Tidings of Comfort and Joy scrapbook page

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens, Seasonal Bells - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My first love in papercrafting is actually scrapbooking. I love to make cards, too, but scrapbooking is why I got into this whole world in the first place. It’s still my favorite. This is a two-page layout (inspiration from Lyssa Zwolanek, seen here). I had a lot of fun making the eight different presents. I did use a few retired embellishments in this layout.

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the left page. I absolutely love the Be Merry paper and the sentiment “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” from the Christmas Pines stamp set. This is one of the packs of paper included in the Designer Series Paper Sale. “Merry Wishes” is from the Oh What Fun stamp set. The little holly leaves and berries are from Holly Berry Happiness, which has a matching punch. In this case, you punch first, then stamp, because it’s a builder punch, so it’s easier to punch first. There are some tricks to help you stamp first, but when I’m just stamping one or two, I do it this way with builder punches. That tiny tag on the far left present is one of the Corrugated Elements.

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens, Seasonal Bells - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the right page. The Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon makes a fun gift bow. The bow on the second present is from Holly Berry Happiness. The little knit Christmas tree on the third present is from the Smitten Mittens bundle. The last gift has a tag from the new Labels to Love stamp set, punched with The Everyday Label punch.

Most of the items I used in my layout can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (linked supply list is at the end of this post). Make sure to use the October Host Code (below), and I’ll send you extra goodies!

To shop the DSP sale (select styles only), go here. The World Cardmaking Day sale, which ends Tuesday, is here (note that the Fast Fuse deal is no longer available but will come back for five more days in a few months — we blew through two years’ supply in five days!).


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Big Shot

$110.00

Special Delivery triangle box

Stampin' Up! gift packaging - handmade triangle box for Hershey's nuggets - Merry Little Labels, Stitched Shapes framelits, Pretty Pines thinlits, boxwood wreaths, Mini Ornaments - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! I’ve had this triangle box on my desk for a couple of months. I had it decorated but decided I didn’t like how it was decorated, so I un-decorated it and left it sitting there for a while. Then I suddenly grabbed it the other day, and voila. New Christmas box. This time I’m really happy with how it turned out.

The triangle box design is copied from this video by Sam Donald. She’s brilliant at boxes, and I cannot see in 3D, so I often CASE her box designs and decorate them in my own style. [Note: I use the Envelope Punch Board to round corners, and I use my Trimmer to cut and score for boxes, but you can also use the Simply Scored like Sam does.]

Stampin' Up! gift packaging - handmade triangle box for Hershey's nuggets - Merry Little Labels, Stitched Shapes framelits, Pretty Pines thinlits, boxwood wreaths, Mini Ornaments - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I wrapped the Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon around the box, then tied it. Before tying the bow, I laid Linen Thread across the criss-crossed part of the ribbon, then tied the bow. Then I tied the Linen Thread around the bow knot once, threaded on one of the Mini Ornaments, then tied a knot in the Linen Thread. I adore these ornaments! They’re made of some kind of hard plastic or glass and just the perfect size for gift packaging.

Stampin' Up! gift packaging - handmade triangle box for Hershey's nuggets - Merry Little Labels, Stitched Shapes framelits, Pretty Pines thinlits, boxwood wreaths, Mini Ornaments - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I attached the boughs (cut from Garden Green cardstock and Silver Foil Sheets with the Pretty Pines thinlits) with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, behind the bow, then attached the sentiment from Merry Little Labels with Dimensionals (only put Dimensionals on the part of the tag that is on the top flap — you don’t want your recipient to have to destroy this beautiful box to open it! Finally, I uncurled one of the Boxwood Wreaths embellishments and attached it (using Glue Dots) to the box using Glue Dots.

The box would fit 5-6 Hershey’s Nuggets, so it would be perfect for teacher’s gifts, fancy stocking stuffers, or just a little extra something under the tree.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

Deck the Halls!

Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas, Card Front Builder thinlits dies, striped treat bags, Foil Frenzy paper, Boxwood Wreaths - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

In today’s Facebook Live video, I made three projects using the Carols of Christmas stamp set, which you get as part of your FREE stuff when you buy the Starter Kit in July! It’s an amazing promotion. Please ask me if you have any questions. The Starter Kit is $99, and you choose $125 in products, plus you get free shipping on that order and a minimum 20% discount through the end of December. And if you buy the Starter Kit in July, you get this, too:

So that’s $197 in products for $99, plus free shipping on the whole Starter Kit! It’s an amazing deal.

