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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There are only 10-ish days left in Sale-A-Bration, so get those orders in! Today Stampin’ Up! released even more free items for you to earn until the 31st! You can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift for the month and a handmade card. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit. Any two current stamp sets!

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Big Shot

$110.00

Wonderful Year in Gold and Silver

Two-tone embossing using Stampin' Up! Wonderful Year and Merriest Wishes stamps. Fancy Frost sequins. For Global Design Project #GDP056

For most of my life I heard you can’t mix gold with silver, but once I got into papercrafts… well, we don’t like rules here, right?

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This card is for this week’s Global Design Project challenge. The challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) this lovely card by Bibi Cameron, in whatever way we choose. I decided to use Bibi’s layout for a Christmas card. I flipped the layout on its side for my card and started with a Mint Macaron card base.

Two-tone embossing using Stampin' Up! Wonderful Year and Merriest Wishes stamps and Fancy Frost sequins. Sarah Fleming, Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - for Global Design Project #GDP056

I sponged the tree onto my top Whisper White panel in Mint Macaron using a mask I made with the Perfect Pines framelits, then embossed this fab stamp from the Wonderful Year stamp set in silver and gold. I added some falling snow/confetti/your choice from the Merriest Wishes stamp set in Sweet Sugarplum (stamped off first), then some Fancy Frost sequins (LOVE these!). I finished off the card with both colors from the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack and some Whisper White Baker’s Twine. I popped up the Whisper White panel on Dimensionals.

I did a live Facebook class to show you how to make the card. Here’s the video.


Be sure to Like me on Facebook and set Notifications so you actually see when I post if you’d like to see more tutorials like this and be able to interact live while I’m teaching the class. You can also join my Prepare to Dye Papercrafters closed group for more tips, conversation, and projects.

See the full tutorial for this card at tams# 9471. And you can buy any of the products I used for my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7.


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Jolly Fiesta

Use Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Fiesta bundle to make adorable Christmas cards! Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time framelits, Oh What Fun, Peaceful Pines, Perfect Pines framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I pulled out my Birthday Fiesta set last week, intending to force out a cute birthday card to use for my Stamp Camp. I pulled out Emerald Envy ink, and the next thing I knew, I had a brainstorm, and my cactus was a Christmas tree!

Start with an Emerald Envy card base, cut to 4.75″ x 9.5″, scored at 4.75″. This is a square card. Next, cut a 4.5″ square layer out of Whisper White cardstock. Then cut a 4.25″ square layer out of Real Red cardstock. Emboss the Real Red layer with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.

Next, stamp the llama from Birthday Fiesta in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. You could also use Archival Black ink — I already had the Memento ink sitting on my desk. Go ahead and decorate your llama before you cut him out, too. I stamped three snowflakes from the Peaceful Pines stamp set on his blanket in Emerald Envy, then stamped the banner that goes around his neck, but I stamped it as a necklace, in Real Red. I stamped the same snowflake as a pendant. Cut out your llama using the Fiesta Time framelits and the Big Shot.

Now cut two banners out of Whisper White cardstock using the Fiesta Time framelits. Then stamp each flag with the stamps that look most like snowflakes for each shape, alternating Real Red and Emerald Envy.

Use Stampin' Up!'s Birthday Fiesta bundle to make adorable Christmas cards! Birthday Fiesta, Fiesta Time framelits, Oh What Fun, Peaceful Pines, Perfect Pines framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

Stamp the cactus in Emerald Envy. If you have a little trouble getting a well-defined image, don’t give up. I had to give it a few tries before I figured out how this stamp likes to be treated. First, make sure you’re not getting too much ink on the stamp. If you’re doing the tap-tap-tap when you ink your stamp, and your pokey cactus things (um, thorns, Sarah) aren’t showing up on your stamped image, try just tap-tapping. Also, don’t press down quite as hard when you stamp it. Practice on scratch paper or grid paper until you get a good image.

Next, cut out your cactus Christmas tree decorations. I stamped the star, ornament, and gift from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise, respectively.

Stamp “JOLLY” from the Oh, What Fun stamp set in Emerald Envy on Whisper White, then cut it out with Paper Snips.

Now it’s time to assemble the card.

Glue the Whisper White layer to the card base, then add the embossed Real Red layer. Next situate and glue down the banners. You’ll have to snip off extra banners on the sides of the card.

Before you glue down the cactus, it needs some tinsel! Wrap some Silver Metallic thread around it several times, then add glue to the back, and glue it down. Glue on the ornament, the star, and the gift, then draw a line from the cactus to the ornament using a Basic Black marker. An ornament needs a hanger, right?

Pop the llama and the sentiment up on Dimensionals, and you’re done!

You can buy all the supplies you need to make this card in my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking the pictures below. To print this tutorial, click on the TAMS link.


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