Stacked Up birthday

I love the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! designates one stamp set that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), and this year’s set is Sprinkles of Life. Stampin’ Up! donates $3 of the purchase price for every sale of this set. It’s one of my favorites in the new annual catalog because it’s so versatile. There’s even a matching punch, the Tree Builder punch. I’ll be showing you several cards throughout the year that I’ll make with this set. It’s just so adorable.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life stamps & Cherry on Top DSP - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

For today’s card, I used a Tip Top Taupe card base. I will admit that when I saw the new In Colors for 2015-2017, I was least excited about Tip Top Taupe. I’m not a taupe fan in general; I lean toward grays. And taupe is so bland. But just as going out of your way to befriend someone who really rubs you the wrong way can make you a lifelong friend, so can going out of your way to use a color that makes you want to go to sleep help you find a color that isn’t so bad after all. And after I made myself use TTT (I feel like I should dye my hair tips platinum and call it Triple T), I started to actually like it. On top of the card base is a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, which I embossed using the Decorative Dots folder. I loved Watermelon Wonder before I ever used it. So bright and cheery.

Skewed on top of the WW layer is a piece of the Cherry on Top DSP stack, which I love (bright colors and not an overabundance of flowers!). The ice cream scoops are done in Watermelon Wonder and TTT  (same color ink and cardstock). I punched all of the scoops out with the Tree Builder punch. I stamped the cone in TTT on TTT and cut that out by hand.  I used the Multipurpose Glue and dimensionals to adhere the ice cream.

The sentiment is also from Sprinkles of Life. I stamped it in TTT, punched it out with the Washi Label punch, and then used an Aquapainter with Watermelon ink to splatter the label. The button is one of the Brights Designer Buttons, and I attached the label with Dimensionals.

The fun times happening in the upper left corner of the card are a paperclip from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine. I used Crystal Effects to glue that decoration down.

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The Smurf Turf!

Smurf Turf handmade birthday card - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I made this card for one of my daughter’s little friends. He’s a huge Boise State Broncos fan (we are, too!), so I wanted to make a Smurf Turf card. I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine to make the yard lines. Since he was turning three, I put “03” at all the yard lines instead of the yard line numbers.

This card is not even close to perfect. As you can see, I smudged the ink in places, and the numbers and letters are spaced poorly and misaligned even though I was using photopolymer stamps and could see exactly where I was stamping. Oy. I made this card in a rush with a sick, screaming baby in the other room (being held by the hubs but still unhappy).

But hey. It’s the Smurf Turf, so I don’t think anyone cared that it wasn’t perfect. At least no one in Boise! ;-)

Supplies used:
Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pacific Point, Whisper White Craft
Stamps: You’re Amazing, Designer Typeset photopolymer
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Brights Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Designer Typeset photopolymer

Wish Big, Baby Zebra

Wish Big, Baby Zebra - Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies and A Dozen Thoughts - Kid birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I made this card for my daughter’s birthday twin. His mom (S) and I met when they were two months old, and our now three-year-olds are still in a playgroup together and even take a music class together. This past spring, my friend and I were pregnant again at the same time. I was due three weeks before she was, and I joked with her early in our pregnancies that it would be hilarious if we had birthday twins again. As we sat next to each other at her baby shower two weeks before her due date and eight days after mine, both having huge contractions, I told her she wasn’t allowed to have her baby before I did. Wouldn’t you know it? When I checked in at the hospital five days later, I checked Facebook and email and found out that she’d had her baby that morning. She was six floors above us at the same hospital. I told my husband, “Alright, we have eight hours to get this baby out.” Three hours later, S and I had a second set of birthday twins! We even got to introduce the babies the next morning in the hospital.

That story has nothing to do with this card, but any time I think of the story, I have to tell it because I can’t get over how improbable it is. I mean, the number of things that had to happen with just the right timing boggles my mind. How would you even calculate the statistics on that?

Anyway. The card. I love how the strip of Basic Black cardstock (embossed with the Chevron folder, though you can’t tell by the picture, and I didn’t upload the picture to make sure the detail was visible before Buttercup gave the card to her friend) hangs off the card on either side. That was actually not on purpose. I pulled some Real Red cardstock out of its file folder, thinking it was 4-1/4″ x 11″ — normal card size — but it was only 4″ wide. I kept it that way, because I liked it.

I hope you have a great Saturday! We’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch again after naptime, and then our Broncos play Nevada on the Smurf Turf tonight. Go Broncos!

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Supplies used:

Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: So Saffron, StazOn Black
Stamps: Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts
Tools/Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Happy Fall Birthday

I talked to my Grandpa on Monday and realized that I had missed his birthday the previous Friday. When I realized it, I said so, and I told him I’d send him a handmade card. He pretty much agreed that I needed to get one in the mail to him right away! :)

Stampin' Up! handmade birthday cards - MO314JO - Wonderfall - autumn birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I used the Mojo Monday sketch for my card and also used the colors from the Pals Paper Arts color challenge. After I got my card put together, I added a few tiny sprinkles from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Always Artichoke. That stamp set works for almost any card!

I hope you like the card. And more importantly, I hope my grandpa likes it!

Supplies used:
Paper: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, and Early Espresso
Stamps: Wonderfall, Simply Sketched, Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Stampin’ Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Natural Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Natural Trim Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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