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NC Demo Blog Hop for February 2024 Sale-a-Bration

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop.  We hop on the last Sunday of every month.  Our theme for this hop is Sale-a-Bration.  I'm so happy that you are here.  If you are just starting the hop, please visit all of us.  You'll get some great ideas!  If you are in the middle of the hop, I'm so glad you have landed here and please continue.

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Sale-a-Bration is winding down.  There are only a few days left.  Take the hop for ideas on using your free items.  Or, maybe you'll be tempted to make one more order and pick up some more of these free items while you can.  Don't forget that new items have been added!

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The easiest way to find these freebies is to go to my Online Store here.  It may be that some items will run out since the promotion is almost over.

I'll be using one of the items that was added at the beginning of February.  The Just Kiddin' Designer Series Paper is in the annual catalog as well.  It's a cute paper filled with images of children reading, drawing, and all sorts of things.  The backside of the paper is great as well.  I'll show some of them.  I was excited to get this paper, but then I couldn't think of anything to do with it.

I have four cards to share with you.  It turns out the possibilities are endless!

Just Kiddin' DSP  Doggone Friendly  Crafting with You  Tinsel Gems Four Pack  Something Fancy  Artistically Inked  Paper Florist dies  Everyday Details dies  Sweet Songbirds  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I'll share them one at a time.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Crafting with You  Tinsel Gems Four Pack  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The base of this card is Thick Basic White 5 1/2 x  8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

Add the stars designer paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4.  The next layer is Basic White with the measurements 3 1/8 x 4 3/8.  The the Berry Burst designer paper 3 x 4 1/4.

Simply pick a few of the children do their crafts and add with dimensionals.

The saying is from Crafting with You.  I stamped in Berry Burst and then cut the saying apart.  Life and Crafting are on dimensionals.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Doggone Friendly  Crafting with You  Tinsel Gems Four Pack  Something Fancy  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

One of the Just Kiddin' sheets show children with animals.  I decided to use the Doggone Friendly stamp set for a child just getting a new puppy.  The measurements for this card are the same as the one above.  The base is Lemon Lime Twist. 

Stamp the background stamp in Memento Black on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Basic White.  Then cut it down to 3 x 4 1/4.  I did it this way to use the side that I trimmed off on the inside of the card.

Use the Tinsel Gems Four Pack to decorate.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Doggone Friendly  Something Fancy  Tinsel Gems Four Pack  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I gave of the the dogs a colored kerchief.  Ink up the area.  Carefully lay a scrap of the designer paper down on it to stamp.  Trim around the image and glue to the original image.  This is called paper piecing.

Choose the child you wish and cut them out.  I ended up glueing the child to the green designer paper and then trimming around again to help the child stand out.

The saying is from the Something Fancy stamp set.  Trim and then add to some Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and trim around again for a frame.

Use the Tinsel Gems Four Pack to embellish.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Artistically Inked  Stylish Shapes dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This card is so easy.  One of the sheets in Just Kiddin' has scenes just ready to add to your card front.  This one is a library, a school, or maybe a bedroom.  I cut out children reading and added them with dimensionals.  I used the Artistically Inked stamp set for the hello.  Stamp in Melon Mambo and cut out with the Stylish Shapes dies.  Bingo! You're done.

Just Kiddin' DSP. Everyday Details dies  Paper Florist dies  Sweet Songbirds  ARtistically Inked  Stylish Shapes dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the last card, I used the image of a little boy with a flower.  I thought he just might be taking it to his mother for Mother's Day or a birthday.

The base is Thick Basic White.

Cut the background paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.   Center the largest rectangle die from Everyday Details and cut.  This cuts out a rectangle area but leaves the holes around the cut out space.  Now glue this to the card front.

