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Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict. I make greeting cards and scrapbooks and always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. I'm a homeschooling homemaker in central Texas; I have a pretty great husband and three amazing kids.

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Baby Wipe Faux Batik video tutorial

Baby Wipe Faux Batik background technique - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning and Awesomely Artistic - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey, everyone! If you missed my weekly Facebook live video on Monday, I showed my new (I think) background technique that uses the leftover baby wipe from the Baby Wipe Technique. Here is the video:

Below are the cards I showed in the video, along with the supply lists. If you’d like to buy the items I used to make these cards, simply click on the item pictures, and you will be taken to my Stampin’ Up! store. And make sure you follow/like my Facebook page and turn on notifications, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Baby Wipe Faux Batik background technique - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning and Awesomely Artistic - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

Baby Wipe Faux Batik background technique - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning and Awesomely Artistic - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

Baby Wipe Faux Batik background technique - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning and Awesomely Artistic - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Baby Wipe Faux Batik background technique - Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning and Awesomely Artistic - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

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Okay, Sweet Sugarplum, we can be friends

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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please vote for my card here. 

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

Our theme for this highlight is Get Well Soon – I have to admit that I only have one Get Well stamp in my entire stash, and I almost never make a Get Well card. But I *should* make them and send them. It’s such a nice way to lift someone’s spirits.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I’m not going to lie. When I saw the new In Colors last year, I immediately stuck Sweet Sugarplum into the “DO NOT WANT” bucket. I have a hard time with purple pastels. We all have our preferences, right?

But every time I pair it with Mint Macaron (anyone else starting to panic that it’s retiring at the end of May??), I start whistling a different tune. I’m not saying I’m ready to order a full pack of the cardstock, but I’m getting there. Really starting to like this color.

I borrowed my daughter’s Pretty Kitty stamp set to make this card. This kitty is so sweet and warm, the perfect image for sending get well wishes. The base is Mint Macaron, and I added a 2-3/4″ strip of Sweet Sugarplum to offset my flowers. I stamped the flowers from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on a 2-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and colored the stems in with my Mint Macaron marker. I decided to paper piece the flowers, so I cleaned the stamp and stamped them again in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a separate sheet of Very Vanilla. I then went over the lines of the stamped images with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, then spread the color around the flower with my Blender Pen, then went over the lines again with the Razzleberry pencil. I cut just the flowers out with my Snips, then glued them to the flowers on the Very Vanilla strip.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I just love this kitty! Pretty Kitty has several images that would work for a Get Well card, but I really liked this calm and happy scene. I stamped the kitty in StazOn on Very Vanilla. The watercolor pencils I used to color the scene are Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral, and both Early Espresso (with a light touch) and Basic Gray for the kitty; the kitty’s shadow is done with Basic Gray (again, a light touch). I colored the flower leaves with the Mint Macaron marker. I cut the kitty out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the black scalloped circle is one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I finished off the cardfront with Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Dots.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

On the inside, I added a panel of Very Vanilla and stamped and paper pieced the flower again. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics, stamped in Mint Macaron.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen to do another international blog hop!

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Monstrously Wonderful

Stampin' Up! Yummy in My Tummy handmade monster card with Labeler Alphabet and Cupcakes & Carousels paper - FMS274 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hello, and happy Sunday (night)! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine started off with 80 chest-to-ground burpees on Friday, because my trainer is a sadist, and continued to be productive from there. Also, my 6-year-old started softball (t-ball) practices, and she’s just adorable. Her pants were a little big, so she’d take off running the bases, hitching up her pants the whole time. I should have fished out a safety pin, but I was too busy cracking up. I’m that mom.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve played along with Freshly Made Sketches, but I really loved this sketch and wanted to play along.

Stampin' Up! Yummy in My Tummy handmade monster card with Labeler Alphabet and Cupcakes & Carousels paper - FMS274 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I thought this fun monster from the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set fit perfectly in the sentiment panel, so I decided to flip the sketch and build the card around this guy.

Tips for CASEing this card:

*The card base is 5.5″x4.25″ (half of an 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock, flipped landscape-wise and scored in the middle), in Bermuda Bay. The So Saffron layer is only 1/8″ shorter all the way around, and the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP layer is 1/8″ shorter than the So Saffron layer.

Stampin' Up! Yummy in My Tummy handmade monster card with Labeler Alphabet and Cupcakes & Carousels paper - FMS274 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The Cupcakes & Carousels DSP stack is sooo cute and versatile! Perfect for so many occasions.

Stampin' Up! Yummy in My Tummy handmade monster card with Labeler Alphabet and Cupcakes & Carousels paper - FMS274 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*This guy! So adorable! I stamped him on Shimmery White cardstock in StazOn ink. I used my Aqua Painter and Bermuda Bay re-inker to paint the monster. I wanted his coloring to come out ombre, so I painted him several times. First I painted the whole monster, then the bottom 3/4, then again the bottom half, and the last time just the bottom 1/4. After he was painted, I covered him in lacquer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. After he was dry, I cut him out with my snips.

