Stitched with Cheer Project Kit

I did a live Facebook video where I put together the three card designs from the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit. Check it out!

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World Cardmaking Day

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Hey! It’s been a while (life, first year of formal homeschool, turning 40, life, etc.), but I’m jumping back in for a World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop with a bunch of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators using all current Stampin’ Up! products. This is such a fantastic way to celebrate this event, and we have lots of projects to inspire you. You are currently visiting my blog — Sarah Fleming in Texas, USA — and you will visit lots of different places as you hop today. There is a list at the end of the page to help you navigate from blog to blog, so follow through the hop to see 30 amazing projects.

Here’s my card, a double gatefold card that showcases the Festive Season bundle, which includes the Festive Season photopolymer stamp set and the matching Festive Stitching Thinlits dies. I designed this for a recent card swap with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

Festive Season bundle double gatefold card - Stampin' Up! holiday catalog - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to DyeMy base for the card is Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I sort of followed this tutorial to get the dimensions of my card, but I also just fiddled with it to get the layers that I wanted. CLEAR AS DAY, right? But seriously, I just fiddled. That gorgeous designer series paper is the This Christmas paper from the annual catalog.

A close-up of the belly band:

Double Gatefold card belly band - Festive Season bundle from Stampin' Up! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Look at that ornament! One of my very favorite things from the holiday catalog. I stamped the ornament in Mint Macaron and then cut it out with the coordinating Festive Stitching thinlit. The thinlit punches the holes in the ornament for the decorative stitching. Cool, right? As you can tell, I was in a gold mood when I designed this card. I used two strands of Gold Metallic Thread for the stitching, added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper to the front of the belly band, die cut the ornament topper in the same paper, and used the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim for the bow. The center of the ornament is from the same stamp set.

Here’s the card without the belly band.

Double gatefold card using Stampin' Up!'s new Festive Season bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The “Merry Christmas” stamp is one of my favorite new sentiments from the holiday catalog; it’s from the Hang Your Stocking set. The tiny trees (or tops of a dense forest, depending on your view of it) are stamped in Garden Green and Mint Macaron, and they’re from the Greetings from Santa set. I just love them.

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Look at that detail! This is the Cable Knit embossing folder — I’ve knitted those braided cables (on some Maudie socks that have been sitting unfinished for about a year and a half). One note on the embossing — I wanted the cables all facing the same direction, and since the two embossed panels don’t touch, I couldn’t emboss both panels at the same time. However, one set of cables would have been upside down if I’d tried to just emboss one panel and then the other. So you have to cut separate panels to emboss, then glue those directly on top of the card base.

The sentiment is from Merriest Wishes.

And that’s my card.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today; I’m so honored to be included in the hop with all of these wonderful demonstrators! Don’t forget to continue on the hop and see all the wonderful cards from around the world. Remember that currently you are at my blog — Sarah Fleming — so check the blog hop lineup to see who is next on the list.

You can buy everything I used to make my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store (links below). And make sure you check back soon for all the details on my October classes, including my new Class in the Mail. See you soon!

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As You Like It – Joyful Season

For a while now I’ve wanted to do a blog series aimed at showing you ways to make the same card (sort of) no matter how hard you craft. I tend to craft hard — all the layers! all the embellishments! learn something new! But sometimes I don’t want to put so much detail into a card (okay, that’s a lie — I always *want* to, but I sometimes don’t have time). And there is nothing wrong with making it more simple. And sometimes, I just want to get it done, and fast. Although I want every card to be a complicated masterpiece…

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Here’s a set of cards I made with Joyful Season.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I started, actually, with this one, which is more the mid-level card. Anyone here married to an engineer? I am. He’s also a writer (fiction and non-fiction), but I guess his creative side only translates to the written word. I showed him this card, and the first expression on his face was, “Wow, that’s ugly.” He said, “It’s… uh… I don’t get the torn paper thing.” He later told me that he almost said, “Oh, is this one of BC’s cards?” Our five-year-old daughter. I’d thought he might think it was one of my better ones; it’s masculine, fairly simple… Haha, NOPE. I told him he doesn’t understand art, and SO’S YOUR FACE.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Next I made this one, the Craft Hard card. Added the vellum, changed the colors, added more stamping, popped the bird up on dimensionals. That vellum is from the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack. So pretty.

As You Like It - 1 design, 3 cards - Stampin' Up! Joyful Season & Petite Pairs - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

Finally I made this one, the clean and simple version. The Ain’t Nobody Got Time version. This actually turned out to be my favorite of the three. I did the extra stamping that I’d done in the Craft Hard version but took away all the layers. Added the twine and two sequins from the PLxSU Hello December Accessory Pack, and I’m done. I love white cards for winter. They just look so crisp. That Merry Christmas stamp is my very favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp, current or retired; in fact, my friend used it at the first stamp camp I attended in 2011, and I’m pretty sure it was my first purchase. It’s from Petite Pairs. I’m entering this version of the card in the Paper Players CAS Christmas challenge.

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Did you notice your branch can go either way? Just turn the stamp.

Materials for the first card are here:

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Materials for the second card:

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And for the clean-and-simple card:

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Festive Flower punch

 

Stampin' Up! Embellished Ornaments and Festive Flower punch - handmade Christmas cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Do you see that fabulous poinsettia? It’s a builder punch in the new holiday catalog, and it makes a stunning flower. It also coordinates with the Reason For the Season stamp set. I love stamp/punch coordination!

Stampin' Up! Festive Flower punch, Embellished Ornaments, Among the Branches - handmade Christmas cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

For this card, I decided to make my own designer paper using the holly from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set. I stamped it several times on Very Vanilla paper in Mossy Meadow. I colored in the leaves with a Wild Wasabi marker and colored in the berries with a Real Red marker then added the stamped panel to a Mossy Meadow card base.

The red panel is Real Red. I inked the sentiment using Mossy Meadow and Real Red markers and stamped it on more Very Vanilla cardstock, then added the tiny ornament from the Among the Branches stamp set. A couple of Basic Pearls finish off the sentiment panel.

To make the flower, I followed the tutorial in this video:

If you watch all the way to the end, you’ll see how this punch can be used to make a variety of flowers, not just poinsettias.

I scored my petals instead of just folding them. I don’t know that it made much of a difference, except that I always end up folding way off-center. Since I made my poinsettia out of a Gold Foil Sheet, I did use Multipurpose Liquid Glue for most of the flower, but to glue on the Vintage Faceted Designer Button, I used Crystal Effects and laid the flower out to dry completely overnight before attaching it to the card. I find that the Crystal Effects holds things to the shiny papers much better than other glues.

The holiday catalog is available now, so you can order everything you need to make this card from my online Stampin’ Up! store. Have a great day!

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