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A Few Thoughts About Positive Thoughts

Hello to you today.  I'm going to share a card using the stamp set Positive Thoughts.  It's in the January-June Mini Catalog.  Until the end of March, it also has a set of coordinating dies called Nature's Thoughts.  These dies are part of the limited time Coordination Product Release.

Positive Thoughts Card by Jo Anne Hewins

I'm going to admit right up front that this card got a little busy.  Do you ever find that you just can't stop?  That happens to me.

I started with a card base of Thick Whisper White that is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score and fold at 4 1/4.

The patterned paper is from the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper.  Cut to fit the front of the card.  That's 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Stamp around the edges of this layer with the flower stamp from Positive Thoughts.  I stamped in Petal Pink.  Glue to the card base.

The Nature's Thoughts dies have a cool rectangle die with cute little dots all around the outer edges.  That's what I used for the layer in the center of the card.  Cut from Whisper White.  Stamp the leaf stem in Garden Green on this layer from lower left toward upper right.

I stamped the saying on a piece of white 3/4 x 2 7/8 in Garden Green.  Glue to the top of the rectangle.  If you are really good, just go ahead and stamp the saying directly on the rectangle.  Sometimes I tend to make thinks harder than they need to be.

On Whisper White, stamp the leaf stems 2 times and the flower 4 times.  For the flower, ink in Petal Pink.  With a sponge dauber add some Blushing Bride ink directly to the stamp already stamped in Petal Pink.  Just add the color here and there and then stamp on the paper.  Cut all of these out with the Nature's Thoughts dies.

Cut some of the smaller leaf stems in Garden Green card stock.

Positive Thoughts Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Now the task is to assemble all the parts on the front of the card.  Use glue and dimensionals.

Positive Thoughts Inside of Card by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, the saying is from Positive Thoughts.  Stamp another large leaf stem.  Glue a flower to the inside.

Positive Thoughts Card is by Jo Anne Hewins

This is a great stamp set.  Just look on Pinterest.  There are so many ideas.  If I can help you get this set and the coordinating Nature's Thoughts dies, please let me know.  The dies are while supplies last or to the end of March.

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A Simple Sailing Home

Hello!  Thanks for coming to my blog today.  I love sharing my creations.  Today I have a simple card using the Sailing Home stamp set, the Smooth Sailing Dies, and the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.

Come Sail Away for the Whisk & Barrel by Jo Anne Hewins

Begin with a card base of Night of Navy that measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2  and folded at 4 1/4.  The next layer is Sahara Sand cut to 3 3/4 x 5.  A piece of navy stripe from the Come Said Away designer paper that is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 is the next layer.

I suggest using the Stamparatus for your stamping.  You want to get a good crisp dark image for all.

For the lighthouse, use a piece of Sahara Sand measuring 1 5/8 x 3 1/2.  After stamping the lighthouse in Night of Navy, rough up the edges of this paper with the sides of your scissors blade.  Add with dimensionals.

Stamp the saying in Night of Navy and then punch out with the 2" Circle Punch.  Add that with dimensionals.  Put snail where this circle overlaps the lighthouse paper.

Come Sail Away for the Whisk & Barrel Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the anchor on Sahara Sand scrap using Night of Navy.  Cut this out using the Smooth Sailing Dies.  Add a little of the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Twine to the end.  Add with dimensionals.

I usually show the inside of my cards.  For this one I just stamped another anchor in the bottom right corner.

Come Sail Away for the Whisk & Barrel Card by Jo Anne Hewins

Who says simple can't be pretty?  I think anyone would love to receive this card!

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Stamping Around the World Blog Hop, Lilypad Lake

Welcome to the Stamping Around the World May Blog Hop.  For the May tutorial, I used the stamp set Lilypad Lake.  Today I have a very different card using this stamp set and the Lakeside Dies.  You might have just come from Sue's blog.  Great project!

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Here is my card.

Lilypad Lake by Jo Anne Hewins

I have a video that I will add near the end of my post.

Start with a card base of Night of Navy.  It is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The Pool Party base is 4 x 5 1/4.

Next is a layer of Whisper White.  It measures 3 3/4 x 5.  Stamp the waves from Lilypad Lake in Night of Navy.  I started at the bottom of the layer and worked up.  I stamped this 3 times.  Now sponge over the entire layer with Pool Party.  I had places that were a little heavier than others.  It doesn't matter because the sky and sea have variations.

Use the Lakeside Dies to cut a sun from Daffodil Delight.  The clouds are cut using the Up & Away Dies that are retiring.  Cut three clouds from Whisper White.  Glue the sun and clouds to the layer.

Use the Layering Squares to cut two squares from this layer to form a frame.

Adhere all of the layers including the outside part of the sponged layer.  Lay the frame so that it fits inside the hole.  Now add adhesive to the inside of the square and adhere.  Remove the frame and add Foam Adhesive Strips and adhere so that everything is aligned.

