Friday, January 18, 2019

Geared Up Garage Steampunk for As You See It Challenge


Ever since I first had the Occasions Catalogue in my hot little hands, I've been so excited about the possibilities for the Geared Up Garage bundle. I just haven't had an opportunity to really play with it properly. It consists of the Geared Up Garage Cling stamp set and the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies. Soooo many gears! I don't know if you are aware but I'm a secret steampunker. And gears really get me excited, because you can't really have anything steampunk without some gears in the picture.

Thankfully, our newest As You See It Challenge this week has a theme and that theme is Metallics which is perfect for gears and steampunk and other masculine type images, so I went ahead with a Steampunk Extravaganza.


Along with Geared Up Garage, I also used  Handwritten and Crackle Paint for the background, Lift Me Up for the balloon image, and Country Road for some of its rustic images. Here's my steampunk creation up close and personal:


  • Some of the gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies were die cut from Silver Foil Sheets, and the rest were die cut from Soft Suede cardstock and embossed with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. Some were glued flat to the card front while others were popped up on Dimensionals. I love the variety you get, though.
  • The large balloon from Lift Me Up is stamped with Versamark ink on Soft Suede cardstock as well, then embossed with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder as well, giving it some sponging with Soft Suede ink to add some distress to it. The same treatment was given the wheel from Country Road. while the weather vane is embossed with copper on Whisper White and the star is embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on Whisper White.
  • To create the background, the Crackle Paint stamp was inked up in Crumb Cake, stamped off and the Very Vanilla panel laid over it gently. Using the fingers, it was rubbed very lightly in a few places but not everywhere, creating what I call a 'whispered' background. I repeat the process with the Handwritten stamp, but concentrate the pressure only where there was no image from the Crackle Paint where possible. The edges of the whole panel are sponged with Soft Suede before adding all the elements to it.
  • The sentiment is from Geared Up Garage, and I stamped it in Soft Suede, but quickly added some Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder before the ink dried and heat set it.  
  • The final touches were the additions of two of the Geared Up Garage's Classic Garage Metal Elements: a wrench and a key. They were adhered with glue dots as shown. (Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the words "Threw a wrench in the works!" Lol.)

I hope you hop on over to As You See It Challenge this weekend and have some fun with metallics yourself!


While you are wondering what to do this weekend, why don't you plan on hosting a Stampin' Up! party before the end of March! The rewards are well worth it! During Sale-A-Bration, if your party total reaches $300 or more ( and I can coach you to show you how to achieve that easily), Stampin' Up is adding an extra $30 in rewards to the already great rewards already being given. It makes quite a difference. If you can get a minimum of 6 of your friends to your place or mine, you can tell me what kind of projects you want to do and what format you want the party to take. (We can even do an online party if you want.) Contact me in the next little while to get that set up.
                                         

 Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.


Product List
Heat Tool
[129053]
$41.00
Big Shot
[143263]
$150.00
Glue Dots
[103683]
$7.25

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Beauty Abounds Forever Lovely Bundle


It's high time for some Valentine cards. The season goes by so quickly and I wanted a chance to play some more with my Valentine's sets. I had an idea to combine background bokeh images from the Beauty Abounds stamp set with the Forever Lovely bundle to come up with a  pretty combination for Valentine's Day. Both these stamp sets are gorgeous with delicate images and the Lovely Flowers Edgelit Dies, which are bundled with with the Forever Lovely stamp set, has some exquisite die cuts to go with them.


  • Layered on the Crumb Cake card base is a panel of All My Love Designer Series Paper. Then another background layer is stamped on the Whisper White panel on top of that. The sentiments from Forever Lovely were stamped in Lovely Lipstick. Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody were stamped off one or two times and used to stamp the two bokeh stamps. (The bubbles you can see in the background. Flirty Flamingo was used for the hearts, also from the Forever Lovely set.
  • The Stamparatus came in very handy for positioning the Soft Sea Foam foliage around the Lovely Lipstick flowers on the cross panel. This is because you could secure the panel with the flowers already stamped on, with the Stamparatus magnets, then position the uninked stamp face down exactly where you want it right on the panel before picking it up with the Stamparatus plate. Then you can ink it up and stamp, confident it's going to be exactly where you want it. 
  • Stamp a couple of the larger flowers in Flirty Flamingo and die cut them with Lovely Flowers Edgelit Dies, along with stamped leaves and foliage die cut from Soft Sea Foam. Add them to the cross panel using Glue Dots.
  • Heart Epoxy Droplets, coloured with Stampin' Blends Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody, dark shades, were added as shown for accents.

I've already had several new team members who have taken advantage of the amazing deal with the the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit during Sale-A-Bration. How does $225 worth of any current Stampin' Up! product you want for only $135, FREE SHIPPING, sound to you! Yeah! It's an amazing deal. You can't really afford to pass it, even if you have no intention of selling. You still get a minimum of 5 months with a 20% discount on your favourite products.

If you're in Canada, go to my top menu and select "Join My Team" and follow the prompts! You can't lose!


 Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.


Product List
Big Shot
[143263]
$150.00
Glue Dots
[103683]
$7.25