Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Lemon Zest

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Welcome to another review from the Stamp Review Crew, a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who hope to inspire you by sharing what we love! This time we are featuring the yummy Lemon Zest stamp set. Did you just arrive from the amazing Heidi's blog? Whether you did or are starting here, just follow the links to see what the Crew has to share. If you get lost, click the banner above for the blog roll.

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

I decided to go in a different direction with this set - away from lemon and toward lime. When I realized the font in the Make A Difference stamp set is the same one used in Lemon Zest, it made my job so easy - all I had to do was mask off the word 'lemon' when inking up the stamp. Then it was simple to add 'lime' in its place!

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

Granny Apple Green, stamped off is the perfect limey color. I stamped some lime slices to make my own background paper and also onto the envelope flap. That Subtle Dynamic embossing folder is a fabulous way to add some subtle texture to the background, too. And because it's 6" x 6" you can have the texture running in either direction. On this card it's running horizontally.

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

I have a special fondness for a certain adult beverage that contains lime and tequila, so naturally that is why this card came to mind. However, I don't like Gatorade. So if you ever see me sipping from a Gatorade bottle, you can be reasonably certain it doesn't contain any Gatorade whatsoever! *wink*

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

Smiley from Millan.Net

I had to cheat a little bit with the salt on the rim. It's Some Other Brand! But that rim really needed some salt, I tell ya, and SU didn't have anything close!

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

So there you have it, my homage to margaritas. And this one is guaranteed to not give you a hangover!

Heart's Delight Cards, Lemon Zest, SRC - Lemon Zest, Stampin' Up!

Up next is the ever so talented Dawn Tidd, so hop on over to see what she has made!

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Happy Stampin' Up! Anniversary

Heart's Delight Cards, Southern Serenade, Healing Hugs, Stampin' Up!

It was on this day, waaaaayyyy back in 2009, that I decided to take the plunge and become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It was a scary step because I was worried about meeting minimums, and what would happen if I didn't. But I decided that the discount I could get on the supplies that I absolutely LOVED, and had to have, was worth taking that step.

Well, you know what? There was no pressure AT ALL! I was able to make the minimum to stay active so I could keep getting that discount, and I made lots of new friends along the way that I never would have known if I hadn't become a demonstrator! And even if I hadn't been able to stay an active demo, nothing bad would have happened. I could have kept everything and that would be that. They wouldn't take my birthday away, though I'm at the age that I'd gladly give it back, LOL!

Heart's Delight Cards, Southern Serenade, Healing Hugs, Stampin' Up!

I also learned how much fun it is to attend Stampin' Up! events, like the one that is coming up in November in Orlando. This is the Stampin'Up! 30th year celebration, and it's going to be HUGE! I know we are going to get lots of free stuff from the Occasions catalog that will be coming out in January, and get to play with lots of new products, too, like the Delicate Lace Edgelits shown here!

Heart's Delight Cards, Southern Serenade, Healing Hugs, Stampin' Up!

If you think you'd like to check out the fun, I'd love to have you join me in Orlando! The event sign up is August 14th (and will sell out FAST), so if you join my stampin' family this month, you will qualify to go to OnStage in Orlando!

And here's the best part......you'll have until the end of December to make your first quarter minimum, you get to choose $125 in products for only $99 w/free shipping, and for this month only you'll get a free assortment of TEN ink pads in your kit (your choice of color family).


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Opportunities....

You know the crafting saying "There are no mistakes, only opportunities for embellishment"? Well, I had one of those "opportunities" in my stamp club on Thursday. This was the sample card we were going to make:

Heart's Delight Cards, Blended Seasons, Miss You, Stampin' Up!,

It was just simple and lovely, and we used the new Assortment 2 of watercolor pencils (coming in August) on Shimmery White cardstock with some Aqua Painters. After coloring, the image was run through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder, which just took the card from pretty nice to pretty WOW!

Unfortunately, when I was working on my card in class, I somehow touched the green while it was still wet and transferred it in a couple places, ruining the image panel. I sure didn't feel like fussy-cutting the flowers right then to try to save it. It occurred to me that I could just add more green as a background wash, like I MEANT to do that, and this was the result:

Heart's Delight Cards, Blended Seasons, Miss You, Stampin' Up!,

I had a spare practice flower that I had colored, so I cut it out to add some dimension. My mother didn't like the staples in the original sample so I decided to add some sequins instead. What do you think? Do you like the look of the staples or the sequins better?

Heart's Delight Cards, Blended Seasons, Miss You, Stampin' Up!,

This is what I mean by the Subtle folder adding so much to the card...I plan to use this folder a LOT on future projects!

Heart's Delight Cards, Blended Seasons, Miss You, Stampin' Up!,

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