Watercolor Snowflakes

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with watercolor background, Tags & Trimmings, Christmas Pines, Snowflake Sentiments, and Seasonal Layers thinlits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! I hope your week is going well. I’ve been getting a lot of crafting done, so I’m a happy camper.

Today I decided to play along with this sketch from CAS(E) this sketch. I love all of the dimension in this one little sketch!

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with watercolor background, Tags & Trimmings, Christmas Pines, Snowflake Sentiments, and Seasonal Layers thinlits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I started with my watercolor background. I laid down four different colors of ink on watercolor paper and dried each color with the Heat Tool. First I laid down Island Indigo with my Aqua Painter; I wet the area I wanted to cover with the Aqua Painter, then added the ink. I have been neglecting this color, and it’s one of my very favorites! I’m so happy to use it again. After Island Indigo was dry, I wet an overlapping section of the paper, then covered it with Bermuda Bay. After I dried that, I did the same with Fresh Fig. Then I added Marina Mist around the edges, but then I covered most of the Marina Mist with more Island Indigo.

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with watercolor background, Tags & Trimmings, Christmas Pines, Snowflake Sentiments, and Seasonal Layers thinlits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

After my background was done, I stamped snowflakes from Tags & Trimmings and Snowflake Sentiments all over the background in Versamark ink, then heat embossed it in white. I added this to an Island Indigo card base.  I added the Silver Mini Sequin Trim using the Tombow glue. I cut two branches out of Whisper White cardstock with the Seasonal Layers thinlits. After I glued the right-hand ends down to the card, I covered the branches in Wink of Stella. It doesn’t show in the pictures, but the branches are very sparkly! I embossed the sentiment, from Christmas Pines, in white on Island Indigo cardstock, then trimmed it down and flagged the end with the Banner Triple Punch. That is up on Dimensionals.

I thought the card needed just a little more, so I did a little watercolor lifting to get the droplets in the background, then added quite a few dots of Wink of Stella all over the background.

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with watercolor background, Tags & Trimmings, Christmas Pines, Snowflake Sentiments, and Seasonal Layers thinlits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The inside sentiment is also from Christmas Pines, and I added Wink of Stella to the word “sparkle” so it… sparkles.

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Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

Tidings of Comfort and Joy scrapbook page

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens, Seasonal Bells - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My first love in papercrafting is actually scrapbooking. I love to make cards, too, but scrapbooking is why I got into this whole world in the first place. It’s still my favorite. This is a two-page layout (inspiration from Lyssa Zwolanek, seen here). I had a lot of fun making the eight different presents. I did use a few retired embellishments in this layout.

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the left page. I absolutely love the Be Merry paper and the sentiment “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” from the Christmas Pines stamp set. This is one of the packs of paper included in the Designer Series Paper Sale. “Merry Wishes” is from the Oh What Fun stamp set. The little holly leaves and berries are from Holly Berry Happiness, which has a matching punch. In this case, you punch first, then stamp, because it’s a builder punch, so it’s easier to punch first. There are some tricks to help you stamp first, but when I’m just stamping one or two, I do it this way with builder punches. That tiny tag on the far left present is one of the Corrugated Elements.

Stampin' Up! scrapbook page with Be Merry paper, Christmas Pines, Holly Berry Happiness, Labels to Love, Oh What Fun, Smitten Mittens, Seasonal Bells - two page layout - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the right page. The Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon makes a fun gift bow. The bow on the second present is from Holly Berry Happiness. The little knit Christmas tree on the third present is from the Smitten Mittens bundle. The last gift has a tag from the new Labels to Love stamp set, punched with The Everyday Label punch.

Most of the items I used in my layout 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!

To shop the DSP sale (select styles only), go here. The World Cardmaking Day sale, which ends Tuesday, is here (note that the Fast Fuse deal is no longer available but will come back for five more days in a few months — we blew through two years’ supply in five days!).


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Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop, with special guest… ME?! Are you kidding me??! I seriously almost peed my pants when Kylie Bertucci asked me to be the special guest on this week’s blog hop. The Crazy Crafters are Kylie’s Stampin’ Up! team. What an honor to hop with this amazingly talented team! For the blog hop, everyone is CASEing one of my cards (Copy and Selectively Edit / Copy and Share Everything). I can’t wait to see which cards the Crazy Crafters chose to CASE and what they do with them!

For my card, I chose one from over three years ago. I made this card in August 2014, and it’s been one of my top pinned cards ever. So I wanted to see what I could do to update it.

