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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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As You Like It – Joyful Season

For a while now I’ve wanted to do a blog series aimed at showing you ways to make the same card (sort of) no matter how hard you craft. I tend to craft hard — all the layers! all the embellishments! learn something new! But sometimes I don’t want to put so much detail into a card (okay, that’s a lie — I always *want* to, but I sometimes don’t have time). And there is nothing wrong with making it more simple. And sometimes, I just want to get it done, and fast. Although I want every card to be a complicated masterpiece…


Here’s a set of cards I made with Joyful Season.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


I started, actually, with this one, which is more the mid-level card. Anyone here married to an engineer? I am. He’s also a writer (fiction and non-fiction), but I guess his creative side only translates to the written word. I showed him this card, and the first expression on his face was, “Wow, that’s ugly.” He said, “It’s… uh… I don’t get the torn paper thing.” He later told me that he almost said, “Oh, is this one of BC’s cards?” Our five-year-old daughter. I’d thought he might think it was one of my better ones; it’s masculine, fairly simple… Haha, NOPE. I told him he doesn’t understand art, and SO’S YOUR FACE.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Next I made this one, the Craft Hard card. Added the vellum, changed the colors, added more stamping, popped the bird up on dimensionals. That vellum is from the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack. So pretty.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Finally I made this one, the clean and simple version. The Ain’t Nobody Got Time version. This actually turned out to be my favorite of the three. I did the extra stamping that I’d done in the Craft Hard version but took away all the layers. Added the twine and two sequins from the PLxSU Hello December Accessory Pack, and I’m done. I love white cards for winter. They just look so crisp. That Merry Christmas stamp is my very favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp, current or retired; in fact, my friend used it at the first stamp camp I attended in 2011, and I’m pretty sure it was my first purchase. It’s from Petite Pairs. I’m entering this version of the card in the Paper Players CAS Christmas challenge.


Did you notice your branch can go either way? Just turn the stamp.

Materials for the first card are here:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


Materials for the second card:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

And for the clean-and-simple card:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


Comment from Claire Broadwater
Time November 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Sarah, you have been busy! I too, like lots of stuff on my cards. I must admit, your final card is a perfect CAS card! Simple elegance! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

Comment from Sandy M
Time November 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

Oh Sarah these cards are just lovely! That cardinal is a real beauty, and the torn paper combined with the glitter paper adds so much texture. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

Comment from Sandy M
Time November 20, 2015 at 8:54 am

PS: Your “Aint Nobody Got Time” cracks me up! So true!

Comment from Amy Koenders
Time November 20, 2015 at 9:27 am

So pretty! Love your little bird with the layering under it. Perfect CAS card for the holidays! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players, hope to see you again soon!