Stampin’ Friends Geared Up Garage Sample

Welcome to the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop where I’m sharing a Geared Up Garage card sample.

Thanks for joining us on our blog hop today! Today, we showcase cards and projects created for the men in our lives. Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment. I’ve posted a list at the end of the post.

Geared Up Garage Card Sample

Stampin' Friends Geared Up Garage Card Sample

I’m excited this stamp set (Geared Up Garage) and its coordinating Garage Gears Dies carry over into Stampin’ Up!’s new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The catalog debuts June 3. Look for a lot of fun, new product. (Hint: If you love this bundle and love a discount, purchase it now with a 10 percent discount. It won’t be available as a discounted bundle in the new catalog.)

A few pointers about today’s card. I:

  • embossed Silver Foil with the Hammered Metal embossing folder. What a cool look!;
  • stamped the car in Memento Ink and colored with Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends;
  • die cut the gears in Basic Black card stock; and
  • stamped the background “smoke” image with Smoky Slate.

Stampin' Friends Geared Up Garage Card Sample

Geared Up Garage Sample-Gift Pouch

Stampin' Friends Geared Up Garage Sample

Stampin’ Up!’s Acetate Card Boxes make great gift packaging. (Get 10 of them for $7.) This holds a Norwex cleaning cloth, perfect for shining up dad’s vehicle. These boxes are designed to hold cards and envelopes, but I dressed this up to create a unique presentation.

Using the card’s theme, I included a piece of Silver Foil and embossed it with the Hammered Metal 3D embossing Folder. I added the car and gear elements and topped it off with a piece of Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon. Super cute and super easy.

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6. Kim Quade – US –

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Making a Difference

Making a difference with rubber stamps, ink, and paper! Making a Difference Dandelion Wishes

“To love what we do and share what we love as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments. In this we make a difference.”

This is Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart. I truly believe and live this, even before I was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Creating and sending cards has always been a passion of mine, and Stampin’ Up!’s products make it easy and gratifying. Although I’m not the world’s best crafter (and I rely on Pinterest for inspiration, a lot), I love making cards and passing them along to others.

The card I’m sharing today is one I created multiples of early in the week. I experimented with Stampin’ Up!’s Bokeh Dots stamp set, which is retiring soon. So, I combined that with the Dandelion Wishes (which is carrying over) and made a handful. Then, each person on my list received this card. The list includes a teenage niece battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a friend of a friend diagnosed with stomach cancer, someone celebrating a birthday, and the list goes on.

I’m hoping people find joy and understand someone is thinking of them.

When my friend Dianne was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma many years ago, I began sending a “thinking of you” card weekly. Because I couldn’t remember what I sent from week to week, I found it “necessary” to design a new one each week. She later told me she compiled all of the cards in an album and discovered I never duplicated a stamp set! Imagine that! When Dianne passed away, I vowed I would, in her memory, continue to send something weekly to support someone in their journey.

Chemo Angels

This group dedicates itself to facilitating the sending of cards to those undergoing chemotherapy treatments in the United States. It matches volunteers with patients. As a volunteer, you commit to sending at least one card a week and often a small gift.

I’ve written to many patients through the years, and though it’s not meant to be a pen pal program, I know I’ve made a difference. Some of the patients graduate from treatment and others lose their battle.

A few years ago, I received a letter from a man who lost his wife. He thanked me for the cards and letters, saying he found a basket of them by his wife’s chair. She turned to them when she needed a pick-me-up. Those cards, made with rubber stamps, ink, and paper, made a difference to her.

It seems like such a small thing to do. But it’s the one thing I CAN do.

Stealing a saying from a fellow demonstrator: Making a difference one card at a time. May you find joy and purpose in your paper crafting.


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Seaside Notions Stamping Tutorial

I hope you enjoy this free stamping tutorial featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Seaside Notions stamp set.

Seaside Notions Stamping Tutorial

I’ve seen a sneak peek of Stampin’ Up’s new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, and it’s gorgeous. When you receive your copy soon, you’ll discover a variety of brand-new stamp sets, framelits, dies, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, In Colors, and so much more.

You may also notice a number of familiar stamp sets that carried over from previous catalogs and found their way into the new one. The Seaside Notions set is one of them. Find it in the online store here.

Seaside Notions Stamping Tutorial

Here are the free directions for creating this card from scratch. (Card inspired by Theresa Huffman of Ink, Stamp, Love.)

