Wetlands Sympathy Card: From Messed Up to Dressed Up

Handmade sympathy card - Stampin' Up! Wetlands and Truly Grateful - masculine card

[This card is full of mistakes, and I’m going to tell you about all of them so you don’t make the same ones and also to demonstrate how to save a messed up card through improvisation.]

I’ve had a hard time using Pear Pizzazz, mostly because I was a little addicted to Lucky Limeade, so I was mildly bitter that Pear Pizzazz made it into the new color lineup, and Lucky Limeade didn’t. Haha. I’m holding a grudge against a paper color; I may have a problem.

Enter Crushed Curry. I wanted to use Crushed Curry in this sympathy card for the little weed/stalk things around the goose in the Wetlands stamp set. I love Crushed Curry, but in too high a dose, it can be overwhelming, so it needs to be toned down with a calmer color, in my opinion. I decided to give Pear Pizzazz a shot, and I loved the way the two colors paired together.

I stamped the goose in Chocolate Chip and the weeds in Crushed Curry. Then, as an afterthought, I brushed on some Pear Pizzazz using a half-dry baby wipe. Why a baby wipe? Well, because I ran out of Stampin’ Sponges, and I don’t have one for Pear Pizzazz yet. I wasn’t trying to use a technique — I was just improvising. I do recommend that you use a baby wipe that is almost completely dry, or use the Watercolor Paper. Mine was a little too wet, so it left my paper a little weaker. I also recommend brushing or sponging on the Pear Pizzazz before you stamp the goose — you can see my bird is smudged a little around the ankles.

I wanted to put the button on the little log next to the sentiment, but I needed it next to the goose, because I cut him out a little wonky, and the grass at his feet ended almost a half inch from the edge of the oval. It didn’t look right, and I’d already stamped him three times, so I covered it up rather than redo the goose again.

As you can see, I tore and distressed the Pear Pizzazz mat. I did this after the strip of Woodgrain-embossed Crumb Cake paper and the goose were already glued on. I didn’t do it on purpose. One edge of my mat got a boo-boo, so to fix it, I tore off the boo-boo. And then I just kept going until I liked how it looked.

I must have been really tired when I made this one — I don’t usually have to fix quite so many mistakes. But anyway, they don’t all come out perfectly, but if I wanted perfect, I wouldn’t make my own cards, right? :)

Supplies used:
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock
Ink: Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Wetlands, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain embossing folder, Circles Collection framelits, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Ovals Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, baby wipe, scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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If you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator, or even rejoining, now is the time! You can join right now until October 21 for only $25. Email me if you are interested, or you can simply follow this link to sign up. You can do Stampin’ Up! however you want to — turn your paper love into a business or just do it for the awesome 20% discount and other great benefits!

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The deadline to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club is also Monday, October 21. This month’s stamp set is Truly Grateful. Check out the link, and email or comment if you are interested.

October Stamp of the Month Club — Truly Grateful

Hi, everyone! It’s been a busy week around the Fleming house. My daughter turned three (which is impossible, since she was just born yesterday), so we had a little party for her and her friends, and my mom came to town, so we also went to the pumpkin patch and took a drive to the mountains to see the amazing fall colors.

Anyway, it’s time for my October Stamp of the Month Club. If you are looking to build your stamp collection, this is a great way to do it! This is an online club. You will receive one clear-mount stamp set and 3 completed cards and/or projects, designed by me. There will be one Christmas card each month, all year long, to help you build your stash throughout the year. Along with your stamps and completed projects, you will also receive an in-depth full color tutorial on how to duplicate the projects and a list of supplies (including measurements) used in each project.

Here are the details:

  • The cost is $31 this month, which includes shipping. Most months, the cost is $30, but the October set costs more than the sets we usually use.
  • You may opt in or out each month. However, if you participate in the club for 3 consecutive months, your 4th month is only $25.
  • Each month, I will select one clear stamp set from a current Stampin’ Up! catalog or promotion priced between $14.95 and $18.95 (you will need a clear block to mount your stamps). If you don’t want the stamp set I select in any given month (or already own it), you can substitute a different set within the specified price range by letting me know in your email. You will, however, receive the cards that the other club members receive.
  • The club is open to anyone in the U.S., and you can join at any time.

This month’s set is Truly Grateful, one of the Thanksgiving-themed stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog. I love this set! (Okay, I can say that about a lot of Stampin’ Up! stamps.) You will receive the following three cards with your package this month:

October Stamp-of-the-Month Club - Subscribe by 10/21/13 - Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

October Stamp-of-the-Month Club - Subscribe by 10/21/13 - Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

October Stamp-of-the-Month Club - Subscribe by 10/21/13 - Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The main techniques we are focusing on are embossing using folders and coloring with markers. We are also heat embossing and sponging. And as you can see, one of the cards is an adorable (in my opinion, ha!) file folder Christmas card. I’m completely in love with this card and will use it in my selection of Christmas cards this year.

The deadline to subscribe and submit payment for October is Monday, October 21st. Reply to this post or email me to sign up, and I will contact you.

I hope you’ll join me in some stamping fun this month!

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful handmade Thanksgiving cards

 

Truly Grateful Thanksgiving Card

Truly Grateful handmade Thanksgiving Card

I’m severely gluten-intolerant; a crumb of bread will make me sick for a week, no kidding. So I was amused at Stampin’ Up! Convention when I won the Truly Grateful stamp set, the one stamp set with the giant bunch of wheat in it. I did want the set (available this Thursday in the new Holiday catalog), but I still laughed that I won the wheat stamp.

It’s a really pretty stamp, though. And Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, after Christmas, and it’s only four months away, so I clearly needed to make my first ever Thanksgiving card.

I found this fun sketch at the Paper Players and had to play along. I pulled out the Sweater Weather paper (also available this Thursday) since it is so perfect for fall cards (and baby cards, masculine cards, baby books…) and chose my colors from there.

The card base is Soft Sky, one of the new-ish colors. I then embossed a piece of Very Vanilla using the Woodgrain folder and lightly sponged on some Sahara Sand ink to give it a birch-y look. For the horizontal strip of paper, I used Chocolate Chip, which I embossed using one of the Needlepoint Borders folders. I think it adds a little something, and the Needlepoint Borders have that kind of homey country feel that a Thanksgiving card should have. Before I adhered the Chocolate Chip strip, I attached a piece of Champagne Glimmer Paper underneath it, just to give my Thanksgiving card a little bit of unexpected sparkle. I love the effect that just a little bit of glimmer paper gives to a card! Then I added those wonderful little Soft Sky Candy Dots.

I added the strip of Sweater Weather paper using Dimensionals. I stamped my poisonwheat in Chocolate Chip on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. “Why, Sarah, you’re an amazing artist to be able to make that so pretty!” Oh, thank you, but the stamp does all the hard work. I stamped it, then colored in the image with Crushed Curry and Soft Sky markers. And I didn’t spend a lot of time coloring. I cut the wheat out using one of the Ovals Collection framelits, then lightly sponged the edges in Soft Sky ink and added the wheat to the card using Dimensionals.

For my sentiment, I first punched 3 little chevron arrows out of the Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack using the awesome new Chevron Border punch (available Thursday!) and attached those. The sentiment is from the Truly Grateful set, stamped in Chocolate Chip. I cut the sentiment using one of the Chalk Talk framelits, then cut off the bottom half with a pair of scissors.

I hope you enjoyed my card! Please visit my Stampin’ Up! store, and Prepare to Dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Sweater Weather designer series paper and Regals Backgrounds DSP stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky marker, Crushed Curry marker
Stamps: Truly Grateful
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Ovals Collections framelits, Needlepoint Borders embossing folder, Woodgrain embossing folder, Chevron Border punch, Stampin’ Sponge
Embellishments/Adhesives: Subtles Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals