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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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Black Tie Birthday Card

When your husband declares that this is one of the best cards you’ve ever made, well, you go post it on your blog right away.

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

Now I don’t know about all that, but it’s fun, right? This is the new Cake Crazy stamp set. I will admit, I kind of ordered it by accident, and I didn’t play with it much until now. But after I made a brightly colored crazy cake last night, the black tie stamp caught my eye, and I thought it could be a fun black and white card. And then I thought black and white and metallic would be even better. And since all those diamonds are two separate stamps (and the black dots a third stamp), I had to try this. And I was so happy with the way it turned out!

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

Here are a few tips for copying this card:

*Start at the bottom of the cake. Stamp the black stamp first. Those tiny dots and the larger line of dots will guide you on where to stamp the other two stamps in that cake layer. Stamp the silver second (I stamped this in Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder). You’ll want to line up the little squiggly line with the big black dots, and also keep an eye that the tiny black dots are at the exact corners of your diamonds. Here’s an IMPORTANT tip. When you heat the embossing powder with the Heat Tool, heat it just until all the powder has melted, and then STOP. Since you’ll be heating it again when you melt the gold powder, if you heat it too long the first time, it will get all funky when you heat the gold powder. This was not my first attempt at this card — my first attempt came out all funky. 

Stampin' Up! Cake Crazy black-tie card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - handmade birthday card

*For the metallic layer between “SPECTACULAR” and the bow tie, start with the gold. Again, only heat it just until it melts so you don’t ruin the gold when you melt the silver.

*Make sure the black ink is completely dry before you start the embossing. You can see I got a little bit of gold embossed on the top of “SPECTACULAR” and a little silver on top of the black tie, because I’m not nearly patient enough to wait for my ink to dry.

*The ribbon (a Sale-A-Bration freebie!) is wrapped around the white panel and tacked down with Fast Fuse on the back. After gluing the foil strips down to the base (I used both silver and gold, but you could use one or the other), I added the white panel to the card with Dimensionals.

*Dimensions: the card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″. The white cake panel is 3.5″x 5.5″.

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.January 2017 Host Code gifts

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Heat Tool

$49.95

Watercolored Bag

It’s the bee’s knees, y’all. #sorrynotsorry

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle, Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder, and Inside the Lines coloring paper -- Sale-A-Bration freebie! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

One of the projects I made for my Display Stamper application was a little ambitious. Not that it was hard — the Gift Bag Punch Board makes bags in a snap — but that it was so time-consuming, and I had about a day to gather and/or make six projects. Still, I couldn’t resist!

Do you see the lovely, colorful paper? Well, it comes black and white. Yes! This is one of the Sale-A-Bration products, the Inside the Lines designer series paper. You get twelve sheets, three each of four different designs. They’re beautiful pages and coordinate perfectly with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. And the best part is you get to color the paper yourself! I colored mine using the new Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. I think an Aqua Painter would be too wet for this paper — it’s thicker than regular DSP but not so thick as to take a lot of water without pilling.

I made the bag using a 6″x12″ sheet of paper and the Large size markings on the Gift Bag Punch Board. I colored the paper first — that took a while, but if you’re into the all-the-rage adult coloring books, how much more fun would it be to add a small piece of your work to the front of a card, or make a bag out of it, and share it with a dear friend, than to stick it in a drawer somewhere? I’m so excited to give this bag to someone special. I’m not the best at coloring Inside the Lines myself, but I think a friend would still appreciate this bag, even with all my little coloring mistakes.

I did punch the holes in the top of the bag (the reverse side of the punch board punches these holes). I tied the bag closed with Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine and also put Glue Dots at the corners to hold it closed a little better.

Under the twine and tag is one of the new Lace Doilies. I’m in love with these! They’re Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other.

