Nicole is joining my team – for the discount of course. That’s why we all join. And why not? A minimum of a 20% discount is awesome and during Sale-a-bration you get to add 2 free stamps to the $125 worth of product that costs you just $99 plus tax. If you’re thinking about joining too, there are 12 days of Sale-a-bration left which means only 12 days to add the 2 free stamps of your choice. I like to send a card to say hello, welcome, I’m glad you joined and I know that Nicole likes tip top taupe so I decided to use the 2015-2017 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack for her card.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack - Blossom Bunch Punch - Hello You thinlits dies

I covered the entire card base with a piece of the In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack – love the words – and then cut a strip of tip top taupe card stock as a base for my beautiful copper foil word which I die cut using the Hello You thinlits dies. I used the scrap from cutting out the hello to punch out three of the smallest copper foil flowers with the blossom bunch punch. The largest pearl looked great inside them and I attached them all together with glue dots.

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 12 days to go in Sale-a-bration!

Liz

I’m sure that it’s fairly clear by now, but just in case it’s not – I love the new watercolor pencils. And one of the stamp sets that really was made for them is Day at the Beach. Okay, actually there are a lot of stamp sets but today I’m focusing on Day at the Beach. I’ve been a bit slack with my welcome cards – one of my former colleagues joined us at work last week and he hasn’t received his card yet. In my defence, working six days each week is messing with my brain. I am so grateful that I have carding as relaxation, it really helps. So here’s the card that I just made for Ed.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Day at the Beach - Baby Bear

It’s vaguely CASEd from the Occasions catalogue. Well the idea of multiple suns on yellow was the thing that struck me. So here we have first the sentiment in delightful dijon from Baby Bear and then the lovely suns stamped in crushed curry on so saffron. Yes, there are a lot of yellows and to ensure that I included them all ( I think I have), I used the daffodil delight watercolor pencil on the edge of the sun and an aquapainter to spread the color a little. I really like the suns on the diagonal – it’s very eye pleasing. No mats seemed to work nor a different colored card base so I kept it simple with a so saffron base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. Please use the hostess code to get 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. Don’t forget that if you purchase a 3 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin, it saves you money AND earns you a freebie. 

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

I made this card for a challenge wanting welcome cards and then missed the deadline, but since we’re trying to hire some new people at work, it will come in very handy. I’m on the design team at CAS Colours & Sketches and last night I was commenting on some of the entries. One of the cards used the Serene Scenery DSP stack reminding me of its beauty and also of the fact that I’ve barely used it. So it was a no brainer to pull it out this morning.

Stampin' Up! Serene Scenery DSP stack and Welcome Words

This DSP stack is 6 by 6 inches which means that if you cut off 2 1/8 inch you have enough to cover the envelope flap to make a matching envelope and you still have a large piece for the card. I trimmed the long side to 5 1/8 inch so that I had 5 1/8 by 3 7/8. A mat of very vanilla measuring 5 1/4 inches by 4 gives a tiny border and fits perfectly on a crumb cake card base.

I added the sentiment from the retired set, Welcome Words. I’d prefer to use a current set, but I don’t believe that I have anything that says welcome. So to match, I stamped this in crumb cake – I tested this on the piece of DSP that I’d trimmed off to ensure that it would be dark enough to show. I like the rather beach look that the crumb cake adds to the weathered boards.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

The two stamp sets, Pineapple and Welcome Words go together perfectly in my opinion, seeing as the pineapple is a symbol of welcome and hospitality. So I had to take the opportunity to pair them up before Welcome Words retires tonight. And since we keep adding people to our team at work, it won’t be long until I need a welcome card. This morning the set is still available for purchase.

Stampin' Up! Pineapple and Welcome Words

This card didn’t turn out exactly as I was planning but then, “sometimes things don’t always go as planned” according to a sign in a hotel which had the family in hysterics and Martin and Mum using “always” and “sometimes” in the same sentence for the rest of the holiday. Firstly, I just wasn’t getting good coverage on my stamp so I went to the basement and found some 220 grit sandpaper and roughed up the surface of the stamp. Then after using the (retiring) in colours mossy meadow and hello honey and a post-it note as a mask, the join between the colours wasn’t perfect. There is actually a VERY small space between the two parts of the pineapple. As I was looking at my very vanilla piece and wondering how to ensure success, I realised that a hello honey bow in last year’s ribbon would cover the gap perfectly. And actually it improved the card – that’s what I call a win-win! I’d initially intended on embossing the Welcome but with the addition of ribbon, the card didn’t need the upgrade. I was a little hesitant over ordering the pineapple – how many pineapple cards do I need? But I’m really glad that I did. I think I need more pineapple cards than I realised and I for one am not retiring Welcome Words from my stash. It’s also going to make a great card to welcome people to my Stampin’ Up! team or to my Paper Pumpkin team.

In case you’re wondering, the envelope liner is using Botanical Gardens DSP – a perfect match for the mossy meadow.

So tomorrow’s the big day –  the new catalog goes live which means that you only have today to order from last year’s and the Occasions catalog. Do make sure you have what you really want, items don’t necessarily make it to the clearance list. If you’re ordering, don’t forget to use my rewards code – AV9HEPXC – if you spend at least $45 you will receive this month’s free gift, half a roll of the dapper denim ruched ribbon, and be over 10% of the way to a free $40 spending spree. Check out the Customer Loyalty Program page for more details.

I’ll be ordering tomorrow morning so email me now if you want to get in on my product share.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

The world map is one of the first stamps I bought and it was used on the first card I made for my father on Father’s Day two years ago. And I haven’t used it since. I’m not sure why. But I wanted to make another Welcome card and this stamp set called out to me. I work in IT with my brother and tomorrow one of the developers who used to work for me at my previous company is starting work where we are now, working for Martin. I’m thrilled that he’s joining us and he definitely needs a card! The Welcome Words set has come in really useful lately – I think this is the fourth welcome card so far this year. And I need a fifth because somebody just joined my (Stampin’ Up!) team.

Stampin' Up! World Map and Welcome Words

I stamped the World Map onto watercolour paper using the archival basic black. Then, using my aquapainter, I put fairly pale washes of pacific point (I’ve recently found how perfect this colour is for skies and seas) and delightful dijon onto the paper. I matted this with a slim basic black border and then mounted it onto a pacific point card base. The Welcome is stamped in pacific point onto very vanilla which extends over the image and mat. To make the sentiment even more dramatic, I popped it up with dimensionals.

The envelope is lined using the retired backgrounds DSP brights stack in pacific point. I’m almost done with this stack and really must get the new version of it.

See you tomorrow,

Liz