Hooray For Balloons

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Here’s a fun (but I won’t lie, somewhat tedious to make) card I made using the new Confetti Celebration stamp set. Follow the link below for instructions and click on a picture of any of the supplies I used to buy them in my store.

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Stacked Up birthday

I love the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! designates one stamp set that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), and this year’s set is Sprinkles of Life. Stampin’ Up! donates $3 of the purchase price for every sale of this set. It’s one of my favorites in the new annual catalog because it’s so versatile. There’s even a matching punch, the Tree Builder punch. I’ll be showing you several cards throughout the year that I’ll make with this set. It’s just so adorable.

Stampin' Up! Sprinkles of Life stamps & Cherry on Top DSP - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

For today’s card, I used a Tip Top Taupe card base. I will admit that when I saw the new In Colors for 2015-2017, I was least excited about Tip Top Taupe. I’m not a taupe fan in general; I lean toward grays. And taupe is so bland. But just as going out of your way to befriend someone who really rubs you the wrong way can make you a lifelong friend, so can going out of your way to use a color that makes you want to go to sleep help you find a color that isn’t so bad after all. And after I made myself use TTT (I feel like I should dye my hair tips platinum and call it Triple T), I started to actually like it. On top of the card base is a layer of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, which I embossed using the Decorative Dots folder. I loved Watermelon Wonder before I ever used it. So bright and cheery.

Skewed on top of the WW layer is a piece of the Cherry on Top DSP stack, which I love (bright colors and not an overabundance of flowers!). The ice cream scoops are done in Watermelon Wonder and TTT  (same color ink and cardstock). I punched all of the scoops out with the Tree Builder punch. I stamped the cone in TTT on TTT and cut that out by hand.  I used the Multipurpose Glue and dimensionals to adhere the ice cream.

The sentiment is also from Sprinkles of Life. I stamped it in TTT, punched it out with the Washi Label punch, and then used an Aquapainter with Watermelon ink to splatter the label. The button is one of the Brights Designer Buttons, and I attached the label with Dimensionals.

The fun times happening in the upper left corner of the card are a paperclip from the Moments Like These Project Life Accessory Pack, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine. I used Crystal Effects to glue that decoration down.

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The Smurf Turf!

Smurf Turf handmade birthday card - Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I made this card for one of my daughter’s little friends. He’s a huge Boise State Broncos fan (we are, too!), so I wanted to make a Smurf Turf card. I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine to make the yard lines. Since he was turning three, I put “03” at all the yard lines instead of the yard line numbers.

This card is not even close to perfect. As you can see, I smudged the ink in places, and the numbers and letters are spaced poorly and misaligned even though I was using photopolymer stamps and could see exactly where I was stamping. Oy. I made this card in a rush with a sick, screaming baby in the other room (being held by the hubs but still unhappy).

But hey. It’s the Smurf Turf, so I don’t think anyone cared that it wasn’t perfect. At least no one in Boise! ;-)

Supplies used:
Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pacific Point, Whisper White Craft
Stamps: You’re Amazing, Designer Typeset photopolymer
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Brights Glimmer Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Designer Typeset photopolymer

Crushed Curry birthday card

My mother-in-law’s favorite color is yellow, and yesterday was her birthday. She was traveling, so I wanted to at least have a card for her when we greeted her at the airport. And I also wanted to play along with the birthday challenge at the SUO Challenges blog. Two birds, one pretty stone.

Handmade Birthday Card

I used to be all about the Brights color collection. That was my go-to set for cards, scrapbooks, everything. But Cherry Cobbler has always beckoned me to come to the Dark Side and favor the Regals. And now that Island Indigo and Crushed Curry are in the Regals collection, it’s becoming my favorite collection. I am LOVING Crushed Curry, though I usually like it in small doses (haha, can you tell by this mostly-Crushed-Curry card?).

There’s that wonderful Chevron ribbon that I love so much. Yummy.

The sentiment is from the hostess stamp set Express Yourself. This is a nice set to have on hand when you need a pretty sentiment — all of the sentiments are in the same font.

I love the way the Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel fits exactly in the center of the flower from the Mixed Bunch set and how the embossed mat has a similar pattern to the patterned paper. The #1 thing that got me hooked on Stampin’ Up! products was the coordination of all the products together. The color matching is wonderful, I love the way the punches and framelits coordinate with stamps, and I love how various designs pop up in different things. I’ll be looking at some designer series paper and suddenly notice that the pattern I’m staring at exactly matches a stamp that I own. I love this feature of Stampin’ Up!.

Speaking of coordination, my envelope matches my card:

Handmade Birthday Card


The new Envelope Liners framelits from the holiday catalog make it so easy to line your envelope! I’ve never bothered with it before because it looked time-consuming, but it’s so quick with these framelits that I’m bothering now. And the lined envelope just adds a big zing factor to the card.

After I stamped my sentiment, I cut it out using one of the small dies from the Circle Card Thinlits. I didn’t sponge the edges like I would usually do — instead I dragged all the edges of the sentiment right through the ink pad. This gives a darker contrast and sets the sentiment off better than sponging does. It also makes smudging the sentiment pretty easy to do. :)

I hope you enjoyed the card!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds designer series paper stack; Eastern Elegance designer series paper
Ink: Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Express Yourself (hostess)
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Circle Card Thinlits, Envelope Liners framelits, Blossom punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Whisper White baker’s twine, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can buy any of these products (and more!) at my Stampin’ Up! online store 24/7.