  You can tell there are places where you first have the outline and then fill in the insides.  It's photopolymer, so it's easy!  You'll see that I was a little off in a few places.  I still think it looks great!  Don't get hung up on the little things.  Your card is made by hand!!!

Start with the card base of Tranquil Tide measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.

I started with the tree slice.  This is in the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  Stamp on Whisper White in Early Espresso.  Fussy cut this.  

The saying is from the Winter Woods stamp set.  Stamp this on white in Real Red.  Yes, you have to cut this out by hand.  Glue to the tree slice.

Peaceful Noel close up by Jo Anne Hewins

Now I used the tree slice to help me determine where to stamp all of the plants.  I laid it where I wanted it and then used a pencil to draw in an outline on the white layer.   This will be covered.  You just need something to give you an idea where to stamp.

Now stamp!  Use whatever plants you want and put them where you want.  I started with the red berries and placed them at three points.  Then I went to the dark leaves.  I put 5 of those around.  It's good to use odd numbers.  Then I filled in from there.  Colors used were Tranquil Tide, Real Red, Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive.  For the evergreen sprigs, I simply added some onto each other.

At the end, I felt the card still needed a little something.  I added the three dots here and there.  Perfect!  I do know they are supposed to be red berries.

Add the tree slice with dimensionals and a Real Red Mixed Satin Ribbon bow with a glue dot.

Peaceful Noel inside by Jo Anne Hewins

Here's the inside.  It's all from the Peaceful Noel stamp set.

Peaceful Noel Christmas card by Jo Anne Hewins

I love the Peaceful Noel stamp set.  It allows the creativity to flow!  Why don't you see what you can do with it!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #528 Making Christmas Bright

Welcome to another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.


I decided to go Christmas using the Making Christmas Bright bundle.  The Making Christmas Bright stamp set and coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch are going to be very popular!  Here's my card.

CCMC#528 Making Christmas Bright sketch by Jo Anne Hewins

Did you see that designer paper?  It was FREE!  During September the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is free with an order of $250 before shipping and tax.  You get 4 sheets each of three double sided prints.

For this card, start with a card base of Thick Whisper White.  This is cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 4 1/4 and fold.  Use your Bone Folder to get a good crease.

The Cherry Cobbler paper measures 3 1/2 x 4.  The Garden Green piece is 1 1/4 x 3 1/2.  Place as shown in the picture.

Use the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a Whisper White circle and a scalloped Garden Green circle to use as a frame.  Before adhereing the two, put down the Garden Green Baker's Twine.  I did tape this twine to the back.  I also added a few rolled up glue dots to hold the twine.  I put these where I planned on placing a bulb so it would be hidden.  Add the circles to the card with dimensionals.

CCMC #528 Making Christmas Bright close up by Jo Anne Hewins

I used the bulb stamp from the Making Everyday Bright stamp set.  Stamp the ends of the bulbs in Gray Granite on the same color card stock.  I used a piece of card stock that was about 1/2 inch wide.  Punch.

Stamp the bulbs in Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Pacific Point.  Punch these out.  Glue the bulb ends to the bulbs.  Add mini-dimensionals to the back and add to the card.

The saying is from the Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  Stamp on a scrap piece of paper and cut the words apart.  Add with dimensionals.

CCMC #528 Making Christmas Bright inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

Here's the inside of the card.  I love it!  The saying is from the Making Christmas Bright set.  In fact, everything comes from that stamp set.  Stamp the saying and then stamp the wire in Gray Granite under it.  Make the bulbs as above.  Then use them to finish the saying.

CCMC#528 Making Christmas Bright by Jo Anne Hewins

Yes, it seems so early now, but Christmas will be here before we know it.  Isn't that always the way!  You need to get started on those cards!  I'd be happy to help you with any supplies that you need.  Go to my online store here.  Don't forget that you'll get the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper for free with a $250 order.  For any orders of $50 or more before shipping and tax, I'll also send you a package of the Pearlized Doilies.  These will come separately from me.  There's more!  Go to the top of my post and click on Incentive Program to see all the details on how you can earn even more!


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Falling For Leaves

I just got the Falling for Leaves bundle and I must say I just might be in love!  The Falling for Leaves stamp set and the Detailed Leaves Thinlits are so cute.  I love the leaf cutouts!  Here is my card using this bundle.

