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Stamp Review Crew -- Dashing Deer

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Dashing Deer stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Kelly's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Debra's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

One of the most beautiful stamps introduced in the 2018 Holiday Catalog is the large deer in the Dashing Deer stamp set.  I just love the beautiful details etched into the red rubber of the stamp that translate into an amazing stamped image.  For this card, I couldn't help but use it as the focal point.

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This card begins with a card base of Real Red cardstock.  A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and then adhered at the center of the card front.  A length of Striped Burlap ribbon was folded under at the left end (using Mini Glue Dots to hold the fold in place) with a banner tail cut into the right end of the ribbon.  The ribbon was adhered across the Designer Series Paper using Mini Glue Dots with the top edge of the ribbon 2" below the top edge of the Designer Series Paper.  

A piece of the All is Bright Designer Series Paper (the reverse side of the piece already adhered to the card front) was die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-7/8" circle framelit and matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 3" scallop circle framelit -- both framelits from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The circles were adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the left edge of the circles 1/4" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and the top edge of the circles 5/8" from the top edge of the Designer Series Paper. 

The large deer image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Detailed Deer Thinlits.  The deer was adhered to the circles using Stampin' Dimensionals (deer body) and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (head and antlers).  

The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" greeting was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Real Red ink.  The greeting was die cut from the cardstock using the Big Shot with the large sentiment framelit from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.  The greeting was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the same sentiment framelit.  However, the sentiment framelit was cut in half horizontally with the top half adhered behind the top half of the sentiment die cut and the bottom half adhered behind the bottom half of the sentiment die cut with 1/16" of the Gold Foil Sheets die cut extending above and below the sentiment.  The sentiment was adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right and bottom edges of the sentiment 1/4" from the right and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper.

DashingDeer_HappiestChristmasWishes_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "Remembering you this season with warm thoughts and a wish for everything merry." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Real Red ink.  A strip of Designer Series Paper was adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the Designer Series Paper flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  A thin strip of the reverse side of the Designer Series Paper was adhered across the top edge of the Designer Series Paper with the left and right edges of the thin strip flush with the left and right edges of the liner and the top edge of the thin strip flush with the top edge of the wider strip of Designer Series Paper.  The smaller solid deer image was stamped along the top left edge of the Designer Series Paper strips using Crumb Cake ink.

DashingDeer_HappiestChristmasWishes_Envelope

The "Happiest Christmas Wishes" sentiment was stamped along the bottom left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Real Red ink.  The small solid deer was stamped above "Happiest" using Crumb Cake ink.

Before I finish up this blog post, I want to mention that this is the first time I've used Designer Series Paper with photographic images for the prints as I worried that using the photograph in the background would overtake the focal point on the card front.  I'm glad to find out that my worries were groundless.  What I learned was that the print on the reverse side of the photographic print is a wonderful complement to the photograph making coordination with the photograph side of the paper amazingly easy.  I'm definitely going to be giving this type of Designer Series Paper a much closer look in the future!

Card Measurements -- 

Real Red:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Very Vanilla:  1-1/4" x 3", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 3"; All is Bright Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4", 3/8" x 4"; Striped Burlap ribbon:  4-1/2"

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Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! Artists participating in the hop --

  1. Debra Burgin 
  2. Bronwyn Eastley 
  3. Lou Kitzelman 
  4. Mary Haugen 
  5. Tanya Boser 
  6. Heidi Baks 
  7. Ann Schach   
  8. Holly Krautkremer 
  9. Lauren Alarid
  10. Cindy Elam
  11. Mike Funke 
  12. Charlet Mallett 
  13. Stesha Bloodhart
  14. Kelly Kent 
  15. Mickey Roberts

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Dashing Deer; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Real Red; Cardstock:  Real Red, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  All is Bright; Embellishments:  Striped Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Detailed Deer Thinlits, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Buffalo Check

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Buffalo Check background stamp.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Betty's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Tanya's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

"Back in the day" before we had Designer Series Paper and embossing folders, creating a background for your focal point meant some creative stamping or a background stamp.  At that time, I had a pretty large collection of background stamps and making the decision on which background to use for a project held just a much angst THEN as the decision for which Designer Series Paper or embossing folder to use NOW.  That doesn't mean that I don't use background stamps anymore...it's just that they're not the first thing I reach for.  All that being said, when I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp in the Holiday Catalog, I was tickled to see it but wasn't sure how I would incorporate it into my projects.  So I did not order it with my Holiday Catalog pre-order.  However, when I began seeing projects online using this stamp, I started envisioning projects I could make with this stamp.  My Buffalo Check stamp arrived just a few days ago and I put it to good use right away.  This will be one of my October class projects.

BuffaloCheck_SeasonsGreetings

This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  A panel of Mossy Meadow cardstock was stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  [Tip:  If you plan to stamp this image multiple times for a stack of cards, I would suggest using the Stamparatus to ensure that the image stamps straight.  (That's if you purchase the stamp in the Clear Mount configuration, of course.)]  A strip of paper from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and adhered across the stamped panel with the bottom edge of the Gold Foil mat 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the stamped panel and the right and left edges of the paper strip/Gold Foil mat flush with the right and left edges of the stamped panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The wreath image from the Wishing You Well stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath -- just a bit above the center -- using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The wreath was die cut with the Big Shot using the "straight edge" 2-3/8" circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The die cut wreath was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-1/2" scallop circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  Loops of Gold Metallic Thread were adhered behind the wreath and the wreath adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The bottom edge of the wreath mat is 1-1/2" above the bottom edge of the Mossy Meadow panel.

The bow image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The bow was adhered at the bottom right of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.  Isn't this bow image AMAZING???  I just love the new DISTINKTIVE stamps.  The images are just stunning!

BuffaloCheck_SeasonsGreetings_Liner

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper and the strips adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the strips flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  The "Season's Greetings from our home to yours" image, from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.

BuffaloCheck_SeasonsGreetings_Envelope

The wreath image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Mossy Meadow ink.  The bow image was stamped at the lower right corner of the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.  And the "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I've mentioned before that when I design Christmas cards, I like to make sure that the design is simple, the colors are vibrant, the message is meaningful, and that the card can be mailed with one stamp.  I think this card meets those criteria, don't you?

Card Measurements -- 

Crumb Cake:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Mossy Meadow:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  3" x 3", 2" x 2"; Gold Foil Sheets:  1-1/2" x 4", 3" x 3", 3/8" x 4"; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:  1-1/4" x 4", 1" x 4"; Gold Metallic Thread:  60"

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Tanya Boser   
  2. Ann Schach   
  3. Dawn Tidd    
  4. Cindy Elam 
  5. Holly Krautkremer   
  6. Bronwyn Eastley   
  7. Adriana Benitez   
  8. Heidi Baks   
  9. Debra Burgin   
  10. Mike Funke  
  11. Nikki Spencer   
  12. Mary Haugen   
  13. Stesha Bloodhart   
  14. Linda Callahan   
  15. Betty Traciak   
  16. Mickey Roberts   

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Buffalo Check, Wishing You Well, Merry Christmas To All; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Festive Farmhouse; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

 


Stamp Review Crew -- Varied Vases

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Varied Vases stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Adriana's blog (she's a near neighbor here in East Central Florida) where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Mary's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

This card design was inspired by a project created by the fabulous Kelly Kent where she featured a Z-fold card for one of her projects.  Kelly's made a custom envelope for her card due to its unique size but I wanted my card to fit into a Medium Whisper White Envelope.  So I decided to figure out how to adjust the cutting and scoring to create a card that, when folded, was 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" in the portrait orientation.  Here's what I came up with.

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I really like the vivid colors for this card.  As with most of my projects, the colors come primarily from the Designer Series Paper that I use.  For this project, I chose the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.

Here's the envelope.  Masking was used to put the flower stem in the vase.

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You can download the instructions for making this project here.  The instructions include the card measurements and supply list.

Be sure to visit all the stops on this week's hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Varied Vases stamp set for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Charlet Mallett   
  2. Tanya Boser   
  3. Kelly Kent   
  4. Nikki Spencer   
  5. Ann Schach   
  6. Lou Kitzelman   
  7. Debra Burgin   
  8. Holly Krautkremer 
  9. Stesha Bloodhart   
  10. Linda Callahan   
  11. Mike Funke  
  12. Adriana Benitez 
  13. Mickey Roberts 
  14. Mary Haugen 

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Stamp Review Crew -- Rooted In Nature

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rooted In Nature stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and fifth Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Bronwyn's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Lauren's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have to say that the Rooted In Nature stamp set and the coordinating Nature's Roots Framelits were certainly near the top of my Wish List when the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog was unveiled to Demonstrators in April.  The versatility available with the stamp set and framelits is nearly limitless.  So, of course, I was thrilled that this was one of the Bundles available to Demonstrators for pre-order in May.  And it was the first Bundle I chose to feature with my Stamp Clubs in June.  Here's the card that we made.  Other elements include:  Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain ribbon, and Stitched Labels Framelits.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_BlackberryBliss

The color combination used for this card comes from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper skeletal leaf print:  Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, and Petal Pink.  I would never have come up with this color palette on my own, but it is certainly eye-catching!

This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  A panel of the Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger panel of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.  A shorter panel of Vellum cardstock cut to the width of the Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of the Designer Series Paper panel with the left and right sides of the Vellum flush with the left and right sides of the Designer Series Paper.  [Tip:  When adhering Vellum, place the adhesive in an area that will be covered by something placed above the adhesive.  For this card, the adhesive is placed in the center of the Vellum.  It's OK that the adhesive doesn't go to the edges of the paper because the elements placed on top of the Vellum will keep the Vellum from lifting.]

The "You Are Wonderful" greeting was stamped at the center of a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the labels in the Stitched Labels Framelits.  I just love the decorative edges on this label!!  The label was adhered at the center of the Vellum cardstock.  Now it's time to embellish the label:

  • The small single skeleton leaf image was stamped on a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock using Grapefruit Grove ink and then die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Nature's Roots Framelits
  • The three leaf image was stamped on a piece of Petal Pink cardstock using Petal Pink ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Natures' Roots Framelits
  • A piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the large skeleton leaf image embosslit from the Nature's Roots Framelits (Step 1 in the photo below).  Then the embossed image was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Nature's Roots Framelits (Step 2 in the photo below)

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  • The Blackberry Bliss leaf was adhered at the top right corner of the label, the Grapefruit Grove leaf was adhered over the lower left side of the Blackberry Bliss leaf, and the Petal Pink leaf bundle was adhered at the lower right corner of the label
  • A "bunny bow" made with Grapefruit Grove grosgrain ribbon was adhered at the lower center of the label with a rolled up Mini Glue Dot

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_BlackberryBliss_Inside

The inside sentiment area of the card was kept uncluttered and simple.  The "To Thank You For All You Do" sentiment was stamped near the upper center using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The large skeleton leaf image was stamped at the lower right corner using Blackberry Bliss ink with the tip of the leaf pointing toward the upper left.  The small skeleton leaf image was stamped at the upper right center of the Blackberry Bliss leaf using Grapefruit Grove ink.  The three leaf skeleton leaf image was stamped at the lower left of the Blackberry Bliss leaf using Petal Pink ink.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_BlackberryBliss_Envelope

The three leaves were stamped again at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  However, this time the Blackberry Bliss leaf is pointing toward the upper right corner of the envelope front, the Grapefruit Grove leaf is stamped at the upper left center of the Blackberry Bliss leaf, and the Petal Pink leaf is stamped at the lower right of the Blackberry Bliss leaf.

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Rooted In Nature; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink; Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Designer Series Paper:  Nature's Poem; Embellishments:  Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Nature's Roots Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements -- 

Blackberry Bliss:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 1-1/2" x 3"; Grapefruit Grove:  1-1/2" x 2"; Petal Pink:  2" x 2"; Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Vellum Cardstock:  3-1/2" x 4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper:  4" x 5-1/4"; Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain ribbon:  8"

The Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper pack includes a sheet of the skeletal leaf print in an alternate color scheme of Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink.  Here's the same card using that color palette. The die cut label was embellished with Rhinestone Basic Jewels instead of the grosgrain ribbon.  This card certainly has a Fall feel to it.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_CajunCraze

The process for making this card is the same as for the previous card, just the colors are different.  Cajun Craze was used to stamp the greeting on the die cut label.  Petal Pink ink for the Petal Pink leaf and Mint Macaron ink for the Mint Macaron leaf.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_CajunCraze_Inside

Cajun Craze ink was used to stamp the sentiment.  Cajun Craze ink for the large leaf, Mint Macaron ink for the small leaf, and Petal Pink ink for the three leaf group.

RootedInNature_YouAreWonderful_CajunCraze_Envelope

The envelope front has Cajun Craze ink for the large leaf, Mint Macaron ink for the small leaf, and Petal Pink ink for the three leaf group--all stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Rooted In Nature; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Thick Whisper White, Vellum; Designer Series Paper:  Nature's Poem; Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Nature's Roots Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Card Measurements -- 

Cajun Craze:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 1-1/2" x 3"; Mint Macaron:  1-1/2" x 2"; Petal Pink:  2" x 2"; Thick Whisper White:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 3-1/2"; Vellum Cardstock:  3-1/2" x 4"; Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper:  4" x 5-1/4"; Rhinestone Basic Jewels:  3 @ 4 mm each

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Heidi Baks 
  2. Cindy Elam   
  3. Bronwyn Eastley   
  4. Mickey Roberts  
  5. Lauren Alarid   
  6. Tanya Boser   
  7. Lou Kitzelman 
  8. Kelly Kent   
  9. Charlet Mallett 
  10. Debra Burgin   
  11. Jay Soriano   
  12. Dawn Tidd 
  13. Holly Krautkremer 
  14. Stesha Bloodhart   
  15. Ann Schach
  16. Mary Haugen

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Stamp Review Crew -- Lemon Zest

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Lemon Zest stamp set.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and fifth Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Tanya's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Mike's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything).