Seaside Notions Stamping Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Seaside Notions (149278)
  • PAPER – Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock (144237), Pretty Peacock (150880), Shimmery White (101910)
  • INK – Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad (150083), Pretty Peacock Ink Refill (150090), Memento (132708)
  • OTHER – Aqua Painter – 2019-202 Annual Catalog (103954), Water Painter – 2020-2021 Annual Catalog (151298), Subtle 3D Embossing Folder (151775), Linen Thread (104199), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Die Cutting Machine

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score and fold at 4 ¼
  • Pretty Peacock – 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Shimmery White – 4” x 2 ½”
  • Linen Thread – 32”



  • Fold the Very Vanilla card base in half.
  • Stamp the images from the Seaside Notion stamp set with the Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad onto the Pretty Peacock 5 ¼” x 4” card stock piece.
  • Once stamped, run this piece through the die cutting machine in the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
  • With Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere the embossed Pretty Peacock piece to the Very Vanilla card base.
  • Squeeze a couple of drops of the Pretty Peacock Ink Refill into the lid of the open Pretty Peacock stamp pad.
  • Using an Aqua Painter, create a watercolor wash on the Shimmery White piece. Let it dry.
  • Stamp the dots image from the Seaside Notions stamp set on top of the watercolor wash using the stamping off technique (ink stamp, stamp on scratch paper, stamp on Shimmery White) with Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad.
  • At the bottom of the Shimmery White/watercolor wash piece, stamp the sentiment.
  • Stamp the seahorse image with Black Memento Ink onto the watercolor wash.
  • Gently tear around all of the edges of the Shimmery White piece.
  • On the back of the Shimmery White card stock, place eight to nine Stampin’ Dimensionals in the corners and edges.
  • Arrange the Linen Thread in circles and swirls, sticking the thread to the dimensionals.
  • Place this piece at an angle on the card front.

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Let It Ride Retires

Stampin’ Up!’s Let It Ride stamp set retires, as does the Crackle Paint background stamp, and the Copper Trim. See details below.

Stampin’ Up! recently released its Last-Chance List. What does this mean? It means a host of Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, coordinating dies and framelits, Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and more won’t be available after June 2 (or while supplies last. A number of products have already sold out.) Some of the items are discounted.

Why? Because a brand-new catalog releases June 3, It’s filled with a ton of brand-new product to help you in your paper crafting endeavors. Stampin’ Up! must make room in its warehouse for the new offerings.

Click here to see the list of retiring products still available.

Let It Ride Card

The card above I created for a friend’s birthday actually uses three products retiring from Stampin’ Up!’s offerings:

Let It Ride Retires

Oftentimes, I sell all of my retiring stamp sets, but I’m going to keep this one. I just love all of the sentiments and feel they can be used in a variety of situations and a variety of events. “Take Life by the Reins” offers a perfect greeting for graduates, as well as the “Go for It” phrase.

Here are a few pointers for how this card came together:

  • Stamped the Crackle Paint background in Crumb Cake onto Very Vanilla card stock
  • Used Black Memento Ink for the horse and colored him with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends
  • Gently pulled apart the Copper Trim and afixed it to the card. (Don’t you think the little knot looks like a horse’s tail?)

Products Used to Create This Card

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to order your last-chance, retiring items soon. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help you with your card-making endeavors.


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Tropical Chic Card Sample

Sharing a card sample using Stampin’ Up!’s retiring Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Dies.

I love everything tropical! I love palm trees, the beach, the sun, the sand, and flamingos. Did I say palm trees? So, of course, Stampin’ Up!’s Tropical Chic stamp set and coordinating Tropical Dies have a place in my collection. (The Tropical Dies are on sale for $18.90.)

If you like the set and the dies, hurry to the online store and grab them! They retiring from Stampin’ Up!’s line up and won’t be available for purchase after June 2 (or while supplies last).

Tropical Chic Card Sample

Tropical Chic Card Sample

My Inspiration

While paging through a recent clothing catalog, I spotted a vibrant matching shirt and pant set. It immediately reminded me of the Tropical Chic stamps. Here’s a look at my inspiration. What do you think? Did I made it work?

The Tropical Chic Card Sample

I used the retiring 2018-2020 In Colors of Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, and Grapefruit Grove. As a reminder, these colors won’t be available after June 2. The ink pads, ink refills, card stock, Designer Series Paper, and ribbon are all on Stampin’ Up!’s Last-Chance list. A few items have sold out, but much is still available. Click here to shop the Last-Chance products.

In addition, I tried a modified version of the eclipse technique. Do you see the red palm frond on the right-hand side of the card and the blue frond on the left? After stamping, I used the Tropical Dies to die cut the image and popped the white card front up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

2020-2021 Annual Catalog

Beginning June 3, we can shop from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. As a demonstrator, I received a sneak peek and also got a chance to pre-order a selection of products. I’m excited because the new catalog is filled with some awesome new things.

If you’ve purchased from me in the last six to nine months, I’ve sent a new catalog to you through Stampin’ Up! Watch for it in your mailbox in a couple of weeks. If you aren’t currently working with a demonstrator, I’d love to get you a new catalog. Shoot me a message.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve included a list below of all the products is used to create this card.


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