I spent some time this evening playing with the brusho watercolor crystals – it’s such fun. Actually I was having so much fun that I made a bunch of partial cards and didn’t finish any of them! There’s always tomorrow. I wanted to share with you the official Stampin’ Up! video showcasing how to use the Brusho crystals.

They are $30 for the pack of 5 but they will last forever!

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I am slowly getting back to more crafting even though I’m currently sleeping around 10-11 hours per day. 8 at night and a nap – which sounds excessive but it’s necessary at the moment because I’ve started back to work part time. This of course means that my crafting is even more critical for fun and stress release! I’ll try to share more of what I’m doing with you all. First up is the Beautiful Day set in the new Occasions catalog (page 26 – if you need one mailed, let me know) and the brusho crystal colour. These are watercolor ink crystals which have really intense colors. The brushos are on the same page which is why a lot of people have been playing with the Beautiful Day set and brushos together.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator -Beautiful Day - Brusho

I first stamped the butterfly and left it to dry for quite a while. Seeing as I was making 21 swap cards they had time! Next I wet the watercolor paper inside the butterfly image and then held the little pot upside down and tapped on the bottom. Since there are only 2 holes made with a paper piercer the powder comes up sparingly. I used the red, gamboge and yellow crystals and then spritzed water over the card too. Then I put them aside to dry. As  you can see, they all come out quite differently.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator -Beautiful Day - Brusho

The YOU comes from Amazing You and that gorgeous die cut amazing comes from the matching dies, Celebrate You. My sister cranked out 21 of them after first putting the multipurpose adhesive sheets on the back. It’s so nice to have a visiting crafter! The great thing about these dies is that you can get them for free with a $100 purchase because they are in the Sale-a-bration brochure. And even better is that they will be in the next annual catalog. Personally I prefer to get them for free!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

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It’s an exciting time of the year with the year end sale going on, retiring products and a rather well stocked clearance rack. And it’s only a few days until the new catalogs go live. So I feel that I can share a card showing a few of the new products that will be available from Wednesday. These are all from the Sale-a-bration catalog which is a marvellous little brochure. For every $50 that you spend you can select a level 1 product for FREE! There are even a few products that you can select after spending $100 which is new this year – as is the fact that one of these are framelits. What’s even more exciting is that the framelits will be in the next annual catalog – but personally I prefer to get them for free! This is my favourite time of year!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Sneak Peeks - Amazing You - Celebrate You thinlits dies - Beautiful Peacock

I did the rock ‘n’ roll technique on the peacock’s tail from Beautiful Peacock – you ink up the tail in lemon lime twist and then rock and roll the edges around the bermuda bay ink pad. You get this fun 2 toned effect very easily. The simply comes from the Amazing You stamp set which matches the Celebrate You thinlits dies. I can see me adding this amazing die cut to lots of cards – love the typeface.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

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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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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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