UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • March 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the unboxing of the Love From Lizi March 2021 card kit! Lizi has titled this kit the “Make it Bloom” kit and spring is definitely in the air.- as well as some Easter motifs and a bright spring-y palette!

We get a big 12″ x 12″ kit this month which usually indicates we get some over-size cut apart and larger goodies!

As usual, we get five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in our kit – I most always make my card bases from these – I can’t tell you how often the color of a card base has inspired a card from me! This month we get a Lilac, Buttercup Yellow, super-smooth alcohol-friendly White (I’ll swap this out for a plain sheet of 110# card stock from my stash), Warm Yellow, and Zesty Lime Green. Very spring-y!

And here’s the 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheet! 15 spring-time tags! Nine with sentiments or sayings and six with patterns and icons.

The back of the cut apart sheet continues the tag theme providing reverse decorations on all the tags cut from the front!

AND a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers! These are nice, thick stickers with a satin finish, and tons of images and sentiments!

We get a pack of twelve double-sided 6″ x 8″ pattern papers in our kit too! Some florals, large icons and sentiments, as well as smaller patterns and a couple of 3″ x 4″ cut apart sheets for good measure!

The reverse sides of our pattern paper tend to smaller patterns perfect for backgrounds… love that pastel plaid!

Our peel off sheet this month is a Glossy Pink with Silver outlines – I really like the metallic outlines on these opaque peel offs! The Make It Bloom Stamp set features 6 Easter eggs with some intricate patterning, good for embossing as well as coloring! There are 5 sentiments (one shaped like an egg!) and 11 tiny stamps of hearts, flowers and leaves.

That brings us to our embellishment bag! We get five 1/8″ satin ribbons in soft Lilac, soft Yellow, White, baby Pink, and soft Blue. A meter each! The Make It Bloom Sequin mix has Lime Green, Pink, Blue, and White sequins with some iridescent hearts too!. We get these five wood-veneer die-cuts that include this cute “Hello” and five pre-tied white bows (for those of us who are bow-tying challenged!). Our pack of dies include a nice sized “Happy Easter”, a chick and a bunny, a large and small flower, and a large and small egg. The smaller dies have some great internal shapes as well!

And, of course we get a nice pack of ephemera this month. A little more tag and sentiment oriented than images but these are all bright and colorful and as eager for spring as I am!

I did get the Make It Bloom Pin Stripe bundle! This includes four pin stipe peel off sheets in Apricot, Mint, Lemon Glitter, and Mauve Moondust. Perfect addition to this kit!

And I was thrilled to receive the Make It Bloom Pearlescent card stock bundle including six 8.5″ x 11″ super-shiny card stock sheets in White, Taupe, Sunshine Yellow, Orange, Slate Blue, and Pistachio.

That covers everything in the Love From Lizi March 2021 Card Kit and the couple extras I received. This kit is still available at Love From Lizi, as is most of the add-ons and March releases, so if your need a little spring in your step, you’ll want to grab one of these for yourself! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links below! That helps support CarcCut-ups and is always appreciated!

Love From Lizi March 2021 Make It Bloom Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2tftn

Love From Lizi March 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2tftq

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me here, and I send you all simple wishes for a Happy Spring!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • Love From Lizi • February 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit. This “So Lucky” Kit features lots of girlfriend images with coffee and shamrocks and a unique color palette.

Lizi mentioned that the Green Parade Nuvo Shimmer Powder that we got in the LFL May ’20 card kit would go well with this kit, so I did take a sheet of watercolor paper, misted it with water, and sprinkled that Green Parade Shimmer Powder all over. I figured that would be handy to have on hand regardless of how much I used it with this kit.

I always challenge myself to use all the stamps in our kits, and I make my 10 card bases from the 5 sheets of card stock included – swapping out Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White for some plain White in my stash. I thought I’d start with the unique perspective stamp looking down at our feet… could I get 2 on one card?

I stamped these with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on an A2 panel of Lizi’s White card stock. I did wipe away the shamrock from the top stamping. I colored all with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, and found it easy to make the ‘scarf’ (as originally stamped) another ‘shirt’ by just connecting the outline under the right arm. That gave me two completely different outfits!

I added some details to the scarf and the shirt with a Pigma Micron 03 pen. I die cut a small heart from the red “glitter” pattern paper in our kit using a Hero Arts Nesting Hearts die and glued that in place of the shamrock on the top stamp.

I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and added some stitched detail to the sides with a Stitching Lines die from Ellen Huston, and glued that panel down to a White card base. I stamped the large sentiment on a scrap of White card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that with the LFL Emerald City embossing powder. I LOVE the smooth and shiny results that powder gives you! I did fussy cut the sentiment leaving a thin white border. I debated how to present this card before I decided to just use a belly band – cut from vellum at 1″ wide and 9″ long, wrapped around the card and attached at the back. I used dry adhesive (Scotch ATG) to attach the sentiment to the front of the vellum – Perfectly covers up the small sentiment on the front of the card! Almost an interactive card!

I have all the ephemera from the kit spread out on my desk as I work, and my eye kept falling on the two left hands… a right and a left would have been nice… but could I possibly make these both work together on one card? I began by fussy cutting them out.

When I found that I could get these two sets of fingers to cross with each other, I realized it was a perfect way to illustrate this sentiment! (Never mind the incongruity of two left hands clasping… unless you’re two-stepping or something…!) I did add a little grey alcohol marker to the sweater on the left for a little more contrast.

I glued a 2″ strip of the orange plaid pattern paper to the middle of a Zesty Orange card base, and added two thin strips of the same to the top and bottom – they don’t have to match perfectly… just put the thicker one on the bottom. I did stamp the small shamrock at the center of the plaids using Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink. I outlined all the pattern paper strips with the Copper Mirror peel offs from our kit. I die-cut the “So Lucky” sentiment from my prepared Green Parade shimmer card stock and twice more from some 110# card stock, and glued those all together for a nice, dimensional sentiment.

I did cut apart this sentiment stamp so I could make it a single-line sentiment, and stamped it on the card front with Onyx Black ink. I added the hands with foam tape, and used a couple of the enamel dots to highlight the smaller sentiment. Bright and shiny – I really like the intertwined fingers!

More sentiments to go… and we have so many pieces of ephemera to play with as well!!

On the Vibrant Green card base, I glued a 3.25″ piece of the green “glitter” pattern paper to the center, and edged that with two 1/4″ strips of the green houndstooth pattern paper. I added LFL Green Holo peel offs to the edges of all the pattern paper. I stamped and embossed the “Lucky” sentiment as before and used the matching shadow die to cut it out. That fit nicely across the center of the largest clover wreath ephemera piece. I cut out a circle of white card stock to fit behind the opening in the wreath, and stamped my small sentiments in the available openings. I glued the white stamped piece to the card front, added the wreath and sentiment with foam tape, and embellished this with three of the wood veneer shamrocks and two small green enamel dots. I was pleased to be able to use the “Lucky” without the “So”, and I like the layered sentiment!

We got eight pieces of the “girlfriends making a heart with their hands” ephemera so I had to use one…!

I did trim the border on those ladies small enough to fit on this oval die-cut from White card stock using a Hero Arts Nesting Ovals die. I added a black oval mat from the same dies, and glued all three pieces together. I stamped and embossed the large sentiment the same as before, but cut it out with the matching shadow dies… using partial die-cutting to keep from separating the words. Fairly simple! I stamped the small sentiment on a scrap of White card stock and trimmed that to size.

I cut this shamrock pattern paper to 3.25″ wide and glued that to a Black card base. I added two Green Glitter peel offs to the edges of the pattern paper. I attached the girl oval and the sentiments to the card front with foam tape. If you look closely, you’ll see a little orange bow on the back of the redhead’s hair. I did a second generation stamp of that bow to soften the outlines, and colored it with my Zig Real Brush markers. I fussy-cut that out and glued it to the back of her chaplet. I love that the background pattern paper matches their hair colors!

I got to wondering if I could use any of these stamp sentiments without the “So Lucky” qualifier…

I combined the “We’re” stamp with the “and so very grateful” stamp to make this simplified sentiment with no “Lucky” in sight! I just masked off the “and” when I stamped the longer sentiment. When I was happy with my stamped sentiment, I die cut the stamped white panel with a Tonic Scalloped Square Layering die, and the “bows” pattern paper with the next larger die, glued those to a plain black mat and then down to the Zesty Orange card base.

I used my craft knife to cut the border away from the left side of the medium cookie ephemera piece, and layered that with the stack of cookies ephemera piece to make one focal point. I think the cookie in front also helps identify what’s in that stack! I attached those to our card front with foam tape, and added three orange sequins for a little sparkle! I ran a piece of our green satin ribbon through my Zyron Sticker maker and glued that across the bottom of my card, and added a small bow tied from the same ribbon. Ribbon on the cookies, ribbon on the card! This is a great “thank you” sentiment without the need for “Lucky”!

One more sentiment to use and another image stamp to color – that hand holding the coffee… twice?

I reverse stamped the hand on the left using my silicon mat and my Tim Holtz stamping platform, also stamping (normally) the right hand with Onyx Black ink on Lizi’s White alcohol-friendly card stock. Here’s a quick refresher on how I reverse stamp.

I colored the hands with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and used the matching die to die-cut them both. On the reverse-stamped piece, I lined up the die on the back of the card stock using a bright light to see through the card and position the die. I think it helps sell the sentiment to have two hands on this card.

