New Christmas goodies!

I can’t do it. I made a bunch of cards week before last, and I was going to show you them before showing you anything from Stampin’ Up!’s new holiday catalog. But my preorder arrived Monday. And early. UPS usually gets here around 3 or 4, just after naptime (annoyed face), so I was going to do a lot of adulting on Monday. Cleaning, laundry, pre-writing blog posts, taking good, non-crappy-cellphone photos of cards. The kids had just gone in for nap/quiet time when I noticed a UPS truck across the street. At 1 p.m.? Well, there went my adulting.

I’d had a rough morning with the kids, so since I’d totally earned it, I spent all of naptime unpacking my boxes, inventorying supplies, putting checkmarks in my catalogs (I love to do that). And then when the kids were up, I did a little cleaning just to feel less guilty and weird about enjoying unpacking boxes as much as I do.

The day went downhill as I was cleaning the kitchen and starting to make dinner (if you’ve ever potty-trained a lightning-fast boy who mostly refuses to poop in the potty and also refuses to leave on his pull-up once he’s pooped in it, YOU CAN IMAGINE THE HORROR), and by the time we sat down to eat dinner, every phrase out of my mouth was something to the effect of, “Ask Daddy; I’m done for the day.” I may even have said this to my husband once or twice. >.>

So after the kids were in bed, I had plans to finish the downstairs cleaning, but I just wasn’t feeling it. So I made a card instead. And y’all, I love it. It might be our main Christmas card this year. So I have to show you.

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Christmas cards are my absolute favorite to make. I make them all year, and when I hold stamp camps and classes (coming soon), I usually have at least one Christmas card no matter what time of year it is (hey, you don’t have to make your whole stash between December 17th & 21st  like I did one year).

Stampin Up! 2015 holiday catalog -  Embellished Ornaments, Reason for the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The card base is the new Thick Whisper White cardstock, which is heavier and holds multiple layers and embellishments without collapsing much better than the regular 80-lb does. That lovely candy cane paper is actually red foil vellum. It’s awesome, right? This is the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. There are also green Christmas trees and silver snowflakes in the pack — it’s killer paper. The ornament and holly branches are from the Embellished Ornaments set — y’all, this set is FABULOUS and comes with matching framelits and thinlits — I’ll show you more cards using both the stamps and the dies soon — this bundle is my favorite thing in the new catalog (yes, if you bundle them you get 15% off!).

The black ink I used is the new Archival Basic Black inkpad. I stamped the ornament in it just to see what it would look like and I almost squeed out loud.

Do you see the Red Foil ornament hanger? There are Red Foil sheets in the holiday catty! I’ve been wanting red foil for so long. (The hanger uses one of the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that coordinate with the stamps.)

The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season set and I cut it out using a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies. Oh, and do you see the black banner behind the sentiment? Can you tell that it’s Glimmer Paper?? We have Black Glimmer Paper now! I rilly rilly rilly hope it sticks around and becomes a part of the regular lineup, because it has so many more uses than just Halloween.

The holly branches were the last things I added to the card — it just needed a little more.

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Additional products not shown: Embellished Ornaments stamps, Delicate Ornament thinlits, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Red Foil Sheets, Black Glimmer Paper, Holiday Fancy Foil Vellum, Reason for the Season stamps

A note on adhesives: I used four different adhesives on this card. Dimensionals, because I am incapable of making a card that doesn’t use Dimensionals. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (always my go-to adhesive) to attach the ornament hanger to the ornament and to attach the Fancy Foil Vellum to the card base. I put a little dot of glue under the lower right corner, a decent amount under the whole part that would be covered by the ornament, thin strips under the thick red stripes and one of the stripes in the upper left. The goal is to get it to stay on without letting the glue show through. To attach the sentiment to the Black Glimmer Paper, I used Crystal Effects. This is the only adhesive I’ve found that will permanently attach something to the shiny side of Glimmer Paper (other than hot glue). I have a great fear of sending a card that arrives as separate pieces and not one card. I used Glue Dots to attach the bow to the ornament.

