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Sarahfleming1 Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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Black Tie Flower Shop - Dynamic Duos #90 DD#90 - Stampin' Up! Flower Shop, So Very Grateful, You're Lovely, Sweetly Framed - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. The hubs and I had the opportunity for a date night last night, but we were both too tired to go anywhere (do you sense a theme here?) even though the baby has finally started sleeping all night again. So we ate Chipotle and watched curling all evening while I cast on a new scarf (I’m learning to knit) and he played games on his iPad (we are exciting folks). Curling is my faaaaaaaaavorite. We got into it during the Torino Olympics, and now we DVR every USA curling match. “Come on, baby, put the rock in the house…


Anyway, there’s a new Dynamic Duos challenge today! It’s a black tie event, quite fancy. The colors are Basic Black and Daffodil Delight, with the dessert OPTION of a shaped/fun fold card. I decided to go with a center step card, since I’ve never made one and have been meaning to try it. I used a diagram from here to make the card.

My base is Basic Black, obviously. The strips on the sides are from the super-fun Kaleidoscope designer series paper. For the big flowers, I used the Flower Shop stamps with the matching Pansy punch for the base. The middle flowers are punched out of Daffodil cardstock using the new Petite Petals punch, and the smallest flowers are punched out with the flower shape from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. The centers of the three center flowers are black Candy Dots (from the Neutrals Candy Dots), and the centers of the other flowers are Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Two of the three flowers in the upper left of the center panel are Flower Shop stamps, and then I just punched out the center of the flowers with the Petite Petals punch.

The sentiment panel is Whisper White cardstock, and I stamped one of the images from the So Very Grateful stamp set in the center in Daffodil Delight. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Sweetly Framed hostess stamps over the flowers in StazOn.


My favorite part of the card, my oh-I’m-a-genius-not-really-but-I-feel-really-smart moment, is the little trio of bees or flies or whatever. There’s a little four-petal flower strip in the Sale-A-Bration set You’re Lovely. I stamped that strip (there are 5 flowers or random 4-petal shapes in each strip) in StazOn, then snipped out two petals and the center dot for each little bee using my Paper Snips. Hee!

I hope you like the card. You can find all the supplies I used in my online Stampin’ Up! store (the You’re Lovely set can only be earned by purchasing $50 through 3/31). Head on over to Dynamic Duos and join in the fun, and see the beautiful creations the other designers made! Have a great day!

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Annette Elliott
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Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
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JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
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Comment from Tenia Nelson
Time February 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

So so pretty!!! :)

Comment from Angel Johns
Time February 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Such a great fold/shaped card!! I may have to try this soon as yours turned out beautifully!!

Comment from JoAnn B.
Time February 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Love your center step card and your pretty layered flowers. Great design and a great card.

Comment from Annette Elliott
Time February 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Sarah, this is so so pretty! Love how you put the flowers around the front and I love your focal point with the touch of black. Very pretty!

Comment from Julie Gearinger
Time February 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Love your step card and all of the flowers (plus the little “bees”) – so pretty!

Comment from Michelle Bala
Time February 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Love these pretty flowers…makes me long for sunny days!

Comment from Caroline B.
Time February 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

Sarah, you ARE a genius, those little black flies are über-cute! Way to stretch your supplies. Your card is just exploding with sunny blossoms and promises of spring. And it kills me that you love curling! Such a Canadian thing! We’ll be watching the curling finals, too.

Comment from Greta H
Time February 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

Wow–what a beauty! Love those gorgeous flowers!