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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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One of these days, I’m going to make note of the theme for these blog highlights before I’m sitting down to write my blog post. I sat down with my card to write the post last night, and that’s when I realized that my card of flowers and lace was not going to work for our theme of Travel. Back to the craft room! Yes, it’s a hard life, having to skip this morning’s workout because I stayed up too late making a card. [Please do catch my sarcasm. I can’t think of a better tradeoff.]

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Anyway, thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by the fabulous Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project, if you’re so inclined. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop. In last month’s blog highlight, I did squeak in at number 10, so I will be hopping with Kylie and nine other talented demonstrators in February (THANK YOU for your votes!). I’d love to do it again next time, so please go vote for my card!

Our theme for this highlight is Travel. I decided to use the hot air balloons from the new Lift Me Up bundle. I haven’t gotten to play with these much, so it was nice to have this theme to push me.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Tips for CASEing (copying) this card:

*The Bermuda Bay card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.

*Both designer series papers are from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack. This stack is such a good one! It has a vintage circus theme, but I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The background paper can be swirly clouds, as I’m using it, but you could also call that cupcake icing and use it with cupcakes, or call it cotton candy and use it on a circus-themed card. I sponged the edges of this paper with Bermuda Bay ink — when you sponge the edge the same color as the card base, it really softens that edge. I love this look.

*I cut the sunburst paper with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (BACK IN STOCK!!). I thought that was a fun backdrop for the clouds and balloons.

*The hot air balloons are stamped in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach and then cut out with the coordinating framelits. The cloud framelits come in the same bundle. I love that they come in multiple sizes! I think there are four different cloud framelits in the bundle.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*To get all of that wonderful sparkle on my balloons and clouds, I just painted them all with the Clear Wink of Stella brush pen. It’s amazing the difference Wink of Stella makes on a card.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*You could pop the sentiment up on a separate label, especially if you can’t get it stamped straight directly on the card base — sometimes the only way I can get a sentiment on straight is to stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock, cut or punch it out, then glue or dimensional it on separately. (Dimensional is a verb in my craft room.)

*I finished off my card with Rhinestones, but Pearls or Enamel Shapes would also look really nice here.

*I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside (4″ x 5.25″) and a half-inch strip of the swirly cloud paper to pull the whole card together. I also sponged the edges of this piece in Bermuda Bay, again to soften the edge.

Thanks for coming today. I hope you like my card. My full supply list and links to my store are below. Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen for the next blog hop!

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Comment from Jessie Holton
Time January 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Fantastic use of the DSP & balloons! Also, I love your blog name, every time I come here I have a laugh over it :P xx

Comment from Denita Wright
Time January 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm

The DSP is perfect for your hot air balloons, Sarah. I love your colourful creation. D x

Comment from Stephanie Fischer
Time January 18, 2017 at 6:51 am

You’re time away from the gym was well spent! That’s a great card!

Comment from Megan
Time January 21, 2017 at 5:07 am

Love card Sarah, such amazing use of the DSP, I think I NEED it now!

Comment from Sarah
Time January 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Thank you, everyone! Megan, it’s gorgeous DSP. Get some!

Comment from Kylie Bertucci
Time January 25, 2017 at 6:55 am

Love your card Sarah! Congratulations on being voted in the top ten for the highlights this month! Awesome work. Looking forward to hopping with you.