You & Me Forever

You & Me forever - Dynamic Duos #86 DD#86 - Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings with Starburst framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Sorry to be so silent on the blog lately, but just as I was getting over the flu that Santa put in my stocking, my little guy and I picked up a nasty cold. So basically I’ve been sick since Christmas Day. Blerg. I’m still hanging on to a cough and a sore throat, but I’m getting better. I’ve made several cards and am finally getting back to my scrapbooking, so I hope to get back to regular-ish posting and show you what I’ve been doing around here.

Dynamic Duos #86 - Pool Party & Pink Pirouette

Today’s card is for the new challenge at Dynamic Duos. This week is our Subtly Yours challenge, and the colors are Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink!) and Pool Party. I looove this color combination! It works for babies, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… I’m pretty sure I could make a non-traditional Christmas card with it, too.

I decided to make a Valentines-y lover card, because my husband was in Boston for work most of the week, and when he got home Thursday, I wanted to give him an I-missed-you card. I signed it with something like “I’m so glad you’re home. Please never leave again.” I don’t really like it when he’s gone. :)

I can’t decide which part of this card is my favorite. The new Gold Foil Vellum just knocks my socks off (it also comes in silver!). I adhered it to the Whisper White card base using Glue Dots behind each polka dot so no adhesive shows through. I just got the Countless Sayings photopolymer stamps this week (I got both sets – I used Countless Sayings 2 on this card) and couldn’t wait to use them! They’re brilliant sets, and I have big plans for them. :) By the way, Stampin’ Up! announced this week that the photopolymer stamps are here to stay and will be added to the next Annual Catalog. *Snoopy dance*

The shredded flags are another of my favorite parts. I used the new Banner framelits from the Occasions catalog — I’ve been waiting so long for these, just wishing and hoping! And they’re finally here! After I cut the banners out with the framelits, I shredded them with the new Fringe Scissors. These scissors are perfect for making grass in landscape designs and also perfect for just adding some extra texture. I was going for an off-center card, so I didn’t line up my flag centers. I curled up the ends of the flags using my bone folder.

And then there are the Starburst framelits, also new and fantastic. And the matching starburst wood cut from the Essentials Wooden Elements — I love these wonderful little embellishments from the Occasions catalog! I added the wood cut to the card using Crystal Effects, which is the best glue for holding on heavy embellishments. After stamping “Forever” on a scrap of WW cardstock, I flagged each end using the Hexagon punch, then glued it to the wood cut. I could also have stamped directly on the wood cut, but I liked the contrast.

I added lots of fun little embellishments (ahem, can you tell I got a big shipment of Occasions goodies this week? I’m using ALL THE THINGS). Two buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, two chevrons punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper with the Chevron Border punch, and that double bow of the yummy new Gold Baker’s Twine. It’s a vanilla twine with gold foil wrapped around it — and it also comes in silver. Love it.

I hope you like my card and that it inspires you, in some way, to play along with the challenge! The other designers have made some fabulous cards, so go see what they have for you, too! I’ll be back tomorrow with my January Stamp-of-the-Month Club cards.

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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

Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings

Stampin' Up! Essentials Wood Elements

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2 (photopolymer)
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Circles Collection framelits, Starburst framelits, Banners framelits, Chevron Border punch, Hexagon punch, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots

Easy, Grungy Christmas

Easy, Grungy Christmas - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp, Christmas Collectibles, Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone! My husband has just finished his next book and handed it off to me for a read-through (and then editing), so I have to be really quick with my posts for a while.

The background is made with the Gorgeous Grunge stamps, except for the tiny strand of Gumball Green lights. That fun little stamp is from the Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp.

I hope you have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp, Christmas Collectibles, Petite Pairs
Tools/Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Gorgeous GrungeChristmas CollectiblesStampin' Up! Petite PairsStampin' Up! Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp

Pistachio Pirouette Festive Flurry

Subtle Christmas card - Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry and More Merry Messages - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I love Pistachio Pudding as a Christmas color this year, and I decided to try pairing it with Pink Pirouette for a subtle Christmas card. I loved the outcome! With the silver the two colors make such a lovely card. What do you think?

