I think I’ve only used two sentiments from the retiring set Love Sparkles, but I’ve used them a lot! The big sparkly Celebrate is perfect for the front, or indeed the inside, of a celebratory card. And it pairs beautifully with the gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Love Sparkles - Fruit Stand DSP

Here I’ve put a leftover piece of the DSP onto a pumpkin pie base. Actually pumpkin pie isn’t one of the colours noted as being in this paper – the official oranges are peekaboo peach and tangerine tango but due to the watercolour nature of the paper, pumpkin pie is actually a better match. I wouldn’t have dreamed of going outside the lines and picking a different colour three years ago, but since I’ve been carding, I’ve become more comfortable in my colour choices. And pumpkin pie works.

I like the thin border around the paper and then the plainness of the card base with the fun banner straddling the two. I’ve used pumpkin pie for my Love Sparkles greeting and popped it up on dimensionals. And of course the triple banner punch to make the banner.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

Here’s another piece of the Eastern Specialty DSP but a completely different colorway. This one is pairing Fresh Fig with the Tranquil Tide instead of Lemon Lime Twist. It’s a fairly lively print which gave me a few issues as I tried to pair it with the new Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies, but everything I tried came out too busy. So this one just has a simple banner.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Specialty DSP - Endless Birthday Wishes

The card base is very vanilla (another reason to love the Eastern Specialty DSP) with a deep border of Fresh Fig before a piece of the pretty DSP. I then took a piece of very vanilla scrap and stamped the sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes (it’s going away, but guaranteed to be available until next Monday) in Fresh Fig. I think this may be the most used sentiment that I have in my collection! I had trimmed the scrap to be just under an inch wide so that it would easily slide into the triple banner punch. I cut a piece of fresh fig just over an inch wide and cut one end of the banner with the triple banner punch. At this point, I realised that I’d have to be really careful to accurately use the punch for the other end so I glued the two pieces together and used scissors to cut the flag in the fresh fig. It’s not as simple, but it’s safer! I popped this up with dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I was really pleased with yesterday’s card and, more to the point, surprised at how a print which I thought was too loud for me worked so brilliantly. So I decided to take the same kind of layout and use up another piece of my DSP mountain.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Moroccan Designer Series Paper - Bunch of Blossoms

I changed the card to a vertical card and shortened the DSP slightly – it’s just 3 1/4 inches deep today instead of yesterday’s 3 1/2 inches but it’s still 4 1/4 inches across the entire card.Today’s mat is emerald envy and I put this onto a very vanilla base. I then used one of my favourite sentiments which is from Bunch of Blossoms (so happy that’s carrying over) stamped in emerald envy onto more very vanilla cut out with the awesome Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. It then occurred to me that not only do I have a DSP mountain, my ribbon stash is quite large too so I challenged myself to add some ribbon – the paper is too busy to add a bow, but a little touch of ribbon fit in rather well.

So here we have two cards with the same basic layout, both using designer series paper and they are quite different. Which do you prefer? More to the point, do you have any paper that you could use for this layout? If you make something based on this, I’d love to see it. Just email me at lizbaileycards@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I’m really having fun pulling out Designer Series Paper and actually using it. Rather than pulling it out, looking at it and putting it back, it’s being made into cards which will be sent and shared with people. Such an idea! At Onstage last month, Sara was talking about “make a card, send a card” because it’s a bit of a demo habit to have cards in boxes, unsent. Which means that we’re not sharing what we’re creating. Such a shame. So I’m embracing the making AND sending of DSP cards, egged on by Eimear, my sister’s upline in the UK. Her challenge to her team this month is to create ten cards using up old DSP and send them. Want to join us? Today’s card is a simple one featuring the Stylized Birthday stamp.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Stylized Birthday - Serene Scenery DSP

I wasn’t sure about the stamp set, Stylized Birthday, – it’s just a single stamp with a wooden block for $10. I wasn’t sure it was very versatile, but I’ve used it loads since I’ve got it. It’s just as useful inside the card as on the outside and here, it adds just the right touch to this beautiful bokeh piece of designer series paper. I heat embossed it in gold and it makes a really classy birthday card. The base is old olive and I left just a tiny border. After heat embossing, I like to use fast fuse to attach the paper – it usually ends up a little warped even though I put some heat onto the backside of the paper which flattens it out a little.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

As I mentioned yesterday, the Eastern Palace bundles are available for customers today! I decided to play with some of the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP to show you some of the elegance. I went with a very simple layout to showcase 2 of the papers.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Palace DSP - Endless Birthday Wishes

So here I have one of the papers matted on one of the new colors, tranquil tide (love it – it’s a deeper lost lagoon!) and then a put onto another color that I love – fresh fig. It’s like a slightly less intense blackberry bliss if you know that color from last year. For my sentiment, I used my beloved Endless Birthday Wishes which I stamped in versamark and then fresh fig before sprinkling on the clear embossing powder and heating. I created the banner using the triple banner punch and used another piece of paper from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP for matting, one of the specialty ones actually. I popped this up with dimensionals on my fresh fig card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz