This week The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Apron of Love. It's a great stamp set that is fun for lots of projects and we hope you enjoy those you see on this hop! Maybe you'll want to pull out Apron of Love and the Apron Builder Framelits and create...

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The Stamp Review Crew: Apron of Love Edition

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This week The Stamp Review Crew is featuring Apron of Love. It's a great stamp set that is fun for lots of projects and we hope you enjoy those you see on this hop! Maybe you'll want to pull out Apron of Love and the Apron Builder Framelits and create something yourself. Just in case you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew yet I'll give you a brief rundown about us. We're a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who hop together on the first and third Monday (and sometimes on the 5th Monday too, if there is one) of each month to bring you inspiration for using a particular stamp set. We all use the same set to create our cards and projects. If you would like more information or get lost on the hop and need a full list of hoppers then click the link or banner above and you'll find everything you need to know.

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If you didn't start with my blog then you may have come from Sue Plote's blog, This Pink Rooster. All the inspiration you found over there is definitely wonderful!

I had an idea for the little flowers and stems stamps in Apron of Love. I wanted to use it for a background setting for the apron. But once I finished with the flowers I couldn't cover them up with the apron! Take a look....

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I went with a rainbow theme on the flowers. It will be easier to tell you that I did not use Bermuda Bay or Melon Mambo from the Brights Color Collection than to list the rest of the colors in the collection that I did use. I used a piece of Post-it tape to keep my rows lined up. It was fun to do and those flower images line up perfectly on the stems. I decided to add a sentiment strip and one of the flower dies found in the Apron Builder Framelits and call it done!

Inside the card I added a row of flowers along the bottom of the card and left myself lots of space to write a note. 

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While I had everything out on my work space I decide to make one more card with Apron of Love and the coordinating Apron Builder Framelits. I took dinner this past week to a friend who had just had some surgery. I thought I'd include a card with it and this set was the perfect one to use.

IMG_2373Love all the pieces that come in this set and in the dies too. It was fun to use Apron of Love for two very different cards!

Here's the inside of this one, another piece of Gingham Gala DSP and a sentiment from Sorry From Everything.

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You'll be hopping along to Betty Traciak's blog, Kitty Stamp, now. Betty always has a "wow" project to share! 


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The Stamp Review Crew: Geared Up Garage Edition

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I hope you're all geared up for today's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Geared Up Garage Bundle found in the Occasions Catalog! I knew I would be ordering this set but had to "pace myself" on buying things so this one came to my doorstep last week and I love it. I know you will too when you see all the fun ideas you'll get for using it by hopping with us this week. If you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew yet I'll give you a brief rundown about us. We're a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who hop together on the first and third Monday (and sometimes on the 5th Monday too, if there is one) of each month to bring you inspiration for using a particular stamp set which we all use to create our cards and projects. If you would like more information or get lost on the hop and need a full list of hoppers then click the link or banner above and you'll find everything you need to know.

If you didn't start with my blog then you probably hopped over from Lauren Alarid's blog, Crafty Little Peach. I bet you're all "geared up" after seeing Lauren's work!

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I knew I had to have this on my stamp shelf. My husband has always worked on our cars so it's perfect for making cards for him. Hmmm....there's not much difference betweens "cars" and "cards" is there?! Up until recently he even did the routine oil changes on our cars. But he's found out he doesn't really save any money doing them himself and he can save the mess and time by taking the cars to our auto repairman for the oil change. Plus, he can work while he waits thanks to wifi!

IMG_2340Since auto mechanics is usually messy business I started out by making a mess myself. Using the Garage Gears Thinlit Dies I cut out the large bunch of gears from scrap card stock. I used the die cut as my stencil to layer some Silver Embossing Paste over and quickly pulled it right off again. I thought it was just an experiment but once it was dry I decided to go with it...since it is messy work! The piece of Designer Series Paper, from the Classic Garage 6"x6" DSP stack, was perfect to layer over the card base. I love that it's covered in gears. There are so many fun die cuts in this bundle. I used the car and more gears to add to the repair site. The car was colored with Real Red Stampin' Blends and the gears cut from Silver Foil Paper. The sentiment was heat embossed in White and the banner was snipped before adding it to the card. This is how I imagine our garage may have looked when I was away at a Stampin' Up! convention one summer. While I was away my husband decided he was going to replace the air conditioner in his car using a YouTube video. He did it too....and that Honda Civic made it to 585,000 miles!

Here's the inside.... I chose to off leave an interior sentiment for later as who knows for what I might decide to use this card. It would be fitting for most any occasion.

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Now you're ready to hop on over to Holly Krautkremer's blog, Rubber Redneck. I am sure Holly is all geared up to share something fun with all of us...she always does!

 

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The Stamp Review Crew: Butterfly Gala Edition

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Today The Stamp Review Crew is showcasing Butterfly Gala from the Occasions Catalog. If you haven't hopped along with The Stamp Review Crew before then you're in for a treat. We're a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who hop on the first and third Monday each month. We all use the same stamp set to, hopefully, bring you lots of inspiration for using it too. If you would like more information about us or a full list of this week's hoppers then just click the banner or link about and you'll find all the answers to your questions.

If you didn't start on my blog then you probably came from my friend Linda Callahan's blog, Stampin' Seasons. Linda always has something amazing to share!

It will still be a little while before we see butterflies outdoors again so these pretty stamped images will work in the meantime.

