Lilypad Lake is the featured stamp set this week at The Stamp Review Crew. Lilypad Lake is a great stamp set and wonderful for lots of occasions. Just in case you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew yet, I'll give you a brief rundown about us. ...

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The Stamp Review Crew: Lilypad Lake Edition

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Lilypad Lake is the featured stamp set this week at The Stamp Review Crew. Lilypad Lake is a great stamp set and wonderful for lots of occasions. 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) 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 to give you lots of ideas for using it yourself. 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 haven't started with my blog then you probably hopped over from Holly Krautkremer's blog, Rubber Redneck. I bet you found something really fun over there!

I've decided that I enjoy using stamps repeatedly to create backgrounds. I'm not sure how that became a trend with me but I find myself doing that more and more. That's just what I did with the sailboats in Lilypad Lake.

IMG_2821The trio of sailboats were stamped several times with Versamark ink and heat embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder. Rainbow stamping seemed appropriate to go over the embossed boats and the wavy water stamp seemed just the thing to stamp it with in a variety of rainbow colors. I decided a few of those boats should stand out a bit more so they were stamped in Memento Black Ink and colored with Stampin' Blends, then cut out with the coordinating Lakeside dies and adhered randomly over three of the embossed sailboats. The sentiment is also found in Lilypad Lake and, after embossing it in White, one of the label dies was used to cut it out. This will be sailing into the mailbox this week!

Inside the card the trio of sailboats was stamped again and colored like those on the front.

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Up next on this week's hop is Linda Callahan's blog, Stampin' Seasons. Linda always has a delightful card to share and she loves the lake so I bet this week's card with be extra-special! 

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The Stamp Review Crew: Bike Ride Edition

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Bike Ride is the featured stamp set this week at The Stamp Review Crew is featuring. I had a lot of fun using it and the coordinating Bike Builder Dies for my card. I was a little confused this month and actually thought this was the set for 4/15 so I have had my card made for quite some time! First, 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, like today) 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 to give you lots of ideas for using it yourself. 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.

Bike Ride is one of the stamp sets on the Retiring List but it's still available. It has been well loved at my house!

Bike Ride Bike Builder Dies

If you didn't start with my blog you may have hopped over from Cindy Elam's blog, Heart's Delight Cards. I'm sure her Bike Ride project did just that, delighted you!

As I said, this set has been well-loved by me, so much so that I just won't be able to part with it quite yet! For today's card I decided to do a card with a bit of chalkboard look to it.

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I stamped my bike, a piece at a time, with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Between adding each piece to the Basic Black card stock I went over it really well with my Embossing Buddy. I didn't want any stray embossing powder hanging around! I have found that I need to go over my card stock between embossing if I'm making more than one addition to any embossing project. I love it in the bright white. All I had to do was add that cute colorful basket of flowers to the back of the bike and it's off to let someone know I'm thinking of them!

Inside the card I added more flowers. These are perfect for stamping in the corners! 

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I might need to put some air in my bike tires and take it for a spin after this hop!

Next up on our hop is Kelly Kent's blog all the way over in Western Australia at My Papercraft Journey. You'll find something fun over there, we always do!

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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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