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

Fa la la, Rudolph

The new Wonderland stamp set in the holiday catalog is beautiful and exquisite and comes with antlers. The antlers jumped out at me immediately as a Christmas tree topper. So I put them on one of the trees from the Peaceful Pines stamp set, and I did love them as a tree topper. I let the partial card sit for a few days while I worked on other cards. Then I looked at it one day and knew what I had to do.

Stampin' Up! - Fa la la, Rudolph - Wonderland antlers with Peaceful Pines - Project Life Hello December - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

A quick rundown of the card: The card base is Real Red. The Mint Macaron panel is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. The wallpaper behind the Christmas tree is a card from the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Hello December collection. The “falala” is Gold Glimmer Paper cut with one of the Seasonal Frame thinlits dies, and the washi tape across the bottom of the card is from the Hello December Accessory Pack. If you love embellishments, and lots of them, do yourself a favor and get the Hello December Accessory Pack — so many fabulous accessories that are perfect for cards, traditional scrapbooks, 3D projects, and, of course, Project Life pages. Love, love, love.

I stamped the antlers on the wallpaper and glued down the Christmas tree over the antlers. The antlers and the Christmas tree pot are both in Soft Suede ink. The Christmas tree is from Peaceful Pines, Wild Wasabi ink on Mint Macaron cardstock, and is cut out using the coordinating Perfect Pines framelits. Rudolph’s nose is a Pearl Basic Jewel, which I colored using one of the discontinued Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. You can use a red Sharpie or any alcohol marker that you have. I made Rudolph’s sign with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake cardstock.

I’m most proud of Rudolph’s hooves, because I had to google what reindeer hooves look like on the bottom of the hoof, then try to draw them and cut them out. They’re not perfect, but this is a fun card, so they’re perfect.

The ribbons are the new Real Red Pom Pom Trim and the new Gold Cording Trim. Look how nicely the cording curls up. It’s really easy to work with, too.

Stampin' Up! - Fa la la, Rudolph - Wonderland antlers with Peaceful Pines - Project Life Hello December - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

If you would like to buy any of the products you see, links to my Stampin’ Up! store are below.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

New Christmas goodies!

I can’t do it. I made a bunch of cards week before last, and I was going to show you them before showing you anything from Stampin’ Up!’s new holiday catalog. But my preorder arrived Monday. And early. UPS usually gets here around 3 or 4, just after naptime (annoyed face), so I was going to do a lot of adulting on Monday. Cleaning, laundry, pre-writing blog posts, taking good, non-crappy-cellphone photos of cards. The kids had just gone in for nap/quiet time when I noticed a UPS truck across the street. At 1 p.m.? Well, there went my adulting.

I’d had a rough morning with the kids, so since I’d totally earned it, I spent all of naptime unpacking my boxes, inventorying supplies, putting checkmarks in my catalogs (I love to do that). And then when the kids were up, I did a little cleaning just to feel less guilty and weird about enjoying unpacking boxes as much as I do.

The day went downhill as I was cleaning the kitchen and starting to make dinner (if you’ve ever potty-trained a lightning-fast boy who mostly refuses to poop in the potty and also refuses to leave on his pull-up once he’s pooped in it, YOU CAN IMAGINE THE HORROR), and by the time we sat down to eat dinner, every phrase out of my mouth was something to the effect of, “Ask Daddy; I’m done for the day.” I may even have said this to my husband once or twice. >.>

So after the kids were in bed, I had plans to finish the downstairs cleaning, but I just wasn’t feeling it. So I made a card instead. And y’all, I love it. It might be our main Christmas card this year. So I have to show you.

very merry christmas detail

Christmas cards are my absolute favorite to make. I make them all year, and when I hold stamp camps and classes (coming soon), I usually have at least one Christmas card no matter what time of year it is (hey, you don’t have to make your whole stash between December 17th & 21st  like I did one year).

Stampin Up! 2015 holiday catalog -  Embellished Ornaments, Reason for the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The card base is the new Thick Whisper White cardstock, which is heavier and holds multiple layers and embellishments without collapsing much better than the regular 80-lb does. That lovely candy cane paper is actually red foil vellum. It’s awesome, right? This is the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. There are also green Christmas trees and silver snowflakes in the pack — it’s killer paper. The ornament and holly branches are from the Embellished Ornaments set — y’all, this set is FABULOUS and comes with matching framelits and thinlits — I’ll show you more cards using both the stamps and the dies soon — this bundle is my favorite thing in the new catalog (yes, if you bundle them you get 15% off!).

