Luv 2 Stamp Blog Hop November 2022

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Welcome to the Luv 2 Stamp Group’s 2022 Blog Hop! We are excited to share projects. We hope to inspire you to create beautiful new projects. Each month we will have a different theme based on the next month’s celebrations using Stampin’ Up! products.
Once you are done with each post, scroll down to the bottom and you will see a list of Blog Hop participants, you can click on their name to go to their post, or you can click the next button to go to the next post in line. Happy crafting! This month’s theme is Christmas featuring the July-December Mini Catalog.

One of the reasons I purchased the Christmas Barn bundle, found on page 28 of the Mini Catalog, was because the horse and carriage image is so cute.  I hadn't used it yet so I needed to make a card with that in mind.  I wasn't sure about my first card, so I enlisted the help of my husband John.  He helped me think through a few things and we decided the designer paper I used as the background was too busy.  John really can be a big help!  I remade the card.  You decide which you like best.

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Storybook Gnomes DSP  Barn dies  Duo of Cards  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

The cards are the same except for the sky.  Which do you like best?  I can hear you right now.  You are wondering what happened to the horse and carriage, aren't you.  I can solve that part for you.  If you look carefully, you'll see that the barn is on a flap.    What could possibly be under there?  I just bet you have already figured it out.  So, the barn is covering the sleigh!

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Storybook Gnomes DSP  Barn dies  Barn Flap Open  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

I was excited to figure that out.  Let's talk about how to make this card.  They are both the same as I said.  

The base is Thick Basic White 5 1/5 x 8 1/2.  Score at 4 1/4 and then burnish this fold with a Bone Folder.  

I used the Storybook Gnomes for the sky in one card.  Cut it 4 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Glue to the top of the card.  For the other card, use a piece of Balmy Blue cardstock cut to the same size,  For this layer I used a Blending Brush to add just a little color near the bottom.   Glue it to the top of the card.  For the Balmy Blue cardstock, stamp with Craft White to make more snow in the background.  I did feel it needed something.  The stamp I used is from the Window Wishes stamp set.

For the snow, you'll need a piece of Basic White cut to 4 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Cut with Paper Snips starting at about the 3 inch mark on the side.  Curve up as you cut and then begin to curve down.  You'll have a little hill across the center.  Glue this to the bottom of each card.

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Balmy Blue Sky  Barn dies  Barn Flap Open  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

We are ready for our stamping.  You'll use Basic White.  I stamped all of the images in Basic Gray ink.  Stamp 3 trees, one barn, one wreath, and of course the horse and carriage.

I used Watercolor Pencils Assortments 1 and 2 for my coloring.  I hadn't used these pencils in quite a long time.  They were perfect to help me get that two toned coloring of the barn using the Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray pencils.  The trees are colored in Garden Green and Early Espresso pencils.Once I finished coloring, I went over it all with a Blender Pen.  It smoothes out the color.  Cut out all the shapes with the Barn Dies.  While you are cutting, cut out a bunch of the tiny snowflakes.  There are three dies there that eac cut out 3 snowflakes.  You can cut out 9 at a time.  Glue the wreath to the barn.

Glue the three trees and the sleigh in the center of the card.  But wait!  I discovered that the flap didn't want to stay closed.  I had some magnets on hand and decided to find them.  Put one magnet under the heads of the people in the carriage.  Use a glue dot.

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Storybook Gnomes DSP  Barn dies  Barn Flap Open  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

Cut a strip of Thick Basic White 1 x 4.  Score 1 3/4 and fold.  This short  part will be glued to the back of the card with the rest folding fowared and over the front.  Arrange the barn so that it looks right and also covers the sleigh.  While laying in place figure out where the glue will need to go.

Lay another of the tiny magnets on top of the heads of the people.  The magnet will snap into place over the first one.  Put a glue dot on top of the magnet.  Close the flap so that the barn again covers the sleigh.  The glue dot will adhere the magnet exactly where it needs to go.  Magic!

Stamp the saying in Basic Gray at the bottom of the cards.

For me the easiest way to add the stars is to put tiny little dots of glue around.  Make sure the snowflakes are lying right side up.  Use your Take Your Pick Tool to place the snowflakes.  The snowflakes do not show up very well on the designer paper.

Some of you may be wondering about the tiny magnets.  Of course they came from Amazon.  Here is the link.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VYHQ13J/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They come in a very small package.  Don't be thrown by the picture.

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Balmy Blue Sky  Barn dies  Barn Flap Open  Version 2  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Storybook Gnomes DSP  Barn dies  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

If you would like, please leave me a comment and let me know which card you like best!

Don't forget to visit everyone on the hop.  Christmas will be here soon and you just might need some great ideas!  Taleena is up next.  You'll love her post!

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November Links

Sharon Lim-CA

 

Laurie BradshawCA

 

 Teri West-AK 

 

 Sandra Hernandez-GA

 

Danielle D. Diaz-NM 

 

Gloria Plunkett-GA

 

Jo Anne Hewins-NC

 

Taleena Koch-WA 

 

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Christmas Barn  Watercolor Pencils  Flap Fold  Storybook Gnomes DSP  Barn dies  Duo of Cards  Jo Anne Hewins  luv 2 create

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I'm Nuts About Squirrels!

Hello! Hello!  I'm using the Nuts About Squirrels stamp set today.  It's such a cute stamp set.  You can find it on page 50 of the annual catalog.  I have  a lot of squirrels around our house and they are fun to watch.  

Nuts About You  Ringed with Nature  Blends  Linen Thread  Stylish Shapes  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper is perfect for this card.  My card base is Crumb Cake cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded.  I have a layer of Early Espresso cardstock cut to 4 x 5 1/4.  The pine cone paper measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.

Stamp the branch just off of the page to the left and stamp it again reaching to  the other side of the front.  We'll cover up the ends in the center.

The greenery paper is also from Painted Christmas.  Cut it to 1 3/4 x 5 1/8.  Glue it to a piece of Early Espresso that is 1 7/8 x 5 1/8.  Glue this to the card front just a little to the left.

Nuts About You  Ringed with Nature  Blends  Linen Thread  Stylish Shapes  Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Stamp the two squirrels on Basic White using Early Espresso ink.  Color with blends.  I used the Crumb Cake combo, Soft Suede combo, and Light Petal Pink for the ears.  You will have to cut out these squirrels with your Paper Snips.  Add with dimensionals.  The top squirrel will cover the fact that there is no branch there.

Stamp the saying in Early Espresso on Basic White. Cut out using the Stylish Shapes dies.

Put some Linen Thread behind the circle and add the circle with dimentionals so that the top squirrel looks like he is stepping on it.

Nuts About You  Ringed with Nature  Blends  Linen Thread  Stylish Shapes  Inside of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here is the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for giving me a little part of your day.

Nuts About You  Ringed with Nature  Blends  Linen Thread  Stylish Shapes  Painted Christmas DSP  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Flap Fold with He's the Man Designer Series Paper and More!

Today's card has a flap fold.  It's super easy to make the fold.  I hope you'll like it.  Here's the card.

Hello Harvest Flap Fold  He's the Man DSP  Gingham Cottage DSP  Rustic Pumpkins dies  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Start with a base of Pumpkin Pie that is cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  That's the size of a regular card.

The He's the Man Designer Series Paper is our masculine paper.  It does make the card rather dark, but I still think that it's really cute, too.  Cut a piece that is 4 x 5 1/4.  Cut another piece that is 4 x 4 in another pattern.

Fold the square diagonally.  Glue half of the square to the back of the larger piece on the right side.  The part of the square sticking out will fold back over the side to the front of the card.  The corners of the square will extend just a little beyond the top and bottom of the rectangle.  Trim that little part away.  Now glue the front panel to the base of the card.

Hello Harvest Flap Fold Completely Open  He's the Man DSP  Gingham Cottage DSP  Rustic Pumpkins dies  Black and White Gingham Ribbon  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The back part of the designer paper will show.  I decided that that design did not enhance my card.  I cut another 4 x 4 square and cut it on the diagonal.  Glue that piece to the back of the diagonal so that it shows when the flap is opened.  Of course this part would be optional if you like the back of the DSP.

To decorate the card, use the Gingham Cottage Designer Series Paper and the Rustic Pumpkins dies.  The designer paper had two sizes of the pumpkin pie check.  I chose to have the center of the pumpkin in a larger plaid.  Cut the center and 2 of the side pieces for the pumpkin.  Glue these together to make the pumpkin.  Cut the vine pieces in Parakeet Party cardstock.  There are three designs for the vines.  I cut an extra of one of them.  I put some of the Adhesive Sheets behind the cardstock.  When peeled away, the vines become stickers and apply easily.  The stem is cut from Soft Suede cardstock.  Also cut a leaf from Parakeet Party.  The base of the pumpkin is added with dimensionals.  Be sure be leave the area on the right without dimensionals be that the flap will fit under it.

Hello Harvest Flap Fold  He's the Man DSP  Gingham Cottage DSP  Rustic Pumpkins dies  Close Up of Card  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The saying is stamped in Early Espresso ink on Basic White.  Fussy cut around the saying with Paper Snips.

Embellish with 2021-2023 In Color Opal Rounds in Pale Papaya.  Add a bow of the Black & White Gingham Ribbon.  I colored it with a Dark Soft Suede Blend.

