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Spotlight on Nature Back Fold Fun Fold for Tutorial Medley June 2024

Hi there!  I've been taking a few days off, but I wanted to share with you my project for the Tutorial Medley group in June.  Our theme for the month is Something New.  With the new annual catalog there is lots of new stuff, so this was an easy assignment.  Here is my card using the Spotlight on Nature bundle.  To make matters even better, it's a fun fold!  Hey, if you need to download the catalog, go to catalogs in the bar across the top of my post and click.  The information is right there.  Of course the Online Store is also a great choice.  You can search for anything.  Click here.

Spotlight on Nature  Tutorial Medley  Spotlight on Nature Bundle  Country Lace DSP  Wink of Stella  Fussy Cut  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

In addition to the Spotlight on Nature stamp set and Spotlight on Nature dies (bundle), I'm using the Country Lace Designer Series Paper.

Since this is for a tutorial group, I do have a tutorial for you today for my project free.  I'll let you know how to make this great fun fold with all the measurements and directions.   Download Spotlight on Nature - June 2024

Each month the tutorials for about 16 Stampin' Up! demonstrators are collected and put into one large tutorial group.  I use these to treat my customers, class participants, and Luv 2 Create team.  I'll be emailing the tutorial as soon as they are ready.

Here are a few additional pictures for you!

Spotlight on Nature  Tutorial Medley  Spotlight on Nature Bundle  Country Lace DSP  Wink of Stella  Fussy Cut  Close Up  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Spotlight on Nature  Tutorial Medley  Country Lace DSP  Wink of Stella  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Spotlight on Nature  Tutorial Medley  Country Lace DSP  Wink of Stella  Inside of Card  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Spotlight on Nature  Tutorial Medley  Spotlight on Nature Bundle  Country Lace DSP  Wink of Stella  Fussy Cut  Close Up  Pictured Stamp Set  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

I love the combination of Petal Pink and Smoky Slate!

10% off machines

Let me remind you of the Stamp + Die Bundles extra 10% off until the end of June.  This sale is while supplies last.  Unfortunately the Spotlight on Nature bundle is not available for the duration of the sale.  It should be back in the beginning days of July.  There are so many other bundles availabl to you.  Check out the sale here.  The Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine and the Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machines are also 10% off through June.  Hey, if you need to download the catalog, go to catalogs in the bar across the top of my post and click.  The information is right there.  Of course the Online Store is also a great choice.  You can search for anything.  Link below.

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Thanks for reading my blog post today.  I hope you enjoyed the Fold Back Fun Fold Card using the Spotlight on Nature bundle.  I want to thank those who have ordered this month.  I am almost up to my goal for June even though I haven't had my classes.  Thank you for allowing me to take some time for myself!

 

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Happy Houseplants Kits from the Kits Collection Online Store for Stampin' Up!

Some of the best news is that Stampin' Up! will publish 2 new kits every month in 2024 for the Online Kits Collection!  I'm here to review the Happy Houseplants Kit.  It's one of the February 2023 new kits.  It is a home decor kit making 4 beautiful plant frames.  #163873, $25.

When you open the kit, you'll find 2 smaller packages, the frames and the paper supplies needed.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Just Out of the Box

Here is a picture of the back of the frame.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Back of Frame

The 'glass' is plastic.  There is a coating covering to be removed.  If you use the dimensionals on the pieces as shown, the glass will not lie flat.  I did not use it.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Peel Off Plastic

The frames are a little different color than the other parts.  I like it because of that.  There is a tiny stripe to all the sides when you look closely.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  All Supplies From Kit

These are the parts.  The frames are OK for the price of the kit, but are plastic.  The mats could be a little thicker in my opinion.  I would also like to see the 4 background sheets for each plant to be a little more substantial.  There are two sheets with punch outs.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Supplies From Kit

This shows the backgrounds and the punch outs sheets.

The directions are good.  This is a very simple kit that will not take a lot of time.  Each plant has two plant pieces to add and the plant container.  All are added with dimensionals that are included.  I did add more dimensionals that shown on the directions, but there are plenty of them.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Snake Plant

The directions show using a pen or pencil to curl the parts of the plant.  I used my Bone Folder.  This kit is truly all inclusive!  Use the directions to help with placement of the parts.  I like how part of the picture is on the background piece.  That adds to the look of dimension.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Snakeplant in Frame

Here is the completed snake plant.  It's very hard to see the subtle stripes.  When I expanded the picture, I was able to see it a little.  When curling the punch outs, look at where they will be.  I curled some so that they would curl under and some so that they would curl up.  I thought this would add more interest.

 

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Hanging Basket

This shows the hanging basket with one of the sets of leaves already added.  Again, look carefully at the directions for placement.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Hanging Basket

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Making Plant in Basket

I felt like this plant gave me a little more challenge on where to place each part.  The stems shown with the first part end up being mostly covered.  It made me wonder why they were there.  I'm sure it was to be helpful.  In this picture, you see some Linen Thread across the basket.  I added that on my own as an extra.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Plant in Basket

I added a bow to the frame.  I chose to add this to some of the other frames.  I'll show you at the end.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Varigated Leaves

This shows the last variegated plant.  The pot is placed on the line.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Varigated Frame

Here is the finished plant.  I wanted to add more to the frames.  There is a video showing how you can add words.  Here is one example here.  I chose not to make a video.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Display of Frames

Here is a picture of my finished frames.  I added Linen Thread to three of the pictures.  I also used the Brushed Brass Butterflies and the Adhesive Backed Dragonflies & Birds.

I'm sure that something could be done to the mats.  As an experiment I tried covering one of them.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Frame with Covered Mat

I apoligize that this paper is retired.  It's from the holiday mini catalog that just retired.  I do think there is some perfect paper in the upcoming Online Exclusives called Flowering Zinnias that would be perfect for this.  I just have other plans for that paper.

To cover the mat, I cut my paper to 7 x 7.  Cut from the center.  On my Paper Trimmer, place the paper so that it is on the 5.  Now cut from 2 to 5.  Turn and repeat on each side.  Place the frame in the middle of the paper and miter each corner.  Fold each side down against the edge.  Once the outside is complete, cut from each corner on the inside to the corner of the mat.  Fold each side up against the edge.  I found the inside to be more difficult.  The outside would be hidden a little by the frame.  I tried to do this without securing the paper so I could take it all off if unsuccessful.  It was hard to do it that way.  That's why I suggested doing the outside edges first.

This kit is great for someone who feels they aren't crafty.  There's no stamping.  The frames should be completed in about 30 minutes I would say.  They are very pretty and would dress up a wall or bookshelf nicely.  I think one would be perfect as a gift for someone in a nursing home since it can stand.  There is hardware to hang as well.

Happy Houseplants Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Completed Frames with Extra Supplies
I hope you found my review helpful.  Let me know what you think.  Are you going to try the Happy Houseplants Kit from the Stampin' Up! Kits Collection?

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Birthday Sparkle Kit: Overview and Some Alternatives

Hello to you!  Today I have an overview of the Birthday Sparkle Kit.  This kit was released on February 1 and I give it a big thumbs up.  The item number is #163865 and the cost in the US is $23.

Birthday sparkle

I have a video for this kit with some alternative projects.  Warning!  Mistakes were made and words were hard, but I hope you'll take a look anyway.

Birthday Sparkle Kit Just Opened Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Just out of the box, this is what you will find.  The kit is all inclusive.  You will receive a clear block.  You'll notice that I have used my own blocks.  I'll reserve this one for a customer.  You also get a Early Espresso stampin' spot.  I have used my own larger ink pad.  The stamp set is great.  Every stamp is used when making the kit.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Directions Sheet with QR codes  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The directions are two sided.  One thing I noticed is the section with QR codes.  You can access a video for a beginner stamper and another video with the instuctions.  It's great that every effort has been made to make kit assembly a successful experience for everyone.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Completed Cards and Tags According to Instructions  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here are the completed projects according to the directions.

