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!

Thak you so very much for sharing your time with me here. Your support means the world to me! Please remember to Like me, List me, Pin me, Post me, Share me with all your friends, Don’t run with scissors… and I send you and yours Light and Laughter and as always, Happy Crafting!

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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

Subscribers have through Sunday, August 29th to add extra products to their kits with no extra shipping – definitely a great perk for being a subscriber!

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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.

This kit is still available at Hero Arts! If I’ve caught your eye with these, or given you some ideas of your own, please use my links when you go shopping with Hero Arts. It is supremely appreciated and helps keep this page (and me!) alive!

My Monthly Hero August 2021 Kit: https://shrsl.com/34829

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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!

This kit is still available at Love From Lizi – if I’ve managed to capture your imagination or given you an idea or two, please use my links when you do go shopping with Lizi! It truly helps support this channel and all of my efforts, and is always greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Love From Lizi July 2021 “Summer Botany” Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/31jcx

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UnBoxing! • Love From Lizi • July 2021 Card Kit

Hello Folks! Scott here unboxing the NEW Love From Lizi July 2021 Card Kit! Summer Botany is the theme this month and this kit is chock-a-block full of lovely florals and botanically oriented labeling. Looks like Fun!

Our kits come in a large 12″ x12″ box this month which usually means we’re getting some cut apart sheets and stickers!

We begin with our card stock. 5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Super Smooth (alcohol-friendly) White, Black, Warm Yellow, Teal, and Cherry (Merlot) Red. We are treated to some bona-fide specialty card stock this month as well! Two half-sheets in Green Glitter and a Linen Embossed Gold. I always love getting some specialty card stock in our kits!

Here comes our 12″ x12″ double-sided cut apart sheets! 2″x2″ blocks on the front of this one with lots of small images and simple sentiments, and the back sports a flower and butterfly pattern on a pink background. Very summer-y!

Our second sheet features 4″ x 4″ blocks with more florals butterflies and sentiments and the reverse has this kaleidoscope of butterflies. SO many butterflies, it’s almost a plague!

And our last cut apart sheet has 3″ x 4″ blocks (perfect for a card all on their own) and a more subtle pattern on the back.

Here we have our sticker sheet! These are nice, thick stickers with some truly lovely images and assorted sizes of sentiments and words. I really like all the ticket stickers too!

We are treated to 12 sheets of 6″ x 8″ double-sided pattern papers in our kit this month. One side features larger, almost full size sentiments and layouts, while the back sides are more subtle and simple patterns, There’s also two sheets with more 3″ x 4″ cut apart blocks – in case you didn’t get enough with the 12″ x 12″ cut apart sheets!

The Summer Botany stamp set features a wide variety of text stamps along with some florals and scientific labels. Lizy kept referencing multi-media in her unboxing, and there are a few stamps here that give a jump-start to some multi-media crafting. Our peel offs this month are Mink Mini Circles – a nice alternative to Pin Stripe peel offs!

That brings up to our Embellishment bag! To begin with we get this lovely 10″ piece of lace – more multi-media! The Summer Botany sequin mix has Red, Gold, Pink, Peach and Oyster sequins in assorted sizes. We get three paper flowers that are quite sturdy with little pearl centers, and a meter long piece of butterfly print canvas ribbon and four different twines with some twisted gold in two of them. There’s a large set of dies this month with a detailed Dragonfly, Flower and a BIG Butterfly along with silhouette dies of the same, and a leaf and small circle to round out the set.

And we get about 50 ephemera pieces! Some lovely, large florals, sentiment medallions, butterflies, hearts, banners, and even some more ticket icons. A great big pack of ephemera to include with this whole multi-media kit!!

I did get the Add-on peel off bundles! The Pin Stripe bundle includes Mink, Back, Gold Moondust and Teal, and the Variety Bundle has Racing Green Mini Circles, Lemon Glitter Straight, Red Mini Hearts and a Sky Blue Sway. Peel offs should come in handy when creating some multi-media cards!

This month I also got the Summer Botany Pearlescent card stock bundle. Six sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock in Warm Gold, Platinum, Ivory, Black, Chocolate and Cherry Red. LOVE that red!!

I think I’ll really make an effort to do some multi-media cards with this kit! Push my comfort zone a little bit and see what I can come up with! This kit is currently available at Love From Lizi. These sets usually sell out fast so if something has captured your imagination, I’d grab a kit for yourself as soon as possible. Subscribers have through 27th of June to add any items to your order for no extra shipping. If you do go shopping with Lizi, please use my links! It helps support this channel and I am always truly grateful!

Love From Lizi July 2021 Summer Botany Card Kit: https://shrsl.com/31jcx

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

Hello Folks! Scott here with my 10 cards inspired by the My Monthly Hero June 2021 Kit. Sorry I’m a little late this month… I got called to Grand Jury Duty on the 8th and it’s so hard to feel creative after 8 full days of crime and mayhem…! One more day to go, and I’ll have fulfilled my civic duty for another four years! Now back to MMH!

This month we are celebrating birthdays with adorable cats and dogs, who are partying it up at a birthday soiree. Our 6″ x 8″ stamp set includes four puppies and four kittens in various poses along with balloons, birthday cake, a gift and six pun-y sentiments. We get a set of 17 coordinating frame cuts for die-cutting all the images, as well as a Light Mint Dye ink cube, a Sparkle Lacquer pen, and a pack of round Clay Sprinkles. Should be enough here for LOTS of Birthday Parties!

I recently got some Stonehenge White card stock (recommended for colored pencils by Sandy Allnock) and figured I’d use my colored pencils and give this new card stock a try. I stamped all the images using HA Intense Black ink on some Stonehenge White card stock and got out my Prismacolor colored pencils and just started coloring. I find this is a great way to gin up some inspiration without any pressure to make any cards.

I’m quite impressed with this Stonehenge White card stock! It seems to just grab the color from your colored pencils and has a really nice texture that feels kind of furry on these cute critters. I like that the animals aren’t detailed very much – you can make them look like most any puppy or kitten. Maybe the card recipients pet?! Of course, I also die-cut all of the images too!

Though I don’t do it very often, I really like these colored and die-cut images placed on top of the stamp set. Really brings the stamp set to life! Okay… let’s make some cards… How about a slimline card to kick us off?

My first card is a standard slimline card – 8.5″ x 3.5″ (card stock cut to 7″ x 8.5″) The background (3″ x 8″) is ink blended using a MFT Cloud Edges stencil and HA Splash reactive ink, matted on a thin mat (8 1/8″ x 3 1/8″) of Hero Hues Mist card stock and then down to a Neenah 110# Solar White card base. I stamped the sentiment with Splash ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. Then I attached the animals and the balloons together and mounted them with foam tape. When I combine die-cut images together, I like to trim away the white border where the images overlap. Then the white border frames the entire collage and makes the whole assemblage appear seamless. I figured the pup with both arms in the air was perfect for hanging on to the kitten’s leg. This really fills up a slimline card!

This kit is leaning heavily on the Birthday theme so let’s roll with it. I always need Birthday cards in my stash!

I love this little kitten serving up a slice of cake! And a slice of rainbow cake is certainly recognizable and very trendy! On a Neenah 110# card base, I ink blended some HA Lemon Drop reactive ink very lightly just above the middle of the card. I stamped the sentiment using Intense Black ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder. I combined the two images together taking care to trim away the excess white border on the cake plate, and added them to the card front with foam tape. A few of the Round Clay sprinkles adds to the party atmosphere, and I don’t even mind the false pun! I do think I would be hard pressed to use this sentiment with one of the puppies – Cats have whiskers, dogs don’t!

And the kitten sitting up and licking her paw? She must have gotten into the cake!

