So what do you do when you’re out of designer series paper and you don’t want to buy any more until the new catalog is out? You make your own of course. I confess that I’m nowhere near close to being out of DSP, but I’m assuming that there might be a few people in the world who are in this place? Or maybe, it’s just fun making the paper. I then used Love Sparkles for a sentiment, but mostly this is about having fun with the background.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Love Sparkles

I made quite a few pieces of homemade DSP using the shaving foam technique about 10 days ago and this is using the second piece made with melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight. This time, as a main focal point of the card. I’ve matted it using a piece of daffodil delight and then put it down onto a thick whisper white card base. I then used Love Sparkles for my melon mambo sentiment and used the triple banner punch for my flag.

Here’s a little tip for you – when your banner is only partly on a raised piece of card, add cardstock to build up the piece that isn’t on the raised part. I glued a little scrap of whisper white and daffodil delight cut into a square and then added it under the “you” end of the banner. I could then put dimensionals onto this square and also to the other end of the banner and they would be the same height, rather than the banner drooping as it went off the DSP background. It doesn’t have to raise all of the banner, just the piece that has the dimensionals on 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 A2XGZS79 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). 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

 

I love the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. They are gorgeous and allow you to create some really fun cards and they are on the retiring list and right now, they are in LOW inventory status. They are also 40% off and only $18.60 – a no brainer. Go ahead and snap them up right now! (host code A2XGZS79).

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Stylish Stems Framelits Dies - Endless Birthday Wishes

I’m also showcasing a new (to me) technique – the shaving foam technique. I took a wooden stamp case and sprayed shaving foam into it, and levelled it out somewhat with a chopstick (a plastic knife would be easier). Then I added drops of melon mambo, pumpkin pie and daffodil delight and mixed these up a little with my chopstick and then pressed a piece of whisper white into it. I scraped off the excess and then blotted it with a paper towel. I ended up with a beautiful swirly pattern on the card. I mixed up my foam again and went again. I also did the same technique with dapper denim, pear pizzazz and soft sky and produced the following. You can see the progression from right to left as the ink was more mixed and then on the fourth and fifth pieces I added extra drops, first of soft sky and then pear pizzazz. I didn’t get a picture of the one I’m using today – I loved it so much, it was cut up before I thought!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

So for today’s card, I cut the flower in the base and then positioned a piece of my patterned paper behind it. Next I cut out the the outline of the small flowers twice in the patterned paper and using two of the framelits, cut out the peek through small flower and then cut it out from the card. I carefully mounted this onto my patterned pieces to produce the two small beautiful flowers. I popped these up on dimensionals. The celebrate comes from the Endless Birthday Wishes (also retiring and at just $16 a fabulously versatile set – I use it all of the time). The card base is actually watermelon wonder because after the colours were mixed, it was the perfect choice!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and if you go to buy either of these products that you’re lucky enough to find them still in inventory! Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is A2XGZS79 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). 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

 

I saw a Facebook Live with the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass, a few days ago and she was doing an emboss resist card using the Brushstrokes stamp set. Since I seem to be addicted to that technique at the moment, how could I not have a go?

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Inside the Lines - Brushstrokes - Bunch of Blossoms

I took a piece of Inside The Lines DSP, which was a paper from Sale-a-bration, and used the versamark and the Brushstrokes stamp before sprinkling the clear embossing powder and heating. I then used the cucumber crush dauber to add some colour to the paper. It really wakes up the paper. Fun. I then added a cucumber crush sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms which I cut out using the Stitched Shapes framelits dies. A little baker’s twine bow in cucumber crush finished the card which was added to a cucumber crush card base.

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 A2XGZS79 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). 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

After the fun with the heat embossing and watercoloring over the past couple of days, I decided to do a set in a different color way. So I took a complete page of watercolor paper and my Balloon Adventures stamp set and stamped in versamark sprinkling on clear embossing powder as I went so that it was easier to see where I’d been.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Balloon - Bunch of Blossoms - Layering Circles Framelits Dies

It takes longer to emboss on watercolor paper but it warps less than regular card stock. One it was cool though, I refilled my aquapainter and starting spreading water over the paper along with daffodil delight, melon mambo and pumpkin pie. I added more water, blended, added more colour until I was happy. Then I left it to dry before wiping over the whole page with a damp paper towel to remove any ink sitting on top of the embossing.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Balloon - Bunch of Blossoms - Layering Circles Framelits Dies

I divided up my piece of watercolor paper and although I originally planned to use various card bases, once I’d decided to add a strip of ribbon, that meant all melon mambo since I don’t have ribbon in the other two colors. So I added a piece of the 1/8 inch stitched ribbon and then a little circle with a sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms. I really like the small sentiment so that the background can shine – I adore how the colours have blended to create so many different shades and tones on the four cards.

I definitely need to try this again with more masculine colours, but I’ll give you a few days off from emboss resist and will share something different tomorrow!

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) 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.

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.

See you tomorrow,

Just 6 days to go in Sale-a-bration! I’m working on my “final” order again – are you too? 

Liz

A couple of days ago I was playing with the Avant Garden set when I decided to use the emboss resist technique with it.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Avant Garden - Hello You thinlits dies - emboss resist

I used a piece of watercolor paper for the top layer and, after using the embossing buddy, stamped the flower image from Avant Garden in versamark. It was hard to see where I’d stamped but if I held the paper at the right angle, I could just see where the versamark was so as to avoid stamping again in the same place. I sprinkled on the clear embossing powder and heated. I actually did two pieces at the same time figuring that it was likely that one would be the test piece but although they are different, they both came out well.

I took the first piece since it had had time to cool down and added a lot of water with my aquapainter. Then I used dapper denim and bermuda bay to add colour. I went back a few times, adding more of one colour or the other and blending in places. Whilst that was drying, I did my second piece, which I’ll share tomorrow.

The watercolor paper had bowed a little after the embossing and all the water, so the bermuda bay mat helped to straighten it, as well as give a good border. This then went onto a  dapper denim card base. To finish off the card, I cut out the thanks using the Hello You framelits dies in dapper denim. I dabbed glue onto it using a sponge dauber and the silicone craft mat – this way, as I’ve mentioned before, you get enough glue onto the back without glue spooling around the cut out.

I was really pleased with how this technique worked and love the dapper denim and bermuda bay together. I’m going to try a few more colour combinations as well.

Just 8 days to go in Sale-a-bration!  I just put in another order, stocking up on basics and getting extra rewards at the same time. It means that I have plenty of envelopes and glue and card bases to keep me going for a long time now! Why not do it when you get extras, right?! 

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) 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.

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.

See you tomorrow,

Liz