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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.


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.


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.


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


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



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Dawn Tidd

Fun card, fun memories and fun envelope too!

Tanya Boser

What a wonderful way to grow up! I can almost smell the blossoms myself! Well, I could if I knew what they smelled like. Sad that you don't get that experience anymore. But your card is delicious!

Linda Callahan

Love all of your bright citrus slices! Lots of wonderful stamping and masking! Beautiful card!

Yapha Mason

Great card, Mickey! I love all of your fun slices!! And I love the smell of orange blossoms!

Kelly Kent

Gorgeous Mickey - I love all the citrusy layers! Kelly x

Bronwyn Eastley

Love your card and the story behind it - beautiful.

Cindy Elam

What lovely memories to inspire your card, Mickey! We used to have a neighbor whose navel orange tree perfumed the whole neighborhood when it was blooming. Loved that scent! (And the giant, sweet, juicy oranges that hung over our fence for us to pick.) 😉


Those fruit slices look good enough to eat! Love the colors you used!

Lou Kitzelman

I really love your card Mickey but I especially enjoyed reading about your citrussy childhood memories. Thank you for sharing with us. Lou x

Heidi Baks

Awww, I really enjoyed your story, Mickey. Your card is really fabulous, and the burlap ribbon and vellum add really nice texture.


Beautiful memories, beautiful card! Love all the citrus goodness.

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