I can’t believe that Wetlands is retiring; I’ve been playing with Stampin’ Up! product for almost three years now and this one has always been in the catalog. But no more. It’s not in the upcoming one. So for $17 (or $22 for wood mount) you can snap up this one. It really is timeless. The sentiments are fabulous and the images are great – I think my favourite is the birds rather than the main goose. Stamp sets are guaranteed to be available until May 22 but other things are as supplies last.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Wetlands

I did a watercolor wash of crumb cake over watercolor paper and then stamped the sentiment in early espresso. After a little time with the heat tool (my first attempt was onto damp paper and it bled rather unattractively) I stamped the birds, also in early espresso. I really like the effect. I mounted the watercolor paper onto a early espresso card base. Simple, easy and perfect. Let me know what you think.

YEAH! The Clearance rack has been updated with items that are up to 60% off – you don’t want to miss this. I’ve found, though, that currently the reduced price doesn’t show in the main listing of the clearance rack and you have to click into each item to see the price. e.g. the Birthday Bouquet cardstock pack shows as $7 but if you click on it, you see that the price is really $2.80. I’m sure they’ll get it fixed soon, but seeing as these items are as supplies last, you might not want to wait for that and start snagging bargains right away.

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

 

Here’s a thinking about you kind of card using the Beautiful You set and just a single colour – mint macaron

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Beautiful You

I stamped the image using archival basic black ink on watercolor paper and, after giving it time to really dry, used an aquapainter and ink from the lid of my mint macaron ink pad to colour in the girl and her umbrella. Another of the awesome mixed typeface sentiments and then it was a simple matter of construction. I trimmed the watercolour paper so that I could have a basic black skinny mat and still have a 1/4 inch of the mint macaron card base showing – I need to play with different borders more, it’s fun how they change the look of the card. I used some of the mint macaron patterned paper from the Subtles DSP stack to line the envelope flap.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to enter the raffle for a chance to win your very own Bookcase Builder stamp set for free; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is Y3JVQ4Q7 (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get an entry into the raffle). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, click here. For all the details on my Customer Loyalty program, 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. Don’t have paper copies of the catalogs? Drop me an email and I’ll put one in the mail.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

The Window Box Thinlits dies are really fun. I started making a box, just to see how it all worked, but after I’d cut out 2 shapes to put the box together I got side-tracked by the extra pieces in the set that allow you to decorate the box with cutouts. And I remembered that there was a card using the top of the box cutout which I really liked. So here’s a CASE.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Window Box Thinlits Dies - Window Shopping

I started by using an aquapainter with sweet sugarplum, flirty flamingo and mint macaron just putting colour onto a piece of whisper white and then seeing how it looked. It was okay, but I decided I wanted the mint macaron mostly where the leaves were. Luckily, I hadn’t thrown out my first attempt at the cut out when I’d forgotten to use the precision plate and it hadn’t cut completely. So I used it as a template to paint mint macaron into the right areas this time using a piece of watercolor paper. Then I filled in the rest of the areas with the other two colours. Here’s how it all looked at this point.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Window Box Thinlits Dies - Window Shopping

After stamping the sentiment, from Window Shopping, I added dimensionals to the whisper white allowing enough space for the watercolor paper to fit in the middle. I applied fast fuse to the back of the watercolour paper and then holding both pieces carefully, added them to the mint macaron card base. I think that a banner across the cut out as featured in the catalog (page 43) would be good because it would allow a dimensional under it. But I really wanted to show the whole pattern. I’m definitely playing with this technique again, it’s fun and relaxing.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I should have mentioned that the Window Box Thinlits Dies and the Window Shopping products come bundled together for a saving of 10%. 

Please use the hostess code to get 5 free handmade cards; the current one is PNF6CKRH (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards from me). Click here to go to my online shop or here to join my team. To sign up for Paper Pumpkin, 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. Don’t have paper copies of the catalogs? Drop me an email and I’ll put one in the mail.

I can’t believe that we’re already about a sixth of the way through Sale-a-bration – it’s such a fun time of the year, getting freebies and extra rewards for shopping/hosting or joining the Stampin’ Up! family. It’s definitely the best time of the year to join.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

 

It’s Thursday and thus another challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches – this week it’s a colour challenge. Here’s what I made

Stampin' Up! Remarkable You and Hello Sunshine

and here’s the colour banner which inspired it

I hope that you’ll come and play. I used the beautiful set Remarkable You and embossed the image in silver on watercolour paper. And then I was determined to use the Paper Pumpkin February 2016 set (Hello Sunshine) which just arrived. Okay, I actually asked my brother to go to the mailbox to get the red box playing my “I have a sprained ankle” card again. He’s very nice that way. So I had to open the box and look at everything and then use one of the new sentiments for my card which I stamped in elegant eggplant. After that I used my aquapainter (filled with water by my brother) to watercolour the flower in elegant eggplant and wisteria wonder. The piece of watercolour paper looked good on an elegant eggplant base and I adhered it using fast fuse which is great for the watercolour paper.

I lined the envelope using the big shot and the envelope liner framelits in elegant eggplant to match the card base. The watercolour paper isn’t white or very vanilla but somewhere between so it doesn’t matter which way you go!

See you tomorrow,

Liz

I made this card on Sunday when I was stamping with my sister at my very over crowded kitchen table. My father was suggesting that he needs to make me a bigger one – perhaps just some organization and tidying will do it. If we can stop making cards long enough to do so. This is using a stamp set, Watercolor Words, which my sister owns and I do not. There was a phone call before Caro flew to NJ to compare what we have so that she could fill in gaps. She’s here for ten days so I need to concentrate on the new to me stuff!

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Words

This card uses two of the stamps from the Watercolor Words set. I started by stamping the sentiment in watermelon wonder and then filled in the corner gap with a flower stamp. After that I worked my way across the card, making sure the flowers weren’t in a regular zig zag. The very vanilla piece was then mounted on a watercolor wonder cardbase.

Unlike recent posts, I actually possess the new designer series paper stack in this colour. I really love the words paper – and of course it felt right with this card.

I passed over this stamp set in the catalogue because I thought that if I wanted words in a watercolour like way, I could use my aquapainter and write them myself. Completely forgetting that I’ve never actually hand written on a card! But I may get out my aquapainter and play with this stamp set this upcoming weekend.

See you tomorrow,

Liz