Using the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies, I die-cut three circles from red, yellow and blue card stock from my stash. I glued those the the front of another Neenah 110# card base, stamped the sentiment using Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and clear embossed that. I glued the cake, party hat and balloon string flat to the yellow circle, and added the kitten with foam tape. I don’t mind the border on these images since they are layered and not necessarily interacting with each other. I added foam tape behind the balloon itself, and more Round Clay Sprinkles to add to the party. I did take the Sparkle Lacquer pen and added a nice touch of shiny sparkle to the balloon itself. Tons of sparkle in that lacquer! Looks kind of amazing in real life! And the kitten has a touch of purple icing on her left paw… YUM!

I thought these two puppy stamps were absolutely the most adorable critters in this set.

Continuing with my colored pencil practice, I colored a bit of a background for these pups on a piece of Stonehenge card stock die-cut with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with Splash ink, added a thin plaid mat (Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Petite paper pad) and glued this to a Neenah 110# card base. I added the pups with foam tape and I think this is such a cheerful greeting card that any recipient couldn’t stifle a smile!

We have more pun-y sentiments in this set and these two critters are looking at each other in the stamp set so it only seemed natural to use them together for this card.

The background is a piece of Staples Grey card stock stamped with a Carta Bella Designer Diamond A2 stamp using HA Sea Salt Reactive ink. I thought that was a nice suggestion of a chain link fence..! When that dried, I die cut it with another LFSRdie, added a black mat, and glued those to a Neenah card base. I stamped another pup on more Stonehenge card stock, and colored him to go along with the siamese, and die-cut him out. I mounted the pup and the kitten with foam tape, and added a white heart brad between them. YES! that heart brad is actually white! But the grey/white background makes it look grey… very interesting optical illusion! These two look like they’ll be life-long friends!

I started wondering if one of these small pets could wreak a true birthday disaster, and what would that look like?

I’m not sure if kittens have a sweet tooth, but this one certainly does! Quite a mess! I stamped a new kitten and three birthday cakes on Neenah 80# card stock and die-cut them out. I chopped up the cakes and created this mess using some darts to suggest a collapse, and created some extra pieces as well. I was careful to extinguish the flames on the candles less we burn the house down, and this kitty looks totally pleased with herself! I colored these with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and tried to keep the border consistent around the cake.

I cut a piece of Gingham pattern paper to 2.25″ x 5.5″ and used markers to create a surface for the mayhem. I glued that to a Neenah 110# card base and lined the edges with some Love From Lizi Clear Glitter peel offs. I stamped and embossed the sentiment (I couldn’t come up with a petter pun…!) and glued the cake and kitty to the card front – I did add an extra piece of card stock to the back of the images for a tiny bit of dimension. A few Round Clay Sprinkles desperately try to keep the party going, but the festivities seem unsalvageable to me! This one gives me giggles!

We’ve got two paw print stamps in this set… I couldn’t help but think of this classic sympathetic phrase.

I thought the arch of rainbow paw prints was a nice nod to the rainbow bridge our pets pass over, and the sparkle lacquer prints felt like an absence to me. A very sweet pet sympathy card! I stamped the prints in Grape Slush, Blue Hawaii, Green Apple, Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, and Fruit Punch Reactive inks, and the outlines in Intense Black ink and I filled those with the Glitter lacquer. I printed the sentiment on the panel using my Silhouette software and an old clip-art phrase. I die-cut the stamped panel with a HA Rounded Rectangle infinity die and added a thin black mat and glued both to a white card base. Plain and simple and perfectly attuned to the moment! And I hand-stamped all of this!!

The pup on his back wasn’t giving me any brilliant ideas, but I realized he did have a paw ‘up in the air’, so I thought I’d set him afloat with another balloon. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever made a Mini Slimline card before, so lets try one now!

I can buy it that this pup is floating…! I stamped and colored three more balloons the same as the others, but cut off their stamped strings in favor of some bakers twine strings. I cut the bow away from the present, glued it to the bone and tied a red balloon to that. I attached the other balloon strings to the pups outstretched paw. Instead of clouds, I thought this old watercolor polka-dot pattern paper would work, but the background was white – a little TOO much contrast – so I ink blended Splash Reactive ink over the pattern paper. I cut that to 2.75″ x 5.75″ and added a thin blue mat. The card base was cut at 6″ x 6″ and scored at 3″” to make a Mini Slimline card. I glued the background to the card front, then stamped and embossed the sentiment as regular. I added the pup and balloons with foam tape, and, though you can’t see it in the picture I did add lots of glitter to the balloons with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I love the bone gift and this card size!

I have to admit that this Mini Slimline card is actually quite adorable – I might like this more than a regular sized Slimline card! However, you can mail a regular Slimline card in a #10 business envelope but this Mini Slimline card doesn’t have a ready-made envelope for it. I know some companies have the correct envelopes for sale, and there are some dies out there for making your own, but I though there must be a way to cut and fold my own Mini Slimline envelope. This is what I came up with:

Cut your pattern paper or card stock to 7″ x 7 3/4″. With the short side (7″) at the top of your score board, score it at 1 7/8″ and 5 1/8″. Turn the longer side to the top and score it at 1/2″ and 6 3/4″. Trim away the squares on the four corners, fold the long sides together and glue at the seam then fold the 1/2″ tab up and secure it for the bottom of the envelope. Perfectly sized for Mini Slimline cards and all you need is a paper cutter and score board!

I cut apart my original colored present for that last card so I needed a card with some gifts on it…

I think this puppy is my favorite stamp in this set! Using some minimal masking, I stamped all the images on some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock and colored them with my alcohol markers. I did partial die-cutting to cut this collage out – three times – two gifts and one pup. Very pleased with that consistent white border! The floor is cut from the same card stock using a Penny Black Wood Floors die, colored with alcohol markers and glued to a white card base. I stamped and embossed the sentiments as usual, added the pup and presents with foam tape and glued a few sprinkles on for good measure! Now THIS is a little touch of mischief I think any puppy would get into!

I really do like those Clay Sprinkles and felt a little obliged to make a shaker card this month. Oh Yes! I also haven’t used the Light Mint ink cube that came in this kit! Let’s remedy that right now!

All of the background here is die-cut using the HA Rectangle Infinity dies. I simply colored card stock with the Light Mint ink cube cut the two frames from that. I die-cut the background panel and the window with the same dies, added acetate behind the window and added a thin mat of the Mint Green. I did cut out the center of the mat to make room for the window. I added a single layer of foam tape on the background (I thought it would be interesting to see the Sprinkles stack up on each other instead of randomly shaking around) added sprinkles and glued a small piece of pattern paper behind the window. I stamped the cake on more Light Mint card stock, die-cut it out, and colored it with White and Gold gel pens. I glued the cake to the bottom of the window, and printed this sentiment on a scrap of white card stock using my Silhouette software and the Times New Roman font. Look at all that minty goodness! I really like the ‘stacked’ sprinkles and the cake stamp is super useful. Happy Birthday!

And that’s my 10 cards using the My Monthy Hero June 2021 Kit. I do believe this is my first stamp set with cute puppies and kittens – always handy to have in your stash!

Lots of Birthday Cards this month, but we also have a nice encouragement card, a pet sympathy card and a terrifically cheerful hello card! You can use those balloon stamps on so many cards, the cake is a handy stamp to have on hand, and those puppies and kittens are adorable. I actually missed using the fish bone stamp – though I colored and die-cut it, I think I just forgot about using it! So I ALMOST used every stamp in this kit! This is a totally cute group of cards though, and it’s always a good thing to keep my Birthday card stash stocked up!

This kit is still available at Hero Arts, if you’re looking to supplement you stash with some cute kittens and puppies I would grab a kit for yourself right away! My Monthly Hero kits are always a great value! If you do go shopping at Hero Arts, please use my links – that helps support this channel and is always truly appreciated!

My Monthly Hero June 2021 Kit: https://shrsl.com/30hjc

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