 

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for one card with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These are the supplies for the balloon card.  It could be a little bit of a challenge to get the sticks stamped for the balloons.  But I must say that assembly of the card was a lot of fun.  Stamping the designs on the individual balloons was easy.  It is a little hard to see the shapes on the gold glimmer piece, but I love how easy to just pull off stickers and add them to the project.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for candle card with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This is the second card.  Assembly is easy.  There are double dimensionals with the frame and the sentiment piece so it could mean a little extra postage.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Supplies for both tags with personal blocks  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These are the supplies for the tags.  In the video I had trouble with the cupcake.  Make sure that you stamp the words a little higher so that the cupcake paper does not cover the words.  I had thought to make the cupcake without dimensionals in order to add it to a card with dimensionals for easier postage.  This does not work with the stick.  Both of the tags are as cute as they can be.  The candle tag can be made without dimensionals to add to a card.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Alternative Note Cards Shown in Video for Tags  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Opps!  Looks like there is a stray dimensional paper in there.  Sorry about that!  Can you find it?

In the video I show a few alternatives using the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes and the Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes.  Additional supplies not in the kit were from the Nature's Sweetness Designer Series Paper, Silver & Gold Adhesive-Backed Glimmer Paper from the Online Exclusives, Beautiful Balloons dies, Radiating Stitches dies from the Online Exclusives, Neutrals Adhesive-Backed Sequins.  Don't tell anyone but I also used a small piece of Kraft paper from the retired Kraft 6 x 6 should you have that.  It matches perfectly.

Tag Card with gold frame:  Gold piece is 3 x 4 1/2, cut out 2nd rectangle from Radiating Stitches dies and save for another use.  Nature's Sweetness grid DSP 2 3/4 x 4 1/4.

Tag Card with gold strip:  Nature's Sweetness with gold dots is 3 3/8 x 4 7/8.  Gold strip is 3/4 x 3 3/8.

Striped Strip on White Note Card.  Early Espresso 7/8 inches wide.  White or Kraft strip is 3/4 inches wide to get the stamp to work.

Watch the video to see how I used the dots stamp to make a background and how I used the stripe stamp to get that striped strip of paper.  For one of the backgrounds stamp the words stamps and the little curly one all over.  You can stamp the envelope flap as well.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  Two Projects with Left Over Supplies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

These note cards were made using the extra pieces of the kit.  For the card on the left, I cut the balloon flag and tiny balloon using the Beautiful Balloons dies and the gold glimmer paper.  I suggest stamping the stick for the balloon first.  I didn't and I did not match the stick to the balloon very well hince the tiny gold balloon.  We cover our mistakes, right?  I used a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink to outline the large punched out piece and the balloons.  I did not do that on the large white balloon.  I think it needs the color to stand out.

Birthday Sparkle Kit  All Alternative Projects Shown in Video for Tags  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

So here are my projects.  I did not come up with alternatives for the large cards.  I really like them the way they are.  I did enjoy my time with making tags into cards and with the extra pieces.

In the video I said something about the box that you get in the Kraft Note Cards & Envelopes, but I forgot to get back to it.  Here is a picture of that.  It's a fantastic sturdy box with a lid.  Love it.  I got it together and I'm sometimes challenged for that kind of thing.

Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes  Birthday Sparkle Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create  Card in Box

Here I laid down one of the punch outs not needed for the kit.  Just decorate as you wish for a great gift.  The regular sized cards will not fit in there.

Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes  Birthday Sparkle Kit  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Here is the box with one on the cards on top.  Wouldn't that make a great decoration for the box!

I thank you so much for your presence today.  I know you are busy.  My video is long and a little bit of a disaster.  I think it's worth it.  Love to all of you and I hope you have the best day ever!

 

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Countryside Inn Suite Collection Sampler Frame

I have a frame to share with you today.  The frame is made using the Countryside Corners dies, Stylish Shapes dies, Around the Bend dies, Cheerful Daisy dies, and the Dainty Delight dies.  There was lots of cutting, but it was all worth it.  This is a 9 x 9 frame that came from IKea several years ago.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Wall Background No Glare  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight Dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Countryside Inn DSP  Boho Blue CS  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

My Luv 2 Create Team met this past Saturday.  We made this frame as our project.

I'll go through section by section and tell you a little about each of them.

Cheerful Daisies Frame Upper Left  Dainty Delight dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack. Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This is the upper left side of the frame.  Use the Stylish Shapes dies to cut a Basic White circle (second circle in) and a Boho Blue circle (3rd one in).  Decorate with the long stem from the Dainty Delight dies in Lemon-Lime Twist.  Cut 2 of the Fresh Freesia flowers and 2 stems in Granny Apple Green.  Use a Blending Brush to add color to the Fresh Freesia flowers.  Tie knots of the Lemon-Lime Ribbon from the Duo Ribbon Combo Pack.  Glue everything.  Add the knots with rolled up glue dots.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Upper Right  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

This section is the upper right.  Use the Countryside Corners dies to cut a shape from the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper.  Cut two of these because you'll need another for another area of the frame.  Use the 4th die in. 