Cut the same die again using Basic White.  You can cut the white down to fit the inside rectangle for this.  After cutting, we'll build the flower.  I used the Paper Florist dies.  The stem is just a 1/4 in strip of the designer paper.  The leaf is cut with that as well.  Cut the flower from Balmy Blue.  Curl the petals with a Bone Folder and adhere the pieces.  Add a Daffodil Delight center.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Paper Florist dies  Sweet Songbirds  Everyday Details dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The saying is from the Sweet Songbirds stamp set.  I think he is so cute!

So, I hope these cards will give you a springboard for new ideas for the Just Kiddin' Designer Series Paper.  I think pairing it with stamps you might already have is a great way to start.  Which is your favorite.

Just Kiddin' DSP  Doggone Friendly  Crafting with You  Tinsel Gems Four Pack  Something Fancy  Artistically Inked  Paper Florist dies  Everyday Details dies  Sweet Songbirds  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

On to the next hop where you'll find Tracie.  She is so talented so don't miss it!

Thanks for joining me today.  Get out that paper and use it!

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Tracie Evans Langley - the Sassy Stamper
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Thoughtful Expressions Bundle Plus a Tutorial

You'll find the Thoughtful Expressions bundle on pages 60-62 of the January-April Mini Catalog as part of the Poetic Expressions Suite Collection.   It's a lovely bundle, flowers and a hummingbird.  The sayings are great and feature a mix of cursive, type, and block letters.  

Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Brights DSP  Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Blends  Tutorial Medley   Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This is my project and tutorial for the Tutorial Medley Facebook Group.  It's a group of about 16 demonstrators from the US and Canada.  We each have a project to donate for every month.  The theme for February is the January-April Mini Catalog.  The tutorials are combined for us to use as we wish.  I choose to share the tutorial with my customers and with my Luv 2 Create team.

And just for coming to my blog post, you can get the download for this card for free.  Find it at Download Thoughtful Expressions - February 2024

I won't be going over the directions here since you can download them, but I will share some additional pictures of my card.

Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Brights DSP  Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Blends  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thoughtful Expressions bundle Card  Brights DSP  Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Blends  Mini Catalog  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Brights DSP  Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Blends  Pic with stamp set  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thoughtful Expressions bundle stamp set and dies  Brights DSP  Adhesive Backed Hearts and Flowers  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Blends  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Emails with the tutorial will be sent soon.  Tutorials are free with a purchase.  Thank you for your time!

 

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Ice Cream Swirl Valentine Cards for Sagan and Hazel

Valentine's Day kind of crept up on me.  I needed to make a couple cute cards for the granddaughters and I needed something I could make rather quickly.  I've been meaning to use the Ice Cream Swirl bundle.  It was right there on my table.  Here's what I came up with.

Ice Cream Swirls bundle  Card Duo  Most Adored DSP  Perennial Lavender DSP  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Pretty cute!  Pink is for Sagan and the purple is for Hazel.

Ice Cream Swirls bundle  Most Adored DSP  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The base for this card is Thick Basic White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score and fold at 4 1/4.  Cut 1 1/4 inches from the front of the card.

The Most Adored Designer SeriesPaper is perfect for the card.  This paper is part of the choices for Sale-a-Bration.  For the front the paper is cut at 2 3/4 x 5 1/4.  For the right side of the inside of the card the paper measures 1 1/2 x 5 1/4. 

For the ice cream cone, use the dies from the Ice Cream Swirl bundle.  The die will cut for two of the cones, so I was able to use that for both of the cards.  Cut from Crumb Cake card stock.

Stamp the cone using Pecan Pie ink.  Use a Blending Brush to add a little color across the top, bottom and a little down the side.

The ice cream was stamped on yet another paper from Most Adored in Flirty Flamingo.  Color every other space with a Light Flirty Flamingo Blend.  I have to give credit to the ice cream here to Patty Bennett, my upline.  Cut out the ice cream with the dies.

Glue the ice cream to the cone.  The white twine comes from the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack.  Tie the twine into a bow on the front.

