Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Hop That Wasn't

Flowering Desert, Heart's Delight Cards, Occasions 2019, Stampin' Up!

Normally there would have been a Control Freaks tour today, but life got in the way for too many of us, so the hop was canceled. *Sniff*  HOWEVER, I know there are some exciting things in the works, so be sure to check us out over the next few months!

Flowering Desert, Heart's Delight Cards, Occasions 2019, Stampin' Up!

Since I had my project done, I figured I'd share it anyway. I hadn't had a chance to play with the Flowering Desert photopolymer stamp set, so I thought now would be a great time. Because the southwest got SO MUCH RAIN recently, it has produced what is called a super bloom, meaning the wild flowers and cacti are going absolutely bonkers with blooms! It really is spectacular; I witnessed it several times when I lived in SoCal. Absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Flowering Desert, Heart's Delight Cards, Occasions 2019, Stampin' Up!

Since today is the also first day of Spring (hooray!) this card is even more appropriate. I used sponge daubers to add ink to the Marbled background stamp to create the effect of a gorgeous desert sunrise or sunset.

Flowering Desert, Heart's Delight Cards, Occasions 2019, Stampin' Up!

The saguaro cactus, prickly pear cactus, and agave were all stamped and fussy cut so the background would show through. The saguaro and agave were glued in place, but the prickly pear was popped up on dimensionals. You can't see it, but the blooms have some Clear Wink of Stella on them, too.


 Image panel: Whisper White 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
 Mat: Basic Black 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
 Second mat: Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Card base: Old Olive 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

Colors Used

 Marbled background: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Rich Razzleberry
 Saguaro: Mossy Meadow
 Prickly Pear: Pear Pizzazz with Flirty Flaming blossoms
 Agave: Tranquil Tide with Soft Suede bloom spikes

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Stamp Review Crew - Geared Up Garage

Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. This time we are focusing on the very masculine Geared Up Garage stamp set, which is also available as a bundle with the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies. There's a whole suite of products for making those somewhat challenging (for me, anyway) GUY cards! You may have landed here from fabulous Tanya's blog, Tinkerin' in Ink with Tanya, but if you're starting with me, just follow the links to take the whole tour - there are eleven of us this time.

I have two cards to share, so I'll start with the CAS one.....I love the *subtle* details! I think this one will go to my son-in-law who turns the big Four Oh later this year.
Smiley from Millan.Net
The greeting was stamped first, and the white die cut gears were adhered with liquid glue. Then it was embossed with the Subtle Dynamic embossing folder, which smooshed the gears and kind of embedded them into the cardstock. (Like I said - subtle details!) It was adhered to a Night of Navy mat and then to the card base.

The Mustang was stamped in Memento black ink, then colored with the Light Night of Navy Stampin' Blends marker. After die cutting it, the car was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals above the greeting.

Don't the Classic Garage Metal Elements add a great finishing touch? There are 16 pieces - 8 car keys and 8 crescent wrenches. I went with the key here. Who wouldn't want the keys to a classic blue Mustang?! Well, maybe me. I was always a Chevy girl....I even had a red '67 Camaro. That car was HOT! No, I mean really; it didn't have air conditioning, and the heat from the engine came through the fire wall and was HOT.

My next card features the die cut gears and Mustang again, but this time it's a screaming red one! On a Smoky Slate card base I stamped the grease spots and nuts with Smoky Slate ink, then adhere the larger set of Silver Foil gears and a couple of the smaller single ones, as well.

The oval background was cut from Classic Garage DSP and adhered to the card base. After coloring and die cutting the car, it was popped up on dimensionals. I had a spare gear, so it was glued on the oval, adding more layers and dimensions.

The Father's Day greeting was colored marker-to-stamp with Real Red and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers. (NEVER use the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers on your stamps!) Even though I could have cut it out with the coordinating die, I wanted to use that die to cut a Real Red mat, so I fussy-cut the greeting and glued it to the mat.

Up next is the awesomely talented Kelly Kent at My Papercraft Journey. Can't wait to see what she has created!

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