Stampin' Up! Inside the Lines designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase! Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder and Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This tag features two different Sale-A-Bration freebies itself. I stamped the Whisper White tag from top to bottom with a stamp from the Delicate Details stamp set, in Tip Top Taupe ink. These gorgeous border stamps make wonderful finishing touches on so many things — you’ll see me use it so much during Sale-A-Bration. I think it’s one of the absolute must-haves from Sale-A-Bration this year, maybe even my number one recommendation.

I ran the Daffodil Delight layer through the Big Shot with the Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder — the extra-deep impressions of these dynamic folders just add so much more to every project! Before I ran the Daffodil cardstock through, I inked up the embossing folder with the Daffodil Delight ink pad, just swiped the ink pad across the folder — it shades the impressions a little and amplifies the effect of the deeper folder, don’t you think?

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle and Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The bee on the tag is stamped and die cut using the Dragonfly Dreams bundle. Isn’t he cute? He’s two stamps — the black is one stamp, and the Daffodil Delight is another. If you look at the sentiment strip, I’ve also stamped the Daffodil Delight solid body stamp behind the sentiment.

I stamped both parts of the bee twice, cut the first bee out with snips, and cut the second one out with the coordinating die. I glued the body down on top of the first bee body but left the wings free. I fluffed them up a bit so you get a 3D wing-flapping effect. I added the bee to the tag using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams, and the Tip Top Taupe lace on the sentiment strip is the same stamp from Delicate Details. Before I tacked down the sentiment with Dimensionals, I added some Silver Thread to the back of the sentiment.

The ribbon at the top of the tag is another Sale-A-Bration freebie! It is GORGEOUS in person. Wait until you see it colored. I’ve dyed it a couple of different colors, and I will show you soon. It’s so pretty! You get this white/silver ribbon and also vanilla/gold ribbon in the same pack, five yards of each. To get the ribbon to curl and lay like this, I wet it down with a clear Aqua Painter until it did my bidding, then dried it with my Heat Tool.

You can earn any of the SAB freebies I mentioned 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.

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Here’s the supply list for my bag:

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Blender Pens

$10.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

 

Display Stamper Application

As demonstrators, we get to participate in fun paper nerd events around the globe, and the next one I’m going to is OnStage Local in April. I’m applying to be one of the people who makes displays for the event using a suite of new products from the next catalog. This is my application — if you enjoy these projects, come back throughout the next week, as I’ll be detailing how I made them and will also have full supply lists for you. And if you’d like to join me at OnStage in April, you can join my team — registration for OnStage starts Tuesday and sometimes sells out, so you don’t want to wait! And Sale-A-Bration is the BEST time to join, as you get TWO EXTRA STAMP SETS (any set from either catalog!) in your starter kit! Okay, on with the projects.

Cards:

Stampin' Up!'s host sets this year are wonderful! Time of Year makes beautiful Christmas cards. This card also uses Reason For the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

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

 

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - watercolor background with Rose Wonder and Delicate Details - 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

3D Items:


Stampin' Up! Inside the Lines designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase! Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder and Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! Inside the Lines designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase! Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder and Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! White Gift Boxes - Falling in Love designer series paper - Sending Love Embellishments - Sale-A-Bration freebie ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Scrapbook Page:

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page - Sunshine Wishes thinlits, Sunburst thinlit, Large Letters framelits, Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration freebie - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Thank you for your consideration! For my regular readers, check back soon for more details and supply lists for these projects.

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Hey, there! It’s been a couple of weeks! How was your December? Ours was… busy and… exhausting. I’m sure we’re not alone in that! From Thanksgiving until Christmas, we were home for exactly one weekend, and we road tripped all over Texas for the rest of them. Before our final road trip of the year, we decided to all get sick — two separate viruses at the same time! — and I think only one of us is completely over everything, and that’s my oldest daughter, who didn’t get this nasty, lingering cough (she still got the stomach bug, though). Christmas cards are finally going out today — better late than never, right? The last three years it’s been never, so I’m feeling okay about it. Haha.

Even though December didn’t go as planned, we’re still feeling very blessed, and we had a great Christmas. I hope you did, too!