Color some of the gems from the Opaque Faceted Gems with a Dark Flirty Flamingo Blend.  These are available for Sale-a-Bration choices as well.

The saying is from the Bee Mine Valentine stamp set.  Cut this out with the Stylish Shapes dies.  The heart is punched with the Bee Builder Punch.

Ice Cream Swirls bundle  Perennial Lavender DSP  Bee My Valentine  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This card is pretty much the same.  The front paper is from the Most Adored DSP.  The ice cream and the side panel purple pieces are from the Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper.

The ice cream is cut out in Highland Heather.  The more detailed die is cut from the Perennial Lavender.  Glue that to the ice cream base.

Embellishments are Glossy Dots.

Ice Cream Swirls bundle  Most Adored DSP  Inside of Card  Bee My Valentine  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here is the inside of the card.

As I write this, the girls have not yet received their cards.  I think they will like them.

Ice Cream Swirls bundle  Card Duo  Most Adored DSP  Perennial Lavender DSP  Opaque Faceted Gems  Glossy Dots  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thanks so much and I hope that you have a wonderful and Happy Valentine's Day!

My favorite valentines

Hazel and Sagan.  I got this off of Facebook this morning.  Love these girls!

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Planted Paradise Reversible Photopolymer Stamp Set

I'll just admit it.  I would not have purchased the Planted Paradise stamp set.  I received it as a gift.  I decided that I needed to give the set a try.  And I'll just admit it.  I had so much fun playing around with this set!  It can be found on page 47 of the January-April Mini Catalog. 

Planted Paradise Card  Earthen Elegance DSP  Heartfelt Hellos  Opaque Faceted Gems  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv  2 Create

This card did require a lot of fussy cutting.  There are no dies.  Notice that the lines are easy and pretty easy to cut.

Planted Paradise  is a reversible stamp set.  That means that you can use both sidesof a stamp. One side has the details.  The other side is smooth but can be used as a filler.  I used both sides of the stamp for the leaves in Parakeet Party color.

The base of this card is Pebbled Path 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The patterned paper is from the Earthen Elegance Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog.  Cut it to 4 x 5 1/4.

Planted Paradise Card  Earthen Elegance DSP  Heartfelt Hellos  Opaque Faceted Gems  Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv  2 Create

My advice for this stamp set if to just get in there and play.  All stamping was done on Basic White.  I started with the pots using Cajun Craze, Pool Party, and Starry Sky.  I had a vision in my head for how I wanted this to work, so I went ahead and added the pots with dimensionals where I thought they would work.

I filled the Starry Sky pot first.  I used Lemon Lime Twist.  This was a single stamp.  Add with a little glue and adhere to the pot above.

Next I worked with the Pool Party pot.   I stamped the leaves in Parakeet Party and added those first.  Some are on dimensionals and some glued down.  Then add the other leaves in Shaded Spruce.  I used 2 different stamps for these leaves.

Work on the Cajun Craze pot last.  I used both Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  Glue some down actually above the pot.  That will be covered with other leaves.

The saying, from the Heartfelt Hellos Sale-a-Bration stamp set, is stamped in Cajun Craze.  Fussy cut and add with dimensionals.  The O area was added with glue since the leaf it covers is already on dimensionals.

Embellish with the Opaque Faceted Gems from Sale-a-Bration.

Planted Paradise  Earthen Elegance DSP  Heartfelt Hellos  Opaque Faceted Gems  Pictured with stamp set  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv  2 Create

Now, this card was not my first with Planted Paradise and I want to share that one as well.  I love this card, but it is rather dark.

Planted Paradise Card in Pecan Pie  Everyday Details dies  Opaque Faceted Gems  Perennial Postage  Linen Thread  Blending Brushes  Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

First of all I wanted to try the background technique shown on page 28 of the mini catalog.  It's the one with the cup.  One of the dies in the Everyday Details is a long narrow die.  I used it on my backgound 4 times.  Then I used a Blending Brush.  The card base and the panel 4 x 5 1/4 are both Pecan Pie.  I tried to rough up the edges of the large layer before gluing it down.

