World Down Syndrome Day

Good evening! Today is World Down Syndrome Day, and in the past I didn’t even know that there was such a thing. And really I didn’t know much about Down Syndrome at all, just basic things that most people know. 47 chromosomes, the slight slant of the eyes, the big smiles. That was pretty much the extent of my DS knowledge. I know a few people with DS or with kids who have DS, but that was it.

And then this guy was born. He’s amazing (like all babies, tbh). He doesn’t have any major health problems that we know of so far, and we are very grateful. His parents and siblings adore him and can’t wait to see what life with him will be like. Right now he’s a newborn, so it’s pretty much life with a baby right now.

Today we went to a picnic with other DS families in Austin, and it was our first meetup with them. We had such a great time and met so many wonderful families. I failed to get any pictures from the event other than this picture of a squirrel eating a cupcake (!!!) and one of Win after he sacked out in my husband’s arms.

We did rock our socks, and we took a picture when we got home.

Anyway, now that we’ve been immersed in this new world on a new adventure, I wanted to do something to promote World Down Syndrome Day. My thing is papercrafts, so I made some cards. I made the first two using the colors associated with DS. For the third one I wanted to use a red octopus. My friend Emily, who has a daughter with DS, sent me this book after Winchester was born. It’s wonderful, and so far I can’t read it without crying. It’s really sweet. And 3/21 is because today is March 21st (and it’s 3/21 because 3 copies of Chromosome 21).

Stampin' Up! handmade World Down Syndrome Day card - Make a Difference and Lined Alphabet stamps, Support Ribbon framelits, Subtle embossing folder - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts #downsyndrome #wdsd

Stampin' Up! handmade World Down Syndrome Day card - Hold On to Hope stamps, scrap card, Twinkle sequins - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #wdsd #downsyndrome

Stampin' Up! handmade World Down Syndrome Day card - paper pumpkin alternative March 2019 - Sea of Textures, Under the Sea thinlits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #wdsd #downsyndrome

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Everything I used on my cards can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the March Host Code HQ4B9KPM if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

Register now for my March Online Class — Birthday Cheer! This class is expected to sell out soon! Click the graphic below for details and to register.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Cheer bundle with Detailed Birthday Edgelits dies ONLINE CLASS with FREE tutorial videos, FREE class kit, FREE gift - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts and Susanne Netz - SuNN Stampin'

If your shopping list is long, the Starter Kit is a great option for you! Click the button below to join my team and take advantage of the demonstrator discount until at least the end of July. You can sign up just for the Starter Kit deal or the demonstrator discount or to build your own business — it’s your choice!

Spring Has Sprung

Good afternoon! Welcome to the 3rd Thursdays Blog Hop! I’m excited to be on this team with several very talented people! Our theme this month is “Spring Has Sprung”, so enjoy the hop full of springy projects!

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, handmade thank you card with ink smooshing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

  • Card base is Pool Party, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • The butterflies were made with the Ink Smooshing technique on Glossy White Cardstock. You can see how I made the background that I cut the butterflies from in this Facebook Live video from a couple of months ago. I made a bunch of backgrounds then and have used them for several different cards since then. The colors I used for the smooshing are Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, and Poppy Parade. I added the butterflies to the card with Mini Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, handmade thank you card with ink smooshing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

  • I stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette on Whisper White cardstock in So Saffron ink, then trimmed it down with my trimmer and flagged the left end with the Banner Triple Punch. I added the sentiment to the card with Mini Dimensionals.
  • I finished the card off with some Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.
  • On the inside, I just added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White card liner.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you follow the hop all the way through! You’re currently at Sarah Fleming’s blog (in the USA), and next is Tiffany Almeida.

3RD THURSDAYS BLOG HOP:
Kimberley Morris
Anne Marie Hile
Krystal Roberts
Sarah FlemingYOU ARE HERE
Tiffany Almeida
Angie McKenzie
Kim Fee
Pam Staples

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Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the March Host Code HQ4B9KPM if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

Register now for my March Online Class — Birthday Cheer! This class is expected to sell out soon! Click the graphic below for details and to register.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Cheer bundle with Detailed Birthday Edgelits dies ONLINE CLASS with FREE tutorial videos, FREE class kit, FREE gift - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts and Susanne Netz - SuNN Stampin'

If your shopping list is long, the Starter Kit is a great option for you! Click the button below to join my team and take advantage of the demonstrator discount until at least the end of July. You can sign up just for the Starter Kit deal or the demonstrator discount or to build your own business — it’s your choice!

Product List

Big Shot

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$110.00

Bring On the Cake

Stampin' Up! Piece of Cake bundle with Cake Builder Punch - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Good morning! Today we have a birthday challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper. We’d love for you to play along and enter the gallery, so head over to the blog and see the design team’s inspiration!

