A masculine get-well card for Dynamic Duos

Dynamic Duos #85 - DD#85 - By the Tide and Express Yourself - masculine get well card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? I haven’t either. I haven’t even started to take down the decorations, but truth be told, I’m in no rush. I love Christmas decorations and would leave my house like this all year if other people wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me.

I’m popping in to show you my latest card for the Dynamic Duos design team. This week’s colors are Garden Green and Summer Starfruit.

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I struggled with this color combination until I finally decided to make a masculine card (my stash desperately needs more masculine cards). Once I had that, the challenge became much easier. Still not easy, though, so I checked out Mojo Monday for some inspiration and decided to make a square card using the Mojo sketch.

I made a 5″x5″ square card. The designer paper mat is from the Birthday Basics designer paper. I’ve used this paper so much that I only had exactly enough left for this card. The Garden Green paper strip is from the Regals Backgrounds paper stack. I chose to use both Whisper White and Basic Black for my neutrals.

I hadn’t inked up my By the Tide stamps in a long time, and I think of this set first when I think of masculine cards, so I decided to use it. I’d forgotten how much I love it. Both of the green fish are stamped in Garden Green. For the fish on the bottom, I first stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock, just so I’d have two different shades of green fish on my card.

The Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons are retired, but they are available on the Clearance Rack (while supplies last!). I love these buttons and am on my second or third container of them. I tied knots of Linen Thread through the center of the button and also around the sentiment tag. The larger twine is the jute twine that came with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I had some of this left over and thought it looked maritime-y and twisted it onto my card (I used Crystal Effects to get it to stay put). And now that I think about it, Mui Hoang’s boat cards from the Crumb Cake / Marina Mist challenge used similar twine — I probably subconsciously got the idea from her. :)

The sentiment tag and its black frame were flagged using the Hexagon punch. Ever since I lost my 1″ Square punch, this has been my go-to punch for flagging things. I can’t remember whom I got this from.

I hope you like the card and will play along with the challenge! The other designers have come up with some great cards, so head on over to the blog and see them all!

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Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
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JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

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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

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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.

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Christmas Blessings in Gold

Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas and More Merry Messages - PPA177 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Silver is usually my metallic finish of choice, but I’ve played a lot with the Champagne Glimmer Paper this week, getting ready for a stamp camp on Saturday. And I kind of can’t stop using it. It’s just so pretty.

That gold center of the poinsettia is one of the Frosted Finishes from the holiday catalog. I smushed it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, wiped off the rhinestones in the center, and then embossed it with the Heat Tool. After it cooled, I also added some Dazzling Details. I love these little pretties.

I’m playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. What a great sketch!

Thanks for stopping by. You can buy any of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. Also, in celebration of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th birthday week, there are 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off until the 28th. Check them out!

Supplies used:
Paper: Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding), Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

 

Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

 

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board

Happy Fall Birthday

I talked to my Grandpa on Monday and realized that I had missed his birthday the previous Friday. When I realized it, I said so, and I told him I’d send him a handmade card. He pretty much agreed that I needed to get one in the mail to him right away! :)

Stampin' Up! handmade birthday cards - MO314JO - Wonderfall - autumn birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I used the Mojo Monday sketch for my card and also used the colors from the Pals Paper Arts color challenge. After I got my card put together, I added a few tiny sprinkles from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Always Artichoke. That stamp set works for almost any card!

I hope you like the card. And more importantly, I hope my grandpa likes it!

Supplies used:
Paper: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, and Early Espresso
Stamps: Wonderfall, Simply Sketched, Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Stampin’ Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Natural Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural Trim Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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