Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop: CASEing the catalog

Hi, and welcome to the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop! This is a monthly hop with Stampin’ Up! friends around the world; you’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. This month’s theme is CASEing the catalog. This means we are taking projects shown in the new Annual Catalog and tweaking them to make them our own. CASE = Copy and Share Everything OR Copy and Selectively Edit. This is the card I chose:

Stampin' Up! Message in a Bottle stamp set

I absolutely adore this card! I might have skipped right by the stamp set in the catalog, but this card caught my eye right away, and I had to have this set! I love the card so much that I didn’t change much about it at all.

Stampin' Up! Message in a Bottle and Magical Mermaid stamps with Naturally Eclectic designer series paper - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The card in the catalog is a square card, but I decided to make it into a standard A2-size card. I stamped the sea plants from Magical Mermaid on the Pool Party card base, then turned the card design from the catalog card into a feature on this card.

Stampin' Up! Message in a Bottle and Magical Mermaid stamps with Naturally Eclectic designer series paper - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I used Naturally Eclectic designer series paper as well — after studying all the paper in the catalog and the catalog card, I’m pretty sure that the striped paper on the original card is made with markers. Tip: That is not a full square of Silver Glimmer Paper behind the DSP. Knowing that most of the paper would be hidden, I cut out the middle of the Glimmer Paper to save for a future project. No sense wasting the good stuff!

Stampin' Up! Message in a Bottle and Magical Mermaid stamps with Naturally Eclectic designer series paper - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the inside of my card.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will look through the catalog and see all the wonderful inspiration the Stampin’ Up! concept artists have provided. You are currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all of our projects. You don’t want to miss any!

 

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Product List

Message In A Bottle Photopolymer Stamp Set

$17.00

Magical Mermaid Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$20.00

Magical Mermaid Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$28.00

Versamark Pad

$8.50

Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Berry Burst 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Silver Glimmer Paper

$5.00

Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper

$11.00

Paper Snips Scissors

$10.00

White Stampin' Emboss Powder

$5.00

Heat Tool

$30.00

Banner Triple Punch

$23.00

Iridescent Sequin Assortment

$5.00

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$4.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Fine-Tip Glue Pen

$7.00

Picnic Treats

Stampin' Up! picnic-themed goodies and handmade card - paper picnic basket with Wood Textures dsp stack, treat container, basket weave, watermelon, Cool Treats, Tabs for Everything - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s my final Creative Crew project for July. Make sure you check out the Creative Crew gallery to see everyone’s projects for the month. It’s a great gallery!

For the Inspired to Create challenge, I started with the picnic basket from this inspiration photo.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

For the picnic basket, I started with 1/2″ strips of one design of the Wood Textures dsp stack. I wove these together until I thought I could make a basket out of it. I glued the ends so the woven paper would stay in place, then cut off any excess paper. I cut flaps, as if making a box, folded it all together, and adhered with Tear & Tape. Then decorated the basket.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

The doily has to go on first. Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the bottom of the inside of the basket and one for each of the short ends (this is mainly to cover up the doily scraps on the inside of the basket, because the doily is folded in). I cut 1/2″ strips of a contrasting paper (the same paper I used for the handle) and curved these around the outside corners (to hide uneven holes in the basket weave and reinforce the basket).

Important! Fill your basket with treats before giving it a handle — it’s prettier this way (I tried it the other way). After the treats were in, I added a 1/2″ x 6″ strip of the contrasting paper for the handle. Then I put the ribbon around the top edge of the basket with Tear & Tape. I put the largest size of Clear Faceted Gems on where the handle meets the basket.

For the treat bag inside, I used a 3-3/4″ x 6″ cello bag (not SU). I put it inside the basket to fill it to make sure I didn’t end up overfilling it. I tied it closed with the ribbon. For the tag, I used strips of Whisper White cardstock and the wood paper. The gingham print on the tag is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set (the stamp with a bunch of horizontal lines — stamp it once, then turn it 90 degrees and stamp again). The watermelon rind is a scalloped circle stamp from Tabs for Everything. I colored it in with the Flirty Flamingo marker. Then I stamped the watermelon seeds (candle flames stamp from Tabs for Everything) in Memento Tuxedo Black and punched out the watermelon with the 3/4″ circle punch. “You’re Sweet” comes from Sweet Cupcake.

Stampin' Up! simple watermelon candy treat packaging, Tabs for Everything, 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

This cello bag is done mostly the same as the one in the picnic basket, but the “Fresh Treats” comes from the Wood Words stamp set.