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats suite - available January 2017 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - shop with me if you're in the USA!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today! We are being highlighted on the amazingly talented Kylie Bertucci’s blog, and you can go VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please do go vote for my card. Our theme for this highlight is encouragement, as we all need a kind word to build us up now and then.

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats suite - available January 2017 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - shop with me if you're in the USA!

Isn’t this DELICIOUS? I almost said “literally,” and then I remembered that it’s paper. This is the new Cool Treats suite that will be available in the Occasions catalog on January 4th. It’s one of my favorites from the new catalog; I know I say that a lot, but I have so many favorites!

*My card base is Pool Party, and the paper frame is from the Tasty Treats Specialty paper. You will love this paper! It’s fantastic.

*On top of the designer paper is a piece of Watercolor Paper. I painted this with an Aqua Painter and two colors of ink, Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach. In my next Facebook live video (follow my Prepare to Dye Facebook page and subscribe to Notifications to see this video as soon as it is available), I’ll show you how I did my background, and why I prefer to dry my paper with the Heat Tool — it’s a completely different effect from letting the color dry naturally.

*The white circle is cut out of Whisper White cardstock using the Stitched Shapes framelits — these will be available again very soon! Mid-January is the official estimate. I glued that down with my favorite glue, the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

*Each ice cream color is stamped with two different stamps. The main fluffy stamp, then the shaded areas. The stamp set is called Cool Treats. The cone is stamped in Crumb Cake, and the cross-hatching is stamped in Versamark and embossed in Gold. I just couldn’t resist the extra texture. The ice cream and cone are all cut using the Frozen Treats framelits. You will be able to buy the stamps and framelits together in a bundle for 10% off on January 4th, $48.50 for the bundle. Just wait until you see everything you can do with this bundle!

*The sentiment is stamped in Watermelon Wonder. This is two separate stamps, as you get to mix and match the sentiments. I made the banner 3/4″ and flagged the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.

*I popped the ice cream and the sentiment banner up on Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles Embellishments, available January 4 in the Occasions catalog - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*Just look at those gorgeous shinies, y’all! I spread a thin layer of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen under the sentiment, then dropped some of the Sprinkles Embellishments on top of the glue. If your glue layer is thin, it doesn’t take long to dry. And it holds the pretties on really well.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles Embellishments, available January 4 in the Occasions catalog - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*I added a few more sprinkles to the Pool Party ice cream using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I finished off the card with a Whisper White panel on the inside, topped with a 3/4″ strip of paper to match the outside of the card. Finishing the inside of the card adds so much to the look and also balances the weight so your card stands up better.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for visiting. Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen for the international blog hop!

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Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00

Big Shot

$110.00

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If you can’t wait to order the new gorgeous things in my post, you can order today by joining my team (unofficially called The Brute Squad) because Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order from the Occasions catalog and earn Sale-A-Bration freebies now! You’ll get the 20% (minimum) discount until at least the end of April, and I will never pressure you to sell anything (I originally signed up for the discount, too!).

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Don’t forget that retiring Holiday Catalog items will only be available while supplies last! Anything retiring (including stamps now) is gone when it’s sold out. See the full list of retiring items along with the clearance rack here.

Remember when you place your order online to use December’s host code so you get my extra Host Code goodies in the mail from me!

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Falling in Love with Special Reason

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love designer series paper and Special Reason bundle - new in the Occasions 2017 catalog, available Jan 4 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin’ Up!’s new Falling in Love designer series paper is stunning by itself, but paired with the new Special Reason bundle, it slays.

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love designer series paper and Special Reason bundle - new in the Occasions 2017 catalog, available Jan 4 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Look at that GORG paper!! Lookit! I seriously haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I got it in my preorder last week! Every pattern is just stunning. I have a feeling I’ll end up buying more than one pack of this stuff. I mean, it’s just paper, and I shouldn’t be that excited about paper, right? Nope, WRONG, just wait until you see it in person. So much bokeh, so much sparkle. It’s delicious (I wanted to say “delish”, but I already said “gorg”, so I maybe need to rein myself in.

