You Amaze Me, Alaska

Good afternoon from America!

I’m taking part in a very special blog hop today with the Aim for Alaska training group. This is a training put on by Kylie Bertucci to help us grow our businesses (Aim for Alaska means that we are trying to earn the fabulous Stampin’ Up! incentive trip for this year, which is an Alaskan cruise). I’ve learned so much about how to grow and run a successful business from top demonstrators all over the world, and I’m so grateful for this wonderful group!

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

The theme for our blog hop is Inspired by Alaska. When I think of Alaska, I think glaciers, mountains, reindeer, trees, and plaid, LOL.

Thank you, Jensen.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

Tips for CASEing my card:

*My card base is Night of Navy, 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.

*I cut a 4″-wide strip of the Carried Away designer series paper that is a Sale-A-Bration freebie. This paper coordinates perfectly with the Lift Me Up bundle and is only available free with a $50 purchase until the end of March.  After I cut this strip of paper, I used my Paper Snips to cut off everything above the mountains. I did cut around one tiny hot air balloon and cloud but cut off everything else above the mountains. I just love how this paper gives a full scene of nature and wildlife in such a small space.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*After I glued down the paper to the card base, I cut the piece of Whisper White paper. I wanted the paper 3/4″ wide on the right side and 1/2″ tall on top. I probably did it the hard way, so the easy way would be to cut a piece that is 4.25″ x 5.5″, then use the ruler on your Trimmer to cut across the top (leaving 1/2″ above the cut) 3.75″ (leave 3/4″ on the right edge), then turn your paper and cut all the way to the bottom edge. I am making it sound more difficult than it is. Pop the piece of white up on Dimensionals.

*I stamped the tree from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Emerald Envy ink on Emerald Envy cardstock, then cut it out with the Perfect Pines framelits. That is on Dimensionals.

*The banner is from the Banners for You bundle. I stamped in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy, then cut the banner out with the matching framelit. Since I was adding this right on top of the tree and the white border, I used my glue for most of the banner but did put a Dimensional under the left banner flap so everything is even.

*The bow is Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine.

*The extra clouds are stamped/die cut using the Lift Me Up bundle.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*To finish off the card, I added Wink of Stella (clear) to all of the mountain peaks and the clouds. I love the frost you can get from this glitter pen!

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*Inside. This sentiment is also from the Banners for You bundle, but it is a curved stamp, meant to fit on one of the curvy banners. So I just straightened it out when I put it on the clear block. That’s one of my favorite things about photopolymer stamps!

I hope you like my card. Make sure to continue hopping around the world on this fabulous Aim for Alaska blog hop. Right now you’re at Sarah Fleming’s blog, so just keep clicking down the list until you hop all the way back to me.


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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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Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s a fun, easy card for you. It’s not a quick card, but it’s easy and can be done in countless color combinations to suit your taste and whatever colors you have on hand.

I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) this card from Allison Okamitsu. I changed up the stamps, a little bit of the layout, and the colors. I love how I can copy a card and come out with a totally different look. It really simplifies card design when I’m in a hurry. Anyway, I loved Allison’s card so much that I wanted to make an exact copy, but I got distracted. As always.

My card base and layers are Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, and Cucumber Crush. I thought this made a fun Christmas combo, but it works for any occasion.

I cut out 12 squares using the smallest Stitched Shapes framelits square (those will be available again in January — that’s the official word, but sometimes it’s sooner than the estimate), then stamped on the squares with the Stitched with Cheer stamps (RETIRING!). I did some two-step stamping here. I first stamped the outline tree, then the denim-look tree right on top of it. There are multiple two-step options in this stamp set. I love the versatility of it!

I did a line of Island Indigo trees, then Flirty Flamingo, then Cucumber Crush, then another line of Island Indigo. You can mix it up and do all one color, multiple colors on one line, twelve different colors… Have fun with it!

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

On the bottom line of trees, I replaced one tree with the sentiment. I love that this stamp set has big sentiments, small sentiments, banner sentiments, and even sentiments for the back of the card.

I assembled all the layers using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue and popped the sentiment up on Dimensionals for a little extra interest. I added stars on top of all the Island Indigo trees; these are from the Regals Enamel Shapes. Love them. Finally I added a tiny bow using the Baker’s Twine Trio pack.

Stampin' Up! Stitched with Cheer stamps and Stitched Shapes Framelits make a fabulous combination! - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I added a Whisper White layer to the inside of the card and stamped five Island Indigo trees along the bottom edge. Aren’t they cute? The Flirty Flamingo sentiment is also from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set.

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Don’t forget that the retiring Holiday Catalog items will only be available while supplies last! Stamps will still be produced through December 21, but everything else is gone when it’s sold out. See the full list of retiring items along with the clearance rack here.

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