10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my ten cards from the Love From Lizi September 2019 Card Kit! Lizi is calling this the Home Sweet Home kit and she has certainly given us some lovely and unique supplies in our kits this month!

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At first, I thought this kit was more useful for scrap-booking and layouts rather than card-making, but after playing around with all these ingredients, and challenging myself to use every stamp in this stamp set, I discovered lots of useful cards to be had! I did take the five sheets of card stock in our kit and (after substituting the super-smooth alcohol-marker friendly card stock from the kit with a normal piece of white card stock from my stash) cut them in half to use as card bases.

The lamp stamp and “sending love and light” sentiment caught my eye first and I had to channel my inner Sandy Allnock to create this first card.

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I cut a piece of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol-friendly white card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and broke out  my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to color this vignette. I stamped the lamp with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and drew in the table with a Pigma Micron Pen. I used the Light Yellow (LY1,2,3) markers to color the ‘wallpaper’ and Burnt Orange (BO2,3,4) markers to color the lamp shade and Tan markers to color the table. Finally, I colored the lamp base and finial with Hero Arts Gold Glimmer ink. Coloring over the background three or four times allowed me to keep the “light” under the  lampshade. Once I was happy with the coloring, I did grab a white colored pencil and lightened up the lamplight with a soft layer of white pencil. Lovely!

I stamped the sentiment with Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I matted that panel on a thin black mat, die cut some of the green pattern paper with a LFSRD and glued that to another thin black mat. All layers are glued flat to the Maize card base and I embellished this card with one of the pearl heart pin tops in yellow – I just snipped away the pin.  I’m very pleased with this little vignette! It’s always fun to play with my alcohol markers… constantly a new learning experience!

Let’s play with that row of houses stamp using my Spectrum Noir markers again!

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I stamped the houses (two times) on more LFL white card stock and colored the houses with my Brown Grey (BRG) and Blue Grey (BG) alcohol markers. I trimmed the house panel down and glued that to a yellow pattern paper mat and then down to one of the mid-grey card bases. I stamped the sentiment (and the three small floral stamps) with VersaMark ink and embossed that with some white embossing powder. I neutralized the glue on the yellow house sticker with my powder tool and added that over the row houses with some foam tape. A few of the silver heart gems coming out of the chimney and a couple Lemon Glitter peel offs adds a nice touch of sparkle to this card front.

I did complete this (these) sentiment(s) on the inside of the card, stamping theIMG_6684 “Home Sweet Home” sentiment on the white writing surface, and adding this small strip sentiment (glued to a thin black mat) from the add-on sticker pack. I think all four of these sentiments go really well together, and make for a very sweet “welcome to your new home” card! I was going to use one of the larger ephemera houses but when I saw the “home is where the story begins” on the bottom of this sticker, I knew this was the perfect house to use on this card. A little “Happily Ever After” to everyone!

Between our sticker sheet, ephemera pieces and the add-on sticker pack, there were a lot of hearts just begging to be gathered together and used on a card.

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On one of the black card bases, I added the ‘box of hearts’ ephemera piece with some foam tape and added the other sticker and ephemera hearts with more foam tape. I printed the “Sending lots of Love” sentiment on this ephemera tag using my Silhouette software and the Smoothie Shoppe font. I realized that the envelope stamp was close to the same size as this tag, so I stamped that on a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored it with my Zig Clean Color real brush markers before fussy cutting it out and adding it to the bottom of the tag with more foam tape.

I added a bow to the tag using the twine from the kit, and added another crystal heart IMG_6687to the tag for a touch more sparkle. I used some white pan pastel for a little ‘grounding’ under the box, and couldn’t resist adding this little heart strip (from the add-on sticker pack) to the inside writing surface. Love all those colorful hearts on the stark black background!

I was eager to use those large ephemera houses and thought this would be a fun pun.

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I die cut a piece of the blue pattern paper with a full-card-size LFSRD and did the same with a piece of the green pattern paper trimming that one down with a stitched hillside die. I glued those pieces together and to the front of a white card base. I glued the tree ephemera piece to the card front and added the two houses with foam tape. They felt a little ‘float-y’ to me, so I added the thin strips of yellow pattern paper at their bases, and finished up the scene with a little yellow sun die-cut with a stitched circle die.

I grabbed my square Darice die-cut quote bubbles die and did some partial die-cutting on the top and then the bottom to get this smaller rectangular speech bubble. I created the “House By You” sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Brady Bunch IMG_6689Remastered font. I was able to print that in the right place by attaching the negative of the bubble die to right place on the printer paper and taping in the die-cut piece before printing. The pun AND the double entendre make me smile, and I had to add the “it’s been too long” sentiment from our stamp set on the inside writing surface. A silly pun but a useful card!!

This kit included a lot of large sentiment stickers and ephemera pieces that were ‘split’ in two using contrasting colors (usually a wood-grain on the bottom of the letters).

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I wanted to use this sticker sentiment just because it’s a song lyric! LOL! First I took one of the thin Rose Gold peel offs from our kit and ran that along the dividing line of this text. I think that makes these two-tone text pieces work quite well! A little shine on the dividing line…! I die-cut a piece of the dark grey pattern paper with a LFSRD, glued that to a white mat, and glued those to the Navy blue card base. I added a partial frame around that with the wide peel offs, mounted the sticker with foam tape and added the two bird wood-veneer die cuts for the final touch. IMG_6692I did find one more sticker in the add-on sticker pack that went with this card perfectly, so I added that to the writing surface on the inside of this card. Imagine me and you, I do I think about you day and night, it’s only right to think about the girl you love and hold her tight So Happy Together…!! I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you for all my life! Great song by The Turtles and a terrific, masculine valentine card!

I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the stack of luggage stamp… not really many travel related items in this kit…  but pair that stamp up with a globe and a luggage tag….

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Here we have an encouragement card that plays on a couple different levels! I stamped the suitcases on a scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig markers. I created the sentiment using my Silhouette software (Brady Bunch font) and printed that on the suitcase stamp card stock and fussy cut the suitcases and the sentiment together. I glued that to Kraft card stock and fussy cut that into a mat.

I had an old luggage tag pic in my stash, so I sized it to match the Kraft tags we got in the kit and printed on top of the Kraft tag for the light suggestion of a travel tag – I like the reddish hole reinforcement…! I tied a bow through the hole with our twine, and added the globe ephemera piece with foam tape.

I die-cut the yellow pattern paper with a LFSRD and added 5 peel offs across the middle. That is glued to a thin white mat which is glued to a thin Kraft mat and then down to the Maize card base. The tag with globe is glued directly to the card front, and the luggage piece is attached with foam tape. Three sequins from our sequin pack add a spot of shine and here’s a bright and cheerful card useful for many situations!

If you’ve followed me at all, you know I’m pretty symmetry when creating cards, so this was a surprise exercise in asymmetry as this card came together.

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I couldn’t resist one more song lyric this month! And a retro phone like this would have definitely had a bell and a clapper as the ringer! I stamped the phone on Bristol Smooth card stock and painted it with my (incredibly inexpensive) Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors – I think this is the first time I’ve used these and I thought they gave me a really nice shine and an almost metallic feel!

Now… When I started working on this sentiment (Silhouette software, Brady Bunch font) I realized that the top and bottom of his phone are actually different in widths. The sentiment placement looked weird if the two lines were centered with each other – the bottom line would stick out beyond the bottom of the phone on the left side. After fiddling around for a bit, I decided to print each line centered over the top and bottom of the stamp itself. Because of the asymmetrical sentiment, the Gina K. designs oval die seemed wrong when it was straight up and down, so I tilted the die to the left so it matched the tilt of the sentiment. I stamped the laurel accents top and bottom after die-cutting the oval. I used the larger dies in the GK Ovals set to cut a piece of the triangle pattern paper and mats for both from the dark grey pattern paper.

On the black card base, I added a 1″ strip of the red pattern paper right down the center (can’t kill my love for symmetry that easily!) added two strips of peel-offs to the sides of that, and two 1/8″ strips of the pink pattern paper to the sides of those. I glued the large oval to the card base and (taking care to keep the sentiments and the phone straight) added the top oval with foam tape. IMG_6696Wacky! This almost feels like one of those retro atom ovals kicked off-kilter like this. Of course I had to use the “Let’s chat” and “it’s been too long” stamps on the inside writing surface. I think everyone in the world knows this song and wouldn’t be able to keep themselves from singing this sentiment on the front!

Now it’s time to tackle that chair stamp. Hmm… what does an empty chair say to you?

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I stamped two of the chairs on some watercolor paper and reached for my Daniel Smith Watercolor dot card (thanks Pat!) to color this simple vignette. Cobalt Blue for the left chair and Organic Vermillion with a touch of Pyrol Orange for the chair on the right. Indian Yellow, Quinacridone Sienna, and Hansa Yellow Medium for the floor, baseboard and wall. I die cut the painting with a LFSRD, added a thin black mat and a larger die-cut mat of the red pattern paper before gluing all down to a white card base.

Cute vignette, but the empty chairs seem incredibly lonely to me! That’s when I decided to use this “miss you” sentiment for this card. This is from the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set and is stamped on 40# vellum using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I die-cut the vellum sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner die, ran it through my Xyron Sticker maker and attached it to the front. I trimmed down the love picture from the add-on sticker pack, added a super thin black mat and ‘hung’ that on the wall between the chairs… but something was missing… chair doilies!! I cut a couple scallops away from our lace ribbon and fashioned ‘doilies’ to go over the tops of the chairs. That’s just the finishing touch this card needed! Love it!!

I haven’t played with any of our dies from this kit – again, I was at a bit of a loss on how to use some of the gardening images included in this kit on a card…

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Just add a pun and anything will work!! I die-cut two boots and three flowers from Bristol Smooth card stock colored them with my Zig markers and pieced everything back  together just using tape on the back. I die cut a piece of grey card stock from my stash with a LFSRD, and printed the sentiment on that using the Typewriter Hand font. I glued a thin mat of the grey pattern paper to the back of the sentiment panel, die-cut a piece of the green pattern paper with a LFSRD, and added another thin mat of the yellow pattern paper.

