Here’s another card that I made a few days ago whilst playing with the Eastern Medallions thinlits dies from the Eastern Palace suite. I absolutely adore the large flower die and the way that the petals are released to add a three dimensional feature to the card. In fact, I loved it so much, that I wanted to make it the highlight of the card.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Medallions - Eastern Beauty

I started by using the die in the corner of a piece of the new color, berry burst and then I helped bend the petals a little. A thumb at the base of the petal helps the petal bend properly. Next I used the matching stamp set, Eastern Beauty, on a piece of white scrap to stamp the sentiment and border. One of the layering circles dies cut this out and I glued it in place inside the flower. Holding the Berry Burst over a card base of thick whisper white showed that although it was looking beautiful, it needed just a little something. But not too much! So I added scored lines using the trimmer to make them 1/2 inch in from the edge and then the Simply Scored tool to deepen the lines. That was the perfect finishing touch. I think I’m going to make this card up in all of the in colors and will share them with you soon.

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 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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 was playing with the new Eastern Medallions thinlits dies which are part of the Eastern Palace suite – this was released a month ahead of the new catalog in two bundles. Check them out in the store. I’d tried out a few of the Eastern Medallions dies but not all and it wasn’t until I tried one of the big flower looking ones, that I realised that some of the dies do a partial cut so that you get some awesome three dimensional effects. So I decided to experiment!

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Eastern Medallions - Eastern Beauty

Here I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and some of the beautiful Berry Burst ink (I think that melon mambo may be taking a bit of a back seat for the next 2 years!) and then used one of the dies from the Eastern Medallions set to cut the four “petals” around it. There’s also another die which cuts out the whole shape. I glued down the outer piece (it’s attached to the inner piece at the middle of each side) onto a layer of whisper white and put that onto a card base of thick whisper white. Why white on white? The added subtle border really added to the design of the card and made a super clean card. I love all of the white space.

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 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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 think I’ve only used two sentiments from the retiring set Love Sparkles, but I’ve used them a lot! The big sparkly Celebrate is perfect for the front, or indeed the inside, of a celebratory card. And it pairs beautifully with the gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Love Sparkles - Fruit Stand DSP

Here I’ve put a leftover piece of the DSP onto a pumpkin pie base. Actually pumpkin pie isn’t one of the colours noted as being in this paper – the official oranges are peekaboo peach and tangerine tango but due to the watercolour nature of the paper, pumpkin pie is actually a better match. I wouldn’t have dreamed of going outside the lines and picking a different colour three years ago, but since I’ve been carding, I’ve become more comfortable in my colour choices. And pumpkin pie works.

I like the thin border around the paper and then the plainness of the card base with the fun banner straddling the two. I’ve used pumpkin pie for my Love Sparkles greeting and popped it up on dimensionals. And of course the triple banner punch to make the banner.

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 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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

My May 2017 Paper Pumpkin came yesterday morning and boy was I wrong! I know that HOLE and ROUND were two of the clues, but I thought that the third was scramble and I didn’t realise that there were more clues. One of which was that seeing what’s inside the kit was possibly going to make us want to grab a cup of coffee, I was definitely off with my golf guess. It’s doughnuts! Here’s the official video:

Cute, but I don’t need 9 doughnut cards so I definitely will be working on alternatives…

In case you don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is about, here are the details:

  • Each month you receive a unique, surprise kit with a project. It’s colour-coordinated and everything is pre-cut
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, accessories and instructions.
  • Each kit gives you about 30 minutes of fun
  • Your Paper Pumpkin ships around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month’s kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month.
  • A Paper Pumpkin subscription is just $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) There’s no commitment, you can cancel or put your subscription on hold at any time. You can also prepay 1, 3, 6 or 12 months at a time (great gift idea) and save money with the latter 3 options.
  • Once you’re a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can buy previous kits as supplies last. Sometimes complete kits are available at other times, it’s just the consumables so that you can make more.

Please use the Stampin’ Rewards code to get five FREE handmade cards; the current Stampin’ Rewards code is 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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

The Fruit Stand DSP is amazingly, still available and it’s on sale – $8.80 which is 20% off. I’ve become completely enamored with this pattern which was uncut up until last week – I thought it was beautiful, but just too loud. But it’s not. It’s making wonderful cards.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Fruit Stand DSP - Vertical Greetings

I wanted to show how different this paper can look – I took a square (3 1/2 inches) that didn’t have any of the bright full strength watermelon wonder and it’s a totally different look. I matted it with a piece of pear pizzazz 1/8 inch larger for a skinny border and isn’t it amazing how it changes the look of the paper? I used the Vertical Greetings again as before – in pear pizzazz instead of watermelon wonder – with a card base of thick whisper white.

Here’s my card, side by side with my previous card with this paper with a similar layout and the card is totally different. It’s amazing (and fun) how a change in color totally changes everything. And this is using the same paper! Let me know which you prefer.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Fruit Stand DSP - Vertical Greetings  Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper - Vertical Greetings

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 7UYN7HEJ (if your order is over $150, don’t use the code, you get the rewards, but you still get the free cards). In addition, to celebrate the new catalog, if you spend $50 this month, I’ll send you either the clear or gold faceted gems FREE (let me know which you’d like). 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