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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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: 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

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Stampin' Up! Christmas Messages




Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles & Greetings of the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Good morning, everyone! Here’s one I made a while back but haven’t had a chance to post yet. This is a simple card to make and a great way to use up both paper and ribbon scraps. Have a great Sunday!

Supplies used:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock; Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, Greetings of the Season
Tools/Accessories: Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Christmas Ornament Punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Easy, Grungy Christmas

Easy, Grungy Christmas - Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp, Christmas Collectibles, Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone! My husband has just finished his next book and handed it off to me for a read-through (and then editing), so I have to be really quick with my posts for a while.

The background is made with the Gorgeous Grunge stamps, except for the tiny strand of Gumball Green lights. That fun little stamp is from the Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp.

I hope you have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Real Red, Gumball Green, Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp, Christmas Collectibles, Petite Pairs
Tools/Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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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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