Cards - Halloween & Fall

NC Blog Hop for October: One Stamp Set, Two Holidays

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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Sue Root
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Flight of Fancy Witch

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #634.  We are using the colors Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze, and Mango Melody.

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The Flight of Fancy stamp set is so cute.  It has you covered for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentines.

Flight of Fancy

I'm using this set for our challenge today.  The Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper is perfect for today.  This pack is on sale during the month of October for 15% off.  Here is my card.

CCMC #634 Flight of Fancy by Jo Anne Hewins

I love this card so much.  It will be going to my granddaughter Sagan.  Don't tell her!

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

Cut the Pretty Peacock designer paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Glue to the front of the card base.  Stamp randomly over the front the saying You're Sweet from the Banner Year.  Stamp in Pretty Peacock ink.  Make sure to put one of the sayings in the bottom right corner.

The stripes are cut from a Cajun Craze color of the designer paper.  Cut 3/4 x 4 1/2.  Cut a strip of Adhesive Foam Sheets that is 5/8 x 4 1/2.  Add to the back of each designer strip.  Add the first strip so that the saying down in the corner is showing.  Add the next two strips with a little space between and parallel.  Turn over the card front and trim the strips to fit.

CCMC #634 Flight of Fancy Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the witch from Flight of Fancy on Whisper White using Memento Black ink.  Color in using Ivory, Dark Mango Melody, Light Cajun Craze, Light Pretty Peacock, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, and Light Soft Suede blends.  The white card stock seemed to shine to brightly after fussy cutting the image.  Color it the space between the image and the cutting with a Light Smoky Slate blend.  The moon is cut separately.  Glue the parts to the cajun stripes.

Add a few of the Blue Adhesive Backed Gems around the card front.  This card is super cute!

CCMC #634 Flight of Fancy Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card add the saying again and stamp the witch at the bottom.  Color as on the front but without the Light Smoky Slate around the outside.  The inside is on a piece of 4 x 5 1/2 Whisper White since the blends would bleed through the back of the card.

CCMC#634 Flight of Fancy by Jo Anne Hewins

This card has given me joy.  As I said I love how it turned out!  I hope you'll consider this stamp set.  Thanks so much for spending some time with me today.  I appreciate it!

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Color Fusers Blog Hop for October, 2020

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop for October.  This month we are using the colors Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler.  I'm so glad you are joining us.  We hop the first Monday of the month.  You might have just come from Melissa's blog.  Wow!

Don't these colors remind you of fall.  Of course I thought of the Love of Leaves bundle right away.  Here is my card.

Color Fusers for October Love of Leaves Card by Jo Anne Hewins

There really isn't a lot of stamping on this card.  There are lots of die cuts.  Here are the details.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4.  The next layer is Crumb Cake  cut to 4 x 5 1/4.  

The Very Vanilla layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

Cut all the leaves from Cherry Cobbler, Cinnamon Cider, and Crumb Cake using the Stitched Leaves dies.  They will fit on a piece of 5 x 5 1/2 paper.  You will want to cut the leaf and also emboss the inside of the leaf at the same time.  For real ease I suggest that you use the new Adhesive Sheets on the back.

Lay out the leaves on the vanilla paper as you wish.  Then one by one peal off the backing and add to the layer.

Adhere the vanilla layer to the Crumb Cake layer.

Wrap Linen Thread around this layer 3 times and tape to the back.  Add all to the card front.

Color Fusers October Love of Leaves by Jo Anne Hewins

Now, using the Sunflowers dies, cut one of the largest solid flower and 2 of the largest detailed flowers in Cherry Cobbler.  Crush each layer in your hand and gently fold back out.  The smallest leaf in Cinnamon Cider will fit behind the center of one of the detailed flowers.  Add all of the layers of the flower together with glue.  Glue to the card front.

On a piece of vanilla scrap, stamp the word HELLO in a line.  Cut out using the banner from the Tasteful Labels dies.  Curl with a Bone Folder.  Attach each end with a glue dot.  One end is in the flower center and the other end is outside the flower.

Fold over some Linen Thread several times and tie into a knot.  Trim the ends.  Add by the center of the flower over the label.

Add a few of the clear Elegant Faceted Gems.

Color Fusers for October Love of Leaves Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, the saying from Love of Leaves.  Stamp in Cherry Cobbler.  Add some of the left over leaves.

Color Fusers for October Love of Leaves by Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks so much for joining the Color Fusers Blog Hop today.  I hope you will visit everyone on the hop.  Nicolle is up next.  You don't want to miss her project!

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Gather Together Fun Fold

The Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge # 632 is a color challenge.  We are using the colors Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso.

These are great fall colors and coordinate so well with the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I decided to highlight this paper in my card today.   We'll also be using the Gather Together bundle.  It's also a very easy fun fold.

CCMC #632 Gather Together by Jo Anne Hewins

CCMC #632 Gather Together Card by Jo Anne Hewins

Start with a base of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score at 2 and 3 1/8, turn paper around and score the same from the other side.  The center section will be the front of the card.  Bend down on each side of it.  The next fold on each is folded up.  Use a Bone Folder to burnish each fold.

