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

Hello Folks! Scott here with a fun batch of cards created with the new My Monthly Hero kit for November 2021. It wasn’t surprising that his character-building set sold out so quickly… another unique kit from Hero Arts with real versatility!

This kit is all about the dies this month! We get we a 4″ x 6″ clear stamp set with polka-dot and striped pattern stamps with a bunch of smaller holiday themed sentiments, and 13 Fancy dies to mix and match to create a Santa, a Snowman, an Elf and a Reindeer. To round out this kit we get ten 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets of Snow Card stock (I’ll use those for my card bases!), One 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheet of White Glitter paper, a Sparkle Clear Lacquer pen, a half ounce pot of Puff Embossing powder, and a yard of red and white holiday twine. Everything you need to create adorable handmade tags and/or gift toppers for all of your Christmas gift-giving!

My goal is ten cards… I’m not much of a decorative tag person, so I’ll look at some fun ways to make cards with this kit! A snowman seems like the perfect place to start!

Is this snowman adorable or what!? I do enjoy paper-piecing, and these dies are perfect for that! The head is cut from White card stock, and I cut a smaller oval of black to glue behind that for the eyes. I die-cut the hat from Pitch Black card stock, the hat band from red card stock, and just hand-cut a couple thin White strips for the highlight. I cut away the tag loop on the top of the hat, glued the hat to the top of his head, and added the Holly decoration cut from a blue-green and red card stock.

I die-cut the scarf from some pattern paper, and cut a second one in a different orientation to give the top wrap of the scarf some distinct definition from the tails of the scarf. That works really nice… it also helps that I took a black marker to the cut edges of the scarf. I free-hand cut the carrot and glued that in place and added two pink “eyes” to his cheeks for some blush! White gel pen highlights his eyes, and we have a dapper snowman with a coy little smile!

I die-cut some HA Arctic card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii Reactive ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued that to a Snow card base from the kit, added my snowman with foam tape and embellished the card with some HA Mini Clay Snowflakes. Nothing particularly fancy or labor-intensive, but this is SO CUTE! Surely an indication of the other characters too!

Santa has got to be next on the list!

OH YES! Just as cute as the snowman! Pink head, red hat (and nose)(tag loop trimmed away), white trim and beard, and another smaller black oval glued behind the head for the eyes. I took a Versa-Marker pen and drew in some sketchy swirls in Santa’s beard and the trim on his hat, and used the White Puff embossing powder to add some fun texture. I think that White Puff embossing powder works better when used sparingly instead of trying to use it to coat something completely. Really nice texture from that!

I die-cut the background from Black Tie Glitter card stock from my stash and a frame from the White Glitter card stock in the kit using an old LDRS Fancy Rectangles and Layers die. I stamped the sentiments on a Snow card base using Intense Black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I glued the frame in place and added Santa with some foam tape. A little white gel pen for the highlights in his eyes, and some glitter on his hat using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and Santa is ready to spread some love around! Love the die-cut details on his beard and his mustache!

Let’s tackle the Elf next! He actually has some hair and ears and a collar and a hat!

Head and hair/ears cut from some textured beige card stock, hair/ears cut from textured brown card stock, ears trimmed away and hair glued on the beige piece. Black oval cut for eyes and glued behind the head. Hat and collar cut from plain green and dark green card stock (I trimmed the tag loop away again), and paper-pieced together. Pink nose from the Santa die-cut. I did cut out the jingle bell at the tip of the hat from some silver mylar sheets I had laying around. I glued everything together and added a White gel pen highlight to his eyes, and used some Pebbles Chalk to add a little blush to his cheeks!

I stamped the polka-dot pattern on opposite corners of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of white card stock using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, and die-cut that panel with a LFSRD and added a thin red mat behind that. I glued those to a Snow card base and mounted the elf with foam tape. Those points on his hat and collar were begging for some extra embellishment, so I added silver crystals to all the points. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of White card stock with Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink, embossed that with clear embossing powder, and die-cut it with a HA nesting oval die. I added the sentiment with foam tape and used a few red crystals to pull everything together. Love his pointed ears!

One more character to go… the Reindeer! So clever to have a “muzzle” die to change the whole shape of the head!

Head and ears/antlers cut from plain brown card stock with a smaller black oval glued behind for the eyes (and the tag loop trimmed away). I die-cut the ears from some pink card stock and fussy cut the bottom edges and glued the pink to the center of the ears, and glued the whole piece to the back of the head. The muzzle is cut from textured beige card stock, the nose from red, the scarf from blue-green card stock and the holly cut from plain green and red. Everything is paper-pieced and glued together. I did use the Sparkle Lacquer pen on his nose – lots of sparkle there!

The oval frame is cut from Dark-Brown textured card stock using a HA Oval Woodgrain Frames Infinity die and backed that with more Hero Hues Arctic card stock. I stamped the sentiment on the Snow card base using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I glued my frame flat to the card front and added our reindeer with foam tape. More white gel pen highlights for his eyes and our cute reindeer is complete. I seriously was thinking of this as a portrait of a beloved reindeer, but soon realized that it kind of looks like his head has been mounted on someone’s wall! Truly not intended but it does makes me giggle! A good card for your favorite hunter?

I was seeing so many of the HA designers and followers using felt to make these characters, but I don’t have any felt in my stash. I did remembered that I have some Inkadinkado Flocking Powder in my stash. I bought this stuff on sale a long time ago and never spent any real time figuring out how to work with it. I figured this was as good a chance as any!

I fiddled around with that flocking powder for a while and finally arrived at some really great results. 1. You do want to flock on matching colored card stock. 2. I used Scor-tape as my adhesive – since the powder is SO fine, it will transfer any glue textures or irregularities directly into the flocking. 3. Instead of sprinkling the powder on to the Scor-tape, I dumped out a little powder on some wax paper and pressed (fairly hard) the adhesive into the powder. Once everything was adequately covered, I used a semi-stiff paintbrush to brush the excess away. Santa’s hat is completely flocked and, though you may not be able to see it in the picture, it is really nice and even and I can’t help but touch it! Excellent fuzzy flocking texture…! Now that I know how to use it, I will certainly be using it to add more fun texture to other cards!

This Santa is die-cut and assembled just the same as my first card with the addition of the flocking on the hat. And his nose is not quite so red here…!

I left the tag loop on the hat so this can be removed from the card front and used as an ornament! Once everything was glued together, I took the hat die and partially die-cut the top of the hat on a scrap of white card stock, then matched that up with the back of the hat and traced the rest of Santa’s head to give me a full piece to glue on the back. I fussy-cut the rest of the head, stamped a Merry Christmas on that (wrote in the year) and glued it to the back. Some of the bakers twine make a perfect hanger for your ornament.

I stamped the striped pattern on the center of a Snow card base using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink, and added some large snowflake sequins to the sides of the card front. Finally, I attach the ornament to the card front using ZOTZ removable clear glue dots – they hold the ornament securely, but can be removed quite easily! This is my favorite way to include a decorative ornament along with a lovely card. No tags needed! And I am loving that flocking!

Naturally, I have to try that flocking on the one truly furry character in our kit – the reindeer!

The head die-cut from dark brown card stock and flocked (I didn’t flock where the muzzle would be glued on). Antlers / ears cut from dark brown card stock with scor-tape on the front. I removed the liner paper from the outside of the ears by fussy-cutting the liner away from the antlers and the insides of the ears. I flocked the ears in dark brown, brushed away the excess, removed the liner paper from the center of the ears and flocked those with some pink embossing powder. I cut one more set of antlers from brown card stock and glued those on top of the flocked ears piece, and glued the whole assembly behind the reindeer’s head. I think you can actually SEE the flocking in this picture! Very furry!

I die-cut the muzzle from pain brown card stock and cut the nose from some red card stock and (of course) flocked the nose before gluing it to the muzzle. I die-cut the scarf (twice from more pattern paper (I LOVE that there are Santa’s on his scarf), and glued all the head pieces together. The background is three Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity dies all cut together from some Auburn pearl card stock and glued to a blue-green mat and then down to the Snow card base with a little jaunty angle.

I printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Lucida Bright font, die-cut that with a HA Nesting Oval die, did a little ink blending on the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink, and attached the sentiment and reindeer to the card front with foam tape. A couple of tiny copper gems add a little sparkle to the sentiment. And what about those eyes!? His eyes are the dark brown die-cuts from his head with drawn-in black pupils. I just put a piece of scrap white card stock behind his eye openings, and glued the eyeballs (just the eyeballs) to the white card stock. When dry, you can move the white card stock around behind the eye holes to make your character look in almost any direction! And a dot of white gel pen highlights his eyes and brings this fuzzy fellow right to life!

Wouldn’t you know it… I actually found a little White felt in my stash – crappy acrylic felt, but felt nonetheless!

This one seemed like a no-brainer for me! I glued a piece of my white felt to a piece of white card stock using more Scor-tape, and die-cut the head from the felt. I did add a light touch of pink chalk on his cheeks. I put scor-tape on the front of some Pitch Black card stock and flocked the hat (minus the band) with black. I die-cut the band from a practice piece of red flocking, and cut the white highlights from the white felt and glued those to the hat. I even flocked his carrot nose with orange flocking powder (it came in the set!). For his eyes, I clear embossed some Pitch Black card stock and die-cut his eyes from that – very shiny but still begging for some white gel pen highlights! I cut out a “collar” by hand, and tied a bow tie with some 1/4″ ribbon. I made the cane (about 3/8″ wide x 4.25″ long) with black glitter card stock and the white glitter card stock in the kit for the tips.

On a panel of Hero Hues Nautical card stock, I Deco-Foiled a simple snow stencil using transfer gel, Silver Shattered Glass foil and my laminating machine. I trimmed that panel down to 3.75″ x 5″ and added a Brushed Silver mat before gluing this to a Snow Card base. I printed the sentiment (Lucida Bright font) on a scrap of white card stock and die-cut it with a HA Circle Infinity die. The sentiment, cane and snowman are all attached to the card front with foam tape. I do think I actually like the flocking better than I like the felt! Fun and quite theatrical!!

I did have an interesting idea about maybe using Santa’s beard for something else… how about Mrs. Claus’ hair?

This makes me smile! Their heads are die-cut from that same beige textured card stock (Mrs. Claus is the back (smoother) side) and Pebbles chalk for their blush again. The hat and collar (part of the scarf die) are cut from Red Glitter card stock, and all the white pieces are cut from the card stock-backed white felt. That cheap felt was a little difficult to die-cut, but I love the detail it retained. I trimmed Mrs. Claus’ hair/beard from the smile to the sides for a smooth hairline, and rounded all the points into gentle curls. I colored white eyeballs with alcohol markers, added black pupils and white highlights for their eyes. The holly is accented with red gem berries, and I added some eyelashes and eyebrows to Mrs. Claus with a pencil.

The sentiment is printed on more Arctic card stock die-cut with a LFSRdie and matted on more Red Glitter card stock. That is glued to another Snow card base and the happy couple is mounted with foam tape. More Clay snowflakes add a little more embellishment, and this is a terrific Christmas card for a special loved one! You almost can’t tell that Mrs. Claus’ hair is actually Santa’s beard!

I was eager to try and get a little ethnicity going on at least one card this month. These kids worked perfectly!

Round off the elf’s pointed ears and they’re just normal kids! Very basic paper-piecing here, but I did do some partial die-cutting on the brown hair with the beard die – that works just as good as Mrs’ Claus’ hair! The packages are stamped with the pattern stamps using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and die cut with HA Square Infinity dies. I glued two squares together for each present so I could actually tie the ribbons around them. Sentiments are stamped with Intense Black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder on some old snowflake pattern paper which is die-cut with a LFSRD and glued to a Snow Card base. The kids and the presents are mounted with foam tape, and, since this is about “not peeking” I did do the fancy eyes for both! Darn near adorable!!

The simple fact that the Reindeer ears/antlers die were connected by a band inspired this wacky card from me.

Heaven knows my family is not above donning some silly reindeer antlers over the holidays! This whole character is die-cut from 80# Ninah Solar White card stock and colored with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I partially die-cut the antlers and continued the “band” following the outline of the head. I added some brown baker’s twine for the chin tie and rounded this chap’s ears as well. The reindeer nose makes this fellow super-silly but it kinda grows on you!!

I printed the inside sentient on the last Snow card base, and added a stamped Merry Christmas from the HA Merry Snowman stamp set. I printed the reindeer names on a panel of White card stock, trimmed that to 4″ x 5.25″, ink blended a little Walnut Stain ink around the edges, added a dark brown mat and glued that to my last Snow card base. One more set of fancy eyes and these have small black gems for the pupils – AND a tiny white highlight. I drew in some eyebrows with a pencil and mounted him to the card front with foam tape. Definitely a Bad Dad Joke card!! Love it!!

That wraps up my 10 cards using the My Monthly Hero November 2021 Kit. Already! Boy, that was fast! I think I could keep playing with these character dies all season! It seems like the possibilities are truly endless! I didn’t even get into much ornament or tag making..!

I did manage to use every die in this kit but didn’t use every single sentiment stamp. I used all the Snow card stock, a little of the lacquer pen and White Puff embossing powder and even a small piece of the baker’s twine. All in all, I think I gave this kit a pretty good work-out! Everything is pretty Christmas-y, but I think that’s the point this month!

And yet again, we have a My Monthly Hero Kit that sells out almost instantly! Hero Arts releases the My Monthly Hero Kits on the first Monday of each month, so if you’re hesitant to become a subscriber, at least subscribe to the Hero Arts blog for sneak peeks and that all important Kit Reveal!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2021 Kit. I’m a little late with this post this month… my old Cuttlebug die-cutting machine decided to give up the ghost right in the middle of this kit. I was actually a little surprised how that broken tool seemed to stifle my motivation and creativity this month!

This month’s kit includes Victorian Christmas-inspired imagery in a large 6×8 stamp set and a gorgeous window die that will set the stage for a variety of holiday scenes. I LOVE the Victorian font on those larger sentiments! We get 12 coordinating frame cuts as well as that nifty Window Shop Cover Plate Die. For our extras this month, we get seven 8.5″ x 5.5″ sheets of assorted Holiday Jewel Tone card stock, six 4.25″ x 5.5″ sheets of acetate (biodegradable!) and a half ounce pot of Prisma Glitter. And everything now comes in the new Hero Arts reusable 8″ x 10″ zipper pouch! It’s not Halloween yet, but Christmas has already started!!

The Window Shop Cover Plate Die comes in two pieces – the windows / architectural elements and a 4.25″ x 5.5″ outline die. I’m not sure why I chose to start this way, but I decided to use the light brown card stock for my card base and I cut the window die directly on the front of that colored card base.

I was definitely winging it with this first card…! I took a piece of acetate and glued that to the back of the card front. I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment using HA Intense Black ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I used a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker and white gel pen to add some shadows and highlights to the decorative elements of the die cut. Now I have a window on the front of my card… what to put behind that?

I was particularly intrigued by how nicely the angel tree-topper fit in the center of the arched window frames, so I stamped the Christmas Tree with Intense Black ink on some Neenah Solar White card stock, and colored the tree up using my alcohol markers. I often complain that my Spectrum Noir markers don’t have as fine a point on them as Copic markers do, so I sometimes have a hard time coloring small images – like the ornaments on this tree! I took extra care with this image and was able to color all the tiny bits with no extraneous bleeding. I die cut the tree with the matching die, and cut one more layer from white card stock to glue behind the tree for a little bit of dimension.

Now I had to decide whether to put the tree on the inside of the card base – effectively limiting space to write a message – or figure out a way to attach that tree to the front panel of the card. I cut a piece of Kraft card stock from my stash slightly smaller than the card front, and I glued some simple snowflake pattern paper to the front of that card stock. I did some distress ink blending on the sides of the pattern paper with Pumice Stone ink. I glued my stack of trees to the pattern paper and glued the whole piece to the back of the card front. For a final touch I added some of the Prisma Glitter to the bottom right corners of the windows to suggest a bit of sparkly snow. I guess this is kind of a reverse-engineered shaker card front – there is some nice dimension to the tree but this is certainly much thinner than a standard shaker card! A perfectly framed Christmas tree on prominent display.

I did notice that a lot of our stamp images in this kit were items that you would put on a table – obviously that lovely three-legged table included in the stamp set. But there’s not much room for more than one item on the table at a time.

I stamped three tables, the champagne, fruit bowl and croquembouche (stack of profiteroles) on more Neenah card stock and colored all with my alcohol markers. I die-cut everything with their matching dies and glued the treats on top of the three tables. I did trim away the white border on the treats where they overlapped the tables before gluing them together – I think that makes it look more like one complete stamp instead of two pieces glued together.

I stamped the sentiment on a white card base using Intense black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I added a pre-cut silver glitter frame from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die, and glued the back two tables flat to the card front and mounted the center table with foam tape. Just having three tables feels very abundant to me – not to mention the treats on top! Looks like it’s party time! And I really do love the font used on these bigger sentiments.

And we have a candelabra stamp in our stamp set too… something else to put on a table!

This feels like a vignette from a Liberace Christmas! I ink smooshed this background using Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage Distress oxide inks. When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I cut that panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and added a thin black mat and glued it down to a white card base. I also added some white gel pen to the background for a little more texture.

I stamped these images on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – now those markers have extremely fine points! I glued the candles to the table taking care to fussy cut the white border away from the bottom of the candelabra. The table and the tricycle are glued directly to the card front and the presents are attached with foam tape. Some star shaped sprinkles add more sparkle and I think it’s interesting how well the candelabra and trike go with the sentiment. Love that font!

I’ve used the Shop Window die from the outside looking in… let’s try one from the inside looking out..!

This is the card that killed my Cuttlebug! LOL! I die-cut the window die from some 100# white card stock and trimmed off the top “signage” section and replaced that with plain white card stock on the bottom – you got to have a floor to put the tree on! I trimmed that whole die cut panel down to just smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″. I took a full size piece of blue card stock and did some ink blending from the top down using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii reactive ink, and Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks. When that was dry, I spattered some “stars” using some Permanent White Gouache watercolor paint. I glued the sky and the window together – leaving a thin outline of blue around the die cut – and glued this to a plain white card base.

The tree and hobby horse are stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig watercolor markers. I die cut both with their matching dies, glued the horse to the tree and mounted them both with foam tape. I couldn’t bring myself to clutter the front of this card with a sentiment, so I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the inside. This scene feels classically victorian and is perfectly reinforced with that great sentiment on the inside!

I was so surprised how the death of my Cuttlebug really crushed my creative mojo…! It’s one layer cards for now…

Here’s a big fancy spread in one-layer with almost no masking! I stamped everything on a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and sketched in the surroundings as I went. I sketched out the table before stamping the garland and table legs, and colored everything with my alcohol markers. I was about to try some kind of a wallpaper pattern on the back, when I realized I could use the window die to create our background. I lined up the die and traced the arched openings with a pigma micron pen. I traced over my pencil sketches with the same pen, and added some of the stamp flourishes around the “windows”. I shaded the wall with a light grey alcohol marker, and it kind of feels like some grand rotunda! I filled in a simple wood floor beneath the table and stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual. Very little masking needed on this card – just the ends of the garland and the table legs. The scale here may be a little off… When paired in this arrangement, that’s a very large croquembouche! Big enough to be cream puffs instead of profiteroles!!

And how about something for Halloween?

The candelabra stamp reminded me of the floating candelabra in Disney’s Haunted Mansion – in the middle of a long hallway with no visible means of support. I stamped the th with HA Unicorn White pigment ink on a Hero Hues Pitch Black card base. I lightly sketched a vague representation of a hallway with a white colored pencil, and ink blended the edges with Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink. I don’t think I could draw a convincing “endless hallway” to support the illusion, so I just drew in a pair of disembodied eyes! There’s the creep factor! The sentiment is from the September 2018 Love From Lizi card kit stamped with Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed with off white powder. Finally, I framed the scene with some Black Glitter peel-offs and a couple of spider sequins in the top corners. Halloween is coming!

Still waiting for my new die-cutting machine, so how about a simple gold embossed card!

I stamped the star from the stamp set in a pattern on a piece of the dark green card stock from the kit, and used a VersaMarker pen to add the connecting dots. I first thought of drawing the dots with a gold gel pen, but then realized that the VersaMarker would make everything match perfectly. I stamped the sentiment and covered everything with HA Gold embossing powder. When that was melted I trimmed the panel down to 4″ x 5.25″, glued that to a thin Red mat (from the card stock in our kit) and down to a white card base. A few gold gems from my stash add a little more bling. Clean and simple, yet very effective!

I thought the “Cheers” sentiment and the stack of champagne glasses were a natural pairing just waiting to happen!

I stamped and embossed the sentiment in Gold, then stamped and embossed the glasses in Silver on a white card base and thought that was going to be the whole card, but suddenly, those two stamps seemed awfully lonely on a big card. AND my new Platinum 6 die-cutting machine showed up! I stamped the garland twice on some Bristol Smooth card stock, colored them with my Zig markers and die-cut them with their matching die. I added a touch of color to the champagne with alcohol markers. I stamped and embossed the “Happy Holidays” sentiment in gold and added a thin silver glitter frame (another from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die) to the card front. I glued the garlands flat to the card front and that was just the right pop of color this card was asking for. Cheers indeed!!

Of course I thought the bowls of fruit and the “abundance” sentiment were perfect partners too.

Both the sentiment and fruit are stamped with Intense Black ink and colored with my Zig markers. The sentiment is embossed with some clear embossing powder for some dimension and shine. Maybe it’s the addition of color in this pairing, but I didn’t feel the need to add any more to this card. I matted the panel on some red, orange and purple mats cut from the card stock in the kit, and glued everything down to a White card base. I do tend to gravitate to my Zig real brush markers when trying to color such small images… Very pleased with the coloring on this one!

I had a bunch of the curved window cut-outs sitting on my desk, and I started playing around with them.

Not your standard Christmas card here… but this is quite graphic and I really love the pattern of the window die cuts! I cut four Red and Purple, and three Blue window pieces with 2″ strips of our Jewel Tone card stock. On a white glitter card stock panel, I glued the center blue panel on the top and then used the actual die cut to space the rest of the top row. I did the same with the second row – gluing one pane in place and using the actual die cut to space the rest of the row. I added thin strips of the dark green card stock across the top and bottom and glued the whole panel to a white card base.

I didn’t want to cover up any of this fun pattern with a sentiment, so I reached for an old Lawn Fawn Scripty Word die and cut one layer from the same glitter card stock, three layers from white card stock and two layers from black card stock. I glued those all together with the glitter on top and the black on the bottom and then glued that to the front of the card. I thought about adding a sentiment on the inside, but decided that this didn’t have to be a Christmas card! This would work as a birthday card or a new baby card or a nice upbeat congratulations card!

That covers my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero October 2021 Kit. I really do love the Victorian theming in this kit – the Window Shop Cover Plate die is a delightful stash-builder, and I particularly love the big Holiday sentiments.

I also had a great time figuring out how to make a number of cards that required no die-cutting! Without have to do a lot of masking either! It was quite nice to zen out with some detailed coloring with these cards. Lots of Christmas this month with a little nod to Halloween as well!

I’m not sure how I feel about the new Hero Arts reusable 8″ x 10″ zipper pouches that our kits will now come in. The pouches are great, mind you, but they don’t quite fit in the bin I use to store My Monthly Hero Kits! Argh!!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve sparked some ideas or captured your imagination and you want to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links below! It is always truly appreciated and helps support this channel!

My Monthly Hero October 2021 Kit: http://shrsl.com/37ur6

Hero Arts October Release: http://shrsl.com/37urb

Thank you so much for sharing some of your precious time with me here! I’ve cut back on my crafting a little bit this fall – still trying to get used to all the new brew-ha-ha at work while still managing my own mental health as well! PHEW!! I appreciate your patience and your support even if I’m not posting as often as some..! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your arty friends, Don’t run with scissors… and as always, I send you and yours Love and Light and Happy Crafting!!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post inspired by the My Monthly Hero September 2021 Kit. Here comes the sun… or to be a little more specific, Here comes the sunflowers! This months release celebrates the coming of autumn.

I think this kit is the first of its kind for My Monthly Hero! We get a 4″ x 6″ stamp set with a large cluster of sunflowers and four sunny sentiments. A matching frame cut for those flowers and two Fancy Word Dies – “thanks” and “hello” – both with a shadow die as well. The big kicker this month is the set of Five Layering Stencils that will actually color the whole sunflower stamp. I think this is the first set of Layering Stencils I have in my stash! To assist with our stenciling, we also get a small HA Blending Brush and 4 Ink Cubes (Key Lime Fizz, Butter Bar, Caramel, Root Beer). I’m eager to play with those layering stencils…!

On the backer card in the kit, we fortunately get a stenciling guide to show us the original intent behind these stencils.

Here’s our five stencils and the suggested coloring using the ink cubes included in this kit. There are small registration squares cut in the corners of all the stencils to help line them up correctly. I thought I’d use my HA MISTI to help me line up all the stencils and the stamp – This worked extremely well for me, and I didn’t have to fuss with the registration squares.

