A couple of days ago I showed you a masculine decorated notebook using accessories from the Classic Garage suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. I promised you a proper look at the stamp set and dies, and today’s the day. Well sort of. I didn’t end up using the Garage Gears Dies on this masculine Valentine’s card project, but I’ll show them to you anyway.
PREPARING THE CARD
I began with a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card that I cut and scored using my Stampin’ Trimmer. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. On the inside I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach a layer of Very Vanilla Card.
The patterned background is another design from the Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack. I cut a wide strip and fixed it to the front of the card using liquid glue. Then I added a 1/4″ strip of Silver Glimmer Paper along the edge of the DSP.
Next I used Paper Snips to cut out one of the shell-shaped meters from the DSP. Then I fixed the meter towards the top of the layer inside the card with liquid glue.
Finally with liquid glue I attached a piece of the DSP to the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed it with Paper Snips following the edge of the flap.
YOU JUMP START MY HEART
I love the ‘you jump start my heart’ sentiment and it made me think of jump leads, or a defibrillator. Of course that gave me the idea to have a heart with ‘leads’ on it. So I set aside the Garage Gears Dies and reached instead for the new Stitched Be Mine Dies.
First though I needed to stamp the sentiment onto Very Vanilla Card using Tuxedo Black ink.
Using die-cutting machine and magnetic plate I cut out the sentiment using the #2 and #3 full-heart dies (counting from the smallest up). These are the more rounded ones in the set, and by using both together I ended up with my sentiment cut out into a heart shape and with a stitched line around the edge.
To create the contrasting border for the heart, I used the same dies to cut out some Real Red Card. I set aside the solid red heart and replaced it with the sentiment. Then I fixed the red border and die-cut sentiment together using a little sellotape on the back.
I’d used these dies a couple of days ago on a project creating my heart in exactly the same way. There’s more about the Stitched Be Mine Dies in my blog post Be Mine Stitched Framelits Sneak Peek.
Now I needed my jump leads, and I had idea where to find them…
I began by stamping the three nuts image from Geared Up Garage onto a scrap of Smoky Slate Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used a 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch to punch out the centres of two of the nuts. Finally I cut out the two punched nuts using Paper Snips.
Next I attached two pieces of 1/8″ Black Cord to the back of the die-cut heart with Mini Glue Dots. Then I loosely brought the other ends of the cord to the front of the heart and fixed then in place with more Mini Glue Dots. Finally I used a Mini Glue Dot to attach a nut to the end of the cords on the front of the heart.
Once I’d used Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the assembled heart to the front of the card base I was finished.
CLASSIC GARAGE SUITE
If you’ve been looking for a masculine stamp set, or one with a motoring/mechanic theme then the Classic Garage suite is for you.
The Geared Up Garage Stamp Set has 10 red rubber stamps in the new cling background. Cling is replacing the old clear-mount stamps and is super sticky. So there’ll be no more issues with stamps being affected by dirt or humidity and falling of the acrylic blocks. Yay!
The final part of the Classic Garage suite is the Garage Gears Dies. I ended up not using them today, but I wanted to show you them all the same.
There’s 14 dies in the set and some cut out images from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and the Classic Garage DSP. The remaining dies in the set are a variety of gears or cogs. These not only cut the shape but they add embossed detail too. See my blog post Classic Garage Accessories Sneak Peek for an example of this and the rest of the Classic Garage suite.
This time tomorrow you’ll actually be able to order products from the Classic Garage suite and other items in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. I know you’re going to love them.
Also starting tomorrow is the biggest promotion in the Stampin’ Up! calendar, Sale-A-Bration. This is where you can choose free items from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure simply for placing a qualifying order. What’s more, Sale-A-Bration products are in addition to Stampin’ Rewards benefits you earn once your order reaches $200 before shipping and taxes.
If you don’t already have a Sale-A-Bration Brochure or Occasions Catalogue I will have links to the online versions here on my blog tomorrow.
BECOME A CRAFTY CANADIAN
If you’re anything like me you’ll end up with a long wish list. So I want to tell you how to get Stampin’ Up! products much more cheaply. All you need to do is join Stampin’ Up! and my team of Crafty Canadians.
While the joining offer is always a great deal, during Sale-A-Bration it’s quite simply amazing. Starting tomorrow fill your starter kit with $225 of product and pay just $135 CAD with no additional shipping and taxes. What’s more you’ll receive a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit too!
Also this year there’s a second option for new Demonstrators, choose $225 of product and add a limited edition craft tote for $175 CAD. This option also includes a free Paper Pumpkin kit.
The perks of being a Demonstrator are many;
- Get at least 20% discount on your orders (and be paid real dollars for any orders you may happen to receive from others);
- Get free catalogues, brochures and new product information before they are released to the public;
- Buy new products before they are available to the public;
- Take advantage of the same perks as customers – including bundle prices, Stampin’ Rewards and Sale-A-Bration Rewards;
- Receive weekly e-mails and a printed quarterly magazine filled with ideas and inspiration, access to Demonstrator only events, and more.
- As a member of my team, I’ll also be there to help you get exactly what you want from being a Demonstrator.
Your obligations as Canadian Demonstrator:
- Keep any advance information you are given confidential unless you are told you can share it
- Meet a minimum level of sales / purchases each quarter (this is a little under $400 CAD). It’s easier than you think.
- Not sell Stampin’ Up! products outside of Canada.
DEMONSTRATOR MYTH BUSTING
- You do not have to sell to others (unless you want to). If you only want to join to get a discount off your own purchases that’s fine;
- You do not have to hold classes, write a blog or hold workshops (unless you want to);
- Yes you do have to meet a quarterly minimum, but join during Sale-A-Bration and that first minimum doesn’t have to be met until the end of July!
- You are not tied into being a Demonstrator for a fixed period. You can resign at any time. Or if you don’t meet the quarterly minimum you will simply stop being a Demonstrator after a one month ‘pending’ period with no penalty.
- If you stop being a Demonstrator you will not have to pay back any discounts, return anything you have received, or pay a fee to leave. The only ‘penalty’ for leaving is you won’t be able to get a discount on your future purchases, but you’d expect that, right?
So how about it? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, or simply wanted to save money on your purchases, during Sale-A-Bration is your chance.
If you’re still unsure or have questions I’ve not answered, contact me and let’s chat. I’d love to welcome you to my Crafty Canadians team, but wait until Sale-A-Bration starts tomorrow so you can get all the extra benefits!
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the following products have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Silver Glimmer Paper
- Classic Garage Designer Series Paper
- Black 1/8″ Cord
- 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch