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

Did I mention it’s new catalog week? Starring Cheerful Christmas

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I have probably called five different stamp sets from the new holiday catalog my favorite at various times. But this one was the first one I called that, the first set I put in my pre-order. This whole Nordic suite is about as much fun as any suite can be. And beautiful! But also cute.

My card base is Calypso Coral, the most traditional of Christmas colors. ;) Ha. Okay, I would not have thought of Calypso Coral as a Christmas color either, but it really does pair nicely with Real Red. I pulled it from the DSP.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The designer series paper is from the Nordic Noel paper in the holiday catalog. I love, love, love this paper pack!

The “christmas cheer” stamp is from Cheerful Christmas. I stamped it in Versamark on Whisper White cardstock, then added Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder and embossed it with the Heat Tool. I layered the sentiment square on top of the designer series paper, but offset to the other side of the card from the DSP. See how the DSP is flush with the right edge of the card? The white is flush with the left edge. It gives the card a little more visual texture than just framing the white inside the DSP would.

On top of the white layer, I added a square of Real Red with a negative die cut. This is the big die from the Apothecary Accents framelits. I framed the sentiment inside the negative cut, then popped the red cardstock up on Dimensionals for, well, dimension.

Stampin' Up! Cheerful Christmas stamps & Nordic Noel DSP - 2014 holiday catalog sneak peeks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The gold-embossed wreath on top of the red layer is a stamp from the same set. Maybe it’s more like a swag, but it’s wreath-ish. I embossed it, then fussy-cut it using my paper snips. I added some Gold Sequin Trim (really starting to love this stuff!) and one of the Nordic Designer Buttons from the new catalog (adorable!), using Glue Dots, then I stamped that little ornament (from Cheerful Christmas) in Real Red, fussy-cut it, and added it to the card.

For my final touches, I added those precious little snowflakes. They are from the Frosted Sequins embellishments in the new catalog.

I am having so much fun with this new catalog! Best catalog ever.

I am entering this card in the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.

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Star-Spangled Christmas Card for DD#84

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Good morning! What is on your agenda for the day? I still have some decorations to put up, ha!, and I haven’t even started addressing Christmas cards. They’re all made — 88 of them — but the letter isn’t written, and the labels aren’t printed, and my hand hasn’t started cramping from all the signing. Meanwhile, we got snowed in at my MIL’s last night, because we had about 3 inches of snow in a 2-hour period and didn’t want to drive home at night in Christmas traffic in fresh snow.

This week’s challenge at Dynamic Duos is a Black Tie event — use Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, with the dessert *option* of sparkle. Well, you know if I have an option of sparkle, I’m taking the option! I love glitter and shiny, in case that isn’t clear.

Dynamic Duos #84 - DD#84 - Stampin' Up! Simply Stars and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

My card base is Basic Black. I embossed the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, then punched the stars out using the Merry Minis punch pack.

For the shiny background strip, I just punched a bunch of circles out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 3/4″, 1/2″, and 1″ Circle punches and glued them to the background using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I stamped a ton of stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped some of the stars before I re-inked my pad and some after re-inking. I also sponged around the edges of each star for extra depth, and I liked the effect of that. Unfortunately, we don’t have coordinating star punches or framelits, so these are all fussy-cut. Yeah, it took a while, but it was worth it.

My sentiment is from More Merry Messages, stamped in Jet Black StazOn then cut out with a Bitty Banners framelit. I layered that on a banner of Season of Style paper, which I cut out using one of the accessory thinlits that come with the Circle Card thinlits dies.

I added a few sequins and  couple of rhinestones to finish off the card.

Head on over to the Dynamic Duos blog to see the rest of the design team’s fabulous samples. I think everyone did a fantastic job this week! And we’d love to see what you make, so please play along!

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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

You can find all the supplies (except the sequins) to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies:
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Simply Stars, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Merry Minis punch pack, Circle Card thinlits, Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

Do Not Open! – Fusion #1

Fusion #1 - Stampin' Up! Very Merry Tags, Santa's List, and Warmth & Wonder - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hey there! Just a quick post to put up my card for the December Fusion challenge. I chose to use both the sketch and the photo for inspiration, and I love how the card turned out! I hope you like it, too. :)

Have a great evening!
Supplies:
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Candlelight Christmas designer series paper (retired)
Ink: Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake (trees)
Stamps: Santa’s List, Warmth & Wonder, Very Merry Tags
Tools/Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Embellishments/Adhesives: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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