I die-cut the two pattern papers to 3.75″ x 5.25″ with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and then split them both diagonally and taped them together. I fiddled with a simple peel off between the two papers when I decided to use the washi tape in the kit. I added the washi tape to a piece of white card stock and trimmed it to size before adding it on top of the patterned papers. Then I added our kit peel offs to either side of the washi tape band. I added our patterned background to a mat made from the Green Parade Shimmer Powder (I die-cut the center away for conservation) and glued those to the Soft Grey card base.

I stamped the “Lucky” on a scrap of white card stock and embossed that with some Coral embossing powder I received in the My Monthly Hero July 2020 kit – matched those stripes perfectly! Then I die cut the sentiment and two more layers with the matching shadow die, and glued them together for a thicker sentiment. I stamped the smaller sentiments on the background with Onyx Black ink and glued the “Lucky between them. I colored one of the small wood veneer shamrocks with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink and covered it with Glossy Accents for some shine. When that was dry, I glued it to the card front and added the hands with some foam tape. CHEERS! I’m Lucky to know you!

Enough skirting around the issue here…! This is a perfect kit for making St. Patrick’s Day cards!

I couldn’t resist… this “coffee cup” ephemera piece looks more like beer to me than coffee…! I took a 3.25″ panel of that great orange plaid and printed my sentiment on it using my Silhouette Software (free!) and the Antelope Island and Plantagenet Cherokee fonts. Here’s a link to my video showing how I print sentiments for my cards: Printing Sentiments. I glued the printed pattern paper to the Vibrant Green card base and added Straight Green Glitter peel offs (in the variety peel off pack this month) on the sides. I trimmed the outer border on the medium wreath and glued that to the card front. I fussy cut the whole border away from the beer mug, straightened the handle a bit, and added it to the center of the wreath with foam tape. A few wood veneer shamrocks provide some masculine embellishment – though I did add some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the to the beer (not the foam) and all the shamrocks! Perfectly pun-y St. Patty’s Day card!

Valentine’s Day just passed, and I thought of this very masculine valentine with a sweet pun-y sentiment!

This is a 2″ x 5″ piece of pattern paper on a 2.25″ x 5.25″ white mat glued to the left side of a Black card base. I printed this sentiment using the Raustila Font on some white card stock and then die-cut it using a Hero Arts Nesting Hearts die. I trimmed down the border on the sneakers ephemera (leaving a thin white edge) and added them to the heart with foam tape. Three small hearts die-cut from the green “glitter” pattern paper and three glitter enamel dots add some playful sparkle. Fun and touching!

There’s a lot of “coffee” in this kit, so I thought I should try something a little more caffeine oriented!

I stamped the to-go cup (without the shamrock) and the coffee cup three times on Lizi’s alcohol-friendly card stock, colored them with my alcohol markers, and die-cut them with their matching dies. I cut the red/green “glitter” pattern paper to 3.25″ x 4.25″ and glued that just above the center of the White card base. I lined the top and bottom with LFL Red Glitter peel offs, and accented the ends of the short peel offs with Red Glitter Mini Hearts. The sentiment is from the My Monthly Hero August 2018 Kit stamped with Onyx Black ink and embossed with some Clear Embossing powder. Cute little pun!

I die-cut some small hearts from the red “glitter” paper and glued them to the small to-go cups and added a glitter heart on top. I glued the coffee cup die cuts in a bit of a pattern across the middle of the pattern paper. I wanted a heart on my big ephemera to-go cup so I used my alcohol markers to cover up the shamrock and make the cup darker. I die-cut a larger heart from more “glitter” paper and glued that to the cup and added another glitter heart on top. Lastly, I did scribble an outline around the heart and some highlights on the front of the cup. I also used a double layer of foam tape to attach this cup to the card front. Great card for your favorite coffee lover! With, maybe, a Starbucks Gift card?

Sometimes I can get a little OCD… which in this case, I think it paid off!

First, I was obsessed with fussy-cutting this pattern paper since I first laid eyes on it… and for some reason, I was determined to use this sentiment on a card (too many marshmallows in your cereal, Scott?) and I was over-confident that I could turn one of the wood veneer shamrocks into a “lucky charm”. I took one of the large wooden shamrocks and colored inside the etched lines with Green and Dark Green Zig Real Brush markers. I let that dry well and added Glossy Accents on top of the green. I let that dry VERY well and finished the “charm” outlining all the green sections with my Stardust Gel pen, and glueing a tiny clear crystal in the center. Actually quite gem-like! Emerald shamrock anyone?

I printed the sentiment directly on the Soft Grey card base using the Dream State font. I fussy-cut the pattern paper and trimmed that to fit on the left side of the card. The edge is glued down at the fold and I used foam adhesive on the cut edge for some nice dimension. I arranged some smooth twine on the card front and glued that in place trimming the ends at the edge of the card. A touch of foam tape holds our charm in place on top of the twine. That “charm” really pops on this card!

That’s my 10 cards created with the Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit. This is a great selection of cards and I really appreciate the unique color palette! Lots of friendship cards, a valentine and thank you’s and even a St. Patrick’s Day card!

I almost used every stamp in our stamp set with the slight exception of the very small cup of coffee. I did manage all of the sentiments! I used all the card stock in the kit, I used 10 of the pattern papers (almost half!), a good amount of the peel offs, a lot of the ephemera and most of the dies. I used a little bit of everything in the embellishment bag – washi tape, sequins, shamrocks, enamel dots, even a little bit of the ribbon. I had a good time with this kit and now I feel ultra prepared for March 17th!!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Love From Lizi! If I’ve managed to pique your imagination, you should grab a kit for yourself… Lizi’s kits most always sell out…! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links… it helps keep a roof over our heads in this cold dark winter up north! Truly appreciated!

Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/2rt2q

Love From Lizi February 2021 Release: https://shrsl.com/2rt2v

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit Post using the My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit. We’re taking a trip to Hawaii this month, and, what with a foot of snow on the ground here in NYC (and more on the way), it couldn’t be a more welcome escape!

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set features a plethora of Hawaiian images; a hula girl, a ukulele player, a palm tree, surfboard, tropical cocktails, assorted animals and plants, a volcano and other scene building elements. We get 21 Coordinating Frame Cuts, and we get a custom roll of washi tape, more of the terrific Sand embossing powder, and six sheets of 8.5″ x 5.5″ card stock – 2 each of Turquoise, Marrs Green, and Coral. Beach, please!

When I get a stamp set like this – featuring a lot of smaller images, I will often just stamp, color, and die-cut all of the stamps just to give my brain a jump-start! I stamped everything using Hero Arts Intense Black ink on Bristol Smooth card stock, and colored all with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

I love the Zig markers for these kind of stamps – the brush tips are fine enough to get in every detail! There are no dies for the fish, flowers or the island – I just fussy cut the island and left the others as is.

Since I do challenge myself to use all the stamps in a kit, I often will just pick one of the sentiments and go from there – Lots of pun-y sentiments this month! There’ll be more!

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking froward to ink-blending a bunch of tropical sunsets and bucolic ocean vistas… but that’s where I started! I ink blended the background using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink, Hero Arts Creamsicle and Lemon Drop Reactive inks. I added a little sand texture using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and a white gel pen.

I took a piece of the Marrs Green card stock and die cut the leafy opening using the fancy die from the MMH Sept. 2018 kit. I ink blend the edges using Black Soot Distress ink, and die-cut a matching piece of black Fun Foam to add some dimension. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder for a tiny touch of shine. I added the stamped birds (from the MMH April 2019 kit) with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. Just the right touch to bring the background to life!

I glued the background to a White card base, and glued the leafy foam and card stock on top of that, added my ukulele gent with some foam tape, and there’s our first card! I’m not completely sold on the “uke” pun. As a ukulele player myself, I’ve never referred to my ukulele as a “uke” and rarely hear anyone else use the term either. Ce La Vie! If you’d like to see me playing my ukulele, click here.

I often turn to “still life” arrangements with smaller images and thought this worked well.

I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop ink in the center of this white card base, and stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink. Then I simply attached the images using foam tape in a fun arrangement. This feels quite peaceful to me, and it certainly puts me in a tropical frame of mind. “Still Life with Umbrella and Surfboard”!

I’m always happy when I can riff on a sentiment stamp included in our stamp set.

“Mahalo” means Thank You in Hawaiian, and this toucan pun works perfectly with that! I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink, and printed the pun using my Silhouette Software and the American Typewriter font. I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and added thin mats in black, yellow, orange black again, and glued the whole stack to a white card base. Add the toucan with some foam tape and we have another pun-y Thank You card! Love those mats and all that white space!

We also have a “Lei” pun with one of our sentiments… seems I should make a Lei then…

I stamped a dozen hibiscus flowers on the Coral card stock, added a little color to them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, some Hero Arts Unicorn White ink and my white gel pens. I die-cut them all out and arranged them to make our Lei.

I stamped the island and the water lines with Intense Black ink on some Kraft card stock and lightly colored that with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I stamped the two sentiments with the same black ink and mounted the Lei with foam tape. I did add a little ‘curl’ to the flower petals as I attached them, and I really like the dimension that adds. This feels like a retro travel advertisement for Hawaii! Or maybe a hotel greeting card!

We do have one more “uke” pun with our sentiments, so I might as well get it over with..!

I really like my Tiki Totem here! I stamped 5 tiki’s on top of each other on some Neenah Classic Crest 80# card stock and colored them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I trimmed that panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the sentiments with Intense Black ink and embossed them with some clear embossing powder.

