Here’s the third card that we made at class on Monday. It features a new Christmas set in the annual catalog, Merry Mistletoe and one that was carried over from last year’s holiday catalogue, Flurry of Wishes.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Merry Mistletoe - Flurry of Wishes

We started by stamping the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes (two sizes on one stamp) in craft white ink onto night of navy. This ink takes a while to dry so you can either leave it for a while or use the heating tool on the first setting to help it along. Either way, take care not to smudge it whilst it’s drying. Next we took the beautiful deer from Merry Mistletoe and stamped it in versamark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. With a mat of silver foil, it really pops. The sentiment is also from Flurry of Wishes and we stamped it in night of navy and cut it out with the layering oval framelits.

I was asked if I like the thick whisper white card stock. I absolutely love it – it’s all that I use now for white card bases. I still use the ordinary whisper white for layers and inside the card, but there’s no comparison for the base. The new thick card stock is so much more sturdy.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

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Vertical Greetings is a stamp set from last year’s annual catalogue which I was thrilled to see carry over into this year’s. It’s unusual in that the greetings are, well, vertical which can be extremely useful. I also love the images of the neat adorable topiary. And they are good for Christmas cards. Last night I had one or two (well eight) people over to start on holiday cards but since the new catalogue isn’t live until September, I didn’t want to taunt them with images that they couldn’t order. So out came Vertical Greetings and the Holly textured embossing folder.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Vertical Greetings - Holly TIEF

The group was divided as to how to ink up the stamp; some used the straight edge of the ink pad to carefully ink up the desired part of the image and then used the second ink pad for the rest. Others used markers. It’s just a personal choice. But the real red and old olive look awesome together on this image and if there’s a slight issue where the colours change, the old olive 1/8 inch sheer ribbon bow covers it perfectly! We made the old olive pop a little more by adding a mat in the same colour. This then went on top of the real red piece that was dry embossed with the Holly TIEF and then placed on a real red card base. The finishing touches were a few sparkly rhinestones.

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There’s a new project kit in the upcoming catalog and it’s the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit. It comes with the supplies to make 20 cards, five each of four designs for $20. All you need to add is the Watercolor Christmas stamp set, black ink and some adhesive. And of course once you’ve bought a kit and the stamp set, it’s extremely cost effective to get another kit! Assuming that you have glue and black ink, if you buy the clear mount stamp set it’s $38 in total for the kit and stamp set. Add another kit and that’s 40 cards for $58 plus shipping and tax. And they are so quick to put together.

Here are the four designs:

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I’m planning to get with friends locally to put some of these kits together next month. Let me know if you’d be interested too.

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Here’s the Paper Pumpkin August 2017 video. Amazingly I completely forgot to empty my mailbox for a few days and when I checked tracking, found that my kit had been sitting there for THREE days. Shocking! But it’s in the house now and I’m contemplating alternate cards now. I’ll get together with my team to do the kit itself – it’s a lot of fun that way.

 

And a reminder that there’s a 50% off offer for new subscribers who sign up by 10th September

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  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join – here’s the link.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.

In case you don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is about, here are the details:

  • Each month you receive a unique, surprise kit with a project. It’s colour-coordinated and everything is pre-cut
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, accessories and instructions.
  • Each kit gives you about 30 minutes of fun
  • Your Paper Pumpkin ships around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month’s kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month.
  • A Paper Pumpkin subscription is just $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There’s no commitment, you can cancel or put your subscription on hold at any time. You can also prepay 1, 3, 6 or 12 months at a time (great gift idea) and save money with the latter 2 options.
  • Once you’re a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can buy previous kits as supplies last. Sometimes complete kits are available at other times, it’s just the consumables so that you can make more.

 

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Liz

I’ve mentioned before that I always thought that I have the creativity of a brick and thus argued with my sister that I would not be able to make cards. I was wrong of course; Caro was right – anybody can make cards with the tools given to us by Stampin’ Up!. Even if you don’t feel able to design your own cards from scratch, there is so much inspiration to start you off. But I have a thing about flowers – if I’m given a bunch, I dump them in a vase and they arrange themselves. I feel that way with stamping. I love the two and three layer stamp sets with flowers and all the beautiful framelits but I feel challenged by them. So I decided to take the bull by the horns and play with the Beautiful Bouquet bundle. It’s a little bit of a cop out – there are no flowers stamped, but the card evolved this way.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Beautiful Bouquet - Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies - Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer bundle

I started by stamping these sweet flowers and also cutting them out from some sweet sugarplum card stock when it occurred to me that flowers are not identically coloured. So I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper and painted various strengths of sweet sugarplum on it and left it to dry. Actually I went to bed, but you don’t have to wait quite that long! Then I diecut half a dozen or so of the blossoms and I could see the card taking shape. The stems are cut from pear pizzazz and I stamped the sentiment (also from Beautiful Bouquet) in sweet sugarplum first. Just in case.  Then it was a matter of construction. Since I was making it up as I went along, I hadn’t thought ahead and used the multipurpose adhesive sheets, so lightly dabbed some of the multipurpose glue onto the back of each die cut with a sponge dauber (on the silicone craft mat) making sure to vary the depth of colour. I also cut off single flowers and added a few where there were stem ends and also to add a little height to the bunch. I’m really thrilled with how it came out – although I know that I haven’t used the multi-step stamping on flowers yet. Baby steps, right?!

Since the blossoms were not full strength sweet sugarplum, the card looked better with a wide pear pizzazz border and just a touch of the sweet sugarplum card base showing. I really love this dusky rose – it was not my immediate favourite (that was dapper denim) but it gets used the most I think. It’s fascinating how your perception of the in colors changes as the year goes on. Except for flirty flamingo – I really don’t get on with that one! In fact, this year is the first time when I’ve really loved all five.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

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See you tomorrow,

Liz