Sympathy Blooms

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Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

 

This month our theme for the hop is Sorry/Sympathy/Get Well. I have a hard time making sympathy cards when I need them, so it’s good to keep them on hand. I prefer to make sympathy cards that have at least some bright colors in them, because I want a sympathy card to lift the person’s spirits.

My card base is Old Olive, and on top of that is a Whisper White mat embossed with the Hexagons embossing folder. I added some splatters from Swirly Bird on the mat in Versamark ink, then heat embossed the splatters in gold.

Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

I added the strip of Merry Little Christmas designer series paper — I love how you can use this paper for things other than Christmas projects. Then I added a half inch strip of a Champagne Foil Sheet.

Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

For my focal point, I started by stamping the large flower from Birthday Blooms in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then coloring it in with the Stampin’ Blends. For the flower petals, I used Dark and Light Calypso Coral. For the leaves, I used Dark and Light Old Olive, then added Dark Daffodil Delight to the tips of the leaves. The bits at the center of the flower are colored in with Dark Daffodil Delight. I fussy-cut the flower out. Before I added it to the card, I made some loops with the Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (delicious) and stuck it to the card with Tear & Tape. Then I added the flower on top of the ribbon with Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the Classic Label punch.

I hope you enjoyed my card 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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Feathery Friends

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures paper, Feathery Friends host stamp set, Birthday Blooms - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! Today’s card is pretty simple as far as layers and embellishments go, but I love how it turned out. I used the Wood Textures designer series paper (included in the October DSP sale!) and decided to heat emboss these cute little flowers from the Feathery Friends host stamp set directly on the paper. You can’t buy this stamp set — you can only earn it and buy it with Stampin’ Rewards with an order over $150 or a party that goes over $150. Isn’t it cute?

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures paper, Feathery Friends host stamp set, Birthday Blooms - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The card base is Emerald Envy, which is terribly underappreciated. After I mounted the embossed background on the card base, I added a piece of the Pool Party 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and zigzagged it back and forth until I liked how it looked. I Glue Dotted that down, then added the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White in… well, honestly I’m not sure. I thought I used Calypso Coral, but in the pictures it looks like Tangerine Tango. Either one would look great, though! The sentiment is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set, and the flowers are from the same Feathery Friends set. The circle is cut out with the Stitched Shapes framelits. I popped the sentiment up on Dimensionals, being careful to only place the Dimensionals above and below where the ribbon was.

All of the items I used in my card 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!

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Okay, Sweet Sugarplum, we can be friends

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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please vote for my card here. 

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

Our theme for this highlight is Get Well Soon – I have to admit that I only have one Get Well stamp in my entire stash, and I almost never make a Get Well card. But I *should* make them and send them. It’s such a nice way to lift someone’s spirits.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I’m not going to lie. When I saw the new In Colors last year, I immediately stuck Sweet Sugarplum into the “DO NOT WANT” bucket. I have a hard time with purple pastels. We all have our preferences, right?

But every time I pair it with Mint Macaron (anyone else starting to panic that it’s retiring at the end of May??), I start whistling a different tune. I’m not saying I’m ready to order a full pack of the cardstock, but I’m getting there. Really starting to like this color.

I borrowed my daughter’s Pretty Kitty stamp set to make this card. This kitty is so sweet and warm, the perfect image for sending get well wishes. The base is Mint Macaron, and I added a 2-3/4″ strip of Sweet Sugarplum to offset my flowers. I stamped the flowers from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on a 2-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and colored the stems in with my Mint Macaron marker. I decided to paper piece the flowers, so I cleaned the stamp and stamped them again in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a separate sheet of Very Vanilla. I then went over the lines of the stamped images with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, then spread the color around the flower with my Blender Pen, then went over the lines again with the Razzleberry pencil. I cut just the flowers out with my Snips, then glued them to the flowers on the Very Vanilla strip.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I just love this kitty! Pretty Kitty has several images that would work for a Get Well card, but I really liked this calm and happy scene. I stamped the kitty in StazOn on Very Vanilla. The watercolor pencils I used to color the scene are Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral, and both Early Espresso (with a light touch) and Basic Gray for the kitty; the kitty’s shadow is done with Basic Gray (again, a light touch). I colored the flower leaves with the Mint Macaron marker. I cut the kitty out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the black scalloped circle is one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I finished off the cardfront with Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Dots.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

On the inside, I added a panel of Very Vanilla and stamped and paper pieced the flower again. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics, stamped in Mint Macaron.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen to do another international blog hop!

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