I cut a 2″ piece of Hero Hues Kiwi card stock (from the March 2020 kit) and stamped the monstera leaf all over that piece using some Archival Emerald Green ink. You really do need a permanent ink when stamping in the same color as the card stock. Using my craft knife, I fussy cut the edges of the totem where I wanted to slip the Kiwi piece behind. I glued those two pieces together, trimmed the edges, added a thin green mat and glued all down to a white card base. I added our second ukulele gent with more foam tape. Though stamped and colored the same as all the other stamps, I really like my coloring on this guy. I think the yellow sarong works better than the purple sarong!

I couldn’t help but think of our large and small turtle stamps as a mom and her child…

Mother’s Day IS just around the corner! I took a piece of the Turquoise card stock in our kit and stenciled the water ripples using the stencil from the MMH April 2020 kit. I masked off the sky on that stencil and repeated the water stencil three times using Hero Arts Blue Hawaii (how appropriate) Reactive ink. I added a little sparkle to the water with some Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray, let it dry, and trimmed it down to 4″ x 5.25″. I added a thin blue mat behind that and glued those down to a White card base.

I stamped, colored and die-cut 4 more of the little turtles and arranged them on the card front using foam tape. I fussy cut the fishes with my craft knife, and glued them flat to the card front. I printed the sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the American Typewriter font on a scrap of white card stock and die cut that with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiments die and added that to the card front with more foam tape.

Of course I had to use the “You’re turtley awesome!” sentiment from our stamp set. I stamped that on the inside of this card using the Blue Hawaii ink. This is a terrific pun and a fun Mother’s Day card! Love those little baby turtles..!!

I’m feeling the need for another “still life”… I have lots of images still to use from this kit!

And I haven’t used the Sand Embossing powder yet! I inked a piece of ivory card stock with VersaMark ink, and coved it all with the Sand embossing powder. When that was all melted with my heat gun, I die-cut it with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die. I cut a 2″ piece of Blue card stock from my stash and embossed the water line stamp on the top edges (a few times) with some clear embossing powder.

I glued those two pieces together and down to a Hero Hues Arctic card base (from the MMH April 2019 Kit). I arranged the colored and die-cut images on the left of the sand with the cocktails popped up on foam tape (note the tiny flowers fussy cut and glued down by the pineapple – matches the tall cocktail!). I added the island and the hut and turned to my Silhouette software to create this pun-y sentiment. Very Hawaii-centric! This uses the Freehand 501 BT font along with the typewriter font. I printed that on a scrap of Ivory card stock, trimmed it to size, ink blended the edges with a little Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and added that to the card front with foam tape.

I do try to have a purpose for my cards – a simple pun isn’t always enough for me, so I added this common sentiment on the inside writing surface. Now this is a useful card!

Valentine’s Day is a couple days away, and I simply couldn’t resist this perfectly appropriate Hawaiian pun!

I stamped the island and the kids on Bristol Smooth card stock using HA Intense Black ink and colored this all with my Zig markers. I did do some palette painting with this – putting the markers on an acrylic block and picking up the color with a paint brush – but I was really pleased at the coverage I was able to get with those markers! Very watercolor-y!!

I printed this great pun directly on my painted panel using my Silhouette Software and the Antelope Island font. I die cut the card front and a mat using my HA Oval Infinity dies and glued them together. I took a plain red card base from my stash and stamped the hibiscus across the top and bottom using Vermillion Archival ink. I find using a permanent pigment ink in the same color as my card stock is a quicker way to create a tone-on-tone stamping than waiting for VersaMark ink to dry..! I mounted the card front with a die-cut piece of yellow fun foam for a touch of dimension. I LAVA THIS CARD!

I had another piece of the Sand embossing powder card stock from the Maui card, and another Arctic card base begging to be used!

I stamped the surfboard on a rainbow of card stock from my stash, added a touch of color to them all with alcohol markers and colored pencil, and fussy cut them out. I trimmed down my Sand piece to 2 1/8″ tall and backed that with a thin strip of the Turquoise card stock. I cut little slits in the sand to stand my surfboards up, and taped them in place on the back when I was happy with the arrangement.

The “congratulations” is from the HA Many Everyday Messages stamp set, stamped in Intense Black ink on the Arctic card base, and the birds are back with Soft Granite ink. I printed the pun-y sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock , die-cut it with another LF Everyday Messages die, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and used foam tape to mount it in place. I think this is a fun pun and perfect for a congrats card!

I have one more sentiment stamp to use in this kit. A minor pun, but a major card!

I guess you just HAVE to pair these two together! Thats a Turquoise mat on a White card base and our hula girl with the sentiment stamped in Intense black ink (clear embossed) on a white die-cut panel (LFSRdies). There is a tempting “pull” tab up on the right begging for a little attention…

Hula, hula… Hula hula… This makes me laugh! First I stamped and colored an extra skirt and fussy cut that out using my craft knife. I cut a 1/8″ piece of 110# card stock to be my lever, and cut a matching slot just below the waistband on the die-cut girl. I positioned her on the sentiment panel and copied that slot to the card front, and cut that out too.

I glued our hula girl to the card front and slid the 1/8″ lever through the slot – just enough to stay hidden behind the skirt. Then I glued the skirt to the lever matching the skirt position on the girl. I cut a 1/2″ piece of 110# card stock to be my pull tab. I positioned the pull tab where I wanted it, and punched a hole in the pull tab where the lever crossed, then fed the lever through the hole and folded it back on itself. That holds the lever in place while allowing the tab to move back and forth. Then it’s a matter of using foam tape on the back of the panel to create a path for the pull tab and room for the lever. I have a pretty good how-to for this card in my corresponding 10 Card I Kit video on YouTube – I think it explains the assembly nicely! This card is hula amazing! Love it!

That’s my 10 cards created with he My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit. A bright, bold, colorful batch of cards sure to break through anyone’s winter doldrums!

We have a pretty good variety of useful cards here! A Valentine, Mother’s Day, Congrats, Thank you cards and more! I did manage to use every stamp and die in this kit and a lot of the card stock. I did use the embossing powder but I seem to have forgotten the washi tape. I’m not much of a washi tape crafter so I literally forgot about it till I was done. I contemplated adding it to a card until I realized the blooms on the washi tape are quite pink. I don’t have any quite pink cards here, so I’ll just add that roll to my stash!

I had so much fun with this kit without actually having to ink blend endless tropical horizons! Yea! Let me know which card(s) are your favorite! This kit is still available at Hero Arts, along with a lot of the coordinating releases! If you do go shopping with Hero Arts, please use my links… it is always greatly appreciated! Thank you!

I do have an extra kit this month for a free giveaway!! To enter, send an email to me before March First at cardcutups@gmail.com and tell me if you’ve ever been to Hawaii! I’ll announce the winner in my March video!

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My Monthly Hero February 2021 Kit: https://shrsl.com/2scpx

Hero Arts February Release: https://shrsl.com/2se72

Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here. Remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends (Hawaiian and otherwise!) Don’t run with scissors…! I send you and yours Healthy Wishes and Cheerful Thoughts, and, as always, Happy Crafting!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • February 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the Love From Lizi NEW February 2021 Card Kit! This is Lizi’s “So Lucky” kit and it features lots of St Patrick’s Day themed elements. A little touch o’ the Irish for us all!

This is yet another giant selection of kit supplies in a not-so-regular color palette with lots of greens and yellows and oranges, as well as unique stamps and embellishments!

Our five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock included in the kit include one Super Smooth White (alcohol marker-friendly), a Soft Grey, Vibrant Green, Zesty Orange and Black. I often set aside the White for alcohol marker coloring and substitute a plain White from my stash – but I do generally make 10 card bases from these five sheets of card stock.

The So Lucky pattern paper pack includes 22 6″ x 6″ sheets in the green/gold/orange palette with all sorts of shamrocks, patterns and faux glitter effects. Lots of great plaids, stripes and some floral round out this terrific pack of patterned card stock.

The new peel off color in this kit is this sheet of Copper Mirror Pin Stripe peel offs with Gold trim. Copper and Gold! The So Lucky stamp set on the right, features a number of unique images (how about that “looking down at your feet” stamp!) and a large “So Lucky” sentiment with lots of small sentiment builders; “Sometimes I wonder how we got” , “our lives crossed paths”, “that good coffee and you exist”, and others that embellish the “So Lucky” stamp. AND we get matching dies again! Looks like they will die-cut all the images, as well as the “So Lucky” sentiment WITH a shadow die! That gives us lots of options with that nice large sentiment!

That brings us to our embellishment bag and our pack of 5 ribbons (1 meter each) in green, orange, yellow, dark green and black. There is a pack of 15 wood veneer shamrocks in three different sizes with etching on one side and nothing on the other, and we get another pack of enamel glitter dots that match most of the ribbon pack as well. We get our sample pack of the “So Lucky” sequin mix with browns, golds, whites, green, cream and orange sequins in assorted sizes. We also get a full roll of washi tape this month – a nice green gingham with small bouquets. AND… saving the best for last…

A great big pack of EPHEMERA! This includes two pieces of the “looking down at your feet” image from the stamp set, and eight delightful gal pairs making a heart with their outstretched hands – all with different hair combinations! We get some shamrock wreaths in different sizes, a couple hands, some coffees, florals, cookies, and more shamrocks! Plenty of images to make all sorts of lucky cards!

I did get the add-on peel off packs to go along with this kit this month.

The “So Lucky” Pin Stripe Peel off pack has four pin stripe sheets in Gold Glitter, Green Glitter, Gold Holographic and Green Holographic. The “So Lucky” Variety Peel off pack includes a sheet of Gold moondust mini-Hearts, Sway Apricot, Straight Jade Green Glitter, and a sheet of Rose Gold Mirror Pin stripe peel offs. All perfectly coordinated!