I stamped the vine stamp on either side of the mid-Grey card base using Hero Arts Reactive Green Apple ink, and glued the two matted panels directly to the card front. The boot in the back with two flowers is glued to the card front and the front boot and flower are attached with foam tape. Great dimension here, and those blue and orange flowers (and those boots!) really pop on this neutral background! A fun Mother’s Day card!

I had this idea for my last card when I first saw this stamp set, but I prevaricated quite a bit thinking that the lamp stamp was just too small… but I’m always up for a challenge!

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Just our lamp stamp outfitted with a vellum shade on a simple table with a “press here” button below…

So much fun, I simply could not resist! First, I stamped the lamp on some white card stock masking off the shade (don’t forget the finial!) and sketched an oval side table for our lamp to stand on. I colored everything with my Prismacolor colored pencils including the light suggestion of wallpaper. I matted the colored panel to a thin black mat and cut a small ‘light bulb’ hole through both layers in the middle of the shade opening. I die-cut the plaid pattern paper with a LFSRD, glued that to a thin black mat and glued that down to my last Navy Blue card base. I wired the Chibitronic light on top of the plaid pattern paper, making sure to line up the LED with the ‘light bulb’ hole on the front panel – very simple, fairly straight-forward wiring for this card!

I traced the shape of the shade on a piece of doubled up vellum, making the sides of the shade straight and the height of the shade the same as the stamp. I added about 1/32″ to both sides (to allow the shade to curve) and some tabs on the sides. Then I cut out the shade and folded the tabs forward. In order to disguise the tabs, I decided the easiest way to attach the shade was through a couple of slits cut in the card front. The slits are the same width apart as the original stamp shade. Sure enough, once the tabs went through the slits it gave us a perfectly curved lamp shade! SUCCESS! I attached the front panel to the card base using foam tape on the bottom (to allow room for the battery/switch) and glued the top half directly to the card base (so the LED would be at the same level as the card stock – so it would light up the shade as completely as possible). LOVE IT!

I printed the “You Turn Me On” sentiment on the inside writing surface using the Brady Bunch font and trimmed that piece down with a LFSRD before gluing it inside the card. Surprisingly, this turned out better than I expected! It actually looks like there is a light bulb under the shade, and the light not only illuminated the vellum shade, but actually spills out the bottom of the shade just like a real lamp! I couldn’t be more pleased!

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That’s my 10 cards created from the Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit. I did manage to use all the stamps in our stamp set, I used all six of our pattern papers, some of the two cut-apart sheets, some of our stickers, a good amount of our peel-offs and ephemera pieces, and quite a bit of our embellishments. I think the only embellishments I didn’t use were the paper doilies, the metal springs and the glitter. Of course I have gobs of left-overs which will all find loving homes in my stash!

This is a really nice collection of truly useful cards – a few valentines and friendship cards, a new home card, a miss you card, an encouragement card and a couple of hello cards. I managed a few puns (and song lyrics!) this month and even a light-up interactive card. A great  variety of cards considering the scrapbook nature of this kit!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero September 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the My Monthly Hero September 2019 Kit. This kit features a “Cabinet of Curiosities” stamp and peek-a-boo door die much like last years’ Advent Calendar November kit, and the Venetian Neighborhood stamp and peek-a-boo door die offered as an extra with the MMH April 2019 kit. Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 8.25.34 PM

Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes the cabinet stamp, 16 sentiments, 6 different handles and label pulls, and 30 small image stamps. A few Halloween images  and some Autumn images as well, but mostly  general collectible objects. We get the Peek-a-boo Drawers Fancy Die and three fancy text dies as well as six sheets of 5.5″ x 8.5″ Decorative Paper in Rich Copper, Wood Abachi Solid, and Urban Basilia Black. Hero Arts rounds out this kit with some Bronze Silk Ink and ten tiny Bee & Key Charms. Once again, I am faced with the challenge of creating 10 different cards using a kit that seems like a one trick pony..!

Unfortunately, my cabinet stamp had some manufacturing defects that I noticed right away, but after contacting Hero Arts’ amazing customer service, they promptly set to shipping me out a new stamp set. I had to make something while waiting, so I reached for my homemade wreath builder template and the oak leaf stamp.

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Although I know they are popular, I don’t tend to send out Halloween or Autumn themed cards, but I did think it would be fun to start with some autumn leaves. I stamped this wreath of leaves using VersaFine Onyx Black ink on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I thought the ring of leaves seemed a little sparse, so I added more leaves and the mushroom to the center… of course that kind of kills the ‘wreath’ idea, so I decided to die cut the arrangement with one of my Darice Circle nesting dies, and glued that to a thin black mat.

I cut a 3″ strip of the Basilia Black specialty paper from the kit and glued that to the center of a white card base. I trimmed the edges of that strip with some black pin-stripe peel-offs from Love From Lizi, and used foam tape to mount the ‘whirlwind’ of leaves on the card front. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock with Onyx Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder and then die-cut it with a Darice Leaves die and attached that to the card front with more foam tape. I really like the color journey that the leaf stamp takes here… green goes to yellow, to orange, to red, then back to green. I thought that was fun and made for a visually interesting ‘whirlwind’ of leaves on this card. I guess we can’t really call it a wreath anymore!

I felt a little lost without my cabinet stamp, so I decided to fussy cut a portion of the cabinet stamp that didn’t show any defects. Kind of like a Japanese Tansu Cabinet!

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I stamped the handles and label drawer pulls in the same Onyx Black ink I had stamped the cabinet with (on some Bristol Smooth card stock), and I reached for my Zig markers to color the front of these drawers. (I did perform some stamp surgery and separated the two handle/label holder stamps so I could use the pieces independently from each other). I made the frame nice and dark to help hide stray connections to the rest of the stamp. I colored the handles and label frames using the Gold Glimmer ink from the August kit, and the cabinet connectors with the Bronze Silk ink and lastly, fussy cut three of the drawer fronts. I matted the cabinet on some of my standard Staples Ivory card stock, IMG_6614and stamped the keyhole, key and heart (using MMH Red Reactive ink) on that mat before gluing both together.

I was looking for some pattern paper for the background of this card when I ran across a card catalog image in my stash. Using my Silhouette Software, I sized that picture up and printed it at 25% opacity – that’s what makes it look like it’s covered with vellum! I die-cut the background using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted that on more Ivory card stock. I outlined the background with LFL Gold Mirror peel-offs and glued the matted background to a brown card base.

I stamped the label drawer pulls on a scrap of parchment paper, and scribbled some text on the labels and fussy them to glue onto the drawer fronts… those are some TINY pieces!  I added the cabinet assembly to the card front with foam tape, and finally, I stamped the sentiment on the background and added one of the small key charms and a red heart brad from my stash. There’s a nice option to using the entire cabinet stamp… you could actually create many different cabinet shapes using just a portion of that stamp! I really like the wood-grain look my Zig markers afforded me, and I think this is a really nice masculine valentine or I love you card!

This is the first Happy Halloween die that I own, and I was pleased by how big it is!

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I die-cut that sentiment from the Rich Copper specialty paper in our kit, and die-cut two more from some white card stock and glued all three layers together – there’s a nice shadow cast by that thick sentiment! I lightly traced a rectangle on the card front and arranged the stamps inside of that rectangle and stamped them with Onyx Black ink. I added a touch of color to the stamps with my Zig markers and did a double partial frameIMG_6598 around the card using the LFL Copper Mirror peel-offs. This seems like a very grown-up Halloween card to me, but I couldn’t resist adding the little BOO! sentiment on the inside. Nothing too cutesy with this card but I think it would make an excellent invite to an adult Halloween Party!

I had this idea for a card, and decided that I could probably camouflage most of the errors on my cabinet stamp with some darker colors… my new stamp isn’t here yet…

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On some Nina Classic Crest Solar White 110# card stock, I stamped the cabinet stamp and all the handles using Onyx Black ink and colored everything using my Ice Grey Spectrum Noir Markers. I have to be careful… I think my IG1 pen is starting to run low…!! YIKES! I colored all the handles with a Silver fine-point Sharpie for a little bit of a metallic shine on these cabinets. I really like the monochromatic color scheme here and I love the fact that you have no idea what this card is about until you open it to reveal “you can handle anything”. IMG_6600I printed this sentiment on the inside of a white card base using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font. Nice little pun! I LOVE THIS! This would be a great thank you card as well as a great encouragement card too!

We do have a pumpkin and a squash stamp in our stamp set, so I think I may have one more Halloween card in me for this month!

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Using my stamp platform, I stamped the pumpkin stamp on some Nina Classic Crest Solar White 80# card stock using Hero Hues Creamsicle ink and added the shading using Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Ink. I stamped the squash stamp using Hero Hues Lemon Drop ink and added that shading with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. Those two brands of inks worked really well together, and provided some very nice subtle shading on these solid shape stamps!

After stamping these six rows, I die-cut the card stock with another Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and did a little ink blending on the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, using my Silhouette software, I printed the “Oh my GOURD! it’s” sentiment in the appropriate place on the card front (Typewriter Hand font again), and matted that on a thin black mat. Another thicker mat of the Hero Hues Mustard card stock and a another thin black mat behind that. One more thick mat of Hero Hues Pumpkin card stock and all layers are glued to a white card base.

I die-cut the sentiment from more pumpkin card stock and two layers of black card stock, and trimmed the “happy’ away before gluing all three layers together and then gluing that chunky sentiment to the card front. There we go! Another pun! And another terrifically non-cutesy Halloween card!

I still haven’t received my replacement stamp yet so I thought I’d just use the Peek-a-boo Drawers Fancy Die all by itself.

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I die cut that fancy die from white card stock five times and trimmed off the doors on each before gluing them all together. I die-cut one more frame from some Kraft card stock and trimmed away all of the doors except one, and I stamped a handle on that door. I used the Bronze Silk ink from this kit to color the inside edges of all the boxes.