I flipped the foam mat of my MISTY around to the black foam side, and tucked Stencil #1 into the bottom right corner. The stamp then virtually snaps into position when placed on top of the stencil (even without the leaves). Keep everything tucked in the corner and pick the stamp up with the lid of your MISTI. Sure enough, the stamp and all the stencils lined up perfectly when tucked into the bottom right corner of the MISTI. I went for broke and stenciled a lot!

(A) This was my first attempt at stenciling and stamping these sunflowers. I stamped the image first for this one using Intense Black ink, and made the rookie mistake of starting to color in my stencils before letting the outline ink dry completely. Everything lines up just perfectly, but the Butter Bar ink got dulled down quite a bit with the outline ink. (maybe my blending brush wasn’t clean?) This kind of feels a little sepia toned to me… I do love how accurately everything lines up – and really quite simple!

This is colored following the suggestions and inks included in this kit –Butter Bar, Caramel, Root Beer, Key Lime Fizz.

I thought I’d try doing all of the stencil layering before stamping the outline on this next attempt.

(B) There we got that Butter Bar layer nice and yellow! This is again stenciled exactly as recommended in the kit but I stamped the outline AFTER I had colored in all the stencils – no chance of picking up the black ink this way! Bright and sunny! I could have gone darker with the Root Beer ink in the center of the flowers, but I really like the vibrancy of this, and you can even see the green details in the centers as well.

(C) The rig is all set up on my MISTI, so lets keep stenciling and stamping and try some different colors! This one is Butter Bar (1) Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink (2) Root Beer (3) Key Lime Fizz (4) and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide for the flower center details and Green Apple Reactive ink for the leaf details (5). I then stamped the outline using the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I stamped that a couple of times and added a light touch of intense black ink to the centers for a little more contrast. I like the Butter Bar and the Wild Honey inks together… feels subtle and fresh!

(D) This one has some great contrast! I stenciled the second stencil to begin with using the Caramel ink (2) then I went on top of that with the first stencil in Butter Bar (1) I used Root Beer for the centers (3) and Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink for the leaves (4) Then I used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink for the center details and Peeled paint for the leaf details (5). The outline is stamped with Intense Black ink. I think this one might be my favorite stenciling!

Of course I have to try some wildly different colors too!

(E) How about some pinks! These are all Distress oxide inks. Tattered Rose (1) Worn Lipstick (2) Abandoned Coral (3) Bundles Sage (4) Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint (5). I stamped the outline using the Aged Mahogany ink and added some black touches to the centers with Intense Black ink. They almost doin’t look like sunflowers at all!

Joel suggested blue flowers with purple leaves…

(F) Very wintry! This one is colored with all Hero Arts inks. Soft Sky (1) Dusty Blue (2) Early Dawn Reactive (3) Thistle Reactive (4) Blue Reactive and Thistle again (5) I didn’t care much for the purple leaves so I took some of the Key Lime Fizz ink and went over the leaves again making that Thistle tone down into a lovely crispy brown. Kind of frozen in its tracks! I stamped the outline with Soft Granite ink (a few times) and added light touches of black in the flower centers. I think this color combo is extremely interesting!

I can’t use the stencils to color ALL my card this month! I stamped a couple of outlines on some alcohol-friendly card stock and some watercolor paper to do some coloring of my own!

(G) This one is colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers – actually only 9 markers. I thought his was fairly easy to color with the markers and I like the bold brightness of the whole composition.

Here’s a shot of the markers I used to color these sunflowers.

(H) And this is my watercolored piece. I did use an assortment of Daniel Smith watercolors from my big stash of watercolor dot cards. I enjoyed watercoloring this quite a bit – put some music on and took my time layering up all the colors. This is so nice, and probably the most realistic rendering of these sunflowers.

I did also stamp the sunflowers using HA Embossing and Watermark ink and embossed that with some Hero Arts Gold embossing powder. White and Gold always go well together, and this stamp actually has enough detail that you don’t even HAVE to color it for an eye-catching focal point.

I made all of these card panels before I even thought about a card! I certainly have lots of options to play with!

I die-cut a piece of textured yellow card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and glued it to the front of a White A2 card base. This is panel (B) die-cut with the matching die and mounted with foam tape. This stamp is quite large – it barely fits on an A2 card base! I die-cut the “thanks” Fancy Word die from some dark brown card stock twice, glued the two die cuts together and glued that to the front of the card. Really pretty thank you card!

Here, I paired up panel (D) (die-cut with the matching die) and some matching pattern paper. The pattern paper is cut at 2.5″ x 5.5″ and glued to the left edge of a White card base. The sunflowers are mounted with foam tape and the sentiment is stamped with Intense Black ink. I think the dots of blue in the pattern paper add a nice compliment and the pattern suggests a field full of sunflowers!

This card uses my first panel (A). After die-cutting the panel, I cut off the right side of the flowers (from leaf to leaf) and turned the cut off portion around to use on the left side of the card base. I ink blended some of the Key Lime Fizz Reactive ink on a white card base in the general shape of my composition. I added the two sunflower pieces with foam tape on the flower edges and glued the straight cut edges flat to the card base. I die-cut the “hello” Fancy Word die four times from white card stock – colored one layer with the Key Lime Fizz ink and glued all four together before adding that to my card front. I think the green actually brightens up this “not quite yellow” sunflower rendition! And this is a fun arrangement of that stamp!

I mentioned how large that sunflower stamp is, but it works wonderfully on a mini slimline card! This is a 3.25″ x 6.25″ card base with a 3″ x 6″ piece of black card stock glued to the front. I cut the sunflowers in half horizontally, and trimmed thin pieces off the sides to make the opposite corners square. The top flowers are the bottom of the stamp and the bottom flowers are the top of the stamp. I glued the embossed flower pieces flat to the card front leaving a little black “mat” showing around the flat edges. I die-cut the “thanks” die from a piece of white card stock and a piece of textured gold card stock and glued them together and then down to the card front. This is actually most of the stamp here – just a small amount of trimming to make the right angles.. There’s a little dimension with the sentiment, but pretty much a flat card. Black White and Gold – a very classy thank you card!

One of the sentiments in this kit gave me the inspiration for this card… makes me giggle!

I fussy cut this flower away from panel (C) – it’s the second flower from top to bottom. I remembered that a nice “southwestern” vista could be die-cut from the Venice Fancy die in the MMH April 2019 Kit – this is the negative of that die-cut using some textured Brown card stock. (same as my original “thanks” on the first card). On a piece of white card stock, I ink blended HA Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks above the die-cut and Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress oxide inks below the die cut.

I trimmed the inked panel to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base. I added lots of glitter to the sunflower with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and mounted that to the card front with foam tape on the top and glue on the bottom. I added the die cut vista with foam tape, stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Frayed Burlap ink, die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Many Everyday Messages die, and glued that flat to the card front.

The birds were stamped with Frayed Burlap ink using a stamp from the same Venice kit, and I couldn’t resist adding a “do do do do” to the inside of the card… you know… Here comes the sun, do do do do… Here comes the sun.. just a little something to make you sing!

Okay… that one made me laugh… let’s see what we can do with the oddly colored sunflowers… Valentines Day..?

I die-cut panel (E) with the matching die and cut it right down the middle – top to bottom – leaf to leaf! I cut a piece of HA Peony card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued that to a White card base. The sentiment (from the MMH January 2020 Kit) using Aged Mahogany Distress oxide ink (same as the flower outlines) and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I glued the flowers flat to the card front on the straight edges and added foam tape behind the flowers for a little dimension. A few pink gems add some extra sparkle, and this is another fun arrangement of this stamp! This would be a terrific valentine for anyone addicted to pink!

And those blue flowers still make me think of winter and the cold season we are heading into.

These flowers seem frozen in time! HA Arctic card stock cut to 4″ x 5.5″ and glued to a White card base. Then there is an old piece of snowflake pattern paper cut with a LFSRD and printed with a perfect little sentiment using my Silhouette Software and the Rockwell and Times New Roman fonts, and then glued to the top of the Arctic. The sunflowers have just a little bit trimmed off the bottom and mounted at a jaunty angle with foam tape. Very pretty encouragement card!

I still have more sunflowers to use… ma be we can actually fill up a whole card front with flowers..!?

Almost! Just enough room for a sentiment! This is the leftovers from panel (C) in the background, and the alcohol marker panel (G). Both die cut and arranged on a White card base. Panel (C) is glued flat and panel (G) is mounted with foam tape. I think that gives us some really interesting dimension to this “bundle” of flowers! Sentiment stamped in the bottom corner with Intense Black ink and embossed with some Clear embossing powder, and a couple of thin glitter peel-off stickers underneath to highlight the sentiment.

Now all I have left is one sentiment stamp from our stamp set and my watercolored sunflowers…

I decided to treat this panel as a piece of fine art..!! I watercolored a background around the flowers and trimmed that panel to just a hair over 4″ x 5.25″ (so it would hide behind this thin Golden glitter frame – and still leaves us with a tiny black mat around the whole panel. The frame was cut with an Altenew Fine Frames Cover die from some glittery gold card stock. I’m very pleased with this watercolor piece and actually considered adding my signature to the bottom…!

I did add the last sentiment stamp to the inside of this card – I just couldn’t bring myself to add anything on the front of the card! This will be used for a very special Thank you!

I got so carried away with the stenciling and stamping that I almost forgot that you can use the stamp directly on a card!

On a Kraft card base, I stamped the bottom of the sunflowers in the top left and bottom right corners using Embossing and Watermark ink and HA Gold embossing powder. I stamped the top of the sunflower stamp in the top right and bottom left corners and gold embossed them as well. That almost fills the whole card up right there! I die-cut the “hello” shadow three times from matching Kraft card stock and glued those together. Then I die-cut the “hello” die from some smooth gold card stock and glued that to the shadow layer and then flat to the card front.

This quote actually inspired this card! I printed this on a white card panel using my Silhouette Software and the Rockwell font, and glued that to the inside of my card. I love the literal and suggestive meaning that this gives to our card! Yes… we are all same on the inside!

And that wraps up my 10 Cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero September 2021 Kit. Sunflowers galore…!

I managed to use all the stamps in our stamp set (not too hard!) and I think this might be the first 10 Cards 1 Kit post I’ve ever done that actually features the same image on all 10 cards! Viewed all together, these don’t all look exactly the same at all, and there’s is a good amount of variety on display. Those layering stencils work SO WELL and should be in the stash of every card maker who likes sunflowers but doesn’t like to color them!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I hope I’ve managed to catch your eye or spark your imagination and you’d like to grab one for yourself! This kit is a greater than normal value this month with all the stencils and ink cubes and blending brush, and if you like sunflowers, then this set should be in your stash! Please use my links if you do go shopping at Hero Arts! It is always terrifically appreciated and helps maintain this website throughout the year!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 Cards 1 Kit post featuring the Love From Lizi September 2021 Card Kit!

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY, LOVE FROM LIZI! Yes, LFL turns five this month! Normally, our September kits would be a SUPER CARD KIT to celebrate, but, due to some manufacturing and shipping hold-ups, Lizi is saving the birthday SUPER CARD KIT for October! To tide us over, our kit this month features the Santoro (of London) Gorjuss Girls. I’ve seen some Gorjuss Girl products over the years, and they seem to be something of a big deal, with limited editions and the like. Needless to say, I was almost overcome with girls this month!

I did begin by making six card bases from the colored card stock in the kit. And there’s a sheet of decoupage in this kit, featuring two different Gorjuss Girls, and I do love the European version of decoupage where you stack the layers instead of gluing everything flat… this one is fairly small and a bit fussy… but came out so well…

I do believe it is rare to find a sheet of die-cuts that is PERFECTLY cut… especially when cutting detailed images in small sizes… the margin for error is just SO thin. These die-cuts were just a tiny bit off, but no more than one would expect.

I rounded the corners of the Pink card base with a 1/2″ corner chomper and ink blended Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink around the edges. I glued the oval layer B1 flat to the card front. I always take the time to trim away any “flashing” on the die-cut pieces (where the pieces are attached to the sheet, a little bump protrudes when popped out). I also fussy-cut all the edges of the over-cut pieces – the die-cutting will simplify the cut around her hair, and include some of the background within the cut, as well as any cuts that are just slightly off.

When everything is cut to the outlines, I color the white edges of the decoupage pieces with a Memento dual marker. That will make everything look like it is perfectly cut out. I only used the Girl piece of B2 (not the oval) to start layering up our decoupage using the foam tape in the kit. Her purse is the fifth layer of the decoupage (B6 on the sheet) and she looks terrific! Although she is a little pigeon-toed!

