Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I don’t often make anything other than a card or a scrapbook page. I love handmade banners, boxes, bags, etc. I just never think to make them and I don’t think I’m that good at them. So it’s nice to be pushed to do something I resist doing now and then. The Global Design Project challenge this week is to make anything other than a card.


I made a simple banner — I say simple, but it took me quite a long time to make! It shouldn’t have, but it did.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

So my banner actually started as a treat bag. I wanted to make a mini treat bag (using the Mini Treat Bag dies) and use this adorable little monster (really, though, he’s quite big, as far as stamps go). Isn’t he cute?! Anyway, once I had the treat bag made and decorated, I decided that it’d be fun to attach this to a banner as a way to give the kids their treats on Valentine’s Day. So then it turned into a “LOVE” banner with the monster bags on either end. [Click to embiggen.]Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I wanted to have XO in there, too, so I put that on the ends. I have NOT told the kids that treats will appear in the bags on Valentine’s Day, because I don’t want them asking about it for the next sixteen days.

Tips for CASEing this banner:

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The letter flags are simple. The banners are cut with the Banner Framelits from the Pop of Pink designer series paper. The letters layer as follows: Scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits in Real Red cardstock. On top of that I used a Stitched Shapes Framelit to cut out the Whisper White circle. I cut the letters out of Red Glimmer Paper using the Large Letters Framelits. I only got these framelits a couple months ago, and I’m using them a ton now. I consider them a must-have. I popped the letters up on Dimensionals (you have to cut your Dimensionals smaller so they’ll fit). The whole circle is on Dimensionals on top of the flag.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The monster bags are my favorite part! Each bag is cut out of the Sending Love DSP stack (all Real Red & Whisper White — LOVE!!) using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (you could just put the monster on a flag instead of doing this as a treat bag). I love how the thinlit cuts the bag so both sides of the paper show. It makes it easier when you can’t decide which side you want showing! Before I taped up each treat bag (using Tear & Tape), I stamped the monster on the bag itself so I’d know where to place the “HUGS” circle. This stamp is from the same stamp set as the monster, Yummy in My Tummy; I stamped it then cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits circles, then glued it down right in the center of the monster’s belly. Then I stamped the monster again on Real Red and fussy-cut him out. I cut the circle out of his belly using a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits. I popped the red monster up on Dimensionals.

There are three different ribbons on my bag. The one that’s layered on the bottom is the FREE Sale-A-Bration ribbon. I absolutely ADORE this ribbon, because it’s beautiful to begin with, but it also takes color so well. I just squeeze my ink pad (while closed) to get a little ink on the inside of the cover, grab some of that ink with my Aqua Painter, and then paint the color on. Then let it dry, or dry it with your Heat Tool. Wrap this around the bag and tack it down in the back with Tear & Tape. It doesn’t matter what it looks like on the back — no one will see it. The other two ribbons come together in the Sending Love ribbon pack.

The wooden Sending Love Embellishment is tied on with a piece of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The hearts between the letters are cut out using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies, using Real Red cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, and Sending Love DSP. I tied the two ribbons together in a bow again and then attached them with a Glue Dot.

Stampin' Up! handmade Valentine's Day banner with Yummy in My Tummy stamps and Banner, Large Numbers, Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes framelits - #GDP071 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*The XO flags are done a little differently. You could do them exactly the same as the other flags, but I wanted something a little different for my bookends. Okay, really, I had two of these tag toppers sitting on my desk and had already finished all the other flags but really wanted to use these. I cut these flags 2″ wide, then cut the tops with the same tag topper dies, glued the white tag toppers on top, and flagged the bottom edge with the Triple Banner Punch. I made them the same length as the other flags, just skinnier.

*I didn’t have anything current to clip the flags to the ribbon, so I used some retired clips. Use whatever you have in your stash.

I hope you like my banner. I like it, and my daughter likes it. My son, though, being HASHTAG ALL BOY, ran by it and punched it and knocked half of it off. I was not amused.

All the supplies I used in my banner are shown below. If you click on one, it will take you to my store where you can buy it (except the retired clips).

Don’t forget that from now until the end of March, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie¬†by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit. Any two current stamp sets!

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Product List

Big Shot


Glue Dots


Mini Metallic Clothespins

Mini Metallic Clothespins (retired)

Elements Cute Clips

Elements Cute Clips (retired)

Scrapbooking with Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Wow, I’m averaging about one blog post per week right now, huh? Hopefully things here will calm down soon, and I can blog every day. I have a ton of projects to show you, I just haven’t had time to write about them. But we are almost done with our house remodeling (our new interior doors are in, and we get to hang them this weekend — total house transformation!), so we should have a slight lull in activity soon.

I wasn’t convinced about Project Life by Stampin’ Up! until I tried it. I like traditional scrapbooking. And the pocket pages just didn’t appeal to me.

Until I did 10 scrapbook pages in one week.

Okay, I’m in.

I want to show you a traditional page I made using cards, stickers, and embellishments from the Everyday Adventure kit. This is one of my favorite kits because of the bright colors. Click the image to see the full size.

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventure traditional scrapbook page - PLxSU - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to DyeThe four cards, including the HAPPY title card, are all from the Everyday Adventure card pack. And the frame around the pursuit of happiness quote is also one of the cards, I just used my Stampin’ Trimmer very carefully to cut out the center of the card so I could use it as a frame. Fun, right?