That wraps up the Love From Lizi February 2021 Card Kit, and the add-ons I received. I don’t think I have run across many St Patrick’s Day themed card kits, so this LFL kit seems to be quite unique! This kit is still available at Love From Lizi, so if you have heaps of good St. Patty’s Day luck to bestow on your friends and family, or just want this unique set in your stash, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi!

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Love From Lizi February Release: https://shrsl.com/2rt2v

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • January 2021 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero January 2021 Kit. This kit celebrates one of the most important creatures on our planet – the bee! I actually don’t have any bee stamps in my stash, so I’m thrilled with this kit!

Our 6″ x 8″ clear stamp set features a lovely combination of bees, flowers, and honeycomb along with lots of pun-y sentiments. We get six coordinating Frame Cuts and a Honeycomb Window Die. Extras include a Honey Lacquer Pen, and two 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Gold Brilliance, along with 2 Pale Yellow Glitter and 2 Black Glitter card stock sheets. Plenty of supplies to make a whole swarm of bees!

Of course I was drawn to the Honeycomb Window Die to begin with – this card went through a few permutations before arriving at this final version.

Originally I dry-embossed the window die on a piece of Neenah Solar White 110# card stock. That worked fine, but I didn’t care for it on plain white paper. So, I decided to do some ink-smooshing to color the embossed panel. I used Distress Oxide inks in Wild Honey (naturally!) Fossilized Amber, and Frayed Burlap. I like that, but the ink-smooshing still left the embossed die lines white. Okay… let’s just go ahead and die-cut the window die. I lined it up with the previous embossing, and die-cut it out. Now, I like that!

I cut the window panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued it to a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the Gold Brilliance paper and glued those to a standard A2 white card base. I stamped the (combined) sentiment using HA Intense Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I stamped the bee in the same ink and colored him with my Spectrum Noir Markers (GY1, GY3, GY5, TB1) and die-cut him with the matching frame die. I added a little sparkle to his wings with a Specrtum Noir Sparkle pen, and mounted him to the card front with some foam tape. I love that ink-smooshed background! I don’t do that enough! This a great pun-y encouragement card, and it feels like Hero Arts had cards like this in mind when they were putting this kit together!

I like that window die a lot, and wanted to see if I could create some depth to my bee-hive by using that die multiple times.

I die-cut the window die on three A2 panels of white 110# card stock rotating the die 60 degrees each time to get a different orientation. I tried to keep the top of the die about a half an inch from the top of the panels – this way, I could layer three honeycomb windows on top of each other and the patterns wouldn’t match. I used the same GY1, GY3, and GY5 alcohol markers to color those three panels – lightest color on top! I cut a smaller panel of my old Auburn Pearl card stock for the background, and stamped the honeycomb outline stamp on that using Acorn Archival Ink – good permanent ink so it wouldn’t smear on that pearlized card stock. I glued that to the back of the GY5 die-cut panel and glued those down to a white caed base. Then I added the two other die-cut panels on top with foam tape for a little more dimension. I think this is a fun approximation of a beehive!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment the same as my first card, and stamped, colored and die-cut the bee the same way as well. I did color the white border of the bee to match the card front and mounted her with foam tape. I took the Honey lacquer pen and “drew” a number of “drips” on my glass media mat, let them dry, and then glued those “drips” to the card front along with a few spots on the background. I also added three of the die-cut hexagons (colored with the same GY markers) to the background for a little more variety. I can almost TASTE this card! I had so much fun illustrating this sentiment!

There are a great deal of sentiments in this kit. I do try to use all the stamps in our stamp set, and I didn’t want to overlook this cute “hi there!”.

I stamped the large floral stamp on the top and bottom of a white card panel with Hero Hues Thistle Reactive ink and embossed both with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped the single profile bloom on the two sides with the same ink and embossing. I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black ink and clear embossed that as well. I die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and added two thin mats of the Black and Pale Yellow glitter card stock and glued all of those to a white card base.

I stamped, colored and die-cut the two bees exactly the same as before. I was going to leave the flowers uncolored, but it felt a little barren to me with the brightly colored bees. I took my Pebbles Chalk Palette and lightly sponged some color into the flowers and leaves. I don’t use that palette very often but it comes in handy if you’re looking for some VERY soft hints of color! Then I mounted the bees with some foam tape!

Never one to leave well enough alone, I added this sentiment on the inside. That’s the Lucida Grande font printed on a scrap of card stock, trimmed down and glued to the inside of the card. Perfect addition to the sentiment. Makes me giggle!

Adding a little color to the stamped blooms made we want to do some serious coloring…!

I stamped our large branch of blooms with HA Intense Black ink on some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock and colored all with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used a White gel pen to highlight the stamens in the middle of the blooms. I die-cut the colored flowers with the matching frame die and arranged that on a white card base leaving enough room for the sentiment. I stamped and embossed the sentiment, stamped, colored and die-cut the bee the same as my previous cards, and used foam tape to attach the bee. Lastly, I trimmed the excess bits of the flowers around the perimeter of the card.

With the bee popped up, the blooms seemed a little flat, so I stamped and colored two of the single open blooms exactly the same as the other flowers, and fussy cut them both to avoid a white frame. I gave the petals a little curl with my fingers and glued those on top of the open blooms on the branch. That made the whole flowering branch much more dimensional, and the bee seems right at home. I thought it was very appropriate to use the “bee-utiful” sentiment with this lovely spray of flowers. And the added dimension works bee-utifully!

I wanted to see if I could stamp interesting patterns with the honeycomb outline stamp.

This one was fairly easy… easy enough for me to hand-stamp! (NO stamping platform requited!) If you use the honeycomb outline stamp in the same orientation that it’s mounted on the packaging, you’ll see that multiple stampings gives us a fairly complete, diagonal band across the front of this card. I did practice this pattern on some scrap paper before committing it to my card.

I ink blended some Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink from corner to corner on an A2 panel of White card stock. Then I stamped the honeycomb with Intense Black ink. I added some of the hexagon die-cuts (from my first card) to fill in the blanks on the sides of the honeycomb. I die cut that panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin mat of Hero Hues Mustard card stock, and glued those to a white card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, and added the bee with foam tape. For a little “honey” sparkle (instead of the honey lacquer) I added Sakura Stardust pen highlights to the bottom left sides of all the hexagons. That adds a sweet golden sparkle to this card.

I’ve got a couple more sentiments in this stamp set to work on, and this one seemed to suggest a sweet valentine…

This card was inspired by this “cross stitch heart” Sizzix die-cut. This is from a discontinued cut and emboss die that I got a long time ago as a freebie with some on-line order I placed. I had die-cut the heart when I first got this die, and it was hanging around my desk for lo, these many months. I thought the embossing on this die-cut had a certain “honeycomb” feel to it, so I based this card around that red heart. I stamped the honeycomb outline with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink to give us a little background behind the heart, added more hexagon die cuts from my first card around the spaces on the edges, then glued the heart in the center.

The sentiment is stamped with Wild Honey ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I stamped, colored and die-cut the two bees the same as always and foam taped them to the card front. Finally I added two strips of Hero Hues Mustard card stock to the top and bottom to give us a little bit of a frame, and we have a great pun-y valentine!

One more sentiment to go… I think this is a bit of a forced pun, but I thought I could put it in a unique context and help the pun along the way…!

A circular slider card brings this pun-y sentiment to life! I stamped the three profile blooms in Intense Black ink on an A2 sized piece of Neenah 110# card stock, and colored them with HB1, HB2, and HB3 Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (and white gel pen for the stamens). The greenery is colored with AG1 and AG3. I took two HA Circle infinity dies (3.5″ and 3″), and die-cut a circle around the flowers along with a channel for the slider. I blended some Hero Hues Thistle reactive ink around the edges of the A2 panel, and the edges of the flower circle. I stamped the sentiment with Thistle ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder.

I don’t have any circular foam dots in my stash (what?) so I die cut a bunch of card stock dots (6 of them, just under 1/4″) and glued them tightly together to make my sliding spacer. I mounted the A2 panel with a double layer of foam tape to a white card base. I had to be careful around the edges of the circle to allow my penny weight to move around freely. I glued my home-made spacer to the penny, and mounted the flower circle with another double layer of foam tape – again taking care not to get too close to the edges so the penny moves freely. Then it’s a simple matter to glue the bee to the spacer on the penny. This works pretty well as an interactive card, but I think foam dots would add a bit more friction on the edges so the bee spins more. But this will do! And it certainly illustrates this sentiment very nicely!

This one’s for all my Pink fans out there! I thought the “you’re bee-utiful” sentiment could possibly be adapted to work with other “beautiful” sentiments, so I cut the “you’re” away from the stamp, and stamped (and embossed) the “bee-utiful” sentiment in the center of a Bristol smooth card stock panel.

I turned to my Silhouette software to create the “have a” and “day” to add to the stamped “bee-utiful” and printed that using the Lucida Grande font again. Then I stamped the branch of flowers on the two sides with HA Intense Black ink, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Then I die-cut that panel with a LFSRdie, added a thin mat of the Black glitter card stock, and glued them down to a Hero Hues Peony card base. I added the two bees with foam tape, and here we have a completely different “bee-utiful” sentiment. I think this opens up many other sentiment options as well..!

This card idea had been circulating in my head since I got this kit.

I took the three-hexagon filler stamp and stamped this pattern on a panel of white card stock using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. I did use my HA MISTI to stamp this – seems a 3/4″ shift between stamps works perfectly. That is two rows of stamping for the top and the bottom.

