I’ve finally done it! I’ve made a baby card for a boy! Every time I sat down to make a baby card lately, it came out as a baby girl one. Now I’m at least half prepared for the birth of my colleagues’ children. One is definitely a boy and the other is unknown so I just need another baby boy card in case. I meant to use the adorable toys in Moon Baby, but the baby with the umbrella demanded to be used again!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Moon Baby - Lucky Stars TIEF

I used archival basic black to stamp the image onto watercolor paper and then actually left it overnight. Not because it needs quite that long to dry, but because I didn’t get to it. The pale blue is actually the pacific point watercolor pencil and a lot of water to get it quite that pale. I then matted it with night of navy which led to me stamping the sentiment in night of navy also and matting it in the same colour using the layering circles framelits die. I stamped the sentiment on watercolor paper as well so that the colour and texture matched the larger panel perfectly. The card base is actually marina mist – not a colour that appears anywhere else on the card, but it worked due to the very pale pacific point. After folding the card, I put the front into the Lucky Stars TIEF to create the texture – I like how it goes right to the edge of the card front.

 

I seem to have a mental block! I wanted to make a card showcasing the watercolor pencils and decided to make a baby card using the Moon Baby set. Except, I forgot that I needed BOY baby cards and went pink again. LOL.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Moon Baby - Falling Petals TIEF

I stamped the image from Moon Baby (first time I’ve used this image) onto a piece of watercolor paper and used the melon mambo watercolor pencil to lightly add colour to the baby and umbrella and then smoothed out the pencil lines with the blender pen. I added a little more color to the soles and a touch of daffodil delight to the hair. To stop my baby from being totally pale, I added a little calypso coral just to take off the starkness and then matted the watercolor paper with a piece of basic black. Next I pulled out the Falling Petals TIEF – I can’t imagine why this is it’s first outing – and a piece of pink pirouette. I absolutely love this embossing folder, it’s so much fun.

Happy St. David’s Day! Which means it’s March 1st and we’re into the last month of Sale-a-bration. So if there’s anything in the two Sale-a-bration brochures that you can’t live without, you have only got this month to get them!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here. For more details on my Customer Loyalty Programme click here.

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See you tomorrow,

Liz

I set out to make a card to welcome the baby boy that one of my coworkers is having in May. I was playing around with the little stamps in the Bookcase Builder set and somehow ended up with another card for a girl! Maybe I’ll take a break from baby cards for a bit – the set certainly isn’t only for baby cards.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Bookcase Builder - Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

I stamped some of the little stamps in various subtles colours and cut them out using the smallest square from the Stitched Shapes framelits dies. I then just arranged three of them until I liked the look ending up with blushing bride, so saffron and pear pizzazz which is how the card ended up for a girl again. So I went with it and stamped the sentiment from the same set (I love the typeface)  in blushing bride to match.

I popped up the little squares with stampin’ dimensionals which made it harder to line everything up. I used my grid paper and a couple of rulers to ensure I got the duck in the centre and then added the squares to the left and right. But although I had my rulers, it’s hard to line up because the dimensionals mean that the edges are higher than your rulers!

Don’t forget that I’m offering Bookcase Builder as a raffle prize this month – every order in February using the workshop code below gets entered into the raffle.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to enter the raffle for a chance to win your very own Bookcase Builder stamp set for free; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is Y3JVQ4Q7 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get an entry into the raffle). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here. For all the details on my Customer Loyalty program, click here. For more details on my Customer Loyalty Programme, including this month’s raffle, click here.

And don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend (before taxes and shipping) you get to select a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Don’t have paper copies of the catalogs? Drop me an email and I’ll put one in the mail.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I decided to leave my stamped Moon Baby image left over from yesterday to dry overnight so that I could be certain it was really dry and ready for the aquapainter. Of course, I’ve now made two baby cards for girls and I found out this morning that one of the babies on the way is a boy. Good to have extra cards on hand, right?

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Moon Baby - Baby Bear

I started by lightly outlining the image with the pacific point pencil to make the image pop but then decided on a blue sky. I was initially going to get darker towards the edges but I liked the watercolour effect with looks of different texture after the first round of colour and left it. I used the daffodil delight pencil for the moon and the star, calypso coral for the face and hand and then melon mambo for the clothing. It’s amazing what a bit of water can do for the colour!

I added a little border (just 1/8 inch larger all round) and used fast fuse to ensure my slightly damp watercolour paper holds fast. There are quite a few baby sentiments in the Moon Baby set but I wanted a longer less deep sentiment, if that makes sense. It was originally a surprise to me that not only do you need a sentiment to say the right thing, it needs to be in a typeface which matches your card AND it needs to be the right shape. At least, that’s how I justify buying more and more stamp sets with sentiments! Baby Bear had the perfect size and shape and meaning for my sentiment. Yesterday, I used daffodil delight as a base because that was the colour of the watercolor pencil. Today I used so saffron – I think I like this better. Which do you prefer?

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to enter the raffle for a chance to win your very own Bookcase Builder stamp set for free; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is Y3JVQ4Q7 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get an entry into the raffle). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here. For all the details on my Customer Loyalty program, click here. For more details on my Customer Loyalty Programme, including this month’s raffle, click here.

And don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend (before taxes and shipping) you get to select a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Don’t have paper copies of the catalogs? Drop me an email and I’ll put one in the mail.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

A super simple card today playing with a brand new stamp set from the Occasions catalog along with the watercolor pencils, Moon Baby. It’s an adorable stamp set and it caught my eye the first time I looked through the catalog. I was extra happy to hear that two of my colleagues at work are both about to become fathers so that I have an excuse to play with it!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Moon Baby

I re-inked my archival basic black first – I don’t think I remember to do that enough, it was really thirsty. Seeing as it’s used on a high percentage of cards, it probably should be done fairly regularly. I stamped the image and sentiment onto a piece of watercolor paper and then started laying down some colour with the pencils – daffodil delight for the moon, calypso coral for the face, a little early espresso for the hair and a mixture of calypso coral and melon mambo for the clothing. I used the blender pen to pick up the early espresso from the tip of the pencil rather than putting the pencil directly onto the paper. Then I blended all the colour, adding more where it needed it. It was a nice relaxing five minutes. Since I stamped two copies of this, I think I’ll go and have another five minutes with Moon Baby!

Then it was a simple matter of adding a piece of basic black as a mat with fast fuse – my adhesive of choice where watercolour paper is concerned – and then gluing that to a daffodil delight card base. For the final touch, I added a gold metallic star.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to enter the raffle for a chance to win your very own Bookcase Builder stamp set for free; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is Y3JVQ4Q7 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get an entry into the raffle). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here. For all the details on my Customer Loyalty program, click here. For more details on my Customer Loyalty Programme, including this month’s raffle, click here.

And don’t forget that during Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend (before taxes and shipping) you get to select a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Don’t have paper copies of the catalogs? Drop me an email and I’ll put one in the mail.

See you tomorrow,

Liz