Sympathy Blooms

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.

Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

 

This month our theme for the hop is Sorry/Sympathy/Get Well. I have a hard time making sympathy cards when I need them, so it’s good to keep them on hand. I prefer to make sympathy cards that have at least some bright colors in them, because I want a sympathy card to lift the person’s spirits.

My card base is Old Olive, and on top of that is a Whisper White mat embossed with the Hexagons embossing folder. I added some splatters from Swirly Bird on the mat in Versamark ink, then heat embossed the splatters in gold.

Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

I added the strip of Merry Little Christmas designer series paper — I love how you can use this paper for things other than Christmas projects. Then I added a half inch strip of a Champagne Foil Sheet.

Stampin' Up! handmade sympathy card with Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Blends, and Merry Little Christmas designer series paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #IIBH

For my focal point, I started by stamping the large flower from Birthday Blooms in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then coloring it in with the Stampin’ Blends. For the flower petals, I used Dark and Light Calypso Coral. For the leaves, I used Dark and Light Old Olive, then added Dark Daffodil Delight to the tips of the leaves. The bits at the center of the flower are colored in with Dark Daffodil Delight. I fussy-cut the flower out. Before I added it to the card, I made some loops with the Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (delicious) and stuck it to the card with Tear & Tape. Then I added the flower on top of the ribbon with Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the Classic Label punch.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way back to me so you can see everyone else’s projects. The designers on this team are so talented — you won’t want to miss any of the blogs!



Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store. Make sure to use the November Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out.

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Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Fresh Fruit Surprise

Stampin' Up! Fresh Fruit stamp set & Fruit Stand paper are retiring soon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Peek-a-Boo Card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my fourth project for the May Creative Crew challenges at Splitcoaststampers. For the Love a Technique challenge, I chose the Peek-a-Boo Card tutorial, because it’s a card with a built-in surprise, and our theme is “sweet surprises”.

Stampin' Up! Fresh Fruit stamp set & Fruit Stand paper are retiring soon - Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew - Peek-a-Boo Card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

When the card opens, the sentiment panel appears in front of the original framed stamping, and the inside of the card is regular card-sized (A2), while the outside is 5.5″ square. What a fun card to make! It was a lot easier than I expected. Give it a try if you haven’t yet!

Thanks for checking out my card! The supplies that are currently available are listed below with links to my store. Make sure to use the Host Code for May to get extra goodies from me.

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Big Shot

$110.00

Additional supplies used:
Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon (available June 1 to customers, item code 144153)

Sweet Pineapple

Stampin' Up! Pineapple background stamp with Cupcake Cutouts framelits and shaving cream background - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My second card for the Creative Crew over at Splitcoaststampers this month is for the color challenge. The May color challenge was pretty challenging for me, as I struggle with putting more than three colors on one card.

These are the colors, and we’re supposed to come up with whatever is closest to Stampin’ Up! colors. My colors may be a little bit of a stretch, but I settled on Berry Burst (available June 1 for customers and May 2 for demonstrators!), Flirty Flamingo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, and Sahara Sand. I didn’t use Pear Pizzazz in the background, only as a mat behind the main panel.

Stampin' Up! Pineapple background stamp with Cupcake Cutouts framelits and shaving cream background - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
I decided to use the Shaving Cream background technique and Whisper White cardstock to get all these colors working together. Once I made my first two backgrounds, I loved them so much that I made six more. I just couldn’t stop! And each one is unique — they all look completely different! So I will be sending out quite a few cards made with this background.

The colorful background reminded me of the gorgeous flowers in Hawaii, so I decided this card needed the sweet gold pineapple. After the background was dry, I stamped the Pineapple background stamp (retiring soon!) in Versamark (I used the MISTI to make sure I got really good ink coverage), then embossed it in gold.

Stampin' Up! Pineapple background stamp with Cupcake Cutouts framelits and shaving cream background - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I layered the main panel over a panel of Pear Pizzazz and a card base of Pink Pirouette. Then I cut the word “sweet” out of both Berry Burst and Pink Pirouette cardstock, using the Cupcake Cutouts framelits. I finished off the card with some Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine (also retiring).

Stampin' Up! Pineapple background stamp with Cupcake Cutouts framelits and shaving cream background - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

For the inside, I simply stamped part of a sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by! The supplies that are currently available are listed below with links to my store. Make sure to use the Host Code for May to get extra goodies from me.

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Heat Tool

$49.95

Big Shot

$110.00

Additional products used:
Berry Burst ink pad (available June 1, item code 144083, also available in a bundle with the other 4 new In Colors)
Berry Burst cardstock (available June 1, item code 144243, also available in variety packs)
Berry Burst ink refill (available June 1, item code 144089)
Shaving cream (not shaving gel)
Paper plate
Paper towels
Lots more paper towels