The plants are about the same.  I changed the Pool Party pot to Crumb Cake.

Planted Paradise in Pecan Pie  Everyday Details dies  Opaque Faceted Gems  Perennial Postage  Linen Thread  Blending Brushes  Card Standing  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The stamp set for the saying Perennial Postage.

I think this second card it a little more masculine.  So which do you like best?  I would love to know, I think I know which one will win!

 

Planted Paradise Duo  Earthen Elegance DSP  Heartfelt Hellos  Opaque Faceted Gems  Everyday Details dies  Perennial Postage  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv  2 Create

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Planted Paradise Card in Pecan Pie  Everyday Details dies  Opaque Faceted Gems  Perennial Postage  Linen Thread  Blending Brushes  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Planted Paradise Reversible Stamp Set  Earthen Elegance DSP  Heartfelt Hellos  Opaque Faceted Gems  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv  2 Create

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Thoughtful Expressions Dies and Paper Florist Dies

Every so often I have to revisit the Paper Florist dies.  I love cutting and assembling the flowers.  I thought that the Thoughtful Expressions dies would supply the perfect backdrop for my flowers.

Paper Florist dies card  Sunny Days DSP  Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Opaque Faceted Gems  Softly Sophisticated  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Decorated Envelope

I was also able to use a couple of the Sale-a-Bration items in my card.

Start with a base of Thick Basic White 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score at 4 1/4.  Use a Bone Folder to go over the fold.

Use the Sunny Days Designer Series Paper to cover the front of the card.  You'll need a piece that is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  This paper is a free choice with a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration.  I used the Petal Pink plaid paper.  So classic!

The Thoughtful Expressions dies have a set of fancy circular dies and a set of label dies  plus even more.  I chose to use the largest label and the next largest.  Cut both out of Basic White card stock.  Glue the two together.  Stamp the saying in Berry Burst ink using the Softly Sophisticated bundle (SAB).

Paper Florist dies card  Sunny Days DSP  Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Opaque Faceted Gems  Close Up  Softly Sophisticated  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the flowers, you'll need first Berry Burst card stock to cut out three flowers.  One will be on the inside of the card.  Each flower has two layers.  The die cuts 4 layers at one time two for a large flower and two for a smaller one.  We are only using the small flowers.  If you want to save a little paper, cut a strip of Berry Burst and place it so that it covers the area you need.  Use a Bone Folder to give a little curl to the petals.  Use Daffodil Delight card stock to cut the centers of the flowers.  There is a little square that makes 4 little circles.  

The stem with the buds is cut from Old Olive card stock.  Cut three.  Add just a little dot of glue on the back of the leaf cups to attach the buds. The die cuts three buds at a time.  There is a larger one to fit in the middle of the group.  Cut the buds from Petal Pink card stock.  Add a little color to the buds using a Blending Brush.

Cut the multi leaf stem from Lemon Lime card stock.  Cut three because you'll need one for the inside.

Assemble all of the flowers.  I used glue for assembly.  I added the bud stems with a single glue dot near the base.

The labels are added with dimensionals.

Embellish with the Opaque Faceted Gems that are part of Sale-a-Bration.

Paper Florist dies card  Sunny Days DSP  Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Opaque Faceted Gems  Inside of Card  Softly Sophisticated  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here is the inside of the card.  The saying is from the Softly Sophisticated bundle.

Paper Florist dies  Sunny Days DSP  Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Opaque Faceted Gems  Softly Sophisticated  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Decorated Envelope

Add some of that free designer paper on the flap of the envelope.

Those flowers make me so happy!  The Paper Florist dies are a stand alone product.  They are not associated with a stamp set.

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Paper Florist dies card  Sunny Days DSP  Thoughtful Expressions bundle  Opaque Faceted Gems  Card Standing  Softly Sophisticated  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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