Hello Harvest Flap Fold  He's the Man DSP  Gingham Cottage DSP  Rustic Pumpkins dies  Sentiment Back of Card   JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Since this card does not open, I put the inside of the card on the back of the card.  All is from the Hello Harvest stamp set.  

The Hello Harvest stamp set can be purchased with the Rustic Pumpkins dies as a bundle with 10% savings.  Products used are listed below and are linked to my online store.  Thanks!

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Hello Harvest Flap Fold  He's the Man DSP  Gingham Cottage DSP  Rustic Pumpkins dies  Black and White Gingham Ribbon  JO Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Framed Florets Bundle with Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper

The Framed Florets stamp set and coordinating Framed Florets dies are beautiful.  This bundle along with a few other limited items is available to you now.  If you would like to see the flyer go here.  The bundle will be in the upcoming Mini catalog beginning on January 5th.  The other items are while supplies last.  We made this card in my classes last week and I wanted to share it with you.

Framed Florets  Design a Daydream DSP  Natural Finish Ribbon  Linen Thread  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The base for this card is Old Olive 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Fold at 4 1/4.

The patterned paper for the front is from the Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper.  It is from the HOST items at the back of the annual catalog.  Cut to 4 x 5 1/4.

The frame from the Framed Florets dies is cut from another design from the same pack of paper.  Glue to the center of the card front.  Stamp the saying from the Framed Florets stamp set in Blackberry Bliss in the center of the frame.  This is a photopolymer set so it's easy to have great placement for the saying.

There are two of the large leaf stems cut in Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  Three leaves are cut from Old Olive cardstock.  My advice is to use Adhesive Sheets on one side of the cardstock and cut from the other side.  Peal off the backing and you'll have easy to apply stickers!

Framed Florets  Design a Daydream DSP  Natural Finish Ribbon  Linen Thread  Close Up of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the bow begin with a 3 inch length of Natural Finish Ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half at the end and cut from the fold out to the corner.  Do the same on the other end to get the notches.  Take a 5 inch length of Linen Thread and fold in half.  Tie this around the center of the wider ribbon.  Watch and help the ribbon gather up in an attractive way.  Trim the ends at about 3/4 of an inch.  Use the Take Your Pick Tool to pull the strands apart.  Add the bow with a glue dot.

Stamp three flowers on Basic White in Memento Black ink.  Color with the light and dark Balmy Blue Blends Combo and cut out with the dies.  Add the flowers with dimensionals.

Framed Florets  Design a Daydream DSP  Natural Finish Ribbon  Linen Thread  Card Standing  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

For the inside of the card, stamp a saying and add a few more of the flowers.

Framed Florets  Design a Daydream DSP  Natural Finish Ribbon  Linen Thread  Inside of Card   Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Let me just say that the flyer will also show a beautiful designer paper called Fitting Florets.  I thought I could resist it but I could not.  Coming up in eary December I'll have a week of cards showcasing this fabulous paper!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today.  I do appreciate your time and attention!

Framed Florets Card  Design a Daydream DSP  Natural Finish Ribbon  Linen Thread  Pictured with stamp set  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

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Natural Prints Christmas

 

Today I want to share with you a card that just might not scream Christmas made with supplies that aren't Christmas.  It might be one of my favorite Christmas cards of the year!

Christmas to Remember  Natural Prints dies  Sun Prints dies  Simply Elegant Trim  Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  luv2create.typepad

My card uses the Natural Prints dies and the Sun Prints Designer Series Paper.  Oh yes, I did use the Christmas to Remember stamp set.  I think this card has a classic kind to feel to it.

The base is Gray Granite 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.  The Real Red layer is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  It is topped with a layer of Sun Prints cut to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.

Christmas to Remember  Natural Prints dies  Sun Prints dies  Simply Elegant Trim  Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels  Close Up of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  luv2create.typepad

Use the Natural Prints dies to cut the wreath from Basic White.  Cut the other sprigs from Evening Evergreen.

Tie a bow using the silver from the Simply Elegant Trim pack.  Adhere with a glue dot.

The saying is from Christmas to Remember.  Stamp in Real Red and cut it out.  Add with dimensionals.  Do not put a dimensional over the area that overlaps the ribbon.

Finish the card with Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Christmas to Remember  Natural Prints dies  Sun Prints dies  Simply Elegant Trim  Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels  Inside  of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  luv2create.typepad

The inside is simple.  The saying is from the same stamp set.

Christmas to Remember Card  Poppy Moments dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Holly Leaves dies  Painted Christmas DSP  Card Standing  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Thanks for sharing part of your day with me.  If you need supplies I am happy to help you.  Supplies are listed below.  Have a great day!

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