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Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

Good evening! I hope you’re having a great weekend and have some craft time carved out sometime this weekend. I’m determined to finally get our Christmas stuff down and decorate for Valentine’s Day, so I don’t know if I will get to craft much. But I’m sure I’ll try to sneak it in!

Today I decided to play along with Global Design Project’s Case the Designer challenge. The challenge is to CASE this amazing card by Krista Frattin. It’s ultra-feminine and beautiful, and I somehow ended up with a kinda masculine card. I’m not quite sure how that happened! That’s what happens when you CASE, though. I used her layout, though I turned my card to landscape, and I went with lots of layers. Everything else is TOTALLY different.

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

This was my first play with the adorable Bird Banter stamp set. I knew I wanted two birds facing each other on one branch, because I really wanted to use this sentiment. I stamped the branch in Soft Suede. I decided to paint the leaves using Brusho, though really it came out kind of Old Olive, so I could have just used my Old Olive Blends. I used a plastic painter’s tray to mix colors and used one tap of Prussian Blue crystals and about six taps of Yellow crystals, then mixed them with water. I painted the leaves with this mixture, but I used as little water as possible, because I was painting on regular Whisper White. After it dried, I went back in and added a tiny bit of paint to the center point of each leaf.

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

I masked off the branch before stamping the birds. I colored the Macaw with Stampin’ Blends in Cherry Cobbler (Light & Dark), Night of Navy (Light & Dark), and Daffodil Delight (Light & Dark). I colored in the bottom half of the beak with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the Light Smoky Slate to color the edges of the white parts of his face and beak, then I used the Color Lifter to really soften the Smoky Slate and blend it out. I added a few shadows around the outside edge with the Light Smoky Slate and used the Color Lifter the same way. To color the cockatoo, I used Light & Dark Daffodil Delight on his comb and carried the Light Daffodil down into his face, then smoothed out the edges with the Color Lifter. I used Light & Dark Pumpkin Pie on his wing and tail feathers. His beak is done with Light Night of Navy and Light Smoky Slate. Then I added shadows with Light Smoky Slate and the Color Lifter. Finally, I shaded under the branch with Light Smoky Slate.

The rest of the card is designer series paper (green background – Delightful Daisy, Soft Sky circle – Coffee Break, wood-look banner – Wood Textures).

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

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Picture Perfect Christmas

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday (coming Occasions 2018), Watercolor Christmas, Foil Snowflakes - handmade Christmas card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey there! I’ll tell ya, I am having a hard time stamping with anything but the new stuff from the Occasions catalog that begins January 3. I always get so excited about a new catalog, and this time is no different!

But it’s also still Christmas time, and there’s a color challenge at Global Design Project that uses a very Christmassy combination, so I compromised and made a Christmas card that uses a birthday stamp set from the new Occasions catalog. Win-win!

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday (coming Occasions 2018), Watercolor Christmas, Foil Snowflakes - handmade Christmas card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Aren’t those little gift bows cute? They come from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set (I’m in love with the whole Picture Perfect Birthday suite). The main color for the red bows is Real Red, stamped off once on scratch paper and then stamped on the Whisper White cardstock. The shadows on the red bow are done in Real Red but are not stamped off first. The green bows are done the same way, but with Lemon-Lime Twist. The shadows are not stamped off, but the bows are. The sentiment is from Watercolor Christmas, which is retiring (sadface). I popped in a gold Foil Snowflake and some 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon in Crumb Cake. My favorite embellishments, though, are those tiny little epoxy dots. These are from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes, also coming in the Occasions catalog. I colored them with the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends Marker.

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Birthday (coming Occasions 2018), Watercolor Christmas, Foil Snowflakes - handmade Christmas card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

For the inside, I stamped the Real Red bow again in the corner. Just a little extra something.

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No Special Reason

Stampin' Up! Special Reason bundle w/ Stylish Stems framelits - handmade card with flowers - #GDP076 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey there! I didn’t get much time for blogging last week. We had a family day on Monday at the San Antonio Zoo, and then I never could seem to get my week on track. Just one of those weeks. But I’m back this week and playing along with a fun challenge over at Global Design Project. This week’s challenge is to CASE (copy and selectively edit/share everything, depending on who you ask) the brilliant Kylie Bertucci. This is the card we are CASEing:

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I love this card! I’ve actually CASEd it before, but I don’t think I even have pictures of the other card I made. This time I decided to use the stamps and the layout that Kylie used in her card.

Stampin' Up! Special Reason bundle w/ Stylish Stems framelits - handmade card with flowers - #GDP076 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I’m so in love with the Special Reason bundle. And that says so much for this stamp set, because I really do not go for the flower sets much at all. But there’s just something really special about this whole bundle and all the different stamps and pieces in it.

My card base is Island Indigo (4.25″x5.5″), and the strips on either side of the white panel are Copper Foil Sheets (I cut them about 3/8″ x 5.5″, but some of each strip is hidden behind the Whisper White panel). The Whisper White is 3″x5.5″. I don’t actually have any flowers stamped directly on the white panel. They’re all glued on or stuck on with Dimensionals.

The large flowers are done in Mint Macaron and Flirty Flamingo, and the smaller flower is stamped in Island Indigo. I used the matching framelits to cut them out. Then I used the intricate negative dies and the same framelits to cut out the copper flowers. Finally, I cut out the leaves with the detailed leaf dies in Whisper White.

Before I glued down the flowers, I stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron and stamped some splatters from the Swirly Bird stamp set in Mint Macaron (stamped off first) and Island Indigo (also stamped off).

Stampin' Up! Special Reason bundle w/ Stylish Stems framelits - handmade card with flowers - #GDP076 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

If you’re recreating this card, the order I glued everything down in is: white leaves, large copper flower (only glue down the bottom half of the flower so the top pops up a little), small Island Indigo flower, small copper flower (again only glue down the bottom half), Mint Macaron flower, and then the Flirty Flamingo flower (on Dimensionals).

To finish off the front of the card, I added some droplets to the flowers using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. I was really excited when I showed my husband, and he said, “Hey, the flowers look wet, like they have dew drops on them.” “That’s what I was going for!”

Stampin' Up! Special Reason bundle w/ Stylish Stems framelits - handmade card with flowers - #GDP076 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I finished off the inside of the card with a Mint Macaron flower and the sentiment stamped in Island Indigo.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for stopping by!

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