Falling for Leaves bundle card by Jo Anne Hewins

Start with a card base of Blackberry Bliss that measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The Grapefruit Grove layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The patterned paper is from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper pack.  It is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

Use the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut a white oval and a scalloped frame of Blackberry Bliss.  Glue these to each other.  Cut a solid leaf from Grapefruit Grove.  The detailed leaf is cut from Blackberry Bliss.  Adhere the two and glue to the ovals.  Add this layer to the center of the card with dimensionals.

Use the Nature's Twine for the bow.  I used the Blackberry Bliss.  Pull the stands apart.  Then tie all of the stands into a bow.  I think that the twine lays flatter on the card this way.  Add with a glue dot.

Falling for Leaves close up by Jo Anne Hewins

The sentiment is part of the Falling for Leaves stamp set.  Stamp in Blackberry Bliss on a 1/2 inch white scrap.  Notch the ends using the Banner Triple punch.  Glue to the card.


Falling for Leaves inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

The inside of the card is stamped in Blackberry Bliss with a saying from the Falling for Leaves stamp set.  The leaves in the corner are stamped in Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry.

Falling for Leaves alternative colors card by Jo Anne Hewins

I tried this card using a different piece of patterned paper from the Nature's Poem pack and different card stock.  Which one do you like best?

Falling for Leaves duo of cards by Jo Anne Hewins

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My Trip Across the USA and Back!

I'm back from my trip.  I will say that after 10 days, I'm happy to be home.  I'm basically a home girl.  It's been a little hard to get back into everything, but it's coming along.  I'm writing this on Sunday morning.  Hurricane Florence is supposed to be at her worst today in my area.  So far, it hasn't been too bad.  Keep your fingers crossed that all is well.  Also please keep the rest of North Carolina in your prayers.  The state has been hit hard.

Warning!  This is long!

Our trip was a tour from Christian Tours located near us.  It was called the California Zephyr Train Adventure.  Sandra was our tour guide.  She was wonderful!  Thanks, Sandra.  John and I were lucky enough to travel with long time friends Debbie and Rob.  We had a fantastic time!  We began our adventure by flying from Charlotte to Chicago.  The thing about a tour is that everything is rush, rush, rush.  We had a bus tour of the city and dinner.


Here's a picture of us with Chicago in the background.


Here's a picture of us in Millennial Park at the Bean.  It's real name is Cloud Gate.

The next day we borded the California Zephyr headed toward Reno, Nevada.  We were on the train for 2202 miles.  That's 2 1/2 days.  The train was 5 hours late.  It seems that the rails are for passenger trains and freight trains.  Of course, freight trains get priority.

Loading the California Zephyr Train
The train was an experience.  We had a bedroom on the train.  It was about the size of our bathroom at home.  We had a chair and a couch.  At night the couch folded down for a bed.  A top bunk was lowered, too.  I slept in the top bunk.  Let's remember that this was an adventure.  It might not be repeated.  We had a commode/shower in our room.  Yes, an adventure.  I must say that the meals on the train were wonderful!  I did love looking out the window as America went by.  We have a beautiful country.


This was our room on the train.  When everything is lowered for night, it's really hard to get out!  Our tiny sink juts out almost to the bed.


This is the Mississippi!  I've had a thing about seeing this river.  I don't know why.  We went on a trip to Memphis once just to see the Mississippi, but I must say, it was a real disappointment, the Mississippi was low.  Memphis was great!  This is the Mississippi I always envisioned!

It was fun to see the lay of the land and how it changed as we travelled.  I found myself thinking of the This Land is Your Land song.  I know that sounds a little hokey, but it is what it is.  Our country is majestic.  It was also fun to note the time changes as we travelled.


Off the train and onto a tour bus.  We headed toward Virginia City.  Due to the late train, we didn't have much time, but we did manage to visit the Red Dog Saloon.  The likes of Janis Joplin performed here on this very stage!


We had a paddle boat tour of Lake Tahoe.  They say the water here is 99% pure.  It was so pretty.

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We then made our way to San Francisco, stopping in Sacramento on the way.  Am I allowed to say that we went to the restroom in the State Capital building?

Of course one of the iconic sights in San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge.  



