International Blog Highlight: Amazing Wizard

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. We are being highlighted by the wonderful Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop in February, so please do go vote for me. I’d love to be in the top 10 blog hop again next month!

Stampin' Up! Magical Day with Brusho Crystal Colour, Magical Mates framelits, Sunshine & Rainbows, and Celebrate You thinlits - free Sale-A-Bration item with qualifying purchase - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

Our theme for this month is Favorite Occasions and Sale-A-Bration products. It’s so hard to choose, but my top two favorites from the Occasions catalog have to be the Magical  Day bundle and Brusho Crystal Color. And when you put these two things together, you get amazing results (no pun intended).

Stampin' Up! Magical Day with Brusho Crystal Colour, Magical Mates framelits, Sunshine & Rainbows, and Celebrate You thinlits - free Sale-A-Bration item with qualifying purchase - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

I made my background with Brusho on Watercolor Paper. I used Brilliant Red and Prussian Blue. I spritzed the paper until it was very wet, then added both colors in the same spots, to see if they would blend. And they did! I kept spritzing and dabbing up pools of water until I liked the way it looked. I love the deep purple-y gray that I got from it. After the background was dry, and I mean waaaay after (I made the background weeks before I finished the card, haha), I heat embossed these awesome lightning strikes in Silver. The lightning is from the new Sunshine & Rainbows bundle.

On the Whisper White cardstock, I stamped another stamp from Magical Day in Rich Razzleberry.

Stampin' Up! Magical Day with Brusho Crystal Colour, Magical Mates framelits, Sunshine & Rainbows, and Celebrate You thinlits - free Sale-A-Bration item with qualifying purchase - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

Dumbledore Generic Wizard is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I first covered his robe with the Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends marker. Then I went over it in Light Rich Razzleberry, then added shading with Dark Rich Razzleberry and smoothed everything out with the Light Rich Razzleberry again. IMPORTANT: When you are coloring over something this many times, make sure to leave plenty of bleed room at the edges — don’t go all the way to the stamped edges. After you’re done and your colors have stopped bleeding outward, then you can carefully fill in any white edges with the lightest color, flicking inward from the edges and smoothing everything out.

For his hat, I used the same colors but only did one application of Light Rich Razzleberry and only added Dark RR to the brim. I colored his beard with Light and Dark Smoky Slate and his skin with Ivory and Bronze. After I die cut him, I colored in the white areas around the stamped image with the Light Smoky Slate, to blend it in with the card a little better.

I put a Silver Glimmer Paper lightning bolt coming out of his hand and added Basic Gray Shimmer Ribbon (part of the Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon Pack, FREE with a $50 order in the US). Then I added the “amazing” die cut from the Celebrate You thinlits (FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $100 order). Finally, I added some rhinestones, because I love rhinestones.

Stampin' Up! Magical Day with Brusho Crystal Colour, Magical Mates framelits, Sunshine & Rainbows, and Celebrate You thinlits - free Sale-A-Bration item with qualifying purchase - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is the inside of the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog today; I hope you like my card! Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card and check out the other amazing projects in the gallery. I would love to be chosen to do the next international blog hop!

 

Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store. Make sure to use the January 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, and you’ll still get my free gift!

But really, if your order is over $99, please consider signing up! The Starter Kit is $99, and you get $125 in products in your Starter Kit (you choose the products) plus TWO EXTRA STAMP SETS during Sale-A-Bration. Not to mention free shipping on your Starter Kit, a 20% discount through at least the end of July, and other great demonstrator perks. And you are never required to sell anything or even spend any more money. If that amazing deal interests you, go here to join my team. I’m happy to discuss it with you if you have questions or concerns.

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Share My Branch

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

Good evening! I hope you’re having a great weekend and have some craft time carved out sometime this weekend. I’m determined to finally get our Christmas stuff down and decorate for Valentine’s Day, so I don’t know if I will get to craft much. But I’m sure I’ll try to sneak it in!

Today I decided to play along with Global Design Project’s Case the Designer challenge. The challenge is to CASE this amazing card by Krista Frattin. It’s ultra-feminine and beautiful, and I somehow ended up with a kinda masculine card. I’m not quite sure how that happened! That’s what happens when you CASE, though. I used her layout, though I turned my card to landscape, and I went with lots of layers. Everything else is TOTALLY different.