I arranged all the image stamps on the front of a Kraft card base and stamped them with Onyx Black ink and reached for my Prismacolor colored pencils to color all the images. Our stamp set has that one stamp of three plants in vials, and I did cut those three bottles apart so they could be used separately. In this orientation, the die cut has more vertical windows than horizontal ones so that surgery offered more vertical options.

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I stamped the friendship sentiment on a scrap of Ivory card stock and die-cut it using the coordinating drawer portion of our die, distressed  the edges with more Vintage Linen Distress ink, and just popped it into the appropriate drawer. I did punch a little notch in the top of that door in case the door gets stuck inside the die cuts – it’s not big enough for a finger, but I think it will help the recipient know that there is something behind that door! I did add two of the little bee charms for a pop of shine on this card front and added the “you are a rare find” sentiment on the inside writing surface. IMG_6605

I like the shadow-box feel of this card, and I think only having a single door heightens the expectation of what might be behind there. And of course I love colored pencil on Kraft card stock. These sentiments work really well together and give us a really nice friendship card! I do feel like I’m getting closer to the actual intent of this kit, and can’t wait to get my replacement stamp!

I got my new cabinet stamp and couldn’t wait to create a full-blown 24 door cabinet card!

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My new stamp was clear of any defects, so I stamped it using Onyx Black ink on a piece of Nina 80# card stock. Josmary Gonzales from the Hero Arts Fanatics Facebook page, gave us a tip on using the Bronze silk ink without shaking up the sparkles in the bottle, so I painted this whole card front with that thinned down ink. I stamped all the handles, sentiments and label pulls in Onyx black ink, painted the labels with Holbein Permanent White Gouache (much easier than fussy cutting!) and colored the handles, pulls and cabinet with a dark brown Zig marker and polished up the joinery using my Uni Ball Signo Gold gel pen. Finally, I took great care to die cut my colored cabinet front.IMG_6615

I did use the die cut to create a template to help with the placement of all the image stamps on the inside of the cabinet. I stamped the images with Onyx Black ink on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored everything using my Zig markers. I did make a feeble attempt at creating some dimension inside these drawers while still keeping the objects as bright and colorful as possible, but I don’t think that’s very necessary in this overall card design. Here I used 24 of the 32 image stamps (since I cut apart that 3-bottle stamp, I now have 32 image stamps) I didn’t use the solid silhouette stamps or the full spiderweb, the nautilus shell, or the moth stamp. I did take some time to color the back of the die cut piece with some Black Soot Distress ink (so the back of the doors are black) and glued the die cut piece to the background piece and then down to a Kraft card base.IMG_6607

I did add the “LOVE YOU” sentiment on the inside writing surface (Ivory card stock cut with a LFSRD) for a final compliment to the adoring sentiments on the front of the card. Finally, I have a card that exemplifies exactly what this interactive kit was created for. PHEW! That is a lot of work filling in all the drawer fronts and all the insides… truly this is a very cool card, but I can’t imagine creating more than one or two of these at a time! Of course, you don’t have to fill every space, and you can emboss the stamping and do less coloring, but I thought I would put this concept to the test and use as many of the stamps as realistically as possible. Again, we end up with a very masculine “LOVE YOU” card. Perfect for any collector or naturist or even your favorite hoarder!

I haven’t used the ‘treasure’ fancy die yet – and I couldn’t get this quote out of my head, and the “treasure you” sentiment stamp kept pulling my eye, so I fiddled around with those sentiments in my Silhouette software and came up with this.

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This is the Typewriter Hand font printed on a piece of Ivory card stock and die-cut with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle die and the edges inked with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress ink. I die-cut the ‘treasure’ die from black card stock three times and glued them all together. I was going to emboss the top of this die cut when I ran across a piece of gold vinyl in my stash… I adhered a piece of that vinyl to black card stock and die-cut it to become my final top piece. I really like how that looks – shiny and ’embossed’ but super smooth…! Very sharp! I glued the chunky sentiment in place and added a heart brad above the verse designation. You can also find this exact same Bible verse in the Book of Matthew from the Sermon on the Mount chapters.

I die cut a piece of our Wood Abachi Solid specialty paper with a LFSRD and glued that to a tan card front glued to a white card base. I added the Ivory piece to the card front using foam tape, and, IMG_6610in an effort to shift the focus of this sentiment a little bit, I stamped “I treasure you” on the inside of this card. I did steal that “I” from the “I treasure our friendship” stamp. I think that transforms this slightly preachy sentiment into a masculine declaration of love!

One of my favorite image stamps in this kit was the cluster of crystals – that stamp didn’t seem to lend itself to a wreath, but I thought I could get away with one more little pun…!

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I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Typewriter Hand font on a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock die-cut with a LFSRD. I stamped the crystals three times above the sentiment (I did mask off the center crystals) and colored them with my Zig markers. I added a sprinkling of glitter drops around their tops with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen and a little sparkle to the crystals themselves with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I matted the card front on a thin black mat and glued that down to a white card base. I LOVE the white space on this card – a great encouragement or congrats card!

That crystal card encouraged me to break free from the wood grain and autumnal color palette for this final card, and I went back to that fancy door die one more time.

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When I die cut that fancy die out of some black card stock, and trimmed off all the doors, I couldn’t help but think of Piet Mondrian and his color block paintings. I cut away some of the drawer borders to make the center red and blue squares larger, and the second white rectangle on the left side is two ‘drawers’ combined.  Then it was a simple matter of cutting some red, blue and yellow card stock to size, printing the sentiment on the large red piece and then gluing everything to a white card base. These bright colors make my heart happy and I find this sentiment terrifically practical and lots of fun!

So that’s my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero September 2019 Kit. Though I didn’t use every single sentiment stamp in this set, I did manage to use every image stamp, a decent amount of the Bronze Silk ink, all three specialty papers, and 3 of the four fancy dies… I guess the question mark die just didn’t speak to me this month!

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I’m very pleased with this wide assortment of cards and the variety of looks I was able to achieve using this kit. We managed to create a couple of Halloween cards, a friendship card, some valentine/ love cards and a few encouragement cards as well. A really nice collection of genuinely masculine cards with this kit! Many more option than I thought!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve managed to pique your interest or inspire your imagination and you’d like to own your own Cabinet of Curiosities, please use my link when you go shopping at Hero Arts: MMH September 2019 for the kit and http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts for the whole store. Your support means everything to me! Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here, please remember to follow me on Instagram at #cardcutups, please subscribe to CardCutups on YouTube, follow me and Pin me on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/cardcutups/cardcut-ups/, share this post with all your friends and any other interested parties. Remember, don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

UnBoxing! Love From Lizi October 2019 ‘Home Sweet Home’ Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my UnBoxing of the Love From Lizi October 2019 Card Kit. Lizi is calling this the “Home Sweet Home” Card Kit, and this kit is packed full of fun!

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There is always something unique in a LFL kit and this month is no different!

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As usual, we start our kit with five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Black, Mid-Grey, Super Smooth alcohol marker-friendly White, Maize, and Navy Blue.

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Our pattern paper this month checks off the ‘unique’ box. We get six sheets of 6″ x 12″ double-sided pattern paper in these fun colors. One side features this polka-dot pattern and the reverse side is the same color with no pattern. Great size for scrap-booking!

This month our kit comes in a large 12″ x 12″ box which means 12″ x 12″ cut-aparts!

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We get a sheet of 2″ x 2″ cut-aparts featuring lots of icons, letters and sentiments. Of course these are double-sided and the back of this sheet features this great triangle pattern.

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Our second sheet of cut-aparts features 3″ x 4″ panels perfectly sized for card fronts and featuring this terrific plaid pattern on the back.

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Our last 12″ x 12″ piece is a sheet of stickers!! Nice, thick card stock stickers perfectly coordinated with all the papers, images and icons featured in this kit.

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We are treated to some sentiments, words, tags and icons, and this sticker sheet also has that lovely scalloped floral border on the bottom and lots of small sentiment strips.

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The Home Sweet Home stamp set is a big 4″ x 8″ clear stamp set with lots of home-y images and sentiments and a long leaf border. Can’t wait to color these stamps! And we get a new color of peel-offs this month – the new Rose Gold Mirror pin-stripe peel-offs. Hmmmm… not too terrifically pink for a rose gold color!! Sweet!

And that brings us to our Embellishment bag…!  Always something interesting in here!

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To begin with, we get about 19″ of white lace ribbon shown on the bottom here. Then, from left to right and top to bottom we get five peach doilies, a meters length of twine spun with a strand of gold, 30 small silver heart gems, our sampler of the Home Sweet Home sequin mix, 9 wood veneer die-cuts, 30 heart topped straight pins in six colors (never seen anything like that in a card kit!), a small pack of ultra-fine glitter, 8 dies featuring some gardening implements, a detailed bird and an “I love my Garden” sentiment die, three spring wobblers – these are VERY heavy-duty… not sure if they will give us any wobble or just provide some collapsible dimension…? And, (especially for Alicia at Crazy Paper Chick) two Kraft tags.  BUT WAIT… Than’s not all!! We also get an overstuffed pack of ephemera to finish up this kit!

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Sentiments, flowers, houses, lamps, hearts, tags and even a printed doily – this pack of ephemera will satisfy anyone who likes to add quick and easy dimension to their cards!

I did get a couple of add-on products this month including the Home Sweet Home peel-off bundle that features a new peel-off shape: Straight peel-offs.

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That add-on bundle includes a sheet of Brown mirror straight peel-offs, Silver Moondust sway peel-offs, Mint Moondust pin-stripe peel-offs and a Silver Mirror bubble peel-off. To mark the new peel-off shape this month, Lizi is also offering an Essential Bundle of straight peel-offs in White, Black, Gold and Silver. Those straight peel-offs are about twice as thick as the thickest peel-offs in the pin-stripe pattern. Very cool!

