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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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Jolly Fiesta

Use Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Fiesta bundle to make adorable Christmas cards! Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time framelits, Oh What Fun, Peaceful Pines, Perfect Pines framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I pulled out my Birthday Fiesta set last week, intending to force out a cute birthday card to use for my Stamp Camp. I pulled out Emerald Envy ink, and the next thing I knew, I had a brainstorm, and my cactus was a Christmas tree!

Start with an Emerald Envy card base, cut to 4.75″ x 9.5″, scored at 4.75″. This is a square card. Next, cut a 4.5″ square layer out of Whisper White cardstock. Then cut a 4.25″ square layer out of Real Red cardstock. Emboss the Real Red layer with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.

Next, stamp the llama from Birthday Fiesta in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. You could also use Archival Black ink — I already had the Memento ink sitting on my desk. Go ahead and decorate your llama before you cut him out, too. I stamped three snowflakes from the Peaceful Pines stamp set on his blanket in Emerald Envy, then stamped the banner that goes around his neck, but I stamped it as a necklace, in Real Red. I stamped the same snowflake as a pendant. Cut out your llama using the Fiesta Time framelits and the Big Shot.

Now cut two banners out of Whisper White cardstock using the Fiesta Time framelits. Then stamp each flag with the stamps that look most like snowflakes for each shape, alternating Real Red and Emerald Envy.

Use Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Fiesta bundle to make adorable Christmas cards! Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time framelits, Oh What Fun, Peaceful Pines, Perfect Pines framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Stamp the cactus in Emerald Envy. If you have a little trouble getting a well-defined image, don’t give up. I had to give it a few tries before I figured out how this stamp likes to be treated. First, make sure you’re not getting too much ink on the stamp. If you’re doing the tap-tap-tap when you ink your stamp, and your pokey cactus things (um, thorns, Sarah) aren’t showing up on your stamped image, try just tap-tapping. Also, don’t press down quite as hard when you stamp it. Practice on scratch paper or grid paper until you get a good image.

Next, cut out your cactus Christmas tree decorations. I stamped the star, ornament, and gift from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise, respectively.

Stamp “JOLLY” from the Oh, What Fun stamp set in Emerald Envy on Whisper White, then cut it out with Paper Snips.

Now it’s time to assemble the card.

Glue the Whisper White layer to the card base, then add the embossed Real Red layer. Next situate and glue down the banners. You’ll have to snip off extra banners on the sides of the card.

Before you glue down the cactus, it needs some tinsel! Wrap some Silver Metallic thread around it several times, then add glue to the back, and glue it down. Glue on the ornament, the star, and the gift, then draw a line from the cactus to the ornament using a Basic Black marker. An ornament needs a hanger, right?

Pop the llama and the sentiment up on Dimensionals, and you’re done!

You can buy all the supplies you need to make this card in my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking the pictures below. To print this tutorial, click on the TAMS link.

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Thinking of Christmas

 

Stampin' Up!'shipment host sets this year are wonderful. Time of Year makes beautiful Christmas cards and pairs nicely with the poinsettia from Reason For the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

If you know me, you know that Christmas cards are my favorite! I could make only Christmas cards and never get bored. And I’ve been playing with the new hostess set, Time Of Year, and it makes such lovely Christmas cards! I love the vintage feel it gives when paired with the poinsettia from Reason For the Season. I only inked up this set once last year, so I’m happy to see it back this year.

I’m not providing full instructions for this one since it’s pretty straightforward, but I want to point out a few things… However, if you have a question about anything I don’t address here, just ask in the comments or email me.

1) I cut out the Christmas banner with my snips, but you don’t have to! The Bunch of Banners framelits coordinate with this *and other* stamp sets. They’re a great bargain!

2) The This Christmas designer series paper comes with 24 sheets! This paper is a little thinner and should be good for making envelopes and photo mats and gift bows.

3) The holly leaf and berries are a single stamp. Since these are photopolymer stamps, I didn’t even bother with markers, because markers never seem to work with the photopolymer. Instead I used the washi tape technique for stamping in multiple ink colors. First I covered the berries with washi, inked up the leaves with Garden Green ink, removed the tape (very important), and stamped the leaves. Then I cleaned the stamp and then did the same to stamp the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Stampin' Up! Reason For the Season poinsettia

4) The poinsettia is a two-step stamp with three stamps. :) I first stamped the outlines in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I stamped the leaves in GG and stamped the flower in Cherry Cobbler.

All of the supplies I used for this card are available in my Stampin’ Up store. Just click on the picture of an item below to buy it. Enjoy your day!

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Snappy Birthday

Stampin Up Pun Intended Host Set - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I’m not lying when I say that puns are my favorite kind of humor. My family loves puns. My husband often asks me a random, off the wall questions, and I automatically try to figure out what pun could be his answer. Because the answer is always a pun.

So when I saw this new host set, I had to have it right away.

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And You’re One of the Sweetest

Encouraging Rose

Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder watercolored card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye - CAS

After I knocked my water over and spilled ALL THE WATER on my desk last night, I cleaned my watercolored workspace and then consoled myself by making a quick but gorgeous watercolored card.

Cut a Thick Whisper White card base 4-1/4″ x 11″; score and fold at 5-1/2″. Yes! You can watercolor on Thick Whisper White! Don’t go overboard with saturating your cardstock, but it does hold up to a little water.

Stamp the rose from the Rose Wonder stamps in the corner of the card in Calypso Coral ink. You’re not stamping the entire rose. Just cover the whole corner and you’re good. I used the MISTI, because it’s such a detailed image. With all of my pushing on the upper leaf area, I also smushed ink from the negative part of the stamp onto the card. Aaaaaand that’s why I got out my Aqua Painter. To cover up my card mistake.

Since I had dots in my upper leaves, I closed my ink pad and squeezed, then picked up some ink off the inside cover of the ink pad with my Aqua Painter. I used my finger to flick the ink onto the paper a few times, and my mistake was unnoticeable. *raises roof*

I cleared out my brush, ran the clean brush over the rose part of the stamped image (just once, enough the get the paper wet but not saturated). Then I picked up more ink and painted the rose. Just picked up extra ink as needed until I had the whole flower done.

I was making this card for a Christian friend who sends a lot of encouraging cards to people (me included!); I’m not sending it *to* her; it’s for her to send to someone else. Anyway, that’s why I decided to put the verse from Isaiah 41 on the front of the card, stamped in Night of Navy ink. The inside has “You’re in my thoughts and prayers” stamped in Night of Navy.

Wink of Stella doesn’t show up well in pictures, but it’s lovely on a card. I painted some onto a few parts of the rose. Not the whole thing, just the center and a few petals. I love the soft shimmer!

And that’s it. So easy. I think I made it in 10 minutes, and I’m a 2-hours-for-1-card kind of girl.

To print the card recipe, go here –> tams# 7419
To buy any of the supplies to make this card, click on the images below.


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Hooray For Balloons

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Here’s a fun (but I won’t lie, somewhat tedious to make) card I made using the new Confetti Celebration stamp set. Follow the link below for instructions and click on a picture of any of the supplies I used to buy them in my store.

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Simply Crazy About You

CAS Mother's Day card - April 2016 Paper Pumpkin and Crazy About You stamps - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

This is the Mother’s Day card I made for my mother-in-law this year. (I can’t show you the one I made for my mom, because she hasn’t seen it or her present yet.) That’s my whole post for today. Haha! I know I’m generally way more verbose, but most of my words are in the card recipe linked below. Thanks for stopping by!

To see and/or print the recipe for this card, go here –> tams# 7138

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Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Stamp-A-Stack

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Option 1: Join me in Kyle, Texas!Breakfast, adhesive, and envelopes are provided, and I do all the prep, cutting, etc. When you RSVP, indicate whether you want to make 10 birthday cards (5 each, 2 designs) or 10 thank you cards  (5 each, 2 designs) or all 20. Also let me know of any food allergies (breakfast will be gluten-free).