You will need 2 pieces of the Gilded Autumn paper cut to 1 7/8 x 5 3/8.  These will go on each end.

You will also need 2 pieces of Very Vanilla that measure 2 1/8 x 5 3/8.  One of these will be embossed using one of the Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders.  They come in a set of two.  This vanilla piece goes on the center front.  The other vanilla piece goes on the back of the card in the center.

 Stamp the wood circle from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Early Espresso.  Fussy cut with snips.  Add to the center of the front with dimensionals.

Stamp the largest leaves from Gather Together on Very Vanilla paper in Mint Macaron.  Color this using a brush from the pack of Water Painters using the ink in the lid of the inkpad.  Cut out using the Gathered Leaves dies.  Place these with the stem of the leaf near the center of the wood and pointing up, the other pointing down.

CCMC #632 Gather Together Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Use the Gathered Leaves dies to emboss and cut 4 leaves.  There are 3 different types so you'll need 2 of one of them.  If you spritz water on the card stock and then cut, the embossing has more definition.  Make 2 each of the Mint Macaron and the Cajun Craze.  Cut an additional leaf for the other side.  Add the leaves two pointing up and two pointing down.

Stamp the saying from Gather Together in Early Espresso.  Use a 3/4 inch of vanilla scrap.  Trim each end.  Add a bow of Linen Thread with a rolled up glue dot.  The saying goes on dimensionals.

CCMC #632 Gather Together Back of Card by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the saying from Gather Together in Early Espresso and add a leaf.  The leaf here is Cajun Craze but it could also be Mint Macaron.

I have a video showing how to make this card.  Enjoy!

 

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NC Demo Blog Hop for September - Fall

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop for September.  We always hop on the last Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm ET.  I'm so happy you are here!  Our theme for this month is fall.  You might have just come from Amy's blog.  Weren't you impressed with her ideas!  If you are just starting here, please visit all of the posts on this hop.  You'll see some great fall samples!

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I'm sharing a card using the Joseph's coat technique.  This is an old technique that has come back.  The good ones always do!  Here is my card.

Joseph's Coat Technique with Forever Fern Card by Jo Anne Hewins

I have a video for this card so if the directions are a little fuzzy, hopefully the video will clear it all up.  I'll share it a little later.

The card base is Granny Apple Green that is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Score this at 3 1/4 and 4 1/4.  Fold the card at 4 1/4 and then fold back at 3 1/4.  Glue down the 1 inch area next to the fold.  This is just a little added something that makes the card seem like a fun fold.  I'm using the Forever Fern stamp set.  To get the leaves stamped on the base of the card, use the Stamparatus and Versamark.  Mark off a area on the Stamparatus for the card base.  Line up all of the leaves from Forever Fern over the base close together.  This will not cover the entire surface of the base.  Stamp with the Versamark.  Turn the base around and stamp the bottom of it.  You'll have to position the base where you need it to complete stamping.  You will not need all of the stamps.

Take a piece of Whisper White measuring 3 3/4 x 5 for the next step.  I used Real Red, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, and Granny Apple Green stamp pads.  Using a sponge dauber for each color the entire surface of this paper.  Color different spots or sections.  Color heavy  until all colors are covering the surface.  The video will be helpful here.

Joseph's Coat Technique with Forever Fern Close Up by Jo Anne Hewins

Stamp the leaves, on the Stamparatus, over this layer in Versamark.  Cover in Clear Embossing Powder, and heat with the Heat Tool.  Once done, cover the entire surface with Early Espresso ink.  I simply ran the surface of the pad over the layer.  The ink will resist over the embossing.  Take a paper towel and rub over the surface.  This will remove any ink over the embossing and brighten up those areas.  Isn't it pretty!  Trim this layer down to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2.  The purpose of trimming this is so that you can choose the area you like best for the card.  You can also trim a piece to put on the inside of the card.  Add to a piece of Mango Melody that is 2 5/8 x 4 5/8.  Glue to the card front.  

Did you notice that the saying is embossed?  We don't have Early Espresso embossing powder, so how did that happen.  Again, the Stamparatus is our friend.  Line the saying, from Forever Fern up on the Stamparatus.  Stamp the saying on a square of Mango Melody using Early Espresso.  Clean the stamp well.  Stamp again using Versamark.  Add clear embossing powder and heat with the Heat Tool.  Cut out with the Layering Circles dies.  Add to the card with dimensionals.

Tie a length of the Faux Suede Ribbon around the side of the card (glued area) and tie in a knot. Joseph's Coat Technique with Forever Fern Inside by Jo Anne Hewins

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White 3 x 5 1/4.  Add a piece of the leftover front piece to the inside bottom.

Joseph's Coat Technique with Forever Fern Project by Jo Anne Hewins

So, here is the video.  I hope you find it helpful.

 

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