All of the stickers are from the Everyday Adventure accessory pack. The banners are all either stickers or are cut from the card pack using the Banner framelits. The star is cropped using the Stars framelits and a card from the card pack.

The arrow clip and the acetate arrow accent are also from the accessory pack, as is the washi tape. Each accessory kit, for all of the collections, comes with a roll of washi tape.

The “life is good” stamp is from the Project Life Remember This stamp set, which has a lot of great stamps for various occasions.

The little confetti sprinkles stamps are from the Endless Birthday Wishes photopolymer stamp set. I added those after the page was done, so the stickers were already in place, as you can tell. Sometimes a page just needs a little more after I’m done with it.

I stamped “HONEYMOONERS” with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp. (Um, yes, my honeymoon was almost 9 years ago, and I haven’t done the scrapbook for it.)

This page took me maybe an hour, and most of that was spent deciding which picture to use. :)

Easy, fast, fun, affordable, and adorable.

I’m having a little trouble getting a good photo of some of the pocket pages I’ve made, but I will get some today, because I really want you to see them.

Here’s a short video where Becky Higgins (creator of Project Life) explains a little about Project Life by Stampin’ Up!.

And if you are interested in buying any of the items you see here, or another Project Life by Stampin’ Up! kit that suits you better, you can buy it all 24/7 in my online Stampin’ Up! store. And to see all the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! items, go here.



Don’t forget and miss out! The big deal on the Big Shot is on through the end of August! Buy a Big Shot, get a free stamp set & framelits bundle! This is an amazing deal! See the bundles here.


To see this week’s Weekly Deals, click here.




You & Me Forever

You & Me forever - Dynamic Duos #86 DD#86 - Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings with Starburst framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Sorry to be so silent on the blog lately, but just as I was getting over the flu that Santa put in my stocking, my little guy and I picked up a nasty cold. So basically I’ve been sick since Christmas Day. Blerg. I’m still hanging on to a cough and a sore throat, but I’m getting better. I’ve made several cards and am finally getting back to my scrapbooking, so I hope to get back to regular-ish posting and show you what I’ve been doing around here.

Dynamic Duos #86 - Pool Party & Pink Pirouette

Today’s card is for the new challenge at Dynamic Duos. This week is our Subtly Yours challenge, and the colors are Pink Pirouette (my favorite pink!) and Pool Party. I looove this color combination! It works for babies, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… I’m pretty sure I could make a non-traditional Christmas card with it, too.

I decided to make a Valentines-y lover card, because my husband was in Boston for work most of the week, and when he got home Thursday, I wanted to give him an I-missed-you card. I signed it with something like “I’m so glad you’re home. Please never leave again.” I don’t really like it when he’s gone. :)

I can’t decide which part of this card is my favorite. The new Gold Foil Vellum just knocks my socks off (it also comes in silver!). I adhered it to the Whisper White card base using Glue Dots behind each polka dot so no adhesive shows through. I just got the Countless Sayings photopolymer stamps this week (I got both sets – I used Countless Sayings 2 on this card) and couldn’t wait to use them! They’re brilliant sets, and I have big plans for them. :) By the way, Stampin’ Up! announced this week that the photopolymer stamps are here to stay and will be added to the next Annual Catalog. *Snoopy dance*

The shredded flags are another of my favorite parts. I used the new Banner framelits from the Occasions catalog — I’ve been waiting so long for these, just wishing and hoping! And they’re finally here! After I cut the banners out with the framelits, I shredded them with the new Fringe Scissors. These scissors are perfect for making grass in landscape designs and also perfect for just adding some extra texture. I was going for an off-center card, so I didn’t line up my flag centers. I curled up the ends of the flags using my bone folder.

And then there are the Starburst framelits, also new and fantastic. And the matching starburst wood cut from the Essentials Wooden Elements — I love these wonderful little embellishments from the Occasions catalog! I added the wood cut to the card using Crystal Effects, which is the best glue for holding on heavy embellishments. After stamping “Forever” on a scrap of WW cardstock, I flagged each end using the Hexagon punch, then glued it to the wood cut. I could also have stamped directly on the wood cut, but I liked the contrast.

I added lots of fun little embellishments (ahem, can you tell I got a big shipment of Occasions goodies this week? I’m using ALL THE THINGS). Two buttons from the Subtles Designer Buttons collection, two chevrons punched out of Champagne Glimmer paper with the Chevron Border punch, and that double bow of the yummy new Gold Baker’s Twine. It’s a vanilla twine with gold foil wrapped around it — and it also comes in silver. Love it.

I hope you like my card and that it inspires you, in some way, to play along with the challenge! The other designers have made some fabulous cards, so go see what they have for you, too! I’ll be back tomorrow with my January Stamp-of-the-Month Club cards.

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
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JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

Stampin' Up! Countless Sayings

Stampin' Up! Essentials Wood Elements

Supplies Used:
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2 (photopolymer)
Tools/Accessories: Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Circles Collection framelits, Starburst framelits, Banners framelits, Chevron Border punch, Hexagon punch, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors
Embellishments/Adhesives: Essentials Wooden Elements, Gold Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons, Crystal Effects, Glue Dots