I printed this sentiment on a piece of the Watermelon Girl pattern paper using the Noteworthy font, die cut it with an old banner die, and inked the edges with more Worn Lipstick ink. I mounted the sentiment banner with foam tape (conveniently covering over the SANTORO logo), added a few pink gems and two of the pressed paper flowers for a final touch of decoration and sparkle. If you take your time with these, they are truly kind of amazing to behold!

Looks like I may be doing a lot of fussy-cutting with this kit… what else do you do with the two large girl pattern papers?

This is the girl from the large Heart Girl striped pattern paper – fussy-cut and the edges colored black. I die cut the large doily die from the neutral pattern paper and glued that to the right side of a White card base and trimmed off the excess. I rounded the two right corners with 1/2″ corner chomper. I added the Heart Girl with foam tape, tucked the gold foil sentiment tag under her arm and added gold mini-heart peel offs to the two left corners. Lovely! And heartfelt!!

The sheet with the six die-cut Gorjuss Girls has borders around the girls. I just have to fussy-cut the borders away…!

I ran a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the aubergine vellum through a Zyron sticker maker and glued that to the front of the Ivory card base. I cut some 40# vellum with the third smallest doily die and glued that to the card front with a line of double-sided adhesive down the center. I fussy cut the Star Girl, blackened the edges and glued her to the center of the vellum with foam tape. The stars were on the same page as the girls – I popped them out, trimmed their borders away, and inked their edges as well and added them to the card with more foam tape. I trimmed the sentiment banner down to be a little shorter and foam taped that below her feet. I did add some glitter to the die-cut stars with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I think this is the plainest Gorjuss Girl in the kit… certainly the easiest to fussy-cut!

I really liked the Blue and Aubergine vellum sheets in our kit this month… Let’s use that blue one now..!

I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the blue vellum, die-cut a circle in the center with a nesting circle die, ran that through the Zyron and glued it to the Lemon Yellow card base. I die-cut the blue girl with a doily die – it actually defines the bottom of her dress – and foam taped her in the center opening. Again, I trimmed down the sentiment banner and added it with more foam tape. Gold sequins and some blue crystal stars add a lot more bling and a yellow gem from the kit highlights the center of her bow. A really nice complimentary / encouragement card for your favorite Gorjuss Girl!

Now it’s time to tackle that stamp. I didn’t realize it when unboxing, but that girl cling stamp is almost 6″ tall!

Slimline card to the rescue! 3.5″ x 8.5″ is plenty of room for that Bee Girl! I stamped her and the flower on some Stonehenge White card stock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I tell you, that Stonehenge card stock loves colored pencils – I didn’t use any Gamsol or other blending solution… this is just colored pencils. I fussy cut her out (beware those antennae!)(and the flower!), colored the edges of the card stock with a Memento Tuxedo Black marker, and added some black and white gel pen to her eyes for a little shine.

I printed this sentiment directly on the White card base using my Silhouette software and the Phosphate font. If you don’t give me some bee puns I’ll make my own! I die-cut the gold hexagons using the 2 smallest hexagon dies from the LFL March 2018 card kit, and glued those flat to the card front. I added the girl with foam tape (careful with those antennae!) and added more yellow gems for sparkle. I did add some Stardust Glitter Gel pen to the curly-que’s on her wings so they catch the light quite nicely. I don’t think my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers would get into some of the tiny spaces on this stamp and I”m very pleased with the results I got using colored pencils… This is a much brighter rendering than the suggested coloring on the back of the stamp. Really nice slimline birthday card!

This card is simply inspired by this fun sentiment! After all, a little party never hurt anybody!

This Party Girl is from the six die-cut girl sheet, fussy-cut and edged in black. I even fussy-cut the sentiment down – getting rid of the balloon and keeping the matching hat. The three-scallop tag with purple stripes had a Girl in the center, so I cut that oval out and glued the tag to the matching tag that had no image in the center. I added a thin purple mat behind the sentiment, and wrapped a short piece of purple ribbon through the hole in the tag(s).

I die-cut the pattern paper with a nesting scallop die and added a very thin purple mat behind that, and glued those flat to the other Ivory card base. I glued the tag(s) flat to the background and added our Party Girl and sentiment with foam tape. More of the Mini Gold Heart peel offs on the corners finishes this card off. I did add a Happy Birthday stamp on the inside of the card just for those who need an excuse to party! Love the diamonds/stripes and the matching party hats!

I was loathe to tackle the other decoupage image because I didn’t want to fussy-cut those antennae, so I compromised.

I assembled this decoupage straight from the sheet – I did trim away the “flashing’ spots, but assembled the Bee Girl with no extra fussy-cutting. This looks perfectly fine, but the dimension feels a little “blurry” to me… you can see the extra background to the right of her skirt, left of her legs, bottom of her wings, and, of course, around the antennae. I glued a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the flowery pattern paper to the other Pink card base, and assembled the decoupage with foam tape behind the oval.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of the background paper using the Phosphate font, die cut it with my old banner die, and attached that with more foam tape. More Mini Gold Heart peel offs compliment the gold foiling on the oval, and two more of the pressed paper flowers adorn the top corners. Almost identical to my first card, but I do think it’s interesting to see how much difference there in in the two styles of decoupage. Makes the tedious fussy-cutting worth it!

We did a slimline card, how about a mini slimline card! There are a couple images of two Gorjuss Girls together…

This is a 3″ x 6″ mini slimline card. I cut another piece of the blue vellum to 2.75″ x 5.75″, ran that through the Zyron sticker maker and glued that to the White card base. I fussy-cut the girls and colored the edges with black marker, and attached them to the card front with foam tape. I added a very thin mat behind the gold-foil sentiment and used foam tape to attach that to the card front. I added a bunch of the Mini Gold Heart peel offs to fill in the background, and that gives us a terribly sweet mini slimline thank you card! Just for your BFF!!

I was desperate to make a card that DIDN’T have a Gorjuss Girl on it, but it appears my choices were pretty limited…

I think this will do fine! Not my favorite cupcake stamp, but it’s not bad! I stamped the cupcake in a pattern on the Lemon Yellow card base using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. I took another three-scallop tag and added a purple mat behind that and glued it flat to the card base. I took the back of the oval I cut out of the purple stripe tag and ink blended that with Fossilized Amber and glued it over the girl in the center of the yellow stripe tag. I embellished the top of the tag with a double bow of thin purple ribbon.

I added more of the purple behind the die-cut cupcake strip and glued those down to the left. I added a purple mat behind the sentiment tag and attached those with foam tape. I stamped the cupcake on a scrap of White card stock using Hero Hues Thistle reactive ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I added a little more color to the cupcake with my alcohol markers, fussy-cut the cupcake leaving a thin white border, and attached that to the center with some foam tape. A perfect card to go along with a Thank You Cupcake! Still pretty sweet, but no Girls!

I was determined to find another way to use that big Bumblebee Girl stamp, and this is what I was able to come up with.

I stamped just her head and shoulders on some of Lizi’s alcohol-friendly White card stock using an Intensified Black ink cube – you can control where you stamp using a smaller cube – I just didn’t stamp the antennae. I completed the missing hair and head band lines with a Pigma Micron pen and colored her with my Alcohol markers. I’m slowly getting better with my hair coloring, and it was great fun to give her a little ethnicity too! I just ignored the top of the wing lines figuring her hair should mostly cover those up. I fussy cut her and colored the edges of the card stock with black marker.

These are the markers I used to color this girl. There should be a BG10 in that stack too…!

I glued her bottom edge to a 2.5″ x 3.25″ square of the neutral pattern paper and gave her some dimension with foam tape behind her head. I added a thin mat of Auburn Pearl card stock from my stash to finish our centerpiece.

I die-cut more of the flowery pattern paper with a Spellbinders deckle edge die and matted that to a 3.125″ x 4″ square of the same pearl card stock. I die cut the last quarter of pink card stock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die, inked the edges with Worn Lipstick and glued that to an Auburn Pearl card base.

Everything is glued flat to the card front except for the girl/pattern paper/mat layer mounted with foam tape. I die-cut this sentiment using the Miss You die from the LFL June 2020 Card kit. I die-cut that twice from thick black card stock and glued the pieces together and then down to the card front. I did add more black and white gel pen for some shine in her eyes, and might have gotten a little over-eager with the white, but that just seems to add to her forlorn expression. A really sweet Miss You card and I didn’t have to color the entire stamp!

That’s about all the cute little girls I can handle this month! They make for some really cute very feminine cards…

I think I used just about every version of the Gorjuss Girls included in this kit, and only duplicated the Bumble bee Girl once. I did manage to get a few simple puns in this month, and we have a very useful assortment of cards. A few thank you cards, a couple of birthday cards, some complimentary and encouragement cards, a Valentine and a miss you card!

I have tons of supplies left over from this kit. I used a little something from all but two of the die-cut sheets, I have six untouched pattern papers, I didn’t get to the alpha stickers (I tried!) but I used most of our embellishments. This kit sold out very quickly this month… I told you those Gorjuss Girls are popular!

This also marks my fourth year being on the Love From Lizi Design Team. I do feel that it is time to step back and give someone else the opportunity to work with Lizi. My real job is kind of kicking my butt with all the new protocols and procedures we must follow, and I can certainly use a bit of a break. Lizi asked if I would be available to be a guest designer on occasion and I naturally agreed… You won’t be rid of me entirely! I have had so much fun with all the Love From Lizi kits and I have to compliment Lizi for always challenging me and keeping me on my toes!

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UNBOXING! Love From Lizi • September 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here UnBoxing the Love From Lizi September 2021 “Bumbly Birthdays” Card Kit!

This September is Love From Lizi’s FIFTH Birthday, and Lizi usually celebrates it with a Super Card Kit jam-packed with all sorts of unique and exclusive products, but due to that damned Delta variant, supply chains have broken down in Great Britain and Lizi just couldn’t get all her supplies together for the Super Card Kit – but don’t worry, We’ll celebrate LFL’s birthday with the October Super Card Kit.

To tide us over, Lizi has assembled this Santoro (of London) Gorjuss Girl kit for us this month! These little girls are extremely popular and have been around for quite a while – even provoking some competition among crafters who collect every single stamp in this line! I’ve never had one in my stash, so it will be fun to see what the fuss is about!

As usual, we start with five sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Lemon Yellow, Ivory, Pink (just for me!) and two sheets of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol marker-friendly White. I’ll usually save the White for alcohol coloring, and I do use these card stocks to make card bases. Sometimes the color of a card base will inspire a whole card!

Now we get to the GRAND assortment of pattern papers, die-cuts, decoupage, and ephemera sheets filling this kit. These are all A4 sized sheets – 8-1/4″ x 11-3/4″ – a little different than letter size.

Almost every sheet has some sort of Gold foiling highlighting the patterns. Birthdays here we come!

Gold foiled Gorjuss Girls!

Here’s some plain, subtle background card stock – no foiling on these!

Tone-on-tone “a gorjuss gift for you” and fruit candies.

More plain background card stock with large, full-color Gorjuss Girls already colored!

Two sheets of thick vellum with gold foil stars and beautiful colors…

And die-cut sheets galore!! Paper bows in assorted sizes and a decoupage sheet with two different girls…!

Die-cut panels, tags, labels, and lots of Gorjuss Girls with plenty of Gold foil.

More die-cuts with lots of sentiment banners, tags and labels with six gorjuss ephemera girls!

Die-cut tags and flags and strips for every orientation and lots of foil on those full page strips!

Two sheets of Alpha stickers… not too large… (no foil)

And one final sheet of pattern paper with nice-sized Gorjuss Girls scattered about. Goodness! That’s 23 pages of pattern paper, die cuts, vellum, Alpha stickers, bows and decoupage. An embarrassment of riches!!

Our peel offs this month are Gold Mirror Mini Hearts – perfect match for all the gold foiling. And our stamp set is this “Bee-Loved” cling (red rubber) stamp set. I do love the full-color images of the stamps on their backs. These will cling to an acrylic block or any stamping platform you may have. Red rubber always gives me terrific results when I stamp!

Our embellishments this month include two sheets of small, thin foam squares in White AND Black, The Bumbly Birthdays sequin mix with assorted sizes of Gold, Black, Silver and White sequins, eight embossed paper flowers with gem centers, a large pack of tiny self-adhesive gems – I love embellishing a card with tiny gems! We also get 10 brads in assorted colors (for assembling those paper bows?) and our dies this month are this set of four nesting Doily dies – kind of a compliment to the nesting Scallop dies in last month’s kit.

