Free As A Bird is the featured stamp set this week on the Stamp Review Crew blog hop this week. I will admit that this stamp set is the one that immediately caught my eye when the new Annual Catalog was released. I love birds and we have a yard...

 

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The Stamp Review Crew: Free As A Bird Edition

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Free As A Bird is the featured stamp set this week on the Stamp Review Crew blog hop this week. I will admit that this stamp set is the one that immediately caught my eye when the new Annual Catalog was released. I love birds and we have a yard full of bird feeders to prove it. Free As A Bird has a set of Dies that coordinates with it, Stitched Nested Labels Dies. I have used them quite a bit but not on today's card. They can be used with lots of sets and make a great investment. I bet you're ready to see everything The Stamp Review Crew has to share using Free As A Bird! If you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew already just click the link or banner above and you'll find yourself in a place to get all the information you need and a list of this week's hoppers.

You may have hopped over to my blog from Nikki Spencer's Blog, My Sandbox, where you have already seen an amazing project! Nikki never fails to disappoint with her beautiful work!

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I have a good friend who just had her first grandchild arrive over the weekend! She only has one son and wasn't sure if there would ever be grandchildren. She is thrilled with his arrival. I decided to turn my card for today into a congratulations card to send to her. Take a look....

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Since Crumb Cake card stock hasn't been off my shelf lately I decided that would be my starting point. The birds were stamped onto it and colored with Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter. Then I fussy cut the whole branch out. I picked that piece of Designer Series Paper from the Bird Ballad DSP package because of all the pretty colors in it. They're so summery! Layers were in order and they started with a Petal Pink die cut rectangle, followed by a Pool Party scalloped circle and a piece of vellum that was heat embossed with some to the images from Free As A Bird and finally the birds on the branch. The Crumb Cake was pulled back into the card by using it for the card base and the sentiment. The ribbon from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack made the perfect finale to this card. I'm sending this card to my friend in the mail this morning telling her how excited I am for her to experience the joy of being a grandmother.

Inside the card I added a little more DSP and another bird stamped on Crumb Cake card stock.

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You're off to see what Cindy Elam has created over at Hearts Delight Cards! I am sure we will be definitely be delighted by her creation as always! Happy hopping!

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Retired Product for Sale

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Hey! My retired stamps and dies are not ready to go golfing quite yet. There's a lot more stamping for them to do first. I have everything listed from the Holiday, Occasions and 2018-19 Annual Catalog and ready to go to a new home. You can them by clicking the link at the top of side bar under Pages, "2018-19 Retired Product". The "Retired Product" page is older SU product...still for sale though. If you find something you're interested in hit the EMAIL ME button, (I checked it and it works!)let me know what you would like and I'll get back with you for payment and shipping information.

I do try to remove SOLD items as quickly as possible but I'm not always around to do so. In an effort to be fair, if two people want the same item I go by the email that arrived first. Thanks so much!!

      

The Stamp Review Crew: Daisy Delight Edition

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I was delighted to find the Daisy Delight stamp set on our Stamp Review Crew Schedule this week. I don't use this stamp set enough anymore. BUT in the new catalog we're getting a stamp set and another daisy punch, a little smaller than Daisy Delight, that will coordinate beautifully with it. That new addition to my stamp collection will probably make me pull Daisy Delight out a little more often. If you're not familiar with The Stamp Review Crew already just click the link or banner above and you'll find yourself in a place to get all the information you need and a list of this week's hoppers too!

If you didn't start on my blog today you may have hopped over from Tanya Boser's blog, Tinkerin' in Ink. Tanya is the amazing organizer of The Stamp Review Crew and her projects are amazing too!

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A lot of the time when I have a project I know I need to get completed I'll put out the stamps and other coordinating tools on my work table and think about what I might do with them. I may leave them there a day or two before something comes to me. It was that way with Daisy Delight. Because so much has been done with this set it needed a lot of thought. Finally, a technique I used to use when I scrapbooked more regularly, came to mind, color blocking. I even had (maybe I still l do somewhere) templates for color blocking when I scrapped. Once I had that idea everything fell into place and I created this card in no time.

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I stuck with the daisy colors that I have in my garden, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White. You won't find those colors in a garden center though. :) I stamped all the daisies in Night of Navy, punched them out and added the Daffodil Delight daisies to my Night of Navy panel and the Whisper White daisies to the Daffodil Delight panel. I wanted to added a bit more color and went with Granny Apple Green because daisies have green leaves. The little stamp with the trio of daisies on it was heat embossed on the bottom green panel and the sentiment was stamped on the top panel. I really wanted to add the Night of Navy Gingham ribbon to this card so I left room above the sentiment to tie a bow right around the card.

Inside the card I added a stamped daisy on a stem....

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That's all the daisies from me today. Now it's time for you to hop on over the Nikki Spencer's blog, My Sandbox. I'm sure we'll all be delighted by Nikki's project!

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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!

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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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