Video Tutorial: Brusho Winter Night

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Brusho colour crystals, Waterfront stamp set, Christmas Quilt stamp set - video tutorial - two Brusho techniques - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I couldn’t do a Facebook Live this week due to travel, so I made a tutorial video in its place. In the video I demonstrate two different techniques for making this night sky background with Brusho Colour Crystals (coming in the Occasions catalog!). I’m also using the new Waterfront stamp set, also coming in the Occasions catalog.

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Brusho colour crystals, Waterfront stamp set, Christmas Quilt stamp set - video tutorial - two Brusho techniques - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Stampin' Up! handmade Christmas card with Brusho colour crystals, Waterfront stamp set, Christmas Quilt stamp set - video tutorial - two Brusho techniques - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Check out the video below to see how I made these fantastic backgrounds!

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Facebook Live 7/31/17 – Welcome Home

Stampin' Up! Home Life bundle with Welcome Home framelits dies, watercolor wash, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey! In today’s Facebook Live video, I made this card using the Home Life bundle, which is an adorable bundle that I don’t think is getting nearly the attention it deserves!

My colors are Lemon-Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White. What a fun combination!

Stampin' Up! Home Life bundle with Welcome Home framelits dies, watercolor wash, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

What a cheery card for welcoming someone to your neighborhood or to send to visitors and new members at church! Watch the video below to see how I made the card. And check back tomorrow — I will have FIVE projects for you tomorrow.

You can buy all of the products I used in my cards in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

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Touching Flourishes

Hello, and welcome to the first Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop! This will be a monthly blog hop on the 4th Thursday of the month if you’re in Australia. But I’m in America, so it’s the 4th Wednesday every month for me. I’m Sarah Fleming, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the USA. This month we are showcasing our favorite products that are carrying over into the new Annual Catalog, which starts NEXT THURSDAY! WOOOO!

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases bundle with Flourish thinlits & Touches of Texture - heat embossing - watercolor emboss resist handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #IIBH

So it says favorite products carrying over, and that’s funny to me, because this is the very first time I’ve used Flourishing Phrases and only the second or third time I’ve used Touches of Texture. I just got both of these in the past couple of weeks, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long! Because wowzers.

I had a vision for what I wanted to do with this card before I even hit the craft room, and it mostly turned out the way I wanted it, which is always nice.

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases bundle with Flourish thinlits & Touches of Texture - heat embossing - watercolor emboss resist handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #IIBH

I started by heat embossing the silver splatters (from Touches of Texture) in the corners of a piece of Shimmery White cardstock (4″x5.25″). Next I embossed the gold flourish (Flourishing Phrases) in the lower left corner. I just stamped right over the top of the silver splatters with my Versamark. Note: When you are heat embossing on top of heat embossing, be careful to stop as soon as everything turns shiny each time so you don’t burn your embossing powder (it gets ugly).

Next I did some watercolor emboss resist. For a long time. In fact, this is my third attempt, because on the first one, I used clear embossing powder instead of gold, and it just wasn’t as effective; on the second attempt, I just didn’t like my colors (I was using Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, and Emerald Envy). So this is #3. I started by wetting down the entire piece of Shimmery White, then dropping Island Indigo ink on with my Aquapainter. I let it dry some, then added Emerald Envy ink — I didn’t go out as wide as with the Island Indigo. Then I added Pool Party ink in various places to give it a little extra color dimension. When the ink was almost dry, I went over the big flowers and leaves on the gold flourish again with Emerald Envy ink. Then while it was still damp, I stamped the two flowers in Island Indigo ink (stamped off once first) and stamped the big flourish in Pool Party ink. I love the effect you get when you stamp on damp paper!

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases bundle with Flourish thinlits & Touches of Texture - heat embossing - watercolor emboss resist handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #IIBH66

I mounted the Shimmery White on Whisper White (4-1/8″x5-3/8″), then mounted those on an Island Indigo card base. After I was all layered, I added the Whisper White flourish, cut using the Flourish Thinlits — NOTE: the Flourishing Phrases stamps and Flourish Thinlits are currently bundled together for 10% off, but on June 1st, they will not be available in a bundle, so you will no longer be able to get that discount. So if you want this bundle, I recommend getting it now.

I stamped the sentiment in Emerald Envy and flagged the end with the Triple Banner Punch. I finished off the card with basic rhinestones. Gotta have shiny bits!

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases bundle with Flourish thinlits & Touches of Texture - heat embossing - watercolor emboss resist handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #IIBH

I stamped the splatters on the inside in Pool Party and the flower in Island Indigo (stamped off once).

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to make something. Make sure you hop through all of the blogs on the hop; I’m honored to be on a design team with such talented ladies, and you won’t want to miss any of their projects!

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Okay, Sweet Sugarplum, we can be friends

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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today! We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please vote for my card here. 

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

Our theme for this highlight is Get Well Soon – I have to admit that I only have one Get Well stamp in my entire stash, and I almost never make a Get Well card. But I *should* make them and send them. It’s such a nice way to lift someone’s spirits.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I’m not going to lie. When I saw the new In Colors last year, I immediately stuck Sweet Sugarplum into the “DO NOT WANT” bucket. I have a hard time with purple pastels. We all have our preferences, right?

But every time I pair it with Mint Macaron (anyone else starting to panic that it’s retiring at the end of May??), I start whistling a different tune. I’m not saying I’m ready to order a full pack of the cardstock, but I’m getting there. Really starting to like this color.

I borrowed my daughter’s Pretty Kitty stamp set to make this card. This kitty is so sweet and warm, the perfect image for sending get well wishes. The base is Mint Macaron, and I added a 2-3/4″ strip of Sweet Sugarplum to offset my flowers. I stamped the flowers from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on a 2-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and colored the stems in with my Mint Macaron marker. I decided to paper piece the flowers, so I cleaned the stamp and stamped them again in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a separate sheet of Very Vanilla. I then went over the lines of the stamped images with my Rich Razzleberry Watercolor Pencil, then spread the color around the flower with my Blender Pen, then went over the lines again with the Razzleberry pencil. I cut just the flowers out with my Snips, then glued them to the flowers on the Very Vanilla strip.

Stampin' Up! Pretty Kitty and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

I just love this kitty! Pretty Kitty has several images that would work for a Get Well card, but I really liked this calm and happy scene. I stamped the kitty in StazOn on Very Vanilla. The watercolor pencils I used to color the scene are Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral, and both Early Espresso (with a light touch) and Basic Gray for the kitty; the kitty’s shadow is done with Basic Gray (again, a light touch). I colored the flower leaves with the Mint Macaron marker. I cut the kitty out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the black scalloped circle is one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I finished off the cardfront with Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Dots.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics and Birthday Blooms handmade card with watercolor pencils and paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Highlights

On the inside, I added a panel of Very Vanilla and stamped and paper pieced the flower again. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics, stamped in Mint Macaron.

I hope you like my card! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen to do another international blog hop!

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