And here’s our buzzy little hive of bees busily tending to their duties! I stamped, colored and die-cut 10 bees as usual – I did add some BT1 marker to their wings to tone down the blue a little. I colored another bee using the Hydrangea Blue (looks purple to me!) alcohol markers. I printed this sentiment directly on the card base using my Silhouette software and the Raustila font. I spaced the bees out so they covered the “hive” but weren’t on top of each other, and added our purple bee with some foam tape.

I could not resist adding one more pun to this card! I printed this on the inside of the card base using my Silhouette software and the Raustilla font, and, not only is it a terrific pun, but it goes along perfectly with the “bee yourself” pun on the front!

There’s one more pun I was aching to use… and who would have thought that you could get a Christmas card out of this bee themed kit?

This one makes me laugh right out loud! I printed the sentiment on a card panel using my silhouette software and the Lucida Grande font. I die-cut the printed panel with a LFSRdie and glued that to thin red and green mats then down to a white card base.

I stamped the bee using Vermillion Archival ink on a scrap of white card stock. I used permanent ink so I could add some alcohol marker shading to it and not worry about smearing. I colored the open areas with my green alcohol markers and added a little shading to the red stamped sections as well. Then I took an 03 Pigma Micron pen and traced over the legs, antennae, wings and outline to bring them back to black. I added some holiday sparkle to his wings with my Sakura Stardust pen, die-cut him with the matching die, and mounted him to the center with foam tape. This card tickles me to no end! I think that red and green bee is actually a hoot!! TOO FUNNY!

That concludes my 10 Cards 1 Kit video for the My Monthly Hero January 2021 Kit! I LOVE those chubby bee stamps, and it appears lots of other folks do too – this kit sold out so fast!

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I had a BLAST creating these cards! I did manage to use ALMOST every stamp – except the “in love!” qualifier stamp… I think “I bee-lieve in love” was a little redundant considering the “we bee-long together” stamp. Not only did I have a great time coloring these images, but I had so much fun coming up with different ways to illustrate these sentiments! For me, that’s the mark of a great stamp and die set!

I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for sharing your valuable time with me here. Your encouragement and support mean so much to me during these trying times…! Please take a moment to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends, and remember the wisdom of the poet William Blake who said, “The busy bee has no time for sorrow.” I send you and yours health and best wishes for a much better year ahead, and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit • Love From Lizi • January 2021 “Fresh Start” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new 10 Cards 1 Kit posting featuring the Love From Lizi January 2021 Card Kit. This is Lizi’s “Fresh Start” kit and it features lots of florals and a palette of soft colors to welcome in the new year and encourage a Fresh Start for us all!

I did take the colored card stock in the kit and cut them in half to make my card bases. Sometimes the color of the card base is all that’s needed to inspire a card from me!

We had a very interesting sheet of pattern paper that was a cut-apart sheet but with three different panels instead of 4, 6 or 9… and two of those panels featured a highlighted section. This piece caught my eye to begin with, and influenced my first card.

This panel from our cut-apart pattern paper measures just over 4 1/4″ x 2 7/8″. I cut a white mat to go behind that panel at 4 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ and glued the two together. I inked up the Poker Stencil from the kit on the Bright Pink card base using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink – I think that adds a touch of whimsy to this rather formal floral valentine.

I glued the matted panel to the card base, added two ephemera floral pieces with foam tape and grabbed my Lawn Fawn Scripty Love die for the sentiment. I die cut that from white card stock three times and glued those all together and topped that off with one more die cut from the soft pink dotted pattern paper. I glued that chunky sentiment to the card front, added some of the soft pink Glitter Enamel dots and a couple pink sequins for some sparkle and bling. A very traditional Valentine’s Day card. ‘Tis the season!

I was looking at our stamp set and pattern papers, and realized that one of the bloom stamps was the exact same size as the matching white bloom on the pattern paper.

I found the perfect spot on that pattern paper to stamp the flower on top of the pattern using VersaMark ink and embossed them with the LFL Silver Dollar embossing powder. Then I did the same with the Happy Birthday sentiment stamp. I trimmed that down to 2 3/8″ x 5 1/2″, and added two strips of the ‘wallpaper-y’ pattern paper on the two sides – both cut to 15/16″ x 5 1/2″ – you can cut them to 1″ wide and hide the edges under the center panel. I glued the pattern papers to a Soft Grey card base and added two thin Mink Mirror peel off strips to the edges of the center panel. That’s all the extra shine needed on this Birthday card – that Silver Dollar embossing powder is super shiny and I love the fact that the stamp is the exact same size as the bloom on the pattern paper.

I was looking forward to doing some coloring this month, so I stamped all three of our floral stamps on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

I colored this arrangement using Crimson Red and Olive Green Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and die cut it with the matching die. I took our printed vellum sheet and cut it into four card size panels (4.25″ x 5.5″), and chose one that had the pattern nicely centered. I die-cut the middle of that vellum panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, ran that through my Xyron sticker maker and glued that to a scrap of white card stock. Then I die cut the card stock to the same size, and glued two layers of matching white card stock behind that for a thick dimensional panel.

I ran the leftover ‘frame’ of the vellum through my sticker maker all on its own, and carefully glued that down to my Mint card base. I glued the white panel to the center of the ‘frame’, and mounted the colored bouquet with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Onyx Back ink on a strip of white card stock (a touch wider than our included banner die), embossed that with some clear embossing powder, trimmed it to size and added that to the card front with foam tape. A simple bow from our ribbon pack and some Glitter Enamel dots adds a finishing touch. I LOVE that the vellum pattern matches across both layers of the card front. And I miss so many people these days…!!

Those Vellum Alphabet tiles were calling my name and I wanted to see what could be done with them. A simple monogram card seemed the best option to start with!

I picked four ephemera pieces that formed a properly sized wreath around the vellum “S”, picked a corresponding circle die to fit (3″), and cut a scrap of white card stock to go behind the “S”. I glued the “S” tile to the white circle on the edges, and trimmed the excess vellum away. I die-cut the pattern paper background with another Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and glued that to one of the Cream card bases. I outlined that panel with the large Mink Mirror peel offs and mitered the corners with my craft knife.

I glued the monogram on white circle to the front of the card and added the ephemera pieces using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on another strip of white card stock (still a little wider than the die in our kit) using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I trimmed that into a banner and foam taped it to the card front. A few sequins from our sequin mix add more sparkle, and I think this is a great encouragement card for a friend embarking on anything new – as long as they have an “S” name!

I love bright colors, and wanted to see if I could use this kit to create a card (or two) that reaches beyond the soft color palette in this kit and gives us all a bright pop of color.

Poker Stencil to the rescue! On a panel of white card stock, I inked (and dry embossed!) the stencil using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink – keeping the center of the panel a little lighter than the edges. I die-cut that panel with a LFSRdie and added more ink blending to the edges. I glued that panel to a mat of purple glitter card stock from my stash, and glued that to the other Mint card base.

I colored this stamped bloom with Violet, Green and Deep Green Zig markers, die-cut it with the matching die, and mounted it to the card front with foam tape. I took an old “thank you” die (from the LFL December 2018 Card Kit) and die-cut it three times from white card stock and once from the purple glitter card stock. I glued them all together for a nice chunky sentiment, and glued that to my card front. A few of the pink sequins (they look purple on this card!) add a little more bling, and we end up with a bright, colorful thank you card! I think that Poker stencil will come in quite handy over the years!

I have one more bloom from our stamp set left to color, and I got a new Tonic Studios Scalloped Square Layering Basics die set for Christmas that I was dying to try out!

I colored the bloom with Pink, Light Pink, and Pale Pink Zig markers and die cut that with the matching die. I took the other printed vellum panel with the centered pattern and ran that through my Zyron sticker maker and glued it down to a white card stock panel. Then I took the 3 3/4″ scallop die and die-cut the panel into a rectangle by partially die cutting both ends of the square die. The scallops matched up perfectly! I’m not a huge fan of scallop dies but this set features very small scallops – I like that quite a lot! I glued that panel to the front of the Bright Pink card base.

One of our pattern papers matched the printed vellum with the exception of another floral stripe instead of the greenery stripe on the vellum. I die-cut a 2 3/8″ scallop square of that pattern paper matching the center stripe to the center of the (turned 45 degrees) scallop die. I matted that on a 2 1/2″ square of white card stock and foam taped that to the upper portion of the card front, and foam taped my bloom on top of that.

This card felt like an anniversary card to me (4th Anniversary is Fruit or Flowers), so I dug out this sentiment from my Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set, stamped it on a scrap of white card stock with Onyx Black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I did die-cut this sentiment with the included banner die. This sentiment is a little bit longer than the die so I used partial die-cutting to extend the die to fit this stamp. I mounted the sentiment banner with foam tape and added a couple glitter enamel dots for a little highlight. Again, I love that the floral stripes on the background match the floral stripes on the diamond. A lovely Anniversary Card!

I thought it would be fun to see if I could use the Poker stencil to add a little more detail to some of our plainer pattern paper – and I wanted to use some of those tiny stamps too!

I took the sheet of green pattern paper with the white dots and floral sketches and stenciled the Poker dots on top using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink. Then I took the two tiny bloom stamps and stamped them in the dots using Onyx Black ink. I think that’s very interesting and changed the tone of that pattern paper completely! I die-cut that with a LFSRdie and matted that to a piece of Hero Hues Peony card stock before gluing both down to the Soft Grey card base.

I stamped the bouquet stamp on the light pink dotted pattern paper with Onyx Black ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder before die-cutting that with the matching die. I added light touches of color to that stamp using my colored pencils and added that to the card front with foam tape. I dug out this sentiment from the “Heaven Held” add-on stamp set from June of 2019, stamped that on more Peony card stock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut the sentiment and mounted that with foam tape. This card is kind of a racket of dots, but this works so very nicely as a sympathy card!

I still wanted to try and spell something with the vellum Alpha tiles, but realized that I’d have to do some fussy-cutting to make that work…!

I ran the “J”, “O”, and “Y” tiles through my sticker maker and glued those to some white card stock and proceeded to fussy-cut them out. A little detailed, but not horribly difficult! I cut the background pattern paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and glued that to a white card base. I glued the letters together where they overlapped and figured out where they would mount to the card front. This gave me enough room to stamp the “Merry Christmas” sentiment (from the LFL November 2017 Card Kit) inside the “O” using Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink and I went ahead and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I mounted the “JOY” with foam tape, added a nice assortment of sequins, and we have a very classy, very formal Christmas card!

I was trying to figure out some way to use the three circle dies included in our die set, and finally came up with a New Years card – it WAS December 31st when I made this card!

I die-cut all these confetti circles using the three dies in our kit and my Glitter Silk card stock, and arranged them on my last Cream card base. I turned to my Silhouette Portrait to cut the “2021” (using the Stars and Stripes Silhouette font). These are right at 1.5″ tall – any large number die would work as well! I cut three layers from some Ivory card stock in my stash (good match to the Cream card base) and the top layer from some old Auburn Pearl card stock. I glued all four layers together and then glued them to the card front.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock using VersaMark ink and embossed that with LFL Copper Rose embossing powder. I die-cut the sentiment with the banner die in the kit, trimmed the edges a bit and mounted that with foam tape. This feels like a perfect use for the “Fresh Start” sentiment, though I will have to use this card soon or it will become obsolete in just a month! Feels like a party to me!

Lizi almost always includes some of her super-smooth alcohol-friendly White card stock in her kits. I thought I would put that card stock to good use and color that fun bouquet stamp using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I took a panel of Lizi’s White card stock, stamped the bouquet on the top and bottom using Onyx Black ink, and colored the whole panel using my alcohol markers.

I tried to keep this fairly simple yet brightly colored. Here are the markers I used to color this card front. At first, I considered leaving a white background, but finally decided to color in the background using the Dusty Purple alcohol markers.

This is one of the few times I have tried filling in a background with my Spectrum Noir markers and I am very pleased with how well it came out! It did take a little time (and a lot of ink) to achieve this background, but I think the final result kind of looks like leather. And the colorful bouquet certainly pops! I die-cut the panel with a LFSRdie and glued that to a thin Auburn Pearl mat and then down to a white card base.

I stamped the sentiment (from the LFL September 2019 “Warm Thanks” Card Kit) with VersaMark ink and embossed it with some White embossing powder. A few sequins from our mix finish out this fun colorful card. A lovely thank you for someone who has done you a great service – this year or any year! I am still striving to be a little more brave with my alcohol markers and this card pushed my comfort zone a little bit more…! Love it!

That’s my 10 cards using the LFL January 2021 “Fresh Start” Card Kit. I was initially hesitant to dig into this kit… so many florals and so much pink… but I persevered and am very pleased with the wide assortment of cards I was able to create.

We have a Valentine, a couple of thank you cards, a Happy Birthday card, Miss You card, encouragement card, anniversary card, sympathy card, Christmas card, and a New Year’s card. I am kind of amazed that this kit would generate so many different kinds of cards – I do think that is one of the advantages of this months offering – you can make almost any kind of card! And this group doesn’t feel too awfully pink to me… coloring the stamps is one way to bring some different colors into the mix!

I did use a little bit of everything in this kit… I used all the stamps except for the two tiny leafy stamps, I used 8 of the 16 pattern papers, I used the stencil 3 times, I used four of the Alpha tiles, half of the vellum sheet, ALL of the dies, some pieces of ephemera, some ribbon, some sequins, some enamel dots, and some of the new Mink Mirror peel offs. Feels like I put this kit through it’s paces this month! This is a great kit for making almost any type of card – from a monogram birthday to a sweet sympathy card this kit can become almost anything you ask it to be!

At posting, this kit is still available! If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links:

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Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, and for your continued support and encouragement – It is always supremely appreciated! I send you and yours all my blessings for a happy and healthy New Year! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your crafty friends… Don’t run with scissors… and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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Unboxing! Love From Lizi • January 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the NEW Love From Lizi January 2021 Card Kit!

This is Lizi’s “Fresh Start” Card kit – a perfect way to welcome in the new year! This kit is a bounty of beautiful roses with copious amounts of fun and unique materials to play with!

We get the usual 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Mint, Soft Grey, Super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, Bright Pink, and Cream. We are also treated to a sheet of printed vellum with this soft, lovely rose pattern in a vintage style layout.

Our “Fresh Start” pattern paper pad sports 16 sheets of 6″ x 6″ single-sided pages – very thick and sturdy card stock here. We have an assortment of florals and floral patterns, a few cut-apart sheets, and some small dotted patterns perfect for backgrounds. NOTE: The cover sheet for this pack of paper says there are 24 sheets but there are only 16 – rest assured that you are not missing any sheets!

We get a NEW color of pin-stripe peel offs this month – Mink Mirror with a silver lining. ALMOST pink! LOL!! The “Fresh Start” stamp set features two blooms and a small arrangement, along with a couple of leafy branches and 5 mini stamps (2 blooms 3 leaves). There are also four sentiment stamps: “Good Luck”, “Miss You”, “Fresh Start”, and “Happy Birthday”. I’m always thrilled to get a new Lizi stencil and this month we get a 6″ x 6″ “Poker” stencil with a terrific dot pattern. The mini stamps are supposed to fit inside the dots on this stencil… many intriguing possibilities there…!!

We also get a big pack of ephemera!! More than 40 pieces of sturdy card stock with all the roses and florals you could ask for! I see lots of layering in our future…!!!

That brings us to the rest of the embellishments! Counter-clockwise from top right: MATCHING DIES!! YAAAAY!!! We get dies for the three bloom stamps, and three nesting circle dies (I believe the middle one fits the Poker stencil dots) and a banner die sized to fit the sentiments in the stamp set. Love my matching dies!! We get a new sheet of Enamel Glitter dots matched to the ribbon pack with light and dark green and a nice cheery red in 3/8″ satin – a meter length for all five colors!

Our sample “Fresh Start” sequin mix has mint, pink, vanilla, gold and see through petrol sequins in assorted sizes. And last but not least… “Fresh Start” Vellum alphabet tiles! Aren’t those fascinating!? There are 93 tiles of vellum with the entire alphabet (and a number of ampersands) printed on them and embellished with floral accents. These measure 3″ x 4″ and are printed with extra clarity and opacity. These should prove to be perfect stash builders for us alphabet or monogram collectors!

I did receive the add-on peel off bundles this month. The Variety peel off bundle has Clear iridescent glitter Straight, Gold mirror Circles, Pink iridescent Hearts, and Mauve mirror pin-stripe sheets. The pin-stipe bundle is full of greens – Jade, Grass, Mint moondust, and Spearmint. Gotta love those peel offs!

Lizi is releasing a lot of the components of this kit separately as well, in case you’d like to stock up on the pattern papers or alphabet tiles, etc. Subscribers can add extra product to their kit orders through early morning January 4th without incurring extra shipping charges. And if you DO go shopping with Lizi, please use my links!

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Love From Lizi: https://shrsl.com/1yyuw

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! Thank you so very much for all the support you have shown me this year! I send you and yours blessings for a Happy and Healthy Holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Scor-Pal Project • Get to know your Scor-Pal

Hello Folks! Scott here with a new Scor-Pal Project for you! When Diana Crick and and I started this series in August, we kinda jumped right in and started making boxes and boxes and more boxes…! We never really took the time to demonstrate the unending possibilities that a Scor-Pal gives to us crafters. Let’s get to know our Score-Pal!

I have the Score-Pal Eighths which is the latest version, and features scoring grooves at every eighth of an inch. I love that! If you have a hard time navigating all those grooves, an extra fine point Sharpie will fit inside the grooves and you can make some reference lines at every inch to help you navigate the board – there are printed markings on the Score-Pal at 3″, 6″, and 9″ but a solid reference line at every inch can be very helpful!

I used to have to remind myself that there is a magnet under Diana’s signature on the top of the board, but I do like to keep a couple mini-clothespins there to hold parts and pieces together when gluing. The metal springs on the clothespins cling easily to the magnet!

There are some markings on the top rule – a dot at 2 1/8″, an asterisk at 4 1/4″ and another dot at 6 3/8″. Naturally the 4 1/4″ asterisk is for folding an 8 1/2″ piece of card stock in half. I cut my card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, score it at 4 1/4″ and get a perfect A2 card. For top folding cards, I like to take a whole piece of card stock and score the long side at 5 1/2″ (I do have a red dot above my 5 1/2″ measure – you can see it in the pic below). Then I fold the card stock sheet in half, and then cut that in half (at 4 1/4″) and that gives me two top folding card bases with just one scoring.

The two dots at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ are reference points to score and fold a gate-fold A2 card. With the long side of your 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card base at the top, score along the two black dots to make a perfect gate-fold card.

You can see I have added my own black dots above the rule at 3 5/8″ and 7 3/8″. On older Scor-Pals, these two measurements are marked with inverted triangles. These are reference points to score a full sheet of paper into a tri-fold style brochure. That could work for a tri-fold slimline card as well…! I might just have to give that a try!!

Now there’s a huge number of embossing folders, and background dies for creating patterns and adding texture to the background of your cards. But there is a large assortment of decorative patterns that you can achieve on your backgrounds with your Scor-Pal! I’d like to show you a number of them – I’m sure there are more!!

This CrissCross pattern is one of my favorites! Put your card stock face down on the diagonal (I’m using 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ 110# card stock) aligning the top point and bottom point on the 6 inch mark. Score at 5 1/2″, 5 3/4″, 6″, 6 1/4″, and 6 1/2″. Turn your card stock 90 degrees so the opposite corners align with the 6″ mark, and repeat the same scoring. I really like this simple pattern and it works GREAT with color core card stock and a little sanding to expose the core.

I also have the Score-Bug which creates dotted embossed lines. Takes some practice, but it proves to be an extremely useful tool as well!

Here’s an Argyle pattern using the Scor-Bug and Scor-Tool. Align your card stock on the diagonal the same as the CrissCross pattern (at the 6″ mark) and score with your Scor-Tool at 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, and 9″. Move your card stock away from the top fence so you are using the middle of the board, still aligned on the 6″ mark. Using the Scor-Bug roll the tool up or down following the grooves at 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 7 1/2″, and 8 1/2″. Turn the card stock 90 degrees, align the corners on the 6″ mark again, and repeat the same scoring instructions. I really like the effect that Scor-Bug delivers!

This Chair Rail Border is a terrific addition to any indoor scene! With the short side of my card stock along the top fence, I scored at 2 1/8″, and 2 3/8″ for the top rail. I turned the card stock 90 degrees and scored the panels at every half inch mark, stopping at the bottom score of the rail. Rescore the horizontal lines to improve the over all look. This pattern works on the embossed side (shown) or reversed to the de-bossed side.

This Pillow Ticking pattern is simple but fairly stunning! With the short side of your card stock on the top left corner of the Scor-Pal, score at every 1/2″ mark with your Scor-tool. Using the Scor-Bug, start at the 1/4″ mark on the board and score every half an inch – 1/4″, 3/4″, 1 1/4″, 1 3/4″, etc. cover ing the width of the paper. I really like the versatility of this!

Here’s a straightforward Box Plaid pattern. With the short side of card stock in the top left corner of the Scor-Pal, I scored at 1/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 1/4″, and 4″. Rotate your paper so the long side is at the top and score at 1/8″, 3/8″, 1 1/8″, 1 3/8″, 2 1/8″, 2 3/8″, 3 1/8″, 3 3/8″, 4 1/8″, 4 3/8″, 5 1/8″, and 5 3/8″. That will center your box plaid on your card stock and this can be trimmed down to any size you need. Very sharp, neat and clean!

Here’s a simple plaid with extra Scor-Bug detailing. With the short side in the top corner of your Scor-Pal, score at 1/8″, 1 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 3 1/8″, 4 1/8″. Pull your paper away from the top fence and roll the Scor-Bug up or down at 5/8″, 1 5/8″, 2 5/8″, 3 5/8″. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″, and 5″. Pull your paper away from the top fence and roll the Score-Bug at 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″ and 4 1/2″. This feels like Tartan Plaid to me!

This Sunbeam pattern is also a favorite of mine. Align your card stock on the diagonal at the 6″ mark and score right down the center from point to point. Then move the bottom corner 1/2″ right or left, keeping the top point at 6″, and score along the 6″ line again. Continue moving the bottom point 1/2″ right and left and scoring on the 6″ line as many times as you like – on this piece I did 4 scores to the right and left of the center score, but you can fill up the whole card panel if you like. This would look great embossed on color-core card stock and lightly sanded.

Here’s an easy Brick pattern that looks terrific! Score your horizontal lines every 1/2″, then rotate your card stock and score the bricks at every inch – taking your Score-Tool from one line to the next, being careful not to score over that line. Alternate the brick rows 1/2″ and you can create this embossed Brick Road in no time at all! You can also rescore the horizontal lines to neaten up the verticals that go a touch too far.

We can also create custom envelopes using your Score-Pal as well. The Scor-Envi Template makes envelope making a breeze and it has a variety of envelope sizes and instructions printed directly on the template. Not only is this a great template for creating envelopes for odd-sized cards, but it also dresses up a standard card with a matching envelope! Let’s do a standard A2 envelope first.

For an A2 envelope, we start with an 8″ square piece of pattern paper. Place your Scor-Envi template in the top right corner of your Score-Pal (there is a raised line of the back of the template that fits into the 11 7/8″ groove of the Scor-Pal). Line your paper up with the edge of the template putting your points along the 6″ mark. Score your paper at 3″ and 9″ and then rotate 90 degrees and line your paper up again. This time we score at 3 3/4″ and 8 1/4″.

These four score lines will create little triangles where they intersect. Simply trim those triangles away and fold up your envelope along the score lines.

I do like to round the corners on the top and bottom flaps using any corner rounder. Score-Pal has a terrific Kadomaru Corner Cutter that cuts three different radius with one tool – 3mm, 5mm, and 8mm. I used the large 8mm punch for the corners on this envelope.

The bottom flap is longer than the sides, so I’ll add my 1/4″ Scor-Tape to the bottom edges of the side flaps to assemble the envelope. This keeps me from glueing the envelope shut!

I have a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card sitting on my desk that needs an envelope – there are a variety of square envelope sizes printed on the Scor-Envi template too. I start with a 9″ x 9″ square of pattern paper, line it up with the template and score at 3″ and 9″, rotate 90 degrees, score again at 3″ and 9″. Trim off the triangles, and fold up your envelope.

All four flaps are equal on a square envelope so I add my Score-Tape to the bottom flap for assembling the envelope together. I do love making matching envelopes for special cards intended for special people.

That will wrap up our Getting to Know Your Scor-Pal post. I hope this has been enlightening and instructive and I hope you’ll give some of these techniques a try! There truly is no end to the versatility of your Scor-Pal – it’s not just for folding cards anymore!

This will conclude our Scor-Pal series for this year. We are going to take the first part of 2021 off but hope to be back the second half of the next year with more fun projects using your Scor-Pal and assorted accessories.

Thank you so much for joining me here, You have truly blessed me all year long with your support and encouragement! Here’s to a bright, big, beautiful tomorrow and a Happy New Year to you and yours! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this post with all your crafty friends, Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy this holiday season, and, as always, I send you blessings of Peace, Health, Love and Happy Crafting!

10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero December 2020 Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards I Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero December 2020 Kit. I am SO PLEASED to announce that Hero Arts has added me to their team as a Video Artist! If you’d like to see the big blog announcement please click HERE. I couldn’t ask for a more terrific Christmas Present!! WOO-HOO!!

This month’s kit is an uplifting harbinger of a new (and better) year on the horizon!

We get a 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set featuring a layering stamp sky with clouds, sun and sunbeams, a terrific flock of birds and a few encouraging sentiments. We also get a Hope Word Fancy Die, a Cloud Fancy Die, and a Cloud Window Die. That Hope Word die looks amazing! Then we are treated to 4 Reactive Ink Cubes (Early Dawn, Morning Mist, Yellow Chartreuse, Thistle) and a 0.5 oz. pot of Yellow Prisma Embossing Powder with lots of glitter and shine!

To begin with, I die-cut all the dies from some scrap grey card stock in my stash just to see what we were working with here… The Cloud Window die inspired my first card.

I grabbed a white card base and ink blended some HA Lemon Drop Reactive ink and the Early Dawn ink cube on the front of my card base. Then I stamped the half-circle (sun) and the large sunray stamp using HA Embossing and Watermark ink, added the Yellow Prisma embossing powder, and heat set that till smooth and shiny. I added a little shading to the grey window die-cut with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress ink and stamped the sentiment using HA Intense Black ink, and clear embossed them. I attached the window panel to the card front with foam tape, and added the Cloud Fancy die-cut to the top of the opening. We can all use a little HOPE right now…! That’s the only thing that has gotten me through this year. Love those thin delicate lines in the sunbeam stamp and the glitter in the embossing powder! The grey clouds and colorful sky certainly drive the point home!

I wanted to see if I could adapt that window-die to work on a landscape card… and, of course, I’m itching to use that HOPE word die!

This works beautifully! I die-cut some white card stock to 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, and used partial die-cutting to cut half of the window die from the right and left sides of the panel. I simply marked the center line of the window die and used that as my guide to die-cut the two halves. Then it was easy to connect the two halves on top by cutting a straight line, and I completed the bottom of the window by partially die-cutting the Cloud fancy die between the two sides of the window die. I was more that happy with how that turned out!!

The Hope Word Fancy die is in two pieces – an inner die and and outline die. I used them together to die-cut the words from some black card stock, and used the outline die to cut a piece of yellow watercolor pattern paper from my stash for the background. That makes it much easier than piecing in all those separate little pieces. I glued the black frame to the yellow watercolor, and decided we needed a touch of sparkle on this word, so I die-cut another frame from some Black Tie glitter paper and glued that on top of the original black outline. That added a little more dimension as well as some nice sparkle.

I cut a piece of blue watercolor pattern paper to go behind the window and glued that to a white card base, glued the cloud window on top of that, and mounted the HOPE word at the center with some foam tape. I like that this window actually encompasses the whole word, and fills up a landscape orientation nicely!

I wasn’t content to leave this simple sentiment on it’s own, so I stamped the “it’s a new day” on the inside of the card using HA Intense Black ink. I really like the larger window on this card, and that HOPE word die is pretty stunning. Kind of looks like a stained glass window!

Okay, that covers all the dies in this kit… let’s move on to those stamps!

To begin with, I stamped the three layering stamps using the Early Dawn, Morning Mist and Thistle ink cubes – just to get an idea of how these stamps and colors worked together.

