February Paper Pumpkin

Hey! Sorry I’ve been absent for so long, over a week. We’ve had a whirlwind month. We have one kid in softball and one in t-ball, so we’ve had practice and/or games almost every day for the past week and a half or so. Plus we’re back in our homeschool co-op, etc., etc. And I’ve actually been going to bed at a reasonable hour, so that means no blogging. Expect me to continue being sporadic until after Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage convention in early April.

I’m guilty of letting those Paper Pumpkin boxes pile up and doing them months later (anyone else out there??). But I loved this month’s bright colors and delicate flower stamps so much that I got it out and played with it right away. This kit contains supplies for 9 cards and includes 9 envelopes lined with gorgeous wildflower paper (I would very much like a whole pack of this paper — it’s GORJ.) First I made one of each of the cards as intended in the kit. Then I played around with it.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

These are the cards in the kit. You would make three of each. But I only made one of each. I love these cards as they are, but I really like more contrast than this in my cards, so I knew I had to change things up a little.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This is my first alternate project. I swapped out the Sahara Sand card base for a Thick Whisper White base, used the patterned paper as a background, stamped flowers from the kit stamp set in Melon Mambo ink on the background, used the wildflower label (heart eyes emoji), stickers, and vellum cutouts from the kit, and made the sentiment label using Whisper White cardstock, stamps from the kit, the Banner Triple Punch, and ink in Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, and Melon Mambo.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I’m not sure why, but this is my favorite of my alternate cards. Everything except the label is from the kit, and for the label I only added Whisper White cardstock, Perfect Plum ink, and the Banner Triple Punch.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit with Just Add Text - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

My last alternate uses the kit plus a Thick Whisper White card base, Whisper White cardstock, the Just Add Text stamp set, Perfect Plum and Garden Green ink, the Big Shot, and the Stitched Shapes framelits.

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box February 2018 kit with Just Add Text - see blog post for alternate ideas for this kit - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This may be my all-time favorite Paper Pumpkin kit!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box - 5th anniversary - free gift in each box - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Paper Pumpkin is turning 5 this month! And the March kit will have a free gift included and a special box. If you’d like to get in on the March Paper Pumpkin, you can subscribe here before March 10th or buy a prepaid subscription in my online store. If you buy a 3-, 6-, or 12-month prepaid subscription, you get to choose at least one free Sale-A-Bration item!

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Facebook Live: Starbucks Via gift packaging

Stampin' Up! Merry Cafe, Coffee Cafe, Coffee Cups framelits - gift packaging for Starbucks Via coffee packets - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! In this week’s Facebook Live video, I made this fun little decorated bag for giving Starbucks Via packets. Check out the video below to see how I made it.

Most things I used in my project can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store now, and the Brusho 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 Brusho in your Starter Kit! 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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Merry Café Photopolymer Stamp Set

$17.00

Coffee Café Photopolymer Bundle

$45.75

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$7.00

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

$6.50

Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin' Blends Marker

$4.50

Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

$8.00

Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Shimmery White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$8.00

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$9.00

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

$5.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

$40.00

Tag Topper Scalloped Punch

$23.00

Brusho Crystal Colour

$30.00

Aqua Painters

$17.00

2" X 8" (5.1 X 20.3 Cm) Cellophane Bags

$3.00

Paper Snips Scissors

$10.00

Mini Ornaments

$7.50

Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

$7.00

Bermuda Bay 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

$8.00

Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine

$3.00

Corrugated Elements

$3.50

Liquid Multipurpose Glue

$4.00

Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Stampin' Dimensionals

$4.00

Lots of Love

FB_IMG_1488872724561Hi! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights Top Ten Winners Blog Hop! Boy, that’s a mouthful. The winners from November’s Blog Highlight are hopping with Kylie today, and I’m honored to be in the winners’ blog hop again with so many talented crafters! Thank you so much to those who voted for me. Y’all are the best.

Seriously, though, thank you! And my thanks to Kylie for the opportunity! On to the card…

Stampin' Up! Lots of Love stamp set with Swirly Bird, watercolor with Aqua Painters and reinkers, handmade love card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Whoa! I hope you’re wearing your sunglasses! In case you couldn’t tell, I decided to go super bright and saturated for today’s card. Some days, you’ve just gotta.

My card base is Lemon-Lime Twist, and I made the background using Watercolor Paper and reinkers.

