Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Stamp Review Crew: Geared Up Garage

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week's hop focuses on the perfect masculine set, Geared Up Garage, which can be bundled with matching thinlits.  If you are following the hop in order, you have just arrived from the very creative Ann Schach's blog.

You'll see below that I previously created a card using the car image, so for a new design, I wanted to focus on the supporting garage images.

So, my eyes and hands might be showing their age, because boy is it hard to color the tools & background in the tool box!  After an initial start with markers, I went with watercoloring, as I find that to be a little more forgiving if I color outside the lines.  In fact, going monochromatic gray means any mistakes might be called intentional shadows.

I needed to darken the background a bit, so I brayered a Whisper White panel with Smoky Slate ink.  This card uses Freshly Made Sketches #377.

Stamps: Geared Up Garage, Amazing Life; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Botanical Butterfly DSP; Ink: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Versamark; Accesssories: Metallic Pearls, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Brayer, Garage Gears Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

As mentioned, here's the previous card I made with Geared Up Garage.

Stamps: Geared Up Garage; Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White, SAB Botanical Butterfly DSP, Silver Foil Sheets; Ink: Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Sharpie Marker; Accessories: SAB Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack, Aquapainter, Garage Gears Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot.

Hop on over to Stesha Bloodhart's blog to see what gorgeousness she has put together with this week's set.

 



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Sunday, March 10, 2019

SSC 200th Challenge Celebration + Blog Candy!

It's time again for another Sunday Stamps challenge, and this week we have a special one.  It is our 200th challenge!  Thank you to all that have played along with us through the years so far, and we hope to continue for many challenges to come!  To celebrate, each design team member is offering blog candy; see details below.

First, my card for this week.  I took a more artistic avenue with the Sale-a-bration Lasting Lily stamp set.

I inked up the lily stamps with a brayer and sponge to get light but full coverage, and then I enhanced the images with a Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils.

Now, the blog candy...  A winner will be chosen randomly from comments left on each blog post (our team member Monika will be offering blog candy to a non-U.S. commenter and all others will go to U.S. commenters).  I am offering a Stampin' Up! ribbon bundle (Bermuda Bay Stitched, Copper Trim, and Rose Red Seam Binding).  Deadline for entry is 6:00 pm EST on March 22, 2019.

Please take a moment to comment on our blogs for a chance to win, and definitely play along with this week's sketch by Monika.

Stamps: Lasting Lily; Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP, Vellum; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Versamark, Watercolor Pencils; Accessories: Old Olive Linen Thread, Delicate White Doilies, White Embossing Powder, Brayer, Sponge, Lily Framelits, Big Shot.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Feb 2019 PP: Grown with Kindness

When I was out of town, my Paper Pumpkin kit arrived and waited patiently at home for me to return and find time to play.  February's kit is called Grown with Kindness, and I challenged myself to come up with an alternative, which isn't always so easy with photo card panels.

I paired the photo focal image with retired Succulent Garden patterned paper.  To soften the colors of the DSP, I overlay a panel of vellum (included in the Paper Pumpkin kit).

This card uses Global Design Project #178.

Stamps: Amazing Life; Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP; Ink: Basic Gray; Accessories: Grown with Kindness February 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot.

I also wanted to play with the succulent stamp image in the kit, so I used the same layout again.

I {heart} watercoloring!  :)

Stamps: Amazing Life; Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Painted Seasons DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Pool Party, Fresh Fig, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate, Basic Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Aquapainter, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot.



Paper Pumpkin is turning 6, and we want to celebrate with you! After all, we could not have shared all these years of creativity if it weren’t for subscribers. We’re celebrating with a super-festive Paper Pumpkin kit for our subscribers with eight festive cards that are sure to “pop.”

And to thank everyone who supports Paper Pumpkin month after month, in addition to the specially-designed March kit, we’re offering a FREE STAMP SET. Oh, yes, you read that right! In March, you will receive TWO stamp sets with your Paper Pumpkin kit. Subscribe for March's kit by March 10!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Stamp Review Crew: Amazing Life

Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop: Inspiring you one stamp set at a time

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we are stamping with a great celebration set from the Occasions catalog set, Amazing Life.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from the very lovely and talented Sue Plote's blog.  Aren't her projects always beautiful?

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, I wanted to focus on the four-leaf clover image.


I combined some inspiration from Cindy Schuster and Freshly Made Sketches #374.  The gingham check paper seems good for an Irish card, maybe reminiscent of an Irish kilt.

