February Paper Pumpkin

Hey! Sorry I’ve been absent for so long, over a week. We’ve had a whirlwind month. We have one kid in softball and one in t-ball, so we’ve had practice and/or games almost every day for the past week and a half or so. Plus we’re back in our homeschool co-op, etc., etc. And I’ve actually been going to bed at a reasonable hour, so that means no blogging. Expect me to continue being sporadic until after Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage convention in early April.

I’m guilty of letting those Paper Pumpkin boxes pile up and doing them months later (anyone else out there??). But I loved this month’s bright colors and delicate flower stamps so much that I got it out and played with it right away. This kit contains supplies for 9 cards and includes 9 envelopes lined with gorgeous wildflower paper (I would very much like a whole pack of this paper — it’s GORJ.) First I made one of each of the cards as intended in the kit. Then I played around with it.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

These are the cards in the kit. You would make three of each. But I only made one of each. I love these cards as they are, but I really like more contrast than this in my cards, so I knew I had to change things up a little.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my first alternate project. I swapped out the Sahara Sand card base for a Thick Whisper White base, used the patterned paper as a background, stamped flowers from the kit stamp set in Melon Mambo ink on the background, used the wildflower label (heart eyes emoji), stickers, and vellum cutouts from the kit, and made the sentiment label using Whisper White cardstock, stamps from the kit, the Banner Triple Punch, and ink in Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, and Melon Mambo.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I’m not sure why, but this is my favorite of my alternate cards. Everything except the label is from the kit, and for the label I only added Whisper White cardstock, Perfect Plum ink, and the Banner Triple Punch.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit with Just Add Text - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My last alternate uses the kit plus a Thick Whisper White card base, Whisper White cardstock, the Just Add Text stamp set, Perfect Plum and Garden Green ink, the Big Shot, and the Stitched Shapes framelits.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit with Just Add Text - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This may be my all-time favorite Paper Pumpkin kit!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box - 5th anniversary - free gift in each box - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Paper Pumpkin is turning 5 this month! And the March kit will have a free gift included and a special box. If you’d like to get in on the March Paper Pumpkin, you can subscribe here before March 10th or buy a prepaid subscription in my online store. If you buy a 3-, 6-, or 12-month prepaid subscription, you get to choose at least one free Sale-A-Bration item!

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Vintage Painted Autumn

Stampin' Up! Just Add Text and Vintage Leaves with Painted Autumn paper & Touches of Nature Elements - October 2017 designer series paper DSP sale - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey everyone! Here’s another one of the cards I made in my DSP (designer series paper) Facebook Live video yesterday.

A couple of tips for recreating this card:

*I used two designs from the Painted Autumn paper for this card. You can recreate this card using the same layout but changing up the paper — either use different designs from Painted Autumn, or use a different paper pack altogether. Just choose your card base and white (Whisper White or Very Vanilla) based on the colors in your DSP. Here I could have gone with Lemon-Lime Twist, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, or even Tangerine Tango for my card base, and the card would have had a completely different look. So play around with it.

Stampin' Up! Just Add Text and Vintage Leaves with Painted Autumn paper & Touches of Nature Elements - October 2017 designer series paper DSP sale - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*I stamped the leaf in Peekaboo Peach, then cut it out with the matching framelit (see supply list below). Then I used the pen end of my Tangerine Tango marker (available in the Brights pack of markers or the full set of Many Marvelous Markers) to draw in some more definition on some of the lines. My goal here was just a little more definition, to give the leaf a different look.

I tied the Touches of Nature Element to the leaf with Linen Thread, but you might want to add a dab of glue to the back of it, too, just in case.

*By the way, this is my customer thank you card for October, so if you’d like to receive one of these, just order from my online store in October! Make sure to use the host code (see below) when you shop so you get extra freebies from me.

To shop the DSP sale, go here. The World Cardmaking Day sale is here.


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Big Shot

$110.00

Wonderful Things

Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips and Just Add Text with Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon

Another clean and simple card for you today. Two in two days, can you believe it? Me either. The Tranquil Tulips host set is SO gorgeous, and you can only earn it with a minimum $150 order or party.

Stampin' Up! Tranquil Tulips and Just Add Text with Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon

This one is so simple that I barely have anything to tell you about it. I stamped both stamps for the flower part in the same color (So Saffron). I’ve seen lots of cards where the two stamps are done in different colors, and I like those, but this set makes it so easy to get a lovely two-tone image, even stamping in the same color. So you don’t have to over-complicate it.

I stamped all the flowers before stamping the leaves and stems. Then before stamping the leaves and stems, I masked off the flowers (stamp the flower on a post-it note over the sticky part, cut it out with Snips right on the outside edge or a little inside, and stick it over your flower before stamping). I stamped the leaves and stems in Old Olive, and you can see where I masked off, because that’s where the leaves go behind the flowers.

I flagged both ends of a strip of Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon and stuck it to the card base with Tear & Tape. I stamped the sentiment, from Just Add Text (love this one!), in Old Olive on a piece of Whisper White, flagged one end of that with the Triple Banner Punch, and popped it up on Dimensionals, right over the ribbon.

That’s it!

Thanks for stopping by today. You can buy all the products I used in my online store (direct links to products are below, click on the pictures).

LAST CALL for my Paper, Ribbon and Embellishments shares! I’m cutting this off on June 30th, so if you want to get in on those, let me know by tomorrow!

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Facebook Live video: Truly Artistic

Hey, there! I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was fun and busy. I made this Maui hook cake for my son’s 4th birthday, because he’s obsessed.

Hashtag Mom cake, amirite? He loved it. You’re welcome, kid.

Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever and Just Add Text with Sunshine Sayings - new annual catalog sneak peek - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
In other news, I finally got to make a card today for the first time since Thursday (4 days is a long time to go without!). This card actually uses three stamp sets — Crafting Forever, Just Add Text, and Sunshine Sayings.

Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever and Just Add Text with Sunshine Sayings - new annual catalog sneak peek - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I did some very simple coloring with ink pads and blender pens (and a quick shadow with an Aqua Painter) and a little bit of fussy cutting.

Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever and Just Add Text with Sunshine Sayings - new annual catalog sneak peek - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I love the sentiment that I chose for the card and the way it fits with this artsy set.

To see how I made the card, check out the Facebook Live video that I did today.

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You can buy the items I used in my card today from my store (links below). Note, however, that the Crafting Forever and Just Add Text stamp sets will not be available until June 1 for customers. You may join as a demonstrator if you’d like to add them to your starter kit today!

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Blender Pens

$10.00