Stampin' Up! handmade card, Cool Treats, watermelon & picnic table paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I made the card last, just for fun. I decided to stay with the same colors, even though Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, and Flirty Flamingo don’t jump out at me as “hey, great color combo!”. For the picnic table cloth, I started with 1/4″ strips of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and glued down the vertical strips first (those are 2″ tall, spaced about 1/2″ apart). For the horizontal strips, I started with the top one and worked my way down. I glued the last strip to the bottom of the card and then cut off the excess.

The watermelon is cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. I free-cut the seeds with Snips.

I hope my Creative Crew projects have inspired you to go make something! It’s going to be hot today; you might as well stay inside and craft. #onlyfourmoremonthsofsummer

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Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Tea Lace Paper Doilies
[129399]
$3.00

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes
[141410]
$9.00

Fancy Mermaid

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid handmade birthday card - Acetate & Tissue technique - Bouquet Bunch framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my Love a Technique Challenge project for the Creative Crew’s Summer Lovin’ theme this month. I went with the amazing Magical Mermaid stamp set and used the Acetate & Tissue technique. I stamped the seaweed on the Pool Party card base in Emerald Envy, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Pool Party (full strength and stamped off). I stamped the water drops/bubbles in Pool Party and the sentiment in Emerald Envy.

I glued down three leafy stems cut with the Bouquet Bunch framelits out of Basic Black, Emerald Envy, and Vellum cardstock.

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid handmade birthday card - Acetate & Tissue technique - Bouquet Bunch framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

For my mermaid panel, I stamped the mermaid in StazOn Jet Black ink on a Window Sheet. I also stamped the seaweed in Emerald Envy and Lemon-Lime Twist on the piece of Whisper White card that gets glued behind the mermaid. I also stamped the water drops/bubbles in Bermuda Bay on that piece. [After the glue made the ink bleed, these have turned into kind of faint imprints. I really like the look! I did three others that turned out with darker imprints.] I flipped the mermaid sheet over, covered it with a lot of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen, and added two drops of Pool Party ink to the bottom half and three drops of Pink Pirouette ink to the top half of the panel. I smoothed the colors around with my fingers. Then I sprinkled on a decent amount of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I crinkled the tissue up, opened it back up, and placed it on top of the colored glue, then flipped the whole thing over to glue it to the piece of stamped Whisper White cardstock. This takes quite a while to dry. After it was dry, I cut it out with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits — you may have to run this through several times.

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid handmade birthday card - Acetate & Tissue technique - Bouquet Bunch framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

After I cut out the mermaid, I cut out the same size oval from Basic Black cardstock and glued the two pieces together, offset a little. I looped Silver Mini Sequin Trim behind the ovals, then popped the ovals up on Dimensionals.

Since the mermaid tail was cut out of the picture, I made a second one. I stamped the tail in Archival Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock. I used ink from the lids of my Emerald Envy and Lemon-Lime Twist ink pads with a Blender Pen to color in the tail. I fussy cut the tail out, covered it with glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen, sprinkled on more Dazzling Diamonds (I decided she will be a Fancy Mermaid), and let it dry. After it dried, I stuck the tail to the card base with Mini Dimensionals and adhered the top of the tail to the Window Sheet with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I didn’t like how the top of the tail looked, so I stuck a sequin over the V. :)

I topped off the card with more sequins.

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Stampin’ Up! is running an AMAZING deal in July! If you sign up as a demonstrator in July, your Starter Kit still costs $99, but you get $197 in product! You choose $125 of your Starter Kit, and you also get the Essentials Gift Pack, which includes:

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Product List

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad
[101406]
$9.00

Blender Pens

$10.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Magical Glossy Mermaid

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid with glossy cardstock - Ink Spray & Smash background technique - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey, there!

In yesterday’s Facebook Live video, I made this gorgeous ocean background using the Ink Spray & Smash technique for glossy cardstock backgrounds. I am pretty new to glossy cardstock and am loving all the techniques you can use with it!

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid with glossy cardstock - Ink Spray & Smash background technique - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid with glossy cardstock - Ink Spray & Smash background technique - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Check out the video to see me make this card and to also see me use the Versamark Resist technique and to see me totally fail at the Salted Background technique (which I couldn’t quite remember and did wrong in the video). You can buy all the products I used in my online Stampin’ Up! store (direct links below). Also, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and like my Facebook page!

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Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00