Saying Goodbye to my Dad – Father’s Day Card with Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and Thinlits

Hello Creative Friends

I have been away for a bit and sadly I have unfortunate news. My father passed away somewhat suddenly in the last 2 weeks. We knew he was sick, but we believed we still had many months left. It turns out his tumor was much more aggressive than anticipated and he was gone just one month from his diagnosis. I am happy to say I was able to see him one last time before he passed and tell him how much I love him. I had already started working on his Father’s day card so I am sharing that for you today. My dad meant a lot to me and I will cherish the memories I have of him for the rest of my life.

Here is the card I made using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and the Garage Gears Thinlits

I used many items from the Occasions catalog to make this card. I started with a card base in Shaded Spruce cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2. The patterned paper I used is part of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper. Although the green in the paper is Tranquil Tide, I felt it was close enough to Shaded Spruce to use that instead. I layered the DSP on Crushed curry paper so it would pop on the Shaded Spruce more. To get this on the Shaded Spruce paper I simple laid it diagonally until I liked how much was showing. You can see the Shaded Spruce paper has some blotches on it. This was made with a stamp in the Geared Up Garage stamp set and stamped using Shaded Spruce ink. I like the grungy appearance it gives the card. I used the Garage Gears Thinlits and Silver Foil paper to cut out the two sets of Gears you see. It is hard to see it in the photo, but I roughed up the foil paper a bit with sand paper. I did this in long straight lines to give it a more grungy appearance as well. This can be done with a nail file block if you have one. The Best Dad stamp was stamped in Shaded Spruce. I used the thinlits once more to cut out the sentiment and the border around the sentiment. I popped this up on the card with Dimensionals.

I am sure my father would have been happy to receive this card. Hopefully he can see it looking down from heaven.

While I was absent tending to many family matters there were a number of announcements that took place I have not yet posted. I am going to start with the biggest news first. Stampin’ Up! is making some changes with the catalog that begins on June 4, 2019. They have decided to discontinue the following items: The Big Shot and all the accessories; The Stampin’ Trimmer and all the accessories.

Stampin’ Up! notified the demonstrators that they are in the process of working on tools that will give Stampin’ Up! a better opportunity to support the long-term vision for this line of tools. 

The good news is Stampin’ Up! will still carry Dies and Embossing folders. You can still use your Big Shot or other comparable cutting machine to make wonderful creations. In many ways it is exciting to think about what new goodies they will come up with!

One thing to keep in mind is that items such as cutting blades for trimmer may not be available until the end of the current catalog. In fact, the blades are currently not orderable at this time. It is my understanding they will have more available and I will try my best to keep you posted when/if that happens. I am afraid the scoring blades and Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Mats have already sold out and are no longer available to order. In regards to the Big Shot Accessories all the items picture above are still available, but this may change at any point before the current catalog finishes. The Standard Replacement Cutting pads have sold out and are no longer available to order.

I have many more updates to share with you, but I will be doing so over the next few days. There are fun things to come so I hope you are getting excited!

I thank you for stopping by my blog for creative inspiration and Stampin’ Up! news. I will leave you with a picture I will cherish forever. It is the last photo I was able to take with my dad.

Sending love to my dad in heaven!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up!Accented Blooms Any Occasion Card

Hi Creative Friends,

Spring is finally starting to show up in the Chicago area! I can’t wait until I actually get to see some flowers blooming. The card I am sharing today has flowers that I will look forward to seeing in my yard soon!

This card could be used for just about any occasion and it comes together quite quickly! I started with the flower image from the Accented Blooms stamp set in the annual catalog. I colored in the flowers and leaves with the following blends: Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Pool Party and Soft Seafoam. There is not a thinlit to cut out this image so I fussy cut it out myself. The sentiment is a separate stamp that cuts out perfectly with the Tailored Tag punch. This was stamped in Pool Party and I added it to the cut out in the flower image with dimensionals. The embossed paper you see is Rich Razzleberry embossed with one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I layered this onto Pool Party Paper and then added some 1/8 inch Whisper White Sheer Ribbon. I added a Doily under the stamped image and finished things off with some Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Rich Razzleberry.

Are you finally getting some spring where you live? I sure hope so. If not Stampin Up! has plenty of flower images to get you in the mood for spring!!

Come back soon for more creative inspiration!

~Kristal

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Family First and a Humming Along Thank You Card

Hello Creative Friends,

It has been quite some time since I have posted any information or shared any creations for you. I am afraid the reason for my hiatus is a bit sad. I received some unfortunate news and had to drive to my parents house (they are quite far from me). My dad had been taken to the ER and was not acting right. After many tests they determined he had a large brain tumor. The appearance of the tumor suggested it was a very aggressive form of cancer. My family was informed surgery was needed, but they would never be able to get it all. My dad is 80 years old so there were many risks with this surgery for various reasons. I am happy to report he did have the surgery and his recovery thus far has been much better than expected. He is walking with assistance and showing almost no cognitive issues at all. We really couldn’t ask for a better outcome! However, they are still evaluating this tumor to see what grade the cancer is and how it can be treated. At this point I am just happy to have him around a little longer. As you can imagine, I didn’t think much about my stamping during this time. Now that I can breath a short sigh of relief I thought it was time to share something creative!