Thats everything in the LFL September 2021 Card Kit – Of course, I did get the add-on peel off bundles…

The pin stripe bundle has Gold Mirror, Mauve Mirror, Ocean Blue, and Clear/Gold, and the Variety peel off bundle has Apricot/Gold Sway peel offs, Mauve Moondust Straight, Mint Moondust pin stripe, and Clear Iridescent Mini Hearts. Gotta love those peel offs!

That wraps it up for this month, I’m looking forward to digging in and coloring one of those Gorjuss Girls stamps! If this captures your imagination and you’d like to grab a kit for yourself, please use my links when you go shopping with Lizi – there are bunches of extras and add-ons (including more Gorjuss Girls) complimenting this kit as well! These kits usually sell out quickly so grab one while you can! Thank you!

Love From Lizi September 2021 Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/34voz

Love From Lizi September 2021 Add-ons and new release: https://shrsl.com/34vp4

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10 Cards 1 Kit • My Monthly Hero • August 2021

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards 1 kit post using the My Monthly Hero August 2021 kit.

We are treated to a terrifically unique kit this month all about celebrating friendship and human connections, kindness, and the colors that make our world go ’round! Our 4″ x 6″ stamp set features 10 sentiments and a simple solid heart, the coordinating dies cut a large chubby LOVE and include two hands making a heart. We get a  5.25″ x 6.5″ Sun Flare Stencil, a 5.4″ Square Cling Stamp of intersecting circles, and 3 Liquid Watercolors (Pink, Indigo, Dandelion). Finally, to make sure we have something to use those Liquid Watercolors on, we get six 8.5 x 5.5″ sheets of watercolor paper. This whole set seems very unique to me, and these are the first Liquid Watercolors to grace my stash.

Fortunately, the reverse side of our backer card has a terrific mixing guide that shows us how to achieve almost any color with the three Liquid Watercolors included in this kit. Very handy!

I wondered if we were suppose to watercolor skin tones this month, but it turns out Hero Arts released a new pack of Hero Hues card stock along with this kit called Colors of Earth. I did not get any of those colors but I do have an old Core-dinations Tim Holtz Craft-Core Nostalgic Collection cardstock pad that should work well to give me a nice range of skin tones.

I grabbed the Heart Hands die to begin with – it’s not often we get a set of mirror-image dies, so I am itching to use these!

I die-cut the hands from a medium tone of that Tim Holz card stock, and added a little bit of shading with some Brown Grey Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. That adds a lot of shape and dimension to those hands with very little effort! A tiny touch of HA Unicorn White ink lightens up the fingernails just enough to add a bit more realism to those dies. I stamped the sentiment on a White A2 card base using HA Intense Black ink and Fruit Punch Reactive ink, and embossed that with some clear embossing powder.

I took a scrap of watercolor paper from my stash and painted some of the Pink Liquid Watercolor on that before trimming it down to fit behind the hands. Once it was trimmed to shape I could add another layer of the Liquid Watercolor around the edges. I’m getting the feeling that these watercolors like to be thinned down a bit and applied in multiple layers – full-strength is a little harder to blend and avoid harsh edges.. I glued the hands to the watercolor paper and added that to the card front using foam tape. A few tiny heart shaped pieces of glitter from my stash for a touch of sparkle, and we have a simple, straight forward card that really showcases the Heart Hands dies!

Naturally, I started fiddling around with different ways to use those hand dies, and found that this works really well!

This is a “four-hand seat carry” arrangement using four colors of the Tim Holz card stock. All are shaded with various Brown Grey alcohol markers, and I extended the arms on all – the dies don’t actually cut the end of the arm so you can make them as long as you like! I stamped the sentiment using Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I glued the four arms to the White card base and added some thin foam tape behind the wrists and knuckles for some dimension. This is a perfect sentiment for this “display of strength” card!

I’m ready to take a look at our Sun Flare stencil and see how I can use it along with the Heart Hands dies.

I do like to add some tacky adhesive to the back of stencils – there is the fairly new iCraft Pixi Spray Stencil adhesive that I haven’t tried yet, so I tend to use Zig 2 Way Glue on the back of my stencils. Make sure the stencil is very clean and then cover the back with the 2 Way glue, let it dry, and it’s a great stencil adhesive! I laid the stencil on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, masked off three side swooshes on the right and left, and ink blended this rainbow using Hero Hues Blue Hawaii, Green Apple, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks. Somehow I never use as much ink as I should when ink-blending large areas like this – that would help alleviate some of the unevenness, but I’m pretty happy with this texture.

I die-cut and shaded another set of hands, and cut a piece of Purple Lava card stock (from the MMH August 2019 Kit) to fit behind the opening. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Hues Grape Slush reactive ink and clear embossed that before gluing the hand assemblage to the card front. That panel is glued to a thin dark purple mat and then down to a White card base. The purple heart helps complete the rainbow and and I really like this Thank You sentiment!

Time to tackle that intersecting circle cling stamp and break into all the bottles of Liquid Watercolor. Here goes…!

I stamped the cling stamp on some of the watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and embossed that with some White embossing powder – that should help keep my watercolors corralled in their sections! My first impression of these watercolors was right… I got much better results with my blending using thinned down watercolors and adding multiple layers. I knew I was going to add the earth to this card, so I didn’t bother to color more than the very tips of the center intersections. Very pleased with the results! I trimmed the watercolored panel to 4″ x 5.5″, added a thin black mat and glued those down to another White card base.

The earth is the Hero Arts From the Vault Earth wood-block stamp inked with Intense Black ink on some Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with the Liquid Watercolors. The earth is die-cut with a HA Nesting circle die, and I cut a piece of white fun-foam to glue behind the earth for some dimension. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink, clear embossed it, and die-cut it with a Deckle Edge die in my stash. I glued the earth to the center and added the sentiment with foam tape, and lastly added a bit of a halo around the earth with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. Those Liquid Watercolors are quite intense, and I did use the mixing guide to achieve the green and orange. Love this so much!

I decided to break out my old airbrush to see how well those Liquid Watercolors would work. Very well it seems!

I placed the stencil on some Neenah Solar White card stock and air-brushed the three colors through the Sun Flare Stencil – the airbrush and watercolors created the orange and green hues all on their own, and gave me this very interesting texture as well! I die-cut the heart with a HA Nesting Heart die, attached that to a square of Black Tie glitter card stock with some foam tape, and then down to a White card base. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment using Intense Black ink (the “LOVE” is from the “I LOVE YOU” sentiment stamp – just masking off the “I” and the “YOU” before inking the stamp).

This felt a little too plan to me so I carefully traced the left edges of the stencil using a Sakura Clear Gelly Roll Stardust pen. That was the added touch this card needed – just a little more sparkle to add to the glitter card stock. Of course I airbrushed a couple more panels with the stencil before putting my airbrush away. Stay tuned…!

Since the “SENDING” stamp seemed to be here to go along with the “LOVE” dies, I need to find another use for the die-cut letters… trust me… I did consider making an “EVOLVE” card that used those dies!!

I die- cut the “LOVE” die from the Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock set and die-cut all those letters from white card stock a dozen more times to make each letter 4 layers thick. A little fussy, but I love the dimension! I stamped the sentiment on the middle of a White card base using Hero Hues Taffy Reactive ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder. I glued the letters in place and added a couple red heart brads from my stash (prongs removed) for a little more dimension and shine. I love that gradient card stock and the bold graphics. That’s a pretty big “LOVE” die!

There might be another way to use the intersecting circles cling stamp without having to color the whole thing.

On more of the watercolor paper from the kit I stamped just the center of the cling stamp by using a HA Intensified Black ink cube. That allowed me much more control over where I added ink, and if I inked beyond the points I could just wipe the extra ink away. I did add clear embossing to all the stamping. I used the Liquid Watercolors and mixing guide to color the “flowers” (there’s a nice purple!) and fussy-cut the flowers out instead of trying to color in a background. I glued those to a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Black Tie glitter card stock and glued those to a White card base. I stamped the sentiment with more Intense Black ink on a scrap of White card stock and die-cut that with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I mounted the sentiment with foam tape and added some glitter to the centers of the flowers with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. Love that sentiment and love those flowers created with the cling stamp. Color ME happy!

I mentioned that I airbrushed a couple more panels with the Liquid Watercolors. Time to put those to use!

I was starting to lose the stick on the back of my stencil as I was airbrushing these panels, (check the red portion of the airbrushed heart) so I took some Love From Lizi Straight White peel off stickers to trace the white lines of the stencil. The peel offs curve just enough to follow these lines, and they also add a great bit of shine to the background. I die-cut the colored panel with a LFSRdie, glued that to a Black Tie glitter mat and then down to a White card base.

I stamped the sentiment on more of the Purple Lava card stock with VersaMark ink and embossed that with white embossing powder. I wasn’t too sure how the Lava card stock would take to stamping, but it held up just fine!! I die-cut the sentiment with a HA Tag Frame infinity die, mounted that to the card front with foam tape, and added some purple glitter enamel dots from my stash. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this sentiment, but I do think this is very vibrant!

And I have one more airbrushed panel to use… lets pair that up with some of the Heart Hand dies!

I stamped the sentiment using Intense black in and clear embossed it before I used more peel offs to reinforce the white lines of the stencil – trimming them around the sentiment. I glued the whole panel to a White card base and added three sets of the heart hand die-cuts in different colors. I like that the sentiment is not simply referring to the skin tones but to the whole rainbow spectrum with that stenciled and airbrushed background.

One more sentiment in this stamp set. I seriously considered making a light-up card but thought of something different.

Though this card appears fairly simple, it was a bit of a bear to lay out. I made a gate-fold card base (scoring both sides at 2 1/8″, and ink blended this sunburst (my own stencil) on the front using Lemon Drop Reactive ink. I picked a HA Nesting Heart die closest to the size of the Hand Heart and die-cut that through the gate-fold sides. I stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual and added the die-cut hands over the heart opening.

I added a piece of yellow card stock covered with some glitter from a sparkle pen to the inside of the card and outlined that with my Sakura Stardust pen. I don’t make very many gate-fold cards, but I thought this sentiment lent itself to an image that actually “shines through” the card front. Again, this was pretty fiddly, but I think it was worth it to make a sweet gate-fold card.

That’s my 10 cards this month folks! When I first got this kit, I wondered how in the world will I make 10 different cards from this kit, but once I realized there were ten sentiments in the stamp set, I was inspired to bring them all to life.

This is certainly a colorful batch of cards from a truly unique kit. I love the heart hand dies a lot (did you notice?) and the Liquid Watercolors are highly pigmented and quite fun to play with. I admit that I had a blast using my airbrush with those watercolors and can easily see me using that combination in the future.

I was so focused on using all the sentiments in the stamp set that I seem to have forgotten the heart stamp! I didn’t even notice that until I started writing this. Oh, well, I ALMOST used all the stamps in this stamp set! I do think this month’s kit is filled with items that will get a lot of use in the future. Leave it to Hero Arts to surprise us with a kit that really encourages us to think outside of the same ol’ card kit box.

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the Love From Lizi “Bold and Beautiful” Stamp Kit for August 2021.

This kit was a little slow going for me to begin with, but things ramped up before too long! I did get the Colored Card Stock Bundle add-on this month, so I used those to make most of my card bases this month.

Fairly straight forward here…! I couldn’t resist this cut-apart panel. If you look closely at the striped pattern paper behind the cut-apart, you’ll see that I rearranged the stripes to match the colors of the text in proper order. That was fun! I matted the cut-apart panel and the pattern paper with thin white mats and glued them together. I used the kit stencil and Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink on the front of a Yellow card base, glued the panels on top, and added a few Black Mini Star peel offs for a touch of shine. I love this sentiment!

And look…! There’s a few butterflies in this kit too! You know how much I love me some butterflies…!

On the Sky Blue card base, I stenciled the Swirly add-on stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink. The butterfly panel is another cut-apart. Using my craft knife, I fussy cut the butterfly wings but not the body, and glued that panel to a Black Tie Glitter card stock mat. The glitter shows nicely under the wings. I glued that to a piece of the water color specialty card stock and matted that on more Glitter black card stock and glued all to the card base. The sentiment is a sticker mounted with foam tape, there are pieces of foam tape under the wings to keep them elevated, and some of the gems from our embellishment bag ad more texture and sparkle. Good things do indeed take time!!!

This one seemed like a no-brainer to me… I mean, with a sentiment and pattern paper like this, it feels kind of expected!