Growing up, one of the great things about Spring in East Central Florida was when the citrus trees began to bloom.  Most of the island that I lived on was covered in orange and mango groves.  As a child, with cars and a home that did not have A/C, the smell of the blossoms was sometimes overpowering.  Of course, over the years, the groves were decimated by citrus canker and the land overtaken by subdivisions and strip malls so the only time I smell the blossoms is when my neighbor's two trees bloom.  

My father was always bringing home bags of oranges and lemons and would hand squeeze orange juice and lemonade.  Mom would sometimes make popsicles from the extra juice.  Citrus was so prevalent in our area, I was surprised when my father told me how, as a child in St. Louis, MO, he would always look forward to Christmas as he knew that if his parents could afford it, there would be an orange in his stocking.  His mother would separately squeeze all the oranges gifted to my father and his 9 brothers and sisters on Christmas morning.  

For me, the Lemon Zest stamp set brings these memories back with all their sights and smells.

LemonZest_HappyBirthday

This card begins with a card base of Old Olive cardstock.  A panel of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the sliced citrus image using Lemon Lime Twist ink and then rolling the edges of the image in Granny Apple Green ink.  Masks were created by stamping the sliced citrus image on a Post-It Note and cut out with Paper Snips.  The masks were placed over the lime slices.  The sliced citrus image was inked with Daffodil Delight ink and the edges of the image rolled in Crushed Curry ink then stamped on the Whisper White panel.  Repeat stamping until the open areas between the lime slices are filled.  Note:  Where the stamp is placed over the masks, press down firmly to ensure that the image stamps up to the edges of the masks.  Mat the Whisper White panel with a slightly larger panel of Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhere at the center of the card base.

A piece of Vellum cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the circles from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-7/8").  The Vellum circle was adhered at the upper center of the Whisper White panel applying adhesive behind the center of the circle.  Two strips of Burlap ribbon were adhered over the Vellum circle using Mini Glue Dots.

The lemon/lime image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Granny Apple Green ink and punched out with the Lemon Builder punch.  The image was cleaned and inked with Daffodil Delight ink, one edge of the image rolled across the Crushed Curry stamp pad, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and punched with the Lemon Builder punch.  The large and small leaves were stamped on strips of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink to create 2 of each size of leaf.  The leaves were punched out with the Lemon Builder punch.  A large and small leaf was adhered at the back of the lemon top with a Stampin' Dimensional and a Mini Glue Dot placed was at the bottom of the lemon back.  The lemon was adhered at the center of the Burlap ribbon.  The remaining leaves were adhered behind the top of the lime with a Stampin' Dimensional and a Mini Glue Dot behind the bottom of the lime.  The lime was layered over the lemon and adhered to the card front.  

The "Happy Birthday!" image was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink.  Banner tails were cut into the strip to the left of the "H" in "Happy".  The banner was adhered to the card front using Mini Glue Dots with the right end of the banner flush with the right edge of the stamped panel and Burlap ribbon and the left end of the banner lying over the lemon and lime.

LemonZest_HappyBirthday_Liner

The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Lime slices were randomly stamped at the lower right and upper left of the Whisper White liner inking the slice image with Lemon Lime Twist ink and rolling the edges of the stamp image over the Granny Apple Green ink.  Masks were placed over the lime slices and lemon slices were stamped over the lime slices inking the slice image with Daffodil Delight ink and rolling the edges of the stamp over the Crushed Curry ink.

The "To My Main Squeeze!" image was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Old Olive ink.

LemonZest_HappyBirthday_Envelope

The lemon/lime image was stamped at the center of the Whisper White Envelope flap using Daffodil Delight ink.  The "Happy Birthday!" image was stamped over the center of the lemon using Old Olive ink.

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Card Measurements -- 

Daffodil Delight:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Old Olive:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2 along the 11" length; Whisper White:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2 @ 2" x 3", 4 @ 1" x 2", 1/2" x 3"; Vellum:  3" x 3"; Burlap ribbon:  2 @ 4"

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Yapha Mason   
  2. Lauren Alarid   
  3. Bronwyn Eastley   
  4. Linda Callahan   
  5. Heidi Baks   
  6. Cindy Elam   
  7. Dawn Tidd   
  8. Kelly Kent  
  9. Holly Krautkremer 
  10. Debra Burgin   
  11. Stesha Bloodhart   
  12. Tanya Boser   
  13. Mickey Roberts
  14. Mike Funke   
  15. Charlet Mallett   
  16. Lou Kitzelman

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Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Lemon Zest; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Vellum, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Lemon Builder punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Notes