Option 2: I will make the cards and ship them to you. $30 for 10 cards or $50 for all 20. Plus $6 for shipping. Cards and envelopes will ship by February 15th. Payment must be received by January 31st.

Option 3: Buy the kit to make the cards yourself. Kits will not be stamped, so you will provide your own stamps and ink (this is due to Stampin’ Up!’s policy on kits). You will receive all the pieces to make your cards, including dimensionals, envelopes, and a PDF tutorial, but you will need your own adhesives; also, one of the designs uses the Wink of Stella glitter pen, and that is not included. $20 for the birthday kit OR thank you kit, $35 for both. Plus $6 shipping. Kits will ship by February 15th. Payment must be received by January 31st.

Option 4: Buy only the PDF tutorial. $7.

RSVP here for the local class. Email me or comment on this post for all other options.

It’s Sale-A-Bration!!

 

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration, Honeycomb Happiness and Hello - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to DyeSale-A-Bration has started, so until March 31, every order over $50 (before tax and shipping) earns you a free stamp set or designer series paper pack! (Orders over $100 earn 2 items, etc.) This year’s SAB items are so much fun! See the SAB brochure PDF here.

The Occasions catalog (PDF here) has also premiered. I’m usually all about the Holiday catalog (oh, how I love it), and I really don’t get into flowers much, so the Occasions catalog is usually not my thing. But this year, there is so much in it that I love!

The DSP in my card above is from the Occasions catalog (It’s My Party 12×12 DSP stack), but the real star… just lookit that honeycomb embellishment. And the little chick is from the SAB stamp set Honeycomb Happiness; the three image stamps in this set coordinate with the honeycombs. The honeycombs come in Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, and white. I spritzed the one on the card with a Crushed Curry and water solution and let it dry before I added it to the card. Adorbs, right? The sentiments are from Honeycomb Happiness (just the “OH”) and Hello, also a SAB set. I love both of these!

You can buy *some* of the things you see in my online Stampin’ Up! store. The rest you can get FREE during Sale-A-Bration!! Order through my store, or email me!

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As You Like It – Joyful Season

For a while now I’ve wanted to do a blog series aimed at showing you ways to make the same card (sort of) no matter how hard you craft. I tend to craft hard — all the layers! all the embellishments! learn something new! But sometimes I don’t want to put so much detail into a card (okay, that’s a lie — I always *want* to, but I sometimes don’t have time). And there is nothing wrong with making it more simple. And sometimes, I just want to get it done, and fast. Although I want every card to be a complicated masterpiece…

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Here’s a set of cards I made with Joyful Season.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I started, actually, with this one, which is more the mid-level card. Anyone here married to an engineer? I am. He’s also a writer (fiction and non-fiction), but I guess his creative side only translates to the written word. I showed him this card, and the first expression on his face was, “Wow, that’s ugly.” He said, “It’s… uh… I don’t get the torn paper thing.” He later told me that he almost said, “Oh, is this one of BC’s cards?” Our five-year-old daughter. I’d thought he might think it was one of my better ones; it’s masculine, fairly simple… Haha, NOPE. I told him he doesn’t understand art, and SO’S YOUR FACE.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Next I made this one, the Craft Hard card. Added the vellum, changed the colors, added more stamping, popped the bird up on dimensionals. That vellum is from the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack. So pretty.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

Finally I made this one, the clean and simple version. The Ain’t Nobody Got Time version. This actually turned out to be my favorite of the three. I did the extra stamping that I’d done in the Craft Hard version but took away all the layers. Added the twine and two sequins from the PLxSU Hello December Accessory Pack, and I’m done. I love white cards for winter. They just look so crisp. That Merry Christmas stamp is my very favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp, current or retired; in fact, my friend used it at the first stamp camp I attended in 2011, and I’m pretty sure it was my first purchase. It’s from Petite Pairs. I’m entering this version of the card in the Paper Players CAS Christmas challenge.

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Did you notice your branch can go either way? Just turn the stamp.

Materials for the first card are here:

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Materials for the second card:

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And for the clean-and-simple card:

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