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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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Aaaaaand we’re back!

Heya, crafty friends! I’m sorry for the long absence. We’ve been remodeling, and I packed up all of my stamping supplies at the beginning of June so I could work on the craft room. I finally decided I couldn’t take it anymore (being without my stamping stuff), so I went and got NINE boxes out of storage this weekend (and that’s just my current stuff; I left all the retired things in storage). I’m selling my desk and getting a new one, so I will still be stamping out of boxes and using my dining room table for a while, but it’s better than nothing.

So this week I will be back, showing you things from the new annual catalog that went live last month. I am absolutely giddy over this catalog. It’s ah-maaaaaaaaay-zing. And by the end of next week, I will have my first goodies from the new holiday catalog, which goes live on August 28. I may even be more excited about it than the annual catalog. It’s possibly my favorite ever.

And check back Friday for a fantastic deal.

Now a card.

Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings, Boho Blossoms punch - handmade wedding cards - handmade valentines day cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I made this one for my massage therapist and friend, who just got married.

I made the base out of the Brushed Silver cardstock, then added a mat of the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. I added a layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then a Pink Pirouette layer.

The giant LOVE stamp is from the photopolymer set Countless Sayings 1. I… well, I LOVE this stamp. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock in Versamark ink, then embossed the sentiment using Silver embossing powder. So the silver outlines are the stamp.

I colored the letters in using my new Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers. Have you seen the Blendabilities yet? I’m still getting the hang of them, but I’ve seen other designers color beautifully with them. I need some practice. So I figured shaded lettering is something I’ve been doing since my doodling days in high school, so this was a good place for me to start. Each set comes with three shades of the same color. I used the darkest shade first and worked in small areas (two areas on each letter, three on the letter E). The markers are alcohol-based, so the ink dries fast. For blending, you need to start with the next shade before the first shade dries, hence the small areas. So I started with the darkest shade, then the middle shade, and then the lightest. It turned out pretty well, and I’ll improve with practice.

I punched out the flowers with the Boho Blossoms punch in Silver Foil, Pink Pirouette, and Cherry Cobbler and layered them together, then added the rhinestones. The rhinestone in the top right flower? You can’t tell in the picture, but that’s a Cherry-Cobbler-red rhinestone, because I can color my rhinestones with the Blendabilities! You can color so many things with them, including the rhinestones and pearls!

The White Organza Ribbon makes a nice finishing touch, though next time I make this card I will move the bow a little to the right. That placement just seems a little off.

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My Paper Pumpkin deal: New subscribers get half off the first two months of My Paper Pumpkin if you subscribe before September 10th. I’m loving the kits lately! Join Now!

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DSP Buy 3 Get 1 deal: Right now, if you buy 3 packs of designer series paper (not the specialty DSP, just the ones priced at $10.95), you will get one pack free! The offer ends Thursday, so get in on it while you can! (And yes, if you buy 6 you get 2 free, and so on…)

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Weekly Deals: Did you know Stampin’ Up! puts several products on sale each week on Tuesdays? Check out this week’s deals here!

That’s all for now. You can pick up everything you see here in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. Happy stamping!

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