Season of Thanks

Good afternoon! I hope you’re having a great fall. IT’S COLD HERE, Y’ALL. I mean, high of 72 or something, which is cold enough for a Texan to wear long sleeves and do the whole basking pose (looking at the sky with my arms spread out and my eyes closed and the biggest ridiculous smile on my face) every time I walk outside. Of course, back to the 90s tomorrow, because Texas. But we’ve had a couple of temperature drops lately, so I have hope that I won’t be hot forever. Anyway, you’re probably here for the Third Thursdays Blog Hop. This month our theme is Halloween/Harvest. I decided to go Harvest for my project.

Stampin' Up! handmade fall harvest thank you Thanksgiving card with pumpkins and leaves - Gather Together bundle with stamps and Gathered Leaves dies, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers coloring, watercoloring with inks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • My card base is Balmy Blue, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • Card front layer is Whisper White regular, 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • For the medium and small leaves, I wet a piece of watercolor paper, then dropped on Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry inks using ink that I squeezed onto the inkpad lid. After the paper dried, I cut out the leaves with the Gathered Leaves dies.
  • I stamped the large leaf from the Gather Together stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on the dried watercolor paper in a section where I would get multiple colors on one leaf, then I die cut the leaf with the matching die. I painted the entire leaf with the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (you can see this in the last photo below).

Stampin' Up! handmade fall harvest thank you Thanksgiving card with pumpkins and leaves - Gather Together bundle with stamps and Gathered Leaves dies, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers coloring, watercoloring with inks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • For the pumpkins, I first stamped them in Soft Suede ink on a piece of scrap paper (stamping off), then stamped them on Whisper White cardstock. I colored them with Light Real Red and Dark and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends, from bottom to top. I colored the stems with Light Granny Apple Green. I die cut them with the matching die.
  • After cutting the pumpkins and leaves, I arranged them on the card. The leaves are all glued down with liquid glue, but I left the tips free and also curled them up a little with my fingers to give dimension. I added the pumpkins with Dimensionals.
  • I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink, then cut it out twice with one of the frames from the Ornate Frames Dies. I love these dies! There are so many great sentiment frames in this set. If you missed it in the Holiday Catalog, it’s actually in the Halloween section, as it comes in a bundle for 10% off with the Spooktacular Bash stamp set (or you can get just the dies — I will put both the dies and the bundle in my links section).
Stampin' Up! handmade fall harvest thank you Thanksgiving card with pumpkins and leaves - Gather Together bundle with stamps and Gathered Leaves dies, Stampin' Blends alcohol markers coloring, watercoloring with inks - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • Before I adhered the sentiment, I used an Aqua Painter to splatter Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint onto my card, leaves (I had painted the big leaf before attaching it), and pumpkins. Look at all that shimmer! HEART EYES EMOJI.
  • I added the sentiment with Dimensionals.
  • I colored Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets (I used the clear here), one each with Light Real Red, Light Pumpkin Pie, and Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends, then added them to the card to finish it off.
  • Inside is a Whisper White card liner, 4″ x 5-1/4. I stamped the big leaves in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry and the sentiment in Soft Suede.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to check out all the blogs in our hop for lots more inspiration!

Third Thursdays Blog Roll

Kimberley Morris
Tatiana Tobin
Jan Musselman
Anne Marie Hile
Sarah Fleming – YOU ARE HERE
Angie McKenzie
Kim Fee

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Wicked Sprinkles

Stampin' Up! handmade Halloween card using Wonderfully Wicked bundle with Wicked dies, sponging with brushes, Pigment Sprinkles, Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink, Monster Bash enamel shapes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! I hope you’re doing well. I have a sore throat that won’t die, but other than that we are good. Baseball and softball are exciting (with sliding and base stealing and triple plays!), the baby is growing and trying to get on his hands and knees, and I’m *so* close to having my craft room put back together. Soon.

This week at Stamp, Ink, Paper, we have a Halloween challenge going, and we have lots of fun design team projects to inspire you. So make sure to head over to the challenge blog and play along.

Stampin' Up! handmade Halloween card using Wonderfully Wicked bundle with Wicked dies, sponging with brushes, Pigment Sprinkles, Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink, Monster Bash enamel shapes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • My card base is Thick Whisper White, 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored and folded at 4-1/4”. I stamped the Crackle Paint background stamp on the base in Delicata Shimmery Silver ink.
  • The ribbon on the left edge of the card is Basic Black 3/8” Scalloped Edge Ribbon, 4-1/4” long, stuck to the card using Tear & Tape. The ribbon is there because I missed stamping the left quarter inch and wanted to hide that.
  • The focal piece is regular Whisper White, 5”x3”. I decided to experiment with the toothbrush-style makeup brushes (I got them on Amazon for under ten bucks, Yoseng brand), so I brushed on Gorgeous Grape around the bottom of the cardstock, darkest on the bottom and the sides. I kept brushing and brushing and brushing until the color was as smooth as I wanted it. Then I sponged Highland Heather around the edges of the top half of the card. I love the look I got from the makeup brushes, but it took forever. I think I still like sponging better so far.
Stampin' Up! handmade Halloween card using Wonderfully Wicked bundle with Wicked dies, sponging with brushes, Pigment Sprinkles, Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink, Monster Bash enamel shapes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • For the word “wicked”, I sprayed down a sheet of watercolor paper with water, then randomly dropped Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles on the wet paper. I left the paper to dry, then die cut the word using the Wicked dies. I cut three more “wicked”s out of Basic Black cardstock, then stacked all four die cuts together, adhering them together with liquid glue.
  • I stamped “Have a” and “Halloween” using the Wonderfully Wicked stamps and using the Stamparatus to place the words exactly where I wanted them.
  • I stamped two spider webs in the corners of the focal piece in the Delicata ink.
  • I flicked Granny Apple Green ink onto the focal piece using the Stampin’ Write Marker and its lid.
  • Finally, I glued down the stacked die cut, then without reinking the spider web stamp, I lightly stamped on the die cut to get some wispy stray webs on the word.
  • I mounted the focal piece on a 5-1/8” x 3-1/8” piece of Basic Black cardstock, then popped that up on the card on Dimensionals.
  • I finished the card off with some Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.

