I was making Christmas cards yesterday to include in hostess packages that I’m mailing out and I want them to be a surprise so I’ll share them later on. Let me know if you’d like to host a party and I’ll send you one too!  Today’s card is inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I’m impressed that I’m sharing it the day before the challenge closes rather than the day that it does! I decided to use the Fruit Stand DSP which I haven’t used lately and it really should get me out of my Christmas card making rut!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Fruit Stand DSP - Hello You Thinlits Dies


Here’s the challenge banner which inspired my card:

I just love this paper, isn’t it gorgeous? The colours of the watercoloured paper are beautiful but when I checked the colours of the Fruit Stand DSP, the oranges mentioned were Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango. Neither really worked – the first was just too bright and the second fought to be the star of the show. But Pumpkin Pie does work; it gives a border that doesn’t try to take over the card. I cut out the piece of Fruit Stand DSP with the largest but one from the banners framelits dies and then cut out a pumpkin pie mat with the largest. And the border was just too big – now that we’ve been spoiled with the layering dies, the border just looked too chunky. So I lined up the bottom of the banners where I wanted them, glued on the DSP and then used my trimmer to cut down the pumpkin pie card stock to match.

The Hello is from the Hello You thinlits dies and cut out in the lush copper foil. I did consider the gold but the copper works best.

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See you tomorrow,


It’s Thursday which means it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and yes, the challenges there should flourish! How about this week you have a go at the challenge yourself? It would be great to see you in the gallery. This week it’s a sketch challenge where Karen wants to see some layering. I chose to go pretty minimalistic so that I could follow the layering of the sketch plus add some embellishments but remain ultra clean and simple.

Stampin' Up! Flourish thinlits and Watercolor Wishes

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card:

The flower was cut out with the Flourish thinlits in sweet sugarplum card stock; next I stamped the sentiment in the same ink onto a scrap of very vanilla which I cropped with one of the layering squares framelits dies. Yes, I could just cut the square myself using the trimmer but it’s so much simpler with the dies! That done, I held the square over the flowers and got them where I wanted them before using the two way glue pen to glue them permanently. The hello square is popped up on dimensionals hiding the stalks. For a final touch, I got out the enamel shapes in the in colours and added four to the buds. It’s probably the first time that I’ve added an even number of them!


So here’s my Paper Pumpkin September 2016 third alternative; I’m having a lot of fun with the kit whilst I figure out what treats I’m putting in the tubes. The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches inspired this one.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Paper Pumpkin September 2016 - Something Good To Eat

Here’s the banner:

I turned the sketch on its side and used the banner from the Paper Pumpkin for the main element – actually it took two of them and my metal ruler to ensure that they were lined up. There are more banners in the kit than you need for the 16 tubes, and you don’t want to waste any. I cut a little strip of black and used my triple banner punch to put the flag in it. Then I used rich razzleberry for the sentiment (also from the Paper Pumpkin set) and cut that out with the layering square framelits dies. Then I cut out a basic black scalloped mat which I popped up with dimensionals. This was all put on a rich razzleberry card base but it didn’t feel quite right. A few metallic enamel shapes in silver finished the card off perfectly.

See you tomorrow,


Today it’s time for my Paper Pumpkin August 2016 Alternate 4 using the Bold Botanicals kit.

Paper Pumpkin August 2016 Alternate 4

I took one of the crumb cake/kraft pieces of card stock and stamped the hello in early espresso. Next I used the embossing buddy and then heat embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder. I cut down the piece of card to allow more of the patterned paper (also from the kit) to show. I added a piece of early espresso to mat the calypso coral DSP. I then popped this entire piece up on dimensionals and attached it to a crumb cake base. Pretty quick and simple. I did wonder about using the new(ish) copper embossing powder but wasn’t sure how it would look with the crumb cake – I may have to make another in copper!

Tomorrow is Thursday which means it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and time for a new hostess, Karen. You still have time to get in under the wire on this week’s challenge, it closes at 6pm EST tonight. But get ready for September which has five Thursdays and thus the final challenge will be the double. This sketch challenge combined with colours intimidated me at first, but it’s a lot of fun. Do join in the 4 challenges before it to get yourself ready!

See you tomorrow,



Apparently when I don’t have a card design in my head, I start watercolouring and then a card will appear. This is what happened with this card – what do you do when you want to make a card and you don’t have any inspiration? Tuscan Vineyard created a number of cards for me this way!

Stampin' Up! Tuscan Vineyard and Watercolor Wishes

I stamped the image in black stazon, grabbed some inks and my aquapainter and started colouring away. I started with the tall trees in always artichoke, a colour that was completely replaced for me by mossy meadow. Now that mossy meadow has retired, I’ve started using always artichoke! Next the vineyards and bushes, round trees and fields were in differing strengths of garden green. I used crumb cake for the mountains and sahara sand for the house. I wanted to make the house stand out, hence the cherry cobbler roof. Finally I coloured the sky with marina mist. Once I’d completed this, I decided to use a cherry cobbler base to pull the house out even more but decided to have double layers of cherry cobbler. Before committing my watercolouring to the card, I made sure that my sentiment was good – it’s embossed in black and from my favourite Watercolor Wishes set.

I made this at the crop and thus didn’t have my dies with me (I’m never forgetting them again!) and had to borrow what was available. I cropped my watercolouring using one of the ovals collection but I didn’t want a really thick border. I actually trimmed down the black oval to the indentation that occurred when cutting it out giving me a smaller border. If you look carefully you can see that the oval isn’t perfect, but until I started writing this, I’d forgotten that I did it by hand, so the imperfections are not jumping out.

I hope that you have some time to play with Tuscan Vineyard, it’s a lot of fun. I have a few more cards made with this set to share in the coming days.

See you tomorrow,