The star pattern paper is cut to 4″ x 5.25″, and I sprayed that (along with the Navy card base) with Sheer Shimmer spray. I stamped the sentiment on some 40# vellum using VersaMark ink and embossed it with some White embossing powder. I die-cut the sentiment (and a second layer of vellum) with a Scalloped Square Layering die and glued those both together using a Xyron Sticker maker. Then I ran the doubled-up vellum through the sticker maker again, and glued it to the front of the card. Some star gems from the embellishment bag add texture and even more sparkle! Lovely!

A couple months ago I made my first Mini Slimline card where the card base was 3″ x 6″. Then I start seeing a bunch of other Mini Slimline tutorials and they seem to all be on 3.25″ x 6.25″ card bases… Okay… I’m flexible!

I like this 3.25″ x 6.25″ Mini Slimline card quite a bit! Pattern paper cut to 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ wrapped with two pieces of ribbon and glued to a White card base. This heart sticker is foam taped on top of the ribbon, and the airplane wood-veneer die-cut is glued flat to the card base. The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of White card stock using VersaFine Onyx black ink, and die cut with a stitched circle die from my stash that was the closest in size to the stamp. The Scalloped Circle dies in the kit just weren’t the right size for this. I added the die-cut sentiment with foam tape and we have a very illustrative Mini Slimline card!

I created an make-your-own envelope for my 3′ x 6″ Mini Slimline card and found the need to adjust the envelope for this larger version, so here’s the new dimensions and scoring instructions to make an envelope for a 3.25″ x 6.25″ version. This larger envelope can be made with an 8″ x 8″ piece of paper – score one side at 2 1/4″ and 5 3/4″ and score the other side at 1/2″ and 7″. Cut away the four corners and assemble an envelope that fits 3.25″ x 6.25″ Mini Slimline cards.

Personally, I think I like the 3×6 version better – but a lot of the commercial dies and tools for Mini Slimline cards are geared towards the larger cards. I do find it more confusing to score a 6.5″ x 6.25″ piece of card stock for a card base than it is to score a 6″ x 6″ piece of card stock for the smaller version… Personal preference I presume, but I do like this card!

Aside from the butterflies, we do have some pattern paper featuring some cute patterned birds.

The yellow patterned paper is cut to 4″ x 5.25″ and glued to a White card base. I die-cut the birdie circle and the scalloped circle mat from the same pattern paper – front and back – the leaf at the tail of the pink bird is added to cover a missing piece from the fussy-cut yellow bird mounted with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment using Peacock Feathers ink and embossed that with some clear embossing powder. I fussy-cut the two turquoise birds and added them with more foam tape. A few of the round gems for extra sparkle, and we have a nice ornithological group for this great family sentiment.

There was one more 3″ x 4″ cut-apart panel I was itching to use – I think I called it out in my unboxing!

This cut-apart panel had the tiny “hello” in the center of the heart. Again, both the cut-apart panel and the water color specialty card stock matted on thin Glitter black mats and glued to the Orange card base. Some ribbon glued along the top and bottom for extra texture and shine along with a few sequins from the sequin mix. Once this was all together, I suddenly didn’t care for the minuscule “hello” in the center of the heart so I opted for a big “HI” using the alpha dies from the LFL August 2020 kit. The “HI” is die-cut three times from white card stock and once from the black glitter, the layers all glued together and glued to the heart – I did have a little bit of the “o” from “hello” showing, so a light touch of a white gel pen camouflaged that. I like that big HI much better!

It seems I’ve avoided the more obvious multi-media aspects of this kit so far – Time to throw caution to the wind!

Big multi-media bang for your buck here. I actually tore the star pattern paper and glued it on top of the pattern paper that features all the torn stripes. That panel is cut to 3.75″ x 5″, and some of the dark blue ribbon is added to the left side. That piece is glued to a thin white mat, and then down to the other Orange card base. I neutralized the sticky back of the sentiment sticker and mounted that with foam tape. The chevrons are the gold picture corners with their backs removed, the gold star is the wood-veneer die cut with it’s hole filled in with a bamboo skewer and embossed (many times) with Love From Lizi Golden Crown embossing powder. More of the star gems from the kit and a few larger (and smaller) stars from my stash add more dimension and glitz. Now we’re playing with multi-media fire!

I posted this on FaceBook last week – the sunburst stencil from our kit colored with yellow, orange and red inks for a multi-color effect, and the open flower die from the LFL July 2021 kit fits perfectly!

This one REALLY POPS! I die-cut all those multi-colored sunbursts with the flower die. I have to admit I love those flowers!!! And more multi-media! On the second Sky Blue card base I stamped both wreaths in an overlapping pattern on the top and bottom of the card base using Hero Arts Green Apple Reactive ink. The dark blue pattern paper is cut about 2″ wide, glued to the card base and trimmed with more of the dark blue ribbon.

A piece of the red card stock from the add-on bundle is cut to fit the back of the polaroid frame and the sunburst stencil is used to cover the red with some Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. Another blue-green scallop circle from the birdie pattern paper is glued to the center of the red, and the flowers are mounted with more foam tape. Of course I added some Enamel Glitter dots from past Lizi kits to the centers and lightly curved the petals to give the flowers a little dimension.

The banners up left are from the other cut-apart sheet, glued at the top and foam taped on their bottoms, and I added the wood-veneer arrow after embossing the front with White embossing powder. The Gold frame is glued to the card front and the sentiment sticker is glued to the bottom of that. Almost a perfect fit! A few gold sequins wraps up another fun multi-media card!

A little more traditional now but with a little touch of multi-media just to remind me where I am! And a bit of a pun!

I gained so much hutzpah tearing my star pattern paper, that I thought I could tear the “daisies in a vase” panel as well! On the Yellow card base I added a 3.25″ piece of the orange-y pattern paper and trimmed that with the yellow ribbon. I added a 2.75″ piece of the daisy pattern paper to the top of that. I added my torn daisy vase to the left with foam tape, and the daisy sticker on the right. I printed this pun-y sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using the Dream State font, trimmed it down, and mounted that with foam tape as well.

I embossed the happy face wood-veneer die-cut with some Yellow Prisma embossing powder, backed that with some black glitter scraps, and glued that to the base of the vase. Finally, I added the “spread sunshine” sticker with foam tape and a sprinkling of gems for some surprise glamour! Still very multi-media and a terrifically fun sentiment!

Last chance for another multi-media card. I guess I’m determined to use every last piece of that star pattern paper!

I also had those little foliage stamps to use, so I created a little corner embellishment using all the small stamps and embossed that pattern on the top right and bottom left corners of the Navy card base using LFL Golden Crown embossing powder. Torn star pattern paper goes from top left to bottom right, and I distressed the edges of this 3″ x 4″ cut-apart panel with the blade of my scissors before gluing that to the card front. The big heart stickers are mounted with more foam tape as well as the (reduced) sentiment sticker. A few more gold heart stickers and some Black Mini Star peel offs finish this card with more shine – the three sizes of peel off hearts fit those three printed black stars almost perfectly! Multi-media can be fun!

That’s my 10 cards using the Love From Lizi August 2021 Kit. I missed the opportunity to color something this month but am very pleased with the collection of cards I was able to assemble. A fun assortment of cards in a fairly unique color palette – lots of friendship cards, encouragement cards, love and appreciation cards. And those cool striped flowers!!

I did use some of everything in this kit – I don’t think I missed an item or a sheet! And I used every stamp in this stamp set except for the “sister” sentiment… I just couldn’t…!

This kit sold out very quickly this month – as most of the Love From Lizi kits do… Lizi generally does her kit reveals on the 19th of the month prior, so if you like what you see and want to get in on the fun, look for future kits dropping on the 19th of every month. Or just jump in with the rest of us and subscribe!

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UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • August 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with the NEW Love From Lizi August 2021 Card Kit. “Bold And Beautiful” is the theme this month, and we are treated to a deluge of bold colors, patterns, and all sorts of goodness!

Circles seems to be a running theme here, with some watercolors and a little multi-media thrown in for good measure.

Though we usually get 5 sheets of colored card stock (8.5″ x11″) in our LFL kits, this month we get five sheets of Lizi’s super-smooth alcohol-friendly card stock. Chances are I will file these away to save for alcohol marker coloring, and substitute some plain White card stock from my stash. We have these three (7 7/8″ x 5 3/4″) sheets of a lovely watercolor pattern that I’m calling our Specialty Card stock for this kit. There’s a bit of a light finish on these cards as well!

Though this kit arrives in a normal A4 box/envelope, we do get a couple of 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets with this kit!

Our first cut-apart has a collection of long (perfect for scrapbooking) patterned strips, an assortment of tags, there’s even a ruler there with a bunch of tickets, sentiments and feathers. The back of that sheet (cut between the strips and the tags) is this fun purple-y (is that Mauve??) flower pattern – great color!!

The second cut-apart sheet features these 3′ x 4″ panels (cut right down the center) with some fun sentiments, there are butterflies, journaling cards, and a patterned hand. The back of this sheet is a more muted double-grid pattern in a soft blue and green palette.

And we get a 12″ x 12″ sheet of stickers too! All sorts of sentiments from big to small, along with a few flowers and labels, medallions and hearts. These stickers are made from some nice, thick, sturdy card stock as well.

Of course we get some pattern paper too! 12 sheets of double-sided 6″x8″ pattern paper with fairly bold patterns on the front (left) and more subtle patterning on their backs. Two sheets sport 3″x4″ cut-apart as well – that’s 20 total panels!

Our kit peel offs are Black Mini Stars – perfect for mail-friendly embellishments! The Bold and Beautiful stamp set is basically a sentiment stamp set with a couple of wreaths and extra foliage – to add to, or create your own wreaths. And we get a new stencil this month featuring starbursts and patterned circles… we seem to have a motif starting here…!

I think we can see why this kit features so many circular items… we get a set of six Nesting Scallop-edged circle dies! That’s a great stash builder! Our embellishment bag includes five meter-long 1/8″ satin ribbons in Peach, White, Navy, Wine Red, and Golden Yellow, a sheet of thin circular foam dots, two Gold Mirror polaroid frames, six golden adhesive photo corners, 40 adhesive crystal stars and 60 Champagne crystals, our Bold and Beautiful Sequin mix sampler with about every color you can imagine, and five wood-veneer die cuts – a star, a smiley face, a plane, arrow, and hot air balloon. Lots of embellishment to add color, shine and sparkle to our cards!

I did get a few of the add-ons this month…

The Bold And Beautiful Variety peel off pack includes Brown Mirror Straight, Copper Mirror Straight, Rose Gold Mirror Pin-stripe, and Ruby Red mirror Pin-stripe sheets, and the Bold And Beautiful Pin Stripe peel off pack includes sheets of Blue, Ocean Blue, Black and Soft Peach Pin-stripe peel offs. Just about all the colors in the kit are covered here!

I’m thrilled to get the 2 x Stencil Pack add-on this month – formal circles and artistic circles…! The swirly stencil could easily become flower blooms I believe! More of that circle motif here!

Since we only got white card stock this month, Lizi put together the Bold And Beautiful Colored Card Stock Bundle for those of us looking for a little more color this month. I’m sure Lizi knows that I like to make my card bases from the colored card stock in our kits, so she included this with my shipment!

That’s everything I received with the Love From Lizi August 2021 Bold And Beautiful Card Kit. This kit is now available at Love From Lizi, and subscribers have through Sunday, July 25th to add extra items to their kits with no extra shipping! If this collection catches your eye and gives you some bold and beautiful crafty ideas, and you must get a kit for yourself, please use my links! They help support this channel and it is always deeply appreciated!

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards created using the My Monthly Hero July 2021 kit. This month, we’ll travel to a magical woodland forest, full of mushrooms, ferns, and fairy doors that are sure to put a smile on your face.

Our 6×8 Clear Stamp Set includes a couple of fairies and a few gnomes along with two dwellings, a bunch of assorted flowers and greenery, and some pun-y sentiments. We get 18 Coordinating Frame Cuts for every single little gnome, fairy and flower. Our extras this month include three ink cubes (Green Hills, Soft Purple, Pale Tomato), exclusively designed mushroom washi tape, and a mix of stardust sequins. I believe these are the very first gnomes in my stash!

For some reason, I automatically started thinking about masking stamps to create some scenes… I didn’t just stamp everything and color it and cut it out… not sure what made me think in this direction, but, as a result, I have quite a number of (mostly) single-layer cards this month!

There’s a few puns in our sentiments this month, so that’s where I started! On some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock I stamped the stone steps and the house with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I masked them off (inkadinkado mask paper) then stamped the stump and fairies. I did a little stamp surgery on the fairies, and removed their sparkles before I stamped them. I was very careful and should be able to add their sparkles back whenever I want. I colored all with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, stamped the sentiment with the same ink and die-cut that panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die. This qualifies as a one-layer card!