*I ran the black cardstock behind the monster through the Big Shot with the Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder. This folder makes such a deep impression. I love it!

Stampin' Up! Yummy in My Tummy handmade monster card with Labeler Alphabet and Cupcakes & Carousels paper - FMS274 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The sentiment is stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I stacked two Dimensionals under the sign, and the monster’s hand is actually between the Dimensionals.

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*Hee! My favorite part of the card. I love the Labeler Alphabet. It’s easiest to line up the letters if you start in the middle and work outward. The other words in the sentiment are from the Cottage Greetings stamp set. I used my MISTI to line it up and split up the words.

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Vertical Garden Home Decor Project Kit

Stampin’ Up!’s new Vertical Garden Project Kit makes a beautiful home decor piece that you can use every spring and summer for years to come. Here’s a video by the Stampin’ Up! home office that shows you how easy this kit is to assemble and gives helpful tips and tricks for the best results.

If you’d like to buy the kit and the additional items you’d need to complete it on your own, below is the full list of products you’ll need to complete the kit, with links for buying the products in my store (you will also need a hot glue gun). OR if you’re local to me and would like to do this as a class with your friends, contact me via email or text (or simply comment on this blog post), and we can arrange a date and time that works for you.

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You soar – Weekly Facebook Live video

 

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hello, everyone! If you missed my live video on Facebook on Monday, here it is.

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I’m showing you how to make this card, which was a CASE of my own Just Beecause card, which was a CASE of a Jeanna Bohanon card. :) So check out the video, and subscribe to my brand new YouTube channel while you’re at it.

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Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle with Baby Wipe Faux Batik Background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

 

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Hi! Welcome to my blog and to the Top Ten Winners Blog Hop with the fabulous Kylie Bertucci! I was so honored to be in the top ten on both of the International Blog Highlights (see my cards here and here); if you voted for me, thank you so much for your vote. I’m so stoked to be hopping with a group of such talented people! Thanks to Kylie for organizing this and showcasing other demonstrators!

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This background? Totally a whim. Kind of an accident. I had been working on my card for the Global Design Project color challenge because I just could not decide what card I wanted to make for this blog hop. I’d put it aside to finalize my design for this card, and I could not make a decision. That turned right into crafter’s block, and I just stared at everything for a while. Finally I decided a good cleaning off of the desk would help, because it usually does.

I had been using the Baby Wipe Technique on the other card. I threw away the baby wipe I’d used as my unique ink pad, and then it caught my eye sticking out of the trash can as I turned to put an ink pad away. It was just so pretty, that colorful baby wipe. And I had a lightbulb moment. I wanted to make a background with it. I’ve never seen it done, but I’ve only been doing this for five years; I’m still learning lots of old techniques. It’s probably already a thing. But until I hear otherwise, it looks a little batik-y where the pattern on the actual Baby Wipe looks resisted, so… I’ll call it Baby Wipe Faux Batik background. (I had to look up batik to see what that is exactly, so if you have to look it up, too, you’re not alone.)

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I grabbed a full sheet of Shimmery White cardstock and decided to color as much of the cardstock as the wipe would cover. I unfolded it and spread it out, then laid it on the cardstock. The wipe was completely dry, as I’d used it hours earlier. I spritzed a decent amount of water onto the baby wipe, then rubbed back and forth over the wipe with a bone folder. The color transferred so beautifully! I trimmed it down to the size I wanted, and I have a second background for another card. I can’t believe how easy it was to make a background like this! I will be demonstrating this card on my live Facebook video next week, so make sure you have Liked my Facebook page and have turned on notifications.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Baby Wipe Faux Batik background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

The card base is Thick Whisper White. After the background panel was dry, I glued it down. I stamped the sentiment from Cottage Greetings (LOVE the fonts in that set!) in Watermelon Wonder ink and cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

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For the dragonfly, I first inked the background wings stamp from Dragonfly Dreams in Daffodil Delight. Then I rocked just the tips of the wings into Watermelon Wonder ink. Then I stamped the detailed dragonfly in Versamark right on top of the wings and heat embossed the detail in Gold. I cut out the dragonfly with the framelit, then covered the wings and body in lacquer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I spread this on really thin, as I just wanted some extra shine and not a shiny bubble. After that was dry, I added the dragonfly to the card. I glued down the body and popped the wings up on double-stacked Dimensionals.

Finally, I finished off the cardfront with pearls.

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I cut a 3/4″ strip off of the other piece I’d saved and used it to decorate the inside of my card.