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love designer series paper and Special Reason bundle - new in the Occasions 2017 catalog, available Jan 4 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

That flower is die-cut using the Stylish Stems framelits dies. Don’t you love that it cuts the flower negative?? So unique and fun! And it really shows off the paper and makes such a statement on your card.

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love designer series paper and Special Reason bundle - new in the Occasions 2017 catalog, available Jan 4 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I made this card during my weekly-ish Facebook live video. Watch it if you’d like to see how I made my card. The paper and the bundle will be available on January 4 when the Occasions catalog starts. Y’all are going to love this catalog! And Sale-A-Bration starts the same day, so it’s double awesome. If you haven’t ordered from me in the past year and would like to get your free Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure from me, sign up, and I will send you one.

True story: I didn’t realize there was some drama going on outside the craft room during my live video. While I was filming, my son started throwing up everywhere. Good thing I got up to close the door! [Yep, it went through the whole family, and my life this week has been showers, baths, laundry, and puke. Hooray.] If you haven’t liked my Facebook page, make sure to do so, and turn on Notifications so you get all the latest and greatest.

If you can’t wait to order these gorgeous things in my post and the new goodies I showed you in my video, you can order today by joining my team, unofficially called The Brute Squad, because Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order from the Occasions catalog and earn Sale-A-Bration freebies now! You’ll get the 20% (minimum) discount until at least the end of April, and I will never pressure you to sell anything (I originally signed up for the discount, too!).

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Don’t forget that the retiring Holiday Catalog items will only be available while supplies last! Stamps will still be produced through December 21, but everything else is gone when it’s sold out. See the full list of retiring items along with the clearance rack here.

Remember when you place your order online to use December’s host code so you get my extra Host Code goodies in the mail from me!

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Big Shot

$110.00

Cozy Trees

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s a fun, easy card for you. It’s not a quick card, but it’s easy and can be done in countless color combinations to suit your taste and whatever colors you have on hand.

I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) this card from Allison Okamitsu. I changed up the stamps, a little bit of the layout, and the colors. I love how I can copy a card and come out with a totally different look. It really simplifies card design when I’m in a hurry. Anyway, I loved Allison’s card so much that I wanted to make an exact copy, but I got distracted. As always.

My card base and layers are Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, and Cucumber Crush. I thought this made a fun Christmas combo, but it works for any occasion.

I cut out 12 squares using the smallest Stitched Shapes framelits square (those will be available again in January — that’s the official word, but sometimes it’s sooner than the estimate), then stamped on the squares with the Stitched with Cheer stamps (RETIRING!). I did some two-step stamping here. I first stamped the outline tree, then the denim-look tree right on top of it. There are multiple two-step options in this stamp set. I love the versatility of it!

I did a line of Island Indigo trees, then Flirty Flamingo, then Cucumber Crush, then another line of Island Indigo. You can mix it up and do all one color, multiple colors on one line, twelve different colors… Have fun with it!

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

On the bottom line of trees, I replaced one tree with the sentiment. I love that this stamp set has big sentiments, small sentiments, banner sentiments, and even sentiments for the back of the card.

I assembled all the layers using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and popped the sentiment up on Dimensionals for a little extra interest. I added stars on top of all the Island Indigo trees; these are from the Regals Enamel Shapes. Love them. Finally I added a tiny bow using the Baker’s Twine Trio pack.

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I added a Whisper White layer to the inside of the card and stamped five Island Indigo trees along the bottom edge. Aren’t they cute? The Flirty Flamingo sentiment is also from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set.

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Don’t forget that the retiring Holiday Catalog items will only be available while supplies last! Stamps will still be produced through December 21, but everything else is gone when it’s sold out. See the full list of retiring items along with the clearance rack here.

Remember when you place your order online to use December’s host code so you get my extra Host Code goodies in the mail from me!

