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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Deck the Halls for Dynamic Duos #82

Happy Saturday, friends! Today is happy for me, because I get to go to my upline’s stamp camp, and then if all goes as planned, I will finish editing my husband’s book today and can finally start on sending out Christmas cards, catching up on housecleaning and budget stuff, baking my booty off, Christmas shopping (I’ve barely even started!), and decorating the house. It’s not too late, right?

Stampin' Up! - Dynamic Duos #82 - DD#82 - Christmas Collectibles and Christmas Medley with Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

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It’s “Bold & Cheery” week at Dynamic Duos, and this challenge was, well, a challenge for me. I love Gumball Green — one of my favorites, for real — but Primrose Petals… Nah. I’m sure I would have liked it many years ago, but that’s before I moved into our house and was faced with this horridness in my kitchen:

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The living room was worse. We are still working on the wallpaper situation in this house. So I have a hard time with Primrose Petals. Because of traumatic wallpaper experiences. :)

Anyway, I wanted to focus on the Gumball Green, for obvious reasons, and I also wanted to feature white. But then, oh, this Deck the Halls stamp is so cute (from the Christmas Messages set), and that helped me decide to use the sheet music-ish paper from Modern Medley. So I wanted these ornaments, because that’s what we use to deck said halls, and since I’m so in love with Festive Flurry (stamps and framelits), I couldn’t resist adding a snowflake. I wanted to use Very Vanilla, but on a whim I decided to see what it looked like in Basic Black. Then I decided I’d try an ornament stamped in black, too, and ooh la la, I really loved the look! A black snowflake is a little ridiculous, but also a little awesome, right? Though I admittedly would NOT care to wake up to a blanket of black snow on the ground! Can you imagine? “Pass the ammo, it must be zombie apocalypse time, kids!”

I still needed some sparkly touches (gotta have something shiny!), so I added lots of rhinestones and the Silver Foil strip, embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder (because sheet music needs lyrics, right?). Embossed Foil Sheets are on the list of my favorite things right now — such a big wow factor. And since I’m addicted to the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, I threw a little bow on one ornament just for fun.

I forgot to get a picture of it, but I did finish the inside of the card. I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel of Very Vanilla and then stamped the “Hoping your Christmas…” sentiment in Gumball Green. Before I mail it out, I’ll probably also stamp a partial ornament in the lower right corner in Gumball Green.

I like how the card turned out. A little unexpected. What do you think?

I hope you’ll head on over to Dynamic Duos to see what the other design team members came up with. I’m amazed each week that we’re all given the same challenge and come up with such varied designs. I’m so proud to be on this design team with such talented ladies!

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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: Basic Black, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley designer series paper; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Christmas Ornament punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Feel Better Soon – Dynamic Duos #80

Feel Better Soon - Dynamic Duos #80 - DD#80 - Stampin' Up! Express Yourself and Oh Hello - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

Good morning! This is my design team card for this week’s Triple Threat color combo over at Dynamic Duos.

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I love to play along with challenges, but sometimes they just stump me, and I throw in the towel and move on. And I have to say that this one stumped me! But I’m on the design team (it still feels strange to say that!) and can’t get stumped, so I powered through. ;) I kept trying to make a Christmas card, and I did make one, but it kind of came out as just a card. Nothing special. So I went back to square one and stopped trying to force a Christmas card out of my head, and I got this. I like this much better.

I didn’t really start out intending to tear up the Pear Pizzazz paper, but after I embossed it, I decided to take a little off the edges. I kept messing up my tears, so eventually half my mat was gone. Haha! I like how it turned out, though.

The mirror frame (not really intended as a mirror, but then I added the Silver Foil, so it became a mirror), flower, and arrow are all from the Oh Hello stamp set. The sentiment is from the beautiful hostess set Express Yourself, and the postage frame and umbrella both come from another hostess set, Postage Collection. I love the hostess sets Stampin’ Up! has this year! I have about half of them already and have my eye on several more.

I colored the flower in first with a Blushing Bride marker, then around the edges with the Raspberry Ripple marker. I love how the flower turned out — it’s my favorite part of the card. Well, I also really love the pearls.

The only thing I don’t love about the card is the ink spots. They were kind of an afterthought. Everything was glued down and dimensionaled up, and I pulled out Gorgeous Grunge on a whim. Afterward, I wished I hadn’t. Oh well.

I hope you’ll join us this week at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your creations!

I’m writing this at 4 a.m., so I hope it’s not too hard to read! [UPDATE: Wow, I used a lot of exclamation points. I have edited the post to tone it down a wee bit. At 37, I am clearly now too old to stay up so late. I also added a supply list at the bottom of the post.]

I have to run — I’m selling a lot of cards plus some other crafty things made with SU! supplies at a MA-liday (rhymes with holiday) Bazaar this morning, and I’d like 2 hours of sleep before I go. The MA is because all the sellers at the bazaar will be “mompreneurs”. If you’re in the Treasure Valley, the bazaar is at 1247 E. Fairview in Meridian from 10 to 1 in the Fit For Motherhood studio. Come see me peddling my wares! There will be lots of great vendors!

Supplies used:
Paper: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Write Markers (in these same colors)
Stamps: Oh Hello, Express Yourself (hostess), Postage Collection (hostess), Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits, Postage punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stamping Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels,  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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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If you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, or even rejoining, now is the time! You can join right now until October 21 for only $25. Email me if you are interested, or you can simply follow this link to sign up. You can do Stampin’ Up! however you want to — turn your paper love into a business or just do it for the awesome 20% discount and other great benefits!

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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.