I hope you like my card. Make sure to hop through to the next blog. You’re currently at Sarah Fleming – USA, so make sure you keep hopping to see what the other talented demonstrators have come up with.

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Hello, moon baby

Moon Baby by Stampin' Up! with a watercolor background - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #GDP072

OH. BABY.

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Okay, when I saw this stamp set in the Occasions catalog, I literally SQUEEd. Out loud. I mean, there’s a baby… on the moon. Sleeping and holding a star by a string. It’s too much. This was me:

Anyway, I got it this week, and I’m totally in love.

As you see, I’m not using the moon in this card, because I just couldn’t resist those tiny stuffies.

I made this card for the Global Design Project challenge this week. The challenge is to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) the fab Krista Frattin’s beautiful card (below).

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I used Krista’s layout for my card. Tips for CASEing:

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*The card base is 4.25″x5.5″ (11″, scored at 5.5″), Mint Macaron (I’m going to miss this color SO MUCH in June!).

*The white panel is Shimmery White cardstock, cut to 4″x5.25″. I used my Aqua Painter to do the watercolor wash. I wet the whole panel except the outside edges. The water will pull the ink all around, so any space you leave dry is much less likely to end up colored. I put a few drops of Daffodil Delight reinker on a clear stamping block and picked up color with the Aqua Painter, then started painting color on. You don’t need to paint the whole area, as the ink will spread a lot on its own (as long as the background is wet).

*After drying the panel with my Heat Tool, I stamped the trio of stars from the stamp set several times across the area where my Stitched Oval would go, using Archival Black ink — this ink is good for watercoloring, because it won’t smear, as long as you let it dry before you watercolor. So when you’re CASEing, a ribbon can become stamped images or a paper strip or a line of sequins. Whatevs — it’s your card! I took a little more Daffodil Delight ink and painted all the stars I stamped that weren’t already yellow from the background. I used Tear & Tape to attach the panel to the card base, because paper that’s been wet buckles, and Tear & Tape will hold it in place best. The green glue would work pretty well here, too.

Moon Baby by Stampin' Up! with a watercolor background - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #GDP072

*I stamped the trio of stuffies on Shimmery White cardstock, then painted them the same way with three colors: Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, and Tempting Turquoise. I’ll give you a tip about painting with Mint Macaron. You really need to dilute this color, or it comes out looking sad and dingy. So squeeze a lot of water into your water pen tip to dilute the color, and also run off quite a bit on your Grid Paper before painting the little lamb. This lamb would also look adorbs in Smoky Slate. I painted the bunny in Flirty Flamingo and the bear in Tempting Turquoise (I also diluted this one quite a bit, but just to make sure the black showed through). I intended this card to be neutral, for either a boy or a girl, but I think next time I would put the Mint Macaron in the middle. I again painted the stars with Daffodil Delight ink. I cut the image out with a stitched oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits and popped it up on Dimensionals. One more tip on this part: Don’t wet the stuffed animals before you paint the color on. The space is so small that you want a lot more control over where the color goes.

Moon Baby by Stampin' Up! with a watercolor background - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #GDP072

*The sentiment is stamped in Tempting Turquoise, and you can see my paper was still a little damp, and the sentiment ran a bit. I don’t mind; it goes along with the watercolor look, so I kept it. And then I love a spray of rhinestones to finish off a card (as you’ve probably noticed).

Moon Baby by Stampin' Up! with a watercolor background - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #GDP072

*I stamped the stars again on the inside, on a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Since this cardstock is not meant for watercoloring, I made sure the tip of my Aqua Painter was mostly dry, then picked up a tiny bit of ink with the Aqua Painter, then brushed it onto each star, being careful not to squeeze the water brush while coloring. You could also use a Daffodil Delight marker, but I really love the more saturated color you get with the reinkers.

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Dragonfly Dreams

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - handmade sympathy card - watercolor background with heat embossing - Sale-A-Bration freebie Delicate Details - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

While we’re on the subject of Dragonfly Dreams, here’s another recent card I made with this bundle. This was one of my entries for my Display Stamper application.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - handmade sympathy card - watercolor background with heat embossing - Sale-A-Bration freebie Delicate Details - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My card base is Bermuda Bay. The white piece is watercolor paper. I used my Aqua Painter to wet the whole piece of watercolor paper, then used the Aqua Painter and Bermuda Bay ink to create the watercolor wash background. I did this by dropping a few drops of ink onto a clear stamp block, then picking up the ink with my Aqua Painter. I washed some color onto the wet paper, then dropped several drops of ink onto the paper, smooshed it around some, and dried it with the Heat Tool.

