Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Occasions Sneak Peek

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell in a small town at the very bottom of Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States!

Our theme this month is all about the soon-to-be-released 2019 Occasions Catalog.  Each time Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog, I think to myself, “They really have outdone themselves again!”  This time is no different!  I think you will agree with me when you get to see it!

So, I was sitting at OnStage (our bi-annual Stampin’ Up! convention-type gathering!) flipping through the catalog.  I was loving everything.  Then… I saw it… the new  Garage Gears Thinlits Dies (148521) just hiding out on the bottom of page 43.

I am not sure why, but my first thought was Steampunk… because who wouldn’t?  Right!?!  So, my cogs started turning…


If you aren’t familiar with what Steampunk is, it is “is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.” Or at least it is according to Wikipedia!  To me it is just cool.  I do knot know why I am attracted to the look of it…  

So, here is what I have for you this month…

I always see the steampunk colors being dark and muted mixed with creams.  This led me to use a color combination of Basic Black, Early Espresso, and Cajun Crazy.

To give the gears a more vintage look, I used the “Tarnish Foil” technique.  This is one of my favorite techniques.  It’s all about laying different metallic embossing powders.  For this look, I started with copper foil and layered on copper, gold and silver powders.  Then, I ran the dies through the Big Shot.  It helped pick up that definition in the gears.

So, since I had some left over gears, I decided to do a little gift tag too…  ya know, because I could!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Now, go and see what the others have for you… It’s okay.  Hop along!

Stamper’s Dozen December 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamping In My Flops
  2. Bonnie O’Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  11. BJ Peters – Stampin’ BJ
  12. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather “Bee” Stampin’

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂  Joanne

4 thoughts on “Stamper’s Dozen Blog Hop – Occasions Sneak Peek

  1. Joanne, I LOVE this technique on the gears. I am actually the original designer of this technique and the name, and I just LOVE what you’ve done with it! It is so fun to have found you and your creation. Awesome!

    1. Melissa, I think you so much for the kind words. This technique is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for introducing it to the world!

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