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Product List

Glue Dots

$5.25

Big Shot

$110.00

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International Project Highlights — All about LOVE

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As we’re getting ready to spend time with our families over the holidays, the theme for this month’s International Project Highlights visual blog hop is quite appropriate. The theme is LOVE, and you’re going to love all the projects we have for you!

So welcome to our International Visual Blog Hop using current Stampin’ Up!® Products. Please use this gallery from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all over the globe to inspire you to create your own projects. We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see close-ups of our projects and tips that we’re sharing. Our theme this month is LOVE because as card makers we love spreading the love. You can see the gallery below, and this will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I have to admit, I panicked a little when Facebook reminded me that this blog hop was coming up, as this completely sneaked up on me (or snuck up, as we say in Texas). Then more panic ensued when I remembered that we had a specific theme this time. I’m in full-on Christmas mode, so I wasn’t sure I could come up with a love-themed card. Not in the right head space for it, you know? And then I was looking through the stack of cards I made in a flurry after I received my Stitched Shapes Framelits last week, and wouldn’t you know, I’d made the perfect card for this! I’d completely forgotten I’d made it, but that’s the story of my life — no memory of anything, for the most part. That’s why I take lots of pictures and make scrapbooks.

*My card base is Thick Whisper White.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out all of the circles. These framelits come with four sizes of circles, ovals, and squares. I had randomly cut circles out of scraps I had laying on my desk, just playing with the framelits, and then when I saw red, white, and black together, I thought, “Ladybugs!” I’ve hardly inked up my Love You Lots host stamp set this year, and I’ve been wanting to make a ladybug card for a friend, so this was perfect. I decided to use two Real Red circles, two Basic Black circles, and one white circle. I stamped the ladybugs on regular Whisper White with Archival Black ink, then colored them with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*Look at that stitching! You’ll be seeing these shapes on most of my cards now until forever. I’m gaga over these framelits. You will be able to order them again (we blew through the whole supply in two weeks!) on Monday the 28th. So whenever you order the 28th Online Extravaganza doorbusters, add these to your order! They’re just beautiful, and an absolute must-have.

*The ladybugs are popped up on Dimensionals, and the other circles are glued down flat. I just trimmed off the excess on the partial black circle with my Snips.

*The Real Red Baker’s Twine is from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. I curled the ribbon a bit with the back edge of my Snips.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*Would you believe this sentiment is from a holiday catalog stamp set? Yes! It comes in the Tin of Tags stamps — I think this beautiful set will be around for a long time. It’s the most versatile set in the holiday catalog — there’s so much you can do with it! Babies, birthdays, holidays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries — so many possibilities. And, best part, it’s 25% off during November.

*I thought I was finished with this card, but I really felt pretty meh about it. I decided to jazz it up with some rhinestones, and yes, that was all it needed. Now I *love* it. Amazing how a tiny bit of bling can transform your card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to make something lovely and that you’ll keep clicking through the gallery for more inspiration!

Remember the Online Extravaganza is going on right now, and some items are only while supplies last. See the full details here. Don’t forget to use my November host code when you order. And if you’d like to get all these products at a discount (it’s the whole reason I signed up), join my team! You don’t have to sell if you don’t want to. For real!

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November’s gift:

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Big Shot

$110.00

Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza is ON!

Fantastic Deals and Where To Find Them

Hey, fellow stampers! It’s here, it’s here! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza starts NOW! So grab yourself a cup of Christmas cheer (also known as caffeine) and go shopping for yourself! After all, you deserve something nice for Christmas, because you’ve been NICE all year, and you’re on The Good List.

And speaking of Good Lists, the list of products on sale this week is a really good one! Most of the items on the list are on sale all week, from Monday the 21st to Monday the 28th. HOWEVER, some of the products are retiring, and if they’re not stamps, they are *while supplies last*. So if there’s something on the list you really want, make sure you order as early as possible today!

On top of the week-long deals, there are doorbusters on both Mondays to bookend a fabulous week of shopping. I’m linking all of today’s doorbusters and all of the week-long deals below. I’ll link up next Monday’s doorbusters shortly after midnight MST on the 28th.

So check out the list, and go shopping! Make sure to use the November Host Code, YQ73HEEP if your order is over $50 (but less than $150 — claim your own host rewards if your order is over $150), and I will send you my special November gift. And if your order is close to or over $99, you should consider signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. You get to choose $125 in products when you buy the $99 Starter Kit, and all of the Online Extravaganza items are included! It’s an amazing deal on top of an amazing deal. You also get free shipping on the Starter Kit, there’s no obligation to buy or sell anything, and you get the demonstrator discount (and fabulous demonstrator perks) until at least April 2017. Click here to join my team. I’d love to have you!

These are the doorbusters that you can get TODAY ONLY, Monday, November 21st:

These items are 10% off until Monday the 28th (while supplies last on non-stamp retiring items):

These items are 20% off until Monday the 28th (while supplies last on non-stamp retiring items):

These items are 30% off until Monday the 28th (while supplies last on non-stamp retiring items):

And these items are a whopping 40% OFF! Amazing! 

Have a great time spoiling yourself, and let me know if you have any questions or problems with your order.

Festive for Any Season

 

Stampin' Up! Festive Season and Confetti Celebration stamps and Festive Stitching Thinlits make a fabulous any-occasion card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I sat down to make a Christmas card using the colors from this week’s Global Design Project challenge, but a festive any-occasion card came out instead.

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The color challenge this week is to use Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Basic Black. I kind of scratched my head at the combination, but it turns out that I love these colors together! I just never know until I start playing with them.

Stampin' Up! Festive Season and Confetti Celebration stamps and Festive Stitching Thinlits make a fabulous any-occasion card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Don’t you love it when you find a second use for something you already have? This beautiful stamp/die bundle makes gorgeous Christmas cards (see an example here), and look at this festive celebration card! This could work for a birthday, graduation, new baby (especially done in soft colors), wedding, anniversary — any celebratory occasion.

The card base is Emerald Envy (5’1/2″x4-1/4″), and the white panel is Whisper White. I love stamps that allow you to create your own background. The Festive Season stamp set has several stamps perfect for creating backgrounds. I did three groupings on my card, and for each grouping I stamped the starburst image twice in Emerald Envy (without re-inking the stamp in between — that’s how you get the two different shades of green) and once in Sweet Sugarplum. I then stamped the small star image once in each grouping, in Sweet Sugarplum ink. And that’s all there is to the background! Easy.

You could use any sentiment here. I chose the “let’s celebrate” stamp from Confetti Celebration, because this card just feels like it’s ready to party. I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black.

Stampin' Up! Festive Season and Confetti Celebration stamps and Festive Stitching Thinlits make a fabulous any-occasion card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped the solid star image from the Festive Season bundle in Sweet Sugarplum, then lined up the Festive Stitching Star die so the stitching holes would be right along the outside of the star. Yes, a die punched all the stitching holes for me! The Festive Stitching Thinlits make hand-stitched cards so easy.

I cut the star out using the Stars Framelits.

I stitched the outline of the star using the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine. There’s no reason to stop using it just because Halloween is over, right? So Christmas + Halloween supplies = non-Christmas / non-Halloween card.

After I started the stitching, I held down the end with a small piece of Tear & Tape. I did a simple backstitch, and when I finished, I taped down the other end. I popped the star up on Dimensionals.

To finish off my card front, I added two stars and a dot from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes. I just love these tiny embellishments!

Stampin' Up! Festive Season and Confetti Celebration stamps and Festive Stitching Thinlits make a fabulous any-occasion card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I did two more stamp groupings on the inside of the card. I will stamp another sentiment when I decide what event this card will be for.

To print this tutorial, go here –> tams# 10070. Links to the products I used to create the card are below.

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