Masculine Valentine

Stampin' Up! masculine Valentine's Day card with Ink Smooshing technique, Crackle background stamp, Hey Love, Be Mine Stitched framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! If you’re on Baby Watch, there’s no action yet (as of last night around midnight). But I’ve gotten my pre-childbirth pedicure and finished putting my labor & delivery playlist on my phone, plus I’m completely over having this back pain, so he can go ahead and fire at will. As long as he gives us time to get to the hospital (my big fear is not making it to the hospital).

Anyway, we have an “All My Love” challenge for you at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week. In my Facebook Live video on Wednesday, I made a bunch of backgrounds using the Ink Smooshing technique. I used two of them on my card and decided to make a masculine Valentine for my husband. It can still be masculine if it has hearts and a bow on it, right?

Stampin' Up! masculine Valentine's Day card with Ink Smooshing technique, Crackle background stamp, Hey Love, Be Mine Stitched framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I started with a Blueberry Bushel card base, which you can’t see here. But trust me, it’s there, and it’s 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″. Next I cut a piece of Whisper White, 4″ x 5-1/4″, and I stamped it with the Crackle Paint background stamp. I sponged Blueberry Bushel and Crumb Cake onto the face-up stamp in various spots, but then some parts stamped a little orangey… Well, the last time I used this stamp, I stamped in Calypso Coral, and I’m thinking maybe I didn’t clean the stamp… oops. Anyway, I laid the card down on the inked stamp and tapped the paper in a few spots, but not everywhere, which is why it isn’t stamped all over (this is the look I was going for).

I had made one smooshed background on watercolor paper with Blueberry Bushel, Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, and Crumb Cake (which didn’t show up anywhere, so I left it off the supply list) on watercolor paper and also made one on Glossy White Cardstock. I wanted to use them both on this card, so I cut a frame using the Rectangle Stitched framelits. I saved the other piece for another project. I trimmed the paper to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and popped the frame up on Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! masculine Valentine's Day card with Ink Smooshing technique, Crackle background stamp, Hey Love, Be Mine Stitched framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I cut out the smooshed watercolor background that uses the same colors with the Be Mine Stitched framelits, the second largest framelit (which only cuts the stitching), and the largest scalloped one (which cuts a scalloped heart and this inner heart). I had a scrap of Blueberry Bushel designer series paper, so I put that on the card behind the heart, both on Dimensionals. I stamped the “hey, valentine” sentiment, from the adorable Hey Love stamp set, in Crushed Curry on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and snipped it out and added it to the card. I finished off the card with a bow I made from Blueberry Bushel 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.

Stampin' Up! masculine Valentine's Day card with Ink Smooshing technique, Crackle background stamp, Hey Love, Be Mine Stitched framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Inside I added a piece of Whisper White, which I pressed onto the inked Crackle stamp in a couple of spots (I didn’t reink it, just huffed on it to reactivate whatever ink was left on the stamp).

I hope you love my card and that you’ll try Ink Smooshing and that you’ll also head over to the Stamp, Ink, Paper blog to play along with our challenge!

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Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the January Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

 

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Embroidered Get Well Card

Stampin' Up! Needle & Thread bundle with Needlepoint Elements framelits, Needlepoint Nook paper, and Rectangle Stitched Framelits - handmade get well soon card with embroidery - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! Just a quick post for you today to show you this card using the Needlepoint Nook Suite from the Occasions catalog. If you’re just here for a baby update, no news on that front yet.

Stampin' Up! Needle & Thread bundle with Needlepoint Elements framelits, Needlepoint Nook paper, and Rectangle Stitched Framelits - handmade get well soon card with embroidery - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My card base is Poppy Parade, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″. I added a piece of Needlepoint Nook paper, 4″ x 5-1/4″, but first I cut out a rectangle from it using the Rectangle Stitched framelits. Isn’t this paper beautiful? I glued down the paper, minus the rectangle, then popped the rectangle up on Dimensionals, just for some extra fun. Do you see the double stitching? The rectangles are stitched inside and outside the cut, which is a feature I LOVE. I stamped the sentiment, which is all on one line in the stamp. To do this, I covered the words I didn’t want on each line with washi tape, inked up the word I did want in Poppy Parade ink, removed the washi, and stamped. I cut out the sentiment with the square-ish rectangle and glued it down.

Stampin' Up! Needle & Thread bundle with Needlepoint Elements framelits, Needlepoint Nook paper, and Rectangle Stitched Framelits - handmade get well soon card with embroidery - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped the big flower in Poppy Parade, the little flower in Balmy Blue, and the leaves in Old Olive. I cut them out with the coordinating dies and popped them up on Dimensionals. I finished the card off with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and some Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

Stampin' Up! Needle & Thread bundle with Needlepoint Elements framelits, Needlepoint Nook paper, and Rectangle Stitched Framelits - handmade get well soon card with embroidery - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Inside I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped another sentiment from the Needle & Thread stamp set in Poppy Parade and the little cross-stitches in Old Olive.

Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post — sneak peek products can be found in my store on January 3rd). Make sure to use the December Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

 

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Otter Be

Good afternoon! Welcome to the 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop! This is a pretty new blog hop, so for now, it’s a short hop! We are working on adding more people. I’m excited to be on this team with several very talented people! Our theme this month is “Sweet Treats”, and we hope you’re inspired by our projects.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I’m using the Hey Love stamp set (aDORable) from the Occasions catalog, along with a stamp from Little Elephant (on the card only). I chose Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Crumb Cake for my colors and made a treat box and a mini 3″x3″ card for putting in a gift bag.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The Reese’s Pink Hearts slide in from the top of the box. [Side note: These are DELICIOUS. They taste like the white trees.]

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

To make the box, you need an 8-1/2″x3-1/2″ piece of cardstock. Mine is Flirty Flamingo. On the long side, score at 1/4″, 3/4″, 2-1/4″, 2-3/4″, 5-3/4″, 6-1/4″, 7-3/4″, and 8-1/4″. On the short side, score at 1/2″. Then score at 2-1/4″ on each short edge, but only score in 3/4″. Then snip the tops as shown above, and along the bottom of the box, snip and wedge all score lines (but don’t wedge the 1-1/2″ panels)  and snip off the 1/4″ side pieces, as shown. Put strong adhesive on flaps as shown. Note: I used Tear & Tape here because my Fast Fuse was downstairs, but my preference for boxes and bags is Fast Fuse (Tombow Extreme). For light treats like these hearts, Tear & Tape will be fine.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Take off the release paper for all but the long bottom flap and fold in the box as shown – you’re basically folding this in to be two side-by-side boxes, with the 1/4″ end flaps sticking to the inside of the back of the box. Then you stick th two middle flaps together to form that separation line between the boxes. Above is what it looks like from the bottom after it’s taped together.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Remove the release paper from the long flap and fold it in, then fold in the two front flaps (the ones you didn’t wedge) so they’re side by side. I accidentally overlapped them, so do a better job than me.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The belly band is 8-3/8″x1″ of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, which I adhered together in the front after folding it around the box. Don’t stick it to the box, just to itself. Then I added a strip of ribbon from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, about 4″, using Tear & Tape. I stamped the otter in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Light & Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends and colored the heart with Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo. I cut it out with a Stitched Shapes oval.

I stamped the punny sentiment in Lovely Lipstick and cut it out twice with the Rectangle Stitched framelits and added it to the tag with Dimensionals. I also added a little Flirty Flamingo bow, using the other ribbon in the same combo pack.

 

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's treat holder treat box and gift tag - Hey Love stamps with Little Elephant stamps, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here is a closeup of the little gift tag. It’s 3″x3″ (3″x6″, scored at 3″) and the Whisper White cardfront is 2-7/8″ square. I stamped this to match my box and colored the otter with the Blends again. I also added the little heart bouquets from the Little Elephant stamp set in Flirty Flamingo. This time I stamped the “hey, valentine” sentiment in Lovely Lipstick and used a Rectangle Stitched framelit (cut twice to make it small enough for my sentiment) to cut it out.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way through! You’re currently at Sarah Fleming’s blog (in the USA), and next is my friend Kimberley Morris.

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1. Kimberley Morris
2. Kim Fee
3. Anne Marie Hile
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Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the January Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

 

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Hey, Valentine

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day love card with ink smooshing technique - Dear Doily and Hey Love stamps with Rectangle Stitched framelits, Be Mine Stitched framelits, Heart Epoxy Droplets - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning, stamping friends! I hope you’ve had a good week. Things are good here. We got to see our little guy on the ultrasound last week. He seems to be staying put for the time being (I’ve never had an early baby), which is good, since I still have a huge to-do list before he gets here. Anyway, you’re here for card stuff.

This week our challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. I went with the diagonal from top left to bottom right, Hearts, Stitched Dies, and Lace. I also hit Foil and Embossing, for overachieving purposes.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day love card with ink smooshing technique - Dear Doily and Hey Love stamps with Rectangle Stitched framelits, Be Mine Stitched framelits, Heart Epoxy Droplets - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My card base is Thick Whisper White, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″. I stamped two lace doilies from the Dear Doily stamp set (addicted to this stamp set, as you can tell!) on the card base in Lovely Lipstick. On top of the card base is a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock (I love this color combination!), which I first ran through the Big Shot with a die from the Be Mine Stitched framelits and the Big Shot Embossing Mats. I did this several times until I had covered the whole piece of cardstock, then I trimmed the cardstock down with a Rectangle Stitched framelits die.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day love card with ink smooshing technique - Dear Doily and Hey Love stamps with Rectangle Stitched framelits, Be Mine Stitched framelits, Heart Epoxy Droplets - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The hearts are done with the Ink Smooshing technique. I dropped Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, and Lovely Lipstick ink from reinkers onto a piece of plastic wrap (you can use kitchen plastic wrap or just any plastic wrapper in your craft room, as long as it’s big enough to cover the cardstock you want to color). Then I spritzed the ink with water, set down a piece of Shimmery White cardstock in the ink, smooshed the cardstock down, and then lifted it out of the ink. I love this technique, because you get different results every time depending on how the ink runs and also depending on the type of paper and ink you use.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day love card with ink smooshing technique - Dear Doily and Hey Love stamps with Rectangle Stitched framelits, Be Mine Stitched framelits, Heart Epoxy Droplets - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

After my cardstock dried, I cut out the best parts using the lacy heart die and the 2nd largest stitched heart die (which only cuts the stitching) and my Snips. I also cut a heart out of Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets (free Sale-A-Bration item!), roughly the same size as the lacy heart, and glued the lacy heart to it. I popped both hearts up on Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Hey Love stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White, then snipped it out with my Snips. I colored three Heart Epoxy Droplets with the Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends marker and added those to finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed my card and that it has inspired you to go make something! We’d love to see you play along with our challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper!

Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the January Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

 

Register now for my January Online Class — Beauty Abounds! Click the graphic below for details and to register.

Beauty Abounds Online Class

2019 Occasions Catalog Suite Shares - get half shares of all the consumables in any suite in the Occasions catalog, with options - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

If your shopping list is long, the Starter Kit is a great option for you! During Sale-A-Bration, you get $175 in products for $99! Amazing! Click the button below to join my team and take advantage of the demonstrator discount until at least the end of July. You can sign up just for the Starter Kit deal or the demonstrator discount or to build your own business — it’s your choice!

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Big Shot

$110.00