Yesterday I shared with you my card for a swap. Today I’m sharing some of the cards that I got back for your inspiration. First up is Barbi Crider’s card showcasing the Seasonal Lantern bundle. Look at all the detail in this bundle

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Seasonal Lantern bundle - Painted Harvest - Spooky Cat

Next is Dawn Stock’s card using the Painted Harvest stamp set which is proving to be a very popular set.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Seasonal Lantern bundle - Painted Harvest - Spooky Cat

Now we move into a couple of Halloween projects, the first is by Susan Nygaard using Spooky Cat, the Spooky Cat DSP and the new cat punch.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Seasonal Lantern bundle - Painted Harvest - Spooky Cat

Terri Meehan also used the cat punch and the Spooky Cat DSP – it has a space on the moon for stamping, how awesome is that?

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Seasonal Lantern bundle - Painted Harvest - Spooky Cat

I hope you enjoyed the inspiration that I got in my swap bag!

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Liz

I’m using another new set from the annual catalog today, Just Add Text which is a beautiful collection of six heartwarming sayings. I sort of didn’t intend to play with this one, but somehow I was watercoloring away before I knew it!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Just Add Text - Layering Leaves Dynamic TIEF

I started by inking up my image in versamark and then tranquil tide and after stamping it onto the watercolor paper, I sprinkled on clear embossing powder. I’d first tried it in black but it was a bit harsh, tranquil tide was perfect. I watercolored lightly with the aquapainter, being sure to get variety in the depth of the colors. When doing the leaves, I purposely didn’t colour them in order but coloured random leaves so that the variety in colour was spread out. For the flowers I used berry burst with a dot of lemon lime twist in the centre. The layering ovals framelits dies made it easy to cut this out as well as a berry burst scalloped mat. I continued the leaves theme by dry embossing a piece of tranquil tide with the layering leaves dynamic TIEF and after adding some of the half inch berry burst ribbon, popped up my sentiment on dimensionals.

It was impossible to get a really good shot of the glossy embossed sentiment – this one definitely looks better in real life!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

And congratulations to Babe for winning the blog candy. Babe – just confirm that you haven’t moved since December and I’ll mail you the package right away. Thanks to everyone else who took the time to comment.

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Today’s card is showcasing a set in the annual catalog, Heartland. I sat down with a piece of watercolor paper, my archival black ink, some inks and an aquapainter and just coloured away. It was extremely relaxing. I’m not great at watercolouring, but it’s very enjoyable; my main tips are to do more than one at a time and not to use too much water in your aquapainter.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Heartland

The colours that I used are pear pizzazz, marina mist, crumb cake, calypso coral (very watered down for a faint touch of skin color), smoky slate and a few dots of the pumpkin pie stampin’ write marker for the beak. Once it was dry, I went back and added a little more of the pear pizzazz and marina mist where the hatching was on the image, to give depth. I then matted this in black and used the first part of the sentiment included in the Heartland set. The whole sentiment was just a tad too long! So I inked up the part I needed with a marker and stamped it onto the marina mist card base.

Watercoloring is really fun and Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to figure out where to make it a little darker by adding the extra lines. Have a go – you’ll maybe surprise yourself.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

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Today I’m sharing the other half of the cards from the fabulous Soft Sayings Card kit along with tips that I learned as I made up my kit.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

The overlay on this one isn’t symmetrical so, back to tip 5 – be aware when you’re placing the layer of the different looks that you can get depending on which way around that you have it. I used glue dots to anchor all the pieces under the sentiment and left the edges be free. The dimensionals under the sentiment were also useful for ensuring that the leaves and branches stay secure. By the way – if you love this cut out, the thinlet to cut the same design is included in the Eclectic Layers thinlits dies. I just got mine so you can expect some cards with this cut out soon!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

I didn’t learn any tips whilst putting this one together!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

Tip 6 – I used my silicone craft sheet, multipurpose glue and a sponge dauber to get glue onto the back of the sparkly flower. I like to get glue on the dauber and then rub most of it off (onto the craft sheet) and then there’s just enough to add stickiness to the sparkly flower without adding so much that I get globs of glue.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve changed some of the suggested sentiments – I needed more birthday cards but there are 10 different sentiments in the kit.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

My tip on this one is really an emphasis on the first tip that I shared yesterday – lay out your card supplies first! When I went back to complete the second set of ten cards, I figured I knew what I was doing. Wrong! I had just glued this gorgeous flower down when I thought it looked a little different. It turns out I’d glued it to the large pink card base rather than this one which is mid-sized. Luckily I realised it early enough that I could remove it!

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 ZDSGJ9U3 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you the metallic sequin assortment. 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

The Soft Sayings Card Kit is a really awesome kit – it’s an all inclusive (almost), all you need to complete it is your choice of adhesive. And at $35 for a kit that makes 20 cards, it’s amazing value. Apart from the consumables, included in the kit are a clear block, an exclusive stamp set and an ink spot and if you wish, you can order a refill of just the consumables for an extra $21 and make another 20 cards. I’m going to share half of the cards today and a few of the tips that I discovered as I made my kit!

I had an hour or so to spare and so decided to just make one of each of the ten cards. Luckily I decided to lay out the pieces for each card to start with and that’s where I come to the first tips.

Tip 1: Lay out the pieces for each card first.

Tip 2: There are different sized branches and they are mixed on some of the cards e.g. this one. I found I’d laid out two the same and as I got to the later cards, I didn’t have the right pieces. Happy that nothing was glued!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

I saw a tip on a Stampin’ Up! video to turn over your sentiment piece and then stamp the leaves on top of it so that they are in the right place. I found that left visible gaps when I popped up the sentiment as you can see on the two stamped leaves on this photo..

Tip 3: Put the sentiment piece in place on the card to figure out the placement but move the sentiment before stamping. This means there’s no gap.

Here are the cute little 3 by 3 cards in the kit:

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

Tip 4: Be a bit more careful measuring your washi tape! It barely notices in the one on the left.

This is one of my favourites but it too, provided me with a tip for you!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

Tip 5: Look at the instructions and get your flower frame the right way. Mine is backwards. The flower in the right hand corner should be in the left hand corner. It doesn’t really matter but the card looks better the correct way – I did it right on the second go around.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Soft Sayings Card Kit

You may have noticed an absence of baker’s twine on the cards – I just didn’t feel that it was needed, but that’s just me.

These are just half of the designs – I’ll post the others in the next day or so along with a few more tips.

Apologies for the lack of posting  yesterday – life (or more correctly, napping) got in the way. I’m trying to get ahead so that I don’t have gaps.

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 ZDSGJ9U3 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you the metallic sequin assortment. 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