Stampin' Up! Musical Season and Christmas Pines stamps with Musical Instruments framelits, Quilt Top embossing folder, Quilted Christmas and Merry Music paper - Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

As you can see, I kept the layout, the color scheme, the gold embossing, and the kind of Nordic feel of the card. Everything I used on the previous card is retired except for the colors, so I kept Real Red, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and Gold for my new card and updated everything else with current products. I absolutely love the Musical Season bundle this year! It is gorgeous. My sentiment and the snowflakes are from the Christmas Pines stamp set. This time for the designer paper, I used the Quilted Christmas paper and embossed the paper with the Quilt Top embossing folder.

Stampin' Up! Musical Season and Christmas Pines stamps with Musical Instruments framelits, Quilt Top embossing folder, Quilted Christmas paper - Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the inside of the card.

Stampin' Up! Merry Music specialty paper with Envelope Punch Board & Musical Season stamps, sponge brayer, Year of Cheer specialty washi tape - Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The card is square (5″x5″), so I needed to make an envelope to go with it. I kept with the music theme and used the Merry Music Paper. It’s lightweight, so it is perfect for making envelopes with the Envelope Punch Board. After I punched and scored the envelope, I sponged it with a Sponge Brayer and Calypso Coral ink. I added the Whisper White piece for writing the address and stamped it and added washi tape to match the card.

Stampin' Up! Musical Season and Christmas Pines stamps with Musical Instruments framelits, Quilt Top embossing folder, Quilted Christmas and Merry Music paper - Crazy Crafters Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Thanks for stopping by today! And thanks so much to Kylie for inviting me to be part of this wonderful blog hop. Make sure you follow the hop all the way around to where you started. You’ll see lots of fantastic projects!

You can find all the products I used to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Heat Tool

$30.00

Glue Dots

$5.25

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek: White Christmas

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog sneak peek - Christmas Staircase thinlits, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Christmas Pines stamps, new Champagne Foil Sheets

I got my preorder for the brand new Holiday Catalog this week, and I just had to play along with this Great Outdoors challenge from The Paper Players.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog sneak peek - Christmas Staircase thinlits, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Christmas Pines stamps, new Champagne Foil Sheets

This card is not hard to make at all, but it is very time consuming. I suggest starting by using both of the full swag dies from the Christmas Staircase thinlits (coming September 1, available now for demonstrators) and cutting about 20 swags. Also cut out the full tree framelit from the same dies in Whisper White. Starting at the outside and on the bottom, glue down a swag on each side, right up to the edge of the tree. Then glue two swags on the inside. Do another row of swags right above it, again starting from the outside and moving in so the middle branches are on top. Continue all the way to the top of the tree.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog sneak peek - Christmas Staircase thinlits, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Christmas Pines stamps, new Champagne Foil Sheets

Once you’ve gone all the way up the tree, use the small branch dies to cut branches for the very top of the tree. Glue these on, then use more of these to fill in any holes in the tree. To assemble the card, I used a Whisper White Thick card base, a regular Whisper White frame (4″x5-1/4″), and then another frame (3-3/4″x5″) using the brand new Champagne Foil Sheets (coming September 1). Make sure to cut the centers out of any foil sheets that will be hidden behind other panels. The foil is too pretty to hide! My top panel is embossed with the new Quilt Top embossing folder (coming September 1) and measures 3-1/2″x4-3/4″. The tree is popped up on Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog sneak peek - Christmas Staircase thinlits, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Christmas Pines stamps, new Champagne Foil Sheets

I heat embossed the sentiment (from Christmas Pines) with Silver embossing powder on a strip of Whisper White. I flagged the ends with the Banner Triple Punch. Under the sentiment is a strip of Silver Mini Sequin Trim. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! plans to come out with all of the metallic things in Champagne — embossing powder, sequin trim, and I’d love to see the return of Champagne Glimmer Paper. I topped the tree with a star cut from Champagne Foil Sheets with another die from the Christmas Staircase thinlits.

Some of the products I used are available now, and the rest will be available from my Stampin’ Up! store on September 1st. Or you can join my team today and add these products, including the sneak peeks, to your Starter Kit!

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Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas, Card Front Builder thinlits dies, striped treat bags, Foil Frenzy paper, Boxwood Wreaths - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Buy the Carols of Christmas bundle from my online store in August, and receive a free online card class that uses the bundle! The cards are easy to duplicate, so they’re perfect for beginners, but they’re also fun for seasoned stampers. [NOTE: The cards shown are not the cards included in the tutorial.]

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Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Heat Tool

$30.00


Additional products used:
Christmas Staircase Thinlits
Quilt Top Embossing Folder
Champagne Foil Sheets