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I also received the add-on sticker sheets. This is a pack of twelve 4″ x 6″ sticker sheets featuring alpha stickers and lots more sentiments, icons, tags, flowers and banners. This are thinner stickers than the 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet but I love all the extra sentiments!

At the most recent Junkie Fest, Lizi taught a class that featured an exclusive Christmas kit put together just for that class. I am SO happy to announce that this month, she has released two of the LFL branded products from that kit in her shop!

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I got The Magic of Christmas stamp set featuring one of Lizi’s ‘eyelash girls as an angel, along with a tree, ornaments and two fun sentiments. Is it Christmas time already..!?

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An lastly, I was thrilled to receive The Magic of Christmas 8″ x 8″ paper pad. There are 32 sheets of 16 designs (so we get two of each) you can see all 16 designs on the cover here… These include 6 pattern papers (x2) 6 gold foiled pattern papers (x2) 1 acetate print (x2) 1 gold foiled pattern vellum (x2) 1 Sticker sheet (x2) and 1 gold mirror board (x2). This is SO COOL! I don’t think I’ve ever received a pattern paper variety pack like this – one that includes vellum, acetate AND gold mirror board. So many options available with just one pack! Although there’s a fair share of pink patterns here, I think there’s enough variety here to satisfy even me! Christmas here we come!!

As of posting this kit and extras are still available at lovefromlizi.com. Remember, subscribers have until Midnight on the 25th (26th?) to add items to their kit for no extra shipping! If you want to join in on the fun this month, please use my links listed below:

Love From Lizi:  http://bit.ly/LFLlink

LFL October 2019 Card Kit: http://shrsl.com/1u3wa

Home Sweet Home peel-off bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wh

LFL Straight Essentials peel-off bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wo

Home Sweet Home stickers add-on: http://shrsl.com/1u3wu

The Magic of Christmas Stamp and Pattern Paper bundle: http://shrsl.com/1u3wy

The Magic of Christmas Patter Paper pad:  http://shrsl.com/1u3x3

Thank you so much for taking some time with me today to check out the new Love From Lizi kit. I still believe these kits are the most unique card kits on the market today! Please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, share me with all your friends (and enemies!) don’t run with scissors, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit. September 2nd is Love From Lizi’s third birthday, and Lizi treats us to a kit overloaded with extras every September.Screen Shot 2019-08-21 at 8.04.01 PMLizi always packs her monthly kits with an abundance of materials and her September Birthday Kits are just filled with more! Whoever said less is more never saw just how much more is more with Love From Lizi! This is the “Warm Thanks” Card Kit, and if there’s one type of card I can use more than any other, it’s Thank You cards!

I was fascinated with the ephemera frames featuring flowers and geometrics. Let’s play!

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I fiddled around with this concept for a while and tried a few different ink combinations for the brush stroke and sentiment and finally settled on this pairing – The brush stroke is stamped with Mustard Seed Distress ink and the sentiment is embossed using VersaMark ink with the Perfect Plum embossing powder from the kit. I did grab an old David Tutera white shimmer card base for this card, and took care to completely dry the Mustard Seed ink before embossing the sentiment. Of course, I placed the stamps in an appropriate position for this ephemera frame which is mounted to the card front using foam squares. A few of the purple flower sequins add a touch of bling, complimenting the shiny embossing sentiment and shimmer card base. I’ve never seen anything quite like these large ephemera frames – makes for a very sharp fairly simple card.

We do have 11 of those frames in our kit… so I figured this would be a good opportunity to make a couple sets of cards perfect for gifting – especially with the holidays coming..!

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Just by chance, there happened to be 10 different sentiments in my kit – between the included stamps and dies, and the Smudges and Sentiments add-on, and the new Background Builder dies, so I paired all the sentiment up with the brush stroke stamps and the ephemera frames and got 10 different cards. For the die-cut sentiments, I colored white card stock with a dark red Spectrum Noir Marker for a pretty good color match, and shined them up with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen before die-cutting them out. I actually had a great time figuring out which sentiment and brushstroke went with which frame! That makes two nice card sets for gifts this year! Those flowers are beautiful and the frames unique and the sentiments very useful!

So that’s my 10 cards using the LFL September 2019 Super Card Kit! Pretty normal and straight forward and if you believe me, you really should know better! This was simply a detour I took wanting to use those ephemera frames! But there is so much more to play with in this kit! We did get the regular five sheets of card stock, which I (as usual) turned into card bases for this next batch of 10 cards.

You give me watercolor paper and a watercolor dot palette, and I want to color!

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I stamped the berry stamp from the kit six times on the included watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and I used the Windsor & Newton dot palette to color everything – I ONLY used the palette – no extra colors for this painting! Fortunately, The “Thank you” sentiment fit in the center space perfectly, and I printed the “BERRY MUCH” on the panel using my Silhouette software and the Arial font. This is fairly thin watercolor paper, and I didn’t have any problems getting it to go through my Canon Pixma MX922.

I die cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and matted it on a thin white mat and glued those to the Navy card base. IMG_6569I was a little concerned that this might be my only pun with this kit, so I went all out and added “YOU BLUE ME AWAY” on the inside writing surface. Sometimes I just can’t help myself! And I think the inside sentiment is a perfect addition to this fun blueberry thank you card! I do have my painting of this panel shown on my 10C1K video on YouTube for this kit… sped up of course… it took a little less than an hour for me to paint this. I think it’s worth every minute!

But wait… most of the pattern paper in this kit is blended watercolor backgrounds… maybe I can “paint” these stamps using the pattern paper in the kit!

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I was rummaging around in my scrap stash for some kind of frame that might fit this grouping, when I came across a bunch of thin frames die-cut in silver glitter card stock using an Altenew Fine Frames Cover die. I had cut these frames when working on the MMH October 2018 kit (that’s where the silver card stock came from too!) I grabbed my OR3 Spectrum Noir Marker and turned that silver glitter frame into an orange glitter frame. I stamped and white embossed the sentiment directly on the card base, glued the frame and all the die cuts to the front using a combination of liquid glue and foam squares. A few sequins from the Warm Thanks Sequin Mix finishes this card nicely! Not quite as detailed as a painting, but the pattern papers work well for ‘coloring’ the stamps!

I started fiddling with the big batch of ephemera in our kit and made and interesting discovery – there are 30 different ephemera pieces in this package, but, upon closer inspection, there are 15 designs in two sizes – a larger and smaller piece. Aha!!

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If you look closely, you can see that these two ephemera pieces are the same flower arrangements in two sizes. That should make them easy to pair up! I die cut a scrap of watercolor paper with a LFSRD and embossed the sentiment and one of the geometric frames from Lizi’s “Frames” stamp set using the Plum embossing powder. This is also two more of those silver ‘fine frames’ colored with the Dark Red alcohol marker. The frames and the embossed panel are glued to the Burgundy card base and the ephemera pieces are attached with foam squares. Three of the enamel dots from the kit add a little sparkle and this is definitely a very cozy, very “warm” thank you card!

I really liked the vellum sheet with gold foil we got in our kit this month,  and was very intrigued by the fact that is was so dark that you could barely see through it.

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My sheet had two of the berry images that were complete, so I fussy cut one of the clusters to use as the focal image on this card.  On the creamy Yellow card base, I embossed the large brushstroke stamp with the Perfect Plum embossing powder and embossed the sentiment on top of that using Ranger Gold embossing powder. I thought that echoed the foiled vellum piece very nicely. A couple of Gold Glitter peel-off stickers (from the Warm Thanks peel-off bundle) on the two sides and I got another fairly masculine ‘grateful’ card!

I needed a break from the muted, autumnal color palette in this kit so I grabbed one of the brushstroke stamps and satisfied my color compulsions with this card!

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On the White card base, I stamped the brushstroke 12 times using my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and Distress Oxide inks in (left to right) Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, and Seedless Preserves. I die cut the sentiment from thick white card stock three times and glued all the layers together and added that to the card front. I think brush stroke stamps lend themselves to repeated stamping in a variety of colors, and this combo reminds me that YES… it IS still Summer! WOO-HOO!

We received more than 15 feet of satin ribbon (in various colors) in our kit this month, and though I’m not really much of a “ribbons and bows” card maker, I did want to come up with a creative way of using some of that bonanza of ribbons…

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I cut a piece of stiff cardboard to 2″ x 4″ and, using 1/4″ Scor-tape on the back side, attached the five ribbons to the short side and 10 ribbons to the long side. I wove all the ribbons together and (stretching them tight) attached their loose ends to the back. I really like the quilt-y feel that gives us! I’m going to have to go back and look at some of the old ribbons in my stash now! I glued a 3″ piece of the pattern paper to the Burgundy card base, trimmed the edges with White peel-offs colored with my Dark Red Spectrum Noir Marker, and glued the weaving on top with more Scor-tape.

I created this sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die cut out of white card stock 3 times, layered together and topped off with one final die-cut from the pattern paper. I worried that a small delicate sentiment would get lost on the weaving so I went for this bold “thanks” instead. I added some sparkle to that sentiment with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and glued it to the top of this card front. I really, really like this!!

Let’s play with the Alpha Stickers in our kit! I have some dear friends celebrating their 30th anniversary this month so I thought an anniversary card would be appropriate!

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Very sharp and quite classy! First I covered a white card base with the damask pattern paper. I took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ sheet of 40# vellum and, using a small stylus, hand embossed the square on the back of the vellum using the inside of a LFSRD as a stencil. I ran the vellum through my 5″ Xyron Create-a-Sticker and glued that over the pattern paper. I did line up the “C&K” Alpha stickers on the edge of a clear ruler before sticking them down to the card front – those Alpha Stickers are VERY sticky!!  I added a partial frame to the top left and bottom right corners using the Gold Glitter peel offs and reached for my LFL Atta Girl die (February 2019) and die-cut the ‘flourish’ from the top border of my peel-off sheet (so it’d be a perfect match!) and attached that in the center under the initials. Really very nice! I can’t wait to send this card! And I have LOTS more of those initials!

