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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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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Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming - Dynamic Duos #78 - Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree and Christmas Tagables photopolymer set - Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I don’t watch or read Game of Thrones, but I’m a geek with a geek husband, so I thought the title was appropriate. :)

Dynamic Duos #78

This week at Dynamic Duos, we have a pair of subtle colors. Anyone else have a hard time using more muted colors? They are not my strength! And that’s why it’s called a “challenge”!

I actually started with the non-Artichoke, non-Crumb Cake embossed tree. I didn’t mean to start with the metallics, but I had just finished a Christmas cards and tags class where we had embossed this tree in Gold, and I reeeeeally wanted to use it.

My sentiment (stamped in Always Artichoke) is from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set that came out last month to accompany the Pop ‘n’ Place easy gift tags. I love so many of the stamps in this set, and it coordinates with so many punches and framelits, so I’ve been using it a lot. I cropped the sentiment with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, then added a Vintage Trinket and popped it up on a 1″ Circle of Always Artichoke paper from the Regals DSP stack.

That wonderful birch paper is from the Thanksgiving Tablescapes kit, and I can’t get enough of it. One thing about that paper, though — it has so much texture that it’s hard to actually adhere using something like a tape runner, so I’d recommend using the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or maybe Crystal Effects. I haven’t tried either on it, but I know that my little strip is trying to come off my card already, so I’ll need to figure it out before I can mail it! Have you used it? What adhesive did you use?

That beautiful snowflake is cut from Champagne Glimmer Paper using two of the framelits from the Festive Flurry set. My final touch is a Very Vintage Button accented with Linen Thread.

I hope you like my card. Head on over to Dynamic Duos and the other design team blogs to see the fun, festive, and beautiful cards the other designers have come up with. And please play along — I can’t wait to see your designs! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Saturday!

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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: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Christmas Tagables, Lovely as a Tree
Tools/Accessories: Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer, Thanksgiving Tablescapes Simply Created Kit
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Trinkets, Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

Stampin' Up! Christmas Tagables

A Very Merry Sparkly Christmas

Very Merry Sparkly Christmas - Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

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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