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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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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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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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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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November’s gift:

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Finally, if you love to craft like I do, I’d love for you to join my Stampin’ Up! team! Join now to get the demonstrator discount through March, along with a lot of other wonderful benefits. I love hobby demonstrators as well as demos who want to make a business out of Stampin’ Up!. Click the link or email me for more info!


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Fabulously Versatile – Cookie Cutter Christmas

Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas, Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Tin of Tags - using all Holiday Catalog items to make a gorgeous baby card! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Who says you have to use Christmas stamps to make a Christmas card? I used several items from the Holiday Catalog to make this delicate and gorgeous baby card.

I love the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder so much! We’ve received some really wonderful knitted and crocheted baby blankets for our three babies, and one of the first things I thought of when I saw this folder was that this would make a wonderful baby blanket card! Then I saw the bear in the Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Bundle, and a card idea was born.

The base is Whisper White, and this time I decided to make a square card (4.5″x4.5″). The Cable Knit embossed panel uses Blushing Bride cardstock. Tip: To get a deep impression, spritz your cardstock with water before you run it through the Big Shot. I did not spritz on this card, so you will get an even deeper impression.

Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas, Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Tin of Tags - using all Holiday Catalog items to make a gorgeous baby card! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Building the bear in Cookie Cutter Christmas can be confusing. I stamped the bear stamp (which would also make a great puffy snowsuit) in Crumb Cake ink. I punched her out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Two circles are punched out with the bear. On those, stamp the ears, also in Crumb Cake. Since the stamps are photopolymer, you can see exactly where you need to stamp. Then glue the bottom, unstamped part of the ears behind the bear’s head. Stamp the eyes, nose, and mouth in Archival Black ink. Stamp the hair bow (or bow tie, if you have a boy bear) in Blushing Bride on the bow piece from the punch, and glue it on.

I used the Layering Circles Framelits to mount the bear. The white circle is Whisper White, and I cut out a larger scalloped circle using the same dies and the Gold Glimmer Paper. I glued the White circle to the Gold circle. Tip: I cut out the middle of the Gold circle with a smaller framelit from the same set, because 1) I don’t like to waste Glimmer Paper, and there’s like two inches of Glimmer under there! [my apologies for the grammar] and 2) the Glimmer is hard to adhere things to. So I did glue the White circle to the Glimmer circle, but I also glued the middle of the White circle to the Blushing Bride background, just for extra adhesive security.

I popped the bear up on Dimensionals, then painted the bear and her adorable bow with Wink of Stella.

The sentiment? “Special Delivery” comes from the Tin of Tags stamp set in the Holiday Catalog! (Another super-versatile set that I’m using ALL THE TIME.) I stamped that in Blushing Bride and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch.

Click on this link to print out the tutorial for this card –> tams# 10057. Product links are below, and they take you right to my store.

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November’s gift:

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Finally, if you love to craft like I do, I’d love for you to join my Stampin’ Up! team! Join now to get the demonstrator discount through March, along with a lot of other wonderful benefits. Click the link or email me for more info!


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Clean, Simple, Pretty

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves, Merriest Wishes, One Big Meaning stamps make a beautiful clean and simple fall-themed thank you card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I sat down this morning to design a thank you card to send my customers in November; I wanted to use Vintage Leaves and send an autumn-themed card, and I fell back on my favorite fall color combo: Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky, and Crushed Curry.

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I’m entering this card in the “Count Your Blessings” challenge at the Paper Players. The question is what are you thankful for, and I’m thankful for my customers!

I started with a Tangerine Tango card base (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″), then added the Whisper White panel (5-1/4″ x 4″).

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves, Merriest Wishes, One Big Meaning stamps make a beautiful clean and simple fall-themed thank you card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I punched the Soft Sky circle using the 2″ Circle Punch. The intricate stamped image on top of that is a stamp from the Merriest Wishes stamp set. This set is so versatile — you can do much more than make Christmas cards and tags with it. I used my Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango markers to color the stamp. I first colored big areas with Tangerine Tango, then filled in the rest with Crushed Curry. I wiped off the ink in spots with my finger (because lazy) and filled in those spots with Soft Sky. Then I huffed on the stamp to reactivate the ink and stamped on Whisper White. I punched that out with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch.