In the wake of all that has happened, I am beyond thankful. Thankful for the doctors steady hand, thankful for the unbelievable amount of prayers my family received, and I am especially thankful my dad is still here with me. So what better card to share than a Thank you card, right?

This card was made using both a watercolor technique and the wonderful blends markers! I started with a card base in Pool Party cut at 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches. I then cut a piece of Thick Whisper White to 5 1/4 x 4 inches. The Thick Whisper White card stock will work for some water coloring and is a more of a bright white color than the watercolor card stock. I stamped the flower image from the Humming Along stamp set using Memento Black ink. This is the best to use for coloring with the blends. To color in the flower I started with the Light Flirty Flamingo blends marker. Then I used the Dark Flirty Flamingo blends marker to give the inside of the flower a darker town. I blended the colors together using the Light Flirty Flamingo blends marker once more. For the stem of the flower I used the Light Granny Apple Green blends marker. I then used the Dark Granny Apple Green blends marker to add some dimension to the stem. I used the Dark Daffodil Delight blends marker to the stamen of the flower.

I wanted to give the flower a bit of a halo look so I used my Aqua painter and some Pool Party ink to lightly watercolor around the flower. I am happy with the results, but I think this look may be an acquired taste. You can’t really see it in this photo but I also added some Clear Wink of Stella to the watercolor part of the ink. You might see a slightly darker area here or there where I got a little heavy handed with the Wink of Stella…thankfully it looks good in person!! 😉

I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the same stamp set in the Memento Ink and then cut it out with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits. I added some of the Flirty Flamingo ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Pack to the card and tied a knot in the ribbon. I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and finished off the card by adding a few pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls pack.

I hope I can come back to share something again with you soon. Don’t forget, you only have 6 days left before Sale-A-Bration ends! If you want something free then now is the time to order!!

~Kristal

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Butterfly Beauty Thinlits and Gingham Gala make spring seem not so far away!

Hello my creative friends!

I have a beautiful and springy card to share with you today. This card features the amazing Butterfly Beauty Thinlits and the super pretty Gingham Gala Designer Series paper!

There is so much good stuff in this card! First, lets talk about the gorgeous butterflies. You can probably tell there are two layers of butterflies. That is because the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits come with two very large dies that you can actually layer together to give your die cuts more detail. I used the base, or less detailed, die to cut out the image in Balmy Blue. Then I used the more detailed layer and the Gingham Gala DSP to cut out the top layer. The go together perfectly! The actual dies have 3 more butterflies attached, but I cut some of them off to use only two of the butterflies in the die. Once I had those adhered together I set it aside to do my stamping. I used the Beauty Abounds stamp set and Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake inks to add splashes of color on Whisper White card stock. The sentiment used is from one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp sets called Part of My Story. Isn’t the sentiment the greatest? It is even better knowing it is FREE!! I cut out the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The ribbon you see is actually the 1/8 Inch Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White. I made it Balmy Blue by coloring it with the Dark Balmy Blue Blends marker. You can turn your white ribbon into practically any color you need with the Blends markers!! Once I was ready to adhere my Butterflies to the card I added dimensionals to the back and also to the back of my sentiment. I finished things off by adding pearls to the butterflies and also some tiny butterflies die cuts from the thinlits in Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake. The base of the card is cut to 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4. The Balmy Blue layer on the card is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. The Whisper White layer on the card is 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

Have you purchased any items during Sale-A-Bration yet? You better get to it so you don’t miss out on your free item, or maybe even items! Sale-A-Bration only lasts through March 31st so head over to my website to start shopping now by clicking here!!

Happy Crafting!!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Forever Lovely Z-Fold card

Hello Creative Friends!

I have a pretty and simple card to share with you today. I chose to add no sentiment to this card but so I could use it for various occasions. It has little Valentines Day flair so I might just add a Happy Valentines Day sentiment to the inside!

To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size card base in Lovely Lipstick card stock. I then folded the card in half (or it could be scored at 4 1/4 and then folded). To make the front z-fold you simple fold the front flap in half backwards. If you prefer you could score the front flap at 2 1/8 longways and then fold it backwards. This gives you the the front z fold to allow you to add the panel with the stamped image. The panel was made with Soft Sea Foam cut to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2. The Whisper White with the stamped image is cut to 3 x 4-1/4 . I used the Forever Lovely stamp set for all the images on the card. This beautiful stamp set is part of the DistINKtive stamps offered by Stampin’ Up! so they are etched to show wonderful detail. I used Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp the flowers and Soft Seafoam to stamp the leaves. I used the Lovely Flowers Edgelits dies to cut out the single flower and accompanying leaves. The ribbon is part of the All My Love Ribbon pack. This includes the Lovely Lipstick ribbon I used and a skinny Flirty Flamingo ribbon. I added some of the All My Love Designer Series Paper to the front flap of my z-fold. Once I had the front panel assembled I adhered it the card adding adhesive to the left side only. That is all there is to it!

Are you busy getting cards finished for Valentines day? The stamp set and dies used to make this card would be great for this occasion! Heading to my website to grab these great items by clicking here.

~Kristal

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