Today is my third anniversary of being a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! and I’m happy that I took an extra day off work to spend crafting. It’s definitely a good way to celebrate. When I reflect back over the last three years, I’m struck by how my style has evolved. To start with, I was scared of colour. I remember struggling to use more than one or two on a card – not that I don’t still enjoy using minimal colours, but I have now embraced loud DSP whereas previously, I avoided it. I was also convinced that not everybody could make cards and that I was one of them – now I make cards almost every day and I believe that everyone can – and should! – make cards. I find that the very act of creating something is extremely satisfying and necessary. I used to cook new recipes as my creative outlet which was causing an unexpected problem – we were amassing such an enormous list of dishes that it was hard to fit the favourites in regularly enough! Now, with my creativity being fulfilled with papercrafting, my biggest problem is too many cards and not enough people to send them to, but I’m working on that too. Let me know if you’d like a birthday card sent to you! Having said that I have embraced colour, I am of course sharing a single colored card today – my final in my series of the 5 new in-colors and the Eastern Medallions thinlits dies.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Medallions - Beautiful You

And here are the four previous cards:

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Medallions - Eastern Beauty Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Lemon Lime Twist - Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies - Crafting Forever Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Oh My Stars TIEF - Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies - Bunch of Blossoms Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies - Bunch of Blossoms - Layering Circles framelits dies

I like the simplicity of the scored lines but the DSP is so pretty. I really can’t decide on a favourite!

Here the inner layer is the new Fresh Florals DSP stack – a marvellous collection of 40 sheets of paper; 4 each of 2 double sided patterns in each of the new in colors. I placed the piece of DSP where I wanted it in the middle of a Fresh Fig layer and ran it through the big shot using the Eastern Medallions thinlits dies. Then I snipped off the DSP around the flower, discarded the flower itself and then glued the DSP around the fresh fig flower. I then embossed in white the sentiment from Beautiful You.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards – which I’ll increase to TEN cards if you order today on my anniversary; 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

There are three new Sale-a-bration products that you can choose for free for every $50 that you spend (before tax and shipping) until the end of March. And here I’m playing with two of them – the set Reverse Words is exactly what it says and has 2 words with a watercolor like background. Then there’s the 6″ by 6″ glimmer paper pack – 12 sheets of three colours of glimmer paper – mint macaron, sweet sugarplum and bermuda bay. Fun stuff!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Reverse Words - Glimmer Paper - SAB 2017

I went very simple to really show off these products – I stamped my hooray in mint macaron straight onto a thick whisper white card base. I then added a strip of the mint macaron glimmer paper – it’s so sparkly! – and then some mint macaron dots finished it off. How simple – and yet effective – is that?

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get a selection of ribbon and sequins (6 yards in all, a mini ribbon share if you will) when your order is $30 or more; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 34ANVEHC (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free gift). 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.

Here’s an example of the ribbon selection – I’ve just realised that the rich razzleberry is retired so I’ll state that a maximum of one of the ribbons will be retired.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Ribbon Reward

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

Beautiful You was one of the first sets on my must have list and I made 8 cards with it the weekend after Julia won the set during Prize Patrol. I didn’t want to have all 8 post on my blog in a row, but I think maybe I’m spreading them out a bit too much! Beautiful You is a really versatile stamp set; with three beautiful images and eight sentiments it’s able to handle almost any occasion.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Beautiful You

I picked out calypso coral for this card and used the colour and my aquapainter to colour in the girl’s dress which was stamped on watercolor paper. One reminder on this – the archival basic black is great, but give it a little time to really dry or your colouring ends up a little grey! I also find it easier (unless I’m doing a big watery wash) to keep very little water in the brush – it’s more controllable. Whilst the dress was drying, I stamped the top of the image again onto the flower design of the calypso coral sheet from the Subtles DSP stack. After snipping around her hat, I glued that in place to give her a fun hat which I matched by covering the envelope flap in the same paper.

Then it was a simple matter of adding a slim basic black mat with fast fuse – a strong adhesive is needed to ensure that the watercolor paper is perfectly flat after it’s been absorbing water. And finally gluing it all onto a calypso coral card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the hostess code to enter the raffle; the current one 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.

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. That could be a 3 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription which is currently on sale! 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 showcase the Falling in Love DSP today in a way that doesn’t really fall into line with the “expected” use of this part of the Falling in Love suite. As I mentioned, I’m making congratulations cards for people at work who have just been promoted so this seemed like a good challenge. And since I had the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies out for yesterday’s card, there was a good starting point!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Falling in Love DSP - Lucky Stars TIEF - Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies

I’m in IT which has far more males than females so it’s no surprise that I’m making 4 male cards and one female. I started with a 2 inch deep strip of the Falling in Love DSP (it’s the reverse side of one of the bokeh photos) and matted it with a piece of early espresso. The very vanilla and the early espresso look very rich with cherry cobbler which is why I wanted a large expanse of the red. To give it some interest, I ran a layer of cherry cobbler through the big shot with the lucky stars TIEF and then cut out the congrats from a piece of scrap using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies. To keep the richness of the look, I used a cherry cobbler base and then added a few enamel shapes also in cherry cobbler. I’m really pleased with how rich and luxurious this colour combination looks. Let me know what you think.

I wanted to draw your attention to the customer loyalty programme this month. I decided to have some fun and this month it’s a raffle for a stamp set – Bookcase Builder. For each order using my hostess code, Y3JVQ4Q7, you get an entry into the raffle to win a free stamp set. There will also be a little something in the mail for people who don’t win the stamp set.

Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click hereFor all the details on my Customer Loyalty program, 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 mentioned recently that I needed a number of congratulations cards. Here’s one that I made using the Sale-a-bration freebie, Tasty Trucks. It’s really fun using the watercolor pencils and a blender pen and a good way to relax.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Tasty Trucks

I stamped the truck image in archival basic black and then added the sentiment along the side of the truck in pacific point. Next I laid down a little colour with the pencils and used the blender pen to spread it. I’ve used pacific point, old olive, basic black and daffodil delight here. Once I had finished the colouring, I decided to add the flags onto the back for a more festive look but didn’t wait long enough for the basic black to dry and my yellow flags looked extremely grubby! So I stamped again on a scrap of daffodil delight and snipped the flags out and glued them over the top. Nobody knows that there are some grubby flags hiding under there. Oh, wait!

Next I added a slim black mat and glued that to a pacific point base. I think this is a fun congratulations card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the hostess code to get free handmade cards; the current one is PNF6CKRH (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards from me). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, 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