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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Thinking of Christmas

 

Stampin' Up!'shipment host sets this year are wonderful. Time of Year makes beautiful Christmas cards and pairs nicely with the poinsettia from Reason For the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

If you know me, you know that Christmas cards are my favorite! I could make only Christmas cards and never get bored. And I’ve been playing with the new hostess set, Time Of Year, and it makes such lovely Christmas cards! I love the vintage feel it gives when paired with the poinsettia from Reason For the Season. I only inked up this set once last year, so I’m happy to see it back this year.

I’m not providing full instructions for this one since it’s pretty straightforward, but I want to point out a few things… However, if you have a question about anything I don’t address here, just ask in the comments or email me.

1) I cut out the Christmas banner with my snips, but you don’t have to! The Bunch of Banners framelits coordinate with this *and other* stamp sets. They’re a great bargain!

2) The This Christmas designer series paper comes with 24 sheets! This paper is a little thinner and should be good for making envelopes and photo mats and gift bows.

3) The holly leaf and berries are a single stamp. Since these are photopolymer stamps, I didn’t even bother with markers, because markers never seem to work with the photopolymer. Instead I used the washi tape technique for stamping in multiple ink colors. First I covered the berries with washi, inked up the leaves with Garden Green ink, removed the tape (very important), and stamped the leaves. Then I cleaned the stamp and then did the same to stamp the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Stampin' Up! Reason For the Season poinsettia

4) The poinsettia is a two-step stamp with three stamps. :) I first stamped the outlines in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I stamped the leaves in GG and stamped the flower in Cherry Cobbler.

All of the supplies I used for this card are available in my Stampin’ Up store. Just click on the picture of an item below to buy it. Enjoy your day!


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Stampin Up Pun Intended Host Set - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I’m not lying when I say that puns are my favorite kind of humor. My family loves puns. My husband often asks me a random, off the wall questions, and I automatically try to figure out what pun could be his answer. Because the answer is always a pun.

So when I saw this new host set, I had to have it right away.


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