It’s hard to know what to get your boss as a little gift – especially one who is so fitness focused that means he goes to the gym five days per week and although he keeps a candy bowl on his desk, almost never eats it! I’m trying to emulate him – on the lack of candy eating that is. The gym, not so much although I’m going to try to start running again soon. There. It’s out there in writing so I’ll have to push myself! I decided on a bottle of wine which of course needs a tag, so I whipped one up this morning. I’d lent out my Merriest Wishes set and got it back a day or two back which is why I was so last minute with my bottle topper.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Merriest Wishes - Merry Tags Framelits Dies - Softly Falling TIEF

I cut a piece of whisper white (thinking about it now, it should’ve been the thick whisper white) at 7 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches. Odd size you’re thinking? Well yes. I started with 8 by 3 but it drowned my little tag so I cut it down! I cut a hole in the top with a circle framelit (measured first over the bottle for size) and then dry embossed the bottom part with the Softly Falling TIEF.

Next to the fun details. I cut out the tag with the scene from Merry Tags Framelits Dies three times – in whisper white, soft suede and always artichoke and then cut out the deer and trees and glued them on top of the whisper white using my silicone mat and sponge dauber to apply the glue. Next I cut a full sized tab from soft sky and glued my pieced tag onto that. The sentiment is of course from the Merriest Wishes set.

I wonder if subconsciously I selected the colours to match the bottle that I was using for sizing and as a prop. Peter’s not getting this one – it’s only half full, the other half being consumed last night. The Oyster Bay bottle has a blue top that isn’t far off Soft Sky. I will be laughing at myself if I end up selecting a bottle by colour rather than contents!

In case you’re wondering at the lack of Paper Pumpkin alternate ideas, my kit hasn’t come yet. The tracking says that as of a week ago, the Post Office has been sent notification but not the item. Hopefully soon.

Don’t forget the great close out sale currently going on and also the offer from me – a new, free stamp set. Just spend $40 with me and use the workshop code CBUJ4GTP, and you get to select one of Hey, Chick, Delicate Details or Designer Tee which I’ll send you for free once I close out this workshop on January 3rd. Check here for the details and also pictures of these stamp sets. If you spend $60, I’ll send you the pearl or rhinestone basic jewels as well. Email me at lizbaileycards@gmail.com to let me know which of the sets you’d like and whether you’d like pearls or rhinestones (if you’ve earned them), or I’ll just select one at random.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the hostess code to get free product; the current one is CBUJ4GTP (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free gift from me). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I know that the Merry Tags Framelits Dies are retiring but there are a must have and also are half price (and still available this morning). I wanted to make my team a little something for the holidays and then of course I needed packaging. My sister Caro raves about the Rocky Road recipe that she found and says that people just inhale it so I decided to give it a go. I made the additions that Caro suggested – so instead of just graham crackers (substituted for the British Rich Tea biscuits) and mini marshmallows coated in the chocolate mixture, I added macadamia nuts and craisins. Honestly I was concerned half way through the process, making something as a gift that I hadn’t tasted and especially making a double quantity. But pieces broke and my father, brother and myself were rather impressed with the results. In fact Martin thought that quadrupling the recipe might have been a better idea…

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Merry Tags Framelits Dies

Packaging was fairly simple. After waiting 2 hours for the rocky road to set up, I cut it into squares and packaged them in food safe bags. And  made some tags. These are quick and easy if you don’t count poking out the pieces of the tree with a paper piercing tool – my die brush broke and I need a replacement. I must call demo support one of these days! Some of the labels fronts feature emerald envy and some are silver foil with the plain label for the back cut out using gold foil or emerald envy. I found that glue dots or fuse were easiest for attaching the emerald envy onto the gold foil – using liquid glue, the papers slid around. I used the matching gold or silver satin ribbon (which is really luxurious) and a little emerald envy baker’s twine to attach the labels. Hopefully they are a hit. Here’s a closer look at all the chocolaty goodness:

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Merry Tags Framelits Dies

Don’t forget the great close out sale currently going on and also the offer from me – a new, free stamp set. Just spend $40 with me and use the workshop code CBUJ4GTP, and you get to select one of Hey, Chick, Delicate Details or Designer Tee which I’ll send you for free once I close out this workshop on January 3rd. Check here for the details and also pictures of these stamp sets. If you spend $60, I’ll send you the pearl or rhinestone basic jewels as well. Email me at lizbaileycards@gmail.com to let me know which of the sets you’d like and whether you’d like pearls or rhinestones (if you’ve earned them), or I’ll just select one at random.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the hostess code to get free product; the current one is CBUJ4GTP (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free gift from me). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

 

 

 

I’m rather late today due to staying up late last night baking cookies for charity which then needed to be bagged up. Julia and I did this last year too and were delighted to find that last year’s September Paper Pumpkin was all about packaging. The same is somewhat true this year, so without further ado, here’s my Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Alternate number 4.

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

Bagging up cookies is a great way to use up retired ribbon! We decided that we needed to colour code the bags – anything with red ribbon contained peanuts. These are peanut butter cookies from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe although on most of the batch we decided to add some chocolate chunks. We of course had to test them and can report that it’s a great addition. We also made Mel’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and they got any colour ribbon that wasn’t red!

So we pooled our Paper Pumpkins and between James (Julia’s son) and me, we used up almost all the tags in the boxes (one was already used on another project). Next, after dinner kindly cooked by my brother whilst the cookies cooled, we packaged up the cookies and tied ribbon around them. The tags were punched with the smallest Stampin’ Up! hand held punch and I used the linen thread in the Paper Pumpkins to attach the tag. It was a fun night and it was for charity. And, we got to do what we love best – spend time together, baking and stamping and we’re therefore not on the roster for actually standing at the booth. Win-win.

Talking of win-win, today is World Card Making Day and Stampin’ Up! wants to help us celebrate! In fact the celebration lasts for 5 days. Click on the image to see the specific products which are discounted.

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And there’s more! Stampin’ Up! is also running a Designer Series Paper promotion this month – buy three, get one free. Again click on the banner below to check out the eight packs that are part of this promotion.

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There are a few details on this one:

Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
All order types qualify for this promotion.
There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion.
Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project, please use the hostess code to get free product; the current one is XD4D794N (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get BOGOF until October 10, click here and use the code BOGO.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I needed a secret pal gift to give and as luck would have it, I got Myra, who frequently likes my cards on Facebook. I decided to give her a box of cards but then decided to try to improve dress up the packaging. The details for the card that you can see on top are here.

Stampin' up! botanical builder framelits dies packaging

Each card was put in a cellophane envelope which has a top to glue down (that’s the stripe you can see on the right hand side), but I left them open. Then, using the colour scheme from the top card, I cut out a large topper using the retired labels collections die (the lots of labels collection would work too) and folded it in half and stapled it together trapping the tops of the cellophane envelopes in the middle. This means that it’s easy for Myra to flip through the cards and extract the one that she wants from it’s sleeve without having to take anything apart.

Botanicals Builder framelits dies

Then I used the new Botanical Builder framelits dies (only ten days until everyone can order them) to cut out various flowers and leaves. The advantage here was that not only did it dress it up, it covered the staples. I had wondered if getting the Botanical Builder dies was a mistake since they allow serious dimension – something that my cards don’t tend to have – but I’ve used them twice already and am really pleased with them. And happily, Myra was really pleased with her gift. So, a win-win.

I hope that you all had a happy and fun filled day yesterday and that you’re enjoying the rest of the weekend.

See you tomorrow,

Liz