The black ink I used is the new Archival Basic Black inkpad. I stamped the ornament in it just to see what it would look like and I almost squeed out loud.

Do you see the Red Foil ornament hanger? There are Red Foil sheets in the holiday catty! I’ve been wanting red foil for so long. (The hanger uses one of the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that coordinate with the stamps.)

The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season set and I cut it out using a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies. Oh, and do you see the black banner behind the sentiment? Can you tell that it’s Glimmer Paper?? We have Black Glimmer Paper now! I rilly rilly rilly hope it sticks around and becomes a part of the regular lineup, because it has so many more uses than just Halloween.

The holly branches were the last things I added to the card — it just needed a little more.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Additional products not shown: Embellished Ornaments stamps, Delicate Ornament thinlits, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Red Foil Sheets, Black Glimmer Paper, Holiday Fancy Foil Vellum, Reason for the Season stamps

A note on adhesives: I used four different adhesives on this card. Dimensionals, because I am incapable of making a card that doesn’t use Dimensionals. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (always my go-to adhesive) to attach the ornament hanger to the ornament and to attach the Fancy Foil Vellum to the card base. I put a little dot of glue under the lower right corner, a decent amount under the whole part that would be covered by the ornament, thin strips under the thick red stripes and one of the stripes in the upper left. The goal is to get it to stay on without letting the glue show through. To attach the sentiment to the Black Glimmer Paper, I used Crystal Effects. This is the only adhesive I’ve found that will permanently attach something to the shiny side of Glimmer Paper (other than hot glue). I have a great fear of sending a card that arrives as separate pieces and not one card. I used Glue Dots to attach the bow to the ornament.

One more picture for you. My four-year-old daughter is really into crafts and loves to visit my craft room when I’m stamping. She asks good, detailed questions about techniques, why I’m doing things the way I am, what this does, what that does, etc. And I let her play with my old craft store supplies, my retired stuff (wow is she a button lover), die cuts I’ve discarded for one reason or another, small strips of DSP, and even my good Stampin’ Up! cardstock — I’ve even recently started letting her use my SU! ink, but only under supervision (I like my inkpads to be all one color). She’s really getting the hang of tap-tap-tapping on the inkpad so she doesn’t oversaturate the stamps and is starting to get the concept of pressing straight down and lifting straight up so she doesn’t blur the images. And when I’m taking pictures of my cards for the blog, she always brings her latest card over and wants me to take a picture of it next to the card I’m photographing. <3

Did I mention it’s new catalog week? Starring Cheerful Christmas

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I have probably called five different stamp sets from the new holiday catalog my favorite at various times. But this one was the first one I called that, the first set I put in my pre-order. This whole Nordic suite is about as much fun as any suite can be. And beautiful! But also cute.

My card base is Calypso Coral, the most traditional of Christmas colors. ;) Ha. Okay, I would not have thought of Calypso Coral as a Christmas color either, but it really does pair nicely with Real Red. I pulled it from the DSP.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The designer series paper is from the Nordic Noel paper in the holiday catalog. I love, love, love this paper pack!

The “christmas cheer” stamp is from Cheerful Christmas. I stamped it in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock, then added Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder and embossed it with the Heat Tool. I layered the sentiment square on top of the designer series paper, but offset to the other side of the card from the DSP. See how the DSP is flush with the right edge of the card? The white is flush with the left edge. It gives the card a little more visual texture than just framing the white inside the DSP would.

On top of the white layer, I added a square of Real Red with a negative die cut. This is the big die from the Apothecary Accents framelits. I framed the sentiment inside the negative cut, then popped the red cardstock up on Dimensionals for, well, dimension.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The gold-embossed wreath on top of the red layer is a stamp from the same set. Maybe it’s more like a swag, but it’s wreath-ish. I embossed it, then fussy-cut it using my paper snips. I added some Gold Sequin Trim (really starting to love this stuff!) and one of the Nordic Designer Buttons from the new catalog (adorable!), using Glue Dots, then I stamped that little ornament (from Cheerful Christmas) in Real Red, fussy-cut it, and added it to the card.

For my final touches, I added those precious little snowflakes. They are from the Frosted Sequins embellishments in the new catalog.

I am having so much fun with this new catalog! Best catalog ever.

I am entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.