I wanted to play with the “Frames” stamp set and ephemera pieces a little more…

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On the Navy card base we have two layers of pattern papers with thin white mats. Please note these were hand-cut – that’s right – I DIDN’T use my LFSRDies to cut these!! LOL!! I embossed the frame stamp on some white card stock with the Plum embossing powder and ended up fussy cutting that piece – I LIKE that! I paired that up with a matching set of ephemera pieces (with the flowers BEHIND the frame). I white embossed the sentiment on the card front and mounted the ephemera/frame grouping using foam squares. The white sentiment and white mats on the pattern papers compliment the white borders on the ephemera pieces and the fussy cut stamp. Very similar to my ephemera frames card sets, but with quite a bit more color! I love this combo, and it’s good to know I can create more “ephemera frames” using that stamp set and the huge assortment ephemera pieces!

Now I have used the flowers stamp, but I haven’t water colored it yet…

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I die-cut the last of the watercolor paper from our kit with a LFSRD, and stamped the flower and leaves using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I did make a mask for the flower using my Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper so I could stamp the leaves “behind” the flower. I water colored the flower and leaves using only the W&N dot palette from our kit. I did color the flower with the Yellow Ochre to match the soft Yellow card base! I stamped the sentiment using Wilted Violet Distress oxide ink and I embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued the watercolor panel to the Yellow card base, and used the medium Lilac peel-off stickers for the frame around the panel and the thinnest peel-offs for the partial frame on the watercolor panel. Some of the green glitter enamel dots adds a little more sparkle to wrap up this card. I really like how this card turned out! Remember purple and yellow are complimentary colors! Though, you know, I still haven’t quite figured out what kind of flower this is…!

I really didn’t want to finish my 10 cards with out using the New Candystripe rubber background stamp – Lizi’s very first rubber background stamp!

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I fiddled around with that stamp for a while before I realized I could use it to enhance the pattern papers in this kit by embossing the papers with clear embossing powder! That shiny background stripe dictated this whole card. I die cut the pattern paper with a LFSRD and matted that on a thin white mat (I knew I wanted to use another ephemera piece) before gluing those to the last Orange card base. I die-cut the sentiment from two pieces of thick white card stock, glued them together and topped them off with another die-cut from the dark berry and leaf pattern paper. Then I clear embossed the sentiment as well – matching the shine of the stripes! I liked that so much, I fussy cut a lot of the white border away from this ephemera piece and clear embossed that too! MORE shine!

I attached a piece of the mauve ribbon across the bottom of the panel using my 1.5″ Xyron Sticker maker and, instead of adding a bow, added some of the dark enamel dots to the center of that ribbon instead. The sentiment is glued to the card front and the ephemera flowers are mounted with foam squares. I think this shows off that new rubber background stamp nicely without it becoming too much about the stamp! Great shine on this card – and I like that ephemera piece with a smaller white border… I’ll have to remember that one!

That’s my 20 (twenty, count ’em, twenty!) cards created from the Love from Lizi September 2019 Warm Thanks Super Card Kit.

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A really nice variety of cards from this kit – and a nice variety of styles on display here! I think I found a lot of options on how to use this plethora of supplies from this card kit. As usual, I do have a good amount of left-overs to add to my stash this month. I only used 8 sheets of pattern paper, so I have 12 sheets untouched, I only have one ephemera frame left, but lots of ephemera pieces. I did use every sentiment in this set (stamps and dies) and a lot (though not all) of the brushstroke stamps. I did manage to use at least a little bit of everything included in this kit. That feels like quite an accomplishment in itself!

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This kit has sold out (naturally) but a lot of the add-ons and new products are still available. If you do go shopping at Love From Lizi please use the specific links in this post or my general LFL link: http://bit.ly/LFLlink  Your support is greatly treasured and always appreciated.

This marks the beginning of my third year as a LFL Design Team member, and I have to admit that the past couple of years have been a pretty wild ride with one of the most unique card kits on the market. I owe a great big THANK YOU to Lizi, my fellow DT Members and especially to all of YOU – YOU are the reason I do this! Your generous support and encouragement over the last couple of years has kept me inspired and continually searching to come up with unique ways to use these fun kits and hopefully embolden you to think a little bit outside of the box on your own card-making journeys! Please click the FOLLOW link at the top of this post, and remember to follow CardCutups on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Please Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me and share me with all your friends (and your enemies too!) Remember, don’t run with scissors, and as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | My Monthly Hero August 2019

Hello Folks! Scott here with my post featuring the My Monthly Hero August 2019 Kit! This kit is a medieval set featuring Kings and Queens, Maidens and Knights and a fun assortment of fantasy / fairy tale images and dies.

Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 6.37.46 PMOur 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes all these great images and a big assortment of sentiments that you can combine in many different ways. We get 17 matching frame cuts for all the stamp images and a Fancy Castle die too! We also get three Glimmer Ink Pots (Gold, Purple, Red), and a pack of Dragon Scale Sequins along with 2 half-sheets of parchment paper, and 2 half-sheets of that totally groovy Mirri Matte Lava Purple Paper. Almost too pretty to cut! So many treats in our kit this month! Let’s go to the Renaissance Fair!

I did use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth Card Stock for all the stamping and coloring (unless otherwise noted). These are fairly small yet very detailed stamps and I find the tiny brush tips on the Zig markers invaluable for coloring – and they move and blend so easily on Bristol Smooth card stock.

I didn’t stamp and color everything immediately for some reason this month… I wasn’t convinced that I would be die-cutting everything – I thought I’d be doing more direct stamping on card fronts (as in this first card). As usual, I do challenge myself to use all of the stamps in these 10 cards and as many kit supplies as possible, so my mind is racing!

First I noticed the empty banner stamps and that there were only a few sentiments that would fit in the banners – none of the larger font sentiments would fit in those stamps. Then I noticed the vertical banner and realized that there were no vertical sentiments created for that stamp. Ah-hah!

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There ya go!! One of the big sentiments on five banners! Looks like a medieval billboard! After figuring out the distance between the two poles of the banner (1 3/8″), I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the right banner (masking off the left side), moved my card stock over 1 3/8″ and stamped the left banner (masking off the right side). I used my Pigma Micron 01 pen and a ruler to connect the cross pole on the top, then stamped the single banner on a piece of scrap card stock and fussy cut it to use as a stencil to trace the points on the bottom of the banner. Finally, I free-handed the banner ‘attachments’ on the pole across the top. I did use the Gold Glimmer metallic ink to color the banner and finials, and stamped the sentiment and embossed it with some Ranger ultra fine Clear embossing powder. A few dragon sequins at the points for a finishing touch!

I stamped and colored the Knight and his trusty steed – using the gold ink for the tassels and trims. Now I had two nicely colored images on a plain white card front… hmmmm. I scribbled some of my Zig markers on my palette, thinned them down with a lot of water, and lightly painted in some clouds in the sky and some grass to ground our scene. This is the first time I’ve done this and I think it worked quite well. I did add some detail and texture to the ground here and there with a more direct application of the markers.

I die-cut the card front with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, added a mat of dark blue card stock, and glued those to a white card base.IMG_6531 Of course, I thought Hero Arts had given us a very nice joke with the addition of the “Welcome to the middle ages” sentiment, so I took that to heart and stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card. I think both of these sentiments are my favorite in this kit, and they actually make a very nice birthday card for anyone entering those nebulous middle ages…!

I was eager to tackle the dragon stamp in the kit and the Knight with the sword certainly seemed ready for battle. I was also eager to play with the Fancy Castle die…!

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First I used some Holbein Gouache in Permanent White to spatter some stars on a dark blue card panel, I punched a 1″ circle from some light grey card stock for the moon, die cut the Fancy Castle out of some medium grey card stock and sponged the edges with Hero Hues Sea Salt ink. I free-hand cut the darkest grey card for the “rock” border in front, and added detail with the Sea Salt ink and a post-it note mask. I did add a little more “rocks” behind the knight just using the back of the right side of the cut out rocks as a stencil on the castle card stock. I used VersaMark ink and Ranger white embossing powder for the sentiment under the dragon. The castle and moon are glued directly to the blue card panel, and the “rocks” are mounted with foam squares.

I did want to color a red dragon, but was a little unsatisfied with his smooth appearance… Hmmmmm… I drew in the dragon scales and the texture on his belly with my Pigma 01 pen and that made him feel much more dragon-like to me! Much more menacing! The knight and the dragon are mounted with foam squares and the whole panel is glued to a white card base.

Once again this kit provided us with a perfect sentiment for the inside: “thou be-eth on fire” is an obvious compliment to the “you Slay” sentiment.IMG_6533 I stamped the fire sentiment on a piece of the parchment paper included in the kit, stamped and colored the “flame” stamp below the sentiment, and die cut the paper with my LFSRD before mounting it to the inside.

I like that dragon stamp a lot and will remember that it’s very easy to add scales to that stamp. I really like the mostly grey tone to this card with the pop of the red dragon to draw your eye. I think that castle die is a great background die and should prove very useful in oh so many ways. These sentiments are my second favorite pair in our stamp set this month. A cool congrats card!

After I posted my 10C1K video of the MMH July ’19 kit, Libbie Hickson at Hero Arts contacted 81giJGdjsFL._SL1500_me and asked if I would like to try the new Hero Hues reactive ink pads. Well, of course…!  You don’t have to ask me twice! These pads are formulated with both dye and pigment properties and are water reactive and should lend themselves to easy blending. Hero Arts offers some great colors with these new inks: Taffy, Fruit Punch, Creamsicle, Lemon Drop, Key Lime Fizz, Green Apple, Pool Party, Blue Raspberry, Splash, Blue Hawaii, Berry Smoothie, Thistle, Grape Slush, Fog and Sea Salt. I wanted to try doing some background blending with these new inks on this next card.

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I blended this background using Pool Party and Blue Hawaii for the sky and Green Apple for the grass. I did use Bristol Smooth card stock and a Mini ink blending tool for the background and was very pleased with the smooth and very colorful results – goes quite  well with the Zig markers! As you can see, I did die cut this Bristol smooth card stock background with a LFSRD. I just can’t help myself!

