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Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop for October.  One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! is the versatility of its products.  Our task for this month is to take a stamp set and use it for two different occasions.  I like that! You might have just come from Tracie's blog.  She always has beautiful projects!  Whether you are starting here or if I'm just part of your trek, I'm so glad you are here.  Warning!  This will be a long post.  Settle in!

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I decided to use the Birds & Branches bundle with the stamp set and the Birds & More dies.  Keep in mind that my birds are literally "empty nesters."  They want to fill their nests and the holidays are the perfect reason why.  The grandbirds might even stop by for the holidays.  They would love a little holiday decor.  You know that Gramps and Grammie Bird are two really cool dudes, right!  It's all about the grandbirds.

So here is my card for Halloween using the Birds & Branches bundle and Banner Year.

NC Demo Blog Hop Birds & Branches Halloween Project by Jo Anne Hewins

Now, I never said this wasn't a little labor intensive, but it's all worth it.

The card base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored and folded at 4 1/4.  Cover the front with a piece of 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.  Use glue to give you a little tad of time to get it just right.

Cut a panel of Pool Party using the largest rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.

Stamp the nest in Soft Suede on Whisper White and cut out with the Birds & More dies.  Add to the center bottom of the blue panel with dimensionals.

Cut the branch from the dies in Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, and in Bumblebee.  Add the espresso branch to the nest.  I put a little glue behind the 4 tiny circles.  Now trim all of the pumpkin leaves and glue them directly to the espresso branch where they belong.  Trim the tiny circles of Bumblebee and glue where they belong.

NC Demo Blog Hop Birds & Branches Halloween Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the three pumpkins using the Pumpkin Pie ink and Whisper White card stock.  The faces are stamped in Memento Black.  These stamps are in the Banner Year stamp set.  For the stems, cut just the ends of the branch from Early Espresso, trim, and add to the pumpkins from the back.  Arrange in the nest and glue.

The two birds are stamped in Early Espresso ink.  Stamp the solid bird over this in Pool Party ink.  Cut using the Birds & More dies and add to the card.  The bird in the nest is added with dimensionals.

The saying is from Banner Year.  The stamp is actually one word on top of the other.  Just stamp it twice so that the words are side by side.  Fussy cut and add to the project with dimensionals.  

Glue the whole panel to the card front.

Now, it's time for Gramps and Grammie Bird to decorate for Christmas.  Here's the card!

NC Demo Blog Hop Birds & Branches Christmas Card by Jo Anne Hewins

The measurements are the same for this card.  Just add another piece of plaid paper.  The Stitched So Sweetly rectangle is Crumb Cake.  Stamp the nest in Soft Suede and add with dimensionals as before.

For this card, stamp the two branches from Birds & Branches in Early Espresso on Whisper White.  Stamp the holly in Shaded Spruce and the berries in Cherry Cobbler.  These stamps are in Banner Year.  Fussy cut and add these just under the nest on each side.  I just used a few glue dots to hold them in place.

This time the birds are stamped in Early Espresso and the solid stamp that goes on top is inked in Crumb Cake.  Cut out the birds with dies and add them on dimensionals on each side of the nest.  The Santa hats are stamped in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut.  They are also from Banner Year.

NC Demo Blog Hop Birds & Branches Christmas Close Up of Card by Jo Anne Hewins

The tree is stamped on Shaded Spruce card stock in Shaded Spruce.  Stamp the trunk again in Early Espresso on espresso card stock.  This stamp is in the Coming Home stamp set.  Cut out with the Home Together dies.  Piece in the trunk over the spruce.  Add the tree to the center of the nest with dimensionals.  Decorate with All the Trimmings Embellishments.

The wreath is from the Coming Home stamp set.  Stamp in Shaded Spruce on Whisper White.  Color it in with the Light Shaded Spruce blend and the Light Real Red blend.

The saying is from the Banner Year stamp set.  Stamp in Cherry Cobbler on a 1/2 inch white strip.  Use the Banners Pick a Punch for the ends.  Glue to the top of the card.

Gramps and Grammie Bird are ready for the grandbirds for Christmas!

NC Demo Blog Hop Birds & Branches Holiday Duo by Jo Anne Hewins

So which of the cards do you like best.  I do admit that I have a problem.  Sometimes I just don't know when to stop.  Gramps and Grammie Bird just might be on a roll.  Valentines will be here before we know it!

I thank you for your time today.  I know this was a long post.  If you got this far I really appreciate it!  Of course all of these supplies can be purchased from my online store!  Details below.

Next up is Tina.  You will love her projects.  You really do need to visit everyone on the hop.  I've said it before, NC has some very talented stampers!  See you next time.

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Blog Hop Participants

Jo Anne Hewins
Tina Lesson
Laurie Meier
Sue Root
Dawn Colby
Tracie Evans Langley

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Sue Root

Oh my goodness! How stinkin' cute! I look forward to seeing how they fill their nests through the year. Those are some lucky grandbirds to have such cool Gramps and Grammie Birds.

Dawn Colby

I loved your cards! I would not have thought to use that stamp set for holiday cards. Very well done!

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks Sue. I had so much fun making these cards and writing it up!

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks so much Dawn. I could think of other holidays with this theme!

Ariel Matera

Gramps and Grammie birds are adorable. I love that you give them personality

Tracie Langley

Wow, Jo Anne! Your projects are definitely going to the birds this month! LOL love love love them! I can’t imagine how long it took you to cut out and do all of these. Definitely a labor of love. Can’t wait to see that Valentines card! Thank you so much for participating.

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks Ariel. They are really my husband and I of course!

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks Tracie. I had so much fun making these. Of course they are about my husband and I. Thinking of our granddaughter!

Laurie Meier

Jo Anne - I LOVE your cards and Gramps and Grammie birds. They are just too much fun! It definitely is hard to pick which card I like better. Really looking forward to more holidays celebrated by the birds!!

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks so much Laurie. I made a beautiful slim line card with a slider! Can't share it yet!

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