Butterfly galaI was away for 10 days over the last two weeks and during that time a long time friend of mine lost her mother to Alzheimer's. Of course, I had to wait until we returned home to make a sympathy card to send her. This is a great stamp set to use for just about any occasion including a sympathy card.

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A Joy Fold card seemed like a good choice to make using Butterfly Gala and the beautiful Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, Botanical Butterfly. The butterfly images were stamped with Versa Mark ink, heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and colored with Stampin' Blends. The Stampin' Blends dry quickly on the Vellum Card Stock. The Butterfly Duet Punch, on backorder until April 10th, punched out my butterflies. Then the large butterflies were added to the front panel of the card which was embossed with the Layering Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder. They needed a place to land! The sentiment came from the SAB set, Lasting Lily and the label that cut it out comes from the Lily Framelits, the coming soon coordinating dies for Lasting Lily. You'll definitely need them!

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When the card is open you'll find a couple more little butterflies, colored and punched at the same time as the large butterflies, along with a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases.

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And that's it for me and it's time for you to hop along to Nikki Spencer's blog, My Sandbox. I think you'll definitely find inspiration for Butterfly Gala there!


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The Stamp Review Crew: A Little Wild Edition

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This week's Stamp Review Crew blog hop features the A Little Wild stamp set. It's such a cute set and the Stampin' Blends make the images super fun to color.  If you get lost on the hop, want a full list of this week's blogs or want more information about the Stamp Review Crew just click the banner or link above. 

If you didn't start with my blog you may have hopped over from Tanya Boser's blog, Tinkerin' in Ink. Tanya always has something to inspire me on her hop and today is no different!   

I'll be honest and say before Stampin' Blends I may not have ordered this set. I had a aversion to stamps that required coloring. The Stampin' Blends have given me a whole new lease on ordering outline images! Take a look at how sweet these are.

A Little WildThe coordinating dies, Little Loves Framelits, cut out the back and front of each animal so they can be folded into a tag!

I used the bear and the lion on Valentine cards today. I was in a wild frenzy myself this weekend getting all my Valentine cards made! After die cutting the bear and the Lion I trimmed each animal off for use on two cards. Here's the first one.

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This year I took a cue from a friend of mine and did mini cards for the grandkids Valentine cards. I made 3"x3" square cards and I used some of the Narrow Note cards too. They'll go along with a movie ticket and box of movie candy, so those sizes were perfect! I used the hill die from the In the Woods Framelits to make a green spot for the Soft Suede bear to sit. The hearts, from a die in the Be Mine Stitched Framelits, were adhered over the flower die from Little Loves. The Labeler Alphabet stamps came to my rescue again for the sentiment. Aren't the bees and beehive the cutests? They have dies in Little Loves to cut them out too. Dies make my life easier!

The second card used the Lion from A Little Wild.

IMG_2200When I started this card I realized this stamp set includes a stamp for the grass. :) After die cutting and coloring the lion I adhered him to the 3x3" card and stamped the grass along the edge. I wanted some of the grass to go over his paws. The card still needed something else to balance it out and the Layering Circle Dies helped me out on this one. I used a circle die to cut out the sun and added rays with a stamp in Pocketful of Sunshine. The "Wild about You" stamp says it all!

I made quite a few more Valentine cards Saturday but that's all with A Little Wild! So you're ready to hop on to the next blog, My Sandbox, where Nikki Spencer will share her cute, wild inspirations!     


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The Stamp Review Crew: Fabulous Flamingo Edition

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It was 71 degrees here this afternoon and bright blue skies, perfect for stamping with Fabulous Flamingo! It won't last but it was nice! I had a lot of fun making my card for this week's Stamp Review Crew Hop and I can't wait to see how everyone else used this set. If you haven't hopped with us before we're and international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who all use the same stamp set on our hops. We hope it brings you lots of inspiration for using Fabulous Flamingo yourself. In case you get lost along the way or if you'd just like more information about The Stamp Review Crew just click the banner or link above and you'll find what you're looking for!

If you didn't start with my blog then you probably hopped over from Charlet Mallett's Blog, Painted Orange. Charlet always bring "fabulous" inspiration to our hops!

Fabulous FlamingoFabulous Flamingo is a Two-Step stamp set, meaning you layer up a few of the images to get the complete image. This one turns out so pretty! Here's how I used that Fabulous Flamingo.

IMG_2131I thought the flamingo made a super fun shaker card! Of course, I had to stamp it in Flirty Flamingo. I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies to create the shaker window. These dies will be getting a lot of use on my cards! I love the way they leave a stitched line on the card and on the cut out. That's how my Flirty Flamingo frame has a double stitched line around it. Sometimes I think the sequins can get a bit lost by always staying at the bottom of the shaker window. I remedied that by add a few of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins to the back first of the stamped panel before adding some Iridescent sequins onto it. Then the Window Sheet panel was added over everything. I even used the smallest rectangle die to cut out the Congratulations sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo. I'll be sending this to a friend's daughter who was just accepted to the nursing program. She loves blue so I had to use that sweet piece of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper for the background. I tied it all up with a piece of the Sale-A-Bration ribbon that matches perfectly!

Inside the card is another sentiment from Fabulous Flamingo.

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 That's it for me today! Thanks for hopping by and I hope you'll hop the whole way around to see what everyone has created using Fabulous Flamingo. You'll head to Heidi Baks blog next, RunningwScissorsStamper, to see what "fabulous" project she has for us.

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