A masculine get-well card for Dynamic Duos

Dynamic Duos #85 - DD#85 - By the Tide and Express Yourself - masculine get well card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Good morning! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? I haven’t either. I haven’t even started to take down the decorations, but truth be told, I’m in no rush. I love Christmas decorations and would leave my house like this all year if other people wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me.

I’m popping in to show you my latest card for the Dynamic Duos design team. This week’s colors are Garden Green and Summer Starfruit.


I struggled with this color combination until I finally decided to make a masculine card (my stash desperately needs more masculine cards). Once I had that, the challenge became much easier. Still not easy, though, so I checked out Mojo Monday for some inspiration and decided to make a square card using the Mojo sketch.

I made a 5″x5″ square card. The designer paper mat is from the Birthday Basics designer paper. I’ve used this paper so much that I only had exactly enough left for this card. The Garden Green paper strip is from the Regals Backgrounds paper stack. I chose to use both Whisper White and Basic Black for my neutrals.

I hadn’t inked up my By the Tide stamps in a long time, and I think of this set first when I think of masculine cards, so I decided to use it. I’d forgotten how much I love it. Both of the green fish are stamped in Garden Green. For the fish on the bottom, I first stamped off onto scrap paper before stamping on the cardstock, just so I’d have two different shades of green fish on my card.

The Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons are retired, but they are available on the Clearance Rack (while supplies last!). I love these buttons and am on my second or third container of them. I tied knots of Linen Thread through the center of the button and also around the sentiment tag. The larger twine is the jute twine that came with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I had some of this left over and thought it looked maritime-y and twisted it onto my card (I used Crystal Effects to get it to stay put). And now that I think about it, Mui Hoang’s boat cards from the Crumb Cake / Marina Mist challenge used similar twine — I probably subconsciously got the idea from her. :)

The sentiment tag and its black frame were flagged using the Hexagon punch. Ever since I lost my 1″ Square punch, this has been my go-to punch for flagging things. I can’t remember whom I got this from.

I hope you like the card and will play along with the challenge! The other designers have come up with some great cards, so head on over to the blog and see them all!

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Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson




Feel Better Soon – Dynamic Duos #80

Feel Better Soon - Dynamic Duos #80 - DD#80 - Stampin' Up! Express Yourself and Oh Hello - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Good morning! This is my design team card for this week’s Triple Threat color combo over at Dynamic Duos.



I love to play along with challenges, but sometimes they just stump me, and I throw in the towel and move on. And I have to say that this one stumped me! But I’m on the design team (it still feels strange to say that!) and can’t get stumped, so I powered through. ;) I kept trying to make a Christmas card, and I did make one, but it kind of came out as just a card. Nothing special. So I went back to square one and stopped trying to force a Christmas card out of my head, and I got this. I like this much better.

I didn’t really start out intending to tear up the Pear Pizzazz paper, but after I embossed it, I decided to take a little off the edges. I kept messing up my tears, so eventually half my mat was gone. Haha! I like how it turned out, though.

The mirror frame (not really intended as a mirror, but then I added the Silver Foil, so it became a mirror), flower, and arrow are all from the Oh Hello stamp set. The sentiment is from the beautiful hostess set Express Yourself, and the postage frame and umbrella both come from another hostess set, Postage Collection. I love the hostess sets Stampin’ Up! has this year! I have about half of them already and have my eye on several more.

I colored the flower in first with a Blushing Bride marker, then around the edges with the Raspberry Ripple marker. I love how the flower turned out — it’s my favorite part of the card. Well, I also really love the pearls.

The only thing I don’t love about the card is the ink spots. They were kind of an afterthought. Everything was glued down and dimensionaled up, and I pulled out Gorgeous Grunge on a whim. Afterward, I wished I hadn’t. Oh well.

I hope you’ll join us this week at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your creations!

I’m writing this at 4 a.m., so I hope it’s not too hard to read! [UPDATE: Wow, I used a lot of exclamation points. I have edited the post to tone it down a wee bit. At 37, I am clearly now too old to stay up so late. I also added a supply list at the bottom of the post.]

I have to run — I’m selling a lot of cards plus some other crafty things made with SU! supplies at a MA-liday (rhymes with holiday) Bazaar this morning, and I’d like 2 hours of sleep before I go. The MA is because all the sellers at the bazaar will be “mompreneurs”. If you’re in the Treasure Valley, the bazaar is at 1247 E. Fairview in Meridian from 10 to 1 in the Fit For Motherhood studio. Come see me peddling my wares! There will be lots of great vendors!

Supplies used:
Paper: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: Blushing Bride, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz; Stampin’ Write Markers (in these same colors)
Stamps: Oh Hello, Express Yourself (hostess), Postage Collection (hostess), Gorgeous Grunge
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Ovals Collection framelits, Postage punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stamping Sponges
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, ¬†Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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.