Use Granny Apple Green cardstock a little larger than the shape you cut from designer paper.  Angle and cut the leaves using the Around the Bend dies.  Cut this using the same die as for the designer paper.  Be careful how you angle the die so it will match close to the sample. 

Cut 7 flowers using the dies from Around the Bend.  If you cut two sets, you'll have an extra one.  Cut backings for the flowers using Lemon Lolly cardstock.  I admit, this was quite tedious but worth it.  Add the flowers on dimensionals.

The half daisies are cut from Lemon Lolly using the Dainty Delight dies.  Cut centers for the flowers using Pecan Pie cardstock.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame Lower Left  Countryside Inn DSP  Dainty Delight dies  Countryside Corners dies  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

Use the other shape you cut for this lower left part of the sampler.  Cut the long stem from Dainty Delight in Granny Apple Green.  Trim part of it away.  Cut three of the Fresh Freesia and add color with a Blending Brush.  Cut three of the daisies from Lemon Lolly.  Add additional color with a Blending Brush.  Cut centers with Pecan Pie.  Glue all of these.

Cheerful Daisies dies Fram Lower Right  Ribbon Duo Combo Pack  Dainty Delight dies  2023-2024 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Stack  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create


Measurements for the bottom right are Basic White 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  The 2023-2025 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Stack Boho Blue piece is 3 3/8 x 3 3/8.  Cut a long stem from Dainty Delight in Granny Apple Green.  Trim this stem as needed.  Cut 3 sets of leaves using the largest die from the Cheerful Daisies dies.  Cut the largest die again using Fresh Freesia cardstock.  Cut each of these flowers apart and remove any tags.  Add color around the edges wuith a Blending Brush.  Cut each flower out using the individual detailed dies for each flower.  Blend the edges.  Glue the flowers together.  Cut centers from Lemon Lolly using Cheerful Daisies dies.  Add the flowers with dimensionals.  Cut three Fresh Freesia flowers from Dainty Delight.  Add color with Blending Brushes.

Just to be honest, I kept changing this section and ended up covering up some of the leaves.  Of course you fix them to please you!

Tie a bow with the Duo Ribbon Combo Pack and add with g glue dot.

Cheerful Daisies dies Frame pictured without frame  Around the Bend dies  Dainty Delight Dies  Stylish Shapes dies  Countryside Inn DSP  Boho Blue CS  Jo Anne Hewins  Luv 2 Create

The frame background is cut from the backing of a designer series pack.  It measures 9 1/8 x 9 1/8.  The Boho Blue layer measures 7 1/4 x 7 1/4.  The Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper measures 7 1/16 x 7 1/16.  Glue those two layers together and add them to the background with dimensionals or with Foam Adhesive Sheets.  

Add each section with dimensionals.

Cut an additional largest die from Cheerful Daisies in Basic White.  Cut these pieces apart as before.  Add some of these pieces around some of the sections.  I wanted this to help lighten up the dark background.

I used a 9 x 9 Ikea 3D frame for my sampler.  I have had this frame for a long time so I don't know if they still have them.  I'm sure you could find something online.

This was a project for my Luv 2 Create team.  Here they are hard at work.  I did all of the cutting for them so they had to assemble.

Luv 2 Create Team 5.4

Luv 2 Create Team 5

It was a great day followed by lunch at a favorite restaurant.  Want to join my Luv 2 Create Team?  I'm happy to help you!

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Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up!


I'm away right now for a few well deserved days off.  My husband and I are on a tour across the US.  I won't have a post again until Thursday when I return with 2 that day.  If you miss me, please make a comment.  Sometimes I wonder if there is anyone out there!  Come back Thursday, please.  Until then, here are a few videos put out by Stampin' Up!  As I write this, I don't have access to many since the catalog is not actually live.  It will be live when you read this.  If you want to see more, go here, or go to YouTube and search for Stampin' Up! Channel.  More videos should be available for you showing more Holiday products.  See you Thursday!!!!!!