TGCDT July 2020 Blog Hop - An Elephant, A Kangaroo, A Giraffe and a Koala Go To A Party


It's time for the monthly Gentlemen Crafters Design Team Blog Hop, and we're celebrating our First Anniversary this month with the addition of three new bloggers. Be sure to visit all the links in the hop. The Gentlemen Crafters Design Team (#TGCDT) are a group of male crafters. Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that love to share our creative side with you every 2nd Friday of each month. 



The new Zoo Globe stamp set, 153303 pg. 54 in the Annual Catalogue, is just so darn cute!  I don't normally go for the cutsie animal stamps, but this one was just so fun I had to see what I could make. I think there is plenty of potential in this set without the domes and the whole idea of it being something for kids with shakers etc., so here is my take on what could be fun adult birthday or celebration cards.


This is another stamp set that requires colouring, but because the animals are small and simple, it doesn't take much to colour them in at all.  I used only my light blends and it took literally 5 minutes to colour all 6 plus the tree and grass.  This set lends itself easily to layering and bumping things up on dimensionals for 3D effect.  Add in the snow globe stamps, and maybe the acrylic dome, and you've got a really nice shaker card in 3D too.  Tonnes of potential! 

There are a couple sentiments that are a nice change from the standard lot. "It's A Good Day" and "Let's Go!" are just so fun, and could be for any celebration.  I hope you enjoy my projects and that you might try this stamp set out for yourself.

Card One - Elephant & Koala
  • - Card Base: Poppy Parade Cardstock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"  /  21.6cm x 14cm
  • - Front Matte 1:Blushing Bride Cardstock 4" x 5-1/4"  /  10.2cm x 13.4 cm
  • - Front Matte 2: Basic Black Cardstock 3-1/8" x 4-1/8" / 
  • - Front Matte 3: Whisper White Cardstock 3" x 4" / 
  • - Inside Matte: Whisper White Cardstock 4" x 5-1/4"  /  10.2cm x 13.4 cm
  • - All stamping done with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • - Stampin Blends: Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Bronze, Seaside Spray,
  •    Night of Navy, Grey Granite, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick
  • - Iridescent sequins
  • - Wink of Stella glitter brush
  • - Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder

Card Two - Giraffe & Kangaroo
  • - Card Base: Bermuda Bay Cardstock 11" x 4-1/4"  /  26.8cm x 10.8cm
  • - Front Matte 1: Pool Party Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4"  /  13.4cm x 10.2cm
  • - Front Matte 2: Basic Black Cardstock 4-1/8" x 3-1/8" / 
  • - Front Matte 3: Whisper White Cardstock 4" x 3" / 
  • - Inside Matte: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4" /  13.4cm x 10.2cm
  • - All stamping done with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • - Stampin Blends: Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Bronze, Seaside Spray,
  •    Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
  • - Iridescent sequins
  • - Wink of Stella glitter brush
  • - Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder

We appreciate you taking time to visit each of the
truly talented crafters in this Blog-hop.

July marks the First Anniversary of TGCDT and we welcome
three new bloggers to our team - Daniel, Rene & Tony.


# Tony Embrey 2020-07-10 13:40
Love it!
# Kevin Estey 2020-07-10 17:38
Thanks Tony - it was a fun set to create with.
# Rene Guenther 2020-07-10 14:16
Hello Kevin,
these are funny animal cards you designed for today's Inspiration Hop.
Thank you for sharing.
Greetings from Leipzig.
# Kevin Estey 2020-07-10 17:39
Hi Rene! Thank you, they are just the cutest animals. I love the elephant and the balloons. I'm going to try with the birdies holding the balloons too.
# Ian Potter 2020-07-14 12:20
Great work, Kevin.
# Kevin Estey 2020-07-18 16:45
Thank you Ian. An easy set to make great cards with.
# gail 2020-07-18 13:44
such joy and happiness in these cards.
# Kevin Estey 2020-07-18 16:46
I know, right? How could you now smile seeing an elephant with balloons.

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