These fairies are pretty tiny… not to mention some of the leaves! I think Copic markers must have a finer point on their brush tip than Spectrum Noir markers do. I find it a little nerve-wracking trying to keep my coloring constrained within the lines on small stamps. Some of the extra detail on the orange fairy was due to some alcohol marker mishaps..! I did add a blush of blue around the scene using a Pebbles chalk palette. That makes it quite easy to get a very light hint of sky around our house without it becoming distracting. I matted my colored panel to a green mat and glued those to a White card base. I added some of the stardust sequins and colored our fairies wings with a Gelly Roll Stardust glitter gel pen. Nice and sparkly without having to stamp any sparkles! The stone steps look perfectly useful too!

We have that “thank you very mush” sentiment in our stamp set (why it doesn’t say “thank you fairy mush” I’ll never know?!) and I decided “very mush” must mean a whole bunch of mushrooms…!

Remembering my stress with the alcohol markers, I stamped these mushrooms on Bristol Smooth card stock with Onyx Black ink. I masked off the door and window on the stamp, inked it up, removed the mask, and stamped a plain mushroom. I cut a mushroom mask and masked off the stamped mushroom to allow me to stamp the additional ‘shrooms. I did move them around a bit so they weren’t in a perfectly spaced straight line – I think that helps them look more unique! I colored these with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and realized that without the door and window, these would have been fairly easy to color with my Spectrum Noir markers… ce la vie!

I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder, and die cut the panel with a LFSRdie. I matted that on a thin purple and then a thin green mat, and glued those to my white card front. I added a bit of texture to the mushroom stems (and hid some mistakes) with a white gel pen. I decided I really liked the watercolor look that the Zig markers gave me – these mushrooms really pop in person! Another one-layer card!

Since that coloring expedition went so well, I thought I would channel my inner Sandy Allnock and try my hand at coloring a whole background with my Spectrum Noir markers. Trust me, I don’t do this very often..!

I stamped the gnome and stones first, masked off the left side of the gnome and stamped the mushroom. Then I colored everything with my alcohol markers. I worked from light to dark on the background, and tried to create a little clearing in the glen for our gnome home. Because I do this so rarely, it did take me while to complete, but I’m very happy with the results! Here’ a shot of the colors I used on this piece.

Not a terrifically extensive bunch of colors! I should probably practice my alcohol marker background skills more! I die-cut the scene with a LFSRdie, matted that to a thin black mat and glued them down to a white card base. The stamp set gave us the sentiment option of “there’s no place like” “home” or “gnome” so I just cut out the “no”, added the “gnome” and used both nouns in one sentiment (or an adjective and and noun if you reference the pun)! I stamped the new sentiment line by line with VersaMark ink and embossed this with White embossing powder. Perfect! Of course I added white gel pen for some small details and I think Sandy would be proud of me! Yet another one-layer card for this month!!

The little gnome napping in a hammock is one of my favorite stand alone stamps in this kit. I couldn’t help but think that his hammock seemed like a pea pod strung up between the flowers… so I added some peas!

I stamped this on Bristol smooth card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and drew in some peas on the ground with a black Pigma Micron pen. I wanted to include them with the die-cut so I placed them close to the stems. I colored all with my Zig Watercolor markers, and did a partial die-cut on the top 2/3 of the stamp, then used my mat knife to finish the cut around the peas. Looks like it was meant to be just like this!

I found this old Julie Balzar TCW Mini Swirly Garden stencil in my stash and though it would work nicely with this kit. I used HA Key lime Fizz Reactive ink on some white card stock to stencil this background, keeping it a bit lighter in the center. I printed this sentiment on the stenciled piece using my Silhouette software and the Times New Roman and Dream State font… a great pun and a sweet “I miss you” card! I die-cut the background with a LFSRdie, matted that to a thin green mat and glued that to a white card base. I attached my die-cut over the sentiment with some foam tape for a little dimension. I pulled a thin thread of green twine from a strand of white/green bakers twine, added some glue to it and wound it around a toothpick to dry. It was fairly easy to slip off and add to the peas… another allusion to this hammock being a pea pod! I think it’s perfectly obvious! The stencil worked great, and I get a kick out of those peas!

Mini-slimline card time! This actually started out as a “miss you” card but then I noticed a different sentiment…

This little gnome holding a flower and sitting on a toadstool seems so forlorn that I thought an “I’m sorry” sentiment was the perfect way to go! I found that sentiment on the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages stamp set – where I usually go for the “miss you” sentiment. I stamped the gnome on Bristol Smooth card stock with Onyx Black ink, colored him with my Zig watercolor markers and die-cut him with the coordinating die. This card base is 3″ x 6″, so I cut a piece of purple card stock to 2.5″ x 5.5″ and stenciled the Swirly Garden using a fairly light layer of HA Unicorn White pigment ink. I matted that on a red scallop mat I cut with my Tonic Scallop Square Layering Basics die set.

The sentiment is stamped on a scrap of white card stock using HA Grape Slush Reactive ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I die-cut the stamped sentiment with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner die, trimmed the ends and added it to the card front with foam tape. I love this little card and this little gnome and this little sentiment. I think one could be forgiven for most anything with a card like this!

I seem to have forgotten all about the flower and foliage stamps in this kit – and there’s still an unused sentiment too!

I thought this stamp was the best flower in our set – must be that curly-cue! On a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock, I stamped the center flower with Onyx Black ink and stamped the repeating flowers using the Green Hills stamp cube included in our kit. It’s so easy to stamp patterns like this with a Hero Arts MISTI Stamping tool. I colored the center flower with alcohol markers, stamped and embossed the sentiment as usual, die cut that panel with a LFSRdie, matted that to more purple card stock and glued those to a white card base. Simple, elegant, and another one-layer card!

Let’s go all out with the flowers and foliage stamps! There’s actually nine of those in this stamp set. Can I use them all?

Yes, I can, but the gnomes and fairies get left behind! I took a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and ink blended the edges with Key Lime Fizz ink and stamped all the flowers and greenery with VersaFine ink – I did stamp the fiddle ferns in the Green Hills ink. I colored all with my alcohol markers, trimmed that panel to 4″ x 5.25″, added a thin black mat and glued those to a White card base. I die-cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks sentiment four times from plain green card stock and once from the pearlescent green. I stacked and glued all the layers together for a nice chunky sentiment, and glued that to the card front. I added all these green petal-like shapes (and some sequins) in the open spaces – the petal shapes are all the cut-outs from the thanks die! No gnomes or fairies but a lovely thank you card!

I had a wild idea to see if I could possibly make that tree-home stamp into a multi-story unit. One thing led to another…

A little urban development going on here! I think it’s kind of amazing how different the two tree-homes look! Everything is stamped on Bristol Smooth card stock with VersaFine ink, colored with Zig watercolor markers, and cut out with their coordinating dies. I created the multi-story house by masking off the leaves and just stamping the trunk, then sliding my card stock down a little more than an inch, and masking off the trunk to stamp the leaves. Then I just used a ruler and a Pigma Micron pen to attach the top to the bottom. I drew in three more windows, and used partial die-cutting to cut the top and bottom separately and connected the cuts on the sides. Very effective, and really pretty easy!

The background is a panel of White card stock ink blended with HA Lemon Drop reactive ink and the sentiment is printed just like the gnomies card. Two layers of plain green card stock die-cut with a stitched hillside and a grassy border die are glued to the background. There is a touch of ink blending on the bottom of the green pieces using the Green Hills ink. Everything is mounted to the card front with glue and strategically placed pieces of foam tape. If you look closely at the center gnome, you can see that I “paper-pieced” his tunic and hat using the mushroom washi tape. Okay, so that was incredibly fussy, but I wanted to use that washi tape somehow! Now this is certainly not a one-layer card, but probably more indicative of how most people will use this kit. I do love this little scene and sentiment!

I had some extra fronds left over from that last card and I started playing around with them, and the fiddle fern stamp…

A wild valentine card featuring another gnome pun! I die-cut (no stamping!) the shorter fern from 4 colors of green card stock and arrangement them into this fanciful plant shape – I did add quick “veins” with a white gel pen. I stamped and die-cut one fiddle fern normally, and reverse-stamped (and die-cut) a second one using the Green Hills ink. Together they make a perfect heart and an exotic center to our fern.

I printed the sentiment (like the others) on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of white card stock and glued that to a Pink card base. I die-cut a pink heart using a HA Infinity Nesting Heart die, arranged our plant on top of that, and glued them to the card front. I did add foam tape under the tips of the ferns, and behind the top of the fiddle ferns. Our Gnome is stamped, colored and die-cut like the rest, and mounted with some foam tape. More stardust sequins around the edges of the fern and a few pink sequins give this “love you” card some nice sparkle – I love that fiddle fern heart! And a perfect pun!

I can’t resist the urge to make a Christmas card with a non-holiday kit whenever I get the chance. Another pun too!

This one truly makes me giggle! If you don’t count the decorations, this is a one-layer card too! I cut a quick hillside mask from a scrap of white card stock, placed that on the bottom third of a Bristol Smooth card stock panel, laid the Swirly Garden stencil on top and lightly blended Splash reactive ink through that for our wintry sky. I took the negative of my cut hillside, masked off the sky, and blended the edge of the hillside. I printed the sentiment on the inked panel using my Silhouette software and the same fonts (I thought those matched the style of this kit quite nicely). Then I stamped everything with VersaMark ink. The star stamp is from the MMH October 2018 kit and I stamped that before stamping the fairy on the left. I positioned her to look like she was holding the star, inked the stamp, wiped away the flower in her hands, and stamped her down. Then it was easy to extend her arms with a Pigma pen.

I purposefully kept the ink blending on the background as light as possible thinking my Zig watercolor markers would color over the top of that ink with no problem.That worked quite well! I colored the “roof” more like a pine tree than a deciduous tree, but kept the rest of the coloring pretty straight forward. These fairies are back to normal with their sparkles intact after removing them on the first card. That their sparkles have stars, is perfect for the task at hand! I did add some white gel pen “snow” at the foot of the tree. I die cut the colored panel with a LFSRdie, mounted that to a mat of Hero Hues Mist card stock and down to a White card base. Some silver Nuvo Drops and a few green gems decorate the roof, and a crystal gem lights the center of the star. The dots of fairy sparkle are colored with a Stardust gel pen, and the fairy wings are glittered with a nice touch of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. Plenty of holiday fairy sparkle here!! That stencil works great as a winter sky, and I simply like the idea of a soft blue Christmas card! Fairy Christmas!

That completes my 10 card fantasy adventure with the My Monthly Hero July 2021 Kit. What a bright colorful collection!

And a great assortment of cards as well! A few Thank You cards, simple greetings and encouragement cards, an apology (or sympathy) card, a valentine and a Christmas card! Plenty of useful sentiments for any stash! I really liked that Swirly Garden stencil and thought it worked with this set in a nice variety of ways, and if you take some time, these stamps are more versatile than one might think at first glance! Though it felt like I had conquered this kit after I created card number three, it was fun to keep digging a little deeper and see what else this kit might inspire. And though these are the first gnome stamps in my stash, I do wish they were a little larger..! And I would have loved to have some mirror image stamps of some of the flowers – the bluebells and the fiddle fern, maybe?

I did manage to use every stamp in this stamp set – well, except for the “no” in the “there’s no place like” sentiment!! I seemed to have gotten a little distracted by the gnomes in this kit and didn’t get to the Soft Purple and Pale Tomato ink cubes but I did manage to use a little washi tape and plenty of the stardust sequins! For some reason, this kit is still available at Hero Arts – I expected this one to sell out quickly! I figure there are lots of gnome stamp sets out there as it is! If I did manage to catch your eye or give you some ideas of your own, and you’d like to grab this kit for yourself, please use my links! It helps support this channel and is supremely appreciated!

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All in all, I had so much fun playing with this kit… I know lots of folks aren’t necessarily into coloring, but I can easily get into the zen of coloring… just put some music on, give me some good markers and I’m happy! Thank you so very much for sharing your time with me here. You know by now how much I appreciate it! Please remember to sign up to follow this blog, follow me on instagram (#cardcutups) and at CardCutups on YouTube, and share this post with any like-minded crafters and card makers! I send you and yours Fairy Mush Love, Light and laughter, and happy crafting!!

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10 Cards 1 Kit and BONUS A2 Card Box • Love From Lizi • July 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the new Love From Lizi July 2021 “Summer Botany” Card Kit! This kit is overflowing with beautiful florals and all sorts of papers and unique stamps perfect for backgrounds.

