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.

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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.

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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

A masculine get-well card for Dynamic Duos

Dynamic Duos #85 - DD#85 - By the Tide and Express Yourself - masculine get well card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? I haven’t either. I haven’t even started to take down the decorations, but truth be told, I’m in no rush. I love Christmas decorations and would leave my house like this all year if other people wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me.

I’m popping in to show you my latest card for the Dynamic Duos design team. This week’s colors are Garden Green and Summer Starfruit.

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I struggled with this color combination until I finally decided to make a masculine card (my stash desperately needs more masculine cards). Once I had that, the challenge became much easier. Still not easy, though, so I checked out Mojo Monday for some inspiration and decided to make a square card using the Mojo sketch.

I made a 5″x5″ square card. The designer paper mat is from the Birthday Basics designer paper. I’ve used this paper so much that I only had exactly enough left for this card. The Garden Green paper strip is from the Regals Backgrounds paper stack. I chose to use both Whisper White and Basic Black for my neutrals.

I hadn’t inked up my By the Tide stamps in a long time, and I think of this set first when I think of masculine cards, so I decided to use it. I’d forgotten how much I love it. Both of the green fish are stamped in Garden Green. For the fish on the bottom, I first stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock, just so I’d have two different shades of green fish on my card.

The Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons are retired, but they are available on the Clearance Rack (while supplies last!). I love these buttons and am on my second or third container of them. I tied knots of Linen Thread through the center of the button and also around the sentiment tag. The larger twine is the jute twine that came with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I had some of this left over and thought it looked maritime-y and twisted it onto my card (I used Crystal Effects to get it to stay put). And now that I think about it, Mui Hoang’s boat cards from the Crumb Cake / Marina Mist challenge used similar twine — I probably subconsciously got the idea from her. :)

The sentiment tag and its black frame were flagged using the Hexagon punch. Ever since I lost my 1″ Square punch, this has been my go-to punch for flagging things. I can’t remember whom I got this from.

I hope you like the card and will play along with the challenge! The other designers have come up with some great cards, so head on over to the blog and see them all!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

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Star-Spangled Christmas Card for DD#84

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Good morning! What is on your agenda for the day? I still have some decorations to put up, ha!, and I haven’t even started addressing Christmas cards. They’re all made — 88 of them — but the letter isn’t written, and the labels aren’t printed, and my hand hasn’t started cramping from all the signing. Meanwhile, we got snowed in at my MIL’s last night, because we had about 3 inches of snow in a 2-hour period and didn’t want to drive home at night in Christmas traffic in fresh snow.

This week’s challenge at Dynamic Duos is a Black Tie event — use Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, with the dessert *option* of sparkle. Well, you know if I have an option of sparkle, I’m taking the option! I love glitter and shiny, in case that isn’t clear.

Dynamic Duos #84 - DD#84 - Stampin' Up! Simply Stars and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

My card base is Basic Black. I embossed the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, then punched the stars out using the Merry Minis punch pack.

For the shiny background strip, I just punched a bunch of circles out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 3/4″, 1/2″, and 1″ Circle punches and glued them to the background using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I stamped a ton of stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped some of the stars before I re-inked my pad and some after re-inking. I also sponged around the edges of each star for extra depth, and I liked the effect of that. Unfortunately, we don’t have coordinating star punches or framelits, so these are all fussy-cut. Yeah, it took a while, but it was worth it.

My sentiment is from More Merry Messages, stamped in Jet Black StazOn then cut out with a Bitty Banners framelit. I layered that on a banner of Season of Style paper, which I cut out using one of the accessory thinlits that come with the Circle Card thinlits dies.

I added a few sequins and  couple of rhinestones to finish off the card.

Head on over to the Dynamic Duos blog to see the rest of the design team’s fabulous samples. I think everyone did a fantastic job this week! And we’d love to see what you make, so please play along!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

You can find all the supplies (except the sequins) to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies:
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Simply Stars, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Merry Minis punch pack, Circle Card thinlits, Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

Deck the Halls for Dynamic Duos #82

Happy Saturday, friends! Today is happy for me, because I get to go to my upline’s stamp camp, and then if all goes as planned, I will finish editing my husband’s book today and can finally start on sending out Christmas cards, catching up on housecleaning and budget stuff, baking my booty off, Christmas shopping (I’ve barely even started!), and decorating the house. It’s not too late, right?

Stampin' Up! - Dynamic Duos #82 - DD#82 - Christmas Collectibles and Christmas Medley with Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

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It’s “Bold & Cheery” week at Dynamic Duos, and this challenge was, well, a challenge for me. I love Gumball Green — one of my favorites, for real — but Primrose Petals… Nah. I’m sure I would have liked it many years ago, but that’s before I moved into our house and was faced with this horridness in my kitchen:

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The living room was worse. We are still working on the wallpaper situation in this house. So I have a hard time with Primrose Petals. Because of traumatic wallpaper experiences. :)

Anyway, I wanted to focus on the Gumball Green, for obvious reasons, and I also wanted to feature white. But then, oh, this Deck the Halls stamp is so cute (from the Christmas Messages set), and that helped me decide to use the sheet music-ish paper from Modern Medley. So I wanted these ornaments, because that’s what we use to deck said halls, and since I’m so in love with Festive Flurry (stamps and framelits), I couldn’t resist adding a snowflake. I wanted to use Very Vanilla, but on a whim I decided to see what it looked like in Basic Black. Then I decided I’d try an ornament stamped in black, too, and ooh la la, I really loved the look! A black snowflake is a little ridiculous, but also a little awesome, right? Though I admittedly would NOT care to wake up to a blanket of black snow on the ground! Can you imagine? “Pass the ammo, it must be zombie apocalypse time, kids!”

I still needed some sparkly touches (gotta have something shiny!), so I added lots of rhinestones and the Silver Foil strip, embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder (because sheet music needs lyrics, right?). Embossed Foil Sheets are on the list of my favorite things right now — such a big wow factor. And since I’m addicted to the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, I threw a little bow on one ornament just for fun.

I forgot to get a picture of it, but I did finish the inside of the card. I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel of Very Vanilla and then stamped the “Hoping your Christmas…” sentiment in Gumball Green. Before I mail it out, I’ll probably also stamp a partial ornament in the lower right corner in Gumball Green.

I like how the card turned out. A little unexpected. What do you think?

I hope you’ll head on over to Dynamic Duos to see what the other design team members came up with. I’m amazed each week that we’re all given the same challenge and come up with such varied designs. I’m so proud to be on this design team with such talented ladies!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Black, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley designer series paper; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Christmas Ornament punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Stampin' Up! Christmas Messages