I did the leaf the same way, except no Soft Sky. Just kind of randomly put in the Tangerine and the Curry.

I put the ornamental circle up on Dimensionals, added Gold Metallic Thread and Gold Sequin Trim behind the leaf, and put the leaf on Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves, Merriest Wishes, One Big Meaning stamps make a beautiful clean and simple fall-themed thank you card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set. I love this set, it has so many great thank-yous. This particular stamp says “Thank You for everything and more”, but my customers might find that a little creepy, so I covered the “for everything and more” with washi before inking the stamp in Tangerine Tango. After inking the stamp, I removed the washi, then stamped. That part is very important, because if you don’t remove the washi, you stamp giant ink blobs on your card.

My card front was done until I noticed I had a smudge in the top right corner… and that’s why there is a second leaf! It’s just to cover a smudge, but I love, love, love what it added to the card.

I stamped the ornamental circle from Merriest Wishes again on a panel of Whisper White and added that to the inside of the card.

The supply list for this card is below (links go directly to my store).

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When you spend $50 (pre-tax and -shipping) in my store in November, I will send you the following:

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Stitched Shapes Framelits

I was so excited when Stampin’ Up! announced this new product to demonstrators a week ago! I’ve wanted stitched-edge dies for a while, and my wish finally came true! I don’t have them yet (even demonstrators couldn’t order them until today), but I will have them soon! In the meantime, here is Stampin’ Up!’s video about the dies. Also, I’ve attached the flyer with ordering information (order in my online store) and the accompanying sale on coordinating stamps. There are 8 stamp sets that are 25% off for the month of November to go along with the release of these stitched dies.

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Stitched with Cheer Project Kit

I did a live Facebook video where I put together the three card designs from the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit. Check it out!

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Moroccan Rudolph wishes you a Merry Christmas

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh bundle with Moroccan designer series paper - #GDP059 #FMS260 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! Nope, it’s afternoon already. Good afternoon!

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I made this card for the Global Design Project and the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It features the Moroccan Designer Series Paper and the Santa’s Sleigh Bundle.

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh bundle with Moroccan designer series paper - #GDP059 #FMS260 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I took my whole color scheme from the Moroccan DSP. I didn’t intend to. I was just planning to use that Emerald Envy piece that frames the tree and add some Real Red (because Emerald Envy + Real Red = Love). But then I started pulling out other papers, as you do, and soon I had this cozy, masculine-ish card. All of the DSP on this card is from the Moroccan pack.

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh bundle with Moroccan designer series paper - #GDP059 #FMS260 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

All of the stamps and die cuts come from the Santa’s Sleigh bundle. I’m completely in love with the funky Christmas tree, and this is one of the most perfect reindeer stamp/die combinations. I just love his jaunty little leg. Even the sentiment and the inside sentiment come from the same set. I love when you get good graphic images and nice sentiments in the same set!

I have the sentiment popped up on Dimensionals. My tip for you is that if you’re putting anything on top of Glimmer Paper, you use glue to attach it. Not glue dots, not Dimensionals, not Tear & Tape. Liquid glue. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue (my personal favorite) and the Fine-Tip Glue Pen work great for this. So even though my sentiment is on Dimensionals, I have also glued the Dimensionals to the Glimmer Paper so the sentiment won’t fall off.

I used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details for Rudolph’s nose. You could also use one of the Basic Pearls and color it with a red Sharpie to finish off your reindeer.

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I hope you like my card today and that inspires you to make your own jaunty reindeer. A full supply list and links to the items in my store are below.

Note: The Moroccan DSP is part of the Designer Series Paper sale that ends Monday, October 31. Make sure you pick yours up today! Buy 3 get 1 free of the following packs (any combination):

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New promotion: When you place an order from my store of $50 or more in October and use the host code above at checkout, I will send you 1 yard of Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon and a sampler of Candy Cane Lane designer series paper (12 cardfront-sized pieces). For more information, go here.
To print instructions for my card, go here –> tams# 9841

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