Merry Season of Style

Stampin' Up! Be Merry paper, October 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamps, Trim Your Stocking thinlits, Stampin' Blends, embossing paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! This is one of the projects we did at my team meeting this week. I really loved the stamp set that came with the October Paper Pumpkin — the sentiments are fantastic, so I wanted to use this for other projects besides the awesome shaker cards that came in the kit.

I pulled my sketch from the Global Design Project sketch challenge.

I love using someone else’s sketch as a jumping off point. It makes the card design come together so much faster.

Stampin' Up! Be Merry paper, October 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamps, Trim Your Stocking thinlits, Stampin' Blends, embossing paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I knew I wanted to use these two pieces of paper from the Be Merry designer series paper (this is part of the DSP sale that ends Tuesday). These are two of my favorite sheets from that paper. I also wanted to use another color, and I’ve always loved Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette together, so I chose that. I added three drops of Pink Pirouette ink to about a teaspoon of embossing paste, then spread it over the card through one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks with one of the Palette Knives. After the paste dried, I glued down the paper strips.

Stampin' Up! Be Merry paper, October 2017 Paper Pumpkin stamps, Trim Your Stocking thinlits, Stampin' Blends, embossing paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I die cut the snowflake with the Trim Your Stocking thinlits (that’s my favorite snowflake this year — I use it all the time!), then colored a White Perfect Accent with the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends marker (those are available Wednesday). I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out with a Stitched Shapes circle. Finally, I made a tiny bow out of Whisper White Baker’s Twine and curled the ends and added it to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today! Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (the Stampin’ Blends markers will be available to customers November 1st — three days!). Make sure to use the October Host Code (below), and I’ll send you extra goodies!

click here to sign up for my Stampin' Blends Marker Club

Click the picture above to sign up for my Stampin’ Blends Marker Club. Deadline is November 10th.

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Big Shot

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Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Five For All

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop! We are a small group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world who love to share our creativity with others. You’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA.

This month we are taking inspiration from this photo. Here’s what I came up with:

Stampin' Up! Five For All stamp set, embossing paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Lemon-Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon - handmade funny birthday card - #IIBH - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I took the colors from the cleanser bottle and chose Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, and Whisper White. Then I noticed the tile in the background and decided to use a Basic Black card base and smooth on embossing paste in my other three colors. I used the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks as a nod to the tile.

Stampin' Up! Five For All stamp set, embossing paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Lemon-Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon - handmade funny birthday card - #IIBH - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The sentiment is from the Five For All stamp set — this was introduced in June in the Annual Catalog, but it’s the first time I’ve even inked it up. It’s a cheeky set with several fun sentiment pairs.

Stampin' Up! Five For All stamp set, embossing paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Lemon-Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon - handmade funny birthday card - #IIBH - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s the inside.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way back to me so you can see what everyone else did with the inspiration photo. It’s amazing how different all of our creations are! And we would love to see what you make of the same photo.

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Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas, Card Front Builder thinlits dies, striped treat bags, Foil Frenzy paper, Boxwood Wreaths - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Buy the Carols of Christmas bundle from my online store in August, and receive a free online card class that uses the bundle! The cards are easy to duplicate, so they’re perfect for beginners, but they’re also fun for seasoned stampers. [NOTE: The cards shown are not the cards included in the tutorial.]

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Black Rhinestones (coming September 1)

Swirly Imprints

Hi, everyone! I’m sorry for my long absence. My stepdad died suddenly and very unexpectedly, so I have not been able to create or blog. I am trying to make a bunch of projects now and get blog posts scheduled for the next couple of months, as I will be in and out of town helping my mom with things for a while. My live Facebook videos may be sporadic, but I will try to have regular content posting on the blog.

Anyway, on to today’s card. I realized I never finished blogging about my Creative Crew projects. I think this one is my favorite for August. I just love all of the bright colors!

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my card for the Love a Technique challenge, and I chose the Watercolor Imprints technique. I don’t have a lot of stencils, and the ones I do weren’t very good for this kind of technique, so I chose to make my own stencils using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits dies. I took the big wave scribble die and cut three of them out of a Window Sheet. These acetate sheets are thicker and harder to cut than cardstock, so I used the Precision Base Plate and ran the sandwich through twice to cut each stencil.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I used non-SU watercolor paper (I forgot to order any with my last order!). I swiped on Lemon-Lime Twist at the bottom, then Pool Party, then Tempting Turquoise, then Bermuda Bay. I spritzed with a Stampin’ Spritzer to activate the colors, as instructed in the tutorial. I laid the stencils across the paper, starting with the Pool Party section, and had one stencil over each section. I weighed down the edges of the stencils with clear blocks. My first two or three attempts at this technique didn’t really work out, and I think it’s because I didn’t make sure the wet ink was touching the stencil. So make sure to weigh down your stencil. After the background was mostly dry, I removed the stencils (carefully) and hit the damp spots with the Heat Tool to finish it.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I had decided that the hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits dies would be perfect for this background, as the swirly layers made me think of a windy day, and the month of August makes me think of the Spirit of Boise hot air balloon festival. We loved going to the festival when we lived in Boise, and I think of it every year and want to go back for it.

I used the clouds stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste to make some clouds in my sky. I smeared the paste on just a few of the clouds, let it dry a little, then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on, then set it with the Heat Tool. Hitting the Embossing Paste with the Heat Tool makes it bubble up a little, and I love the extra texture that comes with it.

I embossed the hot air balloon in white on Thick Whisper White cardstock, then very lightly colored it in with Melon Mambo ink and an Aqua Painter, then wiped the excess ink off the embossed parts. I finished the card off with a strip of ribbon and the sentiment.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped a smaller balloon in Melon Mambo on the inside of the card.

You can buy all of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store (direct links are below).

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Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas, Card Front Builder thinlits dies, striped treat bags, Foil Frenzy paper, Boxwood Wreaths - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Buy the Carols of Christmas bundle from my online store in August, and receive a free online card class that uses the bundle! The cards are easy to duplicate, so they’re perfect for beginners, but they’re also fun for seasoned stampers. [NOTE: The cards shown are not the cards included in the tutorial.]

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Big Shot

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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Good morning! Sara Levin has asked me to be a guest designer on the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop today, and of course I’m delighted to be asked! So thanks for stopping by my blog today. Make sure to hop all the way through the hop so you can find lots of inspiring projects using the new Embossing Paste. It is no secret that I’m in LOVE with this stuff, so I was happy to hear that this is what we are featuring on the hop today!

Stampin' Up! Home Life bundle with Welcome Home framelits, Embossing Paste, and Pattern Party masks - handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Stamping Sunday

My first card uses the diamond pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the Embossing Paste colored with Bermuda Bay re-inker. I love that you can turn this paste any color as long as you have the reinker! And that gorgeous flowery house is from the Home Life bundle. The house is done with three stamps, in Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, and Powder Pink. The matching framelits cut the house out perfectly.

Stampin' Up! Home Life bundle with Welcome Home framelits, Embossing Paste, and Pattern Party masks - handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Stamping Sunday

And the embossed pattern behind the house kind of reminds me of a garden trellis. The banner and sentiment also come from the Home Life bundle. I finished the card off with sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment.

Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty bundle with Eastern Medallion thinlits, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and Embossing Paste

For my second card, I wanted to show you how the Embossing Paste looks when you put it on black cardstock. Awesome, right?! This time I colored the paste with Berry Burst ink, just one drop. I used the giant medallion mask from the Pattern Party masks this time. I absolutely LOVE that you can get this bright color on a black background with so little effort!

Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty bundle with Eastern Medallion thinlits, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and Embossing Paste

The medallion matches the dies from the Eastern Medallions thinlits perfectly! I cut the Whisper White medallion using the thinlits to contrast with the black and Berry Burst background and cut out the outer edge of the medallion with one of the Layering Circles framelits. I finished the card off with the sentiment and silver and white sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty

I stamped the inside with a flower from Eastern Beauty, triple stamped in Berry Burst.

Isn’t Embossing Paste a blast? There are so many gorgeous and fun ways to use it.

Make sure to follow the blog hop all the way around! Thanks to the Stamping Sunday crew for inviting me along!

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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Big Shot

$110.00

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00