Swirly Imprints

Hi, everyone! I’m sorry for my long absence. My stepdad died suddenly and very unexpectedly, so I have not been able to create or blog. I am trying to make a bunch of projects now and get blog posts scheduled for the next couple of months, as I will be in and out of town helping my mom with things for a while. My live Facebook videos may be sporadic, but I will try to have regular content posting on the blog.

Anyway, on to today’s card. I realized I never finished blogging about my Creative Crew projects. I think this one is my favorite for August. I just love all of the bright colors!

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my card for the Love a Technique challenge, and I chose the Watercolor Imprints technique. I don’t have a lot of stencils, and the ones I do weren’t very good for this kind of technique, so I chose to make my own stencils using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits dies. I took the big wave scribble die and cut three of them out of a Window Sheet. These acetate sheets are thicker and harder to cut than cardstock, so I used the Precision Base Plate and ran the sandwich through twice to cut each stencil.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I used non-SU watercolor paper (I forgot to order any with my last order!). I swiped on Lemon-Lime Twist at the bottom, then Pool Party, then Tempting Turquoise, then Bermuda Bay. I spritzed with a Stampin’ Spritzer to activate the colors, as instructed in the tutorial. I laid the stencils across the paper, starting with the Pool Party section, and had one stencil over each section. I weighed down the edges of the stencils with clear blocks. My first two or three attempts at this technique didn’t really work out, and I think it’s because I didn’t make sure the wet ink was touching the stencil. So make sure to weigh down your stencil. After the background was mostly dry, I removed the stencils (carefully) and hit the damp spots with the Heat Tool to finish it.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I had decided that the hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits dies would be perfect for this background, as the swirly layers made me think of a windy day, and the month of August makes me think of the Spirit of Boise hot air balloon festival. We loved going to the festival when we lived in Boise, and I think of it every year and want to go back for it.

I used the clouds stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste to make some clouds in my sky. I smeared the paste on just a few of the clouds, let it dry a little, then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on, then set it with the Heat Tool. Hitting the Embossing Paste with the Heat Tool makes it bubble up a little, and I love the extra texture that comes with it.

I embossed the hot air balloon in white on Thick Whisper White cardstock, then very lightly colored it in with Melon Mambo ink and an Aqua Painter, then wiped the excess ink off the embossed parts. I finished the card off with a strip of ribbon and the sentiment.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set with Up & Away thinlits - watercolor imprint background - embossing paste, texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped a smaller balloon in Melon Mambo on the inside of the card.

You can buy all of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store (direct links are below).

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Stampin' Up! Christmas in July with Carols of Christmas, Card Front Builder thinlits dies, striped treat bags, Foil Frenzy paper, Boxwood Wreaths - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

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Big Shot

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Heat Tool

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Coffee House

Hey, crafty peeps! Before I talk about my card, I’d like to ask you again to please GO VOTE FOR ME in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights (#41). The photo I have in the gallery is not very good, but you can see better pictures here.

As I mentioned in my live video yesterday, I can’t stop playing with the new Embossing Paste. I want to see it in every color! Maybe, MAYBE, even Wisteria Wonder. Maybe.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Café bundle with Coffee Break paper, embossing paste, and Metallics Sequin assortment - handmade coffee card - texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I happened to have the Pattern Party Decorative Masks on my desk when I pulled out the Coffee Break suite to play, and this brick pattern made me think of a little indie coffee house with the exposed brick walls. I chose my colors based on the Coffee Break paper, so I decided to color the embossing paste with Garden Green ink. I know, ME! I used Garden Green! And LIKED it.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Café bundle with Coffee Break paper, embossing paste, and Metallics Sequin assortment - handmade coffee card - texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I like the woodgrain stamp from the Coffee Café bundle, so I used that for my cup and went with a Garden Green Lid. The strips of paper are from the Coffee Break paper, which is a great paper for both feminine and masculine cards.  I popped my coffee cup on Dimensionals. A tip for using Dimensionals on top of the Embossing Paste: Dimensionals don’t stick so well to the paste, so make sure you add some liquid glue to the bottom of your Dimensionals to help them stay put.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Café bundle with Coffee Break paper, embossing paste, and Metallics Sequin assortment - handmade coffee card - texture paste - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

To finish off the card, I chose some gorgeous copper sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment. I love these!

Thanks for stopping by! You can find all of these products in my online Stampin’ Up! store (direct links below).

Remember I am taking signups for my Paper, Ribbon, and Embellishments shares right now. Check out the details here (including the Stampin’ Up! videos that show all of the paper).

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Big Shot

$110.00

Squee! Baby Narwhal!

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hello, and welcome! This is my entry for Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights, and you can VOTE for my cards here (I am #41). I would love to have your vote! The theme this month is BABY. I looked through my baby stamp sets and didn’t feel anything, but then I came across my new Quirky Critters stamp set, and I just had to!

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye PapercraftsSQUEE! Baby narwhals!

I literally squealed in delight when I saw this adorable stamp set in the catalog. It has a narwhal (the unicorn of the sea) AND a sloth! Yep, top of my list.

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

For the background on my baby girl card, I used the new Embossing Paste mixed with Powder Pink ink refill. I love the masks that I have, but I wanted something that said baby, so I made my own mask using a Window Sheet and the strip of hearts in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and spread the Embossing Paste through the mask onto the Soft Sky card base. Also in the background are strips of Powder Pink cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper, some Silver Mini Sequin Trim, and a Powder Pink flower cut using the Support Ribbon Framelits.

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

After I stamped and cut my narwhal, I also added some flowers using the Beautiful Bouquet bundle. Finally, I topped the card off with Metallic Sequins. LOVE these!

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Moon Baby and some more flowers from Beautiful Bouquet. I love when I can use a non-baby set for a baby card!

Stampin' Up! Quirky Critters, embossing paste, Beautiful Bouquet bundle, Support Ribbon framelits, silver mini sequin trim - Kylie's International Blog Highlights - handmade baby card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I loved making the card so much that I had to make a boy card to go with it. This time I used Lemon-Lime Twist and Pool Party. And instead of my handmade mask, I used one of the masks from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. My final change was to use the Iridescent Sequins instead of the Metallics. Soooo pretty!

Which one do you like better? I think I’m all for the boy card.

Thanks for stopping by, and please go VOTE for #41 in the gallery! I’d love to participate in the top 10 winners blog hop again!

I made the baby boy card in my live Facebook video today. Watch here:

Remember I am taking signups for my Paper, Ribbon, and Embellishments shares right now. Check out the details here (including the Stampin’ Up! videos that show all of the paper).

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Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25


Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25