Do Not Open! – Fusion #1

Fusion #1 - Stampin' Up! Very Merry Tags, Santa's List, and Warmth & Wonder - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hey there! Just a quick post to put up my card for the December Fusion challenge. I chose to use both the sketch and the photo for inspiration, and I love how the card turned out! I hope you like it, too. :)

Have a great evening!
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Candlelight Christmas designer series paper (retired)
Ink: Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake (trees)
Stamps: Santa’s List, Warmth & Wonder, Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Embellishments/Adhesives: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming - Dynamic Duos #78 - Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree and Christmas Tagables photopolymer set - Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I don’t watch or read Game of Thrones, but I’m a geek with a geek husband, so I thought the title was appropriate. :)

Dynamic Duos #78

This week at Dynamic Duos, we have a pair of subtle colors. Anyone else have a hard time using more muted colors? They are not my strength! And that’s why it’s called a “challenge”!

I actually started with the non-Artichoke, non-Crumb Cake embossed tree. I didn’t mean to start with the metallics, but I had just finished a Christmas cards and tags class where we had embossed this tree in Gold, and I reeeeeally wanted to use it.

My sentiment (stamped in Always Artichoke) is from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set that came out last month to accompany the Pop ‘n’ Place easy gift tags. I love so many of the stamps in this set, and it coordinates with so many punches and framelits, so I’ve been using it a lot. I cropped the sentiment with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, then added a Vintage Trinket and popped it up on a 1″ Circle of Always Artichoke paper from the Regals DSP stack.

That wonderful birch paper is from the Thanksgiving Tablescapes kit, and I can’t get enough of it. One thing about that paper, though — it has so much texture that it’s hard to actually adhere using something like a tape runner, so I’d recommend using the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or maybe Crystal Effects. I haven’t tried either on it, but I know that my little strip is trying to come off my card already, so I’ll need to figure it out before I can mail it! Have you used it? What adhesive did you use?

That beautiful snowflake is cut from Champagne Glimmer Paper using two of the framelits from the Festive Flurry set. My final touch is a Very Vintage Button accented with Linen Thread.

I hope you like my card. Head on over to Dynamic Duos and the other design team blogs to see the fun, festive, and beautiful cards the other designers have come up with. And please play along — I can’t wait to see your designs! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Saturday!

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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: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Christmas Tagables, Lovely as a Tree
Tools/Accessories: Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer, Thanksgiving Tablescapes Simply Created Kit
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Trinkets, Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

Stampin' Up! Christmas Tagables

Wetlands Sympathy Card: From Messed Up to Dressed Up

Handmade sympathy card - Stampin' Up! Wetlands and Truly Grateful - masculine card

[This card is full of mistakes, and I’m going to tell you about all of them so you don’t make the same ones and also to demonstrate how to save a messed up card through improvisation.]

I’ve had a hard time using Pear Pizzazz, mostly because I was a little addicted to Lucky Limeade, so I was mildly bitter that Pear Pizzazz made it into the new color lineup, and Lucky Limeade didn’t. Haha. I’m holding a grudge against a paper color; I may have a problem.

Enter Crushed Curry. I wanted to use Crushed Curry in this sympathy card for the little weed/stalk things around the goose in the Wetlands stamp set. I love Crushed Curry, but in too high a dose, it can be overwhelming, so it needs to be toned down with a calmer color, in my opinion. I decided to give Pear Pizzazz a shot, and I loved the way the two colors paired together.

I stamped the goose in Chocolate Chip and the weeds in Crushed Curry. Then, as an afterthought, I brushed on some Pear Pizzazz using a half-dry baby wipe. Why a baby wipe? Well, because I ran out of Stampin’ Sponges, and I don’t have one for Pear Pizzazz yet. I wasn’t trying to use a technique — I was just improvising. I do recommend that you use a baby wipe that is almost completely dry, or use the Watercolor Paper. Mine was a little too wet, so it left my paper a little weaker. I also recommend brushing or sponging on the Pear Pizzazz before you stamp the goose — you can see my bird is smudged a little around the ankles.

I wanted to put the button on the little log next to the sentiment, but I needed it next to the goose, because I cut him out a little wonky, and the grass at his feet ended almost a half inch from the edge of the oval. It didn’t look right, and I’d already stamped him three times, so I covered it up rather than redo the goose again.

As you can see, I tore and distressed the Pear Pizzazz mat. I did this after the strip of Woodgrain-embossed Crumb Cake paper and the goose were already glued on. I didn’t do it on purpose. One edge of my mat got a boo-boo, so to fix it, I tore off the boo-boo. And then I just kept going until I liked how it looked.

I must have been really tired when I made this one — I don’t usually have to fix quite so many mistakes. But anyway, they don’t all come out perfectly, but if I wanted perfect, I wouldn’t make my own cards, right? :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Wetlands, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain embossing folder, Circles Collection framelits, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Ovals Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, baby wipe, scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots


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Grungy Santa

Last month, I participated in a mom fitness challenge; I’ve done the same challenge before and knew this would be a good way to jump start my post-baby fitness. My team actually won, so that was pretty neat, but the best part was all the motivation I received from my teammates and the other mamas in the challenge. This morning, we had a celebration at the park with goodies and prizes, and I contributed little crafty gift bags for the first, second, and third place teams.

For first place, I did three cards for each of the winners — except myself, of course. For second place, I did two cards, and for third place, I did three simple gift tags. I’ll show you my favorites from the prize bags throughout the week, but right now I want to show you a Christmas card I included in the first place bags.

Gorgeous Grunge meets Santa Claus

I’m really proud of this card. Not because I think it’s the best card ever or anything, but because I really left my comfort zone for it.

I was inspired by the single-layer card challenge at The Paper Players. I know I am too late for the challenge, but it really had me mulling over different ways to do single layer cards all week. I was making invitations for a baby shower (also another post to do!) and cards for my Stamp-of-the-Month club members all week and had little time for anything else. But I mulled!

Single layer cards are hard for me. Because ohhhh, I just need a little strip of designer paper here, and ohhhhh, can’t I just pop out my sentiment on Dimensionals? Simple and easy is complicated and hard for me. I also have a hard time with Crumb Cake in large doses. An entire card base made out of Crumb Cake cardstock? But… it’s so… bland. It’s just not my color. I’ve also been struggling with how to use the Gorgeous Grunge stamps in my cards and scrap pages. I like clean, pretty, and cute and have a really hard time with vintage and grunge. So this card is like my stamping nightmare — except that it isn’t. I actually love it, and as a result, I’m warming up to single layers, Crumb Cake, and Gorgeous Grunge.

I’m growing, as a person.

I stamped Santa in Baked Brown Sugar ink on the card base. Then I decided to try using one of the Gorgeous Grunge stamps to make snow for our bearded friend. I used Whisper White Craft ink, and this stamp worked perfectly. Then I stamped my sentiment, from the More Merry Messages stamp set, right under Santa, and I was done. A painfully simple card.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crumb Cake cardstock
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red
Stamps: Santa’s List, Gorgeous Grunge, More Merry Messages

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