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Christmoose Lights

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop! We are a small group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world who love to share our creativity with others. You’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. This month’s theme is Happy Holidays!

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Merry Moose stamps, Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, masking, Northern Lights technique, Aurora Borealis night scene - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Y’all, I had so much fun making this card! I’ve never made a Northern Lights card before, so it was a learning process, too. Our theme this month is The Great Outdoors, and I immediately knew I wanted to ink up the Merry Moose stamp set, and I wanted to make a night scene. I don’t know why; that was just stuck in my head. So I googled “moose night” and clicked on the image tab, and there was a moose in front of the Northern Lights. Perfect!

  • I started by stamping the trees and the moose in StazOn Jet Black ink (when I use StazOn with photopolymer stamps, I use the Stamp Cleaning Pad to clean the stamp immediately after stamping, then wash the stamp). Then I masked off the horizon where the smaller trees are with masking paper.
Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Merry Moose stamps, Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, masking, Northern Lights technique, Aurora Borealis night scene - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • I didn’t follow a Northern Lights tutorial, so I just decided to use bright colors whether you would normally see them in the Aurora or not. Haha. Artistic license. I started on the left with Bermuda Bay. I used a Stamping Sponge to apply ink, starting at the horizon line and sponging upward repeatedly until I had the saturation I wanted. I did this with all of the colors. Left to right: Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Green, and Call Me Clover. Then I made a halo around the sky with Blueberry Bushel ink. This part, blending the blue with the other colors, took a while.
  • I removed the mask, then masked off the sky and the foregeound so I could sponge the blue snow, which I sponged in Balmy Blue, darker in some areas for shadows and interest.
  • I removed the masks and added Snowfall Accents Puff Paint for the snow, tracing the bottom edge of the blue snow with the paint for the upper border of the white snow. I heated the paint with the Heat Tool until it puffed up.
Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Merry Moose stamps, Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, masking, Northern Lights technique, Aurora Borealis night scene - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • I heat embossed the sentiment with Shimmer White embossing powder.
  • I added a few stars with a white gel pen.
  • I cut a piece of Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP, 5-3/8″x4-1/8″. I cut out the center of it to use later. I glued the DSP to a Blueberry Bushel card base, 5-1/2″x8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″, then I glued the card front to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way back to me so you can see everyone else’s projects. The designers on this team are so talented — you won’t want to miss any of the blogs!

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Creepy and Spooktacular

Hey there! It’s been about a month since I have had anything to show you! I had to take a step away from basically everything so I could get ready for school, paint walls, move children to different rooms (still in progress!), keep up with the baby’s therapy, and start fall ball and co-op. Whew. It has been busy and crazy. But now I am hopefully back and will be posting more frequently.

Stampin' Up! Wonderfully Wicked and Spooktacular Bash stamps, Monster Bash Enamel Shapes - masking and spritzing techniques, coloring with alcohol markers - Stamp Ink Paper Challenge - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This week we are reviving the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge! I’m very excited about that. So make sure you head over to the design team blog and see the inspiration the other designers have for you, and please play along! This week, anything goes in our Designer’s Choice challenge.

A week or so ago, I was feeling pretty stressed out and just needed to craft. My craft room is only halfway setup right now, but I have my new Holiday Catalog stamps sitting on my desk. So I just played and crafted for myself, just to relax. And this is what I came up with. I love it, and I had so much fun making this card.

Stampin' Up! Wonderfully Wicked and Spooktacular Bash stamps, Monster Bash Enamel Shapes - masking and spritzing techniques, coloring with alcohol markers - Stamp Ink Paper Challenge - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • My card base is Blackberry Bliss, 4-1/4″ x 11, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.
  • The card front is Whisper White, 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • I first stamped the jars from Spooktacular Bash in StazOn Jet Black ink with all of their little creatures and whozits on the card front. Then I stamped the same creatures on masking paper, which you can find on Amazon or in a craft store (mine is Inkadinkadoo). I fussy cut the jars from the masking paper and stuck them over the jars on the card front. I had a little Stampin’ Spritzer already filled with water and several drops of Granny Apple Green (I don’t know how many, just experiment and see what gets you the concentration you want). I spritzed the card front several times as shown.
  • I removed the masking paper and colored the jars with Stampin’ Blends. The left jar is colored with Granny Apple Green Combo and Bermuda Bay Combo, the middle jar is colored with Light Blackberry Bliss (the spider) and Light Pool Party (the jar), and the right jar is colored with Light Bermuda Bay and Light Pool Party.
  • After the jars were done, I stamped “Creepy” from Spooktacular Bash and spider webs and the spider from Wonderfully Wicked in StazOn Jet Black.
  • I finished off the card with three enamel dots from the Monster Bash Enamel Shapes.
Stampin' Up! Wonderfully Wicked and Spooktacular Bash stamps, Monster Bash Enamel Shapes - masking and spritzing techniques, coloring with alcohol markers - Stamp Ink Paper Challenge - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
  • Inside, I added a Whisper White card liner, 4″ x 5-1/4″. I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and the spider webs in StazOn Jet Black.

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