As usual, I do cut the 8.5″ x 11″ colored card stock in the kit down to A2 card sizes and use those for my card bases. Now, Lizi kept referring to “multi-media” projects when she was doing her unboxing, so I figured I would go in that direction!

I took the multi-media suggestion to heart with this first card. I ink smooshed the front of the Warm Yellow card base with Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks, and when dry, stamped a number of our text stamps all over the background – you can even see a few tiny dragonflies. If your ink pads are juicy at all, I would recommend second generation stamping. Stamp the images on scrap paper first, and then to your card… these are pretty smallish stamps with tiny details and they can get over-inked fairly easily. I added some textured dots on the sides with some Opaque Texture Paste through a dotted stencil. Then I ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress ink and figured that was enough for the background!

I stamped these three stamps on one of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels using VersaFine Onyx Black ink – being careful not to over-ink the stamps. I added a little color to the rose with alcohol markers, stamped a few of the smaller images around the polka-dot border, and ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo. I added a thin mat of the striped pattern paper (ink blending the edges as well) and added a piece of lace from my stash (tinted with more Vintage Photo ink) to the left side of that panel. I ink distressed the edges of the yellow ticket, glued a couple pieces of card stock behind it for a touch of dimension and glued it to the card front. The main panel is mounted with foam tape, and I finished with a heart sticker (inked edges) and a few sequins for a subtle little sparkle. I don’t know if I can go more “multi-media” on a card…!

I learned a lot from that card! Don’t ink smoosh directly on a card base. Too much stress…! There is also a limit to how much “multi-media” you can add to a card before the return isn’t worth it any more. Though they match the dotted background of the cut-apart, the Texture Paste dots were over doing it a bit…! Aways stamp-off these stamps. Especially if your ink pad is juicy! Let’s see if I can practice what I preach!

We had one ephemera piece that was the exact same size as the matching image on one of the cut apart panels. We actually get two of these 3″ x 4″ panels in slightly different shades of blue. I believe I went with the lighter shade. To begin with, I used my X-acto knife, to fussy cut the white borders away form this floral ephemera piece. Slow and steady wins the race! This is almost like decoupage! I ink blended the edges of the sentiment panel with Vintage Photo ink, and glued a pattern paper mat (edges ink blended too) behind that. I cut a piece of the blue pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″ and die-cut a pattern into the right side of that panel with an old LDRS Background Builder die. I dutifully ink blended more Vintage Photo to the edges of that, added a strip of lace ribbon around the bottom (from the LFL August ’18 kit) and glued that down to the Teal card base.

I mounted the sentiment panel and mat to the card front with foam tape, and added the fussy-cut ephemera with more foam tape. I decided I didn’t particularly care for the original printed sentiment: “it all begins with you” and grabbed the “today” ephemera piece, ink blended the edges of that and added it over the “you” with foam tape. This seems a little more encouraging and less self-centered..! I did add some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the “today” text, and tied a small bow with one of the pieces of twine from our kit and glued that atop a sequin and down to the card front. I LOVE the ephemera piece expanding the printed image from the cut-apart panel. Thrilled I was able to get the whole piece on this card! And I guess the red white and blue theme is very apropos what with the 4th of July right around the corner!

There’s another ephemera piece that matches one of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panels – it’s not quite the exact same size, but I think I can work with that!

There’s a riot of red for ya! Once again, I fussy-cut all the white borders away from this ephemera piece (Vintage Photo for the edges too!) and even replaced the label plate under the bow with this “The Good Life” sticker – I even added a real brad to the right side of the label plate. That striped ribbon looks SO REAL! I ink blended Vintage Photo around the edges of the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panel, glued that to a mat of the Chocolate Pearlescent card stock form this month’s Pearl Card Stock bundle, and added the ephemera piece with foam tape. Feels like more decoupage!

I stamped Cherry Red card front with 2 of the floral/text background stamps using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and misted it lightly with water to get the chalky highlights to appear. I added some white spatters on top of the stampings and glued the distress ink blended red ticket to the card base.

I did more ink blending on the edges of the Oh, Happy Day banner ephemera piece, and glued it to a mat of the same Chocolate pearl card stock. I glued that to the top of my main panel, added foam tape to the whole piece and attached it to the card front. A few red sequins add the perfect touch to this firecracker of a card! Oh Happy Day indeed!

I needed a little break after those three cards, so I jumped at the large sentiment from one of our pattern papers.

I die-cut this panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and stamped the lace border on the top and bottom using Hero Arts Sea Salt Reactive ink – again, this is second generation stamping so I don’t obliterate all the details – came out pretty good and adds a nice touch to the dark pattern paper. I cut a piece of Hero Hues Antique Ivory card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped one of the text stamps around the edges using Vintage Photo ink. I glued those pieces together and down to the Black card base, added three heart stickers and a few sequins for some fun embellishment, and we have a fairly simple card that still feels a little “multi-media”..!

We have a lot of these ‘metal’ label plates on our sticker sheet and cut-apart sheets and ephemera… a lot of them have terrific sentiments and sayings on them… and I have lots of tiny brads… I couldn’t resist this one.

This gave me a chance to play with that big piece of lace in our embellishment bag. I cut a piece of plain white card stock to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped the rose/butterfly and Paris stamps with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. (Look for the tiny dragonflies, too!) I also did a light blend around the edges with the same ink and glued that down to a White card base. I trimmed the lace to this pleasant shape and glued that to the card front. I glued the sunshine “ticket” behind the lace at the top, and added the ephemera flowers with foam tape (no need to fussy-cut the border on this one)! I added a couple tiny brads to the sentiment sticker label plate and mounted that towards the bottom with foam tape.

I used some yellow glassine paper (kite paper) doubled up with some Xyron adhesive to die-cut the dragonfly silhouette. The pressure of the die-cutting actually wrinkled the kite paper so perfectly, that I had to check to see if there were embossing lines on the die – nope! Just a happy accident! I colored his “body” with a black marker and glued him (just his body) down to the lace. Some gold sequins add a bit more sparkle and shine to this cheerful sunshine-y card.

That’s really a nice piece of lace and I thought it added a great deal to that card – and there’s still more to play with!

I stamped the bird / label stamp on the Teal card base using Broken China Distress Oxide ink. I ink blended more Vintage Photo on the blue “hello” ticket and a 1 3/8″ x 5.5″ piece of the polka-dot pattern paper and glued both to the left edge of the card base which continued the Vintage Photo distressed edges. I glued more of the lace across the center making sure to glue the edges securely. I added the ephemera flowers, heart, “hello” and the bird sticker with foam tape. I die-cut the button from one of the yellow “ticket” stickers using a die from the Love From Lizi June 2018 card kit and, added two more die-cut buttons of white card stock to add thickness, tied a bow through the buttonholes with a stripped-down piece of twine, and glued that over the button printed on the ephemera birdhouse. I really like the color palette on this card and the button adds another touch of multi-media!! Vive Bene, Spesso L’amore, Di Risata Molto!

Back to more fussy-cutting! If you give me large florals, I’m automatically drawn to creating dimension with them!

I cut these flowers out from the “you are enough” pattern paper and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress oxide ink. I die cut the sentiment from one of the 3′ x 4″ cut apart sheets (and the black mat behind) using the Hero Arts Tag Frame Infinity die, and ink blended the edges of the sentiment with more Vintage Photo before gluing them both together. I cut the polka-dot pattern paper to 4″ x 5.25″, ink blended the edges with Vintage Photo, and wrapped some twine across the top before gluing that down to the Black card base. I added the framed sentiment with foam tape and glued the flat edge of the flowers directly to the card front and added foam on the cut edges. I managed to slip a little bit of the flower piece behind and above the twine on the top left. Lastly, I added a double bow tied from the same twine, perfectly highlighting the top of the sentiment. I’m not sure why, but I really like this card! Great sentiment!

One more label plate from our ephemera pack caught my eye, and I was really itching to use that big floral sticker!

On the Warm Yellow card base, I stamped the floral stamps and some extra text using Aged Mahogany Distress oxide ink and second-generation stamping. I cut the pattern paper to 2.25″ x 5.5″, matted that to a 2.5″ width of the Embossed Gold specialty card stock and a 2 5/8″ width of the Green Glitter specialty card stock, and glued that stack to the center of the card base. I added small brads to the ephemera label plate, and foam taped that and the flower to the card front. A scattering of sequins adds even more sparkle to this card, and I love that single bloom!

I had my kite paper still sitting on my desk from my small dragonfly, and I wanted to try the BIG dragonfly die too!

Now this feels a little more familiar to me! I took a piece of plain white card stock and dry-embossed on it with the Altenew Fine Frames Cover die. I trimmed that down and printed the sentiment on it using my Silhouette Software and the Noteworthy font. I die-cut the dragonfly from some Black Tie glitter card stock and three flowers from some of the dark pattern paper on the “never forget your amazing” pattern paper. I glued kite paper to the back of the die cuts and trimmed away the excess. I glued the embossed panel to the White card base, added the flowers and dragonfly with foam tape, and added two die-cut glassine leaves for a little extra touch. That glassine paper really lends itself so well to wings and flowers and any stained glass effects you might want to try. I love that his eyes are yellow too!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have been steering away from the butterflies in this kit. There are a lot of butterflies in this kit, and we just had a whole kit about butterflies two months ago… but, alas, I guess I couldn’t avoid them forever.

I stamped the Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots stamp on the Cherry Red bard base using VersaMark ink and embossed that with LFL Golden Crown Embossing powder. I cut these three butterflies from their patten paper at 2.25″ x 4.75″ and, using my X-acto knife, fussy-cut their wings (but not their bodies!). I glued that to the Embossed Gold specialty card stock cut to 2.5″ x 5″ and glued those to the left of the card front. I fussy-cut the sentiment from the 3″ x 4″ cut apart panel that said “you are loved you are enough” and glued them to super thin mats of Gold and mounted them with foam tape. I did add little spots of foam tape behind the butterfly wings to make sure they kept their dimension. I love seeing the gold behind the butterflies and at the right angle, it looks like those wings are outlined with gold!

Now, I haven’t used any of the 4″ x 4″ panels from that particular cut apart sheet, so thought I would share the card box that I first created from a single sheet of 12″ x 12″ pattern paper back in my LFL April 2020 kit video. I was mostly interested in creating a box that had the center cut apart panel perfectly front and center on the box itself.

Score one side of your 12″ x 12″ pattern paper at 2 3/4′, 3 3/4″, 8 1/4″, 9 1/4″. Rotate your paper 90 degrees and score the other way at 2 1/8″, 3 1/8″, 8 7/8″, 9 7/8″. I guess the easiest way to illustrate this is to illustrate it!

If you have pattern paper with a special image in the center, this is the perfect way to highlight the center of your pattern paper. Once you score, cut, and fold your card stock, it’s fairly simple to assemble – I tend to leave the extra tabs on the bottom for a sturdier base but you could cut some of those away. And you can trim your top flap to tuck into the back, or you can leave it whole for a simple fold-over closure. I think this is one of the greatest uses for some of that 12″ x 12″ pattern paper that’s always cluttering up our storage bins!

This is a front and back view of the A2 card box I made with the 4×4 cut apart sheet from this kit. Instead of loading this with cards, I had a great idea to fill it full of everything you need to make your own set of cards – kind of a mini kit!

I managed to get a lot of card making paraphernalia in this little box – we have 5 white glimmer card bases with matching envelopes, all sorts of pattern paper in assorted shapes from 4.25″ x 5.5″ down to .5″ x 5.5″. There are also six of the 3″ x 4″ can apart panels, three squares of the 2″ x 2″ cut apart sheet, a small batch of stickers, six sheets of glue dots and one sheet of foam tape and even an embellishment bag with twine, lace, some butterfly ribbon, ephemera, one paper flower and a small bag of sequins. Plenty of items to make your own set of cards! I think I know a few people who would get a kick out of receiving a gift like this! What do you think? Would a little mini kit like this catch your eye?

That wraps up my adventures with the Love From Lizi July 2021 Card Kit! 10 cards and a mini-kit!

A really nice collection of “multi-media” cards this month. Like and Love cards, Thank You cards and a number of encouragement cards. I did use almost every stamp in this set, but I missed a couple of the small sentiment stamps, and between the cards and the mini-kit I used up almost everything in this kit! I still have enough cut apart sheets and pattern paper to add to my stash. I did use 4 of the dies, and lots of the embellishments, but I didn’t get to the paper flowers (I thought they were a little large for these designs) and I avoided the butterfly ribbon just on principal!

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