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


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:


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

Christmas Collectibles

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A Very Merry Sparkly Christmas

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Ah, that’s more like it. The last card I made didn’t have a single Dimensional on it, and it had barely any sparkle. This is better for this sparkle-loving girl.

I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch for this card. I decided to angle a tag on the card instead of cutting angled paper. The tag is cut using one of the Chalk Talk framelits and embossed with the Chevron embossing folder.

The arrows that draw your eye to the sentiment are from the A Banner Christmas stamp set, and I fussy-cut those after I stamped them.

The two stamped ornaments are from the Christmas Collectibles set. I embossed them using Versamark ink and Silver embossing powder, then punched them out with the Christmas Ornament punch. I also punched an ornament out of Silver Glimmer paper, then layered all three ornaments with Dimensionals in between. I may have gone a weensy bit overboard on Dimensionals to make up for my last card. Haha.

The sentiment is one of my all-time favorites, from the More Merry Messages set. I cut it out using a Bitty Banners framelit.

I hope you enjoyed my card. You can buy all of the supplies you see here in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7! Have a great Friday!

Supplies used:
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper; Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, More Merry Messages, A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Chevron embossing folder, Bitty Banners framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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A Sunburst at Christmas

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Hey there! Quick post today, as I have a busy day doing a little consignment shopping for the kiddos, taking the little man for his 4 month checkup (how did THAT happen so fast?), and working to get my Stamp-of-the-Month Club packages out on time.

I made this sunburst card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.


I’ve never made a sunburst before, so it was fun to try a new technique. I first made the sunburst, attaching all of the Season of Style paper triangles to a piece of scrap paper with my tape runner. Then I trimmed the excess paper off. I cut the square out of the center using one of the Squares Collection framelits. Then I cut the sunburst into four sections to go with the sketch. I think next time I will use a piece of scrap cardstock instead of printer paper to attach my sunburst to. You can’t tell from the picture, but it felt flimsy attaching it to the card.

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I embossed the sentiment in Gold on Whisper White cardstock and also embossed “MERRY” in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out in a banner shape. I cut out the sentiment using one of the Chalk Talk framelits (love this set of framelits, so many great shapes!). The stars are punched out of Champagne Glimmer Paper using the Merry Minis punch pack.

The card base is Old Olive, and I made a 5×5 square card. Now that I have my new Envelope Punch Board and can make any size envelope I want (well, 66 sizes), that means I can also make any size card I want.

I hope you like the card. I had fun making it.

Supplies used:
Paper: Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper; Champagne Glimmer paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Squares Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Merry Minis punch pack
Embellishments/Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Lovely Romance failure and an Amazing card

Amazing Lovely Romance

I’m currently reading the Jon Acuff book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It’s the punching fear in the face that I am having the most trouble with, but I’m going to give it a shot right now. I’m going to show you one of my failures.

It all started when I saw the preview of the new annual catalog. (I should stop calling it new since it’s already been out for a couple months, but I had a baby mid-May, and the catalog came out June 1st, then we were in Texas, then SLC for Convention… so it’s still new to me, since I didn’t get to start using the new stuff in earnest until about two weeks ago, and whoa, this is a long parenthetical. As my daughter says, “Okay, I will stop doing that.”) I saw the Lovely Romance stamp set and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and make the thing that one of the stamps is obviously meant for.

Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. I saw this stamp and flipped back and forth through the catalog several times wondering why there was no example of Cinderella’s carriage using this stamp. Probably copyrights.

So I tried it this weekend, convinced that what was in my head would come out on paper, and it would be the most amazing thing of all things in the history of everything.

Cinderella Draft 1

It wasn’t.


I got really excited when I saw that the wheels from the bike in Cycle Celebration were the perfect size for the carriage. What I forgot to account for was my lack of skills in making my vision materialize in front of me. Do you like my lopsided hand-drawn thingies that connect the sitting area of the coach to the wheels? Haha, it is too early for me to google what things are called.

Anyway, I’m calling this draft #1. After flitting around the interwebs for a while this weekend, I know the main problem is that my carriage has only two wheels. So draft #2 will have four wheels. I will keep you updated on my progress. See, I have a daughter with a princess name (Buttercup), and while the original Buttercup’s not a Disney princess, she’s one of the most awesome princesses ever. So my Buttercup’s scrapbook must have lots of princessy things. Plus I’m holding out hope that Disney will buy The Princess Bride so someone will someday make the Buttercup wedding dress (hey, they bought Leia, so it’s not that far-fetched), and I can insist like a good mother that Buttercup wear that dress from the Disney gift shop because I said so.

I played along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge for both cards (I made the almost-carriage card first), since I clearly cannot enter my almost-carriage card in a challenge.


Amazing Lovely Romance card detail

Okay, back to the Amazing card. Mmm, look at that Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon. I finally got this last week, and oh, it’s wonderful. And the pearls — my favorite thing about the rhinestones and pearls is that they both come with individual jewels as well as long strips. So I didn’t have to individually place all of those pearls, since that would never have happened. I just used the strips, curved them into place, and DONE. I love it when a card element is really easy and looks really hard.


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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Amazing Card:
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Lovely Romance
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Deco Labels Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi glue

Almost-Carriage Card:
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker
Stamps: Lovely Romance, A Dozen Thoughts, Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, Artisan Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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