Here are pictures of the finished projects:

Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas stamps, Note Cards & Envelopes, Be Merry paper, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon, and Stitched Shapes framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas stamps, Lots of Labels and Layering Squares framelits, Striped Treat Bags, Double Stitched Ribbon, Boxwood Wreaths, Be Merry paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas stamps, Card Front Builder Thinlits dies, Layering Circles framelits, Foil Frenzy paper, Gold Sequin Trim - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

And here is the recording of my Facebook Live.  I sing while heat embossing, so you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss this one! Orrrrrrr maybe you do, haha. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel while you’re over there. If you’d like to see next week’s video live, please like my Facebook page and turn on notifications so you don’t miss it!

 

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Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

$11.00

Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

$6.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

$30.00

Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon

$7.00

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$4.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

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Versamark Pad

$8.50

Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Striped Treat Bags

$5.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

$11.00

Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder

$5.00

Heat Tool

$30.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Layering Squares Framelits Dies

$35.00

Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies

$27.00

Gold Binder Clips

$7.00

Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon

$7.00

Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments

$6.00

Regals Enamel Shapes

$9.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Glue Dots

$5.25


Product List for Foil Frenzy card

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

$7.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper

$13.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Layering Circle Framelits Dies

$35.00

Gold Mini Sequin Trim

$6.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$4.00

Picnic Treats

Stampin' Up! picnic-themed goodies and handmade card - paper picnic basket with Wood Textures dsp stack, treat container, basket weave, watermelon, Cool Treats, Tabs for Everything - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s my final Creative Crew project for July. Make sure you check out the Creative Crew gallery to see everyone’s projects for the month. It’s a great gallery!

For the Inspired to Create challenge, I started with the picnic basket from this inspiration photo.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

For the picnic basket, I started with 1/2″ strips of one design of the Wood Textures dsp stack. I wove these together until I thought I could make a basket out of it. I glued the ends so the woven paper would stay in place, then cut off any excess paper. I cut flaps, as if making a box, folded it all together, and adhered with Tear & Tape. Then decorated the basket.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

The doily has to go on first. Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the bottom of the inside of the basket and one for each of the short ends (this is mainly to cover up the doily scraps on the inside of the basket, because the doily is folded in). I cut 1/2″ strips of a contrasting paper (the same paper I used for the handle) and curved these around the outside corners (to hide uneven holes in the basket weave and reinforce the basket).

Important! Fill your basket with treats before giving it a handle — it’s prettier this way (I tried it the other way). After the treats were in, I added a 1/2″ x 6″ strip of the contrasting paper for the handle. Then I put the ribbon around the top edge of the basket with Tear & Tape. I put the largest size of Clear Faceted Gems on where the handle meets the basket.

For the treat bag inside, I used a 3-3/4″ x 6″ cello bag (not SU). I put it inside the basket to fill it to make sure I didn’t end up overfilling it. I tied it closed with the ribbon. For the tag, I used strips of Whisper White cardstock and the wood paper. The gingham print on the tag is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set (the stamp with a bunch of horizontal lines — stamp it once, then turn it 90 degrees and stamp again). The watermelon rind is a scalloped circle stamp from Tabs for Everything. I colored it in with the Flirty Flamingo marker. Then I stamped the watermelon seeds (candle flames stamp from Tabs for Everything) in Memento Tuxedo Black and punched out the watermelon with the 3/4″ circle punch. “You’re Sweet” comes from Sweet Cupcake.

Stampin' Up! simple watermelon candy treat packaging, Tabs for Everything, 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

This cello bag is done mostly the same as the one in the picnic basket, but the “Fresh Treats” comes from the Wood Words stamp set.

Stampin' Up! handmade card, Cool Treats, watermelon & picnic table paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I made the card last, just for fun. I decided to stay with the same colors, even though Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, and Flirty Flamingo don’t jump out at me as “hey, great color combo!”. For the picnic table cloth, I started with 1/4″ strips of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and glued down the vertical strips first (those are 2″ tall, spaced about 1/2″ apart). For the horizontal strips, I started with the top one and worked my way down. I glued the last strip to the bottom of the card and then cut off the excess.

The watermelon is cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. I free-cut the seeds with Snips.

I hope my Creative Crew projects have inspired you to go make something! It’s going to be hot today; you might as well stay inside and craft. #onlyfourmoremonthsofsummer

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Big Shot

$110.00

Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Tea Lace Paper Doilies
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$3.00

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes
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$9.00