Monday, January 30, 2023

Stamp Review Crew - Sale-A-Bration Part 1

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Sale-A-Bration edition! This will be the first of two during this year's SAB. The "Crew" is 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. If you landed here from Mike's blog, Stampin-Style, welcome! There are seven of us today, and if you get lost somewhere along the hop, click the banner at the top of the blog for a list (with links) of the participating crew.

Scenic Garden
Sending Support

In the Country

Today I am using three of the six available Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. The first card uses the Host set called Scenic Garden, and it is paired with the Sending Support stamp set. I thought the garden bench and sentiment were just made for each other.

After stamping the image in Basic Gray on Smoky Slate cardstock, I colored it with Watercolor Pencils (Assortments 1 and 2). It was die cut with Stitched Rectangles and matted on Silver Foil Specialty paper.

The hollyhocks were stamped in Basic Gray on Basic White and colored with the same Garden Green and Melon Mambo pencils, then fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals. The Dragonfly Trinket helps balance the card.

The second card also uses an image from Scenic Garden, but this time it's paired with In the Country. I did a little watercoloring on this one. The images were stamped in Saddle Brown StazOn ink on Fluid 100 watercolor paper. 

I used the small Water Brush with Cajun Craze, Melon Mambo, Polished Pink, Old Olive, and Gorgeous Grape on the tiered planter, and Gray Granite for the shadow beneath and the walls of the stone building.

The background was a bit boring, so I added some color to the planters on the building. There's no sentiment on this one. I think it doesn't need one, but I can add one later if I want to.

That's all I have to share for today, so click "Next" to see what my friend Heidi created, or "Previous" to visit Mike again. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow, your watercoloring is stunning, and it's exactly why I never miss one of your blog posts! You are a master!

    1. Aww, shucks, Deb! The stamp makes it easy, and watercolor is free and loose, so going outside the lines is okay. ;)

  2. Wow Cindy these are awesome and way to go on using all of them! I loved the the background was boring comment. Cracked me up. Great cards :)

  3. Wow, Cindy, your watercoloring is outstanding! And I'm really partial to the hollyhocks on your first card as well. What a lovely sentiment!

    1. Thanks so much, Heidi! I need to practice more, and maybe someday paint from scratch, not using a stamp. :D

  4. Wowsers! They are both beautiful Cindy, but your watercolouring on the second one is beyond fabulous!

  5. Oh my, you're really selling me on this stamp set. Your second card with the planter and background grabbed my attention. Thank you for sharing your talents and insights. Beautiful


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