Stacked Up birthday

I love the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! designates one stamp set that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), and this year’s set is Sprinkles of Life. Stampin’ Up! donates $3 of the purchase price for every sale of this set. It’s one of my favorites in the new annual catalog because it’s so versatile. There’s even a matching punch, the Tree Builder punch. I’ll be showing you several cards throughout the year that I’ll make with this set. It’s just so adorable.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life stamps & Cherry on Top DSP - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

For today’s card, I used a Tip Top Taupe card base. I will admit that when I saw the new In Colors for 2015-2017, I was least excited about Tip Top Taupe. I’m not a taupe fan in general; I lean toward grays. And taupe is so bland. But just as going out of your way to befriend someone who really rubs you the wrong way can make you a lifelong friend, so can going out of your way to use a color that makes you want to go to sleep help you find a color that isn’t so bad after all. And after I made myself use TTT (I feel like I should dye my hair tips platinum and call it Triple T), I started to actually like it. On top of the card base is a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, which I embossed using the Decorative Dots folder. I loved Watermelon Wonder before I ever used it. So bright and cheery.

Skewed on top of the WW layer is a piece of the Cherry on Top DSP stack, which I love (bright colors and not an overabundance of flowers!). The ice cream scoops are done in Watermelon Wonder and TTT  (same color ink and cardstock). I punched all of the scoops out with the Tree Builder punch. I stamped the cone in TTT on TTT and cut that out by hand.  I used the Multipurpose Glue and dimensionals to adhere the ice cream.

The sentiment is also from Sprinkles of Life. I stamped it in TTT, punched it out with the Washi Label punch, and then used an Aquapainter with Watermelon ink to splatter the label. The button is one of the Brights Designer Buttons, and I attached the label with Dimensionals.

The fun times happening in the upper left corner of the card are a paperclip from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine. I used Crystal Effects to glue that decoration down.

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Simply Thankful

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves simple handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I love to design and make elaborate cards. They’re my favorite. I have several of the cards I’ve made hanging on my craft room wall right across from my workstation. Not because I like to admire my own work or anything but because I like to have something physical to look at that reminds me of different techniques — kind of like a real-life Pinterest board, except I actually *did* get around to making them (unlike all those recipes I always intend to make THIS WEEK). Anyway, my inspiration wall seriously lacks simple cards. I have a few up there, but they are way under-represented. So I’m making an effort. One, I want to start offering simple card classes for crafters who don’t have a lot of time to sit and make cards or who feel overwhelmed by lots of layers and embellishments. Two… simple cards don’t take hours to make or design!

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves simple handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

This card is quick, easy, and lovely. A nice thank you card for the fall. (Hi, nice to meet you, I’m 8.5 months pregnant in Texas in August. I’m ready for October.)

I started with a Soft Sky card base. I stamped three different leaves (aren’t they gorgeous?) from the Vintage Leaves photopolymer set in three different colors — Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon. To make the card even simpler, you could stamp all the leaves in one color and could even use only one leaf stamp. As is, the stamping on this card is fast.

I stamped the embellished leaf in Tangelo Twist on Thick Whisper White cardstock, then cut it out with the Leaflets framelits. Then I spritzed it with water using my Stampin’ Spritzer. I spritzed on enough to saturate the ink but not so much that it took a long time to dry. When it was dry enough, I wrapped the Linen Thread around the front and back of the leaf several times and adhered it in back several times with Dimensionals and Glue Dots. The wooden Thanks is one of the Expressions Natural Elements — I love love love these things! I adhered the Thanks to the leaf with Crystal Effects; Crystal Effects is perfect for heavy embellishments that need something stronger than a Glue Dot. I added more Dimensionals to the back of the leaf and adhered it to the card. And done.

Easy peasy. The stamps really do all the work, because each stamp is so beautifully designed that the images don’t need much window dressing. In case you’re wondering, I’m in love with this set (it was the first thing I ordered from the new annual catalog). And it can be bundled with the framelits for 15% off! All of the products I used can be bought in my online Stampin’ Up! store (item numbers below for easy searching).

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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.

very merry christmas detail

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

The Big Deal on the Big Shot

I’ve been so excited about this deal ever since Stampin’ Up! told us demos about it. Been counting down the days to August 1st so I could tell y’all about it! Okay, here it is.

If you buy a Big Shot from Stampin’ Up! in August, you will receive a stamp set and framelits bundle for FREE!!! There are five bundles to choose from, and they’re all great.

Great deal, right? I almost wish I didn’t have a Big Shot so I could take advantage of the deal. Oh, but — BUT!! If you already own a Big Shot, you can buy any of the five bundles at 15% off the regular price. Which means that this morning I ordered the Bright & Beautiful bundle, which includes my favorite stamp set from the holiday catalog (going live August 28) and the Stars framelits.

You might be wondering why you need a Big Shot. Or even what a Big Shot is. Well, Stampin’ Up! has put together this nifty video to show you the Big Shot Basics.

I personally couldn’t live without my Big Shot. Yes, that’s hyperbole when you consider all of life, but when we’re talking stamping, I must have it.

It embosses using our wonderful embossing folders. It cuts using framelits dies or steel rule dies. See the chevrons on the black starburst layer? Embossed with the Big Shot, then cut with the Big Shot. The zig-zag border on the Crushed Curry layer is also ct with the Big Shot. The banner is cut with the Big Shot. This whole card is Big Shot, Big Shot, Big Shot. So yeah… must have it.

Stampin' Up! handmade cards - Perfect Pennants, Chevron embossing folder, Starburst framelits, Illuminate glimmer ink - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


You can cut so many things with the Big Shot. Paper (one layer with framelits, up to four layers of our thick cardstock with the Bigz steel rule dies), fabric, cork, chipboard, coaster board, Glimmer Paper, Project Life cards, the list goes on.

To see your choice of free bundles, go here (this even gives you a sneak peak at the Bright & Beautiful stamps). I’ve listed them for you, too. Buy your Big Shot today or any time in the month of August so you can get in on this wonderful deal! And if you already own a Big Shot, you can still buy the bundles, which are priced at 15% off the price of buying the stamps and framelits individually. Deals for everyone!


Item Number

Stamp Set


Discounted Price

Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle WM


Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles


Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle CM


Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles


Decorative Goodies Bundle WM


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection


Decorative Goodies Bundle CM


Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection


Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk


Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM


Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk


Flowery Daydream Bundle WM


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection


Flowery Daydream Bundle CM


Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection


Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle WM


Bright & Beautiful



Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle CM


Bright & Beautiful