Good to know that there is still some white in the clouds… we should be able use that to our advantage! I went back to my grey cloud idea from my first card.

On another piece of grey card stock I stamped the second and third cloud layering stamps with the Thistle and Morning Mist inks… just letting the gray card stock fill in the rest. I added the flock of birds at the top using both inks, and stamped the sentiment with the Thistle ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped panel with another LFSR die, glued it to a thin white mat, then to a thicker pink mat and then to a thin purple mat before gluing all the layers down to my white card base. Love that sentiment – it should prove useful for many reasons beyond this crappy year!

I die-cut the Hope Word Fancy die a couple times from some Bristol smooth card stock thinking I could do some fun coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

Interesting… the radiant “o” doesn’t have to be the sun… here it works perfectly well as the highlight for a green heart gem!

After coloring the die-cut segments with my Zig markers, I die cut a frame from my Black Tie glitter card stock. I printed the “CHOOSE” sentiment directly on the white card base using my Silhouette software and the DIN Alternate font. Then I glued the black frame in place and added the colored segments, and the heart gem. I love this sentiment, this color palette, and the gem… makes me think of the Hope Diamond – though that’s pale blue, not green, and naturally MUCH larger!!

I wondered if I could use the half-circle and the sunbeam stamps to make a whole sun…

I did use the half-circle stamp along with Lemon Drop and Creamsicle Reactive inks to stamp the sun, taking care not to over-ink the center line… I don’t think that’s a perfect half-circle stamp… seems a tiny bit oval instead of perfectly round… but it works for me!! I stamped the small sunbeam stamp above and below the circle with the Creamsicle ink, trying to get a touch lighter at the outer edges, and stamped the big sunbeams with the Lemon Drop ink. Using both of the sunbeam stamps together really works well for adding some depth to the stamping! Sentiments stamped in Intense Black ink. No clouds, just lots and lots of sunshine – a perfect greeting card for friends living in the Pacific Northwest!

I’ve used all the stamps and dies in this kit already – that was fast! – but there is more!

I used some masking tape to divide this card base in two, added a 1/2″ circle mask on the horizon, and ink blended the sky with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink, Lemon Drop Reactive ink, some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink and a little bit of the Morning Mist Reactive ink. Then I stamped the layering stamps in Early Dawn, Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and Morning Mist Reactive ink. Then I masked off the triangle on the bottom and blended the sea with Early Dawn Reactive ink.

I printed the “you are my” on the card front using my Silhouette Software (remember, that software is free!) and the Century Gothic font (I believe that’s a perfect match for the block sentiments in this kit) and finished that out with the “sunshine” sentiment stamped in Intense Black ink.

I stamped the smaller sunbeams at the horizon, with Morning Mist ink, and then the larger sunbeam stamp with embossing ink and embossed that with the Yellow Prism embossing powder… the ‘ocean’ seemed a little tranquil to me, so I grabbed the MMH July 2019 kit and stamped and embossed the water ripples with more Yellow Prism embossing powder. Finally, I lightly blended some Squeezed Lemonade into the sun and water reflection. I realize the sun’s reflection on the water isn’t very realistic, but I wanted to really highlight the sentiment, and I’m very pleased with our little scene here!

That MMH July 2019 stamp set also has a layering mountain stamp… sounds perfect…

Some Purple Mountains Majesty…!! On a panel of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card stock , I stamped the mountains in Thistle ink and the layering stamp with HA Unicorn White ink. I masked off the mountains (there is a die for that in the 7/19 kit) and blended the sky with Squeezed Lemonade Distress oxide ink, and stamped the two cloud stamps with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and the Morning Mist Reactive ink. Then I stamped and embossed the sunbeams the same as the previous card.

I took a white card base (Neenah Solar White 110# card stock) and die-cut the window die on the front panel and stamped the sentiment with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I trimmed a little off the side of the stamped panel, and glued that behind the card front. I think the mountains add a lot to this and work well with the stamps and dies in this kit! And I really like the inked panel glued behind the card front – it adds the look of dimension without using any foam tape.

On December 8th, Channin Pelletier posted a Stained Glass technique using Glossy Accents and the Hope Word die from this kit, and that made me think of trying to turn that Hope word die into a “real” stained glass card.

Thanks to some new Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Tints, I was able to come up with this actual see-through stained glass window effect… I’m thrilled how well this works!

I die cut the outlines from black card stock with Scor Tape covering the back – I wanted to be able to glue the outline to some acetate and not have to worry about the colors seeping underneath. Then I simply filled in the spaces using the Crystal Tints. A little bit fussy making sure the color got into the thin openings on the ‘O’, but fairly easy to work with for my first time using this product! And the results are worth the fuss!

I took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock and die-cut the HOPE outline in the center of that, matched it to the front of my card base, and die-cut the same outline through the card front. I glued the acetate to the card front and covered it over with the die-cut panel. I did add one more layer of the black outline on top (covers any mess from the Crystal Tints) and added another black outline die-cut on the inside (backwards) to make the inside of the card smooth and clean. LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I would recommend the card recipient cuts this card in half and mounts the front to a sunny window!

It appears I got a little obsessed with the stained glass approach using the Hope Word die and made all my outlines in black… but I wondered how this die would look WITHOUT using the outline at all!

That works better than I thought it would! I die-cut the Hope Word die from white card stock, lightly taped down the outline on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of my blue watercolor pattern paper, and glued all the pieces into their proper positions. I took care to use just enough liquid glue to hold the pieces down without gluing the outline down as well. Then I just removed the outline and voila! Reads perfectly well without the outline!

I printed the extra sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Century Gothic font and trimmed it to a small banner before gluing it down to the card front. I really like this sentiment and the clean simplicity of this card!

Now for something completely different…! I hadn’t used the Yellow Chartreuse ink cube from this kit yet, and thought it would be fun to use all the inks together. The only stamp in this set that I thought would work to create a pattern was the half-circle sun stamp…

On a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock, and using my HA MISTI, I stamped this pattern using all four of the inks from this kit. It took a little bit of time, but was fairly easy enough to accomplish. All of the half-circle stamping is 1.25″ apart. I stamped the vertical rows first, and the horizontal rows second. My own pattern paper! I trimmed the stamped panel down to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a white card base.

I dug out this old Darice “thank you” die from my stash (one of the largest sentiments dies I have), cut it out three times from white card stock, and glued them together to make a nice chunky sentiment. I just used the Thistle ink cube directly on the glued up sentiment to color the top layer – that worked extremely well – I’ll remember that technique when I want a die-cut sentiment colored with matching ink! I glued the sentiment to the card front and we have a delightful, colorful, almost retro, thank you card! Lovely!

That covers all my 10 cards using the MMH December 2020 kit. This month Hero Arts seems to have struck a nerve with their followers and sold out this kit in just a day or two! I did manage to use every stamp and die in this kit on these 10 cards – WOO-HOO!

I think right now, we are all feeling the need for some hope and optimism about the coming year. Thankfully, a vaccine has just been approved and I HOPE we can start clawing our way out from under this damn pandemic. Heaven knows we need to get back to some semblance of sanity! I am truly overjoyed at being invited to join the Hero Arts team this month, but I DO need to get back to work!! I think we all do!!

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here! I appreciate every moment you spend with me! If you DO go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links as it truly helps keep our heads above water in these unprecedented times: HERO ARTS

Please take care of yourselves and your love ones… this virus is kind of running rampant right now, and I hope (there’s that word again!) everyone will stay safe and healthy over the holidays. I send you and yours heartfelt blessings and wish you all Joy, Health and Happiness for the coming year. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT – you have blessed me immeasurably this year and it means the world to me. Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends… Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY and as always, I wish you Happy crafting!

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Love From Lizi • FREE SHIPPING • Black Friday Peel Off Special!

Hello Folks! Scott here with a fun holiday card to announce a new Peel Off FREE SHIPPING special at Love From Lizi. This weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) if you put 20 (or more) peel off sheets in your cart (ONLY peel offs!) you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING!

I love Lizi’s Peel Offs and turn to them frequently for a little extra shine or embellishment on my cards. But they do more than outline layers and create frames!

This card stared with a plain white panel stamped with a Concord and Ninth Plaid Background Stamp using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink. Then I used the thin pin-stripe Red Holographic peel offs to outline the stripes and added the wide pin-stripe Green Holographic peel off thought the center of the ‘white’ stripes. Instant Holiday Plaid!

I die cut the ornament with a Hero Arts Nesting Circle infinity die and added a simple topper die-cut from some silver card stock. A silver cord runs wraps around the top of the white panel and is glued to a green card base. A simple double-bow adds a nice touch to finish out our ornament. No sentiment on the front… It’s on the inside!

There’s a fun pun for a holiday card! This is printed on white card stock using the Henny Penny font, die cut and glued to the inside of the card. I wish you all Plaid Tidings!

Lizi has peel offs in a huge assortment of colors and finishes and styles – pin-stripe, straight, sway, bubble, assorted shapes, and I can attest to the fact that I haven’t gone through a whole sheet of peel offs ever… they last a really long time!

If you want to add to your stash this is the perfect time! The Free Shipping Black Friday Peel Off special offer runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday GMT – that would be 7pm Thursday – 7pm Sunday EST (New York). Remember, you can only have peel offs in your cart to get the free shipping! Here’s a link to take you straight to Lizi’s Peel Off page: http://shrsl.com/2n3w7

Thanks so much for joining me today! I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Hearty Holiday Season! Make sure to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share this with all your crafty friends… don’t run with carving knives… and as always… HAPPY CRAFTING!