Bugs and Kisses

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Yeah, I went there. I love puns. #sorrynotsorry

My daughter asked Santa Claus for her own Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink pads — that warmed my mama heart. And then my son asked Santa for his own Stampin’ Up! stamps and ink pads. And that just about did me in.

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I hope my kids always love to craft with me. (But let’s be honest, I hope they also always love Legos so I can send them off for quiet time so I can actually get crafting *done*.)

So Santa got them their own stamps and ink pads — and the best part is he bought them from me. ;-)

Well, for my son, Santa chose the most perfect set for a boy — the new Beetles & Bugs stamps. And my son let me borrow them to make a card. And a love note is the most obvious thing to make with pictures of bugs, right? Right. So that’s what I did.

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I chose a simple layout for my card, a layout that I use quite a bit.

Tips for CASEing (copying) my card:

*The card base is 4.25″x11″, scored and folded at 5.5″. The designer series paper with the Smoky Slate hearts all over it is from the A Little Foxy DSP stack. I love this stack! It’s so versatile. The DSP panel is 3.5″x5.5″.  The Basic Black panel is 1-7/8″, and the Whisper White panel is 1.5″.

*Each beetle is stamped twice. Nope, I didn’t color them in with markers! The black basic bug body is one stamp, and the red portion is another. You stamp the outline first, then stamp the filling, as I think of it. The best part is, the sheet that the stamps are on in the stamp case is numbered to help you figure out which stamps go together.

*The hearts between the bugs are from the Sweet Home stamp set that carried over from the Holiday Catalog. I’m so glad that this stamp set and the matching dies carried over!

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*For the sentiment, I used the Labeler Alphabet. My favorite thing to do with this font stamp set is to make up my own puns for my cards because puns are awesome. If you don’t mind your letters being so far apart, I find it easiest to place the letters side by side on the blocks, turn them over and use the lines on your grid paper to line up the edges so they stamp in a straight line. If you want them closer together, you’ll have to eyeball it. I stamped first, then hand-cut the words with my Snips.

Stampin' Up! Beetles and Bugs stamps with Labeler Alphabet stamps - Handmade love card for Valentine's Day or any occasion - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*On the inside of the card, I added a piece of Whisper White, then carried over the DSP to tie the card together. I stamped the ladybugs from the same set because the beetles were going to take up too much room on the inside.

Cute stamp set, huh? I wasn’t sure about it until I started thinking of all the puns. “Bugs and kisses.” “Sorry I bugged you.” “Cute as a bug” (baby card or scrapbook page). “Sorry they pulled the bug out from under you.” Okay, that one’s a stretch.

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Naughty or Nice?

This card is full of sneak peeks from the holiday catalog, which goes live August 1st.

Naughty or Nice Santa

Santa is from the new stamp set, Santa’s List. Isn’t he cute? I wasn’t sure whether I really wanted him or not, but I don’t have any Santas in my stamp room, so I figured I’d give him a shot. And then I stamped him in Crumb Cake ink, and I love him. Look at how he’s adjusting his glasses like, “Hey, who’s this hottie staring back at me?”. (It’s me, BTW. Me.)

I’m in love with the new chevron ribbon in the annual catalog and already have it in my two favorite colors, Cherry Cobbler and Island Indigo.

The Naughty/Nice stamp is also new, from the Very Merry Tags set in the holiday catalog. I haven’t checked either box yet, as Santa’s answer will depend on who receives the card.

Do you love those Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots on either side of the tag? I do, and I LOVE that they come in all of our main colors. You can also build them into brads, but I think they’re great by themselves.

