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! Rooted in Nature Masculine/Fall card

Hello Creative Friends!

Today I am getting ready to head to sunny Orlando, Florida for the awesome Stampin’ Up! Convention!!  It is now referred to as OnStage and I am hoping I will have lots of new goodies to share with you while I am there!! Before I go, I wanted to share a quick and easy fall/masculine card with you. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and showcased many of the gorgeous green colors we have available.

I am calling this a masculine card, but really I think it could be given to anyone.  I also don’t think it is only a fall card either!  It could easily be made more fall looking by changing up the colors.  The card base color is Mossy Meadow.  I layered the this with some paper from the Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper pack.  I then chose to stamp various leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in the following colors:  Mossy Meadow, Garden Green, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green.  When I saw how many beautiful green colors we have available I knew I wanted to show them off together!  I cut out each leaf image with a circle that I though fit best from my Layering Circles Framelit Dies and some of my circle punches.  I also cut a corresponding card stock color to the ink I used with the next biggest circles.  I then layered them out in a group on the card.  I added some Linen Thread twine behind all the circles and adhered them with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set and was punch out with the classic label punch.  I also cut out a Meadow Layer using the classic label punch.  I cut it in half so I could add a layer to each end of the point.  This makes it look like it has a full layer!

That is all there is to this card!  You could make this one really quick of you need a card in a hurry.

Please check back here soon for updates regarding some of the goodies I get to see at Onstage.  I would recommend checking on my Facebook and Instagram pages for the most up to date information as I won’t always be able to post things to the blog.

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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Vintage Leaves Masculine Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am taking a break from Halloween cards because a masculine birthday card is needed for one of my family members.  I never seem to have enough of these so I should really make them more often.  I wanted this one to look very Fallish since the individual’s birthday is right in the middle of Fall.

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To make this card I started with a base of Dapper Denim cardstock.  I layered that with a very thin layer of Soft Suede cardstock and stamped some of the Vintage Leaves with Versamark.  Then I worked on the top layer of the card by stamping a random background on Tip Top Taupe cardstock.  To do this I used mostly the Timeless Texture stamps, however I also pulled in one from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set! The colors I used are Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede inks.  Once I had the background look I liked, I then used a sponge dauber to sponge in Crumb Cake across the whole card.  I feel like this gives it an aged look.   When I had all my stamping images I liked, I used versamark to stamp the leaves and ink splatters.  Then I added Copper Embossing Powder to that and heat set it.  I sure do love this Copper Embossing Powder! I decided to also emboss my sentiment and keep it a tone on tone look.  Once I had the front all finished I layered the stamped paper with Rich Razzleberry and added Dapper Denim ribbon to finish it off.  Once I had my idea it didn’t long to make this card so give it a try!

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I hope you are enjoying this fall season.  I have not yet made it to a pumpkin patch, but I hope to get there soon!

~Kristal

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