My daughter has a swimming championship the day before St. Patrick's Day.  Maybe this would be a nice card for her!

Stamps: Amazing Life; Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP; Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black; Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Aquapainter, e-cutter, Dimensionals.

ICYMI, here's another card I made with Amazing Life.

Stamps: Amazing Life; Paper: Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Country Lane DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black; Accessories: Silver Mini Sequin Trim, Braided Linen Trim, Aquapainter, Banner Punch, Tin Tile Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Hop on over to the fabulous Charlet Mallett to see what fun projects she has put together with this week's set.


 



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Friday, March 1, 2019

Sale-a-Bration Coordination: No Sentiment Notecard

Know what's better than free Sale-a-bration items?  New products & tools that coordinate with those free Sale-a-bration items, which allows for more versatility with your crafting projects.

Stampin' Up! is releasing four die sets, which coordinate with Sale-a-bration products, and an additional stamp set and punch as well.  All these new items are available for purchase through March 31, so don't delay!

Stampin' Up! Painted Seasons
Here I'm highlighting the Sale-a-bration stamp set and coordinating paper bundle, Painted Seasons, along with the coordinating Four Seasons framelits.

Stamps: Painted Seasons; Paper: Whisper White, Painted Seasons DSP; Ink: Poppy Parade, Mint Macaron, Basic Black; Accessories: Black Metallic Thread, Four Seasons Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot.



Sale-a-bration Coordination!

ITEM NAME
Item No. PRICE
More than Words Photopolymer Stamp Set 150069 $17.00 (USD)
Lily Framelits Dies 150071 $27.00 (USD)
Call Me Cupcake Thinlits Dies 150072 $27.00 (USD)
Hop Around Framelits Dies 150073 $27.00 (USD)
Four Seasons Framelits Dies 150074 $28.00 (USD)
Story Label Punch 150076 $18.00 (USD)

For convenience, I'll match up the new coordinating dies (row 2) with the corresponding Sale-a-bration product (row 1).  What fun, right??

Hello Cupcake
Hello Cupcake
Painted Seasons Bundle
Painted Seasons Bundle
So Hoppy Together
So Hoppy Together
Lasting Lily
Lasting Lily
Call Me Cupcake Thinlits
Call Me Cupcake Thinlits
Four Season Framelits
Four Season Framelits
Hop Around Framelits
Hop Around Framelits
Lily Framelits
Lily Framelits
More Than Words
More Than Words
Story Label Punch
Story Label Punch

You can find all the products available for FREE with a qualified purchase in the Sale-a-bration Brochure and 2nd Release Brochure.

Sale-a-bration 3rd Release

Stampin' Up! has added some new items in their 3rd release to redeem for FREE with a $50 purchase, including the Painted Seasons DSP.  This paper is beautiful... I definitely recommend it!  Only available through March 31.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

SAB 2019: Painted Seasons

I'm back home from Florida and got a chance to play with the new Sale-a-Bration stamps set and paper bundle, Painted Seasons, which is part of the Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release.  You can earn this coordinating bundle FREE with a $100 purchase.

Stampin' Up Painted Seasons
It was fun to put together this spray of leaves and flowers or succulents with just different colors and only one succulent image.  This is a red rubber DistINKtive stamp set, which allows for darker and lighter areas of the image with one impression.  Sneak peek: I used coordinating dies that will be available on March 1.

Stampin' Up Painted Seasons
Hoping to have more time to play with this bundle... stay tuned.

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Lots of Happy; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Painted Seasons DSP; Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Mint Macaron, Fresh Fig, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Four Seasons Framelits, Big Shot.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

SSC199 DTP Flowering Desert

Welcome to another Sunday Stamps color challenge.  I put together my shoebox project for our Occasions/SAB downline meeting, and I noticed the colors would work out great for this color challenge.  Cool beans!

Stampin' Up! Flowering Desert
I decided to use the Direct-to-Paper (DTP) technique for my project.  It's a project-friendly technique when we are meeting at a local restaurant (water coloring, heat guns, or long-drying techniques would be less desirable).

I used an old tutorial from Michelle Zindorf with updated colors.  Once upon a time she gave a DTP technique class in CT, and I am still so sad I missed it!

Here are this week's colors; use a minimum of 3 colors and a neutral of your choice.

Stamps: Flowering Desert; Paper: Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Versamark; Accessories: Black Metallic Thread, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals.

Don't miss Sale-a-Bration's new release of products, for a limited time!


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