Stampin' Up! Lots of Love stamp set with Swirly Bird, watercolor with Aqua Painters and reinkers, handmade love card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I started by wetting my watercolor paper with the Aqua Painter where I wanted my first color, Pink Pirouette. That was kind of my all-over color. I dropped ink from the Pink Pirouette ink refill onto a Clear Block C and picked up the color with my Aqua Painter. This way you get better saturation than you would with ink from the ink pad lid. After Pink Pirouette was dry (with my Heat Tool — I’m too impatient to let it dry naturally), I used the same tools to add Real Red ink, only around opposite corners. I was originally going to just drop dots of Real Red on the paper, but you know how these things go, ha. I decided last minute to add some Melon Mambo as well. Then I added a few drops of Lemon-Lime Twist in a few spots, because the background just wasn’t bright enough.

Stampin' Up! Lots of Love stamp set with Swirly Bird, watercolor with Aqua Painters and reinkers, handmade love card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

After my background was done and dry, I heat embossed some swirls and dots using the Swirly Bird stamp set. These I did in Silver, because I was doing my sentiment in gold and really wanted to mix metallics on this card. Then I embossed my sentiment, the big, bold stamp from Lots of Love, on Vellum Cardstock in Gold, then snipped out the sentiment and added it to the card with strips from the edges of Mini Dimensionals. Just make sure to hide the Dimensionals by putting them behind the embossed letters, about every other letter.

I finished the card off with some Iridescent Sequins, then added some tiny dots of Fine Tip Glue around the card to look like raindrops.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to go to the next blog in the hop and hop all the way around the world with us and get lots of inspiration. Right now you’re at Sarah Fleming’s blog.

Everything I used in my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! 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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Stampin’ Up! is now taking reservations for the Stamparatus stamp positioning tool! Reserve yours now through December 30! First come, first shipped!

Stampin' Up!'s new stamp positioning tool, the Stamparatus, is a game changer! Reserve yours now through December 30th! First come, first shipped!

 

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Heat Tool

$30.00

Berry Sweet

Hi, and welcome to the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop! This is a monthly hop with Stampin’ Up! friends around the world; you’re currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. This month’s theme is Something Different. A fun or fancy fold, or something besides a card. I went waaaaay out of my comfort zone and finally tackled an idea that’s been floating around in my head for months.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe bundle with Cool Treats, Cupcake Cutout thinlits, Coffee Cups framelits - treat packaging - teachers gifts - Ice Cubes gum packaging - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

 

I bought this container of Ice Cubes in May. May! I’d seen the ice cubes in the Coffee Cafe stamp set, so when I saw Ice Cubes at the grocery store, I grabbed them, planning to do some kind of fancy packaging for them. It’s been sitting in a basket on my desk for months. Long enough that the container is now empty. I have no idea how that happened. >.>

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe bundle with Cool Treats, Cupcake Cutout thinlits, Coffee Cups framelits - treat packaging - teachers gifts - Ice Cubes gum packaging - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

So here’s what I came up with. I cut a strip of 2″ x 12″ (actually, just a hair under 2″ wide) Whisper White cardstock and punched both ends with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I stamped the long wrapper with a stamp from Touches of Texture, in both Berry Burst and Daffodil Delight. I scored the middle two inches of the strip (I’m sorry, I didn’t get a measurement) to have a defined bottom for the treat wrapper. I attached the Ice Cubes container to the wrapper with Glue Dots, but if you’re going to actually give this to someone, you’d be better off using hot glue, or maybe lots of Tear & Tape. Super helpful, I know. Then I tied the ends together with the Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon. I added a strip of Silver Mini Sequin Trim to the bow before tightening the loops.

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe bundle with Cool Treats, Cupcake Cutout thinlits, Coffee Cups framelits - treat packaging - teachers gifts - Ice Cubes gum packaging - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

The cups on the front use the Coffee Cafe stamps and dies. The frozen lemonade on the left is made with Daffodil Delight cardstock (behind) and Vellum Cardstock on top. The “you’re” comes from a stamp in the Cool Treats stamp set (“you’re the cherry to my sundae” — I stamped it, then cut out the word I wanted), and the “sweet” is die cut using the Cupcake Cutouts framelits. I finished off the front with some Metallic Sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today! You are currently visiting Sarah Fleming in the USA. Please see the list below & hop through all of the people on the list to see all of our projects. You don’t want to miss any!

You can find all the products I used to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Everything above this line.

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Big Shot

$110.00

Glue Dots

$5.25