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Dynamic Duos #79 DD#79 - Santa's List, A Banner Christmas, and Endless Wishes - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye
Dynamic Duos #79

Good morning! It’s Black Tie week at Dynamic Duos, and this week Basic Black is paired with Smoky Slate. The dessert option is Christmas, so I decided to challenge myself and make a completely neutral Christmas card. It was hard! But I did finally come up with something I loved.

The Smoky Slate background is embossed using the Pretty Print folder. I sponged on some Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink as well — it doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s pretty in person.

The snowflake is cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the largest Festive Flurry framelit. I used the Circles Collection framelits for the black circle behind Santa and cropped Santa using another Festive Flurry framelit.

The Ho (cubed) stamp is from A Banner Christmas. The “merry christmas” is from the Endless Wishes stamp set. And I finished off the card with some rhinestones and the Silver Ribbon I love so much.

Head over to Dynamic Duos and see what the rest of the design team came up with this week. There are some amazing creations over there! We’d love to see what you do with the challenge, so please play along!

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White cardstock; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Smoky Slate, StazOn Jet Black, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark
Stamps: Santa’s List, A Banner Christmas, Endless Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Circle Card Thinlits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

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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

Santa's List

A Banner Christmas

Endless Wishes

Silver and Ombre Christmas

Silver & Ombre Christmas card - Stampin' Up! - A Banner Christmas - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Hi, everyone! I have a card to share with you really quickly. When I was looking at all the Dynamic Duos entries last week, I saw one where the stamps had been inked with multiple colors, in a striped pattern. I wanted to copy that! Then I got to playing around, and striped turned into ombre, and then I had this stinking COOL “MERRY” sentiment. It took a while to figure out where to go with my card from there. I looked on my desk, and I had these snowflakes, which had been by-products of some Christmas tags I’d made. So I decided to use some of those up, and I knew the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon would be a fun addition to the card as well. The ribbon took me forever to place and curl just so, but I was happy with the final arrangement.

I hope you like the card. You can find all the supplies I used to make my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Designer Series Paper Stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Large Scallop edgelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip


New Stampin’ Up! Kit!

Festive Flurry Ornaments Kit


I’m really excited about this one and am ordering mine today. The Festive Flurry Ornament Kit is a kit to make 10 of these beautiful snowflake ornaments. I have all the supplies to make these myself, but I’m so happy to have all of the work done for me. I know I will use several as ornaments (and possibly gifts) and will make some into a small banner. See more details and the video that shows how easy these are to make here.

A Banner Christmas


Boil & Bubble Werewolf Attack

Good morning! Wow, did you realize there are only ten days left until Halloween? And I still haven’t decided on costumes for my kiddos… I have some ideas. I guess it will depend on which costumes I can pull together in ten days!

Stampin' Up! Toil & Trouble, A Banner Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes - Werewolf Attack card - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The Toil & Trouble stamp set was the first set in the Holiday Catalog that caught my eye. I pretty much got giddy when I saw this big stamp. So many things to do with it.

For this card, I played along with the Fab Friday sketch challenge — and what a great sketch! I’ll save this one to use again later.

I matted the Witches’ Brew designer series paper on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and then a werewolf came and shredded it. The big stamp is embossed with Black embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock. For the glittery pop-ups, I stamped the words again in Versamark ink, then added Heat and Stick Powder, melted it with the Heat Tool, poured on Orange Stampin’ Glitter, then heat set the glitter with the Heat Tool. The chevron arrow is from A Banner Christmas, and I used the same steps for it, except using Black Stampin’ Glitter.

I’m not sure if you can see the detail behind “happy halloween”. I stamped the skeleton from Toil & Trouble in Basic Gray, then stamped “happy halloween” on top of the skeleton and cut out the sentiment by hand. It gives it just a little something extra.

I hope you like the card. You can buy all of the supplies I used in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.


Today is the last day to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for $25! Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! You can email me for more information, or just go sign up at the link.


Today is also the last day to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club! This month’s set is Truly Grateful. Email me, or comment here or at the original post to sign up, and I’ll contact you.


Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock; Witches’ Brew designer series paper
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark, StazOn Black
Stamps: Toil & Trouble, A Banner Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Word Window punch, Heat and Stick Powder, Orange and Black Stampin’ Glitter,  Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Basics Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Toil & Trouble

A Banner Christmas

Teeny Tiny Wishes

A Very Merry Sparkly Christmas

Very Merry Sparkly Christmas - Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Ah, that’s more like it. The last card I made didn’t have a single Dimensional on it, and it had barely any sparkle. This is better for this sparkle-loving girl.

I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch for this card. I decided to angle a tag on the card instead of cutting angled paper. The tag is cut using one of the Chalk Talk framelits and embossed with the Chevron embossing folder.

The arrows that draw your eye to the sentiment are from the A Banner Christmas stamp set, and I fussy-cut those after I stamped them.

The two stamped ornaments are from the Christmas Collectibles set. I embossed them using Versamark ink and Silver embossing powder, then punched them out with the Christmas Ornament punch. I also punched an ornament out of Silver Glimmer paper, then layered all three ornaments with Dimensionals in between. I may have gone a weensy bit overboard on Dimensionals to make up for my last card. Haha.

The sentiment is one of my all-time favorites, from the More Merry Messages set. I cut it out using a Bitty Banners framelit.

I hope you enjoyed my card. You can buy all of the supplies you see here in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7! Have a great Friday!

Supplies used:
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper; Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, More Merry Messages, A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Chevron embossing folder, Bitty Banners framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Monday is the deadline to join as a demonstrator for only $25! This is the lowest that price has ever been, so take advantage before it goes away! Email me for additional details, or go sign up at this link.


Monday is also the deadline to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club. Details at the link.


Make sure to check out the Weekly Deals section of my Stampin’ Up! store (new every Tuesday)!


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