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Before I go, I want to share a great promotion with you. My Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!’s surprise-kit-of-the-month subscription — usually, you subscribe for $19.95/month (US), which includes shipping. The first month, you receive the Welcome kit, which has a clear block for mounting all of your future Paper Pumpkin stamps, plus the cardstock, ink, stamps, stickers, and buttons for creating 4 cards (this is the kit shown when you subscribe). Each month after that, you receive a surprise kit in the mail, and from what I’ve seen, the kits keep getting better every month! Now for the deal. If you sign up before August 31st, you get your first two months of Paper Pumpkin (the Welcome kit is your first month) for $10 each! And the best part about this subscription deal is that you can cancel at any time or even skip a month by updating your subscription. Pretty good, right? Here’s the link to sign up — make sure you enter promo code PUMPKINDEAL and that you also select me, Sarah Fleming (Idaho), as your demonstrator.

Now… prepare to dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Santa’s List, Very Merry Tags
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection framelits, Decorative Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments: Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon, Regals Candy Dots
Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Minerva finally gets her own stamp

Hi, Momeveryone! I’m all done being pregnant and having a baby, plus I just got back from Stampin’ Up! Convention, so I’m fired up, ready to stamp, and ready to blog. Speaking of babies, I took this little cutie with me to Convention, and he was an absolute angel.

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Easiest baby ever (knock on a wood block!).

At Convention, SU! revealed several new products (over which I drooled, and Moma lot of you will, too). One of the new products is called “Undefined”. In the main kit ($19.95 US), you get wood blocks, rubber, mounting foam, 2 carving tools (one for carving out large pieces, the other for detailed carving), an Island Indigo marker, detailed instructions, templates, and postcards.

(If you can’t see the video demonstrating Undefined, try this link.)

I wasn’t quite sure about the kit when they first announced it, because, hey — what in the world would I carve? That’s why I’m with Stampin’ Up! They make great designs, and all I have to do is stamp them on my projects. But then I decided to give it a try, and while I stood in line, I had an *aha* moment.

My almost-3-year-old daughter, Buttercup, inherited her mother’s obsessive personality and has been obsessed with kitties for quite some time. For several months, every day, “Mommy, will you draw a red kitty?” (also obsessed with the color red). I’ve drawn hundreds, possibly thousands, of red kitties, and maybe I’m just a weensy bit tired of DRAWING BLASTED KITTIES.

Oh, Undefined, how I love you.

I am the world's best kitty artist. This is an accurate representation of our cat Minerva (full name Professor Minerva McGonagall), also known as Max-erva, Fat-erva, and Calico Fatz. I always draw this exact kitty.
I am the world’s best kitty artist. This is an accurate representation of our cat Minerva (full name Professor Minerva McGonagall), also known as Max-erva, Fat-erva, and Calico Fatz. I always draw this exact kitty.

I decided to carve a kitty stamp for Buttercup. By the way, use a thimble, kids. Those tools are sharp, and I’m not saying I stabbed myself, bled all over the rubber, and had to request a Band-Aid [which they had on-hand, since I’m not the first to bludgeon my thumb], but I’m not saying I didn’t. In addition to the thimble, I recommend that you don’t choose an intricate design, such as a kitty face with kitty whiskers and a kitty tail (which I accidentally cut off — poor kitty). At least for your first shot at it.

I’m pretty proud of the way the stamp turned out. It isn’t perfect, but I had a total “I made this!” moment when I was finished with it (it took 15 minutes, BTW). I could make a better version when my kit arrives in the mail this week (um, YEAH, I ordered this), but I don’t think so — I like it as it is.

Don’t tell Buttercup I stole her stamp.

The first card I made with my Undefined Calico Fatz stamp:

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I couldn’t wait to show you my handiwork, so I grabbed the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and whipped up a quick card. I did give poor kitty a tail using my Real Red marker. The sentiment (appropriate for Minerva, especially the “much” part) is from the Yippee-Skippee! set, which was, as Shelli called it, a party favor for everyone in attendance at Convention. Yippee-Skippee, indeed.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Real Red cardstock; Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (all new designs for 2013-2014!)
Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray
Stamps: Undefined, Yippee-Skippee!
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 3/16″ corner rounder
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Epic Day Washi Tape, Real Red Stampin’ Write marker

Make sure to visit my Stampin’ Up! store to get your Undefined kit. Prepare to dye!