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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You’re Pretty Super

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - superhero cape handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Everyday Hero is one of my very favorite stamp sets from the new catalog. It’s so good for kid cards, mom cards, dad cards, thank yous, or just plain telling-someone-they’re-super cards. Love, love, love it.

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This card is CASEd (Copy And Share Everything / Copy and Selectively Edit) from this card by Holly Stene, one of Stampin’ Up!’s Artisans. She’s fab, and I could not resist making my own version.

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - superhero cape handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero stamp set - superhero cape handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

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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.

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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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International Project Highlights — All about LOVE

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As we’re getting ready to spend time with our families over the holidays, the theme for this month’s International Project Highlights visual blog hop is quite appropriate. The theme is LOVE, and you’re going to love all the projects we have for you!

So welcome to our International Visual Blog Hop using current Stampin’ Up!® Products. Please use this gallery from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all over the globe to inspire you to create your own projects. We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see close-ups of our projects and tips that we’re sharing. Our theme this month is LOVE because as card makers we love spreading the love. You can see the gallery below, and this will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I have to admit, I panicked a little when Facebook reminded me that this blog hop was coming up, as this completely sneaked up on me (or snuck up, as we say in Texas). Then more panic ensued when I remembered that we had a specific theme this time. I’m in full-on Christmas mode, so I wasn’t sure I could come up with a love-themed card. Not in the right head space for it, you know? And then I was looking through the stack of cards I made in a flurry after I received my Stitched Shapes Framelits last week, and wouldn’t you know, I’d made the perfect card for this! I’d completely forgotten I’d made it, but that’s the story of my life — no memory of anything, for the most part. That’s why I take lots of pictures and make scrapbooks.

*My card base is Thick Whisper White.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out all of the circles. These framelits come with four sizes of circles, ovals, and squares. I had randomly cut circles out of scraps I had laying on my desk, just playing with the framelits, and then when I saw red, white, and black together, I thought, “Ladybugs!” I’ve hardly inked up my Love You Lots host stamp set this year, and I’ve been wanting to make a ladybug card for a friend, so this was perfect. I decided to use two Real Red circles, two Basic Black circles, and one white circle. I stamped the ladybugs on regular Whisper White with Archival Black ink, then colored them with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*Look at that stitching! You’ll be seeing these shapes on most of my cards now until forever. I’m gaga over these framelits. You will be able to order them again (we blew through the whole supply in two weeks!) on Monday the 28th. So whenever you order the 28th Online Extravaganza doorbusters, add these to your order! They’re just beautiful, and an absolute must-have.

*The ladybugs are popped up on Dimensionals, and the other circles are glued down flat. I just trimmed off the excess on the partial black circle with my Snips.

*The Real Red Baker’s Twine is from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. I curled the ribbon a bit with the back edge of my Snips.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps & Stitched Shapes Framelits - available November 28th - Handmade LOVE card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*Would you believe this sentiment is from a holiday catalog stamp set? Yes! It comes in the Tin of Tags stamps — I think this beautiful set will be around for a long time. It’s the most versatile set in the holiday catalog — there’s so much you can do with it! Babies, birthdays, holidays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries — so many possibilities. And, best part, it’s 25% off during November.

*I thought I was finished with this card, but I really felt pretty meh about it. I decided to jazz it up with some rhinestones, and yes, that was all it needed. Now I *love* it. Amazing how a tiny bit of bling can transform your card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to make something lovely and that you’ll keep clicking through the gallery for more inspiration!

Remember the Online Extravaganza is going on right now, and some items are only while supplies last. See the full details here. Don’t forget to use my November host code when you order. And if you’d like to get all these products at a discount (it’s the whole reason I signed up), join my team! You don’t have to sell if you don’t want to. For real!

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