Today’s projects came about in an unusual way – I decided to make some tags and then I found myself looking through the pile of shapes and stamped images that I’d put to one side when they didn’t make it to a card. Sometimes I can’t decide whether gold or copper would look better – and sometimes, I just pick up the wrong paper and use whisper white when the rest of the card is very vanilla. So I pulled out my pile and started making tags.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Flourish Thinlits Dies - Christmas Pines - Merry Tags thinlits dies

First up is the cherry cobbler coloured flower from Flourish Thinlits Dies and I just happened to have the perfectly sized oval cut out of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper using the stitched shapes framelits dies. Yes, that’s an odd thing in a leftover pile, I was cutting a thin frame and this was cut out of the middle. I used the silicone mat technique for adding glue (just add a splodge of glue to the mat and using a sponge dauber, carefully dab glue on the back of your shape) and pushed it firmly onto the glimmer paper. I added another whisper white oval to the back to make the tag a little more sturdy. I probably wouldn’t have done that if it wasn’t there on my pile, but it’s a definite improvement. I added a rhinestone to the centre and used the cherry cobbler twine from the baker’s twine trio pack. I’d forgotten about the Flourish Thinlits Dies – Christmas card making does that to a person, I need to go through my box of dies and pull out the underused ones soon.

I’d cut out a Christmas tree using the Merry Tags framelits dies and glued the cut out pieces onto a whisper white oval. With a real red scalloped oval behind it and an emerald envy tag base and string, that was a really simple tag to construct.

And lastly for today, the copper tag. I had the circle cut out with the stitched dies and also the Noel from Christmas Pines heat embossed in copper on very vanilla. They were made to go together. Just a few dimensionals and a (gold actually) string and there’s a beautiful and easy tag.

I hope that I’ve encouraged you to take a look at your pile of things set aside to use later. It’s a lot of fun making them into tags.

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 projects. 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

When I read Brian’s blog yesterday, his card reminded me that I have the Flourish Thinlits Dies and I should get them out again. So I did.

Liz Bailey Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Flourish Thinlits Dies - Suite Seasons

I didn’t set out to make a sympathy card but I selected elegant eggplant and the card decided where it was going from there! I cut out the decoration with the Flourish Thinlits Dies (note to self – must use other parts of it)  and then stamped the sentiment from Suite Seasons (love this set!) in the same colour on very vanilla. A little time with my multipurpose glue, dabbing little dots on the flourish and the upper mat was done. Then it was simply a matter of adding it to the elegant eggplant card base.

It feels a little odd to have sympathy cards ready to go but when you need one, if you’re close to the person, you just don’t feel like making one. So I have a few ready made.

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, 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 and get BOGOF, click here and use the code BOGO – this ends today. The “buy 3 get one free” offer for DSP is good for the rest of the month.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and yes, the challenges there should flourish! How about this week you have a go at the challenge yourself? It would be great to see you in the gallery. This week it’s a sketch challenge where Karen wants to see some layering. I chose to go pretty minimalistic so that I could follow the layering of the sketch plus add some embellishments but remain ultra clean and simple.

Stampin' Up! Flourish thinlits and Watercolor Wishes

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card:

The flower was cut out with the Flourish thinlits in sweet sugarplum card stock; next I stamped the sentiment in the same ink onto a scrap of very vanilla which I cropped with one of the layering squares framelits dies. Yes, I could just cut the square myself using the trimmer but it’s so much simpler with the dies! That done, I held the square over the flowers and got them where I wanted them before using the two way glue pen to glue them permanently. The hello square is popped up on dimensionals hiding the stalks. For a final touch, I got out the enamel shapes in the in colours and added four to the buds. It’s probably the first time that I’ve added an even number of them!

 

A friend of mine came over recently to make some invitations to an annual dinner party and we looked at cards I’d made to get some idea of what she liked. It was clear that fairly monochromatic, florals with texture were the way to go and she then invented what I’m calling the Sam Squishing Technique. “Could we”, she said, “glue the cut out onto the card and then emboss it”. I said let’s try it. And we ended up with the die cut looking embedded into the card. It’s really fun. So, as I told her, I’m stealing it! On Sunday, I got together with a few of my friends to make cards, I showed them the Sam Squishing technique and they approved.

Stampin' Up! Designer Tin of Cards and Elegant Dots TIEF

I cut the die cut from the Flourish thinlits dies in dapper denim and then glued it to a piece of very vanilla – I find that the 2 way glue pen is good for this. Then I dry embossed this with the Elegant Dots TIEF. It’s a great look. I mounted this onto a dapper denim card base and then worked on the sentiment which comes from the Designer Tin of Cards. I stamped it in dapper denim onto very vanilla (I really love these colours together) and then cut it out with a circles die. I cut the same size in dapper denim too. The blue circle is glued to the card front and the sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.

I used the same embossing folder on the envelope flap to tie it all together.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

Well it’s Thursday again which means it’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. This week it’s a sketch challenge.

Stampin' Up! Flourish Thinlits dies and All About Everything

Here’s the sketch which inspired my card

I really struggled with this one. I’ve been thinking about it for most of the month and I always intend to make my DT card by the Sunday before it’s due. Well, this one was made last night and once I had a hard deadline, the sketch was much easier. I decided to use texture so that I could keep my card nice and clean but using very vanilla for two layers. I’ve used a retired folder, Spring Flowers,  because I wanted flowers in the background since the Flourish thinlits dies were going to be my focal point. Then I layered on a piece of very vanilla on which I’d stamped my greeting which comes from the bonus set that was in April’s Paper Pumpkin. I had planned to use the big die cut from the Flourish die cuts but it took up most of the card front so I took a look at the rest of the set and found these two which work perfectly as the two little banners in the sketch. I then glued everything to the matching Sweet Sugarplum card base. I didn’t immediately fall for this colour until I saw it in person but now it’s clear that I’ll be using it frequently. It looks great with very vanilla but I need to find some other combinations.

I hope that you pop over to the challenge blog to take a look at the cards made by the rest of the Design Team and that you’ll take the challenge this week. You don’t need a blog to enter, you can add the card to any number of places – facebook, public galleries etc – and link to it. I hope to see you in the gallery.

See you tomorrow,

Liz