Stampin' Up! Piece of Cake bundle with Cake Builder Punch - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Tips for making this card:

  • Cut a Whisper White Thick card base, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.
  • Stamp the suckers in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color in with various Blends markers. I won’t list the ones I used here, but they are linked to my store at the bottom of this post. TIP: Before you color in the lollipops, put a piece of grid paper behind the front of the card in case the ink bleeds.
  • After all of the suckers are colored, cut out 1-1/2″ from the cardfront, 1-1/2″ from the bottom. Save the strip that you’re leaving out for another card.
  • Cut a 4-1/4″ x 2″ piece of Vellum and put strips of Tear & Tape at the top and bottom edges of the Vellum. Attach the Vellum to the back of the top of the cardfront, then attach the bottom strip of the cardfront to the bottom edge of the Vellum.

Stampin' Up! Piece of Cake bundle with Cake Builder Punch - handmade birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

    • Stamp the dripping cake in Gorgeous Grape ink, color the cake part with Light Highland Heather Blends, then punch it out with the Cake Builder Punch. Also punch out a cake stand from Silver Foil paper. Cut a stitched oval out of Whisper White cardstock using the Stitched Shapes framelits, and stamp the candles in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color the candles with Dark Lovely Lipstick and the flames with Dark Pineapple Punch. Glue the cake on top of the candles and the cake stand on top of the cake. Glue the stitched oval onto a Gorgeous Grape scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals framelits. Glue the oval to the cardfront.
    • Cut a 4-1/4″ x 2-7/16″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and glue it to the inside of the top of the cardfront (this is to cover the ink that bled through). Also cut a piece of 4-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ Whisper White cardstock and glue it to the inside of the bottom of the cardfront. Cut a second scalloped oval from Gorgeous Grape cardstock and glue it to the back of the inside of the cardfront directly behind the scalloped oval on the front.
    • Stamp the sentiment on the vellum. I used the Tuxedo Black for this and then heat set it, but next time I would heat emboss the sentiment in either silver or black, or I’d heat emboss it in white on a small strip of black cardstock.
    • Finish the card off with rhinestones. On the inside, add a 4″ x 5-1/4″ card liner (to even out the weight of the card) and stamp Happy Birthday in Gorgeous Grape.

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Embossed Vellum Flower

Good morning! We have a fun Gingham, Stripes, or Plaid challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week. We’d love to see you play along with the challenge!

Stampin' Up! Humming Along stamps with Needlepoint Nook paper, Tin Tile embossing folder, Pretty label Punch, embossed vellum technique - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I used stripes on my card. I’m limited on time today, so I’ll just give you a quick run-down:

    • Poppy Parade card base, 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2
    • Whisper White mat, 4″ x 5-1/4″, embossed with Tin Tile Dynamic embossing folder
    • Striped paper is Needlepoint Nook designer series paper, cut with a Rectangle Stitched framelits die
    • Sentiment is from Humming Along, cut with Needlepoint Elements die (the stitching), then punched with Pretty Label Punch
    • Ribbon is a scrap of Poppy Parade 1/2″ Textured Weave Ribbon
    • Embossed Vellum Technique: I inked up the flower stamp (from Humming Along) with Poppy Parade and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers, then stamped it on Vellum and dried it with a really hot heat tool (getting the heat tool really hot first lets you dry it for a short period of time so the Vellum doesn’t warp). I turned the Vellum over and colored in the flower and leaf area with the stylus end of the Take Your Pick Tool. Not too hard, or you’ll tear the Vellum. Coloring it in on the back of the Vellum makes it look like it’s colored in white. Important: Do this on a firm foam surface, like the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. I cut out the Vellum with a Stitched Rectangle, then glued it down to the card (not very well — I didn’t hide the glue well and should have used Glue Dots). Then I went over the flower outline again with the Poppy Parade marker and the leaf with the Old Olive marker to give them a bolder outline. I set that aside to dry so I wouldn’t smear the ink.

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Everything I used on my card can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (see full supply list at the bottom of this post). Make sure to use the February Host Code (below) if your order is below $150, and I’ll send you extra goodies! If your order is over $150, don’t use the Host Code — make sure to claim your Stampin’ Rewards when you check out, and you’ll still get my free gift!

 

Register now for my March Online Class — Birthday Cheer! Click the graphic below for details and to register.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Cheer bundle with Detailed Birthday Edgelits dies ONLINE CLASS with FREE tutorial videos, FREE class kit, FREE gift - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts and Susanne Netz - SuNN Stampin'

2019 Occasions Catalog Suite Shares - get half shares of all the consumables in any suite in the Occasions catalog, with options - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

If your shopping list is long, the Starter Kit is a great option for you! Click the button below to join my team and take advantage of the demonstrator discount until at least the end of July. You can sign up just for the Starter Kit deal or the demonstrator discount or to build your own business — it’s your choice!