I embossed the Pistachio Pudding cardstock with the Argyle folder; I love this folder for Christmas cards, because both Christmas and argyle make me think of sweaters and socks. And if I’d written “My Favorite Things”, soft, warm sweaters and toasty, fuzzy socks would have made the cut. The Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon at the bottom is yummy, right? I love that it can be used for elegant, homey, cutesy, or grungy cards — you can use it for anything. Such a beautiful ribbon, and it comes in all of the new 2013-2015 In Colors.

The layered snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelits. My favorite stamps are those that have either a matching punch or a matching set of framelits. The Festive Flurry stamps and framelits can even be bundled for 15% off! It’s a pretty sweet deal.

Stampin Up! Festive Flurry and More Merry Messages - handmade Christmas cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

That beautiful piece in the center is one of the Frosted Finishes. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve seen other people embossing them in gold, so if gold is your Christmas accent of choice (in case you can’t tell, I’m partial to silver), these doo-dads would still work for you.

Stampin' Up! 1/8" Silver Ribbon

The silver ribbon gave me fits when I made this card last night! It’s easy to work with, but I had a kink in my ribbon, because I’d been playing with it earlier for another card. The kink was still a little noticeable after I had the ribbon glue-dotted onto the card, so I started trying to fix it. And that ended with the left side in that adorable little curl. But then it took a lot of convincing with the edge of my scissors to get the right side to curl the same way. Two tips for curling this ribbon: 1) Use an outside edge of your scissors and not a blade. When I’ve tried curling it with a blade, the ribbon has frayed too much at the ends. 2) Cut the ribbon a little longer than you need it. Even using the outside edge of the scissors, it will fray a little, and you can just snip off the fray.

After I embossed “Merry Christmas” in Silver, I just colored around the sentiment with the brush end of my Pink Pirouette marker and then snipped it out and flagged the ends with scissors.

I hope you like the card. This is one of my favorites that I’ve made this year. You can buy all of the products I used in my Stampin’ Up! online store , 24/7.

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What an amazing sale! Stampin’ Up! has 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off, in keeping with their 25th anniversary theme! Some of my favorite sets are in there, including Zoo Babies, Snowflake Soiree, A Dozen Thoughts, Cuddles & Kisses, Gorgeous Grunge, Hearts a Flutter, Itty Bitty Banners, and Ornament Keepsakes! Okay, can you tell I have a lot of favorites? The sale only goes through Monday, so make sure you pick up your favorites. See the full selection here, and don’t forget to select me (Sarah Fleming) as your demonstrator.

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Stampin’ Up! has extended the deal to sign up as a demonstrator for $25 for one more day! So now today is the last day for this amazing deal. Email me if you have questions, or just go sign up at the link. (A nice bonus if you sign up today is that you get the 20% discount off of any sale prices, including all of those 25%-off stamp sets. Woo!)

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Supplies used:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Versamark, Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, Festive Flurry framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry

Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

Miracles Happen baby card

simple, quick baby card
simple, quick baby card

This was a quick baby card I put together for a baby shower a couple of weeks ago. It uses the Distressed Dots background stamp (one of my favorites for a quick card), the Apothecary Accents framelits dies, and a die from the Hearts a Flutter framelits set. I love these colors — Real Red, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla — together. I especially love Real Red ink stamped on Pink Pirouette paper. And I really hope the Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set finds its way into the new catalog that comes out in June (one can dream!).

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Real Red, and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Real Red
Stamp Sets: Distressed Dots background stamp, Bloomin’ Marvelous (2013 Sale-A-Bration set)
Embellishments: Real Red 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools, Accessories, & Adhesives: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits dies, Hearts a Flutter framelits dies, Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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