Lilypad Lake Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp two sets of the boats on Whisper White with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Color these using the Light Mango Melody, Light Night of Navy, and Dark Real Red Blends.  Cut out with the Lakeside Dies.  Add to the card.

The saying is stamped on a 3/4 inch strip of Whisper White.  Use Night of Navy ink.  Notch the ends and add to the card.  Add a boat with a dimensional.

Lilypad Lake Inside of Card by Jo Anne Hewins

Here is the inside of the card.  Add a saying and more boats.

Lilypad Lake Card by Jo Anne Hewins

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An Easel Card with Dandelion Wishes!

Hello and welcome to Kylie's Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for March 2019.  Thank you so much for joining the hop.  I know you will find lots of great cards and ideas!  My name is Jo Anne Hewins and I'm from the USA.

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Today I'm sharing a card using the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.  I just got this set recently and I'm happy to use it!  I have an easel card.

Dandelion Wishes Easel Card by Jo Anne Hewins

Here is a picture of it opened and from the side.

Dandelion Wishes Easel Card Side View by Jo Anne Hewins

These are just so much fun to make.  They really are not that hard!

Start with a card base of Coastal Cabana that measures 4 1/4 x 11.  Score this at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.  Fold the card in half and then the score half way down is folded down so that you would have a mountain as it sits on the card base bottom.

Next you'll need another piece of Coastal Cabana that measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  That's the standard US card front.  Run this paper through the Big Shot with the Dot to Dots Embossing Folder.  This piece attaches to the front of the card base, however, you will only attach the bottom half of this paper.  Only put adhesive on the bottom of the card base front.  You can see how that would look in the picture above.  

Dandelion Wishes Easel Card Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Use the Rectangle Stitched Framelits for the front of the card.  Use the 4th rectangle in for the one in Coastal Cabana.  The 5th rectangle in is for the Whisper White layer. 

Stamp the large dandelion on the white layer using the Stamparatus to make sure that you get a good dark image.  Use Smoky Slate ink.  A sponge dauber is used to sponge Coastal Cabana ink over parts of the dandelion.

Attach the two rectangles and then tie Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the lower part.  Make your first tie and then put a glue dot under the knot.  That will hold the knot in place and help tying the rest of the bow.  Add this panel with dimensionals.

If you feel that the top part of the card needs a little more support add a rectangle of Whisper White or Coastal Cabana to the back.  It would measure 4 x 3.

Dandelion wishes Easel Card inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, stamp the dandelion seeds across the bottom in Smoky Slate.  The words are from the same set.  Stamp on a white scrap and punch with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.  Add this with dimensionals.  When you open the card rest the front behind this circle to hold the card open.

You might have to include directions to the recipient of this card on how to display it.

Here's a video to show how to make this card.


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Dear Doily for Dear Friend


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Welcome to Kylie Bertucci's International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing cards of encouragement.  My name is Jo Anne Hewins.  This is my first time taking part in this blog hop.  You can vote for my entry here.  The top ten cards will get to take part in an international blog hop later in the month.  That's so exciting!  Here is my entry.

Dear Doily bundle by Jo Anne Hewins

We all need encouragement!  Hopefully you know the thrill of finding a card in you mailbox made just for you.  It's happiness on a piece of paper.  Face it, we need encouragement every day!

My card uses lots of products from the Occasions catalog.  I am in love with this catalog!

Start with a card base of Night of Navy.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is folded at 4 1/4.

The Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies are hidden at the bottom of  page 28 in the Occasions catalog.  Use the largest rectangle and then skip 2 to the next one to make the frame.  I used the Thick Whisper White because I wanted it to be sturdy.

For the piece of Night of Navy, cut with the second largest frame.  This way you know that the frame will cover it.  Using the Doily Builder Framelits, cut out using the largest doily.  Go through the process several times of cutting out the doily until most of the paper is cut.  It took me 4 cuts.  Back this paper with a piece of Whisper White the same size.  Attach this piece to the center of the card front and then add that frame using the Foam Adhesive Strips.

Dear Doily bundle close up by Jo Anne Hewins

The label in the center of the card is made using the Frosted Bouquet Framelits.  These were in the Holiday catalog, but have been carried over.  Cut the largest frame from Thick Whisper White.  Stamp the saying from the Needle & Thread stamp set from page 39 of the Occasions catalog.  Use Lovely Lipstick ink.  Center this with the smaller frame and cut.  The larger frame is placed on the foam strips, too.  These strips are a little thicker than dimensionals.  I wanted it to be the same height.  Glue on the smaller frame.  I love how they look together!

Add a few of the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots and finish it off with a Lovely Lipstick bow.  The die for the bow is in the Doily Builder Framelits.

Dear Doily bundle inside of card by Jo Anne Hewins

Here is the inside of the card.  The saying is from Needle & Thread.   The doily is from the Doily Builder Framelits.

Here is a video on how to make the card.


I would recommend that you glue down the Night of Navy cut out piece much better than I did in the video.  Thank you for watching my video!

Dear Doily bundle card by Jo Anne Hewins

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