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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The deadline to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club is also Monday, October 21. This month’s stamp set is Truly Grateful. Check out the link, and email or comment if you are interested.

Tag a Bag

I contributed prizes for a healthy mama challenge I participated in (my team won, woo!). I did cards for first and second place, and I did tags for third place.

Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag Bundle - small gift packaging - You're Amazing - Six Sided Sampler - hexagons - Hello Lovely

These were the gift bags. I used the bags and tags from the Tag-a-Bag Bundle. I love this bundle! It makes really easy packaging for small gifts and even includes the baker’s twine, dimensionals, little tape strips for closing the bags, and the darling little clothespins. Plus, they’re stampable. I love anything that’s stampable.

Supplies used:
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Stamps: You’re Amazing, Six-Sided Sampler, Hello Lovely
Tools/Accessories: Tag a Bag Bundle, Hexagon punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Join my team!

Stampin’ Up! is running a fabulous deal through October 21st. You can join as a demonstrator for just $25! You receive up to $26.95 in product with this offer (you must choose at least $25 but no more than $26.95 in product) and still receive all the perks of being a demonstrator! My favorite perk is the 20% discount on all the wonderful stamping products, and I also love getting to see and pre-order from the new catalogs before the general public. Not to mention getting to share my favorite thing and spending quality time with other papercrafters. And those are only a few of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! Plus you’d get to help me pick a cool name for our team. That’s probably the biggest perk of all.

If this interests you at all, let me know through comments or email, and I’ll answer any questions you may have. Or you can just follow this link to get started.


Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag Bundle easy gift packaging

Best thing ever: Pop-up cards!!

Okay, maybe not the best thing ever (Braum’s limeade on a hot summer day, my Texas friends?), but still pretty stinking cool. See, this is the outside:

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And this is the inside:

Fall Pop-up card - popup cards - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Best of Autumn - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Neat-o, right?

The best part is that they’re simple to make. Stampin’ Up!’s Pop ‘N Cuts dies make a card base in one step and the pop-up insert in the next step. They’re so easy but look really hard and make the giver look amazingly talented.

I chose the colors and papers so I could play along with the Fab Friday color challenge.

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I’m in love with Sweater Weather paper, as you know. I even bought the digital download for My Digital Studio so I can use it in my hybrid scrapbook pages. Look at the close-up of this paper.

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The pattern looks like a knit sweater; I adore it.

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The “twigs” behind the leaves on the pop-up are from the yummy Burlap ribbon in the Holiday catalog. I pulled it apart strand by strand, then glued the strands onto the pop-up using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Then I added the leaves, using Dimensionals between each layer.

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The sentiment and the other stamps on the card are from the Best of Autumn stamp set. Stampin’ Up! has released a Best-of stamp set each month in 2013 to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. If you buy six of the sets, you can send in a card with your proofs of purchase and receive a seventh set for free.

So these pop-up cards have a big wow factor but not a big work factor. I love tools that make things so easy! You can purchase any of the items used to make the card in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Sahara Sand (item#121043), Soft Sky (131203), and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock; Sweater Weather designer series paper (132184); Champagne Glimmer paper (127885)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (126979), Crushed Curry (131173), Tangerine Tango (126946)
Stamps: Best of Autumn (134390)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Card Base Pop ‘N Cuts die (130099), Label Pop ‘N Cuts die (130160), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Adorning Accents edgelits (125595)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron ribbon (130019), Regals Designer Buttons (130029), Linen Thread (104199), 1-1/4″ Burlap ribbon (132140), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Pretty Swallowtail Card

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I’m terrified of butterflies. No, really. When I was young, maybe 10, I saw the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. Yes, way too young for that movie, I know. Anyway, there are poison dart butterflies in it, and ever since then, butterflies give me the heebies and the jeebies.

I’m trying to get over it. Our zoo, like many other zoos, has one of those horribly creepy walk-through butterfly exhibits every summer, where the butterflies may land on you, and you’re supposed to not scream and swat them into oblivion or dance around like your toes are on fire. And my daughter loves it. I’ve had her in a stroller when we’ve gone through it before, so I have walked behind her, shivering and having little silent freakouts, and she’s been none the wiser. But she’s starting to outgrow the stroller, and one of these days, she’ll walk through on her own, and I’d like to have my pathetic little phobia under control so I can at least pretend that I’m not dying and screaming on the inside.

So I have embraced the butterfly stamps in an effort to recondition myself. I made this card using the Swallowtail stamp and last week’s Freshly Made Sketches sketch. (Sometimes I get a chance to post the cards I make for challenges on time, and sometimes I just have to miss the deadlines. But I love to make the cards whether I have time to blog about them or not.)

The butterfly is embossed in white embossing powder, then colored in with Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry markers, plus some Smoky Slate around the disgusting insect body of the butterfly. This is why they’re creepy, by the way — they’re insects pretending to be birds. They’re hiding something.

Anyway, I have to admit they’re pretty. Even if they’re sneaky little bugs.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White cardstock; Eastern Elegance designer series paper
Ink: Smoky Slate; Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers; Versamark
Stamps: Swallowtail, Sweetly Framed (hostess set)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, 3/16″ Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Trimmer, White Stampin’ Emboss powder, Heat Tool
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, Regals Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

You can find all of these products in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7!