Bitty Box with Bitty Bow Gift Set

Stampin' Up! Moon Baby stamp set and Fresh Florals DSP stack - Flip Top Box at Splitcoaststampers - Pretty Label punch, In Color Bitty Bows - baby girl gift set - Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My second Creative Crew project at Splitcoaststampers this month is for the Technique challenge, and I made the Flip Top Box using this tutorial, and then the bitty box looked sad and lonely, so I decided it needed a card to go with it.

The theme for the Creative Crew this month is “Promises of New Things”, and I think baby pretty much covers that! Everything’s new with babies.

I am forcing myself to make more boxes and bags, so that’s why I chose the Flip Top Box for this challenge.

I love the crayon-type box and think it would be fun to fill with either a gift card to a baby store or some tiny knitted baby booties. Or special crayons. Teething rings, etc.

Stampin' Up! Moon Baby stamp set and Fresh Florals DSP stack - Flip Top Box at Splitcoaststampers - Pretty Label punch, In Color Bitty Bows - baby girl gift set - Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I used Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Smoky Slate for my box (and along the way discovered that my toddler probably threw away my Powder Pink ink pad when she tossed a few of my acrylic blocks in the trash). The paper is from the new Fresh Florals paper stack (LOVE). The tag uses the Pretty Label punch and the Moon Baby stamp set. The Bitty Bow is my favorite part of the box. I can’t get enough of these teeny things!

Stampin' Up! Moon Baby stamp set and Fresh Florals DSP stack - Flip Top Box at Splitcoaststampers - Pretty Label punch, In Color Bitty Bows - baby girl gift set - Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Where the tutorial says to use an oval punch, I used the Pretty Label punch to punch out the decorative insert for the box; that way it matches the tag. Note that I curved off the pointy edges with my snips.

Stampin' Up! Moon Baby stamp set and Fresh Florals DSP stack - Flip Top Box at Splitcoaststampers - Pretty Label punch, In Color Bitty Bows - baby girl gift set - Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The matching card was so fast and easy to make!

Make sure you come back later — I have a TON of projects to show you today, because Creative Crew projects are live today, and THE NEW CATALOG HAS BEGUN!! The ordering system is down until 1 pm CDT, but then you can go crazy.

Also, I’ll be doing a special live video later today on my Facebook page to show you my top 20 items (if I can whittle it down to that many) from the new catalog, and yes, I will be able to show you the inside of the catalog! If you want to catch me live, go to my Facebook page, like it, and turn on notifications. I’m not sure whether I will go live at quiet time, when my kids are supposed to play quietly without me, or when my husband gets off work. Sometime today, depending on how the day is going!

Remember I am taking signups for my Paper, Ribbon, and Embellishments shares right now. Check out the details here (including the Stampin’ Up! videos that show all of the paper).

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Life is Beautiful – Introducing Memories & More

Stampin' Up! Color Theory Memories & More card pack with Eastern Medallions thinlits, Colorful Seasons stamps, Wood Words stamps, Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder and new Mini Chevron Ribbon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey there! This card is for the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew inspiration challenge for June. This is my favorite of my five projects that I made for the Crew this month!

For the inspiration challenge this month, I was inspired by this bold fuchsia flower with gold and green accents.

Stampin' Up! Color Theory Memories & More card pack with Eastern Medallions thinlits, Colorful Seasons stamps, Wood Words stamps, Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder and new Mini Chevron Ribbon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I started with an Old Olive card base and stamped and embossed the flower spray from Wood Words in white on the card base. I stamped it three times. LOVE this look!

The two 3″x4″ pieces of DSP on top of the embossed card base are not DSP at all. They are pocket cards from our new memory keeping collection, Memories and More.  I absolutely adore the Color Theory M&M collection (sorry, I’m going to call it M&M and sometimes maybe even Eminem).

Stampin' Up! Color Theory Memories & More card pack with Eastern Medallions thinlits, Colorful Seasons stamps, Wood Words stamps, Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder and new Mini Chevron Ribbon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I tied the ribbon around the card base — this is the super soft 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon, and it comes in Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive. It is the easiest ribbon to tie into a beautiful bow! And did I mention how soft it is? It’s kitty soft, and I know this because I sometimes pet it. *side eye* Look at the drape on this ribbon!

I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to recreate the big, bursting flower. I punched a piece of Gold Foil out with the 2″ Circle punch, then embossed the Gold Foil with the Hexagons folder (this matches the decoration on the inside of the card as well). I put Dimensionals between all the layers and under the flower.

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I chose the “Life is a beautiful thing” sentiment, because it just seemed perfect for both our theme (Promises of New Things) and this vibrant flower.

Stampin' Up! Color Theory Memories & More card pack with Eastern Medallions thinlits, Colorful Seasons stamps, Wood Words stamps, Hexagon Dynamic embossing folder and new Mini Chevron Ribbon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I lined the inside of the card with some Whisper White cardstock and added a sticker from the M&M card pack to coordinate with the hexagons embossed on the front of the card.

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Make sure you come back later — I have a TON of projects to show you today, because Creative Crew projects are live today, and THE NEW CATALOG HAS BEGUN!! The ordering system is down until 1 pm CDT, but then you can go crazy.

Also, I’ll be doing a special live video later today on my Facebook page to show you my top 20 items (if I can whittle it down to that many) from the new catalog, and yes, I will be able to show you the inside of the catalog! If you want to catch me live, go to my Facebook page, like it, and turn on notifications. I’m not sure whether I will go live at quiet time, when my kids are supposed to play quietly without me, or when my husband gets off work. Sometime tomorrow, depending on how the day is going!

Remember I am taking signups for my Paper, Ribbon, and Embellishments shares right now. Check out the details here (including the Stampin’ Up! videos that show all of the paper).

You can get all of the products I showed you in my online Stampin’ Up! store today! I will have a new Host Code for June up as soon as the ordering system is back up.

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In addition to the following items, I used the Eastern Medallions thinlits for the flower. The item # is 143725.

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Okay, Sweet Sugarplum, we can be friends

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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please vote for my card here. 

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

Our theme for this highlight is Get Well Soon – I have to admit that I only have one Get Well stamp in my entire stash, and I almost never make a Get Well card. But I *should* make them and send them. It’s such a nice way to lift someone’s spirits.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I’m not going to lie. When I saw the new In Colors last year, I immediately stuck Sweet Sugarplum into the “DO NOT WANT” bucket. I have a hard time with purple pastels. We all have our preferences, right?

But every time I pair it with Mint Macaron (anyone else starting to panic that it’s retiring at the end of May??), I start whistling a different tune. I’m not saying I’m ready to order a full pack of the cardstock, but I’m getting there. Really starting to like this color.

I borrowed my daughter’s Pretty Kitty stamp set to make this card. This kitty is so sweet and warm, the perfect image for sending get well wishes. The base is Mint Macaron, and I added a 2-3/4″ strip of Sweet Sugarplum to offset my flowers. I stamped the flowers from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on a 2-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and colored the stems in with my Mint Macaron marker. I decided to paper piece the flowers, so I cleaned the stamp and stamped them again in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a separate sheet of Very Vanilla. I then went over the lines of the stamped images with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, then spread the color around the flower with my Blender Pen, then went over the lines again with the Razzleberry pencil. I cut just the flowers out with my Snips, then glued them to the flowers on the Very Vanilla strip.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I just love this kitty! Pretty Kitty has several images that would work for a Get Well card, but I really liked this calm and happy scene. I stamped the kitty in StazOn on Very Vanilla. The watercolor pencils I used to color the scene are Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral, and both Early Espresso (with a light touch) and Basic Gray for the kitty; the kitty’s shadow is done with Basic Gray (again, a light touch). I colored the flower leaves with the Mint Macaron marker. I cut the kitty out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the black scalloped circle is one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I finished off the cardfront with Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Dots.

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On the inside, I added a panel of Very Vanilla and stamped and paper pieced the flower again. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics, stamped in Mint Macaron.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen to do another international blog hop!

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Bugs and Kisses

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Yeah, I went there. I love puns. #sorrynotsorry

My daughter asked Santa Claus for her own Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink pads — that warmed my mama heart. And then my son asked Santa for his own Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink pads. And that just about did me in.

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I hope my kids always love to craft with me. (But let’s be honest, I hope they also always love Legos so I can send them off for quiet time so I can actually get crafting *done*.)

So Santa got them their own stamps and ink pads — and the best part is he bought them from me. ;-)

Well, for my son, Santa chose the most perfect set for a boy — the new Beetles & Bugs stamps. And my son let me borrow them to make a card. And a love note is the most obvious thing to make with pictures of bugs, right? Right. So that’s what I did.

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I chose a simple layout for my card, a layout that I use quite a bit.

Tips for CASEing (copying) my card:

*The card base is 4.25″x11″, scored and folded at 5.5″. The designer series paper with the Smoky Slate hearts all over it is from the A Little Foxy DSP stack. I love this stack! It’s so versatile. The DSP panel is 3.5″x5.5″.  The Basic Black panel is 1-7/8″, and the Whisper White panel is 1.5″.

*Each beetle is stamped twice. Nope, I didn’t color them in with markers! The black basic bug body is one stamp, and the red portion is another. You stamp the outline first, then stamp the filling, as I think of it. The best part is, the sheet that the stamps are on in the stamp case is numbered to help you figure out which stamps go together.

*The hearts between the bugs are from the Sweet Home stamp set that carried over from the Holiday Catalog. I’m so glad that this stamp set and the matching dies carried over!

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*For the sentiment, I used the Labeler Alphabet. My favorite thing to do with this font stamp set is to make up my own puns for my cards because puns are awesome. If you don’t mind your letters being so far apart, I find it easiest to place the letters side by side on the blocks, turn them over and use the lines on your grid paper to line up the edges so they stamp in a straight line. If you want them closer together, you’ll have to eyeball it. I stamped first, then hand-cut the words with my Snips.

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*On the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White, then carried over the DSP to tie the card together. I stamped the ladybugs from the same set because the beetles were going to take up too much room on the inside.

Cute stamp set, huh? I wasn’t sure about it until I started thinking of all the puns. “Bugs and kisses.” “Sorry I bugged you.” “Cute as a bug” (baby card or scrapbook page). “Sorry they pulled the bug out from under you.” Okay, that one’s a stretch.

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