I stamped the maidens in a row fairly easily by just masking her left side. I stamped the cabana three times, trimmed off half the curtains on two and all the curtains on the third and glued their tops together to make a great big tent capable of holding all these maidens. The sentiments are stamped on the double banner, and I cut off the flag on the right (and center) tent poles so I could fly the banner from there. A thin strip of wood-grained pattern paper provides a bit of a platform for the tents, and the purple lava card stock is the background inside of the tent. Everything is glued to the inked background, and the knight is mounted with foam squares.

I cut a piece of the purple lava card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ to use as a mat, but I couldn’t bear to waste everything behind the card front, so I die cut the center of that mat away using the same LFSRD that I used to cut the card front. The card front and the mat inlay perfectly and are glued down to a white card base. I’m not quite sure if these maidens are putting on a show, displaying the latest fashions, or simply being offered up to this Knight, but whichever it is, I can’t think of anything much warmer..!

I’ve used six out of the 15 sentiments in this stamp set so far… I’m aching for a pun!

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When I saw our little jester stamp I knew just what I wanted to do with him! I die cut a panel of Bristol card stock with the next smaller LFSRD, and colored that using a Marabu Kiwi Watercolor Crayon and a baby wipe. Then I used my Tim Holtz Shifter Diamonds layering stencil with Hero Hues inks in Green Apple and Grape Slush. Love the two-color pattern you can get with that layering stencil! Perfect for a jester card!

Continuing along with my ultra-anal preservation of that purple lava card stock, I took the piece remaining from the last card and die-cut the center away using the same die I used to cut the pattern panel – perfect inlay again! I glued the frame and panel to a thin orange mat from my stash – I chose orange to finish out the rainbow on this card!

I printed this sentiment using my Silhouette software and the Fraktur BT font on a scrap of Bristol card (colored with the Kiwi) and die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment die.IMG_6537 Of course the pun is on the inside! “It’s just a nice Jester” makes me laugh and is a pretty darn good pun perfect for this kit! The inside sentiment is printed directly on the card base using the same font and software.  Finally, I die-cut the colored jester and mounted him and the sentiment banner to the card front using foam squares. Very colorful and fun card! I think that jester is a fun focal image on the card front. Nice pose!

I colored the king and queen stamps and thought that I would be using them together… but we do have individual sentiments for both seats of power, so…

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I die cut another piece of Bristol card stock with the next smaller LFSRD and used the Hero Hues Fruit Punch, Creamsicle and Lemon Drop inks to blend this background. I did sprinkle a little water on the background and blotted it up to display the water-reactive properties of this new ink. Very nice!

I dry embossed the castle die on a piece of watercolor paper and sketchily colored it with my Zig markers and then sprayed it down with water. I moved the wet ink around a little bit with a brush and let it all dry before completing the die-cutting. I used the same LFSRD to cut the bottom of the watercolor castle panel. I trimmed the “my” from the “you’re my” sentiment and stamped these (3) sentiments on the bottom of the watercolor panel using Onyx Black ink.

I moved to the next smaller LFSRD to cut the center from the remaining Purple lava card stock, and cut a second frame from some scrap white card stock to make this frame a little thicker – the ink blended background and the castle panel make a double thickness.  The double frame and the background are glued to a white card base, and the castle panel is glued at the bottom and foam taped around the castle for a little dimension.IMG_6539 Lastly, the seated monarch is attached to the card front using foam squares.

I die-cut more of the parchment paper for my inside writing surface and stamped “You Rule” at the top. I couldn’t resist a little bit more and printed the “my heart” underneath using the Lucida Blackletter font. “You Rule my heart” seems much more user friendly to me and turns this card into a prefect little Renaissance Valentine!

I love the soft watercolor feel on the castle, and the colorful background using the Hero Hues inks. A non-traditional Valentine for any Queen in your life!

A number of years ago, had the pleasure of directing the opera “Un Giorno di Regno” by Giuseppe Verdi which basically translates into King for a Day – thus this next card:

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Major masculine here!! On a black card base, I took that last piece of purple lava card stock left over from the Queen card (that piece started with the 4″ x 5.25″ piece cut for my first card!) and matted that on a thin white mat and glued it to the card base. I die cut the castle from more black card stock and die-cut the bottom with the same LFSRD and glued that to the purple background. I embossed the sentiment(s) using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder and attached the die-cut King with foam squares.IMG_6541

I did die cut another piece of the parchment paper for the inside writing surface and stamped the “happy day of thy birth” sentiment on that. This would make an equally good Father’s Day card, and I could always add another writing panel on the inside with a different sentiment if needed. Love that purple lava card stock standing in for the sky… and totally love this uber-masculine card!

I like the stylized unicorn stamp and the pose he’s in – one of my favorites in this set! After I colored this stamp I knew I wanted to continue the rainbow theme on this card.

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I dug out this old zig-zag stencil (no idea where it came from) and used some Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco Foil on some black card stock to make the center panel for this card. I glued that foiled piece and two 1/4″ strips of the lava card stock to a thin white mat, then to thicker black mat, and then down to a white card front.

I printed the “Believe in Yourself” sentiment using the Fraktur Bt font and my Silhouette software (remember that software is FREE!!) and die cut it with the LF sentiment die. The  colored and die-cut unicorn and the sentiment banner are attached to the card front with foam squares. I LOVE this card! The zig zags almost feel like lightning and that foil goes so well with the lava card stock and the rainbow unicorn. A terrifically bright and shiny encouragement card!

I also like the archer maiden stamp – another stamp that actually displays some action! I did experiment with making this a single-layer card but the archer on top of the banner got a little too busy, so I went with die cuts for the girl, the arrows and the target.

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I die-cut another panel of Bristol smooth card stock with a LFSRD and used Hero Hues Pool Party and Green Apple inks along with my Cheap-o Blender brushes to blend this light ethereal background. 01a10x14medievalUnicornTapestry_-_Copy_4000x@3x.progressiveI stamped the row of five banners using my stamp platform, and paper pieced them with a little cartoon rendering of one of the unicorn tapestries I found on line. I actually live a few block away from the Cloisters which is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and houses the Unicorn tapestries. I just printed this five times on plain paper, stamped and fussy cut the banner, and glued them on top of the stamped images. I did give them all a little shadow on their left sides with my lightest gray Zig marker. That adds a little dimension!

I printed this sentiment on the card front using my Silhouette software and the Fraktur BT font. I thought this was a fun play on the “practice makes perfect” saying, and totally in tune with this kit. I matted the banner panel to a thin yellow mat and glued those to a white card base. Some of the gold glimmer metallic ink for the finials, a little Zig marker grass and shadow detail, and the die cuts all mounted with foam tape finish out this card.IMG_6547 Looks like this maiden needs a little more practice..!! The arrow in the banner makes me giggle ’cause it actually hit the heart of the unicorn! Paper piecing is also a terrific way to use this banner stamp. So many patterns would work quite well as decorative banners! I did want to finish this card on a positive note, so I printed the “You got this!” sentiment on the inside of the card base. Yet another fun encouragement card!

I thought the “royal greetings” sentiment in our stamp set felt a little stuck-up and the “I thank thee” sentiment sounded like a prayer or a hymn, so I decided to pair the two up and hopefully lessen the awkwardness… I think they work pretty well together!

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Back to the horse-riding knight for this card, with one of them reverse-stamped so they could face each other (that will help with the pun inside..!!) I printed this pattern from my image stash in orange and glued it just above the center of the card base. I did sponge a little Creamsicle ink on the short edges for a little distressing. I added 1/8″ strips of the lava card stock on either side of that pattern, and another to the bottom edge of the card base. I demonstrate my reverse stamping technique in the MMH June 2019 post if you’re interested, and I die cut the reverse pieces using a light table to position the die.
The shields are actually painted with the red and purple glimmer metallic inks – not as much glimmer as the gold but pretty nonetheless! IMG_6549For a finishing touch, I added a Love From Lizi Lilac Mirror Bubble peel-off between the lava strips on the bottom. I also used my last piece of parchment paper to create this pun on the inside writing surface. I printed “joust wanted to say…” on the die-cut parchment paper using the Lucida Blackletter font. This pun makes me wish we had a Knight on a charging horse with a jousting pole… but I guess we need him as a standard bearer. Still, a nice thank you card with a pun!

I only have the Wizard stamp and the “have a Magical day” sentiment stamp left to use.

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I stamped the wizard directly to a die-cut panel of Bristol smooth card stock, and colored him with my Zig markers. I embossed the sentiment using VersaMark ink and SSS Steel Navy embossing powder. I punched a tiny hole at the end of the wizard’s wand and cut a  thin black mat for that panel. I marked the wand hole on the black mat and punched a 1/4″ hole through the mat right behind the wand hole, and glued the two pieces together.

I found this perfect ShutterStock image in my stash, printed it on white card stock, die-cut it with a LFSRD and mounted it to a thin black mat and then down to a white card base. I did the Chibitronic wiring on the pattern paper with the battery in the lower left corner and one of the blue LEDs behind the wand hole. I stamped the “push” stamp from the MFT Interactive Labels stamp using the Blue Reactive ink from the MMH July 2018 kit, and stamped the “… day of thy birth” sentiment on the inside using the same ink. I attached the card front to the background using my EK tools thick foam squares and added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen around the wizard, and a clear gem over the hole at the end of the wand.

 

When I saw this wizard stamp I knew I’d be doing another light-up card with this kit – “luminos!” to quote the Harry Potter gang..! The pattern paper and embossing powder match beautifully, and, though still pretty tiny, I do like this wizard stamp. Whether this is Merlin, or Albus Dumbledore, or Gandalf (the blue?) or some random magician, I think everyone can use a good wizard stamp in their stash! I know I’m glad to have one now! And this sentiment is the perfect compliment!