We also visited Alcatraz.



We had a bus tour of the city and went up to Twin Peaks.  What a view!


We stayed at the Zephyr Hotel near the piers.  We had to spend some time at Pier 39!  Here are the seals at the end of the pier.


We headed south on to the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad in Felton.  That was fun!



These were not the giant red woods, but they were big!  It was a majestic forest!

We stayed ocean front in San Simeon.


Here we are at the Pacific Ocean!  It was a first for me.  We had fun calling our son who was at Atlantic beach across the country, ocean to ocean!

Our trip continued south toward the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.  Wow!  It's hard to believe that someone could build such a home and own all of the land within sight.  This is one beautiful castle.  It's now a part of the state park system.


Here's the outdoor pool.


We spent the night in Solvang, a Danish town.

Today we visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.  What a great place!  Our only problem was not enough time!  It's a wonderful library and setting is WOW!

Our bus headed on to Los Angeles.  We had a city tour.  We saw a lot.  Here are a couple highlights.


The Hollywood sign and the sidewalk with the stars.


We are dinner at Dulan's on Crenshaw Restaurant.  They had soul cooking and had been on television.

Sadly, we didn't have a lot of time in Los Angeles.  We headed to the airport early the next morning and flew home to Charlotte.

I tried to figure out how far we went.  The best I can figure is over 5800 miles!  That doesn't really count the city tours.

Thanks for sticking with me today.  I hope you found something of interest.  I'll be back Wednesday with a card!

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Pop of Petals CASE

Hello to you today.  Here in North Carolina we are dealing with Hurricane Florence.  What will she do?  How bad will it be?  It's just so stressful.  Looks like we'll be getting lots of rain here in Western NC.  As I am writing, I'm looking at the weather.  They are saying 8-10 inches.  We'll see.  It is what it is.

Today I have CASED a card that I posted a while back.  Here is the new card.

Popof Petals Card in Blueberry Bushel  Balmy Blue  and Granny Apple Green by Jo Anne Hewins

I made this same card in Lovely Lipstick, Sahara Sand, and Blackberry Bliss.  Here is that card.  You can find the post here.

CCMC #521 Pop of Petals color challenge by Jo Anne Hewins

I like this card better in the blue and green colors.  What do you think?

For this card, begin with a card base of Granny Apple Green 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The Balmy Blue layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The next layer is from the Best Route Designer Series Paper.  It measures 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  

This card uses a lot of punches.  Don't you love using punches!  Stamp the flowers from the Pop of Petals stamp set in Blueberry Bushel on Balmy Blue card stock.  You'll need 4 of them.  One is on the inside of the card.  Punch these out with the Four-Petal Flower Punch.  Off set two of the flowers and adhere them with a dimensional.

By the way, the Pop of Petals stamp set and the Four-Petal Flower Punch can be purchased as a bundle for a savings of 10%.  See it here.

The Granny Apple Green leaves are punched out with the Leaf Punch.  I used three on the outside and 1 on the inside.  

The Balmy Blue fronds are made using the new Sprig Punch.  Punch out three times for the front and once for the inside.

Glue down the blue fronds.  I used glue for some of the green leaves and added the mini dimensionals for some of the leaves.  Add the flower with a dimensional.  I did curl the petals of the flowers with my bone folder before adhering.

Pop of Petals close up of card by Jo Anne Hewins

The label is cut from the Stitched Labels Thinlits from Balmy Blue.  I stamped it first with the sentiment from the Tropical Chic stamp set.  Run the Blueberry Bushel  Grosgrain Ribbon across the layer.  Top with a bow using a glue dot.  Add the label with dimensionals.

Pop of Petals inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

Here's the inside of the card.  This time I didn't add words.  Everything is glued with no dimensionals so the card will lie flat.

Pop of Petals card CASE by Jo Anne Hewins

I appreciate your time today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Did you know that you can earn an exclusive pack of paper called the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper for free in September?  Here's how.


Just make an order of $250 between September 1-30.  You'll get the paper for free, at least $25 in Host Dollars, 5 spaces filled in on my Rewards Program, and a box full of fun headed your way!  Ask some friends if they would like to order to help you make the $250 if needed.  Then order here.  To see my Rewards Program go here.

Stay safe and let me know if I can help you.

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