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

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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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

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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

Festive Flurry Shaker – Dynamic Duos #81

Good morning, and Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I ate my weight in dressing and then ate too much pie and too many oatmeal cookies. I may or may not have had pie for breakfast yesterday morning, and I may or may not be eating an oatmeal cookie while I write this post.

Dynamic Duos #81 - DD#81 - Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry shaker card

 

This week at Dynamic Duos, it’s Your Choice week!

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The challenge is to use Midnight Muse, and you choose the other color (plus neutrals). I chose Pistachio Pudding, though it looks more like Pear Pizzazz in the photo.

I’ve actually never made a shaker card before, and I was really pleased with how this one turned out. The snowflakes are all cut using the Festive Flurry framelits, and the Pistachio Pudding snowflakes are stamped using the Festive Flurry stamp set.

To make the shaker snowflake, I first stamped the smallest snowflake in Midnight Muse, then in Pistachio pudding. I cut out both images with the smallest framelit, then also cut a snowflake out of a Window Sheet using the same framelit. I punched a 3/4″ Circle out of the center of the Pistachio snowflake, then glued the Window Sheet snowflake to the back of the Pistachio Pudding snowflake using Crystal Effects. After sticking a Rhinestone to the center of the Midnight snowflake, I adhered a Shaker Frame to the top of the same snowflake, then added some Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter inside the frame. Then I adhered the Pistachio/Window snowflake on top of the Shaker Frame.

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base but then cut off 1-1/4″ or so because I wanted the snowflakes to hang off the edge of the card. Before I glued down the large snowflake, I embossed the base using the Northern Flurry embossing folder.

I put Dimensionals between each snowflake layer, but I used tape runner on the back of the largest snowflake and then on the back of the shaker snowflake since it already had a lot of dimension from the use of the Shaker Frame.

The greeting is from Christmas Messages. I love this stamp!

I used the Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to make the bow, and before I pulled my knot tight, I slipped a short length of the Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim into the back side of the bow. I glue-dotted the bow onto the card, then added several Rhinestones to finish off the card.

I hope you like the card and will join us at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your take on the challenge! Midnight Muse goes well with so many colors. Head on over to the challenge blog to see the other designers’ fabulous cards!

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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: Midnight Muse, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock, Window Sheets
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Midnight Muse
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Northern Flurry embossing folder, 3/4″ Circle punch, Shaker Frames, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects