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NC Demo Blog Hop and the Great Outdoors

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop where we are all about the Great Outdoors!  I'm so glad you are here.  Our hops are always on the last Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.  Of course that's eastern time.  I hope that you will take the entire hop.  NC has very talented stampers.  There are also so many stamps that can be used for the outdoors.  I can't wait to take the hop myself!  

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My card today is a bit labor intensive as a friend of mine says.  I love using lots of products and putting those together and that's what this card is all about.  So here we go!

Lighthouse Point for Christmas  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Let me say that North Carolina has great lighthouses at the coast.  Most have a black and white pattern.  You know the lighthouse by its pattern.  So this lighthouse would not be in NC.  A lighthouse from NC would not have evergreens at its base.

Warning:  This post will be lengthy.

I built this card on one of the cards from the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.  I thought it was perfect for the sky, just the right amount of darkness. 

I began making the ocean.  I used the Starry Sky dotted paper from the 2022-2024 In Colors 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  I used the Hippo dies to cut layers of waves.  I started with a piece of 1 3/4 x 4.  Then added a piece of 1 x 4.  The dies is not long enough so I cut across a piece of paper and then moved the die to cut again.  They did not meet correctly but it's waves.  For the next piece I started the die at a different place so the waves would look different.  In my sample I had another layer but found it isn't needed.  I used my fingers to try to bend the tops of the waves for more interest.  Add the waves at the bottom.

Parts for the lighthouse, using the Lighthouse Point stamp set,  of course are from the Lighthouse dies.  Cut the lighthouse with the open areas in Basic White.  Cut the solid lighthouse from Real Red.  I didn't need the top of the lighthouse so I snipped it off of both parts.  Glue the two together and glue to the card.  The base goes right over the waves.

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Cut the top of the lighthouse from Basic Black.  I used Adhesive Sheets on the back before cutting.  Add to the card.  Cut the top again from Daffodil Delight just to get light in the openings.  Glue those in place.  Cut the beam of light from Daffodil Delight as well and add to the lighthouse.  Cut the railing from Silver Foil found in the Silver Foil 12 x 12 Specialty Pack.  Add Adhesive Foil again to the back of the paper first.  Add the railing. 

The wreath is from the Tree Lot dies.  I noticed today that the Tree Lot dies are not orderable.  We were told that SAB items are While Supplies Last, but there is a notation TBD so right now I'm in the dark.  Cut the wreath in Garden Green card stock and the bow in Real Red.  

Now for the bottom of the card.

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The rocks are cut using the Lighthouse dies from Gray Granite.  I found that it's easy to stamp after cutting since we are using photopolymer stamps.  Start around the base and build the ground one boulder at a time.  Some will extend over the sides and bottom.  Just turn the card over and trim to fit.  All rocks were added with glue.

We are ready for the trees cut using the Tree Lot dies.  I used 1 large, 2 medium, and 2 small.  The basic trees were cut in Granny Apple Green card stock.  The more detailed trees were cut using Garden Green with Adhesive Sheet backing added to the back before cutting.  Those trees become stickers and are pretty easy to apply.  Be patient with the backing.  The trees were added with dimensionals.  I was able to tuck a few of the trees behind the rocks.

The saying is from the Brightest Glow stamp set from the mini.  I cut this out with my Paper Snips and actually cut off the bottom of the saying.  Add with dimensionals.  Stamp in Real Red.

The stars are cut using the Hippo dies.  You'll need lots.  The dies do cut out 3 at a time.  Cut in Daffodil Delight.  I think I used about 20 with some on the inside of the card.

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For the inside, I add 2 sayings from the Brightest Glow stamp set in Real Red.  Add a few more stars.

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Yes, this card will take some time.  No, you don't want to make 50 of these.  But I know you have a few special friends that would love to get this card from you.

Lighthouse Point for Christmas  NC Demo Blog Hop  Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes  Hippo dies  Tree Lot dies  Brightest Glow  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Up next is Tina Lesson.  I'm sure she has a fantastic project!  That's for taking the time to visit me!  I think I'm ready to sit on those rocks and enjoy dusk for a little while!

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Jo Anne Hewins
Tina Lesson
Amanda Howard
Tracie Evans Langley
Frances Wagner
Tonya Bowers

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Tina Lesson

Your card is absolutely stunning I love everything about it


Jo Anne, I love your lighthouse card. It looks amazing.

Tracie Evans Langley

Fantastic project as always, Jo Anne! I love all the detail you put into this card. Thank you SO much for sharing!

Toni Campana

Wow, Jo Anne, this is just so creative! I love how you put ideas together, I’m always inspired 😊

Tonya Bowers

I love this card! I would never have thought to use the lighthouse for a Christmas card. So smart and creative! Thanks for sharing!


Very unique and inventive!💕
Regina from Germany

Amanda Howard

Definitely a special card for a special person! I love combining the lighthouse and the evergreens for a Christmas theme.

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