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

This was my first play with the adorable Bird Banter stamp set. I knew I wanted two birds facing each other on one branch, because I really wanted to use this sentiment. I stamped the branch in Soft Suede. I decided to paint the leaves using Brusho, though really it came out kind of Old Olive, so I could have just used my Old Olive Blends. I used a plastic painter’s tray to mix colors and used one tap of Prussian Blue crystals and about six taps of Yellow crystals, then mixed them with water. I painted the leaves with this mixture, but I used as little water as possible, because I was painting on regular Whisper White. After it dried, I went back in and added a tiny bit of paint to the center point of each leaf.

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

I masked off the branch before stamping the birds. I colored the Macaw with Stampin’ Blends in Cherry Cobbler (Light & Dark), Night of Navy (Light & Dark), and Daffodil Delight (Light & Dark). I colored in the bottom half of the beak with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the Light Smoky Slate to color the edges of the white parts of his face and beak, then I used the Color Lifter to really soften the Smoky Slate and blend it out. I added a few shadows around the outside edge with the Light Smoky Slate and used the Color Lifter the same way. To color the cockatoo, I used Light & Dark Daffodil Delight on his comb and carried the Light Daffodil down into his face, then smoothed out the edges with the Color Lifter. I used Light & Dark Pumpkin Pie on his wing and tail feathers. His beak is done with Light Night of Navy and Light Smoky Slate. Then I added shadows with Light Smoky Slate and the Color Lifter. Finally, I shaded under the branch with Light Smoky Slate.

The rest of the card is designer series paper (green background – Delightful Daisy, Soft Sky circle – Coffee Break, wood-look banner – Wood Textures).

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - handmade friend card - Delightful Daisy & Coffee Break paper - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #GDP120

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Thanks for stopping by! Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store. Make sure to use the January 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, and you’ll still get my free gift!

But really, if your order is over $99, please consider signing up! The Starter Kit is $99, and you get $125 in products in your Starter Kit (you choose the products) plus TWO EXTRA STAMP SETS during Sale-A-Bration. Not to mention free shipping on your Starter Kit, a 20% discount through at least the end of July, and other great demonstrator perks. And you are never required to sell anything or even spend any more money. If that amazing deal interests you, go here to join my team. I’m happy to discuss it with you if you have questions or concerns.

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Christmas in the Blending

Stampin' Up! Christmas in the Making, Paper Pumpkin, and Merry Cafe stamps with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers - handmade Christmas card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts
Y’all! The Stampin’ Blends are now available to order! Stampin’ Up! has also released a new kit and coordinating stamp set (search “Color Me Happy” in my online Stampin’ Up! store) to use with the Blends.

For my Facebook Live video yesterday, I went with my current favorite set for coloring, Christmas in the Making. These ladies are just so much fun to color! Make sure to like my Facebook page and turn on notifications if you’d like to catch me live, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

 

Thanks for stopping by today! 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!

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

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Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends Marker Club - starts November 20th, must sign up by November 10th! See blog for details

Hey, stamping friends! Are you interested in the Stampin’ Blends markers but unsure where to start? I have a club for you! Here’s how it will work:

Stampin’ Up! has announced that they will release these high-quality markers for customers on November 1. My Blends Club will run from November through March, and by the end of the club, you will have all 27 of the currently available markers.

Club duration: 5 months, November 2017 through March 2018. Note that this club runs through all three months of Sale-A-Bration, so during each Sale-A-Bration month, you will choose one Sale-A-Bration freebie with your club kit!

Cutoff: You must sign up no later than November 10th. I will start sending invoices for the first month on November 3, and your invoice must be paid by November 10th.

Price: $58 plus $7 priority shipping per month. Payment must be received via Paypal no later than the 10th of each month. Club kits will ship on or about the 20th via Priority Mail.

Products: By the end of the Blends Club, you will have all 27 of the markers currently offered (2 shades each of 12 colors, plus the 2 skin tones and the Color Lifter), a new ink pad, 5 new stamp sets, several new embellishments and tools, storage cases for your markers,15 Make & Take projects, and 3 Sale-A-Bration freebies of your choice (one each month in January, February, and March). You’re paying retail for the markers, ink pads, and stamps but getting the accessories, storage cases, Make & Take projects, and tutorials for free!! Plus your Sale-A-Bration items!

Tutorials and Make & Take projects: With your class kit, you will get three Make & Take projects each month. These are geared toward teaching you how to use your Stampin’ Up! alcohol markers with the current month’s stamp set. Each Make & Take will be included in a full-color PDF tutorial, and some will have video tutorials.

Check out the video for more details! I hope to see you all in the Blends Club!