Silver and Ombre Christmas

Silver & Ombre Christmas card - Stampin' Up! - A Banner Christmas - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone! I have a card to share with you really quickly. When I was looking at all the Dynamic Duos entries last week, I saw one where the stamps had been inked with multiple colors, in a striped pattern. I wanted to copy that! Then I got to playing around, and striped turned into ombre, and then I had this stinking COOL “MERRY” sentiment. It took a while to figure out where to go with my card from there. I looked on my desk, and I had these snowflakes, which had been by-products of some Christmas tags I’d made. So I decided to use some of those up, and I knew the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon would be a fun addition to the card as well. The ribbon took me forever to place and curl just so, but I was happy with the final arrangement.

I hope you like the card. You can find all the supplies I used to make my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Designer Series Paper Stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Large Scallop edgelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip


New Stampin’ Up! Kit!

Festive Flurry Ornaments Kit


I’m really excited about this one and am ordering mine today. The Festive Flurry Ornament Kit is a kit to make 10 of these beautiful snowflake ornaments. I have all the supplies to make these myself, but I’m so happy to have all of the work done for me. I know I will use several as ornaments (and possibly gifts) and will make some into a small banner. See more details and the video that shows how easy these are to make here.

A Banner Christmas


Festive Flurry in a Daydream

I love Christmas. Love it. I love everything about it, especially now that my daughter is old enough to get the fun parts (and she is the BEST at opening presents — gets excited about everything, even wants to wear all the new clothes at once). Last year we made cookies for Santa in our Christmas Eve jammies, and she got money and an M&M from her grandmother’s advent calendar every time she was over there. This year, I am determined to make a gingerbread house with her. No one seems to make a gluten-free gingerbread house kit, so ours will have to be from scratch. So it will have lots of flawscharacter.

I love making Christmas cards almost as much as I love Christmas.

Festive Flurry in Daydream Medallion
I can’t take a straight picture.

I’ve been itching to use the Festive Flurry stamp set, and the matching framelits, of course. Last night, I was torn between making a card using Daydream Medallions, which I’ve been neglecting lately, and making a card using the Festive Flurry set. So I grabbed both to see if any of the snowflakes would fit inside the big medallion. And then I had visions of that big medallion being embossed in silver or gold, and I got excited, and embossing powder was flying everywhere. Then I just couldn’t stop embossing, as you can see. I embossed the big medallion in silver on Whisper White and cut it out with the coordinating Floral Frames framelit, then embossed the medium-sized snowflake in white on Coastal Cabana, then the small one in silver on Whisper White again. And then it looked a little unfinished, so I had to add one of the Frosted Finishes embellishments. But it looked a little funky since the snowflake has a 6-point center, and the Frosted Finishes are 5-point… So I added a little 7/8″ scalloped circle. Then I was happy.


I added a strip of Winter Frost designer series paper to my card, embossed the sentiment and underlined it with a strip of rhinestones, and attached my big decoration.

The big decoration, by the way, would make a fun Christmas ornament. Make two of them and glue them together back-to-back with a loop of the 1/8″ silver ribbon between the layers, and you have an easy decoration with a lot of wow.


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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White cardstock; Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Festive Flurry, Petite Pairs
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Floral Frames framelits, Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, White embossing powder, Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Visit my Stampin’ Up! store for these and other great products! See you soon.

Simply Sketched Hello Card

simply sketched hello card

At Stampin’ Up! Convention a couple weeks ago, they were going for a world record — the most greeting cards sent from the same place at the same time. I made this card and planned to send it to my BFF, but the line was so long (they sent over 2,900 cards!), and it was my first convention, so I didn’t want to spend my entire first evening in line. (They did set the world record, BTW.) My BFF will understand when I finally send it to her.

I found the sketch at Splitcoast Stampers. This was my first time to use the new Simply Sketched stamp set (available for hostesses of a qualifying workshop) and also my first time to use the watercolor paper and markers.

I stamped the image in StazOn black ink, then colored the grass in with a Pear Pizzazz marker. I outlined the bird with an Island Indigo marker, then used a blender pen to color in the rest of the bird, and finally sponged the background with Soft Sky ink. The window was cut using the Window Frames framelits, and I popped that layer up on Dimensionals just to give it a little extra… um, dimension.

Do you love that button? I can’t get enough of the Very Vintage buttons. And I did have the twine tied in a neat little bow, but it got all smushed in my bag before I took a picture of it, and I didn’t notice until just now. Oops.

The “hello” sentiment is from Pennant Parade, one of my favorite sets for tiny words, and also a great set in general — very versatile, so many uses, especially when you pair it with the Perfect Pennants builder punch.


Reminder: The deadline to subscribe for my August Stamp-of-the-Month Club is Monday, August 5. Comment here or at the original post or email me to sign up, and I will contact you.

Have a great evening! I’m hoping my evening is much less eventful than last evening, when we had to take my daughter to the ER to make sure her finger wasn’t broken. Poor little sweetie has a bad contusion from getting her finger caught in a collapsing step stool.

simply sketched


Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White cardstock; Subtles Backgrounds designer series paper stack, Quatrefancy designer series paper; Watercolor paper
Ink: StazOn black, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo markers
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection framelits, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Island Indigo Ruffled ribbon (retired), Very Vintage buttons, Island Indigo baker’s twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you, you’re the Quatrefanciest

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When I saw Amy O’Neill’s new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, I knew I 1) wanted to use my new Chalk Talk framelits and 2) wanted to use the Quatrefancy Specialty designer series paper. There are so many great new paper packs in the annual catalog, but this one has to be my favorite. I looooove bright colors and have to force myself to use subtles and neutrals, so this paper is perfect for me.

I used Island Indigo cardstock to frame the strip of Quatrefancy under the tag. I wanted to do lines of paper piercing on either side of the DSP, but I couldn’t find my little piercing mat, so I decided that plain was much prettier anyway. I used the biggest Chalk Talk framelit as the base for my tag, then layered the DSP tag (another Chalk Talk framelit) on top using Dimensionals. Seriously, I have to rein myself in from putting Dimensionals between every single layer on every single card. I just love dimension.

The sentiment is from the Hello, Lovely stamp set, and I just cut a rectangle of Whisper White to frame the sentiment so it doesn’t blend in too much with the paper. The Island Indigo Chevron ribbon looks so good with this paper, and really I just wanted to hold it and work with it. It’s not just pretty – this ribbon feels good, kind of like really comfy sheets. I like to rub it between my fingers, and now you’re backing away slowly from the creepy ribbon lady. I finished the card off with a couple of rhinestones. And voila.

Amy’s fun sketch: FMS Final 96-001

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White cardstock; Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Hello, Lovely
Tools: Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, Chalk Talk framelits
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Island Indigo Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Monday I will be rolling out details of my new Stamp of the Month Club, so stay tuned for those!


I love being an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. If you think you’d love it, too, now is a great time to join and be a part of my team! The cost to join is $99 + tax (no shipping), and you get $125 in product (you choose your kit yourself). If you join between now and August 31, in addition to your $125 in product, you will receive one of four great project kits. Click the link to my Stampin’ Up! site to join (or to see a list of demonstrator benefits), and feel free to email me with questions.