All Geared Up

All Geared Up

How much are you loving the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog? I’ve had to seriously restrict my ordering, because I want almost every product in the catalog. But since this is also Sale-a-bration, I’m earning even more products with my orders! Remember – for every $50 you spend, you get to select a free Sale-a-bration product. And more products were just added last week! There are also extra special “Level 2” products you can select with a $100 order. Hostess a private class or party and earn $30 more Stampin’ Rewards (aka “free stuff”) with a qualifying party. The best deal, though, is to join my team. You’ll get $175 in product for only $99. For real.

Here’s one of the cards we made in classes this month using the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog. This was probably inspired by someone else’s card. I’ve looked at a lot of cards using this set so that I could do something more traditional and less steampunk/vintage, so something I think is original was most likely stuck in my subconscious. (If it’s yours, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll credit you!)

Geared Up Garage, Stampin' Up!

I’m loving Basic Gray/Mango Melody color combination. Basic Gray is so “guy” looking, and then the Mango Melody adds that pop of zing. Although the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set and coordinating Garage Gears Thinlits Dies (which you can bundle with the stamp set to save 10%) are typically for “masculine cards” (although I know some females who like to tinker in the garage!), this could be for anyone. And it’s super simple, although you do need to have a Big Shot to create it. Hey – that can be part of you $175 starter kit! You can order the Big Shot and a lot more during Sale-a-bration!


I’m not sure you really need details for this card, but I’ll give them anyway. First, although you can’t see it…(and now I have the Bird Woman Song from Mary Poppins stuck in my head. Well played, Julie Andrews), I stamped the exhaust stamp several times in VersaMark on the Mango Melody 4″ x 5-1/4″ card stock layer. Many of the attendees opted to skip this step. It adds very, very, very subtle depth to the card. If you use Mango Melody Classic Ink instead of VersaMark (maybe stamped off one time), it may be a little less subtle.

Next, die-cut the large set of gears and two smaller gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies from a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic Gray Cardstock. After wasting a lot of Basic Gray Cardstock, I realized I could get two sets of gears from one quarter sheet of card stock. So cut a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece and see if you can’t get them all out of that.

Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then trim and notch the edges with Paper Snips. Apply SNAIL Adhesive to the back of the sentiment layer, then adhere a 4″ piece of the Black/Silver 1/4″ Striped Metallic Ribbon (looped – like a “cause ribbon”) to the back. Note: This is very cool ribbon, and, apparently, lots of other people think so too. It’s a great way to add glitz to a card – even for guys – but not have it look “girlie.” If you want this ribbon, order it now, because supplies are running low. Click on the images below to order!

Add a Stampin’ Dimensional over the ribbon for extra stability, as well as one on the end of the sentiment layer. Adhere it to the card, then add one gear at the edge of the sentiment layer, also with a Stampin’ Dimensional, making sure the Stampin’ Dimensional on the gear is adhered to the card over the large set of gears, not on the sentiment layer. A few teeth of the single gear should be flush with the sentiment. Add the final gear with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to the corner of the card.

I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock to the inside of the card and stamped three of the gears from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set in Basic Gray Classic Ink on the corner.

I sent one of these cards to Joe Cuba. Here’s the photo that Sara Douglass, Stampin’ Up!® CEO, posted on her site.

This was on the Phoenix VA site, so I’m fairly sure it’s legit. If you read this in time, send Joe a card and thank him for his service! (And can I just say if I look this good at 100 years old, I’ll be very happy!)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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4 Responses to All Geared Up

  1. Jackie says:

    Oh Buffy, this is a wonderful card and I’m so glad that you will be sharing it with Joe. Love your gears!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. debsmart says:

    Terrific card, and I’m sure Joe will be happy to receive it! Such a nice thing to do, Buffy 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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