So that completes my 10 cards using the MMH August 2019 Kit! I ended up die-cutting more images than I thought, and I did manage to use every stamp in this stamp set (if you forgive me not using the “my” from the “you’re my” sentiment stamp)! I used a few sequins and a little bit of all the inks, I used all of the parchment paper and I still have one and a quarter sheets of that Purple Lava card stock left over! Pretty good considering there’s six cards here with some of that shiny card stock. All in all, pretty successful!

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We have a lovely assortment of cards with a few birthday cards, a few encouragement cards, a congrats card, a valentine, a thank you card and even a couple of puns! A very colorful batch of cards that are perhaps more Renaissance Faire than Fairy Tale! I’m sure a lot of these stamps and dies will get a good workout in the years to come!

As of posting, this kit is still available at Hero Arts. If I’ve managed to spark your imagination, and you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my link: http://bit.ly/2sBmuMCHeroArts And for the MMH August ’19 kit: http://shrsl.com/1rv01. Thank you so much! It is always greatly appreciated!

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UnBoxing! Love From Lizi September 2019 SUPER Card Kit.

Hello Folks! Scott here with the New Love From Lizi September 2019 Super Card Kit! Lizi is calling this the Warm Thanks Card Kit and she has a few surprises in store for us!

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Love From Lizi turns 3 this September 2nd, and to celebrate, we get a kit that is over-stuffed with coordinated card stocks, pattern papers, stamps, dies, ephemera, embellishments, and unique items created exclusively for Love From Lizi! Let’s dig in!

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Lizi always includes five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in her kits. This month we get a warm Orange, soft Yellow, super smooth White (alcohol marker-friendly), Navy and Burgundy. We also get a specialty sheet of gold foiled vellum in the same size – foiled berries and leaves on a dark speckled background. Very pretty.

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We are treated to three sheets of clear Alpha stickers in this kit. Lovely large capital letters with different flower accents, and a bunch of ampersands – Lizi says she included all the extra ampersands to assist when making anniversary, or wedding cards when you want to feature the lucky couple’s initials. Really nice stickers! And we also get a 6″ x 8″ sheet of watercolor paper – I believe this may be Tim Holt’s watercolor paper…  Hmmmmmmmm….  does this mean we may be getting some watercolors??

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Plenty of pattern papers this month with 20 single-sided sheets of LFL Warm Thanks 6″ x 6″ pattern papers. Looks like we’re going for a rather distressed vintage feel this month with lots of plum and beige and mauve and pink with touches of orange and browns. These all match the flowers on the Alpha stickers quite nicely. The first five sheets on the top left are also pearlescent specialties and sport a slightly golden sheen! Pretty!

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A BIG 6″ x 8″ stamp set with matching dies is up next in our kit. A large flower bloom, a sprig of berries and two kinds of leaves are paired with some “brush stroke” stamps in assorted shapes and sizes and three “thankful” sentiments to finish it out. AND we get matching dies for all the images in the stamp set including the “brush stroke” stamps. I always love getting matching dies with a stamp set!

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Here’s the sentiment dies! A bonus die set with “Warm Thanks”, “Many Thanks”, and “Just a note” die cuts – though these are in the same font as the sentiment stamps, I don’t believe they are made to die-cut the stamps themselves – they look a bit bigger than the stamps…  And we get yet another new peel-off color this month – Lilac – in the pin-stripe shape featuring three different widths. Lizi’s peel off stickers must be one of her most popular items of all time!  I know I love them!

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The last thing we get to before we open the embellishment bag is a package of “frames” – ephemera frames featuring the flowers from the Alpha stickers again. These are all quite large (Lizi said they wouldn’t fit in the embellishment bag!) and can easily cover the entire front of an A2 card. 11 frame pieces in total featuring a variety of geometric shapes accented with different clusters of flowers. Very unique!

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Finally we get to our embellishment bag! From left to right we have Glitter Dots – self-adhesive enamel dots in five colors with lots of sparkly bits inside, new Love From Lizi embossing powder in Perfect Plum – very, very shiny and it matches the flowers ‘perfectly’! The Warm Thanks sequin mix features gold sequins in a variety of sizes along with a sprinkling of plum sequins. Another NEW item to the LFL kits is this Windsor and Newton Watercolor dot card put together especially for the Warm Thanks Card Kit. WOO-HOO! Watercolor dot cards have been popping up in a lot of card kits recently, and it’s good to see Lizi bringing yet  another brand of watercolors to our craft desks! If that weren’t enough we also get a spool of five 3/8″ satin ribbons – a meter length each in burgundy, yellow, moss green, tan, and mauve. That’s almost 16.5′ of ribbon! Just when you think there can’t be anything else, there’s one more package of…

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Ephemera pieces!! 30 different pieces of ephemera featuring the flowers introduced way back on the sticker sheet. Definitely a bountiful blessing of beautiful blooms to play with!

Of course Lizi has provided for us a great grab bag of add-on products for this kit. Four different card stock packs in matte and mirror, pearlescent, a gold assortment and a pack of acetate as well some groovy floral glitter stickers, paper flowers, burlap flowers, embossing folders, and metal charms. I managed to snag a few extras this month!

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I did get the Warm Thanks Peel-off bundle which includes Gold Glitter pin-stripes, Copper bubble, Purple pin-stripes, and Grass Green sway peel-offs. And I am especially thrilled to get this “Frames” 6″ x 8″ stamp set. Each of those frames are individual stamps – this isn’t just 8 stamps but 19 stamps with two and three different sizes for each frame design! This stamp set seems like an invaluable stash builder, and I can see this set getting a lot of use for years to come! And there’s MORE…

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I got the “Smudges and Sentiments” 4″ x 6″ add-on stamp set featuring three more sentiments – “Thank You”, Just a note” and “With lots of love” and six more “brush stroke” smudges. Another perfect compliment to this kit. I also got two brand new items included in the September release – the Background Builder die set (listed as Set One, so there must be more sets coming!!) This is a collection of 5 stitched shapes and a “Best Wishes” sentiment… you know how much I love my stitched rectangle dies!! And finally, Lizi has produced her first rubber stamp! The LFL Candystripe Background stamp is a 6″ x 6″ rubber stamp that is amazingly versatile and a welcome addition to my sadly thin stash of background rubber stamps! Now that is a kit worth celebrating!!

Lizi’s kits sell out VERY quickly, so if I’ve managed to whet your appetite or spark your imagination, I would suggest heading over to lovefromlizi.com and getting one for yourself! Better yet, become a subscriber and you’ll never have to worry about missing out on one of Lizi’s  unique and overstuffed kits ever again! I know many of Lizi’s subscribers have made more than 50 cards from a single kit…! Sometimes I think they’re in competition with each other!

I am looking forward to digging into these supplies and seeing what this Super Card Kit inspires in me! Keep an eye out for my 10 Cards 1 Kit video coming asap!  Please share this post with any and all interested parties, hurry over and grab your kit before they sell out, and, as always, I wish you Happy Crafting!

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10 Cards 1 Kit | Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  This month’s kit features an assortment of gem images and icons and some unique layered sentiment stamps. And lots of PINK!

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I decided to go ahead and embrace the pink this month and see where this kit inspires me! If you can’t beat ’em… join ’em! And it’s not like I’m allergic to pink or anything!! I do make card bases from all the letter-size card stock included in the kit… let’s use the pink card bases first!

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To begin with, my eye was drawn to our hexagonal sentiment die, which I paired up with the matching sentiment pattern paper and the hexagonal pattern paper. I die-cut the Bronze specialty paper with the hexagonal sentiment die, and stacked that up with 3 die-cuts from white card stock for some added thickness, and matted that on some of the pink specialty card stock. I fussy cut the hexagonal pattern paper following the right side of the darkest hexagons, and die-cut that and the sentiment pattern paper with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I cut a thin mat of white for the sentiment pattern paper and glued those to a pink card base. The hexagon pattern paper is mounted with foam squares, the die cut sentiment stack is glued directly to the card front, and I added a sprinkling of the Silver Lining metallic Nuvo Drops for more shine. I think this pattern paper feels like rising bubbles to me – even though they’re hexagons! Nice and PINK but with a bit of a classic Bronze pop on our sentiment. Love those Nuvo Drops too!

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For some reason I got the idea to do this diamond stamp using the white/gold peel off stickers from the kit. I stamped the diamond using Simon Says Stamps Barely Beige on a scrap of white card stock and used the thinnest peel off stickers right on top of the stamped lines. VERY COOL! Almost like an embossed stamp but smoother and sharper and every bit as dimensional! The diamond stamp was perfect for this – nice and large without too many lines. I did add a touch of shading on this gem with a simple pencil, and added some glitz with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

I stamped the sentiment using Delicata Golden Glitz ink, and was so pleased with that sparkle, that I skipped the layering part for this sentiment. I die cut the white panel with a LFSRD, and cut a reverse mat in the center of the foiled pattern paper cut to 5.5″ x 3.875″ – that saved me a nice solid piece of that pattern paper, while still providing a nice mat for the focal piece. The pattern paper and white panel are glued directly to the pink card base, with a couple more thin peel off stickers on the sides, and a few sequins along the bottom for the finishing touch. That big white diamond balances out the pink nicely!

This is a big SHOUT-OUT to Pat Cyzauskas who reached out and shared some of her Daniel Smith watercolors with me. IMG_6378BUT, she didn’t just give me a DOT card, she sent me a BLOB card!! Oh my heavens, big blobs of colors to play with!  And about 60 different colors! I was in a little bit of watercolor heaven when I received this! SO… I thought I would break into this DS BLOB card and watercolor me some gems with this kit. Of course I had to go do a little research and found this great picture of birthstones featuring all different colorsBirthstone-Options-01_1024x1024 of gems. It’s not just the top cut that makes a gem sparkle, it’s the facets cut into the back of gems that give them their real sparkle and shine.  Maybe I can achieve that effect with watercolors! And look at that Pink Tourmaline!

I stamped the rectangular gem on some watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and decided to color it as an Emerald for this card – after all, pink and green go very well IMG_6458together! I simply laid down a layer of very thin water color (phthalo green) over the whole image and thought about the back of the gem coming to a point at the center – I lightly painted in some lines going from the corners of the flat cut surface to a center point, and then added layer after layer of more watercolor trying to define the facets – I did find that simply creating little triangles of color seemed to suggest facets without getting TOO mathematical about it!! I do use a very small brush, and very little water, and it seems that if you get a nice assortment of light to dark triangles, then the illusion of depth really works!  I fussy cut the gem and added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add some real twinkle to the emerald.

I die-cut the white specialty card stock panel and the marble pattern paper with LFSRDs and stamped the sentiment on the white pearlescent panel using Emerald Green Archival ink for the letters and LFL Emerald City embossing powder for the highlights. I matted the white panel with some green glitter card stock from my stash,  added a thin black mat behind the marble pattern paper, and glued all down to a white card base. Lastly, I mounted the emerald with some foam squares and called it a day! Painting the gems like this may be a little tedious, but I had great fun creating some depth in this emerald with the “facets”. And the pink marble pattern paper goes well with the bright pop of green from the emerald.

I really liked all the dies in our kit this month, and wanted to try to use them all…

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The heart die matched the design of this pattern paper, and that’s what gave me the idea for this card. Red, yes… but no Pink! I die-cut the heart from white card stock five times and glued them all together to make a chunky, chipboard-like embellishment. I embossed the top of the die cut heart using VersaMark ink and the LFL Cherry Red embossing powder. I love that embossing powder so much! I embossed the sentiment on the pattern paper, and using our Nuvo Clear Mark pen, embossed the red stripes on the edges of the 3.75″ wide pattern paper. I did add some Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the pattern paper before stamping the sentiment and adding it to the card front. Everything is glued directly to the Dark Grey card base. I didn’t really like seeing through the heart to the pattern paper behind, so I added some red glitter card stock from my stash to the back of the heart before I glued it to the card front. Shiny and sparkly and NOT pink!!

The “Smile” die-cut is in a really nice font and a useful sentiment, so I grabbed that next!

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The “Smile” on the hexagonal pattern paper with the assorted sentiments actually matches the die so I fussy cut a strip of that pattern paper to capture as many “Smile”s as I could. Let’s get rid of any hexagons that DON’T say “smile”! I die-cut the four center hexagons (no “smile”s in those) with one of the LFL Nesting Hexagon dies (included in the LFL March ’18 kit and still available as an add-on with this kit) and considered making this a shaker card, but realized the spaces between the hexagons were very thin and probably would be difficult to foam tape. I reached for my Adhesive Mirror Hexagons (from the LFL August ’18 kit and an add-on this month) and saw that they fit just inside the die-cut openings. Okay… let’s try something else..!

I die-cut some silver mylar from my stash into four hexagons to cover over the four remaining non-smile sentiments on my pattern paper (also die-cut some of the marble pattern paper to cover the center hexagon). And I die-cut the “Smile” from the same mylar, and added it to a stack of four white die cuts glued together for the chunky sentiment. I cut two 1″ strips of the spatter pattern paper and glued those to the sides of another Dark Grey card base. I attached the hexagon pattern paper with foam squares and glued the mirror tiles directly to the card base inside of the die-cut openings. I glued the stacked “Smile” sentiment to the center, and added some of the medium clear/silver peel off stickers down either side. IMG_6461I’m not a huge fan of simple declarative sentiments, so I decided to add to this card with an additional sentiment on the inside writing surface. I think “It makes people wonder what you’re up to!” is a fun addition to the simple “Smile” sentiment and provides a light-hearted chuckle for the recipient! This sentiment is created using my Silhouette software (it’s FREE!) and printed with the Smoothie Shoppe font. FUN!

I still felt compelled to do a shaker card this month – we did get the perfect frame for one!

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I trimmed off the wider side of the ‘polaroid’ foiled frame to make an even frame all the way around, added an acetate window behind the frame, added a triple layer of foam tape around the edges, filled it with sequins and one of the “You are Loved” die cuts from our kit, and covered the back with a piece of the striped glitter pattern paper. On an Ivory card base, I used some 1/8″ score tape to add our Tonic Copper gilding flakes to the sides and then glued a 4″ panel of pattern paper (cut to expose as many of the “You are Loved” sentiments as possible) directly to the card front, and glued the shaker element on top of that. I die cut three hearts (using the rectangle / heart die in our kit) from a glitter portion of the glitter marble pattern paper and added those below the shaker with spots of foam tape. I really like the repeated sentiments here (seems like a theme is developing!) and I love that the “You are Loved” ephemera piece is free to shake around!

Now, pink and purple are a classic combination as well, so let’s paint an Amethyst!

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I painted this gem using the same technique as the Emerald on Card 3 (using mostly carbazole violet) – LOVE the facets on this – it’s bigger so you have a little more room to add triangles..! I added sparkle pen to the top, fussy cut it out and covered the whole gem with Glossy Accents. I think you would need a BIG dome of glossy accents to really make a difference on this big gem – the shine is nice, but I don’t think waiting for the lacquer to dry is worth the effect.

On an Ivory card base I glued down a 2.25″ strip of the marble pattern paper, to a 2.75″ mat of the foiled circles pattern paper and two 1/4″ strips of the grey specialty card stock to the sides of that. On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the sentiment with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and embossed the layering stamp with LFL Pastel Purple Party embossing powder.  Now I really LIKE this one! I think you have to carefully consider the color combinations you use with these layering stamps – they seem to work best with compatible colors yet strong contrast..! And of course it helps to get the layering matched up perfectly! I die-cut the sentiment with another LFSRD, and used foam squares to attach the sentiment and the gem to the card front. Another sprinkling of our Nuvo Drops on the card front, and for a final touch, I drew two lines down the sides of the card front using a ultra-fine-tip metallic copper/rose Sharpie – that matches the foiling on the pattern paper and adds a nice sparkle as well! I LOVE painting the gems like this!

My new DS BLOB card (thank you, Pat!!) has the color “Opera Pink” – who could resist??

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I think I got a little carried away with this “Pink Tourmaline” heart gem – after I had painted it, I realized that it didn’t really match ANY of the pink in this kit – OOPS! However, even I have some bright pink card stock in my stash! I added some of our patterned washi tape from the kit to the sides of one of our white tags, and matted that tag on some bright pink card stock. I also added a 1/2″ circle punched from the pink specialty card stock to the hole reinforcement at the top of the tag. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on some white card stock using the LFL Neon Grapefruit embossing powder, trimmed that out and added a matching pink mat. The gem and sentiment are attached to the tag with foam squares, and the tag is glued directly to a white card base. I considered using one of the pink glitter bows from the kit on the top of the tag but they didn’t seem to match very well, and I had some of this hot pink ribbon in my stash, so I tied a bow in the ribbon and added that to the top of the tag with some glue dots. Finally I die cut two hearts from my bright pink card stock, added a little sparkle pen to them and glued them to the corners for a final splash of pink! This card takes the pink theme of this kit and punches it up a few notches…! The pinkest I could imagine!

Okay, let’s turn the dial down a lot for this next card. I ran across this sentiment when I was doing research for the LFL June ’19 “Sending Love” Card Kit.

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Wow! I water colored this ‘aquamarine’ gem like all the rest – in cerulean blue. I got a really good match for this lovely sentiment with my printer and the Silhouette software (Stone Sans font) and used a full-card-sized LFSRD to die-cut the card front. I matted a white oval die cut on a Platinum Tiara embossed oval and glued the ovals to the card front before mounting the gem with foam squares. I don’t know whether it’s the welcome break from all the pink in this kit, or this truly lovely sentiment, or just all the white space, but I love this card! A unique sympathy card!

The moment I saw that rectangular die cut with the three hearts, I thought of this card.

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With the hearts stacked on top of each other in this rectangle, my mind immediately went to a traffic light! It’s been a little while since I did an interactive light-up card, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I die-cut the front panel from the vanilla card stock with a LFSRD and die-cut the heart rectangle from some Hero Hues Mustard card stock. There is a layer of white card behind the yellow (so the yellow and green glassine have white behind them) a mat of the grey specialty card and a mat of the bronze specialty card, then the vanilla card front and a thin grey specialty card mat. ALL of those layers have a cut opening behind the top heart, and the red chibitronics light is wired on top of the vanilla card base. I used glassine paper (kite paper) for the ‘lenses’ and actually  doubled up the yellow and red for a little more intense color.

I actually built this whole card with the sentiment “Stop in the name Love” – even taking pics and video of the card – before I realized I was missing “of”! AARRGGHH! LOL!! I corrected the sentiment, trimmed it out and mounted it with foam squares on top of my mistake – – no one will ever know!!  I stamped the “press” using the MFT Interactive Labels stamp set and Onyx black ink over the battery concealed at the bottom right. I then die-cut one more heart from the red kite paper, sent it through my Xyron sticker maker and glued it over the stamp. The whole card front is mounted to the electrified card base with 1/8″ thick foam squares. Voila! A fun interactive card without any pink!

 

 

That’s my ten cards inspired by the Love From Lizi August 2019 “Flawless” Card Kit.  Five stamped gems, four featuring the dies and one shaker card! I did manage to use all the sentiments from the stamp set though I didn’t use all the layering pieces, and I didn’t get to the small star jewel stamp. But I did manage to get in a couple of my own sentiments!

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I have lots of leftovers as usual, though I did use a lot more of the pattern papers than I thought I would. I only have one sheet of pattern paper that I didn’t use at all. I have a quarter-sheet of vanilla card stock left, and some decent pieces of our specialty card stock as well. I did use a little of most of the items in our embellishment bag, with the exception of the button and bows – all the extras and that great jewel stamp set will find loving homes in my stash! Actually, taken as a whole, these cards don’t read terribly pink! I was quite pleased to be able to bring some different colors to these cards and I REALLY got into water coloring those jewel stamps. Overall, a good time was had by ME!

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