After my paper was completely dry, I stamped the… what are they? Spots? Bee pollen? Water droplets? Whatevs, we’ll call it “texture”. I stamped the texture on the sides in Versamark ink, then embossed it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Before I added the dragonfly, I stamped a little more texture using one of the lacy stamps from the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Have I mentioned how much I love this set? MUCH. I stamped it in Bermuda Bay but stamped off once on my Grid Paper before stamping on the watercolor paper.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - handmade sympathy card - watercolor background with heat embossing - Sale-A-Bration freebie Delicate Details - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped the detailed dragonfly in Smoky Slate ink. The coloring on his wings is a separate stamp. I used the “Rock and Roll” technique to ink the stamp with Pool Party ink in the middle and Bermuda Bay around the edges. I stamped this right on top of the detailed dragonfly. I cut this out with the matching framelit.

I used a separate thinlit to cut the detailed wings out of Vellum Cardstock. I glued the Vellum to the dragonfly, straight down the center of the body. So only the body is glued down and the wings fly free.

I added the dragonfly to the card with glue (under the body) and Dimensionals (under the wings).

Finally, I wrapped the Copper Thread around the bottom of the watercolor panel a couple of times and tacked the ends down on the back with Tear & Tape. You can use whatever you like. I glued the watercolor panel to the card base with liquid glue.

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The inside sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set. It’s such a lovely sentiment for a sympathy card. I also stamped the same Delicate Details lace (stamped off once), to tie the front of the card and the inside together.

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Just Beecause

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle and Pun Intended stamp set - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Papercrafts - #tgifc92

I just can’t help it. Puns, they are an addiction. I didn’t even set out to make a punny card; I just set out to make a card for the TGIF Challenge this week. Honest.

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The challenge this week is to be inspired by Jeanna Bohanon — no problem! Everything she makes is fantastic and inspiring — seriously. I’m totally not kissing up or anything. I’ve followed Jeanna since her years on the Artisan Design Team and love to see her creations.

So I scrolled down her blog and found this gem:

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Gorgeous. I decided to use her technique of clear embossing on black cardstock and her layout.

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I had an idea that I might want to emboss these bees, but I checked through all my stamp sets first. This card almost ended up with fox heads instead.

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I chose So Saffron for my card base — you cold totally take it in another direction, though. Emerald Envy or Bermuda Bay or Mint Macaron would be fun, too. Or use a red or pink and add the sentiment “Bee My Valentine” with the Labeler Alphabet. The card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5.5″.

The Basic Black cardstock panel is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. I started by rubbing the panel all over with the Embossing Buddy. This keeps the embossing powder from sticking in random spots on the cardstock. Then I stamped bees all over the panel with Versamark ink. I had an idea where I wanted my stitched oval to go, so I chose the position for the bee that’s embossed directly under the negative die cut first. I stamped it first, then filled in the bees all over the panel. I sprinkled on, then shook off, Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder. Melted the embossing powder until it got all shiny. What a WOW factor! I think I’ll do this a lot more often.

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I cut out the oval using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then I laid the bee thinlit on top of the bee that I’d stamped first, the one right under the oval. I laid the oval on top of the die, straightened it to the position I wanted, then mashed down on the oval and pressed all around the bee thinlit until I had a very light impression of the die on my oval. Then I took it to the Big Shot and positioned the thinlit on top of the oval, right over the impression I’d made, and cut out the bee. I was surprised that the negative lined up so well with the embossed bee! I mean, in theory it should work, but I wasn’t sure it actually would.

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I stamped the sentiment before adding Dimensionals to the back  of the oval.

The twine is Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine. I painted on some So Saffron ink with my Aqua Painter. This time I put a few drops of ink from the reinker on a Clear Block and picked up the color from there. I glue-dotted the twine to the black panel under where the oval would be, wrapped it around behind the panel, and glue-dotted it down under the other side of the oval. I added the oval to the card with Dimensionals.

Next I glued down the black panel to the card base, then added the rhinestones. I’m still amazed by how much adding a few inexpensive rhinestones steps up a card.

Finally, I stamped a fuzzy bee on the inside of the card.

I hope you like my card. Jump over to the challenge and see all the great cards the design team put together!

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You’re Incredible, Man

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - masculine handmade card - dad card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s a FAST, simple card I made using the Everyday Hero stamp set (you will see this a lot from me — new favorite). I’m submitting this in the Masculine challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday.

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - masculine handmade card - dad card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I did the superhero in Aquaman colors, because I’ll give this one to my husband if he ever earns it. Hahaha, just kidding, he earns a card like this every day. He’s awesome. Of course, the first thing he said when I showed him was exactly as I predicted. I even said, as I showed him, “I know Aquaman doesn’t have a cape or a mask, or fly in the air or anything. I just did it in Aquaman colors.” His reply: “His shirt isn’t green.” There’s no pleasing the nerd.

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - masculine handmade card - dad card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The washi tape strip is from the All Year Long Project Life Accessory Pack. I love this PL set so much.

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - masculine handmade card - dad card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Don’t forget that from now until the end of March, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit. Any two current stamp sets!

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