One more picture for you. My four-year-old daughter is really into crafts and loves to visit my craft room when I’m stamping. She asks good, detailed questions about techniques, why I’m doing things the way I am, what this does, what that does, etc. And I let her play with my old craft store supplies, my retired stuff (wow is she a button lover), die cuts I’ve discarded for one reason or another, small strips of DSP, and even my good Stampin’ Up! cardstock — I’ve even recently started letting her use my SU! ink, but only under supervision (I like my inkpads to be all one color). She’s really getting the hang of tap-tap-tapping on the inkpad so she doesn’t oversaturate the stamps and is starting to get the concept of pressing straight down and lifting straight up so she doesn’t blur the images. And when I’m taking pictures of my cards for the blog, she always brings her latest card over and wants me to take a picture of it next to the card I’m photographing. <3

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!
Supplies:
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

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Desk Cleanoff Card for Fab Friday

Good morning! Did you get snowed in this weekend? We woke up to about four inches of snow on Saturday (and it kept coming), but driving in it was doable, so I went to my friend’s stamp camp and then came home and finished editing my husband’s book!! I’m so happy to have that done, and he’s happy to be sending the manuscript off to his publisher today. Yesterday we woke up to -3 degree temps, though, so all I have to say about that is BRRRRRR. No no no no no. Just no.

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This is what I call a “desk cleanoff card”, one of my favorite kinds of cards to make lately. As the name suggests, I came across almost everything on the card as I was cleaning off my desk (after weeks of not being able to see the top of it). I had in mind to use the colors for the Fab Friday challenge on this card, so I added some Coastal Cabana elements to the things I’d found on my desk, and a card was born.

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And now I just went and looked at the Fab Friday design team cards again and noticed my general layout is really close to Justin’s layout. While I do love his card and have saved it for later CASEing, that was actually not intentional. Oops!

Have a great day!

Supplies:
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Gumball Green, and Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper, Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Stamps: Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Circles Collection framelits, Mosaic punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Chevron Border punch, Chevron embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Very Merry Mosaics

Hello, and welcome to Prepare to Dye! This is my first post as part of the new Dynamic Duos Design Team, and I’m excited to share a fun, bright card with you! I’m sure many of you are here for the first time, so thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back.

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This week’s challenge colors are Real Red and Bermuda Bay. I’m a Brights Color Collection lover, so this is my kind of color combination.

Dynamic Duos #77 - DD#77 - Real Red & Bermuda Bay color challenge - Stampin' Up! Very Merry Tags with Mosaic punch and lots of shiny - Sarah Fleming

I actually started with the embellishments on this card. When I saw Real Red and Bermuda Bay, I went looking through my ribbon, and I had the 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in both colors. Which meant that I had to use that ribbon. And, oh, I also have it in silver, so I figured I should throw that in there, too. And the colors are Christmasy, so tiny ribbons scream tiny ornaments. And that’s how I decided on the Mosaic Punch and the ornament from the Very Merry Tags stamp set.

While I think there can never be enough red (my favorite color), I think there is a limit to the amount of Bermuda Bay you should see in one sitting, or you can burn your pupils. ;-)  So I added the white panel (for this, I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ mat and then cut it in half on the diagonal with my Stampin’ Trimmer) and embossed it with the Modern Mosaic folder.

I love shiny things on my cards and can’t really get enough of the Glimmer Paper, so I added a strip of that and then two tiny strips of the Silver Foil paper.

The sentiment is also from Very Merry Tags. I punched it out with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch and popped it up on a Mosaic and added the silver ribbon to tie everything together.

I hope you like the card. I’d love to see what you do with the challenge, so head on over and play, and see what the other amazing designers did with this challenge!

Here are quick links to the other design team members’ blogs as well:

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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: Bermuda Bay and Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer paper; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Versamark
Stamps: Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: Mosaic punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Modern Mosaics embossing folder, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals