Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Truly Grateful Edition
Welcome Fall! Really, I love fall. Even though it kicks up my asthma and I spend a fair bit of time coughing, I just love the color of the sky. The crisp, cool evenings. The changing colors of the leaves. The bounty of garden harvest, and everything apples, pumpkins, and squash! LOVE, I tell you! I really could go on & on :) And this edition of the Stamp Review Crew is featuring a fabulous fall set. I really couldn't stop creating with it!

If you are following along from the beginning, then you just arrived from Shana Gaff's blog. I can't wait to see what she made! If you get lost, you can always find your way back on track on the official Stamp Review Crew blog post for this hop, where the links always take you exactly where you want to go :)

Ok, I am going to admit right now that I got a little carried away making projects for this hop. I cut out six 4x4 card bases and 3½" panels. Then I went ahead and made 5 cards just with this set!

Look how awesome these wheat sheaves look with the Hello Honey ink! The perfect golden yellow. I happen to have a love of fountain pens and the amazing array of inks available for them. I have one called Noodlers Golden Brown that matches the Hello Honey so well, I used it here to outline the front panel. I wanted just a touch of the gold twine, and the knotted loop at the top was just perfect. The sentiment is outlined with white gel pen, of course :)

Next, I grabbed a couple more colors to add to the Hello Honey with Soft Suede and Cajun Craze. I just got the Hi There set, and I love the size of these sentiments!

Inside, I did a stamped off Soft Suede acorn, and then stamped the "nuts about you" sentiment from the set of the same name. Love that sentiment too!

Here I used an Aquapainter to watercolor the panel with Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Baked Brown Sugar. Then I dried it with my Heat Gun, cuz I am impatient like that :) Next, I stamped the chevron wood stamp twice in Soft Suede to cover the panel. And another sentiment from Hi There stamped in Early Espresso!

How about a nice masculine birthday card? This time I used Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, and Island Indigo to stamp a corner of the chevron wood pattern in each color. I die cut a star from Soft Suede, then paper pierced with the Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack. The ribbon is Mossy Meadow, and the birthday sentiment is from And Many More in Early Espresso again.

This last one of the 4x4 cards is my favorite I think!
  1.  I took the 3½" square panel and embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder. Then I lightly stamped the chevron wood pattern in Sahara Sand over it. It mostly inked just the raised areas and makes a very interesting background. 
  2. I stitched around the panel with my sewing machine. 
  3. Then there is a strip of Naturals Chevron ribbon, a strip of Woodgrain embossed Soft Suede,and popped up on dimensionals.
  4. Stamp and punch out 3 log slices in Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, and Baked Brown Sugar with the 1-3/8" Circle punch. Pop the center slice on dimensionals. More white gel pen details to finish it off!

Here is a different angle, so you can hopefully get a better view of the texture and dimension :)

 Now, this one happened Saturday night after a pile of family left. We had just celebrated my oldest son's 25th birthday with lasagna, cake, and gourmet chocolate. I was putting together this post and I just could not get the thought of a shaker card with this set out of my head! So, as happens sometimes, I had to stop what I was doing and let the inspiration take fruit.
  1. The top panel is watercolor paper embossed with white embossing powder and the chevron wood pattern, then I used an Aquapainter and Crushed Curry ink to add uneven color. When that dried, I cut the window with a die from Chalk Talk
  2. Then I stamped the acorns in Soft Suede on a scrap of watercolor paper and used the Aquapainter again to move the Soft Suede around on the acorn cap, and then add some Cajun Craze to the bottom. Fussy-cutting ensued!
  3. I made a thin mat of Cajun Craze cardstock with the center cut out and glued it to a white card base, and then stamped the sentiment from And Many More in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede.
  4. Cut a rectangle of Acetate to generously cover the window and sticky strip to the back of the watercolor panel. Apply strips of foam tape all over the panel to pop it up and to create a space for the shakers. Make sure there are no gaps for the sequins to leak out of. 
  5. Place a pile of gold sequins, frosty sequins, and one acorn in the area of the card front that will be the shaker, then carefully place the foam taped panel on the card front. Now shake it a bit just to play with it :)
  6. Cut a piece of Burlap trim down the center and dovetail one end. Adhere to card front with sticky strip. Stamp happy birthday in Soft Suede on a scrap of Crushed Curry, then die cut with Itty Bitty Banner die. Add white gel pen accents. 
  7. Using dimensionals, adhere the remaining 2 acorns to the card front, then the happy birthday banner on top of that, with dimensionals also. 
  8. Stamp 3 acorns inside the card without reinking between. Use blender pen to color. Done! 
Here you can see the blender pen colored acorns.
So, what do you all think? Have I convinced you this is the most awesome set ever? Well, you can't say I didn't try ;) Ha! And I just realized this card has the same color scheme as the banner and buttons, which I made long before I made this card, lol!

OK, now that I have overloaded you all, how about a fresh take with Miss Wendy Weixler! She is next up on this hop :)


Dawn Tidd said...

How many "wows" do these deserve! I love each and every one. The lines and stitching are awesome along the edges. I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried! Can't wait to CASE these, Tanya!

Unknown said...

Great cards, Tanya! I especially love the first two.

Yapha Mason said...

What an amazing set of cards you made, Tanya!! They are all so different and all so gorgeous! You really knocked it out of the park!

Jeanie said...

Wow! Pinterest really needs to come up with a "Pin it all!" button! Of course, that didn't stop me from pinning ALL OF YOUR CARDS! Fantastic inspiration -- thank you Tanya!

Heidi Baks said...

Wow, Tanya, I knew this one would be a favorite of yours! Great, great background. I love the little touch of gold twine on the first card.

Mike said...

WOW! Tanya! Too bad you weren't inspired at all! LOL I love every one of them but my favorite is the Happy Birthday window card. Having a cabin in the mountains with lots of oak trees, no trues words were ever spoken about acorns than “...And many more!”

inkypinkies said...

Every one of these cards is gorgeous! I love that shaker! So inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Everyone of these cards are awesome! If I didn't have this set you would have made me buy it. lol I love the shaker card. Happy birthday to your son to!

Cindy Beach said...

Tanya, it is so obvious from your fantastic fall projects that you had fun creating with this set. The first card just blew me away! Amazing how the Hello Honey ink makes this card amazing!

Carol Carriveau said...

Very different and very fun cards!


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