The Smurf Turf!

Smurf Turf handmade birthday card - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I made this card for one of my daughter’s little friends. He’s a huge Boise State Broncos fan (we are, too!), so I wanted to make a Smurf Turf card. I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine to make the yard lines. Since he was turning three, I put “03” at all the yard lines instead of the yard line numbers.

This card is not even close to perfect. As you can see, I smudged the ink in places, and the numbers and letters are spaced poorly and misaligned even though I was using photopolymer stamps and could see exactly where I was stamping. Oy. I made this card in a rush with a sick, screaming baby in the other room (being held by the hubs but still unhappy).

But hey. It’s the Smurf Turf, so I don’t think anyone cared that it wasn’t perfect. At least no one in Boise! ;-)

Supplies used:
Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pacific Point, Whisper White Craft
Stamps: You’re Amazing, Designer Typeset photopolymer
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Brights Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! You're Amazing


Stampin' Up! Designer Typeset photopolymer

Boil & Bubble Werewolf Attack

Good morning! Wow, did you realize there are only ten days left until Halloween? And I still haven’t decided on costumes for my kiddos… I have some ideas. I guess it will depend on which costumes I can pull together in ten days!

Stampin' Up! Toil & Trouble, A Banner Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes - Werewolf Attack card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The Toil & Trouble stamp set was the first set in the Holiday Catalog that caught my eye. I pretty much got giddy when I saw this big stamp. So many things to do with it.

For this card, I played along with the Fab Friday sketch challenge — and what a great sketch! I’ll save this one to use again later.

I matted the Witches’ Brew designer series paper on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and then a werewolf came and shredded it. The big stamp is embossed with Black embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. For the glittery pop-ups, I stamped the words again in Versamark ink, then added Heat and Stick Powder, melted it with the Heat Tool, poured on Orange Stampin’ Glitter, then heat set the glitter with the Heat Tool. The chevron arrow is from A Banner Christmas, and I used the same steps for it, except using Black Stampin’ Glitter.

I’m not sure if you can see the detail behind “happy halloween”. I stamped the skeleton from Toil & Trouble in Basic Gray, then stamped “happy halloween” on top of the skeleton and cut out the sentiment by hand. It gives it just a little something extra.

I hope you like the card. You can buy all of the supplies I used in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.


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Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark, StazOn Black
Stamps: Toil & Trouble, A Banner Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Word Window punch, Heat and Stick Powder, Orange and Black Stampin’ Glitter,  Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Basics Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Toil & Trouble

A Banner Christmas

Teeny Tiny Wishes

Spooky Banner

I am loving the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit Stampin’ Up! introduced in the Holiday Catalog. I recently held a class to make the “spooky” banner from the catalog sample that uses the Halloween Accessory Kit. But as I started making my sample to show my class participants, I really got into it, and my banner turned out a little different. And you can make yours however you want, too.

Stampin' Up! Halloween banner - spooky banner - Toil & Trouble - Witches' Brew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Here are a few close-ups of the flags.

Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The Halloween Accessory Kit comes with the pre-scored paper to make 4 rosettes, but I wanted rosettes on all 6 of my flags, so I made 2 more out of the Witches’ Brew paper. Love this paper.

Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

That ribbon is the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon — I just cut it in half lengthwise.


Halloween banner - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I stamped the big stamp from the Toil & Trouble stamp set on the Basic Gray flag in the same color of ink. Just for extra texture. My favorite part of this flag (besides One-Eyed Willie) is the Witches’ Brew washi tape.

I had so much fun making this banner (and another one that I made for a baby shower) that I’m already making plans  for a “boo” banner and a “fall” banner and a “thankful” banner and a “merry” banner and… Well, you get the idea.

You can buy your Build a Banner Kit and the Halloween Accessory Kit in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies used, item numbers in ( ):
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117) and Basic Gray (121044) cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper (132185)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (126945), Basic Gray (126981), Summer Starfruit (126991), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Stamps: Toil & Trouble (C-131727, W-131724)
Tools/Accessories: Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507), Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132698), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Simply Scored (122334), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (129324), Witches’ Brew washi tape (132156), Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130015), Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683), craft glue

A Haunted Halloween Card

Handmade Halloween cards - Halloween cards - Stampin' Up! - stampin up - Tags 4 You - Halloween washi tape

This card has me pining for Florida.

“Why, yes, Sarah, that makes sense. Halloween equals Florida, as everyone knows.”

Okay, I will explain.

When I met my husband (through our blogs), he lived in Florida, and I was in Texas. When we got serious, I moved to Florida, and since I was moving to Humidity Central (I hate humidity), I had conditions: 1) He had to get me out of the humidity and to the desert within three years, and 2) He had to get annual Disney passes for us. He fulfilled both conditions, and we went to Disney World a lot. It was awesome.

Anyway, this whole card makes me think of two Florida things: Disney’s Haunted Mansion and our friends Jim and Rachel.

Rachel & Jim at Disney
Here’s a picture I took of Jim and Rachel at Disney at Halloween.

The combo of the Modern Medley background paper (which looks like haunted house wallpaper to me), the Antique Brad, and the adorable little skulls on the washi tape remind me of the Haunted Mansion. And anything Halloween makes me think of Jim and Rachel. We met at a blogger screening for Serenity, and within a few weeks, they had invited us to their annual Halloween party. And they do Halloween big. One year, we even received a witch’s finger in the mail with the invitation to the party. They even got married on Halloween.

hermione granger
This is me as Hermione Granger at their 2005 party. I don’t remember if Hermione ever read a book about Quidditch, though, so I may have totally botched the costume. BTW, my hair was really curly before the Florida air killed it.

So I always associate Halloween with our friends, and I always miss Florida around this time. But not the humidity. Never that.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Modern Medley designer series paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, StazOn Black
Stamps: Positively Chevron background stamp, Tags 4 You
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Bracket Punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Natural Trim Ribbon, Antique Brads, Witches’ Brew washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The layout is from the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.



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Halloween banner Stampin' Up!

Next week, we are making a variation of these “spooky” banners in Boise. If you are local, make sure to sign up today if you plan to come next Thursday (RSVP here). If you’re out of town, you can still make your own if you order the Build-a-Banner Kit and the  Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit. You can shop my Stampin’ Up! store 24/7.