Happy New Year!

Stampin' Up! Party Hat Birthday bundle with Party Hat Builder framelits, Merry Cafe stamps, Ruffled embossing folder - handmade card - Happy New Year card - heat embossing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! Happy New Year’s Eve! I thought I’d make a festive card to help usher in the new year. 2017 was not my favorite, and I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2018, even though it’s pretty much an arbitrary date that we say means things will be better. Haha. My card uses the multi-step stamp set, Party Hat Birthday, from the new Occasions catalog (available Wednesday!). I embossed in gold, silver, and copper. But I think if I were to duplicate this card, I’d try the third stamp (the one with all the tiny dots and confetti) in Archival Basic Black ink and not emboss that step.

Stampin' Up! Party Hat Birthday bundle with Party Hat Builder framelits, Merry Cafe stamps, Ruffled embossing folder - handmade card - Happy New Year card - heat embossing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

With this set, I find it easiest to start with the stamp that has the candle on top (the candle is hidden here, but it’s the one I embossed in gold). Next I emboss the one with the largest images, which is the one done in silver. Finally I fill in the teeny blank spaces with the third stamp (copper). I embossed the card base with the Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder. I stamped, heat embossed, and die cut my party hat, then cut the puffy edge out of Silver Foil and embossed that with the Softly Falling folder. The Gold Foil puff ball is another die in this bundle. It makes a great asterisk, too.

For the sentiment, I straightened out the “and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!” stamp (you can bend photopolymer stamps when you attach them to blocks, and you can also straighten them) from Merry Cafe and stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black, then punched it out with the Duet Banner Punch. I also punched a banner (the other in the punch) out of Basic Black cardstock, glued the white banner to the black banner, and popped the sentiment up on Dimensionals. Everything else is on Dimensionals, too. You’re not surprised.

Some of the things I used in my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store now, and the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration items will be available January 3. If you can’t wait until then, click the blue button below to join my team, and you can get the new products in your Starter Kit! If you order from my store, make sure to use the December 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!

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Ridiculously Happy

Hello, and welcome to the Aim for Alaska Blog Hop! I am Sarah Fleming, and I am in the USA. Aim for Alaska is Kylie Bertucci‘s training program. This program has helped my business so much! I’m very grateful to be part of this wonderful group. Today we are hopping together, and we are all using sneak peek products from the new annual catalog! All of these products will be available to order on June 1. I can’t wait until the full catalog is live for everyone!

Stampin' Up! Lovely Friends bundle with Lovely Laurel Thinlits and In Color Finely Woven Ribbon - new catalog sneak peeks - Aim for Alaska blog hop - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My card features the new In Colors Berry Burst and Lemon-Lime Twist and the new Lovely Friends bundle. Lovely Friends has wonderful sentiments! Two really large sentiments and lots of smaller ones. And the fonts are beautiful. I’m thrilled with the stamp set! The thinlits are also amazing. They create popups for the inside of your card. But I have used the popup dies here to cut vellum accent pieces that go behind my sentiment.

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My card base is Bermuda Bay, with a Basic Black mat on top. I tied the Lemon-Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon on next — this ribbon comes in all five new In Colors and is delightful to work with! Next I glued on the vellum pieces that I cut using the thinlits.

I stamped the sentiment using the MISTI. I used a 4″-wide piece of cardstock (the width is important) and inked up the top of the stamp in LL Twist and stamped, then cleaned the stamp and inked up the middle with Bermuda Bay and stamped, then inked up the bottom of the stamp with Berry Burst and stamped. I love multi-colored sentiments, and this is the easiest way I’ve found to do it with photopolymer stamps (since coloring on the ink with markers works great for red rubber stamps but doesn’t work so well on photopolymers).

Here’s why the width of the Whisper White cardstock is important. The largest die in the Lots of Labels framelits are exactly 4″ wide, except for the curvy part on each side. So I cut out the label using that framelit, and it leaves off the side curvy parts (you could also use a wider piece of cardstock and cut off the curvy parts, but this gives you fewer small scraps). It gives you a totally different look and use for these framelits! Play around with them and see what else you can do with them.

Stampin' Up! Lovely Friends bundle with Lovely Laurel Thinlits and In Color Finely Woven Ribbon - new catalog sneak peeks - Aim for Alaska blog hop - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The flowers are from the same stamp set, and these are stamped three times, including the black centers. There are framelits that cut them out. The black leaves are also from the same set.

This is a really brilliant bundle, and I know you’re going to love it!

Make sure to hop through to all of the other blogs in the hop. Right now you are at Sarah Fleming’s blog. I can’t wait to see what these other talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have created to inspire you. I hope I’ve inspired you, too!

 

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All the Popsicles

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats bundle with Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits - handmade popsicle card - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew May 2017 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey, there! I don’t mean to overwhelm you today, but I have FIVE new cards for you today (in five separate posts). Hopefully this will make up for my not posting at all last week! As I have mentioned in my live videos the last couple of weeks, I am on the Creative Crew over at Splitcoaststampers for May through August. If you’re not aware, the Creative Crew is a design team made of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators meant to inspire other people to make beautiful paper projects. So on the first day of the month, starting today, I will drop five posts on you, as there are five Creative Crew challenges each month. I was so excited and humbled to be asked, and I hope that my projects over the next four months will inspire you!

My first project is for the sketch challenge. I could not make my brain use the sketch as it is, so I flipped it on its side. I chose a circle and popsicles as my shapes.

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats bundle with Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits - handmade popsicle card - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew May 2017 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I stamped all these sweet popsicles directly on the Powder Pink card base (new In Color, coming June 1 for customers or May 2 — tomorrow — for demonstrators!), three stamps for each popsicle. The sticks are all Crumb Cake, and then each popsicle is stamped once in the solid popsicle stamp and once for the stripes — I used the same color for the solid stamp and the stripes. I used Berry Burst (also a new In Color), Lemon-Lime Twist (new In Color), Powder Pink, and Pool Party for my popsicles.

I was surprised at how different the Powder Pink and Lemon-Lime Twist popsicles look on the card base versus the ones that are die cut, because the die cut ones are stamped on Whisper White. I almost went back and stamped the die cut ones again on Powder Pink cardstock, but I decided I liked having the different look on the die cut ones so they stand out a little more.

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats bundle with Stitched Shapes and Layering Circles framelits - handmade popsicle card - Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew May 2017 - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I put Wink of Stella all over the card base popsicles. For the die cut popsicles, I first went over the stripes with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, which really pulls the color out! Then between the stripes I used Wink of Stella.

On the sentiment circle, I first stamped “You’re” in Lemon-Lime Twist, then I used markers to ink up just the word “SWEET” from the stamp in Cool Treats that says “I hope your day is as sweet as you are”. I stamped it over and over in the four colors. I mounted the Stitched Shapes circle on a Lemon-Lime Twist scalloped circle (cut using the Layering Circles framelits).

The SWEET is stamped in Berry Burst.

So this card uses three of the new In Colors — Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and LL Twist. Which is your favorite of these three? I actually love every one of the five new In Colors, but Berry Burst and LL Twist are my very favorites.

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